Last Minute Gift Wrap

I found a solution for a last minute gift wrapping debacle. I like to keep brown paper gift bags (you can get them 2 for a $1 at the dollar store) on hand. They can be easily personalized using ribbon, colored tissue paper (20 colored sheets for $1 at Dollar Tree) and/or scrapbook paper, all of which I always have on hand in multiple colors. I just grab coordinating colors for the occasion whether it be for a baby girl being born, thank you gift, or Grandpa’s birthday it is easy to wrap it up quick and cute!

Happy wrapping!

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Nail Polish Glazed Washers

This is a nail polish glazed washer tutorial that I did for Ucreate a few weeks ago, so here is a recap if you missed it.

Nail Polish Washer Accessories

I love the glazed and stamped washers and decided to put a fun new twist on the washer. I “glazed” them using nail polish.

Supplies needed:

  • Washers
  • Nail Polish (color and clear)
  • Nails
  • Cereal Box
  • Accessory supplies: key ring, necklace, charms, clasps

(all the accessory supplies I used were 50% off at Hobby Lobby and cost $2 or less)

1. Poke the a few nails in the cereal box to hold up each washer so the paint can drip if needed.
2. Paint a light coat in the back of the washer so it will be the same color if it flips when you are wearing your necklace/bracelet.
3. Paint the edges of the washer.

4. For the top, really glop it on. There are four different techniques I used.

A. Paint small circles (I did about 10) to get a spirally effect.
B. Drag your brush from the inside to the outside all the way around to make it look like the iris of an eye. Next time I would do this in blue or green. :)

C. Stipple with your brush to get a hammered type look.
D. Drag your brush in circles around the whole washer.

5. Let dry until hardened. Add a clear coat to protect and add shine.

Ta da!

Now embellish however you like.

Add a clasp and a charm for a fun key chain.

Play with chains (mine was a 60 in. that I wrapped), clasps, and charms for a super versatile necklace. Click any of the images to see them up close.

Or rock it as a bracelet.

The possibilities are truly endless!

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Foil Dinner Tips

With summer winding down I thought I would share a thing or two we have learned about foil dinners and how to make them the very best.

  • Line the foil with a leaf of cabbage to keep your dinner from burning.
  • Use tater tots instead of plain potatoes to cook faster and add more flavor
  • Ingredients we like to use: Hamburger patty, tater tots, onion, any other veggie we have around (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, carrots, snow or sugar snap peas, etc)
  • Add onion to flavor even if you don’t like to eat it
  • Add salt and pepper over the whole thing
  • Use two layers of regular foil or one layer of heavy duty, roll the edges to form a pouch.
  • If customizing the dinners to people’s preferences, use a sharpie to mark with initials

There’s nothing like unwrapping a pouch full of fire cooked goodness just when the air starts to get a little cool at night.

What are your favorite tips for foil dinners?

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Kid Friendly Lunch

Looking for some kid friendly food this summer? This is what my little one lovingly calls “tray food.” We put lots of little finger foods in a fun ice tray. He loves to gobble them up out of their little slots and I love that he is filling up on healthy foods.

We try to have something from each food group to fill his tray.

Above: Mini rice cakes, ham, clementine, carrots, string cheese
Below: String Cheese, nuts, craisins, carrots

Some of our other tray food faves are: popcorn, celery, raisins, grapes, and olives. Really anything that is small and can be eaten with fingers.

I originally saw this idea on Supermom Central last fall.

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