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  • DIY TTPD clock necklace

    Welcome to our female rage era! We can't believe it has barely been over 1 month since The Tortured Poets Department has dropped and we're fully obsessed with listening to it. We decided it would be fun to try to recreate Taylor's watch necklace that she wore at the Grammys when she announced TTPD. It was easier than we expected and we had a lot of fun creating it. Here's how we made this DIY TTPD clock necklace! Supplies: Watch faces 5/8 velvet ribbon jewelry making kit wire clamps super glue tape measure scissors Directions: Measure your neck or whoever you are making this necklace for. Then you will cut your ribbon 1 inch shorter than you measured. Our model measured 13 inches so we cut our ribbon to 12 inches long. 2. Grab one of the crimp clamps out of your jewelry-making kit and line it up on one edge of your ribbon. Use your wire clamps to close it gently, squeezing along the edge of the clamp. 3. Choose what watch you want to be the watch for your necklace. Slide it on the other side of your ribbon, making sure the ribbon lays behind it. Once you get the watch centered on your ribbon, add some super glue to the back of the ribbon to help secure it in place. Let dry completely, this only takes a few minutes. 4. Now you can add the same type of crimp clamp to the other side of your ribbon, using the same technique you used with the first side. 5. Add one jump ring and 1 claw clamp to one side. Use your wire clamps to open and close the jump ring. You'll want to do this on whatever side your dominant hand is on so you can put the necklace on easily. Also, decide how you want your watch to orient on your neck. Taylor's watch had the 12 facing her left ear so we did the same. 6. On the other side you can add the string of jump rings using your wire clamps. You're done! It's a pretty easy craft. You can play around with different types of ribbons or other necklace accessories you like with it. We tried a lacy ribbon but, ultimately it wasn't sturdy enough to hold up the watch. Be sure to check out our Taylor Era page with lots of fun ideas or if you're looking for TTPD specific posts, head over to our candle painting TTPD listening party, TTPD inspired gift guide, and black and white snack board.

  • How to Throw a Candle Painting Party

    Yes, I said candle painting. This is a fun twist on a painting night at home. We threw a candle painting girls night in a few weeks ago. Ours the weekend that The Tortured Poets Department was released and listened to all 31 of Taylor's new songs as a group while we painted. Candle painting and TTPD listening party, what could be better? You could probably do candle painting with paint but that doesn't seem safe to burn and I wanted our candles to be functional. We painted our candles using wax from tea light candles. Here's everything I bought to throw a candle painting party! Candle Painting Party Supplies: pillar candles taper candles colorful tea lights more colorful tea light candles paint brushes candle lighter The concept is simple. Light the mini tea candles in a variety of colors and let everyone "paint" on their pillar or taper candles with the melted wax from the tea lights, whatever design they choose. Little tip, you do have to move fairly quickly because the wax can dry quickly on your brush. You can get really creative with your designs! We did a lot of florals, hearts, and bows! Sometimes you have to "dab" the melted wax onto your candle and sometimes you can make small paint marks. Play around with different techniques, just be careful and don't put your hand too close to the flame. We kept the whole night pretty casual. I decorated the table with fresh wildflowers in mini bud vases to serve as inspiration for our candle paintings. For snacks, I created a black and white snack board to go with our TTPD vibes and we had a build your own mini pizza bar. This set of candle holders makes a great place for everyone to put their candles once they are done painting them. Check out our Taylor Swift Party ideas or all our Taylor-inspired posts. We have a lot! Would you do a candle painting party with your friends?

  • Black and White Snack Board

    I recently created this black and white snack board for our The Tortured Poets Department listening and candle painting party! But, this high-contrast snack board can be perfect for lots of other types of parties. Maybe you're watching an old black-and-white film, throwing a Halloween party, or having a graduation retirement, or birthday party that is black-and-white themed. Either way, this snack board was a hit for us and we think it will be for you too. Here is what we included on our snack board and some other ideas for yours! Black and White Snack Board Mini powdered donuts Oreos Blackberries Black grapes Hershey's Hugs White cheddar popcorn Cookies and cream brownies cut bite-sized Start with a large black (or white) serving tray to keep with the theme. I have had my tray for so long I can't even remember where I got it from but you can find a variety of black serving trays that will suit the vibe you are going from. Fill up your tray with a variety of sweet and savory treats to enjoy, keeping each type of food grouped together. Throw in some fruit like our blackberries and grapes for good measure and let everyone graze or have it beside a dish like mini sliders and you're golden! Other ideas to include: white chocolate-covered pretzels black olives marshmallows white cubes of cheese black and white cookies Pirate's Booty Play around with it and have fun!

