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Thursday, May 12, 2016

DIY Cheer Team Gift (+ Free Printable)

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Most of yall know we went to Disney World with my daughter's cheer team a few weeks ago.  It was an amazing trip that I've still yet to post about BUT we'll get to that on a different day! :-)  Before we left, we wanted to get all the girls on her team a little "safe travels/time passer" gift...and what's better than GUM!
DIY Cheer Team Gift Plus Free Printable


We spotted the Extra® Gum Spearmint & Extra® Gum Polar Ice® 35-stick packs in the check out line at Walmart.  Did you hear that?  35 sticks!  These new Extra® 35-stick packs have SO much gum in it!  There's over 2 packs in these new packs & the first time my husband saw it, he was like WHAT?!?!  Now THAT's a pack of gum!
Extra® Gum Spearmint & Extra® Gum Polar Ice® 35-stick packs at Walmart. #GiveExtraGetExtra


I grabbed not 1, not 5, but 14 packs!  Each girl needed their own pack, right?!?!  One of the best features in these new 35-stick packs is the durable, recycled packaging.  Hard plastic case with a flip top lid!....This was gonna be perfect for the girls (or parents) to just throw in their Disney Park bags & head out!


I made a printable to attach to each gum gift, showing all the different reasons they NEED this gum!  I chose these sayings because I thought it would be specific to our trip to Disney, but I think this applies to just about everyone on any given day. :-) 
Minnie Mouse blowing a bubble free printable to add to a DIY gum gift



I gathered all my supplies & got to work!  I cut the printables to size, rounded the corners & punched a hole in the white space of each card.
DIY gift of new Extra® 35-stick pack at Walmart. Free Printable.#GiveExtraGetExtra

DIY gift of new Extra® 35-stick pack at Walmart. Free Printable.#GiveExtraGetExtra


Our school store sells these cute little tags called Spirit Sticks.  They happened to have an overabundance of CHEER Spirit Sticks, so I bought those, wrapped each pack of gum with rainbow yarn and added on the spirit stick & printable.
DIY gift of new Extra® 35-stick pack at Walmart. Free Printable. #GiveExtraGetExtra

DIY gift of new Extra® 35-stick pack at Walmart. Free Printable. #GiveExtraGetExtra


Putting the gifts together took no time at all!  Just wrap the gum in ribbon or yarn just like you would a gift box, add whatever you want & it's done!


Izzy handed out the gifts to all the girls at their last practice before Disney & they LOVED them!  It's always important for us to remember it's better to give than to receive & we are loving Extra's® theme of "Give Extra, Get Extra."


How do you Give Extra, Get Extra?  We love our cheer family & can't wait to share the love this new season.  Check out these other great ideas here with the new Extra® 35-stick packs.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Easy DIY Disney Autograph Book

With Disney World just within our reach, we took some time this past weekend to make our autograph books.



I wanted to make these books fairly simply, using what we had on hand.  The only thing I had to buy was the actual book, which I found at Hobby Lobby for just under $4.  It was a drawing book with semi-thick paper, which was a necessity.  Basically, it just needs to be thick enough to withstand lots of handling & for the Sharpie markers to not bleed through to the next page.
Easy DIY Disney Autograph book


I pulled out my stock of letter stickers & the Disney scrapbook paper I used on our Monorail Countdown Calendar.  The girls each picked out their own paper & chose how they wanted their books to be designed.
Easy DIY Disney Autograph books


Maggie chose a Minnie Mouse cover & wanted her name across the bottom.  Izzy chose a Mickey head with rainbow stickers for her name.  I cut the paper to size, added Mod Podge directly to the cover of the drawing book & placed the paper down, gluing it in place.  There was already this cute "M" circle in the scrapbook pack, so we cut that out, Mod Podged it onto the paper & were able to use it on Maggie's name.
Easy DIY Disney Autograph books; Mod Podge front & back covers


Once the stickers are in place & the covers are just how you want them, paint the Mod Podge all over the entire cover to seal it all in. (Don't freak out!  This will actually work!) :-)
Easy DIY Disney Autograph books; Mod Podge front & back covers

Easy DIY Disney Autograph books; Mod Podge front & back covers


The Mod Podge dries in no time flat!  I left it alone for 15 minutes or so, it was dry & then we repeated the process to decorate the back sides.


Easy DIY Disney Autograph books
FRONT

Easy DIY Disney Autograph books
BACK


The girls are so happy with their Disney autograph books!  They were super simple to make, handmade with their own little hands (with some help from me) :-) & personalized just for them!

We can hardly wait to fill these babies up!  Do you make your own autograph books or buy in the park?

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Easter Weekend Festivities 2016

I hope everyone's Easter holiday was as great as ours was.  Lots of food & lots of time with family always ends in a great time! :-)


On Thursday, Maggie had an egg hunt at school .  Each egg is marked 1 thru 12 & the kids have to collect all 12 eggs in number order.  :-)  Learning AND time consuming! :-)


Friday, we had our annual Good Friday crawfish boil.  Bo got up bright & early and was standing in line at 5:30am at HEB to get our bugs.  And yes, you heard me right... he was STANDING IN A LINE at 5:30am!

