DIY Melted Crayon Valentines

This year was my first attempt at making Valentines for Aiden’s class, something I’ve looked forward to since he started preschool!

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Not bad for my first try! πŸ™‚

 

 

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Christmas Crafts & Treats

Crafts
I decided to attempt a Pinterest-inspired project knowing full-well it could end up featured on the next “Pinterest Fails” article. Much to my surprise, it actually turned out fairly well for a first attempt!

You’ve seen the wreaths made from Christmas ornaments? Here’s my attempt, step-by-step.

You will need: a glue gun, foam wreath, and an abundance of ornaments. I got mine from the dollar tree, overall I spent about $10 to make this wreath.

It was very simple, choose a spot on the foam, and start gluing. I removed the little metal piece from the top, pressed it into the foam, and then hot glued around it.

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Then continue to fill in with ornaments of different shapes, sizes, and colors until the foam is completely concealed.

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*Optional*
I chose to add our initial. You don’t have to add this, I just liked it!

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Finally, tie on some ribbon (or even make a giant bow if you’d wish) and then you’re ready to hang!

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Next, here’s a couple of crafts I did with my students for Christmas:

-Clear glass ornaments, easy to find at any craft store, Walmart, or Target.
-Choose a color of paint, or multiple colors, and squirt dime sized drop inside of the ornament.
-Shake the ornament (be sure to hold a paper towel over the top…hot mess.) until the paint is spread throughout the inside of the ornament.
-Have your child (or yourself!) use their thumb to make prints all over the outside of the ornament. Can be colored or white.

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-Once the paint dries, take a sharpie and draw on the lines to connect each fingerprint bulb!

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-Finish it off with the name of the child and the year and voila!

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Another one of my favorite easy projects with my students, Abstract Christmas Trees.

You’ll need:
-Green rectangular strips of paper
-Red construction paper cut into various shapes
-Orange or yellow construction paper for the “star.”
-Glue that dries clear
-Glitter

Angle the green strips to create a zigzag Christmas tree. Have the kids cut random shapes out of red paper, and glue them on as ornaments, and then cut an orange or yellow shape as the star.
Drizzle the glue on in a zigzag, and sprinkle on glitter as “tinsel.”
This was such an easy and cute project that the kids loved!

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I have a few more crafts that I would like to post, BUT they are also Christmas gifts, so I’ll post them right after Christmas! πŸ™‚

Treats

Now, for some treats. Three of my favorite holiday goodies are peanut butter blossoms, my Grandmother’s fudge, and simple vanilla cupcakes tailored to the current season.

Taylor’s Peanut Butter Blossoms

48 Hershey Kisses
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup JIF Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg or egg whites
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Heat oven to 375Β°F.
2. Mix shortening and peanut butter together.
(Tip: Spray your peanut butter measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray. This makes it slide out, and ensures you don’t miss any peanut buttery deliciousness!)
3. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/3 cup of brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla;mix. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned (mine took exactly 8 minutes). Immediately press a chocolate into center of each, and place into the fridge to cool!

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Grandma’s Fudge Recipe

4 cups sugar
12 oz. evaporated milk
1 cup butter
12 oz. semi-sweet choc. chips
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Mix together sugar, evaporated milk, and 2 sticks (1 cup) butter in electric skillet at 250 degrees until comes to a boil.
2. Time and stir for 10 minutes.
3. Unplug skillet.
4. Add chocolate chips, stirring until smooth.
5. Add marshmallow creme and stir until smooth.
6. Add walnuts, peanut butter and vanilla and mix well.
7. Pour into greased 9×13 baking pan.
8. Cool and cut into small serving pieces.

[I haven’t made this one yet-will tomorrow- but I’ll post it once I do!]

Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

For Aiden’s Christmas party, I made Christmas Tree Cupcakes!

Ingredients:
2/3 c. butter, soft
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. milk

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350Β°.
2. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
3. In a large bowl mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat eggs in one at a time. Combine dry ingredients. Stir into batter alternately with milk.
4. Spoon into prepared muffin cups.
5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in preheated oven.

Icing:

2 oz (60g) butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
A dash of salt

Preparation:

1. Whip butter in an electric mixer on medium speed for about 8 minutes or until it becomes creamy.
2. Pour in rest of the ingredients and continue blending them on low speed for a minute, then change the speed and keep mixing for another 6 minutes or until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. You can also add food coloring.

