Monday, March 26, 2012

SwellChel Does Easter: Giveaway winners!!!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Easter giveaway!  It was fun to read your comments!

The two winners of 
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes are ...

#9 .... Heather


#4 ... Jen Gillespie

Thanks again!

If you are interested in a copy of The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
check it out on Amazon here!

SwellChel Does Easter: Bunny Silhouette with FREE Download

I really, absolutely LOVED eighteen25's framed bunny silhouette I found here.

I'm not so good with scrapbook paper crafts, etc so I decided to make a 
digital version of their bunny silhouette.  I used pretty muted colors
 because it goes with my home better.

Anyways - if any of you are interested in having a copy you can
download it for FREE here.

I just printed it out as an 8x10!

Come check out other Easter ideas 
on my Easter board on Pinterest here.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

SwellChel Does Easter: Polka Dot Easter Eggs

 I had leftover craft Easter eggs last year and I came across this awesome tutorial at Stay at Home Artist (here) for Polka Dot Easter Egg Finials.

Basically you painted the eggs, let them dry and then you stick on those little paper reinforcer stickers with holes in the middle.  Then you can paint another color on top of those, and after they dry and your remove them you have a perfect little circle!  That's SO awesome for my unsteady/sloppy hand!  The tutorial also shows what kind of dowel caps/wooden discs they used for stands!

Oh - and the subway art is from amazing Eighteen25 here.

Come check out other Easter ideas 
on my Easter board on Pinterest here.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

SwellChel Does Easter: Mod-Podge Easter Eggs

When I saw craft Easter eggs at Michael's craft store last year I KNEW I had to whip out some Mod-Podge (after going crazy at Halloween making Mod-Podge Pumpkins)

If you need a great tutorial I suggest the one at The Other White House here.

I found these super cute pink napkins at Target and went to town!  I only have one somewhat-decent picture of them ... but you get the idea :)  I promise it is easy to do ... even easier than the pumpkins because they had indentations around them!

Come check out other Easter ideas 
on my Easter board on Pinterest here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SwellChel Does Easter: Easter/Spring gift idea for teachers ... with FREE download

My son's elementary school is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and I thought I would combine his gift for his teacher with a little Easter/Spring gift as well.

I absolutely L-O-V-E Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Malted Milk Eggs (think Whoppers- but ten times better!)  The packaging is amazing too!  I thought I would get his teacher a gift card attached to the yummy treat.  I decided to make a little tag saying, "Thanks for being an Egg-Cellent teacher!" and attached it to the malted eggs with some twine from The Twinery.

I made a generic tag (that looks like the picture below) where you can add the teacher's name on the top, and sign the kids name on the bottom.  You can download it for free here.
(Four of them fit on a 8.5x11 page)

Of course, if you have another favorite "EGG" treat like Cadbury Eggs, etc - this tag will work with those too!

Update: I've also created a tag that says 
"Hope you have an Egg-cellent Easter!" 
 Check it out on this post here.

If you want to check out my Easter board on Pinterest
check it out here!

Linking up to these great blogs:

SwellChel Does Easter: GIVEAWAY!! The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes


I wanted to celebrate my little blog reaching 
10,000 page views since I started it last August!

My favorite Easter book since I was a child is

It's the sweetest little story about a country bunny striving to become one of the next "Easter Bunnies" despite her responsibilities as a mother of 21 children.  It's beautifully illustrated and has a wonderful message.   

Last year I came across this post from Serendipity.  She had proudly displayed her copy of the book and had also spray painted a little pair of shoes gold to also display!  I couldn't wait to do the same ...

I am giving away TWO copies of "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes."  (There will be two winners)  If you already own it you can still enter so you can give it as a gift :)

To enter, leave a comment on THIS post and tell me what your favorite Easter book is, or if you don't have one maybe share a favorite Easter tradition!

You can enter until 11:59 pm on this Sunday, March 25th.  I will announce the winner Monday morning!

If you are interested come and check out 
my Easter Board on Pinterest here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

SwellChel Does St. Patrick's Day: 5 SUPER Easy St. Patrick's Day Treats

We're having a lot of fun getting ready for St. Patrick's Day around here and making treats is just part of that fun!  
Here are five SUPER easy (and when I say easy I mean it!)  St. Patrick's Day treats that I've made:

1. Lucky Charms cereal for St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

These are all ready to go for our breakfast tomorrow!  I have a bag made for each kid and we eat it with our "green" milk!

(I can't remember where I got those bag toppers from but when I figure it out I will update this post!)

2. Leprechaun Chex Mix

I adapted the Valentine's Chex mix that I found here.
I used green candy melt instead of the white, and used normal m&m's (except for the brown ones) to make it "rainbow-like."  It may not look like much but it is Y-U-M-M-Y!

3. Leprechaun Floats

I saw the idea from Make and Takes on Pinterest here
(it actually links up to their Star Wars Party but their "Yoda Soda" works for a St. Patrick's Day "Leprechaun Float" too!)

It's just lime sherbet with lemon-lime soda!  Easy!

My kids enjoyed theirs while having a play-date with cousins this week.

4. St. Patrick's Day Mason Jar Cupcakes

I posted earlier this month a picture of my "Lucky Charms" cupcakes here.

This year my kids wanted to save the "Lucky Charms" for their breakfast so I thought it would be fun to use Fruit Loops instead.

As I was getting the cupcakes ready I thought it would be fun to bring one to Talon's kindergarten teacher, but I wanted to think of a fun to way to display it for her.  I've made mason jar cupcakes before and thought that would be perfect!

All I did was layer them like this:  cupcake, green frosting, cupcake, green frosting, and then I sprinkled fruit loops on top!  Easy!  I made a tag for the top, and tied on a plastic fork with my favorite twine from The Twinery!

