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12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb Gift Ideas

by Jennifer Wieland
A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

The holidays are right around the corner. That means my pocketbook is going to be stretched thin. I have a ton of immediate family to buy for and then there’s extended family, friends, co-workers, yada, yada, yada. You get the idea. Money gets tight quickly. I do try to buy gifts when I can throughout the year but that final push the last month or two can really hit hard. I like having gifts that I can make and give out. First of all, I think they are more thoughtful and secondly, you can find some inexpensive ones to make. Bath bombs are all the rage with girls, teens and women. So being able to make some as gifts or stocking stuffers is a perfect go-to DIY gift idea.

A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb

These bath bombs are just the DIY gift you need. This list has the perfect DIY bath bombs whether you have skin issues, a cold, want to unwind from the day or just want some that look pretty and smell good. These bath bombs also has you covered for DIY gifts for everything from Christmas, to Valentine’s Day, to Mother’s Day, birthdays and even get well soon gifts.

1. Orange Bath Bombs
2. Lavender Bath Bombs
3. Heart Bath Bombs
4. Peppermint Bath Bombs
5. Fizzy Bath Bombs
6. Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
7. Belle’s Bath Bomb
8. Galaxy Bath Bombs
9. Chlorine Blasting Bath Bombs
10. Cupcake Bath Bombs
11. Mason Jar Bath Bombs
12. Unicorn Bath Bombs

Packaging up these bath bombs as gift is simple, easy and inexpensive. All you need to do is place them in cellophane bags and finish a label and some decorative ribbons If you want a more polished idea add them to a mason jar and finish it off with a top and side label, a pretty bow and a tag with instructions. 

 

 

 


Mexican Honey Puff Mix in a Gift Basket

by Jennifer Wieland
Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyForHolidays #CollectiveBias

 

Holiday season is finally upon us and that means it’s time to figure out everyone you need gifts and hope that your list won’t break the bank. One way to do that is to make some of the gifts you give. It not only saves money but also lends a personal touch and thoughtfulness to the gift  itself. I personally love to make food gift baskets for friends and family. It’s a great way to share my favorite foods like Don Victor Honey and a new recipe that they may never have tried before. Throw in little extras like a mixing bowl instead of a basket and cooking tools or other kitchen items and you have a very lovely gift. Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

This year I am on a bit of a honey kick. I have always shied away from it before but I’m finally embracing it and all the amazing things you can do with it. Not only is it tasty it’s also a hidden gem in your beauty routine too. My favorite brand that I found at Walmart in the Hispanic food aisle is Don Victor Honey. I love that it’s a raw, filtered honey that is not heated or processed in any other way. I’m also fascinated by the fact that Don Victor Honey contains part of the honeycomb in every jar. 

Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

I don’t know if you knew this or not, because it was new to me but you can actually eat the honeycomb. Cut off a little piece and serve it on warm biscuits, toasts, french toast or pancakes for a delightful breakfast treat. The honeycomb does not melt but it will become soft and aromatic. 

Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Since honey is a new fascination of mine I decided to start making up some gift baskets focused on a recipe that can be made to showcase honey. I created a lovely Mexican Honey Puffs (Sopapillas) gift basket. It has a jar of Mexican Honey Puffs mix, cinnamon sugar and Don Victor Honey along with some tools to make the recipe along with a recipe card on how to make them. 
Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Mexican Honey Puff Mix (Sopapillas)
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
279g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 968
Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2372mg
99%
Total Carbohydrates 208g
69%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 13g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
47%
Iron
21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tbsp. sugar
  3. 2 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients layer by layer into a glass jar. Seal the jar. Add recipe card to the jar and gift.
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Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Mexican Honey Puffs (Sopapillas) Gift Basket

1 jar of Sopapilla mix

1 jar of Don Victor Honey

1 container of cinnamon sugar

Sopapillas (Mexican Honey Puffs) recipe card printed out on colorful card stock paper

Large mixing bowl

Napkin or dish towel

Shredded tissue paper

Kitchen tools

Cellophane or shrink-wrap

Ribbon or bow

Instructions

  1. Inside the large mixing bowl place the opened towel or napkin and arrange it to your liking so it hangs over the sides of the bowl.
  2. On top of the cloth place the shredded tissue paper. 
  3. Arrange the kitchen tools to your liking along the back and sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the containers of mix, cinnamon sugar and Don Victor Honey and arrange until positioned nicely.
  5. Add the recipe card to the front so it is clearly visible.
  6. wrap the “basket” in cellophane or shrink-wrap and decorate with a ribbon or bow.

