Thankful Thursday: Imperfection

Today I’m thankful for Imperfection!


Freedom to be you! To be your unapologetic, authentic self. I’m loud at times. I’m big goofball with a big heart. I procrastinate. I cuss. I sing about dinner being ready, and I do cartwheels at any given moment. I take ownership of who I am, and I don’t apologize for being me. Those who know me, love me for who I am, Those who don’t… well you know how that goes πŸ˜‰ 


Freedom to make mistakes! I am nowhere near perfect. I make mistakes. I slip up, and say the wrong things. I sometimes forget to do things my husband has asked of me. I’ve overcooked a dish so bad that we ended up eating ramen for dinner lol. Making mistakes is apart of life, and when you allow yourself the freedom to make them, you have the freedom to forgive, let go, and move on. 


Freedom to forgive yourself! Forgiving yourself is one of the most important things you can do to set your soul free. I’ve had to forgive myself when I accidentally overslept, and ended up late picking my kids. I had to forgive myself when I had a bad moment that may have resulted in having a bad attitude not meant for my family. I have to forgive myself daily, so that I can let go, and move forward with a good heart, and my soul intact. 


Freedom to Grow! Growth is part of life. You are not going to be the same person you were a 5 years ago, or even 1 year ago. Over time you may become more aware of your emotions. You may realize that what you thought was important in your 20s is no longer important in your 30s. I have had a tremendous amount of personal growth over the last 6 years or so. I can look back at old my journal writings, and see that I was in a different place at the time. I can see where my eyes started to open up, my awareness started to kick it, and my perspective started to change. I’m still in my process of growing. Growing personally, as well as spiritually. Focusing on being a better me than I was yesterday. 


Freedom to follow your own path. Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone’s path, aspirations, and goals are different from your own. As women, we should empower each other. Lift each other up. We truly believe that we all could make it far if we genuinely supported each other, and loved one another. 


Freedom to love yourself. Every inch of yourself. From your head to your toes, Love YOU! When you love yourself unconditionally, you no longer care about what others may think of you. You’re free from restrictions and limits that you would have otherwise imposed on yourself. Practicing self love is the key to living in imperfect freedom. Love yourself, and set yourself free!


Freedom to live your life how you see fit. This is your life. You are only give one to live, so I say live if to the fullest. Laugh so hard you cry. Go on an adventure! People are going to judge anyway so you might as well live for you, and do what makes you happy! 


So today, with all of our flaws, all of our failures, and all of our mistakes, be thankful for them all. Thankful for your experiences. Thankful for the imperfections of every individuals. It’s what makes each of us beautiful in our own way. 

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing,

is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

-Anna Quindlen.

Frugal Fall Decorating Ideas

Goodbye Halloween, Hello Thanksgiving! 

I finally got around to switching my decorations for the holidays. I know, I know, we are already in the second week of the month, but that is besides the point. Better later than never, right? :) 
I wanted to share with you  few of my go-to fall decorating ideas that are not only easy to put together, but inexpensive too!  
I started out with my easiest decor item, my centerpiece. I found fall fillers to decorate with over at Big Lots. A bag with acorns, pine cones, and other fall related outdoorsy items. I poured the fillers into the vase, place the flowers on top, and then I added the ribbon. 
For my next decoration, I worked on this leafed B letter hanging over top of the mantle.


In order to make this leafed letter you will need:
Wooden letter
A bag of fake leaves
Step 1: Grab some of your tape, cut off a small piece, and fold it so that all sides are sticky.
Step: 2 Add the tape to the leaf, then you need to tape the leaf onto the letter. 
 Make sure to cover up any part of the letter that you can see.
That is pretty much all you will have to do. 


*You can also use glue to better secure the leaves.
After I hung the leafed letter, I decided to use the leaves that I had leftover, and taped them to the walls to have a leaf falling effect around my mantle. 
Last, but not least, my biggest project was this Thankful sign. I using fabric I found on sale at Joann’s, letters I cut out using my Circuit machine, and modge podge to glue. 


Step 1: Cut out the fabric to match the size of your picture frame. 


