Simple Thanksgiving DIY: Flower Pot Pilgrim Hats

Until this year, I never decorated much for holidays other than Christmas, but now that Lia is almost 3 and is starting to get excited for holidays, I’m trying to decorate the house more.  I purchased a few Halloween decorations this year, and she was completely enthralled by them, especially the light-up jack-o-lanterns.I’ve been in several stores searching for Thanksgiving decorations, and much to my dismay, they all seem to have forgotten Thanksgiving and skipped straight to Christmas, so this week I’ve been working on some simple, inexpensive DIY projects....more

Ten Years Later: Reflecting on My Father's Death

Have you ever experienced one of those moments when time seems to stand still--a moment in time that changes you.  November 4, 2003 was one of those days for me.  ll I remember it well.  Walking out of my Shakespeare class I bumped into my sister in the hall.  She had just gotten off the phone with my mom, who told her we needed to go home that day.  We planned to be ready to go within the hour.  During the walk back to my dorm, I spoke with my mom, and she told me to come home, and to pack something dressy....more
hopethehappyhugger Thanks for reading!  It's been quite a while since I've thought this hard ...more

My Favorite Fall Dip

A friend shared the following recipe on her Facebook page, and it is by far one of the easiest things I've ever made.  It's light and refreshing, and it makes a TON, so it's a great item to make for a crowd (tailgating or Thanksgiving, anyone?).Fall Pumpkin DipIngredients:...more
It really is!! And it's pumpkin-flavored without being overpowering...just perfect :)more

Pinterest Fail: Burlap Wreath

Today I planned on making one of those adorable burlap bubble wreaths I’ve seen all over Pinterest.  Every tutorial I looked at said the project would take me 15 minutes, tops, so I ran a bunch of errands today, and did some cleaning after dinner.  Once I was finished with all of those tasks, I gathered my supplies and prepared to whip together my wreath....more
Karen Ballum I've had quite a few hits and misses when it's come to Pinterest crafts!  I really ...more