DIY Pom Pom Apple Garland

We have Meet the Teacher today at Brynlee’s Pre-School. I can’t believe how quickly summer passed by and now my baby girl is starting Pre-K on Thursday!

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Since school starts for us this week, I thought I’d share this fun little DIY that Brynlee and I made a couple of weeks ago to decorate for Back to School. Brynlee loves when we decorate the house for different holidays or celebrations, so I’m really making more of an effort to do more decorating outside of the Christmas season. We made this garland with things already in my craft closet and Brynlee had so much fun learning how to make pom poms.

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I bought these pom pom makers a couple of years ago and they really make making pom pom so much easier! Even Brynlee got the hang of it after a few tries and now wants to make ALL. THE. POM POMS.

My finished garland is 6 feet and I spaced my apples every 6 inches so I made 11 pom pom total. Make sure to leave your tails long so you can attached your apples to your garland string.

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Once my poms were all made, I grabbed some green felt, cut it in strips, then cut out leaf shapes. I just free handed it and really like that no two leaves are the same.

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I made 22 leaves total, 2 for each apple.

(There are only 20 pictured here because I had to go back and make one more apple once I decided on my spacing)

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I used hot glue to attach my leaves to each apple.

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I wanted my garland string to be a little thicker than regular yarn and I love the rustic feel this jute twine adds to the garland.

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Using the tails of my pom poms, I measured my spacing and tied on each apple, clipping the tails after.

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I love how this cute little DIY turned out, especially since it was kid-friendly! Brynlee loves to craft and was so excited to be able to help with this project.

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After we hung it, Brynlee asked if we were going to have an apple party. She’s still not quite sure what apples have to do with school starting, but its still a fun little addition to our home decor. I also found a lighted apple garland in the Target dollar bins and I think some DIY vintage inspired flash cards might be next on our to-do list.

Do you decorate for school? Let me know if you make a Pom Pom Apple Garland (tag me on Instagram @blissfullymadeblog #blissfullymadeblog)

Happy Crafting!!

xo, Cassidi

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Valentine’s Day Outfit

I meant to post this yesterday, but we had family visit and it just didn’t get done. So today I wanted to pop in and share the Valentine’s Day outfits I made for the kids.

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For Brynlee’s dress I decided on the Ayda dress from Simple Life Pattern Company. They have so many cute patterns. This one is quick and easy, it takes about an hour to sew up and I just love the back with the lace trim detail. It also has a circle skirt option, which makes it super twirly and of course Brynlee loves it. I used this Valentine’s themed fabric from Joann’s for the bodice and a matching red solid with one layer of red tulle overlay, also from Joann.

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For Lincoln’s outfit I just paired this striped Cat and Jack onesie with black pants and made a bow tie from the same fabric as Brynlee’s dress. I just stitched it to the neckline of the onesie, I didn’t want to add a bow tie strap or any other clip that might aggravate him. Now  I will just seam rip the few stitches I made to take it off and reuse the onesie for non-Valentine’s related things.

xoxo, Cassidi

Homemade Strawberry Poptarts

Are you all ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? If you still need Valentine’s ideas for a class or teachers, make sure to check out this post to grab your free printables and make your own! Still need some gift ideas? I’ve got you covered, click here for kids or here for all those lovely ladies in your life.

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We love the holidays in our house and now that we have kids I really try to make it extra special for them. And since I have a little helper who loves to bake, we decided to spend some time this weekend making some Valentine’s Day treats! These are perfect to make for breakfast (especially if you are on the go) or even for dessert!

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Ingredients:

Pie Crust – homemade (I love this recipe) or if you are short on time you can buy premade from the store, just make sure its the rolled kind and not the ones already in a pie pan.

Strawberry Jam (you can substitute your favorite flavor)

For the Icing:

 1 c. powdered sugar

1 Tbs Milk

2-3 tsp strawberry jam

Make your pie crust the day before and store it in the fridge for a quick breakfast in the morning.

Preheat oven to 350*. Roll out your pie crust and using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut as many hearts out as you can.

Place your hearts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spoon some strawberry jam into the center of 1/2 of the hearts, making sure to leave 1/4″-1/2″ perimeter around the heart. Dip your finger in some water and run it around the perimeter of the strawberry filled heart. Then place a plain heart on top and using a fork, press down around the edges to seal.

Bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix your powdered sugar, milk and jam in a small bowl. I added jam for flavor and to color the frosting pale pink, it was delicious and I wouldn’t suggest skipping this step.

Once your pies are done, let them cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then drizzle the frosting all over your pie.

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Because I have a 3 year, who dictates a lot of what we bake/make in our kitchen, we added cute little heart shaped sprinkles.

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Serve with some strawberry milk and enjoy!

xoxo, Cassidi

Friday Favorites (and free Valentine’s printables)

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Soccer Saturdays- Brynlee started soccer a few weeks ago and it has been so much fun! She has practice, then a game every Saturday morning. We make it a family affair and all get up and go together (even if the previous night with Lincoln was rough) and Landon has even helped out with coaching a bit. Brynlee loves having us there and involved and we love watching her play. Honestly, I was quite surprised by how well these little 3 year olds play. I was expecting a lot of distractions and just sitting down in the middle of the field, but for the most part they are running and kicking the ball the entire game!

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Mini Chicken Bacon Ranch Pot Pies

These Chicken Bacon Ranch Pot Pies are divine! Super easy to make and the whole family will love them, even Brynlee said how much she enjoyed hers and she has been super picky lately.

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Have you seen BaubleBar’s new Target line, SugarFix? So many beautiful pieces, here are a few of my favorites. At a great price point too, these are all under $20!

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Speaking of beautiful things (and just in time for Valentine’s Day) how gorgeous and fun is this heart shaped Le Creuset dutch oven? I have been pining for it since the moment I saw it, I would love to add it to my kitchen.

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I finally got around to making Brynlee’s Valentine’s.

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For her to pass out to both her dance and preschool classes I made these bubble Valentine’s. Brynlee is really in to bubbles right now We are having some beautiful weather lately so everyone is spending a lot of time outdoors right now and I thought bubbles would be perfect!

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I just designed the tag (free printable below), printed then cut them and attached one to each tube of bubbles with curling ribbon I already had, so I was able to make 32 of these for around $6.

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I love that the bubbles have a heart on the top, making them extra festive!

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For Brynlee’s teachers I picked up some local olive oil while I was at Queen Creek Olive Mill the other day, they make the best olive oil and I always loving going and taste testing them. Plus they have amazing food there, I haven’t found one dish that wasn’t delicious.

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Anyway, I made a tag that said ‘”Olive” having you for a teacher!’ (free printable below)  attached it with ribbon and now we are all set for Valentine’s Day.

I love coming up with non-candy solutions for festivities like these. We only let Brynlee eat candy on rare occasions and even then she only gets one piece, so most of the time the candy just goes to waste.

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I hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo, Cassidi

Linking up today with Erika, Andrea and Narci for:

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

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Wife Made Wings (for a handmade holiday gift) / Doc McStuffins Lego Duplo

Lego Creator Log Cabin / Lite Brite / MagnaTiles / Hape Alphabet Puzzle

Mini Trampoline / Maileg Mouse / Paw Patrol

Kid Kraft Kitchen Set / Radio Flyer Wagon

I’m back today with another holiday gift guide, this time for all those kiddos in your life. I love buying for kids, there are so many fun toys out there and kids are always so excited to receive presents.

Wife Made Wings – If you are feeling crafty and want a cute handmade gift, it doesn’t get more perfect than this! What little girl wouldn’t love her very own, one of a kind set of butterfly wings. You can also get a pattern add-on with a different wing shape and corresponding doll size here. These are a quick sew that can be done in an afternoon and are absolutely stunning!

Legos- Brynlee just received this Doc McStuffins Duplo set at a holiday party kids gift exchange and has had so much fun playing with it ever since. She especially loves that it came with a dog and a cat. And we bought this log cabin set for our 6 year old Nephew, who loves to hunt  and fish. I love all the little details in this set and know he is going to have so much fun. You can never go wrong with legos!

Lite Brite– One of Brynlee’s friends in our mom’s group has a Lite Brite and all the kids have so much fun playing with it! Bonus points that it’s nostalgic for me, I can remember getting one for Christmas when I was little and had so much fun with it.

