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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thanksgiving Tables

Thankful Tree ~ This Thankful Tree is a sweet centerpiece you can craft ahead of time — and it’s perfect for teaching kids what Thanksgiving is really about. To make it, get branches from your yard or local florist (I used curly willow) and cut paper leaves from construction paper. You’ll just need a small piece of double stick tape to attach the foliage to your branches.

Easy Fall Arrangement ~ Vases made from squashes and pumpkins are simple to make and decorate beautifully. To make one from a large squash such as this one, cut a hole near the top with a miniature saw and insert a glass jar in the neck to hold water for bittersweet or other branches. You may also need to trim off some of the squash's bottom to stand it upright; a bit of waxed paper underneath will protect your tabletop. For petite varieties such as the white 'Baby Boo' pumpkin, insert a small glass votive candleholder to hold water for cuttings of mum heads or other bulbs.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Receive Forgiveness


"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" Romans 6:1 

I often have very strong feelings and emotions that I don’t seem to be able to control! I'm sure you can relate... BUT the truth is, we don’t have to live life based on our feelings! We have a free will and we can choose to believe God’s Word more than we believe how we feel at the time.

When we begin to live by the Word of God and what we know through Him instead of how we feel, and I know that that is a lot easier said than done, our feelings will eventually change and line up with the Word.

You see Satan uses guilt, our guilt to steal from us, which is sometimes a false guilt because much of the time we have nothing to be guilty for.  We can repent, ask God to forgive us, and even believe He has forgiven us, and yet we still feel guilty ~ we still carry the burden of guilt everywhere we go.

When we go to Him in prayer we often go over one of two things: all of our problems or all of our mistakes. The Bible says ask and receive that your joy may be full. We ask for forgiveness, but we never (or often never) take the time to receive. We need to be saying, “I receive your forgiveness right now.” Don’t just ask, ask and receive so that we can take the next step and be filled with joy.  Remember, where sin does abound, grace and forgiveness and mercy does much more abound.

Heavenly Father, forgive me for my sins. I receive Your forgiveness today and trust that Your grace is covering me.  Grant me joy as I press on with whatever it is that You have in store for me.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Monday, October 21, 2013

No Sew Halloween Costumes For Everyone In The Family

Rose Garden
Looking for a flower costume? Consider transforming your daughter into an entire rose garden this Halloween. To encourage hair-loom roses to bloom, this little one sprinkled her head with hair glitter. Her updo, wrapped in a potted-plant fence, is ideal for tucking in silk roses. Wire keeps silk butterflies from flying away. More silk flowers grow on her shirt with the help of some hot glue.

Swamp Couple
Forget needle and thread, these creative Halloween costumes are simple to make and require no sewing from start to finish. Other Halloween party goers will turn green with envy when they see your murky disguise. Start with a simple dress, jacket, and tie ~ nothing you'll want to wear again in its original form. Have fun with the wide selection of silk and plastic leaves and flowers that are available; you need not follow our choices.
Tools and Materials:
Dress
Jacket
Tie
Wide Selection of Silk or Plastic Leaves or Flowers (we used Silk Spiderwort Leaves and Plastic Maiden-Hair Ferns)
Hot Glue
Scissors
Safety Pins
2-inch length of slender ribbon
Bobby pins
Dress How-To ~ We cut the sleeves off a thrift-store dress and covered it by hot-gluing silk spiderwort leaves interspersed with plastic maiden-hair ferns. Put a dab of hot glue at the base of each leaf, leaving tip free; start gluing from top of dress. Do a design with the leaves, let vines crawl up your dress, or go for colors and patterns with roses, daisies, or flower petals.
Gentleman's Tie How-To ~ First knot tie on wearer's neck, then cut through in back; use a safety pin to fasten in back for easy removal. We chose silk French-smilax vine, and hot-glued it onto the tie.
Jacket How-To ~ We hot-glued plastic cedar branches onto the body and plastic maidenhair fern onto lapels and pockets. To make hat from an extra-large leaf, make a tiny double loop from a 2-inch length of slender ribbon: Bring both ends to center of ribbon and glue in place; then hot-glue ribbon loops to back of leaf. Attach with bobby pins through loops.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Halloween Costumes for Pets

Bat Wings Harness
By simply cutting some wool felt, you can help your dog or cat transform into an adorable bat. Extra felt layers help the wings stay upright. A rectangle of felt fastens the wings into a harness.
Materials:
Wing template
Three 18-by-18-inch squares wool felt, in Black (#40), by Wollfilz; purlsoho.com
Sewing machine and sewing supplies
Fabric harness, in Brown, by Martha Stewart Pets
Fabric glue
Step 1 Print wing template. Cut out 3 layers from felt. Layer together, and sew around the edges to create a 3-ply piece. Stitch lines, as shown on template, for "veins" in the wings. Step 2 Cut a 1 1/4-by-5-inch rectangle of felt. Step 3 Place it over the middle of the wings, wrap it around your pet's harness to secure, and glue the ends together.

