Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’

3 Favorite Ways to Top Off Your Dessert (Free Printables!)

Monday, February 17th, 2014

From our diy/craft contributor, Sarah.

Oh, my! You are in for a big treat today because Sarah Milne, from Sarah M Style, is an amazing crafting and design genius and she is joining us each month to share her knowledge. I am so thrilled to introduce you to her today and I know that she has many fun printables and ideas for our homes and crafts that you are going to be looking forward to her featured post each month! 

3 favorite ways to top off your dessert

February and March are birthday months for the boys in my life. In February, my little guy turns two, and in March, my husband, well, let’s just say he’ll be much closer to 40 than 35.  Whether it’s a homemade waffle birthday breakfast or a donut cake, we love our desserts around here! In my very first DIY and crafting post for, I’d like to show you three of my favorite ways to top off our sweet treats.


pom pom garland dessert topper

First, and my most fave, is this simple fuzzy and fluffy pom pom garland. Colourful and playful, it adds so much fun to your dessert. You could make this garland with tiny to large fuzzy pom poms or even craft your own poms out of yarn.

What you need.

Pom poms. Size and color of choice.
(I purchased an assorted bag from Michaels with my trusty weekly coupon.)
Twine or thread
Large needle
Skewers, straws, small dowels

diy pom pom garland supplies

diy pom pom garland instructions

The how to.

  1. On your crafting surface, arrange your pom poms in your desired order.
  2. Thread your needle. Begin to thread the first pom onto the twine. Be sure to leave at least 5 inches excess on the end.
  3. Thread each pom onto the twine. Space the poms a desired distance apart.
  4. Once you’ve completed adding your poms, tightly secure the twine to your stick using a double knot. Trim your twine.
  5. Tightly secure the other end to your second stick and trim.
  6. Insert into your sweet treat.
  7. Dig in!


diy chalkboard dessert toppers

I love that these toppers can be reused throughout the year and for all types of celebrations from birthday breakfasts to report card day! I found these small wooden shapes for less than 50 cents at Michaels and gave them a triple coat of chalkboard paint.

What you need.

Wooden shapes
Straws, popsicle sticks, or small dowels
Chalkboard paint
Foam brush
Paper towel or newspaper
Hot glue gun and glue

diy chalkboard dessert toppers

The how to.

  1. Protect your crafting surface with paper towel or newspaper.
  2. Paint your wooden shapes using the chalkboard paint. When using chalkboard paint for crafts, I use a minimum of 3 coats. Allow for drying time in between coats. It seems to dry quickly.
  3. Attach your wooden shapes to your stick using a dab of hot glue.
  4. Draw or decorate your chalkboard topper for your occasion.
  5. Insert into your sweet treat.
  6. Dig in!


diy paper printable and washi garland dessert topper

Washi tape is a huge trend right now – and there are limitless crafts you can muster with it! My go-to topper are washi garlands. Paired with a paper banner, it makes a super sweet addition to your treat. I’ve designed two free printable paper banners in 3 colors for your next occasion.

What you need.

A collection of favorite washi tapes
Skewers, straws or small dowels
Free printable paper banner: {Click to download} HOORAY! or HAPPY BIRTHDAY

diy paper and washi garland dessert topper and free printable

The how to.

  1. Cut a 18 inch length of twine
  2. Cut your washi tape in equal or varied lengths and fold evenly over the twine, leaving 5 inches of vacant twine on each end.
  3. Print the free printable paper banner and trim.
  4. Secure your paper banner to the top of your sticks using a piece of washi or hot glue
  5. Below the paper banner, tightly secure your washi tape garland using a double knot or bow to each stick.
  6. Insert into your sweet treat.
  7. Dig in!

 Grab Your Free Printables HERE:

DIY Happy Birthday Dessert Topper

DIY HOORAY! Dessert Topper

Pin It

Cool DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Thursday, June 6th, 2013


Father’s Day is only a couple weeks away and whether celebrating my awesome Dad or my husband who is an incredible dad to our kids, I think it’s so meaningful to give handmade gifts, especially if they can be made by kids – or at least with their help. Those seem to be the gifts that are saved and cherished through the years (though hopefully any edible parts of the gift won’t be saved for years!).

