art party Crayola crayon craft

A few weeks ago we shot our newest party collection, a creative Art birthday party complete with activities, a fun dessert table, placesettings, monogrammed t-shirts, custom cookies, cake pops and so much more. It was great fun and I’ll be sharing it all with you over the next several days starting with this easy Crayola crayon bowl craft. We used several of these as centerpieces for our tablesetting, but they could also be perfect for the art table in your kid’s playroom.

You’ll need a glass bowl that is the same height all the way around (I picked mine up at the Dollar Tree), a few boxes of Crayola crayons and a hot glue gun. The fabulous thing about hot glue and glass, it sticks great and when you’re ready, it pops right off.

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

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press: Totts magazine features train collection

Totts, Fresno California’s Lifestyle Magazine for Modern Moms, hosted a real “All Aboard” birthday bash last month for a handsome little guy, Reed, who is just in love with trains. I was so honored when I learned that the editors chose our train birthday party collection for the big day!

That’s Reed and a little friend on the first page of the article, those are our custom train birthday invitations, thank you cards, table decor and printables on the second page of the article, and on the third is a lovely cake created by a local vendor, Stade Mueller. She did such a beautiful job I had to give you a closer look at that fondant train. How adorable is the heart shape coming out of the smokestack?!

You can read the entire article here and you can see a few more pictures on Tottsmag.com. Happy Friday everyone!

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the other s’ more

You know when you really want a s’ more… but you don’t have any chocolate… and then you realize you don’t have any graham crackers either? Well let me introduce you to the OTHER s ‘more!

When I was a kid these were actually the preferred snack when I went to my grandmother’s house, unless of course she was baking. And now my oldest LOVES them. 

So instead of graham crackers we used soup crackers. Mine are Keebler’s Zesta crackers, the same brand my grandmother always bought (and they’re dairy free so my youngest can have them too.) And instead of chocolate we used peanut butter.

See that iron skillet? She gave me that, among other things, when I got married. If you don’t have one, get one. They’re a must have for every kitchen, but especially every southern kitchen. Admittedly she used hers every day to bake homemade biscuits and I use mine to bake fish sticks and fries… but either way they’re very handy. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired! And stop over at Snackpicks.com for more of my Kellogg’s treat ideas.

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encourage reading with the very hungry rolo-pillar

As a mom of two boys (and statistics show that boys read less as they get older), I’ve made reading a bit of a fun requirement around our house. As a matter of fact, my boys see it as a punishment if we don’t get a bedtime story or two… or three. Honestly, it’s a bit of a disappointment for me too so I think it might have happened once in the past six years!

And now that my oldest is six, I encourage him to read to me. I love it. I love hearing him sound out the words and make mistakes. It’s adorable. My youngest, age four, loves a good book too and snuggles up with me every chance we get.

So as summer is approaching we’ve already started to plan what day we’ll move our regular library trips to (since we can go in the middle of the day then, yay!), and I’ve started thinking about fun ways to celebrate books for our summer reading program.

This is my first idea for an old classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The treat is just Rolos topped with M&Ms, served on a tissue paper leaf with jimmies for antenna (and don’t forget to trim out some teeth marks!). It took me all of 2 minutes and the boys were ecstatic. And this idea goes perfectly with the library playdate idea from Family Fun magazine that I blogged about a few weeks ago!

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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“done-ut” graduation cupcakes

If you have a graduate who’s finally “done it” {I know… the title is totally corny} then these are the donut cupcakes for you!!

Recently we launched a new graduation collection (invitations, printables, damask table decor) and I got busy in the kitchen to create a fun new twist on the mortarboard graduation cupcake. I came up with two ideas. The first, a mini cupcake with Hershey’s Bliss mortarboard and twistie tassle, was a bit more traditional and I posted it a few week’s ago. 

This is the second, and in my opinion a bit more fun, using a chocolate covered donut as the graduate’s head {hee hee}. It’s super simple, here’s what you’ll need:

  • small chocolate covered donut
  • Keebler Deluxe Graham cookie
  • fruit chews (match to school colors)
  • white icing

And here’s how you assemble:

  1. Cut two pieces of fruit chew. One for the scroll (roll and set aside) and one for the tassle (cut a 1.5 x 1.5 inch square; using a straight edge knife cut individual threads leaving the top .5 inch attached; roll)
  2. Ice your cupcake
  3. Set one donut in the center of the cupcake and insert the scroll (do this while your icing is fresh so that it will hold)
  4. Using a small dolup of icing, attach the Keebler Deluxe Graham cookie to the top of the donut and allow it to set for a few minutes
  5. Place a very small dot of icing on the cookie (aka mortarboard) and attach your tassle

As always, I hope you’re inspired! And stop over at Snackpicks.com for more of my Kellogg’s treats ideas.