Petaled Collar
Make your furry friend stand out this Halloween with a blooming costume using our petal or sunflower shapes.You can use a collar instead of ribbon.
Materials:
Petal Template
Or Sunflower Template
Grosgrain ribbon
One or two 18-by-18-inch squares wool felt
Sewing machine and sewing supplies
Self-adhesive
Velcro fasteners
Step 1 Cut ribbon to fit loosely around your pet’s neck, with ends overlapping 1 inch. Step 2 Print petal template or sunflower template. Trace the shape on the felt, and cut out petals. Fold them in half lengthwise, and stitch close to the fold, from the flat end to 2/3 of the way up; this will give the petals dimension. Stitch the petals to the ribbon, overlapping them by almost half. Add Velcro fasteners at the ends of the ribbon.

Spider-Dog Pet
This beloved French bulldog is all dressed up for Halloween, too. Disguised as a devious black widow spider, is out to catch the little moth Sharkey in her web!
Materials:
Basic sewing supplies
36-inch square black felt
Orange felt
Fill
Knitting needle
Fabric glue
Black dog T-shirt
Body, leg, and diamond templates
Step 1 Photocopy body, leg, and diamond templates cut out. Using the templates as guides, cut 2 body pieces and 16 leg pieces from black felt; cut 2 diamond pieces from orange felt. To make each leg, pin 2 leg pieces together and sew; using knitting needle, stuff tightly with fill. Sew body pieces together, leaving a small opening for fill. Stuff body, and sew opening closed. Glue the two diamonds to top body piece to make an hourglass shape. Step 2 Place each leg on body with the open ends sandwiching the body; hand-sew legs to body. Sew body to center of back of T-shirt. Tack along contour of body to stabilize.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kitchen Cabinets ~ My Quest to Find Stylish Ideas for Our Cabinet Doors

Display Collectibles
Use glass doors to showcase personal collections of fine antiques, sentimental glassware, or playful pottery. Display colorful dishes to energize an all-white kitchen.

Mingle Finishes
Rustic pine armoire-style doors on the pantry add warm texture and historic flavor to a new kitchen.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Scary Eats for a Grown-Up Halloween Party

Halloween isn't just for the tiny, trick-or-treating set. If you're looking to host an adults-only Halloween bash this year, try out some of these sweet and savory recipes from Food and Wine, geared toward adventurous, grown-up palates. Serve your guests this menu, and you will guarantee your party turns out to be a hair-raisingly delicious good time.

Black Widow Goat Cheese Log
Sautéed shallots and feta cheese flavor this simple spread, which is a classy hors d'oeuvre at any time of year. Here, it's formed into a spooky spider and gets its dark hue thanks to black sesame seeds.
2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
4 large (2 cups) shallots, thinly sliced
10 ounce(s) fresh goat cheese, softened
4 ounce(s) cream cheese, softened
6 ounce(s) Greek feta cheese, at room temperature
Black sesame seeds, for garnish
1 Piquillo pepper, for garnish
6 (6 inches each) painted twigs, for spider legs
Crackers, flat breads, and bread sticks, for serving
In a medium skillet, melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Scrape the shallots into a food processor and let cool. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, and feta, and puree until smooth. Scrape the cheese into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. Shape one third of the cheese mixture into a ball and roll in black sesame seeds to coat; shape the remaining two-thirds into a larger ball and coat with black sesame seeds. On a serving board, press the balls together to form the head and body of a spider. Cut the piquillo pepper into 2 small triangles and place them on the body in an hourglass shape. Serve with crackers, flat breads, or bread sticks.

