Sparkly Holiday Vibes With These DIY Embellished Shoes

diy embellished shoes for a glam holiday party

We have a little sparkle in our step this holiday season…and it makes us so happy. We have absolutely no idea why we haven’t made DIY embellished shoes before! This was such an easy, and fun DIY project, and the result is sparkly goodness just in time for all those holiday parties. Momtastic has all the details here on how we created these totally affordable DIY embellished shoes.

Remember ladies…leave a little sparkle wherever you go, whether it’s in flats or heels.

diy embellished shoes for a glam holiday party

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Sip Sip Hooray: DIY Pumpkin Wine Dispenser

diy wine dispenser pumpkins for fall bar

The photo speaks for itself: wine + pumpkins = the best fall bar ever!

This DIY wine dispenser is not only easy to make, it’s also cute, makes for an amazing hostess gift, and you can use it all season long! Heck, store it and use it again next year, and the year after that. Boxed wine has never looked so good!

Tutorial is on Momtastic.

diy wine pumpkin dispenser for boxed wine

Game On: DIY Football Checkers

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‘Tis the season for tailgating, game day snacks, rivalries, comebacks and all things football. With friendly competition in mind, plus tackle-free zones (home, school and the parking lot), we created a DIY football checkers game. It’s fun for the whole family. Pack it for your next tailgate, or play it at home! Our kids love it.

We shared all the details for how to make this DIY game on Momtastic.

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It’s Officially Fall And No-Carve Pumpkins Are In Season

Mini Cactus Garden Pumpkins

I’m having a pinch me moment. Goodness, I just love those! My name is the byline of an article at Real Simple (insert scream and happy dance), along with photos and tutorials for 7 amazing and easy, no-carve pumpkins I crafted. I’ve dreamt of this day; the day when my work was featured in Real Simple, a reputable and outstanding site and magazine! It’s a good reminder for me, and us all, to always dream big, do our best, and never give up, even when it feels like everyone else is doing it better and faster.

Now, about those pumpkins. It’s officially fall, which means it’s time to bring out the pumpkins. My house has been covered in pumpkins for several weeks now, and honestly every pumpkin looks as good as the day I bought it and crafted it. Okay, I did have caution tape around these pumpkins for fear my kids would ruin them before I could take photos of them. But, I’m happy to report they have been out in the open for several weeks where balls, feet, backpacks and toys are nearby, and they have survived wonderfully!

It’s hard to pick a favorite of the 7, but the DIY spider webs and thumbprint monsters definitely make the top 3! Even if you don’t particularly like to craft, there’s a no-carve pumpkin for you and your family. The materials are affordable, accessible, and they are simple to make – easier than carving if you ask me!

So, set your carving tools down, and opt for one of these no-carve versions instead.

 

Family Favorite Recipe: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

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When we ask our kids what they want for dinner, 9 times out of 10 they say Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. It’s not low-fat or dairy-free (sorry, not sorry), but it’s creamy goodness worth making every once in a while. We even found a way to sneak more protein and greens in this dish, so you can justify it even more!

Try it this week – your family will love it. You can make it ahead of time to save time during the dinner rush, and bake it when you get home. Trust us, you will want to lick the dish once everyone devours it.

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
adapted from Colorado Cache
5-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped or shredded chicken, cooked (boil)
  • 1 cup green chile salsa (we use Herdez brand)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • corn tortillas
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (cut off stems and chop into little pieces)
  • 3/4 can black beans
  • 1.5 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • avocado, chopped green onions or guacamole for garnish

Directions:

Step 1: Combine chicken, green salsa, black beans and spinach in a bowl and mix well.

Step 2: Mix salt (not more than 1/2 tsp) with 2 cups cream in separate bowl.

Step 3: Warm a griddle and place tortillas on top to warm, so they soften and you can roll them.

Step 4: After you soften the tortillas, dip them in the bowl of heavy cream coating each side, and fill them with the chicken mixture. A full spoonful should be enough to fill each tortilla.

Step 5: Roll and place each filled and rolled tortilla in a 9×13 ungreased baking dish. Fill the dish as best you can – we lay them vertically in a tight line, and then we have enough chicken mixture and tortillas to fill the dish with 4 more horizontally (on top of the vertical ones).

Step 6: Pour the remaining cream over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with cheese

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Step 7: Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it bubbles on all sides. Garnish with guacamole, green onions or sliced avocado, and make sure to pour more of that cream sauce on top!

 

creamy chicken enchiladas-family dinner

We know it’s not an Italian dish, but Buon Appetito.