Make the BEST for your Valentine

Make the best for your Valentine - - Family, Friends & Food with Jayne

Valentine’s Day is only a couple weeks away and it is coming up quickly. I want to be prepared for it so I’m starting to plan now. It’s time to show the people in our lives how much we love them.

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Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts


Ashley Maurer
Ashley Maurer



Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

With Christmas right around the corner, it is officially time to stop procrastinating. Let’s face it, those gifts aren’t going to buy themselves! There always seems to be a last minute party to attend or an extra person coming to spend the day with the family that you weren’t planning on. Not to worry though! I’ve got a few last minute ideas that will make those last minute plans feel like they had been planned all along. The best thing is that you can get most, if not all of the things you need at your local Coborn’s!


Snowman Chocolate Bars
Snowman Chocolate Bars
This is my personal favorite and a good craft to make with the kids. I picked up some extra large candy bars and a couple pairs of gloves from Coborn’s. I used plain computer paper to wrap them in, pulled the open glove over one end of the wrapped chocolate bar and tie some ribbon around it to tighten the top together. Then use crayons to draw the snowman features on. Add one more ribbon to make the scarf and that’s all there is to it. It’s quick, easy and fun to make. Plus they make great stocking stuffers or would even be cute as place settings for the kids’ table!

Snowman Hot Chocolate
Snowman Hot Chocolate
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate on those cold winter nights? Make hot chocolate even more fun by building a snowman to give it in. This is a great project to make with the kids and I love being able to reuse baby food jars to make it. You can mix and match jar sizes too! Don’t have any baby food jars laying around? A quick visit to Coborn’s can solve that. That’s what I had to do. Don’t worry, I didn’t waste the food, my sweet niece ate it up for me!

Make sure to peel the labels off, wash and sanitize the jars. Paint the lids black and use paint to make the face and buttons of the snowman on the outside of the jars. Use hot glue to hold the jars together in a stack. Fill each of the jars, one with mini marshmallows, one with hot chocolate (or cappuccino mix works too) put peppermint candies in the last one. I had scrap fabric laying around that I used to make the scarfs but you could use ribbon for that too. Simply adorable!

Candy Whisk
Candy Whisk
Making a candy filled whisk is very fast and easy. Plus it can be made for less than $10! Buy the candy and whisk, fill the whisk with candy. It’s really that simple. Click here for a free printable tag to add to it as well.

Pot Holder Bouquet
Pot Holder Bouquet
This is also a super easy gift to put together. All it takes is one trip to your local Coborn’s store and you can get everything you need. Spend some time going through the kitchen aisle and mix and match to your liking. Grab a pot holder and make sure all the utensils you picked out will fit inside. When you get home you can add some tissue paper, bows or ribbons to top it off. This works great to give as a hostess gift for those last minute Holiday parties.

Giving homemade gifts can be fun, personalized and meaningful. These were just a few of my favorite gift ideas. If you want to see some more crafty creations check out Lynell’s blog for more fun ideas you can make yourself.

Happy Holidays!
Ashley Maurer
Coborn’s Inc. Graphic Designer
Homemade Made Easy

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub

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Sugar scrubs can be used on your face, body and feet to help moisturize and exfoliate your skin.  Because they are so incredibly easy and inexpensive to make, they make an amazing gift for a teacher, daycare person, co-worker, friend or family member.  You can give just the sugar scrub alone or make it a gift basket and add some homemade lip balm and/or hand soap from my previous blogs.

I hope you enjoy this simple Homespun Creation and you take the time to try it at home! Be sure to Click Here for the Free Printable Labels that will make your creation truly personalized!

Read Below for a full list of ingredients and step by step instructions as well as a video where I will explain how easy this Do It Yourself Sugar Scrub Creation really is to make!

Homemade Sugar Scrub
  • ½ Cup Raw Sugar
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • 2-4 Drops Essentials Oil of your choice. (I used a lavender variety!)
  • Jar with a screwable top. (I picked a mason jar!)
  1. Measure out and pour Raw Sugar into the container.
  2. Add Olive Oil and Essential Oil.
  3. Replace cover and shake mixture.
  4. Scrub skin with mixture to exfoliate and rinse.


