LEGO Movie Jello Cups

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Do you have a LEGO Movie fanatic in your house? With the recent release of the LEGO Movie on DVD it’s all I am hearing about from the kids, my nephew is even having a LEGO Movie birthday party this week. With all this LEGO Movie excitement I decided to come up with a fun LEGO Movie themed snack. These LEGO jello cups are not only easy to make but your kids will love them, you can even let the kids help by having them create the face. These would also be adorable to serve at  LEGO themed birthday party.

 

lego jello cup

 

LEGO Jello Cups

  • 2 small boxes of lemon jello mix
  • water
  • Clear plastic cups size 9 oz.
  • Black construction paper
  • Rubber cement

Make jello according to the package then poor into cups, I was able to fill 5 of them with 2 packages.  Place cups in refrigerator to set up. Using black construction paper cut out eyes, mouth and eyebrows, I used a hole punch for the eyes. Glue the pieces onto the cup with rubber cement. Voila LEGO jello cups!

Easy DIY Father’s Day Gift #FathersDay

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Need a quick and easy Father’s Day gift from your kids, it literally takes just a few moments and your husband is sure to cherish it.

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Easy Father’s Day DIY Photo Gift #1

This one is super easy especially if you already have a photo of your husband and kids. Using Picmonkey add a sweet quote like

“We may outgrow your lap, but we will never outgrow your love”

I printed mine at Walgreens same day for just a couple dollars, add a cute frame and it’s perfect for his desk at home or work.

 

fathers day collage

 

Easy Father’s Day DIY Photo Gift #2

For this photo idea I had each girl tell me something they love doing with their dad and printed it out for them to hold up. I then created a collage in Picmonkey and added Daddy I love at the top. I had this one printed same day at Walgreens too.

I found some frames at Kohl’s for a great price and voila sweet Father’s Day photo gifts any dad would love!

How to Make a Glitter Mason Jar Vase DIY

diy glitter mason jar vases tutorial

 

Recently I have hosted 4 major events at my house and helped plan and put on another one at my daughter’s school! As I was looking for inspired decor I came across many mason jar vases and I fell in loves. As a canner who has tons of these in my basement they were the perfect inspiration for easy DIY decor. My events were a bridal shower, a baby shower, a Father-Daughter Dance, Easter and a First Communion party and what better way to decorate my tables than a glittery mason jar vase. Creating these vases was super easy, even the most non crafty person can do it in just a few simple steps.

 

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How to Make a Glitter Mason Jar Vase

  • Pint Sized Glass Mason Jar
  • Krylon Glitter Blast in Silver Flash

Make sure your mason jar is clean and dry. Place the jar upside down on a large piece of cardboard and spray the entire jar with a thin coat. Let dry for 2 hours then turn over and apply a second coat. Be careful not to spray too close or too thick, this will cause dripping. If you want a slightly see through finish stop now, if you want a more solid glitter finish add one to two more coats. Let dry overnight.

Fill with water and add flowers. I find that mums, carnations and daisies look best in these vases cut short and close to the rim.

 

glitter mason jar vase

 

Wake Up Your Walls for Spring with HP – Creating a Wall Collage

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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We have several large wall areas that are blank and I have been trying to figure out how best to fill them. I love displaying family photos but the girl’s  are constantly growing and changing so do I buy big frames and change them out or what?

HP has teamed up with Genevieve Gorder to help everyone wake up their walls for spring with HP Photo Wall Decor. After watching the magic Genevieve created at the winner of the Wake Up Your Walls Sweepstakes home I am so excited to get working on our wall. My husband and I have decided to pick photos of important occasions or milestones of our girls to put on the wall, timeless events that will not need updated or replaced. One major event we will be printing out is Baptism pictures of all 5 girls. I had a canvas made of my 4 girls in the same Baptism gown which is the one I also wore and I love it but now we have 5 girls and it needs to be updated, if each girl gets a separate canvas in a wall collage then we can just add to it if our family grows again!

