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trunk or treat? 12th man style.

Is anyone else asking how is it already almost Halloween? Which means it’s almost November. I swear school starts, you blink and the holidays have arrived. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Trunk or Treat and fall festivities are all the rage right now. In fact, last Friday was the boys’ Trunk or Treat event at their school. I got roped into doing a trunk and put the boys on a mission to figure out what they wanted our theme and game to be. I love that they love helping me with this stuff now.

After much perusing of Pinterest and thinking through what we already had so as not to break the bank we came up with a {Seahawk’s Themed Trunk} any Seahawk fan or their auntie Lisa would be proud of. Just look how cute it turned out…


For the record, all the credit goes to Mr. Grayson who designed and made the entire display in the back. It’s was seriously too cute. I would put things up and he would say, “No mom. Not there.” Gulp. Ooooo-kay. I guessed I asked for help, right?!

For the event, the trunk also had to have a “carnival-style” game that went along with the trunk. Pinterest gave us some direction and helped us create this football field-inspired table that my cute lil’ 3rd grader helped paint with spray paint. You can find the table idea here. We also used an adorable gal’s post to create a goal post made out of PVC pipe that can be found here.


Best part? It was a low cost project my other half would be proud of. Oh, and I convinced my ‘almost’ 9 year old that it would be super cool to have a football-themed birthday party after all that hard work. It’s a win-win. My only cost was the turf from Lowes that I found a remnant of, PVC pipe materials and spray paint. Woot.

Maybe you have a Trunk or Treat coming up or maybe it’s a ‘pin it’ for another day. Regardless, get your 12th man on and show a little Seahawk pride. GO HAWKS.

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want to see some other {halloween} ideas?
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{s’mores pancakes. spooky breakfast.}

{treat for you. printable halloween tags.}


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thank you cards. for the family. for you.

Delay, yes. Sorry for that. Last week was a long, emotionally exhausting one. Our lil’ thirteen year old doggie had to be put to sleep and it was quite the week. And, there is no handbook that tells you how to make it easier on your kids. It was seriously one of the saddest things ever watching the kids and seeing their sweet tears. Each one of them handled it a little differently, but the good news is that he is in doggie heaven without any more ouchies. Here’s a glimpse into my sweet, sensitive one giving him one last love.

And now, back to our previously scheduled blog post. Thanks for listening…

 Thank you cards. I think they should be all the rage. Doesn’t it feel like in this uber-techy world we are losing some of the good old-fashioned stuff like thank you cards? I am a stickler for it and I make everyone in our family write one, especially after the holidays. I am hoping my kids will thank me someday, but I may be dreaming.

This year I created a simple {thank you} card with enough for everyone in the family. It is some kind of adorable and easy enough to print, cut, write, mail. I know, I know. It might just be too easy.

{you will need}
paper cutter
paper and printer
thank you. card template

{your task}

step 1. print the ‘thank you.’ cards template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut the template in half {5.5″} and then half again {4.25″}.

step 3. write away. say your thanks.

step 4. mail. smile for keeping some oldies, but goodies real.

 The template is {free} and just for YOU. It’s as easy as copy, print, cut. A cute way to tell those special people in your life thank you.

Hope you likey and want a few for yourself. Now that I step back and look at the previous years, I realize I must have a thing for black and white. Oh well, black never goes out of style, right?

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did you miss other {thank you} related posts?
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{thank you cards. family style.}

{family thank you cards.}

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a few of my favorite things. silly, but true.

Yes, this might be a silly post. But, I just think you need to know about my three new favorites. Normally you can count on my to pick out the most expensive thing, but I am kind of proud of myself for these three gems.

Who knows, maybe they would be a perfect stocking stuffer for someone you know. Or, maybe you are browsing your local store and think you might just need them too.

fave thing. ONE.

Don’t laugh. These are seriously my absolute new favorite. They cost my less than $12.00 at Walmart and I am one happy girl.

Ever since our house has burned down I have searched high and low for the perfect tweezer. I have spent a ridiculous amount on one pair from Sephora and then went the cheap route, but still couldn’t find the perfect pair.  That is until I spotted these gold beauties. You can find them in-store at Walmart or look online.

| what you need to know |

  1. They are cute. Gold is the new black. Your eyebrows think so too.
  2. The slanted titanium tip ensure the perfect tweeze. It holds and pulls. Perfect.

fave thing. TWO.

I seriously love this soap. I will not lie when I say that I have 4 extra bottles stashed in my linen closet. When I see it, I buy it. It has found a home in the kids’ bath {new counter reveal coming soon!} and our playroom bathroom.

| what you need to know |

  1. It is cute. And, matches the decor in both bathrooms. You should know that I think soap should always complement bathroom decor. Sad, but true.
  2. It smells delicious and doesn’t dry out your hands.
  3. If I am lucky, Home Goods or TJ Maxx has it for less than $5. Heck, ya.
  4. I love it so much that I found it in bubble bath and hand cream. They are keepers.

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fave thing. THREE.

