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Classroom Valentine’s Day Card Gift Idea – Watercolor Art

by Jennifer Wieland
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and as a parent and PTA board member I know that means class parties are in my future. Our school district does not allow food treats during parties so it is always a challenge to find something to do that doe snot involve pencils, erasers or the like. I’m sure these Classroom Valentine’s Day Card Gift Idea – Watercolor Art sets will be a hit with the kids and the parents.

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Since I’m in the Chicago suburbs our kids spend a lot of time cooped up during the winter months due to all of the cold and snow. It’s always important to have things on hand that can help stave off the boredom of a cold, gray and snowy day. My kids love being able to make crafts or create art projects and so do most kids. That’s why I thought the idea of watercolor sets would be fun!

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I was able to snag these watercolor sets for only 58¢ a pop at Target when all of the back-to-school supplies went on clearance. Each set comes with a paintbrush and the adorable Valentine’s Day card I created fits nicely over it. There are numerous places you can get watercolor sets for less than a dollar. 

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These classroom Valentine’s are a breeze to make. All you have to do is click on the image below and print out the number you need. Your child can then cut them out and write in the to and from information. 
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Fold the Valentine’s in half lengthwise and use double-sided tape or glue dots to attach them to the watercolor paints and voila you have a great Valentine that will wow your child’s classmates and help to bust up any blizzard boredom that may come your way. 
 
 
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    Economical refillable watercolors. 8 colors in plastic case with brush sold individually. Refills sold individually or in sets of 6 and do not include brushes. Non-toxic.
    $1.09  from Discount School Supply
 
 

Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up

by Jennifer Wieland
Ultimate Valentine's Day Roundup

 

 
Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!

Ultimate Valentine's Day Roundup

 

Craft/DIY/Tutorial

Friendly Valentine Candy Jar – Creative Ramblings

Valentine Felt Envelopes – Good Morning Loretta

Valentine’s Day Candy Filled Mason Jar – Savvy Saving Couple

Valentine’s Day Love Bug Craft – Maryland Momma’s Rambles

Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards – Our Daily Craft

DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars – Thriftanista in the City

Valentine Memo Chalkboard – Southern Couture

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Decoration – Pretty in Pigment

Flower Vase Craft – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins – Atta Girl Says

Macaroni Art Lace Hearts – ABCs and Garden Peas

Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards – One Artsy Mama

Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks – Happy Go Lucky Blog

Birdseed Heart Valentines – Made with Happy

Valentine’s Day Burlap Wreath – The Farm Girl Gabs

Cute Flower Valentines for Kids – Love, Jaime

DIY Valentine Flower Corsage – Suburban Wife, City Life

DIY Valentine’s Snowglobes – Woods of Bell Trees

Valentine Envelop Chair Backers – 2Paws Designs

Reversible Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines – Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Button Heart Picture Collage – Our Piece of Earth

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Gift with FREE Printable – A Cowboy’s Life

Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine’s Day Wreath – My Pinterventures

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe – Sunny Sweet Days

Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – Life with Captain Fussybuckets

12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt – The Mama Zone

Candy Kiss Ring – So TIPical Me

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft – As Cute as a Bug’s Ear

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ribbon Banner – Aprons and Stilletos

Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt – The TipToe Fairy

Chalkboard Gift Box – Organized Island

Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover – Creative Southern Home

Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath – Joy’s Life

Making A Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps – Third Stop on the Right

Washi Tape Bubble Valentines – Moneywise Moms

Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps – Lemon Peony

DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine’s Day – 3 Little Greenwoods

Butterfly Valentine’s Day Craft – Sarah in the Suburbs

Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles – A Day in the Motherhood

I “DOVE” You Printable with Candy – Newlywed Survival

Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland – Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes

Valentine’s Day Printed Burlap Subway – Occasionally Crafty

Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft – Cute as a Fox

Valentine’s Wooden Door Hanger – We Got the Funk

Hearts Aplenty: Valentine’s Day DIY Decor – Woman in Real Life

Love Letters Simple Valentine’s Day Craft – Craving Some Creativity

Valentine’s Day Coffee Cup Sleeve – Craving Cynchronicity

How to Make a Great Loves Print – My Sweet Sanity

Cross Stitch Heart Pillow – Cutesy Crafts

Free Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make – Happy and Blessed Home

