Birthday Chalkboard Sign Template and Tutorial

Chalkboard signs have been all the craze lately. You literally see them in every cake smash and birthday milestone photo sessions. And most recently; baby showers, engagements and even wedding receptions. They can get pretty expensive to purchase online due to the customization, but it’s actually super easy to make your own.

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Perler Bead Bowl Craft


Perler Beads. Most of us have them. They only bother me when I step on a straggler every now and again. Otherwise, they have been pretty good to me. If I need to get something done or need a few minutes of peace and quiet, I whip out the Perler Beads. They allow my little ones to be creative and create their own masterpieces. I am always amazed at their concentration level every single time!

This craft is so simple that anyone can pretty much make it. We have buckets of Perler Beads (yes, buckets) and they’re fairly inexpensive so this is something you can do time and time again, without breaking the bank.

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Strawberry Glazed Donuts

Oh how I just love summer. Relaxing, crafting, spending time with my kids and….Strawberries! They bring back such fond memories of my childhood. I remember when I was a little girl, my grandparents would take me out to the strawberry fields every year and we would pick fresh strawberries. I remember putting them in my little green basket and how sweet they tasted. Just perfect! Theres nothing like fresh strawberries in the summer to keep you feeling refreshed.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Do you ever have such a crazy day ahead of you, that you absolutely know there is no time for dinner? Yep! That’s me….a lot of the time! Usually, we head straight for a pizza, quick sandwich or even breakfast for dinner. My crock-pot pretty much sits quietly on a shelf in my pantry, but I had to pull that bad boy out for an emergency this weekend.

My kids are somewhat picky eaters and have a limited menu of what they will eat and actually enjoy. They both love taco night and can pretty much eat chicken any day of the week. So I thought, why not combine the two?

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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Now that summer is here, we need to beat the Florida heat and stay cool and refreshed. So this week, I broke out the popsicle molds! Of course the kids were excited and totally watching the clock, waiting for their chance at one of my strawberry lemonade popsicles.

We used to buy store-bought popsicles, but the amount of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and dyes really bothered us. We do our best to only eat organics and shop exclusively at Whole Foods. Don’t get me wrong, there are many conventional items we still purchase from time to time, but mostly everything in our home is Organic and GMO Free. Just like these popsicles!
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Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

Our good friends decided to take their summer vacation close to home this year. They packed the car up yesterday, left me with their dog and took off to Key West. All of a sudden, I found myself craving Key Lime Pie! So I decided to whip up a batch of these Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes; in their honor of course.

These sweet treats are the perfect blend of sweet and sour.

If you love Key Lime pie, you are sure to love these!!!
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The Future is so Bright: End of Year Teacher Gift

 

Seriously, when I saw this idea somewhere online….a part of me wanted to get up and dance! It was the perfect gift for a perfect teacher. I was more than excited to take on this challenge and while it did take time, the end result was totally worth it. Tears of happiness!

I took photos of all the children against a solid colored background and asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. I then imported all of my images into photo editing software and carefully cut the backgrounds out. I then added their names and future professions, I printed the image on 11″ x 14″ photo paper at Costco for only $3.99. (Total SCORE!)

I found a frame on Amazon and once it arrived, I couldn’t wait to put the image inside. The end result was nothing short of amazing! Bunbun’s teacher absolutely loved her gift and said it was one of the most creative gifts she had ever received. Sometimes, a little effort can go a long way. She will always remember her Kindergarten class of 2015!

Interested in making one of these for your child’s teacher? Leave a comment or shoot me an email. If there is enough interest, maybe I can upload the artwork I created for these professions…

Student names have been removed for safety.