Sleepover FUN! Minute to win it game IDEAS! Great for all ages - kids and adults - Party idea - Family game night

The boys had a sleepover at our house last weekend and it was a fun filled evening.

They had pizza, played Minute to Win it games, and made ice cream sundaes. I should say toppings with a little ice cream :) 

Let the games to begin!

I tried to picture only my kids so I don't have very many. 
I also had a tally board on an easel to keep scores.

4 playing cards set up. The original game description said to use clothespins and stand them up. I couldn't find clothespins so I used the stands from the game LIFE or Candy Land. Use rubber bands to see how many you can knock down in a minute. 

I was going to have them blow up a balloon and use the air from it to move the cups but this was a little easier. We set up 15 cups and they had to push the cup by blowing into the straw to move them across a line on the table. This was surprisingly very very fast.  

We used straws to suck up the air to pick up mini marshmallows and transfer them to a bowl. This was easy and the boys had fun shooting the marshmallows at each other after the game. 

One hand behind your back and you use the other to take out tissues one at a time (can't dig down and grab them all.) I did allow to use your chin to hold the box. This one caused a lot of dust but we needed the boxes for our next game. 

This one you fill the boxes with ping pong balls (found a box of 38 at a local sporting goods store for $12) and I used packing tape to wrap them around their waist. They might need to be a little lower but it worked. Then you shake until all the balls are out of your box. You can't lay down or use your hands. I videoed and I'm not sure how I managed it because I was laughing so hard. This was my favorite game by far. 

This one was hard and ended up being my tie breaker game. You put a raw spaghetti noodle in your mouth and try to pick up penne noodles. 

This one you take streamer rolls and try to unroll it first. The rolls are really cheap (.89 cents) and the boys had fun after throwing at each other at the end. 

Finished the evening off with a silly string fight, video games, movie and popcorn. They also had some ipad/itouch time just before bedtime. 

Tons of laughs with friends

We played Minute to Win it games during our NYE balloon pop countdown. This was the favorite game of the evening. 


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CARE package - Make them EXTRA SPECIAL - Put a smile on their face!

I love sending little packages and postcards throughout the year. Most of my family is out of state that I don't get to see very much. ((sad face)) BUT I want to make sure they know we are thinking of them and miss them very much. 
I just recently sent these for a birthday and thank you 

I always try to make it really colorful and add little messages around the box flaps. 

I didn't on these because of time but I usually make my own custom paper shreds. I designed the font and length to print on colored paper, front and back. Then put it through my shredder (not cross shred) making long strips. Both sides of the strip have the custom message. Then I take 5-7 strips and zig zag them back and forth. Yes, time consuming but so worth it! I've gotten so many amazing compliments from it.

Handmade cards by the boys

Just a little detail to make your package stand out.

Check back soon. I'll share my "Happy Summer" boxes I mailed and my super cute postcards that will go out this week.

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SMART COOKIE Thank you GIFT idea - Teacher appreciation - FREE downloadable tag!!

With school parties, awards, teacher appreciation, class gifts, work and a quick trip out of town (whew) I wasn't able to post my end of the year teacher gifts. I know, it's summertime and school is just around the corner but I'm finally posting. Well, here's some ideas for next year! :)

For more detail see my PATRIOTIC OREOS POST HERE

Measured the oreos and cut the printed design (see other post for details)


Placed the design side down 

Pressed to get air bubbles out

Put in the freezer for just a few mins. Do not leave them in there or they will become really sticky.

Then peel back 

Dipped and drizzled in candy melts

Found these packages at my bake shop but I'm sure they can be purchased online. 

Our school colors are red and black and I had black candy melts but I liked the brown with the gold package.

Made these custom SUPER CUTE tags. "Thanks for making me one smart cookie" and personalized with each teachers name 

FREE 4x6 downloadable tags 
I sent the file to a local 1hr photo lab to be printed but you can also print 4x6 size at home.

HERE  to download 4x6 smart cookie tag for FREE
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KEEPSAKE - Idea/gift Remembering a lost loved one

I gave this as a gift Friday to a very close family that lost their Mom/Granny last July. I thought the anniversary of her passing would be a very difficult day and maybe this would give them a little smile. 

I took every kind work said before and after her passing, from the eulogy, letter sent to her daughter and anything I could find on photos. It was made a little easier since an update chain was sent out via email and I could take it from there as well. 

I bought a shadowbox frame from Micheal's

I upcycled manila file folders for the text

I moved the star punch around to capture words that were said about her. This star says "inspiring woman" for the main text.

I found this quote that I thought would fit perfect with this project.

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy"
                                                                       -Eskimo Proverb

Now the hard part. I wanted to make sure the stars were in a grid and exactly even and entered. Here is how I did it and don't laugh if there is a totally easier way. I'm just happy it turned out. :)

I sized the paper to fit the frame and cut

Folded the paper evenly


Now for the other way

Then I traced the lines. It didn't need to be perfect just to give me the cross points.

Then I took the paper that had the quote printed and marked the cross points

Tested the spacing again and added a blue star with her name and date she passed away.

Attached with double sided tape but if I were going to do it again, I would use thick scrapbooking tape to have them raised off the page. 

I really like how it turned out. I know it was probably very emotional to read but hopefully brought a smile to her face knowing how loved she was.