Recipe

Valentine Cupcakes – Home Maid Simple

Valentine’s Day Cakes – Charleston Crafted

Red Velvet Pudding Cups – Mostly Homemade Mom

Blood Orange Panna Cotta – Mooshu Jenne

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts – Drugstore Divas

Cranberry Bliss Bars – Swanky Recipes

Valentine Rice Crispy Treats – Midwestern Moms

Chocolate Valentine Sandies – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies – Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts – A Million Moments

Conversation Hearts Martini – JVKOM Chronicles

Valentine’s Day S’mores Dip – Our Mini Family

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies – The NYC Talon

Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Brownies – West of the Loop

Red Velvet Cheesecakes – Houseful of Nicholes

Chocolate Kiss Valentine’s Day Cookies – Moscato Mom

Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn – Made by a Princess

Easy Valentine’s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Janine Huldie

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe – Scrappy Geek

Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce – Graceful Order

Love Dipped Wafers – Sparkles to Sprinkles

Valentine’s Day Bento Lunch – Diana Rambles

“Blackened” Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine’s Dinner – Broken TeePee

Sweet Salty Fudge – Foody Schmoody Blog

Valentine’s Day Covered Pretzels – Texas Type A Mom

Valentine’s Popcorn – Mommy’s Bundle

The Easiest Valentine’s Day Fudge Recipe – Young at Heart Mommy

Valentine’s Day Butter Cookies – Ilona’s Passion

Valentine’s Day Blondies – Saving You Dinero

Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie – Easy Cooking with Molly

Brownie Cut-outs – Tramplingrose

Puppy Valentine’s Day Cookies – Staying Close to Home

Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe – As Mom Sees It

Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie – Johanny’s Kitchen

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles – Food Lovin Family

Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes – I Don’t Have Time for That

Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits – Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade Strawberry Syrup – Day by Day in Our World

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies – Momma DJane

Red Velvet Donuts – Frugal Family Tree

Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Chocolate Shot Glasses – The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Kisses – Just 2 Sisters

Valentine’s Candy Bark – Life with the Crust cut off

Chocolate Kiss Shooter! – Housewives of Frederick County

Super Simple Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts – My Real Food Family

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies – Meatloaf & Melodrama

3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies – Fun Things to Do in Central Mass

Nutella Baked Brie – Basil and Bubbly

Easy Cupid Crinkles – Creative Southern Home

Valentine’s Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game – A Frugal Friend

Valentine’s Day Ombre Sweet Treat – Tastefully Frugal

Party

How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Party – Amber Nicole Blogs

Valentine’s Day Party for Tweens – Soiree Event Design

Love is in the Air Valentine Table – Not Just a Mommy

Valentine’s Day Tea Party – The Peanuts Gang

Printables

Easy Valentine’s Printables – I am the Maven®

Printable Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons – Gluesticks Blog

“I Love You Like” Valentine’s Free Printable – C’mon Get Crafty

4 Free Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages – Saving More than Me

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt Clues – Mom on the Side

Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} – Fun on a Dime

Crayon Valentines Printable – Mom’s Messy Miracles

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable – Housewife Eclectic

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids – Simple Living Mama

2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) – Altamonte Family

Love is in the Air Valentine Card – Making of a Mom

Matchstick Valentine Free Printable – Frenchie

Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes – Coupons are Great

I “Wheelie” Like You Car Valentine Printable – Artsy Momma

Round-Up

Valentine’s Day Guide – The Ranting Latina!

24 Frugal Valentine’s Ideas – Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

7 Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Downshifting PRO

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bloggers – That Chic Mom

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island – Mama Luvs Books

Other

War Room Movie Night – A Beautiful Exchange

Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits – In Good Taste

Valentine’s Day Make-up Tutorial – Glam Hungry Mom

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home – Natasha Byrd

 

Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine’s Day inspired activities?

