DIY Valentine’s Craft for Kids – Let Love Grow Succulent Heart Flower Pot

As the class room mom, I try my hardest to come up with unique craft ideas for my daughter’s Kindergarten class.  After browsing around on Pinterest for weeks, I wasn’t able to come up with anything, but the theme “Let Love Grow” was stuck in my head.

For class parties, I ask each parent to donate a minimum of $3 per kid to cover the cost of the edible craft and the art craft.  We typically decorate a cookie or cupcake for the edible craft, which also serves as their food for snack time.  Since we had $30 left over from our last party, we decided not to charge for this year’s Valentine’s party.

Intending on keeping the Valentine’s day craft as cheap as possible, I went down to my local Dollar Tree and found these tiny clay pots, 3/$1.  I also found a large $1 pack of potting soil, glitter foam stickers and hearts on a stick.  My only struggle was finding flowers or succulents in the $1 range.

I remembered that one of my neighbors creates succulent arrangements to sell at local street fairs, so I asked her if she had 27 tiny succulents that I could buy from her in the $1 range.  She absolutely came through with tons of beautiful succulents.


How To

The directions for this “Let Love Grow” succulent heart flower pot craft are pretty easy.  Fill your decorated flower pot with potting soil, place your succulent in the dirt, sprinkle with water, add your heart stick and you’re done!  This is a very simple craft for Kindergarteners that can even be gifted to the parents!

Have fun!  And don’t forget to pin this post!


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No-Sew Card Table Forts for Kids + Free Camping Printables

Parents everywhere, rejoice!  There is finally a cheap and easy way to create an indoor (or outdoor) fort for your kids!  As a parent, the fort struggle is constant.  My kids drag sheets and blankets all over my house, sling them over chairs, tables, bar stools and couches, drag their toys to play with underneath – and leave it all for me to clean up!  Not a day goes by that they don’t ask to play under some sort of structure.
Browsing around Pinterest, you’ll find a bazillion options for DIY fort kits for kids, but they all require so much effort.  And money.  And time.  Amazon Prime it is!

Have you found that you’re more of an Amazon Prime mom than a Pinterest mom?  There’s no shame in that.  I’ve found some amazing products on Amazon recently, including a couple of Hideaboo Hideouts that will not only save me money, time and effort, but they’ll afford me more opportunities to play with my kids without stressing so much about the mess and clean-up.
My girls and I absolutely love the vintage camper fort and free printables that came with our purchase.  We love to camp as a family and can use this fort indoors or out.  It will even be perfect for the kids to play in while camping, since we already take a card table with us to eat on.

To Buy

These easy forts simply slip over your standard card table and require no other effort on your part.  There’s no sewing involved like some of the DIY fort kits I’ve seen on the market and they are fairly inexpensive to purchase from Amazon.

  

Use promo code NAPREV20 during checkout on Amazon.com to get 20% off your Hideaboo Hideouts order. (Code valid until the end of February 2017)


Free Camping Printables 

(right click each image to save to your desktop)

These images were made for an standard sheet of paper.  I printed them as 8×10’s with white borders for my frames.

You also might like these Easy Card Table Lemonade Stand from Hideaboo Hideouts
The idea of using a Lemonade Stand slipcover over a card table is absolutely brilliant.  Finally, there is no need to create a vintage-looking wooden lemonade stand like so many of you have already done.  This is so easy, inexpensive and can be washed if lemonade spills on it.
Learn more about Hideaboo Hideouts and their fantastic forts for kids at http://shoprelive.com/product/hideaboo.  You’ll find other great fort themes like Down on the Farm, Enchanted Castle, Outer Space Rocket and Underwater Submarine.
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DIY Chapstick Valentine’s Card | Teacher Gift Ideas

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My daughter’s school Valentine’s Day party coming up and I needed to come up with some cute teacher gifts in a pinch.  I happened to have a whole stack of brand new Chapsticks here at the house along with a stack of blank cards that I had picked up at Target awhile ago, so I decided to put together some easy DIY Valentine’s Chapstick Cards.

