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Wednesday, September 13, 2017



Oh friends...our time with our kids is so short!  Yes, I know you don't want to hear that when you're knee deep in toddler-hood or even in the middle school moodiness...ugh.  However, both my kids are now in high school and I'm feeling the crunch to spend every possible moment soaking up their presence, teaching them every skill they still need for life, and smothering them with love and attention--- which of course you know they appreciate so much?!?  (I'm sure you can read between the lines, here.)




So, when my friend was feeling sad and lonely from sending off her baby to college, I just had to take her a little bit of love.  
(Note:  Some may want to include a bottle of wine and a box of tissues with this gift.)

It's a quick and easy little 'thinking of you' gift to give to any empty-nester.  It takes just a few supplies, starting with a craft nest.

Gift for the empty nester.




I don't know if you've ever been shopping for craft nests before, but there are a ton to choose from--even when it's not spring!
Take a look at these affiliate links from Amazon. 







Empty Nester Gift

Place Dove chocolates (playing on the bird theme) and/or
Baby Ruth candy (playing on the baby theme) into the nest.
Sugar Babies candies would also work.

Gift for the empty nester.

Print out one of the empty nester tags onto cardstock.  



Empty Nester Gift

Click here to print your own tags.


Gift for the empty nester.

Trim tag and tape onto a wooden skewer cut in half.
Stick skewer into the nest.

Empty Nester Gift



Hand deliver and love on your friend. 






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Friday, September 8, 2017


50th Anniversary Gift Ideas


This summer my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! 50! Yikes! Doesn't that sound like such a huge number?! They didn't want anyone to make a fuss over them. No party, no big bash, no family cruise, no special trip...I mean, really? I wanted to do 'something', even if it was just a small token of love.
I decided on a few small things to celebrate.
(Affiliate links are in this post to help you locate items.)

First, I decorated up one of my favorite party decor items--my Lightbox from Heidi Swapp.  These simple boxes really add to any celebration, all you have to do is change up the letters.

50th Anniversary Gift Ideas


Then, of course the chalkboard needed some anniversary signage and balloon love. You can find LOVE balloons, here.
50th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Next, I baked up some sugar cookies. Number cookies placed tightly together on a cookie sheet, bake into beautiful double digits.
Get number cookie cutters here.  
50th Anniversary Gift Ideas


I ordered this 50th anniversary frame and put in my parent's wedding picture and current picture side by side. Aren't they the cutest?
50th Anniversary Gift Ideas

I wanted to give my parents a 'gold' gift to go with 50 years--you know how you're supposed to give gold for the 50th, right?  Well, the more I got thinking about this, the more I realized they really needed a 'silver' gift...as in silverware!  After 50 years, one should really try to update their wedding gifts, if you know what I mean? I searched for a box of 50 pieces of silverware, and found it--perfect!

50th Anniversary Gift Ideas


And then I decided to get a little crafty.
50 candies wrapped up in 50 memories.


50th Anniversary Candy Gift

Of course this idea could work for any big number, not just 50.
To make your own:  you'll need 50 Hershey's Miniatures chocolate candies, a glass jar, paper, tape, a pen and of course 50 memories!

Anniversary Gift Ideas


Take a piece of scrap paper and make a template that folds around the miniature candy bar. You want the paper to cover the label completely. Once satisfied with the template, cut out 50 pieces of scrapbook paper the same size. I used pretty double-sided paper, but it's not necessary.

50th Anniversary Candy Gift


Now, the hard part! Coming up with 50 memories!  You would think this would be a breeze, but I was a child for most of these years of my parent's marriage! Some years were definitely harder to come up with memories, than others.
Write the year on the top of each paper label, then write something that happened during that year. It helps to make a list on notebook paper, first--then write on the papers.

Anniversary Gift Ideas
50th Anniversary Candy Gift

Memories included family births, trips, new jobs, moves, special happenings, school changes, etc. etc.
Anniversary Gift Ideas


Once all the memories are written down, it's time to wrap them up.
Wrap each memory around a chocolate bar. Fold tightly and secure with a small piece of clear tape.

50th Anniversary Candy Gift


Place candies in a jar and add a tag with instructions to peel off the labels and read them.

Anniversary Gift Ideas


My mom ended up putting these candies in my dad's lunch for about a month.  He was told to bring home all the labels so she could read them.


50th Anniversary Candy Gift







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