Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I am trying to get back in the swing of things after my fabulous vacation to Florida.  I met up with 8 women who I met in Ohio while Mike went to Dental school.  These girls became my sisters and every time we are together it is as if no time has passed.  As I reflected on our trip I couldn’t help but think about all the amazing qualities these women have.  Each one of them brings a different dynamic to our group of friends and I have learned so many great things from them.  One attribute they all possess are they are wonderful mothers.  Between the 8 of us there are 31 children.  Many of these kids were born while we were in Ohio.  Our time there was spent doing playdates, going to the zoo, the children’s museums and many afternoons spent at the park.  I attribute many of my mothering skills I learned from these women.  I think when you are a new mom you look to other woman for advice and encouragement.  I always received that from my mom and sisters, but being so far from home my Ohio friends became that for me.  Even now when we get together we lean on each other for advice in parenting, our relationships and everyday life situations. I am very grateful for these women in my life and the chance we have to reconnect every few years.  It is so good for my soul!Ohio-girls-trip


Like I said with Mother’s Day this Sunday I have been thinking about the women in my life and of course my own Mother.  I am so grateful for her example and love.  I always try to think of fun things I can get her, but she can be hard to shop for! This year I picked up a few things to make her a little gift basket. I thought I would share some of them with you in case you are feeling stumped and just don’t know what to get.

I was thinking about bright and cheery things to brighten her day and I thought the color yellow and lemons sounded about right!  I think you can’t go wrong with this theme.  It is sure to make anyone happy!


I found these fun extracts at TJ Maxx.  My mom loves to bake and I thought they were cute and something she would use up!


This hand towel went perfect with the lemon theme and  is something I think we need new ones of often.


I found this at World Market. It smells heavenly!


These cute ramekins were at a local grocery store.  I love the design on them.


I found the cute lemon salt and pepper shakers at Target and then I added a little bit of chocolate, because what Mother’s day gift is complete without chocolate?  I am going to add a gift card and put this together in a basket for her.

I hope you have gotten some ideas for your mom or the special women in your life.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible women in my life.  I am so grateful to be a mom.  It is truly the best job around.

I hope you have a great day!!


Gold Themed Party

Today I thought I would share with you a party a did a while ago for my 13 year old daughter.  We all know that Gold is all the hype right now and I would be lying if I didn’t say I absolutely love it! I plan on putting lots of gold accents in the Normandie house.  My daughter decided she wanted a gold theme for her 13 birthday and I thought it was a perfect idea for a teen girls party.  I actually was able to use quite a bit of stuff I had around the house and pulled it together with some fun party supplies from Target

I think this theme would also be so fun for a bridal shower.  You could throw in a blush pink or salmon color for the bride.  Gold, white and florals are some of my favorites together. It would also be great for a graduation party.  If you remember in a post I did last year my friend threw her daughter a darling graduation party using golds and silvers. You can check it out here.   

Let me share my  ideas for a gold them party with you.  I hope you enjoy them!

gold cupcakes

I found these fun edible heart sprinkles at Michaels and I love the shimmer they put on regular white cupcakes.  How gorgeous is this tray? It was my grandmothers that I inherited a while back.  It actually goes with a set she used in her bathroom.  It has a matching mirror, tissue holder, a ring holder and a hand towel tray.  I am going to use all of them in my new home.  I love finding things around my house I already have and using them in different ways.

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Feather boas always come in handy and are great ways to fill up space and bring dimension.  I keep a couple white ones on hand and can use them for any party or holiday. This chalkboard sign I purchased at Hobby Lobby and have used it many times too.

letter B

I actually bought this big letter B to go in Brooklyn’s room and so it worked perfectly as a center piece for the table. I elevated it on a cake plate and then  added this fun fur throw underneath.  It brings warmth and dimension and again, filled the space.


