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Free printable road trip game ~ color the license plate

Going on a road trip this summer and looking for a way to entertain the kids? This is perfect! All 50 states have a place to color, any way you choose. Color them just like the plate you see, or get creative and color them in any way you want. How many can you find?

Download the pdf here state plate game

We did this on our trip to the Oregon Coast and it kept my kids busy on the LONG trip, we turned it into a game for the whole family. Everyone was busy looking for plates, while int he car, walking thru parking lots and just about everywhere we went.

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Thanks to Smart Spending Spot  for this money saving  recipe for patriotic strawberries!  This recipe is rather simple but makes a huge statement for the 4th!  Easy food recipes that look fancy at my favorite!

To make this recipe you will need:

  • fresh strawberries, cleaned and dried
  • white chocolate chips or discs
  • colored sugar
  • wax paper
  • baking sheet
  • glass bowl for melting

Clean and dry the strawberries. I chose to cut off the green tops, but it’s up to you.It probably would have been easier to dip if I had left them on.
Spread out on cookie sheet and put in refrigerator for 30-40 minutes, or freezer for 15-20. You want them cold so that the chocolate takes to them right away, but not frozen.
Put chocolate chips in bowl and microwave. Start at one minute, then stop every 30 seconds after that. You don’t want your chocolate to overheat and seize up on you. If it does, a few drops of milk or vegetable oil will fix it.
Dip strawberries in 2/3 of the way, leave the top third just plain red (for the red portion of your red, white and blue). Then dip the bottom third of the strawberry(or roll it) in your sugar. I had to play with this a bit. If you put the strawberry on the cookie sheet and the white chocolate is touching the paper, it will stick. You need the sugar to help it not stick. I also tried a paper plate and a small dish (with depth) for my sugar.
Place on cookie sheet until it takes/dries/hardens, whatever you want to call it. It’s really warm here today and we don’t have the ac on, so I actually stuck mine back in the freezer for ten minutes.

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Non Stick Baking Sheet  is great for this project and makes them peel off super easy!

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DIY Earring holder, So easy and thrifty!

I love a craft that is easy, thrifty and useful. My daughter has tons of earrings. They are “her thing”. She loves to buy them when she has extra money. Some girls like shoes, she is an earring girl. But since she loves them so much she has a ton. Her little earring stand isn’t cutting it anymore. She got clever and used a cardboard box lid and poked holes to keep the earrings. That is where this clever idea started and it is working like a charm!

You will need a picture frame

plastic canvas

ribbon

hot glue gun

scissors

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You won’t need the glass in your picture frame, so set it aside. Cut your plastic canvas down to size, and hot glue it inside the back of the picture frame. While you are gluing the canvas in, you will also want to glue some ribbon on the back to hang it from.

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Let it dry, and if you have beads of hot glue you will be able to pick them off after it is cool.

This is an 8×10 size, but you can make it as big or small as you want! There is so much room for so many pairs on here! This is great for regular stud earrings and hook earrings. Hang them as close as you like to make the most out of your space.

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LDS Temple bracelet, great Super Saturday craft idea

Some of you may know that I am LDS. I love my religion and love going to visit the temple. They are the most beautiful, peaceful buildings I have ever been in. Here is a link to a video that explains the blessings of the temple if you area curious. This is not meant as a preachy post, I simply wanted to lay out where this post is coming from.

When you go to the temple and do what we call a session (where you go through as proxy for someone who has already passed on) you are a given a card with a name of the person you are going through for on it. I always end up sticking it in my pocket and not being able to find it. Frustrating! I love having it where I can get to it easily if needed. That is where this bracelet comes from.

This post is a little photo heavy, but they are important to see the steps.

You will need:

*These are not the exact supplies I used, but are similar

jewelry wire

(not sure what gauge I had because I already had it and the label was gone)

jump rings

toggle clasp

crimping beads

bulldog clip

white or clear beads

needle nose pliers

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Begin by cutting a length of wire. Cut it longer than you need to give yourself plenty of room to work with. Also get your beads out and set them in the pattern you think you want. Play with it until it looks the way you like. Than you will be ready to string them on your wire. I suggest using some smaller beads on the ends. It helps blend the crimping beads in.

Once you have your wire cut get one end of your toggle clasp out. Also grab 2 of your crimping beads (if they are short. Some are longer, if so get one) and slip them on the wire followed by the toggle clasp. Leave a couple inches of wire at the end. Once the toggle clasp is on, string the end of the wire through the crimping beads. Put the crimping beads right up next to the toggle clasp. Now use your pliers and crimp the crimping beads so the wire is trapped. Do not trim the end of that wire. Now you can start stringing your beads. Simply take your wire and string the beads on the long wire as well as the small, leftover piece. It won’t even show. I did clip a little bit off after those 3 small beads below.

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Now string on your beads, but stop half way. It is time to add your bulldog clip. Put the clip on a jump ring and slide the jump ring on the wire.

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Continue stringing your beads on until you are to the end.

Once you are at the end it is time to secure the other end of the toggle clasp to your wire. But before you do that,make sure that the bracelet is neither too small or too large. Everyone’s preferences are different so measure it to the length you want. Don’t clip the wire to that exact length, leave some so you can string it just as you did the other side.

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Now that you have it strung through and crimped put it through a couple of the beads and trim off the rest.

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I love the way they turned out and that now I don’t have to feel like a grade schooler when I pull my card out of my pocket all wrinkled up haha!

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