Can I just say I haven’t really been feeling Valentine’s Day this year. My kids are older so they don’t share Valentines at school anymore and hubby’s not here so I’ve just been slow to warm up to the holiday. Then at the end of last week I got the bug and decided to decorate a little, so I created this Glitter and Gold Valentine’s Day Mantel.

Glitter and Gold Valentine's Day Mantel

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Easy to Make Chop Stick Wraps

by leanneja on February 8, 2016 · 0 comments

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Celebrating Chinese New Year has become a tradition in our family. Our youngest son started taking Mandarin Chinese in kindergarten where he was also taught about the culture and traditions throughout the years. He now takes private lessons and his teacher makes it a priority to teach him as much as she can about her culture. I’m sharing some Easy to Make Chop Stick Wraps today that can be used for Chinese New Year or anytime you’re serving Chinese food.

Easy to Make Chop Stick Wraps

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M&M Cookie Bars in a Jar

by leanneja on February 5, 2016 · 0 comments

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I don’t like receiving a lot of gifts because I’m trying to declutter and not collect more things, so I love food gifts. Who doesn’t? M&M Cookie Bars in a Jar makes a great neighbor, thank you, coach, or just any time gift. It is a super easy gift to customize using holiday colored M&M’s. I like a gift idea that’s easy to give for another event or holiday just by changing it up a bit.

M&M Cookie Bars in a Jar make a great neighbor or friend gift

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If you are a regular here you know how much I love free Printables. I could decorate my whole home using the talents of my blogging friends. I’ve collected some of my favorite Valentine’s Day Printables to Decorate With and so, of course, I’m going to share them with you. You might have to print out a few, I have no idea how you are going to pick just one.

30+ Valentine's Day Free Printables to Decorate Your Home With

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Over the years I’ve shared some Great Ideas for Organizing Kids’ Stuff. I thought it would be easier for you to find these ideas by placing them in one post. Some posts have just one idea but some have several ideas in one post, so be sure to check them all out and pin your favorites for later.

Great Ideas for Organizing Kids' Stuff

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Hanging Wood Heart

by leanneja on January 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, Valentine's Day

Target had some awesome Valentine’s Day items a few weeks ago so I bought this Hanging Wood Heart. I wish I would’ve bought 2 more to put on my other old window panes. I love that it looks like slats without the work, my kind of craft with all the short cuts I can get. This is so simple but it looks so glamorous. The glitter numbers make a huge difference.

Hanging Heart with Glitter Numbers
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Welcome to my 2016 Craft Room Tour! I’m so happy you’re here. I love looking into homes and seeing how other people live and what is special to them. Homes should tell a story of the person who lives there. I hope my home tells the story of my family. I know my craft room tells a story of what I love to do. Because we’re renting and are small on space I hope you will like the room, but also be able to get some thrifty and space saving ideas to incorporate into your own space.

2016 Craft Room Tour. There are so many great ideas here to store all your craft supplies, especially if you're renting

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The second half of the school year is usually the hardest for my kids, going back to school after break can be hard. They’re really excited at the beginning of the school year and are really good about doing homework and getting chores done that are related to school, but that seems to change the second half of the year. I decided it would be fun to Decorate a Pillow Using Fabric Markers to remind them of their school related chores and give them a little fun motivation. The reminders are right in their face since it’s on the pillowcase, so hopefully no more excuses.

Decorate a Pillow Using Fabric Markers

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I thought I should share my Winter decor with you before it was time to share my Valentine’s Day decorations. I didn’t decorate much for Winter this year but I brought out a few things. It was also a good time to go through the decorations I haven’t used for a couple of years and donate them. A little decluttering hint: go through holiday and seasonal decor as the holiday approaches and donate the things you haven’t used in a couple of years.

This Pom Pom and Felt Ball Garland is perfect for the Winter Mantel. It had been so long since I had made a yarn pom pom, it took me back to my tween years. Only then I would make it the old fashioned way. I love that there is a tool now, it makes it so much quicker and easier.

Pom Pom and Felt Ball Garland

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It seems like I’m always waiting until the last minute to think of a cute Valentine card/gift for kids in the classroom. If you’re like me, this post is for you. I have 20 Printable Valentines for the Classroom that I gathered from some of my favorite creative bloggers. The best part is free printables are offered with every idea. Just print it out and attach the tag to the Valentine gift. There are candy and non-candy Valentine ideas so you can pick your or your child’s favorite to give to their classmates. Since Valentine’s Day is almost a month away you have plenty of time to find the treat you want to be able to make one of these Valentines.

20 Printable Valentines for the Classroom

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