end-of-summer bucket list


My boys have two short weeks… just two short weeks before school starts back up and we’re making a plan! We want to squeeze a few more fun days and memories into this summer so we’re making a end-of-summer bucket list!

And since this is their summer and not mine, I’m letting them create the list… with a few parameters. I mean, I too would love to buzz off to Walt Disney World and come back and inspire you to hop a plane with tons of fun and exciting pictures, but it just isn’t in the cards this year. {smile}

Sidenote - We did go to Walt Disney World at Halloween a few years ago for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and if you’re considering it I strongly recommend it. It was so much fun and they even catered to my little guy with food allergies. And not just at Halloween, we’ve been a few times and they are so attentive to his dietary needs. It truly is the most magical place on earth!

So on to the bucket list! These are in no order, and this is only a partial list, but let’s just say I’m going to be exhausted when school starts and gladly so. There is no greater gift than time with my boys!

DOWNLOAD YOUR 2012 END-OF-SUMMER BUCKET LIST now!

Oh, and you can even add your own family name right in the file before printing. No special program needed!

And if you’re not sure what you’d put on your bucket list… just think about fun things, not necessarily expensive things, just things that you can do with your kids to make this the best summer ever! Let’s be honest, they want your time and attention more than any other gift you could give!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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FREE back to school printables



I love greeting our teachers each year with a little teacher appreciation gift from the kids. This year I made “Mint To Be” candy wrappers and wrapped them around boxes of Junior Mints! It will make them smile and breaks the ice for what will hopefully be a wonderful year of learning!

And of course I’m giving them to all of you, because I appreciate each and every one of you way more than I can ever express!

There are two versions of the candy wrappers and both can be personalized with your new teacher’s name right inside the file before printing. No special applications needed, just Adobe Reader.

The two candy wrappers say:

  • You were “mint to be” my teacher!
  • I was “mint to be” in your class!

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Oh, and I’ve included last year’s free owl lunch box notes too! {grin}

Happy Monday everyone and happy back to school planning! {3 more weeks for us… let the countdown begin!}

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free Olympic party printables


You don’t have to be traveling to London to celebrate the Olympics! Deanna of Mirabelle Creations has created some lovely and FREE {yay!} party printables. She and her family are heading to the beach the same week as the start of the Olympics and they’re planning to have their own Opening Ceremony with games for her kids and their cousins all week at the beach. How fun!

Since this year’s Olympic slogan is “Inspire a Generation,” Deanna used the word “Inspire” in her designs and the red and navy diagonal stripes were inspired by Ralph Lauren’s USA Opening Ceremony Outfits

I just love these clever watermelon Olympic rings she made using two sizes of round cookie cutters. Perfect summer Olympics snack!

And you can’t have an Olympic party without passing out a few medals! Deanna has the edible kind with these fun Oreo Olympic medal treats we shared yesterday, and she also designed some the kiddos can have as keepsakes! I’ll be making a few of both of these for my boys!

Hop over to Mirabelle Creations to download these fun and FREE London Olympic party printables! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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host a BBQ bash with free printables


Summer is zooming by and I still have so much that I want to do! One of which is have friends over for a big BBQ with a campfire for roasting s’ mores after sunset. It’s on my summer bucket list. {grin}

As I was thinking about decor, I pulled these images out of the archive. I contributed to an article in Mom magazine a few years ago and designed these summer party printables for the shoot.

And of course I’m giving them to you.

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I also made these fun DIY kid aprons for the shoot, the perfect backyard BBQ favor for the little ones.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft bake and create! Happy Monday!

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patriotic cake + FREE printables

With Memorial Day only a few days away and summer about to kick into high gear, I wanted to create a super simple red, white and blue patriotic cake that you can put together in a snap! The first thing you need to do is:

DOWNLOAD my FREE Patriotic Party Printables

The set includes cupcake rounds (the circles embellishing this cake), a four pattern pennant banner and dessert tags (seen here with other holiday recipesthat you can edit within the file before you print!

Next, bake a cake and flat ice it with buttercream. (Tip: If you’re in a hurry, or just not confident of your icing skills, order one from your favorite bakery.)

Now, punch out the cupcake rounds with a 2.5″ circle punch. Hot glue the circle to the end of a lollipop stick (cut in half) and insert the stick into the cake. (Tip: See pictures of how easy this is in my Robot Birthday Party Cake post.)

