Valentine’s Day Basket + Blog Hop

Love is in the air, friends!

We are celebrating February, 14th 2014 with an incredible giveaway that you won’t want to miss!

Are you ready for this?! TWENTY-EIGHT of my FAVORITE bloggers have put together amazing Valentine’s Day baskets filled with everything you will need for fun, romantic night! That’s right, ladies… no more stressing over what to do or scrambling at the last minute to pull together a memorable evening.

Valentine’s Day is 100% planned for the lucky recipients of these twenty-eight gorgeous baskets!

Each of us are giving away a unique themed date night basket valued at over $100 each to make your evening something you will treasure forever!

Here’s a peak at all 28 giveaway baskets:

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Are you ready for a chance to enter 28 AMAZING Giveaways AND meet some of our favorite blogging friends?

Welcome to The ULTIMATE Valentine’s Day Basket + Blog Hop!!

Here’s What You Do:

1. Are you sitting down?!! Ready to feast on all the delicious eye candy of the amazing giveaways you are about to enter? I thought so!

2. Scroll down further in this post to get a more DETAILED description of what WE’RE giving away.

3. Enter my giveaway at the very bottom of the post.

4. Time to start “blog-hopping!” Click on each of our friends’ links below & enter ALL of their giveaways!

5. Definitely take time to check out each of these sites. We have quite the variety of talented ladies participating in this! You are in for a REAL treat!!

With a young family, it can sometimes be difficult to get away for a Valentine’s Date on the town…so I am going to be giving away a movie date package night for two!! 

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Click on each link to view each site, and enter to win their “Valentine’s Date Night” basket. If you receive an error message, click to the blog’s home page. So much inspiration, right?!?

1. The Dating Divas 2. Bombshell Bling 3. Thirty Handmade Days 4. All Things Thrifty 5. Nobiggie 6. A Little Tipsy 7. The Crafting Chicks 8. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke 9. Skip To My Lou 10. Snap 11. Fun Cheap Or Free 12. Positively Spendid 13. My Sister’s Suitcase 14. The 36th Avenue 15. Smitten By 16. The Idea Room 17. 4 Men 1 Lady 18. Girl Loves Glam 19. The Diva Dish 20. Entirely Eventful Day 21. Tatertots & Jello 22. Just A Girl 23. Dollar Store Crafts 24. The SITS Girls 25. Lolly Jane 26. Design Dazzle 27. My Insanity 28. Not Just A Housewife

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Now…for my basket details…

The winner of the Movie Night Gift Basket will receive the following:

$50 Visa Gift Card (to order take out and drinks of their choice)

A DVD movie of their choice (if I am able to find it)

Popcorn and Red Vines

Gray Stripe Blanket

Drink Ice Bucket

Drink, Popcorn & Movie Printables

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Set up a movie theater right in the comfort of your own home.  It is fun to make the night a little extra special.  I simply hung a piece of canvas (cut from a painter’s drop cloth)  The drop cloth gives the feel of having a real movie screen to project your movie on if you can!  Even if you can’t project the movie on the screen…it is still a fun set up!

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Throw down a blanket and some pillows to make it extra cozy!  Chill your drinks on some ice in the metal ice bucket while eating food from your favorite take out restaurant.  Be sure to save some room for some movie snacks!

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Use the printables to add a little extra pizzaz to your movie snacks.  I have also provided you with some printable movie tickets to give to your significant other as a private invite to your movie night date.  I can personalize them with the movie you end up choosing to go in your gift basket if you would like, or just go with the ones in the picture.

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So…what do you think?  Are you interested in winning this Movie Night Gift Basket?  Be sure to enter and Good Luck!

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*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on January 24, 2014. One winner will receive the Movie Gift Basket items specified above.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 24 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winners must respond within 24 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

12 Free Summer Printables

You guys!! It is time once again for our monthly Printable Blog Hop. This month our theme is SUMMER!!

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If you are new here, every month 12 creative bloggers share a free printable with a common theme.  To get each printable you simply need to “hop” from one blog to another to get them.  There are some seriously cute Summer Printables here!

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With a Summer theme…and July being National Ice Cream Month…I thought it would be fun to come up with some ice cream cone wrappers.  They are a simple way to add some fun to your next summer party!

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I have a free pattern for you to download that you can simply print out.  Then use the pattern to make some ice cream wrappers out of your favorite scrapbook paper to match the party’s theme.

