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DIY Mother's Day Handprint Napkins

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This year seems to be flying by. I cannot believe it is already May and Mother's day is just around the corner. Each year I celebrate all my favorite mom's with a backyard brunch full of delicious foods and their favorite drinks. That includes my mom, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, and my best friend. I try to mix it up each year with something a little different. This year I went for a garden theme full of flowers and bright colors. Plus, I added a personal touch by creating a handprint napkin they can use and/or keep as a gift and a beautiful signature card from Hallmark.

To create a special napkin for my mom and mother-in-law, I grabbed my boys to have them help me with this fun craft. It is a messy project, so we grabbed all our supplies and headed outside to get to work. It was a little tricky to get handprints for my sister-in-law and friend, so without them knowing I grabbed their kiddos handprints and created a napkin for them as well. 

Supplies you need:

  • Fabric paint in your choice of colors
  • Paint brush
  • Paint tray
  • Fabric napkins. I used flour sacks. Cheese cloths work as well
  • Wet wipes (to help clean up messy hands)
How to make:

1. Using fabric paint and paintbrush, paint the palm of the hand. Make sure it is painted on thick and heavy to get a good handprint.

2. Very carefully place palm, painted-side down, onto fabric napkin and press down firmly.
3. Gently lift palm up leaving behind handprint on the napkin.
4. Let dry completely, at least 24 hours, before use.

5. Wrap with faux flowers to create a special place setting for moms this Mother's Day.

I created our backyard brunch around this beautiful arrangement of pink peonies. I immediately knew I wanted that as my centerpiece. I placed them in a faux concete vase that fit perfectly and planned everything else to coordinate with it. Bright pink flowers wrapped around the handprint napkins, bright plates, water goblets, floral tablecloth, and food galore completed the set-up.

While shopping for the brunch, I headed over to the Hallmark card section to get the perfect card for my mom and mother-in-law. I searched for the new signature collection and found these amazing cards that fit in perfectly with my brunch theme. I love the thick cardstock and quality of these cards plus, the colors are perfect.

I wanted to make sure everything was perfect to celebrate each one of them. I place a beautiful signature Hallmark card with a handprint napkin at each of their place settings so when they sat down, they would have a special treat waiting for them.

I served just about everything I knew they would love. Blueberry muffins, doughnuts, croissants, a variety of bagles, cream cheese coffee cake, fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee, and of course homemade jelly and local honey.

Everyone loved everything and said it was the best surprise ever! Especially when they pulled out their napkins and saw the hand prints. No one wanted to use it in fear they would ruin it!! LOL

It's definately a treasure they will keep for a long time to come. To find more Mother's Day inspiration and digital coupon offers head HERE. Don't miss out on this IBOTTA offer!!!


DIY Iced Coffee Travel Mug

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It's September and fall is almost here and I could not be happier! I love the cooler temps, the crisp leaves, and hot coffee. But, even though fall is almost here that doesn't mean the temperature is getting any cooler here in Texas. But, it is coming, just not sure when exactly. Since it's still in the high 90s, I rely on iced coffee to get me through the day and Gold Peak® tea lattes and coffees do just the trick. 

Gold Peak® tea lattes are made with real sugar and real tea and Gold Peak® coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans, real cream, and real sugar. Gold Peak® tea lattes and coffee flavors include 
Gold Peak Chai Tea Latte, Gold Peak Vanilla Chai Tea Latte, Gold Peak Salted Caramel Coffee Drink, and Gold Peak Almond Toffee Coffee Drink.

As a busy mom my mornings are hectic. From getting my oldest to school for his "Leopard Patrol" duty before the sun comes up to loading up for football practice after school, my day is non-stop. Gold Peak® coffee is perfect to help me start my day and I don't have to go out of my way to stop at the coffee shop to get an iced brewed coffed. Because, honestly, I do not have time for that. So, I grab one of the new and exciting coffee flavors and my favorite travel mug and head out the door without wasting any time. But, who wants a boring travel mug? Follow these great steps to create a one-of-a-kind mug perfect for your morning drink.

What you need:

How to make:

1. If you are using your own die-cut machine, design your image and cut. Be sure to keep the outside and weed out the middle to make your own stencil. If you are using a pre-made stencil, you can skip this step.

2. Gather all your supplies and get ready to create!

3. Apply your vinyl stencil to the cut and make sure all edges around each letter are secured down.

4. Using the paint marker, paint over each letter. Some colors may require a second coat. Which can be applied within a few minutes.

5. Let sit for about 3-5 minutes and carefully peel off vinyl stencil and remove smaller pieces using a pick.

6. Let sit to dry for about 24 hours to ensure it has dried. (I have seen where some have baked in the oven at 325 for about 15-20min to ensure paint wont come off. I did not try this method with these cups.)

7. Fill with ice and pour in your favorite Gold Peak Salted Caramel Coffee Drink and enjoy on the go or just while relaxing in the morning. 

Head to your local Walmart and grab everything you need to help make your mornings easier. You don't have to sacrifice time to get a great cup of iced coffee. Just grab a bottle of your favorite Gold Peak® Tea Lattes or Gold Peak Coffee and start your mornings off right. 


Trident Vibes Promo for Free iTunes Gift Card

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What’s better than getting something free after purchasing your favorite gum? You simply upload your Walmart receipt, including the purchase of Trident VIBES® gum, and wait for it to be validated and you'll receive a $5 iTunes gift card. Trident VIBES® has this rebate offer running until 11/1! 


Book Blog Tour for Fractured Honor by Kaylea Cross

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Today we have the blog tour of Fractured Honor by Kaylea Cross! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: Fractured Honor
Author: Kaylea Cross
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Fractured Honor:

An elite warrior struggling to find his place in the civilian world. Weary from his years on the battlefield, SF Captain Beckett Hollister has returned home to Crimson Point to take over the family business for his dying father. But adjusting to life outside the military is harder than he imagined, and being back home forces him to confront things he’d rather not face. Including the one woman he shouldn’t want and can’t have—his best friend’s little sister. 

A love that was always meant to be. Town vet Sierra Buchanan has known Beckett her entire life. She’s crushed on him for years, but because of his relationship with her family, the stubborn man refuses to see her as more than the girl he grew up with. As tragedy brings them together, neither of them realizes that the sins of Beckett’s past have come home to haunt him. When Sierra becomes the target of his unforeseen enemy, Beckett must vanquish his demons to save her.


I have read many of Kaylea Cross' novels and series and have not been disappointed. I love how she can capture each characters personality and allows you to feel a connection to the story and people involved. Set in a picturesque small coastal town, you can't help but feel transported into the story and that keeps me hooked. Sierra, the towns veternarian with a pure heart, and Beckett, the rugged  ex-military Captain, are drawn to each other proving that opposites do attract. Add in side story lines like adopting a dog, helping with the family business, honoring your fellow veterns and of course just enough balance of romance, action and suspense to complete the story. Fractured Honor delivers a great connection to keep the story moving forward and never wanting the story to end.

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About the Author:

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and has been nominated multiple times for the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.  

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