Saturday, November 29, 2014

Teaching generosity for the Holidays- Kids DIY Teacher/Friend Gift {#StreamTeam}

Thank you to Netflix for sponsoring this post! 
So my kids start to get really greedy around the holidays.  They are always talking about what they want for Christmas.  When the toy catalogs come in the mail (That I DID NOT order!) they grab them and circle everything in them.   So to combat all the "I want, I want, I want" I made them make some gifts to give their friends.  I told them that we are going to give these gifts and not expect anything back.  It was tough because they really wanted the Chocolate bars - but I really wanted to focus on the giving. 

They are fast and easy to put together - Here is how you can make your own: 
1. Cut our card stock into 2 rectangles one 3.625"X8 and 3.625"X5" (The 3.625" is when you cut a whole sheet into 3rd's)
2. Put the smaller rectangle on top of the larger rectangle with the bottoms lining up.  I sewed around the edge of mine to give that cute factor but you could totally glue it.
3. Test to make sure your chocolate fits. :) 
4. Decorate with washi-tape or stickers or what ever you have! 

Here are the kids working hard on them. 


Here are the ones the kids made:

You could also do a none-candy option too! 


We have been loving the new VeggieTales In the House series that just started this week! 
My kids are HUGE VeggieTales fans! 
You can only watch this series on Netflix


*Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream team.  However all opinions are 100% honest! 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Easy Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

I am teaming up with QVC  to make this EASY Thanksgiving Centerpiece.
Need a simple centerpiece idea for this holidays?  I got the Candle Impressions Fillable Glass Log w/ 5 Flameless Votives.  It can be filled with what ever fits the holiday!  

Today I filled it for Thanksgiving:
Here is what you will need to do: 
1. Gather your supplies: Candle Impressions Fillable Glass Log w/ 5 Flameless Votives, Tissue paper in varying colors.
2. twist your tissue papers separately into long spirals.
3. Twist the tissue paper spirals together.
4. push/pull the tissue paper through the log.
5. Cut off any excess paper hanging out the end.

If you want to get really fancy you can cut out felt leaves to put around it.  




I love that the candles are really LED lights... because with little ones around, candles are not safe! 
This would be so pretty for Christmas with a sprig of evergreen and some (fake) cranberries! 

Need some more Holiday decor ideas?  Check out Your Home with Jill:
QVC’s Jill Bauer hosts the network’s popular show, You’re Home with Jill® and provides fans with simple solutions for their busy lives through innovative products, a library of stress-free DIY projects, and crowd-pleasing recipes. Fans can connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @jillbauerqvc.

**Disclosure: I was provided with the Candle Impressions Fillable Glass Log w/ 5 Flameless Votives.  However all my project ideas are mine and my opinions are 100% honest. **


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Washi Tape Tree (Easy Christmas Craft is less then 5 minutes!)

I am totally into Washi tape these days!  So here is another quick and easy craft you can do with Washi tape that will take less then 5 minutes to complete!  And the kids can help too!  A cute little tree for Christmas.

Here is what you will need to do:
1. Gather supplies: Washi Tape, Popcycle stick, card stock.
2. place the stick on the card stock with about an inch or so hanging off the bottom.  Tape strips of Washi Tape over the stick to cover it. 
3. Cut out a tree shape
4. Repeat - repeat - repeat! 

They are so cute and you can use them for so many things... like: 
An ornament/gift tag, a place setting name tag, or make a bunch for a cute garland

I am part of:



Monday, November 10, 2014

Washi Tape- TP roll- Turkey {Easy Craft Tutorial}

Need a super cute and fun Turkey Day craft?  I have it for you today!
  These would be so cute as name cards at Thanksgiving place settings!  And the kids can help! 

1. Here is what you will need:
Washi Tape 
TP roll
scrape Kraft paper (Or from a paper bag)
Wax paper
Scissors
2. Cut your TP roll in half
3. Cover the roll with Kraft Paper and tape it... this is the back side.
4. Push down the top to form the head.

5-6. Take a piece of wax paper (about the size of an 8X11.5 piece of paper) and cover it with strips of Washi Tape.
7. Make a "feather" template (optional) out of scrape paper and trace it several times on your Washi Tape sheet.
8. Cut out your feathers.

9. On the back side tape a feather to the middle.
10. Tape 2 other feathers on either side.  Depending on how big your feathers are continue until you are happy with the feather coverage.
11. Add a piece of Washi tape around the whole thing to keep the feathers in place and add a decorative piece in front. 
12. Draw on a face with Marker.

So Cute!  


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Head Shots

So, I decided to chop off all my hair a couple months ago.  I have always wanted to go super short and just went for it.  I donated my hair to Locks of Love.  So since I have a new do - I needed new head shots.

I had Amanda Moe (Amanda Moe Photography and Amanda Moe Photography on Facebook) take my head shots and I am thrilled with how they turned out! She is based out of the Twin Cities area in MN if you are looking for a great photographer! 

Here is the before:



And After:
photo credit amanda moe photography

photo credit amanda moe photography

photo credit amanda moe photography

We also took some of the Baby who is not really the baby at 18 months.  Whenever I call him a baby my other kids tell me that he is a toddler. :) 
photo credit amanda moe photography

photo credit amanda moe photography

photo credit amanda moe photography




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