Summer Mantel Decor – Lemonade & Sunshine

You know how the old saying goes…when life hands you lemons, make a cute summer display! I realized that if I was going to be able to enjoy some summer decor then I had better get it up soon. Before we know it, it will be time to decorate for the 4th of July! So in the meantime I created a bright, cheerful, and sunny display on my “mantel” that is perfect for summer.

Summer Mantel Decor, Lemon Summer DecorThe only thing I had to buy for this display were the paper straws in the mason jars. :)  Everything else I had on hand, but here is where I picked it up over the years: I bought the lemonade sign last year at Hobby Lobby, the green mason jars and the tall hurricane vase were thrift store finds, the small green plants from IKEA, and the yellow flowers from the Dollar Tree. And I honestly can’t remember where I bought the fake lemons and small green apples. I’ve had them for a really long time, but you can find some at just about any craft store or online.




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Summer Mantel Decor, Lemon Summer DecorSummer Mantel Decor, Lemon Summer DecorAnd today I’m sharing the ‘Squeeze the Day’ printable with you! Pour yourself a refreshing glass of lemonade, sit back, and enjoy the start of summer!

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10 Gifts for Teachers for Under $10

You all know I am a big proponent of giving gifts as a way to say thank you. But that doesn’t mean I am a big proponent of super expensive and time consuming gifts! A small, thoughtful token is all you need to let someone know you appreciate them. And since there are few people who deserve our appreciation more than teachers I thought I’d put together a list of 10 Gifts for Teachers for Under $10! With the end of the school year fast approaching you can find some great gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Target Gift Hard Holder from LandeeSeeLandeeDo.com

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

It’s Been A Treat Gift Card Holder (+more designs) from Crazy Little Projects

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

It Mint So Much Gift Basket from Darling Doodles

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Toe-tally Awesome Teacher from Eighteen25

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10




Gum Gift Tag Printable from Cutesy Crafts

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Donut Gift Tag from Happiness is Homemade

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Candy Bar Wrappers from Darling Doodles on Etsy

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Cookie Appreciation Gift Tags from Teepee Girl

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

You’re the Balm Gift Tag from Simple as That

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

Amazon Gift Card from The Digi Sloth on Etsy

10 Gifts for Teachers Under $10

These gifts are all practical, yummy, or useful and will probably go over better than yet another mug with an apple on it. :) I think the best part of ANY gift would be to include a heartfelt thank you note written by either you or your child that acknowledges everything the teacher has done to help their students succeed!

Motherhood. Where the days are long but the years are short.

Motherhood. The days are long, but the years are short. I can still remember those first days with my newborn daughter, those exhausting, uncertain, amazing, wonderful, tear-filled first days of learning to be a mom. They were days filled with tiny baby clothes, burp cloths, endless snuggles, sleepless nights, and so much love. They were hard and some days seemed to last forever. And then a day ended and suddenly my baby was turning one, and walking, and running, and obsessed with Tinker Bell, and carrying her favorite blanket with her everywhere. Those days were long as I tried to figure out sleep schedules, plan activities, and hug her through the pain of teething and growing. And then another long day ended.

And suddenly there was a second new baby in our home. And I watched my daughter turn into a big sister overnight who loved to hug and kiss on her brother. A baby brother who cried a lot but who had the chubbiest cheeks perfect for kissing. And the days seemed even longer as I tried to figure out my new normal with a newborn and toddler. And our days were filled with songs, and books, walks to the park, more sleepless nights, messes and spilled milk, lots of hugs and kisses. They were days that sometimes passed in a fog and I wondered if I was a good enough mother for you. But your little arms around my neck always reassured me that you loved me despite my flaws and appreciated my sometimes flailing efforts. And before I knew it another long day had ended.




And suddenly my newborn isn’t so little anymore, and I have two toddlers who never hold still. One who loves to run to preschool with her ladybug backpack bouncing on her back, so excited to see her friends. Who loves everything pink and sparkly, and wants to do everything “by myself.” Who is smart, and strong, and adventurous. And a little boy who jumps for joy anytime he sees a train, who climbs on furniture and bounces off the walls. A boy who loves puzzles and books, and laughs with his whole body. Who cheeks are still chubby and perfect for kissing, and who loves his mama more than anything.

But before I know it, another one of these long days will have ended and they will be going to kindergarten, high school, driving. They won’t want to hold my hand in public, and would rather spend time with their friends. They won’t need me to get them cups of milk anymore, and comb their tangled hair. They won’t ask for bedtime stories, or just one more song, or for me to lay by their bed until they fall asleep. They’ll be graduating, moving away to start lives of their own, getting married, beginning their families. And I’ll look back on those days that seemed so long, and wonder how could the years be so impossibly short.

And I wonder what about these long days will I be able to remember? Will I always remember how their favorite way to start the day is with a cup of milk and cuddles on the couch? Will I remember how much fun a simple trip to the park is, and how exciting it is for a two-year old to feed the ducks? Will I remember how hard we laughed when we all realized that our boy had been wearing his pants backwards for most of the afternoon? Or will I remember how good it felt to hold your tiny, warm bodies in my arms? Or will these be things that I forget as the years fly by?

So today, I decided to do something to help me always remember these long days. I brought my camera with me from beginning to end and captured every moment of our day together. And as I look back on these pictures I can already feel time slipping by. And it makes me wish that these long long days, could somehow slow down.  And last just a little bit longer. This is what Motherood is.

