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Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Glitter Elastic Headband Tutorial Video

DIY Glitter Elastic Headband Tutorial Video on Blissful and Domestic -- This is a simple 5 minute project to take your hair from drab to fab!

DIY Glitter Elastic Headband Tutorial Video on Blissful and Domestic -- This is a simple 5 minute project to take your hair from drab to fab!

Good morning lovelies! It is Friday and I am one happy Mama! Fridays are our easy day of school, leaving us plenty of time to do fun things as a family. Today however, I am planning to lock myself in my bedroom and knockout another chapter on that book of mine. It is so exciting to see the chapters coming together and developing into my little works of art. It is like writing a blog post that never ends haha! It has been such a fun experience!

This week has been a busy one behind the scenes of this blog. When I am not writing and editing that book of mine, I have been filming, editing, and creating new videos and content for this blog and my youtube channel. You all have been such an encouragement and I am so thankful for the constant support you give me as this blog develops and grows. You guys are awesome!!

DIY Glitter Elastic Headband Tutorial Video on Blissful and Domestic -- This is a simple 5 minute project to take your hair from drab to fab!

Many of you have asked me if I would be sharing craft and sewing tutorials on the youtube channel....well today I am here to say heck yes! I filmed and edited my first video for you guys today.  Today we are making simple DIY Glitter Elastic Headbands. These are so quick to make and are so fun to put in your hair. I can see these adding a fun flair to your hair this holiday season. These would also make a great gift for that special girlie girl in your life. Libby and I have both been wearing our headbands nonstop this week. We've been having a blast styling these headbands too

DIY Glitter Elastic Headband Tutorial Video on Blissful and Domestic -- This is a simple 5 minute project to take your hair from drab to fab!

Are you guys ready to make some fabulous hair frosting? Let's get started creating beautiful today!

 Enjoy Lovelies and have a great Friday!!

XO Danielle

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cooking With Danielle VIDEO- Homemade Whipped Cream

Cooking With Danielle VIDEO- Homemade Whipped Cream
Good morning lovelies! Today we are heading into the kitchen to learn how to make one of my favorite homemade items. What are we going to make you ask? Drum Roll Please........Homemade Whipped Cream. Homemade whipped cream has got to be one of my all time favorites to make at home. It only takes two ingredients and is so easy to make. Oh and did I mention that it taste like 100 times better than the store bought stuff? It totally does!

Cooking With Danielle VIDEO- Homemade Whipped Cream

Today I headed into the kitchen, with my red heads in tow, and we filmed how to make this sweet treat from scratch. So hop on over to my channel and learn for yourself how amazingly simple it is to make whipped cream at home. Your party guests this holiday season will be oh so thankful you did!

View Video HERE or click a picture above :) 

XO Danielle

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Don't Blink...

Yesterday evening I was searching through pictures and I got sidetracked.....I got sidetracked as I was working on a chapter in my book. I started browsing through old pictures, from a few years ago, and the song "Don't Blink" came to mind. This song always makes me cry. We used it in my father-in-laws funeral slide show. It always makes me think of how truly fast this life can go by. It honestly only seems like yesterday Hubby and I brought Keagan home from the hospital. We were newbies..unsure of what we were doing.....but we were so in love with this precious gift from God that we held in our arms. He weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and had a nice set of red fuzz on his head. I couldn't believe he was ours. Then two and a half years later we brought home Miss Priss. Another read head, who weighed 8 lbs 5oz. She was three weeks early and let me know right then and there that she would be a free spirit...doing things on her own time table. These red heads made me a Mom. They started a new chapter in my life. These thoughts struck me as a I was writing. I was thinking of all that has happened in my life that has lead me to where I am right now......and how thankful I am for every single moment God has given me. The good, the bad, the heart break, and the joy....I am very thankful for the joy...... I know that through it all He was teaching myself and Hubby.....He was loving on us too.

I am thankful for little moments....moments that remind me how blessed we truly are to be here on the earth at this time. I am thankful for the opportunity I have to write and create every single day. I am thankful for you and for this blog.

I pray today we will be thankful. Thankful for whatever we are going through...the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between. Remember that through it all, God is making us into what He knows we can become. I know that all the heartache I have endured, all the sadness, and all the joy and happiness has been for my own good. He is molding me into what He knows I can become.

Thank you for your love and encouragement. You truly are a blessing to me. I pray your week is a good one.

God Bless :)

Oh and can we take a look at those pictures above! When did my littles get so big. I really need to stop blinking! :)

XO Danielle

Monday, October 20, 2014

What Is Up Monday Lovelies! - Zombies, Big Lots, and Reader's Mail
click the picture above or the links below to go to the video :)

Morning Lovelies! I have a new video on my channel for you today. Check it out and see what has been going on with me the past week...there will be talk of zombies, how I started my blog, a reader's email is being answered, and of course there is a Mama rant moment...Just a bit of goodness for you sweet peeps today! Have a fabulous day lovelies!!

