Father's Day Ideas {1}

Father's Day is gonna be here before you know it.  Sunday June 19th to be exact.  Have you started thinking about what you are going to get or do for that special dad in your life?   Growing up without a father I never got into Father's day it was just another day to me until I had children.  However now that my husband and I are divorced (not a bad thing...we get along better now than we ever did) well I don't go all out like I used to but still get him something for the boys to give him just as he does for me on Mother's Day.  So I've been looking around for some ideas and here is what I've came across so far.....warning....they are pretty cute!

Golf Wreath......FORE!

Necktie Cookie on a Stick....loving the colors!

Build Dad a Firepit!

Movie Party Bucket

Homespun With Love

Make dad the perfect burger on the grill....How to tips

Singing With Birds

Make Dad a shirt pillow of his favorite team


Hope that helps give you some ideas for that special guy. 

Have a great Monday....ummm I mean Tuesday! :)


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Loving Grey & Yellow

I am loving the colors grey and yellow together.   I have seen so many different things with these colors home decor, clothing, accessories, etc.  Here are some favs

Gray/Yellow Woven Beach Tote | World Market
(How about this beach tote from World Market...only $16.99)

Maru 16" Round Paper Lantern, Goddess Yellow & Gray | World Market
(Loving these paper lanterns from World Market also....$5.59)

(Make a romantic summer dress...check out the tutorial @ kitty cats and airplanes)

(Liking the chevron canvas over @ Mummy Maggie Chronicles)

Mixit Pearl Center Yellow Flower Ring
(This yellow flower ring from JcPenney makes me smile....only $11.99)

(Sunflower Buttercup Planter from Crate and Barrel)

Dandelion Pillow Cover
(Looking for something that pops...add this Dandelion Pillow Cover from West Elm on sale for $24.99)

Happy Friday.
Everyone have a safe and wonderful 3 day weekend....I will be traveling with my whole family (my mom & dad, etc.) to Chicago for a soccer tournament that both my boys are playing in.  Looking forward to a little time away...everyone enjoy!

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Dream Kitchen

Ok....all I can say is wow!  If I could have any kitchen....I want this one.


I LOVE IT!  I have a thing for baskets and love how they fit right in the island.  This kitchen makes me happy...it looks so clean, crisp, warm and inviting all in one.  I found this over at Velvet and Linen.  Their home has been featured in New Old House Magazine.  Here are a few more pics:



Head over to Velvet and Linen and see the before and after pics!  Love!

Also don't forget to enter the bracelet giveaway....click HERE!  Giveaway ends Wednesday 5/25.

Have a wonderful Monday.........

johanna xo


Facebook (Bracelet) Giveaway



When I started my Huggs and Kisses xo Facebook page I posted that I would giveaway a piece of jewelry once I reached 30 likes. (I'm not hard to please!) Well I'm at 32!! So guess what that means?

Yep...I'm giving away one of my beaded bracelets. It's made up of white, light grey and dark grey beads. Looks great with anything you are wearing....it can even dress up those jean and t-shirt days!!

Take a look

Here's how to enter:

  • Like and Comment on the Huggs and Kisses xo Facebook page! (Required) 
  • *If you are already following on Facebook then you only need to leave a comment.

For additional entries:

  • Follow the Huggs and Kisses xo blog.  Be sure to leave a comment letting me know.  (one entry)
  • Spread the word by posting this giveaway on your Facebook or Blog and in the comment box leave the link to that post. (one entry)

Giveaway will end on Wednesday May 25th @ 12:00pm CST.


Good Luck!!

johanna xo
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Some Tips to Making Life a Little Easier

I was over at Right at Home website and came across these 10 tips to making life easier:

Some are purely practical and some inject a little bit of fun, but they're all great ideas!!

1. Do more with your dishwasher. These days, it seems as if everything is dishwasher safe. So take advantage of that fact!

Think about using your dishwasher to clean items like your stove's drip pans and burner covers, kitchen sponges and vegetable brushes, small refrigerator shelves, plastic organizers, toothbrushes, pet and children’s toys and even makeup brushes and baseball caps—these items should be washed in a separate load, not with dirty dishes. In fact, many plastic or metal items can safely go into the dishwasher—just make sure to load plastic items on the top rack (to reduce heat exposure) and check your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your machine.

2. Wash your windows on a cloudy day. Direct sunlight could cause your cleaning product to evaporate before you have time to wipe it off, which may lead to streaking. A similar rule of thumb applies for very hot days as well as very cold ones, when your cleaning product could freeze before it can be wiped off.

For best results on glass, use your favorite Windex® Glass Cleaner with untreated or recycled paper towels or lint-free microfiber cloths.

