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!

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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.

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #63

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

 

 

most clicked link #63 (1)

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

 

 

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DIY Silk Screen Kids T-Shirt

Everyone seems to be DIY silk screening t shirts, and I was feeling left out! And Easter is right around the corner so I thought now would be a perfect time to create something cute.

I’ve seen a few different options but the pantyhose and embroidery hoop looked to be the easiest.

Here’s what you’ll need:
*Embroidery hoop (big enough for your design to fit inside)
*Fabric paint and paint brush
*1 pair of pantyhose
*Sharpie
*Mod podge
*Tshirt

I was seriously so excited to get started on this project. Surely you’ve been there, seen something online and wondered if your version was going to turn out as pretty as their pictures!

Follow these easy steps…

First– You’ll need to put your pantyhose through the embroidery hoop. Simply snip down one side and it will be like a flat piece of material. Tip- Make sure you pull tight and evenly BUT slowly so you don’t snag.

Second– Make a template. I actually traced a real peep! I ended up with the perfect outline. I wanted 3 in the center so I arranged the embroidery hoop over my template and traced it exactly. Tip- you’ll find out if your pantyhose are pulled tight enough when you try and trace with your sharpie.

Third– Grab your paint brush and start painting with mod podge… only around your design. Which means you’ll need to leave the inside of your design (mine was the inside of the bunnies) untouched by the mod podge. Tip- you may need to apply 2 coats. It is very important that there are no open holes untouched by the mod podge. This will serve as your barrier between the shirt and the fabric paint.

Last– After your mod podge is dry (and do make sure it’s dry), now your ready for the real fun 🙂 Grab the fabric paint and squirt around the design inside the embroidery hoop. I wanted to have full control over how the paint was spread out. I used an old gift card to slide the paint across and make sure to get all the edges of the design (my 3 bunnies).

Finally– Add some detail. I thought it would be cute to have to rear facing because I love a fluffy tail and one with a bow tie!

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #62

Spring break is almost here! Do you have any travel plans, or maybe you or planning a stay-cation? Of course I have a list of things I need to do and things I want to do, we’ll see which list wins 🙂
I have a few blog projects I’m working on and am excited to get all finished soon. Let’s see what you’ve all been working on this week. Remember to share and comment so we make this fun for everyone.

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party hosts (2)
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 #62

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Autism 24/7 In Our House
Sammy Approves: How to: Raise Kids Who Love Our Earth
Ava’s Alphabet: Give The Give Of Reading with Personalized Children’s Books
Pursue Your Project: Instant Pot Chicken Corn Noodle Soup
Smiling Notes: Easy Meal Ideas: Tuna Salad Sandwich
Mel Claire: Instant Pot Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup
Love Inspired: Diary Of An Foster Mom #2

Keys To Inspiration: DIY Geometric Floral Door Hanger

 

 

 

Features #62
My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies: Speckled Easter Eggs
The Jenny Evolution: Bunny Easter Rice Krispie Treats
The Cheerful Space: DIY Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs
Typically Simple: White Chocolate Oreo Bark
Embellishmints: Carrot Cake Muddy Buddies

Feathers in the Woods: How To Plant A Fairy Garden

Savvy Apron: Dresser Makeover with Shutters

Lolly Jane: Established Sign

 

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——–Lolly Jane: Cheery Spring Wreaths——–

 

 

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Diary Of A Foster Mom #2

 

Journal Entry #2

As I sit here and write during nap time I can sigh with a sense of relief. A sense that prayer, love, patience and time can really work wonders.
Recently, our family has been going thru a major adjustment period. Everyone trying to abide by a new schedule, a new little addition running the flow of our family.

The last month I feel like my heart has been on a roller coaster ride of emotion. This what you go through classes for, to prepare you for the ride. But we all know getting trained for something and personally going through it can feel very different.
Without a doubt the best tip I would offer to someone is… allowance! There’s freedom in allowing yourself to feel your feelings. Maybe it sounds simple or silly but I often try to talk myself out of certain feelings. And in the end, it doesn’t really help.

There were days that I could feel each minute, you know that feeling when you just want to hit fast forward through the screaming or the battle of wills. Then there were days when time went by too quickly, and I felt like I didn’t get to give enough kisses and snuggles. Or too many new cute things happened too fast and none were on video!!

The sleepless nights, the crying, the ‘I don’t know how long this bonding thing is going to take’- it all comes together in a moment. A minute in time when you can sit down and see the fruits of your labor. When you can marvel across the room at the leaps and bounds this child has made in a small amount of time. The belly laugh you can’t control when he’s expressing his own sense of humor. When he smiles as you enter the room, or his face lights up when you’re laughing, and when his arms stretch out for you to hold him. These may be little things in this great big world but they are big things in our little world 🙂

Progress, time, commitment. Words I don’t really like to hear to be honest with you. Or really the “impatient” side of me doesn’t like to hear. Let’s be real, the good things, the sweet and savory remember forever- build your life around kinda things, people and moments all require the above 3 words- right?!

So here’s to reminding myself that patience and prayer are the best way to start and end each day.

