Hosting A Mother’s Day Brunch

Hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch is something I have always wanted to do! Living 413 miles from my mom makes this a little hard for me to do. It doesn’t matter that my mother isn’t here because my mother in law is a mom too and she needs to be celebrated for everything she has done for me over the years!

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Hosting a  brunch is easy! You can do it by yourself or have a group of friends help you by making it a potluck type of party! I’ll be sharing some great recipes I found as well as some decoration ideas! I hope you enjoy them!

One of my favorite brunch foods is sausage balls. My mom used to make these for Christmas morning and Easter Sunrise breakfast at church. They are so easy to make.

All you need is:
1 package of sausage (mild or hot depending on your taste)
2 cups of Bisquick pancake mix
1 package of shredded cheese

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It really is that easy! I used to help her make them when I was growing up so it’s definitely a recipe that the kids can help make.

Sausage Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 Package sausage (mild or Hot)
  • 1 Package shredded cheese
  • 2 cups Bisquick pancake mix

Directions

Step 1
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with your hands.
Step 2
Roll in to tablespoon sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Step 3
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Breakfast Casserole was also a favorite in my family while I was growing up. My mom also made it for Christmas morning at my grandma’s house. It take a little more prep work than sausage balls, but it’s still pretty easy.

Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • bread (enough to cover bottom of 9x13 baking dish)
  • 2 Packages sausage (mild or hot depending on your taste)
  • 6 eggs (whisked)
  • cheese (can use shredded or slices)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

Step 1
Brown the sausage over medium heat until there is no pink left. Drain.
Step 2
Place bread slices in bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Add the browned sausage on top of bread.
Step 3
Whisk 6 eggs with milk, salt and pepper
Step 4
Pour egg mixture over bread and meat. Let this soak into the bread for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Step 5
Add the cheese on top and bake until set. Usually about 45 minutes, but keep an eye on it. The cheese will become brown and bubbly and the egg will look scrambled or omelet texture.

You can also make coffee cakes like this one! I love strawberry and this one sounds absolutely amazing.

Strawberries and Cream Coffee Cake from Melanie Makes

I also really loved these cinnamon cream cheese roll ups! They sound so good! You can’t go wrong with cream cheese at all!

Cinnamon cream cheese roll ups from Lil Luna

Blueberry muffins are always a brunch favorite. I found a different spin on them with this recipe from Cincy Shopper.

Blueberry Pancake bites from Cincy Shopper

You will also need something to drink at your brunch! This raspberry punch sounds perfect and so simple to make!

Raspberry Crush Punch from Liz on Call

Take time this Mother’s Day to do something special for you mom! It doesn’t have to be anything like making her a big brunch or buying her a big gift. She’s always been there for you and loves you no matter what! Happy Mother’s Day! IU MOMMA!

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Making Your Clipboard Pretty

Making your clipboard pretty is super easy! I made them ALL THE TIME when I was in high school. I’d make them as Christmas and birthday gifts for friends. Even if they didn’t need a new clipboard they were getting one! Haha!

Do you want to make one? Here’s a step by step on making your clipboard :

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What you need for making your clipboard pretty:
a clipboard
notepad
scrapbook paper
pen
scissors
modge podge
foam brush
stickers (if desired)
washi tape (if desired)
ribbons (if desired)

Instructions:

Trace an outline of the clipboard onto the scrapbook paper and cut out around the line you traced.

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Using your foam brush spread a thin layer of modge podge onto the clipboard.

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Position scrapbook paper onto clipboard. There may be air bubbles when you apply the paper to the glue. If this bothers you then try to work them out. If they don’t bother you then you can leave them. I can never get the out but they usually annoy me. You can’t really see them in the finished product. Let dry for 15 minutes.

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Seal the paper with a few layers of modge podge. I usually do four just to make sure. Let dry for 15 minutes.

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Add any embellishments to the clipboard. You can use stickers to spell out a name or add washi tape to the clipboard.

I usually don’t add a notepad to my clipboards, but if you would like to add one all you need to do is use a strong glue like E6000 or a hot glue gun and attach the notepad to the clipboard. I don’t do this because if you run out of the pages on the notepad then you have to replace it.

You can add ribbon to the paper holder of the clipboard if you want. I usually don’t, but that’s just my preference.

