Birthday Blog Hop – Friend Gift Idea & Free Printable

I’m excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Friends are Like Chocolate Chips Printable & Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways so be sure to check out her Party. Kristen is one of the most genuine people I’ve met and I’m obsessed with her Say No to Auto ebook. She’s giving away a bunch of them so make sure you get your entries in!

I’m sharing cookies because they are my weakness. I love cookies and am always looking for reasons to give them away because my recipe makes such a large batch!

Cara, from One Swell Studio, made this printable and she was amazing to work with! I was so excited when she sent this over. It is so my style and I loved that she really loves what she does. For your party needs, check her out!
cookie treat


As for the other creative ideas, a lot of these gifts are versatile for any occasion, and can be a to gift to your friends, family, or even that gal that you’d like to get to know better. Even more fabulous–most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends

{Blog Hop Birthday designs by C {dot} love}

friendship cookie printableAny chocolate chip cookie will do, but if you are looking for a new one to try, here is the one I love. Chocolate chip cookies are a great birthday gift, pick me up gift, girl talk snack, or just because treat. I printed the printable out on a 5×7 so it could go in a cute, simple frame, but also printed out a sheet of smaller tags so we could deliver a bunch of boxes to friends. I love Guittard chocolate chips so I put a bag of those in the bottom of the box with cookies on top. Do you ever freeze your chocolate chips and snack on them that way?
cookie tag

Feel free to download this darling printable! I loved working with One Swell Studio and I would be so appreciative if you’d check her out on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram!

Download here

Are you ready for some inspiration? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After


free printables

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

blog hop free printables

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

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Follow Capturing Joy with Kristen’s board Birthday Gift Ideas on Pinterest.

Family Night: Pizza & Games

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and Tony’s Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #tonyspizzeria”

We are game lovers. It’s gotten worse in the last few months. My husband and I have always loved playing games, but with kids and bedtimes and being deliriously tired, we go on and off of playing. When our favorite games need a larger number of people playing, it starts gathering dust. Are you a fan of games? Can you guess what pieces those games are from? (Answer at the bottom) 

FAMILY NIGHTWe are fortunate to live close to some really good friends. The kind of friends that would do anything for us and vice versa. The kind where I can call the wife and say, “My mother in law is coming today! I need help!” And within the hour she is at my front door with her cleaning bag, gets right to work and doesn’t speak to me until we are finished. The kind where we love each others kids like they were our own. We call at 5 and ask what the other person is doing for dinner. I don’t care what my house looks like when they come over or how messy it is when they leave. My makeup is on 24% of the time and if I’m lucky I can snap on a bra before they arrive.

tonys pizza 8We have 7 kids under 10. Our kids play so well together, it’s hard for me to let them have anyone else over. We are spontaneous friends. When we don’t have anything to whip up, we order pizza. Even though we are spontaneous, we stink at making decisions. We contemplate where to order, how much to order, what kind to order, pick up or delivery, do we take the kids to pick up?
tonys pizzaWe called them, said to come over for dinner and games. I headed to Walmart for bread, bananas, and was hoping something would jump in my cart. I didn’t have any grand ideas and had a crazy week. I was a little bit drained and just wanted easy. I saw that Tony’s Pizzas were on sale and remembered that I had seen a coupon for them. The coupon is .75 off of 2 Tony’s multi-serve pizzas (while supplies last). My Walmart store had 2 for $4, so I grabbed a bunch and used the coupon. I hadn’t tried Tony’s Pizza before so I crossed my fingers and figured my husband would eat them if the kids wouldn’t or if everyone loved them I could just pop another one in the oven.

My kids loved them! I think my son’s exact words were, “I don’t know if I can finish this one, but these are just so good!” He was on his 3rd piece. He never eats more than 1 and is super picky. As he was leaning back in his chair and trying to make more room in his belly, I mentally gave myself 10 bonus points.
candyland game nightWe pulled out a game while we were waiting for everyone else to finish. Poor kids are just as competitive as their mom and dad. It was such a nice, simple way to unwind from the week. I just got back from SNAP and needed a relaxing night in.
treats and pizzaSince it was just Easter, I have a bunch of left over candy and we had a recharge station with the rest of the pizza that was left.
Tony's Pizza & Game NightFor adult games, we love The Settlers of Catan, Pit, Canasta, & Phase 10. If our kids aren’t playing Dungeon Tag, they really like Candy Land, the Enchanted Cupcake Party, and any game of Memory.

Check Tony’s Pizza out on Twitter & Facebook.

Do you have a favorite game? We are always looking for new ones!

Mrs. J

Summer Slush with 7 UP TEN

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #TENways

Summertime is just around the corner and if your family is anything like mine your summer will include BBQ’s, ice cream floats, and lots of treats. My husband and I have been trying to cut back on soda in an attempt to become healthier. Our son has a sweet tooth like his mom, poor thing, he loves his treats. Occasionally we will let him drink soda for dinner. It’s a bribe to get him to eat everything on his plate without complaining. When I heard about the TEN beverages, I thought they’d definitely be worth a try. They have 7 UP TEN, Sunkist TEN, Canada Dry TEN & A&W TEN. A few of these are our favorites so we headed to Wal Mart & used this coupon.

