How to Make a Rope Braid – {hair tutorial}

How to Make a Rope Braid that doesn’t fall out or unravel just takes the right technique and twisting.  My daughter made this quick video tutorial to show you how, and if you follow her easy instructions, you’ll have some beautiful twists or rope braids in a matter of minutes!  I just love how this looks, […]

How to Make a Wrap Around Pony Tail – {tutorial}

How to Make a Wrap Around Pony Tail is super easy and makes a nice finish to a pony tail.  My daughter made this quick video tutorial to show you how, and if you follow her easy instructions, you’ll have a beautiful pony tail in minutes!  I just love how this looks on all ages and I […]

Easy Brownie Toffee Trifle Recipe

How to Make this Easy Brownie Toffee Trifle Recipe is really easy.  It’s actually really quick, too, once you’ve done the prep work of baking and cooling the brownies and making the pudding. It tastes so delicious that my trifle dish is always spooned clean.  The recipe serves 15-18, so it’s great for largish gatherings and chocolate lovers […]

11 Fun Party Themes for Boys and Girls

How to throw fun parties for boys and girls is easy with a little inspiration!   These party tutorials, including Wizard of Oz, Circus, Hockey, Science, Parisian, CTR, Annie, Alice in Wonderland and more, are all easy with just the right food, decor, and games.  Easy Peasy! Party Themes Based on Movies 1.  Wizard of Oz […]

Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread {recipe}

How to Make this Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread Recipe is really easy.  It tastes so delicious that it’ll probably make it’s way into your best of the best recipes section. Starbucks distributed this recipe a few years ago, and I’ve been making it ever since.  There’s a reason people line up to buy slices of this loaf.  My […]

Indian Fry Bread Recipe {how to}

How to Make this Indian Fry Bread Recipe is so quick and easy it should be criminal.  Seriously. The best thing about this recipe is that you don’t need to let the dough rise, and, since the main ingredient is flour, it’s super inexpensive to make.  My kids teacher makes this recipe with her students as part of […]

DIY Burlap LOVE Banner {how to}

Making a Valentine’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Burlap LOVE Banner!  Most people have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it’s absolutely kid friendly. […]

Valentine Owl Printable Tags {free printable}

Valentine Printable Tags are so fun and make embellishing treats for Valentine’s Day super.  There’s so much candy giving, but as an alternative, you can also give homemade treats with printable tags.  That’s why I love these Printable Valentine Tags with adorable owls on them.  They are so versatile.  The owls are all dressed up for love […]

How to Apply Flat Back Crystals

How to Apply Flat Back Crystals to performance costumes takes some patience but can save you TONS of money in the long run.  My sister has saved hundreds of dollars by embellishing her daughters ice skating costumes with flat back crystals after having the costumes custom made rather than having the seamstress apply the crystals […]

CTR Party {how to} with Printables

How to Throw CTR Party with Printables is Easy Peasy and super inexpensive, too!  I threw my twins this CTR party following their LDS baptism for 35 people for under $100, including food!  The printable decorations were really inexpensive, but made all the difference! I wanted to throw my boys a Themed Party with a twist, so […]

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies {recipe}

How to Make this Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie Recipe is easy, and it’s perfect for the holiday’s. It makes a delicious and beautiful cookie for gift giving!  I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t adore chocolate dipped shortbread cookies.  They fly off the counters in these parts.  The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it only uses six […]

Duck Tape® Headband Craft {how-to}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Making a Duck Tape® Headband is a DIY craft that is super easy, fun, and the perfect holiday gift!  Creativity is never stifled by the Duck! Just customize the colors, for tons of possibilities.  All you […]

Avocado Egg White Omelet Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Hass Avocado Board. We love some avocados in these parts.  Lucky for us, we have access to them year round.  We eat avocado with everything we can think of.  On turkey sandwiches, as guacamole, by themselves, in soup, and one of our favorite […]

12 Must Have Free Printable Downloads

Here are 12 Must Have Printables to make gift giving easier and sweeter, because everything looks better with a printable tag!   These free printables, including a chevron party kit, a full set of sugar scrub printable, holiday printable tags and tags for teacher appreciation cover you all through the year! Free Printable Downloads 1.  Chevron Party Kit – Download […]

Enjoying Potato Cauliflower Gratin & Netflix {recipe}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Netflix for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Can you believe Thanksgiving is already upon us?  With the hustle and bustle of the holidays fast approaching, I’m all for slowing down and stealing moments back in front of the television.  {{laughing}}  Netflix and I are […]

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe using PAM® + {giveaway}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray. How to Make this Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe is easy, and it’s perfect for the holiday’s. It’s great for a holiday morning breakfast or better yet, gift giving.  I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t adore homemade cinnamon rolls!  One of the wonderful […]

