Did we FOOL you?! 😏

Are your kids always pulling tricks on you? Be sure to get them back this year with this silly trick!

We found this fun prank on the Make it & Love it blog!

A cup of juice, a bag of chips, and a few cookies.  Looks harmless enough, right?

Oh… but it’s not! 🤣

Once they take a sip of the juice, nothing will come up the straw.  In fact, the straw is seemingly stuck in the juice……because……..it’s JELLO!!!!!

Make Jello like normal, but pour into clear glasses. Insert the straw and then let it set up in the fridge like normal

Just open up some Oreos, scrape out the cream with a knife, place a blob of WHITE toothpaste in the center and squeeze the 2 cookies back together. (They look exactly the same.) Place them back in the Oreo container and pass around to friends or co-workers

Open chips from the bottom, dump out the chips (save in a bag for later) pour carrots inside, and use hot glue to re-seal the bottom of the bag. Actually, if you seal almost the entire bottom closed and then blow some air into the little opening before sealing the rest of the bag shut….it’ll look more puffed up like a bag of chips

Hope you all love to play along!

Happy April fools!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Easter Bunny Basket: DIY 🐰

Recycle an old apple basket to bring this adorable bunny to life, pom-pom tail and all. Because everyone needs a festive spot to store their Easter treats!

We LOVE this cute craft from Sister’s Suitcase Blog 

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR BUNNY EASTER BASKET:

  • apple basket
  • acrylic craft paint
  • pink and black vinyl- We LOVE the glitter vinyl from RABOM
  • white fuzzy pipe cleaners
  • white yarn
  • pom pom maker
  • hot glue gun

HOW TO MAKE A BUNNY EASTER BASKET:

 

The first step is to paint your plain apple basket white. You could paint it any color if you wanted your bunny to be a cute pastel like pink or lavender

Once your basket is dry, it’s time to add the cute little bunny face! This is a perfect way to use up some of your smaller scraps of Vinyl.

Once your design is cut out, just weed your vinyl and apply some transfer tape!

Now it’s time to apply the eyes and nose to your basket. I ended up cutting my eyes apart and applying them one at a time to make sure I got them exactly where I wanted them!

Next, you will make the bunny ears by bending a pipe cleaner in half, pinching it in the middle to make the top of the ear, and then hot gluing the bottom ends inside the rim of the basket. Repeat with another pipe cleaner to create the other ear. I bent one of the ears over a little to make it look like the bunny’s ear was more natural.

Now all that is left is adding a darling pom pom bunny tail!

I added some green paper grass and plastic eggs and I love how it turned out!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

DIY: Key Fobs

This is one of my favorite projects because key fobs are so easy and useful! Plus, they are fun for the whole family. You can give one to every family member so they never lose the house key or keep it as an accessory on your key ring. They also make great gifts! Super simple and personalized.

All you need is:

  • your ribbon or fabric scraps
  • a little imagination
  • key fob hardware (available here)
  • and a pair of pliers.

Download this easy to follow tutorial from Emmaline Bags HERE

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Loopy Rainbow 🌈

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends!

We love this fun craft by One Artsy Mama

This adorable craft includes supplies you probably already have. It’s great for fine motor skills too!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

They’re Magically Delicious ☘️🌈😋

This tasty treat is truly charming

Your chances of finding a four-leaf clover in your yard are pretty slim, but we guarantee you’ll hit the jackpot with this marshmallowy treat!

The blog Sugar & Cloth shared this clever idea for mixing Lucky Charms with Chex cereal for a festivite—and not too sugary—take on the classic puffed rice bar. The best part: you can melt the marshmallows in the microwave, then just let the treat cool before chowing down. A no-bake dessert? Now that’s charming. Get the recipe.

What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day dessert?

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Make the Perfect Boutique Bow!

Sometimes you need a video, and then other times you just need a reminder! We love the visual tutorial as a companion to the video tutorial. So handy! Pin this and keep it in a good spot so you never miss a move while making your Boutique Bows!

 

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Relax New Mamas! 😴

Becoming a parent for the first time is overwhelmingly wonderful but also a little frightening and very stressful! We love these tips and tricks from Mamas Like Me!

Parenting will probably be one of the largest but also the most rewarding challenges you will ever encounter. There are so many important decisions you will have to make once you bring your baby home from the hospital. There are even decisions to be made before your baby is born. One of the main pre-birth decisions is to make sure you have everything you will need for the baby nursery.

You want to make sure you purchase some essential items like:

  • Baby crib
  • Alarm or monitor
  • Dresser
  • Night Light

What are some of the things you can do to reduce the stress so that you can enjoy the joys of being a new parent?

Give Yourself a Break

It is very important to make sure you can take a break periodically to get away and tend to your needs, even if only for a few minutes. Of course, you will need a strong support system like friends and family, who understand this need and can take-over while you are taking that break. You can go shopping, take a walk, enjoy a cup of coffee, or take a bath. After your break, you will feel renewed to go back to your parenting duties with a clearer head and a better perspective. When you start feeling overly stressed again, it means it is time for another break 🙂

Eat Chocolate

When all else fails, eat some chocolate. It is true that stress or emotional eating is not always a good thing, especially when done too often. But there is also no denying that chocolate can make you feel good. In addition, studies have shown that it can actually reduce stress. How about a nice piece of Matcha chocolate, a white chocolate with an herbal aroma and the bittersweet finish of real green tea leaves?

