Frankenstein Finger Cookies

Frankenstein Finger Cookies

Rainy day here in Iowa on this Beggar’s Night afternoon!  The kiddos and I are bored so decided to see what ingredients we had in the cupboards to see what we could come up with!!!  I have a Frankenstein head decoration that I love (pictured above) so we decided why not make some Frankenstein Finger cookies to go along with it!!  Oh they are so fun!!!

Frankenstein Finger Cookies

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup almond slices
  • 1 tube red decorating gel
  • 1 tube green food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color.
  3. Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough.
  4. Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes-let cool. Then, squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond sliver on top so the gel oozes out from underneath.
  5. Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks. Then serve and enjoy

Roll your dough into little worms!



Use your knife to make little knuckle marks!

SONY DSC Bake, cool and top with red gel & almond slices!  Enjoy!!

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Floating Heads

I have the perfect spot to hang some spooky ghosts from my front porch.  I set out to the craft store to pick up some round styrofoam balls to make my own fun spooky ghosts!  I picked up 3 of the styrofoam balls and put them in my cart!  I decided I probobly should check the price first…they can’t be much right!  Wrong!  They were like $18 each!  There was no way I was going to spend that much on my 3 ghosts…and that doesn’t include the additinal items I needed to purchase.  I could buy ghosts already made cheaper than I could make them!  I wondered back and forth down the aisle trying to decide what to do..I could come back 3 times and use my 40% off coupon…but I really wanted to make them and get them done!!  I walked past some styrofoam heads that people use for wig mannequins.  I decided what the heck…they were only $4.99 each so I grabbed them up!  I love how they turned out…I have gotten so many compliments on how cool they are and how spooky they look!  Here is how I made mine!


  • Foam Heads, male or female (I got mine at Michaels)
  • FloraCraft® StyroCutter Plus® or a bread knife (I don’t have a Styro Cutter and the knife worked just fine…just cut them outside)
  • 3 yards cheese cloth per head, cut into 2 sections
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • 1 eyelet screws per ghost
  • E6000 glue
  • Fishing line or clear string for making bracelets/necklaces


I think the female heads are a little spookier then the males!

Cut the Necks off

Next grab your bread knife or your FloraCraft® StyroCutter Plus® so that you can trim the neck off of my foam heads.

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Now that there is a little nip tuck!

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Cut your cheese cloth so that you have two equal portions per ghost.

Take a sponge and spread Modge Podge all over the top of the head.  I wanted the face to show through a little more and be a little more defined so I used a little Mod Podge to adhere the cheese cloth to the face portion of the head.  Drap your cheese cloth over the head, smooth down and press into the Modge Podge with your hand.  Lay on cardboard to dry.

After the ghosts were dry, I used E600 glue to adhere an eyelet screw into the top of the ghost head and then I attached a piece of clear string I had on hand from my kiddos making bracelets…you can also use fishing string.

And now they are ready to hang and spook your neighbors, friends and those little beggars on beggar’s night!

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I really do love how creepy they look and blow in the wind.  And I love that none of my neighbors have floating heads like mine!!  (Until they read my blog anyway)! 🙂

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Back to School Breakfast

Hard to believe school is starting next week already!  Where did the summer go!? After I get my son’s 9th birthday party prep out of the way for this weekend I best be planning my kiddos back to school party!  Last year I did a back to school breakfast (literally planned the night before school started)!!  Here are a few pictures from our breakfast…the kids loved waking up to this (not the idea of going back to school) but loved the surprise!!! 🙂

Back to School Breakast

I made a quick menu on my computer and printed it on cardstock for each of the kiddos!  We had Cinnamon Toast Crunch muffins (from a box), pancakes & bacon, homemade granola & fruit kabobs!

Back to School Breakfast 1 I got the little tin buckets with the chalkboard front at Target in the $1 section…score!  I filled the one with school supplies I had sitting around!  I also used one of my folders (hence my name on the front) and cut out some lined paper and wrote back to school on it, folded over some scrapbook paper to make a silverware holder and printed off the subway art and framed it in a frame I had laying around!  Check out tons of fun Subway art here!

Back to School Breakfast 2

I wrapped mini candy bars in these adorable bus candy bar wrappers!  Click here to print yours!  I cut out a small hole in an apple to stick a gummy worm out of…I think these are too cute and the kids loved them!  For the drink (chocolate milk) I wrapped scrapbook paper around a mason jar and for the lid I took out the metal insert and replaced it with a muffin liner then screwed the ring back on and poked in a straw..too cute!

