Easy Big Hero 6 Baymax Party Ideas

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super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

I’m sure you have heard by now, but

BIG HERO 6 IS AVAILABLE ON BLUE-RAY/DVD RIGHT NOW!!!

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

Yes, it’s true!  You can pick up Big Hero 6 at your local Walmart and bring home an amazing movie that you and your kiddos will absolutely LOVE!  In fact, Walmart has an exclusive 2 DISC Disc Blue-Ray+DVD and digital copy pack and tons of really awesome Big Hero 6 merchandise from clothes to toys to posters. (For the digital copy, just scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher Walmart app!)

To celebrate the movie release on February 24th, I decide to do a few Baymax inspired ideas and surprise Josh with the new movie.

Here are a few super easy Baymax and Big Hero 6 ideas that you can use at your next party!

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

Baymax Balloons

What is a party without balloons?  This project is so easy, I’m almost not even sure you can call it a project!

You need:

White balloons
Black Sharpie

Inflate your balloons and simple draw two circles and connect them with a line.  Ta-da.  A la Baymax.  (I’m really loving how easy Baymax is to re-create!) :)

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

Baymax Pizza

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

For dinner I went with a kid classic, pizza.  Already in a circle shape, I just made sure to add the pepperoni first and put the mozzarella cheese on top.  Then, a few simple construction paper shapes and we have a Baymax pizza!

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

Baymax Rice Krispie Treats

We usually go for the same desserts – cupcakes or cookies.  So I thought I would switch it up and do Rice Krispie Treats – Baymax style of course!

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

You will need:

6 Cups of Rice Krispie cereal
1 Bag of marshmallows
3 Tablespoons butter
White Chocolate
Hershey Drops
A tube of black cake decorating gel.

To make the Rice Krispie Treats, simply melt the bag of marshmallows and better.

In a large bowl, add cereal and once melted, pour the marshmallow butter mix in.  Stir well, evenly coating.

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray and add the Rice Krispie mix in.  Let it sit and cool.

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

Using a cup or biscuit cutter, cut out circles.  Like cookie dough, once you can no longer get anymore shapes out, roll up the mix and flatten it out again!

(Tip you want your circles to be well packed and tight.  Otherwise the chocolate will cause them to pull apart.)

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

Melt the chocolate according to the package instructions.  Spoon white chocolate on one side of the treat.

Add 2 Hershey Drop eyes.  Place on a plate.  Once your treats are coated in chocolate, place in the refrigerator or freezer just until the chocolate hardens.

Using the black cake decorating gel, draw a line connecting the two eyes.

super easy Big Hero 6 Party Ideas

With the balloons, pizza and dessert you are now ready to pop in your new Big Hero 6 movie!

Have you seen this movie yet?  What did you think?

4 Things You Need This Winter

4 Things You Need This Winter

 

Just when we thought winter was over, the bitter cold has returned.  And snow.  It’s a good thing that I have my winter essentials!  Here are four things that you need, that you may not have thought of, to get you through the worst of winter.

4 Things You Need This Winter

1. Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair

I have made this my go to winter beauty product.  Winter has been brutal this year.  Not so much with snow, but with the cold.  I read the other day that it was colder in Indiana (where we live) than it was in Antartica.  And if that’s not bad enough – today is even colder than it was that day!  YUCK!  We’ve had temperatures with wind chills of -25 to -30 degrees.  BRU-TAL.

All of this winter weather has been wrecking havoc on my skin.  It’s been dry.  REALLY dry.  And what’s worse – it will get itchy and my hands have even started to crack.

So when I heard about Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair, I jumped at the opportunity to try it.  It deeply moisturized and I could feel relief from the very first time I used it.  Now, my skin looks like summer skin (minus the tan – haha).  It’s soft and smooth.

4 Things You Need This Winter

2. A Good Blanket

Now obviously everyone needs to keep warm during the winter, but when I say a good blanket I mean one that you just like to snuggle in.  Ask my friends.  When we go shopping for things for our homes there are 2 things I always seem to throw in my cart.  Pillows.  And throw blankets.  I can’t help it.  I love them.

When winter comes around, I love grabbing one of my super soft blankets and curling up on the couch.  Which brings us to number 3 of my winter time musts.

3. A Good Book

4 Things You Need This Winter

Snow is fun to get out and play in, but sometimes the cold and wind can make it dangerous.  Since we’ve been experiencing a lot of that kind of weather around here this year, it’s been dubbed the winter of reading.  Everyone gets new books and we all curl up and read.  Seriously, does it get better than this?

