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Something I’ve discovered with some surprise is that, for a younger child, the appeal of putting beads onto a pipe cleaner Never. Gets. Old.  Whenever I am at my whits end and can’t think of anything for them to do to save my life, I break out the pipe cleaners and beads.  You can bend them into shapes (like the hearts below), use them to form letters and numbers, make bracelets, crowns… you name it, we’ve made it.

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The beauty is that you can re-use all the supplies with a few un-twists of the pipe cleaners a few days later (they won’t miss them what with the HUNDREDS of pipe-cleaner bead thingies they’ve made) – it’s a self-replenishing craft!!  For valentine’s we got a little more crafty than usual and attached them to some leftover lollipop sticks I had from a party and voila!  Heart wands.

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My 2 year old and 5 year old both enjoy doing this for what seems like hours, and the bonus is that it’s good for their little fine motor skills to put them on.  I get to cook dinner AND feel good about their little brain development – win, win!

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ImageWe made some amazing heart-shaped raspberry tarts (see previous post) for Valentine’s Day, which then begged the question, “how do we share this amazing discovery??”.  I had seen a photo on Pinterest (of course) that used pinking sheers to snip off the top of a plain old paper lunch bag and thought it was a great solution – then add a bit of bakers twine and an old heart rubber stamp and viola!!  Quite a cute gift with literally zero dollars spent and zero trips to the store.  That’s a great thing in any busy mom’s book, for sure.

I’ll be using this again for all our future holiday baked goods we bring to friends – just swap the heart stamp for a Christmas Tree or ornament for Christmas, a pumpkin for Halloween or Thanksgiving, etc.  SO easy and looks adorably homemade.

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These sweet little treats are yet another recipe find from a magazine – in People of all places – but originally from the talented Catherine McCord of Weelicious.  They are extremely easy, festive and DELICIOUS.  They’re perfectly not too sweet, and work great as a breakfast on-the-go, an afternoon snack, or an after dinner treat – I just love how flexible they are!   I opted to just sprinkle powdered sugar on some, and frost some others – both are equally yummy, but I ended up preferring the frosted ones while my husband and kids actually liked the less-sweet powdered sugar coated ones, so it’s up to you.  My daughter got to help cut out the heart shapes and add the filling, but I had to do the top part myself or risk filling oozing out everywhere 🙂

You can find the original recipe HERE.

Happy almost Valentine’s!

 

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crayons4On my quest to find something non-candy to give out to my daughter’s preschool class for Valentine’s Day, I came across a TON of adorable ideas, but the heart crayons stuck out, not just because they’re cute and would be a fun project, but because we had a gigantic plastic bin full of broken crayons that I had no idea what to do with – problem solved!  So I assembled the necessary tools:

…and set to work.  First we peeled off all the paper  – warning: this can take a while, luckily most of ours were already peeled, and my daughter oddly enjoys this, so she did most of the work.  I have heard that if you soak them in water though, it’s much easier, so I’ll try that next time.  Then we separated them into piles of similar colors, and then if they weren’t already small enough, we broke them a bit more to fit into the mold.

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Then we stuck them in a 250 degree oven for about 15 minutes, let them cool, and popped them out.  Done!  One note though – some brands of crayon we had (the ones that were non-Crayola) did NOT want to melt, even after 25 minutes in the oven.

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I had to end up mushing them up with a knife and sinking them into the other melted crayon, so for the 2nd batch I made sure to chop those up EXTRA small so they would at least sink in better, even if they didn’t melt.

Finally, I made some favor bag tops on card stock and stuck them on the top – totally cute, and Ally is especially excited that she gets to give everyone something she made.  I’ll be doing this one again for sure – I’m already thinking about pumpkin shapes, christmas tree shapes, shamrock shapes… the possibilities are endless!

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