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!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Bee Fingerprint Art!


It's the middle of summer, but it's been pretty rainy so we've had a lot of indoor time. Luckily we've found ways to keep busy! 

This is a fun craft to do and it's pretty easy! To make a honey comb picture, there are two options:



Option 1:
1. Press a finger into a light yellow or tan
    paint and press into a pyramid shape.
    Turn paper upside down and repeat.
    Let dry.
2. Dip finger tip in yellow paint and gently
    press around the paper to form the bees
    bodies.
3. Use a fine tip black marker to draw on
    eyes, stripes, and wings. (You could also
    use black paint and a thin tipped
    paint brush.
4. Use the marker to draw dots around the
    paper to create a flight pattern for the
    bees.




Option 2:
1. Cut a hexagon out of potato.
2. Use potato to stamp out hexagon shapes
    for the bee hive.
3. Follow above steps 2-4 in Option 1, to create the
    bees.



BEE FACTS:

  • Bees have 4 wings and 6 legs.
  • The buzzing sound comes from the bees wings.
  • Bees smell using their antennas and taste with its tongue and front legs.
  • Many people think bees are yellow and black, but there are some that are green, blue or red!
  • One hive can have up to 70,000 bees living in it!
  • The queen bee is the biggest bee in the hive. She lays the eggs. She can live up to 5 years.
  • Other female bees are worker bees. They live up to 8 weeks when working.
  • Male bees are drones. After mating, they die.
  • Once a honey bee stings you, it dies. Only girl bees have stingers.
  • Bees live all over the world, except where it is very cold.
  • Bees go through 4 stages: Egg, Larva, Pupa, Adult.
  • If a bee finds pollen, it does a dance to tell the other bees where it is.



Sources:
Time For Kids Bees!
Bees by Deborah Hodge
www.nationalhoneybeeday.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

4th of July Ideas

If you are looking for 4th of July ideas, check out these posts:
Craft/Activities:

Food:




Monday, June 8, 2015

Father's Day is 6/21!

Father's Day is in 9 days! Where has June gone?! If you are like me this year and are drawing a blank on ideas, try some of mine below!

CRAFT/GIFTS:
  • 92 Father's Day Gift Ideas
  • Father's Day Frames (craft/gift)
  • Make a Can Planter and plant grass seed for the hair. You could even place a golf ball in the grass or glue to the side of the can. Make it an alien with only 1 flower bud sticking out (kind of like a tulip type of flower bud).
  • If he likes camping or having an outside fire, try making a batch of Pinecone Firestarters.

FOOD: (These are just a few of the recipes on the blog. There are a lot more!)

ACTIVITIES:

FREEBIES:

  • Ikea: Dad eats a free brunch! (Check with your local stores to make sure they are participating.)
  • Outback: Not free, but frequently offers coupons online.
  • First Watch: Free bottle of maple syrup (with meal purchase).
  • Chik-fil-A: I hear a lot of different freebies going on depending on the location, but can't find anything on the main site. Some locations have a free cookie for Dad, others are having a party, or even a Dad eats for free promotion. Check with your local stores.
  • Caribou Coffee: BOGO coffee, if you are Perks member (free to sign up).
  • Zoo Admission. Many zoos are offering free admission for Dad's on Father's Day. 
  • Spaghetti Warehouse: Dad can get a free spaghetti or lasagna (per their Facebook post).
  • If you know of any other freebies for Dad, please share in Comments!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Legos To Go!

I saw this on Pinterest and had to try it! The boys love Lego's and want to bring them in the car, whether we are going on a 10 minute drive to Grandma's or on vacation. I thought this would be the perfect solution. It would also make a really cute gift for someone!

