Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats Slider – Easy After School Snack

I love having fun little after school snacks for my boys from time to time. You can’t make every afternoon of homework fun, but you can on special occasions: first day of school, after a big test, end of the quarter.

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These Strawberry Rice Krispies Treat Sliders are super simple to make with just the right blend of sweet and fruity. I think your kiddos will love them.

We actually made banana ones too and they might have been my favorite. {grin}

You’ll need:

  • Rice Krispies Treats Snack Packs
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Marshmallow Spread

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

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Back To School Photography – Fun with Bubble Gum

I don’t know about you… but the older my kids get the harder it is to get them to pose for good back to school pictures. I mean, they’re not super thrilled about summer ending…

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So last August I tried something new. I started out the normal way (see my post about getting “no tear, no stress” back to school photos) and got some great shots… and then they got tired. So to liven them back up I decided I needed to distract them a bit. Hence, the bubble gum.

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It was amazing. There were smiles, giggles, teasing… and the photos better captured their real personalities.

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I always like to try and catch their style if I can and last year my oldest, Alex, really wanted a messenger bag instead of a backpack. I think he pulled it off well with his professor cardigan. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh yea… and get it all in pictures. {grin}

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Back To School Snack – Simple Book Rice Krispies Treats

Want to believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about back to school… I know… but you can start planning those fun parties and after school treats. {smile}

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And it doesn’t get any easier than these simple Rice Krispies Treats with chocolate icing to make books. You could whip up their favorite subjects!

You’ll need:

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (snack packs)
  • Chocolate icing
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Scissors
  1. Open the snack package.
  2. Spoon icing into a resealable bag.
  3. Snip corner.
  4. Pipe border and text book names on Treats.

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plan a classic children’s book party

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Hello again, everyone! It’s Kristie, and I’m excited to be back to share a fun birthday idea — a classic children’s book party!

My son, Kenton, was an early reader — in fact, his first word was “book.” I designed this party with him and all his little book-loving friends in mind. My design inspiration started with this bookworm owl invitation, which is part of my collection exclusively for Minted.

Playing off the owl’s glasses, I found these fun geek-chic “toy” reading glasses by Loftus. They’d make such cute party favors — and an adorable photo op.

Since we’re talking classic party, what could be more classic than cookies and milk? DIY iced alphabet cookies from designmom.com, and milk served in vintage bottles, available at dressmycupcake.com, would be perfect on your dessert table.

Stack books as creative food pedestals, and wrap them in colored paper that coordinates with your party decor (tutorial found at designmom.com). Then use pages from old books to make these adorable pinwheels for cupcakes from bhg.com.

And I couldn’t resist this smart and sophisticated little owl t-shirt from Boden!

Visit me on Minted for more invitation and stationery ideas. And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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you were “mint to be” my teacher gift

10 Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s that time. Time to start a new school year and meet a new teacher. And what better way to make an impression than with a crafty back to school teacher gift.

In my latest post for Parade magazine I’m sharing a FREE “you were mint to be my teacher” printable, as well as 9 other crafty, creative and fun ideas to ensure your kiddo makes a good impression.

Hop on over to Parade for all the details!

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

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30 back to school photography ideas

30 Back To School Photography Ideas

It’s that time again! Time for first day back to school photos. I’m planning what I’m going to do with my boys this year and collected some of my favorites on my Photography for Back To School Pinterest Board. I have over 30 ideas pinned ranging from easy to seriously styled.

Here are some of my favorites starting with my shoot from last year, which includes some good tips on how to get a great shot:

  1. Grades in chalk and photography tips from The Celebration Shoppe
  2. It’s the RULE! from Best Camera For Video
  3. Peeking girl from WK Photography
  4. Apple on top from Stay This Simple
  5. All about me from The Polka Dot Cottage Photography
  6. Cheeks from Baugh Phogotraphy
  7. Shhhhh! from Ann Price Photography
  8. Stop Crying Mom! from Adventures of Bradysitting
  9. Favorites on the wall from Cherished Bliss
  10. through 30+ on my back to school photography ideas Pinterest board

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

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back to school hot chocolate stirrer

Back to School

The kiddos will be heading back to school soon! A fun way to introduce yourself to a new teacher or welcome your little kiddo off the bus, apple-inspired hot chocolate stirrer!

