Do It Yourself! Halloween Tin Can Luminaries {Tutorial}

If you’re looking for an easy and affordable way to decorate your home for Halloween, make these luminaries using tin cans! Place them along your walkway or front steps to light the way on Halloween. So cute and charming!

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What You’ll Need:

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* Sharpie or marker in the same color as your paint
* Clean empty tin cans {I like to use the big coffee cans, any size will work}
* Hammer and large nail or awl
* Paint
* Paint brush
* Candles

Instructions

Fill the tin can with water and place it in the freezer. When the water in the can is frozen, remove the can from the freezer.

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Using the marker, draw whatever image or word onto the tin can. You can freehand or print a design from the internet and then trace it onto the tin can. Keep the design simple though. Design Ideas: outline of a cat, a bat, a witch’s hat, words like Boo or Happy Halloween.

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Place the tin can on a folded towel. This will help brace the tin can and reduce the impact of punching the holes with the hammer.

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Then, use the hammer and awl {or nail} nail to puncture the design in the can.

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When you’re done punching the holes, place the can under hot, running water to melt the ice.

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Also, since water expands as it freezes, the bottom of your can will probably not be level. If not, then turn the can over, cover with a towel, and hammer down the edges until the bottom of the can is level.

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Paint the tin can using either spray paint or acrylic paint. Once the the paint is dry, you’ll probably have to go back with a toothpick and poke some of the holes through on the can since the paint can clog them up.

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Place a candle inside the can and enjoy!

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NOTE: You can also puncture one hole on either side of the tin can, attach a piece of wire, and then hang the luminaries as well!

Aromatherapy Neck Pillow Tutorial #MyDawnSummer

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dawn. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I’m so excited that it’s finally summer and Lucas is out of school! We have a long bucket list of fun summer activities we want to do together as a family this year. Not on my list? Cleaning! I’m sure that is not on your list either lol. However, it is a part of life so when I clean it’s nice when the experience can be as enjoyable as possible. That’s why it’s important to use products that really get the job done. We recently started using Dawn Destinations Dish Soap and it really works wonders on greasy kitchen messes (which are a lot in my kitchen!) plus it smells so good!

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Dawn Destinations Scents:

  • Mediterranean Lavender
  • Thai Dragon Fruit
  • Fuji Cherry Blossom
  • Hawaiian Pineapple
  • New Zealand Springs
  • Caribbean Breeze

Another thing that I try to do is to find the joy in the everyday things. Yes –  even cleaning. So when I am cleaning or doing the dishes, I try to make it a relaxing moment – sort of a “me” moment. I turn on some good music, open the windows, use aromatherapy by lighting a yummy candle or using a neck pillow – anything to create an escape. Dawn Destinations really helps with that due to the aromatherapy the different scents offer. I use Dawn Escapes Mediterranean Lavender and it really smells lovely. Lavender is one of my favorite scents. I swear – it instantly relaxes me and even helps soothe an aching headache. Dawn Escapes Mediterranean Lavender offers a little escape every time you do the dishes! LOVE that!

Thanks to Dawn, I received all of the materials needed to create my very own aromatherapy neck pillow and making it was so simple! Here’s how:

DIY Aromatherapy Neck Pillow

DIY Aromatherapy Neck Pillow

Materials:

  • 1 tube sock
  • Needle & thread OR sewing machine
  • White rice (2-3 cups depending on the size of your sock)
  • 10-15 drops Lavender oil (or your essential oil of preference)
  • Ribbon

Directions: Fill your tube sock with rice about 3/4 of the way full. Add the Lavender oil. Sew the sock opening shut.  Attach cute ribbon to end of sock. Shake sock to evenly distribute Lavender throughout the rice. Sock can be used as is or microwave to use warm.

Get additional information at Dawn.com and follow Dawn on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Olympic Party Treats & Crafts for Kids

Disclosure 1

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia officially kicked off this past Friday, February 7th. We are so excited to watch the games with our family and cheer on Team USA and Team Kellogg’s! To make it fun and festive, we decide to throw a little Olympic party complete with a few simple, but delicious treats!

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Olympic Torches made with Kellogg’s Corn Pops Cereal

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Ingredients:

7 cups corn pops cereal
1 10 oz. bag of large marshmallows
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
Ice cream cones (cake cones – with flat bottom)
Cooking spray

Directions:

In a large pot, melt 6 tbsp. of butter over medium high heat then add the 10 oz. bag of marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows have all melted. Remove pot from heat and add the corn pops cereal. Mix until all the corn pops are covered in the marshmallow mixture. Using your hands, pack the cones with the corn pop treat mixture. It’s a good idea to butter or spray your hands with cooking spray while packing the cones.

Olympic colors Rice Krispies Treats – get the recipe HERE.


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We also decided to do a fun Olympic craft!

