Marriage


I miss you candy grams at GingerSnapCrafts.com

Hi! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com, & I am so excited to be here at The Crafting Chicks. How’s your summer been so far? Ours has been busy & fun! My hubby has actually had to be out of town a few times this summer already. It’s always crazier than normal when he’s gone. Annnnd boy do I miss him a ton! That’s why I decided to sneak some I Miss You Candy Grams into his suitcase the last time he left! I thought these candy bars with cute notes turned out soooooo cute! So today I’m sharing the free candy bar printable so you can make these, too!

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For this project you will need:

candy (Reese’s, Kit Kat, Almond Joy, Pay Day, Mounds & M&Ms)

white cardstock

ribbon

distressing ink (optional)

hole punch

ribbon

glue

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I cut out all my candy gram tags, & then I distressed the edges with some distressing ink.

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Then I glued each one onto a matching piece of scrapbook paper.

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 Next I punched a hole & tied each one onto the candy bar with some ribbon.

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The only thing left to do was hide these in different spots of my hubby’s suitcase!

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These would also be cute for kids away at college or summer camp.
I bet grandparents would love these, too from the grand kids!

You can print out these labels right {HERE}.

candy bar love notes at GingerSnapCrafts.com

What do you like to do to let that special someone know you are thinking of them?
I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below! Thanks so much for having me over! ūüôā
Be sure to visit my blog for more fun ideas like this one! I’d love to have you over!

I miss you candy grams at GingerSnapCrafts.com


I shared this over at SNAP and wanted to make sure you all are able to see why this year I am choosing to Be Gentle.

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Do you know about the One Little Word New Year’s challenges? ¬†This is a way to make New Year’s Resolutions much easier on yourself. ¬†Instead of making a never ending, and sometimes never accomplished, list of things to do, you just focus on One Little Word. ¬†Wanna know why I choose this word?
Here’s¬†the definition:

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Is it just me, or would you like to be described as: mild in temperament or behavior; kind or tender.

I would love it if people said that about me…most importantly, if my children and husband could say that about me.

This past November I attended a women’s conference called Time Out For Women. ¬†It is full of uplifting nourishment for the soul, and a perfect way to escape, especially for this mom of 3 little girls.

I saw this video clip there and it really changed my perspective on how gentle I am not only with my family, but with myself.

I have always thought of myself as gentle, but as I reflected on my actions and words with my children husband, I realized that I’m not that gentle at all. Then I thought of how hard I am on myself. ¬†And how I sometimes get frustrated with other people and have thoughts that are anything but gentle thoughts towards them. ¬†I think this is the year to become more gentle.

I mean, look at these people.  I should be super gentle and loving with them!

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So I’ve found one of my favorite quotes on being gentle and have made it a printable for me to hang up anywhere I can! Seriously, in my office, car, fridge, and bathroom. ¬†You can download the¬†Free Printable¬†below!

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I even bought a necklace from Charmed Collections that says, “be gentle.” ¬†LOVE it!

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It’s a perfect reminder to me EVERYDAY to focus on what’s most important and helps me keep my goal first and foremost in my mind.

So leave a comment and tell me what your One Word is or how you think you can be more gentle in your life.

Enjoy!

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Oh BOY, have we got some exciting news! Hang onto your hats ladies, because we have the DEAL of all DEALS for you today! Not even kidding.

We seriously cannot wait to introduce you to…

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Yep, that’s right! 22 popular bloggers & designers created 22 of the most DARLING printable packs to make this the most successful & memorable Valentine’s Day you’ve EVER had!!

This baby seriously has EVERYTHING you could EVER want or need to pull off the BEST V-Day EVER!

  • Valentine’s for the kids’ classmates? Done!
  • A cute gift for the teachers? Included!
  • Your date night? Completely planned!
  • V-day decor? Just print!
  • Party planning? Covered!
  • Gift idea? We’ve got several!
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!! {See EVERYTHING below!}

All together – it’s a collection of 121 PAGES that aren’t offered ANYWHERE else… only in this exclusive Valentine’s Day Printable Bundle!

And it’s ON SALE for ONLY $14.97!!!

Yea, not even kidding. Talk about a CRAZY, KILLER DEAL! The price goes up in just two weeks, so hurry and grab yours ASAP!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW

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Just look at all of the goodies included….

