{monster mash}

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Need a Halloween "something" to give to a teacher, neighbor, or friend? How about some Monster Mash? I made these for a few girls that I visit each month, and I love how yummy, fast, and easy it came together. Monster Mash Equal parts candy corn, honey roasted peanuts, and Reeses' Pieces. I used the boo printable from TomKat Studio, inserted it into a Word document, then re-sized it, printed it, and cut it out. I used my 2 inch circle punch to cut out black scrapbook paper, and mounted the monster tag using double stick tape. Punch a hole in the tag, thread your ribbon through, tie it on, and you're ready! I also think this would be a yummy addition to any party-- … [Read more...]

{“go team!” bunting}

Well, I've now combined sports with crafting. My husband is so excited. :)We love football at our house. (Okay, so we love basketball, too.) Nothing beats a great game day, with food, football, and friends. We've all seen so many cute bunting variations, but I thought it would really fun to have one for our favorite teams. Just one more great way to celebrate a big game!You're not limited to colleges, though. What about your kids' high school or middle school? If you have a child that participates in a sport or other activity, this would be a really fun way to support them on their big day. What about a national team? My next one will be black and gold...Go, Steelers!This method is … [Read more...]

{2×4 candy corn}

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Okay, I'm seriously out of control with the 2x4's!!! There are just so many fun things you can do with wood, and it's so inexpensive that it's even more irresistible. We have a ton of scrap wood down in our basement, and after seeing some candy corn (and eating a few, too) I was inspired to make one for my front porch. I almost used paint (which you most certainly could do), but when I saw the yellow polka dot paper, I knew I wanted to use it. I love the plain papers on the top and the bottom, with the pattern in the middle. And yes, I do realize that I mixed up the yellow and orange! :) By the time I realized it, everything was already mod podged on, and I didn't want to change it. Good … [Read more...]

{monogrammed pumpkins}

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I really wanted to be able to do something cute with the pumpkins my kids picked, and be able to carve them. The solution? A super fun monogram on one side, and and another side all ready for carving! Then even their carved pumpkin will be personalized, just for them. This is an easy, fast project, and looks darling on the front porch! Monogrammed Pumpkins ITEMS YOU NEED: pumpkins scrapbook paper mod podge and foam brush twine, or ribbon DIRECTIONS: 1. Clean your pumpkins well, then dry completely. 2. Print and cut your desired letters. Trace them backwards onto your choice of scrapbook paper, then cut them out. 3. Apply some mod podge directly onto the pumpkin, where … [Read more...]

{peanut & chocolate chex bars}

(courtesy www.chex.com)My little 4 year old was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, which means she has a gluten intolerance, and can't eat wheat, rye, or barley. Since then, I've been on the hunt for yummy gluten-free treats that the whole family will enjoy.I struck gold a few days ago, when I came across a recipe from Chex. Amazingly, all of Chex cereals (except Wheat Chex) don't contain gluten, which is exciting for me.After making these fabulous treats, (and consuming them in a very short period of time), I had to pass along this recipe to you. They are SO SO yummy! You don't have to have any dietary restrictions to enjoy these---they are delicious for everyone!We will definitely … [Read more...]

{mini quiet books}

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Ever since I used name badges to make mini photo books, I've been in love with all their possibilities. This week I made darling little quiet books for my one year olds, and really love how they turned out. The size is perfect for their little hands, and the plastic protects the pages from chewing and spills. They are easily tucked in to a diaper bag or purse, taking up hardly any room at all. They're simple to make...here's how: Mini Quiet Books ITEMS YOU NEED: plastic name badges (12 pack for $2.44 at Walmart) silver book rings (16 pack for around $3 at Staples) scrapbook paper cardstock ribbon double stick tape distress ink DIRECTIONS: 1. I opened up a … [Read more...]

{haunted gingerbread houses}

Our family will be holding our 2nd annual Haunted Gingerbread House Extravaganza this year, and we can't wait!The night we decorate gingerbread houses during the Christmas holiday is always much anticipated at our house, so last year, I decided to give something similar a try for Halloween--the spookiest time of the year!My kids LOVED it. They were thrilled to do it all by themselves, and armed with graham crackers, a milk carton, frosting, and candy, they went to town. It was such a fun night, and we can't wait to continue this new tradition. Inviting friends & family just increases the fun---and the amount of candy. :)ITEMS YOU NEED:milk cartons, emptied and rinsed outgraham … [Read more...]

{ctr blocks}

This year our family theme is "Choose the Right Way", and I wanted to make something for my girls to display in their room. What better than some darling wood blocks? This would also be a great baptism gift!The beauty of this project is that there are so many options! Words, monograms, colors--it's easy to make it your own. I thought about spraying chalkboard paint on them instead of the paper--and writing CTR on each block, and I just might try that, too.This is a super easy and super fast project, and the end result is darling!CTR BlocksItems you need:4x4 posts, cut into squarescraft paintstainsanderscrapbook papermod podge and foam brushvinyl letters (or printed & cut letters, mod … [Read more...]