Fall Home Tour 2017

Fall is a season of change where we prepare to spend more time with our families, watch the weather get cooler, cozy up in our warm home, and enjoy the bounties of our labors. 

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Well, hello there! Welcome to my home! We’ve been pretty quiet around our blog this summer with all the activities going on and to be honest we just needed a small break to renew. I think it’s important to do that some times and now we are ready to share some fun new posts along with some exciting changes including a new look. We hope you stay tuned.

I am part of an amazing Fall Home Tour and am so grateful for Angelina of Peonies and Orange Blossoms for getting me off my backside, getting me ready for Fall and back on the blog. Be sure to read to the bottom to find links to the other awesome blogs participating.

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Recycled Cabinet Door

It’s time again for our Upcycle Challenge! I have so much fun with this monthly project just because I get to see what everyone in the group has come up with. I’ve gotten so many ideas and my brain is swirling with inspiration from all the talented gals that are a part of this. Be sure to hop around to the different blogs and you will see what I mean.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

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Knowing Amelia

This book!! Ladies I can’t say enough about it! I starting reading this book and got hooked immediately, but right in the middle of it, we moved into a new house. Life got crazy and I was dying to try and get some time to sit down and continue with the story. I even contemplated calling in sick to work one day to read. (I didn’t, but oh I wish I had!) FINALLY we got settled and I finished the book within a couple of days. I think my poor kids were sorely neglected during that time.

This book catches you first thing and holds on to you throughout the whole story. I fell in love with the characters and felt like we would be friends if they actually existed. In the story Olivia sets out on a journey to learn about her grandmother after her death and in the process finds herself when she didn’t even know she was lost. There is a mystery, love, hope, family secrets and forgiveness.

I love it when a story holds on to me after I have finished reading it, and guys… I can’t stop thinking about this story!

You know when you find the best book or a really great TV show that you just fall in love with and wish that you could go back in time and experience it all over again!? That is what I want to do with this story. It made me laugh and cry and left me wanting more!

Jen Atkinson is such a talented author and “Knowing Amelia” has my heart! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone of any age looking for a beautiful heartwarming story and you can bet I will be buying anything else she writes! You can follow her here if you’re interested.

If you don’t take my word for it here are some other reviews of “Knowing Amelia”

  • Beautiful story that makes me want to write my own living history and get to know my grandparents better.
  • I formed an immediate connecting with the characters, which are genuine and relatable, and no one can write the sensitive heartthrob quite like Jen.
  • How do I know when a book is profound? When it leaves an indelible impression on my heart. It leaves me wanting more, to be a better person. It leaves me pondering the content for days, the moral and lesson learned long after the last page has been turned. Once again, author Jen Atkinson leaves her audience in awe. Knowing Amelia is one of the most thoughtful, moving books you’ll ever read. Throughout the journey of discovery, love, and hope, you will laugh, you will cry, and you’ll forever be changed. And you will know and love Amelia as if she was your very own.

If you are interested in getting a copy for yourself you can purchase one here

Summer Water Fun

Keeping the kids entertained during the summer can be a job and a half don’t you think? And then there’s the worry that they are forgetting some of what they’ve learned during the school year. We’ve gathered some educational water ideas for some fun summer entertainment that will help solve both problems.

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Basic Care For Your Dog

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This post contains useful information for the care of your dog. It is a sponsored post, but all thoughts are my own.

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As many of you know having a dog in your home is one of the most rewarding and therapeutic things you can do for you and your family. The comfort, love, and entertainment they provide are beyond valuable and worth the extra time and energy they require. If you have a dog or are thinking about adding one to your family here are some basic dog care guidelines you need to consider.

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Best Bread Recipe + $500 Amazon Giveaway

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Is there anything better than the smell of homemade bread? Well, maybe other than a lotion slathered baby or fresh rain, but it’s up there in the “smell good” department. Today I’m sharing the best bread recipe in my opinion and this one is almost foolproof.

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Rag Rug Pillow DIY

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DIY Rag Rug Pillow

Another month, another Upcycle Challenge! Yay! I love to participate in challenges because it pushes me to get some projects done that I’ve been holding onto for so long. Today I’m going to show you how I made a simple rag rug pillow for my outdoor furniture. After making one I’m going to make a bunch more.

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Free gratitude printable

Here is your free printable! Just right click on the image and save it to your computer. 

Weeds: Hope Versus Despair

Easter is coming soon and we are thrilled to be a part of the Easter initiative the LDS Church is producing. We encourage you to ponder upon the Savior and all he has done for us. He is our Prince of Peace and if we follow him and have hope we will receive the promise of Eternal Life. Here are some of my thoughts during this special time of year. 

Do you ever overly ponder and analyze the experiences you have in your life to try and figure out why something has happened? I sure do! I pick apart the nitty-gritty details. I’m also the type of person who uses analogies to better understand hard things. The story I’m about to share has helped me understand hope versus despair.

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How To Paint On Glass With Chalk Paint

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Have you ever tried painting glass? I love how a little paint can change the look of a glass piece from drab to fab? I found this old cake plate at the thrift store and while I liked the look of it plain I wanted to change it up a bit to add to my colorful kitchen decor. If you’ve got some old bottles, glass vases, or even a cake plate that you’d like to give a face lift read on for tips on how I paint on glass with chalk paint.

Just a little paint can change up some old glass pieces

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