Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:08:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:00:35 +0000 DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift

There are so many different Mason Jar ideas.  I am even a member of two boards on Pinterest that devote the entire board to Mason Jars and the things you can do with them. I love this mason jar gift idea, it’s one of my favorites and can be used for so many different occasions. This chalkboard mason jar gift is super simple to make and a fun gift to give. To get started, grab yourself a Mason Jar at one of your local craft or grocery stores. You can literally find these everywhere.  Just make sure you grab the ones with the canning lid so you can take the top piece off for the chalkboard paint.

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift

Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift

Supplies needed include:

  • Mason jar
  • Chalkboard paint
  • candies, or cookies, or other desired gift

To get started, remove the lid from the Mason jar and then separate the top pieces.

You will want to place the lid on a covered surface and then cover with Chalkboard paint.

I found it easier to use this Chalkboard paint by Valspar, but you can use any chalkboard paint you might have on hand. Once you have the lid painted, allow it to dry.

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift

Prime it with chalk (rubbing chalk all over it and then wiping it off) and you are all set and ready to go!

These make the perfect gifts for teachers.

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift


Gifts for friends.

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift


Or even a great Christmas gift.

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift


There are so many options to choose from! These are super easy and fun to make. Do you like to make Mason Jar crafts?  Have you ever made a Mason Jar craft before?

If not, this is the perfect one to get started with!  I hope you enjoyed this Chalkboard Mason Jar Gift Idea, and if you make one share it with me on my Facebook page! 

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How to Clean Stainless Steel (with a party and a giveaway!) Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:00:10 +0000 Clean Stainless Steel - #MeisterCleaners

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Meister Cleaners. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you are like me and have stainless steel appliances and lots of tiny hands in the household, you are probably also aware of the finger prints and hand smears that are probably all over them.  It’s one of my biggest pet peeves, and it can also be hard to clean.  Well I am here to share with you that it doesn’t have to be! I am going to share with you how I clean stainless steel using Meister Cleaners , along with some party information and multiple (yes, multiple!) giveaways.

Meister products can be purcashed exclusively at Home Depot stores, and that’s where I picked mine up.  You can find them in the appliance department next to all of those beautiful appliances.

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How to Clean Stainless Steel

Here is what my brand new (3 months old) Stainless Steel Refrigerator looked like before I used Meister Cleaners for Stainless Steel appliances.

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Here is what my refrigerator looks like after I used Meister Cleaner for Stainless Steel appliance. BIG difference!!

Clean Stainless Steel -  #MeisterCleaners


Not only that, but you can also use Meister Cleaners Spot Cleaner to remove any extra pesky little prints that just keep popping up from all of those tiny hands in the household.

Clean Stainless Steel -  #MeisterCleaners


On Tuesday November 4th from 1-2pm EST I will be hosting a Twitter Party with Holly Homer from Kids Activities Blog, and we want you to join in on the fun. We are giving away a total of 10 awesome gift cards! That’s right!  Not one, not two, but 10 awesome Visa gift card giveaways, and a chance to enter to win $2000 towards a brand new Stainless Refrigerator. Wouldn’t any of the above be awesome!?

To be a part of the party and the giveaways, just enter your information and sign up for the party below! We will be asking a few questions and can’t wait to hear what you have to say! Make sure to follow the #MeisterCleaners #ad hashtags from 1-2pm EST on 11/4/2014. Remember, we are giving away TEN Target gift cards:

  • 1 ($10) Visa Gift Card
  • 2 ($20) Visa Gift Cards
  • 6 ($50) Visa Gift Cards
  • and one lucky winner will receive a $150 Visa gift card!

Make sure to follow the Meister Facebook Page after you enter to win the $2000 towards the Stainless Refrigerator (contest ends December 31st.).  They will be announcing the winner on the Meister Cleaners website on January 5th.

Don’t let those pesky little finger prints drive you crazy anymore! How often do you have to clean your Stainless Steel appliances?

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Enter below your RSVP for the Twitter party this coming Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 1-2pm EST.

