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As a grandmother of 9, going on 10 grandchildren (hurray!), I like to do little things for my grandchildren that help add a little magic to their lives and to just show my love in little ways. Last year, I was a little more elaborate and I made the girls owl purses and the boys some patchwork snakes. This year, because my house is so full of people for a couple of months, I am planning on something a little less elaborate, but still sweet and fun that I know my grandchildren will enjoy.
This plan of mine called for a trip to Dollar Tree to get some ideas. It was a lot of fun. Look what I found! (Most are linked for your convenience!)
There are so many cute little sayings that could go with these little favors. I chose 3.
Here are the pdfs for them so that you can print them off. Just click a button. Then be sure to choose 3.5 x 5 paper. I just printed them on 3.5 x 5 cards. Do not click fit to page.
There are a lot of cute ways to package these cute Valentines. You could use these cute pink bags from Dollar Tree and tie them with ribbon.
Because 3 of my grandchildren are in school and will come home with lots of Valentines, I think it is nice to do these little Valentines for the little ones still at home so that they don't feel left out! It is a fun way to teach them to do kind things for others. I think the Blow Me Away Valentine would be great for a classroom party. (Perhaps leave out the gum!)
We will be back this week with more fun Valentine ideas! Be sure to check back! In the meantime, check out some of our past Valentine's Day posts!
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If you subscribe to this blog or follow us on social media, you know that Lindsey had her baby! We are so happy to welcome Baby Emily to our family. I haven't had a lot of chance to enjoy her because I have been down sick for the past few days. I am starting to feel better and I can hardly wait to get over there and cuddle her again.
In the meantime, I realized that I never told you about the baby shower Lindsey's MIL Joanne and I threw for her back in November. The holidays hit, and I saved it for later. Since Emily is here, now seems like the perfect time to talk about the shower.
Since Joanne had to travel from CA, we felt it was easiest to have the shower right at Lindsey's house. It turned out perfectly because we didn't have to pack up and haul the gifts away in a car. We just put them down in the nursery!
I sent out the invitations. LIndsey asked people to give her addresses on Facebook so I would know who to send to. A few people didn't give me their addresses in time. Sorry!
Here is a tip when designing your own invitations, Make them fit on postcard sized photo paper! The paper is glossy and looks nice and they are easy to print from home! I like to use Google Draw to design things like that.
We used a storybook theme for the baby shower. On each invitation we asked for a storybook instead of a card and those who did that would be put into a drawing for a prize. We also did a thank you drawing for people who brought diapers.
Lindsey's favorite children's book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. She is using that as her theme in her nursery with colors and decor. I used a silhouette of one of the monsters and framed a picture for the room. I had seen it done somewhere and it was easy to design on Google Draw.
To decorate the refreshment table and to use in Emily's room later, Joanne did a project that I think is to die for. She found a used copy of Where the Wild Things Are and used it to decoupage the art work onto the letters of Emily's name.
We had a lot of good food, and we played a couple of games at the party. Joanne hit the jackpot at a thrift store she frequents and found a boxful of plastic pacifiers on ribbons. She picked them up for a song. We gave one to each guest as they arrived and told them that if they heard anyone use the word baby they could take away their necklace. (I always lose that game immediately.)
Another game we played was a spin off from Scattergories that we called Scatter Baby! You can download the double sheet below. We used the babies initials on the blank lines and gave everyone 2 minutes to fill in the blanks. Then we would start with whoever had the most filled in and had them read what they thought of. If anyone had a match, then they had to cross it off. Whoever ended up with the most ideas not crossed off won the game. It is a lot of fun if you remind everyone to think out of the box. Let me tell you, you had to think out of the box with Emily's initials. We used E G because her name is Emily Grace. Or you could use the first and last names.
Just click on the image to get a prinable version.
The shower went very well and Emily received many beautiful gifts! Fun was had by all. Now that she is here and using the gifts, we are all so appreciative of the love that was shown to her and her mother. We hope you can use some of these ideas at your next baby shower! For more ideas, check out past posts about baby showers here and here.
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I am not a coffee drinker. But I do love me some good hot cocoa. And, although here in Phoenix we are still waiting for some nice chilly weather to go with the holidays, the evenings have been cool enough for me to enjoy a Hot Cocoa Bomb here and there. Right now we are in full swing getting ready for the annual Ugly Sweater Express hosted by my DIL's family each year, where we will be selling hundreds of Hot Cocoa Bombs! As I write this post, I am sipping on my newest flavor or Cocoa Bomb, Gingerbread!
If you haven't had a chance to go to our Etsy shop yet, you should go. That is where you can download your own copy of our booklet telling you all about how to make Hot Cocoa Bombs! We have a bunch of flavors besides original Hot Cocoa. We have Peppermint, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Salted Caramel, Cherry Cordial, Cinnamon, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Covered Strawberry and now this year we are adding Gingerbread!
Because Gingerbread has molasses in it, I added brown sugar to the chocolate mixture that goes inside. Brown sugar has molasses in it, I suggest dark brown sugar for the best flavor. I did this because I have learned from experience that liquids do not do well inside of a Hot Cocoa Bomb. Next, I put in cinnamon, ginger and cloves. I put in quite a bit of the ginger and cloves for that extra little tangy kick that you get from gingerbread. I wanted to find gingerbread men marshmallows, but I haven't seen any yet, but I did find some gingerbread man sprinkles to decorate with! Click on the picture gallery to see how to drink these delicious treats!
Sitting and drinking a cup of hot cocoa is a real stress reliever for me. Getting ready for the craft show and getting my son ready for his mission are just a couple of the things that are keeping me busy. Thinking about de-stressing with a Hot Cocoa Bomb is what inspired me to come up with this little printable sign to hang in my kitchen for the holidays. You can get your own copy of it by subscribing to our blog! Within a week we will send you the link to our exclusive subscriber's free printables page where you can download your own copy!
In order to make the frame, I found these great wooden pine plaques at Michael's for under $3!
Remember, Hot Cocoa Bombs make great gifts! If you aren't in Phoenix where you can come and buy them from me this weekend, try making them yourself! You can purchase the molds on Amazon.
Or for Christmas, these are super cute. They have little Christmas character faces on them. Alicia's MIL, Patricia, took some pictures for us after we made some with Alicia's mold.
You could even put together a Hot Cocoa Bomb kit with a mold, our booklet, some chocolate chips, Nesquik and Marshmallows! You could even add the printable above and some mugs while you are at it.
And while you are visiting our Etsy shop, you will see a few other things to strike your fancy, like "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" printable and Tea Towel that Alicia just added yesterday!
So, make some Cocoa Bombs, subscribe and get a new free printable, give some gifts and enjoy yourself through it all!
PS- There are still a few days left to get your advent calendars ready! Here are some of the ideas we've shared!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to nearly nine and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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