Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids and one lazy dog, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Minecraft Valentines

I know Valentine's Day is still a little bit away, but I wanted to post these a little early since there is some assembly required.

The boys and I were talking about Valentine's Day and what kind of cards they wanted to bring into school this year. Bernardo originally picked zombies and later changed to a sports theme, while Higgins wanted Minecraft. I managed to find all different kinds of Valentines online and in the stores, but no Minecraft. Then Christmas popped in my head; our Elf made a Minecraft scene this year. With a little bit of tweaking and a sticker to add on later, I think we're going to make Minecraft Steve and Zombie head boxes and fill with little candies (like Hershey Kisses, Mini Tootsie Rolls, or Starbursts).


I'm trying something new to make printing easier. The below links are to a Google Doc PDF. If for some reason that does not work, scroll further down to see the jpgs. I would print on a heavier paper like cardstock. Please let me know if the Google Doc PDF's don't work so I can try to fix it! :)

Creeper Valentine's Day Box
Minecraft Steve with Diamond Helmet Valentine's Day Box
Minecraft Box Valentine's Day Labels





To Print: Right click on image, choose Save As/Save to Computer. Find image and click Print. You can also right click and choose Open In New Tab or Window and print that way.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine's Day Ideas

It's hard to believe January is already over and February is here. Valentine's Day is coming soon!  

I don't get as many requests for homemade Valentines now that the kids are getting older. However, they still enjoy the Valentine's Day treats I make them. So far, I've only made some cookies (and froze them), so I'm still trying to come up with more ideas. If you want any ideas, I have a list of Valentines, Food, Crafts, Gift, and Activity ideas below. If I come up with any new ones, I'll update the list!

HOMEMADE VALENTINE'S:

  • Minecraft Valentine's Day Boxes 
  • Heart Crayon Valentines
  • Candied Popcorn Bags, "I'm popping with happiness that you're my Valentine". One year I attached a Valentine themed bag full of candied popcorn to a store bought Valentine.
  • Use potato stamps to make a hearts on a homemade card. (Use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out the shape.)
  • Play-Doh Heart ornaments/necklaces
  • Make Heart Shaped Chalk
  • Hot Air Balloon: it could even have a picture of your child in the basket. "Your friendship lifts me up."
  • Butterfly Pencil
  • Bubbles with a Valentine's Day themed note like "Your friendship makes me bubbly".
  • S'more Kit (marshmallow, graham cracker squares, piece of chocolate), "Your friendship makes me feel mushy inside".
  • Goldfish or gummy fish in a fishbowl shaped baggie with a "school" type of message. The bags can be hard to find and a little time consuming to make (click for directions), so you can cut a bowl shape piece of paper, write the message and place behind the fish.
  • Other non-candy ideas: clementines, cars, glow sticks/bracelets/necklaces ("Your friendship brightens my day"). The dollar store or dollar bins at Target or Michael's are great to find little treasures in.
  • Hanging Stained Glass Card with "stained glass" made from wax paper and crayons.
  • Easy Stained Glass Heart with contact paper and tissue paper.
  • "I know I'll go far/succeed with you as my friend" type of message with a goodie bag of school gear: pencils, erasers, goldfish bag, ruler, markers, stickers, etc. The dollar store or dollar bins at Target or Michael's are great to find themed pencils and erasers.

CRAFTS:


ACTIVITIES:


FOOD:


GIFTS:

What are some of your favorite homemade Valentines and treats?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

I was making peanut butter cookies for another event and decided to make a few extras. I made them into a heart shape and drizzled with red and pink chocolate/candy melts. They freeze well, so I'm going to set them aside for Valentine's Day. They'll be a fun treat for the boys.

If you don't have a heart cookie cutter, or if you are like me and the cookie cutters are an unorganized mess after Christmas and you don't feel like spending forever finding it, you can still make them! All you need is a spoon! (Well...the ingredients, cookie sheets, and parchment paper too.)

They are really easy to make.

Directions:

  1. First make your favorite peanut butter cookie dough. 
  2. Next roll or scoop out a ball of dough, about 1 teaspoon or cookie scoop worth. Roll in granulated sugar.
  3. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Slightly flatten ball and form bottom into a point with your fingers (gently squeezing sides usually works).
  5. Next, take the spoon and cut out a V shape from the  top. Place discard back in the cookie dough bowl.
  6. If needed, round the top of the heart and shape better.
  7. Use fork and make marks in the top.
  8. Bake according to recipe directions.
  9. Let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  10. If desired, drizzle with melted candy melts or chocolate. Let set.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Scavenger Hunts, Mazes, Puzzles, & Tic Tac Toe

Ok, so I may have gotten a little carried away with organizing posts. Here is another post with links to all the Scavenger Hunts, Tic Tac Toes, Puzzles, and Mazes I've made.

