Homemade Twinkies Recipe – Plain or Chocolate Covered!

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I am so excited to share this Hostess Twinkie recipe from my friend Danielle over at Hugs&CookiesXOXO.  She is the QUEEN OF DESSERTS and I love to receive her decadent posts.  Click on over and sign up for them – I guarantee you’ll love the too!

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This recipe, which would be so much fun to do with your kids, requires a Twinkie Pan.  Yes, there is such a thing.  All you need to do is google “twinkie pan” and there will be tons of choices!

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FAB Friday Giveaway – Rachael-Ray-Non-Stick-5-Piece-Bakeware

It’s time to announce the winner of the 6-in-1 Cake Plate… and the winner is…. Carol S.!   Carol, you will get an email from Diva Entertains this morning!

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For THIS week’s giveaway… we are giving away… Rachael Ray Non-Stick Bakeware!!

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One lucky (US) winner will win this set of Rachael Ray Bakeware on June 28th.

We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible to enter… AND we are giving you multiple chances to win!

1. Sign up for our once-a-week blog recap email list HERE and then leave us a comment below letting us know.  (If you are already a follower, just leave a comment saying, “I already receive your weekly recap email”)

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SO, to recap… you can enter our blog giveaway up to FIVE times.  Do any or all of the above five things, and leave a comment EACH TIME on this giveaway post.

We will choose a winner on June 27th at midnight, and announce the winner on June 28th.  Winner must have a US shipping address that is serviced by FedEx or UPS.

Father’s Day Printables

We wrote about fun Father’s Day gift ideas the other day, and I’m continuing today with a few last minute FREE Father’s Day printables!

From Lauren McKinsey – some (not free) ADORABLE “My Dad’s a Superhero” printables… with one freebie at the end of the post.  Her printables prices are FAB and so inexpensive ($1.29), so I’m including these as “nearly” free!

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From mom.me, some super cute free Father’s Day coupons – easy to print, cut, and give!

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Looking for a tag or packaging for your gift?  Check out the free Father’s Day printables from Paper & Stitch:

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And from The Girl Creative – a great Father’s Day gift idea, and free Father’s Day printable card/photo idea:

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Baseball Party Ideas

Baseball is a great theme for spring and summer birthdays (well, even for fall too!).  Here are some great baseball birthday party ideas I found while looking around!

From Itsy Belle, a fabulous array of photos from a Vintage Baseball party.  She offers some great tips on doing this on a budget, and you can purchase the printables used in her photos from the Itsy Belle etsy shop:

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Martha Stewart has a article on planning a Baseball Birthday Party.  Tutorials included are Table Setting, Sandwiches, Favors and How To Make Baseball Cupcakes!

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From the Hostess blog, a great photo album of pics from a Baseball party.  It includes great ideas for favors, decorating the food table, and more!

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And a super cute baseball cupcake cake idea, from Nelson Corner:

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Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s almost here… June 16th this year is Father’s Day, and there is still time to make some fantastic gifts for Dad, Grandpa, and even the Uncles!

From Crafty Texas Girls, a FAB tutorial in using chalk art to create the perfect photo for a Father’s Day gift.  Scroll through to the very end and they’ll explain how they framed it for $7!

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From Lovely Indeed, an incredible apron sewing tutorial – for the Manly Man apron!  I love this idea, although I’m not sure of my capabilities with the sewing machine.  One thought to adapt this one – buy a plain white apron to decorate!

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From Curated by Kelly, an easy canvas art Father’s Day craft you can do with the kids:

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And this one is my favorite DIY Father’s Day gift idea, only because I KNOW my husband would LOVE, LOVE this gift from his kids.  A custom “car play shirt” from The Blue Basket is a gift that keeps on giving, because every time he wears it, it’s fun AND he gets another “car” massage! Click through for the tutorial!

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Brownies In A Cone – Fun Dessert For Kids & Adults

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Just in time for summer – a fun brownie recipe that is sure to delight ‘kids’ of all ages!  And if baking in ice cream cones sounds like fun – you can also make cupcakes in a cone!  This recipe and pic from Taste of Home magazine.

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National Donut Day!

Did you know that today is National Donut Day?!  You can bet I’ll be getting some donuts with my children today…because… well, we MUST celebrate these important holidays!  And I have a few fun donut inspired posts to share too!

From Icing Designs, check out the FAB, FAB Donut Party!  I love the simplicity of the circles and the banner…coupled with the donuts make for a very classic lovely look!

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From DIY Louisville, a Donut Sleepover Party!  Again, circles, dots and donuts… make a fab decor!

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From Thrive 360 Living, a super cute Birthday Donut Party!  I love all her fun touches like sprinkle milk cups, and the thumbprint donut keepsake!

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Will YOU be eating donuts for National Donut Day??

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AND… just a reminder.. we have our current Giveaway Post HERE – enter to win a 6-in-1 cake plate!  Below is a photo of our last winner… with her new Cuisineart Toaster Oven Broiler!

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Mason Jar Wedding Centerpieces

Mason Jars have been around for a very long time, most often used for canning jams and jellies (and they are really good for use as a mug when drinking sweet tea)… but they are also getting a HUGE comeback as a wedding favor decoration and wedding favor centerpieces.  Some of my favorite finds are listed below!

From Quasi-Crafty – DIY Flower Centerpieces – she explains the very simple steps in creating floral centerpieces in mason jars for your event!

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From 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt… a DIY tutorial on making Glitter Mason Jar centerpieces:

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From Shanty Chic, a DIY mason jar project – candle holders with frosted vinyl!  If you have a Silhouette Cameo or other cutting tool that cuts vinyl, well… these are lovely in every way!

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From Kiss Wedding, some FAB inspiration for using mason jars as centerpieces.  There are a couple of questions/answers in the post about how they created these:

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Photo by Chelsea Nicole Photography | KISS Wedding

And from the Diva Entertains shop, brand NEW Mason Jars for your wedding!

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DIY Wedding Guest Books

There are a lot of ways to personalize a wedding reception, but one of the most unique ways is to create or design your own wedding guest book.  In fact, these days, wedding guest books aren’t always “books”.  I’ve found some great alternatives, as well as a some traditional ideas, for you today!

From the Creative Cubby, a Polaroid Wedding Guest Book… with great instructions! A fabulous memory maker!

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From Something Turquoise, alternative wedding guest book idea…and FAB!  A painted canvas guestbook that becomes a work of art for your new home!

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From You, Me & House Makes Three, another amazing piece of “guest book” artwork… made from scrapbook paper hearts, and all the heartfelt notes from wedding guests:

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From Confetti Day Dreams – a post full of Colorado gorgeousness… AND a fun “guest book” puzzle idea.  They used puzzle pieces that the guests could write a note on, and the bride and groom could put the tree puzzle together later, reading all the sentiments as they went!

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And for those of you who want a little “bling”, check out these photos on Project Wedding… just a little bling changes a guest book in a BIG way!

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Outer Space Birthday Parties

Both of my boys are obsessed with space… probably because their dad is too.  The movie Star Wars came out in 1977 when my husband was 7 years old, and the obsession began that year.  Today I have some super fun ideas for outer space birthday parties… for all YOUR space obsessed boys too!

From Catch My party, a super cute album of outer space birthday photos with a fabulous dessert buffet:

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From A Styled Fete, a “To The Moon and Back” party.  I love the different dessert items donut holes as meteorites and small candies as asteroids!

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From Life Frosting, an Astronaut Training party.  She includes some GREAT space shuttle party activity ideas:

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And from the Hostess blog, a super colorful BLAST OFF party!  Be sure to scroll down and get details on how to make some of the dessert items and the decorations!

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