It's FRIDAY!!! Is anyone as excited as I am about this?!? Next week is going to be full of food, family and fun!! But first, I must share this with you!!
You know those cheap blankets that are for sale everywhere right now. The ones that are not really thick enough to keep you warm but are cute as a little accent blanket. I got this great idea to sew another layer to them!! I FOUND some flat sheets at the thrift store. I did not pay more than $1.99 for any of them. Matter a fact I even got a few for 50 cents! Then I Found a blanket to match!!! The blankets are around $2.50. I already have three made (for my girls)!!! They love theirs. After sewn together, these blankets are the perfect thickness to lay on the couch with, or carry in the car on a road trip! These are going to be great home made gifts for the holidays!
This dino sheet is going to make a super cute blanket!! I think I just might steal a nephews heart with it! (hoping! fingers crossed! I have lots of competition!)
... and I already know how cute this one is! I made it last night for my littlest miss who is absolutely in LoVe with donuts! We are going to take ours camping with us next week! WooT wOOt!! So excited!! Yes, I am making you all wait to see the the up-cycled sheets and repurposed blankets on Monday!! Until then Happy haPPY WeekEnd!!! See you Monday for Monday Makeovers! xoxo
When Life gives you Lemons... Make a Cake!
So that is just what we did!
Last week was busy! Really busy! It wasn't a bad week, it was just a busy week. Mom stuff. Asa needed dress clothes and shoes for his uniform check at choir today. Hannah needed boots, the temps are dropping and flip flops are frowned upon these days. Don't get me wrong, flip flops year round sounds like a good plan to me. However, if you take your kiddos to the grocery store, in 40 degree temps, with flip flops on, beware of the glares you'll get. I wore flip flops out once when it was around 60 degrees. A lady of a certain age (that I will not point out because I will be there in 10 or so years, and I may seem to think I need to let everyone know my opinion as well) made some rude comments to me. I can only imagine if she saw my girls in flip flops. Therefor, boots we must wear! Then there was ladies meeting on Wednesday, payroll on Thursday and Bible Club on Saturday and all the time that goes into preparing for these two really important monthly events. I do enjoy these things and wouldn't trade a minute for anything else. Then the usual mom stuff like laundry, breakfast, lunch, dinner, homeschool, haircuts, laundry, breakfast, lunch, ... I think you get it. I barely had a minute to spare, which left Miss Felicity feeling bored and lonely. She is my little shadow, but this week left little if no time for our Spot it games, book reading and I spy findings! "Mom it's so boring", she told me several times with tears in her eyes. When she found me sitting at the computer, working on devotions, BC flyers, etc., she would bring her game and say, "Mom, you haven't played this with me and you said....". By the time Sunday came along I was tired and really wanted my Sunday afternoon nap. But then there was this sweet little face looking at me that really needed some mommy time. "Can we make a cake?" she asked. Of course we can make a cake. She ran to the garage to get her stool and cake making we began! We looked through the cupboards to see what we had available. A white cake(boring) and a Lemon Cake(yummy!). We even had lemons!!
Her lips are sealed! I read the instructions to her. She got out each thing we needed and I taught her some little secrets! I told her not to tell anyone our Box Cake Secrets.
When the cake was finished we found some fun dishes (we only get these out for special times). It does not take much to make a little girl feel special! I highly recommend having a few pretty dishes tucked away somewhere that you only pull out for a time like this! We picked these up at a local thrift store years ago.
We sat and sipped our milk and ate our yummy cake together. We giggled when the others came in and saw we were having milk and cake without them. We giggled about our little secret of making the Best Box Cake ever!
She felt special! Can't you tell by her little face?! I doubt she'll have memories of 'the week mom was really busy and didn't have much time for books and games'. I just bet though, she'll remember days like this! xoxoxo
Oh! Your wondering what the secret is. It's simple, just don't let her know I told you. Because you know, it's our little secret.
When making a box cake, substitute the water with milk and the oil with butter and add a little vanilla. Then serve it with a smile and pretty dishes and it will be the BEST cake you ever made!!
We got snow today, that makes for a pretty awesome Tuesday! Hope you are having a super week! Check back Friday for Friday Finds. I missed last Friday (was super busy, remember?). I do have some stuff to share with you. See ya soon!
Since the first of November I have been posting, each day, a photo of something I'm Thankful for on Facebook. I thought I would share a few of the photos with you.
Thankful for all things CoZy! ~cause baby it's gettin' CoLd OuTsIdE~
Thankful for the Joy and strength we get from above!
~It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful!~
Thankful for all things PuMpKiN! ....really, it's something to be thankful for!
Thankful for His provision!
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink?
or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)
for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Matthew 6:31-32
Amazing Grace how Sweet the sound that Saved a wretch like Me!!!
Thankful for the right to vote!
(sorry for the blurriness of this photo, the camera on my phone is really bad)
This skirt! Okay, so I really didn't like it long (to my ankles). My intentions were to cut it off at the top and put a waistband in it for Hannah. However, after cutting the top portion off, and adding a small strip of lace here and there, I decided I liked it. It hits below my knees and looks great with boots and a denim jacket! It's fall-ish, and I can't wait to have somewhere to go to wear it!
