{valentine’s, freebie} can you handle s’more Valentine printables?

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Remember these?  I’m guessing you probably do.  It’s been, by far, my most popular post.  Thanks again to Jeni for suggesting it.  I recently had a comment on that post from  Jen, suggesting a Valentine themed s’mores printable.  I thought it was a great idea.  I tweaked the design a little…and just happened to find white and pink marshmallow hearts at Walmart!  Perfect!  Pink toppers with little white and red hearts on them…too cute!  But I have a son.  The printable is pushing it for him, period.  A pink printable with pink marshmallow hearts would put him over the edge.  So I made one in blue too.  I used the pink marshmallows with the pink printable and white marshmallows with the blue printable.  The front says ‘I need s’more friends like you’ and on the back are the directions on how to make a quick microwave s’more treat. I added a little space to write a ‘to’ and ‘from’ also.

 

The download is a two page pdf file.  When you click the link, it will pop up on your screen.  You can either print it right there (print both pages or just the one you need) or save it.  I printed mine on white cardstock that I bought at Walmart. Cut out the toppers, score them down the middle and fold over a clear cello bag.  I used a 4×9 inch clear Wilton treat bag that I also found at Walmart (can you tell which store is closest to my house?).  Staple the folded topper over the folded cello bag.  You can grab the download here.

 

Enjoy!

p.s. I already sent them to Jeni and Jen…they got first dibs on the new printable for their awesome ideas!

p.p.s. I love when you guys leave comments on the post saying that you downloaded :)  It gives me an idea if they are really usable…and cute.

p.p.p.s Just a little reminder that these are for personal use only.  I design them so that I can share with you.  You may make them for others, but please don’t share the file (just send them over, they can download for free, too!) or sell it.
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{birthday, my real life} goodie bags for school

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And since I seem to be in the birthday state of mind…here’s a shot of the birthday goodie bags I sent to school with the youngest.  Her birthday is 5 days before Christmas.  Usually we aren’t in school, but this year we were and since she wasn’t having a party (she got her ears pierced and a special dinner out), she wanted to take goodies to the kids in her class.  I raided the junk aisle (ahem, party favor aisle) at Walmart and found these green paper bags at Michael’s.  I made little tags with the cutest graphic from Kate Hadfield (I worked with her on the popcorn toppers, remember?).

I filled the bags with goodies, folded a piece of ribbon over the top,  and stapled.  Then I added the circles I made with a pop dot.  It seriously took me about 15 minutes to make 22 of these.  quick, easy, cute.  This is officially my new way of wrapping bags!

{my real life} Birthday Cup Cakes…literally

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I play bunco with a nice group of ladies.  I think bunco is an Army wife staple…that, knowing where to stuff the TA50, and knowing how to make a green bean casserole.  Anyhoo, it’s a fun excuse to get out of the house.  And I always say, if it’s something I can do with a drink in one hand and while carrying on a conversation, then it’s pretty easy.

This month was my good friend’s turn to host.  And it was also her birthday.  So I made birthday cup cakes.  Not cupcakes.  Cup cakes.  I think we were talking one day and I was saying how I saw some cute clear cups on Pinterest that had been personalized with stickers from Frog Prince Paperie.  Then we started talked about what you could put in the cups.  It might have even been the birthday girl’s good idea to put cupcakes in cups.  And then I remembered this pin, too, from Lisa Storms.  We thought it would be a great idea for kid birthdays…no papers to mess with and maybe a bit less messy.  So I decided to try it out on the bunco ladies.  I’m pretty sure they were a hit with the crowd :)

I found the ‘crystal cut’ plastic cups at Target. I made a simple happy birthday tag for each one, printed them on sticker paper, and cut them out with a 2-inch circle punch.  I loaded each cup with a bit of icing so that the cupcake would stick (plus it’s a nice little treat to get extra icing in the bottom of your cup!).  I plopped the cupcakes in and iced them.  I gave each cake a candle (like I did here) and a bit of yellow frosting for a flame.  The cups actually made it really easy to transport them, too.  I lined a basket with tissue and loaded the cups…the cupcakes didn’t touch each other and it made for a nice little display, too.

And a party just isn’t a party without party favors, so each bunco lady got a little something to take home, too.  And the birthday girl got a little something extra.  My inspiration?  Another pin!

 

And the birthday girl got a little something extra.  My inspiration?  Another pin from Poca Cosa via Be Different Act Normal!

 

And the birthday girl was happy with her chocolate cake!

