Thursday, May 18, 2017

Starting My Garden 2017

I was so happy to get back out into the garden last week. Oregon has had a record year for rain fall, and as a result my garden has become very overgrown with weeds. However, last week the sun came out for three beautiful days, so I spent as much time as possible clearing my garden beds, and prepping them for planting. I also started clearing out some of my flower beds, and made room for a new fairy garden.

My dog Zoey enjoyed being out in the garden with me the whole time, she is so funny and loves to sniff every flower. It is nice having her out with me in the garden, and she is enjoying the sunny weather as well.

I posted a Week 1 Garden Vlog on my YouTube Channel. I did a little before tour, so you could see where I started, as well as what I accomplished last week. Here it is if you'd like to check it out.

This week has been very rainy once again. On Mother's Day the kids weeded and edged my entire front yard, which was such an awesome gift. I will include that in my upcoming weekly garden vlog. This week I hope to get some more weeding done, as well as planting the rest of my veggies and flowers.

So that is the beginning of my Spring/Summer 2017 gardening season, I look forward to a nice gardening season. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April's Homemaking Update

Just checking in-

I have been busy with my YouTube channel and haven't updated the blog in quite some time. I really love the YouTube format and have fun creating content for my channel. If you want to see what I've been up to definitely head over and check out my channel- April's Home

I have also been struggling with not being very tech savvy, so I have been struggling with some technical issues with this channel that have made it a bit of a headache. I am hoping to struggle through some of those issues and try to get this blog up and running again. I love sharing recipes here, as well as having a platform for where writing a thought might be a better method for a various project or idea. Ultimately I would love to have both April's Home and April's Homemaking be in tune with each other.

My experiment with starting a YouTube channel has been very fun. However I fell into a pattern of doing a lot of product reviews, which although fun, doesn't represent everything I want to share. So over the next couple of months I hope to solve some of the technical issues that have gotten in my way. If I am able to resolve some of those issues I would love to get back to blogging more often.

I am also planning on starting a second YouTube channel so that my content won't be so varied. So that is also something I am currently planning. Again, while I am working all of this out, if you want to see what I've been up to check out my YouTube channel, here is a recent video I shared of our Easter this year.

I hope everyone is having a nice Spring!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 30, 2016

A fall Update

It has been more than three months since I have last written on my blog here. We had a very busy summer and I am very glad things are winding down and am looking forward to the fall season. Fall is my favorite time of year. We have already begun enjoying fall with our outing to Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

We enjoyed lots of good food like we do every year. Delicious locally made bratwurst, fresh corn on the cob, onion blossoms, cabbage rolls, and all sorts of good food.

We enjoyed many different dances, including one of our favorites the May Pole Dance.

The weather was beautiful, and we had such a nice time. You can see more of our Oktoberfest outing on my YouTube video linked below.

I have been spending a lot of time building my YouTube channel this year, and have really been enjoying it. I am hoping this fall I can balance both my YouTube channel and my blog here. I love the video medium for sharing, but I love being able to write as well, and I really want to share more of my recipes and Bible crafts. So I am hoping to have more of that content soon.

I hope everyone is having a nice start to the fall season, I am currently getting the house decorated for Halloween, another of my favorite yearly traditions.

Thanks for stopping by! ~April

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Friday, June 17, 2016

June Update and Two Week Menu Plan

So I thought I would pop on over to my blog and do a quick update. My garden has been on hold for about a week and a half now, due to really rainy weather. The weather is supposed to be nice next week, and I am eager to get out to my garden and get some weeding and gardening done.

This week I've been working on some indoor organization projects. My craft and hobby closet needed updating, so I've been working on that. I thought I would share some of my recent YouTube videos here today. I've really been enjoying the YouTube platform, as well as the community of people there I am getting to know.

I am getting to know a wonderful young women, through her vlog, who has a channel called TimeWithBekka. Her family recently went on a wonderful trip to Japan. Bekka has been sharing about her trip through her vlog, with wonderful video from her time in Japan. My niece is in Japan as well currently, I would love to visit one day. Bekka was so kind and sent me a package with some souvenirs from her trip, in the video below I share what she sent me from Japan.

Getting this package was such a special treat! :)

I also thought I would share with you some of the things I recently purchased at the Target Dollar Spot. I love checking the dollar department at Target, they have such a wonderful and well priced selection of stationary. This month they also had a nice selection of classroom items. I will be moving to another Sunday School room this weekend, so I picked up a few supplies to use in my classroom.

Lastly I thought I would share my most recent Costco grocery purchases. I needed to stock up the pantry for the summer months, so in addition to purchasing the groceries I need for the next two weeks, I also stocked up on items for my pantry. At the end of this video I also share my two week menu plan. My menu has switched from meals that require a lot of oven cooking or long cooking times to easier to prepare foods for the hot weather, as well as more BBQs.

