Grab your FREE printable New Year’s Eve Hershey Kiss & wine bottle labels!

With the New Year just around the corner, I designed a New Year’s Eve Printable Party Package so you can throw a super fabulous bash! And since I was so late in the game, I decided to give away parts of this package for FREE!! You will get the Wine Bottle Labels (also great for dressing up party favors, goody bags, etc.) and these adorably cute and fun Hershey Kiss Labels without having to pay a dime! Just click the links below to grab your FREE printables!

Click HERE to download your FREE Hershey Kiss labels!

 

To download the free printable wine bottle labels, click HERE.

Once you’ve got them all downloaded, all you need to do is print and cut! For the wine bottle labels, you can print on adhesive label paper (avery makes an 8.5×11 label) and cut them out and stick on your bottles – EASY!! Or, you can print on card stock, regular paper, or my favorite – semi glossy brochure/label paper, cut the labels out and then use a spray adhesive (can be found at craft stores and/or in the scrapbooking section) to stick them on the bottles.

For the Hershey Kiss labels, I recommend using a 3/4" circle punch – it will make it a breeze to cut out all the little circles! Then use a glue dot to adhere them to the kisses. Super easy and super cute little party treats!

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Throw A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Bash!

Only a few more days left in 2012! What a fantastic year it has been, but I am ready for the new year and all the exciting things on the horizon! I know I’m a little late in the game getting this out, but if you tend to be a bit of a procrastinator like me, then you know there is still plenty of time to throw together a fabulous New Year’s Eve Bash! ;) And because I was such a slacker, I’m putting this printable party package on sale for just $5!!! AND…. if you would rather save it and use it next year (because not everyone is a procrastinator, lol) I will gladly edit the date to 2014 for you – just leave me a note when you place your order.

This Printable Party Package includes the following:
- 2-inch Cupcake Toppers/Labels, 4 different designs (use them square or use a 2" circle or scallop punch to make them round)
- Cupcake Wraps
- Wine Bottle Labels (can also be used for party favors, goody bags, etc.)
- Mini Flags (for straws, cupcake toppers, etc.)
- Hershey Kiss Labels (3/4")
- Blank Food Tent Cards
- Happy New Year Banner

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So, like I mentioned, this printable party package is on sale for just $5! BUT….. if you want to get the Wine Bottle Labels and Hershey Kiss Labels for FREE, click here :)

For some fabulous, rockin’ New Year’s Eve party ideas, visit our New Year’s Eve Pinterest Board!

Much Love and Peace to you all!

8 Great Christmas Gifts For Teachers

 So I’m just going to make myself feel better by assuming I’m not the only mom who still hasn’t gotten teacher gifts! I know I can run out and grab a gift card or something, which I will probably do in addition to, but I always like to make something for them too. Our Mason Jar Gift Ideas would be good choices for teachers, but here is a short list of other goodies for the amazing people who love and care for our babies 5 days a week!

1. Hand Sanitizer
What teacher doesn’t need hand sanitizer??? When you’ve got a classroom full of kiddos, you’ve also got a classroom full of germs. Check out this easy way to dress up and personalize hand sanitizer – so EASY! All you do is remove the label (try goo gone) and then add stickers or vinyl lettering, and you’ve got a super cute, easy and inexpensive gift!! I’d also throw in a refill bottle or two so they can continue to use the cute container and just refill it when it runs out :)

Found this picture on pinterest, but the link went to an "adult" website, so yeah, I won’t be posting that here!!

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2. DIY Dry-Erase Boards
Make a dry-erase board from a picture frame. Just get some cute scrapbooking paper to go inside the frame and add some ribbon and other embellishments to the frame and bam – instant easy gift that any teacher will love!

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Attach a dry-erase marker with a ribbon or velcro.

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You can also use vinyl lettering to dress it up a bit more :)

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3. DIY Personalized Clipboard
Another practical item that you can make super cute! I actually made this one a couple of years ago, and it was a huge hit! And very easy and affordable to make, too!

Materials I used were a regular sized clip board, scrapbook papers, coordinating ribbon, spray adhesive, mod podge, and 3-D flower stickers. First I sanded both the front and back of the clipboard so the pages would stick better. I printed the teacher’s name onto one of the papers with my laser printer, then covered the clipboard in the scrapbook papers and ribbon for accents. I applied a thin coat of mod podge to seal and protect and let dry. As a finishing touch, I embellished the clip with 3-D flower stickers and tied coordinating ribbon to it, and wah-la, all done! I think it turned out super cute, and my son’s teacher LOVED it!

