Archive for November, 2011

Amy’s Notebook 11.30.11

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

I am in love with these DIY vintage bookmarks (@ the vintage lemon)

This DIY Pottery Barn inspired advent calendar is so pretty & frugal (@ the feminist housewife)

This dollar store Christmas village makeover is simply genius! (@ The 36th Avenue)

I am dying to make this magnetic advent calendar for our family (@ Twig & Thistle)

These Wicked cupcakes are so cute and a great party theme (@ The Happy Housewife)

These ice cube tray snack trays for a toddler birthday party are just adorable (@ Jennifer Bishop Designs)

Oh, my! Red velvet cheesecake cake sounds like a decadent little treat for the holidays (@ recipe girl)

This fabric gift tag advent calendar is another fun way to countdown the holidays (@ Skip to My Lou)

This double braided scarf looks like a pretty & thrifty holiday gift (@ put up your dukes)

This wreath made from leftover napkins is a creative idea for using leftover party supplies (@ Living Locurto)

This homemade salted caramel hot chocolate looks like a fun winter treat (@ infarrantly creative)

This easy leafy foliage wreath looks like a great addition to the holiday decor (@ make it & love it)

These mitten tags are a fun way to embellish a gift (@ design sponge)

This picture frame upcycled into a chalkboard serving tray is such a cute idea (@ My So Called Green Life)

Cardamom and cream cheese squares look like a delicious little dessert (@ oh joy!)

36 Handmade Gift Ideas

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The holidays are here and for me that means lots of holiday crafting, baking, knitting, and creating.  Today I wanted to share with you 36 handmade gift ideas that you can create for gifts this year. It can be a challenge to come up with great handmade gifts year after year so I hope that these 36 handmade gift ideas will give you some inspiration this holiday season as you tackle your own holiday crafts.

Of course, all month long will be dedicated to baking, crafting, and knitting as we prepare for the holidays. After this month, we will get back to tackling the organizing and caring for our homes after the holiday aftermath.

For now, I am looking forward to reveling in a lot of one on one time with my glue gun and baking in the kitchen with you.

Let’s get crafting!

36 Handmade Gift Ideas

1. Knitted Anthropologie-Inspired Scarflet
2. Coffee Filter Wreaths
3. Close to My Heart Barrette
4. Honey Nut Granola
5. Treasure Chests (For a Boy or Girl)
6. Yarn Wreath For All Seasons
7. Cinnamon Delight Bread
8. Cabled Knitted Headband
9. Personalized CD
10 Light Banana Oat Bread
11. Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves
12. Peppermint Syrup (for Homemade Peppermint Mochas)
13. Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Brownies
14. Gap-Tastic Cowl
15. Hot Cocoa Mix
16. Knitted Dishcloths (Part One)
17. Knitted Ruffled Scarf
18. Knitted Dishcloths (Part Two)
19. Oreo Biscotti
20. Movie Lover’s Gift Basket
21. Hand Painted Mugs (DIY Painted Pottery Day)
22. Spiced Pumpkin Bread
23. Vanilla Scented Granola
24. Gorgeous Gathered Scarfs
25. Merci Scarf
26. Photo Journals With a Unique Spin
27. Vanilla Chai Mix
28. Shades of Gray Knitted Headband
29. Yarn Ball Wreaths
30. Cozy Knitted Fingerless Gloves
31. Oatmeal Cookes & Milk Bath Soak
32. Stretchy Ribbon Bookmarks
33. Rolled Rosette Rings
34. Snickerdoodle Biscotti
35. Candy Cane Bath Salts
36. Knitted Prayer Shawls

Pin It

Great Reads for Moms: November ’11 Edition

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

I hope everyone has been enjoying loads of good reads this year and I hope I have added a little inspiration to your library wish lists this year.  Next month I will share with you my top ten for the year. I had a lofty goal to read 80 books this year, but I don’t think I am going to make it to this goal.  I am seriously short on my goal this year thanks to all the crafting and writing I have been doing this year, but I am sitting pretty at 52 books so far this year so I won’t hang my head in shame.

If you are looking for a little inspiration this new year, be sure to check our MomAdvice fan page for a weekly check-in on what everyone is reading each week on our Facebook Fan Page. I hope you will swing by on Fridays and share about the books you are working on or request recommendations with one another. So far it is a huge success and I have gotten a few new ideas for my own stack!

Just as a reminder, I read many more books than are just featured here, but try to feature the ones that are my absolute best picks of the month here. If you want to read more, please feel free to friend me on GoodReads! My username is momadvice and I am always happy to connect with people there too! There is nothing more motivating than seeing what other people are raving about and my to-be-read pile continues to grow with all of my new friends on there! In fact, many of the books featured are ones that I have found through my friends on GoodReads.

