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Book Party Cupcake Toppers

Creating these book cover cupcake toppers for your next party is easier than you think! This was one of those things that I wasn't even planning on turning into a blog post. It was just some quick cupcakes for my daughter's class because they were having a book bistro last week. They were … [Read More...]

Spicy Tomato Parmesan Soup

Spicy Tomato Parmesan Soup

This spicy tomato parmesan soup is easy to make and a hit with the whole family! Sorry for the radio silence lately. I've been working my way through a behind-the-scenes blog class. A little continuing education, if you will. I've also decided, I could never do a cyber school. I neeeeed a … [Read More...]

Baked Ranch Sourdough Pretzels- A Turtle's Life for Me

Ranch Sourdough Pretzel Bites

It takes no time to make these Ranch Sourdough Pretzel Bites! I am the biggest sweets girl. Not to be confused with a sweet girl. Nope, you can check with my husband on that one. His favorite comment lately is "You're getting a little lippy" a la Will Ferrel when he accepted his Mark Twain … [Read More...]

3D cutout animal sugar cookies

5 Easy Tips to Make 3D Cookies

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bakery Crafts for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The goal of every mom during a holiday season is to make things as easy and stress-free as possible while still creating that WOW factor for her kids! Amiright or amiright?? (Picture a … [Read More...]

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Raising a Healthy, Happy Teenage Son

Raising a Teenage Son Let me start by saying, I have no advice on this. I've never done it before, and can't really speak to something that hasn't happened yet. Well that's not exactly true. I officially have one day under my belt as the Mother of a Teenager. My son turned 13 … [Read More...]

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Free Valentine’s Day Printable with Juicy Fruit® Starburst® Gum

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wrigley Jr. Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My kids are getting older and no longer have classroom parties for Valentine's Day complete with homemade mailboxes and cards for the entire class. This pre-teen thing is really … [Read More...]

faux watercolor pillow with fabric markers

Faux Watercolor Pillow with Fabric Markers

Creating a faux watercolor pillow is easier than you think using fabric markers and water! Have you ever tried to change the mind of a pre-teen girl?  Bottle that up and market it if you're successful at this! My daughter had it in her head that she was making a watercolor pillow for her … [Read More...]

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The Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe

The perfect chocolate peanut butter cupcake recipe for anybody who takes their sweets seriously! It's one of the greatest truths that we know in this life: peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect pairing! You could get me a whole line of people to tell me I'm wrong, and I still won't … [Read More...]

batman nail string art

Batman String Nail Art

I have been wanting to try my hand at string art with nails for awhile now and just never got around to it! For our homemade Christmas gift exchange, my son pulled his cousin's name. He was thrilled he was making something for a 14 year-old boy and not one of his girl cousins. I, on the other … [Read More...]

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Make a Wood Photo Sign out of a 1×12

Christmas is over and I can finally share some of the homemade gifts we made for family members! My family started this tradition about 4 years ago (don't quote me on that, my memory is THE worst!!), and it quickly became one of our favorites. I have 5 siblings, so combined with my parents and … [Read More...]

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Holiday Decor Re-purposed from Thrift Store Finds

I've always been a fan of thrift stores and giving old new things a new life, but I lost a lot of my motivation in the last couple years. Make no mistake, I didn't lose my motivation for purchasing the items. Oh no, I still have a basement storage room filled to the brink with all my thrift store … [Read More...]

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Bloggers Paying it Forward this Holiday Season

Can you feel it? This time of year there seems to be a little extra magic in the air, people seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people. People they may know or they may not. It's the holidays! Not so … [Read More...]

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Christmas Styrofoam Wreath with Gift Bag

I originally shared this post over at Create.Craft.Love. last month, but I wanted share it here on my own site as well for all of you!  It's been hanging on my door for over 6 weeks now and I'm still enjoying it, which says a lot for this flighty gal!  I have a bit of a confession to make that in … [Read More...]

cherry filled fudge chocolate cookies recipe

Fudge Cookies- Mint or Chocolate Cherry

 Today's post is sponsored by Nestle TollHouse!  All opinions, recipes, moans and groans are all my own, though!     One of my very favorite parts of the holiday season as a child was my mom's cookies! Not just the fact that they were (and still are) the very best cookies you will ever … [Read More...]

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Holiday Party Prep Guide with Charmin

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. We love to party over here! We love to get invited to them, we love to host them and we love prepping for them! Because if … [Read More...]