‘Orange You Glad’ Gift Idea (Free Printable Tags)

Oh Hello!

It’s been awhile. We know.

Let’s pretend we haven’t been absent for almost 7 months. Ok? Good.

I’ve seen these cute ‘Orange You Glad’ gifts on Pinterest and decided they would make a fun back to school gift for my kids’ teachers. We made this basket below and added some fun ‘orange’ items. Obviously we are past ‘back to school’. So, I not only made a couple of tags for teachers, but I also made them so that they could be given to friends, co-workers and birthday gifts as well! Scroll to the bottom to print out the free printable tags.

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Here is a cute one from My Pookie Designs.

Orange-you-glad-gift Pookie Designs

I had pinned this idea from Coley’s Corner awhile back which is where I got the idea for the orange tags. I love the cup filled with orange things.

coleys corner orange you glad

I love this simple gift idea because it can be one ‘orange’ item or many ‘orange’ items.

Click HERE or on the image below to download and print these free tags.



Orange you glad


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Now, ORANGE you glad we came back?


(and Jess…she’s here too…really!)

Valentines Décor (Free Printable sign And Banner)

I decorated for Valentines around the middle of January. I know some may think I’m crazy, but here we are, two days away from Valentines Day and I’m glad I got to enjoy it since it will be over before we know it! I created the printable sign below. I love the saying. I also created the triangles with hearts in them and made a banner. And, because I can’t leave well enough alone, I put glue inside the hearts and added red glitter. Glitter makes everything better.

Valentines Sign Free Printables

I used the same “Love is patient…” printable that I used last year. Click here or on the picture below to download and print.

Valentines Decor Free Printable

I made these crepe paper flowers glued to balls a couple of years ago. You can see above the white part of the balls is showing. I didn’t complete the whole ball. One because it was tedious. And two because it was easier to put them in jars like this. I had planned to put something inside the jar, but then I sort of liked it just as it was.

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I also finally got around to cutting out pieces of tulle and putting them on Christmas lights. I have been wanting to do this for the past two Christmases, but never had time, so I thought they would be just as cute with Valentines décor. I bought that little box at Joanne Fabric and painted it white and distressed it.


I realize there isn’t much time to decorate, but I say it’s never too late! Scroll down to download these free printables!

For our new readers are some other fun ideas for Valentines Day. Homemade Chocolate Peanut Cups plus free printable tags.

Chocolate Peanutt Butter Cups 

Chocolate Peanutt Butter Cups

Or print one of these four printables.


Or if you somehow missed seeing these bleach pen t-shirts then click here!


Or if you are looking for a fun craft to do with the kids, these yarn wreath hearts are fun!

Yarn Heart Wreath


I created the signs to be printed off on 8.5×11 inch paper, but the box around them is an 8×10 so that you can frame it. If you want to go even fancier, you can cut around the scalloped scroll and add it to something else! Click on the title or the picture to download and print.

Brown- “A Life Without Love Is No Life At All”

Life without love Brown 8.5x11

Black- “A Life Without Love Is No Life At All”

Life without love Black 8.5x11

Triangles for Banner

Heart Banner8.5x11

Happy Valentines Day!


The best way to spread christmas cheer…{Free Printable}

The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Printable (16 of 17)

Buddy the Elf said it best. It’s one of our favorite movies. Every year we decorate the house the weekend after Thanksgiving and then settle in to watch ‘Elf’. It’s funny. EVERY. TIME. I thought this print would be fun to add to our decorations this year. And lucky for you I designed an 8×10 and 11×14 for you to print as well (It will not be scalloped like above).

Click on the images below to download and print. The watermark will not appear on the actual print.


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The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Free Printable 11x14-2

The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Printable (11 of 17)

Now go sing!


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Pumpkin Playdough {free Printable Leaf tags}

I pinned this cute idea from Blue Bird Lucy’s.  I thought they would be fun for my son’s preschool class. A kid can only get so much candy right?

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I used this NO COOK RECIPE from The Imagination Tree for the playdough. It turned out so good and I love that you don’t have to cook it!

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • up to 2 cups boiling water
  • food coloring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the boiling water
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the food colouring and glycerine (both optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)

*This recipe made enough for 7 pumpkin balls.


I created these leaf tags to add to your pumpkins. Click here or on the image below to download and print. For best results print on a premium matte paper on an ink jet printer.

Pumpkin Playdough Leaf Tags 

Wrap up the ‘pumpkins’ in some clear wrap, add some ribbon and the leaf tags. Then draw a face with a sharpie marker. 

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My son is excited to hand them out to his friends. These were so simple to make. You still have time to make some too!


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Winding Path Gardens & Pumpkin Patch

This post is for our local readers, so I apologize in advance to those of you that don’t live here. I wish all of you could experience this charming little place. We have some friends that recently turned their beautiful land into a wedding and event facility, but during the fall it is an adorable pumpkin patch.

