Category: Crafts

Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!

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I hope you enjoy perusing the list of EPIC Valentine’s Day Crafts and Recipes that will be perfect this February.  There are so many crafts I have planned now and some cute ways to celebrate the holiday with my munchkins.

Check out my fellow SOFAB Bloggers works of art!

 

Craft/DIY/Tutorial

Friendly Valentine Candy Jar – Creative Ramblings

Valentine Felt Envelopes – Good Morning Loretta

Valentine’s Day Candy Filled Mason Jar – Savvy Saving Couple

Valentine’s Day Love Bug Craft – Maryland Momma’s Rambles

Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards – Our Daily Craft

DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars – Thriftanista in the City

Valentine Memo Chalkboard – Southern Couture

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Decoration – Pretty in Pigment

Flower Vase Craft – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins – Atta Girl Says

Macaroni Art Lace Hearts – ABCs and Garden Peas

Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards – One Artsy Mama

Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks – Happy Go Lucky Blog

Birdseed Heart Valentines – Made with Happy

Valentine’s Day Burlap Wreath – The Farm Girl Gabs

Cute Flower Valentines for Kids – Love, Jaime

DIY Valentine Flower Corsage – Suburban Wife, City Life

DIY Valentine’s Snowglobes – Woods of Bell Trees

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Valentine Envelop Chair Backers – 2Paws Designs

Reversible Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines – Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Button Heart Picture Collage – Our Piece of Earth

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Gift with FREE Printable – A Cowboy’s Life

Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine’s Day Wreath – My Pinterventures

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe – Sunny Sweet Days

Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – Life with Captain Fussybuckets

12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt – The Mama Zone

Candy Kiss Ring – So TIPical Me

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft – As Cute as a Bug’s Ear

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ribbon Banner – Aprons and Stilletos

Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt – The TipToe Fairy

Chalkboard Gift Box – Organized Island

Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover – Creative Southern Home

Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath – Joy’s Life

Making A Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps – Third Stop on the Right

Washi Tape Bubble Valentines – Moneywise Moms

Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps – Lemon Peony

DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine’s Day – 3 Little Greenwoods

Butterfly Valentine’s Day Craft – Sarah in the Suburbs

Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles – A Day in the Motherhood

I “DOVE” You Printable with Candy – Newlywed Survival

Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland – Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes

Valentine’s Day Printed Burlap Subway – Occasionally Crafty

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Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft – Cute as a Fox

Valentine’s Wooden Door Hanger – We Got the Funk

Hearts Aplenty: Valentine’s Day DIY Decor – Woman in Real Life

Love Letters Simple Valentine’s Day Craft – Craving Some Creativity

Valentine’s Day Coffee Cup Sleeve – Craving Cynchronicity

How to Make a Great Loves Print – My Sweet Sanity

Cross Stitch Heart Pillow – Cutesy Crafts

Free Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make – Happy and Blessed Home

Recipe

Valentine Cupcakes – Home Maid Simple

Valentine’s Day Cakes – Charleston Crafted

Red Velvet Pudding Cups – Mostly Homemade Mom

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Blood Orange Panna Cotta – Mooshu Jenne

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts – Drugstore Divas

Cranberry Bliss Bars – Swanky Recipes

Valentine Rice Crispy Treats – Midwestern Moms

Chocolate Valentine Sandies – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies – Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts – A Million Moments

Conversation Hearts Martini – JVKOM Chronicles

Valentine’s Day S’mores Dip – Our Mini Family

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies – The NYC Talon

Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Brownies – West of the Loop

Red Velvet Cheesecakes – Houseful of Nicholes

Chocolate Kiss Valentine’s Day Cookies – Moscato Mom

Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn – Made by a Princess

Easy Valentine’s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Janine Huldie

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe – Scrappy Geek

Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce – Graceful Order

Love Dipped Wafers – Sparkles to Sprinkles

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Valentine’s Day Bento Lunch – Diana Rambles

“Blackened” Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine’s Dinner – Broken TeePee

Sweet Salty Fudge – Foody Schmoody Blog

Valentine’s Day Covered Pretzels – Texas Type A Mom

Valentine’s Popcorn – Mommy’s Bundle

The Easiest Valentine’s Day Fudge Recipe – Young at Heart Mommy

Valentine’s Day Butter Cookies – Ilona’s Passion

Valentine’s Day Blondies – Saving You Dinero

Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie – Easy Cooking with Molly

