Jan 082017
 

My boys are basically obsessed with anything emoji related. They both got a bunch of emoji paraphernalia for Christmas and I think for both of them, the emoji gifts that they received rank highest among their favorites. Especially those poop emoji slippers that my little man got….

The emoji obsession in my house got me thinking. I wanted to make a fun snack for my boys that was emoji related and then it hit me – Valentine’s Day is coming up and the heart eyes emoji would be PERFECT to put on Rice Krispie Treats. If you are looking for a fun Valentine’s Day treat, you seriously don’t have to look any further than these Emoji Rice Krispie Treats. They are really easy to make and trust me, they will be a huge hit with your kids like they were with mine.

Here’s what you need:

  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 4.5 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 cup red Wilton candy melts
  • Black sparkle gel icing

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Dec 182016
 

easy-diy-gingerbread-man-wine-glass-votive-holder

Over the summer, my parents cleaned out their basement and somehow, half of their crap stuff found it’s way to my house?  I’m still not sure exactly how that happened, but recently I decided to start going through some of it because I remember my dad saying that there were some Christmas decorations in there.  There were.  Plus about a thousand other things that I don’t need in my life.  One of the things that I found in the box was an old wine glass and since I already have more wine glasses than I need, I decided to upcycle it into a candle holder.

I wasn’t sure what to make exactly, but decided that a gingerbread man votive holder would go well with a lot of my current Christmas decorations, so that’s what I made.  It was really easy to make and it came out really cute.

Easy DIY Gingerbread Man Wine Glass Votive Holder

Here’s what you need:

  • Wine glass
  • Brown enamel craft paint
  • Extra fine silver glitter
  • Red, white, and black felt
  • White puffy paint
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

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Dec 122016
 

20-easy-delicious-cookies-for-santa

We have many traditions around our house at Christmas time, but by far, one of the funnest things we do is baking cookies for Santa. Since my boys were little, each year we all work together as a family to make cookies to leave out on Christmas Eve. I have to admit that we’re usually pretty basic when it comes to cookies over here.  In our house Santa prefers chocolate chip cookies, so that is what we’ve always made.  I’ve tried to convince him to accept peanut butter cookies, but apparently he doesn’t want any part of them (what???).

This year, we are going to change it up, though.  Whether Santa likes it or not. Obviously chocolate chip cookies are delicious, but there are so many great cookie recipes out there and I am on a mission to try as many of them as possible (not all on Christmas Eve, though, of course).  Here are some cookie recipes that are high up on my list to try.

  1. Santa Pb Sandwich Cookies! {with Cotton Candy Beards} from sprinklesomefun.com
  2. Santa’s Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies) from lecremedelacrumb.com
  3. Santa Nutter Butter Cookies from simplisticallyliving.com
  4. Santa Claus Cookies from noshingwiththenolands.com
  5. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies For Santa from bourbonandhoney.com
  6. Soft And Chewy Triple Chocolate M&M Cookies from tastesbetterfromscratch.com
  7. Santa-ready Dipped Gingersnaps (paleo, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Sugar-free, Egg-free + Vegan) from healthfulpursuit.com
  8. Santa Dinner Rolls from thedecoratedcookie.com
  9. Chocolate spiced shortbread stars – Sweets for Santa from clairekcreations.com
  10. Santa Storm Trooper Cookies from simplisticallyliving.com
  11. Vegan Gingerbread Cookies from emilieeats.com
  12. Fluffy Sugar Cookies & Vanilla Frosting from pinchofyum.com
  13. I’m The Gingerbread Man… from cavoletto.com
  14. Soft-Frosted Lofthouse Style Cookies from peachesncreamblog.blogspot.ro
  15. Ho, Ho, Ho! Roly-poly Santa Cookie Recipe from sugarandcharm.com
  16. Sugar Cookie Squares from cookingclassy.com
  17. Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies from kimscravings.com
  18. Chocolate M&M Cookies And Holiday Recipes I Love from cookinglsl.com
  19. Holiday Truffle Cookies from thatskinnychickcanbake.com
  20. Santa Claus Cookies from realhousemoms.com

What kind of cookies are you leaving out for Santa this year?

Dec 042016
 

pokemon-elf-on-the-shelf-idea

This year marks the 4th year that our Elf on the shelf, Snowy,  has come to visit us. My oldest son (age 12) does not believe in any of the Christmas magic anymore….sigh, but my 9 year old does and I want to do as much as I can to keep the magic alive for him.

