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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hoppy Easter Printable and new Dare to Share Linky Party

Hello friends!  Are you ready for Easter? I am so not ready!


I have made a few crafts this past week to be ready.  Daredevil will get the Chocolate Chip Cookie dough truffles, while Mini Me will love the new set of Easter dominoes that I made and shared with you.  But my two teenagers are definitely the hardest to shop for. I think they will both get a Easter Bunny Candy Bank printable, but other than that?


Maybe someone needs to do an Easter basket stuffer guide for teenagers....with CHEAP gift ideas.

The biggest part of getting ready is the Easter Basket yarn hunt I need to set up tonight.  Mini Me has been talking about it ALL week!  I think he's more excited about the hunt than whatever will be in his basket.  I'm so glad that one of our family traditions has really made an effect on him.

So what have you been up to this week?

I hope you'll share on our all new linky party.


I've teamed up with Pam from Pam's Party and Practical Tips to give you a linky party that will be seen on TWO blogs this week.  That's double the excitement and double the exposure for you.

Pam and I have been friends for a few years after I fell in love and featured her Pokemon Party.  She shares so many great party and thrifty ideas on her blog.  I recommend checking her out after you link up.  You'll be thrilled that you did!

For now, let's party!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Domino Printable Game

When we made the Halloween Domino set last fall, I didn't realize how much Mini Me would love playing them.  Maybe it was just the quality time with us or the chance he had to listen to all the stories about how my grandmother taught me to play the game (okay, so maybe that wasn't it), but we used that Halloween Domino set a lot.
Easter Domino Printable Game by Kandy Kreations

So when it came time to think about what to put in his Easter basket, I thought a set of Easter Dominoes was the perfect printable game for him.

It's a smaller version than our Halloween set so it'll be easier for little hands and minds to match up the Easter graphics.

Easter Domino Printable Game by Kandy Kreations

Simply print out the set onto cardstock and cut around the rectangles.  If you think you'll be playing a lot, it wouldn't be a bad idea to laminate them or modge podge them to a set of Dollar store Dominoes, but that's just a suggestion.

Easter Domino Printable Game by Kandy Kreations

Hopefully your little ones will enjoy this printable game of Easter Dominoes as much as mine does!

Enjoy!
Easter Domino Printable Game by Kandy Kreations
Easter Domino Printable Game by Kandy Kreations

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

March Reading List

Sometimes it's nice to get away from the party planning and work of normal life.  My escape has always been reading.  I love a good book.  If you are the same way, you might enjoy a few of these books that I read during March.

March was a super busy time for me.  I closed down my store and spent Spring Break enjoying the time with the kids.  It was nice to be able to close that chapter of my life, but it was a lot of work.  I didn't get much time to read, but really tried to make the most of the time that I had.  


Fablehaven by Brandon Mull   
"Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among the greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. But when the rules get broken, powerful forces are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and maybe even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most..."

Mini Me and I read this together as a bedtime book.  I knew he would like it, but it wasn't until he was trying to read Aragon and not enjoying it that he allowed me to start reading to him.  He was hooked in no time at all.  He's only nine, so it was a great adventure to read.  We did have to read the Mid Summer Night chapter during the day to avoid bad dreams, but since he was super excited to read this, we read a lot during the day too.  

I have read all five books in this series and am certainly looking forward to rereading them with him.  Especially now that I heard there was a movie in the works for this book.

From Amazon Review:
 "At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother, Seth, find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists — a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper — to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power. Time is running out. The Evening Star is storming the gates. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world. Will Kendra learn to use her fairy gifts in time? Will Seth stay out of trouble? Can they overcome paralyzing fear? Find out in book 2 of this bestselling series.
  "
Mini Me and I are still reading this series at bed time.  He is loving it.  There are times he asks me to stop at night so he won't have bad dreams and then sit with him for a few minutes until he falls asleep, but the adventure and excitement is keeping him enthralled.  He takes it to school and reads whenever he gets a spare moment, so it's really helping his reading and school goals.

I love that he's also thinking about it a lot too.  He told me that he wishes he could meet Brandon Mull so he could ask him a few questions about the story.  When I asked him what kind of questions, he went into a full narrative wondering why the characters couldn't take a sledgehammer to Olach and destroy him so no one would ever have Seth's problem again.  

