Here is a great easy slow cooker or crock pot Baby Back Ribs recipe. This recipe is so simple to prepare and requires just 4 ingredients but your guests and family will love it! [Read more…]
Where to Find Supplies for Your Cricut Explore Machine
The Cricut Explore and the Cricut Explore Air are the newest generation of Cricut machines from Provocraft. These cool machines have a 12 x 12 mat size and they do so many things like cut shapes, score your items for folding and you can even put pens into your machine to draw and write with your Explore. If you are considering one of these fun machines, check out both models to see which one works best for you.
Finding supplies for your Cricut Explore machine isn’t always easy. While you can find some things at your local craft stores, I feel like I can get better prices on supplies from internet stores, plus everything arrives right at your doorstep. For some supplies like vinyl, I prefer the quality and pricing of other brands of vinyl. I have included lots of tips and resources below to finding the best supplies for your machine. [Read more…]
Sewing Machines and Supplies for Tweens and Teens
Sewing is a great life skill and if your tween or teen is showing interest in learning how to sew, they would love to receive a machine of their own to learn on. I bought my daughter her first machine at age 11 and, with a few classes, she learned how to do lots of fun, simple projects on her own. There are a lot of machines that are marketed to kids and while they are affordable, most break easily and are a waste of money. There are a few highly-reviewed starter machines that are under $100 and a several that are just over $100, with a variety of great features. We found some great solid machines that will make learning to sew easy and fun, not frustrating. There are also lots of great sewing supplies that your tween or teen will love so they can start this fun new hobby.
My daughter started off with classes at our local Joann fabrics store. They offer sales on their classes and you will receive a list of supplies, plus one of their coupons. One of her first projects was a pillowcase and they she branched out to a simple pair of PJ shorts, a pair of PJ pants, an apron and more. You can also check out if your local community center has classes as well. If your sewer prefers to venture out on their own, one of our best finds was the simple sewing patterns offered at Walmart stores, in the fabric department. They offer a variety of beginner patterns for just $1-3. There are patterns for purses, bags simple clothing, doll clothing and more. My daughter loves to save her allowance money to fund her next project and I love that she is learning a new life skill. Sewing projects are perfect for staying busy on weekends and over Summer break. [Read more…]
My entire family loves Easter and we always seem to acquire so many plastic Easter eggs after the holiday has come and gone. I always try to think of fun and creative ways to upcycle these boring plastic Easter eggs and this year I decided to do Chalkboard Easter Eggs. These are so easy to make and you and your kids can have so much fun decorating them with designs and cute, short sayings or designs! [Read more…]
Looking for an easy Easter treat? Try this Jelly Bean bark recipe. So cute and so easy. Perfect for an Easter celebration. You could bag this up and give as homemade gifts as well. [Read more…]
Easy Sprinkles Gooey Cake Bar Recipe
Looking for an easy Easter treat or dessert for spring? Then check out this Easy Sprinkles Gooey Cake Bar Recipe. Not only are these super cute, they are super tasty too! So easy that kids can help you make them up. These are so good I can’t promise how long they will last at your house.
Looking for Easter Cupcake Decorations? Why not try this super cute Carrot Garden Cupcake. It is makes for the perfect Easter cupcake decorations. The orange Mike & Ikes with edible Easter grass decorate the cupcake and look like a garden the Easter bunny would love! Kids and adults alike will enjoy eating these cute and tasty Easter cupcake decorations. Plus they are not too hard to make. Cute and easy…the perfect combination. [Read more…]
Looking for a fun and easy treat for you and your kids? Then you will want to check out this simple nutella milkshake recipe. So easy but looks very special when you add the nutella on the rim and the sprinkles. I promise I won’t tell anyone how easy it is to make this yummy and super cute treat! [Read more…]
Looking for a fun spring or summer dessert? Then consider this yummy easy key lime pie in a jar recipe. This recipe is so easy to make but looks very special. Your friends will be so impressed with this great dessert and you don’t have to tell them how easy it was to make.
If you can’t be in Florida having Key Lime Pie then this is the next best thing. This would work great for dinner parties or even a wedding or baby shower.
- 1 cup crushed Graham Crackers
- 2 tbsp melted Butter
- 3 Egg Yolks
- 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
- ½ cup fresh Key Lime Juice.
- Whipped Cream
- 8 4 oz Jars
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix graham crackers and butter until well mixed.
- Press ⅛ of the mixture in the bottom of each jar.
- Combine egg yolks, condensed milk and lime juice. Beat just until smooth.
