Handmade Gifts!

I can finally share the rest of these with you, now that the holidays have passed.

But first off, let me just say that the pix do NOT do these pieces justice.

They are MUCH cuter in person.

P.S. If you click on the picture, it will take you to my Etsy shop, where you can buy one for yourself and a friend!

keychain1

For the unclekeychain2

For the brothernecklace1

For the sisternecklace2For the friendproud mom necklace

For the momPhotoGrid_1354583475864

For the gymnastics teacherPhotoGrid_1354583567596

For the softball momPhotoGrid_1354583682511

For the BMX momPhotoGrid_1354583896326

For the proud grandma! {One of my FAVES!!!!}PhotoGrid_1355441075810

For the husbandPhotoGrid_1355441790095

For the dadPhotoGrid_1355442316799

For the wifePhotoGrid_1355442576790

For the motocross momPhotoGrid_1355450693523

For the cheerleader

Aren’t they great?!

I love what I do.

And I especially love custom orders!

What piece is your favorite?

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Christmas Eve

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Happy {merry?} Christmas Eve!

I hope you have a super fabulous time with your loved ones!

I hope Santa finds his way into your home tonight and you wake up with some awesomeness under your tree!

Later on, we are gonna go look at all the beautiful homes decked out in lights.

And when we get back, we are starting a new tradition with our very own little family.

I saw this idea on Pinterest.

Christmas Eve Box - Include: New pajamas, a Christmas movie, popcorn, mugs, hot chocolate, marshmallows, and a Christmas book. This could definitely turn into a tradition.{Unfortunately, the back link didn’t work on this, so all I’ve got is the picture.}

It’s the Christmas Eve box.

Inside is a Christmas movie, a pair of pajamas for each of us, a mug for Kade and I and a sippy for Karsyn, some hot chocolate and marshmallows, along with some snacks to enjoy while watching the movie.

Last year, Karsyn was only about 2 months old, so we just went to Kade’s moms and ate dinner.

Now that Karsyn is a little older, we are gonna do our own thing.

I can’t wait to carry on this tradition for the rest of my years!

I can’t wait to see what everyone gets tomorrow! (:

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Adorable Jewels I’ve Been Making

Over the Black Friday weekend, I did a huge sale with my Jourdan’s Jewels and Jourdan’s {Handmade} Jewels. Like 50% off huge.

I had about 20 Handmade orders – 4 from one girl, 8 from another, and then some other randoms.

So I’ve been busy.

I can’t wait to share all of them that I made, but I have to wait just a few more days because they are gifts.

big girl panties

Too freakin’ funny!
I laughed out loud when she sent me this pic saying that’s what she wanted.
I LOVE it.
You can buy one here.

front and backThis is one that is, obviously, not finished yet.
I sent the pendant off to Stampressions to be paired with a stamped piece.
If you missed the post of our collaboration, you can see it here.
You can buy one here.

girl and grampsThis is another one I sent to Stampressions to be paired with a stamped piece.
You can buy one here.

PhotoGrid_1354486206285One of my most faves!!
Love on the front with her kids’ names on the back!
Three charms dangle from the bottom – one to represent each of her children.
You can buy one here.

PhotoGrid_1354583392697Just Dance keychain!
I also did a gymnastics one for her, but it’s personalized, so I can’t show it yet!
Can do any color{s}!
You can buy one here.

I can’t wait to share the rest of them with you!!

Did you support any small businesses this year with your gift buying?

20+ Things You Should Buy at the Dollar Store

20+ things you should buy at the dollar store

I’ve complied a list of items that you should buy at the Dollar Store versus Wal-Mart, Target, etc.

You really can save money by shopping at Dollar Stores.

The saying “You get what you pay for” does hold true on some items there, but for the most part, you’re getting one heck of a deal!

1 – Tape! You can get 2 rolls of clear Scotch Tape for $1!! SCORE! Tape is tape, it will do the trick. They sell the same stuff at Wally for like $2-3.

2 – Gift bags! The Dollar Tree has some SUPER cute gift bags! Like WAY cute! And they’re only $1! You can NOT beat that! The cutest ones at Wally are like $5! Who wants to spend $5 on a gift bag?! You could be spending $4 extra on the actual gift if you go with the ones from the Dollar Store. Plus, if you buy the really little bags, you will sometimes get MORE than one bag, so it makes your total cost even lower. {P.S. I do realize that Wal-Mart sells some for .97, but there is a very limited selection and they are all about the same size. You can’t get HUGE ones for .97}

3 – Tissue paper! This is something that you shouldn’t ever spend more than $1 on! It’s probably just going to get ripped up and thrown away anyway. The Dollar Tree offers different colors and sometimes prints of tissue paper. Plus, you can get huge things of it. Like 50 pieces for $1. That’s only .02 a sheet! {P.S. I realize that Wal-Mart does sell tissue paper for .97, but you don’t get as many sheets.}

4 – Gift cards! They’ve got a pretty big selection of gift cards, plus they’re usually 2 for $1. And yes, they do come with the envelopes there as well!

