Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top Ten Posts of 2015

It's the last day of the year!  I don't know where the time went.  It's fun to look back on the year and see what I have created through out the year and what was popular!  So here is my top ten posts that I posted about in 2015.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

10 New Year's Eve Food Ideas {MMM #310 Block Party}

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas as much as we did! It's now time to think about New Years, and with that comes New Years Eve food! We've rounded up 10 New Years Eve food ideas to inspire you for whatever party you might be throwing or attending, even if it's just you and the kids cuddled up on the couch watching the ball drop.

10 New Years Food Eve Ideas

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Dessert Idea- Pie Bar with Mini Pie Samples

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When it comes to pie, you can never get enough of it!!  Pie is one of those great desserts that is perfect any time of year, especially around the holidays.  I love that there are so many different flavors and crust styles so you can please everyone at a party or gathering.  If you are entertaining any time soon, this pie bar is a great idea.  You can get as many pies that you want, have some yummy toppings and even add ice cream to make it a la mode.  One more idea for the pie bar is making little samples of pie for the guests.  Sometimes I want to try a lot of different flavor of pies, or I want more than one kind of pie but I don't want a full piece of each pie.  So these little samples are perfect for that.  I can have 4 different flavors but not have to have 4 full pieces of pie. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Neighbor Gifts {MMM #309 Block Party}

Christmas is this week, ahhh!!  I am so not ready, are you? I am pretty much done with my family, but I haven't even thought about doing neighbor gifts.  So that's what I'm working on this week, getting neighbor gifts out before Christmas.  Here are several great ideas that would be perfect for a neighbor gift. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Scent Inspired Cookies- Easy Chocolate Chip Apple Cinnamon Cookies

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One of my fondest memories about growing up was coming into our house right after my mom had baked something.  The smell was heavenly and it just made me feel so happy and excited.  My mom is an amazing cook/baker, especially around the holidays. She made the best treats around Christmas time and I loved it!  There are certain smells that just remind me of home and being a kid and I just LOVE it! Cinnamon and baked goods are definitely scents that just bring me back to my childhood and all the good things that came with.  When I smell cinnamon, I immediately think about the holidays and all the fun times I had with my mom and my family.  Since it's the holiday season and I love my house smelling wonderful all the time, I decided to pick up the Glade® CHERISH THE PRESENT™ Jar Candle, which inspired me to make these super easy and oh so delicious apple cinnamon cookies. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

DIY Easy Minecraft Christmas Pajamas

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Yesterday I learned that today was pajama day at my kids' school.  I usually just send them in mixed matched pjs that we have laying around.  Well then I decided that I needed to do something fun for them and so last night, way past bedtime, the four of us made these fun shirts!  They were so easy to make, the kids helped me make them, and they turned out sooooo good!  I wanted to put some tinsel on them to make them more of an ugly sweater shirt, but they decided that they wanted to wash them and make them last, so we settled with felt.  

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Great Gift Idea for Parents- Gift Card and Photo Book

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Every year I have great plans to be done with Christmas shopping before the Saturday before Christmas (I don't even try to think about doing it before December but I know that that is not possible).  I have all of these ideas of what I want to do and reality sets in and most of the time I am still shopping on Christmas Eve.  This year I had a really great idea to do something for the grandparents (our parents).  This is what I wanted to do: I wanted to make them a big photo book of our family, especially with pictures of them with our kids.  It was going to be great (at least in my head it looked great). And then December got away from me and I realized that it wasn't going to happen.  So then I thought that I would make a fun date night kit with a gift card to their favorite restaurant, some popcorn and a fun movie.  And then I realized by the time I got that done and shipped off to them it still might not make to to them in time for Christmas and plus the thought of having to pay $10 on shipping alone made it not look as good as an idea.  And then I found out about and it solved all of my problems!!  I was able to combine my idea of doing a photo book and date night!!  It was perfect, it was easy and the best part was with the purchase of the gift card I got to make a FREE photo book and it gets emailed to them so I don't have to pay for shipping, it really was a win-win. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Teacher Christmas Gift Idea- Printable for Target Gift Card