Dance is another big deal at our house and I think a photo of the first dance recital would be sweet to have and fitting for this year as one of my girl’s is having her first dance recital this spring. My oldest daughter is also making her First Communion, so many things to choose from. Regardless I have enlisted the help of my husband and am really excited to see what we come up with. With printing available at Walmart, sometimes even same day and the affordable prices anyone and everyone can update their walls!

If you need some tips on how to get started or how to design a great wall then be sure to check out the tips and information Genevieve Gorder is sharing on the HP page.

If you were creating a Photo Wall what would yours be? I am so excited to create my “Milestone Wall” stay tuned for the finished product!

Easter Basket Ideas from Kroger for Your Significant Other

Th following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
chocolate and coffee easter basket from Kroge

 

This year look no further than Kroger for your Easter Basket supplies, they have everythign you need from organic chocolate to non-traditional ideas like coffee. I was tasked with creating an Easter basket for my significant other (aka my husband) by shopping only at Kroger and I knew exactly what to get.

Upon heading into Kroger I went straight to the candy section and found some of my husbands favorite gourmet candies like Lancaster caramels and Lindt Lindor Truffles. Then of course I had to go to the extensive Easter section for some seasonal favorites like Cadbury Creme Eggs and of course a Dove milk chocolate bunny! To make my basket extra special I added in a Theo organic chocolate bar and then what goes great with chocolate? Why coffee of course so I added a box of Peet’s K-cups for my husband! This whole basket cost $25 with the great sales going on at Kroger and is going to make my husband very happy come Easter morning!

 

kroger easter basket

 

What would you put in an Easter basket for your significant other? I bet you can find it at Kroger then no special trip needed just grab your supplies on your weekly grocery run! Be sure to check out the Kroger Easter DIY Pinterest Board for more tips and tricks on Easter related projects

 

Transforming my Step2 Wagon Into Merida’s Horse

princess merida and her horse step2 wagon
I am Step2 Test Drive mom, all opinions are my own.

 

We absolutely love our Step2 Ohio State wagon and it gets tons of use, so when my daughter stated she needed a horse for with her Merida costume we knew just how to make that happen. With some cardboard, paint and pipe cleaners our OSU wagon was magically transformed into a black stallion for the Princess Merida to ride. We chose to only put the horse on one side since the OSU Wagon has a door on the other side. That way she still has access to the door while out trick or treating and won’t trip on her long dress as she climbs in and out.

How to turn your Step2 Wagon into a Horse!

Start with your Step2 Wagon

step2 OSU wagon

  1. Cut the outline of a horse out of cardboard, we made the head and body from one piece then each leg and the tail are all separate pieces which we then taped on with duct tape.
  2. Paint the horse black and let dry over night.
  3. Take 2 handfuls of black pipe cleaners and tape them to the back in 2 spots for the mane. Then curl the pipe cleaners around your finger to create a wild racing mane.
  4. Tape the horse silhouette to the side of your Step2 wagon, add Merida and trick or treat all night long!

 

princess meridas horse

 

 

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Rainy Day Fun with BENDASTIX!

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With all 4 kids home for the summer we have been spending lots of time out of doors, but those rainy days keep coming so I have been looking for some new creative toys and crafts for my girls. BENDASTIX sent us the new Big Box Kit to try out for some summer crafting fun. The BENDASTIX Big Box Kit came full of BENDASTIX in all different shapes, sizes and patterns plus an instruction booklet to give us some ideas of what to make. What are BENDASTIX? They are a new creation that’s ½ arts & crafts and ½ construction toy, but 100% fun. BENDASTIX™  are soft and squishy craft pieces that can bend, mold and shape but never ever break allowing for all kinds of creative creations.

 

Bendastix

 

BENDASTIX are recommended for ages 6 and up and the Big Box Kit retails for $19.99. My kids are ages 7, 5, and 3 and all of them really enjoyed this toy. We started out by making the bracelets shown in the booklet. My 7 year old did it herself and the 5 year old only needed minimal help. Then we moved onto making the BENDASTIX glasses and the BENDASTIX people.

