{peanut butter no-bake cookies}

Jun
04
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No-bake cookies are a most definite hit at our house, especially over the last couple of weeks.  I think we've made them at least 5 times!  My regular recipe came from our early married college years, given to me by one of my good friends.  It has remained my favorite no-bake recipe to this day!Today for our Sunday treat, once again everyone wanted no-bake cookies (my little boys call them cuckoos, lol).  After a brilliant suggestion from my mom, I switched out the white sugar for brown sugar, omitted the cocoa, and ended up with the most delicious peanut-buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies!  We will absolutely be making this version again!If you've never made … [Continue reading...]



{oh, what do you do in the summertime} featured guest: lil blue boo

Jun
01
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Hi! I'm Ashley from Lil Blue Boo! Thank you so much Kierste, for including me in your Summertime Series! Now that school's out it's time to keep the kiddos busy! I have gathered together a few of my favorite tutorials ranging from clothing to travel keepsakes that will help keep you entertained in the summer months. Enjoy!    1. Do you have an old pair of shorts that need a makeover, or perhaps they are a little too short? Add some pretty lace trim with this tutorial. 2. Make this super easy Square Top for your little girl...from a simple square piece of knit fabric. 3. Store your little ones trip treasures for a sweet keepsake. 4. Give your plain … [Continue reading...]



{DIY baggage tags} with free printable!

May
31
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baggage tags header--brown paper packages

It's summer! Our family has some big trips coming up in the next few months, and I wanted to create some fun and easy baggage tags for all of our luggage. When we fly, we usually leave our stroller and car seats at door of the plane, and then pick them up when we get off.  Tying a cute baggage tag around them will add one more step in an effort to making sure our stuff doesn't get lost!  I also wanted  needed a cute tag for my pink polka dot luggage, lol.These tags will take less than 5 minutes to make, are super inexpensive, and are perfect on everything from kids' backpacks to strollers! Of course I went with a monogram, because I'm slightly obsessed.  :)  Here's how you can … [Continue reading...]



{mini s’mores}

May
29
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mini s'mores--brown paper packages

We are a S'mores loving family, and I cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw the new Lil' Squares by Honey Maid.  They are seriously the CUTEST mini version of graham crackers, and I immediately knew what I wanted to do with them! These mini s'mores are the perfect bite, and deliver the taste we all love in a tiny little package. The best part? They literally take just minutes to make in your oven! They are perfect for any summer occasion or get-together, an evening at home, rainy day activity, or family night treat.  Kids will love helping to put these together--and munch on the ingredients at the same time. :) I also love the presentation--why is it that everything's so … [Continue reading...]



{summer reading program} with printables!

May
28
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 I posted this for the first time last summer, along with the printables. I've received several e-mails telling me that the place I updated those printables to is now requiring payment in order to download them.  I decided to go ahead and re-post it, and change the link for the printables to one that is free!  This was one of our very favorite summer activities, and can't wait to do it again! Since we're moving this summer, and will be in between libraries, I think it's going to be even more important.  Enjoy!..... When I was growing up, summers were for reading.  I read all year long, but in the summer I could curl up with a book for as long as I wanted … [Continue reading...]



{oh, what do you do in the summertime} featured guest: somewhat simple

May
25
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Here is a fun indoor summer activity, perfect to throw together when the kids are getting a bit stir-crazy! GATHER THESE MATERIALS:Gift wrap tubesCereal boxesPacking tapePinto beans, rice, split peas etc.EmbellishmentsScissorsDIRECTIONS: 1. Using your packing tape, tape one end of your tube. I just laid the tape in several different directions over the opening and then wrapped the base of the tube a few times around to secure the ends of each strip of tape.  2. Cut your cereal boxes into strips. Make sure they are thinner than your tube (about 1 inch wide should work). Then, fold the strips back and forth like a fan or accordion. 3. Add your accordion-like cardboard to the … [Continue reading...]