Wanna take a closer look at everything?

I thought so! Just you wait until you see all of the cuteness…

These are digital printables that will be emailed to the Paypal email address you use to pay.

All purchases of this amazing digital pack are final. Please read the above list to see exactly what is in it.

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1. The Dating Divas“Choose Your Own Valentine Adventure Date Night OUT!” Get ready for an adventure! That’s right, we have your Valentine’s date already planned out for you. Just print the clever “Choose Your Own Valentine Adventure” booklet, hand it to your honey, and let him decide how the night will go. {If you can’t get out for Valentine’s Day- no worries! See #20}

2. Paging Supermom“Heart-on-a-String Lunch Kit” Why not send the kiddos to school with a little extra LOVE in their lunch this Valentine’s Day? The Lunch Bag Seal, Sandwich String Charms, and Juice Box Wrap are sure to make it a lunch they’ll remember! (I’m thinking the hubby would love it too!)

3. Yellow Bliss Road “Valentine Monster Bingo” Add some fun to the holiday by playing this cute but simple game with your kids. Bingo set includes 6 different Bingo cards as well as the calling cards. (This would be a FUN one to bring to class parties too!)

4. Whimsicle Design Studio“Valentine Gift Wrap Set” Your Valentine gift-giving just got a whole lot easier (& cuter!!) This darling set includes 5 gift tags, 3 bows, & 3 wrapping paper sheets! (And hey- you can use most of it even AFTER Valentine’s Day too!)

5. My Sister’s Suitcase“Valentine’s Dinner for Kids” Let the kids enjoy a special dinner that’s just for them! Included in the Dinner Kit: printable Invitation, Coloring Placemat, Straw Flags, Mini Banner, and a Tic Tac Toe game (for a little after-dinner activity).

6. Strawberry Mommycakes“Babysitter in a Bag” Everything you need to keep the kids entertained while you’re out on your HOT V-day date! Includes the cute Bag Label, a Babysitter Information Card, Dragon Treasure Hunt Instructions, AND the darling Puzzle/Clue Treasure Hunt Pieces.

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7. Thirty Handmade Days“You Color My World Valentine’s Pack” Youwon’t believe all of the cuteness included in this pack! The Bag Toppers and Sticker Labels are perfect for pairing with a box of crayons as Valentine’s for the kids’ classmates and friends. The two gift card holder templates are perfect as a cute teacher gift… AND the Valentine’s coloring page finishes off the set!

8. The Girl Creative“4 Valentine’s Day Prints” Add some instant V-day decor to your home with these 4 different, GORGEOUS Valentine’s Day Prints. You can print and frame all 4 in both 5×7 and 8×10 sizes! (These are so beautiful, I’d leave them up year round!)

9. The Dating Divas “Dine & Be Mine Bedroom Fun” Surprise your sweetie with this sassy but classy way to spice things up on Valentine’s Day! Give him the invitation to a night of romance, then present him with the romantic Menu of Services and his Love Cash. Now what man wouldn’t love THAT?! *wink*

10. Somewhat Simple“Valentine Advent Boxes” Countdown to “LOVE Day” all month long with these 14 ADORABLE Advent Boxes. Fill them up with sweets & treats, activities to do as a family, or anything your heart desires!

11. CdotLove“Valentines Wall Art” These 3 Valentine’s printables are perfect for displaying together or separately. You can trim to 8×10 for framing OR put behind a mat in a larger frame. (I’m thinking it would make for darling bedroom decor!)

12. I’m Topsy Turvy“Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt” Chose from two different Scavenger Hunts for your spouse OR kids! The Kids’ Scavenger Hunt will have them hunting for Valentine’s related items, and the String Scavenger Hunt leaves a trail of string with lots of sweet love notes!

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13. Petite Party Studio“Love Checks” These darling love checks from “The Love Bank” make the perfect, meaningful gift for your Valentine. They even come with a cute checkbook cover to put them in!

14. Falala Designs“Woodland Creatures Valentine Craft”Help your kids create their own Valentines with this simple craft. I can’t even get over how CUTE these little critters are. The heart they’re holding even opens up to deliver a personal message.

15. Love the Day“Valentine’s Party Printables” If you’re hosting a party this Valentines, this pack has everything you’ll need! We’re talking: Party Flags, Cupcake Wrappers, Drink Labels, AND lots of different Party Tags! (I think I’ll throw a mini-family party just so I can use them!)

