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Time for a Vacation

We're already behind on our homeschooling schedule, I have stacks of blog projects waiting for me to finish, my high school senior decided to start college classes, unfinished projects have become our home decor, and there are mounting duties regarding all our leagues/teams/scouts/dancers. I think it's officially time for a vacation.   See you guys in a week or so.
Erin Sipes
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Book Review Super Cute Crispy Treats

Book Review: Super Cute Crispy Treats by Cute as a Fox

This gig has its perks and having the opportunity to review books is one of them. Though I received this book for review, you should know by now that the views expressed are completely my own.

Ashley Fox Whipple is the author of Cute as a Fox and a few weeks ago she released her first cookbook, Super Cute Crispy Treats. With nearly 100 no-bake desserts featuring crispy rice cereal you know this book is perfect for families, teachers, and anyone else who loves crispy treats. By introducing a new flavor element, molding it into fun shapes, or presenting an entirely alternative way to use crispy rice cereal, Whipple proves she's a whiz at transforming this simple treat into a full on dessert. 

When I first flipped through this book, I knew I'd be passing it along to my sister. With a picky eater in the house who doesn't care for sweets, crispy treats have become one of her go-to desserts because she knows they will satisfy everyone. 


Today I'm sharing a picture (yep, just a picture - you'll have to get the book for the full recipe!) of the Cinnamon Roll Treats. They are so good guys! Have you ever made something for a potluck and purposely NOT taken the lid off the container so that you'd have plenty of leftovers to take home? Yeah, they're that good - and I even skipped the glaze! 

Book Review: Super Cute Crispy Treats You'll have a hard time keeping the kids from these goodies!

I sat the pan on the floor by a window to try to get good lighting and Des made a beeline for them!

The school year has begun in many parts of the country and with it brings school parties and sleepovers and holiday parties are just around the corner. If you're looking for easy desserts that'll still impress pick up Super Cute Crispy Treats, you won't be disappointed! 
Erin Sipes
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Quick and Easy Stamped Lunch Box Messages

Make Quick and Easy Stamped Lunch Box Messages with PSA Essentials stamper!

*I received product in exchange for this post, as always the views expressed are my own. 

Whether you're a grown-up or a kid, it's the little things that brighten your day and remind you everything is going to be okay. When you're packing school lunches this year be sure to add a little something special now and I'm not just talking about an extra cookie! Send a quick message to let your littles know you're thinking of them and hope their day is going well.

It's easy to make lunch box messages with #PSAEssentials stamper!

These are probably the quickest and easiest lunch box messages out there. To make them I gathered up some scrap paper, paper punches, my PSA Essentials Stamper, the Super Star Peel & Stick Stamps Set, and a few ink pads. In less than 5 minutes I was able to make a couple weeks worth of notes.

P.S. I left the backs blank so that I could write a message for special days!

And if you're looking for more treats to fill your lunch boxes be sure to check out these
Erin Sipes
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Fall Crafting with Pipe Cleaners

Pipe Cleaners aren't just for kids crafts! Use them to create fun fall decorations!

This Crafty Hangout is sponsored by Darice Crafts, as always the views expressed are my own. 

Pipe cleaners aren't just for kids crafts! 

Use them to create fun fall projects like pumpkin patches or apple branches that can be 
incorporated into just about any decorative piece.

Apple branches added to a simple candle votive would make a fun Teacher's gift!

Paired with a great apple scented candle wouldn't that make a great teacher's gift?

Watch the video to see how I shaped everything and put it all together.

Don't forget to stop by Crafty Hangouts and Darice Crafts for more great crafting ideas! 
Erin Sipes
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The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest: Geometric Dresser

It's my first #FabFlippinContest piece! Makeover a drab dresser into a geometric piece of art!

*I received free products for this post and as always the views and opinions expressed are my own.

Flipping furniture is a hobby my husband and I both enjoy and it's something we can usually do together and, surprisingly enough, NOT want to rip each other's hair out! Somewhere in the last couple years though, our projects moved to my husband's 'shop' so what happens is, I tell him what I want and he does it. Yeah, I'm lucky that way, unless, um, I really like painting, prying things apart, glueing them back together, and changing out hardware.

SPEAKING OF HARDWARE...and before I go off on an entirely different topic.

A little over a month ago I found out about a new contest called The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest. Can you guess what it's all about? Yep, flippin' furniture. I'm hoping you can see where I'm going with all this; I missed working with furniture and then along comes this contest inviting me back into the fold, urging me to get my hands dirty... so yeah, I signed up!

This is where the hardware comes in, this month's contest is being sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware and the theme is Icing on the Cake. Go check out their site, it's easy to see how the theme and sponsor fit together. They have tons of amazing hardware to look through and just when you think you've seen it all you'll click over to the matching set and a whole new world will open up!

Now, as much as I love color and bold designs, I'm a bit of a minimalist too. So I'm loving the geometric look that's making the rounds right now and I had it in mind when I upgraded this little three drawer dresser.

This is the before picture, wait until you see the after! #FabFlippinContest

I gave the base, and a couple drawers, a coat of black satin paint. The third drawer was painted white,just to be different. I knew I wanted to mix up design techniques so while I left one drawer black I taped up the other (yes it's electrical tape-I couldn't find the painter's) in a geometric pattern.

It's super easy to create a geometric pattern on any piece of furniture!

From there a picked three colors and got busy painting. There was no rythme or reason to which segments of the taped drawer I filled, I went with what looked right.

