Cake

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Ahhhh! Can it be true? I have no idea what to get my husband. I know that we’ll be staying in and having a romantic dinner but that is mostly because I dropped the ball on making reservations at our favorite restaurant. I have a few ideas for gifts but I really need to get my act together!

One thing that there is still time for is planning our delicious dinner. And dessert. Never forget dessert! Cookies Cupcakes And Cardio has a perfect themed cake; it’s heart shaped and looks quite tasty! One of the best things about this DIY? You don’t even need any special pans or tools for this one!

You need an 8” square cake, an 8” round cake, lots of white buttercream frosting, and 2 pounds of strawberries. Can you say delicious?! Need some more inspirations? Here are some other Valentine treats that are to die for.

Here’s the tasty video… Enjoy!

valentines day crafts

Decorating for Valentine’s Day (also known as Saint Valentine’s Day) is so fun and easy to do, and the love filled day is just around the corner. Many people love Valentine’s Day because for many, it is a day you can share your feelings and heart with your special someone. The best way to get into the loving spirit is through decorating! Bring some red and pink hearts into your decor and you’ll capture the day in style.

Many of these Valentine decorations and crafts we’ve found on the web are so easy to do, and not expensive at all. You can really whip out some elegant decorations on a low budget. Check out the beautiful tablescapes in our list below, especially if you are hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner. There are also decorations here that would be fun to do with children and get them involved.