Spiced Candy Corn Crispies
These charming sweet-and-savory rice cereal treats are spicy enough to serve with drinks and sweet enough to satisfy a candy craving.
1 bag(s) (10-ounce) marshmallows
4 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon(s) pure ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
Orange food coloring
Yellow food coloring
6 cup(s) Rice Krispies
1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne
Spray two mini muffin pans with vegetable oil spray. In a large saucepan, combine half of the marshmallows with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the chile powder, cumin, coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and cook over moderate heat until the marshmallows have melted. Stir in enough orange food coloring to dye the marshmallow orange. Stir in 3 cups of the rice cereal. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups and pack it down with lightly oiled hands. Wash and dry the saucepan. Add the remaining marshmallows, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook over moderate heat until melted and smooth. Pour half of the melted marshmallow into a heatproof bowl and stir in 1 1/2 cups of the rice cereal to make the white layer. Add the cayenne and yellow food coloring to the marshmallow in the saucepan and stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of rice cereal. Using lightly oiled hands, mound the yellow mixture on top of the orange layer, packing it down to firmly attach it. Top with the white layer, tapering the mixture to a point so the crispies resemble the conical shape of candy corn. Serve or store overnight in an airtight container.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Quest For a Bedroom Make Over Sparked ~ Freshen Your Bedroom with Low-Cost Updates

Switch Out Accent Pillows
Accent pillows let you quickly alter the personality of a room and shift the balance of color. They're especially powerful used in a bedroom because the bed is a natural focal point. Pillows can update a room instantly by adding volume, pattern, texture, color, and personality.
Here, a subtle backdrop of cream and blue is brought into intense focus with a collection of lively pillows. Raspberry and sky-blue accent pillows pull the wall color and accent color together perfectly. Bold striped neckroll pillows add variety and interest to the grouping.

Incorporate Textures
Touch is a huge part of creating comfort. In a bedroom, texture becomes comfort you can feel. It's easy to alter a bedroom's texture with a change of linens--use a furry throw in winter and cotton throw in summer.
Textures suit any taste. Here are a few to consider for your bedroom style:
-- Traditional: Hand-tufted rugs, woven wools, tooled silver, cut crystal, gilded frames, silk, china, and polished wood.
-- Country: Braided rugs, worn wood, rusted metals, chenille spreads, ironstone pottery, blown glass, and ticking.
-- Romantic: Velvet, furry throws, crystal prisms, embroidered fabrics, lace, painted furniture, and hand-hooked rugs.
-- Modern: Laminated-plywood furniture, plastic, smooth leather, stainless steel, terrazzo flooring, and teak.

Friday, October 11, 2013

It's The Weekend ~ Try These Thrifty Weekend Projects On a $20 Budget

Replace a Window Treatment
Has the window shade above your kitchen sink been marred by repeated exposure to splashes and cooking liquids? Replace a stained window covering with an inexpensive fabric treatment and see your kitchen in a whole new light.

Tackle Trimwork
You might not be able to install new trimwork in your home for $20, but you can make improvements to what you already have. Replace mismatched, missing, or damaged moldings, end caps, quarter rounds, or baseboard. Or a can of paint may be all you need to spruce things up.

Creative Pumpkin-Carving Ideas

Cool Carvings ~ Your neighbors' jack-o'-lanterns will be jealous when you put one of these creative creatures on your front steps. Scroll through for some creative inspiration.

Mummy Madness ~ Carve an opening out of the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Cut pumpkin horizontally all the way around, 1 inch below the opening. Repeat until you've carved the whole pumpkin into 1 inch circles all the way around. Keeping the top and bottom pieces the same, restack the others in a different order. Rotate the pieces until you get a shape you like, enlarging the carvings for eyes or mouth if desired. Start from the bottom, lift each level of pumpkin, insert four toothpicks onto the level below, then press down to secure in place. Continue with the next level up until secure.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Truth About Our Inner Self


"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly [and repeatedly] from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin! For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful]. Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart." Psalm 51:1–6

The heading under this psalm reads: “A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bathsheba.” David cried out for mercy because he had sinned with Bathsheba, and when he learned she was pregnant, he had had her husband murdered in battle.After David confessed his sin, Nathan said to him, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord and given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child that is born to you shall surely die” (2 Samuel 12:13–14).

That’s the first lesson I grasped from this incident ~ when we fail God, we harm our self, but we also bring dishonor to His name. Whenever we take a false step, there are those who watch and gleefully point their fingers ~ unfortunately the two always go together AND not only do we bring disgrace on the name of the Lord, but we fail our self....... we knew the right but chose the wrong.

