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I love decorating for fall. The colors are amazing-the different shades of orange, yellow, brown and burgundy. Who knew that such colors could cause such a stir of emotions. To see them outside is breathtaking and then to bring them inside causes the same reaction. It’s beautiful. I’m sad that it goes so quickly and that I don’t enjoy it as much as I should. I feel that winter comes too fast.

To bring the colors indoors, I knew that I wanted to create my own fall centerpiece with a table runner and fall flowers. To start, I was excited when I saw these painted mason jars. To create the fall colors on my mason jars, I mixed different food coloring together. For the light brown I did 6 drops of red, 2 yellow and 1 blue. For the yellow I added 7 drops of yellow and 2 orange. For the orange I did 7 orange and 2 red.

I was able to pick up all of my supplies for the table runner and flowers at Hobby Lobby. I was excited since all their fabric was on sale and so were their fall flowers. I also filled the mason jars with acorns and they were in the fall section (also 40% off). It was a great day to be at Hobby Lobby!

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For my table runner I cut my fabric strips to 4 3/4X13 and cut out 2 of each pattern. It ended up being 77 inches long. I did a seam around the whole thing and then ironed it flat. It was so simple and easy and I really loved the end result.

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It was such a fun project and one that anyone can do. Be sure to share your favorite fall crafts with us. We love hearing from you.

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Yesterday morning was a fun morning at our house. There was no power, for about 7 hours. Usually I would think this would be a good excuse to sleep in and enjoy the day but I had kids to get off to school and things to do around the house. Needless to say my morning did not go as planned. I did get the kids to school, not knowing whether they would be returned to me later and mowed the lawn at 8 o’clock in the morning. That was epic! But then my 4 and almost 2-year-old wondered what to do, which is funny since the only thing I needed power for was my treadmill and shower.

Then I remembered that I had signed up for to share Toddler Busy Bags with some other moms a year ago. I had received the package, opened it, let my kids mess with some of the things in it then put it up in a closet to be forgotten about. Let me just say these things are so great for kids ages 2-5. There are some amazing ideas on Pinterest for Busy Bags. When I signed up to do it the idea was to put together two different Busy Bags that cost under $1 and put it in a gallon size bag with the instructions. Some of the things that came in the box are great learning tools and can really help younger children learn their colors and shapes. Also, they work extremely well for hand/eye coordination. For example, my 2-year-old especially loved putting plastic toothpicks in a toothpick holder. IMG_9337 If you have kids that aren’t quite old enough for school, Busy Bags are a great way to pass the time all while having fun. Here are some ideas that came in my box that my kids loved:

Heads and Tails – This one I love. It’s so good for learning colors, animals and identifying heads and tails. This website also has a counting Busy Bag that I have. I LOVE IT!

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A few weeks ago, I experienced what every mother experiences when they sent their first-born to Kindergarten — pure heartache! I can’t believe my little boy isn’t so little more. He’s now riding the bus to and from school and is gone for most of the afternoon. When did this happen? And why does it happen so quickly?

Now that our schedule and lives have been altered forever, I’ve been on the lookout for some good ol’ after-school snacks for my now big boy. He’s use to snacking on and off during the day so the minute he steps off the bus, he’s STARVING. I’ve compiled some of my favorites here:

Peachy Keen Pops from Family Circle

After School Snacks

Ingredients
1 package unflavored gelatin (1/4 ounce)
1/4 cup peach juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 10 – ounce bag frozen peaches, thawed, or 2 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
4 6 – ounce container low-fat peach yogurt
1 ice pop mold (10-pop capacity)
10 wooden Popsicle sticks

For directions, click hereFamily Circle has some more great ideas here, on the their 26 Healthy After-School Snacks.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Six Sisters’ Stuff

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Six Sisters’ Stuff always has great ideas and their list of 100 after-school snacks is no exception. Their pumpkin cinnamon rolls look heavenly and comes from Compliments To the Chef.

Ingredients

Dough
1/4 c. warm water
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1 c. canned pumpkin puree
1/3 c. margarine, melted
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
5-6 c. flour

Filling
1/2 c – 2/3 c. canned pumpkin puree (to your preference)
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 T cinnamon
*optional: 3/4 c. raisins, 1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 T butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 – 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

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We hope that you all had an amazing 4th of July celebrating the Freedom of our country and spending time with the ones that you love. We had a blast creating new memories, eating food, watching fireworks and parades. We are so grateful to the men and woman who have dedicated their lives and time to make this wonderful land that we live in possible. God bless America.

We were so caught up in time with our family we decided to post a couple days later then normal but this post will not disappoint and we will be saving mothers everywhere. We would hope that all of you would say that one of your favorite childhood memories is a good old fashioned pillow fight. If your kids are anything like our kids then the pillows look like flattened pancakes when the fight is over. The kids are complaining that they have to sleep on them later. We have found the solution to this problem.

Each year we attend the local craft fairs, always looking for the some of the coolest, uniquest crafts. Last November as we were walking around we found this cute booth with giant boxing gloves hanging from it. Not just any boxing gloves, pillow fight boxing gloves. They are AMAZING!!

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We’re celebrating our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Dreams and Midnight Jabber!! To thank our followers for such an awesome year, we’ve teamed up with 3 amazing shops for our very first giveaway — Jabber Baby Love!!

Win a teething necklace and monthly stickers made and designed by us PLUS a custom pair of classic moccasins from Lizzie Homemade, a set of bandana bibs from BabyKakes, and a personalized birth announcement from The Rosie Pen!!

