Fun Memorial Day Ideas

Memorial Day is around the corner and many are preparing for parties to celebrate.  Here are some ideas to get you started:
  
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These colorful treats are made from ice cream sandwiches and red, white, and blue sprinkles.  Easy and sure to be a hit. Add by hand or pour sprinkles in a dish and roll the sides.
 
 
 My niece Debbie sent a photo of Memorial Day pillows she made from burlap. She used old pillows she already had and covered them with burlap she painted with patriotic designs.  This girl is the repurpose queen.
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 Love these fruit Kabobs.  How easy is this to make with skewers and red fruit (like strawberries and red grapes),and blueberries, and white marshmallows.
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Look at this Luscious trifle!!  Can you believe it is weight watchers? The perfect dessert for Memorial Day and healthy too.

Happy Memorial Day to Each of You

Nurse Graduation Cake

There are so many graduations going on this time of year.  One special friend of ours graduated from nursing school this week.  Here is the cake a friend made for her. The cake is more beautiful in person.
The band aids looked so real, I had to touch them to see. The cake is pound cake and the only fondant is the stethoscope, band aids, and pills. The icing is a cool whip type icing. 
Congratulations Lauren and to all nurses graduating.  As a friend of mine said, Nurses are under rated.

The Best Church Games Ever!

I love finding games that the kids in children's church will enjoy. It is so much fun to see them get excited during church. Here are some I have lined up for the kids.
This is a cool game using what everyone loves...candy.  Wrap with bubble wrap and tape, shrink wrap, or even wrapping paper.  Have a student start pulling the wrap apart for the  candy while another tries to rolls double numbers with dice. When they get double numbers, the ball passes to that person.  There are a lot of variations you can do instead of dice. 


  What You Need:

  1.  Small snack size candy bars.  Enough for your group to have several and enough to make it exciting.
  2. A Large Bowl
  3. One Dice
  4. Brown or white paper Lunch bags

How to Set Up

  •  Give everyone a  lunch bag with one candy bar inside
  • Put leftovers in a bowl and put in the middle of the table or floor

How to Play

  • Roll the dice

    • Use the chart above with the number you roll.

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    Do you have to much class left at the end of your lesson.   Print these easy to prepare quick games for your class.
    Here are more fill in activities that can be done quickly when your class ends too soon.   I especially like writing encouraging words to the pastor on post it notes and sticking them all over his car.
    This isn't a game but an award for a game winner. I love these "Olympic metals".  They are simple to make with candy, ribbon, and tape.  I will be using double sided tape for this project.  Don't want the kiddies crying when their awards fall apart.

Household Tips and Tricks

Here is a list of ideas I have tried and love, or plan to do in the future.
 I have been wanting an ottoman for sometime now, but haven't been able to find what I like...until now. 
This ottoman made from a coffee table.  I love this idea. The instructions are laid out step by step on This Site.  You would never know this ottoman had a secret life.
This is such a simple solution to sagging chairs and sofa pillows.  I have some poly fill that has been moved from place to place in my bedroom.  Now I know what to do with it. I plan to restuff my pillows .  This is pure genius

Here are my results:
I filled 4 pillows and my sofa looks so much better.  I was lucky to have zippers on the bottom of my pillows so it was super fast and easy.  This will keep me happy until I can find the sofa of my dreams.
  Who can resist a beautiful cupcake liner? I had cupcake liners  in baskets, plastic boxes, and kitchen drawers. This is a practical idea that I love.  Now I know where they all are and they are almost an art form in a mason jar.
This is amazing beyond words.  Click on the link above to see what 2 household products can make a such a big difference.
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I so glad I found this tip.  I love my knives and it upsets me to find water rust stains on them. I have one coated knife that I love, but I want the stainless steel knives to shine like new.
Love this idea.  I've tried alot of different products.  Baking soda always works good but takes a lot of scrubbing.  Hopefully, letting it soak will make it easier.

Graduation Gift Ideas

I have a lot of friends graduating this year from nursing school, high school, and college. I have been looking for graduation gift ideas and parties.  Here are some really cute graduation gifts I found.
This is one graduation gift I have never seen before. Absolutely clever idea and one sure to please, no matter the age.
 
