Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sweet Treat Housewarming Gift

I took a twist on one of my past posts to make an even easier and more affordable housewarming gift. Just M&Ms and a printable. It cost less than $5 and only took minutes to put together!

A few months ago I featured this same printable with homemade baked goods. This time around, I was squeezed for time - like running out the door and remembered that I should probably bring a housewarming gift!

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You can get the FREE Home Sweet Home printable (available in four color combos), in my previous post

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Valentine Heart Candy Made with Christmas Baking Leftovers

Looking for a way to get rid of your Christmas leftovers? These candy hearts are a great way to make a mint chocolate Valentine's treat while using up candy canes and chocolate candy coating.


Mint Chocolate Hearts
Candy canes
Chocolate almond bark

Cover a baking sheet with wax paper. Place two candy canes on the wax paper in a heart shape. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour into the heart shape. I crushed a broken candy cane to sprinkle on top. Let cool until chocolate is firm and remove from wax paper.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Rustic Pallet Photo Display

I was at IKEA with a friend when I saw a photo display in a sample room that inspired this rustic pallet photo display for my living room.


My husband's family owns an old warehouse, and I discovered that they have piles and piles of old pallets there. With the plethora for pallet projects floating around on Pinterest, I picked up a couple for future use and cleaned them up. A few weeks later, I was at IKEA when I saw something that sparked an idea. I picked up a few white frames and headed home with a plan for one of my pallets.

I put together five boards from the pallet, used stencils and white paint to add 'Oh Brother' and placed four photo frames on the surface. I used some sandpaper to "age" the words. Between Blake and I, we have four brothers and no sisters, so I decided is use 'Oh Brother' and use photos of our brothers. I also added a picture of Blake's dog. We consider him the cat's brother :)


Monday, December 17, 2012

Bedtime Gift Basket for Mom and Baby

What are new moms and new babies most in need of? From what I'm told, it's sleep. I put together this gift basket to help a friend and her new baby get some much needed shut-eye.


Items to help baby sleep: Slippers, blanket, stuffed sheep, Johnson and Johnson Bedtime wash and shampoo, book and pajamas.

Items to help mom sleep: Eye mask, chocolate, relaxing body wash and Sleepytime tea.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snowstorm Search Christmas Ornament

If you're looking for a quick, easy and affordable Christmas gift for a child, check out this snowstorm search Christmas ornament. Similar to FindIt games, children can search for items in the "snow" within the bulb.


It took me about 5 minutes to make and cost less than $5.


  • Clear plastic ball ornament
  • Epsom salts
  • Small figurines (I used buttons)
  • Card stock paper
  • Ribbon
  1. Remove the top of the ornament, and place your figurines in the ornament.
  2. Fill the ornament with epsom salt, leaving about a 1/2 inch of room on the top of the ornament.
  3. Using a hot glue gun, ring the top of the ornament with glue and put the top back on, pressing on the top to make sure the glue holds.
  4. Make a tag listing the items in your ornament and attach to the ornament with a ribbon. 

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Lessons Learned
Alright, here are a few mistakes I made. This ornament is too heavy to actually hang on a tree, but it is still a fun Christmas game. I thought I'd try making it lighter by using styrofoam fake snow from the craft store. The styrofoam was full of static and would cling to the figurines, making it impossible to get them uncovered and found.

Sorry for the long delay in posts. I hope to start posting regularly again!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Summer Pops Challenge: Cookies n Cream Pudding Pop

Of all the pops I've made this summer, this is by far my favorite! It is extremely yummy and takes only seconds to make.


Cookies n Cream Pudding Pop
1 small package of instant vanilla pudding
1 3/4 cups milk
2 cups coarsely chopped chocolate sandwich cookies such as Oreos

Whisk together the pudding and milk. Fold in the cookies, spoon into molds and freeze.

Speaking of yummy things, I'm just a few minutes away for heading out on a road trip to Chicago with some of Blake's nursing classmates. I'm excited to experience more of the amazing restaurants in Chicago!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cupcake Kit Gift and 'The Big Book of Cupcakes Giveaway'

I made a gift for Peggy, my brother's girlfriend and now you have a chance to get a gift of your own!

I put together a cupcake kit for Peggy.

It came complete with cake mix, frosting, cupcake liners, decorating supplies and a book full of inspiration all served up in a mixing bowl.

The weekend I gave it to her, we also did The Color Run.  It's a 5K, and as you make your way through the course, they throw colored powder on you, and at the end they give everyone color to throw at each other/in the air. Here are some photos from the event.


Me with my brother Mike

Birthday girl Peggy with my brother Ben
Color throw

Color grows into a large cloud

Now it's time for a gift for you! I'll be giving away a copy of Betty Crocker's The Big Book of Cupcakes.

All you have to do is pin one of my posts to your Pinterest account, become a follower or do both and receive two entries in the giveaway!

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Thank you to the following for help promoting my giveaway:

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