 

Bendastix jewelry

 

bendastix glasses

 

Bendastix monster

 

The great thing about this particular craft is it is not a disposable craft but one you can keep reusing. The only thing that limits you are the stickers, other than that you can just unbend, untwist and then start all over again. My girls started getting creative too even wrapping flip flops with BENDASTIX. This is a great toy that you can bring out over and over again to create new things all the time, be sure to check out BENDASTIX for more information and to learn about all the different kits they offer.

 

Bendastix sandals

I received product to facilitate my review, all opinions are my own.

 

Ballerina Birthday Party

Some of the products featured were provided for review.

birthday girl

 

For my daughter’s 7th birthday party she wanted a dance themed birthday party, as an avid dancer who lives for dance this came as no surprise. All of my girl’s dance at a fabulous studio here in Columbus K Studio and they offer birthday parties. We did this last year for my 2 oldest girls and it was fabulous so I was thrilled to once again have her birthday party at K Studio! The first hour of the party the girls are taught a dance lesson and this year my daughter wanted everyone to learn jazz since she is taking jazz this year and loves it.

ballet party collage

 

party 1

 

stretching

 

Even though the girls wear dancing jazz having ballerina tutus for everyone to dance in was a must! This awesome company called The Hair Bow Company provided adorable tutus for all of the girls they even made a special one for the birthday girl to wear! They also sent an adorable assortment of hair bows one for each girl to wear. Instead of a goody bag at the end each girl picked a ballet tutu and hair bow at the beginning to wear the whole time then take home with them, the girls loved it!

 

ballerina party supplies As I mentioned before we had ballet themed birthday parties last year and I searched high and low and could not find really cute ballet themed party products. Well Birthday Express has come out with the cutest ballerina themed stuff. My daughter literally squealed when she saw the collection of goodies Birthday Express sent us. They even sent us a custom banner made of vinyl, if I had been smarter I would have had them leave her age of off it so I could use it every year! Just take a look at how adorable this stuff is!

 

Ballerina cake

 

 

ballet party cake

 

Finally there was the cake which was a huge hit thanks to Baby Loving Mama. I originally saw this cake on her blog when she made it for her niece. It was actually quite simple to make I used marshmallow fondant which the kids love to eat and is easy to work with. I used one of the tutus from The Hair Bow company and placed it around the base of the cake and put it all on a glass cake stand. My daughter was thrilled with the result!

All the girls had a blast and I was so happy with how it all turned out! I have a feeling I have many more ballet birthday parties in my future as all of my girls love to dance!

I received product to facilitate my review, all opinions are my own.

 

Easy St.Patrick’s Day Craft and Snack

Shamrock Rice Krispie Treats ecipe via @ThriftyChicMom

If you tend be be slightly craft challenged, like me, then even you can rock these two St.Patrick’s Day Ideas, I promise!

Shamrock Rice Krispie Treats

This is so easy simply add green food coloring to your Rice Krispie treats. Then refrigerate to make them nice and hard. Remove from the fridge and use a shamrock shaped cookie cutter to cut them. Voila Shamrock Shaped Rice Krispie treats. And in case you need the recipe

  • 5 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 1 stick of butter

Melt the butter and marshmallows together in a microwave safe bowl, I go 1-2 minutes at at time stopping to stir in between until ready. If you are adding food coloring you add it before the Rice Krispie cereal. Then mix in the Rice Krispie Cereal. Scoop into a greased glass bottom baking dish, I like a 9×13. I use the butter stick wrapper to grease my dish. Let cool and harden, or put in the refrigerator or perfect cutting!

