Hi everyone. It is with a saddened heart that Dean and I post this week after the Orlando, FL massacre that happened now over a week ago. We wanted to take this time to acknowledge those families and friends left to mourn their loved ones that were lost. Their lives mattered. Everyone’s life matters. Your life matters. Amidst all the political rhetoric that has surfaced recently, we thought it would be most appropiate to feature the wonderful diy bloggers who submitted their patriotic entries. Maybe the strawberry shortcake wasn’t technically patriotic but it says summer all over it and I can’t wait to make this.

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First up we have this patriotic American Flag made out of tissue. This isn’t the only thing Ilkas Blog has made out of tissue. She sounds like a professional.

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Next feature is from Celebrate and Decorate. Tablescaping is not what I would call a strength of mine but I think I could do this or something similar for the upcoming Independence Day.

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And last but not least, the strawberry shortcake recipe I was talking about. Don’t sweat the recipe has the recipe from scratch and if it tastes as good as it looks the last 10 pounds I am trying to lose is going to have to wait a week.

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Hopefully, you are inspired and your wheels are turning for things you can make, bake and decorate for the 4th of July. We are looking forward to you sharing your best projects with us for Your Inspired Designs #41.

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Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
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Hey Y’all!

We are so excited around here to have you back again for Your Inspired Design, you all are always inspiring us to try something new or repurpose something that might have been thrown away.  We love getting a little peek into your life each week!

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I am currently visiting family in Tennessee and Alabama and boy oh boy is it good to be ‘home’.  I love good southern folks.  And good southern cooking too! 😉  The kids are at camp and my mom and I get to tackle some projects while they are out.  I’m hoping that we actually finish some of these projects. ha.

Well, since all I have been doing is laundry, packing and driving for the last week, let’s get inspired by other creatives around the WWW.

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First up is this adorable planter that is repurposed out of an old sewing cabinet. I love the splash of color that the front porch gets with this piece. 

Jenny at Paint Yourself a Smile did a great job!

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Rhonda from Ramblings of a Southern Girl was speaking to me with the combo of milk glass and succulents here! And best of all, these can’t die!

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I love Old Glory and I love a banner, so mix the two and you have a winning design! Carol at The Red Painted Cottage whipped this banner up at the last minute and I think it is brilliant. The 4th of July is right around the corner!

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Well, I hope you are inspired to go out and try some of these fun projects.  I know I am! Now it’s time to get to linking up for this week’s party. We can’t wait to see what you do!

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Your Inspired Design

 

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

Hi everyone and welcome to Your Inspired Design #39! As always, Dean and I are so grateful for all of your entries. Keep them coming each Thursday at 8 a.m. and don’t forget to spread the word. The more the merrier.

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Last week, Dean was contacted by a writer at Country Living Magazine for his professional advice as a Landscape Architect. The article, “9 Ways To Use Plants To Create Privacy In Your Yard” has some great ideas to create natural privacy screens from those nosy neighbors, unsightly trash bins or even as sound barriers.

Photo Source: Country Living

 

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Dean created a privacy screen in our own yard to hide an 865 gallon rain barrel so the neighbors wouldn’t have to look at it. Yup, I said 865 gallon, not a typo. If you are interested, you can read about it here.

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Hope you enjoy this week’s features.

 

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Check out how Michelle at Happy Heart re-purposed a door for several projects. I love where she got her inspiration for this particular DIY.

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I was taken back by this amazing carriage bench that Re Do It Yourself Inspirations made. Holy cow, now I want to search for one of these. It would look great in an entry way.

 

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Here is a quick and easy craft to make a gathering more festive. How about trying red, white and blue for the Fourth of July? Very nice, White House Crafts.

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Well, it’s your turn now. Link up and blow us away!
 
Your Inspired Design

 

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

Hey Y’all!

