Hello, friends. Today I have some super cute printables to share with you from my friends at Shari’s Berries, just in time for Valentine’s day! Are you excited? I am! And if you’re not…just scroll…. you’ll get excited too because they are so stinkin’ cute!
Christmas 2017, also known as the stomach bug Christmas. UGH.
Christmas Eve started off with some donuts from Cookie the elf. And if you look carefully, you’ll see Maddie & Owen sprinkling reindeer food outside. Poor Fin opted to skip this part and stay in bed. I’m not even sure when the puking started, but it started a few days back with Owen… moved on to Fin and to David, now it’s on to Maddie and I just know my turn is coming. It’s been awful. We haven’t slept, we haven’t eaten… a whole Christmas dinner just packed away in leftover containers that will probably eventually get dumped just because they’ll go bad before everyone feels better. Ugh.
After a night of throwing up, Fin thankfully felt a ton better come Christmas morning. We woke up slow and took it easy. David started a fire, I made some coffee and about 4 dozen muffins (because they’re so quick and easy). We opened presents and spent the rest of the day being lazy bums, vegging out to chips & dip, lil smokies and more before the sickness crept in again and nobody wanted real food for dinner.
Remember Sant shops from school? Well, we normally give the kiddos a few bucks to take, but this year they willingly spent their own money and my heart about burst from the sweetness of it. Here are the gifts they got me. Haha. Can you guess which was from who? They were SO proud of the gifts they each chose too.
Mug from Fin. Angel from Maddie. Keychain from Owen. (we all laughed when I opened that one. It’s attached to my purse now of course and that’s where it’ll stay til I switch purses or until it breaks because #momlife. haha)
This dragon… dinosuar thing… he’s been asking for a Yellow eyes (this version in yellow) for 2 years now. TWO YEARS! We’ve searched EVERYWHERE! (found originally at walmart, but then went MIA). Finally David found this on Amazon after repeat trips to walmart and target just to browse the toys…. took the kids to spend Christmas gift cards a few days before Christmas and wouldn’t you know it, David had to talk Owen OUT of buying this exact dinosuar/dragon thing because Walmart had finally restocked em. I about fell out of my chair laughing when David told me that he had to convince Owen NOT to buy the exact thing he’s been asking for for TWO years now. And the fact that after all that crazy searching, walmart restocked and it was there.
Either way, he now takes Fin’s red dragon (red eyes is his name) and pairs it with his Blue dragon (Blue eyes, duh) and they walk around the house growling at each other and scaring the cat and confusing the dogs, so it’s pretty entertaining.
Overall, aside from the sickness that’s going to be the death of me (I’m being SLIGHTLY dramatic, but only slightly… you guys haven’t seen the way this thing hits people), our Christmas was really nice. We don’t have any family local, so we didn’t have to places to be or people to see. We just enjoyed the five of us in all our sickness.
I hope yours was awesome. I’m ready to undecorate now and get life back to normal. Who else is ready for 2018?! *raises hand*
This post is sponsored by Tyson, but all opinions, ideas, and wording are mine.
I love October. It’s officially Fall, Halloween is right around the corner, it’s pumpkin carving time, the world is changing colors around us. I mean, I think if I had to pick a favorite month, it’d be October.Halloween wins hands down. We’re a bit Halloween obsessed in this house. We just love it. It’s so fun, spooky, creative, tasty, colorful… I mean so many adjectives describe Halloween and October. Anyway, I’ve gotten side tracked with my October/Halloween love. We went pumpkin picking this past weekend (say that 3x fast). We just grabbed some from Walmart because as a family of 5 pumpkin patches just seem a bit pricier than going to Walmart. Plus, I needed to grab a few food items and other things while there. Win, win, right?!
While there, we made sure to grab up a few things to help us get through the rest of this month: quick fixing foods because phew. Next week is Parent Teacher conferences meaning we won’t even get home until like 7pm. As the nights get busy, the food gets quicker and I’m SO thankful for convenient foods easily found at Walmart. We grabbed up some Ballpark Hotdogs (100% beef), some Tyson Any’Tizers,Tyson Crispy Strips (100% white meat, no antibiotics) and some State Fair Corndogs (no by products, great source of protein).