 

 


Kid’s Birthday Party Photo Booth Plus a Photo Frame Craft #StickaPic

by Jennifer Wieland
Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic
As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I received free products in order to host the HP #StickaPic Party. The opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Kid’s birthday parties used to be a thing of simplicity. A few simple games, some food, presents and cake and you were done and out of the woods as the mom throwing the party. Now though, birthday parties have gotten bigger, fancier and have more to do than ever before. So what’s a mom to do to try to keep up with all of this without breaking the family bank? Why, have your own kid’s birthday party photo booth plus a photo frame craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I recently had my nephew’s first birthday party and it was mustache themed. Since all of the cousins were coming and were older, I wanted to give them a fun and entertaining craft project to do at the party. Lucky for me HP was kind enough to get my party planning craft idea in gear with some supplies.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

 

I decided I would setup my HP Envy 5540 printer and create a makeshift photo booth for the kid’s to get their pictures taken with hat, beard & mustache props. 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

Then I printed out the photos for the guests. I used my cell phone to take the pictures and then printed the pictures to my HP Envy 5540 printer since it’s wireless. I used the Social Media Snapshots app on my phone to print. This app is available on both iOS and Android devices and can pull pics from your social media apps with captions. 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

My little niece waiting very patiently for her picture.

The HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper is sticker paper so it’s easy to peel and stick for kids.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I made a photo frame craft by using chipboard albums I had found at Michael’s. They were perfect since they would fit the photos and already had two holes in them to run ribbon or twine through to hang them up. 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I cut off the bottom, white area of the photos before the kids stuck them to the chipboard. The kids then stuck the pictures of themselves onto the chipboard and then decorated them with stickers, paint markers and glitter glue.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

They then ran ribbon or twine through the wholes and tied it and BOOM! They had an adorable gift to keep or give mom and dad.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

The photo booth and the photo frame craft were the hit of the party with the kids!

Now if you are ready to print out some of your own social media or cell phone and tablet pictures on this fun sticker paper then you need to download the app for Android or iOS and head to Staples.com to grab some of the Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper where it is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE until November 30th. 

 


Mexican Honey Puff Mix in a Gift Basket

by Jennifer Wieland
Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyForHolidays #CollectiveBias

 

Holiday season is finally upon us and that means it’s time to figure out everyone you need gifts and hope that your list won’t break the bank. One way to do that is to make some of the gifts you give. It not only saves money but also lends a personal touch and thoughtfulness to the gift  itself. I personally love to make food gift baskets for friends and family. It’s a great way to share my favorite foods like Don Victor Honey and a new recipe that they may never have tried before. Throw in little extras like a mixing bowl instead of a basket and cooking tools or other kitchen items and you have a very lovely gift. Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

This year I am on a bit of a honey kick. I have always shied away from it before but I’m finally embracing it and all the amazing things you can do with it. Not only is it tasty it’s also a hidden gem in your beauty routine too. My favorite brand that I found at Walmart in the Hispanic food aisle is Don Victor Honey. I love that it’s a raw, filtered honey that is not heated or processed in any other way. I’m also fascinated by the fact that Don Victor Honey contains part of the honeycomb in every jar. 

Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

I don’t know if you knew this or not, because it was new to me but you can actually eat the honeycomb. Cut off a little piece and serve it on warm biscuits, toasts, french toast or pancakes for a delightful breakfast treat. The honeycomb does not melt but it will become soft and aromatic. 

Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Since honey is a new fascination of mine I decided to start making up some gift baskets focused on a recipe that can be made to showcase honey. I created a lovely Mexican Honey Puffs (Sopapillas) gift basket. It has a jar of Mexican Honey Puffs mix, cinnamon sugar and Don Victor Honey along with some tools to make the recipe along with a recipe card on how to make them. 
Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Mexican Honey Puff Mix (Sopapillas)
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968 calories
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
279g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 968
Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2372mg
99%
Total Carbohydrates 208g
69%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 13g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
47%
Iron
21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tbsp. sugar
  3. 2 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients layer by layer into a glass jar. Seal the jar. Add recipe card to the jar and gift.
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Mexican Honey Puff Gift Basket with Don Victor Honey

