Monster Party Favors

I had so much fun prepping for Karsyn’s 1st birthday last year! Can’t believe I am already working on stuff for his 2nd. Unfortunately, this one isn’t going to be as big, since we now live 4 hours away from any family ):

Anyway, today I am going to quickly show you how easy it was to “make” the faces on the bubbles and play dough that were inside of the treat bags!

1005490_10201656335708075_19735816_nFirst, I removed all of the labels. I didn’t really care too much about the sticky part; it was only a small line on each thing, but I knew the kids wouldn’t even notice! But, if you are worried about it, make your own Goo Gone to get it off!

Then I added one eye to each bottle.


Then I went crazy with the faces! I used my treat bag drawings for inspiration (;

1186161_10201656336548096_375161304_nFun, right?

1012491_10201656336108085_1485404366_nI got the packs of bubbles and play dough at the Dollar Tree. It was cheaper {yes, only by a few cents, but hey!} than Walmart.

We ended up having some party packs left over, so I gave them to trick-or-treaters! This would be a way cute {and healthier} option for those little kids.

What is your go-to party favor?




Googly Eye Picture Frame

Another fun and super cute thing I made for Karsyn’s Monster Party was this picture frame.

Eye Frame 6As you can see, I sat it on the table with the goodie bags {tutorial on those to come!}.
{Get the FREE printable here.}

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What you’ll need:
-Googly eyes {I used about 4 bags from the Dollar Store – 125 pieces each}
-Unfinished wood picture frame {Mine is from Walmart – The opening is 5×7.}
-Green paint
-Paint brush
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks

First off, paint your frame! I just did mine inside on a piece of cardboard. Give it two or three coats. And make sure you get the outsides and insides. The back doesn’t matter.

Eye Frame

Next, after you’ve given the frame plenty of time to dry, you’ll glue the eyes on. I used the same method for gluing down the eyes as I did on the Googly Eye Wreath – where’d I’d draw on some glue, then lay down the eyes.

Eye Frame 3Then when you’re all done gluing the eyes on, you should have yourself a cute googly eye frame!

Eye Frame 5Now all you need to do is add a picture or printable to the inside!

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And as I said when I made the Googly Eye Wreath, the best part about these decorations is that I can use them for Halloween, too!

Eye Frame 2Tutorial coming on how I made the garland as well! (:


Googly Eye Wreath

Last year, for Karsyn’s birthday, it was Monster theme.

I love everything about the whole “Monster” theme!

It’s all so cute and there are SO many ideas!

I wanted to incorporate googly eyes on everything I could, so I made this fun wreath!

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And you wanna know what the best part of all his birthday decorations? I can use them for Halloween decor! SCORE!

What you’ll need:
-Googly eyes {I used about 1 pack from the Dollar Store – pack contained 125 eyes!!}
-Wreath form {I got mine from the Dollar Store.}
-Spray paint {I used white, but I would suggest black.}
-Coordinating ribbon
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Eye WreathFirst off, I spray painted the wreath form.

Eye Wreath 8This was about 3 coats later. As you can see why I suggested to use black spray paint.. The white just wasn’t covering the green very well.

Eye WreathThen I just glued, and glued, and glued the eyes on.

Eye Wreath 5One thing that I found very helpful, was to draw a glob of glue down and then stick on the eyes. But you have to do it quick because the glue dries fast and the plastic eyes will pop right off if it’s not hot.

Eye Wreath 9Keep on gluing until it’s completely covered! But don’t worry about the inside or outside, just the top.

Eye Wreath 2Next, I drew a line of glue along the outside and glued down a piece of ribbon. I chose to do three different ribbon, to incorporate many of his birthday colors.

Eye Wreath 7Then I would wrap the ribbon on the glue, glue a line, wrap the ribbon, etc. until it was covered all the way around.

Eye Wreath 10I did the same thing with the next two ribbons.

Eye Wreath 3And I repeated those same steps to cover the inside.

Eye Wreath 6And there you have it!

Eye Wreath 11A fun Googly Eye Wreath!



Karsyn’s Valentine Pictures

I got Karsyn’s pictures taken about a week ago because Lulu’s Photography was doing mini Valentine sessions.

This was the first professional shoot that he’s ever had done.

Here’s how they turned out!

This little turkey MELTS my heart!!538076_10200531639231366_972660865_n
He was holding Paige’s {the photographer} cat.6005_10200531637311318_84600863_n
Finally, a smile! {See the cat?!}426052_10200531635431271_1344736954_n
One of his most favorite stuffed animals, Patches.
This is how he looked most of the time.. Eating candy!539582_10200531652391695_1493458749_nThose eyes!!

