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Findings Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I'm starting a new post segment called Findings Friday. Its going to be all about the things I find over the week and think are share worthy.

There's so much stuff out there in the wonderful world of social media that I never get to share with you because its not something I have tried. I've compiled a list of cool things ranging from fashion to food. From art to nature. All of them are amazing things and are meant to inspire you throughout your next week.

I don't think you all have noticed how much I love Oxford shoes.I'm really super excited to try these Buffalo Chicken Rolls.Who wouldn't like Oreo Brownies to lighten their day.I really want to try these simple DIY candle holders. They look great.Thinking about using a stick wall for my new shed.Loving this dress, wish I had it. Also loving the dogThere is nothing cooler than Bruce Willis and DIY. I hope you enjoy this list of cool things this week. I might just have to go and bake me so…

DIY custom door mat

I've got another easy DIY project for you. Check out this cool custom door mat.
 We had a plain brown door mat with nothing on it, so we turned it into this custom welcomer that warns people who come over to our house about what goes on inside. Now, you don't have to put words on your mat. I've seen it done with the house number alone, but as for me, I wanted something that speaks to me.

What you will need:

1. A door mat that is blank or has a blank spot in the middle.
2. Stencils
3. Black Sharpies

After I decided what I wanted to write on my mat, I laid out the stencils so I wasn't terribly lop sided when I started coloring.

I love how this project looks next to my DIY solar light. Its an easy and great way to bring your front porch to life.

Please leave me a comment about your favorite front porch DIY projects or send me an email to SHendersonPhoto(at)

Style me 7-27

I don't think most of you know that i'm 5'11", so sometimes its hard to find clothes that fit my tall frame. I've been forced to stick with brands that I know will fit which gives me less of a variety in my wardrobe. I've been lucky enough since I started loosing weight to find a few items that I really love and with the snap of cool weather we've had the last few days, I was inspired to put together an outfit that reflects my inner warmth.

Sticking with my tomboy/boho style I've got tthree obsessions i'd like to share with you today.

First is the tribal pattern sweatshirt that I picked up at Ross for a whopping $5.99. It is so comfortable, but at the same time not overly warm. Its just what I need on a sixty degree day in the summer time.

Second is my newly fitting Levi 524 supper low straight leg jeans. Since I lost weight they don't squeeze my hips too much and their straight leg is not to tight, but not to loose either.

Third is my new brown…

Utensil drawer organizer and 300th post!

This is my 300th post! And to celebrate, I've got a DIY project that you are going to love. It's going to make your life so much easier and organized.
 My utensil drawer has always been a mess and there wasn't much I could do about it. The silverware containers were sliding to the back every time I opened the drawer and the rest scooted around in there like my middle son without his caffeine in the morning. I couldn't find anything and when I did organize the drawer, a day later it would be back to the way it was before. I know you all can relate.
I found this tutorial on Pinterest that showed how to make a really cheap and easy organizer for my utensil drawer. Can we say life hack. This is so easy, I really suggest you try it.

What you will need:

1. Poplar craft boards 1/4x3x2 they are about $1.50 a board (I only found these at Lows. Home Depot didn't have anything like them.)
2. Instant bond glue
3. Hand saw
4. Measuring tape

What I did first was organize the dra…

Menu: Week 103

It's been a fun week with my baby boy turning two. He's decided to call me Ma, but he has a southern accent. It is hilarious. Just call me Ma Henderson.

Anyway, we've got a lot of fun DIY projects coming up in the next couple of weeks and the hubby and I are building a tool shed in our back yard. Wish us luck, I've never built anything this big before. Plus, we tried out another yummy summer time burger that I can't wait to share with you.

Enjoy this weeks nutritional products.

- Hamburger casserole

- Baked ravioli

- Chicken fajita pasta

- Buffalo chicken rolls

- Creamy spinach tomato tortellini

- French bread pizza

- Spaghetti

Roadhouse Burger

I have been on a mission to find the summers greatest burgers. I've come across some amazing recipes already and I've been sharing them here with all of you.

Did you all try the delicious Ranch burger? Yep, that one was pretty tasty. If you haven't all ready grilled one up, maybe you should. Or you could make one of these amazingly scrumptious Roadhouse burgers that my family tried a few days ago.
Here is a list of ingredients that you will need: Beef patty Toasted onion buns Munster cheese Caramelized onions  Bacon Garlic mayo Onion rings (We didn't have these but it would have been so good)
I think what really made this burger was the garlic mayo. It really gave it a kick. This is definitely a breath mint kind of meal, but it was so good. 
Grill up a burger or two and send me a picture. I would love to see what you come up with. SHendersonPhoto(at)

Query critique and first 250 words

Here is what I have of a query and first 250 words on a new MS that I am working on. I would love some critiques on them.

Code name: Hunter. Occupation: Telepathic bounty hunter for Talon, Aka the Telepathic Alliance of Latent or Non-manifested.
At the age of sixteen, Hunter is one of the best at her job. That is why she is selected to go on a very important mission to take down a ruthless criminal named Seeker. The only problem is, he has managed to hide himself very well, but that’s Hunters specialty. She is able to find the trail left behind in someone’s mind.
While Hunter and her partner are out scouring the minds from Seeker’s past something goes wrong. They’re being followed. Convinced that their mission has been compromised, Hunter’s partner turns on her. He believes that she has turned against him and cannot be trusted.
Just as Hunter’s partner prepares to pull the trigger and end her life, Seeker saves her. Turns out he works for a secret government agency called the PIT – t…

The Birthday Board

Today's DIY is actually an old project that I put together for another one of my blog years ago. It needed a little updating.

