Tooth Fairy Pillows

 

The Tooth Fairy has been an EXTREMELY busy lady around our neighborhood these past few weeks!  Our oldest was SO EXCITED to lose his top two teeth last week within days of each other and within days of his best friend losing two of his teeth too and then another one of their great buddies lost one of his too, both while at school!  Which of course makes it even more exciting!

Our littlest one, has her bottom two teeth on the verge of coming out any day now, a first for her! So not only is the tooth fairy incredibly busy, and going a little bit broke, but also getting a bit sleep deprived, waiting to make the tooth-for-cash swap!

I happen to have an AMAZING mother in law who has made each of our kids really adorable Tooth Fairy Pillows and I can not thank her enough for these nifty inventions! They have made the tooth fairy’s job so much easier and my kids LOVE their pillows!!

When each of my kids got their first wiggly tooth, Grandma started sewing (so thankful Grandma can sew since I have STILL not mastered that!) and then sent them a special package with their very own tooth fairy pillow. So once the teeth come out, I place it in a small plastic bag, slip it in the pillow, and then they put it right under their pillow for the tooth fairy to find! Much easier for the tooth fairy to find a pillow than a small bag or envelope underneath a pillow! Kaylee, my youngest, is still waiting for that first tooth to come out so she can officially use her pillow for the first time!

I did end up adding a piece of ribbon to each pillow so that now each pillow hangs on the kid’s bedframe instead of going under their pillows! I have some light sleepers and the tooth fairy was having some issues with the older one waking up a lot! 

Here are pictures of our Tooth Fairy Pillows!

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If you don’t have a fabulous grandma in your life who can sew them for you, I have seen them all over Etsy or if you can sew yourself,  I have seen tons of pictures and patterns all over Pinterest! It would be a fun project you could do with your kids too!

~JESS

Valentines Décor (Free Printable sign And Banner)

I decorated for Valentines around the middle of January. I know some may think I’m crazy, but here we are, two days away from Valentines Day and I’m glad I got to enjoy it since it will be over before we know it! I created the printable sign below. I love the saying. I also created the triangles with hearts in them and made a banner. And, because I can’t leave well enough alone, I put glue inside the hearts and added red glitter. Glitter makes everything better.

Valentines Sign Free Printables

I used the same “Love is patient…” printable that I used last year. Click here or on the picture below to download and print.

Valentines Decor Free Printable

I made these crepe paper flowers glued to balls a couple of years ago. You can see above the white part of the balls is showing. I didn’t complete the whole ball. One because it was tedious. And two because it was easier to put them in jars like this. I had planned to put something inside the jar, but then I sort of liked it just as it was.

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I also finally got around to cutting out pieces of tulle and putting them on Christmas lights. I have been wanting to do this for the past two Christmases, but never had time, so I thought they would be just as cute with Valentines décor. I bought that little box at Joanne Fabric and painted it white and distressed it.

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I realize there isn’t much time to decorate, but I say it’s never too late! Scroll down to download these free printables!

For our new readers are some other fun ideas for Valentines Day. Homemade Chocolate Peanut Cups plus free printable tags.

Chocolate Peanutt Butter Cups 

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Or print one of these four printables.

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Or if you somehow missed seeing these bleach pen t-shirts then click here!

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Or if you are looking for a fun craft to do with the kids, these yarn wreath hearts are fun!

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I created the signs to be printed off on 8.5×11 inch paper, but the box around them is an 8×10 so that you can frame it. If you want to go even fancier, you can cut around the scalloped scroll and add it to something else! Click on the title or the picture to download and print.

Brown- “A Life Without Love Is No Life At All”

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Black- “A Life Without Love Is No Life At All”

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Triangles for Banner

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Happy Valentines Day!

~Jenny

Blow Me A Kiss Valentine! {Free Printable Tags}

This weekend I went to the craft store Ben Franklin and saw this cute idea. Gumballs with a Hershey’s Kiss on top. Hence, ‘Blow Me A Kiss’! Ben Franklin actually made them in stand up plastic tubes. But, since they are .99 cents each, I thought they would be cute in pretzel bags. And lucky for me I had a bunch left over!

