Christmas Ornaments Gift Favors

We had our second son’s baptism in December.  I was thinking of favors to create for our guests that were coming to celebrate our son.   I searched Pinterest (my go to place for ideas) and found many different and nice ideas.  My favorite idea was Christmas ornaments.   My husband and I got married in December of 2015 and we had hot chocolate in bags with mugs as favors.  This time I thought having Christmas ornaments with hot chocolate was a great idea because it kinda went along with our wedding favor.  I wanted to make a connection.

So my Christmas ornaments hot chocolate favors was what I created.  My husband and I picked up plastic ornaments from the dollar store. We also picked up some hot chocolate  and sprinkles.  I also ordered dehydrated marshmallows on Amazon.

My husband and I got to work.   We filled the ornaments with hot chocolate, sprinkles and then dehydrated marshmallows.    I created tags with the event name and date.   It took about 2 hours to make all together. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed them.   Here are a few photos to inspire you.   If you would like for me to create some for your special event, please contact me through here and I will give you a price.  Thank you. Happy gifting!


2nd Baby Gender Reveal

When my husband and I got pregnant the second time, we knew that we definitely wanted to know the sex of the baby.  We also wanted to make sure to reveal it to our family and friends. I definitely didn’t want to do something that people I know did.   A few people had done the cake where the inside the color of a boy or girl.  Others had done a box with balloons inside that are the color of a boy or girl.   I like to be different.  My husband and I were watching a Disney movie “Princess Diaries”, and when the character and her mother are throwing darts at balloons filled with paint, that was when I got the idea to do that as a gender reveal.

I picked up a science poster board and used letter cutouts to write the words. The middle part of the board had he or she and a question mark.  The sides had one for a boy and one for girl and our guests voted on what they thought our second baby was going to be.   When we went to the doctor to find out what the sex of the baby was, we picked up black balloons and the color paint.  We filled the balloon with the paint and placed it in the middle part.

Our guests came to a gender reveal BBQ.  We had BBQ food for our guests.  Before the dessert, we did our reveal.  We taped up the poster board on a door.  My husband took darts and threw them at the black balloon.  And surprise to everyone.  It was another boy.   We couldn’t be more happy to welcome a second boy into our family.


Valentine’s Day gifts

This year my husband and I hosted Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  You can read my previous blog about the dinner.  This blog will be able the gifts that we gave.

The adults received chocolate hearts. Each adult had one on their plate before we started dinner.

The kids got more goodies.  My nieces got mailboxes with goodies inside.  Inside the mailboxes I placed goldfish. It’s nice to take when going somewhere with the kids and they want to snack.  I also gave them a rubber duck. The rubber duck was a Valentine’s Day one. My older niece who is in preschool got pencils that way she can use them when doing her homework.  I also placed a small stuffed animal inside the mailbox. The final things that were in the mailbox were candy: ring pop and lollipops.  Each mailbox had two balloons attached to them.

These gifts were simple and quick to put together.  I hope this inspires you to create your own Valentine’s Day gifts for your family.


Valentine’s Day Dinner

My husband and I decided to host a Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  I usually make sure to use my nice china but I wanted to make it more about the holiday.   I picked up Valentine’s Day plates and napkins.  I decorated my table with Valentine’s Day decorations.

For each guest, I picked up chocolate hearts. All the adults received chocolate hearts as a gift.  The chocolate was placed on the plate so that everyone saw it when they walked in. The children received a mailbox with goodies and two Valentine’s Day balloons.   It was a simple dinner and fun for everyone.

For dinner, we made mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy sauce, chicken with sun dried tomatoes, mac and cheese, a chick pea salad and a regular table salad.  Everything was good. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

I love hosting for various events and holidays. I make sure to make it fun and festive.  Below is a photo. Hope this inspires you to host your own holiday dinner.

Valentine’s Day Wreath

I love all kinds of holidays. My all time favorite is Christmas but I do love all the other holidays.  I feel that we work so much and the holidays allow us to take some time to just relax and enjoy our families.

I love making things so of course, I made a Valentine’s Day wreath. I made a mesh wreath this time.  I shopped for various things that can be used for the wreath before I started.  Below you will find the materials and the directions in making the wreath.  A lot of the materials I found at the dollar store. I find it silly to spend a lot of money on materials if I know that in a few years I will want to change my design.


• red mesh

• wire wreath ring

• hearts on sticks( I got red and pink as well as big and small)

•twist ties


1. First bunch up the mesh on the wire ring.

2. Use twist ties to help keep the mesh in its place.

3. Once you went around twice ( I like to do that to make the color stand out more), place heart sticks all around.

4. Hang up.

I hope this helps to inspire you to make your own. Below is a photograph of my Valentine’s Day wreath. The photo is not great as it was taken using a flash.  Happy crafting!


First Birthday Timeline

I created a monthly timeline of my son for his first birthday.   I had pictures of each month from his 1st month to the 12th month.  I chose one photo from each month that had showed his growth process.  It’s amazing to see myself how much my son grew in a year.  It was very hard for me to chose one photo because I had many favorites per month but I did it.  I placed this timeline on our stairs to showcase him.   Of course it was a Cookie Monster theme so the months were written on chocolate chip cookies (paper) and then I placed the photo onto either blue or yellow cardstock.   I started creating this timeline over the summer which gave me about 3 months to complete.  As a working mom, I had to make sure that I had everything ready for his birthday, so I started earlier.   Below are the steps which I took to create the monthly timeline.


  • crayons- brown and blue
  • photos- one for each month plus a newborn
  • ribbon
  • tape
  • clothes pins
  • cardstock- tan, yellow and blue


  1. Cut out large circles on brown cardstock.  Color chocolate chips with a brown crayon.
  2. Use blue crayon to write each month (newbown, 1 month, 2 months, etc…)
  3. Fold blue and yellow cardstock in half. Cut them.  You should have 7 blue and 6 yellow.
  4. Tape the cookie month to the blue or yellow cardstock.  Continue until you are finished.
  5. Add a photo for each month.
  6. Cut a ribbon long enough to fit all the months on it.
  7. Take each month and place a clothes pin to hold it in place.



I hope this helps you create your own monthly timeline to showcase your child on their first birthday.

First birthday frame

As I reflect on my son’s first birthday, I worked really hard to create a Cookie Monster theme. It was very hard to find things to do because boys are hard to find themes for.  As you know,  I picked a Cookie Monster theme.  I didn’t want to do a Mickey Mouse theme because I wanted to do something different from others.  The next couple of blogs will be about my son’s first birthday party.  I hope it inspires you to think outside of the box and create a theme for your child and work with what you have.

The first thing that I made was a first birthday photo frame.  I used a mat from a photo frame.  I painted it with a acrylic paint and then decorated it.


– photo frame

– acrylic paint- light brown and dark brown

– letter accents- blue and gold

– tape

  • paint brushes


  1.  Paint the photo frame with light brown. Let it dry.

2.   Paint circles using the dark brown paint. Let it dry

3.  Use the letter accents both gold and blue.  I spelled out Happy 1st birthday Michael.

4. I taped the letters on the frame.

5. Use the photo frame at the party.

I had a great time making this frame. I hope this inspires you to create your own. Make your child’s birthday party special.