Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hand Print Flower Bouquet

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Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, my husband and I were talking about what to get our mom's this year. I don't always give gifts for Mother's Day and if I do it has usually been something small like flowers, candy, or a cute craft because all mom's really want is to feel appreciated and loved by their children and what better way to show your mom you care than by making them a gift from the heart. This year we were blessed with another baby so now I have two kids under the age of two who are spoiled by their grandmas so I decided what better gift than to involve their grandbabies by making a Hand Print Flower Bouquet for them.


  • Construction Paper
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • A Stapler
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Cute Little Hands
  • Toilet Paper Roll (Optional)
  • Duct Tape or Glue (Optional)

How To:

1. Cut the straws to different lengths to help give a variety of height in your bouquet. I cut several of them in half since I was using a toilet paper roll as my vase but cut them however you'd like to better suit your vase.

2. Trace your child's hand onto the construction paper. Remember we are making a bouquet so use bright colors. Since I was making this for Mother's Day I also traced my husband and my hands to add to the bouquet.

3. Cut out the hand prints. I also cut out a few petals to add to some, not all, of the flowers. 

4. Once you have a good collection of hand prints, it is time to attach them to the straws. Wrap the bottom of the hand print around the top of the straw and staple it. Continue to do this until all of your hand prints are attached to a straw. Staple petals to a few of the flowers. 

5. Wrap each finger around the tip of your pencil to make the handprints look more like flowers. Continue until all of the fingers have been curled.

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6. Place the finished flowers in a vase and you're done! I added a "Happy Mother's Day" sign to the bouquet and wrote our name on one of our flower petals so they knew who's hand it was to make it a little more personal.

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Different Vase Ideas: 
- I wrapped a toilet paper roll with some duct tape I had lying around the house to make the vase for my Hand Print Flower Bouquet but if you don't have duct tape you can glue some construction paper around the toilet paper roll to decorate it. 
- Glass Beer/Soda bottle
- Mason Jar
- Red Solo/Foam cup: make sure to fill it with something to keep the flowers from moving a lot
- Wrap some tissue paper and a bow around them.
- Use an actual vase; I'm sure you can get them cheap at a Dollar Store

I think the Hand Print Flower Bouquet turned out pretty good and I hope our mother's enjoy it. All of the supplies I had lying around the house so it's a perfect craft to make especially if you are on a budget. This craft is easy to make but time consuming. The hardest part is getting the little ones to stay still long enough to trace their hands and cutting out all the hand prints but it ended up working out. If you are making the flowers as a craft at school, church, etc... the children will need help stapling their hand prints to the straw. Show your mother you care this Mother's Day by making her a gift from the heart. Hope you enjoyed this craft!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

EAT Wall Decor for the Kitchen

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Since we recently bought a house and moved in I have become more focused of different ways to decorate than I use to be. One Pinterest inspired idea I had was the word EAT hanging somewhere in the kitchen but the letters can be so expensive so I decided to get creative. I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and Walmart to get the supplies and now I have the word EAT hanging above our kitchen window making it a little more homie! It was so easy to do and a lot cheaper than buying other letters.


  • Paper Mache Letters to spell out EAT (Originally $2.99 at Hobby Lobby)
  • Spray Paint
  • Soda tabs
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

How To:

1. Spray paint the letters any color you want. Let Dry.

2. Hot glue a soda tab onto the back of the letters so you can hang them. The soda tabs work because the letters are so light. If you have wooden letters you might need to use a sawtooth hanger.

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3. Hang the letters on the wall and you're done!

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It's that easy to make! You can paint them any color you'd like or even use a metal looking spray paint to make them look more expensive and rustic. You don't have to stick to the word EAT, you can make any word you would like whether it's for the kitchen, laundry room, or your child's name. This cost me about $10 to make but should of been less because the letters were suppose to be 50% off and I didn't notice it until I got home. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

March Madness Date

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So the craziness of March Madness just came to an end and the winner was Duke so congratulations to whoever called that one!!! Since I live in Kentucky I decided to join almost everybody else and chose UK vs. Duke in the NCAA championship with UK winning, but as you all know UK lost in the final four. I even said when I was making my bracket that I didn't think UK was going to win so I should of listened to that little voice in my head but oh well, at least I didn't have money on it, but I did have a home cooked dinner on it!

