Love in the Details

Love isn’t always easy to see or find in our daily lives. Sometimes it is all around us and other times we hope and pray for a glimpse of love. It is always in the eyes of my puppy when I return home from work and usually I can find it in the eyes of my husband and daughter.

Love can be found in the details of life especially when we live intentionally. Search for it in the often overlooked details of our daily grind. We don’t always realize how the smallest of act of kindness can make an impact in the lives of others. That is, until we experience it first hand.

Love Inspired Details will hopefully encourage us all to share love and look for it as well in the details of everything we do. We all know life gets frustrating, complicated and all together very overwhelming at times. Sometimes we just have to force ourselves to look a little deeper and add a little love to the stitches of the lives of those around us.

 

 

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #68

 

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

 

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Thinking Outside The Pot: Instant Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Pasta

Sammy Approves: 8 Steps to Encouraging Your Child’s Individuality

Ava’s Alphabet: Make Your Own Hot Pack

Pursue Your Project: Chicken & Bacon Pressure Cooker Green Beans

Smiling Notes: Healthy Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Mel Claire: Spinach & Cream Cheese Canneloni

Love Inspired: Decorative Frame Tray

Keys To Inspiration: How to Organize a French Door Refrigerator

 

Features #68

The Boondocks Blog : The Tale Of The Happy Chairs

From Play Dates To Parties : 40 + Free Printables For Your Father’s Day

Brooklyn Farm Girl: Mini Coffee Cake Muffins

Syncopated Mama: Homemade Cream Of Chicken Soup

The Kittchen: 20 Minute Chicken Burrito Bowls

Grounded & Surrounded: 15 + Best Clean Eating Summer Treats

A Sprinkle Of Joy: Love Canvas

Bombshell Bling: Frozen S’mores

 

 

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——–Across The Boulevard: Chocolate Pudding Cake——–

 

 

 

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Family Joy Blog Linky Party #67

Happy Mother’s Day! Whether your a mother, celebrating with one or simply recognized all of the hard work that goes into being a mom- enjoy your day 🙂 Being a mom is the best job in my book and I’m looking forward hanging with the family today.

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

recent joys #67

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: 5 Simple Laundry Tips

Sammy Approves: Easy Mother’s Day Giving Ideas For Kids Free DIY Mother’s Day Card Template

Ava’s Alphabet: Sparkling White Peach Spritzers

Pursue Your Project: Decreasing Our Clutter With A Pallet Shoe Rack

Smiling Notes: What Not to Pack for Your Next Vacation

Mel Claire: Meal Planning Made Easy In 3 Simple Steps

Love Inspired: How To Create The Perfect Gift Basket

Keys To Inspiration: Spring Cleaning The Easy Way { Free Printable }

 

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3 Boys and A Dog : Apple & Pork Chops in Crockpot Recipe

An Extraordinary Day: Make The Best Quick & Easy Beef Taco Meat Recipe-20 minute dinner

My Life From Home: Create With Me: DIY Farmhouse Vases

Sparkle Living Blog: Handmade Felt Succulent Gifts

Across The Boulevard: Coastal Candle Holder from a Terra Cotta Pot

Home E Cat Home: How To Increase Traffic To Your Food Blog

The Turquoise Home: Color Engineer Prints: DIY Large Art on a Budget

Living La Vida Holoka: DIY Metallic Tattooed Flower Pots

 

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——–Simply September: Mother’s Day Coloring Pages——–

 

 

 

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How to Create the Perfect Gift Basket

How to create the perfect gift basket!

I love a good gift basket, I mean if I have the chance to whip up a basket for someone or something I am giddy inside. So I thought I would share with you some of my secrets to creating a stellar gift basket.

I’ll start by laying out these easy steps, then I’ll go into more detail.