SCAVENGER HUNTS:
    MAZES:

    TIC TAC TOE:
    PUZZLES:

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Holidays: The 2017 Holiday List

    Well, that's two years in a row that I forgot to post this at the beginning of the year! In case you still are looking for a list of holidays, here is a list of regular and oddball holidays in 2015 (ones marked with a *, link back to one of my posts for that holiday):

    January 1       New Year's Day
    January 2       Run It Up A Flag Pole & See If Anyone Salutes Day
    January 6       Bean Day*
    January 6       Cuddle Up Day
    January 7       Old Rock Day
    January 8       Bubble Bath Day
    January 10     Houseplant Appreciation Day
    January 11     Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friend Day
    January 14     Dress Up Your Pet Day
    January 15     National Hat Day
    January 16     Martin Luther King Day
    January 16     Appreciate A Dragon Day
    January 18     Winnie The Pooh Day
    January 19     National Popcorn Day
    January 20     Inauguration Day

    January 21     National Hugging Day
    January 21     Granola Bar Day*(easy no bake granola bar recipe)
    January 23     National Pie Day*
    January 23     Measure Your Feet Day
    January 24     Belly Laugh Day
    January 24     Compliment Day
    January 25     Opposite Day
    January 27     Chocolate Cake Day
    January 28     Fun At Work Day
    January 28     National Kazoo Day
    January 29     National Puzzle Day
    January 29     National Cornchip Day
    January 31     Backward Day*
    February 2     Groundhog Day
    February 4     Thank a Mailman Day
    February 5     National Weatherman's Day
    February 7     Send A Card To A Friend Day
    February 8     Boy Scout Day
    February 8     Kite Flying Day
    February 10   Umbrella Day
    February 11   Make a Friend Day
    February 11   White T-shirt Day
    February 11   Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
    February 12   Lincoln's Birthday
    February 14   Valentine's Day*
    February 14   Ferris Wheel Day
    February 15   National Gumdrop Day 
    February 17   Random Acts of Kindness Day
    February 19   National Chocolate Mint Day
    February 20   Presidents' Day (it's the 3rd Monday of the month), Washington's Birthday
    February 20   Cherry Pie Day
    February 20   Love Your Pet Day
    February 21   Card Reading Day
    February 22   Walking The Dog Day
    February 22   Washington's Birthday
    February 23   Banana Bread Day*
    February 24   National Tortilla Chip Day
    February 26   Carnival Day
    February 26   National Pistachio Day
    February 26   Tell a Fairy Tale Day
    February 27   Polar Bear Day
    February 28   Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
    February 28   Public Sleeping Day
    February 28   National Tooth Fairy Day (also 8/22)
    March 1         National Pig Day
    March 1         Peanut Butter Lovers' Day*
    March 2         Old Stuff Day
    March 2         Read Across America Day*
    March 3         National Anthem Day
    March 3         Peach Blossom Day
    March 6         National Frozen Food Day*
    March 6         Dentist's Day

    March 11       Johnny Appleseed Day*
    March 12       Daylight Savings
    March 12       Girl Scouts Day
    March 12       Plant A Flower Day
    March 14       Learn About Butterflies Day*
    March 14       National Pi Day* (Pi = 3.14)
    March 15       Ides of March
    March 17       St. Patrick's Day*
    March 19       Poultry Day
    March 20       Incredible Kids Day*  (Some list it as 3/16 or 3/20 this year)
    March 22       National Goof Off Day
    March 23       National Chip & Dip Day*
    March 24       National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
    March 25       International Waffle Day*. National Waffle Day is 8/24.
    March 25       Pecan Day
    March 28       Something On A Stick Day*
    March 30       Take A Walk In The Park Day
    March 30       National Doctor's Day
    March 31       Bunsen Burner Day
    April 1           April Fool's Day*
    April 1           International Fun At Work Day
    April 2           Children's Book Day
    April 2           National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
    April 3           Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day
    April 4           School Librarian Day
    April 4           Walk Around Things Day

    April 6           National Tartan Day
    April 7           No Housework Day
    April 7           Caramel Popcorn Day
    April 9           Winston Churchill Day
    April 10         National Siblings Day
    April 11         National Submarine Day. Submarine Day 3/17.
    April 13         Scrabble Day*
    April 14         Look Up at the Sky Day*
    April 14         National Pecan Day
    April 14         Reach as High as You Can Day

