Mason Jar Edible Bird Nests

April 17, 2014 in easter, mason jar, print, printable, recipe, tutorial by MinefortheMaking

Hello there friends!

I’m super excited to share this last minute Easter treat with you. It’s easy to make, affordable, and I even made cute printable tags to go with them. How adorable are these Mason Jar Edible Bird Nests?

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I just adore them! And they are easy for the kids to help with too. Here is a list of supplies you will need:

  • Mini mason jars
  • Edible Easter grass (or green coconut)
  • Egg shaped candy such as Jelly Beans, Robin’s Eggs, etc. 
  • Baker’s twine
  • Hole punch
  • Printable “You are an EGGSellent someBUNNY” tag

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Just place the grass and eggs in the jars, twist on the lids, print off the tags and attach them to the jar with baker’s twine. Cute and easy right? These would make great gifts for teachers, coaches, neighbors, coworkers, friends…

You can download and print off the Easter tags I made HERE. I just love the cute little bunny peaking in, don’t you? Please remember all freebies are for Mine for the Making readers’ personal use only. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have one more Easter project I’m hoping to share…BEFORE… Easter. Fingers crossed! ;) 



Mommy Tell All Monday: 4 Easy Ways to Teach Kids How to Keep a Healthy Home, Body, and Planet

April 14, 2014 in ad, kid-friendly, Mommy Tell All Monday, motherhood, sponsors, tips by MinefortheMaking

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Hello and welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday, a place where I share all things related to motherhood!

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Today I am sharing 4 easy ways to teach kids how to keep a healthy home, body, and planet using Ology products, exclusively at Walgreens. Around our house, we are making simple, positive changes that will not only better our health, but will leave the planet a better place! Ology is making it SUPER easy for us busy moms to do that. 

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 Ology products help me create a healthier and safer environment by avoiding toxic ingredients. I have children in my home on a regular basis as I teach children’s cooking classes, so it’s extremely important to me to not only keep my home clean, but to avoid chemicals as well. 

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1. Wash clothing, towels, blankets, (and in my case aprons) using detergent with no harmful chemicals, detergents that are plant based and are not tested on animals. I love Ology’s detergent because it’s tough on stains (cooking class with kids is MESSY) but gentle on clothing and skin. 

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2. Wash your hands, body and hair with chemical free, non toxic soaps. Ology soaps have no Parabens or Sulfates either! Nourish your skin and hair without the harmful chemicals. I keep a bar of the Oatmeal and Honey bar soap at the kitchen sink, especially for little hands. Plus, my daughter has very sensitive skin and her hands chap easily when we use harsh soaps. Ology’s soaps have been so gentle on her hands! We love it!

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3. Wipe down counters, tables, and other surfaces using chemical free, non toxic all-purpose cleaners.  I’m even okay with my 3 year old little chefs wiping down their work areas with Ology’s All-Purpose Cleaner during cooking class!  It cuts through grease and grime without using solvents or ammonia. Perfect for little hands. Plus, I’m teaching my 6 year old how to read labels on products and foods so that we are really looking at how things and made and what they are made with. Shopping trips can definitely be a learning experience!

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4. Use Tree Free paper products such as towels, bath tissue, and facial tissue. Can I just tell you I had NO IDEA there was such a thing? Ology paper products are made from sugarcane husk and bamboo. How awesome is that?! Let’s teach our children early on how important it is to make choices that are safer and better for our environment. 

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Ology products can be found all over your local Walgreens store. I love that Ology is on almost every aisle in Walgreens…that means I have lots of chemical free products that are readily available and affordable. 

How are you teaching your kids about keeping a healthy home, body, and planet? Every little bit helps! Let’s be great examples to the little ones in our lives!



Food-a-licious Friday: Gluten Free Bird Nest Snacks

April 11, 2014 in Food-a-licious Friday, gluten free, kid-friendly, recipe by MinefortheMaking

Hello there and Happy Friday, friends!