St Patrick's Day Rainbow Windsock Craft via @ThriftyChicMom

St.Patrick’s Day Rainbow Windsocks

My kids loved this craft and it could not be any easier! All you need are:

  • Tissue paper in the colors of the rainbow
  • Paper Plate
  • Green construction paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors

I used my Silhouette SD to cut out the Shamrocks but you can free hand or find a template online easily. Have you child glue the shamrock onto the paper plate. Cut the tissue paper into long streamer type strips. Hand the strips to your child one color at a time and use it as an opportunity to learn colors and talk about the colors in the rainbow. Have your child use a glue stick to hook the streamer on the back side of the plate. We could not find orange tissue paper and of course my girls had to have pink and purple, you can do the colors how you want. My kids loved running through the house listening to the streamers blow or hang them up for a fun St.Patrick’s Day decoration.

 

B sure to also check out my Easy St.Patrick’s Day Craft for preschoolers and my Irish Soda Bread Recipe!

St.Patrick’s Day Craft for Preschoolers! Practicing Colors with a Snack!

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St.Patrick’s Day is coming up and as a proud Irish – woman (my mother is an O’Leary after all) I have been trying to come up with some fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts and St. Patrick’s Day snacks for my kids. If you saw my Pinterest fail yesterday on Facebook you know it needs to be simple and easy to execute! I have seen the idea to do a rainbow with Fruit Loops before but I decided instead of making it just a craft we would make it a lesson in learning your colors and a snack all in one!

rainbow snack

 

St.Patrick’s Day Rainbow Snack!

A St.Patrick’s Dy Craft for preschoolers

You will need:

  • white paper plates
  • Fruit Loops cereal
  • mini marshmallows
  1. Poor a bunch of Fruit Loops out on a plate and give each child an empty paper plate.
  2. Call out a color and a number and have your child pick that many Fruit Loops of the color for example ” Find  15 red Fruit Loops”
  3. Once your child has all the colors have them arrange in a rainbow shape on the plate.
  4. Add marshmallow clouds
  5. Enjoy our treat!

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Dining Room Makeover with Clark+Kensington Paint Review

dining room before

When we moved into our house just over a year ago it was painted beige from top to bottom and everywhere in between, and I HATE BEIGE. I don’t like my house to be all one color anyways but I will take a white house over a beige house so it was just a matter of time before it all got painted. We have been struggling with what colors to paint because our house is a really open split level so the colors are very visible from room to room and there is not really a defined end to one room and beginning to another in a few spots. So while we continue the great paint color debate we knew we could dive right into the dining room as it is a complete room all to itself.

before and after dining room We recently picked out some amazing art from Gallery Direct for the dining room and based our paint color choice on them. We decided to go with a green color and chose Clark+Kensington paint casual day. Clark+Kensington paint was named consumer choice and after using it I can see why. Available at Ace Hardware stores this paint is really nice. It goes on nice and thick and smooth leaving a fabulous looking wall. One gallon of paint also goes really far we used a lot less paint than expected and we were not being stingy with the paint. The paint is not cheap and did not take lots of coats to get a great look. It has held up really well so far and I am just enamored with my new dining room. We added curtains to our beautiful picture window and the finished look is fabulous.

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This final picture of the china cabinet shows the true wall the color he others make it look more yellow than it is.

We recently added a new table from World Market and are saving up for the matching chairs, once we have those my dining room will be complete. It is amazing how a coat of quality paint like Clark+Kensington in a great color, curtains and some new art from Gallery Direct can completely transform a room. The only problem is now the rest of my house looks even more blah with the beige walls!

I received product to facilitate my review, all opinions are my own.

Ballerina Cupcake Toppers DIY

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Last year I threw not one but two ballerina themed birthday parties at K Studio. I had a new baby and we were in the middle of a move so making a big elaborate cake was not an option. Instead I made cupcakes some I put chocolate ballet slippers on top of the cupcakes using this Ballet Slippers Chocolate Mold but on the very top of the cupcake tower I put this super easy and adorable Ballerina Cupcake Topper.

