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Fall and Halloween to me have always been a blur. Not sure if it’s because we have so much going on with kids back in school and sports but they kinda blend together to me. Anyone else feel that way? Every year I get together with an old friend from college and we get one day to visit. She loves fall and halloween so I thought I would share a quick gift idea to combine both her loves. When I went out shopping I had no idea what I was looking for but I knew I wanted to include a variety of goodies that would work together. I also always try to make sure that even the packaging/container can be used afterwards as part of the gift. The inspiration came from these adorable ceramic pumpkins I love from World Market.




  • Ceramic Pumpkins – World Market
  • White Candy Corn M&M’s – M&M’s
  • Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte – Starbucks
  • Bailey’s Mini Bottle
  • Oreo Egg – Oreo
  • Frightfully Yummy Gummy Rats
  • Light Brown Filler



One of my favorite seasons is fall because of all the beautiful color changes here in Michigan.  What is your favorite season and holiday?!


Fall is just around the corner and what better way to start then with these “Chocolate Candyfetti Caramel Pretzel” treats! If  you guys have yet to try Candyfetti or know of  Sweetsindeed head on over right NOW you will thank me! These treats are not only tasty but easy to make and even quicker to eat. I’m sure you have seen these before but I added a few special twists of my own. These are definitely sweet but they also have that salty flavor which I love! My plan is to give these out to all the teachers as a fall harvest treat. I also wanted to have an adorable treat bag to go along side these yummy Chocolate Candyfetti Caramel Pretzels. You can use any chocolate flavor and or any color combo you wish.

These lasted about an hour at my house! You may say I had to sample a few too many.





  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • Hershey Kisses – Caramel Ones
  • Round Pretzels
  • Candyfetti – (Sweetsindeed)
  • Microwave Safe Bowls
  • Parchment Paper
  • Spoons
  • Piping bags



Start by placing your round pretzels on your parchment paper leaving space between each one. Unwrap your caramel Hershey kisses and begin placing them in the middle of each pretzel.

Place your pretzels in the oven at 250 until softened and slightly melted. Mine took about 7-9 minutes. When you remove them from the oven set on a cooling rack for at lest 10 minutes before adding your chocolate.

Once you have done that start melting your chocolate chips in the microwave. I started with 30 second increments checking in between each set to ensure the desired consisteney. Make sure that you mix your chocolate well.

Fill your piping bag with your melted chocolate and begin drizzling it over your pretzel and Hershey treat.

Make sure to sprinkle your Candyfetti or sprinkle of choice over your your treat before they dry to ensure they stick to your chocolate. Then allow for the treats to harden for about five minutes and place them in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

As soon as they harden I placed them in an air tight container till it was time to eat or gift them.

Treat Bags:


Treat Bag Directions:

Fill each clear treat bag with your goodies.

Once you have done that grab your wooden leaves and you have the option to get a little creative and have some fun. You can paint your wooden leaves in different colors or you can do a water color effect on them and then string them or pin them to each individual bag.

Then place them into each one of your burlap bags.

Now you can add a hang tag and you are all set to start handing out your treats.


What was one of your favorite childhood fall treats?


This is part one of a collection of three table setting DIY posts that I can’t wait to share with you all!

Around this time a year we host a lot of special get togethers and the holidays are just around the corner. One of my favorite things is to come up with new ideas for table place settings. I find it fun for our guest to find their place at the table and tell a little story about the theme of the day. Now we all know how much this girl loves her memo boards so it was no surprise when I decided to make mini memo board place settings for a fun get together. The best part of this DIY is that you can use them for any occasion and any color combo. I even made a set of six, where I used brown frames with a navy and mustard colored felt for more of a fall table setting and gifted them to our new neighbors that just moved it. They loved the unique gift idea!

I hope you like these as much as I do! It definitely helps with table presentation.




