#Bunny Buckets #Easter Egg Wreath Idea

I like to make little gifts for Destiny’s classmates a couple times a year. With Easter right around the corner, I looked on Pinterest for inspiration & found some really cute ideas. You can see some of my favorites on my Easter board by clicking here. I originally saw an adorable mason jar idea that I thought looked like a nice option but would need to do it with smaller jars since I have to make 18 & buy enough candy to fill them. I’ve been super sick for about a week now & not feeling well as that was coming on so after not being able to quickly locate the size & shape jars I was searching for, I abandoned that idea & started looking for alternate options. I often do just traditional “goodie bags” so I was trying to find something a little different this time. I have seen cute bunny buckets & saw some similar things on Pinterest, but still wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted so I started looking at the Oriental Trading website to see if I could locate something quick & easy to make since I didn’t feel like hand cutting bunny ears, noses, etc. in my current state.  What I love about Oriental Trading is that usually the craft kits & supplies as well as party supplies aren’t super expensive & they come in large quantities. I grabbed some 3″ white metal pails with handles & started looking through the Easter craft supplies to find something to easily make them into bunny buckets. I was tired & didn’t feel good so almost gave up when I happened across a Easter Bunny Picture Frame Craft kit. It wasn’t too expensive & had twelve kits just like the bucket quantity, and I felt that I could easily repurpose the supplies to fit my needs. Anyway enough of my tired ramblings, let me just show you what I came up with…

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Here are my supplies… I only used the precut foam bunny parts & ribbon bows which already had peel & stick adhesive strips… yay… adorable & super easy to assemble. My only complaint about Oriental Trading foam craft kits in the past was that the self adhesive wasn’t as permanent as it should be, and unfortunately, while the majority of the bunnies held together fine, some of the front paws came loose in the night so I went through & added some Elmers glue to all the parts just to be safe. Even still I recommend this websites’ craft kits because they are adorable, inexpensive, easy to put together, come all individually wrapped making them perfect for large group events, & usually come with a few spare parts just in case. Only keep in mind that you might want to save the extra step when using ones with self-adhesive strips & just go straight for your glue during assembly for longer lasting, sturdier creations. I ended up with 24 foam frames, frame backs, magnets, & tons of foam circle stickers that I didn’t use, but I definitely will be able to add these to my craft supply stock for a future project! They won’t go to waste in this household. you might even see them in a future blog post! lol

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words… so I’m gonna skip lengthy, step-by-step directions and just show you how we put these bunny buckets together. Destiny has 9 girls & 9 boys in her class so she wanted to only add the bows to the girl bunnies.

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I think they turned out just perfect… just like I pictured them in my head! Since the buckets are quite small, I didn’t have to buy a lot of candy to fill them up either, just a pack of fun size Easter M&Ms & 3 small pieces of candy & they are ready to go!

It’s been a rough month so far for me… first a back injury & then 2 weeks later I was down with bronchitis & an upper respiratory infection… so I am awfully bummed I haven’t gotten to the many Easter craft & recipes I planned to make & share with you. That’s life though, doesn’t always go as planned. It seems like the older I get, the faster time flies by or maybe it’s just because we are busier. I’m not even sure when I will fit dying eggs in or helping the Easter Bunny fill the baskets so this might be my only Easter related post this year. :/

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Here is another one of my past Easter projects I wanted to share. I’ve made Easter Egg Wreaths since then for family members. It was one of my all time favorite Pinterest projects & probably one of the first ones I actually saw & made. It just takes a few supplies: ribbon, hot glue, a foam wreath, & lots & lots of plastic Easter eggs.  I’ve had this one for years… still looks just as bright & festive every time I put it out & if, heaven forbid, I loose an egg or 2 in storage, a little hot glue puts it good as new! If you like this idea but your busy schedule keeps you from creating it in time, wait & take advantage of the 50% off Easter eggs that are always abundant afterwards. That’s what I did. Honestly most of my holiday decorations have been picked up for dirt cheap after that holiday is over & then I use them for the next year. Click here for detailed instructions. I believe this is the site I found through Pinterest when I made my first wreath.