For recipes and more information on Don Victor Honey head on over to their website and Facebook page. 

 

Do you have any favorite homemade gifts you like to share with family and friends during the holidays?

 


Free, Printable Christmas Thank You Cards for Kids

by Jennifer Wieland
Free, printable Christmas thank you cards for kids.

If your house is anything like mine then I know that Christmas must have been a whirlwind of family, friends, food, good times and gifts. While it’s loads of fun when it is going on if you are like me you may wonder if your kids remembered to thank everyone for all of the wonderful gifts they were given. I know I try to remind my group but with so many kids it can be difficult. So, to remedy that this year I decided to make some printable Christmas thank you cards for my kids to fill out and mail to family and friends.

 Free, printable Christmas thank you cards for kids.

Using these thank you cards with kids is a great way to teach them the etiquette of saying thanks. It will also make the recipient feel special that your kids took the time to be appreciative of what they did for them. Oftentimes, people are left wondering how their gift was liked by the recipient but this lets them know that not only was it liked but it was also appreciated.

Here is what one filled out looks like. Before you ask… Yes, I did have a kid get a black top hat for Christmas from my mom and yes he did ask for it and was deliriously happy that he got it.

Free, printable Christmas thank you cards for kids.These cards print out as 3.5″ x 5″ cards so they can be printed on regular paper or card stock that you already have at home. That means they will fit in a standard size envelope that you probably already have on hand ay your house.

In order to print these cards out for your kids to use just click on the link below or any of the pictures above to download your very own copy.  

Click the link to download your free, printable Christmas thank you cards for kids.

 

 


Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

by Jennifer Wieland
Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

In most places in the United States kid’s are in their last week of school right now before the holidays. This means that next week they will be home from school and many of you may be looking for things to do with them. These Pretzel Wreath Ornaments are a great activity to keep the kids busy and in additional make a wonderful gift that the can give grandparents and other family or just use them to decorate your Christmas tree.

The really great thing about this project is that the supplies needed to make them are so simple and inexpensive. More than likely you probably have what you need on hand already.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

When I was in third grade my amazing and truly the greatest teacher ever Miss Farley had us make large wreaths with full size pretzels as parent gifts. My mother loved this wreath and kept it until we had a house fire when I was in junior high. She has often talked about how much she misses her wreath so last year for Christmas I had the kids make her mini ones instead as ornaments.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

Supplies:

Mini Pretzels

Glue ( I just used white school glue.)

Ribbon, twine or yarn

Embellishments

Wax paper

Foam or paint brush

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

Instructions:

  1. Find fairly uniform and unbroken pretzels and lay out the first or bottom circle on the wax paper. You will want to lay them out so that the two humps of the pretzel will be pointed toward the outside of the wreath. Once you get it all laid out you will then glue between the pretzels to connect them. Press the connecting points with the glue together and let sit to dry.
  2. Once the first layer is dry you will add a second layer. To do this you will cover the top of the first layer with glue. Be generous because it will help the stick together will and any excess can always be wiped off. Next, you will place the pretzels for the second row. Each pretzel will need to overlap two of the bottom row pretzels. That means the two humps will once again face outward but one of the humps will be over one hump on a bottom pretzel and the other top hump will be over one of the humps of another pretzel on the bottom. (Look at pictures for a visual aide.) Make sure to glue between the sides of the pretzels on the top row too. Wipe off any glue that may have dripped or oozed out carefully. Let dry completely.
  3. Once both layers are dry take a foam or paint brush and completely cover the entire wreath in glue. Let it dry overnight.
  4. Thread the ribbon, twine or yarn through the wreath and then leave some extra at each end to tie a bow but so that it leaves room to hang. You can also decorate with any embellishments now like glitter, buttons, flowers, etc.

 

 


Magic of Christmas Free Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
The Magic of Christmas Never Ends Free Printable

I do love my printables! They are such a fun and easy way to quickly, easily and inexpensively change out decorations in your home to suit your mood, a new design or color scheme and to incorporate holiday celebrations. This new Magic of Christmas free printable is probably one of my absolute favorite ones that I have created so far!

This printable is in a red, blue and white color scheme and uses classic fonts and layout to make it beautiful. Place it in a white or silver frame to really make the colors pop. If you want to make it last for years so that you don’t have to reprint it from year to year you can easily have it laminated at your local office store and then it will hold up to being packed away with the rest of your holiday decorations.

