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Valentine's Day Ideas and Printables

With Valentine's being such a fun occasion for my boys, I decided to do a fun and unique type of Valentine's for their classes this year! You can also print these and use them for your child's class or daycare or friends! Keep reading and you will see the printable below! 

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For my older son's class (Grade 1), we are doing Tic Tac Toe game board Valentine's. How cute are these?! 

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This is a fun and interactive way for your kids to give their friends a little treat and then they can play tic tac toe with their treats! Click on the photo below by left clicking on the photo below and printing the form for your kiddos to use! 

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For my younger son, he really wanted to give his class suckers and so we made these fun and adorable Valentine's. I love that he can write his name this year and love how proud he was when he wrote them out! 

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With this one you will need an adult to make two incisions on the Valentine with a sharp knife so that you can slide the sucker through....

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Here's the printable for you! To download, left click on the photo and save it to your computer or phone. Then print. 

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Be sure to check out our Seasonal Valentine's Day Boxes HERE! Get yours before they are gone!! 

Monkey'in Around

Here are some fun ideas on how to incorporate a full theme into your weekend fun and what better theme than monkeys?!

 
 

I thought it would be fun to have a full theme so that you can incorporate some crafting, games, a recipe and a printable!  

 
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Such a fun little craft to do on a rainy day!

Materials required:

  • - toilet paper tube
  • - brown paper
  • - beige paper
  • - yellow paper
  • - pipe cleaner
  • - glue
  • - scissors

 Here's how to make this cute little craft:
1.  Wrap the toilet paper roll in brown paper and glue. Cut out legs and arms in strips of brown paper. Accordion fold them. Glue them to the back of the body.
2. Cut out mouth, eyes, ears and tummy in beige paper.
Draw eyes, nostrils and mouth.
3. Cut out banana and glue to one hand.
4. Curl pipe cleaner and glue to the back of the body.

 
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Monkey Banana Bread Recipe

This is a family favourite with my little monkeys!
Items Required:

- 1 ¾ cup flour

- 2 tsp. baking powder

- ¼ tsp baking soda

- ½ tsp salt

- 1/3 cup butter

- 2/3 cup sugar

- 2 eggs (1 at a time)

- 1 1/2 cup bananas (4 bananas)

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix well. Mash bananas in another bowl. Combine butter, sugar, eggs with the bananas. Add dry mix. Mix well. Bake at 350 for 55-60mins.

Activity:

Monkey See, Monkey Do...Everything I do, You Do Too Activity!

This is a game for 3 or more players. But the more players you have, the more funny and exciting it is to play!

Here's how to play the game:

One player is the guesser, one is the monkey and the rest follow the monkey.

Decide which player will be the guesser. That player leaves the room.

Have the guesser leave the room. The remaining players then decide who will be the monkey.

The other players have to do whatever the monkey does. If she scratches her head, the rest of the players have to scratch their heads. The guesser tries to figure out who is the monkey. The monkey should try not to get caught changing the action. If the monkey gets caught, then she becomes the next guesser.

Here's another fun little acticity for your little one to enjoy! Click on the photo and download the file or right click on the photo and print! 

Happy First Day of Fall!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE Fall! I love the smells, the routine, the freshness in the air, the cool nights for sleeping, the decorations and sweaters that come out of storage and the FOOD!! 

 
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I might have jumped on the Pumpkin Spice everything bandwagon last week and had my first muffin from Tim Horton's and now it's like total resistance driving past each Tim Horton's and not stopping!! I can't wait for my first latte from Starbucks!! :) I am also excited and can't wait to make these Pumpkin Spice Muffins again this year! They are a huge hit in our house and so easy to make! 

I love decorating for Fall and was so excited to bring out our decorations and get our little mini pumpkins again this year. Here is the outside: 

 
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And a few from the inside: 

 
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The other thing I love about Fall is doing Fall activities! We have checked a few things off of our list for Fall, but we are looking forward to creating more memories soon by doing more items on the Fall Bucket List! 
 

