Shopkins Party

Shopkins! Everywhere Shopkins! A couple years ago I said to my girls,  “I  will never buy those for you.” “Why?” they would ask. “Because they will just end up in my vacuum. What the heck do you do with them any way?”

Well, I’m eating my words. Shopkins are actually pretty cute and make an inexpensive incentive for whatever I’m trying to bribe my kids to do.img_1747

So, here are the details of the Shopkins party. The good news is Shopkins stuff is everywhere so there is no shortage of ideas out there. Check out my Pinterest page. Pinterest is always where a lot of my inspiration comes from. Also, go to the Shopkins World website. They have coloring pages, party stuff you can print up, and not to mention all the names and pictures of all the Shopkins.

Shopkins Bingo y’all was a hit! I found mine on Etsy for a couple of  bucks. I think if you just Google “Shopkins Bingo” there may be some free options instead of paying for the pdf files. Once the girls got a bingo they were able to go to the punch board and get their prize, which was a 2 pack of Shopkins. I bought the packs at Walmart for $2.88 each (not my least expensive prize as a whole but the girls went bananas)  I found that if your local store doesn’t have them (because they sell out quickly) you can go to Walmart.com they are usually available there and sometimes at a discounted price even.

Punch Board Supplies:  Presentation board or large/tall box, plastic cups, tissue paper, hot glue, box cutter.

There are numerous instructions out there with different materials and methods. Do what works for you.

 

I had so much fun with the favors! Once again tons of ideas out there.

The gumball machines I found at Dollar Tree. YES! I got them for a dollar! The gumballs I found on Walmart.com $7.63 for a 3.3lb. bag of Dubble Bubble.

Shopkins bags were made from paper bags I also found at Dollar Tree. Printed up the tag below and pasted to the bags. I found some Shopkins stickers and let the girls decorate their bags.

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Poppycorn! I had to do it. I just loved the idea. I found the popcorn boxes at Party City $.99 for five boxes. I printed up the Shopkins faces below, traced the popcorn boxes on white cardstock so I could get the size of the face, cut and paste. ADORABLE! Then of course add a bag of popcorn.

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It’s true what they say, “Once you shop you can’t stop!” Have fun creating your perfect Shopkins party.

Paw Patrol Party

IMG_0529All paws on deck!!! It’s time to paw-ty.

I found a lot of puppy goodies at the Dollar Tree, Oriental Trading, and Party City. You can visit my Pinterest page for a few more party ideas. https://www.pinterest.com/adrianna2301/party-paw-patrol/

One of my favorite party treats is candied popcorn.  It comes in almost every color/flavor that you would want and even adds to the décor.  If you are lucky enough to have a popcorn shop in your neighborhood go check it out but if not I ordered the popcorn from this Etsy shop;  Kettle and Craft. https://www.etsy.com/shop/KettleAndKraft?ref=l2-shopheader-name

No task is too big, no pup is too small!

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Mermaid Party

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“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?”

Fun ideas for your Little Mermaid party. Check out my Pinterest page for even more ideas https://www.pinterest.com/adrianna2301/party-the-little-mermaid/

First off I have to say it is really nice to have a Grandma that sews. She and a friend made all of the mermaid tail blankets from their own guesstimations and they turned out wonderfully. The girls were thrilled.

Oriental Trading had great items like the treasure boxes of all the thingamabobs and the  adhesive jewels to decorate the treasure boxes. I also found the fish netting and shell garland on their website.

The plastic shell case I found on Etsy.

 

 

 

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50 and HOT!!!

One of my favorite Aunts was turning the big 50 so I wanted to do something special, funny, and cute for her.  After searching Pinterest and getting some inspiration this is what I did.

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I went shopping for thing that say hot. Hot Cocoa, Hot Fudge, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Red Hot sauce, Hot Pink polish, Hot Wheels, Icy Hot, and Hot Tamales. So, have fun collecting hot stuff for your favorite 50.

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Christmas Crafts

I can’t believe how long it’s been since posting.  Just busy.  I am very behind posting this, since Christmas has past, but here it is now.  Had another Pinterest party and here’s what was made.

1. JOY ($15 – $20)

I found the wood letters and bell stand at JoAnns.  You can find similar wood letters at Michaels or Hobby Lobby but I liked the quality, size, and font of these.

