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St Patrick’s Day Printable: Origami ‘Cootie Catcher’

St Patrick's Day Printable: Origami 'Cootie Catcher'

Originally published 3/15/2013 – Republished 3/15/2016

My FedEx Out of Office blog post is up for March, and I almost forgot to share it with you guys before St. Patrick’s Day!   This is a fun printable (with Dot artwork, naturally!) that your kids can fold up and have fun sharing with their friends.

You remember these from grade school, right?  You would make them out of a piece of notebook paper, then play with them telling fortunes until they were confiscated by a mean teacher!  … [ KEEP READING ]

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Fun with Kids: Bead Spiders

Fun with Kids: Bead Spiders

The last time we were down visiting Grandparents, Aunt Linda brought her bead supplies, and taught The Boy how to make a bead spider. So I documented the process to share it with you guys! (Now, The Boy’s version reflects how much fun it is for a kid to take all kinds of different beads and put them together, without much regard for symmetry, but The Husband also followed along with the lessons, and the photos below show the more symmetrical and traditional one that he made.… [ KEEP READING ]

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Halloween Food: The Mummy’s Hand..

Halloween Food:  The Mummy's Hand..

Happy weekend… this is from several years ago, but it was so good, I thought it deserved a repeat!

My dear creative friend, Chad, made this for the Halloween party …  and was kind enough to give us a tutorial, so we can all make our own!

Published on: Oct 3, 2009

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The Skylanders Party Highlights: The Invitation! (free printable)

The Skylanders Party Highlights: The Invitation! (free printable)


Continuing the highlights from yesterday’s Skylander’s Cake, I just realized I never posted the invitation to the Skylanders Party.  I wanted to do something a little different, and most of the invites I’d seen in my travels around the web were just repurposed graphics of a selections of popular skylanders.  And while cute, I figured why not give the Bad Guy a starring role in the invitations?  So here is Kaos, inviting the Skylanders to come to a party.  … [ KEEP READING ]

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Highlights from the Skylander’s Birthday Party: the Cake

Highlights from the Skylander's Birthday Party: the Cake

I’ll get a tutorial up on several of these, including the cake, but here are some of the highlights from The Boy’s 8th Birthday Party – Skylanders!  But if I waited til I got around to doing the tutorials, you’d never see the cake for months.

Here is the Cake.  I decided that I would go relatively simple — a fondant covered floating island… with Candy Clay Chompies.

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This year’s Birthday Cake (Skylanders) is in the works!

This year's Birthday Cake (Skylanders) is in the works!

OK, I know, I’ve been a slacker, don’t shoot me!

But it is June and you know what that means, time for another birthday party for The Boy and another birthday cake.  This year The Boy is turning 8, and he’s all into Skylanders.

So I’ve been working on the cake today.  It’s not going to be as ambitious as last years Dalek cake for the Doctor Who party, but I am trying out a new technique: Candy Clay.… [ KEEP READING ]

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