  • Gifts for Moms

    Mother's Day is right around the corner and we've been scouring the internet and quizzing our friends to find out the best gifts for Moms this Mother's Day! We know each mom is special and unique so we curated gifts for mom based on her likes and hobbies. Maybe she is a Swiftie mom or likes to garden? We have 9 different themed mini gift guides to shop with over 45 unique gift ideas, you're sure to find something you love for Mom this Mother's Day! Gifts for Moms Gifts for Moms Who Garden Garden tool kit - This 9-piece kit is great for moms who like to spend time out in the garden. Propagation Station - Look how cute this propagation station is! It can also double as a bud vase. Smart Bird Feeder - Birdfy has a few different bird feeders that can connect to your phone and provide video and photos as well as bird identification. Will mom like the bird feeder or hummingbird feeder? Window Herb Garden - If mom likes to cook and garden this is a great gift to combine them both. Mom can grow her own herbs to use in the kitchen. Butterfly Stakes - Three pretty butterflies to adore Mom's garden with this Spring/Summer. Sunhat - Keep mom cool and shaded in this wide-brimmed sunhat with SPF Gifts for Swiftie Moms Mom Era Shirt - Perfect for the Swiftie Mom! Taylor Made Eye Kit - Path McGrath released a Taylor Made Eye kit so you can do your eye makeup like Taylor. Also, check out their lip kit too! Record Car Freshener - How cute is this car freshener that looks like a record player with mini TS records?!! TV rug - It's true, in this house, we listen to Taylor's Version Taylor Affirmations- Give mom some positive affirmations straight from Taylor's lyrics For more like these, check out our Swiftie Gift Guide! Gifts for Disney Moms Disney Tumbler - Yes, it's dishwasher safe. You know Mom will ask. This Tumbler has all the things we love and it's Disney! Disney Fleece Lounge Hoodie - Keep mom cozy as she scrolls her Disney IG reels in this fleece lounge hoodie. Disney Drinks Recipe Book - Mom can make Disney-inspired drinks at home with this unofficial recipe book. Lego Stitch - Look at how cute Stitch is in this new Lego kit released this Spring! Minnie Earrings - These are cute for a day at the parks or a day driving kids around to school and activities! Looking for more? We shared a Gifts for Disney Lovers gift guide! Gifts to Pamper Mom Face Sculpting Tool - This seven-in-one face massager has red light therapy and can help pamper mom's face. Reduce puffiness, clear pores, and soothe your face as you give yourself a mini facial! Smart Goggles - These Bluetooth eye goggles help reduce migraines and promote better sleep. With its heated eye pads and face massager this is sure to help mom relax and reset. Loungewear - There is nothing like taking off your "outside" clothes and slipping into something cozy. This loungewear set screams "comfy". Bathbomb set - Help mom melt away her worries with this cute set of scented bath bombs. Heated Back Massager - Pamper mom with this cordless back massager. Pamper Kit - This kit has everything mom will need to pamper herself for at least 15 minutes. Gifts for Quality Time with Mom Pickleball set - Learn a new sport with Mom this year. Gift mom a pickleball set and sign you and her up for lessons to spend time together. Things to do with mom cards - These scratch-off cards are a fun way to spend quality time with mom! Mystery Board Game - Death by Chocolate sounds like a fun mystery board game to play with older kiddos. Candle-Making Kit - Do a fun craft or activity together. Mom may like making candles with you. She will think of you every time she burns it Thoughtful Gifts for Mom Smartphone printer - This mini printer can print directly from iOS or Android. Perfect for the moms who want physical copies of photos to frame and not just in their phones. Memory Journal - Only one line a day, perfect for busy moms who are in the thick of it but want to remember the sweet little moments. Bracelet - This is more than just a simple bracelet, this bracelet contains a picture of you and Mom doing something fun. Capture a memory and preserve it in this custom bracelet for mom to wear! What I love about Mom Book - This book is a thoughtful way to tell Mom all the ways you love her! Another thoughtful gift idea is our DIY Book Bouquet. Perfect for the mom who likes to read in her free time. Gifts for the Glam Mom Kendra Scott Layered Opal Necklace - This is a beautiful piece of jewelry with a pretty opal stone. We love these layered necklaces! Wave Bracelet - We all know that sometimes parenting is hard and we have to roll with the ebbs and flows of motherhood. This sweet wave bracelet reminds Mom that we love that she is there for all of it. Chanel perfume - Chanel No 5 is one of the most iconic and beloved perfumes out there and for good reason. Lange Hair Tool - This 2 in 1 tool is a straightener and curling iron in one with cooling air vents that lock in the style for all-day wear! Ray Ban Sunglasses - She'll be the coolest mom at the school pickup line in her new sunnies! Gifts for the Busy Moms Smart Ring - Take mom's fitness tracking to the next level with this rose gold Oura smart ring. It monitors over 20 different biometrics while she's on the go. Skylight Calendar - Help mom stay organized with this Skylight smart calendar with a touch screen and interactive display. Audible Subscription - If you're like me you want to read but just don't have the time to sit down and read a physical book as often as I would like. Massage Giftcard - Busy moms get tired and don't always make time for themselves but I bet if you gift mom with a massage she WILL use it! Gourmet Coffee of the Month Club - Keep mom fueled up for her busy life with this coffee club that delivers gourmet coffee right to her door. Gifts for Moms Who Travel Passport Holder - This can hold passports, important documents, change, and even her phone! Weekend Travel Bag Set - This bag and toiletry bag are perfect for weekend getaways. It comes in a variety of fun colors! Might as well get one for yourself too! Travel Pillow - Unless you get upgraded on flights it can be hard to sleep. This is one of the highest-rated travel pillows out there! Travel Map - This deluxe travel map helps you keep track of places you've been or want to go! Portable Charger - Perfect for any kind of travel, this portable charger can go with you and keep you connected. We like that it can even be charged by the sun! Jewelry case - Get this personalized jewelry case so mom can keep her jewelry organized on her trip. Don't want to spend a lot, you can always make Mom breakfast or cook dinner for her! Want to plan ahead for Father's Day? Be sure to check out our Father's Day Gift Guide for tons of ideas!

