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Favorite Freezer Meals

We love freezer meals!  They are such a timer saver on those busy school nights.  Today we are sharing 15 of our favorite freezer meal recipes.  Great ready, these are delicious!

Freezer to Grill Shish Kabobs from New Leaf Wellness

Freezer to Grill

Healthy & Freezer Friendly Chicken Nuggets from Make the Best of Everything

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

Baked Beef Chimichangas from Thirty Handmade Days

Baked Chimichanga

Homemade Frozen Pizzas from The Kitchn

Frozen Pizzas

Freezer to Grill Marinated Chicken Packs from New Leaf Wellness

Freezer to Grill

Baked Ziti from Six Sisters Stuff

Baked Ziti

Chicken Pot Pies from Meal Planning Magic

Chicken Pot Pies

French Toast Sticks from Been There, Baked That

French Toast Sticks

Crock Pot Chicken Dinner Freezer Pack from Goodness Gracious

Crock Pot Chicken Dinner

Apple Crisp from Happy Money Saver

Apple Crisp

Pepper Steak from Ring Around the Rosies

Pepper Steak

Freezer Mashed Potatoes from About A Mom

Mashed Potatoes

Tropical Freezer Smoothies from Ring Around the Rosies

Freezer Smoothies

Bean and Cheese Burritos from Money Saving Mom

Homemade bean and cheese burritos

Ready to jump into making freezer meals?  Don’t forget to check out our post: How to Plan and Make Freezer Meals with a Group from The Crafting Chick! 


We love a good challenge. So when Michaels asked us to come up with a DIY Costume you bet we were game!

Now my 7-year-old told me she wanted to be a fairy, so I went in looking for anything that could make her look magical on Halloween. But I also wanted something that wouldn’t just get set aside once October was over. Here’s what I came up with. I’m so in love with how it turned out.

DIY Fairy Costume


I walked in Micheals and began my search. I found these beautiful fairy wings and knew I hit the jackpot. A quick stop by the fabric and sewing section, (did you know they have fabric?), and I was all set.  I made 2 different color fairy costumes for 2 of my girls. I can’t decide which one I love more.


I decided that I wanted to make a quick skirt for the girls. I love this Simple Skirt Tutorial on MADE. So easy and fast, but super cute! And the best part is that they can wear them over and over. They aren’t just for dress up!


I decided to double layer the glitter tulle over top of the cotton. WARNING: You will have glitter everywhere. I think I look like a fairy after sewing these, but they are so stinking cute!


Once your skirt is done you’ll just need to add the wings, and of course the magic wand. I found these adorable wands for $1 by the foam crafts at Michaels. SCORE!


I had a hard time getting her to hold still to take pictures. She was ready to fly away.


Still haven’t decided what you’re going to be? Check out the other 49 DIY costumes from the Michaels Makers and you might just find the perfect one for you, your kiddos or your beloved pet this Halloween– they’re to die for!

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I'm Thankful From A-Z I’m always trying to find a way for my kids to learn how to be thankful for what they have. This time of year is the perfect way to get them thinking about it more since we as adults are. It’s also good to do right before all the gifts start rolling in for the upcoming holiday season. If they can recognize that they really have a lot already, they may see that they don’t really need all those things on the list.


One way that I’ve found is helpful is making a game out of being thankful. I love to pull this “I’m Thankful from A-Z” printable out for them so they can see that they really do have many things in their lives that they are thankful for.

Just download the free printable below.

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Print it out.


Have your kids go through the alphabet writing down what they are thankful for.

What do you do to teach your children gratitude?

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Spider Web Yarn Kid Craft sm spider web 6 Sharing a fun kid craft just in time for Halloween.  This spider web yarn kid craft is sure to be a hit at those class halloween parties.  The spider web yarn kid craft is inexpensive, easy to make, and will help little ones practice their fine motor skills while making a spooky craft to decorate with. sm spider web 3 What you will need for Spider Web Yarn Kid Craft:

Popsicle sticks (3 for each web)

Hot glue gun and hot glue

White Yarn (about 2 yards for each web)

Plastic spider rings
sm spider web 2 Begin by hot gluing the 3 sticks to each other at the center.  This should look like the photo above, with each end evenly spaced out.
sm spider web 1 Then, tie one yarn end to one popsicle stick near the center.  Begin wrapping.  This is so simple.  Hold the web in one hand, and while turning, wrap the yarn over each stick.   Go over and under, and then onto the next stick, over and under.  Repeat this until your web is full.

When your web is full, tie a knot on the web with the remaining yarn.  You can either clip this off or leave it as a dangling web.

Then add some plastic spiders!  Such a fun craft for the little ones.

