Chinese Paper Lanterns Review

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Are you planning a party, wedding or special event? Chinese Paper Lanterns make beautiful decorations to add to your venue. Made to look like a full moon, these paper lanterns can easily change the atmosphere of any room.

Most commonly known to bring good Chi, decorate with these Chinese Paper Lanterns at your next event to provide gentle lighting effects.

I received a package of 10 white Chinese Lanterns for my honest opinion on the product. I also received a very detailed eBook filled with creative ideas for usage and display.

The product was easy to assemble and looked amazing on the table during my son’s birthday party. The lanterns were sturdy and not rip easily, however remember it is rice paper and can tear. (if not careful). The packaging reminds me of the material Halloween costumes come in; the solid plastic. Nothing was damaged and the lanterns were out and ready for assembly in seconds. The wire piece used to help the lanterns stay in their moon shape fit perfectly and I was not worried about them coming off. There is a semi circle piece attached so that the lights can be attached and emit the soft glow. You can order your very own Chinese Paper Lanterns on Amazon – and a special thank you here is a promo code - 50% off code: 2014NY50

I wish I could show you a picture, however all the pictures I took during his party disappeared from phone. With all the advances in technology, you would thing an iPhone would have a “back-up” plan for our images without having to physically move them to the CLOUD. But that’s another story!

Whether you decide to use the product straight from the packaging or adding a little bit of flare, you will not be disappointed. Since we all know how to hang lights, I will move on to a few ideas for using the Chinese Lanterns as decorative pieces.

Chinese Paper Lanterns

You will need:

  • 1 white paper lantern
  • 1 bag of glittery self-sticking silk leaves in autumn colors
  • Orange or gold craft spray paint (optional)
  • Amber, gold or orange led tea light
  • Strip of tape
  • Clear fishing line or color coordinating rope
  • Craft glue
  • Decorative string

Directions:

  1. Lightly paint the lantern, if desired, and let dry.
  2. Sit the lantern on your workspace and play around with the shapes and sizes to determine how you want to arrange them.
  3. Stick the self-sticking leaves around the outside of the lantern as desired.
  4. Attach an amber, gold or orange led tea light on the bottom with a strip of tape.

 

 

Chinese Paper Lantern CraftYou will need:

  • 1 white paper lantern
  • Gold or yellow spray paint
  • 2 flower petals
  • 2 googley eyes (large)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Tan felt
  • Beige felt
  • Red felt
  • Twine or ribbon for a bow
  • 1 button
  • 2 orange feathers
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Paint the lantern and allow to dry.
  2. Open up the flower petals and glue onto lantern for eyes.
  3. Glue the feathers above eyes for eyebrows.
  4. Glue on the googley eyes.
  5. Cut triangles from scrapbook paper and glue on for horns.
  6. Cut ears from tan felt and glue on.
  7. Cut heart from red felt and glue on for mouth.
  8. Cut beige nose triangle and glue on.
  9. Tie a ribbon and glue on.
  10. Glue the button on top of the ribbon.
  11. Cut feet from tan felt and glue on.

 

You will need:Chinese Paper Lanterns Valentine's

  • 1 white paper lantern
  • Pink paint
  • Pink feather boa
  • Glitter heart appliqués (red and pink)
  • Beaded cord for dangles
  • Pink cord to hang with
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Paint the lantern and allow to dry.
  2. Attach hearts.
  3. Glue boa on top and bottom openings of lantern.
  4. Attach beads to dangle.
  5. Attach pink cord to hang lantern with.

The possibilities are endless, grab some crafts and creative a masterpiece for your home, office, wedding or party.

Since I used then as is, dis-assembly was easy and I can re-use them over and over.

I received free product for my honest opinion. My reviews are 100% my own.

 

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Award Plaques for any Occasion

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Do you know someone who accomplished a goal, had a baby, started a new career, retired or do you just need a reason to show a little appreciation?

Award plaques make pretty memorable gifts for any occasion or school related accomplishments. Custom plaques are a great way to share positive thoughts to anyone who needs or deserves it. Every day can be a day to thank those around us, share in a remarkable life event or a way to inspire.

Here are a few ways personalized plaques can be gifted:

  1. Did someone in your life have a rough year? Let them know you admire their strength by gifting a plaque. A little bit of appreciation can brighten someones day and let them know their struggles do not go unnoticed.
  2. A Young Student – Do you know a child in school who is always working hard to be the best they can be? Or even a child who may seem to struggle a little more than others? Personalized plaques are a great motivator and something that can serve as a reminder of how working hard and studying can be rewarding.
  3. New Parents – Parenthood is a full-time and at time thankless job. Why not reward friends or family that have recently become new parents or completed a parenting milestone with a plaque. I promise they will love it.
  4. Mom and Dad – Can’t think of a better reason to celebrate mom and dad than “being awesome parents”. Give them a plaque, this simple gesture will go a long way.
  5. Employees who need a push – Is there one or two employees who are continuously late with a project, someone who is always asking for help or the “Super Star” employee? Award and plaques are the perfect reminder to always do your best.

There is always something to celebrate if we remember to take time and smell the roses. Turn every situation (good or bad) into a learning lesson.

Can you think of other ways that plaques could be used to encourage, motivate or say thank you?

 

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Valentine Themed Snacks for Kids

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Valentine’s is just around the corner. I am always looking for fun and cute ideas to celebrate holidays with my children. For Valentine’s Day, I normally purchase small treats and one stuffed animal for each of my 3 children. Nothing big, but just something to remind them that they will always be one of my Valentine’s.

