1st Communion Cookies

I made these awesome Almond Meltaway cookies last week that only lasted a couple days in my house…they were that good!  My son has his 1st communion this weekend and we plan on having family back to our house afterwards for some cake and cookies!  I thought these would be perfect if I decorated them with white frosting and piped a cross on to make them look like actual “hosts”!  They turned out SO cute!  They would also be adorable for a baptism or baby shower!!!

I just used store bought gel for the cross…I used two different kinds a confetti gel & a blue glitter gel!

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Magic Seeds

Last year the kiddos planted Magic Jelly Beans on Easter Eve and the smiles on their faces was priceless!  They loved waking up on Easter morning to run outside and see the suckers that grew while they were sleeping!

 I wanted to do something similar this year but not exactly the same.  I happen to find Jelly Belly Peas & Carrots at the local dollar store and decided I would make little seed packets personalized for each kiddo!  I found some awesome carrot shaped candy at the dollar store as well as a bouquet of bunny suckers for each child! 

Here are some awesome pictures I captured of the fun!

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Easter Dirt Cups

Happy Spring!

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My fabulous neighbor sent me this awesome recipe, brought over all the ingredients and then came over for all my kiddos and her kiddos to make these awesome treats!  What a perfect start of to spring!!!  Especially when it’s still cold here in Iowa and the forecast is calling for snow over the weekend…ugh, enough already!  We are ready for some warm weather!

My neighbor found most of the supplies at the local dollar store and she made the chocolate cake (aka dirt) ahead of time!

Easter Dirt Cups

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 4 little containers of chocolate pudding ($1 for 4 at the dollar store)
  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsps vanilla butter food flavoring
  • transparent tumbler cups

Assorted Candies…don’t forget to include gummy worms!!

Directions: Prepare your unflavored gelatin by adding the boiling water to a container with the gelatin and sugar. The gelatin should dissolve in 5 minutes. Add the vanilla butter flavoring.

Distribute evenly in 4 tumblers. Put a couple of gummy worms inside. Place in the refrigerator to chill and set. We put ours in the freezer to speed up the process a bit!

Once the gelatin mix has set, take some pudding and add it to each tumbler, as much or little as you want, we had the kiddos each share a container of pudding and each put in 1/2. Take a slice of your chocolate cake, crumble it and fill up the tumblers to the top with it!
Next, let the kiddos go wild with the fun candy assortment and let their creativity flow! Finally…time to dig in!  The kids loved the worms in the gelatin at the bottom of the cups and it so cute when all layered in a plastic clear tumbler to see the surprise worms at the bottom of the cup!
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St. Patrick’s Printable

Happy March!

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner…do you celebrate?  I am a little stressed this year with St. Patrick’s Day the week before Easter…which do you decorate for or do you just have both decorations up for a very short time?  I don’t have tons of St. Patrick’s Day decorations so I am going for the Easter theme with a few St. Patrick’s Day decorations thrown in!

I made this 8×10 printable’s for you if you need a little help with your St. Patrick’s decor this year! (It can be printed as a 5×7 as well)

Just left click on the below image, save to your computer and print from home or send out to print.

Enjoy!  I hope this put’s a little “Green” into your house and gets you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit! I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!  This year I plan on having a little St. Paddy’s Day party for my kiddos then we will head downtown to the St. Patrick’s Day parade…always a wonderful time!

St. Patricks Subway Art Printable

Here are a some of my awesome finds from the local Dollar Store to make our St. Patrick’s Day party a success!!!

St. Paddys

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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!!!!

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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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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!

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

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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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Football Party Food & Decor

This Sunday is the big Superbowl game!  Worried about what to make …no worries, I got your covered!  Here is a list of some fun football party food I found around the web as well as some free football themed decor !!!

deviled-eggs-sl-footballl-300x300 How cute are these Football Deviled Eggs from Southern Living? Click here to get the recipe.

Football rice krispey treats Click here for the recipe for these adorable Football Rice Krispie Treats.

Rice Krispey Jersey's Get these MVP Jersey Treats recipe here!  How cute would these be in your favorite team & opposing team colors.

Kickoff Pizza Be the hit of the party with this Kick Off Football Pizza!  Get the recipe here.

Football Cheese and crackers Football bites (with summer sausage, cheddar & ranch)!  I love these, almost too cute to eat!  Get the “how to” here.

  Football Pockets

Feeling a little creative….I love these!!  Get the “How To” here.

Football Sandwiches In a hurry…you can whip these up super fast!  Just pipe on some cream cheese laces! Get the “How to” here.

