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Monday, November 30, 2015

DIY Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater

Cricut sent me some vinyl to make this ugly Christmas sweater, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate.

Want to make your own ugly Christmas sweater? It's totally easy with iron-on vinyl, and then you'll have the perfect sweater for your next ugly Christmas sweater party, or just to do all your holiday shopping around town!  **Project File Available Below**

Saturday, November 28, 2015

2016 Free Printable Calendars

Free printable calendars for 2016 are a great way to get organized for the new year. Use them for your daily schedule, meal planing, blogging, whatever!

Click the links to go to the site where these are being shared and you can download them there. Be sure to tell them thanks too, and pin this post so you can come back and find your favorite every month.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Easy Holiday Gift Giving

This shop has been cmpensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGseason #collectivebias

So you saw yesterday how I was already getting excited for Christmas cookies. Today I'm working on some Christmas gifts, and have some easy ideas for both gifts and gift wrapping. First off, we head to Big Lots

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Heidi Swapp Christmas at JoAnn

This post is sponsored by Heidi Swapp. I was selected for this opportunity as a community member of Snap. All content and opions are my own.

It's almost Christmas cookie season! Who else gets excited about that like I do? They taste delicious, my house smells amazing, they're beautiful, and perfect for giving to friends. Plus, at what other time can you simultaneously have 5 different cookie recipies going in your kitchen at the same time and no one will judge you!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cool Brands Text Cool and Knit's Cool

I love craft project kits, and so do my kids. Everything's included that you need, so you can start your project right away and you just need your creativity. Today we're showing off two kits from Cool Brands. The Text Cool and Knit's Cool.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gold Stencil Wall

This post brought to you in partnership with Modern Masters. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

You know those projects that you start out, and you think you know exactly what you want, but then as you get farther along, you're not loving it? That totally happened with me on this one wall behind my craft table in the bedroom. I knew I wanted a custom stencil, so I cut one with my Cricut and stencil material. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Funfetti® Mini Cookie Cups

This week has kind of been a crazy week around here. Extra activities for the kids, a day off in the middle of the week for Veteran's Day (thank you veterans!), regular school and homework and music for the kids, and of course school for me. I've had a big graphic design project I'm working on this week plus I took a computer programming exam too. 

It was definitely nice to take a little break in the kitchen and do some recipe creation with FunfettiCake Mix and M&M's® . Baking for the holidays is so relaxing, and comes with so many fun memories too. Today's recipe is a fun and easy one to add to your list of Christmas cookies.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Scents of the Holidays

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

Have you ever been back to visit a place where you’ve previously lived? I was recently in California for my brother’s wedding and decided to make a quick detour on my way back to the airport at the end of my trip. I stopped by the apartment that my husband and I lived in when we first got married. It was a tiny little place. If you opened the dishwasher, you trapped yourself into the kitchen. And there was a little drawer that couldn’t even open because the fridge stuck out too far and got in the way. But it was a perfect place for us to start out.

We had a little Christmas tree there; it was even shorter than me, but it was a real tree, and it was ours. Mostly we’ve gone the artificial, pre-lit route since then, but I still love the smell of a real Christmas tree. Every Christmas growing up we had a real Christmas tree that we decorated on Christmas Eve. Even still, my mom lights a favorite pine candle every season.

The new Glade® BE AT PEACE™ scent, which has notes of balsam fir and juniper, reminds me of all that together. Aren’t memories wonderful? I love how that smell takes me back to my own excitement of Christmas as a kid, and even that first Christmas as a married couple.

Now I get to create memories like that with my kids. This will actually be our first Christmas here in our current house; we moved in back in February. So while I’ll be rearranging some decorations, (we have a fireplace with a real mantel in this house!) and searching for the best place to set up our Christmas tree, we’ll still make gingerbread houses, decorate sugar cookies, drink hot chocolate and sing Christmas carols. The different cozy scents of our home will someday transport my kids back to this time, and I hope it makes them smile and feel loved too.

