Make Your Own Snowflakes

This was so easy, and both The Younger and The Older had a terrific time being creative. All it took were the below materials, and we were set to go!

I had to be the one to use the hot glue, but both kids were able to structure their designs easily once the center glue dot was applied.

Once it was dry, I ‘painted the ends of the cotton swabs in white glue, and they decorated with the glitter.

Easy to do, and very pretty! We even put some on the branches of our Christmas tree, and they looked pretty amazing :-)


Fun Shapes for Pancakes

I had a ball with the kids this holiday season. Really, I think it was one of the best, and that had a lot to do with the things we did as a family. We did all sorts of crafts and went all sorts of places. Everyone had a great time no matter what we did, and it truly was a season filled with holiday magic.

One of my favorite things we did was make snowman pancakes. It was so easy, and the kids thought they were the best.thing.ever! They laughed when they saw them, and The Older even thought they were worthy of a second helping.

I used cool whip for the ‘snow,’ chocolate chips for the buttons and eyes, pretzel sticks for the arms, bacon for the scarf, black icing for the mouth, and an Andes Candy for the hat. Super easy, and if you don’t have the things listed here, you can easily improvise with whatever you want.

See? they were pretty happy with their breakfast-for-dinner!


Making “Snow”

This was a great activity, especially for us down here in the south where it hasn’t snowed since 1976! Both of my kids have been begging to see snow this year, and while I can’t change the weather, I can give them an idea of what real snow feels like and how it acts. This ‘fake snow’ only takes 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of hair conditioner (any will do, but if you use a color-tinted one, your snow will be tinted as well). I also used a large nonstick baking pan, and that worked well. The cookie sheets I’ve seen used don’t have enough of a lip to keep the snow from falling off over the sides, and Tupperware doesn’t have enough room in my opinion.

I lucked out in that I happened to have a box of baking soda in the fridge, so when I mixed the solution, it was actually chilly and even more like real snow :-)

Both kids enjoyed this so much, I packed all the ‘snow’ back into Tupperware and put it in the fridge. That way, it will be cold and ready for more play later!

Glue Ornament

This craft was a bit trickier, but it was fun!

I have a few metal cookie cutters, so The Younger picked out which one she wanted to use before we started. She chose a snowflake, so I put it on wax paper, opened the bottle of glue, and let her go!

She filled it about 1/4 of the way up, and then I used the handle of a plastic paintbrush to make sure the glue filled the ends of the cookie cutter. We added glitter (blue because, you know, that Frozen thing), and then she stirred it carefully to mix it in.

Now we just have to wait for it to dry. I wonder how long she’s going to stand there?…

I’ll post the final outcome once it’s ready to be hung :-)

Easy Christmas Craft- Snow-filled Pinecones

I found a few fun crafts to do with The Younger while she’s out of school the next few days, so I figured I’d post a them throughout the week.

This is a great one I found at Preschool Daze called P is for (Snowy) Pinecones. I happened to have all the materials on hand (including the pinecones that have been sitting outside in a bag for many, many months), so it was a no-brainer to do this one first.

This activity was fun for The Younger, and it also got her imagination running with what else she could do with the pinecones (like making a bed for one of them, making a family, etc.). It was also interesting to watch her work and see how far she’s come with regard to small motor skills!

We didn’t even need the glue for the original plan. All we did was pull apart the cotton balls (easier to work with) and use a tooth pick to push the pieces into the pinecone far enough so it wouldn’t fall out.

Here’s the finished product:

And here is the “Pinecone Family.” We added the glue to some of them by painting some school glue on the edges of the pinecone and shaking glitter on them. That was a nice touch ;-)

Cute, Inexpensive Holiday Gift

‘Tis the time of year for stressing over finding cute but inexpensive gifts for people. Specifically, for me, it’s the kids’ teachers and the staff at their wonderful school, because if I include every person who makes a difference in their lives, I’m pushing 20 people. I wish I could afford $50 gift cards for each of them, but reality means I have to rely on creativity over $$$. So, I poked around the dollar store last month, and I found a few things that I thought I could put together to make something fun.

