A most delicious side salad or dessert
Boston Cream Cake by KristenDuke.com. This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes
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More Monday Funday


I’m co-hosting for the 3rd out of 6 weeks with this FAB party, enjoy looking through the ideas, and check out the other hosts! Welcome to the Party! The Monday Funday Link Party is a 6 blog party where you can share your latest creativity… diy projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 6 blogs! *************************************** Our hostesses each week are… C.R.A.F.T. ~ That’s What… Continue Reading

Monday Funday Party


This is the 2nd out of 6 weeks that I’m a guest on the Monday Funday party circuit! Check out the goodness below, and check out the ladies that host each time! Yay! It’s party time!!     Welcome to our AMAZING Monday Funday Link Party! We are thrilled to have YOU join us! Each week your DIY projects, crafts, and recipes will be seen on 6 blogs! Yep, one link and get seen in… Continue Reading

Monday Funday Party


For the next 6 weeks, I will be participating in a link party with a few of my blogging friends posting on Sunday night, up at the top of my site all day on Mondays. It’ll help you see some new inspiration and be able to link a great project of your right from my site! Yay! It’s party time!! Welcome to our AMAZING Monday Funday Link Party! We are thrilled to have YOU join… Continue Reading

Decorating with Clipboard Photo Display


Hi Capturing Joy Readers! I’m Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers, a place where I blog about DIY Home Decor, Seasonal Crafts, Recipes and a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I’m always trying to make something out of nothing and stretch a dollar (while almost always eating something sweet!). I’m so excited to be part of Kristen’s Decorating With Photos series. Family photos are a great way to fill large… Continue Reading

Halloween Bloody Brownies

Bloody Brownies for Halloween

It’s so fun to make Halloween treats for the kids, to get them all excited for the big day! Actually, it seems like a week of festivities with our church Fall Festival, the pre school library party, and then the 31st BIG DAY, I love that my kids get multiple chances to wear their costumes. Today I’m sharing a fun recipe for some Halloween Bloody Brownies. It’s really so simple, and just a fun way… Continue Reading

General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints {Mormons}


The first weekend of April and October, our worldwide church gathers together to listen to a prophets voice, to guide us in these troubled days. Life is tough, parenthood is hard, I need strength and direction, and I’m uplifted and filled with joy after each session. It’s 8 hours of goodness this weekend, and open to the world to partake of the pure love and guidance. Click on the link below the video to view… Continue Reading

Halloween Decoration: Mini Canvas & Easel

mini Canvas & Easel Halloween Decoration

Today I’m sharing a simple Halloween craft that is versatile for any holiday or home decor, a Mini Canvas & Easel Halloween Decoration. I originally shared it last week on Eighteen25′s Spooktacular September. Check it out if you haven’t yet!   I pretty much think anything GIANT or mini are so much fun. From the moment I saw the mini canvas & easel’s, my heart skipped a few beats. Are they not simply adorable just because they are mini?!? The mini… Continue Reading

Teaching Kindness to Children

kindness coins for kids

I’m excited to share a fun summer idea to help promote kindness around our home with our kids spending so much time together. I’m part of Summer Fun Series organized by my friend McKenzie at Girl Loves Glam. It is one of my biggest dreams as a mother that my children will love each other. Not just get along, but enjoy each other. I LOVE summer because we get to hang out and do fun… Continue Reading

Guest Co-Host on “The Scoop” Link Party

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Today I’m guest co-hosting “The Scoop” link party, and I’m excited for you all to be a part of it, too! I decided to leave in my super long introduction of myself below, in the event that some of you are new around here. They told me to share with their readers what my blog is all about, and I have a problem with summing it all up in a nutshell! I did my best.… Continue Reading

He Is Risen: Happy Easter


Walt Disney World Family Vacation: Magic Kingdom Top 10 Favorites

Magic Kingdom Top Ten Favorites

Whenever I used to think about Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom immediately came to mind. I didn’t know to separate all the parks as part of the package, I thought of the big castle, Mickey, and Minnie. For those familiar with Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom is pretty much the same thing…with some extra features. On our 5 day trip, we spent 1.5 days at the Magic Kingdom, just because there were a few things… Continue Reading

My Weight Loss~One Year Later

weight loss one year later

Today is the one year anniversary of my weight loss triumph. I can’t believe it’s been a year…it feels like 10 years ago! I’m happy to say that I’ve kept it all off…fluctuating down a few…and up a few…but pretty much staying at about an average of 132, which is technically 2 pounds less than I was a year ago. {I tried to stand at the exact same angle as best I could!} I took… Continue Reading

My brother Russell, 3.5 years younger

little bro

One of my first distinct memories in my life occurred in our house in Slidell LA.  It was either before we moved in our right after we moved in and some finishing touches being done on the house.  There was a balcony above the living room from the second floor.  I was 3 years old so Kristen was about 6 or 7.

Share the Love

share the love

I wanted to share that I am sharing a guest post on two different blogs, one today and one next week. Both are a part of a series ironically with the same name! First, on C.R.A.F.T., I shared a Valentine’s printable bag topper. click here to head to her Share the Love series Next, I’m guesting at It’s Always Autumn’s Projects that bring people together, also called Share the LOVE!  My post is live on… Continue Reading

My Love Story~Chapter 14–Bleeding Heart


{If you are new to my love story, you can start from the beginning HERE.} This (and the next) is perhaps the toughest chapters to write of my entire story because I look back at this time as the most vulnerable time in my life. Filled with lots of uncertainty and heartache. A real deep aching and bleeding of my heart.  Even still, when I look back at  pictures of me, and of him at… Continue Reading