I used a flower tip to pipe on the tree design!

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The kids seemed to approve! πŸ™‚

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Finally, a little laugh to leave you with πŸ˜‰

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Merry Christmas from the Della-Colettas!

Weeeeeeeeeee! -Buddy

Missed posting yesterday since I was a bit under the weather, so I figured I would do a double post today! πŸ™‚

 

Yesterday, Buddy made a zip line that ran across the living room with ribbon and a candy cane that he swiped from our tree πŸ™‚

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Every time Aiden left the room, Buddy slid a little further down the zipline. He never gets caught!

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Then, he landed on the tree, where he stayed until bedtime!


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Today, Buddy got into Mommy’s markers again!

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Apparently D0gD0g (Aiden’s stuffed dog lovie) isn’t very good at TicTacToe. He only won once! Aiden couldn’t get over the fact that DogDog snuck out of his room while he was sleeping!

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Buddy was lectured again for using Mommy’s markers without asking. He took it like a champ. πŸ˜‰
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Mean Mommy.

I was a mean Mommy today.

I was lacking sleep after patrolling for the boogeyman for a few hours in the middle of the night, lacking caffeine thanks to having not gone grocery shopping yet, and most of all lacking patience from all of the above.

My sweet little baby boy is growing into this sassy, opinionated, little man who is capable of thinking for himself and I’m just not ready for it. Every other word out of his mouth is now, “Why?” Somewhere around the 72nd time that word left his lips before 10:00am, this particular time as he followed me into the bathroom, “Mommy, why can’t I have some cookies for breakfast right NOW!?!” I snapped.

“ARRRGHGHHGHHHHHH, just go to your room and let Mommy have five minutes of PEACE!”

Of course, it was much louder and angrier than my writing portrays it. And, of course, it shocked him enough to make him retreat to his room, and to make me feel like the worst mother in the entire world. Instead of following him, and smothering him with hugs, love, and kisses like I wanted to, I sat in the bathroom for a few moments and cried while praying for someone up there to hand me some more patience.

Being a mom is overwhelming.

I was forced into teenage motherhood after a few stupid decisions I made at nineteen. I chose to keep the baby instantly (BEST decision I’ve ever made), and the moment the word “pregnant” popped up on that test, I became a mom. I loved the little life growing within me, even though at that moment, he was only the size of a tadpole.

That was the EASIEST decision I have had to make since then. Cloth diaper or disposable? Breastmilk or formula? Circumcision or intactivism? Spanking or time-outs? Or both? What if neither work? Stay with my five month old’s biological father, even though we detest one another? Or end it, and become a single mom at twenty? Start dating? What if he dumps me and Aiden gets hurt? Should I let him meet Aiden? When? Will this guy be a good stepdad? How can I be sure?

And every decision I have made has been scrutinized that much more BECAUSE I’m so young.

So, at first I was terrified to even write this post, because I’m sure it will be criticized. But for any moms out there who snap from time-to-time:

YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE.Β 

I took a deep breath and walked to Aiden’s room, prepared to smother him in kisses, apologies, and cookies to hopefully make up for what I was sure to be the hot, emotional mess I had created with my momentary lack of control.Β He ran up to me and hugged me tight as I had to fight back those stupid tears again.

“MOOOOOMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYY, I MISSED YOU!!!!!!!! Is your pee-pee empty now?”Β 

Clearly, he was traumatized.

I told him Mommy was so sorry that she got frustrated, that I loved him very, VERY much. His response?

“But Mommy, why are you ‘fusrated’?” Oh, the irony.

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Elf Diary 3: Elf on the Swing?

Apparently Buddy got into my craft stash last night and made himself a swing using my ribbon, and a toilet paper roll!

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Buddy also wrote Aiden (who has been EXTRA…ummm…three-year-old-ish the last few days) a note reminding him to be NICE! And to make a Christmas list so that Santa’s helpers…aka the Grandparents… will leave Mommy alone! πŸ˜‰


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By the way, if you decide to try this one, you need some weight inside the TP roll to counter the weight of the elf’s head. These seashells worked perfectly, and Aiden couldn’t see them from his angle.

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Elf Diaries: Day 2

I’m not sure if Aiden was more concerned about the fact that Buddy colored on his face, or the fact that Buddy was holding Mommy’s markers. (Aiden isn’t allowed to touch them after a certain hallway wall re-decorating fiasco.) Either way, day two was successful…so far!
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