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Dollar Tree Pumpkin Make-Over

I have said it a thousand times, I LOVE the dollar tree! And this fall they are killing it!!! I am embarrassed to look through my receipts to see what I have spent over the last few weeks. One thing is for sure, these wire pumpkins are my hands down favorite!

As soon as I saw them I had a plan! I already had some white spray paint at home and some pumpkin picks that I had picked out for my dining room so all I needed was some white zip ties!

I sprayed both of them white. My home has a lot of neutrals so I knew I wanted white but you can paint them whatever color you like!

I put 2 zip ties on the top of the pumpkin and 2 on the bottom. That was enough to secure it. I made sure to trim them as close to the pumpkin as I could.

This is how it looked before I began the fun part…..

adding the pumpkins and greenery!

The metal is flexible so it is easy to get those little pumpkins in there. I used three picks and fastened them to the pumpkin with another zip tie. Floral wire or a pipe cleaner would work too!

Now it is just missing a bow!

I used some burlap ribbon I had from Hobby Lobby to make a bow and secured it with floral wire. The ribbon did a good job of hiding the zip ties too!

There you have it! Isn’t she pretty! I just love her with the tobacco basket behind her!

It would be a beautiful centerpiece on your dining room table as well. So many fun possibilities! Now, go run to your closest Dollar Tree and see what you can find!

Blessings,

Jessica

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Simple & Sweet Gift Tag

Simple and sweet is my motto! I love to bless others but the truth is I am usually doing ten things at once so the more complicated something is the less likely it is going to happen. This season of motherhood is a little crazy so I try to give myself some grace but it is also important to me that I let others know how much I appreciate them. I had a few girls on my heart that have really helped me lately and I wanted to do something to say thank you. When I saw these adorable lemon paper products at my favorite store…The Dollar Tree I may have stocked up. Ssh! Please don’t tell the hubby. He just doesn’t understand. Poor guy.

Anyway, I bought a bunch! They had orange and watermelon plates too! But the lemon was just so bright and cheery! I tied them up with my favorite gingham ribbon from Hobby Lobby and attached this sweet printable. That’s it! Low stress. Inexpensive. From the heart.

I would love to see what fun ideas you have that you could add this tag too! Come visit on Facebook or Instagram and show me!

Stay Sweet!

Jessica

It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

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End of School Printable

Woo hoo! School is almost over! Summer is so close and we are getting ready for a summer filled with fun! I love surprising teachers and friends with goodies to kick off summer! I thought I would share some budget friendly gift ideas with you and include a printable to attach!

My sweet Maddy is going to bring in these small bags of cookies for her classmates this year! I bought a variety box of cookies and printed a few sheets of this printable. I punched a hole through the printable and the bag and used a cute ribbon to tie them together! Easy Peasy!

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My Bentley is finishing kindergarten this year. I can’t even believe it. I am already kicking myself for not enjoying more of his kindergarten year. It is such a different experience when it is your last one. He has had the best year and has made so many great friends! I knew he was going to love bringing his friends a surprise. He loves sunglasses so when I saw these at the dollar tree I knew he would love it! They had so many cute ones to choose from! I grabbed enough for his class mates and attached this printable to each one.

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This one is my fav! Flamingos just scream summer to me! I found these adorable drink floats at Target in the dollar spot and the Dollar Tree. Score! The Dollar Tree even had these adorable paper flamingo straws. I have a thing for paper straws so I may have grabbed 1 or 5 packages! While shopping at Target I also found these Seven drinks. They are fruit flavored carbonated water. This one is Sangria and is so yummy! Before I put the can in I filled the float with paper shred. I used some gingham ribbon to tie around the can and straw. So easy and so fun! Perfect gift for a teacher who is dreaming of days floating around the pool!

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Praying you have a Summer filled with fun and family!

Happy memory making,

Jessica

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Crayon Fun

Am I the only mama who gets tired of finding broken crayons? I feel like our crayon box is overflowing with broken crayons but I hate throwing them out because it just feels was wasteful so…..we put all those crayons pieces together to make bunny butt crayons (it was Easter and I couldn’t resist)!

This was so fun and I can’t believe I haven’t done it before now! I grabbed as many crayons as I could find and removed all the paper. Bentley (6 yrs. old) started off helping me peel the paper but became quickly frustrated so I gave him another job while I peeled them.

Love all the colors!

Once they were done it was time for his favorite part….breaking the crayons! It’s important that the crayons are broken in small pieces so they melt evenly.

