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Budget Friendly Anniversary Party Ideas

My parents recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and we threw them a party. Anyway, my sisters and I were doing the party together and our goal was to make it special without breaking the bank. Here are a few budget-friendly tips from the anniversary party we threw: Event Location We had the party at […]

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Campoline

It was a beautiful weekend here in East Tennessee with lots of much needed outdoor time. This afternoon, I was sitting in the kitchen when I saw a massive sleeping bag wad with two little Charlie legs sticking out of the bottom run through the kitchen toward the garage door. “Uh, where are you going […]

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Charlie and the Mayonnaise

So, the other day, I discovered that Charlie (6) had made and eaten a snack. That’s very independent of him, and I appreciated that he was taking care of himself. What was the snack? Cheese and mayonnaise. Uh, gross. So we talked about mayonnaise. Again. A week or so later, I found him making himself […]

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8 Practical Tips and Ideas for Putting Together A Nursery

If you are expecting and getting a plan together for a nursery, here are some ideas I loved and things that worked really well for us: 1. A dresser is a better buy than a changing table. The dresser will grow with your child, so you don’t have to ditch it later and spend more […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Charlie (5 at the time) composed this email to his aunt, named Paula Scarborough. The name he typed into the To: space said  Pola Scarbro and I did a screen grab of his message which is as follows.   Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends!

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The Proposal: Our Engagement Story

My friend Beth asked me to write about my relationship with my husband on her blog for a Valentine’s series, and I said no. I said no, because that’s not the kind of thing I usually share, but I got to thinking about our engagement and decided to make an exception, because it’s pretty cool […]

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How to Make a Valentine’s Candy Bouquet

My Mom’s co-worker, Teresa, made this candy bouquet. How cute is this?!?! Photo Credit: Judy Alexander How to Make a Valentine’s Candy Bouquet Supplies: Glass, jar or vase Kabob skewers Flower arranging brick Ribbon Candy Tape and/or hot glue gun Instructions: 1. Fill a glass jar or vase with small candy. (Teresa used Hershey’s Kisses) […]

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Super Easy Crusty Artisan Bread Recipe

Friends, this bread is really good and really easy. I had never made bread before and even I – a dinner burner from WAY back – thought it was easy.  And it’s crazy good. My sweet friend, Cheryl, brought this to a party and we all loved it so she sent us the recipe. Here […]

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Date Night on a Dime

Want to go out, but don’t want to spend a fortune? Here are some tips for doing a date night on a dime. Split an Entree My husband and I don’t go out very often with out our kids, but when we do, we want to make it count. We want to go somewhere nice. […]

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Fabric/Decor Ideas for Nursery or Kid’s Rooms

I…am a lover of fabric. My sewing skills are not awesome, but I can make basic home decor items like throw pillows and I made the crib bedding my kids used. But mostly, I just think about projects a lot and cruise fabric web sites. Recently, I found some really inexpensive fabric that would be […]

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