1. Candy filled apothecary jars:

apothecary-jars
Ivillage.com

2. Cute and easy to do bunting:

bunting
Talesofthescotts.com

3. Candy hearts centerpiece:

candy-hearts-centerpiece
Ohlouisedesigns.blogspot.com

4. Clothespin love arrows:

clothespin-love-arrows
Igottacreate.blogspot.com

5. Valentine’s Day countdown:

countdown-frame
Apumpkinandaprincess.com

6. Cupid’s arrow wreath:

cupids-arrow-wreath
Nestofposies-blog.com

7. Cute fabric scraps heart wreath:

fabric-wreath
Sevenclowncircus.com

8. Family love tree:

family-love-tree
Koridors.ru

9. Adorable felt hearts:

felt-hearts
Etsy.com

10. Felt heart trees:

felt-heart-trees
Lollyjane.com

11. Fireplace mantle banner:

fireplace-banner
Suzannecarillo.com

12. Floating candles with pink flower petals:

floating-candles
Brownbunnyflowers.com

13. Fun floating heart backdrop:

floating-heart-backdrop
Hankandhunt.com

14. Paper fortune cookies:

fortune-cookies
Theletteredcottage.net

15. Colorful headboard banner:

headboard-banner
Mieszkanioweinspiracje.pl

16. Adorable canvas made with red buttons:

heart-button-canvas
Hollygagneinteriordesign.wordpress.com

17. Heart print candles:

heart-candles
Candletech.com

18. Dramatic framed heart:

heart-frame
Pearls-handcuffs-happyhour.blogspot.com

19. Fun heart paper chain:

heart-paper-chain
Strumpetscrumpets.blogspot.be

20. Simple heart wreath:

heart-wreath
Thethriftress.com

21. Glitter heart jars:

jar-glitter
Tatertotsandjello.com

22. Whimsical lipstick heart:

lipstick-art
Iheartnaptime.net

23. Beautiful love centerpiece:

love-centerpiece
Allmylittlegems.com

24. Colorful Love frame:

love-frame
Donnienicole.com

25. Love note pillows:

love-note-pillows
Daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.ca

26. Easy to do Valentine’s printout:

love-printout
Homedit.com

27. Love yarn letters:

love-yarn-letters
Mysisterssuitcase.blogspot.com

28. Valentine card mail pouch:

mail-pouch
Atsecondstreet.blogspot.com

29. Cute mason jar craft:

masonjar-craft
Uncommondesignsonline.com

30. Mason jars with paper doilies centerpiece:

mason-jars-centerpiece
Littlelucylu.com

31. Music paper love letters:

music-paper-love-letters
Fancyfrugallife.com

32. Ombre glitter candle:

ombre-glitter-candle
Aglimpseinsideblog.com

33. Pallet Valentine’s Day art:

pallet-valentine-art
Infarrantlycreative.net

34. Funky hanging paper hearts:

paper-hearts
Allmylittlegems.com

35. Love pillow cases:

pillow-cases
Sewsweetvintage.com

36. Cute pom-pom centerpiece:

pompom-centerpiece
Architectureofamom.blogspot.com

37. Queen of hearts tablescape:

queen-hearts-tablescape
Celebrationsathomeblog.com

38. Quilted heart pillow:

quilted-pillow
Craftsewcreate.blogspot.com

39. Roses and candles:

roses-and-candles
Crisvallias.com.br

40. Roses and love cards:

roses-love-cards
Freshideen.com

41. Sweetheart birch centerpiece:

sweetheart-birch-centerpiece
Sweetlittlegals.com

42. Pink Be Mine topiary:

topiary
Ivillage.com

43. Valentine garland:

valentine-garland
Apartmenttherapy.com

44. Valentine’s love tree:

valentines-tree
Shabbynest.blogspot.com

45. Vintage Valentine’s Day table setting:

vintage-table
Lemontreecreations.blogspot.com

46. Glitter XO letters:

xo-glitter-letters
Tipjunkie.com

47. Valentine’s Day yard decor:

yard-decor
Ivillage.com

48. Bright and fun yarn hearts:

yarn-hearts
Homedit.com

49. Fun and whimsical yarn wreath:

yarn-wreath
Aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com

50. Decorated wine bottles:

wine-bottle
Blog.dormify.com

diy gifts

Sometimes the best gift is one you create yourself! We’ve found several creative and fun gift ideas that you can do at home. There’s no need to have any special crafting skills or tools – these DIY gift ideas are easy to do. Do you ever have a hard time finding a gift for that special someone? Check out the ideas below because we found some great gifts for those hard-to-shop for folks in your life.

One of our favorites is #15 as it’s a great way to share some favorite recipes with friends! Another fun idea is #34 especially if you are looking to incorporate photos in a gift. So don’t wait, get going and check out these ideas now so you can get started on your very own DIY gift idea!

