Alpha Mom » Cindy Hopper http://alphamom.com parenting and pregnancy opinions and information Thu, 07 May 2015 14:54:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 Laundry Cheat Sheet for Your College-Bound Graduate http://alphamom.com/parenting/big-kid/laundry-cheat-sheet-for-your-college-bound-graduate/ http://alphamom.com/parenting/big-kid/laundry-cheat-sheet-for-your-college-bound-graduate/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 14:39:05 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36736

This is post is sponsored by Target Back to College.

As a mom of a graduating high school senior this year I am thrilled about Target’s Back to College Registry. This allows our friends and family to buy exactly the items my son not only wants but actually needs for college. Finally, an easy way to give the perfect gift and not have to fall back on cash or a gift card.

Target Back to College Registry

My son was able to register for an account in minutes and then with a scanner in hand, he was off.

Target Back to College Registry

We talked about what he would need while living away at college.

I must admit I was not so ready for all of this. It was a bittersweet occasion. I am proud beyond measure of this young man who is hardworking, kind and loving. He constantly amazes me with his special gifts and talents, and his concern and care for others. He is ready for college and I am so thankful for that, but I will be so terribly sad to not have him with me every day.

I don’t know where the time has gone. I remember when he was a baby, and I was exhausted and feeling sorry for myself, another mother said to me, “Remember the days are long but the years are short.” That has always stuck with me.

It is a short time when you realize that you may only have 18 summers with your children living full-time at home. So that is what we have had and now I can look back and honestly say that that was the shortest time imaginable. I wish I could have 18 more years.

Target Back to College Registry

While I was reminiscing, my son was moving on, picking out items and making his list.

Target Back to College Registry

At the top of the list were the basics, like bedding and bath towels.

Target Back to College Registry

Now with all these amazing linens he will need to know how to care for them.

Laundry Cheat Sheet for Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

So I made him a little Laundry Cheat Sheet. He can keep this handy while at college to know exactly how to care for all of his bedding, towels and clothes as well.

I am sharing this little cheat sheet with you, too.   Know a graduate that will need this when s/he leaves home soon?  Just download a copy of my Laundry Cheat Sheet and print to share with him or her.

Laundry Cheat Sheet for Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

My son is heading out of state for college. He is ready for an adventure and to give life a go on his own. I love his willingness to step out there and take on this opportunity. It does bring me peace of mind to know that I can send him off with everything he needs to be comfortable away from home. I will also be able to check in on his registry list from time to time and send a care package to him. How fun is that?

So if you are looking for the perfect graduation gift, first see if your favorite grad has filled out a college registry list at Target. I love giving gifts I know the recipients need and want (and have been blessed by his/her parents, too).

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Get their dorm room ready. Create a registry at Target for your college-bound grad.

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Ad’mitt’edly The Best Teacher Gift http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/best-teacher-gift-oven-mitt-pun/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/best-teacher-gift-oven-mitt-pun/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:29:10 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36493

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May.  I love thinking of ‘puntastic’ gifts. You know, those clever play on words paired with a little gift.  I especially like it when the gift is useful. I think this oven mitt filled with fun gadgets is just that.  It doesn’t need to be just kitchen gadgets. How about one filled with needed school supplies.

Oven Mitt Teacher Gift by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Oven Mitt Teacher Gift Supplies

– 1 fabric oven mitt (these can be found at the dollar store)

– Elmer’s Painters

– Selection of kitchen gadgets or school supplies

– scissors

– printable I must ad’mitt’ you are the best teacher gift tag

Oven Mitt Teacher Gift by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Let your child personalize the oven mitt in their own special way. These Elmer’s Painters work great!

Oven Mitt Teacher Gift by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Print out the gift tag, cut and tie onto the oven mitt for ad’mitt’edly the best teacher gift.

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Earth Hour Candle Craft http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/candle-craft-earth-hour/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/candle-craft-earth-hour/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:07:52 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36298

On Saturday evening, March 28th, we celebrate Earth Hour by turning off the lights for one hour starting at 8:30 pm local time until 9:30pm. You can show your commitment to our planet by joining in this annual celebration. Here is a fun little candle craft so you will be ready when the lights go out!

Earth Day Candle Craft by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

This clever little process transfers a drawing onto a candle.

Supplies needed for this candle craft:

wax paper
hair dryer
candle
white tissue paper
scissors
markers
glove

Earth Day Candle Craft by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Directions for this Candle Craft:

Step One: First, cut a piece of white tissue paper the width of your candle and just long enough for ends to meet when wrapped around the candle.

Earth Day Candle Craft by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Step Two: Carefully draw on the tissue paper with markers. Make the drawing colorful!