 

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #61

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party hosts (2)
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 #61

Thinking Outside The Pot: Frugal Easter Bunny Banner
Sammy Approves: How Dress Up Promotes Daily Creative
Ava’s Alphabet: DIY Carrot Wreath For Spring
Pursue Your Project: Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs
Smiling Notes: Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse
Mel Claire: Delicious Shrimp Etouffee Recipe
Love Inspired: Cowboy Boots Desk Decor

Keys To Inspiration: Ideas For Grown Up Easter Baskets

 

 

Features #61

Across The Boulevard: Easy Bunny Craft
Typically Simple: Craft Sticks Flower Pots
Pillar Box Blue: Easy Paper Bunny Treat Bags For Easter
3 Boys & A Dog: 19 Chick-Fil-A Copycats You Can Make At Home
Typically Simple: Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs

The Kitchen: Roast Beef with a Sherry, Mushroom, Shallot Gravy

Sparkle Living Blog: Peeking Peeps Ice Cream Push Pops

Delightful E Made: Blueberry Tarts With Lemon Mascarpone Cream

 

 

 

most clicked link #61

——–Penny Pincher Jenny: Lemon Weight Watchers Muffins——–

 

 

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Cowgirl Boots Desk Decor

My daughter loves horses, loves the barn and getting all dressed up in her gear! So when I looking for a inspiration the past couple weeks I didn’t have to look farther than her cowgirl boots.

To create this look you’ll need:

*Cowgirl boots
*2 glass vases or heavy cups
*Scrapbook paper
*Colorful clothes pins
*Twine

Start with some shabby chic scrapbook paper and cut some pendant shapes. Personally, I love the traditional pendant shape best. You will then use those clothespins to secure the paper pendants to the twine. A cute motivational word really hits home in my book.

 

Next grab 2 glasses or vases. I had these 2 drinking glasses around and they were perfect. Nice and heavy on the bottom, because the boots will need to hold firm on each end. Of course the pens and markers will also add a little weight. Insert the glasses/vases into each boot- then add the pens and markers. I LOVE that the boots are tall enough to hide the mess.

Finally put it all together! Let’s be honest, make sure you have fun boots! I found some cute ones here. It will really set the tone for the top of your desk and I want to smile when I sit down 🙂

 

Family Joy Blog Linky Party #60

This week was filled with sports and activities, birthdays and cleaning- I am ready to relax 🙂 Excited to see what you all have been working on. Still working on Easter or thinking ahead to summer planning? Kids camps seem to be advertising everywhere and I need to start thinking of summer scheduling before everything fills up. I just want to get through the next 2 weeks first!

Onto our party, remember to comment and share!

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party hosts (2)

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 #60

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Amazing Instant Pot Beef Stew
Sammy Approves: 20 Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers
Ava’s Alphabet: Bunny Footprint Art
Pursue Your Project: An Instant Pot Recipe For Every Meal
Smiling Notes: 7 Smart Ways to Save Money Online

Mel Claire: French Spaghetti
Love Inspired: Dollar Store Easter Crafts

Keys To Inspiration: Fresh & Modern Powder Room Reveal

 

 


Features #60
Lolly Jane: Spring Easter Egg Sign Decor
Just Measuring Up: 12 Easter Crafts That You Can Make With The Same Bunny Template
The Scrap Shoppe Blog: Framed Paper Bunny
A Dish Of Daily Life: Sticky Honey Mustard Chicken
The Monday Box: Chocolate Covered Leap-Rechauns and Pots Of Gold For St. Patrick’s Day Military Care Package

The Lazy Gastronome: “Carrot” Eggs

Tired & True Blog: Faux Chalkboard Dog Leash Holder

Sparkle Living Blog: Springtime Painted Wooden Tulips

 

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——–My Life From Home: Decorate Your Mantel: Spring——–

 

 

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Dollar Store Easter Crafts

 

How can you not love dollar store decorating… that doesn’t look like you only spent a dollar, right?! Here’s a few things I whipped up to add some Easter touches around the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knew exactly what I was looking for when I went to the store and the craziest thing- I actually found it!! I wanted little tiny eggs I could stack on skewers to make a cross. The glitter on the eggs was an added bonus. Notice the little bunnies are worshiping the cross 🙂

I thought my shelf needed some bright colors splashed in so I bought coordinating “flower balls” (do they have a real name, if so I have no idea what they’re really called). Layered my peeps, while smiling. Seriously, how can you not smile when you look at those cute ‘lil guys.

The Easter sign in the back and the striped scarf under the vase are also from the dollar store!

I knew when I saw these bags that they were a steal. I mean, really, only a dollar each! The hydrangeas I found amoung all the fake flowers at the dollar store too. I’m not a huge fan of fake flowers because, well… they usually all look fake! But if I buy fake flowers it’s usually hydrangeas because they look the most real 🙂

I have a pile of candles and I love that they are off white because that basically means they go with any design or color scheme. I had some left over Easter grass and eggs built a candle nest along my bar. Just a little touch but I really like the way it looks!

Happy Easter 🙂