Pictured above is my favorite reading corner in our house. I put my feet up on my favorite chair in my office for at least an hour a day and try to make a little me time no matter how crazy life gets.  Snag one of these books on your next trip to the library and find a reading corner in your home this month amid the holiday craziness!

Happy reading, friends!

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

It is rare for me to feel completely transported by a book, but Melanie Benjamin’s latest book swept me off my feet and literally had me searching for corners to read in until I could finish it. Fans of Benjamin’s last book, “Alice I Have Been,” will not be disappointed with this book and the unique perspective that Benjamin adds to sharing the story of Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie Bump.

Vinnie stood at a mere two feet and eight inches tall, but her small stature is the only small element to her big story.  Born in the nineteenth century, most families were encouraged to keep children plagued with genetic abnormalities or disorders hidden away from the public eye. Vinnie always wanted to be in the spotlight though and despite her parent’s longing for her to choose a quiet simple life of being home with them, Vinnie became a school teacher in her town. This wasn’t the path she wanted most in her life though and she felt she was destined for bigger things. When a “cousin” decides to start a traveling show, he reaches out to see if Vinnie might be interested in being a part of it. With Vinnie’s eyes always set on the prize of being on stage, she accepts the job to be in the traveling show, despite her parent’s best judgment.

The show isn’t what Vinnie ever had hoped it would be and she finds she is paraded as a freak rather than the life singing and dancing she thought she was going to have. Ever determined to be and make more of her life, she sends a letter to P.T. Barnum that will forever alter the course of her life and create a friendship with a man that she never dreamed she would have in her life.

Benjamin writes the story of Vinnie in such an honest and raw way that, in parts, I found myself a little teary-eyed. She perfectly captures the challenges of being small, the ridicule from others, the admiration when she finds her place in society, and the continual challenges of believing in your destiny no matter what.  While Vinnie is not always likeable, she is admirable.

I can’t recommend this book enough, if I tried. Vinnie’s story is captivating as are the other amazing characters in this story.   Read this one today!


If you liked this book you might like: Alice I Have Been, Water for Elephants, & Shanghai Girls

(MomAdvice Rating- 5 Stars out of 5 Stars)

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Victoria Jones was a child that has been unloved and unwanted by many.  After going from foster care home to foster care home, she finally find someone who loves her whole-heartedly and wants to adopt her as her own.  Elizabeth is a dream mother to this wounded child.  She spends hours teaching Victoria the Victorian names and meanings for flowers and how to care for them. These lessons t later become the tools that she must employ to share her feelings and find work later in her life. Through a traumatic turn of events though, Elizabeth never adopts Victoria and at eighteen she is declared emancipated with no money, nowhere to go, and no one who loves her.

Victoria makes her home in the local park, sleeping in the grass at night, and even begins to plant her own garden in the park. When a local florist happens upon Victoria and her talent for flower arranging, she is hired on the spot to help with her small floral shop. Word soon gets around about Victoria’s talent for arrangements, carefully chosen & arranged based on their Victorian flower names and what they mean for their recipients.

When Victoria runs into a floral vendor who happens to be someone from her & Elizabeth’s past, she must decide if she can ever move forward from the secret that she is harboring in her heart and if she can ever feel and find love again.

The story switches from Victoria’s childhood to her time now as an adult. It never is confusing, but outlines the heartbreaking story of a difficult childhood and why Victoria would have such difficulties as an adult.

It is so surprising that this is Diffenbaugh’s first novel as she writes with experience and description that you rarely find in a debut novel.  I have no doubt you will love this book as much as I did!


If you liked this book you might like: The Last Will of Moira Leahy, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, & The Murderer’s Daughters.

(MomAdvice Rating- 5 Stars out of 5 Stars)

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Imagine if your sins were on display for the entire world to see?  Hillary Jordan creates a futuristic spin on how society would look if our skin was colored based on the crime we committed.  The story follows Hannah Payne who has recently been, “chromed,” and is red because she has committed murder.  Hannah knows that this is the cross that she must bear for her crimes, but she has no idea how horrible her life will be now that society knows the sins she has committed.

Hannah was always a good girl and was raised in a very conservative family where it was even frowned up on to wear anything with color or that would draw attention to her natural beauty. The climate of the government also leans towards conservative views and the laws go along with the government views of what is right and wrong in this dystopian society.  She has always been a girl that has done the right thing, but she falls in love with a married man who sweeps her off her feet and causes her to make a decision that she will now spend the remainder of her sentence paying for.  To protect the future of the prominent man that she has fallen in love with, she must bear the burden alone and is now melachromed for her actions for all the world to see.

