Easiest Prank, Ever

April Fool’s Day is over but I felt like we needed to shake things up around our house. I saw this prank at http://www.instructables.com and thought of my husband immediately.

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His electronics are very precious to him, so I thought this might be the perfect prank to pull on him.

The full tutorial on how to make this milk spill is explained here so I won’t repeat it in this post.

I don’t have photos of the actual event because I thought holding a camera might look a little obvious.

But here is what the scene looked like. This is his one-week old iPad. The kids who were being framed were sitting nearby.

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I realized this prank business takes practice and skill. I have some work to do on my poker face. Luckily, the anticipation of it all was just as fun as the gag itself, so it was worth it.

I am ready for another one, though, so if anyone has any other good gag ideas, I’d love to hear them!

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Jelly Bean Flowers

Jelly beans are one of my favorite candies so I really love this time of year. I buy a bag of them almost every time I go grocery shopping.

Our cabinet was started to overflow with jelly beans so I wanted to do something with them.

These little flowers are the sugary version of Edible Arrangements.

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To make flowers on a stick, just poke a cake pop stick into a jelly bean. Then cut a toothpick into smaller bits by cutting at an angle so both ends are sharp.

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Then just poke one end of your toothpick piece into a jelly bean and the other into your center jelly bean.

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Do that all the way around the jelly bean until it looks like a flower.

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You can also just do a flower that is not on a stick by just adding the jelly bean petals the entire way around.

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The flowers without a stick can be used as a cupcake topper or cake decoration. I made brownie cups since it kind of looked like dirt :)

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Because there are small sharp pieces of toothpick involved, it’s best to use this just as decoration or make sure to take the flower apart and remove the stick pieces before giving to kids.

Then enjoy. These guys finished these flowers in about thirty seconds.

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Happy Easter Week!

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Sprinkle Milkshake (Kid Version of a Birthday Cake Martini)

I’ve been seeing these beautiful birthday cake martinis around and thought they looked so festive.

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Photo courtesy of pizzazzerie

While I think a martini would do wonders for my kids (and me) at bedtime, I figured I would try to make something a little more kid-friendly.

This version is basically a vanilla milkshake with sprinkles.

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To make, you will need:

-1 cup milk
-1 cup vanilla ice cream
-A couple ice cubes
-Colorful nonpareils or whatever sprinkles you have on hand
-1 Frozen banana (not necessary but i put it in to thicken it up and add a few nutrients)
-Plastic wine, champagne or other fun glasses

Ingredients amount will vary depending on the consistency you prefer.

Place items in a blender and blend until it is how you like it.

Meanwhile, pour some sprinkles in a shallow bowl.  Coat the rim of your glass with a little bit of ice cream or honey and dip into the bowl of sprinkles until the rim is covered.

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Pour your milkshake into the glass and you are ready to serve.

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I recommend not filling the milkshake all the way to the top or only putting the sprinkles on the outside rim. Otherwise, you instantly get this dripping effect.

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Although, it won’t matter either way. It’s colorful and fun and your kids will love it!

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Cheers!

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Make Your Own Bracelets from Costume Jewelry

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My grandma loved her costume jewelry and I am having so much fun with this box of it that was given to me.

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Between the broaches, beads and chains, I’ll never run out of things to make with them. A while ago, I used some broaches from this box to make these decorative mirrors.

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But for this jewelry project, I wanted to make bracelets from this chain necklace.

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I decided to make stretch bracelets because they are easy and don’t require a lot of tools or components.

First, using wire cutters (o.k. you do need one tool), cut off just a small section of links.

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I just did enough links to cover the top of my wrist.

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Then cut a small strip of stretchy cord.

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And loop it through one of the end links.

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Then just fold the two ends through the opening to attach the cord to the links.

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This will gave you two strands of cord.

If your bead holes are too small to string two strands, forget the folding and looping step and just tie your cord around the chain link. Tie a few knots and trim excess cord, leaving one piece of cord.

Next, string beads onto the cords until it is the right length (there are no set measurements here, just wrap it around your own wrist to determine the length you need).

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Then tie the cord to the other end link and tie about three knots.

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You can put a few drops of glue or clear nail polish on your knots to secure them.

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And that is it!

You can use any kind of bead you have on hand to make a fun variety of bracelets.

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If you don’t have costume jewelry on hand from grandma, don’t worry, garage sale season is coming up. That’s a perfect place to find great accessories to craft with!

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Make Your Own Decorative Ice Bowl

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Since my dinner party guests usually consist of a husband who will eat anything I serve (God love him) and kids who will spill anything I serve, I don’t spend much time on the visual presentation of our meals.

I thought I’d share this serving idea anyway because it was fun to make and you may actually be looking for a presentation idea right now.

All you need are two different sized glass bowls.

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Fill the larger bowl with about an inch or two of water and place in the freezer for a few hours.

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Remove bowl from freezer and place the smaller bowl inside the larger one. You will have the inch of ice separating the bowls.

Tape the smaller bowl down to the larger one.

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Fill in the gap between the bowls with water.

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Now place any decorative items you want into the water between the bowls. I used lemons and orange slices but you could use herbs, flowers, candies, etc. Depending on what you will be serving in the bowl, you could get really creative like filling it with coffee beans if you’re going to serve coffee ice cream. Or  maybe small candy canes to serve peppermint ice cream. I could go on and on here, but I’ll move on.

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Apply another strip or two of tape to hold the bowls together well and freeze overnight (or at least 10 hours).

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Remove from the freezer and remove the smaller bowl from the middle. Turn remaining bowl upside down. It helps to run warm water over the bottom of the bowl for a few seconds to help break away the ice bowl from the glass bowl.

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Carefully remove the ice portion from the glass and now you are super fancy with a decorative ice bowl.

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You can make smaller ones to serve single servings of sorbet or fruit to guests or make larger bowls to hold cold items at a party. The bowl should stay frozen for an hour or two indoors but it’s best to keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

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Have Fun!

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Inspirational Nature Prints

Rather than let your beautiful photos just sit on your computer, incorporate a fun message onto them and display them to enjoy.  I happened to take these pictures while we were on vacation, so it made it even more special because they will always remind me of our trip.

For this project, I wanted the pictures to be strictly of nature so that I could focus on the message that would go along with it.

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Then I just opened each picture up in Microsoft Paint and clicked the text icon to insert text. From there I could play around with the font and color.

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Then I put them into dark, earth-toned frames and arranged them in my son’s room.

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Now the memories of our trip and inspirational messages always surround him :)

The Kindness of Strangers

I just wanted to share a quick update on our inspirational book drive for the women at Amethyst Recovery Center. You can read more about that project here.

Many thanks go out to the generosity of organizations, businesses and individuals. Without the kindness of strangers and friends, this project wouldn’t be possible.

We have quite a collection going so far!

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Due to the generous response, we now plan to give one book to each woman enrolled in the program and get a small library started for all of the women to borrow from.

We still need more children’s books so we can give a book to each child, as well. So if you’re about to make a Goodwill drop off of books or you are with an organization hoping to participate, please let me know. You can email me at maggiemays@live.com.

Thanks!!