7 bedtime bites for kids

While we all know that eating big meals before bed is not a good idea, sometimes it’s impossible to get your kids to sleep without giving them a little snack. Here are six options that are simple to make and will satisfy that craving without ruining their appetites for meals!

Chips at bedtime? Your kids will love them! These baked apple chips are both healthy and delicious, for kids and adults.

While these graham cracker, chocolate, and banana “cakes” aren’t the healthiest, they’re small and sure to make your hungry child happy.

These oatmeal bars are delicious and quick to make, without even any baking involved. Oatmeal is a food that’s excellent to help people fall asleep, and the chocolate makes them perfect for kids.

Another simple recipe, this dish of ice cream calls for two things: bananas and peanut butter. A winning combination that’s sure to help your kids fall asleep, it’s sure to make them happy as well: after all, it’s ice cream at bedtime!

With just a few different fruits, these sleepytime popsicles are sure to please and will help your child fall asleep. They can be catered to your child’s favorite flavors, but bananas and cherries are known to help people fall asleep!

This vanilla cake oatmeal is perfect for adults or children! It’s sweet but not overly sugary, so it won’t keep your little ones awake past their bedtime.

 

For a different take on “sleepytime” foods, try this sleepytime gelatin! Just two servings has 100mg of magnesium, which is an herb that will help your children fall asleep, again. And when gelatin is homemade rather than store-bought, it’s much healthier. Sounds perfect to us!

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large coffee please

September brings back schedules and structure which usually also involves early mornings and after school commitments. Keep going strong all day long with a few of these clever coffee finds…
 

 
1. Just in case anyone questioned how you take your coffee… this sign makes for a subtle reminder $9.95
 
2.  This heat sensitive cup will turn your sleepy lids into bright eyes after you down your favorite brew  $13.95
 
3. Make drying dishes a bit more fun with this silly statement $11.95
 
4. Keep your coffee hot hot hot for up to 3 hours and look super stylish with this pretty insulated tumbler $24.95
 
5.  Need a double dose to get the day started?  Pop in one of these coffee scented shower bursts for a steamy experience that smells divine $10.95
 
6.  When your boss questions your slow start to the work day $6.95

 

celebrating cheryl

With a sad, yet happy heart we’d like to celebrate Cheryl Jones as she is moving on to enjoy a life of retirement.   For the past ten years, she has played an important role in three out of four of our locations.

Cheryl first joined our catching fireflies team in Berkley.  We happily welcomed her to our whimsical world and it wasn’t long before she became a master of making days brighter.

She has always been eager to volunteer for charity opportunities throughout the years.  Her heart is naturally empathic which gave her the beautiful ability to connect with fellow firefly fans going through sad seasons.

In 2010 an opportunity to manage our sister store, yellow door art market became available and we knew she would be the perfect fit.  This position gave her the opportunity to really shine.  She lead a brand new team and worked regularly with over 70 local artists.   It’s no surprise that this new shop was a success right from the start under her leadership.

Cheryl has always been a great sport when it came to getting dirty.  She has painted her share of coats at the yellow door and for our Rochester catching fireflies’ remodel.

Although Cheryl loved working with all the artists at yellow door, an opportunity to work in her backyard came to light in 2012 and for the past five years she has been the friendly face of our Rochester catching fireflies.

Cheryl was always up for modeling our fashion finds and had fun with it.  There’s no doubt she will have many scarves in her closet that will remind her of catching fireflies.

And it’s not a coincidence that she celebrated many Best Gift Shop wins with us over the years.  I know she has made memories with many of our firefly fans and team members that will not be forgotten.
 
Thank you Cheryl for sharing the past ten years with us.  Your terrific talents will be missed dearly but you’ll always be part of the catching fireflies story.  We wish you all the best in your next chapter of life.

copycat coffee recipes!

It’s that time of year again — time for the Starbucks fall/winter drinks! For people who don’t want to spend $5 a day but do want their specialty drinks, here are seven tried and true delicious copycat recipes.

