DIY Lucky Lollipops.


Who doesn’t love lollipops…and money? Sign me up right?!!So that makes this little craft perfect for anyone! My daughter and I were playing around with some crisp dollar bills awhile back and thought we would make this little lollipop plant as a gift for a relative. What is so great about this…is you could make it for any occasion..any age…and totally make it unique each time. For a child, you could place the “plant’” in a sand bucket…and fill it with beach toys; maybe for a teen boy you could use a basket filled with golf balls; or for Mother’s day you could place the lollipops in a real plant. The possibilities are endless! So, here is how you go about creating a one of a kind lucky lollipop plant…For this project, you will need dollar bills, tape, lollipop sticks (we used long and short), lollipops, a container, small piece of Styrofoam or floral foam.
Begin by folding the dollar bills. Start on the short end and fold back and forth until you reach the end. Connect the two ends together (the dollar will fan out to create a lollipop shape). Tape and secure to the stick. Place foam on the bottom of container and be sure it fits snug. Poke in the lollipops and fill in with candy or other filler.
So who will you be making a lucky lollipop for!?!?!Lucky-Lollipops-Gift

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DIY Birthday Or Christmas Gift.


My daughter’s have a Birthday party coming up on the 14 of December. We went shopping at the mall for the perfect gift.

After shopping the mall she just could not find that perfect gift and came home totally stumped.

I remembered this gift I showed you guys for Father’s Day and told her about it. Well she really liked this. I had been saving the bottles for my own use, so that was ready. She decided on a cat and the hat theme, the girls had dressed up as the cat and the hat, thing 1 and thing 2 for Halloween.

So, we printed the cat and the hat stickers from PBS kids on regular paper. Then We modge podged them to the bottles.

She painted the box white. Then I had just won these adorable chalk board stickers in a recent giveaway. So, the nice mommy I am I gave her one. A Birthday message will be added on the chalkboard part, but she had to quickly make off with the candy. Her brothers were eye balling it.

I think it turned out really cute and fun for a Candy-Bottle-GiftsCandy-Bottle-Gifts

Candy-Bottle-Gifts Birthday Party. What do you think?

I think we will add some balloons tied to the box, and she found the perfect card at Hallmark.

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Diy Movie Kit For The Kid’s.


My high school job was selling tickets at the local movie theater. So when my nieces were younger (one of them is a senior in high school now – boo!) I made them a movie theater play kit for Christmas. It was one of my favorite gifts to give and it sure was fun to play with them.

Now several years later, the movie theater play kit has been reinvented and used as birthday gifts for my Avery’s little friends.

This play kit can be done for $10 or under. You could probably make it as cheap or as expensive as you want depending on how crazy you want to get with it.

I started with a canvas bag from Hobby Lobby. I used my trusty iron-on transfer paper to personalize the bags with their names.
I searched for appropriate movie poster images, printed them, and had them laminated.

In the bag were also some cardboard popcorn holders bought in the party section at Hobby Lobby. I purchased a roll of tickets at Target and some microwave popcorn. I had some nametag holders leftover from my teaching days. I printed off paper that said “my name is” and included one for the receipient of the gift as well as any siblings.

I asked my Mom to make a vest to add to the kit so the child could really play the part. (One of these days when time allows, I will learn how to do this part myself! Ha.)

I finished it off with a label printed on the computer so the parent would see what it was meant to be.

This gift usually needs explained at first but always ends up up being a hit, especially the tickets!

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow with another fun gift idea!Move-Theatre-Kit

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DIY Doctor Play Kit.


Hunter and Hope are really into pretend play at the moment, so I thought it was time to introduce Him and her to my favourite roll play toy as a child, the Doctor Play set. I had a Fisher Price one as a girl, and it really got a workout. Instead of buying her a whole lot of plastic stuff, I rummaged around in a few drawers and cupboards and put together a fun set that cost me next to nothing.
Apart from gathering supplies, I made a gauze surgical mask.
Bandages
-Plastic Syringe
-Plastic Tweezers from a dressing kit
-Tongue Depressor
-Stethoscope (I bought this off ebay for $4, it’s not excellent quality but it does work. Make sure you supervise your child as yelling or banging on stethoscopes can cause hearing damage.)
Other items you may want to include:
-Bandaids
-Cotton Balls or swabs
-Eye Patch
-Note pad and Pen
To make the surgical mask
You will need:
Cotton gauze 8″x10″
2 x elastic pieces 10″ long
safety pin
Sewing machine and general sewing supplies

This size suits a small child, you may want to adjust the measurements for older kids.
How to:
1. Cut your gauze square and elastic.
2. Fold the gauze in half and sew along the dotted line.
3. Turn inside out and press.
4. Fold open sides over twice as pictured and press.
5. Stitch along dotted line.
6. Fasten your safety pin to the end of the elastic piece and thread each through the side tubes.
7. Tie off the ends.
8. Move the elastic around to hide the knot.
To decorate the case:
-This was an old case I had kicking around the sewing room, if you don’t want to buy one you can use a lunch box or even a biscuit tin.
-Trace a circle around a bowl or plate onto some adhesive paper.
-Draw a large cross and colour in with a marker pen.
-Cut out and stick onto case or tin.DIY-Doctor-Play-Kit

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DIY Lip Scrub.


