DIY Spring Wreath

I think it’s safe to say that Spring is in the air!! (My allergies confirm this. haha.) I decided to celebrate the change in seasons by making a beautiful Spring Wreath. Today I’m going to show you how you to can make a beautiful wreath without paying the big price tag.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Grapevine Wreath

Artificial Flowers

Wire Cutters

Hot Glue Gun

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Start by cutting the each flower from the bunch it’s attached to using the wire cutters. (I strongly suggest using a bigger pair of wire cutters than I used because it will take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. if you don’t)

Next you are going to take the flowers and slide the steam through the wicker wreath in a pattern that you like. Once you have a pattern that you like glue the back of the flower to the wreath using the hot glue gun.When it’s dry cut off the excess flower steams from the back of the wreath. You’ll want to cut them close to the wicker wreath to make sure your wreath sits as flat as possible, once it’s hung.

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Then hang your cost effective Spring Wreath and enjoy!!!

Helpful Tips:

1.) Buy more flowers than you think you’ll need. Trust me half way through mine I had to run to the store to get more. Needless to say they were out of one of the flowers that I used, which lead me to rearrange my wreath.

2.) Use more durable wire cutters than I did. Using those little tiny things was like a cruel punishment.

3.) Buy your supplies from the dollar store. I bought all of my wreath on a whim from Hobby Lobby because it was half off ($4). When I took my weekly trip to the Dollar Tree they had wicker wreaths for a dollar. They also had some really cute flowers, so I wasn’t about to miss that opportunity. The total cost of making this Spring Wreath (with the cute little butterflies I added) was $15 dollars.

 

 

Apple Chips

The other day I let my 2 (almost 3) year old son pick out the apples we bought last week. Little did I know he picked out the sourest apples I’ve ever tasted. After trying the extremely tart apples (Pink Lady Apples) I had no idea what I was going to do with them. That’s when I got the idea of making Apple Chips. I’m always buying them anyway, so why not make them. Today I’m going to share with how to make your very own Apple Chips.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

4 Apples (They don’t have to be tart)

Cinnamon

Sugar

Parchment Paper

Slicer

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Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees. Place the  Then are going to slice your apples using your slicer. (The thinner the slice the crisper it will turn out.) Be sure to remove the seeds.

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Next sprinkle as little or as much sugar and cinnamon on both sides of apple slices. Then bake in the oven for three hours on the bottom rack. Turn off the oven. This part may seem a little crazy but let them stay in the oven overnight. They will be extra crispy.

Then the next morning take them out and store them or gobble them up.Enjoy!!!

 

A Crying Toddler isn’t the Worst Thing.

  My son is at that stage where he wants to be more independent, so one of the things that we’ve started letting him do is walk beside the shopping cart instead of riding in it. There are stipulations that come along with Deklin’s new independence. He must stay near the cart and if he gets two warnings for venturing off, he has to ride in the buggy. Last week my husband, myself and our curious two (almost 3) year old were grocery shopping and he kept venturing off. So we put him in the shopping cart and he started crying and begging to get out. (But my husband and I were pretty firm) All of these people were staring, acting as though they’ve never witnessed a child crying before and some of them were even giving us mean looks.  It infuriated me.

People like to talk about how todays children and even my generation doesn’t have any respect and they/we act as though we are automatically entitled to everything. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a child (that’s old enough to know better) throw a fit in the store because their parent told them they couldn’t have something and then watch the parent give in because they don’t want people staring or they just don’t want to listen to the crying. Usually at about the same time the person beside me in line will lean over to me and say “If I acted like that when I was that age, I would have gotten my butt busted”. ( I would have gotten my butt tore up too.)

But here’s the catch, today’s society hates to hear children cry. I remember before I had my son being in a restaurant and complaining that there was a crying child. I remember all  the crappy things I said everytime I heard a child cry but parenthood has humbled me. Do I now love the sound of a baby/toddler/child crying? Absolutely not! Do you honestly think that I want to walk around Walmart with my screaming crying toddler?!  NO! I don’t, however, my son has to learn that if he doesn’t act like he’s suppose to or do what he’s told there will be consequences to his actions. Unfortunately sometimes these lessons have to be taught in public. We can’t just parent inside the home, it has to be everywhere. It’s the job we signed up for when we decided to become parents.

My child isn’t going to grow up to be a menace, he will have respect for others, and he will learn that entitlement is earned not given. So for now you’re just going to have to listen to my child cry. I’m not apologizing for it.

SIDE NOTE: I would like to thank all of the strangers that have passed me as I’ve placed Deklin in time-out (in public) and then come over and told me I’m raising him right. As crazy as it may seem you’ve given me encouragement and reassurance that I’m not a total screw up  at this whole parenting thing. 

