Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FREEBIE :: Summer Bucket List

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School's out for SUMMER!!!! whoohooooo!

It's officially SUMMER BREAK here in my house, we have completed the last week of school and I officially have an 8th grader kid starting in the fall! Someone please tell me HOW that happened?!?!?!

BUT for now, we are just looking forward to sleeping in, pool days, shopping, LOTS of girl days and time spent with friends and all of the FUN we can have this summer. 

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A while back, we started doing something EVERY summer and it's turned into one of our favorite traditions: a Summer BUCKET LIST. If you have been a follower for awhile, you know I give you these every year and I so am hoping you are enjoying using them because I know we do. ;)

It's the perfect way to have your kids list the things that they would "like" to do, not to mention it is so nice to see what creative things they can dream up every summer. Does it mean they get to do it all? Well no, but it's a good opportunity to share with them how to come up with creative ways to maybe hit most of them. Take my advice . . . make those memories happen the best that you can for the summer, take whatever time you can to make it happen, enjoy it, be in the moment and ENJOY as they will LOVE spending the time with you and never forget this tradition every summer! Plus we all know our kids are ALL growing up at an alarming rate and will be gone before we know it. But I digress, no tears today, this is all about MAKING MEMORIES!!!! =)

This free download is easy to use as you will find that it comes with the year on it so you can save it for the scrapbooks (like I do) and can easily write down all of the things you want to do and check them off as you go! Because c'mon, the checking things off the list part is the BEST, am I right? 

Here you go, enjoy your summer with the kids! ;) 

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Feel free to download your own 'Summer Bucket List' and enjoy the SUMMER of 2016!!

**FREE printables are for personal use ONLY and may not be sold or claimed to be your design. By printing any freebies, you are agreeing to these terms.

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So HOW will you spend your summer? A couple things on OUR list to do this year are: hanging out at the pool, planning our dog's birthday party, crafting marathons, girls days with my mom, planning some fun get togethers with her friends, sleepovers, maybe a beach vacation . .  to some simple things like . . .  flying a kite, and a picnic in the park.

What is something on YOUR list? Please comment below . . . .

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

EATS :: Emoji OREO Pops

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Hello there! 
I am back and bringing you some more EMOJI FUN, as promised! First I shared my daughter's epic EMOJI party with all the cute details about everything we did, then I showed you how to make those adorable EMOJI PILLOWS at home or for the craft during the party and now today I am sharing how to make your own EMOJI OREO POPS! 

Is there plenty of willing people in bakeries and online that could make these chocolate covered emoji Oreo pops? Why yes, sure . . . absolutely and I would definitely recommend ordering from them if you are not wanting to try this, need them to look super professional or are pressed for time. BUT if you would like to save a few bucks and try them out yourself and don't care about them looking 'perfect' then you should definitely try making these as to be honest, they were NOT hard to make, just a little time consuming. 

I loved tackling this project with my daughter as we had fun trying to figure out what emoji faces to 'try' and recreate! We know they didn't turn out perfect but we made some memories, had some fun doing it and let me fill you in on a little secret . . . they tasted just as good as if someone else did them! Ssshhhhh ;)

So let's give this a try, shall we?  Let's make some EMOJI OREO POPS!

1. gather all of your supplies . . . you will need:  
Oreos, lollipop sticks, 1 bag of Wilton's yellow candy melts and then various colored tubes of icing you can write or draw with - colors depends on which emoji faces you are making. Below you will see what I used. I suggest having some wax paper, a cookie cooling rack and also a foam brick (in photo below).

2.  Prepare the yellow candy melts according to the directions on the package and melt in a dish deep enough that you will be able to 'dunk' or dip the Oreo pops into.

3. Separate each Oreo (carefully), take a lollipop stick and dip the tip into the melted chocolate, place in between the two Oreo halves. This will ensure that when you dip the Oreos, in a moment, that it stays together. 
**TIP - I always find when making these that you have to press firmly into the Oreo filling to ensure that the halves of the Oreo can come back together with the stick in the middle of them.

