Quick & Easy “gotcha” Spaghetti & Meatballs


This concept for "gotcha spaghetti and meatballs" has been something I've used for years.  Recently, though, I have discovered its source.  So, I won't give you the play by play tutorial.  I will simply let you go to the big dawgs. I'll just say... It's easy. It's fun. It's a disgusting mess of frosting, cake, and candy. Which I don't like. (mean mom) But my kid's love. Here is the link to Family Fun's page. Fake Spaghetti and Maltballs (theirs looks a whole lot better than mine!) Have a great April Fool's Day! I'm off to spend the weekend with my kids!   Looking for a few ...

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My black thumb can turn green?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of ScottsĀ® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If you are looking for the Stinky Linky Party...read this post and then go HERE. My H and I own a nursery. Of sorts. We wholesale ferns and wildflowers across the country. You would think growing some flowers in pots would be easy peasy for me.Nope...it's a running joke that I can't keep plants alive. The pretty potted kind, anyways. So when Miracle-Gro asked me if I would like a sample of their Expand 'n Gro(TM) my answer was ...yes please? It is supposed to... have 3 times the flowers and vegetables.(although ...

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Pfister and Rebuilding Together!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pfister for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. So , I use plumbing products. Thank goodness. Because, that means I have plumbing...and I love that! I especially love that one of the great plumbing product companies...Pfister Faucets is joining forces with Rebuilding Together to help communities in need! Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs, modifications, and improvements for America's low-income homeowner. They rebuild the homes and lives of the nation's most vulnerable homeowners and families at no cost to ...

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Decadent Doggy Dessert

Decadent Doggie Dessert for an April Fool's joke from nelliebellie.com

Why make a gorgeous cake out of dog food?  Because I can.  And it's fun.  And because I can.  Three really good reasons.   April Fool's Day is a great time to use my photography skills to trick you into thinking something could be delicious, and to trick my family as well. Moral of the story: Just because you see a beautiful picture of something on the internet doesn't mean it will actually taste good.  You need one for your dog?  Or to trick your family with (it works!)?  Here's how. Decadent Doggy Dessert Ingredients: 1 can of Alpo 1/4 cup or so of peanut butter food ...

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Fake-out grilled cheese and tomato-e soup!


We do April Fool's in this house. We do it long before April 1st and long after. It eventually gets old. And annoying. You can only get sprayed by the faucet so many times before you just want to scream. But...I have my own little fake-out's that I use on the kids. They almost always involve food. Cause, the little cuties *ahem* still don't cook for themselves...slackers. I have a couple of fun ones for you to try out on your kids in the next few days. Up first one that I did not think of. Nope, I heard of it years ago. I don't remember from where. But, it's not my idea But, I surely do use ...

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Vintagey Spring Bag


I love bags. I hate the prices. I love Spring. I hate the prices. (of springy things.) So, I made my own Spring Bag. I took a iece of fabric and cut it into a shape of sorts... The fabric is pretty blue. Soft. With a nice pattern. I sewed that up on all 3 sides. And added a vintage cowboy print for a liner. And vintage lace to the outside. I really should have done this BEFORE adding the liner. Lesson learned. Typical me. I used lace to tie on wooden handles I had stolen from a purse otherwise seeing the trash can. There you have it. As you can see I sewed on some ribbon and such. And added a vintage brooch. No ...

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fringe necklace.


We love the idea of finding new and interesting ways to use up old materials.  We live in small spaces, so we just can't hang on to everything hoping it will one day be useful.  So we ask ourselves: "how can we use this now?"  That's where this necklace came from.   That's also how we got the gold shell cake plate, our giraffe bookends, our bottle centerpiece, and the puzzle magnets. No jokes about the picture please...my daughter took these and did a darn good job! Anyways, here's how this craft goes... You'll need some fabric.  Make sure you pick something with great color. Or ...

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repurpose fabric scraps: door wreath

I had this sad, old, hay wreathy thing sitting in my crafting supplies pile. Just sitting there. Looking pathetic. I took pity and found an idea on Pinterest... don't get excited...it's just my old wreath with rags tied on. And a cut up sweater. then I hung some butterflies from old hardware and tied that on to the wreath with yarn...so sweet! I'm loving it. What do you got laying around your house that you can use? Til Next time...   Linking up this great project at these happening places -This Old House--Southern Lovely--Someday Crafts--Fireflies & Jellybeans--The 36th ave--Live, Laugh, Rowe-Christinas ...

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Blogger don’t do this’ and don’t do that’s

I had this scheduled a few weeks ago. Since writing this there have been many other blogs with similar thoughts and posts. I wondered if I should repeat. But then I took my own advice and didn't worry about making a "mistake". So there you go... If you are a blogger...don't hate me at the end of this post. Cause I am a blogger too. We are comrades.   But I'm needing to let it hang out there. To give some chin-up's and it's okay's to the new bloggers. Or the "small" bloggers. I don't care how amazing your blog is. How many followers you have. How great you are at "networking" ...

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What NOT to do in your garden!

Okay people! It needs to be said. You need to know... If you are from the midwest where it feels like summer...acts like summer.. and is even starting to look like summer... You need to know...it's NOT summer! What? Why? Whatcha talking about? I'm talking about your gardens, your yard, your living outsides. And yes...I am an expert. Kinda. On some outsidey things. You see...it's what my H and I do. Native, wild plants. We sell them. And grow them. And love them...da dee da. This is us... So, I know a thing or two about a thing or two about your gardens and yards and plants. And here's what you need to know right ...

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Guest Blogger-Gwen from The Bold Adobe v.2

You all are in for a treat. Of epic proportions! Cause my dear friend Gwen is here. You'll love her, you'll hate her (cause shes stinking cool), you'll wanna be like her. You'll promptly go over to her blog and follow along. So you can be cool. And fun. Now...give it up for Gwen!! (rawr...rawr...rawr...!!!)   Hey-hey all you Haters!   Hmmm....that doesn't sound the way I mean it.... I'm Gwen     From     www.theboldabode.com And it's nothin' but an honor to be here sharing the glaring Imperfections of my creative life with you! I've loved getting to know Janel...she's the yin to my ...

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master bedroom fabric wall reveal

I wanted to wait until I have the whole room done before I start posting. Yeah right...this is over 2 months in progress. I decided that I would show you all this fabric wall a little early. Which I love. A reminder of the before... Truly, truly it's the same room. Truly. I have lots of projects that went into this room but I just want to show off that wall in this post. It was my solution to a room with no interest. And a girl with no carpentry skills. Enter...fabric. I had seen a photo of a great fabric wall from a post on Young House Love and decided to try my spin on it. Here is the inspiration photo... I ...

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