My Ornamental Garden Plans

When we first viewd our new home, the garden that accent the front and sides of the house as well as the perimeter of the back yard appeared lush.  When we moved in, we quickly realized thistles were quite problematic in most of the garden beds.  The plantings were ecclectic, and too much.  Once again we resigned ourselves to ripping out the gardens and starting fresh with the look we wanted.

DIY Etched Glass Jars

Happy Weekend...YAY!
How was your week?  Are you doing anything fun this weekend?  Fireworks?? We are celebrating Gracie's 7th birthday party tomorrow and we will have 15 seven year olds at the party so that will be fun and my Mother-in-Law is staying here for 11 days.  So, again, we are busy but having lots of fun!!  I can't believe Andrew is 3 weeks already!!

We have another guest poster today and I just love this post!!  I think you will too!!

Today, we have Kelli, from Living Sweetly!  

Hey everyone, I’m Kelli from Living Sweetly! A very special thank you to Bonnie for letting my guest post! Isn’t her blog awesome?! :)

I wanted to share a quick tutorial with you! I love the etched glass look but did NOT want to pay someone to etch a jar that will hold my Q-Tips and cotton balls! I did a little investigating and figured out how to get the same look on my own!

First, decide what type of jar want to etch and what you want to put in it.
I got this jar from Hobby Lobby. It was super discounted because there were a couple of little dings on the lid. I got it for about $1.50. Score!

Make sure the jar is thoroughly cleaned and use your favorite glass cleaner to get off and fingerprints or smudges.

The first thing we’ll do is tape off the area we want painted. I used Frog tape. It seems to work better than regular blue painter’s tape but use whatever works best for you!

I wasn’t too worried about my tape; I just eyeballed it. You could always get a level to make sure everything is nice and straight.

Next, we’ll put the lettering on the jar. I wanted my jar to hold Q-tips. I started with the middle letter of the word to make a sure everything was centered.

My favorite letters to use are the cardstock stickers. They’re thicker so their easier to put on and also to remove.

I used an etching cream from Hobby Lobby and a sponge brush to paint the etching cream on.

{I recommend doing this part outside or in a well ventilated area. This cream is strong!}

Now is the waiting game. There is usually a drying time on the back of the etching cream. I think I just ran to the grocery store and then finished the project after I got back.

After the jar is completely dry, rinse it under some warm water in a stainless steel sink. The cream may stain other types of sinks!

Go ahead and peel off the tape and stickers.

Give the jar one last rinse off and you’re done!

Here’s the finished product! It’s subtle but I think it’s really cute! This project would be great for things like sugar or flour…the writing would really pop!

Thank you again, Bonnie, for letting my guest post!
I’d love for you to come check out what’s going on at Living Sweetly!
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Thanks Kelli!!  What a great idea!

Have a great weekend!

My New Square Foot Garden Raised Bed

Yesterday I told you about my new PVC raised gardening boxes in the far top left corner.  At $59.97 each on sale, they certainly were not a cheap way to build raised garden beds especially since between the two I ended up with 16 square feet of growing space.  My husband doesn't like the new PVC beds so he picked up some spruce to build me a wooden raised bed.

The new raised bed is 4' x 12' x

My PVC Raised Garden Boxes

I use a variety of garden bed styles, preferring raised beds but like in ground beds for flower beds.  Shortly after arriving home from our spring vacation, Home Hardware had 4' x 4' PVC raised garden boxes on sale for $59.97.  As raised beds go, these were expensive but I reasoned the PVC would out live the untreated spruce I normally use for my raised garden beds.  The looked slick and a bit

Make Your Own Fruit Yogurt

One of our favorite lunches to eat is yogurt but we like to make a certain kind!!  We eat this so much that even our babysitter makes this at home now.

This is our favorite yogurt to eat!

We put it into a bowl.

The kids do all this themselves. 

Then we grab a bag of frozen fruit.

Then, we add the fruit to our yogurt!

Then we add organic stevia and pure vanilla extract.

Next, we mix it all together!

The kids like some "crunch" on top, so we usually add these cookies or granola on top.

You can add a banana if you want!

The kids love it!

Yup, they love it!!

Cute. Yummy. Healthy.

What is your favorite yogurt?

Thanks and have a great day!!


Our Shaklee Team

Several weeks ago, we hosted some of our Shaklee Team at our house so we can all attend some training!!  Our team is nation wide and this was my first time physically meeting most of them!  We had a blast!!!  Our team becomes our family when joining!!  

Since, we recently finished our basement, we had a ton of space for air mattress so several girls camped out in my basement!

I made a bed for each person. 

I wanted them to feel comfortable.

I gave them some Shaklee goodies too! :)

Alison and her husband stayed in the guest room downstairs.

I made sure my basement bathroom was fully stocked with Shaklee's personal care products!!

Here is a picture of some of the team at my house.

(right to left) Krysta, Alison, Jennifer, Me, and Mary.

We had a blast!!  Here, we were all taking a personality quiz!!

Here is group shot of some more of us!

We also were able to see Roger Barnett, Shaklee's CEO!!

Here is Mae and her hubby!

Here is Krysta!

Here are my Parents.

We saw some amazing Cinch Transformation Testimonials!!

Here I am with Joe Torres from Shaklee's Home Office!

Here is a Roger!!  I can't wait to see him again this summer in Vegas at the Shaklee Convention!

This is a picture of Dr. Shaklee!!

Here is another picture of some of our team with Roger!!

I love our team!
(Sarah, Mae, Me and Krysta)

Here is a photo of my husband and I with Pat Heintz!

We had a great time hanging our with our Shaklee Family!!!

We learned more about the company and how to grow ourselves personally and professionally!  It was truly life changing!!

If you want to make a difference in this world by helping others get healthier and wealthier, earn a income, join a motivated, positive, nation wide, growing team and develop personally, then listen to my next webinar and I will share more info with you!

We have the best company, products, compensation plan, team and the best training to get your business up and running!

I am also scheduling 20 minute interviews to get to know you and to see if this is for you, so email me today at (subject line- SHAKLEE CALL) to set up yours call today!

Have a great day!

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