The Creative Collection Link Party

Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by today! We’re so glad you’re here to party with us! Can you believe we are already a whole month into 2015!?! Mind. blown. We have some fantastic favorites today and can’t to see what else you have in store! Please link up your best work for a chance to be featured and pinned on our Pinterest board! Do you follow us on Pinterest?

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Gold Heart Pillow| Crafting In The Rain (<< PS. We LOVE this girl!)

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Rustic String Yarn Sign| My Simple Obsession

 

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XOXO Felt Valentine Wreath| Julie is Coco and Cocoa

 

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DIY Mini Wooden Ladder| Cherished Bliss

 

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Cinnamon Roll Orange Pomegranate Parfait| The Gold Lining Girl

 

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Energy Blast Citrus Green Smoothie

This Energy Blast Citrus Green Smoothie will give you the energy you need to get your day started. 

Energy Blast Citrus Green Smoothie Recipe

I drink Green Smoothies every morning. No joke. I love them. Personal story alert: I realized a while ago that I was taking in way more caffeine than I thought my body needed. I mean, it doesn’t need any but I craved it because I drank it often. I love me a Dr. Pepper or a Crystal Light Energy but I realized I was hardly going a day without caffeine. I cut myself off from caffeine (I still have it once in a while if I’m out to dinner or something) but I feel 100x better now replacing my caffeinated drinks with green smoothies. This is my “go-to” favorite green smoothie recipe.

Energy Blast Citrus Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 big handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 2 large oranges (or 4 clementines)
  • 1 large red grapefruit (I use Del Monte Grapefruit – It comes in a big plastic jar with 10 grapefruits and grapefruit juice. I do about 1 1/2 cups of that if I don’t use a fresh grapefruit.)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water, orange or grapefruit juice.
  • 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds

*Makes 2-3 servings*

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. I use a refurbished Vitamix, you can check them out here (affiliate link) and it works so well! Buying refurbished will save you a few bucks (like over $100 savings!) and you’d never know it was pre-owned; ours even came with a 5 year warranty. I highly recommend it! I use it 1-2x daily! It even grinds up the chia seeds and orange seeds so you don’t even notice them. This smoothie is more of a pulpy juice. It’s very grapefruit-y without being overpowering or sour. It’s so good!!! I have had it every morning for a couple weeks now and it gives me a ton of energy first thing in the morning. I usually make some scrambled eggs and I stay full well into the afternoon.

Energy Blast Citrus Green Smoothie

I hope you try it! I think you’ll love it! I sure do!

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The Creative Collection Link Party

Hey friends! Welcome to the party!! We’re happy you’re here! We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to lately. We always love looking through the links. It’s like our own little Pinterest feed! Do you follow us on Pinterest? If not, click here to follow us!

We will be sharing our favorites on our social media throughout the weekend so show us what ya got! ;) Check out our favorites from last week, then link up your own!

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Buffet IKEA Hack | Place of My Taste

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DIY Gem Greeting Cards | Like the Cheese

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Mini Cherry Cheesecake | Tried and Tasty

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Free Valentine’s Day Printables | Alex & Co for A Night Owl

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Cookies and Cream Dip | Penny Lane Kitchen

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Handmade Chalkboard Valentine | Dukes and Duchesses

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Best Tip for Putting On a Duvet Cover | Thistlewood FarmsBest

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2014 Valentines Day Party + Party Tips

As I was looking through a few of last years Valentines Day posts I realized that I never shared what I did for last year’s Valentine’s Day Party. I did share with you my cute invitations which were these cute boxes that had the party information on the circles that were sewn together.

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If you want the full tutorial you can go check out that post HERE. They are super cute, easy and cheap.

Now, back to the party. Something that I think make a great party is always the good food. I was in charge of dessert and I assigned everyone else something to bring around the menu that I wanted, which was Mexican food. That included Taco meat, taco toppings, chips, homemade red and green salsas, bean dip, and Honey Lime Enchilada. I also assigned the drinks.

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For dessert I did one of my all time favorite dessert ideas which was Ice Cream Sundaes in waffle cone bowls from Cold Stone Creamery and they were a hit! I had some syrups, brownies, bananas, Oreos, strawberry topping and some sprinkles to make the sundae perfect! Everyone loved them.

