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Organized Home: Spring Cleaning

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This week we welcome spring!  Depending on where you live, that may sound like a joke.  We had spring like weather this weekend, but this week we will drop back to freezing temps at night, and not much better during the day.  I think spring did a little too much springing forward last weekend.  😏

However, our spring break is coming up soon and what better time to do some spring cleaning?  For those of you that do not get a "spring break", have no fear: I have a plan for you as well. 

Trying to make that spring cleaning list can seem so endless that you don't know where to begin, or if you even want to.  I always make a list that is unrealistic.  Like there is no way I can do everything possible on my list, and it just stays a list for months and months, until I finally give up and throw it away.

Not this year.

I have decided to simplify my list.  Well, simplify it after I have made that big, long, never-going-to-get-it-all-done-list.  This is what I added to my Happy Pl…

Back to Blogging--Getting Organized

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Hello my lovelies!

I cannot believe how long it has been since I posted a craft blog update!  In my defense, as a mom of three and a full time student, my studies started to take priority.  I am excited to say that by the summer of 2019 I will officially hold a bachelor's degree!  Woo hoo! So far, all of this with honors.  Pray for me that I graduate with honors!

Anyway, my slacker tail hasn't been around here as much.  I noticed some emails requesting a copy of a chore chart I did during an organizing blog I posted.  You can find the post here. The computer that the copy was on died on me, and I kept meaning to create a new one and yadda yadda.  Please refer to the title of my blog as it is "That Thing Called Life", and believe me, it happens.  Tonight I finally completed the new chart and emailed to all who had requested it.  As I am looking at my stats I pull up that particular post and HOLY COW! I have had almost 12,000 views! Okay, so I realize for some bloggers…

100 Days of Holidays: Day 24: Let's Get Planner Organized for the Holidays

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Okay here's your scary rundown of the holidays:

Halloween....21 days away.
Thanksgiving...45 days away.
Christmas...76 days away.
New Years...83 days away.

Are you ready for all the holiday get together events?  More than likely this answer is no.  Unless you are a phenomenal planner and have been working on that Thanksgiving menu since July.  If so, then you either have no kids or you have mad skills.  Either way, you go with your super organized planner self.  I actually feel that by even thinking about planning for these events, that I have accomplished something.

The one thing I feel that I need to get started with holiday planning, is a good planner.  I have tried several different set ups over the past few years, and I have either found myself with multiple planners and notebooks, or I have created my own planner and added pages to support this.  The only holiday I really have to do all the cooking for is Christmas, and it consists of all three meals plus desserts, for both …

100 Days of Holidays: Day 4: Local Haunted House Attractions in NC and SC 2016

Today's post is going to be in reference to some of our local area haunted attractions in North Carolina and South Carolina.  I will also try to do a post soon with some of the nation's best haunted attractions.  For now, here is a list I have put together for the Carolina's:

Booger Jim's Hollow
Blacksburg, S.C.
Opens October 1st

The Fear Farm
Blacksburg, S.C.
Opens October 1st

Wompus Woods
Cowpens, S.C,
Opens September 24th

Field of Scream
Gaffney, S.C.
Opens October 1st

The Haunted Pyramids
Lawndale, N.C.
Opens September 23rd

Bar H Haunted Hayride
Boiling Springs, N.C.
Opens October 14th

Last but not least, the Carowinds Scarowinds spectacular event opens this weekend.
Located on the N.C./S.C. border near Rock Hill and Charlotte.

Know of any other local Haunted Attractions?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  Please comment as well if you have been to any of these locations and what you would recommend.  I look forward to checking a couple of these out myself!

Unti…

100 Days of Holidays: Day 3: Cement Pumpkins

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We all have those Pinterest ideas that we want to try out.  Some are fails, but some are a great success.  Check out these super cute cement pumpkins my friend Amanda tried out.



Plastic pumpkin pails are filled with concrete mix and then left to dry.  Once they are completely dry, you do have to cut away the plastic pail, but the result is adorable.


The only catch is that they are heavy, so I would suggest making these close to the location you will be displaying them if you can.  The cost is very reasonable, especially if you buy up extra pails in the clearance section after Halloween. Otherwise you can usually find these for around a dollar each during the season.  Amanda said that one 80 pound bag of cement mix was less than $5 at our local hardware chain, and made about three pumpkins.  What you see here would cost less than $20 to make, and could be used year after year.  You could even paint these different colors and decorate them too.  The possibilities are endless!

Have any o…

100 Days of Holidays: Day 2 DIY halloween decorations + treats

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These are some super cute craft and snack ideas.  For the first one, I have used medical gauze before as well.  And the cupcakes?  Love them!  I just want to know, where do you find those little sugar knife toppers?



Until next time,



Amy~The Dixie Diva


(This is not my video, just a cute video I found on YouTube.  Please give credit where credit is due.  I would love to hear your feedback, as to whether or not you've tried any of these, or if you want to keep seeing posts like this.  But most importantly, if you like the video then please give the YouTube video creator a thumbs up and leave them a comment.)

100 Days of Holidays: Day 1: DIY Halloween Snack Ideas! (No Cook, Quick & Easy)

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To start off our holiday countdown, I thought I would share this cute video I just found on YouTube.  These are four great treats that require no baking.  The only pre-prep required in one is to make jello, and another you melt white chocolate.  Simple, quick and easy.  These would be perfect for a Halloween party.



I love Halloween.  Possibly more than Christmas?  My friend's and family would scream "YES" to answer that question, but I really do love Christmas time as well.  Especially seeing the light decorations and listening to Christmas music.  It's so calming.



Okay that's it for now.  Short, sweet and to the point.



Until next time,



Amy~The Dixie Diva



(This is not my video, just a cute video I found on YouTube.  Please give credit where credit is due.  I would love to hear your feedback, as to whether or not you've tried any of these, or if you want to keep seeing posts like this.  But most importantly, if you like the video then please give the YouTube…