Three Places to Order Photo Gifts for Dad that you probably haven’t thought of.

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It is time to place the orders for Father’ Day!  If you’re planning on creating & printing a photo book or any photo gift, online than you have just a couple more days to do it, without paying a hefty price for shipping.

I have put together a list of 3 companies that you probably haven’t thought of ordering dad’s gift from, that are running a few very sweet deals!

1. Winkflash

I first learned about Winkflash years ago from a friend of mine who told me about their, at the time, amazing $.25 – 5 x 7 prints.

They offer an amazing deal (year-round) on their pricing for digital prints.  And although they’ve gone up from their $.25 cost for a photo print, I think that they’re still one of the best around for pricing and quality printing.

Print and Enlargement Sizes & Pricing

Print Size Everyday Low Price SALE Price!
4×6 Photos was 0.19 $0.08 ea.  Order Prints
Wallet (Set of 4) was 1.00 $0.40 (4)  Order Prints
4″ Digital Prints was 0.19 $0.08 ea.  Order Prints
4×4 Prints was 0.19 $0.08 ea.  Order Prints
5×5 Prints was 3.00 $1.20 ea.  Order Prints
5×7 Prints was 3.00 $1.20 ea.  Order Prints
6×8 Prints was 3.00 $1.20 ea.  Order Prints
8×8 Prints was 5.20 $2.08 ea.  Order Prints
8×10 Prints was 5.20 $2.08 ea.  Order Prints
11×14 Enlargements was 14.00 $5.60 ea.  Order Prints
12×12 Enlargements was 16.00 $6.40 ea.  Order Prints
12×18 Enlargements was 16.00 $6.40 ea.  Order Prints
16×20 Enlargements was 22.00 $8.80 ea.  Order Prints
20×24 Enlargements was 24.00 $9.60 ea.  Order Prints
20×30 Enlargements was 24.00 $9.60 ea.  Order Prints
24×36 Poster Prints was 36.00 $14.40 ea.

This Father’s Day, almost everything that you’d need to surprise dad is 60% off.

2. Snapfish

Do you use Snapfish for your photo book, photo gift & digital printing needs?  If you don’t, you should.  They have a comparable quality of printing and EXCELLENT pricing.  Shipping is fast & there are a lot of options.  So if you’re not using them, jump on board today!

Oh, and they’re aren’t playing when it comes to deals this Father’s Day.

3. Cardinal Camera

Cardinal Camera is like my hidden gem.  I love them because they have a store front & sometimes you need the guidance of a flesh & bones person to help lead the way in making your photo gift purchase.

Like the other two that I mention, Cardinal Camera has very affordable pricing AND they offer photographer quality  printing.  As well as affordable pricing on everything from digital prints to metallic prints, metallic paper, gallery wrapped canvases, print scans, and self-adhesive photos.

If you check out their list of photo novelties, you’ll see that they have some really unique offerings, like centerpiece balloons, memory boards, and affordable custom wrapping paper.*

(*Compared to $17.99-19.99 per roll).

I hope that I have given you some fun ideas to work with this Father’s Day & even better, at a great price.

Five Things That You Can Do for Summer – Checklist

So here’s my 5 Things that You Can do to Stay Ahead of the Game this Summer checklist:

Print this off & put it up on your fridge, and begin getting your supplies now, one thing at a time.

I would recommend taking on a project per week and putting the completed tasks into one central bin.

Also, you’ll notice that I have added handmade Christmas ornaments to the list.  This one’s a bonus as you may want to save ornament making for the holiday season.  However, if your holiday season is as busy as mine seems to feel, then you make want to get these done this summer and then put those also away into a box with the rest of the Christmas decorations.

I know that I will feel relieved to pull out everything that I will need for the tree and have all of my handmade ornaments already done!

I hope that this checklist helps manage your productivity over the summer:

 

 

Five Things You Can Do to Stay Ahead of the Game this Summer

Summer is here!  And we are easily relieved of not having the restrictions the morning routine and school’s schedule (whether you homeschool or not), and at the same time burdened to keep your child’s boredom levels at bay.  It’s an odd mix.  We’re crux between, “let’s do nothing & go no-where” to we need “something” to do.

This is my list to fill in the gaps.  My list, the list, of things that I had wished when the school year started back, I or the kids, had done during our free, no-pressure time.

1. Grandparents Day Gifts

I always, always, always forget about the Grandparent’s Day Cards and gifts.  I mean, during the summer, or earlier in the year, I will have these just fabulous ideas.  Or I will see something and say, “Yes, I am going to get that or have the kids make that this Grandparent’s Day.  The grandparents are going to love it!”  And when the time comes, we’re usually two weeks in of school starting back.  The dust has just settled between their new schedules, all of the varying information, making sure that I’ve got all of the (right) uniforms that we’ll need.  (*Parents: You know that there can be a slight descrepancy between the uniforms that you bought over the summer online & thought they’d work & the ones that actually “work” for them.), and information about their first fundraisers.

