Thursday, March 24, 2011

I am so honored...

... to have been featured as a "business woman" on my friend Stephanie's blog as part of her "Hear Us Roar" series and I am so touched! Thank you for the shout out Steph!!! I am really just so lucky to have a friend like her that I can learn from! If you so desire, check out the post here:



Steff’s Stuff

Peeps for the Class

So, if you don't know, I have a deep love of Peeps. So great is the love that my mom still sends me a package or two for Easter!!! So why not capitalize on this gooey goodness and share it with the world, well at least my kids classmates!!! I'm not sure if we will make these again this year, but here is what we did last year as a classroom treat.

Originally posted March 24, 2010 on my family blog:

What do you get when you take a bunch of these....

... and some of these...

...and put them inside these?

Spring Treats for your child(ren)'s classes!

So I borrowed an idea I saw on another blog (I would give credit but I can't remember where off the top of my head and I'm too lazy to search for it).

Here's how to make it:

Ingredients
* Peeps (I used 3 per bag so you will have to do the math to figure out how many you will need)
* Cellophane goodie bags - about 4"x10" (you can get them at most craft stores and even at WalMart)
* Cardstock tags (if you want to use the one I made, just leave me a comment with your email and I will send the file to you)
* Scissors
* Stapler

Step-By-Step
1. Print, cut, and fold the amount of tags you will need
2. Cut off the top 1" of your cellophane bags (a bit tedious but it makes the end result look better)
3. Put 3 peeps in the goodie bag
4. Fold the bag over and then sandwich it in the fold of the cardstock tag.
5. Staple the tag onto the bag
6. Repeat until you are done

Note: your fingers might end up the same color as the peeps you use!
Happy Peeping,

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

One of those days

A few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a skit that we performed at our Relief Society Birthday Commemoration Celebration. Those in charge wanted me to share a funny incident that related to being a mother with young children. They actually had one in mind that I had shared years ago and it definitely fit into the theme of the skit - where we poked a little fun at how serious we women can be when things just aren't going right or aren't perfect! My part in the skit was for me to write a note to the sisters about the incident and then to read it at the appointed time! My part had to do with this hat:
Here is the letter I shared:


Dearest Sisters,


Lest you think I take myself too seriously, let me tell you about the witch hat on my head. A few years ago, with a 5 year old and a 1 1/2 year old underfoot, I was having one of those days! You know which one I'm talking about, right? One of those days where you can't seem to get anything accomplished, even when you think you have.


In fact, I had just put away the boy's clean clothes and about 5 minutes later I walked back into their bedroom to find that they had dumped 2 large storage chests filled with dress-up clothes all over the ground! I'll admit that I was not happy about this - I may have thrown a small temper tantrum of my own, which I will deny of you dare to quote me. There may have been some yelling and foot stomping, again deniable. In the midst of the my frustration this witch hat caught my eye and I put it on! I certainly was feeling as though the Wicked Witch of the East had just arrived! My two young boys looked at me like I had lost it. 


I didn't say any more to them. I just silently went about my tasks - all while wearing the hat! After about an hours of this two things happened - first, my family was warned that I was in a bad mood and steer clear of me (which they did) and second, I felt so incredibly ridiculous wearing the hat that my bad mood didn't last for very long!


I have only donned this hat a few more times since that day almost 4 years ago, but I will never forget the lesson learned that perspective is key will raising a young family.


Let us remember that "to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.." Ecclesiastics 3:1 


Your sincere friend,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Leprechaun Trap

Need a last minute Leprechaun Trap?


Do you only have about 10 - 20minutes to make it and the following materials laying around your house?


Then you are ready to make a trap to catch that little fellow as he hunts for gold!


What you need:

- 1 piece of 12x12 cardstock or decorative scrapbooking paper
- 1 empty and cleaned out Pringles container (or something similar to it)
- Green tissue paper (cut to a 5"x5" square)
- Adhesive
- Rubber Band
- Gold Pieces (this could be plastic pieces of gold, or rocks that are spray painted gold, use your imagination)
- 3-4 chenille sticks (for the ladder)

How To:
Trap:
1. Be sure the container is empty and cleaned out (and completely dry). Do not use the plastic lid (save it for another project). 
2. Wrap the piece of paper around the container and mark where the two edges meet, cut off excess paper.
3. Use adhesive to adhere the paper to the container
4. Use the rubber band to attach the tissue paper to the top of the container. Remember there should not be a lid on. This allows space for the Leprechaun to fall into the container - after all, you are trying to catch him. 
5. Place the gold pieces on the top of the trap. You could also make a small sign to place on the side of the trap that reads "Gold Vault"

Ladder:
1. Cut one of the chenille sticks into 5 equal pieces (about 2")
2. Take the 2 other chenille sticks and place them side to side. Place the 2" pieces in between the two long ones and then twist the ends of the short pieces around the long pieces.  

TA-DA!!! You have a completed trap. 


