2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Great gift ideas to please everyone on your list

The Holidays are here! I love everything about the Christmas season. Gift giving is one of my favorite ways to celebrate. It can be a daunting task to find that perfect gift. This year find them something they will really love! We’ve put together a list of gifts, including some DIY, that are sure to please everyone on your list.  (more…)

Disney World Offers A Limited Time 4-Park Magic Ticket

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Find Out More about the New Walt Disney World 4-Park Magic Ticket OfferIf you have ever been to Disney World, you know how expensive park tickets can be. A park hopper is a huge plus for people wanting to go between parks, but it’s time to rethink that strategy with this new ticket offer. Disney is offering a fantastic deal for their 4-Park Magic Ticket. This ticket allows you to enter one park per day for four days. In general, Disney World doesn’t have many “deals”! If you are going to Disney during (more…)

Packing for a RunDisney Trip – Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is almost here! Everything is booked, the trip planning is complete, the race outfit is ready to go, my training is almost over. It’s time to start planning what I will pack. When it comes to packing, I either over pack by a substantial amount or I under pack by a substantial amount. I stress over every item I put in my bag and have nightmares that I forgot half of it. This stress is even worse when it comes to any of my Disney vacations. Packing for RunDisney events is no different. * This post may contain affiliate links, if you make a purchase after clicking these links we will be compensated.

What To Pack For A RunDisney Weekend

Packing for Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

My packing list is quiet extensive, as I plan to have everything I could possibly need and them some. We are also staying at Disney from Thursday to Monday afternoon, so my list may be longer than you will need. I am flying Southwest with free checked bags. We use the Disney Magical Express. With this transportation service, Disney will deliver my bags to our hotel. This time around we will be staying at All Star Movies.

Every item you need to purchase upon arrival will cost you possibly triple the cost extra. For any Disney vacation a packing list is essential. I have included in this list what I will be (more…)

How to Make A Personalized Burlap Wreath

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How to Make A Personalized Fall Burlap Wreath

Fall is the perfect time for a burlap wreath. Making a burlap wreath is so simple. Burlap is a popular decor item right now. It’s an easy material to work with. The look of burlap is very southern rustic. It pairs well with most fall outdoor decor. Add some rustic chic to your fall decor, with this simple personalized burlap wreath! *This post may contain affiliate links, if you make a purchase after clicking on these links we will be compensated.*

How to Make A Personalized Fall Burlap Wreath

Basics of Making a Burlap Wreath

A burlap wreath is made with very few supplies. You will need a wire wreath frame, floral wire, and burlap ribbon. That is it. Three simple supplies. You can pick those up at any craft store. I used two different burlaps, one spool of plain burlap and one spool of pattern burlap. I taught myself how to make a burlap wreath awhile back with (more…)

Cricut Explore Air 2 Is Here

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Comparison of the Explore Air 2 & Original Explore Air

Cricut launched a new Explore Air! Cricut Explore Air 2 is now here and available on the website now. If you have spent any time reading my blog you already know how much I use and love my Cricut die-cut machine. After doing extensive research I decided to purchase a Cricut over the other brands available. The Cricut Explore Air 2 fixes some of the issues I have with my current Explore Air. I cannot wait to get my hands on one to test it out.  **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Why I Love The Circut Explore Air

I purchased the Cricut Explore Air to help make my DIY projects simpler and my cuts more precise. I never imagined, even after all my research, how many different projects I would end up using it for. The Cricut Design Studio offers (more…)

Mexican Fajita Bowls

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Take Mexican Night Up a Notch and Make These Simple Fajita Bowls

Mexican food is a staple in my house. I love a taco Tuesday. I am always looking for a way to get an extra Mexican meal into my week. These Mexican Fajita Bowls make a great dinner. They were extremely easy to make and delicious. This was definitely a what’s in the pantry dinner. We traveled to visit family in Nashville last week. My husband was traveling the week before, so I felt lucky to even find the ingredients to make this dish.

