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5 Minutes or Less: Pine Cone Place Card Holders
Jocie | September 17, 2014
5 Minutes or Less: Pine Cone Place Card Holders

These Pine Cone Place card holders are part of “5 Minutes or Less,” an ongoing series dedicated to quick and fun crafts and DIY projects that you can do in five minutes or less. This segment came to being because in our busy life it was difficult making the time for the involved and time-consuming projects that I love. We would love to feature your ideas too, so don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your next “5 Minutes or Less” DIY and send ‘em our way!This was one of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts last year, but it... 

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Fall Bridal Shower Ideas: Pumpkins and Jars!
Jocie | September 9, 2014
Fall Bridal Shower Ideas: Pumpkins and Jars!

Need some great fall bridal shower ideas? Well, one of my really friends, Christy (old roomie from after college but before I got married) got married last year to a really amazing guy, which is only fitting since she is a really amazing woman. I helped throw a shower in her honor, along with several of the other bridesmaids. We wanted to pay homage to her fall wedding with lots of pumpkins, candles, fall flowers, burlap, and fall foods! We all had a wonderful time, and most of all, I hope she felt really loved and celebrated.  *This... 

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An Easy Clay Craft for Kids: Autumn Leaf Bowls!
Jocie | September 5, 2014
An Easy Clay Craft for Kids: Autumn Leaf Bowls!

This easy clay craft for kids tutorial was originally posted in the Fall of 2012. But as fall approaches, I am excited to make these again this year and wanted to share it with you! Don’t the girls look so young?!This was a wonderful craft to do with the girls and made great table decor for the grandparents. Also, it was CHEAP!!!! We used clay left over from making ornaments last Christmas and other supplies we already had around the house.Izzie and Lucy both had a blast and it looks way better than the typical kid craft. Materials:Leaves Air-dry... 

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#badblogger #sorrynotsorry
Jocie | August 25, 2014

I haven’t been around in the blogosphere much this summer, and I’m definitely not winning any blogger awards. Seriously, projects are at an all-time low. But, I’m not really that sorry. We have had so much fun as a family and I’ve been soaking up as much time in the sun and with the kids as I possibly can. So, in case you were wondering, this was our summer in a nutshell. One of the biggest highlights for me was Haven! It was my first blog conference and GMC was kind enough to send me to represent the GMC Hidden... 

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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial
Jocie | August 19, 2014
Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

Izzie is about to start Kindergarten this year and I was reminded of some of my favorite teacher gifts from preschool last year, including this easy wood sign tutorial. We gave these to her teachers at the holidays and it brought me such joy to see them hanging in the classroom the rest of the year!Teachers get tons and tons of gifts through the years, so I was unsure how to make it personal and also not give them just another gift card, soap, or cookie. The morning of craft night, I decided to go with my strengths and paint wooden signs... 

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Gold & Gray Gallery Wall: My Living Room Progress
Jocie | August 7, 2014
Gold & Gray Gallery Wall: My Living Room Progress

My gold and gray gallery wall was completed last January and is still one of my favorite spots in the house. I love that even though it was a winter project, it still looks fresh and fun, while costing very little!When I’ve shown you my living room in the past, I usually leave this small corner out of the pictures. Its always been a bit drab and undecorated. The buffet has always been there, but not much on the walls. When you walk in our front door and look to the right, this is the view. On the left side of the door is the dining... 

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20 Minute, Easy Bedroom Makeover!
Jocie | July 28, 2014
20 Minute, Easy Bedroom Makeover!

No surprise here, huh? A DIYer who loves to makeover a room, and then make it over again a year later? I am super excited about my easy bedroom makeover and can’t wait to hear what you think.Not too long ago, I made over our master bedroom. I love the wall color and decor, but was ready for a little more color and pizzaz! Here it was before. A few months ago, we painted over the tree when we were debating moving. We didn’t move, but the tree did not make a come-back.I had stalked this quilt at Target for a couple months... 

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Summer is Here with Two Ingredient Sparkling Sangria!
Jocie | July 24, 2014
Summer is Here with Two Ingredient Sparkling Sangria!

Nothing says “summer” like this easy, no mess, two ingredient Sparkling Sangria!This past weekend, me and the fan were at the beach with my parents for a long weekend. It was the perfect way to recover from Haven and then a long week with Ethan out of town on business and me leading our church’s VBS crafts. As you can imagine, both Ethan and I were burnt out! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me one night sitting on the balcony, reading my book, with my Sparkling Sangria, overlooking the peaceful waves.... 

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs…AGAIN!
Jocie | July 7, 2014
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs…AGAIN!

This Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs post originally ran in October 2013, but to this date, still remains one of my favorite projects. I am proud to report it has held up to two toddlers, lots of goo, and more than their share of abuse. Sometimes, I make more work for myself and these Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chairs are the perfect example. One set of chairs, 3 different styles. I can’t wait to hear what you think? Plus, you get to see how my dining room is coming along!In case you missed the story first time around….we inherited... 

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Essential Oils Every Home Needs: Panaway!
Jocie | July 2, 2014

Sometimes I love my essential oils so much it’s hard to pick a favorite! But, Young Living makes it easy and puts all the most used (and loved oils) into an easy to use, affordable package – the Premium Starter Kit. I teamed up with a few of my blogger buds to introduce you to them all!! Plus, we’re giving away every oil in the kit. That’s right, you can visit each blog to learn more about each oil and enter to win each of the 11 amazing oils in the Premium Starter Kit! Panaway Panaway? Yup. Think of it like “Pain... 

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