Well, today is the last Monday my kids will be at school this year.  Can I tell you how easy it was to get them up this morning?!? Seriously, all I had to say were those magic words and they bounded out of bed. Normally on a rainy day, it would be like “just 5 more minutes!!”.  Not today. Even though we are surrounded by a tropical storm (I haven’t even bothered to learn her name) and the sun was barely peeking through the ginormous clouds that have gathered, they were bright eyed and bushy tailed at 7AM. The last few days of school are some of their favorites.  I’m guessing their teachers feel the same way…

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Our teachers are some of the best around and they deserve a million dollars for putting up with all of us throughout the year. But since I’m fresh out of that kind of cash, they’ll get a succulent in a mason jar with a cute tag (plus a gift card).

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I chose the tiniest little succulents that Lowe’s had to offer and a squatty wide-mouth mason jar. Uh huh, it’s gonna be cute.  You are feeling it, right?

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Paint (2 coats), sand and seal the jar then use the lid ring to add a little oomph.

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teacher gift - succulents

teacher gift - succulents

teacher gift - succulents

teacher gift - succulents

teacher gift - succulents

Sorry, I got a little carried away with the pics here.  They are just a little bit of happy on this grey morning.

To make it an extra special teacher gift, I attached a tag.  This printable comes to you from The Teacher Mama and is just too cute.  Attach with bakers twine for a fresh spring look!

http://www.theteachermama.com/thank-you-for-helping-me-grow-teacher-gift/

http://www.theteachermama.com/thank-you-for-helping-me-grow-teacher-gift/

Here’s to all of the teachers that love on our littles.  We love you and appreciate all that you do! Now, go and enjoy your summer, you deserve it. 🙂

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Hey Y’all!

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Welcome to our first Inspired Design link party in June. It’s officially summer.

After a fabulous trip to Savannah, Charleston and Asheville (which I’ll be sharing), we are home and ready to enjoy our garden ~ some of the tomatoes and peppers are ready to harvest and enjoy awesome summer cooking. I’ll be cooking Southern and sharing great recipes over the next few months. We’ve had abundant rain so our flowers are just beautiful.

We’re ready for new projects, new home decor, and new recipes for you to share or to enjoy.

May your summer be full of fun, safe travels, new experiences, and great things to eat. I’m excited to be your hostess this week. I’ve selected some amazing projects from last weeks’ contributions that will inspire you. These projects are not only pretty, but useful and serve a purpose. A trifecta of DIY happiness.

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Tammy from onemoretimeevents shared her beautiful farmhouse headboard project. I think she should market it or sell the rights to Joanna Gaines at Magnolia. It’s that cool and pretty.

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The repurposed lamp shade project form Sarah at sadieseasongoods was so creative and turned out so cute that I had to give her a round of applause.

 

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Christine at littlebrags created an awesome DIY project for her front porch (I don’t have a front porch, so I’m jealous.) that I just loved for its practicality and beauty. A pulley, a basket, some candles. I promise it all makes sense.

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Be sure to give these ladies a shout~out and let them know how wonderful they are.

We think you are all wonderful. Keep those link~ups coming and share with your best blogger buddies and readers.

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Well, it’s your turn now.  Link up and blow us away!
Your Inspired Design

Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 


 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

Hey Y’all!

It’s time for another fabulous furniture flip! Well, I think it’s fabulous anyway. 

I got this antique dresser off an online yard sale here locally.  It was too pretty to pass on, so Mr. Creativity headed over an loaded it up..  The dresser is in pretty good shape overall, but had some cracks in places and several areas where the veneer had come off.

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But there were too many beautiful features to let a little missing veneer stop me.

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Over a the home improvement store I went to find some veneer.  Uh…apparently people that work there don’t know what it is because I went on a wild goose chase around the store to find it.  Go to aisle 12, nope.  Go to aisle 23, nope. Oh that’s over by the cabinetry, no sir it is not.

So I decided to hunt on my own with no assistance.  Found it.

I thought about asking one of the experts there how exactly this stuff works, then decided against that.

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This stuff is so easy to work with.  Literally you cut it to the size you need (with scissors) and iron it on.  If you need to adjust it, you heat it back up with the iron and move it around.  So simple.

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antique dresser makeover

Once the veneer was ironed on, I filled in the small cracks around it with paint-able wood filler. 

