DIY Stained Glass Looking Ornament #KidsDIY #DIY #Christmas

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I have always loved the look of a stained glass window and I like to find different ways to make a stained glass look to my craft projects. This is no exception, I tried to find a easy way for children to make stained glass looking ornaments for the Christmas tree. We make a lot of our ornaments for our tree together as a family.

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This is a perfect ornament for the family to make together and you can make the designs any way that you would like. Your not limited to the designs that can be made with this ornament. I made this one a little simple so that it would be easier for the real little ones to take part in. They come out so adorable and so pretty when the Christmas lights twinkle on them. It just creates a beautiful stained glass look when the lights are on.

Materials:

* Ceramic Tile (Lowe’s Item #
* Alcohol Ink (I used Red, Blue, and Green) you can use whatever colors you like
* Alcohol Ink Applicator pads
* Twist tie from garbage bag
* Chalk board vinyl (Get in School Supplies aisle) or black Vinyl at craft store for wall decals
* Modge Podge
* Plastic gloves (Dollar Tree)
* felt (I get the felt 4/$1) at Craft store
* Metal D Ring hangers for hanging pictures
* Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
* Ribbon

Step 1: Cut very thin strips of Black Vinyl you will need 3-5 strips per ornament

Step 2: Measure how much vinyl your design will need as you design it. You will push down with your thumb where you want to cut the vinyl against your ornament. Then cut so that you have enough vinyl to make your design.

Step 3: remove the backing off the vinyl and place them where they will go on your ornament. If your making the same design as I did it will be an X with a strip through the middle.

Step 4: You now have your outline of where your going to go with the Alcohol ink. Alcohol ink dries quickly! So you will want to have your twist tie pushed in half and then bend the bottom of the twist tie so that it’s a little flat to help you use it with the application pad to get it in the areas that you would like them.

Step 5: Put your gloves on and you are going to want to dab the alcohol ink in the areas you want them. You do not want to keep the ink placed on the ornament or it will run into the other areas. So you want to be sure to dab and continue to the areas colored.

Step 6: Continue to ink the areas as well as the sides of the ornament. Once they are done you will let it dry for 10-20 minutes.

Step 7: Now you can open your modge podge and use a foam brush to dab on your modge podge. You do not want to brush it over or it will take the ink off again. The modge podge will seal the ink and keep it on your ornament. Now you will allow it to dry for about 20 minutes moving the ornament every 5 minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to your work surface.

Step 8: You will trace the ornament design onto the felt that you will use for the back of your ornament to cover it. You will need to do a little trimming to get it down to where you would like it to be and not show around the edges of the ornament when your looking at it.

Step 9: You will now hot glue the D ring hanger to the back of the ornament. Let it sit for a few minutes to ensure it has enough glue.

Step 10: Now you will hot glue your felt in place on the back of the ornament. Again let it sit and cool.

Step 11: You will now take some Ribbon and cut it as long as you would like the ornament to hang on the tree. Now you will tie a bow so you can hang your ornament.

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Frugal Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes #ChocolateLovers #HotChocolate

I thought this would be a perfect day to post some frugal Hot Chocolate recipes to warm everyone up.

Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix

5 1/2 cups instant dry powder milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered coffee creamer
1/2 tsp. salt
3 envelopes of unsweetened raspberry drink mix (such as KoolAid)

Sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa, creamer, and drink mix. Stir in milk powder. Store mixture in a tightly covered container.

To serve, combine 3 tablespoons of mixture with hot water. Stir well.

You can easily change the flavor of this recipe by using different drink mixes.

Yield : about 9 cups


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, from The Tightwad Gazette, Volume 1

10 2/3 c. dry milk

1 lb. Nestle’s Quik

6 oz. of non-dairy coffee creamer

1/3 c. confectioners sugar

Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and store in a covered container. To prepare hot cocoa, mix 1/2 cup of the mix with 1 cup of hot water.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

To make your own peppermint hot cocoa mix, you will need:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (one 4.4 oz container will have enough for one batch plus about 1/2 cup leftover)
5 candy canes

* Place candy canes in a plastic zipper bag, and close most of the way. Pound the bejesus out of those suckers!

* Stir the other ingredients together then mix in the candy canes and stir again. Make sure your mix is stirred really good. Don’t under mix it because it will not taste right.

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Heebie Jeebies Game Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Heebie Jeebies Game to review with our family. My son’s and I played the game together and their sister and her boyfriend joined in to see what we were playing. We explained how to play the game. That everyone votes on the four cards placed down in front of everyone to see which one everyone thought would give them the Heebie Jeebies.

