Back to School Family Dinner

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Our kids started school on Monday! Crazy. Summer seems so fleeting now as we are entering Back to School season! Each year I try to have a little special dinner for my family to celebrate a brand new school year. I love trying to celebrate milestones together. This year I was inspired by Katie at The Vintage Mother with her beautiful Back to School dinner, and it kind of gave me the kick I needed to make our dinner pretty yet meaningful. Except for the fresh flowers and a few inexpensive school supplies (and the food for dinner of course), I really didn’t spend much money at all on this “party.” I used what I had on hand and it came together pretty quickly. Let’s chat about some of the details. I wanted to have a little theme to focus on this year, and to talk about with the kids. I knew right from the start I wanted our theme [Read More...]

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Honey Taffy

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This is a post sponsored by Blueprint Social and Disney.  All opinions are my own When I was young I remember popping in video of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  My sisters and I would watch it over and over.  The Hundred Acre Woods was a magical place and we loved to watch and see all the wonderful adventures that Pooh and his friends had. Now if you know that silly old bear, you know he LOVES honey.  What better way to watch the movie then with some honey treats.  I decide to make some Honey Cream Taffy. Enjoy! Grease a 15x10x1-in. pan with butter; place in the refrigerator. In a large deep heavy saucepan, combine 1 cup cream and 2 cups honey. Add 1 cup sugar; cook over medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is melted and mixture comes to a boil. Cover pan with a tight-fitting lid and boil for 1 minute. Uncover; cook, [Read More...]

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1st Day of School Signs & Free Printables

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  Last year I sent these little love muffins off to Kindergarten!  It was a big day…but this year on to 1st grade.  Everyone says it all the time but, I cannot believe how fast time flies.  I feel like I just brought them home from the hospital and here they are off to a whole day of school…very bitter sweet.  But I’m so excited for their 1st grade adventures.  I used to teach first grade..it’s my favorite. I made these signs last year for our annual first day of school pictures.  I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  I just printed off a first grade one and preschool one for my littles. You can download these signs, and add the year.  I left the year blank so that these printables will be good for years to come.  I used the font “Allstar” for the year.  Or if you want, just print them out and use a white chalk [Read More...]

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Individual Pineapple Trifle Dessert

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  Today I am sharing a family summer favorite dessert!  Pineapple Trifles.  They are a delicious hit in our home.  We have already made them twice this summer!  They are easy and quick and the kids can get in on the action. Pineapple Trifle Dessert You will need: 1. carton (a small one) heavy whipping cream (When making this I only added a small amount of powdered sugar) 2. 1 jar marshmallow cream 3. 1 can 20 oz crushed pineapple 4. 1 box cake mix (yellow, vanilla, or white)  Make cake following directions 5.  Berries, strawberries or blueberries for color and flavor Make box cake mix following directions.  After cooled completely, cut in miniature squares and set aside in a bowl. Make your whipping cream (add little powdered sugar), mix in the marshmallow cream and pineapple chunks There are three layers to the mason jar trifles. 1.White cake/Vanilla cake/or Yellow cake….you choose 2.Whipped cream, marshmallow cream, & crushed pineapple (mixed [Read More...]

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“Extra” Special Teacher Gift Idea

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Sharing another teacher gift treat idea today! Grab some EXTRA gum and add my free printable! Click on the download button below to get the free printable:) All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.   Pin It

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Teacher Emergency Kit & Free Printable

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The countdown is on!  Back to school in under 2 weeks!  Today we are rounding up some awesome teacher/back to school printables to help you and your kids get off to a great start! Here’s a recap of our previous month’s posts: We already featured our 12 FREE Spring Themed Printables, 12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables,12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables, and now we’ve paired up with some talented ladies to offer you… 12 FREE BACK TO SCHOOL THEMED PRINTABLES! Today I’m sharing my “Teacher Emergency Kit” Printable. Add hand sanitizer, chapstick, mints, and tissues to a cute container and your have a great gift for any teacher to keep at his/her desk. Click on the link to download:)  It is a zipped file.  You will have to download it, right click on the file and hit extract all…the charts will be ready to go! All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please [Read More...]

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Summer Dresses

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I have a confession.  I love fabric.  Seriously, it could be a problem. If you are like me then you will be happy to know there is a great new fabric company, Modern Yardage.  Modern Yardage is changing up the game and will print your order for you once it’s placed.  No need to stress that the fabric will not be around in a month.  They have new designers with fun fresh designs. I was looking through the options and decided that my girls needed some summer dresses from the Garden Party line.  I ordered my prints and they arrived in the mail shortly after.  (I love not having to leave my house, so this is a bonus.) I had pinned this girls tiered twirl dress pattern from Lateeda Kids.  I knew the fabric would be perfect for these dresses, so I finally bought the pattern and got to work.  I won’t give you a tutorial on the dress since [Read More...]

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Dream Dessert Bars

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Looking for a simple and delicious bar cookie recipe? These have a soft and creamy chocolate center surrounded by a slightly chewy oatmeal cookie. So good!  They are practically a chocolate filled blondie. And that is a winning combination my friends.   Dream Dessert Bars 1 cup butter 2 eggs 2 cups brown sugar 2 Tbs. vanilla 2 1/2 cup flour 1 tsp. soda 1 tsp. salt 3 cups rolled oats. In mixer, cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Then add the flour, soda, salt, and rolled oats. Place two-thirds of the mixture in a greased 9 x 13″ pan. Press down. Filling: 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 Tbs. butter 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp vanilla Melt chocolate chips and butter. Add sweetened condensed milk, salt and vanilla. Pour chocolate mixture over oatmeal dough and spread. Drop pieces of the remaining dough on top of chocolate layer. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Let [Read More...]

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Chicks Picks: Office Supplies

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Raise of hand for who love office supplies as much as me!  I love Back to School time where everything goes on sale and I can snag extra things to bulk up my supplies.  We wanted to make sure you knew about some of our favorite supplies out there. Martha Stewart Bone Folder It makes nice creases and is great for turning fabric.  It also will come in handy if you get caught with a sneaky ninja and will double as a weapon. Crayola Twistables Crayons These are the best!  I love them.  You can mark your scriptures or color and they don’t make a mess. Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Markers Love these! Love the colors. Great for journaling and writing on notes and cards. Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape I think it’s about time that everyday tape is fun.  I love using this to wrap presents or tape a note to the fridge.  You can write on this tape which [Read More...]

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Albion Fit Giveaway

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One important lesson I’ve learned from my husband is that you should look good and dress the part no matter what you are doing.  (Yes! My husband believes this. I’m a lucky girl!)  I think this is definitely true when it comes to working out.  The days of wearing an old scrubby t-shirt and sweat pants are over. Let me introduce you to Albion Fit. Albion Fit has super luxurious and flattering fitness apparel.  Every piece is fashionable, yet practical so you can actually break a sweat. I chose to try out this fun burnt orange Love Racer tank, and I have to say that I am in love with it.  The fabric is so soft and comfortable.  The ruching on the sides adds just another fun detail that is flattering. Albion Fit also sells swimwear. I love how the swimwear is feminine and different from other swimwear out there.  There are fun details added to each suit. Albion Fit has [Read More...]

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