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15 Wild and Fun Monkey Crafts


Aidan loves monkeys right now. Every time we are at the zoo, they’re the first animals we have to see. He has also had me read every possible book that mentions a monkey. These adorable crafts are easy and fun for ideas if you have a little monkey fan in your life too!

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MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Viewing Party with Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias
Are your kids Avengers fans?  Mine sure are!  With my boys everything has to do with Avengers, clothes, toys, room decor, you name it and they are talking about Avengers.  So you can imagine the excitement in my house regarding the newly released MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Blue-ray/DVD that came out October 2nd.
  I am thrilled that it came out on DVD just in time for the Halloween season.  This is a fun time for parties and what better way for my kids to enjoy their favorite super hero bunch than with a MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron viewing party!

During my last Walmart shopping trip I secretly picked up the new DVD, Avengers Costumes, popcorn, and supplies to make coordinating Trick-or-Treating bags.  Then I surprised my little fans with the movie and made it into a fun viewing party!
They got off the bus expecting a normal low-key Friday night, however instead were greeted with cool new Hulk and Captain America costumes.  Their favorite Avengers of course.  

Then I pulled out the new MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD they had been asking for.  The kids were over the moon excited! 

 After we finishing the movie we headed out to a local Trick or Treating event.  With a full afternoon of Avengers we needed to make sure the boys had coordinating Trick-or-Treating bags.  These are incredibly simple to make!

What you need:
Canvas Bags (you can find these for a couple dollars at craft stores or use one you have around the house)
Felt
Heat n’ Bond
Avengers Printables (Hulk, Captain America)
Print the printables to use as stencils.  Then iron the pieces of felt onto the Heat n’ Bond.  Trace the pieces from the printables onto the fusible paper, and cut them out.

Iron the pieces onto the canvas bags following the Heat n’ Bonds timing instructions.

That’s all, you have cheap and easy trick-or-treating bags that match perfectly with your Avengers costumes and make for the perfect addition to a MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron themed night!
My kids haven’t had enough of this movie and have been asking to watch it non stop sense last Friday.  So we are looking forward to having a bigger MARVEL viewing party on Halloween night with all our little Avenger fan friends!

 

Be sure to check out all the fun MARVEL character costumes! I would love to hear about your MARVEL Halloween dress up plans!

Halloween BOO’ing Kit Tutorial & Candy Bar Brownies Recipe! #BOOItForward

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOItForward #CollectiveBias
It’s one of my favorite times of year, Halloween!  I love the feeling of this month, the pumpkin picking, the Halloween parties, trick-o-treating, everything!  It is such a fun time of year.
Now I have started another fun tradition for this time of year, BOO’ing.  I recently started hearing about this fun way of sharing the Halloween spirit with friends, family, and neighbors and now I’m hooked.  It is so much fun for everyone involved!
So what exactly is BOO’ing?  You create a fun little package of candy and Halloween themed items and leave it anonymously on someone’s front door.  Now that person has been Boo’d!
This is the BOO kit I created this Halloween:

It was easy to make, contains some of my favorite treats, and the mommy perk is that I was able to pick everything up in one trip to Walmart.  Saving time while building fun traditions makes for a great day. 
Products needed to make this BOO kit:
Plastic Pumpkin
Piece of Styrofoam
Wood Dowels 
Glue Gun
 Sunkist® and A&W Root-beer 8oz cans in the adorable Halloween cans.
Bag of MARS Candy, I chose the Mixed Minis bag because it had my favorite, SNICKERS®!  Plus TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 MUSKETEERS®.
Once you’ve grabbed all your supplies, its time to have fun building your kit.
Start by lining the bottom of the pumpkin with the Halloween soda cans.
Next take your piece of Styrofoam and cut it to fit into your pumpkin, resting on top of the soda cans.
Cover the foam with a bunch of the mini candies.
Next heat up the glue gun, grab your dowels and pick out which candies and how many pieces you want on each stick.
Put a line of glue on the dowel and stick a piece of candy onto it.  Hold it for a few seconds while the glue cools, then keep going down the line.
Once your candy sticks are done, stick them into the foam within the pumpkin, wherever you’d like.
WaLa you have a delicious BOO kit, but it’s not quite finished.
You need to print out this fun “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card along with the “We’ve been BOO’d” sign.
That’s it, simple to make and fun to give.
We decided to BOO my niece who just got here from Brazil.  This is her first time in the United States and has never experienced Halloween before.  I think getting a cute suprise pumpkin filled with a perfect combination of sweets and soda will make any teen excited for the upcoming holiday.  But shhh her BOO’ing is a secret!
Now that you’ve created an awesome BOO kit and BOO’d a unsuspecting friend.  What are you going to do with the left over candy?  While it probably would have been devoured within 24 hours at my house.  I wanted to do something different with it.  So I made up some of my hubby’s favorite Candy Bar Brownies.
Ingredients:
Brownie Box Mix and ingredents listed on the box.
Mini Marshmellows
MARS Candy Mixed Minis
Halloween Themed Sprinkles 
Make Brownies as directed on the box, but subtract 15 minutes from the cooking time.
Once the brownies are firm, take them out of the oven and top them with tons of Mini MARS Candy Bars.
Next sprinkle on the Mini Marshmallows.
Place the pan back in the oven and cook for the remaining 15 minutes.  After everything melted on top pull them out of the oven and top with your favorite Halloween sprinkles.
Then let the brownies sit and cool for at least 30 minutes while the melted chocolate bars harden back up a little.
Top with whip cream and serve with a Halloween can of soda!
The Halloween cans are available in Canada Dry, A&W,  7UP® and Sunkist®.
And ENJOY!
Be sure to check out other great BOO Kit ideas. I’d love to hear about who you are BOO’ing this year to celebrate Halloween!

