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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.