Mexican Honey Puffs (Sopapillas) Gift Basket

1 jar of Sopapilla mix

1 jar of Don Victor Honey

1 container of cinnamon sugar

Sopapillas (Mexican Honey Puffs) recipe card printed out on colorful card stock paper

Large mixing bowl

Napkin or dish towel

Shredded tissue paper

Kitchen tools

Cellophane or shrink-wrap

Ribbon or bow

Instructions

  1. Inside the large mixing bowl place the opened towel or napkin and arrange it to your liking so it hangs over the sides of the bowl.
  2. On top of the cloth place the shredded tissue paper. 
  3. Arrange the kitchen tools to your liking along the back and sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the containers of mix, cinnamon sugar and Don Victor Honey and arrange until positioned nicely.
  5. Add the recipe card to the front so it is clearly visible.
  6. wrap the “basket” in cellophane or shrink-wrap and decorate with a ribbon or bow.

For recipes and more information on Don Victor Honey head on over to their website and Facebook page. 

 

Do you have any favorite homemade gifts you like to share with family and friends during the holidays?

 


4th of July Edible Centerpieces

by Jennifer Wieland
4th of July Edible Centerpieces

 

 

The 4th of July is this weekend and for us the holiday usually involves the local parade, a family BBQ and fireworks to round out the night. I’m sure this is also how a lot of other people spend the day as well. It’s a great holiday for friends, family and fun. For the tables this year I decided to make 4th of July edible centerpieces since our family is over run with kids currently. Something that the kids or kids at heart could just grab and nosh on when they felt like it. 

4th of July Edible Centerpieces

These edible centerpieces consist of star marshmallows in two sizes, Rice Krispie Treats cut out with a star cookie cutter, candies and sprinkles for the edible portion.

4th of July Edible Centerpieces

This is also a great thing to make and let the kids put them together and decorate. Not only does it lessen your work but it also keeps the kids out-of-the-way so you can get everything else done. 

4th of July Edible Centerpieces

For the stands to hold the edible treats you can use any red, white or blue containers that you think will work. I personally used a red, square, bamboo cup and a blue, oval, tin bucket. 

4th of July Edible Centerpieces

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Serving Size
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Yields
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Amount Per Serving
Calories 213
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 47g
16%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
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Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
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Iron
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 20 Rice Krispie Treats (homemade or store bought cut into stars)
  2. 20 small star shaped marshmallows
  3. 20 large star shaped marshmallows
  4. chocolate melts (red, white or blue)
  5. candies and sprinkles to decorate
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate melts in the microwave in disposable pastry bags.
  2. Using candy sticks or wooden skewers slide the small star marshmallow on. Then a candy should follow next. Then add the large marshmallow and follow that with another candy. Then add the Rice Krispie Treat to the stick. Lay the assembled sticks onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Decorate the marshmallows and Rice Krispie Treats with the melted chocolate, candies and sprinkles.
Notes
  1. To assemble the centerpieces all you need to do is place floral foam into the containers you are using. Insert the completed marshmallow and Rice Krispie Treat pops into the floral foam, adjusting until you are satisfied. Cover the floral foam with crinkle paper in the color of your choice.
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DIY Felt Doll Diapers

by Jennifer Wieland
DIY Felt Doll Diaper #RecycleYourPeriodPad #ad

 

 

 

 My daughter loves playing in the tub with her tub toys. She has one in particular that is her favorite. It’s a doll that was made to be played with in the tub. She comes with a decent opening in her back to drain out all of the water that gets inside while in the tub but no matter how much we shake, hang, twist and shake there is always some left over water. She then drags water all over when she tries to play with her out of the tub. To combat this I decided that her doll needed some diapers. You see her leaks tend to come from her leg joints. Buying doll diapers was to costly an option so I decided to giver doll greener diapers to use. These DIY Felt Doll Diapers are just what we needed.

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To make the diapers I bought sheets of felt and Velcro dots with sticky backs. I then played around until I came up with a shape that worked for her doll. You can get the template for it here. While these diapers were cute with their bright color and floral prints they still didn’t fully combat the problem of her leaks. These diapers needed something to make them absorbent! I decided to recycle period pads and use them for the absorbent center I needed for the doll. Now she has a functional doll diaper so she can play with her doll without the occasional drips here and there.