Well, yes.  It does.  Because we read with our blankets and a cup of hot cocoa.  (Pure bliss!)

4. Don’t forget your pets!

4 Things You Need This Winter

Our pets are indoor pets, but our cat does like to go outside.  It’s been too cold for her so she has been staying in with us.  And the few times she does go out, we make sure that no one has plans on leaving and keep an eye out.  Generally, 10 or 15 minutes later she’s back wanting to come in.   (And who can blame her?)

4 Things You Need This Winter

Every year though, we do pick up a bag of birdseed.  I’m not sure why we don’t have a bird feeder or even why we don’t feed the birds all year around, but in the winter it’s a must.  I just throw it out on our back porch.  The birds have a hard time finding food and they are really grateful!  We get some regulars.  We have a Cardinal couple who come a lot and a Blue Jay who visits pretty regularly.  The kids like to see the birds outside (and, well, our cat likes to watch too!)

What things would you consider your winter time musts?

4 Things You Need This Winter

 

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Kids and Cell Phones

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kids & cell phones

I know this has been a long time coming.

Josh.

Cell phone.

When?

Well, the answer is now for us.  I think that deciding when to get your child a cell phone is such a hard decision to make.  They are a big responsibility.  There is a lot of ‘stuff’ out there that we are protecting our kids from and phones can make those things accessible.  And of course, they aren’t cheap.

I’ve put in a lot of research into Josh and his phone.   Here is what I’ve learned.

Cost

I have a certain phone through a certain cell phone company who shall remain anonymous.  My bill – for just my line – is $95 a month.  Yes, I get unlimited talk.  And text.  And data.  But yikes.  That’s more than I want to spend on my child’s phone.

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After some research I found T-Mobile Simply Prepaid.  It’s available at Walmart.  They are no-contract phones that can do everything, just as well as my expensive anonymous phone.

And the price is for sure right!

We chose to get the Samsung Galaxy Avant phone.  It’s got everything that we were looking for.  It’s a smart phone, so Josh can download his apps.  It has a camera for him to snap pictures with his friends and it was in our price range!

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Plus T-Mobile Simply Prepaid has everything that we need!  For only $40 a month, Josh gets unlimited talk, text and data!  And not just data, but 4G Lite Data!  That’s fast!  And I don’t have to sign a contract, there are no overage fees or even credit checks.

Their plans are so good that I’m actually thinking of making the switch once my contract runs out!  After all – Josh is getting everything I’m getting on his phone…for half the price!

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 Responsibility

One of the other things I loved about the phone are those cards.  See them?  I’ve decided to make Josh earn his phone time.  If he wants the $40 plan – he needs to do chores around the house, keep up his grades and earn it.  (Love that idea!  And I love the fact that he is ok with it! In fact, I think he likes the thought of “paying” for it on his own!)

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Responsibility is a HUGE thing to consider when getting your child a phone.  Even though the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid is a great deal, you don’t want to invest if your child will lose it or break it.  But it’s not just about keeping the phone safe.  Talk to your child about how to use it responsibly!

Our rules are simple.  Mom’s in charge.  I get to see his phone whenever I want.  I have passwords to everything and I can log in and check emails, texts, or see phone calls made.  And apps and YouTube videos have to be Mom friendly.  If you don’t want to sit next to your mother to say it/watch it/play it then it doesn’t belong on your phone.

We also have talked about cyber bullying.

Honestly, talking to your child about getting a phone is a great opportunity to bring up these conversations!

The Verdict

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It’s been a slam dunk in our house!  The Samsung Galaxy Avant has been a perfect phone and the T-Mobile Simply Prepaid service has been wonderful!  Super easy to use and it does it’s job without fail!

I’ve actually loved getting texts from him.  Quick I love yous (don’t tell him I told you!) and he can shoot me a text letting me know about a supply he needs (before he forgets!).  It’s also been nice because we don’t have a house phone.  We just use cell phones.  Before, Josh would stay at home when I ran to the grocery store or a quick errand and it always made me nervous.  But now, I know if something happens he has a way to get a hold of me and I can get a hold of him!  (Confession: Like the other day, we changed the password on our garage door and may have forgotten to tell him.  Glad he was able to call and get in the house since I was running late getting home!)

Plus, Josh is loving it.  It feels good as a parent to be able to give him a chance to be responsible and see that he does the right thing.  We are converted.  We are HUGE Simply Prepaid fans in our house!


Do your kids have phones?  What did you look for in a first phone?

You Are Invited to the #SaveOnStyle thredUP Twitter Party!

