Valentine’s Day Crafts for Toddlers

Hello my lovelies!

With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, I thought it would be the perfect time to do some crafting with my little toddler. Here is what we came up with.

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Hunter had so much fun creating this cute Love Canvas & Valentine’s Day Card for Daddy, so I thought I’d share how we made them in case you’re in the festive mood tomorrow with your little ones! These are great crafts to do just in general, but are a nice way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little loves.

  1. LOVE Handprint Canvas

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To create this craft you will need the following:

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  • A4 Artist Canvas
  • Paintbrushes (I recommend getting decent ones, the kids ones weren’t great for painting letters on)
  • Artist Palette for mixing colours (optional)
  • Non-Toxic Paint (we used the Crayola Washable Paint)
  • Glitter

Step 1. Select your desired colours and paint your toddler’s hand with a decent amount of paint, then press their hand onto the canvas randomly until all the paint on your little one’s hand is gone. Repeat with as many colours as you like. Set aside to dry.

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Step 2. Paint the letters LOVE (or any other word you’d like) onto the canvas with white paint. You could also just use PVA Glue instead. Then sprinkle with a good amount of glitter so the letters are completely coated. I suggest painting and adding glitter to one letter at a time to avoid the other letters drying before you get the glitter on them. Set aside to dry & you’re done!

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2. Footprint Heart Card

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To create this craft you will need:

  • White paper
  • Red paint
  • PVA Glue
  • Red Glitter
  • Black Marker Pen
  • 8×8 inch Cardstock in Red

Step 1. Paint your toddler’s left foot with red paint, then carefully press onto the middle of a piece of white paper, angling the toes towards the top left corner of the page. Repeat with the right foot, ensuring the heel of the foot overlaps the first footprint & the toes are pointing towards the top right corner of the page. (This process is a lot easier if you use an art book rather than a sheet of paper. Sit your toddler on a chair and press the book onto their foot in the position you want, rather than trying to get them to do it standing up). Allow to dry.

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Step 2. Once dry, write the following words around the footprints in a heart shape using a black marker pen.

“I love you from the bottom of my heart to the tips of my toes!”

Feel free to replace the little verse with something else if you prefer.

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Step 3. Carefully dot PVA glue onto each toe print and over the entire footprint, then sprinkle generously with glitter and allow to dry completely. (I suggest doing one footprint at a time, to avoid the PVA glue drying before you get a chance to put glitter onto it).

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Step 4. Once completely dry, cut around the words to form a love heart shape. Glue to your your cardstock and allow to dry.

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Step 5. Once dry, add your message to the back. Alternatively, you could frame it and wrap it up as a gift!

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I hope our crafts give you a little bit of inspiration for Valentine’s Day or your next crafting day with your little loves! If you decide to recreate any of these crafts, I’d love to see them! Feel free to tag me on any of the following social media accounts;

Instagram: KimberlyRose_xo

Facebook: Facebook.com/KimberlyRoseMU

or send them to me on Snapchat! My username is Kimberly_xoxx

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day! If you don’t celebrate it then I hope you  have a wonderful weekend regardless!

Kimberly Xo

 

 

 

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Rum Balls {Christmas Series #3}

Man is it hot or what?! I am seriously melting over here. It is currently 12pm and 39°C!!! That’s F%#@ing hot! You can definitely tell Summer starts tomorrow. Which means…..it’s Christmas month tomorrow! I am such a Christmas freak. We set up our Christmas tree on the weekend and will be setting up our Christmas lights this coming weekend. I can’t wait! Now, getting to today’s Christmas themed blog, this is something I think most Aussie’s make around Christmas time, but the recipes are all SO different. The recipe I’m about to share with you is one passed down from my Mum. I grew up eating these Rum balls and they are SO good. I have tried many a different recipe for them over the years but always come back to this one and I feel it is definitely the best (not like I’m biased or anything) and I have never found this exact recipe online {Fun Fact: Mum actually cut it from the side of the Cadbury Cocoa Powder box in the 80’s!}.

To make these Rum Balls you will need the following ingredients;

Ingredients

1 375g tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

2/3 packet of Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuits (if in the US you can use Graham Crackers)

3 tblsp Cadbury Cocoa powder (it is important you use Cadbury cocoa as different cocoa powder has a different taste, so if you want the best you need to use this one – not sponsored, I just really love this stuff!)

2/3 cup dessicated coconut, plus extra for rolling

About 2 tblsp rum – I use Bundaberg Spiced Rum as it has a sweeter taste than the plain rum (leave this out if you are making these for kiddies)

smash biscuits

Step 1: Smash the biscuits into a fine crumb. You can throw them into a food processor if you like (I don’t actually own one!) or you can put them into a large snaplock bag and take all your frustrations out on them with a rolling pin like I have 😉

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This is how your biscuits should look once crushed.

dry ingredients

Step 2: Add in coconut & cocoa powder and mix through biscuits.

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Step 3: Add in condensed milk and rum (if using) and mix until fully combined.

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Step 4: Cover bowl with cling wrap and place into the fridge for at least 2 hours to set (if you skip this step you will end up with flat, misshaped rum balls)

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Step 5: Roll mixture into balls and roll in coconut.

Tip: I wear food safe gloves when doing this otherwise the mixture gets stuck under your nails and I find the coconut itches my skin in between my fingers otherwise. This is a good idea if you are making these for other people too, far more hygienic.

And you’re done!

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Store in an airtight container lined with baking paper in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (if they last that long!).

These are Soooo good! Seriously one of my favourite Christmas treats. Let me know if you try them out! Also, don’t forget I am running a giveaway! You can find entry details here. Entries close Wednesday at 12am and the winner will be announced in my blog on Wednesday. There will also be another Give away starting on Wednesday which will also be announced in that blog so keep your eyes peeled!

