Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy, Happy Friday my blogging friends. Aren't you glad it's finally the weekend?! I sure am.

Today I am featuring some awesome Fall Wreaths that I've seen on some link parties. There are some super, creative people out in blog land. I'm feeling very inspired. I threw in three extra favorites this week. There were just too many to choose from. Enjoy!

Cute and colorful Spider Wreath by Just Us Four
Gorgeous Fall Wreath with a Monogram by Little Lovelies

Adorable and whimsical BOO Wreath by Home.Made.

Earthy and simply cute Moss and Pumpkin wreath by My Modish Mood

Shiny, bright and oh so cute Ornament Wreath by Uncommon

Warm and inviting Yarn Wreath by The Creative Imperative

Head over to these blogs and comment on these beautiful wreaths. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Darcy

Today my little sister, Darcy turns 28 years old. It's her magic Birthday...28 on the 28th of September. I wish her the happiest Birthday EVER! Only two more years and she'll join the 30's club.

Happy, happy Birthday Darcy. I love you Lots. Enjoy those dumplings later and have one for me :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sparkly Spider

{A Dollar Store Makeover}

First of all, I can't even believe I made this! If there is one thing to know about me, it's that I HATE, HATE, HATE spiders. They creep me out like no other thing on this planet. YUK! I really had a hard time even holding this thing to make it sparkly. I did it though, and it makes for a pretty cool Halloween decoration.

This is the first of my Halloween decor for the year. Another thing to know about me...I LOVE, LOVE Halloween!
This big guy came from the Dollar Tree. Creepy, isn't he?! Yikes. I also used some Mod Podge that I had on hand and some of Martha Stewart's Black Onyx Glitter from last Halloween. Her glitter is awesome. If you haven't tried it, I encourage you to.
I started with the legs and brushed on the Mod Podge evenly. I did about two legs at a time and then sprinkled on the glitter. I did this over a paper plate to catch all the extra glitter. I do not like any waste when it comes to my craft supplies.
Pretty, sparkly, black glitter!
I couldn't decide what I wanted to use to hang the spider with, but then I came across this bright, Orange ric rac at JoAnn Fabrics. To be honest, I thought it would make the spider less scary! HAHA, how girly am I?!
I stuck it on to the under side of the spider with some Gorilla Glue, let it dry and...
hung it up on the turquoise window hanging in our living room.
Now, the only reason this doesn't scare me is because it is so big, it is very sparkly and it's hanging from Orange ric rac rather than a cobweb.

Overall, I spent about $4 on this Halloween decoration and I think it turned out pretty cute, yet creepy. I don't know about you, but I'm getting excited for Halloween.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome to this weeks edition of Friday Favorites. Can you even believe, I totally forgot to do my Favorites last Friday?! Totally just skipped right over it. UUUHHH, I'm losing it. I guess I can blame it on having a three year old and almost five year old. I think I forget a lot of things these days.

Anyways, this weeks Favorites are all about FOOTBALL WATCHING FOOD. It's finally Fall. With Fall comes College Football Saturdays. What better to do than have some yummy food while watching the game...Here are a few recipes that scream Football to me. Enjoy!

First up are these cute Cocoa Krispies Football Treats made by How fun would these be to serve during a Football game.

Next is one of my favorite treats ever...Moose Munch. Homemade? YES! I'm doing this! Check out DELISH!

Chicken Tostadas...YES PLEASE! These look so tasty. Head over and visit and get the recipe.

Finally, I think these would please just about any kid or adult. This is one of those recipes where you wonder,"why didn't I think of that?!" I am absolutely doing this! Go over to Peace, Love, 2 Sisters and see just how easy this is and thank them for giving you an easy treat idea.
Well, that's all for my Friday Favorites. Aren't you glad I didn't forget this week?! Hahaha. Too much goodness to not share! Happy Friday Everyone.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DIY Scented Pine Cones

The other day, my boys and I took a trip to JoAnn Fabrics to get a little something for a project I will be blogging about soon. Upon walking into the store, the smell of Cinnamon hits you big time! It smelled wonderful, however Cinnamon is just not my favorite smell, especially for Fall. I figured, why couldn't I make my own scented pine cones with a scent that smells like Fall?!

First, we headed to a spot where I knew there were tons of pine cones just hanging out on the ground. Of course, my boys were more than happy to help me pick out a bag full of them.

