Archives for April 2013

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I love Mother’s Day.

My children hate it.

Did I mention the fact that they have to do what I WANT to do?

Did I mention that sometimes I make them work?

Like plant flowers and stuff?

Yup, I’m a mean motha’ on Mother’s Day :-).

There are some great gift ideas on Etsy.
Man, oh man I love that website.
Almost as much as Pinterest.


These would be so cute sitting in a kitchen window.

Menuete Designs
Each little bird has an initial on it.
Too cute.  These just make me smile :-).

Joy Edwards
What a sweet necklace to give to a mother-in-law.

This personalized chevron charm necklace or key chain is
so darn cute!  I’d like one of these myself…hint, hint, hint
(in case my family actually reads my post).

This would be an awesome gift for the daughter
who lives far away from her mother.

These are adorable for an herb garden in Mom’s kitchen.

What Mom wouldn’t love a picture of her child(ren) on her iphone???

This pillow says it like it is… SO TRUE!

Is your Mom a photographer?
This Etsy shop has a ton of different cameras you can choose from.
These little camera’s blow my mind!

Did I get your Mom’s Gift juices flowing?
Etsy has some great stuff.

Have a wonderful week.

PS I really am a nice Mom

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Spring Bucket List



First off , I owe everyone a big apology!!

I have been MIA for a while now and I am just going to be truthful… I have been

Winter does that to me. I hate winter!!
I just want to curl up and do nothing, which is not good when you have
a house full of boys!

Remind me next winter to plan lots of projects at the beginning of winter to help me survive the January- March blues.

Now that the sun is back out, I am coming out of my cocoon
and looking around.
Boy, how could I let everything get so unorganized??
Everything is a mess!

Mission for spring:
clean and clean,
organize, and organize!

The boys have really been enjoying the Bucket Lists that I have been making for each season, so I decided to make a fun, little Spring Bucket.   I got the pail at the Dollar Spot and just used my clothes pins. On one side of the clothespin I wrote what we wanted to accomplish, and on the other side I wrote, “We did it.”

Here are some of the ideas that we are going to be doing this Spring:

Go on a picnic
Plant flowers
Ride on a bike trail
Berry picking
Spring scavenger hunt
Make a kite
Fly a kite
Feed the ducks
Beach day
Make a bird feeder
Bubble fun
Make pinwheels

What are you doing for the remainder of Spring?

If you have any fun ideas I would love to hear them!

Thanks Mandy for having me!

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Ethan’s Baby Nursery


I’ve been so busy the last month working on two different projects!

I went straight from the Evangel House Office Project
into re-decorating a master bedroom/bathroom and a baby nursery.

I finished up  Ethan’s Nursery (just in time for a much-needed
vacation far, far away).
I’m thinking it might be one of those vacations when you need
a vacation after you come home :-).

Ethan is due in May.  His Mom (Shannon) contacted me in February
and asked if I had ever painted horizontal stripes.

There is always a first time for everything and I was up for the challenge!
(Tutorial will be coming later).

Ethan’s nursery was simple.
Shannon knew what she wanted, all I did was take her ideas
and make them happen.

Her inspiration was a special quilt that had been made out of Ethan’s
grandfather’s old polo shirts
(unfortunately, he passed away long before Ethan was planned).

Grey, khaki, yellow and navy blue, with wood accents
was what Shannon chose to use in Ethan’s room.


This is what Ethan’s room looked like before I got started.
(Okay, I had actually gotten started and almost forgot to take a before picture.)


You can see the quilt hanging on the crib.  So cute and original.
Love the white furniture Shannon chose.


Shannon and I worked on a gallery wall above the changing table.
Pictures will be inserted later.


Gallery wall close-up. Love the prints she had made by Jennifer Anderson-Bier.
She has a Facebook page called Designed by Aiden’s Mom.


The giant ruler was a gift that Shannon received.


Shannon found this “Latchy Catchy” on Etsy.
All you do is attach it to the door knob
and it’s quiet when you open and shut the door.


Why didn’t I have one of these?
Better yet, why didn’t I think of this??


More prints made by Designed by Aiden’s Mom
that were  hung above Ethan’s crib.


This is JAXON.
He is working on his barking manners so baby Ethan gets to sleep.
He is doing a good job.

Now we just need baby Ethan to get here….

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My Birthday Surprise!

A few weeks ago I received an
amazing surprise!

I had been whining about not seeing two of our grandchildren
who live in Long Beach (the other 4 live in town).

Guess what???

They surprised me by showing up for my birthday!
It was the best birthday present ever :-).

FYI… I turned the big 5-0.
Might I add I’ve never had a pain in my knee and woke up with pain in my knee!
What’s with that???

The one thing that we wanted to do was get a picture of the boys all together.
Easier said than done.

Here they are.  All 6 of them!
Connor decided he didn’t want to be in the picture.
Dad took him in the house for a short time out
and a good talkin’ to.

I think Tyler was shocked that someone was acting up
and it wasn’t him.

Poor Connor :-(.

Connor is out of his time out, but decided
he still didn’t want to be in the picture.

Connor gets interested in something crawling
behind the pillar.

In the mean time, Tyler decides to be a reindeer.

Now look at my Logi Bear.  He is being the best little guy he can be.
I seriously want to eat that child up.

Alex sits quietly (this is what Alex does pretty much all of the time)
and enjoys his “baby moment” with Owen who pretty much sits quiet all
of the time too (that baby is the BEST and easiest I have ever seen).

Did I tell you I want to eat him up too?
Especially when he smiles.
You could get lost in his dimples.

Alex is the oldest and Owen is the youngest.

Dominic decides there is something under
his fingernail that needs to be
attended to.

Dominic is the “Chatty Cathy” of the bunch.
Lord that child can talk an ear off.
Someday I’m going to miss it when he’s
too cool to talk to his Nana.

Tyler puts on his, “I never do anything wrong” face.
This is the face that does me in.
Seriously, I believe in him.
I know he does no wrong.


Connor is back in the game…

I’m so blessed.


Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole


I hope you all enjoyed your Easter.
Ours was wonderful and the weather was perfect for our Easter egg hunt.

We had a crazy weekend (Saturday I turned the BIG 5-0) so Easter was very low-key.
So, I decided to have brunch.

The challenge was to find a menu
(besides pancake and waffles) that everyone – young and old would like.

We kept our menu simple:

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole
Fruit Salad

I’m sharing the Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole recipe.

and everybody liked it.
Definitely “Pin” worthy!