Here’s our easy and fun pregnancy announcement puzzles that we made to announce my pregnancy to our grandparents!

Step by step instructions for a creative pregnancy announcement puzzle. Easy and affordable, it's the perfect surprise for family or friends!

When I first found out that I was pregnant, I was so excited to tell Joe when he came home from work. Then once he knew … we waited. And waited. What was actually a really short amount of time before telling family and friends seemed a lot longer than it really was. But it was the perfect amount of time to come up with a creative pregnancy announcement to tell our family.  (It was also a great time to come up with a list of all the things you want to get accomplished before the baby arrives. Here’s my list of the 100 things I did.) I used our wedding ring boxes to make announcements for our parents.  So I wanted to change it up. A puzzle was a fun and interactive way to spread the good news!

Step by step instructions for a creative pregnancy announcement puzzle. Easy and affordable, it's the perfect surprise for family or friends!

Pregnancy Announcement Supplies

Instructions

At first my plan was to be ultra crafty using a blank puzzle and design the labeling myself. But after a little research I realized it was much easier (and not much more expensive) do purchase purchase a pre-made puzzle online. I used the website Print Studio. Since they didn’t have an off the shelf puzzle with exactly what I was looking for, I created a digital template to upload on to their site. They then printed the template on to the puzzle for me. The completed puzzle was shipped to me in about a week. This was MUCH easier than attempting to DIY this portion. Feel free to use my ‘We’re having a BABY!’ template bellow. Just right click on the image and save it to your computer.

Step by step instructions for a creative pregnancy announcement puzzle. Easy and affordable, it's the perfect surprise for family or friends!

I originally looked for a small all white box to store the puzzle, but found these binder clips on clearance at Target and realized the box was perfect for this project. I really like the clear top. Amazon also has some fun clear gift box options.

Step by step instructions for a creative pregnancy announcement puzzle. Easy and affordable, it's the perfect surprise for family or friends!

Step by step instructions for a creative pregnancy announcement puzzle. Easy and affordable, it's the perfect surprise for family or friends!

I printed a small note “We’re excited to tell you ….” on standard white card stock in 14 size font. Loving all things arts & crafts, I’ve racked up many paper cutout punches so I used one to make the note card. Adding a hole punch in the top left corner, I laced with ribbon and affixed onto the clear cover.

Step by step instructions for a creative pregnancy announcement puzzle. Easy and affordable, it's the perfect surprise for family or friends!

Super easy and fun way to share the good news!

 

 

 

 

 




 

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Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to step away from all the typical organization posts to share some of the fun pregnancy and baby related things I’ve been learning along the way. On April 24th we welcomed our first, Declan, and it’s been quite the wild ride since! Decorating the nursery, organizing the overwhelming about of baby supplies that we apparently need (ahhh!) and a couple fun DIY pregnancy announcements, like  the one I’m sharing in this post.

 

Last summer when we found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to come up with a fun way to tell our parents that they were becoming grandparents for the first time. Not an over the top crazy announcement, but a fun little surprise for them. Since our parents live on the other side of the country from us, these small pregnancy anouncment boxes were a perfect ‘mailable’ surprise! And true to my style, of course I wanted to DIY instead of buy.

DIY Pregnancy Announcement Supplies

  • small box (I actually used my engagement ring box!)
  • Two pieces of ribbon, one wider & one skinny
  • White cardstock
  • Tape
  • Super glue or crafting glue
  • Customizable Template

Instructions

Grab your two pieces of ribbon and measure by placing each around the box. Trim any extra, keeping an additional 1/2 inch loose ribbon.

Next, wrap the wider ribbon around the box, holding tight and secure with a little glue in the back. Repeat this step with the skinny ribbon on top.

I used this template for my note. It’s editable so you can edit with your information.

The box I used (which was actually my engagement ring box) was 2 1/2 inches on each side, so I measured my note to inches wide (just a tiny bit smaller). This might take a little trial and error to seee what size you want the paper to be. The printable note has two sizes, but since it’s editable you can adjust to whatever works for you!

