Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top Posts of 2016

Isn't it crazy that this year is almost over?!  I don't know what happened in this year, I look back and think about all the crazy things that have happened over the year.  We have done a lot and it has been a good year but also a rough one.  I'm excited to start a new year and to see what it brings for us!

I have been blogging for 7 years now and I have a LOT of things that I have made.  It's always fun to see what posts do well and what ones don't do as well.  I just wanted to share with you the Top 10 posts of the past year, the ones that were popular :).



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Things to get Cozy with {MMM #361 Block Party}

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


I hope this week finds you warm and comfy! As Christmas fades it feels like we don't have SO many things to do and we can relax and get a little cozy for a bit, doesn't it?
 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

DIY Etched Personalized Christmas Glasses


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Last year I started a family tradition for our family.  Instead of getting holiday dishes, we are making our own!  And each year we add to them just a little bit at a time.  Last year we started with the plates (which I absolutely love!) and now this year we did the glasses.  I think eventually we will do a dessert plate and then a placemat and that will probably be about it :).  I love how these glasses turned out!  I let my kids each pick out a design/shape and then they helped me put the vinyl on, but then I did the rest.  

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Neighbor or Teacher Gift Ideas {MMM #360 Block Party}

There is one week until Christmas and it's crunch time!  If you're like me at all, you're probably scrambling to figure out if your are going to do neighbor and teacher gifts.  Well if you are, here are 20+ ideas that will please anyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Neighbor or Teacher Gift Idea- Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Snowman


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When I think about neighbor gifts at Christmas time, I think about all the sweet baked goods and sweets that people give me.  But for me, the one thing that screams winter is hot chocolate. We are having an especially cold winter this year (already....) and so I wanted to make something that could really warm up my friends.  And of course I can't just give out hot chocolate, I needed to make it into something cute.  So I did just that and I love how they turned out!



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Snowman Candy Bar Neighbor or Teacher Gift with Free Printable


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Every year I try to give out neighbor gifts to all the friends that we have.  I usually try to do something simple and fun so I can make several of them.  I had a hard time coming up with something this year.  I finally came up with something and I'm so excited to share it with you.  These snowman candy bars are so fun to make and turn out so cute!  Plus I made a printable for you to make it even easier on you!  These make great teacher gifts too!



Monday, December 12, 2016

Tree Classics Park City Pine Snap Tree™

Disclosure: I was given product for this post, all opinions are 100% my own.

The month of December is always crazy busy for us.  With all of the Christmas parties, concerts and then all of the other things that we have to do to get ready for the holiday, every thing is little more stressful.  Some years even putting up the Christmas tree can be a huge hassle and take for-e-ver! Seriously, it can be so annoying.  There have been years that we have been putting up our tree and then learn that we were missing a branch or the lights were broken or something like that happened.  Well this this snap tree is different, you can put it up in a snap (see what I did there :D) and it looks so beautiful!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Chrimstmas Traditions to Add This Year {MMM #359 Block Party}

We're always on the hunt for a new tradition or two to add to our Christmas fun.  Here are some you'll want to do every year:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

15+ Peppermint Recipes {MMM #358 Block Party}

'Tis the season for peppermint recipes!
Over 15 delicious peppermint recipes. Perfect for Christmas desserts and gifts

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Beautiful DIY Gift Ideas {MMM #357 Block Party}

Now that Thanksgiving has wrapped up, it's time to get serious about making holiday gifts! Handmade and DIY gifts are my favorite to give AND to receive.
diy-gift-ideas 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Charity Packets and Blessing Bags #LighttheWorld


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mormon.org.  All opinions, content and ideas are 100% my own. 

I think all of us have been driving around town and seen a homeless person or someone who is less fortunate on the side of the road with a sign asking for money or food.  And I think all of us want to do something about it but either don't have cash or anything to give.  Well this year I have decided that I am going to act on those feelings and be prepared to help them out when I can.  It can be as simple as always having cash in your car or making something like these charity packets.  These packets are super easy to make and then just have in your car for when you see someone on the side of the road. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Brentwood Home Sleep Wellness Bundle GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: I was given product in exchange for this post and hosting a giveaway.  All opinions are 100% my own.

It crazy to think about how many hours we spend in our beds, either just hanging out or sleeping.  It is a crazy amount of time.  So it is very important to have quality products that we sleep on. I sleep on a regular, cheap pillow and I always wonder why I have a stiff neck when I wake up in the morning.  Well duh, it is the cheap pillow.  When I was sent the pillows from the sleep wellness bundle from Brentwood Home, I was excited to try them out!  So far so good and I'm excited to say that one lucky winner is going to get to try them out too :). 


