RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS with Friday We’re In Love

We had so much fun on this double date with our friends Jacob and Camille! If you don’t know already, Camille runs the blog, Friday We’re In Love, where she shares amazing date ideas. It is incredibly well-written and inspiring! Not only does she give hundreds of awesome date ideas for you and your significant other, she also has amazing insights on being a wife, mother and all-around wonderful person! We’re so happy we could collaborate/double date with them before we move to Utah! She and Jacob did this date a while back, but we thought it would be fun to do as a collaboration and create a fun video to go along with it. Plus, the world can use as much kindness as possible, especially right now! I hope you enjoy watching this video and that it inspires you to go out and do something kind for someone! If you like this, please give me a thumbs up, comment, share on social media and SUBSCRIBE ( www.youtube.com/Broughington and click the red subscribe button)!!!! Thanks!

Here’s a list of the “Kind Acts” we performed!

Kind Act #1 – Giving Away Cold Water to Pokémon Go Players
Kind Act #2 – Nice Notes on Store Mirrors
Kind Act #3 – Flowers for Everyone!
Kind Act #4 – Free Train Rides
Kind Act #5 – Nice Notes for Target Shoppers
Kind Act #6 – Dollars for the Dollar Corner at Target
Kind Act #7 – Money for a Good Book
Kind Act #8 – Free Movie and a Treat (Round 1)

Check out Camille’s Blog: http://www.fridaywereinlove.com/
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Why I Chose Vlogging Over of Blogging

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write on this blog so… Lucky you?

Many of you might have recently seen my  mommy parody of Meghan Trainors song “No”. If not, here it is.

 

This has been a super fun experience having one of my videos get more than just a couple of hits. Normally I’m counting tens of views and now Zach and I are counting hundreds and thousands!!!! Given, a lot of popular vloggers get those numbers EVERY TIME THEY POST! So big wup right? Even still, It’s been fun.

This actually has nothing to do with my topic today. Just had to get that off my chest.

I wanted to write a little bit about why I chose vlogging over blogging.

I’ve always liked blogging and I’ve been wanting to get serious about it for a long time. So last summer I decided to get a domain name, design a cute site and try to get more serious about it. I decided to do three posts a week, which quickly became one post a week which then became zero…

It just didn’t stick for me. I’m terrible at still photography. I take forever to write and edit and reedit. My ideas just never flowed when I had to put it into words. It ended up just being very time consuming and not just that, but it took my time away from things I actually liked.

And I AM NOT SAYING that doing vlogs takes any less time. But when I started vlogging I realized that I could honestly do this every day and never get tired of it.

Lets back up. I did my first silly music video with my girl friends a long time ago.

Here’s the link to my first YouTube channel I started 8 years ago.

I had so much fun making these videos. And it just kind of grew from there. So when my dad started getting into videography with his DSLRs in addition to his professional photography, I kind of started following him around and asking to borrow his gear.

So on it went. I did a college friends video, an engagement video, a first baby video, and sadly I haven’t done a video for my second baby yet. Sorry Piper!

Every time I sat down to edit a video it was just, fun. I had so much fun! I get going with the music and the clips and the wacky effects, and it’s honestly makes me giddy. I smile as I vlog. That’s a big deal to me. I really don’t know why I haven’t discovered vlogging sooner.

Long story long. I’ve always loved videography. I’ve always loved sharing my ideas, life, work etc. with others. So once I ruled out blogging, vlogging seemed to be the next best/better thing.

It’s just fun for me. And if I can have fun doing something outside of mommy world but still be able to do it with my little family. That’s an awesome win for me!

I hope this doesn’t sound like I’m bashing bloggers. I still am one kind of. It just wasn’t my jam. I guess what I’m trying to say is.

Everyone should be able to find their jam (you know, like how hipsters use that term). Find your jam and find a way to make it a part of your daily life. Do it! Just DO IT!!!!!!!!

Listen to Shia Lebeouf!!

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Listen to Casey Neistat and Shia Lebouf!

 

That’s all I have to say. G’night

  • Tara

 

Articles of Faith Puzzles

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Yesterday at our achievement Day Activity, I printed out some awesome puzzles for the girls to practice their articles of faith with. But if I’m honest it’s probably more for me. My 8 and 9-year-olds know the articles of faith so well already! Way better than me anyway.

I found this link on Pinterest and thought I would share it here in case anyone else is searching for a fun way to memorize the AoF. This is actually the second time that we’ve used these puzzles and the first time we just paired them up and had them do one at a time. But that was way too easy. So this time we would have each girl on their own grab a puzzle and then we would mix everyone’s puzzle pieces together. This made it a little bit more difficult, but still easy enough for them to figure out.

I talked a little bit about the activity in my vlog for today which you can check out HERE! I also show you guys a little glimpse of the Easter Pageant stage as they are prepping for the pageant these upcoming weeks.

If you come to A Happier Home.com regularly, it would be super awesome if you could head on over to the vlog on YouTube and subscribe to my channel. Subscribing is as easy as signing into your google account (since YouTube is a part of google). It would mean a lot to me. Thanks!!

