April 20, 2012

Easy and Adorable Wreath Tutorial

I am guilty of following and adoring the latest Pinterest craft trends, but there's nothing wrong with that!  I have recently found so much inspiration to make a wreath with felt flowers that I finally decided to make one for my Aunt's blue front door in anticipation for Mother's Day.  I used Beth's adorable wreath from her Home Stories A to Z blog as my inspiration:

So here is my easy and adorable wreath tutorial (did not even try to make that rhyme!).

Supplies Needed:
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Scissors
  • 9x12 Felt sheets
  • Any other embellishments

Step 1: Make the felt flowers and leaves.  I found a great tutorial for how to make the felt flowers here.  I chose to do two-toned flowers and solid-colored flowers for this wreath.

Step 2: Arrange the flowers and other embellishments to the wreath.

Step 3: Hot glue the flowers and embellishments to the wreath.

Step 4: Hang up and enjoy!

This project cost me a total of $6 and some change.  I purchased everything at Michaels craft store with my 40% off coupon.  This project is such a fun and easy way to update your front door!

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April 7, 2012

Homemade Fruit Smoothie

With warm weather just around the corner comes the cooling foods and drinks that we think of with Summer...soft ice cream, iced tea, watermelon...and my favorite...smoothies! While cutting up a bunch of different kinds of fruit a couple weeks ago, my sister gave me the idea of making my own smoothies with that. I usually will go to the grocery store and buy the frozen bagged fruit. But how much more natural can you get than by cutting up your own fruit and using that to make smoothies?! Plus, I will be honest it tastes better than any smoothie I have bought or made from grocery store frozen bagged fruit.

I don't have kids but I can only imagine how hard it is to get them to eat their fruits and veggies. Smoothies are a great way to mask the taste of eating the fruits and veggies you don't like. This tutorial is very versatile, add a carrot to this smoothie and your kids will never know it is in there. I hate pineapple for example, but I barely taste it because of all the other ingredients that stand out more to my taste buds!

  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Orange Juice (I use Trop 50)
  • Add other ingredients like carrots, bananas, celery etc.


  • Chop up ingredients as you would if you were making a fruit bowl
  • Take small plastic baggies and place a variation of the ingredients inside
  • Place in freezer and let freeze
  • Put frozen fruit contents in blender. Depending on the size of the blender determines how much Orange Juice you will put in. I use a small Magic Bullet Blender so I put in a half a cup Orange Juice. If you want the smoothie thicker use less OJ, if want less thickness use more.
  • Blend contents
  • Pour out and serve

Beautiful colors!

Bag and freeze fruit

Add juice to frozen contents in blender


What is great about this homemade smoothie is that you can have them pre-made. All you have to do is whip out the frozen bag of fruit and some OJ and you are set to blend! How simple, tasty and easy!

Parties I am linking to

Delightful Order
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy
The Farmhouse Porch
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