Sip Sip Hooray Bottle Tags

Tis the season for hostess gifts and lots of them! Stock up now on a few bottles of wine or sparkling cider or one of my personal faves… the sparkling lemonades from Trader Joes (adults and kids both love it and it’s always nice to have plenty of non-alcoholic beverage choices to offer) and have them on hand for hostess gifts. Slip one of these Sip Sip Hooray Bottle Tags around the neck and kick it up a notch!

Dress up your hostess gift with these Sip Sip Hooray! bottle tags

Supplies:

  • 1″ x 2″ board
  • saw
  • hand drill
  • sand paper
  • white and grey paint *I used Rustoelum’s Chalky Finish paint in
  • gold vinyl
  • transfer tape
  • craft cutter *I used my Cricut Explore
  • gold cord

 

 

 

Take the 1″ x 2″ measure out 3″ blocks and mark them for cutting.

A few cuts with the chop saw and you’ll have a stack of blocks ready to have holes drilled in them.

Using a quarter inch drill bit, drill a hole through the side of the bottle tag.

After the holes drilled, it’s time to sand! I actually really like sanding, there is something so gratifying about it!

chalky finished bottle tag blocks

Paint the bottle tags with grey or white and allow them to dry.

sip sip hooray in gold vinyl

While the paint is drying cut out Sip Sip Hooray! in gold vinyl. If you don’t have a craft cutter yet tell Santa you NEED one! Cricut is running a deal right now that you don’t want to miss out on! Check it out here!

applying vinyl to wood

sip sip hooray wooden bottle tag

Apply the gold vinyl to the bottle tag with transfer tape.

gold cording with gold vinyl

String the gold cord through the hole.

grey white and gold gift tags

Secure it with a knot.

sip sip hooray! bottle tag ready for my favorite hostess!

Slip your bottle tag over whatever bottle you’re bringing to your favorite hostess! She’ll love it and be excited to pass it along to another friend with a new bottle of bubbly!

Add an extra festive touch to your beverage gift with these adorably fun sip sip hooray! bottle tags

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Goals

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There have been some things in my life that I’ve wanted to do/change for quite a while right now and I’ve decided 2015 is the year! So here they are my 2015 Goals….

Here's my 2015 Goals...what are yours? {Dolen Diaries}

Let’s start with one that I began making some good progress with in 2014! Dinner Time…

I hate to meal plan and I do mean hate it. I would much rather spend my time painting a room or doing a craft with my kids than figure out what dinner will be for the week. The problem with hating to meal plan is that you go to the store and start throwing stuff in the cart and $300 later {this is when Costco isn’t my friend} you have nothing to make dinner with. So I signed up for eMeals and it has not only saved my budget but also changed my dinner time attitude. eMeals does all the planning for me and I love it! You can choose from a variety of plans depending on your dietary and budget needs. This fall I tried their slower cooker plan and it was perfect for those crazy back to school I have zero time days. I was worried at first that once you chose a plan you had to stick with that one plan {talk about pressure!} but you can totally switch around and try out different plans to find the one that fits you best! Isn’t that great!?! {I just switched to a new plan to go with my weight loss goal but more on that in a minute…}

Meal Planning Made Simple

My weekly menu and my shopping list arrive in my inbox every Wednesday and I shop on Sundays after church. See the fabulous progress I made in this area in 2014!?! No more $300 grocery bills with nothing to eat! But my work is not over!

I need to work on actually starting the dinner making process at a reasonable time. I swear the clock changes to hyper speed once the kids get home from school. I’m starting dinner when we really should be eating. So the plan now is to prep dinner during the kid’s after school snack time. This way once homework is done it’s ready to roll and I can get dinner on the table at dinner time!

It just wouldn’t be New Years without a weight loss goal now would it!?! My weight didn’t sneak up on me. I put on a lot of weight during my last pregnancy because I was having twins and it was an incredibly high stress pregnancy. After the boys were born, I started losing the weight at my normal post partum rate but then after losing Sky I started gaining back everything I was losing. When life hits you hard people like to feed you and it feels good to eat, but then it becomes a habit. Pretty soon your “baby” is turning 3 and you are realize that you have to make a change. I don’t want 2016 to roll around and still be saying to myself I need to lose this extra weight. So I joined Weight Watchers and changed our eMeals plan to the Portion Control plan that compliments WW perfectly! I will post updates on my journey each month so you can follow along.

So there you have my 2015 Goals! As much as I’d like to, I can’t change everything in one magical instant. I’m taking these goals on in baby steps, one day at a time, and I hope you’ll join me on this adventure!

What are your 2015 Goals?