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Easter Ideas from Pinterest!

I love finding fun things on pinterest!

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There are some of the cutest ideas for Easter floating around out there!  Who doesn’t love bunnies and all the spring colors.    I saw this idea from Pinterest and thought it was SO cute!

Peep S’Mores

Make a Peep S’More.. at home!   You use your typical graham crackers and Hershey chocolate bars – but you add a Peep for the Marshmallow (after all it is marshmallow).  You put just the bottom half (1 cracker, chocolate and Peep) in the microwave for about 8-12 seconds I think. I know marshmallows really puff up huge in the microwave. I can’t wait to try this with the kids!

peep smores

You can find this post at Eclectic Recipes 

Lori found the Peep S’mores on Pinterest and she put another spin on them.  What a neat idea this is! She made up Peep S’More packs for her kids parties at school.  She got the little bags and then she printed up the instructions and put on the back.  Hopefully the kids will wait until they get home to open and make them, rather than opening and just eating all the ingredients out first!  I LOVE this idea!

peep smores

You can find this darling idea at My Wood Spoon

Bunny Cupcakes

Isn’t this cupcake darling?  So simple, yet looks so awesome!  I first saw just the backside shot of the bunny in the cupcake. When I went to the post I found this pic with the front of the bunny done up too.  It is a blog written in spanish, but some awesome recipe. Worth hitting the translator for.

bunny cupcakes

You can find this idea at Cupcake Perfecto.

Angry Bird Easter Eggs

How cute are these?

angry bird easter eggs

You can find the post for these on The Tip Junkie party ideas

 

Would love for you to link something you would like pinned!

Guidelines

1) Add a link from one of your blog post you want pinned.
2) Be sure to use the picture you want pinned for the picture we see on here.
3) Would love for you to tweet this out, or stumble or pin it. (Only pin my Fav Pin Friday button, not any of the pics I put up from pinterest please – those aren’t my pictures.)
4) Be sure to pin a couple other pins you see on here too!
5) Please click on the pictures, it will take you to my pinterest boards where I pinned these pics.  Please repin these pictures, as it will help the people who originally posted the picture. Visit their posts to help them out.

If you like the pinterest parties you can go to Kim’s at Crafty Mama of 4. She has Pin it Friday 

If you need some help knowing how to link up, this link party tutorial should help.

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Fishing

March 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Activites for Kids, Blog, Family & Friends

Dave and the kids go Fishing

These pictures were from a couple years ago when Dave took the kids fishing. I just loved them and wanted to share.

Dave getting the triplets rigged up.

Dave helping Elise get ready to fish

Alex fishing


Drew fishing on his own a little further away from us. (smart! LOL)

I just liked this picture of Elise

The bait. The kids found bag worms and centipedes along with regular worms (that no one could find in the can) while at the farm.

Dave and Zach whistling the Andy Giffith Song on their way back.

No fish…but lots of fun.  Something as simple as fishing can bring a family together.  Of course with hooks in trees and stuck on things in the water, I am not saying there is any lack of frustration teaching kids to fish. lol  Dave is really awesome like that.  He really should have been a teacher, he wants his kids to learn everything he knows – and he is patient enough to teach them (not like me!).  They spent one afternoon just learning to tie knots at the farm, the weather didn’t permit fishing that day – so they just worked on knots.

This day that we went fishing I don’t think anyone even caught any fish, I mean really…. I would have had that trophy “it was THIS big” picture in there if they had! lol  But as you can see from this last picture, Zach still had a great time.  I absolutely loved that they were walking and whistling the tune from The Andy Griffith show.  It was totally spontaneous and so fun… Zach had a hard time whistling because he kept smiling. These are the little kinds of things that kids will remember about their Dad.  It doesn’t take fancy cars and lots of money to buy your kids things. Just spending time with them – that is what they crave the most.

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Sort

Sort The Clutter

When you sort through all your things how do you know what to keep and what to get rid of?

What is your goal?  What would you like to end up with? A room you can see the floor in? A closet you can fit your clothes in?  You need to visualize the space you want to unclutter and sort.

