Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DIY Mickey Mouse Wreath

I was so excited to make this last week!

My in-laws work at Disney part time and love all things Disney.  I saw this idea somewhere on the Internet (I tried to find the site I saw it on but couldn't find it again; if this is your original creation please claim it!).  I knew that it would be a fun DIY to make for them for Christmas this year!


This was so easy to make.  I bought 2 Styrofoam wreaths; 2 small and one large at Hobby Lobby (make sure to use the 40% coupon they always have!).  I marked off where I wanted the color sections to be so that they would be evenly spaced, then just wrapped yarn around it.  (Hint:  I would put the starting end perpendicular to how I was wrapping the yarn, so that the tail was secured by the wraps, if that makes sense at all).

Once they were all done I used toothpicks and tacky glue to attach the 2 smaller ones to the large one.  Let it dry, tie it with a ribbon, and there you go!

This would be so cute hanging on a door, though I think I would put it on the inside of the door and not the outside, because yarn and Styrofoam aren't exactly built to last in the elements of the outdoors.

Happy crafting!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY White Chocolate Mocha

If I were wealthy, I think I would be in danger of developing diabetes because of excessive trips to Starbucks.  I so enjoy Starbucks, especially this time of year ("White Peppermint Mocha's Anonymous", does that group exist?  It should).

Starbucks is definitely an expensive luxury though; nearly $5 for a cup of something to drink that isn't liquid gold or the tonic of  immortal youth and beauty is just a bit excessive.

So, imagine my delight when I ran across a recipe via Pinterest for a do it yourself version of a white chocolate mocha.  I was off of work this past Friday so decided to give it a whirl.

First, melt the white chocolate and milk on a double boiler (or a glass bowl over a pan of water, which is always my stand by "double boiler").  I was doing this while my coffeemaker so graciously made my coffee for me.

 You can't go wrong with Reddi-whip.  I'm sure it's full of things that I shouldn't be putting in my body.  But, since I've never smoked and drank less than a dozen times in my life, I figure I could do worse than an occasional Reddi-whip indulgence.


 Ah, looks yummy, but we're not done yet!

Chocolate drizzle just makes everything better.  :)

This drink was so good, and so stinkin' easy!  Get the recipe at Mommy's Kitchen--you'll be sorry if you don't!

Happy Mocha Drinking!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

If I Were...

I saw this over at April's blog and thought it was fun!  So here we go:

If I were a home, I'd be either something like this:

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solid and practical, with a touch of whimsy and a good dose of tacky.  Something that some people would say "oh dear gosh, no" at, and something that just a few would find charming.  It's also Auburn colors--double bonus!

Or, I would be something like this:

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 a house on the beach.  Nothing magnificent or ostentatious.  Just a simple (but not plain), inviting house.  With an excellent location.

If I were a quote, I'd be this:

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 or this:
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 or perhaps this:
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 or this (I really like quotes, can you tell)

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If I were a handbag, I'd be:


 A classic yet different navy and white striped bag.  Functional, cute, just a little out there and unexpected.

If I were a piece of jewelry, I'd be a vintage 60's piece of tacky yet adorable cuteness such as this:

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Or, a vintage classy little number like this:

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 If I were a dress, I'd be anything from Shabby Apple.  I couldn't get their pics to come up on my site, but this one is cute.  This adorable number is by far my favorite.  If I were wealthy you better believe I would have some of these dresses in my closet!

If I were a celebrity, I'd be Chloris Leachman, hands down.
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That woman is hilarious.  Love her.








Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Week! 


Don't you think Thanksgiving must feel like the middle child of holidays?  Big brother Christmas definitely is where the attention is 'cause he's popular and well known and nice to everyone.  Then little sister Halloween traipses about in her glittery costume and sugar induced gaiety and people just swoon.  Poor Thanksgiving.  We eat our pie and then get up in the middle of the night to focus on Christmas.  I was at Hobby Lobby last weekend and they were already marking down their Thanksgiving stuff to clearance prices.  And that was nearly 2 weeks before Thanksgiving ever got here. 

I for one will enjoy Thanksgiving in all of its glory!  I will wake up and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade from start to finish.  I absolutely love watching the parade.  I love the balloons, the Broadway numbers, the bands, the Rockettes...all of it!


