Thursday, January 31, 2013


Printables are the new things. You print something off of your computer and you can put it in a frame and hang up somewhere in your house. They are pretty cool. some people print them out and transfer them to other things like pillow cases and totes. I don't know how they do that, but I would love to learn.

I, my self have joined the printable  gang and have been looking for things to print out. On pinterest there are a bunch of free printables that range from holiday specific to room specific (like Kitchen and bathroom) to just being plain old fun.

I like them, and some of them are great to print out, but others can be just as fun to make.  I made one for you all to print out, and I made my own using stuff from other blogs.

This one was made using a frame from Shabby blogs and then adding text. I printed it out, and put it in a fabric covered frame. It looks very pretty on the end table in our living room. 

This one, if you click on the image it will take you to my photobucket and you can download it and print it out. YAY! Please share what you did with it. 
Enjoy you printable,

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pinterest Sunday-Gardens

It's January and it's snowing and freezing rain- which technically is hail, so there is snow and hail outside.Not to mention ice. The sidewalks, roads, trees, grass, everything is covered with ice. ICE! Ugh. Yet, the only thing I can think of are plants. Green leafy plants. Which cleanse the air, and make everything smell fresh   I created a new board all about gardens. and figure I should post just a few things I want to try. 

use a lemon, orange or a grapefruit to start your seedlings. plant the entire thing in the ground and the peels will compost directly into the soil to nourish the plants as they grow.
Use a lemon, orange or a grapefruit to start your seedlings. plant the entire thing in the ground and the peels will compost directly into the soil to nourish the plants as they grow. I hope this works even if you are just putting it in a container. 

Indoor herb garden

An herb garden inside- that is one thing that I want. In fact I think I may try something like this
hanging herb garden for kitchen
 under a window.

And just becasue one day I will be out of an apartment and have space

Rock garden water feature -calm and alive at the same time

A rock garden and 
The Log House Fairy Home

A fairy house

I can't wait until the sun comes out more. I guess until then, I can keep doing my deep cleanings on week ends and organizing the apartment until I can have it set to help grow plants. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Let's talk ... Facebook likes

TGIF everyone. Today I want to talk about Facebook. Now I know Facebook is a great place to talk to friends across the country and to "play"games, and to talk to those who live in the same town as you and to connect with many different people. I use Facebook to share my blog post.  So I have no problem with Facebook.

And yet... I do have a slight issue. It is the sharing and liking part. Mainly, my issue is those who post a picture of something and say if I get so many likes this will happen. Like that family this week who posted a picture of their kids and said if they get over 1 million like (or something of that nature) then their parents would get them a dog.  Now forgive me if I'm wrong, but buying a pet is a huge life change. Pets are a lot of responsibility, and I feel that f my child wants a pet, it would be a big discussion  I would want my child to show that they could take care of the pet. I would want to talk it out with my child. I wouldn't want some random strangers on the internet to decide. Furthermore, I wouldn't want picture of my child to be floating around the internet. (I'm just saying)

So what are your thoughts on things like the Facebook shares and likes?

Bible quotes-
 One a week I will have a bible quote at the bottom of a blog post. I'm starting this week:

John 6:47  Truly, truly, I say to you, who ever believes has eternal life. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yarn, Yarn, Yarn

I love to make stuff out of yarn.  For many items (scarves and hats) it's all muscle memory. Unless it is a kind of scarf I haven't tried, but would like to, I don't need a pattern.  For other items, ( a Winston sweater and mittens) I usually look at a pattern, follow it once to a tea, and then go from there with making my own. For blankets and other items I look at a pattern and don't follow it too much, but just enough to get the dimension down.  And lastly, there are times where I create my own patterns, such Winston's hat, and my head band.

Which leads me to think- so many people have their own patterns out there in the world floating across the Internet. There are times where I love to get free patterns (I'm not much on paying to something when I only use it once), but then I think of how those patterns that cost money could help the seller economically. Which leads me to think? Can selling a pattern help me?

Right now, I'm unsure but I do know that I would like to try it out. Maybe once I know that enough people are looking at my patterns and using them. But how do I know that? Well, I guess the only way to find out is to share some patterns. So this upcoming February  look for some patterns. Try them out. Let me know if the wording is good, or bad. Tell me how it worked for you. I want to hear the good, the bad, the ugly of my patterns. (And I mean it!)

Until then, now that I know how to make buttons I've been making them like crazy. Here is one to grab all about knitting and yarn.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Shabby Blog Shout out!

I would like to give a shout out to Shabby Chic Blogs. With out them I wouldn't have been able to make any of the buttons I made. They have a great tutorial. They also provide freebies. One of those Freebies I acquired the pink frame I used. I know it is hard to read, but blow it up and in the frame you can see Shabby Chic Blogs. They are an awesome blog which I suggest checking out.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pinterest Sunday-Jeffs blog

This week I'm giving a shout out to my husband again. He has been awesome. I can't believe that it's already Sunday, but then again I spent all day Saturday in bed sick, I guess Sunday does sneak up on you that way. My husband took care of me,and Winston (who I guess never left my sick side). Jeff was wonderful yesterday and this morning, so I'm posting pins from his pinterest.

