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Where’s My Gold: A Seek and Find Game


This post originally appeared on Create.Craft.Love. on February 10, 2015. 

What's St. Patrick's Day without a little scavenger hunt! Where's Waldo, word finds, and even the puzzle in a Highlights magazine, I love a good seek and find game. This activity promises the chance to get crafty with the kids and go on a treasure hunt! 

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You'll need the following supplies for this project and make sure to plan for drying time.
  • rocks (grab a bag of the white or clear ones from the dollar store)
  • cardboard egg carton
  • gold  and black paint
  • gold glitter
  • paint brushes
#potofgold firstlayerofpaint

To start off coat the rocks in a layer of gold paint. Be sure to flip them over and get both sides as well as all the edges. Be forewarned, you’ll probably get lots of paint on your fingers.

#potofgold sprinklingofglitter

While the paint is still wet – on one side – sprinkle on the glitter.

#potofgold secondlayerofpaint

Continuing to work with the wet paint and glitter, muddle them together with the brush just enough to create a textured effect. This also helped to make the rocks look more realistic, the little bits of the glitter coming through will shine when the light hits them!

#potofgold paintingthepot

The pots are just as easy to paint, and yes, you’re libel to get paint on your fingers with this one too! Cut out the individual egg forms from your carton and give them a coat of black paint both inside and out.

Give everything ample time to dry and then fill your pots with gold!

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That was the make portion of this project, now it’s time to turn what you’ve made into a game.
When the kids are in bed, or at school, hide the gold in a specific room. If the weather is nice you could take this game outside or if your kids are older go ahead and hide the pieces throughout the house.

Leave the empty pot somewhere they can find it along with a note that reads:

“Those pesky pixies are at it again! They’ve taken me gold and hidden it throughout the house/kitchen/yard. I’d be much obliged if ye would help me find it and I’ll show ye my gratitude with a small reward.”

Whether, and what, you offer as a reward is completely up to you!
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Girl Scout Cookie - Thank You Badges


ThankYouBadges #GirlScoutCookies #stampingprojectsCookies are a big deal for Girl Scouts not just because they’re our biggest fundraiser of the year, but also because they offer valuable lessons in money, from working for it, to saving and spending it wisely. Like everything in Girl Scouts, the business of selling cookies is led by the girls; they set their goals, they work towards them, and they determine the rewards. In addition, they complete age appropriate challenges to earn badges while they’re introduced to the world of commerce.

Customer service is a cornerstone of any good business and selling cookies IS a business for these ladies. So, learning the power of a heartfelt thank you, both verbal and in writing, is essential. Usually I have my daughter write little notes of gratitude but this year we made Thank You Badges for all our orders with the help of our PSA Essential Stamps.
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Monday Meme


PIPbreakmeLast week I read that an old school mate, Jake Simpson, was going to be opening for Molly Ringwald and well, I’ve had this movie stuck in my head ever since! Hmm, wonder what the kids and I will be watching tonight?

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Lucky Seven Bingo! Printable Game and an Announcement


Guess what? I am now a part of the 2015 PSA Stamp Camp Design Team! Like their website explains, the PSA in PSA Essentials doesn’t stand for Public Service Announcement but P-Paper, S-Stamps, and A-Accessories. In addition to custom self-inking stamps, embossers, and stationery kits, PSA Essentials holds the patent for “PEEL & STICK® technology.” I don’t even know where to begin trying to describe this concept. It’s genius and the thrifter in me loves it for its practicality and usefulness. Be sure to visit the About PSA Essentials page for all the details.

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To start things off I really just wanted to play around with the stamps, practice lining them up, using the tools, and switching out the ink cartridges. Since Esther has been reviewing her seven addition facts I figured why not make a Bingo game?
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Toddler Time: Pipe Cleaners and Colanders


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It’s funny how quickly I’d forgotten a toddler’s need for constant stimulation. Getting school work done with the kids while simultaneously giving Des the attention he needs has become a major challenge. As I find handy antidotes I thought I’d share them with you. These are not crafts, heck they barely classify as activities! They are simply a means to occupy a toddler’s time.

First up, pipe cleaners and colanders. We cut our pipe cleaners in half to make them shorter and more manageable. Next grab a colander-or steam basket-and in case you hadn’t already found out, items from the kitchen mesmerize toddlers…I swear.  Now show your little one how to put the pipe cleaners through the holes.

