Pom Pom Photo Garland

I was planning to add a couple of other garlands to Harper’s Hooray banner that hangs above her bed. It looked too plain just hanging all by itself.

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That’s when I noticed an awesome photo garland over on Natalie Creates. Hers is huge and hangs behind her dining room table. I love it so much! I knew I wanted to make one for Harper’s room.

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It’s much smaller than my inspiration garland, but I think it looks really cute and adds a lot of personality to her room.

Sidenote: Please ignore those ugly nail holes. They are still there from awhile ago and I keep meaning to fill and paint them. I need to add that to my list.

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Once I hung it on the existing nail, I added a yarn pom pom on top. I wish I would’ve bought the trim with the smaller pom poms. I looked at that first and decided that I thought Natalie probably used the larger one…I was wrong. I may go back and buy the smaller one and use this for a future project instead. We’ll see. It works for now.

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Harper loves it! I ordered a small stack of photos from Postal Pix (love them!) and let her pick out her favorites.

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That’s it! Another simple project crossed off my list!

Weekend Recap

Last week was Hudson’s spring break and we stayed very busy. Most of our fun was simply hanging out and playing in the backyard, but we also hit up the zoo and went for a hike in the forest. Here’s a photo recap of our fun. It all started with a trip to Sioux Falls to visit grandma and grandpa and ended with lots of digging in the dirt for worms. It was such a great week! I was sad to see it end.

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All of these photos were taken with my iPhone. I haven’t been good about carrying my big camera around with me lately. I really need to get back in the habit. I don’t feel like my phone is taking as good of photos now, especially compared to Jeremy’s new iPhone 6. I think I need one…

15 Books in 2015-Book Three

While browsing the books at the Goodwill a few weeks ago I found a copy of Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. It was one of the first “real” books I read when I was younger. I loved it then and just had to buy it so I could read it again.

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I loved it just as much this time around. It’s a love story between a boy and his hunting dogs. If you’re a dog lover like me then this story will definitely tug at your heart strings. I cried again even though I knew how it ended.

It’s a young adult novel and a quick read, but such a good story. I’ve been recommending this book to friends since I first read it and I still recommend it. I plan on loaning it to my mom so she can finally read it. I can’t wait until Hudson is old enough to read and understand it. I know he’ll love it too.

On to the next!

Happening Now

Spending lots of time outside! Hooray!

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Working in the yard. Yesterday I finally cut out a bunch of bushes that I’ve wanted gone since we moved in 8 years ago. It felt good.

Making, making, making lots of good stuff to list in my new etsy shop. I’ve always wanted to open a shop for fun. Here’s a sneakpeak…

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Reading about how to build raised garden beds and what to plant. I can’t wait to get started.

Watching The Voice once again. It always sucks us in.

Awaiting the arrival of our Northern Exposure dvds from Netflix. It’s time to catch up with the residents of Sicily, Alaska again. If you’ve never seen this show you are seriously missing out.

Getting started on Hudson’s birthday plans. It always seems to sneak up on me.

Cleaning the house today with the windows open. *Sigh*

Putting together a collection of artwork (most of it free and can be found on Pinterest) to create a gallery wall in Hudson’s room.

Trying to decide on a new wall color for our bedroom. I got the samples and they’re hanging on the wall. Now if I could only pick one.

Loving the fact that it stays light out until after 7:00 now, but boy are the dark mornings hard to get used to again. However, I am also loving being able to watch the sunrises.

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Committing to running again after a bit of a hiatus due to all the sickness that’s been passed around in our house including me. I think we’re finally on the upswing though.

Feeling super excited about my birthday trip to Kansas City to see Fleetwood Mac at the end of the month! It will be a great way to celebrate turning 35.

Thinking I better get going on my to-do list!

I hope you have a great weekend!

 

15 Books in 2015-Book Two

Last night I finished my second book of the year. I read Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford.

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This book had been on my reading list for quite a while, so when it went on sale in the Amazon store for $2.99 I snatched it up.

As I’ve mentioned here on the blog before, I am always trying to be aware of how much I’m using my phone and trying to make sure I’m putting it down and paying attention to what’s really happening around me. I’ve gotten so much better about it and am happy with the amount of time I “waste” on my phone now.

This book definitely validated my feelings about how I needed to be aware of and stop the addiction. There were a lot of great examples in the book about moments and memories that may have been missed, but weren’t because she decided to go “hands free”. However, I do feel that the book got a little redundant after a while. I started to skim over some of the stories by the end because I felt like I knew lesson by that point in the book.

