Science Themed Birthday Party Ideas

When my daughter was 4 ½ her greatly anticipated Christmas gift was a pair of plastic safety goggles and a Mind Blowing Science kit.  Fast-forward a year and a half and a few dozen Steve Spangler episodes on youtube and she’s pretty confident that any opportunity is a good one to test the laws of science. Why limit yourself to a beaker and a test tube when you can use an empty bathtub at a friend’s house and a full bottle of shampoo?  All in the name of science!  So it was fitting that we … [Read more...]

A Snowball Tree Love Story

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Because my snowball tree is laden (I LOVE that word!) with blooms and because looking at them today reminds me of this moment from last year I thought I would share this story with you again.  ---------------- He came over and stood next to me as I looked out the back window. "What are you looking at Mama?" he asked. (He's almost 11 but he still calls me mama and I LOVE it!) "I'm watching Daddy get some clippings from the snowball tree for me to bring into the house", I … [Read more...]

Bathroom Mini Makeover

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Once upon a time I decided to give our downstairs bathroom a mini makeover. I painted and put up a new shower curtain and switched out the mirror and drove to all of my favorite second hand shops in search of vintage prints for a gallery wall. Then, when it was all done, I tried to take pictures of it. I stood on the toilet and in the shower and contorted myself into all kinds of positions before finally realizing that it was virtually impossible to photograph such a small space. The end. … [Read more...]

New Dresser in the Master Bedroom

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Can I be honest? Sometimes I just don't feel like crafting or DIY'ing or repurposing. Sometimes I just feel like buying. But when I realized that what would help our closet feel less like it was going to burst at the seams would be rearranging some things in our bedroom and adding a large dresser, I had every intention of finding an old dressser and giving it a facelift. Honestly I did!   … [Read more...]

Nesting Trays Makeover

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I have a tray obsession. I don't believe in past lives, but if I did, I'm quite sure I could be convinced that I was some kind of servant. Maybe even a ladies maid at Downton Abbey. ;-) I have no idea why exactly it is that I love trays so much but I always find myself gravitating towards them in a store. I pick them up, study them, want to put them in my cart and take them home but then have to stop myself as I think about how many trays I not only have on display in my house but also how … [Read more...]

Capturing a Memory

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Moms everywhere know the truth about Mother's Day. It's not the perfectly arranged floral bouquet or the velvet lined box holding expensive jewelry or even the breakfast delivered in bed on a fancy tray that we hold closest to our hearts. It's those priceless hand-made, covered in glitter, framed by popsicle sticks, dripping in glue gifts from our children which are the truest treasures.   … [Read more...]

Rustic Wood Corbels in the Dining Room

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You know the old saying, "He who hesitates is lost"? Well sometimes my friends, just sometimes, he (or she) who hesitates is lost only to be found again! A few weeks ago I paid a visit to one of my favorite consignment stores and waaaayyyy in the back, on a shelf high up in the corner I spotted a pair of wonderfully chippy, rustic wood corbels. … [Read more...]

Repurposed Candelabra Flower Planter

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Hello folks, it's me Julie from Redhead Can Decorate! Spring has finally sprung in the Midwest! I'm hoping it has where you live, too. If it has, it's time to get our hands dirty and dust off our flower pots! Today, I'm sharing a very easy, affordable, and innovative flower pot idea. Introducing my "Repurposed Candelabra Flower Planter". … [Read more...]

The Path

I made him promise to not go too fast.  I made him promise to stay where it was safe.  Not too high (I’m terrified of heights..like pass out and die of fear..afraid of heights) no steep hills, no crazy detours…you get the idea. And he said, “I promise I’ll watch out for you.”  So we headed off. Out on our four wheeling trip into the desert. … [Read more...]

Taking Down the Blinds

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Hands down one of my MOST favorite parts about being a mama is the absolute joy I get from embarrassing my kiddos. And hands down one of my MOST favorite ways to do this is by singing loudly and dancing like nobody's business. I happen to think I have some awesome moves but for some reason they seem to be horrified disagree. I'm particularly fond of singing songs to them which tend to be extra annoying if you are already in a grumpy mood or have just awakened. I know, I know, it's just a tad … [Read more...]

Crystal Glasses and Paper Napkins

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I've always been very hard on myself. The whole idea of extending grace to others is a far easier concept for me to grasp than extending it to myself. And for years, one of the ways this manifested in my life was in a constant striving for perfection. If I do all of the 'right' things and make all of the 'right' choices then everything in my life will be 'right'...right? ;-) Of course, even as I type out those words I realize once again how absolutely ridiculous that sounds. Because, … [Read more...]

