Best Sugar Cookies for Decorating AND eating!
Christmas, Desserts, Food + Drink, Holiday

Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe: Cut Out Cookies for Decorating

Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe: Cut Out Cookies for Decorating: By far my favorite recipe to use when making cutout sugar cookies, AND they hold their shape!We all remember my sugar cookie decorating obsession last year, right!? Well since then, you've asked for the recipe that I use to make my sugar cookies, and I'm super excited to share it with you!They TASTE ah-mazing, and hold their shape after baking.  The best of both worlds, really! Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe: Cut Out Cookies for DecoratingBest Sugar Cookie Recipe: I use my Kitchenaid mixer to make these bad boys in... even though you...

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Father's Day paint project for kids
DIY & Crafts, Father's Day, Gift Ideas, Holiday

Finger Paint Art: “I Love You Daddy”

This post was sponsored by P&G as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. For Father’s Day this year, I knew I wanted my kiddos to craft up something special for their daddy, so off to Pinterest I went.  I saw the cutest finger paint idea from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, using sticker letters!  So when my girlfriend texted me saying that we should get the kiddos together for a play date that day… I knew it was the perfect time to try this finger paint craft out!Thank goodness my friend has...

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An Easter Basket for All Party Planning Enthusiasts
Easter, Holiday, Printables

An Easter Basket for All Party Planning Enthusiasts

Hello all you beautiful people! It has been a while since I have talked with y’all! I have missed y’all and Jessica so much. I live over at Southern Couture and would love to have you over.It brings me great joy to bring this super fun Easter basket idea for all the party lovers and hostesses out there. (Plus it even comes with a free printable gift tag! Stay tuned.)An Easter Basket for All Party Planning Enthusiasts One thing Jessica loves to do is host parties for her friends and family. She has shared some gorgeous party plans before that...

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Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating for Beginners
Holiday, Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day: Heart Cookie Decorating & Pinterest Fail

Valentine's Day Heart Cookie Decorating for Beginners: Some of the perfect cookies to start out with, when you're first learning and practicing how to decorate with royal icing.  You've all followed along on my cookie decorating journey, from my first attempt.  You've been so encouraging, and (ahem) enabling my cookie decorating purchase obsession. ;)It's possible that I'm going backwards, in my cookie decorating skillzzz.  I'm not going to lie.  I watched SweetAmbs on Facebook lately, and when she posted her Valentine's Day Heart Cookies, I thought,Oh I can SO do that.I even had people share the video to my blog...

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CLASSROOM VALENTINES WITH FREE PRINTABLE! "You are my Sunshine Valentine" Heart Sunglasses, Valentines for Classroom or classmates for preschool; non-candy, healthy idea
DIY & Crafts, Holiday, Valentine's Day

“You Are my Sunshine, Valentine” Classroom Valentines

"You are my Sunshine Valentine," Classroom Valentines Idea - Kids get SO much candy at Valentine's Day parties, and these Sunglasses Valentines are the perfect way to avoid adding to the "sweets! There's something about Valentine's Day, that makes me all "giddy," inside.  Perhaps it's because I'm surrounded by boys all year long, and when Valentine's Day rolls around, I'm suddenly able to go crazy with pink & red, and NO ONE can say anything about it. ;)"You Are My Sunshine Valentine," Classroom Valentines If you're like myself, I'm always trying to think of a way to create non-candy related items for my...

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Target Does it Again - Valentine's Day Edition
Valentine's Day

Target Does It Again: Valentine’s Day Edition

You know what I love?  Shopping at Target.  You know what else I love?  Sharing my finds with you all. A while back, I created a post on my recent Target finds, and I couldn't believe how much you all loved and appreciated that little shopping trip overview.  But when I think about it, I'd love to see what you all picked up at Target too, so I totally get it. ;)Justifying Target A couple of days ago, my husband had a meeting about an hour away from home, near a Target.  I suckered him in to letting me tag along....

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10 Easy Valentines Day Treats and Snacks Recipe Ideas
Holiday, Valentine's Day

10 Easy Valentines Treats & Snack Ideas for Kids

Are you "Treat Mom," this year at your kiddos school?"  I am.  So I'm TOTALLY on the "Valentines Treats Idea," wagon, this year. If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, I'm sure you saw the haul that I made at Dollar Tree the other day.  90% of what you see in those bags, are Valentine's Day goodies.  I have candy.  I have pink & red. I have heart-shaped everything.  I'm ready to rock n roll this Valentine's Day "thang."But there's ONE thing I'm lacking.  It's recipes for Valentines Treats and Snacks.  So the beautiful thing about being a blogger,...

