Monday, May 23, 2016

Bead and String Puzzle

I actually made this bead and string puzzle as a stocking stuffer for my son, and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it.  My son is 13 years old and hard to buy for.  He likes Minecraft and video games and has lots of that stuff, and I really don't want to buy  him any more.  He outgrows his clothes so quickly we have to buy that throughout the year, so when Christmas rolls around, I'm usually at a lose on what to get him.  He does like brain teasers and so I thought I'd make him something to keep him busy on Christmas morning.  This would also make a great birthday present or even an end of the school year gift.  Keep their brains thinking over the summer.  Speaking of summer, I can't believe my kids only have 2.5 weeks of school left!


The object of this puzzle is to move the bead from one side to the other.
It was really easy to make and once you know the trick, it is simple to solve too.


Click HERE for the tutorial as well as the solution.





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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Manicure In A Jar

Last month was my sister's baby shower.  I already wrote about some of the cute favors (click HERE to check out that post) so today I'm finally getting around to sharing the cute prizes I made up.   I decided to use mason jars to create a "manicure in a jar".   This isn't an original idea.  I got my inspiration from Pinterest and just tweaked it to make it for a baby shower.



Since my sister is having a girl, I tried to find things that were pink or in pink wrapping to place in the jar.  I added a manicure set, tissues, hand sanitizer, gum and nail polish.  




The invitations were cut out like a baby onsie so I used that idea to create a tag to place on the mason jar.



I also spray painted the tops of the mason jars pink to pretty them up.



I also added some cotton balls at the bottom to keep things in place.  



You could easily change out the color scheme and put blue items inside for a boy baby shower.  Maybe not blue nail polish, but clear nail polish and blue gum, blue tissues, a blue lid and tag.  That would be cute too.  And let's not stop at baby shower gifts, because you could use this as a Mother's Day gift or a Teacher gift too.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Quote for Moms

Mother's Day is coming up and this year, I decided to give a little something to some pretty awesome moms - my sister in laws.  They all have 2 or more children from ages 0 - 12, and life keeps them busy.  It's nice to recognize the young moms, still raising their kids, in the thick of battle - in addition to our own moms who have been promoted to grandmas and can take it a little easy.  

I found this quote which I thought would be perfect for them, to help them remember they are doing a great job and a very important job.


I printed it out on white vinyl using my Silhouette machine.  I just mailed out the vinyl, already weeded and on contact paper so they can apply it however they like.  


Oh and here's a little trick I used to make things a bit easier.  I just put my contact paper right on top of the cut out vinyl and then peeled it up.  The letters came off on the contact paper while the rest of the vinyl stayed put.



Here are just a few ideas of how and where the vinyl can be applied and displayed.




You could apply it on the wall, on the glass of a picture frame with pretty scrapbook paper behind it, or on the glass of an empty picture frame hanging on the wall so the wall color shows through.

It could also be displayed on the inside a door or cabinet so whenever they open it, they are reminded how great they are.  Apply the vinyl to a tile or piece of wood to display on a mantel or shelf.

And if you have any trouble getting the vinyl to stay on the wood or tile (I've had this problem before), just seal it with a coat of Mod Podge.

All of these ideas were found through Pinterest here, here, here, here, here and here.

I hope my sister in laws like this quote, and I'd love to see a picture of how and where you've displayed it.


Happy Mother's Day to ALL you

 moms out there!



And to you moms with kids at home, living off little sleep, dealing with toddler tantrums or teenage attitudes, just know you are doing the most important job.  Sometimes you feel like you are not doing enough, but you are.  The world is a better place because of how you are raising your children.  You are making a difference.  





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Monday, April 25, 2016

Outdoor Tic Tac Toe



A few years ago we painted some rocks to look like lady bugs and bumble bees and used them to play tic tac toe.  They've actually held up pretty well over the years.  We played with them inside and out, but I wanted to make a more permanent tic tac toe spot outdoors.  


Well I finally got around to that last week.  Since we've finally had some nice spring weather, I've been working in our flower beds - digging out dead bushes, weeding and mulching.  I was left with an area that was bare and rather than plant something there, I thought it would be the perfect spot to play tic tac toe.  I used a large square patio paver and made a tic tac toe board with chalk.  To make it more permanent, I might paint the lines on, but for now this works.  Here is a before and after of our new tic tac toe spot.
 




And if you want to see how we painted the rocks, you can check out THIS post.




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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Baby Shower Favors

My little sis is having a baby!!!!!!!!!!  Can you tell by those exclamation points that I'm super excited for her?  Over the weekend we had a baby shower for her, and while I can't take the credit for any of these ideas, they were too cute not to share.  Not all of these ideas were party favors but I thought they each could be used as such.



These little baby booties were hand made from scrapbook paper and embellished with a button.  They were filled with candies but those were eaten before I got around to taking a picture.



These seed packets were a great idea, especially since the shower was in the beginning of spring.  I have just started working on my flower beds and will be planting these soon.  They'll probably start to bloom about the time the baby arrives.