  • DIY Book Bouquet

    We love a pretty flower bouquet but today we are upping our game and making a DIY book bouquet that is perfect for surprising a friend or loved one! These make great birthday gifts for bookworms in your life. DIY Book Bouquet Supplies: Books cellophane tape scissors duct tape or another sturdy tape wooden dowels brown paper (or paper of your color) string or twine tissue paper (optional) ribbon fresh or faux flowers - I used 2 different types of fresh flowers Directions: Pick your books. I found the book bouquet easiest to make with three books otherwise the bouquet gets too big and heavy to hold. Wrap each book in the clear cellophane and tape them up. Like little presents. This keeps the books protected but you can still see what the books are when you make your bouquet. Using duct tape, attach a dowel to the back of each book. Then you can arrange your books in a shape with 2 books in the back and 1 book in the front. 4. Now that we have the basic shape, cut out your brown paper to be slightly wider and longer than your books on sticks. Do this twice, you'll save the second piece of paper for later. ( Note, if you want more color you can add tissue paper between your books and the brown paper). I like the simplicity of the brown paper and flowers but feel free to personalize it to suit your needs or the person you are giving it to. 5. Next, we're going to place flowers around to form the bouquet. I used 2 different flowers to add contrast but keep it simple and not visually overwhelming with too many colors. 6. Now you're going to fold over the paper at the base, leaving the top open. Tie with twine to secure it. 7. This is the time you are going to use that second sheet of brown paper. Cut it in half so that you have two almost equally sized pieces. Fold one piece at a diaganol as seen below and lay it on the front of your bouquet bunching it together at the same spot where you did your first layer of brown paper. 8. Repeat this step a second time on the other side of your bouquet. Tie wtih twine or tape to secure it down. 9. Lastly, you can decorate your bouquet with a ribbon and you have a beautiful DIY book bouquet to give as a gift!