My Favorite Back to School Quick Breakfast Items + Easy DIY Box Tops Holder! #BTFE

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.
Back to school is here, that can mean chaos filled mornings if we don’t plan ahead and prepare!  I know that if I try to wing a morning it ends up starting with hitting the snooze button one to many times and ends with three kids missing the bus because we couldn’t find a shoe.  So I try to plan out as much as I can for the week on Sunday afternoons and make sure everything is ready to go for the morning on school nights.

One morning chore that could easily take up too much time is our breakfast routine.  However I keep a few tried and true items well stocked in the cupboard so that we can have breakfast go smoothly every morning.
Cereal is an obvious must, I try to keep a good selection of cereals in the cabinets at all times.  They are an easy weekday breakfast go too, plus my kids and I love it for an afternoon or late night snack!
Cinnamon Buns are the perfect mid week treat when we need a break from cereal.  Oh my yummyness, the kids smell these in the oven and I don’t have to worry about getting them moving and down to the table.  Plus they are a cinch to make, open them up and throw them in the oven for 10 minutes, wa la a perfect hot breakfast.
Cereal and Cinnamon Buns are my two typical morning breakfasts, plus I always keep Go-gurt well stocked in the fridge to pair with the staples, or to grab as they are running out the door.  My kids love Go-gurt and could eat an entire box in ten minutes if I let them.  I also add some fresh fruit to keep some balance in there meal.  Bananas and clementines are our go-to’s because there easy but we also love strawberries and watermelon with our cinnamon buns.
Another great perk of these staples is that I’m earning money for my kids school while we eat our normal breakfast!  I always make sure I choose Box Tops branded cereal, cinnamon bun dough, yogurt, and other groceries.
Box Tops are worth $0.10 a piece for your child’s school, that seems pretty awesome to me considering these are all products that are in my grocery cart anyways.  Plus its one of the largest school earnings loyalty programs in America with over 80,000 k-8 schools participating,  So I feel as though I am putting my money into a trusted program.  Best of all the schools get to use Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need, this is imperative considering each school has its own individual needs and budget! 
So how do I organize all these little pieces of cardboard between school collections?  With a cute little carrier made out of an index card holder and washi tape.
Supplies:
2 rolls of washi tape
Index card holder
Remove any separators from inside the holder.  Then begin wrapping the plastic holder with washi tape.
Add as much or as little as you want.  I like to cover the bottom and then leave most of the top empty because I love the bright coral color of this case.
That’s it! So simple and easy to toss in Lilly’s backpack on Box Tops collection day.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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12 Beautiful Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mother’s day is fast approaching!  Are you still looking for a thoughtful and beautiful gift?  I’ve found 12 gorgeous homemade gift options every mother will love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 


DIY: Fold Over Elastic Hair Tie Tutorial

 I love fold over elastic hair ties!  However I hate how much they cost, especially because I know how cheap FOE elastic is.  So a couple years ago I started making them for both Lilly and me, and now there all we use.  They don’t pull or break our hair, Lilly wears them as bracelets too, and I love how they don’t leave as much of a bump in my thin hair when I take my ponytail out.

The best part is there super easy to make!
 
What you’ll need:
Fold Over Elastic, you can get this at your local fabric store or on Etsy.
Measuring Tape or Ruler
Scissors
Lighter
Measure and cut the elastic at 8″-10″.
 Use the lighter and run a flame quickly along the ends of the elastic strip to seal them and prevent fraying.
 Fold the elastic in half and tie a not at the end. 
That’s it! Easy Peasy!
Want to make your hair ties even more fun?  Add a ribbon slider to the elastic before you tie them.
 
