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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Dollar Tree 3 Minute Spring Wreath

 Who's ready for spring?!

Okay, so, I do love winter here in Michigan, but spring is my favorite out of all the seasons.  I love watching the leaves reappear, my plants sprout from the ground and the goslings out on the lake.  While I await the rebirth of all things-spring-goodness, I decided to take a little trip to Dollar Tree and I came across some pretty spring finds.

While perusing the aisles I found the cutest display with the cutest little sign and in the same display and under it, I found some faux garland.

You guys, this super easy project cost me less than $10 and it took me only minutes to make - like three minutes tops.  No cutting, no gluing...just wrapping around the garland and twisting in the sign and voila!  I found myself with a pretty, spring wreath!

I found some wire to wrap around my newly found greenery...

I wrapped and wrapped...

Look how cute!

Dollar Tree 3 Minute Spring Wreath

I seriously made this as I was making lunch for Jane and took pictures and video for my IG while I was running out the door to pick up Eliza from school!

I mean - easiest. craft. ever.

Have you made any super duper easy crafts lately?!  I'd love to hear about it, if you have!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  It means so much!

Marie :)

Monday, January 30, 2023

Hello Monday

Happy Monday and happy last Monday of the longest month EVER!  The beginning of the month didn't seem so slow, but geesh, these last couple of weeks just seem to be draaaaagging.  I don't know what it is, but ever since it became January, I just wanted January to be over.  It's not even the snow or the gloomy days, it's just been a weird feeling of wanting to move forward.  Anyone else ever feel like that?

Our week started off pretty normal last Monday.  Jane and I ran around and the kids had piano.  On Tuesday, Jane skipped preschool again and we drove to her first Oral Immunotherapy session about two hours away.  We woke up bright and early and were out the door around 6:30 a.m. for an 8:45 appointment.  I wanted to be sure I had enough time to use restrooms if need be, possible traffic jams and/or if I got lost.  

Thankfully, we arrived early and Jane's appointment started immediately - which was so nice!  This appointment lasted about four hours.  Jane was given a solution with included the tiniest amount of sesame in water.  She would drink 1 ml of the solution and then sit for 30 minutes and the nurses would check her heart and look for hives.  We continued this four different times as the amount of solution was upped every 30 minutes.  She was then moved up to another solution with a little more sesame and this time she had to sit for an hour.  

Jane did great and we headed home with a solution to give to her every day at the same time.  She needs to eat before having the solution and she's supposed to sit for two hours, which is no easy feat with being three years old.  She's also not allowed to take a hot bath or hot shower...all of these activities could lead to anaphylaxis...isn't that crazy?!

I had packed LOTS of snacks, water, activities, chargers, a tablet...  They did have a tv with every cartoon imaginable, which was nice, but Jane opted for the tablet.  There were tiny little kids coming in for appointments and I even heard some people come as far as New York for desensitization.

Jane did absolutely AWESOME!  We now go back once a week until they allow us to become virtual.

They wanted Jane to eat just a little before giving the first solution.

This girl was on the tablet for 8 hours.  Oy.  Two hours on the way over, four hours while at the appointment and two hours on the way home.  I was hoping she'd nap on the way home, but then I remembered Jane has hardly EVER napped in the car...she was wide awake the entire ride home.

I felt terrible for all the tablet time, but I didn't really have any other options.  Luckily, future appointments won't be as long, so tablet time on those days will probably by five hours.  With that being said, we're grateful to even have this opportunity to help her with this allergy!

I had hoped we would have enough time to sit and eat lunch, but Henry was getting off the bus, so we went through a drive-thru at Starbucks for lunch and we drove back to ensure I'd be home in time for Henry!  Phew.  Nothing like hoofing it across the state for a kid to get off the bus!

The next day was a snow day for us here in Michigan!  The weather and temps were pretty perfect, too!  The snow was packable and it wasn't freezing outside.  I was happy to stay home after having a long Tuesday.  We headed outside and I told Jon that it was the most fun I've had outside in the winter in probably 5 years.  Most other snow days I've stayed inside with Jane because she was too little, or I'd stay inside to clean the house and be sad that I couldn't join in on the fun that everyone was having, or someone is crying or screaming or it's too cold...  So, yeah, it's been a while since I truly enjoyed going into our yard during the winter and for it to be relaxing for me...and, honestly, for everyone.  I took in every moment and breathed it all in.

I watched Jane make this snowball.  Perhaps she's made others, but this was the first I'd seen her make...once again, I took it all in.

