Writing On The Wall

As we’re here in San Francisco, the hubby and I love exploring the city in ways we’ve never done before. Besides the typical go to landmarks and touristy hot spots…We like taking a different route. A past visit to San Francisco a few years ago, we took a Art of Tag class hosted by a local San Francisco Art Gallery.

We purchased off one of those off beat companies similar to Groupon and LivingSocial. We arrived to SoMa, was introduced to the art and history of graffiti.

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1AM Art Of Tag (1.0 Class: Covering the history of Graffiti)

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Address:

First Amendment

1000 Howard St.

San Francisco, CA 94103
(SoMa)

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The art of graffiti class covered a quick intro of the history of graffiti and how it changed over time. We took a mural walk tour through the streets of SoMa in San Francisco, and saw landmark pieces and productions followed by a group wall collaboration with your class creating a piece yourself!

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With a swift introductory of the spray paint can, our instructor quickly sketched out letters, for us to fill in.

Further classes will allow hands-on time to discover your own personal style!

This was a condensed class of all their classes and graffiti tours put in one. 1AM hosts classes from:

Art Of Graffiti 1.0

Graffiti Tour: Underground Culture

Street Art

Street Art Tour: Art In Public Spaces

All classed range fro $40-$70

See more 1AM class & tour info HERE.

1am4Getting hands on experience on a public wall, with an experience artist was one of the coolest things. As a “bedroom artist,” myself, I have played around with spray paint….Not just on furniture, but on tiles, wooden slabs, using stencils and lots and lots of tape. I guess I needed that urban street experience to add to hit. Whenever I tried freehanding spray paint, I’d get a little too controlling over the entire process. I’d freak-out when the liquid paint would drip. But thats the point. Some art mediums are all about being messy right?!

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Above and below is Derrick and myself, getting into the world of tag. If I had one artful wish —it would be owning my own studio art space. To goof off, create, in any medium. I’d definitely love to experiment more and more with graffiti.

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Filling in space was my favorite. Maybe because its soo easy, and you don’t have to worry about fading. Something that I can do with color pencils, and acrylic paint, becomes so hard when on spray paint. No joke. Try.

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The little things I noticed with our art of tag teacher, Nate (Nathan Tan) was the classic black sketch book, and definitely the passion he had right along with telling us the history of tag. I loved the casual, informal approach he had to the entire thing, but with the casual form, and mannerisms, the passion was definitely there, and knowledge.

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Here’s the final product of the collaborated wall art of the class. Don’t be fooled by the white sparkle and shine. If, that weren’t there the art piece would have been pretty flat. Thanks to our teacher Nate, for sprucing up the piece. Haha

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What are your kind of out of the box dates you do with your partner? Different forms and experiences to experience a new city, or town you’re visiting. Let me know! I plan to share more experiences of our personal day dates/ date nights with you on my blog!!!

Also, be sure to check out my latest YouTube channel, as the family and I travel to and from Sacramento to San Francisco (Bay Area)! We always try to make every visit fun, and family friendly. But if daddy and I, get the few hours in the day to explore and have a day date or evening, you can count on us on exploring more night time happenings!!!

 

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TV Dad Crush & Gadgets

“I’m cool dad, that’ my thang. I’m hip, I surf the web, I text.

LOL: Laugh out loud.

OMG: Oh My God,

WTF: Why the face.”

-Phil Dunphy, Modern Family

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I have a huge huge huge celebrity crush on actor Ty Burrell. From seeing him in Modern Family, constantly on tv. Rerun after rerun, I laugh at his character Phil Dunphy during the 20min show, but still crush over him after the show has ended. It’s quite known amongst my own hubby and my friends I tend to crush real hard on male celebrities, of my current favorite show, or obsessed movie. Example…When Glee was around, I had a major crush on Darren Criss, at the time played Blaine Anderson. I also have a major crush on Robert Downey Jr. That crush tends to be a favorite of mine. Kind’ve like the George Clooney to the older generation.

