How To Make A DIY Autumn Leaf Candle Holder

Decoupage Real Leaves on Glass Containers

You will want to find a corner to display these pretty autumn candle holders all year long. But first, let them be the star of your Thanksgiving table. They are really easy to make, and the effect is quite stunning.

Real leaves are decoupaged onto glass containers.  Use Mason jars or purchase inexpensive glass containers.

Be sure to dry the leaves first. Press them between heavy books or newspapers weighted down for at least a week or more depending on how moist they still are when you find them. Then use Modgepodge to apply them to your container.

They look pretty as they are, but I decided to give mine a frosty look with “Pixie Dust”, or iridescent glitter.


Here’s what you will need to make a DIY autumn leaf candle holder

  1. Glass container
  2. Pretty autumn leaves, press-dried
  3. Modgepodge
  4. Sponge applicator
  5. Elmer’s clear-drying glue
  6. Iridescent glitter
  7. Small paintbrush

Clean and dry the glass container. Modgepodge the dried leaves on them. Allow to dry. Make a wash of one part water to one part Elbers glue. Working in sections, paint the glue wash over the container and sprinkle with the glitter. Add a candle and light it to watch the frosty leaves sparkle.

Meaty Eyeballs And Other Gross Halloween Foods

Half the fun of Halloween is the food. From slimy jello treats to pukin’ pumpkins, It’s so easy to create some really gross foods for Halloween. Blood, brains, and guts are a snap to replicate with food.

Check out my meaty eyeballs and other frightening foods for your Halloween party spread this year.

Meaty Eyeballs

Make your favorite meatballs. Spear on a pearl onion with a toothpick and follow with a slice of olive.


Bloody Fingers

Use crescent refrigerator dough sheets. Roll into bent finger shapes. The nails are almond slivers.  Brush with melted garlic butter.Beat an egg in a bowl and add red food coloring. Drip on the “fingers” and bake according to package directions.


Mummified Franks


This is another trick using refrigerator rolls dough. Roll out into strings and wrap around hot dogs and then bake for about 15 minutes.


Creepy Salsa

For this creepy Halloween dip, simply toss some black olive slices in salsa. So easy yet so effective. I put mine in an autumn leaf-shaped bowl.

Slime Dip

Fresh homemade guacamole takes on a new look by simply calling it slime dip! Use my favorite guacamole recipe below.

Slime Dip

  • 3-4 ripe peeled, pitted avocados
  • 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced chili peppers
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • cilantro
  • 1 TBS lemon juice


  1. Dice or chop ingredients as stated above.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

DIY Organic Beauty Products: Pamper Yourself On Mother’s Day

Pamper Yourself for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for many restaurants and florists and is second only to Christmas in retail sales.

Although some may argue that it is just another commercialized holiday, it does have roots dating back centuries. Ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated a day in honor of mother’s of pagan gods. Early Christians in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, Mother of Christ.

By religious order, the holiday was set to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday. At that time many of the poor peasant servants of the rich were from a distance away. They were given the day off to return home and visit with their mothers.

Today a version of Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide. In the United States, Mother’s Day roots can be traced to Civil War activists to promote the rise of women against war, a mother’s day of peace.

Mom’s often put themselves last on a daily basis. Those cute new shoes can wait-the kids need winter coats. She will leave the last piece of pie on the plate for someone else.

This Mom’s Day try giving yourself a dose of self-love to boost your self-image. Kids pick up on the nuances of self-confidence and well being. With your role modeling, they will learn to be confident, self-reliant adults. After all, if one can’t take good care of themselves first it may be harder to take of care loved ones. Sending this message to kids is not selfishness but rather preparing them to be confident and assertive adults.

DIY Hair Conditioners, Facial Masks, and Skin Softeners

Do it yourself, or DIY cosmetics have been popular recently. Not only are they more economical, we know exactly what’s in them. Food science developments and research have helped us identify natural products that tend to benefit skin and hair, even teeth and nails for health and beauty.

