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Team Mom (or Dad) recognition and appreciation

Team Mom (or Dad) recognition and appreciation

Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s March 2017 issue. Never miss an issue, check out SFM’s digital editions, here!  article and photos by TJ Wierenga Team Moms and Dads, those dedicated volunteers who give forth effort on a weekly and sometimes daily basis to take care of people issues and administrative responsibilities so that […]

Heartfelt DIY Valentine canvas

Heartfelt DIY Valentine canvas

Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s February 2017 issue. Never miss an issue, check out SFM’s digital editions, here!  Photos and article by Ginger Lueck Here is a fun and easy craft to make for Valentine’s Day that is cute enough to leave up the entire year long! Supplies: One 16” X 20” […]

Baby shower gift: Handmade style

Baby shower gift: Handmade style

It’s arrived. The invite to the latest baby shower. Sure you could hit the stores, but there’s something extra special about putting the time, effort, and love into creating a handmade gift. Which is exactly what I want to share in this blog, how to make a super easy handmade baby shower gift because, honestly, […]

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Noodles

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Noodles

DIY Ravioli: A Family Experience originally appeared in SFM’s September 2016 issue, get that recipe, here. Following are Candi’s recipes for Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage, Homemade All-Purpose Italian Egg Noodles, and Gluten-free Egg Noodles. Spending time in the kitchen with Mom and Grandma used to be a rite of passage for girls growing up. […]

Bringing new life to Vintage Trailers

Bringing new life to Vintage Trailers

I hope you all had a chance to read my article on trending vintage camp trailers in the July 2016 issue of Simply Family Magazine! I know I enjoyed writing about my experiences, and taking the photos of my cute little trailer! I also enjoy all the waves and enthusiasm from admirers as I travel […]

The how-to on homemade Smoothies

The how-to on homemade Smoothies

Smoothies are one of my all-time favorite things to not only drink, but to make; throw a bunch of stuff in a blender and voila! While all that sound magically easy, there is a bit more to it when it comes to making the most of your (and your kids’) smoothies. Here are some guidelines […]

DIY: Wood Slice Chalkboard

DIY: Wood Slice Chalkboard

Pulled from the pages of the June 2016 issue of Simply Family Magazine, get the how-to on creating this lovely wood slice chalkboard, found in ‘5 simple ways to bring the outdoors inside.’  In the spirit of tree houses, campouts and the great outdoors, I thought it would be loads of fun to create a […]

Braided Flower Hair Tutorial

Braided Flower Hair Tutorial

If you are a girl mommy, you may enjoy searching through Pinterest and YouTube for fun new ways to style your little lady’s hair. At first glance, these hairstyles may seem overwhelming and impossible but if you break it down into steps, it’s not nearly as daunting a task. I tried out this rose braid […]

To Accent Wall, or Not, That is the Question

To Accent Wall, or Not, That is the Question

Ahhh, accent walls.  Such an interesting and sometimes touchy subject.  If you’re debating whether or not to add an accent wall to your home, here are the questions to ask before starting, as well as my general rules of thumb and guidelines. 1. Is there an interesting architectural feature on this wall that I want […]

Teacher Gift Ideas: Make it Personal with a Monogram

Teacher Gift Ideas: Make it Personal with a Monogram

Summertime is practically upon us, which means that school is quickly coming to a close. Is it normal to feel both completely ecstatic and yet completely terrified all at the same time? I’m new to this “preschool mom” gig, and I have no earthly idea how I am going to keep my almost 4-year-old from […]

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