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Friday, December 19, 2014

life on instagram - Christmas treats

There's been a lot of sugar lately!  
Below are just some fun Instagrams from the last few weeks. 

Gingerbread houses. 

Simple reindeer cookies (idea from here). 
Thankful for companies like Betty Crocker, Wilton, and M&M's who make baking easy!
Some days I just need cute and easy. 

Chow Time!!! Puppy chow (or muddy buddies) is my weakness. 
Recipe here. I use more cereal and less powdered sugar and want to eat it ALL DAY. 

Homemade sugar cookies. 

Ugly sweater cookies! Super fun. Kit from Walmart

BUT my favorite thing about Christmas is celebrating with Fresh Life.
If you live... anywhere! you can join us this Christmas and celebrate with us. 
www.freshlifechristmas.com for locations and times and to watch live online.  


Monday, November 17, 2014

easy thanksgiving decorations

Thanksgiving is almost here!
I thought I'd share some cute Thanksgiving decorations from last year. 
I love it when my friends let me decorate at their houses! 
When I'm bringing the table setting and decorations to someone's house
I try to keep everything simple while being super cute. 
I used wrapping paper from Target over a white tablecloth (also from Target).
My friend Sara (the host) and I used a mix match of our dinnerware.
Then I made simple place cards with card stock and embellished with glitter and feathers. 
For the center pieces I purchased flowers and placed them in mason jars and 
wrapped them with the same card stock and twine. 
And I added glitter to mini pumpkins. 
 Lastly I made a banner and feather garland. 
All set and ready for a feast! 

Sara printed these cute cards where people could write what they are thankful for. 
Sara's house has a huge chalkboard wall which was a fun way to write and
draw things we're thankful for. 

The year before this I made fun chalkboard signs and we wrote what 
we were thankful for. You can check them out here

Happy early Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

fall themed gift

I love themes. Parties and gifts are my favorite things to have a theme for.
This is a simple fall themed gift for anyone who loves the autumn season 
like my sweet friend Amanda.
All the gifts had heart tags attached to the item.
Red basket from Target (everything was purchased from Target, minus the coffee cup).
Mini Spatula for baking & cooking (Nordic Ware).
A mug (Anthropologie) for yummy warm drinks.
Pumpkin spice Tazo chai for the pumpkin cravings while on Whole 30.
Cozy Night candle for warm cozy nights.
All wrapped up and ready to go!

Anyone else do themed gifts?
Happy Fall Y'All!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

pumpkin art for the red caboose

Fall is here!!!!
With each season my wonderful friend Kelli and I chat as to how we want to decorate
her cute shop The Red Caboose, Coffee and Frozen Yogurt. This time we decided to keep. it. simple.

A few years ago Kelli posted a great DIY of thumbtack pumpkins and it's been pinned A LOT. 
We love this concept and thought it would translate well into a cute phrase.
And then we came up with ... WE LOVE COFFEE! 
Basic supplies- pumpkins, upholstery tacks and thumbtacks from Home Depot
hammer (just incase some were tough to get in), 
Kelli freehanded the words and 
I started with an outline of a heart and then filled it in ... with 200 tacks!
After the tacks were in place I used my favorite Martha Stewart paint to  
paint the stems and while it was still wet I added lots of glitter. This detail is my favorite! 
 The Caboose serves the best coffee in the Valley.... Stumptown Coffee
And then Darci and Arden from Beargrass Gardens brought over this ADORABLE pumpkin!!!
Here they are on the mantle in the shop. 
Love the menu pumpkin too. 
But the heart has my heart! 

These tacks have become one of my favorite ways to decorate pumpkins, 
the possibilities are endless! 

All photographs by Kelli Trontel

previous pumpkins

It's pumpkin time!!!
In 2012 Kelli and I painted these adorable pumpkins. They are still my favorite. 
You can see the whole post here

AND! They were featured on Lolly Jane's blog with a bunch of other great ideas!
See that post here.

I'll post the fun pumpkins we did this year SOON!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

for the bride to be // engagement gift

My sister is engaged!!! 
I am very excited for her and definitely wishing I was there to celebrate (I'm in Montana and she's in California).
Since I'm not there I decided to send her a little congratulations gift.
Heart candy.

Card from Mum's Flowers (one of my fave shops), thank you cards (Target) because you need to write a lot of thank yous, and a confetti popper (shop sweet lulu).
Wedding magazines (Pacific Weddings and Bridal Guide), heart candies (Norm's News), 
and a pencil and journal (Target) for all the random thoughts.
Cue the confetti!!!
All packed up with more confetti.
Love you sister!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

garden birthday party

Let's just skip the part where I mention that this blog post is a couple years old... oops.
But in honor of Crystal's birthday yesterday, I thought I'd finally post it!
We had a lovely Garden Party at my sweet friends Linda's house 
(same place we had Kari's baby shower a few weeks back).  
We had so much fun chatting, eating, and picking veggies & fruits in Linda's garden. 
As usual table settings were my fave. 
I stamped the napkins with different flower names. 
And Linda made little bread loafs. 
Flowers from Linda's garden. 
My other favorite detail was the Muddle Your Own Lemonade bar. Yep. 
I got this wonderful idea from Cupcakes & Cutlery.
Grab a cup and put in your desired fruits and herbs. 
Then muddle them! 
And add some lemonade. 

Yummy food. 
Crystal and her daughter Izzi. I love them so. 
And then off to the garden! 
Linda explaining what is where. 
Lovely evening with lovely friends. 

Happy Birthday Crystal!!! 
You are a true joy to know and I can't wait to see what God has in-store for you this year. 
Love you! 

Thank you Izzi for all the pictures!

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