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December 19th, 2013

7 Wreath Crafts for Kids

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December 17th, 2013

Candy Cane Bark

Candy Cane Bark - this bark uses cherry flavored candy canes instead of peppermint
Peppermint bark is everywhere this time of year, and no wonder, it’s easy to make and tastes great. However, many kids aren’t that fond of the taste of peppermint. One of my kids in particular will not eat anything with a minty flavor. I was looking for an alternative to Peppermint Bark and found some cherry flavored candy canes. They were not only colorful, but they had a sweet cherry flavor that my kids loved. I decided to make Candy Cane Bark for my daughter to enjoy. It’s great to serve at a party or package up in a tin for gift giving along with some Candied Pecans. Read the rest of this entry »

December 9th, 2013

Kids Christmas Craft – Candle Holder

Gifts for Kids to Make - Candle Holder. This kids Christmas craft is simple gift a child can give to a grandparent, teacher etc...
Making candle holders with my kids is one of my favorite holiday projects. You just need a few items and can change up the look of the candle holder depending on the color of tissue paper you use. In the past we have made a St. Patrick’s Day Votive and an Inexpensive Valentine Gift. This simple Kids Christmas Craft makes a great holiday gift as well. Let’s just say that Grandma and former teachers have a few of these candle holders. There are few things better than a child made gift, are there? Read the rest of this entry »

December 6th, 2013

A Healthy Holiday Twist from Ocean Spray® (Sponsored)

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November 20th, 2013

Pumpkin Turkey Craft

This Pumpkin Turkey Craft is the perfect way to use those leftover pumpkins. Kids can help paint the feathers on this gorgeous gobbler!
Welcome to Paint and Play, a series I am participating in with some of the best kid bloggers around – Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose, Suja from Blog Me Mom, and Tammy from Housing a Forest. We have been exploring fun ways to use paint. This week, we will be sharing Thanksgiving and Turkey paint ideas. We made a Pumpkin Turkey Craft by painting feathers Read the rest of this entry »

November 11th, 2013

Tissue Paper Turkey Craft

Tissue Paper Turkey Craft - tissue paper and water creates this colorful effect on the feathers. #ThisIsBing #sponsored

I was challenged by Bing to create a seasonal craft based on an idea I found using their Smart Search on Windows 8.1. I love a challenge, and I have been thinking about upgrading to Windows 8.1 so the ability to create a fun kids’ craft and play around with a new computer really appealed to me. With Thanksgiving approaching, I have been in the mood to make a Turkey Craft with the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

November 6th, 2013

Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Bake

This Cheesy Tortellini Bake is the perfect family friendly for any busy weeknight. #shop

I had a chance to make a delicious Cheesy Tortellini Bake as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This is great to add to your collection of family friendly recipes. #FreshFinds #Cbias #SocialFabric

Sometimes I feel like my family lives off of pasta. They would eat pasta every day if I let them. Read the rest of this entry »


November 1st, 2013

See This Couple’s Priceless Reaction to a Wedding Surprise (Sponsored)

In Honda’s “Start Something Special” program, Honda fans are treated to huge, touching surprises. When a newlywed couple, Mairead and Kevin, requested three black CR-Vs from a local Honda dealer for their special day, Honda came back with something very unexpected. Honda decided to surprise the couple with not three, but eight Honda CR-Vs containing heartwarming gifts representing memories from the couples’ relationship over the years. Check out this video to see their reaction, as they are surprised with the band they listened to on their first date, Irish step dancers, and relatives flown all the way in from Ireland. To join the conversation, follow #StartSomething on Facebook and Twitter, and visit for more stories from Honda fans.

October 18th, 2013

Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins

Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins - Mix black paint with white glue to make these fun pumpkins.

It’s time for another installment of Paint and Play, a series I am doing with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose and Tammy from Housing a Forest. In Paint and Play, we share ideas for having fun with paint. The challenge this week was to use glue and paint to create some art. We made Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins. In the past we have made Fall Leaves Using Black Glue and a Black Glue and Salt Watercolor Rainbow. Black glue is fun medium to work with that is created by mixing black paint with white glue. Read the rest of this entry »

October 16th, 2013

Popcorn Cupcakes

Popcorn cupcakes are easy to make a perfect for a circus themed party or movie night.

My twins turned 5 this week and we are having a carnival themed birthday party for them this weekend. After all our work making rainbow cupcakes for their fourth birthday, I was in the mood for something a little more simple this year. I have seen “popcorn cupcakes” all over pinterest and they looked easy enough, so I enlisted one of the birthday girls to help me in the kitchen. These cupcakes are not only adorable, but they are simple enough to make that a child can help. Read the rest of this entry »