DIY Handmade Utility Apron


I’m doing a few craft shows in the next couple months and I remember the last few that I did how it was a pain to always worry about the money being in a safe place and also where my card reader was for credit card transactions.  Well I was going to just go buy a utility apron from Home Depot or JoAnn’s.

But thanks to Pinterest I found a cute pattern to try and made something for myself today! I rarely make things for myself so I’m excited and this one will be useful too!  You could also use a utility apron like this when your cleaning your house, having a garage sale or doing a handmade market fair.

I followed that pattern and my apron turned out great! I have SO much fabric that it was silly to go out and get some more, I knew I had enough pieces of fabric to make one.  And it’s cute too!  No boring utility apron for me.


You could do it in all sorts of cute colors to match different things!  I love navy blue so I thought that this was a cute color combination with bright and dark colors.


There are pockets to hold different items.  I imagine I’ll use it to hold a pen, tape, my phone, Paypal card reader and money from my customers who pay in cash.  The pattern was super easy to read and turned out amazing!


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One Pot Penne Dinner – Instant Pot Dinner Idea Spaghetti Dinner

img_61061So last Christmas season I kept hearing about this amazing kitchen tool that would make your cooking faster and easier on those nights you are short on time.  This amazing appliance is called Instant Pot!  It is a new age pressure cooker!  It’s all electronic and very safe to use.

My favorite fast dinner recipe is so easy!

You will need these items to make the Penne Pasta dish-

1 box of penne pasta (any larger style pasta will work)

1lb of hamburger/ground turkey

1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce


Spices to taste


Turn on Instant Pot to sauté and put in your ground meat.  Add any of the regular spices you would add to your spaghetti dinner. I added some garlic powder, fried onion and basil.  Mix the meat around and cook it until it’s browned.

Once your meat is browned, you’ll want to turn the Instant Pot off sauté and add in your box of noodles and your jar of spaghetti sauce.  You’ll also need to add in a jar of water to the pot during this time.  The pressure cooker portion needs water/liquid to help cook the food, so don’t forget this part.  Mix it all together.

Put the lid on the pot and lock it and press manual.  Turn the timer to 5 minutes and let it start! When the pressure cooker is done cooking, it will beep.  Let it come down from pressure for 5 minutes and then let the rest of the pressure out.  Open up the Instant Pot and stir your food around.  That’s it! Dinner is complete!! It’s really that easy and such a great meal! And you’ve only dirtied 1 pan!!

I added parmasean cheese for a finishing touch.  Serve with garlic bread and voila!

Another easy dish to make is potato salad and hard boiled eggs!  If you get one, you won’t be disappointed at all!

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Tie Dyed 4th of July shirts

So my sons wanted to be creative and make something over the long holiday weekend so we decided to make 4th of July tie dyed shirts to wear.  We made extras for other family members and it was so much fun!!

We went to Hobby Lobby and started out with white shirts and a 3 pack of dye.  We mostly only used the red and blue so we could be patriotic with our shirts.

We made shirts a few years ago courtesy of JoAnn Fabrics if you’d like to see them, click HERE

We searched the Internet for different patterns and found a couple different cool ones.  We tried a few different patterns but one turned out the best.

Let’s get started!  We twisted and bunched the shirts up to how we wanted our designs to turn out.  Next we started to put the dye on them.  Make sure you wear gloves or your hands will turn colors!!

We let them sit in the sun to dry and then rinsed them out to rinse the color out and then washed it in the washing machine.

We decided that the color on Caden’s turned out the best!

It’s a super easy project to do with your kids and they will love to wear their new shirts proudly! 🇺🇸

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Great Lakes Craft Wood Monogram Home Decoration Items

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, or even my Facebook page, you’ll know that for awhile we were doing wood items.  Well we are back at it!!

Check our the link above for all the new wood items we are making in our shop!  We have custom wood monograms, great items for door hangers and we can even custom paint them for you!  Looking for a specific item?  Message us!  We can try and design different things for you!

This one is one of my favorites so far!  Patriotic and perfect door hanger for the 4th of July holiday weekend!   13260096_1658259374394867_839821520275203122_n

We are also in the initial planning stages of offering painting parties!!  Who doesn’t love hanging out with your friends, painting and enjoying some adult beverages!!  Keep a look at our Facebook page for updates on this!

12801307_10100731739775071_3137096509999386378_nWe still offer custom cutting boards made out of bamboo for you too!  There’s a variety of different designs on our Etsy shop but we can also make you a custom listing!

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Memorial Day 2016 Free Meals, Deals and Discounts for Veterans and the Military

My husband was in the Army and is now a Veteran after serving in the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom, OIF).  We use military discounts wherever we can and use them quite frequently at Home Depot and Lowes when we get materials to help fix our house up or a new grill and such.


But Memorial Weekend is a great time to go and enjoy some great discounts just for Veterans and the Military.  Don’t forget these when your out and about this weekend!

California Great America

Free admission. Up to 6 family members accompanying service member can get tickets for just $21.99

Fogo de Chao

50% off for Veterans with proper ID on Memorial Day.

Food Lion

10% off for Veterans with proper ID on May 30th only.


On Monday, May 30, all veterans and active-duty military personnel can enjoy an entrée on the house by presenting a valid military ID at any Hooters location across the nation.


5% discount good Thursday through Monday. Military ID or proof of service required.

King’s Dominion

Free Admission May 28-30 & July 4-5 free park admission.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Free Admission Free Admission May 28-30, 2016. Includes Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City. Display your valid Military ID at the ticket booth to get your free admission ticket. Good for one ticket per valid Military ID. Up to six tickets may be purchased for family and friends at a discounted rate.