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DIY All Natural Lip Balm

Homemade Lip Balm

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This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! Over the years I have spent a lot of money on Chapstick and lip balms that I end up losing, washing/drying and are all filled with nasty ingredients. I absolutely LOVE this lip balm because, as with all the other recipes I have shared with you, it is inexpensive, so quick and easy to make and works great! Also, I have absolutely no worry with my young kids using it or “accidentally” eating half a tube. Please be aware that using citrus oils such as grapefruit, lemon or orange on your skin prior to exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light may cause a skin reaction or increased redness.

Click Here ( for the free printable labels and give these as gifts – they make GREAT stocking stuffers!

Check out the awesome recipe and instructions below so you can make these at home yourself!


DIY All Natural Lip Balm
  • 2 T. Beeswax pellets
  • 2 T. Shea Butter
  • 2 T. Coconut Oil
  • 5-7 drops Essential Oil of your choice (i.e. Aura Cacia Peppermint oil)
  • Lip balm tubes
  • Medicine dropper
  • Toothpick
  1. In small pot, melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil.
  2. If using different kinds of essential oils, make sure to mark the bottoms of your tubes so you know which oil is in which tube.
  3. Turn burner off but leave pan on hot burner so the mixture does not harden.
  4. Carefully use the medicine dropper to fill a tube halfway with melted mixture, add drops of essential oil, stir with toothpick and fill the rest of the tube with melted mixture.
  5. Once the tubes cool and harden, the mixture will sink and there will be a space at the top. Make sure to leave a little of the melted mixture so you can go back and fill that spot in each tube.
  6. Replace covers once the tube is completely cooled.

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Seven Festive ways to use a Mason Jar! - DIY 7 festive ways to use a mason jar! - Crafty Creations with Lynell
Coborn’s Graphic Designer

Believe it or not, Christmas will be here before you know it. I have started making my Christmas gifts for my friends and relatives. My goal is to be finished Christmas shopping/crafting before Thanksgiving. I had already gone to Coborn’s and bought some Mason Jars and I knew I could make something crafty. Next step… PINTEREST! There are so many great ideas, I had a hard time choosing what to make. But I decided on a handful and am happy to share them with you today. Simple gifts that are simply stunning and homemade… the best kind of gift, in my book!

Candy Cane Bath Salts - DIY Candy Cane Bath Salts and 6 more festive ways to use a mason jar!

First on my list, my friend Sabrina. She is a hard-working woman who deserves to have some R & R. A Holiday Gift Jar with Candy Cane Bath Salts will be perfect. This gift jar is simple and oh-so-fragrant. The result is a gorgeous Mason Jar that resembles a candy cane.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Candy Cane Bath Salts
  • 8 Cups Epsom Salts
  • 3 Cups Kosher Salt
  • ½ t. Glycerin, divided
  • 14 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 24 Drops Red Food Coloring
  • 5 (12 oz.) Ball Mason Jars
  • Use Heavy-Duty Stand Mixer
  1. Pour 4 cups Epsom salts into large mixing bowl
  2. Add 1½ cups kosher salt; stir well.
  3. Add ¼ t. of glycerin and 7 drops peppermint essential oil; mix well.
  4. In another large bowl, add 4 cups Epsom salts and 1½ cups kosher salt; stir well.
  5. Add ¼ t. of glycerin, 7 drops peppermint essential oil and 24 drops red food coloring; mix well.
  6. Holding jar at angle, layer salts in jars (red, white, red etc...) until full.
  7. Seal with lid

You could stop there…. but I just couldn’t. To make these gifts a little more Christmas-y, I spray painted some of the rings for the jar lids red. On the others, I placed a little pillow fill on the top of the lid, placed an 8” round circle of material over the top and voila! Instead of pillow fill, you could use candy, potpourri, or even cotton balls. Then I embellished with candy canes, jingle bells, curly ribbon, etc. I even printed out tags and the recipes, too. At the end, I have a beautiful, personalized gift for my friend. Click here for Free Printable Gift Tags.

Cookie Jars - DIY Cookie Jar and 6 more festive ways to use a mason jar!

