Monday, May 23, 2016

Tough Cookie Card and Heart Cookies

A family member had a "I beat cancer" birthday party. I wanted to do something nice and I found a tough cookie card. I couldn't find a step by step so I kind of looked at it and took my circle cutters and paper cutters to make the card look like the example she had.



For the card:

Dark Brown Card Stock
Light Brown Card Stock
White Card Stock 
Black Card stock
Brown Pen
Black Pen

I cut the brown and white into card size (the white smaller). For the white square I put it in my printer and printed the words "You're One Tough Cookie". I cut a circle of brown and light brown (again light brown smaller). I cut out like bites out of the cookie. For the eyes I cut small white and black circles. For the eyebrows I made black strips. I colored on brown spots for the chips on the cookie. I used a black sharpie and made the arms and legs.

I also made some simple cookies with a heart on them. I royal iced them and then using a piping bag and royal icing tinted red I free-handed some hearts.

 I think they turned out so cute!

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

You're One "Smart Cookie"

I made up this box for my bosses daughter, she is at school and doing an amazing job in a very tough school. I wanted to send her something fun that she could share with her college roommates. I found an idea for a Tough Cookie and made it a "Smart Cookie". 
What you need:
USPS Box (If it fits it ships - I used Medium)
Cookies of sorts (here is what I picked up)
  • Cookie Mixes (Dollar Tree - Sugar / Chocolate Chip)
  • Mini Oreo (Dollar Tree) 
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies Put into a mini Cookie jar (Both Dollar Tree)
  • Cookies and Cream Bar (Dollar Tree)
  • Moon Pies
  • More Cookies in sleeve 
Card Stock / Print Word One Smart Cookie (use cookie font) 
Hot Glue / Tape
I  downloaded the wrong font so I took a brown marker and colored on the words. I placed some mini chocolate chip cookies in the mini jar. Packed everything in a medium USPS box and packed it with tissue paper to make the trek across the US to her. I think this may have been one of my favorite gifts in the mail.
Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A whirlwind Work Trip

I just returned from another business trip. Let's just say it started out rather rough. I got tot the airport to find my flight was first it's delayed 40min to Boston due to they did not have a spot for us to land. Then they worked that out. We board sat on plane for 25 min to be told we need to get off the plane while they figure out something mechanical issue. After 2 hours they tell us flight is cancelled. We all hop on our phones with in min all the 1 stop overs where gone for Jet Blue. Mind you while I'm on hold for 45 min while she is checking on getting an ok to refund my non refundable ticket, she came back on to say the Fight I told her to book was full and she didn't put me on it! I'm trying to google flights thought I found one that got me in at 12a, but I misread and it got me in at 12p that was after I bought the flight on my debit for $600. So I then have to call Expedia to back out and try to get a flight another 35min to find all the flights getting me in late Thurs or very early Fri are gone. Finally found one not leaving until almost 11p. So I spent a little over 13 hours in the airport lol then had to take a flight to Chicago and then to Boston in the AM. 
 
My husband returned from a 31 day trip and I left 2 days later
Suitcases passing in the night!
 
My suitcase ALWAYS is right at the limit
 
Had to post my funny FB post about my trip:
#‎jetblue‬ we had a ‪#‎RHOBH‬ moment you were Vanderpump and I was Kyle. In Kyle fashion I will forgive and take you back. You're the cool kid and I missed your premium security check in, extra room seats and TV along with all access free WiFi! I may say some nasty things at the reunion show but I say we're friends. ‪#‎united‬ you were fun but you're the Brandy that left me with a cramped behind and having to play my own music! On a plus I tried uber and no one killed me. Over all I say this adventure was TV worthy lol. ‪#‎dropsthemic‬
 
My 2nd flight with a 2nd trip through security.
United is not as good as Jetblue, no TV's and crowded seats
I also tried Uber and didn't die! 
 
Thankfully my boss found the United Club where I could hang!
If your a drinker you could make up the cost in free alcohol
Me not so much but I sure did drink a lot of FREE lattes!


