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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bella's Birthday Party & DIY

We celebrated Bella's 12th birthday last week.  I really had a lot of fun decorating and getting ready for 8 silly girls to come celebrate with Bella.  I thought I would share her party details with you!


These 36" laytex balloons were purchased from Party City  I made tissue tassels and added  simply taping them on with scotch tape.  
(Tissue Tassel Tutorial) Fluffy "12" tutorial in video link below.  

I left the Coffee Filter Garland up from last week's tutorial.  
Added two cute candle sticks I couldn't resist from Hobby Lobby & Glitter Votives

These letters are the 6" paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby.  Michaels & Joann carry them as well.  For the perfect color I traced them on scrapbook paper, cut out and glued on.

We wanted to send the girls home with something hand made. So we painted these cute canvas tote bags.  (Tutorial in video link below) We had the Izze Pop and various candy bars the girls could choose from to fill their bags.  

  • Photo Scavenger Hunt @ Nelson Atkins Art Museum:  (Scavenger Hunt List) This time of year is hard to find activities indoor that are different or not crazy expensive.  This idea jumped out to Bella as she LOVES art and going to the museum.  The girls loved this activity.  Some had never been to the museum before and were amazed at the beautiful building and art.  We are pretty lucky to have such a beautiful/amazing facility here in KC.  BONUS:  This activity was FREE!
  • Dave & Busters:  This was actually not our first choice BUT.... because of my husbands work we had a ton of gift cards that we had accumulated and needed to use.  The girls ate dinner and played games.  They had a super fun time.  
  • Home:  Once home we had dessert, opened gifts, played games, watched a movie, & eventually fell asleep.  Game suggestions:  Heads Up, Would You Rather
Bella and the girls had so much fun.  As a mom, I really cringe at sleep overs so its not something we do often.  I don't believe kids need to have a huge party every year.  We typically have a friend party every other year, & family party on the alternates.  Once my kids reach 12 we will have family parties only except for the milestone year (16).  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Coffee Filter Poms

I have seen the idea of Coffee Filter Poms many times.  I finally decided to give them a try and I am sold/ in love/ obsessed!  They are so easy and affordable.  You can even dye them any color you want!

Items Needed For This Project:

  • 3" Styrofoam Ball-  These can sometimes be pricey but I found in the craft section of Hobby Lobby they had a package of 6 for $4.  The size ball you use will determine the end result of your Pom.
  • Coffee Filters-  I purchased packages of 100 at Target for $1 each.  
  • String- I used an existing brown string I had.  You just want to make sure it will hold the weight of your Pom.
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks-  Each ball used about 3 sticks of glue.
  • Misc-  Scissors, ruler, bowl.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thankful Jar

It's November!  The month to be grateful and give thanks.  I want to share this idea with you as a daily reminder to give thanks.  It is very easy to be weighed down with all the negative awful things of this life.  By actively thinking about positive things everyday (even if they seem small and insignificant) we can focus on the good things we have.  
My challenge to you is to write down one thing you are thankful for every day.  See if it changes your thinking and focus to Happiness!

Items Needed For This Project:

  • Jar:  I used a jar that I already had.  If you need to buy one, try Hobby Lobby, Michaels, TJ Maxx, Joann, Target, or Wal Mart.
  • Tag:  see printable below.
  • Scrapbook Paper:  I used 12X12 paper and cut in to 4X4 squares. My favorite store for scrapbook paper is Hobby Lobby.
  • Ribbon:  1.5" width ribbon.  I used chocolate brown.  
  • Twine
  • Misc:  scissors, hole punch

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Treats & Craft Ideas

This week is Halloween and that means Halloween Parties!  I am always looking for new ideas to entertain. These are what I am trying this year!

Caramel Puffcorn\Popcorn
8 oz. Puffcorn or Popped Popcorn
1 cup Butter (do not substitute)
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
In a sauce pan bring butter, sugar and corn syrup to a boil, then cook for two minutes. Add Baking Soda. Stir well and remove from heat.  Place puffcorn in large mixing bowl.  Pour mixture over Puffcorn. Stir until puff corn is evenly coated.  Place mixture on baking sheets.  Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes.  Stir mixture every 15 minutes.  Break apart and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Water
1/4 cup Salted Butter, slice into 1 tablespoon pieces
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon Fine Seasalt

-In 2-3 qt. sauce pan, heat sugar and water over medium/high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar.  Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color.  This process takes awhile so be patient.  It will be clear for awhile and gradually turn.  Carefully swirl pan occasionally.  
Once your mixture turns the desired color immediately add butter and whisk until butter has melted then immediately remove from heat.  
Carefully pour in cream and whisk to combine until smooth.  Stir in seasalt. Pour into a glass jar or container to cool.  Once cool, store in airtight container or refrigerator.  

