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Gifting Experiences

Gifting Experiences

With Christmas fast approaching, our kids are filled with images and commercials advertising the “newest, coolest” thing to hit the market. Despite the fact that their toy chest is already filled with excellent toys, they still play with the cardboard box they came in. Or as in the case of my daughter Jasmine, who is [...]

DIY Snowman Handprint Ornament

Christmas is right around the corner, but this easy DIY ornament is super quick and will be treasured for years to come! I do it every year with the kiddos in my Kindergarten class and I’ve been told by many parents how much they treasure it and enjoy hanging it on their tree long after [...]

Go-to-Gifts: Quiet Books That Grow with Baby

Go-to-Gifts: Quiet Books That Grow with Baby

One of the things that made me feel very loved during my first pregnancy was receiving packages from generous family members with gifts for our baby. Some were small tokens (like bath toys and washcloths, which we use every day) and several were carefully hand-made with love by my artistically gifted relatives. Hand-crocheted blankets, hand-sewn [...]

30-Minute DIY Christmas Gift Manicure

30-Minute DIY Christmas Gift Manicure

This DIY manicure is festive and cute, in a very classy way. You know how beautiful your living room looks when you wake up on Christmas morning and lots of pretty, wrapped presents are packed under the tree? This manicure is a little tribute to that beauty! It takes a little more time than the [...]

20-Minute DIY Winter Manicure

20-Minute DIY Winter Manicure

Busy mamas generally just don’t have time for a couple hours at the salon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fabulous winter-inspired mani anyway! It’s not as difficult as Pinterest makes it seem — I promise. And you don’t need any fancy tools or anything. I’m currently visiting my parents for the holidays [...]

Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar

Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar

Looking for a last-minute homemade gift for your child’s teacher, your neighbor, friend or the host of a holiday party you’re going to this weekend? Making a batch of cookies would be great, but might take too much time, so I think I have what you need… cookie mix in a jar! This quick and [...]

DIY Christmas Pedicure Basket

DIY Christmas Pedicure Basket

This year, for one of the three family Christmas parties we are attending, we were asked to bring a handmade gift to be auctioned. The proceeds will go to the church that made the space available to us. I am super busy and although I LOVE crafting, it’s been hard for me to find extra [...]

Christmas Pajama Tradition

Christmas Pajama Tradition

In my family, since my siblings and I were little kids, we have never done a lot of big celebrations or partying on Christmas Eve. It’s always been a low-key, hang around the house, maybe drive around to look at some lights, kind of day. One tradition that has been around for as long as [...]

DIY No-Sew Tutu

DIY No-Sew Tutu

One of the easiest and cutest things you can make for your little one is a tutu. Little girls love them! I decided I was going to make one for my niece for Christmas, since I don’t have a little girl of my own… yet! It was so simple; I even did it with my 18-month-old [...]

Maple Pecan Squares

Maple Pecan Squares

A few Christmases ago, I received the Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking book as a gift. There are tons of yummy-looking recipes inside. I have yet to make more than a handful of them, but they’ve all been delicious so far. I had been looking for a recipe to make that I could package as a [...]

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