These are so good. I found them at our local market, Nugget, and I can’t get enough of them. They are chewy and supposedly have grains that will make any girl happy. There are four different flavors and I just might be in heaven.

| what you need to know |

  1. Grab one and put some peanut butter on it and you are ready for the day.
  2. Toasted and with some cream cheese and turkey is another twist that I just feel in love with.
  3. Simple. Easy. Perfect for on the go.Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 10.02.52 PM

{pretend I am singing this next part in a really good voice… probably better than julie andrew}

These are a few of my favorite things... maybe yours too? Three favorites that should make it into your home. What are some of your favorite things?

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chalkboard wall. merry you. merry christmas.

I’m late. Way late. The wall got done, but the post never happened. I think December happened. And, I am still trying to keep up.

For this month, I went the easy route. A chance to take a deep breath and spend time remembering what the season is all about. A little shout out to why I heart December.

The theme for this month? It’s the season of giving.

Part 1. A wreath makes everything easier.
Crunched for time? A wreath makes everything just a lil’ bit easier. I love to use anything decorative if I’m ever in a bind for time. I found this treasure at Home Goods and not only is it adorable, but it smells heavenly.

I also re-used the template from my Thanksgiving board, making my life a little easier as well. Hooray. Just like I shared last month, grab some dictionary pages or something from an old book. Trace the needed letter templates that can be found here. Cut it out and add some twine. Hello, beautiful.


2. Keeping our eyes on the reason for the season. 
Two of my favorite lyrics from songs. And, a simple reminder of why  we are celebrating this glorious time of year.

I know, I am a little late to the game. But, who knows, maybe you can use it next year. In the meantime… wishing you a blessed season filled with family, friends and cherished time together.



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Letter J XO

{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

want to see some other {december} chalkboard walls?
take a lookey-loo at some of my past boards.

{december 2013}

december 2013.

{december 2015.}


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mimosa bar. hello school. goodbye kiddos.

I fully admit that I enjoy the start of the school year. I seriously heart summer, but it some kind of wonderful to get back into a routine. With that said, I thought that a mimosa bar would be a fitting way to toast to a new school year with some friends and fellow mamas.

So easy. So fun. The perfect way to wish our babies well as the school year starts. Hello, mimosa bar.




mimosa bar food

 Who doesn’t love a {free} printable to go along with it? Something that makes your mimosa bar stand out from the rest. Well, it’s your lucky day. A thank you from me to you for following along.

printable label with heading

{you will need}
thick paper
mimosa bar printable
juice label printables
washi tape or scotch tape
frame or picture stand

{your task}

step 1. print the ‘mimosa bar’ template {here} and the juice labels {here}.

step 2. cut the juice labels out of the attached template.

step 3.  cut ribbon to desired length, loop around and adhere with washi tape.

step 4. loop over juice bottles.

step 5. add the mimosa bar printable template to a frame or on a picture stand.


If you want BLANK mimosa bar labels you can find them here. Personalize it to what you will be serving. Enjoy.

Just look at how ca-ute it is. Don’t you want to host one too? I have already decided that this will have to be my new tradition. It was way too much fun.

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valentine’s day {candy free} treats. helicopter fun.

Did you get the memo? Valentine’s Day is nearly here. If you have kids you have probably already thought, “Wait, how many kids are in the class?” I know. Brace yourself. The countdown is on.

I’ve said it before. Truth. I am one of those moms who can’t pick the valentines off the shelf and my poor kids suffer for it. And, I am extra mean because I usually don’t put any candy  in their valentines {um, I’m pretty sure they will get plenty, or that’s what I tell myself}.

So I try to come up with some valentine that is a little creative. Oh, and I am a dork and love this kind of stuff. This year {helicopters}. The boys are pretty gosh darn excited, but probably only because I have promised them each  a spinning copter of their own. Regardless, they got them done and they are tucked away for February 14th. It will  be here before you know it.

For you, a {free} valentine printable that you can use to celebrate the month of love and check off your list. All you need is some helicopters {thanks, target} and you are set. Oh so easy.

vday copter printable

{you will need}

thick paper
helicopter valentine template
helicopters/spinners from target
{i bought mine at target here in the birthday favor section. super inexpensive, yay!}

vday where to buy (2)

{your task}

step 1
. print the valentine template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut the valentines out of the attached template.

step 3. have your kiddo write their name on the dotted line.

step 4. fold on the dotted {arrow} line.

step 5. slip over top of a clear cellophane bag with a spinner inside and staple.

vday copter close up

Not your ordinary valentine. And, an easy way to bring a little less candy and a little more smiles to those little ones this valentine season. Happy heart day to you and your family.

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did you miss other valentine’s day posts?
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{valentine glider printable cards.}
Glider 2 with Label

{valentine’s day teacher notes.}

{valentine’s lunchbox notes.}
Lunchbox with title


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thank you cards. family style.

Christmas is over. Presents have been opened. Time for {none other than} thank you cards.

First, I am kicking myself that it has taken me this long to get out my thank you cards. Normally I am so on top of it. Oh well. Though, I am still an old soul who relishes in the etiquette of a thank you card. I know, I know. Not everyone agrees with me, but I think it is a lost art.