We placed the broken pieces in this adorable bunny butt mold we found at Micheals and melted them in a 250 degree oven for 12 minutes. I totally recommend placing the mold on a cookie sheet before placing them in the oven. Once the crayons had melted we allowed them to cool before removing our new crayons.

Next time I make them I will be sure to cut up the crayons even smaller!

My little guy was so excited to start his next masterpiece!

We loved the way all the colors blended together! And seriously, how cute are these?

These would make the cutest party favors! So many possibilities! Have you made your own crayons? I would love to know your tips!

Happy coloring,

Jessica

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More Precious than Gold

I love a printable! Adding a sweet little tag can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary! I wanted to do a little something for my kids teachers just to remind them of how thankful we are for them.

I headed to the Dollar Tree to pick up some yellow paper shred, Rolos, and these mini pots. Once I got home I stuffed the pot with paper shred and piled in some yummy Rolos. I printed off this fun printable and tied it on with some fun ribbon.

So simple and so sweet! Sometimes it just the unexpected treat that can make someones day! I hope they love it!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Jessica

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Easy St. Patricks Day Wreath

I love any excuse to decorate but admit that I am not a huge St. Patricks Day decorator. Maybe because it is so close to Easter and Easter is my favorite! Who knows but I knew my kids would get excited with a few decorations and since I didn’t want to spend a ton of money I headed to my favorite place… The Dollar Tree! Y’all, I just love it there!

I grabbed a grapevine wreath, 2 strands of St. Patricks Day garland and this green, glittery shamrock! $4 and I was out the door! Ok, that’s a lie. There were like 10 other things in my cart.


I knew I had floral wire at home and some ribbon that would be the finishing touch!

This is the easiest project ever! All I did was wrap the garland around the wreath. Two strands was enough but three would have made it even fuller. I tucked the ends of the garland through the wreath so I didn’t need to use hot glue.

With a piece of floral wire I attached the Shamrock to the top of the wreath. I added a gold bow and voila… an easy and inexpensive Saint Patrick’s Day wreath!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Happy creating,

Jessica

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Pool Noodle Birthday Candles

I LOVE celebrating my kids birthdays! I always have! I have the best memories of parties my mom threw for me and I knew it was something I wanted to continue for my own kids. This past week my sweet Savannah turned 12. I am not even really sure how that happened.

Mamas, can you feel my pain? I mean, she was just born, like yesterday. Here we are the last year before she is a teenager. I can’t even.

The older they get the more I want to hold on to tradition and continue big celebrations for them! I thought it would be fun for her to wake up on the morning of her birthday with a yard full of candles! So, off to the dollar tree I went and I loaded up on pool noodles and craft foam. I also purchased some dowel rods from the craft store.

When I got home I used a serrated knife to cute the noodles in half so each noodle was 2 candles! I cut my dowel rods in half too. You could totally do this with a saw but I just broke them over my knee! I can’t help it. I am an impatient crafter. Next I cut flames out of the craft foam and with a little glue stuck the flame into the top hole of the noodle.

Next, was the best part! Decorating the yard! All I did was stick the dowel rod in the ground and slid the noodle over it. So stinking easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bentley even helped!

Our yard was definitely a sight the next morning! But seriously, how fun? Who doesn’t want to wake up to a yard full of candles? Best part? They can be reused for everyone’s birthday! We have definitely started a new tradition!

Happy celebrating! 

Jessica

 

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DIY Inspired Rae Dunn Eggs

I love all things Rae Dunn. Like really love it. But let’s be real, it is hard to find it. Unless you can spend your days stalking your closest TJ Max it just isn’t gonna happen. So, when thinking of how I was going to decorate my bar cart for spring I knew I needed some fillers and what would be better than Rae Dunn inspired Easter eggs!

And can we say easy! You need 2 supplies! Wooden eggs (I got mine at Michaels) and vinyl cut in The Skinny font. You can download the font for free at Dafont.

Once your vinyl is cut using your favorite cutting machine you are ready to label your eggs! They are perfect to nestle in among your spring and Easter decorations. Now, where else can I put these sweet little eggs?

Praying your day is blessed!

Jessica

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I’m Stuck on You Slime

 

Do your kiddos love slime? My Madelyn is obsessed!!!! Seriously, obsessed! Here favorite part? Giving it to her friends just because! That makes this mamas heart burst and overlook the glue, shaving cream and food coloring that seems to have taken over our house!

As I watched her pile up little containers of pink slime I knew it needed a Valentine’s Day printable so here you go!
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There are a million recipes on Pinterest for slime but we recommend recipes that call for shaving cream or contact solution as an activator! Much safer on little hands!

xoxo,

Jessica