Sunday, February 24, 2013

Magic Jellybeans 2013

I was in Michaels yesterday and I saw the adorable little flower lollipops they always have for sale around this time of year. It reminded me of the awesome "Magic Jellybeans" I planted with my kids last year. When they woke up on Easter morning to find our Magic Jellybeans had grown into flower lollipops overnight, they were amazed! I will totally be doing this again this year and thought I'd re-post to hopefully inspire some of you to do the same!

I came across this adorable printable at Nothing But Country and knew I had to do it with my kids for some Easter fun. I printed out and made the little envelope, filled it with jellybeans and secretly ran it out to the mailbox.

The Saturday before Easter, I had my son get the mail and thankfully our Magic Jellybeans had "arrived" in our mailbox just in time for Easter. 

I had placed a piece of floral foam in the bottom of an old, chipped, dirty cute little pot I had living in my garage and filled it with potting soil. The kids ripped open the jellybeans and planted them.

Next, we watered our magic jellybeans and set them outside the front door. 

The kids were so excited to see what they would find the next morning once the magic jellybeans grew.

Hope your kids enjoy this little bit of Easter "Magic" as much as mine did!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Angry Birds Valentine

Like most other little boys, my son is a huge fan of Angry Birds. We were just going to buy the usual little cards and stick lollipops or something on them, but ended up with these awesome little valentines instead! Which is great, because as a "crafty" mom, I was feeling a wee bit guilty about not doing something at least a little more special than the boxed cards. 

I was walking outside of a Michaels store a few weeks ago and found these great little plastic Angry Birds, each containing a little Angry Bird figurine, a sticker, and small pack of candy inside. What really excited me was that they were in the 20 for $2.00 clearance bin! That's right....10 cents each! 
I thought they'd make great Valentines, so I bought enough for my son's class.

I designed a little card using and some free Angry Bird clipart I found online here. I printed them 9 to a page on some card stock and cut them out. Then I just punched a little hole in the corner and tied it to the bird's tail with a little red ribbon.

These Valentines were so cheap & easy, but sure to be a hit with the kids! These would make great party favors for an Angry Birds birthday party too!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Valentine Brownies

Valentine season is in full swing around here now that it is officially February! I took my kiddos to the library last week and we got a few Valentine books. I thought I'd make a visit to my son's class with a cute Valentine Book and a little treat. 
I read the book Ruby Valentine Saves the Day by Laurie B. Friedman and made some super sweet Valentine brownies. Both were a big hit with the little ones!


What You Need:
  • 2 Boxes Brownie Mix (plus eggs & oil per instructions on box)
  • Wilton Candy Melts - White
  • Valentine Decorations - Red or pink sprinkles, sugars, hearts, etc.
  • Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter

What To Do:
  • Bake brownies according to "fudge-like" instructions on box (as opposed to "cake-like"). I made two 8x8 glass baking dishes of brownies which yielded 20 heart shaped brownies approx. 3" each. Be sure to grease the baking dishes well so the brownie will come out easily.
  • Allow brownies to cool completely in baking dish. I let mine cool on the counter, then covered them and put them in the fridge for several hours.
  • Once thoroughly chilled, turn the brownie out onto a cutting board and use cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
  • Place full bag of candy melts into a bowl and melt in microwave following instructions on bag.
  • Dip half of heart brownie into melted candy and place on wax or parchment paper.
  • Quickly put on your decorations before the candy melts harden.
  • Enjoy!


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