Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebration Giveaway with Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Why did I get involved in this giveaway with my fellow recipe-extraordinaire bloggers friends, Kathleen and Samantha from Fearlessly Creaive Mammas?! For real, I would like to have been able to enter, not just post about it! ;)

Ha, ha... kidding of course! Today I'm joining several awesome bloggers to celebrate these awesome ladies' first year of blogging with them! Together we're giving away a $165 gift card to use on Amazon! Which really means you are winning just about anything you could possibly want, eh? :)

First, who we are- tons of talent right here:

And below are the entries for the giveaway! Breeze through, or come back and finish in stages- either way, best of luck! And Happy Anniversary, Kathleen and Samantha- you gals are awesome!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcycled, No-Sew Kids Fun and More

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I love upcycling projects- taking something that might have otherwise been garbage and make it new, or using something in a way that's not really what it was originally intended for. My boys do a lot of upcycling on their own- they take containers and tape and a whole new piece of art is formed- ha! :)

This month a few of my blogger friends and I are each sharing upcycled projects:

Crochet Rug from T-shirts from One Dog Woof
Rustic Mason Jar Vase from Suburble
Wipes Container to Craft Storage from It Happens in a Blink
Fabric Crochet Coaster Pattern from Petals to Picots
Upcycled Newspaper Beads from Do Small Things with Love
DIY Silverware Kitchen Clock from The Benson Street

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Inspiring Creativity Link Up

Thursday link party time! Thanks for taking time to share what you've been up to with Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs and I...

I have a flash giveaway going on over on my facebook page right now if you need a little pick-me-up today :) 

This week I couldn't help but notice these pretty earrings that were linked up by Beauty of M(i)e. There are several more on this page too! 

And now for this week!
1. Link to a specific blog post {not your blog home page}.
2. Please grab our button and post it somewhere on your blog {thanks for sharing the love}.
3. Be sure to visit at least two other links and leave a comment {we all love comments}.

If you are new to Link Parties and have any questions let us know ~ we'd love to help out!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Home Based Memories

Watching a movie on Dad's iPad in a fort during Spring Break :)

When we think back on our childhoods, what comes to mind first, or most? I know for me, it's not always the same thing, but it seems like the memories that I do recall first are the simple ones. They are of fun pretend trips in the broke down Toyota, riding the four wheeler to check pivots, mud pies in the playhouse, pushing kitties dressed up as dolls, riding bikes around our house, being together in our basement playroom.

My parents took our family on trips and we were involved in lots of great hobbies. But somehow those memories always follow these more simple, home-based ones. I like that. Like knowing that moments like the ones in this post, where our life proves to be really quite uneventful, are actually kinda special. :)

This above is the Tale of the Time I Attempted to Re-arrange the Furniture. The boys played swords with kitchen utensils all the while, obviously. And about all that really came of it was my entire floor getting a good vacuuming... :/ I'm no interior designer- I couldn't figure out how to make our weird couch work anywhere but where it was, so back it all went- ha ha!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Game Night Pizza and Breadstick Skewers with #tonyspizzeria

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What is it about Monday that's just not the greatest?
Maybe the fact that it's not the weekend anymore- ha!

Stephen works a lot, (maybe even more so on Friday and Saturday!) but even so, we really try to do something fun on the weekends too. We love inviting people over for games specifically- seems like it's just kinda what we do for something more out of the ordinary than just our own family group. 

We've been blessed with friends that are great to jump in at our invites. They make for really fun company- it feels so good to just laugh and relax! This last weekend, I cooked up a bunch of Tony's Pizza that I picked up from Walmart, and made my yummy breadsticks to go with the fun.

Truth: lots of times when we are hosting a party, I tend to go overboard. Friends get  to the house and comment about the spread of food, even though I've been feeling all afternoon like it might not be enough! We might kinda plan more than is reasonable oftentimes. We can't just grill hamburgers, no! We gotta have grilled shrimp and smoked baked potatoes and homemade fry sauce and fancy juice and cheesecake brownies too! It's just our style and our pleasure, I guess :)

But this change of pace, sticking to the pizza and breadsticks, was pretty nice for sure- simple and fast, not to mention cheaper. I used a coupon for 75 cents off two (while supplies last) that made it an especially good deal. Plus, a new crispier, crunchier crust, topped with real cheese and sauce made from real tomatoes sounded yum!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Double Stuffed Lemon Garlic Chicken with Kraft Fresh Take

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I've had the thought to share this recipe for quite awhile- it's a surprisingly easy favorite that's great for average nights or special occasions both. This time around I tried out a Kraft Fresh Take meal kit that honestly made it even more simple (I'll never complain about that)! 

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Growing up, Sunday dinner was a pretty big deal around our house. It was the nicest meal of the week. I love the idea up continuing that tradition for my own family... but, in truth, Sunday seems to fall more toward smorgasbord for us. We get home from Church and gather around our kitchen island to a spread of leftovers, finger foods and easy options. I actually really like this way of things too :)

But for special Sundays like Easter, that simply won't do- it's a perfect time to prepare something more special to acknowledge the holiday. I love creating fun table spreads, but being surrounded by boys who really don't care at all about the centerpiece, and just want to mow down the food already, means I gotta take whatever opportunity I can get to make a meal special! :)

For Easter, we usually get together with my whole family- that's us above (a blast from Easter weekend past)! We have a great potluck meal and some fun Easter egg hunts around the yard. This was the first year my Mom and Dad starting hiding eggs for us adults- that's been a fun new tradition!

Anyhow... a Spring gathering of your favorite people, like Easter always is for us, would be a great time to concoct a yummy, seemingly involved but actually simple dish like this Double Stuffed Lemon Garlic Chicken. Like I mentioned, this time I tried Kraft Fresh Take that I picked up at Walmart:

I bought my chicken with a Fresh Take coupon that gave me a $1.00 off! Through April, or as long as the prints last, you can save when you buy the two together- perfect, since, ya know, you kinda need both :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Inspiring Creativity >>> Link Up Your Projects!

Welcome again to Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs and I's weekly chance to link up your posts and projects!

If you haven't entered my giveaway this week for a Wood Creations wood kit, click here to check it out :)

And for a feature this week, I liked this fun and simple Easter Parfait from Nap Time Creations- thanks for supporting our party, Emily! What a "fun Mom' idea- I need to do things like this for my boys more.

And now for this week!

1. Link to a specific blog post {not your blog home page}.
2. Please grab our button and post it somewhere on your blog {thanks for sharing the love}.
3. Be sure to visit at least two other links and leave a comment {we all love comments}.

If you are new to Link Parties and have any questions let us know ~ we'd love to help out!

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