I would recommend it to my friends, especially if they are having trouble with the addiction to technology. It’s a great reminder of how much we can miss if we’re not paying attention and giving the people in our lives the time they deserve.

Happening Now

Feeling super excited about the weather this weekend and spending time with friends.

Planning to clean up the yard and get it ready for spring.

Pondering the idea of opening at Etsy shop. I have some ideas of fun things I’d like to start making.

Reading Where The Red Fern Grows. It was my favorite book when I was little and I’m enjoying re-reading it after all these years.

Watching Hart of Dixie. It’s sort of a guilty pleasure show. I even got Jeremy into it.

Looking forward to grilling dinner every night this weekend.

Trying to figure out a plan for Spring Break. We could really use some time away from our house.

Thinking that we’re super behind on our movie watching and maybe we should rent one tonight.

Laughing a lot more again lately and it feels so, so good.

Wishing you a great weekend!

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Spring Cleaning Progress

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I’ve made some major progress with my spring cleaning due to the fact that the weather has been so cold. We haven’t been out and about much during the week or on the weekends, so I’ve been able to cross a ton off the list.

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The cleaning list that I’m using can be found here.

The check marks are the chores I’ve completed. The lines are the chores that don’t apply to our house. I still have a lot to do, but I’m happy with my progress. The list even inspired me to finally paint our linen closet. It’s been an ugly mint/lime green color since we moved in almost 8 years ago. Gross. I know. I’m pretty sure it was the original color and the house was built in 1973. It was the only closet in the house that hadn’t been painted. Now it has a fresh coat of white paint. I also cleaned it out and got rid of a ton of junk. It looks awesome.

It’s amazing the difference a little bit of paint can make. The next painting project will be the master bedroom, but I have yet to determine the color.

This weekend the temps are supposed to warm up quite a bit, so I think we’ll get started on some yard work and outdoor projects.

Bird Feeder Craft Complete

I included this awesome bird feeder craft from Handmade Charlotte on our Spring Bucket List because I knew the kids would love it. We are huge bird lovers around here. Hudson has a ton of bird stuffed animals and we spend a lot of time bird watching at our backyard bird feeder. It’s fun because we have so many different kinds that frequent our feeder daily.

I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but since the weekend was supposed to be cold, I figured what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than making a Spring craft.

I didn’t get any photos of them in progress, but this is definitely a craft for the grownups to make. There’s a lot of cutting and hot gluing, so there wasn’t much the kids could help with, but we did take them to the craft store and let them pick out the materials.

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Oh, I should note that instead of a paper towel roll as the base, we used tubes that originally held glow bracelets. They are very thick cardboard tubes. Much thicker than paper towel rolls. I saved them in hopes that I could eventually use them for something and this was the perfect project.

I would definitely recommend this project. The kids love their new toys. They are really quite sturdy and seem like they will hold up well over time. Most of the materials are basically recyclables or things you have around the house, except maybe the felt which is really cheap at the craft store. I think this only cost around $4.00 with the exception of the tiny pom poms that we bought to use as the bird food.

If your kids like birds you should totally make this for them.

Happy March! It’s almost Spring and I couldn’t be happier!

15 Books in 2015-Book One

I finally finished my first book of the year. I hadn’t been able to read all that much because of my anxiety. I just wasn’t able to focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time, but my mind is starting to feel less foggy.

As I mentioned before, Jeremy bought me Yes Please by Amy Poehler for Valentine’s Day. Once I started I had a hard time putting it down and it got me back into reading again.

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I loved the book. I think it’s the first autobiography/essay style book by a famous person that I’ve read. I love Amy Poehler. How could you not?! She’s smart and funny and I pretty much want to be best friends with her.

The book was so interesting. I loved reading about her past and how she got started. Her honesty was awesome. There were so many great stories, anecdotes and quotes. She’s hilarious.

If you like Amy even a little then I would highly recommend this book.

Spring Bucket List

Since I’m super excited and anxious for Spring to arrive, I decided to make another Spring Bucket List to print and hang on our fridge. These lists are such a great way to let the kids keep track of the things we want try to do during that particular season and the things we’ve already done, as well as, a way for us to come up with an activity at a moments notice.

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**Note:This printable is for personal use only**

To print your own copy simply right click on the picture, save it to your computer and print.

(If your wondering about the play birdfeeder craft, it can be found here at Handmade Charlotte. I came across it on Pinterest a while back and knew my kiddos would love it. We’re big bird lovers around here.)