Rudolph Santa’s Light up Gingerbread Workshop Review

light up tree

Every Christmas season, I pick up a store bought ginger bread house for my two boys to decorate. It has become a family tradition. Some years, the ginger bread house, didn’t hold up so well. The kit didn’t have enough icing one year. A different year, the roof was too heavy and collapsed. Still, I Continue reading →

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snowman advent

DIY snowman advent

I will try my best to explain how I made this adorable snowman advent calendar. Or I guess you can call it a Christmas countdown clock? I was inspired to make this craft while skimming through a holiday catalog. Ok, here it goes.

What you will need to complete this craft:

  • wooden pre-made clock (You can pick this up at your local arts and crafts supply store in the wood section)
  • acrylic paint
  • paint markers
  • wired ribbon for the bow
  • the nose is a football wood craft that I cut to look like a carrot(also found in the wood section of the craft store)
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • assorted felt for the hat
  • picture frame hanger
  • a screw, washer and bolt
  • sandpaper

The first thing I did was paint the wooden clock white and waited for it to dry.

Next, I looked up festive number fonts on the computer. The numbers are 3 inches from the center hole. And they are about 1/4 of an inch apart from each other. The numbers are 1 inch in height. I drew them in with pencil first. Then when I was happy with the placement of the numbers I drew them in with paint markers.

The snowman’s eyes were first penciled in by tracing a quarter. I traced a nickel for the mouth. I colored them in with the black paint marker.

The carrot nose was originally a small wooden craft football. I drew in the carrot shape and then cut it out with scissors. The edges were a little rough, so I sandpapered them.

The bow and hat were glued on by a glue gun. I used a glittered black felt for the hat because it was thicker than regular felt and sparkly!

My husband put the screw, washer and bolt through the nose on the clock and tightened it enough to allow the carrot nose to spin.

I used a polka-dot ribbon and threaded it through two frame hooks in the back to hang it from the wall.

That’s it! It took a few days to do this craft. The hardest part was getting the numbers around the clock to fit.

You could use numbered stickers if you are not that good at free hand.

The final cost of supplies in the end was around $15.

Please comment below, with any questions or if you would like to share your Advent calendar ideas!

gluten/sugar free cupcakes

Gluten free & sugar free ginger-bread cupcakes

I decided to go gluten and sugar free over a year ago. During the Holiday season it is impossible to avoid sugar. It is everywhere!!!

So I decided I am going to attempt to try and make 24 Holiday treats that are sugar and gluten free.

Today I made ginger-bread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The original recipe is by McCormick. If you would like to view the original recipe click here.

The original recipe had tons of sugar and white flour. I just found delicious and healthy substitutes!!!

gluten/sugar free cupcakes-funsideup.com

gluten/sugar free ginger-bread cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup ( 1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure stevia

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit
  2. Mix gluten free flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger in a medium bowl. Set aside
  3. Beat butter, coconut sugar, and molasses in a large bowl with an electric mixer until well blended and smooth. Add eggs and applesauce, beat well. Add flour mixture alternately with boiling water.
  4. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Cool cupcakes completely on wire racks before applying frosting
  7. For the cream cheese frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in a large bowl until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and stevia while still beating the frosting mixture. Mix until smooth.
  8. Frost cupcakes

These cupcakes turned out amazing! I don’t even miss the sugar! And I don’t feel guilty eating them either. My younger son helped out with the mixing and adding ingredients. The kids didn’t even notice that there was no sugar.

One gluten free and sugar free recipe down and 23 to go.

 

Framed Thanksgiving Family Hand Turkey

Family Hand Turkey craft

Family Hand Turkey craft

This is my favorite Thanksgiving themed craft so far.

It was super easy and inexpensive.

I saw something similar, but thought to kick it up a notch and frame it.

This way, we can display the framed hand turkey every year and see how the kids have grown.

What you will need:

  • 8 x 10 frame
  • burlap scrapbook paper
  • different colored scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • glue stick

First, trace each of your family members hands on different colored scrapbook paper. Cut the traced hands out. Start with the biggest hand and glue to the burlap paper. Then continue to glue each hand from biggest to smallest on top of one another. This is the turkey feathers. I then, cut out what I thought a turkey body should look like. I drew in his face. I wanted to have the year displayed. I went onto Microsoft word and played around with the font, size and color, then printed it. I used font size 72. The color is dark brown. And the font is Papayrus.

