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Strawberry Heart Man Kid Snack This is such a fun, cute and slightly healthy snack for kids this Valentine Month of love!  This is such a fun after school snack to make this week…or if you are planning a class party or Valentine party for kids, they will love these!

Strawberry Heart Men!  You just need a to grab a few items to make these.  My kids loved making their own Strawberry Heart Man and we loved seeing how they turned out!
sm strawberry heart man 4 What you will need to make the Strawberry Heart Man Snacks:

-Strawberries

-Toothpicks

Wilton Candy Eyes

-Pretzel Sticks

-Mini Marshmallows

-Conversation Hearts sm strawberry heart man 1 Start by cutting off the green strawberry top and then cutting the strawberry in half lengthwise.  Using your toothpick…attach the sides together to form a heart. sm strawberry heart man 5 Add pretzel sticks for the arms and legs…attach mini marshmallows for the feet and hands. sm strawberry heart man 3 Top of the Strawberry Heart Men with candy eyes and a heart conversation mouth!  Such a fun snack that the kids can help make!  You can use small dots of honey to stick on the eyes and conversation hearts.  Especially if they will not be eaten right away.

Try bringing a tray full of these Strawberry Heart Man Kid Snacks to any Valentine Party!  They are a hit!

sm strawberry heart man 2 Check out these cute Valentine Cupcakes!  Love those chalkboard toppers! sm valentine cupcake 2

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#1 Fan Valentine with Heart Shaped Paper Fans

#1 Fan Valentine with Heart Shaped Paper Fans

Dying over these cute Valentine Fans from Oriental Trading….they come in the cutest colors and sayings.  Such a fun surprise for friends to open up on Valentine’s Day.  So of course I had to make a fun printable so my daughter could give them for her Valentines this year.  sm fan girl valentine 2 They are the perfect “non candy” idea…just too sweet. sm fan girl valentine 5 sm fan girl valentine 4 Here’s the I made a clever “I’m Your #1 Fan Valentine” to attach to the fans.  You can hand them out folded up…and let the little friends see what is inside! sm fan girl valentine 1 These Valentine Fans are going to be such a hit with my Daughter’s class!  She can’t wait to hand them out! Download Black Download

PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  All printables and downloads are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. sm fan valentine girl

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I'm Wild About You Slap Bracelet Valentines Sharing these fun “Wild About You” Valentines today! sm wild valentine 5 I found these adorable Animal Patterned Slap bracelets on Oriental Trading.  (They are fuzzy too) and thought they would make a fun “non candy” valentine for my daughter to give her class on Valentine’s day. sm wild valentine 4 Made a cute “Wild” about you printable using zebra font.  These are so fun! sm wild valentine 2 After printing the sheet of 4 valentines, using a razor blade, cut a strip opening under the word “To” and another strip under the word “From.”  This will allow you to wrap up the slap bracelet in a circle and tie it through the valentine card.  Super simple.  For ease, have your child write their names before adding the bracelets to the openings. sm wild valentine 1 Download:

PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  All Downloads and Printables are Property of The Crafting Chicks,  LLP. Download Black sm wild about you valentine

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#1 Fan Valentine Foam Fingers These Foam Fingers might be the cutest things ever.   I found them in the Target valentine section and my little one wanted to hand these out for valentine’s day. sm fan finger valentine 6 sm fan finger valentine 7 Of course we made a fun printable to go along with the mini foam fingers.  “I’m Your #1 Fan Valentine!”  You can even stick a sucker inside the foam finger to add a little treat. sm fan finger valentine 3 The foam fingers already have the cutest sayings but we thought it would be fun to add our own tag too.  You can use bakers twine to tie the tag around the finger.  These will be a hit at those class Valentine exchanges. sm fan finger valentine 1 Stay tuned for more fun Class Valentine Ideas on the Crafting Chicks this week!  We love to come up with clever ideas.  xoxo sm fan finger valentine 5 Download:

PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  All downloads and printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Download Black sm fan valentine boy

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Favorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

Dinner time again?  What are you making?  We’ve got a round up of our Favorite One Pot Meals for you today.  Your family is going to love how yummy they are and you are going to love how easy they are!  Enjoy!