{SVG cuts} {Pinteresting} Halloween Cheesecake Cupcake Rounds

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I made something from Pinterest! I knew when I pinned these cute little cheesecakes from my ‘sweets & treats’ board that I wanted to make them soon.  Last Friday was my regular Bunco game.  Halloween themed.  Ever played bunco?  It’s a simple dice game…I always say if it’s something I can do with a drink in one hand and while talking, it’s pretty simple…and it seems to be an Army wife staple.  The best part is getting out of the house for a little while with adults (and especially when hubby has been gone for a while now).  God Bless Bunco.

So, back on topic…little halloween cheesecakes. Super. Easy.  And delish. Risa of Baked Perfection gives very simple, easy instructions on her blog post.  I halved the recipe, made these the night before and left them in the fridge overnight.  The next morning I had an idea in the shower.  Don’t laugh…I seriously have 95% of my ‘good ideas’ in the shower.  I think it’s because no one is calling me or hanging on me or whining to me or asking me questions.  At least not that I can hear.  God Bless Showers.  Anyway, it came to me…cupcake rounds.  I had baked the cheesecakes in cute black and white polka dot liners.  {cause I have a polka dot thing}  I didn’t want cupcake picks to stick in them.  I wanted something simple but cute…knowing that, let’s be real here, any work I put into to these would soon find itself in the trash…I thought this idea would work.  Now I’m not saying that I invented the cupcake round.  I’m just saying I don’t think I’ve seen this anywhere else.

Back on topic again…sorry.  So I drew some a spider and a ‘boo!’on my handy dandy Mac, encircled them (as to fit on the top of the cheesecakes), and made a few svg files.  {svg files are cutting files…they can be used with a digital die cut machines like the Silhouette and its software} I cut the spider and boo circles in black at 2 inches and then cut slightly smaller yellow circles to lie underneath.  I like them.  They were different, easy, cute, and cheap…doesn’t that cover all my bases?

Whaddayathink?  And if you haven’t joined Pinterest yet and need an invite, email me {domesticatedlady at gmail dot com} with PINTEREST in the subject line and I’ll hook you up!

Oh yeah, and God Bless Cheesecake, too :)

 

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12 Days Blog Hop: Day 11, A FREEBIE!

I can’t believe it’s almost over :(  We’ve had the best time bringing you lots of wonderfully cute, easy, and inexpensive ideas for the holidays.  Today is no exception!

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I love a treat topper.  ANYTHING looks delightful when wrapped up in some cute little paper :)  For today I’ve made you a holiday treat tent.  {I used our delightfully humongous Grab Bag, that is still available at an amazing price until December 13th}  It’s designed to hold a snack sized zipper bag.  Simply print, cut, and fold where the patterned paper changes.  Insert your candy-filled baggie, fold over the top, and punch holes through.  Tie with some cute ribbon.  Easy peasy.  I also used a punch to scallop the edges.

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I even put a little place on the back so that you can make sure they know who it’s from!

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I filled my treat tent with Hershey Kisses, but just about anything would be cute.

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And since I love you sooooo much…I’m giving it to ya as a FREEBIE!!  This free printable comes as a pdf file, so no special software is needed; you’ll just need Adobe Reader, which most of us have already.  You can grab the FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

enJOYfreebieHere are some other ideas for filling your zipper bag…

dry hot cocoa mix and directions

mini marshmallows (snowman poop!)

Chex mix…you know, Santa always ‘chex’ his list twice!

any kind of candy…who doesn’t love candy?

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Coming up tomorrow…Pam’s Question Jar.

Backpack Snack

It’s almost that time again.  New shoes, new backpacks, new pencils.  Some days I think I’m ready and other days, I’m not.  Today, though, is a ready day!

I thought it would be fun to make up some fun trail mix mimicking the new school supplies we’re all gathering now.  I walked the aisles of my favorite grocery store and here’s what I came up with…

Oreo Snack Chips…blackboards

Marshmallows…chalk

Pretzel sticks…pencils

Red fruit snacks…apples

Pink Starburst…erasers

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I unwrapped all of the individual pieces and mixed in a large bowl.  I cut each large marshmallow into fourths long ways.  After it was mixed, I used a large scoop to put the mix into snack sized zip bags.  I did try to evenly distribute the marshmallows and pink candies.

The topper is one I made just for this occasion and is available as a free download.  It fits a standard sandwich and/or snack sized zip bag. You can find the free printable treat topper HERE. Simply download, print, cut, fold in half, and staple over a zip bag.  I did one with the poem and one blank.  Can you read upside down?  :)  It reads… I’ve got my backpack, my pencils, I’m looking cool.  It’s time to go…I’m ready for school!

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With a little help from my assistants (the kiddos), I plan to mix up some snack mix, attach the toppers and use it as a little treat for the neighborhood kids before school starts.  It’s a quick and inexpensive way to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

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