Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sleepover FUN! Minute to win it game IDEAS!

Sleepovers at the house are sooooo much fun! I have everything planned out until the time their friends leave. We  just had one last weekend and I thought those Minute to Win it games would be fun. Here is what we did. 

First, they made pizza. YUM! Then ice cream sundae with toppings or should I say toppings with a little ice cream :)


Then for the games to begin!



Another fun Minute to Win It game
 (not pictured) - FACE THE COOKIE

I tried to only picture my kids so I don't have very many. Plus I took lots of video too.


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 them on each other. 


Finished the evening off with video games, movie and popcorn and ipad/itouch at bedtime. 

Tons of laughs with friends
PRICELESS!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Extra SPECIAL packages - 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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Sunday, July 21, 2013

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)


Dipped 


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
(then right click and save)



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Monday, July 15, 2013

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


again


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.