2013 Recap

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Years!
I'm so unbelievably grateful for 2013
Some highlights:

Started this blog
Purchased our house
Remodeled our house (started anyways)
Met the amazing Tana & now assist her at Mom's Best
1 1/2 years of marriage to my love
Met amazing people 
Shared ideas & collaborated with talented people &webistes
Learned how to use that silly camera of mine
Explored new talents
Laughed a ton
Made tons of memories 

And now to start it all over, how grateful i am for opportunities,creativity, & relationships.
Bring on 2014.... I'm ready!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Merry late Christmas!
Christmas was so good & love spending time with family
But now I'm on to New Years & I'm planning a fun New Years Eve party
Check out this DIY tutorial I made over at Mom's Best
plus a FREE cheers template!

Make these fun mugs for your guests to take home as party favors 
all for less than a $1, crafty & fun party favor, the best of both worlds!

p.s. stay tune for a fun new years eve party shoot


Friday, December 20, 2013

finally finally done & wrapped! 
I made these giant yarn pom-poms & tied them to gifts
phew, somehow Christmas shopping seemed overwhelming this year
I'm a firm believer that everyone should have 
an amazon wishlist BEST invention ever

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


& just how beautiful is that fireplace?
my amazing dad built this amazing fire place for us..
i'm just smitten with it & yes every season it get decorated!

here's what was here before...
 see that mirco-mini fireplace on the wall?
kind of by the door? don't see it.. worry I didn't even realize we had
a fireplace when we bought the house it was just "there" before
oh don't worry we demo'd that half wall too



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Did you perhaps head on over to Mom's Best
 to print these little tags out and make this cute calendar?
if not you should! Make this for the last few days before christmas..
 it's not to late! & please do buy those little deer for christmas
trust me you'll use them on everything!!

DIY advent calendar

Friday, December 13, 2013

First let me say how much of honor it was to be featured in
Babiekins Magazine, an entire spread to my self, someone pinch me, please.
Check out this advent calendar over at Mom's Best Network,
pssst, check me out monthly I contribute!

such an honor to be featured!
and to be able to participate in helping Tana at Moms Best
gather products to be included in each themed gift guide!
be sure to check out Babiekins & Moms Best
it's absolutely adorable!

check out my Advent calendar over at Babiekins & Moms Best gift guide!


Sunday, December 8, 2013


hey there, a little super hero kit is fun for everyone right?
no matter little kid or big kid, for your young womens this year
we're doing a little "super hero" gift exchange.
 the limit was $5 so I had to get a little creative 
& my young women loves captian america!

You can make this little mask with some glitter felt & elestic
& I cut out some starts with the same glitter, glued them on hair tie 
& attached them to fingernail polish & I also made a little cape for the lip balm.
I found the make up bag at the dollar store & cut and glued some glitter felt
& maybe I'll throw in some tick-tacks as "Super Hero" vitamins

ta-da one super hero kit for $5! 

print the hero mask here. For more super hero masks to print click here.


Saturday, December 7, 2013


Happy Birthday to a very special lady,
my mama, that's right its her birthday soon &
we love big birthday celebrations around here!
So here's to a wonderful lady that loves 
and takes care of this family of ours, we love her.

 be sure to check out Tiff's shop over at Paper and Pleats
for these cute tags! she has the absolutely cutest shop!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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who doesn't like target?
check out all these christmas items, 
they will surely get you in the christmas spirit
and better get entirely affordable for your christmas budget
I have my eye on that cute little globe  & it's only $12!
you only get to decorate once a year so why not go all out?

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Since its the month of thankful-ness I have so much to be grateful for.
Here's what I'm Thankful For.

1. My hubby, this is the hardest working man I know
he makes me laugh everyday. I'm thankful for his determination.

2. My family, seriously I know everyone thinks they have the 
BEST family, but I promise you I really do.

3. Modern medicine, since my hubby was diagnosed with MS,
I'm thankful for the medicine that slows down his body's relapses.

4. My happy home, I do love my little gray home on the corner,
I just love spending time with the hubs remodeling it.

5.  My education, I'm thinkful for the schooling I received in design,
it's opened my eyes to a new world that is so inspiring.

6. My knowledge of the gospel, I'm so thankful for 
being raised in the church & for the gift of eternal families.

7. My love for christmas spirit, I inherited this from my mama,
she would listen to christmas music in july- no joke.

8. My wonderful creative parents, I inherited there unique creativity,
I'm so thankful for that, I grew up in my mom's craft room with a 
hot glue gun in my hand..& christmas music playing.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

today we're throwing this baby its first party.
& I made this sweet little topper for this babes first cake!
I purchases the deer from Sweet Estelle on etsy & than painted them lime & pink
we're thinking my sister may be doomed to just girls.. we'll find out!

you can print these easy DIY clouds here via HGTV
trust me you'll want to keep making more & more because there so cute
go to Mom's Best Network to see more pictures from this party! 

happy gender reveal-ing!

go to Mom's Best Network to see more pictures from this party!   


Monday, November 25, 2013

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I need all these winter staples.
including those glossy red hunter boots. 
 because suddenly winter hit iowa here last week & boy
 was it a harsh reality.... 

I think i'll be adding those boots, scarf, & mittens 
to closet this year


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

and than I proceded to the basement where I thought in my head,
"yeah every room should be decorated for Christmas" that way it's really cheerful,
and than i proceeded downstairs, where we just recently remodeled & finally bought furniture.
so maybe I got carried away but it's christmas & everyone just loves this time of year....
the last picture on the right is a finished photo of our finished board & batten,
check out of basement before pictures
it was pretty scary & sad down there in the basement but it's starting to come together

happy christmas decorating!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

I've started decorating for christmas, 
I know, I know, it not suppose to happen till after Thanksgiving
but I absolutely can not help my self... goodbye pumpkin & welcome christmas
Yesterday my nieces helped me decorate the tree & they are good helpers, 
Their little Christmas spirit is just what we needed around here.

& than the night ended a dinner date with the hubs, buying & installing new blinds,
and hanging fresh green garland around the house.

scroll down just a bit further to read more about this easy DIY deer christmas box.

I just love christmas! 

p.s. since there are first photos i've posted of our home since we've remodeled
check out Our House [Before] Tab  to see what we've been so busy working on......

DIY Christmas Box

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I've started getting my christmas craft on..
Somehow I just cant help my self around Christmas time.

Here's what you need to create this christmas goodies box:
an old index card box (I found mine at a thrift store)
Little deer + gold spray paint - $3.99

I painted by box white.
Than painted my deer gold
& painted my tree a blue color.
Than glue doted my figurines on top.

If you have kids it would be cute to put a new goodie in the christmas box
everyday & have them open the box everyday for a surprise!

here's another view.. 

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