‘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.

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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.

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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.



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Now, ORANGE you glad we came back?


(and Jess…she’s here too…really!)

last minute gift ideas with free printable tags

Thank you to one of our readers, we were made aware that ‘the’ was spelled wrong in the ‘Scent of Christmas’ tags.  This has now been updated and fixed. Unfortunately, the pictures with the tags will still show it spelled the wrong way.  Thank you, Kelly, for pointing it out to us!

I’m sure you have been just as busy as we have with the holidays fast approaching. Jess and I have some fun ideas to share with you, but finding the time to blog it is a different story. I am going to share with you a few last minute gift ideas that I have done this year.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas


Glitter Ornaments

The first idea are these DIY glitter ornaments.

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By now, I’m sure everyone has seen these ornaments I made last year.

DIY Glitter-Ornaments

This year, I put the glitter on the outside. It can be a bit more messy, but I think they turned out cute. The kids had fun making them too.

What you need:

- Clear Ornament

- The negative part of stickers or cut out contact paper using your Silhouette or Cricut.

- Glue (I used Martha Stewart roll on glue, but I also made them with the Pledge Floor Cleaner like last years ornaments.)

- Glitter

-  ‘Fake Snow’ for inside the ornament.

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Put your shape onto your ornament. Put some glue or floor cleaner on the area where you want the glitter. Pour glitter onto it and shake it off. Peel of  ‘sticker’ and you will have a glittery shape. I added some fake snow inside the clear ornament to give it more of a wintery effect. Below is a picture of the ‘sticker’ before adding glue and glitter.

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Soup in a Jar with Free Printable

The second idea is soup in a jar.

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I’m sure you have seen lots of ‘soup in a jar’ ideas. This is just another one. But, everyone likes soup right? And when it is all prepared for you, it’s even better! I am going to direct you to the blog that I got the recipe from for the directions… Ma What’s For Dinner

I liked this one because you add crushed tomatoes, which just makes it even yummier (I know Jess would disagree, but that is ok).

I also bought a soup mug from the dollar store and added an initial in vinyl onto the mug. Sort of like I did here.  Of course these mugs would also make great gifts.


I created these printable tags for you to add to your soup in a jar.

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Click on the image below to download and print.

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Scent of Christmas Bags and Christmas Tiered Platter With Printable Tags

*Update-At the time I made these platters I did not realize that it says on the bottom ‘for decorative use only’. So, these may not be safe for food.  Sorry!

This last one is my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the tiered platter or the ‘Scent of Christmas’ bags that I like most!

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Remember the tiered platters I made last summer here?


When I saw the blue, silver and red Christmas platters at Target for only $1.99, I knew I had to make some more platters. I still used the glass candlesticks from Walmart, but I only used one on these. I also couldn’t find a bowl to match the blue, so I bought a clear bowl and I love it!

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I saw these ‘Scent of Christmas’ Bags on I heart Naptime. I thought they were so cute and think they will make great neighbor gifts. Basically you are putting in oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cranberries. The tags tell you how to ‘cook’ it on the stove to get the scent of Christmas in your house.

To get the recipe click here. Landee See Landee Do actually created these bags with free tags. But, there were a lot of people having problems downloading the tags. So, I created some for you.

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Click HERE or on the image below to download and print the UPDATED VERSION OF THIS TAG!

For best results, print on quality 8.5 x 11 inch white paper. 

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Aren’t these so cute inside the tiered platter? I do believe they are.

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Hope these ideas help some of you looking for last minute gifts.

Merry Christmas~




my favorite peanut butter balls

These peanut butter balls are the best.

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My friend Caryn has been making them for years. Last year she shared how to make these frosted glass bottles.


I don’t know if it’s the Rice Chex Cereal or marshmallow cream that makes these better than other peanut butter balls. I guess it doesn’t matter. They are my favorite and I think you would agree.

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Plus, they are super easy to make.

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Wrap them up in a cute bag and they make great gifts for neighbors or teachers.

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Or just eat them yourself.

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Balls


1 cup peanut butter

7 oz. marshmallow cream

1.5 cups Rice Chex

1.5 cups chocolate chips

4 tsp. shortening


Combine peanut butter and marshmallow cream. Add the Rice Chex.