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I also have a fun little label that you can add too.  Or, make up a bunch of labels and give them as a gift along with some ice cream and ice cream cones to a neighbor or friend…so they can have their own festive ice cream party!

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Summer-Printable

#1 {The Dating Divas} – Everything you need to throw a fun “Getting To Know You” BBQ with your neighbors!
#2 {Somewhat Simple} – 4 different Summer themed party invites. Just print, fill out + send!
#3 {Whipperberry} – A glow stick or sparkler printable for your summer picnics or barbecues
#4 {Crafting Chicks} – Summer in the USA
#5 {Tatertots & Jello} – Printable Lemonade Stand bunting and signs.
#6 {L’il Luna} – GOO’D Summer Gift Idea
#7 {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Summer Reading Bingo Game – 24 FUN ways to get your kids reading this Summer!
#8 {I Heart Nap Time} – A fun and colorful summer gift label!
#9 {The 36th Avenue} – Adorable Nautical Journal and Bookmark Printables.
#10 {Paging Supermom} – Kids will have a blast with these free printable Water Gun Targets!
#11 {The TomKat Studio} – Adorable popsicle notecards and tags, perfect for summer!
#12 {The Idea Room} – Make some fun and colorful ice cream cone wrappers for your next summer party! Sizes available for different cones.

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To download a copy of the Ice Cream Wrappers click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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Please read directions fully to be able to get the download!

*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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Now get out there and eat some ice cream!!

Handmade Soap Recipes & Small Giveaway

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As part of Michael’s Random Acts of Kindness week, I was asked to make a fun craft and then “Craft it Forward.  So I whipped up some different and fun handmade soap recipes.  I shared the basic recipe for making handmade soaps earlier this week.  I shared my Lavender Soap Recipe as well.  Today I want to share with you a couple of other soaps we came up with.

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My three girls had a great time helping and wanted to come up with some fun Valentine’s Soap for their friends.  So we made some pink heart soaps that they scented with peppermint oil and dyed pink using some drops of red soap colorant which we bought at Michael’s Craft.

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We poured the pink soap into a rubber heart mold and let them harden.  Then we melted our white soap base and poured it into our rectangle soap molds also found at Michael’s.  When that soap had hardened we sprayed it with rubbing alcohol and added another thin layer of white soap and then placed a pink soap heart in it and let it harden completely.

*Find the full soap making recipe and instructions here.

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Then we wrapped them up and tied them with a colorful bow so that we could give them away as part of the “Craft it Forward” campaign.

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We also experimented with some different flavors of soap.  I LOVE citrusy and FRESH scents.  So we thought it would be fun to add some Lemon essential oil along with some fresh lemon zest to our soaps.  YUMMO!

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We did the same with Lime.  But I did not have a lime oil so I used doTerra’s Citrus Bliss oil…which is awesome, and then added some fresh lime zest to the soap base.  I imagine these soaps will have to be used fairly quickly so that it stays as fresh as possible.

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Shannon, one of my readers, left a comment about Lavender Lemonade on my Lavender Soap post.  Lavender Lemonade!!  I have not heard of that.  But I am dying to try it.  It will be the next one I try.  Sounds amazing right?

But we did make a Pink Lemonade Soap by simple creating a double layer soap.  Pour the first layer and let it harden completely.  Then add a second layer by spritzing the top (where you will add the layer) with rubbing alcohol and then pouring your second color on.  We added lemon essential oil and some lemon zest in the white layer.

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And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week, we delivered our soaps to some of our friends and neighbors.  Each of them were given one of our handmade soaps and a $5 gift card to Michael’s.  Aren’t they the cutest…our friends that is? We are so blessed to be surrounded by good people.

I have one more Michaels gift card to deliver…  If you want to win a $5 gift card to Michael’s and have me send it out to you, simply leave a comment here.  Any comment will do!

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Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.

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In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

Customers who want to “craft it forward” can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board.

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Happy Birthday Sign

Today is my daughter’s TENTH Birthday. And while I was hanging up our super simple Happy Birthday Sign, I realized that I haven’t ever shared it here on the old blog.  Not that it is anything super fancy or fantastic.

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In fact it is super simple.  But sometimes when you have a lot going on, simple can be exactly what you need.  To make one all you need is to cut out your letters for the word H-A-P-P-Y-B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y onto some black scrapbook paper.  I used my Silhouette CAMEO.  Then I glued the letters onto some fun colored  polka dot cardstock I had cut out into 4 inch squares.