When an extremist underground group tries to help Hannah and reverse the chroming that has been done to her, the reader is taken on a thrilling journey as Hannah risks her safety and life for the crime she has committed.

Hillary Jordan could not have picked a book concept further from her fantastic debut, “Mudbound.”  This book would lend itself well to book club discussions as it flips every political debate on its head.  From abortion to women’s rights to Christianity to punishment for one’s crimes, no political rock is left unturned.  While one might not agree with Hannah’s viewpoint or those of the extremist views of the underground group, the concept of chroming is rich with discussion and a true modern day take on, “The Scarlet Letter.”

If you liked this book you might like: The Hunger Games, Matched, & Mudbound.

(MomAdvice Rating- 4 Stars out of 5 Stars)


The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

I love a good thriller and Chris Bohjalian’s, “Night Strangers,” offers part mystery, part thriller, part horror in this latest book.

Chip & Emily Linton decide to relocate their family of four to a new town in Northern New Hampshire in hopes of a fresh start. Chip was a pilot whose plane had a double engine failure and thirty-nine of his passengers perished.  Chip is weighed down with the burden of all the passengers he has lost and knows that a fresh start is just what they need.

When they find a town filled with neighbors who seem to want to include them in their circle, are constantly running food to them, who want to help care for their twin daughters, and all have a love for gardening… well, who wouldn’t they feel like they picked the perfect place to raise their family?

In a dusty corner of their old Victorian home though lies a secret that threatens to change their lives forever. A door has seemingly been sealed with thirty-nine carriage bolts. Thirty-nine is a very significant number to their family and the irony of that is not lost on Chip.  When he decides to takes his aggression and anguish out on the door and rid it of the carriage bolts, he unlocks a nightmare for their family that they never expected.

The build on this book is slow and the descriptions are labor-intensive. The story did not grab me right away, but when I hit about halfway in this one, I really wanted to solve the mysteries in the town and discover just what these helpful neighbors were up to.  Regardless of the slow build, it did have a great story that just might give you a nightmare or two.

If you liked this book you might like: The Things That Keep Us Here, These Things Hidden, & Never Knowing.

(MomAdvice Rating- 4 Stars out of 5 Stars)


Not enough great reads for you? Check out our Books section of our site for monthly recommendations and ideas for making reading a priority again in your busy mom life!

Disclosure: All of the links above are affiliate links and are provided so you can locate the books quickly and easily. Feel free to order a book, but we encourage utilizing the library system and buying me a latte instead.  Then we both would be really happy and we could have our own little book club together! Wouldn’t that just be so much more lovely? Happy Reading!

What has been in your book stack this month? Feel free to share your book recommendations or feedback on any of the books that have been mentioned above! I love getting new suggestions for my book pile!



An Apron Full of Giveaways: 1 Year of Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Orange Juice

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Sadie Kay Boutique, $18

Happy Holidays, friends! Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways!  As we do each week,  here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

This week I am giving away another year’s supply of Minute Maid Pure Squeezed orange juice to one lucky reader. You can find our giveaway over at The MotherLoot! Be sure to head over there to get an entry in!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we aren’t giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck to each of you!

Shrimp Pasta With Oven Dried Tomatoes

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Sometimes you happen upon a recipe that you just know is going to be a winner. When I saw this recipe for Shrimp Pasta With Oven Dried Tomatoes, I just knew that our family would flip for it and could not wait to try it.  I decided to make this one for a yummy weekend meal and there were barely any leftovers because, in their words, “We just can’t stop eating this.”

This dish is restaurant-worthy and is another dish that I can add to our pool of date night meals in for my husband and I. The sweetness of the tomatoes, the creaminess of the mascarpone cheese, and the big bites of shrimp throughout make this the perfect dish to entertain with or just to share with your family around the table.

Many of my favorite dishes (like my Presto Pesto Pasta Con Pollo or my Skillet Penne & Sausage Supper) call for sundried tomatoes as an ingredient and these can be both expensive and not available at the grocery stores that I shop at. I had never thought to try oven drying the tomatoes, but this technique yielded a deliciously chewy tomato that would be perfect as a substitution in my pasta recipes.  You do need to plan ahead with this technique, but it is so simple and straightforward that you can be tackling other things around the house while you create your own dried tomatoes for your recipes.



