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Posted on February 17, 2017

How to Make Leprechaun Cookies | St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trick

Leprechaun Cookies

Whether you find yourself looking for a fun leprechaun trick to play on the kiddos, or simply want to create a super awesome holiday themed dessert for your St. Patrick’s Day party, these Leprechaun Cookies are JUST the ticket!  They are so easy to make, are very budget friendly and look fantastic!

I first set out to make these “golden” cookies using Nilla wafers.  While the end result was just fine and dandy, they lacked the WOW factor that I was seeking because, well, those cookies are already pretty gold in color.  I had a pack of chocolate sandwich cookies in the pantry and decided to try those (I used ALDI brand – OREO cookies or anything similar would work.)  This type of cookie worked MUCH better!

You only need 2 things to make Leprechaun Cookies: a pack of cookies and a can of Wilton Gold Color Mist.  I picked up some small glittery Irish hats at the dollar store to serve the cookies in… those small plastic black treasure pots (ie end of the rainbow) would work great too.

Leprechaun Cookie Ingredients

Arrange cookies in a single layer on parchment or wax paper.  Spray one side of the cookies until they are the shade of gold that you desire.  Flip cookies over and repeat this procedure.

Gold Painted Cookies
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Posted on February 10, 2017

Fire Truck Valentines Rubber Ducks | FREE Printable Tags

Fireman Rubber Duck Valentines

Fire Truck Valentines

Sound the alarm! Valentine’s Day is almost here! You know by now that we have TWO firefighters in our family. That’s right! Not only do we have Bob, who has been a volunteer firefighter for more than half of his life, but we also have Landon.. junior fireman extraordinaire! This boy’s love for firetrucks and all-thing-fire-fighting has been evident since he was a toddler and shows no sign of slowing down. Spending time with Daddy at the firehouse is his absolute favorite past time! His grandparents even got him his very own fireman gear for his birthday last year!! He loves wearing it all the time, but ESPECIALLY to the firehouse.

Landon at Fire Station

So what does this Mom make for her #1 junior fireman?  Fire Truck Valentines, of course!  These cute little Valentines are perfect for the little kid crowd and they are also candy-free which is great if you have any allergies to keep in mind.

To make these Valentines, you will need:

Fireman Rubber Ducks
Twine or ribbon
Free printable tags

Download the free printable tag that I made by saving it on your hard drive.  (Don’t forget where you saved it!)  If you would like to personalize your tags before printing them, it’s very easy to do so.  I opened my tag in PicMonkey (you can use PicMonkey or any other photo editing software).  I typed “Love, Landon” in the open space on the bottom right-hand corner of the tag.  Then I saved the tag.

Print out your desired number of tags.  I printed mine at a size of approximately 2.5 x 2.5 inches on heavy white card stock.

Punch a hole in the top left-hand corner of the tag.

Tie a tag to each duck using twine or ribbon.

Fire Truck Valentine Tag
Fire Truck Valentines

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Fire Truck Valentines Free Tags


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Posted on February 9, 2017

DIY Dollar Store Mini First Aid Kit for Kids

First Aid Kit for Kids

The other day I put up a post that showed you how easy it is to put together a DIY mini first aid kit using supplies bought at the dollar store.  I made up 3 of these kits and put one in my purse and one in each of our car glove compartments.  That version included medicines like Tylenol, Excedrin and Zantac which are obviously in mind for adults.  Last night on her way into the house from dance, Lily slipped and fell on the slippery driveway, resulting in a sizable cut on her knee.  We pulled the first aid kit that I made the other day out of my purse and instantly had a wipe, first aid cream and a bandage on hand to clean her up.

That got me thinking about making up a couple more first aid kits but this time making some that were completely kid friendly.  I took out the medication and added a few more bandages and the result was this cute little First Aid Kit for Kids. (I included triple antibiotic cream in our kid kits because Lily is definitely responsible enough to use it on her own or with a teacher or parent’s help. Use your best judgement when it comes to your own kiddos!)

First Aid Supplies

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the words “Boo Boo Kit” out of pink vinyl and affixed the vinyl to the lid of the container.  Lily absolutely LOVED them!  We put one in her Under Armour backpack for horseback riding and the other went in her dance bag.  I know that her dance school and the farm where she rides both  have first aid supplies on hand, but this gives me extra peace of mind!  Plus, Lily is definitely a capable kid who can put on a band-aid, etc, so I like knowing that she has her own basic supplies should she get a minor cut or blister.

I rounded up all of the supplies pictured above at the Dollar Tree.  The containers came in a 2-pack, so they were only $.50 each.  The triple antibiotic ointment was $1.  The bandages and wipes all came from bigger packs, also purchased the the dollar store.  Each kit cost me about $2 to put together!

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First Aid Kit for Kids


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Posted on February 6, 2017

FREE Printable Valentine Collection for Easy Gifting

FREE Printable Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Every year I like to post a few new free Valentine’s printables that you can use for quick and easy Valentine-ing.  Here is a round up of some of my FREE Printable Valentine Collection. Make sure you save this post as I will add more free printables to it each year!

FREE Printable Valentine Collection

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Glue Stick Valentine Idea

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Rubber Duck Horses Valentine

3. “You Melt My Heart” Milk Bottle M&Ms with FREE Printable Tag

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Pretzel Match Valentine

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You Warm My Heart Tag

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Collection of Free Printable Valentines
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Posted on February 5, 2017

DIY Dollar Store Mini First Aid Kits

Mini First Aid Kits

I am usually pretty good at remembering to keep band-aids in my purse or car or diaper bag or all of the above.  I might even have some pain reliever pills on me in case of a headache.  But I am always wishing for antibacterial wipes and triple antibiotic ointment when cuts and scrapes occur and rarely do I have them on hand.  Today I was cruising through the Dollar Tree and gathered supplies to make up a couple of these Mini First Aid Kits.

Here is what I included in my mini first aid kits:

1 tube of triple antibiotic ointment
2 antibacterial wipes
Travel packs of Excedrin, Tylenol and Zantac
An assortment of bandages in different sizes

I found these perfectly sized containers in a 2-pack, so just 50 cents per container.

Lock Top Snack Boxes

Here is a look at all of the supplies that I included in each kit before I put them together:

Mini First Aid Kit Supplies

Mini first aid kit open

I packed up the kits, and of course I couldn’t help but cut a red vinyl cross with my Silhouette to symbolize first aid supplies!

Mini First Aid Kit DIY

These are so easy and affordable to make.  I ended up making several of them and it will be nice to know that I have basic first aid supplies on hand! They are small and compact which makes them perfect for the diaper bag, beach or pool bag, glove compartment in your car, etc.

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DIY Dollar Store Mini First Aid Kit

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Posted on January 29, 2017

“I’m Stuck on You” Glue Stick Valentine + FREE Printable Cards

Glue Stick Valentine Free Printable

As the winter months drag on, I usually find myself sending in a fresh round of glue sticks, crayons and other assorted school supplies to restock Lily’s depleted pencil box. Last week while I rounded up some things to send to school, I came up with the idea for a Glue Stick Valentine. I thought this would not only make a great non-candy Valentine option, but it might help out the teacher if every kid received a shiny new glue stick.

If you stocked up on glue sticks during back to school shopping, you might still have some on hand.  I ordered this Classroom Pack of 60 Elmer’s Glue Sticks on Amazon and had enough for the entire class with plenty left over.

Glue Stick Valentine Cards

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