Saturday, November 22, 2014

Free Holiday Card Template on Craftaholics Anonymous

Free Christmas Card template
Hi guys!!I am super excited to be sharing this fun holiday card template over at Craftaholics Anonymous this week.  {Friends and family, forget you saw this until it arrives in the mail in a few weeks, mmmmkay?}  This year rather than get family portraits taken, I scoured the family members' Instagram feeds for fun photos.  I love how the card turned out because it is full of fun memories -- Sis behind the wheel of the car {yikes!}, mom's first ridiculous selfie {double yikes!}, the epic Cultural Celebration our kids participated in -- good stuff!  All you have to do is grab your favorite photos from Instagram and drop them into the template -- easy cheesy.  Head over to Craftaholics Anonymous for the downloads and all the details.

Have a great weekend!


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chiquita Banana and Pear Sauce Spice Bread

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chiquita Banana. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi guys! One of my favorite comfort foods in the whole world is banana bread. I mean, not to toot my own horn, but I did win a prize in the New Mexico State Fair for my mom's my banana bread when I was a kid, so . . . toot,toot. Aaaanyway . . . I love banana bread. So when I found out that there was another way I could try to win a prize for cooking with bananas, I was all in. The Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest sounds like so much fun and you can enter, too!

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Gratitude Chalk Art & a Free Printable Version

Thanksgiving Chalk Art at
Hi guys!  My pretty white chalkboard has been sitting empty on the wall for far too long so I decided to play with a fun new font I acquired recently to create a design I could transfer onto it.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year -- it's nice to make a conscious effort to count your blessings sometimes.  When I saw this saying on Instagram a little while ago, I knew I had a winner.  For some reason it just really struck a chord with me.  I have learned over the past few years that gratitude really does beget happiness.  Unfortunately I have also learned {the hard way} that nothing kills happiness faster than feeling like life has short-changed you.  It's impossible to be resentful and happy at the same time.  It just is!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sweet & Spicy Chili with the World's Best Corn Muffins

Sweet and Spicy Chili with Cake Mix Corn Muffins at
Hi guys!  Today I am going to share one of my kids' favorite meals with you -- chili and cornbread.  I'm really proud of myself for making up my own chili recipe on the fly one day years ago. It was born out of procrastination and a lack of desire to run to the store. I needed to take chili to a church square dance & chili dinner. All of my recipes required "special" ingredients that I don't just keep around so I scrounged in my pantry to see what I could dump in my crock pot. It's nothing fancy, but it has become our family's favorite chili.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Pretty Little Pot Holders

Hi guys!  One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how long I am willing to live with things that I hate in my home.  Some things are too expensive to tackle right now, so I have had to make peace with those for the time being.  I'm talking about the little things, though, like hot pads. They are not super expensive to replace.  Nor are they hard to make, and yet I have continued to use the same old, stained hot pads that I have used for the past . . . LOT of years.  The ones that don't match my current decor {not sure if they ever did match any decor, ever}, have burn marks from that time I got a little too close to the heating element, and are starting to unravel in one corner.  Sure, we've had a lot of dinner making, treat baking adventures together, those hot pads and I, but I'm not emotionally attached to them.  It was time for them to hit the road!  Then I found the perfect fabric the other day -- it had all the colors I want to bring into the room in a pretty floral pattern -- and it gave me the push I needed.  To make new pot holders.  Yes, this is my life . . .

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