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No matter what!

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Psalm 18:2
God is my refuge and my strength.  No matter what I go through, God is faithful FOREVER.  In this world, people let you down.  They don't keep their promises.  They say one thing and do another.
My father always used to say, "say what you mean and mean what you say."
Unlike us, God keeps His promises.  Read it again.  God keeps His promises!  Isn't that amazing?  We can trust Him.  Not only can we trust in Him, but we can trust Him.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11
My difficulty sometimes is understanding that He keeps H…

How to: Display Photos

...or staircase!  Our staircase needed some TLC so we decided to spruce it up!  We bought a bunch of collage frames from the same company but in different sizes (from Kohls, all for 50% off!).  I found some helpful arrangement tips here.

How to:  Create a Gallery Display

Larger frames should be placed in the center to create a focal point.  Create a gallery or formal look by surrounding the frames with smaller frames and aligning the outer edges.
How to:  Create a Ledge Display

Display frames on shelves or ledges.  The frames in the group do not need to be the same.  Staggering and overlapping the frames keeps it interesting.
How to:  Create a Staircase Display

The upward angle of the frames should match the angle of the stairs. Again, larger frames should create the focal point with smaller frames acting as accents.  Notice how the corners of the smaller frames are placed in relation to the focal point (dotted line).
First Step:  We created a sketch of the staircase. We did NOT cre…

More than enough room!

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about the Pottery Barn Bedroom collection?  And how I said my hubby would build me the set?
BEDSIDE TABLES: DONE...from SCRATCH!!!  I showed him a picture, he did some measurements, bought some wood, stained andvoila! The only part of the whole process we (he) can't take credit for is the lacquering.  We had to get that hired out since we don't have a lacquer gun amongst our tools!  Photo on the left is from Pottery Barn and photo on the right is built by the hubby!!!  :)

I love the molding on top and the four paneled drawers!
He even designed the pull out breadboard! Next step:  Find stylish yet affordable and matching lamps for the beautiful bedside tables! We found them HERE!

Welcome miss Hannah!

Say hello to our dog Hannah!

She is our lovable golden retriever/lab puppy mix we got about a year and a half ago.  We got her when she was just a year and a half and we have really been enjoying her!  She loves people, no, she LOVES people...almost to a fault!  And she licks...everything...all the time.  We joke that she can't hold her licker.  When we give her a bone to chew she cries for an hour or longer (because she can't bury it in the house) and then starts playing with it like a cat: pouncing on it and flinging it up in the air.  She is the funniest dog and is miss high-energy!  We still have a lot of training to do, but we're slowly getting there on our own.  Check out these two videos.  Both are within the first month or so of getting her.

Excuse the backyard...this was just a few months after we moved into the house.

Notice how we're trying to be quiet because Daddy is sleeping on the couch?  I'm whispering "Hannah, go get your bone!"

Home Management Notebook

The idea behind the Home Management Notebook is that you have a quick reference for important items as well as to-do lists, etc.  I have had a few "notebooks" but more like a lot of lists hanging around for some time now but nothing actually put together and organized.  This idea to organize came from Simple Mom and I am really enjoying it.  I tailored some of her tabs to fit with my needs.  Last weekend I hit up Target and found this super cute 3-ring binder!

I am already using a lot of lists so I simply consolidated them and placed them in different sections.

These are the tabs I need for my quick reference:

Emergency InformationCleaning List (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Bi-Annually, Annually)College Group (Contact List, Activities, Menu)Projects (Current/Future Projects and Ideas)Gift IdeasBudgetBirthday (Calendar list of Birthdays) The birthday calendar will be a big help for me.  I love sending cards and notes to friends and family members but it seems like those dates snea…

Date Night

My husband and I have only been married for two years but we have learned the value of a weekly date night.  My parents have been married for 33 years and do their best to maintain a night each week where they take time to just be together.  Whether that means going out to dinner or catching a movie, they take time out and invest in their marriage.