Logan’s Roadhouse

15% discount for patrons in military uniform and/or those who have a military ID.

McCormick & Schmick’s

On Monday, May 30, active U.S. military, members of the National Guard and veterans can receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée

Ninety Nine Restaurant

Free meal from their $9.99 menu to all Active Duty Military and Veterans on Monday, May 30, 2016. ID required.


Free All-American Burger and fries to all veterans and active duty military members at all Shoney’s restaurants while supplies last.

Twin Peaks

Eat Free on May 30.

Under Armour

15% off on Under Armour for military from 5/24 – Tuesday, 5/31.  On June 1st the discount returns to 10%.

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How to host an online Norwex Facebook Party!

Have you heard about Norwex?  I hadn’t until recently when my cousin had a party and invited me to it, so now I am hosting one of my own!  If you’ve never heard about Norwex, their mission is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.   Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.  So now did that spark your interest?  It should have!

My cousin Lindsay Rogers sells Norwex now and would be happy to set you up with an online party so you can learn all about the products and earn free products along the way!


Want a breakdown of how you can save money cleaning with resuable products that won’t harm your pets, children and environment?  Check out this image!


And yes, why spend so much on “organic” cleaning products that cost a ton more at a speciality health store when you can clean with products that are less harsh on your skin, your family and your home!

Interested in ordering?  Order Norwex Here!!

Don’t forget to ask any questions you might have!  Email her


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Crispy Ranch Chicken Recipe- Pinterest Inspired

So a few nights ago I decided to make a recipe I saw on Pinterest! Who doesn’t love ranch?? Really it’s amazing on everything.  Well this chicken was amazing too!

All you need is 5 basic ingredients for a great dinner for your family! My family was even asking for more!


3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 (1 ounce) packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix

1 cup crushed corn flakes

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375* degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine the ranch seasoning mix, the crunched corn flakes and parmesan cheese into a large freezer baggy.

Shake well to mix it all together.

Dip each chicken breast into the melted butter, and then drop into the baggy.  Seal the bag shut and then shake well to coat the chicken with seasoning.  After well coated lay the chicken into the baking dish.  Repeat with all of the chicken.

Once all the chicken has been coated, sprinkle the remaining seasoning mixture onto the tops of the chicken.

Bake chicken 40-45 minutes.  Cover pan with foil so the chicken doesn’t burn on the top layer.

Let me know if you’ve ever made this before and if you do make it, how do you like it? My son asked for seconds and we even dipped it in homemade ranch dressing too!!

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Planting a garden this year? Spring is finally here!

Spring is finally here in Mid-Michigan and it feels amazing today! The flowers are starting to bloom, lawns are getting mowed, kids are outside playing and everyone’s allergies are going crazy. Lilac trees are blooming and you can smell them in the air and it’s a very welcoming scent. We wait a long time for this time to come here in Michigan. After a long winter, the sight of green luscious lawns and blooming flowers helps your attitudes change also.

We have had a garden a couple of years but last year we didn’t have one just simply because it is a lot of work and we were so busy with spring/summer sports and being gone a lot of weekends the upkeep was so hard. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to do another one this year. The vegetables were amazing. We had tons of cucumbers and I was able to make homemade pickles. Lots of huge zucchini and so I was able to use my grandmas reciepe for zucchini bread and it was so fresh and moist. We were also successful with snap peas and cherry tomatoes. The rabbits would get to the strawberries before we ever had enough to make anything with them. We made salsa a few times with the tomatoes and jalapeño peppers that we had planted in the garden also.

This year we should have more of a summer because both kids sports end right around the end of the school year, they aren’t into the summer so that will be a nice break. One has baseball and hockey and one has lacrosse this year. But that all changes when school starts and hockey starts full boar!

Have a great Mother’s Day Weekend and enjoy the weather outside surrounded by loved ones.

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DIY Rit Dye a Lacrosse Stick

So my son made one of these before a few years back but now my youngest wanted to do it to his stick too, so we went to the store, got the dye and glue sticks and got to town.
His lacrosse head was all white so he wanted to make it our school colors (maroon and white) so we picked up Red Rit Dye to help change the color.

Thing you need:
Lacrosse head
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Rit Dye
Large stock pot

Start off by randomly putting hot glue all over the head. Make patterns or just do it randomly. Whatever color you put the hot glue on, that will be the color underneath. That color will not change.

Once you have all the glue that you want on the lacrosse head, start by filling up the pot of water and bringing it to a boil.  Carefully dump the Rit Dye in the pit. Be very careful when working either dye because it stains and will change the color of any towels you may be using. There will need to be an adult present to help with with this project.

Use the head to start gently stirring the pot to mix the dye up with the water.  Let the lacrosse head drop into the pot of water and check on it after a few minutes.  Depending on the color you want the head to turn, you might need to leave it in there a few minutes or over an hour.  We actually started it before my sons hockey game, went to his game and came back and then took it out and rinsed it off.

You will want to make sure you have towels around when you take it out so you don’t drip all over the counter.  Use cold water to rinse off the lacrosse head until it runs clear and no more dye is on the head.

Once this part is done you can start peeling all the glue off the head and see the awesome creation you made.  Make sure and peel all of the glue off so it won’t mess it up later.

TADA!!! It’s done!! You can now restring the head and use it!! My son decided to put red mesh back into the stick instead of the black that came with it.

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