Christmas, gif tags, gift giving, gift wrap

GIFT TAG DIY AND MAKING THE HOLIDAYS EASY

December 19, 2016
Amazon-Fire

Amazon-Fireamazon-freetime

Christmas time can get crazy and so can life as a Mom. So I’m always a big fan of anything EASY, and when it comes to life or crafting … I love anything simple.  Trying to balance my life with kids, and school, and my blog and the holidays can feel so overwhelming at times. It seems like the deeper I get into the holiday season, the more tempted I am to just turn on the T.V. so I can get things done ha ha.

And then I was introduced to the Amazon Fire kids edition (cue Jurassic Park theme song music).  Seriously though, let me tell you why. First, my husband always laughs at me and how paranoid I am about what I let my kids watch. My five year old is way to tech savvy and I can’t give him free reign over the media. The Amazon fire kids edition has the easiest parental controls that blocks him from anything sketchy. I also love that I can put in reading goals, that won’t let them play games or watch anything until they read. Oh, and there is a timer I can set that automatically shuts things down when I want. I honestly feel like it is a mom hack. An electronic device full of games and shows that I can force my kids into learning, before playing, that I have complete control over! And it’s seriously so easy.

So … in honor of easy, I’m sharing an EASY holiday gift tag diy.  Because the Holidays should be filled with easy hacks to help us enjoy what is really important.
Continue Reading…

Christmas, Cookies, Family, Holiday

CHRISTMAS PAJAMAS AND COOKIE GARLANDS

December 9, 2016
cookie-garland with title

cookie-garland with titleIMG_3692_copy

Christmas is my FAVORITE time, like most favorite ever!  When Buddy the Elf screams “SANTA!!”, that is my enthusiasm all month long.  And what makes me love Christmas so much are all the fun traditions we have started with our little family.  From Christmas boat parades to gingerbread house decorating parties…I love every single one.  But one tradition we have been doing ever since my oldest was just a baby is Christmas pajamas.  Every year we give each other new Christmas PJ’s to wear.  Because going to bed in cozy, festive jammies just screams Christmas in my book.  And they are not just for sleeping, we wear them to watch movies, drink coco, see christmas lights and even decorate cookies. Basically we live in them for the month of Christmas, ha.  Hanna Andersson pajamas are my MOST favorite and I have been buying them for my boys every year since they were babies.  They are SO soft, the cutest ever and so durable.  So this year we went for the big striped, christmas matching look and it’s pretty fabulous.   Me and Austin got the very merry in tree green PJ’s and we got the kids the new very merry mix pajamas.  Also how adorable is Nash’s elf hat??!!
So, we got comfy and made some cookies and cute christmas-light cookie garlands.  Check out more and the DIY below
Continue Reading…

Christmas, Holiday

MINTED CHRISTMAS CARDS AND GIVEAWAY

December 7, 2016
Minted-Christmas-Cards

Minted-Christmas-Cardsminted-card-christmas

Going to the mailbox around Christmas time is the best, it’s the time all the cards come and it all makes me so happy.  Because going to the mailbox every other time of the year is much more depressing.  While receiving them is my very favorite, giving them can be fun and EASY.
I love Minted cards.  I love the quality, I love the designs and I LOVE all the extras that can make your card giving experience that much easier.  I was all about the colorful Christmas card this year, from the envelope liners to the already addressed envelopes (because let’s be honest…that is the worst part about sending Christmas cards).  Sharing our Christmas cards, more family pics, other Minted favorites and a giveaway.  Check it all out below.
Continue Reading…

Christmas, Crafts, Holiday

DIY PAPER BAG ADVENT CALENDAR

December 1, 2016
DIY-colorful-Advent-Calendar---

DIY-colorful-Advent-Calendar----simple-advent-calendarChristmas-Candy-and-Advent-Calendars

I have always loved advent calendars.  They are such a childhood memory for me.  Although we would always get those cardboard ones with nasty tasting chocolates in each little square box ha but it was still exciting, gross chocolates and all.  But now that I’m older and in charge of advent calendars I say no to gross treats and yes to delicious candy, me AND my kids will love. So to kick off Christmas and all its advent calendar fun I partnered with Paper Mart to share this DIY paper bag advent calendar.  Perfect for filling with all kinds of yummy treats and goodies. Continue Reading…

Christmas, Crafts, Holiday

DIY PICTURE PLACE CARD HOLDER

November 18, 2016
DIY-Picture-Place-card-Holders

DIY-Picture-Place-card-HoldersChristmas-tableChristmas-table-decorHP-Sprocket-printer

