Gingerbread House Cookie Kit

This year we did “Secret Pal” at work. A couple of times a week during December I would sneak into my pal’s room to deliver goodies. (The sounds creepy, and that’s exactly how I felt every time I did it haha). On the last day we did a luncheon where we revealed who our secret pal was and gave a bigger gift. I wanted to include something that she would be able to do with her family, so I searched Pinterest for some inspiration. Lo and behold I found this awesome idea for a gingerbread house cookie kit!

Gingerbread House Cookie Kit

I’m no Betty Crocker, so I couldn’t get as fancy as the original poster did. I stuck to using a premade gingerbread cookie mix, and they turned out just fine. Dare I say- good.

Sidebar- whenever I’m cooking or baking my hubby always jokes that I have a tendency to forget very important pieces of the recipe. Ya know…steps like “put in the fridge overnight.” Oops. Guess we’ll eat this tomorrow and order a pizza LOL. But I digress…

The fun part was getting to fill the craft container with all the goodies (and sneaking a few here and there 🙂 ) I used a craft container from Micheal’s- just like the one I used for last year’s father’s day gift.

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If you click the original link where I found this, you’ll be able to print the cover and add it to the top of your gift.

She said her boys LOVED the kit and had a great time decorating! Yay!

xo

 

 

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Bridal Shower Gift with Free Printable!

bridal shower gift

A good friend of mine got hitched last month, and all of the bridesmaids wanted to go in on a joint gift for the shower. Now I do have to disclaim this wasn’t my idea. It took 7 brains to iron out all the details, but in the end we had a gift we were so proud to give our bride and she absolutely LOVED it!!

So what is this amazing gift? You and your team of bridesmaids plan 12 dates for the newlywed’s first year of marriage- one for each month! This gift is meant to be given by a group of people, because it would get very expensive to do on your own.

Step 1: Brainstorm. Think about what your couple likes to do, what their interests are, and start making a list of possible dates.

Just to give you a few ideas, here’s what we decided on: Couple’s massage, Philly date night, honeyfund certificate, brunch, mini golf, fall fun date, dine-in theatre, NYC date night, ice skating, pizza place, bowling, and bed and breakfast. You could also do sports games, concerts, amusement parks, etc. Whatever your couple likes!

It’s a good idea, if you’re doing this as a group, to determine the amount of money everyone is willing to spend ahead of time. Of course some dates will cost more than others, but if you decide on a budget in advance, it makes things easier.

Step 2: Divvy up the responsibilities. Decide who will be in charge of which dates and work on collecting all of your gift cards. You may want to set a deadline to keep everyone on track. bridal shower gift 2

Step 3: Make a scrapbook to pull it all together. One of the bridesmaids came up with this really cute poem to display on the opening page. Feel free to use it! Click here to print. Then, the maid of honor designed and put together the pages. She arranged the gift cards on the left side, leaving the right side of the spread open for them to add pictures after the date. Here’s the great part- by the end of the year, they’ll have a completed scrapbook of their whole first year of marriage! How cute is that?!


Optional- you could also write a little poem for each date to help fill up the page in the scrapbook. If you need some inspiration, here are ours:

Couple’s Massage- The last few months have been hectic for you, so enjoy a relaxing massage for two!

Philly Date Night- It’s a hop, skip, and a jump away. You should go to Philly for a day! Take a picture in LOVE park, or a walk down the street. Then off to one of your faves, for a bite to eat!

Honeyfund- Your honeymoon to Greece will be magical, no doubt. You will see many sights being out and about. Here is our gift, a dinner for two. Just a reminder that we’re thinking of you!

Brunch- Summer’s almost over, the leaves will start to crunch. Enjoy the last few days of sun, with mimosas and brunch!

Mini Golf- A day of golf and fun in the sun, I wonder which of you will get a hole in one!

Fall Fun Date- The leaves are all brown, and the air has a chill. A haunted hayride is surely a thrill. Whatever you do, beware of the night. The shadows and sounds will give you a fright!

Dine-In Theatre- Dinner, movie, and drinks, oh my! You couldn’t beat it if you tried. So sit back and enjoy the show, Movie Tavern is the place to go.

NYC Date Night- Time to head to the city and be of good cheer, to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. We’ve arranged for you to have dinner for two, at a place that is both exciting and new. Then, enjoy shopping or visit the tree, the place where he got down on one knee. Whatever you do is sure to be fun, New York at Christmas can’t be outdone!

Ice Skating- The hustle and bustle had come to an end. You’ve sent your love to every family and friend. So take some time for just you two, but be careful you don’t end up black and blue! Just tighten your laces and grab a drink, hold onto each other and head to the rink!

Pizza Place- Roses are red, violets are blue. Pizza tastes better when you eat with your boo.

Bowling- Knock down some pins and stay in your lane, this makes for one fun little game!

B&B- Well that was fast! It’s been a year. Your anniversary is already here! In order to celebrate your special day, this Bed and Breakfast is where you will stay.