16. Smitten By“3 Love Cards” No need to buy Valentine’s cards this year, this printable pack has everything you need. Including: A DIY Scratch-off Card (with instructions), an “I Love You” card, and an “I love you because…” card! Good luck choosing just one.

17. Tatertots and Jello“Valentine’s Dinner Printables” This printable pack is jammed packed with goodies for a memorable Valentine’s Dinner. Included: Cupcake Toppers, Banner, Plate Toppers or Silverware Holders, Place Cards, Straw Toppers, and even 2 5×7 prints!

18. 733 Blog“Love Coupons” Give your honey some love coupons this Valentine’s Day! It’s a fun gift that keeps on giving. And who wouldn’t love some spoiling and pampering from their sweetie? It even has a page of blank coupons so you can personalize it with your own ideas!

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19. The Crafting Chicks“Kid Valentines”Sing it with me…. “What does my {heart} say? Ha Ha Ha Ha HaHa Happy Valentines!” These cute and clever Valentines are perfect for the kiddos to give their classmates and friends. 6 fit on a sheet and they even come in 3 different colors: red, green, and pink!

20. The 36th Avenue“Party of 2 At-Home Date Night” Can’t get out for Valentine’s Day? This printable pack has absolutely everything you need for a romantic night in- no babysitter required! Including: Invitation, Menu, Napkin Rings, Coasters, Food Toppers, Small Banner, Bottle Wrapper, AND Valentine Print.

21. Family Ever After“3 Valentine’s Prints” Still need more festive decor to get your house decked out for V-day? We’ve totally got you covered. Print and frame all 3 of these cute Valentine’s prints, available in 4×6, 5×7, AND 8×10 sizes.

22. Kristen Duke“Our Love Story” And last, but definitely not least- check out this cute printable Love Story Journal. With places to write down “His Version” and “Her Version” this is a keepsake you’ll want to keep forever!

See? Told ya! EVERYTHING you could EVER want or need to pull off the BEST V-Day EVER!

So HURRY & grab your V-Day Printable Pack today!

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We are about to make your Valentine’s¬†day!

We are celebrating February, 14th 2014 with an incredible giveaway that you won’t want to miss!

Are you ready for this?! TWENTY-EIGHT of our FAVORITE bloggers have put together amazing Valentine’s Day baskets filled with everything you will need for fun, romantic night! That’s right, ladies… no more stressing over what to do or scrambling at the last minute to pull together a memorable evening.

Valentine’s Day is 100% planned for the lucky recipients of these twenty-eight gorgeous baskets!

Each of our blogging friends {and US} are giving away a unique themed date night basket valued at over $100 each to make your evening something you will treasure forever!

Here’s a peak at all 28 giveaway baskets:

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Are you ready for a chance to enter 28 AMAZING Giveaways AND meet some of our favorite blogging friends? Welcome to The ULTIMATE Valentine’s Day Basket + Blog Hop!!

Here’s What You Do:

#1) Are you sitting down?!! Ready to feast on all the delicious eye candy of the amazing giveaways you are about to enter? I thought so!

#2) Scroll down further in this post to get a more DETAILED description of what WE’RE giving away.

#3) Enter OUR giveaway at the very bottom of the post.

#4) Time to start “blog-hopping!” Click on each of our friends’ links below & enter ALL of their giveaways!

#5) Definitely take time to check out each of these sites. We have quite the variety of talented ladies participating in this! You are in for a REAL treat!!

Here’s a sneak peek at what we are¬†giving-away!

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Click on each link to view each site, and enter to win their “Valentine’s Date Night” basket. If you receive an error message, click to the blog’s home page. So much inspiration, right?!?

1. The Dating Divas 2. Bombshell Bling 3. Thirty Handmade Days 4. All Things Thrifty 5. Nobiggie 6. A Little Tipsy 7. The Crafting Chicks 8. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke 9. Skip To My Lou 10. Snap 11. Fun Cheap Or Free 12. Positively Spendid 13. My Sister’s Suitcase 14. The 36th Avenue 15. Smitten By 16. The Idea Room 17. 4 Men 1 Lady 18. Girl Loves Glam 19. The Diva Dish 20. Entirely Eventful Day 21. Tatertots & Jello 22. Just A Girl 23. Dollar Store Crafts 24. The SITS Girls 25. Lolly Jane 26. Design Dazzle 27. My Insanity 28. Not Just A Housewife

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A couple months ago my husband and I went for a couples massage at Sego Lily Day Spa.  It was amazing and we both walked away feeling renewed and relaxed. Something that is quiet different from our crazy lives.  I wanted the winner to have the same experience with the same products from Sego Lily.

