Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

We talked about Memorial Day a bit yesterday in our adult Sunday School class at church. A friend who is in the service mentioned (I am paraphrasing his words) that today isn't about thanking our current armed service members, though we do appreciate them. Today is about remembering the men and women who left home to fight and didn't return. Today is about remembering and being grateful for their sacrifice. I love my Memorial Day sales, barbecues, and time off from school schedules as much as the next girl...but I felt like writing it out myself today. 



May you have a blessed day, and God Bless America!

I'll be back tomorrow with some Features from the weekend link party, and I hope to share some reviews from my Spring Reading List this week. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Easy DIY Valentine's Day Gift

Do you get stumped when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts? It's hard to think beyond the box of chocolates when you're busy. My friend Heather from At the Picket Fence is here today with an Easy DIY Valentine's Day Gift. You won't believe how simple this is...and so pretty too! Please help me welcome Heather to the blog.
                          DIY Love Mug from At The Picket Fence

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I'm so excited to be here today guest posting for one of my favorite bloggers on the planet! It's always such an honor to make a trip over here to Serenity Now from At The Picket Fence, to visit with all of you!

When Amanda asked me to guest post for her, while she's home snuggling with and enjoying the newest addition to their household, the first think I thought of was a fun Valentine's Day Project...and what's better than a Valentine's Day project? A DIY Valentine's Day Project you can give someone else!    
DIY Love Mug from At The Picket Fence

It's so easy during Valentine's Day to get wrapped up in expensive gift giving. Now don't get me wrong, I love roses and perfume and jewelry as much as the next girl but I also love sweet, simple gifts as well and this is one that even the kid's can get in on.

Like this Love Mug that you can easily make yourself! It would make a perfect gift for a favorite teacher, coach or something fun to make for Mom or Dad!All you need is an inexpensive mug, paint pens and an oven!
Supplies:
White porcelain or ceramic mug (I purchased mine at the Dollar Tree) 
 Red and Black Paint Pen
DIY Love Mug from At The Picket Fence





Directions:
Draw a fun design. I made this one of a sweet little "flying" heart and the word LOVE Decorate both sides if desired Place on cookie sheet in cool oven. Bring to 350 and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool in oven. Consider hand washing to maintain design.

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That's it! Seriously, could this be any easier?! I just love how darling it turned out. I might just have to keep this one for myself. grin!
DIY Love Mug from At The Picket Fence


This sweet mug would be even sweeter with some of my Decadent Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark...
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...or my Chocolate and Pink Salt Dipping Spoons tucked inside!
Chocolate and Pink Salt Dipping Spoons and Mug from At The
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These delicious spoons are a great treat! Just wrap them up and tuck inside...who wouldn't love to receive this as a Valentine's Day gift?!
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Thanks for letting me share this fun and easy DIY Valentine's Day Love Mug with you! 
I hope you'll stop over and see us soon...At The Picket Fence!
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I'm in love with these simple gift ideas! Thank you, sweet Heather, for sharing your creativity with us today!

What's your favorite kind of gift to give or receive for Valentine's Day?

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Our Christmas, In Pictures (2013)

Here's what our Christmas looked like this year. Not like I planned, but is it really ever like that?





I'd show you a picture of me on Christmas Eve, but I think I'd scare away all my readers. Between having a baby, recovery, hosting a home birthday party, decorating, pumping, feeding the baby, late nights, Nutcracker craziness, and keeping up with all the girls' stuff, I just plain wore myself out this month. This meant that T had to cancel our Christmas Eve plans to host family, and I pretty much laid on the couch all day, except to feed Harris and to pump.

The tree never did get completely decorated. I don't think Santa cared. I didn't wrap any gifts until 8 pm on Christmas Eve. They're usually wrapped and under the tree for at least a week, but I didn't trust the German Shepherd with the this year. But somehow Christmas came anyways.

For the first time in twelve years of marriage, we stayed home...in our own house...all day long on Christmas Day. No getting dressed. No rushing through gifts. No packing the car up and loading kids in. No traveling around town to put in appearances. Just a quiet day at home. It was really fantastic. So much fun to watch the girls spend the whole day in their Christmas pajamas, enjoying their gifts and spending time with each other. My mom spent part of the morning with us, then the rest of the day it was just us.

I hope your day was extra special!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Just dropped in to wish you a Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a Child is born, 
Unto us a Son is given; 
And the government will be upon His shoulder. 
And His name will be called 
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, 
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
-Isaiah 9:6

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

On Christmas Eve...

I hope you relax and enjoy your family time today!

We're hosting family tonight after attending the early Christmas Eve service at church. Just finger foods this year. As I type this up on Monday morning, I'm just hoping I can get the gifts wrapped, the house cleaned up, and the food prepared. It's been a tough weekend with a stuffy nosed baby and a coughing mama. Maybe Santa will bring some relief for our stockings! {wink}


Whatever your plans are, may you feel loved and cherished on this special night!

