K Cup Upcycling Nativity Scene

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K Cup Nativity

This k cup upcycle is great for either little hands to play with or for a decoration or ornaments on the tree. You and your little one will love putting together this sweet, handmade nativity- and the time spent talking about what his coming meant. Precious little fingerprints make up the trio’s faces and will be a lasting reminder of when those hands were little, a true keepsake. A free craft with that kind of impact will be at the top of your Christmas craft list this year.
k cup upcycling nativity scene

 

 

  • You will need:
  • 3 clean, empty k cups
  • 2 felt squares in desired colors- Mary and Joseph’s robes
  • 1 cream felt
  • 1 tan felt
  • flesh colored acrylic paint
  • fine sharpie  markers
  • sisal twine
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun/ craft glue

Directions:

k cup nativity faces

Squirt a little bit of flesh colored paint onto a plate, dip your thumb or pointer finger into paint, wiping off excess.  Press your print onto center of k cup, upright for Mary and Joseph, and sideways for the baby Jesus laying down.

Allow paint to dry completely before continuing.

k cup nativity features

Once paint has dried add face details like a mouth, eyes, and Joseph’s beard.

Cut a small oval bundle from cream felt for a swaddled baby body, glue to cup beneath head.

Cut tan felt to ½” wide and “ long, then cut strips fraying the felt but not quite cutting through to create hay. Wrap around your Jesus cup, secure with hot glue.

k cup nativity jesus

Cut 2 felt rectangles from your colors to a 6”x 3 ½ “ rectangle.

Center on the top of cup and glue, fold down on back and glue, finally wrap it around to cover just under the face and secure in front with glue. Trim excess felt

.k cup nativity wrap and tie

Wrap raffia around center for robe ties, glue down and trim off extra.

The kids felt baby Jesus needed a halo/crown, so cut and add one at this point if you desire.

k cup nativity DIY

Your upcycled K cup nativity now work as puppets, figures, or ornaments-to hang on the tree just add a sisal rope loop to the top.

 

Peppermint DIY Bath Bombs

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Peppermint Bath Bomb

Peppermint Bath Bombs

Refreshing and energizing, these peppermint bath bombs can make your next bath a little more like a spa experience and a little less like the hiding from the kids while trying to grab 15 minutes to yourself that it probably really is. They also make a fantastic foot soak for your tired and sore feet.  Peppermint bath bombs make  a wonderful gift for teachers, family, or friends- the gift of luxury made by your own hands. Looking for a thoughtful handmade Christmas gift? Easy, inexpensive, and even the kids can help put these together- put a half dozen or so in a pretty jar for a sweet gift, don’t forget a handmade tag identifying the scent.

Ingredients:

 Directions:

  1. Combine epsom salt,baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar in a small dish until combined.
  2. Stir in witch hazel, coconut oil,  and peppermint essential oil- to desired strength, stir until mixed.peppermint mix
  3. Separate about half of your mixture and add food coloring to your desired shade.
  4. Press mixture into molds firmly- you can use a silicone mold, muffin tin, plastic candy molds, or even paper cups to create your desired shape.  I really like the big square silicone ice cube molds. Alternate white and red mixture in layers to create a peppermint look.
    Peppermint Mold
  5. Allow mixture to dry 4-5 hours before removing from mold.
  6. Carefully take out of mold and set out, allow to continue air drying overnight before placing in an airtight container.

DIY peppermint bath bombs

Minecraft Shirts only $6.75 shipped

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I accidentally stumbled across this deal today and grabbed a few for Christmas gifts.  This is a really great deal on licensed Minecraft shirts.  I love this one in the picture.

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Great Deal!  By the way, did you know that we also have an alter ego?!?  Yep, about a year ago Bryan, myself, and the kids started an educational family friendly Minecraft server called SKrafty!  Join us?

13 Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Electronics on Black Friday

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13 Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Electronics on Black Friday
One of the most sought items on Black Friday is electronics. Whether you are veteran shopper of Black Friday or a newbie to the scene, here are some insider tips on saving on electronics on Black Friday:

13 Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Electronics on Black Friday

 