I have been taking a bit of a break from blogging the last couple of weeks with my daughter’s birthday and our trip to Utah. I’m happy to be back in business and am excited to share a couple of the Easter and spring projects I have been working on! Today I am going to share the snack I made with my preschool chefs during our cooking class this week. This month our recipes are spring themed, so we made Gluten Free Bird Nest Snacks to celebrate spring! 

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The kiddos had so much fun making these snacks and they were such a tasty treat too! Are you ready to make some with your kids?

You will need:

  • gluten free Chex cereal
  • marshmallows
  • coconut oil
  • gluten free jelly beans (or another candy that’s egg shaped)

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In a hot pot on the stove, melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 cups of marshmallows, stirring them together often. Pour 3 cups of Chex into a mixing bowl. Once marshmallows and coconut oil are melted together, pour it over the cereal and carefully fold into eachother until all of the cereal is coated with marshmallow. Have the kids rub their hands with coconut oil and the inside of a cupcake tin to prevent the marshmallow from sticking to everything. Grab handfuls of Chex/marshmallow mix and place into the cupcake pan, pressing down in the center to make it look more like a next. Let the nests sit in the cupcake pan for about 5 minutes to set up. Remove the ‘nests’ and add candy eggs to them. EAT! 

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We also read a book about spring and colored a picture about spring. SO much fun celebrating spring with a fun snack!

Thanks for stopping by today, friends! I will see you back here tomorrow!


Teach Me Tuesday: 25 Ways to Do Easter Eggs with Kids

April 1, 2014 in easter, kid-friendly, round up, spring, Teach Me Tuesday by MinefortheMaking

 Hello there and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday… a weekly series where I share all things that are kid-friendly and that you can teach your children to do! 

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We absolutely LOVE spring and all it has to offer. From the weather to the holidays, we love it all! I want to do an entire Easter Egg unit (week) with my daughter for homeschool so I thought I would round up 25 Ways to Do Easter Eggs with Kids! They all look so fun and there is something for all ages. Science is even incorporated in a lot of them! Check out the full tutorials by clicking the links below. 

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I think we are going to do the Natural Dyed Eggs and the Nail Polish Easter Eggs first. What about you?



Mommy Tell All Monday: My Baby Turns Six

March 24, 2014 in mom, Mommy Tell All Monday, motherhood by MinefortheMaking

Hello there mommies and welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday… a place to share all things related to motherhood. 

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The little girl who made me a momma is celebrating a birthday this weekend. That’s right. My baby turns six. I’m not even sure how it’s possible that 6 years have gone by since she was inside my belly. What a crazy-fun-amazingly-awesome journey motherhood is. From the once sleepless nights to the little girl who loves to sleep in until 8:30 AM every morning. From the baby that HAD to be held almost every second, to the little girl who still loves to snuggle with her mommy and daddy. From the 2 year old who relied on sign language to communicate, to the almost-6-year-old whose vocabulary astounds me. From the baby who danced inside my belly every night, to the little girl who dreams of singing and dancing on stage someday for packed audiences. This little girl of mine has no idea how much I have grown because of her…how much I have learned because of her. I am a better person because I am her momma, that’s a fact. 

Typically around my daughter’s birthday, I get a bit sad. It’s so silly, I know. I just want to keep her little forever is all. You mommas can relate, right? But this year, I decided that I’m not going to be sad. I am going to embrace my last week with a 5 year old, and welcome year SIX with a big, fat smile. I’m going to enjoy this ‘season’ of her life and mine. After all, she’s only six once right?  

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Happy 6th birthday to my baby girl! I hope this year brings you joy, good health, laughter, new friendships, adventures, and loads of blessings. Continue to SHINE, my Lucianna. And always know that we love you to the moon and back again. 





Disney FROZEN Fun Pom Pom Crafts

March 21, 2014 in ad, crafts, Disney, FROZEN, kid-friendly, tutorial by MinefortheMaking

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I don’t know about your house, but our house has been buzzing around excitedly about the release of Disney’s FROZEN DVD this week (March 18th)! We saw it in theaters three times and my daughter has literally been counting down the days for the release so that she can have her very own copy…to watch everyday I’m sure. Not to mention that her birthday party this month is FROZEN themed… we pretty much live in a world of all things FROZEN at this point. Haha! So, to celebrate this glorious occasion even more, we got our craft on. Check out our Disney FROZEN Fun Pom Pom Crafts that we made!


