{monday update}

Happy Monday everyone!Well, my plans for the week have changed quite a bit since Saturday. I had several projects I was working on, and excited to get done this weekend when my husband was home.However...Despite the 8-9 inches of snow we received during the night, I still decided to go outside and do my long run on Saturday morning. Doing anything over 5 miles on the treadmill makes me a crazy person, so I threw on my yaktrax, and off I went. Since I'm training for my first marathon, not doing it wasn't an option, so I braved all the looks of the normal people with snowblowers as I went along. The end result? I threw out my back overcompensating for all the snow and haven't been able to … [Read more...]

{a place for everything…featuring Tater Tots & Jello}

Hi there! I’m Jen from Tatertots &Jello!I’m so excited to be here at Brown Paper Packages -- one of my favorite creative blogs!! I am not a very organized person, but there have been so many wonderful projects floating around the blogworld lately that have really inspired me to try to get my home a little more orderly. I’d love to share my latest project with you – My $6 Makeup Drawer Makeover!! My makeup drawer is always a mess. I am embarrassed to show you the before picture – it is terrible. Basically all of my makeup, lotions and toothpaste is shoved in a drawer. This drawer definitely needed a makeover!I found these containers at my local Dollar Tree.And last week I saw … [Read more...]

{valentine’s day tea party}

Valentine's Day is the perfect time for a tea party, and I have some fun and yummy ideas for you!I found the cookie recipe on the back of an old favorite--Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix. This mix is so versatile, and always popular, but can easily replace it with your own favorite sugar cookie recipe. Then about a week or so ago, I saw some pink hot chocolate mix in Michael's. It was super cute, but also really expensive. It started me thinking, and even though I didn't know how to make true hot chocolate pink (pink + brown??), I did have a yummy white hot chocolate recipe that I could try it with......Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies1 package Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix (prepared as … [Read more...]

{conversation blocks…revisited}

I've had several e-mails asking about the conversation blocks, and what to do if you didn't have a Silhouette or access to vinyl. Well...I've got an easy and inexpensive answer for you! Erica, over at Snippets of Wonderful, created her own version, using a printer and scrapbook paper! SO cute! Using materials you already have on hand is always fabulous!Click HERE for the tutorial. Don't you love that scrapbook paper? Perfect! … [Read more...]

{caramel marshmallow pops}

It's been so cold and snowy here lately, that we've stayed mostly inside trying to keep warm. This week I pulled out one of my most treasured recipe books--one I received from my grandmother--to try a favorite recipe from my growing up years. My kids loved the dipping, rolling, and then eating!I usually don't care for marshmallows, but you can't keep me away from these. I think it's the caramel. And the nuts. :) They are delicious, and so fun for any occasion. I like them because they're just a little different from the chocolate-dipped marshmallows--a fun twist on a favorite!Caramel Marshmallow Pops1 package large marshmallows1 lb. package Kraft caramels3/4 c. half and halffinely … [Read more...]


Jonie, from Just Between Friends!! I consider myself lucky to have her as a CWTS partner, and I've really enjoyed working with her. She has so many great ideas, and I love the way her mind works. You really have to go visit her, and see for yourself!She is one talented girl..just check out some of her projects!Her audition project...LOVE this anthro inspired necklace!She made this pillow from one a bridesmaid dress (her sister's) from her wedding...fabulous idea, and gorgeous pillow!I'm loving this Knot Top...darling!.....Today is voting for Round 1, so make sure you head on over to Sew Dang Cute , check out all the fabulous projects, and vote!! … [Read more...]

Love buckets: a simple & meaningful Valentine’s Day family tradition

love buckets 2 in a row copy

I really love Valentine's Day, but maybe not for the typical reasons.  I do love my husband, and I'm always grateful for a date night that evening. A box of my favorite chocolate doesn't hurt, either. :) But my favorite tradition of all is one that includes our kids-- Love Buckets.  It's simple, but a very meaningful way we celebrate each other. It can be done anytime, but we love to do it as a special Valentine's Day countdown. As parents, we're always looking for ways to strengthen the relationships we have with our kids, but also the ones that they have with each other.  Knowing that they're loved and appreciated by every member of the family contributes to that feeling of safety and … [Read more...]

{labels and an experiment}

Silhouette sent me some of their premium vinyl to try, which is intended for not only indoor use, but outdoor use as well. In fact, it will withstand the sun and weather for up to three years!My mind started spinning with all the possibilities, and many of them will have to wait until some of our snow melts and spring is a little closer.However, there were some winter weather items just screaming for a little vinyl...(font = Impervious)Then I got to thinking...if the premium vinyl can withstand the weather for that long, how about my dishwasher? So, I pulled out some sippy cups and little plastic snack containers and got to work on a little experiment. My twin boys each have their own … [Read more...]

{a playdough party with This Little Project}

Hi, I'm Jedda from This Little Project. I'm honored to be a guest here today. I'm lucky to have actually met Kierste and for how fun her blog is, she is even more fun in person! I have three small children and some of our favorite memories come from the {Little Projects} we've done together. With it being winter, I have the perfect {Little Project} to share that will chase away winter boredom blues:A Playdough Party!Not the regular stuff. This playdough smells delicious, and SPARKLES! {This Little Project} actually started out as a bribe (did I just admit that?) I told my kids that if they finished a (big) chore we would have a playdough party. It took a few days, but it worked! And we've … [Read more...]

{a place for everything}

I have a thing for paint samples. I LOVE them. I could browse that section for hours, and I do! When I find a new favorite, I tuck it in my purse and bring it home with me to add to my collection.There is always something being refinished, repainted, or redone around our house, so looking through and deciding on a paint color is par for the course. I love having a whole stack of my favorites on hand...then it's just trying to decide which one to use!When we built our house almost three years ago (that went so fast!), I needed a way to conveniently carry around all my paint and fabric samples. So, I punched holes in the corners of the samples, and added them to a silver 1-inch book ring. … [Read more...]