JAN
04
2015

January 2015 Holidays & Fun Days!

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Happy New year everyone! I can’t even believe it’s 2015. When I was little we used to play make-believe-games centered around what it would be like when we hit the 2000’s. We thought there would be flying cars, teleporters, and other various back-to-the-future/Star Trek type advances. While we aren’t quite there yet, those things are on the horizon! But for now, all that’s on my horizon is a backyard full of snowy bliss, along with a few more very very cold winter months ahead! As I write this it’s about 5 degrees outside, we’ve already shoveled and are now keeping warm by the fire with a little hot apple cider and some good movies. The lake is almost frozen over and the ice shanties will be coming out soon. Along with all of the crazy ice fishers who dare to venture out into the middle of the lake with all of their gear. We walked out there last year just to check it out and I have to say it was a bit terrifying knowing that I was standing in the middle of a lake. I can’t imagine … [Read more...]

DEC
31
2014

Happy New Year 2015!

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Happy New Year! I know I say this every year, but I really just can’t believe 2014 is gone already! I think I lost track of time somewhere around August…which seems to happen every year…go figure… I suppose it could be because that’s when school starts, and it’s also my busiest blogging month as far as orders and emails from you all. Sports start back up, and it’s also the time of year that I’m knee-deep in working on our church women’s retreat. So for me, it all hits at once, then snowballs from there. And bam! Before I know it, another year has passed! I hope you all had a great year, and am praying for an even better one in 2015. For us, 2014 brought some not so great health news for our families, but we’re thankful that God is working and everyone is currently doing well.   What’s Happening? This year Strawberry Shortcake will turn 12, Turbo will turn 11, Tinker Bell will turn 9, and the Teeny Tot, who will be 7 this year, has agreed to stay 5 forever to … [Read more...]

DEC
23
2014

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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    Hello amazing readers! I’m so excited for the holidays, and even though we’re taking some time as a family to celebrate the birth of our Savior, I wanted to put up a fun post today to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and an amazing new year! I pray that you have a blessed time with friends and family this season and that you keep Jesus the center of all festivities! We’ve actually been sick last week, but thankfully everyone is well now and Christmas is ON! We’ll be heading up to my parents home tonight to celebrate with my family. Then tomorrow we’ll go over to celebrate with Jason’s family. We look forward to seeing everyone and spending time together, enjoying amazing food, fun presents, and great fellowship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! I thought it would be fun to leave you all with a festive video so you can see what it’s like around our house this time of year. And stick around until the end for a special message from … [Read more...]

DEC
21
2014

Cookie in a Jar Recipe

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Good morning everyone! Looking for a last minute easy gift idea? Look no further! Today I have this adorable Holiday Cookie in a Jar recipe to share with you! These are not only super cute, but they’re also delicious! So read on to see how we made these lovely gifts for our friends and neighbors. I have to admit, I’ve seen this idea all over the place, but I’ve never made them myself! So I thought now would be a great time, and I have to say, these are seriously quick to put together, so if you’ve waited until the last minute and need something quick, but still awesome, this is for you! Of course we had to make a batch just to make sure they turned out good. Also so we could get pictures and all. I know, it’s a rough job, but someone had to do it. So let’s get started shall we? You will need: (Recipe is for 1 jar) 1 1/3 c. all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. rolled oats (I used instant and they worked just fine!) … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2014

DIY Reindeer Treats!

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Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work for you , click here to watch the Reindeer Treat tutorial!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Pretzels Red Hot candies or red m&ms Candy eyes (can substitute white chocolate chips and black frosting) 1 cup  chocolate chips Optional: White frosting (I used them to attach the eyes, but you can use chocolate too.) Directions: Set your Oreos out on a festive plate. Melt 1 c. chocolate chips in the microwave on 20 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the top of your Oreos and let harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once chocolate is hardened, melt another 1/2 cup or … [Read more...]

