Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Angel Vitamin Give the gift of Childhood

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This was our youngest son's first Christmas.  Our older kids (who are 5 and 3) and still in that magical phase where everything Christmas is exciting.  We are at a great stage and it makes me see Christmas from a child's perspective.  Some times I am brought to tears by the innocents of it all.
When I was a child my parents hid our presents around the house to make Christmas morning more exciting. (I talked about it here) So, this year we hid our kids presents around the house and it was so fun to watch them run around the house looking for the gifts and helping each other find them.  Christmas is a great time to be a kid.
But the sad truth is that this year 3.1 million kids lost their chance to play forever.  Under-nutrition is robbing kids of their childhoods.  So many kids around the world cannot play and just be a kid because they do not get a healthy diet.  Vitamin Angels is trying to help with their  Give Childhood back to children in need fundraiser! It runs from Dec 3rd - Dec 31st (TODAY!!)
You can help by visiting Vitamin Angels Give Childhood to make a donation that will help deliver essential vitamins and minerals to at risk children in need!  But you need to act fast!  You can still give some money today!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas And Show Off Your Stuff Party # 188

 We hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright!  And we wish you a Happy New year! 
We will be taking a break until the new year to spend time with our families!  But we are still will have our Show off Your Stuff Party! 
It is time to party!

Here is the run down:

1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing

pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell, other link-up parties or your pinterest page.

4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!



















Friday, December 20, 2013

Easy Teacher/Neighbor/Co-worker/Anyone gifts! #12MonthsofMartha

For my last 12 months of Martha Post I got treat bags and boxes and also a cookie mix! 
These treat bag and boxes make it so easy to look organized, and well, like Martha Stewart!  You don't even need to have all home made treats in them!  

Martha is also making it easier with cookie mixes!  All I had to do was add butter and water and I can call these cookies homemade! 

The kids LOVED to help! 

I cooked up some cookies and added some other treats (some homemade - some not) put them all in a treat box and I was set for a teacher gift! 


These treat bags are ADORABLE too

These treats are going to the bus drivers

Make a bunch to give to neighbors, teachers, Sunday school teachers, co-workers, friends, family... ANYONE! 

Check out more fun projects on the 12 Month of Martha Pinterest board!




***Disclosure: I was supplied with the Martha Stewart craft supplies but my opinions are always honest!***


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Favorite handmade gift ideas for kids

Here are some of my favorite gifts that I have made either for my kids or or others people kids.  These are the ones that were the biggest hits with the kids and the parents!











I would love to see if you made any of these!  Email me at firefliesandjellybeans@gmail.com if you do! 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Arby's has the KING'S HAWAIIAN sandwiches back! Woo Hoo!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arby’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love Arby's... like when I was pregnant I ate there at least 4 times a week for lunch.  I would drop off my son at afternoon preschool and drive through Arby's for lunch.  My daughter and I would share the curly fries and a roast beef sandwich (which I drowned in Arby's Sauce- the original Awesome Sauce).  It didn't get better than that!  

Until it did!   

For a limited time the had the KING'S HAWAIIAN sandwiches... oh they were so good.  I love KINGS HAWAIIAN buns, just a little bit sweeter then the regular bun.  And then they were gone... I guess that is what limited time means.

BUT- they are BACK!  And I am SO SO SO EXCITED!  It is for a limited time again so do miss out!  They are bringing back the KINGS HAWAIIAN Roast Beef sandwich and the KINGS HAWAIIAN Roast Beef and Swiss Sandwich.  It has me singing a little song "they're back - they're back! Woo Hoo!" while doing my happy dance!

The Arby's KING'S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef sandwich comes with an extra helping of roast beef piled high on a KING'S HAWAIIAN bun. 

The Arby's KING'S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef and Swiss sandwich comes with an extra helping of roast beef topped with Swiss cheese, crunchy pickles and a creamy Dijon spread all on a KING'S HAWAIIAN bun.

Just because you are from the mainland doesn't mean you can't get a taste of Hawaii!  Hurry to your nearest Arby's to get one for yourself! Find an Arby's.  Don't miss out- because once they are gone... they are gone! 

Be sure to follow @Arby's on twitter to stay up to date on the latest news.  

Tell me what is your favorite sandwich at Arby's?  Have you tried a KING'S HAWAIIAN sandwich yet? 

 

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Happy Holidays with LEGO!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LEGO for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Who doesn't love LEGOS?  I mean honestly... what kid doesn't love to play with LEGOS?  My husband still loves to play with LEGOS.  

True Story-Before kids-  every year I would buy a LEGO set for my husband as a stocking stuffer and he would always put it together right after we were done opening gifts... now I buy them for my kids! 

LEGOS make such a great gift because it sparks creativity and kids can build so many things with them! 


Now you can even make a Christmas Card with LEGO! It is super fun... you can customize the Minifigures to match your family!  

It is so fun and easy to do!  Just go to LEGO Minifigure Family.  You get to pick the number of people in your family (including pets!)  You can have up to 13 people!  Then you get to pick skin color, faces, hair, and an outfit for each person matching their personalities!  You also get to pick the scene that is behind you!  THen you can download, link and share it via all the social media channels so all your friends and family can see it! 