In case this is your first party, this is how to enter:

Where it asks for your NAME – enter your Twitter handle

Where it asks for the URL – enter

When it asks for your email – Just enter your email! (I won’t email you, don’t worry!)

That’s all! Super easy. Then just set an alarm and make sure you show up for the party!!


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Baked Pizza Roll Ups Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:00:42 +0000 Baked Pizza Roll UPs
Baked Pizza Roll Ups with Mozzarella and Pepperoni!

Hey everyone! I am so happy to be back here again this month with a delicious recipe! These roll ups are so good. I am not exaggerating when I say that my husband and I sung these rolls praises at least 20 times while we were eating them. They are crunchy, cheesy, gooey, and salty, all at once!

When I was rolling these up, I knew they were going to be delicious, but after taking a couple bites, what I was most excited to find was that these had the taste of Pizza Hut breadsticks!! We don’t go out to eat for pizza often, and we usually try to support local pizza places when we do, but I as a kid, Pizza Hut was one of my favorite places to eat. Their breadsticks are so good and have such a great and special flavor that makes them distinctly ¨Pizza Hut Breadsticks.” While there is no bread involved in these roll ups, the sprinkle of garlic and cheese on top really take these over the edge and give them that distinct bread stick taste.

I used part-skim mozzarella sticks and turkey pepperoni for these and I really recommend those even if you aren’t trying to eat light! By using these two ingredients, you reduce the amount of grease, which allows these to get nice and crispy! If you want to throw caution to the wind and go with the full fat stuff, go for it! I’m sure you can’t go wrong!

We ate these as an appetizer before our meal, but they are filling enough for lunch or quick and easy enough that they would make a great after school snack. I have been thinking up some other combinations…peppers and onions, ham and cheese, or margherita pizza! These could so easily be adapted into really delicious combinations! I hope you try these next time you are craving pizza! After making them once, I guarantee you will be hooked just like we are!

Baked Pizza Roll Ups


1 package wonton wrappers*

12 part-skim mozzarella cheese sticks, unwrapped

1 package turkey pepperoni

Parmesan cheese

garlic powder

cooking spray

Pizza or Marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat oven to 425. Spray a baking sheet liberally with cooking spray. Lay your wonton flat on your counter and lay three slices of pepperoni down the middle. Place cheese stick over the pepperoni and then roll as directed below.


Fold edges in and then fold the edge that is facing you into two triangles like you are wrapping a present.
Flip those triangle pieces over.


Then just roll!

Spray tops of rolls with cooking spray and then sprinkle each once with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown and starting to crisp on the top. Flip each roll and then return to the oven for 4-6 minutes. Watch closely so that the edges don’t burn. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional cheese. Serve immediately with warm sauce! Enjoy!!

If you are looking for more recipes, I really hope you stop on over at my blog Old House to New Home. Thanks!




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DIY Polymer Clay Geometric Earring Tutorial Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:00:20 +0000 Diy Polymer Clay Geometric Earring Tutorial

Hello PinkWhen readers! I’m Bethany from Whistle and Ivy, and today I am sharing a fun tutorial for these geometric earrings, using polymer clay.

Diy Polymer Clay Geometric Earring Tutorial


If you haven’t made anything with polymer clay, now is the time to start. I have been having so much fun with it! I made this nerdy solar system necklace, and this easy romantic stamped pendant.  It’s so easy to work it, and doesn’t dry out until you bake it, so you can take all the time you need getting your project just right. It’s also fun to mix colors!

I started making these earrings, but I was having a hard time getting the triangles the exact same.
I decided to make a “mold,” so I could make them into a similar shape and size.

DIY Polymer Clay Geometric Earring Tutorial

I began with one triangle.


Using a sucker stick, I pressed an indent, then baked it in the oven. (check your package directions, but it should be around 275º for about 10 minutes.


After baking it, I glued the stick on.

Now I can make triangles all the same size! By pressing the mold into the clay, I had defined lines that I could cut and have uniform shapes. You can use a precision knife, or just a steak knife.



