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Thanks for the support and warm fuzzies!!

Hugs,

Holly

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Valentine Freebies and DIY Heart Shaped Chips

Getting excited for Valentines Day!! I just made them some hearts.  OK, a lot of them.  Enough to give one each day the 1st through the 14th of February for both Lexi and Jack.  I am planning on sticking them in pockets, in the car, in backpacks.  Just about any and everywhere I think they will look.  I am hoping it will remind them during their day how much I love them.  Each one can turned in for a piece of Valentine Candy.

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Or saved to play games.  Like Tic Tac Toe, Catch, or a Game of Toss with Heart Shaped 50- 100- 500 taped to the tile. 🙂

We (I actually mean, my husband) made Mexican food last night.  (My very Favorite!!  Hoping to get recipes down to blog about it.  Too tasty not to share with you!)  Anyway,  I made heart-shaped tortilla chips from regular corn tortillas.  Soooo ridiculously easy, yet, the kids had so much fun with them, you would have thought I invented sliced bread.  I see a lot more shaped chips in our near future.  Here is one of Lexi’s Heart Chips with her dinner stacked on it. 

This is how I made them:

Easy Right?  Now go make some.  You’re kids will think you are a genius!  They are too YUMMY not to!

Cupcake Wars Birthday Party with Cootie Catchers and Cupcake Game

I must admit, I am a little obsessed with cupcakes.   Not so much eating them, just that they are so adorable!

Lexi’s last birthday party was a Cupcake Wars theme.  The girls LOVED it!!

Come take a look-see:

The girls arrived, and we paired them up into teams of 2.  Each team had to pick a liner, a cake, a frosting, and could decorate however the wanted to.  I also bought flavoring for the frosting, so they could make it bubble gum, watermelon, or cotton candy.  They had food coloring for the frosting and cake if they wanted to change the colors along with some royal icing flowers and hearts I made a few days before, which are like eating candy dots.  Ya can’t eat just one.

Each team had a turn in the kitchen with the mixer

They frosted

and Decorated

The made Charm Bracelets out of Shrinky Dinks.  I bought blank Shrinky Dink paper at Michaels, and printed about 6 different cupcake outlines.  Once they were done coloring and cutting out, I punched a hole with a hole puncher in the top of each one.  Baked, and made them into bracelets.  Cute little cupcake keepsake.

They also played with Cootie Catchers!!  I made these in Adobe Photoshop.  You can download my template for free and personalize them for your party or print a Birthday one.  I loved these when I was a little girl, and still do.  Aren’t they fun!  Click here:

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As for the table-cloth,  I was happy to find this cupcake fabric at JoAnn’s.  I just finished the edges.  Easy Peasy.

Yes.  I blinged the plates and cups.  They loved it!!  I also took jewelry wire and wrapped letter beads around their silverware and each girl got to take her set home with her.

I also bought Cupcake stands from orientaltrading.com  to display their creations. They were great, just a little on the flimsy side.  Not complaining for the price, just sayin, they aren’t Waterford.

Yes, Jack crashed the Girly Party!!

They are girly girls, so of course, they got silly silly!

Make a wish Lexi Monet!!  You’re 9!!

Wouldnt’ you know it, I didn’t get a pic of all the finished cupcakes.  Some of them were really cute.  They all displayed the best ones in the cupcake stands, and all won prizes for prettiest, funniest, cutest, most loveable, and a few other fun titles.  Then I packaged them all up in some clear cupcake containers I bought from the bakery. They each got an assortment to take home of everyone’s creations.

After all the cupcake fun, they went for a dip in the jacuzzi

Had make-overs

Told some ghost stories

Stayed up half the night giggling.

In the morning, they all went on a treasure hunt to find goodie bags.

It was a really fun doing a cupcake party.  We have such great memories of it, it inspired me to designed the Bake a Cupcake game for her.  Out of everything I’ve ever sewn for her, this is her very favorite thing.  Take a look-see:

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Free Wish for the Birthday Girl!!

Hope you enjoyed Lexi’s 9th birthday as much as we did. It’s a theme with endless ideas.