This recipe claims to be an exact replica of the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte — we hope so! We can’t wait to try this delicious copycat (and save money at the same time)!

Who doesn’t love the flavor of Eggnog during the winter season? And after a season where Starbucks didn’t serve their Eggnog Latte, this recipe is essential.

We love the blend of spices in the Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks, and this copycat is no different! Like a gingerbread man in a cup, this is sure to put you in the mood to curl up by a fire.

We love how simple this is to make — and it tastes just like the Graham Cracker Latte! The crushed-up graham crackers on the top really make it.

The Peppermint Mocha is a true classic at Starbucks, especially as fall turns to winter. This recipe can be tweaked to your taste, which in our book puts it above the original. Bring on the candy canes!

This recipe for a White Chocolate Mocha can be made on its own or with peppermint for that extra dose of winter.

Finally, for those who don’t like coffee but do want a warm, comforting drink for those winter nights, we have a four-ingredient recipe for the Caramel Apple Spice. Yum!

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backdrops for babies

Everyone loves taking pictures of their kids, but let’s be honest: having a nice background for those photos bumps them up from a 9 to a 10. Try some of these fun, handmade, easy backdrops and get professional-quality photos for a fraction of the price!

Any little one can help with this — have them choose their favorite color and help paint the backdrop! You’ll get a unique and sweet backdrop, and it gives your kids a chance to be creative.

By far, this is our easiest backdrop: simply take a roll of wrapping paper, hang it, and roll it down to the floor! It makes a simple but beautiful backdrop for your kids, and you can tailor it to any holiday or event you wish.

For that soft and out-of-focus look, try this: all you need are lights and space. You can use Christmas lights (or any other lights that you have lying around) and move your child closer and further away from them for the bokeh look.

We love this mom’s idea: 52 pictures for every week of her baby’s first year, taken on different patterns of fabric. For small ones, this is a simple and sweet idea, and can be displayed in a baby book or in your home!

If you want a backdrop that is colorful and fun to make your kid’s birthday extra special, try this! It’s minimal effort for maximum results — all you need are balloons, construction paper, and (optional) confetti — and we’re sure your kid will love it.

For this backdrop, all you need is construction paper! You simply cut out strips and make them into chains. For an added bonus, have older little ones help you with it!

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unique & awesome bookshelves you can build yourself

Check out these awesome, unique, DIY bookshelves, and maybe even build your own. Organize and showcase your book collection, whether you have a few favorites or an entire library.

 

Here’s a small space solution for your growing library, or the perfect spot to stash magazines and organize paperwork.

 

Recycle old skateboards and turn them into shelves for under $20!

 

Take an old wooden ladder apart and attach it to the wall for a rustic decor feel.

 

Organize your books and create a small library station in any desired room with these floating bookshelves.

 

Set up your little one with their own personal library made from rain gutters! Easy, safe, and a wonderful way to display their picture books!

 

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tantalizing trifles

With summer winding down, it’s a great time for trifles — delicious layered desserts, most of which don’t take much work at all. Whether they be for your family or the dessert at a cookout, all of these tried and true recipes are sure to please!

black forest cherry cake trifle

Who doesn’t love cherries and chocolate? Best served chilled, this decadent trifle can be made with any fruit (but we think cherries are the best choice, too).

lemon and blueberry pudding trifle

Lemons and blueberries are a favorite combination of ours, and this pudding-based trifle looks delicious. And at only three steps, it’s hard for dessert to get easier than this!

coconut cream trifle

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try to tackle this coconut cream trifle — everything is made from scratch, and the end result is unbelievably delicious!

strawberry and key lime trifle

This strawberry and key lime cheesecake trifle is sweet and tart, perfect for summer. We can’t wait to try it!

peach vanilla cheesecake trifle

Peaches and vanilla are another classic combination, and this trifle (a more sophisticated take on the “dirt cup”) is sure to please adults and kids alike.

summer berry trifle

Just like the rest, this sweet and fresh summer berry trifle is especially good on a warm day. Try it before the summer is out — you won’t regret it!