Then, we headed up to one of my favorite stores, BATH AND BODYWORKS. I love that place. It always smells so wonderful.

We picked out a scented oil, Leaves. It smells like Fall in a bottle. These are awesome for the oil burners too! Can I just tell you how much I love Fall smells...Delish!!

We got the supplies home and put all the pine cones in a plastic grocery bag. I actually doubled it up just to make sure there was no mess. I then added about 15-25 drops of the oil all over the pine cones and tied up the bag.

I stuck them up on top the fridge for 24 hours so the pine cones could really absorb the scent.

And here they sit on either side of my couch. Some in a hurricane.

And some in a galvanized pot. They make my living room smell so delicious and just like Fall. This was so easy, and so inexpensive. I encourage you to give it a try!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Map Love

I'm sure by now, everyone has seen this idea on Pinterest! When we moved to a new state, I just had to make this. It is so cute, and incredibly easy to do. Plus, with a bigger home comes more wall space that we needed to fill. This artwork was perfect for the space. Here are the things you'll need.

A map of the area you lived in and one where you live now, frames, and scrapbook paper to attach your heart map to. I also used painters tape to attach the heart to the scrapbook paper.

We needed a Washington map! We are originally from the Seattle area. So, I took my heart template and traced it around the Seattle Area. It just so happened to include the cities where both my Husband and I were raised and the city we lived in before we moved to Eastern Washington.

Cut it out and attach it to the paper.

Easy so far, right?! Then I repeated the process of placing the heart over where we live now. It also includes the city that we moved to, two years ago and the city that we just moved to a little over a month ago. (we moved from Clarkston, WA to Lewiston, ID & they are literally right next door to each other, separated by the Snake River)

Then, we put them in some simple, black frames.

And we have super, cute artwork on our walls that represents the places we love so much.
Western Washington and now Eastern Washington and Idaho!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Believe it or not, I actually have a recipe for you today! You have to change it up every once in a while, right?!

A few weeks ago we had company in town and we were left with tons and tons of extra hot dog and hamburger buns. Do you ever wonder what to do with them all? I hate throwing them away. Instead, I make croutons! This is so simple to do and not only can you use them on a salad but you can eat them as a small snack like my boys do.

All you do is cut them into squares.

I had about 8 cups of bread cubes when I was done cutting!

I used about 1/3 of a cup of veggie oil and tossed it over the bread cubes. After doing this, I decided it needed a little more oil so I added in about a 1/4 cup more of veggie oil. If you want and extra richness to them, try adding a bit of butter.

This is when the possibilities are endless. The seasonings. For this recipe I used our favorite, Johnny's Seasoning Salt and a little Garlic Powder plus a pinch of salt and black pepper. However, you can use any seasoning that you like. For example, my husband made a batch one time that tasted like Thanksgiving Dressing. It had sage, garlic, onion....It was tasty!

Make sure to mix all the bread cubes and seasoning together and spread it out on a sheet pan. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. The trick is low and slow. Mine took about an hour, flipping them every 20 min. or so. You want them to dry out all the way to the center. No one likes a chewy crouton.

Finally, you'll have a delicious salad topping that was made especially by you! Seriously, it's cheaper that buying store bought croutons and you can control the amount of seasoning and oils that go into them. I hope you'll give this a's too easy not to.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


What do you get when you put together a hand-painted sign on an old fence board...

some sticks,

found by these two cute little boys....

and two thrift store owls painted white?

Well, my Fall Mantle of course! They're actually just shelves, but because I don't have a fireplace mantle, these work just as well for seasonal decorating. The rest of the items I'm sure you've seen before if you are a follower of my blog.

The empty frames, the blue mirror(seen in this post), and the iron star...they're all here.

For the sign, I free handed the letters and the paint. I wanted it to look more rustic. And, I'm not quite ready to go full force with all the oranges and yellows that you'd usually see in Fall decor. That's why I kept a more natural look with the whites, blues and natural wood tones.

Like these sticks in an old jelly jar. What a great way to entertain your kids...have them search for sticks(what little boy doesn't like to dig in the dirt with a stick?) and you can use them as part of your decor. It's a win win I tell ya!

I love it for the month of September! It's simple, clean, rustic and yet a bit modern looking with the white owls and blue mirror.

What about you? Have you started decorating for Fall? If so, please send me a link back to your blog. I'd love to include them in this weeks edition of Friday Favorites!

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