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Valentine's Day Heart Canvas Tote Bag with Printable Stencil


  Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite times for crafting.  There are so many ways to be inspired and such a huge variety of projects create.  It’s the perfect opportunity for family to gather and celebrate the idea of Valentine’s Day together.
  One of the most common questions I get from moms is how they can spend more time with their children, especially teenagers.  They want fun, creative crafts that can be done by the entire family. Well, this holiday is perfect for just that. Creating Valentine’s inspired gifts is a project children, teens and adults will all enjoy.
  I have a great tutorial for Valentine's inspired tote bags that couldn't be easier. I’ll show you step by step how to create a functional and stylish Valentine’s Day tote.  You'll be able to find nearly everything you need right at Target. So moms, grab your supplies and gather your family, this will be a craft everyone will love! And isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is really all about.

Easy DIY zippered pouch

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  There's nothing better than receiving a gift that has been handmade. The fact that someone would take time out of their busy lives to create something extra special is as thoughtful as you can get. Sure they could have gone down to the local supermarket and bought one of the gazillion varieties gift cards that are for sale but instead they choose to make a gift that really means something. No matter what time of year or whatever the occasion, a homemade gift is always the best. 

  This past holiday season my friend and I decided to share only homemade gifts for Christmas. It was amazing. Not only was it fun to do but it was completely thoughtful and so meaningful. I decided to give her something that would be totally useful for her in the new year while she made the switch to vaping. I created a mini zippered pouch to hold all of her vaporizer accessories. I really loved how it came out. I want to share this super easy tutorial with you so you can make your own. And, if you don't vape you can easily use this as a clutch or cosmetic bag!

Printable Holiday checklist and calendar

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  How many of you get completely stressed out by the holidays? What is normally the most wonderful time of the year can quickly turn into the most trying time of the year. All of the planning, shopping, organizing, preparing, decorating, baking.....and all within a tiny little 25 day window. It can be a little overwhelming.  But I'm here to help with all of that.
  Today we're going to do something fun. We're going to take a break from our holiday stress and take a much-needed mini staycation. I'm totally giving you the okay to take the afternoon off because... YOU deserve it!  
  "But what about all of the planning and preparation and shopping I still need to get done?" You might ask. 
  Don't worry I've got you covered. I have a few things that are totally going to help you get through the holidays nearly stress-free this year. Keep reading and I'll show you how you can tackle the holidays head on and stay cool, calm and collected while doing it.

Creative Gift giving: Clothespin Wreath for Instant Lottery Tickets, family photos or holiday cards

  Every year around this time I start to go into full stress mode trying to find gifts for those people who are impossible to buy for. I rack my brain trying to come up with something more creative than my go-to gift card, boxed and wrapped in the most elaborate way possible. It can be a little challenging coming up with something creative and unique. Doesn't it seem like everyone already has everything?!
  This year I think I came up with a winner ... pun intended! Not only is this gift fun and unique but it's also totally functional. Don't you love that!? A dual-purpose gift. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what you need to do to create this holiday gift everyone is sure to love. 

DIY kitchen window makeover with faux frosted glass etching

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  Hosting for Thanksgiving is one of my favorite parts of the season. I love having family and friends over for endless amounts of food and great conversation. It gives us all time to catch up on the happenings of the past year - and I think for all of us it's been quite an eventful year!
  Before the season officially gets underway I like to start getting ready for any gatherings I have planned for the coming months. I always do a thorough cleaning and home refresher around this time of year. I go through each room of the house and make sure there aren't any of the usual signs of neglect: those bizarre spiderwebs that magically appear and the mysterious blobs of dust hiding behind and under furniture. Sure at Halloween, you can claim they're intentional but afterwards.....time to clean!
  It seems like no matter how comfy and cozy I make the rest of my house everyone always ends up congregating in the kitchen. At first, I thought people just liked my kitchen... then I realized this happens to everyone. The kitchen just seems to be a great place for people to gather and talk. So I've decided, this year, to start that much overdue project. I'm going to finally update my kitchen window. Believe me, it was due. Talk about outdated. As you'll see from the photos, the craft store Gallery Glass plastic cling flowers are no longer the hot window dressing they once used to be. So, I decided to go with a more modern updated etched glass look with a subtle geometrical design. However, I'm not actually using the strong chemical etching cream to create this look but rather a faux etched glass medium! Keep reading and I'll show you how to create a great, sophisticated look for a lot less money and a lot less mess than traditional etched windows.

Korean Fusion Mason Jar Snack with Spicy Asian Slaw

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  It seems like everywhere you look a new "fusion" restaurant is popping up around the corner. It's undeniably the biggest trend in dining. I think in my neighborhood alone there are no less than a dozen restaurants. There are the usual Asian fusion and Tex-Mex fusion - which I love. Then there are the more exotic ones like Japanese-American, Irish-Eritrean (still not sure what that is), North African fusion... I even saw vegan sushi fusion - don't know how that works but it sounds interesting! 
  As confusing and intriguing as they all might be, most are actually quite good. I have to admit I'm a sucker for a good Asian fusion restaurant. It's almost become a weekend ritual. Saturday night?... Asian fusion. It's something I always look forward to.
  So I thought if these flavors are great for dinner, why not turn them into a great snack for the work week. It was surprisingly easy and fun to come up with a great "fusion" snack. Using a few prep-free ingredients and an easy Asian slaw that is super simple, I put together an amazing mason jar snack that is not only better for you but really easy to make. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly how to prepare this make-ahead snack.