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Morning coffee is a must at my house. There is something particularly magical about brewing a pot of coffee first thing in the morning. Yes, I said magical. Who else here is a coffee friend? I typically have anywhere from 3 to 4 cups of coffee every morning. I’m also one of those people that casually sips all day without a problem. One thing that I truly loathe is taking a drink only to find I already have to reheat it. UGH! One of my dear friends gifted me with an insulated tumbler this spring, and it has been glorious. It keeps my hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for most of the day. I have even left ice in it overnight to find it still there in the morning. WHAT?! I was sold! 

I loved my new tumbler so much that I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to share them with friends. There is a small group of us neighbors that meet weekly for what’s been dubbed as “Cactus & Coffee”. One morning, as we met for coffee, my friend’s handle suddenly broke off of her mug. Yikes! Talk about needing these mugs like yesterday. I’m obsessed with all things cacti, I wanted to play on the name and created a meaningful design where the coffee mug represented a pot, and the coffee beans on the cactus represented cactus blossoms. What would I do without my Silhouette? Aren’t these so much fun?





Begin by downloading the design and simply changing your name.

Once you have opened your file and made your name change, you will want to resize it to fit your insulated tumbler.

Prep your Silhouette file to send to print and load your Black vinyl onto your Silhouette Cameo 3. You will want to prep your flowers and load your pink vinyl to cut.

Once your files have been cut, remove the access vinyl and apply your transfer paper to your cut vinyl design.

You will want to clean and dry your tumbler before applying your vinyl to ensure it stays. At this point, you will want to center your design on your tumbler before setting it in place. Make sure you rub it in place for a few seconds before you start to remove your transfer paper.

Now, you can apply your pink flower cut outs to the tops of your cactus design.

DIY vinyl TumblersPINIMAGE

Cactus & Coffee DIY TumblersPINIMAGE

These would make a great gift or addition to any guest basket. They come in a variety of colors, and they can take a beating. Not that I have dropped mine a few times at all. Shhhhhh! My favorite coffee treat is a Skinny Vanilla Latte. What is your favorite?


Flamingo Friday DIY Invites! These are a super cute idea for any flamingo party!PINIMAGE

t’s summertime, which means plenty of outdoor gatherings and a lot more fun! Have any of you ever watched HGTV‘s Curb Appeal? I love to watch and gain creative inspiration from most of the shows on their network. One night, the episode called “A Close-Knit Neighborhood Gets Three Curb Appeal Makeovers in a Row” aired. A group of close-knit neighbors gathered for a casual block party every Friday night. This is where the flamingo comes in, the reason for my appeal. See what I did there? A flamingo was secretly passed around, and whoever ended up with the flamingo in their yard got to host the block party that week. One family never seemed to end up with the flamingo in their yard, so they suspected it had to do with their lack of curb appeal. HGTV swooped in and dramatically changed the look of their front yard, along with two other neighbors. The flamingo finally landed in their yard! I was so touched by the sense of community those neighbors shared. They were really more like a big family! I thought to myself I would love to do that someday if I ever ended up in a neighborhood like that! I finally got the chance. I couldn’t wait to implement this incredible idea that I’ve literally had bookmarked for years! 

Making the flamingo invites to introduce this idea to my neighbors was the most exciting part. I headed to Target, my home away from home, first. I found the perfect-sized pink flamingos in the dollar spot, and ended up buying everything they had! Target never lets me down! Now, as many of you already know, it’s no secret how much I LOVE to use my Silhouette Cameo 3. I used it to created a fun flamingo invite that clearly explained the concept, and attached it to the plastic flamingo with ribbon. I was tickled pink with how they turned out, and didn’t spare any time delivering them! I am pleased to announce that Flamingo Friday is officially a thing. We are a flock of five families and growing. 


DIY Flamingo InvitesPINIMAGE

Flamingo Friday DIY Invites!PINIMAGE



Begin by purchasing and downloading your files from the Silhouette Design store, or feel free to create your own.

Once you have opened your file, you will want to see what size you would like to make your invite. I made my invite larger than the plastic flamingo to ensure I could easily be read and would stand out. You could make it way smaller if you wish. The size of my invite is 6.965 high x 3.804 wide.

Prep your Silhouette file to print & cut. Then send your file to print.

At this point you will place your printed file onto your cutting mat, and send it to your Silhouette to cut.

Once your files have been cut, remove it from your mat and attach it to your flamingo with your choice of ribbon or twine. Now you’re ready to flamingle with your neighbors! 