Before I know it, it’s the week of Grandparent’s Day & I don’t have a gift, but I will have one, handcrafted by me or the kids and it will be mailed out with hand-picked or handmade cards by Tuesday.  Eventhough, I am having the thoughts on Monday – the day before – and I didn’t factor in homework time, and meal time & promising that they’ll be play time or a fun story before bed.

It’s Friday of the week OF Grandparent’s Day & unless I am going to magically come up with the list of supplies that I’ll need for that cute idea that I just saw online & make everyone’s focus cooperate AND get it out in the mail in the next 12 hours – you guessed it.  My great idea & or gift is not making it to the grandparents in time.

Additionally, the chances of my plan to contact the local nursery & or florist and get someone on the phone that could set up plant delivery or pick up with a special note (without paying a fortune -through a florist at least) in that short amount of time, are slim.

So, what is my solution?

My solution is, in the middle of the summer, when it seems like there’s nothing to do – get on Pinterest, collect your list of great gift ideas, and get to crafting or buying what you need.

I find that grandparents LOVE all of those cute fish-on-the-hook grandparent’s pictures:

Hooked on Papa Footprint {Fish} Paint Craft by Mom Evny

       Or the little cute cards, where the shape of your child’s hand pops out:

Sending Big Hugs Card by Audrey at Monofore

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However, if you wait, you’re likely going to run out of time to get your crafting done, or other things that are attached to the school year are going to take precedence.  And there you’ll be, grabbing a pre-made card from the supermarket and signing it from all the kids – and getting it there a day or two late.

Another option, would be to put together one of those nice photo books. Again, something that takes thought and time AND you and I both know that the coupons will be in favor of those that think ahead.  Those that, um, I don’t know, maybe have the book(s) already cued up and ready to go two weeks prior to the holiday on their site..? (*P.S.   That is never me, but if you & I will think ahead then it will be!)

Be intentional & let the grandparent’s day gifts be the FIRST thing on your list of Summer to-do’s!

2. Back-to-school teacher gifts

Okay, this one is priceless for me.  Why?  Because I distinctly remember sitting there with the mason jar and the lid, and the craft brush, and the paint…

Apple Mason Jar by Mason Jar Crafts Love

I did not have a realistic expectation of the amount of time or supplies it would take me to get my finished product to turn out like the one in the picture.

First of all, I grabbed the matte paint & not the glossy paint.  And then I remembered that I actually needed to be there an hour before I was originally thinking.  And I needed a printable to go with it – and – I just ran out of time & my child walked into the open house WITHOUT a gift for her teacher.

Are these gifts required?  No.  A necessity?  No, not that either, but you want or at least, I want my child to walk in the door, letting the teacher know that they’re there to be a gift.  There with a sense of appreciation of all of the effort for things that he/she will be putting forth during the school year.

Secondly, if I or my child can walk in the door with something that can help the teacher: like a gift card or some pencils, crayons, hand sanitizer – something.  Something, will be much better than nothing.  And something well-thought out & well-intended would be best.  That is why, your back-to-school teacher gift has made it second on my list.

3. First Day of School Signs

Are you the mom that it hits just moments before your kid walks out the door, that you’ve got no first day of school sign for them to take their picture with before the head back to school for their very first day back?  Are you that mom?  Have you ever been that mom?

*Nervously bites nails.*

“No, me neither.”  Lol!

Let’s not be “that mom” and let’s find & print and frame, the sign of our choice.  That’s right, frame it now, baby.  Just go ahead and print it AND frame in and drop it in a drawer with all of your other back to school stuff.

The night before back-to-school, have your glass-less “First Day of School” sign somewhere near the door they’ll be leaving out of.  I say glass-less frame because the chances are, with the best laid efforts, the door will slam, the book bag will brush the sign and somehow, by some weird, freak, I-just-want-everything-to-turn-out-right chance, the glass in the frame will get broken.

Even better, if you can, have the frame in a large ziplock bag to keep it from getting wet & now you’re good.

Ah……I feel relieved already  😉

4 & 5. Handmade Thanksgiving and/or Christmas  cards (for everyone from the bus driver to the mail man & everyone in between).

You mean well.  And you do actually appreciate everything that your bus driver does, or the mail carrier does, and you want to show them your appreciation, but it ends up being the last thing on your list.  Or that thing that just adds to “one more thing to have to do before the holidays.”  You don’t want to permanently be in “wishing that it was over” mode, right before Christmas or Thanksgiving, but it can get that way.

