How to: Tie Dye Crayons

Wow. I have been practically non-existent in the blog world. To say that student teaching and my January {J-term} classes kept me busy would be an understatement! Beginning next week I am taking over my class room full-time and it has been quite the battle to make the students realize that Mrs. Santie means business! I think they’re finally beginning to realize it. 😉

I am so excited because next week is Valentine’s day! It is my 4th Valentine’s with my amazing hubby, and before him I really didn’t have a valentine {timing was inevitable that I just wouldn’t be dating anyone on that particular holiday!}. In retrospect I am thankful for that because each Valentine’s day with Johnny is so very special! In addition to my very special valentine this year, I am blessed enough to also have TWENTY-TWO more! 🙂

Hehe. I am so excited to spend Valentine’s day with my kiddos. It just so happens that I have an overly high-strung, energetic, chaotic group of firsties, so I am pretty much aboard the anti-candy bandwagon. I found this great idea on Pinterest to create crayons for them. This also has a special place in my heart because my grandmother would take little bits and pieces of leftover crayons and create things like this. They were always my favorite crayons in our special supply drawer.

How fun are these little dudes?

And way better than a piece of candy that is gone in .25 seconds. Don’t-chya think?

Here is the quicky tutorial – they’re a breeze to make.

Tie Dye Crayons

Supplies needed:

1. Crayons – for 24 hearts you will need approximately 4 boxes of 24 crayons.

2. Heart shaped silicon mold.


1. Pre-heat oven to 230°.

2. Cut up crayons – or use odds and ends of used up crayons.

3. Place crayons in each of the hearts in your mold. Fill to the very top for full crayons, less for thinner crayons.

4. Bake on a cookie sheet for about 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven.

5. Let cool until very firm – at least 4 hours, the longer the better.

6. Pop out of mold and… voila! Fun Valentine’s sans sugar!

I am creating little valentines out of mine that I will pass out during the kids’ valentine exchange. I think they’re so cute. Happy Valentine’s Day for “crayon” out loud! 😉

I’m not sure the kids will “get” the play on words though. It’ll be interesting to see!

 Hehe. These poor kids. Their teacher is a nerd. 🙂

What fun things are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Do you have any traditions with your kids or your family?

I am so excited to hear about what your family does for Valentine’s day! Stay tuned for some new, yummy recipes including something chocolate and peanut buttery {yum-o} and a new spin on an Italian favorite! Until next time…


49/52: Going with the flow…

Ahh, there is nothing quite like the unexpected. Am I right? You have your near future {meaning the next week or so} all planned out in your pretty little head, and then… BAM. It is out the window, just like that! Or, envision another, similar, slightly more detailed scenario if you will. You are grocery shopping for the week after planning out meals and treats for you and your husband/family, when you receive a call that stops you dead in your tracks. Before you jump to the wrong conclusion, everyone is fine. Nobody is hurt, and everyone is still with us. Thank the good Lord! I just received a very unexpected call that kind of put a damper on my holiday spirit. However, I am trying my hardest to not let it get the best of me!

When we met and began dating, my husband was working out-of-town and I would only see him on weekends. Some weekends he would work straight through and I would drive up to visit him, while other weekends he’d come home. It wasn’t ideal but we were head over heels crazy for each other, so we made it work. Each time we said goodbye it was heart wrenching. But as they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder. And so it does! After all, here we are 3 years later, happy as can be and still madly in love.

A little ways into our relationship I decided to purchase a little photo album for Johnny so he could take pictures of us with him wherever he was. Through the years I added new pictures each time he left town. But, it has been almost, geez, a year and a half, if not longer since he has left town. He has been working for a fantastic company, and was made the ‘yard’ welding foreman. Best benefit? No major travelling {Or so we thought}. Anyway, needless to say, the album is out of date and we don’t really print pictures anymore. Who still prints pictures? 😉

