November 18, 2015

Super Hero Themed Baby Shower

As a mom of two boys, superheroes are part of our everyday routine. We fight bad guys and soar to new heights with our matching capes. It's perfect and wouldn't have it any other way. When I found out a friend of mine was expecting her third baby boy, I knew I just had to help in any way I can. Especially since the theme was going to be Baby Superheroes! Awesome!! I had tons of ideas and was so blessed to be able to make their shower one to remember.

The shower was a surprise for the mom-to-be. She knew there is a shower, but no idea the theme or any of the details. She was planning the nursery in the baby superheroes, so we wanted to make sure the shower revolved around that and included decor items she can incorporate into the nursery. 

We chose the colors red, yellow, and blue and added some greens in as well. We tied balloons to the custom printed superhero art work we placed into frames as centerpieces to add color and to fill up the space in the large room.

I created a large wooden K, covered in comic book pages, that will be displayed in the nursery after the baby is born. For the shower is was on display as guests entered the room.

Refreshments were placed on the bar for easy access. Hero H2O, Thor's Lightening Lemonade, and Super Sweet Tea were coordinated with custom labels we found on ETSY,

I was in charge of the dessert table and was the focal point of the party space. Complete with a custom made banner we made with the baby's name, perfect to use in the nursery after the party, and coordinating cupcake toppers for the mini bundt cakes we found from ETSY. The mini bundts and large bundt cake was so delicious and from Nothing Bundt Cake.

I had to taste test those red velvet mini bundt cakes. They were delish!!!

Sandwiches with all the toppings you could ask for and chips were served buffet style for all the guests to enjoy. Salad with homemade ranch completed the food station.

The party was a huge hit and the mom-to-be was surprised. What a great shower! I know she loved every bit of it and I am so happy to have been able to be a part of it.

November 17, 2015

Essentials for Moms On-The-Go

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As a mom of two boys, germs seem to be every where. They love to play in the dirt, roll in the grass, and just be messy. I love their imagination, but my immune system may not have the same feelings. It's also that time of year that they like to share all the germs and illnesses they collect at school and at after school activities. Yes, I am that mom the follows them around sanitizing their hands all the time! But, I typically forget about myself. I am usually so concerned about their health and safety that I become an after thought. But, with the help from a few essentials, I can now be prepared for any situation that arises. 

I created a super easy on-the-go kit to keep in my purse to have with me when I am out running errands or volunteering at the boys school and Wal-Mart helped me make this happen. 

My on-the-go kit contains a few essentials that will help me in any situation. As a mom in general, Advil tablets are a must have. I use Advil tablets for headaches and muscle aches, plus aches and pains of the common cold. They always come in handy in any situation that I need pain relief. 

It's flu season, strep season, and just about every illness season. Moms don't get sick days, so I rely on Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables to help provide immune support to help my system fight off unwanted germs. 

Now that the cooler weather is here, we are outside an awful lot. Great for the kids, but not on my skin, including my lips. The cool wind make them dry and crack easily. Not a good thing when you are at parent teacher conference or cheering on your basketball star. Our kit would not be complete without Chapstick Total Hydration. It's 100% natural and instantly smooths and moisturizes my lips. I love that I can just toss it in my bag and reach for it whenever I need.

To complete my on-the-go kit I added some tissues, for all the sneezes and runny noses, and sanitizer for the icky germs. I placed them all in a small zip bag and placed into my purse ready to go when ever I am. Adding in a few pieces of candy could't hurt either. Now, I will be prepared where ever I go and whatever situation I am in. 

Check out more great ideas to create your own essential kit.

November 16, 2015

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Puppies

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The holidays are coming! We cannot wait! It's such a magical time of year full of holiday spirit and joy and I am eager to get started on decorating the house. But first, I need to get started on our holiday shopping and that includes our fur-babies as well. We have a new puppy, Baylee, and I want to make sure she has the best first Christmas ever. Plus, I cannot forget our older dog, Rusty, He loves Christmas and all the tasty treats he gets.

I knew Wal-Mart would have all the great treat ideas I needed to stuff both of their stockings. It was so easy to fill up my shopping cart with all their favorites like, PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® Beef FlavorPEDIGREE® MarroBone™, and PEDIGREE® Jumbone. They are going to be so excited!!!

Shopping for pets can be a little tricky. I never know what to get them. With the boys, they usually just tell me what they want but, our pets can't talk. So, I usually have to rely on my instincts and do what I feel is best for them. Especially since we have a new puppy this year. 