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Let’s Meet Angie’s Angle

I love meeting new blog friends! I participate in a Solidarity Sisters challenge where you are paired with another blogger! For March and April I had the pleasure to get to know Angie! So today,  Meet Angie’s Angle!

Hi, guys! I’m Angie and I’m a lifestyle blogger over at Angie’s Angle. I do a wide variety of topics and giveaways that I like and think my readers might enjoy as well. You’ll find topics such as beauty, pets, games, and photographing just to name a few. I do blogging a full-time job with social media outreach and other random things to earn me money. Quite often you’ll find I talk about those other random things where you can earn online too; if you are interested in that kind of thing.

I’m a wife and a fur baby Mommy to a 9-year-old girl named Roxy. She joined our family when she was 5, but we couldn’t imagine our world without her now. In my spare time when I am not completely linked to my computer (which is most of the time), I love to read, travel, take photos and play any and all type of games. In real life, you’ll find I’m very quiet without not a lot to say until I get really comfortable with you, so the blogging world helps me meet new people and make a living. Win-Win!

Meet Angie's Angle family

I’ve gotten to know Cate by joining the Solidarity Sister Challenge that Susannah runs over at Simple Moments Stick. There are weekly challenges that Susannah sends out and you get to know your partnered blogger for two months, where then at the end you decided how you want to exchange posts or whatever you decided to do together for a post. Cate and I decided this go around we’d just tell each other readers a bit about us and our blog with 5 facts about us and a few of our favorite posts from our blog, so you all may get to know us a bit as well.

5 Completely Random Facts About Me

Because I like board and card games so much, I tend to hoard them and have quite the collection. I love hosting game nights and am slowly find others that do as well and getting a decent group together and hope I can make it more frequent.

I do not like to cook. I hate it and only do it when I without a doubt have to. My husband does most of the cooking and thankfully he is very good at it. Though I do try and throw dinners in the slow cooker quite so dinner is easier. I’ll happy do that kind of “cooking”. Though oddly I love sharing recipes on my blog, they are just few and far between because I enlist my husband’s help to achieve a yummy recipe to share.

One of my happy places is on the ocean. I dream about just sitting on a porch facing the beautiful ocean, drinking my coffee and reading my book. To me that is perfection.

I’ve been with my husband since I was 18 and we met online through a random ICQ message. We met in real life months later in July of 1998 and have been together since. Lived together since 1999 and married 2003. He is my other half and I think we do a good job of balancing each other out.

I’ve always been a reader. I have such a wide variety of types of books that I like, that I’ll never fear running out of something to read. Just take a gander on my book shelves and my kindle library and you’d understand.

A Few Of My Favorite Posts

The Truth Behind My Awkward Social Nature
How To Set Up a Regular Game Night
5 Easy Ways To Help a Blogger
A Day In My Life by Roxy

It was a joy getting to know Cate and I look forward to getting to know her more. Thanks for having me over on your blog Cate!

-Angie-
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I don’t know about you but I had such a great time getting to know Angie! She’s a great blogger and has become a great friend. Thanks for all the great blog advice you have given me Angie! Thank you for stopping by to Meet Angie from Angie’s Angle! =)

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April Golden Vlog

This is my first time actually participating in The Golden Vlog! It was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing more in the future! As I was watching other vlogs, I actually got better ideas as to what my biggest accomplishment would be! So as I’m saying what mine is I actually mean that I’m proud of where I am in my life right now! Haha!

 

Anyways, Here’s my Golden Vlog for April!

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It’s All About Me 2

This week’s all about me!

 

 

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1. How do you stay motivated?
Friends. I have a group of friends that usually keep me on track with blogging, fitness, and just life in general!

2. What’s your favorite “cheat day” food?
I don’t diet hard core, but I do try to watch what I eat. I’m a picky eater though so it’s a bit of a challenge. I usually can’t say no to potato chips though!

3. What’s one thing you do for your mental health?
One thing is talking to my husband. He’s always been there for me and I know that I can do anything because he has always been such a positive in my life! Another way is retail therapy! Shopping always makes me feel better. Even if i don’t actually buy anything!

