Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Maintaining Happily Ever After-After your carriage turns back into a pumpkin

Some days I really feel like Cinderella.

Ummm that would be the one before the whole fairy god mother Bib-a-dee-bob-a-dee-doo magic wand part.

Tattered patched together clothes, mean step children yelling out commands, scrubbing floors until some naughty animal puts paw prints all over them.  My carriage is just a plain old pumpkin (or a mom mobile covered in snacks and toys)  Mice are just rodents and my horse well I don’t have a horse but if I did it would just be a horse.

It is so important to find ways to maintain that “thing” that makes you really love your spouse.  Because otherwise if you don’t and they leave that wet towel hanging on the end of the bed just one more time……your going to choke them!  Not that this happens or anything I am just saying!

So how do we keep “our happily ever after?”  Well you have to date your mate!

“Yes, I know you are busy!”

“Yes I know you have too many kids!”

“Yes I know you are tired!”

“Yes I know you don’t wanna, but you gotta!

These dates are do-able for a busy mom and wife.  I have almost all of these things readily available and they don’t require 3 hours of prep work, or a naughty nurse costume!

1.  You take the cake-Bake 2 cakes or a batch of cupcakes.  Set out frosting, sprinkles, piping bags etc and decorate special cakes for each other.  If you want to bump it up a notch  wear silly party hats and invite him to the date with a birthday party invite or a tub of frosting with a note that says you will need this later. That will get his interest up!

2.  You are Tee-rific- Decorate a tee-shirt for each other to wear on your next date night.  Pick a theme like bowling, love etc.  Have a contest to see who is the best artist. Winner gets a 20 minute massage.

3.  You and I go together like cookies and milk-  Bake cookies together and be sure to have lots of milk to go with it., and maybe some lactaid. (Ha! Trust me there is nothing romantic about lactose intolerance people) If you want to take it up a notch make a special recipe, changing the words for the ingredients with things like love, passion, kisses, hugs.  You might want to keep the real recipe close by in case you forget!

4.  Photo Booth Party- Set up your camera on a tri-pod or a table with a timer.  Make a silly backdrop  (a sheet will work and some fun props like hats, mustaches etc.)  Spend the evening taking silly pictures.  Present your special someone with  DVD of the photos, or have one blown up and put in a frame to remind you of your fun date.DSC_0455

These are a few of my girlfriends we got together to work on our date ideas and put together some super easy photo props.  So much fun to play with!

5.  Book Store Scavenger hunt- Have your significant other meet you at a library or book store and hide secret messages in books and give hints as to where they should go next.  The final spot should be romance novels of course.

6.  Picnic in the park-  Doesn’t get much easier than that!  Pack a simple lunch or dinner

7.  Ice, Ice Baby-Make ice cream together, but no cheating and using a machine on this one.  Make it in a coffee can and spend your night rolling it back and forth and reconnecting.  For recipes and instructions you can go here.


If you have it in your budget get some fun toppings too.

And how about a little mood music!

Ha! and yeah that song is going to be stuck in my head all day.

Don’t judge me it is funny!

8.  Backyard bowling: If you did the tee-rific date now would be a great time to wear your shirt.  Set up a back yard bowling alley complete with bowling alley snacks.  If your kids have a bowling set use that otherwise you can use empty water bottles and any ball that will roll.

9. Let’s be kids again:   Pick up some coloring books and crayons and color together or raid the kids coloring supplies.  If you want to make it extra special make personalized coloring pages.  Go to the park and swing on the swings, blow bubbles, color with sidewalk chalk. A must have is kid snacks think juice box, Capri suns, animal crackers. 

10.  Playing Hard to get :  How about a little hide and seek.  Meet your spouse at a favorite location and use sidewalk chalk to leave a trail to find you. Keep moving just far enough that they can’t catch you but you can see them that is part of the fun.  Use sayings like ha, ha you can’t catch me and hearts of course. Be hard to get but not impossible and don’t forget to make rules like you can’t go past this street or whatever.

