named a Babble top mom craft blog!

I just returned from vacation to a wonderful surprise! Babble named my blog one of the TOP 50 MOM CRAFT BLOGS! I couldn’t be more thrilled! {gushing and blushing}

I LOVE crafting and creating. It keeps me sane and I love to share my ideas with all of you. AND on top of doing something I love, to be recognized by Babble with a fabulous little write up. I’m on cloud nine! {squeal} They even shared my latest obsession, decorating birthday cakes (robot birthday cake, nautical birthday cake, Easter bunny cake) with printable designs!!!

Hop over to Babble to read my write-up and to see the entire list.

Thank you Babble Editors! Thank you!!!

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talking Valentines in All You

Excited to share that I’m talking how to celebrate Valentine’s Day for less in this month’s issue of All You magazine! You can find my ideas and others on page 12. And you can download my free Valentine cello toppers including dinosaurs, owls, ladybugs and robots!

You know what else you can find in this month’s issue…

great ideas for hosting an Oscar party! Plus over $50 in coupons for all the brands you love (not a million things you’ll never buy. Oh, there’s even one for M&Ms in this issue… my personal weakness!), simple recipes, style tips for all body types and many other articles on topics that real women and moms care about. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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free printables for Christmas!

I’ve teamed up with All You magazine on a holiday savings story and we’re giving you FREE and easily PERSONALIZED gift tags and recipe cards! 

Download my recipe cards now, personalize them with your own recipe (or use mine) and print! Download my gift tags now, personalize them and print!

And make sure you check out my DIY punch design holiday gift bag idea (all for under $.40 per package and super cute if I do say so) and peppermint no-bake cookie recipe and pictorial!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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our harvest party featured on Parents!

Very excited this morning to share that several of my harvest party ideas are featured on in a 15 image slideshow!

It showcases our pumpkin patch printable collection designs, a few of  my sweet treats ideas like my acorn cookies and hoot owl donuts, plus my DIY paper and pumpkin apples and more. Hop over to see the full article including some fabulously creative ideas from the editors at Parents magazine.

And if you like the story, it would be lovely if you gave it a like on facebook, a tweet, a pin, a comment… anything! {huge thankful grin} 

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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featured in BHG Tricks & Treats

I’ve been so very excited about this project for such a long time and now I’m so thrilled to be able to share it with you. I have been a fan of Better Homes and Gardens Tricks and Treats Special Issue for years. I would flip through and ooh and aah at all the fun and crafty ideas.

Well this year I’m so proud to announce that you can find my ideas and designs on pages 50 through 57! Okay. And I have to tell you, you can also see a small image of my cupcake printables on the cover. THE COVER! And again on page 1 as part of the table of contents. Yay! Then yet again on pages 104 – 106 with instructions. WOW! And finally on page 118 in the resources, along with my fabulous cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage. It’s more exciting than I had hoped. You know how you tell yourself not to get too excited about something until it actually happens? That was me. For months now. But now I’m officially over the top excited!

Go out right now and pick one up! Please! I know they’re on shelves at Barnes and Nobles already because I picked up a copy… okay, maybe it was five. Or, if you can’t wait, my article’s name is “Wicked Easy” and you can find tons of details on the Better Homes and Gardens site at If you like it, I’d love a thumbs up on facebook or a tweet!

But you still need to pick up the mag because it is just full of fabulous ideas from the editors! There’s a Mad Hatter Tea Party that is the perfect twist on Halloween fun. There are kid crafts and lovely black and white party details perfect for an adult soiree. The entire magazine is a must have!

And the best part of this fabulous project, I’m giving away our Candy Corn collection to readers for FREE (the non-personalized version). It includes an invitation, cupcake picks & wrappers, cello toppers, beverage wrappers, favor tags, dessert labels, a pennant banner and more! You can still find the personalized invitations, personalized printables, cookies, and orange and white polka dot table decor in the shoppe.

