Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lovely Ladies Linky Party #31 {Six Blogs- One Great Party}

Welcome to Party #31!

Happy Easter week lovely ladies! 
I hope that you have had a wonderful week, there were some absolutely fantastic links at the last party, FULL of Easter inspiration. Make sure to go check it out, and check back here becasue I have a full Easter feature round-up coming your way this week from our last several parties combined, but in the meantime, here are some beautiful non-Easter features from party #30 last week.

1. DIY Olive Oil Sugar Scrub {Living Frugal with Erica}
2. Restoration Hardware Knock Off Vintage Industrial Letters {blue i style}
3. Emperor's Silk Makeover {ChicByTab}
4. Feminine Spring Look {Confessions of the Perfect Mom}
5. Dangerous Curves Wire Necklace Tutorial {Jewelry Making Journal}

Behind the Scenes of the Cover for A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander

I'm so excited to bring you more goodies for the novel A Beauty So Rare! I hope you've had a chance to check out the recipe from the book for Eleanor Braddock's Savory Custard

You know they say not to judge a book by it's cover, but come on, we all do. If a cover isn't eye catching, we're not likely to notice the book. But have you ever wondered how a cover is designed? About all the thought and process that goes into making a cover as absolutely beautiful as for A Beauty So Rare

Here's a special behind the scenes peek into the woman who designed the cover dress for A Beauty So Rare. A big thank you to the author Tamera Alexander for writing this interview and for all the insight!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Eleanor Braddock’s Savory Custard Recipe- From A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander

Today I am very excited to share a special recipe with you. One of my all time favorite authors, Tamera Alexander, has recently released her newest novel called A Beauty So Rare. I am almost finished reading it and will have my entire review up shortly. Let me just say that you will love this book. In the meantime, the author herself has generously shared with us her recipe for the delicious Savory Custard found in the novel. 
My mouth is watering just thinking how great this recipe is. It's on my to-bake list for sure. 
Thank you Tamera Alexander for sharing this with my readers...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lovely Ladies Linky Party #30 {Six Blogs- One Great Party}

  Welcome to Party #30!
The Lovely Ladies have turned the big 3-0! 
I don't know about you, but I love my thirties. I'm totally looking forward to seeing what you're going to bring to the party this week! 
As you can see from the pic above, last week we had some fantastic links, and as always it was so hard to choose the features.   
 1. Gorgeous Spring Mantel {The Turquoise Home}
2. Dresser to Island Makeover {Addison Meadows Lane
3. Vintage Rose Bracelet Pattern {Little Treasures}
4. Living in a White Box- Dollar Store Decor {DIY Homegirl}
5. Bunny Tails Popcorn Mix {Framed Frosting}

Mod Podge Map- Accent Table Before & After Makeover

I haven't had any furniture makeovers to share recently, because well, I haven't found any pieces I need for my home right now. But when I saw this cute little accent table at a thrift shop last week, I scooped it right up.

It's is solid wood, but it had a lot of water circles on the top, and was very scratched. I'm thinking it was used as a cat scratching post in it's past life, I dunno. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I've Spruced Up My Front Porch For Spring, Have You?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love this time of year! Spring is always so pretty, with all the brand new flowers blooming and vibrant green leaves and grass popping up all around. The warmer weather is just begging me to get outdoors. Year after year I attempt to have a green thumb and I do my best to plant new flowers, veggies, and herbs and keep them alive. I’m not too great at it yet, but I figure practice makes perfect, right?

This year, I especially wanted to give my front porch a special Spring makeover by adding some colorful planters and flowers. As much as I like to make my space beautiful, I also like to find great deals that I can afford, so a trip to Dollar General’s Lawn and Garden department was in order.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lovely Ladies Linky Party #29 {Six Blogs- One Great Party}

Welcome to Party #29!

I'm trying a bit of a different format this week, and showcasing your features at the very beginning. Whatcha think? I know when I link up with new ideas (click here for a full list of linky parties), the features are some of my favorite things to see, so I thought I'd bring them to you front and center for a few weeks to see how we all like it. 

1. Vintage Sewing Patterns Display from Crystelle Boutique
2. DIY Burlap Bunny Bag from The Casual Craftlete
3. Quick & Easy White Bean Chicken Chili from A Dish of Daily Life
4. Gorgeous Spring Patio Inspiration from Ema's Grand Ideas

Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier {DVD Giveaway} #veggiesinspace

A copy of this DVD was given to me for review, no other compensation was given. My opinions are always 100% my own, and I was not required to give a positive review

I don't know about you, but I get so excited when Big Idea releases a brand new VeggieTales! 
Their newest show, Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier was recently released this March.
I think each time I watch a new VeggieTales with my family I claim it as my "new favorite", but this time I really think it is. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gone Catfishin' Down a Red Dirt Road

I hope your weekend was as lovely as mine was. We took a family day on Saturday, drove down some red dirt roads, and went catfishing with the boys. 
There's a place called Steve's Farm not too far away, and on a whim we chose to put away all technology (except the camera) and enjoy a gorgeous Spring day with the boys. 
They say pictures speak a thousand words, and I do agree.

