Bubbles Valentine Printable

2 Feb

I love Valentine’s Day!  We have our house decorated, we took Valentine’s photos, we made Valentine’s mailboxes with items from Target’s dollar spot (thanks to my friend Renee for the awesome idea) and I already finished making FabDaughter’s Valentines. This year, I asked her if she wanted to hand out bubbles or glow sticks.  She chose bubbles and is pretty excited to hand them out.  I created her Valentine in Photoshop, printed it out on card stock and attached mini bubbles to the card using glue dots and pink twine.  I used my hole punch to punch two small holes on the bottom left hand side in order to attach the bubbles to the card using the twine.

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Valentine’s Work Station

  Here is the finished product:-)  They turned out pretty cute!

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Don’t Burst My Bubble!

You can save the below image file to your computer for your own personal use.  Enjoy:-)

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Don’t Burst My Bubble Valentine

2014 Memory Jar Printable

31 Dec

It’s New Year’s Eve and we are getting ready to pop some champagne and open up our 2013 Memory Jar and reminisce about all the things that happened to us over the past year.  (Here is my post from last year 2013 Memory Jar Printable.) I can’t wait to start our 2014 Memory Jar and document the coming year.  If you would like to create your own memory jar you just need a large mason jar (or another large jar) and you can print out the below labels, attach them to your jar and start documenting memories.

2014 Mason Jar Label

2014 Mason Jar Label

2014 Mason Jar Top

2014 Mason Jar Top

Happy Memory Making!

Monster’s Inc Cookies

13 Aug

I’m a bit late in posting this but in preparation to see Monsters University a couple months ago, I bought a Sully PEZ dispenser and Monsters University fruit snacks at the store.  I had some extra time so I thought I would try to make Sully Mike Wazowski sugar cookies.  I figured Mike cookies would be pretty easy but I wasn’t sure how the Sully cookies would turn out.   They both received FabDaughter’s approval:-)

I use Sweetopia’s sugar cookie recipe.  I usually use their royal icing recipe too but I was being lazy and bought a royal icing powder mix at the bulk food store.  I also bought candy eyes and neon food colors.  I used Pampered Chef’s Decorator Bottle Set to pipe the icing.

Mike Wazowski Decorating Instructions

Mike Wazowski Directions

  1. Get your icing to a toothpaste like consistency and pipe a circle outline on the cookie.
  2. Thin out icing to get ready to flood the cookie.  (One Tough Cookie has a fabulous tip of using a shpritz bottle to get your  royal icing consistency at the right level.  I love this tip!  I haven’t made the mistake of making my icing too thin since using the spray bottle technique.)  Flood cookies.
  3. Add a dot of royal icing to the back of your candy eye.
  4. “Glue” your candy eyes onto your cookies.
  5. Dye some royal icing black and pipe semi circles underneath the eye to create the mouth.
  6. Use uncolored (white) royal icing or dye some grey and pipe two straight lines onto of the cookie to create horns.

I wasn’t impressed with how the Sully cookies turned, but FabDaughter liked them (and they still tasted great).

Sully Sugar Cookies

Unfortunately, we never made it to see Monster’s University but we still watch Monster’s Inc. at home all the time.  FabDaughter likes to impersonate Roz when she says “Always watching, Wazowski.”  It’s so cute!  We’ll definitely pick up Monsters University when it comes out on DVD and I’ll make another batch of cookies.