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Ahh! Such an adorable theme! Vintage Christmas Party Ideas: Truck with Christmas Tree, cupcakes, red green and white, hot chocolate bar
Adult Themes, Christmas, Entertaining, Holiday, Kids

Vintage Christmas Party

Oh how fun this Vintage Christmas party would have been.   Yes... I said, "Would have been." :(One of my kiddos came down with a fever a couple of days before our annual Santa Night Party this year.  Unfortunately, his little body can't handle fevers like some others can.  He's one of the not-so-lucky ones that suffer from febrile seizures.  The morning before our party date, he once again had a seizure, and once the craziness calmed down... I immediately sent out notifications to our friends, letting them know that we had to cancel the party for this year, so we...

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Martini Bar Ideas Red apple martini and White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
Adult Themes, Christmas, Entertaining, Girls Night, Holiday

Favorite Things Party: A Holiday Party Full of Fun!

How to host a favorite things party! This holiday party (or any time of year party really) is so fun, and easy to host. Everyone goes home with something new! There's just something about all of your gal pals getting together for one night, to sip on cocktails, eat fancy foods, and chatting all night long.  Throw in a gift exchange of your favorite items...'s hard to beat.Favorite Things Party: Winter Edition If you saw my Favorite Things party last year, then you may already have a good idea of how it works.  (At least how we do it at my...

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How to clean a chalkboard: my Christmas chalkboard art
Christmas, Decorating, DIY & Crafts, Holiday, House + Home

Christmas Chalkboard Art

Having a chalkboard in your home is FABULOUS way to incorporate each holiday and season that comes around. From the minute we moved in to our house, I knew I wanted a large chalkboard in our foyer. Visions of little rabbits for Easter, hearts for Valentine's Day, and snowflakes for winter, were all in my head, and I couldn't wait to get "drawing." This year, my friend Kate came over, and while helping me prepare for my Favorite Things party, I looked at her and ever so gently asked, got down on my knees and BEGGED, her to create something beautiful...

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Red Box Movie Night Gift Idea
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Gift Ideas, Holiday

Silent Night… Movie Night…

This post was sponsored by Redbox as part of a program with Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. If you're like me, you're all about last minute, simple gifts. I'm the worst procrastinator about some things, and that includes gift-buying.  I LOVE giving gifts.  Like, my heart goes CRAZY pitter-pat, when I give someone something.  I love seeing their face light up, of surprise, or thankfulness. But there's just some reason that I REALLY drag out buying a gift.  So, I usually find myself scrambling at the last minute to come up with something.  To ease the stress...

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Red Apple Martini for Favorite Things Party
Christmas, Drinks, Entertaining, Food + Drink, Holiday

Red Apple Martini Cocktail: For the Non-Bartender

This post was sponsored by Libbey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, using martini glasses to make my red apple martini! I will say, there's definitely an advantage to planning a party.  Especially a party that I have to experiment with signature drink recipes...My Favorite Things party, will be a "plaid," theme... laying a little heavy on the red.  So I knew I wanted at least ONE red drink on my table, so a Red Apple Martini soon became the "one." When I'm hosting, I ALWAYS want to create a wow...

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Milk and Cookies Party Play Date Ideas. Snowman Nutter Butter Truffle
Christmas, Entertaining, Holiday, Kids

Milk and Cookies Party: Play Date

This milk and cookies play date has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, pinky promise! #GiftDeliciously #CollectiveBias I've been antsy, wanting to style and host a milk and cookies party, and I found the perfect opportunity to make it happen.  Usually around once a month, a group of us will bring the kiddos together for a play date, and I wanted to put a little spin on the most recent, for a little holiday soiree.Milk and Cookies Party: Play Date I'm a kid at heart when it comes to milk and cookies.  If you come...

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Fantabulosity's Holiday Gift Guide
Christmas, Gift Ideas, Holiday

Fantabulosity’s Holiday Gift Guide

You know that urge you get to buy yourself something, when you're shopping for others?  No?  {Facepalm} Maybe it's just me then? I can't help it though! I'm totally drawn to pretty things, and think,I have to have that!But if I seriously buy myself one more thing this year, {trying to justify that it's just an advance Christmas gift from my husband}, my husband may put me on lockdown.  :)So while I was shopping for some gal pals of mine the other day, anytime that I would see something that I thought I had to have, or wished that someone...

