Monday, April 8, 2013

e.a.s.t.e.R - R is for Reading

e.a.s.t.e.R
Part 6 of 6
R is for Reading
 
Easter has now past but that doesn't mean you should stop learning and reading bunny stories.  Here is my favorite list of Easter/Bunny Books that I love...

Sunday, April 7, 2013

e.a.s.t.E.r - E is for Energy

e.a.s.t.E.r
Part 5 of 6
E is for Energy

Easter is a great time to get the family together for great food and games. Here is a list of creative games for an Easter party. While most of these games are intended for outdoor use, most can be adapted to indoors for a rainy or cold day.

1. Easter Egg Hunt: The Easter egg hunt is probably the most traditional of the games listed. It is simply a game of hide and seek with Easter eggs. You can separate the kids into "heats" by sorting them by ages. The kids can even hide the Easter eggs for the adults to have a turn.
2. Egg Toss: The egg toss game is just that, an egg toss. You can use hard-boiled or raw eggs, and pair up in teams of two or more. Once someone in your team drops an egg, your out.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Craft of the Week #13

Dinosaur Birthday with a Twist of Easter!
 
For this Craft of the Week I am stepping away from tutorials and showing you what kinds of crafts I did for my son's 1st Birthday and Easter.  We had his birthday party on the 30th, which was the day before Easter, and since we didn't have my oldest son for Easter we combined both.  With 16 kids, 22 adults, over 400 filled plastic eggs, handmade cake, and a very nice day outside, the day went off without a hick-up.  So here are some of the projects I completed for the big event over the weekend.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Martini Jelly Shot

Martini Jelly Shot
It's almost easter and time for that family get together.  If you family is anything like mine you will always have a drink in your hand on Easter.
Blow Pop Martini Jelly Shot
Ingredients:
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed and strained to remove solids
2/3 Cup water
2 ½ envelopes Knox gelatin (if not using a mold, decrease to 2 envelopes)
¾ bubble flavor vodka (we used three olives brand)
1 tbsp Watermelon Pucker liqueur
1 tbsp sour apple pucker liqueur
Lollipop sticks and mini cupcake wrappers for serving, if desired

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Craft of the Week #12

Socks and Envelopes
 

 
No-Slip Socks
Today my baby boy, Liam, turns 1 year old.  He is starting to walk on his own and is getting his own little personality.  I do miss the tiny baby stages but every growing stage is fun and a learning experience.  Learning to walk is such a fun thing to watch but when you have a house like mine that is half tile and slippery floor it is hard to find space to practice.  My solution No-Slip socks.  I bought about 5 pairs and only have 1 left.  Yup that's right, 1.  We have a mastiff that loves to eat socks.  Especially tiny baby ones.  I'm tired of spending money on good socks so I have bought a bunch of white ones and some puffy paint to make my own.  The tutorial I used to make these was from HomeMade By Jill.  You only need a cereal box, socks, scissors, and puffy paint.  Trace each foot on the inside of the cereal box and cut out.  Place the template inside your sock and paint away!  Is so easy and the kids can help do their own too.  If you really wanna save money you can check this tutorial out about how to make your own puffy paint at Burlap+Blue

e.a.S.t.e.r - S is for Style

e.a.S.t.e.r
Part 3 of 6

S is for Style

How do you decorate yourself for Easter?  Do you stick with the formal tradition or do you go all out in fun outfits?  Im all about the fun outfits but for Easter Sunday we stick with the formal wear just because we have a lot of family over and we take a ton of family pictures.  Its kind of our one day a year we can get everyone together to get that good fancy picture.  During the week of easter we dress CrAzY!!! Here are some of my favorite styles for the special day....






Sunday, March 17, 2013

Craft of the Week #11

St. Patrick's Day
 Rainbow Collection
 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Is everyone wearing GREEN?  For this weeks crafts we are focusing on St. Patty's Day for kids of course.  I know today is the day and some of you like to do the crafts the week before the event but these are so easy they can be done today and not take up to much of your time.  All in all these are great for procrastinators like me.  Click Each picture below to get the FREE printables and tutorials. 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

e.A.s.t.e.r - A is for Activities

e.A.s.t.e.r
Part 2 of 6

A is for ACTIVITIES

There are so many activities you can do with the kids on Easter.  I am going to give a few sites that I like for free printables and my favorite craft activities for Easter too.  Click the picture to print the activities and get directions.  I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for the remanding letters of Easter. :)
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Craft of the Week #10

