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About mariadaniels5

I am a Mama to five kiddos. We live on a small farm in Ohio and stay BUSY as bees. My husband is the love of my life and life is never boring. I heard someone say one time that life is a rollercoaster...that person is right...either they have a hidden camera somewhere in my house! My life is crazy ..but I am thankful and God has blessed me!

It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I posted.. alot has been going on here. 


First of all we are expecting baby #6 due Nov 10th and I had HORRIBLE sickness for the first 4 months.  I am 27 weeks preggo now and that has thankfully gone away..replaced by more fun symptoms.  We are thankful for this lil guy (it will be a boy) but I think my body is about done.


Also we bought a new house so currently are trying to get that one ready to move into and this one ready for my mother in law(we decided not to sell it because we farm the land so she is going to be renting it from us).


Also, I have been working from home more so that has been crazy too. 



Anyway, my goal is to start posting more frequently.  God has been good to us and helping me through the craziness around here.


Busy…busy…but blessed


Life has been insanely crazy lately and I have not had a spare moment to write a thing.  Between the normal day to day Mama routine I am bottle feeding three newborn goats and let me tell ya that’s a job! 

I just wanted to touch base to remind everyone to pray for the tornado victims of Friday’s tornado.  My husband (lineman) has been called out working the storm and the devastation is unbelievable.  I hear stories that breaks my heart. 

If you feel the need to give (they are needing food, clothing, diapers formula, etc I know Piner Baptist Church in Piner, Ky is helping the victims as well as Grant County High School In Dry Ridge, Ky. 

There are other places such as West Liberty, Ky where my dad (also a lineman has been on storm duty).  I don’t know who in that area is handling relief but if you contact your local Red Cross they can point you in the right direction.

It seems just as I start to feel overwhelmed by day to day life, God reminds me how blessed I really am.

For the Hubby…

While looking for an idea for my hubby for Valentines day I stumbled upon this. It is SUPER easy, and the best part is if you hop over to you can snag a FREE download to print out your own!

People like to complain…

I am so confused on peoples’ mind set now days. The above article says it all…

I found this article this morning when I came across a website called Meta Picture…I like to always link back if I use something but be cautioned…Some of the stuff on there has bad words I noticed…but this was clean and RANG SO TRUE.

Handmade Valentine for the girls…

This is an easy valentine for a girl.

Basic instructions are:

1.) Take a tootsie roll pop and attach googly eyes with a dot of glue.
2.) Make the wings from cardstock (construction paper will work but won’t be as firm).
3.) With scissors, cut two slits with scissors to be able to slide in the tootsie pop.
4.) Around the edges of the wings write desired message.
5.) Slide in the tootsie pop to create the head and body.
6.) Embelish with stickers, if desired.

🙂 Enjoy!


Sorry but wanted to get your attention…Thought the above pic would be a GREAT use of that old tub lurking around church.

Cute Handmade Valentines Gift

This SUPER CUTE Idea I found at a GREAT blog I discovered! As a mama of 5 I LOVE finding cute ways to give gifts that doesn’t break my budget.

Go check it out at

These would be great for teachers gifts also, and could be changed to make them for ANY holiday, or the end of school year gifts, kids birthdays, the sky is the limit. I posted the instructions below.

Cupcake Take Along

If you are anything like me, I always enjoy giving thoughtful gifts to people rather than just picking up something from a big box store. Especially when it comes to gifts for children. Really, how many Barbies can a girl have? So I thought I would show you a fun alternative that I designed for a birthday party we are going to next weekend. I call it the Cupcake Take Along. I gathered a few inexpensive items from the store to create my kit.

To begin, I wrapped my cake mix box with red cardstock. This required two sheets cut to measure 5-5/8″ wide and 11 inches long. I scored the top and bottom of these two pieces at 1.5″, creating top and bottom flaps. I then just adhered the two pieces together lengthwise to create a large wrap.

Next, I cut out the two main pieces for the body of the tote template using red cardstock. I wanted to create a special area for all of the different sprinkles to be kept. So I cut a 1 x 11″ strip of white cardstock and scored it @ 1.25″ from either end, followed by 3/4″ increments in the remaining center portion. Use my photo here as a visual to create your mountain and valley folds. A little piece of scor-tape at the base of each section will help to make the piece secure.

When you peel away the tape backing and adhere the strip to the interior of your tote, you are left with something that looks like this.

Now that the tube strip is adhered to the inside, the tote can be adhered to the front of the cake mix wrap with scor-tape.

I wanted ribbon handles to go all the way around both the cake mix box and cardstock tote that I adhered together, so I laid the entire piece on its side and ran two pieces of scor-tape down, around the bottom and back up the other side.

I then started applying my ribbon at the bottom and went up a side over the top creating the handle, and back down the other side. I repeated these steps on the opposite end.

Now that the handles are done, all that’s left for the inside of this cute little cupcake tote is a few of our Trendy Tubes filled with the various sprinkles that I picked up at the store. The easy tube strip I created from white cardstock holds the tubes in place securely.

For the outside, I printed the Take Along Tote Pocket template onto Raspberry Fizz cardstock and assembled it. I adhered it to the front of my tote.

I created the catchy “Hey, cupcake” sentiment with Fresh Alphabet & Simple Alphabet. The felt flower is from American Crafts and the epoxy brad is from Making Memories.

Notice the little birthday tag made with Heather’s new Around & about Sentiments. It is clipped in place with a bright pink mini clothespin that I have been hoarding for quite some time now. I love it when things like that work out!

This tote pocket holds a glassine bag which I filled with the decorative heart candies. The top of the bag is folded over and tied shut with raspberry fizz satin ribbon.

Here is a side view of the tote. Notice how the tubes are a perfect fit for the width of the Take Along Tote template.

And as one last final detail, I used a Basic Grey magnetic closure along with a patterned paper flap to help keep the tote closed.