Now, I have to say that a lot of what the cards had on them gave us all the heebie jeebies. But it’s about everyone guessing which one would most give you the heebie jeebies. If the players guess correctly then they receive a point. It’s a fun and face paced game, it takes about 15-30 minutes to play. But there is so much laughing that goes on through the game when you read what are on the four cards displayed. I really enjoyed playing it with the kids and finding out what grosses them out.

My son’s just loved the game, they were loving all the different cards and what things they had on them to gross everyone out. However, it’s hard to keep a straight face when your reading all the cards and not giveaway which card you will be voting on. Some just make you laugh so hard, and others you really want to make that face that you are cringing what you just read, so you have to watch your facial expressions. When you get several cards that all make you get the Heebie Jeebies then you choose the one that gives the most. because of course you would like to get the points for getting it right.

We had so much fun playing the game over and over again. My son’s friends just loved playing with them. They were having so much fun with the game. They were trying hard not to give away the card they were going to choose but you would hear “EWWWWWWWWWWWW!” or “YUCK!” and of course you could just tell which card they would be choosing but it was so funny trying to watch them not give it away and play the game together. There are some cards about spiders, picking your nose, about the toilet, and so many other things so at times it was so hard to choose which one was the worst of them all. But it was amazing to see everyone laughing and having so much fun together. It’s a great family game that the kids will want to play and see who they can give the Heebie Jeebies to and score enough points to win the game.

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Take Your Wine Glasses From Drab To Fab With Some Glitter #HolidayDecor #DIY #Wine #Gift #WineLover #ValentinesDay

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Do you have an event coming up or just want to spice up your wine glasses? There is a great way to do just that with some glitter. They will go from boring to looking fab with just a little bit of Ultra Fine glitter, some Modge Podge, a sponge brush, and a plastic container. You can purchase Extra fine glitter at the craft store as well as the Modge Podge (Get Dishwasher safe to wash in the dishwasher), I purchased the wine glass from the Dollar Tree for this project. You can also decorate Champagne glasses as well.

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You will start with your Modge Podge and put a layer on the wine glass stem. Then sprinkle the glitter you choose over the modge Podge. Then you will apply the Modge Podge to the bottom of the wine glass and around the edges of the glass and apply the glitter. Let it dry for 30-40 minutes and apply your next layer of modge podge and glitter. You will do between 3-5 layers till the glass is completely covered.

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Once you have all your layers on you will start to add 3-5 more layers of Modge Podge over the glitter stem and let it dry another 30-40 minutes between coats to seal in the glitter.

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When you have all your layers finished you will need to allow your wine glasses to dry for 3 days to allow all the layers that you applied to dry completely. Then your wine glass will be ready to be used. If you use the regular Modge Podge or one that is not dishwasher safe you will need to wash the glasses by hand when your done using them.

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Pom Pom Wow Ultimate Variety Pack Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

Have you seen the Pom Pom Wow Products? I received a Pom Pom Product to make so that I could tell you all about it. I received it at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair where it was an amazing time! Pom Pom Wow was there and they had the huge “cave” that was covered in Pom Poms that took literally over hundreds of hours for them to make but I think it was well worth their time! It came out amazing! The pom pom Wow were so soft to the touch as well. When you went inside the cave it showed you what Pom Pom Wow were and all the amazing things that you could make with them. They also had tables of items that were made with the Pom Pom Wow on display. I have to say I was just amazed at all the things that you can use them to create things with.
I thought they looked a little difficult to make but when I tried the kit that I received I found it wasn’t difficult to do at all. It was fairly easy to do and they were so adorable when they are finished. You can turn older things in your home from lampshades to pillows into a whole new look with Pom Pom Wow. You could also purchase one of the many kits that they offer and make a great new project. I have to say that these are just genius for girls to make something that they love their own. They can let their creative juices flow or they can just do as directed on the instructions that are easy to follow.
There are so many creative ideas that they have come up with that any girl is just going to love their products. You don’t have to be a girly girl to just love the products. The Pom Pom Wow are just so cute and the way you use them is very creative that they can create so many different looks and make great additions to their room with the Pom Pom Wow. They could create their whole room with a Pom Pom Wow make over so that it’s their own style and it is made by them. I had my niece help me to create my Pom Pom Wow project and she is just hooked on it. She now wants to do her room in Pom Pom Wow products. She loves being crafty and creating her own style so she is just in love with their products.
Your child could also make their own Christmas gifts with Pom Pom Wows Ultimate Kit, designs for their friends and family. They could do purses, lampshades, and so much more. The possibilities are really endless. At the Chicago Toy and Game Fair they even made a dress for the fashion show that was held there out of Pom Pom Wow as you can see in the photo below it’s one of their staff with me and she is wearing the dress and wings with it. So even those creative girls who don’t want to wear the tradition Prom or homecoming dresses, you could make your own Pom Pom Wow dress for your special event and it will have your own special flair. No one will be wearing that dress to the event! You will be stylish and as colorful as you want. The sky is the limit with Pom Pom Wow as you can see from all the great photos. I would love to see how creative our readers get so if you purchase Pom Pom Wow be sure to share it on here so that we can see your amazing designs as well! I can hardly wait to see how creative you are with them.

