Dec 102018
 

Have some fun this year and take the stress of buying gifts out of the mix. Make some simple DIY Christmas gifts that everyone will love.

The holiday season can be a magical time of year. But when the thought of gift giving comes to mind, it can add some stress into the mix. Have some fun and take the stress of gifts out, and make some simple DIY Christmas gifts that everyone will love. These gifts are great for neighbors, family, co-workers and anyone else you want to give a small gift to.

For me, homemade gifts show you took time and thought about that person. I have gathered some of my favorite gift ideas for the holidays! If you have kids, they might even want to join in and help make these gifts!

15 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas 

Magic Reindeer Food| This is an adorable gift that kids will especially love. You create a little mix of ingredients and sprinkle it outdoors for the reindeer to eat while Santa drops present off. Comes with an adorable printable.

Nail Polish Swirl Coffee MugsKnow someone who enjoys sipping on coffee or tea? Head to your dollar store and pick up supplies for this simple craft, and create a one-of-a-kind mug.

Rib Rub| If you have someone who enjoys grilling, make a homemade rib rub that will be the perfect blend of spices for their juicy ribs! Continue reading »

Nov 262018
 

 If you need a sweet treat for all your Christmas festivities this year, try these Reindeer Brownies. They're easy to make and they'll be a huge hit!

I’ve been in a festive mood lately and have been experimenting with different desserts/sweets.  I have a whole bunch of Christmas parties to go to this year (more than usual – yay, I’m popular) and wanted to be able to whip up something cute & fun for at least one or two of them. I ended up with these adorable Reindeer Brownies and they were much easier to make than you’d think.

Reindeer Brownies

 If you need a sweet treat for all your Christmas festivities this year, try these Reindeer Brownies. They're easy to make and they'll be a huge hit!

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Nov 132018
 

If you're looking for something fun to put on the kids table this Thanksgiving, these Sugar Cone Cornucopias will make a fun addition to your tablescape.

Even though I am full grown adult with children of my own, somehow I STILL get seated at the kids table when my family has its big holiday dinners. And that goes for dinners I host at my own house, too! Whyyyyyy? Actually, the truth is that I don’t mind at all – it’s more laid back at the kids table. Plus I don’t look as conspicuous when I spill some gravy on my shirt at the kids table as I would with the adults.

Whenever I host a family dinner I like to put out fun little decor items on the table. I think it adds a certain ambiance as opposed to just putting out the dinnerware settings. At the kids table, I like to do something fun with the table decor. These Sugar Cone Cornucopias are super simple to make, require no special skills, and you can fill them with whatever you want! Easy peasy.

Sugar Cone Cornucopias

If you're looking for something fun to put on the kids table this Thanksgiving, these Sugar Cone Cornucopias will make a fun addition to your tablescape.
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Sep 172018
 

These ten allergy free goodies make popular hand outs for all the trick-or-treaters. This thoughtful act can make a child’s Halloween much more special.

There is nothing more fun than handing out Halloween candy to all the little princesses, robots, and witches who show up on your doorstep. For kids with allergies, a treat basket full of things they can’t eat is a disappointing find. If you like to be the door on the block that all the kids look forward to knocking on, include treats that will bring a smile to everyone’s face. These ten allergy free goodies make popular hand outs for all the trick-or-treaters.

1. Rice Krispie Treats
These are favorite among kids of all ages. The marshmallow goo combined with the crunchy puffed rice makes it the perfect sticky sweet Halloween treat. Annie’s Organic makes a delicious gluten free pre-packaged rice krispy.

2. Gummy Candy
Gummy candies of all sorts are slimy, chewy Halloween staples. Gummy fish, worms, bears and rings all fit the bill for a sweet allergy friendly treat. They are readily available in the seasonal Halloween section of any supermarket already divided into little packs and ready to go home with trick-or-treaters. Continue reading »

Sep 112018
 

If you are hosting a Halloween party this year or just even want a fun decoration for your house, try this Easy Dollar Store Glowing Pumpkin Craft.

I was at the dollar store the other day and saw these cute little glass candle holders.  I am more of a candle that comes in a jar kind of person, so I knew I would never use the candle holders to burn candles in.  That left me wondering what I could do with them and then the light bulb went off. I knew I could make a fun glowing pumpkin craft with some orange twinkle lights. I grabbed some black craft paper and ended up making this Easy Dollar Store Glowing Pumpkin Craft with my supplies.  I am absolutely in love with how it came out and it literally only took me about three minutes to put it together.

Easy Dollar Store Glowing Pumpkin Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Glass candle holder
  • Orange twinkle lights
  • Black craft paper or felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

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Jun 052018
 

This patriotic lip balm is easier to make than you think. It makes a great party favor, too!

We’re having some people over for a cookout on the 4th of July and when I have people over, I like to send my guests home with a little parting gift. I just think it’s fun to have little party favors, don’t you? This year I am making some Patriotic Lip Balm for my guests. The winters here in New England can be brutally cold and everyone can use some lip balm for their dry lips. But since I made them for the 4th of July, I wanted to make them festive – so I did. I was really happy with the way they came out and I know that my guests are going to love them.