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Throwback to last Easter… I love this picture!!

In case life gets too crazy, I’ll just wish you a Happy Easter now, from my family to yours! ❤

 

 

 

 

#Valentine’s Day 2015

Happy-Valentines-Day

from my family to yours!

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We woke up this morning to find that the Valentine fairy (aka me) had delivered some goodies to her favorite valentines!

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Then I made a very simple breakfast. I planned on getting a little more creative, but it was a late night for me & my hubby being date night & all. A few drops of red food coloring & some sprinkles added a bit of Valentine’s Day flair to a can of Pillsbury cinnamon buns, festive & easy, perfect for a tired mommy. And no Valentine’s Day breakfast is complete without some strawberry milk.

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I made a special dinner for my brother, dad, bestfriend, Liz, grandma, & the girls! My mom & hubby had to work so we had to party without them. The stuffed chicken breasts (I’ll be sharing that recipe soon), baked ziti, garlic knots, & fresh green beans were a big hit! Add some hard apple ciders, cherry cheesecake, a heart chocolate chip cookie cake, & dessert kabobs (click here for that recipe on Liz’s blog Got Cache) and you have the perfect family Valentine’s Day dinner party covered!

So that was our Valentine’s Day… I hope you had a wonderful day with your loved ones!!

 

 

#Heart Crayons

IMG_2587[1]Today I want to share one of our favorite Valentine’s Day crafts: Heart Crayons. These are a kid-friendly, easy craft that would be perfect for your kiddos to pass out to their schoolmates at their school valentines exchange or party! First I’ll tell you how to make them & then share some ways to adorable ways gift them that I’ve found on (you guessed it) Pinterest.

Supplies:

  • Silicone heart-shaped molds (These are sold places like Target or Walmart but are often a seasonal item. If you can’t find them in your area, lots are available for purchase online.)
  • Lots & lots & lots of crayons (Recently we’ve added glitter & metallic crayons to the mix for very cool effects.)
  • A baking sheet (foil-lined in case they splatter)

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees
  • Remove wrappers from crayons (This is the most time-consuming part so utilize those little helpers!)
  • Break crayons into little pieces.
  • Fill the silicone heart molds up about 3/4 of the way up with your crayon pieces (either completely multicolored or pick different shades of the same color… we’ve done both & they are equally awesome)
  • Put your filled mold on your foil-lined baking tray & place in oven
  • Bake your crayons for 15 minutes
  • Carefully take them out of the oven. (The wax will be fluid, & you don’t want to slush it around too much.)
  • Let cool completely. (After the baking sheet is cool, you can place it in a fridge or freezer to speed up the process.)

Pretty simple right, but check out the results…

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Now for ways to make these adorable heart crayons into valentines for your kiddos to pass out…

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“Color your heart out Valentine!” from a cute blog I recently discovered, The Nerd’s Wife… click here to visit that post or to download the printable cards for free!

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“Happy Valentine’s Day for ‘crayon’ out loud!” This is another cute idea I found on Pinterest… It was on several sites so I’m not sure where it originally came from.

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“You make my world so very colorful, friend!” from The Brown-Bag Teacher blog… click here to see the post & snag a printable version!

So many adorable options to chose from… if all else fails, stick them in a cute little cellophane Valentine goodie bag! Hope you are having a colorful day! Gotta go watch outside to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch! Bye for now!

 

#MerryKissmas #VoxBox #Peanut Butter Blossoms #Easy Gift Ideas

Hello, everyone! I am so excited that my very first Influenster box has come in the mail! I was selected to receive the #MerryKissmas VoxBox! I absolutely love Hershey’s Kisses! From candy dishes stocked with perfect seasonally-wrapped kisses to quick & easy chocolate gifts to the infinite variations of Hershey’s Kisses blossom cookies, Hershey’s Kisses sweeten every holiday celebration!! Did I mention they are just delicious? Anyways, on to the rest of the #MerryKissmas fun…

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My 1st Influenster VoxBox 🙂

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My holiday KISSSSSSES!! Can you tell I’m excited?!

