Fun with PEEPS – and a free printable Easter gift tag

Free Printable Peeps tagwhen it comes to Easter and springtime, Peeps® are an iconic candy brand. when we received a big box in the mail this weekend labeled “PEEPS” on the outside, my kids were over the moon. we figured it was full of the traditional colorful chicky and bunny Peeps®, but we had no idea that we would find such a variety of Peeps® candy as well as some fun PEEPS inspired gifts and other candy from the PEEPS & Company brands such as Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales.

all these varieties made me want to head over to the Peeps & Company® website and check out what they offered. WOW. i was excited to see not only candy, but fun gifts, toys, home decor, and apparel. and not just for Easter. now you can enjoy PEEPS all year long. there are peeps and candy for all occasions and also in every color scheme. so if you are looking to match a certain color, i highly suggest checking out everything peeps has to offer.

to celebrate my love for Peeps®, i thought it would be fun to make a fun Easter basket to give to one of my “peeps”. i just filled a spring bucket with some paper grass and a bunch of varieties of Peeps® including Peeps Chick Ear Buds and a Peeps® Bunny Plush and attached a cute tag that says “to my PEEP!” i wanted to make sure i included the free printable for you to use if you decide to make a Peeps® gift for one of your peeps. click here to download the Peeps gift tag.

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click here to download the Peeps gift tag.

just for fun, i also wanted to share some of the Easter PEEPS that i think would be fun for the kid, tweens, teens and even adult Easter baskets or for a fun spring treat. check them out below!

Fun Peeps Gifts for Everyone

1. Peeps Chick Earbuds |  2. Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Peeps | 3. Peeps Bunny Socks and Candy Sets | 4. Peeps Plush Bunnies | 5. Rainbow Pops Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks | 6. Peeps Decorated Marshmallow Eggs | 7. Peeps Rainbow Pops  | 8. Orange Creme Flavored Chicks  | 9. Party Flavored Marshmallow Chicks | 9. Peeps Keychains | 10. Party Cake Peeps | 11. Peeps-a-liscious Cookbook  |  12. Peeps Socks

and don’t forget about Peeps & Company’s other fun brands – Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike. there are lots of fun candies in different flavors and themes to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike1. Mike and Ike Zours  |  2. Hot Tamale Juniors  |  3. Hot Tamales Licorice Bites  | 4. Mike and Ike Jelly Beans |  5. Mike and Ike Easter Treats6. Mike and Ike Minion Mix  |  7. Hot Tamales Earbud Gift Set  |  8. Mike and Ike Lollipops  | 9. Mike and Ike Jurassic World  |  10. Mike and Ike Cotton Candy

{Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! The PEEPS & COMPANY® products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by PEEPS & COMPANY®}

The Ghost Who Ate Chocolate Chips | Free Halloween Printable

 when i was little, my mom always told me The Chocolate Chip Ghost Story, a story about little ghosts who ate things they shouldn’t. i remember how much i loved that story and started telling it to my kids when my oldest was just a baby.

this year, i thought it would be fun to make some little ghost puppets for baby to play with while i tell the kiddies the story. and as a Halloween treat for my fabu-boo-lous readers, i thought i’d share them with you too!  below you will find a link to The Chocolate Chip Ghost Story & free printable ghosts. you can glue them to popsicle sticks or just use them as a flannel board story.  the best thing about this story, is that it teaches obedience. you can also have fun by eating chocolate chip ice cream afterwards.

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The Chocolate Chip Ghost Story

Once upon a time, there lived 5 little ghosts. As everyone knows, ghosts are white and to stay white, the only thing they can eat is vanilla ice cream and the only thing that they can drink is milk. One day when Mama ghost went to the refrigerator, there was no vanilla ice cream and no milk. So she had to go to the grocery store and before she left she said, “No matter how hungry you get, do not eat anything or something dreadful will happen. We don’t have anymore white food left, so I must go out and get some. I will be back soon.”

While mommy was gone, the first ghost became so very thirsty.  He looked in the refrigerator and saw a little glass of grape juice and thought, “just one teeny sip wouldn’t hurt.” So he took a one teeny sip of grape juice and what do suppose happened? He turned purple! The other ghosts looked at him and said “Mommy told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his mommy to see him all purple so he ran upstairs and hide in the toy box.

The second ghost became so hungry that he just had to look in the refrigerator for something to eat. He saw a carrot and thought, “just one teeny bite wouldn’t hurt.” So he took a one teeny bite of the carrot and what do suppose happened? He turned orange! The other ghosts looked at him and said “Mommy told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his mommy to see him all orange so he ran upstairs and hide in the closet.