This patriotic lip balm is easier to make than you think. It makes a great party favor, too!

Make Your Own Patriotic Lip Balm

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Mar 142018
 

 If you are looking for an easy Easter dessert to make this year, give these Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels a try. They are festive and the combination of sweet & salty is sure to be a hit.

My sister is hosting Easter dinner this year, which sounds great to me. I hosted Christmas dinner at my house and I am not fully recovered from all the work I put into cooking and baking that day yet. Anyhow, since I obviously can’t show up to her house empty handed, I have been playing with some different ideas of things I can bring to her house for Easter dessert. I ended up making some Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels for my boys as an after-school snack and decided that I want to make them again to bring with me to my sister’s house on Easter. They could not be easier to make and I found these cute little candy carrots to put on them, so now they are super festive. Plus, there’s that sweet and salty combination for the win!

Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels

 If you are looking for an easy Easter dessert to make this year, give these Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels a try. They are festive and the combination of sweet & salty is sure to be a hit.

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Mar 042018
 

This easy Easter Egg Slime recipe is good for hours of sensory fun! Make as many colors as you like and have a blast mixing & matching.

My boys are super into slime, so we make it A LOT in our house. I never mind making it because I know it is going to keep them occupied for a while and more importantly, keep them off of their screens. Since Easter is coming up, I decided to make some Easter Egg Slime. There isn’t really anything different about this slime. It’s the same slime recipe that I usually make, but in the spirit of Easter I put into some plastic Easter eggs instead of a regular old plastic food storage container like I would normally use. The boys both thought it was cool that I put the slime inside Easter eggs and yay for cool mom points. Right?

Easter Egg Slime

This easy Easter Egg Slime recipe is good for hours of sensory fun! Make as many colors as you like and have a blast mixing & matching.

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Feb 252018
 

These Peeps Popcorn Balls are a Perfect Easter Treat! They are super easy to make and they are the perfect combination of sweet and salty! Yum.

Thankfully I am not hosting Easter dinner at my house this year. Since I did the last holiday (Christmas), my sister is having this one at her house. Score! Of course I can’t show up to her house empty handed, so I have been experimenting with different desserts to bring with me. I came up with these Peeps Popcorn Balls and they are PERFECT. They are just the right combination of sweet and salty and I know everyone is going to love them. And if they don’t, that’s ok – I will eat them all myself!

Peeps Popcorn Balls

These Peeps Popcorn Balls are a Perfect Easter Treat! They are super easy to make and they are the perfect combination of sweet and salty! Yum.

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Feb 052018
 

If your child wants to impress their friends at school, have them hand out some of these adorable Printable Dinosaur Valentine's Day Cards for their classroom exchanges this year.

When I was a kid I loved exchanging valentines with my classmates in school. Back then the only real option was the store bought kind, which are totally fine by the way, but now that I am the mom I like to get creative with my my kids valentines. I ended up making these adorable Printable Dinosaur Valentine’s Day Cards this year and I am super happy with the way they came out.

Printable Dinosaur Valentine’s Day Cards

If your child wants to impress their friends at school, have them hand out some of these adorable Printable Dinosaur Valentine's Day Cards for their classroom exchanges this year.

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Jan 282018
 

 Make some Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine's Day. They are easy to make and the perfect treat for those of you who celebrate.

Those of you who know me in real life know that I hate Valentine’s Day with a passion. I am part of the team that thinks people shouldn’t be forced to show love on one particular day of the year, but since I became a mom my views about this made up holiday have changed a little. I show my kids that I love them every single day of their lives, but on Valentine’s Day I do usually tend to give in to societal norms because of them. This year, we are all going to enjoy some Chocolate Covered Strawberries to “celebrate” Valentine’s Day. Of course, chocolate covered strawberries are good any day, but these ones are a little more festive because I went all out for Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day

 Make some Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine's Day. They are easy to make and the perfect treat for those of you who celebrate.

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Jan 162018
 

I just adore sugar scrubs. My poor skin gets so dried out in the winter time and I have always found homemade sugar scrubs really help to revitalize my skin. Plus, depending on the ingredients you use, they smell amazing. Since it’s that time of the year, I decided to make a Valentine’s Day Sugar Scrub recently.  I didn’t get too crazy with the scents (this one is just vanilla scented), but it sure looks festive and pretty for Valentine’s Day. My favorite part is that sugar scrubs are so easy to make. They are ready in minutes so you can spend the day making all different kinds of scrubs, or just have this one ready to go in no time.

Valentine’s Day Sugar Scrub

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Jan 072018
 

 Celebrate Valentine's Day with Some Monster Brownies! They are easy to make & decorate and are a super fun way to celebrate the day with your loved ones.

I love surprising my kids with fun snacks for when they get home from school. I really try my hardest to get creative when I am baking, especially when there is a holiday coming up!  I ended up making these cute little Valentine’s Day Monster Brownies recently and they were a huge hit with my kiddos. They are really easy to make, too!  Check it out:

Valentine’s Day Monster Brownies

 Celebrate Valentine's Day with Some Monster Brownies! They are easy to make & decorate and are a super fun way to celebrate the day with your loved ones.

