Thursday, February 11, 2016

Go Pink for the Cure with Knott's Berry Farm {2016}

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 Knott's Berry Farm is teaming up with Susan G. Komen Orange County 
for the third year to raise money for breast cancer awareness, services and research.
From now until  March 18th visitors can purchase special "Pink Tickets" 
for theme park admission and limited edition "pink" t-shirt. 

Did you know that in Orange County, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer?
When I first shared about Knott's For the Cure two years ago, I talked about how I had
one friend that had just beat breast cancer and I wondered who in my life it would
affect next. About a month later I found out it would be my dear friend, Jaime. 
She was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.
She has fought like a banshee and beat back the beast and I'm hoping that Komen
founder Nancy Brinker will be able to keep her promise to her sister,
Susan G. Komen, and end breast cancer forever.

Since the Komen's founding in 1982, the survival rate for breast cancer
has risen dramatically. This is thanks to the funding of new research
and treatments that detect breast cancer in its earliest and most curable stage.
Susan G. Komen Orange County provides mammograms for uninsured women
and works with other organizations to bring breast health information to
people throughout the country.

Over the last 2 years that Knott's and Komen have partnered for
Knott's For the Cure, they have been able to raise $230k! 
Knott's vice president and general manager Raffi Kaprelyan said of the partnership,
"We couldn’t be more proud of the unwavering support our park guests, 
Komen Orange County and employees showed throughout the impactful promotion. 
We are looking forward to coming together with Komen Orange County once again 
to advance women’s health and raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer.”

I am so thankful for the advancements in breast cancer research and treatment
that Susan G. Komen has helped bring about.

 From February 4th-March 18th you can purchase "Pink Tickets" for 
theme park admission at
A portion of the "Pink Tickets" proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County.

Guests entering the theme park during the time of the promotion will be greeted by 
specially themed "pink" decor and special rides and attractions will glow pink!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #271

Friday was our 100th day of school and so Isabella and I decided to make
an adorable 100th day of school shirt. Well, it was quite the craft experience
to get those dang hearts to stick. You can see all the things that went wrong
by clicking here to see the video. We are amping up for our school Valentine's Day
parties and Isabella is excited to take the S'more Valentines we've been making.

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
  • No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
  • Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!
TOO Cute Tuesday will be open Tuesday-Saturday.
On Saturday or Monday I'll highlight some of my favorites
and then we'll start over on Tuesday!

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I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

S'more Friends Like You Valentines

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? You know I love any excuse to make something
cute and fun for my kids, so I usually go all out with handmade Valentines. We have
done some fun ones over the years - Minecraft valentines, Hi-Chew valentines,
Juice Box valentines, and my favorite, MUAH! Big Red Chocolate Lip valentines!
This year I had a blogger friend put out a request for cute "s'more friends" valentine
and so I decided to take the challenge and make one!

I made two sizes of the S'more Friends valentines. The first size is 3x4 and fits the Wilton
4x9 party bags perfectly! I got mini chocolate bars, marshmallow hearts and
graham crackers and filled each of the little bags. I put two graham crackers in the bag
so that they really could make s'more if you wanted to!

I loved how they turned out, but I initially had trouble finding heart shaped marshmallows
locally this year. So, as I was trying to think of how to get heart marshmallows without
having to make them myself and I figured out I could use my tiny heart cookie cutter
to make a heart impression in the big square marshmallows. I think it turned out adorable!

So, in addition to the 3x4 size, there is a 4x6 size that you can fold in half to make the
perfect bag topper for regular sandwich baggies. I folded them in half, like a hot dog bun,
and then stapled them to the tops of my sandwich baggies. The whole graham cracker
fit when I sued the sandwich baggies and the cute little heart impression marshmallows
were the perfect touch to let your friends know how much they mean to you.

You can make whichever size is easiest for you or do a combination of both and use the
square marshmallows in the 3x4 size or vice versa. Last year I was able to find lots of
different heart marshmallows from several brands, but this year I went to three stores
and only found one version from Peeps that came in a package of nine. I've seen that
you can order them online, but since I never do anything until the last minute and I like to
try and shop local, that never seems to work for me very well.

Both versions of the S'more Friends Valentine Printables are available for you to download
and print and make some cute (and yummy!) valentines for your friends!

Be sure to check out my other handmade valentine ideas and printables!
If you make any of them, I'd love to see them or I'd love a comment below which
of them is your favorite!
Happy Valentine's Day from Funky PolkaDot Giraffe!


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