I love that this series has him thinking and living in the books.  

iBlog Magazine March Issue

I know this isn't technically a book, but as much time as I spent reading it this month, I had to share this new magazine.  I love my computer time, I really do, but I will be honest and admit that I like to read away from the computer.  I don't know if it's because I spend so much time at the computer, that it's relaxing for me to take a few moments away from it or I just like hard copies of lists, information, and knowledge.

iBlog is this first magazine devoted directly for women bloggers and influencers.  It has all kinds of information that will help to grow your blog and make you a better blogger.  In this premier issue, I found several articles that I have read and reread several times.  

Some of my favorite articles are:

 "Grow Your Blog with a Book" about the benefits of giving away a book or other freebie to visitors and subscribers of your blog.  I already do this on this blog with my monthly freebie for newsletter subscribers, but I'm still trying to figure out how to make it work best for me and my readers.

"Instagram Branding Tips and Strategies".  I am currently working to figure out Instagram.  I love the idea behind it, but haven't figured out how best to use it.  We are in such a visual world, that this platform could be such a fun and useful tool. I have read this article several times and probably will a few more.

"How to Generate Leads with Google+ Hangouts" has been another article that I've been trying to work my way through.  I am slowly working on Google+ but have not figured out hangouts or how best to utilize this area.  I'm not sure it's something that I'll develop anytime soon, but it would be nice to figure it out and how to best use it before I do.

If you are a blogger, I REALLY recommend this magazine.  It also has a helpful website with lots of information that you need to check out if you're serious at all about growing your blog.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Peeps Bunny Box Plastic Canvas Pattern

I don't know if it's just me or what, but I have the hardest time sitting still.  I seem to always need to be doing something.  I'm sure it drives my Dear Hubby nuts that I'm sewing away while we are watching tv, but I always seem to have a project or two going.

When I was younger, I loved to do Cross Stitch, but I got tired of just having pretty pictures on my walls.  I wanted the things that I make to "do" something.  They needed to be useful too.

When I found Plastic Canvas, it was the perfect answer to my problems.  I could sit and sew without too much thought and make useful items for my home or parties.

I needed a new project last week, so I designed up these cute plastic canvas Peeps Bunny Boxes.  They are great for adding a little treat to the Easter baskets or as a party favor or an after-dinner treat.
Plastic Canvas Easter Peeps Bunny Box Pattern by Kandy Kreations

It's a pretty easy pattern to sew.  I made mine in a little over an hour.

Plastic Canvas Easter Peeps Bunny Box Pattern by Kandy Kreations
Start by cutting out the bunny top and both side pieces.  Sew the pieces in a basic continental stitch.  Don't stitch the bottom (smaller) bunny shape.

Plastic Canvas Easter Peeps Bunny Box Pattern by Kandy Kreations
Stitch the side piece to the top bunny to form a box shape.  Repeat for the unstitched bottom bunny and the large side piece together.

Plastic Canvas Easter Peeps Bunny Box Pattern by Kandy Kreations
Fill the Easter Peeps Bunny Box with your favorite treat.  We filled ours with Skittles.

Plastic Canvas Easter Peeps Bunny Box Pattern by Kandy Kreations
Told you it was a quick and easy project that will make a big impact in the Easter baskets this year.

Here is the plastic canvas peeps bunny box pattern.
Plastic Canvas Easter Peeps Bunny Box Pattern by Kandy Kreations

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Easter Ombre Milkshake

Are you looking for a few last minute Easter ideas to make your Easter dinner or Easter party go from "fun" to "awesome?"  Or how about a yummy treat for the kids while dying Easter eggs?

If so, check out this easy Easter Ombre milkshake! The fun pastel colors in this ombre milkshake bring a hint of the Easter egg to your celebration.

Easy Easter Ombre Milkshake by Kandy Kreations. What a fun treat for our Easter Egg Decorating party!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Subway Art Printable and Shindig Saturday

It's Saturday morning again!

When did Saturdays go from morning cartoons and pjs all day to running your kids to a hundred different activities at the crack of dawn?  Some days I miss being a kid again.

That's how my whole week has gone, I've been so busy playing taxi that I forgot to be a blogger. But I will admit, that I loved it.  I missed being with my kids for all the little things when I was working.

I am thrilled with Easter being only a few days away!  The kids are already talking about our annual Easter basket yarn hunt.  I didn't realize they love it as much as I do.

In the spirit of Easter, I'm resharing my Easter Subway Art Printable today.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Bunny Candy Bank Printable

I know I said yesterday that I was trying to stay away from buying a bunch of candy for the kids' Easter baskets, but I found some candy banks at Walmart that were just taunting me with their possibilities.

So I had to make some Easter Bunny candy banks for Easter!  Won't they just look so cute in the kids' Easter baskets?

Easter Bunny Candy Bank Printable by Kandy Kreations

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