Thursday, March 14, 2019

March Love Notes

I'm so excited to share a few adorable little Love Notes with you all.  Like every "Love Note" I make there are plenty of small gift options to pair with the tags and each tag is a free printable you can find at the end of the post.  I love to share them with you all for free to make it easy to spread some LOVE!  There are so many people in the world and they all need love so print out one of the tags below and deliver it to someone thats on your mind.  If you need some help thinking of someone you could give them to your ministering/visiting teaching sisters, ward member, friend, sibling, parent, child, mail man, the list could go on forever seriously!  I wanted to share these before St. Patrick's D-day because they are perfect for giving on the 17th but even after (or before) would be perfect!!

This 'Lucky to know you!' tag would be adorable paired with a mini leprechaun hat found at the Target Dollar Spot, or online option HERE.

Or a small pot of chocolate gold coins would be so festive.  Small black pots found HERE and chocolate gold coins found HERE.

A small bag or even a box of Lucky Charms would be adorable too!  Find a super cute individualized option HERE!

Next tag is "Cutest clover in the Patch!"  how adorable.  Love that this can be paired with any clover or shamrock thing.  A little house plant, this cute clover dish from Dollar Tree full of gold coins would be so cute.  Find the online option HERE for the plastic clover dish.

A clover cookie cutter would be a great reusable, can be used for so many things, and a great small size!  Find an online shamrock cookie cutter HERE!

A super cute option my mom thought of would be a little table top decoration.  We got these clover jars at the Dollar Spot at Target last year, the Happy St. Patrick's Day flag at Target this year, and I got the white flowers at Dollar Tree!  Total of $3 for the cutest home decoration!  

Next tag is the "I'm over the rainbow that we're friends!".  This would be so cute paired with anything rainbow themed.  THESE rainbow suckers are so cute and delicious!

Which got me thinking of last years march tags.  You can find them HERE!  Find this tag and another adorable rainbow tag at that link.  Great options for even more gift ideas.

I love that these tags can work with SO many different little gift ideas.  It doesn't have to be specific or elaborate.  

Last but definitely not least my favorite tag of the year, "Your friendship is worth more than a pot of gold!".  Perfect with another small pot of gold with gold coins or a small bag of chocolate gold coins!  

There are so many tag options that I hope you can find one that you just love.  

Find the March Tags below:

See my other Love Notes below:

January Ideas

February Ideas

This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Key to my Heart Date Night In Box

Another month, another Date Night In Box.  I love that we have this on hand to have a special night in together, no matter what the time.  This box made me feel so sophisticated and European!  I loved it!  The theme for this box was Key to my Heart.  

Let's get into this box!  Included in this box:  two pre-made crepes, Aromabeads, The Five Love Languages Quiz, Key to my Heart Adventure game cards, Parisian Password Game, and Love Letters for two.

It's always so fun to read about our box and get a feel for what's inside.  There are so many options we decided to stick with just a couple of the ideas for one date night and save the rest for another date night in!  I love that this is a box that keeps on giving!

We started with the Key to my Heart Adventure game.  It was surprisingly tricky but really fun!  I loved getting into the game.  We had to uncover hints and puzzles in order to guess the answer.

Then we read up about Parisian Password Game, so easy to learn and SO fun!  I could play this kind of word game for hours. 

You had to give one word hints to the other person to help them guess the word on the card.  All iconic Parisian things, it was so fun to think of different ways to describe things we were really familiar with and not so familiar with. 

We finished this date night with crepes!  Warmed them up for 15 seconds in the microwave and we were transported to a  French cafe in an instant.  One had a chocolate/hazelnut and the other had strawberry.  We love crepes and we love making them ourselves but if you're in a pinch these remade ones were fun to try.

We plan to have another date night with The Five Love Languages Quiz and writing love letters to each other.  I love that this box doesn't just have to be one date night-it can be many!!  If you'd like to learn more about Date Night In Boxes you can go HERE!

I did receive this box for free from Date Night In Boxes for reviewing purposes.  I'm so grateful I can share things I love with you!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

February Love Note You make my heart soar

The other February Love Note I'd love to share this year is another simple and adorable one.  You make my heart soar!  Pair this tag with anything airplane, floating, etc. and it's sure to be one to remember.

I love these little airplane erasers I found in the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago, online option HERE.  Or a foam airplane they could make themselves or enough for their children would be super thoughtful, you can find some really cute options in a pack HERE.

I also love the idea of bubbles or balloons!  Find some small bubbles HERE.  

I love to use valentines intended for classrooms to spark creativity.  They make it easy and cost effective to give a small amount of something to a lot of people.

