Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed – FREE Printables

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed – FREE Printables

Breakfast in Bed
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Mother’s Day is fast approaching; but you still have plenty of time to think of something to give Mom this year.  If you’re thinking about taking her out to brunch or dinner you better make reservations now!  Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for most restaurants, that’s probably because Moms don’t want to cook on Mother’s Day, I know I don’t!

Instead of taking her out this year why not make Mom breakfast in bed?  You don’t have to be a great cook, it can be as simple as bringing her a bowl of cereal or even a pop tart and a glass of orange juice.  The idea is to make the day special by doing something for Mom instead of how it usually works,  Mom getting up and doing for everyone in the house!

Here are some ideas and recipes for Mother’s Day breakfast in bed.  I hope it will inspire you this Mother’s Day!

How to serve it?

 

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First things first!  It all begins with a tray, you’ll need to put her food on something to carry it to her room.  Even if it’s just a pop-tart it will look yummy dressed up plated on a nice dish and served on a pretty tray with a flower from the garden.

Buckets of Burlap up-cycles pallet wood to make this pretty breakfast tray table.

Click here to learn how!

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Mother Earth Living makes this cute tray from an old suitcase lid and bits of wallpaper.

Click here to learn how!

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Courtesy of So You Think You’re Crafty

For a multi-purpose tray try this up-cycled cabinet door by So You Think You’re Crafty.  You can serve her breakfast and wish her Happy Mother’s Day on the chalkboard tray!

Click here to learn how!

If you don’t have an old cabinet door you can paint an old metal or plastic tray with chalkboard paint and add a couple of cabinet pulls from the hardware store to make a similar tray.  Or just paint the frame of a chalkboard and add the cabinet pulls for handles.  Lots of possibilities here to show off your craftiness!

What to serve?

 

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Now that your “stage” is set you’ll need to move on to the main event, FOOD!  Whether you’re a top chef or a kitchen klutz I’m sure you’ll find something yummy to serve Mom.  Just remember presentation is everything; even a store bought donut can look special plated on fine china with a paper doily from Walmart.

Want to impress Mom with your culinary skills?  Cook her up some of these yummy things from Donal Skehan.

Click here for recipes!

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Ok, so you don’t cook, you can still impress her with a yogurt parfait topped with fresh fruit and granola.  You can buy it all from the market or go ahead try your hand at some homemade granola.

Click here for granola recipes!

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Courtesy of Stepable

Somewhere in between chef and klutz?  How about these “Love” pancakes from Stepable?
It’s done using boxed pancake mix, you basically just add water and stir if you get the quick pancake mix!

You can fry up any letter you want to send your own special message.

Click here to learn how!

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Courtesy of Hungry Happenings

If you really want to impress Mom with your craftiness and culinary abilities whip up this edible arrangement from Hungry Happenings.

Click here to learn how!

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Courtesy of Always With Butter

Oh, right!  You’re banned from the kitchen because you’re the burn the kitchen type of cook!  No worries, pop on over to the neighborhood coffee shop and pick up a couple of pastries and her favorite tea or coffee.  Slip them out of the bag and plate them on a doily covered dish and pour the hot drink in a pretty cup or mug, she’ still love it!

 

What about the beverage?

 

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Courtesy of Wine & Glue

You can serve mom her favorite tea or coffee in a pretty cup or mug and a pitcher of OJ or her favorite juice.  If you want to make it really special whip up one of these morning beverages.

Wake her up with a fruity Sunrise Mimosa from Wine & Glue.

Click here for recipe!

 

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Courtesy of Pieces of a Mom

Mom prefer something spicier?  How about this Perfect Bloody Mary from Pieces of a Mom?

Click here for recipe!

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If Mom’s not into booze mix up this refreshing non-alcoholic Citrus Rosemary Spritzer from The Kitchn.

Click here for recipe!

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Serve your beverages, hot & cold, in pretty carafes and tea or coffee pots so she can have refills.  Saves you from going back and forth to the kitchen for them.

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If you still feel breakfast in bed is not enough then make her a keepsake and pop it on the tray.

Spruce up the breakfast tray with a card or mini banner.

