Nov 122017
 

These Rudolph Pretzel Treats are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable. Impress your kids with this fun holiday snack today!

If you are looking for a super easy treat to make for the kiddos this Christmas, how about making these Rudolph Pretzel Treats. They happen to be a favorite in my house because they contain that highly sought after mix of sweet and savory. I made them as an after-school snack for my boys, but they would be a fun snack to send into school with the kids or even to bring to a Christmas party you’re going to. One of the reasons I love these Rudolph Pretzel Treats so much is because they are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable.

Rudolph Pretzel Treats

These Rudolph Pretzel Treats are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable. Impress your kids with this fun holiday snack today!

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Nov 052017
 

If you are looking for simple ways to save on your Thanksgiving meal this year, these tips might help you stretch your money.

Thanksgiving is a few short weeks away! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can add up really quickly. I have some simple ways to save on your Thanksgiving meal. If you are looking for simple ways to save some money, these tips might help you stretch your money.

Tips on How to Save On Your Thanksgiving Meal

Potluck Style
Create a menu and ask your guest to bring a dish. That way they can see what you are making as well as everyone else and picks a dish to compliment. This is a simple way everyone can help contribute to the meal and take stress off the host. When you have a list of what people are bringing you don’t have to guess what else you need to make.

Free Turkey With Purchase
Most stores will offer greatly discounted prices on turkeys and even free ones. Stores will run promotions free turkey with a select amount of money spent. Keep an eye out at your local stores to see when the low prices or freebie offers begin. Continue reading »

Oct 222017
 

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Thanksgiving is going to be weird for us this year.  It’s the first one without my mom and my dad said that he’s not doing holidays at his house anymore. I get it, but since most holidays have been held at their house since, well forever, it’s going to be weird to have them elsewhere. My sister is taking Christmas at her house this year, so I took Thanksgiving. I know that since it’s going to be the first major holiday without mom, it’s going to be extra hard for all of us.  That’s why I decided I wanted to try to make Thanksgiving as fun as possible this year.  One way that I am making it fun is by putting out some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys at each place setting. They are pretty easy to make and they are wicked cute!

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Chocolate Kiss Turkeys

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May 082017
 

Mother’s Day is going to be here before you know it (seriously – it’s this weekend)! Growing up, my sister brother and I always made my mom breakfast. Somehow over the years it seems that most people have transitioned from breakfast to brunch and that is a-ok by me. I love brunch and I am always on the lookout for great new things to try when I host brunch. Lucky for you, I recently found a bunch of great new recipes that are perfect for brunch. These Mother’s Day brunch recipes are sure to please mom (and everyone else) on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Crumple Doughnuts
http://strengthandsunshine.com/apple-cinnamon-crumble-doughnuts/

Breakfast Tacos
http://www.youbrewmytea.com/2015/05/country-style-breakfast-tacos.html

Nutella Deviled Strawberries
http://www.laurenslatest.com/nutella-deviled-strawberries/

Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast
http://leavenoleftovers.com/peanut-butter-banana-stuffed-french-toast/ Continue reading »

Apr 102017
 

I’ve hosted several Easter dinners at my house over the years, but this year I am happy to say I’m just a guest. My parents are hosting this year, but of course I can’t show up to their house empty handed.  Since my parents are making the meal (and they are feeding 12 people, so I know it’s a lot of work), I offered to bring a dessert – actually, I had told them I would bring a couple of Easter desserts because I want to make sure there’s enough for everyone.

That left me with the big decision of what to make.  I spent some time searching the internet for festive Easter desserts and treats the other day and came up with more than I could ever possibly make – but they were sure fun to look at. Here are some of the yummy recipes I found:

Easter Blossom Cookies
http://mykitchencraze.com/easter-blossom-sugar-cookies/

Italian Easter Bread
http://bakewithchristina.com/italian-easter-bread/#comment-5976

Carrot Cupcakes
http://www.justataste.com/carrot-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/

Bunny Cupcakes
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Apr 032017
 

Can you believe that Easter is right around the corner. This year is flying by, and soon we will be coloring Easter eggs and having scavenger hunts. I thought it could be fun to share some really inexpensive Easter inspired crafts that are from the Dollar Store. You don’t have to be super crafty to do these! Plus if you have children, they could really enjoy helping make some of these.