I am also over at The Ribbon Retreat today sharing my no sew burlap table runner tutorial. Hop on over and check it out:)

XO Danielle

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Budgeting 101 VIDEO: Needs vs. Wants

Afternoon lovelies! I didn't think I'd be able to get a new post up here on the blog today, but with a little being home sick from church, I was able to do a bit of video editing while I watched My Little Ponies with the Miss. Nothing makes you feel better than ponies and snuggles on the couch:)

In today's video, we are talking about Needs vs. Wants. How to teach our children, how to teach ourselves, and all the in between will be covered. Hop on over to my channel to see the video or click the picture above.

You can also find the handout that goes with this video HERE. This is the very same handout I use in my budgeting class. It has plenty of space for taking notes and writing down your own ideas as you go through the video:)

Have a fabulous Sunday Lovelies!!

*Thank you to everyone that has subscribed to my youtube channel. There are now over 950 members of the Blissful and Domestic family! Woot! Woot!

XO Danielle

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Homeschool Diaries: Why Shelly Ray does it...

 Homeschool Diaries: Why Shelly Ray does it...

Hello! My name is Shelly. I’m so excited to be a guest blogger at Blissful and Domestic! My husband and I live in California and are parents to (almost) eight children (ages 19-5). Two of them are joining our family this year through the blessing of adoption. Our oldest two children are living out of state. And three of the crew have special needs.

Homeschool Diaries: Why Shelly Ray does it...

Why do we homeschool? Well, we originally started considering homeschooling in 2011, when our 3rd child was about to enter Kindergarten. Earlier that year, I met several local moms who homeschooled, so I became really interested and started researching. We prayed for a few months, I looked at a friend’s curriculum, and read books like, “The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child” by Linda Dobson. Our first year, I think we did “okay”, but it wasn’t my best year juggling motherhood with being a teacher.

The following year, I tried again, and we had a really great year. I look back on 2012/13 with much fondness and confidence. We did it! I successfully homeschooled four children at four different levels, and we had FUN!

Due to some weak moments and doubts on my end, the Littles attended a full year of public school this past year, and we prepared to enter 2014/15 in public school again with no second thoughts because everyone thrived, and the kids were looking forward to going back. The nagging pull. The familiar "call" to homeschool was coming back. We are a family of faith. We tend to make all of our big decisions after prayer. When we listen to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit, we know blessings will come. Barry and I both thought the summer was too short, but we weren’t expecting to do a 180 two weeks before school started. We were both very surprised to be getting the prompting to homeschool again, even though we know the great benefits we’ve all had from doing so. I clung to the good experiences we had in 2012/13 in order to make the huge leap to prepare for the changes.

Homeschool Diaries: Why Shelly Ray does it...

So, why do we homeschool now? We honestly feel called to do so, but it’s more than that. We have so much flexibility, time together, great memories, time in scripture, protection from outside (bad) influences of language and behavior, freedom to choose what we teach, and time to travel to name a few.

I know I'm not the best example of being a homeschooling mama. I know my weaknesses and faults. I know when I'm failing miserably. But I also know when I'm doing great with them, because their smiles and enthusiasm say it all. They are happy to be home with me and with each other.

If anything, I hope that my story can show others that nobody does it perfectly, and all of us learn as we go. Some families commit to homeschooling from Kindergarten through high school, and others take it one year at a time. We are just taking it year by year, but slowly gaining the testimony of why homeschooling is best for our family.

I'm slowly and finally learning how to lean on the One who can carry me through it all. I'm diving into prayer and scripture study each morning before the children wake up. I'm praying with the kids before we start school. I'm reading scriptures with them as part of our curriculum. And I'm praying each night that I might have done "something" right during the day. I'm also learning to listen to the counsel of my awesome husband, who is so in tune with God that I could really learn a thing or two from him (like when he told me NOT to send them back to school last year) ;)

Homeschool Diaries: Why Shelly Ray does it...

I'm confident that this will be a good year. And when I'm frazzled and everyone else is frazzled, we'll take a breather. What I love about homeschooling is that it’s fluid and ever-changing. We can tailor it to suit each child’s needs. We make it the way that works best for our family.

I've realized there is no easy way. It's not easy to send your kids off to school, and it's not easy to keep them home all day. It's hard work no matter what. But I really, really love the flexibility of homeschooling and the moments I get to see that I would miss if the children were gone all day. I know I need time for myself, my husband and my friendships, and time to prepare in order to recharge my confidence levels.

I know that if God calls me to do something, he will see me through it. He doesn’t leave me alone to figure it out on my own. I’ve found great encouragement in the scriptures and from other homeschooling mamas, and even homeschool conference talks from speakers who have experience with this beautiful lifestyle.

We’re so very blessed that I have the opportunity to stay home with my children; the children that the Lord has entrusted to my care and nurturing. And I know I can’t do this alone; my husband is a huge source of strength. We are a blessed family.

If you’d like to follow my blog, I love to write in my spare time at Diary of a Taxi Mom.

