Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!)

Handmade is so my jam, and I’m excited to bring you a whole week of simple handmade gift tutorials that you can that you can give this year! I’m starting the week off with Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won’t wash off!). I’ve done tons of research and testing on this project and I’m confident I have the best tutorial out there!

Painted Sharpie Mugs (that won't wash off!)

I thought I might take a little break this week from blogging because today will mark 30 straight days of blogging (!!!) and I’ve officially met my NaBloPoMo goal of writing/blogging every day in November. I can’t believe I’ve made it! Thank you so much for all your love and support. That being said, I have another whole week of posts all ready for you! When you have something to share, you  just have to share it!.

My friend Cassie from Back to Her Roots and I decided that it would be fun to do a handmade holiday gift palooza together this year. Have you popped over to Cassie’s blog yet? You should! I link to her lots and lots because we are a lot alike and she has great content to share. She’s one of my all time favorite blogging-turned-real-life friends. She’s a great mom, she loves to garden, has chickens, and is also really tall (just like me!). I bet you didn’t know we even talk on Skype every Monday. She’s kind, helpful, and such a true supporter of all of my crazy adventures. I just know you’ll enjoy her too. She’s sharing a gorgeous DIY No Sew Flannel Blanket Scarf on her blog today. I can’t get over how pretty (and easy!) this project was.

Stay tuned, we are both sharing a simple handmade gift every day this week! Enjoy this little endeavor from us to you.


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A Weekend of Firsts


The first Thanksgiving spent in Idaho at my sister’s house. The first Thanksgiving being an “adult” that was in charge of food, cooking, and all things Thanksgiving (in cahoots with my sisters, I’d like to think we were partners in this wonderfully crazy cooking holiday). When did I get this old? The first time I cooked on a gas stove (loved it!). The first picture with all these kids together (one brother, his wife, their two boys, and my parents were the only ones in my immediate family that were missing!). My folks have all these grandsons and only Miss May Continue Reading →

Simple Roasted Beets

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I’m still enjoying family and I’m sure eating way too much, so I thought a nice vegetable post would be just the thing we need to finish out the holiday weekend. Simple Roasted Beets is just about the only beet recipe you need in your life (except for maybe pickled beets, those are good too). So many people tell me that beets taste like dirt to them, but I think you’ll change your mind after you have them roasted with a little olive oil and with a little kosher salt. The simplest things are often the best. Who am I Continue Reading →

Black Friday Coupon For Bless this Mess on Etsy


Happy Black Friday Friends! You know I certainly won’t be out shopping today (I’ll be eating leftover pie for breakfast, playing games, and crafting with the kids!), but that doesn’t mean I won’t be doing some online shopping in the coming days and weeks. If you are planning on doing the same I wanted to invite you to check out my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop has some really unique and beautiful handmade items in it that I’m very proud of. I get the privilege of work with my mom and my good friend/second-cousin-once-removed Richard on these projects and I Continue Reading →



Family. Food. Hobby farm. Chickens. Chubby cheeks. Rolly thighs. Silly grins. Homegrown food nestled tightly into bottles on my shelf. Bacon. Cell phones to call my family. Mint green. Dark chocolate. Sun rises. Strong bodies. Washing machines. Hot baths. Hot tea. Freshly picked peaches and tomatoes and sweet corn. Laughter. Being called to in the middle of the night. Being needed. Building blocks. Building trains. Making cookies. Making memories. Quiet afternoons reading to my little people. Warm soup. Hot crusty bread. Tacos. Snow. Mountains. Hiking. Long Sunday drives. Family pictures. Chapter books. Fire light. Warm handmade blankets. Journals. Pages and Continue Reading →

12 No Bake Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

12 No Bake Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. I thought a roundup of 12 no bake dessert recipes for Thanksgiving would be the perfect thing to share today. Need a last minute dessert idea? I’ve got your back. No bake recipes are generally pretty easy to put together, they can often times be made in advance and kept in the fridge, and they don’t take up room in your oven when other things are needing to get baked. I dream of double ovens one day, but that dream sure isn’t a reality now. If you have a turkey going Continue Reading →

Tried and True Thanksgiving Recipes from me to you! (All recipes from my blog, so I know they are great!)

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This post is making me so very happy. I was feeling like I didn’t have much help to offer you in the kitchen when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes because I don’t have a roasted turkey, stuffing, whole ham, or mashed potato recipe on my blog. Not one! But the more I got to thinking, the more I realized that I have TONS of recipes that you might really love to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season. I have collected some of my favorite tried and true Thanksgiving recipes from my table to yours. I know they Continue Reading →

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple

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Brussels sprouts, either you love them or you hate them, but I’m here to convince you to love them. Let’s address something I just learned though. Did you know that the little vegetable I’m referring to is actually Brussels sprouts with an “s” on the end of Brussel. I literally just learned this a week ago and my mind is still blown. How have I lived 30 years assuming they were called Brussel sprouts sans an s. Did you know this?! Surely I’m not the only one who’s been calling these by the wrong name for years. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Continue Reading →

Ponderize Week 3


How is our goal of ponderizing and not yelling going for you? The no yelling bit is going really well still for me. That fact that I’m going to tell you about it is super motivating, but more than that is I’ve felt very lifted up in your kind words, emails, and messages to me. I am not alone in this struggle and if you’ve gotten into the habit of yelling, you aren’t alone either. Thank you for helping me to not feel alone, there’s so much power in support. I wanted to ask you all another question. How can Continue Reading →

15 Stunning Sweet Potato Recipes

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Turkey Week is upon us! How is it already the end of November?! Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays because food and family all mixed together is kind of my jam. I love my mom’s roll, I’m a huge fan of all things pie, and then there’s the sweet potatoes. My sister-in-law Beth makes the most amazing sweet potatoes. They are such a fun vegetable that I thought it would be fun to dedicate a whole post to sweet potato recipes. I got to thinking about my favorite sweet potato recipes and then I thought, wait, aren’t they Continue Reading →