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Valentine’s Craft: DIY Tutorial Crafty Fun Hand Print Tree

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If you’re snowed in today – here’s a fun last minute Valentine Craft to do with the kiddos!

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DIY Oil Pan Sled

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DIY Oil Pan Sled

Jamie here – it finally snowed BIG here in Cleveland, TN and the kids have never been sledding before.  I do have a couple saucer sleds – but went out into the snowstorm tonight to look for more (and bigger) versions just in case we are able to find the perfect hill tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately, every store was COMPLETELY sold out of sleds.

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Olympic Cake Ideas | Olympic Ring Cupcakes

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Just a reminder – The Opening Ceremonies are tonight – surprise the kids with this easy treat!

Jamie here, after prepping 40 tons of food for Super Bowl Sunday, I just didn’t have it in me to come up with any elaborate Olympic Cake ideas for Thursday – so I totally cheated with these Olympic Ring Cupcakes.  (Please don’t judge me!)

For this time-saving Olympic cake idea you need just 3 ingredients: Snack Cakes, M&M’s and Peanut Butter.  Sounds like your kinda recipe?  Me too :)

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Here’s how to make this time-saving Olympic cake idea:

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10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters!

10 creative uses for Coffe Filters

Jamie here, being frugal oftentimes means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more!  I told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do” when I don’t have something that I need. :)

Case in point – the Tinfoil Heart Pancake Molds I showed you recently!

Coffee Filters are one of those handy things that have lots of different uses – here are 10 of my favorite creative uses for coffee filters!

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Groupon: Great Wolf Lodge for 40% OFF! (Great Family Vacation)

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Here’s a HUGE discount on a fun family getaway!

Right now Groupon Getaways is offering savings of up to 40% off at Great Wolf Lodges across the United States, and they all look like some great deals.  With Spring Break right around the corner, these could make for a great trip!  This looks perfect for my family – spacious cabin suites above an indoor water park?  Yes please!

Here’s just one example of a Great Wolf Lodge deal – this one is for North Carolina:

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Valentine Favors: Glow Bracelets or Glow Bouncy Balls for $.09 ea!

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When it comes time to think of Valentine favors to send to class with your child – candy is an easy choice.  But if you’re looking to be a little more creative – and leave out some of the sugar – glow-in-the-dark bracelets or bouncy balls would be a great idea!

Glow-in-the-Dark Bracelets:  $8.95 for 100 Glowstick BRacelets + FREE Shipping

Glow-in-the-Dark Bouncy Balls: $5.95 for 48 Balls + FREE Shipping

You can attach this cute Valentine Favor that says “You make my heart “Glow”!”

 

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids: Heart Shaped Crayons

Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids:  Heart-Shaped Crayon

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If you’re already thinking ahead of Valentine’s Day Crafts to do with your kids – you might want to start collecting old crayons!  I don’t know about you – but I am ALWAYS finding stray crayon pieces around our house, in the van, under the couch cushions – I think this is the perfect Valentine’s Day Craft for us!

Basically, you just melt old crayons in a heart-shaped mold and pop them out, voila!  Heart-Shaped Crayons!  They’d be great to give out to classmates – or if you’re a teacher, a great gift for your kiddos!

Here’s how to make them – and some nice deals on Heart-Shaped baking molds as well:

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Valentine Cupcakes with X’s and O’s (Save those Red M&M’s and Sixlets!)

photo credit:  Martha Stewart

Valentines Cupcakes with X’s and O’s

It may be a little early to start thinking of Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to give you a heads up before you eat all the red Christmas Candy you’ve been buying!

Here’s a super cute – AND EASY – idea I saw for Valentine Cupcakes over at Martha Stewart!  I bet lots of us have been finding clearance deals on Christmas colored M&M’s or Sixlets – all you need to do is save the red ones in a little Ziploc baggie for Valentines Day!

To this end, I am FORCING my children to eat all the green Sixlets from some clearance candy we got at the Dollar General this week.  They are very broken up about it :)

 What else would you use Christmas Candy for?  Leave your ideas in the comments and we’ll possibly feature it in a future post!