Aw! How do you like them?!
P.S. His shirt says “My Heart Beats for Mom” (;



How Well Does Your Spouse Know You?


 Here are the instructions:
  1. Fill out the questions below with your answers
  2. Hand over the same set of questions to your spouse and see if they can answer the questions about you.
  3. Write your post and compare both of your answers
  4. Link up here on February 14th
HA, I am so excited to read all the fun answers, should be interesting to say the least.

Here are the questions: Feel free to add or take away any questions you want.

How long have you been married?
Where was your first date?
Where was your first kiss?
Who first said, “I love you”?
What were your wedding colors?
What is her most commonly used phrase?
Who is her celebrity crush?
If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get?
What is the best meal she has ever cooked you?
What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
What is the most-played song on her iPod?
What would she say is your most annoying habit?

What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?

Here are mine and Kade’s answers!!
How long have you been married?
J: Not married yet. We are engaged. Getting married in July. Been together for 5.5 years.
K: I’m not.
Where was your first date?
J: We were only in 8th grade, so we didn’t have an “official date” until we were older, but the first time we did something together was go to the Christmas Light Parade.
K: With you, Goose. I don’t know.
Where was your first kiss?
J: His high school
K: At the High School
Who first said, “I love you”?
J: I think I did..?
K: I don’t know. Was it me or you Goose?
What were your wedding colors?
J: They are going to be blue, pink, green, orange, and yellow.
K: We don’t have wedding colors yet.
What is her most commonly used phrase?
J: Well or so.
K: Uhh, “Karsyn, stop!”
Who is her celebrity crush?
J: Channing Tatum!
K: That guy off Twilight that you love so much. {I honestly have no idea who he is talking about. I hate Twilight.}If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get?
J: Dr. Pepper for me and Mountain Dew for him.
K: Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew.
What is the best meal she has ever cooked you?
J: Chicken enchiladas
K: It’s gotta be them enchiladas.
What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
J: Tuna Helper {It’s not that it was gross, but apparently making it once every two months is too much.}
K: Tuna Helper.
What is the most-played song on her iPod?
J: More like artist.. Daughtry or Jason Aldean
K: Gangnam Style
What would she say is your most annoying habit?
J: Not doing what I ask him to the first time!!
K: Chewing with my mouth open
What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?
J: Check my phone
K: Hang out with your phone for two hours.
So, do you think Kade knows me well or not?! Be sure to link up or leave your answers in the comments! I would love to hear them.

14 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Man

Buying gifts for men is hard. Always.

Their gifts are often expensive. Or your guy may be one of those “If I Want It, I’ll Buy It” guys, where he buys himself whatever it is that he wants.

So when Valentine’s Day comes and you want to be romantic and/or get him a gift he will really like, what do you get?!

Fun Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Man

Once again, I asked my Facebook fans {Jourdan’s JewelsJourdan’s {Handmade} JewelsPerfectly Posh with Jourdan and Two Million Miles} what they are getting or have gotten. I have complied a list of some really great gift ideas.

The most commented answer was Boudoir pictures.


Other fun ideas include:

-A case of his favorite beverage

-A Kindle Fire because “he lights your fire.”


-Make his favorite meal {even if you don’t like it!}

Posh Man Gift Set

Posh Man

Includes a Sugar Shave Scrub and a After-Shave Lotion.
Rub in and dissolve gentle exfoliating sugars that prepare and nourish skin, then shave and reveal a face that’s begging to be touched. Glycerin-based for maximum moisture infusion. A light veil of aloe and glycerin softens skin after shaving. Vitamins pamper and protect, while fabulous fragrance lets a girl know it’s time to play Kissy Face. Apply liberally to face and neck after shaving or anytime to add moisture.

-A New Electric Razor

RazorKade would be in heaven with this Camo Electric Razor!


question-3464813THE best smelling cologne out there!!

New Tools {with a cheesy saying!}

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-New Undies {for him, of course!}

-Gift Card to his favorite store

Cabelas%20card%20elk-His favorite chocolates, a new movie, and dinner {just the two of you!}

A bunch of his favorite snacks {with a cheesy saying!}

IMG_2987A Customized Keychain

PhotoGrid_1355441075810What is one gift you gave your man that he absolutely LOVED?!


Happy New Year!

Guess what?

We made it.



The world did NOT end!

I didn’t really think it would.

And I am happy to still be here!

I still have a lot to live for!

Here’s to living one more year!

Here’s to those New Year Resolutions!

Here’s to another day!

Here’s many more projects!

Here’s to 2013!


Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to pop in and say…

merry_christmas_everybodyI hope you have the best day ever!



Christmas Eve


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! (:


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?