Step 2: Glue your cut fabric onto the the backing of the picture frame using your modge podge. 


Step 3: While your fabric is drying. Cut out your letters. I of course used my circuit, which is my lifesaver. If you don’t have one, you can go to your local craft store and purchase big letter stickers. You could always cut your letters out by hand.
Step 4: Once you are done cutting out your letters, start gluing them to your fabric frame backings. 


Once everything is dry, put your frames back together, and find a home for your beautifully framed art!


Looking warm and inviting, my Thanksgiving Decor came together nicely, and I am loving it!


Still in need of more fall decorating ideas that won’t break the budget? Stop by some of these awesome blogs below for other great decorations that can be made with using items around your home or items you could find at your local Dollar Tree!

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The Passionate Penny Pincher shows you how to make a simple, yet beautiful centerpiece using items found at the dollar store. 

I Heart Naptime has a awesome door wreath that cost just a few bucks to make. 



 Check out this super cute Leaf Bowl done by Shelterness

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I love this Leaf and Twig Bouquet made by Rose Pete and Lolo Too



Over at Making Home Base, you can learn how to make a simple fall leave garland using your sewing machine,  


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Instructions on how to make this super cute fall owl is over at My Pinterventures!




There are so many good finds all over the web! All great ideas, that are fun to make, and easy on your wallet.

Tell me, Do you decorate your humble abode during Thanksgiving or do you wait until Christmas time?

Thankful Thursday: Creativity.

Tis’ the season to giving thanks!
We should all be thankful throughout the year, but I would like to take this time over the next month to share a few things that I’m thankful for. 
Today I am thankful for something I get to do everyday,

Being Creative!! 


Being creative is apart of my being. It’s my life. It’s a part of who I am. Whether, it’s creating in the kitchen, putting a craft together, sewing an apron, working on my photography, or planning an event. I love that I have the opportunity to do what I love to do. The freedom to explore, create, and see my projects come together before my eyes. 


When I was a little girl, I use to watch my mom create amazing things with her hands. She was an artist at heart. She could draw, and paint anything just by looking at it. That was her passion. I would watch her sew all the time. She would make home decor items to sale such as pillows, curtains, and blankets. I remember every year, just before Halloween, I would tell her what I wanted to be, she would sit at her sewing machine for about a month, and create me the most amazing costumes ever. I loved it! I also have many fond memories of her changing up our home decor all of the time. She would wake up one day with a vision, and within a week, she would have repainted, and upholstered all of the furniture in the house. It’s was like we lived in a new home every 6 months lol. My mom was great at what she did, and I remember being in awe of her, wanting to be a creative mommy,  just like her! She was my role model, (still is), she inspired me, and she nurtured my imagination. 

Creativity Sets My Soul On Fire! 

Being creative calms my nerves, and helps to keep my stress level in check. When I’m focused on a project, I’m in my own little world. I  get exciting while working, and am proud when I see my finished products. I also love to see the look on other people’s face when I have created something for them, and they like it. It’s brings my joy to make others happy, with things that make me happy.

Creativity is Therapeutic to Me.

Creativity is my Passion.

Creativity runs through my veins. 


How about you?

Are you a creative person? Do you sew? Craft? Make Music? Cook?

Comment below, and share with me what you love to create.


(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Minecraft Party

My baby girl’s birthday is coming up, and in honor of my current planning and preparation, I figured I’d share a few pictures from last year’s party.


Creeper: paper plates, and tape.


Ghast And Enderman: paper plates, streamers, and tape.


Pin The Tail On The Pig: construction paper, and tape.


Minecraft Cake: Chocolate cake, rice krispy treats, blue jello, and green frosting.


Mindcraft Props: Wrapping paper, felt, boxes, tape, lots and lots of glue.

DIY Last Minute Costume: Enderman From Minecraft

When I say last minute, I mean 2 days ago last minute :)

My baby girl really wanted to be the Enderman character from her favorite game, Minecraft. I didn’t want to let her down, so I spent the day focusing on doing what I needed to do to make it happen. 

This costume was so easy, and inexpensive to make. So much so, that I figured I would show you just how I made it. 

