I’m already up to sharing week 4 of our 5.5 week family road trip. Being on a road trip, time seems to fly so fast! It was hard to believe that we were already on to the part of the trip that we would fly to California and spend time with my husband and my family to celebrate my parent’s 50th Anniversary.

This Family Road Trip is amazing! It has great things to do with the kids and the whole family in Southern California (with lots of Disney info.) Perfect for our next trip.

You guys, if you ever got on a road trip as long as we did, I have to tell you that time will fly. Especially if you are the only adult and still working on the road. I was exhausted by this point with trying to keep up with work on this blog as well as driving and sightseeing during the day. Thankfully I had gotten all of the posts completed for the week we were in California as well as one or two past that week. It turns out to be a great thing because I had no reliable internet for the whole week. ::gasp:: I could have used my Verizon Mifi that I have just for times like that, but as we had been on the road for 3 weeks already, I was already WAY over my data allotment for the month. A whole week of using only my Mifi would have totally done this budget-conscious mama in. Anyway, It turned out a nice break and getting 8 hours of sleep mosts nights was just what I needed.

Let me show you what we did our week in California.  View full post »

While we were on our road trip this summer, we spent a week with my family to celebrate my parents 50th Anniversary. I knew I wanted to make them something special for their anniversary, but anniversary gifts aren’t something I make that often. It took a little thought about my parents and what they like, but I was able to come up with something I could personalize for them and this special occasion.

I think personalized gifts are the best. This diy plate and cups can easily be personalized as anniversary gifts. Great gift ideas!

My parents like to entertain a lot. Even when they aren’t entertaining, my mom likes to serve things in serving bowls or plates at the dinner table. I knew making them a special plate to commemorate their anniversary would work perfectly. I also know that in the ‘winters’ in Phoenix, they love to drink hot tea, so I decided to add some personalized glass mugs for them as well.

If you are making this gift for a wedding or anniversary of a couple who like to drink wine or beer, just click on those links to see my tutorials on how to personalize wine glasses and beer glasses. It is easy and adds a fun personalized touch and would go very well with this serving tray. View full post »

  • Rebecca Hayes Dougherty - August 25, 2015 - 2:24 pm

    What a nice gift! Thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

  • 50 Years - August 25, 2015 - 8:12 pm

    We loved the 50th Anniversary gift!!! Using it tonight with our LifeGroup! Thank you KC!!!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 25, 2015 - 9:04 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you guys liked it so much. Just writing about that part of our trip for a post later this week. :-)ReplyCancel

Sorry for the delay in sharing more from our family road trip with you. Today, I wanted to share our third week on the road with you. We spent our 3rd week on the road primarily in the Seattle/Tacoma area and in the Portland area. I’ve got lots of fun things we did that can be great ideas for your next trip to the Northwest.

This Family Road Trip is great! It shows things to do for the kids and the whole family primarily in the Seattle/Tacoma and Portland Areas. Need to use some of these ideas the next time we travel.

If you have been following this series, you know that this post is about 2 weeks late.

The last weeks we were on the road, it just got a bit overwhelming to keep up with the driving, sightseeing and working at nights. I gave up on the last week and took the week off. These trip posts are kind of monster posts and take quite a bit of time to put together. I just couldn’t do it. I’m sure that you understand. I will still share the rest of our road trip now that we are home. I will continue to share a post each week.

So, let’s see what fun we found in the Northwest! We used to live in the NW, so I was super excited to go back. I still long to move back and was hoping my kids would feel the same way after our trip.  View full post »

I’ve got a fun craft and home decor idea for you today. How about some cute denim pom poms? Total cuteness and made into a garland a perfect addition to any summer or fall decor you have going on.

Adorable crafts like these denim Pom Poms just make me happy. Perfect diy for my home decor or cute gift wrapping ideas.

Now that we are back from our road trip, I’m working on getting caught up on email, projects, and feeling like I even know what day it is…lol!

I made these denim pom poms earlier this summer but never had a chance to show them to you. Today seemed like the perfect day!

I love denim…I think I live in denim. If not for Stitch Fix expanding my horizons, I would totally live in denim. I found some adorable denim ribbon and thought, why not add some denim to my home decor as well. The garland has been up in my living room all summer, but denim just seems like such a fall item as well, I think it may stay with my fall decor as well.

Let me show you how to make your own denim pom poms.  View full post »

  • Anne - August 20, 2015 - 8:08 am

    Cute!! I’ve been on a recycled denim kick lately and have all sorts of scraps left over. Denim pom poms! I’v got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=84051 –AnneReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 20, 2015 - 8:30 pm

      Thanks! I love the idea of using recycled denim for this. It would be a great way to use up a pair of ripped jeans. Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Gossip! ♥ReplyCancel

I know it may sound dorky, but I’ve always wanted to make a wreath for my laundry room door. I have seen plenty of cute ideas on Pinterest and have really wanted one. Today I’m sharing the laundry room door wreath that I made this summer…because I finally made one instead of just looking at them on Pinterest.:-)

This is such cute laundry room wreath! It would brighten up my laundry room door. Looks like an easy DIY. Need to make this one.

