An Ice Cream Social with TCBY {and Free Party Printables}

When I was a teenager there was a free standing TCBY frozen yogurt shop in a town near where I grew up.

Ever heard of Burleson, Texas? You know, the town Kelly Clarkson is from? Yap, it had a TCBY.

Chocolate swirly frozen yogurt in a waffle cone. I want to say they were $0.99 a pop.

Yummy! I would BEG my mother to drive me there. I loved that place.

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Well, TCBY is back. And you can get it in many different varieties at your local Walmart.

Their new line just hit the shelves of our local Neighborhood Walmart yesterday. By the way, this was my first time ever to go to a Neighborhood Walmart. Have you ever been? They are pretty neat- grocery store items only.

We went out and stocked up and had an ice cream party.

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My sister and I ran around with little kids in tow gathering supplies for the party.

We waited with bated breath as Walmart stocked their freezer.

You too can find out which local stores near you are  carrying these new TCBY products.

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I gave out these fun ice cream social invitations.

You can download these free ice cream social invitations here. Print them on card stock and they make the perfect invites! You can purchase envelopes at your local craft store to mail them.

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We made an ice cream social banner.

You can download this free printable as well.   Just print it on cardstock and cut the triangles out, poke small holes in each corner and thread yarn through them.

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We put out toppings and made label tents.

You can download these tents as well. For free.

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There is scoop-able yogurt in a variety of flavors. I looks just like ice cream.

This stuff is perfect for cones and waffles bowls.

My kids LOVED the cookie and cream yogurt. All gone.

Did I mention it is only 130 calories per serving?

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They also have bars and ice cream sandwiches.

These swirl bars are only 100 calories each! That is a mommy solution.

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The kids couldn’t have been happier. They were thrilled and had fun adding a combination of sweet toppings to their cones and bowls.

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We dipped the edges of the ice cream sandwiches in colorful sprinkles.

So fun!

You can even cut them in half to double the amount of  sandwiches.

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I had one of these orange bars.

The calorie and fat intake is in line with my Nutrisystem diet.

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We topped each ice cream bowl with a fun ice cream topper pick.

These are easy to make. Just print out the sheet of printable toppers on card stock and use a 2 inch circle cutter to cut them out. Hot glue a lollipop stick to the back of each circle and you have a topper!

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Finally, send home all of the extra candy with the kids in these super easy treat boxes.

Just print the treat boxes on card stock, cut them out and follow the directions on the page.

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Recap of Free Printables:

All printables were made by my good friend Kelli over at 3 Boys and a Dog. She makes affordable printables if you have an event coming up!

Take a look at my Google+ story to see our entire #TCBYGrocery trip.

You can follow TCBY on Facebook and you can also find them on Twitter. To see how other families are lovin’ this new line of yogurt follow the hashtag #TCBYGrocery on Twitter!

 

This shop has been part of a social shopper insights study for #Cbias. All opinions stated are my own.

Easy Recipe: Chocolate Graham Cracker Peppermint Bark

I ran across the idea for this recipe in a magazine right before Thanksgiving. It may have been at the craft store… I cannot remember. Nonetheless, it looked simple and tasty and a nice twist to traditional bark.

You Will Need:

  • 12 oz bag milk chocolate wafers or morsels
  • 10 graham cracker squares
  • 2-3 candy canes
  • ziplock bag
  • kitchen mallet (or toy hammer)
  • double boiler and pan
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet (optional)

Use a double boiler to melt one package of chocolate wafers or morsels.

Take the graham squares and submerge them into the melted chocolate making sure you coat both sides of the cracker and all the corners and edges.

Place the chocolate crackers on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

Place the candy canes in a ziplock bag and seal it up.

Let your kids take turns crushing the candy with a kitchen mallet or toy hammer.

Sprinkle some of the peppermint pieces over the tops of the chocolate dipped graham crackers.

Be as sparing or plentiful as you like.

Let them cool completely- this can take a while. A few hours even.

If you pop the cookie sheet in the fridge or freezer it will speed up the cooling process significantly.

Once they are 100% cool, the crackers should peel away from the parchment paper easily and not leave any chocolate residue behind.

You can display them on a tray if you’re hosting a party, bag them up for neighbors or teachers as homemade gifts, or even display them in a cake dome if you plan to have them out for a few days.

Easy and yummy!

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Christmas Crafts: S’More Treat Bag with Free Printable

S’mores are a fun and inexpensive homemade gift idea. Especially when presented in a treat bag.

These are perfect to hand out as teacher appreciation gifts for the holiday, or party favors for your kiddos class celebration at school.

