Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My New Obsession: Photo Books!

OK...I admit I am guilty of digital picture neglect!  When my first son was born, I like most moms started taking lots of pictures and printed them regularly.  As time went by, and digital cameras entered my life...well I printed less.  I bought digital frames, emailed pictures, started sharing on social sites...and TOTALLY STOPPED PRINTING!!  Needless to say: I have an enormous gallery of pictures just sitting in digital limbo.
One of my new year resolutions was to do something about those neglected memories.  It all started with a coupon in my emails..and now I am obsessed! 
Photo Books can be a little expensive, but there are so many companies out there that do them...you can always find a good deal or discount!
This is a great way to keep all those precious moments forever in a quality printed collection.  Show your pictures some love and start printing them! in a book, calendar, card, magnet...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recycled Rainbow Crayons!

There is nothing better than taking something that is old, and making it new and exciting all over again. 
If you have kids I am sure you have an enormous collection of broken crayons sitting in a container somewhere in your house...well it is time to give them new life!

What you need:

-Old crayons
-Silicone mold or muffin pan

1.  Gather all your broken up crayons and peel of the paper labels (Crayola brand melt better than other cheaper brands)
2.  Separate crayons into different color families or favorite color combinations
3.  Cut crayons into small pieces and fill mold (you might want to spray the mold with oil first)
4.  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
5.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until crayons have melted
6.  Allow mold to cool; then pop out crayons
-Don't use a silicone mold that you plan to use for food in the future.
-If you are using a muffin pan you can line it up with aluminum paper, so you can reuse it for food.
-You could also melt the crayons in the microwave (use a microwave safe container), and then just pour the melted crayons into the molds.  This technique works better if you are planning on making layered color crayons.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine's Printables!

Here are some freebies for you! print them out in card stock and cut(use scissors or a 1 1/2 round punch) to make labels or cupcake toppers...you can also print them in sticker paper and use them anywhere (how about the tops of play dough cans as a fun treat for your kids classmates!) Just click on the images to access the pdf file!