I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

2 Apr

hamburger cupcake & sugar cookie fries

I found these incredible treats online a few years back and was dying to make them! I finally did it for father’s day {in 2009 … where does the time go?!?} … needless to say, they were a hit and super yummy too!

When my girl’s birthdays roll around, we like to do something fun for their school treat. In trying to find a clever “something” for Piper’s birthday last week, I reminded her of  these treats and she was all over it!

Needless to say … they were a hit and still super yummy!

Now to find another clever “something” for Hunter’s birthday coming up next week …

Any suggestions for a fun treat?

Posted in birthday, creative, piper, recipe

14 Feb

happy valentine’s day!!

Our church was having a bake sale and I volunteered to bring in a few goodies! Since I was in a festive spirit and had recently come across these yummies on Pinterest, I decided to go festive for the bake sale!

Brown Sugar Blondies
Sugar Cookie Squares

Do you have a bake sale favorite?

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Posted in creative, holiday, pinterest, recipe

11 Feb

valentine’s day treats!

Printables by The Pitter Patter Press

Posted in craft, creative, holiday

9 Jan

teacher gift :: note folio

I’m all kinds o’ excited to share this project and gift today! Mainly because it includes some of my own crafting! And just as important – it includes the support of a crazy, wonderful organization – GlobalGiving!

A beautiful friend gifted me with one of these lovelies a couple of years ago, and I’ve been yearning to create one myself ever since. Well, I finally bit the bullet and did me some sewing!!

I made a total of seven folios … counting teachers, aids, and tutors, we had 5 “teacher” gifts, plus I made a couple more to give to friends.

I love, love, love the way they turned out! And as soon as I get some more time, I think I may be making a few more … you know, just to have on hand!

{folio pattern by JCasa Patterns}

Posted in charity, craft, creative, gift idea, giving

5 Dec

a sock monkey party for wynter!

So a few months ago, my girl became a bit obsessed with sock monkeys. Who knew?

And then she asked if she could have a sock monkey themed party … and yeah … I was all over that one! Proof in the photos below!

It’d also been a while since we’ve had an all-out party, and ahem, I still haven’t posted Hunter’s Fairytale Princess party {beware!}, so I decided to get my creative on and throw my Wynt a little shindig!

Ready? Set. Here goes!

In my opinion, every party starts with a great invite and takes off from there …

In lieu of gifts, Wynter asked for the donation of a gently
used stuffed animal to donate to a local animal shelter.

What sock monkey party is complete without monkey pops?

And banana candies?

And sock monkey party hats?

And favor boxes filled with all kinds o’ monkey goodness?

And the cutest fondant sock monkey ever?

And big yellow gumballs {that I may still have coming out of my ears!}?

We had the party in our backyard. So to greet guests, we had a ginormous
sock monkey and a sign directing guests to come around back.

A sock monkey pinata!

And some goofy monkeys running amuck!

One of my favorite details was the sock monkey
“photo booth” … the kids had some fun with it!

And for Wynter’s school treat, we brought in a sock monkey
cup-cake … needless to say, it was a huge hit!

Everyone seemed to have a great time. My Wynt was in heaven. And I had some fun getting my creative on again!

How ’bout you? Is there a detail that’s your favorite?

Photography – myself {hee}
Invites & Printables – totful memories
Envelopes – Paper Source
Postage Stamps
Cake, Cupcakes & Sock Monkey Cup”cake” – Creative Cakes by Allison
Monkey Pops – Baked
Monkey Hats – Wish Works
Pinata – Birthday Express
Favor Boxes – Nashville Wraps
Sock Monkey Favor Goodness – Oriental Trading & Birthday Express

Posted in birthday, creative, party, wynter