Just A Little Creativity

Good Night, Little Love by Laura Neutzling {Baby Book Giveaway}

Monday, February 8, 2016

Good Night Little Love by Laura Neutzling is a sweet bedtime board book for little ones. It's perfect to incorporate into a bedtime routine or even at nap time.
The illustrations by Anna Currey are whimsical and endearing. The bunnies remember their adventures from the day and plan new ones, but realize for now it's time to say good night. The story helps parents reassure to their children their own unconditional love for them.

Die-cut board book is embellished with foil and glitter, perfect for Valentine's Day.


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Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray {Weekend Reads}

Friday, February 5, 2016

Whispers in the Reading Room is the third book in the Chicago World Fair series by Christian author Shelley Gray. While a few characters do cross over, it is a stand alone story. This novel is a steady ready, and a great combination of historical romance & mystery, where and no one and nothing is as it seems.


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Strawberry Double Chocolate Chip Valentines Cookies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I'm excited to be sharing a tried and true, delicious, and super easy Strawberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with you! Perfect for a Valentines Day treat, your people will love you for baking these. As part of the 2016 Creative Team over at
A Glimpse Inside, I shared this recipe with the readers there about two weeks ago, and now it's here just in time for Valentines Day. These fluffy cookies are sweet and chocolaty, and wonderful.

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Valentine's Day Shadow Box Art Kids Can Make

Monday, January 25, 2016

Crafts for kids are my favorite! 
Letting them have free reign to tap into their own creativity is so fun to watch. For part of our Valentines decor this year, I decided to let my seven year old Isaac dig into my craft stash and have at it (well, with supervision of course).

The results? A whimsical heart shadow box made from a Melissa & Doug puzzle box I saved a long time ago. If you don't have a puzzle box, shadow boxes are available in craft stores.


He used wood craft hearts, glitter, glue, paint, stickers, markers, and buttons to create twelve unique heart specimens to display.



When he finished, he wanted the hearts to pop from the box, and not to be glued flat. 
So, I cut strips from poster board, hot glued them into circles, and then onto the backs of each heart.


We decided together that the back of the box needed to be painted, so I taped off the insides and he painted it white.

Once that was dry, I let him pick the order the wanted the hearts to be displayed, and I hot glued each one into the box.


This was a great afternoon spent with my son. Other than the hot glue, or if he asked for my help with something specific, I simply let him create. 

Don't be afraid of the mess, the time spent together, the memories made, and the pride that your little one will feel when they're finished with their art makes any mess worth it. 


If you like this project, check out my Creative Inspiration page for many more fun ideas for you and the kids! 



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Sweet & Spicy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Friday, January 15, 2016

What are your most happy childhood memories?
For me, some that stand out are eating breakfast as a kid at our table before school with my bother & sister. Usually over a bowl of cereal, we'd chat with my mom while she worked around the kitchen preparing for the day.  Actually, it seems like a lot of my memories are centered around our kitchen, and family meals together. One of the family favorites for dinner was when she'd make us sweet & spicy baked chicken nuggets, coated with Honey Nut Cheerios™and cajun seasoning. 
My sister and I both agree to this day that they're some of the best chicken nuggets on the planet. 

First of all, grind the cereal in a food processor until finely ground.
If you don't have a food processor, you can smash a cup at a time in a gallon size ziplock bag by rolling a pin or a heavy glass over the bag.


Next, season the chicken generously with cajun seasoning.
Then, cut chicken into nugget size pieces.


Put chopped Cheerios™ on a plate.
Dip the nuggets into barbecue sauce to coat, then roll the chicken in the cereal until fully coated.


Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray & add coated nuggets.
Bake at 425 for approximately 25 minutes.
The breading on the nuggets should be a nice golden brown and the juice of the chicken should be clear.

Pair with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Dipping sauce suggestions-
Honey
BBQ sauce
Ranch dressing
Ketchup


Sweet & Spicy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients:
2 lbs chicken breast, thawed & cut into nuggets size pieces
3-4 Cups of Honey Nut Cheerios™
1-2 T cajun seasoning
1 cup BBQ sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°

Grind 3-4 cups of Honey Nut Cheerios™ in a food processor until finely ground.
Season the chicken generously with cajun seasoning.
Cut chicken into nugget size pieces.
Put chopped Cheerios™ on a plate.
Dip the nuggets into barbecue sauce to coat, then roll the chicken in the cereal until fully coated.
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray & add coated nuggets.
Bake at 425 for approximately 25 minutes.
The breading on the nuggets should be a nice golden brown and the juice of the chicken should be clear.



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The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen {Weekend Reads}

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Painter's Daughter is the newest Christian romance novel by Julie Klassen. A look back through my book reviews and you'll see she's a favorite author of mine. The Painter's Daughter has everything you'd want from a clean regency novel. The love triangle between the heroine Sophie and two brothers Wesley & Stephen takes the reader through a roller coaster of love, betrayal, loss, scandal, tension, heartbreak, redemption, and ultimately faith when all seems hopeless.

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Enjoy the Little Things this Year {January 2016}

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year everyone, isn't it hard to believe that it's 2016?
That means next year it'll be time for my 20 year class reunion, whoa.
Let's not dwell on that depressing news, I hope that the Christmas holiday was sweet for everyone. This year was very chill for us, we enjoyed a very relaxing day with family. Tomorrow, all the kiddos go back to school, and the college girl flies back to Nashville for the beginning of her second term. I'm a little envious of her, I want to be in Nashville too. Maybe one of these days…

Anyway, I've given up on making resolutions because I always break them and feel like a loser. Can you relate?
But, I do like to start my year with purpose. Last year, you may remember my post on creating my
Real To-Do List throughout the year. I purposed in my heart to keep the important things important. I felt like the Lord wanted me to focus on making lists of things that will leave lasting impressions on my family and life in general.
Did I remember to do that everyday all year? No, of course I didn't, but I would say about 80% of the time I definitely tried. And because of that, I saw a lot of difference in not only my attitude but also in those around me. 2015 wasn't a perfect year, we had a lot of stressful moments. But instead of filling my to-do list with busy work, I tried to stay focused and prioritize.


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How to Use Stencils to Decorate Your Doors and Windows for Christmas {Giveaway Winner Announced}

Thursday, December 17, 2015

When you're decorating for Christmas, don't overlook your outside doors and windows. Using this unique decorating idea, you can have fun Christmas designs on your glass doors and windows in seconds! 
Cutting Edge Stencils has an amazing holiday stencil collection available, and I knew the 18x18 inch Christmas ornament design would be prefect for this project. 

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The Best Year Yet for Our Elf on the Shelf *Updated Daily* {Christmas 2015}

Monday, December 7, 2015

Our Elf on the Shelf Ringo Bells is back for another Christmas full of silly tricks and pranks. You can find over 75 ideas I've used for our elf over the years
HERE, and you can follow me on Instagram for daily updates. 


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