Repurposed Recipe Card Holder

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Do you ever hold onto something and you aren't exactly sure why but you just KNOW that there is a reason? I've been eyeing some really darling vintage-styled dryer sheet holders in various online stores but I just couldn't ever bring myself to buy one. Perhaps I knew that what I really wanted was right under my nose (or in my attic!) all along! … [Read more...]

It’s Not You, It’s Me

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We're snuggled into the covers, talking and giggling in those precious minutes before I kiss her goodnight. We make shadow puppets on the wall and she begs me to sing Jesus Loves Me in my best opera voice. I'm not going to lie folks, it's epic. You'll have to hear it sometime. She thinks that she is stalling bedtime. But I know the truth. These are treasured moments, sacred and precious. These are the moments when she will confide in me about her day. When she'll laugh hysterically … [Read more...]

Good Friday Doesn’t Feel Good

When Good Friday Does't Feel So Good

Every year I find myself compelled to go. I know it will probably feel painful and even a bit dark. I know I will once again sit in a pew with tears streaming down my face as I recognize how unworthy I am of being treated as someone of worth. To be valued, treasured, sacrificed for. If this is Good Friday, why doesn't it feel so “good”? … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Biscotti & Giveaway!

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I love baking. Honestly I WAY prefer it to cooking. This might have something to do with the fact that anything I bake is received by my family with joy and gratitude as opposed to the meals I cook each night which, frankly, are always a bit like a shot in the dark. Sometimes they hit their target and sometimes they are so far off from the target you would think that I was purposely trying to torture them. … [Read more...]

A New Piece in the Dining Room

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It's so hard to find 'the one'. You are always on the look-out, hoping that one day you will finally meet that perfect match for you. And then the day comes when you enter a room and you see it. You just know that you've found that special 'someone'. The one you've been waiting for all along. You were so tempted before to say yes to the others, but you were never quite able to pull the trigger. Some of them seemed like 'the one' but you always hesitated. And now you know why. You were … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Easter Crafts and Recipes

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Ummm...yeah...please tell us that we are not the only ones who are completely and utterly shocked that Easter is THIS week! How did that happen? Wasn't it just Christmas? For that matter, wasn't it just last Easter?? Now granted, Easter is earlier this year than it was last year but still. These months are flying by and if you are anything like us, while you do want to enjoy celebrating these special days, you don't want to be spending hours and hours preparing for them. … [Read more...]

Creamed Asparagus on Toast

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Oh, Gus! Spare me. Okay, there really isn't a Gus, or anything to spare, but I'm trying to get your attention because I'm talking about asparagus today. Yep, good ole "green sprig most people run from" asparagus. Hi, everyone...it's Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com. I hope you love asparagus as much as I do. I know the ATPF sister's do. They recently shared "Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese" and it sounded so amazing. So much amazing, that it reminded me of my grandmother's "Creamed of … [Read more...]

Spring Baby Shower

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Spring and new life go hand in hand. With the buds on the trees and the flowers peeking up through the soil it seems like the whole world is starting to wake up. So when HGTV Gardens asked me to create a Spring Baby Shower table setting the first thing that came into my mind was celebrating new life and the joy of 'nesting'. … [Read more...]

Kitchen Island Makeover

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My daughter and husband are amazing artists. They can think of something in their heads and then make it come to life on the paper in front of them. I, on the other hand, am sorely lacking in the drawing department. Trust me, you DO NOT want to be on my Pictionary team. I can totally visualize these incredible scenes in my mind but somewhere between thinking it and drawing it, my mind turns it into an image that closely resembles something either a toddler or a very drunk person would draw. … [Read more...]

A Great Find!

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My husband would tell you that every time I start a conversation with, "Hey, you know what I was thinking?" it usually means that something is going to be moved, DIY'd, painted, repurposed or rearranged. And frankly, although he wouldn't admit it at the time, I know he was feeling more than a little worried that during the great painting extravaganza of 2015 that particular question would begin to haunt him. … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

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I was thinking recently about how often I find myself saying something to my children that would sound so  ridiculous to anyone else but makes perfect sense to me. Things like, "Hey guys, we're not going to pretend to be cheetahs while we're at church, OK?" And then there are those times when you're having a simple conversation with your child, innocently answering their questions, never realizing that those answers could come back up sometime later. Usually this involves embarrassment, … [Read more...]