Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Heart-Shaped Animal Masks

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Love can come in many disguises, but none will be as adorable as these animal masks. Super easy to make and perfect for ages 4 and up.

What you’ll need:

Poster board

Scissors

Glue

Tongue depressor or paint stirrer

How to make it:

Using a sheet of poster board, cut out two heart shapes large enough to cover a child’s face. To make sure they’re the same size, use the first cut-out as a guide to trace the second cut-out. Next, cut eyeholes in each, making sure the holes line up when you press the two pieces together.

Glue the two pieces together, sandwiching a tongue depressor or paint stirrer between them.

Using this basic shape, add elements to make various animal masks. To make a dog mask, for example, trace your child’s shoes and cut them out to make floppy ears. A small heart makes the nose, a spot goes around the eye and a tongue completes the look.

Don’t forget to inscribe an endearment on the opposite side.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Family Vacation Time!

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With Spring Break quickly approaching and the summer months as well, what are you and your family planning for a family fun getaway this year?

Perhaps you are choosing not to take a vacation, but rather indulge in a stay-vacation. Visiting your local zoo, theme park, a day out to the movies or a picnic at the park. What’s on your vacation list this year, Mom? Share with us!

Monday Moments ~ YouTube MOTHERHOOD Harlem Shake Video

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The Harlem Shake is sweeping the nation, so of course, we had to jump on board!
IntelliGender teamed up with Beautifully Chaotic to “shake” up the world of motherhood in their own unedited version.

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Foodie Friday ~ Easy Asian Pasta Salad

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1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti

1 teaspoon olive oil

6 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

2 teaspoons sweet chili sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 green onions, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 cup sugar snap peas

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl and toss with olive oil.

Whisk soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame seeds, chili sauce, and sesame oil together in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Toss soy sauce mixture with pasta; top with green onions, red bell pepper, and snap peas. Refrigerate 30 minutes to overnight to allow flavors to blend. Toss again before serving.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Margarine Tub Boat

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Perfect for ages 7 and up.

1 plastic margarine tub with lid

Construction paper: light blue, red, and white

12″ wooden dowel (cut with scissors to make it shorter if needed)

2″ piece of household sponge or floral foam

White craft glue

Fine tip black marker

2 zipper sandwich bags

1 cup rice or sand

Pencil

Scissors

How to make it:

Cover the outside of the margarine tub with light blue construction paper using white craft glue. Trim where needed with scissors.

Poke a hole in the center of the sponge using your finger or a pencil. Glue the sponge in the bottom of the margarine tub. Add some glue to the hole in the sponge and insert the wooden dowel.

Trace around the lid onto the white construction paper and cut out.

Use pencil to poke a hole in the center of the plastic lid. Glue the white construction paper circle onto the top of the lid and let dry, then poke a hole through the plastic lid and through the paper.

Divide the rice evenly between the two sandwich bags. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bags. Place filled bags into the margarine tub for weight.

Carefully insert the dowel into the hole in the lid and slide the lid down and snap in place.

Cut the sails from white construction paper. You will need two sets. Cut a small strip of red paper to fit in between each sail, glue in place and repeat on the other side.

Cut out a white life preserver from the white paper. Cut the alternating pieces from red. Glue the red pieces onto the circle, and then use scissors to trim evenly and cut out the center circle. Use a fine tip black marker to write “SS” at the top of the life preserver and then write your child’s name or family name on the bottom half (i.e. SS TIMMY, SS SMITH, etc).

Line the insides of the sails with glue. Sandwich the sails around the dowel and hold until the glue grabs.

Glue the life preserver to the front of the margarine tub boat.

Foodie Friday ~ Monkey Bread Muffins

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1 teaspoon apple pie spice

1/4 cup white sugar

1 (12 ounce) can refrigerated biscuit dough, separated and cut into six pieces

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon water

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Butter 6 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

Combine the apple pie spice and white sugar in a small bowl; roll the biscuit pieces in the mixture to coat. Divide the coated pieces between the prepared muffin cups.

Combine the brown sugar, butter, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Allow the mixture to boil until the sugar is completely dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon the mixture over the biscuit pieces.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden, and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 8 to 12 minutes.