Preparing for Thanksgiving

We have been doing our best to prepare for Thanksgiving.


Hiking in Vail, Colorado

My husband recently turned the big "4-0". Since he is figuratively going over the hill, he decided he literally wanted to go over one too! So he booked a long weekend in Vail, Colorado for the two of us. No kids. Just a weekend for us to celebrate his birthday and to do as much hiking as we could. Because there is nothing like reaching a milestone birthday that makes you want to push your physical limits just a bit :) 


Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Cookies

I recently attended a teaching conference and the speaker emphasized the importance of traditions. She explained that traditions help us feel like we belong and that we are loved. A tradition can be something done in a classroom or it can be something done at home. Holiday traditions that are repeated year after year, give us something to look forward to. Holiday traditions build a sense of family and help create lasting memories.

I share all of this because my oldest recently surprised me with her understanding of our family traditions. I was asking her about Thanksgiving and she said 'Well... for Thanksgiving- we always go to Mimi's and we always make Pilgrim Hat Cookies'. This made me laugh because although I do like making edible crafts with my girls around holiday times, I never considered these fun little cookies to be a 'family tradition'.

But to my girls, they are! These cookies are not just cute and sweet. They are a symbol of our family and our love for each other. And because of that, we will be making these every November! Keep reading for the recipe and ideas for creating your own Thanksgiving traditions. (See our peanut free pilgrim hat cookies here  & the no-bake version here and another one here.)


DIY Tea Party for Girls

More than anything, my youngest daughter wanted to have her birthday party at home this year. And she wanted it to be a tea party. Parties at home can be tricky. Lots of cleaning, setting up, etc. So honestly, I tried to change her mind :) I offered up a big party, with as many friends as she wanted, at one of those trampoline parks. But she was set on the idea of little fancy tea party. And since I can't say no to my girl or the chance to throw a fancy party, I began to plan.... and now I am SO happy that she didn't choose that trampoline park after all!


5 Things You Need to Know About Home Improvement

We bought our house 9 years ago. Over the course of that time, we have spent a lot of time and money making improvements to our investment. Looking back, we have learned a lot! Today, I thought it would fun to compile some of our most popular home improvement projects into one post and share what we have learned along the way. Whether you are a current homeowner, or looking to make a purchase in the future- keep reading for tips to prepare for your next home improvement project.


Christmas Tote Bag

You know I love a good tote bag. I could make a new one for each season! Which is pretty much what intend to do :) I decided to change up my usual design, but still keep it easy and fun. (Because that is how DIY should be!) And yes, I know that we haven't even hit Thanksgiving, but the early bird catches the worm. Make this cute Christmas tote bag now and you can carry it all December. It's perfect for "toting" gifts and goodies to parties. And if you start now, you can make an extra one to give as a present.


"Not So Spooky Spiders" Halloween Cookies

It's getting closer to Halloween, which means it's time to do all those fun Fall things. We visited the pumpkins at the Dallas Arboretum, ran through the corn maze at Hall's Pumpkin Farm, picked out costumes, and today we baked!


How to Turn Your Instagram Followers into Blog Readers

My favorite social media by far is Instagram. I love that it is just little squares. I love that people comment and communicate more on Instagram because it feels like a little community. I love that one photo can sum up an entire moment.

But there is one thing that I do not like about Instagram, and that is you cannot add 'click-able' links in the captions! I can't even count the number of times I have seen a product or a blog post that I want to know more about, but I can't find a direct link to it via Instagram. And usually by the time I would think about 'googling it'-- I would get distracted and forget. If you are a blogger, a website owner, if you run an Etsy shop, or have your business on Instagram, you have probably thought the same thing. Luckily, there is finally a solution to the problem.

photo source: https://pixabay.com/
To find out how to turn your Instagram followers into your blog readers and customers, keep reading!


DIY Halloween T-shirt for Kids

I couldn't find any Halloween shirts I liked for the girls this year, so I decided to make my own! What's better than a homemade Halloween t-shirt? (chocolate candy?!) Really, these shirts are pretty awesome. Inexpensive, no-sewing required, quick & easy. You need to try this. Keep reading below to see how to make one for your little 'pumpkins':)


Trick or Treat Yo'Self (Free Printable Gift Tags)

I'm on a roll with Halloween puns this year! I made the "I'm Here for the Boo's" gift tags last week and now I have something for the kiddos (or you can give them to adults too!) How cute are these "Trick or Treat Yo' Self" tags? Put them on a gift, a candy bar, or favorite drink... and ta-da! Halloween Happiness!

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