Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Eve Party Printables

Last minute party planning? Check out these free New Year's Eve printables from The TomKat Studio! Just print, cut & create!

Cheers to 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kids New Year's Resolution Printable

I can't believe it is almost 2012!
Get this free printable from Thirty Handmade Days and have some fun with your kids filling it out. Talk about this past year & set goals for the year ahead!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Magic Reindeer Food + Free Printable

Start a new holiday tradition with your little ones...
Magic Reindeer Food!
On Christmas Eve, sprinkle this magic reindeer food on your lawn. The sparkle of the glitter in the moonlight & the smell of the oats will guide Rudolph to your house!

It's a fun favor idea for holiday parties, a cool surprise to send to their classroom & a great project for the kids to get involved with making.

Want to create some too? Feel free too download my label HERE.

What you'll need:
Dry oatmeal
Cellophane treat bags

*Another option is to use colored sugar. It will still give the sparkly appearance, without being harmful to actual animals who may end up eating it.

Sprinkle it on the lawn, driveway, or apartment patio to entice the reindeer and give them something to munch on while Santa delivers his sleigh of goodies.

Reindeer Food is perfect for those (young & old) who love the magical Christmas season!

Happy Holidays!

Letter To Santa Free Printable

Are your kids ready for the arrival of the big guy & his crew? This adorable letter to santa is perfect for the little ones to sign their names & set out with some milk, cookies & carrots. Download the freebie from Blush Printables HERE!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Peppermint Butter Waffle Cookies

Tis the season for cookie exchange parties! And this week I am attending two! Yeah for lots of yummy cookies. Boo for slaving in the kitchen all night!

If you love waffle cones, you'll love this fun twist on the tasty treat!
Peppermint Butter Waffle Cookies!

What you'll need:

Trader Joe's Butter Waffle Cookies
White chocolate candy melts
Candy canes

To get started ~ Melt the chocolate!
You can either throw them in the microwave or I opt to use a double boiler.

While the chocolate is melting, unwrap the candy canes & place them into zip lock bags. I used a meat tenderizer to crush the candies (great stress reliever). And because toddlers love to destroy things, my lovely assistant needed her own bag to crush.

Next grab a cookie & coat one side with the melted chocolate. You could also dip the whole cookie in the chocolate.

Place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Sprinkle the cookies with the crushed candy canes.

I felt the cookies needed a bit more pizazz, so I drizzled (okay splattered) them with dark chocolate.

Set aside while the chocolate hardens or place in the fridge for 20 minutes to speed up the process.

The finished product!

Since these were going to a cookie party, I decided to wrap them individually & added a label so guests knew what they were.

Since it's all about the presentation, I always feel the need to kick it up a notch. I printed & assembled these gingerbread houses from The TomKat Studio via HGTV. They are the perfect size treat boxes & do I even need to mention how stinkin' adorable they are?

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Melting Snowman Cookies

Meet my cute little snowman cookie friends!

If you're still needing to bake some holiday treats, these cookies are sure to be a huge hit! I have two cookie exchange parties this week & I'm pretty sure these guys will bring smiles to a few faces!

They are super easy to make. What you'll need:
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix.
Royal Icing
Decorative icing

1. Bake the cookies according to directions.

2. Top with royal icing. I had the frosting to dribble down the cookie for a watery, puddle effect.

3. Take a couple of marshmallows & pop them into the microwave for 20 seconds (I suggest spraying your fingers with a touch of cooking spray.) Microwaving gives them a wonky shape.

4. Using decorative icing & sprinkles, add final features (arms, face, etc.)

My lovely little assistant!

The little ones love to help make the cookies but don't be surprised if they eat more than they make :)

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Oodles of Christmas Printables

I've run across so many fun & creative Christmas printables! I had to share a few favorites!

Cute moveable reindeer from Eat Drink Chic

Hostess With Mostess has an amazing holiday printable set that includes place cards, cupcake toppers, favor tags, decorative papers & much more!

Christmas subway art from Eighteen25

Christmas labels from Ink Tree Press

BELIEVE banner from At Second Street

~*~ Happy Holidays ~*~

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Vintage Glitter Bulbs

Remember these fun holiday bulbs? Some of you may even still decorate with them! This year I decided to give them a fab makeover!

Unscrew the bulbs, and coat each one with some Elmers glue. Sprinkle glitter all over & tap to remove excess.

Set to dry & figure out how you will display these sparkling beauties!
On a wreath?
In a bowl?
Gift tags?

My little gal grabbed a few for her room to be displayed with her decorations!

So easy to make & I love the retro feel!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa Christmas Countdown Printable

Get this free adorable Santa Christmas Countdown from
inviting printables! Each day the kiddos (or adults) glue a cotton ball to his beard & when it's full Christmas is here!

This year my has daughter has developed an extreme fondness for advent calendars (we have already purchased three!) but I'm beginning to think her obsession is just for the daily chocolate treat inside so I'm particularly excited about this sugar-free version!

Get the printable here & let the count down begin!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thank you!

Happy Turkey Day!

I just want to say Thank you. Thank you for taking time to read my little blog. Thank you for commenting and tweeting and Facebooking and for just being incredible you!

I wish you the most fabulous of Thanksgivings!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gobble! Turkey Hand Tee

Here's a modern twist to the Thanksgiving hand turkey! My daughter and I made this last year and we had so much fun I wanted to share it again!

Look at that sweet little face! I can't believe how fast she's growing up!

We followed the tutorial from Treasures For Tots as our guide. Using fabric scraps, ribbons & buttons, we made the whole thing in less than one hour & the best part...
No sewing involved (woot)!

Gobble ~ Gobble
Now go & make your little one a fun tee to rock this Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooktacular Breakfast

Halloween festivities are in full swing at our house! So to kick start the next week of thrills, we started the day with a spooktacular breakfast!

Some poison for my pretties
(aka OJ)

Earth Worm Fruit Salad

Twisted Twigs
(aka Brown Sugar & Maple Bacon)

Buried Alive Pumpkin Muffins

Do you have any fun Halloween food ideas?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Little Ghost Feet

I love this time of year! My little gal & I have so much fun doing craft projects together. When I saw this idea posted on Pinterest, I knew we had to give it a whirl.

We started off with a canvas & painted it black.

Next we made a puddle of white paint for her to wiggle her foot in. She giggled & had a blast. Next carefully place each foot down onto the canvas.

We added some googly eyes and glitter paint (cause everything we do has to sparkle, even ghosts)!
She wrote her name & dated the back of the canvas.

Last, I added some adhesive letters and attached some ribbon using my staple gun so we could hang it!

Easy peasy! I love that every Halloween we'll have a special decoration to cherish from when she was little :)

I'm linking to these fabulous blog parties!