That is it! Simple! Happy Thanksgiving!

no sew dog bed

DIY no sew dog bed

My dog Katie follows me everywhere I go. And she is a lap dog. She constantly wants to be on me lap when I am writing this blog. My office has hardwood floors and she does not like to lay on them. What can I say, she is a princess.

I decided to make her a dog bed to put on the office floor.

I don’t sew but I remembered how to make a no sew blanket. I decided to use the same template and just add filling to make it pillow-like.

You can also use this tutorial to make the blanket itself, just don’t stuff the center with fluffy goodness.¬† The photos will show this project as a dog bed, but you can use it as a floor pillow for your kids. You can use any measurements you want. I will include the measurements I used if you want this exact dog bed.

Materials needed:

  • colored chalk
  • ruler
  • sharp scissors
  • 10-12 oz. fluffy bed filler
  • 2 pieces of soft plush cotton fabric measuring 38″ x 32″
use two patterns with similar color scheme

use two patterns with similar color scheme

I used half of this 24oz bag

I used half of this 24oz bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is how I made this adorable no sew dog bed.

drawing the lines 3 "x 1 1/2"

drawing the lines 3 “x 1 1/2″

cut along your lines

cut along your lines

what the tied knots should look like

what the tied knots should look like

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. First, lay your two pieces of fabric on top of each other so that they match up corner to corner.
  2. Next, start from the center of one of the sides, and start measuring about 3″ height and 1 1/2″ width. I used the width of my ruler.
  3. I used colored chalk to make my lines around the perimeter of the fabric. Repeat this step all the way around your fabric.
  4. You will need to cut squares out of the corners. Mine measured about 3″ x 3″.
  5. After you finished drawing your lines, start cutting.
  6. Now start double knotting your cut pieces. Leave about six pieces untied so you can add your filling.
  7. Fill your dog bed with the filling you have chosen.
  8. Tie the remaining six pieces so the filling can’t get out.
  9. You might have to pull on the tied fabric pieces to make more of rectangular. It will bunch up. Don’t be afraid to tug on it a little.

This is what the finished dog bed looks like!

Reversible side #1

reversible side #1

reversible side

reversible side #2

 

 

 

 

Chris P. Bacon-My life so far

Book Review written by Heidi Kelly of HKelly Designs

Heidi is a good friend of mine. Please visit her site and shop her creative, bright, bold and unique handbags.

 

I first found Chris P. Bacon Pig on Wheels on Facebook and was so moved by this little pig.

Chris P. was born without the use of his back legs and a vet named Dr. Len Lucero took him home.

Chris P. Pig

Chris P. Bacon the Pig

Since then Chris P. has become a Facebook and YouTube sensation!

Recently, Dr. Len created a children’s book about Chris P. and how he has been inspiring people. It’s a great book to teach children that different isn’t bad it’s, as Chris P. would say, “Yooo-neek!”

Chris P. has an amazing positive message that all children should learn about.

Be sure to check out Chris P. Bacon on Facebook

For each book purchased before December 1st, one book will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Aid Society, or Read to Grow.

You can also click below and purchase the children’s book.

Buy the book here

My Life so far

My Life so far

 

 

Ice cream cone cornucopia

Ice-cream cone cornucopia

This year I wanted to make a Thanksgiving treat for my nieces. I found the craft on Pinterest. It didn’t have a website linked to it with full instructions. So it took a few tries to get it right.

I went to the grocery store for a few supplies. What you will need for the ice-cream cone cornucopia.

  • assorted colored jellybeans or you can use any smaller candy you want. M & M’s would work or you could also use candy corn.
  • sugar ice-cream cones
  • saran wrap
  • pretty ribbon
  • a wooden spoon
what you will need

what you will need

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will see a pencil in this supply photo. The post on pinterest mentioned using a pencil. My first attempt to curl the bottom of the cone with a pencil was not a success. I decided to use a wooden spoon handle instead. It was thicker than the pencil.

The first step in making this edible craft is to find a container to fill with water. You will need enough water to cover almost half of the ice cream cone’s pointed side.

Place the cone tip in the water and wait 30 seconds.

