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Hi friends! I hope everyone is doing well! Life has slowed down around here a little bit, so I wanted to pop in and share a great wreath with you. Even though the 4th of July has come and gone, there’s never a bad time to show off your American pride, especially in the summer months. So I took some extra red, white and blue deco mesh I had and created a fun and patriotic deco mesh wreath for my front porch!
But before we get started, I wanted to share some very exciting news! You may remember me mentioning my friend Brooke from the blog Re-Fabbed. She is a great friend, she used to be my neighbor and now she has built Re-Fabbed into an amazing brand. Well, she’s hosting Re-Fabbed Live, a live event in Nashville, TN and has invited me to be a part of it! Come join us, make some super fun holiday projects together with a group of 50 like-minded creatives and DIYers of every skill level. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways too–definitely an event you want to go to. [Click Here for More Info]
Ok, back to the wreath! If you have ever wanted to try deco mesh, I say go for it! With the right supplies, you can definitely put together an adorable wreath. You’ll definitely need to get a working wreath which looks like a wire wreath form with pipe cleaners attached to it. I found mine at Walmart. Hobby Lobby and Michaels also carry them.
Working wreath (Walmart)
Red, white and blue deco mesh roll (Hobby Lobby)
Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
American Flags (Walmart)
Make a ‘pouff’ of any size with the deco mesh, then pinch it and wrap the wire holders around it until tightly secured.
Repeat this with the deco mesh around the entire wreath.
Fluff up the deco mesh poufs. Then repeat with whatever ribbon you would like to use. Add whatever embellishments you want to your wreath and it’s ready to hang!
So, what do you think? Think you can give it a try? For more wreath ideas [click here]!
March is upon us! That means that spring and St. Patrick’s Day are right around the corner. St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday so the decorations and crafts should be too! I saw this frame at Michaels and thought it would be perfect for a fun and different St. Patrick’s Day ‘wreath’. It was easy to make and didn’t take long at all! Here’s what you need:
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the complete recipe. Have you checked out the Families on a Budget page? For those of you who have been following Fun Home Things for a while, you know that my husband and I are going through Financial Peace University and made the commitment when we got married to get out of debt as quickly as possible and live debt free. One of the things you do when you’re following Dave Ramsey’s plan is to ‘live like no one else so that you can live like no one else’. That means no extras, no eating out, no credit card vacations–it’s beans and rice, rice and beans. We had to cut back on everything. (But let me tell you, it’s paying off already. Next Friday, I’m going to talk about driving 2 paid for cars.)
I personally love this part of the process because having to make something out of nothing for a family of 6 forces me to be creative. It’s a challenge for me and I enjoy it. Cutting back our food budget was a biggie, so I turned it into a game. How cheap can I go?
How can I make dinners that my family of 6 will love for $10 or less? Not only have I found myself coming up with some super cool recipes, they’re also some of my favorites! (FYI, I have started a list of $10 Dinners on the Families on a Budget page.)
Are they the healthiest meals I’ve ever made? Some of them, not always. But this is temporary. The goal of the entire FPU program is to make drastic cutbacks temporarily to get out of debt and build savings.
Anyway, let’s get on with it. Here’s my Cheddar Beef Soup Recipe:
1 can (20 oz.) Dinty Moore Beef Stew ($2.44)
1 can condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup ($.60–generic)
1 can condensed Cream of Potato Soup ($.60–generic)
1 can sliced carrots, drained ($.49–generic)
2 cans water
Total cost: $4.13
Chives or parsley
Serving Size: 6
- Combine the beef stew, cheddar cheese soup, cream of potato soup, carrots and water in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until all ingredients are blended.
- Transfer to a large saucepan and heat on med-high until hot.
- Let cool and garnish with sour cream and chives, parsley or shredded cheese and toast. (optional).
This time of year is prime time for organization projects. It’s too cold for most of us to spend a lot of time outside, our houses are overloaded with Christmas gifts and all of us are looking to re-establish some sort of order. At least I am. Do you know what I’m looking forward to the most about this year? Less. Less stuff, less screen time, less running all over the place to make everyone else but us happy…just less. Simple. A break from the chaos. And more organization.
What about you–are you trying to get organized? If you’re working on the drawers in your home, here are 10 fantastic ideas for drawer organization! (Links and sources below the pictures)
Winter is a great time to tackle those indoor projects, like the laundry room. If you liked my previous post sharing some brilliant laundry room updates, you’re definitely going to love this one. I’m hoping to start on our laundry room makeover next month, can’t wait to show you! Thinking about updating yours? Check out what these 10 bloggers have come up with! (Links below pictures).
Welcome to 2018! I hope that everyone had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve last night. We have so much on our list of things to do today at the Drane house. Put away Christmas decorations, pull out some January decorations, because I can’t stand going from a fully decorated house to nothing. I don’t do anything over the top, just a few fresh winter decorations here and there to keep the house looking a little festive while we muck through the first few months of the new year.
With the kiddos going back to school on Wednesday, it’s also time to get backpacks cleaned out and packed, clothes washed and sleep schedules back to normal.
Most importantly for us this year, is getting back on track with our finances. After reading Total Money Makeover and completing Financial Peace University a few years ago, Ryan and I were committed to becoming debt-free, but fell off of the wagon after we welcomed 3 babies back to back.
We got tired, we got busy, we got unfocused and it has taken ups forever to get back on track. But this is a new year! And to help stay motivated I have created a new page on the blog called Financial Peace Family where I am sharing all of the money saving tips, recipes and tools that we are using to get out of debt. I’m also sharing some encouragement along the way so that we can all stay motivated as we live like no one else so that we can live like no one else. I hope that you find it really helpful!
Last year wasn’t a very notable year for Fun Home Things. What can I say, life happened. But I am looking forward to sharing some new, awesome content with you and reconnecting with you! Thanks for sticking with me after almost 6 years! Happy New Year!
Feel free to scroll down to the bottom if you’re just looking for the recipes.
If you’re from the South, you’ve probably at least heard of the tradition of having black eyed peas and greens (or cabbage) on New Year’s Day. As the tradition goes, the meal is supposed to ensure good luck for the year.
There are tons of variations of the tradition. Some people make cabbage, some turn the whole mix into a soup, some hide pennies and dimes in the meal. I use Wright’s thick cut smoked bacon, others are know to use ham hock, pork jowl, turkey legs, the list goes on.
Growing up, I never really thought to ask about the origin of this tradition. It was just what we did on New Year’s Day. A couple of years ago I got curious and started looking around for more info. I found some pretty good explanations (click here or click here if you’re interested). [Read more…]
Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I hope that you are surrounded by loved ones and great food today. Thank you so much for being a part of the Fun Home Things community!
I’ve been using the same hot chocolate mix recipe for about 10 years now but honestly, I was never super impressed with it. I just kept using it because I thought that was how they all tasted. Then Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom posted her recipe last Christmas and I noticed one ingredient that I had never tried before–chocolate pudding mix. What a difference! So I dumped my recipe and now use an adapted version of hers.
And the best part–homemade hot chocolate mix makes a great teacher gift, especially since it’s easy enough for kids to make. Here’s what you need:
1 large box instant chocolate pudding mix
4 c. Nesquik powder
10 c. powdered milk
2/3 c. powdered sugar
Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in an air tight container.
Use 1/4 c. mix to 1 c. hot water.
Wasn’t that easy? For more homemade gift ideas, check out the Homemade Gifts page!