Category Archives: Holidays

Crafting DIY - Fourth of July

DIY Patriotic Coozies using your Cricut Explore

June 30, 2017

Keeping your drink cold in the summer is essential. Learn how easy it is to make these Patriotic Coozies using your Cricut Explore. Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreFourth of July is the all-time funnest holiday of the year, hands down! I love the fireworks, the food and just the ability to let loose. I created these stars with the Heidi Swapp font from Design Space and I’ve included the file below. Add them to these Dollar Spot Coozies and you’re set.

Supplies

Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreBegin by cutting your design on your Cricut. Be sure to reverse the image for Iron-On, you’ll be so mad at yourself if you don’t 😂. Now remove the excess Iron-On. Leave the actual image on the plastic transfer sheet, only remove what you don’t want. Removing Iron-On is relatively easy. I find it easier than removing actual vinyl because it’s not so sticky. Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreCut your plastic so that your images are separated. Next, place it on your Coozie and press it. I use this method all the time on how I adhere my Iron-On and it works like a charm. The key to get a great adhesion is to press and press hard. Let it cool a little and start peeling off the plastic. If you have a place that hasn’t quite stuck, just lay the plastic back down and press again. Create personalized coozies using your Cricut Explore Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreYou’re finished and it’s so easy to create your own Patriotic Coozies.

Desserts - Fourth of July

Patriotic Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

June 26, 2017

Make these delicious Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats for your next Patriotic gathering. The perfect kid-friendly recipe.Patriotic Rice Krispie TreatsI live for Rice Krispie Treats and I love to personalize them any way I can. These are the perfect addition to any patriotic get-together and combine the Red, White and Blue seasonal Rice Krispies with the patriotic M&M’s. They’re not too sweet and that’s why I love them.Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-2Begin with melting your stick of salted butter and a 10 oz. bag of marshmallows in a deep pan. Once they are melted together, turn off the heat and add your cereal. Stir well to combine it all. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1On a sheet pan, spray it with some non-stick spray and pour your package of red, white and blue M&M’s and spread them out evenly. Once your cereal is combined with the marshmallows and butter, pour it over the top of your M&M’s. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-3Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-4I like to take either wet hands to press it down or place a piece of parchment paper over the mixture and use a measuring cup to press it down. Allow our mixture to set until it is cool.Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-5Turn it over onto a sheet of parchment paper and cut it up into squares and serve. They’re so fun, especially for the Fourth of July. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-9Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats Recipe-1-11Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve tried this recipe yourself and what other combinations you’d like to see. Thanks so much for following along and have an awesome Summer season. Have fun making these Patriotic Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats!

Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 10m
  • Yield: 24 squares

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1 10 oz. bag, marshmallows
  • 1 box, Red, White and Blue Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag, Red, White and Blue M&M's

Instructions

  1. Spray your sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour bag of M&M's evenly over the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add butter and marshmallows and heat over medium until they are melted and combined. Turn off the heat and add your cereal. Mix until it is well combined.
  3. Pour your cereal mixture over the M&M's and allow it to set completely. Turn over onto parchment when they've cooled and cut into serving squares.

Baby Malakai - Mother's and Father's Day

The perfect Fathers Day gifts for Dads of Preemies

June 12, 2017

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Every new Father is important and we as mothers know what we need. But what do dads of preemies need? This post will highlight all the important items you need for your home for your premature baby.Any Dads of Preemies out there? Here are the best tech items for your baby.Our son Malakai was born at 24.5 weeks gestation and it was a scary time for all of us, especially his dad. I’ve had 3/4 premature babies and I’ve never seen my husband so attentive to our babies in the NICU except Malakai. Of course he was concerned with all of them but none of them had the complications Malakai had. I’ve wanted to make a round-up of all the items that a dads of preemies need to put his mind at ease.Any Dads of Preemies out there? Here are the best tech items for your baby.

  • VTech VM981 Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with 1 Wi-Fi Camera, 5” Touch Screen is the perfect video monitor to see your new baby at all times. It hooks up to your smart phone and a 5″ touch screen so you’re able to go from room to room with the comfort of knowing if your baby is ok. The VTech VM981 Expandable Video Monitor can zoom in 10X to your desired view and the picture is always crystal clear. Grab it on Amazon here.
  • White Noise Machines are important because they help clear out the silence. Preemies have been surrounded by alarms, talking, pokes and prods all while they were in the hospital, it’s important to have something that clears it all out.
  • Cool-Mist Humidifier, I say cool-mist because the warm-mist humidifier can be a burn hazard for children. The air is the same temperature when it hits your child’s lungs but the cool mist seems to be more effective for preemies.
  • Large Water Dispensers can be found at your local hardware store or in Utah they have a company that you can rent from. Some can deliver the large bottles to your home or you can fill it up at a local grocery store too. I like the large water dispensers because they have a hot and cold function. This is great for making bottles, just do half and half, or even warming bottles. Bottle warmers are handy but can cause hot spots just like a microwave.
  • Smart Thermometers can hook right into your headphone jack on your phone and you can get a reading for their temperature right there. It also saves the history of the fevers so that you can give our doctor an accurate report.