My sweet friend Kelli over at 3 Boys and a Dog started making my printbales for me a few months back. I have the idea and she has the skill and together we offer you these free printable treats. I am very pleased with how these turned out.   (Her prices are very affordable by the way. She can make you custom printables as well! Shoot her an email.)

You Will Need:

Print the s’more treat bag printable on light-colored cardstock.

Cut it out with scissors or a paper-cutter.

Once you cut it out, fold it on the dotted line horizontally to make a tent-like card as illustrated here:

Gather up your marshmallows (you can use holiday festive or plain white). Break your graham crackers rectangles in half to make squares.

Add two graham squares to each cello bag.

Add into the bag one large white marshmallow or two of the festive marshmallows. (The large white marshmallows are equivalent to two of these holiday marshmallows.)

Add a small chocolate bar to the bag.

Fold the top of the bag over.

Cover the folded cello top with the printable.

Staple once, which will close the bag and secure the printable.

And you’re done!

Guess what my kids are taking for their holiday parties?

I just love the way they turned out!

Thanksgiving Hershey’s Kisses (Free Printable)

These are so much fun and make a great Thanksgiving teacher gift, classroom party gift, something pretty for your candy dish, or something sweet to hand out to your friends at the office.

The best part, I have a free printable to make this project super easy.

And they match the Give Thanks blocks you can make.

You Will Need:

Print one sheet of Thanksgiving Kisses Stickers on a full sheet of labels.

This is what the sheet will look like when it prints.

Cut each row of circle stickers into strips. This will make it easier to maneuver the circle cutter you are going to use in the next step.

Use the 3/4″ circle cutter to cut each sticker.

Super simple.

Peel the backing off the labels.

Place one sticker on the bottom of each Hershey Kiss.

Fun, right?

At this point you can display them in a candy dish on your desk at work or at home.

Maybe even place the candy dish next to your Give Thanks blocks.

Or, you can bag them up in small cello bags and tie raffia to close.

Hand them out at school, work, or to friends.

You could also add a name tag to each bag and use them as place settings for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Love this printable? Want a customized printable made for you? My friend Kelli makes these for a very affordable price! Check out her pricing over at 3 Boys and a Dog.

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Fall Craft Ideas: Thanksgiving Wooden Blocks with Free Printable

I have a Thanksgiving free printable for making these amazing give thanks wooden blocks.

This project takes less than $5 in supplies and is just adorable. You can display it on our mantle, a shelf or even in your dining room. Better yet, let your children help you make the blocks and give them as gifts to family members or teachers.

You Will Need:

  • 1   2 x 4 piece of lumber
  • paint color of your choice
  • small paint brush (my paint came with a built-in paint brush that was attached to the inside of the lid)
  • 2 sheets of white paper (I just used regular printer paper)
  • free give thanks printable <—download here
  • newspaper (for protecting your work space)
  • 1-2 oz of Mod Podge (I like to pour mine into a small bowl)
  • sponge brush for applying Mod Podge
  • raffia (optional)
  • hot glue (not needed if you choose not to add the raffia bows)

Cut your wood. If you do not have a saw you can ask them to cut it for you at the home improvement store where you purchase the lumber.

You will need two blocks that are 5 1/2 inches tall and eight blocks that are 3 1/2 inches tall.

Sand them down a little to smooth out the wood a bit. If you want to round the edges you can make them look like this. I went for the more rough look.

Paint the wood. We chose a sample size of paint from made by Martha Stewart. The color is called Cornbread. She has a beautiful collection of fall colors that include names like Heath and Bay Leaf. Really pretty.

You want to make sure you paint all the sides, edges and corners, etc.

Do two coats.

Let the paint dry 100% before moving on to the next step. Drying should only take a few hours.

Print the give thanks printable.

Cute the square letters out.

Place the letter cut-outs on your blocks. The letters  T  and  S  will go on the two larger blocks.

The remaining letters will go on the eight small blocks.

Pour 1-2 oz. of Mod Podge into a bowl.

Use your sponge brush to apply to Mod Podge to the paper.

Your printed colors may run a little. Don’t worry, colors that run tone down a lot in the drying process- they will be very pretty when they dry.

You do want the paper to remain smooth- no lumps or crinkles.

Let the Mod Podge dry 100%

While the Mod Podge is drying, grab some raffia and make two bows. You can omit this step if you want, but I think it gives a really nice touch.

Apply some hot glue to the back of the bow.

Attached one bow to the top of the  T  block and one bow to the top of the  S  block.

And you’re done.

I love the way they turned out.

