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March 2010

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Travis is HOME!!!

Travis is finally home! He was a little delayed than originally planned but he made it so that is all that matters. They ended up landing here in VA around 6 pm because they had some mechanical problems with the plane and had to sit in the plane for ever while they tried to fixed it. They all arrived in VA, had to clear customs, then come and turn in weapons before the redeployment/ Welcome Home ceremony. The ceremony was to start at 9 pm so I went early to ensure that I got a good seat. What I didn’t know is that Travis came to the house first to drop off his stuff and I was already gone! haha All well! The ceremony started about 915 and we finally got to see each other face to face about 930. And it was OH SO GREAT! Here are a few photos from the ceremony.

The whole group of soldiers that just got home.

Yeah! He is home and we are together again! 🙂
Meg, my neighbor and good friend, and I eagerly waiting for both of our hubbies to come home.

Us with our good friends and neighbors, The McGill’s. Glad to have both guys home!
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Super Saturday

Today is definitely a SUPER Saturday! Travis is coming home today!!! YEAH! He’s been down in Haiti and gone for a little over 3 months. We are both very ready for him to be home. He should be on a plane about 130 this afternoon. I won’t get to see him until about 700 this evening at the redeployment/welcome home ceremony so time to keep busy! Luckily, I have a few errands to run and a few last minute things to do around the house but I don’t think that will keep me busy until 7. We’ll see! But I am so happy he is finally coming home! 🙂 But I thought I would share a few pictures from Travis from his last few weeks in Haiti.

Sunset from the Port. You can see the ships in the background and that spec in the air is a Helicopter flying.

Travis has gotten to do some fun things this past week since he was just waiting to leave. Here he is with the few guys from his unit left with him before they took a Helicopter ride over Haiti.

Same group in front of the US Embassy

He got to head into the mountains of Haiti and this is the view! Gorgeous. To the left of the picture is the Port where he was staying.

And her he is with all the head gear on before the Helicopter ride.

Stay tuned for more pictures of his homecoming!
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Fabulous Friday


Today’s Fabulous Friday is all about decorating eggs for Easter. I found these tips and tricks from Betty Crocker’s website.

Some fresh Easter Egg Decorating ideas to try:

Be sure to use the secrets to a perfect hard boiled egg below our decorating ideas!


Stripes Rubber bands of varying widths, placed tightly around the egg, will leave strips of the under-color after dyeing.

Wax-resistant patterns- Have your kids use a crayon to create desired image on a hard-boiled egg. The wax will repel the dye when you dip it, leaving your design. Mom can then place the dyed, dried eggs on foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet in 250 degree oven for 10 minutes to melt wax. Remove the eggs, then carefully remove residue with paper towels.

AnimalsCreate a bunny, hen, pig or even the family pet using the egg as the body and adding ears, tail, and so on. Pipe cleaners, yarn, paper cutouts, non-toxic markers and pompons will bring your critters to life.

Stencils– Tape small stencils to the egg and brush or sponge-on some colorful designs.

Shell games- Use hollowed-out eggshells if you’d like to save your decorations for future use. And don’t let the egg insides go to waste. Enjoy them scrambled and topped with Old El Paso® salsa, add to Betty Crocker® Pound Cake Mix, or freeze them for another use.

Centerpieces– For an eye-catching centerpiece, try layering eggs and Easter grass, lasagna-style, in a wide-mouth glass vase (a large tube or cube works beautifully). Eggstraordinary!
Be Egg-stra Careful: Egg Safety Handling Tips

“It’s important to be safe and sanitary during fun springtime egg activities,” says Cayla Westergard, director of Consumer Affairs at the Iowa Egg Council. Follow these guidelines:

• Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the eggs at every step, including cooking, cooling and dyeing.

• If you won’t be coloring your eggs right after cooking them, store them in their cartons in the refrigerator.

• Don’t cook or color cracked eggs. Discard them.

• Use food coloring or specially-made, food-grade egg dyes.

• Use non-toxic crayons, pens, paints, glue and other art supplies on any eggs you will eat later.

• When coloring the eggs, use water that’s warmer than the eggs, and refrigerate them in their cartons right after coloring them.

• Don’t eat eggs that have been unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours.

• If using hard-cooked eggs as a centerpiece or decoration and they will be out of refrigeration for many hours or days, cook extra eggs for eating and discard the eggs that have been left out too long.