Life can bring on some stress that can potentially interfere with marriages and getting away just the two of us helps us to communicate and just enjoy each others company.  So, once a week (typically Friday nights) we make it a priority to have a date night.

Below is a list of Date Night ideas:  Enjoy!
Courtesy of  Muffin Tin Mom

Cheap Ideas
1. Go out for pizza
2. Try live entertainment, such as a band at a local bar or restaurant, instead of a movie.
3. Pick a TV show, get a season's worth on DVD and make a running date to watch it together every night.
4. Head out to the dollar theater and splurge on snacks.
5. Try brunch and a matin…

A New Creation

This is the first furniture project my husband completed for our new (new to us) house!

My hubby knows that I like love Pottery Barn and that I wait every month for the new catalog to arrive in the mailbox.  However our current budget cannot support nor can I condone purchasing expensive furniture from there.

We have company over a lot: our inste group, (on a weekly basis, more about that later), and our church college group (twice a month).  I wanted a place where people could sit down and take their shoes off as well as have a storage for the shoes, purses, etc.

Pottery Barn So, my hubby offered to build it for me!

Here is the final project in our "entryway"
The basket in the middle cubby I purchased from Target for $20 and it fits PERFECTLY!!!  Thank You Lord!

Isn't it just beautiful???

Now, I must sew a pillow for the seat!  Deciding on fabrics...

Bridal Shower Games and Prizes

We played this game at a bridal shower I helped with a few weeks ago.  I decorated the clothes pins in the theme colors of the wedding (Teal, Lime Green and Gray).
When guests arrive to the party, each one is given a clothes pin and instructed NOT to mention the Bride's name, cross her ankles or cross her legs.  If someone catches another person saying her name, or crossing legs/ankles, they (the person that said her name) must give up their clothes pin to the "catcher."  At the end of the shower, the person with the most "pins" is declared the winner and WINS a prize.  This is a fun way of keeping the party interactive and helps people to relax a bit easier.
Clothes PinsPretty RibbonHot Glue Gun WORDS OF WISDOM I helped with a bridal shower a few weeks ago and wanted everyone to share some advice for the bride to be.  The maid of honor had some pretty 3x5 notecards to be used and placed in a future scrapbook.  Each card had a different d…

Thank you Cougar Town!

Not a big fan of sitcoms and I have only ever watched Cougar Town twice...and not all the way through.  However (!!!) I did see an EAT sign on set in one of the kitchens.

Isn't that fabulous???

Pottery Barn

Some from blog land... Simply Decorate Decor Pad
Me Oh My
One Friday, I happened to check out Real Deals home decor.  They are only open two days a week so I do my best to visit once a week.  Guess what I found???  And I had to give these lucky letters a home in MY home.  They handsomely rest above the kitchen cabinets.  I am also thinking about covering these letters with fabric using mod podge so I can change the patterns whenever I want to...more to come on THAT idea!

Moss Covered Monogram

It seems like this DIY project has been on every single blog this spring!  It is all the rage so, I had to try it too!

Pottery Barn ($79.00 really?)
But, oh so pretty!
 Wooden Monogram Hot Glue Gun Green Paper (to be glued on the back of the monogram to hide the wood if you decide to hang in front of a mirror) Ribbon in case you decide to hang it!
 I didn't cut the paper as well as I should have...

Coffee Filter Wreath

The Nester inspired me to create my first DIY project:  The Coffee Filter Wreath

I am not the first, nor will I be the last to create such a show stopping wreath like these below.

Nesting Place
Jones Design Company
The Little Brown House

Supplies you will need:
 Hot Glue Gun Large Coffee Filters Ribbon to hang wreath Burlap fabricI decided to wrap the burlap fabric over my wreath and then hot glue the folded coffee filters.  You can practice folding the filters in different ways to get different looks.  This project was under $10.00 and took a few hours (The Nester spent about an hour on the project).