MagnaTiles– My mother in law just bought a couple sets of these for her house before Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit for all the grand kids, ages ranging from almost 2-6. They can make some amazing structures with these and are super easy to build with.

Hape Alphabet Puzzle– We actually bought this for Brynlee when she was 18 months old and it really helped her to learn her alphabet and colors! Her preschool teacher has been amazed that she already knows all her letters and I attribute it to the hundreds, if not thousands, of times we did this puzzle together. Now days she doesn’t need my help with it, but she still enjoys playing with it and then singing her ABC’s after it’s done.

Mini Trampoline– I have it on pretty good authority that Santa will be dropping one of these at our house this year. It’s the perfect size if you don’t have a huge back yard, we plan on keeping it on our patio. And it’s a great energy burner! I’m excited to have something in our backyard that Brynlee can do to burn energy while I have a newborn to take care of. Is it being too hopeful to want my 3 year old to take naps again?

Maileg– The world of Maileg just might be the cutest ever! I love all of their mice, bunnies, cats and dogs and with all of those accessories, I just die. Brynlee loves playing with little animals much more than she does dolls, so she will be finding a few of these under the tree this year. I also picked up these (on sale!!!) to hang on her wall for them to live in. I don’t know who will have more fun with these, me or her!

Paw Patrol– basically the only thing that matters in life right now for Brynlee. We actually got her the Lookout and Paw Patroller for her birthday this year and they have provided hours and hours of entertainment, more so than any other toy she owns. When we visited Santa this year, all she asked for was the Air Patroller and Air Pups. If I ever need a set amount of time to get something done, out comes the Paw Patrol!

Kid Kraft Kitchen Set– Of course a play kitchen is always a great idea of any child, so much imaginative play can come out of one, this little set has the perfect accessories and at a great price point, less that $30!

Radio Flyer Wagon– The gift that keeps on giving! We love this thing!!! We take it on walks, to the park, have decorated it for parades, to the pumpkin patch. We use it for everything. I would highly recommend getting the one with a shade and now that we are adding to the family, I’m sure we’ll be getting even more use out of it! Brynlee loves riding in it and it makes outdoor activities that involve a lot of walking so much more enjoyable for us!

Zoo/ Aquarium Membership- While having presents to open Christmas morning is fun, I think we can all agree that making memories is even better. Gifting a membership to the Zoo or Aquarium is something that kids can enjoy year round and can be a great learning experience. We’ve had a Phoenix Zoo membership for 2 years now (and plan to renew) and have loved going. Having a membership means we never have to worry about not getting our money worth on a one day tickets, if we only end staying for an hour or two I don’t worry about it. And trust me, we go so often when the weather is nice we definitely get our money worth out of the membership. This would be a great idea for a Grandparent to gift, I’m sure the parent’s would appreciate it too!

Subscription Box- There are so many fun subscription boxes for kids available to peak every interest. You can order the subscription, wrap the first box for them to open on Christmas, then they will receive a new box each month, how exciting is that!

Happy Shopping!

xo, Cassidi

Halloween 2016 Recap

I was going to try to combine our Halloween Recap and Brynlee’s Rainbow Dash costume into one post, but it was getting too long, so check back tomorrow for all the details on how I made her costume.

I love, love, love Halloween! All the costumes, decorations and fun things you can do with food makes it all so much fun, especially now that we have Brynlee. Having kids to celebrate the holidays with truly does bring back all the magic I remember as a kid and this year we really celebrated Halloween! We visited 2 Pumpkin Patches (Mortimer Farms and Vertuccio Farms). Brynlee has a Halloween Party at school where they went trick or treating, decorated cookies and made Halloween crafts. Then she got to dress up dance and pass out her Halloween treats there. We also went the The Phoenix Zoo’s Howl-o-ween, where she got to trick or treat again. We carved and painted pumpkins. And we finished off our celebration on Halloween by making sugar cookies, chili and cornbread muffins before heading out to trick or treat. It was a perfect Halloween and we had so much fun!

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The kids all really loved Howl-o-ween, but it was super crowded, took us over an hour to get in (crazy lines not only to get into the zoo, but also just to get into the parking lot). If you go, I would recommend getting there really early!