How To Created This Costume:

You will need:
  • Black Top 
  • Black Pants 
  • Black Gloves 
  • Black Wrapping Paper 
  • Red Wrapping Paper 
  • Purple Paper
  • Purple Felt 
  • White Felt 
  • Purple Pixelated Scrap paper ( I found some at Micheal’s Craft Store)
  • Old Box to fit your child’s head (I used Costco size Eggo Waffle box)
  • 1 Small Box
  • Glue (I used hot glue)
  • Tape 
  • Scissors

Step 1: The first thing I did was laminate the purple scrap paper. You don’t have to laminate at all. The scrap paper by itself works just fine. I did it because I wanted the paper to be a bit more sturdy on the clothes. 


Step 2: Cut the paper into block shapes, like in the game of Tetris. I just so happened to have a special pair of scissors that cut square shapes around the edges. You can easily just cut the shapes out yourself.  These shapes will be used as the particles that surround the Enderman’s body.


Step 3: Once you are done cutting,  attach the particles to the clothes.

I originally planned to use my fabric glue, but I had noticed that I was running low, and was scared I would run out. So I used safely pins to attach the particles to the clothing.


Turned out to be a better idea because I won’t ruin the clothes for later use. 


How I created the Head:

Step 1: I placed the box on my daughter’s head to measure out where her eyes would me. This is an important task! Last year her Steve mask was too big, she couldn’t see, and took it off. I didn’t want to make that same mistake twice. I marked where her eyes were, and used a box cutter to cutting out.


Step 2: Use the black wrapping paper to cover the entire box. I used some glue, and tape to secure the wrapping paper in place. 


Step 3: Use the box cutter to cut out the paper where the eyes are.20151029094800

Step 4: Cut purple felt into rectangles to make the Enderman’s eyes. I used some purple paper to cut out the pupils. Glue the 

Step 5: Glue the pupils to the felt eyes, then glue the eyes under the eyes that you cut out. 

20151029095413Volia! That was it! Costume Done!!

Now onto the TNT Box:

Step 1: Grab a small box, secure the bottom with packing tape, so that candy doesn’t fall out. Then wrapped it in red wrapping paper like you did with the Enderman’s head. 


Step 2: Use black wrapping paper to cut out the TNT letters.


Step 3: Cut out a rectangle that will fit in the middle of the box with white felt.

Step 4: Glue the rectangles to the middle of the box on all for sides. 


Step 5: Glue the TNT letters to the rectangles, and glue them onto the white rectangles. 


Now she has her trick-or-treat box!! 

She is the happiness Enderman on the planet!



Pumpkin, Banana, & Egg Pancakes

Did you know that all you need it a banana and an egg and you can make a pancake in minutes?

About 4 years ago, I was participating in bootcamp exercising a few days a week. During that time, I was in search of  healthy breakfast options to get me through my workouts. I came across 2 ingredient, pancake recipes all over Pinterest. If you got a banana, and 2 eggs, you got yourself a healthy little breakfast. 

Fast forward to now. I was in the middle of steaming a sweet potato to eat for breakfast, when my stomach started to really take it to the next level, and growl ridiculously.

It was at that moment that I realized, I had waited to long to eat, and if I didn’t eat soon I was going to become hangry, and possibly bite someone’s head off.

I couldn’t wait any longer so I look around at what I had, and remembered that I could make the 2 ingredient pancakes. Then I thought, since I’m adding pumpkin puree to everything, why not add some to this pancake mix, and see what happens.

I said a prayer, I went for it, and I’m pleased to say, I’m happy with the end results! 

You will need just 3 ingredients to make these pancakes:
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Egg, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree


Mash you banana


Add your eggs.
Add you pumpkin puree.
Mix well.


Butter/oil your pan, and heat it to a medium heat. 
Pour 1/4 cup of your batter into your heated pan.
You can tell when your pancake is ready to be flipped when you see the edges cooked, and are firm. 


Flip over, and cook until the other side is done. 
Add your favorite topping. I like a little powdered sugar and maple syrup. It’s great by itself as well. 

