September 22, 2014

Free Halloween Bat Images from PicMonkey

Last week I shared some of PicMonkey's free Halloween garlands with you, and apparently I'm not the only one who loves a free Halloween image.  So, today I thought I'd stick with that same theme, and share a few more free Halloween goodies from PicMonkey.  Today, we're talking bats.

Free Halloween Bat Images from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots

Bats of all kinds!  There are 8 different free bat images you can use.  Some may look the same at first glance, but each one is slightly different from the other, mostly in the shape and curvature of the wings.  I love how simple these bat images are!  They're perfect for an easy Halloween garland, cupcake toppers, anything!


So, just like with the Halloween garlands last week, you'll need to click on the 'Themes' icon when you begin editing in PicMonkey.  It's the apple image in the bottom left corner of the toolbar.


When you click on the apple, you'll see a whole list of themes appear.  School U will be first, and then you'll see all of the Halloween themes directly under that.  You'll want to click on the top theme 'Vampires'.



After you've clicked on 'Vampires' you'll need to scroll down a bit to find the 'Overlays'.


When you click on the 'Bats' overlay, these bat images will appear.  The top 8 bat images are free.  The bottom 4 require you to pay the Royale fee of $4.99/ month, or $33/year. 

Here are a few Halloween Printables I've made with the bats.

Happy Halloween Printable

Trick or Treat Printable

And in case you missed last week's PicMonkey find, here are the Halloween garlands I shared.

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey
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September 18, 2014

Apple Poems For Kids

I ran across some old apple poems I used when I taught first grade the other day.  They brought back some fun memories, and they looked as old as they are (about 7  years, or so).  I need to update the look of the poems, but the words are still as fun and engaging as they were back then.  They make me want to sit down with a group of first graders and do a shared reading!

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

In a perfect world, I've have printables for all of the poems for you, but that's not quite going to happen.  At least you can see the words, and make your own copy of each one.

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

Poems are such a fun way to bring in a literary element to your holiday festivities!   I have all these memorized (even from 7 years ago) and will just repeat them to my boys every now and again.  Often times in the car, or when we need a little settling down time.

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

If you have a copy of the poems you can do a bit of shared reading with your little ones at home.  Have them point out letters they know, or do an "I spy" game with them.  You could also count how many times the word 'apple' is used in each poem.  Just be creative.  Help your little ones fin any letter, punctuation, word, anything literary they can find is great!  And leave the poems up where your kids will see them often.  You'll be amazed with what they'll catch on to just by seeing it frequently.

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

This last poem can go to the tune of "Ten Little Indians" so I guess it could qualify as a song, instead of a poem.  Songs are great because they're so quick and easy to memorize and are so engaging!

Apple Poems For Kids @ Blissful Roots

Happy apple rhyming!

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September 17, 2014

Homemade Cider Carmel Sauce

I've been sharing a lot of apple recipes (caramel apple pie cake and homemade pear applesauce) here this month, and you really can't talk apples without talking carmel as well.  At least I can't!

Homemade Cider Carmel Sauce @ Blissful Roots

I saw this recipe several years ago on Studio 5 (a local lifestyle show here in Utah).  The recipe was for an apple bread pudding.  It did look delicious, but bread pudding isn't always my first choice of dessert.  What did catch my eye was the cider carmel sauce she made to go on top of the bread pudding.  

Homemade Cider Carmel Sauce @ Blissful Roots

I honestly cannot describe how amazingly delicious this sauce is!  Think of your favorite carmel candy with a hint of apple.  I almost hate to put it on top of desserts because sometimes the amazing flavor of the sauce gets lost in the other ingredients.  Don't get me wrong, I put this on plenty of desserts, but when I'm really craving it, I just eat it by the spoonful!  It is a bit thinner than most carmel sauces I've had, so I just keep it in a jar in the fridge, and it's perfect when I pull it out.  If you're eating it warmed, it will be a bit runny.

Click here for the recipe of cider carmel sauce.  The apple bread pudding, and an amazing cinnamon whipped cream recipe can be found there as well.

P.S.  I've used apple juice in place of cider, and it works just as well.  Not quite the intense apple flavor, but delicious just the same!

