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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Little Things that Matter...

The Little Things that Matter...

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go and celebrate one of my cousins getting married. What a splendid celebration this was. Weddings always make this hopeless romantic get a full heart. It is so neat to see the start of something new. A new journey that will span the eternities. I think back to my own wedding day, over 10 years ago and what a blessing that man of mine has been in my life.

While at the wedding, I was able to run into a bunch of women who were my youth leaders when I was a teen. One woman in particular came up to me and asked if I remembered her.....I did....Sister Lunn. Memories came flooding back of this sweet woman taking me to church. She had brood of her own, but she still took the time each Sunday to come and take me to church. Over time other leaders took over that task. They did this each Sunday for about two years, until I was able to drive myself.

The Little Things that Matter...

Yesterday I had the opportunity to thank them for the loving acts of service they provided. To them they were just giving a ride. It wasn't big deal, it was simply something they did. To me, it changed my world. I remember the things they would talk about in the car. The simple gospel messages they shared with me. All of those things made a difference in my heart.

They showed me what I wanted for my own family. I wanted to marry a return missionary. I wanted to have a helpmate who knew what it was to put the Lord first. I wanted to marry someone who made me want to be a better follower of Christ. All those Sundays, seeing the sweet little families in my ward at church made a difference to me. They were just going about their normal crazy filled Sunday, but to me they were the example I needed. I am thankful for all those little moments that helped shaped me to become what I am today.

The Little Things that Matter...

Through my teen years, I learned to serve the Lord. This is a lesson I am still learning today. One that I think we continue to learn, until we are called home to our Father in Heaven. I know that nothing is coincidence. My loving Heavenly Father knew I needed that encouragement to find my way to Him. I am thankful for every moment He gave me. The friends I made, who encouraged me to be of good faith.

Today I am filled with thankfulness for the little things...the little moments we get to experience. Sometimes we forget those little moments add up to really big blessings.

I am thankful for all of this today. I know this post is a bit of the ramblings from my heart. I am thankful I have a little space here on the web to share it. I am thankful for all you that take time out of your day to read my blog. You are all in my heart today. I pray this week is a good one for you.

XO Danielle

P.S
These pictures are from the wedding this weekend:)
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sands Alive Busy Box


Sands Alive Busy Box

Morning Lovelies! I don't know about you, but sometimes this Mama has a hard time getting up in the morning. There are some mornings where all I want to do is hit that snooze button for the third......ok let's be real.....the fifth time. When mornings like that happen and I get myself an extra twenty minutes of sleep, I usually wake up to red heads grumbling at each other or whining. Aren't those the sounds every mother wants to wake up to? oh yeah that's right. No one really wants to wake up to the sound of grumbling, whining kids. It kind of makes you cringe.

Sands Alive Busy Box

Recently Joann Fabric and Craft Store sent me a few packages of Sands Alive to review. I was super excited about this review. My children had seen this at the craft store and had been begging me to get it. When I told them we were going to get some in the mail, they were all kinds of giddy. When the package arrived in the mail, the giddiness went up to a whole new level. They couldn't wait to try this stuff out!

It is super cool people! It is so fun to squish, mix, and create with this stuff. After I was finished playing with it, I let the littles try it out...haha...no joke:) It reminds me of moon dough, but way better. It doesn't crumble into tiny pieces, which makes this mama happy. Less crumbling, means less sweeping for me afterwards. Sands Alive has a soft texture like cookie dough, but is dry to the touch. You can literally bring the beach inside with this stuff!

Sands Alive Busy Box

Mold it into hard, durable shapes, and with a soft touch, it breaks apart and appears to move, almost as if it were alive! Super cool!

For my package of Sands Alive, I wanted to put something together that was simple and easy...oh and that the kids would enjoy. I have seen many fun projects on Pinterest using Sands Alive. I love all the sensory and motor skill ideas I've seen on there. Going off of this idea, I decided to make a busy box for my red heads.

I looked around my house at what could go in my busy box. I came up with some fun cookies cutters, plastic spoons and knifes for cutting and scooping, and I had two Sands Alive trays for creating in. To make your own busy box, just look around your house at what your kids could use to create with. Rollers, molds, cookie cutters, plastic utensils, bowls, and mini toys are all great things to create with. You can also write in the sand, which is great for practicing letters and words for school play.

I like to keep the busy box simple, so it allows them to really use their imagination. Right now I hear sound affects and little descriptions of the great things the are creating (they are playing with it as I type)!

Sands Alive Busy Box

Sands Alive Busy Box

We have our busy box out on the table, so when littles get up in the morning they have something to keep their hands busy. It is so neat seeing their little minds create and pretend!

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Have you guys tried Sands Alive? How do you make it fun for your littles?


