DIY Succulent Pots – Employee Appreciation Day

Today is my first employee appreciation day as a manager and I wanted to do something special to say thank you. I really won the lottery with my whole team! They are hard workers and some of the most caring individuals I know. To avoid any broken diets and to give it a more heartfelt touch, I decided to make them a little gift. I’ve seen these succulent puns on Pinterest a few times and decided to give them a go!

What succulent pun would you put on your creation?

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HOME sign – Valentine’s Snoopy

I started a little tradition the first February my boyfriend and I were together where I cut out 14 red paper hearts and every day I would give him a heart with a reason why I love him written on it. For the last few years, we haven’t lived together so it would be a texted photo of the heart in the morning. This year we live together and it has made every day’s unveiling even more special! I have been taping them to the mirror in the bathroom every night so he wakes up and sees the new one first thing. I consider them my annual Love Notes to him. Do you have any traditions for your significant other to show or tell how much you love them?

If you’ve been following the blog for a bit, you’ll remember I had made a wooden HOME sign with the “O” being removable. This allows me to add a seasonal shape to our front entryway for holidays without always creating a whole new sign! I knew I wanted a cartoon character as my base so when I found this picture of cute Snoopy holding a heart, it was meant to be. Overall the hardest thing about doing a character like this is that everyone knows what Snoopy looks like. Getting details right are so important for a well-known character. To make it even harder; after my initial sketch out for the outline and details, the first white paint layer lost all my sketched details and I was now hand painting Snoopy’s eyes, mouth, ears, and toes!

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Easy DIY Valentine’s Button Sign

Ah Valentine’s Day, the perfect time to decorate our little apartment with all different shades of pink and red hearts galore. This cute little button sign was inspired by a button wreath sign I saw scrolling through Pinterest and thought, “That would be a perfect craft for Valentine’s Day”! While putting my new Valentine’s decoration up in our apartment, the history buff in me started to wonder how the heart became a symbol of love and why does this universal heart shape look different than say a human heart?

First off, thanks to TIME I found out that prior to the 13th and 14th centuries, the heart was used for only decorative reasons. The symbolism began to grow as romantic love began to take shape in the medieval period. The connection between love and the heart was more religious than romantic at the beginning. Eric Jager, a medieval literature professor at UCLA, said that “at that time period people thought of hearts as books of memory, a place where God’s commands are written, and feelings for the beloved were somehow written on your heart.” There were stories imagining “female saints whose hearts are said to be cut open after their death, and inside their hearts are inscriptions indicating their love for God or Jesus.”

So the heart shaped does tie back to actual hearts everyone! Even if it is a little bit of a dark history. The article later goes on to express that cardiologist Carlos Machado says that the familiar heart shape we recognize today does somewhat resemble the human heart in an echocardiograms but even more so the look of a bird or reptile heart. I highly recommend reading the whole article! The link is below.

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Cookies & Cream Football Cheese Ball

Super Bowl Sunday is here! It is the culmination of my family’s love of football since fall. Plus, what better reason to gather with family and friends to eat a lot of snacks and yell at the television together?? This year I don’t have any loyalties to the teams playing (my Eagles didn’t quite make the cut this year), so instead I am hoping for a great game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. This year it is at my parents’ house and they left what appetizers or desserts to bring up to us so hello cookies and cream cheeseball! This was a first attempt and it is sweet without being too sweet.

Who are you cheering for this year in the Super Bowl? Any must have snacks at your party?

Finished product photo credit goes to my super sweet and supportive boyfriend!

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Final Day of Christmas Cookie Countdown 2019 – Caramel Coconut Bars

Thank you for following us for these last twelve days as we made these cookies and upheld a cherished tradition between my mom and I. There are some traditions that make your heart feel so happy and full. Laughing at our silly inside jokes, singing Christmas carols, and talking to my mom in the kitchen during these 12 days of cookies does just that for me. With a very thankful and full heart (and stomach with all these cookies), I’m excited to wish everyone reading this a very Merry Christmas!

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2nd Day of Cookies – Macarons

We have made what feels like thousands of different cookies over the years but surprisingly, we have not tried making the classic Macaron. What better time than two days before Christmas and on a day off work! These cute little treats are going to be used for a Christmas get together with both my boyfriend and mine families tonight. Have you make macarons before? What is your favorite flavor?

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3rd Day of Cookies – Clementine Spritz

I love the anticipation leading up to Christmas. I love all of the traditions, events, decorations, and most of all; seeing my family and friends. It passes by so quickly that I can’t believe that we are only THREE days away from Christmas already! These clementine spritz cookies are great because they make up a lot of cookies! They are used for both neighbor gifts and a perfect filler on a Christmas cookie tray for parties. If you make these and think the icing isn’t important, just as a warning, I one hundred percent think that the part of this cookie with the most clementine flavor was the icing.

Uncooked Clementine Spritz
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