Another super simple option I absolutely love are these chocolates.  THESE heart chocolates are the perfect size to attach to the tag and in the quantity they come in you can use them for a long time to come, and for so many different things!  Check out THIS post from last year for a March handout/gift idea.

Or even a little bag of them or any heart candy would be so darn cute!  I'm all for little treats so you don't feel as guilty when you eat them all! :)

Remember that these are perfect for thinking of you notes, friend or family notes, good friends, ministering/visiting teaching sisters and so much more!  If you've got someone on your mind there is sure to be a free tag/printable on my site for you to give them!

Find the "You make my heart soar!" printable HERE

See my other Love Notes below:

January Ideas

February Ideas

This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Friday, February 22, 2019

February Love Notes I Love That We Are Friends

Never mind that February is almost over and Valentines is over a week in the past now, we can still show and spread love no matter what the day!  I have 2 super cute Love Notes for February that I'll be sharing before February is completely over.  The first is perfect for anything love or heart themed.  

I LOVE that we are friends.  Plain and simple, but it will let the people you care about know you love them and are thinking of them. I wanted to show you a few gift ideas if you need some inspiration.

Valentines candy and decor is on sale now so it makes it even better!  These Jolly Rancher jelly hearts are so good and cute!!  Heart magnets or decorations would be another great, reusable gift.

Or get a cute heart container and fill it with heart candies or any candy you know they'd enjoy!

I love this ring tray my mom got me from the Dollar Spot at Target, for an online option go HERE.

Or any heart or valentine decoration would be a fun gift they can see year after year.  I got this at the Target Dollar Spot but you can find another cute decoration idea in stores (hopefully in the clearance or sale bins) or HERE.

There are so many ways to show those you care about you love and appreciate them.  A little note or act of kindness goes a long way in helping people, I've learned from experience and I'm sure a lot of you have to.  So why don't we share it!  It's easy to print out the sheet below cut and find a cute thing to go with it or a little treat and leave it on their doorstep.  Try it!  It will help you and the people you are thinking about.  

These tags are perfect for visiting friends, family, loved ones.  Thinking of you notes, ministering or visiting teaching sisters, those who are going through a difficult time or challenge, or even just a drop by note.  There are so many ideas.  I hope you can find someone that could use a little pick me up!

See my other Love Notes below:

January Ideas

This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Monday, February 18, 2019

2 Month Recovery Update

It's so refreshing that time is passing and there is more time between me and the craziness that happened in December.  I'm grateful for how far i've come and all the help from doctors, therapists, and family members that have helped so much with recovery!

Here's what I've been up to this last month:

-Major head and neck pain and so nauseous most days, it really takes a toll on my YOLO eat everything motto.
-Still weak but getting stronger every day. 💪 
-I have really bad days and better days. I try not to say good anymore because well it’s not. Haha
-Get very emotional, angry, upset over little things. 
-Have had a few moments where I feel completely like myself. No pain or sadness-it’s awesome. Praying I have more and more of those moments-and as time passes I really do!! Prayers are answered my friends.
-Went back to the hospital to say “thanks for keeping me alive” and deliver treats. It was so surreal to walk in there!! I gave some thank you notes to my favorite doctors and nurses. I was there for quite some time so I really “got to know” a few people, as well as you can get to know people while sleeping at least half the day and having your poor brain recover from so much trauma! I saw the adorable lady that cleaned my hospital room and I asked her to watch White Christmas with me while I was in the ICU in December. I gave her a hug and told her we still needed to watch White Christmas together and to make sure she got a cupcake in the break room. 😂  
-Graduated from occupational therapy.
-Alone with Olivia more and more during the day-my Mom the saint, still comes every day. Trying to mom hard.
-I have the most intense doctor appointment next week and I’m seriously so anxious for it!! Neurologists are NO JOKE! 
-Walk up and down the stair consistently with no hands. 👏
-Basically do everything I use to-it’s amazing really! I shouldn’t be doing any of this and I’m almost all the way back to normal!! It’s so crazy and cool!! 
-People surprise me. The people that are kind and put a smile on my face make me realize there’s still good in the world. Random acts of kindness are really so sweet and appreciated!
-I think a lot of what I’m working through now is fear, exhaustion and mental things (obviously). I have major FOMO but am always tired so I don't want to take a nap or relax. I fear the unknown and bad things happening, like anyone really, I just take it VERY literally now. I worry if I’m capable to do daily tasks. My confidence is growing and I'm trying to remind myself to be patient and that I can do hard things.  That was my motto in the hospital and I still say it to myself all the time.

