Well…it’s that time of the year again.  My favorite time of year!  Fall is finally here and I hope it’s here to stay.  I love the changing of the leaves, the way they smell when they fall & cover the ground.  The sound they make when you walk on them.  There’s nothing better than going outside with your coffee or hot chocolate and just breathing deeply and smelling the earth.

I love to go to the nature center and walk around.  There’s nothing more peaceful than being out in nature and enjoying the quiet of the earth. Sure there are other people but the nature center is so big not everyone walks on the same paths.  My daughter and I went when the leaves were just starting to change and unfortunately, we didn’t get much nature time…I can’t wait to go back and see the changes.

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming….My lovely daughter will soon be 21.  With the changing of the season, also comes the changing of my daughter into an adult.  I feel like i’m always working and between that and her going to school and working part-time, we both cherish the moments where we can spend an entire day together just hanging out.

I hope you enjoy your fall….  Mother nature is an amazing thing and God paints a beautiful landscape.  Take the time to smell the the air, the earth, and see all the beautiful colors and just enjoy the world around you.





Ahhh… Vacation

Vacation is finally here!

My official vacation started Friday but I ended up spending the day sick, so I slept and watched as my husband and daughter played Nancy Drew Mysteries all day.

Today, however, I am feeling much better and have been able to get stuff done. During the week my husband does the cooking because I work full time….so when I come home dinner is usually done, so on vacation I like to cook and bake.

If you’ve never had frozen hot chocolate, it’s a must try.  My suggestion is to make it from scratch and then freeze it.  I made this for the first time the other day and both the hubby and daughter liked it a lot so I made another batch for the freezer.

I also made chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies; another favorite in our house and a white cake with chocolate icing…..we now have snacks for the week 🙂

What are your favorite vacation treats?

Meet Miss Molly….

Hi there,  I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything new….  However, we’ve been busy.  Over the last 3 1/2 weeks we’ve had a new addition to our family…her name is Molly. Molly is a Coonhound and Short Haired German Pointer mix.  She has the markings of both her breeds and her ears are a combo as well but her bark is definitely coonhound.

We adopted her when she was just 6 months old and is now coming up on 7 months; don’t let her size fool you…she is a big girl but still a puppy.  We lost our dog Jetta last August, a month before her 15th birthday.  I know some people say you should get a dog right after you lose one, but it took a while before our hearts were ready for another one.

Molly has been through three homes prior to us….she was found in a ditch on the side of the road by a friends son when she was 4 months old and they took her in. Unfortunately, because she is very energetic they couldn’t keep her with little ones running around as well.  Molly was adopted out to a family who didn’t really have the time she needed and because of this was not a good fit for them, so 3 1/2 half weeks ago she became ours.

The first night was hard on her and the first week difficult.  As we came up on the second week we had a few struggles with dominance and her trying to make the rules.  As we came up on our third week she became accustomed to our routines and us hers and she’s learned some new tricks.  We are now coming up on a month and she is totally different than when we first got her.  She still has moments where she reverts  back due to insecurities but it doesn’t last long.  Lots of hugs, kisses, good girls, play times, belly rubs, and walks help.

My advice to anyone looking to adopt a new puppy or even an older dog….find out what the breed is; do you have the time and energy to give them the attention they will need. What is your lifestyle? Are you away from home a lot? Do you hike, boat, bike, run?  As long as you have the patience and the time you’ll have an amazing new family member who will love you unconditionally.







via Daily Prompt: Imaginary

There once was a little girl named Neva who had an imaginary friend named Tim. You see, Neva was an only child and she really wanted a brother.  Unfortunately, her parents were not able to have any more children.  Neva and Tim played together every day.  He kept her company when she was lonely.

One day Tim told Neva he was moving away and they couldn’t play anymore.  Neva was mad at Tim for having to leave but she forgave him.  Then one day, her mommy and daddy told her they were moving to a bigger house in the country.  When mommy asked about Tim, Neva said Tim moved away.

Mommy gave her a hug and told her it was okay and that friends sometimes move and that she would make new friends.  When they moved to the new house Neva never saw Tim again but she talked about him sometimes.  When Neva went to school she made new friends and soon Tim was forgotten.


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Has your child ever had an imaginary friend?  How long before they outgrew them?








Tutorial: Sticky Note Make-over

Welcome to my first tutorial!  I hope you enjoy it!

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a sticky note take-along.  It makes a great gift for someone or for yourself.  I’ve also found they come in quite handy when i’m out and I need to leave a note for someone or if i’m out and need to remember something, I can write myself a note.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Sticky notes of your choice – I like to get them at the dollar store; you can the mini’s as shown below or the full size
  • Card Stock in two colors – you can find it wherever craft supplies are sold
  • Glue or glue tape
  • Mini hook and loop dots (1/2 in) – I get mine from the dollar store, they are alot cheaper than buying name brand
  • Stickers/embellishment of choice

For this tutorial I am using the mini’s which measure 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

Cut main card stock color 2 in x 4 in.


