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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

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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

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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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Have you ever had a DIY project that somehow you never got to, but you had all the items needed and it just never really happened? Well this was my project, I have had it on my mind to do and share since last summer. I absolutely love Antropologie and when I came across their painted monogram glasses I knew I wanted to make my own version of them. I loved the vibrant colors and options they had available however I wanted to make these in more of a pastel color pallet. This would also make a  great project  for Valentines Day in reds and pinks or Easter. Once I knew the design and font I wanted to use I  jumped over to Silhouette to find the perfect match . I’m loving this mint, gold and pink color combo and may be using these for our Easter Brunch! I could even see these in an Easter basket as a gift!

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SUPPLIES:

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by downloading or purchasing your brush stroke files.

Once you have opened your files you will want to size them accordingly to fit on your glass. You will then want the letters to be a little larger than the brush strokes. you will want one upper case and one lower case.

You will want to set up your Silhouette files to print. Once they are printed you will need to cut them with and X-acto knife. I then removed them and centered them on my glass.

Now your ready to send your letter files to cut on your metallic vinyl.

At this point you will prep your vinyl with the tranfer paper and place your first file onto your glass. Make sure its centered on your glass. Then continue with the second letter placing it to the right of your previous letter.

Keep in mind that you will need to only hand wash these.


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What color theme would you use for your glasses?

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As this year comes to an end I would like to “Thank You” all from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you have shown me this year! I’m excited for 2018 and all the wonderful possibilities and adventures it may bring. I of course could not end the year without a few last minute colorful DIY for all those New Years Parties! I wanted my decorations to be colorful and fun. I absolutely love the colorful confetti by Shopstudiopep and no party is complete without it! I first started with the theme and color combination. I went with “This Will Be My Year” and my branding colors. I cut out the words out of a silver metallic card stock with my Silhouette, which I can’t live without. My next project was making some color block glasses for the photo wall which I have to admit are so cool! I normally keep it small with just family and friends and we have a ton of little ones that sometimes can’t make it till the ball drops. So when I came across this awesome design in the Silhouette Design store I knew I had to have it. A few months back I bought a tons of these little jars at Target and decided to fill them with colorful gum balls with one large one with the saying “waiting for the ball to drop” how adorable is that guys?! Now when the kiddos come over they get to have one of these jars just incase they don’t make it till midnight. Who I’m I kidding I may not make it till midnight! LOL

I wish you all a safe and wonderful New Years with your family, friends and loved ones! See you next year…

A Colorful New Years. Fun DIY projects for New Years.PINIMAGE

These are color block New Years glasses.PINIMAGE


SUPPLIES:

  • Small Glass Jars – Target
  • Rond Confetti – Shopstudiopep
  • Vinyl – ( I used Silver, White and Pink) – Silhouette
  • Vinyl Transfer Paper – Silhouette
  • Silouette Cameo 3
  • Silhouette Studio – Design ID #36588, #171664, #238363
  • Scissors
  • Silhouette – Vinyl Tools

INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by purchasing and downloading your designs. Make sure to measure your jar to ensure your vinyl designs will fit properly.

Once you have opened your laid out files prep your Silhouette to cut vinyl, card stock and send your files to cut. I went with 3 different colors in vinyl but you could also just use one. I  used a heavy metallic silver card stock for the “this will be my year” design.

At this point you will prep your vinyl with the tranfer paper and place your circle file first onto your jar making  sure it’s level and centered. Then continue with the other  text files.

Once you have placed all your vinyl files onto your jar you can begin to fill it with your colorful gum balls.


This is my year! This silver card stock design is sure to be a hit!PINIMAGE

This is a perfect way for the kiddos to enjoy the ball drop. DIY jars filled with gum balls as party favors. PINIMAGE

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

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