Updated Family Letter Wall

by leanneja on May 22, 2015 · 1 comment

in Decorating, DIY, Family, Paint

A couple years ago we were living in our forever house (or so I thought). I decided I wanted something special going up our stairs to represent out family so I started gathering finished and unfinished letters in different fonts, sizes, colors, and styles. The stairs were at the front of the house so they made quite a statement as you walked in the house. I loved seeing our Family Letter Wall all throughout the day. It was the hardest thing I had to take down when we moved.

Updated Family Letter Wall.4

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Wood Shim Sunburst Mirror

by leanneja on May 20, 2015 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Living Room

I made some sunburst mirrors a few years ago, but didn’t think they would travel well to another state so I sold them before we moved. I was happy to have them being enjoyed in someone else’s home but I have really missed them in my own. A few days ago I was going through a box in the garage and found a whole package of shims, so the thought of a Wood Shim Sunburst Mirror came to mind again. I still had a large mirror in my craft stash so I didn’t even have to run to the store for supplies. Why didn’t I make this sooner?

Wood Shim Sunburst Mirror- make your own miror for a fraction of the cost using wood shims from the hardware store

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love researching and finding new products to make my home pretty and functional. I never thought I wanted a shower door but after renting a house with them in 2 of the bathrooms I can see the benefit in shower doors, especially when it comes to keeping water where it belongs. My kids have been notorious for having the shower curtain on the outside of the tub which also means the water ends up there too. It’s always fun cleaning up after bath time, right?

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I love taking a day to celebrate and honor our Fathers, Husbands, Sons, and all the important men in our lives. We’re going to be celebrating Father’s Day a few weeks early with hubby so I decided I better get started on planning now. I made these Father’s Day Printables that can be used for so many things. Think: banner, cupcake picks, candy labels, gift tags, straw labels, and so on, or enlarge one and frame it for dad’s desk.

Father's Day Printables - you can make bannesr and tags and so much more

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It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day gifts. My kids love making and giving gifts to their dad that he can put on his desk at work. Since he loves golf the kids usually want to get him something golf related. I saw this faux grass at the craft store last week and had the perfect project in mind for Father’s Day. Why not make a Faux Grass Pen Holder? I’m pretty sure he is going to love it! Do you have a golf lover too?

Faux Grass Pen Holder

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I love the smell of clean laundry. I started helping with the laundry when I was 12 and by the time I was 15 I was doing most of the laundry for my family. It’s actually still one of my favorite chores, minus matching socks. So if we count my teen laundry days I have been using Tide for 41 years. When I found out Tide Dry Cleaners was opening a new store in Las Vegas only a few minutes from me I was thrilled. Now my dry cleaning can have the same fresh smell as my laundered clothes at home.

Tide Dry Cleaners Store

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Toffee Apple Dip

by leanneja on May 11, 2015 · 0 comments

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What is it with Sundays and how everyone wants a dessert or after church treat? Sometimes I have a lot of options on hand, sometimes very little. Luckily I always seem to be able to come up with something to please my family’s sweet tooth. Since we had a lot of apples on hand I decided this Toffee Apple Dip would be the perfect dessert. Even though it’s very sweet, by adding the apples I feel like I’m giving them a little bit of nutrition too.

Toffee Apple Dip

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Slow Cooker California Chicken

by leanneja on May 8, 2015 · 1 comment

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I think my slow cooker might be my favorite appliance in the house. I really don’t know what I would do without it, especially during the Summer months. I try to cook in it at least once a week, sometimes as many as 3-4 times a week. So I’m going to start sharing some of my tried and true family recipes. I seem to always have chicken in the freezer so don’t be surprised if over half of them include chicken. Let’s start with this Slow Cooker California Chicken. I used all gluten free ingredients so that I would be able to eat it also.

Slow Cooker California Chicken

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The end of the school year always comes sneaking up on me. And since Teacher Appreciation Week is at the end of the school year that usually sneaks up on me too. How did I not know it was this week? In my defense it has been a crazy busy few months, but the teachers shouldn’t have to suffer because of that. If you’ve been caught off guard like me I have a quick and easy Teacher Appreciation Printable and Gift Card Idea for you. It took me 5 minutes to put it together after I went to the store and bought the gift cards, of course. It would also make a great end of year gift!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Card idea and Printable

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Most of us don’t have unlimited resources and space. Downsizing to a smaller home has made me more aware of my limited space. I used to have a whole basement for storage, now I have a small closet and a portion of the garage. The problem is there are things I still like to have that aren’t used often. I have tried to make pieces function in more ways than one, like this tub bucket for organizing and fun.

Bucket for Organizing

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