Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sugar-Free Halloween Treats - Pumpkin Crayons

Fall is finally here & I'm in full force holiday craft mode! Woot!
I wanted to share my daughter's classroom treat we did last year. Her school is sugar-free so I was faced with a challenge to come up with a cool idea!  

 While I was racking my brain for a sugar-free classroom treat, my lil gal lost another tooth. Eek! I told her she had the perfect pumpkin smile & then an idea dawned on me...
Boxes of crayons disguised as pumpkins!

Sugar-free & what kid doesn't love crayons? A win-win to me :)

Five made and twenty-one (!!!) more to go!

What you'll need:
Box of crayons
Scrapbook paper
Glue stick
Paper punches (1-hole, circle & scallop)
Bakers twine (or make your own here)

Two of the scrapbook papers I used are available to download for free:
Pumpkin face template
Get the adorable gift tag & other Halloween free printables here!

 Happy Halloween my pretties!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day of School Treats

Hope you had an amazing summer! 
I can't believe a new school year is here! Isn't it crazy?

My little gal was nervous returning to school so we decided to make some treats for the staff.

I designed these fun tags and we put together these little treat bags filled with yummy caramel candies! On her first day of school we distributed them to our crossing guard, office staff, cafeteria workers and her new teachers. It gave her a chance to greet them & ease some of her nerves. Plus I'm sure the staff all appreciated a little sweet treat that they can indulge in at the end of the day.

Hope you & your little ones have an amazing school year!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Have A Krazy, Kool Summer!

 I can't believe the school year is coming to an end. I'm super emotional my sweet baby will be heading off to second grade in the fall. Where does the time go? I tell her daily she isn't allowed to grow up, but she just doesn't listen :)

 I wanted my daughter to give her classmates one final gift as they head off on summer vacation. We took some silly crazy straws, packets of Kool-Aid & added a fun printable.


 Super easy & inexpensive! Plus who doesn't love a crazy straw?

Wishing you all a krazy, kool summer!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Teacher Retirement Memory Jar

My daughter's school has three wonderful faculty members retiring this year; a kindergarten, first grade and second grade teacher.

The PTA commissioned me to create special gifts for each of them. Since they all have worked at the school for many, many years, what better than memory jar filled with all their awesome moments to be cherished for years to come! 

While a plain jar would have been fine, I wanted the jars to be displayed in their homes so they needed to be decorative & cute! I added some crayons, ribbon, faux apples & fun chalkboard signs.

Each jar was slightly unique & perfect for each teacher. I'm so happy with how they turned out and can't wait for them to be presented at their big retirement celebration.

 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chocolate Birds Nest

These sweet little chocolate birds nests are a perfect decoration and dessert for Easter! 

 1 bag chow mein noodles
3 packages mini chocolate bars
1 bag Cadbury mini eggs (or jelly beans)
Mini muffin pan
Cooking spray
Wax paper  (optional)

1. Break up chocolate and place in a microwave-safe container. Heat the chocolate in 30 second intervals until thoroughly melted. Be careful to not burn the chocolate. It took me two 30 second intervals.

2. Carefully add the chow mein noodles, stirring until completely coated in the chocolate. 
 
3. Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

4. Spoon mixture into mini muffin pan. (note: if you don't have a mini pan, you can also spoon it into little nests onto the wax paper)

5. Refrigerate until firm, about one hour or so.

 6. One chilled, gently remove the nests from muffin pan. I used a paring knife to pop them out.

7. Place three Cadbury mini eggs (or jelly beans) inside each nest.
 Hope you have a fabulous Easter!

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Fortunes

I love to bring treats to my daughters classroom for any & every holiday. St. Patrick's Day is no different. I found these silly green fortune cookies from Oriental Trading and made a fun printable that I attached to them! Easy peasy.

I think the kids will get a kick out of cracking them open & reading their St. Patrick's Day message!


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Clover Hair Clip

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner & I want to make sure my daughter and her girlfriends avoid the celebratory pinches from classmates. 

With some green felt, ribbon and crystal embellishments I whipped up these fun clover hair clips!

100% leprechaun approved!

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