Finally, edge your cake with red sixlets found at most any candy shop. I picked these up at Party City. (Tip: If you love the cake plate, it’s from the Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s.)

Hop over to Snackpicks.com to see more Memorial Day recipes! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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FREE teacher appreciation printables

I had the best time with this one. What can I say, I LOVE chocolate and playing on words!

So this year, my boys will be taking their teachers a HERSHEY’S chocolate bar for Teacher Appreciation Day and it will be adorned with a fun wrapper that says “THANK YOU MRS. NAME FOR RAISING THE BAR!” And they will be signed “Your fabulous student, Cole.” I know it just says “Cole” right now, but the awesome thing is you can type anything you want in that field so I’m going to change it. {wink} Oh, and I’ll print some for Alex too!

By the way, you don’t need any special applications or fonts, just Adobe Reader to open and edit the file. The fonts are embedded. Yeah! We’re cool like that! {wink} Plus, the designs come in two chevron patterns so you don’t have to give all the teachers the same one!

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Enjoy! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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derby party + free printables

Hey everyone, it’s Bridget, again. I’m back to share this fabulous Kentucky Derby styled shoot that was recently submitted to us from Deanna at Mirabelle Creations. 

On May 5th, Kentuckians will be celebrating the 138th annual Kentucky Derby. Being a Cincinnati girl, I grew up steeped in the “Run for the Roses” tradition, a Kentucky Derby fundraisting event. So I was thrilled to see that Deanna captured this timeless tradition with modern flair in her FREE printables! The sweet color palette of red, white, and blue and the rose-centered design are a perfect complement.

And I’m dying to try out some of her delicious recipes. She made Kentucky Bourbon Ball Pops and took another traditional Kentucky dessert, Derby Pie – a gooey brown sugar, pecan, and dark chocolate treat – and made Kentucky Derby pie inspired cupcakes!

 

So grab your big hat and your mint julip, and “race” on over to Mirabelle Creations to download her FREE Kentucky Derby party printables to create this charming party for your very own! {Thanks, Deanna, for letting us share!}

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As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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free patriotic party printables

I’m giving away some new freebies today! I’ve been working on some new craft and baking projects using these patriotic inspired party printables and of course want to share with all of you. Plus, I’ll share all the projects very soon!

The freebie includes four red, white and blue pattern pennants, dessert table tags (or placecards!) and round cupcake picks (also great as favor tags).

Download my patriotic party printable freebies now!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!  (By the way, I hosted a link party yesterday. I’d love for you to share your latest creation.)

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Easter bunny cello bag treats

I’m giving away Easter bunny (face and ears) printables! I shared them a few weeks ago decorating a bunny cake and this morning I’m sharing them as bunny cello bags. {grin}

I love packaging sweet little treats and one of my favorites is the pretzel cello bags. (See the bottom of this post for other holiday ideas.) Here’s what you’ll need:

One bunny is up and the other got scared away. See his little tail?! {giggle}

“Hop” you love them as much as I do! And make sure you check out some of my other cello bag treat crafts:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Easter bunny cake + blog hop

Easter is just around the corner and we’ve designed some sweet little Easter bunny freebies just for you!  And we didn’t design just any bunny, it’s a 3-D bunny!  

These Easter bunnies are adorable on cupcakes, but I decided to use them to decorate a flat iced double layer chocolate cake (if you’re not a baker, just ask the bakery at your local grocery store to make one for you without the decorations; this one was only $14 at Kroger).

Here’s how you craft them:

Using a 2.5″ circular punch, cut out the bunny faces.

Cut out the bunny ears, leaving the bases attached so that all your ears are the same distance from each other.

If you want the 3-D look, attach them to the back of the faces with foam adhesive dots.

For the sides of the cake, cut a lollipop stick in half and hot glue the flat end to the bunny. For the cake topper, or for a cupcake, attach the lollipop stick to the back of the bunny.

Super easy and I hope you think fabulously lovely! {smile}

Another tip, if you purchase your cake at the bakery, it may have a cardboard edge. Just trim it off with an exacto knife (on a wooden cutting board) and then cover the edges with candies. I used light pink sixlets.

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Oh, but that isn’t all! I rounded up some of my talented blogging friends and they’ve also created some Easter fun to share with you this morning. “HOP” over to:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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