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Printable Mother’s Day Gift Tag and Idea

Mother’s Day is in just a couple of weeks so I thought I would share a cute gift idea that might come in handy for those who are looking for gift ideas for several women. Whether it is for a group of friends, church ladies, visiting teaching, etc. this is an easy and fun gift that can be made in large quantities.  It has a beautiful message that reminds us that the sometimes seemingly ordinary service given by women is often Christlike; and that we should look to our Savior as the ultimate example of love and service.

I had a reader write in and ask me if I could somehow change the Christmas Towel to fit for Mother’s Day. She is in charge of putting together gifts for all the women in her church and loved the Christmas version, but of course it needed a new tag. So I changed it up slightly and created a new version for Mother’s Day.

Pretty hand towel (and chocolate!) with a printable gift tag for an easy and quick Mother's Day Gift IdeaI found these beautifully bright hand towels and tied the tag around with some pretty ribbon. And then of course, I had to slip in a little chocolate bar! Because this is Mother’s Day, and we are women, and any woman who says she doesn’t like chocolate is lying. :)

Pretty hand towel (and chocolate!) with a printable gift tag for an easy and quick Mother's Day Gift Idea



Pretty hand towel (and chocolate!) with a printable gift tag for an easy and quick Mother's Day Gift IdeaAnother great tip if you are putting this together for yourself, is look for towels that come in a pack! The towels I used were in a set of 4 and buying them that way vs. individual towels was much cheaper. The tag is available to download as a PDF and comes with two tags on a page.

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Thank you for to the reader who suggested this idea! I hope the ladies in your church enjoy it! Have an idea of something you would like to see here on my blog? Send me an email, I’d love to hear from you!

Pretty hand towel (and chocolate!) with a printable gift tag for an easy and quick Mother's Day Gift Idea



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May 2017 Visiting Teaching Handout

It has been a long time since I have shared a Visiting Teaching handout, but I hope to get back to doing them monthly! Thank you to those who sent emails me asking me to start them up again, it always helps to know the printables I create are being used.

I’m always especially excited to create the handout for May and November because that means I get to choose one of my favorite quotes from General Conference. This time I chose a quote from the talk Brighter and Brighter Until the Perfect Day by Elder Mark A. Bragg. I loved a lot of quotes from this talk and really enjoyed the message he shared. And true confession, I may have also felt drawn to this quote because it sounds a lot like something from Harry Potter.  :)  Anyone know what Dumbledore quote I’m talking about!? But in all honesty I really do think this is an important message right now. In our world it could be easy to focus on the darkness that seems to be everywhere. But I know that if we look, we will always be able to find the light and goodness.

Printable Handout for May 2017 Visiting TeachingDownload the PDF to take to the ladies you visit teach, send it to them in a nice card in the mail, or even save the picture below and send it in an email or text! I was recently assigned a new woman to visit and she likes mostly text messages because she is extremely busy. So I am going to start sending her the pictures in a text each month!  However you use these handouts, I hope you and your Relief Society sisters enjoy them!

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DIY Butterfly Cupcakes

If you are looking for an adorable and super easy treat to have at your next party, then I have the perfect food for you! Butterfly Cupcakes! These sweet treats are the perfect addition to a spring garden party, a little girl’s birthday, a baby shower, or just for fun. I made these with the help of my little girl and she had so much fun creating the cupcakes and licking the frosting off her fingers. A win-win for all!

Easy and Cute DIY Butterfly Cupcakes



Now if you have the time, talent, and desire then by all means you can make the cupcakes and frosting from scratch. If you want to, I say go for it! But what I really loved about these cupcakes is the ability to be semi-homemade. So I started with some cupcakes from our local bakery.

Easy and Cute DIY Butterfly CupcakesWith the cupcakes already taken care of it is time to move onto the decorations. To make the wings I used these yummy white chocolate melting wafers, with a few drops of food coloring for color.  After melting the chocolate dip the pretzels in the chocolate with a fork and allow the extra chocolate to drip off.Easy and Cute DIY Butterfly CupcakesEasy and Cute DIY Butterfly Cupcakes



Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the dipped pretzels on the cookie sheet. I made two colors, blue and yellow and drizzled a little extra frosting on top of the yellow pretzels. Once you have dipped all your pretzels, place them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes just to let the chocolate completely harden. (PSA: the chocolate dipped pretzels are super tasty just on their own so make a couple of extra to munch on while you are putting together the cupcakes. You’re welcome.)

Easy and Cute DIY Butterfly CupcakesNext it is time to decorate! I made the butterfly bodies in two different ways. For the first option I used some green frosting to make a little body and then covered it with M&M’s. For the second I skipped the green frosting and just used M&M’s to make the body. (There is a picture below showing the two differences.)

The antennas are made with twizzlers licorice! I grabbed a bag with mini twizzlers in rainbow colors and then pulled the purple pieces off to make the antenna.

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Easy and Cute DIY Butterfly Cupcakes

These Butterfly Cupcakes sat on a container on my counter for about 24 hours and they held up great! The wings and antennae stayed up and they tasted delicious. And aren’t they adorable! How fun are they for springtime!? This is a great recipe to hold onto when you want to add just a little something extra to your dessert but don’t want to add any extra stress or hassle. They are easy, quick, and very sweet!

Easy and Cute DIY Butterfly CupcakesSo what do you think? Will you be making some Butterfly Cupcakes of your own? Let me know!

Easy and Cute DIY Butterfly Cupcakes




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