It seems that rock painting is all the rage now. I certainly was ahead of my time and ahead of this craze. I love painting rocks, river rocks are my favorite. Gathering them is a fun family adventure we all look forward to.
Sometimes I know exactly what size and shape rocks I want. This is due to the fact, that I have a specific project in mind. Other times, I try to find rocks that inspire me. You might not think rocks can inspire people, but they can! I see them as a blank canvas and they speak to me…well, some of them do.
I can clearly visualize the masterpiece they can become. Sometimes it is a fish, ladybug or owl, and other times it is a heart. One of my favorite projects was making rock candy corn.
It was so much fun to find the shapes I needed. Since I wanted to make a candy corn family that represented ours, when I found the especially tall and thin triangular river rock, I literally squealed with delight. That rock clearly represented my son Michael, it was so easy to see. I asked my youngest sons, who were gathering rocks with me, and they wholeheartedly agreed. It was definitely Michael, no doubt about it.
All you need is some acrylic craft paint, paint brushes, paint markers for detail painting and ModPodge sealer. If you want you can paint your rocks white on both sides first. It will take at least 2 coats of paint to get nice coverage.
When the tri color rocks are dry, you can then add personality with the paint markers.
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Being a caregiver for a loved one is not easy, especially when it is a family member we are close to. After my mother passed away suddenly, I became a caregiver for my father. My father passed away 364 days after my mother. In those days there were many emotions that surrounded me, my own grief, my father’s grief and my children’s grief. Even though, it was a sad time, we still were able to do things together like go out to dinner, visit with friends and family, travel during the holidays and more. Those special times created many precious memories we treasure today.
My father never lost his love of cooking for his family, and he liked to get out and shop for the things he needed with me. One of his favorite stores was Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club made it easy for us to get everything we needed including all the caregiving needs for my dad.
Today, I have several close friends and relatives who are acting as caregivers for aging or sick parents. I know they too, appreciate being able to have a one stop store like Sam’s Club where they can get all their essentials along with the caregiving supplies they need. Sam’s Club Members Mark Total Protection products like their adjustable briefs for men and women are the perfect choice to help your loved ones carry on doing the things they love, without losing their self-confidence. Total Protection briefs help them #conquerinco with quality and performance that is just as good if not better than the more expensive brands.
Loaded with features like adjustable side panels for a secure fit, these briefs quickly wick moisture into a super absorbent core for superior dryness. The odor guard technology gives wearers confidence to get out and do the things they want without fear. This is a great thing, because everyone should enjoy, every moment, doing the things they love for as long as possible. This means more fun times making cherished memories together.
Members Mark Total Protection products are located near the pharmacy department of your local Sam’s Club. The large packs are affordably priced, giving you the great value and superior quality that Sam’s Club members like myself depend on.
Thinking about my friend, I decided that making a caregiver basket would be a really good thing. Many times as caregivers, we focus so much on the needs of others, we can forget to take care of ourselves. I wanted to make sure my basket would include things to help caregivers replenish their energy and hydrate their bodies so they can be the best they can be for their loved ones.
Below you can see a video tutorial for creating a caregiver basket. If you know someone who is caring for a loved one, why not make them up a similar basket to let them know you care about them.
I packed everything in a medium size plastic bin but you can use any kind of container that will fit the contents. Don’t stress too much over making it perfect, because the thought will mean the most to them.
What do you think about this basket? Do you think it is something a caregiver would appreciate? Have you ever been a caregiver to someone. Let me know in the comments.
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Have you ever been so hungry you turn into a different person? Do you find it hard to even think straight at that point? If so, you need something to take the edge off that hunger. You need something fast that’s going to satisfy that extreme hunger that’s transforming you.
Many people including myself seem to turn into someone else when that hunger strikes. I have found it is better to be prepared for these hunger attacks. For me, SNICKERS® bars are an extremely satisfying and delicious way to curb my hunger. Mine usually strikes mid day for me. SNICKERS® has been one of my favorites as far back as I can remember. I love the caramel, milk chocolate, nougat, and roasted peanuts that are packed into each bar.
SNICKERS® Get “YOU” Back To “YOU” Treat Bag Tutorial:
I want to share a fun and easy gift bag tutorial with you. These SNICKERS® Get “You” Back To “You” Treat Bags are funny and serve a purpose. Keep some in a basket on your counter, on your desk at work or in your purse. You can hand one to that mom in the school pick up line that is clearly not herself. Give one to your coworker who is coming unhinged or your best friend, who is turning into someone you don’t know. Whoever you share them with, they are sure to appreciate you helping them get back to themselves. Don’t forget about yourself, you want to be able to get back to you fast too!
I was in Walmart recently and picked up some multi packs of SNICKERS® full size bars in the candy aisle. SNICKERS® individual full size bars can be found on store displays and in/near the checkout aisles. While I was there I picked up some craft ribbon, treat bags in clear, red and yellow and some colorful paper napkins.