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teacher appreciation week!

Some of my favorite crafty bloggy buddies have reminded me that next week, starting May 2, is Teacher Appreciation Week! Eeekkkk! But no need to fret because these ideas will keep your little ones on the Teacher’s Pet list for sure!

First off, the clever sisters over at eighteen25 came up with these fabulous “Teacher’s Treats” jar toppers and what’s even better… they’re FREE! This is only one of the them. The other’s are for us moms. Things like “Bubble Gum Bribes” and “Mom’s Secret Stash.” LOVE this idea to hide my dark chocolate goodies! {huge smile}

And next we have a super talented duo. Amy of Living Locurto designing the printables and Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen made these insanely adorable cupcakes. That’s icing on top, not ice cream! Hop over to Living Locurto to download the FREE printables and get all the “how tos” on making these beautiful cupcakes!

And check out Tidy Mom’s Apple Caramel Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream IN A JAR! What teacher would say “I’m on a diet” to this idea? NONE, that’s how many. She’s guest posting over on Skip To My Lou with all the details, lots more pictures and a fabulous FREE printable to boot!

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Easter cross krispies

 

 

I was in charge of the Easter celebration “sweet” snack for my son’s preschool class yesterday (there were also healthy snacks… but for some reason I’m never asked to bring those… hmm… ) and I chose to make these fun cross krispie treats

I was going to pipe a purple ribbon of icing, but then decided that I would be nice to his teacher and not add another shot of pure sugar to each child just before circle time. I should get a gold star or something for being so considerate! {grin}

You can whip these, or any other shape, up with a bit of butter (since my guy has food allergies we used Kellogg’s Rice Krispie cereal and Smart Balance Light Butter to make these dairy free) on your cookie cutter and maybe a touch on your hands.

As always, I hope you’re inspired and HAPPY EASTER!

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tiny peek at last week’s shoot

I’m so excited to share our newest collection and the photos from our shoot with the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography. Although we’re not ready yet, I couldn’t resist showing you a quick picture I took with my camera of one of the small flower vases on the table {let’s be clear, this is me, Angie’s images are amazing!}.

This entire project just made me smile. We designed, we crafted, we created custom monogrammed birthday shirts to match the collection, we partnered with a fabulous new company to make lovely dresses for all of our little models from our casting call, my cookie partners baked custom butter cookies (that the little models gobbled up), plus much more. As I said, I can’t wait to share!

By the way, we’ve got a fabulous giveaway planned when the new collection is announced! Stay tuned!

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FREE Easter printables designed for Parents magazine

For my “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article with Parents magazine we created a few FREE Easter printables. The “Happy Easter” wrap is perfect as a napkin ring, beverage wrapper, or

vase and craft jar wrapper. Download the Easter wrappers and two pattern sheets (used to make the mommy bird craft seen at the beginning of the article).

Other ideas for the table include surprising your guests by dressing up their cups with colorful straws and a Murray Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookie (YUM!),  

and by embellishing the backs of the chairs with fun and simple crepe paper ruffles. And if you didn’t see the other crafts included in the article, here’s a quick recap:

Make sure you hop over for your FREE Easter printables and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Easter chick cookie pops for Parents magazine

I’ve shared on numerous occasions that my youngest has severe food allergies. Well as you can imagine it breaks my heart when he can’t have something pretty and yummy like the other kids. With that in mind, I made these fun dairy and nut free Easter chick cookie pops for my article with Parents magazine.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sandwich cookies (I used Oreos because they have no milk, egg or nut products), two per chick
  • Icing (I used Pillsbury white icing because it has no milk, egg or nut products)
  • Yellow and orange gel food coloring (liquid thins the icing)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Orange non-perils
  • Resealable bag, icing connector and #2 and #46 tips

Easy steps:

  1. Open your sandwich cookies and lay a lollipop stick inside, pressing it into the filling
  2. Tint ¾ of your yellow icing in a microwaveable bowl
  3. Spoon out ¼ of the yellow icing, set rest aside, and microwave it for 8 seconds
  4. Spoon melted icing over lollipop stick, replace cookie top and allow them to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Melt remaining icing and spoon over each cookie pop; allow them to cool for a minute and then add eyes and beak
  6. After cookie pop is completely dry, pipe on wings (icing tip #46) and feet (icing tip #2)

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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