Sunday, November 20, 2016

20+ DIY Christmas Decorations {MMM #357 Block Party}

I know that it's not Thanksgiving yet, but it's time to at least start thinking about Christmas decorations, especially if you are thinking about making them!  Here are some great DIY decor ideas that you can make this holiday season. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

How to Build a Sofa Table for Only $30


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A couple weeks ago I decided that it was time to change up some decor in my loft area.  I started ripping things off the wall and rearranging things for it.  Then I got a nice big window for the area, put my cute yellow wreath on it and tried to make my existing cabinet work, but it looked bad.  So I looked all around town and online for a sofa table that would work for the space.  I found several but they all seemed to be $100+ or the wrong size or wrong color.  So I decided that I would make a table instead.  Usually I design furniture and then my husband and I build it together.  Well this time I decided I wanted to try building it myself, and I did!  I made this table 100% on my own :).  If I can make it, then you can too, especially since I am going to give you step by step instructions.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Rustic Christmas Decor- DIY Wooden Box


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeHolidayJoy #CollectiveBias

Christmas is my favorite season.  I just love everything about it!  But I especially love the smells of it.  It's amazing how many memories are triggered by smells.  Just today I was walking out of a grocery store and I smelled something that completely sent me back to my 6th grade year at school and it was great.  I love when my house smells amazing and it reminds me of all the memories from my childhood.  Christmas was so magical when I was a kid and I want to remember those days.  My mom always had pine cones during the holiday season to start the fires in our fireplace, so whenever I see and smell pine cones I think about home.  So when I saw the limited edition Glade® Timeless Joy™ scent,  I knew that I wanted to get it.  It inspired me to have more of a rustic theme for Christmas this year to bring me joy this season, even when it gets stressful.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Christmas Reindeer Cookie Dough Truffles

The holidays are coming and so that means it's time for baking!!  One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to make festive and fun treats with and for my kids!  We always have a blast when we do it together.  We made these fun little reindeer cookie dough truffles together and the kids had so much fun making and eating them!  They all were so excited to use cookie dough in them because they all LOVE cookie dough!  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

35+ Crowd Pleasing Recipes for Thanksgiving {MMM #356 Block Party}

Whether you're hosting the whole Thanksgiving Dinner this year or you've been assigned to bring a side dish or dessert, you're sure to find something to fit everyone's taste.  There's everything from traditional to unique, and vegan to bacon wrapped chicken.  

Friday, November 11, 2016

DIY Farmhouse Style Frame- Oh Happy Day


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This past week I made my very first piece of furniture all by myself!! My husband and I usually do it together but this time around I wanted to try to do it all, and I'm so excited about it (it's not quite ready yet but trust me, you'll know when it's done cuz I will post it that day!) **Update, I finished it and you can find it here.**  Since I just built a new table, I needed to figure out what I wanted to put on it.  A whole new surface to decorate, I was super excited!  I love all the farmhouse style frames because they are so easy to make and super cute.  So I decided to put my own take on them, and this what I came up with :). 


Sunday, November 6, 2016

20+ DIY Christmas Ornaments {MMM #355 Block Party}

DIY Christmas Ornaments are one of my all time favorite things. I love inspecting a tree and seeing a variety of treasures that tell the story and history of a family.
   Great list of Christmas ornament tutorials. Tons of DIY christmas ornaments that would be great for kid activities too.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Healthy Chicken Recipe- One Skillet Lemon Chicken


With the holidays coming and going, eating healthy is a thing that is hard for me to do.  With the sweets and treats that come with the holidays or the busyness that come with them that make me not want to cook or just snack on junk.  I am trying harder this fall/winter to make better choices and eat healthier things.  So having healthy chicken recipes on hand will help me to eat better.  This lemon chicken recipe is so easy to make and it's super yummy!!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

14 Pie Ideas for Thanksgiving {MMM #354 Block Party}

It's time to move on to the next holiday in the year, and here in the US that means Thanksgiving! You don't have to be American to be thankful for pie though, am I right? There are so many variations of pie out there, that I thought I would round up 15 creative pie ideas that might be a little different than your traditional desserts you serve on Turkey Day! 15 Creative Pie Ideas

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Spookify Your Halloween Decor with Lighting- Philips Hue Halloween


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Halloween is coming up and I decided to take things to the next level.  Nothing screams Halloween more than spooky music and sounds.  Well why not have those spooky sounds and make your lights go with them.  Say what??!  Is that even possible? Umm yes it is and it's AWESOME!  Philips Hue are lights that connect to an app that you can program and that can make the lights basically any color that you would want.  So I took these lights and put them with my Halloween decor to make a spooky feel and look.  These are going to be awesome when I have a Halloween party or when trick or treaters come to my door. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Gift Guide for Moms

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own.

