August 19, 2014

Wake up Wednesday!



               Welcome to the 30th week of 

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32 Blogs  -  1 Party
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Today I want to share my front porch with you. My accessories have both complimenting and contrasting colors in them. I wanted them to work with my house color (Cabot exterior latex stain in Spruce Blue.) and not clash.

Glass Insulator Lights

Glass Insulator Lights
Today, I thought I would share with you some of the lights what we installed in our new house! 


Carrot Orange Bread

Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze
Created a special treat today that I know you will love.  I’m calling it my Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze.

Even though my Peach Cobbler was a failure this week, living in Georgia: I HAVE to can peaches each year. Now, we have a ton of Summer Georgia Peaches for the next few seasons thanks to successful canning. 


Whipped Feta Dip from The Pink Recipe Box

Whipped Feta Dip | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Sometimes I feel like the recipes I share with you guys are too simple and too fast to 
call them recipes. Today is one of those days. 


Thrifty Thursday...Glass Mushrooms for the Garden
from Artistic Endeavors Inc 101
A trip to the thrift store with my daughter yielded supplies for a quick garden project.


Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
from Upstate Ramblings
Slice of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
Pizza makes an good family dinner, because it is not only quick to make it is cost effective too.  But always serving cheese pizza is boring, so I like to change it up with some different toppings.  A few weeks ago I made Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, and the family loved it!


Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos Recipe
from A Mom's Take
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
While I grew up eating what I now refer to as the American version of a beef taco, I found as an adult that I much prefer the milder flavor and taste of a traditional shredded beef taco.


DIY Citrus Avocado Face Mask
from Robyn's View
Citrus Avocado Face Mask
Avocados are rich in moisturizing oils and healthy fats that you skin will adore. When you combine avocados with the skin brightening properties of citrus, you have a face mask that can’t be beat!


DIY: Cucumber Mint Body Scrub + Free Printable Labels
from Living Frugal with Erika
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I know that we all need a little relaxation from time to time, and what better way than with a DIY Scrub? Not only is this perfect for relaxing at home, it also makes a wonderful frugal gift idea! Take an afternoon and create this easy DIY Cucumber Mint Body Scrub

 Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub
from Living Chic
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I have been obsessed with Homemade Body Scrub recipes lately. I decided to whip up a Coffee Sugar scrub recipe of my own this morning. It is so easy and very inexpensive.


Funfetti Cake Bites

Funfetti Cake Bites
We love dessert at the Smith House, and though I’m obviously not a professional baker, I still enjoy whipping up some sort of sweet treat to share after dinner.

How-to: sew a soft ball
from Green Apple Colttage

soft toy ball
Another baby boy was born on the very day I posted a picture of a home made soft ball  I had sewn for my nephew. A perfect opportunity to sew another one, don't you think? This time, I added several loops.


Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

from Cooking with K
Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread
Have you every heard of yellow squash in a quick bread recipe?  I was first introduced to it last summer  by my daughter.  I love to bake with zucchini in bread, but never had made any with summer yellow squash.


The Last Wall in my Kitchen!!

from Debbie Dabble

Finally, I would like to share with you the last wall in my Kitchen......
And wrap up my Series on my Kitchen where I shared One Wall at a Time......




Every weekday I get an email from Short Daily Devotions, this one yesterday really touched my heart and spoke to me. I really want to share it with you today.

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August 15, 2014

Guardians of the Front Porch

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.

I don't know about you but I am not a big fan of a sales people cold calling at my front door.  Now I know they are just doing their job and I am never rude but there are some that are worse then others.  So when we see some guy moving door to door with what seems like a packet of information we warn everyone in the house not to open the door.  Yes, we are the family that hides until they move on by.  But every now and then one gets up to the door and someone unknowing of who is on the other side of that door opens it only to find a smiling sales guy,  YUCK!!

