Easy Mini Valentine’s Day Donuts

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It has been crazy these past few months. We moved into our new home, I worked full time for the holiday season, and celebrated our youngest’s 2nd birthday. Now it’s time to get back to working on this little blog of mine.

We’re getting pretty excited for Valentine’s Day at our house. So yesterday, I decided to do something fun with my kids while dad was out of the house. These mini Valentine’s Day donuts are so easy to put together, my kids understood what to do pretty quickly, and they’re 5 (almost) and 2. The best part, you only need 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:

Package of Glazed (or plain) Mini Donuts – like Hostess or Little Debbie’s

Candy Melts – feel free to choose your favorite Valentine’s colors

Valentine’s Day Sprinkles

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  1. Dip your donut into a bowl of melted candy chocolate.

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2. Let any extra candy melts drizzle off of your donut and set on a cooling rack.

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3. Grab your favorite sprinkles (look how cute those hands are! I know this picture is pretty much unnecessary but it was too cute not to share).

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4. Sprinkle your hearts desire on your donut.

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5. Let your donuts sit and dry off for a little bit until the chocolate has hardened. And you’re all done!

Super easy and great to do with your kids. The only downside is the clean up. Like I predicted, the sprinkles got everywhere, but it was totally worth having them do something that didn’t involve sitting in front of the TV or iPad!

What a perfect gift to give away for Valentine’s Day too!

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DIY Woody Costume

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Ok, I’m so excited to share with you the what I call my “semi-homemade” Woody costume I put together for JD this Halloween. It was super simple, and fun to put together. Here’s what we did to get the look:

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Yellow shirt. We got ours from Crazy8 on sale for $4.99! And, I love that he can just wear it anytime after Halloween is over.

Jeans. We already had these so that part was easy peasy!

Cowboy vest. I got the materials for $4.20 from Joann’s. Take advantage of their coupons! I used the tutorial for the vest from Simply Crafted.

Hat, belt & gun holder were 25% off at the Disney Store, so we paid just under $10 for these items.

Bandanna – We found this baby for a $1 at the Dollar Tree! I was going to use the leftover fabric from the vest, but saw the bandanna at the Dollar Tree and thought, “why not?”

Badge – you can make your own or just buy yours online at Amazon for $5.

Boots – Ok, these were the most expensive thing we had to buy for this costume, but I could not stand those foam boots they use for costumes, and even though I am not a fan of cow boy boots, we found these really awesome Toy Story boots that light up from Sears for $30. So, if you already own a pair, or can borrow some from a friend/cousin, then this will be the least of your worries. To justify this purchase, he will definitely be putting these to use when he helps out in our backyard with dad.

And that’s it! JD had fun going on a hunt for all of these items, and kept us busy on days where we needed to pass the time.

My absolute favorite part about this Halloween is how cute these two boys are in their Toy Story costumes! Stay tuned to see how my Jessie costume will turn out…

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Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Decorations

Nothing says fall like pumpkins! And, if you find the perfect pumpkin patch, pumpkins are a great way to decorate your home for the holidays if you’re on a tight budget.

Last year, when we lived in Monterey, there was a family run pumpkin patch called Borchard Farms that sold pumpkins for an unbelievably great price! We took my mother in law with us and she went a little wild and bought a cart full of pumpkins. They had a variety of pumpkins and some pumpkins you don’t see normally.

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So, if you’re lucky enough to find an affordable pumpkin patch, or just need a new way of decorating pumpkins, here are a few ideas this fall and Halloween.

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Confetti Pumpkins – Hometalk

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No-Carve Typography Pumpkins – Fairgoods

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Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin – Unoriginal mom

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Orange & White Centerpiece – Midwest Living

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Dollar Store Pumpkin Topiary – The Kim Six Fix

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Blooming Pumpkin – Southern Living

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DIY Chevron Pumpkins – My Sweet Savannah

Father’s Day Gift – “Sweet Reminders”

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My husband is leaving for four months for Army training tomorrow and we are all so sad about it. I wanted to make something so he’d remember how much he means to us and wanted my kids to take part in it. He loved it, and before he opens a piece of chocolate he gets to see a reminder of why he is the World’s Greatest Dad!

This is such a fun little project to do with your kids and to let their Dad know how much he means to them. All you need is a mason jar and some Hershey’s Nuggets to wrap these printables around. For the Hershey’s Nugget wrappers, I’m sharing the one we did for my husband and you can pick and choose whatever best fits your Dad (or Grandpa) or have fun coming up with your own reasons of why your Dad is the World’s Greatest Dad. It’s the perfect “sentimental” gift to give for Father’s Day and a “Sweet Reminder” of why he’s awesome!

