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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Real-Home Spring & Easter Decorating Ideas ~ Get inspiration from these awesome displays using flowers, wreaths, banners, even colored eggs ..... all of these can easily turn a plain space into a pretty spring showstopper!

Courtney (adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com) wanted to keep her spring mantel earthy and serene. For her primary decoration, she added moss, butterflies, and dragonflies to a grapevine wreath and hung it from a chipped old window with a piece of muslin. Two moss topiaries flank the wreath along with cute ceramic bunny figurines.

This Easter table decoration couldn't be cheaper.....trim a bird's nest fern fronds from your yard (or nab a dozen from the local florist) and display in a wide-mouth glass vase. Beside it, set a bowl of pastel dyed eggs.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Keep Seeking ~ Keep Knocking and the Door Will Be Opened

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7

Is there something you are believing God for today......and does it seem like it’s just taking a long time to come? I've been there and so have many others.  And we can say to you with certainty, be encouraged because the Bible says that through faith and patience you will inherit His promises! If you’ll stay in faith, if you’ll keep on seeking Him, it won’t be long until you see that breakthrough!

The problem is that most people give up just before they get their miracle, they stop when things get hard or long or when they don’t get the answer they wanted the first time. But today’s verse encourages us to continually ask and continually seek. meaning we don't seek Him one time and then stop ~  No, we seek Him until we have the promise!

Today, submit your prayers to the Lord and keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Keep asking and keep seeking. Keep knocking on the door, and it will be opened to you. Know that God is working behind the scenes, perfecting whatever concerns you. Don’t give up! Instead, start thanking Him for His faithfulness in your life ~ Thank Him for His promise that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him!

Father in heaven, thank You for giving me a diligent spirit. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Give me strength to stand and seek You until I see Your promises fulfilled in every area of my life in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Unique, Cheerful & Fun DIY Projects for Spring

JELLY BEAN TREE ~ simply hot-glue or push on jelly beans to the ends of branches to create a jelly bean tree that's as attractive as it is delicious.

CONVERT A COLANDER INTO A PLANTER ~ forget about the flower pots, turn your favorite flowers into this easy DIY display.

FELT EASTER CHICK ~ these adorable felt Easter chicks can be molded into any position you like (these ones are dancing!). For a more kid-friendly crafting version, you can omit the wire legs.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's Almost SPRING 🌷🌸🌺🌷🌸🌺🌷🌸🌺 BUT that also means preparing to spring clean! Here are some awesome cleaning hacks to add to your Spring Cleaning Bag of Tricks to make the job less daunting! These clever ideas will help you be a better, faster cleaner just like those that came up with these "Oh So Creative", "why-didn't-I-think-of-that" tools and techniques.

 Clean Your Cabinets ... with your vacuum. Use your vacuum's brush attachment to  pick up dust and crumbs inside. Outside,  concentrate on the area around the  hardware using a cloth dampened with  warm water and Murphy Oil Soap. source:  Debra Johnson, merrymaids.com


Clean Your Dishwasher ... with little effort. Add 1 cup baking soda to the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight. Run the hottest possible cycle using vinegar instead of detergent to clean and deodorize your dishwasher. Remember to remove debris from the filter. Bye-bye, dirt and odors. source: Melissa Maker, cleanmyspace.com

Monday, March 13, 2017

Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this Friday with these fun party ideas!

Sweet Sips ~ Forget about Shamrock Shake {sorry McD's}and try a Guinness float. Layer vanilla ice cream and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur into a pre-frosted pint glass. Slowly pour in half a bottle of Guinness stout beer while titling the glass on its side to prevent the beer from foaming over.

Go Green ~ Sweet treats like these set the prefect leprechaun trap for guests. Nibble delicious St. Patrick's Day party treats like wee chocolate leprechaun hats, cupcakes, dipped crispy rice treats and green milk and cookies!

Baileys Irish Cream Cookies ~ Baileys, chocolate, and cookies OH MY!  A St. Patrick's Day trifecta, these bite-size, chocolate-dipped shamrock cookies are layered with a sweet Baileys-and-coffee blend that makes them the perfect after-dinner treat or decadent snack to have with your afternoon coffee or tea. Get the recipe from Buttercream Blondie.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fun St. Patrick's Day Recipes ~ some traditional and some not-so-traditional, but either way these recipes will help you celebrate the day AND there is something for everyone from appetizers to entrees to deserts, YUMMMY!

