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Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Gift Ideas - Holidays 2014

December is here and we are all looking for gift ideas!  This week I'm sharing a few ideas that might help you out! These are great for Teachers, Co-Workers, Your Mailman, Hair- Dresser, Neighbor, etc...

Monogram Tote:
- Canvas Tote:  You can find these everywhere in white, cream, or black.  Try Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann, Target or Walmart.
- Craft Paint:  I used black
- Craft Brush: Small will work best

Peppermint Sugar Scrub: Supplies & Recipe
- Mason Jar
- Coconut Oil- I found mine at Walmart
- White Sugar
- Peppermint Essential Oil- Hobby Lobby 
- Red Food Coloring

2 cups White Sugar
1 cup Coconut Oil
Red Food Color- a few drops
Peppermint Essential Oil - A few drops 

Sharpie Mug
- Plain White Mug:  I got mine at Target for $3 each.  The dollar store is a great option as well.  Any white mug will work.  I liked the taller shape for the monogram design.  Choose your mug with design in mind.  
- Sharpie Paint Pen:  Oil Based Paint is a must!  I bought mine at Michaels.
- Letter Stickers:  Scrapbook department at your local craft store.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

DIY Glitter Reindeer

I am super in love with this project!  First, it is cheap.  Second, it is easy and fast. (I love instant gratification!) Third, it is adorable!!! This is definitely one you can wow people with!


  • Mod Podge
  • Canvas:  size depends on you.  I used 22X28  
  • Glitter:  I used gold.  You can use any color to match your decor.  The most important thing is to use extra fine glitter.
  • Misc:  scissors, pencil, printer or projector.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oatmeal Caramelitas

Trevor had a birthday last week!  When I asked what dessert he wanted for his birthday he requested Oatmeal Caramelitas.  This is a dessert my good friend Tiffany has been making for years but Trevor finally decided to try them.  Haha he has been missing out for 13 years.  

This recipe is so quick and easy!

Oatmeal Caramelita Recipe
(Tiffany Whitney)

1 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/2 cups Oatmeal (quick oats)
1 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter, melted
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 cups Walnuts (optional - I did not use nuts)
1 (12 oz.) Jar Caramel Ice Cream Topping
5 Tablespoons Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, soda, salt, and butter.  Press 1/2 of the mixture into bottom of greased 9X13 pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Take out of oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips (& nuts if using them).  Blend caramel sauce and flour until smooth and pour over chocolate chips.  Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.  Bake 15-20 minutes.  Cool & Cut 

These are great for a finger dessert or serve warm with ice cream.  I drizzed extra caramel sauce on top.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bella's Birthday Party & DIY

We celebrated Bella's 12th birthday last week.  I really had a lot of fun decorating and getting ready for 8 silly girls to come celebrate with Bella.  I thought I would share her party details with you!


These 36" laytex balloons were purchased from Party City  I made tissue tassels and added  simply taping them on with scotch tape.  
(Tissue Tassel Tutorial) Fluffy "12" tutorial in video link below.  

I left the Coffee Filter Garland up from last week's tutorial.  
Added two cute candle sticks I couldn't resist from Hobby Lobby & Glitter Votives

These letters are the 6" paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby.  Michaels & Joann carry them as well.  For the perfect color I traced them on scrapbook paper, cut out and glued on.

We wanted to send the girls home with something hand made. So we painted these cute canvas tote bags.  (Tutorial in video link below) We had the Izze Pop and various candy bars the girls could choose from to fill their bags.  