Since the clay bakes very hard, the beads don’ t need to be very thick for them to be sturdy. I did mine only and 1/8” thick. If they are too thick, the jumpring won’t be able to reach around to close.

Once you have your triangles cut, make holes by gently twisting and pushing a toothpick through the top. Bake for about 10 minutes at 275º.

Once they are cool, you can assemble your earrings. Start by twisting the end of the earring piece 90º, so it faces perpendicular.




Start with some thin chain. Cut two lengths, of odd amounts of links. I did 5 and 9 links on mine. Using an open jumpring, add the chains to the jump ring, and slip on the earring facing away from the shorter chain (you want the short one in front).




Put a jumpring through each triangle and add them to the ends of the chains.






I also made earrings with circles (I cut them using the lid to a glue stick), and I love how they turned out as well.

Diy Polymer Clay Geometric Earring Tutorial


Have you ever made your own jewelry?  If not, I hope you give this diy polymer clay geometric earring tutorial a try!
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Amazing Chicken Pot Pie Recipe Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:50 +0000 Amazing Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

I had to name this post Amazing Chicken Pot Pie Recipe because it is simply one of the best recipes ever.  If you have ever tried my Turkey Pot Pie, this is a little knock-off of that version, with just a few changes to make things easier.  This is our new winter time favorite recipe, and it is a keeper for sure! Check it out. YUM!

Here is why I love this recipe so much:

  • No Pie Crusts to deal with….just a glass 9 x 13 baking dish
  • Make your easy (and yummy) filling on the stove top and place in the 9 x 13 dish
  • Cover with seamless dough sheets and bake!

It’s done in less than an hour, and it makes a lot! Perfect for big families or for leftovers.

Amazing Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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Skillet Beef and Bean Taco Casserole Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:00:27 +0000 Skillet Beef and Bean Taco Casserole Recipe

I love this Skillet Beef and Bean Taco Casserole for many reasons. It’s easy to make, it’s a perfect weeknight meal, everyone loves it, and it’s just down right deliciousness in a skillet. You can’t ask for a tastier meal.

Skillet Beef and Bean Taco Casserole Recipe

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diy Sunday Showcase 10/25, & FAVS! Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:00:50 +0000 NEWDIYLargeButton

Welcome back to the DIY Sunday Showcase!  It’s been a fabulous week with the weather here in Louisiana.  A little chilly in the morning and warming up to up 70′s lower 80′s. We usually have this weather last for about 2 weeks, so I am trying to enjoy it as much as possible. How is the weather where you are?

Last weeks links were so awesome, I really had a HARD TIME deciding on just which one to pick as my favorite.  There were so many delicious treats and awesome DIY projects, but I ultimately chose a very crafty makeover of a thrift find from Confessions of a Serial DIYer. Check it out below.


Megin’s favorite is from Orphans with Makeup and this Fall Inspired Buffet.


Shelly’s favorite is from Sunshine and Summer Breeze Avenger’s Capes.


Erin’s favorite is from My Anything and Everything and the DIY Photo Collage Letters.


Katie’s favorite is from EDEA Smith and the Reclaimed Wood Bathroom Shelves.


Marie’s favorite is from The Painted Drawer and the Thrift Store Finds from her living room (and it comes with a cost breakdown!)


Looking forward to all of your fabulous links from this past week, leave them all below!

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Four Steps to Upcycle Vintage Doors Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:00:30 +0000 Four Steps to Upcycle Vintage Doors

Four Steps to Upcycle Vintage Doors

by: Jennifer Riner

Traditional doors were once merely home passageways intended for security, privacy and heat preservation. Today’s designers go beyond functionality and incorporate antique doors throughout interiors, even in furnishings and as wall décor.

Use the following tips to find and feature reclaimed wood doors at home.

Four Steps to Upcycle Vintage Doors

Hunt for Discounts

Search architectural salvage shops for inexpensive antique doors. Some resale stores occasionally carry vintage home materials, including doors and windows. For free pieces, try asking the neighbors. Homes undergoing extensive renovations might dispose of old doors with faulty hinges or cracks. Keep an eye out for large garbage bins and remodeling trucks to spot potential goldmines, and ask to rummage through discarded materials if necessary. As any dumpster-diving do-it-yourself enthusiast says, have no shame when it comes to scoring home improvement materials for free.