Football Cheeese dip I love a cheese ball and this one is just super cool!  Get the recipe here.

Football cupcakes Get the kids involved!  They would have a blast helping decorate these game day cupcakes!  Get the “How To” here.

Football Brownies Checkout these Touchdown Brownies here.

Looking for some party decor without spending a lot of money? Here are some FREE printables which include cupcake wrappers & pendants.

And you can click here for a printable football field mat and a green chevron mat, all courtesy of TheCelebrationShoppe


I hope you got some great ideas for your next football party!!

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Groundhog Day Scavenger Hunt

My kids loved this fun scavenger hunt we did last year for Groundhog’s Day! Even better, each clue has a fun fact about Groundhog’s Day!  I even had them each decorate little Groundhog bags and I used them for the final “treasure” at the end of the hunt!!  Each clue even tells you were you should place your next clue…that made it super easy!!!

To get all these clues and printable groundhogs just click here and you will be re-directed to an awesome website called “Preschool Alphabet by Lindsy”!!  These are FREE printables!  There are even some blank ones if you want to make up some of your own clues.

Clue #1 … (Read to the kids) “Today we’re going on a hunt to find a special treasure. Your first clue is … look on the calendar.”


Clue #2 … (Hide the clue on the Feb. 2 square) “February 2nd is Groundhog’s Day. Look on the computer for the next clue.”

SONY DSC Clue #3 … (Have this picture on the screen) “Groundhogs are covered with gray-brown fur. They have short ears, a short tail, short legs and are very quick! Show me how quick you are! Look for your next clue in the fridge by the veggies!

SONY DSC Clue #4 … (In the produce drawer of the fridge) “Groundhogs eat lots of greens, fruits and vegetables and very little water. They get water from eating leaves. Try eating a vegetable like a groundhog! Then look on the scale in the bathroom.”

SONY DSC Clue #5 … (On the bathroom scale) “Groundhogs are about 20 inches long and weigh between 12 and 15 pounds. How much do you weigh? Look in the toy box.”

SONY DSC Clue #6 … (Near a noisy toy) “Groundhogs can whistle when they are alarmed. Can you whistle? Look by the bathroom sink.”


Clue #7 … (Near the soap) “Groundhogs are very clean animals. Insects don’t bother them and germs leave them alone because they are so clean! Can you clean your hands? Look on your bed for the next clue.”

SONY DSC Clue #8 … (On the bed) “Groundhogs hibernate. That means they sleep all winter long. Can you pretend to hibernate like a groundhog? *Look under the kitchen table for your next clue!”

*I changed this to under the kitchen sink as I wanted the “under the kitchen table” for my last clue!

SONY DSC Clue #9 … (under the kitchen sink) “On Groundhog’s Day, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow and looks around. If he sees his shadow he goes back inside for 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, then spring is coming early! Look under the couch cushions for your last clue!”

SONY DSC I must of forgot to take a picture of “Under the couch cushions”!!  Oops!

Clue #10 … (under kitchen table) “Congratulations, you found your treasure! Can you tell me two things you know about groundhogs?”


Here’s a few pictures of the kids running around the house looking for the next clue…it was super fun!


I picked up some adorable heart shaped gumball machines as the treasure and put a few little prizes in the bags they each decorated!!

Hope you have as much fun as we did with this super easy printable Groundhog’s Day Scavenger hunt!

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Groundhog Donuts

Groundhog Donuts

My son told me this morning “Mom, most people don’t celebrate Groundhog’s Day”! Well, I guess it’s time to start a new family tradition then! Here is what the kids and I made this morning for breakfast! They had a blast and it was super easy and quick (mama likes that)!

SONY DSC This is all you need to create these Punxsutawney Phil masterpieces!!!  Donuts for the dirt and hole!  Scooby snack graham crackers for the body (just trim off the bottom part), edible eyes (you could use whatever you have on hand…raisins, chocolate chips etc), mini chocolate chips for the nose & marshmallows ( cut) for the teeth!  Oh…also, I used peanut butter as the “glue” to make the eyes and nose stick to the graham cracker.  You could also use frosting or nutella!  I liked how the peanut butter matched the graham crackers and it camouflaged a bit!!  The marshmallows stuck good by themselves after I cut them to look like teeth!


When your groundhog’s are assembled just stick inside the hole of the donut and you are done!  Too cute and oh so yummy!  Enjoy!

Complete Phil's!

Now…gobble them up and Enjoy!

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