Tea Cup Succulent


Today I am excited to be a part of my friend Kristen Duke’s week long birthday celebration!  Happy Birthday Kristen!! I am featuring a fun girlfriend birthday gift idea along with 101+ other bloggers.  It is all a apart of Kristen’s birthday week and today is 101+Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends!  How fun is that. Along with all the other 101+bloggers I am sharing a fun, inexpensive birthday gift idea that would be perfect for all your girlfriends.  So many fun ideas. Each year I usually come up with [Continue Reading...]

Teacher Appreciation Printable Note and Giveaway!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea

Today I am over at Skip to My Lou as part of Cindy’s very fun Teacher Appreciation Gift Series.   We all know that A is for Apple but it is also for Awesome and I’ve got a cute printable gift tag for you to let your children’s teachers know how awesome they are!   As part of this fun series I also have a giveaway here for you on the blog today.   For the caramel apple tag head on over to Skip to My Lou As part of [Continue Reading...]

DIY Valentine’s Sharpie Mugs

DIY SHarpie Mugs

It’s the 10th of January and I am so excited to have our group of talented bloggers back for another blog hop! This month the theme is HEARTS and I just know you are going to love (no pun intended!) these projects that are sure to get your creativity flowing for Valentine’s Day… which is just around the corner! I’d love for you to pin our collage below, check out my DIY Sharpie Mug Project  and then go see all the other fabulous projects by some of my friends! 1. Landeelu [Continue Reading...]

Bath Salts for Mother’s Day {Activity Day Idea}

make your own bath salts

For our activity last week we made a fun, easy and inexpensive gift for the girl’s to give to their mothers for Mother’s Day.  We had to get it done early since I was going to be traveling the weeks before Mother’s Day. I found the recipe for the Bath Salts over at one of my favorite blogs – The Idea Room.  The recipe calls for table salt, epsom salts, baking soda and essential oils. I cut the recipe into a third so each girl could make their own.  We [Continue Reading...]

Pom Pom Headbands and Bib Necklaces

pom pom headbands

Being the mother of two girls there are always a lot of girlfriends on the Christmas gift giving list.  They love giving gifts to their friends but that can get expensive when you have as many friends as most teenage girls do!!  Each year we would look for a gift that was easy to make, inexpensive yet cute and fun. Even though my girls are now in college and they are in charge of their own gift giving I find myself looking for fun, inexpensive gift ideas.  Lately I have [Continue Reading...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

wilkes 2011, print up to 8x10-0568

Whenever any of our children would ask their dad what he wanted for Father’s Day or any other gift giving occasion his standard reply has always been “Children who obey.”  They would roll their eyes and then say, “No, dad really, what do you want.”   I guess all that asking paid off because  we have four wonderful children who although they didn’t always obey have turned out to be wonderful, responsible, successful young adults! This post was originally shared as part of a fun series over at my friend Mariel [Continue Reading...]

Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation GIft Ideas Collage

Having had four high school graduates and two college graduates so far I’ve given lots of graduation gifts.  To my own children and to their friends.  Today I am sharing some of my favorites. One of my favorite gifts to give a girl graduate is a personalized piece of jewelry that has a special meaning or symbolism. When Cali graduated from high school, I gave her and her best friend Hannah necklaces.  I purchased them online through Charming Gifts.They each got an initial charm and their birthstone charm.   I then [Continue Reading...]

How to Make Your Own Money Lei

Graduation Lei.jpg

Graduation season is here.  I’ve been getting lots of emails lately for ideas on graduation gifts and parties.  I’ve done my share of both.  I don’t have anyone graduating from anything at my house this year but I thought I’d revisit some of the graduation themed ideas I have shared in the past. The first part of the week we will talk graduation gift ideas and then the second half of the week it will be graduation party ideas. I know a popular graduation gift to give is cash.  Everyone [Continue Reading...]

Graduation Gifts and Announcements


My baby girl is now safely delivered to college.  I still can’t believe it.  I woke up this morning to a quiet and empty house.  I have a lot of thoughts to share on that but they will have to wait until another day when I can sort them all out. High School graduation is now only a memory at our house but I have one more post to share with you about it -our graduation announcement and a few of the gifts I put together for my daughter to [Continue Reading...]