Here are 4 really cute snack ideas from Family-Fun Magazine –

SAY IT WITH SPARKLES! WAVE A WAND

Valentine Themed Snacks for Kids - Cookie wands

 

To make the cookie wands, sandwich white frosting and a lollipop stick between two small cookies, such as Lorna Doones. Freeze them for 10 minutes. Heat candy melts with 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Dip the cookies in halfway, then sprinkle on edible glitter(find it, plus the sticks and candy melts, at craft stores). Let them set on waxed paper overnight.

RELEASE SOME SHINY SHARKS

Valntines Day 1

These creatures (backed by clothespins for a fully functional Jaws effect) are sure to inspire toothy grins. Start by drawing the shark’s top and bottom halves as shown or tracing our template (get it at familyfunmag.com/printables) on glitter card stock. Cut out the halves, then apply tacky glue along one side of a clothespin and adhere them. Place the shark on waxed paper to dry. When the glue is dry, slightly bend one tail section forward so that when the mouth opens, the tail parts smoothly pass one another. Glue on a sequin eye. Cut a paper heart (we used pinking shears to trim a “bite”), write your message, and glue the heart to a treat.

CUPID KEBABS

 Valentine themed snacks for kids - cupid kebabs

Let your kids make these simple tomato and cheese skewers and they just might fall in love with healthy snacking. Start by diagonally trimming away the ends of two grape tomatoes and trimming small pieces of cheese (we used cheddar) for the arrow parts. Then have your kids assemble the pieces on a toothpick as shown.

SHARE AN UMBRELLA

Valentine themed snacks for kids - umbrella cupcakes

Pretty up a paper parasol to top a sweet treat (or to slip into an envelope). To create one, brush a thin coat of white nontoxic glue onto an opened drink parasol (available at party stores), then roll it gently in fine edible glitter. Let it dry. Write a message on a folded strip of paper, then secure it around the pick, using a glue stick.

CRAFTER’S TIP: To minimize mess, spread the glitter in a baking pan lined with waxed paper. Afterward, use the paper to funnel the glitter back into its jar (do this over the pan).

Share your Valentine Themed Snacks for Kids below.

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Bare Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini’s with Lime recipe

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Another delicious recipe for Valentine’s Day!

Love - Bare Organics

 

Bare Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini’s with Lime recipeBare Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini's with Lime

Bare Organic Mixers are a naturally low-calorie, flavorful, organic and light tasting cocktail mixers that are made with fresh organic fruit juices and agave nectar created by Natalie Susi. Bare comes in a variety of mixers such as margarita, lemon drop and pomegranate cranberry cosmo that blend well with nearly any liquor or spirit or can also be enjoyed straight up on the rocks. All of their mixers make great tasting clean cocktails with less than half the calories without any fillers unlike other brands on the market.

Ingredients:
For the simple syrup:

  • 1 cup Bare Mixer’s Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo
  • 1/2 cup agave​

For each Bellini:

  • 1 ounce of simple syrup
  • 3 to 4 ounces Prosecco/champagne (non-alcoholic: seltzer)
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Whole cranberries and slices of lime for garnish

Directions:
To make simple syrup:

  1. In a small pot, stir together Bare Mixer and agave
  2. Set pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring until agave completely dissolves.
  4. Pour syrup in a jar and cool completely. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

To make a Bellini:

  1. Pour 1 ounce of cranberry-pomegranate simple syrup into a champagne flute. Top with 3 to 4 ounces of Prosecco. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the Bellini. For a garnish, use a toothpick to skewer a whole cranberry and half slice of lime, if desired.
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Red Velvet Oreo Sweepstakes

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Bare Pomegranate-Cranberry Sparkler Recipe

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Get “Bare” this Valentine’s Day with Bare Organic Mixers and their Bare Pomegranate-Cranberry Sparkler Recipe.  Bare Pomegranate-Cranberry Sparkler Recipe

Bare Organic Mixers are a naturally low-calorie, flavorful, organic and light tasting cocktail mixers that are made with fresh organic fruit juices and agave nectar created by Natalie Susi. Bare comes in a variety of mixers such as margarita, lemon drop and pomegranate cranberry cosmo that blend well with nearly any liquor or spirit or can also be enjoyed straight up on the rocks. All of their mixers make great tasting clean cocktails with less than half the calories without any fillers unlike other brands on the market.

Bare Pomegranate-Cranberry Sparkler

Serves 6-8

  • 2 cups Bare Pomegranate- Cranberry Cosmo
  • Orange Simple Syrup
  • Juice of one large orange
  • Chilled Champagne
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish

Orange Simple Syrup

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel orange rind in long strips and set aside. (You only want the orange portion of the rind only, not the bitter white pith)
  2.  In a small saucepan combine orange rind, agave and water. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool completely. Remove orange rind and discard. Chill simple syrup until you are ready to use it.

To Assemble the Sparkler

  1. In a pitcher combine orange simple syrup, Bare Pomegranate- Cranberry Cosmo, and orange juice. Stir to combine and chill until ready to serve.
  2. To serve cocktail add a few pomegranate seeds to each champagne flute. Fill flutes 1/3 of the way full with juice mixture. Top with champagne.
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Custom Photobooks for Valentine’s Day

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Custom Photobooks for Valentine’s Day!
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Custom Photobooks for Valentine’s Day

Need inspiration? You can get inspired here www.blurb.com/valentines-day-photo-book, Blurb makes it so easy, they even teach you how to organize your photos in this handy little video. A custom photobook is a great way to show someone you love them, and right now you can Save 25% on Large Square or Large Landscape books when you spend $100+, start making yours today!

 

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