Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Easiest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies & Pumpkin Giveaway Winner!

To finish off this fun Pumpkin Week I wanted to share my favorite and super easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!  I also wanted to announce the winner for the Pumpkin Giveaway, congrats to @ashleyciera57!  Thank you again for all your support and kind comments!  Stay tuned for another fun giveaway in the next few weeks to celebrate my Birthday!

Part of the reason why I love this recipe is because its only 3 ingredients, and the other part is because they are perfectly delicious!



They are super easy to mix up and bake in no time! 



All you need is a can of pumpkin, spice cake mix and a bag of chocolate chips!


It's a great way to welcome fall and you'll have loads of little cookies to share with others too!



This is about half the batch. I'm telling ya it makes a ton! 
You and your family will totally love them!






Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
-1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
-1 box spice cake mix
-1 package milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together pumpkin and sifted spice cake mix until well blended.  Add chocolate chips and mix.  Drop cookies on a greased baking sheet using a small cookie scoop.  Bake at 10-12 minutes.  Try not to eat them all!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Handmade with Bethany RW Review

This next review will highlight my little sister's new Etsy shop, Handmade with BethanyRW!

When deciding what to review for her it was seriously kind of a struggle.  She has given me so many adorable home décor items over the years!  But one of my absolute favorite is this personalized family sign.  Find it in her shop HERE!


Another favorite is her Home Letter Set.  This set is adorable for any occasion or season.  She hand paints each interchangeable "O" decoration so you can switch it out to your hearts content.  I love the little birthday cake for birthdays that day or month!  She has a few already listed like her adorable cat for Halloween and turkey for Thanksgiving.  I still remember my mom having a little wooden bunny that we would switch out the fabric ears and little decorations it would hold for each holiday, it's one of my favorite decorating memories, and I'm sure this Home Letter Set will be just the same for my own kids! 


Bethany has a variety of paints that you can choose from to match your own home so you're Letter Set will fit right in!


She also has the cutest Welcome Letter Set where you can interchange the "O" with a variety of cute little pieces also sold in her shop.  Something I love about Bethany's creations is that they are the perfect addition to any home and they make your house feel like a home.  It is the perfect thing for a newlywed or house warming gift!


She also has the cutest accessory blocks, my favorite right now is of course the Halloween Set!  It's the cutest little addition to your seasonal décor!  


You can find Bethany and all the cute projects she has in the works on her blog, Instagram, and Etsy Shop!  Head on over and give her some love, she's a perfectionist on all of her work-that's why I'll have her do all of my craft projects for me!  Her painting and creativity is really just perfect and can't be beat!


There is still time to enter to win an adorable wood pumpkin decoration from Bethany and other fabulous fall finds in the Pumpkin Giveaway I'm hosting this week.  Head on over to my Instagram and search for her pumpkin decoration or go to the direct blog link HERE to enter to win.  You'll also find all the other cute items the winner will receive and additional ways you can enter!  Run on over while there is still time!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Beth's Card Creations Review

I'm so excited to review Beth's Card Creations next on our Etsy Shop highlights this week.  Beth is contributing her pumpkin garland to the collaborative giveaway I'm hosting.  Her shop is all about celebrating life and the cutest decorations to do just that!


I worked night and day to get the cutest models I could think of, their schedules are usually pretty busy.  Luckily they were all willing to eat some ice cream and help their Aunt out! ;)


Beth was so sweet and sent me an extra garland for review and let me tell you, they are unlike any other garlands!  They are handmade, durable, and totally customizable! She sent me her raindrop sprinkle garland, perfect for baby showers and Beth will even make it in the client's custom colors.  She has tons of other color options in her shop HERE


Not only does Beth make the cutest garlands she makes banners, cupcake toppers, gift tags, magnets and even centerpieces!  She really is your one stop party shop!  You can tell how much time and effort she puts into each of her pieces to make your celebration as fabulous as can be.


I absolutely loved hearing the story behind her Etsy shop from Beth herself.  She said, "My shop is called “Beth’s Card Creations” with a tagline of “for life’s celebrations.” I started my shop in 2009 while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Making things and being creative was a great way of taking my mind off of my illness. When I was declared cancer-free in 2010, I really had cause to celebrate, and I had an even greater desire to help others make the most of life’s celebrations. My favorite orders to make are custom orders where the client has specific colors or a certain style in mind for garlands or banners. I love to make the buyer feel special by creating something that appeals specifically to her or his sense of style."

Isn't she just incredible.  She's super creative and talented AND has a heart of gold!

When I first saw this garland it made me think of my ice cream gender reveal that I threw for my family.  It would have been the perfect addition!



Her garlands are so well priced you could order a few and make the perfect and unique backdrop for any party or tablescape.  Check out what I mean at  Beth's shop HERE!


