Seven Clown Circus http://sevenclowncircus.com Easy party, recipe, printable, craft, and beauty ideas from a fun California Mom Blogger. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub {homemade gift idea} http://sevenclowncircus.com/coconut-lime-sugar-scrub/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/coconut-lime-sugar-scrub/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=18042 I’ve made a ton of sugar scrubs, but this Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub just became my favorite because it only uses FOUR ingredients, and it smells so good.  All you need is coconut oil, sugar, lime essential oil, and a lime to make the scrub.  I adore that sugar scrubs are easy to make, package adorably and are good for your skin!  Homemade scrubs are one of the best gifts ever!  They are my new latest craze {as you know} and after the recent success of my Lemon Sugar Scrub for Mother’s Day gifts, and my Coffee Sugar Scrub for Teacher Appreciation I decided to go all out and try 6 more fruity sugar scrubs!  So, here’s an easy-peasy, coconut sugar scrub recipe (with FREE printable tag) that’s perfect for gift giving!

coconut lime sugar scrub

This is one of the easiest sugar scrub recipes I’ve made.  It’s also the least oily because it uses coconut oil rather than olive oil, smells incredible and is just plain fabulous.  I love that sugar scrubs can be used on the hands, feet and body.  I like to use sugar scrubs in the shower because they are such great exfoliators and the hot water dissolves the sugar crystals before they can be too abrasive.

coconut lime sugar scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Recipe

coconut sugar scrub ingredient list

Mix Together {this recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups prepared}

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (you do not need to melt the coconut oil)
  • 4-5 drops of lime essential oil
  • the zest of a lime

coconut lime sugar scrub how to

coconut lime sugar scrub

Add Printable and Decorate Jar

Once you’ve put the Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub in your jar (s), embellish them as you’d like and then print out the free tags found below to either put on the lid of the jar or use as a gift tag.  To embellish my jars, I just wrapped a piece of bakers twine around the rim. The “Coconut Sugar Scrub” tag can be downloaded for free below!  The sugar scrub was super easy to make and the whole project took me a total of 20 minutes including slapping on the printable!  It’s THAT easy.

The Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Label comes in two sizes.  A smaller circle for a regular sized jar (I like to use a 4 oz. jar) or a larger circle for wide mouth jar.

That’s it!  The Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub is read to use or give as a gift!

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This post was originally published at Skip to my Lou on June 8, 2015.

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DIY Flower Crown {how to} http://sevenclowncircus.com/diy-flower-crown/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/diy-flower-crown/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=17080 Flower Crowns make the best summer and spring photo props ever.  I’ve fallen in love with how flower crowns look in braided and wavy hair and so I had to make one.  Surprisingly, they are easier to make than you’d imagine, and the best part is that they are completely customizable.  When you make the DIY Flower Crown, YOU pick the flowers, and you custom fit the crown.  It’s a win/win.  Here’s how.

DIY Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown

Flower Crown Supplies:

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  • Silk Flowers (my stem came from Michael’s for $4.99)
  • Green stem wire (I got a pack of 12 at Michael’s for $1.99)
  • Green floral tape (Michael’s, around a buck)
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters

Instructions for Making a DIY Flower Crown:

Flower Crown

1.  Get two pieces of stem wire and twist together two ends to make one long piece.  Then, measure around head and twist those ends together to make crown.  Cover ends with floral tape so you don’t have exposed pokey wire ends on your crown.

Flower Crown

2.  Cut sections of bloom with wire cutters.  I chose to cut about 4-5″ sections because that made the most sense with my flower choice.

flower crown

3.  Start attaching the flowers to the crown by twisting round the wire and attaching with floral tape.  Add new sections of flowers   until you are satisfied with your results! I staggered mine by about an inch each time.

3.  Enjoy!

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Keep Playing with QUAKER plus {$100 GIVEAWAY} http://sevenclowncircus.com/keep-playing/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/keep-playing/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=18025 This post brought to you by Quaker Oats. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://sevenclowncircus.com/.

