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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.

Baby Malakai - Mother's and Father's Day

The perfect Fathers Day gifts for Dads of Preemies

June 12, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewDadMustHaves #CollectiveBias

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.

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

Supplies:

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

Home DIY - Valentine's Day

How to Upload an Image Into Cricut Design Space

January 26, 2017

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


Have you ever wondered how people upload an image into Cricut Design Space? It’s really easy and it’s just a matter of a few simple steps.

You first want to find an image you like or your can scan a drawing of your own and convert it to a .jpeg file. I found these ladybugs on Adobe Stock because I have an account. You can easily find an image online that you like and use it for personal use. Please don’t take other people’s hard work and pass it off as your own unless you pay for it. Red ladybugs beetle vintage seamless patternEver wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Supplies – 

Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.So because we’re uploading an image of your own, we first want to make sure it’s saved to our computer in the right format. Cricut Design Space accepts .jpeg, .png, .svg, .gif, .bmp and .dxf files. If you have any other file that needs to be converted, there are websites dedicated to converting your file into the file you desire, you just need to google it and it’ll show up.

Now let’s get to it,  you’re going to select to make a new canvas by clicking on the Create New Project link.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Next, select the upload images on the left side of the screen.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.And then select Upload Image.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Now you’ll select Browse and find your image that you’ve saved to your computer and select Open.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Once you’ve brought in your image, it will be time to edit it. For .jpeg and .png, there is the option to select and deselect things you want and don’t want. I like to choose complex image for more detailed images and simple for images I just want to cut outer edges of. For the other files, it will bring it in and you can just select right away if you want it to be a cut or print then cut file.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Select the negative space and whatever part of the image you don’t want using your mouse and select Continue. Whatever you do not want to show will be the transparent squares that are in the background. Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.After you’ve edited your image, the next screen will allow you to choose whether you want a Print then Cut image or just a Cut image. When you choose the cut, only the places that were not selected in the edit screen will be cut. Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Go ahead and save your image with some keywords so you can search for it later and then you’ll also be able to find it by the other images you’ve uploaded. Select it and add it to your canvas.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.I cut out 12 images of the ladybug, 3 of each color and arranged them on my 10″x10″ canvas.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.You’ll next use some hot glue to secure them in place. This is not necessary but these are tiny pins here for my apothecary style art so I didn’t want them sliding all over the place.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it. Once they’re at the place you want them at, go ahead and add your mini pins to make it look like a small piece of art just like the Japanese style art with live bugs and frame them.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.Add it to your mantel or shelves and enjoy this Valentine’s Day art project you made all on your own using your own images you’ve uploaded into Cricut Design Space.Ever wondered how to upload your own image into Cricut Design Space? Let me walk you through it.

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Crafting DIY - Valentine's Day

DIY Valentine’s Mailboxes

January 12, 2017

Create these DIY Valentine's Day Mailboxes. Such a fun and easy Valentine's craft.These DIY Valentine’s mailboxes were so easy and fast to make. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 with this project but to be honest, you don’t need it. Just take a printout of the words you want to use on your mailbox, trace it onto some Iron-On Vinyl and then cut it out with scissors.Create these DIY Valentine's Day Mailboxes. Such a fun and easy Valentine's craft.Supplies – 

  • felt mailboxes (from Target dollar spot)
  • iron-on vinyl

I found these cute felt mailboxes in the dollar section at Target and thought they were darling. They also have mini metal ones or a larger felt mailbox too. I was really tempted to get them but I’ve got a budget I need to stick with!Create these DIY Valentine's Day Mailboxes. Such a fun and easy Valentine's craft.I used some silver and gold iron-on vinyl and I used this method to apply it onto my mini DIY Valentine’s Mailboxes. A really quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft that is sure to please anyone.Create these DIY Valentine's Day Mailboxes. Such a fun and easy Valentine's craft.Check out all the other Valentine’s Day craft lightning posts below by clicking on the photo.

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.