MINION CUPCAKES

 

MINION CUPCAKES
This is from the “Despicable Me” movie. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recognize these guys.

What You Will Need for Despicable Me Minion Cupcakes:

Twinkies, halved. If you are making a dozen you’ll need six Twinkies.

Smarties for eyes. The only problem here is that you have to buy a lot of Smarties to get enough white ones. The ratio of white to colored is pretty bad. If you want to skip that problem, you can buy Altoids, they are the same size, though it’s maybe a little weird to have mints on a cupcake.

Black icing tube for details
Chocolate sprinkles. Longer ones make better hair, so look for those.
Blue (or whatever color you want) frosting or icing. Color with food coloring.

Directions:
Bake and frost your cupcakes as usual. Cut Twinkies in half and lay on the flat side on a plate. It will be easier to decorate this way. Squeeze two circles of icing/frosting on the Twinkies in the place where you will put the Smarties glasses. Press the Smarties into the icing/frosting and some of it will smoosh out and make it look like the glasses are rimmed. Make two dots for the eyes in the glasses. Draw lines for the sides of the glasses. Draw a mouth and stick chocolate sprinkles into the top of the Twinkies for hair. Gently press the Twinkie into the frosted cupcake. And done!

Note- If you are not sure what Smarties are, they are the little round candies given out on Halloween. If you google them, you will recognize them.

Homemade Children’s Box Cars

 

What a cute idea! I wish my kids were younger, they would have had a blast doing this!
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  • Dana SticklenWent camping this one time and all the kids there were riding big wheels. Had my grandson with us so feeling sorry for him my husband and son drove 30 minutes one way to get him a big wheel brought it back put it together and he rode for about 10 minutes then made his daddy make a robot out of the box for my son(daddy) to wear and he and daddy played more with that than the big wheel. And I haven’t seen a child yet who would not rather play with a box! It’s the parents and grandparents who buy the expensive toys. I’m going to go to ups and buy a bunch of boxes and then get paint glitter glue crayons for them to decorate and Christmas should be a HIT!!!!!
  • Angie TaylorToo cute!!!
  • Jean FosterPlan to do this before Christmas, or maybe let this be a christmas present. They all love arts and crafts.
  • Bonnie Jean HernI’m sharing this, and maybe my Goddaughter will see it and do it for her two little sons.

Kool-Aid Lip Gloss With Vaseline(chapstick) or Coconut Oil

 

DIY Kool-Aid Lip Gloss
OMG!!! I LOVE this!! Your young daughters are gonna LOVE this!Materials Needed:
Kool-Aid packets – $0.17 a packet at Walmart
Vaseline
Container for lip gloss storage – use a small empty spice container, or any small jar will work.
Craft supplies – optional

Directions:
Put a cup of Vaseline into a small microwavable bowl.
Heat until it is easy to stir, about 30 seconds. Be careful not to let it turn into liquid. (The Vaseline in the very bottom may liquefy, but the key is to just get it warm enough to stir.)
Sprinkle Kool-Aid into Vaseline and stir.
Transfer to container and enjoy!
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DIY Kool-Aid Lip Gloss<br />
OMG!!! I LOVE this!!   Your young daughters are gonna LOVE this!</p>
<p>Materials Needed:<br />
Kool-Aid packets – $0.17 a packet at Walmart<br />
Vaseline<br />
Container for lip gloss storage – use a small empty spice container, or any small jar will work.<br />
Craft supplies – optional</p>
<p>Directions:<br />
Put a cup of Vaseline into a small microwavable bowl.<br />
Heat until it is easy to stir, about 30 seconds. Be careful not to let it turn into liquid. (The Vaseline in the very bottom may liquefy, but the key is to just get it warm enough to stir.)<br />
Sprinkle Kool-Aid into Vaseline and stir.<br />
Transfer to container and enjoy!<br />
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US Measels Cases In 2013 May Be Most In 17 Years

 

U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years

By Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent
updated 1:27 PM EDT, Thu September 12, 2013
Those who choose not to vaccinate put other people's babies at risk, experts say.
Those who choose not to vaccinate put other people’s babies at risk, experts say.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 159 cases of measles in the United States from January 1 through August 24
  • Last highest year was 2011, when there were 222 cases
  • Nearly two-thirds of cases happened in communities where many people don’t vaccinate
  • Nearly 40% of children under the age of five who get measles have to be hospitalized

(CNN) — This year is on track to be the worst for measles in more than a decade, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And people who refuse to vaccinate their children are behind the increasing number of outbreaks, health officials say.

