The Best Gift You Could Give


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND HELPING US Make the holiday season magical for those we love

I’ve done it y’all.  I have figured out the BEST gift you could possibly give someone this holiday season.  You’re thinking “no way”, right?  But I really have.  You wanna know what it is???

Time.

It’s the gift of TIME!!  I mean doesn’t everyone want (and frankly, NEED) more time!  I don’t know anyone in my life that doesn’t wish they had more time on their hands.
So.  I’m sure you wondering how, exactly, could we possibly give the gift of time.  It’s simple.  We help take away a few of the looong, mundane, time-consuming responsibilities  we all have as adults, parents, etc., so that the people we love can replace them with the things they WANT to be doing! Like reading, exercising, playing with their kids, going to see a movie! Whatever! It’s their time, and you just gifted them more of it!

Okay, so if you’re still wondering HOW??? The answer is…gift them a Walmart+ Membership.  It’s not crazy….hear me out here.

The best gift ever

It’s been no secret that over the past 18 months or so I’ve been obsessed with my Walmart+ Membership.  But do you know WHY?  It’s not just because they have unlimited free delivery from my local store ($35 min., restrictions apply), or because I get member prices on fuel, or because Mobile Scan & Go is awesome, (although I do LOOOOOVE all those membership benefits).  It’s because it has given me TIME back in my life!

I don’t spend hours a month at the grocery store.  I don’t spend hours every month behind the windshield driving from here to there to make sure everyone in the family has what they need.  Instead, I spend a few minutes, filling my online cart, and then my order simply shows up.  No dealing with crowds, no waiting in lines, no driving all over town, no sitting in traffic.  Just click and bam.  It’s at my door. (Did I mention that by default I also save money on gas…) ☺️

And if you’re still not convinced, let’s take a look at this past year in review.  Here are just a few of the amazing things I’ve been able to accomplish this year thanks to my Walmart+ Membership.  Which one was your FAVE???

A year in review

Was it That time we had groceries and activities delivered straight to our campsite?

Or that time we made shark cupcakes for our shark week party?

Or maybe IT was
last Christmas when I made my mom’s homemade fudge recipe and got stuff to decorate cookies for Santa?

Perhaps it was when we made our own homemade ice cream bar?? ( I’m pretty sure this was the kids’ favorite 🤩)

Or maybe it was when we created our beautiful and fresh summer tablescape for those fabulous pool parties!

Was it when we finally found luggage for our Europe trip? Or when i decorated for fall too early? 😂

Or maybe it was when the dead delivered all my ingredients to make my Spooky Halloween Tray.

Or could it have been my most recent super sweet Thanksgiving Spread??

Hopefully you guys get the idea here. 😂 I’ve used my Walmart+ Membership countless times this year and it has given me so much more time back in my life!  I just want you to do the same for yourself!  You deserve it!!!

Not only is the membership convenient, but the groceries (and more) arrive fresh, quickly, and exactly when/where I need them to!  So do yourself, and your loved ones a favor this month, and give them time back in their busy lives!  I promise, they will LOVE you for it!!


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Happy Holidays Friends! I love you guys!

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Thanksgiving Food

Thanksgiving Turkey Treats

It’s almost Turkey Time friends!!  So in honor of the big day I thought I’d share a couple Thanksgiving Turkey Treats that I thought would be perfect for the whole family!  They’re fun and adorable, and if you’re lucky, the cuteness factor will even convince the kids to help you make them!

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Holiday Gift Guides

The holiday season is upon us my friends!  And per ushe, I’m so FREAKIN’ pumped! Believe it or not, this year I’m actually ahead of the game too (which never happens)!  Not only have I made my shopping lists, but I’ve actually already started buying gifts and crossing things off!  Can I get a high five?! Now I know not everyone is a naturally gifted gift-giver like me (sarcasm), so I thought I’d put together a few holiday gift guides to help get those lists goin’ for y’all.

I broke them down into categories for y’all too in the hopes it makes things even easier!  Now if you follow me on Instagram you already know my philosophy on shopping—IT SHOULDN’T BREAK THE BANK!  So, having said that, everything I’m sharing today is from Walmart Home!  The great thing about that is that you’ll have a great selection of gift ideas to choose from (from traditional to nostalgic and everything in between) plus you know you’ll be getting a great deal!  Oh, and you can even grab a few things for yourself if you’re the one hosting this holiday season!  They really have great, affordable options for everyone on your list!

