Putting the Candy in CandyLand

Candy Land

Why haven’t I thought of this before? I’ve asked myself that question 20 times this week. While traveling in San Diego I found and bought a “chocolate” version of the popular children’s game, Candy Land. I bought it from the Candy Bandit in a boutique called: “Lucky U” in La Jolla. Anywho, as the mother of young children I’ve decided this is a great way to use up old Halloween candy or just make the stakes higher in a friendly game of Candy Land. It would be a fun tradition for your family when you have a night at home, or a great activity when cousins or friends come over. It might even be fun to have several games at once for a birthday party. Face it. Candy Land with candy automatically makes YOU the coolest. Candy Land is one of those games everyone seems to have, especially if you have young children. And candy? Sadly I could head in several directions in my home and find a treat. O.K. Treats… With an “s”. The rules of Candy Land are simple and with the added bonus of a treat here and there…I mean come on. My kids are going crazy for it, but it could just be the sugar talking…

Candy Land Chocolate Edition
Play groups, Activity Days, Cub Scouts…Yep and Yum.
Candy in Candy Land


Flip For These Flops

 Pretend you’ve never seen these before…O.K… fine, but we love them.  Kiddie flip-flops (or “bigger than kiddie” flip-flops) tied off with a cute bow. Ribbon that’s skinny or fat, two different colors or curly or straight. You can’t go wrong.  Flip-flops for girls could match their fourth of July outfit, or even their swimming suit. I can picture some pretty sassy walks  from  little girls, as they strut into the pool with cutsie footwear. Girls could have a matching bow in their hair. Boys could have Super Hero or other “manly” ribbon just wrapped around the plastic top and glued down on the end. 

They cost next to nothing and could even help your children find their own flip-flops in a pile somewhere! It might be a fun summer birthday activity or activity days craft as well.

Face the toe end of the flip-flop and wrap the ribbon from the front to the back.  Tie it around the toe separator then up and over the strap so the bow lays straight. Hey, I wear some myself , but Iwas told people don’t like to see feet in a picture…especially my kind of  feet I guess. I do have pretty pudgy toes. (Why do you think I need the bows)?


Pucker Up Buttercup!


I made three different recipes and flavors of lip gloss today!  Easy Peasy once you have the ingredients.  If you love Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm you are gonna be jigging around in your house!  This is half the cost as Burts Bees and you made it yourself.  All three recipes use the same steps, are 100% natural and YOU pick the flavor you like.  Whoop! Whoop!  Adding lip color and essential oils are optional.  When the recipe calls for teaspoons or tablespoons of beeswax, it always means grated and lightly packed.

Martha Stewart’s recipe


3 tsp grated beeswax

5 tsp jojoba oil

6-7 drops essential oil (I used lemon)

1 tsp honey

lip color (optional) * I used a squirt of my own (much too flashy) lip gloss, to add a hint of color.  You can use the tip or end of an old tube of lipstick.  Add as much or little color as desired.

This lip balm is more of a gloss

This recipe was from deliacreates


2 tbsp beeswax

3 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tbsp almond oil (I used jojoba oil)

10 drops essential oil (I used peppermint)

This one was our favorite. Most like Burt’s Bees.

This recipe is from apartmenttherapy.com


2 tsp beeswax

2 1/4 tsp jojoba oil

6 drops essential oil (I used peppermint)

The first step is to grate the beeswax.  You can purchase beeswax at Whole Foods or many other health stores but we found a GREAT cheap place here:   It would also be fantastic to buy beeswax from a local beekeeper.  Before you begin, Delia suggested purchasing a grater from the dollar store.  I was very “grate”ful I did!  It’s hard to remove grated wax from a grater!

  Combine the beeswax and oils (coconut, jojoba or almond), melt them together in the top of a double boiler, or glass measuring cup for ease in pouring.  Stir well.

Remove from heat; add honey, essential oils and lip color if desired.   You can use any flavored oil or lip coloring. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.

Pour the mixture into containers; let them sit for 20 minutes before covering or moving.

If you want to use “chapstick type” tubes you can purchase them here.  Look around because they have really cute styles, colors and shapes if you are trying to coordinate a birthday party.  They can be easily filled with a medication dispenser.  You can make LOTS of lip gloss with one ounce of beeswax.

