Silhouette Tutorial: Thanksgiving Placecards

Can you believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving? Have you put your turkey into the fridge yet? Have you prepped your casserole, or written up your cooking time table? Do you have placecards? They may not be a “must-have” at every feast, but if you have a family with some drama {or just want a fun excuse to make a cute craft} then these last-minute placecards made using a Silhouette machine can help!

Silhouette Tutorial Thanksgiving Placecards!

Supplies Needed:

Silhouette Cutting Machine

Thanksgiving Placecard File

Cardstock {Assorted colors}

Quick Dry Paper Glue {I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive}

Directions:

Grab the Thanksgiving Placecard File from the Silhouette online store and than proceed to the Silhouette Studio Software.

Upload the file into the Silhouette Software, right click on the image, and select “release compound path”. After the compound path has been released, click on the image, right click, and select “Upgroup”.

Once image is ungrouped you will highlight the acorn, pumpkin and leaf and move towards the bottom.

Placecards duplicate

Next you will select the placecard in the upper right hand corner and click duplicate and duplicate in a row of 3.

placecards cut

Now it’s time to head over to the cut settings.  Be sure to click cardstock as your material and set the blade on your machine to a 3.

Place your cardstock onto your cutting mat and feed into your silhouette machine. This is the time to get creative and pick the colors you want to use.  {I used 3 different colors.}

Once the cut is complete, remove the excess paper from the mat and peel off the place cards, acorn, leaf and pumpkin.

Now it’s time to print out those name cards using the print and cut feature!

I created rectangles at the size of 1.135″ tall by 3.254″ and added in the names Mom, Dad and Grandma using the font “Digs my Hart”.  {The font can be downloaded for free from kevin and amanda!}

placecards registration

Now it’s time to add those registration marks which is how we get a proper print and cut.

Head over to registration marks and select option 1 for “silhouette portrait/cameo” and move your rectangles down a little out of the shading.

Send over this piece to your printer and once the print is complete place it on your mat and feed it through to be cut.

Now assemble your placecards and enjoy!

Silhouette Tutorial Thanksgiving Place cards

Do you use placecards at Thanksgiving?

Staying Warm with Winter Fashions from OshKosh!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received anOshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation.

Last weekend, I hit our local OshKosh store to pick up some cute items. Shane needed some warmer clothing since the temperature has finally been dipping pretty low, and the baby could always use new clothes since he is constantly outgrowing everything I buy him. I picked up everything from extra socks {how do they always go missing?} to cute long sleeved shirts to Shane’s new favorite gloves, which he’s been wearing, even indoors, since we bought them. In addition to the essentials that we picked up, I also got a couple of fun outfits!

OshKosh store

I have so much fun dressing up my two little boys. They may not be able to wear tutus and bows but they do get to wear cute things like bowties and suspenders! Okay, so I don’t send Shane to school dressed to the nines {have you ever seen a five year boy old on the playground? It’s a contact sport.} but this time of year, it’s fun to dress up a bit more for photos, family get-togethers, and general cuteness. Shane scored a bowtie on our shopping trip {of course, I forgot to pick up a shirt to go with it, so that will come later} and I got Zac this ensemble, which includes a warm, flannel, button up onesie and of course, little baby suspenders!

Zac in OshKosh outfit

Shane was stoked to wear this outfit to school on Monday since he picked it out by himself- a T-Rex long sleeved shirt, flannel overshirt with hood, new jeans {just $10!} and his new monster gloves! {He took the gloves off for the playground because they were slippery, but he put them back on the second he was done!}

Shane in OshKosh outfit

Then of course, there’s the ultimate in cute- matching Christmas jammies! OshKosh is the first store that I’ve found that had the same jammies in both of the boys’ sizes so that was so much fun!

Shane and Zac in OshKosh jammies

I meant to spend $100 at the store, but since both kids needed so many things {and I couldn’t resist the cute, affordable extras} we spent about $160. However, we got nineteen items for that price. NINETEEN!  On top of that, we earned $30 to use in-store between now and January, so I can go back and get the rest of the outfit to go with Shane’s bowtie. To add to the value, now that I have two boys, I also feel like anything that I buy for Shane is practically half the cost since I know that I’ll use it for two kids. OshKosh clothing is so durable and lasts for so long that I know when the time comes, Zac will be able to wear everything I’m buying for Shane now.