GlowStick Broom
See video link below for tutorial!

Pumpkin Slime Recipe
8 oz. Elmers School Glue
1/4 cup  Warm Water
1/2 teaspoon Borax Powder (Find in the Laundry detergent isle)
Food Coloring

In mixing bowl pour glue and add food color.  In a separate container mix very warm water and borax.  Pour mixture into glue mixture and combine.  Store in air tight container!

Chocolate Pumpkin Bowl
See video link below for Tutorial

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Young Maleficent Inspired Costume

This week's costume idea is by far my favorite in years!  I can't explain why except that perhaps it is so my style? Anyway, I am in love.  I hope that all my tips and tricks are helpful for you to create your own Young Maleficent.  
It was not our intention to duplicate Young Maleficent exactly.  It would have involved sewing (which I can do) but I didn't think the bulk of people would be able do that.  With that in mind our goal was to create a similar look with things we could find for sale in our area.  

  • Lace Dress: We found several that would work at Target.  Try Forever 21 or H&M also.  
  • Green Footless Tights:  I found these at Target for $3
  • Beaded Necklace:  Young Maleficent had a similar necklace so I bought a roll of waxed linen string and wooden beads.  All I did was tie a knot, place the bead, and tie another knot to keep it in place.  You can space to your liking.  
  • Small Pouch Purse:  I found a really cute kit at Hobby Lobby for $10.  I used my 40% off coupon.  
  • Feather Wings:  I bought white/cream at a Halloween store for $15.  Then I bought packs of cheap feathers (brown, cream, pale pink) and glued (hot glue gun) them on the wings.  
  • Antler Headband:  I bought some antlers at an antique store and a headband and flowers at craft store.  My husband cut the antlers the size I marked and then drilled a hole through the headband and antlers.  He then placed a screw from the under side of the headband up through the antlers to secure them.  After that it was my turn for the beautification.  I painted the tips gold and glued paper flowers on.  Not many will be able to tackle that process so if you fall into that category try Etsy.  There are several stores that make and sell them.  Simply go to Etsy and do a search for "antler headbands" for all kinds of options.  
  • Make up:  See video for instructions and products used.  
  • Shoes:  We used an existing pair of nude ballet flats.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sugar Skull Costume

This week I am really excited to share a Sugar Skull Costume with you.  This one was really fun to do.  I actually would have loved to paint all the face designs by hand but didn't know how many could manage that so I went for the quick and easy design.  I'm usually thankful for the "quick" when it comes down to getting dressed anyway.  

Items Needed For This Costume:

  • Dress: I purchased a "Little Red Riding Hood" costume from Party City.  I noticed this same costume is sold at tons of other sites.  Spirit Halloween, Chasing Fireflies, are a couple. I loved that it looked like a Mexican style dress with the velvet and lace.  I also thought you could wear a red or black dress if you have one already in your closet! Perhaps an old Homecoming or Prom dress?  
  • Floral Headband:  I got this at Claire's but it could easily have been made if you have supplies.
  • Face Stickers: Claire's Halloween Item.
  • Earrings:  Claire's Halloween Item.
  • Face Paint:  I got Snazaroo brand paint at Michaels.  I hate the cheap stuff they sell with costumes.  It is terrible to work with and looks awful.  I once asked the face painters at Disneyland what brand they used and ordered my own.  I love the Snazaroo brand.  Its works so well and lasts forever.  I used my 50% off coupon making my kit the same price as the cheap stuff in the Halloween section.  
  • Misc:  Craft brushes for face paint, eye lash glue ( if needed for face stickers )

Hair:  I started by parting the hair to one side.  I did a reverse french braid starting on the part and angled down and around to the other ear & secured with a rubber band. Pancake (or loosen) the braid dramatically.   The remaining hair was secured into a messy bun.  For hair tutorials like this one go to cutegirlshairstyles 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Black Kitty Costume

October is here!  I love Halloween so much and I'm so excited to share a few costume ideas with you this month.  This week I chose this easy Cat costume idea.  

Items Needed For This Costume:

  • Black Leotard: you could also use a black tshirt.  I got Bella's leotard at WalMart.
  • Black Leggings
  • Black Faux Leather Jacket:  this is completely optional but where we live you usually need a jacket or coat.  I also love the modern look it adds.
  • Shoes:  Bella wore black Dr Marten boots.  
  • Kitty Ears: Headband, Black pipe cleaners/chenille stems.  These items can be found at craft stores and Wal Mart.
  • Makeup:  black eye liner & mascara.  Optional: blush, bronzer, false eyelashes
  • Nail Polish:  I used a cheapo brand from Wal Mart. Look for black and black with glitter.