 

Kimberly Xo

Red Velvet Truffles {Christmas Series #2}

Hi everyone! With the festive season fast approaching, I decided to test out a few Christmas party/school break-up friendly recipes. Now this one does take a fair bit of preparation, however it is 100% worth it!

To make these truffles, you will need the following ingredients;

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(Excuse the bicarb soda, I had another recipe in mind when setting up the ingredients)

125g unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup caster sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature

1 tblsp cocoa powder

1 tblsp red food colouring {my husband used 90% of my red food dye for his halloween costume without telling me so I only had 1/4 tsp, definitely don’t skimp on the food dye, as it will effect the christmas-y look of the truffles}

1/2 cup buttermilk {if you don’t want to purchase a carton of buttermilk just for this recipe, just squeeze 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice into regular milk and let it sit for 10 mins, it will have the same effect}

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

150g cream cheese, chopped, at room temperature

2/3 cup Icing sugar

3x 375g bags white chocolate melts

Milk chocolate, melted for decoration

  1. Grease & line a cake tin of your choice. I used a 22cm round cake tin.
  2. Beat butter & caster sugar in a small bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined.butter sugarbeat eggs
  3. Add red food colouring & mix through thoroughly so the colour is even throughout the mixture. Beat sifted cocoa into wet mixture – it may curdle at this point, don’t panic, it will come back together once you add the rest of the ingredients.coco and red.jpg
  4. Stir in buttermilk & flour until combined {don’t overmix as it will result in tough cake}mix in flour.jpg
  5. Cook in a moderate oven (180C/365F or 160C fanforced) for about 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Stand for 15 minutes, then transfer to wire wrack to cool completely {this is important, make sure the cake is completely cooled throughout before continuing with the next step}.
  6. Beat cheese & icing sugar in small bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  7. Crumble cold cake into cream cheese mixture & stir to combine.truffle mix.jpg
  8. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls & place on a lined tray {your truffles will probably resemble raw meatballs at this point}. Refrigerate until firm.roll into balls.jpg
  9. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water {ensure the bowl isn’t touching the water as this will cause the chocolate to burn}. Cool slightly, then dip truffles, one at a time into chocolate to coat evenly. Drain off any excess and place back onto lined tray. Refrigerate until set. dip in chocolate.jpg
  10. Drizzle set truffles with melted milk chocolate.

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Extra Step: Place them in a fancy glass, strategically take a bite out of one, set up some baubles and take a picture to post on Instagram to prove to everyone you’re capable of baking a new recipe without it failing completely. No? Just me then? haha

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe, and as a gift for reading through the entire thing, here’s a little give away, it’s not much but something nice for the little ones (open to Australia & NZ residents only). Check out the details below on how to enter to win an inflatable pool for your little one (pictured). Entries close Wednesday, 2nd December!

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Image credit: Kmart (please note, balls are not included sorry!)

GIVEAWAY – HOW TO ENTER {You must do 1 & 2 to be entered in the give away, the rest are optional but will give you bonus entries into the giveaway. The amount of bonus entries will be listed in brackets beside it}

  1. Like KimberlyRose on Facebook!
  2. Leave a blog comment below with your favourite Christmas Treat!
  3. Like this blog post link on Facebook (1)
  4. Follow me on Instagram @kimberlyrose_xo (2) {leave your username in your blog comment if you do this}
  5. Subscribe to my mailing list (2) {this will notify you when a new blog post is up!}

 

 

 

DIY Cosmetic/Makeup Bag {Christmas Series #1}

Can you believe Christmas is one month away, just one. ONE!!! Anyway moving on….

Seeing as it is getting so close to Christmas, I figured my first DIY gift should be the one that takes the most amount of time to make. Although, if you are good at sewing (unlike myself), you could whip this up in just a few hours once you have all of the materials.

Cosmetic Bag

Because I’m not so great at sewing (that’s an understatement..cough), I asked my fabulously talented sister-in-law Serena from All Things Cotton Fabric to write up a tutorial on how to make her Cosmetic Bags. If you don’t have the time/don’t wish to make one of these yourself but would still like to give one as a gift, head to her Facebook Page and place an order for one for just $18. I will also be including one of these beautiful Cosmetic Bags in my big Give Away in a few weeks time!

Click the following link to download a detailed tutorial (including pictures) on how to make this simple yet useful gift PDF Cosmetic Bag tutorial

That’s it from me for now! I’ll see you again on Friday for another Christmas-y blog {it’ll be a yummy one ;)}

Kimberly Xo

 

Hint: Friday’s blog will have a Give Away attached!

Christmas Series

Hello everyone!

So it’s safe to say I failed the October Blogging Challenge EPICALLY! I was so motivated and determined to see it through, however I found a lot of the topics didn’t relate to me, so I ended up calling it quits on that one! But I have something very exciting to announce…

If you know me in person, you will know that I am obsessed with Christmas! It is my absolute favorite time of year. I love decorating & buying gifts, making festive treats etc. so I figured, why not do a blog series on my favorite thing?! Starting next week I will be posting 2 to 3 blogs weekly with recipes, DIY decorations & DIY gift ideas to get you in the festive mood. A lot of the recipes & gift ideas would make fantastic teacher’s gifts too.

But that’s not all… I will also be running a few Giveaways! Yep you read right, few as in plural! One will be a children’s gift (which will be particularly good for the hot weather!), one will be a mini pamper set and the last one will be a big collective giveaway of a few different things! Most of which will be featured here on the blog! That’s right, you could be in the draw to receive some of my HAND MADE gifts!

The first Give Away will be announced at the end of next week within one of my blog posts, so make sure you are keeping an eye out for them if you’d like to enter!

Kimberly

Xo