With your vision in mind – you have to decide what is important enough to keep in your new space.  If everything holds the same importance to you and you can’t let go of everything, you will not accomplish your goal and you will not have cleared the space.

Take each item and make a fast decision.  Decided which category it belongs in below.  I suggest either getting boxes and labeling them, or make signs to use for your piles.

The key is to remember that if you keep everything, you won’t be any closer to your goal.

Don’t worry if Aunt Susie gave it to you and you don’t want to hurt her feelings. Do YOU like it and does it add value to the space? If not, then it is alright to donate it, or give it to another family member who might really like it. Take that item and in 5 fast seconds say to yourself, “Do I love this, use it and want it?” Simple as that. (I know it isn’t really that easy…but the more you do, the easier it gets.) I know there are the complicated items, I know there are the sentimental items.  But you have to make a first run through.  Then you can deal with the more difficult items like a pipe your grandfather smoked or a Precious Moments Collections of your mothers.

Sorting Categories

Sorting Keep

Love It: (Keep)

1) Love It
2) Use It
3) Want it or Can’t live without it

Tip: Remember, you can’t LOVE everything or else you will not make any progress

Sorting Donate

 

Donate:

1) Won’t Use
2) Don’t Like
3) Doesn’t Fit

Tip: Think of other people who could benefit from the items you are donating. Why let them sit there, when others need them so badly? 

Sorting move it

Move It: (Keep)

1) Wrong Room

Tip: Only Move the things that you LOVE or items that you have to Store. Don’t just shift the mass to another room. 

sorting store it

Store It: (Keep)

1) Seasonal
2) Can’t give it up
3) Can’t Use Now

Tip: Be selective in what you store. You don’t HAVE to save every Christmas decoration etc. Use the same sorting process for holiday decorations.  For items you “Can’t Give Up” allow yourself one plastic bin or box for your “cherished” items. Call it your special box. If that box gets full, then decide which items need to come out to make room for others. Give yourself limits and stay within them. 

sorting trash - recycle

Trash/ Recycle:

1) Broken
2) Torn
3) Can’t Donate

Tip: Please do not donate items that aren’t in good enough shape to use. That just means someone else has to get rid of your trash. Recycle as much as possible, but move it out of your home. Don’t plan a zillion projects to recycle old items into new, otherwise you will not be able to move out from beneath your clutter. 

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Spring Flowers

March 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Family & Friends

There are always such beautiful spring flowers at the farm.

I love the Red Bud trees. I always think of my mom when I see them because she used to love when they were in bloom.  My boys got me a red bud tree the year before last for Mother’s Day, but it got blown over and broke in a wind storm.  I might try to transplant  one from the farm.  They are all over there.  Just the pink color of them and when they come into bloom.  There are a couple springs that were little seedlings from my broken Red Bud tree, I’m still hoping that those end up growing into a flowering tree… or they might just be weeds, I don’t know – but I will in a couple years lol.

A Red Bud tree at the farm Wild Flowers in the orchard at the farm. Not a “working orchard” anymore. It used to have apple trees, not just a big open area with a picnic shelter that has always been called The orchard.  In the springs there are daffodils  that come up all over, that Dave’s mom planted years ago. They come up in little yellow bunches all over the farm, mostly up near the orchard.  I really enjoy seeing them too and watching his face light up every year when he sees them.  She died when he was 15 years old, so it is like her memory coming alive for him each year.  He loves to see them and talks about his mom every time he does.  It’s cool how something like a flower can make us remember and think of our loved ones.  How planting something about 35-40 years ago can bring someone joy and positive thoughts, long after they are gone.  I’m so thankful that God decided to make the flowers when he created  life.  So cool.
wild flowers in the orchard

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How to Organize

March 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Cleaning, How To Organize

How To Organize In 5 Easy Steps

Do you often wonder how to organize a specific room? It is just too overwhelming to even start?

 

Organizing can be broken down into five main steps. Organizing a desk, room or home can be completely overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you do with everything? How much will it cost?

So often we don’t do anything because we don’t know how to do it, or it seems too “big” to do anything. But to do nothing accomplishes nothing.

Step 1: Pick your target zone.

