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Cupcake Diaries is celebrating her 5th blogiversary and I’m so thrilled she asked me to party with her with this FANTASTIC giveaway. I’m also so excited to be partnered with all of these other amazing blogs to giveaway to one of YOU a brandy spankin new KITCHENAID!! How fun is that? If you win, you also get to pick the color you want. I’m so jealous. Many years ago back when fun colors weren’t an option, my mom gave me the classic white KitchenAid for Christmas. Man, I wish the teal color was available back then! To this day is still one of my most favorite gift I’ve ever received. I use my KitchenAid every single day.

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Construction Birthday Party Decoration and Activity Ideas

Construction Birthday Party Decoration and Activity Ideas

In my last post, I shared with you the food that I made for Damon’s Construction Birthday Party. Today, I’m so excited to show you what I did for the decorations, party favor, and activities. It was a jammed packed party so the 1.5 hour party seemed to fly!!!

Construction Birthday Party Decoration and Activity Ideas
The table decorations were SO simple to put together since I already had everything in either the playroom or my garage! Ha! I had to stop myself from bringing in every tool, paint brush, sander etc. to decorate with. I guess that’s what you get with a DIYer for a mom 🙂
Construction Birthday Party Decoration and Activity Ideas

I loved how the front door turned out. Sorry the picture is not that great, the sun was BLARING right before the party. I brought down Damon’s “tool bench” from his room and taped cute pictures of him doing something construction-y!!… Read more

Construction Birthday Party Food Ideas

This construction birthday party is for the boy who loves construction trucks, dirt, and FOOD!

Click here for Part 2 of the party: Construction Birthday Party Activities and Favors

Construction birthday party food ideas. Use donuts for spare tires, milk for wet paint, pretzel sticks for nails, cheese balls for wrecking balls.

I can’t believe my baby turned 5 last week! Insert the tears! He is the sweetest little fireball I know. One of his current obsessions is garbage trucks and construction trucks. Before he started Kindergarten a few weeks ago we were outside on the driveway every Tuesday and Thursday morning waiting for the garbage truck to pass. Damon and the drivers have have even become cute friends. They have let him sit in the drivers seat to honk the horn and gave him a little garage truck toy. Talk about making this little boy’s dreams come true! He doesn’t want to watch the Disney channel, he wants to watch moving garbage trucks in action on YouTube.… Read more

No one is perfect…we ALL make mistakes!

No one is perfect...we all make mistakes.

A few years back I went to the zoo with a big group of girlfriends and our kids. There were about 30 of us in total exploring the zoo together. It was fun yet chaotic all at the same time. Moms were chatting and kids were running around. A normal typical outing, right? Well, my little guy was just as adventurous as he is now and wandered off by himself. It only took me a few minutes for me to realize he wasn’t by my side anymore. My heart jumped out of my chest as I was frantically calling out his name. He literally hadn’t been gone for more than 3 minutes when I found him INSIDE one of the exhibits! He had crawled under a little fence of the pasture where the animals were sitting and about 15 feet in front of him was a huge drop off.… Read more

I’m so “BERRY” lucky to have you as my teacher this year…Teacher Appreciation Gift

My kids started school on Monday! Sniff..sniff…toe touch…toe touch! I certainly have mixed feelings about having ALL my kids in school. Yep, my little side kick is in Kindergarten. So part of me misses them like crazy and the other part is soaking up this quiet house for a few hours a day. This year is going to be the best year yet. My kids all lucked out in the teacher department. We are so excited.
I have always sent my kids to school on the first day with a little something special for their teachers.
This year I made these adorable berry baskets filled with mini blueberry muffins tucked inside. I also have them write or draw a little card for their new teacher to go along with it.
I'm so "BERRY" lucky to have you as my teacher this year...Teacher Appreciation Gift
Here’s what you need:
– a berry basket
– homemade or pre-packaged blueberry muffins
– baker’s twine
– tissue paper
– a “I am so “BERRY” lucky to have you as my teacher this year” sign.… Read more

Campfire Cones

Campfire Cones are a yummy dessert where you can add just about any chocolate-y candy into a sugar ice cream cone and melt it in the fire pit.
Make Campfire Cones by stuffing a sugar cone with all your favorite chocolate treats.
Campfire Cones bring back childhood memories of when I was a little girl and every Sunday after church we would take off to the mountains for some family time. We would make these treats a lot because they are SO EASY and SO YUMMY! And there was no fighting about what we were having because my brother’s and I got to make our very own! So are you planning a camping trip soon or just having a get together with friends in your back yard? These campfire cones would make such a fun treat!
Campfire Cones Make Campfire Cones by stuffing a sugar cone with all your favorite chocolate treats, wrapping it in foil, and baking until the goodness melts!