Click here for Mother’s Day FREE Printables from B. Lovely Events!

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Serve her coffee or tea in this Hand-Warming Mug from Better Homes and Gardens.  It will surely warm her heart!

Click here to learn how!

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Courtesy of Home Stories A to Z

Or put the flowers in this Mason Jar Picture Frame by Home Stories A to Z. 

Click here to learn how!

 

 

 

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Courtesy of Lolly Jane

If Mom prefers potted plants to cut flowers then give here these succulents in a Mason Jar from Lolly Jane.

Click here to learn how and for FREE printable!

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Mom doesn’t have a green thumb?  Combine flowers and photos with this Flower Tree from Better Homes and Gardens.

Click here to learn how!

Whatever you decide to give Mom this Mother’s Day rest assured that she’ll love it specially if it comes with a great big hug!

For more Mother’s Day craft ideas click here!

Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family – Free Templates

Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family – Free Templates

Easter Paper CraftsIf you haven’t already heard our family loves holidays, we like to celebrate every single one.  Right now Easter’s coming soon and we’ve been busy with various craft projects.  We’ve made pom pom bunnies and chicks, chick aviator hats and peek-a-boo bunny hats, and Easter plaques.  The last couple of days I fired up my Cricut Explore Air cutting machine to cut some Easter bunnies and eggs to use for our paper projects.  To add texture to the cardstock I used my cute little Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.   Here are some of our Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family!  I’m sharing some templates too!

Many of these projects are very simple, all you need are cardstock or construction paper, glue, scissors, small pom poms, and scraps of ribbon and twine.  If you have a cutting machine you can definitely use that to cut out cute little bunnies; if not you can use the free templates I’m sharing and cut them out by hand.

(This post contains affiliate links to the products we used)

Click here for templates!  It’s free!

One of the easiest, and in my opinion, cutest Easter Paper Craft is this Bunny Frame.  I just used an 11″x 14″ frame I already had, luckily it was light blue, a perfect Spring color!  Here’s how I made this:

Supplies:

Frame – any size you want, mine is 11″ x 14″ which holds an 8″ x 10″ photo.

Cardstock – any color you prefer, I used dark pink for the background, pearly white for the front card, and blue for the bunny.

Small pom pom – you can get some from the craft store

Die cut machine, letter stencils, or letter stickers

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Cut the background cardstock to the size of your frame opening

Cut the front piece of cardstock 1/2″ smaller than the background piece.  If you have a die cut machine you can cut out the letters for “Hippity Hop Easter’s on its way!”

If not you can stencil the words on, or use stickers.  Or you can just print them on with a marker!

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Easter Paper CraftsIf you want to you can emboss the bunny with an embossing machine if you have one, but you don’t have to.  You can also hand emboss it, here’s a great tutorial from The Frugal Crafter to show you how to emboss with out a machine![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

The picture tutorial below will show you how to emboss with the Sizzix Texture Boutique!  It’s a cute little machine that’s shaped like a purse.  The item you want to emboss is placed into an embossing folder (sold separately in different designs).  The folder is then sandwiched between the 2 black plates and in this case because I was embossing a single sheet of cardstock, a mylar shim (plates and shim is included with the machine).

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The “sandwich” is then placed in the slot of the machine and cranked thru.  When the “sandwich” get thru the cardstock is embossed with the pattern.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsOnce you’ve cut and embossed all the pieces it’s time to assemble the picture.  I used Elmer’s Craftbond Glue Runner, to glue all the pieces together.

Easter Paper CraftsFinally I used Aleene’s tacky glue to glue on the pom pom then placed it in the frame.

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Another Easter Paper Craft we did is this adorable Bunny Banner.

Like the Bunny Frame I cut out the bunny shapes with the Cricut and embossed some of the with the Texture Boutique.  I wanted each bunny to be different so I stamped a couple of them with white ink. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Easter Paper Crafts Emboss and/or stamp each bunny. [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

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Easter Paper CraftsGlue a pom pom tail on each bunny.  To learn how to make pom poms using a pom pom maker click here![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

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Easter Paper CraftsWe also made this vertical Bunny Banner using glitter paper.

