Tuesday, May 27, 2014

13 Tutorials for your little Performer (#streamteam)

Thank you to Netflix for Sponsoring this post
This month's Netflix Stream Team theme was musicals.  It got me to thinking of all the kids in my life that are little performers.  They love the lime light and have big personalities!  Here are some fun tutorials that will be sure to make them smile! 

For the Rock Star in your life:

For the Dancer in your life:

For the Actor in your life:

Netflix has all sorts of fun musicals!  Here is what the kids are loving this month:

1. Mulan

And here are some of my favorite musicals
{These have adult themes and I do not recommend showing the small children)
2. Grease

I have actually seen Rent and Phantom preformed on stage (which was awesome!) 

What are your favorite Musicals? 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Jord Wood Watch Review and GIVEAWAY

Is you husband hard to buy for?  Or maybe it's your dad or father-in-law... chances are you know some man that is almost impossible to buy for.  I happen to know several: my husband, FIL, brothers- it's awesome! (Sarcastic!)  I usually end up getting gift hard in a failed attempt to get something creative.  But today I have an awesome gift idea that any man would swoon over! 

These watches are made from 100% natural wood!

Jord delivers an unconventional answer to age-old wrist candy. JORD watches are designed to take people back to nature and away from today's metal & rubber. We want to challenge the norm by making unique time pieces as a focal point for everyday fashion. 

It's makes the perfect Father's day gift! I got one to review for my hubby:
Here is what he had to say:
  • It is super light
  • He loves that it is unique and that each watch is different because of the wood grains
  • It is easy to adjust for size
  • He got tons of compliments at work and out and about - seriously people keep asking him where he got his watch!  
I am happy that I can give him a unique, manly gift... I mean almost anything made out of wood is manly!   And chances are your hard-to-buy-for man is going to love his too!  

But you also have a chance to WIN one for FREE!  Yep- one lucky F&J reader will win their own Feildcreast wood watch.  

Here is how to enter:
  • All entries need to be entered in the Rafflecoper widget
  • Leave a comment tell me who your hard-to-buy-for man is 
  • Additional entries for following F&J on FB, Twitter, or twitting about the giveaway 
Super Fast turn around Giveaway ends on May 30, 2014 at midnight! 
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Friday, May 23, 2014

3 Easy DIY 5 Minute Hair Clips {Tutorial}

Who's ready for some quick crafting?  You can make each of these hair clip is 5 minutes!  AND no sewing!  So easy- you gotta try it! 

First up - The Triple Rosette Hair Clip

You will need: Small felt peices, Hair Clip, Glue Gun, and Scissors
1. Cut out 3 different sized circles the smallest being about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The bigger the circle the bigger the rosette.
2. Cut a spiral into the circle
3. Start at the beginning of the spiral and roll it.
4. keep rolling until you get to the end
5. Use Hot glue to glue the end onto the bottom to hold the rosette together
6. Make 2 more and hot glue them to another piece of felt.  Trim around the edges.
7. place a small piece of felt in the clip and hot Glue around it. 
8. Glue to the bottom of the rosettes.
Supplies used:

Next up is the Double Pom-Pom Hair Clip

You will need: Yarn, Small felt pieces, Hair Clip, Fork, Hot Glue, Scissors
1. Wrap your yarn around the fork several times.  The more you wrap it the thicker your pom-pom will be.
2. Cut off a separate piece of yarn, tread it through the middle spoke of the fork, and tie a tight double knot,
3. Carefully cut all the loops on both sides (but on the thread that you used to tie it all together)
4. Trim any yarn pieces that are too long.
5. Make another one and hot glue them to a small piece of felt. 
6. place a small piece of felt in the clip and hot Glue around it. 
7. Glue to the bottom of the pom-pom.
Supplies Used:

Third up is the Silk/Felt Flower Hair Clip:

You will need: Silk Flower (think $1 store), Small felt pieces, Hair clip, Hot glue, Scissor
1. Take apart your silk flowers so you just have the silk parts and not the plastic parts. 
2. Cut a piece of felt about 1"X8" and cut fringes into it.  Glue a line of hot glue and roll it up over the glue.
3. Line up your 3 pieces: Leaf - silk flowers - felt flower
4. Hot glue the silk flowers to the leaf.
5. Hot glue the felt flower to the silk flower.
6. place a small piece of felt in the clip and hot Glue around it. 
7. Glue to the bottom of the flower.
Supplies used: 

Make a bunch! 