The girls and I made an association lot snowman.  

Henry, Eliza and the neighbor boys rolled some HUGE snowballs and we had to all push them together to our yard.  It took a lot to make that happen, but it was so much fun working together!

The kids had a snow day the next day, too.  Originally they had a two hour delay, then they changed it to school being closed which also was supposed to mean that Jane wouldn't have school, but then her teacher said that she was at the school already and to just send the kids.  Jon had just woken up Jane and upon hearing the big kids didn't have school, I had already told Jane that she didn't have school.  I ended up just keeping her home because by that point I had informed all the kids that nobody had school.  It was a mess for about 10 minutes, but the kids had fun together and I truly take their time together as them bonding, especially with the age difference.  Jane hasn't been to preschool for a week and a half, so hopefully we'll be back on track this week!

Friday rolled around and this boy came home and went looking for snacks - hahaha!  The marshamallows!

...and I had my baseline mammogram!  Lindsay, you were instrumental in me finally having this done!  Enough people don't talk about it!

Also, look 'Friends' was playing in the waiting room!!!  Yes!

I was kind of freaking out because about two weeks ago I had found some bumps/lumps in my right breast and back in January, I had a weird spot that wouldn't go away.  I try to stay away from Google these days, but I couldn't help myself.  Of course, Dr. Google had me thinking terrible things.  My blog friend, Lindsay (mentioned above) blogged about her experience and I took it as a sign to get my booty in for a mammogram, so I scheduled an appointment as soon as I could.  After a day or two, I called again about cancellations because I just needed to know and luckily I was able to get in really fast!

I received the results within an hour and thank heavens and knock on wood - everything was/is fine.

The mammogram was so fast and not as uncomfortable as I had imagined, I mean it wasn't fun, but it wasn't bad.

Eliza had play rehearsal on Saturday morning and she loved it!

Later in the day, Henry went to a birthday party!  The boys had so much fun together!

Nerf wars, candy and nighttime sledding!  Love these boys!

My Sunday morning looked like this...

...and our Sunday afternoon looked like this - a massive fort and movie time!

Phew!  Back to the grind today!  I have some returns to send back, it'd be nice to pick up the house a little, the kids have piano and then spaghetti for dinner and leftovers for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Marie :)

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Friday Favorites

Hey there, friends!  Happy Friday!

Between traveling across the state on Tuesday and snow days on Wednesday and Thursday and a scheduled Mammogram this morning, I'm more than ready for the weekend to begin.  I may have to treat myself to some kind of yummy latte today or a dessert of some sort, because this Mama is EXHAUSTED!

It's Friday - let's get to my Friday Favorites!


I've been back to blogging this week and my creative juices have been in full throttle and it feels pretty darn good!

I shared all about this fun Valentine's Day Fondue Set - it's under 11 bucks! - and all the other fun I had putting this together.  The kids and I basically ate this for dinner on Monday night and I have zero regrets.  ;P

Feel free to read more about it here!

I also made this cute coffee filter heart wreath for my office area!  This turned out waaaay better than I had expected!


Jane started Oral Immunotherapy for her sesame allergy!  We have to go weekly for now and then we'll be dosing her up virtually.  I'll be posting more about this soon!

For now, here's our sweet Janie doing a great job at her four hour appointment!


Okay, so, this sweater keeps popping up over on my Facebook account.  Has anyone ordered this?  It looks really cute!


Soooo...I'm on LTK (Like To Know It) and I'm struggling to find followers and to find folks to follow.  My  handle is Over_at_Marie's and I'd love to find some fellow bloggers over there!  Also, if you use LTK, any advice?  I'm a little lost!



AAAAAAAaaaaand that's it for me today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a happy Friday!

Marie :)

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Valentine's Day - Pink Coffee Filter Heart Wreath

It's been so dark, dreary and cloudy for days upon days here in Michigan.  I knew I needed something to brighten up the house in the form of a Valentine craft, so I decided on a pink coffee filter heart wreath!  

I busted out my old cookie sheet, some coffee filters and the kids' watercolor paint!  Next up, I grabbed the wire heart wreath that I had purchased from Dollar Tree and attempted to find a way to make this project come to life!

I set out coffee filters one layer at a time and then poured a little bit of water over each layer while painting them with a little bit of red paint.

The filters sat for about 20 minutes in the pan...

...after about 20 minutes I took them off one by one and set them out to dry.  They were looking really pink and I was pleased with how they had turned out!