Roll the mixture into balls. (I like to use my pampered chef scoop)

Melt the chocolate chips and shortening together gradually in the microwave.

Dip balls in chocolate.

Refrigerate the balls until they harden.




Our etsy shop {personalized prints and wood signs}

Today we’d like to share with you some of the products we sell in our Etsy Shop.

Last February we sold these signs on Groopdealz. We sold quite a few of them and since then we’ve had lots of requests from our readers to make more. So, today we are happy to announce that we have finally created a limited amount. Click here or on the image below to purchase this sign for only $22.00. 

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We also have other distressed hand painted wood signs as well. Click on any image below to visit our Etsy Shop.

Personalized wood signs for teachers. 5.25 x 5 inches.

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7 x 16 inch ‘JOY’ wood signs.

Green Joy      Red Joy   

5.75 x 8 inch wood ‘JOY’ signs.

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5.75 x 8 inch ‘love’ and ‘Count Your Blessings’ wood signs.

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8 x 8.5 inch ‘love’ sign.

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We also sell personalized prints.




We will be back soon with more DIY gift ideas!

~Jenny & Jess

pamper yourself gift jars {free printable tags}

Are some of you having a hard time seeing all of the Christmas ideas floating around? Especially when we haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet? Jess’ husband is one of ‘those’ people that struggles with this. Which makes it so much fun for me to present to you another CHRISTMAS gift idea.

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These Pampering Jars would also make great gifts for teachers, neighbors etc. One of the reasons I want to share this idea with you now is because to get the most bang for your buck you need to start purchasing items right away. I actually purchased the jars this summer knowing I would be making these. I got 12 jars for $7.00. Over the last few weeks I have been using my coupons for other things like the shower gel and nail polish. Here is where I got everything and approximately how much they were…

Ball Jars – On sale at Ace Hardware – 12 for $7.00

Hand Sanitizer – Dollar Tree – 3 for (take a guess?)

Nail Polish – Joanne Fabric – 7 for $7.00 (with coupon)

Shower Gel – Joanne Fabric – 7 for $6.30 (with coupon)

Washcloths – Target – 8 for $5.00

Lip Balm – Dollar Tree – 2 for (you guessed it!)

The Almond Roca tin in the picture isn’t the same one that I originally had. I bought a huge tin at Costco for, I believe, $9.99. I’m not sure how many come in the tin because somebody (totally NOT me) ate quite a few of them before I was able to make the jars. So, let’s just estimate them at .10 each.

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I was able to make 7 jars and each jar came to a total of $4.50 each. Not too shabby. You could get creative and add other things like lotion or foot scrub and cozy socks. There are lots of ideas.

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Add one of our free printable tags to complete your gift!

Click here or on the image below to download the free printable tags.

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Jess’ husband may not be happy I am posting about Christmas gifts, but I know he appreciates a good deal. Be proud buddy!

I’ll be back soon with another CHRISTMAS gift idea!


We ‘wash’ you a merry christmas gift idea {free printable tags}

I will spare you the details of just how busy Jess and I have been the past few weeks! I guess the beauty of a blog is that when you need to take time away to be with your family and other responsibilities it is always there waiting for you when you are ready to come back.

Today I am sharing one of my favorite gifts for neighbors, teachers or anyone that you want to give a gift to because you like them, but don’t want to spend a lot of money. I like to get Bath and Body Works soaps. Their soaps always go on sale, so once they do then stock up. They usually have them on sale on Black Friday. Of course, you can use any soap you’d like.

We Wash You A Merry Christmas Printable Tags

I can’t remember where I first saw the quote ‘We WASH’ you a Merry Christmas’. I’ve been using it for a couple of years now and I finally decided to make my own printable tags to go with them. I like to put ribbons and tags on four or five soaps and set them off to the side. There is always a last minute gift that seems to pop up and this allows me to grab it and go. Everyone likes soap right?

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I created the printables below for your personal use. Click here or on the image below to download and print.wash you a merry christmas

We Wash You A Merry Christmas Printable Tags

We will be back soon with more gift ideas.


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 Bird feeders

The kids had so much fun making these cute DIY bird feeders.

