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Burst My Bubble {Valentine}

I love making Valentine’s cards for my kids’ preschool classes. And this year my goal was to avoid giving out candy. Preschoolers only need so many suckers, mini bags of m&ms, conversation hearts, etc.

Here is what I came up with for our 2013 Valentine cards. (please excuse the poor quality, cell phone photo. I really should just buy a new camera since ours has been missing since Aug 2012)

bubble valentine

I found the mini tubes of bubbles and the pink polka dot paper tape at Target. I must admit, this was my first time using paper tape/ washi tape. LOVE it!!

To see our 2012 Valentine cards, click here.

Happy Valentine’s Day! xo

 

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Bunny Tails {favors}

I was looking for a quick and simple last-minute idea for Easter party favors. Of course, I found the perfect idea on Pinterest. Bunny Tails (aka marshmallows). All you need is: baggies (snack size would work best), marshmallows (large or small), a printer, paper, stapler (or scotch tape), and these adorable & FREE bag topper printables.

From Boutique By Design 

From Eighteen25 

 Now, I need to send my husband to the store for marshmallows while I start printing these adorable toppers! HAPPY EASTER!

 

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Adorable {Easter} Projects

Easter is only 11 days away. I haven’t done a single Easter activity or craft project this year. I don’t have an Easter wreath or any decor out yet either. But, I have found several adorable {Easter} projects that I would love to duplicate…..

Fabric Scrap Bunny Wall Hanging on tatertots & jello .

Absolutely adorable! And the tutorial comes with a free template.

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Burlap Bunny Banner from Uncommon Designs.

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Dollar Store Spring Wreath from dollar store MOM.

It was dyed with Easter egg dye. How cool is that?!

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Chalkboard Paint Easter Eggs from Its Overflowing .

Not your average decorated Easter egg.

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Peeps Topper from Eighteen25.  

Such a sweet little goodie to hand out to friends. And its a FREE printable.

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Peeps & Tulips Easter Centerpiece  on Frugal Coupon Living .

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Now that I have all of this inspiration, I am ready to create. And I have no reason not to “hop to it”.

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our {silly} Valentine cards

With all of the inspiration that I found on Pinterest, I decided to make homemade Valentine’s cards for Harper’s toddler class at Parent’s Day Out and Lincoln’s 3/4 yr old preschool class. No store-bought cards this year.

Our silly Valentine cards:

To re-create: Add text to a photo ( I chose “I only have eyes for you, Valentine”), print wallet size photos, and add googly eyes. So simple. So silly. So fun.

My inspiration (“pinned” from one of my favorite blogs, The Crafting Chicks):

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Visit with {Santa}

I know its mid-January and I’m just finally sharing the photos from my little kids’ visit with Santa, but I have good reason. I haven’t blogged in just over a month due to having pneumonia for the 2 weeks before Christmas and then dealing with a horrible case of the stomach flu this week. So, here they are…. very late, but I still had to share anyway.

The photos were taken at Kenzi Photography. I love that the kids had the opportunity to visit Santa (an amazing one, I must add) in the Kenzi studio and have professional photos taken. So much better than waiting in a ridiculously long line at the mall filled with impatient children and frustrated parents to visit a mediocre Santa for less than 2 minutes.

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Bow {Wreath}

The activity on our Advent Calendar simply read…. Make a Christmas craft.

At the time that I created the list of activities for our Advent Calendar, I had no idea what craft I would do with our 2 little kids. I needed a craft that was simple enough for both Harper (21 months old) and Lincoln (almost 4 yrs old) to create, but also fun and inexpensive. After searching Pinterest (my favorite place for ideas & inspiration), I found the perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers…. Bow Wreaths!

What You Need:

  • paper plate
  • gift wrap bows
  • scissors
  • tape
  • ribbon

What To Do:

First, cut out the middle of a paper plate creating a wreath shape. Next, have your child stick bows to the paper plate. Some of our bows did not stick well so I added a loop of masking tape to the back. Finally, use ribbon to hang the wreath.

Lincoln’s bow wreath 

Harper’s bow wreath

My kids really enjoyed choosing their own bows, sticking them to the plate, and seeing their finished project hanging on the kitchen cabinets. His voice filled with excitement, Lincoln said, “They are SO pretty!”

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{Peppermint} Play Dough

Today’s activity on our Advent Calendar.

Lincoln was very excited to make Peppermint Play Dough play dough, especially since we just threw away the Pumpkin Pie Play Dough that we made a few weeks ago. All 3 kids and I enjoyed playing with it. Such a simple and fun family activity to break up the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3 tablespoons peppermint extract
  • Red food coloring (we used an entire 0.3 oz vial)

What To Do:

Mix all ingredients together except the food coloring. Cook in a nonstick pan on low heat, stirring constantly until it pulls away from the pan. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring. Allow to cool for 20-30 mins. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Smells like a yummy candy cane! But don’t eat it. Yucky!

And so much fun to play with!!

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