Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Valentine's Day Mini Mailbox from the Target Dollar Spot

Bullseye’s Playground is all kinds of amazing right now. I found planner supplies, oodles of things to help get organized, and plenty of goodies for Valentine’s Day. I couldn’t walk away without these pint sized mailboxes making their way into my cart. These things are as cute as they get. Tiny metal mailboxes in bright colors for only a dollar…score!

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Dressing up these mini mailboxes is a ton of fun. You could easily use whatever craft supplies you have on hand. For my mailboxes I used:

  • Valentine stickers (found in Bullseye’s Playground for $1)
  • scrapbook paper
  • tape
  • scissors
  • ruler

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Measure and cut the piece of scrapbook paper to make a rectangle that is 2.5″ x 12″. Wrap it around the mailbox and tape it together at the bottom.

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Add stickers to each side of the mailbox. I found quite a few different sticker sheets at Target. Be sure to dig through Bullseye’s Corner until you find something you like!

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

The mailbox can be opened up so you can tuck a small Valentine’s Day card inside.

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

I plan on adding some sweet treats before I gift them. Who wouldn’t want to receive such a cute little surprise?

Valentine’s Day Mini Mailbox

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Santa Claus Cupcakes

Santa Claus Cupcakes

Make these cute Santa Claus cupcakes for your next holiday party or just for fun. The kids will have a ball helping to makes these. They are super easy because you can just use a cake mix and pre-made frosting.

santa ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix and required ingredients listed on the box (i.e. eggs, oil & water)
  • 1 container white frosting
  • 10 oz. Mini Marshmallows
  • 48 Chocolate Chips
  • 24 Red M&M’s
  • Red sugar sprinkles

decorate cupcakes

Bake cupcakes as directed on box.   Allow cupcakes to cool.

Spread a flat layer of white frosting onto each cupcake.  Place mini marshmallows along the bottom edge of the cupcake to form the Santa beard (you will stop 1/2 way up the cupcake). Place mini marshmallows in a slightly rounded line across the top half of the cupcake to create the Santa hat.

Place two chocolate chips below the hat line to create the eyes.  Place a red M&M slightly below the eyes in the center to create a nose.   Sprinkle red sugar sprinkles only on the top of the cupcake above the marshmallow line for the hat.  Roll a mini marshmallow into a ball. Dip the edge of the ball in frosting and place on one side of the sprinkled hat to complete the hat.

You will repeat this process on all 24 cupcakes.

Easy Snowman Ornament

Easy DIY Snowman Ornament

December is when I kick my crafting into high gear. I have so much fun making things to decorate my home and gifts for the ones I love. I bought a variety of ornaments from the craft store in hopes of creating unique ornaments for our tree. Finding “magic snow” in Bullseye’s Playground was great since it makes the perfect snow to put inside these easy to make snowman ornaments.

Easy DIY Snowman Ornament

You’ll need:

  • magic snow ($1 from Bullseye’s Playground at Target)
  • clear plastic ornament
  • chalk markers
  • ribbon

Easy DIY Snowman Ornament

Draw a snowman face on the ornament. Chalk markers work really well for this since they work kind of like paint to leave a thick, colorful design on the clear plastic.

Easy DIY Snowman Ornament

Let it dry and then fill the ornament with the magic snow. Once you add ribbon it’s all done and ready to hang.

The holidays can be a bit hectic, so it’s nice to have a simple but fun activity to do with the family. You don’t even have to stick to making a snowman. Use different colored chalk markers to create any design you want on your ornaments.

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

 

DIY Wood Slice Tic Tac Toe

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This tic tac toe board couldn’t be easier to put together, and the wood slice makes it unlike anything you’ll find at the store. Who doesn’t love a quick game of tic tac toe?

You’ll need:

  • wood slice
  • pencil
  • permanent marker
  • ruler
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • 10 small rocks that lay flat

Begin by painting the rocks. You’ll want five of each color. The gold paint is Hand Made Modern’s “20k gold” from Target. It’s one of my favorites!

DIY Wood Slice Tic Tac Toe

You can find the wood slice in the arts and crafts aisle of Target or online at Target.com. Be careful unwrapping it. It’s a little messy at first.

DIY Wood Slice Tic Tac Toe

Lightly mark the tic tac toe lines with a pencil. I went over mine with a Sharpie, but paint would work well here too.

DIY Wood Slice Tic Tac Toe

Once the game pieces are dry, you’ll be ready to play!

DIY Wood Slice Tic Tac Toe

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Family Chore Chart Center

Family Chore Chart Center

It’s summer!  In my house that can be said with chagrin or excitement, depending on the day.  Summer is great for spending time with your kids but I have realized that to keep a little sanity in our house there needs to be structure.  We have found that a schedule, including chores helps a lot.  I’m going to describe how our chore chart system works.  It is a system that works for us, it may not work for you and that is okay, feel free to adjust it or completely disregard it at your discretion.

