Make Soap the EASY way!

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A few months back my sister-in-law surprised me with some amazing handmade soap.  It smelled delightful and had all natural ingredients like lavendar oil and lavendar petals and coconut oil and goat milk.  I asked her at the time how hard it was to make and she said it was the easiest thing ever.  I haven't had any experience with making soap before and had always thought there was just the one scary wear gloves and goggles hard way to do it.  My interest was immediately picqued and I couldn't wait to get together with her and make some soap together.  

She was worried I wouldn't like learning from her because she only knows how to do it the easy way.  But the easy way is my favorite way to do everything!  I love the idea of making soap in an hour and not getting out any goggles or gloves or any other scary accessories.  Maybe some day I'll try the other method. But today! We're gonna look at the easiest soap making ever!  Are you ready?

Here's a list of ingredients for you:

Silicone Soap Mold (click image to buy)

Goat's Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base 2lb (click image to buy)

30 drops Sandlwood Essential Oil (click image to buy)

4 Tbsp Oatmeal

2 Tbsp Honey

Orange Zest of 1/2 large orange


Pyrex bowl

Spoon or Spatula

1. To start with you Cut up your soap base in managable cubes and put them in your pyrex bowl. 

2. Melt your soap cubes in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir between each heating. (Optionally you can also heat soap cubes on the stove in a pan)

3. Once melted stir in the Oatmeal, honey and the Sandlwood Oil.

4. Zest half of the orange into the mixture as well. We also zested a little bit into the bottom of the molds for a pretty look.

5. Pour your soap into the molds and let them set up.  This recipe makes about 10 bars of soap. So we had to fill the molds twice but it wasn't a problem.  If you'd like to make them all at once you could buy two molds as they are very cheap.

6. After all the soap was done I fancied them up with a little wax paper, some brown paper from a paper bag and some string.

This is us having way too much fun with our soap.

Handmade soap is great for home but it also makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift.  If you're extra ambitious you can even make soap and sell it.  This quick and easy method makes soap making accessible to everyone.  Even older kids could help out with this fun craft. I hope you enjoy making your very own soap the easy way.  Have you made soap before?  What tips and tricks do you have for me? Stay Crafty!




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Jasmine Hewitt
I'd love to try this one day!
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April Does That Nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award

While there were hundreds of blogs in the running, April Does That was one of 11 blogs nominated for “The Sunshine Blogger Award” by Travel Foodie Mom.


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
 First of all, Thank you so much for the nomination! I am so honored to be part of such a talented group of bloggers.

Here are my answers toTravel Foodie Mom’s questions:

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in January of this year!

2. How were you inspired to start a blog?

I have always loved to write and to do crafty things and I decided I wanted to share my passions on a larger scale.  I believe anyone can be creative and I love to show people just how easy it can be.

3.What is the most valuable thing you have learned from blogging?

I have learned a lot about scheduling and self discipline!

4. What social media platforms can we find you on?

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

5. What do you do to unwind and relax?

I love quiet time and painting with acrylics.  Florals are my favorite inspiration right now.

6. If you were to press play on your playlist, what song would come on?

Probably some Lindsey Sterling.  I love lots of different music genres but Lindsey is my go to.

7. Where is your favorite travel location?

My all time favorite vacation was to Puerto Rico but we also visit Florida on a regular basis.  Tropical is my preferred travel location.

8.What is your favorite food?

That's an easy one! Sushi!  I love it and I could eat it every day.

9. What quote do you live by?

The golden rule.  Treat others as you want to be treated.  I try to be kind always.

10.  If you only had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?

I would spend the day with my husband and babies and let the kids choose something very fun to do.

11. What is one interesting fact about you that most people may not know?

I took 8 semesters of Spanish in school.  I loved it and was fluent at the time...now not so much :)

Now for my questions.

1.How long have you been blogging?

2. Who are your favorite bloggers we should check out?

3. Where can we find you on social media?

4. Why did you start blogging?

5.  How did you come up with the name of your blog?

6. What was your favorite movie as a kid?

7.What makes your blog special?

