Thursday, February 9, 2012

Make Your Own Picture Cards for Valentine's Day

I'm so sad that I am just now taking advantage of This very awesome website lets you edit your photos and so much more for FREE! Unfortunately, the website is closing in April...Sad, sad, sad! Since they're closing in a few months, you can no longer create an account, but you can still upload your photos, edit them and save them straight to your computer.

My original idea for my Valentine's Day card was to take pics of Jack with lipstick prints that I put on him. Um, yeah...that didn't work out so well. Here is an original pic with my lipstick prints. He looks like he has some kind of rare disease! Poor baby! Not to mention, a busy baby + red lipstick + white pillows as a background = no bueno.

Enter Picnik to the rescue. I photoshopped my smudges off and added some much better lipstick graphics from Picnik. Then I added text and about 15 minutes later I had my Valentine's Day card made. Next, I saved it to my computer, sent it to, ordered my prints and an hour later they were in my hot little hands! Can't get much easier than that!

I dressed my cards up a little, but they would be adorable sent as just the picture too!!

What You Need:

Mounting squares or double sided tape
A corner hole punch (If you don't have one of these, just use the cardstock by itself)

1. Trim cardstock to fit your pictures. I trimmed mine into 5 1/2 x 6 inch rectangles. Punch corners with decorative hole punch.

2. Use mounting squares or double sided tape to mount your picture.

3. On the back I wrote Jack's full name, age and the year.

I used red envelopes that I found from some old Christmas cards I never used. If you don't have envelopes, you can buy them at craft stores. I know I'll be taking full advantage of Picnik until April, I hope you'll check it out too!

Don't forget to check back later this weekend for more Valentine ideas!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My Funny Valentine

I was at a friend's birthday party a few weeks ago where the hostess had set up a photo booth. It was too much fun dressing up in silly props and taking photos for the birthday boy's album (mind you, this was an adult only party). One of the favorite props was a mustache on a stick, which seems to be all the rage these days. (You know, "I 'mustache' you a question..." haha...)

So, when I came across this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to make these as Valentines for my second grade class. I figured if us adults had fun with the silly props, my students would love them. I found this picture on Pinterest, but couldn't find a link for templates and directions, so I did some "Googling" and found free templates, then recreated the lollypops myself. 

What You'll Need:

* Red (or pink) and brown (or black) stiffened felt

*Tootsie Pops (I used the cherry Valentine assortment) 

1. Print templates on cardstock and cut out.

2. Trace template with a marker onto felt.

3. Cut out felt shapes.

4. Using sharp scissors, make a hole on the traced side-up of the felt.

5. Insert lollypop stick on the traced side of the felt.

6. Flip lollypop over where the clean side of the felt is showing.

I know my students will love these funny Valentines! Be sure to check back later this week for more  Valentine ideas.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Are you as excited about Super Bowl Sunday as I am???

Ok, let's face it...the only thing that really excites me about the Super Bowl is the food served at the party (and sometimes the commercials). If you're like me, Super Bowl Sunday is more about catching up on the latest gossip with your girlfriends and snacking than actually watching football. (Although I may be more inclined to watch this year due to the very nice eye candy on the field, i.e. Tom Brady)

Whether you look forward to the big day for the football or the food, these snacks are sure to score big with everyone. Happy snacking!!!

"Baked Potato" Dip

My good friend Reba introduced me to this recipe and it has become one of my favorite "go-to" party foods. Don't let the name fool you, this dip is completely potato-less! However, it does taste like a baked potato because it's made from the best part- the toppings! (Though you may want to save your diet for another day).


16 oz sour cream
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8oz cream cheese
1 package real bacon bits


Mix all ingredients together. Bake on 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned. Serve with your favorite crackers. I prefer it with Club or Wheat Thins, but you could pretty much serve this cardboard and it would still be decadent!

Jalapeno Corn Dip

This is also a favorite, and was also introduced to me by my friend Reba. I love this dip because it tastes super fresh, and the spicy jalapeno and sweet corn make a great flavor combination. This is also one of my hubby's favorites. 


2 cans MexiCorn (I used frozen super sweet corn because that's what I had. If you do use frozen corn, make sure to thaw out, not cook)
8 oz sour cream
1 cup real mayonnaise
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, chopped (I am not a fan of onions at all, so I eliminated them)
3 seeded jalapenos, chopped (I'm what my grandma calls a "pepperbelly," (I love things super spicy) so I actually ended up using 5 jalapenos and only deseeded 3)


Seed and chop jalapenos and mix with corn, sour cream, mayo and cheddar cheese. I think this dip is best served with Fritos, but it's also good with plain tortilla chips. 

Bacon, Cream Cheese & Jalapeno Poppers

These are a Pinterest find. I served them at my "Pinterest Party" back in October and they were a big hit. These would make perfect snacks for your Suberbowl party too!


1 can Pilsbury Crescent Rolls
4 oz cream cheese
1 large jalapeno, rough chopped
1 package bacon, fried, drained and chopped


Fry bacon until crispy and drain well. Chop into small pieces and set aside. Seed and chop jalapeno (into bite size chunks), set aside. Unroll crescent triangles onto baking sheet. Stuff with bacon, cream cheese and jalapeno. Fold crescent roll into knots. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.