Then put the cone on a microwave safe dish. Microwave for about 20-30 seconds.

Immediately take your spoon or pencil and lightly press into the bottom of the cone and slightly curl up the tip. You will have to hold the tip in the curled position for a few minutes until the new shape sets.

Now you can fill the cone with your candy.

Place saran wrap tightly around the top of the cone so the candy is in place.

You can wrap a pretty ribbon around the saran wrap and make a bow. Voila! Done!

I put my finished ice cone cornucopia’s in a treat bag and tied the bag with a ribbon as well. This will make it sanitary and easier to bring along and give to the girls on Thanksgiving day.

You could also make a cute label that says “Give Thanks” to tie onto the ribbon. Be creative!

curling the tip of the cone

curling the tip of the cone

Ice cream cone cornucopia

Ice cream cone cornucopia

 

 

Octo-Dogs and Macaroni

Who said you can’t play with your food?

I have a book called “Cooking for Kids Bible”. Tonight I had the kids pick out a recipe they wanted to me to make them¬† for dinner.

Lucas picked out Octo-dogs and shells.

I will write down the recipe as it is written in the book and then I will write down how I prepared this under the sea dish.

Octo-Dog and macaroni

What you will need:

  • 4 refridgerated low-fat hot dogs
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked small shell pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup prepared alfredo sauce
  • yellow mustard from a squeeze bottle
  • cheese-flavored fish-shaped crackers
  1. Lay 1 hot dog on cutting surface, starting 1 inch from one end of hot dog, slice hot dog lengthwise in half. Roll hot dog 1/4 turn. Starting 1 inch from same end, slice in half lengthwise again, making 4 segments connected at top. Slice each segment in half lengthwise, creating a total of 8 “legs”. Repeat with remaining hot dogs.
  2. Place hot dogs in medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, stirring in vegetables during last three minutes of cooking time. Drain; return to pan. Stir in alfredo sauce. Heat over low heat until heated through. Divide pasta mixture between 4 plates.
  4. Drain octo-dogs. Arrange one octo-dog on top of pasta mixture on each plate. Draw faces on “heads” of octo-dogs with mustard. Sprinkle crackers over pasta.

 

I try to cook as many meals as I can for the family gluten free, sugar free (if I can), and organic. If you notice in the picture, I did not add the gold fish crackers, I did not use shell shaped pasta, and my octo-dog has four legs not eight. (Oops!) It still looks cool and the kids still ate it.

Listed here are the products I used for this dish.

The book you can purchase on my website through Amazon. There are other really cute recipes in it. One other I may attempt is a sloppy joe race car. It is the recipe on the cover of the book.

 

 

 

pine cone turkey

Pine cone turkeys

Thanksgiving used to be my least favorite Holiday so I didn’t have that many decorations for it. My younger son was sad that we didn’t have any Turkey decorations. So I decided to do a craft with them.

We made turkeys out of pine cones.

  • pine cones
  • assorted feathers
  • googly eyes
  • glue gun
  • orange felt cut into triangles
pine cone turkey supplies

pine cone turkey supplies

googly eyes

googly eyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • We started decorating our turkeys by gluing on the googly eyes first. You want to put the eyes on the flat side of the pine cone.
  • Next, we glued on the orange felt nose right below the eyes.
  • The feathers were cut in half and we used the tops of the feathers. (This part was quite messy actually)
  • Then we glued the feathers one by one in between the pine cone layers to look like turkey feathers.

Tip: Don't touch the metal tip of the glue gun

 

 

 

 

That’s it! Your turkey is done! Put them around your house and enjoy!

Tips:

We decided to use cinnamon scented pine cones. They smell amazing in the living room!

Be careful when using a glue gun. Let your child know that the metal tip is hot and too not touch it. It will burn their little fingers.

The boys turkeys

The boys turkeys

 

 

DIY Monster Book mark

monster book mark

This is the book mark I made

OMG, this book mark was so much to make and super duper easy.

I did not take photos of the process of making this book mark, but you can click on the link below for step-by-step directions.

I am just day dreaming of all of the cute book marks I can make with this!

It doesn’t have to be a monster. I did that for Halloween.

You can do any kind of animal or keep it simple with bold and bright scrapbook paper designs.

Happy crafting!

Directions on how to make this cute monster bookmark