Healthy Patriotic Popsicles

The 4th of July is hands down my favorite holiday and this year is extra special since my hubby will just be returning from yet another deployment.  The two of us will have a couple of days together before heading out to Colorado to pick up the kids from their summer vacation.  We've got it planned out to arrive on the 4th and be able to enjoy the holiday with them and I can't wait to make and … [Read more...]

Kid’s Glasses Holder (Perfect for Accessories too!)

A little less than a year ago our baby was diagnosed with amblyopia and needed to start wearing glasses to help correct her vision.  Although she was very shy and hesitant about it at first, we picked a super fun pair of glasses and she quickly grew accustomed to wearing them and became really great about keeping them on all day. Until spring rolled around. In April it became warm enough for … [Read more...]

How to Wash Hats and Keep the Shape

My hubby loves to wear hats, but he is really tough on them.  He finds a new one that he likes and wears it incessantly until it looks disgusting.  Between dirt, sweat and whatever other nasty things he finds to make them look gross, within about a month it needs to be washed or thrown out.  But that is the problem...conventional washing just doesn't work well for hats.  Throwing them in the … [Read more...]

DIY “Are we There Yet” Kid’s Travel Map

The kiddos and I are gearing up for another long road trip soon, and as it approaches I am trying to find new ways to keep them entertained and to keep me from getting frustrated.  I've shared my top tips and tricks for road tripping with kids before, but I want to add some fresh ideas to the mix as well.  So when I sat down to brainstorm about what is my number one pet peeve when driving cross … [Read more...]

FAQ About my $10 and 10 Minute Window Valances

Wow, this post has been awhile in the making.  I was blown away by the amount of interest that my $10 and 10 minute window valance post created, and even more surprised by the astonishing number of pins (over 153,000 directly from Down Home Inspiration!!!) and emails that I receive about it.  I've gotten so many incredible responses, but also a handful or persistent questions, so I decided to … [Read more...]

Make Your Own DIY Jewelry Cleaner

Because Montana is so near and dear to my heart yet so very, very far away from me geographically, I like to wear little pieces of it as often as I can.  I have tons of t-shirts, tank tops, hats and even jewelry that all proudly boast the "Treasure State."  In fact, I have five necklaces that I wear more often than any other piece of jewelry on my organizer.  And they are, unsurprisingly, all … [Read more...]

Pass the Love Back (Earn Money for Youth Soccer Teams)

This post was sponsored by Mondelez International as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review. I am a huge fan of team sports and the life lessons that can be learned by playing on a team.  My kids have been participating in team sports since they were tiny little things because my husband and I are so aware and appreciative of … [Read more...]

Just Start Hand Lettering (and a little trick to make it SUPER EASY!)

Hand lettering is everywhere these days and it can be a little stressful for people like me who consider themselves to be crafty but do not have an ounce of artistic ability.  Seriously, if I don't have a stencil I cannot draw, paint, write, etc.  I don't ever trust myself to keep it from looking like my six year old scribbled all over it.  If I'm honest, she draws much better than I do anyway! … [Read more...]

“Hard” Orange Soda Ice Cream

Have y'all seen the specialty "hard" sodas that are being offered lately?  They are adult beverages containing alcohol and it seems to have all started with root beer, but now there is cherry soda, ginger ale and orange creme flavors as well.  With summer just around the corner and the heat rising, homemade ice cream has been on my mind, and what better way to change it up a bit than by using one … [Read more...]

How to Use One 12×12 Paper to Make a Beautiful Paper Box

After telling you all how crazy I am about my mom the other day, I realized that Mother's Day was sneaking up on me and I was totally unprepared.  I needed a gift to mail to her and I needed it quickly!  Family photos are always her gift of choice, and she can never have too many.  It's one of those givens with her...having a picture of her grandkids that she can hold and touch and see whenever … [Read more...]

Easily Update Your Space with Simple Lighting Changes – And a Giveaway

This post was sponsored by OSRAM SYLVANIA as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate my review. In my entire three plus decades of life I have never lived in the same home for as long as we have been in our current home.  I am used to moving every year and a half or so, so I never really had the desire to change around or update … [Read more...]

How to Stay Sane While Multi-Generational Traveling

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I am ready to spill some dirt about my momma...but it's not anything crazy or scandalous, it's that I am crazy about her.  She is truly one of my best friends and I speak to her on the phone generally at least once a day.  And while I was thinking about her and her awesomeness, I was reminded of some of the biggest strains that we have put on our … [Read more...]