My sweet husband game me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas. I loved it!!! Up until this week, I had only cut vinyl with the cutting machine, but after seeing some Easter mantel inspiration, I wanted to cut some paper letters and palm leaves. My first attempt at cutting palm leaves was ridiculous. Everything stuck […]
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – have you decided on a gift for your sweetheart yet? The men in your life deserve some Valentine’s excitement too, so I’m glad that Dollar Shave Club reached out to me about creating a gift guide. Sometimes I need the extra motivation to find that perfect gift […]
“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .” and accidentally left there. I thought we loaded everything into the car when we left on our Christmas road trip to Kansas. I packed all the essentials – socks, underwear, pajamas, warm clothes, gloves, and hats. However, we left some important things […]
My husband and I have started a new Christmas tradition. This year marked our second annual White Elephant and Service party, where guests bring donations for the local youth shelter I volunteer at, and we play the fun white elephant game. We provide all the yummy food and desserts for the party. I think it’s […]
I think this is the easiest banner craft I’ve done with the kids. Granted, you’ll have to look past the characters’ blue faces, but I think their pictures are sweet. To make this banner, I simply found a bunch of pictures on Google Images and printed them off. After the kids were finished coloring, I […]
Yesterday, out of the blue, Simon started singing the Bob the Builder theme song. For ever. He watched the cartoon twice last week, and apparently it’s his new favorite. My new favorite thing is an idea I keep pondering. . . buying a vinyl cutting machine. I could have so much fun with that new […]
Since we were trapped indoors because of rain, we made crafts this morning. To honor the upcoming celebration of Thanksgiving, I wanted to decorate both fireplace mantles. The family room has the kids’ inspired banner made of turkeys! The living room has the more formal banner that simply says “Thankful.” The banner was easy to make, and I love how […]
Since we were trapped indoors because of rain, we made crafts this morning. To honor the upcoming celebration of Thanksgiving, I wanted to decorate both fireplace mantles. The living room has the more formal banner that simply says “Thankful.” The family room has the kids’ inspired banner made of turkeys! (Is it a banner or […]
Coordinating Halloween costumes is so much fun! Especially since our kids are still young enough that they’ll cooperate with us. This year, we decided to coordinate our family Halloween costumes with extended family for one giant Halloween group costume. After all the votes from different families were tallied, the Peter Pan theme was chosen. Between […]
Halloween food and dressing up are my favorite parts of Halloween, especially since our friends host an awesome Halloween party, just for the adults, each year. Whereas I don’t usually get into the gory, bloody parts of Halloween, I love making the creepy food items. The grosser looking, the better! Last year, our friends had […]
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