DIY Concentric Pillow Craft

Making your own pillows can be so rewarding and this DIY concentric pillow craft will add a bit of flair to your decor. Adding different colors, fabrics, and even textures will compliment any room or style. These wonderful pillows are great for couches, chairs, beds, and they would make great gifts. So many fun things can be done with this pillow craft.

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New blanket

My grandma taught me to sew at a very young age and it is something that I continue to enjoy. I have sewn all types of different things for the kids, over the years, including curtains, blankets, body pillows, and even made small blankets for varying stuffed animals over the years. It is wonderful to be able to make these things because the kids will cherish them for a lifetime.

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It would be so much fun to make several of these adorable pillows to throw around the house. Making larger sized ones to use as floor pillows, making a seating area to curl up and read a good book, would be a fun project to try.

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How To Make this DIY Concentric Pillow craft.

Looking for the perfect throw pillow can be an exhausting process. It typically involves going to more than five different stores, and you end up settling on pillows that are not exactly what you want. If you were to sew your own pillows, you have more design options. Fabric stores usually have more patterns and styles of fabric, so you can achieve the look you are going for. Here is a guide on how to make your own concentric pillows created by Rowley Company.

How to make a Concentric Square Pillow by Rowley Company. Click here to download the step by step guide.

What colors would you use in your pillows? Where do you think this DIY concentric pillow craft would fit in to your decor? Leave a message in the comments!


Turn It Up Tuesdays 149!

Join the party for this week’s amazing Turn It Up Tuesdays 149! It is time to turn it up for another great party of amazing links and fabulous friends…so let’s get to the party!

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Bev chose DIY Natural After Sun Cooling Cream from Little Miss Dexterous. “I always love the idea f being able to make home made products so that I know what is in them. This Natural After Sun product is one that I can live with and use all summer. Based on the ingredients, I am sure it smells nice and well as soothes the skin.”

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April chose 101 Things To Clean with Vinegar from Just 2 Sisters. “I’ve been using vinegar a lot these days, but this is a great summation of what you can clean with it.”

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April chose DIY Hair Gel Recipe from Scratch Mommy. “I’m trying to go all natural in a lot of ways, my hair is definitely one of them. I like this recipe for hair gel.”

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Tiffany chose 10 Pictures to Take of Your Kids (each and every year) from Lipgloss and Crayons. “I love Carly’s suggestions for photos that you simply must have of your children… I may be a bit late on the start for these but i definitely want to add them to our photo library!”

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Tiffany chose She Used 3 Things That Made Her Lips Unbelievably Better from Simplify Life with Mrs. R. “Mrs. R’s simple chapped lip remedy is awesome!! I have always suffered from chapped lips and switched to natural balms a while ago but like she said they can be pricey. I may be trying this recipe out sooner rather than later ;)”

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Mari chose Red Velvet Banana Cake Recipe from Treat and Trick. “In this heat I’m looking forward to trying Brandie’s S’mores treat.”

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Heather chose Melon Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Feta from The Kittchen. “I love melon wrapped in prosciutto, but like Kit said in her post, it can be a hassle to assemble. This idea of making a salad and adding feta and basil looks great.”
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Heather chose Grilled Pork Adobo from Try Anything Once. “We always grill a lot in the summer, and I love the simplicity of this recipe. Can’t wait to try it.”

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Stacey chose Summer Fruit Salad with Cinnamon – Honey Syrup Recipe from Home Cooking Memories. “This syrup sounds amazing! I have been trying to eat as much fresh fruit as I can, and I am looking forward to adding this to my next bowl of fruit! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones from Living on Cloud Nine. “These look wonderful! I have always wanted to try making scones, and I think these I will. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Natasha chose Just Saying “No” from Starting Over…Again. “Thanks so much for sharing this amazing post. It is so hard for more to say no. Even when I’m overwhelmed, I’ll still try to take on more. It is easier to say yes, then figure out how to get it done. In recent years, I have been getting better at saying no, and this post is the reminder I need to stop taking on more than I can handle. Great post!”

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Natasha chose Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake from LouLou Girls. “I am a cheesecake addict, and this Raspberry Cheesecake recipe has my mouth watering. Thanks so much for sharing! I am definitely going to try it!”

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Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake from LouLou Girls

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Meandering Mondays 161!