Who wouldn’t love to receive a Chapstick card?  They’re my go-to lip balm brand and have been since I was little.  They soften and protect my lips year-round – it’s no wonder they’re America’s favorite lip balm.
Note:  These cards are not only great for Valentine’s Day.  They can be used for any class party, teacher gift, friend gift, Mother’s Day gift, etc.  Simply switch up the phrasing to suit your gifting needs.
Chapstick Card Ideas

To assemble these easy cards you’ll need:

  • Assorted Chapstick
  • Glue Dots
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Construction paper or blank store-bought cards (check the Target dollar aisle)
  • Single hole punch
  • Markers, stamps, glitter, etc. for decorating

Some cute lip balm sayings for in the card:

“Read my lips.”

“You’re the balm.”

“Mom, You’re the balm.”

“Keep balm and slather on.”

Valentine Card Video Tutorial:


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5 Things to Do With Holiday Cards After the Holidays Have Ended

This article is sponsored by Basic Invite.  As always, all opinions are my own and are never influenced by compensation.  I only work with brands that align with my lifestyle.
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Year after year we spend a hefty amount of money to create and send out holiday cards to our loved ones.  I absolutely love receiving photo cards from our family and friends, but feel so much guilt when it comes time to dispose of them after the New Year has begun.

This year, I have partnered with Basic Invite to create our family Christmas cards.  I carefully select my Christmas card designer each year based on a few things: overall feel of their products/website, past customer reviews, and quality of their cards.  I chose to work with Basic Invite this year because of their unique card designs, beautiful website design, product pricing, card quality and because they are a smaller business.  
If you visit www.basicinvite.com one of the first things you’ll notice is how bright and cheerful their site is.  I don’t know about you, but I’m drawn to websites with crisp, clean designs.  Basic Invite’s site is so simple to navigate, too.
What sets Basic Invite apart from their competition is:
~ their willingness to price match;
~ the instant preview technology that allows you to not only see what your customized cards are going to look like, but also allows you to make changes until it’s to your liking;
~ they include peel and stick envelopes with most orders;
~ they allow you to truly customize their products with colors, wording, images and more.
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This year I’ve decided to go with a few different designs for my Christmas cards.  Basic Invite has so many that I fell in love with and I figured, “why not go with a bunch of designs?”  My absolute favorite design is this navy blue, foil-pressed designs.  You can see that the gold foil print is lifted for added elegance.

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Things to Do With Holiday Cards After the Holidays

Wondering what to do with the holiday cards your friends and family send you after the holidays are long gone?  My absolute favorite thing to do is turn them into Christmas ornaments.  I prefer to do circular ornaments, but you can do squares, stars or any other shape.  You simple choose the portion of the card that you love, trace the shape onto the card, cut it out and use a single hole punch at the top!  You can also add some cute snowflake stickers like I did.
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You can also turn your old holiday cards into gift tags, a flip book, recipe cards or add them to a scrapbook.

I have created an entire Pinterest board full of things to do with holiday cards.  Click the banner below to view more fun ideas.
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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About DIY Decorations For Your Home

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There are a lot of advantages to making the decorations for your home for yourself. It can be a fulfilling creative activity; it can be cheaper, and you can personalize the item in the way that you want. Read on to find out everything you need to know about making DIY decoration for your home.

Cheap

Firstly stylish home decor is all around us. All over town, social media, and the TV. It’s so easy to be inspired to get the look in your home, but if you do this every time, a new trend comes out you’ll be bankrupt pretty quickly! A cheaper way of getting an on-trend look is to craft the items yourself.
For example, you could choose a beautiful neon abstract painting for your living room, but it may well set you back $300. But if you were to buy a canvas some neon acrylic paints and a few brushes you can get a similar look for around $30.
If you worry that you’re not the most artistic person, try using an online tutorial or going to a class like this. These are often written by experts so you can benefit from their experience and make the same sort of item with a bit of guidance from them.

Creative

Another thing that you should know about making your own home decoration so that it can be addictively creative. Not many of us get a chance to work with color, texture, and shape in our days to days lives. So making something with your own hands can be so satisfying! Watch out, though; a single craft activity can turn into a lifelong hobby when you realize that you enjoy and have an aptitude for it.

Easy

What a lot of people don’t realize is that making your own home decor doesn’t have to be difficult. You can start small and build up to the bigger projects. You can even use the kid’s artworks in creative ways if you don’t feel up to painting or making anything yourself.

Clean ups

Lots of people are put off from making their own home decoration because of the mess involved. It can be hard to find a space where we can create without having to watch our for spills and splashes. Use an oil cloth to cover the table that you are using for crafting and make sure you wear an apron.
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Luckily if the worst does happen and you do end up with some paint on the floor, there are products and services that can help you remove it. Some of them are even eco-friendly but still work on really tough paint and sprays, so you don’t have to worry about the mess side of thing too much.