Try these DIY beauty tricks or one of the new products containing natural ingredients. There is no need to scramble for essential oil, glycerin or any harder to find ingredients. These DIY hair conditioners, facial masks, and skin softeners use products that you already have in your kitchen cabinet. Turn your bathroom into a spa for Mom’s Day and pamper yourself from head to toe.

Light some candles, have soft music and a relaxing cup of tea.

DIY Hair Conditioners

Olive oil infuses the scalp with moisture and can help with dry scalp. Locks will be stronger and shinier and scalp healthier.

Rosemary has been indicated as a stimulant for hair follicles helping to prevent hair loss. It conditions the scalp, acting as a natural conditioner to prevent dryness. Used over a long period of time rosemary will darken graying hair.

Try this: whip an egg with 1/2 cup of water. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup dried rosemary.

Or buy this: Avalon organic shampoo and conditioner.

Avocado is rich in fatty acids that are essential for good health in our diet. Applied topically avocado strengthens and fortifies the hair shaft.

Try This: mix a ripe, mashed avocado with 2 TBS olive oil for a conditioner that will give shinier and stronger hair.

Or try Naked Naturals products will Shea butter and avocado

DIY Facial Scrub and Mask

Strawberries are very good for the skin, giving benefits from inside (eating them) and out (applied topically). They are loaded with vitamin C to help fight free radicals and promote strong tissue in the skin for a youthful look. The salicylic acid gets rid of dead skin cells making strawberries an excellent exfoliate.

Watch the tutorial to make an easy strawberry exfoliating scrub using mashed strawberries, sugar, honey and an egg for oily skin.

Or try a strawberry-rhubarb scrub by Eminence.

DIY Chocolate Facial Mask

Chocolate contains antioxidants that can prevent or repair damage to the skin from free radicals. Like strawberries, these antioxidant benefits can be applied directly to the skin. Chocolate facials are quite popular and there are several different recipes. The basic ingredients are cocoa powder, cream or curds and honey. Having the ability to retain water, honey has long been used in skin care products for cleansing and softening. Add oatmeal if desired for a soothing scrub. Oatmeal, with anti-inflammatory properties, is also good for any sort of rash or sunburn.

Suzanne McMinn at Chickens in the Road had the great idea to use cream cheese as the binding ingredient for chocolate facial masks. The cream cheese will give a smoother product that is easier to apply. Curds, or cottage cheese has a lumpy consistency that may be “yucky” to use and cream may be a bit runny. I opt for the cream cheese!

Try this basic recipe for chocolate facial mask:

  • 1/3 cup powdered cocoa
  • 3 TBS cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey

Or try Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful chocolate-strawberry facial mask:

DIY Bath Salts and Soaks

Do – it – yourself bath salts and soaks are incredibly easy and inexpensive. All you need to do is take a trip to the kitchen and bathroom, and your herb garden if you have one. Bath salts can be created using Epsom salts, baking soda and any crushed and dried herb. You can even break open herbal tea bags to use. Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender and voila! you have great smelling, soothing bath salts.

Basic recipe for bath salts:

  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup ground-up herbs

Bath soaks:

Using milk as a bath soak provides the skin with plenty of the antioxidant vitamin A, protecting the skin from both acne and aging. Powdered milk combined with common kitchen ingredients like baking soda are easy and economical bath soaks that soothe.

Try these easy bath soaks with powdered milk as a base:

1. Add one cup boiling water to 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1/4 cup honey.

2. Add one cup boiling water to 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup crushed herbs (fresh, dried or from an open tea bag).

3. Add one cup boiling water to 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup ground oatmeal and 2 TBS cinnamon. (Use old fashioned oats not instant and grind in a blender along with the baking soda).

Or consider a great Canus goat milk bath product or Calgon Ageless Nourishing Milk Bath for stress relief!


Doing Your Own Manicure and Pedicure

The key to good at-home manicures and pedicures is having the right tools. Kristin Logan, MSN blogger, and beauty writer explains in 8 simple slides the basic supplies for a manicure at home from nail polish remover to a fast dry top coat spray. A pedicure is a little more work that a manicure. It’s fun to get a professional pedicure, and not really expensive. They are good Mom’s Day gift choices!

