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Outside the bedroom window of my first rented house there was a giant Old Fashioned Lilac. There was nothing like the first few spring days when I could finally open my windows and let in the fresh, fragrant air.

I went straight from lilacs to peonies. My husband’s mother had been a gardener and when we moved into his childhood home there was a patch of peonies. Have you ever grown peonies? The smell is amazing and so sweet the ants will cover the blooms.

Like lilacs and peonies, spring smells of clean energy and hope. Who wouldn’t want to welcome the fresh new beginnings of the season with a cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful home?
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Our Pallet Wood Dining Room Table


Since our last move, back in 2008, we've had four dining room tables. FOUR! Thankfully I think we've finally got one now that will be sticking around and yes, it's made from pallet wood. 

Love the way she used pallet wood to create a dining room table! It's colorful, economical, and creatively fun!

For a while it seemed like every time I looked on Pinterest I'd see walls made from pallet wood-which, admittedly, we ended up doing in our workshop. The ones I liked best were those that incorporated different painted and stained pieces so it seemed like a patchwork. Originally I'd wanted to recreate the look on one of our walls but when yet another antique dining table bit the dust (sometimes those pretty legs are not ready for four kids) we decided to use the technique to create a table instead. 
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Plans for the Weekend


A speeding ticket, parking lot accident, car breakdown, home renovations, scouting campout and cookie booths...yeah, I'm ready for this month to be over. 

I hadn't planned on giving the kids a spring break but after everything I think we could all use a little time to work on creative projects and pretend that things are getting back to normal, whatever that is. I'm working on a list of projects to make with the kids and a few more supplies showed up today. 

Here's a little hint on what you'll be seeing soon! 

We're making bath bombs and pom-poms, painting, and reading! What are you doing?

What are your plans for the weekend?
Feel free to share in the comments.

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Decorate Your Walls With Oversized Origami Dresses


Create amazing, affordable wall art by folding maps and wrapping paper into oversized origami dresses! by My Very Educated Mother

If you've been a fan, you'll back in the old days I had a thing for origami dresses. It never really went away, and for a couple years now I've been using oversized origami dresses as wall hangings. 

These oversized origami dresses are perfect for decorating kid's and teen's bedrooms as well as craft or sewing rooms. Plus they're affordable and easy!

I like going big because it's completely unexpected and sometimes easier to fold than smaller pieces of paper. You can go as big or small as you want just as long as your paper is a rectangle. 

That's a lie, you CAN make a dress from a square but it will be wider. 

Go grab a piece of copy paper, watch the video below and you'll find out for yourself how addictive folding paper can get! 
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3 Simple Tips Every Cat Owner Should Know


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3 Simple Tips Every Cat Owner Should Know! Before you get a cat from the shelter be sure to keep these things in mind!

I never thought I'd own a cat, I always considered myself more of a dog person. Things definitely change because here I am with not one but two felines who are far and away my favorite animals in the house, outside my children of course. I don't know if it's the way Love stands guard at Desmond's feet when he naps, how Kiera rolls around on the floor looking for a good belly rub, or when they both turn their fickle attention to me, but much to my chagrin, and I'm pretty sure theirs too, I have grown completely smitten. 

A cat's loyalty is something that is definitely earned and once you get it, it feels pretty good. Both our girls, Love and Kiera, are rescues. We adopted Kiera from a shelter and Love became a regular feature in our yard, so we brought her in out of the wild. We all have our baggage and as much as I'd never hold it against a person, I don't hold it against our cats. I just wish someone could have warned me about the specific needs of some shelter and wild animals.

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Rainbow Sprinkles St. Patrick's Day Party


It takes so little to throw together a fun Rainbow Sprinkles Party, perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any spring holiday!

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day and break up the monotony of our homeschool days, the kids and I decided to throw together a Rainbow Sprinkles Party. With the most basic of supplies we were able to create a fun little soiree. Here's what we did and how we did it, so you can too! 

Party Time! Who doesn't love rainbows and sprinkles?

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Craft Lightning: DIY Tangrams for Busy Bags


Busy Bag Activity! DIY Tangrams, you won't believe how easy it is to make this educational and imaginative busy bag activity.

Children have short attention spans, especially toddlers. You can't really blame them, eat-sleep-play-repeat can get boring and so can having to sit in a waiting room for 30 minutes. That's why you have to mix things up and introduce them to challenges that help them explore new ideas and ways of thinking. 

Busy bags are small, play items that travel easy, and usually require an element of problem solving, or even imaginative play. Those last kind are my favorite. They're also painfully easy to make on your own, like these tangrams. Oh, and since this is a Craft Lightning project it takes less than 15 minutes to make! 

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Give Your Old Easter Basket a Colorful Makeover


DIY your next Easter basket by giving an old one a colorfully crafty makeover!

March is National Craft Month and to celebrate Jen Goode from 100 Directions is doing something special. She has invited other bloggers, designers, and crafters to share a project based on a weekly theme, material, or occasion. At the end of each week she'll be rounding things up into one collection, making it easy to find lots of crafting inspiration all in one place. 

This week's theme is COLORFUL; you know I couldn't let the opportunity/excuse to make a colorful project pass me up! 


I absolutely love color, and I've been on a rainbow kick lately. With Easter right around the corner I figured I'd meld the two together and stage a colorful Easter basket makeover. 

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Printable Inspiration - Coloring Pages to Keep You Motivated! #LoveDoveFruits


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Great Inspirational Quotes to print, color, cut out, and keep you motivated! #ad #LoveDoveFruits

Show of hands - last January, how many of you resolved to make your physical wellness a priority? 
I know I did! I wanted to get back the stamina I had while playing roller derby, but minus the knee pain. I made a few simple lifestyle changes and now a couple months in, have started to see results. As rewarding as that has been, I was still feeling like I was losing momentum; my motivation was waning and my cravings were insatiable. That’s when I found DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut, an indulgent snack that lets me satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I’m undermining months of hard work.

When it comes to mealtime I’ve always had a pretty balanced diet, but late-night and nap time snacking has always been my undoing. Like a lot of Moms, when the house is quiet and I know I have a minute to myself I reach for a snack, and it’s not always a good one. Sure, the easiest way to combat that problem would be not to buy the offensive foods in the first place but sometimes you just want a little bit of chocolate. 

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