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2011- Popular & Favorite Posts!

If you are a blogger..
you need to check out
It really helps in giving you all the background info on your page views/content
I just clicked for the first time to see my yearly stats..
2010 – Page Loads…353,528
2011 – Page Loads…966,564
?!?!?! Soo excited!! Might not be a lot compared to
some of the big time bloggas but it’s big for me! :)

I thought I would share some of
the popular posts people viewed!
I had fun sharing them with you..
These are some of my favorites!

Felt Food – Favorite Tutorials
My mom and I made these and a bunch of other fun ones for my sophia’s 2nd birthday.
the key was to give her a present that year that was veryyy soft
since she had a newborn sister. :)

Free Baby Shower Printable- Baby Jeopardy
Made this for my friends’ shower that I threw.. it’s been downloaded 1,103 times!
Happy to be a part of all those baby showers! 

Storybook Princess Party-
(spent $4 on that DIY castle!)

Most Popular Inspiration Board –

Saw a lot of clicks going to the button at the top for Recipes!
I can see a lot of you are like me..always looking for new ones to try!
Also saw a lot of clicks going to the button at the top for Tutorials!
Here’s some of my favorites..

Sweet Shoppe Party ThemeSweetopia Village
Sophia’s 2nd Birthday Party

Pamper the Mommy Baby Shower
Threw it for 3 friends of mine who were pregnant.
I especially loved making up these We heart babies We heart mommies cupcake toppers..
and teaming up with my friend to create a bath bomb bar!

Always a favorite topic on the blog..
a lot of clicks went to the button at the top for DIY projects!
Here’s a recent favorite…Glitter Votives

One of the most personal posts I’ve done was sharing
about my best friend’s murder..She was A Victim of Domestic Violence
It was a great source of healing for me to blog about it. And I have been so blessed by all of your prayers and support through this hard time. I was also amazed by the vast reach that domestic violence has in our many people know of, or are, someone affected by it. Please join me in this new year to pray for the end of violence..and for all those affected by domestic violence. I especially pray that every woman knows how amazing and worthy of love she is. And I pray that we may help stand up for those we know being told otherwise.

Thanks for making this year such a wonderful one on my blog..
for following my journey as a wife, mother and woman of God.
and for those of you who blog yourself..thanks for sharing YOU with us!
My family and I wish you many many blessings for this new year!
Have a fun and safe night!

5 Minutes for Mom’s Blog Party 2010! Time to mix and mingle!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Hey hey! I am a girl who loves a good party and i couldn’t resist linking up to 5 minutes for mom’s Ultimate blog party!! So welcome…and thanks for stopping by. can’t wait to meet all of you who are visitors from the party and leave a comment!  i’m a snoopy blogger and love to check out people who visit my blog. hehe :) 
and for all you regular know i luv ya!

sooo i’m natalie…aka the busy budgeting mama.
and a few of my posts should sum me up……
(click “what i love” to go to post!) 

I love my family. I have an amazing husband who is a full time youth minister. we have a 20 month old baby girl..sophia. and our expecting another baby girl on august 10th! 

I love to throw parties. if i have nothing going on i will automatically think of things to do and create a to do  list that consists of way too detailed projects haha. but i love it.
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i love to bake. (and cook) invite me over for a dinner party and ask me to bring dessert and
 i’ll be your best friend for life!! hehe.  this is what i brought to the family easter dinner. 
i just had to bring some sweet treats. i have a growing collection of recipes that i’ve found and love so hope you check them out. 

i love to share my favorite blogs, recipes, bargains & mama moments. in real life i’m a overload should be expected from me. hehe. just be happy you don’t have to see me talk with my hands. it can get dangerous.
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I love to feature my followers. i loveeeee to check out who has been visiting and decided to follow me! i’ve found so many great blogs through google connect.

I’m love finding DIY Ideas. below are some awesome diy finds from some amazing women!! check them out! (click “i’m a diy mama” to go to post)
 i love finding new project ideas and passing them along! 
if you have some fun ones you’ve done please share the wisdom! our house is up on the market and i can’t wait to get into our new house (wherever that is!) and make it ours. i love decorating our house and looking at other people’s decorated houses. hehe. 

