Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My last Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Project of 2015

 This year has been a year of creating for me and in particular I've made so many fun projects using Annie Sloan chalk Paint. I just love that stuff!

My gift from my mom for Christmas was a nail gun and I decided to give it a try today.

I made these candle stands out of some scrap 4x4's and small pieces of wood in the trash bin.

That nail gun was a TON of fun!!! And I created these very simple candle holders under 20 minutes.

I wanted to add some color to the living room so I decided to paint them up!

Here's the process:
Step 1: Build Candle Holders
 Step 2: Paint Candle Holders
(I used Florence).
 Step 3: Wax with clear wax. Let dry. Sand if desired and then follow with dark wax.
 And here they are in their new resting place in our living room.


Cheers to the New Year my friends! I hope 2015 was great and 2016 brings you lots of motivation, health, happiness and wellness!
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Blessings

 Our Christmas was a true blessing. We spent the day wrapped in the warmth of each other and watching our kids enjoy the day, gifts and each other.



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Friday, December 25, 2015

Glory to God in the Highest



Luke 2:1-20New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Be Blessed this Christmas!
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Thank you for tagging along on my count down to Christmas! May you enjoy this day with your family.

15 Days: In "The Bag" Gifts  
9 Days: Living Front Porch  
2 Days: Post a Christmas Facebook Photo 
1 Day: Christmas Eve 
CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve


It seems like yesterday that my babies we're this small! 
In 2012 we started a new Christmas Eve tradition. The PickUp Express! 

On Christmas Eve we open one gift and each of the kids get new PJ's to wear on Christmas Eve. Along with that is a ticket to the PickUP Express. We all load up in the pickup, with our blankies, popcorn, and a huge dose of Christmas excitement to go look at the Christmas lights. 

May your Christmas Eve be filled with the love of those around you and the true meaning of Christmas! 

If looking to stay in the spirit until Christmas check out a few of my other posts on the Count Down:
15 Days: In "The Bag" Gifts  
9 Days: Living Front Porch  
2 Days: Post a Christmas Facebook Photo 
1 Day: Christmas Eve

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Post a Christmas Facebook Photo


We're getting closer and closer to Christmas!!!!!
 If you have been following along on my Count Down to Christmas we're just 2 Days away!!!

Most people are using Facebook or Instagram daily. Create a fun photo of your family with Santa Hats and Holiday Cheer by using PicMonkey.com There are tons of cute hats, beards, stickers etc.

 If looking to stay in the spirit until Christmas check out a few of my other posts on the Count Down:
15 Days: In "The Bag" Gifts  
9 Days: Living Front Porch  
2 Days: Post a Christmas Facebook Photo
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2015 Christmas Concert

What count down to Christmas would be complete without a Christmas Concert?
Our girls had there school concert last night and did Beautifully!













If your looking to stay in the spirit until Christmas follow my Count Down to Christmas:
15 Days: In "The Bag" Gifts
14 Days: Teachers Christmas Gift Ideas 
13 Days: Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String 
12 Days: Christmas Cookie Packaging at it's Finest 
11 Days: Perfect Neighbor Gift for under $5.00s  
10 Days: Cookie Exchange Party Ideas
9 Days: Living Front Porch
8 Days: For the Gardner on your list... 
7 Days: Hands Down You Are the Best 
6 Days: Perfect Every time Lemon Bundt Cake 
5 Days: The Best Songs for Christmas Caroling  
4 Days: Tracking Santa
3 Days: 2015 Christmas Concert
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Tracking Santa

Welcome Back! 
For the past couple weeks I've been counting down the day's to Christmas! Just 4 More Day's till Christmas!  My kids will be out of school officially tomorrow afternoon. So I've been looking for some fun things to keep them in the Holiday Spirit. 


If your kiddos are into Santa here are a few fun sites that will help track Santa as the day's lead to his departure.

The Official NORAD Santa site. 

It's pretty interactive and cute for little ones with fun music, games and more.










EmailSanta.com is also interactive. You can have a story read to you by Santa's elves, Watch the Rudolph Cam, and read Santa's Tweets.  

