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Easy Baby Onesie FREE Pattern

I made the adorable crochet baby onesie for my granddaughter Harper, I had to make one for her twin brother too!  My problem was how could I make the onesie more boyish and not so girly girly.  My answer is buttons!  Instead of using crochet ties or ribbons I would use buttons. Button embelishments are really in right now.  You can find some really cool buttons at the sewing/craft department of Walmart, and other craft stores.  I had to modify the pattern just a bit to accommodate button ...

17 DIY Fun & Inexpensive Teacher Gifts – FREE Printables

Hooray!  Summer's almost here!  I'm pretty sure the kids already have their plans for this year's summer vacation, and their teachers are looking forward to a well earned break. Our kids' teachers are probably the some of the most under-appreciated, underpaid, and overworked people in today's workforce.  Most of the teachers I know take on this challenging profession because teaching is their passion. They must be passionate and patient, after all they just spent a school year dealing ...

Football Themed Party

A Football Themed Party is always fun, specially for little boys' birthdays.  Last month we hosted my grandson, Devon's, football themed party at our neighborhood park, the kids had a blast and best of all it was easy to plan! But don't think football themed parties are just for little boys, girls love football too!  It's also a great theme for game nights and of course Super Bowl parties. Here's what we did for Devon's Football themed party. Parties start out with the invitation.  I love ...

Colorful Layered Jello

  Nothing is more festive than layered jello, it’s always great at any party.  You can tailor the colors to match the occasion or the party theme.  It’s very versatile and tastes great too. Layered Jello is a great idea for kids' parties.  They're firm enough to be be finger food.  For younger children cut them into smaller cubes so the little hands can pick them up easily.  When we serve this at parties we cut them into squares and place each square in a paper cupcake ...

Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make – FREE Printable

Mother's Day is fast approaching, this year it's Sunday, May 14th.  If you're planning to take mom out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner you should make reservations now if you haven't made them already; Mother's Day is one of the busiest days for restaurants and reservations fill up fast. Along with taking mom out for a meal the kids like to give her a gift as well, and what better gift to give mom than something made lovingly for her. Here are some really unique ideas that kids can make ...

Mother’s Day Tea Party – FREE Recipes

I think my most favorite meal is afternoon tea even though it's a meal I rarely get a chance to indulge in these days. On childhood visits to my grandparents house in the Philippines my grandmother always made sure everyone was home for "merienda", the Filipino version of afternoon tea.   The light meal was always served on her wrought iron kitchen table at 4:00 p.m.  I don't recall actually having tea, I think my grandfather did, but kids were served juice or hot ...

Fruit Filled Ice Pops – Dairy & Nut Free

My 2 year old grandson,  Jett,  has a whole list of allergies.  He's allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, peas, and the list goes on.  His allergies keep him from enjoying many treats and we feel bad when we're having dessert, specially ice cream which he can't have.  That's why we are constantly looking for allergy free treats and snacks to make for him. When allergies are involved we find that homemade meals and snacks are the safest way to go, we know exactly what the ingredients are and ...

Baby Onesie – Free Pattern

I saw this cute baby onesie on Pinterest it had a free pattern.  I just had to make it for my baby granddaughter Harper.  Of course I added my own touches such as the button, applique, and ruffles; after all Harper is our little princess. The free pattern from Bev's Country Cottage is very easy to follow.  It's a great pattern for beginners! I made the basic baby onesie using orchid colored yarn from Red Heart following the pattern then added the ruffle around the legs. I added the ...

Triple Chocolate Brownies aka Scout’s Brownies

Everyone loves brownies, it’s the ultimate comfort food, rich, chewy, and chocolaty, it triggers all your happy spots. I have made brownies from box mixes and from scratch, my favorite ones are those that I make using the recipe I found in a mystery novel I read.  I call them Triple Chocolate Brownies, but in the book they're called Scout's Brownies. I’d like to share the recipe I found in  Diane Mott Davidson’s book “Dying for Chocolate”.  I read this book years ago and have ...

Crocheted Baby Flip Flops

Yarn left over from other projects always makes me crazy!  If I put it away I always forget I have them and end up buying even more yarn.  I try to find small projects to utilize left over yarn as soon as possible. It just so happened my youngest daughter sent me a photo of a pair of baby flip flops she saw in a small store in Tombstone, Arizona.  She wanted to know if I could make them, she was reluctant to pay $13 for something that wasn't very functional. I promised her I'd look for ...