Dec 302012

If you’re looking for an easy treat to make for the kiddos (and big kiddos) for your New Year’s Eve celebration then I think you’ll love this.  These little s’mores kits are fast and easy to put together and are really quite adorable.  Make up a bunch, hand them out, and when they’re ready to eat them an adult can pop them into the microwave for a few seconds.

New Year's Eve DIY S'mores Kits

DIY New Year’s Eve S’Mores

2 pkgs (9 per pack) snowman-shaped Peeps
3 pkgs (6 bars each) mini Hershey bars
1 box graham crackers
Treat bags with ties or food-safe plastic baggies

Place two graham crackers inside a treat bag, resting them against the back of the bag.  In front of the crackers place one snowman-shaped marshmallow on the left and one mini chocolate bar on the right.  Tie the bags closed and you’re done!

These can be customized for any holiday or special occasion.  I had wanted to make some for Christmas with the reindeer Peeps I bought but I ran out of time.  They have tons of shapes now or you could make homemade marshmallows and use cookie cutters to get the perfect shape for your event.

 New Year's Eve DIY S'Mores Kits

For which other event would you make s’mores kits?

Nov 202012

Decorating for holidays is one of my favorite things to do, and while Christmas decorations get me most excited, I do like to dress things up for Thanksgiving, too!  I had planned to spend some time tomorrow making a few treats for the Thanksgiving table we’ll be dining on.  However we need to take A2 for a follow-up appointment for his broken finger, so tonight will be my crafty night.  Nothing like the last minute, right?

Here are ten Thanksgiving craft and decorating ideas for you to wow your family this year.  I might be making a few, myself!

Acorns, Hurricane candle holders, and candles for your Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea using nuts and hurricanes

Give thanks - quotes printed on burlap on blocks

Thanksgiving blocks have a quote printed on burlap

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Nov 102012

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph Opened #1!

Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" Movie - #1 Opening Weekend

For all those who went and saw Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph on the opening weekend – thank you for supporting Disney and such a great movie.  Thanks to you, Wreck-It Ralph opened #1 at the box office with $49 million – the largest opening in Walt Disney Animation Studio’s history!  The movie continues to collect accolades from critics, and everyone that I’ve spoken to that saw it has said they loved it.  I know the music makes me want to sing along every time I hear a commercial for it.

If you have loved the nostalgic feel of the games, or if you want to share something fun from your childhood with your kiddos, you’ll love this free printable build your own mini “Fix It Felix Jr.” game cabinet!  I remember spending many an hour in arcades (which are almost as extinct as the rotary phone, sadly) playing games just like this one.  Click each image to open a larger, printable version. Continue reading »

Aug 032012

Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green comes out in a couple of weeks (August 15th) and I’m really excited.  As much as I love Disney animation, every now and then I like to see a live-action movie that has been sprinkled with pixie dust.  This movie feels like it will deliver on the magic.

Jennifer Garner and CJ Adams in The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is the story of Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), a married couple who very much want to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like.  Then Timothy (CJ Adams) – a very unusual boy with leaves growing out of his shins and ankles – shows up on their doorstep during a storm one night.  Timothy shows Cindy and Jim, and the entire town of Stanleyville, that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. Continue reading »

Jul 142012

It may only be July, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about and planning for Christmas already.  I’ve done a little shopping, purchased some ornaments today at the Hallmark Ornament Premiere, and I’ve been thinking about holiday decor.  Which, of course, means flipping through magazines and catalogs, plus whiling away nap times pinning things to my Pinterest.

Christmas Crafts for Kids: DIY Felt Christmas Tree Activity For Kids

Pinterest is where I first saw this supremely cute felt Christmas tree by Johnny In A Dress that the author made to entertain her toddler in hopes of keeping her away from the real tree.  With as much as Bubbles enjoys stickers, I thought that she might really be interested in this, so I decided to make my own version of a Felt Christmas Tree With Peel & Stick Ornaments For Kids.  The needed supplies are fairly minimal: felt and a loaded hot glue gun.  Really, that’s it. Continue reading »