Easter Basket Ideas

Super Saturday Link Party…

Easter Bucket from Kleinfworth & Co.   I’m on the fence about Easter baskets this year. The kids are teens, after all. Neither one has much of a sweet tooth ...   ... and their favorite part of the basket has always been the gift I would include. A new video game or American … [read more...]

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My Life Journey: New Home

This post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine. I was never a fan of renting. It was throwing money out the window, as far as I was concerned. Not to mention all the restrictions and limitations. Like no painting the walls ...     Purchasing a home was always a given.  Especially after … [read more...]

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Union Jack Flag Mason Jar

I’m not going to sugar coat this. I’m not going to pretend this repurposing of a mason jar into a Union Jack Flag vase was easy.   It’s not.   I’m not going to pretend that each step was executed flawlessly the first time out.   It wasn’t.   I’m not going to pretend this project was completed in a single … [read more...]

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Party Features: Thinking of Spring

I'm not one to complain about the weather. I mean, I made a conscious choice to live in Chicago, after all. A city where winter spans from Halloween to Easter. I've learned to embrace puffy coats and waterproof boots and hats ...   ... and wearing a hat is the hardest part to embrace. My hair and hats don't see eye-to-eye. My hair prefers a … [read more...]

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Super Saturday Link Party

I fear the city of Chicago will be soon run out of of acrylic pink paint. Mostly because I’ve been receiving a lot …   a lot …   of orders for my pink ombre mason jars. With urgent notes about showers being hosted and can I promise to deliver them in time.   Can I unscientifically forecast a boom in the birth of … [read more...]

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My Life Journey: First Job

This post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine. The telling of this chapter in my life should have been pretty straightforward. Until I decided to complicate things. Looking for an image of me in my full-on-sneaker-clad-New-York-working-girl attire. Complete with shoulder pads and fake pearls. And … [read more...]

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint-ed Chair

I would like to send my deepest and most sincere thank you to Miss Annie Sloan. And her chalk paint.   You see, I really don’t like painting furniture. And, no, that doesn’t mean I don’t like painted furniture. Because I do. Very much so. It’s the painting of the furniture part that I’m not a big fan of …   I don’t spend my … [read more...]

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Homemade Bread Recipes

White foods are my downfall. My nemesis …   the Newman to my Jerry.   I can devour a loaf of French bread in a single sitting. Butter optional.   And that’s the store bought stuff.   But fresh baked homemade bread? Hot out of the oven?   Yum!   And, clearly, I’m not alone in my bread obsession. Because over … [read more...]

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Super Saturday Link Party

I'm having a love/hate relationship with this link party.   I mean, I love that you all stop by and link up your amazing projects. I love going through the links. Pinning away as I go. And feasting on your creativity.    And speaking of feasting ...   ... that's the hate part.   You see, so many of you are linking up the … [read more...]

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Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I should have really titled this post Chicken Noodle Soup – The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.   The Good = the homemade chicken noodle recipe I’m sharing here today.   The Bad = the fateful day my mom decided to make homemade chicken noodle soup.   The Ugly = the four obnoxious tweens and teens my mom fed her chicken … [read more...]

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My Life Journey: Parenthood

This is a Sponsored post written by me and brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member of FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine. My kid’s baby books are empty.   … filled with blank page after blank page …   They mock me. They taunt me. They shame me as they wag their empty pages in my face.   There are no sweet … [read more...]

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Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

I put the last of the Christmas decorations away this past weekend.   Yes. You really read that right. On Sunday, February 16, 2014, I bid a final adieu to Christmas …   … until next year.   Well, technically, this year. Now you may think I’m talking about a bow or a misplaced ornament or a forgotten snow … [read more...]

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Chocolate Love

This is not just the weekend of love.  It's the weekend of chocolate love too.  And there was no dearth of chocolate recipes that linked up to last week's Super Saturday Link Party. Rich. Decadent. And delicious. So, go on and open that heart-shaped box of candy as you peruse these mouthwatering morsels of chocolate heaven ... Chocolate … [read more...]

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Link Party & Valentine’s Day

I’m not quite sure how I forgot that my first ‘official’ date with Mike was on Valentine’s Day weekend. You would think that would be imbedded in my mind …   Perhaps it was just too much pressure to put on an ‘official’ first date?   And yet, somehow, we both managed to wear colors that celebrated that particular celebrated … [read more...]

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Baked Egg Tomato Cups

The fabulous sisters from Made From Pinterest are taking over the blog today. And I'm thrilled.  Because I love eggs. And I love tomatoes. But I never, ever thought of combining the two ...   Take it away Sherri (who, like I, is the baby of the family)!    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * … [read more...]

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Matchbox Valentine with Duck Tape

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you a hopeless romantic? Do you believe in fate …   and perfect matches?   I do. Perhaps it was all those princess Disney films I adored. And absorbed. Or the after school … [read more...]

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Super Soup Recipes

In case you were wondering, yes.   Yes, I’m am completely and thoroughly embarrassed of my corny headline. Seriously. And then for me to take it a step further and add it to the Pinterest pinnable (hint, hint) graphic?   Now I must hold my head in shame as I beg of you to forgive me.   And while my head is bowed … [read more...]

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Super Saturday Link Party

Hot Air Balloon Heart Art from The Moon and Me| Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Tastes of Lizzy T | Nutella Stuffed Cupcakes from Titi Crafty |  Winter Pom Pom Wreath from A Bright and Beautiful Life | Red Velvet Oreo Bars from The First Year Blog | Red Velvet Cheesecake Crescent Rolls from Lemon Tree Dwelling | Red Velvet Raspberry Swirl … [read more...]

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Punctuation Mishaps

They say it takes 30 days to form a habit …   but how long does it take to rid yourself of a habit that’s 30+ years in the making?   I’m talking about punctuation. And a mistake I’ve unknowingly been making since I first learned to type. On a Selectric typewriter in high school.  It’s the hotly debated two spaces after a … [read more...]

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Paper Roses

I’ve always had tremendous admiration for those repurpose-full people. You know the ones. The people who make lemonade out of lemons.   They see a pair of cruddy old rain boots at a flea market and envision a cute planter for their front porch. They see clocks in old bicycle wheels. Christmas trees in old ladders. Wreaths in old mason … [read more...]

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Valentine’s Day Sweets & Treats

We can’t catch a break, right? Just as our New Year’s resolutions kick into high gear …   and salads and exercise become a regular part of our lives …   along comes Valentine’s Day. An occasion marked by chocolates and sweet treats and calorie-filled deliciousness!   And there’s no shortage of Valentine’s Day decadence … [read more...]