There are some AMAZING prizes being given away at the blog party!! here are my top 5 picks…i never win anything..but i can dream right?? :)
1. i have a plan after i have this baby.. lose this baby weight!
US105 – Get Fit Pack: One “lucky” winner will get a triple threat of Jillian Michaels. Pack contains 30 Day Shred, Yoga Meltdown, The Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout. Pack also includes an aluminum water bottle to help stay on track and stay hydrated!Provided by: Green Mom Wannabe
Follow here: madareamama

2. I am in target wayyy too much.
USC 3 – A $50.00 Target Gift Card.Provided by: Peggy Gorman
Follow here: velvet1116 or Visit Our Fan Page: Peggy Gorman

3. Date night!
USC 21 – $25 Gift Card to Cinemark Theaters
Provided by: Anne @ Upstate Ramblings
Follow here: Anne Gustke

4. cash..need i say more? shopping trip to ikea!!!
USC 35 – $50.00 CASH ~ Paypal Transfer. ($50 USD or current CAD conversion rate)Provided by: American Muslim Mom
Follow here: ponnsabra or Visit Our Fan Page: American Muslim Mom

5. the cook book sounds awesome!
US43 – A copy of Get Out!: 150 Ways For Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future and The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will be shipped to one lucky winner.Provided by: Lisa’s Coupons
Follow here: blm03


Enough about meeee tell me about youuuuu. 
1. who are you?? :)
2. what’s your blog about? 
3. and a really deep one…if you could be a fruit what would you be and why? 
i would be a pineapple because it’s the symbol for hospitality. :) i know….very deep. i warned you.

thanks for stopping by…and ladies who have been following my blog.. photo shoot for pittsburgh fashion magazine is tomorrow! i’m so excited but nervous. i hope i can pull it off. my friends growing up who are models always told me “smile and laugh…smile and laugh”….;)
have a great day. and can’t wait to visit all of you who have stopped by from the blog party!!

DIY Projects Galore!

I scavenged all the blogs for great DIY ideas to add to my to-do-list!! Here are some of my recent favorites!



Her amazing directions!
1 – 15 X 84″ piece of floral foam (bought at Micheal’s)
3 – packages of preserved moss (bought at Jo’Ann’s)
1 – serrated kitchen knife
hot glue gun
printed out letters

1. Print out your letters on large pieces of paper. You can really do any font that is pretty easy to trace. I liked verdana because it was basic enough but had nice curves. You can do just about any size and lower-case or upper-case. Whatever you want!
2. Pin the letters to your floral foam. Leave edges around your paper letters to trim later.
(picture of letters pinned to floral foam)
3. Using straight cuts up and down, cut the foam in the shape of the letters.
(picture of cutting)
4. Open the moss which comes in sheets. Start laying and gluing it around the flatter parts of the letters first (like the tail of the “B”) Save the curves for the end. You can trim the pieces smaller and glue them for the curved portions. If the seams are showing, you can clean them up with smaller loose pieces of the moss. Trim off the excess.
(picture of moss sheets in packaging)
5 Ta-da! You have your moss letters! Hang them with your favorite ribbon like I did.
(picture of me and Billy with “B”)

Or if you want to do something more can make a Moss Wreath 

2. How to make Reproduction Mercury Glass 


1.Assorted glass vases and containers with mouths wide enough that you can comfortably get your hand inside. 
2.One jar of Metal Leaf Adhesive Size.
3. One or two packages of silver leaf paper.
4. Package of small sponge paintbrushes. 

Clean and dry your containers. Apply a thin coat of adhesive to inside of glass container with sponge brush. Avoid puddles, although it’s not a huge deal if you get them. When you’re done, it will look like this:

Wait about 20-40 minutes for the adhesive to turn clear. It stays tacky for about 24 hours, so you really can’t screw this part up. If you do, we need to chat. It will now look like this:

Apply a foil sheet to the inside of the glass container and keep going with foil sheets until you’re satisfied. Imperfection is key here. Don’t smooth the sheets perfectly down on top of the glass. Crinkle the sheets up a bit to get into the curvy areas. Rub gently with your fingers as you go and eyeball it, applying the silver leaf in whatever way pleases you. You don’t want it to look uniform. Leave some spots untouched. It applies so quickly and easily that even a jellyfish could do it.
Gently wipe away any loose silver bits with a dry, clean sponge brush.

3. Paper Mache Letters

I love the sparkly noel. check out her blog to see more of her place and decor ideas for the holidays! 

just grab some paper mache letters from your local craft store and get glittering..or painting..go wild! got hers for 2 bucks each at michael’s! i almost bought them the other day but i was like hmm i don’t know… i’m for sure going back now that i see this finish product. love it. the options are endless!


I love this idea..because sometimes i am out and see tin trays and wonder how to use them in the house..i might try this idea out next time! or have my hubby serve me bon bons on them while i relax….haha. either way.
She saw this idea in country living..and then did herself using trays she found at the store…and these mounting strips! love it! check out her blog for other great ideas and inspiration!


Hope you are inspired and try some of these diy ideas out! pass along any good ones you have come across!