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Happy Valentines Day

Fun Games with Candy Hearts

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  • Candy Hearts Bingo: Simple enough - instead of playing with chips or dots, play bing with candy hearts. Everyone gets to keep their candy while the bingo winners get an extra pack to take home!
  • Candy Hearts in a Jar: Fill a mason jar with candy hearts (count em') and guess how many are in the jar. Write the guesses on a scrap of paper with their name and then announce the winner!
  • Candy Hearts Match Up: Split up your candy heart supply, whether by phrase or color, and orchestrate matching games for the kids to play, i.e. play music while students walk around and circle together with others who have like colors or words on their hearts.
  • Candy Hearts Pick Up: Give each player a pair of chopsticks, a small cup or bowl, and a plate of candy hearts. Set a timer for two minutes while players try and place as many candy hearts as they can in their cup or bowl with the chopsticks. At then end, count the total number of candy hearts they were able to place in their cup with the chopsticks, and the kid with the most wins a fun prize!

For these and other fun ideas, visit Room Mom Spot

Reindeer Nose treats

I was on the black hole of time called pinterist and found this amazing recipe for fun holiday pretzel treats. Adorable and delicious - with three simple ingredients. Kisses, round pretzels and m&m's. I'm so excited to try it with the kids.

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She calls them pretzel snacks. Her friends call them Reindeer Noses. Check out the step-by-step instructions and photos at the House on the Hilltop blog.

Pretzel Kisses

I love learning new ideas and recipes that are not only delicious, but fun to do with the kids. Just when you think you know everything, someone surprises you! Please share some of your favorite treats with us too. Add your items with a link in the comments section below and we'll be sure to share them with our readers.

Handmade Gift Bows

Get the look of expensive packages wrapped in no time and for little money. Top your gifts with beautiful handmade bows. Bows add polish to packages, wreaths and all kinds of holiday decorating. Just keep some of your favorite satin and wire-rimmed ribbon on-hand and you'll be a package pro in no time.

Red package bow

Pom-Pom Bow
These large and gorgeous bows add polish to packages, wreaths and decorations. Follow these five steps to craft beautiful, full bows.

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Tiered Treasure
Use three widths of ribbon to make this tiered bow. Match the colors of your gift wrapping paper to the ribbons for a tailored finish. This easy-to-make bow adds a delicate touch to any gift. In two easy steps, you can make your own tiered bow.

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Colorful Addition
A spin on a traditional bow, two colors ofribbon add a creative touch.


Bubbl green

Tailored Bow
A modern, chunky spin the classic bow, you can make this tailored bow in two easy steps.


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Rosette necklaces

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I love the projects posted on Hello Friend blog. Check out directions on how to make these gorgeous rosette necklaces. I love the bright colored fabrics as jewelry--a pop of color to brighten your day and your outfit.
What you'll need:
- A scrap of fabric 1" wide and at least 45" long (recommends linen and cottons)
- A scrap of felt to use as backing
- A hot glue gun (or fabric glue)
- A closed jump ring
- A finished chain
Get step-by-step instructions and photos here.

Homemade Play Doh

It's a rainy, homemade play doh kind of day.

Homemade Play Doh:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 tsp. cream of tartar

2 tbls. oil

2 cups of water

food coloring of choice

Combine ingredients in a saucepan and mix over medium heat. Stir constantly - it takes a bit - until the dough leaves the side of the pan. Let it cool completely and then knead it out to get rid of the bubbles. Store it in plastic bags. Use cookie cutters and rolling pins and have fun!

Little ghosts

We grabbed a bunch of gords and squashes when we went to the pumpkin patch yesterday. I love using them as fall decorations that can double as a sidedish between Halloween and Thanksgiving. These cute butternut squashes looked like a little family of ghosts, so I gave them fun google eyes with a black sharpie pen.

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I've actually become quite attached to the little guys as they look down on us from the fireplace mantle. I just don't know that I'll be able to throw them in the oven.

Halloween Spooky Spider Craft Project

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Here is a simple and fun craft that you could do for a Halloween Party at school or at home with the kids and their friends!  Please send us pics of your spiders...we would love to see them! 
  • 4 Black pipe cleaners for Legs
  • Black tape or piece of pipe cleaner
  • Large Black Pompom for Body
  • Tacky glue
  • 2 Wiggly eyes
What To Do:
  1. Holding four pipe cleaners, fold in half and then secure center with either black tape or another section of pipe cleaner.
  2. An inch from center, bend each leg down and then position legs as need to make spider-like, bending as desired.
  3. Glue pompom onto center and when dry, attach wiggly eyes.
  4. These can also be made in various sizes by just altering the lengths of the pipe cleaners ... so you have a little army of spiders for your Halloween table.

Homemade holiday gifts: robot wall decals

A while back, I was looking for some things to add to the extra wall space that was created when Alex moved from his crib to his big boy bed. I saw these really cool robot wall clings (I'm kind of obsessed with robots these days), but they were too expensive so I decided to make my own. I found some really cute robot png files I downloaded from Designer Digitals and then printed them off on Post-it picture paper. We had used this paper to make signs to stick on the wall for Mia's birthday party and had some left over. It's awesome because it sticks well, but it's re-positionable and doesn't peel the paint off! Instant, cheap wall decals! We gave these to Alex for Christmas and he LOVES them.IMG_6910IMG_6914

They were such a hit, in fact, that my daughter insisted on having some of her own. IMG_6916