Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub

One thing I miss about our old house is the soaking tub we installed in the guest bathroom shortly after our son was born. I knew I wanted a great tub for bathtime and a deeper one would hold in all of the water for splashing. Plus I love to take baths so it’d be a great way for me to relax as well.

Our current bathrooms have shallow bathtubs that don’t allow much room for soaking. So I have to do all of my relaxing in the shower. Luckily I’ve made a few sugar scrubs to help make the shower just as relaxing as my old soaks in the tub. This vanilla mint sugar scrub would also be a great gift for St. Patrick’s Day. Or you could make  a salt scrub and pair the two together for Valentine’s Day.

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub - a great way to relax

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub

In a medium mixing bowl, add the sugar and sea salt.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix with a fork until well incorporated.
Transfer to an airtight container.
Enjoy in the shower or while soaking in the tub. You can store this Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub up to 6 months but more than likely, it will be used before then…the smell is so soothing and calming!

How do you relax at the end of the day?

How To Make A Simple Succulent Terrarium

How To Make A Simple Succulent Terrarium

This past Tuesday was my 8 year wedding anniversary. So much has happened in the past 8 years and I couldn’t be more in love with my husband or more excited about the years to come. Our family has expanded, we’ve moved to a great home in the perfect area of town, we’ve become involved in our community and have expanded our friendships. Life is good.

In celebration of our anniversary I wanted to make something for my husband. I remember him seeing a succulent terrarium at a restaurant or a business somewhere and mentioning that he’d like one for his desk. I had filed it away in my head as a project to make for his birthday or another special occasion. So when this anniversary snuck up on me, I thought that a homemade gift would be perfect.

After visiting City Farmers Nursery with the kids one day to pick up some chicken feed, I saw that they sold all of the components to make your own succulent terrarium. And the options were perfect for creating my own vision and design. Plus? This gift cost less than $20 AND took less than 15 minutes to put together. I’d call that an awesome win! And my husband? He LOVED it. It’s already on his desk at work.

How To Make A Simple Succulent Terrarium - 3 simple things

How To Make A Simple Succulent Terrarium

What you’ll need:

What you do:

1. Place a layer of rocks/sand/dirt of choice in terrarium.

How To Make A Simple Succulent Terrarium - add rocks

2. Plan out where you want your succulent plugs to go. Try and look at the height of each succulent when mapping out your design. Have fun with mixing different types of succulents together.

How To Make A Simple Succulent Terrarium - place succulents in terrarium

3. Add additional rocks around the succulents and include any trinkets you may wish to include as decoration in your terrarium. Sea shells, star fish, pottery pieces, signs, etc. are all great ways to spruce up your succulent terrarium.

How To Make A Simple Succulent Terrarium - perfect for your desk or patioHow To Make A Simple Succulent Terrarium - an easy and quick gift idea

Where will you put your new succulent terrarium? What will you add to it?

10 Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

With Teacher Apprecation Week coming up next week I wanted to put together the perfect gift for my son’s Kindergarten teacher. But I also wanted something that he could help me make. So we decided to set out to find the perfect teacher gift to give. Want to see what we came up with? Check it out here!

Back to School Teacher Appreciation Gifts + a Tutorial for a Redbox Gift

After finding what we wanted to create for her, we figured we’d share what else we found with everyone else!

Here’s a list of great Teacher Appreciation gifts perfect for the teacher in your life!

10 Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Homemade Bath Salts from DIY Inspired

Cookie Mason Jar from DIY Inspired

DIY Pencil Holder from Mama of 3 Munchkins

Teacher Appreciation Plant and Printable from 30 Minute Crafts

Love Notes for Preschool or Kindergarten Teachers from Simply Kelly Designs

Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet from Simply Kelly Designs

Thank You For A Picture Perfect Year Printable from Simply Kelly Designs

Custom Sharpie Mugs from Pounds for Pennies

Thank You For Helping Us Bloom DIY Class Teacher Gift from The Suburban Mom

DIY Upcycled Cup Sleeve from Organized 31

Will you be doing something special for your teacher?