XO Shelly


Thank you so much for sharing your homeschool story!
XO Danielle
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Friday, October 17, 2014

#TruMooTreats - Orange Scream Pumpkin Pie Shake

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All opinions are 100% mine.

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Morning Lovelies! I am so excited for today's recipe! I made it last week and have been loving this dessert ever since. Orange cream + pumpkin pie = pure awesomeness lovelies!

I went to Wal-Mart and purchased TruMoo Orange Scream milk. I had never tried this milk before, but I had heard a lot about it. With TruMoo milk, every glass starts with fresh, pure milk from your trusted dairy. This means it contains 8 essential nutrients. Each flavored milk is sweetened with just enough sugar and doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup. Because it starts with pure fresh low fat milk from your trusted dairy, contains no artificial growth hormones, no HFCS and has the delicious chocolate taste kids love, I knew I needed to try it.

After leaving the grocery store, my brain got to thinking. What screams fall and would go perfect with TruMoo Orange Scream milk? Vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pie of course! I love this recipe, since for me nothing taste better in fall than pumpkin pie. It is a love of mine. I plan to eat my fill of it over the next two months.

I love this recipe, since it is a great way to use up any leftover pie you may have over the holidays. I am all about using up those leftovers.
This recipe only requires a few ingredients and is so quick and easy to make. This was a crowd pleaser in our house. The boy was asking for seconds and thirds! 

Here's how you make it :)


1 large slice of pumpkin pie + crumbs for topping
2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream (be generous on this one)
1/3 cup Orange Scream Flavored Milk

Place all ingredients into a blender and mix well. Put in a fun glass and top with a bit of crumbled pie. Tasty:)

Can you believe how simple this shake is to make? Ridiculous right? Seriously though......three ingredients, a few quick steps, and then you will be in creamy pumpkin heaven. Yum! Yum! 

Don't forget to check TruMoo out on Facebook and Pinterest too!

XO Danielle

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

Hello Lovelies! I am so excited to get back on this here blog and share a fun craft I made today! I am in full fall decorating mode and I have loved searching Pinterest for some more fun, thrifty ideas to decorate my home on a budget. Recently I have been seeing so many fun burlap pillow ideas. I am a huge fan of burlap and I have always wanted to make a pillow, but have not taken the time to do so. Since the kids were working on an independent writing assignment, I decided to pull out my craft stuff and get to creating.

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

I recently purchased some fall themed fabric fat quarters and burlap from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. (Oh how I heart that place. It is my Disneyland!).  My craft glue I already had in my stash. It is the new Aleene's Craft Glue. This stuff is awesome-sauce people! No more shaking that bottle till the glue runs to the tip of the bottle. The new design means the glue is always ready for you! Oh and it is only a few dollars a bottle, which is always a score in my book!

Once I had my items ready to go, I got to crafting!

I took my rectangle of burlap and made sure it measured 22x16 inches. This makes a small size pillow. Increase your measurements if you want a larger pillow.
#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

I folded my rectangle in half and pinned around the sides. Sew around the sides, leaving an opening to reverse your pillow and fill with stuffing.
#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow
Once the pillow is sewn, it is time to add your fabric scraps. I cut small strips from my various fat quarters. I tried to get a good mix of fall colors when I was picking out my fabric. I love my decor to be able to be out not only for Halloween, but for turkey day as well. I feel like then you get more use out of your decorations. I figure if I am going to take the time to make them, I want to be able to enjoy them as long as I can:)

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

Lay out your scraps of paper to find out which pattern you like the best. I did a fun mix of patterns. Once I had them in the right order, I trimmed around them so my fabric would start to resemble a pumpkin. 

I placed a piece of construction paper inside, so that when I began to glue on my fabric, any glue that squished through the burlap would go on the paper.

A double line of glue on each strip is more than enough to glue your fabric onto your pillow. I added a gold and black chevron ribbon for the stem. I am in love with the metallic chevron ribbon! Too fun!

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

Once your pumpkin is glued, allow it to dry for about an hour.  After it is all dried, it is time to fill your pillow. I have been reading a lot about people filling outside pillows with plastic grocery bags. I have been itching to try this. I think it is such a frugal way to craft and recycle as well!

I was able to use up my stash of plastic bags with this pillow. Once my pillow was stuffed, I sewed up the side by hand.

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow 

Easy peasy! I love how this brightens up our front walkway! It definitely puts me in the fall craft mood! I loved this fun pillow so much, I decided to add some fun damask print pillows as well! Throw some Funkins into the mix and you're golden!

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow
Joann Fabric & Craft Stores is hosting a campaign called Trick or Trick: A Halloween to DIY for! So tag your photos on any social media outlet using the hashtag #DIY4Halloween

To be Halloween inspired go to the Sharing Hub on  Here is a sneak peek of what you can find on there…

#DIY4Halloween - Scrappy Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

Looking for more Halloween Inspiration?

Try out these ideas from the archives :)

What have you been creating lately?

XO Danielle
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