The Magic of Christmas Free Printable

The My Sweet Sanity at the bottom will not print it is merely a watermark for the picture on the blog.

This printable comes ready to print in an 8″ x 10″ size in pdf format. To download and print your very own copy all you need to do it click on the link below or the picture above. Then download the pdf file, save it if you want to and print it out in color or have your local office shop print it out for you. Remember you can get cheap silver frames at the dollar store. You can make a cheap frame really standout more by covering it in glitter to really make it pop for the holidays.

The Magic of Christmas Never Ends

 

 


Free Printable Set of 12 Christmas Gift Tags

by Jennifer Wieland
Free printable set of 12 Christms gift tags.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. to give pretty wrapped presents to your friends and family that is. I am one of those people who just loves wrapping up gifts and making them as beautiful as I can. I like to think that wrapping presents is an art form. Finding the perfect paper or bag, pretty tissue paper, a beautiful bow and of course a gift tag to complete it all. I figured I’d help you save some money and cut out the middle man this year and present you with a set of 12 printable Christmas gift tags.

Each one of these Christmas gift tags is full of holiday spirit and festive fun and sentiment and all are perfect for adding a little something special to each of your gifts. All you have to do to get your hands on them is download the file and the print how many you need. Finish them by cutting them out and either taping them to your wrapped gifts or punch a whole in the top of them and thread them with beautiful ribbon and tie onto packages and bags.

 Free printable set of 12 Christmas gift tags.To get these pretty, printable Christmas gift tags all you need to do is click on the links below. These gift tags are in a pdf format so make sure that you have a pdf reader installed on your computer. Once you have the file downloaded you can print them out on card stock or any thicker paper and you are all ready to go then.

Christmas Gift Tags Download

 

 

 


Grinch Quote Christmas Printable in Four Colors

by Jennifer Wieland
Grinch Quote Christmas Printable - free & available in four colors

Well, it is finally here, the end of November and I have been making Christmas crafts like this Grinch Quote Christmas Printable. This goes against everything in me because Thursday will be Thanksgiving and my 40th birthday! I used to hate having a birthday that fell on or around Thanksgiving every year. As a kid it made it hard to have a birthday party with friends because so often people travel to see family for Thanksgiving. As I got older my birthday was just an after thought to the turkey most years. A quick song of Happy Birthday and my birthday cake is almost always relegated to the dessert table with the rest of the Thanksgiving sweets. Maybe because of all of that I sympathize with Thanksgiving. It seems once Halloween ends every store and person nowadays shifts right into Christmas.

This early shift to Christmas is hard for me as a blogger. I know I have to get Christmas crafts, gift ideas, products and recipes out to you, my readers but I always feel like Thanksgiving is neglected. That Christmas has grown and grown to the point that it has lost all of what was special, beautiful, meaningful and the true reason behind it. Poor Thanksgiving in many ways has become like my birthday cake, an after thought on the road to the big holidays. That was why this Grinch Quote Christmas Printable is so perfect for how I feel Christmas has become for so many.

Grinch Quote Christmas Printable - free & available in four colors

I decided to do this print in four different colors (blue, red, green & purple) so that there would be something hopefully for everyone’s colors schemes. All you have to do is print one, two, three or all four of them out in color. I personally went to the dollar store and found silver 8″ x 10″ frames for this and another printable coming soon. This makes for a very cheap decoration and if you don’t have a color printer at home don’t worry. You can have your local office store print it out for you for some change. Decorate the frame if you want and it makes a great gift as well.

Grinch Qupte Christmas Printable

Download Grinch quote Christmas printable in blue

Download Grinch quote Christmas printable in green

Download Grinch quote Christmas printable in purple

Download Grinch quote Christmas printable in red

 

Are you planning to make any homemade decorations this year for the holidays?

 

 


Rustic, Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornaments

by Jennifer Wieland
Rustic, Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornaments

I think my mom always has the perfect Christmas tree in the world! It is always unique and just looking at it tells the story of our family. You see her tree is covered in crafts my siblings and i made as kids and projects all the grandkids have made her over the years. It may not be the most glamorous tree in the world but it shows all of the stages of our lives. To this day she would still rather get a handmade project from us rather than some big, fancy gift. That is one of the things I love most about her! This year I am going to gift her with a new addition to the tree from me and it will be one of these rustic, ribbon Christmas tree ornaments. I know she’s going to love it.