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September 16, 2014

Printable Apple Banner

As you've probably noticed, I love everything apple this time of year.  I've been wanting to throw an all apple party for quite some time now.  I'm not sure I'll get around to it this year, but when I do, I'll have my banner already to go.
Printable Apple Banner from Blissful Roots

I used PicMonkey (as always) to design this cute and simple apple banner.  It would be adorable hanging on the front of you all-apple dessert table, wouldn't it?

Printable Apple Banner from Blissful Roots
Printable Apple Banner from Blissful Roots

Printable Apple Banner from Blissful Roots

Printable Apple Banner from Blissful Roots

Printable Apple Banner from Blissful Roots


Printable Apple Banner from Blissful Roots

Click here to print your 'APPLES' banner today.  Just be aware that when you see the banner letters in Google Docs, they'll appear small, but when you print them each letter will be about 5 x 5 1/2 inches.  


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September 15, 2014

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey

I love Halloween just as much as the next person (and probably more so), and I don't even decorate for it until October first.  But, if you're wanting to make a few new decorations for the spooky holiday, then now is the perfect time to get going on them.

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots

If you've been here before, then you know I'm in love with PicMonkey!  I love it year round, but their Halloween themes have to be my favorites!  Today's four free garlands are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their selection of Halloween images you can use.  As always, there are plenty of free items to use on PicMonkey, but you can always pay the Royale fee ($4.99/month or $33/year) and have access to EVERYTHING they offer.

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots

As always, after you've chosen 'Edit' from PicMonkey's home page, and you've chosen what you want to edit (I just used a plain white document to edit I have saved on my desktop), then you'll see this sidebar come up on the left.  Click on the apple icon at the very bottom of the menu.

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots

'School U' will be the first theme you see, but right under that you'll see all the Halloween themes.  Scroll down just a bit to the 'Trick or Treat' theme.


Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots

Once you've click on that, you'll see all these great Halloween overlays appear. 

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots

 Click on 'Grim Garlands' and you'll see all four of these fantastic free garlands appear.  Simply click on the garland you want and then use it as you'd like.  You can change the size, color, and tilt.  Just experiment with them and find what look you're going for.

Here are two printables I created last year using the Grim Garlands.

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots
Trick or Treat Printable

Free Halloween Garlands from PicMonkey @ Blissful Roots
Happy Halloween Printable
These garlands would be perfect on any Halloween invitations your sending out for parties this year, for creating your own printable to hang on the wall, or anything else you can come up with!  I love how easy they are to use, and experimenting with all the different possibilities!  

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September 12, 2014

Upcycled $ Store Planner

I love the dollar store, and I love calendars.  This is the time of year that you'll start seeing 2015 calendars and planners popping up in stores.  I know it may seem like 2015 is a ways off, but snag the calendars you can find now while the supplies are plentiful.

Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

I buy multiple calendars and planners for each year, so when you can score ones from the dollar store, then you don't break the bank.  And if they're not quite what you're looking for, buy them anyway!  It's amazing how you can transform many of them.

Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

This is what the planner looked like that I found at Dollar Tree.  Not terrible, but a little juvenile for my taste.  It came in a clear plastic cover, so I was able to take it out of the cover, take off this bright polka dot cover, and add my own.  I used Nob Hill "Framed"paper from My Mind's Eye (from their Market Street collection).  It wasn't quite big enough to fit the size of the original cover, but I just cut a bit extra and added it on to the back.

Then I added a bit of glue down the spin of the planner and attached my new cover in place of the old one.  The planner will slide back into the plastic when you're done, so the plastic will help keep the new cover in place as well.
Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

After that came the embellishments.  The paper was so pretty that I didn't need to add much, but enough to personalize it.


I added a black 'b' sticker for my name, and then cut 2015 out of my Cricut (you could use stickers, or even write it on) in black card stock and added it to the cover as well.  Such a difference for such little effort!


Upcycled $ Store Planner @ Blissful Roots

You could also embellish the inside month pages (they're a bit plain) if you're crazy like me.  I added a new label to October and a few bats as well.  Do as much, or as little as you'd like. 

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