We’ve gotten our Hershey’s Kisses… now what to do with them?? First idea… how about some Peanut Butter Blossom Christmas cookies!

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Now these were just the quick version… refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough made into balls & rolled in festive green & red sugar, cooked according to the package directions, plop an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss in the middle of the warm cookies, & let cool! Looking for one of the fancier or from-scratch versions, the possibilities are endless, check out the Hershey’s Kisses website, Facebook page, or my personal favorite idea hub, Pinterest!!

Next up… Gift Ideas!

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Need a sweet way to gift-wrap a gift card… skip the tissue paper & use Hershey’s Kisses instead! Now there are 2 gifts in one!

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Need a small gift in a hurry? Yep you guessed it, Hershey’s Kisses! Cute holiday container + a “We wish you a Merry Kissmas!” tag = perfection! Who couldn’t use a bit more chocolate in their life? They won’t be regifting this present!!

Hershey’s Kisses come in so many unique flavors that there is one for every special person in your life! Love those traditional red & white stripes? How about some Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses? Got a mint & chocolate lover? They’ve got Dark Chocolate Kisses filled with Mint Truffle for you! Have some friends & family who are a bit nuts? Hershey Kisses with almonds are a must! Those are my personal favorite though I have no idea why? lol 😉 So grab yourself a bag of Hershey’s Kisses today & get gifting, crafting, baking, & making your holidays even sweeter!!! Still need ideas to get you started? Check out the Hershey’s Kisses website or Facebook page & good old Pinterest! Interested in receiving free products to review? Check out Influenster! Don’t wait; sign up through this link before January 5th, & you could earn some epic holiday rewards!

Happy 25 Days of Merry Kissmas!! 

“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

#Halloween Teacher’s Gift

I love giving gifts! I look for any reason to surprise a friend or family member with a little special something. My mom always gets on to me for using my birthday or Christmas money or gift-cards to buy presents for someone else, but it makes me happy to give so I guess that’s what matters. Several times a year I try to give little gifts to the kids teachers, just a little something to remind them how appreciated they are! I love my kids, but I can’t imagine having to deal with 15 to 20 of them every day all at one time! That’s why I included chocolate & Excedrin in the Teacher’s Survival Kit I made them in the beginning of the year! I just finished a little Halloween goodie bag to send in today and figured I’d share.

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Publix always has cute seasonal reusable bags that I find work great as gift-bags among endless other uses. The Halloween ones this year had an adorable candy corn design. They were a little smaller than the normal grocery bags but perfect for a trick-or-treating bag or gift-giving. The candy corn one was great because the kids go to a Christian school & I thought that would not offend anyone who isn’t Halloween crazy like I am. Most of my gift materials (pumpkin pie candle, mason jar, Halloween ribbon, & pencils) came from the Dollar Tree. The cute little ghost tissues & hand sanitizers were found in the $1 section at Target. I also included some cinnamon pumpkin hand-soap from Bath & Body works (one of my favorite stores & their hand-soaps are one of the things I stock up on when they have great sales or coupons going on… keep those on hand to pamper myself & as gifts)! I thought it couldn’t hurt to help protect the very appreciated teacher from all the germs those little “monsters” bring around! Added some candy corns (cheap, colorful, & festive) to the mason jar, tied a quick bow, stuck everything in the bag… and you have a thoughtful Halloween treat for anyone on your list!

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Destiny added a little personal touch by using Halloween stamps, a white marker, & some black & white card-stock to make her teacher a card. Not only did she have fun making it, her teacher will love the home-made Halloween thank you note! She drew the ghost & spiderwebs herself – such a little artist!