These cookies were so darling.  Hand made and individually wrapped so you could easily take them home.



My sister is having a girl (in case you couldn't figure that out with all the pink), but the favors could also be made in blue for a boy.  And speaking of boy, you can check out my baby shower from 19 months ago and get some more favor ideas as well as practical gift ideas.  Just CLICK HERE.


And here's the girls in the family so far:  my mom, her two girls and my two girls.  Can't wait to have a new little girl join our family.  She is already loved so much, we can't wait to meet her.  Good thing my sister is due in the summer when the kids have off school so I'll have lots of time to visit and snuggle that baby without having to worry about being home to get kids to and from school.

photo taken by:  Debbi Granruth





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Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter 2016 Pinterest Success and Fails

This year for Easter, we tried to duplicate several cute things found on Pinterest.  Of course, most didn't turn out like the Pinterest perfect pictures, but they were still delicious.

This fruit bunny looked easy enough.  We couldn't get the ears just right so we improvised.


There are several ways to make this bunny cake and it's really easy.  The hard part was icing and decorating it.  HERE is where I got my inspiration.  My daughter wanted a chocolate bunny so we used chocolate icing.  She also didn't want the bow tie, so we left that out.  I used white icing dyed pink for the ears, nose and mouth and marshmallows for the eyes.  


I can't take credit for these bunny napkins.  And the person who made them wishes to remain anonymous.   Needless to say after watching the video and working on them for almost an hour they still didn't turn out right and wouldn't stand up either.   If you want to attempt to make these, you can find the napkin bunny tutorial HERE.


Thought about making these bunny pancakes but the kids were hungry and I didn't have time to be creative, so plain old round pancakes it was.  In case you have time to be creative and want to make these next year, you can find out how to do it HERE.


This last one, I'll call a success.  They were easy to make, just a little time consuming.  These would be great for baby showers, mother's day and even birthdays.  To find out how to make these pretzel flowers, check out THIS post.



If you want to pin these ideas, here's a picture with all my pinterest success and fails for this Easter.  I wonder what I'll attempt next year.  I've already got a couple of new ideas pinned, you can find them on my Easter Pinterest board HERE.


I didn't find this idea on Pinterest, rather it was on the box of cookie mix.  The girls helped mix the dough and form the sheep.  To my surprise they actually turned out like the picture.  Another success.  Or maybe not, as they didn't taste good at all.  We think it was the banana flavor.


Since a lot of our desserts were Pinterest fails, I wanted to have something that looked pretty.  I have a friend who makes the most delicious and decorative cake balls so I ordered up some from her and she did not disappoint.  Not only did they look cute and spring like, they were so moist and yummy inside. 


Of course I have to throw in a couple of pictures of my kids.  Here is my almost 18 month old sporting his older brother's bow tie.  It's actually the Easter bow tie I made several years ago.  I couldn't get my 13 year old son to wear it, but luckily my toddler was much more cooperative.  Yeah, it's a little big, but he's just so darn cute, he can pull it off.


It's hard to get a good looking picture of this crazy bunch, but I try.  The girls and I wore a navy and pink/orange theme.  

We had a wonderful Easter weekend spending time with family as well as doing the traditional Easter activities.  Hope yours was full of good food, time with family and feeling blessed.





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Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day 2016 recap


Here's what we've done all week to have some fun with St. Patrick's Day.

Rainbow Fruit Skewers


The kids had this as an after school snack and then with dinner we had more rainbow fruit.



We also had Clover Cookies


These were just sugar cookies that I cut into clover shapes using a cookie cutter.  I don't have much success with cookie cutters so I just made one clover cookie per person and the rest were circles.  Oh and having a cute helper is always fun.



We also had green pudding.  The kids don't like pistachio pudding which is already green, so I made vanilla pudding and just added some green food coloring.



On St. Patrick's Day we had some fun with Leprechaun photo props.


Even I got into the Irish Spirit.


I must say, I think we do look happier than the people advertising the product.


 The St. Patrick's Day fun didn't stop there.  We even tried to catch a leprechaun.  My 5 year old made this trap.  We didn't catch any leprechauns, but he did leave us some gold.


It was a gold digging kit and she had so much fun finding her little nugget of gold (pyrite).


Here she is hard at work, digging away.


Getting closer.


She found gold.


She was so happy to have this golden rock.



Usually I have gold coins for the kids, the chocolate kind.  I didn't find them this year.  I also didn't look very  hard either.  Anyway, my older daughter was disappointed there wasn't any chocolate (she definitely takes after me) so I had to bake something chocolaty.  Brownies with some green icing clovers on top.  This yummy after school snack made up for the lack of chocolate coins at breakfast.  Oh, and of course breakfast was Lucky Charms.



And here's my littlest guy looking all cute in his leprechaun shirt.  



We've had fun with this holiday.  If you want to see what else we've done, click HERE for the previous post.



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