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Crafting DIY

DIY Kids Olympic Torch

January 26, 2018

The Olympics are quickly approaching. Make these DIY Kids Olympic Torch to make your kids feel like they’re apart of the ceremonies themselves.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.

The Winter games are my favorite of the Olympic Games, just saying’. These olympic torches are so easy to make and come with everything you need in a small kit from Oriental Trading.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!

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DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!To make these, remove the blue tube and the blue collar from the kit. Start by adhering the middle tab to the inside of the tube and work your way around.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!Flatten out the yellow tissue paper and pinch in the center. Twist it around itself and place inside the tube.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!I didn’t adhere it inside the tube but you can easily do that with some clear tape. So simple and the perfect kids olympic craft.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!Pair these olympic torches with these olympic medals and have the best Olympics party of your life!DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!

Crafting DIY

DIY Olympic Medals for Kids

January 22, 2018

Create these DIY Olympic Medals. Perfect for the kids and perfect accessory for watching the opening ceremonies!DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids Olympic Craft. #olympics #kidscraftThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.

What is funner than watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and being able to participate in your own special way with these DIY Olympic Medals. They are the perfect kids Olympic craft.

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Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics.This is so easy. Just punch out the circles and add them to your medals. Or if you have a Cricut or Silhouette, just make those circles on your machine that size. I used a 2″ and had to trim them. Just use what is available to you.Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics. #kidscraft #OlympicsYou’re just going to pop them open and place your metallic paper inside.Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics.There are 24 Olympic medals in each bag and they’re so fun to pass out to the kids and present them with their own Olympic medal.Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics.Or they can pretend to be an Olympic athlete themselves and earn the Gold, Silver or Bronze. Such a fun kids Olympic craft to create.Create these DIY Olympic Medals. The perfect kids craft to celebrate the excitement of the Olympics.What is your favorite Olympic sport? Do you prefer the winter games over the summer games? I’m a winter Olympic games fan myself.

Crafting DIY - Kids

DIY Box Tops Collection Box

January 18, 2018

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EarnWithBoxTops #CollectiveBias

Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to keep track of all your earnings for your local school. Get them on participating boxes of General Mills available at Walmart.Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to add to your schools. Make children excited to be collecting Box Tops. #ad #EarnWithBoxTops #pta

Supplies

  • Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks, 40-ct box
  • Pink, Yellow, Purple and Gray Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Sciccors
  • Glue

Begin by gathering all your supplies and set them aside besides the pink paper. Empty your box of Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks and trace your empty box onto the pink paper. Cut out the pink paper in the sides, front, back, top and bottom. You’ll want to be sure to get a square cut so that you can get exact sides.Cut the long side of the box on three sides so that you’ll have a flap to be able to place the Box Tops inside and remove them. On that tab you’ll glue two ends together on a ribbon and glue that to the inside of the box so you have a tab.Attach the pink cardstock to all sides of your Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks box using adhesive. You can use any Box Tops for Education for this DIY Box Tops collection box. When I was at Walmart, I grabbed a whole bunch –

  • Honey Nut Cheerios™
  • Yoplait® Original Fridge Pack
  • Totino’s™ Combination Pizza Party Pack
  • Old El Paso™ Taco Dinner Kit
  • Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks

Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to add to your schools. Make children excited to be collecting Box Tops. #ad #EarnWithBoxTops #ptaYou’ll then use either scissors or and electronic cutting machine and cut out your image in the yellow and purple cardstock. Cut out your coin piece out of the gray cardstock. Adhere it with some glue and you’re done.At our school, we like to display our Box Tops for Education collection box at the front of the foyer. It gives students the ability to remember that they have these valuable Box Tops in their backpack. When we’re waiting to bring them to school, I like to keep them in a large clear jar so that when it’s ready to be taken to the school – I just place them in a baggie.To make it easier than ever to redeem Box Tops they now have an app, New Box Tops Bonus App. You can download it in the iTunes store or in Google Play. Earn even more cash to help your school get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App. Turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school. It’s free and as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy: Find offers. Buy Products.
  • Scan: Scan your receipt.
  • Earn Watch earnings stack up.

You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in combination with the on-pack Box Tops clips and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.Box Tops for Education has helped our school in so many ways. It may seem small but when everyone gets together and collects them, it adds up in a big way!  Now if you buy 5 participating items + Scan receipt with Box Tops Bonus App = Earn $5 (50 Bonus Box Tops). Offer available through 1/31/18.

What is your favorite way to collect Box Tops for Education?

Christmas - Clothing DIY

DIY Christmas Pajamas with Cricut EasyPress

December 9, 2017

Create these fun DIY Christmas pajamas using the Cricut EasyPress and some Cricut Foil Iron-On.DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Using an EasyPress is a cost effective way to use Iron On Vinyl. I’ve always wondered if I could have the space for a heat press and in my small home, I just can’t swing that space. I love the EasyPress because it’s space efficient and it works really well.

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DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressPurchase red and silver foil iron-on and cut the file from Design Space. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 275° and plan to press for 15 seconds each press. Don’t forget to place a towel on a hard surface. I like to fold my towel in half so that the surface has a little give to the fabric.