For giving your own manicure and pedicure, skip down to the toes and do those first. Save the manicure for last. You don’t want to use those great looking nails right away! Begin by prepping hands and feet with a sugar scrub made with 2 Tbs. of sugar and a few drops of almond oil. Most grocery stores carry almond oil in the aisle where the other oils are. If not, check the health food store for almond oil. You can use olive oil in the sugar scrub as well. Follow with a refreshing foot soak. Add slices of fresh lemon and rosemary to warm water in a foot basin. Remove any nail polish from the toenails. Soak for at least 20 minutes. The lemon juice will help lighten the yellowing we get on the nails from nail polish build up. Then follow these steps to finish your pedicure.

  1. Trim nails with a strong toenail clipper
  2. Trim cuticles with cuticle scissors
  3. Apply baby or olive oil to the cuticles
  4. Apply a soothing, moisturizing foot balm
  5. Apply polish in a flirty color

Celebrate Mom’s Day

A few makeup tricks and a cute outfit will have you looking and feeling your best. So polish your badge and shine on your day! You deserve it! Everyone will admire you even more. And even if just for today, go ahead and have that last piece of pie.

Makeup Tips for a Natural Glow

  • use makeup to accentuate positive features
  • use concealer or camouflage cream to cover dark spots and blemishes
  • use fingers instead of a sponge to apply foundation. The heat from fingers helps it blend better
  • Look for makeup with light diffusing micro crystals
  • Highlight top of cheek bones and brows with an illuminating powder
  • Apply bronzer with a brush to temples, chin and jaw lines
  • Apply a peachy or pink blush to the apples of the cheeks
  • Mix cinnamon in Vaseline and apply before lipstick, or just as a gloss.(Cinnamon brings blood to the surface and plumps up fine lines and lips)
  • Follow the video tutorial for creating Smokey Eyes!

DIY Easter Candy Holder: Re-purposed Plastic Chip Container

How to Make a Cute Bunny Candy Holder

I knew I was saving those plastic potato chip canisters for some reason. I usually buy the cardboard ones because they are more earth-friendly, but somehow over the summer and the holidays, those plastic ones found their way into my cupboards.

With a little imagination and some crafts supplies, I came up with the idea of this cute Easter Bunny candy holder. Tuck one in an Easter basket or give them to older kids, friends, and people at the office. I’ll bet your kids’ teachers would love one to sit on her desk year after year. Let’s get started.

Supplies needed for DIY Easter Candy Holder:

  • Plastic chip container such as Lays Stax
  • Pink & white craft foam (you can use construction paper, but it won’t be as durable)
  • White spray paint
  • White felt
  • Medium pink pom pom
  • Large white pom pom
  • White chenille stems
  • Googly eggs
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Black Sharpie
  • Hot glue

Spray paint the canister. Spray the lid separately.

Make ear patterns. Trace and cut from the craft foam. Assemble with hot glue.

Cut a circle of white felt to fit the lid. Other colors work too.

To assemble bunny: Glue the eyes on the back below the lid. Add googly eyes, pom pom nose, and chenille stem whiskers. Make him a pretty bow tie, and draw on the rest with the black Sharpie.

Don’t forget the bunny tail! I used a shimmery one because I had it left over from Christmas. You could also use cotton balls.

Now fill your DIY Easter Bunny Candy Holder with candy and you have a great gift. And you have done God’s creation a small favor.

8 Cute Christmas Ornaments To Make With Craft Sticks

What are Craft Sticks?

Craft sticks are actually Popsicle sticks and tongue depressors like doctors use to check out our throats. Tongue depressors are wider than Popsicle sticks. There is no need to eat lots of Popsicles or swipe tongue depressors from the doctor’s office. Boxes of them are sold in the craft section of department stores and they are very inexpensive.