23 and Me

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Over the last couple of days I’ve had a few of my friends and family members ask me about information on the ancestry DNA test I took from 23andMe.com last year. So today I figured I’d talk to y’all about it and the experience I had.

  Why I chose 23andMe.com over Ancestry.com?

I chose 23andMe over Ancestry DNA for a few reasons. I didn’t care about tracing my family tree. The only thing I wanted to know was my ethnic make up. Lastly, it was the cheaper test at the time. (They run specials at certain times of the year, I bought mine in December for about $100)

  How it works?

You order the kit online and within a 3-5 days you receive it. Inside there will a test tube that you’ll spit into it and register it online. Then you’ll return it back to them and in 8-12 weeks they’ll send you the results. Not only will you receive your ethnic make up but you’ll also get information on medical conditions you could be prone to. In addition to all of that you can chose to connect with relatives. (I recently found a second cousin, I didn’t even know existed)

I would recommend this for anyone who wants to know more about their genetic make up or ancestry. It’s really neat and interesting.

 

 

About Last Week

I’m a planner, I always have been. I have backup plans, for my backup plans and even backup plans for those plans. Last week though no matter how well I planned and executed my DIY projects and recipes they failed miserably. I began to become aggravated and started questioning my ability. Then I took a deep breath and stepped back for a moment. I realized that I needed a week off from doing crafts and cooking. I needed a week off from blogging.

I know taking time off from blogging isn’t what a lot of popular bloggers would suggest. Especially, if you want to turn your blog into a business like I do. But sometimes you just need a reset so you can come back at your best. I love blogging and I enjoy making DIY crafts and food. I don’t want to ruin it by stressing myself out about it.

After taking a week off to just hangout with my husband and my little boy, I feel great I can focus creating new things. I have a ton of new blogs planned and can’t wait to share them with you. I guess sometimes you just need to take a break to return to something you love. Until next time.

Liebster Award


I’m extremely honored and flatter because I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. I was nominated by the lovely and talented Connie@BohemienArt. Y’all should check out her blog. She’s always posting something new and interesting! Thank you, so much Connie!!!

The rules of the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  3. Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  4. Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  5. Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  6. Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.

 

Here are Connie’s questions:

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I wanted something just for me and I enjoy making crafts and cooking. (Even if I’m not perfect at it. :D)

If failure were not an option what would you attempt to do?

If failure wasn’t an option I would start all of the  businesses, I’ve ever thought about. (Here’s a few I’ve considered: An ice cream shop that is open at night and delivers, a children’s museum, a restaurant just for kids, a children’s theatre, an outdoor movie theatre that has couches,etc. There are many many more but I don’t want to bore you with all of those.)

If you could live in any place of the world where would that be and why?

If I could live any place in the world I wanted, I would live in Tennessee. I know that may sound crazy to some of you but I feel as thought it is the best of everything. You get to see all for seasons, it has the mountains, and some country life. However, there are still some amazing cities to explore. The only thing that would make Tennessee even better is if it had an ocean near by.

What is your greatest phobia and why?

My greatest phobia is snakes. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because they can sneak up on you and bite you, leading to your death.

If money were not an issue what would be your next purchase?

This is a tough one but I think it would be a house. But not just any house but my dream house.

If you had to leave in a hurry for a trip, what would be the “must have 3 items” to take with you?

My must have 3 items if I had to leave in a hurry for a trip would be, flip-flops, deodorant, and conditioner for my crazy curly hair.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to own my business and I’m hoping through my blog I can achieve that.

If you have a really bad day, what’s the thing that can brighten it up?

When I’m having a really bad day the thing that brightens it up is hearing my son and husband laugh.

What’s your favorite cooking recipe and why?

My favorite cooking recipe is Homemade Candied Pecans because they taste wonderful and they also make the house smell amazing. So it’s a win, win.

What would be the appropriate soundtrack for the movie of your life?

The appropriate soundtrack for the movie that is my life would be  “What a Wonderful World” By Louis Armstrong

Here are the blogs I nominate:

Home Grown DIY

Buffy The Writer

Peas Romaine Calm

Thirties Flair

Sandra McCall

Southern Belly

Failing Up In The Kitchen

Miss Artsy Crafty

The DIY Chick

Beauty and Baths

Here are my questions:

Why did you start your blog?

What is you’re favorite book?

What does a perfect weekend look like to you?

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

What is your favorite Disney movie and character?

What advice would you give your younger self?

What’s your biggest fear?

Which do you prefer: A brand new car or a restored vintage car?