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Father’s Day Gift Tag June 7, 2012

In my search for Father’s Day ideas on Pinterest, I came across this adorable FREE gift tag printable.



Project Steps:

1.)  Download the free printable.

2.)  Print on regular white paper or cardstock.

3.)  Cut out the gift tag.

4.)  Tape the tag to a piece of colorful cardstock.

5.)  Cut out the tag, creating an outline.

6.)  Write a note on the gift tag.

7.)  Punch a hole.

8.)  String a ribbon or thread through the hole.

9.)  Tie to gift.


Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878488545/

Link to FREE printablehttp://amyjdelightful.blogspot.com/2011/06/fathers-day-printable-tags.html

Substitutions:  I didn’t print directly onto cardstock because my printer can’t handle it.  So, I opted to print on regular printer paper and then to make it more sturdy, I outlined it in an orange cardstock.

Time:  Less than 5 minutes


– Lisa


May Date May 14, 2012

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I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our May date was simple and perfect.  Once in awhile it’s just fun to go out and feel like a normal couple.


The date card read “Dinner and a Movie!  We’ll dine at our new favorite spot, Lucky Monk, and finally see The Hunger Games.  Love, Lisa.”  In the May envelope, I included the date card, coupons for the movie (I purchased a groupon a while back), and a gift card to “The Lucky Monk”.


My sister babysat the girls for us so we could enjoy the night out!  My husband brews his own beer, so anytime we can visit a Microbrewery, he’s a happy camper!  We sat at the bar and had a few beers while we waited for our table.  Here’s a picture of the taps at the bar.  I enjoyed the Tritica Wheat Ale.


Then, we enjoyed our dinner and had a nice conversation …


We watched The Hunger Games …


And called it a night!


Until next month…



Check out our previous dates…

April 2012

February 2012


April Date April 18, 2012

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our April date was a blast!


The date card read …  “I’m very excited for this date.  It’s Spring and we need some new clothes!  We’re going on a shopping spree.  We each have an envelope filled with cash to spend.  We must be ready for our vacation in May.  We will shop at Oakbrook, spend the night at the Embassy Suites, and go out to dinner, etc.  Love, Lisa.”


I included the date card, two envelopes of cash, and some wardrobe inventory worksheets.  I cashed in credit card points to get a Lettuce Entertain You gift card for our dinner at Wildfire!



Before our date, we cleaned out both our closets!  I really wanted to clear out my husbands closet.  I knew it was loaded with clothes he hasn’t worn in over 5 years+.  We filled up 5 garbage bags of clothes to send to goodwill.


After we cleared out our old clothes, we made lists of items we needed to purchase.  We are going to Riviera Maya in May, so we included items we’d need on vacation.


My mom babysit the girls for us so we could enjoy a day of shopping, eating, sleeping in, and just being together alone!!!


We had lunch at Moe’s, spent 6-7 hours shopping, checked into our hotel, freshened up, ate dinner at Wildfire (I LOVE their chopped salad), had a drink at the bar, back to the hotel and crashed! The next morning, we headed to a few more stores before returning home!


We both got loads of new clothes!  This is something we have never done before.  Maybe we can do it again in the fall!  Also, we both fell in love with Nordstrom Rack.  Why haven’t I shopped there before!?!


Here are some pictures of our loot!




Daily Journal Gift March 17, 2012

I’ve been trying to think of the perfect going away gift for a friend leaving Chicago for sunny Florida!  I’ve been logging a daily journal (of course inspired by Pinterest) since December and I figured this was the perfect gift for my friend.  I save my calendars from year to year and I was able to look up all the fun things my friend and I have done together.  I logged these dates on her calendar!


To get this project started, I gathered up some 4 x 6 index cards.  I cut them in half (now 4 x 3).  I used my colorful sharpies to write in each date of the year (the most time-consuming part of this project).  I was recently at the airport, so I collected a bunch of Chicago post cards.  I cut up the cards to be slightly larger than the index cards and used the post cards to separate each month.  I used a white container to hold everything together and tied a blue ribbon around it all!