1. Fun candy bar bouquet:

candy-bouquet
Funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.co.uk

2. Something similar but with suckers:

box-of-suckers
Sistersstuff.blogspot.com

3. Photo collaged monogram:

collage-monogram
Itsagingersnap.com

4. Use money as wrapping paper!

creative-gift-wrap
Simplyjstudio.blogspot.com

5. Unique ornament idea to fill with dip mixes:

dipmix-ornament-set
Bubblynaturecreations.com

6. Make your own bath bombs:

diy-bath-bombs
Somethingturquoise.com

7. You can also make your own body butter:

diy-body-butter
Shewearsmanyhats.com

8. Homemade slime that cleans:

diy-cleaning-slime
Simplylivingsmart.com

9. DIY coffee bean soap that smells heavenly:

diy-coffeebean-soap
Livingwellspendingless.com

10. DIY glitter drink cup:

diy-glitter-cup
Fitnessista.com

11. Crafty coasters made from Scrabble tiles:

diy-scrabble-coasters
Thegourmetgab.com

12. Homemade coconut sugar scrub:

diy-sugar-scrub
Theidearoom.net

13. Easy to create elastic bookmarks:

elastic-bookmarks
Makeit-loveit.com

14. Make this magic fairy tale bottle:

fairytale-bottle
Artsyants.com

15. Creative recipe ring idea:

favorite-recipe-ring
Lilluna.com

16. Charming framed Scrabble tiles:

framed-scrabble-art
Sashablablabla.blogspot.ca

17. Homemade bubble bath with Victoria style label:

homemade-bubble-bath
Eatdrinkchic.com

18. Homemade orange extract:

homemade-extracts
Akshayapaatram.com

19. Fun and playful photo bookmarks:

kidsphoto-bookmarks
Redflycreations.com

20. Cute knitted soap socks:

knitted-soap-socks
Ravelry.com

21. Check out this liquor bouqet!

liquor-bouqet
Listotic.com

22. Fun DIY mason jar candles:

mason-jar-candles
Everydayfamily.com

23. Mini personalized memory bottle:

memory-bottle
Thirtyhandmadedays.com

24. Personalized Mommy Surival kit:

mommy-survival-kit
Classyclutter.net

25. Personalized DIY casserole dish:

monogrammed-casserole-dish
HP.com

26. Monogrammed journal idea:

monogrammed-journal
Realsimple.com

27. Or how about this monogrammed soap bottle:

monogrammed-soap-bottle
Theidearoom.net

28. These fancy Oreos can make a cute gift:

oreos-gift
Socreativethings.com

29. Turn a cutting board into a personalized gift:

personalized-cutting-board
Nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com

30. Gorgeous photo pendants or magnets that are easy to make:

photo-magnets
Sarahsaving.blogspot.com

31. Make these aged photo tile coasters:

photo-tile-coaster
Dubuhdudesigns.typepad.com

32. Fun but easy stocking stuffer:

roll-coins-stocking
Marthastewart.com

33. Monogrammed mug with just a Sharpie:

sharpie-mug
Goodandmessy.com

34. Adorable pull-out photo album:

pullout-photo-album
Countryliving.com

35. Top secret book compartment!

secret-book
Vividplease.blogspot.com

36. Create this easy to personalize gift in a cup:

starbucks-cup
Somuchtodew.blogspot.com

37. How about S’mores in a mug:

SONY DSC

SONY DSC


Anightowlblog.com

38. DIY garden stepping stones:

stepping-stone
Intimateweddings.com

39. Cute mittens made from old sweaters:

sweater-mittens
Cremedelacraft.com

40. Succulents in a personalized tea cup:

teacup-succulents
Confettiandcleats.com

41. Perfect for the literary fan in your life:

travel-reading-pillow
Polkadotchair.com

42. Cute reindeer wrapping idea:

wrapped-bath-gift
Bumblebeescraftden.blogspot.com

43. A creative way to send someone a hug!

wrapping-paper-hug
Pagingsupermom.com

Decorations

I finally was able to shake off the ‘Ba Humbugs.’ Only a week till Christmas but they are finally gone and the house is actually looking festive. The tree and nativity are up, there is a wreath over the front door, and I have a festive table cloth and poinsettia in the dining room. (No lights this year. There is too much snow on the roof already.) Even with my meager decorating making the holiday bright, there is room for more. Maybe a few DIYs? Why not!

The string Christmas trees would make a lovely centerpiece. Especially, if there were a few different sized ones. I like the doily bowls too. They would be nice for candy dishes. Know which decoration I won’t be making? The glitter pine cones. No glitter! And just in case you needed more decorating inspiration, Real Simple has 12 easy and elegant ideas that will really help to class up your decorating game this year.

Starwars

Know what my honey and I are doing on Thursday night? Going to the new Star Wars premier! That’s right… we got an overnight sitter for the kiddos and are going to stay up late and party the night away with R2D2 and the gang. So excited! Star Wars is taking the world by storm, again. I wasn’t around the first time (May 25th, 1977) but it’s fun to be apart of all the hype now. You need to get on board! There are plenty of fun things to do relating to ‘The Force,’ that don’t require setting foot in a movie theater.

