Flower Pot Candy Dish #MothersDay #TeacherAppreciation

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These adorable Flower Pot Candy Dishes will make a great gift for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, a great gift for any occasion. They are easy to make but are just to adorable! My son made these for his teacher’s for Teacher Appreciation Day, and they just loved them.

Supplies:

* Glass Bowl from Dollar Tree (Found by the vases) make sure there is no decorative rim
* Flower Pot 6 inch pot
* 4 inch bottom
* Small Bottle Of Acrylic Paints in colors you want to use (Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels)
* E6000 Glue
* Paint Brush
* Stencil for letters
* Pen
* Clear Contact Paper
* Wooden handle (Small)
* Candy

Directions:

Step 1: Paint the Pots in the colors you would like them to be. You will want to put 2 coats of paint on them. You will paint the wooden handle at this time as well.

Step 2: Use the stencil to make the letters of the saying you want on the pots. You will want to write the letters on the paper side of the contact paper. The letters will need to be written backwards on the contact paper.

Step 3: Cut out the letters making sure to save the centers of the letters to use on the Pots. You will throw away the actual letters or you can use them on a different project. Place the outline of the letters on your pot. Push all the contact paper down so that it adheres to the pot so your paint will not run

Step 4: Add the centers of the letters to the outlines where they belong and again make sure that they adhere to the pot

Step 5: Paint the letters in the color or colors you would like them to be and let them dry

Step 6: Once the letters are dry peel away the contact paper gently and remove the centers gently

Step 7: Glue the glass bowl to the flower pot and place the candy in the pot so that it will give it some added pressure to hold down the bowl while it dries over night.

Step 8: Glue the wooden handle onto the bottom of the flower pot tray and you can also use scotch tape to hold it in place to add a little more pressure onto the handle so that it dries and holds.

Your candy dish is now complete as soon as the glue is dry. You do want to make sure that you allow it to dry for the 24 hours anything less and your candy jar may fall apart. It’s an easy but beautiful project. As I stated my son made the ones pictured above so even children can make them with some help with the contact paper. Happy Crafting!

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DIY Family Photos And Saying Canvas #DIY #MothersDay #HandmadeGift #Canvas #Photos #Gift

I wanted to share this easy to make Family Photos and saying canvas that looks great on your wall or makes a great gift! They are easy to put together and you will just love them when they are done. I chose to make a completely black and white canvas for this project. However, you can print out colored pictures and use any color to paint the canvas.

Materials needed:
11 X 14 Canvas or any size you want
Acrylic paint
Printed photos either Black and white or color from regular or inkjet printer
Modge Podge
Foam brushes (They have a brush handle with foam on the end)
Letter stickers or vinyl cut saying that you want on your canvas

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You will start with your blank canvas and then paint it the color of your choice. Now, if your doing the black and white photos, the black painted canvas comes out very pretty, of course the choice in colors is yours.

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Once you have painted your canvas, you will let it completely dry and touch up any spots that need it.

You will now add any saying that you would like on your canvas, I made this one for my father so the saying is perfect for him. You can use a ruler to make sure your words are lined up and you can place them correctly. You will also want to make sure that their is enough room on the sides of the saying to add your photos as well.

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You will line up the photos where you would like them to go on your canvas. Make sure you check to see that all photos are lined up with the edge of the canvas so you get the correct view and that the sizes of the photos are the way you want them. Once you have them all lined up the way you would like them then you can move onto your next step. You will want then put a thin coat of Modge Podge and then place your photo on the modge podge photo side up.

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Now that you have all of your photos modge podged down on your canvas and let them dry for at least an hour. You will now put a thin layer of Modge Podge over the top of the photos. Then let it dry completely. Your photos are now perfect and your DIY canvas is complete.

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GreenWorks 80V Cordless Leaf Blower Review

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I received the GreenWorks 80V Cordless Leaf Blower to review. Now, anyone who knows me also knows that I love new “toys” that could make my life easier with any chores that I have around the house. So I couldn’t wait to see how the GreenWorks 80V Cordless Leaf Blower would work. I loved the compact design when I saw it on the box. So I could hardly wait for our snow and rain to go away so I could review it. I charged it up and waited for the weather to get better so I could test it.