Below you will find a list of different Dollar Store Easter Crafts for you to create this year. You could give these as gifts to friends and loved ones, or use to decorate your home with. Either way they are fun to create and adorable to look at!

Dollar Store Easter Inspired Decor For The Home

DIY Spring Wreath (The Happy Housie): In five minutes you can create this simple, yet adorable spring wreath. Everyone will be asking where you bought this beautiful piece.

Easter Mason Jars (Mason Jar Crafts): These are beyond adorable, and would be great to display on your kitchen table or on a shelf! If you can’t find a mason jar at your store, just buy a neat jar! Anything will work!

Easter Nest Hurricane Glass (Salt and Pepper Moms): This is a stunning piece and would look gorgeous to display in your home for Easter. Continue reading »

Mar 262017
 

Confession: I have more broken crayon bits in my house than actual whole crayons. It goes something like this – We get a new pack of crayons, the kids use them once or twice, 2/3 of them break and all of those broken pieces end up somewhere in the abyss. And because apparently no one in my family knows how to clean up after themselves, I would end up finding these little crayon pieces all over the place and at some point I decided that enough was enough.  I grabbed an old shoe box and started putting all the broken crayons I came across in there….and there they have sat, collecting dust, for several years.

I was at the store recently and found a really cute bunny mold. I thought it would be super cute to make new crayons out of and that’s exactly what I did. I took out the box of old crayons and got to work making some bunny crayons with the kids. It’s a fun Easter activity to do with the kids and they seriously could not be easier to make!

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Mar 192017
 

I end up volunteering to bring desserts a lot when we have family dinners because I know that I can whip up a bark recipe and everyone will be really happy to see me walk in the door with it. Actually, a lot of people request it and when there is a holiday coming up, I try to get as festive as possible. This Jellybean Bark that I came up with for Easter dinner fits the festive bill and if your family is anything like mine, it will go like hot cakes. Plus it’s super easy to make and the best part is that you only need a few ingredients to make it.

If you signed up to bring dessert to Easter dinner this year, why not make this Jellybean Bark?

Jellybean Bark

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups white candy melts
  • Jellybeans
  • Easter sprinkles
  • Edible Easter grass

You will also need:
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Mar 142017
 

When I was a kid, as soon as I got home from school there was always a snack there waiting for me.  My mom loved to bake and nine times out of ten, my after-school snack was a delicious homemade treat.  Now that I am the mom, I like to do the same for my boys and I get especially giddy when there’s a holiday coming up because that means I can make fun themed treats for them.

There’s no shortage of St. Patrick’s Day treat recipes out there, but I found quite a few good ones and have a nice collection of them for you here today. I am going to make it my mission to make everything on this list for my boys. And for the record, I’m making all of the ones that use Lucky Charms as one of the ingredients first because that is just plain awesome.

St. Patrick’s Day Desserts and Treats:

Gold Coins
http://www.lovethispic.com/image/242751/use-edible-gold-to-spray-on-oreos-to-make-gold-coins-on-st-patricks-day

St Patrick’s Day Oreos
http://happybrownhouse.com/st-patricks-day-oreos/#_a5y_p=5071250

Lucky Charm Munch
http://deliciouslysprinkled.com/lucky-charms-munch/

Cake Batter Brownies
http://www.bostongirlbakes.com/2015/03/04/cake-batter-blondies-2/

Shamrock Parfait
http://merlotmommy.com/st-patricks-day-parfaits/?utm_content=bufferfaf10&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Continue reading »

Mar 122017
 

I found myself babysitting some little ones recently and since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to make a fun craft with them. We ended up making this Felt Clover Craft and the girls were so happy with them when we were done. This craft is pretty easy to make and with a little help from a grownup, real little ones can do most of it by themselves.

