Movie Night Gift Basket with Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop showcasing my movie night gift basket filled with Orville Redenbacher's popcorn, Swiss Miss hot chocolate and Slim Jim's has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client.  It's the Friday before Christmas and I'll admit, I didn't start shopping until a few days ago. I'm not usually a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas shopping but this year, I've been a slacker. … [Read more...]

Washi Tape Race Track and Runway with Disney Planes

Whenever we visit family in Iowa, my daughter raids my nephews toy box. And when I say raid, I mean raid! She throws toys all over the room until she finds exactly what she's looking for: Lightening McQueen and Mater. Tanner (my nephew) was a huge fan of Disney Pixar Cars when he was younger and it's fun to see how my daughter is now a fan of the franchise as well.  The other night we went to see Disney Planes and she told me, "Mom, I like cars and planes. I wish I had one." Little did she know … [Read more...]

7 Free First Day of School Printables

School started last week for my daughter. After a brief "meet the teacher" on Monday, Tuesday was officially her first day of school. My daughter is shy when it comes to new situations and my biggest fear was that she would break down crying in from of her classmates. Not because of embarrassment for her (since she doesn't even know what that is) rather because it would make it that much harder for me to leave her. She's my one and only and I never want to leave her in tears. I'm proud to … [Read more...]

Repurposed Flag Centerpiece #WhatsYourID

My parents are coffee fanatics. They are rare birds, drinking coffee with every single meal. No matter what the temperature is outside, you'll find them sitting with their favorite matching coffee mugs drinking a cup of coffee. That love of coffee has now rubbed off on my brothers. Only instead of drinking their coffee black, they prefer to sweeten it up a bit with their favorite International Delight creamers: French Vanilla and Irish Cream. Now my parents will drink coffe when it's 100 … [Read more...]

Simple DIY Valentine’s Day Banner

My daughter is still feeling under the weather.  She made it to gymnastics last night and seemed to be doing fine but woke up this morning with another stomach ache and didn't want to eat.  You know your child isn't feeling well when all she wants for breakfast is water and plain cheerios!  So instead of letting her watch cartoons all morning, I decided we would do a craft project (she loves them) and started working on a simple DIY Valentine's Day banner. As an not-so-formal resolution, … [Read more...]

Betty Ford’s Cranberry Tree

There are some books that you read cover to cover and other you skim through.  For me, Christmas with the First Ladies was a book that I couldn't put down.  Now, this isn't your murder-mystery or your love story gone wrong but more a glimpse into history.  I've always been fascinated with the women who have supported the POTUS (President of the United States if you're not a Tom Clancy reader) and loved the unique touches that each of them added to the White House during the holiday season.  One … [Read more...]

Celebrating Christmas With The First Ladies #NGFirstLadies

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I love decorating our home with fresh greenery and ornaments that we've collected over the years.  I enjoy watching my daughter's facial expressions as she vividly explains to me why she needs to have another play kitchen from Santa but most importantly, I love how people come together and how the spirit of giving can be felt wherever you go.  Its a time to reflect on the things for which we are fortunate to have. I don't have a bucket … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Crafts Roundup

Quick!  There are only a few days left for you to get your house ready for the huge Fourth of July party!  If you're like me, that means scouring the internet for cute but inexpensive Fourth of July crafts that can be pulled together using items I already have in the house or things that can be inexpensively purchased.  Here are just a few of the cute things I've found. 4th of July Subway Art from The Crafting Chicks How simple is this?  Download the file, print it on card stock and insert in … [Read more...]

Painted Clay Pots With Elmer’s Painters Paint Markers

This year for Mother's Day I knew I wanted to do something handmade.  After browsing Pinterest for ideas and finding this from Positively Splendid, I finally decided on a painted clay pot that she could sit on the steps of the deck.  My parents sit on a corner lot and for some reason, we've never used the front door.  Everyone just knows to come to the back patio door when they come to visit.  Since there aren't any house numbers on the back of the house, I thought it would be fun to paint some … [Read more...]

Fork and Talk Hosted by Craft Gossip and EK Success

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend Fork and Talk hosted by Craft Gossip and EK Success Brands.  You can imagine the surprise and shock on my face when I received the invitation.  After all, Craft Gossip is one of those sites where wannabe crafters like me go for inspiration.  I found some super cute and easy gift tags that I plan to make for my daughter's upcoming birthday party.  And EK Success Brands, well let's just say I have a few of their punches and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the … [Read more...]