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Another key element to a great party is the decor. Over the dessert table I did a group of different sizes of lanterns and different balls and I think they turned out very cute.

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We had a few different games at the party like Minute to Win it, and also Reverse Truth or Dare, which was so much fun. I will be sharing more details about how to play these game on a future post. So keep an eye out for that.

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The last thing I had the guest do was take a quick picture in front of the photo booth with the cute props from Little Retreats. She has the cutest props ever! Love them!!!!

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I am excited for this years party and I cant wait to share all the details with you all!

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10 Awesome Freezer Meals to make your life easier!

This amazing collection of freezer meals is sure to leave you inspired to cook on those days you just don’t have time!

You guys, I’m done with winter. There. I said it. I’m really craving some sunshine and sundresses! Can we be done with the snow and freezing temps, please!? Rant over. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. ;)

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During the winter months, I am always wanting a hot meal when the sun sets. Like most of you, I’m a busy lady! I need something fast and yummy, like yesterday! Between running two businesses at home and raising 4 little rambunctious boys 6 and under. I guess that makes me a WAHM. I’m cool with that. Anyway, I’ve rounded up some easy and delicious Freezer Meals for you! I plan on making about at least 10 of these for those days where I just simply didn’t have time to cook. That means 10 less Hot ‘n Ready Pizzas my family will be eating!

Slow cooker Beef Roast and Carrots (I love this blog! SO many great recipes!)

This is so smart. My kids will devour these Homemade Chicken Nuggets!

This Slow Cooker Mexican Chili with Cornbread Topping looks soooo delicious! I love Mexican food and freezer meal straight to the slow cooker is genius!

I make this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Taco Soup about once a week. I usually have at least half left over so I freeze it flat in a gallon size freezer bag. Freezing it flat makes for quick and easy thawing. I run it under hot water for a few minutes and throw it in the slow cooker. Done and done. Easiest dinner ever! And it’s delicious!!!

Swiss Cheese Chicken

These Make ahead breakfast burritos look so good! I’d be happy to wake up to one of these babies!

Crockpot Red Pepper Chicken

This slow cooker teriyaki chicken from our friends at Over the Big Moon sounds amazing. I LOVE teriyaki anything!

This one is a Cafe Rio copycat from Over the Big Moon again. I am dying to try this Cafe Rio Chicken!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

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Easy Valentine’s Day M&M Cookies

These easy Valentine’s Day Cookies are packed full of yummy M&M candies and so festive for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day M&M Cookies

Hi friends! So glad you stopped by today! Are you getting excited for Valentine’s Day? We are!!! We’ve loved sharing our Valentine’s Day projects (and recipes!) with you. If you’re popping over for the first time, welcome! We sure hope you stay a while.

So, I’m a mom of 4 little boys, age 6 and under. Yes, I’m a little crazy. Yes, they’re a lot crazy. That being said, they are the coolest bunch of little dudes ever and I just love them to pieces. I’m a work at home mom, running 2 businesses from home while caring for my little dudes. My oldest is in Kindergarten and my 2nd goes to Preschool a couple days a week but usually, my house is packed full of crazy little superheroes, dressed up like Jedis, playing Legos. They are all boy and crazy and cool as they come.

The great thing about little boys is that they are all “Momma’s Boys”. In a good way. ;)  Sometimes these hardcore, rough housing boys surprise me with their tender, mommy-loving hearts. The other day, my 4 year old was just beeeeeegging me to bake cookies with him. I knew he was craving some momma time and craving cookies like always. I told him we would bake some “sometime today” and he would just not let up. Finally he came to me and said “Mom! Are we gonna bake cookies or WHAT!?!”  I dropped everything and decided to devote all of my attention to him. I pre-measured the ingredients and let him put them all in the mixer. We put the balls of dough on the cookie sheet and he chose which one was “his” cookie.

It was a sweet little moment and it made me realize that I need to take more time during the day to unplug, stop working and show the kiddos that I care about their wants and needs, sporadic and unhealthy as baking random cookies may be. ;) Since the new year, I’ve put myself on a pretty strict schedule so I can fit everything that needs to be done in my day without ignoring my kids completely. It’s helped tremendously and we’re all happier, house is cleaner, and I am way less stressed.

