3 Ways to Improve Your DSLR Photography

I learned a few things right off the bat in my time with Loretta. (That's my camera's name, after Loretta Lynn.) I thought I'd share, so you can enter into DSLR World with a head full of knowledge! It can be rough, turning on the camera for the first ...more

13 Ways to Make Halloween Decorating Cheaper

For some people, it’s all about the candy. For others, the costumes. I love Halloween decorations. Why? They’re fun. They’re kitschy. They make me feel like a little kid all over again. That’s why pumpkins have already shown up on my porch, I’ve ...more

Make These Adorable Kids' Costumes (and Save a Ton!)

I'm a crafty girl, so of course, I always make my kids' Halloween costumes. But even if you don't have a crafty bone in your body, I know you can make a costume this year (or at least vow not to spend an ungodly amount of money on a crummy costume at ...more

How to Create a Vintage Jewelry Wreath

Have you ever wondered what to do with old costume jewelry? Or seen vintage jewelry at an estate sale or antique store and wished you had an occasion to make good use of it? Sarah Ives, Designer at Upscale Downhome has designed a welcoming wreath ...more

How I Finally De-Cluttered Every Room in the House

My life/stuff was driving me crazy. CRAZY! So I took care of it, and made my life and home a whole lot more functional and organized. Each area I organized taught me an important organizational lesson that I needed to have under my belt before ...more

How to Make Your Own Maternity Jeans

Almost two years ago, I broke the zipper on a pair of my jeans (I've never done this before or since, happily), and I thought, "WHAT could you possibly do with a pair of jeans with a broken zipper?" And then I remembered that I'd made myself a pair of maternity jeans once upon a time, and this pair might be a chance for me to do it again, now that I knew a little better what I was doing. So I stashed them away for many many months until I was pregnant again....more
This is a very great idea! I will definitely keep this in mind in the future!! Great tutorial, ...more

Mad Scientist Specimen Jar DIY

This year for my Halloween party, I decided to give my wet bar a "mad scientist" theme. I picked up beakers at the thrift store, displayed a Frankenstein head between bar glasses, and had fun making the final touch: specimen jars. ...more

5 Easy and Fun Last-Minute Halloween Crafts

I know people who start their Halloween crafts in September. I applaud their obviously superior organization skills, because that is so not the way things roll for me. The way it works in my house: I look at the calendar, realize Halloween is a few days away, and then I say, "GAH!" So here's a list of crafts for the BlogHers like me out there who need fun Halloween crafts they can whip together quickly. ...more
Love love all the DIY ideas for the season! My favorite is the Mason Jar Creatures next up is ...more

Halloween at Our House

Whew. I feel like we have been decorating for and celebrating Halloween for weeks now, and it is finally here! The kids enjoyed a haunted trail in town, trunk or treating, our first big Halloween party at our house for their classmates, and a parade & party at school yesterday.Tonight we were actually going to skip trick or treating (gasp!) because of the cold weather and pre-Halloween candy overload, but I think we are going to go visit a couple old neighbors and then come home and relax with a Halloween movie ....more

October 31st...

Happy Halloween... ... from our house to yours. I'm not quite sure where the summer went ....more

If You Don't Like Our Weather, Just Wait a Minute

It has been said that the state motto of Montana could be, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute." I took some photos which show just how variable our weather can be - even on a mild fall day....more

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I figured today was the perfect day to share our little secret. ...more

Colorful Thanksgiving Party For Kids

This darling COLORFUL THANKSGIVING PARTY FOR KIDS was submitted by Jennifer Needham of Double the Fun Parties. How fabulous is this Thanksgiving party?! It's so fun and festive and the printables/stationery in it are too cute! ...more

Spiderweb T-Shirt!

Happy Halloween! Here's one last Spider Web craft! Cut a spiderweb into the back of an old t-shirt! ...more

Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into cute apothecary cabinet nighstand!

Happy Friday! I hope you aren't getting sick of seeing my master bedroom yet :) I have a few more projects in there and here's just one of them. I showed you the complete makeover last week, but then realized how badly I wanted new nightstands ....more

Happy Halloween! The Scrap Box Challenge

Sometimes when the scrap box gets too full or it is holiday that gets the kids all hyped up (like Halloween) I will give the class a “scrap box challenge.” What can you make by using the scraps in the scrap box?! Here are a few of their fun creations. a fun mask ...more

Happy Halloween 2014

I'm not sure how many more years I can get my kids to dress in theme....so I'm going to enjoy it while I can! Not sure how many more years I can get away with dressing them in theme! ...more