Shamrock Smoothies
These fruity green Shamrock Smoothies will bring out the Irish in you--no matter where your family tree originated. Blend frozen kiwifruit and banana, then add green grapes, yogurt, orange juice and honey. If your St. Patty's Day calls for an even more vivid drink, add some green food coloring!
Shamrock Smoothies


Beer-Glazed Sausage and Apples
Wheat beer lightly glazes smoked sausage, tender-crisp apples and green beans—a fresh take on the traditional Irish mix of sausage, onion and potatoes called Dublin Coddle.
Beer-Glazed Sausage and Apples

Smoky Cheese and Potato Soup
Smoked cheese, curry and paprika add depth of flavor to this easy potato soup. For St. Patrick's Day, decorate with shamrock-shaped toast topped with pesto.
Smoky Cheese and Potato Soup

Monday, March 6, 2017

Top 5 Gardening Trends for Spring 2017


Gardening season is only a few weeks away, and the time to plan is now. What’s your plan? Grow vegetables and herbs, or more flowers? Are you going to switch it up from what you did last year? While gardening may not seem like something that’s subject to trends, tastes do change from year to year, especially your own. Here’s a quick look at what you’ll be seeing more of in gardens this coming year.

1. Designs with Natural Materials
You can say so long to plastic planters, concrete pavers, and plastic chairs. Natural design has been a growing trend for many years, and 2017 will be no exception.

Terra cotta and clay planters are popular, inexpensive and easy to find at gardening centers.
Stone, hollowed logs and other natural materials are also trendy planter materials
Stone and railroad ties are two great ways to border garden beds while sticking with the natural theme.
For patios, consider using natural paving stones. Gravel is a great low-maintenance material for pathways.
Wooden patio furniture is popular in both traditional and modern designs — anything from wicker to curvy ultra-modern teak.

Friday, March 3, 2017

DIY Projects You Need to Try This Easter and Spring

Brighten things ups with a few whimsical, super-easy projects. It’s that time of year again—tulips are blooming, daffodils are peeking out of the earth, and blossoms are just starting to bud on tree branches. Spring is approaching and it’s time for an update indoors and out. Try adding a little spring color to everything from your front door to your table with these super easy projects that often require only a few supplies. What’s a more fun way to ring in spring than with a crafty new project? A few must-try spring DIY projects.


The perfect centerpiece for Mother’s Day or for spring parties. The cabbage is unexpected, but so easy. Instructions here.


This colorful arrangement is the spring equivalent of a springtime cornucopia, relying on both flowers and produce for its beauty. Instructions here.

Old produce cartons get a great second act as planters for all your spring blooms. Instructions here.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

With Spring just under a month away, now's the time to research and plan your Gardening Basics. Heck here in MO it has felt like Spring since February 1 {What's with this bi-polar winter weather Missouri had this year?}



Grow Your Garden Right
As seasons pass and you practice basic gardening skills, you'll get a sense for what works and what doesn't, and you'll continue to build a strong foundation of garden knowledge. Start gardening with these basics.



















Soil 101
Evaluate soil. The key to every plant's health and any garden's vitality is in the soil. Healthy soil holds enough water, air, and nutrients to sustain plant life and help it thrive. A soil test gives you a valuable analysis of your soil so you know what you need to make it better.

Improve soil. Building healthy soil is a gardener's most important task. Most soils fall short of the ideal: loose, rich in organic matter, and drainable. Adding organic materials—such as compost, rotted leaves, and peat moss—improves any soil.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ST. PATRICK'S DAY ... it's on a Friday this year! So whether you’re Irish or simply Irish at heart, you’ll love celebrating St. Patrick's Day with shamrock-inspired decor, a big platter of corned beef and cabbage and a whole lot of green! Here are some home decor ideas to gt your home ready for the big GREEN day!

Bells of Ireland Vase
Long stems of bells of Ireland in a green or white vase create a beautiful, classic St. Patrick's Day touch. Offset the vase with antique green books and vintage croquet balls, as Ireland is one of the founding countries of croquet.

Green Vegetable Centerpiece
Create a creative St. Patrick's Day centerpiece with green veggies and white candles. To make, stretch two rubber bands around a pillar candle, then tuck green beans or asparagus under the bands. Cover the rubber bands with satin ribbon. To make the artichoke candleholder, cut the top and a bit of the center out of the artichoke. Set the candle in the hole.

St. Patrick's Day Wreath
Turn a simple grapevine wreath from plain to charming just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Embellish the wreath with crafty clovers made from an old green T-shirt, sheet music, and scrapbook paper. To make the clovers, cut heart shapes from your green fabric and patterned paper, then glue together for a layered effect. Wrap twill ribbon around wooden discs and glue buttons to folded green printed ribbon for a few smaller accents. Hot-glue everything to the wreath, including a pennant banner made from scrapbook paper and chipboard letters.