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Saturday, November 29, 2014

OREO Cookie Ball Tree

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias 

{OREO Cookie Ball Recipe}



Now that Thanksgiving is over, we're full swing into the Christmas season. We know parties are on the horizon and I have the perfect treat for you to put together. If you need to bring something to add to the dessert table, make sure it stands out!

This lovely Christmas tree is made of white chocolate covered OREO cookie balls and you won't believe it's so easy.

First off, my girls really wanted to show off where we found the OREOs at Walmart.




Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkg. (4 oz each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • OPTIONAL: I replaced the semi-sweet chocolate with white chocolate/almond bark and added red candy melts as well. 

For the tree:
7 inch foam cone
white yarn
toothpicks

Start by making the OREO cookie balls. Blend OREOs in the blender until they're all tiny crumbs. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. Shape into 48 1-inch balls and freeze for 10 minutes. 




Dip balls into melted almond bark and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Drizzle red candy melts across the top of each cookie ball and refrigerate for 1 hour.

While they are chilling, it's time to prep the foam piece. Starting at the top, wrap yarn around the whole cone, securing at both the top and the bottom with glue. This will prevent any bits of foam dust from getting onto the treats.

To apply OREO balls to the tree, first stick a toothpick into the foam at a diagonal. Then place the ball onto the other end. Repeat until the tree is covered. Depending on the size of your foam cone, you may need more or fewer balls. Once the tree is full, place remaining around the base on a plate.




Here are a few tips for you:

  • Spray hands with cooking spray. 
  • Roll cookie crumb mixture longer than you think you need to and this will make them smoother.
  • Add a bit of vegetable oil to melted candy to make it a bit easier to work with.
  • Dip balls twice if using white to cover completely.


Which holiday gathering would you take this to?

Print out this coupon for 50c off a package of OREOs before you go shopping!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Rhinestone Kit Tutorial

This post is brought to you by Silhouette America. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{Learn how to use rhinestones with the Silhouette machine}

Who here has made their own rhinestone template before? I never had until last week and it was so fun. I'm hooked! I used the rhinestone starter kit which made it so easy. 

Inside the starter kit you'll find Silhouette rhinestone material, transfer tape, backing board, rhinestones, a rhinestone brush, free template downloads and an instructional DVD.

We recently adopted a 2 year old chihuahua and I wanted to dress up a few of the storage items we have for her. 



Design your rhinestone template in Silhouette Studio--remember that you can't resize the templates. The circles in the design are set for specific rhinestone sizes and resizing will mess that up.

I used the doggy bone and script letters from the Design Store, using the 10ss rhinestone size.

I chose to edit up the designs just a little bit. I cleared out all the circles from the middle of the bone (ungroup, then delete circles leaving just the outline.) Then I lined up the corner of the bone and the bottom of the "y" and deleted two circles that overlapped.



Now the image is ready to cut. Load the rhinestone template material into the machine (no need to put it on a mat) and under "cut settings" select the correct material type. Adjust the blade to 6 and then send to the machine. 



When it's finished cutting, unload and peel everything off the mat. Cut the design out (the rest of the material is still usable for more templates) and peel the template from the white backing. It is adhesive, so press it down on the board.

Since I was using two colors of rhinestones, I had to hand place a few of the black rhinestones in the bone where it overlapped with the name.

Then I could pour a bunch on and use the brush to swirl them around until all the bone was filled. The stones are weighted, so after a bit of time they will all fall into holes. Repeat with pink stones for the name. Remove all extra stones.



Cover with a piece of transfer tape and press down over the design to pick up all the rhinestones. 

These can be applied to any fabric surface, so lay it down, cover with a thin cloth and iron down for 30-60 seconds, making sure to cover all parts of the design. I wanted this design on a little canvas basket I had for our dogs's toys. 



And here it is all done! Isn't it cute! I also cut some vinyl labels for the treat and food containers we have for her. 
I combined the arrow journal cards and LD Kracken fonts and cut them from white vinyl.



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Berry Christmas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Time for the second installment of BIC Merry Marking ideas. Today I’m going to show you how you can brighten up a teacher’s day this holiday season. You can make up some easy teacher gifts with a cute note letting them know how much you appreciate them.


I chose berry gum for this gift, but it would be just as cute with some berry flavored lip gloss, or a homemade berry pie!

Berry gift idea


Use the BIC Mark-It in #PrairieBerry and write “sweet” notes to your kid’s teachers. I cut some scalloped tag shapes and decorated them, and then wrote "Berry Christmas!" Have your kids sign the back or add message to the back. Tie the tags onto the package of gum with colored twine and you're done!

Berry gum gift


Click here to get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking then download the available coupon to take with you when you pick up your markers! These low-odor permanent markers come in 36 vibrant colors and an 8 pack of metallic colors. Possibilities are endless!

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Now I would like to challenge 3 of my blogger friends to make a few berry gifts and notes for teachers. So, Randi from Sowdering About, Allison from Two Thirty Five Designs and Dee from and Cupcakes and Crowbars you’re up. Be sure to tag pics of your tags, or any other project from the Month of Merry Marking with #BICMerryMarking so we can see them!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Aztec Sweaters

Hey everyone--Happy Thanksgiving this week! 

