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Taco Sugar Cookies

| Cinco De Mayo, Cookies, Desserts, Drink

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Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays. I grew up in Phoenix and we always have a big celebration for Cinco de Mayo. It is the perfect time of year to be outside by the pool. We have a pool party celebration with lots of food, of course beer, family, and friends. I love Mexican beer! Corona Extra was the first beer I ever tried and I immediately loved the clean, crisp taste. I also love the rich, refreshing flavor of Modelo Especial. It is a family favorite. For our Cinco de Mayo celebration everyone brings Mexican dishes to indulge in. Usually I am in charge of desserts. I am an expert at eating Mexican dishes but not at making them. Desserts are my favorite to make for all occasions. I love desserts that look like savory foods and that is why I thought it would be the perfect time to make cookies that look like little tacos. In the past I have made cupcakes that look like hot dogs and cookies that look like pizza. Now it’s time to tackle taco cookies! They add some extra fun to the dessert table! These have all the elements of a real taco in sweet dessert form. They also pair very well with Modelo Especial and Corona Extra. The flavors of these beers taste amazing with a little sweet bite. I don’t know about you but I need a little sweetness to balance out all of the spice from a Cinco de Mayo meal. My dad makes his specialty spicy shrimp that come with a warning label because of the heat level. Not everyone can handle the heat. I usually can have one before my mouth is on fire!

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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DIY Washi Tape Bag With Allergy Relief Must Haves

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Spring is my favorite and least favorite time of year all wrapped into one. I love it because, where I live in Phoenix, the weather is perfect! The flowers bloom and we get fields of beautiful yellow flowers. It is also the best time to get outside before the dreaded heat takes over. However, when the beautiful flowers start to bloom so do my allergies. All I want to do is be outside all the time, but my allergies say nope, no way, not going to happen. Do other people have talking allergies or is it just me? Since early adulthood I have experienced seasonal allergies. Unfortunately my allergies affect my ability to enjoy those beautiful flowers and the outdoors during spring. My daughter cannot stay inside when it’s nice out and I do my best to just deal with my constant runny nose.

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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Graduation Party Games

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Graduation Games Penny Game

Graduation is such an exciting time and reason to celebrate! I remember how excited I was to graduate and move on to the next exciting stage of my life. I have some fun graduation party game ideas for both high school and college graduation parties. You don’t need anything too complicated or cheesy to have some fun at graduation. You can pick a couple games you like from the ideas I have that fit your crowd.

  1. Pennies. Bounce or throw a penny into a jar.
  2. Twister. Adults playing Twister is always fun!
  3. Yard games. Corn Hole and Giant Jenga are always a hit.
  4. DIY Yard Dice. Make large dice from large square boxes painted white if you want with dots drawn on with a sharpie.
  5. All about the grad game. Some one can ask the graduate questions about themselves like who was their favorite teacher, least favorite teacher, favorite spot at school, where they want to travel to, and what they wanted to be as a kid when they grew up. Then everyone has to answer these questions to guess what the graduate would say, whoever gets the most right wins.
  6. Bed sheet volleyball. Use a bouncy ball, balloons, or an actually volleyball to play volley ball with a bed sheet as the net.
  7. Paper airplanes you are going places game. People have to make paper airplanes and fly them to see who gets them to travel the farthest.
  8. College essentials scavenger hunt! Go around to neighbors to find some of the essentials for college such as ramen, mac & cheese, crackers, and other college foods. You can get creative with funny items to find too.
  9. Pizza eating contest! Pizza is a big part of the college experience. See who can eat a slice or two of pizza the fastest.
  10. Pizza money game. Put money in a jar including dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, then count how much it is. People have to guess how much it is. The winner gets to keep the money.
  11. Glow stick hide and seek. Nighttime hide and seek with each person getting a glow stick and hiding outdoors. You are never too old for hide and seek!
  12. Funny photo booth! Big sunglasses, boas, and fun stuff to take pictures with. It is not a game but still a fun activity and easy to put together.
  13. College or after college advice. This can be funny like a don’t do what I did with funny or embarrassing stories from guests.
  14. Kick school goodbye! Soccer with a fun bouncy ball. You can write subjects in school to kick.

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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Teacher Appreciation Gift With Free Printable Tags

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Coffee Tumbler Gift With Free Printable Tags

It’s been a long year for teachers and it is time for us to show our appreciation! My daughter is almost done with Kindergarten and she has had such a sweet teacher this year. I have a lot of respect for anyone that can control a class full of tiny humans. It must be exhausting being a teacher! My dad was a teacher and his parents were as well. Teaching might be in my blood but the teaching gene skipped me. It’s hard to give a gift that can show full appreciation and really be useful for the teacher. I think most teachers get through the year with the help of a lot of caffeine! That is why I made this fun and easy teacher appreciation gift with free printable tags. I made some cute and funny printable tags to go with a caffeine gift. This can include tumblers and coffee mugs. Add a printable and a gift card inside to a coffee place then you have an easy gift. Coffee cards, money, or Target cards are fail proof gifts for teachers.