Brownie Cut-outs – Tramplingrose

Puppy Valentine’s Day Cookies – Staying Close to Home

Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe – As Mom Sees It

Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie – Johanny’s Kitchen

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles – Food Lovin Family

Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes – I Don’t Have Time for That

Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits – Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade Strawberry Syrup – Day by Day in Our World

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies – Momma DJane

Red Velvet Donuts – Frugal Family Tree

Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Chocolate Shot Glasses – The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Kisses – Just 2 Sisters

Valentine’s Candy Bark – Life with the Crust cut off

Chocolate Kiss Shooter! – Housewives of Frederick County

Super Simple Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts – My Real Food Family

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies – Meatloaf & Melodrama

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3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies – Fun Things to Do in Central Mass

Nutella Baked Brie – Basil and Bubbly

Easy Cupid Crinkles – Creative Southern Home

Valentine’s Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game – A Frugal Friend

Valentine’s Day Ombre Sweet Treat – Tastefully Frugal

Party

How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Party – Amber Nicole Blogs

Valentine’s Day Party for Tweens – Soiree Event Design

Love is in the Air Valentine Table – Not Just a Mommy

Valentine’s Day Tea Party – The Peanuts Gang

Printables

Easy Valentine’s Printables – I am the Maven®

Printable Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons – Gluesticks Blog

“I Love You Like” Valentine’s Free Printable – C’mon Get Crafty

4 Free Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages – Saving More than Me

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt Clues – Mom on the Side

Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} – Fun on a Dime

Crayon Valentines Printable – Mom’s Messy Miracles

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable – Housewife Eclectic

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids – Simple Living Mama

2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) – Altamonte Family

Love is in the Air Valentine Card – Making of a Mom

Matchstick Valentine Free Printable – Frenchie

Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes – Coupons are Great

I “Wheelie” Like You Car Valentine Printable – Artsy Momma

Round-Up

Valentine’s Day Guide – The Ranting Latina!

24 Frugal Valentine’s Ideas – Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

7 Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Downshifting PRO

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bloggers – That Chic Mom

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island – Mama Luvs Books

Other

War Room Movie Night – A Beautiful Exchange

Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits – In Good Taste

Valentine’s Day Make-up Tutorial – Glam Hungry Mom

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home – Natasha Byrd

Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine’s Day inspired activities?

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft{Toddler & Preschooler}

Valentine’s Day is FAST approaching and the perfect time to update the art on the walls!  Every season I plan out crafts to place up on our gallery wall.  Our first choice this year are Hand Print LOVE Trees!  Check out this sweet and simple craft that you can gift to family members with a chocolaty surprise.Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Valentine’s Day Hand Print LOVE Tree

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Hand Print LOVE Tree

Supplies:

Washable Paint

Paper Plates-Muffin Tins-Paint Plate

Brush Set

Card-stock Paper

Toilet Paper Roll

Tape

Valentine’s Day Sweets(for brain power AND fun)

 

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Tape the toilet paper roll into a “heart” shape- I tried… and the kids LOVED it.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Raymond was really excited about being able to stamp with the heart and make heart leaves for our LOVE Tree.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

A couple of fun treats and decorations to liven up our tablescape.  The kids gasped when they saw the Valentine’s Day Craft set-up and I knew instantly that my small amount of prep-work made them feel extra special.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Now at four Raymond can do the hand print part all by himself.  I let go of the need for perfection a long time ago and just want my kids to enjoy the art they create. BOY was he truly excited to do it all by himself AND goodness did he have fun.

 

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Making sure that the hand was planted firmly. Needed to reapply another layer of red paint(he chose the color) as he wanted the hand print color to be darker.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Emma chose PURPLE for her LOVE Tree color(no surprise, it is her FAVORITE) and truly just loved smearing all sorts of paint colors on her tree.  She said the leaves were flying in the wind and falling off of her tree.  Love her imagination.

 

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Washable paint for the win!

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Hand Print LOVE Tree Art for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Showing off his new Valentine’s Day Art in front of his art he created on our Chalkboard Wall.

Valentine's Day Hand Print Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Look at my LOVE Tree Mom!!! Our gallery wall is now full of bright, sweet visions of love.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day Craft for toddlers or preschoolers?

Would love to find another craft or two(or three) to complete with my little ones before the holiday!

You can follow along with me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

DIY Laundry Update + Freshen Up for the Holidays

Holiday guests will be arriving soon!  Don’t forget to freshen up all of your linens with a dose of Beach Sage which immediately sets the tone for a relaxing holiday with family.  Plus, an easy way to update your laundry room decor with a faux metal sign.