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You can click on any of the images in this post or check out their website here; Winding Path Gardens. They are located on Hwy 9 in Arlington. I didn’t have the right lens on my camera to zoom out, so the pictures don’t really do it justice. But, believe me Winding Path Gardens is extremely cozy and they have done a beautiful job on the entire facility. The owner, Bob is an amazing landscaper, so the grounds are beautiful. There is a path that leads to a gazebo for weddings and lots of room for tables and/or dancing. Of course right now it is set up for the pumpkin patch. Which is why you locals should go this weekend!

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My kids had a blast jumping in the bouncy house, playing in the corn kernels and of course eating muffins and popcorn. The popcorn is addicting. So good. It was a very relaxing atmosphere and my kids could have stayed all day. It was beautiful outside last weekend, but when it does rain and get colder they have heat lamps to keep you warm and cozy.

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There are lots of places that are set up for photos. Very important for us moms.

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There is a really cool playground with tunnels to climb through and a big tractor to climb on. They also have farm animals. My favorite were the pigs named Piggly and Wiggly. So cute. The face painting was also a big hit for my kids.

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And of course the pumpkin patch! The kids walked around forever looking for the perfect pumpkin. The pumpkins were almost all so perfect and it took awhile for them to decide. Once you get your pumpkin they have some friends that have their horse there for the kids to ride.

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If you are looking for a different pumpkin patch this year I would suggest checking out Winding Path Gardens. You can also check them out on Facebook. Their hours are: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM Fri, Sat & Sun. If you are looking for a facility to get married at in the future, I would recommend checking them out soon. I have a feeling they will start filling up fast!

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But, for now go to their patch. Your kids will leave with a happy face.

Like this little guy.


Blessing Bags & FRee printable

I think most of us feel that twinge of guilt when we drive by someone on the street holding a sign out for food or money. Well, for me it’s compassion until I drive by without giving them anything, then it’s guilt. I am well aware of the people that do it for a living and that can be frustrating. Especially when you see that same person buying a flat screen TV the next day (true story). But, does this mean we should never give to anyone again because there are some that are not honest? I’ve always had a hard time with people that think this way. Who are we to judge others circumstances?  I think it’s important that our children learn to give even if it’s not easy or fair.  

Our kids are very blessed. We are doing our best to instill in them the importance of serving others. A few years ago we used to wrap up socks and mittens and keep them in our car to give out when we saw somebody in need. This summer our kids brought home a bag from VBS that had water and a granola bar to keep in our car. We gave them out and my oldest has been asking to make up more bags, so we decided to do both food and socks this time. We also added a note with a poem we really like.

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In our bags we put:

Cup of Noodles (They can find hot water at gas stations or grocery stores)

Juice Box

Applesauce (with a spoon)

Granola Bar

We also added a napkin and some socks.

This Free Printable

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This is a horrible picture below. I took it with my phone to show you the note I designed to put in the bags if you choose. Also, I realized I put Matthew 19:25 instead of 19:26. I printed this set before I realized it! So, yes, I know the picture below shows the wrong verse…I’m sorry ;)


I love this saying about a pumpkin and being made new. I thought it was the perfect reminder to put in these bags.  As Christians we believe there is hope in the Lord and He is able to make us all new. The pumpkin goes along with the season as well. I asked my daughter which verse she thought we should add to the note and she chose Matthew 19:26. It couldn’t have fit with the poem any more perfectly.

To download this print click on the image below.

Pumpkin - God Making You New

I also wanted to share this video with you. We had planned to prepare the bags after church on Sunday and during the service our Pastor played this video below. I kept thinking, I wish we could put this video in the blessing bag somehow. I just want everyone to know they too can be free!

Hopefully everyone can see this video. If not click here to watch it.



Fall Decorations, recipes & Free Printables

The beginning of this school year has been busier than normal for me. I am chairing a fundraiser at my daughters’ school which has taken up all of my extra time. So, while I have a made a few new things for the fall, I thought I would first share some of the things we created last year. We have quite a few new followers. So, for those of you that missed them, here you go. Enjoy…

Fall Decorations, Recipes and Free Printables


Pumpkin Bread & Free Printable Tags

I actually can’t believe I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year. I may have to make this today. Yum. We have new 2012 printable tags for you too!



Fall Decoration Ideas & Free Printable



Click here or the images below to download these free printables.



Count Down to Candy



Candy Corn Pudding &I Free Printable Candy Corn Tags



Recycle your tin cans to decorate.



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Burlap Pumpkin Placemats


Frosted Pumpkin Cake



We do love the Fall!

~Jenny & Jess

DIY Personalized Headboard

One of the things that I had told my seven year old I would do this summer was redecorate the guest room so that she could have her own room. The girls have shared a room for a few years and Ella has been asking for quite some time if she could have her own room. I gave in.

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I think I’ve mentioned a few times how much Ella loves fashion. She actually has a really good eye. She spent weeks on Pinterest looking for ideas and colors. Yes, she’s seven. We had thought of a few ideas. At first my sister (this one) was going to make a fabric headboard. But, because Ella had her opinions on what style of bedspread she wanted, I finally decided to create a plain white headboard so she could pick out her bedspread. It was so simple to make and I think it turned out really cute!

