1.28.2015

Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway...

Sara has started the tradition of giving out personalized Valentine's cards to her friends.  She loves choosing the photo(s) and the layout, along with the wording and deciding who will recieve them.  One of Sara's personality traits that I adore is her blatant honesty.  She will always offer a hug or an I love you, and you never have to wonder where you stand with her.  Sara will tell you her favourite holiday is Christmas, but Valentine's Day is a serious contender for first place.   It's the one day of the year that speaks Sara's complete love language- words of affirmation, touch and gifts of appreciation.

This year we were contacted by Pear Tree Greetings to choose some cards for Sara and then host a giveaway for our readers.  We looked through all of the card options and decided to use their Valentine's Day Photo Cards.

Sara knew that this year she wanted to include a picture of her and William aka 'hot tamale' as well as a photo of herself.  So we went with these...




Then we looked through the various designs and settled on the Kid's Valentine's Photo Cards Photo Paper Happy Heart Day.  Sara loved that she could add her name along with some x's and o's...





Sara's favourite Valentine memory is the first Valentine's Day that her and William celebrated as boyfriend and girlfriend.  She walked in and he was standing there holding balloons and flowers along with a very large box of chocolates.  I know his parents well, and I can honestly say they raised that boy right!  Sara was so over the moon about it and had so much fun telling everyone that approached the table that he was hers.  They have been dating now for two years,  and they are hands down one of the cutest couples I've ever known.  Not that I am biased or anything, but when your daughter is born and you are given the laundry list of things they will never do and then by golly they DO  those things- well, you celebrate it.  Big.

Leave a comment and tell me your favourite Valentine memory and Sara and I will choose a winner to receive a $25 credit to Pear Tree Greetings to pick out your own Valentine's cards!   We will choose a winner by February 1st.  Good Luck...

xoxo,

1.21.2015

Shaggy Dog Eats- a giveaway...

A very good friend of mine has written a fabulous cookbook for dog treats.  We have had so much fun over the holidays baking treats for Jack & Violet, and they have given every recipe so far a resounding two paws up!

Our last homeschool book club book was A Dog's Purpose, so the kids got together and along with book club discussion we made treats for our furry friends...








Today I am giving away a copy of Christy's book, Shaggy Dog Eats  Just leave me a comment telling me about your dog and what he/she means to you.  Sara will be choosing a winner on Friday- and I will ship your book out to you pronto!

Good Luck!


1.13.2015

Wall mounted Kraft paper holder...


Because of the way our kitchen is designed, and the fact that we don't have a freezer, I am at the grocery store every day to every other day.  It's a lifestyle change, and working from home makes this easy for me to do.  I am a list maker by nature, but this kitchen has turned me into a bit of a list monster!  I was constantly searching for my grocer post it notes or list that I had started, put down, and forgot where I put it.

The solution was to put a wall mounted kraft paper holder on the wall next to the kitchen.  At least that was the solution until I started pricing them!  I found one company that offered one, but at $240 plus $60 to ship, um, no.   So we decided to build one ourselves, and by "us" I mean Travis.  I pointed a lot and cheered him on ;)

We started out with a few things from the hardware store, including this roll of painter's paper found for $3.98, a fraction of the cost of Kraft paper...



It's thinner than traditional Kraft paper, but it was perfect for this project and the cost can't be beat.

Travis began by cutting the board backing.  Since it is mounted on the wall and I will be using a sharpie, I didn't want bleed through onto the wall....


He then took small square pieces and used the skill saw to cut out a slide in and holder notch for the dowel that will hold the paper roll....


Here you can see how he designed the dowel to slide in and sit inside the L shape.  Once the side square pieces were glued and nailed to the backer board, he placed another piece of wood to create the top of the board...



So the finished construction looked like this...



Then he painted the entire piece in Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams.  This is the same colour as our interior doors and I just love it's smoky black with a touch of grey...


Travis used four anchor bolts to attach it to the wall...


On the bottom of the board he attached a strip of metal to hold the paper down at the bottom...


We screwed an eye hook into the board and attached a string to hold the sharpie marker.  And VIOLA!  our wall mounted Kraft paper holder was completed for just $40 in material.  A much better alternative to the inspiration piece priced at $240...

We used our first list just yesterday at the store.  Sara goes with me to shop and reads out the list.  Because the paper (and writing) were much bigger it was so much easier for her to use the list.  Win-win in my book!

1.09.2015

One little word...

I decided a long time ago that resolutions for the new year were just too detailed for my liking.  Last year's word was "togetherness", and honestly the year couldn't have played out any further from that word.  I had a falling out with my mother, my daughter moved out to live with her dad and I rarely hear from my oldest son.  It was the year of loss in my opinion, but out of that loss I became closer to my husband, Sara and youngest son.  Togetherness did happen, just not in the way I had anticipated.



This years little word is "explore".  One of the reasons we moved/down-sized was to free ourselves up financially so that we could travel more.  I've taken a few small trips this year- alone, and Travis is planning a trip with Hunter in the spring.  We are paying off our remodeling costs, but have plans for more travels once that is payed off this year.   Explore is more than just traveling to me, it's looking at things in a different way and recognizing beauty and opportunity because I have intentionally slowed down the pace of life.  I no longer lead a rushed and busy life style.  Mornings are slower, days are intentional and evenings are enjoyed.  I guess I've been exploring for the past three years, and in doing so I've found a happier pace- a happier place.

What is your one little word for 2015?

1.04.2015

Thinking spring...

I've been rethinking our front flower beds.  I am going to blame the sun coming out today and temps feeling a bit spring like here in Texas.  Of course it will be going down to 30 degrees tonight, but for now I'm thinking spring gardening...

Last month the herbs were relocated from the beds to the new window box.  They look pretty sad at the moment, but I think they will be very happy in their new home come spring...



The end plants are butterfly bushes.  They are looking pretty skimpy right now too.  We didn't realize how little direct sunlight the front of the Tudor gets, so we may need to rethink to more of an evergreen- I adore Bridal Wreath...




Once the pansies are finished for the season I will put a low lying juniper in between each of the tiny boxwoods. That way I only need to pop some perineals in the front corners near the door...



junipers

 I'm liking the lemon cypress in the container.  The pansies may not make it, but I can fill it with potato vine or another plant that likes the shade...



So that is where my head is at the moment....in the dirt ;)