If you don’t have a scoring tool you can fold the card stock around the sticky note and press the edges with your fingers.  If you are using a scoring tool, score on the long side at 1 3/4 and again at 2 1/4.  You can also use a ruler and draw a pencil line where you want the folds to be.  Be careful you don’t press too hard and crack the card stock.


Once you have scored/pressed your edges glue the mini in place (I use a glue stick, it works well).  You will want to put the glue on back of the mini and place it where you want it, making sure it’s lined up correctly.


If you like the way it looks without adding a tab, just add your embellishment and your set.  If you are going to add the hook and loop tab cut your second piece of card stock to size and glue it in place.  In this example the width is 1 in by 5 3/4 in.  Score at 1 3/4, 2 1/4, 4 1/8, 4 3/4.  You can leave the remainder of the strip as is and attach the hook and loop dot to that or you can fold it back a 1/2 in to reinforce where the hook and loop dot will be attached.  (see pic below)


Attach your hook and loop dot and then add your embellishments. In this example I just used stickers I purchased at the dollar store. You may have also noticed rounded corners…. I prefer my corners rounded so I clip them with a corner rounder.  However, you can leave them square.


These make great teacher gifts at the end of the year, stocking stuffers during the holidays, or just because. They are easy to make and I find they do well at craft shows depending on your show.



I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, please let me know what you think.


Where the Fairies play….

In the dawn of night and light of day where do you think the fairies play?  Watch your garden as it grows, something tells me you will know.

You can’t see them but know they are there getting ready to start their day.  In the quiet of the morning the fairies help wake up the earth.  Colors spring from the ground, the air has a lovely scent.  Animals wake up and stretch their legs and get up out of their warm cozy beds.  Be sure in your garden to leave the fairies a seat so they can rest and eat a treat. Hang a hammock in the shade where they can cool off throughout the day.

Help the fairies care for the earth.  Plant new trees and flower seeds, recycle your trash and keep the earth clean.  Without your help the earth will die and then the fairies and Mother Nature will cry.  When the flowers and trees all disappear, there will no longer be a place for them to play and they will have to go far away.  Gardens and forests, rivers and creeks no longer a shelter will there be.

So keep the earth clean and full of life, watch the magic as the land grows.  Plant your gardens and your trees and keep your waters clean, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the fairies as they work and play throughout the day.  Listen closely and maybe you’ll hear mother nature whisper thank you dear.


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Not just a mom

I am not just a mother… I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a role model. Throughout my daughter’s life I have always had to work, I didn’t get the opportunity to be a stay at home mom (as much as I would have liked to).  It’s difficult having to work and raise a family.  So how do you connect with your kids in the downtime when there’s always homework or extra activities?  You do arts and crafts, play music and dance around the living room, sing badly together, play in the yard, have weekend camp-outs (whether it’s in backyard or living room) and just have fun.

In the summer time I use to do a mom camp on random weekends and we would camp-out in the backyard (with the dog), do science experiments, art projects, and other fun stuff.  My daughter said she doesn’t remember all the crafts we made or what we baked, but she remembers always making something/doing something.

My nieces and nephews spent alot of time at our house; we played games, did crafts, and watched movies. There were many weekends we stayed up late playing Life, Clue and Sorry and laughing.  I always made sure we did a craft or baked or something when they stayed with me.  There were many times we would all fall asleep in the living room watching movies.  A few years ago we had to sell our house.  My niece Brandie was upset and  said there were so many memories there.  That’s something they will always carry with them, memories of all the fun we had.

No, I am not just a mother, I’m a role model.  I’ve raised my now 20-year-old daughter to be independent-a leader and to not follow the crowd, I have encouraged her creativity, and tried to make sure she can cope with our crazy world .  I’ve seen to many “Mother’s” who aren’t mothers and “Father’s” who aren’t fathers.  They weren’t ready to be parents and forget that the children come first because they themselves are still children or put themselves first.  They put drugs, alcohol, their cellphone, friends ahead of their kids.  The children are who suffer and it’s not fair.

My goal has always been to make my daughter proud. My husband calls me super-wife and my daughter supermom.  Take time to be a role model, teach the children, spend time with them, and encourage them.  They are our future….

Now…off of my soap box

Here are some weekend family fun ideas


  1. Spend time outside with the kids playing in yard, going for a walk in the park, hike, bike, skate, camping out in the backyard, go fishing
  2. Plant a garden together, teach kids about the land and where their food comes from
  3. Get on the floor and play with the kids, whether its building blocks, cars & trucks, or dolls/action figures
  4. Dig out the playdoh
  5. Make a family game night
  6. Have dinner at the table together and share your day
  7. Crafting, baking
  8. During the holidays make the gifts and decorations
  9. Have an electronics free weekend

These might seem like a “duh” but you’d be surprised.  Sometimes, family time is all you need after a tough week to help you get recentered.

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