  • Felt ( I went with two different colors) – (Joann’s)
  • Small Frames – (Target)
  • Hot Glue Gun – (Amazon)
  • Metal Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Corrugated Cardboard – (Staples)



Begin by measuring the inside of your frame to ensure your corrugated cardboard will fit in place. I decided to use the cardboard that came inside the frame as my guide.

Once you have measured cut your corrugated cardboard. Then cut a larger size of your felt material. You will want that to be larger as you will want to hot glue the felt in-between the groves of the board so it will require more material then the actual size.

Start at the top of your board with a line of hot glue. you will need to work fast as the glue will harden and not adhered to the felt. I used a metal ruler to push the felt into the grooves to ensure it was a secure hold.

At this point you can cut the access felt material and place your felt board into your frame. Place the backing of your frame back in place to secure and use.

At this point you are ready to add your guests name or short saying for your table setting. How fun are these!


What is one of your favorite holidays to set the table for?


As our first few weeks of school end my girls have a ton of things to try and remember, who else dislikes the second trip back to school for forgotten things?. That was the inspiration for this project and the fact that I love pencil cases was a bonus! How many times do we ask our kids, “Honey do you everything, your homework, books”? Oh “NO” I forgot to write that down can you take me back to school mom! Now having this simple “write that down” pencil case should help! It’s funny the things you remember about being a kid in school. The best part about summer for me was spending time with family, friends and staying up late. But going back to school meant shopping with my mom for supplies and getting to pick out my backpack and yes my pencil case was very important! LOL I would even sharpen all my pencils a few days before school.

I love the fact that now you can really customize just about any of their school supplies including folders, binders, notebooks that you buy for your kiddos based on their likes and personality. Having my Silhouette Cameo has made that very easy. What was one of your favorite back to school supplies?!




  • Metal Pencil Case – (Target)
  • Vinyl – ( I used Navy, White and a Pink) – (Joann’s)
  • Vinyl Transfer Paper – (Joann’s)
  • Silouette Cameo
  • Silhouette – (Any Designs or text of choice)
  • Write That Down – Design Download – (HERE)
  • Scissors
  • Silhouette – Vinyl Tools



Begin by downloading our design or by purchasing your files.

Once you have opened your files prep your Silouette to cut vinyl and send your files to cut. You will have one file that you may use with one color option or you can choose to print 3 various colors as I did.

At this point you will prep your vinyl with the tranfer paper and place your text file first onto your box. Make sure it’s level and centered on your box the way you like. Then continue with the other additional files.

Once you have placed all your vinyl files onto your box you can begin to fill it with your favorite pens, pencils, colored pencils and or markers.


The best part of this simple DIY project is it would make a great “Back to School” gift! What would your pencil case say?


One of the things that I enjoy most is gift giving and especially with so many holidays coming up. I can’t believe school is almost in session and we are starting to see holiday decor in some stores. Yikes! I wanted to make a gift for some of the teachers at school and decided to do something a little different this year. Ok, maybe a lot different. But hey we all love a little jewelry here and there. When I came across these gold leaves I was not sure what I would be using them for but I bought them and brought them home anyway.

After staring at them for a few days the idea came to me to turn them into an earring and necklace set. I hope you enjoy this simple but beautiful DIY jewelry set.






Begin by disconnecting the leafs from each other. You will want to decide at this time what combination you would like for your earrings to look like. I went with the larger leaf on the top and small one on the bottom. I knew I wanted the smaller leaf to be for my necklace. But really you can do any combination.

Once you have your leafs apart you will want to grab a gold hoop and attach them to your earring studs. Make sure they are secure.

That’s it! Not only are these simple to make but I love the look of them!




Begin by grabbing your gold leaf and gold hoop and setting it aside.

Then you will want to measure your gold chain to your desired length and cut. You will then want to add one gold hoop to each side and attach your closing lobster claw to close.

Once you have done that grab your gold leaf and hoop and attach it to the center of your chain and close with your pliers.

Now not only do you have earrings but a necklace to match!



What are some of your favorite style earrings?