The whole table scape.  Here’s an Honest Tip for you, invest in a good white table cloth.  It can be used for everything and can be bleached.  I also inherited this from Grandma and I use it all the time.  As you can see I do a lot of layering,  it just makes everything look rich, full and fancy! I found the cute milk jars at target. I love the gold polka-dots and for just $8.00 for a pack of 4, I knew they were worth it.  I will used these over and over again. I used regular note cards I had picked up at Michaels for the place cards.  I like to do this at kids parties so there is no fighting over who to sit by and no one gets left out. 

table settinglastly, this is a up close of the place setting.  We added a little chocolate and also put each one of their party favor bags by their plates.  I knew chocolate and nail polish would be a hit with 13 year old girls and I was fortunate enough to find the nail polish on sale at Smiths for $3.00  Pretty inexpensive party favor, but the girls were thrilled. 

Well, there you have! I hope you can take some of these ideas and use them at your next party! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! 




4th of July Parfaits

Aww!! I love summer! Can I say it again? I LOVE SUMMER!!

We have been having too much fun enjoying these long, hot summer days! We just got back from a fun filled week at the Oregon Coast. (Recap of my trip will come later). We finally took the boat out last Saturday, and we are looking forward to some 4th of July celebrations and barbecues this weekend.

I love the 4th of July for many reasons.  The red, white and blue. The fireworks. The family time. And of course, the food.  So today I am sharing one of my favorite summer time treats that I think is great for a 4th of July celebration.  I know it’s been done a lot and it doesn’t really involve a recipe, but you can’t go wrong with a strawberry short cake parfait.


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I decided to use my plastic wine cups for these ones to make it look even more festive.  I basically layered home made whip cream, strawberries, and pound cake.  Please oh please only use home made whip.  It’s the only way to go when it comes to strawberry shortcake.

For my whip I use:

Heavy whipping cream, sugar and the best dang vanilla you have ever had!{ We visited a new chocolate cafe called Taste.  If your local it is on University in Provo.  Let me tell you it is amazing and deserves it’s own post.  But while we were there the owner let us sample their vanilla.  It was so delicious.  You know how vanilla is usually bitter? Not this one, sweet and had a syrupy consistency.  It’s so much stronger than other vanilla that you only need to use a fourth of what a recipe calls for.  It really made a difference in this whip cream and the strong vanilla flavor was heavenly.} I beat the whip cream cream until it has pretty stiff peaks and then I add the sugar and the vanilla.  Yum-eee!!

I topped these babies off with a cute Americana pinwheel to give it some patriotic pizzaz.  So cute and so easy!single parfait

So what ever you do this 4th I hope it’s a good one.  One that you get to spend good quality time with friends and family.  Make some memories you will never forget!

Thanks for stopping by!






Easter Home Tour

Happy Spring! Friends,

I’m so glad you stopped by today to see my Easter Home Tour.  I love the colors of spring.  The pale blues, yellows and pinks along side the bright greens of the outdoors makes for a beautiful color palette to decorate with. We are in full bloom here in Utah.  I find myself wanting to be outside taking in the wonderful colors and sounds of Spring. I actually just finished decorating my house yesterday because I have been so busy, but what’s great about Easter decor is you can leave it up all of spring and not just for the holiday.

Easter Wreath
Easter Wreath detailI made this wreath a few years ago at Thanksgiving Point here in Utah. They hold monthly classes with different crafts that are super cute.  I love the whimsy of this wreath and all the fun layers.

Entry TableThis is my entry way table.  I purchased this cute moss bunny from TJMAXX this year.  I love the pop of color it adds to the pale hues in the collection.  

sofa tableThe sofa table is a main focal point in my living room and something you see right when you walk through the front door.  I left a few pieces that I typically decorate with and then incorporated the Easter decor into it.  bell domeThis bell dome is something I bought a few months ago.  It is a great piece because you can do so much with it.  I added some fake grass and speckled eggs to give it a touch of spring.

