Polymer Clay Jewelry Dish Tutorial

 

Looking for a quick craft that make s a beautiful gift? Are you a DIY Bride who wants a customized unique ring bearer tray? Well, today is your lucky day! This dish is so easy anyone can do it!

Start with 3 colors of polymer clay.

Break off a portion of each brick

Roll them out 5-6 inches like a snake

Braid them together 

Roll into a ball

Roll out not too thin

Arrange in a oven safe dish

Bake at 275 for 15 minutes 

Cool and Remove

Paint the edges with gold paint pen

Enjoy!

   

How to Throw a Disney Descendants Party

How to Throw a Disney Descendants Party

I have to admit when I saw the commercial for Disney Descendants, I may have been more excited than my kids. I mean all of my favorite Disney Villains and High School Musical had a mash up.  I am on board. My daughter has been talking about the release for weeks and was insistent that we host a preview party with themed snacks. A Disney movie with themed snacks? Twist my arm, kid! I may have even offered my house up for a sleepover we were so excited!

So, naturally we had to give our themed snacks a trial to see how they worked! We loved them! Can’t wait to have set the table for an amazing Disney Descendants party!

We are starting with Cruella and Carlos’ Dalmation Cookies! These are sugar cookies with vanilla frosting and chocolate chips!

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Next we have Jafar and Jay’s Magic Carpet Crackers and Hummus!

IMG_3439.JPGUp next is Evil Queen and Evie’s Poisonous Caramel Apples

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To end the night we are having a special treat from my favorite villain! Maleficent Floats made with grape soda and vanilla ice cream!

IMG_3441.JPGPlus have you downloaded the Disney Side app? You can turn yourself into this villainous favorite of mine and many of your other favorite Disney characters!

Customized Clipboard Tutorial

Today’s tutorial is courtesy of my 11 year old! 

We are 2 weeks out from school starting in our neck of the woods. Our summer assignments are in full swing and we doing our best to swing back into a routine. 

When we built our table the first thing that my husband said was the kids could not write directly on it in fear of making marks in the wood. So, I ordered clip boards for the kids and my daughter had the idea to decorate her own.

So here is my 11 year old daughter and her tutorial for a customized  clip board!

First begin by designing in a program such a Pic Monkey! They have a paid version but we used only free areas to create this.

  
We created a design using School U theme. 

Once you are happy with your design save it and print. 

Cut out and apply it to clip board using double side tape.

   

 

Add washi tape to complete your design and you are done! 

Experience the Ohio Renaissance Festival

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Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

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Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers. The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more demonstrated. The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob and a wide variety of the finest ales and wines. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds!

ohio reniassance festival 3Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you’re a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.

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How to Make a Homework Station

 

Back to school prep work continues here! The countdown is on and this year we are beginning preschool, first grade and middle school in this house! I want to start the kids year off right and that starts with making good habits! Habits are easier to start when they are fun! So today we made a homework and craft station! 

I started with a Lazy Susan that I found at the good will. I gave it a quick sand and spray painted it black. 

  
Next I used the Labelholic Chalk Labels.  It came with a set of 36 so I have plenty of extras for more products. I adhered them to some glass canning jars I already had. These came from Walmart and I love them because they are cheap and flat! No embellishment on the glass makes it easier for crafting.

  
I filled up the jars and chose not to adhere them to the lazy Susan so that the could remain accessible to cleaning and switching out items. You could easily fill the jars with buttons, ribbons and glitter for a go to crafting station! 

  
Of all off kids the only one who was ready to start homework was my 2 year old! 

How to Beat the Back to School Blues

How to Beat the Back to School Blues

Summer is ending and back to school is around the corner! Here are my best tips on how to beat the back to school blues!

  • With a few weeks left to go before school starts, begin reclaiming the rules! Start small such as introducing swapping electronic time for reading time.
  • Bring back the bedtime during the week. Kids sleep patterns take time to adapt to! The week school starts is a rough time for everyone to begin this process
  • Start the back to school clothes shopping now buy evaluating the kids closets cleaning out what doesn’t fit and make a list of what is needed.
  • Be aware of kids school needs such as supplies and dress codes so there is no question or rushing last minute, this will help you hit sales too! Here is a link to a list you can keep track of sizes for your kids
  • Use a checklist to get back into a routine. Kids really do thrive on a routine and having one laid out and ready for you allows kids to be aware and accountable. Click the image to access a printable PDF!

