Posts Category “Family

I love giving gifts. However, I always struggle with what to give. It doesn’t matter the person. I love surprising people but only if it’s something I know the receiver will love and use. My mom’s 60th birthday was coming up and thankfully this was not a hard one for me. I had purchased a birthday board from a craft activity in my area and had been waiting for the right opportunity to put it together and give it to my mom. YAY for birthdays — 0r any gift-giving holiday.



Wooden Board-22 1/2 X 5 3/4 X 1
Wooden 1.5 inch Circles
Metal Jump Rings-Amount varies
12 Eyelet Screws
Vinyl Birthday Word and Month Letters
Acrylic Paint
Scrapbook Paper
Sand Paper
Mod Podge
Sawtooth Picture Hangers
Glue Gun

I started by sanding my board. I wanted smooth edges and to have them rounded. I then traced my wooden board on my paper. Then the painting began. I thought that I would have all the paint colors that I would need when I choose my paper but quickly realized that I would have to make my own colors, which is not my favorite thing to do. I either always make too much or too little. I chose to paint with 3 different colors to coordinate with my paper but when doing yours the sky’s the limit. Do it as plain or as fun and crazy as you would like. The thing to remember is that you need to paint the month wooden circles as well as the birthday circles. I didn’t do that until I was all ready to put it together. Kind of important.

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I have seriously enjoyed reading Marie and Michelle’s get-to-know you posts. I actually learned a couple things about them! Now it’s my turn for you to learn about me!

1. What’s your middle name? Dawn, yeah, yeah, my name is Misty~Dawn

2. What was your favorite subject in school? When I was little I used to say recess lol, but I actually really enjoyed History when I got older.

3. What are 3 things you can’t leave home without? My phone, Melaleuca Lip Balm and a Diet Coke


4. What is your favorite song at the moment? Definitely Move by Luke Bryan, it has such a great beat and it makes me want to break out my cowgirl boots and dance. And let’s not forget what a joy it is to watch Luke Bryan perform 🙂

5. What is your favorite food? It’s no secret that I LOVE carbs! So breadsticks, pasta, french fries, rolls, I love it all. Continue reading

If you haven’t figured out by now I love the fall and I also love food. One of the wonderful things that happens in the fall — that happens only in the fall — is corn on the cob. My family could eat it year round if there was a way to have it year round. We love it boiled and loaded with butter, salt and pepper. Or our favorite is the Mexican-style corn where you grill it in the husk, shuck it and load it up with mayo and parmesan cheese. It’s messy but delicious!

So the next best thing to corn on the cob is freezer corn since you take it right from the cob and use it whenever you want. It’s so much better than store bought corn. Before you get started, I will warn you it does take some time. Usually a whole day. It took me a couple of years to train my kids to shuck the corn properly and to get all the silk off but now they are master corn huskers and can actually do it faster than me. I made the mistake of doing freezer corn this year while they were in school and that was not smart. I was still doing it when they got home from school. A lesson learned for this mom.

There are a bunch of recipes out there on how to do freezer corn but today I will share what husband’s family has been doing for years and we continue to do in our family. I must add that I have cut the recipe in half, not the corn just the other ingredients. It seemed I had too much liquid by the time the corn was boiled. I’ve been much happier with the results and the flavor is the just the same, in my opinion. In fact, I haven’t told my husband that I’ve changed it and he hasn’t even noticed. img_7944 This is my set up for shucking corn. I usually do enough corn to last 2 years but we apparently ate more last year than we normally do so I did 20 dozen this fall. I get a big tub for all the husks and a small one for the corn. I was told by the lady that I buy corn from to start at the top and pull the husk down in 2 stripes, silk and all and it will come off very easily. Continue reading

This is actually a post I have been looking forward to sharing with our followers. I love learning about bloggers that I follow and today is my turn to share a little about me with you. Without further ado…

1. What’s your middle name? Marie. I know, it’s the name I go by. Opal is my first name. A family name and one that no one has ever called me.

2. What was your favorite subject in school? I feel like I should say recess, but that wouldn’t be true. In high school it was English and in college it was History.

3. What are 3 things you can’t leave home without? It’s sad to say but a snack, my cell phone and usually a kid.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment? It’s hard to pick just one. When we turn on some music every kid gets to pick a song and we tend to jam out and we acquire quite a few favorites. Right now I love Juicy Wiggle, Humble and Kind and Girl Crush.

5. What is your favorite food? I love ALL food — except seafood, not a fan. Continue reading

Hello! It seems like forever since I’ve posted. Misty was kind enough to take over my post for me two weeks ago because I had A TON of things going on in my neck of the woods. That’s the great thing about Marie and Misty, they’re always there for me and willing to help when they can. Sisters are AWESOME!!

We thought with it being summer time, we’d take a step back, relax a little and give everyone a chance to meet us. Since we started the blog, we haven’t taken the opportunity for you to get to know us. So in the next month or two, we’re going to share a few fun facts about ourselves. We hope you enjoy.