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wantable.com review

Thank you to Wantable.com for sending me these items to review!  All opinion are 100% honest

I am so excited to introduce you to Wantable.com

Wantable.com is a new women’s fashion ecommerce company. They provide their customers with hand picked, curated, boutique makeup, accessories and intimates in a monthly subscription box at a great value.  They are a bit different than the others: our products are full size, and they work with brands like Coobie, Betsey Johnson, FACE Stockholm (sold at JCrew!), NCLA, Three Custom Color Specialists and more. Shipping is free for US customers and you can cancel, return, or skip anytime!

You take a short fashion survey to see what you love/like/dislike:
You are likely to get the things you love, and you never get the things you dislike.  The survey is pretty detailed (but does not take long).  I was able to choose what kind of finish - I love silver, dislike gold... so no gold jewelry that I wont wear gets sent to me! 

I was able to review an Accessory box.  And I am going to tell you they were DEAD ON with my style... I love every single piece they sent me! 
I wear the rings and sun glasses all the time... although the jury is out on if the sunglasses look better on me or the baby! 
I know - the baby totally wins - right?!

They also have make-up and intimate boxes too!  Be sure to check out Wantable.com!  
This would also make a great gift for someone! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Washi Tape Packaging {Silhouette May Promo}

Click HERE and use the code:FIREFLIES

This month's Silhouette promo is specialty media.  Super fun stuff!  I love to buy plain gift bags and kraft paper to for wrapping gifts and then I can use washi tape to spruce it up! Silhouette has washi tape sheet that you can cut out any shape you want. 
Just pick out your shape (I am using this apple banner -sans banner) for my shape.  Place your washi tape sheet on your cutting mat and load into your Silhouette Cameo.  Choose the "washi tape" setting and set your blade to 1. And Cut.

Peal off and put your your gift bag.

This is going to my son's teacher for an end of the year gift.

I also used the craft adhesive paper  to make stickers for the Monkey Party I had for my son's 1 year party.  I used this monkey shape .  I love to personalize things and this makes it super easy! 

Here is the details of the promo:
CAMEO Bundle
Silhouette CAMEO 
1 Printable Cotton Canvas
1 Vellum
1 Adhesive Washi Sheets
1 Printable Adhesive Kraft Paper
1 Stencil Material 
MSRP: $340.94
Sale: $269.99

Portrait Bundle
Silhouette Portrait

1 Printable Cotton Canvas
1 Vellum
1 Adhesive Washi Sheets
1 Printable Adhesive Kraft Paper
1 Stencil Material 
MSRP: $220.94
Sale: $139.99

All Specialty Media 25% off 

Click HERE and use the code: FIREFLIES to get this great deal! 

***These are affiliate links and I get a tiny % if you buy something***

Friday, May 16, 2014

Peanut Butter Banana Metabolism Boost Smoothie

I got a Magic Bullet for my birthday... so now I am on a smoothie kick!  I have found it to be a great way to start off my day healthy and it feels like a treat!  I shared my Berry Banana Brain Boost smoothie yesterday and today I am sharing my metabolism boosting smoothie.  No better way to start then to get your metabolism up for the day! 

Kale, Greek Yogurt and Peanuts are 3 ingredients that help slim your waistline by boosting you metabolism!  So that is the base of this smoothie with only one more ingredient - Banana which also helps the metabolism but is also a great source of potassium (because I get horrible leg cramps!)  Plus the banana masks the taste of the kale.

You will need:
1 Banana
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter (mine is heaping!)
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 Baby Kale

Put all the ingredients into your smoothie maker or blender and blend until smooth.

Optional: Add ice to make it more of an Icey. 

This also makes a great mid-day snack.

I love sneaking in my veggies into my smoothies. 
 I know I should be better about eating them and this is a great way to do it!  

Fresh Bloom Frock Pattern

My husband was getting rid of some dress shirts. which is like free fabric!  So I made a dress for my daughter.  