  • Tara

 

 

 

Garlic Tomato Bruschetta!

Hey friends!

Yesterday I tried out a great bruschetta recipe and it turned out so yummy that I even saved the left overs and ate them more lunch today. HERE is the link that I got it from but I’m going to type it out here too so that you can see the things I added.

 

  • 2 pounds of roma tomatoes (or any good, ripe tomato)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, very finely minced
  • 5 basil leaves (plus more for garnish), rolled up and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (the recipe in the video didn’t call for balsamic vinegar so I think it’s optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the bread:
  • ½ loaf of wheat french bread (about 7-10 slices)
  • Softened butter for spreading onto the bread
  • 1 clove of garlic

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Quarter your tomatoes, and pull out all the seeds and “pulp” out of the middle with your fingers and discard so you are just left with the meat of the tomato
  3. Chop the tomatoes up into small, bite size pieces
  4. Transfer your tomatoes into a medium bowl and add in your garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste
  5. Store in the fridge until the bread is ready
  6. Slice your loaf of wheat (I used white) french bread into about 1½ inch slices (ish)
  7. Spread softened butter onto both sides, place the bread on a baking sheet, and place in your preheated oven for 10 minutes
  8. Remove the bread from the oven, flip all of the slices over, and bake for another 5 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides
  9. Slice the tip off of one garlic clove so you have a flat surface
  10. Rub the garlic clove across the top of each toasted bread slice
  11. Spoon the tomato mixture onto the bread, top with a little more basil, and serve!

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Hope you guys like it!

Happy Tuesday!

-Tara

 

 

Yummy Pumpkin Muffins

It was just a normal day in the Brough house until I decided to make some muffins!!! I pull up Pinterest and search muffins and what do I find but the best pumpkin muffin recipe ever. And also, I actually had all of the ingredients for it! Woo Hoo!!

So here’s my vlog entry for the day and as an extra bonus you get a great muffin recipe to try out with your kiddos.

Also, stay tuned later this week for a triangle banner video tutorial. Yay!

 

 

Shopping With the Kids

Here’s a Vlog entry of me shopping with the kids while Zach was out of town for business. One thing I’ve learned to have while shopping with the kids are a lot of snacks. And preferably in little baggies so that it takes a little effort for them to get to it. I don’t know, it works for my kids. Also, I’ve recently converted to the Crazy8 store. They have super cute stuff and the best part is they have a tv for the kids to watch while I look around. Super helpful. Any children’s clothing stores that have kid entertainment are OKAY in my book.

Enjoy!

DIY Picture Wall

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but it looks like i still have a few visitors so I hope you enjoy something new for a change!

I decided to do a video of my picture wall process instead of writing about it. There may be more of these types of videos in the future. This video does not give much detail about my process because, let’s be honest, I really just kind of throw the frames up on the wall and hope for the best. But I hope this can help or encourage some of you to get pictures up on your walls! Happy, uplifting, thoughtful wall decor just really helps a home be a little bit happier. Enjoy!

 

P.S. If you like these types of videos or feel like following my vlog, head over to youtube and subscribe to my vlog Broughington. I only have two videos up right now, but I hope to try and get more and more up every week. Follow my little family as we have fun through the holidays, applying for grad school, dealing with family life and kid stuff, and see through the eyes of a mom who’s probably a lot like you. Go ahead! click on over and subscribe!

Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

This year I went crazy with our front yard Halloween decorations and I love it!

I combed Pinterest for the best DIY Halloween Decorations and I’m here to share it with you. These are super easy and the kids love them! Not to mention all my neighbors think they’re super cool too 😉

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Let us begin with these adorable bats. My three- year- old loves these! They are so easy and it’s been raining here for a couple days and they are still holding up. Easy and durable, can’t ask for more than that!

HGTV did it again. Check out the link here.

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I love my Halloween wreath. I made it last year and when I got it out last week it just made me happy. Tutorial for this will be up soon.

All it is is black and white yarn wrapped around a craft foam wreath. Look around your craft store for something spooky or something cute to put in the wreath and just hot glue it on! Super easy.

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These super easy friendly ghosts are my son’s favorite. Every morning he greets them with, “Hi Ghosts, nice to see you!”

Here’s the link!

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Now, this pallet I wouldn’t really call “easy” unless you like hand painting letters. There is no cool printer transfer trick for this one, just straight up paint and paint brushes.

I picked up the pallet behind a store that I knew would have some to give away. I’ve had it in my garage for like a year! constantly reminding my husband that I had big plans for it! Finally I decided what to do with it and here it is! I love it. (did you notice all of the exclamation points?)

And, BONUS, after Halloween I plan to flip it over and use it for a Thanksgiving decoration.

 

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I wrote the letters out with chalk first.

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Then I started painting. I’ve never really done anything like this. But it was way fun!

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I had a left over chalk board from a church party so I was excited to use that for the count down. You can find chalk board anywhere nowadays. I know for a fact they have them at Hobby Lobby.

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We’re loving all our decorations so far and I hope you guys like them too!

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

 

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