Sharing a quick video tutorial too:

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Hi there friends!  Keri back from Shaken Together with a frightfully fun (and super tasty!) snack for Halloween … striped Halloween Jell-O Jars complete with whipped topping ghosts!!  Your little guys and ghouls will love digging into this colorful treat that is perfect for Halloween!

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

Aren’t the stripes of purple, green and orange fun?  You just need three flavors of Jell-O and a little patience!

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

Here is what you need for these Striped Halloween Jell-O Jars:

  • One 3 oz box each of Grape, Lime and Orange Jell-O
  • Six half-pint mason jars
  • Whipped topping
  • Chocolate chips or mini black Sixlets

The How-To

Start with the grape Jell-O and mix it up according to package directions.  Split the grape Jell-O liquid between the six jars and place the jars in the refrigerator to chill and jell.  I waited at least 2 1/2 hours between layers.  Repeat with the lime and orange Jell-O.  Place lids and rings on the jars to store them until serving.

Once the Jell-O has set, remove the lid and ring and prepare to get ghostly!

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

To create the sweet little ghosts, plop a generous dollop of whipped topping on the top layer of Jell-O for the ghost’s body.  (If ghosts have a body?)  Swirl another smaller dollop on gently to make the head.

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

Then, place two mini chocolate chips or mini black Sixlets in the top of the whipped topping for the eyes.

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

Aren’t they sooooo spooky cute!  I love a not-so-scary Halloween and these cute little ghosts fit the bill.  Now … let’s dig in!!

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

These striped Halloween Jell-O Jars could also be made in clear plastic cups for littler hands.  And I’m pretty sure they are perfect for any Halloween party or get together!  Feel free to use sugar-free Jell-O and whipped topping if you don’t want those kiddos hopped up on sugar.

Here’s to a not-too-spooky, totally sweet Halloween!

More Somewhat Spooky Halloween Ideas from Shaken Together!

Scary Berry Halloween Parfaits from Shaken Together

Scary Berry Halloween Parfaits

Spooky Sodas from Shaken Together

Spooky Sodas

Love Your Guts Halloween Treat Bags from Shaken Together

Love Your Guts Halloween Treat Bags

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I’m excited to be joining the 3rd Annual 30 Days of Halloween-where great Halloween printables and treats are being shared. There’s links at the bottom for all of the fun Halloween posts!


halloween hedbanz

Our Holiday HedBanz have been a hit and I’m back with a set for Halloween. If you aren’t familiar with the game HedBanz (affiliate link) here’s a quick break down. You wear awesome plastic headbands that have a slit to hold the card. Without looking at the card you insert it into the slit, and then by asking questions you try to figure out what you are. Kind of like 20 questions. Only instead of 20 questions, you are racing against a timer. If you guess the answer before your time is up you pick another card and keep asking until your time expires. Then it’s the next person’s turn. When it comes around to you again, you pick up asking questions where you left off before. It promotes logical thinking and a lot of laughs!

halloween hedbanz cards

This would be a fun game to play at a class party. If you don’t have the game, I bet you could make elastic headbands, like the elastic hair ties only larger, and they would work just as well. Place the card between your forehead and the elastic to hold it in place.

The download contains 2 pages of cards, and 1 page to be printed on the back of the cards. Cause we need all the help we can get to keep us from cheating around here!

printable halloween hedbanz


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Other printable Holiday HedBanz on our site:

Valentine’s HedBanz

Lucky HedBanz

Patriotic HedBanz

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21 Party Ideas for Girls! - Princess, Frozen, Rock Star, Fashion Show, Movie Star, Minnie Mouse, Baking, American Girl.... this post has it all!

Party Ideas for Girls

We’ve got such a fun round up for you today!  21 Fabulous Party Ideas just for Girls!  Fashion shows, Project Runway, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Frozen, Girly Camping, Fairy Gardens, Mermaids… this post makes me want to be 10 years old again!  We know you’re going to love it!

