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Monday, February 28, 2011

Bob the Builder Party Favors

Buddy Boy's is having his third birthday soon and this will be his first party with little friends. We've been talking about having a Bob the Builder party for quite some time with him and he keeps asking if today is his birthday. I guess I should have waited a while to tell him about it since he really doesn't get the concept of time frames yet. Either way he thought these crayons were really cute when I made them and is getting really excited for his party.

I simply cut the card stock to fit the cellophane bags I had purchased. I then created and printed directly onto the yellow card stock the wording I wanted to use. I think his party favors are super cute. I'm going to make some kind of note pad to go along with it, cause doesn't every good carpenter need a note pad too!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tooth Fairy box

We have our first loose tooth here in our home. Coconuts anxiously wiggles her tooth all day long waiting for it to fall out. I made this cute little box for her to put her tooth in when the blessed day arrives. It's actually much smaller than it looks, it's two inches square.She's really excited for her tooth to fall out and she's hoping for big money from the tooth fairy so she can put it towards her trampoline that she's been saving up for now for a few years.
What's a tooth go for these days anyways? I think a quarter was the going rate when I was a spring chicken.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The power of a woman's touch - Craft Hope

It's always amazing to see what a few women can do when we are united together with purpose. This most recent Craft Hope project was simple in nature and required little effort to make it come together, yet in the past I have let so many other Craft Hope projects slide by without participating. My excuses were, too tired, too busy, not enough time, don't want to fail... you know all that negative self talk (why do we do this to ourselves anyway?). This time I didn't want to let it go, so I rallied some of you amazing women in my life and together we were able to accomplish something so simple yet will benefit other woman in their time of need.
The amazing thing is that ten women in a particularly challenging time in their lives will be able to give birth to their child in a healthier, cleaner environment and then swaddle their new baby in a soft hand sewn blanket that was made with love. Something I definitely took for granted when I gave birth to my two sweet children.
I couldn't have done this project with out the help of many hands and hearts. Thank you to all those of you who helped me make this happen, from sewing up a storm, collecting all the items to the financial donations to help ship the box of goodies where it needs to go. I feel so blessed in my own life and am grateful to share a little hope with someone else. The kits had a preset list of items that were to be collected to go into them and we fulfilled that list. However I have a wonderful friend Amy over at AppleCheeks who manufactures reusable diapers. Her company graciously donated one diaper for each of the ten kits. I was really excited about this little added touch to our kits, thanks AppleCheeks for your generosity!!The box was shipped out today to make the March 1st deadline. I look forward to the next Craft Hope project.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

This is the first Trifle that I have made, and lets be honest anything with cookies cream and caramel is going to delicious! I think I'm more in love with the glass dish and the layered look of yummy goodness. I'm getting an in cling that your going to be seeing this dish filled with tons of yummy concoctions! In the mean time if you dare....enjoy this! 1 pkg Jell-O chocolate instant pudding
1 pkg Jell-O Vanilla Instant pudding
3 Cups cold milk, divided
1/4 Cup peanut butter
1 tub Cool whip thawed and divided
30 Chips Ahoy Cookies broken into pieces
Caramel syrup

Empty pudding mixes into two separate bowls. Add 1 1/2 cups of milk to each. Beat with a hand mixer for two minutes. Add the peanut butter to the vanilla pudding until well blended. Add 1/2 cup of dream whip into each pudding mixture and fold in.

Layer the trifle as follows.

Chocolate pudding
1/2 of remaining cool whip
Chopped cookies
Vanilla/Peanut butter mixture
Remaining cool whip
Chopped cookies
Drizzle caramel over top.

Note: This is not a recipe you want to make too far in advance as the cookies will lose their crunch.

Serve and enjoy.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day & the Best Buns Ever!!!

Did you have a lovely Valentine's Day? I took the day off work to spend with my family. Here is a little of what my Valentine's Day looked like. First off here is one of my cards that I made. We actually made this at club last month. Second, I made these Awesome Pull Apart Sticky Buns, which I will now rename Valentine's Day Pull Apart Sticky Buns. I like having recipes that I make once a year for special occasions and this one is just that good that I needed to share. Thanks for sharing it with me Jackie.
I will now share this awesome recipe with you, your family will love these. The key is that they need to be eaten fresh out of the oven so keep that in mind when you are making them. Your family will love you if you make these for them.
Valentine's Day Pull Apart Sticky Buns
3/4 Cup Pecans
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Butter
2 Cans Refrigerated Country Biscuits
1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Package Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Spray a fluted bunt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle pecans in the prepared bunt pan and set aside. Melt two table spoons of butter in a microwave safe dish. Add syrup and mix well. Drizzle over pecans. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons of butter and set aside. Mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Separate dough into 20 biscuits, press each slightly into 1/4 inch thickness. Cut 20 cream cheese cubes and roll them individually in the cinnamon sugar. Place one coated cream cheese chunk into each biscuit and gather the edges around the cream cheese. Dip the first 10 biscuits in butter and then the cinnamon sugar and place around the bottom of the pan to form the first layer. Repeat this process for the last 10 biscuits to form the second layer. Drizzle the remaining butter and cinnamon sugar on top. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in pan for 2 minutes and then invert it on a serving dish. Serve warm.