I bought some white liquid hand soap and some ribbon, and when I got home I gathered the google eyes and construction paper I had…

This was so easy to do, and I think all together it cost me maybe $2 to make.

This was the soap I used:

I left the front label intact, and I peeled the back on off so there would be the blank space for putting his face on:

The good thing about this was the label left some residual stickiness, and the nose and mouth stuck to the bottle without using anything extra. I debated using black cutouts for eyes too (I did his mouth with black construction paper and a hole punch), but I thought the google eyes gave him a more silly look (good for teachers), so for those I used hot glue just to be sure they stayed on.

Well, there it is. Easy, inexpensive, fun to make, and something the teachers can use in the classroom or at home. Also, a few people have pointed out that with a few teeth, he could end up looking very much like a certain Disney snowman we all know… That could be fun too!



3D Desserts from Chase

The Daddy and I went to Disney World over the weekend without the kids to celebrate our 12th anniversary. We like to go to Epcot because the Food and Wine Festival is taking place, and it’s one of our favorite events. How lucky are we that our anniversary (and The Daddy’s birthday) fall within this window?!

As usual we had a great time, and it was made even better by getting free tickets to their 3D Desserts event! We never would have been able to go otherwise, and we have Chase to thank for it. For the first time we used the Chase Lounge at Epcot where we were able to cool off and get free water, and while we were there we were approached by a cast member who asked what our plans were for the evening. We admitted we didn’t have any, and she presented us with two tickets for the event which of course made me tear up and gush our thanks like a fool, LOL.

3D Desserts Epcot

It was amazing! I never knew there was a venue that large at Epcot (seriously, it was about 2 football field’s long), and it was full of food and drinks. There was a live band that was pretty good and played all sorts of popular music, and we got to meet and talk with all kinds of people. I don’t drink hard alcohol so I stuck with water, but I recognized some pretty high-class labels out there, and the food was amazing! It didn’t have just desserts either (which is great since I’m not a big sweets type of gal), so I stuck with the prime rib slices and exotic cheeses. Yum!

I’m not usually someone who is comfortable at events like this, but when you’re at Disney World, how can you not feel happy even if you are outside of your comfort zone? While this isn’t an event I would have considered before, I’m so glad we got the chance to go.  I feel so honored that we were given the chance to experience something we never would have been able to otherwise, so I would like to give a huge Thank You to Walt Disney World and Chase for our magical night!


Artwork Display

Now that The Younger has started kindergarten, I am overwhelmed with papers. I figured out that each person in the house needs a bin that they are responsible for checking if they’re missing paperwork or to see if they have mail (this is mostly for the 6’6″ child in my house), but I was struggling with what to do with The Younger’s artwork. Our refrigerator isn’t magnetic, and our pantry door has no more room to tape her latest creations, so I was stuck.

Until the Dollar Store that is! They had clothespins when I went this time, and right there next to it was a bin full of decorative masking tape!

All it took was some cutting, and the younger covered the top (displayed) side of the clothespin. Now I just string a ribbon wherever I want her art displayed, and we have the means to pin them up without a lot of fuss :-)

Repurpose Changing Table

The Younger needed a desk, and we missed all the “Back to School” sales. She didn’t need anything major, but I did want there to be enough room for her computer and mouse, plus some extra room for papers and such. I figured we’d go to yard sales or whatnot, but sometimes getting something like that is more trouble than its worth in the end (think lifting, loading, unloading, carrying up the stairs).

I began thinking about what we had around the house, and I realized her changing table might work. I searched Pinterest (of course!), but there wasn’t anything that was designed like the one she had, so I had to come up with an plan on my own.

I think it came out well. All I had to do was removed the brackets that held the drawers, take the back off, and then remove the front lip at the bottom that secured it (which we then switched around to the back and drilled in place for more stability). We had to use a jigsaw for the bottom to cut it out (we wanted to keep the cabinet on the side for her computer tower), so that was the only ‘real’ hardware need.