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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Ideas {Handmade}.

Mother's Day will be here before we know it.
{Still cannot believe that Easter has already come and gone!}

I love making HANDMADE presents to give to those who are near and dear to me.
I always feel like it shows that you put forth an effort - and that you care.
{Not that gift cards, etc. DON'T....those are def at the top of my fave things list!}

If you're wanting to branch out and make your Mom, Sister, Grandma something from the heart  
- - here are a few of my own ideas from the past few years.

They're all VERY simple and VERY affordable.


These cute magnet boards are made from the DOLLAR TREE serving trays.


You can put up a favorite picture OR a favorite recipe - - place it in a kitchen, bathroom, wherever.
The possibilities are endless with this one.

Tutorial HERE.


Another EASY project involving things found from the Dollar Tree.


All you need is some spray paint, a frame, a candlestick and some type of flower for embellishment.

Tutorial HERE.


I made these easy DIY frames up last year for the graduating seniors in my Young Womens group.
They were SUPER easy and turned out SUPER cute {at least I thought so!}


You can purchase the unfinished frames at JoAnns, Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
All you need to do is spray paint them and then hot glue your embelishments on.
I typed up the girls' favorite scripture and put it inside but you could do ANYTHING in here.
A fave quote, picture, etc.

Tutorial HERE.


And last but not list - - are these super simple candy/treat dishes.
If you've got hot glue - you can make this one in no time flat!

Tutorial HERE.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2-fer Tuesday.

2 Things I am Looking Forward To:

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Our upcoming trip to the D-land.
We're going for Carson's birthday this year and I know I say it every time BUT...I get just as excited {if not more?} than my own kiddos.

Mickey Mouse, Corndogs and Rollercoasters - does not get better than that, folks!

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This bless-ed piece of goodness is opening up only 10 minutes away from us.
April 30th.
Cannot wait.

Their pork salads are TDF.
{To. Die. For} 

They're the type of salads, where the more you eat, the better it keeps tasting and before you know it, you've downed the whole thing and feel sick to your stomach.  
But a GOOD kind of sick to your stomach....if you know what I mean.
We will be visiting this new one frequently.

2 Things I Need to Tell You About:

This Book - -


by Catherine Rae Purves

If you buy ANY book this year for your family to read - - I mean ANY!...then you really need to make it this one.  

I found it the other day while I was shopping at Deseret Book and after reading the first few pages in the store, I found myself tearing up!  IT WAS SO TOUCHING!!!

I bought it and read it to my family last night for Family Home Evening and AGAIN - - I started crying my way through it.

It is SUCH a SWEET little book.

The premise is about a little girl who prays to God, and questions His ability to KNOW and UNDERSTAND each one of his children on this earth.

It is endearing, charming, heartwarming and the BEST book I have read to my kids in a LONG time.

And no, you don't have to be 'Mormon' just to read it....
If you believe that there is a God and that he watches down on us - - this book is for you!

You can purchase it through Amazon HERE.
{And Good Luck trying to make your way through it without a few tears.}

This Song - - 

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Hands down NEW FAVE SONG of the moment.
CANNOT GET ENOUGH of it's catchy little tune.
You can take a little listen on iTunes HERE.
{I have it on repeat on my laptop right now.}

Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

This Weekend:

* Joe had a 'medical procedure' done on Friday.


Since I couldn't be inside of the room with him when it took place, he was kind enough to take this 'selfie' for me.  He really does have the best sense of humor.
{And no worries - - ALL is WELL!}

* We picked up the kiddos from my parents house afterwards and headed home for the rest of the day.

* Our cute friends the Anderson's insisted on bringing us dinner.


Barro's Pizza + Gourmet Cupcakes = the way to my heart.
So grateful for such kind friends!!

* Afterwards, I headed over to the most darling little engagement party
at our church.


I absolutely Love LoVe LOVED this color scheme with the stripes.


* Joe and I stayed up late Friday night watching Dateline and 20/20.
{Did anyone else see the 20/20?  The bit on how people spend THOUSANDS of dollars on psychics? Good gravy!}

* Saturday morning was our Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the park right by our house.


The sugar rush of the weekend, 
officially began NOW.

* We headed home and rounded up my brother and nephew to dye Easter eggs with us.
I thought I was SUPER clever this year, by purchasing the plastic white eggs that you can color.
{Because for reals - who really needs 24 hard boiled eggs?!}


And while it WAS nice to not boil eggs - 
these plastic ones were a BUST.
They did not take to the dye very well at ALL!
{Plus - we had no deviled eggs to eat afterwards so....next year it's back to the traditional route.}


* We baked up my mom's recipe for Carrot Cake {the best of the best} and delivered them to a few of our peeps.

* I managed to sneek in a 2 hour nap on Saturday afternoon.
{Easter prep is VERY exhuasting, no?!}

* We met my sister and nephew HERE for dinner Saturday night.


{Do they not have the BEST 'Cactus Blossom' EVER?!}

* Sunday we attended Churchey-church.
THIS song was sang as a duet and I swear I teared up through the entire thing.
SO powerful!




* Easter evening was spent over at Joe's parents house with his entire family.


Fun was had by all and highlights included:

* Grant finding the GOLDEN egg aka the one filled with a $20 bill.
{SCORE!}

* Ham dinner with potatoes and all the fix-ins.

*The devotional Joe's mom prepared for all us, based around the Savior.

* Strawberry shortcake for dessert.

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One of my very favorite talks ever, 
given on the Resurrection and Easter is from 
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin called "Sunday Will Come".

To watch a short 2 minute excerpt {trust me - you'll want to} click HERE.

HAPPY EASTER!