STEP 1: Gather all the yummy goodies you want to stuff inside your sugar cones. Here are some of the treats I used (but sky is the limit):
 – mini marshmallows
– caramel filled chocolate chips
– mini chocolate chips
– butterscotch chips
– Hershey bar pieces
– Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
– Rice Krispie Treats
Make melted s'more cups by stuffing a sugar cone with all your favorite chocolate treats, wrapping it in foil, and baking until the goodness melts!

STEP 2: Carefully stuff your sugar cones with your treats.… Read more

Mini S’more Bites

One of my most favorite things about summertime is making S’MORES with my family. I have to admit, one of my few talents in this life is making perfectly toasted marshmallows pretty much every single time 🙂 Ha! That’s okay to brag about that, right? I’m also obsessed with anything S’MORE flavor so I thought it would be fun to share some my favorite recipes here on the blog.
First up…


Mini S'More Bites made right from your oven! No need for the camp fire, make these yummy treats right in your kitchen! Go to http://www.bddesignblog.com/2015/08/mini-smore-bites.html
These yummy bite sized s’mores are quite addicting! They are mini but are full of the S’more flavor.
First: Make the graham cracker crust.
11/4 cup finely crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
Stir crumbs and sugar together and then mix in the butter.

Firmly pack the crumbs into a mini muffin pan and bake for 6 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove from the oven and place 2 Hershey chocolate bar squares in the center.… Read more

Pom Pom Flower Tutorial

Pom pom flowers easily created by using yarn and washi tape.Right now pom pom flowers are a huge hit my house! My girls and I have been busy making different colored fluffy pom pom flowers everyday. We made these bright flowers to decorate the table for Sunday dinner awhile back and it gave it such a summery feel. These little pom pom flowers will sure brightened up any space plus they are so simple and easy to make. All you really need is some yarn in any color and you are good to go! When I was little I remember making this pom pom flower version by using a fork! I’ll have to teach my girls how to make those next.

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Pom Pom Fluffy Flowers Tutorial

Yarn. Loving these fun color combos: BEACH, BRIGHTS, CRAYONS, PASTELS
Wrap the yarn around your hand about 100 times to get the big and fluffy pom pom.… Read more

Roasted Pineapple and Habanero Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

This roasted pineapple and habanero cream cheese dip is the perfect summer holiday appetizer. It only requires 3 ingredients and takes maybe 2 minutes to make!
Make this delicious roasted pineapple and habanero sauce cream cheese dip for your next summer party! It's always a hit,
Every Monday I get together with a group of girlfriends and we watch the Bachelor. We all bring food to share with each other. You need yummy food to handle all that crazy drama 🙂 My friend Caroline made this dip for us and it was SO delicious. I had no self control whatsoever and ate an embarrassing amount 🙂 I also made it for my daughter’s baptism luncheon and it was the first thing gone!

Make this delicious roasted pineapple and habanero sauce cream cheese dip for your next summer party! It's always a hit,

Make this delicious roasted pineapple and habanero sauce cream cheese dip for your next summer party! It's always a hit,


The reason why this appetizer is amazing is the combination of the sweet roasted pineapple and the tangy red, yellow, and habanero peppers. It is a little spicy but at the same time it’s sweet. You can find this sauce at Costco or Target.… Read more

DIY “DAD” Pinata for Father’s Day

 Father's Day Pinata filled with his favorite treats.

Are you searching for a unique father’s day gift idea for your dad this year? Men are hard to buy for, huh? Well, this Father’s Day spoil your Dad with this fun DIY pinata filled with all the sweet treats he loves! Growing up I remember saving my change for weeks to go to the corner gas station to buy my dad his favorite candy bar for Father’s Day.  I know he appreciated it every year. Thinking back though I would have LOVED to have seen him smash a mini pinata to get his treat! Ha! That’s it, I’m going to send him one this year for sure. When I made this my kids were my little helpers. They love fraying the crepe paper with scissors.

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Outside The Box Link Up Party #39

  1. Follow each of our hosts, socially, in some way and add us to your rockin’ link party page!
  2. Link up to three direct linked posts not already shared here previously (no home pages,
    please). No recipes, giveaways, Etsy shop promotions, sales or other linky parties.
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8 Perfect Summer Hats

Hats are essential for summer. Here are a few of my favorite ones!
It’s time to bust out the hats ladies because SUMMER is here! Truth be told, I have only owned a few hats in my life because my head is dang small that most hats don’t fit. But the ones that I do have (that fit) are so fun. Not only does it complete your look but you don’t have to do you hair. Let me REPEAT: You don’t have to do your hair!! You just throw a hat on and go! I added a few black hats to my wishlist because I think even in summer you need a black hat! I have a few of these hats and I LOVE them. Here are some more favorites I would love to have:

1. Newport Standard Raffia Hat
This hat is so cute and it’s name is one of my favorite places to visit.… Read more