4. School Supplies Cake
OK seriously, what teacher wouldn’t LOVE to get this?? It’s not as hard as it looks to make, just maybe a bit time consuming. I think it would be worth it though :)

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5. Countdown Sign
This is just genius! We all know how kids have like zero concept of time and constantly ask, "how many days until _____ ?" lol. This sign would be so perfect for any teacher to hang in their classroom, letting the children know there are 8 days until Winter Break, or 4 days until Fun Friday, etc. It’s relatively easy to make, you just need some wood, paint, vinyl lettering and chalkboard paint. LOVE this idea!

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6. Hot Cocoa Kit (Made from recycled frappuccino jars)
Another cute & easy DIY gift that can be done at the last minute! I think this is a super cute

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7. Mason Jar Gifts
Fill a mason jar up with fun supplies like magnetic letters – so EASY!!

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8. Gift Cards – Creative Packaging
Decorate a vase or other container with vinyl lettering/designs and fill up with pencils. A quick, easy, affordable gift EVERY teacher will appreciate!

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Hope this helped inspire you! Have fun creating your teacher gifts :)

FREE Mason Jar Labels! Awesome last minute gift idea!

OK, it’s almost crunch time – only 12 more days ’til Christmas!! Are you still scrambling for a couple of last minute gifts? Don’t know what to get the neighbors or the teachers? Take a look at our 5 Fun Mason Jar Gifts post and start filling up those jars! Mason jars make super cute, easy and affordable gifts! And to make it even easier and affordable for you, I made some super cute mason jar labels, and I’m giving them to you for free!! Yep, FREE.

Just print them out, cut (or use a 2" circle punch) and stick on the lid – EASY!!! Add some cute ribbon and maybe a vinyl letter to personalize, and you’ve got a pretty package all ready to go :)

I’m not sure why the labels look florescent green in these pictures – I promise they are not, LOL!! The lighting was off, just roll with it ;)

You get four designs for free. Just print on 8.5×11 paper or card stock.

To download the free mason jar labels, click HERE.

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5 Fun Mason Jar Gifts

Mason jars are so popular right now, and it’s no wonder because of all the fabulous things you can do with them! There are tons of easy DIY projects that have stemmed from mason jars, so I have put together this short list of 5 fun mason jar gift ideas! Of course we all know mason jars make fantastic packaging for food items – everything from candy to cupcakes in a jar, to hot cocoa to cookies, and the possibilities are just endless! But there are also some other really neat and creative – and EASY – ideas that don’t involve food. You can find mason jars at Walmart for around $14 for a pack of 12. Yay for inexpensive, but still totally awesome, gifts!!!

HOT COCOA IN A JAR
Everyone loves hot cocoa! And what a super cute way to package it up for people! Add some of those fun paper straws and it really looks fun! If you want to jazz things up for the bigger people on your list, add a tiny bottle of Baileys – wheeeeee!

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MASON JAR LUMINARIES
Oh my stars – how cute is this?? What a creative, original gift for someone – it would look awesome on a mantle or a bookshelf! All you do is paint the mason jar with frosted glass spray paint, paint the lid black and then add a cute vinyl letter and a tea light! Be sure to remove the lid (inside the ring) so the candle can breathe and the smoke has somewhere to go, lol.

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CARAMEL APPLES
Oh sweet ymminess!!! Whip up some caramel cream cheese dip, add an apple and bam – instant yummy gift :)

Ingredients
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
10 pkgs (2 oz each) caramel dip
2 (39 gr each) Skor bars
8 apples
8 (1/2 cup each) mason jars

Directions
Mix cream cheese with 2 of the caramel dips (4 oz). Mix until smooth.

Divide evenly amongst 8 jars. Wipe rim.

Spoon 1 each of the remaining 8 caramel dips into each jar.

Crush up both Skor bars.

Sprinkle Skor crumbs evenly amongst the 8 jars.

Place lid on jars. 

Top each jar with an apple.

Wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon. Keep refrigerated until ready to give away.  

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THEMED JARS
Energy In A Jar, Pampering In A Jar, Refreshment In A Jar, pick a theme and fill the jar with it!

