Melted Snowman Bark


Melted Snowman Bark is an incredibly easy and adorable treat to make and share this holiday season! Perfect for sharing with friends and family, it comes together in a flash. This is a snack that melts the hearts of all who see and taste it!



This is such an easy recipe, you guys! It takes easy to find ingredients and creates an unforgettable treat with less than 10 minutes of prep!

Ingredients:
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1 lb package of candy quick coating, in white chocolate or vanilla flavor.
Pretzel Sticks
M&Ms
Orange Food Coloring
Edible Eye Decorations
Mini Reese's cups, cut in half

                       
Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Melt your candy coating in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until it is smooth.

Take about 2 spoonfuls of the melted white coating and place it in a baggie with one drop of food coloring. Make a tiny cut in the corner of the baggie and make tiny little carrots for the noses.

Spread the melted white candy coating on the lined cookie sheet.

Add Reese's halves to make hats, adding eyes below them, an orange 'carrot' nose, stick pretzel arms, and add M&M's for buttons.



Keep spacing in mind as you make these, as after it hardens, you will break them into chunks.
This should set in the refrigerator for an hour to harden, maybe longer depending on how thick you spread the white candy base.

You might also like this Overnight Oatmeal Recipe.

Mini Mickey Mouse Jingle Bell Ornaments



As soon as a hint of winter is in the air the kids and I start to clamor for Christmas. We want to decorate, bake and shop! And we want to do it now! This year we started asking Adam about getting our tree ready in October. He knows us too well and he reminded me that we did this with Halloween and by the time it rolled around we were so over that holiday already.


This year we got our early Christmas fix by making a lot of fun ornaments! There is nothing like giving or receiving a kid made ornament, and these are especially fantastic because they are Mickey Mouse themed!

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 These are so easy and economical that you can make a dozen of these for $3. To make mini Mickey Mouse Jingle Bell Ornaments you will need:

2 sizes of jingle bells; You will need 2 smaller and one larger bell per ornament
Super Glue
Thin ribbon


Instructions:
Begin by threading a 6" section of thin ribbon thru the loop on the larger of your bells.
Tie a double knot in the end to keep it secure.
Next, glue one of the smaller jingle bells onto the side of the larger bell.


 Now glue the other bell onto the other side.
Allow to dry.


I loved these mini sized Mickey Mouse Jingle Bell Ornaments! They were really fun to make and display and we will absolutely be sharing these with friends this Christmas!

We used hot glue to begin this project because the kids can handle the glue gun, I added a bead of superglue to hold these securely. You can use school glue or hot glue, but I recommend the drop of superglue as a precaution. These are so cute that little hands are going to want to grab and shake them!


Green Button Tree Kid Made Ornaments


Making a handmade ornament with the kids can be a lot of fun for the holiday season! These button trees are so easy to make and adorable for gifting something handmade from the heart this Christmas. Everyone loves a kid made ornament to display on their tree! 


Last weekend I found a great deal on dyed craft sticks! 80 for $1. What a bargain! This inspired us to make a ton of fun craft stick ornaments to share this holiday season. I am going to be bringing them to you, so that you can make something cute with your kids to share with friends and family.



These kid made Christmas ornaments came together in just a few moments. We used hot glue for instant gratification, but you can use white or PVA glue if you have patience!

You will need:
4 craft sticks, I used green.
Buttons
4" of  thin ribbon
3" of thin ribbon
One small bell
Glue

 Make a triangle shape and glue it together.
With your remaining stick, cut it in half. This will be your tree base. Glue it on the bottom.


Glue buttons on to the tree in any pattern you prefer. We used blue and green for this ornament and loved the way it turned out!


Flip the tree over. Thread a small bell on the 4" section of thin ribbon. With the bell in the center, glue it on the tree so that it dangles to the middle section of the tree.

With the other 3" of thin ribbon make the loop for hanging from the tree!

Now your button tree ornament is finished. Hang it from your tree, attach it to a wrapped gift, or share with someone special!




This was a cute and fun project to make with Rolf. We love kid made ornaments and have several other variations of this to show you over the coming weeks. From my family to yours; Happy Holidays!

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Toys Every Newborn Baby Needs


Toys Every Newborn Baby Needs

There are thousands of different baby toys on the market right now, and the advertisers will have you convinced that your precious bundle needs every single one. In reality, however, a small toy box filled with the essentials will give you everything you need to keep your baby happy and entertained for their first year. But what toys are worth the financial investment, and which should you leave sat on the toy shop shelf?