I love being able to give them PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX®. It keeps them busy and keeps their teeth clean at the same time. Plus, the PEDIGREE® MarroBone is perfect to help promote training and reward good behavior and trust me, our puppy needs all the help she can get! She is all over the place. She is so full of energy that I knew I had to grab PEDIGREE® Jumbone to help keep her busy while we are enjoying our Christmas morning festivities. 

Of course, our fur-baby stockings would not be complete without some cute Christmas pet toys all set inside a perfect puppy stocking. 

Now that we are all stocked up with our PEDIGREE® stocking stuffer ideas from Wal-Mart, I stuffed their stockings full of their favorite treats and toys and placed on our mantle ready and waiting for Christmas morning! 

What is your favorite stocking stuffer ideas for your pets? 

October 20, 2015

Easy DIY Wood Post Porch Pumpkins

The countdown to Halloween has begun and I am so excited to be a part of the 13 Days of Handmade Halloween with Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams! Who doesn't love crafting and creating fun products for your home?! I am so excited to share these DIY Wood Post Porch Pumpkins. They are so easy to make you'll have a whole pumpkin patch before you know it.

  • One 8 foot 4x4 wood post
  • Miter Saw
  • Pen/marker
  • Tape Measure
  • White Craft Paint
  • Orange Spray Paint
  • Tree Branches
  • Embellishments
  • Painters Tape
  • Drill
How to Make:

1. Cut your posts into three sizes. 17in, 22in, 27in. (You can make them any size you want.)
2. Spray paint your pumpkins orange for a base coat. Let dry. 
3. Using painters tape, mark off stripes, horizontal or diagonal. Any designs you want.

4. Use white craft paint to decorate your stripes, circles, edges, any thing on your pumpkins.

5. Drill a hole in the top of your posts and cut wood branches to fit. Use as the stems for your pumpkins.

6. Add bows, ribbons, wires, anything to embellish your pumpkins. I kept mine simple since they will be outside.

7. Place outside on your porch! 

See how simple and easy that was? The posts were less then $10.00 and I had all the materials on had. Simple and easy craft that is perfect for Halloween! 

Bonus tip: 
These don't have to be used just for Halloween. Using the same steps, just a few adjustments, these make the most cutest fireworks for the Fourth of July!!!

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October 14, 2015

Easy DIY Out of Treats Door Sign

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Halloween is coming and it's time to start searching for the perfect Halloween costume and stocking up on lots of candy for Halloween night. Our neighborhood tends to go all out for Halloween and it's a huge deal here. Just on our street alone, neighbors set up out door movies in the driveway, serve chili for the families, and even construct haunted houses in the garages. So, of course when setting up for our own trick-or-treaters, we have to make sure our candy supply is full of the best choices! 

To get prepared for the crazy amount of children coming by, I head to Wal-Mart to pick up several bags of our favorite candy items. I love that the Hershey Ghost Variety Bag and the Kit-Kat/Reese's Miniature bag are perfect for the large group of trick or treaters we are expecting. The bags are super large and packed full of all our favorite candy. 

These Hershey's Bags from Wal-Mart will do just the trick for our trick or treaters! But, they are so big we needed a little extra help to pass out candy this year. Frankenstein and Dracula stopped in to help us with this important task.

We are all set for our trick-or-treaters this year!!! I cannot wait for Halloween night. It's so much fun to see all the kids dressed up in their costumes and going door to door. I know this year our house is going to be a favorite with all our delicious Hershey candy. Let's hope we I don't eat it all before Halloween night! 

Even though we are all set for Halloween Night and the Trick-or-Treaters, we may still happen to run out of candy, we do live in a very large, family friendly community. So, we created this super easy Out of Treats sign to warn our neighbors and let them know, "sorry, we are out of delicious candy". There is no greater disappointment then a kid walking up to a house on Halloween and no one answering.

To make your own DIY Out of Treats Sign you will just need just a few items you may already have at home. If not, a quick trip to the craft store for a few essentials will do the trick.


  • Piece of wood (Hobby Lobby had this piece for $1.99). Any type or size is okay to use.
  • Ribbon
  • Craft or Spray paint
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Stencil, decal letters, or vinyl cut for Out of Treats
  • Spooky Spider Embellishments (dollar tree had these).

How to Make:

1. Paint your piece of wood and let dry. You're choice of color. I chose orange.

2. Using the ribbon, measure and cut to create a handle to hang your wood sign. 
3. Attach using hot glue. I reinforced it wood staples after gluing.

4. Using remaining ribbon, add bow and attach with hot glue gun.
5. Add your stencil, decal, or vinyl. You could even just hand paint the wording directly onto the wood. 
6. Add the spooky spider embellishments by hot gluing onto the ribbon.

7. Hang outside once you run out of candy for your trick or treaters to see.

How do you use Hershey's candy to add something sweet to your Halloween?

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