Photographing Children – Tips for Capturing the Kids


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Photographing Children Tips One of my passions is photography. When I look through a camera, I can see the finished portrait in my head. I love the composition and framing aspect, but mostly I love photographing children and people. As a Mom myself, I know how important it is to capture and preserve as many memories and special moments of our kids that we can! As a photographer, I often get asked on tips for taking pictures of kids. I have put together some tips and suggestions on taking … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Egg Tulips & Hydrangeas Arrangement


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Easter Egg Tulips and Hydrangeas This looks so pretty when finished. Always wonder what to do after you color an Easter egg? Now you can gather up a few and make this gorgeous arrangement! Easter Egg Arrangement Supplies: 6-8 large stems of hydrangeas 12-18 stems of tulips a couple stems of filler greens one large, deep vase. The one we used is about 14 inches tall and 8 inches wide at the mouth plastic Easter eggs, the type that can be opened and filled. You may use as many … [Read more...]

Riveted Burlap Heart Wreath


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Riveted Burlap Heart Wreath Add a touch of country or Primitive design to your Valentine’s day decor with a Riveted burlap heart wreath. This wreath is very cute and also very frugal to be kept for yourself or given to the ones you love. You only need Burlap ( in any color you choose) a Heart shaped styrofoam wreath and scrapbook brads to make your own Riveted Burlap Heart Wreath. Heart Wreath Instructions: Take your heart and roughly measure the amount of burlap you’ll need by … [Read more...]

Valentine Garland – Easy and Frugal


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Valentine Garland – Easy and Frugal Decorating your house for Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be costly. Make an inexpensive Valentine’s Garland reminiscent of those pastel heart candies . hang them on a wall, across a mantel or doorway or drape them on a banister. The delicate pastel doily hearts create a sweet, romantic effect. It’s also a great Valentine’s craft to do with kids, since it is relatively easy and the results are dramatic. Stop by the supermarket and pick up a dollar package … [Read more...]

Bear & Son Cutlery Annual Community Knife Sale


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Website | Facebook On Friday 11/21/14 thru Sunday 11/23/2014 Bear & Son Cutlery will be having their Bear & Son Cutlery Annual Community Knife Sale. If you live in Northern Alabama, Southern Tennessee or Western Georgia; this event may be for you. The sale runs from Friday thru Sunday and you can SCORE up to 75% OFF retail prices on a variety of knives for all hobbies. They usually have almost every knife from their catalog available for sale at some capacity, so I recommend heading … [Read more...]

FREE Pumpkin Carving Patterns


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FREE Pumpkin Carving Patterns Halloween is right around the corner, and that means lots of pumpkin carving! This was my favorite part of Halloween as a kid, as my Dad would always come up with crazy ways to carve our pumpkins! If you like to be creative also, then check out these FREE Pumpkin Carving Patterns that are available! You will everything from cute to spooky! Happy Carving! Better Homes & Gardens: Free Halloween Pumpkin Stencis History.com: Free Pumpkin Cutouts Nick … [Read more...]

My Florida Adventure With The Wizard Family


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My Florida Adventure With The Wizard Family As most of you know, I was able to go to Tampa, FL last week and spend a week with David, Andrea, the kids, and the whole Wizard Family! Before I got there, David warned me it was a true reality show in their house, lol but I was prepared, and he did not lie! It was an adventurous week, but I loved every minute of it! The first day started out a little bumpy when my flight out of my hometown was delayed which meant I missed a connecting flight in … [Read more...]

Movie Theater Deals, Tickets, Printable Coupons, and Concession Deals Weekend of 4/11


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Movie Theater Deals, Tickets, Printable Coupons, and Concession Deals Weekend of 4/11 Going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do! I love being able to enjoy a new movie I have been waiting for on the big screen. It can be expensive though, and a lot of long lines! Check out some of these great offers on tickets, concession deals and printable coupons to help you save money and have a FUN, yet frugal night at the movies!  Don't stand in line, buy your tickets online! One of my … [Read more...]

Felt Easter Egg Garland


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Felt Easter Egg Garland Materials: 4 to 8 different colors of craft felt thread card stock or stiff paper for the egg shape template Tools: sewing machine scissors Steps: Create an egg template by hand or print one and then cut out.  Use the template to create your felt eggs.  We cut four of each color used. When the eggs are ready, decide on the order you would like the colors to and lay them out ahead of time in stacks by the sewing machine.  Use a decorative stitch, set … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Freebies, Discounts, and Activities


