S’mores Please

As I write this I am cuddled up in a cabin with the wind going crazy outside and I have one thing on my mind, S’mores. The delicious fireside snack that is synonymous with campouts, campfires, and sticky finger memories. As the sweet treat occupies my mind (and seemingly far away in reality with the current weather), I instead wondered about the origins of the S’more. While there is some debate surrounding the actual origins, the most common story was that the recipe for a S’more was originally published in a Girl Scout Guidebook under the name “Some More” in 1927. It’s unsure of when it turned from “Some More” to “S’more” but the camping treat is sure to be a beloved treat by many.

It has also become increasingly popular to put a twist on the classes S’more! One of my favorite variations is to use a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup instead of a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar. I have had friends who have exchanged the classic graham cracker sandwiching material in place of other cookie varieties such as Oreos, Milano Cookies, or some homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies.

What’s a variation of the classic S’more that you enjoy? Make sure to follow here on the blog and on Instagram at take2create for more!

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Girls Night In – Tie Dye Sweatpants

Find yourself a best friend who is as excited as you to get coffee from Starbucks and spend the night making tie dye sweatpants! For real, how lucky am I to have her as my best friend and maid of honor?! Although the best base to apply color is white, I was concerned about how see through a pair of white sweatpants would be. Instead I opted for a pair of light grey jogger sweatpants. Meanwhile, my friend decided to do a second take of tie dye. She chose to reverse tie dye a pair of black sweatpants.

I haven’t done tie dye in forever so this was a fun craft for us to do and very on trend. Tie dye is making a comeback and I’m not mad about it. Check out our before photo and the link to the tie dye kit used for the purple and grey sweatpants!

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Valentines Countdown Love Notes

Since my fiancé and I have been together on Valentine’s Day, I have done a countdown of love notes for him every day leading up to the fourteenth starting on February first. I can’t believe that this will be my fifth year of doing this for him! Normally I would take red paper, cut out hearts, and write little things that I love about him with sharpie on each one. This year I decided to change it up by buying these adorable mini valentines cards by Hallmark off Amazon. They are about 2.5 inches by 3 inches. Perfect for a little love note for your special someone. I used these to write what I love about my fiancé, but these could be used with kids too!

Do you have any sweet Valentines traditions with your significant other?

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10 At Home Date Night Ideas

Whether it’s from COVID-19, bad weather, or you just don’t feel like going out; we could all use some good at home date night ideas. A few of these will look familiar, like the blanket fort or the fondue night, but remember to just have fun with whatever the two of you like! Below is a list of 10 at home date nights that my fiancé and I have done or have on our list for future date nights.

Let me know what stay at home date night is your favorite!

For more ideas on the list, read more details on them below.

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt

I was assigned to host our group’s virtual holiday party this year and I was so excited! All of my coworkers agreed who better to host a Christmas activity than the person who has been listening to Christmas music since October 1st. I had two activities planned: Trivia and a Scavenger Hunt. Tomorrow I am posting the trivia game but today I am giving you the supplies for a scavenger hunt (PDF to download is below). We did this on a Zoom meeting but it would also work with your own families at home.

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DIY Ring Toss – Engagement Party

When we got engaged it was in the midst of quarantine so we didn’t get to celebrate with our family and close friends. Once restrictions started to mellow, we were able to plan a small engagement party (complete with a pizza bus food truck, yes you read that correctly). We held it outside and had hand sanitizer spread throughout so everyone felt more comfortable. Most of all we wanted to make sure we had activities or fun games for our guests to do! This is only one of three activities that was created for the engagement party, and I loved it!

This ring toss definitely reminded me of the carnival games where it feels near impossible to actually get a ring on the bottle but it was so much fun for everyone to give it a go! Read more for the link to the supplies.

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Popsicle Stick Pallet Coasters

I haven’t posted for a while but it’s been such a wonderful month in our house. Exactly a month ago today, I went from girlfriend to fiancée! That’s right, your girl is marrying her best friend and I CANNOT wait. With all of the fun events leading up to the wedding, you know there will be some DIY projects. Make sure to stay tuned and follow the blog to see all of the updates.

These pallet coasters were so fun to make and I might be a little biased but they are super cute. The best part about them is that you can change up what they say or have on them to fit you better. My mom went with a holiday stamp and I went with stamping some personalized phrases.

Supplies:

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Date Night In – Cookies & Blanket Forts

My boyfriend and I like to go out for date nights quite often. When the COVID-19 restrictions went into place, we got creative with dates. Lounging at home is great and all, but after a while, it needs to be shaken up. Recently, the gym my boyfriend frequents reopened to appointments only. I wanted to do something special and with an hour of time I knew he would be gone, I got to work.

Do you remember blanket forts as a kid? I do! I remember trying to make them the size of the room and using every blanket, chair, and clip in the house to build the masterpiece. I remember crawling through carefully crafted “hallways” and “rooms” of the fort. I haven’t built a fort in YEARS. With the space of a house once again, a blanket fort was well due up. With my boyfriend gone for the gym, I got to work making the fort in front of our TV in the living room. I even planned the opening to be taller so we could cuddle inside with blankets and pillows while we watched TV. Once the fort was built and sturdy… enough. I grabbed some battery powered lights and carefully hung them above.

The finishing touch? Microwave popcorn and cookies! I used door dash to have a local cookie company, Crumbl Cookies, deliver right to my door.

My boyfriend was so surprised when he walked in the door, and it might be one of my favorite dates we have done! Just us and our pup cuddled up in the blanket fort = Perfect date night at home.

I’d love to hear from you! Comment below with your at home date night ideas!

Everything Will Be Okay

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to stop your feeds to remind you that it will be okay.

It’s okay if you are struggling to be motivated, it’s okay if you are getting stuff done. Don’t feel guilty.

It’s okay if your win of the day was to put on a bra and take that conference call with a nice shirt and sweat pants hidden out of sight.

It’s okay if you are feeling more refreshed than ever before.

We are all adjusting to a new normal. Be patient with others but don’t forget to be patient with yourself!