• Hiding hard-boiled eggs for your Easter egg hunt may introduce harmful bacteria. Consider using plastic eggs for this purpose if you plan on eating the real ones. • About 1.5 percent of young children are allergic to eggs, which can cause skin irritation or anaphalaxis, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphalaxis Network (FAAN). To keep your affected youngster safe, have her decorate wooden eggs, available at craft stores, just like the real thing. Read labels on candy carefully to avoid stocking her basket with potential allergens. Children with an egg allergy can most certainly get in on the egg decorating fun at Easter, just not with real eggs. The FAAN recommends decorating plastic eggs with stickers, or painting or decorating wooden eggs with glitter, ribbons, or permanent markers. Another idea is to make paper maiche eggs, instructions are below. Other Easter-type activity ideas include hiding plastic eggs with coins, stickers, themed erasers, or even coupons for inexpensive activities such as movies, roller skating, etc. Easter baskets can be filled with small toys, coloring books, art supplies, or storybooks. The key to enjoying Easter for children with food allergies is to take the focus off of food.
Enormous Easter Eggs

If your child is allergic to eggs and cannot dye Easter eggs, consider the following alternate activity-the only danger is having too much fun!

For this activity you will need:
* Water
* Plaster of Paris
* Disposable squeeze bottle(s) with squirt cap
* Balloons
* Large bowl of water
* Sand paper
* Paints, ribbons, and other decorative materials

Pour 1 cup of water and then 2 cups of plaster of Paris into your squeeze bottle, screw on the squirt cap, and shake vigorously to mix. Attach the mouth of a balloon to the opening of the squeeze bottle. Holding the balloon, gently squeeze half the plaster mixture into the balloon. Tie off the balloon and place it in a bowl of water until plaster hardens (about 30 minutes). Repeat with another balloon.
One squeeze bottle of mixed plaster will make two large eggs. To make more plaster eggs, immediately rinse the squeeze bottle and squirt cap in a bucket of water before the plaster residue hardens, or you may dispose of the squeeze bottle and use a new one for subsequent eggs.Once the plaster has hardened, carefully cut away the balloon, and allow your giant “egg” to cure for several hours. Sand off any uneven parts, and allow your child to pain and decorate with acrylic paints, ribbons, buttons, or glitter as desired!

Secrets to a Perfect Boiled Egg

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Cover with 1 inch of cold water. Cover pot and bring to boil. Remove pan from heat as soon as boil is reached. Let the eggs stand, covered, in the hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (about 12 minutes for medium, about 18 for extra-large). Cool immediately in an ice-water bath.

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Temptation Thursday

Temptation Thursday is all about one of the biggest temptations out there this time of year- Easter Candy!!! The candy is every where and it is some of the best candy that comes out all year. Here are some of the biggest temptations out there.

1. Cadbury Cream Eggs: I personally like the caramel filled ones better but they are still good.
2. Who doesn’t LOVE a good old chocolate bunny?! You just can’t go wrong
3. Peeps- Now I am not a huge fan of these but I know MANY people that are.
4. This is just a whole bunch of candy brands.
5. Lindt Chocolate bunny with Dove chocolate eggs- I love the Dove Eggs
6. Cadbury Mini Eggs- THESE ARE MY ALL TIME FAVORITE EASTER CANDY!!! LOVE THEM!
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Wacky Wednesday

I saw a VERY interesting and WACKY thing this morning! I was driving on post and waiting at an intersection for traffic to pass. A car and then a truck drive by me, so I pull out after the truck. Now this is a small truck like a Chevy S10 or a small Ford, but as I am driving behind it I notice it has some large items in the bed. And what you ask was in the back of the truck… a table and a COFFIN!!! I mean really?! What in the world?! Why did this person have a shiny, white coffin in the bed of his truck? It even turned into some of the office buildings and as it was turning, I noticed that the coffin was dirty. Not like right out of the ground dirty but dust and dirt piles were on top of it! This was one thing that I NEVER expected to see, especially on an Army post! I totally wish that I thought of pulling out my phone and taking a picture of it.

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Military Monday- Must Haves!

So I am combining Military Monday and Must Have Monday this week. Every feature in this post is from a member of the Homefront Team. Hope you enjoy these beauties as much as I do!

Candy Colored Stone Bracelet from Blue Room Gems
This would be a great finishing touch to any spring or summer outfit!

Yuzu Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes from Suds N’ Such
Perfect item to get your skin glowing for summer!

Oh-So-Rainbow Summertime Tutu from Paisley and Posies
Oh my goodness!! How adorable is this tutu! Perfect for any little girl to play dress up in or wear to a party. How about Easter?! SO CUTE!

The Melody Rounded Card Case/Wallet from Nitelily3
I love this fabric! Would be great to use as a wallet or for small items while out on a night on the town.
Lemonade 16×20 Memory Board from Memories to You
This would surely brighten up any room! Such a great way to display pictures. And the fabric has a retro feel to me.

These shops all have many more fabulous products so go take a look around and it is always great to buy something as well and support the homefront!
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Super Saturday!

I keep posting my new posts late in the day but I am just happy that I am keeping up with it! It was just SOOOOO gorgeous today that I am just getting around to it. But for today’s Super Saturday post I am going to talk about my sorority, Delta Gamma.