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If you don’t have a CAMEO, no worries…simply print (or hand draw) some letters onto your favorite paper.

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Grab some clothespins and a piece of twine or rope and string it across the room.  Super simple but fun and festive too!

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The lights? Well those are from Martha Stewart. They are powered by a battery so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the ugly electrical cord. And the battery is small enough that it is tucked right in the top of the crown molding over the door. No one is the wiser.

video tutorial—tissue paper rosettes

I have gotten a lot of emails and comments from several of you who were having a little bit of difficulty making their tissue paper rosettes.  The word “twist” was a bit confusing and it is hard for me to explain how I was twisting mine.  So I went ahead and made quick video tutorial for Tissue Paper Rosettes.

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Now I must warn you…this is not a high quality production. I simply propped up my cell phone between some cracker boxes and had my son push record and stop when I gave him a cue. He he! But hopefully you will be able to see how I am twisting the paper. I tried to get in as close as possible so you could see the tissue rosette in as much detail as possible. Hope this helps you.

 

 

For the original tutorial you can go here: Tissue Paper Rosette Kissing Balls

I also made some of these and hung them in my daughter’s room which you can see here: Crepe Paper Flower Balls

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These are the perfect decoration for Valentine’s Day and they are really inexpensive to make.  They just take time.  I would suggest making these when you sit down to relax and watch television or a movie! 
 
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It’s Valentine’s Week! Every day this week we are sharing some great ideas for Valentine’s Day. We kicked off the fun filled week yesterday with the Pink Lemonade Pie! And a GREAT giveaway from The Paper Cupcake Etsy Shop! Today, Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage helps you decorate for the holiday. She will also have a giveaway, you won’t want to miss it!! Be sure to head on over and check it out.
 

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New Year’s Eve game

*Update–The clock printables have been removed from the original source where I found mine stated in the post below.  I have added some that I was able to find that might work for you.  You can find them here:

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I thought I would share a simple game that I came up with to help entertain your kids (and even adults) during your New Year’s Eve Countdown party this year.  The whole premise behind the New Year’s Eve game is fairly straightforward and simple so even the youngest of children can play along with minimal help.

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We named it Rolling Around The Clock.  Simply because that is all you do. First off you will need some clock faces.  I found some fun free printable clock faces from White Life. They have the following four clock faces that you can download for free.

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If you download some, be sure to drop them a quick note and tell them thanks! Aren’t they so fun? They also print out the perfect size.

I printed them out onto some white Cardstock paper. You can also glue them onto some chipboard or cardboard to give them some stability. Adding a quick layer of Matte Finish Mod Podge will also seal them up nicely and keep them from ripping from little hands and overuse.

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I cut some thin strips of cardboard to make the clock hands.  I made one small for the hour hand and then one longer one for the minute hand of the clock.  I colored them black with a black permanent marker.

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Then I simply took some brads which can be found in any craft store that sells scrapbook supplies and used them to attach the hands to the clock face.

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Now that you have made your game pieces here are the rules for the New Years Eve game.

Roll Around the Clock Game Rules:

Each player will need their own clock face.  You will need two dice to play.  To begin each player will roll the dice.  The player with the highest number will go first.  Each player will start with their clock at 1:00. Then you will take turns rolling the dice.  To start out everyone will just roll one dice. You need to roll the time that is next on your clock and make it from 1:00 to 2:00 to 3:00 and so on all the way to 12:00 or Midnight.  The player needs to roll the number of the dice that corresponds to the next number needed.  After you have gotten to 6:00 you will begin to roll two dice to get the higher numbers. If you don’t roll the number you need, your turn will end and it is the next players turn.  The person who rolls to 12:00 first wins.

You can even add some strategy to the game if playing with older people.  For example, if someone rolls doubles they can choose someone to trade clocks with or choose someone to lose a turn.  Etc.

{Phew…that was tough…explaining the rules of play…if that doesn’t make sense, leave a comment and I will try to re-explain them. The game is much simpler than trying to explain it apparently}.

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I would love to hear if some of you end up making and playing this with your kids and family this year! My kids are excited, but I think that mainly has to do with the fact that they get to stay up past their bedtimes!!

And…one last thing…I made some Oreo Pops for New Year’s Eve…who is shocked?!  Haha! You knew it was coming right? But these have a special surprise inside.

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I am not going to take the time to write up a tutorial since there are so many other Oreo Pop Tutorials you can choose from, that I have already shared with you, to follow if you need one. (For example my Snowman Oreo Pops, Santa Belly Oreo Pops and my Mummy Oreo Pops) This is basically a Double Stuft Oreo covered in white chocolate with some sprinkles on it.  BUT…these are special because of what is inside of them…

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Exploding Candy!!