You will need:
  • A metal or plastic lunch box.** (I found ours at Target in $1 bins at the front of the store for $3 each, but Amazon also carries some that aren't too expensive.)
  • Lego base board/building plate. Size needed depends on your lunch box. (I found the Lego board (10"x10") on eBay, but they are sold on Amazon, toy stores and Target. I picked green, but there are a lot of options out there.)
  • Legos (I just grabbed a bunch from the boys' Lego bins, but if you are giving this as a gift there are a variety of small bags and boxes of Legos available. Target often carries small Lego bags (usually Chima, a car, etc.) in the Toy Department or checkout lanes for about $4 - $6.) 
  • Glue and/or Mounting Squares (I used super glue on the felt and Mounting Squares for the board. A super glue that works with plastics would probably work well on the board too. Mounting Squares come in Permanent and Removable options.)
  • Felt, optional
  • Scissors (I just used regular scissors. Poultry scissors would be great too.)
  • Sandpaper, optional

Directions:
  1. Measure the inside of the lunch box lid. Find or cut a piece of Lego board to fit in the lid of the lunch box. I cut a piece from a larger 10x10 board. I thought I could get two full pieces out of the larger piece, but measured wrong. I ended up with 1 full board and then had to piece two other pieces together to make the second board. Once they were glued down, you could see a slight line, but still completely playable! With my lunch boxes, I probably could have just used a 5x5 Lego square. DM Tip: Before you glue, place the lid flat on a surface with the board laying in it. Try to close the box. I had to trim an extra row off of the board to make sure the lid would close because of the slight lip on the box.
  2. If there are sharp edges from cutting, use sandpaper to file down. This was actually a lot easier to do than I thought it would be. Be careful of any surrounding Lego dots on the board, as they file down really easily too!
  3. Glue or use Mounting Squares to attach Lego board to the lid.
  4. Optional: Cut a piece of felt to fit in the bottom of the lunch box. You can skip this part, but the boxes will be a little noisier. :)  Glue down.
  5. Let everything set/dry.
  6. Place Legos inside.
  7. Optional: If you have any Lego pieces left over, you can cut a piece the length of the box. Sand any edges. Place on top of the Legos. (You may have to bend slightly to get in the box.) If you carefully turn upright, it can act as a barrier and keep the Lego bricks from falling everywhere while playing (as seen in picture). It can also act as an extra building plate!

**You could also use a small Rubbermaid type of container, a baby wipe container, pencil box, or a bead/loom band sorter plastic box and glue the board on top!


For some other Vacation Ideas and Fun, try my other posts:
Random fun Lego facts: http://lego.gizmodo.com/5019797/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-lego

Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Reading Programs For Kids Start Soon! (And Other Summer Freebies!)

Don't forget to check out your local bookstores and libraries for summer reading programs. Most of them offer free prizes for the kids! I have links below for free Amazon Kindle books and Barnes and Noble Nook books in the DM TIPS!
  • Half Priced Books: Read 15 minutes a day and fill out the log (click on link). Once you reach 300 minutes in June, turn in your log and earn a $5 HPB gift card! Repeat in July! (Preschool to High School. Runs June & July)
  • Barnes & Noble: Read 8 books, fill out their reading log (click on link), and get a free book! It says it for grades 1-6, but just ask the booksellers regarding younger kids. They are usually very nice and will let younger kid participate. They let Higgins participate with his big brother! (Runs 5/19-9/7.)
  • We have banned Chuck E Cheeses, but if  your child reads each day for 2 weeks and completes the calendar (click on link), they get 10 free tokens.
  • If your child has an account or opens a new account with TD Bank, they can earn $10 for their account when they read 10 books. (Grades K-5. Click on link for form. Runs 6/1-8/31.)
  • Showcase Cinemas. After writing a book review, kids get a free movie ticket to a Bookworm Wednesday movie. Parents and siblings 6 and under are free. (See bottom of linked page for participating locations and book form. Runs 7/8-7/29.)
  • Pottery Barn Kids. When your child completes a PB summer reading list, they can earn a free book (Ages 10 and under. Runs 5/15-7/17.)
  • Library. Check with your local library. Most of them will have a summer reading program where kids can earn prizes!
DM Tips
  1. Check with Amazon.com for free kids Kindle ebooks for download. The Kindle reading app for the computer or ipad/phone is free too! Barnes & Noble also has free options and free Friday downloads for the Nook. (Nook app also free.)
  2. Check with local libraries or bookstores for storytimes. There are also free story times online! Some online story times: Barnes and Noble onlineStoryLineOnline. Many libraries also offer an online story time, often found under the kids section. Here is the Barnes & Noble Storytime In-Store link.