A few weeks ago one of those sales guys made it up to the house and he rang the doorbell and then next thing I knew I saw him running from the house.  Not to lie I was thrilled...he was leaving and I didn't even have to listen to some sales pitch on how I couldn't go on any longer in life without buying what he has to sell me.  After about 20 minutes when I knew he was probably off our street I went outside to see what had sent him running.....only to find a nice little wasp nest tucked up under our overhang in front of the door.  They were very busy with some type of home improvement project because those little guys where just buzzing in and out at a rapid pace. I watched this little nest quickly  increase in size over the next week and figured it must be time to evict our buzzing little friends once they started getting very possessive our our front porch.  They had after all freaked the mail guy as well as made a pizza delivery very difficult.  They had become the Guardians of the front porch...except that it was my front porch and they were claiming it as their own.

Remembering my can of Hot Shot® Wasps & Hornet killer I armed myself with the can and a hose just in case it got out of hand.  I had already used my can of Hot Shot® Wasps & Hornet killer before and knew that it would shoot the distance I needed since it said it had a range of 27 feet so I wasn't worried that it wouldn't make it to where I needed it but I wasn't sure how quickly  "kill's on contact" meant.  Last time I sprayed there where no wasp on the nest.  This nest had tons of workers and I did not want to become a pin cushion for any of them...hence the hose.  So after a small prayer that I would not find out that day that I was allergic to wasp I started to spray.  They started to drop dead to the ground..and I mean dead...not wiggling or in the process of dieing those suckers where dead and no longer felt at home on my front porch.

The up side is that our front porch is now free of possessive wasp Hot Shot® Wasps & Hornet killer. The down side is now sales men will no longer be chased away.  Even better is I could solve the problem on my own and didn't have to call some overpriced exterminator to do what a can of Hot Shot® Wasps & Hornet killer and a few minutes could do for far less. Do you have any bugs that need to feel less "at home" at your house? Have you ever used Hot Shot® Insecticides before?
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August 14, 2014

Bed wetting and GoodNites* TRU-FIT*

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.


I'm a parent of a child who struggles with bed wetting.  First, let me clear the air of a common misconception that I hear a lot in conversation.  When moms get together and this topic comes up Some of them assume that he was never potty trained correctly.   That is is a matter of control or that I didn't do a proper job teaching him.  Actually when he was a little guy he did great.  Then as he got older he started to wake up wet in the middle of the night.  When this all started I called our family doctor and the nurse told me that it was probably just enuresis (commonly known as bed wetting), but to rule out any health issues lets have him come in and just do a physical and make sure that it wasn't symptoms to something greater. I was relieved to know it wasn't. We talked about how bed wetting is more common in boys than girls and it is usually something that they grow out of. That while trying to cut out liquids before bedtime is a good step it won't prevent bed wetting. That the most important thing to do is to not let it hurt his son's self esteem. To know he is not doing anything to cause it and that there is nothing wrong with him. To try and establish a good bedtime routine that will help him stay relaxed. That stress will only make bed wetting worse and will turn a small disturbance into a much bigger problem. It’s estimated that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 in the United States suffer from nocturnal enuresis.

I see one of my many jobs as a mother to help my children be the best person they can be.  That means to encourage them, protect them and help them grow to be confident people.  This was not helping to build my sons confidence and my mission since it first started was to help him keep a positive view of himself while treating his bed wetting discretely, after all I was pretty sure he did not want to post an ad in the school newspaper announcing the issue.

Through all my research and work on accomplishing this task that was when I was introduced to the GoodNites® company and their line of products. One of the things I appreciate the most about the company is that they work very hard to empower a child and their  family.  That the offer many different products to fit what works best for your child and I know first hand how different each child is....out of our four not one is like the other so who would try and treat them the same.

One of the great products that I have had the opportunity recently to try out from GoodNites® is GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear. It's such an great concept and really removes any "hidden secret" aspect if he spends the night or has friends over to our home.  TRU-FIT* Underwear is just like any other underwear except  is accompanied by a disposable, absorbent insert – designed to protect sheets and PJs all night.  The insert fits inside the underwear and you wouldn't even know it's there and he places it there himself.   So over the next several weeks we will be putting all of our other "bed wetting weapons" aside and using GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear exclusively.  Then I will circle back and let you know how they work.  I have a great outlook because so far they have worked like a charm and my sons really loves the fact that he has nothing extra in bed with him and he is wearing normal underwear that even has a a cool design to look like any other kids underwear.