There were 159 cases of measles in the United States from January 1 through August 24, according to the CDC. If that trend continues, there will be more cases in 2013 than in any year since 1996, when some 500 cases were reported. The number would also surpass that of 2011, when there were 222 cases.

Measles cases in the United States numbered in the hundreds of thousands before the advent of vaccination, and dropped dramatically throughout the 1960s. The disease was thought to have been eradicated in 2000, but the numbers have recently crept back up, largely because of visitors from countries where measles is common and because of vaccine objectors within the United States. Nearly two-thirds of the reported cases happened in three outbreaks in communities where many people don’t vaccinate their children for religious or philosophical reasons.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. But it can be prevented by the MMR vaccine. The CDC recommends that kids get two doses — the first at 12 months of age and the second dose before entering school.

“This is very bad. This is horrible,” said Dr. Buddy Creech, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University who was on a telephone briefing with the CDC Thursday morning. “The complications of measles are not to be toyed with, and they’re not altogether rare.”

According to the CDC, one to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States who get measles will die from the disease, even with the best of care. Even if complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis aren’t deadly, they can make children very sick; in 2011, nearly 40% of children under the age of 5 who got measles had to be treated in the hospital.

Measles usually starts with a fever, which can get very high, followed by a cough, runny nose and red eyes. Soon a rash of tiny, red spots will start at the head and spread to the rest of the body. The rash can last a week and coughing can last for up to 10 days.

Measles outbreak

Measles outbreak at faith-healing church

Creech said he’s concerned younger physicians might not be quick to recognize the signs of measles, since there have been only pockets of the disease since 2000.

“Many young pediatricians might not know what measles looks like,” he said.

Among those who have been stricken with measles this year, 92% were not vaccinated or had unknown vaccination status. The largest outbreak was in New York, where 58 people contracted measles in a community where many refuse to be vaccinated for religious reasons.

Those who choose not to vaccinate put other people’s babies at risk, since babies cannot be vaccinated until their first birthday, and are therefore vulnerable to the disease.

“I hope that those who are vaccine hesitant or vaccine avoidant realize there are consequences to their actions,” Creech said. “None of us lives in isolation.”

Ex-staffer: Church counseled faith, not shots, for measles

The Naked Egg

 

THE “NAKED” EGG
So neato and also a bit weird but really cool! It will amaze your kids and teach them some science all at once.

Christina says: I did this for a science project when I was a kid about 20 yrs. ago n passed it on to my son when he did his science project last year. It’s really cool! It takes about 4 to 7 days.

Put an egg in a cup and fill it with apple cider vinegar till egg is covered. Cover tightly n let it sit. Each day give it a swirl. At the end u rinse off the egg n VIOLA! A rubber egg! Just be careful…it will bounce but is still delicate. And very smelly when it breaks. LOL …Not rotten — just smells like vinegar. Always keep it in the fridge during the whole process too.

Stefany added: If you place the “naked egg” in corn syrup, it will shrink/shrivel up. The vinegar inside the egg moves through the semi-permeable membrane.

You can then place it in water with food coloring and “color” the inside of the egg and it will fill up again due to osmosis.

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THE "NAKED" EGG
So neato and also a bit weird but really cool!  It will amaze your kids and teach them some science all at once.

Christina says: I did this for a science project when I was a kid about 20 yrs. ago n passed it on to my son when he did his science project last year. It's really cool! It takes about 4 to 7 days.

