REINDEER CUPCAKES…so easy & cute for Christmas! Fun! Fun hunting and eating.

These Reindeer Cupcakes are totally adorable. Rudolph really does have a very shiny red

Reindeer-Cupcakes-2Make these in minutes. Great kids project, snack and family time. The whole family will love making and eating these, get the kids to help dReindeer-Cupcakes-wiht-Pretzel-Antlers-Tutorial--550x458ecorate the nose!

Autumn Scents to Reduce Stress

Autumn Scents to Reduce Stress

Stress seems to be an all too common theme in today’s households, there’s simply no way to completely avoid it. After a busy summer, you may be looking forward to a chance to slow down and recuperate a bit. Tapping into your sense of smell is a great way to reduce stress.


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Christmas Lights Cookies

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I don’t want to leave you without a couple of homemade Christmas gifts to make for your friends and family. You know they think you’re crafty don’t you? So with a little help from your favorite Elf, you can make these treats in no time at all. – Crafty homemade Christmas Light Cookies. Sugar cookies at their best.

Autumn Decorating Ideas That Don’t Cost a Fortune

Autumn Decorating Ideas That Don’t Cost a Fortune

Fall is a traditional time of the harvest celebration since the days when farming was commonplace, and this theme continues today even in urban communities. Decorating for the fall harvest means celebrating the bounty of the growing season and blessing the change from summer to winter. Many people go out on fall harvest decor than they do on any other holiday. All of the orange and yellow colors, the traditional scarecrow and pumpkins. This truly is a remarkable time of year and is one of the most beautiful. It can also be a festive time to usher in the holiday season.

Here are some tips and ideas for your fall harvest decorating this year.

1. Charming Frames
Chances are, you have picture frames stored away in various places in your home. They make popular gifts, and many of us end up with more than we need. If not, you can often find them for very little money at second-hand stores and even some major retailers.

You can make fall harvest decorations from these ordinary frames. Lightly glue pressed leaves and/or flowers onto a blank white background, such as a piece of card stock, and insert it into the frame. If you are lucky enough to have frames with two pieces of glass, you can achieve a floating leaf look by sandwiching it between the glass.

These look nice on a table, mantel, wall, or anywhere you want to bring autumn in.

Another note on frames – using a hot glue gun, you can attach acorns, seed pods, and other autumn odds and ends to the frame itself.

If you have any craft paints you can paint the frames in beautiful fall colors. Blend the colors together with a dry brush or piece of cloth to give it some depth and a unique pattern.

2. Natural Vases for Flower Arrangements

You may not have considered this, but autumn brings all sorts of interesting fruits and vegetables that you can use as vases and centerpieces for fall arrangements.

The best vegetables and fruits for this type of decoration are those with a long shelf life, such as squashes, gourds, and apples. But you can certainly think outside the box if you’re only going to have the decoration up for a few hours.

In that case, you can include citrus peel cups and even hollowed out pears. Basically, you slice the top off of the vegetable or fruit of your choice, and then dig out the flesh to the depth you need. You can then fill it with water and flowers, or use floral foam.

Most people think of a pumpkin as strictly a halloween decoration to carve, but you can also cut the top off and use it as a centerpiece with a beautiful fall arrangement inside.

3. More with Gourds and Pumpkins

All those inexpensive little gourds and pumpkins are readily available in the fall. Gather lots of them and make a wreath using hot glue and a circular base (such as grapevine or a foam craft ring). Another idea is to arrange gourds on a cake plate, or pile them in a tiered tray. You can even make a garland of small gourds, stringing them on fishing line or upholstery thread.

Simply add sprigs of fall colored leaves between a few of them and you have a full bodied and gorgeous decoration for your home.

Fall is one of the most spectacular times of the year. You can bring that beauty inside and decorate your home for a warm, inviting atmosphere that friends and family will enjoy just as much as you do.

THE CLOTHES LINE — Remember when…..

1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging my clothes.
Walk the length of each line with a damp cloth around the line to clean it off..

2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order and always hang whites with whites and hang them first.

3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail.
What would the neighbors think?

4. Wash day on a Monday……..never hang clothes on the weekend or Sunday for heaven’s sake!

5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your ‘unmentionables’ in the middle.

6. It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather………….clothes would ‘freeze dry.’

7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes.
Pins left on the line were ‘tacky’.

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket and ready to be ironed.

10. IRONED?????????? Well, that’s a whole other subject.


A clothes line was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you’d see the ‘fancy sheets’
And towels upon the line;
You’d see the ‘company table cloths’
With intricate design.

The line announced a baby’s birth
To folks who lived inside
As brand new infant clothes were hung
So carefully with pride.

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You’d know how much they’d grown.

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It said, ‘Gone on vacation now’
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, ‘We’re back!’ when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way..

But clotheslines now are of the past
For dryers make work less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody’s guess.

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!

Marcia Ripperger Chumbley

A native of the Midwest farm country in Iowa, Marcia Ripperger has lived in a number of locations. She has resided in Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Minneapolis, Minnesota., Living in rural and metropolitan areas taught Marcia to always look for the best opportunities each community could offer. She now lives in a rural area of Minnesota that has a small city flare and closeness to the land. Marcia’s work experiences outside the home include over 30 years in the medical and insurance field in manager, investigator and administrative roles. She has also worked as a contract administrator for a world wide security company. Marcia has work in the corporate world outside of her home and has various home based businesses over the years. She holds a degree in business management and is CMOM certified. Marcia is the founder and publisher of ” Christian Work From Moms and Grandparents” web site, Faithful “Work At Home Divas Online for Boomers, Crafters and Stay At Home Moms, and Work At Home Moms Choices Marcia Ripperger: Specializing in Cooking Recipes She is a well known published and  featured author through out the internet and public speaker on domestic violence and a breast cancer survivor. She was chosen as a WAHM and SAHM of the 1st quarter of 2009 by Stay At Home Moms Online.