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Christmas - Desserts

Making Rice Krispies Treats for the Holidays

November 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TidingsAndTreats #CollectiveBiashow-to-makeFor us, making holiday Rice Krispies treats has now become a tradition. We usually do the traditional shapes of the gingerbread man and the pine tree, but we decided to add-on Emoji’s this year and Leila could not have been more excited. I have a certain recipe ratio that I follow that makes it super easy for me to remember and I don’t need to measure a thing.


  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or
  • Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • stick of butter
  • food coloring (if desired)
  • cookie cutters
  • decorating items

how-to-make-rice-krispie-treatsI begin by melting the entire bag of marshmallows with the stick of butter. I like the have them melt at the same speed so I add the together at the same time. I stir occasionally until the marshmallow starts to liquefy and then I stir it constantly. Now is when you’ll want to add your food coloring.emoji-foodIn a separate bowl, add your box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or your Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal. Pour the marshmallow mixture over and mix well. I like to grease my bowl and grease my rubber spatula so I can get all the goodness.
emoji-party-foodchristmas-rice-krispies chocolate-rice-krispiesNext, spread your mixtures into greased jelly roll pans and allow it to cool and solidify. This process took me about 10 minutes from the time I poured to the time we cut. In the Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal, I added brown food coloring and they seemed to be a lot more buttery in texture and flavor. This kind is my new favorite.emoji-party-ideasWe then cut out circles, trees and gingerbread men out of our Rice Krispies mix and began to decorate. I used some colored sprinkles for the lights on the pine trees, I used red and black gel for the Emoji and gingerbread men ones. I found all the ingredients I needed for decorating in the bakery aisle at Target.emoji-party-food-ideasWe just copied the Emoji faces from off my phone and it was as easy as drawing. It’s very foolproof and the kids will enjoy a trendy element to your Holiday Rice Krispies Treats.holiday-rice-krispie-treatsRight now Target has an offer that for every two boxes of Rice Krispies you buy, you get a FREE 10 oz. bag of Jet Puffed marshmallows. It’s perfect for this recipe! christmas-rice-krispie-treatsI want to see your creations! We have loved having this as a holiday tradition and I’d love to see you start this one. Share it with me on social media and use the hashtag #Treats4Toys. If you do that then for every picture shown with that hashtag, Rice Krispies will donate a toy to a child in need. That’s a win-win for everyone! For more holiday inspiration, visit here.

Emoji Rice Krispie Treats

how to make the perfect holiday rice krispies treats


  • 8 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1 package 10 oz. Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • yellow food coloring
  • candy eyes
  • red writing gel
  • black writing gel


  1. Melt the entire bag of marshmallows with your stick of butter. You can do it in the microwave or the stove-top.
  2. Add your food coloring and stir.
  3. Remove from heat and add 8 cups of Rice Krispies and stir.
  4. Place your mixture into a 1/2 sheet pan, greased and press down with wet hands to pack in the goodness.
  5. Allow to harden and cut into your circle shapes.
  6. Decorate as desired.


Christmas - Crafting DIY

DIY Christmas Ornaments and Snow Village using my Cricut Explore Air

November 26, 2016

This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your support.Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI love Christmas and I love decorating for Christmas. Unfortunately this year I won’t be doing any of it. We’re off to the islands and we can’t wait. I do, however, have this mini red tree that I put up so I decided to make some DIY Christmas ornaments so that we can have an easy peasy Christmas. When we get home after the new year, the kids will have some presents underneath this tiny tree to come home too. I’m just glad it will be a little bit decorated.Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylSupplies:

Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI began by cutting out the adhesive foil using my Cricut Explore (or if you don’t have one, just use a small paper punch). I double cut my shapes because I wanted to be sure that I had a good, clean release with the vinyl.

I next took each tree and folded the wire in half. I took off the tops of the ornament and used my tweezers to hold onto the tree. I dipped the wire into some hot glue and pushed it into the hole in the ornament. I held onto the tree for about 60 seconds so that it would hold straight once I let go.Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI used a small funnel to get the snow paper into the ornament. I had to use my tweezers to help push through the paper because it was all different sizes and so I made a huge mess. I chose this snow paper because of the iridescence. I then placed the top of the ornament back on and held onto it while I prepared my foil.Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI peeled the backing off my adhesive foil and placed three snowflakes on each ornament. I’ll probably end up putting some ribbon on the orbs to add some dimension. Create your own ornaments using your Cricut Explore and vinylI made this paper Christmas Village using grey and red paper and then placed the adhesive foil snowflakes to add an ornamental detail. diy-ornamentsTo get more ornament inspiration, visit these other bloggers and see what they made! Marry Christmas!