I will describe the different parts of our system. It is quite detailed but could be simplified easily.

First off, my husband and I decided we didn’t want holes all over the wall so we built a ladder structure to hold our chore chart.  With the ladder we can hang things where we need to and not have to worry about anchoring each item into the wall.  We also don’t plan on having a chore chart forever.  At some point our kids are going to grow up and this way we can remove the charts and display something else or remove the ladder all to together and there are only four holes to patch.

My husband and I decided we didn’t want to pay our kids to do chores but that it was part of being a family, each child has chores they do every day and also optional jobs they can do to earn money.Although we didn’t want to pay them for chores, we did want them to have opportunities to earn money to learn how to budget and plan for things they want.  The solution for us was a work for hire section at the top of our chore chart board.

work cards close up

There are jobs ranging in value from $1 to $20.  They can pick a job they want to  do or they can come up with their own and get approval.  They ask for permission to do one of the jobs and once completed they are given the predetermined amount of money.  I’ve found that having the money attached to the clip with the card makes it easier to pay them for their job.  If I have to look for my wallet and often don’t have the correct bill amount it is difficult to reinforce that the job was done well and they earned money for it.

job cards

The next part of our system is the chore charts.  We use clipboards and dry erase markers, they are handy to be able to carry around and mark off the jobs as they are completed.  I used clear clipboards with a dry erase marker but they are not holding up like I had hoped, the dry erase markers are scratching up the clipboards.  There is dry erase adhesive vinyl available that would work better on top of the clipboard, when I redo the clipboards, I will go that route.  The clipboard is also nice to be able to hang it on the wall and also the clip is used to hold their assignment card.

job chart

The assignment cards are double sided cards that tell them what their job is and what needs to be completed.  One side has pictures for the younger kids, the other side has words for the older kids.  This clips to the top of the clipboard and is rotated every week.

assignment cards

Besides the assignment card they also have personal chores they complete.  Such as, homework, cleaning their bedroom, cleaning up their stuff from every room in the house, and they have to observe something that needs to be done around the house and do it.  They can check off each item as they finish it.

closeup of check list

When they have completed all of their chores, they have report to my husband or myself for us to mark it off.  This allows us to be able to check their chores and make sure they are being completed correctly and completely.  They seem to do a better job when they know we will check to make sure it is “mom’s clean” not just clean enough.

Each week we rotate charts and I hand out tickets for the previous week for the days that have been signed off.  We do one ticket per day.  We keep the tickets in some cute little buckets from Target that I put their names on (I covered their names in the picture for privacy).  I love the buckets at Target, there are some many fun designs.

chore buckets closeup

About once a month we have a reward night.  Generally this is a time we spend together as a family.  In essence they have worked hard to do their chores and because of that we can do fun things.  Some of their favorite reward nights have been ice cream sundaes and a movie night with treats and popcorn.  It is also a good time to sneak in a little math practice.  They have an order form they fill out with what toppings they want, they count up the total and take it to the “ticket counter” with the correct amount of tickets.

ice cream parlor

My favorite parts about this system are; that they are learning to be observant, they have to see something that needs to be done and do it.  I also like that they have to report back and take responsibility for their chores.  It is a chore chart but it helps teach life lessons at a young age.

A few words of caution.  This chart system does require some time from you to check their charts, change the assignment cards, and plan rewards.  It may be more than some have time for, it can definitely be simplified.  For us it works best if we can plan a date for the reward in advance.  This also helps us plan a specific activity to do as a family.  If there is one thing about summer, it is crazy busy.  This helps us spend a little more time together and have a clean house in the process.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

DIY Washi Tape Pencils

I’m instantly drawn to the washi tape every single time I walk down that aisle. No matter how hard I try, I can’t resist all those colorful little rolls of tape! Luckily, there are a ton of great ways to use washi tape. Since it’s almost time to head back to school, I want to show you how easy it is to add some color to boring #2 pencils. These DIY washi tape pencils are easy to make and sure to brighten any day at school.

You’ll need:

  • pencils
  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • pencil sharpener

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Sharpen the pencil and then cut a piece of washi tape the same length as the pencil. Wrap the washi tape around the pencil. Since washi tape is super forgiving don’t worry if it ends up crooked or bumpy. Just peel the washi tape off and reapply it until it is nice and even.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Depending on the width of your washi tape some of the pencil might still be exposed. Cut another strip of washi tape and cover it up just like you did before.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Sharpen the pencil so the washi tape near the tip of the pencil is nice and even.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Now wasn’t that easy? I couldn’t resist picking up this sequined pencil pouch I found in the Dollar Spot. It’s the perfect place to hold these pretty washi tape pencils.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Fill Your Summer with Superhero Adventures and Popsicles + $25 Gift Card Giveaway

SuperHeroes Popsicles

Moms and Popsicles are the heroes of summer!  Popsicles are a tasty treat that keep kids cool on a hot summer day and Moms help to keep the kids busy with lots of fun summer activities.