Hope this has inspired you! If you like the idea please pin and share!!

xo

 

 

 

 

 

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End of Year Teacher Gift

Chloe’s school year ends in May, which means her last day is next Friday. EEK!! I wanted to give her teacher something special to show how much I appreciate everything she’s done for my girl this year. Lo and behold….a COOLER end of the year gift! See what I did there? Ha! At least I amuse myself…

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Materials:

  • Small cooler
  • Letter stickers
  • Magazines- Option 1: Time, US Weekly, Lucky, Entertainment, People, Cosmopolitan, Travel+Leisure  Option 2: Time, US Weekly, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, People
  • Free printable Option #1  or  Option #2
  • Ribbon, twine, or tape
  • Tissue Paper
  • Beach towel
  • Donut pool float
  • Water bottle
  • Gift Card

I had letter stickers leftover from one of the Father’s Day gifts we made, so I added a little message to the front of the cooler- “I hope you have a COOL summer!” Then, I printed my sign and used twine to tie it around the stack of magazines. Don’t have any twine or ribbon lying around? No problem! Just tape the sign on top. Don’t forget to have your child sign his name at the bottom after.

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*Update- it was brought to my attention that a few of these magazines were hard to find, so I’ve included an alternate option with titles any convenience store should have.

 

Next, I put tissue paper and a $10 gift card to a local smoothie shop into the water bottle for an added surprise. Finally, I arranged all the gifts in the cooler, and then added tissue paper wherever there was enough space.

The great thing about this is you can do as much or as little as you’d like. The water bottle/gift card, magazines and sign, towel/pool float, are all nice gifts in and of themselves; so if this is over your budget or you’re short on time, you can just pick and choose whatever part you’d like to do. 🙂

There are 3 other teachers I wanted to buy gifts for as well, so I just picked up extra water bottles and gift cards for them while I was out.

Hopefully this inspires you to get creative with your gifts this year!

xo

 

 

 

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FREE Father’s Day Printables!

FREE Father’s Day Printables!

FREE Father's Day Printables

Mother’s Day has come and gone and now Father’s Day is on the horizon. Before the panic sets in, rest assured, I got you covered 😉 With these free printables, Father’s Day gift-giving will be a breeze! The first four options are perfect for printing and displaying in a frame. Dad can even put it in his office at work.

Fun Facts About My Daddy- I love this because it’s always hilarious to see the answers your kids will come up with. If your child is old enough, they can fill it out. If not, you can write their answers for them.

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Father’s Day Chalkboard- These days everyone loves a good chalkboard sign. Print here!

Father's Day Chalkboard

Dad is my Hero- This one’s perfect for all the superhero dads. Print here!

Dad is my Hero

Our Rock- Print here. Extra credit- buy some rock candy and put it in a mason jar to display next to the frame!

Daddy’s Tackle Box- This one’s probably my favorite, but requires a little more work. You’ll have to buy a plastic organizational case like this one from Michael’s. Or you can buy a real tackle box from amazon or any sporting goods store. Then you’ll want to stock up on gummy worms (for the bait), sweedish fish, sharks, or any other ocean-related candy you can find. Orientaltrading.com has some really cute choices, like these fish candies. Now comes the fun part…fill up your case with all the sweet treats! Don’t worry if a few fish escape. I won’t tell anyone 😉

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Once you fill the tackle box, you can do one of 2 options.

Option #1- print this, cut it out, and attach it to the top.

tackle box 1

Option #2- Use letter stickers from a craft store instead. Helpful tip- cut the letters out so you can make sure they’re centered before you stick them on. The lines in the case are also helpful in making sure your letters are straight. You’ll notice I added some fishing stickers as well. Totally optional! I just thought it was fun.

Hopefully you found my printables helpful. If you did, please pin and share them to spread the love! Thanks friends!

xo

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Adult Cake Smash Photo shoot

Adult Cake Smash Photo Shoot
30…I guess it had to happen eventually. I wasn’t exactly sure how I felt about such a big milestone. I mean, I don’t feel 30. Maybe it’s a mistake? I’ll have to check my birth certificate just to make sure. Nope. April 28, 1986. I really am THIRTY.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. A year and some change ago, my husband faced the same situation. I still remember the gift I gave him- a candy card. Pretty sweet, huh?

Anyway, I guess the biggest question in my mind is how can my thirties possibly compete with my twenties? After all, my twenties were filled with such monumental, life-changing events; I graduated college and began my teaching career, bought a house, married my best friend, and had two beautiful babies- a girl and a boy. Everything about my twenties was perfect, so why would I be excited about closing that chapter?

Then something happened; I actually did get excited! I have the opportunity to start fresh and dive head first into new adventures. I decided to reach out to a local photographer and schedule an adult cake smash to celebrate my big birthday. This was a first for me. I’m used to setting up photo shoots for my children or my family, but I’ve never done one solo. You know what? It was SO much fun, and the pictures will serve as a permanent reminder that growing older doesn’t have to suck. So what if I’m getting some wrinkles around my eyes? At least that means I’ve been smiling!!

In light of my newfound excitement, MyPinkSparkles.com was born! I’ve always wanted to write a blog, but I didn’t know where to begin. After reading countless other blogs and articles online I decided to take the leap. What’s the worst that could happen? I fail? Wouldn’t be the first time, but at least I could say I tried.

I wanted my blog to be about being a mommy, gift ideas, crafts, and home décor, but first I had to come up with a name. Why MyPinkSparkles, you ask? I racked my brain trying to think of a cute and clever name but nothing seemed right. Then I looked next to me at my daughter, Chloe, who was snuggling with her two favorite blankets, Pinky and Sparkly, and it hit me. That’s it! I could think of nothing more perfect.

I’m really excited to share my life with you, and I hope you come along for the ride!!

xo

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