Personalized

One of the best thing about making your home decoration is that they can be personalized. Whether it’s picking the color or embellishments, or even adding family initials to the design. Having decorations that are designed and made by you and so are meaningful is definitely worthwhile.

Safe, Reusable, Eco-Friendly Confetti Poppers for Kids for 4th of July or New Years

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As a kid, I remember playing with sparklers on the fourth of July; but I also remember being deathly afraid of them, too.  Having a dad who was a firefighter growing up, I felt much safer around fireworks.  Now that I have kids of my own, I’m not a big fan of fire in my kids hands.  My girls are just too young right now.

This year, I thought I would put to use some of my push pop containers that I used for my first daughter’s first birthday party.  Some of you might remember my pool party push-up cake pops from my DIY Pool Party blog post, which were a huge hit at the party.  Since the containers are washable and reusable, I’ve been hanging onto them for a special project.


Eco-Friendly Confetti Poppers for Kids

Since the thermometer has pushing up to 106° these days here in California, indoor crafts are a must this summer break.  My little ones can help put these super easy push-up confetti poppers together, so it made for a great time filler between naps.
You’ll Need:
  • Push Pop Containers with Lids (link on Amazon)
  • Dried flower petals (any colors)
  • Glue Stick
  • Themed stickers or paper cutouts (see below)
How to Assemble:
  1. First, you will need to make sure your flower petals are dry.  Dried flower petals fly better than fresh ones.  I happen to have white Agapanthus plants and red canna lilies in my backyard, so I just used those petals for my fourth of July poppers.
  2. Remove the lid from your confetti popper and stuff with a mixture of dried petals.
  3. Replace your lid.
  4. Decorate with stickers or paper cutouts.
How to Use:
  • Hold confetti popper base in one hand.
  • Using the palm of your hand, hit the push-up stick like you are serving a volleyball.  The point is to push it out as quickly as possible.
  • Kids might like slamming the push-up stick on the ground or on a table, rather than their hand.

Fourth of July Printables

I went ahead and created a sheet of six printable fourth of July images that are perfect for your cake poppers.  Simply click the image below, save to your computer and print!  These images are from the new PicMonkey 4th of July theme.
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Springy Home Updates with Chalkola Chalk Markers

This post is sponsored by Chalkola.  All opinions are my own.
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Every year when Spring arrives I want to completely redo my home in cheery, Springy colors and patterns.  Obviously it’s not practical to change out everything in your home, but with the help of Chalkola chalk markers, you can add some fun touches to existing home decor or create some fun new Spring D.I.Y. projects.

Chalkola Products I Love

I’m currently loving the 6mm chalk markers, the 15mm chalk markers and the sticky chalkboard labels from Chalkola.  You can find all of these products on Amazon.com.  Just search for Chalkola or use the links in this post to find them.

Chalk projects

Easy Spring Home Updates with Chalkola Products



Fresh Flowers!

Spring is a time when flowers are blooming.  If you have fresh flowers in your yard, grab some scissors and create a fresh bouquet for your dining table, kitchen counter, bathroom, etc.  If you don’t have fresh flowers in your yard, head down to your local grocery store or florist and pick up an inexpensive bouquet.  Remember, we don’t need to go BIG with our bouquet.  We’re just adding a little touch of spring and color to our home.

A fun way to show off your blooms are with a mason jar or clay pot labeled with a chalkboard label.  You can write fun Springy phrases on these labels or use them as place setting for a Spring party.


Update your food storage containers!


I love to keep labels on my food storage containers since they aren’t clear.  I keep my brown sugar, my tea bags and my oatmeal packets in metal tins on my counter and I change the label colors with each season or holiday.

Update your chalk board!

I found the cutest hanging chalkboards at my local Target in the dollar aisle.  I use them for parties and for everyday messages.  The Chalkola chalk markers are so much prettier than the white chalk I was using and I’m able to get really creative with the colors.

Easter Projects!

In case you missed my DIY Easter party post, you can check it out on The Bucket List Mom.  I made homemade PEEP kabobs and used clay pots with chalkboard labels to display them.  These pots doubled as place setting markers and party favors.


DIY Easter Party

As you can see, I’ve been having a lot of fun with my Chalkola products.  I can’t wait to come up with some more fun DIY ideas to share with you all.


