artsy-fartsy mama: March 2016

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party and happy Thursday!! I'm glad you're here!! Thanks to everyone who linked up last party. Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Floral Acrylic Monogram by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Rainbow Jello Cloud Cake by This Silly Girl's Kitchen
Painted Animal Jars by Wood of Bell Trees
Tropical Slushie by Spoonful of Flavor
Chocolate Dipped Sundae Marshmallows by Baby Loving Mama
Repurposed Basketball Bowls by Dukes and Duchesses
Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles by Pocket Change Gourmet
DIY Magnetic Succulent Planter by The Crazy Craft Lady

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt

This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and ideas are my own.

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Coloring has been all the craze lately, and I can certainly see why! It's so relaxing to color pictures in coloring books, so we decided to try to do that with a t-shirt. Using iron-on vinyl and the adorable unicorn image from the soon to be released “Trendy T-shirts” cartridge, we created the cutest DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt. This is a project anyone of any crafting skill level can make, and would be such a fun way to keep kids busy during school breaks, at parties, and anytime they want some unique fashion!!

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To make your own unicorn coloring shirt, you'll need to grab some iron-on vinyl, a white t-shirt, and fabric markers. Permanent markers like the Tulip ones shown above are easy to use for this kind of project, and stay bright through washes. If you want to be able to re-color the shirt after every wash, you'll need some washable fabric markers instead.

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When cutting iron-on vinyl with your Cricut Explore, be sure to keep these tips in mind:

  • Mirror your image before cutting. The vinyl will be placed with the clear carrier sheet/ "pretty side" down, so if you don't mirror your image it will be backwards after it is cut.
  • Iron-On Lite Vinyl can be cut using the Iron-On setting on the dial.
  • To cut Iron-On Glitter Vinyl and Flocked Iron-On Vinyl, switch the dial to Custom and select Iron-On, Glitter from the drop-down menu.

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Once your design has been cut, weed out the excess vinyl and place it on the shirt.
  1. Set your iron to the cotton/linen setting with the steam OFF.
  2. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  3. Place your image, liner side UP onto the area. If you don't place the liner side up, the vinyl will stick to your press cloth.
  4. Carefully lay a press cloth or dishtowel over the design.
  5. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Flip the shirt over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  7. If you have any parts that didn't stick for some reason or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges with the iron tip for 10 seconds.
  8. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers or peeling the vinyl up.

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Before you get coloring, be sure to add a piece of cardboard in between the shirt layers so the ink doesn't leak through. Once you get the shirt prepped, color your shirt like a coloring book! My daughter had SO much fun coloring her unicorn using the fabric markers. We didn't have any problems with the marker ink bleeding through, but I would still be careful not to color too hard or holding the marker down in one place for too long.

Once the shirt is colored just how you'd like, let the shirt dry 24 hours. After that, you can wear the shirt and throw it in the wash.

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My daughter absolutely LOVES her newest piece of unicorn fashion. It was fun to watch her work so hard on creating her own custom t-shirt. She is really looking forward to sharing more of her creations for her summer wardrobe here soon, so keep an eye out for that!

What kind of coloring shirt will you create?


Free Printable Multiplication Chart

Help kids practice multiplication with a Free Printable Multiplication Chart!

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When it comes to working on multiplication, the more practice you can do, the better. We've been working hard on multiplication recently, and flashcards just aren't working as well as I thought they would. However, keeping a multiplication chart handy has helped tremendously. To help her better memorize the problems and work on handwriting at the same time, I created a blank multiplication chart for her to fill out on her own. She was so proud by the time she was done, and I immediately noticed that she was already feeling a bit more confident in her mathematics.

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If you also have a child who needs a little help working on multiplication, or just want to get started, I hope that filling out their own blank multiplication chart will help. I have also created a multiplication chart that has already been filled in and ready to use if you'd rather use that.


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party and happy Thursday!! Thanks to everyone who linked up last party. Everything shared at the party each week is so inspiring and I'm glad you're here!! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week. Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!!

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Foil Covered Easter Eggs by Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
BBQ Chicken Summer Rolls by Food Faith Fitness
10 Minute Spring Wreath by Restoration Redoux
Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Cincy Shopper
Egg and Ham Puffed Pastry by Cooking on the Front Burners
Easter Carrot Door Wreath by Paint Yourself a Smile
Paleo Key Lime Pie Smoothie by Cook Eat Paleo
Personalized Beach Pails by Designs by Miss Mandee

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


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My daughter and I often enjoy cooking and baking together. Lately, we have also been trying to get a little more creative with snacks and meals to incorporate more milk into our diets. These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are fun to bake together and are a great snack or dessert to go with a cold glass of TruMoo or DairyPure brand milk to keep your kids happy and and strong.