Other craft supplies to use for homemade craft ornaments include the following

  • pom poms in different sizes
  • wiggly eyes
  • paints
  • glue
  • ribbon
  • glitter
  • craft foam

Craft Stick Christmas Ornaments

Craft stick Christmas ornaments are easy for kids to make. Inexpensive materials and little preparation time make them a good choice for making Christmas ornaments with kids, especially as last minute ideas. Teachers and caregivers will appreciate these simple ornament ideas using craft sticks.

Craft sticks, along with other craft supplies will help kids create really cute homemade Christmas ornaments. Some of these ideas make great refrigerator magnets, Magnetic strips can also be purchased in the crafts section of department stores.

Parents and grandparents will cherish these ornaments or magnets for years to come. They will appreciate the teacher or caregiver’s efforts in helping kids make homemade Christmas ornaments. These are fun to make with your own kids too.

Craft Stick Tree Ornament


  1. Glue three craft sticks in a triangle shape.
  2. Tuck in and glue a third craft stick.
  3. The kids can paint this shaped with green paint.
  4. Allow the paint to dry. Kids can decorate them with pom poms or other craft supplies.
  5. Add gold glitter on a yellow craft foam star for the top
  6. Add a ribbon hanger.


Craft Stick Rudolph Ornament


  1. Glue craft sticks in a triangle shape.
  2. Leave an overlap for antlers
  3. Paint with brown tempera or acrylic
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Glue on googly eyes
  6. Give Rudolph a red pom pom nose
  7. Add a festive green ribbon and hanger


Snowman Craft Stick Ornament


  1. Paint a craft stick white
  2. Allow to dry
  3. Glue on eyes and buttons with small black pom poms
  4. Use a black Sharpie to add a mouth
  5. Glue on an orange pom pom for the nose
  6. Add a scarf of Christmas plaid ribbon
  7. Cut and glue on a piece of chenille stem for the earmuffs
  8. Add pom poms on each side to complete the earmuffs.

Craft Stick Christmas Snowflake Ornament



  1. Arrange six Popsicle sticks in a hexagonal design.
  2. Paint with white tempera or acrylic
  3. Allow to dry
  4. Glue on clear beads.
  5. Add a hanger of silver rope thread

Peppermint Stick North Pole Sign Ornament


  • Paint a craft stick with white tempera or acrylic
  • Add stripes of glue
  • Sprinkle on red glitter
  • Make a green construction paper arrow sign shape
  • Write ‘North Pole’ on the sign
  • Glue to the top of the candy cane pole


Manger Picture Frame From Craft Sticks


  1. Form a square with four craft sticks that over-lap.
  2. Glue the four craft sticks together at the corners
  3. Glue on two extra craft sticks at the top in a triangle to form a roof
  4. Glue blue paper behind the ‘roof’.
  5. Add a craft foam star
  6. Add a photo from Christmas manger scene play
  7. glue magnetic backing or use as and ornament


Snowman Fridge Magnet


  1. Glue 6 wide (tongue depressor) craft sticks onto a backing of 2 narrow (Popsicle)sticks. The Popsicle sticks provide support for 6 wide craft sticks.
  2. Glue a wide craft stick across the top horizontally, about 2 inches from the top.
  3. Paint the bottom white to represent the snowman’s face. Paint the top and horizontal stick black to represent the snowman’s hat.
  4. Allow to dry. Add googly eyes.
  5. Add craft foam shapes for hat band, carrot nose and mouth.
  6. Add a narrow black ribbon, and the magnet becomes and ornament.
  7. If desired, kids can personalize the front with name, date. Use a silver Sharpie.


Manger with Angel


  1. Form manger as shown 3 craft sticks and two halves.
  2. Use halves of 3 other sticks to paint image of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus,
  3. Use another craft stick half and a shiny pipe cleaner to form angel.
  4. Use pieces of craft stick for manger.

Thanksgiving Memory Tablecloth Idea

Start a Thanksgiving Memory Tablecloth

Because of distance or travel time, Thanksgiving may be one of the few times during the year that certain loved ones can get together. Since children,grandchildren, nieces and nephews grow and change each year, this year try starting a Thanksgiving Memory Table Cloth. It is an easy and inexpensive way to create a special family keepsake.