Next, decide where you want your image to be on your Christmas pajamas. I pressed my red first and then the silver foil iron-on. When using foil iron-on, peel away the carrier sheet after your image has cooled. If you peel it before, you get the wrinkled look…like I did. I’d give it a good 15 minutes between each press just to ensure it’s adhered.
DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressI’d make these DIY Christmas pajamas for myself because I know I’m really Santa’s favorite. But these ones I made for my daughter to have on Christmas Eve. DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressWhere would you use your Cricut EasyPress? It’s made things a lot easier in life.

Kids - Party Time

Make a Memorable Game Night for Kids

December 7, 2017

Thank you Goliath Games for sponsoring this post. Pick up your favorite game today to enjoy the holiday season and beyond!Family Game Night ideas and how to keep children entertained.We love a good game night in our family. I’m here to show you how to memorable game night for kids in any age group.When game night comes in our family, we get really excited. When we get to spend quality time together laughing and making memories it makes us remember the more important things in life, like each other.When I have a stressful day with the kids, I have to find a way for them and myself to unwind. Goliath Games and Pressman Toy are just the items we need. They’re easy to play, easy to clean and a lot of fun for everyone.When having a game night, the most important thing to remember is to have fun! My personality isn’t always suited for fun but these games bring out the best in me.

Here are some of the games we play and why my kids love game night:
  • Shark Bite

Shark Bite is made by Pressman Toy and was so easy to set up and play. The kids had a REEL-ly fun time trying to pick up different fishes with the rod and always wondering when the shark would bite. To set it up, just snap the mouth open and place the colorful sea creatures in each space until it snaps. Roll the dice and use the fishing rods to pull each creature out but watch out – you never know when Shark Bite will snap! No batteries required.

  • Giggle Wiggle

Giggle Wiggle is made by Goliath Games and this one was Malakai’s favorite. Easy assembly and a blast to play. Just have the start at the bottom and race to the top to get him to hold the marbles. He moves like crazy so you’ll definitely have marbles that will fall off. Just pick them up and keep at it. I love this one because it’s a challenge to the kids and they laugh the whole time.

  • Pop the Pig

Pop the Pig is another Goliath Games top pick. You feed him cheeseburgers and press his head until he pops! This one is a suspense the whole game – you never know when he’s going to pop. All the cheeseburgers store in a compartment so you don’t have to worry about losing pieces. This game teaches numbers, colors and counting and is the #2 best selling game among kids the last 6 years.

  • Catch the Fox

Catch the Fox is made by Goliath Games and was France’s #1 toy in 2016. This one I loved cause his pants just disappear and you’re scrambling to pick up all the loose chickens. His pants are baggy enough that he’s trying to steal all the chickens in the coop. But then his pants just disappear and he’s left out in his underwear. The kids loved scrambling around trying to fill their coop with the loose chickens trying to win the game.

  • Doggie Doo

Doggie Doo is another Goliath Games classic but now it’s been redesigned. You feed the pup and spin the wheel to determine how many times you pump his leash. Kids love the inappropriate noises the Doggie Doo makes. This game has 120 million views on YouTube already. Once the doggie goes plop, just scoop it up and start again.

These games are great starters for kids of any age trying to learn strategy and competition.Goliath Games is the fourth-largest children’s game manufacturer in North America. Adi Golad started Goliath in the Netherlands in 1980 fueled by his passion to bring new toys to the market and today Goliath sells products in more than 75 countries with direct distribution in Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Australia, Canada and the USA. On July 4, 2008, Goliath opened its US subsidiary, headed by board game guru David Norman, and has been entertaining children and adults ever since. Examples include Rummikub®, Rubik’s Cube®, Tri-ominos®, Wordsearch, Pop the Pig®, Doggie Doo, Gooey Looey, and Catch the Fox.

For more information, please visit www.goliathgames.us

Pressman Toy Corporation, the third largest game manufacturer in the United States, was founded in 1922. The company has released many strong brands that consumers have enjoyed for generations, such as Rummikub, MASTERMIND and Tri-Ominos. One of the first companies in the industry to begin licensing popular characters and content for toys and games, Pressman Toy has created games and puzzles based on, Elf on the Shelf, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter as well as popular games shows Deal or No Deal, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. The company’s iconic red boxes have introduced millions of Americans to the joys of Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Cribbage, Bingo, Dominoes, Mancala, and a host of other classic games. Pressman’s current offerings include these time-tested favorites along with a mix of exciting new games and puzzles designed to spark young imaginations and bring families together.

For more information, please visit www.pressmantoy.com

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Desserts

Cars 3 Candy Popcorn Recipe

November 7, 2017

Cars 3 was released today on DVD/Blue-ray and so it couldn’t be more fitting that
I share with you this Cars 3 candy popcorn recipe. 

This post contains affiliate links. 

