Perfect Horchata

Let’s talk about horchata. Horchata is a beverage made from ground rice, almonds, or seeds and is typically associated with Latin American cuisine. In the US, the kind of horchata usually found in restaurants and grocery stores is rice-based. I first encountered horchata  years ago when I was serving as a missionary in southern California. Since then, I have been a lover of horchata! I typically think of it as rice milk but that’s not all it is. It is a delicious combination of rice, water, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.

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Homemade Body Spray

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We love this body spray! I made a batch last week and my girls have gone crazy with it. It was fun and easy to make, and now we all smell so fresh and citrus-y. In fact, I am pretty sure I can get away with bathing the girls less often now, since they smell so fresh. 😉 Okay, I’m kidding. But only about the bathing less part, but they really do smell good.

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Free Patriotic Flag Banner

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As a child, I was terrified of the 4th of July. More precisely, I was terrified of fireworks. I remember my dad putting us kids on the back of his old pickup so we could be safe while we watched him light fireworks. But I wanted nothing to do with it. I would cry and then run into the cabin and hide. (Which is pretty hard to do since it was so small. It was more like ducking under the window.)

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Free Patriotic Printable

I love the 4th of July! I love the weather, the colors, and the parades. I love the food, the parties, and the fun. I love that we get to celebrate our great country and all the men and women who sacrifice so much for us.

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14 Fun, Clean, & Romantic Books for Teens

I hope you can find all of these books at your local library. If not, ask your librarian for an inter-library loan. This links below are affiliate links. If you make a purchase using a link on this page, I may earn a commission at no cost to you. Thank you! I am so thankful for your support! 

I have a love/hate relationship with Young Adult books. I love that they are usually fast-paced and full of young love. I started reading Young Adult (or teen) fiction because I thought it meant that the books would be clean, meaning no sex, innuendo, profanity, or graphic violence. After all, these books are marketed to teenagers. But I found out quickly that my assumption was wrong. And that’s where the “hate” comes in. It makes me so sad and angry to see authors promoting sex and violence to our young people.

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Free I Spy Summer Game

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Our family loves games. We love board games, card games, and printable games. I especially love games that my kids can play by themselves :).

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Free Father’s Day Cards

As a kid, my dad was my hero. He was so brave, and strong, and seemed invincible. He wasn’t afraid of the things I found so frightening, and I was awed by that. One of my vivid children memories involves my dad howling with coyotes. Nope, I am not kidding.

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The Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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Once you have had homemade ice cream, it is so hard to go back to the store bought kind. Homemade ice cream is easy, delicious, and I love that it only has six ingredients. (I am one of those people who doesn’t like to see the paragraph of ingredients listed on the side of an ice cream box.)

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Free Inspirational Quote from LDS General Conference

A few weeks ago, my neighbor asked me to make a printable for her to hand out during her church lesson. Since I really enjoy designing for adult women, it was easy to say yes. When I design for women, I feel like I can pull out all my flowers, flourishes, and swirly fonts. Of course, the message is always the best part and this case is no exception. The quote is from Dale G. Redlund, from his April 2015 LDS General Conference talk.

I love the message that our present is more important than our past. All of us have made bad choices and all of us fall short, but God just asks that we keep on trying. Isn’t that so hopeful and inspiring? We don’t have to be perfect or have a perfect past, we just have to not give up. Love it!

This inspiring quote from Dale G. Renlund reminds us that God cares more about where we are heading than our past. This beautiful print is free and available in sizes 4x6 and 8x10.

I made two version of this printable, a 4×6 and an 8×10. I hope you can use and enjoy them. ♥

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Free Graduation Cards

I vividly remember the days I graduated from both high school and college. There were the mixed emotions of excitement, pride, and fear. I was proud of myself for doing something hard, and I hoped that awesomeness was coming my way because of this hard thing that I had just done, combined with total fear. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown, and fear that this amazing diploma just wasn’t good enough.

These free graduation cards are perfect for preschoolers to college grads! Get them today at www.TeepeeGirl.com!

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Tag Printable

Before we adopted our oldest daughter, I worked as a teacher’s aid in our local school district. I was amazed at how much was expected of teachers. Not only is there the actual work and skills that need to be taught in an engaging way, there is so much behind-the-scenes work. I realized that teachers often did not get the recognition or gratitude they deserved. Since then, teachers have become heroes in my book.

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Perfect Banana Muffins

I often seem to overestimate how many bananas my family can or will eat. Every week I buy fresh bananas, and it’s not uncommon for me to  have one or two (or more!) brown bananas on my counter. But I like bananas in my smoothies and it’s a great, quick snack so I don’t want to not buy bananas. See my dilemma?

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Mother’s Day Printable

My mom loves lilacs. I remember going for evening walks with her as a kid, and we would always stop by the lilac trees in bloom and admire them. She loves anything lilac scented, and when you ask her favorite flower, she doesn’t hesitate to say “lilacs.” Whenever I see lilacs, I think of her.

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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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