As if that were not enough, the devil also whispers, “See how bad you are. God won’t forgive you. It’s too awful.” Of course, he’s lying, because that’s what he does best. We can't listen to those words, because there is no sin that we’ve committed that God won’t forgive! We may have to carry the scars or pay the penalty within the world we live in, but God wipes away the sin in His world.

There’s something else I learned from this scripture passage ~ we need to face reality! We sin, we disobeyed God, so what will we do about our sin? We can plead excuses (and most of us are good at that), or we can follow David’s example like when the prophet said, “You are the man…” 2 Samuel 12:7, the king did not deny his wrongdoing or try to justify his actions. David admitted he was the man, he had sinned and he had confessed.

David wrote in the psalm quoted earlier: “For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment” (vs. 3–4).

If we follow Jesus Christ, not only are we declaring to our self, to our family, and to the world our trust in the Savior, but we are also declaring our stand for truth! It’s easy for us to deceive ourselves, but God has called us to be totally, completely, and scrupulously honest in our inner being. Don’t look at what others may get away with or how they justify their behavior ~ we can’t blame others, the devil, or our circumstances for the sins we commit, we are solely responsible for our actions whether good or bad.

However, when we fail, we can remind our self that the greatest king of Israel, in his own failings, cried out to God and said, “My sin is ever before me” (v. 3). Those sins, failures, shortcomings, etc (whatever you may choose to call them) will always be there until we admit them and confess them to the Lord ~ only then can we know the joy of living with integrity and in truth.

We need to strive to live with truth in our inner being. We ourselves, and God are the only ones who know what’s in our heart ~ live in honesty and truth!

Dear Holy God, You desire truth in my inner being. Through Jesus Christ, I plead with You to help me desire truth in my inner being, to live in such a way that I’m as honest and as open with You as I can become. Make me to know wisdom in my inmost heart. I know that the life You honor is the life You bless. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

My Crazy Life ~ My "Unusual" Miracle Baby (ies) Testimony

With my daughter's birthday 2 days away, this is a time every year that I sit in awe and relish in God's miraculous glories!

You see, I am a recovering Eating Disorder gal (more on that issue at a later time) and was told at the age of 18, that it would be nothing short of a miracle if I could have children.  Well as you can tell and see from my family picture at the bottom of my blog, I have 3 kiddos.  All 3 of my kids are miracle in and of themselves however my third pregnancy is truly that, a miracle!

After having our second baby, my husband and I weren't really sure if we wanted anymore.  However, when our baby was 3, we both had that "feeling" that someone was missing, that our family just wasn't quite complete.....so we started trying for a 3rd.  After 2 years and no luck, my dad (and my mom too but she wasn't as voiceturous as dad about the sex) desperately wanted us to have a little girl so he kept hinting that we adopt. 

I was already 30 with a 3 and 6 year old and felt that the adoption process could take long enough that it would make our kids age gap very vast and me very old (not really old but you know what I mean).  I had prayed and prayed that we would get pregnant and it still wasn't happening.  I was so thankful that I already had 2 happy, healthy kiddos who were miracles by all accounts anyhow, that I began trying to accept that this was God's plan, we were to be a family of 4......even though I still had that longing deep inside for a 3rd.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Terrifyingly Good Halloween Recipes for Kids

Mummy Meat Loaves ~ Sweet cherry tomatoes are hidden in the center of these mini-meat loaves, offering a welcome burst of juicy flavor when you take a bite. Post Halloween, keep the recipe in rotation by piping the mashed potatoes as you would cupcake frosting.

Spiderweb Nacho Spread ~ Give your basic Mexican dip an upgrade with this terrifyingly tasty recipe that layers refried beans with salsa, cheese and homemade guacamole, then finishes it off with a web of piped sour cream.

6 generics as good as ~ or better than ~ name brands


How important is the label? Could knowing when to buy generic save American consumers more than $1 billion a year? That's the estimate of a recent study by economists at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a colleague at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The researchers found, for instance, that health care professionals are more likely than other consumers to buy cheaper private-label headache remedies. The study suggests that if everyone knew as much as doctors and pharmacists do about things such as active ingredients, headache sufferers would spend $410 million less on brand-name medication.

That leads to the question: What else are consumers buying brand-name when generic will do just as well? Cheapism looked into supermarket merchandise ranging from food to batteries to find out when it's best to go generic to save money.