The winner of this basket will get:

  1. A set of His and Hers luxurious robes
  2. Pure Love massage oil
  3. a gift card for a couples massage to Sego Lily Day Spa
  4. and His and Hers pampering sample bags

GiveawayBanner Ready to WIN a fabulous, already prepped Valentine’s Day date?!? You can enter up to EIGHT times – see all the different ways below!

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Hey friends! ¬†I am so excited to tell you about the POWER OF MOMS ¬†retreat that Brooke and I had the¬†privilege¬†of attending a couple of weeks ago. ¬†If you’ve never been to the Power of Moms website, YOU MUST. ¬†It’s always been one of our favorites here at Crafting Chicks and it’s the most amazing parenting site. ¬†Saren and April and their 300 authors are REAL, HONEST, EMPOWERING and so very RESOURCEFUL. ¬†I love it also because they talk so much about “Deliberate” in your parenting. ¬†THIS CONCEPT IS POWERFUL and I love that they remind all of us that we can plan, prepare, and make our families and parenting experiences wonderful and purposeful.

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Retreat Description:  Power of Moms Retreats are uniquely powerful opportunities for learning, sharing, reflecting and relaxing.

Part ‚Äúprofessional development‚ÄĚ in the field of motherhood and part get-away,¬†Power of Moms Retreats can entail a day-long or weekend get-away or simply a two or three-hour gathering where a group of moms step away from their regular lives to learn from wonderful trainers and from each other and head home¬†empowered with ideas and support.

Our Retreats are designed to unite women from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, age, family size, or employment status. We find common ground in our desires to be deliberate mothers.

*****UPCOMING RETREATS****:

(Total nerds getting our parenting awesomeness on.)

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I learned so many things there and here are just a couple of tidbits (and they have amazing worksheets on each of these topics):

  • Family Systems: ¬†It’s all about systems to keep your house running smoothly with as little effort as possible. ¬†
  • Family Economy: ¬†We talked about different ways to ¬†reward and keep track of chores and responsibilities in the home. ¬†It’s great because you start by thinking about what you want your children to learn when they leave the home. ¬†I love their idea about the peg system. ¬†Each child has a number of pegs that they put in the FINISHED spot when they are done with certain chores. ¬†At the end of the week, they get paid for their pegs. ¬†I love the quote Brooke always says, “The purpose of the task is to build the relationship.”
  • Personal Workflow: (based on Getting Things Done by David Allen…which I adore) ¬†They have adapted David Allen’s program for moms, it’s AMAZING. ¬†They discussed how we gather process and organize all of the things, tasks, papers in our lives so we can have clear minds as mothers, brilliant. ¬†I love the idea of the INBOX.
  • Synergistic Parenting: ¬†I love their idea about the 5 facet review for each child, each month, with your spouse. ¬†It’s where you go on a date with your spouse and discuss each child’s mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social state. ¬†You look for possible problems as well as the possibilities and opportunities for each child. ¬†It’s great because I think if we all did this, many problems would be solved before they are real problems. ¬†I LOVE THIS. ¬†What a great reminder to focus on each child individually, because they really are individuals.
  • Family Culture: ¬†What do we want people to remember about THE _________ FAMILY? ¬†You build your family culture with mottos and statements that define who you are as a family what you want your family to be. ¬†I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. ¬†With my app Kid Chatteroo, this is HUGE and what’s it’s all about. ¬†Family culture is what makes your kids keep coming back to your family now and in the future. ¬†They talk about traditions. ¬†I LOVE this.
  • So. Much. More. ¬†It was amazing.

We were pleased to hear from Linda and Richard Eyre, NYT Best-seller authors…..for just about 35 parenting books. ¬†They just happen to be Saren’s parents who Brooke and I have read their books for years. ¬†It reminds me years ago when I met them at a conference and I think I cried because I was meeting them…they are THAT amazing. ¬†I am THAT nerdy.

