I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Advent Ideas

Are you looking for Easter Advent Ideas to help you prepare your heart and your child's heart to celebrate Easter?  If so we will be hosting a live hangout with Janine from True Aim who is the mastermind behind the series and Mackenzie from Cheerios and Lattes.

Here are some of my favorite ideas: Resurrection Rolls, Mexican Bread Pudding (ingredients are symbolic of His death, Advent Ideas for the Busy Family, Resurrection Eggs, DIY Cross Activity and Caught in Between the Easter Bunny and the Cross.

 5 Tips in 5 Minutes will offer quick tips to make life easier for busy parents. Our first episode is a Special Holiday edition.  Come celebrate the Resurrection with us! Eggs, bunnies, baskets – that is what most people think about when they hear the word Easter.  Although these things aren't bad, they distract us from the true meaning and joy of the holiday.  I want to bring the Empty Tomb front and center this year by offering you quick and easy activities the whole family will enjoy.

You're Invited to an Easter Live Hangout!

When is the event: This Tuesday March 26th @ 8pm CST
What will take place at this special event: Easter Giveaway! - One lucky participant will receive a "He is Risen" DVD from Nest Learning.

5 Tips - We will showcase an Easter craft, prayer, game, and snacks that help us focus on Jesus and the Resurrection. 5 Minutes - We're busy, so we know you are too!  We will attempt to keep this episode short and sweet so you can have more time with your family and less time researching Easter Activities.

How to participate: RSVP by going to the Google+ Event Page. Remember to follow my special guests and me on Google+ Don't have a Google+ account?  That's OK!  You can view the live event right from this page!  Remember to  follow me on Facebook and leave a comment to RSVP so you don't miss it. Can't make it?  RSVP Yes anyways and come back to watch the recording and get links to all the featured activities whenever you can. Hope to see you here!

*Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Void where prohibited.  True Aim and it's special guests are not responsible for the delivery or condition of prizes.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dinosaur Activity: DIY Hatching Egg

There's nothing like a Dinosaur activity to get my boys excited!  This post has moved to my new website: Inspired by Familia. Stop by and get all the details to our fun filled birthday party.

You can also checkout my Pinterest boards that have activities, party decor, printables, recipes...

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Monster Pillow From a Baby Blanket

Here's a creative way to preserve your baby items by repurposing your baby blanket into a pillow.

I turned one of my boy's baby blanket into a keepsake pillow. If you're looking for my ideas to preserve your baby items here's a great article: 6 Creative Ways to Preserve Baby Items.
We have tons of blankets from when they were little and I was trying to figure out how to put them to good use. Especially since some of them have some sentimental value. Since my son has nose bleeds I decided the best thing to do was make it into a pillow case.
He loves collecting things so we put a pocket in it. The mouth is a pocket. He absolutely loves it. For the first 2 months he want it with him every where now it just stays on his bed.
 How to:
I just folded the baby blanket in half and sewed around 2 sides of the blanket for a pillow case but for a pillow sew all three sides.
I used sturdy fabric glue to glue on the eyes, mouth and teeth. The mouth is actually a pocket, at my sons request.
I sewed on the red hair. You can sew the whole pillow instead of gluing it. But I had a long list of stocking stuffer gifts to make for my family so I glued as much as I could. It took me about 20 minutes to make this.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March into Spring Cash Giveaway

spring cash giveaway

How many of you love Spring? I love all things Spring it's such a wonderful time of the year
to start fresh! If you haven't heard over at Inspired by Family Mag 12 bloggers are giving away $110 to a lucky reader.
We are excited to kick off our March Into Spring Cash Giveaway.
Some lovely bloggers who love their readers and myself have joined up to bring this $110 Cash Giveaway to you. Joining in the fun are Marty's Musings, De Su Mama, Mothering From Scratch, Inspired by Family, True Aim Education, She Shares, Royal Baloo, The Mom Cafe, Petit a Petit & Family, The Meaningful Mama, Mercy Ink Blog and Stephanie Page.
We appreciate every second you spend here and every sweet note you have left us. Also, make sure you stop by Inspired by Family for the All Things Spring: Crafts, Recipes, Inspirational Encouragement, Kids crafts, home decor and more featuring some of the lovely bloggers mentioned above! Are you ready to win? STARTING WEDNESDAY, March 6th you can submit your entry to win, using the Rafflecopter form below. There are many blogs you can “like” or follow to gain entries! Have fun and you can take your time doing it. Basically, this is the process but you can find the Official Rules here :
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    • It’s open to everyone (not minors) and one winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive $110 in PayPal cash or Amazon gift card.
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