Put an egg in a cup and fill it with apple cider vinegar till egg is covered. Cover tightly n let it sit. Each day give it a swirl. At the end u rinse off the egg n VIOLA! A rubber egg! Just be careful...it will bounce but is still delicate. And very smelly when it breaks. LOL ...Not rotten -- just smells like vinegar. Always keep it in the fridge during the whole process too.

Stefany added: If you place the "naked egg" in corn syrup, it will shrink/shrivel up. The vinegar inside the egg moves through the semi-permeable membrane.

You can then place it in water with food coloring and "color" the inside of the egg and it will fill up again due to osmosis.

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Halloween Ideas

 

Halloween is just around the corner! Awesome snack idea.

Ghosts are bananas with chocolate chips. Minis for eyes and regular size for the mouth.

Pumpkins are tangerines with a piece of celery for the stalk.

Would be great for kids school party..instead of Candy!!

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Halloween is just around the corner! Awesome snack idea.

Ghosts are bananas with chocolate chips. Minis for eyes and regular size for the mouth.

Pumpkins are tangerines with a piece of celery for the stalk.

Would be great for kids school party..instead of Candy!!

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September Is Childhood Cancer Month – Dedication Poem

 

September Is Childhood Cancer Month – Dedication Poem

On behalf of September being Childhood Cancer Month, I have written a poem and I dedicate it to the children and their families affected by this horrific disease.

CHILDHOOD  CANCER

No child should ever have to deal with this disease.

Unfortunately it picks whomever it does please.

It is no respecter of a person’s age.

To its treatments a person is bound like being in a cage.

It does not care about race or gender,

By entering whomever it wants to enter.

One of the many things that’s so unfair,

Is the treatment for it makes you lose your hair.

It comes like a thief in the night,

And leaves a person in a torturous fight for their life.

Children may be small, but they seem to be strong.

Compared to adults, much better the children get along.

With Love,

Bonnie Jean

          Written August 24, 2013 for Childhood Cancer Month in September.

Message For Teenagers Starting Ninth Grade

 


MESSAGE TO MY TEENAGER ~ (author unknown)
Share this with your teenager today!

1. Yes, your freshman AND Sophomore years count towards your GPA for college entrance. Screw it up and you’ll work for crap wages your whole life.

2. No means NO. In every possible circumstance.

3. Join every sport, every club, every after school activity no matter what the cost. It’s cheaper than bail.

4. Repeat after me: I am never in that much of a hurry…I am never in that much of a hurry. Now say that every time you get behind the wheel. It will save your life and that of your best friend in the seat next to you.

5. Don’t do drugs or drink – it is so not worth the trouble.

6. Don’t get a credit card. You earn it or you live without it.

7. If I yell at you, it’s because I love you. And also, because you pissed me off. To avoid the latter, don’t be an idiot. And don’t disappoint me. More importantly, yourself.

8. Make a vivid picture inside your head of every great moment of your childhood. You’ll need those to get through adulthood.

9. Make snow angels as often as possible. Make a bucket list. Check it off!

10. Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

11. Be always benevolent. Yes, that’s a word. Look it up.

12. Call me for a ride even if you are so drunk you barely know my number. I’ll probably be mad for a while but I’ll respect you for calling and I won’t kill you. Riding with someone who is drinking will. (PS – remember #5?)

13. Be a leader, not a follower. Unless you are following the kid with the highest GPA and (s)he is going to a study group, then by all means be a follower!

14. Love your siblings, even when you don’t like them. Some day you will be trying to get them to take care of me in my old age. If they are mad at you, you are stuck with me.

15. I’ve been there, done that on more things than you can imagine. I’m not stupid and I know what you are doing. I was once you (times ten).

16. Work hard at everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

17. Cover it. (Enough said.)

18. When I tell you to clean your room, do not point at my messy room and raise your eyebrows. I’m trying to raise you to be better than me.

19. Learn to type; to budget; to spell correctly and to pray. All are equally important.

20. Never be sedentary. Someday soon you will no longer be able to move like that. Enjoy it.
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MESSAGE TO MY TEENAGER ~ (author unknown)
Share this with your teenager today!