I wanted to also take a moment to thank all the wonderful contributors to this year's Season of Serenity Christmas series. If you missed any of the awesome posts and projects shared in the series, you can click that link and they are all rounded up for you in one handy post!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Seasoned Oyster Crackers Recipe (Christmas Recipe)

I've featured today's guest poster several times for her fab recipes and projects that she's shared at my weekly link party. She agreed to contribute to this year's Christmas inspiration series, A Season of Serenity!. Please welcome Amanda Jane Brown...she has a scrumptious holiday recipe to share with us!
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What an honor it is to be here with Amanda's readers here today at Serenity Now!

With the inevitable hustle-bustle of preparing for Christmas, spending time with family and friends, and crossing off our to-do lists, this series is such a wealth of great ideas for keeping things simple! I, for one, am always looking for easy, yet delicious recipes, especially during the Holiday season, when good food is expected, but time is limited! I am sharing one of our all-time favorite recipes today, Seasoned Oyster Crackers!
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They are packed with flavor and are so versatile...great as an appetizer or party food, delicious in soups and chili, or perfect for Christmas gifts for neighbors, teachers, or co-workers. And best of all, Seasoned Oyster Crackers are a snap to make! Enjoy!
             
Instructions:

Preheat oven to 275°.
3/4 cup canola oil
1 packet of dry Ranch dressing mix
1/2 t. dried dill
1/4 t. lemon pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 pkg Oyster Crackers (next to Saltines at store)

In a large bowl, whisk together canola oil, dry Ranch dressing, dill, lemon pepper, and garlic powder. Add oyster crackers to the bowl and gently stir, coating well. Arrange crackers in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

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Bake 15 minutes or until crackers begin to brown slightly. Remove pan from oven and transfer crackers to a paper towel-lined plate. Cool completely, then store in an air tight container.

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I'd love for you to stop by Amanda Jane Brown to say hi and to find many more recipes for your Holiday cooking and baking! Merry Christmas!

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I could gobble those up right now! Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!

*You'll find more holiday inspiration for this season at my Christmas series, A Season of Serenity, which is running all December long. The posts are rounded up as each one goes live. I'd love for you to visit!*



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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pom Pom Snowman (Christmas Craft for Kids)

It can be difficult to keep the little ones occupied during the holiday season. You want to get them involved in holiday activities, but you also have to make "grown-up" time to wrap gifts, run errands, bake, etc. Carolyn from Homework is here today as part of this month's holiday inspiration series (A Season of Serenity). She has a super cute Christmas craft that the kids can help with! Keep reading to see how she made this adorable Pom Pom Snowman!

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Hello! Hello! I’m Carolyn from homework and I’m so happy to be over here at Serenity Now. Today I wanted to share with you a cute holiday craft that can be used for a variety of things. A little pom pom snowman.

To make a pom pom snowman, just make two pom poms, one slightly smaller than the other. If you’ve never made a yarn pom pom, it’s super easy.

Just wind yarn around your hand or a piece of cardboard several times. Slide the yarn off the cardboard or your hand and tie it tightly in the middle. Cut the looped ends on each side and fluff. Now get a pair of sharp scissors and start trimming into a ball shape.

Go slowly, trimming just a tiny bit at a time. Eventually you’ll have a nice fluffy pom pom. Stack the pom pom together with a dab of glue in between.


I made the hat and eyes out of black cardstock and the nose out of orange cardstock rolled into a tiny cone. The buttons are black sequins. You can use your pom pom snowman as an ornament or tie it onto a package to make someone’s gift extra special.

I hope you enjoyed my little holiday craft. Feel free to stop by and visit me over at homework anytime!
And thank you to Amanda for having me over today.
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Thank you, Carolyn!

*You'll find more holiday inspiration for this season at my Christmas series, A Season of Serenity, which is running all December long. The posts are rounded up as each one goes live. I'd love for you to visit!*



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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Free Christmas Printable

I am so pleased to welcome sweet and talented Erin from How to Nest for Less to the blog today for today's latest edition of my Season of Serenity Christmas inspiration series. She has an adorable FREE Christmas printable to show off today. Printables are one of the easiest ways to update your holiday decor in a snap. Check it out...Erin's simple instructions to download and print are below.

                     merry christmas and happy new year

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Hey everyone, it's Erin from How to Nest for Less. I'm thrilled to be filling in for Amanda today and sharing some Christmas cheer! erin how to nest for less

As a graphic designer, one of my favorite ways to decorate around the home is with printables! And I share a bunch on my site for every holiday.

Well today I have a new one just for the readers of Serenity Now!
merry christmas and happy new year

This is designed to be an 8×10 inch printable that you can cheaply frame or Mod Podge to a canvas board like I did for my Vintage Photo Prints or Back to School Boards.

Just right-click on the image above and save to your desktop. Then open, print and frame!
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And, if you're looking for another great holiday print, check out my Christmas Subway Art free printable. This is available to download by clicking here.
                                      christmas subway art free printable

Also check out my tutorial on how to make an ornament from your kid's artwork for less than $5!
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Thanks, Amanda, for letting me visit for the day and share my new printable. Happy holidays to everyone!

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Wanna see how fast I can get to my printer? Seriously cute, Erin! Thanks for taking the time to create something special just for us.

*You'll find more holiday inspiration for this season at my Christmas series, A Season of Serenity, which is running all December long. The posts are rounded up as each one goes live. I'd love for you to visit!*


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