So head on over to Beth's Card Creations and give her and her cute shop some love. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.


There is still time to enter to win Beth's Pumpkin Garland and some other fun fall goodies included in this giveaway!  Check out the blog post here or my Instagram post to enter!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handwritten Harper Review

I am so excited to highlight some of these amazing Etsy sellers from the collaborative giveaway I'm hosting this week.  Let's start out with the incredible shop Handwritten Harper-she even gave us our very own coupon code for 20% off your order at her shop-use code RUTHANNE at checkout!


I have been a huge fan of Megan's work since I found her on Instagram months ago.  Can you even handle how perfect her writing is?


Her handmade rustic signs are hand-painted on wood and each individually made by Megan herself, giving a unique character to each of her pieces.  I totally admire that she doesn't use any stencils or vinyl to create her signs it's all handwritten.  Not only does she have adorable sayings and quotes you can keep up year round, she also has the cutest holiday signs!  Obviously I love her Hello Pumpkin sign, but there are even more signs that are just perfect like my favorite quote from a past LDS conference HERE, or the cutest Christmas sayings-my favorite is THIS ONE!


I'd love to hear which one is your favorite!  Leave a comment below or grab one for yourself and let me know which one you picked!


I love the character and uniqueness of these signs.  No matter what color scheme you have in your home or decorations you already have, one (or loads) of her signs would make the perfect addition!  I think it's awesome that you can't find something like this at some big box decoration shop.  Can you imagine one of her signs incorporated in a gallery wall?!   How cute would that be!

Find Megan and her amazing work at Handwritten Harper on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook.  Show her and her shop some love!  She seriously is a sweetheart and you will not be disappointed following along on her perfectly handwritten accounts!


Megan was so kind and sent an extra sign for me to review as well and I'm so excited that I get to enjoy this beautiful sign for years to come.



I loved pairing this sign with some Target Dollar spot finds, and some new little treats.  Have you ever tried the chocolate coconut cashews at Costco.  My word!  Buy a sign (and don't forget to use code RUTHANNE at checkout for 20% off your order) from the cutest Megan and snack on these while you're admiring it! 

There is still time for you to enter to win your very own Handwritten Harper sign!  Head to my Instagram and find the Pumpkin Giveaway or go HERE for a direct link to all the goodies the giveaway winner will receive and how to enter.  Entering is super easy so head on over! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pumpkin Giveaway! *CLOSED*

*Giveaway CLOSED!*

Winner is @ashleyciera57!  Thank you so much to everyone that entered!  Your support and kind comments mean so much to me.  I really do appreciate you supporting this little, old blog of mine.  Stay tuned for another giveaway in the next few weeks celebrating my Birthday week!!

I am so excited to host my next collaborative giveaway with some amazing Etsy shops!  This time it's all about pumpkins and fall décor.  Ever since we bought our house about a year ago I have loved incorporating beautiful decorations that I can use year after year, and I think I've rounded up some awesome pieces that the winner of this giveaway will be able to do just that!  The winner will receive some amazing goodies that I'll list in greater detail below.  Also be sure to check back every day until the giveaway ends for some fun review and individual shop highlights.  I love the different shades of orange and the variety of adorable pumpkins in this giveaway!  It's the perfect addition to your fall décor no matter what you might have already or need in your home.  I also included a few little extras to make your home even more fabulous this fall! 

Head on over to each of their fun Etsy Shops and give them some love, they each sell the most amazing products-seasonal or not-their shops are some of my absolute favorites!



Here is what the winner will receive:

-Pumpkin Wood Decoration from Handmade By BethanyRW-Bethany recently started her Etsy shop and makes the cutest decorations for your home.  I love the variety of every day and seasonal décor she has available in her shop.  Check back later this week for an individual highlight post on her shop and proucts.  You can find her perfectly painted decorations on her Etsy Shop, Instagram, and Blog.  


-Pumpkin Garland from Beth's Card Creations-If you know anything about me you know I love to party, and Beth has created a shop that will help you design and decorate for every one of life's celebrations and parties!  Her pieces are each handmade and can be used for a variety of party themes!  Find a highlight post on her shop and products HERE.  You can find her adorable creations on her Etsy Shop, Instagram, and Facebook Page.


