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Cute Lunchbox Notes By: Mommy

28 Aug

Lunches. Packing every day. That’s our life. You know once you start writing those little messages from the heart… YOU CAN NOT STOP. My little lady M, looks forward to these notes every single day. She saves every.single.one that I put in her lunchbox. She “collects” them she says. My 7 year old is a future hoarder scrapbooker like her Mom. (yay, woo hoo, awesome, so happy)

I wanted to up the note seriousness level a little bit and surprise her tomorrow. Lunch box notes aren’t a new idea. Google it. It will send your little heads spinning into a cute portal and you’ll want to print, and pin, and steal them all. I almost went print happy and but I took the extra steps to make my own.

I couldn’t help but admire. Sit and stare. and think of her face tomorrow when she opens her little kitten lunchbox (by the way friends- I had to Google lunchbox to see if it was one word or two…it’s one, a “compound word”)  and she’ll see a cool note from Mommy. Yesssss, maybe I’m racking up the cool mom points!!!

I used PAGES on my iPad to create this layout. 2 columns, 5 rows. And I have a lot to learn apparently because I could NOT get it to print my words in an orderly, organized, fashion. So I printed it blank and wrote in my messages.

All donesies! She’s gonna be so happy. Love my girl!

(I wish I could upload the file for you all to print because it is cute but I have NO idea how to do that file sharing business yet. If you want it I will email it to you. Just leave me a comment below- Thanks)

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4th Rainbow Birthday Bash

25 Aug

Welcome to my Rainbow 4th Birthday Bash. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get crafty. so crafty in fact. I managed to pull off a pretty cool themed party for my newly 4 year old little lady. all awhile celebrating 2 other birthdays. Going on “vacation” to my birth state Ohio for 9 days with the kids. stay out late for my birthday and still wake up the next day to throw a cool array of colors bash! In all fairness- I did the banners and Cricut cut outs before I left for my trip because there was ZERO time when I got home to prep.

Our party was from 1:30-4 so I didn’t have to worry about serving a dinner.

This kiddie goodie table consisted of:

  • Heart Shaped Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches (none were left)
  • Rainbow Chips Ahoy cookies (1 was left)
  • Rainbow Goldfish (gone)
  • Rainbow Gummy Life savors (not a single one left)
  • Rainbow Mini Marshmallows (enough left for me to snack on)
  • and a delicious Rainbow pull apart cupcake cake – speaking of the awesome cake…

I made a sketch of the cake I was thinking of in my head (i don’t bake) and asked my “Bake-tastic Sis-in-Law” to make and master it for me and wow did she deliver! It looked much better than I imagined it would in my head. Thanks Gems!

As previously mentioned before I took off to Ohio I did my “Cricut work”.  Time consuming yes, easy yes. Messy VERY! But I had all of the supplies to make the banner, the star garland, my number “4” cut outs and the rainbows. My “Once Upon A Princess Cricut Cartridge” had a rainbow (thank goodness) on it so I didn’t have to buy one with it.

I cut out the clouds and the letters. Assembled with my scotch craft stick (which is super uber sticky and works great for sturdy hold). I used a hole punch and basic twine to string and tie the banner together. I’m sure there are a ton of ways to do it. It wasn’t hard- just time consuming.

Then I cut out a punch of 1.5 inch stars off the same cricut cartridge. Then I hand-sewed them together making a star garland. (basically because I don’t have a working sewing machine at the moment, and that will change)

It really didn’t take that long to sew. It was about 10 feet long.

Next up: I saw a tutorial (here) and I just HAD to make a balloon banner. BUY A COMPRESSOR or HAND PUMP!!! Thankfully I had the help of 2 very eager to help teenagers blowing up balloons but for even as “small” as our balloon banner was we were exhausted. I couldn’t imagine making a bigger one.

(but I will someday)

Blow them up. Sewed them together, then strung them all together with thick blue string/yarn/twine not sure what it was exactly. I added some extra colors to make it look even prettier.

I had a ton of BLUE TAB CURTAINS- that I well, hated. I have girls, we just don’t do blue… yet!

