Valentine’s Day gifts

This year my husband and I hosted Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  You can read my previous blog about the dinner.  This blog will be able the gifts that we gave.

The adults received chocolate hearts. Each adult had one on their plate before we started dinner.

The kids got more goodies.  My nieces got mailboxes with goodies inside.  Inside the mailboxes I placed goldfish. It’s nice to take when going somewhere with the kids and they want to snack.  I also gave them a rubber duck. The rubber duck was a Valentine’s Day one. My older niece who is in preschool got pencils that way she can use them when doing her homework.  I also placed a small stuffed animal inside the mailbox. The final things that were in the mailbox were candy: ring pop and lollipops.  Each mailbox had two balloons attached to them.

These gifts were simple and quick to put together.  I hope this inspires you to create your own Valentine’s Day gifts for your family.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

My husband and I decided to host a Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  I usually make sure to use my nice china but I wanted to make it more about the holiday.   I picked up Valentine’s Day plates and napkins.  I decorated my table with Valentine’s Day decorations.

For each guest, I picked up chocolate hearts. All the adults received chocolate hearts as a gift.  The chocolate was placed on the plate so that everyone saw it when they walked in. The children received a mailbox with goodies and two Valentine’s Day balloons.   It was a simple dinner and fun for everyone.

For dinner, we made mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy sauce, chicken with sun dried tomatoes, mac and cheese, a chick pea salad and a regular table salad.  Everything was good. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

I love hosting for various events and holidays. I make sure to make it fun and festive.  Below is a photo. Hope this inspires you to host your own holiday dinner.

Valentine’s Day Wreath

I love all kinds of holidays. My all time favorite is Christmas but I do love all the other holidays.  I feel that we work so much and the holidays allow us to take some time to just relax and enjoy our families.

I love making things so of course, I made a Valentine’s Day wreath. I made a mesh wreath this time.  I shopped for various things that can be used for the wreath before I started.  Below you will find the materials and the directions in making the wreath.  A lot of the materials I found at the dollar store. I find it silly to spend a lot of money on materials if I know that in a few years I will want to change my design.

Materials

• red mesh

• wire wreath ring

• hearts on sticks( I got red and pink as well as big and small)

•twist ties

directions

1. First bunch up the mesh on the wire ring.

2. Use twist ties to help keep the mesh in its place.

3. Once you went around twice ( I like to do that to make the color stand out more), place heart sticks all around.

4. Hang up.

I hope this helps to inspire you to make your own. Below is a photograph of my Valentine’s Day wreath. The photo is not great as it was taken using a flash.  Happy crafting!

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First Birthday Timeline

I created a monthly timeline of my son for his first birthday.   I had pictures of each month from his 1st month to the 12th month.  I chose one photo from each month that had showed his growth process.  It’s amazing to see myself how much my son grew in a year.  It was very hard for me to chose one photo because I had many favorites per month but I did it.  I placed this timeline on our stairs to showcase him.   Of course it was a Cookie Monster theme so the months were written on chocolate chip cookies (paper) and then I placed the photo onto either blue or yellow cardstock.   I started creating this timeline over the summer which gave me about 3 months to complete.  As a working mom, I had to make sure that I had everything ready for his birthday, so I started earlier.   Below are the steps which I took to create the monthly timeline.

Materials

  • crayons- brown and blue
  • photos- one for each month plus a newborn
  • ribbon
  • tape
  • clothes pins
  • cardstock- tan, yellow and blue

Steps

  1. Cut out large circles on brown cardstock.  Color chocolate chips with a brown crayon.
  2. Use blue crayon to write each month (newbown, 1 month, 2 months, etc…)
  3. Fold blue and yellow cardstock in half. Cut them.  You should have 7 blue and 6 yellow.
  4. Tape the cookie month to the blue or yellow cardstock.  Continue until you are finished.
  5. Add a photo for each month.
  6. Cut a ribbon long enough to fit all the months on it.
  7. Take each month and place a clothes pin to hold it in place.

