Summer Lemonade

This September heat is just not going away!!! Fellow Sacramento residents, including myself, are oh so tired of the heat, that all we’ve been dreaming about the past few months are, wearing socks, sweaters, and enjoying hot coffee all day!!! Now that October is around the corner, Fall Decor is technically, NOW! But I just want to shake off this heat before I get into the full spirit of fall!!

Lately, I’ve been organizing through my photos and stumbled upon this fun summer lemonade craft I did with my son 4 years ago!! I thought, with the crazy heat of summer boiling us down, I thought this sweet citrusy drink would be a perfect post to share for a much needed September heat afternoon drink!!

This is a perfect kitchen summer activity to do with your kids! My son was in first grade when we did this, and he did it all on his own as I watched him go to town!!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blender
  • Ice
  • Frozen Lemonade
  • Glass Carafe
  • Water
  • Ice Cubes

Directions:

  1. Open your frozen lemonade and pour into your blender.
  2. Fill your now empty canister with ice, up to the rim and add into blender.
  3. Add water into the empty canister filling it up to the rim, and add to blender.
  4. Blend!!
  5. Blend until its a good frozen/frosty consistency.
  6. Pour into your favorite summer cup with a straw and enjoy!!!

This frozen lemonade slush is perfect for hot summer days, as well as parties! For serving details pour your lemonade slush back into the glass carafe or any glass serving decanter. It’s so handy for serving to guests, and displaying. I love my glass carafe!!! It also plays for holding a bouquet of cheery flowers for a table centerpiece!!

Crafty Cacti

Here’s the next portion of my crafty cacti crafts!!! As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been crazy for cacti!! So during this winter/spring transitional season, staying inside during this cold chilly spring season, I have no choice, but to keep the children busy with crafts! Here’s a Pinterest inspired Cacti craft from CullenABCs.

What You’ll Need:

  • Acrylic Paint (Green, Black, White, Orange, and Yellow)
  • Fine Tip Paint Brush
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic Fork
  • White Printer Paper/ or Construction Paper

 

Below are a few crafty cactus crafts I think are so so adorable for words, I had to share!! Take a look at these awesome bloggers and their cactus crafts!

Pinterest Cactus Pinspiration:

(Bottom Left)

Paper Cactus Garland

By: Lia Griffith

(Top Right)

Cactus Coloring Page

By: Kristyn, from Lil’ Luna

(Top Left)

Finger Painting Cacti Art

By: CullensAbcs YouTube Channel

If you haven’t checked out my last cacti craft, you can click the picture above of the Cactus Cut Out pic, there you’ll see my previous post, along with the other PINteresting cacti PINspiration!

Directions:

  1. Using a green acrylic paint, apply a coat onto your child’s hand using the sponge brush.
  2. Have your child stamp his/her handprint to your sheet of paper.
  3. Have handprint set to dry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Once dried, take lighter color green and brush strokes using your plastic fork.
    This will create the sharp pines of the cactus.
  5. Next, taking your toothpicks, paint on random dots of white or black onto your cacti.
    This creates more of the sharp, pine effect of the cacti. I made two different versions with both of my sons.
  6. Using your fine paint brush and yellow/orange paint, paint on small florals on your cactus. This can also be optional, as I know some boys may not like flowers on their cactus. 

    And from there….Set to dry, and viola! Enjoy your cactus handprint, made by you and kids!

Happy cacti crafting everyone!!

Be sure to check out more of Kids Crafts on my DIY Page of my blog!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

The WayZoo Coloring Book

The weather has been gnarly all week here in Sacramento. Mother nature has been pouring it all out for us, as the rivers rise, and the outdoor activities become unavailable. Little tasks like going to the grocery store become harder to achieve as this rain just keeps us in.

I’m pretty sure many of us are still recovering over the bunch of sweets from Valentine’s Day, and as winter is winding down, us parents are looking for more activities to do with our kids besides giving them more Valentine’s day treats!! While it’s cold outside, and to keep creativity flowing, Wayfair has contacted me to share The WayZoo Coloring Book! This is a FREE 10-page printable coloring book featuring cute animals in the home for kids to color and make their own!

I’ve already printed two coloring books for my boys, and hole punched them to take on the go! The boys and I live on-the go literally from 3-6pm most days!! A lot of the time I’m in the car with one boy, as we wait for brother at a practice or karate lesson. To fill in the pocket’s of time waiting in the car, I’ve brought along The WayZoo coloring book for my boys! My kindergarter can sit and color in the car, without asking mama for her iphone.