At the top and bottom of the paper, I made a half inch fold where I’ll tape the paper to the box. The top of the note is folded inwards and the bottom folded back (see phonto). I then folded the note accordian style with each fold the same size.

I then added tape to the the small folds on the top and bottom to secure to the lid & box. The top of the note was secured to the back of the lid and the bottom of the note was secured to the front of the box (see photos below).


I then gently folded and closed the lid of the box and mailed it off!

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

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Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

There’s so many creative & impressive decorated Easter egg tutorials on the web these days. Some just absolutely blow my mind. With my DIY decorations, I’m more of an easier the better type of gal. I’ve had enough Pinterest Fails to write a book (or at least a really funny blog post), so today I’m sharing my tried and true way to color Easter eggs that always turn out the way they’re supposed to.

Supplies

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Food coloring
  • Several cups / glasses
  • Tray or dish
  • Egg carton

Instructions

To make the dye, I mixed 4-5 drops of food coloring with about 1 inch of water into a glass cup. Using this ratio will make the dye look pretty dark (especially purple), but it colors the eggs perfectly. If you want the colors to be even more bold when dried on the eggs, either add a couple additional drops of food coloring or a little less water.

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Make sure the hard-boiled eggs are dry and at room temperature before coloring! (otherwise the food coloring may bleed)

Holding an egg above the tray, I drizzled a spoonful of food coloring on top. The dye naturally rolls down around the egg. To give it a little nudge, I slowly turned the egg sideways and upside down to spread the dye around. There’s no specific pattern or science to this, which is my favorite part! Each egg will look similar but unique.

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

I let each color dry on the egg before I applied a new color to it to prevent the colors from mixing. Placing the eggs right back in to the carton to dry seems to be the easiest. The drying time only takes about 5 minutes, just long enough for me to finish the rest of the eggs.

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

I then applied more colors to each of the eggs, repeating the process above. Remember … don’t rush! Let the eggs dry in between colors, otherwise the colors may mix resulting in brown egg dye! Once you’re finished coloring, let the eggs dry one final time, and pop them in to the fridge until you’re ready to display (and eat)!

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

Quick, easy and turns out exactly like the photos!

 

Step by step instructions for the easiest way to color Easter eggs in a hurry! Looks like it took hours, but you'll spend just 5 minutes!

 

 

 

 




 

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This post is sponsored by World Market. All opinions are always my own!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

I LOVE decorating our house for Christmas. I’m one of those people who gets out the decorations well before Thanksgiving (I won’t reveal HOW early). So most would assume that I continue my holiday excitement for ALL the holidays. I wish I did, but sadly as the New Year starts, resolutions of removing clutter & organizing closets kick in. I then remember how much space all those holiday decorations take up.

Valentine’s day passes without even a thought of a decorations (I’m lucky if I remember to get Joe a card. Ops!). An occasion Saint Patrick’s Day decoration may make its way to our home, which realistically came from a bar. By the time, Easter rolls around, I’ve given up on holiday decorations all together …. until now.

I received a really fun challenge by World Market to find ways to utilize Easter decor all year round, meaning nothing went back in to store. Ultimately removing any excuses I could come up with to decorate for Easter.  I was SOLD! This was music to my ears, as I have NO room to store any additional off season holiday decorations, but desperately want decorate the house for Easter!

I headed over to my local World Market downtown Seattle next to Pike Place Market and picked up decorations that just caught my eye. Here’s how I use each of these during Easter and ‘The Rest of the Year’:

Apothecary jars seem to be all over the place lately. I can see why they’re so popular …. the decorating options are endless. I mean, simply fill the jar with whatever season it is and tada! Holiday decorations.

There was no way I was going to pass up coffee canisters. Hello, anything with coffee on it has my heart. Instead of getting my caffeine rush for the day, I used these as vases the brightly colored tulips that are in season.