Blow Me A Kiss Free Printable Tags

Here is what you need…

Gumballs (Ben Franklin had LOTS of different colors!)

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Pretzel Bags and Hershey’s kisses. I think I got all 75 of those pretzel bags at Walmart for like $2.99. Much better than .99 cents per plastic tube.

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Layer your gumballs in your bag. You can choose how many. I didn’t fill them to the top, so I cut off any extra plastic bag that was hanging over. The bags are a little big, so push your gumballs to one side. This picture doesn’t do a very good job of showing you, but you get the idea.

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Then put a piece of tap on the back where I folded it.

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Add a cute ribbon, or use the silver ties that come with the pretzel bags. Print out our tags and attach them to the ribbon or tie.

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So cute right?

My second grader is very excited to give them to her friends. But, my fifth grader said, ‘Mom, I can’t give those to the BOYS!’ :)

Click on the image below to download and print.

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Blow Me A Kiss Free Printable Tags

 

Shortly after I posted this I found this cute blog that made them with the plastic tubes!

 

Also, for those of you that missed it last year check out these free printable cards. Click on the images below to take you to the post.

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Have Fun!

~Jenny

‘Pin The Kiss’ Game

My daughter made up this game last year when my son turned four. We played it at his family birthday party and the kids thought it was so funny. I can’t believe he is going to be five soon. My baby is growing up!

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This game is very simple to create. Take a picture of your ‘victim’ with his/her mouth open and hands up.

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Print it out and hang it on a wall. I think I only had 8.5×11 inch paper at the time, but it would be fun to print a really big one!

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Put some tape on the bottom of Hershey’s kisses and have your guests try to “Pin the Kiss’ in their mouth or on one of their hands. Here is the birthday boy pinning on his kiss!

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First sister checking her ‘pin’.

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Second sister taking her shot. Soon to be Uncle thought it would be funny to place himself in front of the picture which threw her off.

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Yeah…not even close…we gave her a second chance.

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The first of my sister’s taking her turn…pretty close!

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Second sister…she got it right in his mouth! It was cool, until we got her to admit she could see through her blindfold!

The kids wanted to write their names next to their kisses just to MAKE SURE who was closest in the end. Honestly we had not point system, but it would be simple enough to make one up if you were having a bigger party. Ten points closest to the mouth, five points if you pin it on the hands. You could even give each person two kisses if it was a bigger print!

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Points or no points the kids thought it was fun and it’s such an easy game to create!

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~Jenny

Our etsy shop {personalized prints and wood signs}

Today we’d like to share with you some of the products we sell in our Etsy Shop.

Last February we sold these signs on Groopdealz. We sold quite a few of them and since then we’ve had lots of requests from our readers to make more. So, today we are happy to announce that we have finally created a limited amount. Click here or on the image below to purchase this sign for only $22.00. 

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We also have other distressed hand painted wood signs as well. Click on any image below to visit our Etsy Shop.

Personalized wood signs for teachers. 5.25 x 5 inches.

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7 x 16 inch ‘JOY’ wood signs.

Green Joy      Red Joy   

5.75 x 8 inch wood ‘JOY’ signs.

Wood Signs For Etsy (3 of 18)       Wood Signs For Etsy (6 of 18)      Wood Signs For Etsy (4 of 18)

5.75 x 8 inch ‘love’ and ‘Count Your Blessings’ wood signs.

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8 x 8.5 inch ‘love’ sign.

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We also sell personalized prints.

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We will be back soon with more DIY gift ideas!

~Jenny & Jess

Pumpkin Playdough {free Printable Leaf tags}

I pinned this cute idea from Blue Bird Lucy’s.  I thought they would be fun for my son’s preschool class. A kid can only get so much candy right?

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I used this NO COOK RECIPE from The Imagination Tree for the playdough. It turned out so good and I love that you don’t have to cook it!

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • up to 2 cups boiling water
  • food coloring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the boiling water
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the food colouring and glycerine (both optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)

*This recipe made enough for 7 pumpkin balls.

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I created these leaf tags to add to your pumpkins. Click here or on the image below to download and print. For best results print on a premium matte paper on an ink jet printer.

