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Well guys the cat is out of the bag now, in a matter of speak. We’re moving to Arizona! Yup, in a matter of weeks to be exact. I had no idea 2018 would welcome so many amazing changes. I knew at some point we would be leaving the cold winters of the Midwest, but I had no idea it would be so soon. It all came to me as a huge “SURPRISE” since we had no idea we were moving or where we were going. If you want to get technical we will be living in “SURPRISE” folks, hahaha, I kid you not! So when people ask me where are you moving in Arizona, I say Surprise. Their first response is, it’s a surprise, and I’m like NOPE “SURPRISE” Arizona! We are working like mad to try and pack an entire household to move across the country, which is no easy task I may add.

I have a swarm of emotions as we’ve lived here for years and this is our home. When I think of leaving, my heart gets heavy and fear sets in. I know we will come back to visit as often as we can, but things will change and be different. Change is good, right? I’m very excited at all the new possibilities moving brings. I am also truly excited about meeting new people and all the sunshine and hot Arizona weather! This will be our last major move and it’s a big one.

One of the things me and my girls are looking forward to is being able to be poolside all year round. We have a pool here but three months of use or less was just not enough for us. Why? Because we are a summer loving family. If the “SUN’S OUT” the “JACOB’S” are out! I can’t wait to experience all the new adventures and beautiful desert views like this one!

We are beyond excited to be embarking on this new adventure. Every single person we have talked to so far has raved about Arizona. So PLEASE, if you live in Arizona or you have friends that do, I would love to connect! We do not have any family there and do not know a soul and I have a feeling I will need some new friends. I plan to post as much as I can about our journey.

I can’t wait to share photos of our new home and all the plans we have for it. You know what that means, tons of posting material and DIY projects! I will have two separate hashtags if you would like to follow along #dusunnysurprise will be for our move and travels and #unwindathome for all our new home updates.

A big SHOUT OUT to my amazing realtor Jared and his lovely wife Roxy from Blush & Desert for the wonderful photo.

Ready or not here we come!

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Each year, I try to come up with a new spin on Valentines. If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love these mini shot bottles especially as gifts. These Valentines are by far the funniest I have done. The idea came to me when I was trying to think of a fun couples valentine. All you need is some paper, printer, Silhouette or Xacto knife, ribbon and mini shot bottles. I chose to go with the Kinky pink and the pink UV vodka bottle. The first valentine is “Let’s get KINKY” and the second one is “I lUV the shot out of you”! Now I will be completely honest and say that I was not sure I was going to post this project but my BFF laughed so hard and loved them so much she made me do it. LOL

I went with a gradient paper and I love how they turned out. This idea could very well be used for party favors, bachelorette parties or just a fun girls night out. So I hope you get a good laugh out of these and now I leave you with these Boozy Valentines.

A Boozy new Valentines with mini shot bottles. How fun!PINIMAGE

Try these mini boozy valentines.PINIMAGE

A Boozy Valentines.PINIMAGE


SUPPLIES:

  • Mini Shot Bottles
  • Heavy Colored Card stock – (Joann’s)
  • Silouette Cameo 3
  • Silhouette – Design ID #20745
  • Heart / Text Hangtags – Design Download – (HERE)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Dots
  • Printer

A boozy valentines.PINIMAGE

INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by downloading our design and purchasing your box file from Silhouette.

Once you have opened your files prep your Silhouette files to the right size and print and cut. Your overall size for the box needs to be 9.000 w x 5.650 h and you will need to make a rectangle for the opening of your box to 0.854 w x 2.902 h to ensure your bottles are visible and fit tightly in your box.

At this point you will send both your box and tags to cut. Now you are able to fold them and tape them together using your glue dots.

Once you have done that you can add your bottle, ribbon and hang tag and you are all ready to gift these fun valentines.


A Boozy new Valentines with mini shot bottles. How fun!PINIMAGE

A Boozy new Valentines with mini shot bottles. How fun!PINIMAGE

A Boozy new Valentines with mini shot bottles. How fun!PINIMAGE

What are some of your favorite Valentines?

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One of my favorite holidays is Valentines day. I love to decorate with all the pinks, reds and heart shaped accents. I’m not gonna lie but I think a major part of my love for Valentines day has to be all the chocolate I can eat! Every year I try to come up with at least one Valentines idea for my daughter to hand out to her friends.  These “Carry my Heart with you..” color block earring cards turned out so cute! I wanted to create a special gift that not only they could keep but also wear. I have totally been crushing on different shades of pink and my love for color blocking is still going strong, so the design for these was no surprise. Possibilities are endless but you could use any color combo, design and charm to create your own Valentine. The best part of this idea is that your kids can help you paint them and put them together, girl time!. I have attached the free printable design so all you have to do is attach them to your card and your ready to go. I even went as far as using my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut out the cutest little heart openings to attach the heart earrings. I really don’t know what I would do without my Silhouette, it is truly one of my go to crafting must haves.

DIY Color Block Heart Earrings. These Valentine cards are so cute!PINIMAGEDIY Color Block Heart Earrings. Make these just in time for Valentines Day!PINIMAGE

DIY Color Block Heart Earrings. These Valentine cards are so cute!PINIMAGE

DIY Color Block Heart Earrings. PINIMAGE


SUPPLIES:

  • Wooden Heart shape – Hobby Lobby
  • Acrylic Paint – Michaels
  • Gold Earring Hooks – Hobby Lobby
  • Gold Earring – Hobby Lobby
  • Silhouette Cameo 3 – Silhouette
  • Gold Heart Shaped Charms – Joann
  • Valentines Card Design – Download
  • Drill and a 1/2 inch Drill bit
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Crimper Pliers
  • Painters Tape
  • Small Paint Brush

DIY Color Block Heart Earrings. PINIMAGE

DIY Color Block Heart Earrings.PINIMAGE

Instructions:

Begin by placing a pencil mark on the top center of your heart shape and drill a 1/2 inch hole. At this point you will do the same to the bottom center of your heart shape.