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Hershey’s Nugget Wrappers – written | blank

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World’s Greatest DAD – blue | green | orange | yellow

World’s Greatest GRANDPA – blue | green | orange | yellow

World’s Greatest GRAMPS – blue | green | orange | yellow

Father’s Day Gift Tags

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I was asked by the Relief Society in my ward to make a tag to attach to these awesome “bow tied” sweet treats for Father’s day. I was totally in love with this idea, and wanted these gift tags to fit the theme of the candy. These gift tags go perfect with any gift, and I’ve created them in four different colors to match any candy or gift wrap to give to Dad this weekend. What will you use these gift tags for?

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Father’s Day Gift Tags – download here

Friday Favorites: Tissue Paper Decorations

It is been a while since I’ve posted, and lots of things have been keeping me busy… But I’m still alive. Last month, I posted 2 baby showers that I threw for my friends (Mint, Pink & Gold | Spring Baby Shower). In order to stay within my budget, I used Tissue Paper for a lot of my decorations. It’s amazing how you can turn ordinary tissue paper into something beautiful! It’s completely affordable and as you can see below, they can turn into some beautiful and useful decorations! Whether you’re on a budget or looking for different ways of using tissue paper for your next party, here are some fabulous ideas!

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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers – Design Everyday

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How to Make a Festive Fringe Photo Backdrop – Brit + Co

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Sewn Circle Garland – Frog Prince Paperie

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Tissue Paper Flowers – Atta Girl Says

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Garden Tea Party Bridal Shower | Decor – Atiliay

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DIY Tassel Garland – Linen, Lace & Love

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Tissue Paper Flowers – Gears Company

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Pom Poms – Martha Stewart

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Mini Tissue Paper Poms and Flower Gift Toppers – Lia Griffith

Printable Birthday Calendar

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I have been wanting to make one of these Birthday Calendars for a long time, and I’ve finally done it! I had seen so many cute ideas on Pinterest, but was always worried I’d mess it up. You see, when it comes to painting on wood, I find a way to screw it up and then I’m done with that project. I never want to see it again basically. Although, I remembered something my super talented SIL and friend (Tammy & Liz) did last year and I absolutely loved it!

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I wanted to create something just like that, but didn’t want to have to deal with a painting fiasco. So, I came up with a solution and a printable that you can use too. It is extremely easy and all you need is:

Materials:

A Printer

Scissors

Picture Frame (make sure the surface is flat)

Drawer Knob

White Card Stock

Glitter Paper

Birthday Cake Printable (Download for 5×7 | 8×10)

Chalkboard tags + a small piece of string

Glue (Modge Podge)

Glue Gun

Instructions:

1. Print out your background from the following options below.

2. On a separate sheet of paper, print out the “birthday cake” and cut those pieces out. (I’ve tried printing on glitter paper, and it did not work out well, so DON’T do it!)

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3. Trace the “birthday cake” onto the back of the glitter paper and cut those pieces out.

4. Glue the glitter “birthday cake” pieces onto the background you printed out.

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5. While you’re waiting for the glue to dry, hot glue your drawer knob at the bottom (center) of your picture frame.

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6. Once everything is dry, stick the Birthday Cake Background into the frame and hang up your family & friend’s birthdays that you’ve written on the chalkboard tags onto the drawer knob and you’re done!

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Easy, right? I’ve created 3 different backgrounds in 12 different colors. So pick your favorite and have fun creating you’re own Birthday Calendar! color-swatches

Birthday-Calendar-BLACK-DOTSPolka Dots – 5×7: Blue | Navy | Violet | Purple | Mint | Pink | Light Pink | Green | Salmon  Gray | Yellow | Black

Polka Dots – 8×10: Blue | Navy | Violet | Purple | Mint | Pink | Light Pink | Green  Salmon | Gray | Yellow | BlackBirthday-Calendar-Black Stripes – 5×7: Blue | Navy | Violet | Purple | Mint | Pink | Light Pink | Green | Salmon  Gray | Yellow | Black

Stripes – 8×10: Blue | Navy | Violet | Purple | Mint | Pink | Light Pink | Green | Salmon  Gray | Yellow | Black

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Chevron – 8×10: Blue | Navy | Violet | Purple | Mint | Pink | Light Pink | Green | Salmon  Gray | Yellow | Black

Spring Baby Shower + Free Printables

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Last weekend I threw a baby shower for my friend, Stephany, who’s having her first baby! I’ve had so much the last couple of weeks channeling my girly side and planning this baby shower, since most of the stuff I do is for my boys. We had fun eating, smelling “poopy” diapers, tasting baby food, avoiding the word “baby” and seeing how much the daddy-to-be knew about babies. It was the perfect way to get the mommy-to-be excited about her baby!