{Create with Kids} Butterfly Garden Fairies

Earlier this year, I was a part of the contributor team for one of my favorite blogs, GingerSnap Crafts. I was able to share a fun craft for kids, but thought that if you didn't get a chance to see it over there, Spring is upon us and it's a great time to share with my readers here. 
Little girls and boys alike will have fun painting and creating their very own unique little fairy. This is a project for grown-ups and kids to work on together, not only making a craft but memories as well, and it's quite perfect for the Spring.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lovely Ladies Linky Party #28 {Six Blogs- One Great Party}

Welcome to Party No. 28!

Between a huge Women's Conference at my church, Spring Break, oh and this little event called MY SISTER'S WEDDING :) I think my months of February and March this year have been two of the busiest in my entire life. At least in my near memories. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OxiClean Gets Your Spring Cleaning Done Right the First Time!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for OxiClean. I received three product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Ready, set, go! 
It's time for Spring cleaning!
I'm not sure about you, but while I'm cleaning, I like to make sure a job is done right the first time. Other than the amount of elbow grease you're willing to put into a project, you know that the supplies you use can make or break a job well done. 
This Spring one of my favorite cleaning brands, OxiClean, is introducing three new products to make sure the cleaning gets done right the first time-  OxiClean 4X Extreme Power Crystals, OxiClean White Revive Laundry Stain Remover, and OxiClean Laundry Detergent.

How I Boost My Kids Spring Wardrobe with Finds from Dollar General #DGstyle

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

Moms, you know that as each new season rolls around, one of the things we have to consider is how much our kids have grown since last year. When purchasing new clothes to replace the ones they’ve outgrown, we’ve got to find pieces that are affordable, and yet trendy and comfortable so that they’ll wear them. Sound about right? I'm not going to lie, I LOVE shopping for kids clothes. There's just something about finding a perfect shirt with their favorite character, and the big smile on their face when they see it. Even better when I can find them at a great price. Warm weather clothes are some of my very favorite. I guess it’s because spring clothes are usually bright and colorful. This year while shopping for deals, I found that the spring and summer line at my local Dollar General (shop apparel online) hits all my marks. Affordable, colorful, and trendy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lovely Ladies Linky Party #27 with Features! {Six Blogs- One Great Party}

Welcome to Party No. 27!

I hope you all have had a great week, and that no one got pinched this past St. Patrick's Day! 
Next on the agenda is Spring cleaning. Who's ready? 

In the meantime, your party hostesses have been quite busy, here's what we've all been up to this week...

Monday, March 17, 2014

40 Fabulous St. Patrick's Day Ideas! #StPatricksDay2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2014!

I have put together a round up of 40 unique recipes, crafts, and home decor ideas to inspire your inner leprechaun today! 

The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

As a self-proclaimed huge Julie Klassen fan, I have been waiting with great anticipation for the release of her newest novel The Dancing Master! I've read every book by this author, and she has never let me down. And honestly, look at that cover, it's gorgeous! I couldn't wait, and I finished the book in under a week.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Eat Heart Healthy! Join Campbell’s Soup & the Address Your Heart Campaign

"This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company. I have received a promotional item as a thank you for participating in this campaign."

Creamy Turkey Vegetable Lasagna

Recently, I feel like I've been talking a lot on my blog about eating healthy with my family. As I've looked into different healthy recipes and options, I'm realizing that it's all about the ingredients. The excuse of not having enough time is becoming less and less valid, because eating healthy doesn't mean complicated recipes.
A new campaign from Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart”!
Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes that are certified by the AHA and product coupons, as well as Campbell's on Facebook for great recipes and offers.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lovely Ladies Linky Party #26 with Features! {Six Blogs- One Great Party}

Welcome to Party No. 26!

Can you feel Spring in the air? I love this time of year. It always feels fresh and new, and it's gets my creative brain spinning!

The Method of Marbling *Martha Stewart Living* {Prize Package GIVEAWAY}

"I'm participating in a promotional campaign for Martha Stewart Living magazine, and have been given a promotional item as a thank you. My stated opinions are 100% my own"

Photo credit: Ryan Liebe for Martha Stewart Living
Have you had the opportunity to check out the newest edition of Martha Stewart Living magazine yet? The Spring Color Issue is available on newsstands and iPad now (March, 2014).
As always, in this edition you'll find many great living, food, and craft ideas. I found that one of the most unique features in this particular magazine is the method of marbling.