Back when I first got the EOTS (Elf on the Shelf) for our house, both of my boys were both believers and I thought it would be fun to have Snowy get into all sorts of shenanigans overnight while the boys slept.  They would wake up each morning in December anxious to see what kind of mischief that Snowy got into while they slept.  They loved every mess he made, but by the third year (last year), I was out of ideas.  My youngest made to to note that Snowy had sure gotten lame since his first year at our house.  Gee, thanks kid.

Anyhow, I am struggling yet again this year, but I was able to come up with this cute Pikachu idea since both of my boys were SO into Pokemon Go over the summer.  It only took me a few minutes and they both thought it was funny (even the non-believer).

Easy Elf on the Shelf Idea for Pokemon Fans

Here’s what you need:

  • Bunch of bananas
  • Red and black Sharpie markers
  • White puffy paint
  • Elf on the shelf

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Nov 272016
 

santa-hat-cupcakes

If you are a regular around here you already know that my youngest son was finally diagnosed with ADD earlier this year. It was a very long process and it truly felt like an uphill battle for a long time, but once we got confirmation of what we already knew – his dad and I fought hard to make sure he got all the help he needed.

We worked with the school and were happy that he qualified for an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Part of the plan was placing him in an inclusion classroom for this current school year. His teacher is ah-mazing and he’s got a wonderful teacher’s aide in the classroom for half of his day. He’s been working really, really hard and is making some huge progress this year thanks to the help of his teachers.  Obviously this makes my heart very happy.

Back in September at the school open house night, I met his teacher for the first time (although we had already emailed back and forth several times by then) and I asked her if she used parent volunteers in her classroom.  Surprisingly not all teachers do, but she was thrilled that I asked and I started volunteering a few mornings a week in her 3rd grade classroom the following week. I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to be involved like this.  I am loving getting to know all the kids in the class and seeing what my son is up to during his school day, too.

The kids in my son’s classroom are awesome. They are seriously an awesome bunch of kids, so I want to bring them (and the two teachers) a treat.  These Santa Hat Cupcakes are perfect, right? I used a cake mix to make the cupcakes, so they were easy to whip up and come on – they are adorable, right?

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Jun 252016
 

Red White & Blue Freeze Pops Recipe

The Fourth of July is such a fun holiday.  The cookouts, swimming, fireworks, spending time out in the sun with friends & family – what better way to celebrate Independence Day could there be?  I look forward to the 4th every year and this year will be no different. We usually host a cookout at our house and in addition to the mountain of burgers, hot dogs, steaks and chicken we’ll be having – there will be an additional mountain of desserts.  These red white and blue freeze pops are festive and the kids always love them.  They’ll be running around playing in the back yard for hours that day, so these are the perfect way for them to cool off. Plus, they are tasty and wicked easy to make.

Here’s What You Need

  • Red, white, and blue Gatorade
  • 3oz paper cups
  • Craft sticks

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Here’s What You Do

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Jun 122016
 

Easy Kids Snack Red White and Blue Sour Skewers

Every year we host a huge cookout on July 4th.  Ok, maybe huge is a bit of an exaggeration, but each year we normally have between 20-30 people at our house for some great food, even better company and maybe a sparkler or two.  As the years have passed, families have grown and what used to be 4 or 5 kids at the cookout every year is now fifteen plus.  The more the merrier and being the people pleaser that I am, I tend to go a little overboard with the food.  Being the mom of a picky eater has really opened my eyes when it comes to feeding the kiddos, and the way I figure is if the kids are happy (and their tummies are full) – everyone is happy!  Am I right?

The best part of any cookout is the desserts. Fact.  Dessert is my favorite part of any meal and I make sure to make a few extra special things just for the kids.   Every kid that I have ever met loves these Red White and Blue Sour Skewers – and guess what?  They couldn’t be easier to make, which makes them a perfect kid-friendly dessert to serve at your July 4th cookout, too!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Blue Sour Patch Kids
  • Watermelon
  • Regular Size Marshmallows
  • Food Picks (we got ours from the dollar store)

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Mar 132016
 

Easter Bunny Peeps Pops

Peeps.  You either love ’em or hate ’em.  I happen to fall into the former category and could eat them every single day (if they had no calories).  While I think Peeps are just perfect on their own, it’s fun to get a little creative with them every now and then.  These Easter Bunny Peeps Pops are simple to make and even more fun to eat.