Other Summer Freebies (or at least cheap!):
  • Movies:
    • Regal Movie Theaters have $1 movies in the summer. (See link for schedule and to find a location near you.)
    • Many local movie theaters run free or $1 movies as well, so check with your local theaters.
    • Some local communities offer free Movie In The Park type of events during the summer. I find a lot of info by talking to other moms at the playgrounds/school, looking in the local paper at the weekend events, and by following the local communities on Facebook/Twitter.
    • See if there is a Drive-In movie theater near you. Some of them have kids under 12 free. Although, it won't be completely free, it can be a ton of fun and there are not a lot of them left. 
  • Free Bowling registered kids can receive free bowling in the summer! (click for details/locations)
  • Check out this site for a list of Good Report Card Freebies!
  • Fossil Collecting
    • You may have noticed that we (aka the boys) love going "fossil hunting". To find a fossil park near you, try looking at National Park System:  Fossil Parks and Other Fossil Parks. However, I noticed that there weren't any   listed in my area and I know of two within an hour drive. If you can't find one listed, try searching for "fossil park" or "fossil collection area" in Google/Yahoo/etc.
  • Building Workshops
    • Both Lowes and Home Depot offer free kids workshops during a weekend each month. Click the links to see when they are being offered.
  • Factory/Bakery Tours
    • Many places offer free (or really cheap) tours of their facilities. We have been to an ice cream shop and a chocolate factory already!
  • Farmer's Markets
    • Of course buying things aren't free, but it is free to go and see new things. My kids were amazed the first time we went to the Farmer's Market and a local farm to see where food really comes from. (Shockingly, it wasn't in plastic packages.) It's always fun to see what they have. There can also be fun vendors, like the portable wood fired pizza oven we saw last year. Click here to find one near you. 
  • Cook/Bake
    • My kids do like to "help" in the kitchen sometimes. One of the things I still remember the most from when I was a kid, was making rice cereal treats and chocolate chip cookies with my mom. I love when I can do it with my boys too!
  • Playgrounds/Parks
    • Almost every day (even in the winter), the boys ask if we can go to the park. I get tired of seeing the same thing, so we explore and find new parks.
    • Sometimes local parks offer free events during the summer too, especially around holidays like Memorial Day or 4th of July.
    • Many also offer free movies or concerts during the summer.
  • Picnic
    • If you pack a picnic from home and bring it to a park, it can make for a great (and free) adventure!
  • Museums/Zoos/Aquariums
    • Our local children's museum offers free admission on certain Fridays during the summer. Check out your local art/history/science/children's museums to see if they have free days. 
    • Sometimes other places like the zoo or aquariums will offer kids get in free days (with an adult ticket).
  • Crafts
    • My boys love craft time and we have spent a lot of time during summers past making new things. I have a lot of the ideas on this blog, and a lot of them are made from things you probably already have in your house!
    • Michael's offers $2 crafts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. (Runs 6/16-8/1.)
  • Camping
    • I am not a big camper, although Hubby and the boys love it. However, I will camp in the living room! We even made s'mores over a candle one time. Have everyone tell a scary story, or even have a progressive story (these can be hilarious, especially with little kids).
  • Bass Pro Shop
    • Sometimes they offer fun activities and workshops for free
  • Garage Sale/Flea Market
    • This one isn't free, but can be pretty cheap. A couple of dollars and some negotiation can obtain a few new books or toys that can keep the kids busy for the day or hopefully even a few days. We've even found new video games for just a few dollars. As an added bonus, you can offer them extra chores to earn extra spending money. I think I have a mountain of socks that may need sorting and folding... :) Try garagesalecow.com, local newspapers or community Facebook pages to find garage sales near you.
  • Eat Out
    • Ok, this is not free. However, there are certain days when kids eat free at some restaurants. If you want to have a treat, but also have it be cost effective, this would be the way to go!
  • Junior Ranger Program
    • This is a free program at the national parks. You pick up an activity book and fill in the questions. Once the booklet is completed, you turn it in and the kids get to be sworn in as Junior Rangers and get a badge or patch! (Click here for more info.) If there aren't any national parks near you, they also offer an online option to earn the WebRanger badge.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Teacher Gifts

The end of the school year is fast approaching and I realized I still needed to get teacher gifts for the boys' teachers. I have the Thank You cards set aside, but haven't written a note yet or even bought a gift. I think this year, due to lack of planning, I will be sticking with a heartfelt thank you note and gift card. I may attach a bag of their favorite candy as well.