No one is more excited for Cars 3 than Mr. Malakai. He loved the preview but he was just too small to enjoy it in theaters. He now lives for movies. He’s always asking for more and I’m happy to oblige when I have other things to do in the house. Just add your favorite candy and salty chips to any microwave popcorn and it’s the perfect movie snack. For this recipe I added some mini Kit Kat, Sour Patch Kids, Peanut Butter M&M’s and Red Hots. Just find any combination you like to make this yummy candy popcorn recipe your own.We had the opportunity to head to the Cars 3 Road to the Races event and we had a lot of fun as a family. The preview of the movie was the derby scene and it was so fun to see the expressions on all the cars’ faces. 

Cars 3 Candy Popcorn Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 2m
  • Total Time: 7m
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 package microwave popcorn
  • 1 cup ruffled potato chips
  • 1/4 cup Sour Patch Kids
  • 1/4 cup mini Kit Kat
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter M&M's
  • 1/8 cup Red Hots

Instructions

  1. Microwave your popcorn packet for 2 minutes. Lay on a sheet pan to cool. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes until it's cool to the touch.
  2. Add in your favorite candy and chips, toss to mix.
  3. Place it in a serving bowl and enjoy!
Don’t be afraid to add your own spin to this recipe. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how good this candy popcorn recipe is. Don’t forget to grab the movie here on Amazon or head to your local store to get it today!

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Crafting DIY - Sewing

Make a Mermaid Pillow with your Cricut Maker

October 30, 2017

This mermaid pillow was so fun to make with my daughter. She loved picking out the fabrics.
See how easy it is to make with your Cricut Maker.Create this easy Mermaid doll from Simplicity using your Cricut MakerThis post contains affiliate links.

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Make a mermaid doll with your Cricut makerThis mermaid doll was so easy to make and it was all thanks to my Cricut Maker. I used the rotary blade with the fabrics and the felt and it cuts so smooth. The darts are all included and you can choose if you want the pen to do the markings.

I chose to do the markings on the face so that I could do the embroidery on it. I just used a simple backstitch to complete the eyes and lips. Mermaid doll diyThe flower was easy to assemble as well. I used the purple felt that comes in the felt sampler pack from Cricut. I like the Cricut felt because it is stiff. You can get a good clean cut from it and it doesn’t slide on your mat. I’ve cut different brands of felt on my Maker and I do like the Cricut felt best. Some wool felt I had would move as I was cutting or when I peeled off the mat, the entire piece of felt fell apart. It’s all trial and error when you’re cutting materials on any machine though.DIY Mermaid doll with CricutTo assemble the mermaid doll, follow these instructions. assemble the front of the doll and then the back of the doll. Sew them together right sides facing each other and then leave about 3-4″ on the tail. make a mermaid doll with your CricutStuff your mermaid pillow doll with some pillow stuffing or I just used few snow that I bought on clearance years ago, works just as good for stuffies. Now whip stitch the opening closed. Now you can attach your flower to your doll and you’re done.

This mermaid pillow doll was a lot of fun to put together. It’s the first time that I let my daughter pick out coordinating fabrics and that was a hard thing to give up. She loves her personalized mermaid doll and loves that I loved to make it for her. One day I’ll let her use my sewing machine…one day.make a mermaid doll with your Cricut

Halloween - Kids

Classroom Halloween Craft – Spooky Suckers

October 12, 2017

This is the perfect classroom Halloween craft to create for your childs Halloween party.
Create these different spooky suckers using napkins and Tootsie Roll pops. 
Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

This post may contain affiliate links.

I love helping in my kids’ classrooms but I especially love class parties. Halloween is always one of the best and I’m always looking for an easy craft to make with all the kids. What more do kids need on Halloween than candy? More candy!Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template
Last year we made cotton ball ghosts and ran out of cotton balls. This year I want to be extra prepared so I got 200 suckers and 150 napkins to make sure I don’t run out of supplies. Do you think I’ll have enough? 😉

We’ve all seen those ghost suckers that are super easy but I wanted to add more characters. I decided on a witch and a bat. I’ve cut all the shapes out with my Cricut Maker but I’ve also included a template down below so that you can easily make them without an electronic cutting machine.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

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To begin, tie all the napkins around the suckers first and attach a twine string at the base of the sucker to hold it on.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateNext, draw some faces. I wanted to keep it simple so I just drew an open mouth and two small eyes on the ghost. With the witch I tried to attempt a nose with a wart. Just use a fine black pen for these images. For the bat I drew some fangs using a silver marker so it would show on the black napkin.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateYou’ll now want to assemble your witch hat. If you’re hand cutting these, don’t worry about the middle area of the base of the hat. Just place some glue on the tab and roll your hat into a cone. Now adhere it to the base. If you have the tabs, just place glue on each one and fold it under the cone.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateFor the bat wings, just place some hot glue on the edges of the wings and place them on the sides of the sucker.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateYou can easily have the kids cut out the shapes but for a class of almost 30 students, cutting ahead of time is a lot easier for me. Or you could just trace them beforehand as well.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateThat’s it, the easiest kids classroom Halloween craft using suckers and napkins. Make one or make them all! Happy Halloween!Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template