XO Danielle
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Good Cheap Eats: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Good Cheap Eats: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Good Cheap Eats: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Good Cheap Eats: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Recently I received a copy of Good Cheap Eats by Jessica Fisher, to review. I was so excited when this little gem came in the mail. As you know, cookbooks are a favorite of mine. I love pouring over the pages and deciding what new thing I will make my family.

This recipe book is full  200 recipes, compiled into 70 mix-and-match menus. I love it when the author does all the organizing for me. I love having simple meal plans ready for me to use. It makes this Mama smile:)

Jessica Fisher, is the ultimate guide to eating well on a budget. She offers a delicious alternative to familiar weeknight take-out with nourishing, from-scratch meals that save time and money. Each feast costs less than $10 to make, and while it is designed for families of four, it's also perfect for singles, couples, and everyone in between. Awesome right!?

I have a long list of recipes on my must make list.

The first recipe I was dying to try was the Honey Whole Wheat Bread. It sounded absolutely delicious and let me tell you...it did not disappoint. We used our own ground wheat flour and my thrifted bread machine to make it. This recipe is a keeper!

Want to know how to make it yourself?

Let's get to it!

Good Cheap Eats: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

1 cup buttermilk*
4 tbl butter or margarine
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups all-purpose white four
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (I used regular whole wheat flour)*
1 tsp sea salt (I used regular salt)
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

Good Cheap Eats: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Combine all ingredients in your bread machine pan, according to your manufacturers directions. Run on dough cycle. Once the cycle is over, grease a 9x5in. loaf pan. Remove the dough from your bread machine and roll into a tight loaf. Place in loaf pan and allow to rise for one hour, or until doubled in bulk. Preheat oven to 400'. Bake bread until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.

Notes:

*Don't have buttermilk? No worries! Add1 tbl vinegar or lemon juice to your one cup of milk. Makes for a great substitute!
*You can grind your own whole wheat at home for a fraction of the cost of store bought WW flour. Place 1 cup of hard cracked wheat into a nutri-bullet and grind. My nutri-bullet came with a grain attachment, so I can make my own whole wheat flour at home :) You can see my finished flour HERE.
*I added 1/2 tbl of bran, flax seed, and nutritional yeast to my dough for an extra healthy kick :)
*I forgot to read the cooking directions and baked it as I do the rest of my bread. I did it at 350' for 32 minutes. It came out great! This bread is really yummy and simple to make! 
*I rub my bread with butter after baking. It makes it taste yummy!

Good Cheap Eats: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

You can find Good Cheap Eats by Jessica Fisher via Amazon. It is only $12.28. Score!!



Have a wonderful day lovelies!


XO Danielle

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Beauty Inspiration: From the Pages of Fashion at Wal-Mart.com

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PEOPLE magazine, InStyle magazine, and StyleWatch magazine. All opinions are 100% mine.


Hey Lovelies!! Are you looking for the latest frugal fashion trends and beauty ideas? I'm always on the look out for new ways to look fabulous and not spend a fortune. No one wants to break the bank when trying to look good :) I feel like each season is always a little bit different and my style usually reflects the change in season. Summer is always a fun fashion and beauty season because you can wear so many fun colors and patterns...like my favorite chevron and polka-dots, while fall brings out the fun boots and warm cozy sweaters. I love to look for beauty inspiration, so when I am out and about thrifting I have things in mind that I am looking for. You can get fashion and beauty ideas from magazines and online, then turn around and see how you can make your wardrobe work for whatever fashion trend you want to try out. You don't have to break the bank to look good. See what you currently have and what you find at thrift stores, to try out new trends and look fabulous!

For great fashion inspiration, check out the Walmart website and visit the from the pages of to get great ideas and inspiration for fall fashion and beauty from PEOPLE magazine, InStyle magazine, and StyleWatch magazine. It's a great site where you can share any of the articles, features, and ideas you find via social media. You can get the latest scoop on fashion and beauty trends on the From the Pages of hub and even more from your favorite magazines. Find great tips for improving your look and get everything you need at Walmart with even bigger savings!

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Don't forget to print the in store $1-off coupon to pick up PEOPLE magazine, InStyle magazine, and StyleWatch magazine in-store for some great inspiration. You can also find these magazines at your local library.

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These magazines are always my staples for fashion, beauty, and the latest trends. This is such an amazing site as you can find info from all three in one place and then save on them if you want to get a hard copy of the magazine. There are so many fabulous tips and articles that you can spend hours on it. Having the ability to share them gives you the opportunity to save them to a Pinterest board. You can also share articles with friends online to unlock additional savings. Remember sharing is caring ::Wink wink::

How do you get beauty and fashion inspiration?

XO Danielle

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