Monday, April 16, 2018

Nick's high school graduation party 2015

Our first born son graduated from high school last year! So of course we had to throw him a party! πŸ˜‰ I had a lot of fun planning it and even more fun celebrating with our friends! Of course we had to start with the invite. I already had this in my shop, loved it so decided we would go ahead and use it! It is one of my biggest sellers in the spring! 

The favors were an obsession of mine!! First of all we had to find 25 glass baby jars which was not easy. My cousin totally came through for us and gathered them from friends. We washed them, took the labels off and all the sticky glue. 

I made a card box for him and wanted it to look like his cap.  It is now a memory box with little things from his senior year, grad night & party. I had everyone sign a copy of the Seuss book Oh the places you'll go.
We had a lot of guests and it was a very hot day. 105 degrees!!!! So we rented tables with umbrellas for shade. We have a big back yard so it worked out perfect!

My hubby hung lanterns everywhere!!! 😊
Nick and his cake table. Behind it I hung all of his school pictures from preschool to graduation.
We made superlative labels for our guests to fill out and either put on as name tags or on their cups.  Some of the answers were hilarious but I didn't get many pictures. :(
We made these superlatives labels users could fill in. 
I made these labels for the favors and centerpieces.

These were wooden numbers I picked up at Walmart and covered with cardstock.
Even the drinks had tassels!! We used mason jars for glasses.

The cake was from Sam's club!! 
The centerpieces were old spaghetti jars I painted with chalk paint to use as vases. 

I used his diploma and awards as decorations for the mantle.  The tassel garland I made out of plastic table clothes.

Also on each table and around the party were different poses from his senior portrait sitting.

Highlights of the decor.  The best part is the college he is now attending has the exact same school colors so I can save everything and repurpose it in the future!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New 100% safe search engine for kids!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am to have found this! Nothing can ruin a good day faster than one of your kids accidentally stumbling upon an inappropriate image or video while doing research. I have 4 children and I've had to cover plenty of eyes and ears even with the strictest of settings. But now Google has come up with a new search engine that is completely safe!! It's called Kiddle and it is AWESOME!!! Just tried it out myself. I even tried to search things like "Miley Cyrus", "Uranus", and a few other things I thought a kid might Google with less than expected results.  All 100% safe and innocent links! 😊

Saturday, January 23, 2016

DIY Lego piΓ±ata take 2!!

Drew is turning 5 next week and we are having a Lego party!!! I was excited to make him a Lego brick pinata. I made one once before for my friends party but I think this one was way better! 

What you will need:
*1 box (I used a baby wipes box snagged from a friend with a newborn)
*Mod Podge glue
*A paint brush
*Streamer in whichever color you like
*Hot glue gun
*4-6 juice tops to use for the pegs
*sturdy twine or a zip tie to hang it with

Step 1: I cut a slit at the top and slipped a length of twine on the top to make a loop for hanging the pinata. I also used tape to seal any open ends of the box at this point. PS. I sent my husband to the dollar store with a shopping list that included twine, duct tape and zip ties and then realized that maybe that didn't sound like such a great idea. Haha!!! πŸ˜‚ They were out of zip ties so we used twine. 

Step 2: Paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge and adhere the streamer to the box. Keep wrapping around and around slightly layering over the previous row as you go until it is completely covered.  I had to go over so areas twice to cover the words underneath.  

Step 3: I searched through my entire house until I found the perfect object to use for the pegs. Last time I used paper towel rolls. That worked ok but then I found these...Juice tops!!! These are the tops found on Simply Orange Juice and Gold Peak Tea. They are the exact size I was looking for!!! 😊

Step 4: I payed out the pegs to see where they would be placed.  Then I wrapped them with crepe paper so they would match. I used Mod Podge for this too. I printed and cut out Drew's name and the number 5 to glue to the tops.
Step 5: I hot glued the pegs in place. I love the way this looks so much! So happy with the way it turned out! 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Win a $500 gift card to Joann's!!

Joann's is having a contest where you can win up to $500 in gift cards!! Oh the damage I could do with that! 😳  You can opt in using the link below. Good luck!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Elf on the Shelf 2015 week 2

It's week 2 with Bob!!! The week is starting out sentimental. Day 8 is our oldest son Nick's 19th birthday so he left a sweet message. 

Day 9: oh so that's what he needed the extra funding for last week!  Bob for North Pole president!!! There is a close up of his podium also.  I really loved this day!!! He was based on Bernie Sanders. πŸ˜‚
Day 10: Peek a boo! Bob loves hide and seek! 

Day 11: always a favorite, Bob brought a Shutterfly book full of pictures of last years fun! 

Day 12: 🎢Cause I know when those sleigh bells ring they can only mean one thing! You can call me on my elf phone late night if you need my help...🎢 πŸŽ…πŸΌ Bob thinks he's in the Drakevideo for hotline bling! 
The real Drake video shot it's based off of! 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Elf on the Shelf 2015 week 1

He's back!!!! Our Elf on the Shelf Bob Twinkles is back for more holiday fun! This is what he did for week one. On the first day there was a pilgrim landing!!   He arrived on our dining room table with some friends all dressed up for Thanksgiving day!! 

Day 2: looks like he was getting ready to do some Black Friday shopping!!!

Day 3: Laundry day!! He found some of his old dress up outfits and washed them. I wonder if he's planning on reusing any? πŸ˜‰

Day 4: oh Bob!! Matty's science biome isn't a REAL rainforest!!

Day 5:  Bob played Twister with some of his friends. The game was found here:

Day 6: Bob noticed that the littles have outgrown last years elf PJ's so he brought new ones!!

Day 7: looks like Bob hit the ATM machine last night! Wonder what he needs to "fund"? Guess you'll have to come back for week 2 to find out!!!! 😜

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween jack-o-lantern lollipop tutorial!!!

I'm still working on my class treats for the little's Halloween parties but wanted to take a moment to make a tutorial in case any of you would like to make these for your kiddos!!! This one is for the pumpkins.  The tutorial for the eyeballs is in the previous post found here:

For Materials you'll need:
orange tissue paper (I found a pack of all orange at Walmart for .99 cents!)
Avery reinforcement stickers found in the stationary section, also at Walmart
lollipops (side note: I bought tootsie pops because of their size and they were perfect for the eyeballs but I think if I were to make these again I would use blow pops. The bottom of the wrapper is problematic to my perfectionism πŸ™ˆ)
floral tape- I already had this but I believe they would carry it at Walmart too. Check the floral department. 

Step 1: Cut your orange tissue into pieces. Again, no art to this. Just make sure it covers the lollipop and has a little for the stem.  Cut a little slit in the center. I doubled up to cover the wrapper.  On the outside piece place your reinforcement sticker around the hole you made. This will keep the tissue from tearing when you push the pop through.
Step 2: push your pop through and then gather the tissue upward.
Step 3: take the remaining tissue at the top at twist it so that the head of your jack-o-lantern is snug. This is also the base of your stem. 
Step 4: wrap your stem with green floral tape. It's sticky and really easy to work with! Also in this picture you can see that I covered the bottom of the wrapper that was showing with some orange washi tape I had. 
Step 5: the last thing you need to do is draw a cute face on! I used a sharpie. 
Optional: I added a cute little tag to them! Andrew is super excited to give them out on Friday! Especially since it's his first year of school! 😊
Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