Shrimp Pasta with Oven-Dried Tomatoes

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

Olive oil

Small pinch of sugar

Kosher salt and pepper

1 lb. bowtie pasta

2 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided

1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

¾ cup chopped yellow onion (I did omit these)

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp. red pepper flakes

½ cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)

6 oz. mascarpone cheese*

½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

¼ cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

*Mascarpone cheese is similar to cream cheese and can be found in the specialty cheese section of most grocery stores.


To make the oven dried tomatoes, preheat the oven to 225˚ F. Place the tomatoes in a small baking dish in a single layer, cut side facing up. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and season with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper. Bake for about 3 hours, or until the tomatoes are mostly shriveled up. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Once boiling, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well.

While the pasta is cooking, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook in a single layer, flipping once during cooking, just until opaque, about 2-3 minutes. Remove to a plate, tent loosely with foil and set aside. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the pan. Sauté the onion until slightly softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and sauté just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine or broth and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Return the shrimp to the pan and add in the drained pasta along with the oven-dried tomatoes. Add the mascarpone to the pan and stir until completely melted. Stir in the basil and Parmesan, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan as desired.

Prep Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Serving Size: 6
Source:  Annie’s Eats (not adapted at all, absolute perfection)

Happy Holidays, Friends!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. We are off on a secret mission to surprise our children. We have packed our bags and are on our way to the Sunshine State to see both sets of grandparents and to share a Thanksgiving meal with them.

The ultimate in surprises is happening this week and we can’t wait to surprise our kids with a trip to Disney and see their faces when we tell them that we are going there for the day. It has been an extremely difficult secret to keep and I am hoping to capture the big reveal on camera. I have lots of surprises in store for this trip and I am so thankful that we get to do this as a family.

We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Sending lots of love to each of you this holiday!

Content will resume as normal on Monday. Until then, enjoy ever moment that you can with your precious families!



Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

I am so excited to begin sharing some new gift ideas for all the people in your life. Of course, if there is one trend that is hot right now it is mustaches. We wanted to jump on the mustache-loving trend and share with you some free mustache templates that can be used to adorn any mug and a free mustache printable for your favorite teachers.

Mustaches can adorn anything from a fun glass beer mug for a great guy gift, to a cute little shaving set for your favorite dad, to a fun mug for your best friend.

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

To begin, there are many ideas for paint that you can use with your mug. You can buy a fine tipped painter’s marker at the craft store and outline and paint your mustache with this and/or you can buy a porcelain paint set (that requires not heat setting), or a porcelain paint that needs to be baked.

With the type of paints that don’t require heat, you are looking for one that has a conditioner, the black paint, and then the gloss. These do not need to be heat set, but do require ten days to set up.

I used a combination of the two. I applied the conditioner, used the paint marker and filled a bit with the black paint, and then applied the glaze to set the paint. I have had great success with the non-heat setting variety, but you can choose whichever type works best for your budget, is already in your craft supplies, or whichever is on sale.

You will also need a beautiful mug for your project. I found these large white mugs for a little over $2 at Walmart. Feel free to visit the dollar store or thrift shop for an inexpensive mug of your choice!

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

Begin by applying the conditioner to your mugs and let them dry. This should only take about ten or fifteen minutes.

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

Cut, secure with a little tape underneath, trace with your painter’s pen, and fill in your mustache of choice. We have three different options available so you can choose your favorite for your mug.

Let it dry overnight and then apply the glaze over your piece.

Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

Of course, what fun is a mustache mug without a great printable go along with it? This mustache printable is the perfect sign to adorn any teachers desk.

“Raise Your Hand If You Must Ask (Mustache) a Question,” is a great motto for class. I placed this fun printable in an inexpensive frame that I spray painted red. The mug is filled with a small denominator Starbucks gift card to round out this budget-friendly gift for your favorite teacher.

Get Printing:

Raise Your Hand if You Moustache a Question Free Printable

Printable Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11″ (can be trimmed for an 8×10 frame)

Print on Heavy-Duty White Cardstock


Three Free Mustache Templates

Printable Dimensions: These mustaches are 3″ long

Print On Standard Computer Paper for Tracing


Mustache Mugs & Free Mustache Printables from

Happy mustache mug making!

What holiday craft projects have you been working on?  Feel free to share any links to what you are working on! Access all of our craft fun on MomAdvice by visiting our Craft Section. Happy crafting, friends!

Pin It

An Apron Full of Giveaways 11.22.11

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Peabodies Glasshouse, $25

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways! I hope everyone is having a great week this week! As we do each week,  here is our round-up of giveaways for our readers. We hope that this is beneficial to you and your family! Please let us know if you guys win anything- I love to hear the success stories!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we aren’t giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Kid’s Movies).”

Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck to each of you!

Martha Stewart’s Macaroni & Cheese

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I have heard that Martha Stewart’s macaroni & cheese is, perhaps, the best macaroni & cheese in the world. Feeling ambitious, I decided to give her mac cheese a try in our house because, goodness, what do we have to lose?

If there is one thing that I am madly in love with it is a good macaroni & cheese recipe. I have tried many, but very few are creamy enough or have that flavor that I really love in a good macaroni. Rarely do I make the homemade stuff, but even rarer do I find a homemade macaroni worth making.

For my birthday this past year, we hit a local tapas restaurant to indulge in some gourmet food. Listed among these tiny bites of deliciousness was a side of macaroni & cheese. Since it was my birthday, I selected this side for our meal and I think I ate the entire bowl all by myself. It was mac & cheese perfection and I have been thinking about it ever since.

If ever a recipe stacked close to my new restaurant favorite, it is this one. A bit more labor intensive than I would typically love on a weekday, I set out to make homemade croutons for topping, fought with my food processor to grate the cheese, made a roux, and simmered a cheese sauce.

It wasn’t the easiest dish I made.

It certainly created a lot of dishes.

I am no Martha Stewart, that is for sure.

But it tasted like heaven.

It was the perfect macaroni & cheese.

It was worth the effort.

Please try it, I believe you will agree. This is the mecca of macaroni & cheese. Perfectly creamy, oh, so cheesy, a perfect blend and merriment of flavors, a gift from Above.

Add it to your Thanksgiving menu and I promise it will not disappoint. I cut the recipe in half for our family meal, as the full recipe creates 12 generous portions, but a full tray of this would be perfect for your holiday feasting.


Martha Stewart’s Macaroni & Cheese

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for casserole
6 slices white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4- to l/2-inch pieces
5 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for water
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 1/2 cups (about 18 ounces) grated sharp white cheddar cheese
2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated Gruyère or 1 1/4 cups (about 5 ounces) grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 pound elbow macaroni


Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish; set aside. Place the bread in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour the melted butter into the bowl with the bread, and toss. Set the breadcrumbs aside.

Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When the butter bubbles, add the flour. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.

While whisking, slowly pour in the hot milk a little at a time to keep mixture smooth. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick, 8 to 12 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese, and 1 1/2 cups Gruyère (or 1 cup Pecorino Romano); set the cheese sauce aside.

Cover a large pot of salted water, and bring to a boil. Cook the macaroni until the outside of pasta is cooked and the inside is underdone, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir the macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce.

Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup Gruyère (or 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano), and the breadcrumbs over the top. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes (though we needed a bit more time to get it brown, but your oven may vary). Transfer the dish to a wire rack for 5 minutes; serve.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Serving Size: 12
Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics, Inspired by Smitten Kitchen

Amy’s Notebook 11.16.11

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

I am so inspired by these Thanksgiving table decorations (@ The 36th Avenue)

I am going to have to do some thrift shopping and make a knock-off Anthropologie vase for our house (@ Blue Cedar Lane)

I am absolutely in love with this crocheted wreath (@ GoodKnits)

These half moon nails would be so pretty for the holidays (@ Pretty Shiny Sparkly)

I love this knitted hat, glove, and neck warmer set that you can knit for your kindergarten student (@ Pickles)

My daughter would love this DIY pretend food made from sponges (@ Frugal Family Fun Blog)

This salted caramel cheesecake pie looks heavenly! (@ joy the baker)

I love these DIY embroidery hoop picture frames are so cute (@ patternstitch)

These felt coffee cozies would make beautiful hostess gifts (@ The Purl Bee)

This cookies & cream popcorn looks like a delicious holiday treat (@ Handle the Heat)

I want to try this chocolate chip cookie dough fudge (@ Bake at 350)

This bunting made from mini pie tins is so pretty & festive (@ Blue Cricket Design)

This hot pumpkin buttered rum looks like a fun warm drink for the holidays (@ the kitchn)

This gratitude printable and banner are a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving decor (@ Balancing Home)

I love this tutorial for making your own homemade glitter (@ say YES! to hoboken)

I love this thrifty idea for DIY tights for your little girl (@ Southern Lovely)

These vintage paper gift tags would be a fun way to dress up a gift (@ Sugar Bee Crafts)

My husband would flip for these snickerdoodle cookie cupcakes (@ How Sweet It Is)

We will have to try making French Toast in the waffle iron (@ Cooking With My Kid)

This no knead pumpkin dinner bread looks like a great bread for the holiday table (@ Baking Bites)