Also, don't forget to check out our Single Seasonal Boxes HERE or sign up for any Subscription and get in on the October box that will be filled with some SPOOKY Halloween crafts! We sent out September's boxes this week and are super excited to share soon about our new warehouse space!! :) 

 
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Here is your Bucket List that you can print or save to your phone and create some fun memories with your kiddos!

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Happy Fall everyone!!! 

Elf Food and Elf Application

Another great way to incorporate the Elf on the Shelf is to make Elf Food! We made this last year and the boys loved it. We actually made it together and then watched our first Christmas movie! 

Items Required:

  • 1/2 c. popping corn
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 2.5 cups mini marshmallows
  • Green Food colouring
  • 1/2 Cup Mini Marshmallows
  • M&M Candies – Red
  • Cashews (if desired)

Pop the popcorn like normal. You can also use microwave popcorn.  Sprinkle salt as desired.

Melt butter in a saucepan (always use the stove with an adult!). Add 2 1/2 c mini marshmallows and allow to melt stirring frequently. Sir until they are melted. Add food colouring the mix. Slowly pour the mix over the popcorn. Stirring frequently. As you add more, it will become stickier, so add more mix slowly. Pour your popcorn onto a lined cookie sheet. 

Add marshmallows, m & m, cashews and any other desired snack food. Drizzle remaining mix over top (do not mix).  Allow to dry and enjoy your elf food!!

 

Another fun activity is to have your child fill out an "Elf Application"!

Just right click on the photo and print it. Have them fill it out and either give it to Santa at the Mall or give it to the elf to take it back to the north pole....no promises but it does teach fun lessons about "applying" for things! ;) 

 

Elf on The Shelf Ideas and FREE Printable!

It's that time of year again where that mischievous or friendly little elf comes back from the North Pole! I know some parents refuse to have one as they find it way too difficult to come up with ideas, think of hiding him or her every day and just the thought of an elf watching has even creeped a few people out. I get it...but...at our house, the elf is something that my husband and I love seeing our boys facing, hunting for him, thinking about him first thing when they wake up in the morning and just bringing more magic to Christmas!

 

This is our boys last year when Charlie arrived. At our house, Charlie brings the Christmas books back and brings a new one each year! He sets the table for our Christmas breakfast and we get to use our special cups and plates for a nice family breakfast.  At our house, Charlie comes on the first weekend in December (the boys don't know that but it works out easiest for me to remember and for use to be able to enjoy our family breakfast!).  Then each day we move Charlie around and the kids run around looking for him each morning.  Our elf can be funny but also has sent little notes for our boys. 

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So I thought this year wouldn't be fun to have little notes that he can have with him to spread some fun?! I will also have these for you (in this blog below) as a free printable! So here are some ideas on what you can have you elf doing this year: 

 

Our boys thought it was so funny when Charlie was hanging from a clothesline in our oldest son's underwear. 

Then he was playing Hungry, Hungry Hippos. 

One of our favourites is when Charlie barricades a room with tape.  Then all day we have to crawl under the trap to get through. It's a fun one!

My husband loves hanging the boys toys from various spots in the house with fishing line so it kind of looks like it's actually flying! 

 

Charlie has also used Daddy's shaving cream and had a shaving cream beard ;) 

One of our other favourites is when Charlie takes a toilet paper roll and rolls down the stairs. 

The next one was fun, but I made sure to do it on a day when we weren't home and the kids weren't needing a glass of water. Charlie was up in our water dispenser with a cup, ready to get a drink! 

The last is when Charlie took ALL of the boys stuffed animals and lined them up on the couch. 

 

One of the funniest that the boys loved last year was finding Charlie in the fridge and he had written a message on the eggs! It took them a while to find him though and we "accidentally" found him when we went to make breakfast!

Then Charlie was back to his mischievous self and we kept the toilet paper from the roll down the stairs and he trashed the stairway. The boys were in aw that he made such a mess and kept telling him he better clean that up!

Then Charlie wanted to help with laundry...