$400 Christmas Cash Giveaway

November 21, 2016

I’m partnering up with a bunch of bloggers to bring to you a $400 Christmas cash giveaway! We’ve also pooled in to donate $175 for Toys-4-Tots and I’m so grateful I could be apart of that. To enter just click on the link below and follow the directions. Good Luck!

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Giveaway will started at 12:00 a.m. on November 21st and end at 12:00 a.m. on November 26th. Winner be selected via Rafflecopter and winning entry will be verified. Winner will be EMAILED from thecardswedrew@yahoo.com and will have 48 hours to respond via email. If no response is given, a new winner will be selected. Winner must have a valid PayPal account as the money will be sent via PayPal. Enjoy your Cyber Monday shopping and be sure to Spread Joy this season!

Christmas - Holidays

MINTED Holiday Cards and a $100 Giveaway

November 11, 2016

Thank you to Minted who provided me with some beautiful Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards. All opinions expressed are my own.

Minted holiday foil-pressed cardsI grew up with my Grandparents always sending out holiday cards and it was my most favorite thing to receive. I loved looking at all the pictures from the previous year and seeing my whole family on one card. I’m now trying in my own family to continue that same tradition.

I decided on these beautiful foil-pressed cards by Minted. We had just had our pictures taken at Antelope Island in October and the earthiness of this card is what drew me in. I love how it accents the professional pictures we had done.Minted holiday foil-pressed cardsIn celebration of the Holidays, Minted and I have teamed up to give THREE of you a $100 credit to get holiday cards of your own. You don’t even have to do cards, you can get custom art, fabric, or stationary. To enter the giveaway, go here and enter your name and email address. Easy peasy.

Minted is offering an additional 20% off of foil-pressed cards using the code FOIL20 through November 14th so be sure and get them ordered to take advantage of that deal. Minted holiday foil-pressed cardsI love the quality of these cards and the foil adds that pop of shine that makes it so elegant. I had them print all of the recipients address on each of the envelopes and I saved the addresses to my Minted profile so I wouldn’t have to ask everyone again for a simple piece of information. I also paid extra to have the matching return address and to me it’s those small details that Minted offers that make holiday cards beautiful and memorable.Minted holiday foil-pressed cardsDon’t forget to enter the giveaway here and check out what else Minted has to offer here. Giveaway ends November 17, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT and is open to US residents only. Good luck!

Christmas - Crafting DIY - Home DIY

Quick and Easy Modern Clock DIY

November 6, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.modern-wall-clockFor this series of Craft Lightning I decided that I wanted something easy. This modern clock DIY took me all of 10 minutes and it was really just painting. I bought this clock at Target for $8 and it came with the modern pieces, I was in love from the start.An easy and modern Christmas gift diy


I started by spraying my raw clock with some white spray paint and I really loaded it on there. I then took a dry paper towel and wiped most of it off so I had a whitewash finish. Now you can stop here but why would you?An easy and modern Christmas gift diyI then took some painters tape and taped a straight line down the middle. I used some Folk Art craft paint and a foam brush to give me the bright Chartreuse contrast I wanted.An easy and modern Christmas gift diyI wanted it to fit in with the Christmas holiday so I added some ‘Have you been naughty or nice’ black vinyl. It can easily be taken off once Christmas is done so that it will fit in with my other decor. I kind of love this. Click here for that Cricut file.