Decide what area you want to work on first. Don’t say, my whole house. More like; I want to work on the desk in the corner of the family room. The hard part when you get sorting is to stick to that target zone. You can’t take an item into another room to put away, because then you will see something in that room that you want to move and you will lose focus.

Step 2: Set an appointment on your calendar to start your project.

Try to give yourself at least 2 hours to start your project. Hopefully if you haven’t started too big you can finish. Take “before” pictures. When you finish and take your “after” pictures, it will help to keep you motivated to not let it get back the way it was before.

Step 3: Have your supplies ready to start.

Do not go out and buy a bunch of organizational products. You do not know what you are going to need yet. You may have it somewhere in your home.
I suggest getting
1) Black trash bags for trash
2) White trash bags for donate (so you don’t throw away your donate bags.)
3) Boxes or clear bins
4) Labels – masking tape can do the job and a sharpie marker.
5) Your sorting lists

Step 4: Make Sorting Lists

Just get any piece of paper and a marker and write this on each one:
1) KEEP – Love it, wear it, use it, Can’t live without it
2) DONATE- Don’t like it or use it, doesn’t fit, it is still in good shape.
3) MOVE – It doesn’t belong in this room
4) STORE – Seasonal items, occasional use like camping or skiing equip etc.
5) TOSS – Trash, torn, broken, missing pieces, not in any shape for anyone to use.

Step 5: Start Sorting

Each item in the space needs to be decided on. You have to make fast decisions. Give yourself about 5-10 seconds for each thing. Do not sit and recall memories for each item, or start looking at old pictures. When you do that you are “personalizing” that item. The goal here in order to get through these things is to “depersonalize” the items.

 

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Organizing and DIY Monday Link Party – Week 12

Spring Cleaning Organizing and DIY

What kind of Organizing and DIY projects do you associate with spring cleaning? Anything?

We all have our favorite products to clean with. They might be store bought, they might be “green” products, not so green or home made.
Organizing and DIY

Odo-ban is one of my favorite cleaners. That is a smell that just says “clean” to me when I smell it. I’ve been using it for about 15 years now I think. (wow… didn’t realize it had been that long!)
To begin your spring cleaning you need to:

* Designate a time to clean
* Decide what is going to be cleaned
* Decide who is going to be doing what
* Have the proper supplies before you start

Give everyone in the family assignments. Down to the toddlers. They can help carry a roll of paper towels or use a wet rag and wipe off a low table. Even if it isn’t something that is real productive to you, it makes them feel important and let’s them know they can help mommy.

Link up to my Linky Party! I’d love to see your spring cleaning, organizing or DIY projects!

1) Link to your specific post – not your blog
2) Please Link back to my blog with my button or link
3) Blog post related to Organizing or Cleaning or DIY or crafts or decorating are WONDERFUL!
4) No sales pitches or web sites.
5) Feel free to link up more than 1 post.

I also have a Pinterest Favorite Pin Friday Linky Party! Be sure to watch for that!

Looking for other link parties? I have a whole list of them. Thumbnail via day above and keep scrolling down to find a more extensive text lists by day on my link party list. If you aren’t sure how to link up… see my link party tutorial here. It is simple. If You Are On A Reader and Want to View
This party will be open until March 25, 2012 at 11:59pm

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Fav Pinteret Pin Party – Week 9

St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest Pins

Have you checked out Pinterest for any St. Patrick’s day ideas?

pinterest linky party

These were some of my favorite pins for Saint Patrick’s Day! This just looks SO awesome! Look at the green sprinkles on top. lol

pinterest

Love whoopie pies!!

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These look too good to eat… and expensive!

pinterest

 

Would love for you to link something you would like pinned!

Guidelines

1) Add a link from one of your blog post you want pinned.
2) Be sure to use the picture you want pinned for the picture we see on here.
3) Would love for you to tweet this out, or stumble or pin it. (Only pin my Fav Pin Friday button, not any of the pics I put up from pinterest please.)
4) Be sure to pin a couple other pins you see on here too!
5) Please click on the pictures, it will take you to my pinterest boards where I pinned these pics.  Please repin these pictures, as it will help the people who originally posted the picture. Visit their posts to help them out.