It might take them a while to get it, that’s kinda the point. They might start playing with it in other ways, again, kinda the point. Des actually flipped the basket over and started putting the pipe cleaners in and out and then back in. Just let them have fun and if you’re a homeschooler take this time to help the older children how to figure out predicate nominatives.

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NOTE: Des would chew on barbed wire if we gave it to him so his pacifier stays in his mouth much more than I’d like it to and definitely when we bring the pipe cleaners out. That’d be a Dr.’s visit I would NOT want to explain. Anyway, you know your kids, if they’re prone to sticking things in their mouths be careful with the pipe cleaners.

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Patching Jeans


Patching Jeans

Flashback to the early 1990s: picture me sitting on my bed, a Sassy magazine thrown to the side and Temple of the Dog playing on my cassette deck. I’m using a pair of scissors to carefully distress the knees of my jeans before I take a marker to them. Those were the day, when comfort and flannel ruled and if your coolest concert t-shirt got a hole in it, it just made it that much cooler. Sigh.

Now…I’m a Mom, and I realize I’m the only one who feels a twinge of nostalgia every single time I see my kids in jeans with the knees ripped out. Usually we go the cut-offs route because let’s be honest, they just don’t make jean shorts LONG enough for girls anymore, but that’s an entirely different conversation to be had! Since it’s still a little early for shorts this year we opted for patches.

Flashback a little further: cue Madonna’s Like a Prayer - before I went grunge I wanted to be a pop princess. Then I didn’t distress my jeans I decorated them with ribbons, buttons, chains, and patches! I remember feeling like a fashion genius (don’t laugh) when my little sister’s friend paid me a dollar to decorate a pair of her jeans. Those were the days…

Back then when I put on a patch I’d just slap it over the hole and stitch around it, this time I went with a different approach. I put the patch under the hole and used embroidery floss and as decorative stitches as I could muster. They should hold until summer hits and then we’ll be getting the scissors out again.

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How to Create a Personalized Poster Using Spray Paint


How to Create Your Own Personalized Spray Paint Posters  via @mvemother #plutoniumhoa #DIY

This Crafty Hangout was sponsored by Plutonium Paint, the views and opinions expressed are my own.

Ever see an amazing piece of art and think, I wish I could make that? For this project I decided it was time to stop wishing and start doing, luckily for me there are a couple websites and products out there that made it easy for me to create this one of a kind piece! Hope you enjoy the video!

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Rainbow Baby Shower Decorations


Everyone loves rainbows, they're perfect for parties and these tabletop decoration ideas are genius!

This HOA was sponsored by Darice Crafts and is part of a series on Crafty Hangouts.

Aren’t rainbows awesome? On grey winter days they remind us of the beauty nature is capable of creating. I admit I can be behind the times (maybe just a minute but in this day and age that can translate into year) and just learned about the label, “rainbow baby.” It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it, what a wonderful way to celebrate a new live after a loss.

If you, or someone you know, will be hosting a rainbow baby shower, or you just like rainbows, here’s a cute tabletop decoration you can make for the occasion using products from Darice Craft.

P.S. This is just one element of the party, I’ll be sharing more ideas for your event through-out the next few weeks.


Celebrate your rainbow baby with these fun rainbow tabletop decorations!

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Year of the Sheep Finger Puppets


February 19th marks the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. I’ve always found astrology, palm reading, mediums, and all that jazz interesting. I’m not sure if I believe it 100% but I know after reading my horoscope I usually feel hopeful, and that can’t be a bad thing!

A Fun Chinese New Year Craft for Kids! via @mvemother

To celebrate and acknowledge the holiday the kids and I made these sheep finger puppets! Aren’t they cute? I’d like to say they’re easy, but, they might not be for everyone. My seven and nine year old both had trouble with some of the cutting so this one will require a helping hand. Here’s how we made them.

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Baked Crab Rangoons – Revisted


Bakedcrabrangoons #healthyrecipes #recipes #comfortfood @mvemother

Once upon a time, in 2011, I shared a recipe for baked crab Rangoons. It continues to be one of my most popular posts and was even featured in All You magazine a couple years ago. That said I thought the slap-dash writing and not-so-great images needed a refresh so…it’s back!

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