We can’t forget about your kids’ amazing teachers. In my case, it’s my grandkids’ teachers. This cookie mix in a jar is a great gift to give anyone. My grandchildren even helped me put them together. They will be so proud to give them to their teachers. See the recipe below and Click here for Free Printable Gift Tags.

5.0 from 2 reviews
M&M Holiday Cookie Jar
  • 2 Cups Sifted All Purpose Flour
  • ½ t. Baking Soda
  • ¼ t. Baking Powder
  • ¾ Cup Red M&Ms
  • ¾ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • ¾ Cup Green M&Ms
  • 1 Quart Ball Mason Jar
  • 7” Circle of Fabric
  • Red Paint
  • Hot Glue
  • Decoration
  • Gift Tag
  1. In a bowl: mix together flour, baking soda & baking powder.
  2. Put ½ of this mixture in jar.
  3. Layer the following in order: Red M&Ms (be careful to push them to the sides of the jar so color shows well), packed brown sugar, sugar, green M&Ms (again be careful to push them to the sides of the jar so color shows well), finally the remaining flour mixture.
  4. Pack firmly as you go along.
  5. Spray paint ring red.
  6. Top jar with 7” circle of fabric.
  7. Hot glue decoration on.
  8. Add gift tag with baking instructions.
Baking Instructions: Empty jar of M&M Holiday cookie mix into mixing bowl; blend well. Add ¾ cup softened butter, 2 beaten eggs and 1 t. vanilla; mix well. Roll into 1” balls; place 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F until edges are lightly browned; about 12-14 minutes. Makes 30 Cookies

There you go, you’ve got another gift done, quick, easy and only one stop at Coborn’s for all of my ingredients.

Decorative Hand Soap - DIY Holiday Hand Soap and 6 more festive ways to use a mason jar!

My friendly neighbor will be getting this delightful Holiday Hand Soap Jar. First of all… Wow is this easy! I bought  a pint Ball Mason Jar, used some colored clear rocks, a sprig of Christmas leaves, decorative balls and added inexpensive TopCare clear hand soap from Coborn’s. I found a hand soap pump at a local craft store for under $3. Drill a hole in the lid for the hand pump and taadaa! Put whatever you want in it for decorations. It makes a great gift for your neighbor or anyone on your list. After all, who doesn’t wash their hands? Click here for Free Printable Gift Tags.

Tortilla Soup - DIY Tortilla Soup Gift Jar and Basket and 6 more festive ways to use a mason jar!

Time for gifts for my co-workers! With cold weather upon us, soup is the perfect holiday gift. Working for a grocery store, you would think that my co-workers would be culinary experts. While they are talented in other ways, not all of them excel in the kitchen. So I know that they will enjoy this simple soup. It is even a great gift for a friend who is home sick or just needs a pick-me-up. I bet you even have half the ingredients right in your cupboard now.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Tortilla Soup Gift Jar
  • 1 Wide Mouthed Ball Mason Jar
  • Small Basket or Gift Bag
  • 1 Cup Converted Long Grain Rice
  • 2-2½ Cups Slightly Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • 1 (5 oz. can) Chicken
  • 1 (10 oz. can) Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles
  • 2 T. Chicken Bouillon Granules
  • 2 t. Sugar
  • 1 t. Dried Cilantro Leaves
  • ½ t. Garlic Powder
  • ½ t. Ground Cumin
  • ½ t. Salt
  • ¼ Cup Minced Onion
  1. Mix ingredients for seasoning together in a small zip-lock bag.
  2. Place rice in jar.
  3. Put bag of seasoning on top of rice in jar.
  4. Fill jar with tortilla chips.
  5. Attach cooking instructions to the jar.
  6. Place jar and cans of tomatoes, chiles and chicken in basket or gift bag.
Cooking Instructions: Remove tortilla chips and seasoning packet from the jar. In a gallon soup pot, add rice and 10 cups of water. Add can of diced tomatoes and green chiles, can of chicken and the seasoning packet from the jar. Bring to a boil; lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add tortilla chips, replace the cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Makes 3 quarts.