“I Moustache” (Valentine’s Printable)

12 Feb

MustacheValentine's

Aren’t these valentine’s the cutest?  Do you get it? (“I Mustache” sounds like “I Must Ask” in case you didn’t get it.)  FabHubby didn’t get it and said the moustache was silly.  Oh well, I think they are adorable.  Below are the directions and the files incase you want to make your own “I Moustache” valentines:-)  Enjoy!
“I Moustache” Valentine Supplies

  • Hershey kisses
  • Cellophane treat bags (I used 3.75″ x 6″ bags)
  • Full sheet laser/inkjet labels
  • Cardstock

“I Moustache” Valentine Instructions

  1. Download “I Moustache” bag topper and Moustache Hershey kiss labels below.
  2. Print out “I Moustache” bag toppers.  If you are using 3.75″ x 6″ bags, you can fit two toppers to a page.
  3. Print out Hershey kiss stickers.  A 3/4″ circle hole punch works great for quickly cutting out the stickers, otherwise you will have to cut each sticker out using scissors.
  4. Peal off sticker backing and place on the bottom of a Hershey kiss.
  5. Place Hershey kisses in cellophane treat bag (I used 6 per bag).
  6. Fold “I Moustache” bag topper and half and place over the top of the cellophane treat bag.  Staple at each end to hold in place.
"I Moustache" Bag Topper

“I Moustache” Bag Topper

 

Moustache Hershey kiss stickers

Moustache Hershey kiss stickers

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

9 Feb
Yummy!

Yummy!

FabDaughter loves to help me bake!  She loves it even more when we bake for Daddy:-) These cookies are some of FabHubby’s favorite:-)  I try not to make them too often since they are very addicting and don’t last too long in our house!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking power
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups cut in quartered
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Beat peanut butter and butter in large bowl of electric mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Beat in brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda until blended.  Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended.  Beat in flour at low speed just until mixed.  Stir in Reese’s cups.  Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Use large cookie scoop and scoop dough into balls onto large greased cookie sheet.  Press dough balls down with the back of a spoon.  Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks and cool completely.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.  Microwave at medium power (50% power) at 30 second intervals, stirring inbetween each interval, until chocolate is melted.  Pour into Make ‘n Mold squeeze bottle or a ziplock bag with a tiny hole cut out of the corner and drizzle chocolate over cookies.  Let cookies sit out until chocolate is set.
  4. Stake cookies between layers of waxed paper in container.  Store at room tempature up to 1 week.

Yield:  Depending on the size of your cookie scoop around 20 cookies.

Recipe adapted from The Great American Cookie Cookbook

DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

5 Feb

Family Love

Above are pictures of a couple fast and easy, Pinterest inspired DIY Valentine’s Day decorations I made for our house.   I bought all the supplies needed for both the “Family” and “Love” decorations at Michaels.

“Family” Shopping List:

  • Spool of ribbon
  • Wooden hearts
  • Acrylic paint
  • Letter stickers or sharpie

“Family” Instructions:

  1. Paint wooden hearts with 2 coats of acrylic paint.
  2. Using the letter stickers, spell out “Family” on one heart and then spell out each family member’s name on the other hearts.  Or you can use a sharpie and hand write everything.  Since I have the handwriting of a kindergartener, I chose to use glitter stickers.
  3. Cut a long piece of ribbon and cut the bottom with pinking shears (or scissors).  Using a glue gun, attach the ribbon to the back of the “Family” heart and then glue on the remaining hearts under the “Family” heart.
  4. Make a bow out of the rest of your ribbon.  I used this tutorial.
  5. Attach the ends of the bow to the back of the “Family” heart.
  6. Hang up on a hook or nail.

“Love” Shopping List:

  • Wooden letters
  • Krylon spray paint (I used red and clear glitter)

“Love” Instructions:

  • Lay out newspaper in a well ventalated area.
  • Spray paint your letters.  I used 3 coats each.

Of course I also have my framed Valentine’s Subway Art and salt dough heart garland up!

Happy Crafting:-)

2013 Memory Jar Printable

15 Jan

MemoryJar

With busy days and hectic schedules, its easy to lose sight of all the good things that happen in our lives.  A memory jar is a creative way to record all of the good things, both big and small, that happen during the year.  This year, our family started our first memory jar and we already have a couple memories recorded!  On New Year’s Eve we plan to open our jar, read our memories and reflect back on the year.

I used a large mason jar I already had and created decorative labels in PSE for both the front and lid of our jar.  The files are below if you would like to print them out for personal use.

