8 Personalized Gift Ideas Under $50 (& giveaway)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Personal Creations. **Spoiler for Michelle--don't keep reading unless you want to know what your Christmas presents are!** Every year I put off all my Christmas shopping until December and every year I want to punch myself in the throat.  I hate how stressful the holidays can be!  My family does a gift exchange among siblings--and I have 10 siblings.  So we rotate through and this … [Read more...]

20 Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Now

Handmade Christmas gift ideas

I know Christmas is RIGHT around the corner and you all are super excited to see all the Christmas ornaments at Hobby Lobby right?? Seeing as it's July...maybe not so much.  But I always like to post some handmade Christmas gifts at this time because Christmas is so overwhelming with the number of things you have to do that handmade gifts tend to not happen.  If you put them off until December, chances are it will become next year's gift am I … [Read more...]

Merry LEGO Christmas!


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LEGO for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. When you are a mother of little boys, LEGOs are inevitable.  I don't know one little boy who doesn't love LEGOs.  My own kids play with them and already own WAY too many.  And on top of that, there's the LEGO tv shows, video games, and so much more.  One of my favorite LEGO things is the website.  They have tons of free games and activities … [Read more...]

Wrapping Pretty Presents the EZ Way

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. How you wrap presents kind of tells a lot about your personality.  My brother always took pride in the extremity of his gift wrapping efforts--and not in a good way.  One year he took a full DRAWER from a chest of drawers, complete with the junk still in it, put the gift in the drawer, and wrapped the … [Read more...]

Rustic Advent Calendar

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO. I just love raw wood, especially in the winter.  It has the way of making me feel like I live in a little cabin in the woods, only without actually having to live in a little cabin in the woods.  One morning I woke up and got the urge to chop up a branch into … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

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Wow--what a crazy two weeks!  First I got strep throat and thought I would die, then it was my daughter's birthday, then it was Thanksgiving with food, shopping, and relatives aplenty, then it was my husband's birthday, and then I got sick again!  Please forgive me for my lack of posts.  Life, right? I was in the mood to bake the other day (which doesn't really happen that often for me) so I searched around for something easy and quick since … [Read more...]

15 Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Making Now


I know that with the weather being super hot and everyone laying by the pool and eating watermelon and all, Christmas seems very far away.  But here's the truth--for everyone who wants to make handmade gifts for your family and friends for Christmas, now's the perfect time to start!  You have to plan in advance for these things because when it actually comes down to the holiday time, you'll be way too busy with other things like decorating, … [Read more...]

15 Best Projects of 2012

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2012 has been a very, VERY weird year.  Some things were great and some things you couldn't pay me a trillion dollars to go through again.  I'm actually glad to see it go because I feel like it was mostly a very difficult year.  I have realistic expectations for 2013--I will accomplish some goals, I will fail at others.  Some things will be really good, most things will end up mediocre.  And unfortunately, some things will be sad. But one thing … [Read more...]