Friday, January 20, 2017

You Snuck Your Way Into My Heart- Ninja Valentine with Free Printable


Are you ready for Valentine's Day yet? We are still making lots of fun Valentine's Cards for you to print for your child's class. Today we bring you another fantastic candy-less option. I love when parents don't send candy, so I try not to either!

This Ninja valentine is so fun to pair with a little Ninja Toy like the Bendable Ninjas we used. Kids love them and they are affordable!



For this Valentine you will need:
  • the printable found at the end of this post
  • Ninja toys (we used these provided by Oriental Trading
  • scissors
  • bakers twine
  • a single hole punch

Print and cut out the paper valentine. Have you child address them to each child in their class. You can either punch one hole in the corner of the valentine and bend the Ninja's arms into a circle and tie bakers twine through his arms, or punch a hole on either side of the ninja on the card and attach him that way.


Your kids will have a blast putting together this fun candyless valentine and the kids who receive them will bending and molding their ninja. 


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

You Hit the Mark Valentine - With Cricut Print and Cut

This post is sponsored by Cricut. All ideas are my own. 

Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite crafting time of the year. There is something about punny valentines and red, white and pink that get my creative juices flowing. I have a sketchbook that I draw all of my ideas in and I am pretty sure my graphic designer husband groans every time I pull it out because it means I am going to be begging him to the computer side of the designing. This one I am proud to say it so easy you can make it all by yourself, no graphic designer needed. This software is so easy, here let me show you. 




To make this valentine you will need:

  • A Cricut
  • Design Space 
  • Paper 
  • A Printer
  • Sticky Darts (ummm.... these are SO much fun!) 


I made this entire design using simple shapes in Design Space. You can find my design here, or make it yourself.  I inserted circles using the insert shapes button and resized them using the basic arrows to get the size I wanted for each one. You can change the color of each circle by clicking on the object in the layers pallet. After I had each circle the size and color I wanted, I selected all of the circles together and then right clicked and hit group. This will make the image be one item instead of a bunch of different circles. You will notice that you your circle in the layer pallet on the side has a little pair of scissors by it. Click on the image and trade it for the little printer icon on all of the circles but the very outer circle. Add your text around dart board. The words I used were "You Hit The Mark, Valentine." 



Hit the large Go button. It will tell you to print the page before you continue. Hit the green print page button and print your valentine using your home printer.


Your valentine will print with black registration marks around it. This is what will allow the Cricut to know where your design is and cut it out correctly.


Line up the paper in the corner of your mat and load it in your Cricut. Since you are using paper you might want to use a light stick mat or an older regular stick mat. The machine will scan the valentine and then cut it out. 



To increase the accuracy of print and cut you can calibrate your machine to your printer under Machine Settings, calibration. It will have you print another sheet of paper and then scan it and test cut to improve the accuracy of your print and cut projects. 

 After your machine cuts our your valentine, all you need to do is attach the dart to the paper. Since the dart is sticky, just stick it in the bullseye and you are ready to go. My daughter is addressing these on the back of the Valentine but you can add a to and from box if you want.

What print and cut projects do you want to make? 
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

You Make My Heart Soar - Free Printable Airplane Valentine



Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I absolutely can't wait! I never loved Valentine's Day before I had children, but now I can't get enough of the red, pink and white.  I love cutting out red construction paper hearts with my daughters and covering them with glitter for their dad and I love designing the valentines my girls will give to their friends.  Every year I pull together a handful of different options, they are just so much fun to make.

This airplane valentines is perfect to pair with a fun little paper glider. Kids love them and they are affordable!

For this Valentine you will need:

  • the printable found at the end of this post
  • paper gliders (we used these provided by Oriental Trading
  • scissors
  • bakers twine
  • a single hole punch

Print and cut out the paper valentine. Have you child address them to each child in their class. Punch a hole in the corner of the Valentine and a hole in the plastic of the paper glider. Use a small amount of bakers twine threaded through both holes to tie a bow!


