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I'm a mom, but I am also so much more. I'm a wife, I work, cook, shop, craft, try to stay healthy, keep up on the latest technology, and style trends, and much more! Come join me in my adventure of making a new blog that allows us to share the everyday things (ups and downs) that turns living an everyday life into living a lively life!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Thumbprint Christmas Tree Free Download

I was inspired yet again by another cute Pin but couldn't find the things I needed to make it. Although I am all about supporting independent crafters and I do love buying from Etsy, there was not enough time to order this print so I made my own version of a Thumbprint Christmas Tree. It was a simple process in Microsoft Word and I even added a few extras of my own.

I thought having the grandkids use their fingerprints to create the tree, thumbprints to create the ornaments, and then each sign their name in a gift box under the tree.

I have posted a copy of the file as a jpg image below. You can just click on the image and save it to your computer. If you would like, I can email you the original word document then you can personalize it with your family name or change the number of boxes under the tree. Just email me at mommyandmore@gmail.com, leave a comment below, or leave a note on my Facebook page.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teacher Christmas Gifts

Yes, it is that time of year again. Here I am scrambling to come up with a creative idea for my daughters teacher that is practical and also in budget. 

I did my Pinterest search and it lead me to some great links. I thought I would pass them on to you to save you the time of having to search. Instead pick and idea off the list and you'll have a gift ready to go to give to your child's teacher and a bonus it will be super cute and look like you are very creative and prepared.

Eveyone loves getting a Starbucks coffee with their own name written on it. This Starbucks Sleeve Printable gives you the chance to write you teachers name and a cute little check list on the side too!

I don't know many teachers that will pass up a free cup of coffee. So why not give them a Dunkin Donuts gift card on this little Thanks a Latte Printable card holder!

We all know teachers spend lots of their own money on classroom supplies. Why not help them out by giving them a few dollars towards that fund? This Target Gift Card Holder is the perfect way to thank a teacher.

Who doesn't need some extra lip balm? This  Reindeer Lip Balm Gift Holder is Adorable.

All classrooms are full of tiny hands with germs. Buy a bottle of hand sanitizer and add this cute hand sanitizer label.

Hope this helps! If you have more great teacher gift ideas pop over to my Facebook page and share you ideas and links!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Arm Knit Infinity Scarf

I've been wanting to try arm knitting for a while.  I saw YouTube video sometime ago and had I shared on the Facebook.  page I finally sat down and attempted it The other night I pulled up that video along with another and after a bit of trial and errors it actually started to go along pretty smoothly.  I ended up with an awesome scarf!

So there's the finished product turned out super cute it is so soft and comfortable!

All it requires is your arms and two skeins  (that's the fancy knitting term for bundles) of yarn and a little bit of time and patience. 

I did not take pictures or video of myself doing it since I was still learning but here is a link to the YouTube video that I thought was wonderful I made it super clear for me!


Good luck. Please post pictures of your finished product on my Tidbits from Everyday Mommy and More Facebook page. I'd love to see pictures!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Napkin Holders

Every year my daughter and I make something special for each place setting at Thanksgiving dinner. 
Last year we made turkey napkin rings and they were a hit. I decided to stick with the napkin rings there year but use this adorable tag printout I found on Pinterest. 

Various colors of fall/leaf colored cardstock
Paper towel tube cut into 1 inch rings
Thankful tag printouts
Ribbon (for optional decoration)

 Cut out some leaves from the card stock. I made a simple shape and 
made them about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. 

Print out the tags from this link  THANKFUL TAGS. 
Cut and trim tags. Punch a hole if you want to use ribbon.

Glue leaves onto each ring and the glue to tag on top.

Now you are all set to put the napkins in and place them on each plate
for Thanksgiving dinner!

Splatter Art

 Splatter art is a blast. 

 Start with some sturdy card stock and draw a face in the center. 
I happen to have a hubby who is great at cartoon faces so he
drew a few different versions for us.