DIY Birdfeeders

I had pinned this idea from Mom Endeavors awhile back. I LOVED her idea and thought they turned out so cute. But, instead of using paint cans like she did, we used tin cans I had saved from soup, canned fruit etc.
We used both small and large cans. 


We spray painted three of the cans.

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And used acrylic paint with a paint brush on one of them.

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Once they dried we wanted to add some more color to them. Turns out we were having fun with polka dots and ended up putting them on all four cans!

We bought one long skinny dowel and cut it in smaller pieces. Then we attached it with hot glue for the birds to sit on. We attached some ribbon and added some birdseed to the can. Now we are waiting for our little birds to come. My four year old kept going out and checking to see if they had eaten the seed yet!

My ten year old made this one all by herself. Isn’t it cute?

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My grandparents are in an assisted living home and they have birds right outside of their window. So, we made one of these feeders to give to them. I think they will love it!

In the meantime, we will be looking for birds to come to our feeder. Once they do I will make sure to take some pictures and add them to this post!


Flower Pot Card Holder

A good friend of mine had surgery last week. She loves flowers, so I bought her a flower pot. I planned to drop it off on her porch, but I wanted to add a card and was hoping it could be ‘attached’ somehow.

Flower Pot Card Holder 


I decided to use one of the printables that I created here. I tried to think of what could hold my card. I walked into my craft room (or as my husband would say-‘his office’…mmmhhhmmm…) and the clothespins were just calling my name.

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You could just use a clothespin to attach a card, but because I can’t leave ‘well enough’ alone, I decided to spruce it up a bit. If you have everything on hand, it really only take about two minutes. I painted one swipe of paint on the clothespin and while still wet added some glitter and let dry! 

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Isn’t it cute and simple? These would make great gifts for teacher’s too!

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I love it!


Flower Pot Card Holder

Diy Wood sign & Friends that keep you smiling

Do you have a Cricut or a Silhouette? Or possibly a friend that does? Well, if you do, then I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own wood sign with whatever saying you want. But, first I have to share something that will make you smile.

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My friend Andrea painted her guest room the perfect gray color. I’m still waiting to find out what the actual color is and here is why.

I tried to text her one day to find out the color. But, because I have her number in my phone as ‘Andy & Andrea’ I always get she and her husband Andy mixed up. Andy is like my little brother. I’ve known him since I was ten. He’s the younger brother of my best friend Amy. He’s the sort of person that can make you laugh and he doesn’t even realize how funny he is. I’m going to share the text back and forth when I was trying to find out this color. I can’t believe it’s still on my phone, but I’m so glad it is.

Actual Text:

Jenny: Hi…when you get a chance could you tell me the color of that gray paint in your guest room?

Andy: Ahh…gray? (I know you are already smiling)

Jenny: Seriously? Is this Andy? What brand of paint and it can’t just be gray. ;)

Andy: Oh yeah, I’ll look. Just a sec.

       (Ten minutes later)

Andy: Ok, it is satin…(and now you are laughing)

Jenny: Uh…that is the type of paint…not the color..it’s ok…I can figure it out or ask Andrea later…:)

Andy: Sorry. Not great with paint…

Don’t you love it? You have to give him credit for trying! Thanks Andy!

Ok, back to the sign.

First Step. Find a piece of wood you’d like to use.

Next, cut out your saying on a Cricut or Silhouette to fit your wood. When I am painting I don’t like to waste my vinyl, so I have always used contact paper. One roll goes along way! 

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I wanted the words in this sign to be two different colors. Iplaced the words on the wood where I wanted them. Then I drew a pencil mark where I wanted to paint each color. Like this below.



The next step is to place your text onto the wood sign.

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This next step is optional. Depending on the color of paint you are using you may not need to do this. But, because I used gray paint on the top and bottom section and the middle was white, I didn’t want to see a contrast when I painted the yellow over all of it. Does that make sense? So, to avoid this, I painted white over the gray while the letters were still on.

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Next, paint the whole sign yellow.

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I don’t have a picture of the last step, but once your paint is dry then you can peel off your text (contact paper) and your cute sign will be revealed!

I like to sand down my signs to make them look a bit more unique.

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Hopefully I will be able to figure out that perfect paint color. I wonder what would happen if I just asked for ‘satin gray’ at the paint store? I may just do that and make someone else’s day. Thanks for keeping us smiling Andy!