{free slurpee day!}

Is it as hot at your house as it is at mine? Well, it's your lucky day, thanks to 7-11!  Today marks the day of their 84th birthday, and they are celebrating by giving away free 7.11 ounce Slurpees.I know where we're going tonight!  Perfect for a Family Night treat! … ...read more

{favorite fonts}

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 I have hundreds of fonts of my computer, and I use many of them, but there are a few that are my clear favorites--ones that I use over and over again. ..... This is my go-to font, and my overall favorite.  It's clean, simple, with just enough rounded lines to make it interesting.  I especially like it for any kind of labeling.  It came loaded on my computer when I bought it (Windows 7), so check to see if you already have it.  If you don't, it's a purchase-only font; you can't download it for free. ..... Similar to century gothic, but not quite as plain. It's a little bit thicker, so it works well for larger projects (vinyl in particular). Download it HERE. ..... Oh, … ...read more

{enough swings for everyone}

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With five kids that all love to swing, there just isn't enough room on our play set to accommodate everyone--especially needing two baby swings.  So I came up with a plan. There are two trees in our yard spaced at what I thought would be the perfect distance apart for two baby swings.  My husband came up with this brilliant plan using a 4x4 post and some hardware to get them up. I really wanted to paint the wood (and probably distress it, lol) but my husband reallydidn't want me to. Okay, so I gave in on the painting part, but I still used vinyl.  :) I bought the bucket swings on amazon, and I {love} them.  My darling Henry is a big boy, and he was already too big for the … ...read more

{prayer rocks}

Prayer rocks have been around forever, but I had completely forgotten about them until last week, when I was reminded by my friend about how fun they could be.  It was perfect for our upcoming family night lesson on prayer, so I whipped up a few for my kids. It's placed on their pillow during the day, so they will be reminded to pray at night, then at night, it goes on the floor, so they'll step on it when they wake up and remember to pray.  I really love this idea, and I always have. I may have had a prayer rock before, but it certainly didn't have vinyl or mod podge on it.  :)  This is a really fast and easy project--also fun for things like girls' camp, activity days, … ...read more

{weekend recipe edition} frozen chocolate mousse squares

Consider yourself warned.  These are very, very dangerous to keep in the house for very long.  You will want to eat EVERY single one.  They are ridiculously good, and a certain crowd pleaser!Chocolate Mousse Squares12 Oreo cookies, crushed1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, melted2-8 oz. packages cream cheese1 can sweetened condensed milk4 squares Baker's Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted1 c. thawed Cool WhipMIX crushed cookies and the butter in a foil-lined 9-inch square pan. Press firmly onto the bottom of pan to form crust.BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on lowspeed until creamy. Gradually add condensed milk, mixing well after each addition. Blend in chocolate. … ...read more

{summer beauty favorites}

 I am loving a few summer beauty items right now, and I thought I would share!1.   Ion Repair Solutions--Effective Care Treatment  Summertime means lots of sun and chlorine, and it's easy for hair to become really dry and damaged.  I have also been bleaching highlighting my hair for a long time, and it also adds to the overall dryness.  This repair solution is fabulous!!!  Each packet is only $1.79, and can be found at Sally Beauty Supply--both b&m and online.  I use it once a week, and it really does make a huge difference in how my hair looks and feels.2.  Loreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner I cannot tell you how long I've … ...read more

{ruffle flag pillow}

Combine two of my favorite things...ruffles and flags...and what do you get?  This ADORABLE pillow by Jedda from This Little Project!   Head on over to My Little Project to see how she did it.  {LOVE} it. … ...read more

{weekend recipe edition} fruit & vegetable dips

I'm a dipper. I love dipping anything and everything, so yummy dips are important.  :)In the summer, it's all about the fruits and vegetables, and adding a fun dip can dress them up and your table for family, friends, parties, and BBQ's.   Here are a few of my favorites...Scallion Dip4 c. sour cream2 tsp. ground cumin2 tsp. chili powder1 lime, juiced6 chopped green onions Salt, and freshly ground pepperIn a large bowl, mix ingredients together.  Top with green onions, sprinkle with chili powder and serve with tortilla chips or vegetables.  **I use A LOT more cumin and chili powder than 2 tsp.  I suggest starting there, then add more to taste if you like a … ...read more

{what I learned from a magazine}

When I was in the hospital with my son over the weekend, I read a lot of magazines.  I carried around a small stack with me to read when he was sleeping, or waiting while he was going through testing. Some of the things I learned about and saw intrigued me so much that I pulled out my scratch paper and pen and wrote them down so I wouldn't forget them. So many great ideas and recipes...I just had to share! (the following ideas and recipe come from Woman's Day, January 2011 issue)1.  Get a Deal! Head on over to www.1saleaday.com to check out this site's 5 daily items at bargain basement prices.  Today it includes a Magellan RoadMate GPS Navigator for only $59.99 (an 81% … ...read more

{s’mores galore}

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Summertime at our house is all about the s'mores.  We have a campfire in our backyard at least once a week, but it's usually more. Sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows, enjoying the dark of the night and light of the fire, all while chatting with family and friends...it's perfection. We've tried them many different ways, and each of us have a favorite.  For some, it's the tried and true traditional s'more--graham crackers layered with a toasted marshmallow and yummy chocolate squares.  My husband loves using Reeses PB cups instead of the chocolate squares, and it is FABULOUS.  If you haven't tried it yet, you simply must. Rolos are yummy too, and so are Snickers. :) We also … ...read more