Valentine's Cookie Dough

Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies

(adapted from Sugar Baby Boutique)

Ingredients:

3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 c. butter flavored shortening (I use the pre-measured Crisco Baking Sticks)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
add 3/4 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla
approximately 1 cup of Valentine’s M&Ms.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use non-stick spray. With a mixer, combine sugars, eggs and butter flavored shortening until mixed throughly. Now here’s a trick, mix the remaining ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, oats and vanilla) until combined but do not over mix. It makes the cookies SO much yummier. I have no idea why but I swear it works. Gently stir in M&Ms. Next, bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes until the edges are barely brown. Let cool on baking sheet for about 3-4 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.

If you want to make these into a super easy, super cute gift for Valetine’s Day, take a sandwich baggie and cut off the zipper.

Cut off the zipper on a baggie

Place the cookie inside and secure with a ribbon and a tag (if you’d like) It is so simple and inexpensive and is much cuter than a store-bought Valentine. These can be customized to virtually any holiday, season, occasion, etc.

Cookie in a baggie for an easy Valentine

See! Way easy and way cute! Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to check out our other Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Custom Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookies

Valentine’s Day Printables

Lego Movie Valentines

DIY “Love Bites” Boys Valentine’s Dad Shirt

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DIY Boys Valentines Shirt

Hi Classy Clutter friends!  I’m Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow, and I’m super excited to be here today sharing this fun DIY Boys Valentine’s Day Shirt.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt I love making custom tee’s for my boys, usually for holidays or if I need something specific and can’t find one I like in stores.  My favorite method for making custom t-shirts is with freezer paper stencils.  If you haven’t tried them yet be sure to add it to your crafting to-do list.  This DIY Boys Valentine’s Shirt is pretty easy to make, so let’s get started.

Supplies:

T-shirt, Walmart – Target – and American Apparel all have great prices
Fabric paint, DecoArt SoSoft brand is my fave
Freezer paper
Cutting machine or Xacto knife
Cutting mat if using the cutting machine
Round foam pouncer paint brush, medium and small
Small detail paint brush, optional

Note:  If you don’t have fabric paint you can use acrylic paint with fabric medium mixed with a 2:1 ratio per package instructions.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt When creating t-shirts I try to come up with clever or cute designs that I haven’t seen in stores.  I then use a program like photoshop, or picmonkey to create my images.

I own a Cricut Explore cutting machine, and love it.  It allows me to take my own custom images and upload them into their Design Space software and create a cuttable image easily.  After creating my cuttable file and sizing it to fit my t-shirt I just hit GO on the machine.  When using freezer paper to cut a stencil with a machine be sure you place it shiny side down on your mat.

Once the image is cut you can weed out the pieces and set them aside for a second because you’ll need them again.

Note:  If for some reason you don’t have a cutting machine you can cut the image by hand. Simply print our your design on a piece of paper, lay the freezer paper over the image and using a fine tip marker or pencil trace your image.  Then cut carefully on a cutting mat with your Xacto knife.  

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Pre-heat your iron to a no steam setting.

Using a ruler be sure your design is centered shiny side down on your t-shirt, you can use a small piece of masking tape to hold the freezer paper in place on the shirt until your ready to iron.  Just be sure to remove the tape before you actually iron anything.

Once you have the large outline piece centered hold in place and carefully press it with the iron.  Do not move iron around in circular motions, it’s best to lift and move it.  Iron for a few seconds until it’s mostly adhered.

This is where your negative pieces that you weeded will come back, you can use them to fill in the whole design to be sure everything is aligned.  Ironing each piece back in place for a few seconds until the image is whole again.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Now, once again weed out the pieces you don’t need and you’re left with the design centered and exactly where it’s supposed to be.  Be sure to put back any small letter details too.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Pressing firmly in 20 second intervals go over the entire design until you feel the edges are sealed down to the t-shirt.  Let it cool for about 5 minutes before painting.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Use small round foam pouncer brushes to gently tap / pounce paint on to your t-shirt design.  Do not press too hard or you will cause excess paint to seep under the stencil possibly.

For the white on the jaws I needed 3 coats of paint, the black lettering only needed about 2 coats.  I used red on the small heart and just used a small paintbrush to apply it.

Let your design dry 5-10 minutes between each coat, and let it dry for 24 hours before washing or wearing.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Once everything is dry you can peel up your freezer paper stencil.

