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Well Tip Junkie had my number on this post!  Here is a post all about pretzel recipes.  YUM   If you are a pretzel junkie like me, you will need to check out this collection of recipes.

great pretzel recipes

Take better pictures.   Here are 7 tips for why avoiding eye contact when taking photos of people can be an amazing thing!


Family time is a great time!  Think back to all the wonderful family memories you have from growing up.  Any of them involve games?  Tag, Monopoly, Rummy, Go Fish, Yatzee, etc?  Well we found a game our family loves and it is exciting from 3 to grandma {I’ll refrain from giving her age ;-)}.  It is called Tenzi.  There are many many ways to play it that can be entertaining to all different ages and competition likes.


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Plywood Plank Flooring- an update of the finished product

So I told you last week I was going to attempt to put plywood flooring down in my kitchen, in an effort to get rid of the hideous dated stained linoleum floors we inherited when we purchased this house.  Today I am going to show you the finished product and tell you a bit about what I learned.


Gorgeous, isn’t it? I’m really happy with the way it turned out– but here’s a few things I learned.

A- Its not as cheap as I thought. Because of staining it and spending money on nice polyurethane, It ended up costing more like 2.15 a square foot

B- The guys at Lowes mean well, but they don’t CUT well.  You will need to rip each of these planks on a table saw yourself to get straight cuts- otherwise you will spend 3 days trying to put a puzzle together that does NOT fit.  Just get them to cut them to 8 inches and then rip them to 7.5 thats what I did after day 3 of crazy…and it worked great.

C- Plywood has imperfections, and they fix those by cutting out an ugly spot and patching it- you don’t want these football shaped pieces on your floor so try to avoid those pieces or turn them over and sand the other side.

D- Its a lot of WORK.

E- Its a LOT of WORK!!!

Did I say that twice?  Thats because its true.  This kitchen floor took me about a week of working on it off and on.  My AMAZING sister Laurel Arnold and her sweet husband came over and helped me a few days, and the awesome Sister Missionaries from my church came and helped me too- they are super heroes for sure!  This is really a 2 person job- but I wanted my hubby to have a break from all my projects so I took it on during a week where he was going to be gone everyday for 10 days straight.  I’m crazy. The end

Here’s the basics of what I did.  It really isn’t HARD- just time consuming!

Buy the plywood, and pick your pieces carefully

Get the guys at Lowes to cut your pieces into 8 inch planks (you will have 6 per piece)

Get them home:)

Now, sand all 4 edges of the wood at a 45 degree angle, you just want to avoid those sharp edges on the plwyood-don’t try to be perfect– the imperfections give you a nice rustic look and keeps it from looking like plywood.

Now just lay the wood down and fit it together- I don’t like all the ends in the same spot obviously, so I cut off 3 feet or so from one pieces and make that the beginning of my second row, and then use the leftover 3 foot piece to make the third row.

Now just use construction adhesive to run a ribbon of glue down each plank and glue to the floor.  We glued directly to the linoleum.

Then use a nailer- I used a finish nailer- to nail the planks down.  I did 2 nails every 3 feet or so

Fill the nail holes, allow to dry and lightly sand the whole floor– filling the holes is optional, and took about 2 hours- but was totally worth the time!

Stain and polyurethane.  I used Dark Walnut by Rustoleum- and I used Satin High Traffic Formula for Floors by Varathane – this was the most expensive thing I bought, at 40 dollars a gallon. It took 2 1/2 gallons to do 3 coats!

I HIGHLY recommend sanding in between coats 1 and 2 of the polyurethane.  Applying the Poly brings out the grain of the wood and little bumps will be all over your floor- sand them down, and you will thank me later!



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Last This Week in Webland I shared a little about how I like to find joy and happiness in everyday life.  This link is to a great article with 5 simple tips on how you can be happier.

One thing she doesn’t mention is forgiveness which is a really big topic for me.  Truly forgiving any wrongdoing and the wrongdoer will lead you to true happiness.  Holding a grudge or hard feelings, reliving those awful moments again and again will do you no good.  Find a way to let go and forgive regardless of that person making up for their wrong doing or not.  This is probably the very hardest thing for most people to do in life, but it is amazing once you master the art of forgiveness.  :-) Now go read about those 5 simple tips I promised you!  lol    Sorry for getting all heavy on this inspiration share.  We just had a person act vengefully against my family and it definitely tested my forgiveness resolve.