  • Taylor Swift TTPD Inspired Gift Guide

    It's The Tortured Poet's Department release week and we're anxiously awaiting Taylor's newest album over here. We've curated this TTPD-inspired gift guide for the Swifites in your life! From typewriters and books to poetry-inspired gifts that your inner tortured poet will enjoy. TTPD Inspired Gift Guide Vintage Style Typewriter - Let's bring back typed, purposeful, letters. This vintage typewriter would make a great gift and I honestly love the mint green color but they have it in other colors as well. Edgar Allen Poet Magnetic Poetry Kit - This is so playful and fun! Feather Quill and Ink Set - I'm getting this to write all my birthday/holiday cards with from now on. Custom Library Stamp Embosser - This is stunning! I want a custom one for my home library. TTPD Sweatshirt - Stay cozy while you rep your TTPD sweatshirt Emily Dickinson Poetry Book - This is a beautiful book of poems by Emily. Candlestick Holders - These "mismatched" candlestick holders make a stunning centerpiece. Journal - for pouring out your heart and soul The Lines Puzzle - Just like the one Taylor displayed at the Spotify library installation. Ceramic Face Flower Vase - It just feels like TTPD Poet Sign- Show everyone a poet lives here with this cute sign. Typewriter Vase - This would make a cute piece on a bookshelf or side table TTPD shirt - We love the style of this tee, black and white feels fitting Writing Dice - These dice are great for writer's block or a fun writing exercise to get the creative juices flowing. Peace Hand - Taylor signified "two" a few times, throwing up this hand symbol at the Grammy's when she announced her new album. This would look cute on a bookshelf or to hold rings and jewlery. Typewriter Prop - The prop is the exact one that Taylor uses to promote her new lyrics Fountain Pen - Write with "pitch black ink" with this fountain pen.

  • Easter Basket Ideas for Tweens and Teens

    If you are the mom of a tween or teen, you know that the older they get the harder they are to shop for. Their interests get a little more specific and they have their own opinions. You have to be a little more deliberate with your gifts, and that's fine. Easter baskets are still something that I love to do for my tween (is 10 a tween, it still feels like a kid) and teen. Easter basket fillers for tweens and teens can still be fun and creative and aimed toward their likes and current trends. Our Easter Basket Filler guide for tweens and teens has some fun ideas that won't break the bank. I usually do two or three fun things, maybe a book, and of course candy! Dragon Eggs - These are fun fidget toys. The dragon egg shape is perfect for Easter. Gloss nail strips - These nail strips are cute and don't require an LED light. Story Cubes - These fun cubes are great for mixing and matching and creating fun stories together. Waterproof speaker - If your teen likes to jam out during long showers then a waterproof speaker will elevate their shower jam session! Tamagotchi - Bring back this retro trendy game with the classic Tamagotchi! As a millennial mom, this one brings back memories and is for sure going in our baskets this year! Jellybeans candy - A go-to Easter candy for sure! Cute packaging too! Origami kit - traditional Japanese patterns and over 300 papers to create with. Hydrating face mist - For the skin care goddess these hydrating facial mists come in pretty colors and smell so good! Bunny slippers - These bunny slippers are so cozy and cute! Crochet kit - This bunny kit from Woobles is great for beginners who want to get into crochet. Pocket-Sized Game Controller - This mini controller works with Android, switch and Raspberry Pi! Zip string - this rope launcher fidget toy was featured on Shark Tank! Butterfly claw clips - These cute clips are very on-trend! Food Squishmallows - They may be teens and you think stuffed animals are a thing of the past but Squishmallows have a GRIP on all the tweens/teens I know! They are obsessed with these food-themed ones - takeout noodles, ice cream sandwich, avocado, or grilled cheese! Peel-off lip stain - if your tween or teen is on social media they've probably seen these peel-off lip stains are trending. They look super fun to do. Flying orb ball - This ball is fun to fly around the house or backyard! Birth Flower Layered Necklace - Layered necklaces are so pretty and these birth flower one feels personalized and looks very pretty for tweens and teens. StikBot Stopmotion Animation Kit - This starter kit has 8 posable sticky bots and a tripod to allow you to create fun stop-motion videos!

