I have a new calling at church! I teach the Sunbeams! (They are the 3 year olds.) I love them and I love this calling. 3 year olds have a very short attention span, so I get to be very creative planning activities and projects to enhance the lesson's main message. That means I carry a lot of supplies every Sunday to church. I quickly realized that I needed a bigger tote to keep myself organized, but I didn't want to spend a ton of money.
Pretty cute, but no pockets. After looking around the store at different ideas, my daughter-in-law suggested I add pockets to this tote. I remembered an idea I saw on a Martha Stewart site that showed how to use a canvas carpenter's apron to add pockets to a bucket. So, I found a 3 pack of aprons like this for under $10.00:
I had my 50% off coupon, so these were a super good buy! I took them over to the tote and they fit across the inside perfectly! Two of them would work just right, giving me lots of pockets and helping me be organized. (That leaves me one apron left for a later project. I'll let you know.)
So I pinned it in the bag under the zipper and stitched it across with my sewing machine. Even though I got it a little crooked, it barely shows on the outside at all.
Just cut the waist ties off.
Then, start to fill your bag with all the goodies you need to keep your Sunbeams happy!
(See the cute play-dough my daughter-in-law's mom gave me? It is awesome. Thanks Anita!) Get to work making your tote! Then share your cute pictures with us!
In the Cocoa Bomb tutorial I told you that one 12 oz. package of chocolate chips would make 16 bombs. That is a LIE! Well, it was an error anyway. One package of chocolate chips will make 8 bombs. Sorry! I hope you didn't already suffer from my error. I am going to go back and edit my mistake.
On a lighter note, I had a little chocolate left over the last time I made bombs, so I dipped a few pretzels. I love that salty sweet taste!
Our Holiday Review
I hope that you all had absolutely wonderful holidays! At our house, they were wonderful because all of my children and their spouses and children were here. We played games and laughed and ate in our Reynolds way. It was a great time to test our Hot Cocoa Bombs on everyone and to get their honest opinions on the flavors and ideas that we have. I can always rely on my kids to give me their honest thoughts and to give me new ways to think about things.
Of course, I sent Hot Cocoa Bombs to my extended family as part of their Christmas gifts. They are all so excited about them! (They say the Bombs are the bomb!)
My daughter, Alicia, ordered a bunch of bombs from me to give as gifts to her fellow teacher friends. She reported that they were all impressed.
Another friend who had tried them ordered a dozen more as gifts.
Everyone is always ready to test a new flavor for me and Madalynn, my artist, has so many creative ideas for marketing. Actually, so does my son Jacob, who is not an artist at all. (His owls would probably come out looking like aardvarks, but that is a different story entirely.) But, he has some great ideas for commercials, should we ever get to that point.
We couldn't help but be impressed that one of us actually received a Cocoa Bomb as part of a gift from a friend!
Well, the verdicts are in from all of our tests and studies. Hot Cocoa Bombs are a hit and we are ready to begin putting them out there for the world to try! I have so many ideas and my legal team (attorney daughter and law-student son) are helping me get my thoughts in order. Lindsey is going to sit down with me to make my business plan and then it won't be long until we will be able to let you in on our recipes and techniques. She is the one who keeps me level headed when I get overly excited. It is so satisfying to have my families support and help in this endeavor.
So, now that the New Year has begun, you can look for more progress from us. Thanks to all of our followers so far and I hope 2015 is wonderful for you all!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!