Easy Treat/ Favor Bags


I saw these a few years back and thought they were so great! You can buy them premade for a certain theme or make your own with ziploc bags, scrapbook paper, shipping, labels, and stickers, stamps or whatever you want to use to decorate them. Fill them with small gifts, candy, treats, etc.

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Fill bag with the goodies you’d like to use.

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Seal the bag and fold either a precut cardboard piece or use a handmade from scrapbook paper. Affix with two staples, one on each side. If handmade, shipping labels are a perfect size to personalize them and can de decorated with stickers, stamps, preprinted on the computer, whatever you like!

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So sweet! Happy New Year!

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DIY Cake Keeper


Normally in Foodie Fridays we like to post tested and approved recipes from our own kitchens. I wanted to mix it up this week, ( and truth be told, I’m at the airport right now and don’t have a recipe to share 🙂 ) and share a food saving tip.

I am forever plagued by the problem of how to store a leftover cake when we don’t finish it. I know there are cake savers out there that you can buy, but they are huge and I didn’t want to store one when it would be used pretty infrequently. Enter the DIY cake keeper. Actually just a large, upside down Tupperware-type bowl.

I came up with it the last time I made a 9-inch layer cake.

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First, I flipped one of the layers upside down on top of the lid. I frosted the sides and top as I normally would, using the lid as a plate.

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Then, I put the bottom or flat side of the other layer in top and frosted that.

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I was actually making the cake for later that night so I wanted to pop it into the fridge. I just put the bowl onto the lid and kept the whole thing upside down to cover the cake.

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When we were ready to eat the cake later on, I just popped the lid off and viola!

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*depending on how tall your bowl is and how high the frosting ends up, you may have to retouch the cake after opening it up. A small price to pay for yummy cake! 🙂

Therapy Thursday…translating “kid speak “


Both my boys are on the autism spectrum, and have both been receiving speech therapy for years. As a result, we have seen huge strides in their speech and language development, and we are so proud.

I am used to serving as a kind of “translator” for my kids, especially with people they don’t know that well. Like, “that means he wants a fruit snack,” or “he wasn’t talking to you just now, he was reciting an entire scene from Ice Age, including the sound effects.” 🙂

It’s not very often that my husband and I have to translate for each other,but it does happen from time to time. A recent example of this was when my oldest kept saying the same phrase to his younger brother, “Don’t get knock.”. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what the heck he was talking about, so I finally asked my husband.

“Oh,” he smiled, ” that’s how he says, ‘knock it off.'”

I was so confused until I realized “knock it off” was way too abstract for my kiddo, and “don’t get knock” made more sense to him. This made me smile, and now it’s one of our favorite little inside family jokes.

But, I do get some weird looks when we’re out in public and they are horsing around and I shout, “Now boys, don’t get knock!”. 🙂

The moment when…you find your kid sleeping in random places…


Happy Monday everyone!  Mondays can be rough, but a Monday right before Christmas hardly even seems like a real Monday.  We are traveling and blessed this Christmas to be spending time with family.  But, traveling with kids means lots of “kids-sleeping-in-random-places.”  Or just falling asleep wherever they can to keep up with the holiday bustle.

The car...This one isn't too random...but sometimes the only way to catch some zzz's when traveling during nap time.

The car…This one isn’t too random…but sometimes the only way to catch some zzz’s when traveling during nap time.

Or when you try for two hours putting them on a bed to take a nap and they insist over and over, “I AM NOT TIRED!” …and then promptly fall asleep on the couch causing everyone to tiptoe for the next hour or so to not wake the child and disturb the peace.

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Okay, this one is more random.  We were moving from Hawaii back to the mainland and it was just a crazy time.  We took a break for lunch and found a restaurant to eat but there was a wait.  We settled in and got out our phones so the kids would have something to keep them busy.  We looked and saw them both laid out like this…

sleeping on benches

Who knew benches outside a busy restaurant could be an oasis on a busy day?

One of my favorites was when we couldn’t find our oldest one day (that’s happened to others out there, right?) .  We looked all over our house, the garage, the yard, getting more panicked by the second.  We finally found him upstairs.  In the cabinet we have in our hallway.  He loves tight spaces and crawled in there to play with his stuffed animals and fell asleep.  I can’t find the picture or I would share.

The last one I had to share (and I do have the picture), happened a few summers ago.  We were driving from New Jersey to Michigan and stopping and doing lots of family stuff on the way.  By the time we got to our final destination he crawled out of his carseat…and laid on the driveway.

Ah, nothing like a warm driveway at the end of a hard day.

Ah, nothing like a warm driveway at the end of a hard day.

Hope you have a great Monday, and get some rest this holiday season.  In a bed or a random place 🙂