Category Archives: Gift Ideas

Christmas Neighbor Gift – Chex Mix

Christmas Neighbor Gift Tags This is a bit of a spoiler alert for my friends and neighbors. These are the gift tags I’m using for our Christmas Neighbor Gift. I’m making this recipe for Gooey Chex Mix (also called Christmas Crack, or so I’ve heard) and packaging it up in cute little bags and containers I picked up at the Dollar Tree. This FREE tag prints 6 per page and would go great with any Chex mix – homemade or store bought! Hopefully this will make your neighbor gifts a little bit easier this year!

Download the free printable gift tag here: Christmas Neighbor Gift Tags

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Diaper Cake Tutorial

Diaper Cake Tutorial - Events To Celebrate

I still remember the first time I made a diaper cake for a baby shower. It was before the days of Pinterest and YouTube tutorials. It was kind of a disaster. I had seen one in a photo and figured it couldn’t be that difficult, but it took me a little while to figure out how to get everything to stay together. Let me give you a few tips that will help you put one together.

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Easy White Elephant Gift Ideas

There are already a lot of White Elephant gift ideas on Pinterest, but I felt like a lot of them cost a lot of money. If I know something is most likely going in the trash after the party, I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it. So I rummaged around my house and came up with, what I think are Easy White Elephant gift ideas for my family party this weekend. 

Easy White Elephant Gift Ideas

My husband works in the nursery at our church on Sunday’s and it can kind of be a germ pool and a place of lots of tears (sometimes his, sometimes the kids – I kid, I kid). So I thought it would be fun to put together a Nursery Workers Survival kit for those working with the kids at church. 

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You’ve got your essentials – hand sanitizer, a kids medical mask (for those that get dropped off with a terrible cough), snacks and a game (5 little ducks). 

Then, for those who are looking for a bit of romance, I did a redneck Recipe For Romance Kit

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It includes a Boys 2 Men cassette tape, tea candles and a can of beans (for the bubble bath) all packaged in a Victoria’s Secret bag. 

Last year my niece, Alix was the lucky recipient of my “Diarrhea of Anne Frank”. It was a mixture of flour, cocoa powder, water, pureed spinach and nuts in a mason jar. Yuck!

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Butterfly Footprint Art

The butterfly has special meaning in our family and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into a Father’s Day gift somehow. I searched pinterest for Butterfly Footprint Art and came across this blog and loved her idea. But she didn’t have a tutorial, so I decided to help others along in the process by providing one here. 

Butterfly Footprint Art

Supplies Needed:
Washable Poster Paints 
Kids Paint Brushes
Paper Plates
Baby Wipes
A garbage bag (or some other disposable plastic covering)
Canvas – we bought 4 for about $7 at WalMart

Here is what our set-up looked like. I had my daughter sit on a step in the front yard with the garbage bag spread out. Then for each canvas I had a paper plate and paint brushes. I also had baby wipes at the ready so as we were finished with one foot, she would immediately put her foot down onto a baby wipe while I pressed her other foot into the paint.

Butterfly Footprint Art

Step 1:

Using a disposable plate, paint the combination of colors you want to use. I wanted to do a rainbow effect with the four canvases we bought so I divided the 12 paints up among them. 

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Step 2: 

Press the foot firmly into the paint and smoosh around a little bit so the colors blend. Then immediately press the foot onto the canvas and wipe clean. Do the same thing with the other foot. 

Butterfly Feet Painting

 

Step 3:

I didn’t really get a picture of – sorry about that, but you can see it in the final photo. I used black paint to then add a butterfly body and two antennae to each canvas. I’ve also seen some where they used the fingerprint of the child to create the body – that would be really adorable! 

Butterfly Footprint Art

 My daughter was SO excited to give these to her Daddy that at 6:30 am on Father’s Day she came in toting the big gift bag for him. She couldn’t wait another minute! So much for sleeping in! 🙂

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Christmas Morning Survival Kit

Christmas Morning Survival Kit - events to CELEBRATE!

As parents you remember the exhilaration of opening presents on Christmas morning and put so much into making sure your children have that same experience. There have been more than a couple of Christmases that there haven’t been enough batteries in the house to go around, or no one can find the dang wire cutters to get the toy out of the wrapping. It’s little things like this that remind me how important it is to take 10 minutes to gather everything up and have it ready so that surviving the happy chaos of Christmas morning is slightly easier.