Hop over to my latest contributing article at Parade magazine for all the easy DIY steps and make this fun food with your family!

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healthy lunches

fun food ideas for healthy lunches

Hey everyone, it’s Bridget today! 

I’ve got healthy lunches on the brain since my Kindergartener just had her first lunch at school today, normally she’s just half-day. {sniff}

Daily packing with healthy lunch recipes can be a challenge with three kids; and this time of year I feel almost out of ideas and I’m looking for some fresh inspiration for what to pack for lunch.

Kids eat better when they think it’s fun (even if it’s a green veggie!). And what kid doesn’t love to play with their food?! So I rounded up nine fabulous lunch box finds to share:

  • Tasty Bugs via Nestle Kitchens are sure to have your kiddo bugging out when he opens his lunch box {smirk}
  • String Cheese Pencils via Moneywise Moms are just “write” for any lunch box! I know, but I’m on a roll!
  • Sick of sandwiches? Tortellini Salad via Parents is just one a long list of alternate lunch box ideas
  • Last Day of School lunch via Bento-logy is a charming way to make an impression
  • Owl Cookie Cutter sandwich via Cookie Cutter lunches will make any lunch a hoot! OK! I promise I’ll stop now

Sometimes a lunch box just needs a key snack or treat to make it exciting:

 

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 And since you’ve spent the time and energy to make a fun and healthy kid’s lunch, don’t forget to add a little note to your child’s lunch box. We gave these away at the beginning of the school year, but they’re great for the end of the year too!

DOWNLOAD your FREE printable OWL LUNCH BOX NOTES NOW

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy lunching! {grin}

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back to school fun finds

One of my boys started school this week and one starts school Tuesday, so back to school has been on the brain for weeks now! And today I thought I would share some of my favorite finds.

From backpacks to lunch boxes to pencil bags, there are some really adorable bags for young kiddos to take to school this year.  Neither of my boys hesitate at the door anymore, actually my youngest never did, but for littles that are a bit timid to leave mom, these bags are almost like stuffed animals to keep them company! And these were some of my favorites:

In my book, big occasions always call for sweet rewards, like these awesome back to school cookie ideas from some very talented bakers:

  • Lunch Box Note Cookies with Lizy B Bakes ~ love these! And as she states in her post, if your kiddos are embarrassed by the love notes, they can always eat the evidence. {grin}
  • Nerdy Bookworm Cookies from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle ~ Callye always amazes me, but I think these might just be my new favorites!
  • Homework Done? You get a Gold Star Cookie! from The Decorated Cookie ~ Meaghan always comes up with easy and fabulous ideas, but this is just genius!

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

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back to school photography ideas


Every year, until this year, I scrambled around the first morning of school trying to capture a few quick pictures before rushing the kids into the car and making it to school on time. Not this year! This year, we had a mini photo shoot the day before. Much less stress, the kids’ eyes weren’t puffy from just waking up, they didn’t mind holding my props {grin}… it was wonderful. Plus, since my oldest has to wear a uniform to school, this gave him an opportunity to show his own style a bit.

We started with chalk and the driveway. I saw an idea on Pinterest, but the child was laying down and I didn’t really want them on the ground. Instead I wrote the word on the drive (ours is a bit slanted), grabbed my hubby’s eight ft. ladder, positioned myself downhill and above the boys. I really loved how they turned out!

My oldest wanted to stop and draw for a while, so I got a shot of that too. Another reason to do this the day before!

Next we moved on to chalk and slate. My neighbor got these from an old school house roof and they worked perfectly for one of my favorites, asking them what they want to be when they grow up. This year my Kindergartner chose a classic little boy answer, Fireman. As for my oldest, the answer has been scientist for two years and this year he’s honed his passion from science in general to science and math for engineering. I wonder what other loves they’ll discover this year that will mold their dreams…

They also had their own ideas of course. They wanted to walk the drive and then race on scooters. It was actually a fun little shoot. No tears, no time constraints, just fun.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and in this case, celebrate back to school!

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