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I made these little Halloween tags to have on hand for little favors and treats, not really knowing what I’d use them for, but they’ve come in very handy!  I just printed off one page of twelve labels and used some to send photos to family, and a few for some baked goods we brought to neighbors.

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All-in-all, pretty useful to have around.  Print them on card stock and punch a whole, or print onto label paper and stick them on anything you want.  Printable is here!

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As co-room mom for my daughter’s class this year I’m helping plan the Halloween Party next week (yikes!).  Lots of parents are pitching in, but I’m doing some favors and a fun little game for the kids to participate in during the party, using candy corn as “witches vitamins”.

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I just used an old peanut butter jar and dumped a bunch in, stuck on a label and printed out some guessing cards so everyone can join.  Whoever guesses closest gets to take the whole jar home (much to their mother’s dismay, I’m sure, haha).  I counted them all as I put them in so I don’t have to deal with it on the day of the party – in case you’re wondering there are 247!

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Finally, I made treat bags using little plastic bags from Amazon, printed out some tops and stapled them on.  All in all it took me one afternoon to print it all and get them stuffed and labeled – not bad!  And since I already had all the paper and bags, it pretty much only cost me $10 worth of candy corn (the jar took about 1 1/2 bags, and 23 little bags took about 3 1/2 bags).  Done and done.

witch3Follow the links below if you’d like any of the printables:

Jar label

Guessing game cards

Bag tops

Enjoy!

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advent cal

I’m trying REALLY hard not to spend too much money on frivolous things these days – I think it’s important that kids grow up valuing the things they have and enjoying experiences more than things, so the idea of an advent calendar that didn’t include only gifts and/or treats really appealed to me.  I also wanted to keep things simple, to also reiterate that just because there are no bells and whistles (or glitter, sequins, monograms or flashing lights) doesn’t mean something great can’t come from it.  So I made a little advent calendar using 5 relatively inexpensive things:

  1. mini kraft paper envelopes
  2. red & white bakers twine
  3. mini clothes pins
  4. label paper
  5. card stock

Then I put together a list of 24 things I wanted to do for the holidays with my girls – most are experiences or crafts, but of course there are a few treats and goodies mixed in.  Overall I think it’s a great balance at providing family time together and making memories rather than just giving them more toys they don’t need or too many sweets, and didn’t cost a ton of money.  So here’s a run down of our list for this year:

  1. New Christmas games (this is a computer program my mom gets for us every year that has little interactive holiday games and puzzles, so day one was loading these onto our computer)
  2. Decorate the tree
  3. Hot chocolate with marshmallows!
  4. Write a letter to Santa
  5. Make Christmas puppets (using brown paper lunch bags and other supplies)
  6. Watch a Christmas movie
  7. Pick out holiday books at the library
  8. Make ornaments
  9. Look under mommy’s bed (I hid a new ornament under my bed for her to find that I knew she’d love)
  10. Candy Canes!
  11. Decorate the front door (our front door has a big glass panel on it so we always make something to hang there for holidays)
  12. Make Christmas cards for our family
  13. Bring gifts to teachers
  14. Drop off gifts at the Salvation Army
  15. Reindeer craft
  16. Make Christmas cookies
  17. Bring cookies to neighbors
  18. Indoor snowball fight!  (I made “snowballs” with a bunch of cotton balls)
  19. Look in mommy’s closet (I hid holiday stickers in my closet)
  20. Snowman craft
  21. Take a drive and see the lights
  22. Christmas jammies!
  23. Make gingerbread houses
  24. Open ONE present

We’re on day 3 now and already it’s a big hit – I can’t wait to do this every year and see how it evolves.

Printable files for the labels are here:

1-12: advent labels 1

13-24: advent labels 2

Happy Holidays!

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flag muffins

My wicked smart, hilarious, sweet oldest child just turned 4, and to commemorate the occasion (aside from the family party and the big preschool party at Pump it Up), we brought a special snack into her preschool class where they all sang happy birthday and she got to pick out a birthday treasure from the treasure box.  These days, bringing in a preschool snack is no easy task since it has to be homemade to ensure there are absolutely no nuts whatsoever inside or within close range of said snack.  When I asked her what she wanted to bring, she surprisingly asked for my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, which we’d been making quite a bit lately what with pumpkin season and all.  That sounded good to me (no need to frost anything!!), so we set to work.  My latest trick with pretty much any muffin recipe to try to up the health quotient is to immediately halve the sugar content, and also use 1/2 whole wheat flour.  I was a bit nervous about this at first, but honestly, I don’t miss the sugar AT ALL – and I’ve been making these muffins for years, so you’d think I’d notice.  We’re also doing a rainbow theme for her bigger party this weekend, so I stuck to that and made some cute little birthday flags with label paper and toothpicks to make each one a bit special (since there wouldn’t be any frosting or sprinkles).  They turned out great, and I think the teachers were glad not to have to deal with any frosting-covered hands and faces 🙂  The recipe is below, and I’ve also included a link to download the little happy birthday flags if you’d like!  Just print them on full sheets of label paper, cut and stick to regular old toothpicks.  The ones I made had her name on one side and Happy Birthday on the other, but I’ve updated it to just read Happy Birthday on both sides.  So easy!

Here’s a picture of the birthday girl with the final product (we’re in the “must make a silly face for any and all pictures” right now – I’m just going with it and hoping it passes quickly).

birthday muffins

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (16 oz) can solid pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Beat sugar and oil to blend
  • Mix in eggs, pumpkin and vanilla
  • In a separate bowl, sift flours, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda, salt and baking powder, then stir into pumpkin mixture until just incorporated
  • If using, fold in mini-chocolate chips until evenly dispersed
  • Line muffin pan with paper cups and fill about 1/2 way – bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes

Click here to download the pdf for the rainbow flags!  Rainbow Flags

Rainbow Flags

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Lately I’ve been loving all the subway art for the holidays – it’s such an easy way to decorate your house, and with a color printer, takes about 5 minutes tops!  Free and easy??  Love it!  Just download the pdf file (link is below), print as an 8×10 image on a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, and stick it in an 8×10 frame.  Making this kind of thing has become a recent hobby of mine, so check back every Friday for more – subway art, children’s wall art, lollipop and cake-pop tags and more!  Enjoy 🙂

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Download the pdf here:  VALENTINE’S SUBWAY ART

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