  • Photo Scavenger Hunt @ Nelson Atkins Art Museum:  (Scavenger Hunt List) This time of year is hard to find activities indoor that are different or not crazy expensive.  This idea jumped out to Bella as she LOVES art and going to the museum.  The girls loved this activity.  Some had never been to the museum before and were amazed at the beautiful building and art.  We are pretty lucky to have such a beautiful/amazing facility here in KC.  BONUS:  This activity was FREE!
  • Dave & Busters:  This was actually not our first choice BUT.... because of my husbands work we had a ton of gift cards that we had accumulated and needed to use.  The girls ate dinner and played games.  They had a super fun time.  
  • Home:  Once home we had dessert, opened gifts, played games, watched a movie, & eventually fell asleep.  Game suggestions:  Heads Up, Would You Rather
Bella and the girls had so much fun.  As a mom, I really cringe at sleep overs so its not something we do often.  I don't believe kids need to have a huge party every year.  We typically have a friend party every other year, & family party on the alternates.  Once my kids reach 12 we will have family parties only except for the milestone year (16).  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Coffee Filter Poms

I have seen the idea of Coffee Filter Poms many times.  I finally decided to give them a try and I am sold/ in love/ obsessed!  They are so easy and affordable.  You can even dye them any color you want!

Items Needed For This Project:

  • 3" Styrofoam Ball-  These can sometimes be pricey but I found in the craft section of Hobby Lobby they had a package of 6 for $4.  The size ball you use will determine the end result of your Pom.
  • Coffee Filters-  I purchased packages of 100 at Target for $1 each.  
  • String- I used an existing brown string I had.  You just want to make sure it will hold the weight of your Pom.
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks-  Each ball used about 3 sticks of glue.
  • Misc-  Scissors, ruler, bowl.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thankful Jar

It's November!  The month to be grateful and give thanks.  I want to share this idea with you as a daily reminder to give thanks.  It is very easy to be weighed down with all the negative awful things of this life.  By actively thinking about positive things everyday (even if they seem small and insignificant) we can focus on the good things we have.  
My challenge to you is to write down one thing you are thankful for every day.  See if it changes your thinking and focus to Happiness!

Items Needed For This Project:

  • Jar:  I used a jar that I already had.  If you need to buy one, try Hobby Lobby, Michaels, TJ Maxx, Joann, Target, or Wal Mart.
  • Tag:  see printable below.
  • Scrapbook Paper:  I used 12X12 paper and cut in to 4X4 squares. My favorite store for scrapbook paper is Hobby Lobby.
  • Ribbon:  1.5" width ribbon.  I used chocolate brown.  
  • Twine
  • Misc:  scissors, hole punch

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Treats & Craft Ideas

This week is Halloween and that means Halloween Parties!  I am always looking for new ideas to entertain. These are what I am trying this year!

Caramel Puffcorn\Popcorn
8 oz. Puffcorn or Popped Popcorn
1 cup Butter (do not substitute)
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
In a sauce pan bring butter, sugar and corn syrup to a boil, then cook for two minutes. Add Baking Soda. Stir well and remove from heat.  Place puffcorn in large mixing bowl.  Pour mixture over Puffcorn. Stir until puff corn is evenly coated.  Place mixture on baking sheets.  Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes.  Stir mixture every 15 minutes.  Break apart and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Water
1/4 cup Salted Butter, slice into 1 tablespoon pieces
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon Fine Seasalt

-In 2-3 qt. sauce pan, heat sugar and water over medium/high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar.  Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color.  This process takes awhile so be patient.  It will be clear for awhile and gradually turn.  Carefully swirl pan occasionally.  
Once your mixture turns the desired color immediately add butter and whisk until butter has melted then immediately remove from heat.  
Carefully pour in cream and whisk to combine until smooth.  Stir in seasalt. Pour into a glass jar or container to cool.  Once cool, store in airtight container or refrigerator.  

GlowStick Broom
See video link below for tutorial!

Pumpkin Slime Recipe
8 oz. Elmers School Glue
1/4 cup  Warm Water
1/2 teaspoon Borax Powder (Find in the Laundry detergent isle)
Food Coloring

In mixing bowl pour glue and add food color.  In a separate container mix very warm water and borax.  Pour mixture into glue mixture and combine.  Store in air tight container!

Chocolate Pumpkin Bowl
See video link below for Tutorial