Giveaway with Chase All Your Dreams

Once again, it’s time for you to meet one of our lovely sponsors here on the blog. Give a big hello to Courtney of Chase All Your Dreams:

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Here’s a little more about her, in her own words:

Hi! I’m Courtney, 21, I live in the Big Apple, and I’m currently in my last year of college. I love music, baking, traveling, crafting, DIY-ing, letter writing, and so much more. Chase All Your Dreams is a lifestyle about my life as a college student and my journey getting into the music business. So come on over and say hi!

You can also check out this page to find even more about her! Be sure and say hello!

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And guess what? Courtney is giving away a pair of rose earrings and winner’s choice of another piece of jewelry from her shop to one of you readers. Enter via the Rafflecopter form.

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Button Wreath DIY

Recently our sponsor Lots of Buttons sent me a fun mix of buttons to create a project to share with you. Here’s the fantastic little wreath I developed:

Want to make your own wreath for the summer? Here’s how:

First, you need a small foam wreath and muslin. Here are the photos for how I covered the wreath:

(If you need more detailed instructions, check out the full tutorial on my Simple Spring Wreath.)

Now, on to the fun part. This is where we get to start being creative. Grab your buttons. (Don’t forget: you can always get some at Lots of Buttons.)

Get your hot glue gun heated up and start gluing your buttons to your wreath.

Follow your gut in placement. I just put all my buttons in a big pile and selected each as I went. It turned out great.

I filled a little more than half of my wreath with buttons. I really like the contrast of the fabric versus the buttons rather than a completely filled wreath.

I tied the wreath up with a simple matching hemp cord.

What do you think? What’s your favorite use for buttons?

p.s. Yep, that’s me reflected in my door. I’m glad you can’t really tell since I did not bother to comb my hair for this.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free product in order to create this tutorial. Opinions are 100% my own.

Celtic Festival

This past weekend I was rocking the Celtic Festival in La Grande, OR. It was my last craft fair of the season.


This was my second year at the Celtic Festival. Now, I’ll admit, it’s not my best-selling craft fair of the year. It’s really not the market for my particular items.

But I’ll let you in on a secret….

I do it so I can hang out with all the Celtic people.


There are tons of people in traditional garb, including kilts. Various clans set up booths, so you can find out more about your family history. I’m not Scottish. I’m Irish. We don’t really have tartans and fancy deals like this. I don’t mind getting in on the Scottish side of things.

One thing the Irish do have is some great music.


Various bands come and play traditional Irish music, Scottish ballads, and some other fun folk music. This year the festival hosted Peter Daldry, Molly’s Revenge, and Tiller’s Folly (pictured above). The music is well worth the ticket price (or booth cost!) of coming to the Celtic Festival. The performers are fabulous, with a wide musical range and variety. Irish step dancers also come out and demonstrate their skills. I am in awe of what they can do.

I’m trying to convince Erik that if we’re having a girl we need her to be an Irish step dancer instead of a ballerina. We’ll see how that goes.


So hopefully I see you next year at the Celtic Festival, rocking out to the bagpipes! Because, really, the only bad part was accidentally seeing a man lift his kilt and scratch his butt.

What’s your family’s heritage?

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Nectresse! (& Recipe)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Recently I was sent a sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener to try out. After looking through some recipes, I decided I had to try out the Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, made with Nectresse, not sugar.

Let me say, I was pleasantly surprised. I’m always on the lookout for cutting out sugar in my family’s diet. It just seems like a good idea to me to limit it for our health. Nectresse is the only 100% natural sweetener on the market that’s made from fruit. Monk fruit extract, in fact, is what gives it its sweetness with zero calories.

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Really, I couldn’t tell too much of a difference. It was sweet, but not overly so. I like that. The pancakes were amazingly delicious, and the perfect breakfast recipe for fall. The Nectresse Sweetener and cinnamon worked well with the apple fresh from my garden to create a yummy, low-calorie breakfast.

Want to try these pancakes for yourself? Here’s the recipe:

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6 (2-pancake serving)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 6 Nectresse Natural No Calorie Sweetener Packets

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 1/2 cups 1% milk

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 1 cup chopped apple


  1. Blend all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

  2. Whisk together eggs, vanilla, milk, and melted butter. Add to try ingredients and gently mix. Some lumps are okay. Fold in apples.

  3. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat.

  4. Pour 1/3 cup batter per pancake onto hot griddle. Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip pancakes and cook until golden brown on other side. Serve hot.

apple cinnamon pancakes

I definitely recommend trying these Apple Cinnamon pancakes with Nectresse Sweetener. Click here to get your own FREE sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener. And you don’t have to just take my word for it. Lisa Ling, spokesperson for Nectresse Sweetener, shares her experience:

In what recipe would you like to try Nectresse Sweetener instead of sugar?

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I Made It! Monday

Sorry this is a bit later than usual, everybody. Oh, and also for the fact that I don’t have a featured project today. Hopefully I can share some later this week with you.

I spent the weekend at the Celtic Festival in La Grande, OR. I can’t wait to share some photos with you. In the meantime, enjoy the party!

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