 When I was a freshman in high school, I got to be in the Macy's Parade with my show choir.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  Walking through the streets of New York City (well, we sang and danced our way through most of them) and seeing all those people lining the streets was a remarkable privilege and wonderful memory.  My sweet husband obliges me and lets me watch the entire thing each Thanksgiving.  I can't wait to one day snuggle up with my babies while the food is cooking and watch the parade with them!  Such a simple pleasure, but I love it so much!

We plan on sharing a meal with friends of ours and hanging out with them in the afternoon, then we'll skip over to visit more friends at another event.  It will be a wonderful day, followed by another one for me as I have off of work (woohoo paid holidays!) and plan on decorating my house for Christmas and crafting to my little heart's content. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Kid's Bucket List

I read through an Internet article earlier this week that listed the top 40 places you should visit with your children.  I love lists, so I started thinking about the things I wanted to make sure I did with my kids.  A "things to do with my kids before they're grown" bucket list.  So here's my list so far of things I absolutely want to do with my kids, which, in all honesty, could also be called my "remember these things are important" parenting rules that I will try to live by :)



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My Kid's Bucket List/Parenting List


  1. take them camping
  2. let them decorate the Christmas tree
  3. have a dog
  4. let them collect bugs in the backyard
  5. finger paint (and not in the bathtub to avoid a mess; it's finger paint, not toxic waste!)
  6. dress up for Halloween
  7. stay up late just for mom and dad time
  8. learn to play board games and card games--not spend hours a day on a computer or in front of a TV
  9. teach my girls the cute little hand clapping games I learned as a little girl
  10. take them to Disney World
  11. visit museums and educational places
  12. make homemade ice cream
  13. eat the homemade ice cream for dinner
  14. stay up late to watch fireworks
  15. teach them why we have Memorial Day and Veteran's Day
  16. visit a nursing home; teach them the value and dignity that the elderly deserve
  17. let them see poor people; volunteer at a homeless shelter-more than once--so that they know what it means to truly go without
  18. let their room be a mess if that's the way they want it (within reason; otherwise known as "don't force your type-A-ness on them)
  19. dye all of their food green on St. Patrick's Day
  20. read them Scripture--often
  21. teach them how to pray; pray with them not just for them
  22. take them to the Grand Canyon
  23. take them to a beach--let them play all day
  24. teach them how to sing
  25. put them in gymnastics when they are little.  learning how to do a cartwheel is imperative to a good childhood.
  26. take them fishing.  
  27. make them practice sitting still
  28. let them collect things, even if it's something silly and it drives you nuts
  29. dress them like children, not like miniature adults
  30. let them watch DVDs of Loony Tunes so that they actually know what a good cartoon is
  31. make their birthdays special.  not with stuff; with memories.
  32. make them walk.  a four year old in a stroller is ridiculous.  do not have wimpy children.
  33. sponsor a child as a family-be involved in that child's life
  34. teach them how to eat well, and why we do it
  35. find a good church (one that makes Jesus exciting but isn't about selling him like a used car or the latest summer flick) and be involved there with your children
  36. teach them that obedience is instant, or it's not obedience
  37. let them know there are consequences to choices
  38. let them fail.  that's how they learn.
  39. play in creeks and flip over stones searching for salamanders
  40. pack a picnic of pbj and go eat dinner outside.  often.
  41. always have art supplies around.  feed their creativity.
  42. make home made play dough.
  43. teach them how to cook
  44. make sure they know how to swim at an early age
  45. speak Scripture over them; it will sink in
  46. always take the extra time to cuddle
  47. visit Kennedy Space Center
  48. read them stories about real people who lived:  Corrie Ten Boom, Anne Frank, Jim Elliot
  49. make them go outside.  every day.  for hours.  lock them out of the house if you have to
  50. teach them to entertain themselves.
  51. make a huge homemade slip and slide
  52. find somewhere with real snow.  take them sledding.  let them build a snowman.
  53. learn how to play an instrument
  54. teach them that they are part of your family, not the center of it
  55. make sure they take care of their teeth
  56. find the books that make them love reading
  57. let them decide how their room is decorated
  58. teach them the value of writing real letters
  59. let them save what is important to them
  60. take lots of pictures of every day moments
  61. praise them
  62. be their advocate
  63. go on road trips.  let them experience the joy of watching the world as it rolls past the car window.
  64. let them spend the night with other people
  65. teach them that God is bigger than fear
  66. take them to an amusement park
  67. pass on to them a love for Marvel movies and homemade popcorn
  68. try not to get too upset when she wants to wear makeup before you want her to
  69. teach her that they key to makeup is to look natural and enhance what's already there
  70. teach him to be respectful to women
  71. teach them that marriage is sacred.  your bed is no place for children.  if they are sick, they can sleep on a sleeping bag on the floor.  maintain this rule.
  72. teach them to knock and be given permission to enter any one's bedroom
  73. make sure know good manners and use them
  74. take their car privileges away if they drive like a moron
  75. eat dinner together as often as you possibly can
  76. make s'mores
  77. lay outside and watch the clouds go by
  78. make sure they watch a sunrise every now and then
  79. have frequent movie nights
  80. decorate the house like crazy for Christmas; the tackier the better
  81. have their friends over as often as you can; remember that your family is an avenue of grace and kindness to other people
  82. eat Popsicles all the time in the summer
  83. let them wake you up entirely too early on Christmas morning
  84. make sure they know that your homemade hour-and-a-half-to-make cinnamon rolls are way better than anything they can get in the store
  85. take them to Washington DC and teach them about our country; make sure they are thankful to be able to live here
  86. don't let them learn cuss words from you
  87. play in the mud
  88. tube down a river (especially fun if it's a non-commercial one)
  89. build sandcastles
  90. have a lemonade stand
  91. have a snowball fight
  92. play (harmless) tricks on them; and let them retaliate
  93. plant something and watch it grow
  94. tell them the Christmas story; make it exciting
  95. have tea parties with real cups and plates; buy them at Goodwill; who cares if they break?
  96. make homemade butter
  97. visit a farm
  98. play in a corn maze
  99. jump in leaves
  100. blow on dandelions when they're in their "wishing stage".  who cares if they're weeds and you are spreading them when you do that?  they are magical.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy, happy birthday baby...