Can’t believe it but this might be the last recovery update. We'll see how it goes but It’s seriously insane to me. It’s only been two months and I’ve recovered SO much! I never would have chosen this but boy is this quite the adventure. It’s cool to try things I use to do and still be able to do them. Yeah I get frustrated and really sad sometimes but it’s kind of expected so I try not to dwell on that too much. Like I told my YW class a few weeks ago life is really a journey. It’s ok to not like some parts of it but if you keep your heavenly home as your destination you’ll remember this is a pretty great adventure. If we change our thoughts we can change our lives.  I've been really trying to work on this and its REALLY hard, but I know that our thoughts really do make such a difference.  I’m in a place in my journey that I’m not really loving where I’m at but that’s ok because I know where I’m going! 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Foundation of Love Date Night In Box

Dallin was completely in his element with this months Date Night In Box.  As an engineer he thrived on building and thinking of the best possible way to make all of these activities.  It was so cute to see.  This months box was themed Foundation of Love.  

"A great relationship doesn't happen only because of the love you have in the beginning, but how well you continue building love until the end." -Unknown  I love that quote.  It's so true, young love is so fun and fresh but deep love and commitment comes from time and making sure you're both making the right choices for your relationship.  I'm grateful to have Dallin by my side through wherever life takes me and Olivia.  

Let's talk about what's inside this box!  Included in this box:  toothpicks,  jelly beans, block hard candy, tape, straws, popsicle sticks, pen, tea light candle, and measuring tape.  All the things you need to build your date night away.  

We started with setting the mood by making our own lantern out of popsicle sticks.  We wrote on each one something that helped build the foundation for our relationship (experiences, traits, etc.)  It was so great to read each one or have the same things that we now know we both appreciate and love.  

Once we had made our little lantern together we lit the candle.  It definitely helped set the mood.

Next activity was building a strong foundation.  With jelly beans and toothpicks we made a strong foundation to hold our tower.

Then we started building our structure out of tape and straws.  Our goal was to make the highest structure to hold a jelly bean at the very top.  

Dallin loved it!

We eventually had to move the structure to have more room, it was getting way too high. At the end of the night he said he could totally have kept going but didn't have enough time! haha He wanted to make the highest structure.

We got to 82 inches high.

Then he decided to add more because he wasn't ok with 82 inches.

He worked his magic and got the jelly bean to stay at 90 inches!!

It looked totally wild but it stayed!

Something I love about Date Night In Box is that it helps start conversations that are important.  Sometimes they may be a little cheesy but it gets us talking.  I never really thought twice about some of the things I do in our relationship but with the popsicle lantern activity I found out that they really do mean a lot to Dallin.  These boxes are so much fun and easy to whip out when we want a date night but they are perfect conversation starters too and that's what I love most about them.

I've heard so many of you love your Date Night In Boxes too!  Keep sending pictures or comments to me of what you think of these boxes and how it helps your relationship.  I love LOVE!  If you'd like to get your own Date Night In Box you can go HERE!

I did receive this box for reviewing purposes from Date Night In Boxes, but all opinions are honest and my own.  I'm grateful to share products I love with you!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hello Dolly Bars

After wanting to slowly get back into baking, with nothing too crazy or fancy I decided to go with something classic and delicious and EASY!!  Enter Hello Dolly Bars!  They are the best, most simple, easy ingredient bars you can find.  

This recipe is super adaptable to your liking and preferences.  I don't really care for nuts so I opt out of those but you could always add chopped pecans to the mix.

I've made these bars for years and I've discovered some tricks to making the best and least messy Hello Dolly Bars.  One of the major tricks is putting down aluminum foil then spraying it with non stick cooking spray to help prevent sticking and make it super easy to cut, serve, and clean up!

Not even joking this dessert is loved by many.  Even people that don't like coconut or butterscotch chips,love this dessert (and both of them are in there).

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Hello Dolly Bars

-2 C. graham crackers, crushed

-10 T. butter, melted

-1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chip

-! C. butterscotch chips

-1 C. pecans, chopped (optional)

-2 C. shredded coconut

-1 can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil then spray lightly with non stick cooking spray.  Crush graham crackers in a bag or in food processor.  Melt butter, then mix melted butter and graham crackers together until well combined.  Press graham cracker and butter mixture in to the bottom of the pan.  Cover with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and pecans evenly.  Feel free to add more or less of these ingredients depending on your liking, just make sure your base is covered.  Add shredded coconut evenly over the chips.  Then pour sweetened condensed milk on top evenly.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Let cool then take aluminum foil out of pan for easy cutting and serving.