Any chance to have a party or playdate gets a “yes, please” from my kiddos.  I’ve learned over the years that some of the best parties and playdates are the EASY, LOW key kind that happen at the park or right in my own backyard.  Lucky for me, I have lots of kids so family playtime is always kind of like a party and if I just invite over one other family, we’ve got a pretty substantial gang.  

Quaker realizes that family time is important, too, and so when they offered to work with me to have a fun family playdate, I was excited to partner with them.  Of course, Quaker provided the snack (Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars in fun flavors like chocolate chip, S’mores and oatmeal raisin), which is always good for a great time.  To me, it’s the perfect, hassle-free snack that provides my kids and their friends with the fuel (made with 8 grams of whole grains) they’ll need to play and play and play some more.

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Tips for the Best Playdate!

quaker playdate 1.  Pick the best location for the playdate.  If you are having a large group and your backyard is too small, pick a park to accommodate your guests.  If the weather is inclement, take your playdate inside!

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3.  Make sure you have proper supervision.  This is super important.  You want to make sure that everyone is safe.  Enough said. quaker granola bars 4.  Be sure to have good snacks on hand.  You don’t need to go overboard.  I’ve found that I can serve something as simple as Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars and water and my kiddos are perfectly happy.  Keep it simple! alien sidewalk chalk 5.  Keep them Entertained.  This is super easy to do with simple but fun games and activities.  Examples are sidewalk chalk, bocci ball, blowing bubbles, hopscotch, hula hoop, bubble games, puzzles and more. sidewalk chalk

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Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Sprouts http://sevenclowncircus.com/black-bean-burgers-with-guacamole-and-sprouts/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/black-bean-burgers-with-guacamole-and-sprouts/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=18019 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUBBA Burger for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

We made big changes in the way we ate a few months ago and cut red meat completely from our diet.  Whoa, right?  That’s a big deal for a family of 7.  In the ensuing weeks, we made it our mission to find healthy, interesting and delicious ways to enjoy veggie burgers in ways that we had never thought of before.  One of our favorite combinations are Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Sprouts. black bean burger

Ingredients Needed

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Here’s what you need to make Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Sprouts:

Directions

Cook veggie burger patties.  We like to grill ours on the BBQ.  Make homemade guacamole.  Lightly grill hamburger buns.  Assemble burgers.  Enjoy.

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NOTE:  You may have noticed that I use BUBBA Veggie Burger patties in this recipe.  Here’s a little bit about them in case you are wondering: They are made from all veggies and have a great black bean flavor for the perfect alternative option at any cook out! Plus, the BUBBA Veggie Burger has all these great benefits:

  • No GMO’s
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  • No Saturated Fat
  • Multigrain
  • Good Source Of Dietary Fiber
  • 2.5 grams of fat
  • Four (4) 3 oz. burgers per box
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Free Printable Thank You Tags for Teachers {teacher appreciation gift} http://sevenclowncircus.com/free-printable-thank-you-tags-for-teachers-teacher-appreciation-gift/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/free-printable-thank-you-tags-for-teachers-teacher-appreciation-gift/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=11982 I’m always trying to think of fun ways to say THANK YOU to my kids teachers for all of their hard work.  I want them to know that I don’t take them for granted and that I appreciate that they work hard each day.  May is always a hot month, so to say THANK you to my children’s teachers I got them a water bottle and had a printable designed that said, “thank you for quenching my child’s thirst for knowledge“.

Teacher Appreciation Printable

Free Printable Files!

Thank You Tags for Teachers (9250) {click on link to download}

These adorable printables were designed by Tricia Rennea.  She can design just about anything, so if you ever need printables, she’s your gal!

  • There are 4 options:  2 flag type printables perfect for straws, and 2 tag type printables perfect to be tied onto a water bottle or other gift!
  • I’d recommend printing on white card stock.
  • Then cut out and use to embellish gift for teacher!