So I took them to Ohio with me so my masterful sewing Mommy could help me create a tablecloth in some way. somehow. do something with all 5 panels of BLUE that didn’t want in my life anymore. We went to Joann Fabrics and found pretty cute “rainbow heart” material and a pretty yellow (flannel material). Thank goodness I had that blue because we bought 2.5 yards of each and it was not cheap. The most expensive tablecloth I own. (you know I had some coupons right?! I did)

 

     

The finished product! It completely touched the floor on all sides. It was awesome. My mom whipped this beauty together in one night (maybe a couple random hours prepping and cutting) but she did AWESOME!! It really tied the room together. Sorry the picture is so grainy- iPhone 3GS pic scroll up to the first pic to see the print better of the rainbows.

What’s left? 

The Goody Bags- nothing impressed me in the store. I had some brown paper lunch saks that we never use so I cut the top using my FISKARS scissors and hand drew rainbows on 16 bags.

The actual food served: which I have ZERO pics of the table (it was no big deal)

  • Pizza- $5 Hot-N-Ready’s from Little Caesars
  • Rainbow Fruit Skewers-
  • Rainbow Veggie Tray with Blue Ranch Dip (since no veggies are blue) and it was a conversation piece…
  • Chips and Salsa

and I think that’s all?! There was alot going on that day. Can’t totally remember. I was more worried about 16 happy kids. 

Oh yeah and we had a seriously cool BOUNCE FUN HOUSE for our sweet Girl! Her Daddy loves her 🙂

Our Birthday Girl

**Filling the goodie bags cost the most money**

I was also going to do some crafts and games but as soon as my hubs told me the bounce house was locked down for sure, I nixed the idea. The bounce house combo fun house was a huge hit…for adults too 😉 I was going to make Cloud Dough, and have a candy buffet, and have the kids make fruit loop necklaces (all great ideas)

Thanks for Looking 🙂

*Special thanks to my Mom Gale for making our girls awesome rainbow tablecloth, my Sister in Law Gemma for an awesome above expectation cake, and my Mom-In-Law April for taking great pictures!

Princess Felt Mat – Homemade Project

8 Sep

*Please note all photos are mine and mine alone. I used to run a different blog*

Hi I’m Jenn and I’m addicted to craft blogs. A few months ago, I saw this awesome Tutorial from Kimbo

A girl and a glue gun

  for a Girls Felt Mat and knew instantly that my daughters and my nieces would Love them! I set out to Jo Ann’s for yards of felt…..not just squares. Ending up getting over 82 individual pieces of felt and 6 yards of 3 different colors! The first one took some time because my summer hotel was hoppin’ but I finished. The first one I made was for my niece for her 3rd birthday. My daughter saw it and had to have one of her own so in one day I did her’s and gave it to her for her birthday on Sept 3. I just love them and had a great time making them!

The finished product. Fire Station, Pet shop, Church, Garden and more
Her Castle

My Sister-in-Law have a few things in common, outside of kids, family and scrapbooking.

Our families both live out of the state we live in.

Since they frequent Florida as much as possible and miss all of us, I thought it would be cute to

put Florida on their playmat! The dots represent family. and of course the Mickey Mouse Ears…are Disney World.

These are pockets for cars, and figurines she decides to use

Ah, the open road

Perfect Sized for Littlest Pet Shops and Princess Figurines as well

and it rolls up really small so it’s out of the way!

One of the best parts was that It was easy to customize it per kid.

Here’s the one I made for my daughter

Who requested EVERYTHING her cousin got.

She uses her Polly Pockets, Pet Shops and Princesses on it.

I switched it up a little bit. I put a Movie Theater and a Police Station on her’s

Her Diva Castle

Marble Racers Car, review coming soon =)

and Since when we travel, we go to Ohio and Miss everyone there

all the time, Ohio had to be put on the map with a nice

spot for Youngstown!

I’m so glad I did this project. It kept me busy and my daughters just adore it.

It’s also fun for me to be imaginitive with them!

For the tutorial

click the link below!

Felt Mat Tutorial

Have a little boy? There is one for the boys on her blog too!

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