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Last month some of my favorite blog friends and I headed to the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix for a fun weekend getaway. This resort is not too far from where we live and the nice thing about this resort is that it’s centrally located for anyone in Phoenix! Living in Phoenix means we have limited time outdoors in the Summer. Meaning, we either go swimming or we don’t go outside at all. One of the bonuses though is the fabulous resorts in the valley that are perfect for a staycation. I had never been to the Point Hilton before but I fell in love once we got there.

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Steampunk Skull Kids Craft

I did it, I cut Balsa Wood on the Cricut Exlore. I bought it in a sheet from Joannes with about a 4 inch width. Once I cut it out, I did have to trace it from the back with an X-Acto knife to get it out of the wood. Overall cutting the wood was easy but I think I needed the deeper blade for it to cut all the way through.

I cut this for the Clever Guy so he could do a fun craft for Halloween.

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Oreo Spider Pops

I’ve been in Halloween creation mode for these last few weeks.  I’ve been crafting up some fun crafts and delicious recipes for the holiday. We made these tasty treats a couple weeks ago and the Clever Guy took them in his lunch box to school for a treat. These Spider Oreo Pops are easy to make and kids love them! These feature the Halloween Oreos that are out right now. They have an orange cream filling with fun Oreo prints on the outside.

Oreo Spider Pops


Spider Oreo Pops

What you’ll need:

  • Halloween Oreos
  • Melting Chocolate (found in the baking section)
  • Reese’s or M&Ms
  • Licorice cut into 2 inch pieces ( I used the pull ‘n peel to make skinny legs)

Oreo Spider Pops

How To:

  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 60 seconds. Stir thoroughly to make sure it is smooth.
  • Insert the Oreos into the melted chocolate.
  • Add the lollipop stick into the bottom of the Oreo.
  • Take the licorice legs to the side, be sure to insert them inside the cookie.
  • Add two candies to the front for eyeballs.

Oreo Spider Pops

These would be perfect for a Halloween party or treats for neighbors.



Scary Skull Halloween Straw Decoration

Since Halloween is approaching, I need to start planning our Halloween party. I told the Clever Guy he could host a party this year with all of his school friends so I’m trying to come up with some fun Halloween recipes and decorations. Since the paper straws are popular, I purchased some but wanted to decorate them a little more.

Since our team’s theme for this month for the Cricut Deisgn Star competition is skulls, I wanted to make something to fit this. I tried doing a straw search in the Cricut store and when I couldn’t find anything, I decided to make my own. It was actually pretty easy!

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Teacher Gift Basket

Every year I donate school and art supplies to the kid’s school. Since a lot of the supply responsibility falls upon the teachers, I want to make sure they have everything they need. I actually found out last year that while the parent’s list seemed to get slimmer, it wasn’t because those supplies were replaced. They took supplies off because they didn’t want to burden the parents. I personally don’t think it’s a burden as I love getting a good deal on supplies and usually stock up when I can so we can share them with the school. I usually check in with the teachers about every quarter to see if they need anything. This past weekend we had a crafty get together and I asked friends to bring crafty supplies to donate to the Clever Guy’s school.

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