8. What was your first job?

9. Share the post you are most proud of.

10.How long does it take you to do an average post?

11. What would you like to tell your readers?

Would you like to have a chance to be nominated? Leave a blog comment with your blog URL for consideration. The winners will be announced on Friday April 28, 2017. Stay Crafty!

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Solely Jolie Makeup Brush Clearing Pad Review

I received free product in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions are my own and I do not accept products in exchange for good reviews. 

Today's review comes to you with some excitement!  I am in love with this new find and I just HAD to share with you.  As you know I'm pretty into all natural products.  I especially feel this way about the products I use on my skin.  I wear makeup nearly every day and I have a HUGE stash of mineral eyeshadows.  But to be honest, I don't use them that much because they can be a pain to mix and they are pretty messy.

Well I have discovered something amazing: Solely Jolie Makeup Brush Clearing Pad.  As the name suggests it is a water free solution for cleaning makeup brushes.  It rids brushes of makeup, dirt, oil and dead skin.  My favorite part?  It can also be used as a palette to mix loose mineral makeup!  This is genius!  Not only does it allow me to finally mix my eyeshadow colors, but it also cleans my makeup brushes in one easy place!

When you're done with your mixing and brush cleaning you simply rinse the cleaning pad under running water using common household hand washing soap.  How convenient! Since I'm already in the bathroom this just becomes part of my makeup routine.  My counter stays clean and I get to use those healthier mineral eyeshadows I've been hoarding. ;) 

Solely Jolie reduces the spread of bacteria and other diseases.  This allows you to keep your brushes longer and leaves your face feeling fresher.

Not only is Solely Jolie Makeup Cleaning Pad a great product it is born from an amazing woman named Amy Blansit.  She came up with the idea of this cleaning pad when her husband, Drew Lewis, was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. In honor of colorectal cancer awareness, Drew’s stepsister sent the family royal blue support bracelets. Immediately, the bracelet became a part of her everyday attire.

One morning, while wearing the bracelet, she was clearing excess color off her makeup brush by brushing it along her hand. Accidentally, she ran the brush past her bracelet.   A lot of makeup was removed from the brush and deposited on the bracelet. It became her daily routine to use the bracelet to remove excess makeup from her brushes between colors. It was more sanitary than using a hand or hitting the brush over the sink, and it also did a better job.

She decided to investigate to see if there was a similar product on the market. When she was unable to find anything she started searching for ways to develop a product that could be washed easily and was extremely durable.

So after a lot research and hard work Solely Jolie was born.  In addition to being an excellent product a percentage of proceeds will be donated to cancer prevention through the Drew Lewis Foundation to address poverty and health initiatives. This story began with colon cancer but it continues with hope for a better future.

Check out this quick video that shows you exactly what Solely Jolie is and how to use it!  

Solely Jolie can be purchased at www.solelyjolie.com and you can follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Try out your Solely Jolie by ordering above with a special code just for you dear reader enter aprildoesthat for 15% off at checkout.

Or enter to win one!  To win follow me  and Solely Jolie on Instagram!  Tag 1 real friend on my post featuring a picture of the Solely Jolie Makeup Brush Clearing Pad and a winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday 4/26/2017.  Stay Crafty!


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DIY Leather Tassels

If you are a mom you probably know, remember or long for that precious moment when you feel like you can switch back to a regular purse from that giant diaper bag.  Well friends I am there.  I seem to get away with leaving the house with just diapers and wipes these days and I keep a change of clothes in the car.  Baby girl is perfectly capable and insistent on carrying her own sippy so I am confident that the glorious moment has arrived.  Maybe I should mope a little.  After all baby girl is our last baby and leaving the diaper bag behind is a little symbolic that she is growing up.  But instead I choose to celebrate the steps we're taking together.  My big girl and I will both carry our own purses and they will be appropriately sized to our bodies instead of giant baby suitcases.  Goodbye diaper bag it was great while it lasted.  

