Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blissful and Domestic is on You Tube


 
 
I did it guys and gals and I am so
stinkin excited!! It took a lot of hubby's cheerleading and your sweet
messages to get me in front of a video camera, but I did it! I really
did it! Oh and I kinda liked it :) I can not wait to make more videos
for you all, so check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for
always being the best readers ever!

P.S.
I already have one cooking video in the works for you all :)

XO Danielle


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Weekly Menu Plan: Swedish Meatballs, Chicken Ole', Stuffing and more!

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Good morning lovelies! Something amazing happened this week! Guess what it was? I actually got my meal plan into the computer and on this blog for all you lovelies to enjoy! I know I have been a slacker, but no more. This lady is staying on top of things. I even got a planner for blogging. In my usual thrifty fashion, I found it among stuff I already owned. Last summer, when I got some school things, I received two free planners. One I use for school and the other I put away. Well now I am filling in that puppy with all sorts of goodness for this blog. I can't wait!

This week is full of some great recipes and even greater tips to make your groceries stretch and work for your family. From creamy chicken ole' to comforting sloppy joes, you will not be disappointed. So check your pantry, make your list, and plan your meals for this week. Like all menu plans, this one is printable for your convenience and includes all the recipes too! Have a fabulous day lovelies!


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Excuse the typo on "sweedish" above. It should be Swedish. :)

Print Recipes HERE


XO Danielle

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Monday, April 14, 2014

6 Frugal Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

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This afternoon I was searching pinterest for some quick, thrifty ways to dye easter eggs. It's not that those dying kits are expensive..... I mean most are under $3, but why buy it if you don't have to? I love the idea of using what you have and making it work. This week my family will be dying eggs for Family Night. Below I found a few fun ways to dye your eggs at home and use what you probably already have in your pantry. So get started and enjoy some quality family time this week!

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Aluminum Foil Egg Dying @ Spoonful 

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Easter Surprise Eggs @ Not Martha

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Natural Egg Dying @ Dreamy Whites


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Volcano Egg Dying @ Blissful and Domestic

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Fool Proof Coloring Tips @ Reluctant Entertainer


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Boy Decorated Eggs @ Homespun with Love



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XO Danielle

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DIY Wooden Crate Book Case


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I love a simple re-purposing project. Something where I get to reorganize, create a little cuteness in my home, and not spend a penny. This week we went through the kids books. My munchkins have been out of the board book phase for quite sometime, but this mama wasn't ready to let go. I finally came to the realization that my little red heads were not going to curl up in my lap and ask me to read them Go Dog Go for the 100th time...although a part of me wouldn't mind if they did (did you hear that Miss Priss and Bubba...I wouldn't mind). They're getting older, which means less of those board books and more American Girl and Goosebumps. We went through the books, keeping only my absolute favorites, which will be for younger siblings when they eventually come along, and the rest of our younger "baby" books were donated to a local charity.

At first I had our books stored in a bookcase. It was an ancient thing, that had seen better days. It eventually gave up and broke. I then purchased three wooden crates, from Joann's with a gift card. I placed the wooden crates under the coffee table and piled in the books, but it was very hard to pull the crates out, when the need to read hit those littles. Books are heavy in case you didn't know. I just recently got the memo :) Then I thought "hmm...why not use the crates to make it a book shelf".....and that is exactly what I did. I originally thought of painting them, but hubby loves the natural wood look, so natural is how they will stay for now. I stacked the crates on top of each other, and filed in the books. The great thing is as our little library continues to grow, we can add more crates. Our books are organized, I reused something  nice to make something better in our home, and I didn't spend a penny.

How are you guys re-purposing in your home this week?

XO Danielle

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Fear Not



Good morning Lovelies! I was reading over a conference talk this morning by Jean A. Stevens and wanted to share a few thoughts with you. This particular talk is titled "Fear Not, I am With Thee". This talk touched my heart during conference weekend and has stayed with me this week. I have a good friend who is in the midst of a great trial. Things are out of his control and it is very hard to see where to go from here. It is in our darkest times, we must reach out to the Lord. It is in those times we need Him most.

We all go through trials of varying size and degree. They can be heart wrenching,  exhausting trials to endure, which can push us further than we thought we could go...both physically and spiritually. Some of you may be going through a trial right now. Just as I shared with my friend,  I want to share this with you.... I want you to know how much God loves you...even in our hour of uncertainty, when all things are out of our control, He is with us. It is in those times we must give it all to Him. "As we develop greater faith and trust in the Lord, we can access His power to bless and deliver us. Not every prayer is answered so quickly. But truly our Heavenly Father knows us and hears the pleadings of our hearts. He accomplishes His miracles one prayer at a time, one person at a time." He hears your personal prayers and He knows your heart.

Over the past few months I have known deep sorrow. My family has felt great lost....lost of life, lost of hope. It is a great cross to bear, but thankfully we don't have to. Our Savior already did that for us. He has brought me out of my despair and He will do the same for you.

"We can trust that He will help us, not necessarily in the way we want, but in the way that will best help us to grow." "I learned that you can feel peace in the midst of turmoil. I knew the Lord was watching over us. If you trust in the Lord, truly you can overcome any of life’s challenges.” I know without a doubt things will get better. I know without a doubt your Savior knows exactly how you feel right now and I know without a doubt that the Lord will bring you through. Be strong, find strength through Him to get through each minute of the day. Pray always and steadfastly. Things will get better. Heavenly Father has reassured me they will. Pray to know for yourself and fear not He is with you always. 

XO Danielle
 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Projects...

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I am over at The Ribbon Retreat today, sharing my new Sunshine Summer swimsuit cover-up tutorial. It's one of my favorite prorjects by far!

XO Danielle
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