The power of forgiveness

I asked my Grandmother years ago what she thought the secret to good relationships might be.
She paused for a moment, and simply said “Be kind with one another.”

I wish you could have met her. 

If anyone was having a problem,  was struggling in life, or needed healthy input,
Grandma was a wellspring of wisdom and thoughtful observation.

She had to be the least judgmental person I have ever met.

In her life she forgave things that seemed unforgivable,  she was strong & had a quiet confidence
that was partnered with humility and grace.

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Inspiration Monday Party | Beautiful Spring Features!!

Welcome to Inspiration Monday,

Creative Ideas Galore!

It’s time to party and be inspired!
 
To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs.
 
When you party with us, you’re always seen on all seven blogs…but only have to link up to one!
 
 
 
 
 
 
This weeks features were selected by Debbie from Refresh Restyle

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Gluten Free Chicken Flautas + Mission Tortilla Giveaway

Gluten Free Chicken Flautas #glutenfree #chicken #recipe #twelveOeight 

I bet you wondered if I was ever going to write again…it’s been a while and oh have I missed y’all!

I took a little break while adjusting to some new and exciting changes in life, but I still had time to make us some gluten free yumminess.

I was so excited to find out that Mission was coming out with two new type of flour tortillas, the first a new gluten free FLOUR, yes, you read that correctly flour tortilla and also Digestive Health Tortillas with probiotics for sensitive stomachs.  I couldn’t wait to make one of my all time favorite homemade chicken dishes, that I have missed so much since gluten and I had to break up.

These are easy y’all, hardly even a recipe but check out how they turned out, and yep, they tasted AMAZING!

I have tried probably every gluten free bread, gluten free flour, and pretty much gluten free everything on the market, and these are wonderful.  I was curious to see if they would hold up when rolling them tightly with the shredded chicken in them. And when I used a wooden skewer to secure them along the bottom.  And when I fried them.  Yes to all, and they were heavenly. [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Spring features!!

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! We’re so happy you stopped by to party with us today.
 
Need some inspiration?
You’ve come to the right place! Check out all the fabulous and creative
ideas our readers have shared below. Of course, if you’re a blogger,
link your latest creations and have your work
seen on 7 different blogs!
We’ve been enjoying some amazing spring weather here in Portland so I am so ready for spring to stay. Not sure it will though but I’m going to enjoy it while it’s here. I definitely had spring on the brain when I picked this week’s features!
 
This week’s features were selected by Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom.

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Decorating with photos + timeshel

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and timeshel, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #timeshelprints http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

How to decorate with photos 1

I didn’t ever know how much I enjoyed taking pictures until I began blogging.
With an Iphone in hand, I have captured some of our favorite family photos at home,
on the road, at the park, any many times have told myself to remember to print them.

But life gets busy, and I forget too often to not only share those great shots online but
capture them in printed form to enjoy all of the time.

 

how to decorate with pictures 2

I recently came across a cool app that has changed the way I save and keep photos.
Each month I can easily upload my absolute favorite pictures that I have on my phone,
and in no time at all they arrive in this awesome shel. [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Special Spring Features! #inspirationmonday

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! We’re so happy you stopped by to party with us today.
 
Need some inspiration?
You’ve come to the right place! Check out all the fabulous and creative
ideas our readers have shared below. Of course, if you’re a blogger, 
link your latest creations and have your work
seen on 7 different blogs!
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for Spring…  I just wish Mother Nature would get the hint!  Here are just a few of our favorite Spring projects to get you ready.
 
This week’s features were selected by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

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New Hello Spring Printable!

hello spring printable twelveOeightblog.com #spring #springdecor #printable #freeprintable #watercolor #modern

 

We have had a few days of glorious sun here in the Pacific NW, and it has been SO wonderful.
You don’t realize how much you miss sunny days until you have a few of them after a stretch of
rain, and it’s like having a new lease on life!

Seeing the first daffodils, and spring buds form, with green shoots forcing their way through the soil,
it makes me want to be outside sprucing up my space and getting ready for warmer days.

That’s just what I have been doing while it’s nice outside, planting a few primroses, cleaning up the
flower beds, and giving the porch a nice scrub down. [Read more…]

DIY Painted Canvas Pouf-Storage cube-Footstool

I know that’s kind of a complicated name but this little number can be used multiple ways so the only accurate name I could come up with was “Canvas Pouf-Storage Cube-Footstool.” 

And if you are the kind of person to stand on your furniture (yeah me too) instead of finding a ladder in the garage well then we can add step stool to the list too!

How to recover an old storage cube twelveOeightblog #recover #diy #painted #ottoman #footstool

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Inspiration Monday Party | Fab Features + Party Time

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party…
Can you believe it is already March FIRST??? Wow!
 
Each week is a struggle to feature just a few of you, because there is SO much inspiration linked up. Thank you so much for taking the time to be here. It is inspiring to see your creativity and talent.
 
To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,

Don’t forget to tweet the post(s) you link up using our hashtag. We love to search the hashtag and retweet you as a big thank you for joining the fun! Just use #InspirationMonday. And be sure to search the hashtag to see all of the fun features, too!



We would love for you to follow us on all social media via our blogs.
Remember-when you party with us, you are seen on SEVEN blogs, but only have to post your link one time!
 
 
 
 

Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

This weeks features were chosen by Meegan from What Meegan Makes.

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DIY Lamp Makeover Before + After!!

Lamp makeover before

I love a good before and after, don’t you?

It’s like watching someone who loves their denim jumpsuits with Birkenstock’s get a whole new look
and wow us all between commercials and in less than an hour!

Miraculous!

Today I thought I would show you the before first.

I have a feeling my girlfriends and I may end up making the yard sale we had last year an annual event.

It was FUN! And, a few people had things they no longer wanted that didn’t happen to sell, so they were
kind enough to pass them along to yours truly.

This lamp was one of those.  I’m pretty sure the shade was fine before, but a few months in my garage was
enough to tear the shade apart.  So, I searched for a drum shade…ALSO from the garage, so far this is
one thrifty lamp! [Read more…]