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 Top
Happy Memory Making!
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
“I Moustache” Valentine Instructions
- Download “I Moustache” bag topper and Moustache Hershey kiss labels below.
- Print out “I Moustache” bag toppers. If you are using 3.75″ x 6″ bags, you can fit two toppers to a page.
- 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.
- Peal off sticker backing and place on the bottom of a Hershey kiss.
- Place Hershey kisses in cellophane treat bag (I used 6 per bag).
- 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
Moustache Hershey kiss stickers
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.
Mason Jar Front 2013
Mason Jar Top 2013
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
I love drinking hot chocolate and I also love dipping things in chocolate:-) I combined two of my favorite things to make a cute treat for friends.
- Milk chocolate Merckens wafers
- White chocolate Merckens wafers
- Candy canes
- Hot chocolate mix
- Candy bags
Melt ½ cup of Merckens milk chocolate wafers in the microwave. I use Wilton Stay Warm Candy Meting bowls to melt my chocolate in, but you can use disposable candy melting bowls or even a glass bowl. Microwave the wafers in 30-45 second intervals at a reduced power level (I use power level 3), stirring after each time, until the chocolate is thoroughly melted and smooth.
Dip candy canes into the melted chocolate and then let dry on waxed paper. (Optional step: sprinkle colored sprinkles, sanding sugar, etc. over top the melted chocolate instead of drizzling melted white chocolate overtop the chocolate.)
After the chocolate dries, melt Merckens white chocolate wafers in the microwave. You can either transfer melted chocolate to a squeeze bottle (I use Make’ n Mold decorating bottles) or use a spoon to drizzle melted white chocolate over top of the chocolate candy canes.
Package one candy cane with one bag of hot chocolate in a large candy bag, tie with a ribbon and then add the Warmest Wishes label below.
FabDaughter first peed in the potty when she was 18 months old. The very next night she went #2 in the potty. Score! I didn’t know what all the hype was since this potty training thing was turning out to be super easy! (According to my mom, I was potty trained before I was two so of course its only natural that FabDaughter would be a chip off the old block.) I thought either A) I am a potty training master of the universe or B) my daughter is a genius or C) perhaps both. She continued on this way for a few more days and then all of a sudden refused to go. Uh oh…FabDaughter = 1, FabMommy = 0. I am definitely not the potty training master of the universe. Potty training has been going much better since then and she has been peeing in the potty 100% for quite some time now. #2 in the potty is hit or miss.
We had been using a potty chart made by my friend, The Girl. You can find it here. It is super cute and she has both boy and girl versions too! After FabDaughter was going through a particularly stubborn streak regarding going potty, I decided to use The Girl’s potty chart idea and personalize it for FabDaughter. Everytime she went potty, she would get a jellybean AND a sticker. When she filled up her chart she would get an extra prize like a lollipop. Now, she only gets a sticker for #2.
Here is the generic girl version if you would like to download it.
Here is the generic boy version.
Here is one of FabDaughter’s charts all filled up!
Happy potty training!
Father’s Day is tomorrow and since FabHubby’s favorite hobby is golf, I decided to whip up some golf themed cupcakes. The cupcakes are chocolate with cream cheese frosting coated in green sanding sugar. The golf ball is a coconut Jelly Belly jelly bean. I created the golf flag toppers in Photoshop Elements.
If you would like to make these cupcake toppers, save the below image to your computer, print it out on white cardstock, cut out the flags and glue them onto lollipop sticks.