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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Easy Homemade Minecraft Creeper Valentine or Party Favor with Free Printable


My boys are huge fans of Minecraft.  They just love it!  So I had to come up with a fun and easy idea to make a homemade Minecraft Valentine.  These were just so great and so easy to make.  Plus you can use them for Valentine's Day or as a party favor.  
Minecraft Creeper DIY Valentine and Party Favor
This is what I used to make them:
Green cardstock
Sandwich bags
Green M&Ms (if you bought the Christmas ones on clearance, then you can use the green ones for this and save the red ones for Valentine's Day)
Glue Gun
Paper Cutter 
And Creeper face cut out of vinyl with my Silhouette
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The first thing I did was cut the card stock into squares.  I cut them 4x4 inches.  Then I cut the middle square out.  I put the paper on the cutter and then put the edge at 3.5 inches, I did that for all 4 sides.
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I then put the vinyl onto the sandwich bag using transfer paper.  If you don't have vinyl, you could easily just draw on the bag with a permanent marker or use brown M&M's and make the face with those.
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I then glued down the edges of the bag to the 4x4 square and then filled it with the candy.  
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I then put the top square onto the bag and glued it down.
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I trimmed the bag off and that's it!  Done!  Easy and so fun and cool (I can't call the things I make for my boys cute). 
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I then made a free printable to put onto them. 
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Here are the Valentine's Day ones.
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And here are the party favor ones!
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Here is another Minecraft Valentine idea:

Minecraft-boy-valentines

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cute and Easy Valentine's Day Ideas {MMM #262 Block Party}

The day of hearts and love is coming in just less than three weeks! Do you decorate? Do you need a gift idea? Do you want to make a tasty treat? Well here are loads of cute Valentines day ideas to get you in the mood! (wink wink) 
Valentine's Day Ideas
Tiffany at Making the World Cuter

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Easy Minnie Mouse No Candy Valentines and Party Favors with Printable


Wow I am on a Minnie Mouse kick this week!  But who doesn't love Minnie?  I know that a lot of schools and parents like no candy Valentines, so I wanted to make one up with no candy.  And these are perfect and oh so easy.  Seriously they take about 5 minutes to make and are still so cute!!  I picked up some Minnie Mouse stuff for the Dollar Tree and Target dollar spot.  The cards were $1 and the crayons came in a pack of 3 for $1.  Then I just printed out the printable that I made and tape it on.  So easy!  

Easy No Candy Minnie Mouse Valentine with Printable
I made a free printable with several sayings, for Valentine's Day and for party favors.  You can get them here.  Here are the cards.  Perfect for Valentine's Day or a Party Favor.
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And here are the crayons. 
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And that's it!  So easy and so cute!  The best part is if you do 5 or if you do 25, they still will only take you 5-10 minutes, woohoo! 
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Want some more Minnie Mouse Ideas?  Check these out:
Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Favor with Printable

Minne Mouse Candy Bar Party Favor with Printable

These both have printables for party favors and for Valentine's Day, so go check them out! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Candy Bar Homemade Valentines with Free Printable


If you are a Mickey or Minnie Mouse fan, then you are going to have to make these because they are so much fun, so easy and so stinkin' easy to make!  Seriously I love how these turned out!  I wanted to come up with an idea that you didn't need to have an electronic cutter to make.  So I came up with these fun Mickey and Minnie candy bars.  Seriously ANYONE can make these!!  
Mickey and Minnie Mouse Candy Bar Valentines
This is how I made them: 
I took some candy bars, black and red card stock and pink polka dot paper.
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For the big candy bars, I cut the black paper 5 1/2 inches by 6 inches.  I then wrapped the paper around it and taped it in the back.
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Then I added the red and pink polka dot paper.  I cut those 2 1/2 by 6 inches and then wrapped them around and taped them.
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Using a hole punch, I cut out the circles for the ears and buttons on Mickey.  
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I then glued the ears, bows and buttons on with a glue gun (because it's quicker).  Aren't they so much fun?  I made these for my little girl's class.  There are 4 girls and 2 boys in her class.
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I also thought that the little miniature candy bars would be awesome too (and they are!).  These are great if your child has a bigger class and you don't want to spend as much money.  I just used the candy bars that you get 8 for a $1.  I wrapped them with black card stock that I cut to be 2 3/4 inches by 3 inches.  The red and pink polka dot paper I cut to be 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches.
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I also cut out some circles and bows and glued them on.  Aren't they so cute?  I love the little miniature ones!  
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Of course I had to come up with some fun sayings for the Valentines, so I made several different printables for them.  
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For the bigger candy bars, I glued the saying onto the back of the candy bar.  
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And for the little ones I just glued them right onto the printable.   I cannot wait to give these out to my little girl's class! 
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These also would make great party favors too.  So I made up a printable for Minnie Mouse but you could also make up the Mickey ones too and they would make great party favors too!
Minne Mouse Candy Bar Party Favor with Printable
You can get the printable here.  
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Here is another Mickey and Minnie Mouse idea for Valentine's Day and as a party favor:
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kid Friendly Recipe- Goldfish Crackers Breaded Chicken Nuggets #GoldfishMix


This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoldfishMix #CollectiveBias
There are a few foods that we go through like crazy because we love them so much.   I swear we are constantly going through Goldfish crackers and I have to get a big carton of them weekly (we like them that much).  It is one of our favorite snacks. It's a food that is always in our pantry.  They are just so good!!  They are our go to snack whenever we are out and about.  Because we like them so much I knew that we would love them as an ingredient in a recipe.  And boy was I right.  These Goldfish crackers breaded chicken nuggets were amazing and the kids just loved them!
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I headed to Walmart to get them.  I found the Goldfish crackers on the end cap in the seasonal section.  Right now the big cartons are on Rollback for only $5.98.
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This is what you'll need:
Chicken breasts
Goldfish crackers (any flavor)
Pepper, to the taste
Garlic salt, to the taste
Eggs
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Add the Goldfish crackers, garlic salt and pepper into a food processor and crush the crackers to make the breading.
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Put the crackers into one bowl and the eggs into another bowl.
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Cut the chicken breasts into small pieces.  Then dip the chicken into the Goldfish crackers and then into the eggs and finally back into the crackers again.
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Put them onto a cookie sheet and bake them for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
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You can also deep fry them.  I did a bunch in the deep fryer and set it at 375 degrees and fried them for 5 minutes.
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Here are the baked nuggets.  They were so yummy!
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And here are the fried nuggets.  They were super yummy too!
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It's nice to have a chicken nuggets that has good quality meat in it.  Plus the Goldfish crackers gives it just the right flavor. 
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My kids absolutely loved them!  I'm excited to make them for the next time we have a party or have to bring an appetizer to a get together.  It's always nice to bring something that I know that my kids will love!
What is your favorite flavor of Goldfish crackers?  I think that these would be so fun with the colored Goldfish crackers.  What a fun treat for everyone!  For more recipes and snack ideas with Goldfish crackers check out their Facebook and Twitter accounts! 
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