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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…

  • Recipes

    Christmas Tree Cookies with Royal Icing SECRET

    It’s not the Christmas season until you are huddled in the kitchen making cookies and other holiday treats!  I have lots of memories of Christmas baking with my mom and grandmother.  Our tried and true cookie was always the cookies that we made with the cookie press.  I LOVED being able to turn the knob on the metal cookie press and make all kinds of designs to decorate!  Amidst all of the baking that I have done through the years, I have always wanted to try my hand at royal icing but have always been too intimidated.  That was until these beauties!!! These sugar cookies are a showstopper! But lean…

  • Recipes

    Elf Maple Popcorn

    Popcorn is something that is fun to play with and add different toppings.  The options are endless when it comes to cooking with popcorn!  This Elf Maple Popcorn is not only delicious, but it’s a FUN project to do with your children or grandchildren! Here’s how you can make your own Elf Maple Popcorn! Ingredients 12 cups popped popcorn, salted ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter ½ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon maple flavored extract 1 cup marshmallows 1/2 cup candy covered sunflower seeds, optional, or other multi colored candy 2 cups Bugles Original Crispy Corn Snack Green candy melts Pink candy melts Yellow candy melts Red candy melts Create…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Target Dollar Spot Quick Craft

    As if Target’s Dollar Spot didn’t already have my heart, add in holiday decor and I’m am like a giddy little school girl who just laid eyes on her childhood crush! This Target dollar spot craft is the perfect project to do for your kids or grandchildren!  It’s even easy enough that they can help craft with you! Here’s how to make your own stocking holders! This cutie was just $3!  They also have a white house and a black house!  I am thinking snow covered roofs on those with small lights in the windows. I used my Silhouette to create my initials but you can freehand or use any…

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    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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Quick and Easy Halloween Wreaths

    Swapping out a wreath on my front door is my favorite thing to do for all the holidays and the changing of seasons!  It’s the first thing people see when they enter your home and no matter what else you have put together in your home for the holidays, a wreath makes a house look complete! I’ve pulled together some of my favorite HALLOWEEN wreaths for you to pick and choose which to make for yourself this year!  I’ve included links for you to hop on over and check out the details on the one you pick! Check out some of my favorite Halloween Wreaths: If a Halloween wreath has…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Trashy Pumpkin Makeover with a Wind Turbine

    Trashy Pumpkin Makeover

    This is the ultimate trash to treasure! Grab an old wind turbine and learn how to make your own trashy pumpkin in less than 10 minutes. Every once in awhile I stumble upon an awesome piece of trash!  Or in this case, my dad did.  You know what they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” As soon as I saw this old wind turbine, I immediately knew that it had to be a PUMPKIN!  I mean look at those lines – I am SWOONING 😍 My dad found two of these amazing wind turbines and snatched them up just knowing that I could do something cool with them. …

  • Recipes

    Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with a SECRET Ingredient!

    You can scour the internet and find a MILLION chocolate chip cookies that claim to the be the best tasting ever!  I’m going to encourage you to try these Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and claim them for yourself as your go-to recipe! I’m sure you can recall a time in your childhood that you gathered in the kitchen with your grandma baking cookies or other desserts!  When my son tasted these he said “You know grandma’s make the best cookies and these are the best!”  I guess it took me getting to the grandma stage to perfect the recipe.  This is one that I will make time and time again…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Chevron Mason Jar Holder with Chalkboard

       The changing of seasons always signals the changing of decor to some.  Creating a welcoming porch is the first thing you should think of when thinking of home decor.  Your porch is the FIRST impression that you give friends and family. when they visit.  This Chevron Mason Jar Holder with chalkboard is the perfect way to swap out seasonal flowers and with the chalkboard, you can write fun notes or welcome the upcoming holidays!  With just a few supplies, you can have your own made in no time! Supplies for Chevron Mason Jar Holder 1×8 piece of pine wood.  One cut at 15 inches and one cut at 4…

  • Crafts/DIY

    St. Patrick’s Day Glitter Wreath

    St. Patty’s Day is the perfect reason for me to create a GLITTER wreath!!  I love attending the St. Patrick’s Day parades and wearing green but I’m far from being Irish.  I’m a bandwagon girl when it comes to this holiday 🙂 St. Patrick’s Day is a day to enjoy the fun and break out of the normal routine for a little bit.  It’s a day to embrace the kid in your and wear fun clothes and celebrate, just because! This project can be done in as little as 20 minutes! Supplies needed: 8 inch metal wreath form 10 inch wooden disc found in the wood supply department at Hobby…

  • Crafts/DIY,  Woodworking

    Scrap Wood Photo Frames

    Scrap wood photo frames are so easy!  If you’ve got scrap wood (most people do) then you can make a frame in just MINUTES in nearly any size!  As a creator who does a lot of woodworking, I have a LOT of scrap wood.  Because these are so quick and easy to make, you can make them to match any decor AND change them for the holidays!  Another SIMPLE and CHEAP way to decorate your home on a budget! All you need is scrap wood, some vinyl polka dots, scrapbook paper, twine (or ribbon) and small clothespins! I’ve attached the YouTube video below that walks you through all of the…