If you like the pinterest parties you can go to Kim’s at Crafty Mama of 4. She has Pin it Friday 

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Saint Patrick’s Day Milkshake

Saint Patrick’s Day Milkshake - Surprise Your Kids

Saint Patrick’s Day can be a lot of fun.  You can do something as simple as give your kids a green milkshake and they will be thrilled.  We don’t decorate for St. Patrick’s day, or go to any big parties or bars to drink green beer. But I have fun doing special things for the kids if we have them on that day. (My step kids, we have week on/week off).  One year I made them Green eggs and ham for breakfast, another year I made green pancakes (ewwww..)  I don’t know why I necessarily pick breakfast to create green creations – maybe because it seems to scary to create them later in the day? lol

But this year I decided to go with my new green smoothie for them. Fun thing about it, is that it can be a really healthy shake and they don’t realize it.  It tastes like banana and peanut butter, so the kids don’t  even realize there is spinach in it (if you don’t want them to know).  It is a great way for them to have a healthy snack after school or for breakfast in the morning… any day of the week.

I have been drinking one most mornings. Actually this makes enough that I usually have half for breakfast and the other half is my lunch.  It holds you for so long too.  I don’t get the cravings at 10am. So this would be a really good thing on school mornings for the kids, rather than those sugary cereals.

Saint Patrick's day milkshake

Recipe for Green smoothie Shake

1/2 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
1 cup skim milk
1 banana (you can freeze before hand if you’d like)
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
3-4 Cups leaf spinach
4-5 ice cubes

One thing that I’ve done, if I end up with bananas that are starting to go bad, I’ll cut them up individually into plastic bags and freeze them. Then you can take them out and throw them in the mixer. You don’t waste the bananas and you get a colder, thicker shake.  I found this recipe on pinterest and she always used frozen bananas in hers. You can find her link in my full post (link below).

Makes about 48 oz of shake.

You can see my full post here for Green Spinach Recipe

 

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Decorating Ideas

March 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Bedrooms, Blog, Decorating, DIY

Decorating Ideas To Decorate My Bedroom

I have found several decorating ideas and want to share them!  I am excited to redecorate our bedroom.   I have known the headboard I have wanted to put up since last year when I found it on a blog.   My husband actually has started this portion of the project already.

decorating ideas

This is the picture that the gal above found her inspiration for her headboard.  The one thing I love on both headboards is the white creamy color. It has such great contrast with the walls.

Here is another picture, I think it is actually the inspiration that the woman above found to do her daughter’s bedroom headboard.  This one is so beautiful, but the wall is not acting like the headboard in this case.  My wall will be my headboard, since we don’t have one.  We also have two windows positioned on either side of our bed, just like these two pictures do.  I guess that must be a popular configuration for a bedroom? lol

decorating ideas

Dave has the wood slats up, not painting is the next question.  I really didn’t know what color to go with. So I searched pinterest for color inspiration and this is what I came up with.  I love the deep dark brown against the white.  I’m going to go with it.

decorating ideas

I bought a couple of the little sample paints at Home Depot for Behr paint to test colors.   We still need to buy the paint and get the paining done.  I really need to also refinish the dressers.  Time is the main factor here.  Don’t look for the finished product in the next week, not sure when it will be completed.  But as soon as I get it finished, I’ll certainly share it with you all.

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Organizing and DIY Monday Link Party – Week 11

Organizing and DIY Monday – Flowers, Just Because!

So what does organizing and DIY have to do with flowers?  Not much, but I wanted to share it with you anyways! lol Dave will surprise me every month or so with flowers, for no real reason.  I always love them.  Many times it’s when I’m having a hard day or I’m frustrated about something and he knows it will make me feel better.

This single rose he brought me a couple weeks ago. It was so pretty. Just so sweet…  and I lasted a long time.

Organizing and DIY

rose
Organizing and DIY

 

rose

rose

Can you tell it made my night?  My man is the bomb!

 

Link up to my Linky Party! I’d love to see your spring cleaning, organizing or DIY projects!