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

Instead of just using the Apothecary jars to decorate for the next holiday (yep, I decided that was cheating), these became a pretty way to store some of our baking essentials on the counter. Clear containers are great for storing heavily used products because it’s easy to see when refills are needed.

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

The coffee canisters got put to use in my craft closet storing washi tape and ribbons for easy access. A small label on the lids made these the perfect addition to my crafting cart.

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

 

The second I spotted this egg crate, I knew it was coming home with me. The clean white color looks great against colorful Easter eggs. I just love that this is a ceramic crate as opposed to the plastic ones I see so often.

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

One word: APPETIZERS. Since my cooking doesn’t necessarily win everyone over, my dishware will 🙂 . Deviled eggs are such an easy dish that even this rookie can master. Don’t just save this ceramic dish for eggs though. Possibilities are endless for all you fancy cooks out there!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

 

Easter baskets are not just for kids! These make great hostess gifts for friends or family hosting Easter dinner. I stocked mine with fun, but practical gifts that I knew the host would love: an assortment of colorful cooking gadgets will create pops of soft color throughout the kitchen. (and of course some chocolate 🙂 )

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!
Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

In my house, baskets are the queen of storage (Easter baskets or otherwise). There’s ALWAYS some clutter that needs to be hidden. In. Every. Single. Room. From magazines to puppy toys, we keep our baskets full!

Smart ways to use Easter decorations throughout your home for during the rest of the year, from storage solutions to entertaining and everything in between!

Now you’ll have no excuse to skip the Easter decorations this year …. and all year round!

 

 

 

 

 




 

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Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

I LOVE hosting parties. ANY parties. And tis the season for basketball, so that’s how we’re going to party. Although admittedly a game day party wouldn’t at the top of my list. But since we end up inviting neighbors to stop by for big games, I wanted to make it a little bit more festive than the typical beer & pizza style gathering.

Swapping out the standard orange décor and heavy appetizers, we went with more of a light brunch theme with a fun wine cocktail. The gals who came to watch the game definitely appreciated it. Being on the west coast and the Pacific Time Zone we can literally watch basketball first thing in the morning with our pajamas, so brunch was a perfect theme. (Yes, I reluctantly changed out of my pajamas 😊)

Not only did I whip up a fun wine cocktail (scroll down for the recipe) and a light brunch spread, we threw in a basketball version of Bingo to keep everyone entertained. Aka – keep ME entertained when watching basketball. Joe knows I’m losing interest when I start scrolling through Facebook during sporting events. Ops.

Here’s how we played Basketball Bingo

Print out the Bingo printable template which includes 8 DIFFERENT Bingo card boards to accommodate lots of guests! (You can print out a couple copies for multiple games)

Basketball Bingo Printable Template

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

Each guest picks a team from the game we’re watching. So for all the squares on the Bingo card, the team they chose has to complete those actions. This made the game more exciting and kept it going a little longer. Plus, you can double the amount of people who can play (8 different boards x 2 teams = up to 16 people can play if you print out two copies of the template)

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

To get the competitive juices flowing, everyone contributes one dollar into the pot before the game started. Whoever gets Bingo first gets ½ of the pot. The second Bingo winner gets ¼ of the pot (which is half of the remaining pot) and the 3rd Bingo winner gets the final ¼ (the remaining money in the pot).

As traditional Bingo goes …. The first person to get 5 in a row wins!

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

We printed off stacks of these basketball Bingo cards and played a couple rounds throughout the game.

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable game cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

Now let’s not forget about the beverages!

Frontera has created some amazing cocktails featuring their wines. I selected the Chardonnay recipe to serve for our party, but honestly, these all looked good!

 

Frontera Wines Game Day Sweepstakes

Frontera has an awesome sweepstakes going on right now to win a 55” HD flat screen TV! Check out the details here, show your spirit for sports and you could be watching next year’s playoffs on a new huge TV!

Delicious Chardonnay cocktail that's great for any occasion! Perfect for a basketball party with our bingo printable game cards!