The Holidays are here and I am so excited!  I look forward to all the parties, dinners and time with friends and family.  These next few months are the best party months of the year!  So obviously I had to share a party DIY.  These picture place-card holders are so simple and can also be gifts for your guests to take home.  SCORE, a twofer.  And who doesn’t love personalized gifts, they are and will always be my favorite.  I wanted to make place cards that were a little different than just a name.  How fun to walk around the table looking at all the pictures and finding one of you.  So whether your guests are family or friends, you can print out a customized picture place card all with the help of the HP sprocket.   They can be a conversation starter, something fun to reminisce on and just a cute gift all around.  Because what better time of year is there than to reflect on all the fun times had?
Continue Reading…

free printables, Holiday, thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING PRINTABLE

November 7, 2016
thansgiving-printable-for-the-whole-family---

thansgiving-printable-for-the-whole-family---printable-thankful-posters

Thanksgiving is coming and besides the ridiculous amount of delicious food and LEFTOVERS (my very fav) there is the time to reflect on being thankful.  I LOVE that there is a holiday centered around giving thanks!  I look forward to this holiday with my kids because we can all sit and talk about what we are thankful for.  We started a tradition of writing it down all month long, so by the end of the month we have soooo many things to be thankful for.  The last few years I have done thankful trees but this year we are doing it printable style.  You can print this “thankful” poster, color it any way you want and then write down all the things you are grateful for as a family, or just for yourself (you can see I included chocolate).  And if your kids are too small they can just tell you or draw pictures.  It really is the cutest tradition!  Now lets get our gratitude on!  Click through to get the FREE downloadable thankful banner.
Continue Reading…

halloween

6 MONSTER TREATS TO TRY THIS HALLOWEEN

October 21, 2016
Monster-treat-DIY-ideas-to-try-this-Halloween----

Monster-treat-DIY-ideas-to-try-this-Halloween----

Remember when we were monsters for Halloween?  Still one of my favorite family costumes.  In honor of monsters and halloween I rounded up 6 of the cutest monster treats.  There is nothing cuter than some goggly eyed dessert at a Halloween party.  I would much rather eat a monster dessert than a bunch of candy any day. Which one are you going to try?

Monster Cookie Bar  /  Monster Eyeball Donuts  /  Frankenstein Brownies
Rice Crispy Treat Monsters  /  Monster Cookies  /  Truffle Monster Cupcakes

halloween, Holiday

DIY STAMPED BAT CANDLES

October 18, 2016
DIY-bat-stamped-candle-for-halloween---

DIY-bat-stamped-candle-for-halloween---Easy-DIY-bat-stamped-candles--

Halloween is almost here!! Where did the time go, I swear all the holidays seem to creep up on me these days.  So I’m sharing a SUPER DUPER easy Halloween DIY because there is always enough time to craft.  These stamped bat candles only take about 20 min and are dang cute!  They can be great table decor for a Halloween dinner, some fun party decorations or just something fun to add around the house and make it more festive.
So get crafting because Halloween isn’t complete without something covered in bats, am I right?

Continue Reading…

Travel

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN IRELAND

October 17, 2016
our-trip-to-ireland

our-trip-to-ireland

If you followed along on my instagram or insta stories you saw that we were in Ireland last week.  We decided to tag along with Austin on his business trip, it was pretty last min but was sooooo fun!  The weather was perfect, not rainy, not too cold but so fallish (which I needed since it was 90 degrees in So Cal before we left).  This was our first big international trip with all 3 kids and it couldn’t have gone better!  Seriously!  Makes me want to leave tomorrow for another trip.  Im sharing a BUNCH of pictures and what we saw and did below.
Continue Reading…

Crafts, Party

DIY CACTUS PARTY

September 16, 2016
prickly-party

prickly-partycolorful-party-table-decorcactus party

I have been wanting to put together a cactus themed party for a LONG time.  More exact… a “prickly party” because cacti are the cutest/prickliest plants ever AND I have yet to kill one yet, woo hoo!  The whole party was inspired by these DIY tissue covered pots I made awhile back.   The minute I made them I knew those colors needed to be made into a party, stat!  And since cactuses are all the rage (move over succulents) I figured a whole party should be dedicated to it ha!  And so the prickly party was born, and I must say I am very much in love.
Get all the DIY and source details at the end of the post, cause I’m gonna force you to look at pretty party pictures first :)  Continue Reading…