5 – Poster board! They offer a variety of colors and again, they are usually 2 for $1.

6 – Candle sticks! There are SO many crafts on Pinterest that require candle sticks and for just $1, you can’t go wrong. They are about $3-4 at Wally.

7 – School supplies! Pencils, pens, highlighters, notebooks, paper clips, pencil bags, etc. You can get all of this stuff for just $1! Most of it comes in packs, so you’re definitely getting the most bang for your buck!

8 – Kitchen utensils! Spatulas, mixing bowls, measuring cups, small cutting boards, veggie peelers, pizza cutter, ice cream scoop, tongs, big serving spoons, cookie cutters {pack fo 6! less than .20 each!}, etc. One of my favorite gifts to give to my friends for their wedding is a big basket {also found at the Dollar Store!} clear full of kitchen stuff! It’s stuff every household needs, so you can’t go wrong.

9 – Cleaning supplies! Sometimes they are a little bit smaller versions or generic brands, but it’s still a good deal. They do offer name brands like Awesome, AJAX, Clorox, The Works!, etc. You can also find brooms, mops, and dust pans. They all do the trick.

10 – Oven mitts and pot holders! Often times, they come in a pack of two, so .50 each!

11 – Storage baskets! They are CUTE and they make cute baskets for gifts. I love putting together a gift in a little colored basket from the Dollar Tree, plus, it’s something they can always use later.

12 – Handheld mirrors! Again, for only $1, you can get yourself a little handheld mirror. At Wally, they want like $5 for the same thing!

13 – Decorations! You might not know it, but the Dollar Tree has some REALLY cute decorations! I love to go shopping there for cute little things to put around my house. And you seriously can’t beat it for $1!

14 – Craft supplies! I ALWAYS check the Dollar Store for the supplies I need to finish a craft before I go anywhere else. More often than not, I find what I’m looking for. {When I was doing Karsyn’s Monster Party, I used a TON of googly eyes. They are 150 for $1 at the Dollar Tree. Wally wanted .97 for 15. RIP OFF!} Plus, they have lots of cute kid craft kits to help keep your little ones occupied while you are busy.

15 – Tooth brushes! I don’t always buy mine there, but Karsyn’s, I do. They have cute little character ones there, like Toy Story and Cars, for just $1! He doesn’t need anything extravagant right now and he’s more than happy with it.

16 – Pregnancy Tests! It may seem weird because they are only $1, but at Wally, you can pay up to $40 for ONE test! What a joke! And I promise I am telling the truth when I say that the Dollar Store tests are JUST AS EFFECTIVE as the ones at the Doctors office. I even asked my doc when I was first pregnant.

17 – Coloring books! This is another thing that often comes with more than one. They make great party favors and in all actuality, they are cheaper than the 4 for $1 at Wal-Mart because these ones are bigger and have more pages.

18 – Glass wares! Things like vases, wine glasses, mugs, plates, etc. {Now, I am not suggesting you buy your whole dish set from there because I do think you can find a better deal elsewhere.} These things are good for crafting and gifting and cost a lot more elsewhere.

19 – Cello bags! I ALWAYS buy the cute little printed cello bags there. I use them to stick orders in. Like when someone orders some Posh, I will put it all in the bag, tie and curl a ribbon around it and it’s all ready! Lots better than just a plain clear bag. I also do it with my jewels {locals only – I don’t do it fancy when I ship it because I usually have to bubble wrap it.}

20 – Party supplies! Things like napkins, paper plates, paper cups, cutlery, streamers, etc. are good at the Dollar Store. {P.S. I realize that you can get them at Wally for .97, but plain colors only. They rarely have printed ones for .97}

I also asked this question on my Facebook pages {Jourdan’s Jewels, Jourdan’s {Handmade} Jewels, and Perfectly Posh with Jourdan}, “Fill in the blank: I ALWAYS buy _______ at the Dollar Store” and here are some of the answers that I got, minus the ones that I have already stated above…

-Trash Bags

-Candles

-Candy

-Nail Polish

-Make-up

-Batteries

-Ziploc bags

-Balloons

-Rewards for kids

-Smell good stuff

I could go on and on about some really good finds at the Dollar Store, but I think you get the gist! Stay tuned for “What NOT to Buy at the Dollar Store”.

*Disclosure: All of these opinions are 100% my own! I was not compensated in any way or contacted by any of the stores mentioned to write this post.

