Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome...only to NICE people! lol

1-I can't believe it has been this long since I posted! Man! Summer has kept me spinning!
2-I love word art! It cracks me up, inspires me, motivates me, touches me!

So, of course I love fun things for people to see first as they come to my door. This one is my newest love!

AND I just put it up in my etsy shop here:

Hope you like! :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

DIY Temple Block set KIT now available!

I have had so many requests for this, that I have listed a DIY kit to make it in my etsy shop for a limited time. So now's your chance to get your hands on it. Great gift for anyone from toddlers to adults! We love it at our house. In fact, I recently used four sets together, to build a large temple with the kids in our church primary this past month with a lesson. So fun!

To get the kit and see the details, you can find it available through July (or possibly August) in my etsy shop here:

AND...BTW (The Angel Moroni that comes with the kit is also a little different than the one shown in the pic bc that one was not for sale by the designer. The new one that you will receive is still an obvious Angel Moroni though. I will be updating this picture with the accurate one soon.)

Thanks again for all the love!

THe Fine Print:
This is my design and creation. Please do not infringe on my rights by copying and selling this item or parts of this as your own.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Best Banana Ice Cream EVER!

I don't know about you, but at my house, ice cream is a favorite! So I was excited to figure out how easy and nutritious this banana ice cream is! All you need is bananas and a tad of almond milk (or any other milk you prefer).

I started out cutting some ripe bananas into chunks and freezing them.

Then I threw them in my Ninja. (Any food processor or blender should also work. I also included in this pic some of our other options we added...PB powder and even threw in some chocolate chips for one of my kids.)

I mixed the bananas for just a bit...a minute maybe? and they looked like this:

 I mixed them another 30 seconds and added about 1-2 Tablespoons of almond milk and mixed another 30 seconds to a minute. And wala! There you have it! That's all you need! It then was thick and creamy and looked like this:

Even when I held it up upside down, it didn't fall out. You can see how thick it was!

Someone was happy at our house! :)


It's a great summer snack and so easy and even good for you! Give it a try!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Patriotic Yard Art

I have a special place in my heart for all military members and their families, after having had my husband (and therefor our kids and our family too bc it affects everyone!) serve for years including deployments and activations. So this year for some patriotic decor, I wanted to include something symbolizing what they all do for all of us and our country and why. Came up with this. Fun little metal sign in my yard now. :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ORANGE you glad it's summer gift


This is what we gave most of our kids' teachers as an end of the year gift this week. Doesn't it just scream summer?! :) We filled the bottom with citrus drink packets, monogrammed each cup and for the male teachers, gave a bag of orange yogurt dipped pretzels and a large juicy orange with the same tag. So much fun!!! :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Personal handwriting" Jewelry; an ETSY find and share

Just had to share another etsy find with you today. I cannot LOVE this idea more!!! emilyjdesing on Etsy makes jewelry with your loved ones actual handwriting! What a great gift!!! (even if it's for you!!) I can think of no mother that wouldn't love to have a sweet child's handwriting saved, or vice versa. We all know our parents handwriting and what a perfect way to have a close reminder of them! And a perfect wedding gift too! Or to a friend you are moving away from. Seriously, who wouldn't want one of these?! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Personalized Jewelry  - ACTUAL Handwriting Jewelry -  Memorial Jewelry - Bridesmaid Gift

You can find her shop here. Go check it out!

Friday, May 16, 2014

I'm going there someday...Temple Hand Mirror

If you didn't already know, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormons. (I have a link to our church's website on my side bar if you want to check it out. OR if you want to know about our church and it's temples, you can go here or here.)

Well, one thing that is important to us is our temples. They are a sacred place that we go to make covenants with our Father in Heaven. It's where many of us are married in this faith. It's a beautiful, peaceful place that we look forward to going to as a child in our church. It is the Lord's house.

So I thought this would be perfect for my little girls (and my boys...just maybe not pink) lol And I was right! They love looking in the mirror and seeing themselves "in the temple". LOVE! 

 LOVED seeing their faces as they each looked in it the first time! 

And now I am thinking they each need their own personal one and it would make a GREAT activity for the 8-11 year girls group I help with at church. OR even the older youth group! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Five Minute Smores

Who doesn't love smores?!!!

