I love that boy!

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Nellie here. As I write this it is my boy’s 10th birthday. And if you follow my blog you’ve seen my boy. You’ve read his guest posts. And  know that’s he a powder keg of energy, wit, and smarts. Makes a momma proud!! And, I wanted to write something special…just for him. You know, a tear jerker. And then I was like…”who am I kidding? I don’t make people cry.” and also “Levi doesn’t read your blog, he won’t even know”. So instead, I decided to repost my favorite post he has ever done. This is my favorite post on my entire blog from him. Ever. I will always cherish this post…it shows the humor, wit, ...

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Quick & Easy Cupid’s Cocoa (free printable)

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This Cupid’s Cocoa Valentine is adorable, sweet, and easy!! I even have the printable made for you. All you have to do is throw a cocoa mix and some pink and white marshmallows in a bag. Then staple that printable on top. Seriously, they should pay me for this stuff. But, before we get all gushy and ooooh and aaaaah’s and “Nellie, you are soo clever” we need to have a reality check… I printed that printable 5 times before I got it right. I’m dead serious. The first time…the wrong images were upside down. The second, upside down…the other way (don’t ask). Then I realized I had spelled COCOA without the second ...

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Homemade Clam Chowder

Delicious and easy clam chowder | clam chowder recipe #clamchowder #soup

I would like to say this is the best clam chowder recipe EVER but…I’m from Minnesota. Being from a land-locked state does not make me an expert in anything with seafood. At all. Ask me about venison, or game, or Butternut Squash Soup, or…cheese and I might be considered an expert. But…as of right now, including the chowder I've had while traveling the seaboard, this is the BEST clam chowder recipe ever! I dare say that I would love! love! if someone who knows something-something about clam chowder would try this and tell me how close to authentic I am  (besides the issue of the canned clams. Can’t be ...

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Simple steps to make a felt plant

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I have no idea what possessed me to make a plant out of felt. Okay, that’s not completely truthful…felt made me. I blame it on the softness, and the bright colors. It made me want to make something with it. Why a plant? giggle. Doesn’t everyone make plants out of felt? Well…they should! I kill plants. No joke. The love fern? Not in my house. I killed Levi’s cacti just last month. Yes…cacti. I don’t know how, why, or …how. How? I really don’t know. My yard outside is like a jungle. No really…I throw plants into the compost pile that are deader then dead. The compost pile from a few years ago is now a giant rose ...

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football party food…forget these, forget football.

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Are you ready for some football?? Imagine Faith Hill looking stunning…insert my face and voice. There we go. Just sit there like that for a few minutes. Wait… it isn’t Faith Hill that says that, is it? It’s some deep manly voice. Okay, scratch that…reverse it…take me out of Faith Hill’s body please. Sigh. What are we talking about today? Oh yes…football. Do you love football? I surely do. I love the outfits, the plays, the goal posts, the jumbo-trons, the fights, the tackles, the penalties, the umpires…the whole thing. I especially love eating and drinking during football. I love the social element. And the complete ...

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Pie Party at my house! (with Mrs. Smith’s)

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This post brought to you by Mrs. Smith's. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know today is National Pie Day?? Well...let's celebrate with a pie party! How do you celebrate a Saturday night at my house? With a pie party of course!! When you have the opportunity to try Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies you do it up right! With candlelight, linens, wine, and coffee. And of course...dressing up!! Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies come in Apple with Caramel Sauce, Cherry with Butter Fudge Sauce, Peach with Cream Cheese Icing, and Pumpkin with Cream Cheese Icing. You seriously aren't hurting for ...

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Before/After: boy’s bedroom on a budget

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  Kid's room's can be a challenge for most mom's. It can be expensive to redecorate a bedroom, for anyone. Nevermind a child that will probably outgrow the room in a year. Or the decor, for sure. So, when it became apparent Levi would need his room redone I set out to keep costs down and create something that could grow with him. A boy's bedroom on a budget of...$150 or so. That's all I was willing to spend. For new bedding, curtains, furniture...whatever. Obviously, I had to get creative! The first trick was to agree on a paint color. He desperately wanted a bright blue. I desperately wanted neutral ...

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felt bow ties.

Felt bow ties easy tutorial, from nelliebellie.com

We realize that you may not understand the value that felt bow ties can have in your life. So, let us give you a little education. Bow-ties are fancy. They are classy. They immediately make you look smart. They make people smile, and be joyful. Bow-ties are just special. Bow ties are cool.  Dr. Who Fans understand why. Therefore, having the ability to make felt bow ties is a useful quality. Make some up for your guests at your next dinner party. Or, for your child's next party. Wear them for your next holiday gathering. And, gosh darn...the smiles will increase, the happiness level will rise, and you will ...

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Simple steps to make a pipe leg bench

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I was sitting and trying to figure out how to write this post. How do I sound intelligent about this DIY bench when it was a no-brainer, simple, and un-complicated project? No... really. The worst part was getting the supplies. 2 kids, 2 sisters,  me and Nate. Trying to figure stuff out. By far the worst part. And then, we got home and  realized we didn't have the proper sized screws. We REFUSED to drive the 30 minutes back to get the proper size screws. So, you’ll see that we added blocks of wood where necessary to make the screws that we already had work. The joys of living in the boonies. Ack, it was fine. The ...

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14 Valentine’s Day activities to do with your kids!

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As parents we spend the year showing our children we love them. But, Valentine’s Day is a great reason to do something extra special to ensure they feel loved. Here are 14 Valentine's Day activities that will help you show your children your love this Valentine’s Day. (as with all features here on NellieBellie...please pin from the source NOT NellieBellie. Give credit where it belongs...thanks!) Packing your child a special lunch for Valentine’s Day complete with heart shaped sandwiches, fruit, or goodies will make their Valentine’s Day memorable! from Lil’ Sugar A paper bag book can hold special messages ...

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valentines day cookie sandwiches

Valentines day cookie sandwiches from nelliebellie.com

Aren't these Valetines Day cookie sandwiches precious?  And Katie did a splendid job with these photos.  They are great!  And the cookies are just too cute. True, this isn't a holiday that really requires special baking.  Not like Christmas.  But it's fun! I staged those Valentines Day cookie sandwiches all fancy…didn’t I. Trying to trick you into thinking they are more then they are. But, then I suppose if I TELL you I did that…it ruins it? Well, these cookie sandwiches are simple. Nothing fancy about them. But, no one else needs to know that. They look fancy.  They taste ...

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Simple steps to make paper fortune cookies

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These have been done I am sure. But not by me. And I was excited when I figured them out. So, yay you…you get to learn along with me! These would be a. dor. able. for Valentine’s. Put some cute little sayings and candy in them and you would have a fabulous Valentine to give! As well, knowing how to do this is just plain old useful all year long. You never know when you might need to pull out fortune cookies! I mean…those Saturday game nights would be sooo much more fun with a fortune cookie, don’t you think? 1. Use foam (what I used), felt, paper, fabric…the possibilities are endless! 2.  Just cut ...

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