Cute Summer Essentials

Summer is in full swing! We’ve been enjoying the last few weeks since summer school ended. I took a week off just to enjoy and not worry about anything. After that one week, I realized I needed to get back into cleaning and organizing everything. Since last year changed everything, I’ve been using this time to get caught up on doctor and dentist appointments. Now, it’s time to explore cute summer essentials! 

Cute Summer Essentials
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New makeup tools

I love wearing makeup. I try to renew my makeup and tools regularly! I was sent beautiful makeup brushes from Varenti Beauty! I was sent the Fluffy Eye Blending Brush, Crease Blending Eye Shadow Brush, Pro Face Brush, and Pro Powder Face Brush.

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The Best Ideas To Create The Ultimate Family Backyard

Your backyard is nice. You have pretty landscaping, quality furniture, maybe a pool, maybe sports areas. The lawn is green, and everything is clean and tidy. And yet, you think you might want to take things up a notch and create something really memorable. Here are some ideas to help take your backyard from “very nice” to “ultimate.” Let’s create the ultimate family backyard!

The Best Ideas To Create The Ultimate Family Backyard

Water Features

Nothing says opulence like cascading water. A fountain or waterfall from a water feature store not only adds dramatic visual flair, it also gives you that lovely splashing, bubbling background sound. If you add a waterfall to a pool, the flip of a switch transforms your pool setting from smooth and placid to dynamic and exciting. Build in a water slide, for endless fun for the kids. The possibilities are endless, including everything from hot tubs that spill into the pool, to elaborate multi-level water creations that wind their way through your entire yard.

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Hallmark Channel Original Premiere of “Heart of the Holidays” on Monday, Nov 23rd at 8pm/7c

I started watching Christmas movies a few weeks ago! I watch them as much as I can, even if I’ve already seen them. The holidays remind me of how grateful I am to have my son and our home! Are you ready for a fun event? Hallmark Channel is hosting 7 Nights of Thanksgiving! Be sure to turn in to the Hallmark Channel Original Premiere of “Heart of the Holidays” on Monday, Nov 23rd at 8pm/7c! I know I will be watching! 

Hallmark Channel Original Premiere of "Heart of the Holidays"

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hallmark Channel. All opinions are my own. 

Last year’s holiday really stood out to me as it was our second Christmas in our new home. I set up a small Christmas tree! I wish I could decorate again but the tree is stuffed at the very back of our garage! 

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Quarantine Halloween: Making The Best Of It With Family

Halloween is looking mighty different this year due to the pandemic. In my town, trick-or-treating is not an option since we are in the red with COVID cases. At the very last minute, I decided to throw my family a small Quarantine Halloween party just for the 8 of us!

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Small Changes To Help Your Budget And Environment


If you’re like me, you are always looking for ways to cut your expenses. After quarantine started, I looked at my expenses and was able to cut an expense with my internet bill. Every few months, I am looking at my expenses to cut here and there. Recently, I decided to cut a huge expense and just focus on home repairs. My next project is getting my windows replaced! Are you looking to improve your budget? We share small changes to help your budget and environment. 

Small Changes To Help Your Budget And Environment
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If you’re looking to improve your budget and do your part for the environment, we found a few products that fit the bill! 

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Flowering Weed And Berries Fall Bouquet

Flowering Weed And Berries Fall Bouquet

Flowering Weed And Berries Fall Bouquet

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You ever get down in the dumps? So blah that none of your regular pick-me-ups are effective at elevating your mood? I don’t get that way very often. I have several trusty hobbies that I enjoy very much, and though two of my three children are adults now I’m still pretty busy with my youngest child, doing stuff around the house, and all of our pets.

Even the Coronavirus currently circulating around the world and all the news about that and the changes to daily routines that have come from it haven’t really gotten me down too badly. I’m a homebody by nature, so staying home a little more than usual hasn’t been a hardship.

I hope that statement doesn’t come off glib, I don’t mean it to be because I know there are a lot of people for whom this situation has created great hardships and I’m not immune to those either despite my statement. My family has older, immune-compromised members for which we are taking on extra duties to allow them to try to avoid infection, and for those of us who work outside the home precautions are taken to reduce the likelihood of infection.