We loved all recipes for different reasons.  If I had to pick only one, I would go with the recipe from apartmentherapy.  It’s the easiest and the Burt’s Bees- iest!  Remember that coconut oil liquefies in temperatures of 70 degrees F.  So if your taking it to the pool….you’ll be swimming in it!  It is a great bedside or winter chapped lip balm.

Cereal Box Car Caddy

Looking for a project to do with your children? A birthday party activity for children who are a little older?  This craft is fun, simple and ends up being quite useful to boot. For younger children they’re fun to have in the car, doctor’s office , airplane , church or even a restaurant.

If you’re a crafty or even a just a “dabbler”  you may  have all the supplies you need at home.   This Car Caddy is made from a simple cracker or cereal box.

What you’ll need:

  • cereal or cracker box
  • sticky backed Velcro
  • scrapbook paper, cute wrapping paper or magazines
  • Mod Podge and brush
  • embellishments (if desired)


Choose your box.  with the box in front of you, decide how tall you’d like your kit to be.  Using an X-Acto knife cut a straight line all the way across the front of the box ONLY. NOT the sides or back, just the front of the box. Once the box is cut, fold the back of the box across to the front making a crease in the flap so it will bend and close.  There should be two bends in the flap.  One lined up with the back of the box and another for the front.  Fold each flap several times so it will make a solid closure.  After you have the flap ready, cut the side panels of the box down so they are even with the front of the box.  They can be folded inside the box or you can cut them off.

Now the fun begins.  Find scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.  There are so many great papers and fun prints out there it’s easy to make them specific to a theme or to a gender.  You can simply wrap the box like a present. Fold the paper over edges and flaps and glue them down with the Mod Podge. It doesn’t have to be perfect because Mod Podge will cover a multitude of bloopers.  You can even cut up squares of paper and Mod Podge them all over the box overlapping each other.  You can’t mess this one up.  Another fun option is to cut pictures from a magazine or even photos of family members.  The kids will LOVE them because they made it themselves and they’ll all be unique.

Mod Podge your box with several coats to make the box more sturdy.  When the box is completely dry, glue some Velcro tabs to the flap then line up the lid and put more Velcro on the box so it will stay closed.  Add embellishments if you want.

Fill your box with stickers, paper, markers, treats, photo albums, books….anything that would be fun to have in the car or other “I’m bored” places.  If you make them for an activity day or an older child’s birthday party, they could be filled with a party favor or turned into a pencil box.  You could even add a strap.  Go nuts!

Safety Pin Bracelet

I remember being twelve and making safety-pin bracelets at girls camp.  I thought they were so cool.  I wore the bracelet every day until I lost it at the pool the next summer.  It was red, white, and blue. So patriotic.  So 1974.   Well, safety-pin bracelets have come back full circle… Now I just need the Farrah Fawcett hair-do to come back because I NAILED that look!

I got a safety pin bracelet for Christmas this year and had it on for part of the day before I realized it was a safety-pin bracelet.  Hip and cute with endless possibilities.  Here is what you need to gather to make one:

  •  Medium or large sized safety pins (gold or silver)
  •  Assorted beads of your choice (small enough to fit on the safety-pin and still close it)
  •  Medium grade stretchy elastic string

Set up beads in the order you like and fill the safety-pin to capacity and close.  Cut two pieces of elastic string slightly larger than your wrist size.  String one piece of elastic through the bottom loop of the safety-pin and the another string through the eye of the closed pin clasp.  Continue adding beaded safety pins until the elastic are filled to your wrist size.  The bracelet shown used twenty-nine safety pins with four beads on either side of the each pin.  Two on the top, and two on the bottom.  Tie it off, then show it off!

You can buy lots of different colored pins and millions of different beads.  Cheap and fun to make.  It would be a fun craft for a sleep-over, girl’s camp, activity days or a birthday party.

Valentine 5 Second Friendship Bracelets

These ribbon bracelets literally take minutes to make.  My kids loved making them, and could basically do it themselves.  More importantly, they loved giving them away!   What’s more fun than a girlfriend with the same bracelet as you?  How about making one for your sports team?  All you need is:

 fun ribbon

sticky backed velcro or velcro and a glue gun

clear nail polish (for fraying edges)

embellishments (if desired)

Measure your child’s wrist with ribbon.  Cut a small piece of velcro and attach ends on opposite sides, front left and bottom right, so they come together.  Voila!