1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp granulated white sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice

Instructions to make the lip scrub:

Using a tiny little dish from your kitchen mix the sugar and honey together until combined. Add lime juice and mix until it the scrub has reached a semi-runny consistency.
Use a spoon, a small paintbrush, or your fingers to cover your lips in the scrub; gently rub it all over. Repeat as needed until lips are completely smooth and buttery. The sugar acts as the exfoliant, the lime rejuvenates the skin, and the honey is a natural anti-bacterial and cleanser. Boom.
When you’re all done exfoliating, apply a coat of your favorite go-to lip-gloss or chap-stick and bask in your beauty. You’re amazing. Pretty too. Have you lost weight? There’s something extra sparkly about you right now.

It’s time to take those gorgeous smackers for a test drive, go find some gorgeous lipstick. You deserve it!bd_0107_lipbalm_l

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DIY Art Caddy.


I originally thought when making the boy’s their art caddy for their bedroom, that I would use a combination of pails and a wooden cutlery caddy. But before I even got there, I found a utensil caddy at Target for $11.99 {which was my back-up plan anyway}, and I knew it was by far the best solution and would be moved to my main plan!

Target had a plethora of utensil caddy’s in their summer seasonal section, and the caddy’s were a GREAT size to be used as a caddy for far more than just utensils!
have to use up all that extra chalk board paint some how! One little project at a time! This one really couldn’t be more perfect for chalk board paint though, I mean it’s a kid’s art caddy after all!!
Talk about an easy peasy project! Painting was fun, but more fun ensued when it was time to fill it up with all the kiddos randomly placed art supplies!
The divided portions of the caddy are great for keeping markers, crayons and color pencils in their respective sections!I snagged some small canning jars for the other odd shaped crafting items:
And tucked those inside the other side of the caddy:
Along with scissors, paint, glue and wiggly eyes! You can’t have an art caddy without wiggly eyes!!
The end result is something that I can tuck up on a shelf in the boys room, and they can easily snag it and carry it to the kitchen table or floor to work on their creative crafty projects! Score, 1 point MOM!
OK, time to spill a secret. I picked up two more of those utensil caddy’s for two more organizing projects that I can’t wait to share! Any guesses as to what they might be?

What other ways have you been whipping up fantastic art storage for your little artists?ArtCaddy1ArtCaddy14ArtCaddy15

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DIY Cookies In A Jar Gift.


http://youtu.be/oM52ruhNUcE Just thought I would share this video of DIY cookies in a jar gift! There are so many frugal jar gifts you can make for pennies.People also love these gifts.

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DIY Peppermint Lip Balm


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It’s that time of year — dry skin and scratchy lips are a couple things I really dislike about winter. This recipe puts a bit of shimmer back into your smile while moisturizing your skin. It’s simple to blend and makes a lot, so be sure to pass on the bounty to your friends and family!

What You Need:

a glass measuring cup
a small whisk
several small jars or containers
measuring spoons
cheese grater, for grating the beeswax

Ingredients:

1/4 cup jojoba oil
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
3.5 tbsp grated beeswax
24 drops peppermint essential oil

1. Combine the jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and beeswax together in the glass measuring cup. Place in microwave and heat in 20 second increments, whisking in between, until the beeswax has melted and the ingredients are well-blended.

2. Remove from microwave and whisk in the essential oil.

3. Pour the solution into the containers and allow to harden uncovered until cooled.

4. Label your handiwork and pass along the extras to your friends and family

DIY Fruit Cups.


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I found this idea on one of my favourite websites these are great for school lunches.
Just mix 4 cups of your favourite fruit diced,2 tablespoons of lemon juice,3 cups of orange juice.Then combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.Mix together well.Then spoon fruit and juice into a mason jar an 8 ounce one until it reaches just below the tip of the jar.You can then freeze these as well and use as needed.Makes 8 jars.These are so convient and easy for kids to eat out of.

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Childs Dress Up Box.


For kids who like to dress up you can fill up a box of dress up items from a thrift shop. Also add some accessories from the dollar store. You can also find Halloween reduced costumes in stores. For a boy a plastic tool box with a handle would be great for his items. Use your imagination for decorating the boxes. These make great christmas ideas for young children.

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