One Pot Meals

Chicken Au Gratin Chowder from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

Balsamic Chicken and Veggies from Cooking Classy

Favorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

Hamburger Harvest Soup from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale from Spoonful of Flavor

Creamy Lemon Chicken

Chicken Noodle Bake from The Crafting Chicks

Chicken Noodle Bake

Tortellini and Sausage in Tomato Cream Sauce from Yellow Bliss Road

Tortellini and Sausage

Chili Mac and Cheese from A Simple Pantry

Chili Mac and Cheese

One Pot Lasagna from Damn Delicious

One Pot Lasagna

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo from No. 2 Pencil

Easy Fettuccine

One Pot Spaghetti from Kitchen Nostalgia

One Pot Spaghetti

Italian Sausage Tortellini from Kevin & Amanda

Italian Sausage Tortellini

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese from Bless This Mess

Creamy Mac and Cheese

Quick Chili Pasta from Jo Cooks

Quick Chili Pasta

Spicy Thai Noodles from Domestic Superhero

Spicy Thai Noodles

Chicken Alfredo from Kitchen Meets Girl

Chicken Alfredo


The White Stocking This is one of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions and I’m so happy to be sharing it today with you!  We’ve been doing this as an extended family on my side for years.  It all began with a white stocking and the Poem “the White Stocking” below by the talented Regina Slaugh.   sm the white stocking Each Christmas Eve, we get together after dinner, games and activities, and we read our last year goals/gifts to Jesus.  We pull each one out of the white stocking.  It’s fun to look back and see what each of us wrote the previous year.

You can download a copy of the poem below.
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sm white sock 2 Then our family each writes down a gift they would like to give Jesus for the next year.  We add these to the White Stocking for Jesus.  This tradition helps our family focus on the true meaning of Christ.   sm white sock 1 You can download my mini paper socks below.  Each family member can write their goal/gift on a stocking.  We also add the year and name. sm gift for Jesus stocking Download Black

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Protect your Family in 2016

 

I want to do anything to protect my family, especially with the internet.  I have loved my Circle with Disney.  It allows me to set appropriate filters on devices, track the internet and see what my kids are seeing…and my favorite, I can pause and stop the devices.  This is such a great thing to be able to do at bedtime, family dinner time and just when we all need a break from our devices.

OUR FAMILY GIFT PICK for 2015:  CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

Check out Circle with Disney!

Every family needs this in their home.

PURCHASE HERE:  CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

Are you tired of letting the Internet dictate what your family is exposed to? Not Anymore! With Circle, you are the boss!

4 Awesome things you can EASILY do with Circle:

1. Set appropriate filters for EACH DEVICE. Use the pre-designed ones or customize your own.

2. Track where your family is spending their time online.

3. Give your devices a BED TIME!

4. PAUSE the internet! Yes. you. can.

Get control of the Internet and give your family this gift.

If you are still not convinced, read what these Circle

customers are saying about it:

“As the father of four kids from elementary through college age, I am not exaggerating when I

say Circle is EXACTLY the device I have been looking for to control the internet

in my house. Circle truly is peace of mind in a little white box.” – WayneStocks

“Circle has literally changed our lives and how our family spends time on the internet. My

worries of what my children could be exposed to online has changed overnight

by the use of Circle. I can pause the internet anytime making getting chores or

homework done much easier these days.” -Terra Nyce

“Circle makes it easy for me to protect my kids online, monitor usage across all our

home’s devices, and create conversations with the entire family. It’s rare that

something is simple and effective, but Circle is both.” — MichaelLukaszewski

As the father of four kids from elementary through college age, I am not exaggerating

when I say Circle is EXACTLY the device I have been looking for to control the internet

in my house. Circle truly is peace of mind in a little white box. —Wayne Stocks

I have to tell you this has been HUGE for our family. We have teens and being able to

see what they are doing on every device is a game changer. —Rebecca Phillips

Circle has literally changed our lives and how our family spends time on the internet. My

worries of what my children could be exposed to online has changed overnight by the

use of Circle. I can pause the internet anytime making getting chores or homework done

much easier these days. —Terra Nyce

Circle makes it easy for me to protect my kids online, monitor usage across all our

home’s devices, and create conversations with the entire family. It’s rare that something

is simple and effective, but Circle is both. — Michael Lukaszewski

Here are some Press Quotes:

“If the Internet is the wild, wild, West, then Circle is the new sheriff in town. Only you

control the sheriff, and you do it with a dead-simple mobile app.” – Digital Trends

“Circle Is A Disney-Backed Blackhat Box To Control Family Screen Time.” -FastCompany

“Our mission with Circle is to redefine how families connect with the Internet, and

ultimately with each other,” Circle Media founder Jelani Memory said.