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Materials needed:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Large Sleigh Bell (I’ve had luck finding these at Kohl’s)
  • Craft Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Cutting Board
  • X-Acto Knife
  • sand paper

– Sand wood letters and stand (didn’t need much sanding the wood was pretty smooth)

– Paint wood or leave natural

– Cut paper and Mod Podge to wood (here is a great tutorial http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250723904229016746/ )

– Embellish your bell as much or as little as you desire (tutorial for making bows http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250723904229009205/ ) and hot glue to stand

2. Christmas Count Down Blocks (about $8)

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Materials needed:

  • Wood Blocks ( 4×4, 2×6, 2×10)
  • Craft Paint
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Chalk
  • Vinyl Letters
  • Ribbon
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You’re Cutting the Cheese Wrong!

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When my uncle told me this, I thought he was teasing.  I mean, how could I be cutting the cheese wrong? I have cut my fair share of cheese over the years, and I always got the job done just fine.   However, he was not teasing, and this information changed my life. I hope it changes yours too (unless this was just news to me).

For those of you reading this post in hopes for a tip or two on proper flatulation, sorry to disappoint.  Still, this is valuable information.

How? How can you cut cheese wrong?  Ready?  If you are touching your cheese with your bare hands, you are doing it all wrong, even if you just washed them. Have you ever thought “Man, a block of cheese is kinda spendy especially when it is moldy in like a week.” If you wear plastic gloves or gently peel back the cheese packaging and only hold on to that packaging while cutting or grating, your cheese will last for weeks.

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Don’t believe me… test it. Make an experiment of it. Chop off a chunk of cheese and touch it, then store it as you normally would. I promise you, that piece of cheese will mold. This also goes for sticking your bare hands in the bag of pre-shredded cheese. Wear a glove or just shake it out.  You are welcome.

Hope you enjoy your next cheesy experience.

Remember: Don’t touch yo cheese, when you cut yo cheese, and it will save you some cheddar. 😉

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Travel Planning – Websites and Apps

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One of the many things on my bucket list is to travel. Like many others I’m sure. It is so amazing now how easy travel planning has become (I said planning, budgeting is a whole different topic) with things like uh, the internet and iphones. So without further explanation, here is what I discovered and I hope it makes things easier for you.

trip1. Trip Advisorhttp://www.tripadvisor.com/

What I like
It is a great resource for reviews. You can get an idea of where you want to go almost anywhere in the world by reading what other travelers have said about sights, museums, restaurants, etc. Since you can connect it to social media outlets like Facebook you can also read what friends have said about places. All the information you need is provided for each venue (address, phone number, website, price range or cost of admission, etc.)You can also save favorites, add notes, and print out all the places you want to see. There is also an app for that. You can easily pull up your saved trip on your smartphone or device which is very convenient.

What it lacks
This was a great starting point, however, when I plan a trip I like having more of an itinerary.

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2. Visit a Cityhttp://www.visitacity.com/

What I like
This website provides you with a very detailed itinerary with options to choose an already prepared itinerary or to customize your own. If you choose one that is preplanned you can add your own things to it and even switch up the days. If you have the address to your hotel, you can add it and they will calculate travel time on your itinerary. For each venue on your itinerary it provides a suggested amount of time to spend at each location. Also, for each major location they provide all the information you need (address, phone number, cost of admission, hours of operation, and a map) This website is pretty simple to use and easy to navigate. You don’t need to have an account to use this service unless you want to save your trip and go back to it later. Otherwise, you can make your itinerary, send it to your email, and print it.

What it lacks
I wish there was an app for that, but alas, there is not. Also, there are very few locations available for making an itinerary,  just major cities, and London is one of them.

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3. Tripomatichttp://www.tripomatic.com/

What I like
There are a lot of places to choose from and they map it all. There is also an app for that. If you make a change on the computer it will change it on your smartphone and visa versa. If you need a print out, it is available and a very nice layout too. Website is easy to use and navigate. For each place on your itinerary all the needed information is provided (address, phone number, admission, hours of operation, and travel time between locations) You can also add your accommodations to calculate travel time.  Bonus: It counts down the days till your trip (not so necessary, but I love it anyway. It gets you all excited.)
What it lacks
I wish I could combine the detailed time oriented itinerary from Visit a City with the convenient and map oriented tripomatic. That would be stupendous.

I only have 4 days to spend in London (boo hoo, right?) but here is my itinerary if you would like to check it out for inspiration.  Being a little obsessive, I truly used all three websites to create the perfect travel plan…for me.  Hope this helps.

http://www.tripomatic.com/trip-journal/534ea8a3028f8