Target Popsicles

You can stop by Target to stock your freezer with Popsicle treats.  Pick up some fun themed Popsicle products like Marvel Avengers and Frozen.   Target has an in-store offer where you can pick up 2 boxes of Popsicle treats for $6.50.  This offer runs 6/1/15 – 7/4/15.   You can even use the leftover popsicle sticks for lots of fun activities.

popsicle-at-target

Come up with an idea on how to be the superhero of summer with your kids by bringing home Popsicles and creating an Anti-Boredom Kit. An example of this could be writing down activities on the leftover Popsicle sticks, then choosing an activity for the day. You can cut out pictures of superheroes and tape them onto the sticks. Or you can have a superhero themed party or play-date.

Make a bow and arrow out of a Popsicle stick

One of our favorite things to do with Popsicle sticks is to make a mini bow and arrow.  We did this at a party last year and it was a huge it with all the kids.    Follow the instructions below to see how you can turn the Popsicle sticks into a bow just like Hawkeye would use.

Bow and Arrow supplies

Bow & Arrow Supplies:

  • Popsicle Stick
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Pocket Knife
  • Q-tips
  • Paint or Markers (optional)

Cut notches in Popsicle stick

Use the pocket knife to cut out small notches in the popsicle sticks. Next, soak the Popsicle sticks for about an hour and 1/2 – two hours (warm water should speed up the process).   Dry it off and slowly bend the Popsicle stick so it curves just like a bow would.

We painted our Popsicle sticks in order cover up the joke on the stick.  By the way… Did you hear the joke about the banana peel?  Never mind, it slipped my mind.

Shoot your bow and arrow

To add the embroidery floss start at one end and wrap the string into the cut out notches and tie it in a knot on one side.    Bring the string over to the other side, wrap it around a few times and tie it off.  Make sure you tie the knot on the same side as you did the first one.   You want to make sure that there is not a lot of slack in the string.

To make your arrows, with scissors are nail clippers cut off one end of the Q-tips.  Load your arrow into your bow and shoot away!

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“Color Your World” Party

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I earlier this week I had a party for some of the young girls from my neighborhood. The theme was “Color Your World.”  It was full of bright fun colors, they loved it!  I found some things in Target’s Dollar Spot that were perfect for the party.

Here’s what I found:

  • Easels (big and little)
  • Sprinkles
  • Rainbow boxes
  • Bakers twine
  • Mini gel pens

color party supplies
I used the cute chalkboards as easels to display pictures rather than writing on them with chalk.  I love that they are versatile and can be used over and over for so many different things.  I put those on the table with the food and at the entry table.

color party easels

The food table turned out super fun. I totally forgot to take a picture with the food on it, just imagine all of the yummy fruit and cookies there. We had cookie “canvases” the girls could each color their own canvas with fruit and sprinkles. The rainbow boxes from the Dollar Spot worked great for utensils.

color party

We had a pretty small budget for decor, so I was looking for ideas that would be inexpensive but add a lot of color.  The poms and paper chains were perfect. Both of them were super inexpensive and easy to make.  The chains are just like the ones you made in first grade, cut strips of paper, loop it inside the previous link and lap to the two ends one on top of the other and staple.  I had some of the girls help make these, they had fun helping.

color party poms

I love the poms in the background. I was lucky enough to borrow these ones from a friend but I will explain how to make them so you can add some fun color to your next party. They are super simple. You take several layers of tissue paper, the regular kind for wrapping presents and fan fold all of the pieces at once until you reach the end. The more layers you have the fluffier it will be. These ones had about 8 sheets. Tie the center with string or a twist tie. If you want a scalloped, or jagged edge cut through all the layers at once and shape the ends how you want. Gently pull one layer out at a time until it is nice and fluffy.To make the centerpieces glue a dowel into the pom and place in a jar, vase, a little bucket from the Dollar Spot would also by fun. Fill your container with rocks.

pom finished

To hang them from the ceiling; tie a string or fishing line around the center and use a push pin or tack to attach it. They are super easy to make and they add a big impact with minimal expense.

We had a great turnout, about 35 people. Everyone loved the fun colors and the good food.  When the party was over each girl took home a notepad with a mini gel pen tied with bakers twine.

color party favor

I hope these ideas will inspire you to add some color to your next party!

This post was created by All Things Target DIY/Crafter Kamee.