Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #139

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Hey friends!  I can't believe it's August already.  I am sooooo ready for school to start (but don't tell my hubby that--he's a teacher and NOT looking forward to going back to work!) In Case You Missed It: Summer is such a special time, isn't it?  I shared some free Summer Fun Printables at my friend's blog to celebrate one of my favorite seasons of the year.  There are four different styles to choose from, so one is sure to fit into your decor! Now Time For The Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Welcome to this week’s Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!  Amy from A Blossoming Life, Katie from The Casual Craftlete, Kristi from Making It In The Mountains and ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #138

Carrie's story of hope through hard times

Welcome friends!  Before we move on to the party, I wanted to say a big thank you to all my awesome readers.  This week I got a big response to My Story Of Hope.  I was beyond thrilled that it reached and encouraged so many of you! Now Time For The Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Welcome to this week’s Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!  Amy from A Blossoming Life, Katie from The Casual Craftlete, Kristi from Making It In The Mountains and I are all excited to see your latest DIY projects, recipes and crafts! Featured posts from last week: 10 Keys to a Lasting Marriage by Tabler Party of Two Update a Ceiling Fan with Spray Paint by Karen's Up On The ... read more

Summer Fun Free Printables

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Summer Fun Free Printables! There's something so special about summer.  Fresh blueberries.  Lightning bugs.  The sun on my skin.  These are just a few of my favorite things about summer. Inspired by the summer season, I made some awesome Summer Fun Free Printable artwork over at SarahTitus.com.  Be sure to stop by and check them out! What's your favorite thing about summer? This post shared at: Motivational Monday. ... read more

My Story of Hope

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Hello lovely readers!  Today I'm doing something a little different.  I have a story to share.  Not just any story--it's a really good story!  I originally shared this at Live Beyoutiful and I decided to share it with you too! Some people say God doesn't give you more than you can handle. I completely disagree with that statement.  It's not true.  That's not what happened to me. About 6 years ago, I watched death and life happen within the same week.  My father passed away and I gave birth to a premature baby just three days apart. It was way beyond what I could handle.  The fact that I can't do it on my own only ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #137

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A Little of My Life Lately... The hubby and I just took a vacation...without the kids!   I highly recommend every couple with children to get away and be with each other at least once a year.  It's totally worth it and more.  In case you need more convincing, here's 8 Reasons To Take A Trip Without The Kids. Now Time For The Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Welcome to this week’s Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!  Amy from A Blossoming Life, Katie from The Casual Craftlete, Kristi from Making It In The Mountains and I are all excited to see your latest DIY projects, recipes and crafts! Beautiful Features From Last Week: Oh.my.stars.  This Playhouse ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #136

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 Welcome to this week's Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!  Amy from A Blossoming Life, Katie from The Casual Craftlete and Kristi from Making It In The Mountains and I are all excited to see your latest DIY projects, recipes and crafts! This Week at Carrie This Home: This week I shared a story about how God came through to help me do something I thought was impossible.  What does that have to do with bookmarks?  Well read this Free Printable Scripture Bookmarks post and you'll find out! By the way these bookmarks are a great way to encourage a friend! Awesome Features From Last Week: Rustic Wall Art Frame from Karen's Up On The Hill Relaxing Porch ... read more

Free Printable Scripture Bookmarks

Encouraging Scripture Bookmarks

  Have you ever been asked to do something you're not ready to handle? About a year ago, I felt God was asking me to step up and help take care of some women in our local church.  I knew this was something he wanted me to do but I was scared to do it. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it.  Many of these women were facing issues I've never dealt with before. I looked at my own abilities and felt I wasn't equipped for the task.  I'm disorganized.  I'm not the best at remembering details.  How can I take care of these women and help them through struggles and issues I've never faced myself?  What if I make a big mistake and mess them up? The ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #135

Welcome to the latest Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!  Amy from A Blossoming Life, Katie from The Casual Craftlete and Kristi from Making It In The Mountains and I are all excited to see your latest DIY projects, recipes and crafts! Fabulous Features from last week: Restoration Hardware Chandelier Hack from The Honeycomb Home Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Cheese Ball from Frugal Foodie Mama How To Make Easy Valances from C.R.A.F.T Party Information and Rules: Follow Carrie This Home in some way–by email, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, or Bloglovin’. This blog hop goes live every Sunday at 8 PM Central time. If you’d ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #134

