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!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Is This Weekend!

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14th! If you are running a little behind like I am, I have some gift/craft/food/fun/freebie ideas below! Just click on the links for the recipes or directions :) 



CRAFTS/GIFTS:


FOOD:


FUN: (To Print: Right click on image, Save As/Save to Computer, Print.)

FREEBIES*:
  • Shutterfly: Free card with code CARD4U.
  • First Watch: Free box of chocolates for Mom. (Come back on Father's Day for a free bag of coffee!) 
  • Barnes & Noble: Mother's Day story time and activities on 5/13, 11:00 am.
  • Zoo: There are a lot of zoos across the country offering free admission for moms on Mother's Day. Please check your local zoo's website or google before going.
  • Shoney's: Free slice of strawberry pie for mom (with purchase of entree/buffet)  
  • Orange Leaf: Free cup of froyo for Mom.
*Always check with your local store to make sure they are participating before you go!


If you know of any other freebies, please feel free to share in Comments!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Easter Time!

Easter is coming up quickly this year. I am trying to come up with non-candy items for the boys' baskets. They're going to get a  jelly beans and Reese's eggs, but I want most of it to non-candy. I have a Lego minifigure mystery pack, a book for each of them. They are both playing soccer this year, so I'm thinking maybe some soccer gear? If, like me, you need ideas, I have some of the food/craft/Easter hunt and basket ideas from the past couple of years below.



FOOD:
 EGGS, EGG HUNTS, AND EASTER BASKETS:
  • Egg dying and decorating: There are a lot of ways to decorate eggs, however I am only doing ideas that leave the eggs edible. We love eating our eggs!
    • Eggstravaganza: Dying with food coloring, natural dyes, impressions, tissue paper, crayons, rubber bands, stickers, Diva Eggs, Lady Bug eggs
    • Painted Eggs (painted designs, fingerprint animals, bubble wrap)
    • Crackle Eggs
    • Space Invaders, Glitter and Snorkel
    • Drip Art Eggs: These look fun and easy to do, but we haven't tried them yet. Stand egg upright and over something that will not get ruined (like a plastic plate). Place a drop of food coloring on the top of the egg. Mist the egg using a spray bottle. Add a drop of another color, mist again. Gently blow on the egg to make colors move in different directions.
    • Monster Eggs: using glue dots, pipe cleaners, and stickers.
    • Tattoo Eggs: Use temporary tattoos. Make sure is completely dry before following tattoo directions.
    • Ombre Eggs: Place a bottle cap on the bottom of a wide 8-10 oz glass. Set egg on bottle cap. Mix up the dye (1 teaspoon vinegar, 40 drops of food coloring, 1/2 cup boiling water). Pour dye into glass until 1/4 of egg is covered. Let sit 5 minutes. Add plain warm water to cup until 1/2 the egg is covered. Let set 3 minutes. Add more water to desired level. Wait 2 minutes. Repeat if want additional stripes. Carefully remove with tongs and let dry.
    • Egg Hunts:
  • Basket Filler Ideas:
    •  New gear: soccer ball/cleats/shin guards/practice net, baseball cleats/ball/bats/bag/helmet/throw back, shoes: track/running, mouth guards, golf bag/balls/gloves/clubs, etc.
    • Vouchers: Vouchers can be for anything! Examples: extra hour of TV/game time, stay up late, get out of 1 chore, money to spend at a store/amusement park/zoo/aquarium, etc.
    • Star Wars Light Saber Popsicle Mold
    • Slinky's 
    • Chocolate Maze
    • Reese's Giant Peanut Butter Egg. Amazon sells some, but I found them cheaper at Target and the grocery store. I believe it was around $6.
    • Lego's: any fun looking set, mystery minifigure packs, Mixel's (Amazon, Lego). Lego usually has holiday themed sets as well; this year is an Easter Egg Hunt Set. They also have a keychain of Batman dressed in a bunny costume!
    • Jelly Beans
    • Play-Doh Eggs (Amazon, grocery store)
    • Art/Office Supplies: pencils, pencil sharpeners, markers, stickers, stamps, activity pads, etc. I find a lot of cute items at the Target dollar bins and Party City.
    • Fill eggs with coins.
    • Movie tickets.
    • DVD's. Half Priced Books, Michael's Crafts, and Target often have cheaper movies.
    • Books, book store gift cards.
    • Hot Wheels.
    • Mini nail polish, nail files, etc.
    • Amazon gift cards
CRAFTS:
ACTIVITIES:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

St. Patrick's Day & Leprechaun Visits!

