Sunday, September 17, 2017

Vintage Botanical Tablescape

I have a lovely vintage botanical wedding tablescape on the Fun 365 by Oriental Trading Company site that I'd love for you to check out! 
To see the entire tablescape plus recipe and craft ideas, be sure to visit the Fun365 site! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Neighbor BOO Kit

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SpookySavings #BOOItForward #CollectiveBias
Hover over this image to shop for the MARS® Bat Bag to add to your BOO kit! It's THAT easy! 

Moving can be scary. 
The packing, the moving of the heavy stuff, the updating of the address, changing utilities, unpacking...the list goes on and on and it can be downright frightening!  

So when I heard several new families were moving into the neighborhood, I wanted to make their move a little less nerve-wracking and treat them to a New Neighbor BOO Kit! 

In keeping with the "moving is scary" theme, I decided to put together these fun BOO kits to bring over to the new neighbors. I filled the kits with delicious treats from the MARS® Bat Bag and other Halloween goodies. 

I headed to Sam's Club since it is my go-to spot for buying anything in bulk. As soon as I spotted the MARS® Bat Bag, I knew it would be perfect for the BOO kits. I needed a large amount of candy  at an affordable price and this bag was exactly what I was looking for.  

Want to put together your own New Neighbor BOO kit? It's quick and easy so let's get started!

What you'll need:

  • Small wood crates
  • Acrylic paints in colors of your choosing ( I used ivory, orange and black)
  • Foam brushes
  • List of helpful phone numbers
  • Ribbon
  • Halloween images on vinyl
  • MARS® Bat Bag or MARS® Mad Scientist

I found these adorable mini crates at my local craft store and knew they'd be perfect for the BOO kits. 

Using a foam brush, paint the entire crate using the acrylic paint color of your choice. Be sure to let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

When the paint has dried, apply the Halloween vinyl image to the crate. You can either use your electronic cutting machine to cut out the shapes or purchase them inexpensively off Etsy.

Type and print out numbers you think would be helpful to the new neighbors and cut them out. I added magnets to the back of my list so they could conveniently place them on their fridge.
Punch a small hole in the upper corner of the list.

Fill the kits with a bit of basket shred. This will cushion all those yummy treats and goodies you'll be placing inside, plus it just gives it more of a finished look.

Thread ribbon through the phone numbers list and tie to the crate. 

Add a few more strands of ribbon in fun Halloween colors and patterns to give a little pop of color to the BOO kits.

Now comes the REALLY fun part! Fill the crate with  MARS® Bat Bag goodies and other fun things you think your neighbors might enjoy. I added some Halloween playing cards, a few pens, stickers and some fun Halloween tissue packs. I also tucked in a card welcoming them to the neighborhood and letting them know how happy we are to have them here! 

Here's a look at a couple other ways to design your BOO kit. I love the ghost and the BOO script and thought they looked adorable on the crates. 

And there you have it! A spooktastic way to welcome new friends into the neighborhood.

So get creative and have fun with your BOO kits! Your neighbors will appreciate it and the kits are so cute, you just might want to make one for yourself!

Be sure to check out the hashtags #SpookySavings and #BOOItForward on social media for some fun Halloween inspiration!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Ruby Snap Bakery Tour

This post is sponsored.

This past Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to tour the Ruby Snap bakery with other local bloggers, foodies and influencers.
 Cookies for breakfast? YES, please! Talk about a perfect way to start the day!

 Just look at that perfect vanilla bean sugar cookie. Did I mention the frosting is buttercream beet? *swoon*

Bright and early on Saturday morning, we began our tour of this local gem.  We were warmly greeted by founder Tami Steggell and the delicious scent of freshly baked cookies. It was heavenly. 

Tami's story of how she left her career as an architectural designer to open a cookie shop is so inspiring. She followed her dreams and turned her passion  into a thriving business. Her addicting cookies are what dreams are made of.

The bakery is reminiscent of a WW2 airplane hangar and I love how each cookie has a name and vintage picture of a 1940s pinup girl.
 So adorable! 

Each cookie is handcrafted with fresh and natural ingredients. No shortening, preservatives or anything artificial goes into these babies. 

One of the many things I love about Ruby Snap cookies are the delightful and unique flavor pairings. For example, the Frida is a spicy chocolate with a chile de arbol ganache center topped with cinnamon toasted pepitas. You're definitely not going to find that an any ol' bakery!  Take a peek of the menu  HERE and fall in love with your new favorite cookies.
 You're welcome. 

We loved the behind the scenes look of Ruby Snap's day to day operation. They work so hard to make sure all those delicious cookies are absolute perfection. 