I cut the bunnies from glitter paper which we glued vertically along a strand of ribbon.  We glued on the pom pom tails and tied on a bow.  Easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter Paper CraftsAgain I cut out bunnies and eggs on the Cricut and embossed some, and stamped others.  Then I cut a circle out of the middle of a paper plate and let the kids glue the eggs and bunnies on it.

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When they were done I punched 2 holes on the top of the wreath and threaded a length of ribbon thru for hanging.

These are just a few crafts the whole family can do this Easter season.  They are all very inexpensive, easy, and fun.  You can decorate your whole house!  You can even use the cut outs to make cards and signs.  Check out my Easter Plaque craft!


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Making Math Fun For Life

Making Math Fun For Life

Spending time with your children or grandchildren can be a real joy, but it’s also a golden opportunity to help them learn without even realizing it. With the latest exam data showing that just 42% of Hawaiian public school students are reaching proficiency targets in Math – the same percentage as in the previous two years – helping your child to be confident in numeracy is really important. Whether they’re following a delicious pancake recipe with you or working out how to make their Lego pieces fit together, kids need numbers. Thankfully there are lots of fun ways to support your child at home and build strong math foundations for life.

Laying fun foundations

Teaching professionals have found that simple math games can help to introduce your kids to mathematical principles in a fun way. Card games like Uno can teach them about matching colors and numbers, and counting the cards you need to pick up. Classic board games such as Monopoly help them learn to count numbers on dice, move spaces and count money; you could even get the Hawaiian edition to brush up on their local knowledge too. These traditional games are also wonderfully sociable and easy to play with less active members of the family too.

Math on the move

In a recent vacation survey, 64% of families were planning road trips as an affordable, easy way to travel. If you need something to keep the kids entertained, having some simple math games to hand can really help. Counting cars of matching colors is a nice easy game for all ages. You could also prepare colorful flash cards to test each other on your times tables as you travel.  

Mother Nature’s math class

For a really easy way to make math part of everyday life, simply step outside. As a local study finds that the average Hawaiian youth spends 3 hours a day on video games, make it your mission to step away from screens and get out into nature. Children can learn to spot shapes in nature, count petals, birds or study the shapes of different types of leaves. For a fun craft project, teach them to make a kite.

Math doesn’t have to mean sitting at a table with sums; you can use it when you bake together, make crafts or visit the park. By making numbers fun, approachable and relevant, you can remove some of the barriers which may make children feel less confident about the subject. Whether the child in your life is going to be an astronaut or sell their own paintings, math is at the core of life; help them find a little joy in it.

Plan Your Super Bowl Party – FREE Printables

Plan Your Super Bowl Party – FREE Printables

Super Bowl LIII is on February 3. It’s the largest televised sports event in America.   Millions will watch while consuming millions of pounds of potato chips and other snacks with friends and family.

Many people host parties around the Super Bowl, after all it’s more exciting when you watch the game with friends and family.  It gets really interesting when those present are rooting for opposing teams!  It certainly does at our house!

 If you’re planning a Super Bowl Party here are a few ideas to get you started.

 Send out invitations

It’s really a very informal event so you can text or email your Super Bowl Party invitations and ask for an RSVP via text or email.

You can create a simple invitation on picmonkey.com.  Just download a .jpg background and add borders, texts and more.  Once you’ve created your masterpiece you can share directly from the site.
Or you can download this free printable Super Bowl Party invitation I’m sharing with you and print it out on card stock and send to friends and family!

 

 

 If possible have 2 viewing areas.

Perhaps a media/game room and the family room, or better still your man cave and another room.  The die hard fans can watch the game uninterrupted (noise, kids, etc.) in one room, while the casual fans can watch in another room.  This should keep everyone happy!

Plan a menu of easy to make snack foods and set out a party bar or buffet.

For Super Bowl party bar ideas click here!   or if you must build a snack stadium.  For ideas and instruction on snack stadiums click here!

For fun Super Bowl snack recipes click here

Super BowlDecorate the party areas

Drape the table and around the rooms with pennants, flags, footballs, etc.  You can use either team’s  logos or generic football decor.
Here are some fun free Super Bowl Decorations I found around the web!