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DIY Laundry Update

As much as I would like to “set it and forget it” our laundry room is a focal point of our house.  If the door is opened it can be viewed from the kitchen, dining, AND living room.  This makes me cringe and has led to some small updates that help me cope with our laundry room constantly being opened up with guests.

First off- this is not a catch-all.  Everything has it’s place and those are bins that are NOT see through.  I know where everything is- BUT my guests can’t SEE everything.  Helps the laundry room feel a lot less cluttered with everything hidden in it’s spot.

A long time ago I saw a metal letters- W A S H- in a fabulous magazine delivered around the holidays.  My jaw dropped when I saw the price tag and I had to simply recycle the copy.  They wanted HOW MUCH for each letter?

Not on our budget.

So I simply grabbed cardboard letters at my local thrift store.  Actually I grabbed ONE on each trip over the course of a few months(hello frugal) with their 50% off coupon each time.  One can of metallic spray paint and an old cardboard box to prop them up on and I was all set.

Helpful Hint: Pin tacks into the cardboard so that you can “prop” up the letters before spraying.  That way they will not stick to the cardboard, which makes removal upon drying just that much more simple.

Even if you buy the cardboard letters AND spray paint for full price you still only equate to ONE of the letters from that fabulous magazine.  Another AWESOME thing about being thrifty?  They are cardboard and can be hung up on the wall with double sided tape.  No holes in my wall AND saved a bunch of money.

Three years later and these bad boys now sit on a shelf over both washer and dryer(nothing can fall behind them anymore-winning!) and are in pristine condition.

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All of our family will be traveling to the desert this lovely holiday and we are working on refreshing ALL of our linens.  New puppy, a toddler, and preschooler can make you numb to the fact that houses CAN smell good.  Over the past week I have taken the time to wash all of our large quilts and fleece blankets that we cuddle with on the couch.  I am now working on pillows and the kid’s stuffed animals.

Goodness am I in love with the new method 4x concentrated laundry detergent in Beach Sage that I grabbed on our weekly trip to Target.  My nose is picky and this is just the right amount of fragrance to bring upon an heir of tranquility and freshness. PERFECT for the busy holiday season.  Plus I love that I get more bang for my buck. Cough-Cough-Frugal.

The other new fragrances in the lineup for method: beach sage, ginger mango, spring garden.

Grab this fabulous COUPON CODE: YAYFORLAUNDRY for $3 off at checkout!

Let me know if you update your Laundry Room OR perhaps use the technique for a NOEL or JOY sign.  Timeless and easy.

Happy Holidays Friends!

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Holiday Craft Party #StickaPic

 

Thankful for my partnership with HP and MomSelect as they gave me the best reason to get my college girlfriends together!  Life gets busy as a mom and the three of us hadn’t seen each other in MONTHS.  Easily remedied that with a Craft Night with wine, glitter, and printing!  Can’t wait to share how easy it is to print out family memories now!
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Holiday Craft Party- HP StickaPic

I LOVE my chalkboard wall as a photo backdrop and will always, always chalk the pertinent hashtag, because? Blogger til I die.

Yes.  Plus the kids use the chalkboard EVERY DAY and it is incredibly easy to clean up.

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Chalkboard Photo Props

Chalk pen markers do not work as easily on those as I thought they would…

But they still turned out to be a fun addition to our Craft Party.

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Chalkboard Wall

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HP Social Media Snapshots- everyone got to bring some home so that they could continue to print out memories and craft their little hearts out.  I find it is easy to fall into the trap of just keeping all of our memories on social media and on the computer instead of taking the time to print them out.  Well, folks-sometimes technology fails and you should(you NEED) to have some hard copies of your favorite pictures.

The kids both squealed when they saw that I updated the fridge with pictures from this fall. Easy and immediately fulfilling.  And now that I am an Instant Ink convert I don’t need to worry about running out of ink.  I literally will never, EVER run out of ink for printing.  Even if I print out FULL pages of 8×10 photos.  I will never run out.

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No one ever turns down a rice crispy treat.  They are the ultimate, nostalgic treat of our past that just hit that sweet tooth spot!  I always have some on hand as they are one of the only allergy-friendly treats available for my son.  Mom Win.  Any way you look at it.

There was wine, sangria, bubbly, and cheese pizza.  Just keeping it honest and classy here.  The cheese board was my favorite as I love to indulge in that favorite snack.

