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Baby Emma’s 1st Birthday

We celebrated my daughter Emma’s 1st birthday over the weekend. We don’t have family around right now, because we moved in 2016 for Jay’s job in the military. I considered throwing her a little party out here with a few of our friends, but honestly there was something really appealing about just doing an intimate […] Read more…

My Troubles with Meal Planning

Meal Planning. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I know it is one of the best methods to not only keep your food budget under control, but also helps you eat healthier food and live a healthier life. But for some reason I have not been able to successfully conquer this skill. I must not be alone in this!
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#SheSharesTruth ~ Spiritual Mothers

Some of these women in particular really invested in me, inspired me, spoke into my life (You know who you are). These “mother” figures gave a SIGNIFICANT amount of their time, invited me into their homes, and encouraged me as a wife, woman, and future mom (I became pregnant with my daughter during my time there). They taught me recipes, inspired me with their home-making, crafting, sewing, thriftiness, the way they raised their kids, loved their husbands, served the church, volunteered in the community, and treasured their quality time with their loved ones. Read more…

Babies don’t keep…

“Cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,
for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,

I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.”

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton
Lets make more time for our little ones… and forgot the to-do lists once in a while — just play on the floor with our kids. They need our undivided attention, even if its just for short periods throughout the day, so today, allow your brain to drop the other demands on your attention for awhile. It can always pick them up again later.  Read more…

Organizing My Life: My Ideal Day (Free Chore Planner)

In my last post, Overwhelmed Mommies, Finding Ever-Elusive Balance, I discussed the challenges I had been having staying on top of all my responsibilities as a caring wife, first time mommy, and a small business owner. I mentioned a little about how having things in writing and on a schedule helped me deal with some of my stress. It helped make everything feel much more manageable. This post is a sample of what an ideal day for me could look like. Read more…

Overwhelmed Mommies, Finding Ever-Elusive Balance

A little moment of honesty: It is really hard sometimes to take care of myself and the home as a first time mom. I put everyone else’s needs first. It is so hard to find time to do simple things like shower every day, brush my teeth (I know, yuck), much less do my makeup. And most days my hair is a disaster or the carpet needs vacuuming. I can’t remember the last time I scrubbed the toilet or even attempted a workout. Dishes and laundry seem to never get done. They may seem like simple things to someone else, but everything all together feels overwhelming at times, and so I think some weeks I just check out and stop trying. If I feel like everything as a whole is too much for me to handle, I just let go of all the little things all together. Read more…

A new year, a new chance at developing a nourishing diet lifestyle

Techie sure, but designer? Well maybe, baby!

I have always been one of those geeky tech girls. I enjoy taking apart stuff, whether it is to replace a broken iPhone screen or upgrade my Macbook’s memory and harddrive. I love messing around with software too, I jailbroke my iPhone and my AppleTv before their built in apps caught up to my high standards.

This stuff used to intimidate me, but I always felt challenged to avoid spending tons of money to pay someone else to fix my stuff for me, so I just taught myself how to do it. With all the great blog, tutorials, and how-to-videos online you can pretty much teach yourself how to do anything, even without any formal training. I am a geek and proud of it! Read more…

5+ ways to build a relaxing mood in your home {after a long hard day of work}

5 ways to build a relaxing mood in your home, after a long hard day of work.

Think of your 5 senses when getting yourself in the mood for sleep, or the weekend. After watching my daughter all day this is a treasured time for me when I can recharge, refocus, and have some much needed me time or couple time. This is important with a little one in the house because we are often so focused on her, our evenings are sometimes the first time when we can focus on each other, say hi, and talk about our day. Read more…

Yummy No-Bake Oreo Layer Dessert

Yesterday I made this awesome No-Bake Oreo Layer Dessert from browneyedbaker.com for my husband’s birthday dinner. My friend Karen turned me onto it (Thank You Karen). <3
I thought I would post photos of the process and share a few of the changes I made! It is made with Oreos (of course), as well as Cream Cheese, CoolWhip and Chocolate Pudding. Sounds amazing? Thats because it was!
To start, here were my ingredients. I did not have powdered sugar like the recipe called for, so I had to make my own with regular cane sugar, corn starch, and a food processor. Other than that we used Organic 2% milk, Lite CoolWhip, Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding, Double Stuf Oreos, Philadelphia 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese, and a whole stick of butter. (See recipe card at the bottom for specifics). Read more…

Papercrafting for Jay’s Birthday & How to use the CricutMini Machine (with photos)

Just finished making this card for my husband’s birthday dinner tonight, using my Cricut Mini machine. You can hover over the photos to see or Pin the steps, and click any image to view in slideshow mode for more details. Read more…

Just an introduction

DIY Paper Snowflake Guide

So last year here in Southern Illinois we got a ridiculous amount of snow well before today, but this year our snowy blanket of white is continuing to elude us. Luckily I came across this great guide by Vintage Junky for making your own decorative Paper Snowflakes, and even includes a few printable templates to […] Read more…

Pillowcases Transformed into Dresses

Oh WOW! Love this free tutorial on repurposing pillowcases into child’s dresses! Need to dress your kid on a budget for their big shoot? Try this idea: http://icandyhandmade.blogspot.com/2011/02/icandy-plenty-of-pretty-pillowcase.html We love it when we get the opportunity to use our friends’ designs in our shoots. Think you are pretty crafty? Contact us to become a possible partner […] Read more…