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”

DIY Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

My Laurel turned ONE this year and I wanted to make this a special day for her by throwing a DIY Minnie Mouse birthday party.  It’s an important milestone in her life and also marks our survival as first time parents.  She may not remember all that went on, but she will look back one day and see how much she was loved, hopefully.  🙂

Laurel loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and will only sit still for this show.  I’m not sure what it is, but it has saved us from a crying baby more than once.  Since I wanted a more girly theme, I picked Minnie to be the main focus.  For her colors I chose to keep it simple and used pink, white, black and silver.  Sometimes, my ideas are too ambitious but I’m thankful I have wonderful sisters, cousins, and nieces who help execute my crafting projects.

I found an easy DIY birthday cake smash photo booth online and gave it a try.  I already had a photo booth made from PVC pipes from another party that came in handy.  I used 48″x 60′ pink  bulletin board paper for the back drop and a large piece of plexiglass at the foot to keep the paper from scooting under a squirming toddler.  I also covered the PVC pipes on the sides with white gossamer fabric.  We draped the beautiful bow garland my sister, Mary made across the back drop and our photo shoot set was complete.  Here are a few good ones we captured with the help of my cousin, Anna.


For her Minnie Mouse outfit, I wanted an easy one of a kind dress that I could make.  I could have just bought her one, but it wouldn’t have been creative.  It is a combination of a circle skirt and apron.  I made it by using a circle skirt pattern to cut out the pink fabric and the tulle.  I used about 6 layers of tulle to make the skirt fuller and cut scallops around the bottom for a whimsical look.  I also cut a rectangular piece for the front and attached a couple of straps to tie around her neck.  To complete the look, she wore a black shirt and leggings.  For the ears, I knew a head band would not stay on since she is constantly moving around.  I made the ears out of glittery fabric (found with the pre-cut pieces of felt) and attached a bow with my hot glue gun.  I then attached two hair clips to the inside of each ear that will clip to the pigtails in her hair.  It worked well and her ears stayed in place until we took them off.

To help set the scene, I had a lot of fun creating the dessert table.  If you’ve seen Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, there is a segment called Minnie’s Bowtique which was the inspiration for this table.

For the back drop I used a large foam insulation board I got from my local hardware store for around $12.  I used more of the bulletin board paper from the photo booth to cover the board.  Then, I cut out a large black circle and two smaller ones out of poster board for Minnie’s head. For added sparkle, I made the border from glittery gift wrap.  The bow on top is made of white tulle and pink polka dots.  To keep with a boutique look, I draped white gossamer fabric over the top of the board.  For the bow displays, I used wooden dowels that I wrapped in white tissue paper and made bows out of glittery scrapbook paper.  The lollipop stands are each made from two blocks of floral foam taped together and covered with pink tissue paper.  I also used a silver sequin fabric to top off the white plastic tablecloth over the table for more sparkle.  The “happy birthday” banner was made with poster board circles, pink ribbon, and silver letter stickers.

For the center of the dessert table, I wanted a nice tiered Minnie Mouse cake that I could customize and decorate.  I picked up some black and white fondant from the store to make my cake decorations.  I rolled out the black fondant and made Minnie Mouse cut outs with a medium sized circle cookie cutter for the face and a smaller size for the ears.  I did the same thing for the topper using larger circle cookie cutters.  Then I tinted the white fondant with a tiny amount of red food coloring to make it pink.  I cut out small circles and pinched the opposite ends to form a bow.  Then I cut a thin straight piece of fondant to wrap around the center to complete the bows and attached them to the cut outs with buttercream.  I also cut circles out of the white fondant for polka dots.  The pieces were laid out to dry and harden over several days.  I went to my local grocery store bakery and ordered a two tiered cake that was white on the bottom and light pink on top.  The crystal band was an added bonus since it was included as part of the cake order.  I placed my white polka dots on the top pink tier of the cake and my black Minnie Mouses on the bottom layer.  The cake was topped with a few cookies and my larger Minnie Mouse fondant piece.

All that was left was for this cake to take center stage on the dessert table.  It tasted delicious and didn’t look too shabby.

Since we are on the topic of cake, no 1st birthday celebration is complete without a smash cake.  I always wanted to make a drip cake and I now had the perfect excuse to make one.  I kept it simple and used a boxed cake mix.  Then, I covered the cake in white buttercream frosting.  I chilled the cake in the refrigerator and made the pink ganache using white chocolate, a little bit of red food coloring and this recipe.  Once the cake was chilled, I poured the pink ganache over the top of the cake and slightly pushed out the excess to drip around the cake.  Before the ganache set, I decorated the cake with assorted cookies, more buttercream frosting and a Minnie Mouse fondant cutout I made earlier.  I think it turned out alright for my first time making a drip cake.

Here’s the birthday girl looking at the cake and not really sure what to do with it.  Unfortunately, this was a smash cake that did not get smashed.

We also had a special guest appearance by Mickey himself.  He lead us into singing the birthday song for Minnie.

We ended the party by the mantle where we opened the thoughtful gifts our family and friends brought.

The mantle was decorated with some Minnie Mouse toys and decor given by my sister-in-law, Kaonu and sister, Mary.  The pompoms are made of pink tulle my sister had made for my baby shower a year ago.  I thought it would be a great idea to reuse these and add Minnie ears.  We finished off the mantle with a bow garland to tie in with our Minnie’s Bowtique theme.

I had a wonderful time planning this party and seeing it come together for my daughter.  She has been a great joy in our lives and it makes me happy to daydream of future memories we will share together.  Thanks so much to everyone who helped out and brought gifts to celebrate our baby girl’s 1st birthday!