Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DIY gift tags

I don't know about you, but I love a good DIY. Yesterday was what I would equate to the perfect fall day--well, as close to perfect as I'm going to get here in Hawaii. The trade winds were actually blowing on the west side (Crazy, I know!) and I was so happy to be able to sit with my windows open and get my craft on.

The concept is easy--gift tags. But try going to Target and wrapping your mind around $8.00 for a 6 pack. Yeah, I couldn't. So, I decided to make my own. Thankfully today marks 1 month until Christmas, so you've got plenty of time!

You Will Need:
--green paint chips
--a pencil

So easy, right?!

1. In order to make the trees, I chose green paint chips, BUT! The very best part about these tags is that you can create whatever design you want--some blue snowflakes, red Santa hats, etc. You're only limited by your own creativity!

2. Use your pencil to draw the outline of your shape.

3. Use your scissors to cut.

4. Voila! You have your shape. Poke a hole through the top & use twine to make a loop for attaching to packages.

There you have it, the world's easiest tutorial...and money saver! You're welcome.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Judy Went To Sam's Club & Made A Christmas List

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You know that when your dog heads off to Sam's Club and makes a Christmas list, you're in trouble.

You're in even more trouble when she's reading Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine via an app on your iPhone.
Oh boy!

All kidding aside, I love this time of year and considering pets are an integral part of the family, it's only right to treat them! Judy has many furry friends and our house has an open door policy. If you're coming over for dinner, we hope you're bringing your dog. This holiday season, we're ready for the extra paws with a well-stocked welcome basket.

After reading this article in Sam's Club Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine, I know that holiday pet hazards are a real thing! 
I LOVE that I can catch up with this magazine by using the app on my phone. I'm notorious for losing magazines, but thankfully, my phone is always attached to my hand ;)
 It seems so cute to see your furry BFF try to unwrap a toy, but wrap them loosely to make it easier for your pet. This might seem like a no-brainer, but don't give them anything that's breakable. If your pets are anything like Judy, they'll shake the boxes like crazy. YIKES!

With this in mind, these options from Sam's Club are a safe AND fun for your furry BFF to celebrate! You can easily find all the items in the pet section. Ours is toward the back corner of the store.

Holiday Pet
Having extra dog food on hand is a MUST, as well as large treats. I say large, because if you have big dogs, they are perfect, but can also be broken down into smaller pieces for smaller dogs. I'm always really cautious of giving small treats to Judy for fear of choking :(

Judy LOVES rawhides and chicken chews, plus they keep her busy! I know that if I have multiple dogs running around my house this season, treating them to a busy treat is a must--a perfect distraction for while you're trying to watch a movie or open presents.

And I saved my favorite for last! Sam's specializes in selling dog toys in multiples per pack. That means--more bang for your buck! I've stocked up on several packs for all the dogs in our life, which I'll be wrapping and having on hand for visitors.
Full disclosure: The dog food and treats were originally going to be used, but SOMEBODY couldn't control themselves. That person dog shall remain nameless.

Friday, November 21, 2014

friday favorites

Praise Jesus, Hallelujah it's the weekend!

We have nothing on the agenda this weekend, which sounds pretty much like heaven to me. We're squeaking into the tail end of No-Spend November and things are getting annoying, rough and making us a little crazy. There's a good chance we splurge on seeing 'Mockingjay' this weekend, but considering we've now gone 21 days without spending a dime on anything except gas + groceries -- I'll take it.

this week, i'm loving..

this post from Melanie about people telling you your life is unfulfilled before kids. hmm...

"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran -- goodness gracious, who has watched this video? I haven't been  this obsessed with a song since "All of Me" came out last spring.

just looking at this photo makes my heart smile -- how did I get so lucky?

with the holidays coming up, my passion for ebates has been reignited. Cash back on purchases I'm going to make anyhow? YES PLEASE! It's not even December and I already have $45 on the way back into my bank account! You can sign up here and get a $10 gift card to Target just for signing up. Umm, heck yes.

follow me on Instagram for all my weekend fun -- what's on your agenda this weekend?