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

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Friskies Pull ’n Play for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. 

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!
#ad Christmas-present-for-cats

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

Friday, November 6, 2015

Tips on How to Install Hardwood Flooring by Yourself- Bamboo Strand Handscraped Hardwood

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I LOVE the look of hardwood floors.  They are so pretty!!  We have been wanting to put in hardwood floors in our living room ever since we moved in (18 months ago).  We love the look of it plus we wanted to have hardwood because our bar/kitchen area is really close to the carpet and it was a mess with our kids.  Well we finally did it and put in hardwood floors and we LOVE THEM!!!  Seriously I cannot believe how good our house looks and I cannot believe that we did it ourselves and it didn't take us very long at all.  It takes time but installing hardwood is not very hard to do at all.  I am going to share some of the things that we learned along the way and some tips on how to install it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

How to Remove and Install a Kitchen Moen Faucet

Disclosure: I was given product from Moen in exchange for this post.  All opinion are 100% my own.  
For the past few months we have been upgrading our main floor.  We were getting sick of the builder's grade stuff (and having the same features as every other house on the block).  When we first moved into our house, I knew that I wanted to change up our kitchen faucet.  It's a nice faucet but because the sink is really shallow so it's really hard to get a big pot under the faucet to fill with water when I'm cooking (several times I have spilled water because of it, so annoying).  I have been looking and waiting until I found the perfect faucet.  Well I found the perfect faucet, it's call the Delaney with MotionSense and it's awesome!  It fits perfectly with the style of our kitchen, it makes it look so much more fancy now!  Plus the installation of it was super easy to do! 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

10 Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas {MMM #302 Block Party}

Halloween is now over so it's time to start thinking about and getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Here are some great ideas to decorate your Thanksgiving tables with.