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This week on Moms Check In we are all talking about our style.  We are so excited to partner with thredUP on this campaign!  Did you know that all of the outfits that we created were all made using clothes from thredUP?

What is thredUP?  It’s an amazing online store that is full of new and gently used name brand items at huge discounts.  That’s right – you can find clothing from Coach, Burberry, White House Black Market, Theory and so many more all at budget friendly prices.  They even have plus sizes, maternity and clothing for kids.

Oh and accessories!  Get your clothes and complete the look with their shoes and handbags!  I have personally ordered many clothes and handbags from them and I’m always thrilled with my purchases!  (Don’t forget for new members if you sign up here you can get a $10 credit off your first order!)

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Thursday, February 19, from 1-2 PM (Eastern) we will be having a #SaveOnStyle Twitter Party and we would love to see you there!  It’s going to be tons of fun and we will be giving away lots of gift codes for you to use on thredUP to stock up your own closet!  We will have 5 prizes all together!  The grand prize winner will win $150 to shop at thredUP!  (Hey, that’s enough for a Coach bag and some shoes!) :)

You must RSVP to be eligible to win!

 

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Finding Your Style – Fashion For Moms – Moms Check In

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How would you describe your style?  As Moms, sometimes it’s hard!  We are up early, getting everyone else ready and sometimes we forget about ourselves.  My style is classic, comfortable and I try to throw in a pop of color or fun accessory!  Did I mention I like my style to be budget friendly? (thredUP to the rescue!)

What about you?  How do you #SaveOnStyle?  How would you describe your style?

Be sure to RSVP for our Twitter Party next Thursday (2/19) from 1-2 PM (Eastern).  We will be giving away lots of awesome prizes!  Lots of gift card codes for you to fill your closet with awesome clothes and accessories!  One person will even win enough for a designer handbag! #MomsCheckIn

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Fashion For Mom

Find out information on Lindsay’s outfit here!

I’ll admit fashion is not my forte but I always feel better when I think I look a little more stylin’. I’m all about comfort and practicality with my wardrobe and think accessories can go a long way to jazz up any outfit. I’m a shoe lover and hoarder and love unique, colorful styles. Add a matching handbag to really look put together and your favorite jewelry, even something simple, completes the look. I usually go for a silver watch or bracelet (or a few!) and a pair of silver earrings. I’ve got short hair so something that dangles usually looks best.

– Lindsay is the mom of 2 and author of See Mom Click.   She shares great deals, Disney happenings and recipes.  You can follow her on Twitter here!

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Fashion For Mom

 

(You can read about Stephanie’s outfit here!)

 

I’m all about easy styles that I can pull together quickly. I try to stick with items that I can mix and match so I have lots of outfit options. I’m excited for brighter colors this spring after a long winter!

– Stephanie is the mom to Sam and the author of Spaceships and Laser Beams.  If you ever need party ideas her site is the place to visit!  Specializing in all things boy, it’s full of inspiration!  Follow her on Twitter here!

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Fashion For Mom

(Find all of the details of Jenni’s outfit here!)

My style is very casual. I love blue jeans and t-shirts. That’s what you’ll usually always find me in. However, I do love cute shoes and accessories. Those can make or break an outfit. I love name brands, but can’t always afford them, so I love to find ways to get what I want without giving away the bank!

– Jenni is the mom of one and the author of Sweet Pennies From Heaven.  A hearth and home website, Sweet Pennies From Heaven focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home.  Follow her on Twitter here!

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Fashion For Mom

(Find all of the details of my outfit here!)

I’m a huge fan of 3 things when it comes to style. 1. It HAS to be comfortable! 2. I love classic pieces that I can use time and time again. 3. My style has to be affordable! I’m a huge fan of layering pieces together. I wasn’t so sure about skinny jeans when they came back in style. (I love my boot cut jeans!) But they have been quickly growing on me! And the colored jeans? I think they are so fun and a perfect pop of color! Moms can totally rock the colored jean trend! 

– Amanda is the mom to Joshua and owns It’s a Fabulous Life.  If you are looking for a one stop place for all things mom, It’s a Fabulous Life is it!  Full of recipes, fashion, DIY projects, recipes and parenting articles it’s the place for all of Mom’s favorites to come together!  Follow her on Twitter here!

How would you describe your style?  What do you look for in a great piece for your wardrobe?  Have you heard of thredUP?  It’s one of my favorite sites!  thredUP is full of name brand clothes, shoes and handbags for huge discounts!  They even have maternity clothing and clothes for kids!

