{valentine’s ideas}

Well, we are snowed in. The major storm going across the nation visited our lovely town last night, and we have spent the day just lounging around and enjoying being in our pajamas. I (of course) took the opportunity to go online and browse for a bit.Here are a few ideas for Valentine's Day that I just love...Lovesicles, by Craftberry BushHeart Cake, by I am BakerHeart Candy Dishes, by Eighteen25Burlap Pennant, by Craft-O-ManiacRuffle Rosette Heart Shirt, by Occasionally CraftyValentine's Day Pillows, by Slippery Soup.....Good news! I should have a couple of tutorials coming very soon! In anticipation of the big storm, everyone else headed to the grocery store for staples (I already had … ...read more

{yummy super bowl food}

First of all, can I just say how EXCITED I am about the Super Bowl this year? We are huge Steelers fans, and we can't wait! To win, that is. :)The only thing better than the game itself is all the yummy food, and in anticipation of the party we're going to, I thought I would share some the mouthwatering ideas I found in my search......Football Jersey Cookies, by Brown Eyed BakerFootball Cookies, by Brown Eyed Baker.....BBQ Bacon Sliders, by Our Best Bites.....BLT Dip, by The Girl Who Ate Everything.....Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings, by My Baking Addiction.....Loaded Nachos, by Two Peas and their Pod.....Peanut Butter & Chocolate Popcorn, by brown paper packagesThis recipe was created … ...read more

{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

{a place for everything} toy organization

a place toys dresser drawer copy

If you've got kids, you've got toys, and finding a place for all of them can sometimes be a challenge.I follow a few simple steps that help me keep everything in place: 1. Containers: Whether you've got a large or small space, there are containers out there that will make it easier for toy organization. Not only will you keep toys together, but the room will seem bigger when you can hide all those toys away. I have several different places I keep toys, and I love them each for different reasons. In our playroom toy closet, the majority of toys are separated into categories and stored in plastic bins. I love them all to match--my favorite are the ones by Rubbermaid, with the … ...read more

{love buckets}

Love Buckets | simplykierste.com

I just love Valentine's Day.  It's always been one of my favorite holidays, and I love it even more now that I have children.  We have a lot of fun with lots of different traditions, but these Love Buckets are a favorite with everyone! It's a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day with the whole family! I found these darling red and pink tin buckets at Michael's for only $1.99, and bought one for each child. Next, I pulled out my trusty Silhouette, cut out their names in vinyl (font = century gothic), and placed them on the outside of the bucket. I also used it to cut out a stack of red, pink, and white cardstock hearts. You certainly don't have to have Silhouette to do this, though. … ...read more