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Teacher Gifts

There are SO many adorable back to school teacher gift ideas out there, but thanks to my fellow blogger The Artsy Fartsy Mama, she has narrowed it down to these adorable 20!

These inexpensive and crafty ideas are sure to put a smile on the teacher’s face!

Click here to check out the full list:  20 Back to School Teacher Gifts

Mickey Pops

I made these adorable Mickey Oreo Pops for my daughter’s birthday a few weeks ago.  They require very few ingredients, were super simple to make, and went perfectly with the Mickey Mouse Theme!

Here is what you will need:

1.  Double Stuffed Oreos

2.  Mini Oreos

3.  Lollipop Sticks (I used paper straws)

4.  Frosting

5.  Chocolate (for melting) and Sprinkles (for decorating) – optional

6.  Cake Pop Stand (optional)

– Open Oreo and place lollipop stick in the center

– Open mini Oreos and scrape off cream..place two mini Oreos on the large Oreo (push into the cream)

– Cover the bottom of the “ears” and middle with frosting

– Place the other half of the large Oreo on top (press down – but not too hard).

– Place in the fridge to set (for about one hour)

– Melt chocolate

– Dip Mickey pops into chocolate and coat with sprinkles

– Place in the fridge to set (for at least an hour) – ENJOY!

TIP:  I used a disposable cake pop stand to keep the pops separate and upright while they were setting.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Father’s Day is around the corner, and I’ve got you covered!  From techies to foodies, here are some of my favorite Father’s Day gifts this year:

1.  Beer Bottle Label show dad you love him with custom beer bottle labels – 15 for $11.99

2.  Matching Tees:  One for Dad, and one for Baby – $40.19

3.  Driftwood Dock:  handcrafted iphone dock made from natural driftwood – $88

4.  Beer Cap Map:  cool artwork lets Dad keep track of his favorite brews – $34.99

5.  Sprezza Box:  keep Dad’s wardrobe fresh with this awesome accessory subscription box – $28+

6.  Lego Mug:  for the big kid, who likes his coffee $14.99

7.  DIY Soda Pop:  cute and simple DIY gift idea

8.  Bacon Club:  two packs of bacon, delivered monthly $49.95

9.  Whiskey Stones:  beautiful granite ice cube set $34.95

DIY Mama

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t the ones we buy, but the ones we MAKE.  Now a days, there are endless resources to search for DIY projects on the web – my favorite is still pinterest, so here are my top picks/links for Mother’s Day Crafts (that she will love):

Bottle Cap Flower Magnets

Mommy Survival Kit in a Jar

Thumb Print Charm Necklace

Photo Bookmark

Colorful Pour Pots

These are just a FEW of the adorable crafts that are out there – enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!!! 🙂

Knit Kit

Did you ever want to learn to knit, but you weren’t sure where to begin?  Well, I’ve got the perfect gift for you: The Learn to Knit Kit!

Each kit is $62, and contains: Merino Wool, Birch Knitting Needles, a Yarn Needle, Instructions, and Patterns for 3 Scarves.

This is actually a gift that I could use, after returning from Disney World and leaving my son’s blankie at the hotel!  Don’t get me started…it was a hand knit afghan (made by my grandmother who no longer knits).  We have called the hotel 10+ times with no avail…Let’s just say the struggle is real for my son (who asks just about every day if they found it). 🙁

I better start learning to KNIT!

Check out all of Purl Soho’s knit-inspired gifts here: Purl Soho

 

Snow Day Activities

Winter is here, and many of us in the Northeast are getting set to experience a huge blizzard.  If you have kids, then you know that keeping them busy during a snow day can be challenging.  Here are 9 activities to help keep them occupied (and you happy) during a snow day:

1.  Melted Heart Crayons:  recycle crayon pieces and turn them into pretty heart shaped crayons

2.  Snow Ice Cream:  turn snow into a yummy treat

3.  Masking Tape Maze:  make a maze for all of those cars that are laying around

4.  Snowman in a Baggie:  create a cute and squishy snowman in a bag

5.  Snowman Treats:  super easy three-ingredient recipe

6.  Indoor Snow Paint:  bring the snow inside and get creative

7.  Outdoor Snow Paint:  spray the snow and create a rainbow of colors!

8.  Peanut Butter Bars:  no-bake 5 ingredient bars

9.  Snowflake Ballerinas: a pretty take on paper snowflakes

Stay safe and warm everyone and enjoy the snow!