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Halloween charcuterie board

Halloween Charcuterie Board

It’s spooky season y’all (one of our favorites in this house)!  So you know what that means.  Tons of themed parties and dinners for kids and parents alike!  Now, we’re not showing up to these gatherings empty handed, are we?  Heck no! (Enter the Halloween Charcuterie Board 😂)  Well at least you better not be!  Even if someone says “No! Don’t worry about it, no need to bring anything!”  They’re just being polite….still bring something 😂.  Having said that…charcuterie boards are all the rage right now.  And understandably so!  There are endless ways to get creative with your boards!  So many fun themes and layouts!


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND HELPING US CREATE THE spookiest Halloween treats

So this year, I decided to put one together for my friend’s annual Halloween Party.  I wanted one that would be both great for adults, but fun and kid friendly as well!  This is what I came up with.  What do y’all think? (Also, if you follow me on Instagram, I did some close up videos so you guys can see what it looks like live!)

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Fall Home Decor

Fall Home Decor

Y’all.  Our favorite time of year is FINALLY upon us!!  I heard on the radio today that it’s only 93 days until CHRISTMAS!!!  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, lol.  We absolutely CANNOT skip all the fall festivities!  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know how much I love fall.  Literally, everything about it! But one of my favorite things about it is the decor!  #Gimmealllllllthepumpkins!!!!


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO Walmart FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND HELPING US create The coziest fall home

inspiration

Now, full disclosure here.  This year I had a harder time getting motivated to get up in that 100º attic to pull down all my pumpkins.  Call it age, call it laziness, call it I was too busy binge watching my latest Netflix addiction.  I honestly don’t know, but this year I decorated later than I ever have!  Usually I’m done before August is even over.  This year, halfway through September and it still looked like summer up in here.  All that to say, I finally got my butt in gear and found my motivation.  Wanna know where??  Walmart Home! They have some great Fall Decor this year, but as strange as this sounds….the bulk of my motivation was found inside the jar of a perfectly smelling fall candle!  Crazy, I know, but it always blows me away how smells can evoke such feelings!

Fall Home Decor



So, of course, I bought the candle and the inspiration just rolled on from there!

You guys shared with me the other day that many of you were also struggling to get motivated to decorate for the season so I decided to share some of my favorite fall decor picks from Walmart Home in the hopes it gets you guys motivated the way it did for me!  The fall home trends Walmart Home is offering this season are so warm and inviting!  And of course because it’s Walmart, it’s all affordable and can be found both in store and online!

My fall Favorites

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Happy Fall-ifying Friends!  Hope this helps get those autumn-lovin’ wheels a’turnin’!


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By the way, below is a Pinterest friendly pin-able image so you can save this post for later!

Oh and if you’re looking for more inspo, check out my other post Autumn Decor Round-Up: Simple Ways to Bring Fall Into Your Home w/out Breakin’ the Bank! ORRRRR if you prefer something spookier, I also have this post, How To Create A Spooky Tablescape—{Instantly Up Your Halloween Game With This Easy Trick!} where I share some fun Halloween decorating ideas!

 

Talk soon buddies!

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Travel

Travel Accessories for Your Next Vacay

We’re finally off my friends!  If you follow me on Instagram then you know we are headed to Spain today!!  I know I don’t speak for myself when I say I AM SO READY TO TRAVEL AGAIN!!

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shark cakes

Shark Week Party with Homemade Shark Cupcakes

Guess what?!  It’s SHARK WEEK!!!  Do you guys celebrate it like we do in this house??  Maybe you have a summer themed party coming up?  Or perhaps just a little shark lover at home looking for some shark shaped treats for their upcoming birthday?  Well I got you, Girl!  Or Boy! These shark cupcakes are adorable and are sure to WOW the crowd!  I’ve also included some adorable shark-themed party decorations and favors to help make your bash a hit!

Two things to note before we start:

  1. I am not a Baker. 😂
  2. This is not my recipe, and I just followed the instructions of the New York Times Best Selling Book Hello, Cupcake! 

I say those things for you to know that I am just an average joe trying to make some fun summer cupcakes.  And if I can do it….you can DEFINITELY do it!

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Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration & Outdoor Decor

Howdy Ho Friends!  Thought it would be fun to play a little game of THIS or THAT with you guys! So I put together some “mood boards”, if you will, with some patio inspiration to see which styles y’all like better!  Make sure to vote in the comments!  Or, if you follow me on Instagram, you can vote there in my stories too!

Hope you have fun and find some inspiration along the way!

Patio Inspiration Looks 1 & 2

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Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream + Fun Bonus Tie Dye Projects

Summer is in full swing at the Cantu Household and it seems like I’m constantly scouring the internet for fun, hands-on ways to entertain the kids.  This year, for the first time, we created a summer bucket list!  That has definitely helped me in my attempt to keep the boredom at bay!  So this week we’re tackling 2 items on our list: making HOMEMADE ice cream, and completing a tie dye project!  (And thanks to our Walmart+ Membership, I didn’t even have to leave the house to prep for them! 😂) You can probably guess which one was my idea ✌🏼🎨. Oh, and don’t forget, I always share more close ups and details in my Instagram stories so you can head over there for more cray too 😉.