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Now comes the fun part! Playing with paint colors on furniture is so much fun.  I decided to give Country Chic a try.  I ordered paint in the color ‘Liquorice’ and the metallic accent cream in ‘Trigger’. 

I didn’t want to cover up all of the gorgeous wood on this piece, but instead cover up the “problem areas” with paint. 

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Now, if you don’t know me well you might not know that I don’t like flashy stuff.  So when this competition called for a metallic accent cream, I started sweating and rocking back and forth in the corner (not really) (okay, really). 

I decided a small dose of flash wouldn’t kill me, so I added a little detail on the very top of the dresser.  Not a crazy amount, just enough to add interest. 

antique dresser makeover

antique dresser makeover

Over all this piece is nice and boring just the way I like things.  But then you look at the top and you’re like “boy howdy, Holly went all fancy on this piece” (said in a loud redneck kind of banjo talk).

See, boring…

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BAM…FANCY!

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I hope you enjoyed my Fab Furniture Flip this month! If you are interested in see other pieces that have been flipped, check out Carrie’s post and Thea’s Post.

This month the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest™ is sponsored by Country Chic Paint!

If you are a blogger who loves to flip furniture,  contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com to participate in future contests!

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Happy almost June to you! Today is a very special day for me and many others. For 6 decades, Soldiers of “The Old Guard” (my old Army unit) placed American flags at the grave stones of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (The following description and more information about “Flags In” can be found here.) It’s an absolute exhausting and unforgetable day. I’m so proud to be a part of this tradition.

For more than 60 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) has honored America’s fallen heroes by placing American flags at gravesites for service members buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery just prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

This tradition, known as “Flags in,” has been conducted annually since The Old Guard was designated as the Army’s official ceremonial unit in 1948. Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment participates, placing small American flags at each headstone and at the bottom of each niche row.

Within four hours, the soldiers place flags in front of more than 228,000 headstones and at the bottom of about 7,000 niche rows in the cemetery’s Columbarium Courts and the Niche Wall.

 
Members of Ft Myer’s Old Guard with flags in hand march out to their assigned sections during the “Flags In” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. May 27, 2010, DoD photo by William D. Moss

Members of Ft Myer’s Old Guard with flags in hand march out to their assigned sections during the “Flags-In” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. May 27, 2010, DoD photo by William D. Moss

 

Let’s remember all those who sacrificed their lives, their futures, and their dreams so that we may have them.

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Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods  shows us what true trash to treasure looks like with this cane style table top turned American flag cross stitch. Bravo, girl!
 
 
 
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 Katrin from Kreativ K whipped up this easy and cute tribal pattern pillow. I love tribal patterns!!!
 
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And finally, awesome old doors were turned into magnetic chalkboard awesomeness! Great job! Go check out Julie’s doors at Live From Julie’s House.
 
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Well, it’s your turn now.  Link up and blow us away!
Your Inspired Design

Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 


 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 
Happy Thursday!


How is it already mid-May?  Time flies when you are having fun.  And we are having so much fun here at Potentially Chic!  From debuting the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines here in the store to making some beautiful (and needed) updates in the whole store, to our every day projects big and small with clients and customers.  We are having a blast!

 

The shop has come such a long way since our tiny little space in Grandin Village.  If you are in the area…be sure to stop in. 

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Here are our features from last week’s party! Be sure to visit them.
 
Keeping up with Mrs. Smith created this coffee bar out of simple materials and it looks awesome!
 
 
 Need a cute rug on the cheap? Who doesn’t? Especially in the laundry room!  Nourish and Nestle created this cute rug from, guess what….a dropcloth!  Check it out!
 
 
And, of course, we love a good furniture makeover.  Especially a mid century modern piece. High Style restyle used lots of elbow grease to make this beauty.  You won’t believe the before pic!
 
 
 
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Well it’s your turn now.  Link up and blow us away!
Your Inspired Design

Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 


 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

Hey Y’all!

Please don’t take offense at that title.  I love anything for dummies. Just give me the bottom line, break it down, make it easy for me.  Ain’t nobody got time for the hard stuff.