Here’s our list of the five essential toys for baby’s first year that every newborn should have in their toy box:

A Soft Ball
There are hundreds of different balls to choose from, but whether you opt for a soft plastic ball or a cloth version, be sure to choose a ball with a bell or other form of music inside, so that your baby will learn to turn their head when they hear it coming towards them or when they shake it. By the end of their first year, your baby should be able to play a simple game of catch by rolling their ball along the floor towards you.

A Cuddly Toy
Soft toys are a classic and timeless toy that every infant should have in their armoury –GUND offer a fantastic selection of loveable characters that every parent should check out in time for Christmas. Not only are they great for sensory development, they’re also a great emotional development tool, encouraging baby to form an attachment to something other than their parents and giving them something to practice their burgeoning social skills on. And let’s not forget that soft toys will look super-cute in baby’s nursery too!

Plastic Links
Plastic links are one of the most versatile baby toys and also one of the most inexpensive, you can buy them almost everywhere for no more than a pound or two! This toy is great for teething, can be used to attach other today to your pushchair (or each other) and your children may also enjoy stacking the links, attaching them together, or sorting them by size and colour. With so many different uses, this toy is sure to get plenty of use!

Small Bath Toys
Most babies love bath time: splashing in the warm water and catching bubbles is sure to raise a smile. Adding a rubber duck or other small bath toy to their tub will make your baby’s bath time even more exciting. A set of rubber bath toys is great for imaginative play, encouraging your child to create their own simple stories around the characters. Reaching for and gripping something small and flexible will also improve their hand eye coordination.

Board Books
Finally, it’s never too early to start reading with your child. If you invest in a few chunky board books then you can also add these to the toy box for your baby to try and read to themselves: learning to turn the pages and look at the pictures is the first step towards becoming a fully-fledged reader, and the earlier you can instil a passion for literature (no matter how basic) the better!

Easy Cookie Dough Truffles


There is nothing like a truffle to delight my taste buds! A few weeks ago the kids and I were craving something sweet and we decided to try our hand at making some really easy truffles!

These were so simple to make and so fun to share with my 2 little sweeties! I can't wait to share this idea with you so that you can whip up some decadent truffles to share this holiday season!

To make these easy truffles you will need:
 melting chocolate
Cake Mix in your favorite flavor
A stick of butter, melted




Mix your cake mix and melted butter until it is well combined.
Melt your chocolate and pour a touch into the bottom of a silicon mold.
Scoop the cake mixture into the molds then top with more chocolate.
Allow to cool and harden. Then share.





As you can see, we mixed things up a bit! We added chocolate chips to a vanilla cake, we also mixed up a red velvet truffle base and a chocolate fudge one too!




I couldn't give you an opinion on which one was the best, because they were all incredible and dreamy!!

Mumkins

Over the weekend I scored a great deal on mums. They were not in the best shape, but they were $1 for a big bunch! The farmer also had some lopsided pumpkins priced to move, and an idea that I have loved but never got around to trying popped into my head.

Out of my bargain shopping, a mumkin was born.

This was such an easy project! All you need are:
A pumpkin
Some mums
A drill with a 7/16th bit

Simply drill holes into your pumpkin, be generous with your holes!

Snip the mums to be about 2" long, insert them into the holes you drilled.

And there you have a mumkin!



This is a perfect activity for preschoolers. I made one live on the Quirky Mama page with Harper and we had a ton of fun with it! I loved that making a mumkin gave her a chance to work with natural materials and to use her fine motor skills in the process.

The mumkin is a very chic and classy option for Halloween decor without going the route of spooky and scary! I can't wait to make more with the kids!


Easy Cornucopia Snack for Kids

Thanksgiving is near and there is no better way to build excitement for the kids than with a yummy and easy snack like this kid made Cornucopia snack!





This is such an easy snack to make with little kids. My preschooler and first grader had a ton of fun making, sharing and eating this!

It is as simple as dumping your ingredients in a large bowl and giving it a stir! You can completely customize the ingredients to match your preferences or what you have on hand!

Ingredients:
Unless otherwise specified, use one small box or package of each ingredient
Cheerios
Cheeze Its
Honey Nut Cheerios
Fruit Flavored Mini Marshmallows
Dry Roasted Peanuts
Peanut Butter M&Ms
Craisins
Milk Chocolate M&Ms
Peanut M&Ms
Chocolate Chips
Sugar Waffle Cones

After mixing well scoop the mix into sugar cones and serve!



This stores for 3-5 days in an airtight container or ziploc baggies. We like to substitute Rice or Corn Chex for Cheerios and Reeses Pieces for M&Ms sometimes. No matter what you mix into this Easy Cornucopia Snack, it will be a delicious hit with anyone you share it with!