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Free Poster from printthisfree.com (matte & frame not included)
For printable click here!

Plan a fun activity or game before the game begins, at half-time, and for kids during the party.

Keep the kids busy with coloring pages of your team.
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Free coloring pages from SouthShoreMama.com
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Free printables from the36thAVENUE.com click here!

Play game bingo free printable from Flamingotoes.com click here!

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Purchase these printable photo booth props here!

A photo booth is fun for young and old.

You can use bunting, pennants, flags, etc. for your backdrop and set out props.  You can purchase downloadable printable props from Esty.com

How ever you decide to spend Super Bowl Sunday have a great time!

For more party ideas follow my Super Bowl Party Bowl on Pinterest!

 

 

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FREE Printable Halloween Door Signs

FREE Printable Halloween Door Signs

Halloween Door Signs

Lately I’ve got Halloween on my mind, and it’s no wonder Halloween is just a few weeks away!

Halloween is one of our most favorite holidays, surpassed only by Christmas!  It marks the start of the busiest time of year for us when 4 major holidays seem to run right into each other.  It sure makes the last quarter of every year go by fast!

We started our Halloween/Fall crafts and decorating back in late August and still aren’t ready!  We’ve made a few wreaths and jars, but we’re still working on costumes for the kids.

 

To get everyone in the Halloween spirit I thought I’d share these fun door hangers.  They’d be fun to hang on any door in the house, on your office desk, or a school locker.

Just print them on card stock and cut them out.  Click on the links to get the FREE jpg files.

We’re working on FREE printable signs and stickers for my favorite neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed!” and should be able to share them soon!

Aren’t familiar with this game?  Check out my post last Halloween for game details and come back soon to get this year’s new FREE Printables – we’re adding matching stickers/tags for you to print out and hang on your Boo Basket!   Click here to learn more about this popular neighborhood game!

Halloween Door Signs

Click here to download this door hanger!

Halloween Door Signs

Click here to download this door hanger!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“You’ve Been Booed” – Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLES

“You’ve Been Booed” – Neighborhood Game – FREE PRINTABLES

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It’s Halloween time again!  Yay!  It’s my favorite holiday right after Christmas.

One of the things I love about Halloween is that I get to give treats, and not just to kids.  That’s why I love this neighborhood game I learned while visiting my daughter in Arizona a few years ago.

It’s called “You’ve Been Booed!”.   The idea is to anonymously gift 2 neighbors a basket of treats, they in turn will gift 2 others, and the game goes on.

My grandsons have a great time helping put gift baskets together and devising elaborate plans on how to drop off treats unseen.  I think it’s great fun and a good way to teach youngsters about sharing.

My daughters have already started collecting treats for their  Halloween “Booed” baskets, they can’t wait to start the game in the neighborhoods.

This game can be played around the neighborhood or even at work or in school.  We’ve designed several new versions of this game complete with instruction sheet and coordinating signs, tags, and stickers.  I’m sharing them here for you to print and use this Halloween season.  We have several versions of each sign (You’ve, I’ve, We’ve…been booed) for different circumstances.  Choose the one that best fits your game.  We designed door hangers as well if you’d prefer to give them out instead of a sign that can be taped on a door or window.  The door hangers can be hung by friends and neighbors on their front door know to indicate that they’ve already received a basket.

Just click on the links below for your FREE PRINTABLE signs.  You can print them on plain paper, cardstock, or even sticker paper.  You can even mix & match the designs!  Have fun!

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Spooky Ghosts and Pumpkin   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!

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Door Hanger!  Click here to download!

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Ghost & Spider Set.   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!

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Ghost hangers!  Click here for download!

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Friendly Ghost Set.   (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!

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Friendly Halloween Trio Set.    (Instruction sheet, door signs, door hangers, & round tag or sticker)

Click here to download pdf files!

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Trio door hanger.  Click here to download!

The next 2 sets are meant to be printed and cut-out into the shapes.  I print them on cardstock then cut them along the outer edge of the pictures.

For this friendly jack’o lantern set click here!

 

Click here for this eerie tombstone set!

For more ideas and another FREE Printable 
game sheet, check out my post last Halloween! 

 

 

 

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