Back to School Breakfast 3

My babies going to school!!!!  My daughter was starting 3 year old preschool but not for a couple weeks…hence the pj’s and wild hair!!

Back to School Breakfast 4

Of course we had to end the day the way we started right!!!  Homemade chocolate chip cookies, rice krispey treats shaped like an apple (stem is a tootsie roll and leaf is a green gum drop, red food coloring) & granola energy balls!  We wrapped a couple apples up in plastic goodie bags with a note attached “hope you had a great 1st day of school” and handed them out to all our neighborhood friends!

Back to School Breakfast 5 That was so much fun…I best put on my thinking cap for this year (a little over a week away)!  Luckily, I did keep a few of my decorations so I am semi prepared for this year!  😎

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Apple Rice Krispie Treats

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Kids are gearing up to go back to school (or mom is anyway)! 🙂  How adorable are these Apple Rice Krispie Treats to have as an after school snack for the kiddos first day of school!  We even bagged some up and they handed them out to all their neighborhood friends…they were a huge hit and everyone loved them!

Apple Rice Krispies

Apple Rice Krispies

I also made my famous Chocolate Chip Cookies & Granola Energy Balls for their after school snack! Get the links to those recipes below!

Super easy to make too…here ‘s the low down:

Apple Rice Krispie Treats

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  • 4 Tbs. Butter
  • 10 oz. Marshmallows
  • 1 pkg. Strawberry Jell-O
  • 6 c. Rice Krispie Cereal
  • Tootsie Rolls & Green Frosting for the stem and leaf (Can use green jelly bean cut in half)


  1. In large pot, over medium heat melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Remove from add Jell-O, stir until completely mixed in. Add cereal and mix until thoroughly coated.
  2. With buttered hands shape about a ¼ c. of cereal into a ball. Once all cereal is shaped use your thumb to make a slight impression in top of ball. Add Tootsie Roll stem and leaf.

Get the recipe for my famous Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies here and my awesome Granola Energy Balls here!

Another wonderful idea is to use these as a birthday party snack…if you have a little princess that is having a Snow White themed birthday…how cute would these be as “Poisonous Apples”!!!  You might want to clarify with a “not so” after it! 🙂


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Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls

I absolutely Love popcorn balls…have since I was a kid and still do!  The gooey-er  the better in my opinion, a little extra marshmallows never hurt anyone…right!?  My kiddos love them and we even handed some out to the neighbors! They will go perfect with our pre-4th of July party tonight…along with some s’mores by the bonfire of course! 🙂

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Popcorn Balls

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Popcorn Balls


  • 14 heaping cups plain popped popcorn
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 10.5 oz pkg of mini marshmallows
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped salted peanuts, optional


  1. Remove any unpopped kernels from the popped popcorn. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and add popcorn; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows, brown sugar, vanilla and salt and cook, stirring, until marshmallows have melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, along with peanuts (if desired). Mix with 2 lightly greased rubber spatulas until popcorn is evenly coated. Using greased hands, form mixture into 2 1/2 inch balls. Eat immediately or wrap balls individually in plastic and keep for up to 3 days! Makes 12

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Baseball Breakfast

Saturday morning 8am pictures followed by an early game…boys are going to be hungry! What a perfect breakfast for a sure fire Win at the Ballpark!

Baseball Donuts

I ordered the plain white doughnuts from our local grocery store the day before I needed them.  I planned on piping on the red frosting to look like laces but my husband talked me into just having the bakery do it (to save me time)!  I wasn’t overly impressed with how they piped it on…I showed them what I wanted with actual laces but I guess swirls worked just fine!

Next time I will either do it myself…or be a little more specific!

These were such a huge hit with the boys!  They won their game and swear it was due to the doughnuts (& Sunny D) and now request them at every Saturday morning game! 🙂

For the Sunny D Labels, I used my computer to design them and then used a 2″ punch to punch them out!

I didn’t get a picture of the boys devouring them as my husband (coach) passed them out before I got there.  However, there were leftovers for my daughter! 🙂

Baseball Donuts Ave

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You’re My Pot O’ Gold…

Pot of Gold

Here is a cute idea for St. Patrick’s Day!  My kiddos took these as a treat for their friends at school last year!

