by laura janning

Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

November 20, 2014

Little did I know ....

How pretty my table runner made out of brown craft paper here would look on this years thanksgiving table.

Or how the 'fancy' gold chargers that I bought 15 years ago when I hosted my in laws for the the first thanksgiving dinner....only to find out they were really were more like chinette paper plate people, could look pretty darn good with my everyday white dishes with mismatched plates on top.

DIY Lego Table

May 8, 2014

For many years now,  well, ever since the first lego showed up on the game room floor, I have had an ongoing 'love hate' relationship with legos......Especially the really teeny tiny ones.
And if you must know, it's been more hate then love ...sorry kids, sad but true
But, that's all about to change.

I think it's the constant harassing and begging the kids to put them back properly, followed up with the threats to give them all away to "children that will respect their legos" that I will miss most. I am sure my kids will as well.

 My kids will no longer need to search for that one small piece that's somewhere between the couch cushions, that will turn the chair in the kitchen,  or the blue pieces that I sucked up with the vacuum last week, that can create a bed. They can find them now....easily.

And happily spend hours building and creating roofs for their high rises or......

 cars to go cruising in.

Cause mama's dumped them right in here.

Right where they belong.

I will have a tutorial on how to make my 'lego saving sanity table' .....as soon as I finish searching the house for any remaining legos.

What's your relationship with legos like?

grateful for~
a husband who feels the same way about legos and built the table

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My Love Story and Easy Valentine Art

February 1, 2014

I always tell my husband that I wish I knew him my whole life. He says....."you have".

When you love someone,
all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
- Elizabeth Bowen -

He tells me we are soul mates and destined to be together....
I say " I know"
Real love is feeling like being a part of that person's
life almost isn't enough. It's more like a feeling that
you would live in the same skin with them if you could
and share every thought, heart beat, and emotion as one.
- Rod Cannon -

And when we married....we said  "I do"
 One woman, one man
with hearts so true
come before you
to say I do...

He takes her hand
to have and to hold
Their hearts embrace
and never let go...

The love of one man
The love of her life
They join as one
as Man and Wife...
- Gretchen Gould -

And then one day our love story grew....  into a beautiful family

Love is when you look into someone's eyes,
and see everything you need.
- Kristen Kappel -

This sequins heart represents how every other project and craft is done in our home, regardless of how big or small....with love, heart and purpose. Memories, that will create stories for our book..... that we will be reading for a lifetime.
And each day, I look forward to turning the pages in this wonderful story of love!

Valentine Sequins Heart

Supplies needed:
chalkboard paint
Sequins- I used 2 1/2 packs for this heart
Paint Pen

Step 1: Apply chalkboard paint to a blank canvas board. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Trace a heart on your board. I used this heart as a template.

Step 3: Secure the sequins inside the heart with a hot glue gun. I started with the outline first and then worked my way inside the heart.

Step 4: Continue overlapping the sequins in the heart until it is completely filled. 

Step 5: I used a paint pen to write the 'X O'. Use a piece of chalk to season the board. 

Love with all your Heart!

Grateful for~
grateful hearts filled with love

PS- Don't miss these other bloggers who are sharing their own heartfelt stories of love and home.
hearts at home_3
Wed. 1/29
Thurs. 1/30
Fri. 1/31
Sat. 2/1

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Snow Jam 2014....it finally happened!

January 31, 2014

Well, the snow FINALLY came to North Georgia this week. The highly anticipated snowball fights, building a snowman and trying to decide what to use for a mouth and catching snowflakes on the tongue....... really happened.
And sadly, the kids really lasted only about 5 mins playing in it. 
After all that hype, talk and decision making, 5 mins was all they could stand.

Luckily, the kids, dogs and donkeys did give me enough time to get the camera out, and take a few pictures so we can all remember..... Snow Jam 2014.

Who knows, maybe next year we will make it to 10 minutes. 
How long can you last out in the snow?

Stay warm!

Beautiful snow day with the kids

PS- I hope you will come back tomorrow when I share a special post on love....ahhhh. 
In the meantime join these other bloggers who have shared beautiful love stories of their own.
hearts at home_3

Wed. 1/29
Thurs. 1/30
Fri. 1/31
Sat. 2/1

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My Laundry BFF .....and a giveaway

December 5, 2013

Here’s the reality of my life and specifically of my laundry situation…I need all the help I can get.   I am not necessarily talking about putting the laundry in the washer machine and promptly moving it into the dryer, which of course would be super nice of you if you are offering, since there’s a few piles on the laundry room floor ready to go.  I am talking about help with getting my clothes clean.  And not from the occasional peanut butter and jelly sandwich smear, I am talking about from the Red Georgia Clay, and lots of it!
Unfortunately, red clay is inevitable and a fact of life if you live in Georgia, and it seems to intensify when you live in the country and have 3 active children and a husband who are forever outside…getting dirty.  Since there is no way I will stand in the way of my children appreciating the outdoors, I need to find help with getting the laundry clean.

Tide has always been my detergent of choice and now Tide Pods are my new laundry BFF.  I know that may sound silly, having a laundry BFF, but when you need as much help as I do, having a laundry BFF to support you is good.  I mean who wouldn’t want a BFF that cleans, fights those stains and brightens all in one.  Tide Pods does that. 

I especially like that I do not have to measure and pour the detergent in the washer anymore.  My BFF is easy, just toss a pod in the load and start. This is a picture of my BFF.