Remember if you buy Food Club Tortilla Chips, it’s Buy 1 Get 1 Free. In a small basket, I put the jar, diced tomatoes, green chiles and chicken. Click here for Free Printable Gift Tags and decorate it anyway you want. I added a little fabric, a little jute and a wooden spoon just to give it that home-cooked feeling. You can also add to this gift by putting everything in a larger basket with soup bowls, ladle, kitchen towels and of course…. a gift card from Coborn’s!

Hot Cocoa Snowman in a Ball Mason Jar - DIY Hot Cocoa Snowman and 6 more festive ways to use a mason jar!

This is the best hot cocoa mix there is! Now isn’t this just the cutest little snowman you ever saw? I am making these for my grandchildren for Christmas. They love having their own things. So on the back, I will paint each one of their names. Click here for Free Printable Gift Tags.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Hot Cocoa Snowman Jar
  • 6½ Cups Powdered Milk
  • 1 (5 Oz. Pkg.) Non-instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 1 Cup Powdered Chocolate Drink Mix (like Swiss Miss)
  • ½ Cup Powdered Non-dairy Creamer (can use vanilla if you want)
  • ½ Cup Confectioners’ Sugar
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Minature Marshmallows
  • 4 Snack Zip-lock Baggies
  • 4 Quart Ball Mason Jars
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Orange Puff Paint
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Hot Glue
  • 12 Black Buttons
  • Red Fabric
  1. Mix first 6 ingredients together in large bowl.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Spray ring and lid black.
  4. Cut 5” circle out of black paper and make it ⅞” wide, to resemble a top hat.
  5. Lay jar flat to paint eyes and mouth to look like charcoal.
  6. Use orange puff paint to add a carrot nose.
  7. Add a piece of red fabric to look like a scarf, about 22” long & 2” wide.
  8. Put three inches of mixture in jar.
  9. Put miniature marshmallows in a small baggie, set on top of cocoa and close jar. Makes 4 Quart Jars.
  10. Best hot cocoa Mix you ever tasted!

Christmas Crunch - DIY Christmas Crunch and 6 more festive ways to use a mason jar!

My friend has a card group and wants to give them each a little gift when they come to her house during the holidays. She asked me if I have any gift ideas and I had the perfect suggestion.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Christmas Crunch
  • 1 (10 oz.) Pkg. Mini Twist Pretzels
  • 4 Cups Toasted Oat Cereal
  • 4 Cups Crispy Corn Cereal Squares
  • 1 Jar Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 (14 oz.) Pkg. Candy Coated Milk Chocolate Pieces (like M&M’s)
  • 2 (11 oz.) Pkgs. White Chocolate Chips
  • 3 T. Vegetable Oil
  • 7 (12 oz.) Ball Mason Jars
  • Parchment or Waxed Paper
  1. In large bowl, combine pretzels, cereals, peanuts and candy pieces; set aside.
  2. In microwave safe bowl, heat chips and oil on medium-high for 2 minutes,
  3. stirring once.
  4. Microwave on high for 10 seconds; stir until smooth.
  5. Pour over cereal mixture; mix well.
  6. Spread onto parchment or waxed paper.
  7. Cool about 4 hours.
  8. Break apart.
  9. Makes about 5 quarts.
  10. Fill jar with snack mix and decorate as desired.

To decorate the jars, she cut out burlap (8”circles) and added the gift tags with some twine. Click here for Free Printable Gift Tags. She plans on making more jars for her grandkids and I plan on making more for my co-workers; they absolutely LOVE it!

Entertaining with Mason Jars - DIY Buffet Jar and 6 more festive ways to use a mason jar!

Now you don’t have to give away all of the ideas here today. This could be just fun entertainment to make and you get to keep the mason jars when you are done! This holiday season, when I have a few people over, I plan on having a buffet. I’ll place silverware and a napkin in each jar on the table and my guests can use the jar as a glass, as well. It’s an easy way for our guests to grab one thing. Then they have their other hand free for all of my delicious holiday treats!

Well, I hope I helped you cross a few people off of your Christmas list! If you have any questions feel free to comment to this blog and I will be happy to answer them for you!
Hope your Christmas is a merry one!
Coborn’s Graphic Designer

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