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Jan 022018
 

Who doesn't love a little chocolate in their life? Here are 15 Valentine's Day desserts that include chocolate. This is any chocolate lovers dream come true!

Who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their life? White, milk, or dark count me in. I have gathered some gorgeous Valentine’s Day desserts that include chocolate. This is any chocolate lovers dream come true! 

Whip these desserts up for your friends and family or that special someone in your life. They will be sure to love it, and will be enjoying each bite until their plate is licked clean. 

15 Rich Chocolate Desserts Perfect for Valentine’s Day 

Chocolate Fudge Heart Cakes| The base is a boxed cake mix, and you add a lot of other ingredients to create this incredibly moist and delicious cake. 

Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons| You have the sweet coconut flavor paired with the chocolate. These only require 4 ingredients which you might already have in your pantry. 

Valentine’s Day Drizzled Popcorn| If you prefer a little salty with your sweet, this popcorn is a winner. You have that rich chocolate flavor drizzled on your popcorn. It is gorgeous and extra flavorful.  Continue reading »

Dec 172017
 

If you need a festive treat for a holiday party or to send into your kids classroom this year, these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are what you are looking for.

Baking season is here, guys. If you are anything like me, you will be baking up a storm with the upcoming holidays. You know what I mean…cookie swaps, classroom treats, Christmas parties and let’s not forget the actual holidays themselves. Tis the season, right? These adorable Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are perfect for all of the above.  They are way easier to make than you think, too.

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes

If you need a festive treat for a holiday party or to send into your kids classroom this year, these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are what you are looking for.

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Dec 122017
 

Using only a few supplies from the craft store, you too can make this adorable DIY Snowman Ornament. It's the perfect addition to any Christmas tree.

I spend a fair amount of time in craft stores. Sometimes as I am walking through the store, something catches my eye and it gets my wheels turning.  I was at Michael’s recently and saw these clear glass light bulb ornaments and I knew I could make something cool out of one of them. After spending a few minutes on Pinterest (ok, it was more like a few hours…). I came up with the idea to make a DIY Snowman Ornament out of my light bulb ornament. The best part is that you only need a few supplies from the craft store to make your snowman ornament.

DIY Snowman Ornament

Here’s what you need:

  • Glass or plastic light bulb ornament (you can get these at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s)
  • White Pom-pom balls
  • Puffy paint: black, orange, and brown
  • Any color yarn for hanging
  • Tweezers

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Dec 042017
 

Make a warm and hearty breakfast to serve up to your family on Christmas morning with these Christmas Breakfast Dishes. Many can be made ahead, too!

I love planning ahead for Christmas morning to have a wonderful breakfast for the family and me to sit down and enjoy after we open our presents. A lot of these recipes you can prep ahead and toss in the oven first thing, and once you are finished with presents you will have a warm and hearty breakfast to serve up to your family. 

Christmas Breakfast Dishes 

Cowboy Christmas Casserole| A hearty dish to serve up, it has eggs, sausage, and more to add maximum flavor and leave you full until lunch. 

Hashbrown Casserole with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese| A crispy and savory dish you can make up to fill up all your bellies. Top with some shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onions for the ultimate flavor. 

Easy Breakfast Braid| Scrambled eggs, ham, onions, peppers and wrapped up in a braid crescent roll. The crescent rolls are perfectly flakey and act as the perfect crust for this. 

Overnight Praline French Toast| Here is a sweeter breakfast option. Prep this french toast the night before and then just heat it up in the morning. 

Gingerbread Waffles| Make holiday inspired waffles. A rich and spice filled gingerbread waffle will for sure get you in the holiday spirit this season.  Continue reading »

Dec 032017
 

Keep the kids busy with this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. It's easy to make and you can even add some string to make it into a Christmas ornament.

I have a very distinct memory of making clothespin ornaments when I was in Girl Scouts. My troop had met up and spent an entire Saturday making the ornaments for a fundraiser. We made male & female ice skaters, snowmen and Mr. & Mrs. Santa. ornaments. Of course my mom bought one of each and they were hung on our Christmas tree for many years after that. As my sister, brother and I grew up and moved out, my parents downsized their tree and stopped putting up all of the mismatched ornaments that we made over the years.

After my mom passed earlier this year, my sister and I (and our spouses) helped my dad clean out his attic and we came across a box of their old ornaments. I only found the female ice skater and the snowman, so I decided that I was going to try to recreate the Santa one.  And that’s how I came up with this Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. Right now, it’s just a Santa clothespin, but I do plan on attaching a piece of string to the back and hanging him on my tree this year – along with the vintage ice skater and snowman.

Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Red and flesh color acrylic craft paint
  • Red felt
  • Cotton balls
  • Small googly eyes
  • Red puffy paint
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Keep the kids busy with this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. It's easy to make and you can even add some string to make it into a Christmas ornament.

Here’s what you do:
1. Lay out a couple pieces of scrap paper or newspaper before you get started (so you don’t get paint on your good surfaces).
2. Paint the top front 1/3 of the clothespin with your flesh colored paint and paint the bottom 2/3 with your red paint and be sure to let them dry completely. Continue reading »