You want to thank everyone.  You want them to feel that Christmas-love, but in spite of best efforts during that time of year, you’re really just trying to keep up.

That is why the summertime is the PERFECT time to, put this on your check list and say, “If there’s any five things that I can do?  This is what I am going to do to stay  ahead of the game this summer.

The kids can complete one project per week.  Print out the list.  Leave it on the fridge, and let everyone know: if we get bored or having any downtime, this is what we’re going to do.  You’ll feel so accomplished from having done so!

 

 

 

Homemade Knock-Off Coconut Ice Cream

This homemade knock-off ice cream recipe is a delicious & affordable treat that you can make at home, to enjoy this summer.

One of my very favorite things to make during the summer is delicious homemade ice cream.  My kids love when I take them out for a nice cold treat when it’s hot out, but I thought, how much better to get them involved in the process in making their own delicious treat?

The steps to making this particular recipe is simple and starts with one of my favorite appliances, my Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White

Which clearly, needs the outer cover to be replace, because I’ve used this thing quite a bit (since 2002).  So, it’s seen a few days of homemade ice cream recipes & then some.

I found this particular brand of ice cream at the local Publix supermarket & loved it!  It had a subtle coconut flavor and itty-bits of fresh coconut texture.

Since I had most of the ingredients on hand.  I decided to go for it.  The only thing that I needed to make this recipe happen was heavy whipping cream.

So with that here we go.

Homemade Knock-Off Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup of plain yogurt

1/4 cup of whole milk

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of Trader Joes Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

A churn style ice-cream maker (with an ice cold freezer basket)

In a large mixing bowl, combine, heavy cream, coconut flakes and sugar until fully blended.

In a separate bowl blend plain yogurt and milk until smooth.

Combine milk & yogurt mixture to coconut and cream mixture and fully blend.

Once, you’ve got that done, begin setting up your ice cream maker.

*Note: After each time we use our ice cream maker, I wash out the inner basket, dry it completely and place in a plastic bag, back in the freezer.  

The purpose of placing in the plastic bag is so that nothing gets inside of it.  And the purpose of keeping it in the freezer even when you have no upcoming plans of using it, is so that when you are ready to whip up a batch of ice cream, you’re good to go, without waiting a day or two for the basket to freeze.

After your ice cream machine is all set up, another little trick that I’ve learned is to pour the cream mixture in without the final lid being on.  So, pour the mixture in before you place the lid on it.  I have always put the final lid on like a cap and then have had to come back to clean mix off of the edges and sides of it.  Now, I realize that I could have skipped that clean up step all-together.

Since your basket is already frozen, this should take no more than 20-30 minutes.  If your basket is not frozen solid and just cold, your ice cream may never fully form.  Even putting that liquid into the freezer as is, will not turn it into full-on, ice cream.

Because we added plain yogurt to this, the texture is extra creamy and the little bits of the Trader Joe’s coconut flakes makes the texture of this, just that much more awesome!

I may or may not have been taking little samples from this batch before my ice cream was even done.

The bonus for me was that I kept the container from the previous “store” batch for this, and reused it once my ice cream was through.

This was simply delicious.

Will you try this?  I hope that you try this.

Homemade Knock-Off Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup of plain yogurt

1/4 cup of whole milk

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of Trader Joes Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

A churn style ice-cream maker (with an ice cold freezer basket)

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, and coconut flakes until completely blended.

In a separate and smaller bowl, combine plain yogurt and milk until smooth.

Add yogurt mixture to coconut cream mixture and completely combine.

Set up ice cream machine, complete with completely frozen freezer basket.

Before attaching the cover/lid, pour cream mixture into the basket, and then set cover/lid in place on top.

Hit the “on” button to churn mixture for 20-30 minutes or until completely thick and creamy.  After 30 minutes, ice cream should be set.  Use a large metal spoon or wooden spatula to serve ice cream immediately or store in an airtight container in your freezer until you’re ready to eat.

Enjoy!

 

Garden-To-Table Cooking with American Girl

The girls and I had a wonderful day, whipping up some recipes at Williams Sonoma from the American Girl Doll, Garden-to-Table Cookbook.

 

They were preparing two recipes: one was a mixed berry cobbler and the other we’re vegetarian roll-ups.

They had a lot of fun taking turns, using the different equipment, slicing and prepping the fresh produce.

I love seeing them in action making their own creations & to see their pride in their accomplishments.

This cookbook is also one that balances basic cooking skills as well as hands on recipes that the girls will enjoy creating time & time again.

I found myself gazing the equally beautiful tablescapes laid out through out the store.  I love that this one incorporates the newly popular (faux) succulents as accents for the decor.

I’m so glad that we got to try out some new & fun recipes and that we had a little Mommy & me time today!

