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Pin the Kiss on Cupid

I was sooooo excited to create this little game from Tricia’s way cute Cupid.  I think your children will love being able to put the Kiss on Cupid.  Play it the same way you would any game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  Have fun this week and enjoy your children. Extra Hugs and Kisses makes a world of difference, even if they act like they don’t want them. 😉

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Pin the Kiss on Cupid PDF file (12×18) size

Valentine’s Day Bingo for Kindergarten – 2nd grade

Kisses and Hugs!!!!  

Isn’t that a great name for a Bingo game? I think so.  This is a great idea for your younger school age children to be able to play in their classroom.  Tricia made all the graphics and design on this one when she made her Be Mine Bingo game for older children.  I am in charge of my Kindergarten age child Valentine’s Day party and I really wanted to play the Bingo game but new it would be too hard if I used the Be Mine version.  So I made a 4×4 square size that would be perfect for those cutie pies.

Since I always print my stuff at Alphagraphics, Madison has introduced me to a FABULOUS product called Duraflex.  It has saved me time and money.  It reminds of me thin credit card paper.  I can print my stuff on this and I don’t have to laminate it afterwards.  Now who doesn’t want to save a step of preparation? I do!!!  I have started to print all my games on this and I am in heaven.  It doesn’t tear and you can get it wet without your ink being ruined.  Really, are you in heaven yet too?  The only time I am going to laminate that stuff, and you can, is if I want to write on it with dry erase markers or permanent markers.  Then I laminate it so I can have that effect, otherwise you will ruin it because the marker will not come off Duraflex, even with rubbing alcohol.

Believe me . .

I tested it for myself.

Learn from my mistake.

So, in case any of you would like to try it as well, I have included a PDF specifically for that purpose.  The sheets come in 12×18 size and that is what the file is formatted for.

We also have a post on creating a Heart Attack Door for your loved ones and many other fun ideas.  Check out our February category for more.

Enjoy! Have fun and don’t forget your thank you’s.  😉

Card #1 Large e-mail view

Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 8.5×11 PDF

Cards 13-16 Large e-mail view

Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 5×7 PDF

Duraflex Bingo Kisses Page 1 Large e-mail view

Duraflex Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 5×7 PDF

Duraflex Kisses and Hugs Cards 1-2 Large e-mail view

Duraflex Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 8.5×11 PDF

(Coming soon)

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Two years ago, we published some really great ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  This year we want to do something a little different.

What, if any, celebration traditions do you do with your family, friends, classrooms, etc?

For everyone who leaves a comment on something they LOVE to do, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Mother’s Day Coupon book.  You can choose from the youth, teenager, spouse, or friend series.

Just think, you could be preparing WAAAAAAAYYYY in advance, if you won!

Here is a link to our past post on ideas: Lucky Leprechaun Strikes Again

On the left of this blog there is a link for March.  Click that and you will see all our past ideas and even some freebies in there too.

THANK YOU Jessica for your wonderful comment. You inspired me to create a small thing for everyone.  So, as following Jessica’s explanation, here is a Lucky the Leprechaun for you to use.  (This is the Lucky that Tricia originally created.)  There are two different sizes to choose from.  Print it out and laminate, then hide Lucky somewhere kooky in your house.  Whoever happens to find him gets to choose where he hides next.  I am sure your family will come up with some pretty weird places to hide him! 🙂

Find Lucky Game Pieces

Valentine’s Day Bingo for Preschoolers!

The Preschool Version

of the Valentine’s Day Bingo includes the COLORS

Purple, Blue, Aqua, Green, Yellow, Orange,

Pink, Red, Brown, Gray, and Black . . .

and the NUMBERS

1-14!

Don’t you just love it when kids

can LEARN while they PLAY?!?

This set includes 24 Game Boards

and 24 Calling Cards.

Here’s the PDF:

Pre-School Be Mine Bingo

Don’t Forget the candy!

You can use:

Conversation Hearts

Red Hots

Valentine’s Day M&M’s

or

Whatever you can find on sale!

HAVE A GREAT

VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

Decorating Boxes – Who Has Some Great Ideas for These?

One of my favorite places to shop is the Desert Industries.  I love finding bargains and love when I find something that is so fantastic it makes me smile for weeks.  Well, I have just recently had one of those moments.  I found these boxes all together, brand new condition, all for the measly price of $2.

Of course I snatched them right up.  Here is my dilemma, I have no idea what to put on them.  You see I don’t want them for my laundry room, that’s not some place I would ever fancy up.  My idea was to turn them around and use vinyl letter on the other side for something fun in my kitchen.

I have terrible decorating style and thus you see above my cupboards is ugly and BORING!!!