    April 15         Rubber Eraser Day
    April 16         Easter
    April 16         National Librarian Day
    April 16         National Eggs Benedict Day

    April 17         National Cheeseball Day
    April 18         Tax Day
    April 18         International Juggler's Day. World Juggler's Day is the Saturday closest to 6/17.
    April 19         National Garlic Day
    April 20         National High Five Day (3rd Thursday)
    April 22         Earth Day
    April 22         National Jelly Bean Day
    April 23         National Zucchini Bread Day

    April 24         Pig In A Blanket Day
    April 26         National Pretzel Day
    April 26         Richter Scale Day
    April 27         Tell a Story Day
    April 29         Arbor Day(last Friday of month) (Arbor Day Foundation Link)
    April 30         National Honesty Day
    May 1            Mother Goose Day*
    May 2            Brother and Sisters Day
    May 4            Bird Day
    May 5            Cinco de Mayo
    May 5            National Hoagie Day
    May 6            Beverage Day*
    May 6            National Nurses Day
    May 8            No Socks Day
    May 9            Lost Sock Memorial Day*
    May 10          Clean Up Your Room Day

    May 11          Eat What You Want Day
    May 12          Limerick Day
    May 13          Leprechaun Day
    May 13          Frog Jumping Day
    May 14          Mother's Day*
    May 14          Dance Like A Chicken Day
    May 15          National Chocolate Chip Day
    May 16          Love A Tree Day
    May 18          Visit Your Relatives Day
    May 18          No Dirty Dishes Day
    May 20          Pick Strawberries Day
    May 23          Lucky Penny Day  
    May 29          Memorial Day*
    May 30          Water A Flower Day
    June 1            Flip A Coin Day
    June 2            National Doughnut Day (1st Friday) (2016 Krispy Kreme gave free Doughnuts)
    June 3            Repeat Day
    June 4            Applesauce Cake Day

    June 6            National Yo-Yo Day
    June 7            National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
    June 8            Best Friends Day
    June 9            Donald Duck Day
    June 10          Iced Tea Day*
    June 14          Flag Day
    June 16          Fresh Veggies Day*
    June 17          Eat Your Vegetables Day
    June 18          Go Fishing Day
    June 18          Father's Day*(gift ideas)
    June 20          Ice Cream Soda Day*
    June 20          Word Juggler's Day (Saturday closest to 6/17)

    June 21          Summer Solstice
    June 22          National Chocolate Eclair Day
    June 24          Swim A Lap Day
    June 27          Sunglasses Day*  
    June 28          Paul Bunyan Day
    June 29          Camera Day
    June 29          Waffle Iron Day
    June 30          Meteor Day
    July 1             Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
    July 2             I Forgot Day
    July 4             Independence Day*
    July 4             Sidewalk Egg Frying Day*
    July 6             National Fried Chicken Day
    July 7             Chocolate Day
    July 7             National Strawberry Sundae Day
    July 8             Video Games Day, National Video Games Day 9/12.
    July 9             National Sugar Cookie Day
    July 10           Teddy Bear Picnic Day
    July 11           Cheer Up The Lonely Day
    July 12           Different Colored Eyes Day
    July 12           Pecan Pie
    July 14           Bastille Day
    July 15           Tapioca Pudding Day
    July 15           Cow Appreciation Day* (Chik-fil-A celebration 7-14-15.)
    July 16           National Ice Cream Day (3rd Sunday in July)
    July 17           Peach Ice Cream Day
    July 17           Yellow Pig Day
    July 19           National Raspberry Cake Day

    July 21           National Junk Food Day*
    July 22           Hammock Day
    July 23           National Hot Dog Day
    July 23           Vanilla Ice Cream Day
    July 23           Parent's Day (4th Sunday in July)
    July 27           Take Your Pants For A Walk Day
    July 28           National Milk Chocolate Day
    July 29           National Lasagna Day
    July 30           National Cheesecake Day
    August 1         National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
    August 2         National Ice Cream Sandwich Day*


    August 3         National Watermelon Day
    August 6         Friendship Day(1st Sunday in August)
    August 6         Sisters Day (1st Sunday) 
    August 6         Wiggle Your Toes Day
    August 8         Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day*
    August 9         Book Lover's Day
    August 10       Lazy Day
    August 10       National S'mores Day
    August 11       Son and Daughter Day
    August 12       Middle Child's Day
    August 13       Left Hander's Day*
    August 14       National Creamsicle Day
    August 15       Relaxation Day
    August 16       Tell a Joke Day
    August 17       National Thriftshop Day
    August 20       National Radio Day
    August 22       National Tooth Fairy Day (also 2/28)
    August 26       National Dog Day*
    August 27       Just Because Day
    August 30       Toasted Marshmallow Day
    August 31       National Trail Mix Day
    September 4   Labor Day* (1st Monday of September)
    September 5   Cheese Pizza Day
    September 6   Read A Book Day*