Materials for Memory Table Cloth


1. Purchase an inexpensive linen-type white table cloth

2. Fabric paint in Fall colors

3. Fabric markers

4.Large size artists brushes


Spread brown fabric paint on child’s palm and thumb with the large artist’s brush. Then carefully paint each of the four fingers a different color such as yellow,orange or green. Have child to carefully press hand palm-down on a prearranged area. Wash hand! Child then uses fabric markers to embellish the “turkey” with eyes, comb and waddle. Maybe even a little Pilgrim’s hat one year to be different. Encourage each child to express their own creativity.

Be sure to have each child use the fabric markers to add their name, date and special yearly message if desired.

Thanksgiving Memory Place Mat

A variation of the Memory Table Cloth is a Thanksgiving Memory Place Mat.Individual children can do hand prints on 11-inch by 14 inch construction paper. Use Tempera or acrylic paint rather than fabric paint. Embellish with fine pointed colored Sharpies brand markers. Cover with clear Con-tact for durability. These would make great gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Imagine how valuable your Memory Table Cloth or Place Mat will be in years to come!


Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball For Halloween Parties


Pumpkin Cheese Ball For Fall

Turn your cheese balls into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! This cute cheese ball will delight your guests, and if you are invited to a fall potluck event, it travels well.

Simply follow a cheddar cheese ball recipe and form the cheese ball into a pumpkin shape. Tinted cream cheese will give your pumpkin cheese ball a jack-o-lantern face. A green bell pepper’s stem become’s your pumpkin’s stem.

Use this same idea all through the harvest season into Thanksgiving by leaving off the jack-o-lantern’s face.

Ingredients for Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, reserve 1/4 cup
  • 1 8 oz. container chive-and-onion cream cheese
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • stem of a green bell pepper
  • black and orange (red/yellow) food coloring




Directions for Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball
  1. Mix all ingredients and form into a ball
  2. Chill at least 2 hours
  3. Use a piece of string or yarn to make indentations like on a pumpkin
  4. Dye about a  fourth cup of cream cheese with black and orange food coloring
  5. Put the dyed cream cheese in a sandwich bag and snip the corner.
  6. Pipe on jack-o-lantern’s face.
  7. Insert bell pepper stem at the top
  8. Serve with crackers, veggies, apple slices

Christmas In July: A Complete Party Guide


Have you ever celebrated Christmas in July? There are several reasons to explain this wacky holiday- from mission work to boosting slow mid-summer retail sales. Whatever the reason, it is a fun, refreshing celebration and a good excuse for a party.

Try it once and it will likely turn into a tradition. Here is a complete party guide to help throw this party without a lot of time and expense. Let this guide tickle the creative bone. I’ll bet that you come up with a few creative ideas of your own.

While traveling recently, I sauntered into a quaint little Gyro shop and laughed to see decorations from virtually every major holiday. There were Christmas lights, Alabaster Easter eggs, grinning Jack-o-lanterns and more strung along walls and stuffed into corners. A sign reading ‘Welcome to Earl’s, Where Every Day Is A Holiday” hung above the bar.

The scene brought back a lovely childhood memory of Vacation Bible School as a kid. In July we had a few Christmas decorations, refreshments and played games. We collected items to send to worldwide missions for the real Christmas.

It was a practice introduced to Calvary Baptist Church in Washington DC in 1942 by a minister who brought the tradition from his own church in Philadelphia. A Christmas service was held each along Carols and a few decorations. Donations were collected for missions to share with the needy worldwide on the actual Christmas.

Other Ideas on the History of Christmas in July

There are still other ideas on the origin of Christmas in July. December in Australia and the southern hemisphere is in the middle of Summer. The Aussies like to celebrate with Half-Christmas or Yule Fest. It is believed that Northern Hemisphere tourists while traveling in the Blue Mountains one Summer were so thrilled to see snow in July they convinced the hotel proprietor to throw a Christmas bash. The idea caught on with the Aussies. They could join in on all the Winter Wonderland excitement of a northern hemisphere Christmas.

