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Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I know some people aren’t into Valentine’s Day, but I like to look at Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate those you love whether it be a spouse, significant other, mom, dad, grandparent, or kids, etc.

Today I wanted to share a few different Valentine’s Day ideas with you.

For the past couple of years, I’ve left a trail of Hersey kisses for the kids leading from their rooms to the kitchen table where there is a special Valentine’s Day treat waiting.

They love collecting the Kisses all the way down the stairs!

Some years I make a fancy dinner for Danny and the kids. The kids love getting menus like they’re at a restaurant!

I’ve also made a fun Valentine’s Day cake for a family dessert on Valentine’s Day.

A heart shaped cookie is also a cute idea and easy to make.

As a present for Danny one year, I made a Man Bouquet which included mini alcohol bottles, gum cigars, a coupon for free Coke, and candy.

One year for Danny, I cut out 365 hearts. One each heart, I wrote something I loved about Danny, a favorite memory, a love quote, or song lyrics. I put them all in a bag and each day of the year Danny could pick one out and read it! If you plan on doing this, I would recommend getting an early start on it. It took a long time to cut out 365 hearts and write on all of them!

Another great gift for your mom or sister would be a pampering in a jar gift. I made these for Christmas a few years ago but they’d also be great for Valentine’s Day!


The jar included things like fuzzy socks, lotion, lip balm, and chocolate. There are so many things you could put in one of these jars.

And there you have it! Some fun Valentine’s Day ideas!

  • Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
  • Any ideas to share?


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Do It Yourself Gift Ideas

This Christmas, my aunt came up with the idea of a Secret Santa with homemade gifts instead of store bought gifts. Everyone came up with really good ideas and it was fun seeing what everyone made.

Today, I wanted to share a few do-it-yourself homemade gift ideas. These make good Christmas presents or even birthday presents.

  • DIY Beer Coasters


For our Secret Santa gifts, Danny and I made DIY beer coasters. They were fairly easy to make. We wanted to make each coaster different so instead of buying a bunch of different beers, Danny asked people at his work if they could save their empty beer 6-packs for him.


We ended up getting a whole bunch of beer 6-packs that we could choose from. We did buy a 6-pack of Fat Tire beer because that’s my uncle’s favorite beer and we wanted to make a coaster out of it.

The materials we used included:

  • tiles from the hardware store
  • beer cardboard 6-packs (or even a 24 case, any cardboard should work)
  • Mod Podge
  • gloss spray
  • felt from the craft store


We cut each beer 6-pack to fit the coaster. Then we put the Mod Podge on the back of the cardboard and stuck it to the tile. We placed a heavy book on the top of each tile so it stick without curling up.

After it dried about 15 minutes, we put a coat of Mod Podge right on the beer cardboard. We did about four layers letting them dry about 15 minutes in between coats.

We cut the felt to fit the coaster and put Mod Podge on the back of the coaster and stuck the felt on.



We let it dry awhile and then sprayed the coaster outside with the gloss spray. We sprayed the coasters twice letting them dry 24 hours in between coats. This seals the coasters so you can actually use them for drinks.

These coasters can be made out of beer holders or you could even use different scrapbook papers to make them. If you can find beer 6-packs to use, they are fairly inexpensive to make.

  • DIY Coffee Mugs

I saw this idea to make plain coffee mugs a little fancier on Pinterest via this blog and I had to try it out. I love how these coffee mugs turned out!


Items needed:

  • white coffee mugs
  • scrapbook stickers
  • oil based paint pens

Sharpie makes really good oil based paint pens but I found Craft Smart oil based paint pens for slightly cheaper.


These pens are still close to $4 each so I waited until I had a 40% off Michaels coupon to buy them. Using an oil based paint pen will let you put the mug in the dishwasher.

I bought the pens in gold, green, and red but any colors would work!

I looked at the Dollar Store for white mugs but my local Dollar Store was out of them so I found white mugs at Target for $3 each. After I washed and dried the mug, I stuck a scrapbook letter sticker right in the middle of the mug.

Then, using the paint pens, I dotted all around the letter, making the dots more concentrated right around the letter. When I was done, I carefully pulled the sticker off. Some of the sticker stayed behind on the mug but I carefully washed off the stickiness left over from the sticker.

Then, I baked the mug at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, let it sit in the oven until cool.


It should be good to drink out of and put in the dishwasher!

  • Savings Jar

There are so many different savings jars you can make – for anniversaries, birthdays, vacations, Christmas, etc.


I made Danny this jar to save up for our ten year anniversary which is in April 2016. That gives us about 16 months to save up to do something fun and maybe tropical!

I bought a big glass jar at Hobby Lobby and scrapbook letter stickers. You can also buy corresponding stickers to go with whatever you’re saving for. I bought tropical vacation stickers.

Put the stickers on the jar however you wish and you’re done! I added $20 to and a lotto ticket to the jar. The lotto ticket was a dollar winner so we put that in the jar too!

  •  Mason Jar Hot Cocoa and Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

My sister-in-law, Crystal, made these gifts for the family and they’re so cute that I just had to share!


She put the cocoa mix in cute mason jars and added directions on how to make the mix. She also made her own peppermint marshmallows which were amazing!

I’ve also seen the mason jars with cookie dough mix which is another great idea! Who doesn’t love hot cocoa and cookies?!

  • Do you ever make homemade gifts?



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DIY Holiday Crafts, Treats, and Gifts

Good afternoon!

I recently did a post on fitness related holiday gift ideas, so I thought it would be fun to show some DIY (do-it-yourself) holiday gifts, crafts, and treats.

I love making gifts for people, baking cookies and other goodies, and making crafts with the kids this time of year!

Edible Christmas Trees

The kids made these fun edible Christmas trees last year.

They used a sugar cone as the tree and covered it with green frosting. Then, they used sprinkles and other edible decorations to decorate the tree.

Reindeer Water Bottles

Jaden and I made these water bottles for his holiday party at school last year.

I just bought little water bottles and added googly eyes, antlers, and a red nose. The kids loved them!

Candy Cane Reindeer

These are similar to the water bottles, only using a candy cane. I brought all the supplies into Jaden’s class and let the kids make them.


One of Jaden’s favorite things to do every year is make paper snowflakes. It’s fun, inexpensive, and makes a great decoration.

I just googled “how to fold paper for a snowflake”. I folded a bunch of pieces of paper and let the kids cut out designs.

Hershey Kiss Pretzels

Who doesn’t love getting yummy treats for Christmas!

Last year, Jacob and I made these Hershey Kiss Pretzel Treats.

They are super easy to make and we put them in individual boxes and Jacob gave them to his teachers.


There are so many great cookies to make around Christmastime. Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Blossoms are one of my all-time favorite cookies.

Another good cookie are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies that I made for a cookie exchange a couple of years ago.

And everyone loves good ol’ fashioned chocolate chip cookies.

I like putting cookies in a nice Christmas tin to give as gifts. I went to Hobby Lobby last night to get a few tins for this year!

Another yummy treat that’s great for sharing are peppermint Oreo truffles.

These things are AMAZING.

Pampering in a Jar

Last year, I made a few of these “Pampering in a Jar” gifts.

They were easy to make and everyone loved them.

I got the mason jars on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, and then I just filled them with little lotions, nail products, hair products, fuzzy socks, and chocolates. I found the big snowflakes at Target and added those to the top along with some Christmas ribbon.

I have a few ideas in mind to make this year!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any gift, food, or craft ideas to share?



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