Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DIY: Glitter Fruit That Won't Get Glitter All Over Your House

I love glittery things.  Maybe it's a girl thing.  Or maybe it's the fact that I have 2 boys and nothing around here is glittery anymore so my need for sparkly things is greater then ever.  I do enjoy the sparkle of glitter, especially around the holidays.  What I don't enjoy is having glitter in places that it shouldn't be...like my forehead or in between my eye lashes or under my dining room table.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

I enjoy entertaining.  I haven't had the opportunity to do much of it since reproducing, but I do enjoy it on the random occasion that we have people over to celebrate something.  I always admire the details that some people put into their tables...the place cards, the neatly folded napkins, the fresh flowers, the unique decorations.  It takes a lot of time to come up with an idea, shop for the items if you don't already have them, place them in just the right spot, etc.  Guys don't get it.  At least, my guy doesn't.  He would be just as happy getting a paper plate and eating in the garage while watching TV in his man cave.  But, there's just something special about a festive, pretty table that puts me in a happy mood.  So to help get you in the mood for decorating your table with festive Thanksgiving table trimmings, I have found a few good ones.  I hope they will lend inspiration for your own celebration!  

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Alzheimer's Awareness

In light of Alzheimer's Awareness month, I wanted to take a minute to share a story about my dad.  If you don't know my personal connection with Alzheimer's you can read about it here.

My father was an extremely intelligent and determined man.  He didn't have a lot of luxuries growing up, so he worked to put himself through college, dental school, and pediatric dental residency.  His thirst for knowledge of any type was like nothing I have seen before.  He was always reading about his profession, his passions, and other topics that were of interest to him in an effort to educate himself as much as possible.  His brain was being challenged on a daily basis with his beloved crossword puzzles and nightly bedtime reading.  I mention this because any form of dementia can affect any brain at any time.

Growing up, my dad's hands were always rugged and calloused from endless hours of yard work and playing softball.  But, in his later years, his hands became soft and smooth.  No more callouses, no more scrapes.  I loved to sit and hold his hands, and although they were not the same hands that I held when I was little, they were still comforting simply because they were my Daddy's.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 Gift Guides

Hey!  Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner.  Are you ready to shop?  I am the type of person who shops all year round.  I watch for deals, try to get things on sale, or if I come across something I think would be perfect for someone in particular, I'll buy it and save it for Christmas, even if I find the item in June.  However, sometimes I do forget what I have previously purchased...so I have to keep a close tab on my goods or things can get out of hand.

I'm going to apologize up front to all of the people with daughters because I am not going to be much help in that department.  I have absolutely no idea what little girls are into or what is popular for tweens.  I do however know first hand what tractor loving/STEM obsessed boys like!  And, I have included gift guides for guys and gals as well.  Let's get to it, shall we?

For your tractor or construction truck loving little boy (or girl for that matter!):

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Friday, November 11, 2016

DIY: Dollar Store Sunburst Craft

I was at Target the other day, and noticed this interesting looking home decor item.  

I liked the look of it, but I wasn't really feeling it for $20.  Later, I happened upon this site that listed Dollar Store crafts, and I saw these snowball looking things.  The wheels started turning...I could make this and paint it gold, for a similar effect and much less moolah.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I'm Coming Out of the JCP Closet

I like to dress cute.  What can I say, I enjoy wearing clothes that are in style and make me feel like a girl.  Since becoming a mother though I feel like I haven't wanted to spend a lot of money on clothing for myself.  For one thing, it often gets ruined, either by my children or my dogs, and it's hard to justify spending a large amount of money on something that could potentially be barfed on.  I love shopping at Nordstrom and J Crew and don't get me wrong, they do have good deals from time to time, but for the most part I have been finding some really cute stuff at JC Penny lately.  What the WHAT?  That's right.  JC Penny.  I know what you're thinking...that's where my grandmother gets her velour jumpsuits and her old lady bras.  But, I'm telling you they have really stepped up their game the past few years!  I have secretly been shopping there for a while, and I get compliments A LOT on things I wear.  Sometimes I offer up where I got it and people are always shocked!

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Monday, November 7, 2016

DIY: How to Sew an Original Hem

Do you have a favorite pair of jeans but they are just not the right length?  That happens to me quite frequently.  I am too tall for the petite length, but the regular length is often just a tad too long so they end up dragging on the floor and look sloppy.  Instead of spending money paying for alterations every single time I wanted to shorten my pants, I learned how to hem them myself.  

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Lovin Lately

Hey there!  I haven't done a favorite things post in a while, so I thought it was time to share some other items that I have been lovin lately!  I can NOT believe it's already November.  Where did the year go?  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and then time just snowballs until 2017.  I love it though...all of the things to do and yummy food and getting together with family and friends.  It's so fun, but it's also a lot of work.  Luckily I actually enjoy getting together with my family, so that definitely makes the holidays more joyful! Anywho, on to the items you have always wanted, but never knew it.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween Hangover

Does anyone else have a candy Hangover?  I'm always a little bummed out the day after Halloween.  So much build up, so much sugar, not enough sleep, then...crash.  Now what?  At least we have some super cute pictures to go through and remember how much fun it was.

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