All these guys all have something similar. Dark hair, intense facial assets, being witty and charming. I swoon over all of it. I would melt in their arms if I ever ran into any of these Hollywood celebs. In celebration of Father’s Day, I’d like to honor this post to the cool hip dads out there, with also some cool Father’s Day Gift items these cool hip dads would possibly like. be sure to check out my other Father’s Day Gift inspiration post linked below!!

Bike Phone Holder For Any Smartphone or Bicycle ($59)

Etsy Shop:  The BeeBe Company

Bike Phone Holder

The leather smartphone holder simplifies listening to music or using maps on a bike. It’s light weight, extremely quick to wrap onto or remove from a bike’s top tube or handlebars.

 

Home Is Where Dad Is Mug ($18)

Etsy Shop: smallglow

Home Mug

11-15oz. mug, perfect for dad’s morning cup of joe.

Number Shirt for Dad ($21)

Etsy Shop: bkykid

Number Shirt

Give dad a small back rub on this race number-shaped road with your cars. Give Dad a mini motor massage! A super fun Father’s Day gift!!

 

Leather Valet Trey ($22)

Etsy Shop: ThePathlessTraveled

Valet Trey

Corral dads phone, wallet, keys, change, charger – everything – with this handsome leather valet. These classic pieces are equally at home on an entry table, bookshelf, desk or dresser – anywhere dad can toss his loose bits and bobs.

 

 

Be sure to also check out my Gifts for Dad Ideas HERE.

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Have a great Father’s Day weekend to you all!!!!

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Coaches Gift

“12 weeks of keeping 11 families in the loop. From fundraisers, getting snack bar volunteers, umpires, scorekeepers, rescheduling games and countless countless emails.

There were nights of feeling so stretched thin, juggling 3-4-5 balls at once, sometimes thinking of quitting mid-season, but I finally made it through my first full season of being Team Parent (Team Mom)!!! Little League is too much for me. Would I do it again?! No. Maybe. We’ll see…..Next season.”

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 And the end of every sports season, comes the coaches gift. As being the team parent (head parent), you can go in many different directions with this gift. You can ask around for money from the team families, for pull money out of your pocket to provide for this. This year, having my first year volunteering, I decided to go simple, and sentimental. The perfect keepsake! My son’s team actually had 4 coaches, which did an awesome job this year keeping these group of boys in check all season.

 

 

Here’s a great DIY Perfect Coaches Gift that you can personalize to any sport, and won’t break your budget.

(Inspired by StockPilingMoms)

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This was so simple to make and cost me right at $40 ($10 each coach). I went to Target and picked up a black frame with white matting. Right at $9.99 is was set at the perfect price point. Next, I had recently when through my photos of the boys games. I ususally take photos of them right after during their huddles, and talks. I selected one, and had it printed at Costco which was less than $0.75 for all 4 (4×6) Set in black and white!

Next I had the all the boys on the team sign the frame while they were in the dug out. NOTE: Please remind the boys of their jersey numbers! Those little goofballs, tend for forget, and go on auto pilot while signing their name and number….Putting their classroom number. Haha Silly kids.

Once the players signed the matt, frame the picture and seal the back. You can add the seasons year date, as well as the teams name on the back, just for reference.

Gift Wrapping Supplies:

  1. Scissors
  2. Craft Paper (Butcher Paper from the DollarTree)
  3. Jute Twine (Team Color, or classic red, purchased at the DollarSpot, Target)
  4. Gift Tags (Dollar Spot, Target)
  5. Felt Baseball Stickers (Michael’s/JoAnne Fabrics)

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I’m a big fan of wrapping gifts with craft paper. It gives it a simple look, and also it’s an easy canvas to dress up using jute twine, ribbon, or stamping it. Having these gifts mainly for grown men, I favored giving it a classic give wrap look, with baseball details.

Oh! And don’t forget those end of season gifts for the kids or team moms/ scorekeepers/ and moms who help out in the dugout!!! All those volunteers are all greatly appreciated! Check out some of these gift ideas for all end of season!! Perfect for any sport!

