little box of sunshine gift idea

we sent this happy little box to my mother in law for mothers day
and i thought i'd share here with you all in case you're looking for a fun gift idea that's easy to put together and is such a surprise to the recipient!


i saw the idea on pinterest and decided to put a box together to send off to North Carolina
and after a trip to target i had a bunch fun stuff ... 


that happiness book is really cute - there's some funny things in it
i know this because i was chuckling in the isle at target while i flipped through it :)
i put all the little odds and ends in the clear catch all bag 


i lined the inside of the box with some bright yellow paper & double sided tape
the brighter the paper the better! you want that box to shine when all the flaps are opened :)


the flat rate box from the post office is free! and you can pack it full no matter what the weight 
and send it off for a flat rate fee priority mail (2-3 days) for around $15 i think, i can't remember the exact rate but it's around there :)



the paper i had was 8.5 x 11 and fit perfectly in this small flat rate box leaving only a little gap at the bottom on one side but you won't be able to see it once you fill it up


a little trimming might be necessary near the top flaps
and i just placed a full sheet on the bottom with no tape


the best part is this clipart that i got here
from my best girl's etsy shop - simply purchase, download, print and cut!
a little more of the double sided tape to place it where your heart desires and that's it!



i also printed out the text from microsoft publisher on my PC - cut & taped that to the long flaps


fill you box and send it off!
i know whoever receives it won't be able to help but be so happy :)
the only thing i was missing was yellow basket straw - you know that crinkled paperish stuff that comes in all different colors? filling the space at the top with that would've kept the yellow theme going, but i only had white tissue paper on hand, but yellow tissue paper would work too right?


some pictures of us girls on Mother's Day ♥


that's my mom - doesn't she look good?!
hoping i get her slow aging genes :)




whatever Mother's Day means for you i hope it was filled with joy and happines ... even if it's sort of a sad day for you whatever the reason, know that God works all things together for your good! even in the sadness (especially in the sadness) He's molding & shaping you into who He wants you to be ♥ remember that every heartache and trial you face was first sifted through His hands before it got to you so take comfort in that girls.
much love to you














layered chocolate brownie trifle


one of my favorite go-to crowd pleaser desserts is this layered chocolate brownie trifle
my cousin gave me the recipe a long time ago when we were still young and our kids were just babies
thanks cousin :)
i've made it so many times over the years
it's always well received and there's rarely any leftovers

here's what you need:
2 & 1/2 cups of milk
2 packages of instant chocolate pudding (4 servings size)
1 package brownie mix
1 - 16oz tub of whipped topping
strawberries or raspberries for garnish


bake the brownies as directed on the box the night before 
and the day of, all you have to do is assemble ... which takes less than 30 minutes
so the next day or whenever the brownies are cool 
cut them into one inch squares and set aside


to make the chocolate mousse part
whisk together the milk and both boxes of pudding then fold in half of the whipped topping
use the other half to layer between the mousse and the brownies


layer brownies on the bottom of a trifle dish
then layer half of the chocolate mousse
then half of the remaining whipped topping




then repeat all that once more :)


you can also switch the strawberries on top for raspberries, shaved chocolate, heath toffee bits or really anything you can think of 









i added this recipe to my project life recipe book using the PL app that you can download right onto your phone for a dollar or two ... i use it to document all our family photos and i've started organizing my recipes with it as well, i love it!



i hope you try this next time your have to feed a bunch of people dessert!
enjoy ♥

free mini December calendar ♥


well i say this every year. how did Christmas get here so quick?
i was scrolling though some old blog posts and got excited about some gifts & decorations i've done in years past 


this hot cocoa bar is coming back this year! but in a different spot and i'm gonna change it up a bit


this Christmas card / gift wrapping caddy is so handy to have around
and it looks cute on the kitchen counter or living room table ♥


yeah... that's not happening this year ha!


trader joe's christmas cookies for the win
and sprinkles in hot chocolate


taking in the last little bits of fall this past weekend
soon it will be covered with snow
for 6 months
:(


guys. we saw Moana. 
we loved it! it's so cute!
disney never disappoints



hope you are getting lots of shopping, decorating and cookie making done!
much love ♥

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