A NAVY Homecoming Story

I’m so excited to share some of my life with you today.

A little Navy Homecoming Story, if you will…

Tuesday was a huge day for my little family.

(If you follow me on Instagram then you got to see this live!)

My husband, who had been deployed for eight months came home!

For us, eight months translated into many missed holidays and milestones, and my husband watching our daughter grow through pictures and video.

A Navy Homecoming Story

 We were so ready to finally have him home. To see our daughter’s little smile in person instead of in photos.

If you have any experience with a military or navy, homecoming it’s full of emotion and excitement. It’s an amazing day! You pretty much run on adrenaline because sleep the night before is nearly impossible, and you have to be up before the sun to beat traffic anyway.

Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

We arrived several hours before the ship came in and visited with our friends.

Once the ship was in view it finally felt real. The sailors were all in their dress uniforms manning the rails.

Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

In true Navy style, it was hurry up and wait. Once the ship had arrived, we waited and waited and waited for them to finally release the sailors. After eight months, those extra couple hours seemed like torture ; )
Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

But all was worth it for this reunion. There was so much anticipation about how our daughter would react to Daddy. She was only four months old when he left. But she looked at him and gave him a big smile and reached for him right away!Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

Seeing my baby girl with her Daddy again made my heart swell so big.

Peleliu A Navy Homecoming Story

It was the most incredible day. I’m so thankful to have him home and what’s extra special is that he is home just in time to celebrate our little babe’s first birthday this weekend.

I would have waiting homecoming sign

I hope you’ll forgive me if I’m a little distant from the blog over the next few days. I’m busy loving on my sweet little family.

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Handmade Mother’s Day: Painted Burlap Canvas

I am so excited to share with you, my Painted Burlap Canvas

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersdayThere are seven days until Mother’s Day! I am honored to be a part of  the Handmade Mother’s Day Series coordinated by my friend, Kelly from Live. Laugh. Rowe. Ten blogs are bringing you fantastic gifts to make for mom!

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

There are so many wonderful projects. You will want to be sure to head over to the save the date page and catch up on all great projects.

Before we jump in, you have to check out the lovely birth stone necklace Kristen, from Capturing Joy, created.

I wanted to create something for my amazing mom that had a personal touch but would also go with her decor. I decided to do a painted canvas with burlap and to personalize it with special dates. The date she became a mom and the date she became a grandmother (or Mimi as we call her).

To create your own Painted Burlap Canvas you will need: a canvas (I scored my at the thrift shop for a few cents), craft paint, burlap scrap, stencil, paint brush, and thumb tacks.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I started by painting my canvas aqua. My mom loves the color and it goes with her decor. We are both aqua-holics :)

Next I cut a piece of burlap approximately 8 in by 10 in (not exact).

Stretch the burlap to keep it taut and pin it in place with thumb tacks.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I created my stencil using my beloved Silhouette Cameo.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I used painter’s tape to keep the stencil in place.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

Using minimal amounts of paint, lightly brush on the stencil with paint. I used an off white color. I pulled the stencil off before it dried because I didn’t want my stencil to stick to the burlap.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I absolutely love the way it turned out. It’s personal and pretty and I know my mom is going to love it!

Tomorrow, be sure to catch up with the fabulously talented Crystal from A Pumpkin and A Princess to see what lovely handmade creation she is sharing!

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Vintage Items With Meaning, Sharing Little Trinkets With Big Meaning

I just want to first say a BIG hello to my regulars.

I’ve missed you!

I’ve been off the grid a bit for a few days. Me and bunny traveled to my visit my Gramma. We had only planned on staying a week but we were having such a wonderful time that we extended our trip another week. Since we stayed an extra week unexpectedly, I didn’t have anything prepared for the blog but I knew you all would understand. Family first.

And let me just tell you – it was a great trip! I’ve been visiting my grandparents in northern California since I was a little girl. Even now, my visits are so much fun. My Gramma spoils me with all of my favorite foods (ehm the coconut cake and cobbler for those that follow me on Instagram), we talk, we play games of Scrabble, and watch Wheel (of fortune) together. Mostly, we just make memories. [Read more...]

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Valentine’s Day Candy Bark

Hi friends!

