My Favorite Banana Bread Recipe 

It rained today! I love a good summer rain. I opened the windows and let the fresh scent of rain takeover our home. So refreshing! I also decided to turn on the oven and do a little baking. Here’s a winning recipe I found in a Better Homes and Garden magazine, the September 2010 issue. As you can see, it’s been well loved.It’s definitely a favorite around here!What’s your favorite banana bread recipe? 

Happy Homemaking! 

Jessica 


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A Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party

Once upon a time a little girl named Esmeralda was turning 8…

This was such a fun party to decorate for. I had ideas spinning around in my head for weeks before the party. I started with some cheap Easter baskets I found and spray painted them brown.

I cut pieces of red and white fabric to line the inside of the now brown baskets and attached chalkboard name tags with twine. They made cute party favors for the girls.

For the party backdrop, I stained a large square piece of wood I bought from Lowes and framed it out with scraps of wood from an old bed frame. My hubby cut the wood pieces to size and I spray painted them Coral by Rust-Oleum (I love this new color by the way). We screwed the pieces of the frame on from the back so the screws were hidden.

I copied the pages of the book Little Red Riding Hood retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman on my home printer/copy machine. A little A lot of mod podge and my party backdrop was ready!

I had fun with the party food. I wanted simple and picnic like foods. I served apple juice, popcorn, strawberries, grapes, pretzels, mini sand which crackers, some fancy cookies and cupcakes. Oh and red and white peppermint candies. I love the pops of color everywhere!

I covered the party table with brown postal paper and added fresh flowers, ceramic birds on white candle holders and colored pencils that look like sticks.

  

My little sister drew this incredibly cute cottage on my chalkboard. Thanks Laura😘

I painted the back of this sign I have in my dining room with chalkboard paint so when I have parties I can turn it around to personalize.

Another shot of the party room.

Outside, I put a wood pallet in a tree for a fun photo booth. I decorated it with red, white and green paper fans I found at the Michaels after Christmas clearance sale.

A chalkboard message and paper flowers out front welcomed guests.

When the girls arrived, we ate and drank and of course I read them the story.

We played some party games outside. Our family favorite is musical towels.

And a birthday party isn’t a party without a piñata! My moms’ handmade piñatas are the best 🙂

  

She blew out her candle and just like that she’s 8! My how time flies when you’re having fun…

And they all lived happily ever after. What a fun day celebrating our girl! Now on to the next birthday party… 😉

Happy Homemaking!

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Valentine’s Day Mantel

I’m sharing my Valentine’s mantel today! I put it together after Christmas and plan on leaving it up through February.

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While shopping the after Christmas sales at Michael’s, I found some paper fan kits on clearance. The colors of the fans were red, white and green. I was excited to try them above our fireplace for a fun look for Valentine’s Day. I was able to turn the green ones around and use only the red and white sides of the fans.

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They were super simple to put together as they were already folded and all I had to do was peel and stick them together. I did end up reinforcing the adheasive with hot glue because they kept coming apart. I added a loop of twine secured with hot glue so I would have a way to hang them from a push pin on the wall.

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On the mantel, I placed two small stumps my hubby cut from our Christmas tree to hold up the heart garland I found at Michaels. He even carved hearts on them for me 🙂

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At my friend Kara’s craft party, we drew arrows on painted boards with a black sharpie. I loved how they turned out and how simple they were to make so I made a few more using a gold paint pen and a chalk marker and added them to the mantel.

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I finished the look with a couple Valentines printables on hanging clip boards, a light up arrow from Kohls, and a simple diy string heart on an old piece of wood.

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Happy Homemaking!

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Simple LOVE Sign

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Here’s how I made this simple LOVE sign. I had my hubby attach four boards together with 3 smaller boards (2 would work). My boards were 2 feet 10 inches long and about 5 inches wide.Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset

I stained the front of the sign with Rust-Oleum wood stain in dark walnut and let it dry overnight. Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset

I bought my letters from Michael’s. They are about 12 inches tall and were already painted white. I attached them to the wood sign using 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips.Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset

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Add a hanger on the back or just use the cross board to hang it from a screw on the wall. And that’s it!Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

Happy Homemaking!

