Embroidery Hoop Teacher Gifts

An apple for the teacher? Well, a few apples and a pencil?! It’s almost the end of the school year, which means Teacher Appreciation Day is right around the corner. There are many amazing teachers in my life, family members, friends and many who have blessed my own children. One of the longest known icons relating to a teacher is an apple. I took this simple icon and made a few fun and easy teacher gifts. Hi Alison here, and today I’d like to share these cute apple and pencil embroidery hoop … [Read more...]

Bee Mine Valentine Tote Bag

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with it comes clever messages and sweet treats. There are so many cute sayings for Valentines, like “You Rock,” “You Are So Berry Nice,” “Donut Go Breaking My Heart,” and “You’re the Bomb!”-- the list goes on. Hi, Alison here, and today I’m taking my love of flower making, plus pom-poms and putting a fun twist on “Bee Mine” with this DIY Valentine tote bag. It’s perfect for kids to collect their valentines in or a great gift for friends and … [Read more...]

Colorful Painted Feather Thanksgiving Place Cards

When you love to entertain you usually get put in charge of hosting major holidays like Thanksgiving. I have been hosting Thanksgiving at my house, for both sides of our families, for the past several years.  I love having our home filled with family, laughter and good food...but I'll be honest my favorite part of hosting Thanksgiving is decorating the table.  I've started working on the kids table, and I'm almost certain everyone is going to want a seat at this colorful Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Halloween Safety Tips for Tweens

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love planning Halloween parties like my Mad Scientist Ice Cream Lab, or our spooky Murder Mystery dinner party and I love creating one of a kind costumes for my kids, like my famous DIY Octopus costume. Halloween is an exciting night full of fun and candy, who doesn't love that! But, it can also be a scary night if you aren't prepared.  I've teamed up with my friends at Verizon to share 5 simple Halloween Safety Tips for Tweens that … [Read more...]

Candy Corn Countdown

“Trick or Treat, Trick or Treat, Trick for Treat for Halloween! Better give a treat that’s good to eat if you want to keep life serene!” I loved that Disney song as a little girl, it always made me look forward to Halloween. All the fun activities, like apple picking, decorating and pumpkin carving. There’s the excitement of making your own costume, hayrides, corn mazes and of course, the candy--lots and lots of candy. There’s so much excitement, kids can hardly wait. Well, why … [Read more...]

How to Build a LEGO Ninjago Zip Line

This is a sponsored  post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros. Ent. I have been compensated to provide my honest opinion about "finding your inner ninja" and all opinions, text and photos are all mine. My son has been obsessed with building with LEGO® since he was young.  He can spend hours sitting at his LEGO table creating and building imaginary cities. Every birthday or Christmas the only thing on his wish list is a a new LEGO® set and if he ever has extra spending money he begs … [Read more...]

Back to School Chalkboard Brownies

Ad - This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury™. The opinions and text are all mine. The kids are back in school and we are all finally adjusting to the routine of waking up early, homework and after school activities.  After a fairly unstructured summer of lazy pool days, traveling and enjoying lots of popsicles it's nice to have a routine and schedule.  We are celebrating a new school year in the most delicious way with Back to School Chalkboard … [Read more...]

Felt Woodland Pencil Toppers

School supplies are way more fun when they are cute and personalized, wouldn't you agree?  With fall just around the corner I thought it would be fun to create some adorable felt woodland pencil toppers for my kids.  Who knows maybe it will inspire them to get their homework done quicker. I teamed up with Spellbinders to create this cute and simple craft. This is a fun project you could even make with your kids. What You Will Need: Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing … [Read more...]

Back to School Bunny Snack Mix + Free Printable

This is a sponsored  post written by me on behalf of Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine. Are your kids excited about heading back to school?  My kids actually love the start of a new school year and look forward to all of our fun back to school traditions.  From a special back to school breakfast to first day interviews, we have lots of fun ways to make the start of a new year exciting and fun!  On the first day I like to make my kids’ lunches extra special by … [Read more...]

Back to School Jitter Juice

Are your kids excited or nervous about starting a new school year?  My kids are excited about heading back to school, meeting their new teachers and seeing their friends.  While my kids are excited, starting a new school year can be scary and overwhelming for some.  If your little ones are nervous about the first day of school whip up a batch of this bubbly Jitter Juice to help ease those first day of school nerves. I've been making Jitter Juice for my kids every years since my … [Read more...]