DIY Bow Cage

If you are a Mama to a little girl, then you (like me) have BOWS and HEADBANDS everywhere! I was unaware of this problem, and really had NO idea what to do with all of them, until I came across this creative solution on Pinterest:  The Bow Cage

This might be the simplest DIY I’ve ever attempted.  Here is what you need:

1. A Birdcage (I purchased mine from Michaels for $7.99).

2. Spray Paint (although the cages from Michaels were pretty, I wanted mine to be a little more polished).

3. BOWS (we have a ton of these – and I can’t stop buying them)!

Simply spray the cage with the spray paint, and allow to dry for 24 hours.  Clip bows on the outside (you can also put them inside as well).  Hang from the ceiling with a hook, or place on a dresser / table to display.

Here are a few pics of the finished product:

This would also make a super cute baby / birthday gift! Let me know if you make your own bow cage, and email / tweet me a picture of how it turned out!

 

4th of July Sweets

With July 4th one week away, many of us are starting to prepare for BBQs and get-togethers. And, we all know it’s not a party without DESSERT, so check out this yummy list of Red, White and Blue treats put together by DIY Candy (an awesome DIY blog).   

Patriotic Pies, Exploding Star Cookies, Cake Pops, Ice Cream Sandwiches and more, all with a patriotic twist!   Check them out here: 15 Red, White and Blue Treats 

And, if you haven’t already, there’s still time to enter our Summer Travel Pack Giveaway! 

Heartstrings

I wanted an EASY Valentine’s Day craft that my 3 year old would enjoy (and wouldn’t make a big mess), so I came up with these Valentine Heartstrings…

Felt hearts that you can hang on a door knob, in a child’s room, or anywhere you want to add a little V-Day love!

Here’s what you need (I got all of the supplies at Michaels):

  • Felt Hearts (come in a 12 pack of red and pink)
  • Foam Stickers
  • Ribbon

Simply take the hearts, get creative with the stickers, and tie the ribbon on!

These could also be given as a Valentine’s Day greeting (simply add To: and From:)

Happy Decorating, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Crafty Prints

I don’t consider myself to be a “crafty” person, but I happened to be in Michaels, and was looking for something to make with the kids to give to the Grandparents for Valentine’s Day.  I wanted to do something with their handprints (who doesn’t LOVE a handprint) but, I needed something that I could fit both kid’s prints on.  I stumbled upon these wooden boxes- I liked them because I could put a handprint on either side, customize them, and fill them up with Valentine’s Day goodies.  I had my 3 year old help out with this craft, and he absolutely loved it!

This is a fun and easy project to do – here’s what you need:

  • Wooden Box
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Letter Stickers
  • Ribbon
  • Candy

We chose colors that the grandparents like- turquoise (with white) and green (with yellow).

After each box dried (which took about 20 minutes), it was time to do the handprints.  The three year old really enjoyed this part (the 7 month old – not so much)!

A few handprint tips:

  • Dip the hand into the paint and first put it onto paper before placing onto the box
  • Instead of dipping into the paint, you can also paint the hand with a brush (which is a bit neater)
  • Press the hand and all fingers onto the box evenly and remove quickly

After the boxes dried, we added the stickers, candy, and ribbon.  Each box has both prints (one on either side). The yellow (unfortunately) did not POP as much as the white, but you can definitely still see the prints in person.

Enjoy, and Happy Valentine’s Day!