Download your FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES and start planning your party!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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my son’s dinosaur party in Parents!

I’m a bit past giddy this morning as I now have my hands on this month’s issue of Parents magazine and I can flip open the pages and see my sweet little boy’s happy face! You may remember his Dino-ROAR birthday celebration (my original post with tons of pictures), well it’s Parents magazine’s Party of the Month!

You can hop over to to see more pictures! And if you do, I’d love for you to “like” my little one’s party so they know you were there! By the way, sorry for the grainy images. I scanned them from my issue!

Find our dinosaur party invitation and printable supplies and templates in the shoppe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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big news! blogger for Kellogg’s

I’m super excited to share that I’m Kellogg’s new Party Planning blogger. I’ve known since early this year and have just been bubbling over to share with you!

Being connected to a brand like Kellogg’s is incredible in itself, but you also have to understand that Kellogg’s isn’t just a brand for me, it’s a staple in my family. My favorite Kellogg’s cereal is and will always be Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, my late grandmother’s absolute favorite cookie, one that you would always find in her southern kitchen, was the Keebler Sandies Pecan Shortbread (ah, so many fond memories of sitting with her on summer afternoons nibbling those cookies… little teary), and then there is the entire family’s favorite sweet, the Rice Krispie Treat!

Most of you know that my youngest son has severe food allergies, with dairy being at the top of that list. Well, the Rice Krispie Treat has saved me so many times with class snacks, birthday parties and just plain family nights in (made with dairy free, vegan, butter… and no, you can’t tell the difference… kid tested, promise).

For those moms out there like me, you know that it’s not just about having snacks on hand that your child can eat, it’s about having something that they can share! Loved by all, the Rice Krispie Treat is my go to snack!

I’ve made them a ton of ways, with my most recent idea being my first post on Hop over now to see more of my Rice Krispie Paint Brushes.

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press: Totts magazine features train collection

Totts, Fresno California’s Lifestyle Magazine for Modern Moms, hosted a real “All Aboard” birthday bash last month for a handsome little guy, Reed, who is just in love with trains. I was so honored when I learned that the editors chose our train birthday party collection for the big day!

That’s Reed and a little friend on the first page of the article, those are our custom train birthday invitations, thank you cards, table decor and printables on the second page of the article, and on the third is a lovely cake created by a local vendor, Stade Mueller. She did such a beautiful job I had to give you a closer look at that fondant train. How adorable is the heart shape coming out of the smokestack?!

You can read the entire article here and you can see a few more pictures on Happy Friday everyone!

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FREE Easter printables designed for Parents magazine

For my “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article with Parents magazine we created a few FREE Easter printables. The “Happy Easter” wrap is perfect as a napkin ring, beverage wrapper, or

vase and craft jar wrapper. Download the Easter wrappers and two pattern sheets (used to make the mommy bird craft seen at the beginning of the article).

Other ideas for the table include surprising your guests by dressing up their cups with colorful straws and a Murray Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookie (YUM!),  

and by embellishing the backs of the chairs with fun and simple crepe paper ruffles. And if you didn’t see the other crafts included in the article, here’s a quick recap:

Make sure you hop over for your FREE Easter printables and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Easter egg flower craft for Parents magazine

This is probably the craft I loved creating the most for the Parents magazine “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article. These DIY felt and Easter egg flowers are so simple, the kids can help and you can color coordinate them to any Easter color palette!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Egg
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint
  • Hot glue
  • Lollipop sticks

Easy steps:

  1. Hollow out your eggs and wash gently (see the pictorial in yesterday’s post about the mommy bird egg).
  2. Let the kids finger paint the eggs and set them to dry on lollipop sticks. (You can also paint the lollipop stick to look like a stem if you want to display in grass or moss!)
  3. Cut petals out of felt.
  4. Hot glue petals to the base of the egg (near the larger hole) and display on lollipop sticks.

You can see more craft ideas and download FREE PRINTABLES from my article at As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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