I’m a little slow going with staying up to date with holidays, but we are jam packed with baseball in our house! Both our boys are on different teams and our schedule with practice and games keeps us busy almost everyday of the week! Any of you out there trying to juggle life with your kids’ hectic schedules?
If you are struggling to find something for your mom or the grandmas in time for Mother’s Day, here’s a printable that they will love to have around in their homes. I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day and found these beautiful Watercolour Flowers from Fox & Hazel and thought this would go perfectly with a Mother’s Day Printable! Print these beauties out and stick them in a beautiful frame and you’ve got yourself a Mother’s Day gift! I’ve made a few different versions – whether you’re giving this to your own mom or grandma, this is a great reminder of how awesome they really are.
Washington was nothing but rain in April – apparently we’ve hit a record of the most rain that the state has had in a long time, so I’m so glad it’s finally May! I’m looking forward to less rain and nice, warm, sunny days (hopefully to come soon!) I’m also looking forward to (and a little nervous about) school coming to an end! Hopefully the kiddos and I will have some lazy mornings, fun adventures, and some fun in the sun. Now, the only problem with school being out is having all 3 of the kids at home…. dun dun dun.
Anyway, here is another monthly Desktop Calendar for you to add some style to your computer! Hope you’re all getting some sunshine in your area. 🙂
Teacher’s appreciation week is next Tuesday, May 2nd to be exact, and what better way to tell your child’s teacher that you care with these fun gift tags! My kindergartner has “technology day” once a week and his teacher for that class hands out some fun Emoji prizes if the students have done well that day, and he absolutely loves it. Since he liked it so much, I thought he would love giving these to his teachers!
I wrapped these tags around a bag of candy in some treat bags ( 4 x 9.5 inches ) and cut down the tops a little, folded the bag down and sealed it off with a piece of tape. You can wrap these tags around any sweet treat or attach it to any gift! They’re so fun you’re kids and their teacher(s) will love it!
I know that Easter is 2 days away, and this is a little last minute for Easter, but this project is also great for baby showers and nurseries! So pin this one for later.
I love how this bunny banner turned out, and it was so fun to put together. I will be honest, it is a little tedious with all of the paper flowers I made, but the end result looks whimsical and makes a great decoration for Easter, baby shower, or nursery! Here is what you’re going to need:
Optional: Tiny pearls for extra embellishment for your flowers found at your local craft store.
The very first thing I did was make all of my flowers. My flowers are smaller than many of the tutorials I found, and one way you can make the flowers smaller on some of the templates is to reduce the percentage on the Print Window that pops up before you print. Or, if you have a Cricut, you can adjust the size there with your file.
Print out your Bunny Printable on white cardstock. You will see on the printable there is an ear (it prints on every page) for you to trace on the back of the Gold Cardstock. After you’ve cut out the center of the ears from the gold cardstock, glue them in the middle of the ears as pictured above.
Then, hot glue the flowers and position them the at the top of the bunny’s head. Add additional embellishments in the middle of the flowers. String them together, hang it up and admire your work!
There are times where I am stuck and can not come up with something to design or just can’t think up what I’m going to do next. I recently received an e-mail from a reader asking if I would do a wallpaper calendar or quote for computers. This was such a great idea, I was so excited to start creating and ended up turning it into a calendar and a quote. I plan on having new designs every month, and will do my best to get a new design out a couple days before the month ends, so make sure you check back for next month’s!
I’m always looking for new ideas, so if you don’t see something on my blog that you’re looking for, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll see what I can do!
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.