Hello my new beautiful purse.  My first real name brand purse (it was a special early anniversary present)  I was giddy picking out my purse over the weekend.  It almost felt like that moment had finally arrived where I was a real adult woman with her first real purse.  The mom purse.  I'm embracing it you guys. This thing is sturdy, fashionable and functional.  It'll have diapers and a pretty wallet.  Kid snacks and my celly.  I'm realizing more and more how little I actually need to carry with me.  It's freeing and wonderful.

Well anyway!  When I was buying my first big girl purse I was looking at all the pretty little tassels and baubles I could attach to it as well.  But I couldn't bring myself to pay $40+ for a leather tassel.  I just couldn't do it.  Quite awhile back I visited my local leather store and bought a couple bags of remnants on the cheap.  I thought some day I'll use those!  And today's the day.  I happen to know how to make tassels and they are practically the easiest thing ever.  Seriously!  They almost make themselves.  So let's do this; let's make some pretty little tassels for my brand new purse. Who does't need a few tassels in their life??




Strong glue ( I used Leather Cement but I think you could try hot glue or craft glue)

Key Ring or Clip (optional)

I made all of my tassels different because that's just how I am.  I'm not real big on uniformity and since my purse is very structured I wanted to bring it just a little more personality with my fun tassels.


1.  Cut a strip of leather.  It can be a perfect rectangle.  Tall or short.  Or angled to add texture

2. Cut knotches all the way across.  This is the time to be a little uniformed in your sizes.  It will look best if all the tassel pieces are approximately the same size, but you can choose to do very thin tassel pieces, super chunky or even angled slices.  Be sure to stop about the same place around the top of your tassel.

3.  Cut an extra piece of leather to be a loop.  This is basically just a little rectangle strip.

4. Glue down your loop on the inside of your tassel. Optionally you can add a keyring or clip inside your loop when gluing it down.

5. Put glue across the inside top and roll your tassel up. 

6. Be sure there's enough glue at the end to make it very secure.

7. Some other options are to make a few different colored strips to go across the top of your tassel or glue on jewels.  The sky is the limit.

I hope you loved making these tassels as much as me.  I ended up liking the way just two of them together on my purse looks.  So that means you can win the pink and dark blue tassel.  To enter like me on Instagram @aprildoesthat and tag one friend on the tassel post. I will pick a winner Friday April 21,2017.  

So enter to win or make your own.  Have you ever made tassels before?  What other leather projects have you done?  Do you have some ideas for the rest of my leather stash?  Stay Crafty!

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How to Kick the Do-Nothings

Have you ever felt like you don't want to do ANYTHING?  Like your bed is your BFF?  You just want to lie in bed all day and...DO NOTHING.  I call this the do-nothings and when I'm depressed I get it it bad.  I hide in my room and well, do nothing.  Simple tasks seem insurmountable.  Doing a load of laundry seems like self imposed torture.  Getting dressed and presentable seems impossibe.  And making dinner?  It ain't gonna happen!

But after going to therapy for my Post Partum Depression I learned some quick and easy tricks that can be just the ticket to get me out of a funk.  Or at least help to accomplish something even if it's small.  Because small things can feel really big when you're in the midst of the dark cloud of depression.

I'm sharing a few of the lessons I learned while in therapy because I think we all get the do nothings sometimes.  And if you don't, then tell me your secret!

1. Make a list of the positives and negatives of a certain activity you're dreading.  My example for this was waking up early.  It's been a goal of mine for a long time, but man do I love to sleep.  So I made the list!  The positives far outweigh the negatives.  Sometimes this is all the push you need to do something that you are dreading.

2. Make a list of pleasurable activities and plan one thing that brings you even a small measure of joy EVERY day.  This might sound crazy because I'll be honest as a mom and a woman I find that I was rarely doing anything just to bring myself joy.  That felt normal and maybe even expected but it doesn't have to be that way.  I assure you it is not impossible to bring joy into every day of your life.  Sometimes it just takes some forethought and planning.  It can be something very small like painting your nails, going for a jog or indulging in a chocolate.  Whatever works for you.  Here's a look at my list.