If you are looking for teacher gift ideas too, I have some below! I try to come up with something that they can use and will like (such as gift cards) and try to tailor it to the teacher. I also try to keep it non-teacher themed. 
  • Do NOT get them a "teacher" themed gift. I know several teachers and the one thing I hear is that they get a lot of  "teacher" gifts during the year (apple ornaments, apple decorations, apple mugs, etc.).  They're like us and only have so much space for these things. Plus, you don't necessarily want every gift you receive to be job themed! 
  • A handwritten note with a meaningful, heartfelt message is always a plus.
  • Gift card to their favorite store. I have run into a couple of teachers out shopping on the weekends and if they mention that they love a particular store, I try to remember it. Target or a Visa/Mastercard/AmericanExpress prepaid card always seems to be a big hit. If you are in a big hurry, Amazon even has email gift cards!
  • Coffee shop gift cards, possibly with a reusable mug. Of course, this only works if you know that they like coffee.
  • Similar to the coffee, a reusable insulated cup for summer. Stuff it with a gift card to an ice cream place, bagel or coffee shop, or drink mixes.
  • Some teachers end up supplying a lot of the classroom supplies and books themselves, so gift cards to bookstores or places like Target/Staples/Walmart/book store might be helpful.
  • Gift basket for them filled with goodies: chocolates, bags of tea or coffee, candies, etc.
  • Gift basket for them and school: Last year, I gave them a gift card for them, but also included some supplies for the next school year. Higgins' teachers had bubbles in their baskets, since I know he spilled a ton of bubbles throughout the year.
  • Beach towel rolled up and tied with a bow. Stuff a few other items out the top such as sunscreen, flip flops, a few popsicles (not frozen of course), or some lemonade mixes.
  • A movie basket. Find a cute tin or popcorn tub and fill with snacks, popcorn bags, popcorn toppings, a gift card to a movie theater.
  • You can also call the school office. Some schools keep a Teacher's Wish List for gift ideas.
  • Flowers or a plant. Ones that can be planted are nice since they will last longer. To make it extra special, have your child(ren) paint a clay pot and plant the flower/plant in the pot.
  • If you have a class picture, find a mat that will fit and frame the picture. Have everyone sign the mat and place a message like "Best Teacher", "We Love You", or "Thank You For Making Our School Year Great". Make sure to put the year somewhere on the mat too.
  • Baked goodies. I have ton of cookie and dessert recipes on the blog, including individual Pie Jars!

DM Tip: If you are sending something breakable, remember to package it well so it will survive the bus ride and trip to the teacher!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stained Glass Window

Things have been a little crazy in the Messes household. Between school, Cub Scouts, and sports, we have been pretty busy. I also started writing again (besides on the blog). I'm working on some ideas for kids books. My kids love the ideas so far, so we'll see how it goes!

Anyway, one of our recent outings was to a museum. They had a small interactive kids area, which included a craft making table. While we were there, they were making stained glass windows/sun catchers. It was such an easy and cute way to do it, that I thought I would share! (P.S. These make a great classroom craft, if it's your turn for craft time at school!)

You will need:
Directions:
1. Cut a piece of the clear cellophane to cover the window of the mat. You want it to be a little larger than the window, about 1/4" to 1/2" larger, but not larger than the outside edge of the mat. Tape down.
2. Cut out a piece of contact paper that is about the same size as the cellophane in Step 1.
3. Let the kids cut out pieces and shapes from the colorful cellophane sheets. You want the pieces to be somewhat small so they will fit on the contact paper and can overlap.
4. Peel off the backing of the contact paper and let the kids design their stained glass.
5. Once the design is finished, place the colorful cellophane side down onto the clear cellophane. Use any remaining sticky edges of the contact paper to adhere to the frame. Use tape as needed.
5. Place in a window and enjoy!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day is Sunday!