I made three different bag labels with PicMonkey and Microsoft Word and printed them. You can add your own touch in saying what you want. Next, I glued them to some heavy construction paper using a glue stick. You could also use card stock.
After that, I cut them out and punched a hole in the tag for the ribbon.
I took a treat bag and put one full size SNICKERS® bar and a colorful paper chevron stripe napkin. You need the napkin because as you or someone else turns back into themselves they will remember their manners.
Then use the little twist ties that come with the treat bags to close the bag. Use any kind of ribbon your like to attach the tag. That’s it! Wasnt’ that easy. You can do all kinds of variations of this idea. All kinds of treat bags can be used, you could add a mini bottled water if you like. You really can make it as simple or elaborate as you want. Customize them for your child’s teachers, bus driver or babysitter.
Now I have something really fun to share with you. Find out who you are when you’re hungry by taking the quiz below. Let me know your results in the comments. I also love to hear what you think of the treat bags and if you are going to give them a try.
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Winding down the school year, the last couple of days are upon us. We have a kindergarten graduate among our littles and yesterday was the graduation. Today is the last day of school and then a busy summer ahead. This week is so busy but special days like today need to be celebrated.
I like shortcuts whenever possible, especially in the summer. The little hacks or tricks that make life easier and let you get to the fun faster are welcomed by this mom of many. After all, who does not want to get to the fun part faster, right?
Last weekend I was in Walmart and attended a demo where Blue Bunny premium vanilla bean ice cream was featured. It was absolutely delicious and we are already big Blue Bunny lovers! The vanilla ice cream gave me the inspiration for how to celebrate our little graduate’s big day! I thought, I would put together a make your own brownie sundae ice cream social at our house! What a great idea everyone will love and I could thank the Blue Bunny vanilla bean ice cream in my cart for the inspiration.
So the time to celebrate arrived and I want to share just how easy you can recreate the same Make Your Own Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Social with your family. You can bake a box of 13 by 9 pan size brownies of your choice or if you want to skip that, you can pick up some that are already made at your store or bakery. Then shop for some Blue Bunny vanilla bean ice cream or another of your Blue Bunny favorite flavors. I think the vanilla complements the brownie sundae so well! Next, you will want to have lots of yummy toppings on hand so that everyone can customize their sundae. I used mini candies, nuts, caramel sauce, hot fudge, marshmallow fluff, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream, nuts, and of course what sundae is complete without the cherry on top.
I picked up a large vinyl graduation table cloth for our outdoor picnic table. The tablecloth makes cleanup a snap. Then I added some graduation inspired party plates and decorations to make our little guy feel special! I baked a pan of brownies the night before and cut them into squares to use for the sundae foundation. When everyone has their brownie, the fun begins! You can’t go wrong here, just let everyone add the toppings they like and enjoy!
If you are lucky enough to have left over ice cream the great Blue Bunny ice cream containers will keep it fresh to the last scoop. I love the Blue Bunny containers because the lid fits great and is easy to open and store. Everyone loved making their brownie sundae just the way they wanted. It was a lot of fun and so simple. The best part was the first bite, the creamy, cold vanilla ice cream with the rich chocolate brownie and toppings was delicious.
If you think the store demo that I attended sounds like something you might want to attend, check out this list of stores for the upcoming 4th of July demo where Blue Bunny will be teaming up with Chips Ahoy! If you would like to have an Ice Cream Social to celebrate any life event, it’s so easy. I hope that you try it and let me know how it goes, my family is already asking when we can do it again.
I like to have birthday shirts for my kids and take a picture of them in it on their actual birthday. A few years ago I made one but most of the time I buy them. However, after the success I had with the Christmas shirts, I decided to try and make an applique birthday shirt for my son. It was so easy and looked great! If you would like to try, you can follow the easy tutorial here.
Plain Shirt- short or long sleeve
Material- small amount for number
Number Template- easy to find online
Scissors-Craft and Fabric
Thread to coordinate with number fabric and shirt
Sewable Heat Bond
Sewing Machine with Applique Stitch or you can Zig Zag.
Make sure to wash your fabric and shirt before starting and then iron.
1. Cut some fabric for your number
2. Cut a piece of sewable heat bond and iron it on the back side of the fabric. **Remember when cutting the sewable heat bond or the fabric that has it ironed on, never use your fabric scissors! You will ruin them. Always use your craft scissors when cutting anything with heat bond.
3. Place the number template on the front side of the fabric, pin and cut.
4. Remove the heat bond paper backing from the number, the nice shiny texture will allow you to iron the number on and hold it securely to sew.
5. Iron the number on the shirt.
6.Take the shirt over to your machine and use an applique stitch around the edges
7.Trim the loose threads and iron the shirt and you are finished.
Please share with me if you try this. I would love to see and hear about your creations.