As you may remember, I’ve been working with Offray for almost a year now. They have been fantastic supporters of my blog and they sent me the ribbon and sponsored this post as well. I was perusing their site and saw some very fun ribbons in colors that match the baskets I have in my laundry room. I knew I wanted to finally make myself a laundry room wreath and that I wanted to use the fun ribbons.

The wreath was surprisingly easy to make and of course, I’ve got the full tutorial for you so you can make one as well.  View full post »

With last year being my first year to have a child in the school system, I enjoyed finding cute school lunch ideas. Of course, things fizzled out a bit as the year went on. So, this summer, I came up with a cute, simple printable that I can use to add some cuteness and love to my daughter’s lunch without embarrassing her.

These are cute School Lunch Ideas. Free printable to add cute notes to our school lunches. I can DIY them and foil them as well. So cute!

I created these cute stickers that I can easily print out ahead and quickly and easily add to a lunch any day. Of course I have one that is specific for the first day of school..which will be fun! I’ve got the free printable and the full idea for you today.  View full post »

We still have about a month until back to school. How about you? I know my brother’s girls start school today…aack…I’m not ready. I did, however, get a super simple and inexpensive back to school teacher gift ready before we left on our road trip. One less thing to do when we get home. Yay!

Such a simple and inexpensive Back to School teacher gift idea with a free printable. Perfect!

Let me be honest for a moment. Last year, I did a horrible job at thanking the teachers in both of my girls lives. This year, I’m vowing to do a better job. I’m staring with this super simple and inexpensive idea for a back to school teacher gift.  View full post »

As you may remember, my two daughters and I are on a 5 and 1/2 week family road trip. We are having a great time and enjoying seeing many new states and attractions along the way. Today, I wanted to share our second week on the road with you.

This Family Road Trip is amazing! Has great things to do for the kids and the whole family in Montana, Idaho, and Washington State. Need to use some of these ideas for our next trip.

I’m hoping that by sharing our trip with you, you can gain a few ideas of things to do on your next road trip. Just in case you missed it, I share our first week on the road last week, with all the fun we found from Viriginia to North Dakota. I also have posts of driving through the South and Southwest last year in part 1 and part 2 of our 2014 road trip.  View full post »

  • Sharon Collins - August 1, 2015 - 10:16 pm

    I enjoyed your trip. My hubby, 3 pugs, & I drove to Vermont, New Hampshire, & Maine. Next year will be the same. I noticed many places now have welcome stations in the towns to get you into town. It was a big thing in PA even 10 years ago. Motels, too. Though ME,was terrible but our daughter from our last Army tour knows the area well so it helped she was there. I would love a trip to stop, take pictures, & enjoy. Maybe next year. No 13 hour driving days! Plus no staying in Harrisburg/Hershey.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 3, 2015 - 2:07 pm

      Thank you! Sounds like you need to plan a fun trip to stop, take pictures and enjoy the drive. 13 hour driving days stink! We try our best to stop and smell the roses while we are on the road. It makes it more fun! Best of wishes to you on your next road trip!ReplyCancel

Before we left on our road trip, I stocked the car with snacks. We like having yummy options in the car and I love saving money by not buying snacks at gas stations along the way. Whether you are planning a big road trip or an afternoon out, it is easy to pack delicious snacks and have some fun with the snacks as well.

This is such a cute and simple idea for fun snacks for kids on the go. Yum! We need this for our next afternoon out or road trip.

I decided that it would be fun to make the snacks a little something special for our road trip. I was happy to share our snacking fun with you and a few of our favorite Horizon snacks. Horizon was happy to sponsor this post.

My girls and I came up with some fun ideas of things to do in the car. I then put those on stickers and added them to the snack bags. Snacks can be fun and entertaining for everyone, whether it is an afternoon trip, a day trip or a long road trip.  Let me show you my ideas. View full post »

Today is the last day of my Real Summer of Fun series. I’m kind of sad to see the series go…mostly because that means that summer is getting closer to ending. So how about some more fun in the kitchen with your kiddos for our last post in this series? Sounds deliciously fun to me, especially when you see the S’mores parfait recipe I’ve got for you today.

Oh my goodness! We need to make this Smores Parfait recipe. So yummy and so easy, too. Perfect dessert that the kids can make,.

I think we only need to look at the picture to know this is one dessert we want to make AND that it is going to be totally delicious.

I also know that my daughters think it looks amazing and they are eager to make some when we get home from our road trip.

Cooking with the kids can be such a great activity any time of the year, but since we have more time in the summer, it is particularly great then. Today, Ashley from Simply Designing is here to share this delicious and very kid friendly recipe.

Oh my goodness! We need to make this Smores Parfait recipe. So yummy and so easy, too. Perfect dessert that the kids can make,.

This is only one idea in my series of Real Summer of Fun activities. The activities are designed to be simple and inexpensive things we can do with our kids to make this a summer of real fun for everyone. View full post »