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While it was fun stopping my daughter’s doll from leaking with period pads those just don’t work for women who are sometimes leaky. When that leaking hits you need something made just for that so you don’t end up dribbling everywhere like my daughter’s doll.

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Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones

by Jennifer Wieland
Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

 

 

Monday was my son’s birthday he turned 11 and brought some awesome luck to the Chicago Blackhawks that night because they won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years and won it at home for the first time since 1938. (It’s perfectly okay for me to believe he gave the his birthday luck for the win!) Today is the parade and the city is a madhouse! Hordes of people are lining the parade route and my 22-year-old is one of them. I would be too but with crowds that size I can’t bring my three youngest. I fear someone would get lost. SO since they were sad about missing the parade (My daughter wanted to yell “Oh captain, my captain!” to Jonathan Toews.) I made them some celebratory Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones to eat while watching the parade on TV.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

These are super easy to make but you will need some time for them to dry so make sure you have plenty of time.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

To make your own Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones complete with fondant pucks you will need:

Cake cones

Pairing Knife

Wilton Color Mist in silver

Chocolate Melts or Cubes

Disposable Pastry Bag

Small Package of Black Fondant (Walmart carries small Wilton packages in their craft aisle.)

Ice Cream, Yogurt or Custard of your choice

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

To start making your cone you will need two cake cones. Cut the top large section and part of the bottom off of one of the cones using a sharp pairing knife. The easiest way to do this is not just to cut straight through but cut and rotate the cone so that it only cuts the current section as you turn it. It comes out more even that way. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Next, you will spray the pieces with the Wilton Color Mist in silver. You can do each piece alone or fit them together and then spray them to use less spray. Let the pieces dry completely before handling. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Melt a small amount of white chocolate in the microwave according to package instructions in the disposable pastry bag. Once melted snip the tip off of the pastry bag and squeeze some of it into the smaller end on the halved cone. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

While the chocolate is still melted fit it onto the upside down full cone. This will be the “”glue” that holds the pieces together and prevents ice cream melting everywhere. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

While the chocolate is setting you will need to work the black fondant to soften it up. Once you have it to a workable state roll and flatten it with your hand. Then using a small fondant cutter, or the large end of a pastry tip cut out your “pucks”.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Now you can scoop up your favorite frozen treat into the Stanley Cup Cones and top with the fondant pucks and they are ready to be enjoyed. While not quite the real thing it does taste much better!

Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks on an awesome season!

 


End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea with Cute Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

 

 

With multiple kids in elementary school it would be so easy to tell them that they are all going to be giving out the same end of school year gift to their classmates but my creative juices won’t allow me to do that. I like coming up with and creating fun little ways to adorn gifts. I didn’t do it with my older kids when they were little but back then I was allowed to bake treats or at least buy them for the class. Since that is no longer an option in our district I like to fancy up the gifts with a cute little note or card. I think it makes what could be a dull gift to a child into something with more personality and appeal. I think that this end of school year ice pop gift idea with cute printable is just one fun way to get small children excited and ready to make something fun in the kitchen this summer. 

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

I love getting into the kitchen with my kids and making ice pops during the summer is such a fun and easy way to get creative, spend time together and end it all with a tasty treat! My daughter is finishing up kindergarten and she will be giving these out to her friends. I think they are fun and different from the standard chalk, bubbles and pencils that are given out. I found these ice pop molds at Walmart and they were only 88¢ each. That’s a pretty inexpensive gift for each child.

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

Print out the free printable and then cut them out and use tape or staples to attach the little cards to the ice pop molds. Just click on the picture below to print out the printable.

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute PrintableI hope you and your kids have one cool summer!