Jelly Bean Topiaries

up close topiariesI made these topiaries quite a few years ago and surprisingly they have held up really well.  When I did the project I thought they might last a year or two, but every year when I pull them out I am shocked they still look good.  They were quite time intensive so I am glad I have been able to enjoy them for so long.

eggsHonest tip: This is an easy decorating idea for Easter. I take any leftover eggs I have and fill up a glass vase.  I love how it looks and takes no time at all.





I bought this little bunny from TJMAXX a few years ago.  I think he is just too cute and I love his roughed edges.


IMG_1234These were a new purchase this year from Hobby Lobby.  Again I love the pop of green and I think they just add a fresh feel to the kitchen.  They are simple, but make a statement.




This kitchen shelf is always fun to decorate.  Again I added a few pieces to the existing items I always decorate with.  The little egg wreaths around the candles add a bit of spring and I love the fabric bunny.

kitchen shelfWell, there you have it! It feels so good to have the sunshine beaming through my windows.  I’ve been opening up my french doors out to my patio and the light breeze and sounds of my fountain in the backyard put me right into my Happy Place! There is no time like spring.  When the earth grows green again.  I love to update my house, do some spring cleaning and enjoy the outdoors this time of year! Take some time to stop and capture the beauty that is all around us.  Life can get pretty busy and there are days I don’t “stop to smell the roses,” but when I do, I am in awe of the blessings I have been given and the many beautiful things that surround me.

Thanks for stopping by! Please comment and let me know what your favorite part of spring is.





Bar Carts are all the Rave

IMG_1005I have had this little table for 16+ years.  We bought it at Pier1 imports when we first got married.  It has traveled to 5 different homes and 2 states! The funny thing is we paid less than $100.00 for it.  This little table has been so versatile that I’ve just kept it.  Since we moved in this house almost 3 years ago, it really hasn’t had a purpose, but it was one of those things I couldn’t get rid of.  I think there was some sentimental attachments to this piece of furniture and even though it didn’t cost a lot it holds memories of first years of marriage, new babies, a big move to Ohio, starting our career back in Utah and moving into the home we’ve always dreamed of.  It’s funny how an object can tell a story….

So after 3 years of not really having a good place for it, I got a brilliant idea to turn it into a bar cart! I have been wanting one, I had seen one at Target over the holidays but decided not to spend the money at the time.  I love to entertain and I knew I would use a bar cart and they look so pretty all dressed in gold. 

I spray painted my little table with Krylon, metallic gold (it’s one of my favorites).  It took a few coats to cover the black.  I then added some fun pieces to dress it up for St. Patricks day.  I found some fun straws, cocktail napkins and coasters at Pier1 and HomeGoods.  I used a gold charger to hold the mixers on and then added some festive green and gold decor.







I am excited to switch the themes for different holidays and events. Bar carts can be used for some much more than just a bar.  It would be a perfect hot cocoa station in the winter. You could add marshmallows, candy cane and flavored syrups. I also think it would be fun for a kids birthday party to display the cake and the serving dishes on.  

 It fits perfectly in my basement next to our kitchenette and theater. It will be a perfect add on for entertaining, now, Who’s coming for drinks???

Thanks for stopping by today!







Make them feel loved

I think Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to show those you love how much you appreciate them and care for them.  In our house the word, “love” is used daily! I love the word “love”!! I honestly, think you can not use it enough with your children and spouse.  I want them to know and feel how much they mean to me every single day.  It is important for me to say it and to show them by the things I do for them.

 It became tradition a long time ago to host a “fancy” dinner for my family for Valentine’s Day.  My kids love it and look forward to it every year.  The dinner usually involves music, candlelight and a little something special for each person.  We always go around the table and say what we love about each person that is there.  Sometimes we will invite guests, but most of the time it is just a special night for my favorite little people.  I thought I would share some ideas with you on things we’ve done and maybe you will be inspired to start a fancy dinner of your own.

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Here some other ideas I found on Pinterest. There are endless ideas!

The Dating Divas have a way cute idea for a Cupid’s Cafe.  It even comes with free printables.