This hot piece of work celebrated his 36th birthday last Friday.  I am so thankful for him!  So thankful that his parents raised him to be a good, hard working, kind, loving man.  Thankful that he enjoyed a wonderful family life growing up near Syracuse.  Thankful that he made the decision to follow Jesus as a teenager.  Thankful that he made his way south to find me.  Thankful that God brought us together when He did.

We had a nice evening celebrating.  Dave had to work but gets done early on Friday afternoons.  I do, too, but had actually taken that day off which was great so that I could clean house and bake his cake and run a bazillion errands.  We went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Genghis Grill.  We have their rewards card which is great because you get a free bowl on your birthday. (Yay for birthday coupons!).   We were going to rent a movie but couldn't find anything in Redbox worth watching, so we ran into Walmart and bought "Taken" on DVD instead.  Off to the house we went to watch it and eat cake.  It was a good, low key day. 

How I pray God continues to bless us this next year just as He has this one. He is so good!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lately

  • Cannot get this song out of my head, or out of my heart:



  • Am taking a "mental health day" tomorrow.  That reminds me of when I worked at the BCM at Auburn and our campus minister would call and say, "Amanda, I'm going to take a mental health day today, so I won't be in."  To which I would reply, "Well, Steve, it's 1:30 in the afternoon, so I kinda figured!"  :)
  • Am planning for Christmas---I love Christmas!  I've got my gift list ready and we're getting Christmas card photos done, thanks to a good friend who is doing them for us for way cheaper than we'd book a "real" session with. 
  • Tomorrow is my husband's birthday.  I offered to bake him a special cake.  His choice:  strawberry cake from a box.  To each his own.  Although, the cream cheese frosting will be from scratch, doggone it!  I have standards!
  • We are wanting to send a package to our World Vision kid.  What do you send a 13 year old boy that can fit into a 6x9 envelope??? 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Delayed Glory

I caught the tail end of a Beth Moore devotional on the radio this morning.  She was talking about the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 6 and how Satan wanted Jesus to go ahead and reveal himself, and she said something that blew me away.  She said, "We do not understand what glory is at stake when we want to rush everything we want God to do for us and we want it now."  She pointed out the restraint of Jehovah-shammah ("God is there").

It's ironic to me that I ask God for things to happen quickly while at the same time asking Him to glorify Himself in my life.

She's right you know.  We often do forget or don't realize that sometimes God delays His answer to pray so that being His glory (and often our benefit, too) may be magnified.  In the mean time, we keep praying and trusting Him.  His delays are always worth it!