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Olympic Gold Medal Froot Loop Necklaces

Supplies:

Froot Loops
Gold medals
Yarn, Twine or Ribbon String
Scissors
Tape

Instructions:
Precut yarn, twine, or ribbon in the length of a long necklace. Tie a Froot Loop to one end so that when your child goes to thread the necklace the cereal doesn’t fall off the string and wrap the other end with a small piece of tape so that it’s easier for your child to thread.

Have your child thread the necklace until it is halfway full of Froot Loops and then thread through the gold medal. Continue adding Froot Loops until full and tie together to form a necklace.

Now we’re ready to cheer on our favorites, including Team Kellogg’s listed below!

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Watch Team Kellogg’s Start Stories:

Amy Purdy – Snowboarder

Meryl Davis & Charlie White – Figure Skating

Maggie Voisin — Freeskiing Slopestyle

Noelle Pikus-Pace – Skeleton

Gretchen Bleiler – Snowboarder

Torin Yater-Wallace – Freeskiing

Ted Ligety – Alpine Skiing

Sarah Hendrickson – Ski Jumping

Heath Calhoun – Alpine Skiing

 

Free Printable Kid’s Valentine’s Day Cards: I “WHEELIE” Like you!

I am so excited because now that Lucas is in school we get to do fun things like make our own Valentine’s Day cards! Lucas’ school does not allow candy type treats to be exchanged on Valentine’s Day so we had to get creative and come up with something fun that was NOT candy. Hence, the “I Wheelie Like You” Valentine’s Day card was born…

 

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I designed the card and then attached a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car directly to the card. These cards are perfect for little boys! Of course, I am sharing the card and instructions with you today!

 

What You’ll Need:

I Wheelie Like You Free Printable
Small Toy Car
Printer
Heavy Cardstock
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Needle
Embroidery Thread (or equally heavy duty thread)
Double sided tape
Scotch tape

 

Directions:

1. Print out the “I Wheelie Like You” card on heavy cardstock. I designed these to be 5×7 cards so you can print two to a page.

 

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2. Cut them out using a paper cutter (or scissors if you don’t have one).

3. Thread a needle with embroidery thread or another heavy duty thread. Attach the car to the card using the needle and thread. I specifically bought toy cars that had an opening – through the window – so that I could easily pass the needle and thread through the opening.

 

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4. Flip the card over, tie the thread into a secure knot, and cover with a small piece of Scotch tape to further secure.

 

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5. At this point, I realized that the car needed to be secured a little more so we decided to add a small piece of double-sided tape to the underside of the car.

 

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Hope your kiddos enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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Celebrate What Really Matters This Thanksgiving with a Gratitude Tree

It’s really important to us that Lucas and now Amelia too understand that the holidays are about more than gifts and material things. That’s why last year, we put together a Gratitude Tree to celebrate Thanksgiving. At the beginning of November, we set out our tree and every day we each take turns writing what we’re thankful for on a paper leaf. We hang the leaf on the tree so that we can all see how blessed we are. It’s also a fun way to count down the days until Thanksgiving!

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Here are

some of our leaves from last year…

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Making a Gratitude Tree is super simple!

What You’ll Need

  • Branches
  • Floral styrofoam
  • Large container (we use an old coffee can)
  • Construction paper in autumn colors
  • String or yarn
  • Scissors

Directions

Place styrofoam in container. This will hold the branches in place. Stick the branches into the styrofoam. Cut out leaves (about 2-3 inches in length so there’s enough room to write). Punch a hole through each leaf and thread a piece of yarn or string through the hole and tie a knot.

Simple & Cute Ways to Package Goods for a Bake Sale

Now that it’s officially fall and schools are in full swing, there will surely be a bake sale or two in your near future! We actually had one right at the beginning of the school year and it was such a great way to help Lucas’ class raise money. I made caramel popcorn with chocolate drizzle and red velvet cupcakes. Both were a hit! I have to admit that I had a lot of fun coming up with a cute way to package them up. Who would have thought that simple, clear plastic cups would do the trick?

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The popcorn was packaged using large clear disposable cups, a paper napkin, rubberband, and label. All you do is fill the cup with popcorn or whatever you’d like. Cookies, truffles, or even brownies cut into small squares would be perfect! Top with a paper napkin (luncheon size) and secure with a rubberband or ribbon. I also hot glued a label to the top.

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I packaged the cupcakes in a 9 oz clear disposable cup. I just dropped the cupcake right into the cup. Then, I placed the cup with cupcake in a cellophane bag, attached a disposable spoon and label, and secured with a coordinating ribbon. So cute! Plus, it’s super convenient and mess-free because people can eat the cupcake right from the cup.

