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Cute Birthday Hat Garland

I recently went through my craft stash and did a MASSIVE clean…I got rid of yarn I don’t use, supplies I never use, paper I’ve never used…and sitting at the bottom of one of my craft containers was a stash of scrap paper.

Saved from various paper projects, this collection of scrap paper had a whole mess of paper in it. In an effort to really make a dent in my craft stuff, I set it aside to be recycled…

But…then I got an idea!

Also in my collection of stuff to bring to work and put on the free table was a bag of small pom poms. I have no idea why I had these or where they came from, but I grabbed them and my paper stash and got to work making some little party hats.

Needless to say, this was a great way to use up my paper scraps and now I have a fun little garland to hang up during birthday celebrations!

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I found a template for a mini hat at the This Heart of Mine blog (link below) that made super cute hats about 1 in. high. She also includes a pattern for human-sized hats if you want to get crafty for a party!

A fun garland to hang on the wall or use to wrap a gift, this birthday hat garland is fast, easy, and oh so adorable!

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Materials:

  • Pattern (I used the pattern found here)
  • Scissors
  • Scrap Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Mini Pom Poms
  • String

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your pattern and assemble your little hats. You can follow the instructions at the link above for the mini party hats.
  2. Using a glue gun, top your hats with mini pom poms.
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  3. Attach back of hats to string using glue gun.

String up and enjoy!

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Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags

My dad was a sucker for Valentine’s Day. He always showered my mom with cards and gifts and would get us kids little Valentine’s for our lunches.

I loved getting little Valentine’s from my dad, and with the holiday of love on the horizon, these Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags make wonderful Valentine’s Day treat holders!

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Great for filling with candy, cookies, or just a sweet love letter, these adorable paper bags are super easy to make and only require a handful of supplies.

One sheet of notebook paper will make two bags, so don’t be surprised if you create a whole bunch of bags in less than a few hours!

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Also fun for birthday party favors or just for wrapping a simple gift for someone, these cute paper goodie bags are just as fun for kids as they are for adults!

Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags

Materials:

  • Notebook paper (1 sheet will make 2 goodie bags)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stickers

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Directions:

  1. Cut your notebook paper in half hamburger style.  Fold short side of the notebook paper up to the red margin line.
  2. Bring other side of paper up to folded line, tucking it underneath the flap.  Fold.
  3. Place glue on underside of flap.
  4. Seal down to close.
  5. Fold bottom of bag up to middle of bag, creating a fold about 1.5 in. to 2 in. high.
  6. Open bottom fold and fold in both corners, forming two triangles.
  7. Add glue to long ends of triangles and bottom of bag, as shown in photo above.
  8. Fold top flap down to center line.
  9. Press to secure.
  10. Fold bottom flap up to close bag.
  11. Press to secure.
  12. If desired, cut pattern on top of bag.

Fill bag with whatever you’d like!  Fold to close and secure with a sticker or tape.

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9 Foods that Help Cure Hangovers

First thing’s first – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Phew, 2016 is finally over and done with and I bet we’re all ready to move on to bigger and better things.

I hope you all had a wonderful, fun, and SAFE New Year’s celebration! After a night of drinking and celebrating, it can be hard to get up and going the next day…especially if you’re nursing the common New Year’s hangover…

But you don’t have to suffer through it! There are things you can eat and drink now to help put a kabash on those headaches and stomach pains so you can get 2017 off to the right start!

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Unfortunately, the science of hangovers (and how to prevent them) hasn’t quite made it to the research table…leading to brave souls inventing their own “cures” for morning headaches, nausea, and overall crappy-ness.

Though there is nothing that exists – that we know of, at least – that can act as a 100% cure all elixar, there are certain foods and drinks that are better for refuling than others. Stick to foods high in fructose, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals to banish those horrible headaches and help break town the toxins that are causing the reaction…and remember that alochol is a diuretic, which means it pushes water out of the body…so keep drinking water before, during, and after your night of drinking to help avoid a horrible morning.

If you still need some help getting out of bed today, here are a few drinks and foods that will help re-energize you, as well as a few foods to avoid so you don’t have problems later on!

9 Foods that Help Cure Hangovers

Water
Well this is a no-brainer. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means is pushes liquids out of the body (which is why you have to pee so much when you drink). For nourishment, the body will draw water from any available source, including the brain…thus the headaches. Drinking water before heading to bed and when you wake up can help prevent, or at least lessen, the hangover headache.

Sports Drinks
Sometimes there’s just nothing like the taste of a good ol’ fashioned Gatorade to get you back on your feet. Packed with electrolytes and sugar, sports drinks can help restore liquids and help you feel like your normal self.

Ginger or Peppermint Tea
If the nausea bug’s got you down, try an herbal tea. Ginger and peppermint are both known to help reduce nausea and motion sickness and may help ease stomach pain.