You can find my other fun date ideas here:

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Huston we have a 4th grader-End of year gift take 2

Well it is official today I have a 4th grader.  Wow!  How the time flies it feels like I was just bringing him home from the hospital just a little while ago. 

Today they spent the day eating.  I mean they literally ate their way through their day.  In the morning they had a huge breakfast learning celebration, then they made dirt cup puddings, then they had a picnic with birthday treats for two different students.  So how I ask you can they still be complaining they are hungry?  I don’t know what they ate in the afternoon, I let him play hooky.


I made this fun little bucket for his teacher.  I saw those cute little snack size cookie packets and knew I had to do something with them they are so cute!

“Whatever, cookie packets can be cute!”  I am easily amused!


I made the cute, cute, oven mitt using Skip to My Lou’s directions.  You can find those here.  I was going to make two but they were more time consuming than I thought.  Wouldn’t those make a great Christmas gift?

I picked up the bucket while wandering around Hobby Lobby on crazy clearance.  I bought all of them!  I personalized it with a little vinyl, I thought it would be fun in the classroom.

Now if only summer would come we would be in great shape.  Pools open on Monday but unless I can swim in a hats, gloves and a coat I am not going!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

End of Year Teacher Gift-Rosette Necklace


Today the youngest Prince graduated preschool, can’t believe I have two kids in Elementary school.  How  did that happen?

I whipped up a fun necklace for his teacher to thank her for all that she has done for our family.  .

I put together a mini tutorial for you. You will have to excuse this missing photo steps. I was in a hurry because this was my back up plan since what I ordered hadn’t arrived. It is not fancy and is missing a couple photos but I have faith you can do it!

Start by making a bunch of fabric rosettes.  If you don’t know how to do this just google it and you will get a ton of tutorials.  I used the hot glue method which is the simplist method.  For this I used cream lace and fabric.  I really liked the vintage look.


Lay your rosettes on top of coordinating felt and trace around your desired shape.


Cut out your felt and hot glue your rosettes in place.


Here is a little tip for you if you put a tiny amount of hot glue in between the rosettes and hot glue them together it makes it more structurally sound.

Now attach your embellishments.  I used freshwater pearls and a letter K brad.  Then finish it off by attaching your chain which I swore I took a picture of.  To do this I snipped my chain in half and hot glued it to the back and topped those with a little more felt to hide the glue. 


Another adorable and simple teacher gift that is not a coffee mug!

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Monday, May 23, 2011

You have to start somewhere-Baby Quilt

Hey all sorry for my lack of posting, it has been busy, busy, busy at the castle.  The royal children are almost out of school which is code for we are going to cram as much stuff as possible in the last week.  It fine, it’s fun, really it is.


I whipped up this fun little strip quilt to go on the baby bed I am making for the little princess.  I am done with the bed but I still haven’t painted the darn thing, but the weather has been completely suckish!  Like I was locked in a 6X6 bathroom with 18 children and 5 adults while a tornado passed suckish.  Raining for days, and days so much so I thought about building an arc suckish.  But any who I will show you the cute quilt while you wait.


This was my first attempt so don’t look too close.  It was fun and really super simple to make, another if you can sew a straight line you can make this kind of a project.  Hmmm…. that would be a fun linky party maybe we should do that!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

End of Soccer Season treats-Jumping for joy!

DSC_0251We are wrapping up soccer season over here.  Thank goodness!  We could just jump for joy! It has been the coldest, wettest soccer season ever.  I had to bring hot chocolate to almost every game.  Hello it is the middle of May we should not have to be playing like we are eskimos!

Here are some fun little treats I whipped up for the kids.


Nothing fancy, I picked up the soccer ball pops after Easter 75% off.  I put them in treat bags and personalized them with vinyl.  The kids loved them!  I love when things like this come together!

And just incase you don’t believe me about this being the coldest soccer season ever!  Check this out.


I shot this photo at the place where we are getting ready to go camping.  This was just an hour or two after we played our last game.  Hopefully it won’t look like this in July.  I hate being cold!