Earth Day Candle Craft by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Step Three: Cut a piece of wax paper that fits around the candle. Allow some extra to serve as a handle.  First wrap the colored tissue paper around the candle. Next wrap the wax paper over the tissue paper. Hold with the extra wax paper. Use a hair dryer on hot to slightly melt the tissue paper into the candle.  It gets hot so it helps to wear a glove to protect your fingers. You will see a slight gloss and color change. Don’t let the candle get wet and drippy. Just heat it enough to attach the tissue paper. Give it a try on a small area and you will get the hang of it.

Earth Day Candle Craft by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Step Four: Once you are finished remove wax paper and  you have an amazing candle to celebrate Earth Hour.

Earth Day Candle Craft by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Don’t forget to put it into a candle holder to make it safe!

Earth Day Candle Craft by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

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Chinese New Year of the Sheep Craft Inspiration http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/year-sheep-craft/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/year-sheep-craft/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:56:49 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36078

This upcoming Chinese New Year, the year of the sheep/goat, starts February 19th.  We’re inspired and have crafted these darling and fun sheep masks.

Sheep Mask Craft inspired by Chinese New Year by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Sheep Mask Supplies

white felt
cotton balls
sturdy paper plate
large popsicle stick
glue
hot glue
scissors

Sheep Mask Craft inspired by Chinese New Year by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

How to Make a Sheep Mask

Cut the center out of the paper plate.

Sheep Mask Craft inspired by Chinese New Year by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Cut two ear shapes out of the white felt.

Sheep Mask Craft inspired by Chinese New Year by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Place a drop of hot glue on the paper plate and gather the end on the felt in the glue to secure.

Sheep Mask Craft inspired by Chinese New Year by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Repeat for other side.

Sheep Mask Craft inspired by Chinese New Year by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Glue cotton balls around the edge of the paper plate. Hot glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of the plate on the back. (Pictured is a small stick, it works but,  a larger one would work better).

Sheep Mask Craft inspired by Chinese New Year by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Now you have sweet sheep!

Sheep Mask Craft inspired by Chinese New Year by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

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Printable Kids’ Valentine: “So Happy You Are My Friend, I Could Burst” http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/so-happy-i-could-burst-printable-kids-valentine/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/so-happy-i-could-burst-printable-kids-valentine/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:21:27 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35766

Looking for a cool valentine for the kids to distribute to classmates and friends on Valentine’s Day? This one is extra fun!
"I Am So Happy You Are My Friend I Could Burst" Valentine Printable by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

First download and print the free valentine printable in color on white card stock. Each Valentine will need a balloon, small treats, washi tape and a toothpick. You will also need scissors and a hole punch.  (Obviously because this valentine includes a toothpick and balloon use your wise judgement in terms of which kids will receive it.  Only kids that you know are old and responsible enough to act safely with these items.)

I Am So Happy I Could Burst” Valentine Printable

"I Am So Happy You Are My Friend I Could Burst" Valentine Printable by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Fill balloon with small treats. This step is easiest if you have a friend to hold open the balloon while filling.

"I Am So Happy You Are My Friend I Could Burst" Valentine Printable by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Cut out card. Punch a hole in the card for the balloon to fit into.  Next fasten the toothpick to the card with a piece of washi tape.

"I Am So Happy You Are My Friend I Could Burst" Valentine Printable by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Blow up the balloon and tie. Place the tied end through the hole.

"I Am So Happy You Are My Friend I Could Burst" Valentine Printable by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Now your Valentine can use the toothpick to burst the balloon and reveal the treats!

"I Am So Happy You Are My Friend I Could Burst" Valentine Printable by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

If you are looking for more kids’ valentines with cute sayings I have over 100 printable Valentine ideas for you on my personal blog!

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Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/chocolate-snowflake-pencil-toppers/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/chocolate-snowflake-pencil-toppers/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:01:26 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35629

Here is a quick and easy treat for winter.  These chocolate snowflake suckers use a pencil for their stick. What a perfect favor…. a treat and a pencil all in one. Your children will enjoy making them for friends as small and thoughtful gifts! Or stocking stuffers for siblings.  They are sure to be a hit with Frozen fans!

Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Supplies for Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers

1) Chocolate mold with space for plastic pencil pop

2) pencil pops

3) Holiday pencils

4) white candy coating (1 pound makes about 12 suckers)

5) plastic bags

6) twist ties

Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

How to make Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers

Place half the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Melt candy 15 seconds at a time, stirring every 15 seconds. It is very important to melt the candy coating slowly. Doing this helps the candy release from the mold and have a glossy finish once hard.

Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Place plastic pencil pops in mold.

Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Fill the molds with the candy coating.  Tap the mold to release air bubbles.

Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Place filled mold in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Once completely cooled candy should come easily out of molds.

Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Add a pencil and you have a darling snowflake sucker!

Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Make them easy to gift by placing a sucker bag over the snowflake and fasten with a twist tie.

