Cookies n’ Cream Dalgona Coffee

Whipped coffee.

 Dalgona Coffee.

Whatever you call it, it’s the latest craze!

Looking to create your own whipped coffee?! We share our favorite and easy to make Cookies n’ Cream Dalgona Coffee recipe!

Cookies n' Cream Dalgona Coffee

I love my morning coffee. I remember when we first got a Keurig. I didn’t drink hot coffee at the time. I only liked ice coffees and frappes! However, after trying sample sizes of hot coffee at a grocery store, I realized hot coffee could be delicious with the right creamer and sweetener! 

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3 Ways To Upgrade Kitchen Essentials

I am always looking for ways to go greener and upgrade my kitchen essentials. Being stuck home, I am still trying to stay active. My son and I have made a new routine with our new normal. I keep it simple and fun for us! Here are 3 ways to upgrade kitchen essentials! 

3 Ways To Upgrade Kitchen Essentials
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When we first moved into our home, I took the time to decorate and make it our very own! I even added cute garden gnomes to our stairs and porch! 

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DIY Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Gel + Free Printable

We created our very own DIY Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Gel after trying to find basic essentials, such as toilet paper, hand soap, cleaning products, and more. I am thankful we have hand sanitizer available but I realize not everyone does! We wanted a hand sanitizer that everyone can make! 

DIY Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer Gel + Free Printable

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How is quarantine life treating you? There are times when I feel stressed out and overwhelmed. For a while, I was worried about finding toilet paper and liquid hand soap. I usually stock up and have at least one or two refill bottles of liquid hand soap and a package of toilet paper on hand. Over the last few weeks, I missed out on buying toilet paper and I kicked myself each time! 

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Instant Pot Blackberry Bundt Cake

I am so thankful I bought my Instant Pot last year! It was on sale and I couldn’t resist! I am amazed at how quickly I can cook many foods in just minutes. We recently made an Instant Pot Blackberry Bundt Cake and so excited to share!

Instant Pot Blackberry Bundt Cake

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Since being at home because of the Coronavirus, I find myself using my Instant Pot much more! 

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Instant Pot White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

My son and I have never had bundt cake but it sure does sound delicious. The last time we had cake was for his birthday and he was sick at the time! We recently made a White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

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I love my Instant Pot! I admit, I haven’t used it much! I’ve been so busy as a college student! I am also still dealing with coughing fits and my asthma is acting up. Everything is a bit overwhelming but I am doing my best. 

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Confetti Flowers Sugar Scrub Bars

Every so often, I like to treat my skin to a gentle body scrub. I’m a single mom and on a budget. So, buying a sugar or salt scrub from the store is expensive. Instead, I decided to make my own! Save money and make your own Confetti Flowers Sugar Scrub Bars!

Confetti Flowers Sugar Scrub Bars

Our Confetti Flowers Sugar Scrub Bars make fun gifts for friends, family, co-workers, teachers, and more! As always, you can always customize and use different colors and shapes! 

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The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit
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The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While CraftingI’m an avid crafter. Primarily, my medium of choice is yarn, but I’ve been known to dabble in stamping, simple painting, beginner beading and jewelry, thread crafts like embroidery and cross stitch, card making, etc. Years ago, I was on a little scrapbooking kick. Also, one year my mother-in-law helped me sew a poodle skirt for my oldest daughter to wear as part of her Halloween costume. Basically, I’m game to try anything crafty — that’s the takeaway here.

The newest craft company to come to my attention is Joone Crafts. Joone offers some of the most colorful, interesting crafts! Paper crafts like cutting, embroidery, and coloring. Cloth crafts like tea towels and tote bags that you can paint on to decorate them. Even a Macramé Jewelry kit and a few Teracotta Tile Coaster crafts that look super interesting to me.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I am finding the designs of Joone Crafts very pleasing and the color palettes bright and cheerful. I’m working on making a Paper Embroidery Pencil Case and a Paper Embroidery Notebook for my daughters as part of their Christmas gifts this year.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

The pencil case will be for my younger daughter. She’s an artist, so it will be paired with some sketchbooks and sketching pencils. She is always drawing, so hopefully this pencil case will be a good way for her to organize and take her sketching pencils along wherever her creativity takes her.

My older daughter is a writer, so the notebook will be paired with some fun colored pens. She loves to journal, write lists, and use notebooks to gather and analyze her thoughts or make future plans. She’s gonna think this is awesome!

I am having fun working on these crafts, but I know they’d also enjoy many of the crafting kits available from Joone, as well. So, I’m tucking this company in my back pocket (i.e. adding to an ongoing gift idea list that I keep in my phone’s notepad app) for their birthdays this coming year. Now I just have to decide whether I want to choose some kits for them, or get them a Joone gift card so that they can choose for themselves.

I love this Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit so much! Here’s why. First of all the kit comes with two items to embroider, and you get to choose them. In each kit you can choose to receive two notebooks (choose black covers with blank pages, or kraft covers with lined pages) OR two Kraft pencil cases OR one each Kraft cover lined notebook and Kraft pencil case.

But, that’s just the beginning! Once you decide which items you want in your kit, you will need to choose a colorway:

Joone Creative Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit Colorways

Spring: peaches and greens

Autumn: purples and oranges

Winter: blues and cream

For my kit, I chose the option of one Kraft cover notebook and a Kraft pencil case in the Winter colorway, since these are going to be Christmas gifts. I love all three colorways, though! So, it was really hard to choose one over the others.

Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

This kit is COMPLETE!!! Seriously … it comes with everything you need to complete the project. Literally the only thing you need to have at home already is a pair of scissors.

Here’s what comes in this kit:

Project materials:

  • (2) notebooks, 5″ x 8″ or (2) pencil cases or (1) notebook + (1) pencil case
  • (5) skeins DMC cotton embroidery floss
  • (5) plastic floss bobbins
  • (1-2) lengths elastic cord (pencil case kits only)

Foundation materials – reusable with future paper embroidery projects:

  • (1) Clover straight tailor’s awl
  • (1) tape measure
  • (1) piece Eco-fi felt
  • (1) 100% recycled cardboard pad
  • (1) needle threader
  • (2) size-22 tapestry needles
  • (1) bobbin MT washi tape
  • (1) pot pH neutral glue (to seal your stitches)
  • (1) glue brush
  • (1) instruction booklet
  • (1) set paper punching patterns with beginner, intermediate & advanced designs (Note: combo kits include 2 sets of punching patterns – one for notebooks and one for pencil cases)
  • (1) design examples booklet (Note: combo kits include 2 design examples booklets – one for notebooks and one for pencil cases)

Bonus materials:

  • (1) 100% recycled cardboard project tray
  • (1) cotton drawstring project bag
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I don’t really know how not to multi-task, so while working on this project I had my laptop in front of me so that I could catch up on some political news programs. Sometimes while I’m crafting I’ll watch TV shows on YouTube TV on my iPad, also, or listen to an audiobook. But, today, it’s political news.

Joone has quite literally thought of everything when designing this project kit. I’ve never done this type of project before. But, the instructions and design templates are so inclusive and complete that I embarked on this project with full confidence that I could actually complete it without messing it up.

And I think it’s really an intuitive idea for them to include a drawstring project bag in the kit. I will often take a knitting or crochet project with me when I leave home to work on while waiting for my kids at school or sports functions or to work on in the waiting room of a doctor’s office if they have an appointment. I think it’s fantastic that I can take this project along just as easily when I’m on-the-go! The drawstring bag can even be used as a gift bag, just put the completed project (or the uncompleted kit itself) inside the bag, cinch it, and maybe tie some ribbon around the top and add a gift tag … presto! Gift giving ready!

Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - embroidery thread
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - embroidery thread

The punching patterns that are included to choose from for the embroidery design on the cover of your items are of three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Depending on which level you choose, it will include a different number of the leaf design elements to be punched and then embroidered onto the notebook and/or pencil case.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit
The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

Even though this is the first experience I have had with this project type, I felt completely comfortable choosing the Advanced design template.

Seriously, if you are a crafter or if you know a crafter you’d like to give a crafting-related gift to, you have to take a look at all the awesome crafting kit options that are available from Joone

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - Clover Punching Awl
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit – Clover Punching Awl

I had a really great time learning a new craft skill. And I love that I now have some tools to make more items using these tools and skills in the future. You can get additional supplies (notebooks, pencil cases, tea towels, tote bags, and other items) on their own without re-purchasing full kits. This is great since some of the items that come in the kits like the punching awl, measuring tape and needles are re-usable and would not need to be purchased again. I really can’t wait to try out the Macrame Jewelry Kit and the Fabric Stamping Kit one of these days. 

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I’ve finished the pencil case and am working on the notebook now. After the holidays when things slow down I will be doing a little internet research to learn more about paper embroidery to find other design patterns and see what other things I can do this kind of embroidery on!

Which Joone crafting kit would you love to try? Or which one would you love to gift to a friend or a loved one?

Snowman Oreo Cookies

Are you ready for Christmas? This year, I wanted to start some new traditions. My son and I have been in our home for a year now. I put up a Christmas tree and I sent out Christmas cards! I hope to buy more Christmas decorations as well! Are you ready to make some Christmas treats? It’s time for our Snowman Oreo Cookies! 

Snowman Oreo Cookies

Our Snowman Oreo Cookies make the perfect treat to share with friends, family, potluck, parties, etc. My son has a cookie exchange and of course, we sent a nice tray of cookies. They asked for store-bought, so I happily obliged. I can understand people are concerned with allergies.

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Peppermint M&M Chocolate Cookies

Are you a chocolate lover? We created a fun and unique cookie that was a hit with my son’s class! We had to whip up cookies for a cookie exchange and everyone loved these! Get ready for our Peppermint M&M Chocolate Cookies! 

Peppermint M&M Chocolate Cookies

This year, I decided I am starting new holiday traditions and trying to get into the Christmas spirit! I just put up our first Christmas tree! This is my first Christmas tree as an adult and as a single mom. A few years ago, we had a Christmas tree, however, my mother-in-law set it up for us. It was beautiful and we loved it. This is our first Christmas tree in our new home.

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3 Ingredient No Bake Hershey’s Pie

As a busy mom, I love making easy meals, snacks, and desserts. Being a chocolate lover, I recently whipped up the 3 Ingredient No Bake Hershey’s Pie and it was a hit! My son and I devoured it. With the holidays coming up, I plan on making this again for us! 

3 Ingredient No Bake Hershey's Pie

A few weeks ago, my son and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new home. With that, I knew I didn’t want to cook and prepare a huge feast since it was just the two of us. So, I was unsure if I would do anything. I ended up buying a pre-prepared holiday meal from a local grocery store. There was a vegan meal offered, so I had to order it. I also bought a pumpkin pie. Little did I know, my son loved the Pumpkin Pie. He also enjoyed eating the vegan roast! 

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