Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – An Easy DIY Craft for the Non-Crafter!

Valentine's Day Verse on Burlap

Valentine's Day Verse on Burlap

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I love making small crafts with the boys, but I definitely stick with crafts for kids and easy crafts.  I went out on a limb and made this cute Valentine's Day verse on burlap and while it could be jazzed up a lot, it was pretty simple and even the non-crafter could tackle this one!

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Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies – Keep Some On Hand For A Quick Snack and Protein Boost!

Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies

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Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies

The holidays have come and gone, and like most people, the hubby and I made a lot of unwise food choices.  We started the new year off with a "healthy eating plan" and are making wiser choices!  It is going quite well, however my sweet tooth always tries to talk me into making delicious desserts and snacks.  That is why I made this recipe for Chocolate Mocha Double Protein Gummies!  They are a sweet, smart treat and a great snack to have on hand.  They contain plant-based protein, as well as protein from the gelatin, so it's a double dose!

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Coconut Cream Birthday Cake

Coconut Cream Birthday Cake

Coconut Cream Birthday Cake

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My mother made a delicious cake growing up that was referred to as a coconut cake, piña colada cake, and cream of coconut cake.  Only recently, while browsing Pinterest, did I see it called a "poke cake."  No matter what you call it, it's simply irresistable and delicious!  The Captain and D both requested it for their last birthdays, so I decided to jazz it up a bit and turned it into a Coconut Cream Birthday Cake!

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Three Ways To Grow Spiritually In The New Year – Prayer Wall DIY

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Three Ways To Grow Spiritually In The New Year and Prayer Wall DIY

Three Ways To Grow Spiritually In The New Year

It is always funny to me how at the end of the year, we are so busy and things are so chaotic.  The Christmas season is supposed to be about remembering Jesus and celebrating his birth here on the Earth, but quickly becomes about cooking, gifts, travel, parties, and other worldly things.  For me, every year's end, I find myself wishing that I had spent more time with Jesus and making plans to be better in the new year.  

Here are three simple ways to grow spiritually in the new year. Of course you don't have to start January 1st.  Any time is a good time to focus on Jesus, and these ideas are good year-round.  

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Stock Up On Essentials For Holiday Guests – Easy Storage Hack and Free Printable

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Stock Up On Holiday Essentials for Holiday Guests – Easy Storage Hack and Free Printable

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We have lived in some pretty tiny spaces since we have been married and have had to come up with an easy storage hack or two along the way.  Now, we are very lucky to be able to live in a decent sized house with lots of room for us to live and play, but it gets cluttered very quickly.  It still seems that there is just no room for extra stuff, especially with the Christmas tree, gifts, and decorations out.  Last year for Christmas, my hubby installed some awesome wire storage racks in our laundry room.  The space was being wasted, so he just measured the wall, bought two 4' long storage shelves and installed them in less than an hour.  I am able to use them to store extras of everything AND hang clothes to dry on the bottom part.  It has been SUCH a nice thing to have!  He also installed one in our bedroom closet.  Basically anywhere that you have unused wall space, you can add extra storage, which really comes in handy when you have guests over.

Materials Needed:

  • wire storage rack(s)
  • level
  • electric drill
  • pencil for marking wall

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D’s 5th Birthday Interview!

Happy Birthday Interview

How old are you?  five

What is your favorite color?  red

What is your favorite thing to drink?  Dr. Pepper

What is your favorite toy?  Slinky

What do you like to do?  play Mario Kart

What do you want to be when you grow up?  a builder

What color is your hair?  brown

What color are your eyes?  blue

What is your favorite sport?  soccer

What is your favorite song?  "Jesus Loves Me"

What do you like to do with Daddy?  play Mario Kart

What do you like to do with Mommy?  snuggle

What do you like to do with the Captain?  play Mario Kart

What do you like to do with Baby Brother?  play with him outside

What is your favorite restaurant?  Carino's

What is easy for you to do?  play Mario Kart

What is hard for you to do?  take down my brother whenever we are wrestling

What is your favorite thing about school?  centers

What is your favorite thing about church? potluck

What is your favorite thing to wear?  jammies

What is your favorite show?  Alvin and The Chipmunks (he doesn't even watch this, but ok!)

What is your favorite movie?  "Minions"

What is your favorite book? "Peppa's Night Time Book"

What has been your favorite place to visit?  Disney World

What was your favorite thing to do when you were 4?  play Mario Kart

There you go….Mario Kart has this boy's heart!

If you want to download a free birthday interview printable, click on the link below:

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Christmas Tree Craft for Kids and Our Favorite Christmas Books!

Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

We are always looking for fun crafts to do with the boys, especially those that take a little more time and helps them practice their fine motor skills.  I wanted to do a Christmas tree craft for kids, and the steps are pretty simple.  I took a technique we used to make this turtle with shell craft to make the texture on the tree.

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Sports Toys For Kids – Batteries Not Needed!

Sports Toys For Kids

Sports Toys for Kids

I have joined up with a few other blogs to give parents ideas for non-electronic, no batteries required gifts this year.  Whether you are just tired of the noise or want your child to use their imagination, this is the place to look.  There are so many ideas on the linky, so check it out!

Sports Toys for Kids

My family LOVES playing sports, so I have compiled a list of 25 of the best sports toys for kids.  These are all fantastic ways to learn new sports, practice old favorites, and best yet, get exercise!

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‘Tis The Season For A Pecan Pie Shake!

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'Tis the season for PIE!  Our family loves pie, and honestly, we had our fair share at Thanksgiving.  I love reinventing recipes and turning a classic holiday item into something new and spectacular.  We all think about ice cream in the Summer, but here in Texas, especially, ice cream is good year round, as is pie!  

My favorite ice cream treats are those served with big thick chunks of goodness in it.  Plain ice cream is just okay, but ice cream with pie in it?  I had to make it!  And you guys……it turned out SO much more better than I had ever anticipated!

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Making Memories Together: Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and Picture Ornament Craft for Kids

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Making Memories Together:  Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe and Picture Ornament Craft for Kids
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Being the mom of three boys is sometimes tough.  Most often, they would rather be playing a game or kicking a ball with Daddy.  This weekend, however, Daddy is on a retreat and the boys are "stuck" with Mommy.  Sure, we can go outside and play ball or play a game, but I wanted it to be a special weekend, doing things to celebrate the holiday season and spending time together baking and doing crafts.  Sometimes I get in over my head, but that is okay, messes can always be cleaned up. 

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