This exercise is interesting because it gives you something to look forward to every day and surprisingly it can help you to get to know yourself better.  I found that sometimes the things I thought I would enjoy weren't that great or things I thought would be just okay turned out to be right up my alley.

3. Make a schedule for every hour of your day.  So not a regular calendar but and hour by hour break down of your day. (from the hour you get up to the hour you go to bed)  Beside each activity record your anticipated feeling toward the activity or task. Go back and fill in the reality of how you felt.  Did you really do what you had planned?  If not what did you do instead? And don't forget how you really felt.  To make this a little easier you can classify the topics into maintainence (things you must do) and pleasure (things your are excited to do) and next to it write a number from 1-5 how much of a pleasure or chore you are anticipating or was it really.  Was it both?

These are just 3 of many ways to cope with symptoms of depression and I'll be totally honest with you, sometimes these just aren't enough to get me out of my funk or sometimes my do nothings are just too strong to even write a list.  But if I can get myself to do these exercises, more times than not I feel so much better.  Having a plan and something to look forward to really helps me.  I hope that next time you are struggling with the do-nothings you can try some of these suggestions.  Do you get the do nothings?  What helps you to cope and overcome?  Do you like my print outs?  Well I have made them available to you for free!  Just CLICK HERE enter your email and I'll send them right over to you! As always Stay Crafty!

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Tangy Stuffed Peppers

When  I was newly married and very young, cooking was quite the adventure. We lived in a tiny little apartment as managers.  Just to give you an idea of how tiny our apartment was, the bathroom was so small you had to put your feet up on the bathtub to sit down on the toilet. lol!  The kitchen was itty bitty and I didn't have a dishwasher or much space to work with.  What I did have was a gas stove a tiny counter top, a sink and a wobbly kitchen table.  I never felt like I was lacking anything and I was so thrilled to have a place of our own.  I painted every room a different color and we had people over constantly.  I cooked for them all.

 I didn't really know much about cooking and I never thought to just look up a recipe or ask someone.  I was young and independent.  Honestly I'm glad because it lead to some fun discoveries in the kitchen.  Occasionally I would call my grandma or my mama and ask for advice but for the most part I just winged it.  An example is my stuffed pepper recipe.  I vaguely knew what stuffed peppers were from eating microwavable frozen ones with my Nan.  I knew they had hamburger and rice in them with some kind of red sauce so I decided to give it a try with my own spin.

Most recipes for stuffed peppers include rice, hamburger, onion, mozzerella and some kind of tomato sauce.  The basics are very similar in mine but with a few changes that lead to a bold and yummy change up.  So let's get started!  Make my tangy stuffed peppers you won't be sorry.


1 lb of hamburger cooked and drained

1 1/2 cups cooked rice

1 tbsp diced garlic

19 oz can mild enchilada sauce

1/2 cup of feta cheese

4 bell peppers


Preheat oven to 350

1. Start by cutting the tops off of your peppers and take the membranes out.

2. Boil your peppers for about 2 minutes.

3. Dice any of the usable bits on the top of the pepper you cut off.

4. Stir hamburger, rice, garlic, half of enchilada sauce, feta cheese, and diced bell pepper.

5. Pour a small amount of sauce in the bottom of a pyrex pan (I use a glass 8 x8)

6. Set your peppers on the sauce and fill them with the mixture.

7. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of your peppers.

8. Bake 45 mins- 1 hour

9. Enjoy a yummy dinner!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.  The enchilada sauce and feta add quite the punch of flavor.  Do you have a recipe that started out traditional and took a fun turn?  Share with me by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Enjoy your dinner and as always Stay Crafty!


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Negative Space Sign Tutorial

We have a family member who is really into moonshine.  It's pretty popular right now, in part thanks to the show Moonshiners on tv.  We have a big event coming up and honestly he's one of those guys that you never quite know what to buy for.  He's a true man's man and is always gracious no matter what we come up with.  This time though, I'm pretty confident he's going to love our little gift. 

