Archive | December 2011

Cutie Candles and Baby Changing Station

Cutie Candles

How fun are these! All you need is a Cutie and some Olive Oil!

Cut a Cutie, a.k.a. Clementine Orange, around the middle, peel in half, cut a cute shape out of the top,  (hearts would be so cute for Valentine’s Day) use the pulp stem in the bottom half as a wick, fill with olive oil, light the pulp, and enjoy your little Cutie candle.  Will burn for hours.  Do not leave unattended, and always be careful playing with fire.

Diaper Changing Station done in the hoop

Perfect little gift for Baby!  Diaper and Wipe Carrier done in one hooping!

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Baby New Year!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!!

Thank you for all the love and warm fuzzies in 2011.  I hope your 2012 is simply wonderful! 

This is a picture of our son Jack in 2007.  I have always loved Baby New Year.  I had to do it! 🙂

Reindeer Feed with Fingerprint Reindeer

Reindeer Feed is a yearly tradition in our house.  Every year we make big batches of it, and pass it out to all the kids.  On Christmas Eve, right before bedtime, we sprinkle it all over the yard, and a few neighbors.   (Wouldn’t want Santa to miss anyone on our street!)  The kids love running a muck in their pajama’s, as it is the last ditch effort to make sure Santa comes.

You can download this printable card on my yahoo group for free, under Christmas Fun.  (You will need to add Reindeer)

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We added our kids fingerprints ( I did the kids thumbprints) with a brown stamp pad, the antlers with a marker, and the noses with red paint.  I use the other end of the paint brush, dip it in the paint, and it makes a perfect dot each time.  🙂

Recipe for Reindeer Feed: Oatmeal and Glitter.  Reindeer love it!!

I painted Lexi’s nails to go with her outfit I made for her Christmas party.  Easy Peasy.  Just paint red, and add green glitter nail polish to the ends.  Christmas French Manicure in minutes!! = Ten happy little fingers!

Love Love Love these Cotton Candy Snowmen tubs!!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Mrs. MeMarkle has been really popular around here!  The kids are loving our Elf on the Shelf having a wife this year!!

She bakes mini Elf Donuts

She Brought a Letter from Santa with Magic Christmas Seeds!  You can download your own on my yahoo group for FREE!!

I used Candy Christmas Sprinkles in the Bags.  You can download these printables on my yahoo group for free

Font is Blackadder on the letter

Elf Tea Party

Our Elf is Flying!! He used Fishing line to hang.   Once the fan is on, he really gets going!!!

So Sleepy from all the shenanigans

A Magic Key!

He found some of our sand from the beach this summer.  He’s a Mermaid Elf! Try saying “MeMarkle the Merry Merman” 3 times quickly!  We have been trying, and laughing ourselves silly.

This is where he is today:

These little Santa’s Mrs. Memarkle is with today were made by my Grandmother.  She passed away when I was only 9 years old.  She made them by hand, and I can’t tell you how much they mean to me. My Mother used to hang them over our fireplace when I was little, and now they hang in my house each year.  On each belt, she has our names.  On for my Mom, my Dad, my sister, brother, and one for me.  Each one has hand painted eyes to match our color.  It wouldn’t be Christmas without them.  Funny how little things like this are so priceless.

Hand Painted Wine Bottles

I spent the afternoon painting with the kids yesterday.  I painted a case of wine, they painted all kinds of things! Rocks, plates, paper, even each other!!  🙂  I really love to paint, and so do the kids.  We should do it more often. Lots of laughs, singing, and good conversation.

I’m giving these away for Christmas to Friends and Family.  They go with my Game boxes.

I actually can’t wait to drink one, wash it out, and stuff it with a string of lights.  Might be pretty.  🙂

These Bottles are from Trader Joe’s.  Charles Shaw Merlot.  $2 each bottle.  Case for $24.  = 12 happy people.  I love these not only because of the price, but because the labels come off so easy.  Just soak in cold water for a few minutes, and Voila!  A fresh canvas! Once I finish painting them with acrylic paint, I spray then with clear acrylic spray. (Hence them out drying on my BBQ)

Baby Jesus Nativity Party and Candy Cane Favors

Happy Birthday Jesus Party!!

Baby Jesus Nativity Cupcakes

For these cupcakes I used a grass tip to make the hay, and rolled the baby out of fondant. His halo is also fondant. You can’t see it in this picture, but I added edible glitter, because, well, I think Baby Jesus would sparkle.  🙂

Here is one of the trays.  The kids loved them, but I think the parents loved them more!!

I Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes for the kids in the classes too.  I attached The Story of the Candy Cane, and our Christmas Tag.

Our Christmas Tag tradition

I print 2×2 pics at Costco.  I get 6 on a 4×6 pic.  Then I cut them out, and Glue them on Colored card stock. Punch some holes, and attach with glittery pipe cleaners or ribbon.  I do these for ALL the Christmas presents.  Family and Friends love to get them every year.

Candy Cane Story

Here is the story attached to the Candy Canes.  You can download a printable word doc. version on my yahoo group, so you can put your family’s name on them.  Look under Christmas Fun.

Manger Foot Prints

I went into Jack’s Kindergarten class and painted all of their feet.  What a great time!!  There is nothing like a bunch of 5-year-olds giggling themselves silly!  “It tickles!”  “Hee Hee Hee” “I can’t stand it, it’s too funny!” “tickle tickle tickle!!”

Candy Bark

Yummy Yummy!

While unwrapping all the candy canes, a few broke.  Soooooooo, I crushed them up, stirred them in the chocolate that is left, pour it on to a piece of parchment paper, and let it cool.  Then you break it up, and serve.  Yummy!

As for the Candy Canes that you do dip.  Parchment paper is awesome!  I use candy melts from a cake supply store.  I melt in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, stir, and dip.  I hold each candy cane with a paper towel to avoid getting sticky.  Be sure to add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.

Once they cool, Bag and Tag them!!

Our Elf on the Shelf has a wife!! Our Elf has been having some fun!!

Our Elf on the Shelf has a wife!!

We would like you to meet Mrs. MeMarkle!!

She had a teeny-tiny little letter with her.  It  told the kids all about her, and how she is MeMarkle’s Wife.  They loved it!!  I wonder what girly things she will do??

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MeMarkle made some Elf art in one of the kids toys

Elves love Chocolate.  This one just couldn’t wait!!

Elf in a Flower Garden, (Well, Ella’s hair bows) Hey, are you wearing Lexi’s Beads?

Elf making Snow Angels in Flour

Are you kidding us?  You made the milk Red? Silly Elf!!

Ahhh, always nice to have help with the laundry.  Thanks MeMarkle!  XOXO

Our Elf T.P.’d the entire inside of our house!  Toilet paper everywhere!!!  Big streams flying through the air!! The kids had so much fun going through the maze of T.P. just to get to breakfast!

Free Horsey Rides in Ella’s Room!!