We used yarn pom poms to create an Olaf snowman…because let’s be honest, that cheery, cute, positive little guy is our favorite character! My daughter even named her new pet dwarf bunny after him! His character is just too sweet not to love. And the yarn pom poms make cute little snowballs, don’t you think?


We ran to Walmart for the FROZEN DVD and some other fun FROZEN products (including the toddler Elsa doll, a FROZEN story book, and a FROZEN t-shirt). I was super excited to see that the movie was marked down to $14.96! And there’s even a coupon on specially marked packages of Eggo Waffles (24 count) for a $5 off offer for the FROZEN DVD… talk about an awesome deal!! My girl was ECSTATIC to say the least. Once we were home, we got busy with our Disney FROZEN Fun Pom Pom Crafts.


Do you wanna build a {pom pom} snowman with us? You will need 3 white yarn pom poms, brown pipe cleaners, orange ribbon scrap, black and white mini pom poms, small googly eyes, black and white scraps of felt, black ric-rack scrap, hot glue gun and glue sticks. Simply cut out the pieces to make your pom pom snowman and glue them all on. Really easy!


After our pom pom snowman craft, we decided to have a picnic with {pom pom} Olaf and Elsa outside. My daughter insisted on wearing her FROZEN shirt and having Elsa hair, so I whipped up a quick hair bow and gave her a side braid that had a silver glittery ribbon intertwined. For this craft you need one white yarn pom pom, aqua glitter ribbon, silver glitter ribbon, scissors, a hair clip, a hot glue gun and glue sticks. I made two circles out of the aqua ribbon, then pinched them in the middle and glued them. Then I overlapped the aqua circles and glued them in a ‘X’ shape. I glued the yarn pom pom in the middle and glued a long piece of silver ribbon to the back. Then I glued on the hair clip and DONE! Clipped it in my girl’s hair and braided the silver ribbon into her side braid. CUTENESS!


The FROZEN tea party was a hit and so simple too! I just spread out a quilt in our grass, collected the tea set on a tray, and we headed out to the backyard for some FROZEN fun. The best part about having a tea party outside is that we get to put water in our tea kettle…it’s like the real deal guys. 


How fun would it be to surprise your kiddos with the FROZEN DVD, toys, and a fun craft or two? You can even make the crafts while watching the movie! Head to Walmart to get your copy with a price drop of $14.96 and be sure to follow the hashtags #FROZENfun and #CollectiveBias on social media for even more FROZEN fun! And be sure to check back her in a couple of weeks for the recap of my daughter’s FROZEN birthday party! 

Thanks for stopping by today friends! Who is your favorite FROZEN character?


Teach Me Tuesday: Top 10 Spring Projects for Kids

March 18, 2014 in kid-friendly, round up, spring, Teach Me Tuesday by MinefortheMaking

Hello and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday… a weekly series where I share all things kid-friendly that you can essentially *teach* them. Crafts, games, printables, educational activities, and more!

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Spring is in the air, my friends! And we couldn’t be more thrilled! I am busily planning a spring unit for my kindergartener, so I thought I would share our Top 10 Spring Projects for Kids list. We are hoping to do everything listed below this spring…won’t you join us??

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Don’t they all look so incredibly fun?! My girl and I can hardly wait to get started. 

Are there any spring crafts or activities that you are looking forward to?


Spring Monogram Door Decor

March 15, 2014 in crafts, JoAnn, spring, tutorial by MinefortheMaking

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Hello and happy weekend to you, friends! We are loving the beautiful weather here in sunny Arizona.  And with spring just around the corner, I am in the mood to get my craft on with all things that remind me of spring. Plus, it’s National Craft Month!! Lucky for me (and YOU) Jo-Ann Craft and Fabric Stores has a great spring crafting inspiration website chalk full of fun spring ideas and tutorials. After visiting the website, I was totally inspired to make something using flowers and floral print. Check out the Spring Monogram Door Decor I created!