So, after our adventures in Walmart, we headed home to get our carving on. Yay! I popped some Any’Tizers in the oven for a quick snack while we set up and then we prepped the rest of the food and the house for our carving friends to arrive.
Overall, we had a blast! The food was a HUGE hit. I thought my kiddos were going to BURST at the seems waiting (not so) patiently to get to eat their “fingers” haha.
It was so funny to see the designs created. Owen went with a dragon. Maddie went with a ghost but then broke her pumpkin (toothpicks to the rescue) and Fin did a bug thing. David took control over our pumpkin (win for me, I was just left to cook & take photos). Our pumpkin is a goofy looking fella.
What do you think? Have you ever hosted a Pumpkin Carving party? It was so much fun! And I had a BLAST creating those little finger *wink* foods.
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I love a good prank. Unfortunately, I’m usually on the receiving end. My husband and son prank me all the time. It’s hilarious and awful. I’m always nervous about what’s coming next. haha.
Since April Fool’s Day is just around the corner, I wanted to put together some ideas for all of you pranksters out there.
Here are some of my favorite from Amazon. (Free Two day shipping for PRIME members. Not a member, sign up here)
(Skip to the bottom of this post for all and any Valentine’s Day printable needs)
I love love. I love Valentine’s Day. But not because I’m a romatic, or David’s super romantic, but because I love Holidays in general. Any excuse to print out some cute printable, coloring page, or whip up a fun little gift for the kids is just my favorite. Holidays are so much more fun when you’re a parent (and a heck of a lot more stressful if I’m being completely honest). I love making cute things for the kids and for their classes. This year, I knew I wanted to make my own cards. I just needed the perfect little saying and item to include. I knew that I didn’t want to pass out candy so when I came across this 72 pack of sticky hands ($6.42) I knew what I had to do! Add to cart.
That’s enough for ALL THREE CLASSES! Do you know how awesome that is? To find one package that contains enough to pass out to three different classes? Even though Fin’s class isn’t participating. Apparently, that stops at 3rd grade. *insert sad face here*
If you’d like them, just click the picture and it should open a new tab for you. I printed em 4 to page
I knew that I’d need cardstock over regular printer paper, so I price checked Walmart & Amazon. I found it WAY cheaper on Amazon, but it was an add-on item. (Which wasn’t an issue for me since I had other things to order) Found it here for $5.99. You could even get some crafting scissors or a paper trimmer (this would’ve been nice to have) for cutting them out. I just let the kid use whatever scissors we had because it’s what we had.
You should also check out these Heart Shaped Animals from Personal Creations to give to friends and family. They’re super easy to make with young kids. Simply print out the shapes, cut and glue. There’s a color version for a quicker craft or a black and white version to let kids pick their own colors. I printed out them all. The kids had fun making them. They made for the perfect sick day activity for Owen. I actually had to print out more for Fin & Maddie because Owen did them all.
Tiny Print’s has a few things to offer as well.
15 different Valentine’s Day coloring pages. I printed off the dinosaur one for Owen. After I read what it said to him, he said, “Oh! because it’s a triceratops, mom” and then he laughed.
Have you ever just gotten in a crafty mood? It hits me from time to time and this time I acted on it. I took Owen to preschool and then took myself to Target to purchase the supplies needed to whip this little sign up. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine’s day sign, I did not however expect to like it so much that I added it to Maddie’s room decor instead.
To make this yourself, you will need:
*Canvas (I found a 2 pack at Target for $9) *Paints (whatever colors you’d like) *Paintbrush *Wooden letters (Oddly enough my store only had the LVE, so I had to improvise on the O which worked out even better than I’d expected) *A cookie cutter. Yup, my
Paint your canvas whichever color you picked. I went with pink.
Paint your letters whichever color. I went with purple. (I ended up not even using the red paint because of the cookie cutter)
Let everything dry, then simply hot glue everything to your canvas. Easy, huh?! I know. I love crafting, but I don’t like the overly complicated crafts. I like to keep it simple.
Maddie loves it in her room. She stores a tiny stuffed animal in the heart. It’s cute.