Are you guys ready for this? My very first recipe post. I’m excited :) Are you? I have an insane sweet tooth. (I’m slightly addicted to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Have you tried the limited batch, Cannoli yet? It’s amazing.) It’s okay though because my husband does too. Normally when I bake something it’s gone before I eat too much of it anyway, ha. I appreciate that about him. The last few days I have been baking up a storm fixing all of my husband’s favorite treats. Since he’s is deployed my poor kitchen has been really deprived. Not much cooking or baking going on. It’s true, it’s not much fun cooking for one :) But lately I’ve been in the kitchen baking up a storm. I’m getting together a fun Valentine’s Day care package for him. It’s full of his favorite snacks, candies, homemade goodies, and no care package is complete without pictures of our sweet P. One of the treats I just know he will love. It combines my love for candy bark and his love for m&m’s. During the holidays I adore peppermint bark! This past Christmas, I didn’t make any (shame on me) so I thought why not skip the peppermint and make some cutesy Valentine’s Day Candy Bark instead!

Valentines Day Candy Bark

 

This is seriously the easiest recipe you’ll ever make. You can add any candy you’d like. Even pretzels or oreos would work well in this delicious bark. I kept it simple with just m&m’s and sprinkles. Okay, recipe time.

Valentine’s Day Candy Bark:

Ingredients:

White chocolate chips (24 oz)

m&m’s or your favorite candy in Valentine colors (1 bag)

Sprinkles

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.

Using a double boiler, melt your chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly until it’s smooth.

Carefully pour chocolate onto the lined cookie sheet and spread to even out.

Sprinkle m&ms and sprinkles over top. 

Lightly press toppings into the chocolate.

Refrigerate for about one hour or until hard and break apart.

*Since I’ll be popping these in the mail. I wrapped it in plastic wrap and put in a tin.*

 

valentine's day candy bark making home base

I have to admit I had a few nibbles before I packaged them all up. Don’t tell my hubby!

Making Home Base Valentines Day candy bark

Enjoy!

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Gold Glitter Monogram Ornament

I told you yesterday that I had another monogram ornament to share! And it’s true! I do.

Last weekend, I was window shopping at Pottery Barn and I saw some adorable gold glitter monogram ornaments, that I just knew I could easily replicate. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find them online to show you guys but I have one better! My version!

I thought these ornaments would be the perfect way to label our stockings this year. Since it will be Miss P’s first Christmas, I’m in the process of making a new stockings for each of us. Ah, a mother’s work is never done. While I procrastinate getting those stockings finished, allow me to share my little glitter monogram ornaments.

I made my little ornaments by just cutting out felt letters, painting a coat of Martha Stewart’s glitter glue, and then sprinkling glitter on top of them. Once the glue was dry I tapped off the excess. To finish them up I hot glued a little strand of twine to back.

Here they are!

One for Miss P.

One for hubby.

And one for me!

There is our little monogram family. I can’t wait to finish up our stockings and give them a proper display!

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Baby Announcement Ornament

One of the best things about this holiday season (other than the fact that is the first one in three years we aren’t moving) is that it’s my little girl’s first one. I am having so much fun making everything extra special for her. Part of that has been starting new family traditions. One of the traditions we’ve started this year is making homemade ornaments. I wanted to do a really special ornament for Miss P this year. I thought about buying some kind of baby’s first Christmas ornament but nothing really popped out. So I thought, why not create my own? And what is more personalized than using her baby announcement or a homemade baby announcement ornament.

I started out with just trying her hand print on an ornament. We’ve tried the hand print thing before on things we’ve sent to Daddy. She didn’t always cooperate so I didn’t really have high hopes for this. BUT, she held her little palm out perfectly and I quickly pressed the ornament right to it and viola!

After letting the paint dry a little bit I cut up pieces of her baby announcement and dropped them into the bulb.

I love that you can see little bits of it as you turn the ornament around.


It’s perfect for her first ornament. I plan on doing a couple more for her but this one is just lovely to celebrate the most special event of the year.

Are you starting any new traditions this year? Tell me about them!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! It has been so fun preparing for the holidays but now that Thanksgiving is here, I am reflecting on all the many blessings I have in my life. Sometimes you just have to take a moment and realize all you have to be thankful for. I hope you don’t mind if I take time to share with you some of the things I am feeling grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

I am so grateful for so many things.

Grateful for the blessing of my sweet daughter.

Grateful for every smile.

Grateful for my amazing husband who is the best dad.

Grateful for the opportunity to stay home with our daughter.

Grateful for our military. Those men and women sacrifice so much.

Grateful for family.

Grateful for friends who are like family.

Grateful for modern technology.

Grateful for the opportunity to spend this day with my family.

That’s just a few.I hope everyone has a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

 

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