Anyhow, I hope you all have a very LoVeLy week! I here we may see our first snow flurries in a few days! That means fuzzy socks, a cup of cocoa and cozy blankets may be needed!
Happy Fall Y'all!
Well Hello Friday! So nice to see you again!!
This weeks 'Friday Find' is another ladies skirt!
I hope to turn this beauty into a little fall skirt for one of my girly girls this weekend!
Check back Monday to see it's makeover!
Until then, have a very LoVely Weekend!
~Our Fall Family Tradition~
Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch, Arcadia, OK!
We LoVe this place! The people there are so very kind!
Lots of memories made again, can't wait 'til next year!
Lots of fun swings all around!
Lis and lil' cousin Saraya are becoming besties!
A little fun horsing around!
...more horsing around!
Can they do it? Yes, they can!
My little ladies! Looking so pretty! xoxo
The kids love the rope swings!
Asa found his look a like! Big ears and extra fluff on top!
I am absolutely in LoVe with this man!
Why is this not my backyard, I mean, really?
Time to pick a pumpkin! Part of your entrance fee is a pumpkin.
We get 6 pumpkins! WooHoo!
Wait, What?!? Sam, that is NOT a pumpkin!
My CrAzY Family! LoVe them so much!
My sweet sis-in-law and her baby girls!
So happy they got to go too!
~my Asa Benjamin~
~my Hannah Banana~
~my Kylie Bug~
~and my precious Lis who loves me more than words could ever tell~
Hope you are having a FUNtastic Fall! See you soon with Friday Finds!!
This just might be one of my favorite projects ever!! It turned out so perfect!! She is waiting until in the morning to decorate her shelves. We got the last (5th) coat of pain on around 7:30pm tonight. We want the paint to dry a bit more before it gets all filled up with her favorite things. A few things I learned from this 'makeover': #1. Do not buy paint at Walmart unless you want to paint and paint and paint. Number 2. If you are going to paint a piece of furniture and there are cracks in between the pieces of wood, caulk them in. (wish I would have done that) Numero Tres. If your girl wants a shelf, get her one, 'cause your gonna love it as much as she does!!
Hope your having a LoVely Week!
happy Friday!! The last Friday in October! This year is flying by, so hard to believe next Friday we will be in the fullness of the Holiday season! I love Thanksgiving time. Fall. Pumpkin Pie. Colorful trees. Crisp air. Flannel. Blankets. Camp fire. OOOOWEEE !! Let's Celebrate!! But first, work must be done! haha This shelf, I prayed for this beauty! My youngest has been wanting a shelf on her bed for over a year now. I have put it off way too long. Her sisters have a bunk bed and the headboard of each of their beds has two shelves. They decorate (and sometimes clutter up) their shelves all the time. Lis feels left out, she just has a bed on a metal frame. So I searched online and found a headboard that has shelves that you just put behind a bed like hers. It was a whopping $89. She loved it. I couldn't get myself to pay that much just to have a few shelves behind her bed. So, I looked on pinterest for some DIY ideas and saw that some people had just put bookcases behind the bed and I really liked the way it looked. We found this shelf at the Goodwill for $15. It is solid wood. It's a bit of a mess but after some sanding and a coat of white paint I'm sure we will be in LoVe!! I do have a packed out weekend, check back on Monday to see if we have our Monday Makeover. If it is not posted, it will definitely be up on the following Monday! The plan is to have it finished by the end of the weekend! Fingers crossed!
Sure hope you all have a super happy weekend! See ya Monday!
If you have followed my blog long, I am sure you are not surprised I turned our hideous Friday Find into a skirt for the girls! We added some super cute contrasting pockets on the sides to make it a bit more girly! My sweet Hannah has not been feeling well, thus no cute little face in this photo, I promised her I would just take a photo of the skirt this time.
Hope you all are having a great week! Check back in with us soon!!
I know this is a really odd Friday finds today. But wait, don't judge me yet!! I bought this to repurpose it into something for my girls. This dress cost me less than a buck. For some crazy reason this idea popped into my head a day or two ago... Friday Finds to Monday Makeovers! I am super excited about this idea. On Fridays I will share a thrift store find and on Mondays I will share the final product!!
Check back on Monday to seethe makeover!! Until then, have a very Lovely Weekend!
I blinked, and it happened, just like that. This handsome, big hearted, caring, moody, singing, music loving, always dancing around teenager is 14 today. I'm still trying to figure out how this happened. His voice is deeper than his dads. He sings bass in the choir. His foot is bigger than mine and He is catching up in height. I'm afraid to blink again, can't imagine him any older! Love you to the moon and back and back and back! Keep on smilin' kid, it's contagious!
Two months already?!
Didn't we just take her 2 week photos last week sometime?!
Wow Wow Wubzy, time is flying by...
We had to sneak sister in a few!
