I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

3 Ingredient Rich & Creamy Hot Chocolate: Homemade Gift Idea

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This was a big hit when we gifted these to my sons teachers.  It's easy to make and it's super yummy! The packaging was also really easy, see below for instructions.

My husband loves rich hot chocolate. I prefer my hot drinks in form of coffee or tea but when I had a taste of this I seriously wanted more in a large christmas mug.

So what's in my yummy 3 Ingredient Rich & Creamy Hot Chocolate: Sweet Condensed Milk, Low-fat milk and chocolate chips.  See recipe here.  When you see how easy this is to make you will want to whip up some Hot Chocolate Baskets to everyone: neighbors, school staff, teachers....

For the packaging I cut out a heart from newspaper. I used bakers twine and wrapped it around a juice bottle and added some bling bling with the LOVE sticker.  Fill your bottle with some hot chocolate yumminess and your set. 

You can also make a basket out of this by adding a mug and some homemade chocolate dipped marshmallows that they can stir into the hot chocolate.  If you're making this for yourself fill up a mug with this hot deliciousness and top with cool whip and crushed candy canes!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving: Last Minute Turkey Ideas

Looking for some Thanksgiving Turkey Ideas?  These are all super simple and fun, especially if you have a little crafter who needs some thing to do over Thankgiving break.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Melissa & Doug toy from their top 20 List!

1. Cute Turkey Sandwich- This adorable sandwich was featured in the Celebrate Fall Issue contributed by Meet the Dubiens.
2. Turkey: Paper Bag Treats - Perfect for the kids or if you're a teacher for your class. It was stuffed with this deliciously healthy caramel popcorn ball.  
3.Turkey Fruit Display- Looking for ways to get some healthy food in your feast! This will get everyone's attention.
4. Pine Cone Turkey- So easy and fun, you can find this at Spanglish Baby. You can also use paper for the feathers and write what you're thankful for.
There are so many great and easy activities to make this Thanksgiving break fly by!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Many of you know that apart from this blog I am the founding editor of Inspired by Family Magazine.  Today is our 1 year anniversary so we want to share with you the fun.
A year ago today I kicked off our e-zine on my birthday! (Keep reading for the fabulous giveaway)

Seriously, I had no idea what I was getting into when I kicked off our e-zine but God gave me the courage to move forward and so I did. Twelve months later, I am so thankful that I did. This journey has stretched me beyond belief. I have crossed paths with many beautiful and creative bloggers. It has blessed me to read your comments on how something you saw here encouraged you.

I have also had many challenges along the way. Computer problems that have made me want to throw my laptop out the window with frustration (I am not computer savvy). I have had the challenge to learn how to juggle life: family time, me time, God time and writing time. Learning how to rejoice with other bloggers in their accomplishments and not to be overcome with envy. Learning about working with brands and get noticed by them. Trying to figure out all the social networks out there, which there are too many for this old lady to keep up with. Also, trying to figure out magazine page layouts, photography, website design and so much more. All of this has stretched me in ways beyond my imagination and I have grown in leaps and bounds as a person, a mother, a wife, a friend, a counselor, a missionary, an entrepeneur, a photographer....

So I am thankful for this journey I have embarked on and I am mostly thankful that I don't walk it alone! I encourage you to dream and live out your hearts passion that honor your family, God and yourself. Sometimes our dreams are put on hold because the phase of life we are in and the responsibilities we have but whatever you do, don't let that keep you from dreaming. Instead baby step towards your dream and find small ways for your creative outlets. You can stop by and read it in full over here.

Now onto the celebrations!

To celebrate our 1 year anniversary, I want to share TWO things with you:

1. Our Holiday Issue: The Spirit of Christmas. It's our online flip-page magazine and it's filled with recipes, kid crafts, home decor, fashion tips, inspirational articles, Holiday gift guide, handmade gifts and so much more. The handmade gift items above are featured here. All FREE for your viewing pleasure, Winter Issue.
2. Giveaway! Our fabulous Melissa & Doug Giveaway! You can choose from any of their top 20 toys if you win. Stop by here and peruse their wonderful collection. You can also stop by their Facebook page and enter to win daily.

How you can enter to win!

On November 27th we will announce the winner. Please leave a legit email so we can contact you. The email from us will say: Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty . You must have a U.S. shipping address to qualify.

Click here to go to the a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thanksgiving Activity: Thankful Pumpkin

Starting at the end of October we have this family tradition in our home.  We talk about what were thankful for that day and then I write one of those things down, that we each share on our pumpkin.  Last year we used 2 pumpkins one with COUNT YOUR BLESSING written on it and the other smaller one had our thankful comments on it. We start  from the center and then we go around it with our thankful things until it's completely covered with our blessings.  I just used a black sharpie.

This year I am going to get a bigger pumpkin and I may just write both the thankful comments the Count Your Blessings on the one pumpkin.

Message in a Tree is from BHG
Tree of Thanks
Show your guests that you're thankful for them this fall with a tabletop tree full of leaves and personal messages. Arrange twigs vertically in an urn and anchor the arrangement with decorative rocks. Write short messages on decorative paper, punch a hole in one corner of each piece, and tie the notes to the twigs using skinny ribbon. Fill in spaces with colorful faux leaves, found at a crafts store. For added fun, sprinkle blank cards and writing utensils on the table for guests to write their own messages to add to the tree. You can even change this around a bit so that its not for a Thanksgiving meal but for the month for your family each writing messages for each other through out the month!