My boys love the Chips Ahoy cookies, and ask for them almost every time they see them at the store. Normally the answer is a no, but every once in a while I need a little something sweet, so I cave in. Since they love it so much, I thought it would be fun for my kindergartner to pass them out to his class for Valentine’s day and made these fun little pirate Valentines to go along with the cookies.
If you have a little pirate lover at home or have little ones that love these cookies as much as my kiddos, these will be fun for them to pass out to their friends. Grab your Pirate Valentine’s Day Printable and wrap it around a snack bag size of the cookies with bakers twine or string and you’re all set! I’ve also made a smaller version of the printable HERE.
I was pulling out some of my Valentine’s Day decorations this past week and realized I how little I had. I’ll be honest, I have never been too worried about going all out for Valentine’s day, but this time I felt like there were parts of my house that could use a little more “love”. I wanted to be a little bit more crafty with this one, and took out my Minc and started to come up with some different ideas. This print was one that stuck and it has been a fun addition in my house!
If you’re looking to add another decoration in your home, here’s what you’ll need:
XOXO Printable 8×10 or 5×7 – (Make sure to print from a laser printer. The foil will not stick if printed on anything other than a laser printer).
Start by turning on your Minc (I usually set mine at a 3). Print out page one of the XOXO Printable and cut out a piece of the hot pink foil so it fits over the letters.
Place your foil on top of the X’s and stick it inside the foil transfer folders. Once it’s in place, run it through the Minc.
Peel off the foil after it’s gone through and and put it back into your printer making sure it’s facing the right way so that it will print out page 2 of the XOXO printable.
If you’ve printed it correctly, you’re page should look like this. If you didn’t, that’s ok. It took me a couple tries to get this right…
Do another rough cut of your light pink foil this time and set it on top. If you’re adding the gold foil to the “hugs & kisses” this would be the best time to do it. I’ve found that putting it through the Minc as little as possible helps keep from distorting the foil that was there previously.
Once that’s through, peel off the remainder of your foil and stick your new piece of decor in a frame and admire it.
If you don’t have a Minc, not to worry! I’ve also made the same printable in color HERE. If you’re looking to buy a Minc, they’re available at Joann’s, Michaels, Amazon, and many other stores.
I’m know we’re not the only ones, but it has always been a tradition in my home for each kid to open up one gift on Christmas Eve, our choice. It was so fun, and made it that much more exciting to see what was left under our tree the next morning. My husband’s family also got to open one gift before Christmas, but they were always pajamas. When I joined their family, I loved the idea that you would be getting a new set of pajamas each year (or every other year – that’s how we’ve worked out Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families).
While still carrying on my families tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve, I’ve converted to my husbands family tradition with making it a new set of pajamas each year for my kids. In order to figure out which gift our kids get to open the night before Christmas, I’ve made these gift tags to make it easier to find. You will no longer need to make extra notes on your gift tags reminding you to “OPEN ME ON CHRISTMAS EVE,” buy an extra roll of wrapping paper to determine which ones are the “night before Christmas” gifts (unless you enjoy doing that which isn’t a bad idea) or set them aside in another room until it’s time open.
Let’s be honest, Christmas Cards can get pretty pricey and sometimes it cuts into our Christmas shopping budget. It definitely cuts into ours. Our middle child’s birthday is 3 days after Christmas, mine is 2 weeks after Christmas, and the oldest is at the end of January… see what I mean? I can’t afford to spend too much money on Christmas cards, but I don’t want to sacrifice the look of my cards either. Luckily, this little project will turn your favorite family photo into a cute and festive Christmas card, and it’ll save you some money. Intrigued? I’ll tell you how.
We all know 4×6 prints are the least expensive, and if you’re new to Shutterfly, they offer 50 free prints – score! Cut out your printables and punch out a hole at the top. Wrap some string around your print and tie your printables to it and you’re all done. Stick them in an envelope and send them off to family and friends. I guarantee they will love them!
If you’re looking for some other Christmas cards at an affordable price, check out my shop!
I have never done this before, so I’m pretty excited to do it this year! If you’ve never heard about the “Boo” game, it’s pretty easy! All you have to do is stick a couple of goodies inside a bag, trick or treat bucket, etc. and print out 3 copies of this printable. The “We’ve been Booed” sign goes on the outside, and the instructions along with the remaining two copies you printed off goes inside your goodie bag. Sneakily put your gift in front of two of your neighbors doors and watch the “booing” spread throughout your neighborhood!