Rustic, Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornaments

The really great thing about this project is that it is simple and definitely something the kids can do or help you with and the supply list is super simple.

Supplies:

Ribbon (Any type, mix-n-match. I used both wired and wireless.)

Sticks (If it’s already snowed where you are at and can’t fin any on the ground you can use popsicle sticks. Just color them with a brown marker.)

Buttons (I used wooden ones that had a sort of star, flower shape to them.)

Twine

 Rustic, Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornaments

To make these all you need to do is cut the ribbon into four staggered lengths. For the smaller one I used 7″, 6″, 5″ and 4″ lengths. I then tied them onto the stick. I added a dab of hot glue to the knot so that it will stay tied.

Rustic, Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornaments

Next I hot glued a wooden button to the top of the stick as the tree topper and then glued on some twine as the ornament hanger. If you are making these with kids you can skip the hot slue and use another type of glue instead it will just need to dry before handling it.

Rustic, Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornaments

That’s it! You’re done! How easy was that?

 


 

 


North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

by Jennifer Wieland
North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to town. Now we all know he makes a list and he checks it twice because he has to find out who’s naughty or nice. This year mom and dad can help Santa make his list making easier with the North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart. Everyone starts out in the neutral area of “or” and if they are not so good or nice during the day then you can have them move their clips up to naughty. Now if they are good little boys or girls you can have them move their clip down to nice by Santa Claus. The chart even has a clip by Santa just in case he wants to pass along a note to a child to cheer on their nice behavior or warn them about naughty behavior instead.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Would you like to make your own North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart for your little elves? Then follow the step-by-step instructions below.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Supplies:

1 1/16 x 3 x 24 in. board

1 sheet each red, green, white and black scrapbook paper

1 Wooden, felt or foam Santa

Alphabet stickers

Decorative clothespins

Ribbon

Tacky glue, glue dots or low-temp glue gun with glue sticks

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Cut the red and green scrapbook paper to fit around the board and glue into place making sure the papers go to the ends of the board. There may be a small gap between the two papers in the middle and that is fine.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Next cut out a 3″ x 6″ and a 2″ x 6″ piece of white paper. Glue the 3″ piece around the bottom of the board on the green end. Glue the 2″ piece around the middle of the board to cover where the red and green almost meet.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Cut out a 1″ x 6″ piece of black paper and a 5-6″ circle from the white paper. Glue the white circle to the top of the board at the end of the red. Only about an inch of the circle should be glued to the board. At the bottom of the circle, and slightly overlapping glue the black piece of paper around the board.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Glue your Santa Claus to the bottom of the chart onto the 3″ white strip. Place him so that it looks like he is standing on snow. That means half of him will be on the white paper and the other half will be on the green paper.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Using your letter stickers spell out North Pole on the white circle, naughty on the red, or on the 2″ white strip in the middle and nice onto the green.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Use some more letter stickers (small ones) to spell out the kid’s names and mail onto to clothespins.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Finish the whole project up by gluing the mail clip below Santa Claus. Attach the name clips onto or and print or write out a little note from Santa Claus to get it started.

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I hope you enjoyed this project? It is part of the 25 Days of Handmade Holidays collection. Be sure to check out all of the other amazing projects from the other bloggers participating and check back for new ones each day in the linky below.

 


 

 


Free Holiday Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
Merry & Bright Printable

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As I’ve already stated, I am on a mission to decorate a ton this holiday season but to do it on a budget. I think this project is the most budget friendly one I have done and it is cute, quick and easy. All of those are things I love. Plus the little monsters here have a harder time reaching things hanging on the walls. Of course, knowing them though they will climb something or throw something to hit it.

A quick and easy way to add some seasonal decor to your home is by framing a printable or two and using them on the wall, mantles, tablescapes, etc. These add a nice touch and are inexpensive. You can get frames at the dollar store to frame the prints in. You can create your own holiday printables or find loads of them online. Pinterest is a great source for them. Today I will even share my free holiday printable for this holiday season.

I wanted to keep the saying simple but something that would work across the holiday board. I think the one I picked works well for any home and the colors I went with were not the standard red and green for just this reason. I picked red, blue, silver and white so that it would be winter holiday neutral.

Merry & Bright Printable

You can download and print your own Merry & Bright Printable below by clicking on the link. Remember, if you do not have a color printer you can easily have it printed at an office supply store. That is what I did and it cost me some change. So for under $2 total I now have a holiday piece that can grace one of my walls.

Merry & Bright Printable

 



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