Then the last is a favourite. We all know in our house that Charlie LOVES hot cocoa but he always spills it! 

So those are some ideas on what you can do for the Elf On the Shelf this year! Here is the free printable I was mentioning. The purpose is to print it, then cut the cards out and have him using them to communicate with your little ones. I love the joke and can't wait for our boys to see this one! 

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Just click on the photo and right click it and hit print! Happy Elf on The Shelf time!! :) 

Fall Free Printable

I can't get enough of Fall! I love the smells, the cooler weather and comfy clothes and food. I love the routine of things and I love the busyness of fall too!

Here's a fun way to spend some time with your kiddos and create family memories together. Why not print our free printable - Fall Bucket List!

This is such a fun way for your kids to be able to focus on what activities need to be done to check the list off and need to work together towards a goal.

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Simply right click on the image and save it to your desktop or computer. Hit print and post it on the fridge or the wall for the entire family to see it so that you can check off items as you go!

Don't forget we still have TWO Fall Single Boxes to choose from:

Can't wait to share with you our Fall decorations and favourites...mmm...my new favourite candle included! ;)

Meal Planning and FREE Printable!

With the fall season almost here (my favourite!), back to school and routine, I thought what better time to get back into my meal planning. I LOVE planning out my weekly suppers and sitting down to figure out my grocery list each week (I can't be the only one, am I?!).  So I thought it would be great for me to share with you an easy way to plan your meals and help with your grocery list too! 

Each week I like to figure out what activities we have that week and plan our meals around them so that way we are not trying to figure out what to eat last minute. It's helpful because not only does it guide you for what to eat, but it also helps with your grocery shopping (and it saves you money by planning!). 

Here's what I like to do each week. I use this menu plan (I prefer lines but we have both of them for you as an option so you can choose!) and I plan out our week. I write at the top what activities we have that week so I know if we are going to be rushed and need a quick dinner idea (like this week our boys have skating on Wednesday and then we have a birthday party for our oldest on Saturday).  

My grocery list is on the pink sticky note (I know there are apps for this, but personally I prefer to write everything down and take my sticky note with me...call me old fashioned I know!). With my grocery list, I transfer over anything at the bottom of the planner and then I have areas of the grocery store - fruits, veggies, meats and then everything else in the middle of the store :)

With the meal planner, what you can do is write the meal at the top of the list and then in the middle, write what ingredients it needs. If it's an easier meal like pork chops and rice, obviously you wouldn't need to write out the ingredients. However if it's a more difficult menu item like lasagna, then you can write everything out that you need for that recipe. Then at the bottom, there is a handy section for what needs to go on your grocery list (this is where you check your pantry and fridge first to see what items you have). Then transfer over your grocery list items to your grocery list. 

I also thought it would be helpful for you to give you some supper and meal plan ideas!! Here are a few of our favourites (NOTE: I will be blog posting some of these in the next couple of months...if you have a preference, leave a comment or email me at cassie@curiositybox.ca). 

Meal Plan Ideas:

  • Lasagna
  • Pork Tenderloin with mashed potatoes
  • Pork Chops with rice and a veggie
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Tacos (chicken or beef or fish)
  • Nachos (beef or chicken)
  • Quesadilla 
  • Spaghetti with garlic toast and caesar salad
  • Chicken Alfredo Pasta (LOVE THIS ONE!!) 
  • Stuffed Chicken with mini potatoes and bbq'd veggies
  • Meat loaf and scalloped potatoes and cauliflower
  • Sheppards' Pie
  • Chili
  • Chicken or beef kabobs
  • Hamburgers with home made french fries
  • Homemade macaroni and cheese with salad
  • Homemade pizzas
  • Taco Salad - find the recipe HERE
  • Meatballs with rice or meatball subs
  • Chicken Enchiladas 
  • Cabbage Rolls
  • Pork Chops with rice and corn

I love trying new recipes too so I will be sure to post some more soon!

So here is the FREE Printable that you can click on and print. As I said before, there is a version with lines and a version without.

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Meal Planner Lines

Happy meal planning :)