DIY Christmas Card Holder

DIY Card Holder

I know a lot of people forego sending the traditional holiday cards out these days. I, for one, was super excited to send out Christmas cards this year! Its Kason’s first Christmas and I used Shutterfly.com to create a picture collage card with Kason’s Christmas pictures. Those are typically the cards we received during the holidays too… cards with pictures of the children of our friend’s and family. I wanted to put Kason’s card on display and decided to make a Christmas card holder so that we could display the other cards that we will shortly be receiving as well.

This is an inexpensive, easy & quick project with a super cute final product! All you need is…
– Large picture frame (just the frame, no glass)
-Assorted Christmas ribbon
-Scissors & tape
-Any extra embellishments (I used letters to spell “JOY” at the bottom

I used an open frame that is on my wall year round. I just removed what is normally there and will put it back after the holidays. Bigger the better so that you can fir more than a couple cards on it. Place the frame face down and just tape the ribbon, hoizontally, to the back of the fame. I added a little cheer boy taping glitter letters, hanging from ribbon, to the bottom. After the holidays, all I have to do is remove the tape and, presto… I have my original frame back!:)
FYI… I have clothes pins to hang the cards that that are flat stationary and not folded**

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Favorite Mother & Son Quotes and Sayings

Ok, so I have been adding to Kason’s baby book and I added some Mother-Son quotes to act as fillers. I wanted to share because any mama can use quotes for baby books or albums, scrapbooks, wall decals, birthday banners, etc. Feel feel to share or “steal” any you like!! The first one is my favorite and the “baby you’ll be” is from the children’s book, which I love!:)

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Bachelorette Party Planning!

First time mom and first time Matron of Honor. I have had some trouble finding cute ideas for bachelorette stuff online, which surprised me. I found a few cute ideas via Pintrest and Etsy and tweaked the projects to make them my own. I love being creative and crafty, but the pressure is on with this one…i mean, she’s my best friend and she deserves nothing but the best! Between work, baby Kason, about a million appointments and obligations…I have been lucky to get my teeth brushed in the morning, let alone be crafty! But, I am happy to say that I pulled it off:). I have added photos of the do-it-yourself projects, but no tutorials. If you wanna comment or message me with any questions, feel free!!

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Kid’s Chore Chart

This is a great idea for a child’s chore list, esp. if they have the same chores each week! Anything to help make a game out of doing chores is a plus. Hopefully this idea provides a way for you and your child to keep track of his/her chores together! The great thing is that you only have to make this once, ulike other weekly or monthly chore charts. If you add chores, just add clothes pins. Making the chart with your child can also be a fun craft project. All you need are some clothes pins and a wooden door knob sign (can be bought at wal-mart or any craft store).

 – Paint the hanging door sign. Be creative with colors, add a theme, etc. Whatever will help personalize the chart for your child.

-Label the sign with your childs name so that they feel proud that it is something that is all their own. Also label one side “To-Do”, “Needs To Do”, etc. and label the other side “Done”, “Finished”, etc.

– Add embellishments, stickers or anything else your child might like.

– Two ways to do this part…Paint the clothes pins and label each one with one of the child’s chores. Write the chore on both sides of the pin so that when it is moved to the other side the chore is still listed and visable. Or…write the chore on only one side of the clothes pin and then make seperate “check mark” clothes pins. You can write check marks, place stickers or embellishments, etc. on the end of the pins (see below photo).

– Start all of the clothes pins on one side and as they do their chores, let your child move them to the other side. Or if you choose to do the check mark clothes pins, place one of those next to each finished chore.

-You can keep the chart on the pantry door for everyone to see his/her progress or on your child’s bedroom door as a constant chore reminder.

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DIY Mustache Pacifier

I am a sucker for any cute DIY project, so this was right up my alley! Super simple… I just googled “printable mustache template” and picked one I liked. After I printed it out, I traced it onto craft foam (1.27 @ Hobby Lobby) & then cut it out. I used a couple dabs of hot glue to afix the mustache to the pacifier. I did have to cut the top of the mustache down a couple times bc it wouldnt fit under baby’s nose. After tweaking it, it turned out soooo cute!

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Pepperoni String Cheese Roll Ups- great for kids!

What kid (or adult, for that matter) doesnt like pizza?! These pizza roll up are quick, easy and sure to be a hit! We have used ham and american cheese in this recipe too, minus the garlic, and they were pretty tasty too…

Source: adapted from http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
4 cheese sticks, halved
1 (3.5 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
optional – marinara or ranch sauce for dipping

Garlic Butter Glaze:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Take each triangle of crencent roll dough and place about 6 pepperoni on the bottom of the triangle. Place half of a cheese stick on top and roll up. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.

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While rolls are cooking, combine the melted butter, Italian seasonings, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.

When rolls are done remove from the oven and brush with the garlic butter glaze. Serve with marinara or ranch for dipping.

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Two Timin’ Pasta Bake

I like to cook, dont get me wrong. But so many recipes out there have SO MUCH prep time! This recipe is one of my favorites because its easy, fairly quick and delicious!! Perfect for the mama who is limited on time…isn’t that all of us??!;)

 

TWO TIMIN’ PASTA BAKE

1 box penne pasta

1 (15 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce

1 (24oz.) jar Marinara sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (I subbed this with Italian blend)

 

Cook pasta according to directions and drain.  Mix the sauces together in a large bowl.

Add the mozzarella and stir to combine.  Then toss in the penne and toss to coat.

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Pour pasta into 9×13 baking dish and cook on 350 for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese and bake for another 5 minutes. 

 

**I added chicken to the recipe- just threw it in when I added the penne- and it turned out great!! This dish has great flavor and is so much different, not to mention tastier, than the traditional “Monday night spaghetti”. Add some crispy french bread or garlic toast and you’re set! Hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I do!:)

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