A Clean Love Story

A Clean Love Story

It was hard not to go a little crazy walking up and down the cleaning supplies aisle at Target.  Everything I saw became part of this love story.   This is the tag I made for the front of the laundry basket which held all of the cleaning products.  It made a practical and perfect bridal shower gift for our darling niece, Chelsea. Here’s what went into my basket, but you’ll be amazed at how easy it will be to personalize your own story with useful things you find. Tuck it all inside and voila!  You have a CASCADE of cleaning products for the bride (and groom). Read More

A Little “Dough”


What Teenager doesn’t need a little extra “dough” for his birthday?   Instead of putting a few bills in a boring card, we made the cash a little more creative.  All we needed was a medium sized pizza box (Thanks Pizza Hut!), a 12″ square of foam insulation (cut round and then sanded smooth to look like a pizza crust), Twenty-Five bucks, and a thumb tack!These half sheet labels were easy to make and stick on the top of the box, and the inside. Any way you slice it, this gift is a “pizz-a heaven!” Read More

Love is In The Air

Butterfly Bridal Shower Header

It’s probably evident we love themed parties and showers.  This Butterfly Bridal Shower was so fun to add little details for the bride’s peach, melon and navy blue theme.  We started by designing these butterfly invitations and printed them on creamy cardstock.The placemats were the perfect blend of Lindsey’s colors, and were created from wrapping paper from Target.  The utensil holder was a thick sealed envelope with the top cut off with pinking shears, wrapped with a ribbon and a butterfly (Zurchers), with a napkin and utensils tucked inside.Fresh flowers and butterfly picks from Hobby Lobby helped carry out the butterfly theme.These rice grass centerpieces with spring flowers and bright butterflies (Pier 1 Imports)  added the perfect touchFor lunch, we served delicious sandwiches from Kneaders Bakery, fresh fruit “Candy” salad (note the butterfly shaped pieces of cheese in the salad) Fresh Veggies Water bottles with “Love is in the Air” labels, and Crystal Light packets, And, of course, butterfly cookies, also from Kneaders. Read More

Tools for a Happy Marriage…

Tools for a Happy Marriage

This bridal shower gift is not only handy for newlyweds moving into a new place…but it gives the couple great advice at the same time.   All it takes is a trip to the hardware store to walk down the aisles and let your creativity flow!   Here’s what our “Tools for a Happy Marriage” gift contains:

You know the DRILL–always LEVEL with one another:  Drill, Level

Share all of your heart WRENCHing moments with him:  Wrench Set

Make him feel like a STUD:  Stud finder Read More

Super Hero Birthday


When grandkids live out of town, birthdays are sometimes a challenge to celebrate.  We couldn’t be there for Griffin’s fourth birthday, so we decided to fly him to us!  We hosted a Super Hero Birthday Party and had a wonderful time!

We prepared invitations to invite all the super heros, young and old, to come and celebrate!

Each of the kids went home with a personalized super hero bucket with planes, masks, web shooter (a can of silly string), bracelets, pencils, balloons and toys. Our party goers came dressed in their favorite super hero costumes….. Read More

Ready to Pop


Lauren and Hailey and I threw a fun shower for Lindsey. One of us lives in Logan, one in Salt Lake City, and one in St. George…so we planned the whole thing long distance.  Thank heavens for pinterest private boards, texting, and email!

Hailey chose a “Ready to Pop” theme, and decided to do a shower in Lindsey’s nursery colors. Once we had that direction, we all took off with our assignments!  We had a great time putting together the menu and the decorations, and I loved the cute colors–mint and melon. Read More

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

This little Angel turned one last week. I can’t believe it’s been one year already. We celebrated her birthday on Saturday. It was such a special day!

 Claire’s first stuffed animal was Minnie Mouse. She loved cuddling her and sucking on her nose. So, I thought it was only appropriate that her birthday be everything Minnie Mouse.


The food table. We served Minnie water bottles, sandwiches with Minnie toothpicks, chips, veggies and Minnie shaped cookies. The table had a tulle balloon bouquet as a centerpiece. Read More

“Crap” Room to Craft Room

Scott just turned a  “crap collection” room in our downstairs into a bright, cheery craft area to work on all our projects!  It was so fun to watch it come together, and I couldn’t be more excited about the great job he did.  This is my new craft/wrapping/project area, and the other side of the room has Scott’s area to work on his sewing and leather projects (yes, girls…I have a husband who sews).

Because it is a downstairs work area with no windows, I wanted it as bright as possible, so I chose white…walls, doors, shelves, cabinets, and work areas. Read More

Mr. Clean

Mr. Clean Collage

It’s always interesting to me that when we are invited to a bridal shower and given a shower gift “assignment,” it often involves cooking, laundry, cleaning.   As a pseudo-feminist, I sometimes get a little animated about accepting that the new bride is the only partner who will be doing these chores!   What about the new groom?  Sure,  I’ve been spoiled by having a hubby that cleans and cooks as much (or more?) than me.    So when I got assigned to bring a cleaning gift to my niece’s bridal shower, I put a bit of a twist on it that I’m sure has endeared me to her cute husband, Troy, forever… Read More

Everything I Need to Know About Marriage…I Learned in the Kitchen

Everything I Need To Know Tag and Photo

I am notorious for using a lot of puns, which can get ridiculously silly and far fetched…This bridal shower gift was no exception.  But it was a hit, and totally hysterical to prepare.  Most of the ideas I came up with as I wandered up and down the kitchen implement aisles at Target, (laughing and chuckling by myself, I might add) locating all the things a new bride needs to work in a kitchen of her own.  A 3 x 3 pegboard, some wire ties and delightfully “pun-ny” tags, and the gift was done. Read More