End Of Season Gift Bags
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DIY Berry Basket

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What are other easy DIY coaches gift ideas? Something budget friendly, and serves as a keepsake! Comment below!!

 

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2016 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day 2016

June is an amazing month for me. It’s the beginning of summer, the warm toasty weather feels awesome to the skin, and gives your that wonderful sun-kissed color, and its also a celebration month of Father’s Day, and many birthdays including: my oldest son Jaeden, my dad, and also myself!!

My son Jaeden’s birthday is on the 19th which happen’s to fall on Father’s Day this year, and my dad’s birthday is the 21st, which is 2 days after Father’s Day. So in the spirit of celebrating my dad’s birthday and all dad’s out there, here is my annual Father’s Day Gift Guide.

This year I went for a wood collection theme as, lately I’ve been loving the teak, pine textures, as well as leather, wood, and canvas. All the following elements have been inspired in the selection of items I’ve chosen for Father’s Day Gifts!

2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide:

KANGOL Wool Driver Cap ($48)

What perfect dapper hat would not look good on any dad or grandpa? Especially a classic Kangol hat?
Crafted from wool, this timeless style, is a cap perfect for cold-weather.

Herschel Retreat Backpack In Black ($169)

My hubby has been traveling for business a lot. From Portland, to Cincy, to SF, what better essential would he need for his laptop, but this backpack?! Perfect for a student or frequent traveler. (It can fit laptops up to 15″)

 

Moshi’iGlaze iPhone 6 Plus & 6s Plus Case ($50)

Slim, faux leather iPhone case is perfect to pair with a retreat backpack!

Garrett Leight California Optical Brooks 47 Sunglasses ($375)

Classic contemporary eyewear, fusing traditional craftsmanship with a culture-inspired design. Lightweight, brown-square, stylish, totally luxe and street-ready.

Master & Dynamic MH30 On Ear Headphones ($329)

Headphones with style. Foldable, case included, stainless steel & real leather. Watch out now Beats By Dre!

Mountain Bike Screen Print Wood Painting ($119)

3 12″ by 24″ rectangular panels, perfect for his office, or mancave! Natural birch wood, painted with dark walnut, then white ink. Handmade, and ready to hang!!

Teakwood S’well Water Bottle ($35)

Stainless steel and painted to imitate wood. This water bottle keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot for 12. It can also old 25oz of an entire bottle of wine!

Skyline Wooden Bowties ($55)

Created by Adam Teague and Time Paslay from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Both men were looking to fill the void in men’s accessories. Developing hand crafted bow ties that fused old school craftsmanship with modern style. This distinctive material became a result of an innovative product within the fashion industry!

Jamie Clawson Macbook Leather Cover ($55)

Give your Macbook a touch of personality with colorful leather covers! They stick on evenly on the top lid with 3M adhesive and never leave residue behind.

  Personalized Craft Beer Carrier ($80)

Budget Friendly Version ($59)

 Delight your favorite homebrew enthusiast with a customized pine-wood carrier and two amber-glass growlers that are perfect for any craft beer!

Sperry Top-Sider Halyard LTT ($49.99)

Forget the sailboats. Step up to the modern era of cool when you party on deck in the Halyard.
Happy shopping ladies! I hope you found some help through my gift ideas.
Check out last years Father’s Day Gift guide HERE.
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Urban Outfitters Taco Inspired Piñata

I’ve been shopping at Urban Outfitters quite often lately. It’s the only place I don’t mind buying away from a Thrift store. obviously, I always check their clearance section first, before going full price.  It’s bad enough there’s one located in my area which is in the heart of my mommy morning errand route.

In celebration of Cinco De Mayo and the summer season, Urban Outfitters has these mini piñatas perfect for the month of May. At $10 dollars a pop, I obviously refuse to pay such an amount for a cute, yet tempting impulse buy product. I took it upon myself to recreate this mini taco in celebration for today!

