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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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Blessing Bucket

Don’t you just love surprises? I do and I love surprising others! My kiddos and I brainstormed who we can bless for Valentine’s Day. I knew I wanted it to be a mama of littles because I remember how chaotic that season can be. I wanted to provide all the tools so they could make a memory together because lets face it, when you have little ones it isn’t easy to always have things planned. When mine were little I felt lucky to get a shower!

We decided on a cookie decorating kit which is extra fun during Valentine’s Day because of all of the sprinkle options! Who doesn’t love sprinkles?

We purchased everything at Walmart. I grabbed a cute dish towel, cookie cutters, sugar cookie mix, sprinkles, icing bottles, and some paper shred. I put everything in this adorable popcorn bucket and added a cute tag that you can download here!

I did decide to make some royal icing to fill the bottles with. If royal icing isn’t your thing you can buy pre-made icing and that is just as fun. Here is my recipe for royal icing:

1 cup confectioners sugar

2t corn syrup

2t milk

1/4 t vanilla extract

food coloring of your choice.

I add all the ingredients to my mixer and mix on low until it is nice and smooth. It is important it is the right consistency. If it is to thick I add milk until it is the desired consistency. I then separate the icing into separate bowls and add the food coloring. Once it is mixed and ready to go I either fill decorator bottles or ziplock bags and start decorating.

Now comes the best part!! Leaving it on their door step and praying they create lots of sweet and messy memories. Those are the best kind!

Be blessed friends,

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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My TJ Maxx favorites

TJ Maxx! Do your eyes light up when you drive by like mine do? It is definitely in my top 5 favorite stores so I thought I would share some of my TJ Maxx favorites!

 

TJ Maxx is my FAVORITE place for hair products! Especially this Chi heat protectant and the best hair spray ever!

If you haven’t tried Big Sexy Hair you need to. Like yesterday. Trust me. You won’t regret it!

I have heard rumors that it is also the best place for dry shampoo! I need to get into that. 4 kids=dry shampoo!

 

Mugs are totally my love language but let’s be honest. We go on a hunt for Rae Dunn.  It’s like a scavenger hunt for grown ups.

  Unfortunately, my Rae Dunn mug hunt wasn’t successful on this trip but I did find these goodies!

 

So cute, right? Next up. Paper products! I don’t know why they excite me but they do. Look at these unicorns!

 

How  stinkin’ cute are these? Totally adorable!

 

I am also a total pillow addict and TJ Maxx is the BEST place for name brand pillows. Period.

And let’s not forget throw pillows!

Tons and tons of pillows. Sort of like pillow heaven.

 

Hot pink. Kate Spade. Crazy soft blanket. Do I need to say anything else?

 

My last fav TJ Maxx find is platters! Give me all the white platters! They are perfect for every holiday and celebration and never go out of style!

 

I would love to know what your favorite TJ Maxx finds are! Happy shopping Maxinistas!

 

Hugs.

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