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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Just had to share with you this little card I made my mom, who recently had foot and toe surgery.  And naturally, it's filled with foot and toe puns. You do know that puns make everyone feel better, right?!  Take a look.
Toe and Foot Surgery Get Well Card

I added a pair of fuzzy socks to go with the card.
Foot Surgery Get Well Card and gift

Click here to print your own card. There's two versions, one with painted toes, one without.  Cut in half and choose which version you want to give.

Print your own Get Well Soon from Foot Surgery card.

Speaking of feet...remember my Back to School 'Foot Party'?
Click here to see party post for fun 'feet' ideas, treats and of course, more foot/toe puns!

Foot themed partyFoot and toe puns

Other interesting cards/gifts I've made...
and blogged about--no joke!

Lap Band Surgery Get Well Cards
Lap Band Printable Cards

Hip Surgery Get Well Card and Gift
Square gifts for hip surgery

When the Trial is Over
Divorce gift for a friend

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It's just about St. Patrick's Day and I've rounded up a bunch of simple, sham'rockin' ideas for you from the blog.  Check them out!

Simple St. Patrick's Day Ideas and Printables

Whether you're hosting a St.Patrick's Day meal, dessert or a March birthday party, (we have lots of March birthdays in our house.) here's some fun and easy ideas.  Click here.

St. Patrick's Day Party

Not sure these need an explanation...chocolate, peppermint, chocolate brownies.  What's not to like?
Peppermint Pattie Brownies.  Click here.

Peppermint Brownies

If not in a brownie, how about on a stick?

Peppermint Pops.  Click here.
Make your own Peppermint Patty Pops

And what about green waffles, green fruit and green drinks---they make a perfect St. Patrick's Day Breakfast!  Click here.
St. Patrick's Day Breakfast ideas

Need some little favors to hand out to family, friends, teachers and neighbors? Check out these fun printables.

Lucky Leprechaun Treats  Click here.
Leprechaun Treat Favors

Lucky and Blessed Printables.  Click here.

St. Patrick's Day Printables

Printables for St. Patrick's Day

Lucky to have you for a teacher Printables

There's a ton more St. Patrick's Day ideas around here.  Click on some of these links to see.
St. Patrick's Day Treats
Now, don't forget to wear your green!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

3.14 or March 14th, is Pi Day.
For a cutie pie.  Pi Day Printables

Which really means, PIE day.  And who doesn't like pie?
Got any math lovers in your life?  Or really anyone who loves pie--this is the perfect Pi Day treat!  (For a Cutie Pie.)

Mini pies at WalMart

These mini pies are found at WalMart for 50 cents!
Purchase pies, print out these tags, trim and attach.

Printable tags for Pi Day

Now you could easily just tape a tag to the top of each box....OR
tie it on with some green ribbon.  You know I always choose ribbon!

Pi Day tags

Hand deliver.
After taking these photos I realized I forgot to add a plastic fork. Just tape one on--you could even use coordinating washi tape.

When I gave these to my family, they didn't even use a fork!
Oh well.

Pi Day tags for mini pies

 Click here to print your own Pi Day tags.

Here's some more Pi Gifts (Affiliate links)
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Some GREEN for your day!

Printables for St. Patrick's Day

Here's a cute little printable to add some festive green color to someone's St. Patrick's Day.  Everyone needs a little green in their life, especially on St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day Printables

Just print out these tags, trim and attach to any green treat.

You know my trick for scoring inexpensive green M&M's right?
Buy the red and green candies on Christmas clearance in January. Sort the colors.  Save the red M&M's for Valentine treats and the green ones for St. Patrick's Day.  (Store M&M's in ziplocs in the pantry for up to 12 months.)

I'm totally a M&M's fan, but if you have healthy friends- tie this tag onto a green drink, green fruit or a prepackaged salad.

Green treat for St. Patrick's Day

Click here to print your own tags.

St. Patrick's Day printables

Wishing you a very GREEN St. Patrick's Day!


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Friday, March 3, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Printables

And just like that, it's March!  Whew!

Today I have a little St. Patrick's Day printable for you to hand out to your friends.  So easy to spread a little St. Patrick's Day cheer around your office, church, community or friend group.

St. Patrick's Day Printables

Just purchase these
(affiliate link) Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Mint Squares and print out the tags.
Click here to print your tags.
For best results print on cardstock.  Trim edges.

St. Patrick's Day printables

Then staple the candy right onto the back of the tag.
Address and sign (or leave blank) and deliver.