Check out these paper snowflakes. This craft from Handimania is super cool and they are so much better than anything I ever made as a child. You need razor sharp scissors, an exacto knife, and these fabulous printable templates. Get the templates here. I’m gonna do a stormtrooper first. Enjoy…



The holidays are a busy time of year, don’t you agree? We realized that any tips we can pass along to you to help you spend more time with your family during Christmas time will likely be much appreciated! That’s why we’ve pulled together these great recipes from around the web. Recipes that can be done in a slow cooker, freeing you up from having to slave away in the kitchen every day cooking meals.

The slow cooker has been around for quite some time now but can often be overlooked when we’re operating on last minute supper plans. With just a little forethought though, the crockpot can be a huge time saver and produce delicious meals with little prep work. Plug it in and head to work, come home to a hot, delicious meal waiting for you and your family. What could be better than that? Cleanup is easier too! You might be surprised at the variety of slow cooker recipes that we’ve found. We’re sure you will find something appealing below, so get browsing now and don’t miss these great time saving recipes!

1. Holiday bread apple butter:

apple-butter
Youtube.com

2. Bacon cheese potatoes for breakfast or supper:

bacon-cheese-potatoes
Momswithcrockpots.com

3. Sweet and spicy chicken adobo:

chicken-adobo
Wearychef.com

4. Mashed potatoes side dish:

mashed-potatoes
Craftsy.com

5. Caramel apple overnight french toast:

apple-french-toast
Bettycrocker.com

6. Banana nut baked oatmeal:

baked-oatmeal-bananas-nuts
Foodiecrush.com

7. Overnight apple oatmeal:

apple-oatmeal
Youtube.com

8. Baked potatoes for a crowd:

baked-potatoes
Youtube.com

9. Delicious pork roast with blackberries:

pork-hoisin-blackberry-sauce
Floatingkitchen.net

10. Mashed cauliflower and pork:

pork-cauliflower
Hipfoodiemom.com

11. Smores in the slow cooker!

smores-cake
Asavoryfeast.com

12. Sweet and tangy pulled pork:

balsamic-pulled-pork
Thereciperebel.com

13. Southwestern beef stew:

beef-stew
Wikimedia.org

14. Bread pudding with cinnamon and raisins:

bread-pudding
Youtube.com

15. Try having a homemade sundae bar!

hot-fudge-sundaes
Theyummylife.com

16. Savory broccoli and beef:

broccoli-beef
Lecremedelacrumb.com

17. Italian beef bolognese:

beef-bolognese-fettuccine
Wholeandheavenlyoven.com

18. Make a batch of cranberry sauce:

cranberry-sauce
Wikimedia.org

19. Guinness Irish beef stew:

guinness-beef-stew
Tasteslovely.com

20. Slow cook a holiday ham:

ham
Youtube.com

21. Scrumptious and filling chili without the beans:

no-bean-chili
Pumpkinnspice.com

22. Unique pumpkin butter recipe:

pumpkin-butter
Youtube.com

23. Pomegranate and red wine brisket:

red-wine-brisket
Finecooking.com

24. Chex mix for the whole party:

chex-mix
Youtube.com

25. Pork tenderloin holiday meal:

apple-pork-tenderloin
Youtube.com

26. Baked beans for a crowd:

baked-beans
Flickr.com

27. Christmas morning cheesy bacon strata:

cheesy-bacon-strata
Youtube.com

28. Day-after-Christmas leftover ham stew:

ham-stew
Damndelicious.net

29. Easy crock pot green bean casserole:

green-bean-casserole
Myrecipes.com

30. Yummy chicken corn chowder:

chicken-corn-chowder
Bakeeatrepeat.ca

31. Curry beef and peanuts:

coconut-curry-beef
Sweetpeasandsaffron.com

32. Cinnamon roll casserole:

cinnamon-roll-casserole
Recipesthatcrock.com

33. Crock pot hot chocolate:

hot-chocolate
Onegoodthingbyjillee.com

34. Sweet potatoes in the slow cooker:

creamy-sweet-potatoes
Kristensraw.com

35. Homemade holiday candy:

holiday-candy
Theslowroasteditalian.com

36. You can even make lasagna in the crock pot:

lasagna
Kristineskitchenblog.com

37. Bake lava cake in your crock pot:

lava-cake
Youtube.com

38. Honey lime chicken tacos:

lime-chicken-tacos
Alattefood.com

39. Cinnamon roll monkey bread:

monkey-bread
Crazyforcrust.com