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Much like the Zoo Lights, the whole Zoo was lit up, it was beautiful and Brynlee couldn’t resist getting a picture with these cute bunnies.

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More long lines while trick or treating.

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But Brynlee loved every minute of it and made out with quite a bit of candy.

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They also had a huge tent set up with carnival like games inside that the kids loved playing.

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They won prizes for each game they played, candy, bracelets or books about animals.

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It was really hard to get Brynlee out of this tent.

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They also had characters picture stations set up around the zoo.

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Moon the Mermaid was Brynlee’s favorite! As soon as she found out there was a mermaid there that was all she could talk about. Moon even gave her a blue jewel to match her Rainbow Dash costume and she couldn’t have been more excited!

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On Sunday, we carved and painted pumpkins. Brynlee made her cat pumpkin from the kit I picked up in the Target dollar bins and loves to “play” with it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found that thing on the ground mixed with her other toys.

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And of course she had to paint a cat face on her pumpkin. By the way our fitted tablecloth worked perfectly for carving/painting pumpkins! Clean up was so easy and we were never concerned about it slipping! Get the tutorial here.

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Normally I stick to free handing a jack-o-lantern face on my pumpkin, but when we saw these paper patterns we knew Brynlee would love it. She was so excited the first time she saw them lit up and wanted to show all of our trick or treaters our pumpkins.

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On Halloween, we decided to make sugar cookies to pass the time until we could go trick or treating.

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I love baking with Brynlee and she is getting to be quite the cookie decorator.

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Finally it was time to get ready to go, but not before we snapped a few pics of our cute little Rainbow Dash.

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I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but Brynlee kept asking me what I was going to be, so earlier in the day while at Target I snagged this witch hat for a couple of dollars, paired it with a black maxi dress, black statement necklace and red lips. It made her so happy when I walked out as a witch, so it was all worth it!

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Off to trick or treat!

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She loved running up to the door, ringing the doorbell and saying trick or treat!

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Since we took Brynlee earlier in the evening, we still made it back in plenty of time to pass out candy to the trick or treaters that came by our house. I got Brynlee with the flash in this picture, but her favorite thing to do is pass out candy and make our Skeleton bowl talk and surprise unsuspecting trick or treaters. She thinks its hilarious!

I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween too!

xo, Cassidi

Make Your Own Monster Kits {Free Printable}

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Brynlee started preschool this year and while I was hesitant about certain things (like in complete denial that my baby was old enough to even be ready for school), I was super excited about others, like finally being able to make classroom treats for special occasions.

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At Brynlee’s school they are having a little Halloween party next week, they get to wear their costumes and go trick or treating from classroom to classroom. Since I know they will be getting plenty of candy from that, as well as trick or treating on Halloween, I really wanted to make a treat that was non-edible, but still fun for the kiddos! Enter play doh! One of Brynlee’s favorite activities currently and when I found 4 packs of mini play doh’s in the Target dollar bins for only $1, I knew exactly what I was going to do! The craft kit full of pipe cleaners, pom poms and googly eyes is from Walmart and is less than $5, since I made my own printable (available below) and used regular sandwich bags I already had on hand, I was able to make 12 classroom treats for under $10! That’s a win in my book! Plus there is still plenty of stuff left over from the craft kit for Brynlee to use in all her crafting adventures!

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I started by cutting up some of the pipe cleaners into small sections, some for the arms and antennas for the monsters and others, that I also folded at the tip, for the legs. Then I divided the pipe cleaners, googly eyes and pom poms up into 12 separate piles, Brynlee really loved helping me with this part.

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Then she helped me fill the bags with each of the little piles we made and add in a jar of play doh. Once they were filled, we grabbed our bag toppers (printable available below), and she helped me tape them all on.

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I love that this was a project Brynlee and I could do together, now she is so excited to take them into her class to show her teacher and pass them out to all of her friends at the Halloween party.

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Here’s the free printable if you want to make you own! If you do I’d love to see it, tag me on Instagram (blissfullymadeblog) or Facebook with your finished Monster Kits!

Happy Crafting!!!

xo, Cassidi

PS- Today I’m linking up for Inspiration Monday, so head on over for more Fall/Halloween inspiration!

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