Tuesday, November 22, 2011

fall~ around the house

i love fall!

i love decorating for fall.

pumpkins, wheat, wood, all things natural.

i have had fun looking around at all the beautiful thanksgiving decorating.

i thought i would join in and show you some fall touches around my home.

i want to wish everyone a lovely thanksgiving!

enjoy your friends and family!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

birthday picnic


i know i said i wasn't doing a party this year, but..

. it was just a little picnic after school with her two best girlfriends.

i have to say that having a party for three was very simple.

no stress!

i think they had a fun time!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

halloween gifts

why not give halloween gifts?

i love giving gifts!

especially to our teachers!

and especially when i get to make them!

these were made with a

tin can,

some scrapbook paper,

crepe paper,


pipe cleaner,

and some pom pom fringe!

the kids loved giving them to their teachers

and the teachers loved getting them stuff with their favorite candy!

and when thats gone they have a fun pencil holder!

Monday, October 24, 2011

celebrating in october


this is a very special month because its my baby girls birthday month!

our birthday celebrations last for a week.

this year was the first year i decided not to do a party.

it was a hard decision!

i love putting together a party but i felt like i needed a break.

it wasn't an easy decision but i let myself take the year off.

however, we did celebrate!

we had a celebration at school with her class,

we had a celebration at the park with her two best girlfriends,

and we celebrated disney princess style!

all in all, i think my baby girl had a blast turning six!

i love you jilly bean!

Friday, September 30, 2011

fiddle leaf fig tree

all photos from pinterest

so, i have been thinking about buying a fig tree for my home.

i am so not a green thumb,

but i do like the look of the fig tree and the benefits of having an indoor plant.

and i love the texture and color of the basket in the last photo!

do you have one?

i would love to hear all about it.

have a great weekend!


ps. sorry the pictures are so small. hope you can still enjoy them!

Friday, September 23, 2011

what makes me happy...

what makes me happy.....

that it is finally fall

frequent rain storms

my favorite tv shows are back

adding "fall" to my home

and cupcakes for sure

what makes you happy?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

butternut squash soup



my favorite time of year!

this is what we had for dinner last night.

we kinda made up our recipe as we went.

a simple and low-fat butternut squash soup.

however, i do plan on trying this soup with heavy whipping cream.

and i will definately be trying this recipe.

goat cheese makes everything taste better.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

turning the big 4-0!



i think i can talk about it now.


i am a huge birthday person.

i mean, the celebration needs to last for days.

but this year was different.

totally different!

i really took this one hard.


julie is 40?!

when did that happen?

i still think i am in my early 20's.

maybe even 18 at times!

(ok, maybe not 18)

i just wanted this birthday to quietly pass by.

however, my sweet husband thought otherwise.

on my real birthday, we dined out with a few of my friends.

then the following weekend he "surprised" me with a surprise birthday party.

with an 80's theme!

ok, it was fun.

i will spare you the silly pictures.

i am so very happy and blessed with my life!

and its just a number.


now lets move on!


Monday, September 5, 2011

apple of my eye treat and a thank you!

i am so excited to show you a creation from happy little art!

aren't they sweet!

and she topped them off with one of the tags i created!

what a thrill!

thank you so much colleen!

it makes me smile that someone else is enjoying my tags too!

i love these!

they are perfect for a teacher or a student!

they are too cute and i bet just as tasty!

thanks for sharing!