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Valentine's Day Freebies, Discounts, and Activities Do you have your Valentine's Day plans set yet? If you are still deciding, check out this list of Valentine's Day Freebies, Discounts, and Activities available!! Nobody said you can't save while have a fun and enjoyable Valentine's Day! Boston Market Head to Boston Market on Valentine's Day and get a FREE Individual dessert with any meal purchase! Just go HERE and print your coupon!  Bob Evans Looking for a fun dinner out with the … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Wall Hanging


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This Valentine’s wall hanging is easy and fun to make.  It can display any message and be as large or small as you like.  You can also use different fabric to make Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving or any other seasonal decor. To make this Valentine’s wall decor you will need : Mini Canvases ( usually in an 8 pack at the craft store) Mod Podge for Fabric Paint Brush Fabric (amount will vary) Paper Scrapbook letters Ribbon 24” Hot glue and Hot glue gun Cut fabric large enough to … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day – Love Coupon Book


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Valentine's Day - Love Coupon Book I LOVE homemade gifts for ANY occasion! Valentine's Day is no exception. I actually made one of these for my husband a couple of years ago, and he LOVED it!! He loved the thought I put into it, and for him it was much more special than if I had went to buy him something. I still bought his something, but this was just a little extra in a card for him! You can do this easy, and very thoughtful gift for your Valentine too this year! All you have to do is go … [Read more...]

5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas for $10 or Less


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5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas for $10 or Less Love is priceless but the expression of it seems to cost an arm and a leg these days.  Fortunately you can give a lovely Valentines gift to your sweetheart with just $10 and some creativity and preplanning.  Here are 5 ideas for Valentine's gifts for him or her. Boudoirs photos :  Grab a camera, a friend, and a white sheet.  Make sure the lighting is good in the room and snap away. Printing a 8x10 photo is around $4 at most Drug Stores … [Read more...]

Kids Valentines Party-Dollar Store Style


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Throwing a kids valentines party doesn't have to be expensive.  I put together one every year for the kiddos in my family. The majority of the party items came from the Dollar Tree or Target's Dollar Spot. I did purchase a few things that were in the $2.00-$4.00 range, but only a few.  I decided to have the kids over on a Friday night, so I made a big batch of spaghetti up too. That way they had dinner before having some valentine goodies! Kids Valentines Party Decorations that I used All of … [Read more...]

Holiday Lights: Displays & Events around the Nation


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Nationwide Holiday Lights Displays & Events I've researched the web and come up with the best and coolest holiday lights and displays from around the country.  I've included links to websites for more information and tried to find at least one for every state. I'm sure there are many more great places, so make sure to leave a comment and a website link to any events you know of and I'll add them to the list. Holiday Lights Displays & Events Listing by State Alabama Birmingham, … [Read more...]

The Christmas Lights Are Shining Bright – My Favorite Light Display


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 The Christmas Lights Are Shining Bright - My Favorite Light Display My favorite time of the year! I love all of the sights and sounds of the holiday season! It is the one time of the year where I feel it is appropriate to release my inner child! One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is going to as many Christmas light displays as I can! They take me back to being a kid when my parents would take use to see them. Sometimes my parents would pack up my brother and I, … [Read more...]

Building A Beautiful Christmas Village On A Budget


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Building A Beautiful Christmas Village On A Budget I had never really thought about Christmas villages until I got married and saw my mother in law's village for the first time. I fell in love! I had to make one of my own! Then I saw the cost of some of the houses, figurines, etc. and thought...no way can I spend this much. So, I got creative and found other ways of getting my favorite pieces. There are several ways to get all the pieces you want and not spend a fortune. I have purchased … [Read more...]

15 DIY Gifts in a Jar


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With money being tight in many households this Holiday season, what better way to give gifts than something you can lovingly create yourself? In fact, you can make any one of these 15 DIY gifts in a jar and they will be as good or better quality than what you would buy in the store and for a fraction of the price! These are great for family, friends and would make especially awesome teachers' gifts! I can't wait to hear your feedback so that you can tell us which is your favorite! In addition to … [Read more...]

ABC Family 25 Days Of Christmas 2013 Schedule


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ABC Family 25 Days Of Christmas 2013 Schedule This is my favorite time of the year! When the Holiday Season gets into full swing, I love all the Christmas movies! Here is the ABC Family 25 Days Of Christmas 2013 Schedule!! So, get ready to curl up on the sofa with some popcorn and the rest of the family to enjoy all the best Christmas shows! Don't forget to set the DVR for record your favorites! I think I am most excited to watch The Polar Express! I do love Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer … [Read more...]

2013 Advent Calendar Watch List


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An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. The days often overlap with the Christian season of Advent. Despite the name, most commercially available Advent calendars begin on December 1, regardless of when Advent begins, which can be as early as November 27 and as late as December 3. Many take the form of a large rectangular card with "windows" of which there are usually 24: one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. … [Read more...]