{I found mine at the Dollar Store…Pop Rocks will work too…I just couldn’t find any}

How fun huh?!  And…they really work! I simply removed the double stuff icing and put some melted chocolate on the inside of BOTH cookies.  Then I opened and poured a package of the Exploding Candy on one of the cookies right on top of the chocolate.  Stick the sucker stick on and then place the top cookie on top.  Then I let them harden by popping them in the freezer.  Then simply cover the Oreo with the chocolate and add some sprinkles.  For full instructions for making an Oreo Pop you can see these other tutorials.  For the little New Years Eve Cheers tag go here.

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These are so fun! I had to test one out to make sure it worked.  And they really do pop right in your mouth…like edible fireworks for your mouth!

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

Hamburger Cupcakes

My son just recently celebrated his 11th birthday.  He wanted something fun and different than the traditional cupcake.  I had remembered seeing some Hamburger Cookies from Disney’s Family.com a while back as part of their April Fool’s Food Series and Bakerella made some fun hamburger cupcakes here.  Since my son is a huge hamburger fan, I thought it would be fun to make him some Hamburger Cupcakes too.  This is an idea that has been out there for a while, but was new and fun for us.

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They were really easy.  I simply made up some yellow cupcakes and baked them normally and then let them cool completely.  Then I whipped up a batch of our favorite brownies and poured them into a a greased muffin pan so that the cups were only 1/4 full.  These are going to be the hamburger patties so you don’t want them to be very thick.

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Cut the tops of the cupcakes off.  You will use the two pieces of the cupcake as the top and bottom hamburger buns.  You may want to cut the bottom of the cupcake down a bit if your cupcakes are too tall so that it looks more realistic.

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Then I took some coconut and placed it into a Ziploc baggie to make some lettuce.  I added a few drops of green food coloring and shook the coconut up so that it was evenly colored with the coloring.

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Then simply take some of your favorite frosting and dye some of it red and yellow to represent mustard and ketchup.  Add a few globs of each to the top and bottom buns.  Sprinkle with your lettuce over the top of the brownie.  This makes for a pretty quick and easy birthday dessert, and a happy birthday boy.  He LOVED them and said they tasted ALMOST as good as his favorite hamburger!

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Do you have a child who would love to have these as their birthday dessert?

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

I have been sharing some of the details of my daughter’s Minnie Mouse Birthday Party this week and am back to share how it all came together.  I have just a few more easy and fun Minnie Mouse Party Ideas to share with you today.  All of these things I was able to put together in just a couple of hours including the Minnie Mouse Cupcakes and the Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops that I shared earlier.

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First off I was able to make this fun little birthday banner with my daughter’s name on it.  I have removed her name for privacy reasons.  I found a cute piece of scrapbook paper that had some fun letters on it.  So I simply cut out the letters of her name and then glued them onto a red and white polka dot square of paper or a black piece of paper and then had then alternating.  Then I cut out three Mickey Mouse heads, which I made by tracing one large circle and then two smaller circles of the same size for the ears.  Then simply placed a circle of the red and white polka dot paper on the inside.  The possibilities are endless.  And you can see that I simply took a piece of rope and clipped them onto the rope with some clothes pins.  Not the fanciest…but super easy and re-useable.

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Then for the party drinks we served up some good old Coca-Cola and for the non-soda drinkers some red Fruit Punch.  And do you remember the fun Mason Jar Drinks from my other daughter’s birthday party? I simply used the same jars and added new scrapbook paper to the lids to match this party theme.  But I also added another small detail…some Mickey Mouse ears.  I just added it to the very first one and let the birthday girl have that drink.  You could add it to all of them…but I was on some time constraints.

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I always like to add a pop of color by throwing some candy in a jar.  The kids usually LOVE this part and snack on it till we are ready to break out the dessert table.  We also had the Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops available for the guests to take home as a little party favor if they wanted to.

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And I have to share something personal if you don’t mind.  I was out of town for 5 days at The Creative Connection Event where I went as part of their Social Media Team, which basically meant I was there to tweet all of the fun things that we were learning.  And if you follow me on Twitter I am sure you were very well aware of that fact…maybe even stopped following me at some point Smile!  Anyways, since I was so busy with the preparations for that, I didn’t have much time to get things together for her birthday or her birthday presents.  In the Minnesota airport there was a vendor who sold pillow pets…which was exactly what my daughter had put on her birthday wish list (since her older sisters have them).  And they had the little pillow pets which was exactly what I had been hoping to get for her.  BINGO!  I love it when things like that happen.  Saved me some serious searching around at home especially since I had no time to do it.

