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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Easy Appetizers with Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball

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

It's the time of year that we love to get together and celebrate with friends and family. I have an easy appetizer idea for you that will let you focus on the company and not be stressed about the food. We served these just last week at Thanksgiving, and you can take these same snacks with you to office parties, potlucks and any time you're hosting.

I'll even show you the cute serving dish I whipped up!

First, you'll need to pick up your ingredients from Fred Meyer.
Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball 
Kaukauna® Double Sharp Cheddar Cheese Log 
Olive Oil

At home, melt 3 TBS butter and 1 TBS olive oil in a pan. Chop 3 cloves of garlic into large chunks and stir around in the hot butter for 30-60 seconds. Then remove the garlic pieces.

Cut the baguette into slices. Brush the garlic infused butter / oil mixture onto the slices and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Broil in the oven for just a few minutes to toast them. You'll want to watch them closely so they don't burn!

Remove from the oven and place on a serving tray with the Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball.

For the cheese log, I found the perfect sized rectangle plate. Using my Cricut machine, I cut glitter vinyl to say "cheese please." 

I applied it to the top of the plate and then added the Kaukauna® Double Sharp Cheddar Cheese Log and surrounded it with crackers. After the party, you can take off the vinyl and it goes back to being a regular plate!

When it's time to eat, spread cheese on a baguette slice or a cracker and enjoy! You and your guests will love it. It's guaranteed to be a dish that everyone will enjoy.

Check out the sweepstakes below for a chance to win!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Country Chic Paint Giveaway

All year you've watched me transform furniture pieces with Country Chic Paint. Have you wanted to try it out for yourself? Now's your chance to win a whole prize package from them! You'll receive over $250 worth of paint and extra products including glaze, wax, metallic cream, crackle medium, texture powder and more. (I just finished up a project with the texture powder, and I can't wait to show you!)

I love how easy the paint is to apply. I have tried making my own chalk paint in the past, and the quality and finish just can't compare to what I get using Country Chic Paint. Plus, the distressing and finishing options are just too many to count. Visit this page to get a sampling of paint color combos.

Let's take a walk down memory lane and remember some of the things I've painted this year.

Want to see more? Use the search bar on the right side of the page to search Country Chic Paint, and all my posts will show up. They also have a page full of painting tutorials on their site that are really useful.

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends midnight (PST) 12/5/2016. Winner will be notified by email. US and Canada residents over 18 can enter. Not affiliated with Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

Have any questions about this paint, or about painting furniture? Let me know!! What would you try painting first if you win?

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tealight Ornament with Cricut

I was so excited when Kelsey of Poofy Cheeks had the idea to do an ornament blog hop where we all use our cutting machine to make an awesome DIY ornament, and then show you how to make them too!

I wanted an ornament that I could stick a tealight into and make it glow on the tree. I found the Santa and sleigh image in Design Space and added the other shapes to turn it into a cutout that could be folded into a small box to hold the tealight. LINK to the Design Space FILE

Cut the file out of any color cardstock you want. I made a black and a red version.

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Use your Cricut Explore Air (or new, faster Explore Air 2) to cut and score the file.

Remove the cut out from the mat and before folding, glue a small piece of tissue paper to cover the cut out design. Trim the edges, then fold all the score lines and glue the box together. 

Glue a piece of ribbon or string around the ornament so it can hang. Position it close to the front of box so it will stay in balance when it's on the tree.

Set a tealight in it, and enjoy your newest creation! So, tell me what you think in a comment below, and then visit all my friends to see what they made too.

Read this post on why I love my Cricut Explore
Read this post with a Cricut Explore Air 2 Review

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Easy Service Ideas for Christmas

I'm excited to partner with mormon.org on this post about finding ways to serve during the Christmas season.

Merry Christmas everyone! Are you starting to plan out your next few weeks? There will be shopping of course for gifts and parties, meals and whole afternoons of baking. Would you like to find ways to help you and your family stay focused on the real meaning of Christmas too? 

I know I always want to, but sometimes so many other things get scheduled in that I never feel like I have time left over to do a big act of service.

If you’re like me there, you will love the Light the World ideas for 25 Days, 25 Ways. For every day in December leading up to Christmas, you’ll find a few different ideas of things you can do to try to follow the example of the Savior in some way. Let me share with you a couple of things that we’ve already done so that you can see how easy it is!

On December 14th, the prompt is “Jesus Taught Us To Clothe the Naked”  In two different instances we were able to help out. First, the girls at church are collecting new socks of all sizes to donate to a local shelter. Then, my two elementary-aged kids picked an ornament of their giving tree at school. Both children had requested clothes, so we picked out some cute, warm clothes that will hopefully be just what they need. After we’d finished our shopping, we spotted a gorgeous rainbow out in the parking lot and snapped a picture.