The holiday season is coming up soon, so it is time to start thinking about ideas for gifts. I think that one of the hardest people to buy for is Moms whether it be for my mom or mother in law or one of my friends, it's hard to find something.  I know for me, I usually want something that is personalized or something that I can use to have a break or be pampered.  Luckily for us, UncommonGoods and a large variety of gifts that would be perfect for the moms in our lives. 


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Last Minute Halloween Ideas {MMM #353 Block Party}

Halloween is in a week, are you ready for it??  I am not!  Good thing there are lots of good last minute ideas here :). 




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Letter to my Tween Son- Yoplait Go Big



Teens and tweens are amazing.  The things that they have to go through nowadays and the way that they excel is just plain awesome.  The way that they get around a computer or mobile device is just crazy, they know much more about them than I do!  Yoplait is challenging us to take a look at our tween/teens and tell them how amazing they are! 

My son is awesome and amazing.  He is such a sweet and sensitive boy who is kind and friendly.  He is the oldest of 5 kids and he doesn't have the easiest job since he is a major help around the house.  When the other kids get to play, he sometimes has to work to help me out and he does such a good job at it!  He is growing up so fast and becoming a fun, responsible and sweet young man.

Monday, October 17, 2016

How to Build a Shiplap Wall for $75


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We have been redoing our downstairs for the past year and I am LOVING all the changes that we have done!  It's been so fun to watch it transform to a very bright kitchen!  We have loved everything about it!!  Well I wanted to add one more thing to our dining room to really make it pop, so we decided to add a shiplap wall and it's so awesome!! It was an easy project (it only took a couple of evenings) and it cost us LESS than we expected (that never happens!).   I so badly want to do our master bedroom now because I love it so much! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

14 Halloween DIY Costumes {MMM #352 Block Party}

Do you make your own Halloween costumes?  Here are 14 great ideas!

Monday, October 10, 2016

DIY My Little Pony Fluttershy Equestria Girls Costume


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My little girl is obsessed with My Little Pony.  She just loves it and I knew when it was time to come up with a Halloween costume that she would want to be a Little Pony for Halloween. Of course she picked one that is as popular, Fluttershy.  Fluttershy is her favorite because she is nice and kind and shy, just like she is!  It melted my heart when she told me that because that is just like her.  I decided that I didn't want to do a full pony costume and since they already have the pony as girls (the Equestria Girls) that would be the easiest way to make the costume.  So that is what we did and she LOVES her costume and she can't wait to go trick or treating with it! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

10+ Party Food Recipes {MMM #351 Block Party}

Party food is my absolute favorite type of food. I love dips, and chips, and wings and bite sizes tastes of all sorts.
So many delicious Party food recipes. Appetizers, chips and dip, wings meatballs and more

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kids Halloween Party Ideas- Games and Crafts


Disclosure: I was given product in exchange for this post, all opinions are 100% my own.  

Halloween is coming soon and it's time to start planning the parties!  Whether you are having a home party or a class parties, Oriental Trading is the way to go!  Seriously, they have the cutest stuff and they have a variety of things.  I decided to throw a quick little Halloween party for my kids and their friends and it was a blast!  They have games, crafts, costumes, candies and more!  


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fall Wreath Ideas {MMM #350 Block Party}

Fall is one of the best times to decorate, all the pumpkins, pretty leaves, natural elements and of course the spooky ghosts, mummies and skeletons that we can find to haunt our doorways! I love a good fall wreath, so here are 8 DIY fall wreath ideas to inspire you.

Monday, September 26, 2016

2016 General Conference Kids Activity- Prophets and Apostles Memory Game


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General Conference is coming up this weekend!  So for the lesson in my primary class we talked about prophets, so I thought it would be fun to make a game out for it.  It worked out really well for the lesson and I think it will be good for General Conference this weekend too.  I think I will play because I still need to learn the new apostles' names :). 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

30+ Pumpkin Recipes and Crafts {MMM #349 Block Party}

It is officially fall and it is finally feeling and looking like it!  Now that the leaves are changes and the weather is a little cooler, I am ready for every pumpkin!  Here are lots of yummy and fun recipes and crafts to get you ready for fall!  We just went to our first pumpkin patch this weekend and picked up some fun pumpkins for my porch and now I want to get all of my decor out and get all decked out in orange!