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Christmas is coming and this is the last week of school for us.  So of course this week it has hit me that I haven't done a Christmas gift for my kids' teachers yet!!!  Ahhh, I always have good intentions to get things done earlier in the month, but it never happens!   I made up a printable for a Target gift card last spring for the end of the year and I loved them so much, that I thought that it would be great to make up a printable for Christmas gift cards.  They have so many fun ones right now, plus they make a perfect gift because everyone can use a gift card so they can get what they want!  I made up three different versions of the printable and they go really well with all the Christmas gift cards.  These are so easy to do plus you can add as much or as little as you want to the gift card! 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Banana Cream Pudding Recipe with Minion Jars

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Every Sunday for dinner we do a family movie night and have a very low key dinner (like chips, salsa and nacho cheese).  We all gather around our family room, put down a table cloth and eat picnic style while watching the movie.  It's so much fun and the kids get really excited about it each week.  This past Sunday they were especially excited about our family movie night because we got to watch the new Minions movie.  To make it even more fun I made up an amazing and easy banana cream pudding and put them into fun minion jars for the kids to eat while we watched the movie (after dinner of course).  

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Pajamas Idea- Easy DIY Minecraft Pajamas

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One of our family’s traditions is opening one present on Christmas Eve.  And that one present is new pajamas.  I like to either buy/make pajamas that are characters of movies/games that they like.  My little girl is fairly easy because she loves all the Disney stuff and they are super popular, so I just picked her up a pair during Black Friday.  But boys are a different story, they like some of stuff that is popular right now, but they are obsessed with Minecraft.  And because Minecraft is newer they still don’t have a ton of stuff available, that isn’t super expensive.  I found a pair online that I loved but they were about $20 a pair, which times that by 4 and it’s really expensive.  So I decided to make a similar design and make them myself.  They only cost about $6 each to make, much better than $20 plus they turned out so cute and good, I can’t wait to give them to my kids on Christmas Eve.  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

19 Ideas to Make your Holidays SPARKLE {MMM #308 Block Party}

Raise your hand if you like glitter?!?!  I definitely have both hands raised! I know some of us think glitter is the ultimate crafting supply and others think it's the crafting scourge, but we're celebrating all things glitter and sparkly today. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Turquoise Lights with Glitter and Snowflakes

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There are several things that I love to change out during the holiday season.  It's fun to have a change up in my decor and try out some new color schemes.  I especially love to decorate for winter during the holiday season because I can keep it up longer than just a month.  I thought this year it would be fun to change up my pendants in my kitchen to be more festive and like holiday lighting.  A couple months back I dyed my pendants lights turquoise and I loved it soooo much that I thought it would be fun to do something similar, but a little more festive.  This time around I added glitter and snowflakes and I just LOVE them!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gift Idea for Men- DIY Bathroom Shelf for Beard Trimmer and Razor

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Buying a gift for your husband is hard sometimes, well at least it's hard for me.  It seems like if there is something that he wants, he goes out a buys it.  He doesn't wait until his birthday or Christmas to get something.  So this year I decided to make him and buy him something that he needs. My husband is getting into his mid 30's and is the facial hair is finally coming in (it's cracks me up a little bit that he's now finally getting facial hair). I have been noticing that is has been grooming his facial hair more and more, so I decided it was time to get him something for that.  So I got him a really cool beard trimmer and then I made him a little shelf to organize all of his shaving stuff on.  I made the shelf 100% myself, since it's going to be his gift this year I wanted to surprise him with it already built :). 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

DIY 2x4 Star Wars R2D2 Book Ends

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The new Star Wars movie is coming soon, woohoo!!!!  Are you super excited about it?!?!  We are!  So excited that I decided that I needed to make some fun Star Wars book ends for my boys' room!   These were super easy to make and super inexpensive to make, they are just made out of 2x4s and 2x2s, paint and vinyl!  If you don't want to have them be book ends, they are still super cut on a shelf or table! I think that these are great for someone of any age too, I could see them on a book shelf in an office :) Oh and if your kids love Minecraft, make sure to check out my Creeper book ends that I made! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday Party Foods- Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

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I love cheese.  And when I say I love cheese, I don't mean that I really like cheese, I mean that I am obsessed with cheese.  Seriously.  When I was in high school I was obsessed with cheese.  I loved eating it but I also the thought of it.  I owned two cheese heads (one was small, one was big), I had cheese earrings and anytime I saw cheese on socks or clothing I bought it.  My senior quote in the yearbook was "cheese and monkeys" and in my senior picture I had a block of cheese and a monkey with me in the picture (I was SO WEIRD when I was in high school!!!).  I still can remember buying the block of cheddar cheese on our way to pictures and my mom using a little pocket knife to put holes into the cheese to make it look like Swiss cheese (I liked the color of cheddar cheese but the holes of Swiss cheese).   Oh man, I was so goofy back then :)!

