Funtastic Friday 130

Funtastic Friday 130 Link Party

Welcome to Funtastic Friday 130!  I can’t believe summer is already starting…it seemings like it was just January!  Do you have a favorite summer vacation activity?  What would you include in a summer bucket list?

We’re also looking for bloggers to help us host Funtastic Friday. If you’re interested, please get in touch with any of the party hosts. Continue reading →

How to Make Yogurt from Raw Cow’s Milk

Making Yogurt

You say you make your own yogurt, and people look at you like you’ve reached a whole new level of crunchy weirdness.  It’s okay…I make my own kombucha too, and that gets a whole other range of weird looks!

I’ve made yogurt quite a bit over the past few years, and it’s actually really easy.  However, I’ve never used raw milk before.  Since moving down to Boise, we’ve been able to get raw milk really easily, and last weekend I had an extra half gallon.  Of course, I decided to make yogurt out of it!   Continue reading →

Reflections: Be Present and Thoughtful

Take Time to Be Present

The past few weeks have been so challenging and busy for us…Just when you think life is going to slow down a little and you might be able to catch up – things take off at super speed!  Yikes!!  In just the past two weeks, we’ve done some major upkeep projects on our home in Pendleton, my hubby has built a set of custom cabinets for one of our landlord’s rentals (he’ll be painting and installing them soon!), I’ve taken on major design and marketing work at my job, and we are both working full time.   Continue reading →

Happy Mother’s Day Cards

It’s Almost Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is almost here!  In honor of Moms everywhere, I wanted to share some of the cards I created for Mother’s Day.  It’s only been a couple of weeks since I was able to get my new crafting space set up and functional here in Boise, so of course, the first few cards I made were Mother’s Day cards!

When making unique, beautiful cards, I’ve come to realize that the most important element is texture.  Texture is what makes each card special.  I use a variety of effects to achieve a fun and attractive texture element.  For the card on the left above, I started out by spritzing color onto the card body, and for the one on the right, I rubbed the color directly on with the stamp pad.  Then I chose an accent for each card, and built the rest of the elements to complement the accent. Continue reading →

How Does Your Garden Grow? A Look at Watering the Soul

 A Look at Watering the Soul

Watering the Soul

Spring has finally sprung in full force!  Although, if you live anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, you may have experienced winter’s last hurrah in the form of a wild snowstorm this past weekend.  Here in Boise, the snow fell ferociously, giant flakes the size of large cotton balls splattering down for most of the morning.  Then, in true Pacific Northwest style, the skies cleared, the sun came out, and the temperatures rose to nearly 70 degrees in the afternoon.  My husband aptly commented, “Go home, Mother Nature.  You’re drunk!”

Now, our lawn is luscious green, needing to be mowed a second time already.  Flowers are blooming brightly and leaves are popping out everywhere.  It’s almost as though spring is trying to play catch up after the long, hard winter. Continue reading →

10 of the Best (and most fun) Easter Ideas Ever!

10 of the best Easter Ideas Ever!

Do you have any plans for Easter?  I love so much about this season.  It’s an excellent time to teach your kids about God’s love and sacrifice, and a time to reflect on your own relationship with Christ.  It’s also so much fun to make treats for Easter!

My favorite Easter food is deviled eggs…and there are so many fun variations out there!  In this week’s post, we’re going to take a quick look at some of my favorite Easter ideas, including some fun egg treats.  Enjoy! Continue reading →

March Review + Funtastic Friday 120

It’s so funny how sometimes things don’t work like you’d planned!  For example, this post was supposed to go out on Thursday evening, but apparently my scheduler wasn’t working…Ooops!  I hope you still take a moment to check out this week’s Funtastic Friday link party below after you catch up on the news!

March is almost over!  Can you believe that 1/4 of this year has already gone by?  Where does the time go?  It’s been a busy month in our world.  I started a new job here in Boise, working for a Naturopathic Clinic.  I’ve always been interested in natural healing, and am learning lots about how the body works and about some natural alternatives to mainstream medicine!  However, it’s kept me super busy the last couple of weeks as I’ve been learning my way around.

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