Click the link, or the picture to print out your copy of The WayZoo! Coloring Book!!!

Wayfair Coloring Book
And to add in more to the fun, Wayfair will be randomly selecting five little artists to win a prize pack of art supplies including an easel, chalk, markers and paint. All you have to do to enter is send us a scan or a picture of your artist’s creation!!!!!!
(For more details, click the link for The WayZoo Coloring Book.)
Have a great President’s Day weekend everyone! For some of you, you may be still celebrating Valentine’s Day for during this 3 day weekend, like I am, so enjoy your loved one, boyfriend, husband, and make sure he spoils you!! If you’re dropping the kids off to the grandparents, be sure to print out a copy of the coloring book, to keep the kids busy all weekend, and be sure to submit your little one’s creation to the sweepstakes!!!!! Good luck!

Gift Tissue Ornaments

Christmas time usually means two to three things to me. Christmas shopping (gifts), decorating, and crafts! As the kids are approaching winter break, this gives me the opportunity to do some Pinterest inspired crafts throughout the 2 week long vacation. One craft I finally got around to was the

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

by Victoria from ABC Creative Learning.

I’ve also mentioned her and other fun festive crafts from other bloggers on my Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts posts. You can see more of those related Christmas posts at the end of this post.

 With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

What You’ll Need:

-Scissors

-Glue

-Printer Paper (White)

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Black Foam Craft Paper

Directions:

  1. Pre-Cut different sized circles on white printer paper.
    I used a couple different sized cups, traced and cut them out.
  2. (Optional) Pre-Cut out small cubes using the black foam craft paper. This will be the top of the ornament.
  3. Cut out 2-3inch cubes from the colored tissue paper. (I purchased mine from the DollarTree)
    I found it easier to separate the color tissue paper in small bowls, for easy selection for the kids.
  4. Take you sponge brush, and liquid glue and start applying onto the cut out white circles.
  5. Apply glue both on top and below the tissue paper.
  6. ***Be sure to layer each tissue paper above each piece to create a nice, mosaic looking ornament.***
  7. Set to dry.
  8. After ornaments are dry, take your scissors, and cut out the access tissue paper that overflows out of the white circle ornament.
  9. If you didn’t pre-cut out the small black foam cubes for the ornament toppers, this would be the time to do so.
  10. Randomly, cut out small cubes, just about the size of an adult thumbnail.
  11. Glue black foam cube to top of ornament.
  12. Set to dry.

Additional Step: (which I forgot to do)

Take pipe cleaners and create a small tear-drop hook, and tape behind the ornament.

I ended up taping the ornament around my kitchen, for some festive flare.

And viola! These are some easy handmade tissue paper ornaments to spread some holiday cheer around the house!

Have you done some Pinterest inspired crafts during holiday break? Comment below!

DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner

Before you put away all you Thanksgiving harvest decor, perhaps squeezing in one final craft, and what also might be a new family Thanksgiving tradition! What was first to be just a regular canvas table runner, ended up transforming into a easy DIY craft to the end the Thanksgiving holiday season! Check out my oh-so last minute Thanksgiving DIY Table Runner!

What You’ll Need: 

Acrylic Paint | Thanksgiving/Autumn Colors

(Yellows, Mustard, Spicy Orange and Red)

Sponge Paint Brunch

Canvas Colored Table Runner

-I purchased mine from Target for $3 (DollarSpot)

++Permanent Marker/Sharpie

…..And don’t for get your kiddos!!

Directions:

  1. Have your little craft assistant’s know exactly where they will place their handprint before the paint. In the photo below, I have the boys arrange their hands with one above the other. (Youngest then oldest, above.)
  2. Have each child pick their Thanksgiving colored paint, and paint one (palm up) on each hand.

  3. Using your sponge paint brush, paint the palm with the paint.
  4. “Stamp,” the palm of each child one at a time, on the desired spot, which they practiced in step one.

    I noticed, as we placed our first palm print, the canvas did retain much of the paint, so a second application of paint was needed.

  5. Apply, another application of paint on the palm, if canvas did not pick up all the color.
  6. Set to dry.

After each child as painted their handprint, and as been sitting dry, grab your sharpie.

I used red and black thin tipped sharpies.

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Names:

  1. Using your sharpie, simply write your child’s name on the canvas beneath his/her handprint.
    You can add in his/her age id you’d like to.
    OR even the date/year.

And viola!