Friday, August 12, 2011

fun school supplies ~ lunch box notes




ok, so now we have the backpack and lunch box taken care of. now its time to fill those bags with some love. i plan on tucking in a couple of love notes here and there for little surprises throughout the year. whether its the first day, a test day, or just because. there are so many free printables out there but these are a few of my favorites that i wanted to share.

created by me

created by me

you could even design your own.

i am having some fun with picnik.

tuck them in their lunch box, school book, or notebook.

they are sure to bring a smile during the day!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

fun school supplies ~ the lunch box

monday we talked about some cute backpacks.

thats great for all the folders, papers, and books.

now we need to figure out what to do for lunch.

well, i am sure you might of already heard about the packit.

i have yet to use one and they are not giving me one for writing this post.

i just love the concept.

i am always worried when i pack their favorite yogurt, cheese,

or really anything in their lunch box.

i mean, how cold and fresh are they when they go to devour them?

i am so happy that this will not be of concern this year.

the packit can go directly into the freezer and will stay cold up to ten hours!

so, now i can pack anything their little heart desires!

i ordered the polka dot for her and the solid blue for him.

one way to make making lunch alittle easier.

they are having a bogo sale for a limited time.

cant wait to try it.

let me know if you have tried one and what you think.


Monday, August 8, 2011

fun school supplies ~ backpacks


i can not believe my cuties start school next week!

where did the summer go?

i think this was one of the fastest summers.

its funny how their little bodies start to go alittle haywire towards the end.

like they are ready for some structure.

i am sad that its coming to an end.

you see, my baby is going into kindergarten.

that means both will be in school every day, all day.

i feel like i am going to experience empty nest syndrome.

but to keep my mind focus on the excitement of a new year,

i am having fun finding some cute school supplies!

since my baby girl is starting "real" school, she needs a backpack.

we had a polka dot backpack picked out and ready to order

but i wanted to look around alittle more for something different.

i am so glad i did!

look what i found on esty!

these sweet custom backpacks by paige holliday.

they come in three different sizes

and you get to pick the mix of fabrics you want.

she has the cutest fabrics to choose from.

for girls and boys.

and she is wonderful to work with!

i had a hard time deciding, so i let go and let her pick which one she wanted.

and here it is!

cute, right?!

of course, we are having her name embroidered on the front.

i cant wait to see it!

you know they need a backpack,

why not let them be alittle different with a cute, custom backpack?

go visit paige and let me know which one you picked!

have fun!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

our coffee table

i have been wanting to share pictures of my home for awhile

however, i am terrible at taking good pictures.

i have tried but they just come out blah.

i guess i think my home looks better in person.

here is my attempt of some pictures of our coffee table.


i wanted to show you the coffee table that my sweet husband made for me.

i have been looking for a table since we moved in almost five years ago.

he made this one for me last month.

and wouldnt you believe that i found a perfect ( i hope) table!

so, i wanted to show you the table even though it is not completely decorated

before things change!

if you have any tips on taking better pictures of your home,

please share!


joining the party at the shabby nest

Friday, July 8, 2011

smore on a stick!

so simple!

*toast one end of the marshmallow.

{ we used our kitchen torch that we use for creme brulee }

*insert the stick on the toasted end and dip the non-toasted end into melted chocolatee.

{ we used the candy melts from the craft store. it stays hard and does not melt. }

*while the chocolate is still wet, dip into crushed graham crackers.

*place in the refrigerator for 10 - 15 minutes.


they had a blast at VBS last week at our church!

i headed up the "encouragement team".

as a team, we each had a day to bring in a little treat to say thank you to our awesome volunteers!

i found this great idea here and knew it would be a hit.

i mean, we are talking about a smore on a stick!

how can you go wrong!

wouldnt these be perfect for a camp themed party?

thats what i am thinking about for noah's next birthday.



Thursday, June 30, 2011

butterfly cloche via sweet paul

how beautiful!

want to make one?

visit sweet paul he will show you how!

check out his blog and online magazine!


tell him hi for me!



Friday, June 24, 2011

summer time fun (not involving a tv)



we are going into our fifth week of summer break.

i don't know about you, but we are in need of some new, creative, not involving a tv kind of fun!

so, i thought i would share with you some of the great ideas i have found online.

each one is simple and inexpensive.

you probably have everything already!

these are just a few ideas.

i might share some more.

fun = check

creative = check

tv off = check

your welcomed!