Ice Cream Football Sandwiches {Super Bowl Party Food}

With three boys in the house (yes, I’m counting my husband), you bet football and the Super Bowl are big around here! So let’s talk Super Bowl parties and my simple and fun football ice cream sandwich idea!

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Super Easy Football Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Making football fare for any game or tailgate is fun, but the Super Bowl… well… it’s the Super Bowl! I’m a fan of all the savory sandwich recipes and dips, but I have to have a bit of sweet too. And what’s best about my little football ice cream sandwiches, they’re super easy to make and store until your guests arrive!

Super Bowl Football Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need:

  • Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Sharpie (coupon details for Target below!)
  • Rubbermaid storage containers (coupon details for Target below!)
  • White cake icing
  • Resealable bag
  • Icing tip #4 and connector
  • Knife
  • Optional: Chocolate sprinkles

Simple steps:

  1. Using a Sharpie, draw football plays, referee stripes or team colors on wooden spoons
  2. Unwrap your ice creams and lay them on a sheet of wax paper or in Rubbermaid container
  3. Pierce one end of the ice cream with a knife so that your wooden spoons can be inserted easily later
  4. Cut the edge of resealable bag, insert your icing connector and tip, spoon in icing and pipe football design
  5. Place in Rubbermaid container and freeze until guests arrive.
  6. Insert wooden spoons, sprinkle container with chocolate sprinkles (to finish the look) and serve.

Tip: If you serve them at halftime and they’re hard frozen, they should last the full 30 minutes!

Super Bowl Party Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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I’m Getting Organized {Technically Speaking} for 2014

I love technology. I also love pretty papers. I know… it’s a problem.

In 2014 I’m not giving up my pretty papers, or my crazy sticky notes all together, but I am committed to getting a bit more organized electronically. We moms and business owners are constantly on the go and since I can’t take everything with me when I travel, or to the car pool line, or while I wait at the doctor’s office… I need to use what I do take with me everywhere I go more.

These are a few of the basics that are going to help me get there!

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  1. iPad – First of all, my sweet mom gave me a new iPad 4 as a surprise Christmas gift. I was totally shocked. She’s so sneaky.
  2. Snugg iPad case – these cases are classy and a perfect fit! I mean perfect! I feel professional when I walk into a meeting and it feels comfortable in my hands. Plus, I can swap my silver/gray (which I LOVE!) out for a “fun” color when the mood strikes. {wink}
  3. Awesome Note – I’ve searched high and low and tested many… many… many {sigh} productivity apps. None had all the items I needed. To do lists, notes for projects, pictures and drawing (because sometimes I just like to sketch an idea down). This app allows me to do all those things on my iPad and on my iPhone. In my opinion, it is truly awesome!
  4. Studio 53 app – for all my creative wants and needs with endless paper and separate journals for each idea if I have… which is a ton. {grin}

I’m testing a few more things and if they prove to really help me stay organized and on task, I’ll share them with you. I wish you all a happy, healthy and PRODUCTIVE 2014!

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10 easy & cheap ways to style Halloween candy jars

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Eeek – Halloween is just days away! As moms, we all end up with some version of a Halloween Candy Boo-fet {wink}, so why not dress up those candy jars?

I pulled together some great last-minute ideas that are sure to impress even the littlest goblins:

  1. Beverage Labels via Martha Stewart to make these plain jars hauntingly cute!
  2. Easy Apothecary Jars via The Celebration Shoppe
  3. Halloween Candy Jars via Craftberry Bush
  4. Candy Corn Mason Jars via Mason Jar Love are too sweet!
  5. DIY Apothecary Candy Jars via At the Picket Fence are sweet and simple
  6. Wickedly Witchy Candy Jar via  Simply Designing (found on She Knows)
  7. Halloween Candy Jar via Sister Stuff
  8. Free Halloween Printables via The Celebration Shoppe will dress up any candy container
  9. Mummy Candy Holder craft via Parents
  10. Creepy Candy Jars via Target come with the candy and adorable package.

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

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countdown to Halloween pallet sign {it’s all about the candy}

Halloween is coming and my kiddos are counting down the days with this easy Halloween pallet art.

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I saw an idea from Laura at the Corner House on I Heart Naptime last year and I swore I’d make a version for my kiddos. And this year it happened, except I decided to go economical and use a free pallet from my husband’s office. {grin}

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 To make your own Halloween countdown pallet you’ll need:

  • Pallet
  • Orange and white craft paint
  • Flat black spray paint
  • Block number and letter stencils
  • Nails (hangers for letters)
  • Planks (cut into squares and drilled in the same spot for the nail)
  • Candy Corn template

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Now for the easy do it yourself steps:

Space plan – I suggest you “layout” the design before you use a drop of paint. I used strips of paper and a Sharpie.

Measure – Determine the size of your number (date) blocks. Mine were 3×3 inches, but it will vary with the size of the pallet.