1) Link to your specific post – not your blog
2) Please Link back to my blog with my button or link
3) Blog post related to Organizing or Cleaning or DIY or crafts or decorating are WONDERFUL!
4) No sales pitches or web sites.
5) Feel free to link up more than 1 post.

I also have a Pinterest Favorite Pin Friday Linky Party! Be sure to watch for that!

Looking for other link parties? I have a whole list of them. Thumbnail via day above and keep scrolling down to find a more extensive text lists by day on my link party list. If you aren’t sure how to link up… see my link party tutorial here. It is simple. If You Are On A Reader and Want to View
This party will be open until March 18, 2012 at 11:59pm

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

March 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Cleaning, DIY, Laundry room or Bathroom

Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Detergent!

I found the “recipe” on Pinterest to make your own homemade laundry detergent.  I wasn’t looking for a recipe and had never considered making my own. I’m not someone who would normally do something like this. But I haven’t been real happy with the detergent I’ve been using and I don’t want to spend the money I’d need to in order to buy the detergent I’d like.

homemade laundry detergentI decided to give it a go.

The Ingredients

ingredients

1) A bucket or large container
2) Plastic bag to line the bucket
3) Food Processor
4) 4 lb 12 oz Box of Borax
5)  4 lb Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
6) Oxi Clean 3 1/2 lb (This is a 5 lb container)
7) 3 lb 7 oz Box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
8) 3 bars of Fels-Naptha

I found everything other than the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda at Walmart. My Kroger store had the Washing Soda.

Line your bucket with the plastic bag

homemade laundry detergent

Open up your 3 bars of Fels-Naptha.  I’ve never used this before, so this was new to me.

fels-naptha

Cut it with a decent knife.

fels naptha

Don’t use the chopping blade, use the blade that slices.

fels-naptha

I ended up with some of these little balls of Fels-Naptha left at the top of the blade.

fels-naptha

Kind of looks like cheese doesn’t it?

fels naptha

In the bucket I then layered the ingredients. You don’t have to, but I thought it would just help mix them up a bit better.

homemade laundry detergent

The woman who made this said she has no problem with the Fels-Naptha dissolving and she uses cold water to wash her clothes.  There were many comments on her post and a few people had problems with it not dissolving.  One person said that after she mixed it all up she then ran it through her food processer again and then she had no problems with it.  So I decided to do that to begin with it.

Now is when you want to use the chopping blade.  I learned from a process of elimination.  This is what it looks like before….

homemade laundry detergent

This is what it looked like after running the food processor for about 45 seconds.   The process of doing this with all of the mixture took me about another 1/2 hour, but I think it will be worth it.

laundry soap

Here’s what it looks like all together.

laundry soap

I had a large glass jar and made labels out of chalkboard contact paper. I just used a piece of chalk to write on it (duh).

laundry soap

I thought it would be fun to put the recipe on the jar also… so I put it on the back of the jar.

laundry soap

The mixture filled this jar.

homemade laundry detergent

laundry soap

laundry soap

 

Now to try a load of clothes with it.  Use 1 – 2 Tablespoons per load.  I have a front load machine and the post I found this on said it is fine to use in front loaders. I normally use HE detergent.  She also put hers in the tub first, not in the dispenser. But the woman who ran hers through the processor again said it now would work fine in the dispenser.  So that is what I tried.  I usually use liquid, so I had to remember to adjust the setting inside my Front Load from liquid to powder setting.

I do not have a top load, but from the source where I got this recipe, it appears that you use the same amount as the front load. She mentions it doesn’t see like enough, but that because there aren’t fillers in this laundry detergent it is enough.

laundry soap

I did a load and used warm water. I checked the dispenser after the load and there was nothing left in it. I had a black shirt in the load and pulled it out to check it for any bits of fels-naptha on it.  Yay!

*Note – after several loads I started getting a yellow “ring” in the tray, so since then I’ve been putting the detergent directly into the washer tub before I put in the clothes. I haven’t had any problems with residue left in my laundry tub.