Like I did for Mother’s Day (turnabout is fair play!), I’ve combed the Mom Advice archives to bring you some fun and easy gifts for dad that don’t take a lot of money or time and I’m also including two new projects from this year because, well, I love them!

To round out our list of gift ideas, I found a few more sweet and memorable projects from other creative bloggers that you might want to make – just please be sure to pin from the original source I’ve provided if you’d like to add one to a Pinterest board. Thanks!


Our newest Father’s Day idea: a sweet Candy Bouquet!


Fun Mom Advice Monster Printables & Monster Bars


Mom Advice’s Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle


Our DIY Chalkboard Conversation Bubble Cookie Jars

Dad's movie-basket

A favorite gift for dad: a Movie Basket complete with photo card


How about Mom Advice’s Sugar and Spice Nut Mix for a sweet dad?


And this Mom Advice classic Power Pack for Super Dad Gift Basket would be a terrific tie-in combined with tickets to see the new superman movie!

scrabble frame

Scrabble Tile Frame @ Zitzman Fam

fathers' day photo collage

Chalkboard Thought Bubbles Photo Collage @ Positively Splendid

instagram photo coasters

Instagram Photo Coasters @ White House Black Shutters


‘Pat On The Back’ Father’s Day Shirt @ Sugar Bee Crafts

painted golf tees

Painted Golf Tees + Packaging @ Reading Confetti

Father's Day apron

‘Caution’ Man’s Apron @ I Heart Naptime

DIY Tool_Tub_Tote

DIY Too Tub Tote @ Sew 4 Home

Kids handprint craft

Kids Handprint Tracing Craft @ Mom Always Finds Out


Walk In Your Shoes Art @ JDaniel4sMom


Nuts-and-Bolts Frame @ B-Inspired Mama

Here’s to a fun Father’s Day!

Pin It

Quick & Easy Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Quick and Easy Mothers Day Ideas Here it is the week before Mother’s Day already! Are you all set or are you still looking for some special, and more importantly – meaningful, gifts for your moms and grandmas? You probably know that around here we think that gifts we make ourselves are the most meaningful, as they truly have a little bit of us in every gift we give.

Along these lines, I’ve searched the archives of Mom Adivce to bring you some of our quickest and easiest DIY projects that would be perfect for the women in your life! I’ve grouped them into four categories that moms are guaranteed to love:

DIY Flowers - who says you need to buy traditional flowers that last only a little while? Try crafting a bouquet or floral jewelry that will last much longer…maybe forever!

Fun Breakfasts – whether for a special breakfast-in-bed or a family brunch, any of these favorite recipes will help celebrate mom.

Pampering Gifts – these easy to make projects will make mom feel special – just make sure she gets the time to use them!

Special Confections – not your everyday sweets, these are certain to show mom your the extra care you took to shower her with love…and sugar!

Finally, these tips on how to use Goodwill items for your gift wrapping may spark some ideas to make even the presentation special:

I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day – either giving or receiving!

Pin It

19 Awesome Ways to Show Teacher Appreciation

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

19 Teacher Appreciation Ideas
As you may have guessed by now, we love our teachers and we love letting them know how thankful we are for all the time, energy, and love they put into educating our children! I look forward to Teacher Appreciation Week each year (May 6-10 this year) as a time I can really let them know how we feel (though of course telling them all through the school year is allowed, too!).

Today I’m excited to share with you 19 of our best teacher appreciation ideas – all pulled from the archives of MomAdvice! Some years I have more time and some years less, so there are ideas for gifts that can be created in minutes like Oreo Cookie Biscotti:

oreo biscotti

Or if you have more time there are some super special ideas that are guaranteed to knock their socks off like a Rosette Bib Necklace:


Need a few more ideas…how about 17 more? These are some of the best projects I’ve come up with over the years – and I found them to be a great way to show love to the awesome teachers in our lives!