How to Clean Dried Out Craft Paintbrushes

How do you clean your dried out, yucky, gunky, hard as a brick craft paintbrushes that you accidentally left in paint overnight? Or in my case (often actually) for several days? This is a little trick that I've used for as long as I've been painting, but I'm sure it's not anything new. Painters have probably been cleaning their brushes this way since the year 300 BC, but I thought I'd just throw it out there to some new crafters who just may want to know the secret.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Saving My Morning with Nutri-Grain® Fruit & Oat Harvest Cereal Bars #NGHarvest

“I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central for Nutri-Grain. I received product samples and promotional item to thank me for participating.” #MC #NGHarvest

My dream morning (cue the sweet background music)... the alarm goes off at 6:30AM but because I'm so organized, I can push snooze for another 30 minutes. Backpacks and lunchboxes are already packed. The kids outfits are neatly laid out, next to  them is a neatly folded pair of socks and both tennis shoes. I'll have plenty of time to don my apron and prepare gourmet breakfast experience. No one has to be at school or sports early, and when I wake each sleepy little child up, they awake with no argument and a lovely little angel smile on their sweet morning faces...

And then there's reality- most mornings are crazy, especially before coffee. My husband and I scramble to get it all done, everyone oversleeps a minimum of 10 minutes, we're scrambling out the door, and while we make sure the kids are fed, we often completely forget about breakfast for ourselves. Sound all too familiar? While I don't have it all figured out, I have found a yummy morning breakfast solution- Nutri-Grain® Fruit & Oat Harvest cereal bars are perfect for on the go mornings!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It's a GNO Movie Night! Go See The Single Moms Club {Giveaway Winner Announced} #SingleMomsClub

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Lionsgate. I received promotional item and a prize pack as a thank you for my participation. #SingleMomsClub #sponsored

"You see it's not so bad. 
You cry, but soon you laugh"
-From the character May on Being a Single Mom

Come on ladies, it's time to plan your next Girls Night Out, and I've got the perfect suggestion. Grab your besties on March 14, at watch new feel-good chick-flick The Single Moms Club.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lovely Ladies Linky Party #25 with Features! Six Blogs- One Great Party

It's party time again! It seems like the weeks are flying by, I can't believe it's party number 25 already! I'm putting together a great St. Patrick's Day round-up for next week, so link up your best creative projects, home decor, recipes, well, you know the drill.

How to Make a St. Patricks Day Shamrock Shirt {Fun for Kids}

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and no one wants to get a pinch for not wearing green! 
I recently shared in a guest post how to create a custom art apron with crayons, and that technique works well. This is another extremely easy way to create a shamrock shirt featuring your child's very own original art! My son Isaac loves to color, and I couldn't wait to spend a fun evening with him making his shirt. 

Children's Book WEEDS FIND A WAY by Cindy Jenson-Elliott {Giveaway Winner Announced}

Love them or loathe them, weeds are here to stay, finding their way into cracks and crevices, fields and flower beds, and maybe- just maybe- into your heart too.

Weeds Find a Way is the debut children's book by Cindy Jenson- Elliott, beautifully illustrated by Carolyn Fisher.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Do You Know What Your Kids Are Doing Online- iparent.tv Can Help! {Giveaway Winner Announced} #iparenttv

If you're a parent of kids who are familiar with any type of smart device then listen up. If you've been a reader here for any length of time, you already know, I'm a mom of five kiddos myself, all of whom are very familiar with the operating systems of most things that start with an "i" or have a keyboard.
Do I worry about what my kids will see and do online? You betcha. Do I monitor is frequently. Oh yes!

However, with the introduction of a new subscription-based program called iparent.tv our job as parents to be one step ahead of our tech savvy young members of our family just got an extra boost.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lovely Ladies Linky Party #24 with Features! Six Blogs- One Great Party

Welcome to Party No. 24!

How has everyone been? We've had a bit of a warm week here in Florida, in the 70's and rainy. It must mean Spring is on the way. It definitely feels that way.
Which leads me to believe we'll starts seeing links for lots of Spring cleaning and organization ideas, crafts, warmer weather foods, well, you know, all the goodness that welcomes a new season!
Of course, you're most welcome to link up all types of creative ideas and posts. I can't wait to see what you have this week.

Creamy Corn Casserole {EASY Recipe}

Here's an easy creamy corn casserole recipe for you, it's a perfect side dish.  It's actually one my teenage daughter Arah brought home a few years ago from her Grandmother, and it's become a family favorite ever since.

Monday, February 24, 2014

{Easy Custom Kids Art Apron} I'm Contributing at Beauty Through Imperfection Today!

Today I have the pleasure to share this super easy Art Apron Craft for Kids, over at Beauty Through Imperfection. You can hop on over and find the full tutorial there. I'll warn you though, it's so easy, you'll probably want to make more than one, so just be ready...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

{Butterfly Garden Fairies} I'm Contributing Today at Gingersnap Crafts


I'm over at Gingersnap Crafts, where I'm sharing at full tutorial on how to create these absolutely fabulous Butterfly Garden Fairies. You're little ones, girls and boys alike, will love creating these magical little characters. 

Hop on over and check them out, and if you'd like stop back by and let me know what you think!

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