Pumpkin Banana Egg Pancakes

Pumpkin Banana Egg Pancakes


  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Eggs, Beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
  • Butter or Coconut Oil for pan


  1. Mash banana.
  2. Add beaten eggs, and pumpkin puree.
  3. Heat your pan over medium heat, and add butter/oil.
  4. Pour 1/4 Cup of batter into the pan.
  5. Cook about 2-3 minutes each side.
  6. Flip when you see the edges cooked, and are firm.


Add spices like cinnamon, or vanilla extract.

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These pancakes just may be the easiest, and cheapest pancakes you will ever make!
Have you had banana and egg pancakes before? What would you add to your own pancake mix?

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t Throw Away Your Pumpkin Seeds!!

Did you know:

Pumpkin seeds were a celebrated food among many Native American tribes, who treasured them both for their dietary and medicinal properties. In South America, the popularity of pumpkin seeds has been traced at least as far back as the Aztec cultures of 1300-1500 AD. From the Americas, the popularity of pumpkin seeds spread to the rest of the globe through trade and exploration over many centuries. In parts of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean (especially Greece), pumpkin seeds became a standard part of everyday cuisine, and culinary and medical traditions in India and other parts of Asia also incorporated this food into a place of importance.


10 Healthy Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds:

  • 100 g provide 30g of Protein
  • High in Zinc
  • Prevents Kidney Stones 
  • Good for Prostate Health
  • Promotes Good Sleep
  • Can reduces the levels of LDL Cholesterol
  • Regulates Blood Sugar Levels 
  • High in Alkaline 
  • A Powerhouse Seed that fights Cancer
  • Pack with Vitamins and Minerals


In my preview post about how to make pumpkin puree, I mentioned put my pumpkin seeds to the side after cleaning out my pumpkin. I never waste a good batch of pumpkin seeds. I like to roast them, and make an easy snack for me to munch on throughout the day.

All you will need to make this simple snack is:
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • Olive Oil


Pour water in a saucepan, add salt, and bring to a boil.
Add pumpkin seeds to the boiling water. Cook for about 10 minutes.
20151021092803-1Drain, and then spread the seeds out over the cookie sheet in a single layer, coat with Olive Oil, and sprinkle with Garlic Salt.
20151021092904-1Roast at 400 degrees for 10-20 minutes, depending on how fast your seed brown. Keep in eye out on the seeds so that they won’t get overcooked.  
Once lightly browned, remove them from the oven, and let the seeds cool down before eating them.

20151021094853I actually enjoy them warm as well. 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

An easy to make, healthy, go-to snack!


  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • Olive Oil


  1. Pour water, and salt in a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add pumpkin seeds to the boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain, and then spread the seeds out over the cookie sheet in a single layer.
  4. Coat with Olive Oil, then sprinkle with Garlic Salt.
  5. Roast at 400 degrees for 10-20 minutes, depending on how fast your seed brown.
  6. (Keep in eye out on the seeds so that they won't get overcooked)
  7. Once lightly browned, remove them from the oven, and let the seeds cool down before eating them.


Add different spices to your batch of pumpkin seeds such as cumin, smoked paprika, Parmesan cheese, or even cinnamon sugar.

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How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere!!


This time of year I go a bit pumpkin crazy! Espcially with baked goods. 

I make copious amount of pumpkin puree, and use it my many of my baking dishes. 

Pumpkin puree is super easy to make, and is a great addition to many of your dishes for a little fun and flavor. 

All you will need is:

A Pumpkin

That is! No other ingredients is needed. 

Make sure you also have:

Cookie Sheet

Ice Cream Scooper, or Big Spoon

Food Processor 

Air Tight Contianer 


Pre heat oven to 350


Wash you pumpkin off really good. 


Cut the pumpkin in half to scoop out the seeds.
Set the seeds aside for a later. 


Start slicing into medium size pieces to place onto a cookie sheet.
Roast for 60 minutes.


Once cooked, let the roasted pumpkin cool completely.  


Scope out the cooked pumpkin. I used an ice cream scooper.


Place into your food processor and blend to your desired constancy. 


