Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites 11.21.14

We did it we survived week #15 of school! That means all of our hard work will FINALLY be rewarded with a week off. I am SO excited.

A week off school, a free schedule, and nothing to do most of the week except bake, watch Christmas movies and talk about Pilgrims. Sounds absolutely perfect to me

Onto this week Friday picks. 

{ONE} Christmas Link-up

Shameless plug #.... I lost track. 


But seriously, the link up starts WEDNESDAY. That is less than a week. So excited and encouraged by how many of you have made plans to join us. You can get the details in this post.

{TWO} Headband Tutorial

This week I posted a little DIY tutorial on how to make your own Athletic headbands.


I say athletic, but they are so much more than just an athletic band. Having a bad hair day, yup these work for that to. Sadly I have been sporting one almost constantly lately. I have A LOT of bad hair days. 

{THREE} Christmas Bucket List

I also shared my Christmas Bucket List this week.


I absolutely love making these lists, filling them with fun activities and being able to check the items off as we go. They have been so helpful with keeping me focused so we don't forget about any holiday fun. Let's face it the holidays are busy and it is so easy to forget about the little things that can make them so special.

{FOUR} Oh Christmas Tree

I did it, I put up the trees (all three of them ). It may have taken me two days but I am done. I can't wait to give a little holiday home tour soon. But for now I will just show you this (pardon the awful, grainy cell phone picture).


Now THAT is a Christmas Tree!

As soon as we decided our living room would have tall ceilings I imagined having a huge Christmas tree. So our first year here I asked for a 9 foot tree, for Christmas. Yes I know that maybe sounds a bit odd, but it works right?! Huge trees have huge price tags. Thankfully I received that gift early. Every year I put it up and think WOW that tree is huge then I grin and stare at it for about a month.

{FIVE} My Very First Giveaway

Yesterday I posted a book review of "The Waterlady" and launched my very first giveaway.


For your chance to win a copy of the book, and a $5 Starbucks gift-card check it out. 
Linking up with

Karli

Andrea

Darci

Have a great weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review "The Waterlady" & Giveaway

I was recently asked if I would like to review a book. My first initial reaction was, "Who, me?!" I still consider myself a baby blogger and let's face it, I am. But I quickly dismissed my surprise and jumped at the opportunity. 

I couldn't pass it up.

The Waterlady
An Ozark Tale


Seeing this is a children's book, I thought who better to help me with this review than a child?


"The Waterlady" is an enchanting tale of a mystical mermaid like creature who lives in a pond. She often finds herself lonely wishing for company. One day she just happens to get her wish.

After reading the book I asked Marissa what she thought. She smiled and said "I like it a lot". I then asked her what she enjoyed most about the story. She told me she really liked the waterlady because she reminded her of a mermaid. She also enjoyed the water ladies visitor, that was her favorite part.
This is definitely a book that a child with a whimsical imagination can get swept away in. That said, I believe my copy of the book was kidnapped by a certain little girl. It is safe to say that she loves this story and I am sure plenty of other children will to. 

Catherine's book is available for sale on Amazon you can also check out her blog along or find her on Facebook as well. 

Just last week now she asked me if I would like to add a giveaway to this review. Of course I would! I mean what good is a review without a giveaway, right?! 

This time of the year when I think about sitting down to read a book I imagine something warm to drink in my other hand. If that cup is red, that is even more exciting. She is supplying the book, I'll buy your cup of coffee all you have to do to win is enter!


See you tomorrow for my Friday 5!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's The Little Things: Snow Day


Sunday morning brought a small snow storm and the girls screamed with excitement at the huge falling flakes. On the way home from church the only thing they talked about was playing in that snow.

How could I say no.

We ate lunch, bundled up, dug the sled out of the attic and headed out.


The sled was a Christmas present, from last year, that I had to cut the tags off of. Last winter was a bit of a disappointment in the snow department. These girls were ready to finally put their sled to use. 


Never in my life did I ever imagine that I would be thankful for this hill. It is TERRIBLE to mow. I tried it once, almost ran myself over with the mower and swore to never do that again. Years of despise led me to this day when we finally had a sled and girls big enough to really enjoy playing in the snow. 



Not everyone is luck enough to have a great sledding hill in their front yard.

Fun for the girls, mom and dad! 

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My pretty little snow angel.


And my ornery stinker who clobbered me with a snow ball. Next time, she will regret that decision. 


It's only mid November, technically still "fall", and we have already played in the snow. I am guessing this probably won't be the last time this year either.

And of course the best part of playing in the snow is coming inside for a cup of hot cocoa.


Linking up with Jess


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Athletic Headbands {DIY}

Remember a girl who recently fell in love with a certain headband company? I was smitten, ready to order one in every single design. They were everything I wanted in a headband and oh so affordable...
so I thought.

If you have spent any amount of time around me you would know 2 things about me.