Or, if you don't want them in a mason jar here is what they looked like when the kids helped me decorate the rest of them!

5. St. Patrick's Day Pretzels

I saw this idea from Sheek Shindigs on Pinterest here.

Instead of twisted pretzels I thought it would be WAY easy just using medium-sized pretzel rods (and it was easy!).  I just dipped them in the white chocolate, laid them on wax paper, and after it hardened a bit I drizzled the green candy melt on top!

 If you want to see more St. Patrick's Day ideas you can check out my Pinterest board here!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

{Yummy Food Finds}: Triple Layer Mud Pie (Happy Pi Day!)

It's all my sister-in-law Hillary's fault!  I knew "Pi Day" was coming up (March 14th =3.14, get it?!!?  Yes, I'm a geek!) but I hadn't planned on making anything.  Then Hillary asked for a pie recipe.  Once I sent her the recipe for Triple Layer Mud Pie I knew I was in trouble ... I HAD to make it for Pi Day!  :)

I found the recipe in a Kraft Foods magazine years ago but found the link on the internet here.

I made it for a Pie-Bakeoff at church when we were newlyweds and it won first prize!  It soon became a go-to dessert for us and I've always loved how easy-peasy it is to make.  Remember, I'm not much of a cook/baker .... I've actually never made a fruit pie, pie crust, or anything like that.  This kind of recipe where you just throw in ingredients is right up my alley!

Here is the recipe straight from Kraft foods:

what you need

squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted

cup canned sweetened condensed milk

 OREO Pie Crust (6 oz.)

cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans, toasted

pkg. (3.9 oz. each) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding

cups cold 2% milk

tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided

make it

MIX chocolate and condensed milk; pour into crust. Sprinkle with nuts.
BEAT pudding mixes and 2% milk with whisk 2 min.; spoon 1-1/2 cups over nuts. Stir half the COOL WHIP into remaining pudding; spread over pudding layer in crust.
TOP with remaining COOL WHIP. Refrigerate 3 hours.

I thought I would also include pictures of all of the different layers  (I'm a visual cook and I LOVE photo tutorials!)

1. Crust
(I'm so bummed my store was out of Oreo crusts ... 
but it might be better because the filling is SO chocolatey!)

2. Melted Chocolate mixed with Sweetened Condensed Milk

3. Chopped Pecans

4. Jell-O Pudding made with Milk

5. Part of the Jell-O Pudding mixed with Part of the Cool Whip

6. Cool Whip


Saturday, March 10, 2012

"I love you because..." Dry-Erase Picture Frames with FREE Download

Last year I absolutely fell in love with Kiki Creates "I love you because" frames! 

{image via Kiki Creates}

I've been meaning to make a similar project ever since and finally got around to it in time for Valentine's Day this year.  I decided not to include it in my "SwellChel Does Valentine's Day" since I'm going to be keeping it up year-round in my home!

For my project I knew I wanted to include a picture of each kid in their frame ...
and here is what I came up with:

We have a huge magnetic board in our house and I decided to put them in frames and put them up there.
My husband and I take turns writing things to the kids on there with dry-erase markers.  The kids love it and we often find our oldest (five-year-old) pointing his out to friends/family!   :)

Here is an example of what we've written on there:

I found REALLY lightweight picture frames in the Dollar Spot at Target, but I've also seen them at my local Dollar Tree.  (The ones I found are document-size, but my prints are 8x10 ... so there is a little bit of white space but that doesn't bother me)

I glued on heavy-duty magnets onto the back and they hang on the magnet board just great ... they would also look neat on a refrigerator (also using magnets), on a wall, or standing on a shelf.

If anyone is interested I am including links so you can download these for FREE!

I would print them 8x10 (but I made them big enough you could also do 16x20).

There is enough room to add either a 5x7 or 4x6 landscape print of your child (or spouse for that matter).  Just glue it onto your print and frame it!  Easy-peasy!

Click here to download the green one.

 Click here to download the red one.

Click here to download the aqua one.

If you want any other colors let me know by leaving a comment ... I'll see what I can do :)


I'm linked up to:

Oopsey Daisy
Skip To My Lou 

  Fun On A Dime DIY under $5

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

SwellChel Does Pinterest: St. Patrick's Day Printables and Crafts for Kids

I was so excited to find some great educational activities for my kids for St. Patrick's Day.  These free printables are similar to the ones I've printed out for previous holidays ... I stick them in page protectors, put them in a three-ring binder and have my kids do the activities with dry-erase markers.

Here is a great one from 2 Teaching Mommies you can find here
{image via 2 Teaching Mommies}

Here is another fun-filled one from Over the Big Moon found here
{image via Over the Big Moon}

Oopsey Daisy created a "G is for Green" Mommy School Packet
that is great to use for St. Patrick's Day.  You can find it here.
{image via Oopsey Daisy}

I also came across some other fun crafts I thought the kids would enjoy ....

"I am lucky because ...." craft by Lisa Storms found here.
It seems like a great idea for kids to find ways to count their blessings!
{image via Lisa Storms}

 This seemed like a darling Leprechaun Hat Memory Game by Little Family Fun.
You can find it here.
{image via Little Family Fun}

These look like fun little shamrocks that my little ones would love to make.
These are from No Time for Flashcards.  Find the idea here.
{image via No Time for Flashcards}

 Another idea for "playing with food" like the shamrocks is
creating a Fruit Loop rainbow!!!
Find the idea at All Kids Network here.
{image via All Kids Network}

You can check out some other St. Patrick's ideas on my Pinterest board here.