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th! If you are running a little behind like I am, I have some gift/craft/food/fun/freebies 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*:
  • Caribou Coffee: BOGO drinks on 5/9-5/10 for their Perks members.(Free to join, but have to sign up by 5/6.)
  • Orange Leaf: Mom gets a free FROYO, up to 8 oz, on 5/10!
  • Shutterfly: Free card with code CARD4U
  • Shoney's: Free slice of strawberry pie for mom (with purchase of entree/buffet)
  • Zoo: Some zoo's are offering free admission for moms
  • National Gardens: Many are offering free admission Mother's Day weekend.
  • First Watch: Free box of chocolates for Mom (Posted on their FB page on 4/20. Come back on Father's Day for a free bag of coffee!)
  • Pottery Barn Kids: free tissue paper flower craft to give to Mom. runs 5/4-5/10, but check your local store!
  • Edible Arrangements: Free Delivery on 5/6 and 5/7 with code MDAY2015.
  • Free printables at Snapfish.
  • Barnes & Noble: Mother's Day storytime 5/9.
  • *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!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day is Tomorrow 4/22/15!

Tomorrow is Earth Day! I have some freebies listed below, but the list isn't as long as it was last year. I also have some Earth Day facts and easy ways to celebrate below.
Bags from 2014. Qdoba ad from 2015.

Freebies:

  • Pottery Barn: Plant a seed in a biodegradable cup and bring it home!
  • Target: In store celebration usually usually includes a give away of reusable bags with some freebies in them.
  • National Parks
  • Anthropology. Rain forest craft. (Date/time vary, so please check their website.)
Not-As-Free Freebies:
  • Disney. This year, my local store is different. You get a free reusable bag with any purchase, NOT by bringing in plastic bags to trade in. (Use the store locator to find a store near you, click on the store and the events are listed under Upcoming Events.)
  • Origins. Free reusable tote with any purchase.
  • Starbucks will give you $0.10 off your coffee when you bring in a reusable mug for your coffee. 
  • Many grocery stores will offer $0.05-$0.10 off your purchase when you bring in a reusable bag.


When is Earth Day?
This year, Earth Day is Wednesday 4/22/15.

What is Earth Day?
Earth Day was begun to celebrate and raise awareness about the Earth and its environment. It is celebrated world-wide. The first observation of Earth Day was on 3/21/1970. The United Nations made April 22 International Mother Earth Day in 2009. Lately, the focus on Earth Day had been about recycling, reusing, and reducing your carbon footprint.

Easy Ways to Celebrate:
  • Plant a tree in your yard.
  • Have the kids help you sort the recycling and bring it to the recycling bins.
  • Let the kids pick out flowers and have them plant them in the garden.
  • Recycle used cans, bottle caps, or paper towel/toilet paper rolls into crafts. (I have a wind chime craft that uses bottle caps and lots of paper towel/toilet paper roll crafts.) Even old broken crayons can be recycled into new crayonsstained glass, or help make a suncatcher!
  • Start a vegetable garden in your yard.
  • If the park/store is close by, walk instead of driving your car.
  • Have the kids help clean up trash at the local park. Many cities have a community clean up event for Earth Day.

Links:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Don't forget taxes are due tomorrow!

Things have been busy here with school and the kids' sports, but I promise to be back on here soon!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Happy April Fool's Day!

Just kidding! Here are a few ideas for fun, harmless pranks to play on your kids on April Fool's Day (April 1st).
JOKES/ACTIVITIES:
  • Soap: I made dinosaur soap dispensers (trust me, these are super easy) to make hand washing more fun for the boys. For April Fool's Day, try using bugs and toy snakes!
  • Play hooky! Get the kids ready for school and pull into the school parking lot. Then tell them "April Fool's" and take them somewhere fun for the day (zoo, indoor play area, putt putt, amusement park).
  • Place plastic bugs, spiders or snakes in their lunch boxes.
  • If you don't mind cleaning up a small mess, toilet paper their room while they sleep.
  • For older kids (or even hubby): safety pin the corners of all their underwear together. When they try to pull out one, they will get a whole string of underwear.
  • Fill their closet or armoire with balloons and wait until they open it!
  • Carefully unwind some of the toilet paper roll. Place a dollar on the roll and roll back up. First one up wins!
  • Pack jelly beans in their lunch, but have them be unexpected flavors. There are a lot of options for gross and unexpected flavors such as Harry Potter Bernie BottsBean BoozledBeerChili MangoTabasco flavored.
  • Place color fizz tabs in the faucets and/or bath tub (unscrew the faucet screen, place the tablet in, screw back on). When the water is turned on, it will be colored! (Don't use Easter egg dye tabs-this will dye things!) I saw this idea here, but don't have the right faucets for it. Let me know if you try it!