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Our day starts off with milk in our cereal or milk as a beverage with our meal. My daughter willingly drinks milk in the mornings, but sometimes has a hard time drinking it any other time of day without making compromises. However, she does love chocolate milk, so TruMoo has been the perfect way to keep her smiling while getting the nutrition she needs. It has NO high fructose corn syrup and a delicious taste kids love!!

DairyPure brand milk and TruMoo both contain no artificial growth hormones* and come from your local dairy, making them the perfect pair for your diets!

*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST and non-rbST-treated cows.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 36 cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, then beat on high for 1 minute. Add vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Add oats and chocolate chips. Mix until just combined.
  7. Using a cookie scoop, place cookies on baking sheet about 2" apart.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. The centers will look undercooked.
  9. Cool cookies for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy the cookies with milk!

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Since these cookies are packed with oats, you are getting a healthier treat than your average cookie. You can also substitute or add in raisins and nuts if you're looking to add in more nutrition. I hope you get to try baking up some of these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to enjoy with your family to start and end your day right with DairyPure brand milk and TruMoo, the perfect balance of nutritious and delicious!

How will you use milk to help your family “Start Right, End Right” everyday?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



Kung Fu Panda Cereal Cupcakes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBias I hope you enjoy making some Kung Fu Panda Cereal Cupcakes with your family!

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Cereal is a staple food in our house. While cereal is great for breakfast, we've also been known to eat it for dinner on busy evenings and sometimes even for lunch. Now I've decided to take it a step further and enjoy some for dessert using Post cereal!! These cupcakes are really quick to whip up, taste delicious and are especially fun for kids to help bake.

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You can adjust the recipe to use different cereals. Post has a variety of cereals that you can make these cupcakes with to make everyone in the family happy. Berry Colossal Crunch is always a hit, and Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch is a new product we found at Walmart and were excited to try it after seeing the movie just a few weeks ago!

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You can find both cereals at Walmart. Right now, you can earn $.50 when you buy any Post product at Walmart with Ibotta.

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Start by pouring out some cereal and separating the marshmallows from the cereal. This is the perfect job for the kids to help you with, plus the cereal is fun to snack on at the same time!

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Pour the cereal into a plastic bag and crush into fine crumbs with a rolling pin. You'll need 1 cup of cereal crumbs to use in the cupcakes to add some extra chocolatey flavor. Set aside 1/2 cup of marshmallows to use for later.

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Mix together all the ingredients to make the cupcake batter. Fill the cupcake liners with batter and bake until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack. While you're waiting for them to cool, mix up the frosting. If you have extra cereal crumbs, you can add a bit to the frosting for some extra crunch.

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Piping frosting is easier than you think! Fill up a piping bag and use the tip of your choice. Hold the tip straight above the the cupcake at a 90º angle and swirl around the cupcake until you get to the center. Release the pressure on the piping bag and pull straight up. It will take some practice, but don't give up!

Add marshmallows and pieces of cereal to the top of the cupcake to decorate it how you'd like. This was my daughter's favorite part and loved getting to help bake these cupcakes!

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Kung Fu Panda Cereal Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

Cupcakes
Ingredients:
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch cereal, crushed

Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Separate marshmallows from cereal and set aside. Place chocolate cereal in a plastic bag and crush into fine crumbs with a rolling pin.
  3. In large bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Fold in crushed cereal.
  4. Place cupcake liners in a muffin tin. Pour in 2-3 tablespoons of batter into each cupcake cup.
  5. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
Marshmallow Frosting
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
7 oz marshmallow creme
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch cereal marshmallows

Directions:
  1. Cream butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in marshmallow creme and mix until combined 
  3. Spoon in powdered sugar to thicken or add up to 1 tablespoon of milk to thin.
  4. Frost the cupcakes with a piping bag, then sprinkle marshmallows and cereal pieces on top of the frosting.

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These cupcakes are fun to make for parties, family movie nights, or just for fun! We are going to be trying more cupcakes using other cereals like Berry Colossal Crunch soon, so we'll let you know how that goes. If you make Kung Fu Panda Cereal Cupcakes, we would love to hear about it! Don't forget that you can earn $.50 when you buy any Post products at Walmart with Ibotta.

