Thursday, July 14, 2016

Helping Others Find Their Ancestors - Worldwide Indexing Event 2016

Genealogy, or family history, research has been on the rise in recent years. People have an interest to find out where their ancestors came from and what their stories are. Family history research has been made much simpler with the availability of so many records that are now in online databases. You can help volunteer in the work of making these free records available worldwide.

Worldwide Indexing Event 2016 FamilySearch Genealogy Family History ancestors

This post is sponsored by FamilySearch. All opinions and thoughts are my own

When I was a teenager, I began to be interested in finding out stories about when my grandparents were growing up and their parents too. I would sit with my grandmothers (both grandfathers had passed away) and look at old family photos and listen to their stories. I found out some interesting things that made me decide to dig a little deeper. I've always liked puzzles, mysteries, and using my brain for research; so genealogy was a perfect fit for me.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DIY American Flag Pallet Project

If you are looking to add a little red, white, and blue to your outdoor area, follow this tutorial to make your own American Flag Pallet. This makes a beautiful piece to show your patriotism. It turns out sharp and clean looking.

Wood DIY American Flag pallet tutorial

I finished this project just in time to have it on my porch for the 4th of July. This flag would be great to display for all the patriotic holidays throughout the year.

Monday, June 13, 2016

DIY Decoupage Wood Photo Frame - for baby

Do you have a sweet little one that you want to display a picture of in a cute way?  Follow the directions in this simple tutorial to make your own decorated wood frame. Perfect for your own little one, or to give as a gift to your friend or family member who is expecting a sweet baby.

diy decoupage photo frame baby easy project

If you have wandered the aisles at your local craft store, I'm sure you have seen those unfinished wood frames. I just love those. You can decorate them in so many different ways that the possibilities are virtually endless. I bought one of the rounded corner square photo frames a few weeks ago and made this DIY decoupage photo frame for a baby shower gift for one of my blogging friends.

These decoupage frames are quite simple to make and are a nice way to display photos. Gather your supplies and within half an hour you will have a personalized photo frame.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

$50 IKEA Gift Card Giveaway

I have a deep love for IKEA, you can get good quality items for your home at a reasonable price. When we get the yearly catalog in the mail with their new items, all of us take turns flipping through the pages and daydreaming about which items we want for our home.

When my blogging friend Julia from The Quiet Grove announced it was her blogiversary and she was hosting an IKEA gift card giveaway, I knew that I wanted to join her for this giveaway. A $50 gift card can help you, my lovely readers, buy those necessary items for your home as well as those fun decor pieces you may want. If I entered and won, I would definitely buy their Raskog utility cart and a whole bunch of their lingonberry juice. Have you tried the juice? You must on your next visit!

IKEA Draper gift card giveaway

Friday, June 10, 2016

Free Summer Reading Chart Printable

When summer break starts kids want to spend their summer doing all the things that they didn't have time for during the school year - swimming, playing with friends, riding bikes, family vacations, and relaxing. Continuing to read during the summer is important for kids though and sometimes you need to find an inventive way to keep reading time on your summer schedule.

summer reading chart print out at home

Summer reading charts are fun ways to encourage children to read during their break from school. You can think up some things together that your child can work toward earning as a reward for filling out their reading chart.

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