  1. Ÿ  Know what to expect. You will not find great deals on high end TV’s. If you are looking for a TV for a gift, expect to get a smaller and lower quality one. HDTVs typically do not go on sale for amazing deals
  2. Ÿ  Digital cameras and video recorders will be on massive sale on Black Friday, but since the newer models come out at the beginning of each year, it will be for the oldest ones in the store. If you don’t mind this, it is a great time to snag a deal.
  3. Ÿ  Compare ads. Since electronics are in high demand for Black Friday, you will see nearly identical items on sale. Make sure to price check before you head out. Also, know the store’s policy on matching prices and bring your ads.
  4. Ÿ  Unless you know of a particular electronic you are wanting at a particular store, don’t bother lining up in the cold outside waiting for the doors to open. It will not be worth it.
  5. Ÿ  When deciding who has the best deal, if the second best deal is a difference of 10-$20 and you can afford to spend it, do.  Everyone will be lined up at the cheapest store and even if you get there early, you may miss out on all the sales on a particular item. Going to the next cheapest is better assurance you will get a good deal in time.
  6. Ÿ  Don’t forget about Cyber Monday. There are great deals to be had on electronics on sites like Amazon, Best Buy and other big name electronics dealers.
  7. Ÿ  Just like all other shopping trips, don’t get too starry-eyed with deals that you forget to even check if the TV or Camera will meet the needs of the gifted or yourself if that is who you are buying it for. The electronics sold on Black Friday are the ones without all the bells and whistles, typically, so read the ad carefully.
  8. Ÿ  If you are hoping to score a new gaming system at a great deal, don’t count on it. With high demand and the new gaming systems coming out, retailers will not slash these prices. If you are just hoping to get one, pre-order while you still can. Many retailers are already sold out.
  9. Ÿ  For tablets, look at stores like Radio Shack and other major retailers. They often offer a gift card if you buy one on Black Friday.
  10. Ÿ  If all else fails and you don’t get a good deal on a TV for yourself, don’t forget when retailers mark down most of them in January or February in time for Super Bowl.
  11. Ÿ  Remember, retailers will keep only a limited stock in store on purpose of the best deals. And, they usually offer no rain checks. So if it is something you just have to get, arrive early.
  12. Ÿ  Make sure to look at the later deals in the day on Black Friday. Stores are now not only just doing door busters, but also offering lesser advertised sales on smaller electronics saved for later in the day after the 6 am rush.
  13. Ÿ  Be aware that many electronic stores put their ads online as well on Thanksgiving so get in the know beforehand. This will help you be ahead of the game.

Cute! Houndstooth Infinity Scarves $11.95 Shipped

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This best selling houndstooth infinity scarf is on sale today  (11/10) for $11.95 & FREE SHIPPING .

Houndstooth Scarves- $11.95 & FREE SHIPPING .

Instructions:

Add your favorite houndstooth infinity colors (it comes in 15 different options) to your cart,

proceed to checkout,

and then pay just $11.95 shipped!

 

Old Navy Frost Free Jackets only $20 – online and in stores

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This is a great deal for these super cute jackets. This deal is good online and in stores.

Get Old Navy Frost Free Jackets for only $20 right now.

Cents of Style State Necklaces and Accessories only $12.47 shipped

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These items are so pretty, and would make for such great gifts!  These gorgeous state necklaces and other items are only $12.47 shipped today only, Friday 11/7.  Use code NATIVE at checkout.

The necklace is a metal alloy in brushed silver. It has an 18″ chain with a 3″ extender. The pendant is the outline of each state and has a contrasting brushed gold heart charm, as well. Each necklacecomes in its own custom designed Cents of Style envelope with string and button closure.

Go here to choose your state, and get your State items for only $12.47 Shipped.  Use code NATIVE at checkout.

Upcycled K Cup Pilgrim Hat Treat Holder

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Pilgrim Hat Treat Cup

 These upcycled k  cups are adorable whether you plan to pass them out for a class treat or to add to the kids table on Thanksgiving. Anytime you can spin out a free and fun craft for the kids its a good thing, right?


Upcycled K Cup Pilgrim Hat Treat Holder

For this treat cup I used empty cups from one of the varieties of coffee that was already black, if yours are white you can easily give them a couple coats of black spray paint to make it work as well. This project works great in an assembly line fashion with your little ones, just be sure to use a good craft glue instead of hot glue.

 Supplies Needed:

  • clean, empty black k cups
  • (or spray painted white or brown)
  • black cardstock
  • white cardstock
  • yellow cardstock
  • scissors
  • Craft or hot glue
  • small individual wrapped candy for filling

You will also need a cup or other round object with a slightly larger circumference than the wide end of your k cup, at least ½” wider around.

Directions:

Remove all the foil top from your k cup, if needed a small pair of pliars can help you pull off the stubborn bits.

Wash and dry cup completely.

Trace a cup or other round object that is slightly larger than the open end of k cup onto black cardstock, cut circle out.

Cut a white strip of white cardstock ⅛” wide and “ long.

Cut a yellow square ¼” x ¼ “.

k cup pilgrim hat band

Assemble band and buckle using glue to secure.

Fill cup with candies to just below rim.

pilgrim hat k cup treat fill

Squirt generous amount of glue around rim of cup and center black circle cut out, press down firmly.k cup pilgrim hat How To

Flip cup over and your adorable pilgrim hat is ready to enjoy!

 Upcycled K Cup Pilgrim Hat Treat Holder

Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Jars

Pumpkin Pie made in a Jar

These Pumpkin Pies in a Jar would make such a cute gift to take to neighbors or to enjoy as a delicious fall dessert.  They are so pretty!  These adorable jars are available on Amazon here.  You can also get the cookie cutters to make the leaf cutout at Amazon here.  Check out the recipe below:

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Pumpkin Granola Recipe

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 Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Granola Recipe
This pumpkin granola would make such a great breakfast for those cool fall mornings!  Granola is such a versatile and healthy snack.  Sprinkle some in your yogurt for breakfast or in milk.  You can leave out the pecans if you have allergies.
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Pecans; Chopped
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Seeds; roasted
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ginger
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cloves
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Stir well to incorporate ingredients. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until entire mixture is wet and even.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour mixture onto parchment and spread into a thin layer. Bake for 6 minutes. Lightly stir granola and return to oven for another 6-7 minutes, until slightly brown.
Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, gently break into clusters. Store in an airtight container or jar. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Granola