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Thanksgivingukkah: Drumsticks and Dreidels!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Drumsticks and dreidels. Gobble, gobble up the gold gelt. Mashed sweet potatoes and menorahs. Ok, ok…I’ll stop! But seriously, Thanksgivingukkah is a once in a lifetime event—literally, as it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. I can’t even begin to count how many generations away that would be. Here are some unforgettable ways to celebrate this mash-up of two of the best holidays.

It’s too late now to order it, but how funny is this Turkey Menorah? Or Menurkey? Definitely get these fall-colored candles to really take the theme home! Both available at The Jewish Museum Shop.

If you want to make your own, you could use the structure of this crayon turkey and use candles instead! From Parents.com.

Every rare event needs a T-shirt to commemorate it. This one, Light, Liberty, and Latkes, is for sale at Modern Tribe.

Check out this sandwich, called the Thanksgivukkah Double Down. It’s a classic leftover turkey sandwich on turkey schmaltz-fried sweet potato latkes. Also on the sandwich: cranberry applesauce and shaved brussels sprouts, dressed in warm schmaltz-cider vinegar dressing. With a side of gravy, for dunking. Um, yes, please. Recipe at Food 52.

But tonight, the first night, is still all about the blue and white and applesauce (sans cranberry) on latkes. Enjoy the first of eight great nights of Hanukkah!

{Image via Pinterest.}

 

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Candy Wrapper Crafts

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I’m an upcycling fiend, and I can’t resist the opportunity to make something great out of something that would end up in the trashcan or recycling bin. And in the first week of November, what do most parents have an over-abundance of? Yes, candy wrappers. We’ve all seen the bracelets and purses, but here are 7 candy wrapper crafts crafts that will blow your mind!

How adorable are these doll dress made of candy wrappers? They are definitely frame-worthy. Found on Craft Stylish.

Dum Dum wrappers—classic, colorful, and a perfect craft material. I’m crazy about this adorable flower headband made from candy wrappers. If you figure out how to make, please share. Or, you can just buy one for $18 from Maisey Daisey’s Etsy store. And check out these cute earrings from Creative Itch!

Origami made from candy wrappers? Genius! Find instructions at Origami Resource Center.

I’m not sure how to express my respect for this craft enough. I would do anything to have this awesomeness in my living room. Found on the totally inspirational website, Improvised Life.

If used in a creative way, I’d be happy with candy wrapper art on my wall. Look at this amazing map that Karyn from Sugar Swagger made with the help of her first grade class! And then check out this graphic colored candy foil art work found on the Kate Spade Tumblr. These are stitched on, but it would work also just using Mod Podge.

Ok, start digging through your trashcan. I promise I won’t tell!

Plan a candy-themed birthday bash for your kiddo with our free Birthday Party Planner. Plus: Check out the 50 Best Movies  for your next family night in.

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5 Hoodie Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


One thing that’s always stressful for me in planning my homemade Halloween costumes is the question of weather. I live in New York, and it can potentially be 80 degrees or 40 degrees. And you just don’t know until the day before. Sigh.

Layering is a great solution, and nothing better to layer under than a hoodie! Here are 5 awesome costumes that use simple hoodies as their main element. You can find more details and instructions by clicking the links below!

  1. Shark costume from Fiskars.com
  2. Knight costume from Mer Mag.
  3. Little Red Riding Hood via Indulgy
  4. Dinosaur costume from See Vanessa Craft
  5. Sheep costume from Parents

PS…Need a solid hoodie? Check out Basic Brilliance, American Apparel, or Target.

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Friday Find: Mind-blowing DIY Pom-Poms

Friday, October 4th, 2013

You’re probably starting to learn that your new Everyday Fun blogger (c’est moi!) loves to craft. And sometimes, I wish there were a vocabulary word for “amazing-genius-mind-blowing craft”. A single word. Craftastic? Nah, not good enough. At least not good enough for what you’re about to see.

Today I’m sharing with you a seriously beyond beyond beyond amazing craft of which I can hardly wrap my head around. How did Mr. Printables come up with pom-pom templates/patterns for animalsletters, and flowers? I really can’t decide which one I love best, but I want to make them all.

 I also need a vocabulary word that means “craft jealous.” I wish I had thought of this!

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Back-to-School: Fun notebook covers

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Since we are on the topic of DIY book covers, I thought I’d share another technique that my family loves to do, both for back-to-school preparation and for personal journals.

Because I love the look of a handmade journal, but don’t want to bind one of my own, I bought this $1.09 marbled, hard covered composition notebook (the kind you can find in any office or school supply shop) and covered it with beautiful paper and punchy book binding tape.   I offer detailed, step-by-step instructions for how to make these colorful beauties here, on my blog.  It requires only a few supplies, most of which you probably already have on your craft supply shelf. Simple and satisfying! (I promise)

In addition to making the contents of your children’s backpacks feel more personalized, these also make nice gifts for giving to teachers and friends.  I love using them for my household journals where I keep track of menus, moments of parenting brilliance, things my children have said (quotable moments) , etc.

Happy Thursday!

Emily

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