What cereal will you try making into cupcakes?


DIY Personalized Easter Basket

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I am always looking for a way to make holidays more personalized for my family. One idea I had was to make an Easter basket more unique for my daughter. I just needed to find a cute fabric basket and I could easily give it that personal touch with heat transfer (iron-on) vinyl!

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The past few years, my daughter has either used an old bucket or flimsy Easter baskets and was long overdue for something better. I found this adorable polka dot basket in the Target One Spot for $3! This basket is plastic on the inside and covered in fabric, so I immediately knew what to do with it to make it our own.

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I typed up my daughter's name and added Easter egg design for the "O". Then I cut it out of white glitter heat transfer vinyl with my handy Cricut.

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With the basket being rounded and lined with plastic, it was going to be hard to use my regular iron. I found this Tulip Mini Fashion Iron that was the perfect size and gets just hot enough for this kind of job! I highly recommend this one if you are looking for ironing small areas or doing smaller vinyl projects with heat transfer vinyl.

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Once the vinyl has adhered to the fabric, peel off the carrier sheet and the newly personalized basket is ready to fill with plastic Easter eggs, little gifts and candy!


Let Girls Build with Roominate

When it comes to S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education), my daughter can't get enough. She loves creating and figuring out how things work. Lately with all our home renovations, you can find my daughter right in the middle of it, asking questions and asking to help. Unfortunately, most building/engineering toys and kits are marketed to boys. Not that that has stopped us, but it is a little irritating...

We first heard about Roominate on Shark Tank. I was immediately impressed. Roominate inspires the next generation of girls (and boys) to have fun with S.T.E.M., help develop hands-on problem solving and boost self-confidence, all while turning girls into creative engineers!

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Using circuits, motors and modular building pieces, girls can build and create their own unique and original structures or vehicles that can be joined together or taken apart and remade into something completely new and different.

We built the Roominate Townhouse set, which includes pieces to construct a customized, cozy townhouse for the Roominate dolls.  You can also put together circuits to create a spinning fan, merry-go-round, or whatever their imaginations can dream up. Compatible with rPower, you can also control the moving creations with your phone or tablet using the Roominate app!

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Since there are no instructions on how to build the townhouse, the creation is really up to you! Zoey decided that her townhouse was going to be 3 stories high and wanted to be sure that we share it here on the blog in case anyone wants to build one like hers. ;)

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You can snap building pieces and connectors together to create all kinds of accessories and things for the Roominate dolls and their pets, like this slide we built! If you need a little more inspiration, check out these creative images and videos on how to Roominate!

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Besides being able to get creative and build her own dollhouse, Zoey was really excited that the doll that was included in the townhouse set was also named Zoey and also comes with a cat named Erwin! Zoey built them a bunk bed (with a guard rail in case little Erwin rolls out), and a little chair so they can "read stories and do projects".

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Here is the house and all the furniture built! We used almost every piece and were able to create something for a kitchen, living room, and bedroom, as well as a staircase, a car and a slide! The possibilities are endless, and I don't think you'll get the same outcome each time you rebuild the set. Their imagination is really the limit!!

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Zoey has been fascinated with basic circuitry, so it was really fun for her to have a way to put things all together herself and to figure out how to make the motor work. The set comes with a battery pack and a tiny screwdriver, which is perfect for little hands!

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The first moving thing she decided to build was a merry-go-round for Zoey and Erwin to ride on. Following the circuitry directions and a little experimenting with building pieces, she got the merry-go-round spinning! It was really fun as a parent to sit back and watch her try to figure things out, and it was especially gratifying to see her self-confidence improve!

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To personalize the townhouse even more, the set also includes 3 sheets of stickers and different wallpapers that you can cut out with scissors and place in the house to create walls.

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It's really fun for kids to place the stickers wherever they want on the wallpapers to create more of a homey feel for the Roominate dolls. In the stickers, there are curtained windows, kitchen cupboards and appliances, bathroom basics, and even more for living room and bedroom spaces.

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We stuck the wallpapers to the back columns with a bit of tape and the house was complete! This is one of my daughter's favorite things to play with right now, and it has been such a great experience for me as a parent to be able to encourage those S.T.E.M. skills and creativity. Most importantly, it builds her confidence and reinforces what we've been teaching her - that girls can be anything that they want to be!!

This post is sponsored by Roominate. All opinions are my own.