We made this delicious Frontera Chardonnay Al Fresco. An extra bonus is that instead of just having one beverage to serve our guests we technically had two – wine and a wine cocktail. Frontera wines are great to serve for parties like this or to pair with game day recipes.

Serves 1 (Multiple recipe by number of guests you’re serving)

Ingredients

4 ounces Frontera Chardonnay

¼ cucumber chopped

1 lime

2 tablespoons simple syrup

Ice

DDelicious Chardonnay cocktail that's great for any occasion! Perfect for a basketball party with our bingo printable game cards!

Preparation

Muddle the cucumber, lime juice and simple syrup.

Add ice and wine.

Shake well.

Strain into glass and enjoy!

Delicious Chardonnay cocktail that's great for any occasion! Perfect for a basketball party with our bingo printable game cards!

Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Use our downloadable basektball bingo printable cards for your next big playoffs party! Great entertainment for all your guests - basketball twist on a favorite game!

Cheers to being the fanciest basketball party hosts on the block! (even if you’re still wearing your pajamas 🙂 )

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Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

This past fall I hosted my first baby shower. While I love planning parties, baby showers were brand new territory for me! Are they the same as bridal showers minus the fun cocktails? Do guests really want to play those baby games? And someone please describe all these baby presents to me!

Fortunately my good friend Emily was up for allowing this rookie to throw her a party. She also had an adorable nursery theme already picked out so I piggy backed on her ‘bless this nest’ nursery to use as her shower theme.

Tip #1: having a theme makes decorating SO much easier! 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Decorations can definitely rack up the costs of a shower. When the cuteness factor of an item goes up, apparently so can the price! Being frugal at heart, I was fine with doing a little bit more research in the name of saving money.

I don’t love the look of those plastic one use table clothes for fancier affairs. So instead I found pretty wrapping paper to roll out onto the table. A fun bonus is that colors & patterns are literally limitless AND much cheaper than purchasing a cotton table cloth that you may or may not use again.

Tip #2: Paper plates and plastic cups & utensils makes hosting SO much easier AND decorative! Lots of color options to choose from! 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Tip #3: Check out your local dollar store!

Unless you’re planning parties ALL the time, many of the themed party decorations you purchase might not be used again. For this reason, I always find a couple cheaper decorations to mix in with my go to staples that I use for lots of parties: vases & frames. I also throw in fresh flowers. While the flowers likely won’t last more than a week, they’re such a pretty touch and the guest of honor can take them with her after the event.

Tip #4: Spray paint is an easy way to transform items to fit your theme and color.

While I’m no expert in party planning or decorations, we had so much fun preparing this shower. And to my surprise it was so much easier than I thought! Here’s the scoop on what I purchased and how I decorated:

For the Table



Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Party Gifts

We made these fun little candy filled eggs as party favors for all the guests.


Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

Keeping the decorations to the tables (dining room table and coffee tables) was just the right amount of pizzazz!

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your next shower!

 

 

Step by step instructions to decorate for your next baby shower! This easy to follow tutorial shows frugal, yet gorgeous ideas to wow all your guests!

 

 

 

 

 




 

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No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

This past fall, I hosted my first baby shower for a good friend, which was a really fun process (not only because during the planning phase I found out that I was pregnant myself). While I’ve never really loved having parties for ME, I LOVE throwing them for others.

When preparing for the shower, a couple girlfriends asked when I’ll post the details of the shower on the blog….. ummmm? Well I wasn’t planning on it J.  As I’ve been blogging longer and longer, I get this question more often from friends: “when’s that going on the blog?” Eventually you’re going to get a post detailing how I do my laundry. Kidding. Maybe?

To be honest most of the projects I’m working on never make it to the blog, especially if it doesn’t relate to organizing.

But hosting this shower was so much fun and, to my surprise, relatively easy. So I decided to share my entire planning process in a blog as a series ‘Bless this Nest‘ …. One post for food, decorating, invitations and planning.

I’m excited to share the cute dessert I made for the Bless this Nest themed baby shower!