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Look who downloaded my App¬†KID CHATTEROO….

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This isn’t the most non-blurry picture but I had to include this since we love Saren’s mom so much, mama EYRE.

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*****UPCOMING RETREATS****:  ONE OF THEM IS TONIGHT IN BOSTON!!!!

We can’t say enough about this retreat. ¬†You know how some things you walk away a different person? ¬†This was no exception. ¬†It really makes you think about all these things that are so important. ¬†I am so passionate about all these things and it was magical to be there and be totally inspired and to be in such great company. ¬†I even want to go again. ¬†They also have many AMAZING programs for moms online HERE!

Thank you April and Saren from Power of Moms.

xoxo,

Brooke and Kirsten


I was lucky enough to go on a cruise to Alaska with my husband last week. ¬†I can’t remember the last time that we were able to be together for 7 straight days without kids.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my girls, and LOVE being a mom, but let’s face it, being a mother is exhausting , stressful work. ¬†It was so fun to be with my husband and reconnect.

That all being said, a 7-day cruise is not in the plans for another, oh, 10 years or so. ūüėČ ¬†That’s why I’m so excited to “date” my husband so we don’t lose the connection we rekindled on the cruise.

I’m sure you’ve heard of our blog friends The Dating Divas. ¬†These ladies are amazing and are all about “dating” your husband so that you can keep that connection alive. ¬†This is something I plan on doing because I really dig this guy! ūüėČ

To make it easier on me, and all of you, The Dating Divas wrote all their best tips and ideas for spicing it up in The A to Z Guide: 26 Ways in 26 Days to A Happier, Healthier Marriage.

I’m excited to read a book written by ladies that are around my age and in the same stage of life as me. ¬†They get where I am and how I’m feeling.

Now to plan those dates The Dating Divas wrote¬†The Ultimate Date Night Book. ¬†I just love the date ideas in this book. ¬†Some are pretty easy and others are a little more intense so just choose what you’re up for and get planning. ¬†These dates will¬†guarantee¬†a great time and a better¬†connection¬†with your hubby.

Now, I’m not going to just tell you about the books. ¬†Our cute friends, The Dating Divas, have teamed up with us to hook Crafting Chicks¬†readers up with a SWEET deal! When you buy¬†both books (using the E-Book Bundle) cart option and code CHICKS, you get $20 off! ¬†So you get both books for $26.97…which is a great deal when you think that the Date book sells for $37.00.

All good things must come to and end….this deal is only good until July 4th 2012, so run and order your books now so you can make your marriage amazing! ¬†Tell me what dates you plan on doing. ¬†I can’t wait to help¬†strengthen¬†marriages all over!


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I came up with this idea right before¬†giving birth to my third baby girl. That pregnancy has been a little more difficult since I had to chase after my two older girls and have not had as much time to myself for the rest that is needed.¬† I am sure that I have focused tons on my needs and demanded more from my sweet husband.¬† He has been great going above and beyond in order for me to get that extra rest I’ve needed.

Since birth and pregnancy are mostly about the mom and new baby, I was thinking that he needed a special treat.¬†¬†I decided to¬†make him a fun little goodie basket to take to the hospital.¬† I’m sure the guy in your life would love it too .

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Here’s what you will need:

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My¬†hubby¬†is always bored at the hospital and sometimes gets hungry.¬† Now every hospital I have delivered at has had a fun little goodie room for the dad’s waiting, but my hubby feels awkward going in to get himself a treat.¬† I wanted him to have all the fun treats he loves right in the room with us!

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So here goes.  Pretty simple stuff.  Just go find all the fun treats your hubby loves.  Mine loves crackers, Coke, beef jerky, Junior Mints, Red Vines, and Nut Rolls.  I tried to think of something clever to add to each note that attached to the treat.  Some ended up with me just telling him how much I loved and appreciated him.  I made sure to include examples of things I had noticed he had been doing.  (The best way to keep them doing what you want is to let them know how much you appreciate it.  Just a small tip from me!)

Give the basket to The New¬†Daddy and watch him smile.¬† Remember ladies, you don’t have to wait for a huge moment like having a baby to let the guy in your life know that you love and appreciate him.¬† You could make this basket any time for any reason.

xoxo–Becky