Then take some washable paint and water it down a bit.
Enough to be able to dip a straw in and pick up a few drops 
at a time.

Dab a few drops around the 'head' of your character....

Then blow in the other end of the straw to make the paint
splatter around.

We were amused for at least a half an hour making all sorts of 
crazy hair and other designs on our creatures.

My daughter loved her dragon with green breath!

Even my husband created some art!

Happy painting. Have fun!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bugs and Kisses

Yes it is after Halloween but I have to share these cute giftbags we handed out for my daughter's school halloween party. 

I printed out this graphic from online and cut them to a 2 inch by 3 inch size and then mounted them on some cute patterned paper. 

Next I folded them in half and stapled them to snack size baggies with a few Hershey kisses and a plastic bug in each. 

Now we have bugs and kisses for all her classmates.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Front Door Eyeballs

Need to spice up the door before trick or treaters come by?

Add a set of eyeballs!

Simply take two paper plates and draw the iris (black circle) on it. 

You can get creative and make cat eyes, big eyes, little eyes, or anything else you can imagine!

Then simply adhear them to your door and you're ready for trick or treaters!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Create Sign

I had a spare piece of plywood in the garage and an urge to create, so I did just that. I started with an overall gray base coat.

First I layed out painters tape in a chevron pattern, using a ruler to make sure the spacing was exact.

Next I painted dark blue stripes and removed the painters tape. I wiped on a dark stain then immediately wipes it off just to give it an aged look. 

I used sharpie to add the word 'create'. (I had originally attempted to paint the word but I learned my painting skills are lacking.) The colored sharpie actually worked great on this surface. 

Now all I need is to add a picture mount on the back and hang it above my crafting station!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Paper Plate Ghosts

A last minute crafts for your little goblins to make. 

Paper plates
Printer paper 
Blacks marker scissors 

While the kiddos start drawing ghostly faces on the plates:

Fold the printer paper into a fan and cut into 1/2 inch strips.

(You can also cut a curved pattern or just leave them straight.)

Once the faces are done tape 6 to 8 stands on paper onto each ghost. 

Easy, fun, and very little clean up!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friendship Bracelet Headphone Wrap

Remember those friendship bracelets we used to make back in the day? Well you can use the same technique to cover "well used" headphones. 
My headphones were no longer a nice white color thanks to daily use and rubbing against the makeup on my face. 

I did the standard thing I do when looking for a creative solution. I went to Pinterest. ...
and the wrap idea came into being.

It only took two bunches of embroidery floss and a few hours of twisting and knotting. Now I have a "new" set of headphones in my almaters colors!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cute Girls Hairstyles

Pinterest really comes in handy when I need inspiration for a new cute hairdo for my kiddo. I'm decent at doing her hair but not the best at creating new styles for her. 

For some do the more complex hairdos I am grateful for the tutorials. Especially some of the YouTube videos. But upon occasion just a picture is enough to guide me. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Puffy Cupcake Craft

Puffy cupcakes. How much fun are these!?!?!  

Shaving cream
Food coloring 
Plastic sandwich bag
Thick card stock
Cotton balls
Cupcake liner

Cut the cupcake liners in half and slightly bend the edges to create a surface to glue down.

Glue cupcake let halves on lower 1/2 of paper. Stuff with cotton balls to give support. Make sure to create a mound on top too. (See picture below.)

Next comes the fun and messy part! Dump a 50/50 mixture of shaving cream to glue into the plastic bag and add food coloring if you'd like to make a specific color. 
 (Rather than give a specific measurement this ratio gives you the flexibility to make a batch in whatever size you want or making multiple smaller matches.)

Now zip the bag *tightly* and let your little one squish and mix!

Carefully snip a corner off the bag and let you little one "frost" the cupcakes. Make sure you cover the cotton balls.

Add sprinkles or decorations if you'd like. 

Set of on a flat surface to dry. They will need at least 24 hours (or more) depending on how thick it is.