As you look through the calendar of ideas, maybe a different idea will come to you – follow through! Maybe it’s paying for the drink of someone behind you in the drive through line, maybe it’s volunteering in your kids’ school class for an hour, maybe it’s just a quick call to check in on someone.

Think of all the good we can do by finding very small ways to serve. And keep the good going by sharing your ideas with the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD. I’ll be following it, because I love to hear of good things people do for each other. I hope you enjoy this holiday season and find that you’re able to strengthen your faith, family and community. Visit Mormon.org to find your own way to serve.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

$400 Joy Giveaway

Hey everyone, it's my favorite time of the year! Yesterday was my birthday, today is my son's birthday, it's Thanksgiving this week and then it's the Christmas season! I have so much to be thankful for, and I love finding ways to help other people. 

How to Revive a Tired Couch

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

Our sectional couch in our family room is the most comfortable couch we've ever owned. We love it! Besides being the perfect place for our whole family to hang out and watch a movie, we've had guests sleep on it when we've had a full house. Part of what makes it so comfortable are the down-filled cushions. 

And even though the feathers are all contained in an insert inside the cushions, some feathers still manage to work their way out and make a bit of a mess on the couch. Then the back cushions get smooshed out of shape pretty easily.

Once a week or so I have to give my couch a little refresh, and I've just discovered Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Rollers which makes the job a ton easier. In fact, I was inspired to clean under all the cushions too!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Merry Christmas Sign

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
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Do you guys just love cute Christmas signs? I know I do! This one is easy to make because it uses a pre-made sign base (got in on sale at the craft store - which saved me the step of cutting and assembling the wood sign) and a single, pre-designed file in Design Space.

Once you have your sign base, either that you buy or make yourself, measure it so you know how to size the vinyl piece in Design Space.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday Rice Krispie Treats Recipes

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

Do you love experimenting in the kitchen by tweaking traditional recipes? It can be especially fun making up new treats for the holiday I think. I have two creative Rice Krispies treats recipes I'm sharing with you today, plus a cute festive way to package them up. They'll be perfect for giving to friends, neighbors and teachers. 

The next time you're at Target you need to pick up the following:

Friday, November 11, 2016

2017 Free Printable Calendars

(See the 2018 free calendars here)

It's that time again! Time to start thinking about your 2017 printable calendars. They're great for putting in family binders, making meal plans, scheduling blogs posts and planning your life. Even fi you're not quite ready to print these out, make sure you Pin this post so you can find it later, and throughout the year when it's time to print a new month.

Free 2017 Printable Calendars

Each of these printable 2017 calendars are FREE! So make sure you stop and thank the designer when you print out their calendar. Click the caption under each calendar to go to the download page.

Floral Calendar  ||  Crafting in the Rain

Hand Lettered 2017 Calendar Printables  ||  Lemon Thistle

Free Printable Desk Calendar 2017  ||  Kristen Duke

Gold Printable 2017 Calendar  ||  Oh So Lovely

Pink and Black Floral Calendar  ||  Blooming Homestead (other patterns there too!)

3D Printable Calendar 2017  ||  A Piece of Rainbow

Pretty 2017 Printable Calendar  ||  This Little Street

Geometric 2017 Calendar Printable  ||  Short Stop Design

Free 2017 Printable Calendar  ||  Simple as That

Black and White 2017 Calendar  ||  Botanical Paperworks
Desktop 2017 Calendar  ||  Ninka Studio

Geometric 2017 Calendar  ||  Botanical Paperworks

Colorful 2017 Calendar  ||  Colorful Disaster

Floral 2017 Calendar  ||  The Cottage Market

Colorful 2017 Calendar  ||  Just a Girl and Her Blog

Bold Floral Calendar 2017  ||  My Love For Words

Pink 2017 Calendar  ||  Musings of an Average Mom

Free Floral Printable Calendar 2017  ||  Printable Haven

Free Monthly Calendar 2017  ||  Scattered Squirrel

2017 Printable Calendar with Weekly Planner  ||  Sparkles of Sunshine

Printable Coloring Page Calendar 2017  ||  The Typical Mom

Free 2017 Planner  ||  Shining Mom
Free 2017 Calendar  ||  LandeeLu
Donut Calendar  ||  The Little Surprises
Lined Calendar  ||  Beautifully Tarnished
Black and White Calendar  ||  Inspiration Made Simple

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you've found the perfect printable calendar to match your year!

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