Zac in OshKosh jammies

Our OshKosh location is an outlet store, so we always get great savings. However, OshKosh is currently encouraging people to #GIVEHAPPY and as part of that, they gave me a special coupon to use- and share with you! They are also encouraging people to #GIVEHAPPY in other ways, like by giving kisses and hugs, giving cookies, and giving your time and love. It’s such a sweet reminder to give during the holiday season- and year-round!

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Whether you need an outfit for Christmas or just need to pick up a new pair of jeans for a growing kid, make sure you check out OshKosh this season! You can shop online or in-store- and don’t forget your coupon! {Just click above to view and print.}

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Have you ever shopped at Oshkosh B’gosh?

 

Magic Mint Bars Recipe

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means baking season has officially begun! Whether you’re bringing treats to your kid’s classroom, making dessert to take to a holiday potluck or baking gifts to give out for the holidays, it’s officially time to bake all the things. It also happens to be mint season {my favorite!}, so why not put the two together and bake these Magic Mint Bars?

Magic Mint Bars

Magic Mint Bars

Ingredients:

-1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

-½ cup of the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

-1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)

-2 cups shredded coconut

-1 package white chocolate chips (12 ounces)

-1 package Andes chips (found in baking section)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 glass pan with parchment paper.

2. In glass bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and margarine. Press evenly into pan.

3. Top with coconut, white chocolate chips, and mint chips. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over bars.

4. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool, then cut into squares.

Magic Mint Bars Recipe

To make these perfect for gift-giving, you can cut them extra small and put them into a large mason jar with some baker’s twine or ribbon wrapped around the top, or you can put them into a treat box {available at craft stores and even the dollar store}. Of course, you could always make them for yourself and enjoy them while watching Elf for the thousandth time. Just saying.

With all the baking done this time of year, it’s the perfect time to make sure that your pantry and fridge are stocked with the essentials. I know that I haven’t done much baking since the baby was born and my flour canister was not only almost empty, but full of pretty dated flour. I stocked up on that and picked up an old favorite with a new twist- the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

The New I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Has...

What’s new about it? Now I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is made from real, simple ingredients- things you can recognize, like plant-based oils, purified water, and a pinch of salt. The ingredients in it are non-GMO sourced- the first Unilever spread in the U.S. to be able to say that! The new formula is available in Original, Light, and Olive Oil varieties and each one contains 0g trans fat per serving, no cholesterol, and no partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. It’s so good that when I first heard about it, I thought, “I can’t believe it!” {Sorry, that pun was too obvious to skip.}

If you’re doing any baking {or cooking, or spreading, or…} this season, be sure to pick up the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! You can find it in your local grocery store now. You can also find recipes and more information on the new formula on their website! Already tried the new formula? I’d love to hear your thoughts- be sure to leave a review and let me know what you think in the comments!

What are you baking this season?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Give the Gift They Want with the Kmart Fab 15 Toy List!

Before Toy Story was even a thing, I used to daydream about my toys coming to life at night. I had a set of favorite dolls and stuffed animals that I brought everywhere with me, and I always made up new adventures that we would go on. My absolute favorite doll was named Joey, and was a doll that my dad had given my cousin years before but that she handed down to me when I was born. Then, there was Joey {yes, another Joey}, a baby Cabbage Patch Kid doll that had a bald head and smelled like baby powder, just like my little brother Joey did at the time.

Me with Joey dollMy Joey doll {in the stripes} and me, in the early 90′s

Then there were the toys that I was so proud to have- not just because I loved them {though I did}, but because they were the toys that threw everyone into a frenzy trying to get their hands on! One year it was the Happy Holidays Barbie- the one that sold out pretty much instantly and no one could get. Somehow, Santa brought it for me and I was almost afraid to take her out of the box- but I was eight, so that box thing didn’t last long.

Another year it was my Nano Baby. I had tons of Giga Pets and even a Tamagotchi, but I wanted a real Nano Baby. Every store in town was sold out {and this was before the whole, online shopping thing} so when my aunt called my mom in the middle of her vacation to let her know she’d located one in California for over twice the usual price, my mom had her buy it and ship it over. It seems like a crazy thing to do, but it made my year. I still have that Nano Baby around here somewhere, reminding me of the lengths my mom was willing to go to make me smile.