Call me a mean mommy, but this is one of those things that I really want to pass on to my kids. To be thankful, but more importantly, to let someone know that they are thankful for the time or gifts that have been given to them. Each year, we work hard to get thank you cards written and each year I think, “Isn’t there a better way?” With five people in our family we are either writing five separate cards or trying to squeeze it all onto one small card and saying the same thing over and over again.

Problem solved two years in a row. Last year, I shared our {5 x 7} thank you card version. You can find it here or below if that is more your style. This year? Oh my. It’s just plain cute.

Meet our {2014 thank you christmas cards}.


Write some thank you cards of your own. My {thank you} present to you for following along on this blog.  And, all you need is a printer, some paper and scissors. A simple, yet easy way to keep that art of handwritten notes alive. 


{you will need}
scissors or a paper cutter
thick / cardstock paper
hole punch
twine or ribbon
family thank you tags template


{your task}

step 1. print the template. click here to download.

step 2. cut out the individual cards. seriously, invest in a paper cutter if you don’t have one. lifesaver.

step 3. get in some family time. start saying your thank you{s} and use the provided templates to print exactly how many you need.

step 4. mail. check it off your list.


Adorable. Unique. A ridiculously cute way to say thank you without writing an email, texting a note or sending a lil’ tweet tweet. And now, you have the whole week to work on them. Enjoy.

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 Want to see last year’s thank you cards?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{three versions of family thank you cards}

Family Cards Small



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5 minutes. too cute christmas card display.

Easy. Cheap. Ridiculously adorable. What could be better? A festive Christmas {diy} display that just might add a little extra sparkle to your holiday decor.

The {5 minute christmas card display} took me less than 5 minutes and I had everything stashed around the house. I know. Stop it.


{you will need}
twine or string
staple gun
open frame


{your task}

step 1. pick a starting point. pull tight. staple.

step 2. string twine across frame. pull tight. staple.

step 3. repeat. repeat. repeat. until you love.

step 4. hang your cute christmas cards with some clothespins. smile.

step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.


A simple, inexpensive way to hang your christmas cards. And, a chance to smile at all of those adorable faces of family and friends.


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Want some more christmas holiday ideas?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{what to do with those christmas cards}



{reindeer food}


{printable christmas tags}
Christmas Tag Button

{ruffle garland}


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oh so merry. printable banner.

As promised, a festive Christmas {diy} banner that can add that little sparkle to the twinkly lights and holiday decor. Perhaps your mantel needs a little extra glam or an empty wall has been waiting to become just a little bit prettier.

The {oh so merry} banner reminds us all about the holiday season and a chance to be extra merry.  My own lil’ Pottery Barn knock-off that costs just about $3.00. Are you in?

Ready? Your {oh so merry} printable banner awaits. For less than $5 dollars and five minutes you have a fancy new holiday decoration.


{you will need}
TWO pieces of glitter cardstock {12 x 12} paper
pen or pencil
hole punch
twine or string to hang
oh so merry banner template
jute webbing and glue gun {optional}


{your task}

step 1. print the {oh so merry} template by by clicking here

step 2. cut the letters out of the template. {no need to cut out duplicate letters.}

step 3. FLIP OVER the glitter cardstock and trace letters on the back. Be sure to FLIP the letters so they are BACKWARDS. You will want to be sure your “m” for example is not backwards when you go to hang it on the twine.

step 4. cut out traced letters and hole punch on the provided guides.


step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

merry banner

{optional steps.}

step 6. cut two  5″ pieces of jute webbing.


step 7. fold in half and cut off a triangular piece.


step 8. flip over banner and place on backside of twine, leaving a 1/2″ of space.


step 9. add multiple rows of hot glue. fold. press for several seconds to secure.


step 10. hang for all to see. happy holidays.


Get your {free} printable now. Once December rolls around you can find it in my etsy site for a small {totally worth it} fee. A simple, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle to your holiday decor. And, a chance to remind others that this time of year is oh so merry.

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Want some more christmas holiday ideas?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{reindeer food}


{what to do with those christmas cards}


{printable christmas tags}
Christmas Tag Button

{ruffle garland}


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S’mores Pancakes. Spooky Breakfast.

We are all about the spooky, baby. You’ve heard about our spooky dinner and now you get to hear about a spooky breakfast. I seriously can’t get enough of it because I know that sometime in the near future my kids won’t be as excited about it anymore. Oh boo.

Spooky. Simple. SO good. What more could a girl ask for?

spooky smore pancakes

{you will need.}
mini marshmallows
mini chocolate chips
pancake mix
chocolate syrup for serving


{whip it up.}

 one. heat up your griddle nice and hot.

 two. mix up some pancake batter.

 three. pour pancake batter on griddle.

 four. sprinkle on some marshmallow and chocolate chips.

five. flip pancake.

 six. serve it up with some drizzled chocolate.


Maybe you want to add a spooky breakfast to your halloween morning. Or, maybe for dinner? A chance to make your Halloween a little bit spookier. Boo.

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Want some more Halloween ideas?
Take a lookey loo at what you may have missed before…

{free} spooky dinner banners

spooky banners with label

{free} printable Halloween tags 

Treat Tags Button

{yum} double trouble cookies
Cookie Button

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