Today, I’m also sharing the printables I used for this party and hope that it will help you plan your next baby shower. If you haven’t played any of these games, you should definitely consider them at the next shower you host!

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Mason Jar Tags – download here

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Spring Baby Shower Gift Tags – download here

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CRAP-HAPPENS“Crap Happens” – download here

Put melted candy bars in diapers and have guests determine what candy bar it is.

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BABY-FOOD-TASTING “Baby Food Tasting” – download here

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This game was a little difficult, but made the party a little more interesting!   Daddy-Know's-Best“Daddy Knows Best” – download here

For this game, I recorded the Daddy-to-be’s answers and showed the video at the baby shower. (I have to give credit to my MIL for this idea).

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It was so much fun, and I’m so excited for Stephany and Josh!

Temple Time Capsule Printables

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When I was in Young Women, I remember putting together these Temple Time Capsules. We got to choose our future wedding dress, colors, flowers, the whole nine-yards, but most importantly the temple we wanted to get married in. In our church, we believe that we can be married for eternity by the sealing power of the Priesthood. This can only be done in one of the many LDS Temples throughout the world. (To learn more about it, visit LDS.org).

I was so excited about the Temple Time Capsules, and had so much fun doing it. I even waited until the day I got engaged to open it! It was fun to see the style and the wedding ideas I picked back when I was 12-13 years old and how much it had changed over the years. I thought it would be fun to bring this back and do the same activity with the Young Women in our ward. They had a lot of fun and got to look through magazines for wedding ideas, picked a Modest wedding dress, write down the qualities in their future husband, as well as the qualities they wanted to develop in themselves.

Here are the printables we used for the activity. I thought we could do this activity in one night, but you will definitely need more than an hour to finish this project. There is no wrong way to do this activity. It is a night for the girls to plan out their future wedding, and to remind them about the importance of a temple marriage.

Things you’ll need:

-Empty food storage can (or a container like Tupperware, etc.)

-Wedding Magazines for wedding inspiration

-Pictures of (modest) wedding dresses – I printed my from online websites like Margene’s bridal

-Artificial roses (Dollar Store is great! Just clip off rose buds from their bundles)

-Wedding favor bubbles

-Tea candle (another Dollar Store purchase)

-Ensign articles about marriage (this fulfills the “Instruction Plan” in your ingredients list). Ever Love Design picked out a great set of articles to give the girls:

Divorce” April 2007
Our Solemn Responsibilities” November 1991
Beware of Pride” May 1998

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My Future Wedding Dress – download here

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Everyday, I’m grateful that I can be with my husband and my family for eternity. It has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve made and one of the best days of my life. What a great blessing it is to have Temples on the earth.

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20 Useful Recycling Ideas

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks and have been behind on my Friday Favorites posts. With Earth Day coming up on Wednesday, I thought it would be fun to do a post on my favorite Useful Recycling Ideas. I found some easy and budget friendly ideas, and not to mention extremely cute! I will definitely be doing some of these soon! Which ones are your favorite?

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Bottle Beauty – Martha Stewart

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Tin Can Luminaries – Apartment Therapy

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Glass Bottle and Tin Can Repurpose – Fox Hollow Cottage

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Waste Tin Cans – Innovative Green Living

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DIY Bird Feeders – Mom Endeavors

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DIY Pet Food Canister – Tidy mom

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Wine Bottle Vase – Shanty 2 Chic

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Upcycled Glitter Vase – A Bubbly Life

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DIY Centerpiece Idea – Project Wedding

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Glitter Dipped Mason Jars – Lily Shop

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Tin Can Organizer – Knick of Time

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Mood Lighting Cans – Croissant and Lavender

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DIY Painted Berry Baskets – Lovely Indeed

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Anthropologie Inspired Jar Spices – At the Picket Fence

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Lined Canvas Bins (From Diaper Boxes) – Positively Splended

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Upcycled Method Bottles – Pluii

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How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns – The Happy Housewife

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How To Remove Wax and Re-Use Candle Jars – Dwell Beautiful

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Upcycled Baby Jars into Candles – Leanne’s Blog

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Paint-Dipped Baby Food Jars DIY – Oh Happy Day