Ever get that creative itch when seeing something at the store, knowing you can make that same exact product? Well, this was it. This was my itch. Super easy to make, no cost, and yet so EASY!!!

Above, is my piñata taco, and right below is Urban Outfitters “mini” taco. I also made a mini one with extra scraps!!!

Yes scraps!!!

Hola little amigo taco & Señor Taco.

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Check out Urban Outfitters Mini Taco Piñata

Supplies Needed:

  • Cardboard/ Cardboard Box (I used a pizza box!)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scotch Tape
  • Colored Tissue Paper (Green, Lime, Yellow, Red, Orange, White)
  • Ribbon or Twine

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Instructions:

  1. Taking your cardboard box, sketch out one side of a taco shell, adding 1 inch towards the bottom.
  2. Cut, and trace to create the second half of the taco shell.
  3. Fold 1 inch bottom part of both taco shells.
    This creates your taco shell bottom base.
  4. Glue and add pressure. I also added tape to reinforce it.
  5. Cut a strip of cardboard, that acts like a slide insert for your taco shell.
  6. Tape along the inside shell wall. (Check below pic)

Taco ShellFrom here, you should have the foundation of your taco shell, and you’re ready to start adding color using tissue paper. I bought my tissue paper from TJMaxx in their stationary section for about $3.99. I usually buy sets of colored tissue paper, because I love having it on hand for crafts, and also a go to for any last minute gifts bags.

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  1. Using yellow tissue paper, cut strips and fold.
  2. Start cutting small 1/4 inch cuts.
  3. Place your strips at the bottom of your taco shell and work up.
    NOTE: The more strips your layer, the fuller the piñata will look.
  4. Glue, cut, place down, and repeat.
  5. Using tissue paper, makes it really easy to work with. Nothing is perfect on a piñata.
  6. Once you complete the outsides of the taco shell, you can easy fill in the “slide” part of the inside table shell with yellow tissue paper, not cutting.

Taco Filling Recipe 

Making any taco, you start with the bottom layer first and build up. Same concept, except we’re building up the cardboard slide insert of the taco.

 

Ground Beef
  • Using your darkest color brown or burgundy red, crumble little pieces and glue. I used about 4-5 pieces.
Sour Cream
  • Using white tissue paper, crumple a smaller amount of pieces and glue down.
Lettuce 
  • Lettuce can be approached in different ways, I crumpled some, and also cut a few pieces like I did with the the outside of the taco shell.

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Shredded Cheese
  • Taking any shade of orange you have cut little 1inch strips of shredded cheese.
  • Gently glue and place above your lettuce.
Tomatoes 
  • Gab your red tissue paper and cut small squares and sprinkle them above the cheese, and possibly tuck some within the lettuce.

If you really enjoy playing with miniature toys, doing the taco toppings creates that same pleasurable feeling. I don’t know what it is, but it was really fun making the toppings.

And there you have it! EASY taco piñatas. Well, not really piñata, because I did not cut a hole, or fill it with any candy, but the concept is there visually. The kids came home on Ciñco de Mayo excited about these fun little tacos. I plan to make more and possibly make a small mini taco garland! Perfect for summer BBQs!

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Enjoy your tacos!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

 

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Diaper Cake Tutorial

Every baby shower you’re invited to, it’s usually a nice gesture to buy some diapers for the expecting parents. Generally, they host a diaper raffle, as every guest brings in a pack or box of diapers, you will be entered into a raffle for a cool gift basket or prize. This time around, as my small group of childhood friends are now entering parenthood, I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to make a diaper cake. And now I was finally able to do so!!