Take Mexican Night Up a Notch and Make These Simple Fajita Bowls

Ingredients Used For Mexican Fajita Bowls

The ingredients for this recipe were based on what I had on hand. I purchased a few pounds of organic frozen ground turkey from a local farm. When I went to make dinner, I was thrilled to find 1lb left in my freezer. I also had some peppers, 1 tomato, (more…)

Walt Disney World Bachelorette Weekend

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How to have an amazing Disney World Bachelorette Party How to have an amazing Disney World Bachelorette Party

Anyone that knows me can tell you that I love all things, Disney. As a very girly little girl, I loved princesses. Dressing up as Cinderella for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is possibly my favorite childhood memory. When my husband and I got engaged there was only once place I could imagine having my bachelorette party, Walt Disney World. Disney World makes a wonderful destination for a bachelorette weekend. There is an abundance of things to do, more restaurants than you can count and if you haven’t been since you’ve been a child, you might be surprised to know there is plenty of nightlife. *This post may contain affiliate links, we will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on these links. All opinions are our own.*

How to have an amazing Disney World Bachelorette Party After hours of planning, research and Disney knowledge from many previous trips, my bridesmaids threw me a bachelorette weekend made of magic. Here are my tips and tricks to have a magical bachelorette weekend that you and your friends will remember for a lifetime!  Whether you want to bar crawl around the world, a modest family-friendly day at the parks, or (like me) a combination of the two, Disney can be a perfect bachelorette party.

1. Pick An Off Season Weekend

The timing of when you go can make or break your trip. If you have 6 or more ladies, trying to get fast passes, dinner reservations, and even accommodations will (more…)

Fall Porch DIY Metallic Shabby Chic Flower Pots

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DIY Shabby Chic Flower Pots

DIY Shabby Chic Flower PotsAutumn is here. The leaves are changing colors, pumpkin flavoring has taken over everything, and cooler weather is right around the corner. For me that means it’s time to take away the bright colored pots and redo the summery wreath. I truly do love fall. There is something about the cozy weather and the gorgeous fall colors. This year I wanted a shabby chic looking porch. Our house is red and I decided to use gold, black and white as accents. I wanted good sized mums at our front door. Instead of getting fancy new planters, I decided to do a paint my own flower pots for a fun unique look. **This post contains affiliate links if you make a purchase after clicking on these links, we will be compensated**

Shabby Chic Flower Pots

Supplies:

This is a fairly simple project that I did in one afternoon. You will need clay flower pots, white and metallic acrylic paints, matte acrylic sealant spray, paint brushes, (more…)

Heart of Tennessee DIY Wall Art

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Even though I no longer live in Tennessee, it will always have my heart. I recently moved desks at my office and needed some new wall art. I’ve seen tons of these fun wall art using states and a heart for your city. I think showing a little state pride is a super fun piece of art for your home or office and it can be easily customized. This DIY project was clearly for Tennessee with a heart for my hometown, Nashville, but you can adapt this project for any city or state if you aren’t as TN proud as I am. **This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on these links, we will be compensated. All opinions are our own.**

Heart of Tennessee Wall Art - Cutting DIY with Cricut

DIY Supplies

I try and use as many supplies as I already have on hand. Luckily, I had an 11 x 17 canvas already, some mint acrylic paint and extra silver vinyl foil so that’s what I used. I happen to be slightly obsessed with gray and mint at the moment, so this is probably why that is what I had on hand. A fun idea would be to use your favorite team colors. If you don’t have everything on hand and need to pick up supplies get a simple stretched canvas, it needs to be an unprimed one or the vinyl will not stick easily. You will also want to pick up a small bottle of acrylic paint, mine was a pearl colored mint, a brush, piece of card stock for a stencil and vinyl foil. I used a Cricut die cut machine for this project. That is what I own, if you have another die cut machine you can likely adapt my steps and use whatever machine you have.

Products I Used For This DIY Project

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Directions:

This project is a very simple Cricut project. (more…)

Things To Do In Playa Del Carmen

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The Rivera Maya is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We took our honeymoon six months after our wedding. This gave us time to research destinations and find an affordable and gorgeous beach destination. After we settled on Playa Del Carmen, I immediately began researching activities and quickly found that there are more activities than you can do in one 7 day honeymoon. For the majority of our vacation, we focused on relaxing and spending time at our all-inclusive resort, but that does not mean there isn’t plenty to do outside the resort walls.

Things To Do In Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

 

Snorkeling

Things to do in Playa Del Carmen - Snorkeling

This first activity we did on our vacation, besides lounge by the beach and pool, was snorkeling. The Rivera Maya has one of the largest coral reefs in the world, The Great Maya Reef, and the snorkeling is fantastic. I have been snorkeling before, but this was my husband’s first experience and it did not disappoint. We swam along the coral reef with hundreds of fish, sea turtles and sting rays. Two bucket list items, swimming with turtles and sting rays, were crossed off my list in one day!

Swim with Sea Turtles - Playa Del Carmen

Swim with Sting Rays - Playa Del Carmen

We did the Luxury Sail & Snorkel with Cancun Adventures. It is a half day experience including snorkeling, paddle boarding, lunch, and drinks all while sailing along the coast one a luxury catamaran. I highly recommend using (more…)

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