5 Things To Do BEFORE Using Silhouette Sketch Pens

Recently, I’ve grown a newfound love again for my Silhouette Cameo. With all the amazing upgraded options they offer now and the ease of use in the software and newer machines, I couldn’t not divulge in the awesomeness while planning Kenedy’s fourth birthday which is, uhhh right around the corner!

One of my favorite things to use with my Silhouette Cameo is the Silhouette Sketch Pen Kit. Address envelopes, create coloring pages, wall art, and more with the touch of a button!

If I’m honestly speaking, the idea of using sketch pens in my machine really intimidated me for the longest time but, I couldn’t have been more wrong! It took forever for me to finally make the leap and just do it but, here I am *almost* a sketch pen pro sharing with you the 5 things I wish I had known before popping the pens into my machine!

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1. Check your new ink

Like any brand new pen, you need to give each of your pens a good roll before locking it into the cartridge of your machine. I made the mistake of not doing this and after several attempts finally realized that because the pens are just that: pens…not markers, they need to be tested first! Roll each pen along a piece of paper and then voila! Your pen is ready to go!

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2. Double, Triple check your cartridge placement

If you’re using a new Silhouette Cameo with dual cartridges, make sure to check the cartridge each of your pens are in before sending your project to the machine! There’s a blue and red circle on your machine atop each cartridge and in the send tab of your software. Make sure to double and triple check your marker colors and software before sending!

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3. Change your settings

Before officially sending your project to the machine, make sure to change your settings from “cut” to “sketch!” You can easily do this in the drop down coordinating with the “Action” and “Tool” selections.

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4. Reverse if need be

Reverse your project in Design before sending your project through when using vellum or a clear paper. Also, be careful of smearing with this paper, maybe stick to sharpies in a pen holder for this one!

5. Use the cut and sketch option together

Have a machine with dual cartridges? Make sure to put that to use! Save time and send your blade to cut immediately following your sketch!

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Well, there you go you crafty little thing you! Happy sketching + cutting!

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Mommy + Me Valentine’s Date

Last week, the boys and I planned for our Valentine themed play date but, unfortunately mama wasn’t feeling too great and many of our friends were down sick!

Rather than letting our cute set up and cupcakes go to waste, we decided to have a quiet little date just the three of us (since there will soon be one more babe in the mix!).

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Both boys received this little gift box full of everything they needed for our date. It included mini spice jars filled with pink and red sprinkles, candy hearts, bubbles, organic gummy snacks, Go-Go Squeeze fruit pouches, cute cups, and supplies to decorate their new slime!

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We decorated cupcakes;

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Made this super awesome glitter slime;

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Blew bubbles, and filled our bellies with a delicious, sparkled Strawberry Popcorn Mix!

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We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Popcorn Mix + FREE Valentine Printable!

I’m SO excited to share this super scrumptious recipe with you guys today!

It’s easy, inexpensive, fun for the littles, AND as an added bonus I’ve included a FREE Valentine printable for you to use and send in with your sweeties for their Valentine’s Day party!

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Let’s get started!-You’ll Need:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Bag of Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Karo Syrup
  • 1 Box of Strawberry or Raspberry Jello
  • 1 Bag/Box of White Bark Chocolate Melt
  • Sprinkles, M&M’s, Glitter Sugar, etc.

SUPPLIES

  • Spatula
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Large Baking Pan
  • Large Bowl
  • Foil

PREP

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Line pan with foil
  • Dump popcorn into a large bowl

 

  1. Bring your butter, sugar, Karo syrup, and gelatin to a boil for 4 minutes, Continue stirring until the mixture is no longer grainy.
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  4. Warm chocolate as directed and stir into popcorn.
  5. Spread your popcorn back onto the pan to add sprinkles, edible glitter, and valentine candies.
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We delivered our Strawberry Popcorn Mix in these fold down kraft bags with the perfect FREEE printable! Get yours HERE!!

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FREE Dinosaur Valentines

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Are you spending time stressing about finishing up your littles’ valentines this week?!

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Head to the Dollar Store, Amazon, Target, or your nearest toy store for a set of plastic mini dinos! Spend no more than $10 on this fun, one of a kind valentine that your sweetie is sure to feel proud of!

Just PRINT, tape, and sign!

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Grab your FREE set of DINO Valentines HERE!

