So I follow @blackwhiteonly on an app called Studio+.  I came upon this image in my feed and it instantly brightened my day so I had to share.  

It also gave me an idea!  

We face challenges on a daily basis; wether they be large or small.  Often a little encouragement goes a long way. Use your phone’s REMINDER feature to remind yourself that even though things may seem tough… You’re gonna be alright


You don’t have to just use this image, you can create your own using the Studio+ app!


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How I Cleaned My Dishwasher

My dishwasher is one of those things that I’m hugely grateful for. I would hate to have to ever live without one. With my lifestyle, the convenience of having a machine that washes, rinses and dries is priceless.

 Recently I’ve been noticing food stains on the dishes after a complete cycle of washing. 




I was so disgusted by this and thought that we may need someone to come out and service it. But before spending any money, I decided to take a scroll through Pinterest. I found tons of instructions on cleaning dishwashers with vinegar and baking soda so I decided to give it a try first. 

Here’s how I cleaned my dishwasher…

  • Clear dishwasher of all dishes
  • Add 2 cups of vinegar to a container and place on top rack
  • Sprinkle a cup of baking soda inside the dishwasher
  • Add a mixture of vinegar and baking soda where the detergent goes
  • Run dishwasher through a complete cycle

This method actually worked for me! My dishwasher is whiter and smells fresher. The next batch of dishes came out sparkling clean without any food residue.  If you’re still having problems after this cleaning method, you should check the drain to be sure it’s not clogged. 

Important Tip: In most cases your garbage disposal and dishwasher share the same drain, so it’s important to be sure to empty the garbage disposal before starting a dishwashing cycle 

Do you have any tips and tricks on getting your dishwasher back to new? I’d love for you to share! 

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    DIY VISION BOARD – What’s your vision for 2016?

    When I was in junior high school there was a chant for sports that we did that goes, “You can do it, you can do it. All you have to do is put your mind into it!” 

    Well, Im all about resolutions and goals. Back in 2013 I created a DIY Simple Resolution & Inspiration Board.  My quest was to find a way to incorporate those resolutions and goals into home decor so that it’s always in front of you and a constant reminder of the goals you’ve set for the year.  This year I chose to add visuals to my board. And since I’m all about socializing, I’m going to throw a 2016 VISION BOARD PARTY!

    A Vision Board Party doesn’t have to be an extravagant affair. As a matter of fact, my party guests will include my husband, myself and our children. I thought this was the perfect way for my family to bring in the new year.

    The Basics:

    • Poster Boards
    • Embellishments (stickers, glitter, ribbon, rhinestones, etc)
    • Photos
    • Magazines
    • Online Images
    • Printed Inspirational & Motivational Quotes and Words
    • Markers
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Snacks
    • Drinks

    What your Vision Board should include:

    • How you want to feel
    • What you want to have
    • What you want to do
    • Where you’d like to go
    • Things that motivate and inspire you


      Writing down your goals is a step towards making them happen. What you focus on, you attract. Give this Visualization Technique a try and let me know how it works out for you.
      Wishing you a happy & prosperous New Year,


      Thank you for sharing!

      Checkout my Pinterest Board for some amazing ideas for New Year’s Eve parties!



        DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop and Props

        Christmas, Christmas time is near

        Time for toys and time for cheer

        We’ve been good, but we can’t last

        Hurry Christmas, hurry fast!

        With the way the social media craze is, it’s almost necessary to capture the best moments on camera to share with family and friends.  One cool and festive way to capture the moments is to create a DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop.

        I created one for my family this Christmas and it was loads of fun! It was a hit with both the children and adults! It was super simple to create this DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop! 

        All you need is:

        • Long roll of Christmas wrapping paper
        • Tape
        • Dowels
        • Props (and printed images and words)
        • Poster Boards
        • Glue Stick
        • Scissors
        • Color Photo Printer


        I found a collection of printable Christmas props at Elegance and Enchantment that were spot-on for my photo shoot. I also found some random images around the web that were suitable for a fun family Christmas photo shoot.

        • Print Images
        • Glue the images to the poster board
        • Cut them out
        • Attach dowels to images
        • Tape the wrapping paper to the wall
        • Get to Snapp’n

        Have fun with it!!       Silly Faces & Crazy Poses make the best and most memorable pics!


          Here are a few shots from Christmas Day 2015



        Merry Christmas to you & yours,

        Thanks for Sharing!

        Special “Thanks” to my family!


