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Psh!!! Where have I been anyway??!

Yes… An unintended hiatus has hit my blog.


Firstly… It was nice! SOOOOOO NICE!!!!  The weather felt like Spring *finally* arrived!  We did yard work…. I planted impatients and various perennials in my new flower bed… (More details on that to follow…)  It. was. awesome.

But because this is Nebraska and in Nebraska this year I’m pretty sure Spring is bi-polar… It froze. and snowed.  ON MAY 1ST!!!!!    Okay… So it was funny when it snowed April 1st (April Fool’s Day) last month.  However, it’s NO LONGER FUNNY!!!!  So help me if it snows June 1st too!!!! Haha!  They say it snowed 6 inches of so but thankfully it had been warm enough that only 2 inches stuck.


On the upside, it’s supposed to get warm again!!!



Only in Nebraska can you go from snow one day… Rain the next day… And sunny and a high of 70+ degrees the 3rd day!

Whatever the case… I won’t complain!  BRING on the 70 degree weather!! (Again!)  But so help me… The first person this year that complains about it being too hot is going to get a scathing look from me!!! lol!!!


Also, we spent much of the week flipping one of our rentals.  Handsome Man bought 3 duplexes (6 units total) before we were married.  He bought his first one when he was 19!  Isn’t that awesome? I got so lucky marrying him!  He is wise beyond his years! 🙂  Overall the investments have been great and will be even better when the mortgages are finally paid off! 🙂  He bought all 3 of them pretty rough and has slowly fixed them up over the years.

Sorry!  Had to take a minute there to brag on my guy!!! 🙂


Anyway… one of our tenants moved out and the next tenant moved in 2 days later.  So we had to clean carpets…. scrub walls…


Repainted the red spots on the ceiling…  (How do you even get big red paint splotches on the ceiling anyway?!?!)



And we had to deal with this special little treasure their dog left! lol!

Admittedly we totally didn’t have the time to deal with this particular problem DIY style… We called in the professionals and it looks GREAT!!!! They patched the carpet and just replaced the linoleum.  It looks fantastic.



Anyway…  That’s what I’ve been dealing with lately…  Can’t wait to resume all my projects! So many fun things to report on!

My “free” shelves I built…

The finished painted dressers…

A Nursery update….


Stay tuned!!!!

An explanation of the radio silence!

Handsome Man and I are heavily involved with the planning of a kids conference every year.  Nebraska has an annual homeschool conference and curriculum fair for parents to attend that the can listen to various speakers, look at children’s curriculums, and just be encouraged!  While they attend the conference, we take care of 250-325 kids for 2 whole days.  It’s AWESOME!!! Totally my highlight of every year!

This year was called “VALOR.” The drama was a fictional story based in the 1940’s during WW2.



The costumes, the theme, the music…. It was just SO. MUCH. FUN!

Can’t wait to show more as others share about the weekend!


Posting should resume as normal tomorrow! 🙂

I am SO looking forward to being back!


Update:  The Wissmann Family posted various pictures of the drama AND just general-NCHEA-fun-happenings for VALOR – Kid’s Conference 2013!  🙂


What Easter is to me…



MATTHEW 28:1-9   (NIV)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.   The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.   Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Google Reader is goooooing, gooooing, gooooooone…..

Google Reader vs. Bloglovin


Mkay.  Did anyone else totally flip out when news surfaced about Google Reader shutting down???!   WHAT!?!?!?

I subscribe to over 150 blogs for crying out loud!  How was I to follow everyone now?


What I didn’t know was that there were actually other options out there!  And so, because I was moderately ticked off at Goggle Reader, I decided to explore the other options despite the fact that it doesn’t actually shut down until like JULY.  “PSH!  Google Reader!!! Who needs that?!?”



I chose Bloglovin’.  And…. Despite a very slight learning curve… *gasp*  I like it BETTER than Goggle Reader!!! (Whaaaaat?)

It’s true.  I love it.

It’s super easy to transfer your Google Reader list.

It’s easy to navigate.

It has an awesome iphone app.

Yeah.  Not all change is bad!  (Take that Google!)  I waited to review it till I’d used it a couple weeks to see if it really was going to work for me and whatdoyaknow?  I’m still happy with it!



There’s also another popular one….  Feedly.  I was so happy with Bloglovin’ that I didn’t really check into it that much…  But here are links to a few posts where other blog-reading-addicted bloggers posted the difference between Blogger and Feedly.

Nosh On It did an article on “Which RSS Reader Reigns Supreme?” (They actually rate Feedly higher.  Mostly because of the smartphone app.  They test with Androids, not iPhones.  Since I have iPhone, their assessment of the smartphone thing doesn’t really apply to me.)

Revolution of Love did a Pros and Cons post on both Bloglovin and Feedly

A Bloglovin’ Tutorial by Nutritionella


Good luck with the transfer of readers!  I have a feeling you’ll really like it in the long run!!! 😉

Favorite Pins of the Week….

Well!  It’s the weekend again!


That brings us to this week’s Favorite Pins!


Without further ado… Enjoy! 🙂



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Scout and Nimble did this awesome tutorial on making this knock-off light using an old chandelier and 2 wire hanging baskets!!!  LOVE doesn’t even begin to describe it!!!   Can you say new hallway light??!

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Two twin mattresses, some plywood, and a great playroom that doubles as a guest room or sleepover room. Love it!

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Loving these Makeshift Mudrooms and other Drop Zones when you lack an actual mudroom!!

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Kiiiiiiller piece of furniture.  Love. This.

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Rope shelves?  Wouldn’t this be awesome for retail??!

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2 words.  Chevron lust.  😉

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Pretty cottage kitchen {and I love that mug holder!}



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Easiest. Design. Transfer. Method. Ever.      Tutorial by Makely School for Girls.

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Sawdust Girl had some A.W.E.S.O.M.E. cabinet door upgrades!

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Savvy Design West did a tutorial on how to make spray painted items glossy!

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Bring “Brown E’s” somewhere for April Fool’s Day???  Priceless!!!

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