A Life of Simple Joy
Enjoy the Simple Things in Life!

Easy Crafts with Photos


Create fabulous gifts or items for your home with these great craft ideas from BHG. Using photos, they show you how to make create accents for your home. I LOVE it!

Gluten-free Recipe: Mushroom-pecan Appetizers

Share this incredible appetizer with friends & family during your next celebration. From Gluten Freely™

Embroidery Hoop Art


When we lived in Illinois, some of the worst weather of the winter came during February & March. Always seemed like Winter wanted to show who was boss before finally surrendering to Spring.

When Winter drags its heals leaving town once & for all, it is easy to become depressed & discouraged. Time for a perky project to help you get through those last few weeks of winter. BHG has put together some cute artwork you can create using embroidery hoops. I have done things like this in the past. In fact, Katy would create simple art using hoops when she was young.

Curl up under a throw, put on some music, pour a glass of wine & relax with one (or more) of these simple projects this week-end.

Classic Valentine's Day Desserts

Charles Schiller

It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without the chocolate. Prepare some sweetness for your Valentine with one of these dessert recipes from Country Living.

Sweet Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids


I read today the average person spends over $130 on Valentine's Day. I am WAY below average when it comes to Valentine's Day. Not only do I NOT spend anywhere near this much money, I don't want anywhere near this much money spent on me!

I believe Valentine's Day should come from the heart! Nothing reflects this more than handmade gifts. These ideas from BHG allows you & your kids to make gifts from the heart this Valentine's Day.

Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

Simple Hearts Valentine Card

Use a selection of simple craft materials to create these darling cards from BH&G.

12 At-Home Spa Secrets

a candle and flowers

No need to spend a fortune for a relaxing day at the spa. These tips from Real Beauty let you pamper yourself in your own bathroom.

Job Chart for Kids

Job Chart for Kids

This incredible idea comes to us from Kelli Mullins at DecoArt Blog. This easy to create board makes it simple for you to assign tasks to your kids & keep track of what has been completed & what still needs to be done. Click HERE for the instructions!

Grands!® Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Grands!® Mini Chicken Pot Pies Recipe at Cooking.com

This is such a clever idea! Mr. D loves potpies & he can take the leftovers to work the next day. This is perfect meal for a cold winter night. Add a salad & dessert to complete your meal! Thanks Cooking.com for sharing this one! Click HERE for the recipe!

Simple Recipe: Pink & White Marble Bark

Valentine Marble Bark recipe

Pink and white candy simple enough for kids to make. From Kraft Foods.

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