Pom Pom Wow’s can be found at Target, Walmart, Amazon, K-mart and Toys R Us. So be sure to grab their products for the crafty people on your Christmas Shopping lists.

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Instant Pot Ultra 6 qt. Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Instant Pot, Ultra 6qt. to review for our Christmas gift guide. I was pretty excited to see what all the hype is about the Instant Pot is. I have seen a lot of facebook groups for recipes, pinterest was full of recipes, and many of my friends were raving about owning one. So I wanted to see if it lived up to all the hype.

When the Instant Pot Ultra arrived, I read through the instructions. I wanted to make sure I was using it properly for the review and well of course because it would be making our dinner. I looked at all the different features you could use to make different things in it. I decided to ignore all those features till I figured out what I wanted to make. I did the water test first as it stated in the directions. The test went well, so we were ready to make a dish for the family.

Since my son’s and I were sick, we wanted something with a lot of fresh veggies and something easy to eat for us. So I decided on making a delicious Beef Stew, which I have to say the family just LOVED! So much flavor and it really made the veggies and meat were perfect. It was so good that I had to make a 2nd pot of the Beef Stew as it was that big of a hit. They actually ate it all before I could even get a picture. The beef stew has gone on the family favorites list.

The next day I decided to steam some fresh corn on the cob to freeze. It was so easy to steam and then I put the corn into freezer bags to freeze for this winter so we can still have some of summer when it’s cold outside. It’s always a great way to get rid of some of the cabin fever we have when we can have something from summer to eat. So I love to freeze different veggies so that we can break up our meals with summer foods when it’s cold out. It is always a huge hit with the family. I can again through it into the instant pot and finish steaming it so that you get that fresh summer flavor. They are all so excited about that. So when it’s -25 outside, we can bring in some summer weather.

I also decided to make some Barbacoa Beef for tacos for our family. We love Barbacoa tacos so I was excited to see how it was from the Instant Pot Ultra. It came out perfectly, so juicy, had lots of flavor, and the tacos were just perfect. They really hit the spot for the family.

There are so many different things that I want to make still, I’m dying to make a cheesecake. However, I am waiting till I feel a little better to make one. The Instant Pot Ultra is just as amazing as they say and worth all the hype! It really makes some great meals, there are so many recipes to explore and make. I also love that it has the delay cooking time which is great for the hectic busy days that we all have. You can have your meals ready when you are as the Instant Pot Ultra will keep your meals warm till your ready to eat. I just love all the options on the Instant Pot Ultra. Even though I am still getting ready to use some of them, I can’t wait to make so many great meals for the family in Instant Pot Ultra. If your looking for a great kitchen appliance that will make your life easier, then look no further. The Instant Pot Ultra would also make an amazing gift for a bridal shower, Birthday or the holiday season. Give the gift of making someone’s life easier with some fabulous meals!

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Klask The Magnetic Game Of Skill Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Klask Game to review with my son’s. It’s a table top game that has magnetic pieces that you move as you play the game. It reminds me of a tabletop Ice Hockey game. Now, when I first saw this game I had to get in on the action as there were so many people playing this game. So I watched some of them playing and then I had to get a game to play with a friend.

So we sat down and we got our magnetic game pieces ready to go. There are two other magnetic pieces on each side that you send the piece around or through to score with the game. We were having such a great time laughing and playing. When a person gets it through into the other person’s “pocket” they score a point. Now, I have to say the game is not as easy as it sounds. There are challenges to the game!

Your not going to score every time you push the ball across trying to get into the pocket. The other person can block your shot, it can go in a different direction then you had wanted it to, and the pieces that you put on both sides can also make the ball go into another direction. So, if you think your going to be bored with this game think again! There are always challenges but those challenges will have you and the person that your playing with laughing at where the ball is and where it’s going. You and the person your playing with will want to keep playing because your having so much fun.

