Wednesday, November 12, 2014

14 Delicious Holiday Sweet Treat Recipes

With the holidays fast approaching, it's time to think about what food we will be taking to our family dinner. Sweets are always easy to take since most of us have a sweet tooth.
Here are 14 Delicious Holiday Sweet Treat Recipes!
#1 -  Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon Bons

#2 - Christmas Tree Treats
#3 - Oreo Balls
#4 - Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies
#5 - PHAT Cow Fudge
#6 - Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow
#7 - Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites
#8 - Cream Cheese Mints
#9 - Carmel Apple Truffles
#10 - Gingerbread Fudge

#11 - Sweet and Salty White Chocolate Popcorn
#12 - Christmas Magic Cookie Bars
#13 - Hot Cocoa Cookies
#14 - Kahlua-Pecan-Brown Sugar Baked Brie
You can also repin these from my Pinterest Board-
14 Delicious Holiday Sweet Treat Recipes
Happy Holidays and please drink responsibly!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Craft Show, A Child & Pet Rocks

When I found out I had to take my daughter to a craft show to sell my work, I was concerned!
Will she behave? Will she be polite? Will she stay with me?
I kept trying to think of ways to keep her busy while I was selling my crafts. I have never taken her to a craft show for the entire day. She is only 5. She likes to explore and has a mind of her own! Sometimes her dad would bring her to visit for a little but she has never stayed for the whole day.
I remembered a while ago when my wonderful craft show neighbor and I were talking about kids and craft shows. She said when her son was younger that she would let him make stuff to sell. It would keep him there at the table because he was afraid he would miss selling something. Well I had to try it because I had no choice. She was going whether I liked it or not!
The night before the show, I took her to the store and bought her some craft supplies to make pet rocks. She was so excited to be going and selling something. When we got home, she sat outside and made all the rocks that we bought. Yes, all 28 of them! I couldn't believe she was sitting still that long to make them at age 5! They were SO cute to say the least!  After she was all done, I was gaining some confidence that she could do it! I rested a little easier that night knowing that she was excited and willing to be there with me for the day.
Here is the Instagram picture from the night before!
The day was here and it was time to go! She woke up excited and got ready to go. In fact, she was ready before I was for a change! We arrived at the show, found our space and setup. She had her container full of rocks and was ready to be a little saleswoman!  The day started off slow for both of us. The rain showers didn't help. She sold her first rock around 11am. She was super excited, used her manners and said thank you! I was one proud mama!
Throughout the day it got busier and she ended up selling 18 pet rocks! After the show was over, she sold a few more to family and is almost out of stock!
Remember to always supervise your children while making crafts. Some glues can be toxic.
What are some other ideas you  use to keep your kids busy at craft shows?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DIY Fish Party

Every year I do a theme birthday party for my daughter. Well this year, she wanted me to surprise her! It was hard planning the party when she was trying to spy on me every minute but somehow I managed to pull it off!
We love to go fishing and I knew it was going to be a perfect theme this year. I spent hours on Pinterest and Etsy looking for ideas. I purchased the images on Etsy and I had the freedom to create anything I wanted for her party! Usually I buy a printable party on Etsy. I don't seem to use everything in the printable party so I wanted to design my own.
Here are some pictures from the party!
I have the same lady make her cake every year. She did a great job!

I always do a single cake for her and then everyone else gets cupcakes.
My mother makes the cupcakes!
 I found this pink craft box that served the purpose as a tackle box for candy!
I made dirt (crushed oreos and gummy worms) for the bottom and
I filled the little sections with gummy fish, worms, butterflies, frogs and mints!
The jars were filled with:
Fish Sticks- lollipop sticks with gummy fish on them
Fishing Line- Pull and Peel Licorice
Fishing Rods- Pretzel Rods
Puffer Fish- Punch Balloons
I peeled the labels off of bubbles and made my own fish breath!