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10 Things to Know Before You Attend MommyCon

1. Get your rest the night before. This includes EVERYONE attending with you-mom, baby, grandma, toddlers, husbands…definitely husbands. MommyCon is FULL of amazing speakers, exhibitors, and things to do and see. Making sure to have plenty of rest the night before will only make your day, and everyone else’s ten times easier!

2. Pack lightly and definitely pack snacks. Between all of the fabulous swag and awesome must haves that you may (probably) purchase from the MommyCon shop, your hands are sure to be full. My best advice here is to pack a small backpack, preferably one with insulation for cold snacks, and only MUST haves for your day!

3. Be prepared for LOADS of info. MommyCon is really fantastic when it comes to sending all of their moms home with knowledge. You may want to bring a pen and notepad in your lightly stuffed bag!

4. Bring the littles. This event is well known for the #crunchymamasunite club. It’s a total judgement free zone equipped with activity areas for toddlers, changing stations, and a free boobing experience. No one looks twice at a breastfeeding mama or a melting toddler. Its pretty…normal and super comfortable with extra hands galore!

5. SAVE SAVE SAVE! The MommyCon Shop has tons of goodies you’ll definitely want to bring home with you so, start saving now or be prepared to “borrow” from your little one’s piggy banks!

6. Consider bringing Mom “business” Cards. Looking to meet new moms in your area with similar interests or kids the same age as yours? MommyCon is literally THE PERFECT place. Make it easier on everyone and print of some quick info cards you can pass out to your new mom BFF. Just add your name, kids ages, city, and phone number! Juggling kids, a baby in a carrier, a backpack full of swag, and a package of bunny crackers while trying to pull out your phone to add a new mom friend into your contact list isn’t easy. Show them you really want to stay connected with this easy way to stay in touch! (Print some FREE HERE!!)

7. Research the VIP sessions. VIP sessions cost more than general admission tickets and can sell out but, can definitely be worth that little extra bit! Look into the VIP sessions at your MommyCon upon registering!

8. Try to pass on the stroller or stroller share with a friend. This event brings in TONS of mamas so, space can get a little too crammed for a stroller! If you absolutely need one, see if you and a friend can share one stroller rather than bringing two and if your babe doesn’t want to walk, you’re sure to need your hands so, consider wearing instead of pushing!

9. Join YOUR MommyCon group on Facebook! There’s one for every MommyCon city! Find yours HERE. The mamas in these groups are super helpful and make it easy to carpool, stroller share, and chat before the event!

10. DON’T STRESS! MommyCon creators and staff have got their mamas covered in more ways than you’d imagine! Moms are free to breastfeed without a cover as they need, changing areas are available, there are extra hands everywhere you turn, quiet spaces are accesible, and electrical outlets are typically at your service somewhere in the event space for plugging in! You’re covered everywhere you look so, come stress free and prepared to have a really great time!

 

Don’t forget to check your city’s dates and save on your ticket at ANY city with this special code from me to you!

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FREE Letter From Santa: You’re on the Nice List!

It’s soon to be December 1 & I can’t wait to continue sharing some of our favorite traditions and family past times with all of you!

I know that so many parents kick off the day after Thanksgiving, or soon after, by welcoming their beloved Elf on the Shelf! Hubby and I just haven’t found the time or brain space to introduce another day-to-day tradition to our little home! For those of you like us, this will be an easy, print + go option to keep the fun Christmas spirit alive without sprinkling Elf Dust and powdered sugar on the floors of your kitchen! And for the awesome parents who make the time every night to set up those adorable little scenes with your favorite elf, this will be an added bonus for your babes!

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The boys love receiving things in the mail so, we popped ours in an envelope to drop at the post office until it makes it’s delivery to our mailbox!

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Get your free Santa’s List Printable HERE!!

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Want to drop yours in the mail like we did? Print your envelope from Santa HERE!

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Black & White Halloween Party Printables FREE

 

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FREE Halloween Party Printables

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FREE Halloween Out Of Candy Sign

Grab your FREE Out of Candy sign HERE!

Just download, print, and stick in a frame for when you run dry on Halloween night!

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FREE Halloween Glow Sticks Printables

[Re-post from Halloween 2015]

As part of our “Candiless Halloween”, little man and I put together these awesome and ooh so adorable TREATS for our home school Halloween party! Michael’s sells a pack of 15 sticks for $1.50. Pick up a few tubes of these awesome little glowers, grab a hole punch, and print away!

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You’ll need:

Glow sticks, heavy card stock printer paper, hole punch, ribbon or twine (optional)

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Stay safe! Happy Halloween!

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