        Red Cardinal Christmas Tree

        Are you the type of person who likes to decorate your Christmas Tree differently every year? Well, I am! This year I wanted to do something uncomplicated but jaw dropping. In the past, I’ve tried to stay away from the traditional red theme. But really, what color says Christmas better than red? It’s so vibrant and festive! My workplace introduced red cardinal ornaments as a part of this year’s Christmas collection. I fell in love the moment I saw them. The red cardinals on the tree remind me of the boxed holiday cards. The cardinals were originally $60 for 12. Wow, at that rate, the cardinals were going to cost more than my tree! Fortunately they went on sale for 50% off so I purchased 24 and added some holly berries.

        My husband and I went to Lowe’s and purchased a 8ft Fraser Fir. I bought 4 cans of artificial snow at Walmart for $1.50 each. To my dismay, it doesn’t photograph well. I really, really would like my tree professionally flocked with one of those blower things. 



        So, I hear that the Red Cardinal is one of many Christmas symbols.  I did a Google search and came across some interesting writings on the subject. I’m providing links in case you’re curious.

        I’m torn, I’m not sure if this is my favorite Christmas Tree so far. It’s a tie between this year and last year.  I’m definitely pleased with it and my son thinks it’s beautiful and that’s really all that matters!

        Have a Safe & Fun Holiday,

        Want to see last year’s Christmas Tree?


        Under the Mistletoe

        The mistletoe is a very basic looking plant that has been transformed into a classic, elegant looking symbol of the holidays.  I’ve always wanted to hang a real mistletoe during the holidays so, since I’m hosting our family Christmas gathering, I’ve decided that i’m going to finally have my mistletoe. 

        I ordered a Mistletoe & Holly Sprig from offers mistletoe and holly sprigs at a responsible price.  The mistletoe & holly sprig that I ordered cost a total of $17.86. The sprig was $12.99. At the time of my purchase, had a promo for 10% off and shipping cost me $6.17.

        There’s a folklore behind the kissing under the mistletoe tradition. You can gain some extra knowledge by reading about the history of the mistletoe at:

        Remember: Pucker up, its bad luck to decline a kiss when you’ve passed under the mistletoe.
        Happy Holidays to You & Yours,


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        25 days til Christmas 

        The Christmas season is upon us, and what better way to get prepared to fully enjoy the holiday than to plan out your activities ahead of time. 

        I’ve created a Printable list to inspire you to get started!

        25 days until Christmas list


        Here are a few other ideas you may want to try:

        1. Review the True meaning of Christmas 
        2. Christmas Pajama Night
        3. Write & Act Out a Family Christmas Play
        4. Christmas Scavenger Hunt
        5. Create DIY Christmas Cards
        6. Make a Christmas Photo StoryBook (add photos from every year)
        7. Christmas Ornament Hunt (just like Easter Egg Hunting)
        8. Make a Homemade DIY Gift
        9. Have a Snowball fight
        10. Go Ice Skating 
        11. Visit a Tree Farm (tree cutting, holiday activities)
        12. Choreograph a Christmas Music Video 

        Happy Holidays,

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        Certain Christmas songs take me back to memories of record players, egg nog, card games and just plain old fun times. 

        Filling your home with the nostalgic melodies of the Christmas season is the ultimate way to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m gifting you with a Christmas Song Playlist that’s sure to have you getting your groove on. 

        I hope you enjoy!!


        Happy Holidays,


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        The Ugly Christmas Sweater

        Does anyone know where The Ugly Christmas Sweater idea came from? Well there’s an article on Time’s website titled A Brief History of The Ugly Christmas Sweater. You can give it a read if you would like to and take from it what you want.

        I’ve only had the opportunity to attend 2 Ugly Christmas Sweater events. I enjoyed them both.  The question I have is, what classifies a Christmas Sweater as ugly! At both of these Ugly Christmas Sweater events there was a contest for the ugliest Christmas sweater. I think I won second or third place the first time and didn’t place at all the second time. The puzzling part for me is that I didn’t think any of the Christmas sweaters were ugly. That’s not ugly, that’s creativity in my opinion!!!!

        You may have plans to host or attend an Ugly Christmas Sweater affair, so I’ve curated a Pinterest collection of Ugly Christmas Sweaters that you can gain inspiration from. Go by and check it out!  I hope you enjoy!!

        ugly christmas sweater


        Happy Holidays,


        Thank you for Sharing!