The third ghost became so hungry that he looked in the refrigerator and saw a bowl of spinach and thought, “just one teeny bite wouldn’t hurt.” So he took a one teeny bite of spinach and what do suppose happened? He turned green! The other ghosts looked at him and said “Mommy told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his mommy to see him all green so he ran upstairs and hide under the bed.

The fourth ghost became so hungry and he looked in the refrigerator and saw a bowl of strawberries and thought, “just one teeny bite wouldn’t hurt.” So he took a one teeny bite of a strawberry and what do suppose happened? He turned red! The other ghosts looked at him and said “Mommy told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his mommy to see him all red so he ran upstairs and behind the door.

The fifth ghost said, “I’m so hungry but I will not do what my brothers did. I’ll look in the freezer and see if there is just maybe a little vanilla ice cream left.” When he looked in the freezer there was some ice cream….and it was almost vanilla – it was chocolate chip ice cream. So the ghost said, “This shouldn’t hurt me – those chocolate chips are so tiny.” So he ate one spoonful and became a chocolate chip ghost! He certainly didn’t want his mommy to see him all spotty so he ran upstairs and hid in the bathtub.

When Mommy ghost returned, she knew something was wrong when she didn’t see her children, so she started looking for the little ghosts. She found the first one upstairs in the toy box, and an 2nd one in the closet, and the 3rd one under the bed, the 4th one behind the door and the 5th and last one in the bathtub. When she found all of them, she said, “Little ghosts, I told you that something dreadful would happen and it did.” Whatever can we do to get you white again for Halloween?

Mommy Ghost called the ghost doctor and this is what he told her to do. Keep all the little ghosts in bed for five days and give them nothing but vanilla ice cream and milk to eat.  If you do this, they should be ready and all white again for Halloween. So that is what she did and by Halloween night, the five little ghosts were all white again to go out haunting and spooking and shouting “BOO!” And they never again ate something they shouldn’t. The End!

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click here for your own copy of The Chocolate Chip Ghost Story & free printables

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Father’s Day: Star Wars Kit Messenger Bag tutorial

okay, i am finally getting this pattern up. i am actually not real good at making tutorials for sewing things. but i will do my best. so here goes…..
what you need:
1/2 yard of brown felt 18″x 66″
thread
ruler
directions:
step 1) cut your fabric into the following pieces:
• 2 – 5″x 9″   (sides)
• 1 – 3″ x 12″   (ammo strap)
• 1 – 3″ x 49″   (strap)
• 1 – 15″x 59″   (bag)
see picture.
step 2) fold the top of 15″ x 59″ piece down 2-1/2″ and sew it down. your piece will now be 15″ x 56-1/2″.
step 3) fold the 15″ x 59″ piece almost in half. you want the folded end to be 4″ lower than the non-folded end. your fabric will now be 15″ x 34-1/2″. pin your fabric so it doesn’t come apart.
step 4) sewing the pocket detail: sew two, 5″ lines starting at the top of pocket to the bottom of the bag. (i used a straight stitch). they should be 5″ apart and divide the pocket in 3. see picture.
step 5) sewing the flap detail: sew around the flap part of the messenger bag using a 1/4″ seam allowance. (i used a zig zag stitch). see picture.
step 6) sewing the ends on the bag: pin your side on the bag starting with the end with the folded part (wrong sides together).  sew around 3 sides of the side pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. when you come to the corners, make sure your needle is down, and swing the fabric around to start sewing each side.
step 7) sewing the ammo strap: sew the 12″ sides in, using a 1/2″ seam allowance and straight stitch. your piece should now be 2″ x 12″.
step 8) sewing the strap: fold each end of the strap in 3″ and sew a square using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  sew the ammo strap on one end of the large strap by sewing 2″ lines across every 4″.
step 9) sewing the strap on the bag: pin the strap onto each side of the bag at the top. affix by sewing an “X” accrossed each square on each side.  (i have found that once all the treats are loaded in the bag, it is really heavy. the felt is not super sturdy, so you may want to double the strap for more support. i figured it is fine, since the boys will most likely play with the bag without putting such heavy items in it.)
you are now finished!
{click here for the entire Daddy Star Wars Kit in case you missed it.}

Free Spring Paper Doll Printable

Peeper Dolls

i had this idea of making a paper doll collection. and since it is spring….and PEEPS are all around us, i decide to make PEEPS paper dolls. aka ‘PEEP’er dolls! i have included 4 ‘PEEP’ dolls and 16 outfits with accessories. there are girl and boys outfits! hope you enjoy.

to make you very own ‘PEEP’er Dolls:
• download the paper dolls template here
• make sure you print the PEEP bunnies onto cardstock. the outfits can be printed on either cardstock or paper
• cut out the ‘PEEP’er Dolls
• have fun!

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