Novica Package

I won a gift card for Norvica and my package arrived today.  I ordered Cobalt Spiral glasses.  They are hand made, blown glass and are made in Mexico. They shipped from Mexico so I was worried they might get broke is shipping. I actually thought they were in a warehouse in the US.
      I opened the box and every glass was wrapped with a cardboard protector.  I am happy to say all of my cups arrived safely in one piece.  I am so excited and can’t wait to use them. 

Kid Speak

I was rocking my almost four year old daughter tonight and she asked, “are you having twins?” I told her “nope there is only one.” She was slightly upset and asked why there was only one baby because she wants two. Then began a long discussion. “Why did God only give you one baby?” I told her God puts the babies in the mommy’s bellies and the mommy’s don’t pick how many or if they are a boy or girl. She tells me she wants to know if the baby is a girl and she wants two. She ask me if the baby will have her hair color or her sister’s color. I love that this little girl is so curious about the baby. After having the discussion with her I almost wish there were twins. I think about how excited she is and wonder what it would be like to have twins. I will be able to see see since my brother-in-law and his wife will have twins later this year. We have already had our ultrasound and there was only one baby. Trust me, I asked. My little girl started talking twins before we told them so I asked and she asked me after we left the doctor. I know it is something strange to write but I want to remember this when she is older.

Michigan Country

     We made to Michigan.  We are enjoying the trees and fields.  We stopped to get ice cream and I had to get a picture of the girls with the cornfield background.  I miss the country! 

April~ Smithfield

      My friend invited me to be her guest at the Smithfield Home and Garden Show.  Wow, it was amazing!  I have always want to do a home show and this was my first.  A few years ago my hubby and I went to the Coastal Living Home in Norfolk.  I was so excited to go out a tour of houses and in good company.  Historical homes, they shared the history behind the homes which it so interesting.  I love hearing about the people who have lived there in the past and at a few of the homes learning about the people who currently live there.  Here are a few of the pictures from the tour, well around town and such.
Flowering Cherry Tree~ I am in love with these trees.  I picture a long driveway lined with these beauties.

Cute lil home we walked past, I love me a covered porch.

Spring Time

Weathered bench, ivy and columbine.

Crepe Myrtle, brick walk and white flowering bush.  Natural arch canopy.

White flowering bush~ snowball bush?

Flowering tree with flowers growing from the bark.  NAME?

Beautiful floral arrangement at the Courthouse.

Saw this little guy and couldn’t help but smile.

So soft & cute marker!

Little mushroom…. I need to get a few for my house.



Purple Tulip

Tweet Tweet.  So cute.

I am so thankful to have gotten to go on the this tour and with be looking to add a few more home tours to my list.  I have told my husband many times that I would love to one day have our home be on a home tour. 

In the Kitchen~ Chocolate Oatmeal Fudge

I’m trying to keep sweets out the house but sometimes you need a little something.  Hmm, I remembered that old cookbook I bought at an estate sale.  I remember thinking, “when I buy an old cookbook I am going to look and see if there are any recipes marked.  Those are the recipes I want to try.”  In the estate sale cookbook there was a recipes for Chocolate Oatmeal Fudge… aka no bake cookies.  YEP, that will hit the spot!  My little helper and I make ourselves a batch of chocolate oatmeal fudge.  Since the recipe referred to it as fudge I decided to try it in a 9×13 pan.  It is a little hard to get out once it is completely set.  Next time we will be doing cookies but they are yummy.
Prep and recipe.  The cover is ripped of the front but recipe is marked!

Little helper, measuring the oatmeal.

On A Whim… A Day Trip

    I adore antiques!  Awhile back I was reading a blog and fell in love with this antique store… um I mean barn.  I barn that has been transformed into a antique store and outside a pink silo with polka dots.  YES… this is right up my alley.  To my amazement it was located in Virginia!  I hae ntioned going there at least a million time and hubby brought be there.  I could have spent a couple thousand dollars easily! 

