Fall Moss Wreath

This week’s hit or miss will not add one ounce of fat.  I promise!  But, just in case you missed last week’s Chocolate Graham Pancakes, you can find them here!

I was amazed at the chill in the air on Monday and Tuesday, especially after 100 degree temps last week!  And even though we know the heat and humidity will stick around for a while, I did get in the mood to make something fallish.  Is that a word?  I’m always making up new words.

I’ve had my eye on a fall moss wreath project for a while.  I like the simplicity, the clean lines, the earthiness and the fact that the moss was free.  Yes, I found lots of moss right down the street from my house.  It was like picking up pine cones.  The moss didn’t feel like it was attached to anything.  If you don’t have access to free moss, you can buy it at craft stores.

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The inspiration for my fall moss wreath came while browsing Pinterest.  I didn’t really use a tutorial, but you can search Pinterest and find any style moss wreath your little heart desires.

I’m in love with the two types of ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby.

Fall Moss Wreath

All you need is a foam wreath, your hot glue gun, moss and ribbon.  I did have to pull a few pine needles out of the moss, but other than that, I was good to go.  Just pretend you’re doing a jigsaw puzzle with the moss, using big pieces, small pieces and filling in the little holes on the foam wreath, glueing it as you go.  Make sure you cover all sides (except the back, of course). Attach the ribbon and you’re done.  Now wasn’t that easy?

Helpful Hint:  Did you know that glueing can be spelled two different ways?  Yep, glueing and gluing!  Both ways are correct!

Fall Moss Wreath

Fall Moss Wreath

If you like a more colorful fall wreath, here’s my fall burlap wreath that I made last year!

burlap wreath

My Thanksgiving tablescape will coordinate with my fall moss wreath.  Afterwards, I’ll give it a little bling, change out the ribbon and make a beautiful Christmas wreath.  Of course I’ll invite you over to see it.

What fall projects do you have in the works?

 

End of Summer KitchenAid Giveaway

 

Summer is winding down!  Are you glad or sad?  Either way, here’s a great giveaway to make fall’s entrance a little more exciting!

I’ve teamed up with some talented bloggers to bring you this end of summer KitchenAid mixer giveaway!

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To make this giveaway even more special, we are giving everyone who enters a free e-cookbook compiled by all the sponsors of this giveaway.

After entering the giveaway, you can download the free e-cookbook here!

You have until Sept. 1st to enter and you don’t have to enter all at once.  Come back and enter a few times a day.  The more you enter, the more chances you have to win.

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6 Keys to Making a Marriage Last

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that my husband and I have been married for almost 32 years!  I still remember my wedding day as if it was yesterday.  No, I don’t recall every word spoken by the minister during the ceremony, but I do remember how humid it was on that 9th day of October and how my veil was sticking to my face as I entered the vestibule of the church and how nervous and excited I was!

Tips for a Lasting Marriage

The above picture is from daughter #1′s wedding, but I remember that my photographer, the most sought after in the area,  forgot to load the film for my reception.  What the heck???  I have zero, nada, no professional pictures of my wedding cake.  None.  Let’s move on before I get upset all over again.  And for those of you not old enough to remember film, sigh.  Just Google it.

My husband and I have an anniversary coming up soon, but I’m not one to wax poetic on my husband’s Facebook page.  I mean, hello, he’s sitting here beside me on the sofa.  Why can’t I just tell him what I think – face to face?

So, after much contemplation, here’s some of the things I think are important to make any marriage last.

6 Keys to Making a Marriage Last

1.  Communication

Here’s a bit of revelation:  In order to communicate, you have to talk to each other!  My sister and my cousin are my best girl friends.  They know it.  I know it.  We can talk about anything, any time, any place.  We’re always there for each other.  But, my husband is my BFF!  True friendship is a vital part of making a marriage last.

2.  Don’t be so Quick to Throw in the Towel

Some people jump in and out of marriages so  much that it makes me dizzy!  When I married, it was for life.  Period.  We made a rule from the get go:  Divorce is not an option for us nor is that word mentioned when we argue or are angry.  I wrote about divorce here!

3. Trust

A good marriage that lasts is built on trust!  When you trust someone, you don’t have to snoop through their phone or email.  He who has nothing to hide, hides nothing.

Once trust is gone, can it be regained?  Of course, all things are possible, but not necessarily easy.  It takes time, but you can learn to trust again.

4.  Never Stop Dating

It’s so easy to get busy with life – church, work, children, hobbies – that sometimes it’s easy to forget to spend time together as a couple.  You were a couple before kids and you’ll (hopefully) be a couple after the kids are grown and gone.

Did you know that divorce rates are skyrocketing among older couples?  More Americans 50 and older are divorced as opposed to widowed!   Why?  I believe it’s mainly because they got so caught up with other activities and forgot to maintain their marriage.

Dating doesn’t have to be expensive, but you and your spouse need time together alone, without the kids and without the best friends.  I can’t wrap my head around a couple that can’t vacation together or go out to dinner without taking another couple with them.  I love my children and my grands, but I also love date night!

I double dog dare you to plan a date with your spouse and spend some time talking about your marriage, your plans, your wants and desires.  Don’t talk about the kids or work.  And never stop dreaming about your future together!

Your marriage is important.  Treat it with respect!

5.  Laughter

Laughter is good medicine and is good for a marriage!  When is the last time you laughed together?  Stop taking life so seriously and learn to laugh at yourself.

6.  Forgiveness

Forgiveness is such an important key to any relationship!  Never go to bed angry!  Anger and strife will make you bitter and resentful and not very fun to be around.

Even when you know that you are right (I’m always right, aren’t you?) and you want to stay mad all day, forgiveness not only makes you feel better, it’s just the right thing to do!

Mark 11:25 - And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

No marriage is perfect, what fun would that be?  But always remember, love is a decision.  When you are not feeling too lovable, look back on your wedding day and remember how much you love your spouse!

  If you feed your marriage with love, communication, trust, laughter, fun times, longevity and forgiveness, your marriage will grow, thrive and last a lifetime!

Side Note:  After speaking at our church one Sunday morning, a single lady came up to me afterwards and told me that the message was just for her!  She went on to explain that she was dating someone halfheartedly, but my message had convinced her to put more effort into the relationship.  The one thing that was holding her back was the fact that they were opposites in many areas and something I said made her look at the relationship in a new light.

What did I say?  Right in the middle of speaking, I said (not knowing why) “Some of you are so picky when it comes to dating because you want someone just like yourself.  Why in the world would you want to marry yourself?  That would be really boring.”  Then I went on with whatever I had been saying.

I didn’t know it, but she had been praying for an answer to her dilemma!  Isn’t God good?  Oh, and by the way, she is now happily married to that wonderful man that she didn’t have that much in common with.

Do you have any additional tips to add?  Please share!

 

 

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