Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes – Tips And Tricks To Success

So, I’m sure you have seen these adorable ice cream cone cupcakes out there before.  They are pictured on cake mix boxes, and make cupcakes extra special.  Some years ago I tried making these on a few occasions, and was terribly disappointed at their final appearance.  Of course, they never looked as pretty as the ones on the cake mix packaging.  When my little girl told me that she wanted to take these to school as her birthday treat, I was determined to make them a success.  Not only did they turn out yummy, but I made two different versions that were as sweet and adorable as my newly turned 4 year old princess!  This post will give you lots of great tips on how I made these from preparing, baking, decorating, storing, and even transporting 2 dozen ice cream cone cupcakes!

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A Fun Way To Wrap A Present For Two

Have you ever had to give a joint gift to two little ones in your family?  If you have, then you know that wrapping it is key!  If they are different genders you have to find something that works for both, and keep both of their interests in mind.  Here is a super fun way to wrap a gift for two that makes it fun for both of them to open together!  By wrapping half the gift in one kind of paper and the other half in another, they both get the trill of opening their own gift.  Not only does it make it fun for them both to anticipate, but it makes sharing the job of opening it a little easier too.  They both are busy opening and reading their cards at the same time, and both have an “end” to open before revealing the surprise inside.

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Easy Angry Bird Birthday Cake – Dirt Cake Style

Your child’s birthday is the perfect opportunity to find creative ways to celebrate them, and the things that they love.  When my son requested an Angry Bird dirt cake for his birthday, I had to improvise and make something that was quick, easy, and super fun for his special day!  This spin on the classic dirt cake would be perfect for anyone  that loves Angry Birds!  This is an easy dessert to put together, and anything that is simple to make and thrills your kids is the perfect combination for a birthday celebration!  This light tasty filling layered into a trifle dish with Oreos and topped with colorful Angry Bird figures is as simple as it gets, but makes a big impact at a party, especially if the Birthday boy loves those naughty piggies and mad birds!

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Pack A Surprise Birthday Lunch For School Aged Kids

 Last week was so exciting for us!  Both kids celebrated their birthdays, as well as valentines day!  Let’s just say I baked non stop treats last week and was busily running around trying to make lots of special memories with the kids.  This was the very first year that my son was at school all day long and I wanted to do a little something special for him as a birthday surprise.  I love doing things that don’t cost any money, but make my children feel special and loved.  Here is a simple way to make a packed school lunch extra special on their birthday!  That way, even though they are not at home, they will know that you are thinking about them as they eat their lunch at school on their birthday!

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What I Wore Wednesday – My Heart On My Sleeve

Ok…if you were a what I wore Wednesday fan, I have finally got something for you.  I literally am going to wear my heart on my sleeve and also tell you that… there is something about Wisconsin winters makes a lady not want to take pictures of herself on a daily basis.  I miss my sun kissed skin, and healthy fit self from summer work and play.  The most likely reason why you haven’t seen these posts in a while!  But, I guess I need to be honest with myself and with you that we all feel that way from time to time.  Here are 3 fun outfits for ya and a simple DIY that turns a plain sweatshirt into an adorable addition to your wardrobe in minutes, just by adding some hearts to your sleeves!

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Simple And Inexpesnive Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day With Kids

 Next week is a big week in our house.  The festivities begin with Valentine’s day followed by both kids having a birthday within 4 days of that.  It is always an exciting and joyous time for our family!    With a busy and hectic schedule, and the chaos of Christmas time still looming over our heads I have decided to make it my mission, to keep things simple!  One of the things I am planning for this Valentines Day is so simple and inexpensive but still makes the day extra special for the kids.  Along with a little scavenger hunt to share some reasons why their daddy and I love them and homemade heart shaped doughnuts, they will be waking up to a couple of surprises on the 14th of February.

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Fun Valentines Day Breakfast – Homemade Heart Shaped Jelly Doughnuts

 I love finding new ways to make Valentines Day special for my kids.  Each meal on February 14th leaves me with an opportunity to make them something special that feeds their souls and shows them my love too.  On special occasions I usually don’t mind feeding their sweet tooth as well.  Here is a simple way to start your kid’s valentines day off on a sweet note!  Little bite sized and jelly filled sugar doughnuts are a special treat for the kids and simple to make using canned biscuits cut into heart shapes.  All you will need is strawberry jam, a roll of refrigerated biscuits, white sugar, and oil to make these for an extra special breakfast this Valentines Day.

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Non-Candy School Valentines Under 35 Cents Each

Valentines Day is just around the corner and we just finished up a special something for the kid’s to take to school for their friends.  With lots of new allergy related rules in schools I have decided that in lou of candy treats for Valentine’s Day that the kids and I could come up with some other inexpensive ideas that don’t involve food at all.  We put together three great valentines for under .35 cents each, and another for the teachers under .75 cents each.  Because my daughter has a slight straw obsession we choose crazy straws for her preschool friends, and my son choose bouncy balls for his kindergarten class.  We also made some crayon and marker valentines for teachers and a few their friends.

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