An easy and modern Christmas gift diyToo see all the other fun Craft Lightning project, head on over to these sites and see everyone’s! XX

Christmas - Crafting DIY - Scrapbooking

Last Minute Christmas Gift using my Cricut Explore

November 1, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2Gift cards are essential for the upcoming holiday season but buying Christmas gifts can get a little daunting when you have a lot of people to take care of. There is always someone I forget even though I’ve made 10 lists consisting of gifts to get people. I’ve created an easy last-minute Christmas gift using my new Cricut Explore Air 2 and some paper I had around the house. All I had to do was grab a Starbucks gift card while I was out and aboutLast minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2I started with some amazing cardstock from My Minds Eye and used the fry box shape along with a bow shape. For the shapes all sized for you, click here to get the file. All of these shapes are available at no extra charge if you have Cricut Access.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2To start, I powered in my Cricut Explore Air 2 and loaded my mat into the machine. I cut my bow using green cardstock and assembled. I next loaded in my red cardstock and my scoring tool. Once the machine had scored my fry box, I loaded in a 0.4 tip black Cricut pen. After the shape was drawn, it automatically went to cutting.Because this cardstock is so thick, I chose the poster board setting on my dial.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2The box was pretty easy to put together. I did use my scoring tool to help me get a crisp edge where the bottom curves but that was really all I needed help with.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2Using my Cricut Explore 2 was the best idea because it gave me ample amount of time to think of what I could put in the box and it can cut up to 2X faster on certain materials. I use my Cricut Explore all the time and now that I have the Air 2, things just got a little better.Last minute Christmas gift craft using your Cricut Explore Air 2


Christmas - Holiday Parties - Holidays - Kids - Party Time

Mini Gingerbread Houses with the Kids

December 21, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyMaidHouse #CollectiveBiasHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas came early this year for my kids. I try to stick to holiday tradition but it not always the easiest or most convenient but for us, gingerbread houses are a must.

We usually get the pre-made box kit and use hot glue to hold it together (we don’t eat them in our house). I decided to give the kids something whimsical to do and so we used Honey Maid graham crackers and some classic white frosting to put them together. I’ve seen them put together ahead of time or allow them to be made right before decorating. I can tell you with this experience, glue them ahead of time. They’ll be sturdy enough for the kids to add some more frosting and not have to worry about it falling over. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersGo non-traditional too and use some things that are unexpected with your candies. Mix it up because it’s all about making this a fun and memorable experience with the kids. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersI headed over to Wal-Mart and grabbed all my supplies. I stuck with the traditional Christmas color palate and let my daughter choose some fun candy of her own. I have these jars left over from my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party that I got from TomKat Studio.  Mini jars are a must for any party and any cooking just to make things a bit easier for the kids. IMG_9423As you can see, Freddie had a hard time with his staying together so naturally, he ate it. We invited some neighbors over to make them with us and they had so much fun. Siaki thought he had the best one and Leila just decorated her Santa. Siaki gets my OCD when it comes to making things just the way they’re supposed to be rather than just letting things be how they turn out. As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to let go of this but seeing him as a kid, I definitely see how I struggled with this growing up. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas is such a great time of year for children who believe. Freddie told me the other day that he knew I was Santa because of the wrapping paper but he just knows St. Nick is still real. I’m trying to be better about following traditions for my kids. I remember those were the things I loved so much when I was a kid that they need to have more consistency about it around the holidays. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersTo give you more ideas on this fun idea for kids, head on over to Honey Maid site and check them out. What kinds of candy would you use for your house?

Crafting DIY - Holidays

Hazel and Ruby Nativity

December 17, 2015

DIY Nativity*This post does contain affiliate links but all opinions are my own.

I made this Nativity last year for my awesome neighbor. I used the awesome Hazel and Ruby stencils, black and gold spray paint and a little patience. DIY NativityI grabbed a board out of my stash but if you’re looking at the store, this one is around 9X20″. It was just a simple plaque board I found at Joanns. Another thing I grabbed was a brayer. This is something that is great for these reusable stencils. Sometimes they’ll curl when they already have paint applied to them. The brayer helps push the edges down and they’ll stay down.DIY NativityI first sprayed my board with the Krylon Metallic Gold paint and let that dry for 30 minutes. I used the Hazel and Ruby stencil mask, Nativity. I placed my stencil mask pieces where I wanted them to be and used my brayer to secure them into place. I then sprayed them with the Krylon Matte Black spray paint and once it was dry, I removed my stencil.

DIY NativityMy neighbor loves this sign as much as I do. I’ll have to do it again for this year. XX