Here is where I am hoping all of our fans can help me out.  Can you give me ideas on the following:

1.  What words to put on them.

2.  Which order to put them in.

And 3.  Is there something else I should look for while bargain shopping to spruce up this area?

Since I have COMPLETE confidence in our fans I know we will get lots of really good suggestions.  Maybe you will even get some great ideas for your own home.  If you have pictures that go along with your ideas, feel free to email them to us.  I will even post some before and after pictures so you can all see what I ended up choosing.

In the event that no one posts suggestions, well then at least we will know that no one reads our blog anymore. 😉

Fun Friday – Water Baseball!

I am sitting here listening to Chicago – 21, reminiscing about the good ol’ days of my life.  (If that doesn’t date me, I don’t know what will.)  Really ladies, and a few guys too, sometimes I think we make life a little too complicated on what traditions we have with our family.  I am just as guilty as the next person of doing this on more than one occasion.  Let’s get back to the basics of a good old American tradition, with a little tweak, of course!  The other day my boys were playing baseball outside and decided they need to make it a little more exciting.  Here’s a new way to play.  It’s called Water Baseball.  Empty out a few of the big totes of their contents, you could make this a FHE assignment and have the game be the activity.  Each person could be in charge of sorting through one of the totes, of course that could be a little scary too!  Take the totes outside and use them for your bases 1, 2, and 3, then fill them up with water.  Play baseball as it usually is played except if the players want to be safe they have to stand in the tote filled with water.  After today’s temperature, it would be a welcome relief.  Have fun ladies and remember to KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!!

I think technically you could call them both out, but I could only take a picture!

Create A Masterpiece!

My youngest child just graduated from her preschool last night!  It was so much fun and I have LOVED her teacher.  She did simply amazing things with these preschoolers.  She taught these 3 and 4 year olds all about art.  They learned about 13 different artists.  The kids can tell you the name of over 30 art pieces, the artist’s name, and whether the art piece is a portrait, landscape, still life or sculpture.  WoW!  It really made me want to be more educated about the field of arts.

With a little preparation on your part, you can bring more culture and refinement into your own home and have fun in the process.  You may also be amazed with the masterpieces produced and surprised at the talents you didn’t even know you had!

Click here for fun art ideas to do as a family:

Art for the Family!

Family Fun – General Conference BINGO

O.k. I have been wanting to create these for years and I finally got around to creating 5.  I am working on the rest of the 19 right now, so that you can have a total of 24 individual BINGO cards for Conference.  I love these because they are FULL COLOR and they are me!  Enjoy everyone!!  Leave some comments if you enjoy these, or as other people say on their blogs, leave some LOVE!!!!

General Conference Bingo Cards 1-5

General Conference Bingo Cards 6-10

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Here’s a sample of one of the cards!  Isn’t it beautiful?!?!?!

Project Wednesday!

Check-out www.preparednotscared.blogspot.com for Two Fun Projects!

A Temple Memory Game and How to Make Your Own Portable Washer!

Fun Friday – Valentine’s Tradition Idea

Here’s a great way to have your Webelo pass off a cub scout requirement and get a great tradition idea in as well.  When my oldest was 10 he had to make something USEFUL from wood.  We came up with the idea of making wooden hearts with wire in the top for some love note holders for our Valentine’s Day Dinner.  (I know that they look VERY homemade, but that too brings up those great memories of watching him make these by himself.  I wouldn’t change a thing about it.)  You and/or your spouse can write a letter to each of your children expressing why you love them and what qualities they have that you really enjoy.  Put them in your card holder and place them on the table at dinner time.  Then, before or after dinner, everyone can open theirs and read it aloud or to themselves while sitting at the table.  It’s a great way to spend Valentine’s Dinner with your family and bring some extra bit of love to your children.  You can even express a desire for your children to do the same for you and your spouse so that everyone can have a little something to read.

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Another fun idea is to have a bucket with their names on it.  Walmart has some cute red tin ones on sale right now.  We have ours high up so no one can get in them until Valentine’s Day.  On that day they get to retrieve them down and look inside for a special Valentine’s Day treat.  This could be anything from socks, candy, gift card, coupon for a night out, etc.  Make it match what they would think would be cool.  In these times of spending thrifty, give everyone a bottle of bubbles and you can have a bubble war with the family!  Everyone will be laughing by the end and you will have created a fun and simple, yet memorable, event that they will remember for a long time.  Sometimes the cheapest ideas make the greatest memories!

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CHALLENGE: Try it and see.  I would love to see your comments on what you put in your child’s bucket that didn’t cost a lot of money but was something that created a great memory.  I will be looking after Valentine’s Day to see who rises up to the challenge.  Remember part of the challenge is to come back and share your ideas with me and everyone else who reads our blog!

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