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Mother’s Day Gift Idea ~ Personalized Flower Pail

A few years ago, my Mother in law gave me this flower pail.  I loved that it was personalized by my kids.  It may have been a simple gesture, but it is still one of my favorite gifts of all time!  While I can’t claim to have actually made it, I thought it was such a good idea I wanted to pass it along for anyone looking for an inexpensive, personal, creative Mother’s day gift this year.

You will need

A small pail

sharpies or other permanent marker, or paint marker

kids to color on the pail

Something to fill the pail (My Mother in law picked Gerber daisies, my favorite!)

Really it doesn’t take a lot of explanation for this. You have your child draw on the bucket with the permanent markers. Easy enough, right?

It is so simple and easy to make this. My kids are older now, and draw much differently, but I love that I have this little snippet of a time when they were so little!  My favorite part is that all of my kids added something to it and I have a small piece of each of them that I will treasure always.

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replace a worn out trampoline safety pad with pool noodles ~ Easy DIY, #diy, #trampoline, #poolnoodles, #homeimprovement

Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cakes on poka dot paper, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcake
Easter is a fun time of year to celebrate with food and family
One cake mix makes 2 bunny cakes.
I made one out of coconut and the other out of marshmallow,
since not everyone likes coconut as much as I do.
This was super easy and fun to make!
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Supplies
One cake mix -Any flavor
Coconut
Marshmallows
Frosting in a tub (I made mine with powder sugar-
this way my little fingers in the house do not eat the frosting. lol)
Jelly beans
Green Food coloring
Pink construction paper
Red licorice (if you desire whiskers)
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cake mix, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeMaking the Cake
1st…Make the cake mixes following the direction on the back of the box (I usually substitute apple sauce for oil)
2nd…Grease and flour 2 pans (either 8 or 9 inch pan) and bake using the instructions on the box.
3rd…Take cakes out of the pan and put on a cooling rack.  Put in the freezer.
I made these cakes in the morning while I was cooking breakfast, and I finished the cake after dinner that same day. This way I can frost and decorate on my time!
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow dying coconut, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcake, #dyingcoconutWhen the cake was baking, I made the green grass for the bunny to lay in.
How to make Green Grass Coconut
1st… Put 1 cup of coconut in a container with a lid.
2nd… Put 5-8 drops of green food coloring on top of the coconut.
3rd…  Put lid on the container and shake.
4th…Wow! Coloring coconut was that simple, and no mess!
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow instructions, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeAssembling the Bunny Cakes
1st… Place the cake down and cut in half.
2nd…Frost both sides of the halves.
3rd…Put the halves together and place on the platter you will be using to display the cake
4th…Cut a piece out of the front and frost the piece.  Put the frosted piece on the back for the tail.
Since the cake is cold, it frosts easily.
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cake with coconut, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeFrost the Cake
Frost the outside of the cake, since the cake is cold; it frost easily.
Once you have frosted the outside and the frosting is drying, apply the coconut or the marshmallows.  Don’t let the frosting dry or the coconut or marshmallows will not stick.  Place the coconut or marshmallows in the palm of your hand and press on the cake.
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The Ears
1st…Cut out the ears.
2nd… Pinch the ears at the bottom.
3rd…Cut a slit in the top of the cake were you cut a piece of cake out.
Slice from back to front.  Slide the ear bottom in the slit area.
All done…Now it is beginning to look more like a bunny and less like a car.  (As my kids say)
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Now add the jelly beans for a nose and two eyes.  You can use shoe string licorice for whiskers too.
Sprinkle green grass coconut on both sides of the bunny.  Add a few jelly to the grass coconut along side the bunny.

To Make the Bunny Fatter
To make the bunny fatter, you can use all 4- halves side by side to make him wider.

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Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies together, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesHAPPY EASTER!
Who doesn’t love HOSTESS Twinkies and Snowballs!
As a child my mother made these yummy treats for us to eat for Easter.
They are a great DIY ~since they are so easy to make!