Owners should consider using doors as building blocks for new furniture and décor pieces, similar to using reclaimed wood or any organic, upcyclable material. For instance, use old doors as frames for full-length mirrors. Find inexpensive mirrors at thrift stores and discount home goods retailers. Remove backing and cut mirrors with a glass cutter before gluing glass in place with mastic. A $5 mirror looks polished when featured on top of unique, architectural staples. Environment-friendly homeowners can use doors as green alternatives to purchasing new lumber for their home improvement projects.

Create Storage

Keeping organized is one of the most important parts of having a well-designed home. Otherwise, interiors look haphazard and sloppy, and clutter detracts from even the most aesthetically-pleasing features. When it comes time to move, lack of storage can be a red flag to buyers looking at homes for sale. House hunters won’t notice a Carrera marble countertop if magazines, letters and kitchen goods are scattered across the top. Frame reclaimed wood doors together to create a trunk for small goods including extra papers and minor kitchen appliances. Top with cushions to create extra seating in a pinch. Doors also make great backdrops for bookcases. Simply anchor doors to walls and add shelves to the front for stress-free showcase pieces.


From headboards to wall coverings, vintage doors act as décor elements in any home. Depending on the desired look, homeowners might want to sand and paint their reclaimed doors. To create more traditional, upscale décor pieces, sand down imperfections and paint wood in neutral shades that match classic color palettes. For a shabby-chic or country cottage appeal, leave doors in their natural, weathered states. Either attach to bedframes like traditional headboards, or hang on walls behind box springs.

Alternatively, reinstall doors in working condition in entryways. Although mostly practical, replacing doors also adds character to an otherwise blank slate. Apart from the aforementioned projects, place antique doors in rooms lacking personality and charm.


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DIY Rustic Christmas Gift Idea Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:25 +0000 DIY Rustic Christmas Gift Idea #MakeItFunCrafts via

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Over the last several years my tastes have started to change.  I have always loved the rustic look, but I never really incorporated that design into my house, or into my Christmas.  This year I am planning on making that change, and it’s also going to run over to my gifting ideas as well. To that point, today I am going to share with you this DIY Rustic Christmas Gift Idea.  I personally think it would be perfect for a mantle or coffee table in any home this Christmas.

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Delicious Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:00:09 +0000 Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
Hi PinkWhen readers! It’s so good to be back with you. I have been in full Halloween mode over at BD Design so stop by anytime and say hi!
Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

Even though we are all going crazy with Halloween right now, the big feast is right around the corner! Who is already starting to plan their Thanksgiving menu? I swear once October 1st hits life gets so crazy busy until January so I like to plan, plan, plan for the holidays. I am always on the hunt for a new recipe to try but this year for Thanksgiving I am going to go with this classic dessert. Though the signature flavor of Thanksgiving is pumpkin, I am NOT a pumpkin pie fan at all. I know, I’m crazy and I get told that at every single Thanksgiving dinner I go to :) So to satisfy my sweet tooth after a long day of counting my blessing and stuffing my face with yummy food, I have to make at least one chocolate dessert. This has been my favorite dessert since the first time I took a bite years ago. It has everything you need to impress your guests! It’s fancy…it’s delicious…and it’s so moist you can make it the day before!

Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
1 devil’s food cake mix
1 small box chocolate fudge pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake as directed. Add the pudding and sour cream. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spray a bundt pan generously with non-stick spray and then coat with flour. Bake for 50 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and dump onto the cooling rack.
Optional: serve warm sliced with a drizzle of Dove milk chocolate ice cream topping and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake



Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
  • 1 devil's food cake mix
  • 1 small box chocolate fudge pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake as directed. Add the pudding and sour cream. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Spray a bundt pan generously with non-stick spray and then coat with flour. Bake for 50 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and dump onto the cooling rack.
  3. Optional: serve warm sliced with a drizzle of Dove milk chocolate ice cream topping and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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