Crazy About You - rainbow stripe

 In a rare moment of panic I realized that Valentine's Day parties are just next week! Last week we tackled the teacher gifts, but had yet started on class valentines. I thought instead of overwhelming myself I would tackle one kid a day. I try and avoid doing candy because of the nut allergies in our house so we have to get a little creative. Today Caden decided he wanted to give the crazy straws his sister gave a few years ago because he is CRAZY! I quickly updated the tags and made it a bit more boyish. Next,  we headed to the dollar store to grab straws. The dollar store sells them in packages of six and I made the tags small enough to fit 12 on a page. It makes it an affordable, easy, candy free valentine class set for under $5. Now  one down and 2 more to go. I'm curious what are some other candy free ideas out there?

Knock My Socks Off - Teacher Valentine

 A trip to Target and the craft store for "100th Day of School Project" led to my newest tag. The kids spotted these super cute socks that we decided would be great gifts for their teachers. I scored some super cute berry baskets on clearance at the craft store and thought it would be great to package the socks and some candy. Baskets or bag the socks and tag make for a cute and easy teacher Valentine's Day gift. Be sure to check back next week as we will be posting our new printable valentines for this year.

Tips and Tricks Tuesday - Gratitude/Reflection Jar

Happy 2015!!! We are back from a great break! We enjoyed some much needed time with our family. We are so excited to be back and we have some great posts coming up- Stay tuned. Something new for 2015 - we are now on Instagram. If you are on Instagram, be sure to become a follower @teaspoonsandtwine. We post pics of our products, parties, and around the holidays we posted pics of some of our projects for sale.
My tip today has to do with one of our New Year's traditions. On New Year's Eve we spend some time going through our reflection jar. The kids had fun giggling and laughing as we read through the fun things we did in 2014. There were some sad moments in there, but overall it is fun to see all the exciting things that we did. This past year the kids each lost their first two teeth and they are in a race to see who will be the first to add it to the 2015 jar. We have the jar sitting on our dinner table. At dinner we talk about our day and I write on a circle and add it to our jar. We decided that this year we would add gratitude to it as well. At prayer time we talk about something good that happened to us and something nice we did for someone. I thought it would be neat to add it to the jar. How powerful will it be at the end of the year to read about the great things that someone did for us and all the great things we did for someone else?
Happy 2015 and we hope to see you all as followers on Instagram!

Do You Want To Build a Snowman?

 We have been stuck inside for the past week due to the dreary, rainy weather. The kids and I  were talking about how cool it would be if we looked out and saw snow. Since that is a very, very rare occasion, I decided the next best thing is to build a snowman out of play dough. We rounded up some items from the craft closet and created some very cute snowmen.

 We had so much fun that we decided to make some snowmen kits for Jackson's little buddies. I happened to have left over ice cream containers from the Ice Cream Kit Gifts I gave years ago. They were perfect to package it all in.

Here is what you need to make Snowman Play Dough Kits:
 - white play dough 
- pipe cleaners ( orange for nose and a different color for the arms)
- pony beads
- ribbon cut for a scarf
- top hat ( I used black card stock & glued it to a birthday candle so it would stick in the play dough)
- zipper sandwich bags to hold the play dough and another to hold other supplies
- A container to package it all in ( ice cream containers or a white styrofoam cup would work)
- puff paint or markers to make face on the container.

A  super easy and inexpensive project to put together!

Tips and Tricks Tuesday- Calming Playdough

We have been super spoiled the last few years in the rain department or I should say lack there of. I know we need it so badly, but our kiddos simply don't know what to do being cooped up inside for so many days in a row. I was running out of tricks and decided to make a batch of fresh play dough. Here is a link to my favorite go to play dough recipe. While I was making it I added a few drops of essential oils. I made one batch with peppermint and the other I added a few drops of lavender. Talk about refreshing! And because I have a 6 year old girl who is all about sparkles we added some glitter.  While sculpting it I felt refreshed and relaxed. I also noticed my stuffed up little one playing with the peppermint play dough seemed to be opening up a little. The kids and I had a great time and ended up making some fun treats for their friends. I can't wait to share with you tomorrow what we made.

Reindeer Noses Bag Topper

We are in the thick of craft fair season. We wanted to share a free printable of a fun stocking stuffer or gift for the kids to give their friends.
This is such a simple one to make and great to have on hand for all the kiddos who might pop by during the holiday season.

To make this you will need:
clear bags  ( I used the small candy bags from Michaels. They don't need to be large._
8 chocolate round candies (I used whoppers)
1 red nose (gum-balls or jaw breakers work well)
bag topper which you can download by clicking here

All you need to do is print and cut out the toppers.
Add your 8 chocolate candies and 1 red for rudolph.
Fold the topper over the bag and staple.

Easy enough and so cute!

Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Save your Scraps for Stock

In the fall and winter there really isn't anything better than a nice bowl of piping hot soup made from scratch. My tip for today is to start saving your scraps in gallon bags in your freezer. When you are ready to spend the day with a pot of stock or bone broth simmering on the stove instead of heading to the grocery store just open your freezer. Whenever we have a roasted chicken for dinner, I wrap up the carcass in aluminum foil and store it in a freezer bag in our deep freezer. I also have  freezer bags that I store my vegetable scraps. When I am chopping things for dishes instead of throwing out the little bits or ends I toss them in the bag.  I throw in my ends of the onion, carrot tops, celery, wilted herbs, and in the summer I throw in my corn cobs.  I save  the ends of my onion with the peel and all. The peel helps give your broth a nice, rich, dark brown color. I have to know... Am I the only one that stockpiles scraps for stock? If you do, we would love to hear what you save for your stock.