3 Gift Wrapping Wins

Try These Fun Ideas for Christmas!

Christmas will be here soon and I’ve got 3 gift wrapping wins that will help you with last minute ideas! This holiday is a party for all our senses but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. I love it when there are ways to minimize the stress and keep the jingle in my joy! Continue reading “3 Gift Wrapping Wins”

Giant Candy DIY

Large candy decor is not easy to come across so I came up with this giant candy diy!  My sister will be expecting her first baby at the end of this year and I am so excited to throw her a shower!  Growing up, she always had an eye for candy and I thought this would be the perfect theme for her baby shower! I’ll be posting more candy crafts and decor for the shower as the planning comes along.  🙂


Tissue paper color of your choice

White tissue paper

Hot glue gun


Ring and rectangular floral foam



Place floral foam shape on two sheets of colored tissue paper.

Wrap tissue paper around the foam shape and secure the back with some clear tape.

Cut a white sheet of tissue paper in half and twist into a rope.

Use the hot glue gun to secure the white rope in a circular pattern on top of the smooth side of the foam shape.

Repeat the same steps for the rectangular foam.

Cover with the cellophane and tie the ends with the ribbon.  These are so fun and easy to make!

You can make up the rules as you go and create any yummy design for your candy.  Hope you have fun trying out this giant candy diy and using them in your decor!  



DIY Fidget Spinner

Give this easy diy fidget spinner a try if you are looking for an activity to do with the kids or for yourself.  Whether or not fidget spinners help with ADHD, they’ve become a popular toy.  If you come across one for the first time, you can’t help but pick it up for a whirl.

I first heard about it from my husband who showed it off to me and just about everyone who’s come to visit.  So since Father’s Day was coming up, the kids and I decided to make a couple of DIY fidget spinners for him.  I used this homemade playdough recipe and ordered the fidget spinner bearings online.


homemade playdough

rolling pin

figet spinner

box cutter

fidget spinner bearings


hot glue gun


Take a ball of dough and roll it out with the rolling pin to about 1/4″ thick.  Place a fidget spinner case or the actual spinner on the dough and cut out the shape with the box cutter.  If you don’t have a fidget spinner, cut out a triangle and round off the edges for a different look that still works.

Remove the dough from around the cutout.

Place three pennies, one on each end of the shape and press them into the dough.  Cut out the center to make room for the bearing.

Roll out three small balls of dough and flatten them to cover the pennies later.  We added fish to this one since our daddy loves fishing.

Next, let them dry completely.  They can be air dried but it will take several days.  Or, you can place them in a 200°F oven for 10 minutes.  You’ll want to turn off the oven and let the pieces sit overnight to dry.

Use the hot glue gun to attach the tops to the pennies on the fidget spinner.  You may need to add a little hot glue around the outside of the spinner to keep it in place.  You can seal your fidget spinner with varnish to keep it longer.  Have fun customizing your own fidget spinners.




Homemade Playdough

Homemade playdough is an easy activity you can do with the kids.  I made this for my toddler and she had fun discovering the texture and colors.  It might have made me the favorite parent while it lasted since she is a daddy’s girl.  Not only is it easy to make, the ingredients are non-toxic.

All the ingredients are edible if your little one is curious enough to sneak a piece.  There are recipes where you can add scents or use Kool Aid but I wanted to keep it simple so my daughter would be less likely to eat it.

This is great if you are looking for some good old-fashioned fun in this day and age of technology.


2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup salt

4 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 cups water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

gel food coloring


Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir to combine.

On medium heat, continue stirring until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Remove the dough onto a cutting board or counter top and knead.  Roll the dough into a ball and divide into four equal portions.  Add in a different food color to each portion and knead.  Store in an airtight container and it will last for months.


Pad Thai Voodles

One of my favorite Thai dishes is pad thai, but with summer almost here, these pad thai voodles (vegetable noodles) might help me reach my fitness goals faster.  Vegetable noodles are one of the latest trends and are a fun and healthy way to eat more veggies.  Continue reading “Pad Thai Voodles”

Spring Brownies

A Sweet Way to Welcome Spring

These spring brownies were inspired by this beautiful time of the year, bountiful weddings, and the Pampered Chef.  Spring makes me think of new beginnings for many flowering plants and creatures(humans included).  I also got this amazing brownie pan from my Pampered Chef host, Joane B. and I wanted a good reason to try it out.  These spring brownies were perfect for celebrating a wedding this past weekend.   Continue reading “Spring Brownies”

Quick Cronuts

Cronuts are a trendy hybrid treat that have been popular for some time now in the bakery world.  It’s really just an excuse to eat a fried croissant in the shape of a doughnut.  Sounds like the perfect indulgent food if you are pregnant or in the mood for something sweet, sticky, flaky and fried.  But, who’s got the time to wait for dough to rise?  This may not be an authentic cronut, but it will get me close enough with time to spare for other mommy duties. Continue reading “Quick Cronuts”

Five Charming Things To Do In Charleston

We went on a family weekend getaway to Charleston, SC for the first time and we were smitten by Charleston’s charm.  Well, at least I was anyway.  This city is beautiful with its Spanish moss covered trees, vintage cobblestone streets, excellent foodie spots, and family friendly atmosphere.  I could have spent a few more days in this picturesque little town.  But, traveling with a toddler and with other real life responsibilities calling, I’m grateful I had a chance to spend any time exploring this city.  Here are five charming things to do while visiting one of my new favorite cities. Continue reading “Five Charming Things To Do In Charleston”

Easy Banh Mi Sliders

These easy banh mi sliders are the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and sour goodness that’s delivered inside a warm toasty piece of bread.  I wanted to create an easy version that would be quick to assemble and great as an appetizer or finger food.  These were made for a birthday party last weekend to try on unsuspecting guests.   They are simple to make, tasty and the right size for serving at any gathering.  For example, that upcoming Super Bowl Party you might be planning next month. Continue reading “Easy Banh Mi Sliders”