DIY Headboard:

I bought 7 pieces of wood at Lowes. The width is 7 inches and because she has a full bed I cut them to be 53.5 inches long. If you don’t have a saw then Lowe’s or Home Depot will cut your wood for you.

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After they were cut, I sanded the edges down so that they were smooth. Then I stained them with some dark stain that I had on hand. It’s up to you whether or not you want to stain them. After I painted them white I sanded them again to give it a weathered or distressed look. The stain helped it to show up darker than the actual wood that I bought. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it does look good.

I have to apologize I did not take pictures of me actually putting up the headboard. I was in sort of a hurry that day and actually forgot! But, it was very simple. First, find where the studs are in the wall. Starting at the bottom, put your board on the wall and measure where you are going to screw it into the wall. I made small dots on the board and screwed it in with 8 x 2 flat head Phillips wood screws. Once the first board was in it was easy to just measure where the other screws went on the following boards.

Then we decided to personalize it with her name. I basically used the exact same steps as I when I made these faux mini pallet signs. The only difference was that I had to cut each individual letter out one at a time because I only have a small Cricut. I also used contact paper instead of vinyl. It’s sort of hard to see the white on white, but it’s there. 

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Once you line up the name and are happy with how it is centered then paint away! 

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Then comes the fun part. Peel off the contact paper and lightly sand over the name again to make it look a bit weathered like the boards.

*Those two purples are really the same color. I took the pictures at different times during the day. Funny how a little less light changes things

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I also forgot to take a picture of the old guest room. I remembered right before I started painting and had removed everything out of the room and off the walls. For all of my family members that are wondering where they are going to sleep when they come visit, don’t worry. We made it very clear that if we let Ella have the guest room, she had to give it up to ‘guests’ and go sleep with her sister while they are here.

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I also spray painted her old lamp with a purple color that matched her bedding. Luckily I had that perfect color on hand. She also needed a side table, so I bought a cheap one ($12) at Walmart, but it was black, so I painted it white. We also thought it was cool that her Bible totally matched her bedding. Ha!

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It is such a cozy room and Ella LOVES it. We have a few more things we’d like to do, like hang pictures and possibly make a fabric banner she liked from Pinterest. But, for now she is happy. And so am I.

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Cutest 1st birthday party. ever.

I had to share this birthday party with all of you. This adorable little girl belongs to Jussi, a friend of both of my sisters. My sisters had stopped by my house after the party and I was ooohing and ahhing over the cuteness. So, I begged Jussi to let me show off her sweet little girl. Jussi was at my wedding 12 years ago. I was tempted to post a picture of her from it, but decided I would be nice since she is so kindly letting me post about her little one.

Let’s start with her name. Ruby Mae. Does it get any cuter than that? ‘Ruby’ was Jussi’s husband’s great great aunt who passed away last May. And ‘Mae’ was Jussi’s great aunt that she was very close to. She passed away two years ago this month. I think it’s very precious that she is carrying on their names.


The pictures in this post were taken by Jussi’s friends.

You will love the way Jussi decorated for Ruby’s 1st birthday. The burlap ‘ONE’ in front of her high chair and the banner for her cake (see above) make it so unique. And the tied fabric on the back of the high chair completes it.


Look at those gorgeous tables.


She strung pictures on the fence of Ruby’s first year.


The frame below was hung from a tree in between the tables. The pictures are of both Ruby and Mae who she was named after. Adorable.


Ruby 2

She set up a photo both with props. Love.

Those pretty girls on each end are my sisters.


That is Jussi on the left with Ruby, Ruby’s Aunt and Grandma.



Ruby 3


Seriously. Stop. The. Cuteness.


I think Ruby was quite pleased with her party. Well, at least her cake.


She can’t wait to see what her Mommy has planned for her 2nd birthday.

I can’t wait either.


Happy 1st Birthday Ruby Mae.


First Day of School {Free Printable}

Yesterday Jess shared some ideas for first day of school pictures. I hadn’t told her that I was actually working on a printable to share, but clearly I am too late to get it to you. There is always next year though, so I am going to share them anyway! You can pin it and save it for next year. :)

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I can’t believe my baby girl is in 5th grade this year. I remember being in 5th grade. I’m old. It’s crazy.

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And my other baby girl is in 2nd grade. How do you stop time?

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Look at all of my babies. My little guy starts pre-k next week.

Oh, and as I’m taking a picture of my second grader standing like that below she says…

‘It’s all about the learning.

Uh…for those that know her, this comment was very funny because she has had that outfit laid out for three weeks. No joke.

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Aren’t they cute? I’m just a tad biased, I know.

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Ok, back to the printables.











I’ve sized each print to be 5×7. There are two 5×7 prints on 8.5×11 inch paper. I took an old frame and spray painted it with some purple paint to spice it up a bit.

Click on the image below to download and print.

First Day Preschool and Pre-K

First Day Kindergarten and First

First Day Second and Third

First Day Fourth and Fifth

First Day 6th and 7th

I only created the prints up to 7th Grade. I wasn’t sure if 8th grade and above would still think it’s cool to hold the sign while they got their picture taken.  Let me know if you’d like me to make any for the higher grades!

Happy First Day of School!