i’m grateful for you {free printable}

Sometimes we just need to hear that we are loved. Sometimes instead of looking in the mirror and seeing the flaws, we need to see the beauty. And, sometimes, the best person to help us do that…is a girlfriend.

My girlfriends live far away, and with our busy lives, its hard to keep in touch on a daily basis. But, when we get together, we get right back to the place where we left off…and its rejuvenating and uplifting. I cherish my girlfriends, and am truly grateful for each and every one of them.

Here’s a fun way I told them I loved them, and was grateful for them, this Thanksgiving. And, the good news is, the printable is FREE, and you can do it too.

You’ll Need
A compact mirror
Painter’s Tape
Gold Leaf Paint
Paintbrush
Tags from Fleur de Lis {download HERE}

How To
Add tape to the mirror to create the shapes and/or design you desire.

Paint the Gold Leaf on the outer mirror shell. It’s a touchy paint, so brush stroke in the same direction, and wait between layers because it dries FAST.

Wait 12-24 hours to remove the tape.

Print tags and attach with a ribbon or place in a cellophane bag with seal, then wrap with a bow.

 You can also print these labels for your daughter or son, husband or wife, mom, teacher or friend. Everyone needs something to uplift their day, and serve as a ‘happy’ daily reminder  that they are special and loved.

{images via Tutto Bella}

veterans day {free printable}

First, we’d like to take a moment on this Veterans Day to express our gratitude for Veterans. They risked their lives, and withstood inconceivable trauma in service to our country.
We sincerely THANK YOU.

Please take the time to thank at least one Veteran today {and everyday if you have the opportunity}. We made it really easy for you to say thanks. Just print this card, write a note, or just sign your name, and send or give by hand, to a Veteran.

You can find the card HERE FOR FREE.

Now, I don’t know about you, but we still have a HUGE bowl full of Halloween candy. We’ve been limiting the kids, I have been practicing a little self-control, and my hubby indulges in ice cream, not candy. So, what am I going to do with all this candy?

Send It To The Troops
Operation ShoeBox would love your candy donation to include in their Christmas packages they send to the troops overseas during the upcoming holiday season.
Operation Gratitude would love your candy too. They have an amazing program – it’s worth checking out.

If you ate all your candy, please visit Operation ShoeBox and Operation Gratitude to read about the many other ways you can help make a difference in the lives of our service men and women, and their families.

{images via Tutto Bella}

{free printable} BOO-rific and healthy halloween treats

Our kids are overloaded with sugar this time of year, so for school/friend Halloween treats, we took a ‘healthier’ route. I know Halloween is 2 days away – where does the time go? These are super simple treats you can do in an hour or two…even if it’s the night before your kid’s school Halloween party….like me.

Cutie Pumpkin

How To:
Buy a bag of clementines.
Use a black sharpie to draw pumpkin faces on the pumpkin.
Wrap a toothpick with a green Pipe Cleaner, leaving a nail-length space on the bottom to insert in the top of the Clementine.
Stick the toothpick in the top of the Clementine.

Halloween BOOty
{get it…BOO-ty with actual Pirate’s Booty?}

How To:
Buy small cellophane bags, twine/ribbon and bag of Pirate’s Booty {if you haven’t tried Pirate’s Booty before…you are missing out on this gluten-free goodness – GO BUY IT}.
Print off our Halloween BOOty labels, by the one and only Jenna, of Fleur de Lis, a paperie.
Go here to download them for FREE.
Fill the cellophane bag with BOOty.
Wrap the bag with twine, and attach label.

 {images via Tutto Bella}

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Love this quote. And, love our top 5 for the weekend…

1. This butternut squash risotto hit the spot for me this week. Hearty. Creamy. Delicious. It’s a great seasonal meal that will fill you up.

2. Only one more week to buy all the fabulous products at Fleur de Lis before Jenna moves to her fabulous new location at LoHi {Lower Highlands}. Her new location is by appointment only, so to meet with Jenna to design your wedding and party invites {you out-of-state folk can call or e-mail to work with her}, call or email jenna@fleurdelisdtc.com.

3. Ever wish you could pull off a tutu as a grown woman the way Carrie Bradshaw did in Sex and the City? We say, “Do it ladies.”  There are some beautiful, full skirts in style that will have you feeling feminine and flirty. This ShabbyApple Tinsel Town Skirt is lovely, and this one from Anthropologie is too. Santa, want to buy the Shabby Apple skirt for me early this year??

4. For those of you who turned the big 3-0 this year like me, are in your 30′s or survived your 30′s, you can totally relate to this article by Olivia Wilde. Funny.

5. The pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks. Yummy. Go get yourself one, or make your own using this recipe.

{images via Simply Clarke}

coffee for 2

I wanted to spruce up a wedding gift for an upcoming shower with a cute prop to go along with the gift. I bought the bride a complete set of “Coffee” Mugs from Crate and Barrel, but instead of just giving her a wrapped package, I made a DIY Chalkboard tray for the couple so they could have coffee for two together…hopefully forever! Here’s how you can do it too…for a gift, or for yourself!

First I made coffee filter flowers.

You’ll Need
30-35 coffee filters
A stapler
Scotch tape or painters tape

How To
Stack 5-6 coffee filters on top of one another.
Fold the coffee filters in quarters, and then open again {you will just have ‘seams’ from the fold}.
Use your fingers to pinch the bottom of all the coffee filters so you have four seams, and then staple it on the bottom.


Then pull each filter up one at a time, and bunch it together.


Continue to do that, until you have gathered each coffee filter around the center, and you have a flower. From the gathering process, you will have a ‘stem’ on the bottom, so wrap a piece of tape around the ‘stem.’

Then, I made the tray.

You’ll Need:
A cookie sheet
Chalkboard Paint
Rope
A Drill
Chalk

First I primed the cookie sheet with a Primer, spray painted it with Chalkboard paint, glued handles on the sides and Voila, right? Nope, not the case for me.  An hour and a half before the party, the gold handles fell off {and I used Gorilla Glue}, along with some paint. So, when I saw rope on the garage floor, I got to work on Plan B {my dad came through like a super hero…despite his dislike for DIY projects}, and then I had to re-paint it. Honestly, it’s cuter than Plan A – it just stressed me out more than I intended…and made me late for the shower.

How To
Use an electric drill to drill 2 holes on each side of the cookie sheet. Thanks Dad!
If you have pieces of metal sticking out or the edges are rough, use a sand block or a hammer to smooth it out.
Cut pieces of rope for the handles.
Prime the cookie sheet with paint primer.
Spray paint the cookie sheet 2 times {allowing appropriate time in between each layer for it to dry}.

Wrap a piece of duct tape around one end of the rope so you can easily fit it into a hole. On the other end, tie a knot.
Insert the rope, duct tape end, from the bottom-up of one hole, insert it down in the other hole, tie a knot, and then remove the duct tape and cut the leftover rope.


Write “Coffee for 2” on the cookie sheet, or even a game of tic tac toe.

Fill each mug with coffee filter flowers {I used Scotch tape to keep the flowers in place in the mugs}.

Add the mugs, a package of coffee, an ‘I love you more than coffee’ tag {from Fleur de Lis} and you have yourself an adorable prop for your gift.

{images via Tutto Bella}