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This giveaway starts May 30th at noon MDT and ends June 3rd at 9 p.m. MDT. Winner will be announced June 4th at 10 a.m. MDT.

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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

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As I sit before my computer writing this post, I have a million thoughts running through my head. I began the fun adventure of potty training my last child and while I’d like to say it is bitter-sweet it’s not. I’m really looking forward to not having to buy diapers and not to having him lie on the ground while I change the millionth poopy diaper. I WILL NOT MISS IT. I am however having a harder time taking his sippy away. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe because it symbolizes an end to the baby phase or that he is indeed growing up while I long for him to stay little. I know it seems a bit strange that I am potty training without any emotional turmoil while the sippy is causing me serious mental troubles. I have problems.

I wanted to share the realness of potty training and what I have learned along the way. Today is my second day and I have to say that I am amazed at how well the first day went. Usually it is filled with accidents and frustration and disappointment but my cute guy was full of surprise and excitement. I should begin by telling you that I start putting my kids on a the toilet at 18 months to get them comfortable with it. I don’t expect them to do anything but if they do it’s an added bonus and yes we do make a big deal about it. I realized on Friday that I was going to be out of diapers by about Monday so I started to mentally prepare myself for what the next few days would entail. I am not one of those moms who puts their lives on hold. It’s too hard with so many kids to find a time that won’t be busy to potty train so I just do it and make it work. This week will be no acceptation. So once I realized that the diapers were coming to an end I started taking him to the toilet more frequently. He was AMAZING. If I said push, he pushed. He understood what he was supposed to be doing. Surprising. Saturday he pooped in the toilet and peed several times. But I didn’t take him out of diapers. I was just getting him comfortable with the idea. Sunday was the same. I did have the one fun moment when I decided to put him in training underwear and while I went to get it he decided to poop on the carpet. Gotta love him!! Continue reading

Honest post here. I haven’t been feeling well the last several weeks and everything I normally do has been severely neglected. I went to the dentist two weeks ago to have a cavity filled. Ever since then I’ve had excruciating pain on my entire right side of my face (starting at my temple and working it’s way all down into my shoulder blade — OUCH!!) to the point I knew I’d be getting a root canal (blah!) but because of life and circumstances I wasn’t able to get in until yesterday which I means I’ll be feeling better in the next day or two. So needless to say, I’ve had many sleepless nights, the projects have stopped, my homemaker duties have fallen to the wayside and I’m just trying to stay sane. This also means blogging hasn’t been on my mind. Sitting in front of a computer hasn’t been something I can even fathom doing (I never thought sitting could hurt so much). So this post will be short and sweet.

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. I don’t want to freak you out but that’s in five days! I always stress too much about the gift ideas and not so much about the true meaning of Mother’s Day. However, as I’ve had a lot of time to think about it lately and as I have gotten older, I look at it differently. I think it’s more about celebrating women. Or at least it should be. There’s special and unique characteristics that can only be found in women and I love knowing that. You don’t have to have borne children to be a mother. In certain circumstances, a child may cling to a woman and look up to her as a mother figure because they don’t have a mom in their lives.

There’s been two LDS talks that have stuck with me through the years that pretty much sum up how I feel and what I believe a mother is. You may or may have not heard these before. If you have, I think it’s always good to be reminded and if you haven’t, I hope it touches you like it touched me when I heard them for the first time. I also thought because I can’t think straight lately and likely can’t say what I feel in my heart as well as these two can, I’d just share their talks with you. To remind all women out there that Sunday is a day for all of us and that it is our responsibility to strengthen and uplift the rising generation to be better people — more loving, patient, kind, respectful, gentle and loving. Continue reading

I love being a mom, but let’s be honest there are some moments when being a mom is not amazing. Like when a kid is sick and they totally miss the toilet and all of a sudden you are the only one left in the house who knows how to use a rag. That’s fun, cleaning up someone else’s throw up. Or how about when there’s a school project and it’s due tomorrow? But your kid has known about it for 2 weeks. That’s my favorite. Any mom’s relate to that? And my all time favorite — a blow out. It’s EVERYWHERE!!!! You are left wondering what they ate and how it is possible when they ate so little that it could make that big of a mess? Where to start? Do you save the clothes or just throw them away? And is it possible that you could pretend you didn’t know it was there and hurry and leave dad in charge? Yeah, being a mom has some great moments.

But my ALL time favorite part of being a mom is POTTY TRAINING (NOT). OK that is not entirely true. I have done it 5 times now and have it down to a science. I have only had a couple of set backs and I am not ashamed to admit that. It’s part of being human and a mom. So today’s post is to hopefully call out to all those moms who are ready to potty train or getting ready to. I am about 3 weeks away. I seriously feel that this is one of those things that you have to prepare for. Mentally and emotionally. I think the first thing that you have to do to tell yourself that you are going to do it. I just bought my last box of diapers. That’s right LAST box EVER!!! Those words are fantastic. The best advice I received from my sister-in-law when she helped me potty train my first and I can give you is once you start never go back. Once you take them out of diapers, never put them back in. This is a very important part of potty training. Now I am getting off track. I will be doing much more blogging as I go through my wonderful experience of potty training. This post is all about preparation.

There is a lot of advice out there. I am one in a million, so do what works for you. I am just sharing what has worked for me 5 times. So today I am going to help you gather the necessary items so that if you want to join me in a couple weeks you will be prepared. Continue reading

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
Supplies
Spiral bound notebook (at least 100 pages)
Pen (or pens if you want a variety of colors)
Memories 🙂
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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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