BONUS: If you are new to thredUP you get a $10 credit when you sign up here!  That’s enough to get something….for free! :)

Everything that I have ordered from thredUP has come in great condition and exactly what I ordered.  I absolutely love them.  In fact, I order from them ALL.THE.TIME.   I’m so excited to be helping to host a Twitter party with thredUP next Thursday, from 1-2 PM Eastern!  You will want to be sure to RSVP.  We will be giving out lots of gift cards!  See you there!

Don’t forget to RSVP for the #SaveOnStyle Twitter Party!

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Super Easy Bunny Pie Pops – An Easy Easter Treat

Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat

Spring is almost here which means all kinds of awesome things: warmer weather, flowers, and Easter.  I’m a huge Easter fan and everything that it stands for.  We make it a huge celebration in our house.   We always have a Resurrection Garden and we love making silk dyed Easter eggs.  But we also love making fun treats.  These Super Easy Bunny Pie Pops are beyond easy and even more adorable.

You will need to have cookie cutters and lollipop sticks for this project.

Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
Easy Bunny Pie Pops
Very easy to make, these pies are an adorable Easter treat!
Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
Easy Bunny Pie Pops
Very easy to make, these pies are an adorable Easter treat!
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray cookie sheets with cookie spray.
  2. Sprinkle flour on your work surface and unroll the pie crusts onto the flour. Using your Easter cookie cutter, cut your shapes out of the crust. To make additional Easter Pie Pops, roll the excess dough out flat and use cookie cutter to create additional shapes.
  3. To make your Easter Bunny Pie Pop, press the lollipop stick into the bottom layer of crust.
  4. Then, top each crust with about ½ tablespoon of pie filling and cover with the top layer of crust.
    Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
  5. Using a fork or extra lollipop stick, press the edges of the two crusts together to seal the Easter Bunny Pie Pop together. Brush the tops of your Easter Bunny Pie Pops with beaten egg and sprinkle sugar on top.
    Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
  6. Bake for 9 minutes or until Easter Bunny Pie Pops are golden brown. Remove Easter Bunny Pie Pops from the cookie sheet and let them cool completely on cooling racks.
    Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat
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These would be easily made in tons of different flavors and with any shapes!

There are lots of fun shapes that would be perfect for Easter.  

Super Easy Bunny Pie Pop - Fun Easter Treat

 

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Tips For Soothing Sick Kids – Moms Check In

Tips For Soothing Sick Kids

There is nothing worse than having a sick kid.  Your heart breaks for them!  Here are our best tips on how to soothe sick kids.  Be sure to RSVP for our Twitter Party next Thursday (2/12) from 1-2 PM (Eastern).  We will be giving away lots of awesome prizes!  #MomsCheckIn

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We’ve had a rough year with colds and sicknesses already. And it’s only early February! When the kids are sick I try to keep them hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids. The nighttime cough seems to be our biggest problem and the best tricks I have to help that are to elevate their heads (I give them an extra pillow or put one under the mattress when they were in cribs) and give them a spoonful of honey before bed. That seems to coat the throat and give some relief. Finally, we just pray for an early spring!

– Lindsay is the mom of 2 and author of See Mom Click.   She shares great deals, Disney happenings and recipes.  You can follow her on Twitter here!

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This time of year is so difficult — I feel like there are germs everywhere! We use a humidifier, drink lots of water, and take Vitamin C. I also make sure that we all wash our hands or use sanitizer a lot so we don’t spread anything. I also make sure we get lots of snuggles in — I’m positive that helps Sam feel better quickly!

– Stephanie is the mom to Sam and the author of Spaceships and Laser Beams.  If you ever need party ideas her site is the place to visit!  Specializing in all things boy, it’s full of inspiration!  Follow her on Twitter here!

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This time of year it seems like Eli stays sick. We actually just got over a round of virus yuckiness through our house. When he’s sick, I keep a cool-mist humidifier running in his room through the night. During the day, I also keep a diffuser running with essential oils in it. I let him sleep with me because he wakes up often in the night when he’s sick so that makes him feel better. I make sure he drinks lots of liquids and that I have Jello stocked in the fridge. I keep lip moisturizers on hand too because his little lips get so chapped when he’s sick and can’t breathe though his nose. I hate it when they’re sick. Booo.

– Jenni is the mom of one and the author of Sweet Pennies From Heaven.  A hearth and home website, Sweet Pennies From Heaven focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home.  Follow her on Twitter here!

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I’m really thankful that we don’t get sick very often. In fact, Josh had his first fever since I can remember last month. I tried to make sure that he got plenty of fluids and plenty of rest. For everyone else in our house, it meant extra hand washing!

