Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Butterfly {Kid Craft}

Butterfly {Kid Craft}

Happy "HUMP" day!!! {I couldn't resist!} Is the spring weather beautiful where you are? We finally pulled out the hoses for the lawn and started watering the grass this past weekend. And amazingly - we haven't had the heater on for a week now. It's a really nice change in Wyoming and I'm excited about the beautiful weather. Most days I feel like we are wasting our time sitting on the couch when the sun is shining bright. I guess we better start knocking things off our Spring Bucket list!

To celebrate this recent beautiful spring weather - Lil Man & I made this Butterfly Kid Craft together. It's just a paper plate, glue and tissue paper. Pretty easy, right? And of course - it's kid friendly for all ages AND you can customize the colors of the tissue paper to reflect the style of butterfly you want.

Butterfly {Kid Craft}

* Tissue Paper
* Paper Plate
* Glue
* Pipe Cleaner
* Scissors
* Stapler

Butterfly {Kid Craft}
Butterfly {Kid Craft}

* Cut your paper plate in half.
* Stapler the two halves together, to look like a butterfly.
* Fold a pipe cleaner in half and stapler to the paper plate. This is the antennas of the butterfly.
* Cut your tissue paper into small squares.
* Put a good layer of glue all over the paper.
* Have your child stick the tissue paper on the glue, until the butterfly is completely covered.
* Let dry. Display.

Butterfly {Kid Craft}

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy these spring themed kid friendly crafts:
Handprint Flowerpot
Paper Plate Ladybug 
Clothespin Bunnies
Handprint Sunshine Canvas

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

National Jellybean Day {Recipe Roundup}

Happy Tuesday everyone! Did the Easter bunny bring you tons of jellybeans this past weekend? Prehaps too many to eat in one sitting? Did you know today is National Jellybean day? Yup. It's another one of those holidays that doesn't get a big parade or special praise - BUT it's the perfect excuse to eat a big handful in one sitting. And who doesn't LOVE jellybeans? {my personal fav is cherry!}

If you are a lover of jellybeans like me but you don't want to waste the day by polishing them off by yourself - how about recreating one of these 20 jelly bean recipes in this fab roundup and making a few for friends/family in celebration of today? It's the perfect excuse to bake AND spread the love! {And sneak some while you are baking}

Now what you waiting for? Click away!

Jellybean Sugar Cookies {Sally's Baking Addiction}
Jellbean Poptarts {Serious Eats}
Jellybean Bark {The Dometic Rebel}
"Carrot" Cake {eRecipeCards}
"Corn" on the Cobcake {Spoonful}
Starburst Jelly Bean Cookies {Real House Moms}
Jellybean Blondies {A Few Shortcuts}
Jellybean Tartlets {Smart School House}
Jellybean Pizza {She Knows}
Jellybean Flower Cupcakes {Kids Fun Reviewed}
Jellybean Cake {Sun Scholars}
Bird's Nest Cupcakes {Taste and Tell Blog}
Jelly Bean Cocktail {The Kitchn}
Jellybean Rainbow Cake {The Imagination Tree}
Jellybean Brittle {Taste of Home}
Jellybean Cookies {Yellow Bliss Road}
Vanilla Jelly Bean Cupcakes {Hot Polka Dot}
Easter Basket Cupcakes {A Night Owl}
Jellybean Fudge {Dessert Food}
Jelly Bean Poke Cake {Little Bit Of Everything

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Regardless - I hope this Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea using Kool-Aid drink products, inspires you! #KoolOff #CollectiveBias

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Are you well rested from the hustle & bustle of Easter weekend? Well don't relax to much - it's time to start thinking about Mother's Day crafts and gifts. {Seriously - where did the time go?} After looking at my calendar and realizing it's only three weeks away - I panicked. If you are like me - you like to stay on top of things and get things squared away long before the actual day. Although three weeks seems like a long time - it does creep up fast.

Well my friends - YOU have no reason to panic. Today I'm going to showcase TWO handmade gift ideas that not only look {and smell} great BUT they also fit well in a tight budget & don't take too much time either. How am I doing it? With Kool-Aid products!

While shopping at my local Walmart Supercenter - I was able to grab ALL my supplies. {This makes my heart happy because I'm a one-stop-shop kinda gal} Although the Kool-Aid brand is primarily known for their drinkable juice drinks  - I'm thinking outside the box and showcasing how YOU can get crafty with the brand! I'm sure you are anxious to know how I did it, so let's get right to it!

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Watercolor Cards w/Kool-Aid 
This is a fun way to personalize your paper and make handmade cards with it.
Did I mention the end result will smell amazing?

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

* Kool-Aid products in Various Colors
* Paintbrushes
* Cookie Sheet
* Plastic Cups
* Wire Rack
* Cardmaking supplies {Cardstock, stickers, glue etc.}

I used Kool-Aid Liquid {undiluted} in Cherry, 96oz Ready-To-Drink Kool-Aid in Grape and Kool-Aid Bursts in Berry Blue.

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}
Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}
Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}
Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

* Pour your various colors of Kool-Aid in separate cups. I did not dilute the Kool-Aid liquid but you can if you like.
* Place your wire rack inside the cookie sheet {I did this so my work area would not get wet and the excess Kool-Aid could drain off the paper}
* Set a sheet of cardstock on top of the wire rack.
* Dip your paint brushes in the Kool-Aid and draw/paint out designs on the paper.
* Hang your paper or place it in an undisturbed area to let it dry completely.
* Once dry - use as you normally would in your cardmaking.

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

Kool-Aid Lip Balm
A simple & tasty way to make homemade lip balm.

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

* Kool-Aid Packets
* Coconut Oil
* Small Plastic Lip Balm Containers {Found in most craft stores}

For my lip balm I used Lemonade & Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid packets. {Very delicious but sour} Please keep in mind - that when picking your packets that you don't pick wild/dark colors. Whatever color the lip balm turns, is what your lips will be stained with!

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}
Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

* Place 1 cup of coconut oil in a microwavable measuring cup.
* Melt coconut oil in microwave for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and easy to stir.
* Next, add one Kool-Aid packet and stir until well blended.
* Pour mixture into your lip balm containers.
* Let sit for an hour {undisturbed}
* Place lid on container and gift!

{Before washing your measuring cup - take a paper towel and try to get as much coconut oil out as you can. This way the coconut oil won't mess up your plumbing!}

Mother's Day Card & Gift Idea {Using Kool-Aid Drink Products}

And that my friends, is how YOU can great crafty with Kool-Aid. {Simple, right?} And when the work is over - take the unused leftovers from the bottles and have a tall glass to celebrate!

To end this post - I have some exciting information to share! Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities! {I'm a bit jealous for those who can attend!}

Dates and locations:

Friday May 30th 5-7pm:
    13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 3-5pm:
    3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 6-8pm:
    517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter
Friday June 20th 5-7pm:
    1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 3-5pm:
    1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 6-8pm:
    809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Friday August 8th 5-7pm:
    360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th  3-5pm:
    1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 6-8pm:
    2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

I hope this crafty post inspired you! Stay tuned for more Mother's Day crafts & gift ideas in the next few days!!

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