Coffee Gift Ideas plus a Berry Scones Recipe

review affiliate link disclaimerCoffee Gift Ideas with Keurig 2.0 - invite some friends over and share some laughs over a delicious cup of coffee

Every year I get together with my girlfriends and we do an ornament gift exchange. It’s the perfect time to sit back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company.

This year I opted to host and had the girls over for a delicious cup of coffee and some berry scones and biscotti. I also had a surprise for them…

Thanks to Keurig I would also be able to gift a brand new Keurig 2.0 to one lucky friend. How awesome is that? Plus, I put together some cute mug gifts for each friend to take home.

Coffee Gift Ideas with Keurig 2.0 and K-Cup packs

The new Keurig 2.0 features Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™, which reads each lid to deliver a perfect beverage every time. See – what did I tell you? Perfection!
Keurig 2.0 brewer and Cafe Mocha K-Cup packs

Not only will they be able to enjoy the perfect cup of coffee every morning but with the new K-carafe packs they can also entertain guests and brew a 4-cup pot of coffee to share!

And when one has coffee to share, you need something to pair it with. I whipped up some of my favorite berry scones and grabbed a few boxes of biscotti from the store to serve alongside our delicious coffee choices.

Coffee Gift Ideas for friends

Coffee Gift Ideas plus a Berry Scones recipe

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Berry Scones Recipe

This recipe makes about 12-15 mini scones or 6 large scones.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 6 tablespoons regular butter
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and pulse 2-3 times to mix. Add the butter and pulse 7-8 times just until the mixture forms large, coarse crumbs the size of peas. Scatter the cranberries into the dough and pulse until just moist.
  3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured countertop or work space and press it together gently until the dough forms a ball. Using a spoon, grab a heaping scoop of dough and drop onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing scones about 1 inch apart.
  4. Bake until golden brown, 13-17 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly and serve warm.

 

Coffee Gift Ideas with Keurig 2.0 for friends

At each table setting I included a mug, two different kinds of biscotti, and k-cup packs for each guest to take home and enjoy. I also included a little candy cane (perfect for stirring) with a cute poem about the legend of the candy cane.

You can download a printable version of this poem here

Coffee Gift Ideas with Keurig 2.0 cafe escapes cafe mocha k-cup packs

Coffee Gift Ideas with Keurig 2.0 brewing

Coffee Gift Ideas with Keurig K-Cup packs and Biscotti

Once we enjoyed the coffee, scones, and some extra biscotti it was time to exchange gifts. When we were finished opening up the ornaments it was time to draw a name for the Keurig 2.0 I was gifting away.

Now there may or may not have been a little friendly competition from my friends but I assure you that no biscotti or scones were harmed when choosing a winner.

Coffee Gift Ideas with Keurig 2.0 gift

The Keurig 2.0 brewer makes a great holiday gift for anyone on your list. You can purchase a Keurig 2.0 K300 like the one I gifted for one of your friends at Walmart. I highly suggest grabbing a box or two of k-cup packs or k-carafe packs to go along with your gift.

Who would you gift a Keurig 2.0 to?

Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas

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Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas

Tis the season for gift making and gift giving. One of my favorite things to do is make homemade goodies to give out to family and friends. This year I’ve put together some fun ideas for a Christmas gift making party. Gather some friends around, put on some crock pot hot chocolate, and make some gifts for your friends to pass out to their loved ones.

One of my favorite snacks to bust out during the holidays – and a family tradition – are the Planters mixes. From their Brittle Nut Medley to their Winter Spiced Nuts, there’s a combination for everyone.

I still remember many Christmas Eve’s over at my grandmother’s house reaching for the Planters mix. Such fond memories! And now I’m sharing those memories with my friends. But in a slightly different way!  [Read more…]

Baby Shower Gifts with Diapers: A Tutorial on How to Make Diaper Cupcakes

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - a simple and easy tutorial for the perfect baby shower gift

Running a playgroup means that I know a lot of expecting mamas. Whether it’s their second, third, or fourth child, I always love to have a gift to give the expecting mama-to-be can use! Now usually I have a stock pile of handmade gifts ready to grab and go to include with something the mom has registered for to put a more personal touch on the gift.