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Hours of talking AND printing-mixed with tons of glitter pens and loose glitter made for a festive night.  I kept hearing how, “This is SO easy!” and how, “I’ve wanted this picture printed forever!”.  Downloading the app, covering our frames in glitter, and printing out stacks of pictures had us reminiscing about our kids, jobs, and WAY back when in college.

 

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NEW HP Social Media Snapshots

Currently available at Staples, these sticky-backed photo sheets are perfect for printing, display and reliving life’s moments. Not only can you print directly from your smartphone or tablet, but you can decorate your space with your favorite social media photos.

 

Download HP Social Media Snapshot app, available for free download in iTunes and the Google Play Store.  With the HP Social Media Snapshots app you will be able to print photos directly from your social media channels as well as your camera roll onto specially sized 4×5 inch, sticky-backed photo paper!

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As I cleaned up glitter, I am the one that made a massacre of purple… how does it get everywhere?!? I felt like my battery had been recharged.  Sometimes with kids, jobs, and family activities life gets too busy and you find yourself without any ME time.  Craft Night was definitely exactly what this over-tired mom needed.  Missed those women something fierce.

I truly believe that HP Social Media Snapshots, along with the app, have changed the game for me with party planning and events.  I asked HP over a year ago for this type of capability and am so thrilled that we now can have my wireless printer hooked up and print photos LIVE from the photo booth(chalkboard wall) and that my fridge can be updated in the blink of an eye.

What craft would you make with the HP Snapshots?

Please let me know if you have any questions- I have used the app and sticky-paper for over a month and LOVE it.

Follow along with our adventures on Instagram!

 

Thank you to HP & MomSelect for sending the fabulous box of party supplies and goodies!

Carving Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

Will Carve For Seeds

Carving Pumpkins is a family tradition that I have willingly subjected my little family to for years.  Each year there is one member or two that CAN’T stand the slimy pumpkin gunk BUT alas I trudge on.

Memories people!

We are making family memories!

Painting Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

Painting Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

Raymond painted a pumpkin on his first Halloween and we have carried on the tradition of painting the pumpkins before carving them.  We usually paint them a week before carving so we can enjoy the aura of brilliance said finger painting emits-PLUS after that clean-up I want to enjoy a few days of non-slimy bliss.

Painting Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

 

A week passed after two little skeletons painted their little hearts out.  And now WE CARVE.  Raymond is giving his best impression of a pirate.  I am Barbosa and he is Jack Sparrow typically throughout the day.  My one pirate joke continues to exceed expectations and I easily get laughs each time.  I’m killing it at motherhood. <slow clap>

No, but seriously, learn a joke.  It is priceless.Painting Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

Emma Marie cheered loudly as we told them we were carving our painted pumpkins.  She then re-enacted her favorite dinosaur and charged around the room pretending to be a ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex.  She legitimately sounds terrifying.  If you closed your eyes you would get chills down your spine.

I am beyond thankful she can’t get through the tiny-human-proofing we’ve done as she would most assuredly lose her life if she uttered that awfully, excruciatingly realistic monster noise next to my bed.

Fight or Flight?

I always fight.  It’s a reflex that many, many in the family have lost to.

Carving Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

Carving the Top of the Pumpkin

My husband hates, no-LOATHES the feeling of slimy pumpkins.  He will carve the top and then vacuum up the mess after we are done.  He watched from a careful distance on a bar stool this year.

 

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Emma Marie definitely left her shyness from last year behind!  She gladly helped me load up on seeds in our buckets to roast in the afternoon.

Carving Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

Raymond was ALL about the raw pumpkin.  I mean literally ALL about the pumpkin.  Definitely need to figure out a way to get more pumpkin into his life.  He can’t have pumpkin pie(food allergies) but perhaps there is another option?

Carving Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

WILL CARVE FOR SEEDS

Will eat raw seeds… who are we kidding?

Carving Pumpkins: Fall Family Tradition

A trip to Costco rendered another set of pumpkins-these MUCH larger than the pie pumpkins we grabbed at Vertuccio Farms this Fall.  So there will definitely be more seeds in our future!

One of my most favorite parts of Fall is visiting farms and fishing for pumpkin seeds. Yep and sweaters!  Still 90 degrees here three weeks into October.  Bring on the sweaters!

Another item checked off the Fall Bucket List(Free Printable)!

 

What is a Fall Family Tradition that you partake in?

Any Pumpkin Recipes that may be gluten/nut/egg free? 

Would LOVE to find a great recipe to incorporate a new found food love into his diet!  Thank you so much friends!

 

You can check out more of our family’s day to day life here on Instagram!

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