Homemade Irish Cream

Homemade Irish cream

I've got a buddy who's the brand manager over at The Loveless Cafe! They come out with -GREAT- content... Do yourself a favor and see what they're pinning today!

need we say more from a guy?

You're in kid.

Homemade Butterfinger Bars, and only three ingredients. (One is an interesting surprise!)
Homemade butter fingers (my favorite type of candy)

dun dun dun... it's shark pug!

Shark pug!!!

Well, some of Jeff's pins

Friday, January 18, 2013

Let's talk Fridays-DIY

Free is nice. I love looking on the internet and finding some free item for my blog or a free template ofr a craft or even, yes a lesson plan or knitting project. But I do these wonderful people get the free stuff? I mean, somehow one needs to either buy paper, take a picture of it, then do a bunch of designs on it to make a pretty post right?I made my buttons using word clip art. That was it, but word clip art doesn't have a lot of options to choose from  and sometimes, it's not the best thing.  So where do these people get this free stuff?

There are a few website I would like to share with you because they do have some pretty awesome free items for just about any Do it yourself-er

The above sites seem pretty cool and have  a ton of awesome free stuff. Now, how do they make it? That is my question. What are your thoughts and comments.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Candy Buffet

I can't believe it's  been over 7 months that I've been married. I also can't believe I've been forgetting to share some of the wonderful experiences of my wedding. I have covered;  the flowers, the dress, what to do with the flowers after the wedding, the cake, shoes, and the invitations. I covered tips on how to save for a wedding and I briefly mentioned my favors.

Today I'm going to talk more about my favors.

I had the traditional Jordan Almonds in white. There were five of them all wrapped up in a small tulle bag. Attached to the bag was a small card saying

" Five Sugared Almonds for each guest to eat,
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet. 
Five wishes for the new husband and wife, 
Health, wealth, happiness, children,
And a long life."
 For the buffet I had:

A lollipop tree
Gummi bears
Air heads
Jolly Ranchers
Salt Water Taffy
Laffy Taffy
M &Ms
Apples and Oranges
Pixie Stixs
Reese's Pieces
Mike and Ikes
 and a mixed variety of sweets.

I know it's a lot. But at the end- there wasn't much candy left over at all (which was what Jeff and I wanted) My guests loved the variety on the Candy buffet. To let the guests know to take from the buffet we had a very cute sign

"Thank You 
for joining us on our very special day. 
Please enjoy some treats from our
Candy Buffet
Dani & Jeff"

 And now some pictures. All the pictures are from Mandy (My Photographer)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pinterest Sunday- homemade food

This week, Jeff and I have been working on eating healthier and cutting back his sodium count. Thinking about how to lower this, I realized that sodium is often found in seasons. Now, we can eat food that is bland and unseasoned, but Jeff and I love  a little bit of spice in our life.

This week, I pinned a bunch of home made seasonings, mixes and condiments to help keep spice in your food but keep all the MSG away. For all these pins and more head to my Cooking board.

Homemade Coffee Creamer better than any product you can buy and best part it is cheaper and better tasting.  Several different recipes from Chocolate, Cappuccino, Strudel, Caramel Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Irish Cream, Coconut, Peppermint Mocha and Cinnamon Vanilla.

Coffee creamer? Jeff doesn't use much creamer in his coffee, I do, but I'm in this diet with him, so why not make my coffee healthier?

Great homemade Salsa:          * 2 cans of diced tomatoes          * 1 little can of diced green chiles          * 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped          * 1 clove of garlic, minced, or   garlic powder          * 3-4 whole green onions (stem included) chopped up          * Couple shakes of red pepper flakes          * 1 tsp of salt        Blend it all together minus the tomatoes, then add the tomatoes and blend a little to mince the tomatoes. Delicious!
Salsa- I did do a variation of this recipe. I love salsa but I much prefer to experiment until i get one that both Jeff and I like.

Homemade ketchup. Did you know that store-bought ketchup is loaded with sodium and sugar? Well, now you can make your own healthier version.

We just ran out of out Ketchup yesterday. So why not make Ketchup this week when we go shopping?

Home made Ranch, Onion Soup, and Taco Seasonings....Love not having to buy the "processed" versions of these things

Seasonings- I made the taco one. It is yummy, buy I like some spice so here are my three additions

1/4 teaspoon of Cilantro
1/8th teaspoon of black peppe
1/8th  teaspoon of  Crushed Red Pepper flakes

 and here is my own creation which I put on Pinterest. The link for the recipe is here
Pomegranate salad dressings- very refreshing and super healthy.

Pomegranate Salad dressing. 