Our summer bucket list

Summer Bucket List


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO Walmart+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND HELPING US create these summertime memories

Homemade Ice cream

Making homemade ice cream has been on my personal bucket list for awhile now…ever since a friend of mine made buttered rum ice cream.  SO GOOD!!  But I knew this was a little project that the kids would love too, so we decided to add it to our Summer Bucket List!

Buuuut…unfortunately, we didn’t have anything we needed to actually MAKE the ice cream, so what did we do?  Logged into our Walmart+ account and ordered alllll the things!  That’s one of my favorite things about our Walmart+ membership….you can get same-day delivery from your local store (for groceries and such, $35 minimum & restrictions apply so just check out the benefits in your area), or you can order your goodies from Walmart.com, get FREE SHIPPING, no order minimum (excludes freight & Marketplace items) and super fast delivery!  It’s the best of both worlds!
Homemade Ice Cream

So that’s what we did! We got our creams, milks, fruits, toppings, etc. delivered and ordered our brand new ice cream maker (this is the one we chose, the reviews are AWESOME) from Walmart.com with FREE shipping.  And then we got to work!

Mix IT UP

By the way, if you’ve ever not your own homemade ice cream because you were afraid of how much work it would be (guilty 🙋🏻‍♀️), rest assured, this contraption does all the heavy lifting for you!  It’s so easy to use!  You just dump in the ingredients, mix it up, and stuff your face!! If you’re looking for a slightly more affordable option, here’s another really cute one!

See!  So easy! (Well, except the one little strawberry pouring mishap 😂).

Serve it up

And because it was so easy, we each made our own favorite flavor and then served it up buffet style!  This little ice cream board is the perfect setup up for a party, get together, or even just movie night!  We had so much fun with this one!

Homemade Ice Cream

And yes…it is ice cream and it does melt so you have to be quick about it! Lol.  I set up my whole board and just left the ice cream out of the bowls until I was ready to serve.  Then you add the ice cream and your guests (or in my case my little minions) can build their own sundae!

Homemade Ice Cream

 

And as you can see, E wasted no time digging in! 😂


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Bucket List Item #2: Tie Die All The Things

I’m not gonna lie, this bucket list item has been something my kids have been asking to do FOREVER….and I’ve been putting off because of the cleanup 😂.  It actually wasn’t bad though!  Just make sure you have a tablecloth and gloves and you’re golden!

My son and daughter both chose to do shoes!  They saw the idea when I shared my Summer Activities for Kids {Educational & All Under $25} post just a few weeks ago.  They loved the idea of being able to design their own shoes! So we ordered some plain white ones through our Walmart+ membership (gotta love that Free Shipping) and went to town! (If you wanna see the video, go check my Instagram stories—you can see the whole process there)



Didn’t they do a great job?!  If you’re wondering how we kept the white parts white….painter’s tape!  Here’s what I mean:
Tie Dye Shoes

Made all the difference!

I will say, some of the dye still leaked below the tape in places but all we did was take a cleaning spray and a paper towel and wipe them clean! Came right off!  I’d suggest doing this while the shoes and dye are still wet though.

We also got some leakage down into the shoe but that didn’t bother any of us at all because you’ll never see that when the kids are wearing them.  If that bother’s you, you may want to add something inside to the show to protect the sole before you get started with the dye.


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Checking Things Off!

Well that’s it!  Two more items crossed off our summer bucket list!

Homemade Ice Cream

We had so much fun with these projects because they were so hands on!  The kids had such a blast and were entertained for ours!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Walmart+ like I mentioned before!  Our membership has just made life so much easier! I didn’t even have to leave my house to get everything we needed for these projects!!  Plus, I get all my groceries delivered straight to my house (same delivery at that, from my local store!), and I get free shipping on SO MANY items online.  Not to mention the mobile scan & go streamlines the shopping process in-store, and the member fuel prices save us money each week!  Make sure to check out the benefits in your area when you sign up! You WILL NOT regret it!

What’s on your summer bucket list??  If you complete either of these projects make sure to tag me!

Talk soon buddies!

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Summer Tablescape Ideas

Sweet Summer Tablescape

I feel like it’s been a minute since I’ve shared any fun tablescape ideas with you guys!  But as more and more of us are hosting family and friends this summer season, I wanted to make sure we all had plenty of sweet summer tablescape inspo to wow our guests and provide the perfect centerpiece for our gathering.

So….here’s what I came up with!  What do we think?!

Summer Party Ideas

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