If you're building your fall or winter wardrobe, I dare you to add an Aztec sweater like one of these. I was skeptical I could pull it off, but I just picked up a black and white one and I love it! Here are some Aztec print fashion ideas to get you started.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #51 and Google + Link Up




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Medium Hair Styles

This shop and post of easy hair styles has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HeartMyHair #CollectiveBias

{3 days of easy hair styles}



Some of you may have seen my hair picture from a couple of months ago when I was asking for advice on what to do with it. It was longer than I’ve had it in years, which was fun, but I felt like I needed something a little different, and a little more interesting. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

10 Best Things About the Cricut Explore

This post is sponsored by Cricut and some links may be affiliate, but as always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

{Cricut Explore Reviews}
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Christmas is coming, along with some great Black Friday deals. Is it on your wish list? I wanted to share with you some of the things that I've been loving about my Cricut Explore

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1-- The Cricut can CUT and WRITE and SCORE (which is just amazing when making boxes or envelopes)...the fold lines are already there for you! Like on these milk cartons.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Soldier Thank You Cards

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.



With Thanksgiving approaching, we're all trying to find ways to show more gratitude. And it’s a great time to recognize the sacrifice that many make of not being with their loved ones for the holidays. A family friend is currently working on his Eagle Project for Boy Scouts and is collecting Thank You cards to send to soldiers serving overseas.

Glitter Foam Trees

This post is brought to you by FloraCraft® as part of their Make it: Fun® Team

{Glitter Foam Christmas Trees}


These sparkly, frosty trees are perfect for your Christmas and winter decor. Line them up with some fake snow, ball ornaments and a string of lights. To make these glitter Christmas trees here's what you'll need:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Reese's Spreads

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AnySnackPerfect #CollectiveBias

We know that chocolate and peanut butter go perfectly together, so what about having them right in the same jar! Enter new Reese’s Spreads. This yummy spread is finally available now at Walmart, and can you just imagine all the great pairings you could make with this? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maids a Milking Gift


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{Gift for Maids a Milking}





Everyone's looking for cute and easy gift ideas this time of year. There's the neighbors, teachers, friends....you know how it goes. But we've got you covered with great gift ideas right here.

Be an Energy Detective




One of the best things about "saving" something is knowing that you can use it for something else.

If you save some Halloween candy, you can enjoy a treat next week.
If you save time by staying focused and cleaning fast then you have time to play later.
If you save energy in your home you have a little extra money to spend on fun things, like your hobbies.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Decor

I have been provided a Cricut Explore to participate in this contest. All thoughts an opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliate.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And time for the last round of the Cricut Design Space Star challenge. This month Team 10 is running with the theme of “12 Days of Christmas” and we have all created amazing holiday ideas to share with you.



DIY Sand Ornament {Craft Lightning}

{Glass bulb ornament with sand}



I love ornaments that tell a story, don't you! This one will remind me of our Maui trip we took this year. Before we left on the last day, I scooped up some beach sand to bring home. I actually put it in a large Tic Tac container (that I then taped shut so it wouldn't spill in my bags) and it worked perfectly!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #50 and Stumble Upon Link Up




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Dancing and Vacuuming

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EurekaPower #CollectiveBias

{Tips for a clean house, fast}


I’m sure I’m not alone in the fact that I love having a clean house, but I don’t always love the work it takes to get there. I do admit that vacuuming is my favorite chore, but the rest has to get done too. Have you had days like this where messes just seem to multiply? 



Friday, November 7, 2014

Acorn Towel

{Painted Acorn Towels}



About a month ago I posted this kitchen towel at Mabey She Made It. In case you missed if over there I'm sharing it again today. It's perfect for fall, Thanksgiving, and would make a great hostess gift too!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Posting at Tatertots and Jello


Hi friends! Don't miss my post today at Tatertots and Jello as part of her Happy Holidays series. Find out why I have a soft spot for November, and get the details on this pretty thing. See ya there!





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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Foot Care Tips with Amopé Pedi Perfect

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RespectUrFeet #CollectiveBias
{At home pedicure for soft feet}



Just because summer’s over that doesn’t mean we should neglect our feet now. In fact, with heaters drying out the air in our houses, we should probably be taking even more care of them. Even if the days of flip-flops are gone. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #48 and Facebook Link Up




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Extra Thanks for Friends

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #ExtraGumMoments


Today we're talking about a simple way to give extra with Extra gum. But first, a back story.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Edible Thanksgiving Place Cards

{Place cards you can eat}

We know that food is the main attraction at Thanksgiving. Take it a step farther with edible place cards!



It's so fun to dress up a Thanksgiving place setting with a name card you can munch on while waiting for the turkey to finish. I found all these Thanksgiving place cards to share with you and you'll find that some are created for kids, some are a little more sophisticated, but all are perfect for a Thanksgiving table setting.