At this point you can leave the design alone and be done.  Or you can be like me and grab a small detail brush and some more of the black fabric paint and add a finishing detail to the edges of the shark jaw.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt There you have it…a custom and  fun DIY Boys Valentine’s Shirt!  These shirts can be washed in cold water, turned inside out and dried on normal heat in the dryer.  Over time they will get a worn look to them which makes them even better.

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DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Want to check out some of my other custom t-shirt designs?

The Crafted Sparrow DIY Geek Inspired Shirt  |  DIY Hunger Games Shirt  |  DIY Halloween Shirt

And for even more awesome Valentine’s ideas like this Easy Felt Feather Valentine’s Wreath be sure to visit me at The Crafted Sparrow.

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The Creative Collection Link Party

Hi friends! So glad you’re here! Seriously! We love our link party and getting to see what you guys have been up to. That’s really the best part of blogging right? Getting to be inspired by so many amazing people… We think so! Before we party, check out our faves for the week. They’re basically awesome!

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Dish  |  Delineate Your Dwelling

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DIY Tartan Earrings  |  Kraft & Mint

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Home office in a closet from The Crazy Craft Lady
Home Office in a Closet  |  The Crazy Craft Lady

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Peanut Butter Noodles|The Crafting Foodie
Peanut Butter Noodles  |  The Crafting Foodie

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A fresh, healthy Poppyseed Dressing that you can whip up in just seconds! Way better than store-bought! | LoveGrowsWild.com
Homemade Poppyseed Dressing  |  Love Grows Wild

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DIY Giant Fabric Bins for Lego Storage  |  The Scrap Shoppe

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Cookie Cutter Valentine’s  |  The Scrap Shoppe

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DIY Custom Fortune Cookies – Valentine’s Edition

Hi friends! Today we are guest posting at Over the Big Moon, sharing these stinkin’ cute Fortune Cookie Valentines! We created it using a custom fortune cookie and my gosh, they’re so cute! Click over to Over the Big Moon for the full tutorial on how to put these cute little valentine’s gift boxes together! But first, we’re going to show you how to make your own custom, chocolate dipped (!!!) fortune cookies with your own fortune inside! So fun right?!

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These cute little boxes are filled with these adorable custom fortune cookies! We’re going to teach you how to make them.

Materials:

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First, download your Happy Valentine’s Day Emoji Fortunes and print them off.

Remove Fortune

Using some small (clean!) tweezers, remove the fortune that came with the cookie. No, you will not be able to get the fortune out of all cookies. Some have larger openings than others and you cannot use them all. My kids LOVE fortune cookies so I gave the ones I couldn’t use to them in lunch boxes or an after school snack. They love them!
Roll up new fortune

Next, take your print out the Happy Valentine’s Day Emoji Fortunes and cut them into strips. Fold or roll up the fortune and feed it back into the cookie.

Put new fortune inside

Next, melt candy melts according to package directions. I used a small plastic bowl and heated in 20-30 second increments, stirring in between until it was melted all the way through.

Dip in melted chocolate

Next, dip your cookies into the chocolate and shake gently to remove the dripping chocolate.

Remove from chocolate

In another bowl, add sprinkles to the melted chocolate on the cookie before it dries.

Add Sprinkles

I used a cooling rack for baking to allow them to dry so the chocolate didn’t get smudged and messed up. It fit great when I did it diagonally. Also, my little dude, Carter wanted to sprinkle his own colors for his fortune cookie. ;)

Allow to dry on cooling rack

When it is dry, package it up and give it to someone you love!

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DIY Customized Fortune Cookies - Click for tutorial and tips!

Classroom Valentine Ideas

Every year I am on the look out for fun and creative Classroom Valentine Ideas. Here are a few of my favorite ones I have seen this year.

Classroom Valentine Ideas

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Lego Movie Valentine

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Gooed Valentine 

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You Blow Me Away

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Won’t Chew be Mine

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Starbursting Valentine

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You are a Hit 

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You’re all Write

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Cute Monster Valentine

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Sip-Sip Hooray

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Glow Stick Valentine

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Minion Valentines

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Amazing Valentine

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If you would like to see more Valentine Ideas Check these other ideas HERE