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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10 Creative Graduation Money Gifts

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Coming up with gifts is always a difficult task. I have a really hard time coming up with ideas for graduation gifts. Whether it’s high school or college, kids those ages are tough to shop for. They probably need practical items for life but those aren’t fun to give as gifts. The best gift you can give them is money to spend the way they want. Now you are not going to just hand them a wad of cash. You have to give money in a cute fun way. Here are 10 creative graduation money gifts. They are all fun and easy to put together. Whether it is for your own kids, family or friends they will all love these creative money gifts.

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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Mother’s Day Party Games

| Games, Mother's Day

Balloons For Mother's Day Games

Mother’s Day might not be the biggest holiday for games,but why not? I know some fun moms that would love Mother’s Day games. Some of these are for the kids to do which helps to get out there energy and occupy them as well. Plus, they will be funny for the Moms to watch. These are all fun silly games that any friends or family can participate in. For kids or adults everyone will have fun with some games on Mother’s Day. You can pick a couple of the game ideas that you like and play them with the whole family.

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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Coloring Printable Mother’s Day Banner

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Mom Banner Mother's Day Printable

For parties focused on parents I think it is fun to get kids involved in making the decorations. These printable banner is such an easy do it yourself for kids to make. All you have to do is print it out kids can color in the letters and around the letters on the pendants. The banner includes a few pieces that say Moooom! When kids say mom they often throw in a few extra vowels in there to really get mom’s attention. Since I was making this from a kids perspective I thought that would be a funny way to write it. My daughter loves to draw so this was the perfect project for her. Really any age kid can help make this banner maybe with a little help. I also tried to make the letters look a little childlike to match with the doodles.

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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Mother’s Day Gift with printable tag

| Mother's Day, Printables

Mother's Day gift with printable tag

This gift is inspired by my own mom. She is the queen of naps! She has a ton of energy is always on the go when she is awake but she also loves her naps. She is also the master at getting her grand kids to nap. She’s the baby whisperer, it’s a gift! When my daughter used to nap I would nap right along with her. When she stopped napping I went through nap withdrawal! I would get sleepy around nap time and just crave that nap while my daughter was getting into things. We both would get a little grumpy around nap time. I was trying to think about what moms really want for Mother’s Day. I thought a kid free vacation, a mani/pedi, alone time at Target and a nap where the top contenders. This Mother’s Day gift with printable tag is a Mom’s Nap Kit. You can get creative with what to include in the nap kit but I put a blanket, eye mask, fuzzy socks, and head phones. You could put some other relaxing treats like tea and chocolate. This should come with an offer to watch a mom’s kids while she takes a nap. That is a priceless gift! I’m also a sucker for warm and cozy things.

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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Printable Coloring Mother’s Day Gift Box

| Mother's Day, Printables

Little Printable Coloring Gift Boxes For Mom

My daughter loves to draw. We both love arts and crafts we also love to draw. She likes to surprise me with drawings but she is very serious about me not looking. If I take a peak at what she is drawing she gets mad. She is apparently a serious artist! I love her surprise drawings and how much she loves to draw. It reminds me of myself as a kid. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be a cartoonist. One summer I took an art class. Unfortunately I broke my arm at the beginning of the class session and had to draw left handed. I have to say considering I am completely right handed my drawings weren’t terrible. My daughter looks like her dad but her personality is a lot like mine. I wanted to incorporate drawing into my Mother’s Day posts since it is something we both love. Also, whether a kid is a great artists or not kid doodles are the cutest! There are tags for Mom and Grandma to put on these gift boxes.

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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How To Make A Paper Cactus Garden

| Centerpieces, Cinco De Mayo, Decorations, DIY

I love plants but have never been able to keep them alive. I can even kill a cactus, it’s true I have killed about 5 cacti. I made this easy cactus garden out of paper that you can’t kill. The best thing is you can make a bunch of these and you don’t have to remember to do anything after. These are fun decorations for parties or home. You can put the paper cacti in a vase with sand too but I have these fun fiesta style paper printable holders for them. Get the printable CLICK HERE

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About Valerie Lewis

Hi I'm Val! I love coffee and cupcakes(breakfast of champions), getting crafty with my daughter and making easy DIY parties to celebrate all of life's special moments. Come party with me!

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