Archive for August 2012

Organization Station

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I placed this handy Organization Station in my entry way. It has a family calendar that shows us the current week, grocery list, to-do list, notes, birthdays, and a bible verse. It also has a small bulletin board and a bird cage that holds all of the pens, erasers and chalk for the calendar. The white on the calendar is “permanent” (white paint pen and I also used a white-out pen for some of it!) for the color, I used the Bistro Board Chalk Pens that come off with a damp paper towel.  For the frame, I used some stain I already had at home, and covered the bulletin board with a scrap of fabric (stapled to cork) after rubbing the frame with some black paint on a rag then sanding edges a bit. I found all of the materials at Hobby Lobby.

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Family Vacay!

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Since last August my life has been pretty crazy to say the least! Because of our hectic lifestyle (we wouldn’t have it any other way!), we don’t slow down much… not that we could with a 3 year old and a 1 year old anyway! It was SO nice to get to put on the brakes and enjoy my family away from all of the hustle and bustle last week! My cousins recently started up a business and are living in North Padre (about 30 minutes away from Corpus and Port Aransas), so we went down to visit along with my Aunt “NiNi” and Uncle “JoJo” and Grampy!

Their home isn’t on the beach, but it is on the canal so it was beautiful to begin and end our days looking off the back porch. They also live just a couple of miles from the beach which we visited 3 or 4 times. The kids absolutely LOVED the ocean! They played and played, swam, piddled, ate ice cream, built castles, ate lunch and even napped out at the beach! My best investment this trip was a canopy that we put up daily at the beach… without it we would not have lasted long!
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Nicole’s Vacation Menu

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Here is the menu I cooked up for our camping vacation with 14 friends and family this week!

Wednesday Night: Crockin’ Lasagna
Thursday Morning: Waffles & Baked Fruit
Thursday Lunch: Sandwiches
Thursday Dinner: Hot dogs (already grilled, just throwing in the crock to warm up) Chili in the other crock & cheese dip in another
Friday Morning: cereal, oatmeal, toast (fend for yourself morning)
Friday Lunch: Tunafish sandwiches
Friday Dinner: Mexican Chef Salad
Saturday Morning: Breakfast Burritos
Saturday Lunch: Eating those leftovers UP!
Saturday Dinner: Crock the crowd favorite King Ranch Chicken
Sunday Morning: Eggs, toast, & fruit
Sunday Lunch: Sandwiches
Sunday Dinner: Hamburgers
Monday Morning: Cereal, oatmeal, toast, fruit (fend for yourself)

Hair Bow How-To Giveaway!

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Just like her mama, my Stella girl loves to accessorize!  She even pats her head and says “BOW”! I love to create bows for her and you can make them for your little fashionista too! Check out how I make her “bigger than Texas” bows! It really is fun and easy! If you have questions, just leave a comment below. Happy Craftin’!

It happened again…we couldn’t choose just one so we chose 3!!! Thanks for sharing y’all.

“Great idea… I am teaching my youngest daughter to sew, as her mom doesn’t know how. We will be doing a quilt or 2 together. Keep up the good work, very informing. Also showing her the cooking aspect , because after work I also do the cooking in the house.”
Ron G.

“My mom and grandma always made (knitted or crocheted) baby blankets for new babies in the family. When my best friend announced she was pregnant, I asked and she said no one in her family made things like that…I really felt like it was important for every new baby have a handmade blanket from someone who loves them even before they are here, so I asked my mom to teach me to crochet. A tradition was born! I have hand made a crocheted baby blanket for every new baby of each of my friends since that first one for sweet baby Iris. I love spending the time making the blanket dreaming about the little person who will cuddle up in it and how they will grow, who they will become.”
Teresa N.

“I do a lot of cross stitching. Last year I made different sets of ornaments for my husbands family members, my family members and some friends. It was a lot of work and took me almost 9 months to gets done. It was worth seeing those who appreciated the work open the gifts. I am doing another cross stitch gift for almost everyone again this year, but not on that large of a scale.”
Christina T.

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