Ombre DYI Tennis Shoes

Ombre Dyed Tennis Shoes

These shoes are so fun to make and easy too!

Great for a fam­ily activ­ity, youth project, girls night out, or to cover up stained shoes or spruce up the wardrobe.

Click HERE for the easy to fol­low tutorial.



AND, dum, dum, dum…drum roll please.….

TWO announce­ments! 

The SECOND book in the works NOW, which will be part of a series, so YES, Emily will get to finally have her baby!  A MOTHER'S SHADOW - Front Cover (for Amazon)

HUGE give­away starts next week to cel­e­brate my SECOND AMS Anniver­sary! WOOT!!!



Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Wel­come to the Won­der­ful Wednes­day Blog Hop and we are SO glad you stopped by. Blog­gers please link up and click around to make new friends. AMS friends please click on pic­tures to visit new blogs, find new crafts, recipes, diy’s and so many more cre­ative and fab­u­lous ideas.  Thank you for com­ing
by today!

We sure had fun last week! Two blog­ging tips topped our most viewed, tied with a refresh­ing orange pop­si­cle recipe that every kid will love. And five other posts were viewed so often that they hit our “very pop­u­lar” list of fea­tures. You can check them out (below) and show ‘em a lit­tle cyber-love (like, com­ment, share, pin)
You guys did great with clicks. This is such a busy time of year and we are SO proud of you. Keep up the good work. Our goal is to make this party one of the most prof­itable hops to attend with lots of traf­fic and shares–and it’s working!
 So here are our fea­tures and this week’s party is ready to go!

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Tasty Lemon Cake-Flan

Tasty Lemon Cake-Flan

Another friend from my book club is the fab­u­lous Missy Peter­son.  She made this scrump­tious dessert that was titled a cake, but really seemed more of a flan.  Missy took it up a notch by adding Turbinado, also known as raw sugar, to the top to give it a won­der­ful tex­ture and crunch when you bite into the creamy lemon soft dessert.  She also sprin­kled lemon zest over it all to add a bit of tang to the sweet creamy and vel­vety cake-flan.  I hope you will give this a try and see which you think it is…a cake or a flan.  Thank you Missy for shar­ing this recipe with us.

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DIY Memorial Grave Decoration

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration

This grave­side dec­o­ra­tion is so easy to make and inex­pen­sive too.  It can be out­side in the weather and used year after year; or eas­ily con­verted to a wreath, as shown in my tutorial.

I have it demon­strated in the pic­ture with a solar light that I pur­chased from the Dol­lar Store.

Memo­r­ial Day is a per­fect time to tell the sto­ries of fam­ily and friends who have given their life, or served our coun­try for a time, so we can have the free­doms and oppor­tu­ni­ties we do.  Explain what a dif­fer­ence they have made in our every­day life.  Grat­i­tude is the great­est attribute we can demonstrate.

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Self Defense 1

Through blog­ging, LaTasha has become a very good friend and a bless­ing to know. She has a blog of her own called Hit­Be­lowThe­BeltHard. She also a owns an on-line busi­ness offer­ing a vari­ety of self pro­tec­tion prod­ucts called Safety First Self Defense.  LaTasha is not afraid to address the hard ques­tions and top­ics as you will read on her site. She has a deep pas­sion for edu­cat­ing her read­ers with knowl­edge for safe­guard­ing them­selves, and their fam­i­lies as she cov­ers a wide vari­ety of sit­u­a­tions, while offer­ing prac­ti­cal solu­tions.

I am thrilled that LaTasha is col­lab­o­rat­ing with me on ways we can be proac­tive by being aware and pre­pared with knowl­edge to safe-guard your­self and your fam­ily.  We hope these two posts will ben­e­fit you, give you cause for chang­ing some bad habits that might set you up as a tar­get, while ulti­mately empow­er­ing you with the tools to be safe. 


It is not fear that moti­vates, but aware­ness and infor­ma­tion to drive us for­ward: that is our goal, to keep us ALL safe and secure.