I am not immune to stress. None of us are. And this year has been a doozy. The coronavirus, the brutal election cycle, the protests across the country, and all the other crazy stuff going on has just taken a toll on all of us.

I sometimes like to pick up cute flowers from the grocery store while shopping to display in our home. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to liven up our living space. One such occasion that I used to do double duty in this area was for my youngest daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday celebration. I purchased some beautiful fragrant white hyacinths and lavender to create some pretty flower arrangements for her party. Then afterward I used them paired with a fun St. Patrick’s Day garland to decorate the living room mantle. So fun! And they smelled SO GOOD!

mantle floral/holiday arrangement
mantle floral/holiday arrangement
mantle floral/holiday arrangement

I will often take larger holiday bouquets and break them down after some plants in it start to wilt or die and continue to use the parts that are still healthy-looking to make different arrangements using a variety of different sized vases and other pretty containers I have around the house. It extends the fun for as long as possible and makes the expense worth it to me.

Well, one day recently I was just very blah. Nothing seemed interesting enough to spend time doing. I had been reading books like crazy and needed a break before starting a new one. I’d been working on a knitted afghan for my Mom (a Christmas gift later this year) and needed a break from that, as well. I didn’t feel like baking or making jam and had just finished binge watching all the Grey’s Anatomy available on Netflix.

Sometimes, inspiration can come so unexpectedly. I simply decided to step outside my house to wander to the end of the driveway to get the mail. As I neared the end of the driveway I noticed some flowering weeds along the tree lining and thought to myself that even those were clearly weeds that they were pretty anyway. Then I noticed some small yellow flowers (also likely weeds) that looked sort-of like daisies. And THEN, I noticed some branches that had bright red berries on them. Something stirred within me at the sweet simple beauty of them. I collected the mail and returned to the kitchen to sort through it.

But, my thoughts kept returning to those bright, sunshiny yellow blooms and the red berries. Even throughout other chores I was doing, I kept finding myself thinking about them and how pretty they were, even if they were weeds.

So, I grabbed a pair of scissors and headed back out there to snip a handful of them. And this pretty bouquet is what resulted from my efforts. I’m sure the blossoms are probably toxic weeds, so I placed the bouquet outdoors on the table of our deck.

Flowering Weed And Berries Fall Bouquet

And you know what? Who cares if they are toxic weeds? This activity fed my soul, lifted my spirits, and for the several days that they lasted it was a beautiful sight every time I stepped out on the deck to see such vibrant colors there in one of my favorite spaces. I didn’t have to leave my property or spend even one red cent and it gave me such joy!

Flowering Weed And Berries Fall Bouquet
Flowering Weed And Berries Fall Bouquet

I call this my Flowering Weed & Berries Fall Bouquet. Pretty fantastic!

If you’re looking for some fun and easy ways to do a little Fall decorating, check out these other fun ways I’ve decorated our home for the cooler season.

What has brought you joy during this difficult year? Please share, we can all use a little good right now!

Upgrade Your Kitchen Necessities

My son and I moved into our home almost two years ago! Since then, I have had so much fun getting us settled in and making our house our very own home! Over the last few years, I’ve decorated, organized, and worked on keeping our home clean! We found a few items to help you upgrade your kitchen necessities! 

Upgrade Your Kitchen Necessities
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Since we’ve been here for a few years, I’ve noticed there are things we still need or items that need to be replaced! One of the reasons I don’t have everything that I need or always replace things right away is that I am a single mom and we live on a fixed income. Also, with schools closed, my son is home all the time. I feel like we spend more on food and even our bills are a little higher lately. 

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Living The Green Life: Decorating With Houseplants

Decorating with houseplants has been one of the hottest trends lately, especially since the pandemic rocked our world. Yet people have been decorating with houseplants for decades! Having that lively pop of green really adds to a space; it creates personality that livens up a room. Houseplants make a space feel more like home when filled with vibrant colors creating a relaxed vibe.

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