3. Put hanging shoe organizers to new use. They make great organizers for small items. Hang one inside your pantry door for kitchen accessories, in your coat closet for hats and gloves, in your children's rooms for toys or in the garage for tools and extension cords.

4. Position lights strategically. Situate lamps in the corners of rooms so they shine on two walls simultaneously. This will increase a room's brightness and decrease the number of light bulbs you need. Using mirrors can help maximize the light even more and make a room appear brighter.

5. Clean narrow vessels and hard-to-reach places. Drop a denture tablet into tight, hard-to-clean spaces like flower vases and thermoses, fill with water and let stand overnight. Come morning, rinse and air-dry and any stains will be gone.

6. Use one style of hanger in your closets. And closets will instantly seem less messy. If you still need extra room, try creating an inventive clothes rack by hanging a broomstick from two lengths of sturdy fishing wire attached to ceiling hooks. This is a great idea for the laundry room or as an added coat rack for parties, because the rod is easy to put up and take down.

7. Organize by color and type. Visual organization can make items easier to find and nicer to look at. This method works especially well for bookshelves and your clothes closet. Take a cue from Mother Nature and organize your things in a rainbow—by shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (adding in black and white where you see fit).

8. Sleep better with a fresh bed. And make it easier on yourself to do so more often. Many people underestimate the cozy, sleep-inducing effect of freshly washed linens and a neatly made bed. Member Lizette W. of East Islip, NY, inserts her clean, folded sets of bedding into a pillowcase, which makes it more convenient to find linens when making the bed, plus it looks neater in your closet.

9. Get creative with your cleaning tools. When your sponges and cleaning brushes just won't work for certain tasks, look around your house for an ad hoc tool that can help. A chopstick or pencil wrapped in a paper towel is just the right size to clean crevices, while a retired toothbrush sprayed with some Windex® Multi-Surface Antibacterial can scrub away debris around handles and knobs in a snap.

If you find yourself without a dustpan, try using the wetted edge of a piece of paper, as member Velve G. of Cameron, MO, does. For cleaning wood furniture, try using a paintbrush dedicated for dusting to get into grooves, adding some Pledge® for shine, as member Judy S. from Gardendale, AL, suggests. Or try altering one of your go-to tools for a specific job, like cutting a squeegee to the exact length of a small mirror or window.

10. Mix up your cleaning routine. Making fun changes can help you enjoy the task and coast right through it. So look for things that might inspire you. You could try picking up some new supplies you'll be excited to test out. Or choose a cleaning outfit you feel good in, like a funny apron or an old party dress you’ll never wear again. If you enjoy listening to music while you clean, make a playlist of songs you like to sing to and wear something that makes you want to dance—the energy a little grooving gives can help keep you motivated!

Well there you go...hope some of these tips help to make life a little easier!!

DON'T FORGET to stop by Tatertots & Jello and Decorchick and enter for a chance to win a Silhouette machine.

johanna xo


Cookies Are For Any Occassion!!

I love me some cookies!  Truthfully I love anything chocolate and my youngest son will only eat oreos or chocolate chip cookies...that's it!  So I don't make anything out of the ordinary unless it's a special occassion because I'm the one who will end up eating them all.  I come across some cute and tasty cookie ideas and needed to share.....

Cookie Palm Trees

PB & J.....Yum!

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies...these colorful sprinkles make me happy

No Bake Cookies.....These look fabulous....

Chocolate Covered Oreos...Fabulous!!

White Chocolate Lemon Cookies....Lemon & Chocolate great treat for the summer....

These all look so tasty...would go great with my coffee in the morning....really I could eat cookies anytime of the day.  If anyone makes any of these yummy treats come back and share the details.


A few blogs are giving away a SILHOUETTE MACHINE....who wouldn't love to win one!  I know I do...so head over to Tatortots & Jello and A Bowl Full of Lemons and get yourself signed up for a chance to win!!

Have a great Wednesday........

johannna xo


Teacher Appreciation Gift...Pencil Flower Bouquet

I came across the cutest idea for a Teacher Appreciation gift over at Whipperberry's blog. 
I already had on hand just about everything I would need to make it.  So perfect..... I decided to make one for my son's teacher (who just happens to be a great friend of mine).

Here is Whipperberry's version:
Adorable I know......

Teacher Gifts


Mine is a little smaller (as I used things I already had on hand) and picture taken with my camera phone but you get the jist ......
for the complete tutorial head on over to Whipperberry and get the step by step!!

johanna xo


Yea for Mail Day!

I received in the mail today the Giveaway I won over @ Styles by Stefani!!
My package contained an AWESOME amount of scrapbooking supplies.............

Thanks Stefani!!!

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