 I have always thought these bottles that look like they came with the gifts inside are just the cutest. A slit in the side is used to get the gifts inside.  You can use the original label or make your own custom label.
I really like this box decorated like a graduation cap.  It is perfect for graduation cards and money.There are probably a lot more ideas  that can be done with this box
Sometimes the most simple things are so cute.  I would use 2 ribbons with the school colors and also wrap them in a clear wrap.  They would be great to give as favors if they are wrapped.

Here are a few nursing graduation party invitations:

Custom Pharmacist Graduation Invitation
Custom Pharmacist Graduation Invitation by cooltees
Find more Pharmacist Invitations at Zazzle
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Here's a clever idea to make tassels that match your school colors. This is for a tassel necklace but it would work well for graduation decorations.

Easy Ways to Save Money

   I have listed some of the best tips to save money using your smart phone. These money saving tips are easy to do and will save you a ton of money.
 
I just got my first smart phone for Christmas.  This site lists great apps to save money.  My kids know all the tricks and are teaching me...s.l.o.w.l.y.

This app, Color Note, is one my daughter told me about. I can not express how awesome this app is.  I save everything on it.  I do my weekly grocery list on it.  As you pick things up in the grocery store, you x them off.  You can remove them or save them as a master list.   Love, love, love. 
Some of my checklists include:
  • A list of our clothing sizes, 
  • what I need when I go to Goodwill
  • My Walmart shopping list
  • Grocery List
  • My personal prayer list
  • Each Store I shop has a check list to add needed items
  • Household items I need and measurements
  And this is just a partial list.  Did I say how much I love this app?
We don't have a Target in our town, but if you shop this store, these are great tips for saving money.
This site explains how to get free products  from Dollar Tree.  I never knew they took coupons but the site said it has just started taking them.  Take a copy of the regulations with you to the store in case the clerk is not familiar with the new rules.

Easy Healthy Desserts

I love trying new low calorie, low fat, and low sugar desserts while I'm trying to lose weight.
 I try to find easy dessert recipes that include fruit. Here are some I have tried and love and some I'm going to try and know I will love.

I can't wait to try these with  fresh blueberries from our blueberry bush.  I made them with frozen berries and they were good, but I know the fresh ones won't have the the tough peeling the frozen ones sometimes have.   Not all of them are tough but it is annoying to have to deal with the tough skins. 
 Also, it is a pain to dip each blueberry with a toothpick, so I put the blueberries in the yogurt, stirred,  and used two plastic spoons to make  small balls.  It worked like a charm.  I also did the same thing with strawberries. It's so refreshing and delicious.
I love these homemade ice cream sandwiches.  I made a batch tonight.  I take a fork and mash the strawberries up before adding them to the cool whip.  I squish the insides a little to help cover the whole cracker.  Then I take a spoon and even out all 4 sides,  and freeze. I saw these made with a little yogurt with the cool whip.  I think that would make them creamier.  If they get any better, it won't be a good thing.  Love them!
Oh my goodness I've had frozen grapes, but this is a twist I think I could really like grapes dusted with jello. Artificial sweeteners are getting alot of negative attention.  You could use sugar free, but it takes such a small amount of jello to dust the grapes, I don't think it would make a huge difference if regular jello is used.  This is a must try recipe.
Love this easy recipe for parfait.  It doesn't get any better than fruit and oatmeal.  Recipe can be changed to put your favorite goodies in this good for you dessert. 
Oh my goodness how I love caramel.  These look divine and that's why I can't make them.  I know my self control good enough to know these are dangerous. If you can pace yourself, go for it. It has marshmallow, graham crackers, and  skinny cow cookies.

Useful Household Tips You Probably Never thought of

 This is such a great idea to get the foil to fit your pan.  Cover the bottom of the pan with foil.  Flip the pan over and place foil inside.   The perfect fit.
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This is so incredibly easy it makes one think, why didn't I think of cutting an orange like this. source

I love press and seal and there are hundreds of ways to use this paper.  It is great to wrap plates that are going to parties and especially a dish with a dip container.

 Love this  idea.  You can save a lot of money on green onions by doing this.  Green onions add extra  flavor to many dishes.
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I've had irons I have wanted to throw away because they were so grungy looking.  By using baking soda and water, you can make it look brand new...and who doesn't love anything new.  
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 I love wreaths and this one was super cheap to make. The circle of the wreath is a pool noodle. Totally Genius! Visit this site to get complete details.
How smart is this?  Cutting Ice cream instead of scooping  at birthday parties.  Saves time and wrists.
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