Sunday, November 16, 2014

Free Printable: Secret Santa Drawing Gift Tags with Wishlist

With Thanksgiving being less than two weeks away, I thought I would bump up my post on the Secret Santa Drawing Tags. I received many nice emails and comments requesting the template so I thought I would put up a free printable. As always, this template is for your personal use only please.  

Secret Santa Drawing Tags (unfolded and folded):

To download the free printable for the card, click here.
To download the free printable for the belly band, click here.

All you need to do is download and open the files (they are in PDF format).

Fill in the amount you want to use as your minimum. You can leave the Secret Santa name blank or fill it out yourself. 

Print out as many copies as you would need onto white cardstock. You can use regular printer paper if you don't have cardstock on hand. Cardstock will definitely be more sturdy and last longer. The cards are designed so that it's convenient for the Santa to keep the list in their wallets for quick reference. 

Trim the cards down using the green borders as a guide. 

Trim the belly bands so you don't see the white trim. 

Fold the cards so that the bottom section of the card that says "Your Secret Santa is..." is on top like in the picture below.

Wrap the belly band around the folded cards and tape to secure and you are done!

Just make sure the person entering the drawing writes their names within the red lines of the card so that their name would be covered with the band.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a quick email. Hope this helps!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Free Printable: Inspirational Greeting Cards

Sometimes you need a little pick-me-up. A simple card is a good way to let a person know you're thinking of them. Here are a few inspirational cards available to print for free.

To download, click on the card you want and it will open a new page. Save the file onto your computer. Print it out on white cardstock, fold it in half and trim down to give as a greeting card.

Enjoy! I would love to hear how you use the card(s). Who are you giving it to and why? How is this person special to you?

*Please note that these files are for personal use only. You may not sell, resell, modify, change or distribute this file in any way. It is for non-commercial use only.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Gavin's Here!

Introducing our newest little G - Gavin Lucas born on May 5th. 7 lbs and 19.5 inches. 

We are so in love!

Gabby & Gavin 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Buttons and Bowties Baby Shower for Our Little Boy

When I was pregnant with Gabby in 2009, my cousins threw us the cutest pink and brown birdie baby shower. It was the first "crafty" party in our family and the start of many more themed events. It was no easy fete considering we had a guest count of over 100 people!

This time around, my cousins truly outdid themselves with a buttons and bowties theme for our baby boy. Everything from the invitations, food signs, water bottles to the place settings, party favors were all handmade. 

It was such a wonderful afternoon surrounded by amazing friends and family. Our little growing family is definitely blessed. 

Invitations: The invitation had a blue felt bowtie attached to the top and placed inside a hand-sewn fabric shirt pocket sleeve. It was designed to resemble a man's button down shirt.   
DIY PVC Sign Holder
Games & Prize Gift Bags
Signs for Gifts & Reserved Chair for the Mom-to-Be
 Prize Gift Bags
 Candy Quiz Game Pieces and Prizes
Place Setting: Wrapped Utensils, Personalized Water Bottle, Game Card & Thank You Gift
 Thank You Gift: DIY Fabric Bowtie on an Alligator Clip
 Table Setting: Chair Covers Convert to Large Drawstring Bags (Another Gift for the Guests)
 Button & Bowties Personalized Water Bottles
 Game: Guess the Number of Buttons in This Jar
 DIY Bowtie Onesie Clothesline
Button & Bowties Dessert Table
 Lifesaver Mints in Matchbooks
 Mini Hershey Chocolates Wrapped in Colored Paper

Reese's Peanut Butter "Cuffs" 
Chocolate Button Lollipops

Buttons & Bowties Cake

Button & Bowties Cake & Mini Cupcakes

Dum Dum Lollipops in Orange, Blue & Green
Carrot & Cucumber Buttons with Ranch Dip AppetizerMen's Ties in a Jar as Centerpieces: Ties were used as a game - who can do a tie fastest while blindfolded 

Photo Booth PropsPhoto Booth Circle Dot Background

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

39 Weeks and Counting

First of all, I wanted to thank all the readers who have been emailing me about my various blog posts. I love receiving feedback and it's encouraging to know someone out there finds my posts helpful. Even though I haven't updated the blog in awhile, I definitely read all my emails and try to respond to them as soon as I can. 

With a very active 3.5 year old girl and a little boy coming in a few days, I'll definitely have my hands full again. What's a post without pictures so here's one from several months ago. Our little guy sure is flexible! 