Stuffed animal pile

While I’m all grown up now, I still really enjoy new toys. Part of it is that I like having new things to do when I play with Shane but honestly, the main reason is that I love the look on his face when he unwraps that toy he really, really wanted. I understand in that moment why my mom was willing to do pretty much anything to get me what I really, really wanted.

Kmart has released their Fab 15 toy list, which includes something for everyone! Whether you have a preschooler obsessed with Paw Patrol or an artist who loves working with Play-Doh, you’ll find the perfect gift for every kid on your list on the Fab 15 toy list! The list includes:

-Disney Doc McStuffins Sleepytime Lambie by Just Play (Kmart exclusive)

-Holiday Auburn Barbie 2014 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)

-My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage Playset by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusive)

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® Power Wheels® Lil’ Dune Racer by Fisher-Price® (Kmart exclusive)

-Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime and Grimlock 12-Inch Electronic Figures by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusives)

-WWE® Cardinal Red John Cena 31” Figure by Wicked Cool Toys® (Kmart exclusive)

-Zoomer Dino by Spin Master

-Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll by TollyTots

-FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet by Hasbro®

-LEGO® Super Heroes Line from Marvel and DC Comics

-NERF® Zombie Strike SlingFire Blaster

-Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Look-Out Playset, Vehicles and Figurines, and Rescue Racers by SpinMaster

-Play-Doh® DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Complete Design Set by Hasbro®

-Simon Swipe Game by Hasbro®

-VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch

Most of Shane’s birthday gifts were from Paw Patrol, so I get the feeling that Look-Out Playset might be a wishlist item! It made me smile to see Holiday Barbie on the list again this year {and brunette this time!}, and I’m thinking about getting that Zoomer Dino for Shane because I need an excuse to play with it myself.

2014 Holiday Barbie

To make giving even more magical this year, Kmart is donating to St. Jude with the purchase of any of the Fab 15 toys! Starting December 7th, when you purchase any of the Kmart Fab 15 toys, $1.00 will be donated to St. Jude {up to $25,000}! You can also choose to make a donation at checkout, whether you’re shopping online or in-store, now through December 27th.

This isn’t the first time Kmart has partnered with St. Jude to give back- Kmart is actually the all-time leading corporate fundraiser for St. Jude! The money is donated to work towards understanding, treating, and defeating cancer and other diseases in children. So not only are you getting a great gift for your child, but you are helping countless other children at the same time.

You can shop the Fab 15 toy list now, in store and online!

What’s on your Christmas list?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dip Recipe

There is so much to love about winter, but one of the best is the huge drop on your energy bill! Living in Las Vegas where the temperatures are typically above 110 in the summer, we use a lot of energy cooling our home down for most of the year. In the winter, we see a huge drop in our bill and have some extra room in our budget for Christmas presents as a result!

That said, we’re always looking for ways to save energy throughout the year. In addition to saving money, being energy efficient puts less strain on natural resources and reduces emissions that can harm the environment. While I like to cook and bake, I also really like no-bake treats, which can be just as fun and delicious but don’t take any energy! One of my favorites is the chocolate chip & peanut butter cookie dip, which requires almost no energy from you, either!

No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dip

Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookie Dip

Ingredients:

½ C. butter, softened

1/3 C. brown sugar (light or dark)

1 tsp. vanilla

8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/3 C. chocolate chips

1/3 C. peanut butter chips

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients- adding the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips last. Place in the fridge to set and try not to eat the whole bowl! Serve with graham crackers or apple slices.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dip Recipe

PG&E wants to make saving energy even easier- their site has lots of tips for saving energy and a Money Saver Tool that can help you save on your next home project! You can even use their site to look up rebates for energy-efficient appliances {in case you’re dreaming of a new fridge for Christmas}.

PGE INsta

Right now, you can enter to win one of seven $100 Home Depot gift cards with PG&E’s Instagram Photo Challenge Contest! The contest runs through November 23rd {so hurry!} and you can enter by posting a photo following the daily prompt, and then using the hashtag #PGEhome. You can learn more here.

How do you make saving energy fun?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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