Flamingo Friday Party Idea!PINIMAGE

DIY Flamingo Friday Invites!PINIMAGE

Once you have made your Flamingo Friday invites, hand-deliver them to your neighbors and let the party begin! My neighbors, now friends, and I have had about three gatherings so far. We keep it simple by having a feature cocktail along with some light snacks and simple activities for the kids. This could be sidewalk chalk, ring toss or even just coloring books and crayons. The possibilities are endless. Flamingo Friday is a fantastic way to keep in touch with your neighbors and welcome in new ones. Not to mention excitement and anticipation from never knowing where the flamingo will end up! We all live such busy lives, and this is just creates an opportunity to squeeze in just a little time each week to catch up, mingle and relax. Most importantly, it creates an opportunity to get to know neighbors you may not otherwise ever have had a chance to see. Do you have any fun summer neighborhood traditions?


Happy Easter Everyone! May your day be filled with family, friends and loved ones. I wanted to share this last minute Easter treat idea. When I came across this mold, I had to have it! How funny and cute is it! The possibilities for this mold are endless. After my Bunny Faces & Bum post earlier this week I knew I wanted to share these funny chocolate Bunny Bum suckers. These are super simple to make and well the funny factor is key! I made these with my girls and we had a blast not only making them but coming up with the hang tag and putting them together just in time for Easter. These would make cute party favors or you could make a center piece with them.

Chocolate Bum Suckers. A funny Easter Treat!PINIMAGE

Bunny Bum Suckers just in time for Easter!PINIMAGE

DIY Bunny Bum Suckers!PINIMAGE


DIY Chocolate Bunny Bum SuckersPINIMAGE

Bunny Bum SuckersPINIMAGE


Begin by melting your pink chocolate melts 30 seconds at a time until smooth. You will then want to place the chocolate in a small sandwich bag and start piping it into the mold.

Once your done place your mold for about 10 minutes in the fridge till harden.

You will want to repeat the first step with the white chocolate melts. Remove the mold from fridge and pour the white chocolate in the mold. Place the mold back in the fridge for about 20 minutes till harden.

At this point lay out a sheet of parchment paper and proceed to melt a small amount of white chocolate to attach the bunny bums to the sucker sticks.

I placed a small amount on the back of each bunny bum to attach the sucker stick and let them sit for a few hours to harden.

While you wait for them to be set, you can download and print the pre made hang tag.

Finally you can place your chocolate suckers in your small treat bags and make a hole punch in each tag and attach it to the sucker with choice of ribbon.

Now you can give them away and keep some for yourself to enjoy!

Bunny Bum SuckersPINIMAGE

Bunny Bum SuckersPINIMAGE

What do you think of these funny little Bunny Bum treats?!


Let’s hop to it! There is nothing cuter than an Easter Bunny and nothing better than Easter Candy! One of our traditions is dying Easter eggs and going on an Easter egg hunt. My daughter’s absolutely love jelly beans and must have a chocolate Easter Bunny. You may remember me making these Candy Tummy Bats over on the Silhouette Blog. They were such a huge hit with the kiddos that I decided to make something similar for Easter! These bunny faces and bums will be filled with jelly beans. I found the amazing designs at the Silhouette design store. These bunny treats would make a great table place setting and take away favors. I will say that I may love these even more than the Candy Tummy Bats but at the moment it’s a toss up. What do you guys think? I would love to hear which is your favorite.

DIY Candy Filled Bunny Faces & Bums. How cute are these!PINIMAGE

Candy Filled Bunny Faces & Bums for Easter.PINIMAGE


  • Round Tins – Michaels
  • Black, White and Black Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or glue dots / glue
  • Silhouette Tools
  • Silhouette – Bunny Face & Bunny Bum – Design ID’s #184795 & #26513
  • Silhouette Cameo 3

Candy Filled Bunny Faces & Bums for Easter.PINIMAGE

Bunny Faces & BumsPINIMAGE


Begin by spray painting your round metal tins in white. Once you have done that you will want to let them sit for a day or so to cure.

Start by choosing your bunny face and bunny bum design over at Silhouette! I used these designs ID #26513 & #184795.

Prep and lay out your files to fit your container of choice. In order for our bunny face and bum to work we made a circle and placed it in the center of the bunny in order to see the candy inside.

At this time you will cut your files with your Silhouette and begin to place each bunny carefully onto your round tin tops using either glue dots or a hot glue gun.

Once you have done that cut your bunny ears, faces, tails and feet out of black, pink and black card stock then place them on your bunny face and bum with glue.

Finally you can fill your bunny faces and bums full of candy.

These are super simple to make and make the funniest little treats!

Easter Canny Filled Treats.PINIMAGE

Easter Candy Filled Bunny Faces & Bums.PINIMAGE

DIY Candy Filled Bunny Faces & Bums.PINIMAGE

What is one of your favorite Easter traditions?


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


  • 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


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?