Supplies
Pink construction paper
Scissor
Twinkies
Hostess pink snowballs
Shoestring licorice
Mini M&M’s
Mini Marshmallows
White Frosting
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies paper ear instructions , twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesCut out the ears.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies ears instructions, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesOnce the ears are cut-out, then follow the steps in the photos.
1st- Fold the ears together at the bottom of the ears.
2nd – Cut slits in the top of the Twinkies going from the front to the back (look at photo above)
Slide the folded ears into the slits.
3rd – Twinkies are ready for the faces to be added.
Hostess twinkie bunny, Hostess snowball bunnies, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesTo make the faces
Cut mini marshmallows in half-apply a small amount of frosting and stick on the Twinkie.
Find the color of mini M&M’s you like, and put frosting on the back and put on top of the marshmallows.
Cut shoe string licorice about 3 inches long and pull apart.
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This is what it looks like~ push in the center.  Put frosting on the back of the licorice.
Place on the Twinkie below the eyes.
Cut another marshmallow in half. Put frosting on the back and put on top of the center of the licorice.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies ear instructions, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesInstructions for the Hostess Snowballs
Once the ears are cut-out, then follow the steps in the photos.
1st- Fold the ears together at the bottom of the ears.
2nd – Cut slits in the top of the Hostess Snowballs from side to side(look at photo above).
3rd -Slide the folded ears into the slits.
4th – Hostess Snowballs are ready for the faces to be added.
Follow the same for the whiskers on the Hostess Snowballs as you did for the Twinkies.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesDecorate the face  
Cut mini marshmallows in half-apply a small amount of frosting and stick on the Hostess Snowballs.
Find the color of mini M&M’s you like, and put frosting on the back and put on top of the marshmallows.
Cut shoe string licorice about 3 inches long and pull apart.
Put frosting on the back of the licorice.
Place on the Hostess Snowball below the eyes.
Cut another marshmallow in half. Put frosting on the back and put on top of the center of the licorice.

Have fun making these adorable treats with your loved ones! 

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Floppy Disk Pen Holder ~ Easy, DIY, Recycled Craft

Earth day is April 22nd this year.  Why not celebrate by making something new out of some old items that would just end up in the trash?  I came across these gems a few days ago, who remembers floppy disks?  My computer won’t take them, but they are so fun and “retro”  I couldn’t resist making something out of them!

You will need:

Hot glue gun/ sticks

floppy disks

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This is so easy and would make a great gift for any “nerd” in your life!

Begin by warming up your hot glue gun.  Start by putting a thin line on one edge of a disk and attaching another disk to it.  Some of mine still had labels on them,but I just put the label side on the inside where it wouldn’t be seen as easily.  Continue to glue the sides together.  Once you have your sides glued together, take your floppy disk that will be on the bottom and put a line of hot glue around the whole outside of it.  Set your 4 “walls” on top and press firmly to set it.

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That’s it!  Add some pens, markers or pencils and you have a cute, new pencil holder!  I am thinking these would be cute for a school computer teacher, an IT professional, or just to use on your desk at home.

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Cupcake in a cone, icecream cones, cake mix, DIY, Easy, Thrifty, #athriftymom,#cupcakesinaconeMy mother made these CUPCAKES in a CONE as a child.  
They are perfect to take to a party or a picnic.
 No need for picking up the cupcake holders after the kids have eating off the frosting.  
They will eat all the way to the end!
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Ingredients:
1 Cake Mix
1 tub of frosting
24 ice cream cones (normal size)
muffin tin
Small Jelly beans ( we used Gimbal’s Allergen-Free Fine Candies Gourmet Jelly Beans)

Instructions:
1. Put the cones in the muffin tins.
2. Follow the cake mix instructions on the box.
3.  Pour the cake mix batter in the cones up to the line before the top of the cone. (look at photo)
4.  Bake-Use the chart on the back of the box for cupcakes.  Check with toothpick.
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6.  Frost and decorate.
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Here is the side view of the cupcakes in a cone!
Cupcakes in a cone made my a child, icecream cones, cake mix, DIY, Easy, Thrifty, #athriftymom,#cupcakesinaconeI have to tell my little secret!
My sweet 7 year old asked to decorate one, while I drew a blank of how to add a flower.
Here is what she came up with!
She gave me permission to copy hers

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