On A Whim Antiques in Leesburg, VA.

      The main reason for my visit, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I have been wanting to buy some for at least a year now and well there are no dealers super close.  I am sure I could have order it online but how fun is that?  I like to shop, SEE stuff and fill my mind with all the treasures I’ve seen.  I got my paint and already started a project.  I small project but at least I am doing something.  Start small and move on the bigger projects.  The reason for the paint… two bookshelves and an television armoire.  I have know how I would paint them for a few years but it seems like with move all the time.  I will start working on them soon.  I need to take all the books out of them and make myself a place to paint in the garage.

A cute little shop in historic Leesburg, VA.

     I know it will probably take longer than I want o get them started because I will start cleaning the garage and end up doing the whole thing.  We have a HUGE move coming up next year and we  I will be sorting EVERYTHING!  SO newly painted bookshelves…. coming soon.

A romantic dinner for two, four we have children.

Kool Beenz Fat Quarter Swap

     I am participating in my first ever Fat Quarter Swap hosted by Kool Beenz.  I went shopping last week to pick up my goodies for the swap.  The first fabric I found was actually a apron panel and I knew it was going to be one of the bonus goodies in my package.  I was looking for pre-cut fat quarters and the store I went to was having a huge sale and the fat quarters were 30% off.  The sale met that they had very slim picking on the fat quarters.  So I decided I would just get the panel and try another store.  I turned around after having the panel cut and found a fabric that matched perfectly with one in the apron panel.  I went and had this fabric cut.  I then decided  too look around at the yardage and see if I could find any other fabrics to go with my theme.  I found another one! Yay.  Now I had two fabrics to cut fat quarters from and a bonus fabric panel.
     On to the second store where they sell pre-cut fat quarters.  I grabbed the panel and walking in to see what I could find.  SCORE… two fat quarters!  I now had the four fat quarters I needed for the package.  I grabbed some ric rac too… because everyone love ric rac.  Right?
     Since I have never cut a fat quarter and I remember I had seen a tutorial on how to cut fat quarters.  I looked it up at Sew Mama Sew.  Boom… that was easy!  I see myself buying lots of half yards which will give me two fat quarters.

       My finished fat quarter swap package.  I wrapped it up and sent it out today and I sure hope my swap buddy will love it.  I can’t wait to see my package!  I am already looking forward to the next swap, it sure is fun picking out goodies to surprise someone. 

Waiting to Grow

     In January I started The Simplified Home on wordpress, I have been having a hard time sticking with blogging from wordpress because it is new and different.  I tried but it seem to take me forever to edit one post and add pictures.  After a few months of not using my blog I thought, go back to blogger.  Here I am!
     January is the month for new beginnings and a list of things we would like to accomplish.  I know for myself I had a huge list of places to go and things to accomplish on my to do list.  In the four months, what have I actually crossed off?  Not much.  I hear myself asking, “I wonder if I can make up for the lost time, can I still get back on track and be where I should be?”  In some areas I can make up for the lost time but in others I will never make it up.  I need to start over…. fresh start.  Starting tomorrow I need to look at the list and pick one thing to accomplish daily.  I know that it will help me see the progress I am making and I will be excited to see how much is getting finished.
    What are these things on my today list?
     I have decided that 2013 is a year that I will start making healthier changes in my life, home, and mind.  My family will eat healthier, move more and limit sugar and sweets.  We will remove chemical cleaners and other products in the home that contain unsafe chemicals.  We will use cloth napkins, cloth kitchen towels (instead of paper), we will not be using paper plates and will continue to recycle.  While tossing out the garbage in the house I will also work on tossing out the garbage in my mind.  I know my thinking isn’t helping me and it has been a huge road block for me over the pass few months.  Praying that God will guide me along as I make these changes.

I feel much like the urn above….. I look a little bare but I am full.  My seeds are planted and I am awaiting the rain and sunshine to nourish me.  For when I receive them I will grown and flourish.
~Stephanie (me)