It's hard for me to believe that St. Patrick's Day is next week! It seems like we just had Valentine's Day. I have not picked up anything for the Leprechaun Visit, nor have I planned how the leprechaun is going to hide the treasure this year. However, if you are looking for any food, craft, activity, or leprechaun visit ideas, I have some of our past adventures below!

FOOD:
  • Beef Stew, Soda Bread, Shamrock Pancakes, Shamrock Sucker Napkin Rings. The beef stew and soda bread are easy and delicious!
  • Rainbow and Shamrock Pancakes. (see pic above in bottom row of collage) These were pretty easy to make. I made regular pancake batter, separated into 4 bowls and added food coloring to get blue, green, yellow, and red. I used small plastic condiment bottles (candy making bottles would work too) and made the shapes in the skillet. It is easiest if you have a bottle for each color, so you can pipe the an arch of color and immediately add the next arch, and so on, so the pancake bakes about the same time.Once on a plate, I added whipped cream clouds at the base of the rainbows.
  • Make Rainbow Bread. One year, I made a braided loaf of bread with rainbow colors. After mixing the dough, I separated and dyed the sections different colors. I then rolled out each color into a long strand and braided it together. We used it to make rainbow sandwiches and french toast for St. Patrick's Day.
  • Rainbow Cupcakes Part 1Rainbow Cupcakes Part 2 (These will really wow your kids or guests for a St. Patrick's Day treat.)
  • St. Patrick's Day Shake (My version of the Shamrock shake.)
  • Shepherd's Pie (An easy shepherd's pie recipe that works great for St. Patrick's Day, or any night of the year.)
  • St. Patrick's Day Lunch
  • Make cookies! Cookies are always a hit with my boys and the shamrock cookie cutters are easy to use. We used green sprinkles, as well as green and white cookie icing. (DM TIP #1: If don't have a shamrock cookie cutter, use a heart one. Place the points of 3 hearts together and push down to join. Cut a small strip for the stem and push to add onto the cookie. Bake and decorate! DM TIP #2: I also made Pot of Gold cookies, which turned out to be a big hit. However, I could not find a cauldron/pot cookie cutter anywhere. Eventually I found this cupcake shaped cookie cutter and it worked really well for the pot of gold shape.) 
  • Hidden Shamrock Pound Cake
  • Leprechaun Donuts
  • Oreo Gold Coins. Spray Oreos with Wilton Gold Color Mist Spray (Edible). Spray one side, let dry. Turn over, spray other side, let dry. You could also dip in yellow candy melts.
  • Pretzel coins. Buy round pretzels (Meijer often carries these). Dip in melted yellow candy melts. Let set on a piece of wax paper. Fill center with yellow candy melts. Let set. Optional: Pipe on a shamrock/clover with yellow or green candy melts. You can also spray with edible Gold Color Mist Spray for more glittery shine.


  • Pretzel shamrocks. Use mini twists to make shamrocks. Dip three twists in green candy melt or green colored white chocolate. Place with bottoms touching on a piece of wax paper. There will be a gap in the middle, fill with candy melts/chocolate. Take another twist (a stick pretzel will work too). Dip in candy melt and place as the stem. Let dry completely.   