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Creatively Getting Extra Steps

Some days it’s difficult to get enough steps to reach a 10,000 step goal, so here are some ideas for creatively getting extra steps.

A not so active day.

A not so active day.

Much of my time is spent sitting, or more importantly sitting at the computer. I didn’t realize how hard geting 10,000 steps would be until joining a fitness tracker challenge group. Even a shopping and job day only gave six or seven thousand steps. Going for a walk is not always an option, because of weather or time.

Here are a few ways of creatively getting extra steps added to your day…

During television times, hop up during commercials to march in place until they are over. A 30 minute show can have at least 4 commercial blocks, lasting 2 or 3 minutes each.

Doing a little march.

Doing a little march.

While doing household chores, march in place, instead of being stationary. Whether it is doing the dishes, brushing your teeth, dusting, or folding laundry you will add extra steps and it is just fun.

Take a quick walk to the corner or around the outside of your home, when getting the morning paper or mail. Seeing bunnies or changing leaves can be very relaxing.

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If it is possible to go for family walks, definitely take advantage of that time. Learn about each other’s day and share quality time together.

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Kids and I on a walk.

Turn on some music and do a little dance! During my day, when the hubby is at work, music is on more often than not. And yes, I do break out in dance mode every now and then.

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For getting water in, use a smaller glass to drink from, and you will have to get up more times to refill. My cup is 22 ounces and gets filled 3 times a day, using my 18 ounce glass would add a couple more trips to the sink.

Don’t take your phone calls sitting down, when possible. Pace back and forth or walk in place for extra steps.

Take the kids outside for a game of tag or hide and seek. Bonding time will make memories to last a lifetime, and it will tire them out.

Running around the house with the dog.

Running around the house with the dog.

Park farther away from buildings or stores. During my shopping days, I frequent a set of stores that are in the same area, which allows me the ability to park at one store and walk to the other two. And I am horrible about having to back track in the store, because I forgot something 2 aisles over.

Set a schedule to get up and move during your day. You can choose once an hour or once every 3 or 4 hours, stroll around the house, pop in to say “I love you” to the kids, or take photos of them unaware!

Make it take a few extra steps, when unloading the groceries, and carrying less bags per trip. Definitely this is a very bad habit of mine, if I can get 10 bags on my arms, I will.

Making the commitment to get moving is never a bad thing, and one of the most important parts of getting healthy. Start out small, but getting 10,000 steps is not really that hard to do; sometimes you have to get creative with your endeavors, but most of all you have to make it fun. What other ways can you add for creatively getting extra steps in your day? Leave a comment below; I would love to hear them!


Moving Time

When we moved into our house, ten years ago, moving time was a nightmare. We only had a few days to move eight years and five people’s worth of stuff. Since I had to work, the stress of moving fell mostly on my husband and a few good friends. We also had two small children at home, and one was on a summer visit and had no idea that we were moving. What a surprise he got when he came home.

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Corntassle Cottage

So many things could have made moving time much easier. Being prepared would have taken so much of the stress out of the equation. Even taking a little time to downsize. It is amazing how much stuff can accumulate, especially in ten years and three children. As well as all of the normal calls for getting the utilities turned off in one place and on in another, in a short amount of time.

Moving into a new home/apartment with your family can be stressful. It’s a huge change that might even feel a bit overwhelming. Couple those feelings with taking care of your kids, and you’re almost setting yourself up for a breakdown! How do you prepare to move? Simple. A moving checklist.

Moving Checklist courtesy of Transit Systems

The stress of moving can twirl your mind into a pretzel, and cause you to forget a few things. Trying to remember every little thing you need to get done from, from shipping furniture to checking out schools can be impossible, which is why as a mother it’s always important to be organized. Illinois Moving Company, Transit Systems, has put together a great moving checklist including everything from planning ideas to packing materials in order to make sure that your move is as easy as possible.


Turn It Up Tuesdays 148!

Join the party for this week’s amazing Turn It Up Tuesdays 148! It is time to turn it up for another great party of amazing links and fabulous friends…so let’s get to the party!

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Kimberly chose Time waits… from our very own Abiola from Ramblings of a Naija Momaholic. “She was speaking my language with this post. Most people will have regrets later in life about the things that they didn’t do rather than about the things that they did.”