We got a perfect day to test the GreenWorks 80V Cordless Leaf Blower. The sun was shining for the first time other wise we have had snow or rain. It’s still 47 degrees outside but I actually like doing spring clean up when it’s a little chilly outside rather then in the heat. So I’m ready to test the leaf blower! I have it in my hand and it’s really light and I can hold it with just one hand and love that it’s not heavy. Now I should tell you that we have no trees in our yard BUT our neighbors have plenty. So I still have a lot of leaves to blow, so I got started with all the spring clean up.

I pushed on the trigger and started to blow the leaves. It had good power and blew them really nicely into a pile for me. I did our small side in no time, and then just had the kids pick up the piles and put it into the bag with me. I had no problem using the GreenWorks 80V Cordless Leaf Blower and I let my 9 year old use it as well with me standing next to him. He used it with no problems as well. He could use it due to the light weight, easy to use trigger and he thought he was going to take over the leaf blower. He didn’t win! I took it back so that I could finish the yard but I did want to see how easy it was for him to use. So even your kids can help you with yard clean up and it’s going to be fun for them as well. I was having so much fun with the leaf blower that I did our elderly neighbors yard as well and my son’s helped me.

The GreenWorks 80V Cordless Leaf Blower is easy enough for anyone to use in the family. Spring and Fall clean up would be so much easier with the cordless leaf blower. I do suggest the GreenWorks 80V Cordless Leaf Blower not only because it was fun to use but it’s light weight, great design, and easy to use as well. It would also make a great Mother’s or Father’s Day gift! Don’t forget both are coming up very shortly!

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Tani Dusty Rose SilkCut Panties and Camisole Review #MothersDay

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Tani offers a selection of women’s as well as Mens under garments. Tani also offers a great selection of lounge wear, leggings, lounge pants, and other comfortable wear for you both.

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Mother’s Day is coming and we are always looking for the perfect gift for our Mom’s. Tani’s Dusty Rose SilkCut Collection would make a perfect gift for mom this Mother’s Day. She will love the silky feeling as well as the way that their clothing moves with you and doesn’t constrict you in any way. It’s perfect for those mom’s on the go, they will keep up with them and keep them comfortable all day long. The designs of the panties are made for comfort, they have several styles available so mom can have her favorite style.

The silky feeling will make her feel sexy as well as comfortable. Your mom will love receiving Tani as well as wearing them. The Dusty Rose color collection is going to be a huge favorite with your mom, it’s delicate color, silky feeling and can keep up with mom making Tani a triple threat this Mother’s Day. The Dusty Rose collection is like bringing a beautiful flower to your wardrobe but still very functional. I just loved the way they feel and when I’m chasing my kids and grandkids it’s in full comfort. I can go with my hectic lifestyle and have nothing that I have to worry about. I just love the silky fabric and the way it feels when I’m wearing it. They are honestly the softest and most comfortable panties and camisole I have ever owned. Mom is just going to love everything about Tani.

I’m also in love with the leggings and how comfortable they are. You can make a crazy busy day still comfortable. The kids are always on the go and so mom has to be ready for anything! Tani’s leggings are going to hold up to the test of comfort and the mom on the go. You will be able to keep up with your children while having a fun adventurous day with them. Tani makes clothing that is made for comfort while not holding back on style.

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If you want to feel like your wearing nothing at all while being comfy then Tani is for you. Tani takes luxury to a whole new level with their rich silky fabrics that are made with Europe’s most sophisticated fine-gauge knitting machines to produce this extraordinary fabric. Knit in Europe with the brilliant fabric Micro Modal® Air, it is actually thinner and even softer than silk. And Tani is the first and only underwear brand to use this innovative fabric. Despite it’s remarkable soft feel, the SilkCut collection stretches and recovers as it lightly forms and shapes to your body in a level of comfort and style you will definitely get used to.

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How to Talk With Your Teen about Dating Violence

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Teen dating violence is not one of the topics that a lot of parents think to cover with their child. You cover stranger Danger, drugs, STD’s, having “the talk” about sex, and other topics that they need to be aware of. However, this is now more then ever a talk that you need to have with your teen. One in three teens are subjected to dating violence but are not making you aware that it’s going on. They believe that it will stop or it’s their fault it’s happening.

If you have a teen it’s time to have a talk with them about dating violence. You want to make sure that they are aware it does happen and what to do if they experience dating violence. You want to open that communication with your teen so they feel comfortable to come to you and discuss it if they are a victim of dating violence.

“I knew to talk with Jen about alcohol, drugs, sex and all those other parenting talks, but I never knew I had to teach her about dating violence,” said Drew Crecente, whose 18-year-old daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. “I did not realize that it was such a pervasive issue at such a young age.”