Well, as you can determine through reading my last few paragraphs, my husband has been called out-of-town. There was an accident up north and a nitrogen tank rolled off of a barge while it was in transport. This fantastic company my husband works for happens to own 1 of 2 cranes that could pick this large, 475 ton tank out of the water {details here}.In fact, I think both of the cranes are going to have to work together {two separate companies} to pick this big contraption! Yippee. So, off my hubby goes tonight. He’ll be gone nearly all week. Yes, I am totally throwing myself a small pitty party here. 😉

I’ve started gathering things for him and realized I should pull out his old ‘travel’ photo album for the trip. Unfortunately we don’t really have any recent pictures printed thanks to our computers and iPhones. However, I was able to find just a few to add. This has made so many memories surface, and makes me so thankful for where our life is now compared to where it used to be. I am doing everything within my power to make this trip easier for him.

I’m curious… leave me a response in the comments section of this entry. What things do you do for your spouse/significant other to support them? Do you have any traditions or cutesy things you do for each other {writing each other notes, etc.}?? This happening made me realize that I haven’t written all the sweet, cute notes I used to write him. It was a great reminder to keep the little things going… no one gets tired of knowing they’re loved and appreciated! 🙂

Let your loved one know you’re thinking about them today!

38/52: Yes, I’m still alive.

Wow! Holy cow.

I am so bad. I haven’t blogged in so long. Life has gotten the best of me, yet again. I am so behind, I have such cool recipes and adventures to share. 🙂

First, good news! The teacher strike which lasted nearly 2 weeks, was over a few weeks ago and I was able to return to my internship school last week. It was such a great feeling to walk into the classroom and see all my kiddos faces. And getting oodles of hugs certainly helped! There is nothing better than seeing a kids face light up, and excited to see you. I’ll never get tired of that.

Hmm, what else happened over the past few weeks? Oh, I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my husband. It was so nice! We decided to just get away for the weekend, and travelled up to Orcas Island. If you aren’t from the PNW, Orcas Island is the largest island in the San Juan island chain. It was beautiful and so peaceful. We stayed in the cutest little condo/suite and just relaxed! Here is the quickie-low down… {If you know me, you know I took zillions of pictures, it was tough to narrow them down}

We took a ferry from Anacortes, WA…

And ended up staying in the little town {their biggest town} of Eastsound, WA.

We celebrated our anniversary with a replica of our wedding cake topper… so YUM. Corina Bakery makes the best chocolate cake, and super yummy espresso buttercream! To die for!

The next morning we decided to explore the island. We headed up to Moran State Park and Mt. Constitution. We were just getting over being sick, so we didn’t hike but instead just drove up hoping for a view. We quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. We were practically in the clouds! But there was a really cool “castle” — I renamed it Castle Grayskull, but for some reason I don’t think the island will go for it? — which was an old lookout.

After Moran State Park, we drove around to the north side of the island. It was so beautiful and peaceful.

For dinner that night we headed over to the historic Rosario Mansion, which was neat, but I wasn’t entirely impressed. Their website made it look much more well kept. But it could have been because it was considered the “off season” for tourism.


All in all it was a great trip! Our actual anniversary was on Monday, so we got another special day to celebrate. I had made Johnny a special card, which I gave him with breakfast. And I came home to beautiful roses.

It was a perfect and completely memorable first anniversary {well technically 3-2-1 anniversary! 3 years dating, 2 years since proposal and 1 year since our wedding — yes, all on the same day! September 19.} Man, how lucky am I that I get to be married to this man for the rest of my life. Life is good! 🙂

Wow, feels good to get this post written. I’ve been thinking about it for quite some time and every time I sit down to type I get sucked into homework {which is what I should be doing right now – lol}.

I have some fun recipes coming up to share with you guys, I can’t wait. Those will be posted over the next few weeks. Before then though, I need your help with something. To cut or not to cut? That is the question. I am fed up with my hair and want to cut it. I also feel that shorter hair would make me look slightly older/more professional. I usually make drastic decisions when it comes to cutting hair, so I want to make sure and think this one through. So, I thought I could implore the opinions of my readers!

Here is me yesterday…

Here is what I’m thinking for cut/style…

Thoughts? Vote in the poll below!

I hope everyone has an awesome and productive day! Until next time…