FOOD:
  • Egg Cupcakes: You may remember these from the Backward's Day post. These were a big hit with  my kids. They are vanilla/white cupcakes topped with an egg. The egg is made out of candy!
  • Egg Candies: For a fun snack for their lunch boxes, try making egg candies. Melt white chocolate chips and pipe onto wax paper. You want it to look like a fried egg shape. Before it hardens completely, place a yellow M&M on for the yolk. Let set.
  • Colored Milk: Add a few drops of food coloring to their morning milk.
  • Make them wormy apples for an after school snack. Use an apple corer or sharp knife to cut a hole in the side of an apple. Place a gummy worm in the apple.
  • Place the bags of cereal in different boxes!
  • Meatloaf Cupcakes: Make mini meatloaves in muffin pans. Pipe on mashed potatoes for 'frosting'. You could even add a little food coloring to the potatoes to make the frosting look more realistic.
  • Cut a pound cake into strips. Toast in the oven to make them look like fries. Serve with a side of red frosting. DM Tip: Broil cake for about 20 seconds to brown. Watch carefully so they don't burn. Flip and toast the other side.
  • Fly ice cubes. Freeze plastic or candy flies in ice cubes and serve in their drink at lunch or dinner. You could also use raisins.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Ideas

I can't believe Easter is in about a week! I'm still trying to come up with the boys' Easter Basket Hunt for this year. If you are like me and need some ideas, I have some below!

FOOD:

EGGS, EGG HUNTS, AND EASTER BASKETS:

CRAFTS:
  • Clay Pot Baskets. These are super easy (and cute) baskets that work great as centerpieces.
  • String Up My Easter Treats. (string craft eggs)
  • Snowflake Style Eggs
  • Stained Glass Egg. Here are directions. They are for the pumpkin stained glass we made, so make an egg shape instead for Easter!
  • Marble Egg. We made a marble painted craft, which is lots of fun and look neat when it's done. After the paint dries, cut out an egg shape to have a nicely decorated Easter egg! You could even cut out multiple smaller eggs for form a garland, napkin rings, etc.
  • Bunny Basket. Easy to make bunny basket out of a paper bag.

ACTIVITIES:




Sunday, March 29, 2015

There's A Bunny In My Bread

I was in charge of bringing a side dish last year to Easter. I wanted to try something a little different, so instead of a regular veggie tray, I added a bread bunny!


I think I made the cheeks a little too big and the teeth kind of slipped to the side. However, everyone else loved it, so I guess it turned out alright!

I do have some changes I would make if I made it next time though: Make sure the cheeks are pinched together so they don't separate. Add the nose right above the cheeks. I might try to tuck the top of the almonds under the cheeks to try to keep them in place. I would also use a smaller dip container so more of the belly shows.

You will need:
  • Bread dough (I used frozen dough that had been thawed), 2-1lb. loaves
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 raisins
  • 3 almond slivers (Optional. I used them this time but I don't know that I use them again.)
  • Dip, veggies, large platter, etc.

Directions:

  1. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  2. Cut 1/4 off of one loaf of dough. Shape it into a pear-shape to form the head. Roll the rest of the dough out to form an flattened oval for the body. Place onto baking sheet. Place head at the top of the body.
  3. On the head, cut 3-4 narrow cuts on each side to form the whiskers. The cuts should be about 3/4 inches deep.
  4. Take the second loaf of dough and cut into 4 equal pieces.
  5. Ears: Use two of the pieces and roll into 16-17 inch long ropes. Fold in half. Arrange with the ends touching the head.
  6. Bottom feet: Take another piece and cut into half. Form into ovals for the bottom feet, about 3.5" ovals. Position at either side of the bottom of the body. Cut 2 slits to form toes, about 1 inch cuts.
  7. Top feet: Take the remaining piece of dough and cut into 3 pieces. Form 2 pieces into balls about 2.5" big to form the top paws. Place on either side of the body, slightly below the neck. Cut two slits for toes, about 1 inch cuts.
  8. The last piece of dough will be divided into two 2-inch sized balls for the cheeks and one 1/2-inch sized ball for the nose. Place in the middle of the head, next to the whiskers.
  9. Add on the raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth.
  10. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot until doubled, usually 30-45 minutes. Brush the top lightly with the beaten egg.
  11. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown, at 350 degrees F.
  13. Remove and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  14. Arrange on a serving tray. If you want, cut a circle large enough to fit a dip container in the center of the belly. Place different veggies and things to dip around the bunny bread.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Time Word Find