I’d love to hear how you use these printables. Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Thanks for the A+ Start {FREE} Tags for Teacher Appreciation http://sevenclowncircus.com/a-start-tags-teacher-appreciation/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/a-start-tags-teacher-appreciation/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=16444 Can you believe Teacher Appreciation week is here?  I ADORE trying to come up with clever, fun and inexpensive ways to tell my kids teachers that they are appreciated, valued and not taken for granted.  This year I wanted to give my kids teachers a “good start” so for one day of teacher appreciation week I wanted to give them breakfast.  The nice thing about this idea is that you can put anything in your “breakfast bag” that your child’s teacher likes.  If you choose the use my Homemade Chocolatey No-Bake Granola Recipe, which I highly recommend, download the printable to put on a mason jar!  The teacher appreciation printable says, “Thanks for the A+ START!”

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Teacher Appreciation Printable

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Customize your child’s “breakfast in a bag” gift with whatever their teacher loves most!  I love giving my Homemade Granola because it’s just so very tasty.  You can download the free printable tag to put on the top of a Mason jar so that they know what the ingredients are!

Free Printable Files!

I’d recommend printing on white card stock.  Then cut out and use on teacher appreciation gift!

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I’d love to hear how you used these printables. What did you put in the breakfast bag?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Teacher Appreciation Tote {free printable} http://sevenclowncircus.com/teacher-appreciation-printable/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/teacher-appreciation-printable/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=16526 Can you believe Teacher Appreciation week is here?  I ADORE trying to come up with clever, fun and inexpensive ways to tell my kids teachers that they are appreciated, valued and not taken for granted.  This year I wanted to let my kids’ teachers know that they are “golden”.  So, for teacher appreciation week I decided that a gold hand stamped polka dot tote bag would do the trick.  The nice thing about this idea is that you can customize it with any pattern or color and this technique can be used on any type of fabric.   I’ve even made a free printable for you to attach to the tote, “You are TOTE-ally golden”!

Diy Tote

Materials Needed

Materials

  • Canvas Tote Bag
  • Fabric Medium
  • Metallic Craft Paint
  • Round Sponge Dauber

Instructions for Making a Gold Polka Dot Tote

Mix

  • Mix 2 parts metallic craft paint with 1 part fabric medium.

Paint

  • Dip round sponge into paint and remove excess paint by dabbing on paper plate.

Paint

  • Begin at the top of the tote bag.  I went from left to right using two fingers width.  Stagger your polka dots.  I usually stick with a triangle pattern.  If you have a template then it will make it much easier on you.

Gold Polka Dots

  • Tip: Add a sheet of parchment paper in between the tote bag so that the paint doesn’t bleed through to the other side.  This will end up being a two part process because you have to wait for one side of the bag to dry before painting the other side.
  • Download, print, trim and attach the free tag.

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Free Printable File!

I’d recommend printing on white card stock.  Then cut out and use on teacher appreciation gift!

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And that’s how I made an easy peasy Teacher Appreciation Polka Dot Tote that’s the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Day!

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coconut sugar scrub

 This is the easiest sugar scrub recipes I’ve made.  It’s also the least oily, smells the best and is my favorite so far.  I love that sugar scrubs can be used on the hands, feet and body.  I like to use sugar scrubs in the shower because they are such great exfoliators and the hot water dissolves the sugar crystals before they can be too abrasive.

Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

Mix Together {this recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups prepared}

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

coconut sugar scrub

Decorate Jar

I used embellishments I had at home to decorate the jar.  Ric Rac and ribbon that I had in my craft supply closet were used to wrap around the jar and a little clothes pin was used to pin on the “Coconut Sugar Scrub” tag.  The tag can be downloaded for free below!  The sugar scrub was super easy to make and the whole project took me a total of 20 minutes including pinning on the printable!  It’s THAT easy.

That’s it!  The Coconut Sugar Scrub is read to use or give as a gift!