Here’s what you need to make your Easter Bunny Peeps Pops:

  • Yellow bunny Peeps
  • 1 Cup Wilton pink melting chocolates
  • Pastel sprinkles
  • Blue lollipop sticks

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Mar 082016
 

DIY Easter Bunny Wreath

If you’re like me, you decorate for every single holiday there is.  I love it when my house looks festive and I tend to go all out for the big holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter).  I have a big collection of decorations, but every now and then I put on my crafty pants and make some new ones.  This Easter Bunny Wreath is really easy to make and I am sure it will be a very welcome addition to your Easter decor.

Here’s what you need to make your Easter Bunny Wreath:

  • Wreath form
  • Pink/White crafting tulle
  • Faux white carnation
  • Pair googly eyes
  • Pink, white, peach felt
  • scissors
  • Hot glue, glue gun
  • Ribbon or yarn/string
  • Jelly bean scrapbook paper

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Feb 242016
 

DIY Shamrock Soap

If you’re looking for a fun, easy and useful craft to make this year for St. Patrick’s Day, how about trying this Shamrock Soap.  I had never made my own soap before, but have been wanting to try it for a while now.  I am so glad I did because it’s really much easier than I thought it would be.

Here’s what you need to make your Shamrock Soap:

  • Wilton Shamrock Silicone Mold
  • Clear Glycerin Soap Base or White Glycerin Soap Base
  • Matte Woodland Green Soap Color Bar
  • Oak Moss & Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
  • Plastic Transfer Pipette
  • Microwave Safe Measuring cup
  • Spray Bottle
  • 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Optional: Pennies (for embedding in soap if you want)

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Feb 162016
 

Lucky Charms Funfetti Triffle

Back when I was a kid, St. Patrick’s Day was pretty much unheard of.  I think maybe we were told to wear green to school if St. Patrick’s Day happened to fall on a school day, but that was basically the extent of it.  Once my own kids were school aged, I found out real quick that St. Patrick’s Day is apparently a much bigger deal now.  All the classroom make leprechaun traps, tons of crafts and many teachers make sure that the leprechauns leave a little treat for the kids on St. Patrick’s Day morning when the kids arrive at school.  Of course, the leprechauns cause a little mischief in the classroom, too.

All that hoopla in school left my kids asking why the leprechaun didn’t do anything at our house.  I could have (and should have) taken the easy way out and told them that the leprechauns only went to the schools to cause shenanigans and leave treats, but for some reason I decided to play along and now there is no going back I suppose.

Sigh.

But since we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in our house, pretending we’re Irish for a day isn’t so bad.  We need something to help beat the cabin fever & what better than this fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert idea!  It’s easy to make and trust me, it will be gobbled up in no time flat.

Prep:15 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
Servings: 8 (4” across trifle) to 16 (2” across trifle) Continue reading »

Feb 142016
 

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun holiday for the whole family! It can sometimes be difficult to come up with ideas to make a St. Patrick’s Day party fun for kids. It’s easy with adults but just in case you are looking for some great ideas for St. Patrick’s Day kids parties you’ve come to the right place! These ideas are sure to be a hit with all of your little leprechauns!

Green Food

This is a classic for St. Patrick’s Day and can’t be overlooked at a kid’s party! Some great foods that go green easily are rice crispy treats, cupcakes, jell-o, and sugar cookies! You can even make some green savory treats like popcorn and the chip dip! Try dying the ice cubes for a fun, fizzy, surprise in the soda!

Games

St. Patrick’s day is all about gold coins and leprechauns so try putting a classic spin on some themed party games! You can pin the hat on the leprechaun, or pin his gold coins in his pot! A great way to keep kids busy during a St. Patrick’s Day party is to set up a fun scavenger hunt! You can have the kids hunt for the rainbow or a pot of gold; chocolate coins make a great prize for figuring out the clues! Continue reading »

Jan 312016
 

DIY Valentines Day Banner

I am going to be honest, we’re not big on Valentine’s Day around our house.  In fact, my husband and I refuse to celebrate it, but that doesn’t mean that the kids can’t have a little Valentine’s Day fun.  I generally adorn my house with a few small decorations to acknowledge the “holiday” and this year I decided to make a fun Valentine’s Day conversation heart banner to hang up.

The banner is wicked easy to make and it will make a lovely addition to anyone’s decor. You can get as creative with the sayings on the conversation hearts as you want and believe me when I say, it can be real fun to come up with some out of the ordinary sayings. Because of the kids, I kept mine family friendly, but you can go in just about any direction you want with yours. Continue reading »

Jan 242016
 

Avengers Printable Valentines

This year Valentine’s Day is going to be a little bittersweet for me.  While my husband and I boycott it choose not to celebrate it, my kids have always gotten excited to exchange valentines at school with their friends.  This year my oldest son is in middle school and wouldn’t be caught dead handing out a valentine.  Well, that and the fact that they don’t hand out valentines in middle school.