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I think she likes it!  What do you think?

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Happy Birthday to my sweet baby…who isn’t really a baby anymore…but we will keep that our little secret!

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I was nominated for Parents.com for Best Crafts for Kids Blog Award.

I would love it if you could hop on over and vote for The Idea Room, but only if you want to.

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Simply click on the link Best Crafts for Kids Blog Award!

Thanks so much!

Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

We have an official Minnie Mouse (and Mickey Mouse) obsession at our home.  Ever since my now 4 year old met Mickey in real life last year at Disneyland she has been obsessed.  So, when her birthday rolled around this year I knew we would be going with a Minnie Mouse theme.  Here are the cupcakes we came up with.

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I wanted something easy because I had so many other things I wanted to focus my time and energy on.  And as a busy mom, time is hard to come by.

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Nothing to fancy…just red icing…which came out as more of a pinkish hue…

Some fun white sprinkles from Wilton and some mini Oreos which I had left-over from the Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops.

And then I topped them off with some super easy cupcake toppers which is just scrapbook paper taped onto some toothpicks.

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The cupcakes were strawberry flavored and I used the following recipe:

Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe from
Recipe Girl

2¼ cups cake flour
1½ cups granulated sugar
2¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1½ sticks (¾ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup pureed frozen strawberries (about ¼ of a 1 pound bag)
4 large egg whites
1/3 cup milk

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1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 18 cupcake pan with paper liners.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; set aside.

3. In a large bowl with electric mixer, blend butter with strawberry puree. Add flour mixture and blend until light and fluffy (batter will be very thick).

4. In another bowl, whisk together egg whites, milk and dye. Add whites in three parts to the batter mixture, mixing only until incorporated after each addition.

5. Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

6. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

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They were delish!  I can’t wait to share a couple more details of the party with you next time.  Anyone else out there have a love for Mickey and Minnie Mouse?

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I thought it would be fun to share some of our older family photos with  you from one of our favorite places!

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And….one last thing…I just found out I was nominated for Parents.com for Best Crafts for Kids Blog Award.

I would love it if you could hop on over and vote for The Idea Room.

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Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops

Guess what?  I have another version of my Oreo pops…Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops.  Are you getting tired of these yet?  A sickness I tell you.  But this time I had a good reason for making them…at least that is what I keep telling myself.  My daughter just had a birthday and she LOVES Minnie Mouse.  Ever since we had the good fortune of meeting Minnie Mouse at Disneyland last fall.  So for her birthday it was an obvious decision to have a Minnie Mouse birthday party.

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I made some of these fun Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops.  They were really easy once I figured out you had to “dip” them in two different stages.  Here are the supplies you will need to make them.

Wilton Candy Melts (Midnight Black) or chocolate

Double Stuff Oreos (I need to buy some stock in that company)

Bite Size Oreos

Popsicle Sticks

red ribbon

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Slide the popsicle sticks into your Double Stuff Oreos very gently by holding the cookie in one hand and sliding the stick with the other.  Then take one bite size Oreo cookie and separate it into two halves.  Scrape out the frosting with the edge of a knife.  Slide the smaller cookies into the top of the Oreo to make her ears.  Lay them out onto some wax paper.

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Melt your candy melts in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it is melted to a smooth and creamy consistency.  Now “dip” the Oreos into the candy.  Now I don’t actually dip them but rather take a spoon and smooth it onto the front of the Oreos.  You need to be very careful when doing this as the ears can come off very easily.  Just do the front and then set it onto the wax paper.  Do this for all of your Oreos and then pop them into the freezer.  After 20 minutes you can take them out and then cover the back side of the Oreos with the candy.  Make sure to cover the ears and the bottom of the stick well so that they do not fall apart.  Once they have been popped in the freezer again, they will be really sturdy and you should not have a problem with them falling apart…even if you accidently drop the tray onto the countertop!  Not that I may have done that…just saying!

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Then take some ribbon and tie it into a bow around the base of the Minnie Mouse head to add a pop of color and detail.  Serve them to your party guests or send them home with this fun and tasty party favor!  Who wouldn’t love a Minnie Mouse Oreo Pop?

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