Parents of little kids.  I don’t know about you, but we have been remiss in teaching our kids to tie their shoes.  Amazing velcro has pretty much created a generation of kiddos who cannot do it.  Here is an awesome video and a link to the whole article with step by step pictures here.

Get yours tissues ready!!!  Here is a fabulous video about a family telling their foster teen they want to adopt her even though she is only 6 months away from being 18!  My wonderful older sister came to our family as a teen and I treasure all of our experiences together.  Yep, even the crazy nick names of Shamu and Gumby which one day turned into Shmuby….  lol   Encouraging families to consider Foster Care is one of my passions in life.  Right now we have a full full house with our three kids, my mom and a niece, but one day I hope we can be in a place to offer foster care services ourself.  Everyone deserves chance at a family.  Even a short time in a wonderful home is enough to help some kids be the kind of person who becomes who they are in spite of the things that happened to them instead of becoming who they are because of the things that happened to them!  Love this video of one girl finding her forever family!!!

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Looking forward to trying out this yummy looking recipe on Fifteen Spatulas!  Pretzels are one of my very favorite snacks ever!  The new trend towards pretzel buns for hamburgers and hot dogs is nothing short of divinely delicious!


By now you would have to be living under a rock not to have heard about this summers sensational ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!   Anthony Carbajal is/was a fellow wedding photographer.  He made a funny, silly, sincere and emotional video that truly went viral.  That viral video taught an amazing number of people about ALS and got him on Ellen.  The first clip is part of his Ellen appearance and the second one is his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge viral video.


My own grandmother passed away from ALS three years ago.  I will forever treasure my time with her and make sure my kids hear many of her wonderful life stories!



Ever get tired of the same old ‘I don’t know’ or ‘Nothing’ response from your kids when you ask them how their day was?  Here is a blog post filled with 25 suggestions for getting great answers.  I particularly love #10 ‘When were you happiest today?’   No surprise that one is my favorite!!!  Joy and being happy is kind of my thing and what I want to teach my kids to look for in the everyday moments of life.  Check out all the rest to bump up your cool mom arsenal.



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Plywood Floor, an inexpensive replacement for wood flooring


I am in the process of getting new floors!!! YAY!!!

I say process, because that’s exactly what it is…a process!

I have been walking around on disgusting linoleum for what seems like forever.  Actually its been about 15 months, however this particular linoleum is years and years old.  It is discolored, and full of holes.  EVERYTHING that gets spilled on it stains it- seriously everything!  We have a unique situation in that we can’t put tile down, because our current subfloor is ridiculously unlevel.  WE also can’t put down more linoluem because I simply refuse to purchase something that is so ugly, plus it costs more than a basic tile and its ugly.  What I WANT is wood floors.  I love the way they look, and they way they feel under my feet.  I also want flooring that is long term and has a homey look to it.

Problem…I can’t afford hardwood flooring.  Its so out of my price range that even if I could get it half price, I STILL couldn’t afford it.  We considered laminate flooring, which I have in my bedroom, and love- but it has gone up in price almost .50 a square foot, making it considerably more expensive.  Plus if you put laminate over a large area you have to put a spacer bar down the center- which I feel like takes a floor straight to the trailer park.  Not that there is anything wrong with a trailer park, but it’s not really what I am going for, ya know?

So I found this option.  PLYWOOD plank flooring.  That one has a great tutorial, but I like the pictures here better  Its going to run me about .90 a square foot by the time I’m done and its really surprisingly pretty.  Google it, and you will find tons of pictures to inspire you!

I bought 1/2 plywood, because I wanted something a bit sturdier- so mine cost about 25 dollars a sheet, but its nicer plywood and sanded on one side which is awesome!

Don’t have a truck or fancy tools?  You can find ways to get around it! Get the guys at Lowes to make the cuts for you- so far I haven’t even been charged for any of mine!  Just be sure to ask them to make precise cuts- they are used to making quick cuts and don’t always take the time to get it straight…its worth your time and a little begging to get it straight.  Then, here you will see me driving it away in my minivan!!!  Don’t be afraid to ask the guys to help you load it either- plywood is heavy!!!


Today I am about 1/2 way through with the job and getting excited.  I’ll keep you posted on the finished product!  (Don’t you love my jars of sugar that I have been using as weights — use what you have!)


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