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Christmas, Food + Drink, Holiday

20 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – Best of the Best

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes: Best of the best, cookies for the cookiest time of year! Perfect to serve Santa or to take to that holiday gathering!What is it about Christmas, that makes me think that I can, and NEED to make every stinking Christmas cookie out there? But instead of spending a million hours in the kitchen doing that, I think I'll just stare at these 20 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes... AND share them with you. Less calories that way too. ;) These are from some of my favorite food bloggers out there, and they're totally doable.  The recipes below are for...

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This is SO cute! And easy... teacher gift, mailman, co-worker. Hot Chocolate DIY Gift Idea
DIY & Crafts, Gift Ideas, Holiday

DIY “Hot Chocolate” Gift

This post was sponsored by Regions Bank.  All opinions are my own. I can't thank Regions Bank enough for sponsoring my little DIY Hot Chocolate Gift Idea that I'm sharing with you today, through Mom It Forward! #RegionsGreetings Every year, I seem to over-do it financially, when it comes to gift giving. Why?  Why in the world do we do that to ourselves?  This year, I've really thought about how I can still be the "gift-giver," that I want to be, without breaking the bank. DIY gift ideas are ALL OVER Pinterest.  I thought, "Why can't I spend pennies, making something that would...

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Fancy-Schmancy Holiday Mocktail idea! Sparkling water, sugared cranberries & mint. So cute!
Christmas, Drinks, Food + Drink, Holiday, Review

Fancy-Schmancy Holiday Mocktail

This Fancy-Schmancy Holiday Mocktail creation has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and SodaStream!  All opinions are mine alone though, promise! #WaterMadeExciting #CollectiveBias I do like my cocktails, but with every party that I host, there are guests that aren't looking for an alcoholic beverage.  I never want anyone to feel left out, so I LOVE creating fancy-schmancy mocktails for those who aren't looking for a cocktail.Fancy-Schmancy Holiday Mocktail This year at my Favorite Things party, I'll have a few gals that will be looking for drink without any alcohol.  I've created this holiday mocktail idea, that will make them all fancy-like, and hopefully not feeling...

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Buffalo Plaid NOEL Free Printable
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Holiday, Printables

Buffalo Check Plaid “NOEL,” Free Printable

Surprise Surprise... I'm hooked on Buffalo Check Plaid this season. I'm sure you assumed that when you saw these FREE Gift Tags below, that I created for you, when they all had a little buffalo plaid character all over them.Buffalo Check Plaid "NOEL," Free Printable To carry on with the theme, I wanted to created another free printable for you, but I wanted to throw in a little "red," this time, and make it a printable that you can frame and place around a cozy little spot in your home!If you're feeling frisky with your printer, I'm almost betting that you can figure...

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How fun would this be to create for even a small gathering at home!? Simple Tips for Creating a Holiday Dessert Bar
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Entertaining, Holiday, Review

Tips for Creating a Holiday Dessert Bar

This Holiday Dessert Bar post, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and NESTLE®. All opinions and ideas are mine alone, pinky promise! #NestleHoliday #CollectiveBias Creating a dessert bar doesn't have to be complicated... Really! We invited our closest friends over for dinner, and since we hadn't seen them in what felt like AGES, I wanted to do a little something special to make it up to them, and surprise them with a dessert bar.Yes, I know what you're thinking:Jessica, you're crazy.  Who has time to do something like that during the holiday season?But I'm so ecstatic to tell you that you TOO can...

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Tips for Creating a Holiday Place Setting
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Holiday, House + Home, Review

Tips for Creating a Holiday Place Setting

This Holiday Place Setting post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Coca-Cola. But... all opinions are mine alone, pinky promise! #SipsOfJoy #CollectiveBias Can you believe my husband and I have lived in our current home, OVER two years?  That's never happened.  If you've been on our home tour, then you know we move constantly.  We build, move-in, sell, repeat.  But for some reason, we've hung on to this house a little longer than usual.  I have to think it's because of all the "thought," that we put into the design of this one, so we can have the room to...

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Spirits and Sparkles Party Theme! Red, white and black
Adult Themes, Christmas, Entertaining, Girls Night, Holiday, Printables

“Spirits & Sparkles” Party & Entertaining Essentials

This party has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Procter & Gamble.  However, all opinions are mine alone, pinky promise! #HostingHacks #CollectiveBias Are you a fan of tasty cocktails & sparkly thangs?   I recently hosted a Spirits & Sparkles party, where spirits were on the menu, and sparkles were EVERYWHERE.  Ready for the details?  Glitter, bubbly, pops of "red," with a modern black & white touch, made my brand new bar cart the "WOW," Factor I was looking for.  Plus... I created a free Party & Entertaining Essentials checklist that you can download before your next party! Spirits & Sparkles PartyI began by grabbing my all-time...

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