Cute Apple Cupcakes

Cute Apple Cupcakes

With teacher appreciation week coming soon these cute Apple Decorated Cupcakes would make a great treat.    They are quicker than you think.  You use a boxed cake mix, homemade frosting and decorate.

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Cute Apple Cupcakes

Cake:
1 box White Cake Mix + box ingredients
Red Cupcake Liners

Frosting:
1 cup softened Butter
3 cup Powdered Sugar
3 TBSP Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
Red Food Coloring
Red Sparkling Sugar
Tootsie Roll Midgies
Green m&ms or Green Fruit Rollups

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Preheat oven and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.    Prepare batter according to box directions and bake according to box directions for cupcakes.   Allow to cool completely.

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Whip butter and vanilla for until fluffy, gradually add powdered sugar.   Add milk until you reach desired consistency.

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Add food coloring until you get a pink/red color.

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Frost each cupcake and sprinkle with red sparkling sugar.

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Insert Tootsie Roll in middle of cupcake to resemble the stem.   If using Roll-Ups, cut 2 leaves for each cupcake and place near the stem.   If using M&Ms, place 2 M&Ms to represent leaves.

Easy Way to Make Cleaning Fun for the Whole Family

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoClean #CollectiveBias

Easy way to make cleaning fun for the whole family

When Spring rolls around I get the urge to do some deep cleaning around the house, but I also get the urge to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.  Our family likes to get both things accomplished.  We choose a Saturday morning to work together as a family to get all the household chores done before we head out for a day of fun.   Just because we call them chores doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun doing them.

To make cleaning the house a little more lively and fun we came up with this game to make the chores seem a little less like work.  To get ready for our epic cleaning event we stopped by Target to stock up on Lysol, Air Wick and Finish products so we could #SpringIntoClean.

Make a list of chores

I made a list of all the chores that need to be tackled and then a made another list of fun, goofy or relaxing things that can be done too.  I print out the lists and cut them into strips (you only have to do this once, you can save all the strips to play/clean again at a later date).   There are usually 2 jobs for every 1 silly or fun task.

Add chores to a bowl

All the strips of paper get thrown into a bowl.

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Each family member grabs a strip and tackles the job or task on the slip of paper.    When that task is complete they grab a new strip from the bowl and complete that task.

Clean shower

Some strips are real work, like cleaning the shower.  We like the Lysol Power & Free Bathroom Cleaner because it is free of chlorine bleach, so we don’t have to worry about kids and pets.  There is no need to wear gloves, masks, or protective eye wear.   I love the fact that there is no bleach, I don’t have to worry about my kids staining their clothes.

Load dishwasher

Loading and starting the dishwasher with Finish Powerball Max in 1 tabs is another job.    These Finish Max in 1 tabs are great, there is no need to unwrap them, just put them in your dishwasher with the wrapper.

snack break

In addition to jobs there are also fun things to do like, take a 5 minute snack break.   It’s best if you take this task seriously by gloating when others walk by.

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You can even get a silly task like sing “I’m a Little Teapot”,  with the actions of course!

Air Wick

Once the chores are done we finish off with Air Wick Life Scents room spray.  This fast acting spray eliminates odors, so not ony does the house look clean, but it smells clean too!   I love the smell of the Paradise Retreat, it has a mixture of coconut, almond blossom, and cherry.  Once we are done and the house is clean we are ready to spend the day playing!    The great thing is this game we created makes cleaning seem more like playtime then a chore, it really is a fun way to get work done around the house.

Lysol at Target

You can find the Lysol products at your Target store on the aisle with cleaning supplies.   I found the Finish and Air Wick on the next aisle over from the cleaning supplies with the air fresheners and candles.

Lysol Target

Through 5/14, Target has an offer when you buy 3 Lysol products you will get 1 FREE.   Make sure you take advantage of the following Target Cartwheel offers too:

Make sure you check out how others #SpringIntoClean.  There are lots of great tips and tricks for getting your home clean.

DIY Button Bracelet

Easy to Make Button Bracelets

I found these wood buttons and faux suede cording laying next to each other in a bin at Bullseye’s Playground. I loved the simplicity of the buttons and the bright colors of the cording. With a package of each I was able to make these colorful button bracelets.

DIY Button Bracelet

You’ll need:

DIY Button Bracelet

Thread the cord through two button holes so the ends of the cord are on the backside of the button.

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Take one end of the cord and pull it back through another hole towards the front of the button.

DIY Button Bracelet

Pull it through the remaining button hole towards the back of the button.

DIY Button Bracelet

Leave a little bit of space to create a small loop in the back.

DIY Button Bracelet

Pull the cords through the loop and the button should lay flat.

DIY Button Bracelet

Grab both ends and tie a knot to finish the bracelet. Make sure you leave a loop big enough for the button to slide through.

DIY Button Bracelet

DIY Button Bracelet

I was able to get one adult sized bracelet out of each color of cording. They’re lightweight and so comfortable to wear. You could even stack a few on your wrist for a stylish accessory that will match whatever you’re wearing.

DIY Button BraceletAnalisa 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!

 

Dr Pepper 35% off Cartwheel & Dr Pepper Floats with Batman & Superman Capes

Dr Pepper Floats with Batman and Superman Capes

Make your Dr Pepper floats a little more fun with these Batman and Superman capes.   You can show your love for your favorite Superhero while enjoying a cool and refreshing Dr Pepper Float.

Limited Edition Dr Pepper Batman v Superman

Check your Target stores for the limited edition Batman v Superman packaging on Dr Pepper 12-packs and 8-pack.   You will want to collect all five Batman v Superman cans.   In addition to the fun Batman v Superman packaging you will also find an offer for $5 towards a movie ticket when you buy 3 specially marked packages of Dr Pepper.   To make things even more super, you will also find a Cartwheel offer for 35% off Dr Pepper Regular and Diet Soda.

Batman and Superman capes for glasses

We thought we’d have some fun putting together Batman and Superman capes for our Dr Pepper floats.

Use felt for capes

To make the capes, I simply cut some felt in the shape of a cape and used my Silhouette machine to cut out the Batman and Superman logos (you can also use Batman or Superman stickers).   For a super easy way to attach the capes to glasses, I used an elastic hair band and folded the top of the cape over the hair band and secured it with hot glue.

Fill with ice cream and Dr Pepper

To make your floats simply fill a canning jar with vanilla ice cream and Dr Pepper.

Attach cape

Attach the hair band and cape around the top of the canning jar.

Enjoy your Dr Pepper float

Insert a straw and enjoy!    Your kids will love the fun Superhero theme added to their Dr Pepper floats.

Dr Pepper Cartwheel

Don’t miss the high value Cartwheel offer for 35% off Dr Pepper Regular and Diet Soda.  This Cartwheel offer will help you save like a hero!   The Cartwheel offer is valid on the entire Dr Pepper line and includes Dr Pepper Regular, Diet, Cherry, Diet Cherry and TEN varieties.  Offer is valid through 3/19/16.

Dr Pepper 12-packs

At my Target location the Dr Pepper 12-packs are on sale 3/$11.  The sale includes Dr Pepper Regular, Diet, Cherry, Diet Cherry and TEN varieties.  Use the Cartwheel offer with the sale price and you can pick up 12-packs for only $2.38.  It’s a great time to stock-up!

Dr Pepper 12-Packs 3/$11 ~ Buy 3
Save 35% with Cartwheel by Target
Final Price = $2.38 each

This post is sponsored by Dr Pepper.   All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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

DIY-Tic-Tac-Toe-Game with Wooden Slice and Rocks

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!