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I’ll be sharing both the caramel popcorn and red velvet cupcakes recipes in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

 

 

Fun & Unique Easter Egg Dyeing Techniques

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It seems that many people are just buying plastic eggs these days rather than dyeing their own Easter eggs. It’s really sad because dyeing Easter eggs is so much fun and easy to do! It’s an activity that both kids and adults can have fun doing and it’s something to look forward to every Easter. If you are looking for a fun and unique way to dye your Easter eggs this year, give these simple but stylish techniques a try.

Rubber Band Technique: Wrap rubber bands around a hard boiled egg and dip into a dye until the egg reaches the desired color. Remove the egg from the dye and carefully remove the rubber bands. You can get really creative with these by dyeing the eggs with a base color and then wrapping it in rubber bands and dyeing again. You can also make crazy patterns or even stylish plaid patterns.

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Masking Technique: Adhere sticker shapes, letters, or designs to the hard boiled egg and then dip into the dye. Wherever you adhere the stickers, the egg will not be dyed. Cut out your own shapes from masking tape or scotch tape. Use stickers, sticky foam shapes and letters, whatever you have. Be careful using regular paper stickers though because they will disintegrate in the dye and leave behind a sticky residue.

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Botanical Print Technique: Lay a leaf on an egg, then cover it with pantyhose to hold it in place. Secure the pantyhose tightly to the egg with a rubber band. Put the pantyhose wrapped egg into the dye and allow to soak until it reaches the desired color. Remove the egg from the dye and very carefully remove the rubber band, nylon, and leaf.

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For instructions on how to hard boil the perfect egg, click HERE.

Easter Craft Idea: Turn Plastic Easter Eggs into Cute Animals

A cute way of repurposing plastic Easter eggs is to make cute little animals out of them. These are adorable filled with treats and tucked into an Easter basket! This is also a fun craft to do with kids.

What You’ll Need:
Plastic Easter Eggs
Glue Sticks and Hot Glue Gun
Felt
Cardboard Circles
Black Sharpie
Scissors
Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms, buttons, etc.

Making the animals is really pretty simple. You’ll want to use the wider part of the egg as the lower half of the animals body. For the animal to stand upright, you can glue a piece of cardboard to the bottom. I used these cardboard circles.

Then, get creative. Use felt, buttons, cardstock or whatever you have on hand to make the animal parts. Use pipe cleaners and pom poms as tails.

There are lots of animals that can be made using the plastic Easter eggs. Make pigs, chickens, ducks, birds, owls, cows, frogs, bunnies, and more.

Free Birthday Printables! Cowboy Cupcake Toppers

As promised (albeit VERY late), today I’m sharing the Cowboy Cupcake Toppers that I created for Lucas’ 5th birthday party.

 

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The file that I’m sharing has three different types – a cowboy, a horseshoe, and a star. I used a 1 3/4 inch punch for the toppers and then I backed them on another piece of coordinating cardstock and used a 2 inch punch for that. Hope you like them!

 

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To download the cupcake toppers, click HERE.

For additional Cowboy Themed inspiration and FREE PRINTABLES, read the posts below:

Free Cowboy Invitation

Cowboy Birthday Ideas

 

 

 

Children’s Activity: Froot Loops Necklace Busy Bag #KelloggsChamps

As a mom, I find myself waiting a lot. Waiting at the pediatricians office. Waiting in line at the store. Waiting, waiting, waiting. In the meantime, I have a 5 year old who does not like to wait. He can be a bit impatient and gets bored rather easily. While I will admit, these are the times that I often resort to breaking out my iPhone or iPad so that he can play a game while we wait – I hate to always resort to electronics. That’s where a Busy Bag comes in very handy!

 

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What’s a Busy Bag you ask? Well, it is a bag filled with a fun activity to keep your child entertained and happy – the bonus is that they can be very educational too! A fun and very easy Busy Bag to put together is a Froot Loops Necklace Busy Bag – the supplies are simple and affordable and the results are cute and tasty! Plus, kids can work on various skills such as color sorting and their fine motor skills.

 

 

 

 

It’s a perfect activity for kids ages 3 – 6 years old … even older kids may enjoy it!

 

 

As you can see, Lucas (5 years old) loved it!

 

Froot Loops Necklace Busy Bag

What You’ll Need

  • Froot Loops
  • Yarn, Twine or Elastic String
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Resealable ziptop baggie

Assembling the Busy Bag:

Precut yarn, twine, or elastic string in the length of a long necklace. Tie a Froot Loop to one end so that when your child goes to thread the necklace the cereal doesn’t fall off the string…

 

 

and wrap the other end with a small piece of tape so that it’s easier for your child to thread…

 

 

Put the prepared yarn, twine or elastic string and a big handful of Froot Loops in the Busy Bag.

Activity:

Have your child thread the necklace until it is full of Froot Loops and then tie together to form a necklace. Then, let your child eat the necklace – yummy!

 

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