Your kids will have a blast putting together this fun candyless valentine and the kids who receive them will love building their airplane and racing! 

Stay tuned for more free Valentine Printables in the coming weeks!


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Best Books of 2016


Today, I am joining Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings to discuss our favorite books of the year! You can find hers here and join us tomorrow on FB for a live discussion of them.

How many books did you read in 2016? About 50, I forgot to mark them all on my Goodreads this year. I need to update it!

What were the top 5 books you read?In no particular order  

Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton- 
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold- Two deaths set Mad and Vic on a path. The death of Vic's father leads to a mission to scatter his ashes in all the places that were important to his father and it leads to the murder of Mad's Uncle. The Hackensack Police Department desperately want to hear the end of the story but first they must listen to the beginning.

Sometimes I feel like books find you at the right time in your life. Kids of Appetite is about strength and making your own family. It is about collecting stories and falling in love. It is about life and loss and was just what I needed.

Illuminae by Amy Kaufman- Kady's planet was just attacked. A small planet on the edge of the universe is now a blaze and she must fight her way to a evacuating ship. The ships escape with the attacker in pursuit. It doesn't seem like it could get much worse until the evacuees realize that the people who attacked them used a bio weapon that has turned into a plague and it is killing the afflicted rapidly and it seems like death is certain even before the ship's computer turns against the crew. I honestly didn't think I was going to like this book but if turned out to be fun adventure that I couldn't put down. Just a word to future readers this is not a book for a e-reader. Formatting is half the story with this one. Get your hands on a physical copy of you want to read this.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - In the aftermath of the Georgia Flu, which was estimated to have killed 99% of the population, the Traveling Symphony is a small group of musicians and actors who travel to the small towns that have popped up in hotels and airports to perform plays and symphonies. Station Eleven is a post apocalyptic book that I feel shows what the end of the world would really be like. Small communities, some lawlessness, some cults and also some people devoted to the arts and bringing them to the people. People who know that "survival is insufficient." This book didn't have a huge driving force behind it, rather it seemed like we just got a view of this group of people for a small snippet in time. It was kind of slow moving but honestly quite delightful.

Court Of Fives by Kate Elliot - I loved this book. It is American Ninja Warrior meets Fantasy Folklore. It was a page turner from start to finish. Heart breaking and daring. I loved the main character and her development through the story. If you like YA Fantasy, I highly recommended it.

Name an author you’re glad you discovered in 2016 - Any of the ones who wrote my top five. All five were new authors for me and I was pleasantly surprised by each book. I will be reading others by these authors. 

What book(s) did you find yourself recommending the most this year? I recommended Iluminae and Station Eleven to almost everyone because they really work for both YA and Adult readers.

What book was recommended TO YOU the most this year? Did you read it? A Court of Thorn and Roses. Not yet, I actually ended up putting it on my Christmas list and thought my husband would be bummed if I read it before he gave it to me. It is sitting on my nightstand right now.

Did any book make you angry? Gameboard of the Gods. It mostly frustrated me because I found myself so invested in the story and excited for the sequels only to find out that the third book is on a permanent hold. It doesn't even have a publisher yet.

What was the most surprising book (good or bad)? Kids of Appetite. I have a book subscription box and I told myself that I HAD to read every book that came to make it worth it. I really didn't want to read Kids of Appetite and I ended up loving it.

Was there a book you can’t believe you waited to long to finally read? Outlander. I finally read the first one and it was such a fun read!

Outlander- I have heard about this book every where and so when I found it for a couple bucks at a book sale, I picked it up. I am completely in love. Claire Randall was a combat nurse during WWII, and now she is trying to reconnect with the husband she hasn't see in years. While it Scotland, Claire walks through a standing stone and it thrown back in time to 1743. She is thrown into a life of war between Scotland and England and struggles to get back home. After she meets James Fraser a young Scotsman, she may not want to leave when the time comes.

What was your favorite read of 2016?


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