QuiCk FriEnd GifTs

I think one of the reasons that I love Valentine's Day so much is because we used to always doorbell ditch and leave treats. There's something about doing that that makes me laugh so hard every time. Now I get to take my little girl, and watching her cracks me up. She panics and runs frantically looking for a spot to hide.. i love it. So my mom let me know about these cute little pretzels.. super easy and perfect for a last minute homemade Valentine's gift..

All you need are ...

small pretzels,

Hersey's kisses (I tried hugs, caramel filled, cherry filled and then I tried a few Reese's and Rollo's)


I just laid mine out on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Plop one kiss on each and cook for 4-5 minutes in the oven at 180.

Some recipes I looked over warned that if you load the sheet too full, they will melt unevenly.. but I loaded it anyway because I'm seriously insane. I didn't notice a problem, but I'm not really a perfectionist.

I did notice that if you're going to do the cherry filled, they melt the fastest (but they were also a favorite).
Once they're out, put an M&M or two on there.
Then all you need is a cute cellophane bag with a little ribbon tied on it and you're good to go!
Happy doorbell ditching!


pOm PoMs!!

Let's get pomdiggity..
So tissue paper pom poms are my go-to decoration fav. I have used them for everything like baby showers to wedding dinners to decoration in my little girl's room. They are so super easy, and are really inexpensive, too. They are so fun and make a big impact because they hang down from the ceiling or wherever else you want. And with so many different colors of tissue paper, you're pretty much set for any occasion. All you need to make them is tissue paper, bendy wire (I use silver floral wire that I pick up from Wal Mart for .99), scissors and if you want to hang it.. fishing line or ribbon or whatev.

Do I get too into the Valentine's spirit? Ah.. you know it's just gonna get worse and worse as the years pass.
So here's an idea of whatcha need (not that I didn't just put it earlier?).. I have found that if you're only going to do a few poms, I would buy packs of tissue from either Walmart or Xpedx (Salt Lake) or any other paper supply store. *F.Y.I. Craft stores and WalMart also sells the Martha Stewart ready to go pack of 5 for around 20$ in limited colors.* If you're going to do pom poms in super bulk (like I did for my brother's wedding dinner) I would recommend buying them through Nashville Wraps. They're an online company that you can pick any color you ever dreamt of (my brother's colors were mustard yellow and Burgundy) and tons of it.

So for the bigger poms, I usually use anywhere from 10-15 pieces. The more you use, the more full it will be but it will be harder to fold. Okay, so I guess it's still not that hard... come on.. we're folding tissue paper. I fold it like anywhere from an inch width to an inch and a half accordion style. The tighter you fold it, the harder it is to pull apart once you're done.. but once again.. it's tissue paper.

Once you've folded it up measure (or fold in half) to find the middle and fasten with your wire. I wrap around twice and then just wrap the ends together.

Cut your tips.. you pretty much don't want to leave it how it is cause it looks unfinished once you pull it apart. You get different effects depending on how you cut the end. I usually cut a slant (like above with just one cut), a triangle point (two cuts give you more detail) or round it. You can also do like three rounds.. just kind of mess around with it and I'm sure pretty much anything you do will be cute.

If you're going to hang your pom pom (you can also just set them somewhere) this is where I would tie your fishing line on. Once you fluff it out, it's harder to tie it in there. I just tie it right onto the wire.
So after you've done that, fan out a side.

Then being careful not to tear the tissue, pull the sides apart from themselves. I usually do just one side at a time.

You can do different sizes, too. I took these pink sheets and cut them in half. When I hang them, I like to have variation in size. Also, when you do smaller pom diggities, you don't have to use as many sheets. These ones I used only eight and they filled out just perfect.

So I hang from my light fixtures or from the ceiling or whatever. You can also go on Martha Stewart for different ways to use the poms. I made a gazillion for a dinner, and used them for little decor on the wrapped silverware, as well as wrapped cookies for party favors. It was a lot of work, but inexpensive and so cute!

Go V*daY!


Day 14, 13 and 12

I tried to get to it earlier.. but here is my first post for the countdown to vDaY!! I have found so many cute ideas, taken some other ones to make them my own. The first one I wanted to share is vday mailboxes/buckets. At any big box chain, you can find these cute buckets and Target even had mailboxes in their dollar section. At a ward activity an idea was shared to put out mailboxes for everyone in your house so you can leave surprise notes. I love this idea! So here are my buckets...

I love decor that hangs from the ceiling.. this is something I've recently learned about myself. I hung these with some simple yarn from my curtain rod. I tied some pink and white tulle to spruce them up a little bit. Ribbon would be so cute, too.

I feel like it just adds the right amount of Valentine-ness to my dining room.

So next, I thought it would be fun to surprise my kids with a little gift counting down to Valentine's Day. This technically would start 14 days before, but I got off to a late start. I wanted to go an inexpensive route.. so I found myself with my friend at Walmart at midnight shopping for random dollar items.. but I feel like we did well.

Everything but the Princess Tianna drawing kit was like a buck or less. At first I had ideas of the things I wanted to put in the buckets so that I could match some little cards I'd already written out but I found a few things that I thought the kids would like that wasn't in my plan. So I have over 14 days worth of little cards that I've put together that I've made vague enough that if you want to copy and print them you can. They could work for 10 days of Valentines, or 3 days of Valentines.. whatever you want to do. You can also spend as little or as much as you want.. I only spent about 20 dollars for two kids.

So here are these cards. There are 15, so pick and choose which ones work for you for the gifts you want to give. Some of them are really general, and some of them are more specific. Here's what you could give with my little cards..





sidewalk chalk

something heart shaped

something festive

a hat, a reading book (or coloring book)

a flute

glow sticks



and your final special gift.

I also am doing surprise for the husband, but they're more all candy with funny sayings that I haven't come up with yet. I try not to do candy for the kiddos, because they don't know how to limit themselves and they're wired and then super ornery. I wish I knew how to make a link so you could just download these. If anyone has any advice on how to do this through blogger, please let me know. Also, if you would like an email of just the rhymes without the pages, leave me a comment and I will do that.

Tomorrow I will be posting how to make festive VdAy pOm pOms.

kickin' off V*day

So the plan was 14 days of Valentine's.. makes sense, right? But I have a defect. I'm a little bit bi-polar when it comes to my blog. 90 % of me wants to fix it up and have cute fun stuff on it including pictures, crafts, recipes.. anything!! And the 10% of me that's too ornery/busy/ more in the mood to watch a lifetime movie usually wins. But.. that takes us back to the New Year's resolutions.. and I made a resolution to be better about blogging. I took a second to go through my old family blog yesterday, and now I realize why. There are so many little things I blogged about that I have forgotten about. And it's so fun to go back and see! So whether someone finds something here that they like, or I have something for a point of reference for myself.. I'm happy.

Here are two of my kiddos that didn't make the cut for our Valentine's Day cards.. but I thought they were too cute not to share.. I hate to post the ones that are on the card.. then it's like you're already seen it.. and what fun is a card you've already seen? None.

That takes us back to the 14 days of Valentine's. It's now down to twelve. That's how I roll. Next year may be better. Maybe I'll be worse? Maybe it'll be 9 days of Valentine's. Who knows.. that's what you get when you're dealin' with a bipolar blogger. ANywaY, In an hour or two, my official first day of Valentine's Partyin' will be up!