I am very ready for the cold weather to be done and spring to come, even if it means allergy season comes with it. I can't wait for colorful flowers and plants, warmer days, and the kids having fun at the parks. In honor of Spring finally showing signs of coming, here is a Spring themed word find!

To print: Right click on image, Save As/Save to Computer, Print.






ANSWERS:









Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 Holidays & Oddball Holidays

I can't believe 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 And 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     Appreciate A Dragon Day
January 18     Winnie The Pooh Day
January 19     National Popcorn Day
January 19     Martin Luther King Day
January 21     National Hugging Day
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 16   Presidents' Day (it's the 3rd Monday of the month), Washington's Birthday
February 17   Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17   Mardi Gras
February 19   National Chocolate Mint Day
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   Public Sleeping Day
February 28   National Tooth Fairy Day (also 9/22)
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 8         Daylight Savings
March 11       Johnny Appleseed Day*
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       Incredible Kids Day*
March 15       Ides of March
March 17       St. Patrick's Day*
March 19       Poultry Day
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 5           Easter
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         Taxes Due
April 15         Rubber Eraser Day
April 16         National Librarian Day
April 16         National Eggs Benedict Day
April 16         National High Five Day
April 17         National Cheeseball Day
April 18         International Juggler's Day. World Juggler's Day is the Saturday closest to 6/17.
April 19         National Garlic Day
April 22         Earth Day
April 22         National Jelly Bean Day
April 23         National Zucchini Bread Day
April 24         Arbor 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 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 10          Mother's Day* 
May 11          Eat What You Want Day
May 12          Limerick Day
May 13          Leprechaun Day
May 13          Frog Jumping 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 25          Memorial Day*
May 30          Water A Flower Day
June 1            Flip A Coin Day
June 3            Repeat Day
June 4            Applesauce Cake Day
June 5            National Doughnut 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 20          Ice Cream Soda Day*
June 20          Word Juggler's Day (Saturday closest to 6/17)
June 21          Father's Day*(gift ideas)
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 17           Peach Ice Cream Day
July 17           Yellow Pig Day
July 19           National Raspberry Cake Day
July 19           National Ice Cream Day (3rd Sunday in July)
July 21           National Junk Food Day*
July 22           Hammock Day
July 23           National Hot Dog Day
July 23           Vanilla Ice Cream Day
July 26           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 2         Friendship Day
August 2         Sisters Day
August 3         National Watermelon Day
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 5   Cheese Pizza Day
September 6   Read A Book Day*
September 7   Labor Day*
September 8   National Date Nut Bread Day
September 9   Teddy Bear Day
September 11  Make Your Bed Day
September 11  Patriot Day
September 12  Chocolate Milk Shake Day
September 13  Grandparents' 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  Stepfamily 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 Cheeries 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 10     National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11     Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
October 12     Columbus Day
October 14     National Dessert Day
October 14     National Fossil Day*
October 16     Bosses Day
October 17     Wear Something Gaudy Day
October 17     Sweetest Day
October 21     Count Your Buttons Day
October 21     National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 22     National Nut Day
October 24     National Bologna Day
October 24     Make A Difference Day
October 25     World Pasta Day
October 27     National Tell A Story Day in the UK
October 29     National Frankenstein Day
October 30     National Candy Corn Day
October 30     Frankenstein Friday (last Friday of October)
October 31     Carve a Pumpkin Day
October 31     Halloween*
November 1   All Saint's Day, All Souls Day
November 1   Daylight Savings
November 2   Deviled Egg Day
November 3   Sandwich Day*
November 5   Gunpowder Day*
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 25  National Parfait Day
November 26  Thanksgiving
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  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