1. DIY Book Page Flower Bouquet (this year’s teacher appreciation idea!)

2.  Teacher School Supplies Cake

3.  Raise Your Hand If You Mustache a Question Printable & Mustache Mug

4.  Rolled Rosette Pins

5. Light & Fluffy Baked Cake Donuts

6.  No-Slip Bookmarks (3rd project in the post)

7.  Oatmeal Cookies & Milk Bath Soak

8.  Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Brownies

9.  Easy Felt Fabric Brooches

10. Light Snickerdoodle Biscotti

11. Rolled Rosette Ribbon Rings

12. Fabric Flower Pins

13. Honey Nut Granola

14. Knitted Coffee Cozies

15 DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses

16. Six Stitch Knitted Ruffled Scarf

17. Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle

What are some ways you’ve found to say thanks to teachers?

Pin It

21 Fun Easter & Spring Projects

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

spring-easter projects

I’m back with another round-up of great ideas for you – this time it’s lots of fun (and simple!) Easter & Spring projects. Between the Mom Advice archives and all the other inspirational projects I found, I knew I couldn’t limit myself to only one area, so you’ll find projects for the whole family to cook, craft, or decorate – for the holiday and beyond. In other words, something for everyone!

Cooking Projects:


Bread Machine Bunny Bread @ Mom Advice


Bunny Carrot Dip @ Pizzazzerie


Peep Martinis @ Mom Advice


Jelly Bean Bark @ The Frugal Girls


Bird’s Nest Macaroons @ Faux Martha

bunny krispie pops

Chubby Bunny Krispie Pops @ Shaken Together Life

And when you’re ready for nourishing food,

vegetable soup with pesto

Spring Vegetable Soup with Pesto @ Healthy Delicious

Crafting Projects:


Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Bow @ Mom Advice


DIY Peep Wreath with Rolled Ribbon Rosette @ Mom Advice

Paint with cotton tips

Paper Eggs Cotton Tip Painting @ Danya Banya


Felt Flower Brooch @ Mom Advice


Egg Carton Painted Sheep @ Blog Me Mom


Daffodil Bunting @ Nurture Store

DIY Easter Stickers

DIY Easter Stickers @ MerMag Blog

Decorating Projects:


Embroidery Thread Eggs @ Mom Advice

Simple Spring Tablescape

Simple Spring Tablescape @ Love of Family and Home


Boxwood Bunny Wreath @ Simplicity in the South


Yarn Egg Wreath @ The Sweet Survival

pinata-eggs Pinata Eggs @ A Subtle Revelry

Easy-Easter-Decorating-with rice Colored Rice Easter Decoration @ Today’s Creative Blog

And last, but not least, how about some help cleaning up after all this fun?


The Big Spring Clean @ Living Well Spending Less

Happy Easter!

Pin It

18 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013


Are you looking for some simple, fun, and creative crafts, recipes, and decorations for St. Patrick’s Day? Me too! So I pulled a couple ideas from our archives and then found a few more to inspire us with their simple ingredients, kid-friendly steps, and fun presentations.

Here are a couple of Mom Advice classics:


Rainbow Cake in a Jar with Cloud Frosting

Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Straw Tags
And sixteen more easy St. Paddy’s day ideas:

felt shamrock craft

Felt Shamrock Hair Accessories @ Molly Moo
Irish Potato Cakes

Irish Potato Cakes @ Irish American Mom

Chocolate Covered Pretzels @ Love From the Oven
Framed Luck Tags

Framed Luck Tags @ Organize and Decorate Everything

Salt Dough Shamrock Necklace @ 2 Clever Blog

Pot o’ Gold Marshmallow Pops @ Babies, Bellies & Beyond
candle collage

Decoupaged Candles @ Mess for Less
St-Patrick-Day Candy Bark

Pretzel & Cookie Candy Bark @ Formula Mom

St. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies & Printable @ No Biggie

Kiss Me Block @ Celebrations

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Push-Ups @ A Pumpkin and A Princess

Crepe Paper Shamrock Streamers @ Studio DIY

Rainbow Yarn Wreath @ Crafts ‘n Coffee

Soda Bread Biscuits @ Simmworks Family

Lucky Yarn-Covered Vase @ Mod Podge Rocks

Mint Chocolate Rice Crispie Treats @ Better in Bulk
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Pin It

Tips for Hosting a Great Easter Celebration

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Looking for some tips and ideas for hosting your Easter celebration this year? Today I am sharing my tips & ideas for hosting the best Easter celebration over at the Snackpicks site.

