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Valentine’s Day Printables + Free Printable Banner

I recently was asked to re-list in my Etsy Shop these valentine’s day printables I created!
So I thought I would share them again on my blog in case you are looking for
some valentine’s day printables! They are a cute idea for classroom or teacher gifts!
The most popular ones are the fish, keep calm + eat candy and wheelie like you printables!

They are all immediate downloads so you can get cracking
on your DIY’s and mark that baby off the to do list.
Have a plan for valentine’s day this year!
Easy cute DIY with a printable you can use year after year!

I can’t believe Sienna was ever this little ;)
She wuved her fishies.

A popular one for the boys is the car printable!
I gave the stoplight a heart ;)
My fav for teachers is the Keep Calm and Eat Candy printable!

My littles don’t really need a lot of candy..but we love trail mix in our house!
The Squirrel “I’m totally NUTS about you” was a hit with them!
They helped me pick out what we were gonna fill them with!

Here’s a little free goodie for you!
Use across your mantle or party table!
FREE “Be Mine!” Mini-Garland & “Be Mine!” Banner Printables.

These are just a selection of the many I have listed. check them all out!
If you end up using the printables be sure to tag me on INSTAGRAM!!
I also shared some other fun valentine’s day printables and DIY details in this post!

Dollhouse Makeover- VIDEO

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I was so excited when Santa… found this dollhouse on craigslist for $25(including the furniture) MAKEOVER TIME! Because of the incredible amount of interest via social media,
I made a video showing details on the dollhouse! I had a blast fixing up this cute house for our girls’ christmas present. They LOVE it.. and so does micah. In his defense, it does makes sense to be IN the kitchen when pouring tea…Luckily the house is pretty sturdy. haha.
Love how they all play with it and I can’t wait to add more details to it with the girls.
Sophia and I are already planning! ;) Enjoy the video below!
Took a few nights of “carry it up the steps while the kids sleep, work on it, carry it back down.” We are loving it’s modern + fresh makeover!Dollhouse Makeover2-TheBusyBudgetingMamaPROJECT SUPPLIES:

-Dollhouse (We had this model- KidKraft Annabelle Dollhouse)
-Furniture came with dollhouse (The Christmas Tree was from target on clearance!)
-Two Pieces of Sandpaper
-We R Memory Keepers – Albums Made East – Journaling Cards – Chalkboard
(same one different store. I found mine at Walmart for $5)
-Felt/Ribbon to cover furniture with Hot glue gun
-Paint Brushes
-Craft Paint! (JoAnns has great sales. I stock up my craft box
when they have buy one get one free sales! Listing the colors I used on this project. I also mixed colors to make some of the shades.)
Ceramcoat: Green Tea(family room), White, Peony, Think Pink,
(and another pink I already threw out…sorry!(for bedroom)
Americana: Sea Breeze (kitchen mixed with white)
Apple Barrel: Black, Gloss White
Folk Art: Parchment

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Tag me on instagram if you share your dollhouse makeover!
If you have been wanting to get a dollhouse, be sure to check out craigslist in your area and see if you can find a used one with good bones that you can make over. It was so fun!

Our 2014 Cookie + Whiskey Exchange Party!

I’ve thrown a couple cookie exchange parties over the years.. (2010. 2011.)
and my husband and I said that the next one I do should be a couples one!
He said we should do a whiskey exchange for the guys. BRILLIANT.
Everyone we talked too loved the idea and we decided to try and fit it in
before Christmas came this year! It was so fun!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange1

All the girls were told to bring 6 dozen cookies and the guys bring a bottle of whiskey.
They had to text ben a photo of what they got so they didn’t have duplicates. We weren’t so serious about the cookie exchange part. I let everyone bring whatever they felt like making and we ended up with no duplicates! Some couldn’t bring 6 dozen and some made we just winged it and it ended up being great! this was a no stress cookie exchange…
only rule was to bring some cookies and a bottle of whiskey.
I love baking and cookie dough probably more than I like the cookies themselves ;)
I couldn’t live without my scooper though! Makes making cookes so much easier.
Everyone needs this tool in their kitchen!
I didn’t have much time to decorate or plan a big party so I focused on the food…
and printed out my printables that I made for a party a few years ago… just a different color.
Instantly made the party feel festive and put together!
I made Oatmeal Scotchies. :)thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange2
For the table I put out the prizes on a cake stand and our little plates for the girls to put their “sample” cookies on. Each of them put 6 cookies down and marked on the card a number. On the inside they put the name of their cookie and how many they brought.
We cut the cookies up on the plate so everyone could sample a bit of each!
I loved seeing the table fill up with all the cookies!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange3

For the Whiskey Exchange, ben had gotten a bunch of
mason jars and lined them up on the table. The guys lined up their whiskey
and each jar got 100ml . 7 jars per bottle, with 50ml left in bottle for sampling .
They did the exchange via fantasy football draft style and
picked in order of beard length with longest beard first haha!
We were surrounded by a lot of beards, plaid and whiskey.

Everyone started sampling the cookies and casting their votes using my ballot cards!
It’s fun seeing everyone get into it. focus.. serious decision making going on.