Once you have drilled your hole you will want to choose your paint colors. I decided to paint mine pink on pink, now you can tape them in any colorblock design. I gave mine about 3 coats of paint and let them dry.

Once dry you can remove the tape and attach your gold hooks and heart charm and your all set.

Now you are ready to download and print your cards. I used my Silhouette to print and cut my cards as I wanted to have little heart openings to hold the earrings. You can also just print them and cute out the cards by hand and use a hole punch or small heart punch.

Now you have a great set of heart earrings just in time for Valentines Day!


DIY Color Block Heart Earrings. These Valentine cards are so cute!PINIMAGE

DIY Color Block Heart Earrings. These Valentine cards are so cute!PINIMAGE

What is one of your favorite things to do on Valentines Day?

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#SUNDAYFUNDAY may call for a boozy Malibu & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Float! I kinda stumbled upon this amazingly tasty float by accident, but let me first start by telling you the story behind my  love of “RUM”. I’m not a big drinker so when I do, I like it to be a sweet treat! Last time I traveled to Puerto Rico I had the pleasure of visiting and touring the Bacardi Factory. Now these people know how to welcome their guests! Not only do they have a fully decked out bar, Bacardi gift shop but also a guided tour of their facility. You can even have your photo taken with the Bacardi logo to remember your fun experience. You can also enjoy the tasting tour where you can sample all of their new flavors and specialized drinks, AMAZING! You must be 21 to partake in all these fun activities of course. They even offer a mixology class where they teach you how to prepare some of their legendary cocktails. WHAT??!!! Where do I sign up.

Now back to this simple yet tasty float. I had just made a Malibu and Coke and was sitting at the table when my little one decided not to finish her ice cream. Being the lover of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream I am I could not let it go to waste. WALA and just like that a yummy float was born! I love hosting and having little gatherings at the house especially in the summer, since we are often poolside. There is nothing better than having a few friends over for a laid back and casual get together.

Malibu Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Float. This would be a great summer drink!PINIMAGE

Malibu Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Float. Simple yet tasty.PINIMAGE


Recipe:

  • 1-2 ounce of Malibu Rum Original – Malibu
  • 3 – 4 scoops of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream – EDY’S
  • 3 1/2 ounce of Diet Coke – Coke
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkles & chocolate chips for garnish

Malibu Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Float.!PINIMAGE

Directions:

Begin by adding your ice cream to the bottom of a large float glass and then add your Malibu Rum.

You will then slowly pour your Diet Coke over the ice cream to fill your glass.

Now you may top it with whipped cream and a few chocolate chips as a garnish and your ready to serve.

These have quickly become one of my favorite drinks of summer! I know it’s only January but hey a girl can dream of summer right!


Malibu Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Float. By far one of my summer favorites.PINIMAGE

Malibu Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Float. This would be a great summer drink!PINIMAGE

Malibu Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Float. This would be a great summer drink!PINIMAGE

What is one of your favorite drinks?

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Happy National Popcorn Day Everyone! Who else here loves popcorn? My absolute favorite kind of popcorn is Kettle Corn. However, the movie theater popcorn comes in at a close second! Have any of you ever had waffle bowl popcorn? This my friends, is a huge family tradition at my house. For the “LOVE” of Popcorn! It all started about five years ago when all my girls wanted was ice cream in those waffle bowls. Even though I love ice cream as much as the kids do, I wanted to offer a much healthier option (maybe not that healthy) and the “Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn Bowl” was born. At first I would drizzle a small amount of melted chocolate all over the inside of the bowl and grab a handful of popcorn and drop it in. The girls thought it was so fun and they could also snack on the waffle drizzled bowl after the popcorn was all gone. Then the loaded waffle bowls began with the adults! LOL

I would have movie nights for the adults and we would load it with mini marshmallows, pretzels, sprinkles, chocolate and much more. The recipe below is one of the kids favorite and you can make this for any occasion. I decided to show you our Valentines Day waffle bowl. Hope you will love these as much as we do!

Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn Bowl . For the Love of popcorn .PINIMAGE

Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn Bowl . I love the idea of these sweet treats.PINIMAGE

These Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn Bowls would be a great addition to any movie night.PINIMAGE


Recipe:

  • Pink Candy Melts – Michaels
  • Kettle Corn Popcorn
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Waffle Bowls
  • Microwave Safe Bowls
  • Parchment Paper
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Variety of Sprinkles

Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn BowlPINIMAGE

Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn BowlPINIMAGE

Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn BowlPINIMAGE

Directions:

Start by melting your chocolate melts in the microwave. I started with 30 second increments checking in between each set to ensure the desired consistency. Make sure that you mix your chocolate well.

At this time you can start popping your popcorn in the microwave as directed on the package and place it on your laid out parchment paper.

Once you have done that, you can begin by drizzling your chocolate into your waffle bowl and over your popped popcorn. I have even dipped half the bowl in chocolate before.

Before the candy hardens you will want to add your toppings. I went with mini marshmallows, broken up pretzel sticks, heart sprinkles, light pink sugar, white pearl sprinkles and valentines day nonpareils.

Then set aside to harden.

As soon as the popcorn and toppings have harden, I scooped it by the hand full and filled up the pre-made chocolate waffle bowls.

Now its time to enjoy that movie or just have an extra special sweet treat!


These Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn Bowls would be a great addition to any movie night.PINIMAGE

 Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn Bowls PINIMAGE

These Chocolate Drizzle Waffle Popcorn Bowls would be a great addition to any movie night.PINIMAGE

What would some of your favorite toppings be?

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