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Super Yummy Whole Wheat Mini Donuts
Jocie | March 11, 2015
Super Yummy Whole Wheat Mini Donuts

Over the last two years we have phased out almost all white flour and most of the processed foods that we so heavily relied on for daily staples. But its foods like these supper yummy whole wheat mini donuts, that make the switch easy. Honestly, my 4 and 6-year-old girls don’t know that their food is so much healthier and feel like they get plenty of “treats.” They are so delicious its hard to believe they are whole wheat. Plus, they make for a quick morning breakfast that you can pull out as needed from the freezer.  I... 

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Isabella’s 6th Birthday: Lots of Fabulous Scientist Party Ideas!
Jocie | February 19, 2015
Isabella’s 6th Birthday: Lots of Fabulous Scientist Party Ideas!

Steve Spangler Science provided some materials for the party at my request. As always, opinions are 100% mine! I was beyond excited (and surprised) when this year, Isabella asked for a Science Party, rather than the typical Princess party. After all, she does want to be a scientist when she grows up. Of course I said yes and went crazy in the planning. It all looks very involved but really, it was an easy party and definitely less expensive than hosting outside of the home. And before I get started on telling you about... 

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Printable Valentines: I Only Have Eyes For You!
Jocie | February 3, 2015
Printable Valentines: I Only Have Eyes For You!

Who doesn’t love printable valentines? I know I do! You get all the bonus mom points for being “homemade” without all the work, right? I saw these cute googly eyes when I was at Michael’s yesterday (shopping sans kids, so you know I was taking my time and buying too much), and I decided to use them for Isabella’s school valentines. While she loves these printable Valentines, she was super disappointed to not get candy.  But I figure all the kids will be getting plenty of sugar and... 

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Basement Makeover: Part One!
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Basement Makeover: Part One!

Moving this past November has kept us busy, especially with the holidays, but this basement makeover was at the top of my list. Not because it is the most ugly (2 original bathrooms and kitchen are the top of that list), but rather we use the space a lot and a makeover is within our current budget. Our old couch I bought over 10 years ago, before Ethan and I were married. At the time, I got a great deal and I loved the bold red. Actually, I still do. But after ten years, two babies, lots of spit up and toddlers watching... 

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Lucy’s Simple Frozen Birthday Party!
Jocie | January 27, 2015
Lucy’s Simple Frozen Birthday Party!

How did my baby get to be 4?!? It went too quick. Lucy was so excited for her birthday and decided on having a Frozen birthday party after Nana gave her an Anna costume for Christmas. I was kind of surprised because she’s not all that gaga for Frozen, but we went with it. I swore this year not to go overboard, so here’s Lulu’s simple Frozen birthday party! Invitations Of course, it always starts with the invitation. Again, in my efforts to scale it back, I made invitations on the computer and... 

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The Best of 2014
Jocie | January 21, 2015
The Best of 2014

I’m always a little late to the game, but I figure it’s still January and maybe you missed some of my favorite projects and moments from last year. While these are my favorite projects, we also had a big change this year – we moved! And while maybe the most stressful time I have ever experienced, it has brought us so much joy (and projects, haha). We hope you stick with us this year and we appreciate all your past support, comments, encouragement, and kindness. xoxo Stencil Wall I had no idea just how loved this stencil... 

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Children’s Desk Makeover DIY
Jocie | January 12, 2015
Children’s Desk Makeover DIY

As you know we moved into a single family home in the beginning of October 2014 and its been slow decorating each of the rooms, especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I’m super excited to show you my desk makeover DIY in Izzie’s big girl room! The back story: Growing up, my favorite Christmas present ever was my own desk! I remember loving sitting at it and listening to music, doing homework, writing, and reading Nancy Drew. And this is THE DESK. We never had room for it before, so when we moved,... 

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NEW Creativity Unleashed Link Party + MEGA Giveaway!
Jocie | January 8, 2015
NEW Creativity  Unleashed Link Party + MEGA Giveaway!

Happy New Year and welcome back to the NEW Creativity Unleashed Link Party!! To start off the new year, we’ve made some changes that we hope gives our link party goers more traffic and excitement. Plus, we have a MEGA giveaway for bloggers and inspiration seekers alike! The NEW Link Party & Mega Rockstar Contest! We’ve made a few super exciting changes to the link party to make it even more awesome for you guys! The party itself is the same; as always, we want to see your latest and greatest crafts,... 

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Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #50
Jocie | December 18, 2014
Creativity Unleashed: Link Party #50

Welcome back to the Creativity Unleashed Link Party! As always, we are super excited for you to unleash your creativity upon us, whether that’s decor, recipes, crafts, or DIY.   There will be no link party next week, since we will be celebrating Christmas with our families. We wish you a wonderful, peace-filled Holiday Season! And in case you missed it, here’s our creativity from this week. Winter Fresh Air Fresheners from Shaken Together Fireplace Mantel Makeover from The DIY Village Holiday Home Tour... 

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Holiday Home Tour 2014 & Giveaway!
Jocie | December 15, 2014
Holiday Home Tour 2014 & Giveaway!

By now, every blogger in the blogosphere has already shared their holiday home tour, some before Thanksgiving. But I was committed to not decorating until after our Thanksgiving company left. Or maybe I’m just a procrastinator. Either way, it worked out, because I’ve joined up with 15 other fabulous (and procrastinating) bloggers to give you our Holiday Home Tour 2014. And if you haven’t decorated yet, then here is the inspiration you might be needing! Be sure to read to the end too, for a fabulous giveaway! Most... 

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