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It’s such a pretty, happy invite to our family and guests as we enter our home. I love the floral print with the glittery gold bunting, don’t you?

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Would you like to make your own? All supplies were purchased at Jo-Ann!

  • 3D cardboard letter
  • floral scrapbook paper
  • gold glitter scrapbook paper
  • paper flowers
  • faux spring bird
  • jute
  • Mod Podge
  • scissors
  • sponge brush
  • pencil
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • ribbon or ric-rack

Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy with the coupon for $5 off a $25 or more purchase.

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With your floral paper print side down, lay your 3D cardboard letter on top (right side down) and trace with a pencil. Using your scissors, cut out your letter. With a sponge brush, paint the front of your cardboard letter with Mod Podge and lay the floral paper on top, smoothing it out as you go so that there are little to no air bubbles under the paper. Allow dry time. (*Optional: Add an additional layer of Mod Podge on top of the floral paper.) Hot glue the bird and paper flowers where you’d like them on your monogram. Cut out glittery gold bunting pieces and hot glue them to the jute. Then hot glue the ends of the jute to your monogram. Hot glue a loop of ribbon or ric rack to the back top of your letter so that you can hang it from your door easily. DONE! 

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I really love the way it turned out. Now, are you ready to get your spring craft on with Jo-Ann? Grab your coupon and head to Jo-Ann for supplies and don’t forget to check out their spring craft inspiration website too! 

Have a great weekend, friends!


Teach Me Tuesday: 12 Shamrock Kids’ Crafts

March 11, 2014 in crafts, kid-friendly, st. patrick's day, Teach Me Tuesday by MinefortheMaking

Hello there and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! Most every Tuesday I share things that you can teach your kids whether it’s crafts, games, educational activities, book suggestions, etc. 

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Since St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, I thought I would share some fun crafts that you might like to do with your kids. Check out these 12 Shamrock Kids’ Crafts! We love shamrocks and what they are symbolic of… good luck, good fortune, and good health. Clicking on the links below will take you to the original source which has the instructions and more photos to better help you. Enjoy! 

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Are you pinning things for St. Patrick’s Day?! Me too! Check out my Luck o’ the Irish board! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Have fun crafting with the kiddos!


Simple St. Patrick’s Day Decor

March 11, 2014 in decor, frugal, st. patrick's day, tutorial by MinefortheMaking

Hello there friends and Happy Monday!

No new Mommy Tell All Monday today. Instead I decided to share my Simple St. Patrick’s Day Decor with you. This is the first year I have ever decorated for this holiday…my almost 6 year old insisted. So I used what I had on hand in my craft stash to make some fun decor for my entry way table. I spent absolutely NO money on anything. Which makes decorating even more fun in my book. Ready to check it out?

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Hints of green, gold, and the rainbow… so whimsical and happy. 

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I saw a stuffed shamrock on display at JoAnn Craft and Fabric Store and I really loved it. So I cut out two shamrocks on canvas, glued the edges together and stuffed it. Then I sponge painted it green and added a glittery, golden ribbon bunting to it. SO cute.

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The wooden Shamrock Block was out of scrap wood I had. Just sanded it, painted it, and added some Mod Podge and green glitter. I created the shamrock vinyl stencil using my Silhouette. I made the small glittery shamrock block at the same time. 

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The ‘Somewhere over the RAINBOW’ sign was created the same way. I designed a vinyl stencil using my Silhouette, applied it to my painted wood, and painted it with gold, rainbow colors, and of course… GLITTER. 

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This little corner is probably my favorite. I love the look of the rainbow stack of books. I found these babies at my library on the FREE shelf. SCORE! I made pom pom flowers using rainbow yarn and wooden skewers and stuck them in a mason jar. Simple and happy.

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My garland is made using scrap felt hearts that I quickly sewed together. Doesn’t it look cute with the pom pom garland?

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One more look at the whole she-bang…

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Very simple, very affordable, very happy. And my daughter approves *wink.*

I’ll share my LUCKY banner with you this week too, so stay tuned for that. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Let’s have a sun-shiny week!