That's it for Pinterest Sunday today. Keep pinning and if you happen to find anything you want to share let me know.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Homemade salad dressing

This week, I was bored with all the store brought salad dressing that we had in our fridge (we only have one in our fridge so that should say alot)

So, for dinner this week, we used a salad dressing I made. pomegranate

Pomegranate Vinaigrette Salad Dressing:

  • 1/4 Cup of white Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Apple cider Vinegar
  • 1/8 Cup of organic pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder

Put it all in a jar or spray bottle  and shake it all up. You can store it in the fridge (that's what I did) but take it our about  half hour before you use it since my oil did solidify. (I think that means that my fridge is too cold). 

Enjoy your new Salad dressing. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Let's talk- gun control

Today I want to talk about gun control. It's a pretty big topic in the news right now. Everyone has their own opinions on what should be done about guns.  There are some who think that the violence starts with guns, there are others who think that the violence starts with the person.  Then there are some who don't know what to think and keep changing their mind.

Here is my view on it. People kill people. It doesn't matter What the person has a gun, a knife, a bat or even a spoon- if a murder is intent to kill, they will find a way to do it. Now, does this mean we need to regulate everything? No, I don't think so, but I do think we need to have some form of gun control, I just don't know what I think we as a country, as a world should do? What do you think?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Today is the 3rd day in a row where there has been a lot of sunshine. So much so, that I'm almost tempted to open the windows and start spring cleaning.  I know, I know, in January I really shouldn't open windows because it's only 30 degrees outside.  But, it's 30 degrees outside. That's huge compared to when it's 3 or -5 with out the windchill. So, with 30 degree weather plus sunshine, I have gotten into spring cleaning mode.  Today I  came up with a list. I know it's not a big list and I know I may be missing a lot of items and places to clean- but it's my list and I'm sharing it with you all. For anything I have missed, please tell me in the comment section. I promise I will add to the list those comments and other items that I have found needs to be cleaned.

The list will go room by room.

All rooms

  •  Sweep the floor.
  • Vacuum.
  • Shampoo the carpet.
  • Wash the windows, baseboards and walls. 
  • Clean all the cobwebs from the ceiling.
  • Make sure all the light bulbs are working and clean off the lap shades.
  • Clean the blinds/curtains.
  • Dust all the shelves
  • Clean all the dishes and put them away. 
  • Clean the sink. 
  • Clean out the fridge- (take all the food out and clean the shelves, then put back the food that you are keeping and throw out the food that has gone bad. Wash the front of the fridge)
  • Clean the stove- (This includes the inside of the oven, the oven drip pans on the burner and the outside/top of the stove)
  • Clean the Microwave
  • Gather all the laundry and wash it (Kitchen towels, dish rags, table clothes and napkins and such)
  • Clean the Mirror
  • Clean the sink
  • Clean the toilet (do not just do the top where you sit- but the whole toilet, including the sides and the back and the floor around it.)
  • Clean the tub/shower- wash the shower door and the shower curtain. 
  • Clean the shower head. 
  • Gather the laundry and wash is (Towels, mats and such)
Living Rooms/family room/TV room
  • Wipe down the TV.
  • Sprinkle the couch with baking soda- wait 15 minutes  and vacuum it off. 
  • wipe down any other electronics and dust all the tables
  • Gather all the laundry (clothes, sheets, bedding) and wash it
  • Dust the top of the dressers
  • Go through dressers and closets- donate what you want
  • When mattress is bare- sprinkle baking soda on it, wait 15 minutes then vacuum, Then put freshly launder linens on mattress. 

Well, there you go a small spring cleaning list. I do hope to adjust this and make it more detailed as it does get closer to spring. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Pinterest Sunday-organizing

My oh my how the weekend flew by. I posted on my phone a very short post on Friday. Today I'm  going to share some pins from my Organized board. We all need some organization in our life, and it's important to start somewhere. My husband and I spent the day trying to find space for all the thing our family sent us home with. We have a small apartment and right now everything is in the spare room. We want to use that room so we've been cleaning things out. So far we have two tubs filled with things to donate. Now on to some of my pins

Free Homemade Baking Mix Labels and Recipes. I need these

For homemade recipes

Organize your linen closet by storing sheet sets inside the matching pillowcase.

How to organize your Linen closet
spice rack to keep things off counter.. awesome!
 a spice rack to keep things off the counter


Dollar Tree Pencil drawer organizers screwed to the wall for extra pantry storage.

the same for a pantry


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 a year in review

2012 has been a big year for me. In 2011 the only exciting thing that occurred was me graduating college (YAY) but 2012...well, his year was a bang.

To highlight the happy points of my year:

 I've beenable to keep Winston alive for a year. As someone who can't keep plants alive, keeping a dog alive is wonderful.  Plus, he is not only my dog anymore because...

I got to marry the love of my life. I had the happiest day of my life in 2012.

I started my blog in 2012 and  I have begun my search for a job.   

What will 2013 bring? I have a lot of hopes and wishes of what it will bring, all of which will be documented here and of which will be wonderful too.


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