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Shopping Yard and Garage Sales

Garage Sale Tips


It’s that time of year for the yard and garage sales to get under way clear until the weather turns too cold. 

These can be the best oppor­tu­ni­ties for pur­chases IF you know what to look for and how to buy.

Come read how to be a savvy thrifty shop­per HERE


Black Berry Coffee Cake

Black Berry Coffee Cake 1

The fresh black berries are out and I wanted a new recipe to enjoy them in.  So, I tweaked and came up with THIS incred­i­bly dense and charm­ing cof­fee cake.  It has a gen­er­ous layer of black­ber­ries to add just the right amount of sweet.  The sour cream in the cake bal­ances this treat, oh so won­der­fully.

The almonds toast up in the oven giv­ing it a nice crunch and depth.  I wanted a bit more of a gourmet fla­vor to this cake, so I whipped up a glaze to have as an option to driz­zle over your slice if you’d like; it is fab­u­lous I tell you, fabulous!

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The BETTER Road!

Bicycle 1I’m as giddy as a child with the train­ing wheels off for the first time and even more wobbly.

Now to address the seri­ous bike purists, I real­ize my cloth­ing leaves much to be desired, but hang with me and I will explain.

This is a huge accom­plish­ment AND a colos­sal chore, which I am assured by my sweet­heart Stan will soon become a thrill.….hhhmmmm, I wonder.….

So why did I buy the bike anyway?

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Spinach Salad with Fruit

Fruited Spinach Salad


Stan has been grow­ing the BEST, sweet­est spinach in our gar­den, which is per­fect for the sea­sonal fresh straw­ber­ries now too.

The home­made dress­ing is easy and super good too.

  I love this salad and hope you will too.  Click HERE for this recipe.


Homemade Bird Feeders

Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder

Mak­ing bird feed­ers is a won­der­ful activ­ity for the kids and the entire fam­ily.  I have a few types you can make and even a TREAT for the fam­ily to eat too!  It’s a Choco­late cov­ered Banana with sprin­kles, nuts or plain if you’d like!!!

  Click HERE for these FUN tutorials


Cup Cake Wars

Cup Cake Wars 8  I have a ter­rific idea for a GREAT activ­ity for

    A Fam­ily Reunion that all ages could be involved in

    A Girl’s Night Out or Date Night — oh, the com­pe­ti­tion could be fierce, lol

    Cub Scout Pack Meeting

    Girls Daddy Daugh­ter or Mommy Daugh­ter Activity

    Group Date

Youth Activ­ity

Or for any­time you want to have fun with a group of peo­ple, it is:


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Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream Cheese Choco Chip CookieMy friend Rachael told me about this intrigu­ing recipe and sent it over with this descrip­tion.  It’s really dis­tinc­tive in fla­vor and so glad she is shar­ing with us!  Rachael:  This is a recipe that my hus­band brought home from a work potluck years ago and said, “You have to make these!” I love them because they are sweet and savory. This recipe is for lovers of all things cream cheese! It is a soft cookie that bakes white on the top and is golden on the bot­tom. Using real but­ter is a must (I use to be cheap dur­ing col­lege years and would bake with mar­garine all the time and have seen the error of my ways). Make up a batch of these and see if you like them as much as our fam­ily does.  I have a spe­cial offer I would love you to see at the end of my recipe***

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Vickie and Circle The Wagons

 Vickie's headshot 1

Years ago when I was think­ing through A Mother’s Shadow and the direc­tion I wanted to go, I attended a start-up busi­ness meet­ing and met the most remark­able woman that I have never for­got.  Her name is Vickie and after you read her story, I don’t think you will for­get her either; she is truly extra­or­di­nary and an exam­ple for all of us to look to.  Come see why.

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Chocolate Mousse Cake



This deca­dent cake has been a favorite around our house for a long time and for good rea­son. It begins with a cake mix, but with a few tricks, fresh whip­ping cream and other fresh ingre­di­ents, this dessert is scrump­tious.  Click HERE for the easy recipe.