  • Veggie Chicken Parmesan Zoodles

    To kick off March, I wanted to share some "Meatless March" meal ideas. These are great for meatless Mondays or any night you may want some meat-free dishes. This veggie chicken parmesan zoodles meal is the kind of meal that you can make as much or as little as you want. Making dinner for one or the whole family, this meal comes together in about the amount of time it takes to cook the chicken patties. This is a lightened-up version that is meat-free. Veggie Chicken Parmesan Zoodles Ingredients: Veggie Chicken Patties (I used Morning Star) Zucchini noodles Spaghetti noodles olive oil marinara sauce shredded mozzarella seasonings - salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning Cook your spaghetti noodles as instructed on the packaging. I cook about half of what I would normally make per person. Cook your veggie chicken patties as instructed on packing. You can either purchase your zucchini noodles from the store premade, or make your own from a zucchini and a spiralizer - I've done both ways. Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and saute your zucchini noodles until softened. Season as desired. Add in your spaghetti noodles to incorporate the zucchini and pasta together. In a small to medium saucepan heat your marinara sauce over medium heat until heated through. Plate your zucchini and noodles. Top with a scoop of marinara and a sprinkle of mozzarella. Cut your cooked vegetable chicken patty into strips and place on top of your sauce and mozzarella to melt your cheese. Serve and enjoy!

  • 10 Valentine's Day Cocktails

    Valentine's Day is always a fun night to experiment with new and exciting cocktails. When my husband and I were younger we always went out to a fancy dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day. Now, we avoid the crowds and make a "dinner date at home". While sometimes it is a romantic night in, usually we include the kids and do heart-shaped pizza, chocolate fondue, and cocktails for the adults. Valentine's Day is a day for love and why can't it be a family holiday!? Because we're always wanting to try new things in the kitchen, we decided to round up 10 Valentine's Day Cocktails we think sound good that you might like too! 10 Valentine's Day Cocktails These 10 cocktails are great for Valentine's Day and beyond! We included some that are popular classics that we don't always make and unique ones that sound yummy to try! Love Potion Cocktail - This bright red cocktail is flirty and romantic. It has cranberry vodka as its base and a piece of dry ice makes it look like it's smoking! Pomegranate Gin Fizz - This gin-based drink is a lovely egg white cocktail. I love the soft pink color and the fizzy component. Espresso Martini - Coffee cocktails have been a hit everywhere lately. This cocktail will help get the night started off with a pep in your step! Lavender Haze - This unique drink was inspired by the lovely Lavender Haze song from Taylor Swift. Get lost in your own lavender haze while sipping on this cocktail! Rose Champagne Cocktail - Roses and champagne are staples for Valentine's Day. Bring them together in this fun cocktail! Chocolate Strawberry Martini - This vodka-based drink has chocolate dripping down the sides. If I saw someone drinking this in a restaurant I would immediately want it. It looks like dessert in a glass! Spicy Paloma Cocktail - Add some spice to your night and you're cocktail with this hot honey and citrus drink! I already feel like I will want seconds of this drink! Old Fashioned - Keep it classic with this old-fashioned. It only takes 4 ingredients and it's a winner every time. This is a great one for warming up on a cold night. Raspberry Sorbet Bellini - This cocktail is simple but pretty to sip on! I love that instead of ice you're using sorbet to keep your drink cool and add flavor at the same time. Bloody Valentine - Blood oranges are in season right now and can be found in your local grocery stores. The blood orange juice in this cocktail perfectly balances with the elderflower liqueur.

