Summer is Short

Is it August already?

Oh, how can that be!

It’s back to school for students and teachers, like me.

My best advice to you is this…

“Summer is short. Squeeze all you can out of it!”

Enjoy these last few weeks, do all that you can…

For soon it will be fall, then there will be snow on the ground!

What You Need:






How to Make:

Start by purchasing lemonade!

I purchased lemonade from Costco. Which comes in a two pack for $6.99.

Once you’ve collected your lemonade, print the lemon handout and cut out around the lemon stencil.

Once your handout is cut out, use a hole punch to make a small hole for your string.

Next, lace your string through the hole. I purchased my twin from Hobby Lobby.

Tie your handout around your lemonade and your are good to go!

Look for the photo above on Pinterest and pin it for later!

Or follow me on Instagram @lovedbylynzzi

Thoughts by L:

I love simplicity! In every aspect of my life.

Which is why this ministering handout is easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

If you find yourself in a crunch and your August has flown by,

don’t you fret! This simply delicious handout is just for you.

Remember… when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Turn that sour puss frown, upside down and go buy yourself some lemonade.

She Said YES!

My dear friend recently got engaged! I am beyond thrilled that she found someone who respects and loves her. I was beyond excited that I came up with this engagement gift. 

What You Need:

Ring Pop

Ring Dish

Wood Countdown





Print: You said YES!

How to Make:

Start by collecting your gifts.

Ring pops can be purchased at your local dollar store. Which is a great deal because I got 4 ring pops for $1. I only used one ring for my gift but my husband always appreciates leftovers. 

This ceramic white and gold, Ring Dish was on amazon.

A wonderful purchase for only $6!

Amazon had hundreds of options to pick from. However, I thought this was perfect for my dear friend.

Next, a countdown…


I had planned to purchased a wedding day countdown.

However, I am an extremely practical person. I wanted her countdown to serve a dual purpose.

Otherwise, it would most likely end up in the trash once she was married. 

So I did some research and found the best solution…

A Reversible Countdown.

Talk about perfection! 😍Doesn’t it just make your heart happy?

Not only does is countdown to your wedding day… but also keeps count of your anniversaries. 

The countdown only cost $17.99 from amazon. 

What a great home decor piece, for their future home!

Print my free download, I included at the top of the blog.

Then cut out the hearts and tape it to the each gift before placing in your gift bag.


Save the packaging for the ring dish and the countdown. Place each gift back into their packaging and tape each heart directly to the package. Before placing each item in your gift bag.

I wanted to make sure each gift did not break!

Last but not least…

My adorable gift bag and engagement card were from Target. I found them both in the dollar section.

The gift bag even came with two sheets of tissue paper! Doesn’t Target think of everything?

Thoughts by L:

This engagement gift is simple and affordable. The entire gift only cost $26!

Creating this gift brought back some many memories. Causing me to reflect on my own marriage. All the excitement that comes from being engage and all the anticipation from planning a wedding.

However, it also reminded me how grateful I am to have such sweet friends.

Let the countdown begin!

Hugs & Kisses

A sweet treat for a dear friend of mine. She and her family were recently mourning the loss of a loved one. Although they are in good spirits, I wanted to do something to let her know I care.

What You Need:

Hershey Kisses

Hershey Hugs

Cellophane Bag

Twist Tie




Small Gift (optional) – I bought a bath bomb


How to Make:

Collect all of your supplies first. To ensure you have everything you need, before you start.

I purchased my cellophane bags from hobby Lobby. The twist ties are included in the cost of the bags.

If you want to add a gift as well, be sure to pay attention to size! Making sure your gift will fit in your cellophane bag. You don’t want to have to make a second trip to the store for a bigger cellophane bag!

Bath bombs was the perfect size to fit in my bag. Other small gifts such as lotion, hand soap, lipstick, perfume, fuzzy socks would all be great gifts too.

Don’t forget to print and cut out your tags!

Using a hole punch, pierce a hole in the corner of the tag. Thread your twist tie through the hole.

Fill your bag with hershey hugs and kisses, before placing your small gift inside.

Using the twist tie, close the cellophane bag and tie it off.


Place your left over kisses in a small mason jar! Use the printable tag to cover the metal lid, before placing on the ring.

You now have an additional gift!

Thoughts by L:

We are here on the earth to help one another.

Why not lift someone’s spirits with some hugs and kisses!

Curb Appeal

I wanted to give our entryway a facelift. I hated that the front door was black! I wanted more light in the entryway so I started thinking…

We would replace the front door, first. A new door with a window. Adding more natural light in our front entryway, inside.


My original door was black. This is it, above!Which looked okay… but never quite made sense to me. Our entire exterior of the house is navy, beige and white. 🤔 Before you ask, we didn’t pick the color originally.

So we ordered a new door, from our local hardware store. Making sure to purchase one with a window! Which only cost us $260.

We even saved a more money by painting the door ourselves!

At first, I thought about painting the front door navy.

But later came to the conclusion, that I wanted this new door to be bright and inviting!

Especially, since our entryway is covered. And because it is shaded, it always looks rather dark.


Once the door was painted and hung. We thought it looked nice. However, I wanted to add more color and personality to our porch!

So I ordered a cloth rug from amazon and joined the double mat revolution.

If you haven’t been on Pinterest lately, I’ll bring you up to date…

The new trend for front porches is to layer 2 front door mats.

Also adding pops of color, with green plants or colored flowers.