I went to the local craft store and bought small clear bags (pretzel rod bags) are what they are for!  I then went to Wal-Mart or Target and found rainbow licorice & Rolo candy (These would also be super cute with chocolate gold coins)!!  I created and printed the tag “You’re my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” on my computer and attached them to the top of the bag when all filled!  Super easy and such a hit!!!!

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is March 2nd!  We decided to make it a fun day in honor of the man (I mean Cat) and make some fun food and enjoy a birthday lunch together!!  Here are a few pictures of the fun we had!  The lunch participants included my 3 daycare kiddos and my daughter!  My 2 boys in Kindergarten & 2nd grade got a surprise when they opened their school lunches and had a Dr. Seuss theme in their boxes!
Cat in the Hat 2 We made “Green Eggs & Ham”  (looks more like bacon)!  Took white candy chocolate and melted it, piped it onto two pretzel sticks and plopped on a green M&M.  I did break a little piece of each of the ends off the pretzels as they were a little long!

Cat in the Hat 1 We packaged up the green eggs and ham in some clear treat bags, I created a bag topper and then I glue dotted them onto the bags.  My daughter took them to her friends at preschool…they were a huge hit!  If you are interested in the treat bag topper…. get them here!

Cat in the Hat The kids had a lot of fun making these adorable “Cat Hats”!  Twist off the top of an Oreo, top with a red gummy life savor, pipe on a little white frosting as glue and the white part of the hat (I made some up quick with powdered sugar and milk), repeat the process 2 more times…that’s it!  Super cute!

Cat in the Hat Fruit More “Cat Hats” just a little healthier version!  I used a lollipop stick I got at the craft store and layered on banana and strawberry slices to look like the Cat In The Hat’s stripes!  I have also seen a version of these using marshmallows & red fruit roll-ups!  The kiddos gobbled them up…love watching kids eat their fruit and vegetables (who wouldn’t eat these fun little pops)!

Cat in the Hat Fish One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!!!  I picked up these adorable little fish bowls at the craft store, made some blue jello and when it was almost set stuck in a red Swedish fish!  Super easy and super yummy!

Cat in the hat Kids The kiddos make Truffula trees!  These were so cute and easy!  I picked up sparkly pom poms at the craft store (that I think look just like the Truffula trees)!!  We just stuck a tooth pick in them to make trees and an accent to our Ham sandwiches!  You will see in the next picture!

Cat in the Hat Tuffula Aren’t the trees adorable…I think they were my favorite part of the whole lunch!!  They are stuck in mini ham sandwiches!  We also made green deviled eggs!  I just followed a simple deviled egg recipe and added green gel food coloring and piped them in to look pretty!  The kids actually ate the up…I was surprised!!

Cat in the Hat Fish 2 Gotta have fish crackers…everyone in town must of celebrated with these crackers for Dr. Seuss’s birthday because I had to go to a few stores before I could find someone that had them in stock.  I got the bowl at the craft store for $1!

Cat in the Hat Eggs Egg pops…I made these with the extra white chocolate candy melts I had leftover from the Green Eggs and Ham I made as preschool treats and lollipop sticks.  I packaged some of these up in the clear treat bags, tied with a bow & cute tag and sent them in my 2 boys’ school lunches!  They told me their friends were begging them to share! 🙂

Cat in the Hat Plate of Food Prepared plates….they loved everything and ate it all up, I have NO leftovers!  Awesome!!!

Cat in the Hat Frame

I used a program I have on my computer for all the little table tent cards and this 8×10 I framed for the centerpiece.  I just used a frame I had up in the house for the party and then put it back when I was done!

Cat in the Hat Spread Here it is all put together before they devoured it all!  SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Dr. Suess's Birthday Scrapbook Page

Not only the kids get to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s big day!  Yep, the hubby gets his favorite lunch “Egg Salad” with a little Green Eggs and Ham twist!

Green Eggs Salad This isn’t food but thought I would throw in a Fun craft that fits the theme…have the kiddos trace their hands on construction paper and cut them out.  Draw eyes, mouths and fins on…and maybe add a few bubbles!  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!  How cute!!

Cat in the Hat Fish Craft

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Lucky Charms Krispy Treats

What a perfect treat for your little leprachauns!  It may not be a big pot of gold at the end of a rainbow…but they sure are a close second!  Lucky Charms is one of those cereals you loved growing up (and if you are like me…still one of your favorites)!  If your kids pick out all the marshmallows out of cereal like mine do…then just add a some ooey gooey melted marshmallows and turn them into a bar..perfect if you ask me!