These were the favors that we gave all the kids when they left!
They are little tackle boxes filled with gummy candy and fish soap wrapped on top!
My wonderful friend, Pam, from Lazy Days Skin Care made the soap! It smells SO delicious!
She also has a website! Check it out here ---- 
I can't believe my baby is growing up and will be off to school next year!
This party was such a hit and everyone had so much fun!
Pin it and share with your friends!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tips for Finding The Beauty In Nature

This week I decided to post some inspiring nature quotes on Facebook. I am a true nature lover and I appreciate it's beauty. I go outside everyday and it is such a joyful feeling. Best of all, It's FREE! When I am able to slow down, stop and admire, it's very satisfying. I also garden and compost to try and give back a little. My daughter also helps me garden. It's an invaluable lesson that I can teach her to be kind to the earth and enjoy its beauty.
Here are some ways to enjoy nature:
Watch the sunrise and sunset.
Look at the moon and stars.
Go barefoot.
Plant something. Watch it grow.
Watch the clouds roll by.
Lay in the grass.
Enjoy the sunlight on your skin. (in moderation, with sunscreen)
Pick wildflowers and put them in a vase.
Listen to a stream and watch the sunlight reflect on the water.
Play in the rain.
Watch ants.
Go fishing.
Take a nature walk.
Identify flowers and trees.
Listen to the frogs peep at night.
Nature is really good medicine. Enjoy it. Take care of it. Educate about it.
Here are some nature quotes I found on Pinterest.

Enjoy your week!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Matilda Jane $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Hosted By:  The Binder Ladies

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free My Mother Printable

Mother's Day will soon be here. Do you have something picked out for your mother?
Enjoy this free printable(bottom of page) for all ages. Print for children to give their
mother a simple, yet memorable, gift.

This is a sample picture. Download your FREE printable below!
This would also be a great printable for teachers! Help
your class fill it out together and send home to mom.
All you need to do is help the child fill out the interview about their mother and
they can draw a picture of them together at the bottom.
Click on My Mother Printable.
A new tab should open and you can click download (top left).
You will confirm the download by clicking download pdf.
If you just want to print it, click open.
If you would like to save it, click on save, give it a name and save again.
It will open in Adobe. Click the little printer button on the top and make sure you
select fit not actual size.
Click print and you are all finished!

Have a great day!
Please be kind to share and leave a comment if you download.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Go Fly A Kite The Easy Way

This evening was windy enough for flying kites! We were all so excited to go.
I remember going with my dad when I was little and they were always so far up. Well, now I
remember why! My dad used a little trick!
First, lets meet my Dad. Hi Dad!
I certainly need to take more pictures of him!
 Even though he has no idea what a blog is, he is always
finding life hacks that will never seize to amaze me!
When I tried to explain to him why I wanted the kite picture(below), he had no idea.
I told him I was going to Instagram it and he said, "insta-what it!"
Enough already! Let's see this kite trick...
So there you have it. Another great Dad moment to remember!
We had our kites so far up that we could hardly see them!
What is one of the greatest life hacks you were taught from someone in your family?

Free Kitchen Measurement Conversion Chart

After a long holiday weekend, it is time to sink back into reality!
Let the cooking begin...
While preparing dessert tonight, my awesome conversion chart came in handy. Then the wheels
started turning and smoking. Why haven't I shared this with any of you? Well, I didn't realize
what a great tool it was going to be until I really needed it!

This is a sample picture. Download your FREE printable below!

I have mine laminated and stuck on the inside of my baking cabinet. I have probably only
used it once or twice before. Tonight for some reason, I had to keep referring back to it. My
kitchen must be mad at me since I haven't cooked all weekend! We were busy having family dinners for my birthday and the holiday.
Even though you think you will never need it, print it! It's FREE!
Please be kind & comment and share if you download!

Click on Kitchen Measurement Conversion Chart 1.
A new tab should open and you can click download (top left).
You will confirm the download by clicking download pdf.
If you just want to print it, click open.
If you would like to save it, click on save, give it a name and save again.
It will open in Adobe. Click the little printer button on the top and make sure you
select fit not actual size.
Click print and you are all finished!

Thanks for stopping by today.
Please be kind to share and leave a comment if you download.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Autism Awareness Month Giveaway

Autism Awareness Month Giveaway

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Autism awareness is something that is near and dear to my heart. Every year thousands of children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and forms of it such as Asperger Syndrome. There has yet to be found a definite cause.