- Divide lime mixture evenly between jars.
- Place jars on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 1 hour then cover and refrigerate to chill.
- When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and lime zest.
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With St. Patricks day coming up around the corner it’s such a great time to whip up some homemade gifts to give out to your loved ones. I made these Homemade DIY Mint Bath Salts as a present to myself and they turned out so cute I made a few more batches! [Read more…]
Last week I told you about the awesome Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest sweepstakes and a little bit about how I am trying to live a more heart healthy life.
Campbell has a whole section on the Campbell’s Kitchen website of easy great recipes that are heart healthy and I adapted their slow cooker chicken taco recipe for my family. It is so easy to make and EVERYONE in my family loved it. That is a huge accomplishment because there always seems to be one person who isn’t very happy with dinner. I will admit both girls were a little worried about the chicken when they saw it but they loved it once they tried it. I didn’t include the green peppers and onions because I knew my daughters would balk at eating those. If you have a more adventurous family, I would be sure to include them. [Read more…]
Chalkboards are such a staple piece in my kitchen and they’re perfect for menu planning, notes, important dates and more. I love to keep a certain style in my kitchen and haven’t been able to find the right chalkboard so I decided to create my own using a gorgeous Paper Mache board, chalkboard paint and a paint brush. This entire project cost under $5 to complete and I’m in love!
Here is how to make your own cute and easy DIY Chalkboard Menu Board or Meal Planner
– Paper Mache Shape (Found at Hobby Lobby for $1.99)
– Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint (Found at Michaels $2.99)
– Paint Brush (Found at Dollar Tree, a set of 3 for $1)
– Liquid Chalk or white chalk (Found at any craft store or on Amazon)
- Lay your Paper Mache piece on a layer of old newspapers, magazines, cardboard or anything to protect your flooring surface.
- Using your chalkboard paint start by painting the surface of your chalkboard and then cover the sides with chalkboard paint as well. Allow to dry for 15 minutes or so and apply another layer of chalkboard paint to the top and sides and allow it to dry for another 15 minutes.
- Once the entire board is dry take a piece of white chalk and using the side cover the entire board and then erase it with a dry eraser. This will prep the board for your chalk sayings, drawings, menu plans and more. I love to use liquid chalk because it gives a crisper and bolder appearance.
- Feel free to hang this board up and place whatever important information you want displayed in your home.
- Enjoy your fun new DIY Chalkboard Menu Board!
I love how this project is so easy and frugal too but makes a huge impact. You could easily create one for your kid’s room and leave the fun notes or reminders. You could put one in your mud room with things to do etc. There are so many places a chalkboard would be useful and cute in your home!
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Valentine’s Day is a very special time for every little boy and girl especially when they go to school on the special Holiday. This year I wanted to create something super adorable for my daughter to hand out to her classmates at school and of course I wanted to stay on a budget as well. I didn’t want to give the traditional candy this year as that’s been done over and over again. [Read more…]
So my kids get a ton of candy for Valentine’s Day so I went on a hunt for some fun Valentine’s Ideas that don’t include candy or sweets. I got all the ideas from Pinterest and you can click through each one to get directions to make them yourself. [Read more…]
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you will love our cute free printable cards, made to hold those cool EOS lip balms. My tween loves to collect different EOS lip balms and these make fun Valentine’s Day treats for kids, tweens, teens or adults. These are so simple to make and we have created two different printable cards. One is Valentine’s Day themed and the other, you can use to give these fun lip balms as small gifts, all year long.
You can buy EOS lip balms just about everywhere. They sell them at Target, Walmart and at most drug stores for around $3-4. I sometimes buy them with coupons at Ulta stores too. CVS and Walgreens carries the Beauty 360 brand, made by Revo, which is a similar size to the EOS lip balm brand. You can also buy the Revo brand at the Dollar Tree, under the name Chap Ice for just a dollar! It is about half the size, but at a better price. I have included smaller printable cards to fit the smaller Dollar Tree Chap Ice/Revo lip balms.
Here is a recipe for Snowflake Cupcakes that would work perfectly for a Frozen party or any Winter themed event. These are so cute and very easy to make. These are made from a boxed cake mix but you could use your favorite cake recipe.
We included a snowflake printable template that you can use to easily make white chocolate snowflake cupcake toppers. These cupcakes are simple and elegant looking. [Read more…]
My tween daughter recently started making all sorts of charms with her Rainbow Loom with the many tutorials online. Over the holidays, she made me a cute snowflake charm and I attached it to the pencil that I keep at my computer desk. My daughter makes these charms and since they stretch and loop around just about anything, she has charms attached to her backpack, her purse and her pencil case. She also makes them for friends at school.
