Hello, from melting Michigan! It’s me Julie from redheadcandecorate.com where the snow is finally melting! I have proof because a big chunk of ice just fell off of our roof and scared the heck out of my cats. Okay, to tell you the truth it rattled me as well, but I am so ready for some sun, how about you? With Spring upon us that means Easter is quickly approaching as well, and many of us enjoy celebrating with a nice family brunch. Or, maybe you’re looking for the perfect dish to share at church or at a friend’s house? If so, you’ve come to the perfect spot.
A couple of years ago I wrote about how much spring reminds me of ‘tweens’. And, at the time, I had only experienced tween-dom with my son. But now, here I am again, right smack dab in the thick of the tween years with my daughter. Only this time around we have a teenager too.
Lord have mercy.
But, truly, with all of it’s ups and downs, sunshine one minute, rain the next, doesn’t Spring seem like it’s getting ridiculous surges of hormones? It’s so moody and unpredictable.
And yet, there’s something pretty amazing happening within all of that unpredictability.
And it’s in that growth where the magic really happens. Spring is the season of transition. There is this constant tension between the last remnants of winter and the first sweet glimpse of summer.
And so it is in this season of tweens and teens.
They’re experiencing the tension of this season where the comfort and security of childhood is still very real and yet they feel this tugging towards the future. Towards freedom and independence.
And while this stage of parenting definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, we’ve tried to embrace it in all of it’s craziness.
Just as we embrace the ups and downs of spring.
Because we know that even when those dark clouds roll in and the rain starts to pour, there is sunshine just around the corner.
And we know that the next season will be upon us before we know it so we won’t waste time wishing away the hard stuff that comes with Spring and the hard stuff that comes with adolescence.
Because the blossoms need the sunshine AND the rain in order to fully bloom.
And we are just so grateful for the privilege of bearing witness to the beauty that is found in all aspects of this season.
Thank you for meeting me here at the fence today dear friends,
Hey there, it’s been a while! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. I am so excited to be invited back today “At the Picket Fence”! Are you all craving Spring as much as I am? I bet you are. It has been a brutal Winter in the midwest (like much of the U.S.) and we are all craving the sun and warmth so badly. I was just speaking to my 83 year old Mom who lives in New York, and she said that she and my Dad feel like doing absolutely nothing, but sleeping and eating. That about sums it up for me, how about you? I told her to make sure that they are taking their vitamin D supplements, and getting a little exercise to get those endorphins moving. She agreed that was a good idea.
I know, I know, TODAY is Valentine’s Day so why am I sharing a Valentine’s Day craft with you? Isn’t it too late? No way friends! First of all, I know there are some of you who are going to be scrambling today to come up with a last-minute gift for your Valentine. Second of all, this custom mug craft can be totally customized to any holiday or occasion!
And it also makes it the perfect thing to share for this month’s Thrifty Style Team project!
I was so thrilled to be invited back to AM Northwest to show how to make this sweet project live on the air. Watch it here and you will see just how easy and fun this is to make! But be warned….I use the word ‘dollar’ a lot. LOL!
Now, are you ready for more thrifty ideas and inspiration? Check out all of this fabulousness from my friends!
I hope you have a love-filled day today sweet friends!
Happy New Year dear friends! I had so many plans for how I was going to welcome 2018 with you right here At the Picket Fence but a nasty flu bug has kept me down for the count for a few days beginning on New Year’s Eve. Super fun, right? So, I don’t have any resolutions to share with you or a ‘word of the year’. But, what I do have are some gentle words of encouragement that I hope will help you as you look ahead to the next 12 months. I’ve shared them here before but I felt they beared repeating.
When I became a mom of two I entered into a season of what I found to be a new kind of crazy. I had gotten one child all potty-trained and sleeping through the night and drinking out of a cup without a lid and giving me a chance to take a shower and go to the bathroom by myself…most of the time.
Hello friends! How was your Christmas? I hope you all had a joyous time celebrating! Today I’m welcoming Julie from Redhead Can Decorate to the picket fence to share with us some amazing New Year’s Eve Appetizers that will help you say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018!
Happy New Year, from redheadcandecorate.com! Okay, picture this…it’s 1975 and I’m 5. My older sisters and brother are very much in the middle of their teen years with my oldest sister being 12 years older than me. Our parents are all dressed up (which was rare), and I even remember the long wool plaid skirt with black sweater turtleneck my Mom wore. My Dad had very long sideburns, and a very big buckle on his belt. They were all dressed up so they could go out and ring in the new year with their friends.
Merry Christmas dear friends! This will be my last blog post before the big day and I’m so thrilled to be joining a group of authors to bring you some encouragement for your hearts AND an awesome giveaway as we honor the true meaning of Christmas. Now, sit back, take a deep breath, exhale and let these words wash over you today.
We stood in the hallway outside the third grade classroom door afraid to speak to each other, waiting for what felt like an eternity. Behind that closed door, the future of our stage careers was being determined by a room full of 9 year olds and the enormity of the moment had rendered us all silent. Or perhaps we just hoped that if we didn’t talk, somehow we would manage to hear a snippet of what was happening inside.
Only 5 minutes earlier, I had been sitting at my desk when my teacher announced that our class would be putting on a production of ‘Mother Goose’. She asked that all those who would be interested in playing the lead part raise their hands. I can’t say what exactly possessed me at that moment, but before I realized what was happening my hand shot up along with those of three others around the room. All eyes turned in my direction and I instantly regretted my implusiveness. We were told to go wait out in the hallway so that the class could vote for the winner without us seeing who voted for whom and thereby avoiding any hurt feelings.
Can you even believe that we are less than a week away from the big day? At our house there is a flurry of cookie baking, present wrapping, movie watching and (hopefully!) some napping at some point!
A couple of weeks ago, I asked a question on the At the Picket Fence Facebook page that garnered a TON of attention. All I asked was to see your Christmas trees and boy did you guys blow me away! Not only did I love seeing all of your beautiful and creative decorations, it warmed my heart to see the interaction happening there with compliments and kind words being given out like candy canes.
I know, I know, it’s kind of late in the game to be sharing with you how I transitioned my mantel from Fall to Christmas, but maybe you still haven’t decorated your mantel for Christmas (I KNOW there are a few of you out there!) or maybe you want to tuck the ideas away for next year, or maybe you’re just going to enjoy the reassurance that you aren’t the only one who is trying to do things as simply and cost effectively as possible in your home.
A few years ago, as I began to decorate for Christmas, I had a glorious ah-hah moment. One might even call it an epiphany. Get it…epiphany…Christmas….I can never resist the opportunity for a good pun!
ANYWAY, as I began to clear off surfaces and psyche myself up to head into the attic for the bins of decorations, I realized that I was feeling this sense of dread. It wasn’t that I didn’t look forward to having the Christmas decor around the house, it was knowing that I would be doing all of that work only to take it down so soon afterwards.