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I let my son’s play Klask as I had already played it so I wanted to get their point of view on the game. They just loved it! They were battling and keeping score on the score board that is on the side of the game. You slide the score wheel to the next point if you earn one. Once the boys played a few times with the ball, the boys just enjoyed it so much that when their cousins came over they had to play with them. They also loved it just as much as my son’s did. Now, I should say that the boys range in age from 7 years old to 16 years old. We let the kids play for a while and then the adults took over and the boys played a different game. We all just had so much fun and as we were playing we were calling ” I play the winner!” and we put our names on a dry erase board so we knew who was suppose to play next. We played most of the day with the kids and adults having a great time. We also played on Thanksgiving as well, it was a non stop fun day of games and everyone had a great time.
Klask would make a great gift this holiday season for a child or adult. You can purchase Klask at . You will be thrilled you did! I do have to warn you that it is an addicting game! So when you become addicted to playing the game you can’t blame me you were warned! lol

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Revel Star Wars Last Jedi Models Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Revel 1/78 Poe’s Boosted X-wing Fighter™ Plastic Model Kit, 1/164 Millennium Falcon™ Plastic Model Kit and 1/164 First Order Heavy Assault AT-M6 Walker™ Plastic Model Kit the Last Jedi Star Wars Models to put together with my son’s. They are huge star wars fans and have watched every movie released. So they were so excited about the models and putting them together with me. We looked at both of the models and the boys chose which one they would like to put together.

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Since it was their second models they were putting together I just wanted to see if they could put it together by themselves. I have to say that made them pretty excited, so I was working on my laptop and watching them but just peeking to make sure all was going well with putting them together. They put the pieces out in front of them and started to read the instructions on how to put the model together. The boys were laughing and having a great time putting their model’s together.

They were doing really good putting them together and of course I acted like I was not paying attention but I was watching so I could see if it was easy or hard for them to put together. They were having no problems putting each piece together and you could just see in their eyes how excited they were as they continued to put it together. They kept telling each other to look and see how far each of them had gotten on their model. When they had finished the models, I was thrilled to see that they had not needed me to help them at all which was great since it was only the second model that they had put together. I figured they would need a little guidance but they did it all by themselves. When I asked the boys if it was difficult at any point to put the models together they stated it was not hard but that they loved the finished models.

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I have to say that they are so excited about making models now and want to have shelves in their room to display them on. They are both avid fans of Revel models now. They wanted to know when they would be getting the next model to add to their collection. I told them that they better add it to their Santa lists so that he knows what they would like. So both of the boys have been look for which models they would like to add to their lists on the site. I have to say that before the boys put the models together they had said that they did not want to put any together they were not interested in them at all. However, it is now a whole different story. They now want to put them together and start a collection.

The pieces for the models are a nice size and when they are put together go together easily. They also loved the Star Wars models, they really kept their interest as well as got them excited about making more of them. They just loved the way they looked when they were put together. Both of the boys stated they looked just like the ones in the movies. They had to show everyone how well they did as they were so proud of the models. Everyone that they showed them to just loved the models and want to get and make them as well. You can use the store locator to find where to purchase these great

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Best Ever Apple Pancake Recipe #Recipes #Freezermeal #ApplePancakes #Apples

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Best Ever Apple Pancakes
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: A Mom’s Paradise
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Serves: 4
Your family will be requesting these Apple Pancakes all the time! They are so tasty, they are sure to be a family favorite! You can freeze them as well to make great breakfast even on your busy days.
Ingredients
  • 3 Large Baking Apples (Your Favorite) I used Gala Apples
  • 1 2/3 Apple Juice (Concentrate can be used)
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 4 Cups Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix
Instructions
  1. To make this recipe you will need at least 4 hours to over night to make your apples
  2. To Begin your Apples you will want to peel, core and cut your apples into thin strips.
  3. Once your apples are in thin strips set them to the side for a moment
  4. In a large bowl or you can use a pie plate, add your apple juice, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Then stir so that all the spices are mixed into the juice.
  5. Place your apples into the juice and leave in for 4 hours to over night, you will want to stir on occasion to get them well coated.
  6. How to make your Apple Pancake Batter:
  7. You will drain the juice from the apples into a measuring cup should be about 1 cup of juice
  8. Put 4 cups of Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix into a large bowl
  9. Add in your apple Juice from the measuring cup
  10. Then add 2 cups of Water to mix
  11. Stir your batter for your pancakes they will have a delicious apple cinnamon smell already.
  12. To Make your Pancakes:
  13. You will add your batter to your griddle or your pan
  14. once you pour the batter and it starts to cook add 3-4 slices of apples per pancake
  15. When your ready to flip your pancake you will flip them with the apple slices already in the batter they may slide a little when you flip them just push them back into your pancake and continue to let them cook till pancake is done
  16. This recipe makes 12 pancakes

 

 

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