This was such an easy craft to do. But it appears as my older son is aging, this craft will no longer be enjoyable for him come next year.

(INSERT ugly cry face. My kids are growing so fast!)

Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy HOLIDAY crafting!!

Let the Christmas decorating and shopping begin!!

Summer Crafts!!

With the kids out for summer vacation, our jobs as parents are to keep the kids cool, and busy with activities. We try our best to remove screen time, and aim for crafts, new games, and fun activities to enjoy all summer long. If your child is a young pre-schooler, to elementary school aged, I’m sure you’ll find something here from the following bloggers below!! The three bloggers

Ashley (Chubby Bunny Creations),

Randi (Dukes & Duchesses),

and Debbie (One Little Project At A Time)

have all created a list of summer activities perfect for kids all summer long!!!

Check all these fantastic ladies out! They all have a wonderful selection of summer to-dos to last you until the

new school year!!!

 

Summer-Activities-For-Kids

Summer Activities For Kids

By: Chubby Bunny Creations

 

Fruit Crafts For Summer

21 Fabulous Fruit Crafts For Summer

By: Dukes & Dutchesses

 

37-Awesome-DIY-Summer-Projects

37 Awesome DIY Summer Projects

By: One Little Project

 

 

Happy summer everyone!!!

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Super Hero Elf

Elf

Christmas 2013 we started the Elf on the Shelf family tradition. I scored a damaged box from my local Hallmark store for $14!! The regular box of the Elf on the Shelf, includes the doll, the book, and nice storage box that seals both items. The product usually runs for $29.95 at Target and other retailers. #HolidaySCORE!

 Each year the boys haven gotten older, and have a better understanding of the Elf and the Shelf. The first daddy and I just hid Jangles (thats our Elf’s name), just around the house. Super simple, and honestly got a little boring. Last year, we started staging Jangles in little parts of the house in up to no good acts. We styled him in piles of toys, hiding him in a fort of Jenga blocks, and also styled him as Spider-Man, using fishing wire! That was fun!

Spider-Man

Our Elf on the shelf last year, fooling around as Spider-Man! | December 2014

2 years and going with the Elf on The Shelf tradition, I’d like to change things up yearly, as the boys and myself do get a little bored with hiding Jangles around the house. When I reflect on the previous years on jokes, and giggles with our elf, I’d like to just style our elf in a way the kids can enjoy to their current likes…. Our Spider-Man elf, was one of our most favorite positions we placed our elf. This year, we plan on continuing on with the same theme.

Elf On The Shelf 2015 Focus:

Super Heros

(Fictional Favorite Characters)

There are tons of super heros. Not just the Avengers. I plenty aware of my boys favorite super-heros, as well as their favorite cartoons, and also anime! Yes! This past summer, we introduced anime to our boys!!! All December long, I plan to style our Elf On The Shelf, in super-hero positions and masks! This will be quite fun for everyone around the house! Let’s hope I don’t get lazy and forever every night to move him!

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Vampire Handprint

As always, I was on Pinterest searching up a good kids craft for my children and also for my sons 2nd grade class. I come into the classroom every Friday afternoon and do a craft. As a crafty class mom, I love doing these crafts. If I could, I would want to come in at least 2 or 3 times a week to do arts & crafts with them.

In the spirit of Halloween I found this great Vampire craft by Michelle from (Crafty Morning). This is such a great Halloween art project your children or students will enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Construction Paper (Colors: White, red, and black)

Tempra Paint (Colors: Brown, white, black)

Goggly Eyes

Paint Brush

Glue

Scissors

Supplies

Directions:

1.  For a nice realistic skin tone, you’ll need to mix the brown and white tempra paint.

2.  Once Mixed, paint skin tone color to the palm of the hand, as well as the thumb.

3.  Add black paint to the 4 leftover fingers, with a widows peak detail.

4.  Place painted hand on white construction paper, and set aside to dry.

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5.   Take your red, and black paper and cut the body and collar of the vampire.

6.   Using scraps of white and red paper, cut out little triangles for the bowtie and white shirt.

7.   Glue your pieces together on white paper.

8.   By this time your handprint should be already dry, and ready to cut and paste.

9.   Once your handprint it cut out, glue your goggley eyes in place.

10.   Draw in a smile, and add 2 teeth like fangs. (Red or white using scraps of construction paper.)

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At this point your vampire should be completely dry and display in the classroom or on the fridge!

Happy crafting!

(Insert vampire evil laugh here!) Ah, ah, ah, ah!

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