 

ballerina cupcake topper diy

 

You can find full instructions here as well as a template and she even has directions on how to make it look like a wedding dress for a bridal shower. I just made one but it was so cute and easy to do!

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Kid’s Mermaid Room – The Finished Results!

We have been redoing the bedroom that is shared by my younger two girls and it is finally done I could not be more happy about how it turned out. The room is shared by my youngest two daughters who are 3 and 1. The 3 year old loves mermaids right now so we decided on a mermaid themed room. Once I started looking for mermaid items I began to get discouraged so many of the images were either ugly, tacky or sexual none of which I wanted. And while I love the movie Little Mermaid I did not want an Ariel themed room. I ended up finding some amazing products that are more underwater themed and then we found one mermaid to be our focal point. With out further ado I give you the before and after of the little girl’s mermaid bedroom.

Before

girls bedroom before After

little girls mermaid bedroom

 

As you can see it turned out absolutely adorable. Now for the details! We painted the room with Glidden Almost Aqua and the color was just perfect for an underwater feel! When my daughter lies in her bed she declares “I’m a mermaid”!

 

janey mac walls mermaid wall decal

 

Then we decorated the walls with WeeDecor pink bubbles and a pink dolphin. Finally we added the focal point of the room the mermaid by Janey Mac Walls. I searched the internet for days before I found this perfect mermaid on Etsy. Janey Mac Walls allows you to completely customize the wall decal so I was able to pick the hair color, the top color, the tail and even the skin tone. It turned out perfect and the colors match in  just the way I hoped they would. The mermaid came with easy instructions and it took me minutes to put up, it also came with the fish and sea horses you see around the room. I am so happy with my wall decal I will be turning to Janey Mac Walls when I redo my older girls room next Spring, be sure to check out all the other great customizable wall decals offered by Janey Mac Walls.

Boon flaunt wall display

Next we added the fabulous Boon Flaunt shelving display because it looks like bubbles which is perfect for our underwater room. We chose to use both the Boon Flaunt 3 and the Boon Flaunt 6 as we really liked how they looked together. The Boon Flaunt is made of metal and perfect for displaying those keepsakes that are special and need a home. I love that this shelving display unit is completely off the ground so my little ones can’t get to it or get hurt on it. Plus it just looks so neat doesn’t it? The Boon Flaunt 3 is $24.99 and the Flaunt 6 $34.99. We also hung up an ABC print from Kranky Krab that had been in the nursery for some time that we just loved and the colors still worked.

 

Boon Glo night light

 

Now that the walls were decorated it was time to focus on the dresser top. We needed a nightlight and not just any nightlight but the Boon Glo. I have had my eye on this fabulous nightlight for some time and was so excited that it would fit right in with our theme, it looks like it belongs on the bottom of the sea right? This nightlight is so cool not only can it display the full rainbow of colors but you can either choose one color or have it cycle through all the colors. Plus you can remove the balls and they will still Glo! My daughter loves choosing her color each night before bed and my older girls want this night light so bad I see another purchase in our future. The Boon Glo retails for $84.99 and is the coolest night light I have seen, I highly recommend it!

 

Boon fli

 

And now for the ceiling we had the Boon Fli in pink and blue hanging in our old nursery and they are back again, the colors match, they are adorable and dragon flies fly over water so it works right? My girls just love these flying, fluttering dragonflies and they hang above my baby girls crib.

 

uncle milton seaweed

 

And finally there is the Uncle Milton “seaweed” which I mentioned before as a great gift for kids, we are still loving this and the little glowing fireflies are always a hit with the kids in the dark! We kept the same bedding that my daughter picked out before, the colors match and it keeps the room from becoming too themey which I like, we simply flipped it over to the striped side.

So that is my little girl’s mermaid bedroom and we really love it, I am thrilled with how it turned out and more importantly so are my girls!

Some of the products featured were provided for review, others we owned or purchased for the room ourselves.