Not everyone loves camping, but I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't enjoy smores!

I needed a quick dessert the other night after our Monday night family night. So, I grabbed some Cinnamon toast crunch cereal and layered that on the bottom of a cast iron pan, 

Then added a layer of mini marshamllows, and then lastly, layered some milk chocolate chips on the top and threw it in the oven on broil for about 2-3 minutes and wala! 

               You've got smores! (and lots of sticky hands and smiles!) Can't go wrong with that!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SIL FB Challenge Group and May Flowers Challenge

I didn't get a chance to be part of this month's challenge, but there were so many great projects, that I still wanted to share it today!

Some of my favs were:

1. from My Paper Craze. She made summer activity mason jars and decorated around them and mounted them on the wall. PLUS, I love the quote she added with it all as well. Check it out here.

2. Another favorite was some cute little spring craft boxes great for little gifts and thank yous from Gingersnapcrafts found here. Love! She has a tutorial to make them too!
                       flower kraft boxes from #SihouetteCAMEO #SilhouettePortrait #tutorial

3. And then the paper wedding roses I loved from Please Excuse my Craftermath here!!! You could use them for so many other things to decorate too! So pretty and fun and a great tutorial as well.

Once you go to either of those places, you can also check out all the other amazing projects for the month and click on any of them!

Have fun checking them out! Hopefully I'll find time to get in on it next month!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Personalized Locker Bank

I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, getting something that was personalized with my name on it was always a hit! I may not have grown out of that either. hahaha

Well, when I saw this cute little locker bank, I immediately knew it could become a great gift. My daughter loves her and so we made one for a friend of hers as well. They are so fun! Fun and bright...personalized! And what kid doesn't like lockers and the combinations that keep younger little brothers and sisters out! :)

My daughter wanted to fill it with her friend's favorite kinds of candy, so that was fun too! OR you could fill it with a bunch of ones all wadded up too. Either way, it's sure to bring a smile (or maybe even a squeal) out of the birthday girl/boy.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Quinoa salad stuffed Tomatoes

So, my husband attended an event that our church's youth put on a week or so ago and brought these gems home with him for me. First, I love that he brought something home to me and second, it was even something I could eat! Love him even more!

They are so simple and as I ate them, I kinda dissected them and the flavors to come up with this recipe:

Quinoa Salad Stuffed Tomatoes:

Large hollowed out tomatoes
Cooked quinoa
Black beans
Chopped up tomato (from the inside that you hollowed out)
 A couple drops of Lime
Fresh Cilantro

Mix it all together and chill. So easy and so healthy and good. 
(I didn't put amounts bc this is the kinda thing that you really can do however you want...add avacado if you like that, add some chick peas or some froze peas, and put however much you want in the salad as you want and then mix with the cooked quinoa.)


It's Graduation Time!

It's that time of year again, where so many of us find ourselves helping celebrate someone that is graduating! Whether its a high school, college, or even preschool graduation :) it's fun to make a big deal out of their accomplishment. 

My all time most popular post has been my Graduation Gifts to Inspire post from last year. It has so many fun and inexpensive ideas all put together in a useful and inspiring way for the grad, that you can't go wrong with it. Just tweak it to the graduate you are celebrating!

I even made another after this year and did a few things different on it. So fun to customize to the graduate!

You can find the original post here where I list everything included and more ideas too!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

DIY Mother's Day Cards

Looking for a Mother's Day card still? If you like DIY's and are up for papercrafting, I've got a ideas for you!

The first one is a Bookmark card. I love the absolute simplicity of it and that you can use it for a gift as well. ( You could also use it to give as a baby card and use for a newborn headband. ) If you haven't made the fabric rosettes before, don't be afraid to try them. They are super easy and fast! There are a ton of tutorials on pinterest. (I keep meaning to make one, but haven't yet.) You just need some fabric scraps and some hot glue.)

This next one is a simple stamped card of flowers and your favorite sentiment with a matching coordinated stamped notepad cube. An easy and quick DIY card. 


This last one is for more advanced papercrafters and one of my all time favorites I have made. Everything on it is out of paper! The flowers, and even the button is from paper! I love all the textures, background and colors in this one!

So, there you have it! Whether you're a beginner, or more advanced in papercrafting, there's some inspiration for you! Happy Mother's Day!