  1. Set a budget! By far, this is the hardest step for me but a wise first step!
  2. Pick a theme.
  3. Go shopping. You’re looking multiple inexpensive items, a couple more expensive items and one most expensive item.
  4. While shopping, be looking out for your “basket” This doesn’t have to actually be a basket, but any sort of container than you can put your items into.
  5. Grab some cellophane and ribbon to complete your gift basket with a beautiful finish.

 

*Alright, let’s dive into what to buy and how much to spend. The dollar section is your friend. The great thing about a gift basket, it has so many little gifts and goodies that you don’t single out something as “cheap” because it’s presented in a group setting.
Whether your shopping at the Dollar Tree, or the dollar section at Target, you have 2 goals. Buy things that go with your theme, and things that don’t actually look like you spent $1. I like to call these my filler items. Depending on the size of your basket, you may want to spend up to $10 on these small filler items.

 

*Now, you’re looking for a couple medium sized items. Again, it all depends on your overall budget. I would typically spend anywhere between $3-15 on my medium priced items.

 

*Next your looking for the star of the show- the one item that you are planning to spend the most on. This could even be the “basket”. Maybe it’s a really nice new pot for them to cook in, or a gift for a meal out.
-If you wanted to instead, you could add 4-5 medium priced items instead of 1 star of the show.

*Find the perfect container. It’s a myth that it has to be a basket! Get creative. What could you get that would go with the theme?
I would buy a tool box for a gift basket for someone who loves tools, garage stuff, new home owner, etc. Or a tackle box filled with goodies for the fisherman. You get the idea, almost anything can become a basket. When all else fails, check the dollar store for an inexpensive small plastic tub that would highlight everything inside. Then spend the money on the items inside.

Now that your shopping is done, lay out your items on the table.
You’ll group the items based on their size.
Prep your basket by lining the inside with filler, I love the dollar store paper shred(I know it must be clear at how much I love the dollar store). They literally have the same stuff as Micheal’s and Walmart for a fraction of the price. I like my money to be spend on the items that the person can enjoy, not the paper shred that will get thrown out 🙂

Grab your biggest items and layer them in the back of the container. Work your way forward with the medium sized items, and then fill in the front with your small things. Now you’ll want to save a few of those small items to tuck in through the basket to complete the “full” look.

Almost done! Have you heard the importance of first impressions??
Wrap that beautiful baby up with clear cellophane. Want to know where I get mine at? Yep, you guessed it… the dollar store. Walmart has the same roll for $4!
Finish the look with a beautiful ribbon tied in a bow. It should look so pretty and professional they may hesitate to even want to open it.
Honestly, I always get compliments on my gift baskets and I’m ONLY saying this because when you give a thoughtful, beautiful gift basket- it shows! The person on the other end can see your effort and really will appreciate your creation.

 

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What a week! I have been in full basket making mode for my daughter’s school fundraiser. Look for my post next week about how to make the perfect basket 🙂 I was so excited to drop them off at school and be apart of a great team of parents and teachers to pull together for the love of the school and the kids. Today will be the much needed day of rest mixed together with cleaning . What about you, did you have a jam packed week too?

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

recent joys #66

Thinking Outside The Pot: “I Love My Instant Pot” Recipe Book

Sammy Approves: Country Style Biscuits & Gravy, Perfect For Mother’s Day Brunch

Ava’s Alphabet: Hand Painted Flowerpots For Mother’s Day

Pursue Your Project: Our Painted Lady Butterflies Appearance

Smiling Notes: 10 Ways To Pamper Your Mom This Mother’s Day

Mel Claire: Lightened Up She-Crab Soup

Love Inspired: Easy Tripod Lamp

Keys To Inspiration: How To Make Custom Notebooks Using The Cricut Explore

 

Features #66

Find It, Fix It Or Build It : Mother’s Day Gift Ideas & Coupon Codes

DIY Adulation : Easy DIY Star Wars Lamp Makeover

The Interior Frugalista: Antique Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy

The Real Thing With The Coake Family: Spicy Roasted Corn, Chicken and Avocado Salad Recipe

The Kittchen: Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese

Lolly Jane: 11 Spring Front Porches

My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies: Vacation Keepsake Mason Jars

Flamingo Toes: Tiny Felt Embroidered Donuts

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——–Grandma’s House DIY: Pinterest Strategy——–

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Easy Tripod Lamp

Easy Tripod Lamp!