These italian sodas would be so fun for a dinner or even for a snack at a class party! You can check them out at My Honeys Place.

Here’s a great dinner idea for the kids on My Sister’s Suitcase

Whatever you do for your Valentine’s this year, make sure they know how much you LOVE them! Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon!




Love is in the air…

Hello Friends,

It’s the week of Valentine’s and we all know what that means… Chocolate!! Ok well maybe chocolate and a lot of love to go around! We have been busy making valentine boxes,decorating cookies and autographing all those love notes to pass out at school.  I have had a few minutes to decorate for the occasion and I thought I would show you the cute DIY signs I made.

I have had two square wood wall hangings in my garage for almost a year with the intent on taking them to the thrift store, but I never got around to it and I’m sure glad I didn’t.  They were perfect for my Valentine signs!

These were really simple to make.  I covered one in gold polk a dot tissue paper I had purchased from  Hazel & Ruby.  I slapped on some modge podge and smooth it out all over.  Next I cut out a big heart, laid it over the paper and then painted the entire surface.  I glittered the cursive love embellishment I picked up at Hobby Lobby and glued it on.  The other board was covered in cork, and I decided to keep it that way.  I printed a big X and O off the internet and cut it out so I had a stencil.  Then I used modge podge and painted inside the letters, covered them with glitter and let it dry.  The arrows were done freehand with a little help from the hubby, (he has a steadier hand then I do!) These signs honestly took me about an hour to do and they make a perfect addition to my mantle!




I like to add a little bit of pink and red throughout the house just to make it festive.  Here are just a few more pictures of what I have!

Thanks for stopping by today!!





Cherished Gifts

How many of you check your mail way more often this time of year in hopes of finding Christmas Cards instead of bills and all that junk mail? I know I sure do! I love getting Christmas cards.  It is so fun to see how families have changed and grown in a year.  I love seeing the color combinations in family pictures and the detail of the beautiful cards.  For many years I would feel this guilt of throwing these amazing gifts away. Because as I see it, these cards represent gifts that have been given to me in my life.  The memories of loved ones! I am so grateful for the people in my life.  They bring me so much joy.  There are some cards I get from people I haven’t seen for years or maybe I only knew for a short time, but in some way these people have impacted my life and it brings me great joy to know they still think of me, even if it is just for one time a year.  To me a card is a way to say, “hey, I am busy, and super busy this time of year, but here’s my Christmas card to let you know I think about you!” 

I make sure and display my cards front and center so if I have guests come over I can show them off.  I also like to see them whenever I go down that hall.  After I moved in this house I decided my coat closet hall in my entry way would be the best place for them.  I put removable hooks on the back of the door on both sides and then I strung the twine around the front of the door and tied it around the back on the other side.  I had these darling mini gold clothes pins I had bought at Michaels a while back and so I decided to use those with it.  I love the look of the rustic twine with the gold.  As I get more cards I just add more rows of twine.  I have to say it is one of my favorite holiday decorations!!




I am not much of a saver, but when it comes to Christmas cards, I just have a hard time parting with them.  I finally came up with a solution to not feel that pang of guilt when I tossed them in the trash come January.  I decided to make little booklets with all my cards in them.  Now you might say, “Are you kidding me? Ain’t nobody got time for that?” But I will tell you that this little project takes me about 10 minutes and yet it is something that means a great deal to me.  I have been saving them for about the past 5 years and so each year I get them out of the photo box I store them in and lay them out on my coffee table in my living room.  It is a fun coffee table book for the month of December.  My kids love looking at them and telling stories and memories of different families in our books.  IMG_0490



IMG_0493I decided to put a cover page on the front with the year so I could keep track.  Now this can go as simple or elaborate as you want.  My first few years I took a little more time to do it, but last year I didn’t even put a cover on it.