  • Crockpot Chicken Chili

    This is one of my quick and easy, dump-and-go crockpot meals that I make in the fall and winter. It's a hearty chili with chicken and beans as your protein and fiber. This Crockpot Chicken Chili is great for football, especially the Superbowl when nobody wants to cook, firepits, and nights when everyone is busy! For this recipe, you're going to freeze your chicken ahead of time. I try to remember to move my chicken to my refrigerator the night before I'm going to cook this chili, but I've also pulled it directly out of the freezer and put it right in the crockpot. Crockpot Chicken Chili 2 frozen chicken breasts 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can Rotel 1 can Mexican corn or corn with peppers 1 Tbsp cumin 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp onion powder 1 package of ranch dressing mix 1 - 8oz package of cream cheese Place your frozen chicken into the crockpot. Rinse and drain your beans and add them to the crockpot. Add your cans of Rotel and corn, without draining them. Add in seasonings and mix them around, covering the chicken with some of the bean mixture. Top the mixture with your block of cream cheese. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Once everything is cooked, take your chicken out and shred it with 2 forks. Add the chicken back into the crockpot and stir everything to incorporate cream cheese. Serve with crackers, cheddar, or over rice. This is also good as leftovers in a burrito! This makes a pretty good crockpot full of chili and has even gotten me second place in a chili cookoff at my kid's school a few years ago.

  • Taylor Swift Reputation Donuts

    Reputation is coming. You know it! I know it! The question is, are we ready for it? I think her re-record of her Reputation album is going to be amazing and I'm hoping it drops later this month. In honor of our Reputation Era being on the horizon (fingers crossed) I made some Taylor Swift Reputation Donuts that look like they have friendship bracelets on them. Taylor Swift Reputation Donuts Ingredients: Donuts - chocolate because it's dark for Reputation. I got mine from Dunkin but feel free to get whatever kind you want. Candy eyeballs edible pen markers Mini star sprinkles - I used the red and white ones rainbow chip crunch sprinkles - I used red and black white pearl sprinkles silver pearl sprinkles Writing icing - black or white Directions: Once you have all your supplies you can start assembling your Reputation Donuts. I decided what word I wanted to write on my friendship bracelet before I started creating each donut. Using your edible food maker, flip the candy eyeballs over and write out your phrase letter by letter on each eyeball. Here is a list of Reputation inspired lyrics/phrases you can use. I put stars by the ones I used: *Big Rep *LWYMMD (Look what you made me do) *End Game *A Team *Ready 4 It *King of my "heart" *123, LGB (chant from the Eras tour) *Rep Era Ocean blue eyes Daisy Poison Ivy Be my jailer Light me up Dress Getaway Car Go, go, go I fancy you Best of times Golden tattoo Don't blame me Let the games begin "games begin" Love made me crazy In my dreams Island Breeze American Queen New Years Day CIWYW (Call it what you want) So it goes IDSB (I did something bad) Gorgeous TIWWCHNT (This is why we can't have nice things) Rep Cuz she's dead Delicate There are so many good phrases you could use. The shorter ones work better for bracelets and donuts so keep that in mind. On your donut, draw a circle on the top to be the outline of your "friendship bracelet" design. Carefully stick each letter on the spell out your word. Once you've created your word continue filling in the bracelet with different sprinkles. I kept to the red, black, white, and silver color scheme. This would be fun at a Taylor Swift-themed party or even for the Superbowl because we know Swifties are representing this year! The phrases - End game, Big rep, A team.... all work great for this Superbowl! These are fun to make and to eat! Be sure to check out our other Taylor Swift page for more Taylor-inspired posts and if you're making these for the Superbowl, why not make some friendship bracelet glasses to go with them? We are going to be wearing our red King of My Heart glasses during the game as we cheer on the Chiefs and Travis. I don't even feel bad about it.

  • Free Printable Valentine Cards for Swifties

    We are in our Valentine era and we're loving it! We have shared watercolor lover cookies, DIY bracelet glasses, and friendship bracelet skewers and fondue! Today, we're sharing some super cute free printable Valentine's Day cards for Swifties! These would be perfect for your little Swiftie to give out to their class or friends this Valentine's Day! These cards are the perfect mix of classic conversation heart candies and Taylor Swift lyrics. We created 4 different but similar designs. Download our free Swiftie Valentine's here. These would be so cute attached to a pack of conversation hearts or add a friendship bracelet to each one! Save this to your Pinterest board for Valentine's Day so you can find it later! For more Valentine's Day content, head over to our Valentine's Day page to read them all. Looking for another holiday or want to browse by season, we have that too.

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