St. Patrick's Day Printables

I consider myself very lucky and blessed to have YOU in my life. Thanks for reading my blog.

Happy March to you!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

I'm always dreaming up fun ways to appreciate our pastors and staff.  For Valentine's Day we created a little heart garland or 'love line' to hang in their offices.  Take a look.

Paper heart garland

Supplies Needed:
Paper Sacks
Paper Hearts
Hot Glue

Paper heart garland

Using our church's die cut machine, I cut out lots of paper hearts.  I asked the Bible Study Ladies to write little 'love and appreciation' notes to our pastors and staff on the paper hearts.
When completed they placed their hearts in each of the labeled sacks.
Heart garland

It was fun having a few different colors to break up all the red...unless you're going for that 'red look'.  Remember our REDiculously Awesome Pastor Appreciation? 
Click here for that idea.

Heart garland for the pastors

I took the completed paper hearts home and heated up my glue gun.

Heart garland for the pastors

One small drop of hot glue held the string into place.  I measured about 2 inches in between the hearts.

Heart garland
 I then took them back to the church and hung them in each person's office.

Heart garland for Valentine's Day

Such a simple way to show some love.  

More pastor appreciation ideas for you:

Bags of Love for our Pastors

Delightful Pastor Appreciation
 Pastor Appreciation

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Well, it look me a little while, but I'm finally posting our Valentine/LOVE party. 

Chocolate chip cookie dough dark chocolate brownie cake!

Can we first just take a minute and talk about that cake?
Oh, WOW!
Love party cake

I actually ended up making this cake two week-ends in a row because my family didn't think they got enough of it the first time! It was really that good!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Cake to die for!

Three layers of dark chocolate brownie, sandwiched together with a rich and fluffy chocolate chip cookie dough icing.  (The icing was incredible!)

The recipe came from here.
Instead of pouring chocolate ganache over the entire cake, (like the recipe said) I frosted the top and then poured the chocolate over each piece as it was sliced and served. It was so delicious!
(The LOVE lettering was made with melted dark chocolate piped on wax paper.)

Chocolate chip cookie dough brownie cake!

This party was a Sunday lunch gathering.  AH chose to grill up his favorite ribs for everyone.  Click here for that recipe.  We also served green salad, fresh fruit and vegetables...but really the ribs and cake were the stars of the show!
Love Party decor

OK, moving onto the decor.  Red was the color of the day.
Affiliate links are included to help you locate products.
I pushed my two tables together to make seating for 12 guests.
Solid red wrapping paper lined the tables as a runner.  Grapevine branches were found on Christmas clearance at Joanns.

Wired ribbon for the center of the table.

Red mini stands and pillar candles were found at Michaels
and this wide wired ribbon was looped down the table runner.

Fancy paper plate party for Valentine's Day.

Red chargers, red paper napkins and heart paper plates were used. Guests ate on glass plates that set atop the paper plates and chargers.

Individual flower arrangements at each place setting.

These square bud vases were filled with red and white carnations and a few mini roses and greenery.  I absolutely LOVE these vases and I use them all the time.  I've had friends borrow them for showers, parties, weddings and I even used them at this memorial. 

Paper runner, curled ribbon, paper plates to decorate for Valentine's Day

I tied on little paper hearts to the drinking glasses for name markers.

Inexpensive tablescape at our Valentine Party.

The pops of red in our home were eye catching!

Red Love Party

Here's a look at the kid's table.
Felt hearts scattered over table.

Melamine heart plates (found at Target years ago) and lots of felt hearts decorated this table.  Mini red pails held candy for each guest and a red mailbox became the centerpiece.

Love party kid's table.

And of course I made a photo booth.
Photobooth at our Valentine Party

This photo backdrop actually covered the messy desk area in our kitchen...perfect coverage!
LOVE photobackground

The love balloon came from here.  The striped fabric is actually a shower curtain from Target.  I love using fabric shower curtains for back drops because you can hang them so easily with Command hooks.  The shower curtains already have built-in holes.

Love photobooth for Valentine's Day!

My daughter took lots of photos with her Instamax camera. (It's so fun to have one of these cameras at a party.  Guests can go home with an actual photo!)  I took lots of digital pictures, too.
Photobooth shots at our Love Party

This was such a fun party, that we re-created it the next week-end when my parents came to town.  I was amazed how easy it was to pull this party together the 2nd time around.  The thought did cross my mind (just for a second) that every party should be done twice.
No, that's just too exhausting, but my family would argue that the desserts should be made twice.

 Click here to see my party page. An A to Z list of every party I've posted on
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