-3 Orange Felt Pumpkins from Cuddle Cups Shop-Janell makes the most adorable felt creations!  They are perfect for home décor, gifts and are even durable enough for kids to play with.  I could tell from the quality of these adorable little pumpkins they'd last years and years to come.  I think it's totally genius to have decorations that not only look cute, but your kids can play with them and they'll still look great and won't break.  She has loads of felt goodies so be sure to check out all her adorable creations at her Etsy shop and on Instagram


-Hello Pumpkin sign from Handwritten Harper-I've been fan girl-ing over Megan's signs for quite some time, so when she was sweet enough to send a sign for the giveaway I felt like I won the lottery!  Her signs are 100% handmade and each one is hand painted with her own writing.  No use of stencil or vinyl in site!  I absolutely love the classic look of her signs and that each of her pieces is individually unique.  For an individual highlight post on her shop and products go HERE.  You can find her beautiful handwriting and signs on her Etsy Shop, Instagram, and Facebook page.  Cute Megan is also giving my readers a coupon code!  Use code RUTHANNE at checkout to get 20% off your order!  Perfect time to stock up for Christmas gifts!


-It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown DVD, Hocus Pocus DVD, and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Bath and Body Works Candle from me!-I just had to throw in a couple little things as well.  I am completely obsessed with candles once the weather gets cooler so I had to include one of my favorites.  And what's a cozy night in with all your adorable decorations if you don't have something good to watch so I'm adding two seasonal favorites.  I realize Hocus Pocus isn't really pumpkin themed, but I found it on such a great deal I couldn't pass it up (I found it HERE)!


I am already wanting to see how the winner styles these cute decorations in their own home.  I seriously can't wait!  Each of these sellers were so generous to contribute to this giveaway so please check out their amazing accounts, shops, and products-trust me you won't be disappointed!


Here's how to enter:

Comment below with your favorite item from one of the Etsy shops contributing to this giveaway or the thing you look forward to the most in Fall (favorite decoration, activity, candle, clothing item).  In your comment be sure to include your email address so I can notify you if you're the lucky winner!

For more entries head to my Instagram account and Facebook Page.

Giveaway ends October 10, 2017 at 8 PM MST.

Good Luck!!

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


Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Visiting Teaching Handout Ideas

Enfolding with Love Those Who Stray

I cannot believe it is already October!? This year is almost over which means Christmas and baby time is right around the corner, which is super exciting and super terrifying! :)  

For this months visiting teaching message I came up with a few different ideas!  This month is all about reaching out and loving those that have strayed from the gospel.  I absolutely love this quote from Linda K. Burton, "Heavenly Father loves all His children.  No matter where they are-on or off the path-He wants them back home.  This message is about searching and looking for those that could use our love and attention.  After watching General Conference this weekend one of my favorite hymns sung was, Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd.  We each are truly dear to the heart of the shepherd, we have a loving Heavenly Father that loves and cares about each of us.  While we are here on this earth with one another we can search and look for those who have strayed or that are in need, and help each other on our way back home! 


So while we are searching and LOOKing for those in need we can always be stylish and have some chocolate in hand right?  


I love the idea of giving a pair of sunglasses!  I found this pair at Target for $7.99. 


Target also had the cutest eyewear cases for about $5.  This could be a super cute little gift if they already have a lot of sunglasses. 


Target also had these heart sunglasses if the ladies you visit teach are trendy and fabulous! 


I also found some super cute sunglasses at Walmart for only $2.50!


Or if you'd like to go the candy route pair this little LOOK! tag with a LOOK! candy bar!  You can find these at Macey's or Reams.



If you'd like to go the home route I have some adorable ideas!  To start what about the cutest little bird houses you can find HERE!  Super cheap and you can get them sent right to your house in 2 days! 


If you are giving the calendars for the IKEA frames, I've got you covered!  Wouldn't this be super cute on the fridge with a Halloween, home or heart magnet for the month?!


I love these little home blocks you can paint and give so they can put up in their house year round!  



Or give them the whole "Home Kit"  so they can switch out the "O" for different holidays or occasions.  You can find these on my little sisters Etsy shop HERE!



Or even a Halloween Chocolate House!! What a fun family night this would be! I found mine at Walmart for about $8.  


 Or even a home door mat!  I found this Home Sweet Home mat at Target for $20.  I think it's super cute, but I'd probably buy the cheaper ones from Walmart for a gift for multiple people.



I found these at Walmart for half the price!  


You could even give a seasonal one!  I even think it would be cute to give a homemade treat.

I love the idea of giving them a batch of sugar cookies cut out in an adorable little home cookie cutter.  Or even just give the little home cookie cutter!  You can find it HERE!


Along with the 'wrapping' theme, you could attach the tag to a cozy throw or blanket!  It's the perfect weather for blankets and getting cozy! I found these at Walmart for only a couple of dollars or THIS ONE is super cute too!  I even think giving some wrapped caramels would be a fun, little treat!



Which one is your favorite idea?  I think I like the sunglasses or Halloween Chocolate House!

Find all the free printable goodness below:




Love visiting teaching and handouts?  Check out my other ideas from each month this year below!