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Welcome to this week’s Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!  Amy from A Blossoming Life, Katie from The Casual Craftlete and Kristi from Making It In The Mountains and I are all excited to see your latest DIY projects, recipes and crafts! This Week At Carrie This Home: The hubby and I did a Quick and Easy Play House Makeover and boy did it make a HUGE difference!   Do your kids have a gazillion stuffed animals?  If so, you've got to see this 10 Minute DIY Stuffed Animal Holder!  It's easy to make and doesn't cost much! Lovely Features From Last Week: Herringbone Antique Cabinet from Refresh Living Amazing Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from ... read more

10 Minute DIY Stuffed Animal Holder

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias #cbias My kids LOVE their new Inside Out plush characters and want to take them everywhere.  When I say everywhere, I mean EVERYWHERE.   On the couch, in bed, in the car, to Grandma's house and even to the bathroom. Yuck.  Let's figure out a way to keep these plush characters off the bathroom floor and clean for play, shall we? Thankfully I have a 10 minute solution and you probably have some of the supplies on hand already.  It's a really fun and frugal craft project perfect to do with the kids!   Even if you ... read more

Little Tikes House Makeover

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One day I had an idea that made me jump up and down and squeal with excitement.  If I'm jumping up and down squealing, you know it's a good idea! True story.  It all started with a cute little playhouse that needed a little love... My super sweet neighbors had a Little Tikes Play House that their kids had outgrown.  Knowing my kids would love it, they offered to give it to us.  I have the best neighbors ever! We were grateful to our generous neighbors but there were a couple problems. The color was a little faded Each time we had to mow the lawn, we'd have to move the house of of the way (which is super annoying) If the house stayed in the same spot for ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #133

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Happy Father's Day everyone!  I can't believe that snuck up on me so fast.  How can it be the end of June already!? Welcome to this week’s party!  Amy from A Blossoming Life, Katie from The Casual Craftlete and Kristi from Making It In The Mountains and I are all excited to see your latest DIY projects, recipes and crafts!   Features from Last Week: Strawberry Pretzel Dessert from The Evolution of Mom 10+ Cool Summer Popsicles from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs DIY Window Trim The Easy Way from Bless'er House Party Information and Rules: Follow Carrie This Home in some way–by email, Facebook, Pinterest, ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #132

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Happy Sunday friends!  Last week I took a break from hosting the party.  Sometimes it's better to take a break and enjoy time with my family. I have a really good excuse--my family was on vacation to Florida and we went to Disney! My daughter got to meet a whole bunch of characters including Elsa & Anna!  You can see the vacation photos here in my Our Florida & Disney Vacation post. This Week At Carrie This Home: I made this DIY Canvas Nursery Artwork for my friend's nursery and really loved how it turned out.  Making a canvas artwork is not as difficult (or costly) as you might think! Time For The Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Welcome to this ... read more

5 Ingredient Lemon White Chocolate Cookies

Perfect combination of tangy and sweet! These 5 Ingredient lemon and white chocolate cookies are so easy to make!

I love finding minimal ingredient recipes because they're so easy and frugal!  Just because you're trying to save money in the kitchen doesn't mean you have to skimp on good taste. These lemon and white chocolate cookies are a shining example of the minimal ingredient concept.  Just 5 ingredients create a dessert that tastes simply wonderful.  The tangy lemon is smoothed out by the creamy white chocolate to create the perfect slightly tart and sweet taste combination! Head over to SarahTitus.com to get the mouth-watering 5 Ingredient Lemon White Chocolate Cookie recipe! This recipe shared at: Tasty Tuesday. ... read more

Our Florida & Disney Vacation

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My family just got back from a great vacation to Florida and Disney.  With my in-laws. Yes I vacation with my in-laws. That may sound crazy but I'd be crazy not to vacation with them.  They've always treated me like one of their own & they're a blast to be around. First, let me get to one of the best parts about our trip.  My daughter got to meet Anna and Elsa!! {We discovered some great tips to help keep you from waiting in line all day to see Elsa and Anna (or your favorite Disney attraction)--I'll be posting about that real soon.  Click here to subscribe so you don't miss the good tips!} The first day we relaxed and then went walking through ... read more

DIY Canvas Nursery Artwork

Make your own nursery artwork with this step-by-step tutorial! So going to do this for my next baby shower gift! featured

My next door neighbor just had a precious baby girl.  One day I went to her house to meet the newest addition to our neighborhood and soak in some awesome baby snuggles. Baby snuggles are the best, right? As I excitedly took a tour of her new nursery, she mentioned how much she liked the baby announcements I made for my kids (which look like this) Then she asked if I could make her some artwork for her new baby girl's nursery!  I get so excited when I can create things for people I love.  Giving a gift that is useful and sweet is so fun! As I was making the nursery artwork, I wrote up a step-by-step tutorial so you can do it too!  It's a pretty easy ... read more