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 won’t even know”. So instead, I decided to repost my … [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 printed that printable 5 times before I got it … [Read more...]

Homemade Clam Chowder

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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 ever! I dare say that I would love! love! if someone … [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. I don’t know how, why, or …how. How? I really … [Read more...]

chocolate cake.

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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, it’s good…really good. But, not THAT good. He says … [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 the outfits, the plays, the goal posts, the … [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 course...dressing up!! Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish … [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 have time to tackle that bedroom.” Whoa…3 days … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy felt bows

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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. Therefore, having the ability to make 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 … [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 to drive the 30 minutes back to get the proper size … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Valentine’s Day cookie sandwiches .

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I staged those cookies 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, your kids don’t need to know that!   Use pre-made sugar cookie dough and make cookies. Spread frosting between two…squish it out the sides a bit. Then roll in sprinkles. Walah! You are now a superhero. Go … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Katie’s Kitchen: Salted Nutella Chocolate-Chip Cookies

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Hey guys…I’m starting a new “thing” here on Nellie Bellie starring my girl Katie. Katie is the baker of the family. Okay, scratch that, reverse it…she makes all baked goods EXCEPT cupcakes. She kinda stinks at cupcakes. I don’t understand. But, she kicks heiney at all other baked goods. Like…kick it, send it to Africa, and then back again. Yep, she is that good. Several of the baked goodies already on Nellie Bellie are hers. You can see her very … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make tea bags from coffee filters

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I wanted to know how. Maybe you do too. To make a tea bag. I buy my favorite tea in loose-leaf and then use a strainer. That works perfectly fine. But, the other day I couldn’t find my strainer and was mad. I tried my hand at a quick coffee filter tea bag (nothing like this, a bit more messy.) and was pleased it worked pretty well. I thought…what a cute and personal gift these could make! And, if you caught the Valentine’s Day project from … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy You are the TEA in my Valentine! (free printable)

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Cute. Adorable. Just a couple of adjectives you can use to describe this cute tea Valentine craft. The tins are Altoid tins with a coat of white paint. I do believe you can find tins at craft stores as well! Washi tape makes decorating them easy! Insert a couple bags of tea (in your favorite flavor), add a fabulous saying to the container, and you are the coolest cat around! For the printable valentines I inserted the tea bag into a plastic … [Read more...]

Before/After…mudroom.

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Paint: Dutchboy in an oops color. Coat hooks: a NellieBellie DIY Bench: custom made by NellieBellie. tutorial soon. gym baskets/crates: found by NellieBellie baskets: garage sale finds. rug: TJ Maxx door: custom made by NellieBellie. before blogging. sorry. Linking this post here... -The DIY Showoff- -Home Stories A to Z- … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make wooden coat hooks

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I’m working on my mud room this month and needed wall hooks. I wanted something clever and cool, fun and quirky, and cheap. Not easy to find. So, I DIY’ed my own. These wooden paint-dipped hooks fit that bill quite nicely. and cost me next to nothing. Score! These wooden paint-dipped hooks are simple and quite easy. I bought a thick wooden dowel for a few dollars at my local hardware store and cut it into multiple pieces. If you don’t have … [Read more...]

fake-a-fish.

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Yes, that title is chock full of grammar problems. But, I just can’t find another great way of saying all that needs to be said in it. The other day I posted Blackberry Cream Cupcakes and didn’t put into the title that there was Smirnoff in the cupcakes. I was scolded…a reader said that if I had put Smirnoff in the title they would have been over sooner. She didn’t really scold me bad. I just like getting her in trouble. But, the point … [Read more...]

Homemade Blackberry Cream Cupcakes

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There are cupcakes. And then, there are CUPCAKES. These are the latter. Blackberry Cream. They belong in the list of fabulous cupcakes. The cupcakes with capital letters. That you bring out for bad days, when you want to impress someone, anniversaries, and just because. My list of these kinds of cupcakes is quite long. And these Blackberry Cream Cupcakes are most definitely on that list. And Nate's, for sure. Actually, I could probably give him … [Read more...]