April 23, 2013

Tough Guys and Drama Queens, Book Review

 The beginning of the book focuses on the changes in culture, mostly from media and social networking, that have occurred just within the past five years,

The book is broken up into three main parts. Part one tackles the challenges of today's culture and it's impact and influence on both parents and kids. Part two addresses parental practices to avoid . Part three focuses on parenting practices that actually work with some clarification. 
That  two Appendixes which are also helpful in my opinion are titled
 Conversation Starters and How To Discuss Conflict.
 Mark Gregston, along with his wife, serves as Executive Director for Heartlight Ministries and hosts Parenting Today's Teens radio talk show.

 Overall though, I would highly recommend this book to anyone that works with students in their teenage years.  Teachers, parents, bosses, counselors, and everyone else working with students should take the time to study and think about this book.


I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

October 31, 2012

What To Do With That Pumpkin After Halloween

This is one of my favorite

Silver spray painted look great as centerpieces for Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin bird feeder

What will you be doing with your pumpkins after Halloween?  Please share

October 30, 2012

Kids Room Inspiration

Our baby girls are walking, talking climbing and are outgrowing their nursery.  Time to pack away the baby cribs and move into BIG girl beds. While looking around the internet for kids room inspiration here is what I found that inspires me. 

I like the idea of the floating bookshelves with the tree wall art.  


The bed skirt is adorable

 The ottoman is yummy 

October 24, 2012

Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop Contest

Made this video for a Tootsie Pop Contest We asked our 2 year old daughter  if she was up for the challenge of finding out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, we never figured it out but we made this great video! :)

 You Can simply click on this link and VOTE

October 2, 2012

Baby Doll quilt

 With a few fabric scraps, some vintage trim and a few hours of my time I made this baby doll quilt for my baby girl.  

The squares are 2 1/2 inches with a 1/4  inch seam
7 squares and 8 squares down.

October 1, 2012

Book Review

The Ministry of Christ: 1000 Days is a look at the last three years of Jesus Christ's life.    While Jesus lived roughly 33 years on this earth, his public ministry was only 3 years, which is roughly 1000 days of ministry.  The Falwell explains how we can apply the teachings of Jesus to our own lives.

This book was simply written,easy to understand and I came away encouraged after reading it.

September 23, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Blueberry Pie

Fall is in the air.

 Time for baking

I love the smell of homemade pie baking on a Sunday afternoon.  I think they smells extra good on Sunday.  



  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  •   9 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Mix sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over blueberries.
  3. Line pie dish with one pie crust. Pour berry mixture into the crust, and dot with butter.
  4. Bake pie on lower shelf of oven for about 50 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. 

French Pastry Pie Crust


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Mix well, then cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  2. In a small bowl, combine egg, vinegar, and 4 tablespoons of water. Whisk together, then add gradually to flour mixture, stirring with a fork. Mix until dough forms a ball. Add one more tablespoon of water if necessary.
  3. Allow dough to rest in refrigerator 10 minutes before rolling out. 


September 18, 2012

Green Mohair couch

I have had this green mohair couch in storage for many many moons.

My choices were to

1.   cut up the couch and REuse the mohair for a project (never got around to it, story of my life)
2.  USE it as a couch.  (that's a good idea)

The day finally came that I was going to either use it or reuse it.   So glad I decided to USE it just the way it was. 

She fits perfect into my music room.

Reading Nook


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