it’s the little things: laundry symbol chart

laundry symbol chart

  My mom used to have a key ring that was a big, gold mesh circle that sparkled as it dangled from the ignition, and I wanted one just like it.  Knowing how much I admired that key ring, my bother surprised me with one for Christmas. Of all the gifts I received that year, it was my favorite.  Sometimes, it's the little things … [Read more...]

oh the places you’ll go: diy subway art

subway art

Paris Italy Germany, Ireland, Spain... They are all on my list of places to go. Just so happens, that my daughter has the same list.  Never doubt the influence you have on your kids...even as teenagers.         So when my daughter and I saw this subway art stencil in Michael's the other day, we knew it would … [Read more...]

Fall Burlap Wreath

DIY Burlap Wreath

As you may recall, I've invited Laura from Inspiration For Moms  to be a monthly contributor here at Mrs. Hines' Class.   She is back today with a Fall wreath that I know you're going to love. But before we take a  look at the wreath, I just want to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about Laura.  Like me, Laura is a former … [Read more...]

Last Minute Ideas for Mother’s Day

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  Still need some Mother's Day gift ideas? Here are several easy ideas you can pull off even at the last minute:   No need to break out the china for this casual affair. Decorative ball jar glasses will do just fine.  Straws add an extra measure of cuteness to these already whimsical glasses.   I felt like a kid … [Read more...]

5 DIY mother’s day gifts

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  I am so excited to share "Mother's Day Gifts for the Gardening Mom,"   hosted by the incredibly talented Kari of Thistlewood Farms.  It was an absolute thrill to partner with Hometalk and the amazing pool of talent that they brought together. So, grab your gardening hat because you're going to be blown … [Read more...]

making your Valentine’s Day special

Valentine's special: mrshinesclass.com

  I'm so excited for "After Class" today!  I've teamed with some fabulous bloggers to bring you fun ideas for making your Valentine's Day special. Yvonne from Stone Gable is going to join us live from her kitchen as she prepares seared steak with a shallot wine sauce and a to-die for dessert! Cyndi from Walking in Grace and … [Read more...]

DIY christmas ornaments and decor

NYC, rockefeller center, Christmas tree, holidays, New York

After our whirlwind weekend in New York City, I planned to take it easy yesterday.  But, once I got up out of bed, the day just sort of took a turn all its own. As soon as  I noticed the sun shining through the clouds of gray, I put on some flip-flops (it was in the 80's), grabbed my garden clippers, and journeyed down to the nature preserve at … [Read more...]

spreading holiday cheer: christmas cards

card display

There's nothing like getting that first Christmas card in the mail to usher in the season. Last July, I gathered several ideas for displaying cards for my Christmas in July blog hop.  I'd like to share them again with you today.   Here are 10 ways to display those cards and enjoy them this holiday season: Deck the halls with boughs of … [Read more...]

keeping Christmas simple with handmade ideas

cookies, cookie exchange, Christmas, winter

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sets in, I thought this would be a good time to share some recipes and crafts from my Christmas in July blog hop. You'll find lots of cookie recipes as well as some tips on hosting your own cookie exchange at Laughter and Grace. Time for new stockings? You can try your hand at making your … [Read more...]

we gather together for thanksgiving traditions n-s-e-w

We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends the other night.  My favorite part is the visiting and fellowship.  There's something about "breaking bread" together that bonds people together.  A relationship can quickly go from acquaintances to friends over the course of a dinner conversation. Tonight's dinner conversation led to tales … [Read more...]