I love that boy!

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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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Homemade Clam Chowder

Delicious and easy clam chowder

I would like to say this is the best clam chowder recipe EVER but…I’m from Wisconsin. 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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

chocolate cake.

The best chocolate cake you've ever tasted, from nelliebellie.com

Today is Spouse’s Day. Tomorrow is Chocolate Cake day. No lie. Seems coincidental that those National days are right after the other? I think not. Spouse and cake…cake and spouse…spake and couse…spank and douse…oh hey, I best stop now. Anyhow…my spouse’s (Nate to those who know him. or you.) favorite, favorite, favorite cake is my chocolate cake. I’m not going to pretend to understand. I mean, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Before/After: boy’s bedroom on a budget

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  Perhaps you recall the before of Levi's bedroom? You can have a reminder in this post...when Levi was pleading with Mandi from Vintage Revivals to come and make over his room? Well, that plea for a makeover didn’t work for him. So, months and months later... I took pity on him. Kind of. It went something like this…”Levi, you finish your schoolwork early for the semester and you and I will … [Read more...]

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. Therefore, having the ability to make felt bow ties is a useful quality. Make some up for your guests … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]