If you haven't been to Ruby Snap yet, get your cute self to this incredible bakery and see for yourself what all the buzz is about!  Every time I have friends visiting from out of town, I take them to get cookies at Ruby Snap and now they're all obsessed too. It's a MUST when you're visiting Salt Lake City! 

If you can't make it to Ruby Snap's store front in downtown Salt Lake City, all Harmons  grocery stores throughout Utah carry their frozen dough in the freezer section. 

Thank you so much Ruby Snap and Food Sense Media for this awesome opportunity, I can't wait to visit again for more incredible cookies! 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

American Girl Unicorn Party

If you're looking for some AMAZING American Girl party ideas, you won't want to miss this! I've teamed up with American Girl Ideas and Cricut for a huge round up of all things American Girl! Be sure to head over to American Girl Ideas site to check out all of the fabulous party ideas.

Today I have a beautiful autumn inspired unicorn soiree to share with you. The incredibly talented Invited by Audriana created the gorgeous Dolly and Me invitation which set the tone for the entire party. The rich color palette of deep fuchsia and gold was perfect for this autumn party.

Unicorn Party

Since we are heading into autumn, pumpkins are a must have. Of course they had to be unicorn pumpkins and each girl and doll loved receiving their very own. 

Using my Cricut Maker, I made unicorn horns out of gold glitter cardstock and flowers out of cardstock as well. I was able to find all the designs to create the unicorn horns in the Cricut Design Space

The girls loved their matching dolly and me unicorn horns and had a blast wearing them at the party. They were so quick and easy to make using Cricut Design Space, my 6 year old even helped with assembling them! I love how they turned out and they were a huge hit at the party. 

How lovely are these unicorn bottles? I used my Maker to cut the unicorns out of gold foil and then adhered them to the bottles. Gold straws were the finishing touch to these adorable drink glasses.

Goodies bags are a must at any party and these matching dolly and me unicorn treat bags were perfect for this petite soiree. 
Using my Cricut Maker, these bags were effortless to create and were loved by all the little guests.

Thank you so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Best of  American Girl Party Ideas with Cricut over on the American Girl Ideas site.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Simple Ways To Bring Autumn Into Your Home

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are my own.  

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With the arrival of autumn, our senses turn to the scent of pumpkin, crisp air and the colorful changing leaves. Whether you're looking to update your small living space or you just need a quick home refresh, Cost Plus World Market makes it easy to spruce up your home just in time for fall. Check out these lovely yet simple ways to bring autumn into your home.

Place a rustic wood tray on the counter or on a dining table for small spaces  with apothecary jars and a glass cloche. Add natural elements of white and burnt orange mini pumpkins intertwined with sprigs of bittersweet inside the jars.Coil mini string lights through the arrangement for a twinkle of light.




Update your table setting in the rich fall tones of gold, rust and autumn sky blue to reflect the changing of the season. Add a beautiful table runner and rustic grey dinnerware combined with earthy urban twist cutlery for a quick table refresh.



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 Adding simple elements like a chunky woven throw draped over a basket in earthy tones can give a little pop of autumn inside your space....plus, keep you cozy!

chunky- autumn- throw- in- basket

chunky fall throw in basket
chunky autumn throw in  basket

Light adds warmth and coziness to any room. Bring in flickering candles to set on tables, counters and other kitchen surfaces to build fall vignettes around.  This will give a warm glow to your kitchen space on those chilly autumn evenings.  Use a rustic charcuterie board as the base for a unique autumn vignette and arrange flowers, pumpkins and other autumn spoils to the board.

I hope these quick tips inspire you to refresh your home for the beautiful autumn days ahead. Bring on pumpkin spice everything!

I love shopping at my local store in Cottonwood Heights for beautiful autumn inspiration, unique gifts and fabulous food from around the world.  
If you're not local to Utah, be sure to check out the store locator page to find the Cost Plus World 
Market closest to you.


cost plus world market fall collage
  1. Charcuterie Cutting Board
  2. Kubu Kayla Tote Baskets
  3. Geometric Wood Napkin Rings
  4. Rust Chunky Woven Throw
  5. Malli Placemats
  6. Gray Henley Dinnerware
  7. Sawyer Flatware Collection
  8. Antique Blue and GrayWood Mallory Pillar Candleholders
  9. Apothecary Jar
  10. Indian Sandalwood Pillar Candle
  11. Rustic Wood Tray with Iron Handles
  12. Indian Sandalwood Potpourri
  13. Flame Orange Buffet Napkins
  14. White Micro LED Battery Operated String Lights
  15. Glass Cloche
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