Head on over to find out some ideas for setting your table, choosing a great color scheme, and get recipes idea for elegant and effortless dishes to serve for your Easter gathering. I hope you will find some great ideas and inspiration for the Easter season!

Looking for other fun Easter projects on MomAdvice? Here are six recommendations for a fun Easter season.

1. Marbleized Easter Eggs

2. Homemade Bunny Bread (in the Bread Machine)

3. Deviled Eggs (to be created from your dyed eggs)

4. DIY Fabric Flower Barrettes (for Easter accessories)

5. Budget-Minded Easter Celebrations

6. Kool-Aid Easter Egg Dying


Don’t forget, I also have a fun Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Bow that would make the perfect Easter accessory for a little girl in your life. Be sure to head over to that tutorial and find out how to make this craft that requires no craft skills at all.

Happy Easter, everyone!


Pin It

Valentine’s Day Yarn Wreath

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to decorate my little yarn wreath for one of my favorite holidays. Today I wanted to share with you another fun way to decorate that wreath of yours and some fun creations you can make with a simple piece or two of felt.

You may recognize this yarn wreath that I made this Fall to decorate our front door. This wreath was created because of the limited amount of storage in our house. I created this wreath to transition with the seasons and figured out a way to create accessories that could easily be removed and switched out with the holidays. Say goodbye to this old Fall look and let’s brighten things up with some Valentine’s Day fun today!


For this wreath, I wanted to create some loopy flowers in pinks and purples for my wreath.  I found a multi-pack of fun felt colors at Walmart over by the craft supplies with my Valentine’s Day colors in it.  You will also need a hot glue gun, glue sticks, scissors, a tape measure, and your choice of a clip (like I have shown here) or a jewelry pin (you can find those in the jewelry-making supplies).

Taking your felt square (which is roughly the size of a sheet of paper), measure 1 1/2 inches width. You will cut a strip 1 1/2 inches wide along the long edge of your piece of felt. Repeat one more time so that you have two of these strips for your loopy flower.

Dab a little hot glue on each end of the piece of felt and fold in half. I also like to make sure it is a little secure in the middle with one more dab of glue, but you can judge for yourself how secure you like it.

Cut slits down the side that is not glued.  You can make them fat or thin depending on what type of look you are going for. You can cut them straight or cut them on an angle. Basically, anything goes with the cutting!

Now start rolling your little loopy flower up and add a dab of hot glue here and there to make sure it all holds secure.

So pretty! You can leave it like this for a small loopy flower or you can use that other strip of felt you cut and start cutting it up just like the last one.

Once you have that second piece of felt cut, you can start wrapping it around the outside of your loopy flower you started, picking up where you left off with the last piece of felt. You can do two different colors of felt or keep it sweet and simple with the same color. Apologies for switching colors on you, my pictures from the first flower didn’t turn out as good.

Hot glue a small circle of felt to the back of your loopy flower to hold it all together. Add your pin or clip to attach the flowers to your wreath.

If you have any stray strips of felt, you can transform them into bows. I just fashioned this one into a bow shape and then secured it with a little floral wire in the center. Cover your wire with another little scrap of felt and you have another fun element to your wreath.

Here are all of my fun Valentine’s Day accessories on my wreath. I made these felt roses, several of these loopy flowers, and a bow in the middle clipped to the top. You could also add some cute fabric flowers, if you like, in other fun Valentine’s Day shades.

Same exact wreath.

Totally different look.

I saved all of my accessories (that my daughter did not run away to accessorize her room) and I can just reapply those fall accessories next year.

It is much easier to store a box of accessories than a million wreaths in my basement.