It is an intermediate pattern so I was a little nervous about using it but that collar to to die for so I went for it!  The pattern was great to work with and I am already working on a second Fresh Bloom Frock for a photo session of the kids!  There are step-by-step directions with pictures the whole way through and the pattern goes from 18m-8 so lots of sizes!  

**I bought this pattern and I am NOT getting compensated for this post!  I just loved it and wanted to share!**

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Berry Banana Brain Booster Smoothie

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Nestle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #BreakfastEssentials http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Who has mommy brain?  Who has kids that always answer "I don't know" when you ask them a question?  I have just the thing for you!   A great way to start your morning that will also give you and your kids a brain boost!  

The Berry Banana Brain Booster smoothie has everything you need to start your day off right, including Carnation Breakfast Essentials (which you can pick up at Walmart - right by the oatmeal in the cereal isle) Breakfast Essentials has 21 vitamins and minerals that your body needs plus 13g of protein and calcium. 

This smoothie is has Strawberries and Kale in it which are known to help your memory!  Boy- do I need all the help I can get!  Also the Kale and Banana help boost your metabolism too! -Bonus! 

It is also great for the kids.  With all the vitamins and protein it is sure to help them focus at school and not be distracted by being hungry!  Smoothies are a great way to hide those leafy greens for your kids to eat.  My kids don't even know they are eating Kale when I give them their smoothies, they drink them up and don't know any better! 1 point for mommy!

Here is what you will need: 
4-5 Large Strawberries 
1/2 Banana
1/2 - 1 cup Kale
1 cup Milk
1 package French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder (use this coupon!)

Put everything in your smoothie maker or blender and blend until smooth. 

Tip #1: Freeze your strawberries for more of an icy texture.

Tip #2: If you are going to put Kale in other smoothies be sure to add banana because the banana hides the bold kale taste.

I love starting my day off with a smoothie.  It is fast to make so much better then some packaged pastry!  The fresh fruits and veggies with the added protein and vitamins from the Carnaton Breakfast Essentials pack really give me the boost I need in the morning to face the day as a busy mom and blogger!  And my kids LOVE it too!  The baby always signs "more" when I have my smoothie out... I always have to share! 

Get your own Carnation Breakfast Essentials at Walmart to make your own smoothies!  Use this coupon and save!  Check out more smoothie recipes HERE

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Princess Party

We threw a princess party for my daughter's 4th birthday party! OhMyGoodness - it was so fun!  This is my first really girly party that I have planned and I had a hard time reigning it all in (pun intended!) 

Here is what we did:

First off I made 8 of these Princess Aprons.  As the girls arrived to the party I let them pick an apron to wear during the party (This was also their party favor... I thought it would be better then candy or the cheap party favor toys)
I also had 3 Jr. High girl helpers.  I work with our youth group at our church and I know these girls from that.  They were amazing helpers!  The little girls looked up to them so much.  It was awesome to have the extra help during the party too.  I could be in the kitchen with the food and these girls were helping the little girls. This was by far the best idea I have had for a party!  (they each got a Princess Apron too!)

After we got our princess aprons on we did some princess training.  I broke it up into 2 sessions.  In the first session we:
Practiced our balance by walking with books on our heads
Curtsied to each other
Learned royal words like: Your Highness and Forsooth 

In the second session we:
Practiced our princess wave
Blowing kissing 
Princess twirling

After the first session of  princess training we did our craft: Make Your Own Princess Crown
I ordered these crowns and jewel stickers from Oriental Trading.
It was super easy... they just stuck the jewel stickers to the crowns. 
After the craft we had our second training session. 

After the second session of training we painted the girls nails.  
The girls loved it! 

Then it was time for a snack.
We had pink fruit and fishy crackers (in honor of Ariel) on princess plates.  For cake we had mini-cupcakes.   The mini-cupcakes were the prefect size for the 4 year old girls. 

Next we had the gift opening.  As we open the gifts, I have each girl who gave the gift sit next to the birthday girl as she is opening it.  It keeps all the girls interested and it helps the birthday kid know who gave what to them!  I then take a picture of them and send it in the thank you card. 

After the gift opening we had a dance party for the girls. It was the perfect way to wait for their parents to pick them up!   I just played Frozen radio station on itunes (similar to pandora but for apple).  It was so cute all the little girls singing "Let it Go" from the bottom of their hearts.    
It was so fun and all the princesses had a grand time! 

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