Like cooking? Like sharing recipes?

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Renee’s recipe exchange is a new Facebook page where she and her followers will share recipes, this is great and perfect for the upcoming holiday seasons! Make sure to stop by her page and like it! Post a few of your favorite recipes while you’re there. Link below!

                                                              Renee’s Recipe Exchange

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What are you thankful for?

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Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner I figured that I would post a few things that I am personally thankful for.  A lot of times people take for granted the things that they have in life, even the small things we should be thankful for, and even when something doesn’t go as planned we should still be thankful because there is usually a lesson learned in the end.

♥ 1.God-  Always loving, Always forgiving, Always there.

♥ 2. My Children- Everyday they bring a smile to my face, their innocence warms my heart, and in their eyes I can do no wrong.

♥3. My Mother- From the beginning to the end she will be by my side. My support, my best friend, when times get hard and I have no where else to turn her door is always open. Although we have our ups and downs and don’t always agree its been nothing but love. When I don’t know whats best for me she does. Her heart holds all the answers that I search for on my journey through life.

♥4. My pets- I know they wont be around forever but I cherish each moment I spend with them their love in unconditional.

♥5. My friends-Nothing like having a good group of friends to be able to talk to share your thoughts and feelings with, to take a break from the stress of the day and relax and spend time with.

-Things about me that I’m thankful for-

♥ 1. Being a good person.- I’m not perfect and I don’t try to be, but what I am is a good person. I wear my heart on my sleeve and go above and beyond to do for others even what I can’t do for myself at times. I genuinely  care about people and their struggles. I believe that everyone needs to know and feel like there is someone out there somewhere that cares for them.

♥2. My sense of humor- I love to make people laugh, and I love to laugh as well. Laughter really is the best medicine.

♥3. My passion and ability to read- I love reading! I try to instill that in my children, reading is such a calming, peaceful thing to do. There are so many benefits from reading! Plus like I tell my kids you use your imagination and its like your very own movie as far as your imagination will take it.

♥4. Being Creative- Its good to have a hobby and to actually be good at it! I love making crafts and painting with my children it really give us a special time to bond, times like these will be with your kids forever, and influence them to do the same when they get older and have kids of their own.

♥5. Just being me.- I am thankful that I can just be myself and be content with it.

 

-Other things I’m thankful for-

♥1. The seasons- I enjoy every season change. I love all the beauty that nature naturally provides to us. The color of the flowers in spring, the warmth of the shining sun in summer, the turning of the leaves in fall and the glisten of the snow in winter.

♥2.Bubble Baths-Nothing like a nice hot bath to take the stress away (when the kids are not beating down the bathroom door lol.) Wonderful way to unwind.

♥3.The Ocean-Living this close to the beach is amazing. Every time we visit  I find myself gazing out over the ocean and it still amazes me.

♥4. Music-I love music how many times have you felt like a song was wrote just for you, or you hear your favorite song and you just wanna sing it at the top of your lungs? Music taps in to our emotions and makes us feel.

♥5. The Internet (lol)- Some days I love it some days I hate it lol. The internet has made life much more simple, which is good and bad. I’m thankful for it because I can reach out to people and meet new people I would have never known with out the internet, my children can keep in contact with their grandparents and family out of state, and I can do work, blog and relax with all the information I could need at my fingertips, even on the go!

KDragonfly Designs

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Wow! KDragonfly Designs has some of the most wonderful items I’ve seen and the great thing about these are that they are all handmade! Which means no 2 items are alike each one is individually made. KDragonfly Designs specializes in Wall/Door Signs, Greeting cards (great for the upcoming holidays! -wink) name plates and name blocks! These items would be great for weddings or any other occasion where you would like a touch of elegance! She also does customization! These are really all great gift ideas! Who doesn’t like one of a kind gifts! I know I do. You can link to her Facebook page here –http://www.facebook.com/KDragonflyDesigns?sk=info You can also check her items out at her personal  blog here http://kdragonflydesigns.weebly.com/
Psss…I see shes also hosting a giveaway! Make sure to enter!

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Popochos Awesome Watches!

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Oh em gee these are so cute! These are a must have for anyone they come in so many different styles and the coolest part is they have snap on covers so you can change the look of your watch to match any outfit. I love the fact that the time is digital! That is great for kids! These come in so many styles and colors that they are perfect for Kids, Teens, Men and Women! These would make awesome Christmas gifts! I’ve add their links below the pictures make sure to go to their website and look at their amazing prices and selection!

How good giving feels.

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Sometimes in life we find ourselves in a better financial situation than others. Times like this when we are financially able and we know someone less fortunate its good to give back. Sometimes the smallest thing can make the biggest difference in someones life. Things that we take for granted everyday could be just the thing someone else needs to get by. This is very important during the holiday season. I am a firm believe that no good deed goes unnoticed and that blessings come in all forms. So if you are in a good position this year to help please do so. It could be dropping a toy off in Toys for Tots box, donating to the salvation army or maybe taking a home cooked meal to someone in the area you know has no one else to bring them something to eat. As humans we need social interaction and need to know that there is someone somewhere that cares about us. Its human nature. Sometimes everyone needs a helping hand in life. 

Painted Gourds

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So as you all know last month I had an obsession with pumpkins (lol.) Well now its November and my obsession has moved to gourds…painted ones to be exact. I was browsing a few ideas online because my mantel piece is looking kind of drab and came across these!

 

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What a simple wonderful idea!

 

What you will need:

Can of white glossy spray paint

Small gourds

Small pumpkins

wreath.

Ribbon.

 

First you will need a surface to spray paint on, I would suggest laying down some news paper and placing your items on there before painting.

 

Spray paint all the items including anything that may be on wreath.

 

After it drys wrap the ribbon around the wreath.

 

You can use this as a centerpiece on the table like shown in the picture above or you can use them on the mantel piece like in the picture below

 

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I love this idea, its so simple and pretty cheap as well. Craft stores usually have discounts and coupons in papers or on receipts which can really come in handy!

Pretty-Easy Centerpiece.

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This easy Thanksgiving centerpiece pumpkin craft is simple and looks beautiful on any Thanksgiving table.

What you need:

Fall leaves (fake), small pinecones, sprigs of berries, fall flowers, ribbons, or other small fall decorations. 
Small pumpkin
Marker
Tall, but not thin candle (comparable size to the pumpkin)
Glue
Knife (adult supervision is needed when doing this project with children)

Directions:

  1. Remove as much of the stem of the pumpkin as possible without physically cutting into the pumpkin.
  2. Place candle on top of the pumpkin and using your marker, trace around the bottom of it.
  3. Cut a hole for the candle in the pumpkin, using your tracing as a guide and staying as close to it as possible (the more snug the candle fits, the better.)
  4. Place candle in the pumpkin and use glue to adhere fall leaves or sprigs around the edges of the opening (you may need to press some inside of the opening to secure the candle into place). 
  5. Allow centerpiece to dry before using.
Thanks Examiner.