Monday, April 20, 2015

Personal Mother's Day Gift Ideas..Bookmark and Keychain

For Mother’s Day this year, I thought I would get started early on finding some fun meaningful gift ideas kids can make! 

The first project I saw all over Pinterest was this fun picture bookmark
Such a fun and easy gift I think you should have your kids make one for you!  PLUS, when I made these my kids just loved them.  This is why I love to take my kids to Camera Shy (  I think they think it is so fun to see current pictures of themselves all over and I am just not the best photographer!  But… I go in often because I like to do fun pictures that show their personality.

For this project, I just asked them to take a picture of my kids with their hands in the air for the tassel. 

Here is what I did…

Items needed:
Packing Tape
Craft Thread (I like this more than embroidery floss, I think it is less silky)

First, the original pin says you should cut out the picture.  I did do this for Brayden’s bookmark but then the backgrounds at Camera Shy were so cute that I actually just cut out my daughters in a rectangle with the background. 

Make the tassel… 
Wrap the ribbon around a paper or a lid that is about the size you would like it to be.  About 20 times around would work well.
Use a longer piece of thread and tie a knot through the string.
Remove from the lid and then use a smaller string to tie around the top of the tassel.
Use the highest quality laminate out there…. packing tape!  Tape the back of the bookmark. making sure to place your string right behind where the hand is so it looks like the hand is holding the string. Then, tape the front and you have a super fun bookmark! 

Such a fun idea to give your Mom or Grandma on Mother’s day. I think it would go perfectly with your favorite book! 

The next project I found was this keychain:
I think it is so precious that you put the cute thumb print on here.

Items needed:
Sculpey modeling clay
Rolling pin
Tiny cookie cutter (or you can free hand it if you are talented!)
Key rings
Mod podge (optional) 
picture (optional) 

Roll out your clay to the thickness you desire. 
Use your cookie cutter to cut your heart. 
Have your child imprint their finger in the heart and then punch a hole in the corner.
Bake in an oven on 275 for 15 minutes.
Attach your key ring.
I love to add a personal touch so I used mod podge to add a picture of my daughter on the back. 

OK.. I just have to brag just a LITTLE.  I went to Camera Shy to get a few fun pics done. I go there for all of my family photos but because it is so inexpensive, I like to go there for some fun photos as well!  For this day, I asked them to take a few pictures of Kayla because she got into BYU and Ashley was running for class officer at her High School.  They did those and many others for me.  It was fun to just walk around and use all the different backgrounds.  Here are a few I loved the most :) 

I wasn't even planning to take a picture but I LOVED these doors!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Egg-cellent ideas to boil eggs

 Pinterest is overflowing with ways to cook the perfect boiled egg.  I thought I would try some of these egg-cellent ideas for you!

A few extra tips I found... 
If the eggs are older (more than 5 days), they peel better.
Brown eggs don’t crack as easy as white eggs!
Try dying brown and white eggs.  The colors are different!  (And brown eggs are so much easier to peel!)
Perfectly peeled eggs 
 Cover eggs with cold water and add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. 
Bring to a gentle simmer. Cook at the gentle simmer for 8 minutes.  
Drain and transfer to a bowl filled with cold water. Allow to cool.  

Bang each end on a hard surface to crack. Remove a little circle of shell from each end. Put your mouth to one hole and blow really hard or gently peel.

My experience:  First of all, I love the idea of how to peel the egg BUT really hope none does these for any Easter potlucks I am going to, EWWWW on the germs :) I was able to get a fairly decent egg out of this!  The eggs was cooked perfectly and besides a small divot (which could have been my anxiousness), it peeled rather perfectly.  I think this process passes the deviled egg candidate test!
Boiling eggs in the oven
Place the eggs in a mini muffin tin
Preheat oven to 325
Bake eggs for 30 minutes
Immerse in cold water for 10 minutes

My experience: These were super easy!  They did get these weird brown spots on them 
but when I rinsed the eggs the brown spots did go away. 
For peeling, they peeled really well.  A brown spot did show through on one of them but not all of them! 
Crockpot boiled eggs
Fill your crock pot with eggs.  Make sure not to stack the eggs.
Fill with enough water to barely cover the eggs
Add 3T Vinegar.
Do not peak while cooking!
Cook on high for 2.5 hours or on medium for 4.5 hours.
Immerse in cold water when they are done cooking!

My experience:  These were super simple so I was hoping they would also pass the “pretty” test when I tried to peel them. Unfortunately, they peeled really bad for me.  I don’t think they would make a good deviled egg candidate BUT they would definitely be an easy fix for just snack.
Scrambling a boiled egg
Isn't my model so cute :) 
Put egg in the t-shirt
Tie the ends to hold it in place
Wind the sleeve by spinning several times and then pull tight
Boil the egg as normal 
My experience:  This was supposed to be an egg that comes out yellow like it has been completely scrambled.  Uhhh… not so much for me.  This would be a PINTEREST FAIL.
Not so scrambled, is it... haha


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Creative Ways to ask or answer to a school dance

It’s that time of the year again!  Prom season is here and everything about it is so much fun, beginning with getting a date!  Here are some creative ways to ask and answer a date for any school dance!

3 ways to ASK to the dance

Items Needed:
White boiled eggs
Easter egg dye kit

Boil eggs
Write your name on an egg in white
Make the sign “I think it would be an egg-cellent idea to go to prom together!  I would DYE if you said yes” 
Leave it all on the porch, and run!
Your date will have to dye the eggs to see who it is that asked them to the dance!
**Check out this "fail"!  I literally dyed this egg OVERNIGHT and still couldn't get it any darker than this!!!

Items Needed:
Sharpie Marker
1 orange

Make one sign that says “knock knock”, another that says “you glad you’re getting asked to prom by this cutie”
Write “ORANGE” on the orange.
Put your name on the bottom of a cutie and hide it in the basket.
Place on the porch, knock and run!
I used this pin for inspiration:

Items Needed:
Box or packaging for delivery
Cute pin

Write your name on a little piece of paper
Place inside the balloon
Blow up balloon
Tie a tag on the ribbon that says “Let’s “pop” some moves on the dance floor at prom!
Attach a cute pin to the tag

3 Ways to Answer to the Dance

Items Needed:
Fun Soda
Signs that say “YES” and “I would be soda-lighted to go to prom with you”

Attach the sign to the soda and you are done!
OK OK - I know this isn’t for everyone but I guarantee High School student like this idea…
Items needed:
Easter basket or container with candy and easter grass

Make poster that says “You bet your grass I”ll go to the dance with you”.
You can see detailed pictures on my blog!
This was actually my  Original Idea

I saw these beans on Etsy HERE  and loved the idea to have them made!  You can customize the beans to say YES if you want to use this to answer or even to have your name done!  
I am working on testing how long it takes to have the name show on the plant so your date doesn’t have to wait weeks and weeks to find out your answer… Stay tuned and I will update my blog with the time it takes. That way, you can grow your plant from home and then deliver it just a day or two before it should sprout!

All you need is the fun beans and a sign that says “Water this plant and you will see, who the date to your next dance will be”.