Trip To Edwards Apple Orchard

Our family took an afternoon trip out to Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, IL during our trip to Wisconsin last month. We had such a fun time exploring the old farm. There is so much to do at this location. Look at how lovely the old barn is! We probably spent an hour looking through their mini market and HUGE store filled with gorgeous farmhouse decor all located inside the old barn. They also sell fresh pressed apple cider…

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Giving Thanks To God

BIBLE VERSES RELATED TO THANKFULNESS Thanksgiving is coming up and I wanted to reflect on some scriptures about being thankful to God. I have a few other posts related to thankfulness and gratitude which you can see here. All of these are from the King James Bible (KJV) Psalms 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Psalms 30:12  To the end that my glory may sing praise to…

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Delicious, Quick And EASY! Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe!

CHICKEN POT PIE RECIPE: This recipe is so good! After looking everywhere for a quick and easy chicken pot pie, I decided to just make up my own. This has nine ingredients total and tastes amazing! Much healthier than the store-bought versions. You can omit the meat if you're a vegetarian or just looking to make a meatless dish. TO START YOU'LL NEED: 6 chicken thighs or 3 breasts 1/2 white onion 3 cloves garlic 3 carrots 4 celery sticks…

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Even Though It May Not Feel Like Christmas In Phoenix, Christmas Is Coming Up! Want To See Some Lovely Ways You Can Add The Desert Charm To Our Holiday Decorations? Below Is A Collection Of Decor I Found That Will Bring Out The Arizona Pride In Your Home! I Also Have Made Gift Lists For Everyone On Your Shopping List! I Have One For Him, Her And I Didn't Forget The Kids! You'll Find Everything HERE!

This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the items is the same for you. You can read more about my disclosure here. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE FOR ARIZONA DWELLERS! I love my home state. There is something so beautiful about the desert, with its cactus, vast landscape and warm sunsets. Even though it may not feel like Christmas in Phoenix, Christmas…

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Thanksgiving Decor Can Be Tacky, Heres A List Of Lovely Items You'll Love!

This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the items is the same for you. You can read more about my disclosure here. THANKSGIVING IS ALMOST HERE! Have you whipped out your Thanksgiving decor yet? While most people just want to get through Thanksgiving so they can start Christmas shopping, I actually try to enjoy the last day before the big rush. Some don't…

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Wishing For More Made Me Realize I Had Been Cheating Myself Out Of Happiness And Contentment With The Now. It's Called The PRESENT For A Reason. Today Is A Gift. Read More Here About How I Try To Change The Way I Think To Find Contentment.

SOMETIMES WE NEED TO COUNT OUR BLESSINGS: My house has become a home. A place to rest and recharge. A place to live and create memories in. It isn't the cleanest place, but it is ours. Even though I love my home I often always find myself looking forward and wanting more. I dream of owning a small farm with goats and ducks and wildflowers. A space for my boys to roam outdoors and a guesthouse for visitors to stay…

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SO YOU CAME HOME...ONLY TO DISCOVER FIDO IS MISSING!  Who knows why they decide to venture past the gate or dash quickly out the door without turning back once. Either way, your dog has left home and whether intentional or not, you want to find him and bring him back safely. In this post, I will cover my personal story with trying to bring my dog home and the 5 things you can do to help bring him home faster!…

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White-appliances

(There are affiliate links in this post. If you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the item is the same to you. You can find more information on my disclosure page.) STAINLESS STEEL VS. WHITE Stainless steel appliances have been the main player in kitchens for some time now. Needing a special cleaner and being nothing short of high maintenance stainless steel doesn't live up to its name. A…

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2017-oct-recap

So this is the first post in a new series I'm starting. I want to start a habit of writing a monthly recap. To sort of create a diary or record of what happened and how I'm making it in life. Hopefully, they'll be short and sweet. Probably filled with my random thoughts and rants. But I feel like writing really helps me get through what I'm going through. I've never been good at it, but it makes me feel…

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These Two Toned Kitchen Cabinets We Painted For My Mother In Law Turned Out Amazing! After 30 Years She Desperately Needed An Update In Her Kitchen! Check Out All The Photos In This Post And See The Steps We Took To Make Sure The Paint Stayed Put On Her Laminate Cabinets. White And Grey Kitchen Cabinet Makeover By Katherine Wandell Of Homemaking By Design

(There are affiliate links in this post. If you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the item is the same to you. You can find more information on my disclosure page.) After 30 years my mother in law needed a kitchen cabinet update. So we gave her two-toned cabinets in white and a soft grey. If you remember last year we gave her backsplash a major makeover! Okay, it…

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A Modest Outfit For Fall. See The Look Here.

(There are affiliate links in this post. If you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the item is the same to you. You can find more information on my disclosure page.) Fall is my favorite season! I love the smell in the air and the cooler days. Well here in Phoenix it's still about 85 degrees, but it's still cooler than summertime.  Even though it's not as cold like…

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People Keep Asking Me,

"AS A CHRISTIAN WHY DON'T YOU CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN?" This is the question I've received from a few people. So I thought I would write a post in case others would like to know. My husband and I decided that our family including our children will not participate in Halloween. Before I get into it I would like to mention that I'm not using this post to try and persuade anyone. If anything I hope this post points you to Christ.…

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Ambrose's Monthly Baby Photos I love seeing age progression photos. Especially babies, because they change so much in the first year. I didn't do any monthly photos with my first baby. I probably took a photo every second to make up for it though. For my second boy, I did monthly baby photos next to a stuffed animal to show how he grew. You can see that post with the baby photos here. For my last baby boy, I decided…

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If you're a new mom you may have wondered how you'll breastfeed your baby in public.....Well you could wear a baggy T-shirt 3 sizes too big like my mom proudly did (every mom did in the 90's). OR you can buy some flattering and affordable specialty nursing tops. I've successfully breastfed 3 babies until a year old. Since I had my babies back to back I have three straight years of experience. From what I've learned I can tell you…

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I Wish I Knew These Tips Before I Got Married! Maintaining A Healthy Godly Relationship Is Already Hard! Add Kids Into The Mix And Without Guidance And Structure, Marriages Can Fall Apart. Katherinewandell.com

5 TIPS FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE AFTER HAVING KIDS We all know marriage takes work. When dating or courting our future spouse we work hard to win their heart and affection. We spent time finding ways to show our love so we could demonstrate how much that special someone means to us. This may have included writing letters, making time for them, buying special gifts and saying I love you. Marriage, just like dating or courting takes work. It doesn't…

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