Sunday, December 16, 2018

Neighbor Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming, and I love giving neighbor gifts! I feel like it is the one time you can quickly sho the people around you that you are thinking about them :) Here are some quick and easy ideas:
Gift: In a Pikle wrapped with a pom pom
Items needed: In a Pikle bag, box and yarn

These In a Pikle bags are so fun because they are unique and perfect to give friends for their purse or car. I love the mini version (because all small things are cute), but they have big versions as well. To add a DIY touch, I put them in a box and made a pom-pom from yarn. 

In a Pikle is generously offering a 25% discount! 
Use the code GOODTHINGSUTAH25 

Gift: Card Games
Items Needed: A card game, ribbon and a tag

I love to give something that means something to me. And, games are one of my favorite ways to spend time with my family.  You can find fun card games for a pretty low cost and then add a tag that says “We hope your holidays are filled with time to PLAY together!"

One trick I love to do: I love to use pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages to make tags. It is awesome because you can just add the words!  CLICK HERE for the tags I made.
But, if you want to download the original scrapbook kits, I would go HERE and download them. My favorite designer, Fayette designs the CUTEST things!
Gift: The gift of no dishes
Items needed: Christmas Paper Goods, Cellophane and ribbon
Wrap up your dishes in cellophane and add this cute tag that says: “Sending you our warmest wishes, and a holiday season with fewer dishes. Our Christmas wish to you… fewer dishes to do!” 
Gift: Hot Chocolate Bar
Items needed: Hot chocolate, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, mason jars, labels, and ribbon
Fill a mason jar or any other cute container with your different items and attach a tag that says:  Sending you “warm” wishes this holiday season. 
Gift: Christmas Wrapping Paper and Tape
Items Needed: Wrapping Paper, Tape, and Tag

Tie the tape to the wrapping paper and add the tag that says:
Since November you've been shopping, 
barely sleeping, hardly stopping. 
Now it's late you're in a scrape, out of paper, out of tape. 
Hope this wrap helps save the day! 
Have a Happy Holiday!   
Printable is on THIS BLOG.
Gift: Hand Soap
Items Needed: Hand Soap, Ribbon and Tag
Attach a tag that says: “We wash you a Merry Christmas” to a cute hand soap. 

Gift: Frozen Lasagna, pizza or other quick meal
Items Needed: Lasagna, ribbon, and tag
Attach a tag to the lasagna that says: 
'The hustle and bustle can be fun for sure,
but life still goes on between shopping and stores.
So this year we thought a quick dinner might do,
A very Merry Christmas from our family to you!”

I got this poem from THIS BLOG and you can go there for another printable tag she designed!
Gift: Batteries
Items needed: mason jar, batteries, tag and ribbon
Put various batteries in a jar and attach a tag that says “Christmas Eve Emergency Kit”


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Last minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Today on Good Things Utah, I showed some super fun last-minute ideas for Halloween costumes!

Items to find:
White t-shirt
White pants
Yellow felt - cut the felt in a circle and put on the shirt. It doesn’t have to be perfect, yolks aren’t! You can either use a clear thread to stitch the yoke on or use safety pins. 
Devil ears and tail (you might have one, lots of grocery stores might have the or just cut something out of felt)!

Items to find:
Black Shirt
Old movie tickets (you can even print some off the computer) 
popcorn bags (or print some) 

Glue these on your shirt! I tried to figure out how to pin them on but it just didn’t work :( You can get black t-shirts from Joanne’s fabric. I bought mine on sale for $2.50

Items to find:
Tan pants
White Shirt
Different colors of felt or card stock
red balloon
red card stock
head band

Cut strips of “confetti” from the felt or cardstock and attach it to the shirt. If you use clear thread with a light amount of stitches, you can reuse the shirt. For the cherry on top, blow up a balloon and use a piece of red card stock to make a cherry stem.

Items to find:
White Shirt
White Balloons
Shower Cap

I had all of this around my house! You can safety pin the balloons to your shirt so you can reuse the shirt again. 

Items to find:
Paint chips from the local paint store
Gray Shirt
Glue the paint chips on the shirt.

Have a Spook-tacular Halloween!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Good Things Utah Segment - Mason Jar Meals

I have loved doing Mason Jar Salads and snacks. It takes some time to prep, but the ease in grabbing something health(ier) to eat from the fridge has been a great way to stay out of the drive-thru for meals! Here are a few of my favorites:
I love putting fruit in cups. At first, I was doing mason jars but then started buying clear cups and lids from Costco so I could just throw them in there. Easy to grab and put in your cup holder while driving, and disposable, so you aren’t washing moldy mason jars all the time!
I also love making these “mini salads.” These aren’t meant to be a meal, but to be a quick snack for in between meals. Two of my favorite is to put rice vinegar in a 2 oz. container, then cut up cucumbers and add some black sesame seeds. Another is to put cucumbers and grape tomatoes cut in half in a cup and smother with Italian Dressing. 
Another easy way to pack a healthy snack is to put some celery with either peanut butter or almond butter in a cup. I sometimes add a few chocolate chips to make it feel like a treat! I used to put the almond or peanut butter in the bottom of the cup but then realized that it is way easier to stick it in the 2 oz. container just because I was getting too lazy to shove my hand down in the cup. 

Some of my favorite meals to make are:
To make:
Boil 1 box of Farfalle pasta
Tear apart a rotisserie chicken and add it to the drained pasta once cooked al dente. Tip: I love to just put on gloves and tear it apart! It is SO much quicker!
Add in 1/3 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup sesame oil, 1/4 cup (I splash a little more) of soy sauce, 1/3 cup of honey and 3 T of rice vinegar and 5 T roasted sesame seeds.
**Put this mixture in the bottom of your jar**
Then add in this order:
Sweet peppers
A sprinkle of cilantro and green onion 
Baby spinach. 

*Trust me, this is delicious!*
To Make:
Cook ground beef or turkey with taco seasoning like you are making a regular taco
Layer the ingredients in the following order:
Ground Beef
Catalina Dressing
Pinto Beans
Cheddar Cheese
Then, I stick crunched up Doritos in a 2 oz container to sprinkle on top!

Stack in this order:
Dressing…sometimes when I feel like LOVING my meals, I will go to Cafe Rio and get their Creamy Tomatillo Dressing. Then, the next week when I feel guilty… I use the Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing. 
Black beans
Chicken - I use rotisserie chicken

I think one of the things I love most about these meals, is that they make my fridge look so pretty!

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