Lucky Charms Treats

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Lucky Charms Krispy Treats

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  • 5 cups Lucky Charms Cereal
  • 1 cup Rice Krispy Cereal
  • 3 Tbls. butter
  • 4 cups (10 oz.) mini marshmallows


  1. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter over low to medium heat in a large pot.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  4. Add the Lucky Charms and Rice Krispies and stir until well coated.
  5. Pour into the greased pan. Spray your hands with some non stick spray and press down the mixture evenly.
  6. Let cool, then cut into squares.


(You can use all Lucky Charms if you like, but adding the Rice Krispies adds a little lightness to the bar so it doesn't become too hard over time) .

Lucky Charms Treats 2


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Valentine’s Party & More


My mom always threw Valentine parties for me and my 3 sisters!!  I remember how much joy it brought each of us and how happy it made my mother to see the smiles on all our faces!  She always had the table decorated up perfectly with a festive table cloth and a vase of roses in the middle (probably sent to her for Valentine’s Day from my dad)!  She always had a special place setting for each of us girls with a cute little gift all wrapped up sitting in front of our special spot!  She made sure our dinner consisted of something red like spaghetti, pizza, lasagna etc!  My mom has passed on and my goal is to keep her tradition going for my kids, my grand kids and my great grand kids for as long as possible!

Here is a few pictures and some inspiration from our Valentine’s Parties and craft projects I have done with the kiddos…I am currently planning this years party and can’t wait to see the smiles on my kids faces as they come home from school and see our table all decorated just like I remember my mommy did for me!

Last year we made pizza on Naans (Indian Flat bread) and I used a mini heart cookie cutter to cut the turkey pepperoni’s out into little hearts!  We made sugar cookies in heart shapes and used food coloring to die the dough red!  Chocolate covered strawberries, of course!  And I love doing themed lunches for my kiddos…on Valentine’s Day last year they took a heart shaped sandwich, chocolate covered heart pretzels, some applesauce with a heart sticker attached and of course I included a Valentine’s joke on the lid!

Vday Food for Website

For our party I bought a candy necklace kit and the kiddos had a blast making their own candy necklaces!

Vdapy Party

Below are some fun crafts and a few fun treat ideas the kiddos and I made this year!

Vday Projects

My kids had a blast playing Valentine Bingo with Hershey kisses…and loved eating them when the game was over!  Find tons a free Valentine Bingo printables here!

Heart and Arrows Treat – Super easy!  I bought a package of cinnamon hearts in the Valentine section!  Attach one of the hearts to one end of a pretzel stick (gently as the pretzel breaks pretty easy), take a pair of scissors and cut another cinnamon heart just a little to resemble and arrow and attach it to the other end of the pretzel stick (you have my permission to eat the pieces you cut off)!  My 4 year old assembled all of these…I just did the scissor part!

PB&A Sandwiches – Move over PB&J!  For these apple sandwiches just cut and apple into slices, spread peanut butter on with a knife, take another apple slice and sandwich them together, then take a mini cookie cutter of choice and cut out the middle to create a shape (I used a heart for Vday but you could use any shape, the inital of your kiddo would be adorable too!  So cute and super yummy!  I also used fruit fresh so they didn’t turn brown too fast!

Valentine Treat Pouch – Find the complete tutorial here!  We made ours to give as teachers gifts this year!

Pom Monsters – There are lots of ways you can make these but how I made mine was pretty easy.  I took yarn and wrapped it around 3 of my fingers until I had quite a bit (maybe 40-50 wraps), when I was finished wrapping I slide it gently off my 3 fingers to keep the oval shape, I cut a new piece of yarn and wrapped it around the middle of the yarn I had wrapped and tied it tight in a knot.  I then took scissors and cut the loops of yarn on each side to make a fluffy ball, I stuck on some antenna with sparkly pipe cleaner and attached some foam hearts (I had on hand) with glue, I also attached a bigger foam heart on the bottom to resemble feet.  Stick on a googly eye or two and there you go!  Cute little pom monsters!  You can get all these supplies at the dollar store or local craft store.

Trading Cards

These are the trading cards I created for my kiddos to take to school this year for their friends.  Riley – 2nd grade say’s “I’ve been shot by cupid”, Brook – Kindergarten is a super hero theme (that is a lip whistle attached) and Avery – 4 year old preschool picked a super hero (girl them) with a princess background (heart shaped straw attached)!!!  I loved school Valentine parties when I was a kid, I can’t wait to hear all about my kids parties!