I had a blast making my family... My daughter's favorite color is purple and son's favorite color is green so that is how I created their outfits!  It is actually a pretty close resemblance to everyone!  Especially my husband!  Here is our most recent family picture for you to compare:

Photo credit: http://www.footloose-photography.com

 

Make one of your family and share it today! I would love to see yours! 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 187

Welcome to our Show off Your Stuff Party!  
Every week we come together to show off our stuff!

 It is time to party!

Here is the run down:

1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing

pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell, other link-up parties or your pinterest page.

4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!



















Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Fun Christmas Tradition.

Here a fun Christmas Morning tradition from my childhood.

Growing up we did gift opening a bit different than most houses! Most people would wake up and find all the gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. Not in our house. There would be NO gifts under the tree. Instead there would be a note with instructions on how to wake up our parents to find out where our gifts were.

Usually the instructions included:
1. We must wait until 7 AM to wake them up.
2. Start the coffee (when we were a bit older)
3. Sing a Christmas carol all together to wake them up.

Once my parents were awake. They informed us that our presents were hidden around the house. They would tell each child how many gifts they each had to find. The rule was you could ONLY take the gift from the hiding place that had your name on it and you could only help someone else if the wanted the help. We would set off around the house looking for our gifts and piled them up in the living room.

When we were younger the gifts would be pretty easy to find and just on the main level of the house. As we got older, the hiding places got harder, and they could be on ALL levels of the house.

My Dad would be totally into finding the best and hardest hiding places. Some years his hiding places were so good that we would not be able to find all our gifts. Some gifts would remain hidden until spring when we would would accidentally find it!

My sibling and I would have a blast running around the house trying to find our gifts, trying to be the first to finish our pile!

I know that it sounds like we got Christmas mixed up with Easter, but we loved it!  It put some adventure and fun in to the Christmas morning.

Here are some tips to help you start this fun tradition:
1. Clearly mark WHO the gift is for when wrapping them. Some years my parents would just have our names on them, other years they would wrap each kids gifts in a different wrapping paper.

2. Make sure that every one has about the same amount of gifts. It will not be fun if kid 1 is looking for 3 gifts and kid 2 is looking for 10 gifts. Kids can count at very young ages! And we were always looking to see if things were fair.

3. Start out hiding the gifts in easy places. The point is to have the kids find them. : )

4. Remember where you hid them. You could make a little map if you need too. This will cut down on the "lost" gifts!

5. If kids are having a hard time finding the gifts you could help by using "hot" and "cold"  to give them hints.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas TP!


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Everything at our house gets into the Holiday spirit! Even the Toilet Paper!



There is nothing worst then being stranded in the bathroom with no toilet paper!  Thank goodness my 5 year old can now go and get me a roll when I need to!  With a 5 year old and a 3 year old... we go through A LOT of TP!  They think they need the whole roll to wipe their booty!  And who do you think ALWAYS has to change the roll?  Yep - me!  

And the holidays means hosting parties and having guest and you don't want them to be left on the toilet with no toilet paper!  That is where Cottonelle comes in... with their triple roll, it last longer, which means you need to change the roll less!    I went to Target to buy my 12 pack so I would be ready for the holidays!  

I like to leave a few rolls on the back of the toilet... and since it is Christmas time they got a holiday make over!   


Here is how you make them:

First for the bands:
1. You will need: Felt, scissors, elastic,  glue gun, sewing machine, and Toilet paper.
2. Cut out a felt strip that is 2' X 12', and a piece of elastic that is 5"
3. Sew the elastic to the felt strip to make a circle.

Now you can decorate them:
Make some holly and hot glue it on one of the bands.  

To make an easy flower:
1. Cut a piece of felt that is 12" X 4" and put a line of hot glue across the bottom.
2. fold in half and cut slits across.
3. Put another short line of hot glue on the bottom.
4. Roll the flower over the hot glue.  repeat all the way down the flower.
5-6. Hot glue the flower to one of your bands.

To make the bow:
1. you will need a long strip and a short strip.  My long strip was about 12" X 3" and the short one is 1.5" X 3" (but you ca experiment with the size to see what you like as the bow.) 
2. On the longer strip- fold the two sides to the middle and hot glue.
3. Hot glue the middle together to make the bow shape.
4. wrap the short strip around and hot glue in the back.
5. Hot glue to one of your bands.

Snowman:
The snowman is so easy!  Just use some sharpies to draw a snowman face and buttons on the TP and stack them up! 


Now your toilet paper is so festive and ready for when you run out! 

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Easy DIY Felt Silverware holders for a holiday place setting (12 Months of Martha)


For this months of 12 months of Martha post I am making some cute felt pockets to hold silverware.  We don't do fancy too often at our house (hello- 3 kids under the age of 5!)  but the holidays are just the time to add some flare! 
They are easy... here is how

2. Cut your felt so that it is 9" X 4.5".
3. fold in half so that it makes 4.5" X 4.5" square and sew up the 2 sides.
4. Your choice you can leave the raw edges or flip it right side out.

5. place a piece of paper inside the pocket so that the paint doesn't seep through.  Place your stencil on the pocket and use the dabber to dab the paint on.
6. Let dry.
And - your done... so easy right!  
Here are the Reindeer and Christmas tree ones too:
The great thing about this stencil set is that it covers all the holidays so you can make these silverware holders for any holiday - a heart for Valentines day, fireworks for the 4th of July...

Check out more fun projects on the 12 Month of Martha Pinterest board!




***Disclosure: I was supplied with the Martha Stewart craft supplies but my opinions are always honest!***

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