Delightful Links for the Weekend


This week we spied some harbor seals while out on a walk. They are so much fun to watch. It’s amazing to see how graceful they are in the water, yet so clunky on land.

We also rode some escalators for the pure joy of it. My kids giggled the whole time. Frugal fun at it’s best.

Here are some of my favorite reads of the week:

{For the Mommas}

40+ Legitimate Ways to Earn Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom @ Red and Honey

What if We Gave Them the Benefit of the Doubt? @ Life Your Way

My iPhone Robbed Me, But I’m Getting It Back @ Sorta Crunchy


Sweet and Simple Cherry Hand Pies @ My Humble Kitchen (not gluten-free, but they looks so lovely! My kids would throughly enjoy these)

Gluten-Free Raspberry Crumble Bars @ Deliciously Organic – I made these this week and they were delightful!

Naturally Sweetened Fresh Strawberry Pie @ The Humbled Homemaker

Camping Menu Primer (with 50+ Food Ideas)! @ Keeper of the Home

{Herbs & DIY Skincare}

Vintage Remedies is offering a free introductory course: Herbalism 101

Homemade Sunscreen @ Gidget Goes Home

Plantain Salve Recipe @ Mommypotamus

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Cowgirl Dirt Eye Makeup  is 25% off until July 5th.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.


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Learn to Sew with Sewing School 101 {a Giveaway}

Sewing school 101

I want to be good at sewing.

A sewista.

A sewing ninja.

I dream about stitching clothing for my kids and creating personalized items to decorate my home.

Sewing is something I’ve dabbled in, but not pursed enough to actually be considered adept. Mostly because it seemed so daunting.

But now  I’m excited to learn again because my friend Nicole (of Gidget Goes Home) has written and excellent book that’s perfect for aspiring sewistas like me: Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get Your Stitching

Sewing School 101 is full to the brim with straight-forward, easy-to-follow instructions.

Nicole has created wonderful tutorials that teach the basics of sewing, but also help you create real products you will want to use in your home, including a simple pennant banner and a refashioned tank top. 

I love how everything is broken down into simple steps and lots of color photos are included to help make everything easy to understand. 

I am excited to go through this book since I know very little about sewing! I plan to do so alongside my 13 year old daughter.

Check out the table of contents:

sewing school 101 contents

Talk about thorough!

Win a copy of Sewing School 101

Wouldn’t you love a copy of this eBook?

It’s available as a  PDF  (buy here) and also in Kindle format on Amazon. The PDF version costs slightly more, but comes with automatic updates for any future revisions or additions.

If you’d like to enter to win a copy, use the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you’re reading via email, click through to fill out the widget.)

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See what others are saying

Sewing School 101 is enjoying a blog tour. If you’d like to hear what others have to say about the book, check out the links below):

Sewing School 101

Sewing School 101: on tour

Tuesday, June 24 :: Jess @ If Only They Would Nap

Wednesday, June 25 :: Christen @

Thursday, June 26 :: Megan @ SortaCrunchy

Friday, June 27 :: Me @ The Art of Simple

Thursday, July 3 :: Stacy @ A Delightful Home

Friday, July 4 :: Breanne @ This Vintage Moment

Tuesday, July 8 :: Haley (& Daniel) @ Carrots for Michaelmas

Thursday, July 10 :: Rachel @ Mason Jar Values

Friday, July 11 :: Marillyn @ Just Making Noise

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Family Fun Night {Part 2} 24 MORE Ideas!

family workout night

Continuing on from where we left off, here are 24 more ideas for you to consider for your next family fun night. Don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be fancy! Kids just want your attention. Have a video game night I know, I know, we want to out the video games away most of the […]

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Time Sensitive: Herbalist and Natural Skincare Courses on Sale


As many of you  know, I have been studying natural skin care development and family herbalism through Vintage Remedies. A picture of some of my study materials.  I have really enjoyed my time studying through Vintage Remedies and am excited to see their new offerings, many of which are digital and shorter duration courses. There is […]

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12 Family Fun Night Ideas

12 family fun night ideas

One thing that has pulled my family together is having a regular family fun night. To tell you the truth, it is not as regular as I want it to be (every week), but having the intention of dedicating one night a week to a family fun night, means it happens more often than it […]

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Lavender-Chamomile Bath Soak Recipe

Lavender Chamomile Bath Soak

The following is a soothing herbal soak I created recently. It aims to relieve sore muscles and relax the body (and mind). This DIY bath soak recipe uses dead sea salts and Epsom salts, both containing high levels of magnesium. The magnesium in the salts is a great way to relax the body. Bathing in […]

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Delightful Links for the Weekend

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Another quiet week on the blog. I’m saying that a lot lately! I think it’s going to be this way for the next few months at least. There’s too much fun to have away from the computer! This week we visited the aquarium. I always love watching the jellyfish. They are simply amazing. One update […]

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How to Make a Chef’s Salad

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One of my favorite healthy meals is a Chef’s salad. It’s so easy to put together and can be tweaked to use whatever ingredients are on hand (including leftovers). A traditional Chef’s salad includes a bed of lettuce topped with meat (such as turkey, ham, or chicken), cheese, tomato and a hard-boiled egg. When making […]

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Delightful Links for the Weekend

workout spot

I shared this picture of my little workout spot on Instagram last night. It makes me happy! Our house is fairly small, so I’m excited to have carved out a place to exercise. It’s not big, but I can do a lot there! Now to keep the laundry piles out of it. This week I […]

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Health Benefits of Strawberries & 45 Strawberry Recipes


Strawberries are the favorite fruit of many. This delightfully sweet berry is not only delicious, it contains a number of health benefits. According to the Encylopedia of Healing Foods, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and also a good source of manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1, and iodine. Strawberries […]

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