The Life of Jennifer Dawn: July 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Behind the Blog: Personal Interview with a Homeschool Mom and Blogger


Wife, mother, homeschool parent, blogger--any one of these roles on their own is a lot to manage. How does it all get juggled? We're chatting with one of my closest friends today to see how she finds balance when managing multiple roles.

Tanya and I met through the Kid Blogger Network, but our friendship transcends beyond just "blog buddies." She has become one of my dearest friends and someone I feel so blessed to have in my life.

Tanya is the content creator and writer behind the fantastic blog The Natural Homeschool. Come read about her journey to becoming a homeschool parent and what a typical day might look like for her family. Oh, and don't forget to stop by her blog for tons of educational printables, homeschool resources, recipes, and more!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Awesome Summer Crafts for Kids & A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #185

Summer is not over yet! Before the kids dive back into their studies again, there's still time to squeeze a lot more fun out of the season. How about a craft session with one or more of these amazing craft ideas for kids? From play dough to paper fans, you're sure to find something that your child would love to create. The best part? You can do it together and not only create fun crafts but also beautiful memories!

1. Marshmallow Play Dough / One Little Project

2. DIY Pocket Fans / Gluesticks

3. Melt & Pour Glycerin Fish Soap / Gluesticks

4. Handmade Stickers / Rebecca Janousek

5. Soda Straw Weaving / There's Just One Mommy

6. Shark Sensory Bag  / The Chaos and the Clutter 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DIY: Creative Wall Decor and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #184

Deck the walls with these creative projects! From vintage inspired wall hangings to a beautiful wreath, you're sure to find a wall decor idea that would look stunning in your own home. Our weekly link parties are all about sharing and gleaning inspiration from others, and these projects are sure to inspire. Which DIY project would you want to try?

1. Wildflower Wreath / A Pretty Fix
Wreaths aren't just for doors. They make lovely decor hung on a wall too. And this wreath certainly is oh so lovely! I love the bright pops of yellow from the faux wildflowers!

2. Barn Wood Frames / Love of Home
Vintage wallpaper and barn wood combine to make these unique frames!

3. Giant Flash Card Wall Art / Little House of Four
The teacher in my is LOVING these wall hanging! These would be perfect in a schoolroom, playroom, or art area for kids.

4. DIY Tin Wall Art / The Project Pile 
You won't believe this amazing transformation! Be sure to click over to The Project Pile for a glimpse at what these tin pieces looked like before they received some major TLC.


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Banana Split Brownie Bites

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Beat the heat this summer with these scrumptious Banana Split Brownie Bites made with Blue Bunny® ice cream. This is a treat the kids will have a blast making!


Two favorite ice cream treats--brownie sundaes and banana splits--come together as the inspiration for this ice cream confection. Kids will love the bite-sized portions which are perfect for their little hands and mouths. Everyone will love the delicious, creamy Blue Bunn ice cream that's the highlight of each scrumptious bite.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DIY Painted Projects for the Home and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #183

When it comes paint, I love white or a creamy neutral on my walls. Yes, I have a phobia of color when it comes to painting the interior of the house. However, I do love to add color and interest with unique decor, wall hangings, and furniture pieces like the ones below! Enjoy perusing these amazing DIY projects! Which painted project would look great in your space?
1. Canvas Art / Love Create Celebrate
Isn't that painted canvas fantastic? Can you believe it took this DIYer less than an hour to make. Stop by and see just how she did it. Don't forget to check out her video too!

2. Lattice Bedside Table / Little Free Monkeys
I LOVE that yellow! It adds such a fun pop of color to the space. See exactly how to make this piece with the full building plans provided in the post.

3. Faux Metal Flower Pots / Love Create Celebrate
Have you ever wondered how to give something a faux metal look. Click on over to see this fun paint technique in action!

4. Coastal Furniture / From Evija with Love 
I love the weathered look on this furniture flip. Such a neat effect!


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

10 Delicious Brunch Recipes and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #182

Summertime is the perfect time to gather friends and family together for a delicious brunch. Who am I kidding? Anytime is a great time for brunch! It gives you a great excuse to sleep in and squeeze breakfast and lunch together.

That's not the only reason to love brunch though. Here in the South, brunch is an event featuring your favorite breakfast foods and great conversation! It's a time to gather and savor good company and good food. What's not to love about a table brimming with scrumptious muffins, fruit-filled treats, and steamy breakfast casseroles--all enjoyed with family and friends?!

Below you'll find 10 wonderful recipes perfect for your next brunch. Invite the ones you love, and it's sure to be the BEST BRUNCH EVER! Oh, and don't forget to check out a past brunch that I hosted for my sister's wedding shower. How I wish I'd had these recipes then!

1. Strawberry Peach Pie Bites / One Little Project

2. Homemade Cinnamon Roll Creamer / The Gracious Wife

3. Vegan Chocolate Avocado Muffins / I Heart Vegetables

4. Blueberry Heartcakes / Strength & Sunshine

5. Blueberry Muffins / Gluesticks Blog

6. Chia Oat Pudding Parfait / Morgan Manages Mommyhood

7. Farmer's Breakfast Skillet / The Country Chic Cottage

8. Dried Apricot Bars / Something Sweet

9. Easy and Delicious Apple Cake / Saw it, Did it, Pinned it!

10. Cheesy Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole / The Chaos and the Cutter

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