Chocolate Covered Strawberries Gift

Over the weekend we went to the Home Depot workshop where Zander built and painted this sweetheart box. We decided to use it to make something special for his teachers this Valentine’s.

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We added a Valentine’s message to his teachers and he signed the back.

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I woke up early this morning to make these dark chocolate mint and white chocolate covered strawberries

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Could not be more happy with how they turned out!

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To make your own bouquet of strawberries simply cut and insert a floral foam block into your pot. Poke your strawberries on a stick into it and your done! Also, I didn’t have any popsicle sticks so I used disposable chopsticks and they worked perfectly, better than popsicle sticks in my opinion (and they were free because I had a ton laying around from past take out.)

Hope this inspires you to make something special for someone this Valentine’s!

Valentine’s Day – You Are Loved

2015

Happy Valentine’s! Here we are, decked out in our traditional heart shirts cheesing for the photo booth at our Valentine’s party.

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photobooth_props Candy heart photo prop handles are made using free paint sticks from the hardware store and foam paper from the craft store. I also made a bird with the word “love” that goes with the yellow bird Zander is holding for “love birds”.

For valentine’s this year I decided to make these heart shaped crayons I thought were super cute. I followed this easy tutorial.

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Here’s a tip for peeling crayons: Use an exacto knife to slice the paper first. Should come right off afterwards. We tried just peeling them at first and it took waaaay too long and I’m not that patient so this method worked wonders.

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Over the weekend we went to the Home Depot workshop where Zander built and painted this sweetheart box. We decided to use it to make something special for his teachers this Valentine’s.

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We added a Valentine’s message to his teachers and he signed the back.

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I woke up early this morning to make these dark chocolate mint and white chocolate covered strawberries

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Could not be more happy with how they turned out!

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To make your own bouquet of strawberries simply cut and insert a floral foam block into your pot. Poke your strawberries on a stick into it and your done! Also, I didn’t have any popsicle sticks so I used disposable chopsticks and they worked perfectly, better than popsicle sticks in my opinion (and they were free because I had a ton laying around from past take out.)

Hope this inspires you to make something special for someone this Valentine’s!

2014

Here’s an updated photo showcasing a heart garland and heart shirts I made for each of us.

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– For the heart garland I used an assortment of free paint chips from the hardware store and cut them into hearts. Using an exacto knife, I cut 2 small slits in the center of each heart and threaded a piece of ribbon through. Easy peasy.

– The shirts were super simple. I cut some felt hearts and stitched them onto some existing shirts we had. It’s hard to tell from the photo but I used a contrasting color for the stitches. IE: Red heart = white stitch, White heart = red stitch. The felt will not fray in the wash so these will last forever – or at least until they outgrow them  🙁

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It would not be Valentine’s without sweets. Here’s my Zanderoo savoring ever bit of his red velvet whoopie pie.

2013

I surprised my family with this Valentine’s Day set up the other day. I wanted something simple and from the heart. This is what I came up with:

How to do this yourself:
– Mailboxes are from the dollar section at Target
– For the initials on the mailboxes I used scrapbook stickers
– The banner was made using cardstock craft paper. Divide an 8.5×11 piece of paper into 4 equal parts and print 1 letter/heart in each quadrant. Hole punch and weave twine through to make garland.
– Finish it off with some fresh flowers and your done!

 

Homemade Holiday Ornaments

Each year during the holidays I have a list of things I want to do with my family to create lasting memories. Here’s my list for this year…

  • Make Christmas tree ornaments
  • Bake and decorate cookies
  • Print photo for 2014 family photo ornament
  • Watch a holiday movie while having a picnic dinner in the living room
  • Make and send holiday cards
  • Practice giving
  • Make small gifts for neighbors and teachers

I’ve managed to check everything off except “print photo for 2014 family photo ornament”. Not bad, with 8 days left til Christmas.

Making holiday ornaments is always one of my favorite things to do. I can’t wait until our tree is filled with homemade ornaments one day.

Here’s a look at some of the ones we made over the years:

Wooden Photo Ornament

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Pine Cone Owl:

  • Pine cone from the great outdoors
  • Used for everything except the feet
  • Pine cleaners used for feet
  • Everything is held together with hot glue

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Aquarium Ornament

  • Clear plastic round ornament from Michaels
  • Corals, seaweed, water bubbles and fish are all foam stickers from Michaels (used some fishing wire to hang the fish on the inside as if it were floating)
  • Aquarium gravel from Walmart

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Baby’s first handprint

  • Clear plastic large/flat round ornament from Michaels

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Initial Ornament

  • Wooden letter and buttons found at Michaels

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Snowman Handprint

  • Red glass ornament from Michaels

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Marble Ornament

  • Plastic clear round ornament from Michaels
  • Squeeze some paint inside and swirl around

Hope this inspires you to make some ornaments with you little ones!

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