Lots of chatting, snacking and cookie eating going on!
I made some dips: buffallo chick dip..spinach dip. We had french onion dip ranch dip and all sorts of things to dip with! bread pretzels carrots peppers pita chips and wavy chips and tostitos chips. and pigs in a blanket. a classic holiday food in our house ;)
I’m a fan of snacking and talking!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange10Here are the four winners! They won for Most Creative,
Best Looking, Most Unique and Best Tasting.
Everyone won in the end because we all got trays of cookies though!
The prize was a cute mug filled with treats and a whiskey flavored chocolate bar.
Saw it at target and had to have it. haha.thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange9I usually get trays but couldn’t find any cute ones this year that were big enough!
So instead we used these big paper platters from Walmart to load up cookies on!
Used the CLING saran wrap to send them home!  it’s amazing.
why did I ever buy the other kind???

I loved the variety of cookies we ended up with!
Thankful for a night of friendship and fun.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Throw your own party!!
Doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money to pull together something fun
for your friends and family to enjoy!
my instant download cookie exchange printable package

Day in the Life- Random Mama Moments

During my first years of blogging I did a
lot of ‘Day in the Life posts-Random Mama Moments.’
Just sharing my heart, what we’ve been up too and what I’m loving!
It’s part journal for my kids part sharing favorites for others to find!
I thought my blog was due for this kind of post. :)

So ok……I get it guys. I get what all my “moms of boys” have been talking about.
Micah Man.
I was in stealth mode to capture the shot of him not moving.
And that moment was only happening because he was drinking something.
non stop mover and shaker. for as much as he is crazy he is also our snuggler.
so I’ll take it. ;)
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Every day it is starting to look more and more like Christmas around here!
Sophia is in her favorite spot. :)
The snowflakes are foam and were a pack from the Dollar Store.
I seriously was watching you tube videos trying to make
some and then was like yup no. haha. Another day!
We got our tree.. cut it down for the first time with our family. They loved it!
And my muscle man hubby carried it. it was  A LOT heavier than our usual trees haha.
We love our nativity scene in this house. It’s used daily.
All the (fischer price) people said amen!
including all the superheroes, princesses and noah’s ark animals.
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Christmas present Shopping started on Black Friday! We don’t normally do the whole thing
but we were with my family and thought it would be fun! Seriously… a blast.
And luckily the people working laughed at us as much as we were laughing at ourselves.
My sister definitely crashed the cart after that photo was taken. haha.
Found a few good deals but we also saw that some things were still cheaper online.
A lot of price comparing. But I did get some good bargains and had fun with family!
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haha #daughterprobs #frozenobsessed
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I’m working up some fun DIY’s for Christmas presents for the kids!
I was sooo excited to find such similar fabric at Hobby Lobby for the play diapers I’m making them. They match the same diaper my mom made me for my baby dolls! Nostalgia!
I’m also making some felt desserts to go with the tea set we are giving them.
Can you guess our favorite treats?? Some mamas do crossword puzzles when they can’t sleep… I make mini felt carrot cakes and macaroons. haha. I seriously was thinking up felt patterns in my head and couldn’t sleep! I’ll share more on these soon! I have been making patterns so I can share those. If there is enough interest I can post a tutorial too.
I also was able to find some frozen apparel for our miss Sienna at Old Navy. She saw it and really wanted to buy one but I said no… then snuck it in the cart later. bahaha. sneaky mom. Old Navy has had some great sales!
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It’s shipping week for HAPPY MOMMY BOX!
Our boxes have taken over our office here in Charlotte. (first floor of our townhouse.)
We are looking at warehouse spaces because we are busting out. It’s a great problem to have. but kind of stressful! We are jumping to even more boxes next month… so… slight panic attack going on haha. Excited to be bringing on a couple new girls for the packing team! yayyy!
and SOOO Thankful for Mandy my business partner who is handling the end of year numbers this week so I can focus on shipping dec box,
our brand spanking new website and expanding!! I do not like that part of owning a business. It hurst my brain. I am the creative type.. we complete each other. haha. We are halfway through crazy week. we got this. Connect with us on our INSTAGRAM!
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I have naturally wavy/curly hair. With each baby it got a little less curly and more..crazy.
I usually straighten my hair because it’s easier to manage and lasts longer. (dry shampoo I love you.) But lately I haven’t had time to straighten this wildness. So I have been going to my curly hair products to cut down on getting ready time! Here are some products I’m loving and use every time I wear my hair curly! I’m gonna try to do a tutorial and show the steps one of these days! I do all my hair product shopping at target. because I live there.
Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding- tub for $22
Loreal TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray – $3.99
Garnier Fructis Styling De-Constructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray – $3.49
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I kind of can’t wait for Christmas morning.
Seeing these three play together is so fun…
and I can’t wait to see their giddy faces when they come down those steps.
They love each other. and drive each other bonkers at the same time.
a good balance of crazy goes on in our house. ;)
The other day Micah put his head on sienna’s shoulder while they watched a show on the floor. If that wasn’t cute enough sienna then proceeded to loudly whisper momm momm look!! And was about to burst with happiness. Moments later he hit her on the head with his hammer. The end.
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How are you doing today??
Hope you realize how amazing and beautiful you are.
Have a great rest of your day!
Hugs from your e-friends here in charlotte :)
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