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

Bird’s Nest Desserts

Servings: 12 – 16

 

Ingredients / Supplies

6 ounces (1/2 bag) of semi-sweet chocolate chips

6 ounces (1/2 bag) of butterscotch chips

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

10 ounces (roughly ¾  of a large bag) of chow mein noodles

36 jelly beans

Cooking spray for the muffin tin

Large microwavable bowl

Muffin tin

Instructions

Microwave the butterscotch and chocolate ships until completely melted, but not boiling hot. I heated for 30 seconds at a time.

Then add the peanut butter and mix thoroughly

Pour in the chow main noodles, adding about ¼ at a time mixing carefully until the noodles are completely covered.

* If you want your dessert to be denser/richer add fewer chow main noodles. For a lighter dessert, add more noodles to the mixture. There’s really no wrong way to go. It’s all personal preference! (I made mine a little richer.)

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

Apply cooking spray to the muffin tin liberally.

Scoop one large spoonful of the mixture into each muffin tin mold.

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

Place the full muffin tin in the fridge for an hour or two.

To remove the desserts, press a fork or knife on the side of the mold to ‘pop’ the nest out.

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

Add a couple jelly beans to the top.

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

While not necessary, I kept the desserts in the fridge until I was ready to serve. Although it didn’t melt or change shape, these are pretty dense chocolatey treats so keeping at a cool temp until ready to eat is the SAFE route 🙂 !

 

 

 

 




 

No bake bird nest cookies for an adorable Bless this Nest baby shower, but would be great for Easter as well!

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I don’t know what it is about envelope liners, but that extra sheet of paper perfectly assembled in to the envelope always make an invitation look a little bit more special. At the same time, it seems like one of those things that appears so elegant in a magazine, but the DIY option could be a huge flop. So out of fear of ‘flopping’ I’ve avoided making these until now!

Supplies

 

Instructions

The first step is to select the envelope you’d like to use and pick a paper for the liner. I prefer to use wrapping paper for my liners, but most thin paper will work great. Just make sure to avoid thick cardstock.

There’s two ways to create the paper liner:

1 The easiest way is to use a pre-made template. The most popular paper liner template comes from Paper Source and includes a variety of size templates to fit most envelopes. (see photos below) Once you’ve selected the correct template size, use a scissor or x-acto knife to cut out the liner. If you use an X-Acto knife, make sure to place a cutting matt underneath the paper to prevent any damage to your table.

2 If you don’t have or want to purchase a template, you can use your own envelope as the template. To do so, open the envelope and lay it flat on the liner paper. Trace the entire envelope on the liner paper lightly with a pencil. After cutting out the template, you’ll need to trim it down a little so that it can slide into the opening of the envelope. I trimmed 3/8 inch from each side and 3/4 inch from the bottom.

Step by step guide to make your own envelope liners!

 

Once you have the paper liner cut out, insert the liner into your envelope. If it’s still a little big, simply trim down each side evenly.

When you’ve got the liner to the correct size, fold down your envelope flap with the liner inside creating a crease in the liner. Then place a couple pieces of double sided tape at the top and sides of the liner to secure inside the envelope.

Now that you’ve got a beautiful envelope liner, you just need something to go inside so …. keep scrolling down!



Baby Shower Invitation Template

Now that you’ve made some super easy envelope liners, here’s an even easier project – the invitations! A quick, simple and super cute Bless this Nest theme invitation. This past fall, I threw my first baby shower for a friend who was planning a bird themed nursery. Matching the shower theme to the nursery decor was a fun touch!

To use the template, simply download it here and edit the wording to match your shower details. You’ll want to print these invitations with thick card stock on a color printer. If you don’t have a color printer and/or thick card stock, Kinko’s can print these for you easily and very affordably!  Each sheet includes 4 invitations. Free Baby Shower Invitation template, Bless this Nest themed
Bless this Nest baby shower template and envelope liners

If you’d like to see the rest of the baby shower hosting, follow along in our Bless this Nest series for tips on food, decorating and planning!

 

 

 

 

 




 

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