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5 on friday.

1. A while ago I recovered a lamp using fabric a dear friend brought back from Tokyo. I love the fabric and the friend who gave it to me. So even if my recovering job isn’t the greatest (which it’s not) the lamp has a new special meaning to me. I got the idea from Design Sponge using the tutorial below. If you have a lamp that needs a new look try this out. I did it in about an hour. Have fun!

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2. Just last week I was thinking if I would like to get our kids a play set for the back yard. I hadn’t come to a conclusion yet. And then low and behold what do our neighbors start building in their backyard over the weekend? A play set! A really, really nice play set with all that a child’s heart could want! And better yet this play set came with an open invitation to our kids to play on it any time. Score! We have a playhouse and a couple other things that we have been sharing with them so I feel like we are being neighborly as well. Will we be getting a play set of our own? I think not my friends.

3. Miss T- this girl has become my little shadow. She does everything with me. And I mean everything. Said with slight sarcasm:) Most times I enjoy it. She helps me cook, bake, craft, clean, laundry, iron, water plants, get ready for the day, picks out my clothes and jewelry. She’s learning a lot and one day will be a wonderful wife and mommy which one day I will love to see. Right now I’m enjoying her as my little helper and soaking in each moment. For I know, time goes too quickly and someday soon I may not be so cool to hang out with:)

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4. Want an easy craft/decorating idea? Take a favorite piece of fabric and frame it. Before I left Ohio I had the blessing of collecting some goodies from my grandparents cleaning out their basement. One thing my grandma gave me were a bunch of my great grandmas hankies. Not old, ratty hankies but really cute design hankies. I picked one of my faves and framed it up!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
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5. I’ve recently become a convert of making my own laundry soap. One step closer to becoming Amish? Well, maybe. But I really like the results. It’s cheap, easy, all natural which is great for the girls super sensitive skin and it even works! I use the following recipe which I got from my friend Jenn who got it from soule mama. So for now at least we are sticking to this plan. But no worries, still drive around our gas guzzling Tahoe around. No horse and buggy here:)

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Homemade Laundry Powder
(Makes approximately 5 cups)

2 cups (finely) grated castile soap*
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1 cup soda ash (washing soda)

*(we used Dr. Bronners. Half peppermint half plain. Next we will try lavender.)

2TBS per load.

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I'm a wife to 1 amazing husband. A mom to 1 little dude and 2 girlie girls. A follower of the ONE who saved me. A daughter to 2 wonderful people. A sister to 1. A friend to many. A runner because that's what I do to keep from not going crazy. And the CEO of this little part of the world we call home.

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