40. Comforting roast beef and veggies:

roast-beef-veggies
Yourlighterside.com

41. Pork burrito bowls:

pork-burrito-bowls
Withsaltandwit.com

42. Spinach and artichoke dip:

spinach-artichoke-dip
Damndelicious.net

43. Sweet and sour chicken:

sweet-sour-chicken
Lifemadesweeter.com

44. Yummy turkey meatballs:

turkey-meatballs
Food.com

45. Cook a whole chicken simply:

whole-chicken
Familyfreshmeals.com

Fudge

Where do you stand on the eggnog debate? For or against? There isn’t a lot of middle ground when it comes to this holiday beverage. What about fudge? I think almost everyone is onboard with that tasty treat. Now last question. What are your thoughts on eggnog fudge? This video from Todd’s kitchen has me really excited to try it.

You need sugar, butter, eggnog, white chocolate chips, nutmeg, marshmallow cream, and vanilla. I have all but one of those ingredients already. Win! I don’t have marshmallow fluff but that is easy enough to make (here’s one).

Check out these other delicious must try fudge recipes. There are 30 of them! I don’t think I’ll try the Thai tea fudge but the brown butter fudge is going to happen ASAP. I like the funfetti recipe too. So much tasty goodness here.

String

Where are you Christmas? Only 18 days away! Can it be? That’s what my advent calendar is telling me. That’s what makes these adorable string ornaments the perfect decoration. They are lovely and quick to make. They look so Pier One and professionally made. Those are my favorite DIYs! Check out this fabulous video from The Frugal Crafter and get ready to wow with your decorations.

You will need glue/modge podge, water, cotton string, balloons, and homemade cardboard cones (for the Christmas trees). Some people have suggest putting some glitter in the glue. Christmas is the one time I can overcome my glitter aversion. Colored thread might look wonderful too. Or you could spray paint them afterwards.

Here are some other wonderful string crafts you should try your hand at. Not festive but every bit fabulous! Who knew string could be so wonderful? Not I! I’ll never underestimate it again.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Ornaments

I love our pets. They are a huge part of our family and just like us. Loud, crazy, energetic, and a little annoying. Yup, that sounds like family. This family needs to get our Christmas decorating done. I love pulling out our old ornaments and looking at them. One set of ornaments that is missing is homemade ones from the pets. This video from from Jumble Joy shows how to make Christmas ornaments of your furry friends’ cute little paws.

You will need one cup of salt, one cup of flour, half a cup of water, parchment paper, a cookie cutter (or something to make the dough into a round shape), and a four legged friend willing to lend you a paw. Press the paw firmly into the dough and then bake your new ornament at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours. Tada! You will have another homemade ornament to add to your collection, this one from a fluffy friend. And just for fun, check out Barkpost for some other pet themed ornaments. So fun.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Ornament

18 days until Christmas and we finally got our tree. I actually considered not even getting one this year. It just seems that the holiday season is just so short this year. But it wouldn’t be fair to the kiddos to skip it all. So we got the tree and now it’s time to decorate. Let’s do this! Decorate the tree and the house.

I saw this video on Facebook the other day and am so excited to share it with you here today. This video from Home and Family is awesome and will help festive up the house in a quick and easy way.

Ohh and it’s affordable too. You will need some giant kids plastic balls, tin buckets, and a heavy duty glue. So fun! My lights might not be up to par this year but my porch decorations will be! Here are some other fun and festive ways you can decorate the outside of your home.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!