 


21 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Activities for Kids!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, and here are 21 fun and easy activities to help the kids celebrate!

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DIY Valentine Owls Kids Craft Tutorial

DIY Valentine Owls
Supplies:
Used Toilet Paper Rolls
Construction Paper
Googly Eyes if you have them (you can also make eyes from paper and markers)
Scissors
Glue, I used Modge Podge
Ribbon if you would like to hang.

Cut Paper to the width of your toilet paper roll.
Wrap paper around toilet paper roll and adhere.
Fold sides in to enclose top of toilet paper roll.
 Add Googly Eyes with Adhesive.
Cut beak shape out of construction paper and adhere.

Cut heart shapes out of construction paper for wings and adhere to sides.
 Adhere ribbon to top to form a loop for hanging (optional).
 
 


Monster Sock Puppet Tutorial

Monster Sock Puppet

 
Supplies:
1 pair of fuzzy socks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Googly eyes
Pom Pom balls
Felt
Cardboard

Cut cardboard circle that will fit in your sock for the mouth and fold in half.
Trace the circle twice onto your piece of felt, cut out, and glue to both sides of the cardboard.

Cut the toe off the end of your sock, roll the edges around the felt covered cardboard, and hot glue in place to make your mouth.

Hot glue googly eyes to 2 pom pom balls and glue above mouth for eyes.

For back spines, cut two long strips of felt and hot glue half of it together, leaving two flaps.

Separate flaps and hot glue to back of the sock.
Decorate as you desire, we added extra pom pom balls and a felt bow tie.

If you are on the hunt to purchase some fun Puppets and accessories here are a few found on Amazon for you to consider…
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Little Elephant plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Your hand controls the mouth, expressions and feet of this interactive animal puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Comfortably slips over the hand; measures 7 x 7 x 6 inches (LxWxH)
  • This Turtle Beleduc handglove puppet is the perfect fit for youngsters who like storytelling and pretend play
  • Beleduc puppets helps boost the imagination of young children while enhancing their fine motor skills
  • As an added feature, the machine-washable fabric stretches just enough for adults to join in, too
  • Buy a number of these finely crafted puppets and your child will be ready to put on their own puppet shows
  • Approximate height 8″
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Ladybug plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Innovative five-fingered glove design may be worn on either hand to express this interactive bug puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Glove puppet fits growing hands of all sizes, from child to adult; measures: 6 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches (LxWxH)
  • 5 x 9 x 5
  • Movable head and flippers
  • Emperor penguins live on the ice pack of Antarctica. They are the largest sea birds (four feet tall!) and can withstand temperatures of 0 deg F.
  • At the beginning of the dark winter, the penguins gather in rookeries of thousands of birds. There, each female lays one egg.
  • The males hold the egg on their feet and keep it warm with their bellies. For two months they huddle together and don’t eat.
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Little Monkey plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Your hand controls the mouth, expressions and hands of this interactive monkey puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Comfortably slips over the hand; measures 5 x 5 x 8 inches (LxWxH)
  • This Frog Beleduc handglove puppet is the perfect fit for youngsters who like storytelling and pretend play
  • Beleduc puppets helps boost the imagination of young children while enhancing their fine motor skills
  • As an added feature, the machine-washable fabric stretches just enough for adults to join in, too
  • Buy a number of these finely crafted puppets and your child will be ready to put on their own puppet shows
  • Approximate height 8″
  • Inspired by Eric Carle’s classic tale The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Based upon the unforgettable character in the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • This hand puppet is the perfect for play along reading
  • Features 40th Anniversary Patch
  • Wonderful new addition to the World of Eric Carle line of products
  • Plush velvet
  • 10 animal finger puppets: Elephant, Cow, Frog, Bunny, Dog, Hippo, Bear, Duck, Kuala, Panda
  • 6 people family member finger puppets: Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister
  • Great for imagination activities
  • Interactive play, improve communication skills
  • Enhance relationships
  • The wooden panels of this delightful puppet theater are covered in colorful laminate
  • This lightweight, sturdy playhouse is easy to assemble and move
  • Curtains and roof are made of quality, colorful fabrics
  • Theatre play helps children build self-confidence
  • This puppet theater inspires imaginative and cooperative play

Puppet Stand

  • Puppet Stand Dimensions: 1.75in H x 2.6in W x 16.25in L / Weight: 6.25 lbs.
  • Stand Holds 8 Puppets
  • Solid Hardwood Construction
  • PUPPETS NOT INCLUDED

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