I love getting catalogs in the mail, especially at Christmas time. That’s why I’ve had this page from the Ballard Designs catalog on my bulletin board for the last few weeks. I love everything about this look, especially the bucket planter with the hand applied antique white finish. But as it turns out, I was fresh out of bucket … Read more B.D. Inspired Christmas Centerpiece
One of the challenges of trying to get dollar-free during the holidays is that some of my favorite traditions just don’t work. Case in point: sending out photo cards to family every year … no way to get around buying the photos and the cards. And to date, I haven’t met a photo developer who’s … Read more Free Christmas Cards Anyone?
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 New today at Choose To Thrive, a simple and elegant word art display for your Thanksgiving decor or table. And you can use this same idea for all kinds of word ideas and displays. Here’s the version I made for my kitchen table: Ready to make a set for your home? Here’s … Read more In Every Thing Give …
Just in time for Thanksgiving, these quick, easy and very kid-friendly treats are almost as fun to make as they are to eat. And the best part is that most of us have this stuff lying around from Halloween so maybe even free (or at least cheap!) Great pared with place cards or as a … Read more Turkey Cookies
To the followers of this blog, and everyone who’s dropped by from link parties and features out there in Blog Land: Thank You. I decided to get serious about this blog—this idea—of Choosing To Thrive two weeks ago today. And honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. Would these projects go over well? Or would … Read more iThrive
I’m always on the lookout for fun holiday projects in keeping with the Thrive Philosophy: No money. No shopping. No problem. And just in time for Halloween, check out these frightfully cute lanterns! Perfect for adding some whimsy to your mantel, piano or shelf … … and rocking out a mitten tree until the snow starts … Read more Halloween Lanterns
I have a problem. A big, big problem. I’m an obsessive crafter and DIYer with a very short attention span. That means I have several large bins full of half-finished and non-even-started projects that keep piling up. Toss a layoff and a lousy economy into the mix and I decided that now was a great time to stop spending … Read more Ballard Designs inspired bulletin board … from a diaper box and an old movie
By sheer necessity, I shop with my Dirty Half Dozen kiddos all the time. The nutso thing is that most of the time I actually enjoy it and secretly get a kick out of the jaw-drops and horrified looks that come with it. I figured out early on that asking young kids to sit or walk quietly … Read more Shopping Without Sedatives
I just read Ashley’s latest post over at Make It and Love It and had to laugh. Oh, I remember messes like that. Oh do I remember. I, too, forgot to read the rule book once. You see I stupidly thought that having the paints in a box in the closet was enough. No, no, no, no, no. Two … Read more Child Destruction Photos
After coming up empty at Target, Walmart, ShopKo, D.I., Savers and Kid-to -Kid for red glitter shoes for Ash’s costume, I finally decided to make my own! I found the cutest pattern for toddler shoes and with a few modifications — Ta Da! Ruby Slippers. The pattern was so easy to make, even for a … Read more Yeeeessssss! We have shoes!