Frozen Corn Treats for Your Chickens

I loved this idea that I found on how to make your very own frozen corn treats for your feathered-kind.  I know all too well, that our chickens can easily overheat or dehydrate if not careful during the summer months in the South.  So this idea, was just perfect for us & simple too!

Ingredients/Supplies:

1 15 ounce can of kernel corn

a large tablespoon

a muffin pan

Directions:

(1) With a large tablespoon, equally divide the corn into each of the cavities in the muffin pan.

(2) Double back with the liquid and evenly divide it among corn.

(3) Freeze for 3 hours or until frozen solid.

(4) Allow 5-10 minutes to thaw before trying to serve the chickens.  This allows the edge of the ice to melt just enough for you to fit a butter knife in an lift the frozen corn cupcakes out.

 

*Notes: This can also be done with an ice tray or with a silicon muffin pan to make for easy removal.

I hope that your chickens will enjoy.  I know that mine will come the 90+ degree weather that is in the forecast for today.

10 Minute DIY Popsicle Flower Pot {Magnet} Gift Idea for Mom

I whipped up some of these fun Mother’s Day popsicle flower pots for some of the special “mothers” in our lives.

The supply list is rather simple, and it can take all of 10 minutes to complete, from start-to-finish.

Supplies:

4 wide popsicle sticks

2 bottles of craft paint

a paint brush & paint plate

glue gun

glue sticks

4 magnets (can be found in the craft section of Walmart)

a 5 X7 photo or print out, cut to size

3 green pipe cleaners

scrapbooking paper for flowers

a glue stick

clear packing tape or scotch tape

You will start by painting the front and back of each of the popsicle sticks.

While you are waiting on these to dry, cut out three 3 inch flowers, and 3 yellow circles and assemble together with your glue stick.

Then once the popsicle sticks are dry, hot glue the ends together forming a box.

After you have your box in place, hot glue one of each of the four magnets to the corners of the frame.

(I did all of this before adding my picture).

Next, add your picture.  I used a 5 x 7 printout of a color copy of my photo on copy paper and actually had to cut it down to size.  The inside of this box is bigger than a 4 x 6, but smaller then a 5 x 7.  So I took just a portion of the background out from the 2/3’s line (in width) of the picture to make it fit and then secured it with clear packer’s tape to the sides of the popsicle frame.

Once you have your photo in place then hot glue the cardstock flowers to the pipe cleaner stems and then add them to the back of the photo.

After that step is complete, you are done!  Here you have these adorable popsicle fridge magnet flower pots that mom, grandma, neighbor, friend can look at year round.

Popsicle magnet flower pots also make a great homemade gift idea for friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and more! Whip up a few in about 10 minutes for a thoughtful handmade present!

 

 

 

9 Awesome DIY Gifts for Teachers

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and it’s that time again to put your time & creativity to let all of the teacher’s in our lives know that we care.  Below, I have rounded up nine of my all time favorite teacher appreciation gifts.  Some require a small purchase, a printable & time.

How special will your child’s teacher(s) feel when they receive this gift.  Best of all to know that you care and took the time to let them know that they are in fact making a difference.

  1. A Decorative filled candy jar

2. A Bundlet (or two or three…) with printable at Eighteen 25

 

3. An apple-theme painted mason jar at Tilly’s Nest

I will also put this one on my list for a great “back-to-school” gift.

4. You’re SO-DA bomb soda pop at Glue to My Crafts

 

5. “Muffin” like a great teacher bag at The Domesticated Lady

 

6. Berry Nice Teacher, Thank you Printable at Sweet Metel Moments

 

 

7.  DIY Sharpie Marker Mug at The Princess Pinky Girl

 

8. “Thank you for helping me grow” at Snippets of Creation

 

9. Free Donut printable at Happiness is Homemade

Chemeeka

 

10 Handmade Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is literally right around the corner.  I have become so intentional about having a game plan together before the day (or the day before) arrives.

I have put together this list of easy, thoughtful, creative and equally heart-warming hand-made gifts that you can make for mom or grandma this Mother’s Day.

  1. Sending hugs card at Montando Minha Festa 

 

2. Handprint Flower Bouquet at  Glued to My Crafts

 

3. The Noodle Card at  Crafty Morning

4.  Pom Pom Flowers at The Best Ideas for Kids

 

5. Handprint Coasters at Crafty Morning

6. The Doily Bouquet at The Healthy Happy Teacher

 

7. The Handprint Princess

8. Bloom A Smile at Paging Supermom

 

9. Thumbprint Butterfly Mugs at The Best Ideas for Kids 

 

10. Button Bouquet at Customizando

 

All of these ideas are fun, creative & most of all, easy-peasy.   So what are you making for Mom this Mother’s Day?