Like I said before, I LOVE cheese!  I love putting cheese into a lot of my meals (I also like to have extra cheese in everything!) and I love just snacking on it.  Whenever I have to bring some kind of appetizer for a party or am throwing a party, I make sure that I have something cheese related because it's just so good! When I am entertaining or need to bring something to a party, I love to bring a cheese tray and then these cheesy stuffed jalapeño poppers.  They are oh so good! 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

9 Nativity Crafts and Decorations {MMM #307 Block Party}

With all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, sometimes we forget what's it's really about.  So here are 9 crafts that make sure you don't leave on the Christ in Christmas. 

Great Christ centered nativity Christmas crafts and decorations

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Place Settings- 2x2 Wood Santa and Reindeer

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I have found that my kids LOVE when I make something just for them, with their names on it!  It's not very often that we do big fancy dinners, only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Easter.  I love to do some kind of place settings for those dinners, just for fun.  I made some turkey and pumpkin ones for Thanksgiving one year and they were so much fun, that I thought it would be fun to make ones for Christmas this year.  So I made some 2x2 wood Santas and reindeer.  They turned out so cute I love how they look!  They are going to go perfectly with our personalized dinner plates

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DIY Glowing Star Wars Light Sabers

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Star Wars is coming!!!  Are you excited about it??  With a house full of boys, we are definitely excited about it!  We LOVE the Star Wars movies.  My sister is throwing her son a Star Wars birthday party this weekend and we were talking about party ideas and favors. So to get my kids even more excited about the movie, I decided to make them some GLOWING light sabers.  They were soooo easy to make, plus they were super inexpensive (about $1.25 each).  Plus they are so stinkin' cool.  These are pretty for birthday parties, for costumes or just for fun.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Guide Gift for Pre Teen Boys and $100 Gift Card GIVEAWAY

Being a mom of 4 boys I am always in need of good gift ideas for boys.  Boys are hard for me because I don't know what they want.  Girls are easy because I can just get them clothes, shoes or craft supplies and they are happy (at least my girl is).  My two older boys are getting to the age that they aren't super interested in toys but at the same time I don't want to just get them electronics. I want to give them a variety of things for Christmas.  So here is my pick for pre teen boys.  These 12 items are either things that I plan on getting my boys or things that they already have and love.  Oh and I have teamed up with 9 other bloggers to give you a $100 gift card GIVEAWAY, so make sure you go and enter that too! 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

12 Christmas Holiday Decor {MMM #306 Block Party}

Who else busted out the Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving?!  The second Thanksgiving is over I don't feel bad about blaring Christmas music and being surrounded by green and red! I have loved looking at all the inspiration for holiday decor ideas on Pinterest and in our own block party. I have rounded up 12 fun ideas to get you ready for your own personal winter wonderland!12 Holiday Decor Ideas

Thursday, November 26, 2015

23 Christmas Crafts to do with a Silhouette: Silhouette Black Friday Deals

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It's that time of year, time to buy a Silhouette!!!  If you have been wanting one of these, then now is the time to do it!!  The Silhouette is by far my FAVORITE crafting tool EVER!!  I cannot tell you how many times I use it!  I bet I use it for about 85% of my projects.  I have had mine of 4 years and it is still going strong and it's so amazing!  

So right now you can get some amazing deals on the machines, starting at $99!!!  The little Portrait can do all of the things that the CAMEO can do, it's an awesome machine!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DIY Date Night Clutch

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Date night is one of those things that I absolutely love, but with 5 kids I don't get to do it very often.  It's not the easiest to find a babysitter or even a day that we don't have something going on.  But when we do go out on a date, I like to look good (and not like a zombie like I usually do every other day).  I have an everyday purse but when I go out on a date, I don't need to drag around a big purse filled with diapers, wipes, sippy cups and random toys and hair clips from my kids.  Sometimes I want to just have something simple, small and it holds the essentials.  So I decided to make myself a cute little date night clutch.  It's just the right size and the big bow in the front makes it really easy to hold it. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Family Tradition- DIY Personalized Christmas Dinner Plates