1. Saving money is not only important to me, it is necessary.

2. If I can make something myself, I'll do it. I am all about the DIY.

So I got creative.


Supplies needed:
Knit fabric that stretches approximately 4" wide by 18" long
Scissors
Pin
Needle and thread or a sewing machine.

First off let's talk fabric. What you are looking for is a knit fabric that stretches. You can find this at just about any fabric store. You want to pay attention to the feel of the material. Some feel cotton like, you don't want those. You are looking for a slick, polyester type material that HAS stretch.
I bought about 5" to make sure I had plenty to work with.

Fabric in hand your ready to start!

You want to cut the material in a rectangle approximately 4.5" wide and about 18" long. Try and keep it as square as you can. I discovered a few things making bands, these bands are very forgiving and some fabrics roll A LOT leaving them nearly impossible to lay out to cut. Just do the best you can and hopefully you end up with something like this.


Take that piece and fold it in half length wise with the right sides facing each others.


Fold that in half width wise.


Fold it in half one last time, width wise and secure the raw edges with a pin.

It should now look like this.




Get out the sewing machine and sew across this part of the band leaving about 1/4" seam


I usually sew back and forth a few times. It doesn't end up looking pretty but the good news is, it doesn't matter! You won't see this part of the band.


Flip right side out and your seam will now look like this.

Project complete. If it doesn't fit tight enough that is easy to fix with another seam.


Project cost: 

 I made 8 bands for less than the price of buying one. I don't even need to put a calculator to those numbers to know how much more affordable DIY'ing is.

Note: some materials look fine on their own with their raw edge, others may want to roll a bit but you can easily tuck the edge under a bit if the fabric wants to try and do that. You can also scrunch them up or fold them in half if your just looking for a cute accessory!


Now I am left with only one question.

How many headbands is to many?

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Bucket List 2014

It snowed this weekend and it was beautiful. 

I am not and probably never will be a fan of being cold but there is something so beautiful about the snow. It made for the perfect Sunday.

Snow + Red Cup + Favorite Gloves (that I made) = Happy Mama

 
Between snow, Christmas crafting and getting ready for a Christmas Link-up I am co-hosting. Thoughts of Christmas are filling my head. Somehow I managed to hold off getting out the decor (again), but I did start putting together a bucket list. We had so much fun finishing our Summer and Fall lists that I knew we needed to do another for the holidays. 


Excited, you bet I am! 

Feel free to snag this list and use it for yourself if you would like. 

And be sure to join us 11/26/14.


What holiday fun are you most looking forward to?


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Favorites 11.14.14

Another week has passed and it's Friday again.

 We are one week closer to Thanksgiving and I can hardly wait. Thanksgiving means food, family and a week off of school. 

Hallelujah!

This homeschooling family has been at it since early August and after 3 months of school we are ready for a much deserved break!

Now onto this weeks picks...

{ONE} Christmas Link-Up

Shameless plug, again.

So I am co-hosting my first link-up and it starts soon. I am so excited guys and I have been nothing but encouraged by all of you. Your comments of excitement and plans to link up with us have been so great to read. 


The link-up starts 11/26/14 Mark your calendars and you can read about the link-up details here

{TWO} Nestle Delighfulls

Through my Bzz Agent account I was able try Nestle Toll House Delighfulls baking morsels.

Guys those chips are legit!

Yesterday I shared my FAVORITE Chocolate chip cookie recipe with lots of holiday baking to be done these cookies are a must try. 


{THREE} New Christmas Pallet Sign

Last week I posted several choices to replace my fall pallet sign. Three photos all with different words or sayings. I asked for your opinions and you gave me some great advice, thank you.

What did I choose? Something totally different that wasn't even listed as an option, go figure. I was scrolling through my Pinterest Christmas board and it caught my eye, again, I HAD to make it. 


I love the combination of pretty shiny ribbon and the rough aged pallet boards. It turned out even better than I had hoped it would.

{FOUR} Thankful Tree

We are on our second year of having a Thankful Tree in our house. I am so glad we started this tradition it is definitely a highlight to our day through the month of November.



{FIVE} Christmas Crafting In Progress

I have been so excited this week. I am loving all of my blogging/ Instagram buddies posting pictures of decorating for the holidays. I used to think that I was the crazy early lady but some of you definitely have me beat, and I LOVE IT! To distract myself from my urges to dig out the holiday decor I decided to do some holiday crafting instead. Every year I find all of these Pinterest things I would love to make and then I forget about them until January #FAIL. Well, not this year. I sat down Monday and I made a list, and a shopping list.

Here are a few projects I have been/will be working on for the next week.

Advent Calendar


This painting, on canvas








The projects WILL get done this year.... hopefully. 

Linking up with

Karli


Andrea
Darci

Thanks for stopping by. If your new leave me a comment introduce yourself and say hello. I love connecting with other bloggers. 

Have a great weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!


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