I think this is such a fun gift idea!  You could use these as housewarming gifts, hostess gifts, or even Christmas gifts for all the ladies in your life.  The project is fairly inexpensive, too!  I am updating my daily journal so it looks nicer!  I’m using stamps for the dates.  I’ll post pictures once completed!


Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877640093/

Here are a few pictures of my daily calendar index cards …

Supplies to make stamped date cards.

Date cards for daily journal.


I Love You Because …. Picture Frame March 8, 2012

I got this idea from an incredible blog.  Keri started following my blog and I checked out hers.  Her blog follows her year long adventure of creating pinterest inspired projects.  She posts daily to her blog and it really is incredible.  Check her out at:  http://ipinterest.me/  She posted this “I love you because …” project and I thought it was perfect for JR’s birthday.  I’ll put it on his nightstand and the girls and I could write cute stuff on there to brighten his days.


Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/12173861462456827/

Keri’s blog post:  http://ipinterest.me/2012/02/29/day-91-get-crafty-simple-daily-message-board-for-the-ones-you-love/

Rosette Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877981866/

Rosette Tutorial:  http://thestewartestate.blogspot.com/2011/12/love-message-board-tutorial.html

Font:  Pea Annalee Script

Project Description:

(1)  Fist, I went shopping for the supplies.  I purchased an 8 x 10 frame, scrapbook paper, muslin fabric, and a piece of felt.  Hint:  Look for paper that isn’t textured (so you can print on it) and isn’t too busy (so you can see your messages).

(2) Since I bought a 12×12 piece of paper, I used my paper cutter to trim it down to 8.5 x 11.

(3) I downloaded the font suggested on the pin.  See above for link to download the font.

(4) I created an 8.5 x 11 psd file in Photoshop Elements.  In the file, I typed  the words “i love you because …”  The word “love” is pea annalee script and the remaining words are Century Gothic font.  I used size 72 font.

(5) I printed the file on my new scrapbook paper and placed it in the frame.

(6) I found a tutorial on Pinterest for rosettes.  A link to the tutorial is listed above.

(7) Once the rosette’s were complete, I affixed them to the frame.

(8) Done!



Happy Valentine’s Day – 12 Preplanned Dates February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!


For my husband (JR), I decided to use an idea I found on Pinterest.  It’s been really hard to make time for just the two of us (with our kids and work), so organizing 12 preplanned date nights for the two of us seemed like a brilliant idea!  I created envelopes for each month (February 2012 – January 2013).  In each envelope is a card that describes the date along with any items we will need for the date.  JR will open a new envelope on the 1st of each month.  We’ll work together to figure out a time/date/babysitter (if needed) to make each date happen!  I’ll add a post for each month when he opens a new envelope.


Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877880836/

Direct Link to Project:  http://shannonbrown.typepad.com/life_in_general/2011/01/lets-go-on-a-date-january.html


February Date

My parents are our go-to babysitters, and they will be out of town for 6 weeks!!!!  So, for February, I planned a date at home (I stole the date from Shannon’s blog).  The date card (I have to laugh when I say “date card” because I feel like I’m on “The Bachelor”) read as follows:


Let’s get our year of dates started!  Since our babysitters away, let’s have a SLUMBER PARTY FOR TWO.  Let’s get our comfy’s (this is what we call pajamas) on, blow up the air mattress (we used to do this all the time), set it by the fire and stay up as late as we can.   No slumber party, of course, is complete without … (1) Food (We’ll order pizza after the kids are asleep), (2) Treats (whatever you’re craving … a cookie pizza perhaps), (3) Games (Do you Know… Quiz Books), (4) Movie.  Love, Lisa


I included two quiz books.  The first is titled “Do you Know Your Wife?” and the other is “Do You Know Your Husband?” both by Dan Carlinsky.  I purchased them on amazon for $5 each.  The books have silly questions like “Within Two, How many keys does she carry?”  I thought it would be fun to see how well we really know each other!  I also included a $20 for pizza money.  I’ll purchase the firewood and sweets ahead of time.



March Date – Sorry, this one was private!

April Date – Shopping Spree, Dinner, Overnight!