Thanksgiving Holiday Shelf

I kept my Thanksgiving Holiday Shelf fairly simple and brought back many of the items I used in the Autumn Shelf.   Lots of warm, rich colors, and simple pieces with lots of texture.  Two little pilgrim figurines and a banner I made were really the only new additions.  I’ll show how I made the banner later.  Oh, and I also added the prints in the frames below.These two prints work together but can absolutely be used just on their own as well.

Each print is 5 x 7.

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I love when I get emails from you showing me your holiday shelves and what you’ve put together!  It is so much fun so please keep the pictures and emails coming!

November Visiting Teaching- LDS

The visiting teaching message for November can be from any talk given in the October 2012 Conference.  Since I had free reign this time I picked a quote from the talk given by Elder M. Russell Ballard entitled Be Anxiously Engaged.  He teaches us that great things are brought about and burdens can be lifted when many hands are working together in a good cause.  As the holiday season approaches we are often reminded of how many blessings we have and all that we are thankful for.  And serving and reaching out to others more readily comes to mind.  This year let’s all be engaged in a good cause.

You can download the handout to mail or give to the ladies you visit teach.

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Chore Charts Updated & New Designs

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween whether you are Trick or Treating, handing out candy, or snuggling up to watch some scary movies!  Enjoy the frightful night!


After all the treats the little ones are about to receive how about a treat for mom?  And what treat is better than having your kids actually do their chores?!  While I can’t guarantee that your kiddos will get their chores done 100% of the time I can guarantee that a bright and fun chore chart is sure to help with the motivation!  These chore charts have been in my Etsy shop for awhile now and have been one of my best sellers so I thought it was time to add new designs and even update all the old ones!  (If you have previously purchased a chore chart and would like an updated one just let me know.  I’ll send it over free of charge.)

Each chore chart will be personalized with your child’s name and be emailed to you in a high resolution PDF and JPEG ready to print at home or your local print shop.  For an easy, changeable chart place in an 8 x 10 frame and use dry erase markers to write on the glass. Chores can be changed daily, weekly, monthly, whatever fits your needs. The markers will erase right off the glass and your chart will stay looking good as new.  Let’s take a look at all the designs available:

These are all available in my Etsy Shop and guess what… if you buy 3 you get 1 free!  Here are the listings:

Customized Girl Chore Charts: Eight Designs

Customized Boy Chore Charts: Six Designs

Have a great night and enjoy all that candy!!!!

9th & Mayne Giveaway Winner!

I realize this post is a bit late in getting out and I apologize for that.  With all the craziness surrounding Hurricane Sandy it slipped my mind.  Thankfully we are all safe and sound.  Thanks to everyone who entered the 9th & Mayne Giveaway and now without further ado:

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you soon!


Polynesian Chicken

Dinner is served and it is good!  This dish is full of flavor, color, and is a great variation on chicken.  I will keep this short and sweet, just like the recipe!

Here is what you will need:

  • – 3/4 cup flour
  • – 2 tsp paprika
  • – 2 tsp salt – divided
  • – 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • – 1/4 butter or olive oil for frying chicken
  • – 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • – 1 tbs. corn starch
  • – 1 tsp. ginger (I used powdered)
  • – 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • – 1/4 cup vinegar
  • – 2 tbs. soy sauce
  • – 1 cup canned pineapple tidbits
  • – 1 bell pepper any color cut into medium sized chunks

Here is what you do:

  • – Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • – Put flour, paprika, and 1 tsp salt into a Ziploc bag
  • – Shake chicken in the bag mixture
  • – Melt butter in a skillet (I used olive oil) and brown the chicken about 10 minutes on each side
  • – Put cooked chicken into a casserole dish and set aside
  • – Mix brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and 1 tsp salt in sauce pan.
  • – Add pineapple juice, vinegar, and soy sauce
  • – Stir in pineapple and green pepper, cook until slightly thick
  • – Pour sauce over chicken in pan
  • – Cook in oven for 30 minutes covered with tinfoil
  • – Serve over rice
  • – Enjoy!

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Boo-tiful Costumes!

I love Halloween, I truly do.  I do not however, love spending lots of money or time on a Halloween costume.  I look forward to dolling up my future kiddos in adorable costumes but I have no desire to do it for myself.  But I don’t want to be the humbug at the party either!  For those reasons I am a big fan of easy, cheesy, and inexpensive Halloween costumes.  I love goofy and silly so be warned, these are dripping with cheese! Here are some of my favorites throughout the years.

*Before we proceed you must agree to not judge me by the following pictures, a couple of them are from our college days and I had a cheap camera.  Deal?  Okay, moving on.*

#1- Ceiling Fan

Ha, get it?  I’m a fan of ceilings.  A ceiling fan!  I made the little graphic on my computer, printed it onto t-shirt transfer paper, and ironed it onto a plain shirt.  My earrings are the little pulls from a ceiling fan, they were super cheap at Wal-Mart and I just tied them onto another set of small earrings.  This came together really quickly and I got a lot of laughs.  Another thing I loved about this outfit was that it was comfortable.  I hate those costumes that are hard to wear and by the end of the night you can’t wait to rip them off.

#2- Movie Extra

I have to say, this is one of my best ideas.  Sam and I went to a Hollywood themed party where you were supposed to dress up as any couple from the movies.    So we went as a couple of movie extras!  Two pieces of paper, a sharpie, and two safety pins…done!  There were people at the party who were completely decked out in the most elaborate costumes that must have taken hours, and guess who won the Best Costume Award?  Ype, it was us!  Since you probably won’t be going to a specifically themed Hollywood party I would write “Movie Extra #_” on the paper just to make it a little more clear.

#3- Mafia Member

This is probably the least cheesy of the costumes.  All it requires is an outfit in all black or grey, and monopoly money spilling out of your purse or pockets. Bling yourself out with all the sparkly jewelry you own, costume jewelry is great. A toy gun completes the look.  You could also call yourself a bank robber and it works.

#4- A fork in the road.

All this one requires is a black -shirt and either construction paper or paint to make the road and fork.  EASY, and again totally comfortable.

#5- Anchorman or Anchorwoman

Similar to idea #4 all you need is any color t-shirt and either some paint or an anchor out out of paper.

So whether you have forgotten the month and now have slim pickings at the costume store, you are on a budget, or just want something easy and fun I hope these ideas have helped you out!  Or at least given you something to laugh at!