{top 11 in 2011}

Dec
31
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{Love Buckets} {Conversation Blocks} {Library Bookshelves}{General Conference Treat Buckets}{Older than dirt} {4x4 Block Pencil Holders}   {Beadboard Flag}{Summer Reading Program}{Family Blocks}{Raceway Building Blocks}Chicken Wire Framed Christmas Card Holder {Paper Sack Gift Bags}.....2011 was a wonderful year, and I'm so looking forward to 2012!  A huge thanks to all of you, my wonderful and AWESOME readers, for your incredible support.  I am filled with gratitude for each of you.  I absolutely love reading your comments and e-mails, and I so appreciate all of the kind words and encouragement.  HaPpY nEw YeAr!  … [Read more...]



{giveaway + promo} SILHOUETTE CAMEO!!!

Dec
29
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***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***Yes, it's true!  I have dying to announce this giveaway for weeks, and it's finally here! I love doing giveaways for you, because you are AWESOME, and this is just about as big as you can get.My Silhouette Cameo and I are inseparable--I use it ALL the time. It's an amazing tool--hands down my favorite--and I know that even I have only scratched the surface of what it can do.  I love that I can use any font or design on my computer for free (no additional cartridges needed) and the Silhouette software provides the means to create anything I want to!  Additional designs (thousands and thousands) are available in the Silhouette online store for only 99 … [Read more...]



{new year’s ideas}

Dec
28
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 I love a reason for a good party, and New Year's Eve is one of the best! It's the best night to stay up late with friends and family, eat yummy food, and ring in the new year! Here are a few celebration ideas that I found and love... Time Capsule in a Jar{kellicrowe.typepad.com}Homemade Fortune Cookies{alisaburke.blogspot.com}New Year's Bingo{hiphiphoorayblog.com}Pucker Up Buttercup Cookies{bakeat350.blogspot.com}Shimmering New Year's Streamers{marthastewart.com} My roots are Southern, and I grew up knowing that eating black-eyed peas on  New Year's is supposed to give you a year of good luck and prosperity, so I couldn't resist adding a couple of recipes with black eyed … [Read more...]



{merry christmas}

Dec
25
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Merry Christmas...may you and your families be blessed with health and happiness! … [Read more...]



{a place for everything} keeping christmas morning organized!

Dec
24
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Christmas morning can produce quite the mess. Wrapping paper, boxes, and gifts litter the room, and it can seem quite overwhelming to get everything cleaned up, organized, and put away. Today I'm going to share with you my tips for keeping the mess under control, giving you a little extra time (and sanity) on Christmas Day. They are simple ideas that can be done ahead of time, with minimal prep, but will make a huge difference! ..... Pre-purchased Storage Bins If you have purchased gifts that you know will need to go in a storage bin, or be organized...i.e. legos, lincoln logs, polly pockets, etc., purchase the storage bins ahead of time, and have them ready to go for Christmas … [Read more...]



{paper sack gift bags}

Dec
22
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Looking for a fun way to package treats or small gifts?  I've got the perfect thing! I took paper lunch sacks and sent them through my printer, making an all-in-one bag and tag.  It's simple, inexpensive, and SO fun! You could actually do this for any holiday, birthday, or as an invitation, too! I love Paper Sack Gift Bags!!! I just love paper sacks.  Not only are they super cute, but they're inexpensive, which means making just a few or in bulk is very reasonable. I'm going to give you directions based on my printer, but you will probably have to make a few changes depending on the kind of printer you have.  Just take a few minutes to experiment with which way the paper goes in, … [Read more...]



{family lacing cards}

Dec
20
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One of the things I made my kids for Christmas was a set of lacing cards, featuring our family...grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Since we live far away from them, it will be a fun way for my kids to see and be reminded of their extended family. This is a very easy project, and can be put together in an afternoon!  What a fun gift--for your children, or for other family members that don't live close. I'm excited to tuck them into our church bag, into my diaper bag for visits to the doctor and other times we have to wait, and into the car. ITEMS YOU NEED: white cardstock printer paper trimmer & scissors coordinating cardstock or scrapbook paper hole … [Read more...]



{giveaway} shabby apple

Dec
19
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**GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** You guys!  It's less than a week until Christmas, can you believe it?  It hasn't really felt like Christmas around here because there is NO SNOW.  Normally I wouldn't complain about this at all, in fact, our "warm" weather would usually result in me jumping for joy and singing Hallelujah. However, with a week until Christmas, and my kids out of school the week after that, we need snow!  We need sledding, and tubing, and tobogganing, and snowmen in our front yard.  Since we live through seven months of winter, I'm thinking a white Christmas should be the one perk we get.  It can melt in January. Okay, enough about that, and on to this … [Read more...]



{kierste’s hot chocolate with peppermint cream}

Dec
16
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I ♥ hot chocolate.       My kids love it too, and since we live in the frozen winter tundra, we have it quite often. (It's also a definite Christmas Eve and Christmas morning tradition...) I almost always make it homemade, and after experimenting with different ingredients and combinations, I've found a version that we have labeled as our favorite! It's simple to make, and is ready in less than 10 minutes.  Delicious!  I really like using chocolate chips, because it makes it so smooth and creamy. The peppermint cream is the perfect complement, and honestly, if you don't like mint & chocolate together, you are crazy.  :)  I prefer milk … [Read more...]



{christmas glitter dishtowels}

Dec
16
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Every girl needs a little glitter, right? I had the opportunity to try Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets. by I Love to Create and used them to glam up a few flour sack dishtowels. I really wanted to be able to use them with my Silhouette, instead of cutting everything out by hand--especially because I wanted to use lettering.  The package said that it worked with most die cutters, and even though the Silhouette isn't technically a die cutter, I decided to give it a try.  You can absolutely use them without one though--I've just become impatient.  :) It took several attempts to figure out what I needed to do to make it work, and I finally did--hooray!  ***This is where … [Read more...]