Here is another craft from the past! I am still making notebooks and tear pads this way. It is so simple. Last Valentine's Day I whipped up 24 of these for Landon's class to make coupon books for their parents. It was so much fun!


The creative company American Crafts sent me some golden goodies to help me create something to share with you.

I am a little obsessed with note pads, spiral notebooks, journals, and anything else that you can makes notes in. I never leave a store without cruising through the office supply section. It is a guilty pleasure, but give me a notebook with a pretty cover and I am in love.

I am forever jotting down ideas and making lists. I actually like to have one notebook per subject or interest. Weird? Maybe, but I do know it means a lot of notebooks. They aren't cheap y'all! At least not the ones with the pretty covers.

So, I decided to make my own.

If you are like me and spend WAY too much money on paper goodies then this is the craft project for you. Save your pennies my friends and create your own note pads that will reflect your style.

I received some of the prettiest, golden, paper I have ever seen from American Crafts. The gold triangle cardstock is really on trend and was the perfect thickness for my little note pad.

 Plain Paper or Lined Paper (I used plain computer paper)
 American Crafts Cardstock (Gold Avalon)
 Binder Clips

First you need to cut your paper to size. I for the life of me could not find my paper trimmer so I tore mine by hand. I'm kind of glad I did. I think the torn look added some extra texture.

Once all of your paper is cut use your binder clips to hold everything together.

Next, take the rubber cement and apply an even layer on one side and let it dry. You may want to put something heavy to weigh it down while it dries.

Repeat the last step and add an extra coat of rubber cement for good luck.

Now you are all set to take as many notes as your heart desires.

I am so in love with this little project, borderline obsessed.

Next time, I am using the pretty gold polka dot paper (that is from American Crafts too).

For more information on American Crafts and all of their awesome products,
check out the links below.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by American Crafts. They sent me some cool products to test run and create something to share with all of you. All opinions are my own.



This post was initially posted a few years ago on my old blog Literally Inspired. We still make this dip all the time for parties and taco night. 

I highly recommend making this on Sunday night for the Super Bowl. It is sure to be a crowd favorite!


Football season is officially here. We thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's Redskin's game against the Saints. For a team that was predicted to only win 2 games, I think we did pretty good. I am not going to get too excited but I am looking forward to this season. 

During football season we really enjoy entertaining and eating. We probably just entertain so that we can eat to be honest. Over the next 16 weeks I plan on sharing with you all of my favorite, tried and true, football favorites.


2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
1 package of Purdue Southwest Chicken Strips (they are in the refrigerator section of your grocery store)
1 can of green chiles
1/4 cup taco seasoning
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 tablespoon sour cream


1. Soften cream cheese to room temperature and place in a bowl.

2. Add green chiles and sour cream and mix into sour cream. I use the liquid from the chilies to help soften the cream cheese.

3. Add taco season and mix well. I suggest using a fork verses a spoon.

4. Cut/Shred chicken and add to the mixture. You can also use a large can of white meat chicken for a more cost effective version. Or slow cook and shred whole chicken breasts.

5. Add shredded cheddar reserving a small portion to add after it bakes.

6. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until thoroughly heated.

7. Add remaining cheddar cheese and bake until golden brown.

You can thank me later.

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