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2.09.2016

Pressed Flower Petal Hearts Craft For Kids




If you are looking for a simple and fun nature inspired Valentine's Day craft for kids, then you will love these pressed flower petal hearts. Crafting with flower petals was a fun experience for us. Even with the limited flower selection in our yard, we (my daughter and I) were able to create a few petal filled Valentine's Day hearts. This is a cute and fun kids Valentine's Day craft that is great for all ages and easily adaptable for younger kids. Sometimes I get an idea for a craft and we just go with it and see if it works out. Such was the case with our pressed flower petal hearts.

Here's what you will need if you want to make

Pressed Flower Petal Hearts:
  • Red construction/ craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Contact brand clear shelf paper
  • Flowers and leaves of your choice

Directions:
1. Cut a large piece of Contact paper and lay it sticky side facing up. I taped ours to a large piece of foam core so I could take it outside. 
2. Cut out paper heart with scissors or use pre-cut ones from the craft store.
3. Lay the paper hearts on the craft paper. (You can alternatively do this step last before you add more Contact paper).



Lay flower petals and leaves inside, on top of, or outside the hearts.





Cover your hearts with a second layer of Contact paper. (working from the outside in).



 Cut out your flower petal hearts, give to a friend or hang in a window!!


And there you have it! Alternatively, you can have younger kiddos lay flower petals and leaves on open-faced Contact paper and then add hearts and cover with contact paper after.


2.07.2016

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Hotel Stay In Pictures



The are so many hotels to choose from in the greater Palm Springs area that when it came time to pick a hotel for our family vacation last fall after Luke's final chemotherapy treatment, we were almost overwhelmed with the choices. We've been on a few vacations to the Palm Desert area of the valley, so we knew we wanted to choose a hotel in the area that's fun for the whole family. And that's why we chose Rancho Las Palmas in closely neighboring Rancho Mirage. Not only is it super fun for kids, but it is close to everything, has gorgeous grounds and beautiful accommodations. We chose a suite for our family of four.



The executive suite at Rancho Las Palmas is incredibly spacious. It has limited refrigerator space, but plenty of space to store non perishable food items and snacks. 


For kids, Rancho Las Palmas is a true paradise. There are two water slides, a pool, an ample splash pad, a sandy beach area...all surrounded by a lazy river! As soon as we checked in, the kids wanted to head straight to the slides!



There was no other hotel in the area that had a lazy river. The mini watermark at Rancho Las Palmas is truly one of a kind.


The Blue Ember restaurant has delicious food and patio golf course views.


On multiple mornings during our stay, we enjoyed coffee from the Palms Cafe near the fireside. It was so relaxing.

If you don't feel like sitting down for breakfast, you can grab a bite at the Palms Cafe Coffee Shop and sit on the patio or enjoy a bite to eat in your room. 


The patio outside the Palms Cafe at Rancho Las Palmas



Walking the grounds at all times of the day, you are greeted with gorgeous golf course and mountain views.

 If you are looking for one of the best hotels for kids in Palm Springs area, we can't recommend the Omni Rancho Las Palmas enough.

This is not a sponsored post, I did not receive any compensation or hotel stay for sharing my experience.

2.06.2016

Valentine's Day Bible Craft - God Loves Me No Matter What


paper heart craft for kids

This Valentine's Day Bible Craft is actually from a few years ago, back when I helped create the craft curriculum for our church's preschool program. I was looking for a few photos recently, when I came across it.  It's been on my mind a lot lately...the truth that God loves us no matter what. There is nothing on earth that can separate us from God's love.  


I had been cutting out paper hearts with my Cricut machine and the kids wanted to have hearts of their own...so I pulled out craft paper and and some gems and we made these paper hearts crafts. i didn't write about it back then and I have no idea why. They were fun and easy. You certainly don't need a cricut machine to make them- just scissors, glue, craft paper and gems. 







2.05.2016

Turn Store Bought Waffle Cookies into a Sweet and Fancy Treat

During a time in Luke's chemotherapy treatment last year when we were not hospital bound, I made, or rather, put together these iced waffle cookies. Definitely a low fuss, fun treat that is simple to make.

Can I get an amen for these fun waffle cookie treats with just a few ingredients?



Ingredients:
Pizelle Waffle Iron Cookies - store bought or make your own ( Nothing But Delicious has a great recipe.)

Frosting Ingredients:
Milk
Powdered Sugar
Add sprinkles as desired.


Directions:

Layout the waffle cookies on wax paper

Prepare simple icing:
a cup of powdered sugar, add milk a tablespoon at a time, slowly, until you get a "drizzly consistency.

Drizzle icing over the dazzle cookies
Add sprinkles of your choice.
Refridgerate for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!














1.04.2016

Best Ever Banana Blueberry Smoothie Recipe


If you are looking for easy healthy smoothie recipes to kick off the new year and even if you aren't, you'll love this banana blueberry smoothie recipe. It's simple and delicious. While we made this over the summer and during my son's chemotherapy treatment, it's a tasty choice for any time of the year. And with only 3 ingredients, you can't really go wrong.

Here's what you'll need:

1 cup Fresh Frozen Blueberries
1 cup Fresh Frozen Bananas
11 oz. (give or take) Pure Coconut Water 

Directions:
Comine blueberries and bananas in a high powered blender. Add coconut water, until fruit is just covered. Blend until smooth.

I like the 900 watt (affiliate link)  Nutri Ninja Pro or the Vitamix 5200 ( I couldn't find the exact one we use - but this one is pretty close and was a gift.) Any blender would work, but when it comes to frozen ingredients, the higher wattage ones are best. The higher powered the blender, the smoother and finer the blend. I used the nutria ninja for my son when he was in the hospital.

I prefer to purchase my frozen fruit fresh and flash freeze it for use at a later date. But off season, it's not always an option. Luckily, this week blueberries were on sale!

When I make smoothies, it's sometimes difficult to remember my smoothie recipes since many of our concoctions are "a little of this and a little of that" all mixed together. This 3 ingredient dairy free blueberry banana smoothie recipe is so simple, you won't have to worry about exact measurements. The ingredients you see in the photo below are the exact amounts I used in our healthy smoothie.



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Hope you enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you make the is smoothie recipe. I would love to know!