I’ve even seen individuals hang welcome signs or framed artwork, on their porch to add to their particular ambiance.

One adorable sign read: “Come, stay awhile.” Which is thought was fitting for a front porch.

There is nothing more inviting, then a covered porch and a couple of comfy rocking chairs!

But I digress…

I chose a buffalo check cloth rug on amazon to layer with my previously owned “hello” mat.

Buffalo Check Rug

The best part about the buffalo check rug, is that it is machine washable! It is easy to vacuum and can be thrown in the washing machine when it gets dirty!

There were many different sizes available. I purchased the 24″ x 51″ rug, so that it would cover the entire width of my porch.

Hello Mat

My hello mat was purchased at Walmart after we built this house. It was perfect to layer with my buffalo check!

If you love the double layered look, here are a few ideas to layering mats.

Once my mats were in place, I didn’t stop there.

The new white door looked nice and it certainly served its purpose. The entryway inside was bright and airy.

But the front porch was still in need of something else… greenery!

I considered buying two live plants.

But later decided against it. I came to the conclusion that they wouldn’t receive enough light or water, in the front entryway.

You see I tend to forget to water the plants I already have…

So I thought it best to avoid killing any future plants by purchasing a faux topiaries instead.

I looked everywhere for greenery I actually liked. They were either too small, too big or too expensive!

There was nothing else to do but… check Amazon, of course!

Then I found the perfect solution.

Something I wouldn’t forget to water.

Something that would stay green all year long.

Something that was 3 feet tall and had some personality.

Oh and don’t forget… reasonably priced!

Spiral Boxwood Tree

Isn’t she a beaut’! 😍😂

I couldn’t have been more impressed with by my purchase! I love them.

That’s right, I bought two!

One for each side of the doorway.

Marco wasn’t quite as impressed but I certainly was! I loved all the new changes we made. However, I will probably add a couple of items to the front porch in the future.


We recently have a nephew who is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

We wanted to send him a care package to show him just how much we care!

What You Need:


Scrapbook Paper



Glue stick

Large Box of Cheerios

Variety of Cereals

How to Make:

Start by measuring the flaps of your box. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit your box measurements.

Once your paper is cut out, use a glue stick to glue each page, to each box flap.

When all of your pages have been glued on, you are ready to add the wording.

I used my silhouette to cut out the saying. However, you could just use a pen too!

I then hand sketched a spoon and a bowl onto cardstock. Once they were cut out, I glued them to the flaps, along with the letters for my saying.

I decided to use a hot glue gun to add a few Cheerios to the spoon and bowl to make it look more realistic.

Next step, collect all of your cereals.

I purchased these at my local dollar store!

I loved that they were small bags of cereal, instead of miniature boxes.

So about halfway through this project, I had a bright idea…

I was going to fill the box with loose Cheerios!

So I grabbed my personal box of Cheerios out of the cupboard.

And filled the bottom of the box with a layer of Cheerios.

Hahaha… 😂

Next organize your bags of cereal inside your decorated box.

Before taping the box closed, fill the rest of the box will Cheerios.

I’m sure your loved one will thank you for the excess of Cheerios later! 😂

Thoughts by L

I really got a kick out of this box!

I’m not sure how much my nephew enjoyed opening a box full of loose Cheerios but I thought it was hilarious.

Yes… you read that right.

I filled the rest of the box with loose Cheerios, just like they were plastic peanuts.

Hahaha… 😂

Hopefully they weren’t crushed to a powder by the time it got to him. 🤞🏻

Happy crafting!

New Doors

Haven’t we all hoped for something different?

We’ve all wished for some kind of change.

Whether you want to be thinner, stronger, smarter, friendlier or wealthier… we all have a deep desire for something more.

So what’s stopping us?

Why haven’t you bought that new car? Why haven’t you lost those last 10 lbs?

What’s holding you back?

Sometimes we get stuck in old ways…

We don’t challenge ourselves or try to do better.

We lack motivation.

It is easy to get lazy in our daily routine or lose our desire to progress.

We sit there and lie to ourselves… saying, I’ll start tomorrow.

Or we say, I’m doing the best I can…

Are you really?

But we have to come to the realization, that if we want change somethings got to give!

Old ways don’t open new doors.

We have to try harder.

Do something different, if we want new results.

The actual definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

So set a new goal.

Try something new!

Just take that baby step in the right direction…

Make a change or nothing ever will.

Chickpea Noodles

These noodles made from chickpeas are absolutely fantastic!

A serving includes 25 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fiber.

Dense and delicious pasta!

Amazingly satisfying and a healthy alternative to less nutritious noodles.

For those who are curious of any noticeable differences in taste, consistency, etc…

I’ll tell you this.

My husband could not tell a difference!

He can sometime be a picky eater but I was shocked how much he really loved them!

He was noticeably fuller and much more satisfied. He couldn’t eat quite as much, when compared to his usually serving.

The only difference I could tell was, they are much more dense. You can tell they are heavier than an original noodle. But that’s what makes them filling!

I found mine at Costco!

However, I have also seen them at Target, Amazon and Walmart.

An 8 oz box costs about $2.99.

I think when I purchased mine in bulk for Costco, it was about $9 for a large box. It comes with 5 packages inside!

I’ve heard Banza even makes a Macaroni and cheese. That’s the next on my list, to purchase.

So be spontaneous. Try something new for dinner and use Banza! Find a new recipe or make one of your usuals, either way it doesn’t matter!

Swap out your old noodle for any of the Banza noodles.

Bon Appétit!