School Drama Dilemma

I'm having a school drama dilemma here and need some advice. Specifically, how to DIY a FABULOUS ensemble for my 6 year old's acting debut.  Despite the fact that I'm not terribly creative, I'm having difficulty even starting.   

Basically, here's the deal:  My Ramsay girl will be the "Gypsy Moth" in her class Bug Play.  The instructions from school were to go wild and get creative.  Of course this got me thinking of bright colored wings, sparkly tutu, neon tights, and spangles....since her lines include shaking her spangles.   

How To Make A Tutu Dress.. Love making these for princess Liv.. And soon to be bean!
Photo Credit


Saint Patrick's Day Fact Fun

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!  If you're from the States especially, hearing this might conjure up thoughts of green beer, leprechauns, or corned beef and cabbage.  And that's okay if it does, since I can promise you're not alone.  It was only recently that I learned the real deal behind this celebration myself.  And so today, I'm sharing some of these lesser known facts with all of you.    

Like Saint Patrick himself......

St. Patrick
Depiction of Saint Patrick - photo credit Corbis


Bargains & Freebies

Since I'm fairly certain most of us LOVE bargains or, even better , FREE stuff {including the chance to win free stuff}, I thought I'd share some of the following goodies I've come across this week. So to get started, check out these current offers, giveaways, and/or sweepstakes....

First is the 31 Days of Color sponsored by Ace.  Not only do the first 1,000 entrants daily receive free paint samples, but each entry gives you another chance to win gift cards or even the $10,000.00 grand prize paint makeover giveaway.  And p.s. since I've already received my own free paint sample WITH roller, I can personally vouch that it's the real deal.
31 Days of Color


Ten Things

Happy Wednesday--and thanks for stopping by.  If you're visiting for the first time, WELCOME!  Hopefully you've all had a chance to enter this week's Spring Forward Giveaway

Over the past week or so, I've been able to meet several new readers to the blog.  So I thought it would be a good idea to officially introduce myself/get to know everyone.  That's why today I'm sharing ten things you may {or may not} know about me.  For instance, did you know:

I started this blog in 2012, hoping it would keep my mind occupied as I grieved the loss of my Mom.



Living Small

Welcome and thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll take a 
minute to enter this week's Spring Forward #Giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a $30 Target Gift Card.  Because really, who doesn't enjoy a little extra shopping money, right?

If you've been around the blog long, you know I have an
obsession fondness for tiny houses. Be they cottage, cabin, or something else altogether, I'd love to someday have a small place to call my own. It's part of the reason my Tiny Houses Pinterest board continues to steadily grow. 


Spring Forward #Giveaway!

Happy Monday and thanks so much for stopping by.  I wanted to thank everyone who entered last week's giveaway, and let you know I've sent out an email to notify the winner.  So be sure to check your inbox and spam folders.  For those of you who didn't win, no worries, because you get another chance starting NOW! 

 That's right, as I mentioned last week, today begins a new #giveaway here on the blog.  P.S.--a BIG thank you to my 'helpers' for making these fun March giveaways possible.  To celebrate Spring's soon arrival, I invite you to enter the Spring Forward Giveaway:

I know yesterday's extra daylight hours and my own trip to Target certainly have me thinking Spring-ish thoughts.  So whether like me {itchy to redecorate with brighter colors} or if just want some extra cash to buy yourself a treat, you'll definitely want to enter this one.   

This giveaway will run the entire week, ending on Sunday, March 15th.  The following Monday, a winner will be chosen electronically, {via Gleam Competitions}, and notified by email. But more importantly, one lucky winner will receive a $30 gift card to Target...to help get you into the springtime spirit.  

You can do that by completing one or more of the entries below. Good luck to you all!

Spring Forward Giveaway


MOST Important Rule

Hi Friends--SO glad you stopped by.  I'd like to offer a warm welcome to our new readers, and remind everyone to enter the $30 Paypal Cash, Readers Appreciation #giveaway-ending tonight!

I don't know about you guys, but my last five days have been a WHOPPER, and make me happier than ever that it's finally the weekend. Despite a stressful week, I did manage to squeeze in some learning time, discovering what very well could be the MOST important rule of all when it comes to blogging.  

So to save others the time and trouble of learning it on your own, I give Blogging Rule #1, as Beyonce' said best:


as in actually read & check on your blog 

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