Still another account of the beginning of Christmas in July has the holiday’s roots from a girl’s camp in North Carolina in 1933 where a big celebration was held complete with a visit from Santa. It was such a hit the celebration gained attention from a national magazine. Still, today, a great Christmas in July celebration is held annually in the town of West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Then there is the theory that Christmas In July began in the western world as a way to boost sales during a slow period. With no major gift giving holiday between Father’s Day and Christmas merchants, began the campaign in the 1950s to rev up sales. They could offer discounts to clear Summer merchandise and make way for Fall and Winter lines. These days, according to events BlackFriday are becoming more popular for the same reasons: trying to boost sales.

Party Theme and Decorating Ideas


Whatever the reason for Christmas in July it serves as a great excuse to party. Make your party a charitable event for an even better Christmas In July experience. After all, Christmas is about giving. There are two ways to go with the party theme.

1. There is no set date for Christmas In July. In 1944 and 1945 the United States Postal Service joined the armed forces with a huge Christmas In July luncheon. The idea behind the celebration was early Christmas mailing for the troops.

If American, why not deck the halls with flags of freedom and do the same? Pick the Fourth of July for your party, or keep Independence Day ” independent” and select another day in July. Just throw in a little green with the red, white and blue. Instruct your guests to bring items for mailing to the troops. Have a big box covered in leftover Christmas wrap for your guests to place their donations in.


2. The folks Down Under love having Christmas in July. They can enjoy the sights, sounds smells and tastes associated with a cooler weather Christmas. In contrast, the majority of the northern hemisphere never experiences a tropical Christmas. You can with Christmas in July! Pick a tropical Christmas theme. Decorate with red and white silk-like tropical flowers. Let the host and hostess dress as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa: tropical shirt, Bermudas, flip flops, Santa hat and sunshades

Mrs. Claus: grass skirt, bandanna bra, a lei and a flower tucked behind the ear.

Crank up the boom box with Jimmy Buffet’s Christmas Island CD.Instruct guests to bring a gift for a worldwide mission. Again, have a big box covered in Christmas wrap for donations.

Party Invitation Ideas

Party invitations are like a smile. Great invitations will set the stage for a successful party. Be sure to include the basics in the format of the invitations.

Name of the event

Name of host, hostess

Time, place, date

Special instructions (what to bring, dress, etc.)

Some ideas for invitations:

1. Recycle old Christmas cards. Type up the invitation and glue inside.

2. Write invitations on large balloons with an ultra fine point Sharpie. Instruct guests to blow up and read.

3. Send a message in a bottle invitation

Party Favors


Party favors are optional. Here are some ideas to consider. Fill small sand pails with trial sized Summer items like sunblock and lotions or other goodies. Make the cute candy cane shades with white sunglasses and red electrical tape. Both the sand pail and sun shades can be found in stores that specialize in dollar merchandise.

Christmas in July Party Food


Cold food, along with hot food from the grill is typical Summer fare. There is no need to change for Christmas in July. Simply grill the chicken, turkey or ham outdoors instead of in the oven. Wrap fresh veggies in foil and grill for side dishes.




Grilled turkey dogs will be a hit with the kids.


Move over broccoli casserole! Add chopped red and green peppers to your favorite potato salad recipe for a bit of crunchy Christmas color.


A peppermint ice cream igloo served with cupcakes iced in holiday colors is for dessert. For the “igloo” soften two pints of vanilla ice cream and stir in about two cups of crushed peppermint candy.


Choose two bowls to use as molds, one bowl larger than the other. Add a tablespoon of water in each bowl before filling with the softened ice cream. Refreeze the ice cream for an hour or two. Remove from the freezer and unmold.



Idea: Go potluck with this party and have guests bring a dish of their choice. Provide the main dish.

Love hot cocoa in Christmas mugs? Fill those mugs with peppermint chocolate shakes for a cold cup of cocoa.




