Easy Snow Globe

This is a fun little project the kids loved making last year and were just as thrilled to pull out of the Christmas decorating box and see them again this year.snow globe
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– Figurine ($3 at local toy store) and tree ($1 for 3-pack at dollar store)
*Note, make sure figurine fits in opening of globe!
– Globe (I used a jar from a dollar store $1)
– Snow (here I used finely shredded coconut and sugar to add sparkle)
– Glue gun
– Marker

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I am sure it is pretty self-explanatory to do this but here are the steps:

1) If the jar is not even all around, close lid and make a mark on lid where the front of the jar is so you will know which way to place figurine.

2) Open lid and hot-glue figurine and tree to lid

3) Fill globe with snow, close lid and voila!
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Delicious Pumpkin Muffins

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This is my favourite recipe for pumpkin muffins and is also great as pumpkin loaf if you are lazy like me and don’t want to bother filling all those paper cups 🙂

I purchased these muffin wrappers which I think look a little more spooky for a Halloween party I went to, but if you would like to make your own, you can find a tutorial here.

Pumpkin Muffin Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Oil – I use light olive oil which is pricey but healthy. Any quality vegetable or canola oil should do
  • 1 3/4 Cups pure pumpkin from a can (be careful not to get pumpkin pie filling by mistake)
  • 3 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups rasins or chocolate chips
  • Brown sugar for sprinkling on top*Note: if you double the recipe, you can use a full 796ml can.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Mix together eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of ingredients (except the brown sugar).
  4. Add bowl of dry ingredients to wet and mix all together thoroughly.
  5. Fill muffin tins and sprinkle top with brown sugar.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean after poking centre)

Enjoy!

Halloween: Tissue Ghosts (easy and fun with kids)

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Of all the fun crafts my mom involved my sister and I with when we were kids, this one stands out as my favourite and my kids seem to love it too. It is about as simple as you can get as far as Halloween crafts go and great for all ages.

Supplies:
– Kleenex (tissue)
– White thread
– Marker

1) Take one tissue and scrunch it into a ball.
2) Wrap second tissue around first and twist to form the head.
3) Wrap thread around neck of ghost and tie knot leaving enough tail of thread to be used to hang onto something.
4) Make dots on face with marker for eyes and mouth.

We have hung them from our dining light but are also great in a window or anywhere really. Another great option is to pick a branch and hang them from the it.

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Easter Decorating on the Cheep….er, Cheap!

Since our house is on the small side, I find that although I love to decorate for holidays like Easter, I don’t want to have a tonne of decorations I have to store for the other 360+ days of the year. I also don’t want to have to buy new decorations every year since that can be expensive so we try to come up with creative things that are cheap, or even better, free! Here are a bunch of pics of this year’s collection of decorations.pics of decorations1

The kids dyed some eggs using a wax crayon to draw on them first.

We put the eggs in a glass vase and added a couple of stuffed bunnies the kids had as toys.

The pussy willows were out just in time this year so we went for a hike to pick some.

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I had these dogwood branches still hanging up from Christmas (I am embarrassed to say) and just as I was about to take them down, realized I could hang some eggs on them so there they stay.

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The egg garland we made here and the tablecloth I bought for my daughter’s birthday from the fabric section at Ikea for $6/m.
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The nest/branches in the vase I actually bought at the dollar store and the eggs in the bowl we collected from the cousin’s hens.
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Total cost for this year’s decorations:
All branches = free
Kid’s paper egg garland = free
Nest/branch = $1.50
Eggs/dye = $3
Hanging eggs from passed year.
Total: $4.50

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The final pic shows more eggs my daughter made and put in her window to decorate her room and a deer came to visit in the morning. 🙂

I wish everyone a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!!

Fun, Easy Easter Egg Garland

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This idea is entirely thanks to my 8 year old. She wanted to decorate for Easter and loves cutting out snowflakes at Christmas time. She combined the two ideas by drawing and cutting out an Easter egg shape, then folding it in half twice and cutting out shapes as you would a snowflake. Be sure to only cut the shapes from the two folded sides. We finished by putting ribbon through a hole in each of the eggs and then hanging them up. So easy, fun and looks great! Such a clever little monkey 🙂

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Simple, Inexpensive and Fun Valentine!

I got this idea from a Design Mom post last year and we had tonnes of great feedback from the kids and families who received them. They are simple, and inexpensive costing only $3.50 for 20 valentines (10 cents per print plus $1.50 for 20 suckers at the dollar store).valentine

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Take a photo of your child holding out their hand like they are holding something (obviously).

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I made the title in Photoshop which I tried to set up as a download for you but for some reason WordPress wouldn’t allow me to upload a .psd file. Anyway, you can easily make your own or even just write on the front of the photo with permanent marker.  The kids helped cut holes in the card for the suckers and wrote their names on the back but since their faces are already on the valentine, they don’t even need to do that if you are to strapped for time.

Admiring their valentines before handing them away.

Admiring their valentines before handing them away.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!