Lemon Ice Cream Pie

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I had good intentions of taking photos of this pie the first time I made it. Unfortunately, that never happened. I made the pie four times before I could save it from getting eaten and get some good pictures of it!  Each time I was ready to take the photos, I found it was already eaten. This Lemon Ice Cream Pie doesn't take long to make but let me warn you..it gets devoured as quickly as it takes to make it! Oh well.  I guess I should take that as a compliment, right?! Not only is this pie delicious, it's sooooo easy to make.  I get really excited about is sharing a recipes that are deceivingly easy. I'll say things like: Oh.My.Goodness.  This ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #142

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We finally got to enjoy some cooler weather this week and it was blissful!  I'm ready to wear sweatshirts, sip on some warm coffee and enjoy the leaves changing colors.  Bring it on Fall! 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!   This Week At Carrie This Home: I shared some BIG news this week.  I don't want to spoil the news in case you didn't hear.  For now I'll just say my plans for the next two years were completely changed.  If you want to hear the ... read more

BIG News!

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I've got some BIG news! Nope.  I'm not pregnant.  Sorry if you were hoping for some baby news but I'm pretty sure the hubby and I are done having kids.     I'm a planner.  Making a plan and knowing a little bit about what's coming next keeps me in my comfort zone.   It's funny how God sometimes takes my "plans" and throws them out the window.  Not because He's mean but because He's got something better than what I planned.   {or maybe He's just trying to get me out of my comfort zone} {Click here for the free printable} Career Plans Before I had children, I worked in the medical billing field for seven years.  I worked my way up to a ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #141

Welcome to this week's Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!  Before we get to the party I want to make sure you know about the: $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! There's only about one hour left in the $500 Amazon Gift Card giveaway!  Come celebrate Holly's 5 year cancer survivorversary and enter before it ends!  Now Time For The 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: Easy Coconut Pineapple Rice from Home Cooking Memories Candlelight Antique Side Table from The ... read more

$500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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I've got some BIG news to share today. It involves you and a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card!  How does that sound? One of my blog friends Holly from The Coconut Head's Survival Guide is celebrating her 5-Year Survivorversary from cancer!   Five years cancer free is a huge reason to celebrate! I have so much respect for Holly.  She's a cancer survivor that turned a very tough experience into a wonderful way to help others.  She blogs about fun DIY projects, delicious recipes. as well as encouraging others through cancer related issues.  Even though she was dealt a very difficult cancer diagnosis, she has turned her experience around in the hopes of ... read more

Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop #140

Hello Lovelies!  I have good news and bad news.  Let's get to the bad news first... What a week we've had!  My poor kids were both sick late Tuesday night.  I'll spare you the gross details but let's just say we changed sheets at least four times in one night.   Then last night my son came down with a pretty bad fever.  We've spent a couple nights this week not getting much sleep & taking care of sick kiddos.  I hate it when my kiddos are sick.  I'd much rather be the one sick! I'm exhausted. Which brings me to the bad news...I'm sorry to say but there won't be any features at this week's party.  I hope you all will understand. Now here's ... read more

Budget Kitchen Makeover

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I am beyond excited to show you guys the latest project my hubby and I just finished! To really get a sense of how far this kitchen has come, you'll have to see it as it was when we bought the house.  I'll have to warn you...it was pretty ugly! It had pastel blue counter tops, peel and stick tiles, mismatched appliances, and caked grease on every imaginable surface. The kitchen had some good bones but the decor was...well...let's just say it's seen better days.  Fast forward a couple of years later, and that ugly duckling of a kitchen is now a beautiful place! This budget kitchen makeover included: updating the cabinets painting the ... read more

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

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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