Category Archives: Holidays

Simple Cookie Exchange

Here is something SIMPLE that doesn’t cost much…that you can do to think of others this time of year
get a couple of study friends..and put your brainstorming caps on
and come up with creative ways to share LOVE this season.
It DOESN’T have to COST much!
When money is tight..God can REALLY move:)
I am invited to a family cookie exchange this weekend so
I have been looking at various recipes…don’t you just LOVE to
look, salivate and need I say…EAT cookies?:)

I ran across this adorable blog and the colors drew me in.  I wish I could create 
treats that looked that good!  ask my family…we don’t have the best of
luck in the kitchen ..wink…wink!
Keep your fingers crossed for me ok?  seriously!  I wanna rock this 

just stinkin adorable…the packaging just makes it

I LOVE addicted SWEETS….happy dance

Are you participating or hosting a cookie exchange this year?
If so – what is the yummy recipe you will be using?
Here is my recipe { that I’m taking } from Picky Palate
{ btw a scrumptious place to visit…often:}

??wondering if I could cheat and use a roll of sugar cookie dough??
I will let ya know:)

Enjoy ALL the sugar now…cause January 1 it is going BYE BYE !!

Just found this cookie exchange! Pleasant Home

the frog prince paperie is a really cute site as well.  They have a double chocolate chunk cookie recipe with a free printable recipe card…super duper sweet!


Looking like Christmas ::: Coffee Filter Topiaries

 I want to take just a moment and thank all of you that take time to hang out with me from time to time…it has been a fun journey thus far and I am enjoying meeting such
lovely women AND kindred spirits…thankyou:):)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
everywhere you go…
at my house it is starting to look like this

We made music sheet paper page chains and coffee filter flowers and placed them before putting on the ornaments
I purchased Jones Design Christmas tutorial here for some ideas.
I will show you the whole tree later this week…do you see the ONE white tissue flower??  that is before i changed it to coffee filter flowers…lol!

I had two topiary’s sitting around and since I am working A LOT lately with coffee filters I just thought ” what the heck ” and glued them on!  I painted the pots in chalkboard paint…nothing original:) 
Here is my tutorial on how I do coffee filters…:)

Here is a picture I took of one of the coffee filter flowers I made…this one I glittered the edges.  I just make about 30 and stuck them randomly throughout the tree.

Here is a sneak peek at the two chalkboards we cut and painted and hung to the right of the fireplace.  I will do a post on this very soon.  I will show you the whole wall.  I am still tweeking a few things.  I am going SIMPLE this winter.  Nothing to much…just enough:)

Here is a picture of the topiarie’s outside…before putting them on mantle and tying some ribbon on..

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and another… I got fresh evergreen for the mantle and front door.  I am still looking for another candle holder for  my candle.  Gosh –that surround sound stuff REALLY bugs me:):)

I’ve also been working on some lampshades…what do you think?

We got Grace’s room painted and trimmed and finished the formal dining room walls that I am posting this week too!!  I can’t BELIEVE the change in her room with just what we did!! Amazing!!

Intentionally Brave Monday will be tomorrow…then back on Monday next week:)
The 30 day Challenge I am moving to begin on Monday December 6…due to I have been sick and it just didn’t coincide with my plans…go figure?  can’t control when your sick…lol!

Have a beautiful day…I am LOVING looking at all the Christmas decorations…it is my FAVORITE time of year!



Dreaming of a Red or White Christmas?

or maybe both;)
This is what I’m working on this weekend…
Our Saturday morning chocolate chip pancakes…it is 6 am and Grace has to be at gym at 7:30 and she has a friend spending the night and they want PANCAKES!  Their wish is my command of course:)
decisions – decisions
pulling out the trees
making the ornaments
preparing for the week of thankfulness
there is definitely a hum in the air
getting excited…what about you?
What colors are you using this year?
Here is just a little eye candy I found for my decorating inspiration this week!


