Peanut-Free Chocolate Banana Muffin Bites

I have been in a serious meal/snack rut lately. So, when I came across an awesome recipe that I could change up to meet our needs I jumped at the chance to try it!

Delicious VEGAN Pumpkin Muffins

It's that time of year again when we can dust off our fall decorations, bring out our cinnamon scented candles, and start using pumpkin in everything!!

As a mom of a child with severe food allergies I dread all the holiday baking and treats because there are some of those delicious delectables that just cannot be recreated to be egg and dairy free. So, when I come across a recipe that I LOVE I want to share it with you in the hopes that it will help someone else with food allergies... or who is choosing to avoid eggs and dairy... to have some holiday fun!

2018 Year at a Glance FREE Download and Contest/Giveaway

I am already starting to think about planning and calendaring for next year. When I work at my computer I don't like to be constantly going back and forth in my planner looking for dates... so I created a simple year at a glance printable that I just taped to the wall behind my computer desk. Now it's easy to reference dates and see everything on one page without having to find my planner -- that is probably buried under the mail or school papers in the other room.

Since I love you guys, I am giving this to you too! Plus, I am going to have a small social media contest too... here are the details:

• Download your FREE calendar printable
• Print it out
• Display it in your home
• Take a picture of how you displayed it and where
• Post it somewhere on social media (be sure it's a public post) and tag me on Facebook @naturallycreativemama or on Instagram #naturallycreativemamacalendarcontest

I will randomly choose a winner the last week of each month until the end of the year (September, November, December) to win a fun little something!!

Download here.

PS Watch for some upcoming posts on things to get us organized and ready for the new year!!

Rustic DIY Decor - How to Age Wood Projects

If you are like me you are hoping to get some little rustic odds and ends into your home d├ęcor without breaking the bank. Am I right?

I have been watching Fixer Upper (who hasn't) and my favorite bloggers on YouTube (Shanty2Chic) and decided that I needed some flower blossom stems in my home. BUT, as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE the recycled glass vases that you see those stems in, it just isn't functional in my home. With four kiddos (10 and under) I need something that is a little more durable than a big glass vase.

So, I thought about it and decided that I was going to raid our wood scrap stash and build a vase (really, it's just a long skinny box without a lid) for my plum blossom stems. I wanted a rustic look to it though, so I came up with this way to get what I was wanting. The best part was, the only thing I spent any money on was the stems themselves (from World Market). Everything else I already had on hand.