I think it looks so nice on my dryer, don’t you?

homemade laundry detergent

Now down to a bit of reality, this glass container sitting on my dryer looks nice – but my washer really rattles around, and in turn this glass jar rattled around… a lot!  It was too heavy to use on my wire shelf, so I adjusted.   This isn’t nearly as cute… but much more practical for my needs in this laundry room.

I peeled off the other labels and since I had just used chalk, of course I messed up the writing.  I used my chalk markers on this one.

laundry  soap

Cost to Make:

Borax  (Walmart)  $3.38
A&H Baking Soda (Walmart)  $2.12
Fels Naptha (all 3 bars) (Walmart)  $2.91
Oxiclean (I bought 5# instead of 3.5) (Walmart) $9.47
A&H Washing Soap (Krogers)  $3.29

Total cost $21.17

I also had to buy a food processer (I haven’t had one in a long time), but I know I’ll have that for future batches, so I’m not really considering it part of the deal in the cost.

I can only tell you what I’ve read on how long it lasts. 9 months – 1 year. If that is the case, then this will pay for itself within just a couple months for me.

 

I got this recipe from Pinterest, but her blog post is called Being Creative. 

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Organizing and DIY Spring Cleaning

Are you getting ready to do your spring cleaning and organizing this year?  Do you have a plan?  Have you thought it through?  If you plan ahead you will be more successful in what you are trying to accomplish.

organizing

How To Start Spring Cleaning?

Start your cleaning much like you start your organizing.

1) Set aside a time to clean each room

2) Get cleaning supplies, bucket of cleaner or spray (I personally like Odo-ban). Rubber gloves (because it doesn’t seem so gross to clean if you have on gloves). Trash bags – black for trash, white for donate.

3) Start in one place. This is a great time to sort through the clutter. Sort quick, clear off a surface and clean it well.

4) Be sure to clean your walls, inside drawers, baseboards, etc.

5) Have your family help you. Many hands can accomplish the task much quicker than just yours.

Link up to my Linky Party! I’d love to see your spring cleaning, organizing or DIY projects!

1) Link to your specific post – not your blog
2) Please Link back to my blog with my button or link
3) Blog post related to Organizing or Cleaning or DIY or crafts or decorating are WONDERFUL!
4) No sales pitches or web sites.
5) Feel free to link up more than 1 post.

I also have a Pinterest Favorite Pin Friday Linky Party! Be sure to watch for that!

Looking for other link parties? I have a whole list of them. Thumbnail via day above and keep scrolling down to find a more extensive text lists by day on my link party list. If you aren’t sure how to link up… see my link party tutorial here. It is simple. If You Are On A Reader and Want to View
This party will be open until March 11, 2012 at 11:59pm

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Favorite Pinterest Pin Friday – Linky Party – Week 8

March 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Favorite Pin Friday Link Party, Food

My Favorite Pinterest Cupcakes this week!

Have you seen how many cool cupcakes there are on pinterest? omg… there are SO many and they look SO good!  I think I could spend all day just pinning cupcakes, although my pinterest followers might get a little sick of it! lol

pinterest

I spotted these cupcakes one evening and didn’t pin them at that moment.  I then went back later and couldn’t find them anywhere! I tried searches, I looked on a zillion cupcake boards.  Then about 2 weeks later I spotted them again and was so excited.  I think they just look so cool together.

cupcakes

I think these cupcakes look so cute! Think how nice these would look on a table at a party. I don’t know that I’d really like the marshmallow frosting, I’m a butter cream girl…. but I still like the cupcakes.

flower cupcakes

Isn’t this cute? lol.. It just made me last.

wizard of oz cupcakes

 

Guidelines

1) Add a link from one of your blog post you want pinned.
2) Be sure to use the picture you want pinned for the picture we see on here.
3) Would love for you to tweet this out, or stumble or pin it. (Only pin my Fav Pin Friday button, not any of the pics I put up from pinterest please.)
4) Be sure to pin a couple other pins you see on here too!
5) Please click on the pictures, it will take you to my pinterest boards where I pinned these pics.  Please repin these pictures, as it will help the people who originally posted the picture. Visit their posts to help them out.

If you like the pinterest parties you can go to Kim’s at Crafty Mama of 4. She has Pin it Friday 

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