Pumpkin Playdough Leaf Tags 

Wrap up the ‘pumpkins’ in some clear wrap, add some ribbon and the leaf tags. Then draw a face with a sharpie marker. 

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My son is excited to hand them out to his friends. These were so simple to make. You still have time to make some too!

~Jenny

Linking up with Whipperberry

Boo to you!!!

 

For the past couple of years we have been lucky enough to have great friends who have shared in the fabulous fall/Halloween tradition of Booing our family. We were then able to return the favor by Booing other neighbors and friends. Have you heard of this super fun tradition? Are you wondering what I am talking about?

We were first introduced to the Boo tradition 2 years ago when we came home to find a plastic pumpkin shaped bowl filled with all kinds of fun goodies on our porch with a simple note that said, “You’ve been Booed! Hang this sign on your door and pass the Boo blessing on to 2 other families! And try to keep your identity a secret!”

My kids were THRILLED to say the least and we jumped right on the Boo bandwagon! We got Booed again last year and were then able to pass it on again. This year, my kids and I didn’t want to wait for someone to Boo us before we started, so once October began, we gathered all of our supplies and chose 2 new families who we knew hadn’t been Booed yet (at least not by us) and got to planning our Boo surprise!!

And there really are about 100 different ways you can choose to Boo! Make homemade cookies, wrap up some candy bars, make a Boo basket, wrap up the family’s favorite soda or chips or popcorn or choose the family’s favorite fruit- whatever you want really!  Just gather something fun for the families you are going to Boo, attach a cute note (I’ve linked up some super cute ones for you below) or make your own and plan your super secret drop off time! Then let the Booing begin!!

Here are our two buckets that we Booed with this year!

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I found almost everything for our buckets from the Dollar store too! So you don’t have to spend a TON of money to make it fun or to fill a bucket! Each bucket includes, 2 bags of Halloween candy, glow in the dark bracelets, a puzzle (each family has 2 kids) and two different wall decorations (one Fall themed and one Halloween themed so they can display them at different times or places!).  And the last thing you add to your bucket is your sign!

I chose to use 2 different signs because I liked them both SO MUCH! And they were both FREE PRINTABLES (WOOHOO!!) from two different sites!

The first one is this ghostly Printable from Organized Christmas (Organized Home).  And they have LOTS to choose from on the site, not just the ghost BOO!

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And my next favorite was this adorable BOO Printable from Mom’s Crafty Space.

 

 

One of the friends that we Booed did find out pretty quick it was us, which was bound to happen since she is a loyal Plum Adorable blog reader and she was SO EXCITED to be Booed! Her girls were THRILLED! They got their Boo sign up right away so we ran over after soccer practice and got a picture of the Boo sign on their door! Now we hope to see them spreading throughout the neighborhood!

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So the only question is, Who are you going to BOO!!!!??????

~JESS

Back To School (P)Inspiration

 

I know for many of you, the back to school rush is already in full force and your kiddos are now back into the swing of school and have been for a couple of weeks. Here in Western Washington, we start pretty late, (which can be nice BUT it also means our kids are still going to school in mid-June).  The BIG day for us is tomorrow, the 5th! Hard to believe my babies are now going to be a second grader and a Kindergartener!

As I was getting all their supplies ready, their new clothes washed, doing the “school lunch” shopping, I started to think of all the fun things I wanted to make sure that I did for them on their first day. Of course you have the obligatory first day pictures and picking out their outfit for the first day of school!  And I always try to make them something special for breakfast- chocolate chip pancakes are the request and I also want to put something small in their lunches that is a special first day treat. My husband always kind of laughs at me but I think its important to make a big deal out of it for them. Firsts and lasts are always fun to celebrate!

So of course when I was trying to think of some new, fun ideas, the first place I went was Pinterest! And all I had to do was type in “back to school printable” under the search tab and I had a TON of fun ideas at my fingertips! And don’t worry if your kids have already started back to school, a lot of these ideas can be done at any time during the year. Seriously, one of my friends forgot the whole first day picture so about a week later, she had her kids put on their first day outfits and recreated the morning for a photo! (Now you have a funny memory to go along with that photo!) And I really like the idea that I have seen floating around Pinterest where you take a photo on their first day with the sign and then again on the last day of school and put them side by side in an album to see how much they have grown/changed in that one year.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the different FREE Printable signs you can find out there for the first day photo!! Here is one of my favorites!  You can find this one on Pinterest or at Nest of Posies.