1. Sunscreen
In a recent Consumer Reports test of sunscreens, store-brand products from Wal-Mart and Target earned the highest scores overall. The organization also rated a Walgreen-brand sunscreen among the most effective at shielding against UVA and UVB rays. On the flip side, some of the most expensive sunscreens turned out to be the least effective. It's more important that a sunscreen be labeled "broad spectrum" and "water resistant" than any particular brand name.

2. Batteries
Duracell, Energizer, or no-name AA -- it doesn't make much difference, according to a test commissioned by DealNews. Five out of six batteries performed almost the same, despite large variations in price. (The exception was a far more expensive battery with a higher initial voltage.)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

Fall Mantel with Paper Flowers
Delicate paper flowers star in Valerie's (homemademodern.blogspot.com) mantel. She cut petals from brown paper bags and arranged them in flower shapes. Creasing the petals is crucial, she says. "It gives the flowers dimension." Salvaged and backyard items make up the rest of Valerie's mantel. Using the natural elments available during fall is an easy way to celebrate the season.

Gold and Glam Fall Mantel
Fall doesn't have to look rustic. Emily from decorchick.com followed her penchant for panache and added rich metallic touches throughout her fall mantel. A bold circular mirror anchors the arrangement, and vibrant berry-filled vases create balance. Underneath, Emily filled an antique dough bowl with shimmering pumpkins and gourds. To add glam to a pair of woodland owls, Emily spray-painted them gold. Blogger tip: If you switch your mantel decor often, don't be afraid to borrow from other seasons. The gold-bead garland and copper pinecone ornaments Emily hung from the mantel are Christmas finds repurposed for fall.

Give Thanks Mantel
For many people, giving thanks is a big part of fall. Courtney (adiamondinthestuff.com) spoke to Thanksgiving with her warm gratitude-theme mantel. Layered frames and a wheat arrangement add height and depth, while white touches guide the eye across the mantel. Stencils came in handy for the lettering on her burlap banner and painted pumpkins.

Kid Stuff ~ 10 Frugal Parenting Tips From Around The Globe

Face it, parenting is expensive. Here are some cost-cutting ways to make this responsibility more tolerable as it seems American-style consumerism is an expensive way to raise offspring. We can save money and focus on what's truly important by following the guide of other cultures.

Be content with less! Does raising kids always have to be so hard on the wallet? Not necessarily, as one mom learned after moving to Japan with her husband and young children. Click ahead for a smorgasbord of this mom's 10 frugal parenting insights from Japan and other countries. Although they can help us save a few pennies, their greatest value lies in what they teach us (and our kids) about being content with less.


1. Use handkerchiefs ~I hadn't seen anyone use a handkerchief since I was a little girl. I didn't even know they still existed. But in Japan, everyone carries one -- from preschoolers to old men and women.

Hankies are used to wipe hands after washing, to mop off a sweaty brow or clean a smudge of dirt. Little children learn early on how important this is: They're required to bring a hankie to preschool, and elementary school teachers sometimes hold "handkerchief checks" to make sure the habit is ingrained.

If a family of four in the U.S. uses two boxes of tissues a month, each priced at $3.69, the annual cost approaches $90. Use handkerchiefs instead and save $90 (minus the initial investment and the ongoing cost of cleaning them).

Monday, October 7, 2013

Kitchen Designs~ My Quest to Find Stylish Ideas for Our Kitchen

Seeing Red
Afraid of going too far with colorful cabinetry? Then concentrate it where it will count. In this kitchen, the hutch-inspired unit along one wall was painted an eye-catching red color. The rest of the cabinets were painted white or stained with a dark, rich color. Although the splash of red is anything but subtle, it doesn't overwhelm the kitchen with color.

Teal and Tradition
White is a color, too, and going with more vibrant cabinetry in your kitchen doesn't mean you have to exclude white. Mixing colors lets you enjoy the best of both worlds -- and ensures a visually interesting result. In this kitchen, teal cabinetry along one wall is lightened by a white tiled backsplash and center island.

Barely-There Hues
Not sure you want your cabinets to scream color? Aim for more of a whisper. This pale blue island reflects a pastel approach, which is the result of layering a creamy-white glaze over a bright blue one. The off-white cabinetry throughout the rest of the kitchen exudes a soft and welcoming energy.