Getting Ready for Christmas with HP #PintheHalls

HP printable ornament template

This year in a last minute decision, as in yesterday, I am hosting my husband’s family for Christmas! I am really excited and want to make the house look fantastic for our company. I have been having fun with my girls deciding on some homemade decorations to really make our house look festive. We started our search at www.hp.com/holiday where they have all kinds of free printables and templates for holiday arts & crafts.  Using my new HP envy AiO Touchscreen computer we spent time picking out our favorite holiday crafts and then did some test prints to see what we liked. Since I want the kids involved we decided to use the simplest ornament template the Christmas pyramid, it comes printed with the  pattern you see but we are going to use it as a template and find fun scrap paper to make an ornament for each place setting, these will act as our name cards, cute right?

 

HP iSpy printable

Now while I highly doubt the kids will get bored on Christmas day, they will have all kinds of new toys, I decided to have an activity ready just in case.  When I saw the I Spy printable template I was curious as to what all it entailed. Turns out it is an adorable Christmas scene full of hidden items for the kids to find. It looks just like the picture and the kids are very excited to do it. I think we may put these at their places as a way to get them seated and stay seated!

snapfish photo ornament

Last week I ordered some photo ornaments from Snapfish both as gifts and for us. I was really excited to see how they turned out, I love photo ornaments but buying the ones in store to add a photo too are really expensive. Well the ornaments arrived and I am thrilled with the results! The aluminum cutout ornaments are just $8.99 and they are perfect plus my kids can’t break them which is a huge plus for me. In fact I love them so much this is going to become a yearly tradition. Ordering the ornaments with my HP Envy touchscreen was so easy. The touchscreen allowed me to edit the photos and position them exactly how I wanted plus the extra large screen made it much easier to visualize the final result. That was really helpful when I went back and forth on whether to have the picture framed on the ornament or be the whole ornament. Thanks to my HP Envy desktop computer I knew exactly what I was getting and sure enough my ornaments arrived and they were exactly what I ordered, no surprises.

 

I love that by using the HP online resources and my HP printer I am able to create a festive holiday environment on a budget. Even Rachel Ray agrees she featured the HP Envy 120 Printer with Holiday Value Pack on her show and gave them away to a surprised audience full of Hurricane Sandy victims. Be sure to watch the video, the ornaments on the trees behind Rachel Ray and Regis  were all printed on an Hp envy printer using the templates found on hp.com/holiday.

If you want to win an Hp Envy printer of your own be sure to enter my giveaway ends 12/30!

As part of the HP Pin the Halls blogger program I received product to facilitate my review, all opinions are my own. No other compensation was given.

Magna Color 3D Art Taking Your Childs Creations to the Next Level!

My oldest daughter loves art, she is really quite gifted and no not just in my opinion but her art teacher says so too. So I am constantly looking for new and creative art products for her and yes I prefer ones that are not messy. Having 4 kids of varying ages can make it hard to do more complicated projects. Inevitably the 3 year old gets the one marker that is not washable and writes on the wall, or she grabs the scissors and narrowly misses cutting herself, you get the picture.

I have found a new art product that my oldest two girls are really enjoying, everyday they get it out while there sister has rest time and create together, it is really quite cute. Allow me to introduce you to Magna Color. Magna Color is a 3D art kit that uses unique magnetic dot pens. You simply fill in the design with the corresponding dot to create beautiful works of art. Then put on your 3D glasses and admire as your art work comes to life. The Magna color board also stores and reloads the pens quite easily. Don’t be alarmed if it looks overwhelming at first, my first thought was is this a joke? But it  really is simple. The colored dots will sort in the  back of the box easily by size and then you insert the pens and reload. And if you are still confused just watch this easy instructional video.

 

As I mentioned my girls really like this and I love the no mess factor. The price point is $24.99 and recommended for ages 4 and up. I agree with the age although at 4 an adult will need to help them load the pens. You can find Magna Color at both Amazon and Toysrus.com

I received product to facilitate my review, all opinions are my own.