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DIY Wood Slice Jewelry

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I still have many slices of wood from our Christmas tree and have been thinking of creative ways to use them. I wasn’t sure how I would use some of these smaller slices from the top portion but turning them into jewelry seemed perfect. I thought about painting images on the slices but remembered I bought that wood burner that would be perfect. I don’t have a steady hand to draw with so I did use my Cricut to make some stencils.

Wood Slice Jewelry

Wood Slice Jewelry

What you’ll need:

Wood slices (sliced this, 1 – 1.5 inches)
Drill or Crop-A-Dile
Jewelry Chain
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Creative Woodburner

How to:

How to wood burn wood slices

  • Draw or stencil shapes on the slices with a sharp pencil.
  • Carefully fill in the tracing with the wood burner, lightly go over the pencil line to help blend it in.
  • Drill the top of the wood slice with a hole.
  • Thread the jump ring through and then the chain or earring hooks.

How to wood burn wood slices

DIY Wood Slice Jewelry

These are perfect for yourself or as gifts!

Wood Burned Coasters

If you are new to wood burning, check out my tips in this post:



Printable Easter Countdown

Looking for a printable countdown for Easter to add to your mantle? If your kids are like mine, no matter how many times I say the date of Easter, they still ask me when Easter is. I made this printable that you could put on your mantel in a glass frame and put the countdown on with a dry erase marker.

Print this printable Easter countdown by clicking the link here:

This will print out as an 8X10 portrait.

Thin Mint Brownies in a Mug. Make these in only 2 minutes? YES PLEASE!

If you have a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, you are in luck! You just need a few cookies and some items in your pantry to make these brownies in a mug in 2 minutes! These brownies in a mug are very easy to make and you can tweak it to make it more chocolatey if you wish. I actually became ill this week and I am a firm believer in calories not counting if you are sick. What does that mean? Bake up these delicious brownies when you are sick and it’s okay, in fact enjoy two.  I didn’t have any ice cream but a la mode is a perfect way to enjoy these delectable brownies.

Thin Mint Mug Brownies

Serves 1
Prep time 2 minutes
Cook time 1 minute
Total time 3 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Hot
This thin mint brownie recipe is ready in less than 5 minutes and can easily be doubled for two mugs or a larger mug!


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (not olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup crushed thin mints
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips


Step 1
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended.
Step 2
Pour into a microwave safe mug.
Step 3
Microwave for 1 - 1.5 minutes. The key here is to make sure it's dry in the middle but not too dry.


Thin Mint Brownies in a Mug

Are brownies in a mug really that easy? YES! You can really bake these in the microwave for only 60 seconds. Don’t have any Thin Mint cookies? That’s okay, make them without!

Spaghetti Trick

Do you know the “spaghetti trick”? Just stick a piece of spaghetti into your cake, bread etc and if it comes out dry, it’s done!

2 Minute Thin Mint Brownies in a Mug

 I doubled this recipe to make it in a larger mug and it worked like a charm!

Have you made brownies in the microwave before?

Take a day trip from Phoenix to Lake Mary Arizona which is just south of Flagstaff. The views are beautiful and the weather is gorgeous.
Lake Mary in AZ
Last weekend we took a drive up to Lake Mary. We were able to enjoy the beautiful Spring transition in Northern AZ as the snow was melting but the weather was perfect.
Lake Mary in AZ
Lake Mary in AZ
Lake Mary in AZ
Lake Mary in AZ
The kids loved learning how to skip rocks and hanging out on the shore of the lake.
Lake Mary in AZ
Lake Mary is a perfect day trip get away if you are looking for cooler weather or are staying in Northern AZ. If you plan a trip, you can add Grand Canyon to your list too! Check out our tips on visiting the Grand Canyon:
Lake Mary in AZ

Lake Mary AZ

If you go: You’ll definitely want to try to get there as early as possible because once it warms up a bit, Lake Mary can fill up quickly.
How to get there:
I-17 just south of Flagstaff exit: Lake Mary Road. Head east and there are a couple entrances.
The Lower Lake Mary ~ We went here and did the picnic tables. There are plenty of tables and you can enjoy time on the shore. Bring some chairs and some fishing poles!
Lake Mary in AZ

51+ Kids Crafts & Activities that you can do on Spring and Summer break!
Are the kids getting ready to have Spring Break? Since I still work during that time, it’s a little harder for me to plan for us to do anything outside of the house. This means during this time I try to have some crafts and activities on hand for the kids to do so they aren’t bored or stuck in a TV coma. These kids crafts are perfect for Spring break and even for Summer vacation too!

Spring Break Activities & Crafts for Kids

Learn how to Geocache with your kids

Make dinosaur fossils with your kids

Spray chalk is easy to make and fun to play with

Turn candy into science with these experiments

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

Treasure Stones are a perfect way to cleverly hide things

2 Ingredient Scratch n Sniff Paint

Make ice cream in a bag with just a few ingredients

Build Olaf and other fun things with this playdough recipe

DIY Ring toss game

Dinosaur track matching game

Snow paint

Hulk slime with glitter

Make a paper kite you can fly

Styrofoam kids craft

Decoupage treasure box

Make a Rock Caterpillar

Fight boredom with plastic cups

Chicken in a cup activity

DIY Minecraft Sword

Egg carton spy glasses

Pool noodle nun-chucks 

Floating ball activity

Felt pinwheel wreath

Paper plate targets and rubber band bracelet bow & arrows

Make your own crayons

Monster finger puppet kit

Handled sponge paint stamps

Geometric Mod Art

Marshmallow Igloos

Statue of Liberty crown and torch

Batman wrist cuffs

Rainbow pony bead bracelet

Rubber band car tutorial

Clothespin hippo and zebra magnets

Pirate paper bag puppet

Craft stick monsters

Paper plate kite

Marshmallow Shooters

Egg Carton Art

Colorful pom pom trees

Ice cube painting

Bubble painting

Paper plate frisbees

Paper plate watermelon fan

Sharpie mug

Make a bouncy ball

Paint a fork dandelion

Make kinetic sand

Make a heart sun catcher for the window

Jellyfish paper bag puppet

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