What do you ALWAYS buy at the Dollar Store?

Chocolate Covered Ritz Cookies

I recently did a guest post over at Sugar Bee Crafts.

If you didn’t catch it, here is what I shared!!

Every year, around Christmas time, my mom and I would make these cookies. We’d make TONS and give them to friends, family, neighbors, teachers, etc. They’re always a huge hit. And it’s to the point where people expect them each year now and if we haven’t gotten them out by a certain time, they start asking haha!

Now, let’s get started on making these yummy cookies.

But one more thing.. You may want to put on an apron or some grungy clothes because things will probably get messy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

*Ritz crackers {go with the plain kind!}
*Creamy Peanut Butter
*Chocolate Almond Bark
*White Chocolate {or Vanilla} Almond Bark

Then take another cracker and make a sandwich out of it. Then set it aside.

Now you are going to take one of your chocolates and melt it. I usually do one or two squares at a time because it hardens pretty fast. Cook according to the directions on the back. I always do it in the microwave, but you have to be REALLY careful not to let it burn. You’ve got to keep your eye on it the whole time. When it burns, it STINKS and is no longer useable.

After you’ve melted some chocolate {in my case, I did the white first}, dip your cookie in and make sure it is completely covered, then set it on some wax paper or tinfoil. Continue doing this to all of your cookies using both the white and brown chocolate.

Now you’re going to make them look fancy. All you have to do is dip a spoon in some chocolate {the opposite color of the cookie} and wave your hand back and forth over it until it looks good. Then repeat with the other chocolate until they are all covered. And you’re done! I sometimes put them in the fridge to harden fast.

Before they dry, you could add other things as well or instead of doing the opposite chocolate. Things like sprinkles, M&M’s, and other small candies.

Like I said before, these are always huge hits with everyone!

Bundle them up on a cute holiday paper plate with some plastic wrap and tie it with a ribbon or make your own personalized plate to give them out on.

How about these babies? Don’t they look delish?! Are you gonna make them now?

Day 13 of GIVEAWAYS! – Karen’s Crafty Creations

Day 13

SURPRISE!

More sponsors contacted me, so I decided to extend it!

Welcome to Day 13 of the 12 Days of Christmas!

I am GIVING AWAY a His & Hers Hand Towel Set from Karen’s Crafty Creations.

100 percent cotton and she has done the embroidery.

You have lots of ways to win! You can do just one or do them all.

To enter, click the Rafflecopter link over on the right-hand side. >>>>

ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED!

One winner will be drawn for each prize, each day.

I will draw the winner for that day each night {example: tonight I will draw the winner for Day 13}.

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Day 12 of GIVEAWAYS! – MiaBelle Boutique

Day 12

Welcome to Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas, the last and final giveaway.

I am GIVING AWAY a Ruffle Petti Romper from MiaBelle Boutique.

Ruffled Petti Romper (headband not included)
Sizes: S through XL
Winner may choose size and color in stock.

You have lots of ways to win! You can do just one or do them all.

To enter, click the Rafflecopter link over on the right-hand side. >>>>

ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED!

One winner will be drawn for each prize, each day.

I will draw the winner for that day each night {example: tonight I will draw the winner for Day 12}.

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Day 11 of GIVEAWAYS! – Beetlebug Adorables

Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas.

I am GIVING AWAY an aluminum water bottle from Beetlebug Adorables!

She will customize it for the winner.

You have lots of ways to win! You can do just one or do them all.

To enter, click the Rafflecopter link over on the right-hand side. >>>>

ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED!

One winner will be drawn for each prize, each day.

I will draw the winner for that day each night {example: tonight I will draw the winner for Day 11}.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 12 of giveaways!

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Day 10 of GIVEAWAYS! – Beatrix Bows

Day 10

Welcome to Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas.

I am GIVING AWAY one this gorgeous Christmas bow from Beatrix Bows!

Red and green polka dot bow with hand sculpted and painted tree center, with embedded Swarovski rhinestone ornaments! Available on clip or headband.

You have lots of ways to win! You can do just one or do them all.

To enter, click the Rafflecopter link over on the right-hand side. >>>>

ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED!

One winner will be drawn for each prize, each day.

I will draw the winner for that day each night {example: tonight I will draw the winner for Day 10}.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 11 of giveaways!

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Day 9 of GIVEAWAYS! – Bugz N Bubba Creations

Day 9

Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas.

I am GIVING AWAY this snowman hair clip from Bugz N Bubba Creations!

You have lots of ways to win! You can do just one or do them all.

To enter, click the Rafflecopter link over on the right-hand side. >>>>

ALL ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED!

One winner will be drawn for each prize, each day.

I will draw the winner for that day each night {example: tonight I will draw the winner for Day 9}.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 10 of giveaways!

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