4. How do you relax?
Reading, baking, crafting, writing

5. How do you spend your ideal lazy Sunday?
Since the weather has warmed up we usually spend weekends out doing something with the family. My ideal Sunday afternoon would be anywhere on a beach though! We love taking beach weekends!

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Polka Dot Posie Planner Review

I’m really late on getting my 2016 planner set up! I had the first two months printed and had every intention of doing a few months at a time. Well, the last few weeks have had so much going on that I didn’t even have time to write them down in my planner because I didn’t even have my planner finished! So almost four months later here it is!

Polka Dot Posie Seasonal PlannerI decided to show April’s month layout since March is almost over!

I use a color code to determine what activity is what.  Here’s what the colors mean this year:

Purple- birthdays and holidays
Aqua blue- weekly water log (Every day I draw a little box and color it in for each bottle of water I drink)
Green- Random Crafty Georgia Girl post ideas and A Pinch of Faith contributor/guest post deadlines
Black- every day events and chores
Red- Fitness
Pink- extra activities and weekend plans and cupcake mail to be sent out. (More on cupcake mail in a later post)

I use my Tombow brush tip pens to write a verse for each week. It helps me to make time for a quick devotion.

Polka DOt Posie Seasonal Planner

 

I use a printable planner from an Etsy shop called The Polka Dot Posie Print.  I love everything from this shop! It is completely a digital shop so there’s no item sent through the mail to you. It is sent to your email address and all you have to do is download and print!

Jen, the owner of The Polka Dot Posie Print, includes a how to print your planner. It’s really not as hard as it looks, but I have started printing each page one by one instead of doing all the odd pages and then the even pages. I print each page in order. I start by printing the first page and flipping it to where it will print the next page on the other side. I keep doing this until I have the whole planner done. It seems like this way may take you longer, but I had through May printed in probably an hour. I have the seasonal planner so it only goes through July.

There’s so many new items in the shop now. Jen just added some print and cut stickers and also print and cute planner dividers. The print and cut stickers look like they may be a hassle to cut out, but I thought they were so simple. They look great in my planner too!

Polka Dot Posie Print and Cut stickers

There’s also a set of printable everyday stickers that include holidays and events, health and grooming, work and financing, and travel. I have the Avery 5408 stickers for these, but haven’t printed them yet. It’s next on my planner to do list!

Jen has told me a few times that I’m one of her best customers! I love everything she has done for me and I will continue to buy planners from her because they are just that AWESOME!

 The Polka Dot Posie Print and I are giving away a set of the print and cut stickers! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below!

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Good Friday

Picnik collage2Jesus spoke these words as the Roman soldiers were gambling for His clothes at the bottom of the cross. As we reflect this weekend remember Easter isn’t just about a bunny, baskets, and hunting eggs. Jesus made a sacrifice for for us to be free of our sins. He knew that on the third day He would rise from the dead for us! He knew that He would be betrayed, arrested, and sentenced to die. Yet, He didn’t seem to mind. He did this for us! He loved us that much! Take time to thank God for giving us His Son!

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The Positivity Project

Today, I’d like to share a post written by a new blog friend, Brittany Michelle from Tiny Forest. I have not known her that long, but I know that she’s a great writer ans super nice! I’m looking forward to getting to know more about her very soon! Thanks for helping out Brittany Michelle!

Hello, my name is Brittany Michelle and I blog over at Tiny Forest. If you journey through my forest you will discover many branches. From fashion, to recipes, to everyday struggles; I share it all. I battle with depression and anxiety and I started blogging as a way of coping and finding beauty in everyday things. It’s also allowed me a creative outlet and been sort of a roadmap of my journey. Today I am blessed to be stepping in for Cate to share a little piece of my forest with you.

 

 

If you are over the age of 6, then you probably think life can be pretty difficult at times. She seems to be a cruel mistress at times, who enjoys kicking us when we are down (“when it rains it pours…” anyone?) So how do you stay positive when life doesn’t seem to go your way?

 

 

Life and I have a love-hate relationship. She has dealt me some difficult hands, but I found that a positive mental attitude in the face of life’s cruel jokes was the key to seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Being positive is not always easy though, so I started something in my house I call the positivity project.