My boys even made a "rainbow" path to entice that little leprechaun to climb the ladder! We shall see if he comes for a visit and if we can catch him. We haven't been able to as of yet, but who knows, this could be the year!!!!

Happy Leprechaun Catching to you,


Monday, March 14, 2011

Striking Up A Good Time - Bowling Party

We had a fun weekend celebrating Peanut #2's Birthday!!! It was fun to go glow bowling with a bunch of 4/5-year olds - seriously!!! We really enjoyed bowling and playing in the kid arcade!


Below are the highlights from our day. There are how-to's included in each section, I just don't call them out like I normally do, so sorry, I have 2 kiddos wanting my attention so I need to make this post a quick one! Please note that I have blurred some things out (like names, addresses and phone numbers), thanks for understanding!


The Invite:
I was able to use my Cricut to cut out the black circles and the bowling pins. I then used circle label stickers for the front of the "bowling ball," cardstock to print the invite on, CD envelopes, and had fun adding red glitter glue to the "bowling pins." 

The Banner: 
I wanted cute decorations and I knew it would be a challenge to do so at the bowling ally where you are given one table. I was determined to find a way to add the banner and with the help of my husband we came up with a pretty fun way to display it! 

I made the banner 2-sided so that it would be the same on each side of the table. I have to say my vision for having it run down the middle of the table was a success with the help of two "pins" made from sparkling cider bottles that were spray painted white and had orange duct tape wrapped around the neck (this is my husband's brilliant idea)! They were filled with sand and then I was able to add the wooden dowel into it! It gave me just the right support to hang the banner (which was heavy due to it being 2-sided). The dowels were tall enough so that the kids could still see across the table without the sign getting in the way!

Cupcake Picks:


I really wish I would have gotten a better picture of the cupcakes, but it was dark inside and I am not a pro so this is what we've got!!! I cut out a lot of 1.5" circles on my Cricut. I then used white paint to make the holes. Using a regular sized toothpick, I glued two circles back to back with the toothpick wedged in between. I think they turned out pretty cute. 


Arcade Bags:
Each kid was given a bag and a card to use in the arcade. They were able to fill the bag with tickets and the treats they won!!! This bowling alley even had additional games for the adults to play: trivia, blind folded fun, etc... How fun to get the parent's involved too!


The Favors:
So I didn't do a bag filled with candy. Instead we found these fun plastic bowling pin and ball sets!!! I simply made my own label for them using cardstock and added a few more of the bowling pins. The kids really liked these and I think the parent's were relieved to not have a bunch of sugar coming home! 


The Birthday Boy:




He kept saying thank you to his Dad and I for the fun time he had! We love you Peanut!!!

It was such a fun time that a few of the mom's and I are planning on having a ladies or even a couples bowling night!!!

Happy Party Planning to You,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Strike!!!

I've been busy striking up some fun stuff for an upcoming birthday party! Here's a little teaser of what we will be doing on Saturday to celebrate Peanut #2's 5th Birthday!!! The full party details will be posted next week! 


Invitation (idea inspired by a friend)
Birthday banner
Loot Bag for the arcade
Cupcake toppers! 
Thank you gift for the guests!

Happy Partying to you,

Saturday, March 5, 2011

So Very Lucky

After a nice week in Kauai (bet you didn't even know I was gone)...
Hanalei Bay, Kauai


...I am trying to get my act together here! Since we have gotten back, it's like I've hit the ground running (so much for easing my way back into reality). I've been busy with doing some things for our upcoming Relief Society Commemoration day (read more about the Relief Society here); preparing things for Peanut #2's birthday party; Activity Day girls will be coming over this upcoming week to put together Babysitting Kits; getting music together so that I can teach the adult members of our stake how to do a basic Swing dance (so excited for this - seriously); and so forth... Phew, I think I need another vacation!!!


Well, as I have been preparing for all these things, and more, St. Patrick's Day has been on my mind. This is a fun holiday in our home, where we try to catch the Leprechaun in hopes of getting some of his gold. We make traps, our food magically becomes green and we just enjoy being so very lucky!!!
To Catch a Leprechaun Hat

(ours look just like this - wink, wink, wink. Picture courtesy of Family Fun)

Here are some fun ideas that I have seen out in blog land. I can't wait to try some of them out:



How cute are these tags! Check out Wants and Wishes to see a super cute St. Patty's Day Party!!! They have such a cute etsy store!!!!


St. Patrick's Pot of Gold
I love this Pot of Gold from Family Fun!
Another cute tag from eighteen25
I really love this cute classroom treat!!! Check it out at It Is What It Is

I like this Leprechaun trap from The Crafting Chicks

and I LOVE these leprechaun hats out of plastic containers!!! Check them out over at Full House

Thanks ladies for all the clever ideas! Feel free to grab one of my "Orange Peanut - Thinks I'm Nutty" buttons - because I think you are filled with nutty goodness. 

If you have a fun and simple St. Patrick's day craft or recipe, leave me a comment!!!

Lucky  Day to you ,