So those are some of the things I have been doing. I am also having fun reviewing toys on my YouTube channel. I have been a toy collector for nearly twenty years, and it is so nice to connect with the toy collecting community. I also really enjoy checking out what new toys are out there, recently there have been a lot of new toy items, and there are a lot of toys that really remind me of toys from the 80's which is the era of toys I really connect with. So if you stop by my YouTube channel, you will see that I enjoy sharing about different toy collections. My channel, April's Home, is sort of a whimsical mix of homemaking and toys, and other fun family events, which is really what it is like around my house. I like to keep things fun, whimsical, and a little quirky! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

You can also find me on YouTube at April's Home.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring Garden Update

It has been quite some time since I have updated this blog, I hope to do so a little more regularly. I have been very busy with my YouTube channel, and am having a lot of fun making and editing videos. I do a lot of product reviews, mostly toys, as a fun way to connect with the toy collecting community. This year I also started to incorporate more homemaking type videos on my channel, that I hope to continue developing as well. In the past I have blogged my garden's progress every summer here on this blog, I may still do a bit of that this summer, but to change things up a bit I also decided to do a video garden vlog. I just posted my first garden update, with pictures from my garden throughout this past spring, as well as the plants I purchased, the seeds I will be planting, and my new garden journal. So I thought I would share that with you here as well.

I found this inexpensive planner at the Target Dollar Spot, and decided that it would be perfect to use as a garden journal, I thought that the floral pattern would be pretty for a garden journal. In the video below you can see how I've set up this journal, as well as check out the plants and seeds I'll be planting this spring and summer, as well as clips of my garden this past spring.

I do hope to get out to the garden when our sunshine returns to take more pictures, which I will share here in future garden updates. I hope everyone is enjoying a nice spring, and having fun out in the garden! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

10 Dinner Ideas and Meal Planning

So I thought I would share a couple of my latest YouTube videos here today. I have been filming some of the dinners that we have had over the month of March. I thought it would be a good idea to be able to see some of the meals that I talk about in my Meal Planning videos.

Below is my 10 Dinner Ideas from march video.

I also thought you might enjoy seeing my latest grocery haul along with my meal plan for the first half of April-

I really enjoy checking out other peoples meal plans and what they buy at the store, it really gives me new ideas, and helps me track down different meal choices, so I was inspired to start making my own meal planning and grocery videos a couple of months ago. I intend to film ten more of our meals from the month of April as well as start filming more of my recipes to share. 

This week I also plan to get out my new garden journal and finish up my garden plans for spring. I picked up seeds this week and am picking up plants this weekend. We have had beautiful sunny weather here this past week and I am so excited to get to work in my garden. I have some new seed varieties and lots of plans for the garden this year that I will be sharing over the next couple of weeks. 

Hope everyone is having a nice start to the spring! :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter 2016

Happy Easter! I have spent the last couple of weeks getting the house decorated for Easter, as well as planning out some fun treats and activities for the day. This year I updated some of my Easter decor, last year I decluttered some of the Easter decor I was no longer using, and this year I was able to update my decor with some inexpensive finds at Target's Dollar Spot as well as Targets Easter decor section. I loved all of the fun spring colors in the decor this year. Here is how I have decorated the house.

I put up some pretty foiled egg garland as well as a banner on the mantel. I put out yellow candles and a cute bunny candle holder from Bath and Body Works. I love yellow this time of year.

All of the side tables in the living room have a touch of Easter/

I have also added some Easter touches to my little cubby shelf.

Since a lot of the decor is from Target it all coordinates nicely with pastels and touches of gold.

I have different banners and wreaths on the doors throughout the house.

I always have out seasonal decor in my dining room, I always have fun decorating this room.

I tucked in a few of my whimsical toys and dolls throughout the decor as well which I think is fun.

I found the cutest pastel and pearlescent gumball machine at Toys R Us and thought it would be a fun touch for spring. I plan on leaving it out throughout the spring and summer.

You can check out a video tour of my Easter home on my YouTube channel.

I also found fun Easter treats throughout the last couple of weeks. Krispy Kreme doughnuts always have fun seasonal doughnuts and we have fun seeing what they come up with for each holiday. The Easter doughnuts were cute. :) I also found a dozen different flavors of Peeps, as well as three mystery flavors. I did a fun taste test with all of them, and we plan to rate them together as a family on Easter evening.

I spent the day before Easter making a few fun treats for Easter day. I was inspired by a vlogger called Zoella to make Easter Nests and candy filled crispy rice squares. I decided to use Chow Mein noodles coated in melted chocolate chips. I used two bags of Chow Mein noodles and one bag of semi sweet chocolate chips and one bag of milk chocolate chips. I melted the chocolate in a makeshift double boiler, then poured it over the Chow Mein and mixed until they were all thoroughly coated. I dropped them by large spoonfuls on wax paper and pressed in three jelly beans. I also shaped them to be nest shape. Then let them harden for a few hours. I also used the classic recipe for crispy rice squares, but added a little blue food coloring, as well as a bag of crispy Easter M&M eggs, and topped it with spring colored sprinkles. I love the way they turned out.

My daughter just got back from her spring break mission trip, and my son is still en route back from California where he was meeting his girlfriend's family. My son should be back in time for Easter dinner, it will be strange not celebrating with him in the morning. But I have to get used to having older children now off doing their own things, so its definitely an adjustment!

I am looking forward to church in the morning and have some fun activities planned for my Sunday school class. I am also bringing some of my Easter nests as a treat and some goody bags. I just love having a fun celebration to celebrate Jesus' resurrection! :)

I hope everyone has a nice Easter!

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