What special traditions have you created for your family for Valentine’s Day in your house? Do you have any special crafts you do together or any special food traditions? I would love to hear your ideas!

Pin It

Amy’s Handmade Holiday Craft Factory 2011

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Handmade gifts are my favorite kinds of gifts to give. Unfortunately, since the recepients read my blog, I had to hold off and show off my holiday crafts until now. I hope that you can bookmark these for future gift-giving though since all of these gifts were so well received and fun to create!

I ended up making two yarn wreaths this year for holiday gifts- one for my best friend and one for my mother-in-law. I did five fabric flowers on each, three rosettes, and one spray of berries/flowers.  The most time intensive part of this is definitely covering the wreath with yarn, but it is a great craft to do while catching up on your favorite shows.  To find out how to make a wreath of your own, visit this tutorial on creating a yarn wreath!

Our teachers loved our, “Raise Your Hand if You Mustache a question mugs and printables we created for them. I filled the mugs with my homemade cocoa mix and paired it with marshmallows for a fun gift this year. I spray painted the frames red to give them a little pop of color.  According to my son the teachers really got a chuckle out of these and we had fun making them.

The Peppermint Marshmallows were bagged up for gift giving for all of  the  special people who make our lives so much better.  After making them as party favors to take home for my daughter’s birthday party, making them for all of the teachers, making a batch for the helpers in our lives, and giving out some to our family members, I ended up giving 27 dozen of these away!  They were so easy to make and so yummy to eat that it was one of my favorite gifts that I got to give this year. These would be so cute cut into hearts for Valentine’s Day too for February cocoa topping.  I am now a believer that homemade marshmallows are the best kind of marshmallows to eat and to share.

Fabric flowers adorned everything I gave this year. I made about fifteen of these pins to top gifts and packaged them up sweetly with our teacher gifts.  I bought two bracelets on clearance before the holidays and realized why they were on clearance when the elastic on both of them snapped after I slipped them on. The beads scattered everywhere and I gathered them up and threw them in my craft box for a future use. I ended up using those little pearls and broken bits to adorn the centers of the flowers. I still haven’t made a pin for myself yet… hopefully one of these days I will make a few of these for myself!

To match these pins, I found this tutorial for creating fabric covered button bracelets on The Mother Huddle.  I discovered one thing through this process… making buttons is not easy. My fingers were breaking and each button seemed to take forever.  I had planned to make four of these and ended up only making two. They are so pretty and worth every minute of effort, but it is hard to find a way to share just how special these are. I wanted to write a note with each of them that said, “Handmade. Like Really Handmade. Like I Made Buttons. Like Broke My Fingers For You. Because I Love You That Much Hard.”  I think I might try and do some fun stuff with my extra materials though after my fingers heal from this last round of button making. Who knew a girl could make buttons herself?


I kept visiting boutiques and shops and seeing these cute knitted ear warmers with flowers on them. I just knew these would make fantastic gifts for my sister and best friend for the holidays. These knitted up so quickly and easily and I had fun personalizing them with unique buttons to finish them off.

Cozy Ear Warmers

Pattern: Strictly Knit Flower Headband Ear Warmer (available for purchase for $5 on Ravelry)

Needle Size: US  9

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (in Ivory) & Red Heart Soft Yarn (in Plum)

Notes:  The trick with making this ear warmer super soft and warm is that you knit with two balls of yarn to create a thicker ear warmer than you would with a single ball of yarn. This pattern is easy and straightforward. I had a blast making these two headbands and can’t wait to make one for myself soon!


My nephew is a nut for anything Angry Birds so I was dying to make something for him that incorporated his favorite game! I decided to knit him an Angry Birds hat and I will admit, I never thought I could do it.  TWO eyes, TWO eyebrows, TWO eyeballs, and a nose?  I can’t do that. I was really worried about this hat, but mostly about appliqueing all of the details to the front.  I was shocked this turned out and I am pretty proud of my handiwork on this one.