Once we got home I let him try it. He really liked it and couldn’t even tell the difference. He usually can tell the slightest difference with everything. You still get the full flavor with less calories. While we were trying it out we decided to make a slush with the 7 UP TEN similar to our favorite go to slush also made with 7 UP. You can substitute 7UP TEN in that recipe and it would be just as great.
strawberry treatYou can make this however thick or thin you want and have it as a smoothie or a slush. We used the fruit we had on hand and made it into a slush.
slushSummer Slush:
10 strawberries
3 clementines
2 bananas
1/2 carton of pineapple sherbet
1/2-1 can of 7 UP TEN (to taste)
*Ice-we like ours cold so we added a few ice cubes
smoothieBlend up the fruit and either mix in the 7 UP TEN with a spoon or turn the blender onto a low speed.
summer drinkHead to Wal Mart to try them out! You can get $0.50 off of your purchase of TWO 2 Liter bottles or TWO 4-pack cans of 7UP TEN, A&W TEN, Canada Dry TEN, RC TEN or Sunkist TEN soda. However, if you were to share that digital coupon via email, FB, Twitter (there is a click to share function) you will be brought to a coupon that will get $1.50 off that purchase rather than $0.50. Offer available while supplies last 3/27-4/17.

With Easter egg hunts, parties and dinners coming up, hurry while the deal lasts!
Check the Dr Pepper Snapple Group out on Facebook & Twitter.

Mrs. J

What I Wore – The Printed Palette & a Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! I’m trying to get back into a routine after spring break, getting ready for SNAP next week (who is going? I’d love to meet you!), and getting ready for Elevate which is next month! I was going through old pictures wondering how much my style has changed in the last year or if it has changed at all. Do you ever do that? I found these and kind of cracked up because if there is 1 shop that we still continue to be huge fans of, it is The Printed Palette.

printedpalette4ddUs last June all decked out in The Printed Palette with the pink headband from The Lil Cupcake. We all still adore big brother, but are trying to gently remind him that he is not the 2nd mom. It must be a big 1st grade thing.
printedpalette7ddWe still jump on the trampoline, just now the baby jumps with us.
the printed palette deer to meFast forward a year and we are still shopping for our family at The Printed Palette.
Photos by Jylare Smith
freshly picked moccs
kids in printed paletteOn the girls:
The Printed Palette – You are deer to me
Headbands – The Lil Cupcake
Leggings – Ollie Jones Clothing
Moccs – Freshly Picked
On the boy:
Pants – Gap
The Printed Palette – You are deer to me
ollie jones leggingsI love this picture!
the printed paletteOllie Jones Clothing, The Printed Palette, The Lil Cupcake, & Freshly Picked are giving away over $150 worth of goodies on my Instagram if you’d like to enter!

Linking up here:
pleated poppy

Mrs. J

Picnic with Grandma

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess”

The weather has been gorgeous here lately. So gorgeous that we have taken the kids out for a couple of picnics. It it quickly becoming their favorite thing to do as a family. After a couple of times going on a picnic, I think I’ve finally figured out a few essentials that have to come along with us. First off, I knew there had to be something better than taking napkins up the canyon. You know when there’s just a slight gust of wind and a napkin flies off? Your kids don’t jump up to get it. You do. You try to nonchalantly jog after it, hoping no one is watching of course, and when you go to put your foot on it, it flies the other way. By the time you give it back to your kids it’s dirty anyways. I used baby wipes the next time and they just aren’t sensitive enough for my kids faces. I found a coupon for 0.55 off any Wet-Nap product and headed to Wal Mart to grab some. For 110 pack, they came out to just over $1!  

picnic with wet napGrandma & Grandpa were in town so we planned to take Grandma out one day while Grandpa & dad headed to a baseball game.
picnic with the kidsThe kids threw rocks in the river and played at the park while I got lunch ready.

picnicWe had a simple picnic for our picky eaters.
picnic with grandmaSome of us acted like we’ve never been outside and opted to jump off rocks and get dirty…

picnic timeWhile others of us enjoyed hanging out and eating.
picnic wet nap wipesAfter eating, cheeto puff and raspberry hands needed to be cleaned. I was really impressed with the Wet-Nap wipes. Fast and easy clean up. His little face is usually the one to be sensitive to wet wipes and nothing happened.
picnic and climbingWe got to explore, play and show off for Grandma.
picnic with our grandmaAnother necessity I need for every picnic is a scooter. We usually take a good walk or hike around and if they are tired or need to go to the bathroom a scooter helps us get back quickly. It’s funny how fast a child saying, “mom, I need to go to the bathroom,” changes the pace of a calm nature walk.

Go to Wal Mart and grab some Wet-Nap wipes for your next picnic! Hurry while supplies last!

Mrs. J


What I Wore – Recycled Design with Sage & Harper

You guys!! I’m starting to see some signs of spring and I’m loving it! Loving it so much I’ve been singing a ridiculous amount of, “Do you want to build a snowman? Or ride a bike around the halls?….” Weird, I know, snowmen and spring don’t go together, but when that’s the kind of stuff that makes your little girls happy and sun makes you happy, they just go together perfectly. I’m just going to keep wearing my favorite bomber all the way through spring because I love it so much. Plus Utah spring is about 50-60 degrees.
Photos by the lovely Jylare Smith.
recycled design bomberJacket: Recycled Design
Blouse: Shop Ruche
Pants: LC Lauren Conrad
Wedges: Target
Necklace with each of my babes initials: Bip & Bop
Bag: Sage & Harper
recycled design with bip and bop necklace
recycled design
wedge booties
recycled design vegan leather bomber with sage and harperSage & Harper will be getting their new spring line shortly…it’s amazing! Follow to be updated when they release them!

Linking up here:
pleated poppy

Mrs. J