In fact, 81 percent of parents either do not believe that TDV is a problem – or do not know if it is a problem or not.

In an effort to combat this epidemic, Crecente founded Jennifer Ann’s Group to increase awareness about teen dating violence, as well as provide educational information to help teens, tweens, and young adults identify and avoid abusive relationships through free educational video games.

“Parents have a largely underrated influence in preventing TDV, and it begins with a sit-down conversation, but knowing what to say and how to say it is also important,” says Crecente.

1.Encourage open, honest, and thoughtful reflection. Talk openly with your teen about healthy relationships. Allow them to articulate his or her values and expectations for healthy relationships. Rather than dismissing ideas as wrong, encourage debate, which helps young people come to his or her own understanding.

2.Be sensitive and firm. Parenting a teen is not an easy task, especially when it comes to helping him or her navigate their way through relationships. To be effective, you will need to find the balance between being sensitive and firm. Try to adapt to the changes faced by your child. Be willing to talk openly and respect differences of opinion. Realize that the decisions you make will sometimes be unpopular with your teen – that’s okay.

3.Understand teen development. Adolescence is all about experimentation. From mood swings to risk taking, “normal teenage behavior” can appear anything-but-normal. New research, however, reveals that brain development during these formative years play a significant role in young teen’s personality and actions. Knowing what’s “normal” is critical to helping you better understand and guide young people.

4.Understand the pressure and the risk teen’s face. Preteens and young teens face new and increasing pressures about sex, substance abuse and dating. Time and time again, young teens express their desire to have parents/role models take the time to listen to them and help them think through the situations they face – be that person!

5.Take a clear stand. Make sure young teen knows how you feel about disrespect, use of abusive or inappropriate language, controlling behavior or any forms of violence.

6.Make the most of “teachable moments”. Use video games, TV episodes, movies, music lyrics, news, community events or the experiences of friends to discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships.

7.Discuss how to be an ‘upstander’. Teach teens how to stand-up for friends when he or she observes unhealthy treatment of his or her peers.

8.Accentuate the positive. Conversations about relationships do not need to focus solely on risky behavior or negative consequences. Conversations should also address factors that promote healthy adolescent development and relationships.

9.Be an active participant in your young teen’s life. Explore ways to know more about your teen’s friends and interests. Find activities you can do together.

10.Be prepared to make mistakes. You will make mistakes. Accept that you will make mistakes, but continue to help teens make responsible choices while trying to maintain that delicate balance of being sensitive, yet firm.

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Plackers Dual Grip Flossers and the adorable monkey shapped flosser holder Review

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Have you found it’s hard to keep your child interested in taking care of their teeth and gums? Do you always have to remind them to floss? Flossing is one of the hardest things for children to remember to do but is so important to their oral hygene care. My son’s have a difficult time flossing with regular floss so we have found the answer to their flossing needs and keeping their gums healthy.
Plackers Dual Grip Flossers makes it easier for children to floss their teeth. They come with a wonderful dual grip that helps children be able to grasp the flosser and use it easily. My youngest son has Elders Danloss, it makes grasping smaller objects a little more difficult but he has no problems using the Plackers Dual Grip Flossers . He can hold it easily and floss his teeth on his own. I use to be the only one that could floss his teeth so it’s wonderful that he can do it independently now.

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The fruit smoothie flavors that are available are great tasting as well! They love the fruit smoothie flavor as well which makes them want to use the Plackers Dual Grip Flossers and helps them to remember to. I think that you will find that your child will look forward to flossing as well. We also love the adorable monkey shapped flosser holder as well it’s so cute and it’s easy for my son’s to grab the Plackers Dual Grip Flossers. I have it placed right where they can see it as a reminder as well. However, I really no longer have to really remind them as they love flossing with Plackers Dual Grip Flossers.

The boys even put their Plackers Dual Grip Flossers in a ziplock baggie and put them in their backpacks so they can floss after lunch and bring them to their dad’s when they stay there. I’m so happy that we tried Friendly Flossers and my son’s are loving using them. We will be trying some of the other flavors that the Plackers Dual Grip Flossers offer as well for them. It has made flossing so much easier and I no longer have to fight with them about flossing now Make your and your child’s life easier and dental cleaning so much easier with Plackers Dual Grip Flossers you will all be so happy that you did. Your child will love their next dental visit when the Denist notices that they have been flossing and keeping their teeth and gums healthy. You can purchase your friendly flossers at Walmart, Publix, Safeway and Target.com.