April is Autism Awareness Month. It's a time that we can support someone or families of individuals with Autism. Educate others on Autism awareness. Advocate for individuals who are on the Autism spectrum. gives an abundance of information such as this:
Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.
A group of us have gotten together to spread the word about Autism Awareness and we'd like you to do the same. To promote Autism Awareness Month we're giving away the items below.

Prize 1: $25 Gift Card

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Make Bulk Laundry Detergent For 10¢ A Load!

Since it was the weekend I figured I would catch up on some laundry.
That didn't happen!  I was out of my homemade laundry detergent.
When I make it, I do it in a large quantity so I don't have to make it as often.
 Before, I was making it every month.
With this simple bulk recipe, I only make it every 4-5 months!
Enjoy these tips and tricks to make your bulk homemade laundry detergent simple!
You will need...
All Natural Super Washing Soda   55 oz.
Pure Baking Soda   2 lb.
6   Fels-Naptha  Laundry Bars
A strong 2-4 blade blender. (I use my Ninja. Hi-ya fels naptha!) OR Old Cheese Grater
Sharp Knife
Cutting Board
Bag or Storage Container

*When I buy the Fels-Naptha bars, I buy 12 so they have a little time to dry out.
The blender will pulverize them better, leaving less clumps, when they are dry. If you are using the good old cheese grater, it is easier to grate them when they are dry.
*It is much easier if you can do this in a blender. Grating 6 bars of Fels Naptha is tiring!
*I also buy the 4lb. Baking Soda so I have some for the next batch. I'm sure you could
find it in larger quantities as well.
Ready to go? Lets do it!
Start with the Fels Naptha, If you are grating it..

If you are using a blender, 
 Chop it up into little pieces, tiny pieces, MUCH smaller than what mine look like on the right picture! My blender had stopped working when I did my 2nd bar with this large of chunks. I thought I blew up my Ninja! Everything was fine.
It cooled down and worked again--thank goodness! The last 4 bars got chopped really tiny.
I ♥ my Ninja and don't really want it to blow up!
The older Fels Naptha fell apart when cutting it so I put it in the blender just like it is in the picture.
Helpful Tip: Cut small & Only blend 1 Fels Naptha Bar at a time.
       Old Fels Naptha            VS.         New Fels Naptha
Put all 6 blended or grated Fels Naptha into a large bowl.
Add the whole box of All Natural Washing Soda
and the
whole box of Pure Baking Soda (2 lb. = approx. 3.5 cups).
I either weigh or measure it when I get the 4 lb. box of Baking Soda.
Ready to get your hands dirty?
Well, maybe clean since this is detergent!
Mix everything with a large spoon or your hands. My hands seem
to work better for me!
Put what you are going to use in your container and store the rest in a bag.
When I use mine, I put 2 Tbsp. per large load.
With this recipe, I get approximately 103 loads!
The Cost Breakdown
 Fels-Naptha                                          94¢ each       = $5.64
             Pure Baking Soda (4 lb. $2.24)      $1.12 (2 lb.)    = $1.12        
     All Natural Washing Soda          $3.24 box            = $3.24    
Total  =  $10.00                                  
1 load = 2 Tbsp 
Again, I get approximately 103 loads from this recipe.
$10.00 divided by 103 loads = 0.097
10¢  A   LOAD!!
I wash around 5 loads a week in our house. With this recipe, I
will only have to make this about every 4-5 months.
That is awesome since I was making it every month!
What homemade detergent does for me?
I use my detergent for the laundry of course, but I also use it to clean my rugs.
I put a Tbsp. of detergent in the cleaning tank of my carpet scrubber instead of
the very expensive cleaner. It works just as good as the expensive cleaner I used to buy. I shake it up in the tank or dissolve it in warm water before pouring it in.
Also, I like to know what is in the soap that I am washing with. I don't like the harsh chemicals and dyes that are in most of the advertised detergents. We have some very sensitive skin in our house and none of us have had any reactions to this recipe.
Making this can also be a fun, inexpensive and useful experiment if you have never tried it!
If you have any questions, I will be happy to help!
For more information, comment or email me at