Occasionally Crafty

May 22, 2015

10 Things You Can't Miss at Disneyland

I just booked our next trip to Disneyland with our family.  We go every 2 years or so and have a blast!  This year, we booked with Get Away Today to go at during Christmas Break, so we can experience all the holiday magic!  It'll be crazy busy during that time, but we can't wait!

If you're planning a Disney trip sometime soon, this post is for you!  I asked all my friends and readers what their #1, can't miss thing to do or see at Disney is.  I've compiled their answers into a Top Ten list, so make sure you make time for these things during your visit:

Top Ten Things to Do/See at Disneyland/ California Adventure

May 21, 2015

The Handmade Hangout #49- Introducing Me + Features

Welcome back to the Handmade Hangout!  I'm excited to see what you've been up to this week!

Here are some of my favorite projects that were linked up last week:

1.  Snickerdoodle Cupcakes by Simply Stacie

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

2.  Lotus Flower Ring Holder from The Pin Junkie

ring holder diy

watermelon birthday party ideas

Thanks for linking up, ladies!

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Each week we will introduce you to one of our hostesses and give you a chance to get to know everyone better! We will share a bit about our blogs, our passions, and exciting recent posts and projects we have been working on.

May 20, 2015

6 Things We Do To Teach Our Kids the Importance of Work

I'd like to share with you something my friend posted on her Facebook wall.  She is a store manager for an upscale retailer.  
"I seriously can't believe the work ethic of people any more. I got called a nasty name by a new employee (right before she quit) because I, her boss, told her that she needed to show up to all her shifts. I'm over it! I need people that actually want a job and will show up every time, not cause drama and actually care about how they perform at their job. "

Does this sound familiar? Have you worked with, or for, people like this young woman?  In this day and age where we are praised for doing the bare minimum, how can we teach our children that the bare minimum isn't good enough?

My husband and I were both taught a lot about having a strong work ethic.  He is from a family of nine, and embodies the saying "There is always, always, always something that needs to be done."  While my housekeeping skills are sometimes lacking, we both learned the value of working hard in school to excel, and we had opportunities to develop our work ethic through part time jobs throughout our youth and into adulthood.

Now that we are "grown up" and married with three kids,  my husband and I talk constantly about how to teach our children to have a strong work ethic and to be reliable and responsible people.   Our kids are still years away from part-time jobs.  We're not always sure we're doing all we can to instill that work ethic in them while they are young-- but we are trying!

I know we're not alone in this struggle.  How in this world of entitlement do we teach our children the importance of work? 
I thought I'd share what we're doing so far, and then I'd love to hear your suggestions as to what is working for you.  Please chime in below in the comments!

May 18, 2015

Free Patriotic Printable

When I was a child, I used to sit outside with my friend during warm summer nights, singing crazy songs at the top of our lungs.  Some of our favorites were "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi and "This is My Country", an older patriotic folk tune.  I don't know why, but there was something so fun about belting "This--- is--- MY--- Country!"

We also used to watch Top Gun just about every day (I was maybe 9) , put on lip sync performances of "You Give Love a Bad Name" and pretend that the Black Phantom was haunting us.   Ah, imagination.

Next week is Memorial Day.  This is a holiday set to honor those who sacrificed their lives in service to our country.  I typically display our flag outside, and then put up a few patriotic decorations inside my home as well.

This year I'll be framing up this Patriotic Printable, which I am offering here as a free download.  As a nod to my childhood, I included the first few lines of "This is My Country".  

You can download your printable here.  (or open the image in a new tab and save to your computer)

Do you have a crazy childhood memory?  How did you keep busy during summer as a kid?

If you like this, you might want to check out some of my other printables and patriotic decor, like this Burlap Star Banner  and Scrapbook Paper Covered Star (both pictured above),

or this Land of Liberty Framed Vinyl (also available as a free download).

Thanks for stopping by! 