I added mine to a shelf in our living room.

Love the printables I offer my readers? Kelli over at 3 Boys and a Dog makes all of my printables. Her prices are very affordable and her turn around time is very quick. Hop over and check her out.

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Vinyl Letters on Canvas- Moveable Art

 I do not have a vinyl letter cutter.

I wish I did, but those machines and supplies are pricy.

Maybe you’ve noticed a new sponsor down in the Featured Mommy Resource area in my sidebar- Your Way Vinyl. Ms. Jodi, mom of four, reached out to me a couple of months ago asking if I had a vinyl rep (or machine) and if I did not she would love to be my vinyl gal.

For real?

So, once a month I am choosing a vinyl design to play with and share a project on my site using the vinyl. (She is also one of our Holiday Discount Code providers.)

Here is the thing, I wonder if I am always going to want this vinyl art on that wall forever. I mean, what if I want to move it? So, for my first project I wanted something that gave me that flexibility as this might be a concern for you as well.

So, I painted a canvas and transferred the letters to the canvas. It was pretty simple.

You Will Need:

  • Canvas (You can get them really inexpensively. I bought a two pack for less than $10.)
  • Vinyl art work in the same size as the canvas (my canvas and art work art 16″x20″.) The artwork for this specific project can be found here.
  • Multi-surface paint (I chose a pearl color from Martha Stewart.)
  • Small roller brush (I grabbed mine from the $ store.)

Here is the paint I used. It is a pearl blue by Martha Stewart- Aquarium is the name.

Use a roll brush to apply the paint to the canvas. First time around I used a sponge brush and it was super streaky. With each coat it just got worse.

Apply 2-3 coats (drying in between each coat) using the roller bush.

Don’t forget to do the edges too. Couple of coats there as well drying in between each coat.

Once the canvas is dry it is time to transfer.

Peel the backing off the vinyl sheet.

Now place the vinyl sheet face down on the canvas.

It will semi-stick to the canvas to stay in place.

Use a scraper and rub and transfer the letters to the canvas.

Rub, rub, rub.

Slowly peel the sheet away from the canvas, rubbing each letter as you go if need be.

The letters should stick to your canvas.I had some issues with the toothbrush, but seriously, I have never done this before.

Continue to pull the sheet to reveal more letters, rubbing with the scraper along the way.

This was my first project, and I have never seen a demonstration. It took me a little bit of time.

When the entire design is transferred, you are ready to hang it on the wall.

This is going in the kids’ bathroom.

Wonder why.

Do you love it? You can grab this image too from Your Way Vinyl.

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Fall Lima Bean Wreath

This is a thrifty way to create a  fall wreath for your front door.

This is a project that takes some time to complete- maybe a few hours here and there in one weekend or a few week-nights after work.

This project was inspired by this green acorn wreath and this unpainted lima bean wreath.

You Will Need:

  • 2 lbs of large lima beans
  • glue gun
  • hot glue sticks – about 8-10
  • dollar store ribbon.
  • large Styrofoam circle (I used a 50% off coupon to the craft store to buy mine.)
  • 4 oz white acrylic paint
  • sponge paint brush
  • 1 can spray paint

 

Because we are going to spray paint this wreath, we need to protect the Styrofoam. Spray paint will eat the Styrofoam.

I searched online for solutions and found that any acrylic paint will work. I used a vanilla color that I grabbed for less than $1.00 at the craft store.

Apply a layer of the acrylic paint all over the foam wreath using a sponge brush.

Make sure you cover the inner area of the circle as well.

One coat will do.

Once done, let it dry.

Once the wreath is dry, you can add the lima beans.

No need to wash them or bake them or anything like that- just right out of the bag.

Use a glue gun to apply each bean individually.

I tried different methods, but what worked best is applying a full circle row at a time.

Keep going.

This takes a while.

Make sure all of the beans are facing the same direction- as uniform as possible.

You might want a break half way through.

Make sure you do the front and the back.

Don’t forget the inner circle, too.

I am borderline ADD.

I worked on it a couple of days.

There is only so much bean gluing a girl can do in one day.

Now spray paint it.

Just apply a coat evenly.

Let it dry.

Then apply another coat and search for any spots that need to be touched up.

If a bean falls off, re-glue it. Happens to the best of us.

Use ribbon (I used dollar store ribbon) to hang the wreath to your wreath hanger.

Nothing fancy.

This will be rained on after all.

And you’re done.

Warning, this is heavy.

I really like the way it turned out.

What do ya think?

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Halloween Craft Idea: Ghost Poo with Free Printable

It is time for another playful Halloween printable!