 My husband  has been telling me for awhile that I coud draw designs and we could cut them out with his scroll saw.  He really wants to teach me to use it and I probably will soon.  After seeing this project go so smoothly and having a result I'm so happy with, I think this could be a new obsession of mine. So let's get started!  It all started with a board and a rough idea that we wanted it to have something to do with moonshine.I drew my design first in pencil and then in sharpie. I made sure that the lines that connected would not leave holes where I did not want them. For example, I drew my O's in two sections so there wouldn't be just a huge hole there.  The most intricate part was the mason jar design.  I had to make sure it wasn't too thin or too connected.  Then I gave the project over to Josh.  We were both a little nervous about the intricate jar so I let him go ahead and cut the whole thing out.  I'll try it myself next time. To start with, Josh drilled a hole near an edge so he would be able to get the saw blade inside the design.  It's important to attach the saw blade back in and to adjust the tension to just the right amount.  Too loose and it won't cut correctly, too tight and the blade will snap.  This is the most difficult part of the scroll saw.  (So I'm told) 

Once that was done it was back to me.  I really like the rustic natural look of our scrap of wood so I decided I didn't want to paint it.  But it was still lacking just a bit.  I decided to paint the inside of the letters to help them stand out. 

So that step was pretty time intensive and messy!  There was really no way to avoid some of the paint getting on the top that I wanted unpainted. 

Sand paper to the rescue!  The wood really needed a good sand anyway and sanding it removed my rogue paint.  Here's the finished product. Well I am beyond happy with the results. I love everything about it.  I think the imperfections really add to its rustic charm. We will probably throw a layer of clear stain or polyuretane on it so it will be weather proof. What do you think about our homemade gift?  Have you tried your hand at the scroll saw?  Do you have tips for me when I finally take the plunge and learn to use it?  Show me your projects by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tagging me on Instagram @aprildoesthat.  And as always, Stay Crafty  

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Plaid People Laundry Lather & Linen Spray

I received an unspeakable discount in exchange for this blog post.  I do not accept products in exchange for positive reviews.  All opinons are my own.

My family is SENSITIVE!  My kids break out in eczema rashes at the drop of a hat.  The baby gets diaper rash if we use the wrong detergent on her cloth diapers or if we buy the wrong brand of disposables.  My husband has terrible allergies and most store bought scents make me ill and itchy.  We're a mess!  

I choose natural products whenever possibe and even then I have to be mindful of everyone's allergies.  So the following review comes to you with the utmost honesty and a thorough evaluation.

This month's First Friday Favorite is Plaid People.  Plaid People is a small business offering handmade laundry lather and linen sprays.  Natasha is the owner and artisan behind the scenes and she let me sample her amazing products.  Let me tell you I am in LOVE. 

Natasha has been making natural products for her own home and family for about 7 years and now she makes them for you!  She is passionate about using the very best natural ingredients to yield the best results.  Her products are all natural, vegan and eco-friendly.  As you now know, that is right up my alley.

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DIY Chalkpaint Couch Makeover

A guest post by Paige Everson

I bought this vintage settee for only 10 bucks. I always wanted some sort of stylish bench seating for the window side of my dining room table and this was the perfect size. That said, I never really liked the fabric.

 I mean, honestly, other than a baby’s room, who decorates with pepto pink? In addition to the less than desirable color, there were a few deeply set in stains that were beyond removable and also some spots of sun fading.

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DIY Spring Wreath

Spring has sprung!  My flowers are starting to pop up.  The birds are singing and the weather has warmed.  It's time to say goodbye to my snowflakes and pinecones and so long to my snowmen.  Hello bright colors!  Welcome spring flowers!  

Seasonal decor can be expensive.  In fact, when I bought the supplies for this tutorial, the lady in front of me spent $100 on Spring Decor. (no really!)  If you don't believe that's possible, just take a walk through Hobby Lobby and see for yourself.  I like to change my wreath for each season.


