10.30.2011

I've Missed You

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Wow. I dropped the ball, huh. 

Oops. 

I really have missed this blog. 

It turns out that being a long term substitute teacher requires a lot of your free time. 

But I'm back now.

I know that when I left you, I had just started a DIY series. Don't worry... we'll get back to that. 

But for now, I want to spend this week updating you on what has been going on in my life and some major life changes that Kyle and I will be making soon. And the faith that I have gained in my Savior because of it. 

Looks a little different around here, too. New header, new background, new stuff. 
It feels good. I hope to build a new header every few months or so to go with the seasons or the holidays. 
I just think that will be so much fun. 

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and that means Christmas is right around the corner. 

Christmas is my FAVORITE time of year. 

I have some exciting fun things to share with you as it gets closer and closer to December 25th. 

It's good to be back after being gone for so long. 

Much love, 

Whitney 

10.04.2011

DIY Week: Fabric Wrapped Hangers

There are some days you just want to make the cute DIY projects that you have found on Pinterest, or on your favorite blog. 

That's why here at Grassroot Elegance it is....

This week I will be posting DIY projects that I have tried from other blogs. I might even throw in a few DIY projects that I have created because I want the same look of retail for less. :) 

Tonight I tried my hand at making these super cute, super easy fabric wrapped hangers that I shared with you on Saturday's Pin Peek


This DIY project comes from Corrieberry Pie. She has an awesome tutorial there for you to follow. Would you believe that all you need is a hanger, fabric, and masking tape? That's right. I said masking tape. I know. I couldn't believe it either. Too easy. 

Here is what my completed hanger looks like. 

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. I will definitely be making more of these. Wouldn't these make great Christmas presents? I love making ordinary everyday things pretty. Giving them a touch of "special" seems to make everyday extraordinary. 

Go check out Corrieberry Pie and her awesome idea for fabric wrapped hangers, and then make your own! 

Thanks for being here! I can't wait to share with you the other DIY projects that I am trying out this week! 

10.03.2011

This Week's Menu Plan


Starting a new job as a long term substitute teacher at a school that is an hour away from home could have posed some difficulty when planning this week's menu for our family. Instead of trying a bunch of new recipes this week, I decided to stick with some basic meals that I knew I could cook once and would leave me with leftovers on hand.

I didn't have a chance to plan a full month's worth of meals this time like I prefer to do, but this will get us started. And I still don't know how this substitute position is going to go, so I opted for one week at a time this month. :) Just to play it safe. 

Breakfast
Eggs & Toast
Cereal
Oatmeal with Fruit, or Brown Sugar

Lunch
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Dinner
Chicken & Dumplings
French Onion Soup (I made this last night and it was so yummy! See the picture at the top.)
Roast Beef Sandwiches
Leftovers

Easy-peasy! What is on your menu for the week? Leave a link in the comments if you would like to share! 




10.02.2011

Grace and Gratitude


Oh my goodness.

This weekend has been such an amazing weekend.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a semiannual gathering called General Conference where members gather to hear inspired teachings from church leaders. It is a two day event. As a members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this was a very special weekend for Kyle and I.

We look forward to this weekend for months, so when our computer was having difficulty streaming the event live on from the Internet, we got in our car and went to our church building as fast as we could. We didn't want to miss any of the divinely inspired principles that were being taught. Even though we decided to watch Conference at the church building out of necessity, the time that we were able to spend there with fellow members was so sweet.

We were able to feel of the Holy Spirit as we learned important things about Jesus Christ, His ministry, our Heavenly Father, the Scriptures, becoming a righteous mother and father, and about Christ-like living. We heard talks about the power of prayer, about the Holy Spirit, about the promises of our Heavenly Father, and the importance of making virtuous choices about the things going on in our lives.

On Saturday, one of our friends was baptized. It was so amazing to be there. I am so happy for him. It was only about 2 years ago that I was baptized. Being a part of his baptism was such a special time for me for that reason.

I always dread the time when President Thomas S. Monson gives the last talk to the congregation. It always is sad to me when this special time is over. I think it is because I feel the Holy Spirit so strongly over the few days of Conference. There's just something about the way General Conference makes me feel. I can't describe it.

Here is a picture of a waterfall at the Conference Center where General Conference was held today.
This picture was taken during Christmastime last year.
Find out more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and General Conference.

Tomorrow I start a substitute teacher position for a lady that is going on maternity leave. I am a little nervous. I hope that it is everything that I hope it will be. It is at a school that is about an hour away, quite the drive. I have to leave here very early in the morning in order to make it in time. Transitioning from full-time working woman, to full-time wife was a little challenging, but I think that transitioning from full-time wife to part-time substitute teacher has already proven to be a larger challenge. I hope all the best for this little stint I will have in public school again. Here we go.

Kyle cut his work schedule back from 30 hours to 20 hours per week. Juggling 16 hours worth of college credits, plus being an Honors Student, plus working 30 hours a week was causing him to become exhausted. I told him that he needed to cut his hours at work in order to feel like he had some time to breathe. His boss agreed that he needed to cut back some, and this past week was his first week on the 20 hour schedule. I think that this reduction in working hours will be a great thing for Kyle's well being.

I am so grateful for the wonderful weekend that we have had, being able to attend General Conference. I am grateful for the opportunity of this substitute teacher position, allowing me to be able to contribute a small amount of income for our family for a short period of time. I am grateful for the Holy Spirit and the way it speaks to me, letting me know that Jesus Christ loves me, and that He is our living Savior and Redeemer.

Heavenly Father is so good to us when we do His will.

Thanks for reading such a personal post for this week's Grace and Gratitude. I am glad you are here.

10.01.2011

Pin Peek DIY Edition





Welcome to Pin Peek for this week! 
I have some fun DIY pins to share with you! 

Let's get started. 


Here are my top 5 favorite pins on my DIY pin board on Pinterest. 
I will be making these things in the very near future. 
I LOVE all these these pretty things. 

Braided T-shirt Scarf

Fabric Wrapped Hangers and Bracelets

I think that these will make great Christmas presents. We have a billion and one extra hangers in our closet + my extensive fabric collection = lots of fun hangers!

Crocheted Circle Rug 
With yarn made from a sheet! I can't believe it! 

Braided T-shirt Bracelet.  

Vintage Bobby Pins

These will be perfect for me while I am growing out my pixie hair. 


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Thanks for coming to my DIY Pin Peek!