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aMAZEing Valentines

Maze Valentine

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love homemade Valentines. My girls have done Fortune Teller Valentines and Kool-Aid Valentines among others. This year we're doing Slap Bracelet Valentines and these Maze Valentines. Maze Valentines are nothing new. In searching the internet, we've never found one we really like though. Most we found, you need to attach an actual, small plastic maze to or, if the maze is printed on, it is cheesy. I decided to make my own for the girls. These took a lot longer to make than expected but we think they are well worth it. There are three different Maze Valentines and each one has a different maze. Just because your friend with the pink Valentine solved their maze, doesn't mean your friend with the purple one can copy it and solve their maze! Fun huh? Click on the photo above to download and print these aMAZEing Valentines for your kids. They won't be disappointed! … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Cheesecake Milkshake

red velvet cheesecake milkshake

Nothing says Valentine's Day like Red Velvet Cake and Cheesecake. Today we're combining the two into one super delicious Red Velvet Cheesecake Milkshake! I've seen red velvet milkshakes around Pinterest but decided it would be fun to add some cheesecake flavoring in. Just as I thought, my milkshake was rich in flavor and so good! I can't wait to make one for my girls when they get home from school. I think Hubby might even like these! You'll need five simple ingredients to make red velvet cheesecake milkshakes: vanilla bean ice cream no-bake cheesecake mix red velvet cake mix red food coloring milk optional whip cream for topping I'll admit, I didn't really measure my ingredients as I mixed them up. I never really measure for milkshakes. For this milkshake, I filled my Magic Bullet large cup with ice cream (3-4 scoops), added two large spoonfuls of cake mix and two large spoonfuls of cheesecake mix, then added a few drops of food coloring. I added milk to … [Read more...]

Color By Number Valentines

color by number valentines

Last year, as I was looking for Valentine inspiration on Pinterest, I came across these color by number valentines. I thought they were cool and was pretty sure I could make my own version. After all, I'm pretty ok at making graphics... So...I sat down with my graphic photo editing software and began to design...and then erase, design again...and erase. Why couldn't I get mine to look as awesome as her's?? I mean, look at her's above, now look at my two attempts below... Um, yeah, can we say fail?? The first one has just too much going on and the spaces are too small. In trying to hide the word love, I made a mess out of it. My second one wasn't looking too bad, but I could not come up with a way to hide the hearts. It was going to end up looking like a big ole mess just like the first one. Plus, this was taking way to long to do! So...I give up. I admit my failure. Please go visit RustandSunshine.com to print her version of these awesome color by number … [Read more...]

Slap Bracelet Valentines

Slap Bracelet Valentine

On Monday I showed you how to make your own slap bracelets. Today we're going to turn them into valentines! These slap bracelet valentines are fairly cheap (and easy) to make and won't simply be throw away once received. You can use Duct Tape that looks Valentine-ish or choose your favorite every-day pattern. Hint though, boys won't want to wear a girly looking slap bracelet so keep that in mind. Click on the photos below to download and print the valentines. Print the base on colored paper of your choice and the top on white paper. Sign your name on the top circles then cut them out. Next cut out the bases. If you don't want to cut around all the scallops, just cut a circle around the scallops and leave them as a printed decoration. One large piece of double-sided tape works great to put them all together. If you don't have double-sided tape, just use two pieces of regular tape. How cute are these slap bracelet valentines?? … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Slap Bracelet

make your own slap bracelet

I don't know about your kids but my girls love slap bracelets. I too, loved them as a kid and still think they are fun now. Today I'm going to show you how to make your own slap bracelet using three simple things: duct tape, a measuring tape, and scissors. For those of you who can not watch the video, I will type out directions under the video. Cut your measuring tape Using your scissors, cut a 6-7 inch piece of measuring tape. You'll have to cut off the end of the tape before cutting a 6 inch piece for your slap bracelet. Duct tape the end you cut off and the cut end together so you do not lose your tape inside the casing. Round the edges of your measuring tape. Round the corners of your measuring tape piece just a bit using your scissors. This prevents you and the person wearing the slap bracelet from getting cut on a sharp edge. Curl your measuring tape. Curl your measuring tape toward the plain side. Curl it as tight as you can without actually bending it. It helps … [Read more...]

Easy New Year’s Game for Kids and Adults

Easy New Year's Game

It's been a tradition over the past 3-4 years to go to my neighbor's house for New Year's Eve. We hang out as families, chat, and play games. Last year my neighbor had a new game that I thought was so fun I'd share it with you. It's a super easy New Year's game for kids and adults to play and as a bonus, it's easy to set up too! You just need: balloons (one for every hour of your party plus 2 extra) a permanent marker paper string something sharp like a pin confetti (optional) Basically, you make a string of balloons across the room. Every hour of your party you pop a balloon and do the activity that is inside. The last hour (11-midnight) you pop a balloon every 15 minutes. 1) Start by making slips to go in each balloon. You'll need one for each hour of your party plus two more. The slips should have activities written on them such as: write down your New Year's resolutions turn on/up the radio and sing along to the first song you hear do 10 sit-ups … [Read more...]

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