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So our outdoor patio has been getting a few new touches lately.  Since other things had gotten a freshening, I thought it was time for our wall-o-crosses to get some attention.

A few years ago (8.5 to be exact) I got the idea to collect crosses on trips that we take.  Fast forward to the very next week when I came across all of these at Old Time Pottery for $8 or less.

Boom!  Collection completed in one trip!

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Thank you set of crosses.  You kept us vampire free for almost 9 years. But it’s time to move on.

I thought a large chalkboard would be fun in the space and I decided to make it.  Because why not?

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I purchased 1×4’s and mitered the ends of the boards at a 45 degree angle.  You want your inside edge (the short side of the board) to be a little shorter than your chalkboard so that the board can sit on the back of the frame (scroll down for picture).

For the board I bought birch plywood that is .2″ thick.  Then I had the nice fella at Lowe’s cut it down to 2×3.  He didn’t want to, but I assured him that the edges would be covered by a frame and it didn’t matter if the wood splintered a little.  He cut it very slowly and there were no problems.

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After staining the frame boards (dark walnut) I attached them with L brackets that I spray painted a dark bronze color. Make pilot holes before screwing in your wood screws. Real woodworkers always do that and since we are dummies, we will follow their lead. 😉

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That makes your frame, now to deal with the chalkboard. Take your plywood and paint it with chalkboard paint.  Not the same as chalk paint, see how much you are learning here?

Then you need to season the chalkboard, which means just cover it with chalk and then wipe it away.

I’ve remember this being used as a punishment by my 3rd grade teacher.

Obviously I only witnessed it, never experienced it…

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Now that your frame is together and your chalkboard is painted and seasoned, it’s time to frame your chalkboard! And you thought this was going to be difficult.

Just lay the board on the backside of the frame and attach with screws (don’t forget the pilot holes–ahem).

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Annnnnd you’re finished.  See how easy that was?

Who’s the dummy now?

Not us!

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the steps.  If you decide to try you hand at one of these, I would love to see it completed!

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Linking to :  The Scoop  * Work it Wednesday  *

Hey Y’all!

Well today is a big day here at the manor.  Buster turns 12.  Yes, 365 days until we have 2 teenagers living under one roof.  Heaven help us all.  The eye-rolling and deep sighing competitions will intensify and the foot odor — oh my stars — might just send me over the edge.

But as I sit here and type, I can hear his big sister in the kitchen making pancakes for him.

Y’all this is huge. 

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Like the kind of huge that makes me want to not tell you anything about this magnetic chalkboard (the pics are self explanatory).  I want to just tell you about how my kids are starting to <whispers this part so they won’t realize it> like each other.

Just the other night at supper Buster was imitating Mr. Creativity, and The Pretty Girl spewed her food she laughed so hard.

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Then they both laughed until they cried over it all.  THAT my friends has been one of my main parenting goals.

Having kids that like each other is seriously important to me.

My brothers and I used to fight some, but it wasn’t tolerated.  Then somewhere around high-school, things clicked and we became friends. 

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We still make each other laugh until someone spews or can’t help but cry (it is usually my mom that cries).  It’s almost a competition now to see who can make mom cry first at Christmas. 

My brothers beat me all the time.  Those guys are hysterical.

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So while I’m enjoying the fact that my middle son is a happy and healthy 12 year old boy today, I’m celebrating even more the fact that these kids love each other. 

That’s the best gift a mom could ask for.

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Okay, now on to this little magnetic chalkboard.  It’s so cute no? I just picked it up at JoAnn’s the other day.  I thought it would be fun to hang on my ladder in the kitchen and change out the artwork each season.

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I found this art work at Maker + Ink.  Isn’t it just adorable? I love this site.  There are several different artists, but all of the artwork has an inspirational touch. 

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If you order between now and July 21 you can receive 15% off your total order! Just use the code TRUTH15 at checkout.

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Now the smell of pancakes has filled the house and Buster is up and ready to be celebrated, so I must go.

I need to see who laughs til they cry at breakfast!

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