Thursday, January 8

{winter blues? shop from home!}

I know it's sad but one thing that can always perk this girl up is a shopping trip. With all of these cold temps, snow and the fact that we only have one car running right now, I am getting more than a little stir crazy!

I love shopping on-line! It is how most things arrive in our home! Even when the weather is not sub zero it is still hard to stroll through my favorite shops with two little ones, homeschooling and having a chronic illness.

Bring on the laptop and some of my favorite sites!

Today I want to tell you about one of my new favorite finds,
{perhaps you already found it?}

My new on-line love is One Kings Lane! 

One Kings Lane is a beautiful shopping site and design blog jam packed with beautiful articles, photos and very reasonable finds! There is something for every budget on this gorgeous site!

They launch new sales everyday offering exceptional

value on top-brand, vintage, and designer items. Most sales last 72 hours. So the more you shop the more bargains you find!

Go take a look around and be inspired!

Tuesday, December 23

{peanut butter buckeye/bars}

Some of you have asked for my recipe for my Buckeye/Bars. You can make them either way or even leave the chocolate off for the best Peanut Butter Fudge! 

I usually make these as buckeyes every year for Christmas because my Dad and Brother love them so much but this year I am having a lot of pain and was not looking forward to all the rolling and dipping that goes along with buckeyes. I decided to just try and make them as bars. They are so easy to make! 

You will need:
*1 1/2 cups peanut butter
*1/4 cup butter 
*4 cups powdered sugar
* several tablespoons off milk

*3 cups milk chocolate chips
*1 tablespoon shortening 

Mix together pb, butter and sugar. Pour tablespoons of milk in to moisten as needed to make it easier to stir or dig in with your hands like I do. Once it has reached a fudge state you can pack into a 13 x 9 pan or roll into balls for buckeyes. Place in freezer for around an hour to let it sit. {I went to the store last night and forgot about them and they were in there for hours and they were fine, lol} 

Place chocolate chips and shortening in microwave safe bowl for about 1 minute. Take out and stir till all chips are melted. Pour chocolate over top of fudge and spread with a spoon or spatula so it is even. To make buckeyes dip fudge balls into chocolate with a toothpick and set on tray and place in fridge to let set. 

You will need to spread the chocolate quickly, it will start to set and harden very quickly. You will want to cut into candy size pieces before chocolate starts to harden so that t will not crack and separate from fudge. If it does separate just softly press down on chocolate to bond it with fudge. 

Enjoy your sugar coma and have a very Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 17

{easy homemade Christmas}

I just can't get enough of beautiful images of Christmas this year. 

We have packed all of our Christmas decorations away
somewhere in all of our moves over the past couple of
years and can not find them. This is my way of enjoying
all the beautiful decor without having my own.
 Plus, less to clean up and put away. 

Don't feel sorry of us, the boys and I have made tons of 
homemade paper decorations to get us by until ours are 
located. This may be a new tradition that 
we can enjoy for many years to come. 
Silver lining! 

So here are some beautiful homemade Christmas Decorations 
that we love and the links for you to make them yourself.
 Just in case you lose your decorations sometime. [wink wink]

This site make it super easy for you! 
They offer a free printable to make these super cute 
paper cones! Check out there many other printables as well! 

I love this paper heart I found over at 

Check out this gorgeous foldable ornaments from 

You can sit these adorable little cone trees anywhere! 

These are a little bit more time consuming but OH MY! How cute! 

I think I am going to try these out soon!
 You could use these in so many different ways!
Mobile, Easter, Spring! Endless! 

One of my favorite ways to decorate for ease! 
Put Candy anywhere and it becomes festive! 
[image from real simple magazine]

Look at these fab gum drop pomanders from 

Use stuff from your yard! 
Gather different shape pine cones, twigs and branches. 
You can spray them with glitter, snow or paint. 
Easy Peasey! 

Add ribbon to anything! 
Chairs, dolls, lamps, toys, baskets, vases, candles! 
Seriously, anything to add a festive touch.