Angry Birds Hat

Pattern: Red Bird With an Attitude (available for purchase for$3.99)

Needle Size: US  8 (16″ circulars)

Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! (in Red, White, Black) &  scraps of orange from my yarn stash

Notes: This pattern is fairly straightforward. I would recommend sizing down (at least) one needle size because the 1×1 ribbing on the edge is very loose and will not fit on the head snugly.

I love how this bird turned out. You could definitely make the tail a little longer to make it wave and stitch in the back or you can tie it in a loop if it doesn’t set comfortably on your child’s head.

I opted to knit my eyeballs on this one because I didn’t want to have to mess with felt or buttons.

Knitted eyeballs:

CO 1 stitch Loosely (leaving a 4” tail)
Row 1: Knit in front and back of this stitch five times (5 stitches should be on your needle)
Row 2: Knit all stitches
Row 3: Purl all stitches
Row 4: Knit all stitches but do not turn. Pass 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th stitch over the 1st stitch. One stitch will be left on the needle. Cut the yarn (leaving a 3” tail.
Ball up the yarn from the cast on tail and stuff it inside the eyeball. Stitch the eyeball closed and then secure it to the white part of the eye. Repeat for the other side.


Here is the adorable recipient in his little hat.  He kept pulling people aside and saying, “See this hat? It’s special. My Aunt Amy made it just for me. Just for me.”

Yup, you are special and  you are loved.

Handmade gifts say you are loved in BIG ways.

Did you tackle any holiday crafts? What is your proudest craft you created or received for the holidays? Please share here!


Best Christmas Break Ever (Told Through Instagram)

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Good morning, friends! I hope that you all have enjoyed your Christmas and New Year’s with your families. The holiday break was just what our family needed this year to get our 2012 started out right. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to regroup and spend some much needed time with our family.

We did a whole lot of nothing this year while we were on holiday. My husband took the entire week off of work and for the first time ever, we had a whole week of nothing.

I bought a big box of Christmas puzzles that I thought the kids would enjoy doing with us.  Our kids could have cared less about the puzzles after the first day, but Ryan & I found ourselves sitting down every night and trying to put these together while listening to holiday tunes on Pandora. I think this was one of my favorite things that we did and I can’t wait to tackle these again next year.

As is the tradition in our house, the kids opened their Christmas pajamas one day early and we took them in their new jammies to see the holiday lights and for peppermint shakes at Steak & Shake.  All other traditions ceased to exist after our family was attacked with a rotten case of the stomach flu.

Of course the stomach flu happened on my daughter’s birthday, Christmas Eve, then Christmas Day…pretty much all of the important days to our family. We tried not to let it rain on our perfect Christmas break though.   On Christmas Day morning though, we were all feeling well enough for our baked gingerbread donuts and the kids enjoyed this fun treat with mugs of milk after opening their presents.

The week before Christmas break, I shut our cable off on our television. After I shut it off, I realized it was the week before Christmas break and banged my head against the wall. Surprisingly, we have done really well without our cable (more on that later). I figure if we could make it through this week, we could make it through any week since this is the most time we ever have to watch television.

The kids really enjoyed our old favorites (A Christmas Story, Rudolph, & Charlie Brown) and Emily discovered her inner superstar after she saw, “Annie,” for the first time.  There was a lot of signing and dancing in this house this year. It still turned out to be a great lazy week of television watching despite our cable shut down.

We had a wonderful NYE with friends and I am looking forward to seeing what this next year has in store.  God has been very, very good to us. I am thankful for all of the blessings that happened in 2011. I always like to start the year out with a few goals and this year is no different.

My resolutions for 2012 are:

Finish the writing of my first book

Read two literary classics

Read 60 books this year (in total)

Take a knitting class that pushes me out of my comfort zone

Keep a daily journal (that is not my blog)

I don’t know how I am going to manage to get those kids back to school this week since we have barely climbed out of our pajamas by noon each day, but I am sure it will feel good to be up and moving again once we get in the swing of things.  We were thankful for our completely lazy and indulgent holiday and hope you had a wonderful holiday too!

Happy New Year to each of you! What are your resolutions this year? What was your favorite moment from your holiday break?