Any Dads of Preemies out there? Here are the best tech items for your baby.Technology is not necessary for everything but the items above are, in my opinion, an absolute must. These help your kids transition from hospital to home very easily. Dads of preemies everywhere are going to want these great items for their kids.Any Dads of Preemies out there? Here are the best tech items for your baby.For more information on the VTech VM981, visit VTech here and on Facebook. Now tell me, what’s your favorite tech items for babies?Any Dads of Preemies out there? Here are the best tech items for your baby.

Clothing DIY - Fourth of July

DIY Patriotic Shirt using Foil Iron-On and your Cricut Explore

May 29, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnI love using foil iron-on and Cricut by far makes some of my favorite iron-on vinyl. We’re fortunate enough that my kids get to celebrate two cultures. Fireworks play a huge role in their American heritage and their Tongan heritage. For this post, since we’re here in Utah, I’ll be making a DIY Patriotic Shirt and sharing with you the Cricut Explore cut file.

Supplies:

The foil iron-on is just as easy to use as the standard iron-on but it is a little thicker so you have to use your custom settings on your Smart Set Dial. It will be available in the drop-down menu where you select your custom material and use the Neon Iron-On setting. Be sure you remember to mirror your image or you’ll hate yourself for wearing a backwards shirt ;).

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnYou’ll want to follow this method for using Iron-On, warm up your shirt first with the iron and then place the Iron-On where you desire. This starts the bond almost immediately and you won’t get lifts that are almost always problematic if you’re not used to this material. Make sure your iron is set on medium heat with no steam.

The shirt is going to be the background color so that is why I chose a white shirt. I laid my red iron-on first and let it hand under the heat for about 10 seconds using a lot of pressure. Peel up the plastic and then do your blue iron-on, making sure I didn’t touch the hot iron to the red foil. You will now match up the silver to form the USA. I have already sliced your image so it’s set to go and you don’t have to worry about any of the designing.

Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-OnOnce all your foil is on the front of the shirt, turn it inside-out and press really well on the back to ensure a tight seal of the foil. When you care for your shirts, wash them inside out on gentle.

Now enjoy the DIY Patriotic Shirt and party the night away. Happy Independence Day!!Create your own Patriotic T-Shirt using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Foil Iron-On

Crafting DIY - Fourth of July

15-Minute Fourth of July Craft

May 24, 2017

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Kids fourth of july craftI’ve been seeing these confetti poppers around for years and I’ve been wanting to make them for something special. What better time to have confetti poppers than the Fourth of July? This project takes less than 15 minutes and it’s the perfect Fourth of July craft.Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.I’ve joined up with other bloggers for Craft Lightning again and this months project is Fourth of July. Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.That’s the best thing about this project, nothing needs to be perfect and you can go as small or large in the confetti bits as you’d like. I found my metallic shred at Dollar Tree but if you don’t have one, I’ve included the Amazon link below.

Supplies:

Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.Mix all the metallic fringe together and place it into the treat holder. Add the lid on top and cut away any stray fringe. Adhere your sticker to the front and pass around for everyone to make the largest mess in history but also one they’ll always remember. Follow this tutorial for the Print then Cut feature with the Cricut.Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.To pop them you just push the stick hard and it’ll spray all over. The less pressure you use then the less spray you’ll get. Push hard to get that awesome effect for this Fourth of July craft.Create a fast and easy Fourth of July craft by using labels, streamers and treat holders.To see more easy Fourth of July craft ideas, check out the Craft Lighting. I always love seeing what other bloggers come up with. See what I’ve done in the past too!