Today, was Founder’s Day for my sorority. I joined Delta Gamma my freshman year at TN Tech. Loved it at times, hated it others, but I am so happy that I did it and made all the friendships that I did. And Travis and I may not have met if I didn’t join, since my freshman year DG did homecoming with the fraternity that he would end up joining. Today, the Tech chapter, Epsilon Epsilon, was celebrating 30 wonderful years on campus. I really wish that I could have been there to celebrate with everyone but I just couldn’t make that drive.

If is wasn’t for 3 fabulous ladies, Eva Webb Dobb, Anna Boyd Ellington, and Mary Comfort Leonard, stuck at the Lewis School for girls in the winter of 1873, I wouldn’t have had a chance to be a part of this great sorority. I just wanted to share some of the fun facts about Delta Gamma and some of their firsts.

  • First fraternity in the United States to establish an independent philanthropic foundation in 1951 in Ohio. (Service for Sight)
  • The first sorority to have its own in-house printing press.
  • The only panhellenic group to have its flower registered with the American Rose Society – “Delta Gamma Cream Colored Rose”
  • One of the seven original groups that began the National Panhellenic Conference
  • First Panhellenic group to build its own facility, the Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Columbus, Ohio.
  • First and only fraternity to sponsor a traveling art exhibit Art of the Eye, which benefits Service for Sight.
  • First recipient of the Helen Keller Philanthropic Service Award, given by the American Foundation for the Blind, for assistance to those who are visually impaired and for sight conservation.
  • First recipient of the Virginia Boyce Award presented by Prevent Blindness America
  • First woman’s fraternity to employ a full-time staff member to address the health and wellness needs of its members
  • First to have an archivist handling historical materials at the international headquarters
  • First to receive recognition from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for Distinguished Public Service
  • First to establish challenge grants in values in ethics, through the Dorothy Garrett Martin Lectureship in Values and Ethics

If your daughter wants to join a sorority, and you are hesitant about it, just remember they aren’t all that you think they are! Delta Gamma’s motto is “Do Good.” While I was an active sister, I helped at the TN School for the Blind, we held our annual Anchor Splash every spring to raise money for our Philanthropy, Service for Sight, plus many more activities. And many other sororities “do good” as well. So just keep an open mind about them!

I am very proud to have worn and still wear the Golden Anchor. I am happy that I know all the history and rituals of this great sorority. I am privileged to have a bond with so many other Delta Gammas out there in this world, the ones I know and the ones that I don’t! So to every DG out there- DG love and mine! And forever “In the Bonds!”

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Friday Favorite!

Since I started blogging, I have started to find some of my favorite blogs that I have to read every day now. I thought I would feature one of my new favorite blogs today.

All Things Thrifty is a fabulous blog! You won’t believe your eyes with some of these fabulous creations these ladies create!! Totally makes me want to go rummage through yard sales and thrift stores for the perfect piece to revamp. I have revamped a piece that Travis and I found at the local thrift store and I love it. It was an old hutch and we change it a bit and I painted it white then added some stain to give it a more antique look. Our dear dog, Oscar, decided he wanted to change it a bit so I now have to fix the finish a little but by looking at this blog it inspires me to think more outside of the box.

Let me share with you some the amazing works of art that these two ladies have created.

Check out these two night stands. A little old, outdated, and run down.

BEFORE


Now how about this after!! Totally fresh and brand new pieces! Love the color! I hope that I will be so bold one day to use a fun color on my furniture!

AFTER

This is one of my FAVORITE pieces! Totally awesome find (well the piece itself) and you will be amazed and what it looks like after!

BEFORE

And can you say STINKING ADORABLE AND AWESOME?! I LOVE IT! Totally wish I knew how to reupholster furniture.

AFTER

This is another great table redo. Not a bad piece but it could use some help.

BEFORE


Love the color! Looks great! Totally would love to have it in my house behind my sofa!

AFTER

So I hope that these helped inspire you to go out there and look for new, old pieces just looking for a make over and to help you think more outside the box. I know I sure want to go out there and get to looking!

Also, check out the All Things Thrifty blog for more fabulous make overs, room redos and much,much more!

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Temptation Thursday

With Spring literally knocking on the door, flowers are calling my name! My Wordless Wednesday yesterday were pictures of my daffodils starting to bloom. My tulips are starting to grow as well and I can’t wait to see their blooms. I found these flower arrangement on Martha Stewart’s website and fell in love with the ideas. I am very tempted to go out and buy a beautiful bouquet of flowers to make a fabulous arrangement to perk up my indoors as well.

How gorgeous is this arrangement?! I love it! There is even a how-to on marthstewart.com to make one for yourself.

And this one is just as beautiful! Perfect for Easter, a party, or just to beautify your table.

So if you are anything like me and SO VERY READY for spring, I hope these tempted you just as much as they did me to make some fabulous arrangements.