I am doing those pattern stockings…they are adorable!  I LOVE working with paper and old paper at that!
Old patterns are everywhere at the thrift stores…cheap decorating…:)
Who doesn’t love all white…sigh
I LOVE this bed and bedding and the headboard…I love it all!
sweetness is glass wrapped in organic material – red berries…the wreath and even a K!   
another fav…simple…organic…might do something like this??
BLACK LETTER M Vintage Style 2 ft tall Wood Cut Out Signs Shabby Cottage ANY LETTER A - Z
I know it’s black but I love letters and black:)
Pillows…who doesn’t love them??  Especially with words…yep
Have a blessed Saturday…I’ve gotta go paint and hang a mirror:)
Source: all else  Country Living – Southern Living

Spreading not Dreading Thanksgiving { Season of Simplicity } #2

Don’t have Thanksgiving at all…at least not the traditional way!

I truly believe we are programmed to believe that
Thanksgiving has to “look” or “be” this way
That if it doesn’t – there is something wrong with us..their right. we’re wrong
we are missing out – they have it all
The blinking tower going beep.beep.beeps messages aimed to make us spend money we don’t always have
If we don’t do it this way we just aren’t in the spirit
Every magazine, ad, commercials, tv, radio and yes even our beloved blogland inundates us with this frenzy – we are surrounded

Our  family is going to test that lie this season.

Here’s the scenario

I posted Season of Simplicity #1 here.  With our financial situation coupled with some other  things I decided I was going to keep it as simple as I could.  Sounds good doesn’t it?

What did I then turn around and do?

I sent out the evite for all of the family to come to my house!…whew…how fun…I can make homemade decorations have more “simpler” food..whole food not lots of casseroles with 10 fattening ingredients etc.!

I then got up from my chair and I had company…You know who it was?  DREAD…I felt it silently squeezing my heart…it beat faster…fervently I started my mental checklist of what had to be done in two and a half weeks.    My house is a wreck … in every room.  I have 2 rooms in the middle of repaint projects
Slowly… I began to think I just made a big mistake.
~SO~ to make a long story SHORT
Here’s what we are doing INSTEAD
We are looking for somewhere we can all go and out..give back
we are going to a restaurant…yes you heard right.  A restaurant.  A place I don’t have to clean, decorate, plan menus…SIMPLICITY
we are going to my little sisters home that they just closed on yesterday { happy dance for her } and CHILLAX For our family it will be snacks, playing Wii, watching football, laughing like crazy and I guess;) we will help Amber and Robby unpack.
It is that SIMPLE
Do we { meaning my family } have to have the American Thanksgiving to have a holiday??  We shall see.
I can relax into the approaching Thanksgiving Day knowing that THIS year I can choose SIMPLICITY.  I will not be spreading dread - I will be spreading joy, peace, love, thankfulness, contentment…..
HHHuummm – Isn’t joy, peace, love, thankfulness and contentment gifts of the Spirit that we talked about in Season of Simplicity #1
P.S. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself some of those gifts too:) 
It makes me spread joy instead of panic to my family….;)
When I get out with people and give back or help out it really does change the way I am viewing things.  Really.  The world is FULL of brokenness –  we need each other. We need to and encourage
so that we can works both ways. give and take. 
Here are a few links that I found helpful and or encouraging!  One of my favs is Simple Mom
{  she says living simply looks different for everyone and I agree }


On Thankgiving day you can kickoff watching Christmas movies…we always do. its free!

Can’t wait to see how this post ends!


Child of the { LASTS }

My baby ~ my 5th child ~ she’s 11
she went to her 1st Halloween party Saturday evening
She had fun:)
and I’m so lucky to have her
she is the “grace” God gave me in my old age:)
She is the child of the “LASTS”
This is for the mom’s who know what I’m talking about…
everything the baby does is extra special…lol!

Next Tuesday I will post pictures of our Halloween Fun!