As it seems to with every year, this year is going by fast. I cannot believe we are already at the end of March! With March ending, Easter is just around the corner and I love this time of year. Warmer weather is making its way (if it ever does in Washington), flowers and blossoms are blooming, and of course Easter (and all it’s yummy candy that is all over the store shelves). Cadbury eggs are my weakness… I literally cannot take a small handful and be done with it… I at least eat half the bag. I bought a bag of Cadbury eggs last week, and it was gone in two days. I tried to explain to my husband that I was trying to be good, but I have no will power when it comes to those darn eggs, and sometimes my efforts for giving away Easter goodies are non existent.
Well, if they ever make it out of the house, here are some cute gift tags you can wrap around those treats you’re giving away. Not only will your friends appreciate your goodies, but they will also love the way they look with these fun tags! 😉
The past month and half has been crazy in our family. We celebrated JD’s 6th birthday, and two days later our daughter had surgery, and I have just been trying to play catch up with everything else. Thankfully, our daughter has recovered quickly and has done so well with everything. Trying to get back to a normal schedule has been tough, but we are slowly getting there!
JD has been into Legos lately, and it’s not hard to see why, especially with the new Batman Lego Movie out. I had other things going on, so I tried to keep this party pretty low key. Luckily I still had this backdrop I made for a Trunk or Treat last Halloween. I wanted to throw it away since I didn’t think we were going to use it again, but I’m glad my husband convinced me otherwise! Using a box cutter, I cut out different shapes from a tri-fold board (for science projects) then painted it black, and cut out yellow squares from construction paper. I used diaper boxes (on the sides) and taped them together, and painted them black and used the yellow construction paper again for the windows.
I learned how to make the colored circles from a friend, and they are so easy to do! I used a circle cutter like this oneand sewed the circles one after the other so that they’re still on the same thread. I also found this awesome Lego “Happy Birthday Banner” here. And since I couldn’t find any other Lego Avenger printables, I made some for the party which you can download thoseHERE.
To save some money with balloons, I bought a pack at the dollar store, blew them up at home and hung them upside down from the ceiling over the table. I had balloons left over and left them all over the floor. It was a huge hit with all the kids… I’m pretty sure that was their favorite part of the whole party. I also had some extra boxes laying around and wrapped those up in colored paper that I found at the $1 store and cut out little circles and used them as a centerpiece for the table so they looked like big Lego pieces.
I found a list of great of games over at Play.Party.Plan. JD had been asking to have a pinata for a while at his party, and we finally gave in. Five and six year olds are pretty dang strong, because that pinata did not last long. We probably should’ve blindfolded them or something to make it harder! Now we know for next year!
I made a Lego cake, but I am not a cake decorater, so I will spare you the hideousness of how it looked. Let’s just say it was a major Pinterest fail! Overall, these kids had a great time and I can’t wait to plan the next party!
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.
It has been a cold winter for us in Washington. Last week, it was so cold they pushed back school 2 hours due to ice on the road, and my kindergartner already starts school at 9:15. It was a crazy week, and all this cold has made me want lots hot chocolate. We love hot chocolate in our house and my kids get pretty excited to drink it whenever we have a chili morning. With Valentine’s Day coming up and knowing it will still be pretty cold, I thought it would be fun to put the two together! And as many of my printables, it’s easy to assemble.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Hot Chocolate packets (I used the swiss miss 7.3 oz packets)
1. When printing out the printable, make sure you DO NOT hit “Fit to Page” “Fit to Scale” in your printer settings when you print. This will throw off how you cut your printable and the print on the front will not be centered. Make sure you select “Actual Size”.
2. Cut down the middle of the page and fold it in half – for those of you who still remember the elementary term “hamburger style”.
3. After you’ve folded your print in half, unfold it and tape your hot chocolate at the top (and bottom if you prefer, mine stayed intact with just one) of the inside.
4. Fold it back up and tape it shut at the top with washi tape, and totally optional – place some washi tape at the bottom to give it a little extra something. And that’s it!
If you prefer to save some paper, I’ve also included a page of tags to print off and you can wrap a tag around a packet of hot chocolate with bakers twin or use the washi tape to put on the front of your packet.
Happy 2017! Another year flew by and it was full of great memories for our family. We welcomed our baby girl in July, our oldest started kindergarten, our second child got promoted to big brother and is no longer the baby, we took a family trip to Dallas for a friend’s wedding, and my husband and I celebrated our 7th anniversary! We’ve had many things to be thankful for and I’m looking forward to 2017!
With a new year, we welcome new challenges and new goals. Thanks to a reader in search of an annual goal printable, I’ve come up with this worksheet for you in hopes that it will be a helpful reminder of what goal(s) you’ve set for yourself this year. The past few years, making a New Years resolution has always been on the back burner. I had always felt I’d been setting myself up to fail, but after listening to a couple talks at church, it was a great reminder why we need to set goals for ourselves. It’s important to have something to work towards, and to help make us better. There are many things that I can improve on, and this year I’m going to do my best to make those imperfections a little bit less of an imperfection. 🙂
If you’re looking for something to help you reach your goal, these printables are the perfect thing to help remind you to accomplish it! They’re cute enough to hang in your home or office, and remind you everyday what you’re striving for.
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.
We’ve finally started decorating for Christmas in our house and the kids and I are so excited. They’ve been wanting to help with everything! Today, I am excited to share with you the newest Christmas decor we’ve added into our home. These adorable Christmas Printables from Bellacor is the perfect addition to your Christmas decorations, and they fit in any 8×10 or 5×7 picture frame.
I love how they work perfectly on top of my piano, and love seeing this every time I walk through my front door. The saying, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” couldn’t be more true!
Grab your FREE printables here and check out the amazing deals over at Bellacor! They have so many beautiful pieces for your home, whether it be something small for your kitchen, or a piece of furniture that will help brighten a room you’ve been longing to transform.
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!
With my eldest in school, I’ve been trying to keep up with all the events he has going on at school and his after school activities – this kid is only 5 mind you. Plus trying to stay on track (as best I can with a 3 month old) with everything else that’s going on at home. So, I’ve made these Weekly Planners to help me keep up with all the craziness, and the best part, they go perfectly with the 2017 Calendar!
This planner is perfect for just about anything, whether it be trying to maintain your hectic schedule, or planning weekly meals, this planner has got you covered! Grab yours now and let it help you manage some organization in your life. 🙂