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  • Crafts/DIY,  Recipes

    Rudolph Rice Krispie Treats DIY – 15 minutes!

    There is nothing I love more around the holidays than creating FUN treats that the kids enjoy making and sharing.  These Rudolph Rice Krispie treats are just that!  FUN to make and share! It’s a simple staple recipe that just has a few additions to create these adorable Rudolph’s complete with the red nose! Here’s how you can make your own Rudolph Rice Krispie treats! Supply list: 3 tablespoons butter 1 (10 ounce) package miniature marshmallows 6 cups chocolate crisp cereal (like Cocoa Pebbles) Red gumdrops (1 for each treat) Large candy eyes (2 for each treat) Miniature pretzel twists (2 for each treat) ½ cup milk chocolate morsels Now…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Recipes

    15 Christmas Mason Jar Gift Ideas

    Christmas can be a time of stress and budget busting and Mason jar gifts are a fun way to create cheap and unique gifts for friends, co-workers, neighbors or relatives that we don’t see very often. I’ve scoured the internet and am bringing you some of the the best and cutest Mason Jar Gifts that I could find!  These are all going to be easy on your budget and easy for last minute gift-giving! Check out how to make some Mason Jar Gift Sets of your own for EVERYONE on your list!   Debbie Doos created the most adorable snowman ever!  You can fill this with treats or you can put…

  • Recipes

    Quick and Easy Halloween Drinks

      Halloween isn’t all about the treats!  Sometimes some of the best goodies are the DRINKS that you can make and share!  I’ve scoured blogs from some of my bestest friends to bring you some of the most amazing drinks that you can create for your BIG and LITTLE ghouls!! These drinks will be sure to please or SCARE any goblin that comes your way! The first two are sure to make your little monster scream!  Check out these Halloween Mocktails and White Hot Chocolate.  The hot chocolate can be dressed up for Halloween for those ghouls who like things a little more traditional. https://sparklelivingblog.com/2017/10/halloween-mocktails-for-little-monsters/ White Hot Chocolate Artsy Fartsy…

  • Recipes

    Football Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

    Football Cupcakes with Buttercream icing

    It’s time to break out all things FOOTBALL and these Football Cupcakes are the perfect addition to any party you are hosting!  I’m going to show you a super simple way to make these cupcakes sure to make anyone swoon!  And the best part – it’s super easy! If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I use boxed cake mixes in almost all of my baking.  Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker have perfected it so why recreate something that isn’t broken.  Typically I just add or replace a couple ingredients along the way making it “mine”. For this dessert you’re going to need the following! Any cake box mix…

  • Recipes

    Quick and Easy BBQ Chicken Nachos

    When you have a dish that is quick to make, doesn’t cost a lot of money, and the kids ask for it – you make it a staple in your family!  These BBQ Chicken Nachos are ALWAYS a hit in my house with the boys, especially when they have friends stay the night.  It is so easy to make a lot.  When you’re feeding teenage boys, that’s a huge plus! After your chicken is grilled, you can have this dish ready in 15 minutes! I like to batch cook – although it doesn’t always get done.  We tend to eat a lot of chicken in our house and so taking…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Home Decor Holiday Printables!!

    Blog Post Image - Home Decor Holiday Printables

    I LOVE decorating for every holiday and season!  But having different decor for every…single…holiday or season can not only take up a lot of storage space, but it can take a lot of your budget too!  And for someone who has resolved to tighten down her budget this year, I don’t have a lot of excess to spend. I figured, why not create some holiday printables that you can swap in and out of pictures frames!  It’s easy and CHEAP!  Don’t stress on redecorating an entire mantle for the holidays!  Sometimes all you need is a little added picture to dress up a whole room and give it a new…

  • Inspiration

    10 Books Every Woman MUST Read

    I LOVE reading – so much so that it can seem to take over my life sometimes.  Especially if I find a REALLY good book.  I’m sure you have all read a book like that a time or two.  There are so many benefits to reading! Reading chills you out!  Life can be pretty exhausting sometimes and picking up a good light-hearted book is the perfect medicine! It helps you focus!  Reading helps you maintain and increase your focus. Your empathy grows!  Learning and reading about other people’s lives automatically gives us more empathy to the people around us. Self-help books can ease the symptoms of depression!  They automatically give…

  • Inspiration

    Reclaiming Your Life – Printable Download

    2017 for me has been a year of LOTS of changes!  Changes that were welcome and changes that weren’t.  Changes that stripped me down to my core and changes that built me up.  Every January people make resolutions with the greatest intentions that this will be “their BEST year”!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to start the year with such great intention and motivation.  What’s hard is coming back to the plans that you had when things get hard and life knocks you down.   You have a resolution to lose weight?  You get knocked down and off track when you get off track for a bit. You have…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    The BEST Crafts of the BEST Blogs in 2017

    Mandy over at Sugar Bee Crafts complied a list of the Best of the BEST – the very top post of 2017 from amazing craft bloggers!  It truly is the Motherload of Awesomeness… check out over 30 of the The Best of the Best in 2017 crafts!!  Here ya go!! Best of 2017 crafts   Sugar Bee Crafts: Create Painted Canvas A Girl and a Glue Gun: Transfer Photos to Wood The Friendly Red Fox: Crochet Mermaid The Craft Patch: Giant Paper Flowers See Lindsay: Maui Costume Keeping it Simple: Farmhouse Signs Practical and Pretty: DIY Yoga Bolster Happiness is Homemade: DIY Gemstone Soap Artsy Fartsy Mama: Printable Coloring Weekly…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Building Your Own Christmas Eve Crate!

    It seems to be a tradition for some people to give gifts on Christmas Eve!  In doing a poll on Facebook, the most common gifts consisted of pajamas for the family, slippers, movies, popcorn, and maybe another form of treats/candy for a movie night!  I don’t do the movie and treats, but we do give pajamas!  The kiddos look forward to it every year.  Even with my grown children who have moved out still expect it 🙂 I created a box of my own to coral all these goodies in and I want to show you how to make one of your own!  I also made it reversible so you…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Recipes

    Holiday Slime DIY

    If you have a kid, this is one of the DIY Slime best crafts to do with them!  Even as an adult, it’s enjoyable to make slime – and the added glitter makes it extra cool! I searched many DIY slime recipes online and tweaked a few of them to make this one.  All it takes is a few simple ingredients that most everyone has on hand.  The only thing I had to buy (minus the glue) was the contact lens solution. Here’s how to make your own DIY Slime Elmer’s Glitter Glue and Clear Glue – (used two bottles just because of the amount I wanted to make for…

  • Crafts/DIY

    The Simplest DIY of EVER!

    Ceiling Medallion DIY 3 simple steps

    Anybody that creates feels a sense of satisfaction!  Standing in the kitchen and creating a new dish is satisfaction for some. Singing or playing an instrument may bring someone else a sense of fulfillment.  For me…its creating art!  When I say this is the easiest DIY ever, I mean it.  People have PIN’ed this hundreds of times!  (Check out the image at the end to PIN to your own boards!) Art covers a whole realm of things and I’m going to be the first to tell you that I will never be a Picasso or Michelangelo.  Honestly, I’m humbled everyday that people ask me to create for them because the…