Matching Personalized Monogram Gifts

Blue and White Chevron Matching Personalized Monogram Gifts

I love the idea of being able to set up an entire meal with personalized dishes and matching accessories.

Which is what these chevron patterned monogram gifts are for!  From the placemat and coasters for your breakfast at home to the lunchbox and water bottle for your lunch at the office, these are a great way to start any meal.

They’re great for kids, too!  I mean, sure, you might first think of yourself, or even your teenage daughter/granddaughter when you first look at them, but young kids also love to see their names on things – even when they’re just starting to learn their letters.  And not all of us want to have blinding primary colors or gigantic faces of Elmo plastered all over our kitchens.

We have to look at this stuff every day, too, amiright?

{Okay, okay… my girls have Jake and the Neverland Pirates placemats.  I admit it.  BUT, I love Jake, too.  :) }

Because we should be able to surround ourselves with things we love.  And things that no one will mistake as not being ours.  Especially if you’re living in a dorm or working in an office where your stuff keeps walking off…

Anyway, aside from the easy personalization, the other thing I love about this line of monogrammed gifts is that they come in different colors.  Below you’ll find the links for the blue, green, and pink versions!

Please share with me which are your favorites!  And don’t forget to also share them on Facebook and Pinterest!

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Coasters

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Lunchbox

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Mug

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Soup Mug

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Water Bottle

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Melamine Plate

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Porcelain Plate

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Napkins

Blue & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Placemat

Green and White Chevron Matching Personalized Monogram Gifts

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Coasters

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Lunchbox

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Mug

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Soup Mug

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Water Bottle

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Melamine Plate

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Porcelain Plate

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Napkins

Green & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Placemat

Pink and White Chevron Matching Personalized Monogram Gifts

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Coasters

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Lunchbox

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Mug

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Soup Mug

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Water Bottle

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Melamine Plate

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Porcelain Plate

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Napkins

Pink & White Chevron Personalized Monogram Placemat

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Candied Watermelon Popcorn

Candied Popcorn:  Great for birthday parties, holidays, and baby and wedding showers!

I’ve made this type of Jell-O candied popcorn a few times now, and I prefer the watermelon flavor, which is what you see here.

Now, it is pretty sweet, so it’s not for everyone, but I think it makes a nice addition to a party table, and it’s a bit of a conversation piece, too.

Bonus:  it’s easy to do and you can make it in ANY color.

Throwing a monster or a dinosaur party?  Make green apple or lime instead.

Make it to match your wedding colors.

Let your imagination run wild.  :)

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

First, throw all the ingredients (except the popcorn) in a pot and simmer for four minutes.

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

Then pour it over the popcorn and bake it for a half hour.

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

After spreading it out on wax paper and letting it cool, I like to store it in a gallon baggy.

I prefer the baggy to a Tupperware container because you can massage the baggy to break up any remaining large chunks of popcorn that are stuck together.

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

Doesn’t that just look so pretty?

This certainly isn’t an every day treat, but it brightens up special occasions so very colorfully.

Watermelon Candied Popcorn

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 (3 oz.) package Jell-O watermelon flavor gelatin
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
3 Tbsp. water
10 cups popped popcorn

Preheat oven to 250°F. Spread popcorn over one or two cookie sheets and place in oven to warm while making candy coating.

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except popcorn.

Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 4 minutes.

Remove from heat. If you want the color to be more intense, stir in some food coloring at this point (I did not add it to the pictured batch).

Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and stir carefully to coat all of the popcorn.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Cool on waxed paper. Break apart large chunks and store covered.

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For the printable PDF, click here:  Watermelon Candied Popcorn

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Red Velvet Jelly Bean Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

Red Velvet Jelly Bean Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Okay, technically we made mini red velvet cupcakes for Grandma’s birthday.

And, as my daughter and I were making the cream cheese icing, Grandma happened to mention something about the jelly beans that she received as a birthday present and how neat they would look on the cupcakes.

Sweet!

So I picked out just the red, pink, and white ones to match the red velvet and topped the mini cupcakes with 5 jelly beans in a circle that kinda looked like a flower.

And the colors just so happened to go with a Valentine’s Day theme.  So we froze some.

Totally ready for Valentine’s Day now!

Dessert=solved.

Lol:  right… as if I’m not going to have the urge to bake cookies and brownies and drape everything in varying layers of chocolate and sugar and pink and red sprinkles come mid-February.  Sure.

Maybe I should just raid the freezer now …

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Home Sweet Play Home Tents

I saw this Home Sweet Play Home tent at Parents.com today and I got so excited!

Kids Canopy: Teal Polka Dot Play Circus Tent - Teal Polka Dot Play Canopy

I mean, it’s like a circus tent, which normally I wouldn’t like, but it’s delicate and charming, too!  That’s not an easy task.

Plus, it comes with it’s own windows to peek in and out of, and there’s a matching floor pillow!

I’m getting all excited just thinking about how much my girls would love this!

Although I am a little tempted to get the pink one…

Kids Canopy: Pink Polka Dot Play Circus Tent - Pink Polka Dot Play Canopy

But blue would go better with my decor.  :)

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Naturally

Natural

I called this one “natural.”

Partially for the color choice and partially for the flowing softness that all of the elements presented.

I had a lot of fun finding and mixing these images.  The colors and textures soothe me.  I like how the lacy dress is really more of a background element, but how everything matches its understated elegance.