Before the NCAA games started, my husband printed off two brackets and gave me one. He told me to fill it out and the loser makes the winner a dinner and dessert of their choice. I was like ok, why not. It sounded like fun and it was something my husband came up with so I was game. I knew nothing about any of the teams other than UK hadn't lost a game yet so I based my bracket off the teams win to loose ratio not knowing the other numbers were their projected win order. We were pretty close point wise but I had Duke going to the playoffs so I ended up winning 111 to 108 once we added up all our points so now my husband gets to cook me a dinner and dessert of my choice!!!  My husband usually cooks dinner for us though so I think he was planning on me losing the bet but oh well he just said to pick something difficult because he's up for a challenge. (I'm still deciding on what I want, typical woman I know lol)

So basically the March Madness Date is really easy and cheap if you are on a budget. It also allows you and your significant other to spend some quality time with each other since there are a TON of basketball games to watch. We didn't watch them all but several of them were up on the TV while we were busy doing other things.  

-Print off two brackets
-Fill out the brackets
-Keep track of the winning teams (Our point system: First Four 1 pt, Second Round 2pts, Third Round 3pts, Sweet 16 - 4pts, Elite Eight 5pts, Final Four 6pts, and Championship 7pts)
-Loser cooks the winner a dinner and dessert of their choice or whatever else you want to bet on

So next time March Madness comes around keep this date in mind!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Beer Hunt

This was our first Easter as Mr. and Mrs. so I decided to send my husband on an Easter Beer Hunt. This was really easy to make and I had a blast watching him try to find the beers.  Lets just say my one year old did a better job finding her eggs; I ended up having to give him a few hints.

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How To:

  1. First you need to buy a 6 pack of beer.  I went to Kroger and made my own variety pack.
  2. Then I created 6 Easter eggs with sayings on them and printed them out along with an Easter basket, his name, and directions. 
  3. I cut out the eggs, hole punched them and tied them to the beer bottles.
  4. I glued the basket, his name, and directions to the beer box for some decoration. 
  5. I placed the beer box in my husbands chair and hid the beers around the house for him to find Easter morning.
*I was short on time so I made it all on the computer but you can use construction paper and markers and make it your own or come up with different Easter sayings to match whatever beer you end up getting.

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Egg Sayings:

  • A way to wet your WHISKERS!
  • It will take the SPRING from your step and replace it with a HOP!
  • Sit back, Relax, and enjoy this Easter treat!
  • Hoppy Easter
  • Pale Ale for my EGG-stra favorite male!
  • Brewed with lots of hugs and kisses just for you!


Here is your Easter Basket for today. I have hidden 6 beers around the house for you to find. Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

I also hid a basket full of my husband's favorite Easter candies that he found while searching for his beers. My husband loved it and it ends up he had only tried one of the six beers so I'm hoping they taste good.  Try to hide the beers in difficult places to make it more exciting for both your husband and you, after all he's old enough to drink so he doesn't need them hidden in plain sight. Let me know how your man likes this idea down below! Happy Easter!

Check out my other Easter Related Blogs:

The Martini Family Easter Festivities 2015

Happy Day after Easter!!!

I wanted to post yesterday but I was busy spending time with my family so I'm posting today. This was our first Easter as a married couple so I decided to make my husband go on a beer hunt (Easter Beer Hunt tutorial). It was also our first Easter with my son and my daughter's second Easter but the first one she was able to participate in Easter festivities. We tried last year but she was just learning how to sit so didn't really work out lol I wasn't able to find an Easter Bunny to take their pictures with this year but they are usually creepy looking so its okay, I'll try again next year but the Easter Bunny did pay us a visit and my daughter loved it!

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We woke up Easter morning and I dressed my babies in their Easter onesies: Miss Nobunny's cuter than me and Mr. I have chicks all over me. I have to say they are pretty adorable babies.

We then gave my daughter a basket and showed her what to do. She had a blast and found all of the eggs the Easter bunny hid. She actually did a better job at finding the eggs than her daddy did at finding his.

When my daughter saw her Easter Basket she went straight for the Gerber snacks and brought them to me. She also took her brothers Gerber puffs thinking they were hers.  Our little girl loves her food.

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My daughter's Easter Basket Consisted of:

  • Easter Onesie
  • Gerber Banana Cookies and Gerber Yogurt Melts
  • Summer Hat
  • Magnet Alphabet Letters
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • A Bunny Chair my husband picked out
My son got an Easter Onesie and Gerber Puffs that we will save until he is old enough to eat them since he is only 4 weeks old and my husband and I both got our favorite Easter Candies.

Daddy trying on Lexi's new hat
Logan with his gift

Later that day we decided to grill out. My husband grilled some chicken pineapple bacon kebabs, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, broccoli, and made strawberry blondies which tasted more like strawberry cake with white chocolate, but it was still good. While he was grilling my daughter went on another Easter egg hunt only outside this time and then we attempted to use the side walk chalk the Easter Bunny brought her until she decided to try to eat it... Overall we had a really nice Easter!

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