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Last week I made some personalized Thanksgiving plates and it was such a big hit with my kids, we decided to make some fun Christmas ones.  It's such a fun tradition and I can't wait to use the fun plates.  For the Thanksgiving ones, we all did the same design.  But for the Christmas ones, I went all out.  I had everyone have their own design and character.  Each character had a special thing on their plates that pertains to them, like Mrs. Claus had gingerbread cookies, Santa had stockings, the elf had a toy robot, the snowman and penguin had mittens and the gingerbread man had a ginger bread house.  The kids had so much fun making these and once again, they turned out SO GOOD!!  I love seeing all the different styles and colors that they used.  We plan on adding to these each year too.  Next year we are going to do a cup, the next year a dessert plate and so on. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Last Minute Thanksgiving Crafts and Foods {MMM #305 Block Party}

Thanksgiving is this week, but there is still plenty of time to do some fun crafts and foods for the holiday.  Here are 25+ ideas that you can do this week!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fun Christmas Treat- Christmas Snack Pack Pudding Cups with School Jokes Printable

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  It's so fun to get out the fun and festive decorations and feel like a kid again.  I love eating sweet treats, drinking hot chocolate and having Christmas music blaring in the background.  It's such a fun time of year!!  And of course it's so fun to do things for my kids (not just myself ;) ).  Pudding has always been one of my favorite treats, growing up and now.  It's just so good!!  And Snack Packs are so yummy and make the perfect snack or treat, plus they go perfectly for kids' school lunch.  I made up a few Christmas Snack Packs and the kids loved them!  These will be perfect for an afternoon snack or for their lunch boxes.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Gift Idea for a Cat- Friskies Pull 'n Play

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Do you have a pet in your house?  Do you like to do something fun for them during the holidays?  Do you give them presents?  We have a cat and it's fun to do fun things for her during on the holidays and on her birthday.  I am always looking for fun, little gifts to get her that I know that she will enjoy.  Well this Friskies Pull ’n Play is perfect for any cute cat!  She was excited to play with it and get a fun treat while playing!
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Family Tradition- DIY Personalized Thanksgiving Dinner Plates

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**I also made some Christmas plates. Go check them out.**

I love holidays traditions.  When I think about the holidays growing up I don't think about a certain present that I got one year or what we ate that other year.  But I do remember being with my family and the traditions that we did every year.  We haven't had many Thanksgivings by ourselves, so we haven't had a chance to really come up with traditions for our own little family.  A couple years ago I made everyone a fun personalized place mat.  I decided that it's time to start adding to our place settings.  So I let everyone make their own plate. And as the years go on, we will add to the place settings.  This year we made the dinner plates, next year maybe we will make a cup and the following year a dessert plate.  And then we will continue to use them over and over again.  It was a really fun activity for my kids and they had a blast.  The plates turned out so good and cute.  I loved it so much that I think we are going to do it for Christmas too! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

16 Projects to Keep you Toasty Warm {MMM #304 Block Party}

The weather has definitely turned colder and darker in Washington State where I live and it leaves me wanting to curl up with something soft and warm all day, so I thought I'd share some projects that are fun to make and will keep you Toasty Warm.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Santa’s Cookies Recipe- Christmas Cake Cookies with DIY Santa Plate and Neighbor Gift Idea

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The holidays were a very special time for me growing up.  They seemed so magical and I loved everything about them.  I especially loved the holiday baking.  I could always count on my mom to be in the kitchen making some kind of sweet treat for us and I absolutely loved it.  I remember I would sneak into the kitchen and try to grab a cookie or beg to lick a beater or the bowl.  Those were the good old days!  Now that I am a Mom, I am trying hard to give my kids wonderful memories of the holiday season also.  Every year we love to make cookies for Santa together and of course this year isn't going to be any different.  This year we are going to make him these super yummy Christmas cake cookies with M&M's®.  Making cookies for Santa is such a fun activity for us on Christmas Eve that I thought that a Santa's cookies kit would be a fun neighbor gift idea, so someone else can have a fun time with their family too.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

20 Must Make Pie Recipes {MMM #303 Block Party}

I think pie might be the most perfect dessert. You can pretty much make a pie that will make anyone happy. Whether it's rich and chocolately or light and fruity pies are so diverse it's no surprise that the holidays are full of them! Here are 20 Must Make Pie Recipes and boy do they look delish.
So many yummy pie recipes to try for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Pi Day