Valentine’s Day DIY Gifts

Valentine’s Day is probably one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. It comes right after my birthday so I always feel like it’s another excuse to treat myself. The holiday also has all of my favorite things: hearts, pink, red, more hearts, friendship, oh and love (duh). I wanted to share some quick DIY craft ideas in case you’re in a rush to send out gifts to your favorite people.

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A Crafty Birthday Party

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This year I celebrated my 24th birthday with a crafty party complete with sweet friends, good food + DIY projects. I love planning parties that allow for great conversation and take-home favors.

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I absolutely love entertaining friends – I try to celebrate any occasion that I can. No party is complete without delicious food, rum punch, music and good conversation.

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I found the cutest decorations on sale at Jo-Ann’s that went perfectly with my flower arrangement. My Gammy always sends the best birthday flowers – complete with my favorite ones: snapdragons and roses.

Some of the crafts included painting canvases, flower pots with seeds and a homemade body scrub. Many of the canvases and flower pots my friends painted were absolutely stunning!

This year I decided to bake the cupcakes from scratch using this recipe. It was the first time that I have made a cupcake recipe that wasn’t from the box. They were absolutely delicious! The only bump in the road was the homemade icing that went along with it. I have never made homemade icing so it came out a little thin, but still sweet.

Any excuse to party is a good one in my book! This year’s birthday did not disappoint – I felt so loved bringing in year twenty four.


Weekend Rewind: January 20 – 22, 2017

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This past weekend I received the best surprise –  a visit from one of my favorite girls! I so value and cherish the friendships I’ve made throughout the years. For me, I feel the most grounded when I know my relationships are being nurtured. And whether they’re maintained through physical gestures, random phone calls, FaceTime, letters or even trips, they mean the absolute world to me.

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I first met Lis back in middle school, and we’ve been close friends ever since! Have you ever met someone you just instantly clicked with? Well, that’s my Lis. We had to celebrate her impromptu trip to Gainesville with all of our favorite things. From eating exploring downtown to picking out the perfect bottle of wine, we had the perfect girls’ night!

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We also did some crafting while catching up with each other’s lives. That’s why I love having craft supplies on hand –  just for moments like these. A canvas makes the perfect craft because you get to personalize it while still creating a memory together. Now whenever I catch a glimpse of the canvas, it instantly takes me back to laughs from the weekend.