Ask for and Accept Help

Don’t be afraid to ask others for suggestions, advice, and help. You don’t have to do everything yourself nor are you expected to know how to do everything. Seek advice from other moms who have had the experience of being a mother. Every mother has been through the same feelings you are having such as financial stress, time-related stress, or a combination of both. Arrange to meet other moms, share your feelings and situations with them and let them share theirs with you. Having a strong support system around you will help relieve some of your stress as well as give you the opportunity to take a break when you need one.

Understand Your Body

It is important for you to recognize the signs of stress and how they affect your body and behavior. If you aren’t in touch with your feelings, they are likely to overwhelm you and lead to impatience, irritability, screaming, and lapses in judgment. If you feel your heart beating faster or your blood pressure rising, take a deep breath and a break if you can. Pay attention to the warning signs that your stress levels are getting to the boiling point.

Take Care of Yourself

If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your newborn. When possible, take those much-needed breaks. Do everything you can to get enough sleep. This might be rather difficult if your baby likes to sleep during the day and is awake at night. If you are able, sleep when your baby sleeps. Other suggestions on how to take care of yourself are:

  • Get a massage
  • Take long walks
  • Enjoy a bath
  • Sign up for a class
  • Do some gardening
  • Listen to music

Try Exercise

You are probably thinking “how on earth you will be able to find time to exercise”? Did you know that there is a lot of research that shows how physical exercise is crucial in helping you manage stress? When you exercise, it literally makes you feel better, reduces anxiety, and calms nervous tensions. You don’t necessarily have to join a gym or start a rigorous exercise regime. Start slow and do what you can in the time you have. Don’t pressure yourself to do more than you feel you are able to handle. Just knowing that exercise can help you reduce stress should be the incentive you need to get started.

You can’t take care of your new baby unless you take care of yourself. The concept is akin to when flight attendants remind us to put on our oxygen masks first, then on our children. Make sure to take time for yourself, keep your stress levels in check, and enjoy being a mother!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

 

Green Tea Scented Play Dough

Mmmm, we love the smell of this green tea play dough! Incorporating the use of all the senses is a benefit of sensory play. Thanks to Still Playing in School Blog, this recipe is even taste safe for little ones and involves plenty of fine motor work through pretend play!

To Make: 

For our green tea play dough we brewed eight bags of green tea in two cups of water. Then we combined the two cups of tea with two cups of water, one cup of salt, two tablespoons of oil, two tablespoons of cream of tartar in a saucepan. We let the mixture cook over medium high heat while stirring constantly. Once a dough was formed we dumped it onto a floured surface to cool.

Next comes the fun! Rip open the tea bags to dump the wet tea leaves out onto the cooled play dough. Knead the dough to mix the tea throughout. The tea leaves really scent the dough!

What a delicious smelling tea for calming and comforting sensory play on a long winter day. The recipe even makes enough to share!

We hope you love this easy and fun craft! Comment other flavors you would like to incorporate below!

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Wool You Be Mine? 🌹

Know any crochet or knitting enthusiasts? Why not make their Valentine’s Day by sending them this adorable card!

The blogger behind this craft project is Stephanie from All About Ami. She has created a free printable to help you make this and there are plenty of photos that explain how to make it too!

You have two options!

Wool You Be My Valentine?” and “Wool You Be Mine?

We also wanted to have both crochetingand knitting options!

To help you easily make this card along with us, we have created a FREE PRINTABLE PDF HERE so you can have the exact same text that we designed and used!

To Make: 

  1. Print out the Wool Valentine Card PDF HERE using good quality paper.
  2. Cut along the line in the middle.
  3. Fold it in half.
  4. Make a yarn ball!  We’ve even included a PDF of the Yarn Ball Circle Template HERE if you want guidance for that too! It’s best to use sturdier/harder paper for the circle since you will be wrapping yarn around it!  You will need about 145 inches/368 cm of yarn!

Directions: 

Cut a tiny notch at the top of your circle. Begin wrapping the yarn as shown to simulate how a real yarn ball is formed!

 

Then, use hot glue to firmly stick the yarn ball onto the card. Leave a tail of yarn and carefully glue that strand onto the card as well so it looks like the yarn is all ready to be used!

 

If you want to make the knitting version, grab two toothpicks and cut off the bottoms with a sharp pair of scissors.

 

Make a notch at the bottom of the toothpicks by rotating your scissors around them.

 

Put some fabric glue onto the top of the knitting needles and insert them into your pretty yarn ball!

 

For the crochet version, use some decorative wire to make a hook by bending one end with a pair of pliers. Place fabric glue on the bottom of the hook and insert it into the ball of yarn.

 

Aren’t these so modern and beautiful?  They would make such special handmade cards for all the wool lovers in your life!  It’s such a lovely way to use up the scrap yarn you have in your stash too.  You can choose which phrase you want, what color yarn ball you want (like the recipient’s favourite color), and whether you want the knitting or crocheting version!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, everyone!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Valentines Tic Tac Toe Treat 😍

Paper games can be fun, but have you tried playing a game with your food?!

Today on the RABOM Blog, we have some valentines themed treats which you can actually play with! We hope you love this sweet treat!

Thanks to The Inspiration Edit for this yummy game!

What You Will Need

  • Graham crackers
  • Heart candies
  • White chocolate melting chips
  • Piping bag

Let’s Make It

  1. In a small microwave safe bowl, heat one cup of white candy melts for 3-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into a piping bag and cut a small tip off the bottom
  3. Carefully break your a gram crackers in half width wise
  4. Use your bag of melted chocolate and draw a tic-tac-toe board on each graham cracker square and let harden for about 15 minutes
  5. Use your heart candies to play tic-tac-toe!

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

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