PEEPS® It Yourself (PIY) Easter Basket + Decor Ideas

Easter Basket and Easter Decor Ideas - PEEPS Bouquet and Jelly Bean Centerpiece
Easter Basket and Easter Decor Ideas - PEEPS Bouquet and Jelly Bean Centerpiece
This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with PEEPS® & Company and Chalkola as part of our Easter segment. I was provided with samples to facilitate my review and complete my projects, but my opinion is honest and my own.

When I think of Easter candy, PEEPS® Brand is the first that comes to mind.  I’ve been eating those sugar-coated yellow marshmallow chicks since I was a kid and they haven’t changed a bit.  The brand has only gotten better and actually carries so many more gooey goodies for your kids’ Easter baskets (and for your guilty pleasure).


Each Easter, I try to put together a themed Easter basket to {hopefully} inspire you all.  I typically do non-candy baskets, or just a little bit of candy but this year, we’re going with pretty much all candy.  The candy chosen for this year’s basket and Easter decorations is from PEEPS®, Mike and Ike Easter Treats, Mike and Ike Jelly Beans and Hot Tamales Jelly Beans.  See the full list and description of each item below.
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PEEPS® & Company 2016 Easter Candy Lineup

·         5-inch PEEPS® Plush: Spread the joy of PEEPS® when you give this plush PEEPS® chick as a gift to those of any age (assortment of colors).
·         PEEPS® earbuds: If you need a sweet bit of time to yourself, let your favorite yellow PEEPS Chick take you away with your favorite music through these PEEPS earbuds. Get a dose of stress relief, in stereo, every time you put them on and crank up the tunes!
·         PEEPS® luggage tag: From candy to cute accessory, these PEEPS® luggage tags add a pop of color and whimsy to your gear (assortment of colors).
·         PEEPS® Orange Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge: These three Chicks are orange delight flavored and dipped in orange fudge to enhance the flavor. Share them with your friends or keep them for yourself!
·         PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks: The five and 15 count packages of the iconic PEEPS® Chicks are available in classic Easter colors including yellow, pink, blue, lavender, green, and orange Chicks! The 10 count package of Chicks is available in all of the classic Easter colors as well as white.
·         PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies: The four count bunnies come in classic yellow, pink and blue colors. The 12 count bunnies come in classic colors as well as lavender, white, green and orange. The 16 count are packaged in classic colors plus lavender and green.
·         PEEPS® Decorated Eggs: Nine white eggs iced with pastel colors in 3 unique designs, these eggs are great for recipes, crafts and immediate consumption.
·         PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Ten delicious vanilla cake flavored marshmallow chicks sprinkled with fun rainbow confetti.
·         PEEPS® Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Sweet and sour flavors collide to create a burst of watermelon in these ten green chicks with a blush pink center.
·         PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: Three delectable chocolate mousse-flavored Chicks dipped in either creamy milk or dark chocolate.
·         PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks: Individually wrapped marshmallow chicks covered in either milk or dark chocolate.
·         PEEPS® Rainbow Pop: Four chicks in colors yellow, green, pink and blue marshmallow on a stick- it’s like a colorful PEEPS® lollipop.
·         MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats: Bring chewy, fruity goodness this Easter season with a 10 oz. gift bag of MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats flavors. Filled with grape, pineapple-banana, strawberry, lemon-lime, and cherry-flavored MIKE AND IKE® candies – and all made with real fruit juice – this gift will put a spring in anybody’s step as the bright new season gets underway.
·         MIKE AND IKE® Jellybeans: The Assorted Fruits MIKE AND IKE® JELLY BEANS are a fan favorite. 
·         HOT TAMALES® Jellybeans:  Celebrate Easter with our cinnamon-flavored jelly beans (14 oz. package)
Easter Basket and Easter Decor Ideas - PEEPS Bouquet and Jelly Bean Centerpiece
After sacrificing my whole day to test out each PEEPS® product (such a hard day, I know), I’d have to say that my absolutely favorite is the Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks.  They’re like a s’more without the graham cracker and are just amazing.  My girls and husband have been devouring the Party Cake and Sour Watermelon flavored PEEPS®, which are pretty good, too.
Of course, I couldn’t just stop with an Easter basket.  With all of these Easter goodies at my disposal, I thought it would be fun to make some decorations and party favors.  Check out some cute and easy DIY ideas below.