Daily Back to School Check List by A Little Moore Blog

  • Make a homework station. Whether your kids use a table or desks have an area that is stocked with their school needs that is distraction free.
  • Stock up on snacks! I have a container in my pantry that is full of pre-approved snacks that my kids can choose from when packing lunches or for after school snacks.
  • Renegotiate chores before the school year starts. Make sure that school work can remain the priority.
  • As a parent get in the routine too! The more you can accomplish the night before the easier your mornings will be!
  • Create a family calendar that keeps family on the same page! I like the free website COZI which has an accompanied app!
  • Get a jump on your back to school supply buying early! Go here to see my BEST back to school supply buying tips!

Back to School Supply Buying Tips

Back to School Buying Tips

Every year this summer escapes us and before we know it it is time for back to school. I am one who is still looking forward to a few more pool days but if you wait until last minute you will not only be out of time but you will have less selection and pay more! These are a few of my favorite back to school tips for making the most of our back to school shopping for the best pricing and the least amount of stress!

  • Know your child’s back to school list from their school. Print it out before you go to the store or screen shot it on your phone. Stores are NOT guaranteed to have your school’s list or to have it be correct.
  • Check the ads! The deals are there if you are willing to make multiple stops in different weeks!
  • Go through your house to see what you already have! Many items such as scissors and rulers do not need to be replaced.
  • If you shop for the items you know you need such as crayons, makers, paper you can find them for pennies now which can help for bigger ticket items later on!
  • Stock up on the “deal” items. If you pay pennies for them it is worth it to stock up to replace mid-year, save for next year or to donate to the school.
  • For electronic items such as graphing calculators check online retailers such as Amazon as they are competitive the entire back to school season as opposed the weekly sales at Brick and Mortar.
  • Some items are worth spending a few extra pennies. Walmart has back packs for 3.97 which a great price but the quality is not there. LL Bean is offering 25% off their book packs with free shipping which brings them to just under $30 with a lifetime guarantee!
  • If at all possible, do the bulk of your back to school shopping without your kids! Kids easily get caught up in colors and styles that are not necessary! After most of the shopping is done I take my kids to buy a “vanity” item they are looking for such as a character lunch box or a glittery binder! If you got great deals on everything else a little compromise makes everyone happy!
  • If your child’s school offers a supply back at the end of the school year this is not always a bargain but it is usually a fundraiser for your school and if you do choose to do all of your back to school shopping at one store then you will most likely pay less with this option!
  • In addition to buying all of your supplies get the kids ready too! Go here to see my top tips to beat the back to school blues!

One Pot Pasta


When you get home from vacation and haven’t been to the grocery store yet you need to get creative with meals. I have heard the term one pot pasta and decided to give it a whirl!

You need:

One package of sausage sliced

1/2 onion chopped

1 tomato diced

2 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp of dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste

One box of Angel hair pasta

One cup of Parmesan cheese

4 cups of water

To begin you take the sliced sausage, basil, onion, tomato and garlic in your sauce pan and you let it simmer. It allows the sausage and veggies to start cooking and incorporating!

 
I added just a touch of olive oil to this!

 
Next you add 4 cups of water and one package of Angel hair pasta. Let it boil, stirring often.

 
When the pasta absorbs the water add in your Parmesan!

 
This served 5 of us generously! With a serving to spare!

 
For a last minute meal, It was a winner that will definitely make it into our meal rotation!

Lego Americana Roadshow

 
If you are lucky enough to have the Lego Americana Roadshow and you have a Lego lover or in my house a history lover then you have to make time to see it!  

It features iconic buildings from American history completely constructed from Lego bricks!

 

You can get an idea of the scale by the people in the background.

 

What a neat way to learn some history while being awed at these Lego minis masterpieces. 

We even got to build a mini Washington Monunment.  

Of course their version was a little more impressive!  

Ok, it was a lot more impressive!

The Lego Americana Roadshow as a few more stops this year!

 
I promise the kid in you will love it as much as your kids will!

 

Christmas in July


In case you missed it I reopened their Elf Shop for Christmas in July. The shop features new elf mask, elf accessories and elf clothes. I know many are shaking their heads saying you have 6 more months! But, here is my reality! Even though they are little items I make them by hand. Each piece is embroidered or hand sewn by me and that takes time. July may be a little early for elves to play dress up but summer is a great time for me to give orders more attention because I have more time and access to help. It won’t necessarily speed up how fast they are made (if only I could be Wonder Woman!) but I can assure you that even though I have been building up stock all year, when it comes to November I will not be offering anything custom or have the ability to restock at that point. I will be enjoying my family for the holidays.

So yes, July seems crazy to open this up now but just think…. You have one less worry when it comes up in 20 more weeks. See now it doesn’t sound so far away! 😉

As a disclosure, my items will fit most Christmas elves but I am in no way associated with Elf of the Shelf. I am just a mom who loves the holidays and seeing her kids light up through the holidays using the elf tradition!