Happy Birthday to The Road to Domestication! (And a GIVEAWAY!)

Yes indeed, it is the birthday of my sweet little blog!

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Three years ago today, I published the first post on this blog. I had no idea what I was doing. (Let’s face it – I still don’t! HA!) I didn’t know what would happen with it. All I knew was that I needed to have a creative writing outlet, and I hoped that would be what the blog would become. And it did! It became all that and more!

And you know what? I learned a few things along the way! (These things I’ve learned are mainly about blogging…but when I went back and looked at them, I realized they could apply to any part of life!)

1. Do what works for you

I came to the point when I realized that, unfortunately, I could not blog seven days a week. It just wasn’t happening. I mean, there are still only 24 hours in a day, right? Sometimes that seems like such a short period! So I had to modify things and do what worked best for me.

2. Blog about what you LOVE

I could easily get carried away on a variety of topics, but I make it a point to blog about things I love and nothing else. Kind of like I make it a point to only purchase clothing, or household decor, or anything else optional unless I LOVE it.

3. Create guidelines as you go

When you’re doing something new to you, there’s a lot of trial and error! So when you find something that works, and works well, make it standard practice!

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And over on Pinterest…

Pinterest has been keeping me very busy these days! And no, I’m not at all complaining! I try to pin for about 15 minutes each day, and of course, I pin things from blogging friends and from my blog, too! But I wonder if my technique is similar to anyone else’s? (In case you want to see for yourself, you can find me by CLICKING HERE!)

Here are my first 9 boards…

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The Patriotic Holiday Shelf

First of all, Happy Memorial Day, all! For those who gave their lives, we are forever grateful. There is no way we could ever repay your sacrifice – so we do our best to live to make you proud. Thank you.

Second of all, fitting for today, it’s time for this year’s Patriotic Holiday Shelf!

I normally decorate the holiday shelf in a patriotic theme in time for Memorial Day, and leave it up through July 4. (That still leaves a little bit of a gap in between my Easter shelf and Memorial Day…but I haven’t quite figured out what to do with that yet!) So this year I kinda did an Easter/Spring shelf and it worked a little better. (Check it out HERE in case you missed it!)

But for now, here’s last year’s Patriotic Holiday Shelf (CLICK HERE!) and now…

This year’s!

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How to Create Your Own Poke Cake!

The title of this blog makes me giggle. But I don’t know what else to call it!

I discovered “the Poke Cake” last summer, and then again at Christmas, and then once more at Easter. I’m told they’re old hat, but I had never made one before, and every time I made one, I marveled at the simplicity of the process, and at the fact that everyone LOVES THEM.

So, today, I propose that anyone can create their own poke cake!

But first, here’s what got me going:

Last summer, the fresh Banana Pudding Poke Cake from Just a Pinch right here: 

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/banana-pudding-poke-cake-18.html (looks like it originally came from http://www.thecountrycook.net)

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This past Christmas, the festive White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake from Liz on Call right here:

http://lizoncall.com/2013/11/20/white-chocolate-peppermint-poke-cake-2/

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On Easter, the Pudding Poke Carrot Cake from The Country Cook right here:

http://www.thecountrycook.net/2013/03/pudding-poke-carrot-cake.html

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Aren’t all of those absolutely yummy-looking?

And now…let’s take a look at the one I created. I call it: Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake

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Inspirational Easter Printables – FREE!

This past weekend was a very busy one – two rehearsals and two performances of our church’s Palm Sunday/Easter musical, “The Story”.

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For those of you who may not know, my husband and I both sing in the choir at our church (we have about 80 Worship Arts Members, including choir, band, sound and video team) and were excited for “The Story”. It was originally a book by Max Lucado (one of my faves!) and was transformed into a musical journey through the Bible, with visuals like this one (CLICK HERE if you have a second and want to see one of the songs!) Since we’ve been practicing these songs since January, they’ve really made their way into my heart, not just my head, and lyrics are POWERFUL! So I thought I’d make some inspirational Easter printables for everyone from some of my favorite lyrics…for you to grab for FREE, of course! So here we go… WhoButYou Continue reading