Felt Clover Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Green felt
  • Green craft paying
  • Paint brush
  • Threaded needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

Here’s what you do:
1. Cut out 4 identical (or as close as you can get) hearts (about 1.5″X 1.5″) from your green felt. Continue reading »

Mar 062017
 

Many of you know that I volunteer in my son’s 3rd grade class. It’s one of the most rewarding things I do and I truly love spending time with all the kids. I am at the school two mornings a week and they are the highlight of my week.

My son is in a pretty small class (18 kids including my son), which makes it even better. If you’ve been around here for a while you know about our struggle to get him diagnosed with ADD, but once we did he got placed in an inclusion classroom – and it was one of the best things that’s ever happened to him. He’s having the best school year he’s ever had and a BIG part of that is his teacher, the classroom aide and the awesome kids in his class.

But I digress…..

On the days I go in to the school, I arrive about 9 am. When I get there the kids are usually working on their “morning work” which is either a math worksheet, a writing assignment or sometimes it’s a puzzle. The other day when I was there, the kids were working on a puzzle. It was a winter themed word scramble and as I was helping some of the kids figure out the words, I thought to myself “I should make one for St. Patrick’s Day”.

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Feb 262017
 

If you’re looking for an easy, fun snack idea for St. Patrick’s Day, this recipe for Leprechaun Bark aught to do it.  It’s colorful and has a great mix of flavors in every bite. My kids love when I make this for them and yours will, too. Leprechaun bark makes a great after-school snack or pack it up and save it for dessert after your boiled dinner on St. Patrick’s Day.  Either way, it’s sure to be a big hit.

Leprechaun Bark

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Feb 192017
 

When I was a kid, I feel like I barely heard about St. Patrick’s Day. Sure there is a big parade in Boston (that my parents never took me to see despite my incessant begging) and in school we’d all wear green – but that was about it. It seems like as the years have passed, this “holiday” has picked up steam and nowadays, people go all out. So I am jumping on the bandwagon, too! I decided to make some Minty M&M Cookies, which are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day because of the colors of the M&M’s! And c’mon, who doesn’t love a warm M&M cookie right out of the oven? Yummers.

Anyhow, they are super easy to make and will make for a nice surprise for the kiddos one day when they get off the bus.

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Feb 142017
 

I volunteer in my son’s third grade class several times a week. Although it’s shocking to me that not all teachers like parent volunteers, this year my son’s teacher loves when parents help out.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my little guy has had his fair share of struggles in school (before an ADHD diagnosis last year) and I am so happy to report that this year he is finally on the right track. It’s been so wonderful to see him blossom and his teacher is a very big part of his growth.  Seriously, I love her and I am so thankful that she lets me come in and spend time with the kids every week.

Since I am in the classroom so often, I have gotten to know all of the kids and spending time with them is one of the highlights of my week.  It’s a great group of kids and as I already mentioned, their teacher is great. In addition to my time, I try to help out in other ways.  I bring in tissues, supplies and other things from time to time & since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I thought it would be fun if I made this Easy Four Leaf Clover Paper Plate Craft to help decorate the classroom. Continue reading »

Feb 062017
 

My sister & her hubby just bought a new home in 2016 and do you know what they’re lacking in?  Decor!  Especially holiday decor.  They had a great apartment before they bought the house, but now that they have a whole house to fill – I wanted to help them fill it.  Cue this easy DIY Conversation Heart Frame for Valentine’s Day. Not only is it super easy to make, it’s adorable!

I actually ended up making them two frames so that they could have a matching set & you can, too!  This DIY Conversation Heart Frame is an awesome way to decorate your home or workspace for Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what you need:

  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Conversation hearts
  • Craft sticks
  • White craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush


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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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