Back to School Gifts with Sadie Robertson Live Original + A Positive Note from Me

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Sadie Robertson Live Original

Every day I’m troubled by a lot of the things I see and hear on movies, television, music, and other media.  The decline in faith and family values, and the lack of positive messages and role models often leads me wondering and worried about where we’re headed.

We try to do our part to lead positive lives and encourage the young people in our family to do the same.  One thing I  especially wish for the young ladies in our family is that they maintain self respect and a positive image.  I want for them to be proud of who they are and not define themselves based on what others think, or feel they have to change to fit someone else’s ideal.

I, for one, wish I could have figured that out a long time ago! I am in my 30s and I still occasionally struggle with self esteem issues.  I’ve always had severe anxiety, and because of that, I really missed out on a lot of opportunities.  As a student, my grades were nearly perfect, and yet I never really felt completely confident in a classroom.  My anxieties also left me very distrusting of a lot of people, and as a result I found it very hard to open up and get to know most people.

Whether you’re a student in high school or college, you’re out in the work force, or if you’re a stay-at-home mom, maintaining a positive attitude is essential.  You can be smart, talented, and attractive, but if you don’t have self-confidence and aren’t able to be comfortable just being yourself, then you are lost! None of that other stuff matters. [Read more…]

Gifting Sweet & Savory Popcorn this Valentine’s Day

Valentine Basket

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? If you haven’t yet decided on a gift for your significant other, a gift basket is always a good way to go. has a great selection of gift baskets for all occasions, and they includes all kinds of delicious treats like chocolate, cookies, candies, nuts, and all sorts of other treats.

But if you’re looking to go beyond the usual Valentine’s Day gift of chocolates and sweets this year, I suggest checking out their popcorn baskets!  Available on and, you’ll find a great selection of popcorn tins, baskets, and boxes.

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Give Extra Thanks to Teachers + Gift Basket Idea

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Give Extra

November is all about giving thanks for all our blessings and to those who matter most.  Is there anyone you want to give extra thanks to?  I appreciate everyone in my life who makes every day special (like my husband, stepson, parents, and yes, the fur children) and I enjoy celebrating special moments with them, but lately I’ve found myself thinking of some of the people who I do not see but have still made an extra impact in my life.  Do you have anyone like this? [Read more…]

Give the Gift of Lilies This Spring

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Things are finally starting to warm up around here, and that means spring flowers are finally blooming! With Mother’s Day right around the corner it is the perfect time to consider showering mom, grandma, the wife, or your other favorite mom with gifts like a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Traditionally we associate roses as the the romantic flower of choice, but there are so many other options out there!  Consider some gladiolus and irises, or lilies.

When you think of lilies you probably think of white Easter lilies, but in fact they come a variety of beautiful, bright colors, that are perfect for spring.  I, for one, have always been a fan of yellow flowers, so I absolutely love the arrangement pictured above!

But you can also find lilies in bright pink, red, orange, and pastel colors, and they are even more beautiful when you create a mixed arrangment.  Don’t you just love the mix of colors pictured here?

Aside from Mother’s Day, we also have Administrative Professionals Day this month, as well Father’s Day coming up in June, which are both perfect occasions for which to send flowers.  And of course, lilies are also perfect for weddings and anniversaries.

If you like flower arrangements for your home, lilies would be beautiful for that too.  Just imagine the beautiful arrangement above sitting on a table in your living room or foyer, or perhaps as a centerpiece in your dining room.

It is amazing how creative you can get with flowers, just using different flower combinations or using a unique vase or other container to complement your flowers. If you would like more ideas and inspriration to help you create the perfect arrangment for Mother’s Day or other occasions, check out iBulb’s Pinterest page.

And if you are a gardener you should also consider growing these beautiful flowers in your own garden.  Look for bulbs at your local garden center, grocery store, or flower shop.



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Julian & Co – Jewelry About Love for Families

Julian & Co


I am so proud to have Julian & Co as a sponsor here at Simply Sweet Home.  They are a maker of fine, heirloom quality jewelry that celebrates the love for families.

Currently for Valentine’s Day, they are offering this cute heart, which can be inscribed with an initial or a word. [Read more…]

Valentine Treats and Baskets

Valentine Baskets
Can you believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?  On this day when love is in the air, there’s nothing I love more than the gift of chocolate!  Holiday Gifts and Baskets has a fabulous collection of gifts for all occasions, and especially for Valentine’s Day, they have something for everyone!

Of course, they have gift baskets with other great items including spa gifts, as well as  fruit and wine.  But my favorites are the baskets filled with sweet treats like cookies, candies, and chocolate covered pretzels and popcorn.  Today I’m highlighting just a few items in particular that caught my eye! [Read more…]

Cheesecake Puppy Chow

Cheesecake Puppychow

It’s time for one more last minute holiday treat!  I’m sure you’ve seen or heard of Puppy Chow.  Well, today I’ve got some Cheesecake Puppy Chow for you!  It only takes 4 ingredients, and you can make it up in minutes, so it’s perfect for a little Christmas Eve snacking or for that New Year’s party that is just around the corner!

I’m sure everyone has had puppy chows or muddies during the holiday season.  Today I’ve got a fun and sweet new take on this recipe to share with you:  Cheesecake Puppy Chow.



Cheesecake Puppy Chow


I’m linking up at Tidy Mom and these parties.

The Gift of Whirley Pop

Whirley Pop

If you are looking for a last minute gift idea for the home cook who has everything, consider giving them a Whirley Pop popcorn popper.   Everyone loves popcorn, right?  And they will especially love some freshly popped popcorn for movie nights.  With the Whirley Pop popcorn popper, movie nights are even more fun!

The Whirley Pop  is a hand-cranked stove top popcorn popping.  And it is also fast and easy to use:

1. First time use: Season the Pan
2. Once you are ready to pop, add 1/2 Cup Popping Corn and 1-3 T Popping Oil into the Whirley Pop
3. Place Whirley Pop on burner and set heat to Medium – Medium High
4. Hold the wooden handle with one hand, and slowly turn the crank with the other. Continue stirring for about 3 minutes or until you only hear an occasional pop or the crank becomes difficult to turn.

To make movie nights and parties even more fun Whirley Pop also sells fun supplies like popcorn bags and tubs.  And when it comes time to party or just snack around, you don’t have to stick to the buttered popcorn, because they offer the supplies you will need to make all sorts of flavored popcorns with your machine.  Their flavors include chocolate, caramel, red cinnamon, blue raspberry, grape, and cherry pink.

And for even more fun gift ideas and movie fun, Whirley Pop offers all kinds of party packages, which include a variety items like popcorn making supplies, seasoning, popcorn bowls, snack trays, movie size candies,  and more!

After Christmas you can also check out Whirley Pop for birthdays, weddings, housewarmings, and corporate gifts.


G.H. Cretors Popped Corn Review

When it comes to salty snacks, I’ve always been a big fan of popcorn.  Today I’m excited to introduce to G.H. Creators Popped Corn.  They make great popcorn the old fashioned and their products are all natural and taste delicious! [Read more…]

12 Hostess Gift Ideas at World Market and Life of Pi Giveaway

hostess gifts

Are you ready for holiday shopping?  I love seeing all the great  gift ideas in the stores this time of year; it makes shopping so fun, and not to mention the pretty decorations and music that really put me in the holiday spirit.  Did you know that World Market has fabulous gift selections that range from kitchen and entertainments supplies, to home decor, food & drink, and EVEN jewelry?  I’ve been browsing their site, and today I’m sharing 12 items that I think would make great hostess gift ideas for the holiday season!   [Read more…]