Photos can be so deceiving! Really though! Have you ever had one of those days where you put the cereal in the fridge and the milk in the cupboard?!? This was one of those days. I blame it all on the recent stress of the story I told you in my last post I would share soon. (Those who have me personally on facebook already know about it.) I drove out to Moore to take these. The night before I went to Lowes and purchased this large sheet of paneling(which I adore) to use in my photo shoots. I will not carry this thing around with me to every shoot (it is a whopping 8ft x 4.5ft or something close to that). I will use it when the babies come to me. However, I made an exception this time because this baby's mommys car is out of commission and I was dying to try out my new "diy" project aka "a baby princess bed photo prop"! So I get there and start setting up and cannot find my backdrops, non of them. Thinking to myself I say, "I know I checked to make sure they were still in the trunk," When "trunk" hit my mind I soon realized I did indeed make sure they were in the trunk of my car, then I loaded everything else up into the truck because an 8ft x 4.5ft piece of wood cannot fit in my trunk. I hopped in the truck and drove off. grrr So as I'm really frustrated, not wanting to drive all the back to Del City, we looked around the house and found this beautiful blanket on one of the beds. I kinda want to go back and steal it! Would any of you tell on me?!? That's not all that is deceiving about these photos... Saraya, the older sister here, was supposed to be in some photos too. She acted up the whole time, well, let's be honest about it, she acted like most 3 year olds getting their photos taken. She kept sticking her tongue out at me, we finally just decided to let her go play and focus on the baby. After she went into the kitchen and fed herself a red popsicle and some other snacks she jumped into the pics and look what we got. Amazing! haha ...you just never know!
(My craziness did not end there. I had another shoot later in the day. I set my kelvin temp on the camera real low when doing indoor shoots so the pics do not turn out too orangy. I shot all of the next shoot with it still low. It was an outdoor shoot, the pics turned out pretty much blue. Lots of photoshopping to fix my error coming soon. ~another grrr)
Oh well, It's Saturday, sMiLe, drink coffee, and hug your babies because they are rapidly growing right before your eyes! Check back soon to see the other shoot (the blue one)! :)
WooWee! This is an exciting find!! While shopping at Aldi this week I found these adorable insulated RAINBOOTS! I was worried they wouldn't fit because Lis wears a 12 and these are sized 11/12. They fit her perfect, maybe even a little growing room! @ $11.99 I was pleased with this find, however, it did make me go over my Aldi shopping budget (oops)!
Aren't they just so cute though?!?
Check out my wood backdrop, I found a piece of paneling that is textured just like wood!
I'm in LoVe!
I found the time this week to get my mailbox painted. I bought spraypaint for this months ago. Our mailbox was black but mostly rusted, it had black and gold letters that I just know were from the 80's. Did I mention the broken yellowish (maybe used to be gold) eagle nailed right in the middle of it?!? All I need to do now is get some lettering for the address!
I found that Khols has there fall candles on sale for $5.99.
Fall Festival is the scent I went with, I love it!!
I found this candle a while back, also found awhile back that Choosing Happiness is the best thing to choose! It definitely smells like Autumn with these two candles burning!
I made sure to find all my fall spices while shopping at Aldi this week! We cannot run out of these! Lots of baking coming up in our near future!!
I love fall flavors, but... PUMPKIN Pie Spice first!
I also found a few pumpkins at Aldi! They are less than $3.
I doubt you can get them cheaper anywhere else!
That bag hanging on the chair is another Autumn find!!
Scented pine cones, my porch smells something close to heaven right now!
We found time to go to the park this week!
I'll leave you with this photo of my girls. I have a story to share of why this photo means so much to me. We'll save that for later though! For now, have a lovely weekend! Check back in soon, we had two photo shoots today! Will post their story soon!
It's time for Friday Finds!!!
This week I got up in the attic and found my flannels and our fall decor!! I also found this fall colored CorningWare coffee cup at one of our favorite thrifts. Oh, how could I forget!!! Coffee!!! We went to Winn Co and picked out some coffee! Espresso!! They have so much to choose from, you just grind it up there in the store!! I love the Espresso! Puts a smile on my face even at 6am!!
~it's starting to look, smell and feel like fall around here~
Everyone needs denim and flannel, it's fall!
I found this flannel a few weeks back.
Found the time today to make Lis a fall skirt out of it!!
I looked on Pinterest today and found a way to clean the grout in the entry way!
It looks so much better. Not sure why I picked a really rainy day to do such a thing, but I did.
Just in case your wondering what I used...
1/4 cup peroxide
1/2 cup baking soda (this box of soda has been under my sink capturing odors for like 4 years or so now, I was afraid it wouldn't work, but it did!!)
1 tsp dish soap (my dish soap is from my favorite all things safe and eco friendly company "Melaleuca, the Wellness Company"! If you are interested in their products, please!!! contact me!!!)
Hope you all have an awesome weekend! Looks like a lot of rain in our forecast, guess I will be stuck inside sewing!!! So thankful for all our seasons! There is beauty in all of them!
And he changeth the times and the seasons... Daniel 2:21a
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