For our goodie bags, we’ll be stuffing them with cake supplies! I’d love to see how you use this printable and what treats you come up with on Instagram or Facebook! 🙂
It’s National Popcorn Popping month, and with Halloween around the corner, I’ve decided to “dress up my popcorn.” With all this candy floating around the stores, it’s hard to not want to buy any before Halloween, am I right? So if you’re like me, or have some extra candy lying around, you’ll want to try this popcorn recipe, because it is pretty stinkin’ good! And believe me when I say I will be making this again after my kids get their haul on Halloween.
First of all, meet Danny. This recipe has been Danny tested and Danny approved! And his approval is important since he is our popcorn eating machine! 🙂
Pour half of your popcorn in a bowl and pour melted candy melts over the popcorn and mix well. Make sure you cover as much popcorn as you can with the candy melts.
Lay out your chocolate covered popcorn on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and sprinkle as little or as many sprinkles your heart desires. Stick it in the freezer for 5 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
While your chocolate covered popcorn is in the freezer, roughly chop your candy. My mix included Twix, 3 Musketeers, Snickers, and Milkway, but you can use whatever chocolate candy you have.
Pull out your chocolate covered popcorn and start mixing in the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. If some of your chocolate popcorn is stuck together, go ahead and break it up, it doesn’t have to be perfect. If you’re serving this at a party, set aside some sprinkles and chocolate and sprinkle it on top.
Or if you’re handing this treat out to friends, use some bakers twine and this Halloween Printable to hand them out with! I hope you’re enjoying this time of year as much as we are!
We are getting dec’d out in our home for 4th of July… sort of. I’ve always been a slacker at decorations during the holidays, not because I don’t want them. I blame the hubby, and the fact that sometimes I like to spend money on other things that last all year long. But, as we get further into our marriage, I hope to have a bazillion decorations set up for every holiday.
But, this banner is helping our home look more festive, and it’s perfect for the upcoming Olympics this August! You can keep this baby up for another month!
I can’t believe how fast June is going, and soon enough, it’ll be 4th of July weekend! I love this time of year – longer days, fireworks, BBQs. The only thing I don’t love about this time of year, at least while being pregnant, is the heat! So far, our Summer in Washington hasn’t been a bad one. We’ve only had a few unbearable days, and now I’m a little anxious to see how hot next month will be.
Since we’re about 2 weeks away from the big holiday weekend, you might be thinking about throwing a 4th of July party. I’ve got you covered! Print out these Fourth of July Invitations, fill out the info and send them on their way. You’re friends will be excited about your 4th of July celebration once they see these prints in their mailbox!
We aren’t very big into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in our house, but as a kid, I’ve always hated the idea of getting pinched if I didn’t wear green. Green also wasn’t (and still isn’t) my favorite color so I usually had nothing in my closet for St. Patty’s day. Fortunately for my kids, they are big Oakland A’s fans and they have no problem sporting their green and gold pride. With that being said, I still thought it would be fun to give them a little goodie bag of knick knacks to keep them pinch proof on this upcoming green holiday, and I’m sure you’re kids (or friends) will love getting this St. Patrick’s Day Survival kit too!
It’s the easiest thing to put together. Just round up some St. Patrick’s Day goodies from the Dollar store, or Target’s $1-$3 spot. Could be anything from a green necklace, temporary tattoos, stickers, buttons, nail polish, socks, etc. Stick them inside a Party bag (I used 4in x 9.5in / 10cm x24cm), and seal them up with these St. Patrick’s Day Survival Kit. Your kids and friends are going to love getting this, especially if they completely forgot to wear green on St. Patty’s Day!
JD has been so into Star Wars lately, I thought for sure he was going to want Star Wars themed Valentine’s cards. Glad I didn’t start making any, because when I asked him what he wanted to give his friends for Valentine’s Day, he said he wanted to give away super hero cards! I saw so many cute Super Hero ideas, and I loved the one with the sucker dressed as a super hero, I just knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to put that one together. I was rattling my brain for a candy that would fit with a Super Hero card, and the one that kept coming back to my mind were Pop Rocks! I loved those as a kid, and thought it would be they’d be a perfect pair!
The best part about Pop Rocks is that they’re super cheap at the Dollar Store – $1 for a 3 pack! Perfect!! It is seriously the easiest thing to put together. All you need is…
Print out your super Hero Valentine’s Day printables, and staple one on top of each Pop Rock packet and you are done! Simple as that, and they are quick to make. I cannot wait for him to pass these out to his friends!