Author Archives: Amanda Branham

About Amanda Branham

I have quite the history, but my days of partying came to an end when I became a stay at home mom to a beautiful girl. I write about my adventures in domestication, with everything from baking, cooking, crafting, gardening, starting my own business and more.

The Living Situation: An Update

The day before our daughter’s birthday in early December, we finally started decorating our house. Then we decorated some more before we hosted Christmas Eve. If we just keep inviting family over for every occasion, our house could be all … Continue reading

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For the New Year

Today, we are taking down our holiday decorations, cleaning out old stuff to welcome the new and all in all regrouping from the last couple of weeks. I have come to really love and appreciate all the time spent with … Continue reading

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Hello, Monday

With Brave Wings, She Flies Next year is going to push me more than anything has before. I will be a stay-at-home mother of two, attending school and hopefully growing my creative business. I have spent many, many sleepless nights … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Vanilla Bath Salts, Cake + Free Goodies!

Our house has officially turned into my workshop for the next couple of days. There are gift-making supplies in the kitchen, in the living room and on our dining room table. I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Apple Butter Recipe with Free Printables!

Last year, I unknowingly started a Christmas tradition when I gave apple butter as gifts to our family. I’ve been asked to make it again this year, and I can’t say that I mind. I’m using the same recipe from … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: For the Skin

Since we’re not going big on the gifts for the adults this Christmas, I thought it would be fun to make them little baskets with some homemade food, candles and skin care. I have the food and candle ideas down, … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Nut Brittle Recipe & Giveaway!

Today, I’m excited to have another guest on the blog! I met Deb Ray through my connection with Beers in Sac when I wrote an article that featured her, and we have remained virtual pals ever since! I met her … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas – Day 15: DIY Gift Wrap

There was too much going on over the weekend that kept me from blogging. Not that I minded, except for the homework part of course! I had my very first vending experience at a pop-up shop hosted by my friend … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas – Day 12: DIY Kitchen Gifts

A room in the house that frightened me before, the kitchen has become my sanctuary. I love getting in there and focusing on creating something from scratch, with my hands. Now that we have our own kitchen in our own … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Day 11 – Flavored Popcorn Recipes

Popcorn is such an underrated snack food. It’s easy to make and pretty darned versatile. You can eat it plain, make it spicy, make it savory or make it sweet. You can use it in a mix of pretzels and … Continue reading

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