Little G #2: 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Extreme Couponing at Target

I decided to give a try to see if I could save any money on everyday things I buy anyways. I went to Target today with all my coupons and saved a bunch! 

I didn't know this but you can use both the Target coupon (printable from AND the manufacturer's coupon (from the Sunday paper) on the same item.

Target is having a deal where you buy 5 Kellogg items, you get a $5 Target gift card. So, I did my purchases in different transaction to get the $5 gift card. I then turned around and used it right away on the next transaction. The cashier was happy that I sorted everything out to make it painless for him. The cashier even asked if I went to school on couponing because I got such good deals.  

Here's what I got:

Transaction #1:
2 Boxes of Mini Wheat Minis at $2.75 each
3 Boxes of Frosted Flakes at $2.75 each
* $1 off on 2 Boxes of Mini Wheats (Sunday paper coupon)
* $1 off on 3 Boxes of any Kellogg Cereal (Sunday paper coupon)
* $1 off on 3 Boxes of any Kellogg Cereal (Target coupon) 
* $5 Gift Card (Buy 5 Kellogg items, you get a $5 gift card)
Total after 5% Target Red Card purchase = $5.46 or $1.09/box

Transaction #2:
5 Boxes of Kellogg Nutrigrain Bars at $2.54 each
* $1 off of 2 Mfr Coupon
* $1 off of 3 Target Coupon 
* $5 Gift Card (Buy 5 Kellogg items, you get a $5 gift card)
Total after 5% Target Red Card purchase = $5.41 or $1.08/box
(Could have saved more if I had another mfr and Target coupon, but I forgot to cut it out)

Transaction #3:
5 Boxes of Kellogg Fiber Plus Bars at $2.54 each
* $1 off of 2 Target Coupon
* $1 off of 2 Target Coupon 
* $5 Gift Card (Buy 5 Kellogg items, you get a $5 gift card)
Total after 5% Target Red Card purchase = $5.41 or $1.08/box
(Could have saved more if I had cut out the mfr coupon from June)

Transaction #4 (Rest of my misc items):
Mossimo Long and Lean Tank: $5 ($3 off Target Coupon)
Papermate 10 pack of pens: Free (on sale plus $1 off Target coupon)
Market Pantry Fruit Snacks: $0.69 (on sale plus $1 off Target coupon)
Axe Spray: $3 (on sale plus $1 off mfr coupon)
Colgate Kids toothpaste: $1.36 (on clearance plus $0.50 off mfr coupon)
Carefree Pantyliner: Free (on sale plus $1 off mfr coupon) is awesome - she matches up coupons with sales to get you the best deals. It's worth a look if you have free time. There are a bunch of other printable coupons on so check it out and see if you could use anything. 

Hope this helps someone! 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

DIY Three Tiered Beer Cake

If you're looking for a birthday, Valentine's Day or Father's Day gift for a guy who has everything, here's a quick and easy gift he'll be sure to love. Since it's summer, it could be even be a fun way to bring drinks over to a friend's house for a backyard bbq.

Supplies Needed:

* 24 Pack of Beer or Soda
* Cardboard
* 2 Spools of Ribbon
* Scissors, box cutters or exacto knife
* Hot Glue Gun

Here is how I separated the layers:

* Top Tier - 3 cans
* Middle Tier - 7 cans (6 around, 1 in the center)
* Bottom Tier - 14 cans (10 around, 3 to 4 in the center)

First, arrange the cans into the three layers on a table to see how big you would need to make the cardboard circles. To make round circles, you can use various sized plates or bowls to trace the circles. Cut out the circles using an exacto knife, box cutters or a strong pair of scissors. You can use any cardboard you have laying around the house. I just used an old Pampers box for cardboard - nothing fancy.

Next, line the cans on each layer of cardboard so you know where you want everything to go. Then, doing one can at a time, take one can out and quickly hot glue the bottom of the can to the cardboard. You have to be fast or else the glue may dry out especially if you use cold cans.

To put the layers together, glue the tops of the cans and place the layer on top.  Don't worry about glue being on top of the cans because the glue peels off easily. Wrap ribbon around each layer tightly and hot glue the ribbon. Put a ribbon on top and voila, you're done. I topped mine off with a small sign glued to a stick.

Overall, it's an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift that he'll get a kick out of. It's fairly fast to make and you may already have all the supplies in your house - just add the beer!