Ghost Poo is easy to make.

And the best part, I have a free printable for you!

You Will Need:

My friend Kelli over at 3 Boys and a Dog makes my printables. She can make them for you too. Her prices are very reasonable.

This printable is FREE to you. Just click and print.

Cut the printable out.

Fold it in half on the dotted line.

Fill the cello bag about half full of small marshmallows.

Fold the top of the cello bag over.

Place your folded printable over the cell bag.

Secure with a staple.

And you are done.

Fun for your little ones to help with- they can stuff bags with marshmallows.

Make in mass quantities and hand them out as favors for your Halloween party!

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Halloween Craft Ideas: How to Make Mummy Cookies (Free Halloween Printable)

These cookies are so much fun and they are really easy to make.

And to go with that, I have a free Halloween printable to go with them.

Another perfect goody to pass out as treats in your little one’s class.

You Will Need:

  • 1 pk of Milano cookies
  • 15 oz pkg white chocolate candy
  • candy eyes (or you can use candy buttons)
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet
  • double boiler
  • colorful ribbon
  • 4×6 cello bags
  • scissors
  • 2 sheets of white cardstock
  • 1 sheet of Halloween festive scrapbook paper
  • hole punch
  • 2 inch circle cutter
  • 4 inch circle cutter
  • glue pen
  • free Mummy Cookie printable

Melt your chocolate in a double boiler.

Dunk and coat your Milano cookies in the chocolate.

Be quick, the chocolate filling will start melting. Perfection is not important.

Place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

They do not have to be perfectly smooth. If the chocolate is not sticking where you were holding the cookie while dipping, just smooth it over with your finger to fill in the chocolate.   Make sense?

Apply candy eyes while the chocolate is still melted.

You could also use candy buttons. You know, the colored little circles candies that come on a sheet and you can generally get them at the craft store.

Now, stick the cookie sheet in the fridge to harden the chocolate. About 30 minutes to an hour.

Once the chocolate on the cookies hardens, place some more melted chocolate in a ziplock bag.

Cut the corner of the bag with scissors to use the bag for piping chocolate onto the cookies.

Using a back and forth, left to right motion, apply strips of chocolate onto the cookies to represent a mummy wrapping.

Avoid the eye area if at all possible.

Pop them back in the fridge to let them cool again- about 30 minutes to an hour.

Once all of the chocolate is hardened again take them out of the fridge. Break off any extra chocolate that is hanging over the edges.

Grab your printable cookie tags that you printed out.

Use a 2 inch circle cutter to cut out the circles.

(Or, if you want to go with the non-fancy route, just cut the circles out with scissors.)

These little tools are really cool and easy to use.

I’ve purchased my cutters using half price coupons at the craft store- paying less than $10.

This is what they will look like once they are cut out.

Now, arrange the cut outs on a piece of festive scrapbook paper.

Glue them down with a glue pen or craft glue.

Next, use the 4 inch circle cutter to give your tag a two-tone effect.

This is what they will look like now.

Use a hole punch to place a hole near the top of each tag.

Place one cookie in each of the 4×6 cello bags.

Tie some festive colored ribbons around the cello bags.

Now, feed the ribbon through the hole you made in the cookie tag.

Knot it and tie.

Use some scissors to curl the ribbon.

And you’re all done.

How fun!

Are you looking for someone to make printables for you? You have to check out my girl Kelli who does awesome design work like the printables she made for this project!

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Halloween Craft Ideas: Pumpkin Poo with Free Printable

I love a craft that involves a free printable, a cello bag and some candy.

My sweet friend Kelli over at 3 Boys and a Dog made me this awesome printable that I am offering to my readers for free!

Are you on the lookout for some printables for your site, but just do not know how to make them? Get in touch with Kelli, her prices are very affordable!

You Will Need:

Cut out your printable.

I used scissors, feel free to use a large cutting board.

Gather your festive candy.

I LOVE the look of these candy corn M&M’s.

I searched 4 stores before finally snagging them up at WalMart.

You can also buy a bag of all orange (or any color) M&M’s at your local craft store.

Or, use fall colored M& M’s, I found these at every store I went to. The bag contains only brown, burnt red and mustard orange candy pieces.

I like the candy corn colors best.

Fill a 4×6 cello bag half full.

Fold the top of the cello bag over.

Grab your already cut out printbale.

So cute!

Fold it in half.

Staple it to the top of the cello bag.

And you’re done!

Super easy or what?

These would make perfect Halloween favors to send with your little ones to school- considering that people have a fun sense of humor.