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Family Photo Wall

I was looking through a Martha Stewart magazine a few years ago and came across a home office with a focal wall that caught my attention. The owner had covered a wall in her office with cork board and then tacked up black and white photos all over the wall. I immediately fell in love with the idea and wanted to try it in our home. I went through our Instagram and family pictures and chose some favorites. I ordered 12×12 black and white prints from Costco, bought a package of silver thumb tacks and I was ready to go. I decided to skip the cork board step and opted to just tack the photos directly to the wall. I started in the top left hand corner and one by one covered the entire wall with the pictures.Processed with VSCOcam with kk2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with kk2 preset I filled in the remaining space at the bottom of the wall with horizontal 4×6 prints. I also covered the wall around our chalkboard and filled in the right side with vertical 5×7 prints. The white plastic flowers are magnetic and stick to the metal tacks. I got them at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Processed with VSCOcam with kk2 preset It has been 2 years since I completed this photo wall and it’s still holding up great despite it being in a high traffic area in our home. vscocam-photo-1 I love that our kids enjoy looking at all the pictures. It’s our family scrapbook. It’s just on the walls 🙂Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset   Happy Homemaking!

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Easy DIY Tin Can Wall Organizer

I started saving tin cans for my daughters “glamping” birthday party last year. I used them to hold snacks at the party.Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI had so many left over I decided to make a simple tin can wall organizer for my command center.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI took 3 tin cans, removed the labels and washed them out. I dressed them up with some patterned duct tape I found in my daughters collection. I had a piece of wood in the garage that was just the right size I was looking for.

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Get the look:

Music Sheet Wreath: DIY

Calendar: Target

Cheveron Clip Board: Target

She Laughs Printable: http://www.moritzfineblogdesigns.com/2014/04/laughs-proverbs-3125-free-printable/

Chalkboard Boarder: DIY

Post-it note heart: DIY

White Vase: Ikea

Wood Crate: JoAnns

Owl Bookends: Kohls

Happy Homemaking!

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Giant DIY String Heart for Valentines Day

I love me a string heart. In our dining room we have a large, blank wall. For the last 3 years I have made a giant string heart on it for Valentines Day. And because I’m not afraid of a few holes, I put it directly on my wall. Here’s how I do it:

I trace a heart in pencil on the wall. Then I evenly space out clear push pins around the pencil lines and press them into the wall. Next, I take some twine (or yarn, or string), tie the end to one of the push pins and start stringing back and forth and up and down in no particular pattern.

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And that’s it! Here’s the finished wall with 2 red arrows I added for a bit of whimsy. I got them from Kohls.

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I love it! Don’t you? It makes my heart “string” 🙂

Happy Homemaking!

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Kitchen Chalkboard Border

A couple years ago, I painted a chalkboard border all around our kitchen. Who doesn’t like chalkboards? I’m crazy about them.

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And chalk art is a fun and cheap way to decorate from season to season. Here’s my method:

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This was my winter chalk art on my chalkboard border. When it’s time for a change, I wipe off the chalk pen with a wet cloth.

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The chalk pen does not come completely off with the cloth, so I touch it up with chalkboard paint.

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Fresh and clean and ready for some new chalk art. I add a simple message for Valentines Day. And that’s it! Simple and cheap decorating 🙂

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Happy Homemaking!

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Simple Glitter Art

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1. Start with a blank canvas.

2. Paint canvas desired color. Let dry.

3. Trace desired shape in pencil. Go over pencil lines with a paint pen.

4. Fill in shape with Elmer’s glue using small paint brush.

5. Cover glue with glitter. Shake off and fill in any missing spots.

6. Let dry completely. Spray with clear sealer if desired.

7. (Not pictured) Do the happy dance because you just got crafty💃

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I made this deer head for my daughters room using the same technique.

Happy Homemaking!

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