Girly Camping Party from Kara’s Party Ideas

Girly Camping

Frozen Party from Two Sisters Crafting


Under the Stars Party from The Party Teacher

Under the stars

Cinderella’s Royal Ball from The Shopping Mama

Cinderella's Royal Ball

Project Runway Birthday from Just a Frugal Mom

Project Runway

Mermaid Birthday from Pigskins & Pigtails


Fairy Garden Party from Evermine Occasions

Fairy Garden

Doc McStuffins Party from The TipToe Fairy

Doc McStuffins

Pet Adoption Party from Paige’s Party Ideas

Pet Adoption

Rock Star Party from Kara’s Party Ideas

Girly Rockstar

Dr. Seuss Party from The Crafting Chicks

Dr Seuss

Beauty Party from Life Frosting

Beauty Party

Rapunzel Party from Crafty Texas Girls


Fabulous and Fancy Birthday from The Crafting Chicks

Fabulous and Fancy

Fashion Show Party from Glitter and Gloss

Fashion Show

Movie Star Party from Dimple Prints

Movie Star

Minnie Mouse Party from A Girl and a Glue Gun

Minnie Mouse

Princess Tea Party from The Crafting Chicks

Princess Tea Party

American Girl Party from Pinafores and Pinwheels

American Girl

Sofia the First Party from Homeketeers

Sofia the First

Paris Bakeshop Party from The Crafting Chicks

Paris Bakeshop

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Harvest Foil Art

I’m interrupting all the cute Halloween projects to bring you this pretty fall foil print. Some years I have a hard time decorating for Thanksgiving. I’m always eager to put up my Halloween decorations and then as soon as they come down, Christmas goes up. It is so important to remember to be thankful and wonder why I go from one gimme holiday to another without taking time to reflect and be thankful for all we’ve been blessed with. Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving decorations are a little harder to come by? I created this Harvest Home Foil Art to inspire me to take a little pause this fall to be thankful.

Minc Foil Thanksgiving Art

This Rose Gold Foil is the perfect color of fall, and I new it would be pretty on my favorite Thanksgiving hymn. I created the word art in Illustrator and copied it onto white cardstock. The word art download link is at the bottom of this post.

Foil Art Harvest Home

I added some wheat and a few pumpkins to create a little fall vignette.

Custom Holiday Cards

Come ye Thankful People Foil Art Thanksgiving Foil Art

Create your own Harvest Home Foil Art by downloading the black and white image and printing on a copy machine or laser printer (you need to use a printer with toner) and running through a Minc Machine.

Come, ye Thankful People

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You maybe interested in other projects we’ve done using the Minc Machine:

2015 Family Motto

Be Brave

I’m Going There Someday

Indoor Herb Garden

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witch corsages

This may be the most ridiculous craft I’ve ever done – and I love it so much! A couple years ago I spotted a slap bracelet corsage in the Halloween section and I loved it. Immediately I thought what a fun project that would be to make with friends for a Ghoul’s Night Out.


Fast forward to last week when I spotted these slap bracelets at Michael’s. I threw these babies in the cart and grabbed a few picks and sprays from the Halloween section and I was so excited to get home and put some together. Forget the friends, I was not waiting to plan a party to turn snap bracelets into corsages. It’s like my elementary school years and my high school dances collided.

making slapbracelet corsages

I picked up some flowers, and pumpkins and all sorts of glittery goodness and then pulled out a random assortment of ribbon and tulle from my stash. I started cutting and gluing (just used a hot glue gun) and before long I had 3 fun and glittery corsages put together.

ghouls night craft

I think the funnest part was that there’s no wrong or right way to do these – the more ridiculous the better I say. Just start and then keep adding until you find something you’d be proud to slap on your wrist.

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Whether you make these with friends, or just to add to your Halloween costume-do it! They are so fun!

witch corsages

I’ll be wearing my corsage on Halloween while cooking up these delicious doughnuts to hand out to our trick-or-treaters.

30 Halloween Favorites - printables, games, decor, desserts, pumpkins, treats, and more!

Marquee Pumpkins

Marquee Pumpkins

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Scrap Paper HalloweenArt

Hey guys! It’s Kari from Life PreKARIous. I’m sharing this super fun scrap paper Halloween art, today! I’m a sucker for all holiday decor, but especially Halloween! I tend to go a little overboard so, I decided that I won’t buy any new Halloween decor this year… but hey! I can always make some, right?

I have accumulated a ton of scrapbook paper over the years and never like to throw even the smallest piece away. This fun Frankenstein and mummy were the perfect way to finally get some good use out of  all the scraps I have laying around.

Scrap Paper Halloween Art

I found the frames at IKEA for only $2. I had planned to use them in my gallery wall, but never did.

First, I gathered my paper. Green and black for the Frankenstein.

Scrap Paper Halloween Art

Then, I just started ripping pieces of paper and sticking it to the back of the frame using double-sided tape. Once I was done with the green, I turned the frame over and trimmed the edges. Then I repeated the process with black paper for Frank’s hair.

Scrap Paper Halloween Art

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Scrap Paper Halloween Art3

I wanted a more abstract look so I chose not to add a face. I did add big bolts to the back of the frame using hot glue.

For the mummy, I just used white and tan paper in a white frame. Then, I cut some strips from a drop cloth I had to tie around the outside of the frame.

Scrap Paper Halloween Art

I love how they turned out! And they look great on my entry table with my DIY moss ball topiary.

Scrap Paper Halloween Art

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