Mother’s Day Cards (& Envelope Template!)

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I love being a mother. But I admit that Mother’s Day has been a difficult holiday for me. For years my husband and I have struggled with infertility. Thanks to the miracles of adoption and modern medicine, I have three beautiful, amazing children. But the years before I had kids was rough, especially on Mother’s Day. In fact, if I hadn’t had responsibilities at church on Mother’s Day, I’m pretty sure I would have stayed home all day, curled up on the couch, binging on chocolate. (As it turns out, I did that anyway, I just did it after church. ☺)

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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

One of my favorite  childhood memories is coming home from school and finding a fresh batch of cookies on the kitchen table.  Eating warm, gooey, chocolaty cookies made me feel safe and loved. To this day, whenever I make chocolate chip cookies, I think of my mom. She made them often and stored them in yellow Tupperware containers.

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Free Banners & Invitations

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This past week has been crazy at my house. My 17-old-nephew moved in with us and our basement flooded-again. And I had a birthday.

A few days before my birthday, my nephew asked me how old I was going to be. When I answered that I was turning 37, he said “Oh my gosh!” in a tone that clearly said he thought that was old. When I gave him a look, he said, “I mean, you just look so good for your age.” Nice save, buddy. Clearly he knows where his dinner comes from.

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Alice In Wonderland Printables

Alice in Wonderland is not my favorite story. There. I said it. Having said that, there are some awesome quotes in the book. I was asked to make some printables using quotes from the book for a Relief Society party.

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Free April 2016 LDS Conference Printables

I’m a Mormon. As a church, we meet together twice a year via satellite, internet, tv, or radio, to hear our church leaders give instruction and guidance. I find these conferences extremely inspiring and at times, life changing.

I created these printables with quotes from our church leaders. My goal is that they give hope to all those who read them, whether they be of my faith or not.

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Free Spring Printable

I love spring! I love the the warmer weather and longer evenings. I love sending my kids outside to play and letting them run themselves ragged. I don’t even mind the April rain, because I know it’s going to give us those gorgeous summer flowers and trees in bloom. After a long, dark, cold winter, spring signifies the hope that better things are coming.

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World’s Best Homemade Play Dough

Once you make homemade play dough, it’s hard to go back to the manufactured kind. This play dough recipe is from my mom and I have made it more times than I can count. It is inexpensive, easy, and fast. And if you keep it wrapped up tight or in a ziplock bag, it stays soft for a long, long, long time. I have tried other recipes for homemeade play dough, but I always come back to this one. As far as play dough goes, this recipe is life changing.

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I Spy Spring Printable Game

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We love to play “I Spy.” We play it on road trips, while waiting in lines, or any time we have some down time. Earlier this year, I was looking for a printable I Spy game, but the printables I found seemed geared for younger children. Since I wanted a game that would keep my younger and  older kids busy, I decided to make my own.

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Free Printable of Bible Verse Matt. 28:20

Life is hard. In fact, life can be so hard that descriptions like heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and devastatingly difficult seem more accurate of some of the challenges we all face. During these times, I am so grateful to know that I am not alone.

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Free Easter Bag Topper

Bag toppers can be a lifesaver if you want a quick way to dress up a treat. I love how colorful Easter candy is so it was not hard to design a printable that matched this fun color palette. All you have to do is print out the page, cut out the toppers, and then glue, tape, or staple them onto a sandwich or snack sized bag that is filled with your favorite treats or snacks.
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Banana Balls

I love quick, fun treats. Who doesn’t, right? What makes these treats so delightful is that they are colorful, easy-peasy, and they are made with bananas, so they can also count as a health food (wink, wink). And kids love to help make these little confections. It’s awesomeness, I tell you.

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Free Easter Print

I love Easter. It means it’s spring, which hopefully means nice weather. It means that Cadbury Mini Eggs are back. And at our house, it also means dyed eggs, egg hunts, and Easter baskets. I wanted to make a printable that celebrates this wonderful holiday.

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Thick & Chewy Shamrock Rice Krispy Treats

My husband loves rice krispie treats.  He often drops hints like, “Gee, honey, you know what I could go for? A rice krispie treat.” You know, real subtle-like . And being the loving wife that I am, I have tried. Really, I have. I have followed the recipes on the back of cereal and marshmallow wrappers but was left totally unimpressed. The rice krispies came out thin and weren’t really anything to write home about.

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Don’t Eat Pete-Shamrock Version

We love the game “Don’t Eat Pete.” I think it’s fun because it’s simple and it keeps my kids busy. My kids think it’s fun because they get to eat treats. My girls can play it by themselves and that’s glorious. So it’s a win-win sort of game.

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Microwave Caramel Popcorn

When I set off for my freshmen year of college, I was so excited to leave our small town in Nebraska. I felt sure that adventure and romance was finally coming my way. I just knew I would leave home and find awesomeness. In reality, what I found was a lot of homework and unexpected homesickness. I didn’t expect to miss home so much!

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Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable

To be honest, I have not always been a huge fan of St. Patrick’s day. Before I had kids, I wondered why people got excited about a day where people pinch each other. But my mother-in-law has Irish ancestors and loves Ireland. When kids joined our family, my sweet mother-in-law turned St. Patty’s day into a holiday.  She gives my girls packages of green necklaces, gold coins, green bubbles, and Lucky Charms cereal. My girls love it, of course, and now think that St. Patrick’s day is ranked up there with Valentine’s day and Halloween. They want decorations and treats. They pick out their green shirts in advance, and get excited about eating Lucky Charms all day.

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