With this pregnancy and the craziness of our lives lately I haven’t had a chance to make anything and my stockpile is dwindling. So I figured I’d do myself a favor and get started on an easy baby shower gift with diapers for one of my friends who’s expecting her third in November.

This diaper cupcake tutorial is not only easy but includes all of the essentials needed for a newborn… diapers, socks, and washcloths! Because once you get to the third child you need new socks and washcloths! 

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - what you needHow to Make Diaper Cupcakes

What You’ll Need: 

  • diapers (newborn size)
  • baby washcloths
  • baby socks (0-3 month size)
  • rubber bands
  • cupcake liners
  • optional: ribbon/decorative string
  • optional: cake box (I got one that fits 9 cupcakes)

What you do: 

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - start with socks, diaper, and washcloth

1. Grab a pair of socks, a diaper, and a washcloth.

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - roll sock

2. Roll the socks up from the toes to the heel.

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - fold diaper in half lengthwiseHow to Make Diaper Cupcakes - wrap folded diaper around sock

3. Flatten the diaper and fold in half lengthwise. Wrap diaper over socks tightly.

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - wrap with washcloth and cover with rubberband

4. Fold washcloth into thirds. Wrap washcloth over top of diaper and wrap with a rubber band on the bottom third of the cupcake.

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - cupcakes in cake box

5. Place cupcake into a cupcake liner and put in cake box. Wrap cake box with festive ribbon and add a card for the recipient!

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes with Parent's Choice Diapers

Once you’re all done making these cute diaper cupcakes you can give the rest of the diapers to the expecting mama. I know how important it is to be well stocked on diapers when baby comes home!

What’s your favorite way to doctor up baby shower gifts?

The Perfect Hostess Gift for Tea Lovers this Holiday Season

Social Fabric Disclaimer Perfect Hostess Gift for Tea Lovers with Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #shop

With holiday parties, family gatherings, and other festive celebrations during this time of year I always find myself in need of hostess gifts. I prefer to put a more personal touch on certain gifts especially when I know what the hostess likes. And I have quite a few tea lovers on my list.

When I started to think about the perfect hostess gift for tea lovers Bigelow was the first thing that came to mind. Not only do they have a variety of teas for everyone, but I absolutely love their peppermint tea during the holidays! This gift set is perfect for the tea lover in your life.

 

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5 Teacher Gift Ideas for Back-To-School

teacher gift ideas for back to school

School is almost back in session and everyone is preparing to head back to school. With the rush to get all of the essentials needed for our kids sometimes we lose sight of the one who’ll be taking care of our kids once they arrive at school.

Here are a few great teacher gift ideas for back to school. Some practical, some cute, but all are great ways to thank your child’s teacher before the beginning of the school year. [Read more…]

DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas collage

Every Father’s Day I sit and wrack my brain with what I think would be the perfect gift to give my husband. Would he love his favorite TV series on DVD? Does he want to go somewhere and make a day out of it? Or does he love the cute, homemade gifts I have the kids make him every year?

So I decided I’d come up with a plan this year. Each child gets to pick out something to give him from either the store or online (I can still direct them to things he’s interested in or has asked for) and then we’ll make something for him.

And of course I turn to the internets for great ideas on what to do for Dad. So if you’re looking for great gifts the kids can make Dad for Father’s Day, look no further.

Check out these DIY Father’s Day gift ideas and find something for every age child!

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Last Minute Homemade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Last Minute Homemade Gift Ideas

Christmas is right around the corner and the days are flying by. If you haven’t completed your Christmas shopping consider these last minute homemade gift ideas!

Each is simple, easy, and from the heart. With few ingredients and supplies you can create a gift perfect for any friend or family member.

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