DIY big tissue poofs

idk if you noticed, but these over-sized tissue poofs are all the rage right now. i made a few clusters of them for my friend’s baby shower a few weeks ago – they were a huge hit!


they were also super simple to create – here’s the tutorial i used.




Strawberry Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

So this idea came to me on the fly on super bowl Sunday couple weeks ago.  I was driving home to my Dad’s house for some pizza and intense football viewing (we are huge Bronco fans), and I called my dad to ask if we had something for dessert.  Typically my Dad will purchase 6-8 pizzas (remember I have 4 grown brothers who can throw down some pizza) but he always forgets the dessert.  So on this phone conversation, my Dad told me not to worry and that we could find something to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Once I got there, I walked in to find a tube of crescent roll dough on the kitchen counter.  My dad looked at me quizzically and said, “you think you can whip up something delicious with that?”  My dad also knows that I love to bake so he was giving me free reign to make something good.   I rummaged through my family’s fridge, found some strawberry jam and some cream cheese and BAM! The idea hit me.  Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Crescent rolls. YUM!



1-8oz can of crescent dough
1 tbsp of sugar (use more if you would like it be sweeter)
4 tablespoons of cream cheese
8 tsp of strawberry jam


1. Mix Cream Cheese and sugar with a spoon
2.Unroll the crescent dough according to directions
2. Place 1/2 tablespoon of cream cheese in the middle of the triangle
3. Place 1 tsp of strawberry jam on top of the cream cheese
4. Wrap all three corners on top of each other
5. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees




for the love of _______

one of my favorite things to do is go shopping after a holiday to snag all of the adorable things that are now 50-75% off their original price. if this was a career path, i would do this for a living. along with about a million other things. but as far as my research has proven, this is not a marketable skill nor does it translate into a lucrative field of work. disappointing, i know. looks like i’ll be keeping my day job after all .

Favorite Finds for this hallmark-holiday season.


//  XO coasters // oven mitts  // fujimax instax camera //

// heart tray //  gold heart mug // heart bowls //

// sea of love   // love parakeets // ‘ L O V E ‘ //


DIY dainty heart garland

The Mr and i don’t do anything special on V-day, mostly because we spend time on a regular basis affirming and surprising each other. adorable right? i know. he really is the best.  on our first valentines day together  there were no flowers, candies or rose petals. but here’s the thing – i’m not into all that. the big hearts and stuffed animals and store-bought cheesy decor- it’s totally just not my thing. i love simplicity. i love dainty things. i love banners. and i love old book pages. which brings me to my point : heart garlands.


i made this garland last year on a special crafting day with my dear friend, V. it took us a while to complete our projects because we weren’t sure how we wanted to get started. since then, i’ve worked it down to a simple art-form for you to follow. enjoy!

garlandhowto heartgarlandcollage


you don’t need a fancy craft punch to do this, but if you wanted to get one, here’s one i recommend.


Strawberry Jam & Brie Bundle

This recipe is so amazingly easy and delicious. After being invited to a Valentines Day Potluck, I knew my Strawberry Jam & Brie Bundle was just the dish for the occasion. It has this amazingly sweet and salty combo that is undeniably addictive. And it’s sooo easy because it’s served with crackers on the side like a dip.

Strawberry Jam & Brie Bundle


1 – 8 oz can of crescent seamless dough sheet
1 – 10-12 oz wedge or round of brie cheese
1/2 cup of strawberry jam or preserves
1/4 cup of sliver or sliced almonds (optional)


1. Roll out the  crescent dough sheet onto parchment lined cookie sheet. It should be about a 12×8 inch rectangle

brie measure
2. Trim the dough so that its a 10×8-inch rectangle. Save the excess for decoration later.

brie spread
3. Spread 1/4 cup of jam in the center of dough.

4. Place the brie on top.  (I like to cut the rind off because it can be a little too pungent, but you can leave it on if you want)

5. Spread remaining 1/4 cup of jam on top of brie, sprinkle almonds on top of jam (this just adds a little crunch)

brie rotate
6. Start folding the dough on top of brie to completely in-case it. Then flip the bundle over so the seams are face the parchment.

brie decor
7. With a cookie cutter (I used a heart for Valentines Day), I cut shapes out of the excess dough I had set aside and placed them on top of the bundle.
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until gold and brown

Sooo, I was in such a hurry to get to the potluck party that I complete forgot to take a final shot of the bundle out of the oven.  So here is a photo (courtesy of Pillsbury) that looks just like it (I used hearts instead of the owl).  This recipe is so simple that it will come out right every time!

brie bundle

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Hope you all like it! Let me know what you think!