I myself, have received diaper cakes before, and from what I remember while deconstructing the diaper cake, I remember it was mainly rolled up diapers using rubber bands. After a few searches on YouTube and Pinterest, I started with the route of rubber bands, and ended up doing something to ease off the extra work for my friend when she get’s around to deconstructing my cake.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Rubber Bands
  • Diapers (I highly suggest NOT buying newborn sizes.) Aim for sizes 1-4.
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard/ Cardboard Box
  • Ribbon
  • 2″ Inch Decorative Ribbon
  • Other varieties and options of ribbon with your chosen color scheme.
  • Hot Glue Gun

Diaper Cake Toppers:

  • Tsum Tsum Characters
  • Faux Florals/Greenery Steams
  • Travel Size Diaper Bag Essentials
    • Powder
    • Baby Oil
    • Bath Wash

This was a very simple diaper cake, since I had a gift already, I wanted to add in the nice element of something handmade. The diapers were Huggie’s (Size 4) which could fit about a 14lb baby. It is a little big, but realistically, I’m sure my friend may not dismantle the diaper cake anytime soon.

My friends baby shower was a Disney Tsum Tsum theme, which is a craze started in Japan with of plush fluffy friends. I was able to find Tsum Tsum characters at my local Target, for about $4.95 each. You can also find a wider selection of Tsum Tsum’s at the Disney store. Since I knew she just started collecting Tsum Tsums, I wanted to go for just a pair of Tsum Tsum characters, because I didn’t want to get caught up into obsessing over collecting an entire collection or set. (I’ll leave that up to her the collector.)

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Instructions:

  1. Starting with the largest tier (Mine had 3), grab 3-4 already rolled up diapers with a place a large rubber band. This will be the core of the bottom tier.
  2. Using gift wrap ribbon, reinforce this with a core with ribbon. (It’s best to use white colored ribbon to match with the diapers)
  3. Grab your scissors, and snip every diaper that has been tied with ribbon, and them remove large rubber band.
  4. Gather more rolled up and rubber banded diapers, and build around the core set your just completed.
  5. REPEAT Steps 1-3 for all tiers.The method of using the gift ribbon, and cutting away the rubber bands, will give the diaper cake a cleaner and less messy look, as the parent’s to be take down everything, and actually want to use the diapers.

 

Bottom Base:

For each tier, the diaper cake sat on round cut out piece of cardboard, which I made out of the diaper box. I simply took 2 different sized plates and traced them, creating 3 different sized bases for each diaper tier.

I found a cute pair of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell Tsum Tsum characters. It was the perfect pair to top my diaper cake, because I already have some gold decorative ribbon, something neutral, something I already had, and budget friendly for me to focus on the gift items vs. buying more craft supplies. Something I cherish very much when crafting/creating. Using material’s I already have. It’s all about repurposing!!!

 

Follow me on Instagram to check out my current happenings, with DIY projects, or just exploring my new neighborhood! I just moved to Sac!

 

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My YumBox

I’m a huge supporter of entrepreneurs. Especially those who are stay at home moms using their creative skill and talent and making a name for themselves!!! And I’m taking about small Etsy/Homemaker/Handcrafter kind pf business. I love those creative entrepreneurs! Over the holiday break I ordered custom hand lettered stickers from Krystal Hays of Pen To Paper. I had just ordered two Yumbox’s for my boys school lunches, and started following them on Instagram. I spotted a post of featuring Pen To Paper of custom hand lettered name sticker placed on a magenta Yumbox. After seeing that post, I needed to order one of my own!!! I’m a fan of hand lettering and classic calligraphy. I’ve dabbled my way through it, but never really fully took a full swing of consistently creating pieces of art with it.

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When I saw Krystal’s hand lettered Yumbox sticker, I literally squealed! Using handwriting calligraphy and applying it to another medium of digital cut stickers is awesome!! I love the the two ideas mixed! Of course, we are all used to the beautiful handwritten wedding invitations, escort cards, holiday prints and other paper and pen basics, but this?! I LOVE. I love different. I love mixed mediums.

I was in between ordering each of my boys names, but knowing that my boys will grow out of the Yumbox stage, and perhaps be embarrassed that their name will be on a lunchbox, I’ll save them the trouble. (Cool mom?) Anywho, I went with the boys last names just to make things easier. (I may have over thought it through, but I’m went for it!) And look how amazing they turned out!!

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You can check out Pen To Paper’s online store HERE.

Interested in a Yumbox?