I gathered the dry filters, made a pile and then hot glued them to the wire heart frame.

The wreath became more and more vibrant as they were added to the wire heart!  So pretty!

You guys!  Look how adorable!  This project cost me about two bucks!

This pretty coffee filter heart wreath is displayed in our office space and it fits in perfectly!

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite coffee filter craft?

Thanks, as always, for stopping by.  It means so much!

Marie :)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

A Fondue Set for Valentine's Day

Today I'm sharing the cutest little Fondue Set that I found from Walmart!  You guys, this little cutie is under $11!

To keep with staying the true blogger that I am, I needed to ensure that this would work as a fun Valentine's Day dessert...so I took the liberty of trying it out early with all the goodies that go along with the dipping of the chocolate!

*wink wink*

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! ;)

I collected said yummy food items...sprinkles included...  :)

...and set it all out for a pretty Valentine's Day display!

Look at that spread!

The kids helped me out with my blogging duties and we all had dessert before dinner last night.

Zero regrets.

What do you think?!  Do you fondue?!  If so, what's your favorite item to dip?  Mine's gotta be the strawberries and pound cake!

So super yummy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

This was really fun to throw together!

Marie :)

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Hello Monday

Hey, hey, hey!  It's Monday!

We had a busy week, but not as busy as usual, which I'm grateful for these days!

On Monday I continued to unpack from our ski trip and late in the afternoon, the kids had piano.  Tuesday and Wednesday must've been boring (the best kind of boring) because I don't remember them, nor do I really have any pictures...just a bunch of screenshots.  I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.  Ha!

Thursday was a day we've been awaiting - Jane had her consultation with an allergy doctor on the other side of the state in Farmington Hills.  The appointment was to find out if she'd be a candidate for Oral Immunotherapy for her sesame allergy.  Jon took the day off so he could also go to her appointment.  I'm so happy he did because there was a lot of information to obtain.

After about an hour in the office and lots of conversation it was determined that Jane would indeed be a candidate!  WooHoo!

We're anxiously awaiting her next appointment, which is tomorrow.  She and I will be leaving early in the morning in order to arrive for her 8:45 appointment.  I'll be making a highlight on my Instagram for those of you who are interested on how this will work.  I'm a tad nervous, but I know she'll be in the safest of hands.  We'll be there for 3-4 hours until they determine the "dosage" of sesame she'll be able to handle.  

On Friday we stayed close to home.  I cleaned, we worked out and Jon and I hung out with Jane.  The older kids arrived home from school and a princess dress arrived in the mail for Eliza.  She's been begging me for some princess dresses and to be honest, sometimes I forget that she's still little and only 9 and that she still wants to dress up.  I made sure to get something ordered and this was the only dress I could find.  Girly is in a size 16/18 and it's been extremely difficult to find little girl play clothes for her.

The girls were happy and wore their dresses all weekend and this Mama was happy to see them happy...and actually playing together!!!

On Saturday I got in another workout!  I just keep gaining weight no matter what I do and it's really frustrating...especially with spring break around the corner.  ;) UGH!

Anyhoo, I need to workout more...because honestly...nothing fits and dang it, I want it to fit!

I spent the afternoon deep cleaning.  I cleaned our shower, toilets, did laundry, vacuumed, swept and organized the kids' bathroom...

I eventually removed the over-the-toilet shelving entirely.  It was becoming a landing place for random stuff that wasn't even being used. 

I'll be showing more 'after' pictures later.  This space is so tiny...it drives me crazy sometimes.

Later in the day we went to our friends', Brandon and Liz's house.  Brandon and Liz moved to the same town we currently live in about 6-7 years ago.  It's weird because Liz and I grew up together (about two hours away from where we currently reside) and now she lives so close to us again.  She had these pictures in her keepsake boxes and geesh these sure did bring back memories!!!

Here's a picture I didn't even know existed!!!!  It's probably one of our first pictures together in either 1999 or 2000!!!!

This was also the spot where we had our first kiss.  ;)

Here we are in 2005-ish at a wedding.  Whhhhhaaaaaatttt?!  

It's weird, I almost remember this moment like it was yesterday!  Jon was "painting" while at Liz's childhood home.  LOL!!!!

I love this picture of him.  :)

OMG!  I think this was me in 4th grade!  I was cracking up!

Sunday rolled around and I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more!

It never ends.

I plan on running some errands for the rest of the day and catching up on the house...again.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

It means so much!

Marie :)

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