 

Or this one, I can’t decide which one I like more! This one comes from I Heart Nap Time!

 

Here are some SUPER cute printables for the kid’s lunch box from Paper & Pomegranates

Really any type of cute little paper works great for notes in the lunch box! I have some adorable little cards leftover from scrapbooking that I plan on using!

Another thing I plan on using for their first day (and through out the year) are the kid’s mailboxes that I got them for Valentines Day. 

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We have kept them up on our mantle and every so often we stick a special note or treat in their boxes for them. My hubby is much better at doing this than me. I always forget about it (even though I stare at the mailboxes on my mantle half the day in my living room!)

 

Amy from Living Locurto has these awesome printables that would be great to add onto a lunch box or backpack or inside a book! And they are customizable too!! (FOR FREE!)

 

Free Printable Star Wars Lego Tags

 

Here is one more FAV of mine for treats in their lunch on the first day!  From ISharePrintables.

 

There are ALL kinds of great ideas out there on Pinterest and tons of GREAT blogs featured too! I am getting pretty excited for their first day tomorrow, I think they might be too!

~JESS

DIY Mega Bubbles–For all ages!

I have seen these bubbles on other blogs, but for some reason I didn’t REALLY believe they would work that well for me.  If I would have known how easy these were to make, let alone how much fun they were, I would have done them years ago! The picture below was taken with my cell phone the first day we tried them out. Cool, right?

I’ve included the easy directions for you below as well as lots of cool pictures to inspire you.

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I ended up making about 8 bubble wands because I knew the neighbor kids would come running when they saw how cool they were. I’m so glad I did, because running they came!

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The wands are very simple to make.

What you need:

-2 Dowels

-2 Eye hooks (small enough to screw at the end of the dowels)

-Cotton String

-1 Washer

To Make The Wand:

-Screw the eye hooks to the end of each dowel

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-Cut a longer piece of string and tie it to one eye hook, then loop the washer through the string and tie the other end to the other eye hook. Then cut a short of string and tie it to both eye hooks.

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To Make The Bubble Solultion:

Mix Together in a tub-

- 6 cups distilled water

-2 cups dishwashing soap (Joy, Dawn etc.)

-3/4 cup light corn syrup

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We have made so much bubble solution that it seems to be a different color every time depending on the type of soap we’ve used.

How to make a bubble:

Take your wand with the dowels held close to each other and dunk them in the solution. Lift up the dowels and slowly open up them up while walking (usually backwards) so the bubble starts to form. You can also ‘cut off’ the bubble by bringing the dowels together so it will float.

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Then be AMAZED at how big you can get your bubble!

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I think my favorite part is how much fun even the older boys think they are.

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They even got creative and started putting their head through the bubbles!

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Bubble Hunter says…

“Now, go and make these right away. Your kids will thank you.”

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You better listen to Bubble Hunter, he’s pretty serious about his bubbles.

~Jenny

DIY Bird feeders

The kids had so much fun making these cute DIY bird feeders.

DIY Birdfeeders

I had pinned this idea from Mom Endeavors awhile back. I LOVED her idea and thought they turned out so cute. But, instead of using paint cans like she did, we used tin cans I had saved from soup, canned fruit etc.
We used both small and large cans. 

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We spray painted three of the cans.

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And used acrylic paint with a paint brush on one of them.

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Once they dried we wanted to add some more color to them. Turns out we were having fun with polka dots and ended up putting them on all four cans!

We bought one long skinny dowel and cut it in smaller pieces. Then we attached it with hot glue for the birds to sit on. We attached some ribbon and added some birdseed to the can. Now we are waiting for our little birds to come. My four year old kept going out and checking to see if they had eaten the seed yet!

My ten year old made this one all by herself. Isn’t it cute?

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My grandparents are in an assisted living home and they have birds right outside of their window. So, we made one of these feeders to give to them. I think they will love it!

In the meantime, we will be looking for birds to come to our feeder. Once they do I will make sure to take some pictures and add them to this post!

~Jenny