I hope I helped inspire a few of you out there to have a little (or big) Valentine party for your kiddos…you can even invite some neighborhood friends if you like!  It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money (especially if you make this an annual tradition), almost all of my decorations I use from year to year!  You can also get tons of adorable decorations and party goods at your local dollar store!

Have fun and be creative!!!!!


Gotta start the day right on Valentine’s Day!!!  I used a cookie cutter to cut out the heart shaped pancakes and a smaller cookie cutter to cut out the heart in the middle.  I shaped the strawberries into hearts and added some chocolate milk to a champaign glass…topped with a straw and heart (of course)!  Look at my happy little man!

Valentine Breakfast

Another version of a Valentine Lunch!  I used a cookie cutter to cut a heart out of a piece whole wheat bread and used the same cutter to cut a heart out of the white bread, stuck the whole wheat heart down in the white heart spot and there you have a 2 shaded heart pb & jelly sandwich!  For the yummy Valentine Trail Mix…get my recipe here Vday Lunch

A simple way to make Valentine brownies look gourmet!!  I do have a Pampered Chef square tin that makes individual square brownies (or whatever else you decide to bake) which I love!  If you don’t own this…just make your brownies and cut into squares like normal.  I found heart shaped marshmallows at the store, stuck one on top after it cooled just a little (so it wouldn’t melt into a pile of pink), melted some white candy melts in the microwave and drizzled on top!  That’s it!!! Everyone will think you were slaving over them for hours!

Valentine Brownies For these conversation heart cakes I used individual heart shaped cake pans and a box of your favorite cake mix!  Frosted each of them a pastel color and piped on the lovey dovey words with red food coloring!  I am not a conversation heart candy lover but I do think they are super cute and these are both…super cute & super good!

Valentine Heart Cakes Valentine Pudding Cups – I made a batch of chocolate instant pudding and put them in these plastic cups (from the $ store)…topped with cool whip, mini chocolate chips and a strawberry on the side!  For the candy heart shapes…I just melted Wilton Candy Melts and pipped them onto a piece of wax paper.  Once they dried I carefully lifted them off the paper and placed them into the pudding cups!

Valentine Pudding Cups

Valentine Cheese & Crackers – Cookie Cutters!

Valentine Cheese and Crackers For Valentine this year I made a couple batches of Baked Cavatelli …get my recipe here!  I served it with some garlic bread sticks and a big batch of salad.  To Valentine it up a bit I used a knife and cut my red pepper into heart shapes!!

Valentine Salad Valentine Minute to Win it!  This was SO fun…for the little kids all the way to the adults!!!  I found a free printable on Pinterest and everything was already planned and written out step by step of what to do!  How easy is that!!!  There are tons of printables online…but I got mine here!  Here are some more I found on Pinterest and tons of great classroom Valentine party ideas!

Valentine Minute to win it

Here is what it looks like close up!

Each child gets a bag of candy and the obstacle course (pictured above.)

Here’s what they have to do, in 60 seconds or less:

1. Bite the ends off the Red Vine
2. Open the Pixy Stix and dump the powder into the circle
3. Use their Red Vine straw to blow the powder out of the circle
4. Open the Hershey’s Kiss with one hand and eat it
5. Arrange their M&Ms in the circles


6. Complete the “M&Ms Math” problem!


Another fun game we played was a Q-tip game!  Get two bowls…I just happen to have 2 heart shaped bowls!!  A bunch of Q-tips and some straws!  Break into 2 teams…have the kids stand in two lines at one end of a room and place the bowls at the other end (not too far away…the point is to get the Q-tips into the bowls).  Give each kid a straw and a Q-tip. Have each team stand in a single file line, have them put a Q-tip in the end of the straw, set a timer and see how many Q-tips each team can get in the bowls before the time is up! Each kid goes once and then goes to the back of the line…they can grab a new Q-tip just in case they get to go again before the time is up!  I just made this game up so you can set your own rules…

Valentine Game We also played a game that didn’t turn out to work all too well…Have 2 people form 2 teams.  Put Vaseline on the end of the noses of 2 brave souls, have those 2 people stand at one end of the room and have the  teams stand at end of the room and see how many craft pom poms you can get to stick to their nose!  lol  Which ever team has the most pom poms stick when the time is up…wins! They didn’t stick well so we ended up just going up and sticking them on their noses for fun!



Too funny and SO much fun!

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