Simple Valentine’s – Hershey Kiss Love Bugs

Since we have all begun Eating Clean, most of our “sweets” now revolve around foods like fruit and yogurt, and less around candy… that is except for Hershey Kisses.  Those, I am not sure I will ever be able to give up entirely. At any given time you can find several varieties of Hershey Kisses in our cabinets – my favorite being the special dark chocolate.  Nothing cures a late night sugar craving like a bite of some of the best chocolate in the word.

The other day the girls and I were playing with crafts and Midge put eyes on a Hershey Kiss and said “Look Mom, it SEEEEEEEES YOU!!!!”  Though creepy, an idea was born…

hershey kiss love bugs

Stuff you will need:

  • Hershey Kisses
  • cardstock
  • heart paper punch
  • wiggly eyes
  • double sided tape

Step One:

Punch out two paper hearts and join the points together using double sided tape to make the “wings.”

love bugs craft

Step Two:

Using double sided tape, affix wings on to Hershey Kiss – pressing firmly.

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Step Three:

Using double sided tape, make a loop and affix wiggly eyes side by side. Since it is double sided tape, it should stick to itself making a more firm foundation for the little eyes to stick.

hershey love bugs

Step Four:

Press wiggly eyes firmly on to Hershey Kiss, being careful not to smush the chocolate.

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candy love bugs

Want more ideas of what to do with Hershey Kisses this Valentine’s?  Check out these Chocolate Kiss Valentine’s Day Cookies!


Paper 3D Valentines #silhouette #cameo

Every year the girls and I make homemade Valentine’s for the kids in their class.  Buying a box of some random paper tween-lebrity cards or 18 pounds of sugar hearts just isn’t our style. We have done Melted Crayon Valentines, Swedish Fish Valentine’s, and even Valentine’s Wind Chimes.

This year we wanted to make something totally different and something a little more… unique. Last year when I bought the Silhouette Cameo I wore through three blades in the first month… but since then… well… it’s been collecting dust.  So I decided to fire it back up to do something fun for my very favorite holiday.  What we came up with – 3D Valentines.

Paper 3D Valentines #silhouette #cameo find more at www.MoscatoMom.com

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Rainy Day Finger Painting with #RichArtColor

This has been a particularly wet Summer.   Lots and lots of rainy days has lead us to get pretty creative in how to stay occupied inside.   Thankfully my girls love to be crafty and we have done everything from Perler Beads to Shrinky Dinks to Origami.  This week however we got a chance to review Rich Art Color Washable Paint which caused an impromptu finger painting session.  I let the girls lose with their own imaginations to let them paint whatever they wanted. We had a blast.

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Now, I will admit… I have been called “uptight” a few times in my parenting because I am not a big fan of anything that makes a mess. However with the Rich Art Color Washable Paints – even finger painting with them was not messy and took only minutes to clean up. We started with two blank canvasses, disposable styrefoam bowls, and our Rich Art Color Paints.  I also had a wet washrag to wipe our fingers on when changing colors ;)

finger painting

It was fun to watch both girls’ personality come out through their paintings.  The Teen showed her “Type A” personality (she gets that from her mama) wanting a perfectly shaped/sized/etc turtle with border.  Midge on the other hand changed her mind about every 15 seconds – constantly changing what her “masterpiece” was supposed to be.  I think she finally settled on it being the Avatar version of Sumo… eating lollipops… by a tree… or something.

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Mother’s Day Special from Kiwi Crate

Last month I had the pleasure of reviewing Kiwi Crate – a monthly subscription box that is full of fun games and crafts for kids  (although my friend Mary and I had just as much fun playing with it as the children did.)  You can see my entire review of the Kiwi Crate here.

We loved it so much that we actually signed up for the monthly subscription, and had a blast making our own recycled paper and stamped gift bags with this months crate.   Midge gets SO excited when she sees that little green package in the mailbox.

I wanted to share with you a special promo code that will let you save 25% on your first Kiwi Crate box, plus an additional $5 to spend in the shop!  I highly recommend these boxes for anyone with children, or for a gift to someone you love.  Code expires 5/12/

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And just so show how much fun we had –

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The Gift of Creativity – Kiwi Crate

kiwi_crate_logo_2xThis week I had the opportunity to review one of the best products for both parents and kids on the market.  As a crazy busy work at home mom juggling two businesses, the idea of getting to do fun crafts with my kids always sounds good…. but the actual follow through to doing them is a bit of a different story.   First its finding something to do, usually with the help of Pinterest, then driving to the craft store, hunting all of the supplies down, bringing them home, laying them out.. and nine times out of ten get frustrated because our craft ends up a hot mess.   When I got an email asking me to review Kiwi Crate – a complete “crate” full of crafts and activities that is delivered straight to your door – I knew I had found a winner.

Kiwi Crate was built out of a passion for hands-on fun that encourages creativity and curiosity in children. I had a deep appreciation for these projects, but often found that my greatest intentions fell short. It was tough to find the time to come up with engaging hands-on activities, let alone get the materials. Kiwi Crate was created to fulfill that wish and to celebrate kids’ natural creativity and curiosity. We want to make it fun, easy, and delightful to spend time building, exploring and creating together. Since its inception, the Kiwi Crate team has grown. We’ve added creative parents who dream up the projects, valued experts who review them, and a community of kid testers who keeps us on our toes and ensures the projects are fun and engaging.

The Kiwi Crate arrived last week, and I kept it a secret until my friend Mary came over after lunch to just spend the afternoon hanging out, and the four of us girls spent the afternoon “crafting” at my dining room table.

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Now, I know these crafts are for kids – but Mary and I had just as much fun as the girls did.  We received the “Secret Agent Kit” which had a “disguise” kit and “periscope kit,” as well as Midge’s favorite part – the Secret Message Set.  Mary and The Teen got to work on the periscope while Midge and I put together our disguises.  The periscope was hysterical and there have been a few times since Saturday that I have seen it sneak around the corner to “spy” on me.

kiwi crate periscope

The Secret Message Set was the highlight of the Kiwi Crate though, and Midge and I have had so much fun writing each other “secret” messages that only she and I can see.  The Secret Message Set comes with a special “invisible ink” pen that has a special light on the end to make your secret messages show.

kiwi crate secret message set

I loved how everything was included in the Kiwi Crate – all the way down to the kid safe scissors and glue stick.  And I loved how even with as busy as I am, it was easy to just break out the box and have everything we needed to spend a couple hours just PLAYING.  Check out their Sample Crates to get a peek at some of their past crates.

You can check out Kiwi Crate and order a Single Crate for yourself, or even send as a gift.  I love the idea of “gifting” this as I am always looking for something fun and unique to give as gifts  – I hate when kids get duplicate stuff, don’t you?-   so I am going to start sending these for Birthdays and Holidays instead of just shopping the department stores.   It is a total win-win.

There is even an option to subscribe and get a Kiwi Crate shipped to your door every single month – full of fun stuff to play with!  Midge’s birthday is next week, and I haven’t told her yet… but I have signed her up for a year’s subscription already.    It’s a gift we are both going to get to enjoy.


PS – Also, check out the Kiwi Crate Facebook Page to enter to win a Dream Crafting Room, valued at $750!