JAN
20
2015

I’m Quilting. Say What? WIP

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What’s WIP you ask? It stands for “work in progress”. And I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of WIP posts from me in the future. I know I haven’t posted much on my quilting projects, but that is because I’m kind of a new addict. So today marks my first, and hopefully not last, WIP post! I started quilting just before Christmas 2014, so only a couple of months ago. But I’m totally hooked! I think it appeals to the graphic designer in me. And have you seen all of the beautiful fabrics they put out now? For some reason I was never drawn to quilting because it seemed like something that just my grandparents generation was into. But oh was I wrong! There are so many beautiful fresh fabrics, amazing blogs, and fantastic tutorials out there now, that it’s really lured me in! I’m a sucker for eye candy, and I love to create things, so this just had my name written all over it. My first quilt was a fun little rag quilt project I made for Tinker Bell, you can see it here.   That one … [Read more...]

JAN
13
2015

Healthy Lunch Ideas!

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Hi everyone! With the new year upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share some healthy lunch ideas with you all. Well, not my ideas, but emeals has some great healthy lunch ideas to help us out! I am getting bored with our lunches, we tend to just go for the same meals all the time. I’m a a sucker for labels that promise health benefits, or fun, colorful packaging which I know isn’t always a good thing.   Here are some helpful tips from emeals on reading those labels! Fruit roll-ups seem like the childhood dream food, but they have three types of sugar listed in the first five ingredients and some brands also have trans fats and artificial colors, which may lead to hyperactivity in some kids.  Choose all-natural fruit leathers with simple ingredient lists and no added sugar or artificial colors. Juice pouches have attractive packages, but water and high-fructose corn syrup are the first two ingredients on some versions containing only 10 percent juice. … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2014

Festive Milk & Donuts!

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Yes, you heard me, milk and…um…donuts. What’s better than milk and cookies you ask? Milk and donuts!   Oh dear, when I saw these sweet little glass milk jars I just couldn’t resist. I knew I had to make up a festive little snack just so I could use them! So here we go with another fun and easy holiday treat.   You will need: Glass milk jars milk (flavor of your choice) mini-donuts (My kids preferred the powdered sugar donuts overall.) Optional: Festive red & white striped straws   Directions: Pour milk into your glass, and add a straw. Carefully top the straw with your choice of mini-donut and serve!   A few people opted for popcorn instead of donuts which was fine too!   Honestly I don’t know if there’s an easier snack out there that can be this cute! And if you’re really hooked on the whole milk and cookie concept, those little Keebler Fudge Stripes would probably be super cute too! Hope you enjoy this simple … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2014

How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

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  You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring Action Rag Quilt Snips are made specifically for rag quilting!) 2/3 yd. each of 5 different coordinating fabrics for quilt front 1 piece of backing fabric (55" x 75") 1 piece of fleece for batting (55" x 75") Sewing machine (Would love some suggestions for a new machine, Mine is about the same age as I am and was my grandma’s Dressmaker!) My quilt used 35 - 10”x10” squares with a 3/4 “ seam allowance all around. After sewing and washing it ended up being 45” x 59” which fits nicely on her bunk bed. You’re welcome to make your quilt any size you like, just make sure to get the correct amount of fabric for your project! So let’s get started! I thought it would be easier to show in a … [Read more...]

DEC
16
2014

DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

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Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And not only are these little guys adorable, but they’re super easy too! As a matter of fact this would be a great recipe to get your kiddos involved in. I know mine would enjoy decorating their own little cup of hot cocoa!   So let’s get started! You will need: Oreos 1 cup of melted chocolate chips Marshmallows White frosting (I used Pillsbury Easy Frost Vanilla) Mini candy canes (break off the straight part so you end up with just the curved tops.) Mini-tree sprinkles or your choice of festive decorations for your mug Optional: Tiny red sugar sprinkles to top off your mug! If the video isn’t working in your browser click here to watch the DIY Hot … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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Good morning everyone! I always love to create handmade gifts this time of year. I think they’re not only fun, but they’re unique and make special gifts for those you love! Today’s tutorial is for a cute handmade pillow complete with a sweet little buddy! They’re super soft and cuddly, making them a perfect gift for Christmas!   So let’s get started! You will need: 1 yard of flannel fabric per pillow Coordinating thread Sewing machine (You can hand sew too if you’re feeling ambitious!) Iron and ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Ruler Stuffing for your pillow (You can get cotton or polyester your choice)     This project is a little complicated to try and explain in a blog post, so make sure to check out the video tutorial on how to create these cute little DIY Pillow Buddies below!   And that’s it!   For those of you wondering where I found the cute little stuffed animals with the … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2014

2015 Daily Planner

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  Hi everyone, I know I’m cutting it close, but I finally finished the 2015 Daily Planner! You can use this to plan your homeschooling days, or as a regular daily life planner too! Included in this planner: Year at a Glance To-Do Lists Bills & Payments Library Book Lists Contacts Weekly Meal Planner Monthly Meal Planner Grocery Lists Monthly Planner pages Weekly Planner Pages Notes Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc. –> Click here to get the 2015 Daily Planner! <–   This planner has weekly  calendar pages to help you plan out all aspects of your day, including a quick glance meal plan at the bottom of each day.   There’s also a weekly meal planner with more room, so you’re welcome to use whichever fits your needs best!   And of course there are also the monthly meal planner pages that everyone has requested as well. P.S. If you need some help … [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
19
2014

Chocolate Caramel Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since it’s so simple.   Ingredients: 1 chocolate cake mix 1 jar of Carmel ice cream topping 1 can Sweet & Condensed Milk 1 container of cool whip 3 Heath bars (Break into small pieces using a food processor or with end of a rolling pin.) Directions: Bake cake according to directions. When done, remove from oven and immediately poke holes in cake with round handle of a wooden spoon. Pour on Carmel topping and sweet and condensed milk. Let cake cool completely. Break up Heath bars into small pieces using a food processor or wooden rolling pin. Ice cake with cool whip. Sprinkle Heath bar bits on top and serve. Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

NOV
18
2014

DIY: Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial

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Hello readers! Since we’re well into fall I thought it would be fun to share this simple and easy DIY pumpkin pie soap tutorial. This stuff smells so yummy, and it literally takes about 10 minutes to prepare!     So let’s get on with the video shall we? Click here for the Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial:     Ingredients: 1 lb. Shea butter soap block (It comes in a 2lb. block, and I used 1/2 of the block.) 2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 4 drops yellow soap colorant 2 drops red soap colorant soap mold Instructions: Cut up about a 1/2 of a pound of Shea butter soap and place it in a microwave safe container.   Heat on high for 30 second increments until smooth stirring in between. Once the mixture is smooth, add the pumpkin pie spice, red coloring, and yellow coloring and stir well. Pour mixture into soap molds and let set for about 40 minutes. Once soap is firm, flip over mold and press gently to … [Read more...]