Track Santa is pretty cool because you can see exactly where Santa's Sleigh is as he travels the world. 

Santa is fun for kids. The Magic of the season is alive as you see little ones excitement and joy. 

If your looking to stay in the spirit until Christmas follow my Count Down to Christmas:
15 Days: In "The Bag" Gifts
14 Days: Teachers Christmas Gift Ideas 
13 Days: Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String 
12 Days: Christmas Cookie Packaging at it's Finest 
11 Days: Perfect Neighbor Gift for under $5.00s  
10 Days: Cookie Exchange Party Ideas
9 Days: Living Front Porch
8 Days: For the Gardner on your list... 
7 Days: Hands Down You Are the Best 
6 Days: Perfect Every time Lemon Bundt Cake 
5 Days: The Best Songs for Christmas Caroling  
4 Days: Tracking Santa


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Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Best Songs for Christmas Caroling

Tonight our MOPS group is going Christmas Caroling! I think the last time I went Caroling with a group was in my 4-H years and our 4-H group went. 

Non the less I'm excited ;) 

Here are Hands down the Best Songs for Christmas Caroling that everyone will should know. 
Click on each song to print out the lyrics. 

If your looking to stay in the spirit until Christmas follow my Count Down to Christmas:
15 Days: In "The Bag" Gifts
14 Days: Teachers Christmas Gift Ideas 
13 Days: Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String 
12 Days: Christmas Cookie Packaging at it's Finest 
11 Days: Perfect Neighbor Gift for under $5.00s  
10 Days: Cookie Exchange Party Ideas
9 Days: Living Front Porch
8 Days: For the Gardner on your list... 
7 Days: Hands Down You Are the Best 
6 Days: Perfect Every time Lemon Bundt Cake 
5 Days: The Best Songs for Christmas Caroling 
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Perfect Every time Lemon Bundt Cake

 Happy Saturday! 
The Holidays are in full swing here. We have family visiting this weekend, early Christmas gatherings, the Christmas program at school this coming week. And with all of these things on our list, we often need to bring some sort of dish with us. This Lemon Bundt Cake is SO yummy, very simple to make and eye appealing.
 Here's what you'll need:
1 package Lemon cake mix
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 Cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 Cup lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
2 tsp. Poppy Seeds (optional)

Icing:
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
4 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 10 inch Bundt Pan.
*In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding, oil, eggs and soda.
*Pour all of the ingredients into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Once cooled flip onto a serving dish and pour the icing over the cake. Enjoy!



If your looking to stay in the spirit until Christmas follow my Count Down to Christmas:
15 Days: In "The Bag" Gifts
14 Days: Teachers Christmas Gift Ideas 
13 Days: Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String 
12 Days: Christmas Cookie Packaging at it's Finest 
11 Days: Perfect Neighbor Gift for under $5.00s  
10 Days: Cookie Exchange Party Ideas
9 Days: Living Front Porch
8 Days: For the Gardner on your list... 
7 Days: Hands Down You Are the Best 
6 Days: Perfect Every time Lemon Bundt Cake
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Friday, December 18, 2015

Hands Down You Are the Best!

Glad you hopped over today!  I've been counting down the day's to Christmas here on my blog for the past week.
If your looking to stay in the spirit until Christmas follow my Count Down to Christmas:
15 Days: In "The Bag" Gifts
14 Days: Teachers Christmas Gift Ideas 
13 Days: Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String 
12 Days: Christmas Cookie Packaging at it's Finest 
11 Days: Perfect Neighbor Gift for under $5.00s  
10 Days: Cookie Exchange Party Ideas
9 Days: Living Front Porch
8 Days: For the Gardner on your list... 
7 Days: Hands Down You Are the Best
http://www.switchingstores.com/article/best-eczema-treatment?Sabrina
 This is such a simple but personal gift. 
We traced my daughters little hands. Wrote "Hands Down You are the Best!" and taped them to our favorite bottle of lotion. This lotion is "Hands Down" the best for eczema or severe dry skin and has beat studies against Eucerin and is a must in our home. You can learn more about it HERE.
Stop by tomorrow for some more Christmas inspiration. It's a yummy treat that's for sure!
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