My little one is in third grade, so at least I still have one that’s little enough to get excited about handing out valentines to his friends. Since we love Hawkeye in our house, and by we I mean me, my little man is going to be handing out these super cool Avengers valentines featuring the very handsome Hawkeye and friends.

Or maybe just the Hawkeye ones. Continue reading »

Apr 242015
 

30 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Won't Break the Bank!

Can you believe Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching? This is the one day of the year that we get to honor our moms. Just like any other holiday, the media gets a hold of it and turns it into this expensive holiday. It’s important to honor your mother on Mother’s Day, but you don’t need to spend a fortune doing it. Check out this list of 30 frugal Mother’s Day gift ideas.

1. Make a homemade card for mom.
2. Pick a bouquet of homegrown flowers
3. Upcycle an old t-shirt into a scarf
4. Make a coupon book for things she loves and adores (cleaning?)
5. Create a craft using your hand print
6. Put a play on for mom
7. Tell mom how much you love her with a letter.
8. Upcycle an old picture frame by adding your own decorative touches.
9. Head to the dollar store to put together a spa gift basket Continue reading »

Mar 232015
 

White Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

For a good part of the last decade, I have been hosting Easter dinner at my house.  While I like the convenience of not having to drag the kids out of the house sometimes, frankly all the years of cooking (and even worse, cleaning) have taken their toll.  So this year, I told my family that I no longer wanted to play host.  They took it better than I thought and my parents stepped up to host right away. About a week ago, we were all asked to sign up to bring a dish to their house that day and I snagged one of the dessert spots because I’ve had this recipe that I have been wanting to try out for chocolate dipped pretzels.  They’re super easy to make and I think they will make the perfect addition to any Easter dinner (or any dinner for that matter) this year.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 package white Almond Bark
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Sprinkles

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Feb 262015
 

Age Approrpriate Easter Basket Ideas: without all the junk! who needs it anyway?? - massholemommy.com

It’s never too early to start thinking about Easter! It’s coming soon so I’ve started thinking about what I can do. What exactly do kids need in an Easter basket? Probably nothing, but what would they like? Every single year I go all out. Last year I started toning it down a little bit and making sure there was a lot less candy and chocolate involved in all Holiday’s and I try to shop as frugally as I can when it comes to Baskets, Gift Bags and Treats for special days.

What I will buy my 11 year-old I most definitely won’t buy my 5 year old or 3 year old, so there’s lists I make to ensure I fill up the baskets with age appropriate toys, books, trinkets and gadgets that they will actually use. So, I sat down and came up with some ideas after looking around the dollar store and two other stores.

Ages 1-3:

  • Board Books
  • Blocks
  • Bunny Stuffed Toy
  • Puffs Baby Food
  • Socks
  • Cars
  • Light up toys

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Feb 182015
 

How to Create a Rockin' Kid Friendly Chinese New Year

Many of you may not know that one of our favorite holidays to celebrate as a family is Chinese New Year. I love it because it’s such a unique holiday that not everyone celebrates. It’s a time to break out of the bubble and celebrate something on our own.

Check out these 5 ways we celebrate Chinese New Year with our kids.

#1. History Lesson

You don’t have to agree 100% with everything behind the Chinese calendar to have fun with this holiday. I use this as a learning experience for my kids and we go through why Chinese New Year is celebrated. Buddha has a rich history and it is fun to read up on it.

#2. Fortune Cookies

Since we don’t know everything about Chinese New Year, we do what we love best. We make our very own fortune cookies. Of course, you know my history with cooking; things don’t always turn out right. We have fun coming up with our own fortunes. I will tell you the boys have come up with some very interesting fortunes in the past.

#3. New Chinese Recipe

Every holiday deserves FOOD! Our family finds a recipe that we’ll love and we try to make it every Chinese New Year. Everyone in the family has to try it, even if it doesn’t look appetizing. Over the years, we’ve made some very interesting Chinese concoctions. Continue reading »

Feb 142015
 

Mardi Gras Mask Craft for Kids

Are you ready to celebrate Mardi Gras in your home? If not, take a peek below at this easy to make Mardi Gras mask craft for kids. During Mardi Gras, people swarm the streets in all sorts of masks, animal costumes, and other outrageous gear to celebrate. You can make your own Mardi Gras masks that are full of life in just a few simple steps. Here is how you can get started!

Supplies needed:
Sheets of felt
Scrapbook paper
Paper straws
Craft glue
Scissors
Optional: glitter, rhinestones Continue reading »