Coffee
If you drink coffee on the daily, keep on keepin’ on. The liquid in coffee can help rehydrate your body and skipping it may even lead to a worse headache. However, if you’re not normally a coffee drinker, the caffeine in coffee could make your headache worse…so to each his own.

Eggs
Ugh, eggs are literally one of the last things I want sometimes, but they are chock full of amino acids, which boost liver function. They also help break down the chemicals in alochol that cause headaches.

Bananas or Leafy Greens
Bananas have been praised for ages for having a lot of potassium, but there are actually some greens out there that pack more potassium than bananas…regardless, anything with potassium can help restore important electrolytes in the body. Add yogurt to your banana for an even stronger boost of the good stuff.

Chicken Noodle Soup
All us Jews out there know…this stuff is magic. Chicken noodle soup can help restore liquids in the body as well as restock sodium levels. The chicken is also packed with nutrients that are great for liver recovery.

Oats
A hot bowl of oatmeal contains a ton of essential nutrients, including B vitamins, calcium and iron. Oats can also help neutralize acids in the body and raise blood sugar levels, giving you an instant energy boost.

Watermelon
Any water-rich fruit will help hydrate you and watermelon is loaded with potassium and magnesium, as well as other amino acids that help boost blood circulation.

WHAT TO AVOID

Greasy Foods
I know, I know…everyone says that a greasy spoon breakfast is what you need to fix everything, but actually a hamburger and fries is much better at PREVENTING a hangover than curing it. If you’re planning a big night of drinking, down a good pub meal beforehand to help prevent alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream. Eating food like this after you’re already hung over may actually cause more hurt by irritating your stomach.

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The Scandinavians were the ones who gave us this popular saying, but boozing in the morning is not the best solution to curing that hangover. Alcohol can help take the edge off, but it will further dehydrate you and make your hangover symptoms worse throughout the day.

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10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

AHH!!!  Christmas has already come and gone and we’re only a couple days away from kicking 2016 out the door and welcoming in a new year.

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get so wrapped up in Christmas that I’m almost constantly shocked at how fast New Year’s Eve follows…and it’s not like it’s a surprise…I mean, it’s the same thing every year…but it just never fails to spring up on me!

Thankfully, there are tons of easy, fast, and budget-friendly ways to welcome in 2017 with your friends and family…and they’ll think you’ve been planning for months!  With this collection of 10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas, you’ll learn how to create tasty treats and classy decorations that will make your hub THE PLACE for welcoming in a new year!

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So don’t put those Christmas decorations away quite yet…here are 10 easy and fast last-minute NYE decorations that will up your party game in no time!

10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

Before you pack up all your Christmas ornaments, sort out those silver and gold bobbles…they’ll come in handy for your New Year’s decor!  Hang them from the ceiling or gather them in a bowl or apothecary jar for a festive decoration that will liven up your home.

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Turn a corner of your home into a fun photo booth!  Use leftover ribbons or cheap streamers to create a fun backdrop and cut NYE letters out of posterboard.  Decorate with balloons and you’ve got a fun photo area your guests will love!

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Jell-O shots have gotten an upgrade!  With these classy Champagne Jell-O Cups, you and your adult friends can enjoy a delicious and tasty start to 2017.

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No NYE party is complete without poppers!  But don’t go out and buy them…you can use leftover toilet paper rolls and any remaining Christmas gift wrap to create your own!  Fill with confetti, candy, or wishes for a great new year.

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Forget those cheap paper party hats…you can craft your own sparkly glitter hats using paper mache cones and fine glitter and tinsel.  Attach your hat to a headband so you don’t have to worry about those uncomfortable elastic strings.

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Whether you make your own or you decorate some store-bought cookies, these glittery fortune cookies are sure to delight.  If you make your own, don’t forget to fill them with good fortunes for your guests!

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Not everyone has a date on NYE…and for some, that’s A-O-KAY!  But everyone deserves a little midnight kiss when 2017 makes its official appearance!

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These free clock printables are great for attaching to goodie bags, hats, cupcake toppers, and more!  Print out your own clocks from nobiggie.net.

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If you’re having friends over throughout the day on NYE, it can be a loooong time until midnight.  To help pass the time, print out some cards and get to know your guests and their hopes and wishes for the new year.  You can print out your own set here.

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Here’s another cute way to use any leftover gift wrapping supplies.  Wrap bamboo sticks with gold pipe cleaners and top with a cute pom pom for a celebratory drink stirrer.

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7 Deadly Walking Dead Recipes

THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER.  OCTOBER 23RD IS ONLY A WEEK AWAY AND ALL US WALKING DEAD FANS CAN FINALLY STOP THEORIZING AND WAITING AND WONDERING…

For those of you who are unfamiliar with AMC’s The Walking Dead, you’re missing out!  Season 6 ended with a bloody, horrible cliffhanger and loyal fans have been waiting ALL SUMMER to find out who the victim was at the other end of Negan’s bat.