Any one of these crafts or treats could be a fun addition to your holiday festivities:

            Glitter Foam Trees          

Which Glade® scent will set the scene for your holiday celebrations this year? In addition to BE AT PEACE™, look out for the rest of the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection. I was able to find some of the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection scents at my local Kroger store and you will be able to find the perfect scents to bring out the feelings of the holiday season in your home too!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

goodnessknows® Easy Teacher Gift

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

This easy teacher gift is cute, useful, easy to put together, and great for any reason. It's the perfect way to just send a little "Thank you" to your kids' teachers and let them know you appreciate all their hard work. Have you ever been in to volunteer in your kids classroom, or been a chaperone on a field trip? Then you've seen first hand the patience it requires to be a teacher. I think there's a lot of planning ahead, and thinking on the fly.

Monday, November 9, 2015

What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner (Fall Fashion)

Wondering what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner in a couple of weeks? I've found some great fall fashion inspiration to help you put together the perfect outfit. And whether your Thanksgiving dinner is a formal occasion or totally casual, I'm sure you'll find something you like here. Click the number links below each picture to go to the source for each fall fashion idea.

To get started, I love these blanket scarves. There a over a dozen pattern options, and they're $12 or less, plus Amazon Prime!! (my affiliate link - doesn't change your cost but sends a few cents my way to keep the blog up and runnin'!)
Shop blanket scarves.

Jackets, scarves and boots.
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Inside Out Game and Snacks

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{Inside Out party or movie night ideas}

We love having movie nights at home with our kids, and this weekend added a few friends and watched Inside Out. Have you seen it?  

When it came out on DVD and BluRay this week I picked it up while I was at Target,and it was totally easy to grab with several snacks for our movie night too.

 Plus, the DVD/Blu-Ray at Target has 20 minutes of bonus features.

Dipping the Peanut Butter pretzel bites into colored candy melts, I made bags of Mixed Emotions for everyone. Aren't they cute?

Each one of the colors matches one of the emotions in the movie: red for Anger, green for Disgust, blue for Sadness, purple for Fear and yellow for Joy. Download the printable tags, cut out, and staple them over the top of plastic bags. 

I also made an Inside Out game where we try to guess the emotion/ character. Print out and cut up the sheet of phrases and make 5 colored gems (glass pieces with colored paper glued on the back side.) Download the phrases for the game.

To play, each person takes a phrase and picks out a colored gem from a bag so no one else can see what color it is (then put it bag in the bag). Then say the phrase using that emotion and everyone else guesses who they are. It can get pretty funny, especially if you've got little kids to play with.

We really liked Inside Out, and it gives us a fun way to talk about what we're feeling, how decisions shouldn't be made out of anger, and I like asking my kids what "Islands" they think they have. I like to hear what's important to them right now.

If you've seen Inside Out, I'd love to hear who's your favorite character? (I'm of course quite fond of all the mom-emotions.) And you now have a couple of extra good ideas to add to your Inside Out movie night with family or friends. Enjoy!

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Framed Pegboard for Craft Room Organization

{How to build a framed pegboard}

I have another element of my craft room to show you today. It's a framed pegboard with hooks and a shelf for some craft room storage.  After my custom pink shelves came together so nicely, I was ready to tackle another building project.

Friday, November 6, 2015

College Student Gift Guide

{Gift ideas for the college student}

If you've visited my blog now and then over the last couple of months, you've probably seen me mention that I'm back in college again. I thought it would be fun to create a gift guide full of things that current college students would like. It sure is different from when I started over 15 years ago when I knew 3 people with cell phones and was lucky if I had a roommate with a computer.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

How to Use Rafflecopter- Free Version

I'm writing this post for fellow bloggers who want to know how to use Rafflecopter, and want to use it without paying for the upgrades. I'm going to show you how to set up the form and also create your own entry options.

Start by logging in and and click on "I'm giving away" so you type in what your prize will be. Click "Save this prize."

Next you want to add the entries. Some of the options are free (like Visit a Facebook Page) and you can enter the page that should be visited.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

California Trip and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

This post brought to you in partnership with DriveShop and Mitsubishi. All opinions are my own.

Back in October I got a mini vacation and traveled to California to spend the weekend with my parents and siblings for my brother's wedding in Newport Beach, CA.

We rented a house right by the beach, and I will always think it's amazing to see the ocean from your window.