ACTIVITIES, CRAFTS, AND FUN:


LEPRECHAUN VISITS: 
I have banned any super messy leprechaun visits, so our leprechaun usually leaves a pot of treats (usually gold colored) for the boys to find. In the past there has been a cloud raining jelly beans with trails of confetti to find their pots of gold. One time there were even leprechaun donuts (see above under food) left with the pots. Below are some of our past leprechaun visits and pot of gold filler ideas.
  • Leprechaun Pots of Gold (cloud made from batting with jelly bean rain over pots of "gold").
  • Leprechaun Treat Bags (how to make your own pot shaped baggies).
  • Make their lunch all green! I'm doing this for the first time this year, so we'll see how it goes!
    • Ideas: Include a note from the tricky leprechaun and as a bonus include a Chocolate gold coin.
    • Sandwich: Use green bread or green tortillas for sandwiches. I'm making peanut butter and apple wraps with a green tortilla. Instead of a sandwich you could also make peanut butter on celery sticks.
    • Fruits/Veggies: kiwis, granny smith or golden delicious apples, green grapes, cantaloupe, pears, green bell pepper slices, celery, broccoli, sugar snap peas.
    • Sides: green chocolate dipped pretzels, green applesauce (or at least with green lid), green veggie straws/chips, green candy popcorn (see my Candied Popcorn post for directions), only green jelly beans or M&M's
    • Green pasta: buy green (check the Garden/Veggie varieties) or add green food coloring to water before cooking regular pasta.
  • I found rainbow crepe paper streamers and wrapped it around the stair railings. There was a trail of coin shaped confetti leading to their hidden pots of treasures. There were a few trails that were dead ends too, so it took them a little while to find their pots of goodies.
  • Last year there were also trails, but this time they were rainbows. I printed out pictures of rainbows, both a normal and reversed. The normal rainbow trail lead to their treasures. However, there were quite a few dead ends with the reversed color rainbows leading to a small pot with a note that said "This one is trick. Keep looking.".
 
  • Make a scavenger hunt from the leprechaun for the kids to find their pots of gold. 

  • Some fun treats for the pots/bags are
    • green or yellow bouncy balls 
    • shamrock stickers
    • shamrock sucker (see shamrock sucker napkin rings above in Food for an easy to make one)
    • green, gold, or themed pencils/pens
    • fun pencil toppers/erasers
    • bubbles
    • chocolate gold coins
    • green or gold Frisbee 
    • gold or yellow wrapped candy (mini Snickers, Starburst, mini Reese's cups, Hershey Kisses, Sixlets, Rolos, etc.). Party City normally has bins where you can buy individual candy pieces and goodie bag stuffers, which is great for finding the colors you want! Some stores even carry bags of a single color of Jelly Belly.
    • arcade tokens (or maybe car wash tokens for older kids)
    • "gold" $1 coins (you can get these from the bank)
    • St. Patrick's Day rubber duckies
    • Small water guns or Nerf guns in yellow or green
    • Cars, other toys, etc. Pretty much anything that your child likes that happens to be yellow or green colored, and will fit in a small basket or pot will work. For example, the boys are getting their own roll of tape this year because they used all of mine on craft projects. The tape cover just so happens to be green. 


What treats or tricks do you do for St. Patrick's Day?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Happy Belated Birthday, Dr. Seuss!








March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday, as well as Read Across America Day. I have a Dr. Seuss word find below. You can also find a few more ideas to celebrate in my Read Across America Day post.

To print the word find:
    • Click/Right click on image. Choose Open in New Tab/Window. Click Print.
    • Or, Click on image. Right click. Choose Save Image As to save to your computer. Print saved image.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Word Find

It's getting closer to St. Patrick's Day! I made a St. Patrick's themed word find/word search. There are two versions of the word find: one is harder with words in ALL directions, the other is a little easier with words in Forward/Down/Diagonal directions (not reverse).

To make printing easier, I have the jpg's below and links to a pdf in Google Docs.
 
To Print: 
  • JPG'S:
    • Click/Right click on image. Choose Open in New Tab/Window. Click Print.
    • Or, Click on image. Right click. Choose Save Image As to save to your computer. Print saved image.
  •  Click on Google Docs link, Click Downward Arrow symbol. You can choose to Open in Adobe, Save as PDF, then Print. On a mobile device, it will open a new window and you can print from there.
 
 Easier Word Find:

 ANSWERS:

 HARDER:

 ANSWERS:

GOOGLE DOCS PDF'S:
St. Patrick's Day Word Find (Easier) 
St. Patrick's Day Word Find Answers (Easier) 
St. Patrick's Day Word Find 
St. Patrick's Day Word Find Answers 

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?