  • 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…

  • Crafts/DIY

    “I LOVE US” String Art DIY

    String art is a hot thing right now – I just despise (like really, really loathe) hammering in all of your nails.  For small projects, such as this one, thumb tacks make it SO much easier!  However, thumb tacks are not very appealing to the eye that’s why I painted the heads of them to match this project!  It’s like I won the lottery when I thought of that!  I mean really – doesn’t painting a  thumb tack get you just as excited?  Haha! Here’s what you’ll need for the project!  I LOVE using DecoArt paint!  It is the perfect paint for wooden boards and metal thumb tacks! I also…

  • 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

    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,  Woodworking

    Wooden “Ho Ho Ho” Blocks

    Holiday decor seems to change every year for me!  Since I dabble in woodworking and love painting, I am always making new things for my mantle or porch!  Every year I have a favorite, and this year, it may just be these!  I had some extra bells hanging around from another project and so I wanted to put them to good use. Here’s how to make your own “Ho Ho Ho” Wooden Blocks! You’re going to need three pieces of wood that are approximately 6″x10″.  I use pine wood which makes for easy cut and it’s wide enough to stand on it’s own.  You’re also going to need a drill…

  • Recipes

    2017 Annual Christmas Cookie Round-up

    It’s time for our annual Christmas Cookie Round-up!  Check out these goodies that some amazing ladies across the web have been creating!  I’ve gathered some pretty unique cookie recipes for you this year that I think you’re gonna love! Amanda over at Domestically Creative made these healthy LOW CARB snickerdoodles!  YES, you can eat around the holidays and stay on your diet! Low Carb Snickerdoodles Stephanie over at Parenting Chaos shared with us this adorable coal cookie!  My kiddos would love creating these! http://parentingchaos.com/coal-cookie-recipe                   Lisa over at Snappy Gourmet shared these mudslide cookies!  They even have some added Kahlua and Bailey’s…

  • Recipes

    Butterscotch Marshmallow Pumpkin Tart

    During fall and winter, it is all things pumpkin!  In our house there is never a shortage of pumpkin anything and every year I try to create a new recipe!  In comes the Pumpkin Marshmallow Tart!  I made one of these for a get-together I was hosting and let me tell you – one was not enough!! It takes SIX simple ingredients!  The only thing you really have to do it mix the sugar and the pumpkin pie mix.  The rest is just assembling and baking. These three treats right here is what is going to make this over-the-top AMAZING!!! Set out your pie crust to come to room temperature. …

  • 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,  Woodworking

    Scrap Wood Halloween Black Cat DIY

    Black Cat Scrap Wood DIY

      Every house needs some Black Cat decor for Halloween!  You can make these “scary” or “cute” AND they’re the perfect craft for the kids to help paint! Here’s how you can make your own black cats with your kids! All you need is scrap wood, paint and raffia!  Seriously ladies, it doesn’t get much easier than that!  If you don’t have raffia on hand, you can use twine.  Just unravel the ends after you tie it in a bow so it’s “wild” like a cat’s whiskers 😉 Let’s get started: You need (1) 2×4 cut to about 8″ give or take.  This is purely preference. You can also make…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Easter Bunny Burlap Banner

    It’s almost Easter and today I want to share with you how to make this adorable Easter Bunny Burlap Banner.  It’s the perfect addition to any mantle, hutch or entryway.  For this project you’re going to need the following supplies: 6-8 burlap triangles, fabric, twine, paint, bunny stencil, craft clothes pins. Using the stencil, paint the bunnies into the burlap.  Becasue burlap isn’t a tight weave fabric you will want to do this on a piece of paper becasue the paint will seep through.  You can do all of the bunnies one color or mix it up to match the fabric ties.  Set aside to dry. Taking your fabric, make…

  • Crafts/DIY

    Easter Mantel Reveal

    The passing of seasons and holidays signals change – and I love it!  Change brings newness in life and in decor!  Today, I am revealing my Easter Mantel with you!  It was all done and ready as soon as St. Patrick’s Day was done – I don’t waste time around here on decorating 🙂 Most of the items on my mantel have been made me – that’s just how I roll.  But guess what, I can make them for you, or I can tell you how to make them yourself! I made this Easter Bunny banner last year and it is going to be that piece that I use every…

  • Crafts/DIY

    St. Patty’s Day – FREE Printable

    Who doesn’t love FREE stuff!  Every holiday I try to offer a free printable for you.  What’s a “printable”?  It’s an image that I have created for you that you simply print and stick in a frame to bring a little holiday into your home!  It’s truly the easiest way to decorate!  If you have a frame and you have a printer…then you’re set! And did I mention that it’s FREE!!  And it’s a high quality image so it’s gonna look amazing at your home or on a work desk.  Show me some love for the freebie 😉 Here ya go!  Right click it to save it to your computer…