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How To Make Glow In The Dark Jello~ In Easter Egg Shapes #Easter #EasterEgg

There is going to be a fun activity to do with the family. You can make Glow In The Dark Jello. It would be great to use the Jello Jiggler egg shaped molds for as well to make them fun for easter. You could also use a cake mold in the shape of a bunny or anything else Easter Related. The kids will love it!

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DIY Personalize Stuffed Animals Yourself #DIY #Gift #DIYGift #Easter

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I wanted to make some special gifts for my children and grandchildren that were personalized for Valentine’s Day. So I really gave it some thought on what I wanted to make them and how I wanted to personalize them. I found some great deals on these adorable Teddy Bears and Dogs at Walmart for only $2.99 each but I wanted to have each of the children’s names on them. So when they are together there is no fighting over this one is MINE! I made 6 of these adorable stuffed animals, two dogs in different colors, two Bears in different colors, and then two apes in different colors. The Apes came from Dollar Tree, and they were the ones my son’s wanted.

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I only needed a few things to personalize these adorable little critters. I purchased Heat Transfer Vinyl in Red at my local JoAnn Fabrics for $7.99 and of course my stuffed animals for $1 to $2.99. I also purchased a small pair of sewing scissors at Dollar General for $2 and a letter Stencil’s (for tracing the letters needed) for $1.99 at Hobby Lobby. You will also need a ruler and a sharpened pencil.

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Once you have your materials that are needed for this project, your ready to begin. You will need good lightening when your working on your lettering for the stuffed animals. So be sure that your in a well lighted room or working on them with the sunlight to make it easier as your working with a stencil will small letters. The stencil letters are between a 1/2″ to an 1″ tall that you will be cutting out. So you will want to be sure that you are cutting the lines correctly. Small Animals (7 inches) will hold 5 letters, Medium sized animals (12 inch) will hold 6-7 letters, and so on.

Step 1: Place your Heat Transfer Vinyl on a table or hard surface. Place the stencil down on the Vinyl with the first letter you would like to trace, trace your first letter. You will want to leave a space between letters. Continue to trace more letters till you have the whole name done.

Step 2: You will now want to cut out each letter into a small box with your little scissors so you will not waste your vinyl. Then cut along the outer edge of your letter. The letter will have the lines where they should be separated in the center of the letters for letters like A, B, D, P, R, and so on. Do not separate the letters keep them together as one letter.

Step 3: Now once you have cut out the outer edge of your letter. You will now cut out the center of your letters such as the A, B, D, O and so on. You will want to fold the letter in half but do not crease the letter just loosely hold it. Take your small scissors and cut a slit into the vinyl. Then again follow the lines that you traced to finish cutting out your letters.

Step 4: Continue to cut out all your letters and then get out your clothing Iron.

Step 5: If your animal has longer fur on it. You will want to trim the long fur where you want to place the lettering. So if your placing it on the stomach you will trim the fur down there only and only where your going to place the letters not the whole stomach. So it will just be a strip in the middle of the animal, you can use your ruler to measure your letters and then measure the stomach to that size and trim.

Step 6: Now that you have your letters, your stuffed animal, and your clothing iron your ready to start personalizing your animal. You will now use your ruler to place the letters onto your animal. You will want to make sure they are in a perfect line and centered.

Step 7: You will want to set your iron on Cotton and do not use steam. You will place your letters on all at once or one at a time. If it’s your first animal, I do suggest one letter at a time. It helps to avoid the letters shifting. You will place your iron on the letter or letters for 20 to 25 seconds. If you do the letters all at one time, you will put the iron on them for 25 seconds or 25 seconds per letter.

Step 8: Once your letters have been secured and you have gone over it a couple of times with the iron to make sure all the letters are secure. (You can place the iron on a couple of times for 25 seconds each). You will want to fluff the fur up again around the lettering. It will cover any little errors as well.

Your personalized stuffed animal is now complete and ready for it’s new owner. They will love their name on their new friend. There will be no fighting over it as their name is right on it so it’s perfect for siblings as well. Be creative and have fun while your creating these adorable little critters.

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Snickerdoodle Muffins Recipe #Recipe #Muffin

How YUMMY do these muffins look. They would be great to freeze for lunches as well. Head over to get your Free Snickerdoodle Muffins Recipe. You can triple the batch and freeze some for later. It’s a great way to have foods on hand for when you are sick and you still want your family to have the best possible meals.

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