Today it is back in the seventies and we are headed out for a family bike ride and picnic!  Crazy weather.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Smartie Seed Company-Teacher Appreciation Gift

Last day of teacher appreciation for our teachers.   Just another fun little treat for their mailbox.


I used my cricut to create little seed packet envelopes which in itself were so super cute.  Then I created the printable for the front.  I meant to put a little price on them but I forgot. 

Cut me some slack it was the last day and I was running out of steam, and it is still cute even without it.  Inside the envelope I tucked the smartie “seeds.”  The tag line reads plant the seed and watch them bloom.


Another great feature about this project is I was able to use 25 sheets of my less than pretty paper.  I used the white side for the outside because it was easier than trying to match the color on the label and then they had a cute little surprise inside.

And because I think I am cool because I can share a printable with you I will. Smile

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I hope the teacher’s enjoyed their treats.  I am spent and now I need a vacation!  Or maybe I will just eat the leftover Happily Ever After Hot Fudge from yesterday.  That will make me feel better!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ice cream you scream…Happily Ever After Hot Fudge


Are you getting sick of teacher appreciation week???  Don’t worry only one more day to go.  I guess that is what happens when I am put in charge.

Don’t you wish you taught at our school?  We can’t pay you much but we will spoil you as much as we can!  Today we hosted an ice cream social for our teachers.


Don’t those look yummy?




And since you can’t have an ice cream bar without hot fudge I will share my recipe for hot fudge.  Yep made it up all by myself it is a “slumgullion” of sorts as my Grandma would say.  I made it using what I had on hand and it was divine!

Doesn’t the older generations have way better sayings?  My Grandpa always says wow “he was all over that like chicken on June bug”  Ha  now if that doesn’t give you a visual.   It makes me wonder what we will be saying to our grandkids? Wha’s up? Oh she so phat? Ok so we don’t really say that any more but really don’t their sayings sound so much cooler.


Back to the hot fudge.

Happily Ever after Hot Fudge

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt

Melt the butter and chocolate chips over low heat , stirring constantly until smooth.  Gradually add the milks and powdered sugar stir until smooth.  Add the corn syrup.  Bring to boil and boil for about 5 minutes or until it begins to slightly thicken.  Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt and stir until smooth.  Serve warm over ice cream and you will live happily ever after.

It makes a ton!!

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Sweet and Simple Teacher Gifts



Here is a fun, simple and inexpensive gift idea for the special teacher’s in your child’s life.    I am not a teacher but I can not resist a cute labeled container, so I made some for me too.

Everything you see is from the Dollar store, so you really can’t beat the price. I love when you can pull off classy gifts from the Dollar store.

The process is simple you can check out my glass etching tutorial here.


If you follow me on Facebook here is a hint of the big changes!  If you don’t you should so I don’t feel all lonely with no Facebook friends.

You could use this for an end of school year gift. 

Speaking of that. Does that drive anyone else crazy?  Why is teacher appreciation week 14 school days away from the end of the year?   Shouldn’t it be earlier so I can spread out the love?  That and April and May are crazy and I can’t get my craft on in a moments notice.

Hmmmmm????? or maybe I should just start earlier!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

A “Kool” gift for some “Kool” Teachers

It is National Teacher appreciation week all week so don’t forget to thank a teacher.

Here is a simple very inexpensive little thank you gift you can do.


I made a little printable in Photoshop and glued it to the front of a Kool-Aid packet and then taped it to bendy straw.  I made 50 of them for all of the teachers in our school. 

They cost a whopping 20 cents to make because I got the “good” Kool-Aid so it would actually say Kool-Aid on the packet.  Otherwise they would have been 12 cents, but they are worth 8 cents. Right?

Here are some more cute sayings I thought of:

You put the “kool” in school

Thanks a “punch”  put it on fruit punch

You are a “Berry” special teacher put it on strawberry Kool-Aid.

I will make it really easy to make here is my free little printable:

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