Archives for December 2012

Hi strangers! Some updates and a $100 GIVEAWAY [closed]

**This giveaway is now closed. The winner is comment # * Hi, my friends! I didn't mean to just up and fall off the planet after my Christmas Confessions post, but this family has been S-I-C-K. This month in my family I've dealt with: one case of appendicitis, strep throat, two cases of the flu, a stomach bug complete with barfing, 2 colds, and now I'm sick with a fever and aches and pains. Fortunately we were all healthy on Christmas Day. This is me taken a few hours ago. I don't feel very well. :( Also, wow, thank you so much for all your sweet kind comments on the Christmas … [Read more...]

Confessions of Christmas 2012

Once again, Christmas is almost here, and I have done a terrible job creating that magical environment that my children will look back on fondly. Oh well. I guess I'll never have that picture-perfect Pinterest house and Pinterest family. As a blogger who thoroughly enjoys keeping it as real as possible (in an attempt to prove that not all bloggers have a perfect life), here are a few Christmas confessions. Confession #1: I used double-sided tape to hang all our holiday cards... on the side of a kitchen cabinet and the wall. I used my mini nutcrackers as Christmas Tree … [Read more...]

Hookin Up with HoH #129

Happy Hump day! I hope you are having a great week. ** So, are you new here? I throw the Hookin' Up with HoH Party every week to give all of you a chance to find other awesome blogs to read. Below you will find several hundred mini links to other people's blog posts. Have fun browsing through the links in search of new ideas. Also, if you are a blogger, please feel free to add your own links to the list! * Please refrain from posting links to shops and stores. Please note: RECIPES/FOOD is a separate link. Please make sure you are linking in the appropriate section. … [Read more...]

Master bathroom update (new towel hooks)

A long time ago I showed you my bathroom. And it pretty much still looks the exact same as it did a year and a half ago. The room is nice enough that it hasn't warranted an immediate makeover (I've had bigger fish to fry), it's just boring. Builder beige walls, builder beige tile, etc. There is one serious flaw though that has driven me nuts. The room is seriously lacking anywhere to hang wet towels. They usually get hung over the shower door or even worse, over our actual doors. I've pretty much lived with this nonsense for 2+ years. I'd finally had enough. I was at Home … [Read more...]

An open letter to teachers everywhere

I sent the following letter to my kids' teachers and all of their past teachers (that I have contact info on). I have been thinking about the Newtown tragedy since it happened and have shed many tears over it. I can't do much to help the people of Newtown, but I can thank my children's teachers for all they do and let them know I appreciate them. Hug your children extra tight this weekend, and thank your children's teachers for all they do. A simple thank you goes a long way. **** I have been deeply affected by what happened in Newtown on Friday. I can't help but think "What if … [Read more...]

3 ways to decorate with mini nutcrackers

Well, I'm back with one more painted Nutcracker craft. I'm a little scared to post in fear of another backlash. ha! After my big red nutcracker post received less than desirable feedback on facebook (you guys downright hated it!), I'm afraid you'll skin me alive if I post about painting another nutcracker. I'm hoping the fact that the nutcrackers today are mini, were on mega clearance, were more creepy than cute, and were stamped with 2011 will help you to not want to take my big red nutcracker and beat me over the head with it for defiling more nutcrackers. Well, shall we get on … [Read more...]

Hookin Up with HoH #128

I have two separate link parties below. The first is for home decor, DIY projects, and crafts. The second party is for RECIPES only. Please make sure you are linking up in the correct category. Thanks! ** So, are you new here? I throw the Hookin' Up with HoH Party every week to give all of you a chance to find other awesome blogs to read. Below you will find several hundred mini links to other people's blog posts. Have fun browsing through the links in search of new ideas. Also, if you are a blogger, please feel free to add your own links to the list! * Please refrain from … [Read more...]