 

 

I hope this helps you create your own monthly timeline to showcase your child on their first birthday.

First birthday frame

As I reflect on my son’s first birthday, I worked really hard to create a Cookie Monster theme. It was very hard to find things to do because boys are hard to find themes for.  As you know,  I picked a Cookie Monster theme.  I didn’t want to do a Mickey Mouse theme because I wanted to do something different from others.  The next couple of blogs will be about my son’s first birthday party.  I hope it inspires you to think outside of the box and create a theme for your child and work with what you have.

The first thing that I made was a first birthday photo frame.  I used a mat from a photo frame.  I painted it with a acrylic paint and then decorated it.

Materials:

– photo frame

– acrylic paint- light brown and dark brown

– letter accents- blue and gold

– tape

  • paint brushes

directions

  1.  Paint the photo frame with light brown. Let it dry.

2.   Paint circles using the dark brown paint. Let it dry

3.  Use the letter accents both gold and blue.  I spelled out Happy 1st birthday Michael.

4. I taped the letters on the frame.

5. Use the photo frame at the party.

I had a great time making this frame. I hope this inspires you to create your own. Make your child’s birthday party special.

Cookie letter

img_5694      As my son’s first birthday approaches, I had to figure out a first birthday theme.  It’s not that easy for a boy.  There are more girl ideas then boy ideas.  So I thought about my son and he’s at a stage where he wants to get into everything and wants to know everything.  I call him my little monster.  So I searched Pinterest for ideas.    They had a few ideas but with monsters like for Halloween. I then came across a Cookie Monster cake smash photo and knew that was what I wanted to do.

The searching then began.  Once again there was a limited amount of ideas.  I came across a photograph of the letter D with cookies on it.  I knew that was one of the things that I wanted to make.  So I started planning.  I picked up the letter m for my son’s name and some Cookie Crisp. I used a hot glue gun and glued the Cookie Crisp onto the letter.  I will be using the letter for the day of his party on display and it was used as a photo prop for his first birthday photo shoot ( first birthday photo shoot blog coming soon).   It was fun creating this letter for him.  Below you will find the materials and steps to creating a Cookie letter.

Materials

– wooden letter

– a box of Cookie Crisp

– glue gun

– glue sticks

– paper (in case glue spills on the floor)

directions

  1.  Lay down paper on the floor.  Heat up the glue gun.
  2. Pick some Cookie crisps.
  3. Start glueing.
  4. Cover the wooden letter with Cookie Crisps and you’re done.
  5. Use for decorations and/or photo props.

Halloween Mesh Wreath

I enjoy decorating for every single holiday.  October is one of my favorite holidays to decorate both inside and outside of the house.

I love decorating my front door.  One way in which I do that is through wreaths.  I made my Halloween mesh wreath a few years ago.  I of course get my ideas from Pinterest and then try to make them my own after.

Materials

  • circle ring
  • black mesh
  • spider rings
  • wooden letters – b and 2 o’s
  • arcylic paint- orange
  • twist ties
  • glue gun
  • glue

directions

  1.  Paint the letters b and o with orange acrylic paint.
  2. While,  the letters are drying, start creating the wreath using the circle ring and black mesh.  I use twist ties to help keep the mesh in place.
  3. Go around the circle ring twice with the mesh and use the twist tie to hold it in place.
  4. Once you have the circle ring covered with the mesh ring, take some spider rings and place them around on the mesh.  They will stay on because they can attach to the mesh.
  5. when the letters are dry, place the letters on top of one another. Use a glue gun to keep the letter together.
  6. Once the letters are dry, place them in the center of the wreath.  I once again used twist ties to keep the letters in place.
  7. You are done. Decorate your beautiful door with you’re new mesh wreath.

Here is a picture of mine.

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I hope this inspires you to make your owe. Be creative and have fun!