4. Let them dry for a few minutes and then dip the entire Oreo into the melted yellow candy melts until completely covered, then place into the foam brick covered in wax paper (like in photo below) as this will allow them to dry and not touch each other. 
**TIP - full disclosure - I usually have to dip my Oreo pops twice to get them fully covered but it's all good, just know that going in. ;) 

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5. Once completely dry, I transfer them to a cooling rack simply for decorating purposes.

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6. Have your emoji faces handy on your phone or a print out that you want to 'copy' and go to town decorating all of your fave emoji faces! The different colors of icing tubes I used were perfect for the ones we created. I loved using the sparkle blue gel for the laughing emoji tears and the food writers worked well for blushing cheeks. The red icing I DID have to kind of form my shapes that I wanted by using toothpicks. Yup LOTS of toothpicks and lots of patience! But you can do these, I promise!

The finished emoji Oreo pop! She loved them and they were such a hit at her party!! Plus I loved hearing her tell everyone that we made them. Heart=full!

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Now how much fun do these look to make? The best part is we made them ourselves and this is something that you can make anytime for any occasion! A birthday party, graduation, a co-worker's party or just simply because!

What emoji face is your fave? Please let me know below . . .

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FREEBIE :: Oh Happy Day Digital Cell Phone Wallpaper

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Hello there everyone! Who's loving that it is almost summer? Perhaps you are excited about the kids being out of school soon or looking forward to that summer getaway! Regardless of what it is, it's always a "happy day" when we have something to look forward too right? Me, I am just thankful that I can get out of bed on most days (lol) . . . anyone else with me on that? ;) To celebrate the 'little things' that bring us our happy, I want to share one of my latest projects . . . chalkboard lettering! You "may" be seeing more of this soon here and in my shop but shhhhhhh . . . it's a secret for now. ;)

As I am sure you have figured out by now, I am now a monthly contributor for the Craftaholics Anonymous creative team , so for this month's contribution, I decided to share one of my chalkboard lettering designs IN a cell phone wallpaper for you all to enjoy!

It's simple. It's fun. It puts you in a good mood just looking at it and it's available for FREE now over on the Craftaholics Anonymous site. Head on over to grab your FREE download here of the cell phone wallpaper!

I hope you have enjoyed the latest freebie and hope to see you over there! ;) Please let me know if you have any suggestions for a freebie that you would like me to consider as a free download as I may be able to make that happen this year! Comment below if you have a thought . . .  ;)

Oh happy day to you all! ;)


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Friday, May 20, 2016

FREEBIE :: You Are Special Gift Tags

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Hello everyone!
I wanted to stop in today to bring you another FREEBIE that I designed recently and it's one that you can use for just about any occasion! I am talking super useful for when you need to give someone a gift or you decide to surprise someone with a 'random act of kindness'. ;)
I designed three different color schemes for these tags so you should be able to find one that matches your gift and make it look great! Of course I hand lettered the 'you are special' lettering plus drew the flowers to create this design! I love how whimsical they turned out and they will definitely brighten up your gifts with a little effort.

So I give you these fun 'You Are Special' GIFT TAGS!

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I love that they are so easy to use AND quick! Simply print them out, cut, punch a hole for the ribbon and attach to your gift. Perhaps you don't need these right now or maybe you do, either way you should PIN IT . . . ya know, for when you DO need them. Just sayin. ;)

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Think of all the different gifts you may be giving this time of year . . .teacher appreciation gifts, wedding gifts, something for a bridal shower or baby shower, graduation, birthdays and more . . .  these tags are the perfect addition to your gift giving needs and will add that special handmade element to it.


Feel free to download your own 'You Are Special GIFT TAGS' and enjoy them as they give your gifts that added 'eye candy'!

**FREE printables are for personal use ONLY and may not be sold or claimed to be your design. By printing any freebies, you are agreeing to these terms.

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I would like to remind you that I offer CUSTOM hand lettered prints and decor so feel free to let me know if you have a great idea, please shoot me an email . . . at and I'd love to chat with y'all!

So what do YOU think??!!

[This print was originally featured first for Craftaholics Anonymous, where I am a monthly contributor.]

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