Do you have a child who is dealing with bed wetting?  What do you use to help your child feel confident and dry throughout the night? Would you like a coupon to try our GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear on your own...of course who doesn't LOVE coupons!!!  You can find them at your local Walmart or Walmart.com and are made for boys and girls.  They come in sizes S/M and L/XL with colors and patterns for each size.

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I would love to invite you to the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Twitter party on Wednesday, September 24 from 8:00am – 9:00am PST/ 11:00am – 12:00pm EST.  I'll be there and joining in on great conversation about what GoodNites® offers you and your child to help with bed wetting.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.

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August 12, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday!!



               Welcome to the 29th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

32 Blogs  -  1 Party
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Gourmet S'mores
Another chocolate recipe; no one is more surprised than I am, but when you find a fun recipe it needs to be memorized. It is really easy. Easy is my favorite kind of recipe. Since I can’t eat graham crackers or chocolate (they both contain soy), I felt compelled to write about my workaround. This recipe uses cocoa powder and I substituted gingersnaps for the graham cracker. I think they should be called Gourmet S’mores.


Tags Galore!

Mixed Media Tags, vintage ephemera, Faber Castell Pitt brush pen
I added some vintage inspired ephemera to each tag with gel medium and highlighted them with either a charcoal pencil or a black Faber Castell Big Brush.


Doing Good: A Seed Grows in Columbus - An Organic, Urban Garden Feeds a Community's Growth
There is nothing more powerful than a woman on a mission.


Great resource if you're trying the 3 Day Potty Training Method with your toddler!
I've been kind of a skeptic of the "3-day Potty Training" methods everybody posts on Pinterest.  I mean really, who believes that you can undo a lifetime of diaper use in less than a week?  Well, it turns out that toddlers are smart cookies.


10 Family Dinners That Start with Ground Beef

10 Family Friendly Ground Beef Recipes
If you have a large family or a big group coming over for dinner, you might set right to work cooking up recipes for tacos or making up some hamburger patties. But, what if it's just you and your small family of 4? What then? You need an action plan and a bunch of family-friendly beef recipes!


Dealing with the emotions of starting school (kiddies and parents!)


The other day one of my kids brought a paper snowflake from school.  They learned how to make these at school in one of their art classes.Then I remembered making these as kid myself. We used to make a bunch of these and glue them to a string to make a garland/bunting to decorate the house


How to Reupholster a Dining Chair Seat + Dumpster Chair Reveal // Budget Girl --- My first try at reupholstering anything. It turned out so much nicer than I imagined! #chair #dining #reupholster #upholstery #decor #furniture
Remember my dumpster chair? I finally finished it! Are you ready? 

DIY Ribbon Organizer Tote

This ribbon organizer tote is easy to make, inexpensive and stackable. I contemplated other storage methods that involved affixing the ribbon spools to a stationary rack, (wall-mounted, etc.) but opted for the flexibility of being able to store and use the ribbon in a variety of locations with this system. 


I love DIY projects as much as the next gal, but I hardly ever have a few good free hours to devote to getting all the supplies together and completing the project and making a good old mess.  I wish I did but I just don't.  So when this DIY project popped into my head I knew it was just for me-cute, fun, simple and quick!!  


Raspberry and Mint Scented Water
We all know the importance of hydrating ourselves, but do you actually do it?  I know I don’t!  Water is so blah tasting, so why not spruce it up by infusing it with fruits and veggies.  I figured I would give it a try and if  nothing else, my kids would enjoy it.  Besides it looks so pretty, doesn’t it–kinda makes you want to drink it.  Here are 10 hydrating infused water recipes that look tasty and easy to do.


Eggplant Rollitini Pasta & Fruit Punch in a Pinch
Take a break this summer and make it a summer night in with this phenomenal dinner and cocktail combo that we’re sharing with you today.  We all need a new recipe from time to time, and I can tell you that I for one am always up for trying a new girlie drink!

If You Can Color in a Coloring Book, You Can Paint

Painting is so much fun. I think you'll enjoy it too. Tole painting allows you to create really 
beautiful and unique things for your home and makes wonderful gifts for friends and family. So grab your surface, your patterns, your paint and your brushes and lets begin this adventure together!

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