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Pom Pom and Garland DIY Tutorial

Happy Hump Day! It is such a beautiful day here in Mississippi...the wind is blowing, it is chilly enough for me to have on socks and be wrapped up in a blanket, and leaves are just falling away outside. I love the mornings, they are a fresh start to a new day, and remind me that the Lord's mercies are new today. My morning coffee and time alone after Ben has left for work is such a sweet time. I am able to sit at the feet of my Heavenly Bridegroom...and that is always so precious. The Lord is so worthy of our praise and this weather here is just crying out for everyone to take notice of how awesome our God is. 

"But this I call to mind and I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:21-23

"Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?...The heavens are yours; the earth is your and all that is in it, you have founded them...You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you." Psalm 89:5-6;11, 13,14

So let this hump day not be a day we get in a rut, stuck and finding ourselves groaning about how we are longing for the weekend. Let's REJOICE in the LORD!

Can you believe it is November? I cannot...time is just flying right on by. Christmas will be here before we know it! YIKES! I have not even started on Christmas presents, and I hardly have any Christmas decor...newlywed life I am afraid. :) So this year I am making a lot of our decor for around the house...like this awesome music sheet wreath...



 Another really fun and easy thing to make for your mantel, doorway, tree, or for a friend is a pom pom garland. So so easy. I have included pictures of each step below but please feel free to ask any questions in the comment box below if something is unclear.


What you will need:
yarn (in whatever colors your heart desires)
really sharp scissors
large yarn needle

To start, pick the color yarn you want your pom pom to be...then begin to wrap it around your fingers (I used the first three fingers) or for a little bit larger pom wrap the yarn around your palm. Continue wrapping for about 70-75 times around. I think doing any less doesn't make it full enough.



Once you have wrapped your yarn as many times as you want, carefully slide it off your fingers and cut the end. Take another piece of yarn and tie it around the center of the yarn. Be careful to hold on to it so you don't undo all your wrapping. It should look like the picture below once you have tightly secure your knot. 



Then take your REALLY sharp scissors and cut all the little loops.


Once you have cut every loop your pom pom will look a little crazy...so now you have to give it a good trim. 


Cut all the little strands of yarn until you feel your pom pom is all tidy and the size you like. mine looked about like this once I was finished. 



and there you have it. Now you know how to make pom poms, and trust me you will find yourself addicted to this easy and fun craft! Now for the garland...silly me didn't take any pictures of this part but it is just as self explanatory as the poms. Just thread a yarn needle with yarn that you want to hang your pom poms on and push it through each pom pom. If you do not have a yarn needle you can just leave a couple stands of yarn long when you are trimming the pom up and use those to attach the pom to the string for hanging. Either way works great and will still get you to an awesome finished product.


Now go make some garlands to decorate your house with. Make some for your friends, family, neighbors...make one for a stranger even. This easy craft is sure to put a smile on your face and on other's faces as well. 

Take care! XOXO.













DIY Date Night Jar (52 almost FREE ideas)

So Ben's birthday was last week, he turned 24! It was a great day full of celebrating him, and because we are newlyweds and not just rolling in mounds of cash I made several of his birthday presents myself. :) This is an idea I saw on Pinterest, so I am not claiming it as my idea by any means...but I did want to share the idea with you, along with the "Date Nights" I chose to include. This is so easy to do and so much fun to have all these fun dates to try and plan for throughout the year. 

***So thankful for all the Pinterest love. Hope you love these ideas, please be creative and think of dates that fit you and your special someone. Please look around my blog and enjoy yourself. I love to get feedback from my readers, drop me a line anytime!***

So I just got a mason jar and spray painted it a metal gray color...you can do whatever you want to here...mason jar, tin can, glass jar of any kind would work. 

I used Popsicle sticks to write the dates on, again, this is up to you on what you want to do. It just seemed to work well for me to use these. 

Then you just stick the sticks inside the jar and you have a customized date night jar for you are your main squeeze. HOW FUN?! I know...

So all the dates that I included... (Don't just copy, really try to think and make a list based on your personality and plan for things you and your man would really enjoy)

  1. Watch the sunset.
  2. Have a music night (Ben plays several instruments and I love to sing so we go to a nearby chapel and jam out together or enjoy some music together at home)
  3. City Tour of Homes (A nearby city does this every year and allows people to tour these amazing antebellum homes....we cannot wait to go this year)
  4. Progressive Dinner (appetizer at one restaurant, entree somewhere else, and dessert somewhere else!)
  5. Build and fly a kite!
  6. Shoot guns together. (I know this is a southern thing, but Ben loves to shoot skeet and play with his guns, always remember gun safety)
  7. Day long road trip (ours is to somewhere no further than 2 hours away)
  8. Hammocking (we both have eno hammocks and love to take them outside and relax under the trees together)
  9. Monopoly Night.
  10. Trip to a local orchard or farm to pick fruits and veggies.
  11. Bake together.
  12. Technology FREE night (no computer, phone, TV, ipad...nothing, just enjoying each other)
  13. Movie Marathon!
  14. Krispy Kreme Trip (for us Krispy Kreme is 30 minutes away so it is a treat to get to enjoy that sugary goodness)
  15. Youtube Dance Lessons (Line Dancing, Swing Dances, Ballroom Dancing?)
  16. Coffee Shop Date (maybe you will be lucky and can enjoy some local live music while you are there too)
  17. Play tennis together.
  18. Volunteer together. 
  19. Go pick blueberries. (or anything for that matter)
  20. Go to the pet store, or the humane society.
  21. Go geocaching (get out of your box and try something adventurous)
  22. Slack line (this is something Ben is really good at, so he is going to teach me sometime how to do it)
  23. Wander through a bookstore.
  24. Get coffee + go on a walk. 
  25. Pick pecans, make pecan brittle.
  26. Dinner and a movie (classic)
  27. Watch a documentary together
  28. Fondue Night. 
  29. Chocolate/Wine Tasting. (Whichever you prefer).
  30. Portable Drive-In. (take a laptop, and a movie and drive somewhere in town and watch a movie, or do this is your backyard)
  31. Dinner at the County Lake (this is a lake in town and you don't have to pay any thing to just go out there and cook on their grounds)
  32. Stargazing.
  33. Wash your cars together.
  34. Bowling Night!
  35. Camping, classic couple retreat for an evening or a weekend...and Ben adores camping. 
  36. Night car ride. windows down...that is a must. 
  37. Picnic. 
  38. Camping in the living room (build a fort, set up a tent, light your fire in your fireplace, enjoy an evening on the floor with your love)
  39. Put together a puzzle.
  40. Game Night (with friends of course)
  41. Find all the Historic Landmarks in your city.
  42. Spend an evening making bucket lists and setting goals for your family. 
  43. Build a fire and make s'mores.
  44. Enjoy a romantic bubble bath.
  45. Bingo night (this happens every week at a local coffee bar that we love)
  46. Watch the sunrise + breakfast date.
  47. Dollar Tree date + Ice Cream (you go in dollar tree and each have 5$, you can take like 15-20 minutes and compete to find a gift for each other and whoever's gift is the most _____ wins...the most outrageous, thoughtful, unique, tacky, useful...)
  48. At- Home spa night!
  49. Go Hiking.
  50. Pottery night.
  51. Homemade, candle light dinner.
  52. Grill out night. 

So here ya go. I hope this inspires you to create you own list of dates for you and your man to enjoy. Remember, think outside of the box, try new things, and be adventurous...life is more fun that way. 

Happy Sunday Folks, praying you all will worship the Lord today with a joyful noise. Have a great week!!

Take Care!