Sunday, September 18, 2016

15 Fall Ideas {MMM #348 Block Party}

Fall is this week, can you believe it?!  It is definitely starting to feel like fall here, freezing cold in the morning and super warm in the evening :).  Here are 15 fall ideas to make your house ready for the new season! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Apple Crafts and Recipes {MMM #347 Block Party}

Apple season is here. I love apple season, especially in Washington!  There are orchids all over the place and I love going and picking fresh apples. Check out these 20 Awesome Apple Crafts and Recipes.
Lots of great apple recipes, crafts and kid activities


Monday, September 5, 2016

15 Minute Caprese Chicken with Avocado




One of the hardest things about eating healthy for me is that for some reason I think that healthy things are bland and don't taste as good as the other comfort foods that me and my family enjoy.  Well I was definitely wrong about this!!  It's amazing what some simple, natural and fresh ingredients can do to a piece of chicken! My family loves chicken but I wanted something more than just grilled chicken that I knew that everyone would enjoy.  I made this 15 minute Caprese chicken and it was amazing!  It was so good, so easy to make and it will now be our new comfort food! 


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tomato Recipes {MMM #346 Block Party}

Anyone have veggies from their garden that you have to use because you have so many that they are taking over your counter??  Well here are some great recipes to use all of those tomatoes! Tomato Tomahto! 14 mouthwatering recipes featuring our favorite identity confused fruit or is it veggie?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

20+ Easy and Go To Meals {MMM #345 Block Party}

Now that school is back in session and things start to get back in routine.   Our schedules start to get crazy and dinner time is always rushed, so I found 20+ recipes that are easy and would make great go to recipe.  Enjoy!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

16 Brilliant Back To School Ideas {MMM #344 Block Party}

Whether your kids have already adjusted to their back-to-school schedule and are all settled in to their new class routine...or you're like us and will be starting school this coming week (or the next), you'll love these Back-to-School Ideas we've rounded up...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

16 Awesome Projects for Book Worms {MMM #343 Block Party}

I cannot believe it's back-to-school season already (woohoo!!). To soften the blow a bit I thought I'd share some of the best crafts for bookworms.
Must see projects for book worms. Great book inspired crafts and book lists.

Monday, August 8, 2016

3 Cheese Chicken Parmesan with Ragu Homestyle Sauce


Finding a meal that everyone in the family likes is not always an easy task, especially for our family.  We have a couple really picky eaters and the second they see something new they immediately start frowning and asking what it is.  Does that happen to anyone else?  Every time for us.  Well this recipe was a new one for our family and they did their usually frowning, until they tried it.  My two picky eaters both went for seconds, I was so pleased!  Everything about this chicken parmesan is great, but the Ragu Homestyle sauce really takes it to the next level!  It is oh so yummy! 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

12 Cake Recipes {MMM #342 Block Party}

"How about cake? Everybody loves cake!" My husband says that in his best Donkey (Eddie Murphy in Shrek) voice anytime I say I'm hungry and I don't know what I want. He makes me laugh...and he makes me hungry for cake! I rounded up 12 delicious cake recipes from you guys and the hosts this week, hopefully you'll find something to curb your cake cravings!Let them eat cake! 12 cake recipes and ideas

Thursday, August 4, 2016

WFM Unlimited Text, Talk & Data Plan and DIY Angry Birds Giant Game


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With school starting soon, you may be on the hunt for a new cell phone for one of your kids.  That is what we are doing right now since our oldest will be in (gulp) middle school!!  Not sure how that happened because I still remember him going to kindergarten and it felt like yesterday.  Now that he is going be to in middle school I am really starting to think about getting him a phone.  He will be walking to and from school and with all of his sports and other clubs, it would be super nice to be able to get a hold of him through out the day.  We have used Walmart Family Mobile before and have had really good experiences with it.  Well they just got even better and I can't wait to use it for my son! 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Non Traditional Burgers, Fries and Hot Dogs {MMM #341 Block Party}


I love a good barbecue, especially in the summer time!  As much a love the regular hot dogs, hamburgers and fries, I like to change things up and eat something that is a little different.  So here are 12 recipes for some nontraditional burgers, fries and hot dogs. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Boys' Game Room Bedroom Decor: Xbox and Nintendo Controller Canvases


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I have 4 boys so sooner or later I knew that I needed a game room.  Right now we are using all of our rooms for bedrooms but we have one big room that is a bedroom/play room.  A couple of weeks ago we had about 10 kids in this room and decided that it was time to turn the bedroom into a bedroom/game room.  My boys love video games (like most boys do) so instead of fighting them on it, I am making it more fun for them.  Because no matter what, they are going to play them, so I might as well have it be at my house so I can choose the games that they play :).  So we turned their Minecraft room into a "game room" theme.  So we have a  Minecraft, Pokemon, Nintendo, Xbox and Mario theme going on.  So far I am loving (and my boys are too) the things that I have made for their room.  Here are some super simple Xbox and Nintendo controller canvases that I made for their room.