At the end of each day we write out one thing we are grateful for. Sometimes they are simple things like “I’m thankful we have food to eat.” Other times they are larger things like “I am grateful for that promotion at work.” We then put all these positive thoughts into a jar.

Doing this has helped my husband and me to focus on the positive things of each day. It forces us to look at our day and find something even in the cruelest of times to be thankful for, because it changes your mindset from negative to positive. We’ve all had days where everything seems to be going wrong… you woke up late, or you got a flat a tire, or your kid is sick and everything seems to be rolling downhill at mach speed. When I say to myself “I woke up late but I got a good nights rest and I feel great today so that’s what I am putting in the positivity jar.”

The positivity jar also has an added bonus. When you are struggling with something, job loss, money issues, car trouble, or even just a bad day you can go back and read all of the things you are grateful to have. We have to go through the hard times to appreciate the good times. So the next time you are struggling with staying positive I invite you to start your own positivity project!

Thank you for letting me share with you today! I love chatting with fellow bloggers, click my links below and let me know that your visiting from Random Crafty GA Girl. Have a beautiful and blessed day!

 

 

 



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It’s All About ME

Some new blog friends have started an all about me link up! I needed to find a way to get back into a steady writing schedule so I’m linking up with them this week! It’s about your beauty routines and what makes you feel beautiful this week!

What is your beauty routine?
It really depends on the day to be honest! I can be ten minutes in the shower, brush my hair, and put it in a messy bun one day. The next day I could take a shower, blow dry, straighten, add a little curl to my hair, put on some makeup and make myself look all cute for a quick night out with my husband!

What is one thing that makes you feel beautiful?
My husband always makes me feel beautiful when he comes in from work and gives me that first hug after being home from a long day!

What is one beauty item you can’t live without?
I don’t think I could live without dry shampoo! I don’t wash my hair every day because it isn’t actually  good for your hair to be stripped of the natural oils every single day. On the in between washing days, I use a dry shampoo spray. I don’t have a favorite brand yet because I’m trying to use up the samples I have gotten from Birchbox samples.

What is one thing you can’t leave home without?
Usually any kind of lip balm. I usually use Burt’s Bee’s, but I started using Savannah Bee Company lip balms also. Those go on so smooth and don’t make my lips feels sticky! I have used the Peach and Sweet Tea flavors so far and I love them!

What is your favorite lip color?
I don’t think I have a favorite lip color to be honest! I have a matted red that I have been loving recently that I got in a Birchbox. I also have a nude color that it pretty great, but I don’t think it is a favorite. I also really like wearing a bright pink that I got when I was challenged to step out of my lipstick comfort zone by Mandy from House of Rose Blog. It was bright pink, like FUCHSIA PINK! It was fun to wear! Haha!

It's All About Me

We would love for you to link up with us! It is so much fun getting to know other bloggers from around the world and what better way than an all about me link up!

Here’s next week’s questions in case you want to get a head start!
Next weeks questions:
What is your favorite way to receive self love?
Who is your biggest hero?
What life lesson have you learn lately?
Do you have a nickname?
Suggest a great movie to us. Happy or sad, one you can’t live without!

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9 Steps to A Perfectly Lettered Quote

One of my new favorite things is to hand letter. I have been doing this since October, but just recently got a set of brush pens that i have been learning to use. Lyssy from Lyssy Creates shows us how to make a beautiful work of art!

We’ve all seen the cards and posters, right? Maybe on Etsy, maybe on Instagram.
All that gorgeous lettering. Then we see it tagged handmade and think, “I could do
that!”

That’s how I got started on brush lettering. I googled, looked up YouTube videos and
tried to learn this stuff. If I was lucky, I didn’t waste yet another piece of card on an
unevenly written “Merry Christmas”.
I wanted pretty cards, why was it so hard? Digitizing required a scanner I didn’t have,
and a light box? That’s an expense I couldn’t afford!
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If this is you, this tutorial is for you. I’ll be working with brush pens here, but
it doesn’t have to be brush lettering — this layout hack is for anyone working with paper
and costs under $30.
Don’t believe me?
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  • Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Grid paper

  • Card paper (for your final copy)

  • Scissors

  • Washi tape

  • Glass tabletop

  • Clip on light

  • Lettering pens — that’s brush pens for me!

Let’s get down to business!
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