Coffee Filter Snowflakes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas trees, twinkling lights, Christmas carols and everyone’s favorite: presents! Time to bust out those credit cards and order all of your Christmas presents on Amazon! I know I am not the only one who does all of my shopping from the comfort of my couch. What a glorious thing! 

Winter is not everyone’s favorite time of the year however. Especially as we grow up; scraping the ice off your window every morning, driving in the snow, freezing your face off while you go for a run. Being a grownup is not fun! I am looking forward to winter this year though! This year is Bradley’s first year being able to play in the snow! We had the opportunity to go to the family cabin this last weekend and I was so excited to wake up to it snowing Sunday morning! I grabbed Bradley and as we were looking out the window I said it’s snowing!! Seeing it snow for the first time through my sons eyes was so exhilarating!   


What is it about tiny humans in snow gear? Why are they so dang cute?! The snow was perfect for snow balls and building a snow man. 


I love watching the snow fall and I was so sad to leave the cabin and the snow. So to bring a little snow to us, we made some snowflakes! 

We made these last week, but I decided to make them again so I could share with you how we did it. 

All you need is coffee filters, paint, scissors, and some cute toddlers to paint for you! 


Cute toddlers to paint for me. 


Their beautiful work! 


Fold, fold, fold and then cut shapes along the folded edge and the top if you want.


Done! You could iron these to get the folds and wrinkles out. I taped the snowflakes to the window. When the sun shines on them the colors are so pretty! 

This is such an easy and fun craft to do with your kids! 

I hope you enjoy this wonderful time of year and make the best of what we have left of 2016!

<3 Justina 

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Cookie Exchange

Do you have a cookie exchange to attend this Holiday season? Or maybe you’re hosting the exchange for you and your friends?! 

Mom is hosting one in a few weeks, so I’ve been on the hunt for all my favorite Holiday cookies! 

Bring 4 dozen, taste and sample each cookie, and take home 3.5 dozen! Sounds like my kind of party! Those of you who know me, know I love dessert! My in-laws give me a hard time because they never had to plan dessert until I joined the family…I think I did them all a favor 😜

Hmmm…now the question is which family favorite cookie should I make?





Chocolate chip cookies

Spritz cookies

Sugar cookies

 Waffle cookies

No bake cookies

Peanut butter cookies

I found this sugar cookie mix at Costco, makes 21 dozen cookies! Convenient for any and all Holiday cookie needs!



What kind would you make?


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The Big 3-0!!

I had a major milestone Birthday last week! I have made it into my 30’s!! A little scary, but mainly exciting. I am feeling pretty good about leaving my twenties behind and moving on into the next decade of my life. So far, 30 has been wonderful! I was completely spoiled by my family and my husband! They know how to make a girl feel special.

But really, I’ve been celebrating for the last two months. I started planning a 30th Birthday trip earlier this year and then as we were picking the dates, I found out two of the three girls going with me were pregnant and due the week and the week after my birthday! Haha. So…we bumped the trip up to September! 

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I invited three of my best friends to spend a girls weekend in Seattle to celebrate! I am so thankful they were all up for it! We had such a great time! Unfortunately, one of them ended up sick the day we were leaving, so only three of us made it. We flew out Friday afternoon and landed in Seattle just in time for dinner 🙂 One of the girls lives in the Portland area, so she drove up to meet us at the airport and drive us around all weekend 😉

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We stayed at Hotel 1000, right downtown. If you’re ever in Seattle and need somewhere to stay, I cannot recommend it enough. It was beautiful and the perfect location. About two blocks from Pike Place Market & the Pier.

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We walked to dinner Friday night and familiarized ourselves with our surroundings. I don’t know about you, but I’m a planner. Even on vacation, I usually have every minute planned out. You know, so I can maximize my trip and see as much as possible. But for this trip, we truly just figured it out as we went. It was marvelous. We shopped, ate good food, drank lots of coffee, slept in and just enjoyed a relaxing weekend away.

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We saw this on our walk to breakfast Saturday morning. I thought it was fun.

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We walked to Macrina Bakery and were not disappointed. Can you read the description of that quiche? O.M.G. The BEST quiche I’ve ever had. It was to die for. I need to start cooking with fontina. Fontina in everything!

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Of course we took some time to walk through the market. I wish we could’ve taken flowers home with us. They are truly so beautiful. And do you see these pictures? Yeah, it was 70’s and sunny the WHOLE weekend! Why do Seattle-ites always complain about all the rain?? 😉 

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We also waited in line (about 30 minutes) to get coffee at the First Starbucks Store. Ah, the people watching. Waiting in line in big cities can be truly entertaining.

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I love these girls! We had so much fun together! From the Market we decided to head to the Fremont neighborhood and check out the Theo Chocolate Factory! We took the tour and consumed way too many samples! It was fun and very informative. And we found this beautiful view right outside.

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We spent the rest of our Saturday doing some retail therapy. I am an avid online shopper and rarely, I mean, hardly ever, actually shop in stores. But this trip reminded me how much fun it can be. Especially when you have two friends helping you out. It was a blast! And I spent all my birthday loot – you know, that I hadn’t received yet… 😉 We had dinner that night at Il Fornaio. Another place I’d recommend if you’re looking for Italian food in Seattle. 

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Sunday morning we walked across the street from our hotel, grabbed some breakfast & coffee and took it down to Pier 56. Not a bad view for breakfast!

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If you’re interested, this is Storyville coffee, may have been my favorite coffee of the weekend. And that breakfast sandwich was delicious!! 

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There’s just something peaceful about the Ocean, isn’t there?

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This Sunday was opening week in the NFL and the Seahawks had a home game. It’s so fun to be walking around and see everyone in their jerseys. I need to live in an NFL team hometown. Haha. I think Ember would enjoy it too – she was fitting in just fine watching football with the boys while I was gone 😉 

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We finished off the weekend with a quick trip to Kirkland for lunch & a stop in at Sweet Cakes Bakery. Oh, man. There are no words. Just go. You will thank me.

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Oh, and that baby due the week of my Birthday? Yup, she was actually born on my Birthday! Pretty nice of my friend to give me such a special birthday gift!! 😉

Have you guys taken any Birthday trips? I’d love to hear about them!

<3 Michelle

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