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Kimberly chose Easy Dinner Idea: Caprese Tortilla Pizzas Recipe from Home Cooking Memories.”Super easy recipe that I can’t wait to try! Already pinned.”

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Abiola chose License to Kill, Literally from our very own Mari from Living in Mommywood. “My heart breaks at the recent happenings around the world and we must collectively condemn and start taking steps to raise our children right.”

Mari also chose this post. “The next one I chose was my own and not because I think I’m all that but because I feel that in light of times we are living in yes we want to keep cooking, baking, sewing, improving but we almost most start making time for talking. We are trying to cover reality with distractions and I think it’s time to start facing some truths in order to start healing and changing. Silence is not an answer ignorance is not bliss, humanity needs repair. Mothers, parents kindness and love hold the answer.”

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Abiola chose Printable Color Flash Card Flip Book from Crystal & Co. “This really useful flip book from Crystal Land Comp will come in handy in teaching young preschoolers colors.”

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Mari chose 25 Homemade Cheesecake Recipes Your Family Will Beg You to Make from Crystal & Co. “Crystal’s cheesecake share I mean there is one for every occasion and I love me some cheesecake!”

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April chose 10 Secret Flight Booking Hacks You Never Knew About – Do they work? from Travel – The New Living – See More, Do More, Be More! As flying moves up my to-do list and having to purchase tickets for five, I need all the hacks I can get.”

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April chose 4 Proven Ways to Healthy Eating on a Road Trip from Simplify Life with Mrs. R. “Sticking with the travel theme, I also need some ways to get out of the drive thru and eat healthy.”

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Sweet lemon cookies with lemons and lime in the back

Stacey chose Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies from Creatively Homemade. “Oh these look absolutely divine! Even though I am a major choco-holic, I love anything lemon, equally as much. I can’t wait to try these! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies from The Red Painted Cottage. “Absolutely wonderful, two of my favorite combos. These would get devoured, very quickly, in my family. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Tiffany chose PTSD: My Life from Anything but Typical. “Candice truly enlightened me with her open and honest glimpse in her life with PTSD. I admit I started reading assuming it would be one thing. Learning that PTSD isn’t always caused by a physical war or battle but can also be the result of a traumatic medical situation is something I am grateful to her for teaching me.”

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Tiffany chose Building Your Essential Routine from Organizing Moms. “I am so guilty of overestimating what I can get done and usually end up stacking my To Do List way more than I should. Katie’s tips on how to pick the essentials is going to help with that a lot.”

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Sarah chose Fajitas: Stop Complaining and Start Cooking! from Big Hungry Shelby. “In this post, Shelby talks about both the history of fajitas and a simple way to make them at home. As a California girl, I’m a big fan of food that has even a vaguely Mexican vibe, and I’ll have to try out this recipe soon (with the addition of avocado, because, where I’m from, avocados are everything…).”

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Sarah chose Our Silence is Making it Worse… from Dancing in Freedom. “In this post, the author connects to a big part of what I’m feeling with the current racial climate – I worry about it, and then I can sleep at night. There’s a part of me that doesn’t have the “right” to worry in the same ways that non-white people do, but there’s a bigger part that has to worry more – who are we as a nation if we cannot stand up for each other?”

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Heather chose Root Beer Float Smoothie from Courtney’s Cookbook. “I love root beer floats, and this recipe seems like the perfect healthy twist on a yummy summer treat.”

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Heather chose Blackened Chicken Spinach Salad from Cooking LSL. “This is a beautiful healthy salad. I love the idea of adding blueberries.”

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Natasha chose The Process of Singleization – When One Becomes Too Independent for a Relationship from Diary of a Single Mom on the Grind. “I can completely relate to this post. My standards have always been relatively high when it comes to relationships, and when I became a mother – those standards became lax in some areas and stronger in others. But to truly find a relationship and find love, you have to be open to options. You have to be willing to take a chance on love. And breaking away from the thought that it’s best to be alone. Thanks for sharing this post – great reminder for me!”

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Natasha chose Shit My Kids Say… from The Mad Mommy. “Our kids really say some off-the-wall crazy stuff…yes they do! This was a great post just touching on some of the stuff they say to make us look at them sideways LOL. Thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is Please Choose Love. from Storybook Apothecary.

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License to Kill, Literally from our very own Mari from Living in Mommywood

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Please Choose Love. from Storybook Apothecary

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Meandering Mondays 160!

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