I’m up first! Here I go…

1. What is your middle name? Renae

2. What was favorite subject in school? History – in high school — and probably my communication classes in college.

3. What are 3 things you can’t leave home without? Well, I have two kids so that takes up two but if I have a day where it’s just me I’d say my phone, my chapstick and my purse (it has everything I need in it). 🙂

4. What is your favorite song at the moment? Ice, Ice Baby. Yes, you heard that right. “Ice, Ice Baby too cold, too cold!” Now it’s going to be stuck in your head the rest of the day, huh? I gotta say this is my favorite right now because my two-year-old asks to listen to it and he’s simply the cutest little dancer and he sings along with it quite well!

5. What is your favorite food? Anything I don’t have to cook. Ha!

6. What is the last thing you bought? Groceries…I wish it was more exciting than that but sadly it’s not.

7. Favorite book? I shared a couple of my favorites in my “Favorite Snuggle Up Books” post.

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It’s almost my FAVORITE time of year: SUMMER!!! Flip flops, sunshine, swimming, camping, shorts, the 4th of July, shaved ice, I could go on and on. But one of my very favorite reasons?! My kids are HOME! I’ll just admit it now, I’m one of those crazy moms that cries when summer is over and my kids run off to school. I LOVE having them home all summer but it always goes by too fast.

I always have great intentions of doing fun, new things multiple times a week but as soon as summer hits my brain goes blank. I decided now was the perfect time to put together a list of summer boredom busters. A lot of these activities don’t cost a thing! I’ve included a printable list, easy to skim over and quickly choose an activity or printable cards, throw them in a box and draw out an activity.

List of Summer Boredom Busters

Summer Boredom Buster Card Printable

Summer Boredom Busters List Printable

As a super fun added idea, take pictures of all your summer fun activities and make a summer scrapbook!

These are just a few ideas. Share your summer fun ideas with us by commenting below or using #dreamsandmidnightjabber




Let’s face it, being a mom is crazy, hectic and stressful. We all had good intentions of filling out those precious baby books, and maybe we even did it with our first born but as the months/years went by and the number of children in the house increased, you simply didn’t have time to devote to that little book. Well let me introduce you to an AMAZING idea. One that I can’t even claim as mine. My sweet aunt Margaret started this idea YEARS ago and has continued it ever since. My mom told me of the idea and encouraged all us girls to do it, she even bought us the supplies!
Introducing  the easiest, most sentimental project you will ever do… the Memory Journal
Spiral bound notebook (at least 100 pages)
Pen (or pens if you want a variety of colors)
Memories 🙂
Memory Journal

Obviously there are TONS of ways you could make your notebook cuter and more decorative but I just wanted to have mine done quick so I could start using it ASAP.

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I would love to say that I’m woman who doesn’t love the Super Bowl but then I’d be lying. I will be honest and say that I really don’t care who is playing, is that bad that I just admitted that? I have 5 boys and so not watching the game in this house isn’t possible. I was talking to my husband the other night and he asked me who was playing this year and I was proud to say that I knew the Denver Broncos were playing but then he asked me who the other team was, I am sad to say my 8-year-old was yelling the answer to me in the background. Yes I know now it is the Carolina Panthers.

I watch the Super Bowl for 3 reasons – the food, the commercials and the Half Time Show – in that order. A girl has to have her priorities. It seems that there are some commercials that never disappoint. I love the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, the Doritos commercials and I always love seeing the Diet Coke Bears. The Snickers commercials are good and I really enjoy the Pistachios ones. Continue reading

Something to think about on this fine Tuesday afternoon.

What are some of your dreams? What are you grateful for? And what do you love?

Making some changes on the blog this month and while we do so we are trying to remember that life is full of opportunities. Good things are always around the corner. Enjoy your day!

I consider myself a fairly private person and sometimes I probably keep to myself more than I should. I’m not one to spend time on Facebook commenting on everything I have an opinion on nor do I spend a lot of time sharing my feelings with others (not always a good thing) so I find this post to be a little out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I feel if I do share my thoughts that someone will come in with a very different opinion and I won’t be very well at standing my ground. No, I don’t want to be right. I just want to be heard. So I guess that is the purpose of this post.

This December I’ve spent a significant amount of time thinking about life — it’s hardships, it’s up and downs, its triumphs. Honestly, this past year I’ve likely wasted too much time and energy on being afraid. It’s tough not to. All you have to do is watch TV for 5 minutes. Am I right? I have found myself countless times being afraid of the future. Afraid for my children. For my family. For me. For my husband. Honestly, I really do try to look at all the good in the world. It’s just difficult when the media shows so much negativity.

So can I just say, I needed December to come. For more reasons than one, I needed to FEEL the spirit of the season again. The Reason for the Season!! I needed to be reminded of hope and at the beginning of the month, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released a Christmas video sharing the powerful message of “A Savior Is Born.” It couldn’t have come at a better time. I had been so caught up in the worldly stuff going on that I forgot that Christmas is such a special time of year and there’s more to it than the gift-giving and receiving. It’s about the Savior’s birth! Continue reading