Frosted Glasses
 
 photo Frosted-wine-glasses-001_zpsd9e7cb23.jpg There are so many ways and tutorials on frosted wine glass, vases, and even old wine and liquor bottles.  I am going to share with you some very simple ideas that you can alter to your liking. Frosted glasses can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 and are wonderful gifts for any occasion.  I am doing some from my liquor and wine bottles and placing a small string of white lights inside.  I am also doing a few wine glass for home with battery votive's and some for my bridesmaids with their names around the base of the glass. 
Let the creativity roll and Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

E.a.s.t.e.r

E.a.s.t.e.r Week
Part 1 of 6
 
I have made a crafter's/kids acronym for Easter.  Each day I will do a different letter for 6 days.  This acronym is for kids and crafter's and is not religion oriented.  Follow along and see all the creative ideas we can come up with for you kids to do and for you to do for your kids on a small budget. 
Happy E.A.S.T.E.R
 
E is for EGGS!
Today we will be focusing on all the activities with eggs.  A few weeks ago I posted some fun things to do with Eggs like paint chip garland and glitter eggs.  Here is a few more egg activities.
 
Perry Egg
 
-Hard-Boiled egg dyed bluish-green (using Easter egg dye or gel food coloring) or plastic egg of similar size and color
-Scissors
-Craft paper (orange, bluish-green, and brown)
-Orange plastic cap (the kind that comes on orange juice cartons or one similar in size painted orange)
-Elmers Glue
-Black Marker

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Craft of the Week #9


I have searched the internet for DiY light box ideas and have found so many.  I have rounded up 5 of my favorite tutorials for Light Boxes and you can customize each one to your own liking. 
 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Last of Dr. Seuss Week

End of Dr. Seuss Week
 
Today is Friday and the last day for the schools Dr. Seuss Week and I have 1 more craft, 1 more fun food, and 1 more memorabilia for you.
 
Bookmarks
First are these really cute bookmarks.  There are so many on the Internet you can purchase off ebay or amazon but I liked these as the first grade class I took them too couldn't fight too much over which one they got.  I printed them out on card stock paper (4bookmarks to a sheet) cut them out and delivered them to the class.  Click Here for the FREE Printable templates. 
 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

More of Dr. Seuss Week

Dr. Seuss Round-Up
 
I have rounded up a few of my favorite Dr. Seuss Crafts, items, and things to do.  With it being Dr. Seuss week at my son's school, yesterday they were told to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss Character.  Well of course my son wanted to be the Lorax so we searched the house for something for him to wear.  Nothing! Absolutly Nothing we could find that I could doctor up and make a Lorax costume.  We did happen to find a green T-Shirt and some left over green hair spray from Halloweeen.  So away he went to school as the Grinch.  With the green shirt I got a red marker and drew a small heart.  Yeah it wasn't the greatest costume but what is a mom to do when the school give them the notice Monday after school that the kids need a costume for Tuesday morning.  A little more time would have been nice but he was still happy to have green hair for school. 
 

Kids Routine

Kids Routine Checklist
Free Printable
 
If your kids are anything like my son, this checklist will keep them on track.  My son is 6 years old and in the 1st grade.  His attention span and memory is the size of half a pea.  I have been trying to get him into a routine for over a year now and I find myself still telling him what to do next.  Young boys do have a harder time than most girls in handling 3 or more tasks at a time. 
 


 So I made this checklist and put it in a sheet protector that I found at Staples(you can also sometimes find them at the $1 Store).  I attached a dry erase marker that we got at Kmart to a piece of yarn I had around the house and tied it to the door knob.  My son is a shorty for his age so the door knob seemed to be the best position for him to reach.  I taped up the checklist at a height that he can check off each item as he goes, to the outside of his door(we require his door be opened at all times, you know how boys can be if they are left alone for too long :). 
 
 
You are welcome to print these off for you little ones too.  I have made 2 different templates for them.  One has no pictures and the other has a Pirate theme to it.  I might try create a girly theme next if I get any requests for it.  These templates are FREE and are editable for you to customize how you wish.  The font that I used is Viner Hand ITC and it can be found here free to download (I downloaded and NO viruses either) 
 
Click Here for the Blank Edition
Click Here for the Pirate Edition