Fans of the comics know who meets this bloody fate (no spoilers here…read the comics, they’re AMAZING), but the comics and the TV show have been parting ways…and the show has been taking drastic liberties with changing the comic book story…so we’re all in the dark…one of the major characters we’ve grown to know and love will surely meet a bloody demise and I can’t wait to find out who it is (fingers crossed that my Abraham is okay!!)!

If you’re gonna join me on October 23rd for this amazing season premier, be sure to check out these zombie-inspired foods and drinks, great for your viewing party!  From bloody sangrias to “walker” tacos, these snacks are perfect for preventing you from biting your nails throughout what’s sure to be the most intense TWD episode yet!

And keep up with The Hobbee Hive all week for more TWD posts!

7 The Walking Dead Recipe Ideas

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Carl’s Chocolate Pudding
Try Anything Once
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Walker Blood Sangria
Cravings of a Lunatic
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Carol’s Cookies
Dishes and Dust Bunnies
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Rice Krispy Brains
Left Brain Craft Brain
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Zombie Nachos
Shaken Together Life
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Rick Grimes Cupcakes
Frugal Mom, Eh!
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“Walker” Tacos
Saving Dollars and Sense
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8 Wizard of Oz Craft Ideas

A few days ago we talked about some fun Wizard of Oz food ideas for a movie night or viewing party, and here are eight more fun Wizard of Oz themed craft ideas, fun for decorating or creating your own themed Halloween costumes!

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8 Wizard of Oz Craft Ideas

Use hemp and colored ribbon to make this Over the Rainbow Cuff.  With all the colors of the rainbow, this fun accessory could compliment almost any outfit!

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This sweet Plush Tin Man has a heart big enough to hold all the love in the world!

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Keep your place in The Wizard of Oz book with this cute Bad Witch Bookmark.

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Fun for Wizard of Oz viewing parties and Halloween parties, this cute Candy Corn Scarecrow makes a fun party favor or table decoration!

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Are you a good witch or a bad witch?  If you’re a good witch, you’re sure to love this Glamorous Glinda Crown…and remember, that’s GA-linda…with a GA!  #Wicked

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Are you getting sleepy after browsing all these projects?  Lay your weary head in this field of Paper Poppy Flowers.  I promise, no monkeys will attack you!

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Lead the way to your Wizard of Oz party with this fun Yellow Brick Road path.  Made using yellow paint and a sponge, this project can be completed on paper, fabric, or right on your sidewalk!

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We all know there’s no place like home…and it’s certain that there are no slippers like these Sparkling Red Ruby Slippers, either!  Make your own glittery shoes with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

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8 Wizard of Oz Party Food Ideas

It was on this day 77 years ago that The Wizard of Oz had its first premier in Hollywood, CA.  Despite its weak opening, the film brought enormous success to its star Judy Garland, who shot up the popularity charts for her career-making role as Dorothy Gale.

The initial box office numbers were pretty low, with the film making about $3 million on a $2.7 million budget.  However, despite the low ticket numbers, The Wizard of Oz went on to win a couple Oscars that year, including one for Best Original Song (“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Score.  The film was also nominated for four other Academy Awards, including Best Picture (Gone with the Wind nabbed the Oscar in that category, as well as many others).

However, like most other box office flops, The Wizard of Oz would go on to become one of the most beloved movie classics of our time, resting comfortably atop several Best Movie lists, pop culture lists, and Favorite Movie lists from actors and critics alike.

If you want to take The Yellow Brick Road to Oz and host a fun Wizard of Oz viewing party, this is the post for you!  Gathered here are eight awesome food-themed ideas for your movie night, including Over the Rainbow Drinks, Melted Witch Cookies, and much more!

Also, stay tuned for some cool Wizard of Oz craft ideas coming your way this week, as well as some fun trivia about the movie that only the Great and Powerful fans would know!

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8 Wizard of Oz Party Food Ideas

Get things started with these Over the Rainbow Drinks.  Made using colored ice cubes, these are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike!

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For a fun snack during the movie, nosh on these cute Chocolate Tornadoes, made with Bugels.  Bugels are available in different flavors at different locations.  Check your local gas station for a good assortment!

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These Scarecrow Hay Snacks are a riot and can be filled with sausages, hot dogs, or a filling of your choice.

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And it’s not a Wizard of Oz party without Ruby Slippers.  Made using Nutter Butter cookies, these sparkling slippers are a party must-have!

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If you’re looking for something easy and fun to serve at your movie night, check out these Melted Witch Cookies.  Easy decorating make these cookies a fun treat for Good Witches and Bad Witches!

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Looking for a more savory treat for your movie night?  Try these Guava and Cheese Macarons, which look like little yellow bricks.

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Fans of Wicked: The Musical might also enjoy these Good Witch and Bad Witch Cupcakes.  Simple decorations make these cupcakes classy and fun for any Wizard of Oz themed party.

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Finally, as a fun party favor, these Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Animal Cracker Goodie Bags are a fun treat for the ride home.

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