I’ve seen these fab lamps all over and I love them. But they can break the bank easily reaching $100. We don’t spend that much on a lamp in this house so I decided to whip up an easy DIY.

Gather the supplies and let’s get started.

I found this light kit at Home Depot, do you know what I was giddy to see… silver/nickel finished! Make your stores are different but I’ve been looking for a little while now at lamp kits and they have all been gold finish. I love the silver look, so that’s what you’ll find through our home.

Lamp shade– I found this one at Target on sale for $7. I’m not sure why it was on clearance, but sometimes it’s just best not to ask right?! It was in perfect shape 🙂

Tripod– set the tone for the lamp with this piece. I was on a mission to find one with character. Simplistic but unique, so at the flea market I found this one. Oh I also had in my mind I wanted to spend only $10 on it as well. Anyone else ever do that? I come up with a vision and set a standard then search for something to fit within that lol. Sometimes I think I should do it the other way around.

You can see this tripod I found had some rubber feet, and a really vintage top. One of the best parts about making a tripod light was the fact you can easily transition it into a table lamp because the legs are adjustable! What other cool DIY lamp can do that?
I’m not going to lie I was slightly intimidated by a light kit but really just follow the directions and you’ll be good 🙂

In the end, I spend a total of about $30 on all the pieces, much better than dishing out $100 for sure!

 

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #64

Wow and I glad this week has come to an end! I locked myself out of the house, we had a major water leak through the ceiling and no air conditioner with temps in the 90’s. Now, we welcome a new full week where after school activities resume and I’m prepping for the school carnival. Looking forward to seeing your latest posts!
Remember to share and comment so that we make it fun for everyone 🙂

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

recent joys #64

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Instant Pot Goulash

Sammy Approves: How To Raise Passionate Readers

Ava’s Alphabet: Delicious Citrus Cake with Pineapple Vanilla Frosting

Pursue Your Project: Pressure Cooked Cheesy Sausage & Quinoa

Smiling Notes: Vegan Rainbow Power Salad

Mel Claire: Buttery Delicious Pressure Cooked Chicken

Love Inspired: Parenting the Tween

Keys To Inspiration: How To Arrange Flowers Like A Pro

 

 

Features #64

Sadie Seasongoods: Re-purposed Vintage Bucket Sconces into Garden Tool Holder

Just Measuring Up: Printable Banner Letters For Any Occasion or Theme

A Pretty Fix: 5 Fresh & Creative Ways To Integrate Flowers In Your Home

Dad What’s For Dinner: Easy Meatloaf Sliders

Dad What’s For Dinner: Best Ham Salad

Devotions For Moms: Your Labor In The Lord Is Not Vain

Thirty Eighth Street: DIY Brush Painting Technique That Makes Furniture Look Like Art

A Pretty Fix: Modern DIY Clay & Wood Bead Mobiles

 

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——–Lolly Jane: “Mani Thanks” Teacher Gift Tag——–

 

 

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Lessons My Tween Daughter Has Taught Me

Lessons My Tween Daughter Has Taught Me

Be Generous

I’m picking her up from camp and I hear her quietly say to her friend beside her, let me ask my mom. Then she turns to me and says “Mom, can I please loan my friend some money, she really wants to buy this and she doesn’t have enough?” I stop and think about it, asked some basic questions- how much, for how long, etc. Right there… me thinking through it… why was I thinking so hard. It was her money, well technically it was my money that I gave to her to use for her camp experience. Clearly she had money left over and she without hesitation was willing and wanting to help out a friend. There wasn’t some deep thought process involved, instead it was love and kindness, friendship and generous that soared to the top and made this a no brainer for her. What a beautiful expression on her part. I wasn’t going to stand in the way, I was going to learn from her!