Here is a sweet Valentine that I helped my sister in law make for my Nephew's Ja (on the left) & D (on the right). I use the term "help" loosely. I simply added the text to the picture and did a little editing for her using Picnik, she put the rest of them together. I did however really enjoy doing this project with her. They turned out really cute don't you think.

I sure hope your Valentine's Day was sweet and special.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Card Winners Are...

I posted on my facebook that if I had gotten three extra followers I would draw for a second set of these cards for a give away. You pulled through so I'm going to follow through. I feel like I'm giving away a Juno or something... And the winners are.... Tammy: Hello I am Tammy G & have become a follower thanks to Teresa and I have invited my friends Cori and Doreen. Some pretty neat ideas. Thank you.

Terri: These are soooooooooo cute! I would put them in my husband's lunches! (we don't have kids ;-) Terri.
Well ladies thanks for reading my blog I really appreciate it! Send me your mailing address to and I will mail you both some card stock goodness!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Creating Memories

I think I was born with a hot glue gun in my hand and a knack to see a project through in my minds eye. As much as I love to create things for my kids it won't ever matter if I don't create memories in their minds that they will hold onto long after they are grown and are parents to their own children. Last Friday Coconuts school had a field trip skating at the Canada Games Oval in Downtown Halifax. This also happened to be my birthday. Thank you HC for giving me the day off to spend it with my sweet daughter who is learning how to skate and really needed her mothers hand to hold. I've really been noticing lately how quickly time goes by. My sweet mother in law always reminds me of how quickly raising children passes and to treasure these times because it will soon feel like it never happened.
My day was spent in tight skates while my feet were screaming at me to let them loose, but the pain was worth every second on the ice with this sweet girl watching her putting her full effort into the task at hand. Watching her fall countless times and reaching for her hand to lift her up and encourage her onward!
Sissy Bunker I'm so proud of you and how well you did and thanks for being such a sweet little girl in my life. I'm so thankful I get to be your Mama and that we were able to have some special time just you and I.

What do you do to build lasting memories with those you love?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lunchbox Love Letters & Giveaway

Have you ever met anyone who didn't want to feel a little extra love and appreciation? I haven't. I also know how much Coconuts loves hugs and kisses, but now that she can read on her own she also loves it when I send little notes with her in her lunch box to school. I'm off to work at a rediculously early time in the morning, usually before my family is up so her Daddy puts her lunch together and sends her off to school. I like sending her a little note so she knows that I love her and am always thinking about her.
Here is what I came up with. They are a sweet reminder of how special she is.

I'm going to be giving away a full set of these, so if you want to be the lucky winner here is what you need to do.

First entry: become a follower of this blog (If you aren't already) and then post a comment.

More entries: refer this blog to someone who you don't think knows about it come back and let me know who and you will get another entry for each person you refer this blog too. Thanks for reading!

If we get enough response to this I may add a few more sets to be given away too.......what are you waiting for go share some Lunchbox Love....

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sweet Valentines

It's that time of year again when Love is in the air and the kiddies want to write sweet notes and give treats to their friends. Coconuts is having a Valentines party next Friday at her school so it was necessary to get little Valentines treats put together for her to give to her class mates. This is such a sweet and fun treat that the kids will enjoy. I'm sorry Ms. G if the kids are a little rowdy for you.Don't they just look so scrumptiously yummy. Here is what you do.
First off you need some sweet friends to come and help you put these together (Thanks Meaghan and Monica) you gals made my day! All you do is cut your paper just a bit wider than the bags. My bags were 3" wide so my red card stock is cut at 3 1/4 in square. The white peace that is also paper punched is 1 1/2" by 3 1/4 inch. The pink piece is cut at 7/8 and 3 1/4 inch. The first thing you do is staple the red piece of card stock to the cellophane and then the white and pink go over top so it hides the staples. Stamp the pink piece with the Valentines stamp of your choice. The back of the tag has a to: from: stamp that Coconuts filled in with love and care for her friends.
Last but definitely not least you pour some Vitaré and enjoy some cupcakes while sitting by the fire chatting it up with great friends & celebrate. First off we toast another great project completed, secondly we toast Meaghan's nominations for a Juno and three ECMA's, thirdly we toast my Birthday (no you don't need to know how old I am) and lastly but definitely not least we toast to great friends!!

Thanks gals for being such sweet friends and for always making my life a little sweeter!


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