1. Yes, your freshman AND Sophomore years count towards your GPA for college entrance. Screw it up and you’ll work for crap wages your whole life.

2. No means NO. In every possible circumstance.

3. Join every sport, every club, every after school activity no matter what the cost. It’s cheaper than bail.

4. Repeat after me: I am never in that much of a hurry…I am never in that much of a hurry. Now say that every time you get behind the wheel. It will save your life and that of your best friend in the seat next to you.

5. Don’t do drugs or drink - it is so not worth the trouble.

6. Don’t get a credit card. You earn it or you live without it.

7. If I yell at you, it’s because I love you. And also, because you pissed me off. To avoid the latter, don't be an idiot. And don't disappoint me. More importantly, yourself.

8. Make a vivid picture inside your head of every great moment of your childhood. You’ll need those to get through adulthood.

9. Make snow angels as often as possible. Make a bucket list. Check it off!

10. Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

11. Be always benevolent. Yes, that’s a word. Look it up.

12. Call me for a ride even if you are so drunk you barely know my number. I’ll probably be mad for a while but I’ll respect you for calling and I won’t kill you. Riding with someone who is drinking will. (PS - remember #5?)

13. Be a leader, not a follower. Unless you are following the kid with the highest GPA and (s)he is going to a study group, then by all means be a follower!

14. Love your siblings, even when you don’t like them. Some day you will be trying to get them to take care of me in my old age. If they are mad at you, you are stuck with me.

15. I’ve been there, done that on more things than you can imagine. I’m not stupid and I know what you are doing. I was once you (times ten).

16. Work hard at everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

17. Cover it. (Enough said.)

18. When I tell you to clean your room, do not point at my messy room and raise your eyebrows. I’m trying to raise you to be better than me.

19. Learn to type; to budget; to spell correctly and to pray. All are equally important.

20. Never be sedentary. Someday soon you will no longer be able to move like that. Enjoy it.
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Butterfly Snacks

 

BUTTERFLY SNACKS
This is so cute!!! Great for your children or grandchildren!
Perfect for back-to-school!!

Supplies:
-Clothspins
-Snack size ziplock bags
-Googly eyes
-Pipe cleaners
-Glue
-Paint, glitter glue, puffy paint (I only had the kids use paint, but any of these other options would be fun too)
-Snacks (goldfish crackers, dried fruit, cereal, grapes, trail mix, blueberries, etc.)

Directions:
For each bag, decorate one side of a clothespin with either paint, puffy paint or glitter glue. Glue two small googly eyes near the gripping end of the clothespin and let the glue dry.

Put your snack into a snack-size ziplock bag until it’s a little over half full. I liked to fill the bag half with goldfish and half with grapes. Seal the bag, cinch the middle with your fingers, and clip it with the clothespin.

Next, fold down/curl the tips of a 6-inch length of pipe cleaner, then bend the entire piece in half. Clip the pipe cleaner in the clothespin.
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BUTTERFLY SNACKS
This is so cute!!! Great for your children or grandchildren!
Perfect for back-to-school!!

Supplies:
-Clothspins
-Snack size ziplock bags
-Googly eyes
-Pipe cleaners
-Glue
-Paint, glitter glue, puffy paint (I only had the kids use paint, but any of these other options would be fun too)
-Snacks (goldfish crackers, dried fruit, cereal, grapes, trail mix, blueberries, etc.)

Directions:
For each bag, decorate one side of a clothespin with either paint, puffy paint or glitter glue. Glue two small googly eyes near the gripping end of the clothespin and let the glue dry.

Put your snack into a snack-size ziplock bag until it's a little over half full. I liked to fill the bag half with goldfish and half with grapes. Seal the bag, cinch the middle with your fingers, and clip it with the clothespin.

Next, fold down/curl the tips of a 6-inch length of pipe cleaner, then bend the entire piece in half. Clip the pipe cleaner in the clothespin.
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