It’s the perfect gift for the littles, or anyone who loves packing their lunch! Check out a store near you for a Yumbox or online!

YumboxLunch online store.

 

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I get giddy when people repost my posts. Hehehe.

What a great start to the new year!

 

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Santa Mail From God Mother

2015 was a year of welcoming new family, saying goodbye to loved ones, joining families, and welcoming new members to the family. This past year I was selected as a God Mother to multiple couples in my life. My cousin & his wife selected me to be the God Mother for their daughter welcomed in April, and my closest friend and God Sister of my own, and chosen me to be a God Mother of her son, born in May. I’ve never felt to loved in a way to have such responsibility to have a special role in another child’s life (other than my own children). In Bible definition, it’s about helping a child to come to know God, and encouraging them in their spiritual life and supporting them in their membership of the local church.
Now, I don’t want to get all religious, nor do I have any fire power to throw down the facts of what to do, or what not to do, or what to believe in. To be honest, I believe faith and religion is a personal thing. You choose what you want to believe in, and as an adult, I’m in this hybrid area of, believing a lot of things, and not just committed to one religion. Ok. So……How do I play an active role of being a God Mother without stepping too much into faith?

I send them gifts of love, meaning, and joy. 

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I spend time with them and their families.

During the holiday season it is definitely a time of giving. But what people don’t have enough time to give? Friends and family expect quality time spent with one another, but when one extended family wants you here, and the other extended family wants you there (the same day), you feel a little overworked, and the sense of love and quality time is lost. This year, l’ve expressed my love to my selected God Children. I was blessed to be selected as their God Mother, but as a mother myself, with busy, crazy, holiday schedules, it’s nearly impossible to take my God Son to the near by Christmas Light parade, or hold my God Daughter’s had at Church during a winter mass.

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I’ve created a Special Delivery Santa package perfect for my God Children. It expressed the love I have for them, although I am away, and do want to spend time with them. It carries special keepsakes, and sentiments of the last year, to be forever cherished and displayed on their family Christmas tree forever and as a tradition I plan to continue this joyous action of giving with my little God Children.

Supplies Used:

(Michael’s Craft Stores)

Burlap Draw String Pouch – 2 for $1.50

2015 Holiday Ornament Frame – 3 for $9

Snowflake Foam Stickers & Snowflake Stickers – CLEARANCE $0.40 Each

(BigLOTS!)

Holiday Winter Wonder Craft Ribbon – $1.50

(DollarTree)

2 Large Bubble Interior Envelopes – $1 Each

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Do you send any special gift traditions via snail mail?! Comment below! And have a wonderful happy holidays!

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Snowman Soup

This Pinterest holiday craft was inspired by Susan from OhMy! Creative. Her Snowman Soup Gift Recipe is so easy and affordable, it’s a perfect homemade gift for students, sports teams, neighbors, and co-workers. Add this simple treat to add to any stocking this Christmas, or as a little sweet treat to any holiday gift!

If you’ve been following my previous crafts and git ideas, I’m a huge fan of Daiso Japan and DollarTree. Shopping at these retailers, make my craft projects affordable, before blowing all my money at Michael’s. It hit’s it from a frugal direction, and is budget friendly. I’m a class mom for two classrooms! So making a holiday treat for 30 kids per class, has to be inexpensive, but also cute, adorable, and meaningful. Many of my craft supplies come from dollar spots, aside form Michael’s Craft Store.

Daiso (Japanese Dollar Store which everything is $1.50) is quite popular here in the Bay Area. The Bay is definitely a melting-pot for many cultures, so having an array pf cool shops that provide supplies from Asia is quite awesome!

One of my favorite Daiso products that help me create this Snowman Soup treat is their plastic zip-lock bags They have a number of sizes to select from perfect for DIY gift projects such as this!

Continue reading more below for supplies to create your Snowman Soup treat!