DEC
11
2014

Super Woman vs Abiding Woman

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It was such a blessing when the Super Mom vs Abiding Mom post went viral! And today I have a new version to share with you. With permission, Christin Ditchfield, reworded it a bit to bless not only moms, but all women. And she shared it in a post titled “5 things you can do to have a happier less stressed holiday”. This time of year it’s so easy to get caught up in trying to find the perfect gift for everyone, making sure your home looks just “so”, sending out the best Christmas card, and trying to meet others expectations for hosting the perfect holiday. After a few years of family Christmas’s I’ve learned that there’s really no way to please everyone. People might not love your gifts, or maybe the food doesn’t turn out as you expected. Or if you’re like us, at least half of your Christmas lights will be out by the time December 25th rolls around! But you know what? The year you burnt the marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes, and nearly caught your kitchen on fire, … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2014

DIY: Peppermint Swirl Soap Tutorial

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are enjoying all of the Christmas gift ideas, tutorials and videos this month! Today I’m sharing a really easy and fun DIY Peppermint Swirl Soap recipe with you. These not only  make great gifts, but they are super easy and smell absolutely wonderful!   You will need: 1 lb. Shea Butter Soap Base (It comes in a 2lb. block, and I used 1/2 of the block.) Peppermint Essential Oil Red Soap Colorant Soap Mold Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout Toothpick or wooden stirring tool to swirl the coloring. Note: My recipe made about 5 small bars of soap.   Watch the video below to see how to make this simple but festive Peppermint Swirl Soap! Tip: Pour the melted soap in the mold, then add a few drops of red food coloring. Next finish filling the mold completely with the soap and swirl the mixture with a popsicle stick or tooth pick to spread out the color within the bar of soap. Here’s what they look like … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2014

DIY: Santa Hat Snacks

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Good morning everyone! I have a  super fun December planned for you all and I’m so excited! I have a ton of great DIY snacks, crafts, and even a few video glimpses into our daily lives here at the Confessions household. So if you’re ready to embark on an exciting and festive holiday season with me, stick around! Today I have a very easy, and I mean easy, but absolutely adorable Santa Hat Snack for you. This recipe is great for kids, and it makes a wonderful treat for all of those holiday parties coming up. I found this idea on pinterest. I couldn't resist trying it out, and I'm so glad that we did, because it was delicious! So let’s get started!     If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the Santa Hat Snack video here!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Strawberries, washed & stems removed White frosting (You can make royal frosting, buttercream frosting, or if you’re in a rush…use the kind in the can like … [Read more...]

NOV
27
2014

2014 December Holidays & Fun Days

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Yay it’s here! December is here! I love twinkle lights. I love baking cookies. I love decorating. I love gift wrapping and gift giving. I love Christmas crafts. I love those festive red cups my coffee now comes in. I love snow shoveling. Wait a minute. I do NOT love snow shoveling. But that’s a dilemma I’ll have to work out another time. Anyway, you get the idea. I can’t wait for this time of year, and am so excited for all of the goodies I have planned for you all this month! Make sure to stay tuned because we’ve got special treats for you all month long. There will be video vlogs of our daily lives, some great holiday DIY projects, recipes, crafts, and more!   But the reason we’re here today is because it’s time for my December holidays & fun days post! So let’s get on with it shall we? Holidays: December 7: Pearl Harbor Day December 12: Poinsettia Day December 16: Chanukah lasts 8 days December 21: Winter Solstice (The shortest day of the year) … [Read more...]

NOV
25
2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

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  Good morning readers. I’m posting this a day early because were taking a couple of days off over here at Confessions. We will be spending time with our loved ones and counting all of the things we are thankful for this year. I’m always thankful for my mom’s home cooked meals! So Lord willing, we’ll be enjoying spaghetti, meatballs, turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, salad, and pie! As always I am thankful for our health, our families, my husband and awesome children, all of the wonderful people God has placed in our lives, and I'm also thankful for YOU my awesome readers! You've encouraged and inspired me and I'm so thankful for all of you! I pray you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends! Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your kiddos? Thanksgiving Preschool Pack Thankful Turkey Craft Mosaic Cornucopia Craft Turkey Buttoning   Leave a comment! I would love to hear what each of you are thankful for this year, … [Read more...]