    September 8   National Date Nut Bread Day
    September 9   Teddy Bear Day
    September 10  Grandparents Day (1st Sunday after Labor Day)
    September 11  Make Your Bed Day
    September 11  Patriot Day
    September 12  Chocolate Milk Shake Day

    September 13  Fortune Cookie Day
    September 13  National Peanut Day
    September 14  National Cream-Filled Donut Day
    September 15  Make A Hat Day
    September 16  Collect Rocks Day
    September 16  National Play Doh Day*
    September 16  Step Family Day
    September 17 National Apple Dumpling Day
    September 17 Citizenship Day
    September 18 National Cheeseburger Day
    September 19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day
    September 19 National Butterscotch Pudding Day
    September 21 Miniature Golf Day
    September 23 Checkers Day
    September 24 National Cherries Jubilee Day
    September 25 National Comic Book Day
    September 25 Native American Day
    September 26 Johnny Appleseed Day*
    September 27 Crush A Can Day
    September 29 Confucius Day
    October 2       Name Your Car Day
    October 4       National Frappe Day
    October 5       Do Something Nice Day
    October 9       Curious Events Day
    October 9       Leif Erikson Day
    October 9       Moldy Cheese Day
    October 9       World Egg Day
    October 9       Columbus Day (2nd Monday)
    October 10     National Angel Food Cake Day
    October 11     Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

    October 14     National Fossil Day*  (Wednesday of Earth Sciences Week)
     October 14     National Dessert Day

    October 16     Bosses Day
    October 17     Wear Something Gaudy Day
    October 21     Sweetest Day (3rd Saturday)
    October 21     Count Your Buttons Day
    October 21     National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
    October 22     National Nut Day
    October 24     National Bologna Day

    October 25     World Pasta Day
    October 27     National Tell A Story Day in the UK
    October 27     Frankenstein Friday (last Friday of October)
    October 28     Make A Difference Day (4th Saturday)
    October 29     National Frankenstein Day
    October 30     National Candy Corn Day

    October 31     Carve a Pumpkin Day
    October 31     Halloween*
    November 1   All Saint's Day, All Souls Day

    November 2   Deviled Egg Day
    November 3   Sandwich Day*
    November 5   Gunpowder Day*
    November 5   Daylight Savings
    November 6   Marooned Without A Compass Day
    November 7   Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
    November 8   Cook Something Bold Day
    November 10 Forget-Me-Not Day
    November 11  Veterans Day
    November 15  Clean Your Refrigerator Day
    November 16  Button Day
    November 16  Have A Party With Your Bear Day
    November 17  Homemade Bread Day*
    November 17  Take A Hike Day
    November 22  Go For A Ride Day
    November 23  Thanksgiving*
    November 25  National Parfait Day
    November 28  French Toast Day*

    November 28  Red Planet Day
    November 30  Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day
    December 1    Eat A Red Apple Day
    December 2    National Fritters Day
    December 4    Wear Brown Shoes Day
    December 5    Bathtub Party Day
    December 5    Repeal Day
    December 6    St. Nicholas' Day*
    December 6    Put On Your Own Shoes Day
    December 7    National Cotton Candy Day
    December 7    Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    December 8    National Brownie Day
    December 9    National Pastry Day
    December 12  Poinsettia Day
    December 13  Ice Cream Day. National Ice Cream Day is the 3rd Sunday in July.
    December 15  National Lemon Cupcake Day
    December 16  National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
    December 17  National Maple Syrup Day*
    December 17  Wright Brothers Day
    December 18  Bake Cookies Day
    December 19  Look For An Evergreen Day
    December 19  Oatmeal Muffin Day
    December 20  Go Caroling Day
    December 21  Crossword Puzzle Day (link to my Crossword Puzzles/Word Searches/BINGO/Word Hunts/Word Scrambles: all of my puzzles finally located in one post!)
    December 21  National Flashlight Day
    December 21  Look On The Bright Side Day
    December 22  Date Nut Bread Day (also 9/8)
    December 24  National Chocolate Day
    December 24  National Egg Nog Day
    December 25  Christmas Day*
    December 25  National Pumpkin Pie Day
    December 27  Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day*
    December 27  National Fruitcake Day
    December 28  Card Playing Day*
    December 30  National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
    December 31  New Year's Eve