Tuesday, January 17, 2012

12 Pack Valentine's Mailbox

This is such a fun project to do with the kids for Valentine's Day.

First we took an empty twelve pack case and cut it in half.

Then we slid the half with the opening into the other half as shown above.

Now you will have a nifty door for your mailbox.

Next: get out some Valentine's paper, glue, glitter, stickers etc and let the kids go crazy (supervised of coarse.)
The kids were seriously entertained with this for 3 hours! Well, the older ones anyway. Not my 2 year old, but she still had fun!

I added Velcro so that the lid would stay shut. Some of the lids stayed up and others kept falling down.

So that looks like a pain in the booty to try to get your Valentine's cards out right? Well..

the good news is it slides back out!

Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Mod Podged wood square using strips of scrapbook paper. Topper is left over wood pieces from this sign.

Candles wrapped first with scrapbook paper. Scrapbook paper is taped onto itself. Jute is hot glued at the top and at the bottom of scrapbook paper. Scrapbook paper can be slid off so that candles can be redecorated for each season :).

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

My daughter just turned 2! We threw her a Minnie Mouse themed party. Below are some pictures of the treats and decorations.

I got several ideas for the snacks for the party from Patty Cakes Bakery. Including the Minnie Mouse Caramel Apple Below. TUTORIAL HERE.

The key to the ears is using TOOTH PICS to keep them in place. I tried to do the pink skirt like Patty Cakes Bakery did, but mine was not so cute. haha I used some of the melted chocolate to stick the bow to the apple.

The BEST sugar cookie recipe ever, HERE.

I made these Minnie and Mickey Mouse ears for the kids as party favors using this tutorial  I found on The Suburban Mom.
I seriously traced a bowl to and cut out the circles for this Happy Birthday sign. So old fashioned now that there are crickets and Sillhouettes and whatnot haha. I used stencils for the letters. The Minnie Mouse sign with the 2 in the middle was originally going to be part of my cupcake stand like the one I did for my sister's baby shower, but my husband built me a new stand instead :)

This is the cupcake stand my husband built for me using some scrap wood we had in the garage. It turned out awesome.

My daughter's birthday cupcake. I used regular and mini sized oreos to make the Minnie Mouse. Icing to stick the Minnie oreos to the big ones and icing to make the little bow on Minnie's Ear. I got the idea for these HERE.

For more cute Minnie Mouse party ideas check out Heavenly Blooms.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cowboy themed Baby Shower

This was my baby shower gift for my sister. She is expecting a little boy in September.

I used 86 diapers for the cake. I used 46 diapers for the bottom layer, 25 for the middle and 15 on top.
I wrapped a piece of burlap and a ribbon around each layer to hold the diapers in place. The base is a piece of cardboard from one of my daughter's old diaper boxes. I hot glued some fabric over the top of it.
I thought about putting raffia on each layer and around the bottom, but I didn't have much left and didn't want to buy more. I remembered I had some left over brown paper bags after making my husband a brown paper bag scrapbook for Valentine's Day. I took about 5-6 bags and sent them through our paper shredder. I actually like the way the brown paper scraps turned out better than the raffia and it was much CHEAPER.
There are two stars on either side of the horse. They are made from two wooden stars, tooth pics, scrapbook paper and rhine stones.

Here is a look at the dessert spread.

I made these "it's a boy," cupcake toppers. We decided to make the whole baby shower cowboy themed because of the diaper cake.

I also made these cake toppers. There is a D in the center because my sister is going to name her some Drake.

I wish I had taken better pictures of the cupcake stands. They are made from our of cardboard, scrapbook paper and the rest you can find in THIS TUTORIAL.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Super Healthy Kids: Power Gold Smoothie

My daughter can eat fruit all day long. She loves all kinds of different fruit; mangos, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apples, pineapple, you name it.
Veggies however, are another story. I can hardly get her to touch them. Lately I have been sneaking her veggies in her meals thanks to The Sneaky Chef and her brilliant ideas. The little one's favorite is the mac n cheese. She doesn't even notice that there are veggies hiding in there!

Anyway, I have been doing a lot of blog browsing looking for more ideas for healthy meals and snacks for myself and for kids.

I came across a website called Super Healthy Kids. I recently tried making the Power Gold Smoothie and my daughter LOVED it. Inside the smoothie were some hidden carrots.

Child tested, and approved! :)


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Gift

Well, better post it late than never. :)

Here was my family's gift to my Mother for Mother's Day:

(click picture for larger image.)

The frame was built by my husband out of a 2x4. There are small black picture frames (purchased from Walmart for a dollar each) holding each of the 5x7 pictures in place.

The inspiration was a combination of:

These personalized mom blocks found on ETSY.

this family sign by Starshine Chic.

I liked the idea of taking pictures of things that aren't letters, but look like letters. I also liked the idea of the pictures being personalized by having each of the kids in them. So I decided to combine them and have a picture of each of us kids (there are six of us, perfect for the word MOTHER,) with or holding a letter to the word mother.

I am the one with the ship wheel by the way. My brother photoshopped his picture so that he is holding the McDonalds sign.

I had to do a little photoshopping myself because I didn't get pictures from 2 of my sisters (H and E.) Definately my fault I didn't get the pictures because I told them super last minute. So I just used pictures of them I already had and made them work. The E wasn't quite as creative as I would have hoped, but it's all I could come up with last minute.

My Mother LOVED the gift.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

Chewy Granola Bar Recipe:
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashion oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 mini chocolate morsels  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 9×13 inch pan.
In a large bowl combine the rice cereal, Kashi cereal, wheat germ and oatmeal.
Mix brown sugar, honey and peanut butter in a small sauce pan. Stir over medium heat until just boiling. Add to cereal mixture along with vanilla extract, cinammon, salt.
Scramble one egg. Add to mixture.
Let mixture cool for a minute or two and then add frozen chocolate chips.
Press into the prepared pan using a spoon or spatula. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

I like these the best stored in the fridge. It makes them taste almost like a dessert. They are a little hard when stored in the fridge, but if you set them out for about 5-10 minutes before you eat them they are really chewy and delicious!
Recipe adapted from Hip 2 Save. See Hip 2 Save for storing instructions and fun tips on how to change add ins.

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