 

 


End of School Year Water Balloon Gift Idea With Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
This is a fun idea for an End of School Year Gift for kids in your child's class. The fun comicbook theme is a fun design. #free #printable

 

 

I can’t believe it’s the end of the school year already but at the same time I am so happy that it’s here. Maybe I’m more excited about this year since I work at one of the schools in my district this year. So just like the kids I am excited about more time to do what I want and less time doing work. Every year though I do like to come up with little gifts for my kids to hand out to their classmates. It seems though that all you ever see for this online is ideas for bubbles or chalk. I wanted to do something different this year and I have. In fact, I came up with three different ideas and will be sharing each of them with you in coming days. Today though I will be sharing an end of school year water balloon idea with printable. This is a fun idea for an End of School Year Gift for kids in your child's class. The fun comicbook theme is a fun design. #free #printable

It’s pretty safe to say that I am a nerdy, geeky girl. I own that about me and am proud of it and flaunt it. In fact one of my recent posts gave me the idea for this printable. I am a huge Marvel fan and love comic books. I’m that parent that encourages her children to read them and graphic novels. So one day it just came to me that water balloons are such a great summertime thing plus they get the kids outside and playing but since you the play involves throwing stuff at each other it made me think of comic books. Of course that meant that I had to design a printable to use to hand them out that looked like comic book cells. 

To make these fun little gifts with your kids for their classmates all you need to do is download the free printable and print it out. Click on any of the pictures to download the printable.

This is a fun idea for an End of School Year Gift for kids in your child's class. The fun comicbook theme is a fun design. #free #printable Once the printables are printed and cutout all you need to fill is fill snack size baggies with water balloons and spouts. (I found two packs at Walmart. Each one had 50 balloons and a spout and was only 97¢ for the two. That makes this a really affordable gift idea.) Then fold the printables in half lengthwise and place the sealed top of the baggies in between the front and the back of the printable and staple. That’s it! Your kids now have a fun gift for their friends in class.

This is a fun idea for an End of School Year Gift for kids in your child's class. The fun comicbook theme is a fun design. #free #printable

At less than 75¢ a child this works out to be an affordable gift that will get kids outside to play.

 

 


End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MyPrintly and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

I love the school district my kids are in! It is a great district for special needs families. The schools and staff always go above and beyond to help and often are the first requesting additional services for kids. That is great because i know many parents that are in different districts with special needs children and they have to fight tooth and nail to get anything. I really love gifting the teachers and teacher’s aides with thank you gifts at the end of the year on the last day of school. However, having three kids that have IEP’s means that each one has more than one teacher, aides and therapists for different reasons. So I wish I could get each and every one of them an unbelievably amazing gift each year sadly that is just not a financial option for us or most families like ours. Fifteen to twenty gifts has to be done in a reasonable price range for us. This year, my youngest son Jackson will be gifting all of his teachers and aides with insulated cups filled with teas, sweeteners, and other convenience cold drink options. These useful gifts are then being adorned with these super cute end of year teacher gift tag printables.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

These gifts are easy to do all you need to do to get started is download the printable file. You can print it as is or add a picture of your child to the center of the blank lemons. You can get the file by clicking HERE.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag PrintableSUPPLIES

Printed out gift tags on card stock

scissors

glue or glue stick

hole puncher

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

I was able to quickly and easily get these printed out on my HP Envy printer. I love having a great quality color printer that works with all of my computers, tablets and phones!

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

Cut out the circles, one front and one back one. Add a photo of your child by printing one and pasting it onto the center of the back circle.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

Use glue or glue stick to get the back of the circles good and tacky. Then line up the circles making sure the fronts will match up (top to top and bottom to bottom) and then press together.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

Punch a whole with your whole puncher at the top and center of the circle. Fill up cute cups with some iced tea, sweeteners and other cold drink ideas. Add some crinkle paper so the items don’t shift and then attach the gift tag using a ribbon of your choice.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

If you’re looking for other ideas then be creative, be inspired and check out MyPrintly.com. The site is loaded with creative inspiration for everyone from the novice to the heartiest of crafty types and right now through May 15th, 2015 you can enter to win one of three (3) HP Envy Printers: http://bit.ly/MyPrintlyGiveaway. The contest will end on Friday, May 15th and winners will be randomly selected and notified the following week.  Please note, only residents of the U.S.A. are eligible to enter.

 

 


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