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Thank you! It was fun and easy too.
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DIY Fur Baby Vest

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You've seen them.  Those little tiny fashionistas with their attitude and fresh style and squishy diaper butts.  They have their mocs their trendy outfits and their accessories.  Well I'm as guilty as the next mom.  I love to dress my baby in grown up styles because it is just so darn cute.  I still like those fluffy dresses now and again but my baby is usually dressed in leggings, gold bow moccasins and a trendy shirt.  That is where it's at for me.  I had been wanting a fur vest for baby girl all winter and when I made those throw pillows a while back, one of them was made of faux fur.  So I decided instead of spending a fortune on a fur vest for the baby, I'd take a shot at making one because that's how I roll.  My sewing skills are pretty limited so if I can do this, so can you!

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Ma's Sweet Potato Pie

Spring is officially here and I am so excited to be planting and opening windows...and even deep cleaning my house.  BUT I am also sad to see my Fall and Winter decor and rich earthy tastes go until next year.  I decided to have a last hurrah and leave my snowflakes, snowmen and pinecones out for one more week.  I also baked one of my favorite treats from my childhood.  Sweet Potato Pie!

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Julia @PrudentJoy
This looks awesome! I have only made pumpkin pie, but, I will definitely give this a try the next time I have sweet potatoes.... Read More
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April Huggins
It really is one of my favorites and sweet potatoes are pretty much available year round Let me know what you think when you try... Read More
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How to Start a Garden


Every year we have a garden and every year I learn a little bit more.  The main thing I've learned is that it IS work and the harder you work, usually the better your result.  Sometimes that's so true that you have fruits and veggies coming out your ears!   Where do you get help with gardening? One of my main sources of information and help with my garden is my friend Cherrelle.  She is simply amazing.

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April Huggins
I'm so glad you found my post helpful! Cherrelle really is amazing when it comes to gardening and I'm happy she is so generous wi... Read More
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Nova @ Happily Ever Hauser
Thanks! I've been meaning to get something started in our home that we bought over 3 years ago!
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April Huggins
Yes! I have lost so much to those caterpillars as well. I'm so excited to try these new suggestions this year.
Thursday, 23 March 2017 12:50
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County Fair Gotcha Party

 I'm surrounded by the most amazing women you guys!  One of them is Lacey.  She is inspiring and a beautiful human being inside and out.  She is down to earth and a real friend.  Her husband is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and they love their kids so sweetly. Lacey and her husband are foster parents and recently adopted 2 of their girls.

 I encourage you to listen my podcast where I interview Lacey and ask the big questions you want to know about foster parenting. What are the challenges?  What are the joys?  What's it really like?  Is it hard to let go? and more.

Now we're going to take a look at their adorable Gotcha Party.  The theme of the party was a County Fair.  It came together so well and the kids especially had a good time.  First we'll take a look at the decor.


The tables were covered in gingham and topped with sunflowers and hydrangeas.

The kids had an extra fun time with the county fair 'booths' that were set up.  Adopt a Pet


A Ball Pit and Face Painting                                              

Fish for a Duck and punch for a prize and make a flower


A balloon animal maker and Bumper Cars


And check out this adorable food table with a 'Farmer's Market' of fruits and veggies.

 And my very favorite a photo backdrop of quilts with a banner that says Forever Family. 

 I am so happy for Lacey and Dennis and we love their family. I'm glad their girls have found their forever home with such loving and kind parents.  Their party was adorable and I'm glad to share it with you.  I love themed parties.  They are my favorite.  Have you thrown a themed party?  What was it?  Where did you find your inspiration?  Share your thoughts and as alwaysStay Crafty

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DIY Paint and Sip Party

This week's Fun with Friends was really a good time.  I've always wanted to try one of those paint and sip places where you paint some relatively easy art and enjoy some wine with friends.  But I checked out the prices and I thought to myself I could do that myself for the same price and have an entire party.  So as a hostess I didn't really save any money but I threw an ENTIRE party for the price of about one admission to a standard paint and sip night.  And we had snacks.  For the truely thrifty set of friends each person could bring their own supplies and this party would be so cheap.  So I'll do my best to describe my party to you so you can get the best value and most fun possible.

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Exactly! We moms need all the cheap and fun ideas for girl's night we can get. ... Read More
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April Huggins
We had a blast! And being prepared helped me not to be nervous!
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