$10 Date Nights-Savoring my Valentine

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  We don’t do much special for Valentine’s day, but this year, we’ve added something new to our weekly plans—a date night!  Honestly, this hasn’t been possible in the past.  Our parents don’t live in town and babysitters are expensive.  But, now that the kids are older, we are able to get away.  Date nights can get expensive quickly, so we’ve had fun finding “cheap” things to do.

A year of $10 (or less) date nights.

Here are the rules for our date nights:

  1. On the calendar
  2. Intentional
  3. No Phones (except to consult the Scrabble dictionary)

Our goal is simple: Have conversations about life, about dreams, about fears.  Savor our friendship with one another.

If your kids are younger, see what you can do to get away for a bit.  Ask your parents, trade babysitting with another family, find free kids’ nights out at churches or gyms.  Whatever you do, make it intentional and spend a little one-on-one time savoring your valentine.

Hello 2016!

2016. That’s hard to type. I can recall a time when 2016 seemed so far away and 40 seemed soooo old. Not anymore!

sa·vorˈsāvərverb1.taste and enjoy it completely.

For the past few years, I’ve had a word that I’ve focused on, sometimes more than others.  This year, 2016, the year I turn 40, two words are reverberating in my head:  Simplify.  Savor.

simplify verb make something simpler

My prayer for this year is that I can step back, let the little things go.  let the big things become little things, and treasure my moments, my people, and my God.

My Favorite HandMade Christmas Gift: Dish Towels

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I love the look of a hand-embroidered dish towel.  They are sweet, and the perfect project for teacher gifts, wedding showers, and even to compliment a gift of baked goods.  These projects only take a few supplies and can be completed while waiting on carpool or watching TV at night, making these sweet dish towels the perfect handmade Christmas gift.

You’ll need:


  • a hoop
  • thread
  • a design
  • a pencil
  • embroidery needles
  • thread

You can purchase iron-on designs, or just draw your own. In the past I’ve downloaded a line drawing and just traced it onto my towels.  This is super-easy if you have a large window.  You can tape the design to the window and use the sunlight to see the design through your towel fabric.

I’m a lazy stitcher, so I tend to only use a basic running stitch and french knots to complete my design.  This website has some great tutorials: http://sublimestitching.com/pages/tutorials

The Cabin Tunic

I recently stitched up another fun pattern.  Meet the Cabin Tunic.


I purchased this pattern after seeing it featured in Indiesew’s Fall 2015 Collection.  I almost didn’t, but then I stumbled on a darling black and white polka dot cotton lawn on a discount table at Hancock’s Fabrics.

This cute tunic is loose and flowy.  The pattern was well written and easy to follow.  I decided to cut a smaller size to fit my shoulders and then just do an FBA.  The pattern has great instructions for FBAs.


Pockets!  It has pockets!  Hooray!  They were simple to make, again thanks to great instructions.  I didn’t make any other pattern adjustments, but if I make it again, I may shorten it.  Or I might lengthen it to wear as a dress…

I would recommend this pattern for an advanced beginner.  It makes a cool and comfy top.  I do think fabric choice can make this top fabulous or icky.  Make sure you choose a lightweight fabric that drapes well, unless you are going for a boxier look.

Garden hack #2: Scarecrow

Item #5 on my September Garden To Do List:  A scarecrow!

I went to the my favorite time-suck source of inspiration and found a few ideas for a garden scarecrow.  The mop-head scarecrows were my favorites.

Here’s our garden helper:


We used some scrap lumber and wood screws to create a cross.  The cowboy hat, clapping hands, and mop head are all Dollar Tree finds.  The shirt and skirt came out of our charity box.  I used garden wire to attach my pieces and set it in the garden near the sweet peas! 

Total cost:  $4 +tax

Make It Monday: Fall Scents

It’s finally Fall.  And even if the thermometer doesn’t prove it, the calendar does!  I’m not a pumpkin-everything kinda girl, but I love the spicy scents and flavors of Fall.

We have a very naughty black cat and a 20-month old frequent visitor.  These two things make candles a no-go.  So how do I get fall scents into throughout my house?  I diffuse essential oils.


My favorite fall blend is 3 drops of wild orange, 3 drops of clove bud, 1 drop of frankincense, and 1 drop of cedarwood.  I order all my oils here.

We have 2 favorite diffusers to use with our oils.  We like a plug-in room diffuser for the bedroom and a cold-water diffuser for kitchen/living room.

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