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Crazy Life ~ My Marriage, My Sacred "Perfection"

I told you I would share with you who I am, so this being my first post, I will start with the most obvious ~ my other half =)

When people say, "you just know" I have to say that that is really true. I knew after our first kiss, when we were telling each other goodbye for the 80th time (because neither of us wanted to say goodbye) standing at my front door, that he was the one. Now, I'm sure you're thinking that at 17, I can't possibly have "known" that he was the one, but I assure you I felt "it"!

We started dating when I was a senior in high school and he was a sophomore. We made it through high school and then college ~ of course we had the typical spats, break-ups then get back together, etc and after 5.5 years of dating we got married in 1997. We know we are not in the "norm" if you will, of high school sweethearts making it to the alter and further, we are not in the "norm" of making it 17.5 years married. In reality we are not "normal" (in the general since of the word anyhow) ~ we are crazy in and about life! How fun would normal be? Well my normal is AWESOME! My life is awesome because I am grounded in my faith and my husband and I have built our relationship with God at the head of it....that may or may not be normal for you, but I encourage you try my normal.....what do you have to lose, normality or in some cases abnormality? =)

Anyway, my husband and I have often been told and teased that we are a "perfect couple with a perfect marriage". I assure you our relationship isn't perfect ~ no relationship is perfect. Without God in our relationship we wouldn't be where we are today and I also believe that God guided our relationship from the beginning. He put it in our hearts 22 years ago to chose to grow up and mature with each other, and because of our choosing that, our relationship continues to blossom all along the way.

We are two different people with somewhat different approaches to and about life. And, oh, how easy it would be to list all our differences ~ he likes the toilet paper rolling on top, I like it on the bottom ~ but I stop the there. Why will I stop? I will stop because that is how negativity begins within us about our other half and true love isn't about two people finding the perfect match, or as some say a soul mate, in one another. Rather true love is about people making the choice to be a match and not focusing on the negative things about the other BUT they are not to be considered our soul mate, God is our soul mate as our soul belongs to Him. All these things are a decision....our choice.

17 years ago I made a choice before God, family and friends to love my husband for better or worse AND believe me there have been both, in sickness and health AND sickness has riddled us, for richer or poorer AND boy have we been poor BUT in all honesty I love my him more now than I did 17 years ago, more than I ever thought possible! I still get those butterflies that I felt when we shared that first kiss at my front door 22 years ago.

Our marriage is us CHOOSING to stick with each other in all our humanness........we DO make mistakes, we DO have bad days, we DO sometimes make each other VERY angry, and sometimes we DO hurt each others feelings. But for each of those negative things, there are twice as many positives! True love is choosing to bite my tongue when I would love to spout off, choosing to not nag when the cap on the toothpaste hasn't been put back on in 3 days, choosing to encourage each other even when we are both feeling pressured, and choosing to not speak badly of the other no matter what. Do we always follow this pattern of true love? No, we don't, because we are human ~ BUT we know what is in each others heart ~ TRUE LOVE for God and each other!

My marriage is very sacred to me ~ my husband is the one I choose, my true love, and our marriage is our sacred "perfection" (perfection in our non-perfect ways)!

DIY Wall Art ~ Finds from Flea Markets, Garage Sales or Your Own Stuff

Pretty Plates
If you find a set of stylish dishes at a flea market, but there aren't enough place settings, scoop them up and use the set as art for your walls. Buy plate hanging hardware from a crafts or hobby store. Plan out your arrangement before you start hanging. Click the links below to see how to create the perfect wall arrangement and how to create a gallery wall.

Go Team!
Typography is right on trend and all the rage right now! Arrange collegiate letters and letterman jacket patches in a group as wall art for a sports-themed bedroom or den.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Quest for Easy Updates to a Better Laundry Room

So while our wonderful attic re-model that we have embarked upon keeps my husband busy (story here,)in mind it seems that the rest of the house also needs a spruce up too! I haven't touched my sunroom/laundry room for several years (my ADD requires that I change room decor frequently) so I began looking for ideas. Here are few that caught my eye...

Basement Laundry Makeover
Give a country-fresh facelift to a basement laundry room with white paint on the walls and ceiling. Add style and color to a plain concrete floor with tan EpoxyShield Basement Floor Coating from Rust-Oleum. Confetti-like chips add pattern and some traction. The finish resists spills and is easy to clean.

Tight Space
Squeeze a laundry center between two walls. A front-loading washer and dryer make it possible to install a folding counter with plenty of elbowroom. Storage in this tiny space is enhanced by open shelves on the wall.