• DIY photo calendar gift idea + a GIVEAWAY!
  • how to get organized with a school memory binder (updated!)
  • The Caroline Party Dress & Perfect Pattern Parcel
  • Project Run & Play week 4: the final round!
  • the very best cheesy hashbrown casserole {funeral potatoes}

DIY photo calendar gift idea + a GIVEAWAY!

this is a great gift idea! use the free printables, and pictures, and you have a DIY photo calendar

***Before I start telling you about today’s project, I want to make sure you know there’s an amazing giveaway at the bottom of this post – you could win a new Microsoft Surface 2 tablet! Scroll all the way to the bottom to enter.*** Great gifts can be hard to come up with, especially when […]

how to get organized with a school memory binder (updated!)

great printables to make a school memory binder to organize papers and pictures from preschool through graduation

Every year about this time my kids start bringing home loads of papers and pictures from school. They often end up with an entire binder full drawings, reports, etc., for each school year. By the time my oldest hit 6th grade we already had a shelf full of school binders that no one ever looked […]

The Caroline Party Dress & Perfect Pattern Parcel

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I got the chance to try out a new pattern this past week – The Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations. After all the pattern-less sewing I’ve been doing for Project Run & Play (remember to go vote!), it was an absolute pleasure to sew up a dress following clear instructions and knowing that […]

Project Run & Play week 4: the final round!

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I can hardly believe I made it through to the final round of Project Run & Play! I’ve been sewing ahead, so last week when it looked like I might get kicked off I was pretty disappointed because this week’s look is my favorite out of everything I’ve made (see week 1, week 2, and […]

the very best cheesy hashbrown casserole {funeral potatoes}

this is the best cheesy hash brown casserole ever! the dry ranch seasoning mix makes it taste amazing!

So, hashbrown casserole. One of those normal side dishes everyone likes, because it’s good, easy, and goes especially well with ham, but no one’s doing cartwheels over, ‘cuz it’s just plain old hash brown casserole, right? Well, not anymore. A few years ago at a church dinner I happened upon a hashbrown casserole that was […]

Project Run & Play week 3: time to vote!

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Hi guys! It’s time to vote again over at Project Run & Play. Next week is the final round, so I’m really hoping I make it through this week. I’d love it if you’d take a minute to go vote – thanks! This week’s theme was ¬†”design your own fabric.” My first idea was to […]

easy DIY cookie basket made from a paper plate

what a cool idea - make a cookie gift basket from a paper plate!

You guys know by now I love baking. I think baked goods make great gifts, but there’s always the question of how to package them – for example, a pile of cookies on a paper plate doesn’t look quite as fantastic as it’s going to taste. At the same time, I’m just plain cheap, so […]

20 easy-to-decorate birthday cakes (that even I can’t mess up)

easy to decorate birthday cakes - fun and simple ideas

I’m absolutely terrible at decorating birthday cakes. Honestly, I am (check this out if you don’t believe me). Luckily for me, my kids are terribly sweet, and will swear up and down that the awful looking cake I just made is really just what they wanted. But, just so they don’t have to keep consoling […]