DIY Felt Leaf and Acorn Garland {how to}

How to make a DIY Felt Leaf and Acorn Garland for the Fall is a craft that’s relatively inexpensive and easy, but looks amazing.    There’s just something about how the colors and elements of Fall that go together that is so lovely and pleasing to the eye.  You’ll only need a few items, too!   So, go gather some […]

P.F. Changs Goodness of Fall Contest & My Roasted Butternut Squash Salad {recipe}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Chang’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I just love the modern, unique environment combining influences of Asian and American cultures evident from the décor through the menu at P.F. Chang’s.   Most of all though, I like their ever changing and […]

Scrap Fabric Bracelets {how to}

How to make Scrap Fabric Bracelets is not only a fun craft, it’s inexpensive and easy.  It’s a great boredom buster, a perfect party craft, and a fabulous craft to make for gift giving.   My daughter and I recently made scrap fabric bracelets while we had some down time, and I’m hooked.  I can’t think of […]

Edible Clown {crafty food recipe}

My kids adore Breakfast for dinner and this week, I wanted to mix things up and give them a breakfast for dinner I didn’t think they’d soon forget.  Going along with my blog theme, I made them a crafty dinner with all their favorite breakfast fixings in the shape of a clown.   I started out […]

DIY Glitter Shoes {Wizard of Oz}

How to make DIY Glitter Shoes is a fun craft, perfect for dress up and Halloween costumes! Of course, glitterizing Ruby slippers is a must for every Dorothy costume, but you can use any color of glitter to bling up shoes for hours of fun for dress up for your little one year round.  All you […]

Eggo and Nutella Football Snacks {recipe}

Eggos and Nutella are a combination that just hit the spot.  On a game day, this recipe for Eggo and Nutella Football Snacks is a treat that will bring a smile to faces, both kids and adults alike.  Even if you are not a huge fan of sweets, I think you’ll love this little football shaped goodie.  This […]

Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosted Brownies {plus giveaway}

Are you ready for all the Back to School Bake Sales that you know are on the horizon?  {{laughing}}  I’ve been collecting recipes like crazy and even creating some of my own!  Thanks to #McCormickBakeSale and a little good old fashioned competition, I’ve been baking like crazy. Virtual #McCormickBakeSale I am absolutely giddy about McCormick’s […]

DIY Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich {recipe}

Ice cream is always a big hit in these parts, and this recipe for DIY Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches is so so delicious.  Even if you are not a huge fan of ice cream, I think you’ll love this little goodie.  {{for real}}  This week, as part of my challenge as a “Chief Waffle Officer” I came […]

Eggo-licious After School Snack {recipe}

Now that my kids are back in school, their appetites are on over-drive.  They are expending a lot more energy at school than they did at home over the summer, and since they want to eat right when they get home, I’ve had to get a bit more creative with healthy after school snacks so […]

Homemade Chocolatey No-Bake Granola Bar {recipe}

How to Make Homemade Chololatey No-Bake Granola Bars are easy, and as far as granola goes, taste heavenly.  That might just be because this recipe takes some of the “healthy” out and adds in a more sugar than some moms would like, but I don’t even care.  When I tasted this recipe that my sister made, I […]

DIY Paracord Bracelets {how to}

How to make Paracord Bracelets is a fun craft, and a great boredom buster!  We recently made paracord survival bracelets at a family reunion WHILE camping, and they were a HUGE hit.  Youngish kids (my 7 year old weaved his own) can learn how to weave the bracelets and they can be done quickly during down […]

FREE Printables for Back to School

The first week of school is one of the best times to say THANK YOU to your kids teachers for all that they are about to do for your kids!  I always love to give my kids teachers a little something to let them know that I am thinking of them and that their efforts are not […]

Tie Dye How-To {boredom buster}

How to Tie Dye can be a fun craft, and a great boredom buster!  We recently tie dyed T-shirts at a family reunion WHILE camping.  It totally CAN be done, but you do need access to a washing machine about 24 hours after you’ve dyed the shirts.  Luckily, we weren’t too far from a town […]

Blonde Brownies {recipe}

If you are looking for a yummy Blonde Brownie Recipe that uses just few Ingredients then this is the recipe for you.  It just happens to disappear every time it gets made, and everyone raves about it when it gets brought to family functions.  This is my sister in laws recipe and it definitely gets my highest recommendation.  Blonde […]

Dutch Flower Braid {how to}

How to Make a Dutch Flower Braid is easier than you may think.  My eleven year old daughter made this semi-quick video tutorial to show you how, and if you follow her easy instructions, you’ll be making a dutch flower braid in no time!  It’s just like a french braid, but the braid is on the outside, […]

Star Athlete Poster {how to}

If you have a child in individual sports like ice skating, karate or gymnastics, then you’ve probably been responsible for making a “Star” athlete poster.   Most schools also have “Star” student posters, so if you are like me, you dread the week your child comes home with the assignment for making their “star” poster, […]