I thankfully arrived the day of our event and not the day before as planned. We had an amazing event and I was able to Meet Col. Allan West! Pretty spectacular to meet the man they say could be our next VP. He was a BRILLANT speaker and such a nice man!
Before My Mother's Day Drama I went to our event and event went for a Pedi & Mani
Sunday was Mother's Day, I sadly got a call about a person I called a great friend who was trying to break up my family. So my Mother's Day kind of sucked but I had a wonderful front desk lady who gave me headache meds and bought me a Gatorade. In the long run I was able to find some closure and actually saw growth in my relationship with my husband.
The week flew by and I stuck to my goal and did the stairs up and down along with working out in my hotel room. I'm schedule to go back next month. Typically I go every 3mo this year we've been having a lot of big events so I'm going more often.

Here's my trip in pictures :)
 
Sunday
  
Monday
Tuesday
 Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Gift ... Redbox Code's for a Teacher who Rocks!

I'm still trying to balance work travel and my personal life and kind of sucking at coming here to blog. I made these before I head to Boston for Teacher appreciation week.  I was only planning one for Caden's teacher and one for a special teacher who helped with Cole for two years. Then Cole asked for his teachers (YES plural) to get them also. So I ended up making a total of EIGHT! I found this AWESOME gift on Hip 2 Save that included a FREE printable (4 per Sheet so making 8 was easy).

 
What you need:
Popcorn Bins (2 for a $1 at Dollar tree or sometimes a bonus extra one for 3)
Microwave Popcorn 
Movie Candy ($1 Bin) 
Licroice (I broke a big bag up into smaller bags)
Card Stock
Ribbon (I used twine I had from another project) 
Redbox Code (Go online you can buy a pack of 5 codes)
 
Fill your popcorn bin with all the goodies. Print Hip2Save's FREE Printable on white card stock. Cut out the four tags, I used a whole punch and a twine to attach to the popcorn bin. Write your code on the tag before attaching. Make sure to tell the teacher that they have to use the code online and then pick up the movie. 
 

 Thanks for stopping by and  putting up with me being MIA AGAIN!

Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Movie Party in the Bag!

Another birthday is done and in the bag! Cole had a great 12th Birthday, I'm so happy it is behind me! I was crazy and let Cole have a sleep over including my 2 boys we had a house of 8 BOYS!! Yes I had to work Saturday AM so I had to keep telling kids to go to sleep. ONE kid decided he was going to hide in a closet and not just hide but climb UP on my closet organizer and hide. He of course broke the WHOLE organizer! Thank God my dad came over and fixed it before my husband saw the damage!
 
Party table set up!
 Boys and more boys!

Kids that went to movie theater!
My friends who did 4mile walk with me while kids watched movie!
And of course the cheesecake us ladies had!!

Cole also got to go to a baseball game w/ our exchange student.
Caden and I had a date night and went to Saturday night service.
 
A review of the cupcakes done for Cole!

Friends have changed but always a theme party (that was a superhero theme)

Have a great day!
 This mom is beat lol!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Movie themed Treat Gift Bags (Movie Candy)

Since I couldn't do the big parties like I normally do, I had to still put a theme to Cole's party. Since we were going to the movies I ran with the movie theme. I wanted to give each kid a treat bag and I wanted to save on what I had to buy when we went to the theaters. I'm sorry Mr. Theater I had 8 kids sneak candy in to save my a crap load of money .. lol!
 
I found several ideas on Pinterest and kind of just ran with it and made my own.
 
Small Popcorn Bins (2 for $1 Dollar Tree - I hit bonus days 3 for $1)
Movie Candy (Several candy boxes $1 Each)
Large Clear Bags (25 pk for $1)
Ribbon ($1 Roll)
Card Stock
 
I started with a word document and made little cards that I could attach to the popcorn gifts. I Google searched a popcorn .png (a transparent background picture). I copied the picture into the word document and added words Thanks for Popping by My Birthday Cole. I needed 9 cards so I made 9 cards on the one sheet of card stock and printed out. I cut into squares. If I was wanting to be more fancy I would have used my circle cutter and do that but I just went with the normal square and hole punched the corner to attach with the ribbon to the bag. I placed the bag into the popcorn bin and each kid got one!

 
Enjoy!
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