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How to Throw an Annie Party {DIY} http://sevenclowncircus.com/annie-party/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/annie-party/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=13953 How to Throw an Annie Themed Birthday Party is like a walk down memory lane.  Annie may be new for the little ones, but it’s nostalgic for mom so it’s a win/win in my book!  My sister throws amazing Themed Birthday Parties, and this was no exception.  She designed the party with the help from Tricia Rennea, who did the printables around her daughters’s love of the movie Annie!  She used red and white for her color palette with printables for decorations.  So, if you are wanting to throw an Annie Themed Party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!

Decorations

Annie Themed party

Annie Themed party

Annie Themed party

Annie Themed party

For decorations, she had an Annie Printable pack designed by Tricia Rennea which included a banner, invitations, cupcake toppers & wrappers, place cards/food cards and favor tags.  She complimented the printables with tissue paper flowers {instructions for making tissue paper flowers found here}, and used gingham cloth for table coverings.  {{so cute}}

Cake & Cupcakes

Annie Themed party

Annie Themed party

There were two choices of cupcakes; funfetti or red velvet.  Cupcakes are great to have in addition to cake because kids usually prefer the cupcakes over cake.  Plus, they are fun and easy to decorate with cupcake toppers.  The cake was my sisters signature red velvet, and as you can see, she saved some crumbles for the cake and cupcakes.  LOVE how that looks.

The secret to the smooth frosted cake is the new Cool Whip frostings. They’re light, not too sweet and perfect for frosting cakes.  It’s also easy to work with.

The cake topper was made with bakers twine, printables and shish kebab sticks to anchor the banner.  It was simple to make, anyone could do it!

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Party Favors

Annie Themed Party

The party favors were super simple.  The girls got girly girl items and the boys received items perfect for the summer.  The cute tag played double duty as it made a great tag for the party favor bags and also thanked the guests for attending.

And that’s How to Throw an Annie Themed Birthday Party.

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Sweet Easter Popcorn {recipe} http://sevenclowncircus.com/sweet-popcorn-recipe/ http://sevenclowncircus.com/sweet-popcorn-recipe/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://sevenclowncircus.com/?p=13414 How to Make Sweet Easter Popcorn is easy and perfect to make with little helpers because it’s fun to mix with your hands! I’ve found a few variations of this recipe online and decided I had to try it because popcorn with add-ons just makes me happy.  Plus, I’ve tried a variation of this recipe with Chex mix {Vanilla Chex Mix} and my kids loved it.  This Easter Popcorn Recipe uses popcorn, white chocolate chips, shortening (makes all the difference in consistency) a lemon cake mix (yummy), and candy sprinkles.  The mix is perfect for Spring or Easter because it’s light and just looks and tastes cheery!  It’s a great homemade gift idea for friends and neighbors, too!

Sweet Easter Popcorn

Sweet Easter Popcorn Ingredients

Sweet Easter Popcorn

  • 12 oz bag melted white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup lemon cake mix
  • 8 cups plain popped popcorn
  • food coloring {optional}
  • Sprinkles

Directions {step-by-step}

Sweet Easter Popcorn

MELT white chocolate chips in microwave safe dish in microwave.  My 12 oz. bag took about 2.5 minutes.  I’d recommend melting your chips in 30 second increments.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

ADD the vegetable shortening to the melted chocolate.  This is key is making the mixture the perfect consistency for mixing.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

ADD food coloring if you want. Just add enough drops for desired color.  Stir in.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

ADD cake mix to the chocolate mixture.

POUR the chocolate mixture over the 8 cups of popped popcorn {make sure you don’t have any un-popped kernels in there!}.  I’d recommend digging in with your hands to get it mixed if you have little helpers because it’s fun for them, but if you are doing this alone, using a spatula works just fine and is way less messy.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

SPREAD mix onto wax paper and then add sprinkles.

LET cool.

Sweet Easter Popcorn

ENJOY, or GIVE as a GIFT! 

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