2013MasonJarLabel

Mason Jar Front 2013

MasonJarTopper2013

Mason Jar Top 2013

Potato Stamps

13 Jan

PotatoStamping

One of FabDaughter’s favorite things to do is paint. I try to mix it up every once in a while by using different types of things to paint with, new paints, stamps, etc. I had an extra potato that I wasn’t going to use, so this morning I made heart stamps and both FabDaughter and I went to town stamping away.

Directions:

  1. Cut your potato into chunks sized for toddler hands.
  2. Use a sharpie or pen to draw the shape you want to stamp onto the potato.
  3. Lightly trace over your pen with the tip of a paring knife. Then carve out about a half-inch around your design.
  4. Dip stamp into paint and stamp away.
FabDaughter is potato stamping away.  (She's wearing my old art smock from the 80s!)

FabDaughter is potato stamping away. (She’s wearing my old art smock from the 80s!)

A New Milestone (First Day of School Printables)

7 Jan
First Day of Preschool

First Day of Preschool

FabDaughter had her first day of preschool today and it couldn’t have gone better. She seemed a bit timid while walking in but it didn’t take too long for her to warm up. We hadn’t even been there for 10 minutes when she looked up at me and said “You can go to work now Mom.” Sniff. Sniff. I can’t believe that my sweet baby angel is a preschooler!

I’ve seen other Moms create signs for their kids to hold for their first day of school picture and I wanted to make one for FabDaughter. After I finished my design, I printed it out on standard copy paper and glued it to a piece of foam board to make it easy for FabDaughter to hold. If you click on the links below, you can download PDF versions of a similar sign for grades preschool through fifth. Enjoy:-)

Boy – First Day of School Printable Sign
Girl – First Day of School Printable Sign

Family vacation and the start of “I wish I could buy that.”

1 Jan

Vacation

A few weeks ago we went on a cruise, Royal Caribbean’s The Oasis of the Seas. It was FabDaughter’s first big vacation! The ship left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and traveled to Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. My parents, six of my aunts and uncles, my mom’s best friend and her husband also traveled with us. It was wonderful to spend 8 whole days together in paradise. We had an amazing time! FabDaughter experienced some new firsts including:

  • 1st airplane ride
  • 1st cruise
  • 1st time playing in the sand on the beach
  • 1st swim in the ocean
  • 1st time out of the country

The Oasis of the Seas was perfect for kids and families. The ship has multiple pools but one area is just for kids and has a shallow pool (3.5 ft deep), splash areas with water guns, a heated wading pool, a hot tub and a circular pool with a current. We spent the majority of our pool time in the kids area.

Kids Pool Area

Kids Pool Area

Besides swimming, I think FabDaughter’s favorite part of the vacation was the DreamWorks Experience (R) which included meet and greets and character dining with characters from Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. She was ecstatic every time we came across one of her favorite characters. One of my favorite parts of the vacation was the DreamWorks character breakfast. There was music, dancing and each character came around to every table to take pictures. FabDaughter was PUMPED! So were Mommy, Daddy, Granny and Papa:-)

DreamWorks Characters

Something pretty funny happened while we were shopping in Jamaica. FabDaughter picked up a maraca type shaker in one of the stores and was having a blast shaking it. The sales lady wasted no time in coming over and trying to sell it to us. Then FabDaughter looked up at us with the cutest face and said “I wish I could take this home.” We were all laughing at how cute it was so we had to get it for her. I think after we bought it, something clicked in her smart little brain. Just the very next day FabDaughter took us into the toy store on the ship (yup, they have a toy store too) and proceeded to pick up every little toy, smile, look up at us and say “I wish I could buy that.” It didn’t work that time but it was still pretty funny. Now, every time she sees something she likes whether it’s a commercial or we are in a store she says “I wish I could buy that.” She just saw me writing this blog and the pictures and said “I wish I could go on a cruise again with Granny, Papa and Alex (the lion from Madagascar).”

FabDaughter & her new maraca

FabDaughter & her new maraca