 Tide Pods strong and reliable stain removing power certainly helps with the stubborn clay stains and…the peanut butter and jelly smears.  Tide Pods is a detergent, stain remover and brightener in one. So even if some of those embedded clay stains do not come out, at least my children’s clothes will be brighter and clean!
If you are looking for a laundry BFF, I am willing to share information.......not do your laundry. You can click here for more information and how to purchase Tide Pods.
And if you leave me a comment below telling me any of your laundry tips, you will have a chance to win a $100 Visa card. That's it. Easy and clean...just like Tide Pods.

Good luck and have fun doing the laundry!
Grateful for~
Little girls who like to play in the dirt

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3 Simple Organization Tips that keep me Sane and a giveaway

August 26, 2013

Once upon a time I would say I was a perfect 10 with my organization skills. Everything had a place, I showed up to work on time, I never missed a dentist appointment, my dry cleaning was picked up and the oil got changed in my car every 2,974 miles. Fast forward  to a life with an active husband and 3 school aged children and my once perfectly executed 10 ..... well, not so perfect. But I try.
I make a real effort to keep organization simple around the house. I need to. I have no time to spend on organization that doesn't help keep me sane or keep the household organized. Here are three easy and simple solutions to help me do that.
Jotting down my shopping list as I run out or need something, makes it a whole lot easier at the end of the week when I head to the grocery store. Simply tear off the shopping list and go.
Weekly Planner
 I use this removable Weekly planner from Martha Stewart Home Office and Avery to show the family what the activities are for the week. Placing it on the refrigerator makes it fairly centralized so that everyone is aware of the families schedule. Each Sunday I clean the planner off with a paper towel and put a new weekly schedule up with a dry erase marker. 

Every pickle and spaghetti sauce jar in my house has now been transformed with a coat of paint on the lid and a chalk board label on the front. Labels are also from Martha Stewart Home Office and Avery. I use these jars in my craft room, work shop, pantry and for my children's reward system. The labels can also be secured to boxes and plastic totes.  I always know what's behind door box #1 now. Love that! 
Speaking of love.......  I would love to send one of you a box full of organizational goodies from me and a $50.00 Staples gift card.
 All's you need to do is comment on this post and tell me your best organizational tip. That's it. One winner will be selected. Please make sure that I have your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner. 
Contest ends on Wednesday, August 28th,2013 at midnight. Winner will be contacted via email by Friday, August 30th. 
Good luck. I hope your on your way to a more organized life.
Update- contest has ended. Please click here for winner.

 Grateful for~
An organized household and that I didn't forget to buy peanut butter. Luckily it was on the shopping list!

PS- for another amazing idea on how I stay organized in my office, Click here

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This is a sponsored post from Avery however the comments about my love for the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery products are all mine.

How I am getting healthier....and you should too!

August 14, 2013

I must confess....and please don't hold it against me. I mean we are friends and all.
I am a terrible eater. Always have been. Ask anyone who knows me.
Not that I gorge on bon-bons and chips all day..... what I mean is that I don't eat properly. Until a few months ago that is. 
Here's my was problem~
I went the entire day without eating and only consuming
one meal a night.       
I loaded up on my morning hot tea and called it a day for anything else that was nutritious until late afternoon or dinner time.
Trying to lose a few pounds meant starving my body or so I thought.
I loaded up on carbs at all the wrong times of the day.
My protein intake wasn't where it should have been.
And I wasn't taking full advantage of my fruits and vegetables.
l know..... shame on me. Bad girl, scold me, put me in time out for dummies that are doing more harm then good to their bodies eating this way.
Well part of my making amends to myself and to you, is to tell you what I am doing to be healthier and hopefully inspire any of you that don't eat well either.....I know you are out there.

Eat Breakfast- The most important meal of the day period. Even if you are not a sit down have a big breakfast kind of person you must provide your body with something. I fall into this range of not being a big breakfast eater so I fill my blender with a packet of oatmeal ( for my carb), protein powder ( I use Pure whey powder by Champion) and lots of fruits. This satisfies me until a mid morning snack and it fuels my body.
Eat my carbs before noon. Your body needs plenty of time to work off those carbs so get them in at or before lunch time.
Eat more protein. Did you know that everyday your body needs to make about 250 grams of new proteins to replace that old protein, to repair tissue damage and to adapt to new activities? Unfortunately as we get older we become less efficient at making new proteins. I now mix in a few protein shakes as my snack throughout the day. Each serving is about 21grams of protein. A good guideline for protein is 25-30 grams for your meals and 15-30 for snacks depending on your activity level.
Keep on Moving.A few months back I bought one of these. It's called an Up bracelet by Jawbone. Not the prettiest of bracelets but not being healthy isn't pretty either.
This thing will track my steps, sleep and food intake. It's pretty interesting to actually see how much sleep you may or may not be getting each night. The bracelet measures my light sleep and deep sleep patterns.  And since sleep also plays a role in staying healthy I want to make sure that I am getting enough rest. 
Did you know the average person trying to stay healthy should walk at least 10,000 steps a day. I tend to be super hyper and always moving so I fall above that range most days, but on the days that I am feeling a bit lazy, I rely on my Up to keep me going and stay on goal.  With my regular exercise routine in the morning I can meet half of my daily goal.

Speaking of which  I have to go.......I have only stepped 8,999 steps today.
What are you doing to stay healthy?

Grateful for~
Great health and motivation to stay healthy

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