I thought that Rainbow Loom charm valentines would be a cute idea for tweens since most are no longer buying the character valentines. There are many different types of Rainbow Loom charms and some are easy and others more complicated. If you are making them for the whole class, I suggest choosing an easier design or your tween can make them for siblings, neighbors or just for their close friends as something extra special. Some of the fun ones that I have seen are flowers, hearts, mustaches, animals. [Read more…]
I just love making these spa sock cupcakes and who doesn’t like warm fuzzy socks? I wrapped this sock cupcake for my daughter’s teacher for Valentine’s Day, but you can make these for any holiday or occasion. These cute treats make great, inexpensive gifts for your kids’ teachers, for friends, bridal or baby showers, or even inexpensive party favors for your tween or teen’s birthday party. They are quick and easy to put together and I just love how they look wrapped in cellophane and tied with a pretty ribbon. If you are using these as favors, these would also look adorable if they were set up on a tiered cake plate or on a cupcake tree. [Read more…]
A friend gave me this sugar cookie and icing recipe a few years back when I mentioned that I was having a group of kids over for a cookie decorating party. I wanted cookies that would taste great, hold their shape, be firm enough to decorate, yet still soft enough to eat. I have been using this recipe for several years and it is my favorite. I have hosted cookie decorating parties at Christmastime for the last 5 years and I have been asked for this recipe over and over and so I thought I would share it here. I also am including a few tips below if you are having a cookie decorating party for kids or if you are decorating at home with kids. [Read more…]
Looking for an easy healthy Christmas treat recipe? Grinch Kebobs are perfect. These work well for Christmas dinner appetizers or for class parties. This simple recipe is great for getting something healthy that kids will also love. These are so cute and you know kids will love them! [Read more…]
Looking for a great easy DIY Gift In a Jar? How about Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix in a Jar. This easy and yummy DIY gift is perfect for friends, teachers coaches and more. It is so easy to make and we even included some free printable labels to decorate your jar. [Read more…]
Looking for a cute easy DIY gift for the kids. Check out this DIY Gift of Reindeer Hot Chocolate! This gift requires just a few ingredients and supplies which makes it very easy to make. [Read more…]
Pumpkin Roll Recipe and Instructions
Looking for a yummy fall treat? Then check out this pumpkin roll recipe. I think it a fantastic fall treat and would be a great addition to Thanksgiving dinner as well. [Read more…]
Need some easy Halloween party ideas? Well you have come to the right place. These ideas can help you plan the perfect Halloween party. There are easy Halloween recipes, decorating ideas and even free Halloween printables. With some of these totally cute ideas, you can plan a last minute Halloween party in no time! [Read more…]
Halloween is coming up soon. Here are some great links with pumpkin carving stencils, fun Halloween themed recipes and treats, and Halloween Decorations. I love that many of them are so simple but would make a big impact in your home and would be a nice treat to take to a Halloween party. Check out all these fun Halloween themed recipes, decorations and even pumpkin carving stencils and directions! [Read more…]
Easy Fall Decor Ideas
Are you looking for some easy fall decor ideas to update your home or office for fall? Be sure to check out all these great ideas with tutorials on how to make them yourself. Many of them are very easy to replicate and are fairly inexpensive. I hope that these easy fall decor ideas will inspire you! Be sure to let me know which one you try. [Read more…]
Looking for some great fall recipes? Here are 15 fantastic fall recipes. Lots of pumpkin, apples, sweet potato recipes and more! Be sure to pin this post and be ready the next time you are looking for a yummy fall recipe. [Read more…]
Looking for a fun treat for a Halloween party? Then check out these chocolate skeleton cookies made with a gingerbread man cookie cutter. These are so cute and fun for any Halloween get together. You could bag them and give them as a Halloween treat at school halloween parties. [Read more…]
If you own a Silhouette electronic cutting machine, what a great way to stock up on your favorite Silhouette supplies and products. Last month, they introduced a new Pixscan mat that looks really fun and a vinyl roll feeder that helps feed the vinyl to your machine easily. I needed a replacement part for my machine, so I was happy to see the 40% off sale! Just about all products at Silhouette America are 40% off now through October 1st, 2014. This does not include cutting machines, but there are lots of great deals to be had! Click below to be taken to the Silhouette America store and once you sign in, you can use coupon code BIRTHDAY at checkout.