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zucchini seven different ways

great zucchini recipes

Whether you’re making lunch for your little ones or dessert for your family, these zucchini recipes are sure to please, even for those who don’t want to eat their vegetables!

cheesy zucchini tots

These cheesy zucchini tots are loaded with shredded zucchini, bread crumbs, and cheese, which makes them the perfect appetizer. Serve with marinara sauce for an extra kick.
cinnamon swirl zucchini bread

Loaded with garden fresh zucchini, and a cinnamon sugar swirl, this incredible zucchini bread will have you coming back for seconds!
chocolate zucchini cake

This Death by Chocolate Zucchini cake is full of chocolate and so easy to make! It’s healthier than your average cake, but it tastes just the same.

blueberry lemon zucchini cake

Here’s another cake recipe: blueberry cake with a lemon buttercream frosting! We can’t wait to try this one.
zucchini fritters

Crisp and soft at the same time, these zucchini fritters are sure to please the whole family.

baked parmesan zucchini

Simply slice your zucchini up, rub it down with olive oil, and sprinkle on garlic and parmesan! We love how easy this recipe is to make, and how delicious they turn out!

zucchini lasagna

Here’s another healthy alternative: lasagna, made with zucchini slices instead of pasta. From start to finish it takes less than an hour, which makes this recipe irresistible!

 

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we love michigan yes we do

It’s no secret we love our great state and these are just a few goodies that show it off.
 

Mitten Style

1. Take your  happy place wherever you roam with this adjustable Michigan bangle $24.95
 
2.  Add a little rustic beauty to your nest and place the heart wherever you wish $13.95
 
3.  Goals… filling up up this cool beer cap trap with different beers from the mitten $38.95
 
4. Have you hit all of these marvelous Michigan breweries yet?  $21.95
 
5.  Where does your heart belong? $28.50
 

In The Kitchen

1.  Bake up a batch of state shaped sugar cookies for you next road trip up north. $4.95
 
2.  Let’s toast to terrific tasting Michigan wine $10.95
 
3.  Splice and dice your Michigan produce on this beautiful bamboo cutting board $21.95
 
4.  Get a geography lesson while you’re baking a batch of cookies $12.95
 
5.  Dry your hands on our hand shaped state with this cute kitchen towel $18.95
 
6.  Did you know that iced tea tastes better served in a Michigan themed glass? $13.95
 

Books, Puzzles and More

1.  Looking for some interesting stops to see on your next Michigan road trip? $19.95
 
2.  Get the conversation rolling around the campfire with these cool convo starters $10.95
 
3.  It’s never too early to teach your little ones about our great state $9.95
 
4.  ABC your way through what Michigan is most known for $17.95
 
5.  Go on an adventure with these silly mice to see what makes Michigan so nice $14.95
 
6.  Unplug and have some ole fashioned fun with this cool collaged puzzle  $16.95
 
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serve up crowd-pleasing hot dogs

Whether you are planning a cookout or just need an easy dinner idea, try a twist on a regular hot dog recipe that is yummy and will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

 

Carolina style hot dogs are covered in a beefy chili, creamy homemade cole slaw, and onions. Ketchup and mustard are optional.

 

Dallas is the home of the chicken fried steak, and we couldn’t resist this recipe with the same technique on hot dogs.

 

This jalapeno bacon wrapped hot dog also make an awesome party food idea plus you can make ahead of time and reheat the bacon dogs right before serving!

 

These hot dogs are grilled to perfection, then topped with jalapeno peppers, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and avocados.

 

Another twist is a hot dog bun sprinkled with crumbled bacon, within it is a nestled crispy chicken tender layered with shredded cheese and topped off with some drizzled honey mustard. Yum!

 

This one is for meat-lovers for sure!

 

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