Now, don't go calling PETA on us because we like to play with our live crawfish!  No crawfish were harmed during this photo shoot...until they were plunged into boiling water for our eating pleasure!




Is this thing for real?



Dinner is served!!!!!!!




Good Friday was also my dad's birthday, so we celebrated him as well!


Saturday, we dyed Easter eggs at my dad's house.



Need eggs?!?!



Easter Sunday the girls woke up bright & early to see what the Easter Bunny brought them.  The Easter bunny filled up those giant eggs with lots of goodies for the girls! :-)

Sweet girls ready for church

After church, the kids did their Easter egg hunt at The Watson's & then had an amazing brunch!

 The kids checking out their loot

Around lunch time, we went to my mom's house for part 2 of Easter.  Lots more delicious food & fun family time! :-)

Is she tall or are we short?!?!  OK, maybe it's the heels. ;-)


I hope you enjoyed seeing our Easter weekend festivities.  I warned yall before that I love lots of pictures to tell my stories. :-)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Disney Monorail Countdown Calendar (+ Free Printables)

Prepping for Disney World is like prepping for the end of the world or the zombie apocalypse...but like, way more involved!


We are roughly a month away from being in the Happiest Place on Earth & I decided we waited long enough to start our countdown calendar! (I think last time we went in 2012, I started our countdown at over 2 months!)  Most of the countdown calendars I see are the chain links you tear off daily but I wanted to do something different.  Something more...Disney!  And what's one of the most iconic things about Disney World?  The Monorail!

Disney Monorail Countdown Calendar


We made a Monorail course with a Monorail train to move from day to day, counting down our days & ending at Cinderella's Castle.  I found this really cute Monorail template & they had so many different color options.  The girls both decided on pink so we printed & cut it out, attached some popsicle sticks to the back & our Monorail was complete.


I found this pack of Disney scrapbook paper pack to print the rail & pillar templates on. (all templates listed below)  We mixed & matched and picked the paper we thought was cute & went with it. :-)  For Cinderella's Castle, I just found a picture I liked on the internet & printed that out.


Since most everyone knows how to cut on a straight line, I didn't do a step-by-step of that process.  (You're welcome!)  Instead, here are some pics of our completed project.


Disney Monorail Countdown Calendar
We just taped the rails end to end to make our Monorail course

Disney Monorail Countdown Calendar

Disney Monorail Countdown Calendar

Disney Monorail Countdown Calendar
Slide the monorail down behind each pillar for each day you countdown


Monorail & Rail Printables:
Monorail cars - multiple color options  I grouped some together on 1 sheet so it would be easier to print & choose the one you want.  Or you can always cut the Monorail in half & mix/match the colors. :-)
Monorail Rails - no color
Monorail Rails - gray
Monorail Rails & Monorail Pillars if you want to save some paper & tape them together.


Do you have a Disney trip coming up?  How far out do you start planning?  I'm wondering if it's too early to get our suitcases out!  ;-)

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Easy DIY Bird Feeder With Diet Coke "It's Mine" Bottle

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Easy DIY Bird Feeder made from It's Mine Diet Coke bottles


Spring is just about here & that means 2 things... the temps are quickly rising here in Houston & the birds are coming out in full force!  The girls put out a bird feeder shaped mold about a week ago & it was gone within a day or so!  Those little birds are hungry! (at least we hope it's the birds eating it!) ;-)  Then a few days ago, one bird was even trying to crash through our window! :-)


Since we were in the midst of our Spring Break, we thought it would be fun to make a bird feeder of our own.  We found this really awesome display of Diet Coke It's Mine bottles set up at Randall's & could not pass them up.  Did you know no 2 bottles are the same?!?!  We found our most favorite bottles that we felt represented Spring...or just liked the most. :-)
It's Mine Diet Coke bottles at Randall's used for Easy DIY Bird Feeder

It's Mine Diet Coke bottles at Randall's used for Easy DIY Bird Feeder


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TUTORIAL for bird feeder using
Diet Coke "It's Mine" bottles ----

1.  Clean out & dry your Diet Coke It's Mine bottle & gather your supplies:
(empty bottle, dish to hold bird seed, wire, wall plate holder, funnel, hole punch & bird seed)
Easy DIY Bird Feeder Supplies

2.  Hole punch 4 holes along the edges of the plastic dish
Easy DIY Bird Feeder Supplies

3.  Attach wire thru the holes of plastic dish, slide the plate holder onto the bottom curve of the Diet Coke It's Mine bottle & then attach the other end of wire to the plate holder (leave a small clearance between opening of bottle & the plastic dish so bird seed can flow out)
Easy DIY Bird Feeder

4.  Fill the Diet Coke It's Mine bottle with bird seed
Easy DIY Bird Feeder using Diet Coke It's Mine bottles

5.  Slide the wire frame over the bottle to the bottom curve of the bottle & hang your beautiful bird feeder in the perfect tree & feed some birds!
Easy DIY Bird Feeder using Diet Coke It's Mine bottles

Easy DIY Bird Feeder using Diet Coke It's Mine bottles

Pretty painless, right?!  And cute too!  The best part is that when it's time to refill, you can just pull the bottle up through the springs of the plate holder without having to remove any of the wires!


What fun things have you come up with for using these Diet Coke It's Mine bottles?  Happy crafting everyone!
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