– Amanda is the mom to Joshua and owns It’s a Fabulous Life.  If you are looking for a one stop place for all things mom, It’s a Fabulous Life is it!  Full of recipes, fashion, DIY projects, recipes and parenting articles it’s the place for all of Mom’s favorites to come together!  Follow her on Twitter here!

What do you do to help your child when they get sick?

Boogie Wipes are perfect for kids (and adults!) to use when they are having to blow their nose again and again.  All that blowing and wiping can cause poor sensitive noses to be red and hurt!  Boogie Wipes helps to eliminate that!  They are soft, help moisturize and even smell good!  Not just for a cold, these resealable packs are perfect for tossing in your diaper bag, purse and in the glove box of the car.  (Bonus: Since they are moist they will help to dissolve any dried on boogies!)  You can find out more about Boogie Wipes and their other amazing products (and get coupons!) here!

Don’t forget to RSVP for the #BoogieWipes Twitter Party!

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You Are Invited To The #BoogieWipes Twitter Party!

#BoogieWipes Twitter Party

This week on Moms Check In we are talking about our best tips to help our kiddos when they are sick.  There is seriously nothing worse than a sick child.  Luckily, Boogie Wipes has a line of products that can help.

What is a Boogie Wipe?

Boogie Wipes are perfect for kids (and adults!) to use when they are having to blow their nose again and again.  All that blowing and wiping can cause poor sensitive noses to be red and hurt!  Boogie Wipes helps to eliminate that!  They are soft, help moisturize and even smell good!  Not just for a cold, these resealable packs are perfect for tossing in your diaper bag, purse and in the glove box of the car.  (Bonus: Since they are moist they will help to dissolve any dried on boogies!)  You can find out more about Boogie Wipes and their other amazing products (and get coupons!) here!

Join us on Thursday, February 12th from 1-2 PM (Eastern time) for a #BoogieWipes Twitter Party!

We will be talking all about soothing sick kiddos and our best tips for happy, healthy kids.

We will be giving away 5 prizes including lots of Boogie Wipes gift boxes and one lucky winner will win a gift box, adorable Crane humidifier and a $50 Amazon gift card!

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10 Free Kindle Books 2-4-15

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Super Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Mailbox

DIY Valentine Box

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is only a few days away?  Today we are sharing this really adorable Valentine’s Day Mailbox that is a super cinch to put together!  When I was in grade school we had Valentine Box contests.  I remember it well and how much we looked forward to making fun and creative boxes to take to school for Valentine’s Day.  Now my children are making Valentine boxes and enjoying this same experience!  Here is a special box we created together.

Valentine Box Craft

Supplies:

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Use scissors to remove the top from the tissue box so that the entire top is open.  Also cut an opening in the bottom of the box, leaving one edge attached to create a flap.  This opening will allow the Valentine cards to be removed without taking the box apart.  Cut a small piece of scrap from the box and attach it to the flap for easy opening later.

Valentine Box Craft Process

Measure and cut a piece of scrapbook paper the length of the box.  Attach it with hot glue to the sides of the box, creating a domed top like a traditional mailbox.

Add small pieces of scrapbook paper to the sides of the box covering any area that is still exposed.Cut a slit in the paper that is the top of the mailbox for Valentine cards to be deposited.

Valentine Box Craft Process 2

Turn the box on its end on another piece of scrapbook paper.  Trace the shape of the box to create the ends for the mailbox.  This part will need to cover the end of the box and meet the dome shaped top.

Valentine Box Craft Process 6

Cut the ends out and attach them to the box using hot glue.  The ends will be difficult to secure to the dome shape.  I glue ribbon on to hold the piece of paper together and to cover the corners and seems of the box.  I also used ribbon to frame the opening in the top of the mailbox.  I added small hearts to the corners for extra detail.

Valentine Box Craft Process 5

Use letter stickers to add a message on the side of the mailbox that will tell who this pretty little box belongs to.  I made up a fun address all about love!

Valentine Box Craft Process 4

Using scrap pieces of paper I also made a flag for the side of the box.  I attached this with a small heart rivet found at the scrapbook store.

Valentine Box Craft Process 7

To finish the mailbox off, add a pull tab on the end.  This will not actually open the mailbox but makes it look more like a real mailbox.  I used a pom pom.  I also added sticker letter X’s and O’s.

This is a fun and creative box for receiving Valentine cards from special friends!  Do you remember making Valentine’s Day boxes as a child?

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