I gave this birthday board to my mom a few years back. It had all the birthday's of my immediate family on it sorted by month and date. Since then, we've added four new members with one more on the way and the board has fallen apart slightly.

Over the weekend I stole the board from my moms, spent about $5.00 on supplies and redid the board with ribbon instead of hooks. It worked way better and the hooks didn't fall out when the board was hanging.

What you will need to make this awesome reminder of how many birthdays are in your family:
A board big enough to hold all the months
Glue gun
Wooden coins (We have the 1.5 inch)
2 hooks
Letter stencils

To start, I used the letter stencils and sharpies to write out the "Birthday" letters. Then i just free handed the month letters. I wrote everyone's birth dates on a wooden c…

Menu: Week 102

It was another hot dry week. I was really hoping for some rain but that didn't happen. We did get to take the kids to the spray park yesterday to cool down and spent some time with my family. We made a gluten free cake with homemade cream cheese frosting that was to die for. It turned out amazing although it looked like my five year old made it. I called it my "Master Chef Cake." It tasted way better than it looked, lol.
Enjoy this weeks menu.
- Roadhouse burger

- Spaghetti

- Creamy spinach and sausage pasta

Hawaiian grilled chicken

- Grilled cheese and ham

- Pizza night


How Grandpabbie ruined lives

Like so many Americans and people across the world I have been stricken with the Frozen bug. "Let it go," plays non stop in my house, in my car and in my head. I even hear it at work which most the time makes me want to pull my hair out. The really sad part is... I have boys.

My youngest son, who will be two in a few short days, is obsessed with everything Frozen. The minute we get home from a long day of me being at work, he asks "Show. Show?" And the only thing that will appease that little hellion is that darn movie. For a while there I was able to distract him with Guardians of the Galaxy or Captain American: Winter Solder. Two movies I can stand, but now we are back to the grind.

With all my in depth knowledge about Frozen I have come to the conclusion that Hans is really not the bad guy. In fact he is just a miss led boy who has no idea that this whole thing was set up by the most evil villain that Disney has ever seen... Grandpabbie...

Lets face it folks. Th…

Delicious Ranch Burgers

My husband and I love to BBQ in the summer. Heck, we BBQ all year long. Yes, I make my lover stand outside in the cold of winter to grill me up a burger. He doesn't mind, really!
We had a little family get together last night with my in-laws and instead of the normal burgers on the grill like we usually do, we decided to try something new and delicious.
I found this recipe over at They were so easy it was a no-brainer. They were practically gone before they left the grill.
Ingredients: 2lbs ground beef 1 pack of ranch mix 1/2 cup crushed corn chips and of course all the fixings for burgers
Grill them up and enjoy! Make sure you check out the girls over at for more fun recipes.

For a great side dish to this burger, check out this amazing blueberry salad

Blueberry picking and Blueberry salad

It's that time of year again! The blueberries are ripe, the sun is out and my kids are torturing me as I'm shoulder high in a blueberry bush. It never fails.

We did manage to walk away with a good 9 pounds of the fresh organic blue balls of goodness. That's only after my middle monster screamed for a half hour about how he didn't want to be there and then ran up and down the isles. Fun... times...

On our car ride home I was contemplating what to make with the berries, especially since my in-laws were coming over for dinner and I still hadn't planned what we were having as a side item with our burgers. I wanted something easy to make. Something light since its been so hot out and something sweet to incorporate the blueberries with.

I came up with a salad! Go figure.

It was amazingly delicious and I will include the recipe at the bottom of this post for all you salad aficionados.

Enjoy the rest of the photos from our trip to Morning Shade Farm in Canby, Oregon.

I di…

Menu: Week 101

I can't believe how dried up Willamette falls is right now. We are having one of the driest summers in Oregon of all time and it really shows in our river. Although, we did have a massive rain shower last night that woke me from a dead sleep. I laid there for almost an hour listening to the sound of the rian on our skylight. It was soothing and much needed.

Enjoy this weeks menu!

- Chicken Yakisoba

- Chicken strips and fries

- Spanish rice with ground beef

- Cheesy taco skillet

- Hawaiian grilled chicken and rice

- Spaghetti

- Tuna sandwiches

14 Things to do in Oregon City

I asked some Facebook friends what their favorite places around our little town were and they came up with an amazing list of things to do in Oregon City this summer. This little town has captured my heart and I am so happy that my children get to grow up here just like I did. Enjoy this list.

1. Visit the Bluff - There is an amazing view from a little park at 2nd and High st. It overlooks the waterfall below. I love this location as the sun sets casting an orange glow over the water.

2. Walk the water front - Take a romantic stroll along the newly restored water front in downtown Oregon City. On occasion in the summer months you can see the massive sea lions surfing the current below.

3. Take a dip in the river at Clackamas Cove - This is something I haven't done yet but it sounds amazing. The cove is a relaxing and calm little water way that has a beautiful walk that skirts its edge. This is on my list of things to do this summer.

4. Oregon City farmers market - Saturdays from …

Style me 7-6

As most of my coworkers know, I rely on Pinterest to dress me in the morning. Some days are better than others and some days I don't even try at all. My normal style is definitely tomboyish, but lately I've been branching out a little more and actually been looking a little girly.

There's nothing wrong with change, right?

I've put together a few outfits that are a little Boho chic and a little tomboy. And of course the are comfortable, just the way I like it.

Top : Candie's $4 thrift store Pants: Arizona skinny slacks $16 JC Penny Boots: Clarks $90

Top: Massimo $14 Target Skirt: $3 Thrift store Sandals: $10 Target 

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