Healthy Holiday Appetizer

Healthy and EASY appetizer recipe with Ranch seasoning

This is my GO-TO recipe when I need to bring an appetizer to a party.  It is seriously easy!!! All you need is: Cherry tomatoes {halved} Cucumbers {2 or 3 peeled and sliced} Plain Cream Cheese {8 ounces} Mayonnaise {1 tbsp} Ranch seasoning mix {4 tsp} Fresh herb {I used fresh Thyme} Directions: Mix ranch seasoning, cream cheese, and mayonnaise until smooth in a bowl.  {I usually let the cream cheese warm up a little before mixing} Slice cucumbers thick enough to hold the cream cheese and tomato. Put the cream cheese mixture in a plastic bag and cut a small triangle off a corner. Squeeze the mixture on to the sliced cucumbers.  Add the tomato halves on top.  You can put it … [Read more...]

Waterproof many surfaces with this spray paint

Waterproof wood, vinyl siding, metal, pvc, and more with this easy, affordable, and quick product to apply

Rustoleum has a great product out that waterproofs wood, metal, concrete, PVC, canvas, vinyl siding, and so much more ... anything that can be painted, you can pretty much waterproof it with Rustoleum's "Never Wet" 2 part system. This is not a sponsored post, I saw it at my local hardware store and thought I should try it out on our storage containers on the side of our house.  They're made of plywood and metal; and they are starting to show signs of weathering. I used the first part of the 2 part system, the base coat, which is really like spray paint.  I chose white, there are other colors to choose from.  It covers approximately 10-15 square feet, I fell a little short  as you can see … [Read more...]

IKEA Creative Hack – Mod Podge + Cork Trivets

Ikea hack using cork trivets and mod podge

I have had these IKEA cork trivets in my studio for forever and a day. In fact I bought them way back when we had the Denver IKEA clock blogger challenge.  So I bought them thinking I was going to do something with them but never had any inspiration. Hark, inspiration hit and I went with it! I've been in to burlap lately {see my Burlap Flower tutorial} and thought I should put some on these cork trivets. How to decorate Cork Trivets Place the round cork trivet on burlap and cut around it.  Then use Mod Podge as a glue, apply it with a foam brush.  Press the burlap on and let dry. Go around the edges and apply Mod Podge as well to keep the burlap edges from fraying. Then I got some … [Read more...]

“Bake Craft Sew Along” Babylock Sewing Machine Giveaway

Rustic Table Runner sewing tutorial

Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing a wonderful sewn gift idea perfect for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas……..AND I get to be part of an amazing sewing giveaway too. Keep reading… I'm sew excited to share how to sew this Rustic Christmas Table Runner! This is one sew AMAZING! She is a beauty and her name is Rachel. One lucky winner will receive… this amazing Baby Lock Sewing Machine ($799 Value) Ready to take your sewing to the next level? The Baby Lock Rachel is the star of any sewing class, … [Read more...]

The Nutcracker in Denver

The Nutcracker discount code in Denver

It's holiday season once again, and I know this because the Colorado Ballet is performing The Nutcracker at the Ellie Caulkens Theater! The ballerinas are so beautiful and graceful looking ... certainly one trait I lack! Colorado Ballet and KeyBank present The Nutcracker, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The holidays are not complete until you join us for this seasonal favorite featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, classic choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This dazzling spectacle of glittering snowflakes and shimmering sugarplums will transport your whole family to the Land of Sweets. My … [Read more...]

Craft Fail by Heather Mann

Craft fail: when homemade goes horribly wrong

My friend, Heather Mann, wrote a book, Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong. She wrote a great book based on being real. We try to be perfect when blogging.  We try to get the best pictures.  We try to make the best projects.  We try to make the best projects to take the best photos of to share. Heather captured what pretty much every person who has tried to do something that has looked easy and inspired them and thrown out after smacking their forehead while thinking, "I spent time doing this" I have a recent craft fail myself I'd like to share ... Meet my Minecraft cake that went horribly wrong. I wanted to make this camo cake as the inside of my boys' Minecraft birthday … [Read more...]

Best Gift for Boys – Fartgun

Best gift ever, the Fartgun

Yeah, you read that right!  Fartgun. The boys recently had their birthdays and received a Despicable Me Fartgun from their aunt and uncle. I will say that the fartgun has not left the hands of my youngest.  So if you're looking for a gift, you might want to consider purchasing this. You will be the most favorite person Yes, this is what my son drew on the shower door. First, he wrote "I love the fartgun" ... then he drew a picture of the fartgun. The kid sleeps with this keeper of a gift under his pillow. He brings it in to the bathroom ... Yes, because everyone needs a fartgun in the bathroom.  Oh my... Farts are funny to boys. He goes through the whole cycle of … [Read more...]

Wine of the Month $50 Giveaway!

Wine of the Month Giveaway

Ohhhhhh ... yes please..... FREE money for wine!!!! 50 BUCKS for you to use towards your order of wine and/or accessories from See what I have to say about this lovely wine gift I received from Wine of the Month Club!!! You can buy gifts for someone or for yourself.  There are lots of wine accessories to choose from! I'm always looking for a deal, they have an UP TO 60% off wines page as well! You could use the gift card towards throwing your own wine party!  Here's a Wine Party Kit and a video of what comes in the box! If you are located in these states and 21 or older, you can enter (they only ship to these states) Washington, Oregon, California, … [Read more...]

Family Pajamas GIVEAWAY!!!

Win a set of family pajamas! Don't pass this up!! #giveaway

Be sure to check back weekly to see what giveaway is up next! This is a relatively new tradition to my family and I.  Getting matching family pajamas every fall for the holiday season. We love having them and although the boys grow out of them generally by the next year, I get to wear mine till they get holes in them *wink* They'll get there one day too, I'm sure.  In any case, we got our family pajamas through this year! We got our package and all of us changed out of our daytime clothes in to our PJs, I think it was only 7pm??  Cracked me up. The even funnier thing is that these are the 'Frozen' line of pajamas, although the boys like the movie; the song "Let it … [Read more...]

Comforts From Home – Giving back to Veterans

A Hero's Welcome

This fall, Marie Callender's will launch the Comforts from Home Project by bringing the comforts of home to those who protect America's homes every day: the brave men and women of the U.S. military. This resonates with me on a couple of different levels. Firstly, husband and father in law are both veterans; Thank you to them and to all the US Veterans! Secondly, I love donating especially knowing that the receiving person will use or just simply love it. The last but not least, this project is multifaceted and there's a show airing on November 11 that features many of my favorite designers and DIY'ers. Oh, and my family loves the chicken pot pies from Marie Callender's from time to … [Read more...]