Furniture Makeover: Geometric Dresser

Go figure, the blue paint I'd picked was an old outdoor acrylic and it ATE OFF the original black paint! I'm considering it a happy accident though because I love the way the original finish looks mixed with the colored shapes.

Use tape to create geometric patterns on furniture, it's super easy!

Now for the icing on the cake, the hardware! We were given the opportunity to choose pieces from D. Lawless Hardware and I was completely overwhelmed. In the end I went with what, I'd like to believe, every DIY kinda gal would, the DIY knobs and pulls!

LOVE being able to make my own hardware thanks to D.Lawless Hardware's DIY knobs and pulls!

I have so many old buttons from my Grandmother and my thrifting adventures. I used E6000 to glue two black and two orange ones to the knob bases. As for the pulls, I left them naked. What can I say I liked them that way! I'm thinking about painting a design on them, or maybe adding a few Scrabble tiles but I'm not ready to commit to either idea just yet.

Make your own knobs and drawer pulls, courtesy D. Lawless Hardware, to compliment a geometric paint pattern on an otherwise drab dresser.

This month's contest co-hosts are Michelle at Dandelion Patina and Evey at Evey's Creations. Be sure to hop over to their sites and check out their projects and if you are interested in participating in future contests contact Stacy ( or Evey at (

Turn your drab dressers into fun geometric pieces of art!

Erin Sipes
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Tassel Hat

Say it with me, DIY Tassel Hats! A must for your summer wardrobe!

A while back I read this tassel bag post over on Brit + Co and was sucked into a tassel fascination. Personally, I've alway though of tassels as an old-school decorating prop, but of course I'm thinking of those oversized, world market-esque ones that were so big years ago. You know, a real Pier One circa 1999 look.

Today's tassels are much more fun, colorful, and made from a number of different materials. I was wracking my brain trying to think of something I could jazz up with a few of these dangly delights and then we went to the Dollar Store. There were exactly two, one for me-one for my daughter, plain straw hats left and I knew what I had to make. TASSEL HATS!!

My original plan was to make miniature tassels and hang them from the brim of the hat...what? It would've been cute! Unfortunately I was vetoed by every family member, except my husband who always agrees with my crafting decisions because he doesn't want to hear me defend them.

Anyhow, the hats are still chic and trendy in ways I rarely am, and I like saying, "This is my tassel hat." Here's how I made the tassels and what you need to make a tassel hat of your own.

A rainbow feather boa is the best accessory to go with a DIY Tassel Hat!

  • embroidery floss
  • straw hats
  • fishing line and sewing needle
  • hot glue gun

I kept my tassels super simple by wrapping my finger 10 times with the floss to create a loop. Next I pinched the top of the loop and wrapped it about five times before using the hot glue to hold the floss in place. Finally, I snipped the bottom of the loop. Repeat until you have all the tassels you want or need.

How to make mini tassels with @mvemother

When you use the hot glue gun be sure to be careful and use it sparingly, these are little tassels they don't need a lot of glue. I'd also recommend using finger guards or a low-temp gun if you have one.

NOTE: Before I resorted to the hot glue I tried securing the tassels with fabric glue and E6000, but the threads kept popping up and coming undone before the glue could dry. 

Add tassels to a simple straw hat for a bit of colorful summer fun! via @mvemother

Now that you have a wealth of cute little tassels you can use the fishing line to sew them onto your hat. Just sew through that top loop. 

OR since you already have the glue gun out, just hot glue those babies onto your hat!

Dress up your summer wardrobe with a fun tassel hat! via @mvemother

Hmm, I wonder what kind of summer fun we can have in a Tassel Hat? 
Erin Sipes
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The Best Granola You Will Ever Have

Things have been crazy around our house this last week and it's been so long since I posted a recipe I thought I'd take a quick moment to share one my family has been gobbling up! 

There is so much goodness packed into this granola, plus it's delicious! via @mvemother

The past eight weeks I've been taking part in the April Kennedy Mind, Body, Spirit Challenge. I completely admit to slip ups now and then but exploring healthy food options, and dragging my family along with me, has been enlightening. Who knew we'd all hate whole wheat bagels as much as we did? Just kidding, not kidding. Those truly horrible bagels aside, we have embraced a number of new foods including some of the ingredients that went into making this granola.

If you're taking the challenge I'll warn you know it is only a neutral food but it does such a good job of satisfying your sweet tooth you'll be grateful to add it to your recipe repertoire.


  • 3 Tbsp of butter
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 c honey OR molasses 
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste OR liquid vanilla 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 c old fashioned oats
  • 1 c puffed wheat cereal
  • 2 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 c pepitos OR a chopped nut of your choice
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries OR raisins


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a shallow cookie sheet or baking dish with non-stick spray.

Mix salt, soda, oats, cereal, and seeds in a large bowl.

Melt butter, oil, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. Once it is all completely melted add to dry ingredients making sure everything is coated well. Finally, add the cranberries and transfer all to the baking sheet. I flatten it all out until it is no more than 1/2" deep. Bake for 30 minutes.

When the granola comes out of the oven it will still be soft and gooey. Let it cool for at least 5-10 minutes before breaking it up into pieces.

TIP: I've been breaking it into spatula sized pieces and flipping them over on the baking sheet while they cool. You could use a cooling rack but you'll have a lot falling through the cracks.

Once it is cool to the touch, dig in! Be sure to store the granola in an air-tight container.

Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, if I can find it in a rural Wal-Mart I'm sure you can too! This granola is so delicious and filled with good foods!
Erin Sipes
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