Caramel Pecan Turtle Thumbprints
These cookies are really, truly delicious. Imagine a soft and chewy brownie. Now add pecans and a heart of creamy caramel. Interested? But hold on just a minute. As delicious…
Favorite Things Holiday Party: Peppermint Candy Menu
This holiday season, I’ve gone Facebook-free in an effort to reconnect with friends face to face. I’m kicking things off with an Oprah-style “Favorite Things” party with four high school…
Holiday Parade Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting
Now that I have kids, I’ve swapped Black Friday shopping with Christmas decorating and preparing for our small town’s Holiday Parade the next day. In addition to collecting our mittens…
I don’t think I’ve had eggnog more than once or twice in my life, but I adore snickerdoodles so I was happy to try this variation on an old favorite.…
Family Handprint Turkey Craft
I traced each of our family members hands to make this turkey decoration for our large front window. I used about 3 feet of each color from the cut-to-size roll…
DIY Birthday Countdown Calendar
I’m so excited to start a new birthday tradition with this calendar. For two weeks leading up to their birthday, the kids will get to move one cupcake to the…
I was pretty impressed with how easily I was able to turn out a loaf of rainbow bread for St. Patrick’s day, so I decided to try my hand at…
Get your kids talking with a Sharing Jar
My son is very hesitant to talk about himself and I have found that this Sharing Jar is a great was to get the conversation going. He picks out a few pieces of candy and has to answer a question that corresponds with that piece of candy before he can eat it.
First we started with jelly beans, but after that, I let him come along to the candy store and pick out whatever multi-colored candy he wanted.
Then I take a piece of each candy and put it on a piece of blank paper and photograph it. I copy the photo into Microsoft word and insert two text boxes next to the candies for our questions and use double-stick tape to attach it to the jar. I use a Weck canning jar, but any jar will do.
This time our questions were:
3 things you love the most
Something that made you happy today
Your favorite thing to do outside
Something that was silly today
A time someone was nice to you
Something nice you did today
Your favorite animal
Best thing you ate this week
Something fun that happened at school
You’ll be amazed at the answers (and giggles).
Use a free QR code app to add a link to a gift registry directly on an invitation. Genius!
I hate when people ask me what my kids want for their birthday. It always catches me off guard and I end up giving them a blank stare and saying the first thing that comes to my mind. My go-to response of late has been art supplies, because you can always use ’em and if you get duplicates, they’re great for regifting.
Then I realized that I could use Amazon’s wish list function and allow my son to pick things he wants and then create a QR code (those square black and white things that look a little like barcodes) for people to scan with their smartphones that would take them directly to the wish list. I just added a line next to it that read “Scan for gift registry”
I found a free app for my iphone called QR flip flop and it took literally a minute to create a unique code square thingy that I could email as a photo file and add to my invitation.
This would also work great for bridal or baby showers too.
DIY Frog Pinata for under $5
To make this pinata I used 2 in wide strips of newspaper dipped in a 50/50 water and flour mixture.
The head is a punch ball balloon from the dollar store (so it’s round instead of so pear shaped like regular balloons). I paper mache-d the eyes separately using half blown up regular balloons, then sawed off a portion to make them flat on the bottom and attached to the main portion using more paper mache.
I wanted this pinata to last through several rounds of five year olds, so I put about 4 layers on, letting each layer dry for about 24 hours between coats. I hung the pinata from the punch ball rubberband so I could do the whole thing at once and then let it dry.
I used Elmer’s aeresol spray adhesive to attach strips of crepe paper and tissue paper. The nose, eyes and mouth are construction paper.