Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Simple 80's Style Bracelet Made With Duck® Tape

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This last little while I've been getting ready to go to SNAP! Conference this weekend- a chance to connect with other bloggers and just have a little break while learning in the process :) One night of the event is an 80's dance party sponsored by Duck® Tape.

You might've already known, but my husband is ten years older than I am. He was graduating high school when I was in the second grade! Weird when you think of it in those time frames, eh? It's a good thing in our case, since I'm still more mature than he is- ha! ;)

Anyhow, he was a crazy teenager during the 80's...

Ha, ha! (and, believe it or not, my brother-in-law is also in this picture!). Anyhow, it goes without saying that he has the ability to give me some good (or maybe it's NOT so good) style prompts to get ready for the 80's shindig at SNAP. Crazy, but he says he really doesn't remember a lot of neon, and that everyone actually wore a lot of black. We've been searching for some inspiration photos and had some good laughs.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because of Him

Happy Easter, friends!

If you follow on Instagram, you know I've been playing along with this last week's #BecauseofHim photo challenge. Today I wanted to make sure and share this video- I know it will uplift your day! I know that ALL things are Because of Him! :) He Lives!


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!

Inspiring Creativity


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

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and
Tony’s Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #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!


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