Share
As I looked through pictures, I pointed out that one of the other girls had the same exact shirt that daughter had. I didn’t think much of it until I heard “No Mom, that’s actually my shirt I let her borrow. She needed something to match the leggings she wanted to wear that day.” I paused and thought, would I do that? Would I loan a friend a shirt just because she wanted something to match not because she needed too. The answer, yes if she was a very close friend. Just a loose acquiesce probably not. But that didn’t stop my daughter, this wasn’t a bestie or even a close friend. The idea of sharing your clothes, belongings, money all while thinking first of the other person… well, it really is a lesson. It seems like we as adults can add in so much “additional” thinking that just isn’t there when you’re younger. The reality is- we often “learn” to add in that extra layer. But what if instead “learned” from our kids’ simplicity?

Faithfullness
Of course we’ve shared with our daughter the foundation of faith. Yet recently I was in awe at how she seemed to grasped a concept that I have been struggling with. I believe as a mature Christian you come to a place where your prayers are surrendering to God’s will. Sharing your heart with Him, making your requests and pleas but ultimately realizing HE is in control and knows what lies ahead. There has been something going on within our family, something completely out of our control. We are emotional,physical and spiritually invested. I know what I want, what our family wants, I know what looks black and white right and wrong in this situation. I know how devastating things would be if God didn’t answer our prayers. But my daughter, knowing all this… prayed the other day… “God your will be done…” there was more prayer before that sentence and more after but that was really the just of it. The concept of whatever happens, the comfort she felt in believing those words.
There it was, this internal struggle I have of knowing and wanting and requesting, sometimes even begging… for God to hear my prayer. She’s already grasped it, the step outside of herself to surrender to His plan. Wow!

Be Fearless
I’m amazed at how I watch my daughter I see her fearlessness in everyday situations. How she approaches animals, people, new social environments and so much more with a calmness. She takes the situation for what it is, not how I see it. I realized by watching her I ADD fear into so many things, too many really. Not only a mom fear, but a fear that comes from “what ifs” and past experiences. Here’s the thing though, I watch her enjoy moments to the fullest. Fear really does rob us. I mean let’s be real, most of the time those “fearful” thoughts produce nothing. They don’t protect, they don’t add anything, and we’re flat out told in the bible DO NOT FEAR. For me, it is one decision at a time to release the fear. And if I don’t… it could influence her, change how she views and processes things in the future. Let’s be clear, I’m not talking about eliminating safety and precaution. Those are necessary. I’m talking about all the extra we add into the mix that usually doesn’t need to be there.

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Happy Resurrection Day!!!
I’m so grateful and blessed to wake up this morning being reminded that Jesus paid the price for our sins. Rose from the dead and showed us what true love looks like. I’ll being enjoying church, family time and relaxing this beautiful Easter Sunday 🙂

 

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

recent joys #63

 

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Sammy Approves: How To Make YouTube Safer For Kids

Ava’s Alphabet: DIY Polish Egg Decorating

Pursue Your Project: Our Cream Legbar Chicks Hatched!

Smiling Notes: How To Start Eating Healthy Without Feeling Overwhelmed

Mel Claire: Learn How To Get Your Own Bunco Group Started Today!

Love Inspired: DIY Silk Screen Kids T-Shirts

Keys To Inspiration: Stylish Storage Containers

 

 

Features #63

Five Spot Green Living: Healthy & Delicious Baked Pear Recipe

Simply {Darr}ling: Easy DIY Bubble Refill Station

Typically Simple: Washi Tape Easter Banner

Nepa Mom: Angel Food Cake With Yogurt Cream

Her Little Loves: Coconut Milk Bath Soak

Clean & Scentsible: Spring Home Tour

The Interior Frugalista: DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

Clean & Scentsible: Pretty Spring Terrarium

 

 

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——–The Interior Frugalista: How To Make Easy & Affordable DIY Glass Cloches——–

 

 

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