You can store it in a airtight container and place it in the fridge for later.
The 8lb Pumpkin I roasted produced 5 Cups of Pumpkin Puree.


I used mines immediately to make some of my yummy Pumpkin Brownies!
A great treat this time of year! 


Are you a fan of the Pumpkin craze during this time of the year! Do you have plans to add pumpkin to any of your dishes this season?

Nomination For the Liebster Award!

How exciting is this you ask? Super exciting if you ask me!!! 

I’ve been nominated for my first EVER blog award!! I am overjoyed, and can’t stop smiling πŸ˜€ 

I want to take this moment give a huge THANK YOU to Lindsey DiTrapani from Lipsticks & Animal Crackers for nominating me! I’m feeling all kinds of special right about now. 

liebsterWhat exactly is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster award is an awesome award for bloggers in honor of all their hard work. This award is given by other fellow bloggers, and is a great way to show support to one another. Being noticed, and having supportive blogger friends is important in the world of blogging. 

Upon Acceptance:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in your post
  • Copy and Paste your Liebster Award into your post.
  • Nominate 10 more bloggers that have 200 Followers or less
  • Answer the 10 questions that were asked of you, and create 10 questions for the bloggers you are nominating.
  • Nominate bloggers by leaving them a comment on one of their posts!

10 Questions given to me:

What made you want to start blogging?

There were a few reasons why I starting blogging. My everyday life led me here. I have been a stay at home mom for 18 years. Cooking, cleaning, and crafting. It’s who I am. It’s what I do. I wanted a platform where I could document my many passions. A place for my kids to refer back to when they move on, and have their own family. A space where I could share tidbits with my family and friends.  

What would your best piece of advice be?

Go at your own pace, set reachable goals, and make your own rules. Don’t compare yourself to others, because your path is not the same as theirs. Instead, support each other, love one another, lift each other up. 

What are your blogging goals for the future?

I have a few big goals. However, I need to accomplish small goals to get there. So for now my goals are to write more, because staying constancy is important. 

Who or what inspires you to write?

My family, my friends, my cravings, and my passions for doing stuff :)

When is comes to food, my cravings inspire me to write recipes and cook. I love food, I have a huge palette, and will make whatever sounds good to me. I’m notorious for just grabbing ingredients out of my pantry, and coming up with a new dish. 

When it comes to crafting, the crafts stores and fabric stores inspire me. I like to walk around, brainstorm, and see what is on sale. Then I pull out my inventory list of what I already have, and put something together. Pinterest is also a great source of inspirations. I can get lost in pins. 

Is there anyone in the blogging community that you look up to?

From The Kitchen Of Mama Harris. From day one, she has been nothing but helpful, and supportive. She has an awesome website. She is amazing, her recipes are delicious, and she is just beautiful person inside and out. I guess if I had a mentor, it would defintely be her. 

What is your biggest weakness in regard to your blog?

To be honest, I don’t post as much as I would like to. At times, I am my own worst critic, and I tend to be a over critical about my own work. 

What about your biggest strengths?

My passion and love for everything that I do. Everything that I write about is dear to my heart and soul. My family, food, crafting, sewing. These are all things that love! I’m a creative person who love to create, and my many passions bring my joy. Therefore, everything you see is made from love. 

What is your blog about?

I guess you can call it a lifestyle blog. I share recipes, crafts, DIYs, and sometimes pieces of my life. 

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging since 2013. It’s been a fun two years. 

Where do you see your blog in a years time?

I see growth in different avenues. Growth in my writing. Growth in services that I can provide. Growth in connecting with my audience.


Your 10 Questions:

  • What is you passionate about?
  • Who inspires you?
  • Where is your happy place?
  • What is your blog about?
  • What is your favorite quote and whom is it by?
  • How did you come up with your blog name?
  • What is your favorer post that you have written? (Please provide link)
  • How long have your been blogging?
  • If had a theme song for your blog, what would it be?
  • Where do you see your blog in a year?


Thank again to Lindsey for this awesome nomination! I had fun participating! I think the Liebster Award is a great way to share others beautiful work, and show support to one another.