Crafting DIY - Easter

Personalize Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore

April 10, 2017

This post does contain affiliate links.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodThis is such a fun and easy way to personalize Easter eggs using your Cricut Explore. Just use the Print then Cut feature and you’re set. I grabbed some eggs from the Dollar Spot at Target and then the wheels started turning.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut Method

Supplies:

Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodI like to use the printable vinyl when I’m putting the stickers on a non-flat surface because it’s thinner and more pliable.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodOnce you’ve opened the Cricut file with the images already sized for you, select Go. It will bring up a print and mat preview and then select Go again. Go ahead and load your printable vinyl into your printer and then select that green print page button. The print prompt screen will show up and go ahead and print the paper like you normally would a regular image.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodLoad your printed vinyl onto a mat and set your smart dial to vinyl. This will give it the perfect kiss cut that all stickers need. Once your mat is loaded, select the go button and the Cricut will now start reading your registration marks and then it will begin cutting.Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut MethodUnload your mat and get your eggs ready. Just peel and stick the stickers right on there and you’ll have the perfect personalized Easter eggs to enjoy throughout the holiday. And since they’re plastic, you can enjoy them next year too!Create customized Easter Eggs using your Cricut Explore and the Print Then Cut Method

Crafting DIY - Home DIY - Mother's and Father's Day

Quick and Easy Mothers Day Wreath, the Perfect Gift

March 19, 2017

I’m so excited to be joining in on another Craft Lighting. I’ve made so many easy crafts that are darling and make the perfect gift for anyone but today we’re going to make the perfect Mothers Day gift by making an easy Mothers Day Wreath with cupcake liners and some ribbon.Spring wreath ideas

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Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaThis mothers day wreath was so easy to make. Just buy a bunch of cupcake liners and the best place to buy bulk is online. I grabbed these ones at the dollar store and I bought 8 packages which was more than enough for a 16″ wreath form. The reason I like these ones is because they are not a true white, they are more of an antique finish and almost have a wax paper consistency.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaCreate this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaTo begin, take one of your liners and grab the bottom and pull up so that it creates a longer, skinnier liner. Place some glue on your wreath form and quickly add the liners. Repeat this as much as you like. I chose a lot of liners because I want a full wreath but you go for it however full you want it. I also suggest you use the low temperature on your glue gun or else you’ll end up with a lot of burns…just talking about a friend of mine.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaCreate this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaYou’ll leave a space blank and add your flowers. I grabbed my faux poppies from Michaels and removed them from the stem. I placed quite a bit of glue on the back of the flower and pressed. I began with my flowers and added my leaves as I went to fill in the spaces. Once your flowers are arranged how you like it, add in more liners to complete the look. Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaNext take some ribbon, I love this muslin ribbon and it matches the antique look I’m going for. You can take long strands and tie them together in the middle so you have a sort of tail looking ribbon or you can take extra tong strands and tie them in a bow. I like the look of flowy ribbons so I did the first option. I think that with this muslin ribbon it looks better the longer it is. Cut the ends on a diagonal and then attach it to your wreath. You can also do this a number of ways by just gluing the knotted part of the ribbon to the underside of the form, you could also tie your ribbon on beforehand and then glue all the liners to the form. Again, this is your project so do it how you like.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaOnce it’s dry and complete, give it to your mama. I know my mom will love her Mothers Day wreath and its something that looks great all year round. I’d love to see your creations so tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Happy Mothers Day!

Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects and gather more inspiration for the perfect Mothers Day gift that won’t take you a lot of time!” Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath idea

Desserts - Easter

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

March 13, 2017

Peeps rice krispie treats recipeOh my gosh! These are so good and not too overly sweet. Our kids love these as a fun Easter snack. I’m going to show you how to create your own Peeps Rice Krispie Treats for Easter.
Easter kids dessert recipeSupplies – 

Easter Rice Krispies with PeepsBegin by melting one package of Peeps, 1/4 cup of butter and 2 cups of marshmallows. I used the microwave to melt the ingredients together and once it came out, I gave it a good stir. Make rice krispies with peepsNext, add 2 cups of Rice Krispie cereal and mix it well. You’ll then pour it onto a 1/4 sheet pan. To press down the treats easily, wet your hands a little. It’ll make the mixture not as hot to the touch and you’ll have no marshmallows stuck to your hands afterwards. peeps recipesAllow the mixture to cool and cut out as many bunnies as you can. I got 8 out of each 1/4 sheet pan. Now take your black writing gel and place three dots to represent the eyes and the nose of the bunnies. Now they look just like giant peeps and taste delicious.fun kids easter treatsSometimes I find Peeps overly sweet because of the sugar coating so I’ve found that mixing them with more regular marshmallows makes them more tolerable to eat a larger amount. 😂

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

  • Prep Time: 5m

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 1 package Peeps (any color)
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Melt the marshmallows, peeps and butter in the microwave in a large bowl. Melt for 1 minute then remove and stir to combine. Add in your 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal and stir.
  2. Add into a greased 1/4 sheet pan and wet your hands to press down.
  3. Cut into desired shape and add a face using the black writing gel.