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13 Days of Halloween Countdown Craft

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I'm a little late posting this, but wanted to share it anyway.  I decided to do a 13 Days of Halloween Countdown activity with my kids this year.  With the new baby coming very soon, I feel like they are getting left out of a lot of our normal Halloween activities.  Mommy just can't do as much at 8 months pregnant with a chance of going early. :-(

So, after doing some searching I came up with a plan.  13 days started on the 19th.  I wrote down the dates and days, then compared to our schedule.  That allowed for easier planning.  Here's what I came up with:

Sat 10/19-Movie Marathon.  I had DVR'd all the Halloweentown's on Disney during the week so we could watch them all at once.

Sun 10/20-Decorate Sugar Cookies.  We bought a really cute kit at Wal-Mart for $6 that included 12 sugar cookies, icing and sprinkles all ready to go.

Mon 10/21-Library.  We went and picked out some Halloween books to read each night over the next week.

Tues 10/22-Spiderwebs.  I found a cute tu…

100 Days of Holiday Inspiration 2013

Last year I started a series of 100 Days of Holidays and Inspiration and had a lot of fun with it.  I was really hoping to do one again this year, but, I am 12 weeks away from my due date (baby #3!) and I do not feel that I would be able to fulfill my duties of posting to it on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis.  As you can tell, I've been rather scarce around here this year as it is.  This pregnancy has had a few complications along the way, but everything is looking really good right now.  I've been trying to maintain my focus on keeping myself healthy and preparing for childbirth.

That being said, I did want to share with you all some great links and other subscriptions you can sign up for that will provide you all kinds of holiday ideas from fall through Christmas and New Years. 

My favorite that I look forward to is the Better Homes and Gardens 100 Days of Holidays.  Some years you will see the same old things, but it's a great refresher.  Click the link above t…

19 Weeks Pregnant & Getting Ready for Halloween

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I cannot believe it's been since May that I wrote anything.  We've just been extremely busy and consumed with the pregnancy.  However, I have finally gotten back in the swing of things with crafts and sewing.  Here's a quick glimpse at what I've been up to.



I reorganized my crafting/sewing station.  Not sure how much longer it will work though.  I have about a 10" opening to squeeze through and the bigger the belly gets, the harder that will be to manage.




Halloween dresses for sale on my Facebook page and Etsy shop.


Loopy Scarves now available in school colors too!

So I've been a busy little mama these past few months.  We've also been working on some home improvement ideas to get ready for our newest edition to arrive before Christmas.  I can't wait to get started making holiday outfits for my 8 year old daughter, 5 year old son and the new born baby girl when she gets here!

Oh, and we also started our very first garden this year.  We have more cucumb…

We're Expecting

That explains a lot doesn't it??  I've been so tired and overwhelmed that I haven't even had time to think about working on my blog lately.  Hopefully that will change soon as I still have several tutorials and such to post about.  My computer flipped out completely about a month ago and I had to do a system restore.  I'm still going through usb files to make sure I have all my photos.  Soon as I can I will be back with more crafts and reviews!

In the meantime, I've started a new blog to follow along with my pregnancy.  I have two beautiful children ages 5 and 8 already, but I didn't keep anything after my son was born.  We decided that was it and we were done.  Now, I'm starting all over.  We've had some interesting things happen already, some good and some bad.  I decided to start up the new blog as a way to let other people know they may not be alone in some areas.  Seems that there are some "grey" areas that a lot of people don't talk …

Hanging in There

Hey everyone. Sorry I've been Mia lately. It's been a rather rough start to the year for me. Seems like every day it's something else! I've been battling flu like symptoms for several days now and just can't seem to find my groove. But, we're hanging in there!

I hope by this weekend to get the business back up and at it, as well as get back to blogging. I have lots if posts and drafts all set, but to top it off my laptop keeps locking up when I try to blog. This little tid bit comes from the trusty cell.

Hope you all are doing well and I'll be back at it soon.

Until next time...
Amy ~ The Dixie Diva

Planning an Organized Home - Part 1 - Chore Charts

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I started a post on this a few weeks ago and started getting so far in to it that it was looking more like a book than a post.  So, I decided to break it down in to a mini series called:

Planning an Organized Home

It's a short, six part series that I want to share with you on how I started to get our home organized and in a better routine than we have had in the past.  The more routine, the less whining "why do we have to??".  It becomes a part of every day life for every one in the house.

The first thing I worked on were chore charts: one for the kids and one for the parents.  While I have a pretty good routine for my own household chores, having it in writing and staring me down keeps me from falling off track so much.  I searched online for different printable and customizable charts, and ended up finding some pre-loaded with my ancient laptop under Microsoft Works.  If you have Microsoft Excel or Word, you can do the same thing.  I attempted to copy our chart to thi…

What Happened to January?

I started out the new year with great intentions.  I have  a new blog journal with tons of subjects, a file full of photos on the pc, and a series on getting organized planned. So what happened?That thing called life. My huband's grandfather had what they believe was a stroke on the 4th.  On the 8th they called in the family....which was also my husband's birthday.  His Paw Paw didn't pass that day though, but did on the 10th.  Saturday the 12th was the receiving of friends and a beautiful military funeral.  Paw Paw was a wonerful man that we all loved and is missed so much already. Late Sunday night, about 11:30, my 7 year old wakes us up.  Stomach flu.  Worst I think I have ever seen.  Then she goes back to school on Wednesday and I take her 4 year old brother the doctor.  Strep infection.  At 5am Thursday, the stomach flu gets him. Now I'm not feeling so well.  We can't seem to catch a break.Hopefully next week I can get back in the grove of things.  I have a se…

Happy New Year!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We had a great one, despite half my family being sick.   So ready to start a fresh new year with everyone healthy!Okay, anyone make New Years resolutions? I have been compiling several bucket lists but no resolutions.  Just things I would like to accomplish wih myself, family, home and my craft business.  I wanted to start the new year out with a brief post to let you know what I am going to be working on over the next few weeks.  My daughter's birthday is 5 weeks away and I am planning a Willy Wonka party for her.  Last year she had a great sleepover that I blogged about and I was able to do so fairly cheap.  I hope to do the same this year and will be blogging as I go.That's it for now! I am trying out my new tablet for this post and its not the best.  There is no spell corrrect or I haven't figured it out...and this touch screen is not cooperating with my fast typing!!What are your crafty plans for th…