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May 15, 2015

The Ultimate Roundup of End of the Year Party Ideas

I can't believe that at this time next week, my kids will be on summer break!  
Our end-of-the year parties are already planned and being carried out, but for those of you who finish later than us, I'm rounding up some End-of-the-School Year Party Ideas to help you go out with a bang!
(Some of these would be great to use at home too!)
1.  Minute to Win it Games from Star Spangled Planner
2.  DIY Popcorn Bar from Inspired Style Events
3.  Hollywood-Ending Themed Party from First Grader At Last
4.  Beach- Themed Party (serve snacks in dollar-store sand pails!) from Lilly Scott's Life

5.  Milk and Cookie Bar from Laugh Loud Smile Big
6.  For Younger Kids- Alphabet Themed Party from Kinder Alphabet
8.  Kindergarten Hawaiian-Themed Party from Kindergarten Smiles
9.  Book Themed Party from Johnson and Johnson

10.  That's a Wrap- Candy Themed Party from Fiskars
11.  End of the Year Camping Party featured at Catch My Party
12.  Summer's Here Last Day Party from Ameroonie Designs
13.  Peace, Love, and Tie-Dye Class Party from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations
14.  Carnival Themed Party with DIY Photo Booth from One Thrifty Chic

15.  Ice Cream Party Inspiration from KB Custom Designs
You could go all out or keep it simple with any of these ideas.  I plan on using some of these ideas to welcome summer with our family!  
What are  your favorite End of the Year Party ideas?  Share them with each other in the comments below!
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May 14, 2015

The Handmade Hangout #48- Introducing Becca + Features!

Welcome to the Handmade Hangout!

There were so many beautiful projects linked up last week.  I'm featuring my three favorites today.  Do you want to be featured? 
 Make sure you link back to us somewhere in your post or on your party page.  

1.   I am obsessed with all the One Room Challenge rooms that went live this past week or so.  I love every detail of this Rustic Boy's Bedroom from Making it In the Mountains.

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

2.  I adore these Asymmetrical Color Blocked Totes from Haberdashery Fun.  Marni- make me one, m'kay?  Great work!

HaberdasheryFun Color Block Tote1 copy

3.  I was lucky enough to get one of these Embellished Treat Bags from Marie from Blooming Homestead at SNAP.  They are stinkin' adorable!

Simple and adorable way to personalize these Embellished Treat Bags. Perfect for any occasion.

Now, on to this week' link-up:

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Each week we will introduce you to one of our hostesses and give you a chance to get to know everyone better! We will share a bit about our blogs, our passions, and exciting recent posts and projects we have been working on.

Hello everyone!

My names is Becca and I blog over at From G2B or From Gardners two Bergers. I love sharing tutorials on DIY projects, crafts, knock offs, and green living. I have been blogging for 5 years now and I still love it! My blog friends have been through a major journey with me, although my hubby and I have not been able to have kids, I have blogged throughout attending a MBA, program as well as, starting my flourishing wood stain business. I think blogging has given me a chance to share how much I love to create with others, who also love it! I thought I'd share a few of my favorite projects from the last little while!

DIY Art & Gallery Wall Tutorial
 DIY [ Restoration Hardware ] Decoupage Paris Map
 How to Paint Vintage Fan
 DIY Clay Succulent Planters
I would love to have you follow along, on our journey to create and inspire, as well as grow a business! You can follow along fromg2b blog, you'll find all the links on my blog.
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Ready to link up?  Remember- just a few rules:

1.  Become a follower of the blog where you linked up.  Of course we'd love it if you follow all our hosts on whatever platforms you use most!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina's Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Tracie from Cleverly Inspired

Alli from Made with HAPPY

2.  Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties

Occasionally Crafty

Link up your projects!

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May 13, 2015

Stenciled Wall Chalkboard and Giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils

When do your kids get out of school?  

We get out May 21st.  That, my friends, is next week.  I may be starting to panic a little.

I love having my kids home with me all day during the summer.  I miss them during the school year and love to have that time to spend with them playing instead of nagging them to do homework.

But they fight.  So.  Much.  And they always want to "go do something fun".

I tend to keep thing low key in the summer, and I don't always plan ahead.  Which means it ends up being 10:30 and I haven't even showered yet, let alone decided what we're going to do that day.

So, this summer, with the help of Cutting Edge Stencils, we are going to nip that right in the bud and use our new Chalkboard Wall Stenciled Plaque to write out our weekly activities.