Cut - You’ll need 14 blocks (0-3 for the left and 0-9 for the right)

Spray paint – Paint the number blocks with two coats of flat black paint

Stencil – Measure the center point for each word and start stenciling

Halloween Countdown Pallet Sign | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My boys love changing the numbers each day and I love to see the excitement on their faces as we get closer to all that candy! I may or may not pick out all my favorites while they’re sleeping… {wink}

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And you see these cute pumpkins?! I’ll be posting about these and a few more pumpkin ideas in my next post. Stay tuned!

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10 chalkboard crafts for back to school

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Want to get organized for back to school? Love all the fabulous ideas you’ve seen using chalkboard paint?

Every year I promise myself that I’ll get a better system for organizing the daunting amounts of paper that comes home…yeah, right! {smirk} So, I gathered these great ideas to inspire all moms in their never-ending endeavor to get organized (and stay that way!)

  • School Notes Chalkboard via Kaboose is an adorable way to leave you and your kids notes for each day (and so much cuter than my little post-it’s everywhere!)
  • Back to School Slate via Mommy Creations is a portable way to keep little ones learning.
  • Chalkboard Table via My{not so} Glamorous Life makes great place for little ones to practice early math, reading and writing skills.
  • Chalkboard Desk via The Rustic Pig will help keep all those school supplies organized for homework time. Besides, what kiddo doesn’t want to have furniture he can write on?!
  • First Day of School Sign via Who Arted will leave no doubt what year you took that photo!
  • Chalkboard Calendar via PSA Stamp Camp lets you track your students busy lives.
  • Chalkboard Clothespins via create share inspire gives every little scrap a home (and a label).
  • Back-to-School Paper Holder via Seasons Gredings gives you a labelled place to keep all those loose papers that come home daily.
  • Back-to-School Teacher Gift via Mom Endeavors is a charming way to start the school year off right.
  • Chalkboard Lunchbox via Fancy Frugal Life let’s you leave sweet notes and reminders for your little student.

As always, we hope you are inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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10 delicious brownie recipes

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Hi everyone, it;s Bridget!

I’m a sucker for a great brownie recipe! Actually, I’m a sucker for anything chocolate, but brownies are my ultimate weakness! {smirk}

From simply sweet to richly decadent, I collected my favorite brownie recipes to share:

Does anyone else have a chocolate craving now?! {wink}

Of course, I wanted to share the Brownie Bite Kisses that Kim made for a sweet Mother’s Day treat. How do you stop with just one of these lovelies?  And for those sweet lovers who aren’t so sweet on chocolate {gasp}, I added the Orange Brownies from Laughing Spatula to round out our mix.

For more cookie, brownie, cake and party ideas, join Kim on Pinterest!

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party hat ~ video tutorial

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Hi everyone! I’m really starting to love making video for my You Tube channel. Today I’m sharing a quick video tutorial for party hats! We’ve all bought the general party hat for a birthday party and now I’m going to show you a super simple way to dress it up. {grin}

Fringe!

You only need a few supplies and few minutes and that regular old party hat gets a make over!

This little project was part of my craft series with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores for their Creativity Made Simple initiative. If you’ve not already, please hop over to read my Q&A feature, see more craft projects including how to make simple beverage wrappers, a circus cake topper and more. Plus learn about how JoAnn and the Craft and Hobby Association are helping us reclaim our craft time!

And if you like what you see I’d love for you to help a girl out and subscribe to my You Tube channel! {big smile}

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behind the scenes with JoAnn

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Today I’m sharing a bit about a project I’m working on with the amazing team at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

JoAnn is talking Creativity Made Simple. It’s all about finding the time do what you love when life gets busy.

As part of Creativity Made Simple, JoAnn has selected one crafter to feature each month all year long. And they asked me to be their May craft influencer! {Yep, that’s my face on the homepage of the Creativity Made Simple!} I couldn’t be more honored.

You see, when I was still in my corporate career I would escape to JoAnns and a book store (located just next to my office) for a long lunch break to dream of starting my own company and to browse the isles for all the crafty things I was going to get into on the weekend. And to have such an amazing brand ask me to be a craft influencer only five short years later… well let’s just say that I feel incredibly blessed!

So as part of my role as craft influencer for the month of May, I created a new circus party idea for JoAnn. As well shot three videos showcasing easy ideas to help viewers craft their way to a fabulous party! Over the next few days I’ll be sharing the videos and more! {giddy}

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In the meantime, here’s a peek at the behind the scenes of my video shoots!

The JoAnn team was not only kind, professional and super helpful, they were also a riot. If only I had some of my out-takes to share with you. Oh the faces I made when I messed up! {smirk}

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For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen these before. And if you don’t, I’d love for you to join me. I’m under “The Celebration Shoppe.”

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Much more coming about my projects and videos with JoAnn and Creativity Made Simple. Until then, and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Happy Thursday!

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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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DIY Christmas ornament curtain

I’ve been hanging Christmas ornament curtains on my little kitchen window for the last four years and everyone that comes to visit comments on how simple and pretty it is. So this year I grabbed my camera!

You’ll need a small white tension rod, ribbon and pretty ornaments. (I picked my tension rod up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. I think I only paid a $1 or $2 for it.)

The toughest part was getting my ribbon lengths the same for each ornament set. Now I just store them on the ribbon so I never have to do it again. {wink}

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