"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Friday, December 21, 2018

And the Winner is……

My hubby dang it. Smile with tongue out Apparently most of my friends are attracted to clean lines and not so much whimsy because he’s won the last 3 years with his super clean lines and design. But I love him, so what do you do. Smile 

Either way we all had so much fun making these. It’s one of those traditions that we really look forward to each year.

Here’s a few pictures from our night.

The calm before the storm!


Getting down to business!


And last but not least, my hubby’s winning gingerbread house.


Mine was a close second, but second none the less. LOL!


Third place was my 16 year old son’s house.


And 4th place was my 13 year old son’s house.


I think they all came out super cute and we’re already planning our houses for next year. Ha! We’re only a little competitive. Winking smile

Have a lovely day and Merry Christmas everyone!



P.S. If you’re interested in seeing past gingerbread houses just click on the Christmas link and you can find them in that category.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Annual Gingerbread House Competition 2018

Here we go!!! Get your voting caps on and get ready to vote for your favorite gingerbread house. As always, I will give absolutely no clues as to who’s is who’s. You just vote for your favorite and when I announce the winner next week I’ll let you know who made which one. So please vote and know that we really look forward to this every year and it’s all done in fun, so vote knowing you aren’t going to hurt anyone’s feelings. Winking smile

And now in no particular order:

HOUSE 1: Pacman’s Christmas Lodge



House #2: Candy Cane Cottage


House #3 Joyful Lodge


House #4 Be Joyous Bungalow


You can vote by leaving a comment here on this post or on my Homesteader’s Heart Facebook post.

Have a lovely day!


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Style? What Style?

If eclectic crazy is a style then I am the master of it. If it’s not then I just invented it.

As I was doing dishes this morning I started looking around my living room and giggling to myself. My living room is all over the place in regards to style. While most women probably wouldn’t have the guts to pull off this look, I have learned to embrace it.

I can look through magazines all day long and appreciate a put together room where everything matches and is on point but for some reason I was never able to do it for myself. I believe the reason lies in the amount of things I love in my life. I think you need to see for yourself what I’m talking about.

Be Warned: What you are about to witness would make most home decorators cringe but maybe just maybe you can walk away a little braver and learn to stray a little bit from the norm. Or not.

Picture #1: I love all things shabby chic AND retro. So here we have a shabby chic cabinet with my retro record player on top.

Living room 1

Picture #2: I love my family as is evident with our pictures being on the wall. Smile


Picture #3: I love the Lord and this plaque my hubby made pretty much sums that up.


Picture #4: I love gaming. Yes I’m 48 years old and still a gamer. I started way back when Atari was all the rage and still play when I get a chance today.


Picture #5: I love our country. Even though we have our troubles we are still very much a blessed nation.


Picture #6: I love football. Tommy boy is the GOAT! (greatest of all time). I have Patriots stuff peppered throughout the whole living room. Tommy goes up at the beginning of football season but has to come down when I put my Christmas stuff up because I love Christmas even more than football. Surprised smile


Picture #7: This is our living room and you can probably spot most everything I’ve showed you in this one picture. It’s all in here and then some. *smile*


Personally, I love walking into someone’s home for the first time and instantly gaining a feel of what they’re like. Who they are as a person. If that’s the case what is my house saying? Ha! Ha! Come join the crazy train! Woot! Woot!

So how about you? Is your living room Better Homes and Garden ready or a mishmash of stuff like mine? Smile

I hope if nothing else, this post brought a smile to your face.
Have a lovely day my friends.


P.S. My love of God trumps all the other things that I “love”. FYI Winking smile

Monday, May 14, 2018

Our Bathroom Remodel!

When we bought this house it was WAY outdated. We knew that sooner or later we’d slowly get things the way we wanted. The first big tackle was our bathroom.

Let me tell you something. If you’ve ever remodeled anything in your house you know how messy things get and as hard as my hubby tried to keep the mess contained it still went everywhere. But the results were well worth the pain of having to clean everything afterwards. I think. Ha!

This was truly a labor of love and I’m glad he videoed it to remind us of what it looked like before. The vanity was so low that I had to bend  in half just to wash my face. LOL! The shower was nasty and no matter how hard I scrubbed it, it never looked clean. I was ready for something new but he blew me away with how wonderful it all turned out.

I have an updated picture of our vanity area at the end of the post because we had since changed the mirror and I added curtains and stuff to the window near the tub. The mirror we found at Old Time Pottery. It went perfect with the chrome features. You never know where you’ll find the perfect thing for a remodel so don’t be scared to look different places and think outside the box. The vanity was a buffet that I found on Craigslist and hubby had to alter it to become our vanity but I love how it turned out.

If you have any questions about the materials we used to remodel and such please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m sure my hubby would love to help you.


The color on the walls makes for weird lighting for pictures but hopefully you can see everything okay. Smilebathroom



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