Father’s Day Mantel

I found this way cute Father’s Day Banner Kit at Pebbles in My Pocket when I was in Utah.

It was the inspiration for my Father’s Day themed fireplace mantel.

Father’s Day is THIS SUNDAY. 🙂

I decided to add one of my husbands real ties to the frame on the right.

I got the white iron votive tree at a silent auction for a Band fundraiser this year.

The photo of DH was taken on the beach at Castaway Cay {Disney’s private island} from our Disney Cruise for my 40th Birthday.

I bought the iron bicycle decoration {Hobby Lobby} for my husband several years ago.

I thought it was perfect to add to this mantel celebrating him & the things he loves.

My daughter’s preschool {2006 to be exact} surprised all of the parents for Father’s Day.  They took photos of the kids dressed up in a suit coat, tie and hat.  It is one of my favorite photos of her!  I grabbed this photo which was in the study & added it to the mantel.

As always, I use my chalk board to write a saying that goes with the theme.

It is a favorite piece of mine I bought at a local boutique.


Make Your Own Father’s Day Tie Banner

  • It would be easy to make your own banner using paper you already have.
  • Print out this template {see below}, cut it out and trace the tie pattern onto your paper.
  • Use letter stickers or chipboard letters to spell out “I love dad” or whatever phrase you want.
  • You don’t have to, but I used eyelets for the holes.  Otherwise, use a hole punch and add your string.
  • The kit came with jute twine, but you could use any sort of string, yarn or ribbon.

My 8 year old and I did this project together.

I let her glue the letters on all by herself.

This is a great craft to do with your kids.

The Dad’s will love it!

Father’s Day Tie Banner Template





Celebrate the one’s you love,


Thank you to the wonderful and talented Becky Higgins for this FREE download.

A good reminder for every member of our family. 😉

She offers them in 3 colors and 5 different sizes.

I printed this yellow copy.

As soon as it’s framed, it will be hanging proudly in the dining area of our kitchen.





Count your blessings,

Summer Time!

My kids finished their last day of school on Friday.

I am reminding myself of three P’s: Perspective, Planning and Preparation.  You can read more about my earlier epiphany by clicking here.  I am reminding myself over and over again as I listen to Big Time Rush on the television.  Little difficult concentrating on writing a post while listening to this in the background.

We have already been to one tennis lesson this morning for my youngest and I have about 5 minutes before picking up the middle child from his tennis lesson.

So what are we doing this summer?

  • Tennis Lessons in the morning Mon-Thur
  • Swimming in the pool, probably every day but Sunday
  • Oldest daughter is attending Especially for Youth Conference in Utah
  • Son going to Boy Scout camp
  • Vacation with friends for the rest of the family in Utah while daughter is at conference
  • Family History
  • Crafts
  • Gardening
  • Scrapbooking

I am reminded of this Children’s song today:

1. Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?
Do you fish in a stream, or lazily dream on the banks as the clouds go by?
Is that what you do? So do I!

2. Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?
Do you swim in a pool, to keep yourself cool, or swing in a tree up high?
Is that what you do? So do I!

3. Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?
Do you march in parades, or drink lemonades, or count all the stars in the sky?
Is that what you do? So do I!

Words and music: Dorothy S. Andersen, b. 1927

Oh, what do you do in the summertime?

Shell Necklace

I found this necklace I really like, but the price…not so much!

I bought the shells for a mere fraction of the cost,

pulled out my daughter’s beading tools and got to work.

It’s not identical.  Tell me what you think?

I wish there were more of the bigger shells, but there were only 3 left at the store.

I would love your feedback.

Our House of Joyful Noise Link Party

Never pay full price,

Teacher Appreciation & Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

1. Pencil Holder {or anything else holder} – easy peasy project for a little one to make!  My 7 year old made this one.

  • We used an old Slim Jim beef jerky container
  • Mod Podge & sponge brush
  • Scraps of paper. This one has wrapping paper, scrapbook paper and construction paper

2. Small Trinket Box – Another easy project for kiddos.

  • Wooden box from a $1 store
  • Mod Podge & sponge brush
  • I used book paper as the background and old vellum scrapbook stickers layered on top.

3. Gold Fish Crackers or Cookies and Tag –  Found this adorable idea and printable goldfish tags thanks to Nothing But Country.  This couple had no idea how addicted I am to Xtra Cheddar Flavor Blasted Gold Fish.  So this is a huge deal for me to give these bags of crackers to my kid’s teachers! 😉

4. Personalized Mug – Another $1 store find!  I made these last year.  I had one left over {although I just saw them at the Dollar Tree yesterday} & decided to share this idea as well. Just print out what you want it to say on your favorite software or have your children draw/color something, trace the paper that comes with the mug around your design, cut and slide in!

5. Framed Crayon Monogram – I LOVE this idea but can’t seem to bring myself to cutting perfectly brand new crayons.  If you have extra & you don’t have a problem with cutting the crayons…this is super cute!  Another cute gift that can be done by a child with a little adult supervision.  Thank you Dawn from Testosterone Times Three.

6. Clipboard & Pen – Made these last year with the kids for their teachers.  Fun & easy to make. See more about them here.

  • Mod Podge & sponge brush
  • Small Clip Board
  • Small Sharpie pen
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Optional – embellishments, like flowers, buttons, sayings & glue to attach them

7. Hallmark Grandma & Me Conversations Book – We celebrated Mother’s Day with my Mom on Sunday.  The kids gave her this book.  She took each grandchild aside and they had fun recording the answers.  This book is worth every penny!

8. Audible Subscription – This is a near-perfect gift for any Teacher or Mom!  You can read all the MANY reasons I think this & get her first audio book free by clicking here.

9. Sterling Silver Necklace – The one I have wanted for a long time now is the “Through My Lens” necklace designed by the very talented Lisa Leonard.  I promise that ANY purchase made from Lisa Leonard Designs will be a huge HIT!

10. Apples for Teachers – Last year I used this idea from the awesome Skip To My Lou.  Very simple with print out to use, all you need is apples.
Top Ten {Tuesday}Celebrate Teachers & Moms,

Weekend Wrapup

Saturday ended up being this Super Saturday of sorts. Our family participated in it’s first 5K {all of us together.}  It was muggy, overcast & warm.  Despite the weather, we enjoyed our morning of running.

Age Group awards were the highlight:

First Place in her age group

My oldest daughter

Second Place in our perspective age groups

My Son, My youngest daughter and me 😉

DH should have placed Third in his age group, but someone was placed in the wrong age bracket and he didn’t want to make a fuss.  It’s not all about the winning, though. 🙂

I won’t mention how we ended up running 4 miles instead of 3 because the race was not marked properly.

Next was a carnival style birthday party for a friend followed by PROM…the movie, of course.

No rest for the weary, Hubby mowed the yard while I went grocery shopping for Sunday meals.

Grateful for smiles, hugs, high fives, physical fitness, friends, movies, music and priceless memories made together.

This is not an ordinary Saturday.  I probably can only take about one of these every few months.  Passed out in bed about ten till nine…that says it all!

What did you do this weekend?

A Family that plays together stays together,