Love the Pampering In A Jar that is filled with pampering/spa type goodies. I’m thinking this would make a fabulous gift for a tween or teen girl – fill with nail polish and other mani/pedi stuff!

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PHOTO MEMORY JARS
Aren’t these gorgeous?? And so EASY! All you do is stick a photo in there, I mean seriously, it doesn’t get any easier than this folks, lol. The photo below uses the blue tinted mason jars which can be difficult to find, however, you can google "how to tint mason jars," and there are tons of simply tutorials that will show you how to tint them yourself in all kinds of different colors. You can spray paint the lids if you want and edit the photos to make them look antique-y (is that a word?????) or grungy or whatever look you’re going for! I think I will make some of these for myself! Merry Christmas to me, lol!

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OK, I said this list was going to have 5 mason jar gift ideas, but I found one more that was too cute, too easy and too inexpensive not to include so here’s a bonus!

DRINKING GLASS GIFT SET
Adorable!! Use fun cupcake liners for the lids and add a bundle of paper straws for an instant gift set of drinking glasses :) This might be even easier to do than the photo memory jars!

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Hope these ideas gave you some inspiration for fun DIY mason jar gifts! To help you out, I made some super cute labels for you to use! They are made to go on the tops of the mason jars, to help make them look all cute and stuff. Visit our blog post here to grab your free mason jar labels!

Happy Holidays!!

Pinterest Inspired Holiday Baking With The Kids

I, like a lot of other moms, have a pinterest obsession, lol! If you don’t believe me, you can see our boards here. I post a ton of great ideas on our facebook page, and a question I get asked a lot is, "do you ever really make this stuff you post??" Well yes, yes I do! Especially the food, haha ;)

This weekend I did a little holiday baking with my boys, all pinterest inspired, and here are the results:

Candy Cane Blossoms

Ingredients

  • 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Red or green sugar crystals, granulated sugar or powdered sugar

 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from candies.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar or a combination of any of the sugars. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

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But ok, I totally cheated and used those packets of sugar cookie mix instead of making them from scratch. Whatever, my kids don’t care and neither will yours!

Salted Caramel Cookies

Makes 16 cookies

Cookies:

1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Caramel:

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat square. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take out the fridge and cut into 1 1/4-inch squares.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale they should each weigh 1 ounce.) Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Hold the cookie steady with one hand and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger.  Note: I actually poked a hole using my knuckle (from my index finger) since I have nails. I also kind of molded them a little just to make sure they were purdy. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until they’re just a little golden brown on the sides. Let them cool. While they’re cooling, make the caramel.

Combine the sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a medium saucepan. Do not stir. Cook over medium-high heat to a dark caramel, swirling as it begins to brown to distribute the sugar.  While the sugar and water are going at it, heat up the cream in a saucepan or microwave just until warm.

Take off the heat and add your room temperature butter.  Whisk the butter in, being sure it’s totally combined. Add your warmed cream and whisk vigorously.

By now your cookies should be cooled.  Spoon a teaspoon of warm caramel into the indentations of your cookies and top with sea salt. You can eat right away (the caramel will be goopy and wonderful), or let sit for 2 hours so the caramel sets. Fancy and fantastic!

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Anyone who even pretends to really know me, knows that I LOVE salted caramel!! So when I saw these, I had to make them asap! They were pretty easy to make, and if you’re feeling less than motivated, you could even use caramel topping instead of homemade. These cookies were amazing, and my kids loved them too :)

Christmas Tree Brownies

When I saw these on pinterest, I knew I would have to make them. My boys love brownies, and this would be something they could totally help me with.

Ingredients

Box brownie mix

Green icing (or vanilla icing with a few drops of green food coloring)

Sprinkles, mini m&m’s, etc. for decorating

Candy Canes, broken

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Grease bottom only of foil with cooking spray or shortening.
  • Make and bake brownie mix as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove brownie from pan by lifting foil; peel foil away. To cut brownie into triangles, cut into 3 rows. Cut each row into 5 triangles, see diagram. Save smaller pieces for snacking.
  • Stir food color into frosting. Spoon frosting into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting over brownies. Sprinkle with decors.
  • Break off curved end of candy cane; insert straight piece into bottoms of triangles to make tree trunks.

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So obviously my kids got a little carried away with the m&ms but oh well, they had fun and that’s what matters :)

I would love to see pictures of your pinterest inspired holiday baking! Post them on our facebook page!!