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Supplied Needed:

Hot Chocolate (Individual Pack)

Mini Marshmallows

Mini Candy Canes

Zip Lock Bags

Decorative Holiday Scrapbook Paper

Printer Paper or Vellum

Scissors

Glue

Stapler

Hot Cocoa + Ingredients from Target

(Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Packs/ Mini Marshmallows/ Mini Candy Canes)

Zip Lock Bags from Daiso Japan

Holiday Scrapbook Paper CLEARANCE from Michael’s Craft Store

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Here’s an IG pic of my completed Snowman Soups! Pre-packed, and ready to go!! 60 total folks! Two classes. Class mom for both! I”m sure the kids will enjoy this sweet treat over the winter break! If you haven’t followed me yet, please do my user name: @tiffanystidings

Let’s connect!! Hit follow, and be sure to like!! Usually, you’ll be able to see projects and current buys and haul of my favorites, or…Perhaps my current read or coffee I’m drinking!

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Packing up class treats and teacher holiday gifts before winter break!

What class treats did you provide for your kids class/ daycare? I love coming into the classroom every holiday season with a special treat for the kids to leave the classroom with! Back when I was a child I always envied the mother’s of my classmate in which they would come in and bring special treats. I thought those mom’s were the coolest! Now, as an adult with two children of my own, it’s definitely a blessing to be able to do the things I always dreamed of as a child.

Happy December!!! Stay tuned for more holiday gift ideas!

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Spooktacular Reads

October birthday’s are so fun to shop for! Especially when it’s for little young monsters! Check out the books I purchased recommended by Amazon’s Best Sellers! They’re perfect for little ones to early readers! As a parent of two, when it comes to my boys receiving gifts, books from friends and family are the best gifts to receive. Anything educational focused, and activity based! And they don’t take up so much room in the house! Books are one of the best things I believe a child can receive as a gift!

Buying a few books can range from $15-$25, a perfect target price for a decent gift for a little one! Beat the toys, the large gizmo play sets with a million pieces for parents to assemble, and go towards the wonderful route of picture books, early readers, or children’s novels! Trust me, the parents will be happy, as well as the child!

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Halloween Children Books Recommended:

Curious George Haunted Halloween By: H.A. Rey

Hang on to your hats! George gets spooked when he spends his first Halloween in the country and hears the legend of No Noggin—a headless scarecrow that kicks people’s hats off on Halloween! The man with the yellow hat tells George it’s just a legend, but with the help of his friends Allie and Bill, George is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and find out once and for all if No Noggin really exists. This early reader features a festive bonus activity for even more Halloween fun with George!

I Love You Little Pumpkin By: Sandra Magsamen

Whose smiling face is this, so sweet and true?
It’s my little pumpkin and I love YOU!

This bestselling interactive novelty format features sturdy lift-the-flaps on each spread and blends Sandra Magsamen’s signature soft illustrations and heartfelt messages with a touch of Halloween. Babies will giggle at all of the adorably costumed little ones and squeal with delight when a surprise mirror reveals who is loved most of all!

Spooky Pookie By: Sandra Boynton

It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!

One, Two…Boo! By: Kristen L. Depken

The littlest trick-or-treaters can lift the flaps to count their way through a spooky old house . . . but they had better be prepared for a few surprises! With a die-cut cover, adorable illustrations, and a flap on every page, this sturdy little board book is the perfect Halloween gift for trick-or-treaters everywhere.

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Festive Fall Gift Wrap

To keep the gift still low-budget, and to avoid buying birthday gift wrap, try using items you can find around the house! I used brown paper lunch baggies! Yes! Something I have all the time, along with chalk pens, chalk tags, and twine! These are staples I love to keep in  my personal craft supply kit. To add that fall festive look, I purchase black and orange burlap rolls  and ribbon for a dollar at Target (Found at the Dollar Spot!) These little convenient rolls of burlap can be used now from October and November! If you love gifting fun holiday gifts to friends and family, or even to co-workers, and your child’s teacher, these decorative gift wrapping essentials are a hit, that are budget friendly!

What are you up too this Halloween? Any fun parties to attend to? Work pot-lucks? Or just staying in passing out candy?

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