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Wow!  I am super excited to be sharing this post with everyone today.  I had the luxury of picking out this very beautiful new pendant light fixture for our dining room renovation from the good people at Parrot Uncle.  Can I just say I am in love?


Of course after seeing all the lovely varieties of pendant lighting and tiffany lamps they offer, I couldn’t resist reviewing one.  The light fixture arrived on time and very well packaged.  I was also quite impressed with the quality, as all the parts were very sturdy and well made.  Or if you need layman’s terms….there was nothing flimsy to this package!

Now, I have a confession to make.  This was my very first electrical project, and I was just a little scare.  Well, maybe a lot, but only because I did not have a handy multimeter to confirm there was no electricity flowing through those wires.  Once I got past the “I know the electricity is off for sure because I’m still alive” point, I was good.  I did try to ensure my safety by turning off power completely at the breaker box (not at the light switch only) and making sure that the light did not turn on.  However, I do recommend always testing with a multimeter to ensure no current.

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Where oh where have the cupcakes gone?  Well, right here on your new Rustic Cupcake Stand!  And yes, you CAN build it yourself.  Why all the enthusiasm? Only because I'm so excited to share this beautifulncupcake stand that I built for a wedding last fall.  It holds 80-90 cupcakes and stands 24 1/2" tall.  Don't be overwhelmed by it's size just yet...it is portable and each tier can be taken off and reassembled as needed!  So, if you want to use the bottom tiers alone, you can.  If you need a smaller display, just use the upper tiers.  Now, enough of sounding like a home shopping network salesperson....

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Do you know that the average adult catches at least 2-3 colds per year?  Do you know your children catch even more…which they then spread to you?  And, well you know what happens next.  Everyone is sick.  This has been my family and I since October!  It just keeps cycling around like the washing machine…and not a normal load that finally plays that little tune that all has ended well, but the one that is on the never ending spin cycle that shakes the house!  Yes, it is that bad.  No, I am not exaggerating. 

After my last battle with a horrible case of bronchitis, I decided enough!  This bronchitis and cold virus was not kicking our butt any longer.  I decided to fight back and be better prepared for the future!  I know I sound like I’m headed into the Star Wars galaxy to fight the dark side….but I was tired of wiping noses and avoiding coughs like it is the plague.  So, today I want to share some of the best ways to fight a cold.

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How many of you guys have those wonderful wire shelves in every closet in your home?  Well, we do, and I’ve decided they must go.  Everything is all good when you are storing large items on the shelves, but as soon as you put something smaller on them it is a disaster.  Stuff starts falling through the gaps, things won’t balance on the shelf evenly, and forget about “sliding” anything over because it is not going to happen.

So, during our small bathroom makeover guess what I did…

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Finally, I have repurposed a pair of shutters I have had since FOREVER!  A really nice lady I worked with gave me a pair of shutters and an old window to use for whatever creative purpose I dreamed up, but I was DIY blocked.  I had so many great ideas for what I could do, and I even “blog stalked” all repurpose plans.  Let me just tell you there are LOTS of beautiful projects that you can create with shutters.  I mean there was everything from photo and mail holders, wall decor, kitchen utensil holder, you name it and it has been done!

So, what did I do…

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I LOVE bread!  I can think of no other word to describe it other than…I simply LOVE it!  I could eat bread all day, so imagine my delight once I realized I could make my own…I was ecstatic! Things of course started out a little rough and there was a little learning curve, but thanks to a LOT of practice and recipe adjustments, I am ready to share…The Best Sandwich Bread Recipe Ever!  I am not kidding.  This bread is not only delicious and soft, but it also stays softer longer than normal home-baked loaves.  The reason you ask?  Well, I think it is due to a little addition of….

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One of my first building projects was a beautiful set of end tables that I created from Ana White’s  easy to follow plans.  They were so lovely!  The project flowed so easy and took me no time to build.  The best part was that it only cost me $40 for 2 tables.  Yes…just $40 dollars…and these babies are not going anywhere anytime soon.  They are super sturdy!

Of course, being the newby builder that I was…and still am I’m sure…I made a really bad error.  So, I’m sharing my blooper to keep anyone else from making the same mistake.  

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Today I want to share some of my top posts from 2015.  I know it's a little late, but at least I am managing to get this post out before the end of January!  I have been pondering over my past year of blogging, and while I have in no way achieved the readership I thought I would have by now, I am definitely moving in the right direction.  I didn't start my blog to become famous by any means, but I did start it to share my experiences with DIY projects and managing a large household with...well...anyone willing to listen:)  So, check out the Best of 2015.

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Well, it seems as if Christmas has finally made its way around once again!  Each year it seems as if time moves faster and faster, or maybe it’s because I’m older than I once was I notice it more.  Nonetheless, I am always overjoyed by Christmas Mornings.  They have been so fun for us, and there has never been a dull moment watching all of the kids open their gifts.  The expression on each of their faces is enough to last a lifetime.  And, I can’t forget about my husband’s wonderful gift-giving talents.  He always knows exactly what I want, and I struggle keeping up with all that he spends on me.  Not because I don’t like to buy him stuff, but my love language is Acts of Service, so I tend to focus more on making sure he is fed, the house is clean, he has pajamas, and etc.  

But, Christmas is not just about gifts, even though they are nice.  I think it stretches a lot further than that and has such a greater meaning.  

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I just love Christmas!  It is absolutely my favorite time of the year, and it’s not because of all the presents…even though I’m pretty sure my hubby bought me the sliding compound miter saw I’ve been dreaming about.  It’s about all the simple things…like Christmas movies, gingerbread cookies, church plays, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, community gatherings, the spirit of positivity, and of course decorations.  So, it only seems fitting that I could show you my budget friendly Christmastime centerpiece…and sneak in some pictures of our local parade.
I just love Christmas!  It is absolutely my favorite time of the year, and it’s not because of all the presents…even though I’m pretty sure my hubby bought me the sliding compound miter saw I’ve been dreaming about.  It’s about all the simple things…like Christmas movies, gingerbread cookies, church plays, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, community gatherings, the spirit of positivity, and of course decorations.  So, it only seems fitting that I could show you my budget friendly Christmastime centerpiece…and sneak in some pictures of our local parade.




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