Christmas Morning Survival Kit

Here’s what we include in ours:

– Large garbage bags
– Batteries in various sizes (many parents put the batteries in with the toy before they wrap it)
Craft Wire Cutter
– A Christmas music CD – (this is my all time favorite: Ring Christmas Bells)
– An extra camera memory card
– Scissors (not wimpy ones, good ones like this: Kitchen Shears)
– Screw drivers
– Tylenol (for the parents that stayed up WAY too late the night before)
– Caffeine – Diet Coke, Hot Chocolate – whatever is your fancy

This also makes a really great gift – just make sure they open it before Christmas morning so they have it ready for the big day!

And, although this isn’t really gathered with the items above, it is part of surviving Christmas morning. Christmas Eve I will assemble a breakfast casserole that can be placed in the oven first thing on Christmas morning or cook in a crockpot while we sleep.

I love these recipes:

Overnight Crockpot Breakfast Strata from Marci Coombs

Breakfast Casserole by A Turtles Life For Me

Cinnamon Baked French Toast by Pioneer Woman

Overnight Baked French Toast by Deep South Dish

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe & Free Printable Gift Tag

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tag - events to CELEBRATE!

There is nothing like the scent of Christmas. It can be September, but if you smell “Christmas” you are transported right to it. I love the yummy candles at the store, but nothing tops the real scent of a fresh Christmas tree, cinnamon, cloves, oranges, apples and cranberries. I created this Homemade Christmas Potpourri recipe a couple of years ago for my family and friends and loved it so much that I made about 10 packets of it for myself as well. I decided to do it again this year, and may make it my traditional gift for neighbors each year because I love it so much.

It’s simple to put together, has a long shelf life and is inexpensive! Win, win, win!

This is the Food Dehydrator I use. It’s inexpensive, holds a large quantity of food and works like a champ! It takes about 12 – 16 hours to dry each type of fruit when each tray is fully loaded, so plan ahead to give yourself enough time for the number of gifts you’ll be making.

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tag - events to CELEBRATE!

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe:

3 slices of dried Orange
3 slices of dried Apple
1 slice of dried lemon
1 Cinnamon stick
5-10 whole Cloves (or 1/2 tsp of ground Clove)
1/4 c. Dried Cranberries (or Craisins)

Tips:
– Buy your Cinnamon sticks in bulk – like these Cinnamon Sticks from Amazon. They are MUCH cheaper than purchasing them at your local grocery store in a small jar.

– Look for whole or ground cloves in the Mexican food aisle at your grocery store – mine were about 1/2 the price of those in the spice aisle.

– Print out my FREE GIFT TAGS to attach to your gifts. I package mine in small cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. 

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tag - events to CELEBRATE!

PRINT OUT THESE FREE GIFT TAGS TO USE FOR YOUR OWN! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Christmas Potpourri Gift Tag

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tag - events to CELEBRATE!

I’m participating in A Crafty Christmas hosted by Emily at Nap-Time Creations. For loads of fun and crafty ideas for gifts, decor, recipes and more – go here! 

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National Grandparents Day – September 8th

This Sunday, September 8th is National Grandparents Day! I was blessed with incredible grandparents and my daughter Lucy is blessed with amazing grandparents so we are going to celebrate them and let them know how much we love them! Today I’m sharing with you a fun idea that my sister Beth does for her kids grandparents each year. Instead of another gift (because really, who needs one?), she invites each set of parents over for special at home restaurant run by her kids. The kids set the table with special china, help prepare the food and then dress in nice clothes to be the hostess, waitstaff and kitchen crew. It is completely adorable and gives the grandparents what they really want – time with the little ones!

Here is the staff all ready to open Le Restaurant Fancee: (I can’t get over how CUTE they are!!)

Grand Parents Day  - Home Restaurant

 

The cute drink menu:

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The honored guests being seated and served a fine dining experience!

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The delectable dishes that the kids helped prepare: 

Appetizers Course: Pot Stickers with two dipping sauces

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Salad Course: Chicken wonton salad with mandarin orange segments

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Soup Course: Carrot and ginger soup with a fried wonton for dipping

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Main Course: Stir fry chicken and vegetable medley with rice

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Dessert Course: Brownies with ice cream and chocolate syrup & Bananas Foster with ice cream and candied pecans

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Le Restaurant Fancee has the best employees around and I hear they even give you a big hug when you leave!

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