Mike and Ike Jelly Bean Centerpiece

For this easy jelly bean centerpiece, you’ll need two vases or one vase and a cup.  You start by placing the smaller vase (or cup) in the middle of the larger vase.  Then, you fill the gap between the two vases with jelly beans.  Finish it off with the flowers of your choice and some water in the smaller vase, and you’re done!
Easter Basket and Easter Decor Ideas - PEEPS Bouquet and Jelly Bean Centerpiece

PEEPS®-on-a-Stick Flower Pots with Chalk Pens Decor

These cute flower pots are great for place settings and can be sent home with your party guests as party favors.
You’ll need a few different materials for this easy project:
·         Assorted PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Bunnies or Chicks
·         Wooden kabob sticks, lollipop sticks or caramel apple sticks (preferably with a point end)
·         Floral foam large enough to fit into the bottom of each flower pot ( I used foam balls)
·         Floral moss, Easter grass or any other filler
·         Twine or ribbon
·         Chalkola Chalkboard labels
·         6mm Chalkola Chalk markers (use code CHALK20A to get 20% off on Amazon.com)
·         Small clay flower pots
Easter Basket and Easter Decor Ideas - PEEPS Bouquet and Jelly Bean Centerpiece
  1. Start by placing your floral foam into the bottom of each flower pot.  
  2. Place your chalkboard label onto the front of each flower pot.
  3. Fill each pot with the floral filler of your choice – I used this dried green grass.  Because the pots I used were heavy, I didn’t need to add rock to the bottom, but if you use lightweight pots, you might want to place gravel below the foam.
  4. PEEPS® Kabobs – Slide your PEEPS® Marshmallows onto your wooden dowels  alternating colors.  Stick each PEEPS® dowel into your floral foam as you finish them.
  5. Finish with twine or ribbon and the chalk design of your choice.
For an even easier (and mess-free) PEEPS® kabob solution, try purchasing the PEEPS® Rainbow Pops.
Easter Basket and Easter Decor Ideas - PEEPS Bouquet and Jelly Bean Centerpiece
Easter Basket and Party Ideas

Easter Basket and Party Ideas

Easter Basket and Party Ideas

Easter Basket and Party Ideas

Easter Basket and Party Ideas
I hope you enjoy our 2016 Easter basket and party decor ideas.  I look forward to seeing your ideas, as well.  When posting on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtags #PEEPSEaster and #TBLMdaily!


PEEPS® Promo Code – 2/15/16 – 4/15/16

For 20% off your next purchase on www.peepsandcompany.com, use promo code EASTERTREATS at checkout.  This code is valid from February 15th 2016 – April 15th 2016 with no minimum purchase amount required.

PEEPS & Company® Flash Sale – 3/3/16 – 3/10/16

Visit www.peepsandcompany.com for a HUGE flash sale from March 3rd 2016 to March 10th 2016.  The PEEPS & COMPANY® website home page will display an assortment of Easter products available at 50-70% off! Your exclusive coupon code EASTERTREATS can be applied for an additional percentage off of your total purchase price!

GIVEAWAY

We’ve got a real treat of a giveaway for you!  Enter to win a PEEPS & Company® prize pack including the following products using the Rafflecopter form below.  We will choose one winner after 3/10/16.  Good luck!

  • • PEEPS® Orange Delight Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Orange Fudge
  • • PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks
  • • PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies
  • • PEEPS® Decorated Eggs
  • • PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • • PEEPS® Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • • PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
  • • PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks
  • • PEEPS® Rainbow Pop
  • • MIKE AND IKE® Easter Treats
  • • MIKE AND IKE® Jellybeans
  • • HOT TAMALES® Jellybeans

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Free Printable Spring Bucket List for Kids

Spring has (almost) sprung!  Here’s a cute printable Spring bucket list for the whole family to do together.  Print it out, put it in a frame and mark each task off with a dry erase marker!  Don’t forget to tag #tblmdaily if you post on social media!  We love seeing your bucket list photos!
Free printable - Spring bucket list

VanGogh and Vino

Learn how to paint while enjoying your favorite wine!

My friends and I enjoyed a girls night out with a little Van Gogh and Vino the other night.  We learned how to paint a sunflower on canvas and enjoyed girl talk and vino kid-free.  My sunflower isn’t super great but we had a blast.

Check out http://www.vangoghandvinoca.com/ to check out their calendar and locations.