A few directed activities can really add to a party. Try these ideas for your Christmas in July party.

1. Have Christmas Carol Karaoke. Home Karaoke machines will have them.

2. Play Bad Santa. Have guests bring a fun, inexpensive wrapped gift. The host or hostess opens the first gift and then chooses someone to open a second gift. The second guest can keep his gift or swap gifts with the host or hostess. The second guest then chooses the next guest to open a gift. This guest continues the game.

3. Kids at the party? Set up a Christmas cookie decorating or ornament making station.

4. Everyone will enjoy a water balloon snowball fight. Fill up lots of white balloons and choose teams.

5. Set up the den or TV room with a classic Christmas movie for guests to wander in and watch as they wish.

6. Sparklers and a few fireworks can close the party after dark.

There! Now wouldn’t you like to do this again next year? You have started a new tradition!

Firecracker Popsicles and Sparkler Cookies For July 4th

It’s hard to believe, but the 4th is just around the corner.

This year, make something,  especially for the kids. Letting them help you would make it even better. They’ll love you for it, and it will make them feel special on this truly meaningful holiday.

Sure, they’re sugary, but hey, Independence Day is up there on the list of major holidays.

Firecracker Popsicles are created by layering Berry Blue Typhoon, Fruit Juicy Red Hawaiian Punch and Gatorade Frost freezing one layer at a time. Add a red Twizzler “fuse” just before fully frozen.

Sparkler cookies can be made with sugar cookie refrigerator dough, frosting, sprinkles and sugars in patriotic colors. If you have a favorite sugar cookie and frosting recipe, and the time, that would make this project even more special.

I used the refrigerator dough and a ready-made buttercream frosting.

How to Make Homemade Firecracker Popsicles 




  1. Fill individual Popsicle molds 1/3 full with the red Hawaiian Punch.
  2. Freeze until solid.
  3. Pour cold, semi-frozen Gatorade Frost for the next 1/3.
  4. Insert a piece of red Twizzler candy before thoroughly frozen.
  5. Pour on the blue Hawaiian Punch and freeze until solid.
Freeze layers of Hawaiian Punch
Twizzlers are the firecracker fuses!

4th of July Sparkler Cookies



  1. Slice refrigerated cookie dough in 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Flatten with a rolling pin on a floured bread board.
  3. Roll up into pencil-sized “snakes.”
  4. Cut into about 3-inch lengths.
  5. Bake according to package or recipe directions.
  6. Cool. Frost the ends  and decor
    ate with sprinkles.
Roll up strips of cookie dough for sparkler cookies.


Easy Bunny Rolls Recipe Using Crescent Rolls

Walmart’s Bunny Buns

I saw Walmart’s cute life hack idea for bunny buns made from Crescent Rolls while at the checkout for my last Easter shopping. The line was long enough to see it three times on the Walmart Advertising screen.

They looked so cute and easy, now I had to stop at another store on the way home for Crescent Rolls and raisins. The directions were to:


  1. first roll out a triangle into a long rope.
  2. pinch off a bit to form a little ball for the tail.
  3. then roll the long rolls up in a swirl like a number 6.
  4. now form the bunny ears by splitting the top.
  5. add a raisin eye.
  6. brush on an egg white wash
  7. bake at 350 for 8 to 12 minutes

Easter Bunny Buns for Kids to Make


Walmart’s bunny buns are great for the kids to help make. Most of our’s turned out cute. But you have to have an eye for perspective when putting them together. They weren’t as effortless as the Walmart ad video makes them look. Some of ours looked more like snails with a ball on their neck. So you have to take care to put the tail in the right place.

This could be because there are two ears but only one eye. But the raisins would obviously be too big to use both. One option is to make one ear for a bunny profile. But this makes it look a little like a normal snail.

All in all, our Walmart bunny buns were a success. They’re a bit abstract, but they resemble rabbits well enough. And the recipe is easier than many other bunny bun recipes I’ve seen.

I highly recommend Walmart bunny buns.