 The first step is organizing the cards. Putting them all going the same direction. Then I straighten them together in one corner so I can punch the hole in the same place. I have a heavy duty hole punch so I can punch about 15 cards all at once.  It is  great little tool.  I use it ALOT! I then use a ring and string them through. If you want to make a cover, I just measure it to the size of my biggest card and then decorate how you want it. I put that on the front and your DONE! See, 10 minutes!! You then have a memory book that you can cherish for years to come!! 

With one week to go until the BIG MAN comes, I hope we will take some time in this crazy week to spend with our children and loved ones and to think about all the wonderful people in our lives. Happy Holidays!!

I would love to hear if you save your cards and how you do it? If you have liked my ideas today please share with your friends!!




Fun Find Friday

Hello, Happy Friday! How many of you are freaking out that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away?!?! I may be, just a little bit, ok, maybe ALOT!! I really need to start wrapping or I will be up all night on Christmas eve.

 I’ve been out this week shopping (yes, I’m still shopping) and found some really cute stuff to share with you guys today! 

picstitch-4#1 how adorable is this snow globe? I am a sucker for anything with a scooter on it and when I saw this one in blue I couldn’t resist.  My dad owns a Vespa Scooter and a few years ago I bought a little Honda one and I just love them, plus they are really fun to drive! I purchased this globe at Target for $14.99.  It would make a really great gift too!!

#2 So I know I am supposed to be shopping for everyone else this time a year, but I saw this sweater at Nordstrom Rack and loved it!  I love the roses on the front and anything black and white.  It was $34.99.  

#3 Thanks to Costco I don’t have to make my own peppermint bark! Oh my gosh! Have you tried this yet? I’ve been buying this for a few years to take into my husbands office and I have actually never tried it. But the other day one of the kids opened it and I thought, I’ll just have a little bite! Ya, I ate the whole piece! It is delicious!! The white and dark chocolate along with the peppermint, oh my!! Go Get SOME!!

#4 Have you play this game yet? Spot It might be one of our new favorite games.  They have started making them with themes like this baseball one, but they also make just a general one too.  Brookie wanted this one for her teacher because she loves baseball.  This is a game that the whole family loves and we can play it for hours.  This would make a great family gift for someone! I think it is about $12.99  We got it at Target, but I know you can get them other places as well.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  If you have something you found this week that you love, let me know! I would love to feature it on here! Happy Shopping and (wrapping)!




Holiday Home Tour

Good Morning!! Grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and join me today as I share some of my holiday decor with you! I absolutely love decorating for the holidays, but I tell ya, it is a lot of work!! So after a few days, (A week) I finally have it done!

I got lucky when we moved in this house and had the chance to buy the previous owners Christmas tree, trimmings and garlands. The tree is 16 feet tall and fits perfectly in my living room.  She had beautiful decorations, but since being here I have added my own twists and colors to the tree.  I really wanted to add in some of the ice blues, tans, and  creams.  So over time I have collected a few things and replaced some things she had on the tree. I love the color combinations and the whimsy of the Santa’s and elves hidden in the tree!


The rest of the tour is of my kitchen, entry and living room.  I love sparkly, whimsical pieces for Christmas. Such as the bottle brush trees I bought at Gatehouse this year.IMG_0437

I love my little glittered houses and hope to add to my collection each year!

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Inexpensive Christmas balls are a great filler for baskets and glass jars.  This year I filled my bird cage I have on my island with silver and blue balls.  I love the look of this and how it stands out as you walk in my kitchen.IMG_0442

I always put my nativity in my entry way.  I love that it’s one of the first things you see when you enter my home.









The last thing I’d like to show you on my Holiday Home Tour is my fireplace mantle.  It’s adorned with reindeers, antlers, and paper trees.  My garland is a mix of blues, browns, golds and this year I added in some white snow flake garland.  I purchased these stockings at Target a few years back. They went perfectly with my tree skirt and the other colors in this room.



IMG_0450Well, I hope you have enjoyed peeking at my holiday decor! I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know!  Happy Holidays!!



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