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An American Ninja Warrior Themed Party


This weekend we celebrated two of our boys, as they turn 6 and 4 this month.

One of our favorite shows to watch together as a family is American Ninja Warrior. So we turned the backyard into an obstacle course, fit for a bunch of ninjas.

We made most everything from items we had around the house or picked up at the local dollar store (pool noodles, floaty pool rings).
Here’s a breakdown of the course:

1_RunUpSlideDownNo. 1 we titled “Run Up/Slide Down”
They started at the ramp on the swing set, ran up and went down the slide, arriving at the next obstacle.

2_NinjaHelpsNo. 2 “Ninja Steps”
Lucky for us, an unexpected bathroom remodel led to us ripping out an old vanity and we cut it into pieces and attached it to some 4×4’s to come up with these ramps.

3_NoodleCrawlNo. 3 “Noodle Crawl”
Simple dollar store pool noodles arched over wood stakes in the ground and the kids crawled right through.

4_WebbedRopeNo. 4 “Webbed Rope”
We pushed some of my garden bamboo stakes in the ground and tied rope randomly around, for a step through obstacle.

5_WalkthePlankNo. 5 “Walk the Plank”
Again, just wood we had around the house – anchored together.

6and7No. 6 “Rope Balance”
Two ropes tied between trees made for a great balance obstacle.
No. 7 “Fast Feet”
Dollar store pool rings

8WallofHayNo. 8 We didn’t have a warped wall, but we did have a “Wall of Hay”
This is a great time of year to easily get some so we found a local source on Craigslist and had it delivered. The kids loved running up and over it.

anwfamA successful party!
And our own ninjas look a little sugared up!

Categories: family, party

Maker + Ink Giveaway

Fill your mind with beauty and truth (Philippians 4:8)

I’m excited to share about Maker + Ink with you today.


Maker + Ink is a curated collection of of faith based, stylish artwork that declares truth – exactly what so many of us want to display in our home. And I’m honored to be a part of the group of artists contributing to the site.

Now here’s even more fun news…they are offering you a chance to win $100 credit to the shop! Simply head over to here and enter to win. You can enter from now through this Friday.

AND…shop now and save 15%, using coupon code FTDH15.

Happy shopping and good luck!




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Christmas in the Shop & Coupon Code

The shop just got all decked out for the holidays!

New Christmas prints as well as re-released designs from years past.
Here’s just a small sampling, head over to the shop to see them all and add to your holiday home decor.

Use coupon code HOLLYJOLLY at checkout for 15% off today!





Categories: art prints, holidays, home

Paleo / Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffin Tops

Fall is officially here and I welcomed it with the only kind of muffin top I’m proud of.

MAINSince it is time for baking all things pumpkin, I’m excited to share this recipe that is a favorite in our home.

12 eggs
1+1/3 cup pumpkin puree
3 tsp vanilla
1 cup honey
2 cups coconut flour (my favorite is Nutiva)
1/4 cup pumpkin pie spice
1+1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup coconut oil, softened
chocolate/cacao chips (as desired)


• Preheat oven to 350º
• Line baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.
• In mixer – blend eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and honey until combined.
• Add in coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt.
• Mix until incorporated, then add coconut oil and mix again.
• Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.
• Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out dough, flatten top and flip onto prepared sheet.
• Shape as needed and repeat with remaining dough.
(These won’t spread, they stay true to the unbaked size)
• Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
• Remove from oven and cool on rack.
*Makes 30-36


* Note, this recipe makes a lot. I’ve edited it to make this many because they freeze great and are perfect to pull out in the morning and throw in the boys’ lunches. You can easily divide it to make smaller batches.




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Chicken coop tour

In April our family grew by 6 chicks.
(Martin shown here)


The boys named them all and really wanted the chicks to be boys…leading me to explain why we wanted them to be girls.
Martin was a favorite as a chick because she looked like she was wearing a superhero mask.
A few weeks later, our 6 chicks went down to 5 as we learned one was a boy and since we aren’t allowed to have roosters in our neighborhood, the boys had to say goodbye to Yoda and we passed him on to a good local farm.

Our final 5 needed a coop – because oh my goodness, those sweet chicks grow fast – and after looking at a few plans, this is what we ended up with.
It’s a great size for our small group.


A few in process photos:

It’s well ventilated and fully insulated for Wisconsin winters.
And while Chad built, I painted.
Painting the interior all white helps with it feeling brighter and cleaner (although I knew this was the cleanest it would ever look)

Ease of cleaning was important to me. The flooring is a tray that simply slides out a small hinged door at the back for us to easily sweep out soiled shavings. We also lined it with linoleum for it to be quickly hosed down when needed.

The girls love their roosting bars.

A shelf for the waterer was added and a feeder hangs down.

The girls moved in before the run was added. So, they now have the run
(as well as run of our whole yard).

We love having them and are enjoying the benefits every day!

Coop Plans (S110)
Waterer (Brite Tap)

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