“Circle speaks to a trend. More and more, we’re seeing complicated networking

protocols and equipment simplified for domestic use.” – FastCompany

“Disney has something that will keep your child safe on the Internet, and it’s not a

snowman that sings about summer.” – The Deseret News National Edition

“Circle With Disney could not come at a better time for families.” – The Deseret News National Edition

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DIY Gold Circle Garland Sharing this pretty gold circle garland today!  So easy to make…and just in time for New Year’s or any celebration coming up in 2016.  I used it as part of my Christmas decor too.  I love how it turned out and it was SOOOOO simple to make! sm gold garland 7 To make the Gold Circle Garland, you will need:

-2 inch gold sparkly circles (you can use a circle punch, I used Sparkly gold paper and cut the circles with my Cricut explore)

-Thin gold string (I used stretchy string)

-Hot Glue & hot glue sticks sm gold garland 6 sm gold garland 5 You will need to glue two circles together with the thin gold string inside.  I placed each circle about 1 inch apart. sm gold garland 3 Keep gluing and adding circles.  You can make your garland as long as you would like…just buy a few spools of the gold string and extra gold paper. sm gold garland 1 sm gold garland 2 I love how pretty it looks in my home. sm gold garland 7 It goes perfect with my Felt & Gold Celebrate banner. sm banner 12

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Felt Celebrate Banner sm banner 11 I had the funnest time making this sweet & fancy CELEBRATE banner.  I love banners for anything…any holiday or occasion.  This is the perfect banner to pull out for any occasion…even when your kids get an A on their spelling test!  Ha!

I love working with felt. With this felt craft, I used my new hot glue gun from Elmers, and the less mess hot glue sticks.  Game changer with felt I tell you!  Before, all of my felt projects would have those stringy glue strands…all over!  I spent an hour picking off the glue strings.  With these new Hot Glue sticks…there wasn’t one string!  It made the crafting process much more enjoyable:) sm banner 8 To make this Gold & Felt Celebrate banner, you will need:

-3 pieces of white stiff felt (9×12)

Elmers (less mess) Glue Sticks and Glue Gun

-Gold ribbon or twine

-Sparkly chipboard letters (I used my Cricut to cut out the gold letters that spell CELEBRATE) sm banner 3 First, cut each felt piece into 4 1/2 x 6 inch rectangles.  You will need 9 of them. sm banner 1 At the bottom, cut out a triangle shape to make the pennant.  Do this for all of the rectangles. sm banner 2 Using the hot glue gun, glue the sparkly gold letters on each banner piece. sm banner 4 Now, glue the gold cording on the top of each banner piece.  Space the white pennants about 1 inch apart. sm banner 5 sm banner 6 Let dry for a few minutes. sm banner 7 sm banner 9 Now!  Hang and enjoy and celebrate!!

For more inspiration on hot glue projects and other fun DIY crafts, follow Elmer’s on Instagram and Pinterest, or sign up for their Craft-It newsletter.
Elmer’s Hot Glue Guns and Sticks are available in Michaels stores.

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We shared some fun & meaningful ways to Countdown to Christmas on Fox 13’s The Place yesterday and we’ve rounded up all of the ideas for you here today!

Your family will love these!  It’s fun to mix it up and implements a new advent idea for each year.  Many of these contain free printables.  These ideas show ways to serve, grow as a family, enjoy the holiday season, and help bring the true spirit of Christmas into your home.

1.  A Christmas Service Countdown

Here you will find free printable strips to add to any countdown.  Each day we will be choosing a “Service” idea out of our advent calendar.  I’m sharing my ideas with you (28 ideas) but you can make this work for your family/community needs.  I knew we needed this when I kept hearing “I want” & “I need.”  I realized that this is a good year to teach my children to think more about our Savior and his example for us…& why Christmas is important to us.

Family Fun Christmas Countdown:

Go sledding/ice skating, make a Christmas craft, make a home made ornament, family service project,  make hot cocoa, pajama/waffle day, list what you are grateful for, make a treat to share with others, decorate Christmas cookies, go see the lights, go caroling, watch a Christmas movie, read Christmas stories, sing Christmas songs by the tree, listen to the Nativity story, write letters to Santa, build a gingerbread house, build a snowman with daddy, visit Santa, make Christmas cards, and some activities to help us remember the true meaning of Christmas & FREE printable numbers to add to your countdown.

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Stocking Garland Countdown

Christmas Stocking Garland Advent Calendar.  I found these adorable mini stockings at Target last year and knew they would be perfect for a sweet garland to hang on your mantle or stair case.  Add little service strips or family activity ideas into each stocking to complete the Christmas Countdown.

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Our family loves to Countdown to Christmas.  I love watching how excited my kids get!  This year we are trying to make our countdown more meaningful for our family.  We will be doing 25 Days of Family service in our home.  Each of us will serve our family members throughout the month!   sm family service countdown 6 sm pb countdown 2 sm pb countdown
What is your favorite way to countdown to Christmas with your family?  We would love to hear!

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