Chocolate Snowflake Pencil Toppers by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

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Thanksgiving Craft: Turkey Hair Clip http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/turkey-hair-clip-thanksgiving-craft/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/turkey-hair-clip-thanksgiving-craft/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:14:31 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35246

Time to get dressed for Thanksgiving. These little turkey hair clips are a simple but festive way celebrate turkey day.

Turkey Hairclips by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #Thanksgiving

Turkey Hair Clip Supplies

Ribbon, googly eyes, hair clips, fabric glue, Painters paint pens.  All supplies were found at Michaels Art & Crafts.

Turkey Hairclips by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #Thanksgiving

How to make turkey hair clips

With Painters paint pens, color the hair clip brown. Once completely dry, add a beak detail with the orange paint pen.

Turkey Hairclips by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #Thanksgiving

Cut ribbon into three equal pieces about 3-4 inches long and one piece about 5-6 inches long.

Turkey Hairclips by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #Thanksgiving

Glue longest piece into a figure 8. Make loops with the remaining three pieces and glue ends.

Turkey Hairclips by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #Thanksgiving

Glue loops on top in a figure eight. Next glue googly eyes to front of hair clip.

Turkey Hairclips by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #Thanksgiving

Glue ribbon to top back of hair clip.

Turkey Hairclips by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #Thanksgiving

The result is one darling little turkey hair clip.

Turkey Hairclips by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #Thanksgiving

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Easy Classroom Halloween Treats http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/classroom-halloween-treats/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/classroom-halloween-treats/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:21:53 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34734

If you are needing some quick and easy treats for Halloween, these can be made in no time. Your child can even make them for all their friends.

Pumpkin Treat Bags

Pumpkin Treat Bag for Halloween by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Draw a jack o’lantern face on a clear plastic cellophane treat bag.

Pumpkin Treat Bag for Halloween by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Fill with orange colored goodies (cheese balls, gold fish crackers or carrots). Tie top with a green ribbon or twist tie.

Pumpkin Treat Bag for Halloween by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

 

You’ll have a whole pumpkin patch in no time!

Pumpkin Treat Bag for Halloween by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Jack O’Lantern Fruit Cups

It isn’t any easier than drawing a face in Sharpie marker on the top of a fruit cup for this darling snack.

Jack O'Lantern Fruit Cups by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

This makes for a cute and healthy Halloween treat!

Jack O'Lantern Fruit Cups by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

 

Jack O’Lantern Oranges

Another healthy treat are oranges turned into to pumpkins!

Draw a face on the side of the orange with a food-safe black marker.

Allow marker to completely dry before transporting the oranges.

Jack O'Lantern Oranges as Halloween Treats by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

 

Happy Halloween!

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DIY Stress Ball for Fidgety Students http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/diy-stress-ball-for-fidgety-students/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/diy-stress-ball-for-fidgety-students/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:00:17 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34453

School is back in session! Some children find stress balls and fidget toys extremely therapeutic. This DIY stress ball will not only keep hands busy but is also a fun craft to make!

The supplies are simple. For each stress ball you will need two balloons, about 1/3 cup of play dough and a Sharpie marker.

DIY Stress Ball for Fidgety Students by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Take one balloon and fill it with the play dough.  Two pairs of hands make easy work of this task. Have one person hold the balloon open and the other can fill.

DIY Stress Ball for Fidgety Students by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Once the play dough is inside the balloon, take it and put it inside the other balloon so you have two layers of balloons around the play dough.

DIY Stress Ball for Fidgety Students by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Give the stress ball a face with a Sharpie marker and you have created a useful stress ball with a personality!

DIY Stress Ball for Fidgety Students by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

 

DIY Stress Ball for Fidgety Students by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

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Back-to-School Bucket of Supplies Teacher’s Gift Idea http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/teachers-gift-idea-back-to-school-bucket-of-supplies/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/teachers-gift-idea-back-to-school-bucket-of-supplies/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:35:28 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=33993

For us, school is starting soon and we like to give our new teacher a little gift to start the year off right.  This year we want her to know that we think this year will be buckets of fun because we got her for a teacher.

Buckets of Fun Printable Gift Tag and Idea for Back-to-School by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

This is really an easy craft and a great way to get your child excited for school! I found these metal buckets at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and the paint pens at a craft store like Michael’s.

Buckets of Fun Printable Gift Tag for Back-to-School by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Decorate the  bucket any way you like! These Elmer’s Painters work great on metal!

Buckets of Fun Printable Gift Tag for Back-to-School by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

We decorated ours with our school mascot the Farley Fox!

Buckets of Fun Printable Gift Tag for Back-to-School by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Fill the bucket with supplies your teacher might need throughout the year. Download the gift tag (below). Print in color on white cardstock and attach to the bucket and you have simple but useful teacher’s  gift!

Printable Gift Card: Buckets Of Fun Printable Gift Tag (download, print and cut).

 

 

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