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April 29, 2014

Free Ballet Printable for your Ballerina!

My daughter is a girly girl.  She loves everything pink.  She loves lip gloss and jewelry.  She wants to wear cute dresses and play with dolls and Barbies. 
And she loves dance.  She's been dancing since she was almost four years old (she just turned nine!)
This is one of last year's portraits!

Her favorite is Ballet.  Her teacher calls her "my little dance dictionary" because she is so good at remembering all those French words and what they mean.  
Last year, I redid her room and made it a Pink Ballerina Bedroom.  One of the things I did was create this gorgeous printable for her to display on her dresser.
I do want to disclose that I was inspired by a print from this Etsy shop.  If you want a professionally-printed, large poster for her room- definitely check her out!
If you have a girl who loves Ballet, or maybe you're having a ballerina-themed party, you can download this printable by clicking here:   (or you can just open this image in a new tab and save it to your computer to print).

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April 4, 2014

Brunch Labels using Silhouette Sticker Paper

I've been wracking my brain for a fun way to use the new Silhouette Clear Sticker Paper. It finally dawned on me that since I have brunch coming up, I could label the foods in a fun and cute way!
**This is not a Silhouette sponsored post... just from me who is obsessed with all things Silhouette**
To make the best use of the sticker paper, this will be a print and cut type of craft. First I designed my labels in the Silhouette Studio software. I love that I can use whatever font I desire! 
Make sure your registration marks are showing so the 'amazing blade' knows where to cut! Here's a look at the labels before cutting...

And after! These still have the adhesive backing on them, so they will be clear when you peel it off.

Then I fed some other colors of card stock through the same design and cut a duplicate of the shape. I know I could have just print right onto the card stock and cut it out (silhouette is that awesome), but I liked the look and feel of the sticker paper on top of the card stock!

 To hold the labels in front of the food, I thought about buying some wire photo holders, but opted for a different looks with glitter covered clips!

I love how they turned out! I have a few other labels left over that will go directly onto some food dishes. What a fun and easy way to decorate!

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March 21, 2014

How To Create Printables Using Silhouette Studio

I love to make printables!  Some of them make it to the blog, and some I just create for my own personal use.  I usually make them in PicMonkey or Publisher, but each of them has its limits.  A few months ago, a friend tipped me off that you can create your own printables using Silhouette Studio

This is huge- because not only do I have lots of cute shapes I've purchased, but I can use any font on my computer, and I can play with  those fonts to fit and fill the space as necessary!  If you haveStudio, and you like to make printable quotes, invitations, or anything, a few quick steps will have you creating your own in no time flat!

1.  Make sure you have downloaded the latest version of the software.  I have the Designer Edition, so my screen may look a little different, but you can do all the same things in the regular edition.

2.  Download a PDF printer to your computer.  I use CutePDF, though there are several out there.
3.  Start creating!  I'll show you how I made these cute invitations for my daughter's birthday party.

-- Open a new document.
-- Resize your page to whatever you'll be creating.  I generally make my printables 8x10 so people can print them up to that size.  It makes great quality for smaller prints.  I put mine 10x8 so it is in "landscape" mode.
-- Add a rectangle for your background using the rectangle shape tool.  Then, using the fill tool, fill that rectangle with your desired background color.
-- Add any images you want.  You can purchase shapes from the Silhouette store, other .svg sites, or simply import a .jpg or .png file from the internet and trace it.  (Tracing is a whole other subject I'll have to save for another day)
-- Use the text tool to add text as desired. 
--Select your text and use the fill tool to add your desired color to the text.
--This last step is really important.  Silhouette Studio is for cutting files, but we don't want to do that for a printable.  So, make sure you select the cut lines menu, then choose transparent.  Now they won't show up when you print!
4.  Once your document looks the way you want it, you're going to send it to that PDF printer you downloaded.  Go to File-->Print, then choose the PDF printer.

5.  It will ask you to save it somewhere on your computer.  Rename the file and save it somewhere you'll be able to find it.
6.  Once it saves, navigate to that file location, and you should see a PDF file waiting for you!  From there, you can open it and print it on a home computer, or you can use a pdf converter program to change to to a .jpg for printing at a photo lab.

 The quality is not the best on this image because it's been edited about three times for the post, but the actual invitations are crystal clear and fabulous!  Once I know the time of the movie, I can finish these babies up and get them sent out!

Remember, you can follow this process for printable quotes, cupcake wrappers and toppers, and more!

I'm linking this up to Tatertots and Jello (Link Party Palooza) and some of these parties- come check them out with me!
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December 17, 2013

Relief Society Christmas Dinner

In my church, we have an amazing group of women called the Relief Society.  We meet together on Sundays for spiritual instruction, and throughout the week we help members of our congregation and community through service projects, bringing meals to new moms and those who are recovering from illness, and the like.  We also get to do fun monthly activities to help us get to know each other and learn new things.
Every year we have a Christmas dinner and program.  This is the first year I've been in charge of the program, though I had a great committee of women to help me carry it out
We decided our theme would be "The Best Gifts".  So, all our decor centered around presents.
We used Christmas-themed patterned paper for the place settings, and a gift tower was the centerpiece for each table.

At the front of the room we had a few Christmas trees, along with some gaily wrapped presents.

I put together this fun oversized print, which is now displayed in my home.  It's simple to make:
I downloaded this printable from Tips from a Typical Mom and had it printed at 16x20.
Then I used glitter wrapping paper from Walmart, cut to size, and taped it to a foam display board.

Finally, I attached the photo print with thumbtacks in the corner.  It was a great display for the dinner, and now it looks awesome in front of my fireplace!

For dinner, we had soup bowls with soups provided by some of the women in the ward, delicious tossed salad, and Chocolate Pudding Parfaits for dessert (layers of crushed oreo, cubed pound cake, peppermint marshmallows and white or milk chocolate pudding, topped with whipped cream!)  Here's how we decorated the food table (obviously before the food was added!)

For our program, we showed three short videos reminding us that Jesus Christ is the best gift we have been given.  Since we have been given such an amazing gift, we need to give the best gifts we can in return, and we do that through serving others, and by giving our hearts over to God.  You can check out the videos here, here, and here.  They may bring a tear to your eye!

We finished with a musical number- four women sang "In the Bleak Midwinter" and it was just beautiful!

We sent the sisters home with a tile with vinyl reminding them that Christ is "The Best Gift of All".  

This is a really frugal gift if you're on a tight budget- the tiles only cost about 15 cents each and I cut all the vinyl on my Silhouette.  We had leftover black vinyl from our Craft Night, so this was super cheap!
I came away from the night with a desire to be more Christ-centered this Christmas, and to try not to let the hustle and bustle of the holidays weigh me down.  I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to put this night together, and I hope everyone had a great time!
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September 4, 2013

Baby Shower: Purple and Green

Last weekend I threw a baby shower for my best friend of 10 years.  
That's a high quality picture right there....
She is expecting her FIRST baby, and we are thrilled SHE is finally making her arrival in our world soon.  This little one has been long-awaited, hoped and prayed for, and soon (end of October) she will be here!
So, I wanted to go all out for this shower.  I told my friend "You tell me what you want and I'll make it happen"!  
There was no theme per se, but we did everything around the colors purple and green- or more accurately, lavender and sage.
I set up as brunch for our guests.  I made purple and white tissue poms, then covered the table with a sage green tablecloth.  

I also made a fun little banner and attached the letters with mini-clothespins.  

It was so fun to have a crepe and yogurt bar for the brunch.  I made crepes at home the day before, then whipped up a few fillings.  The first was a chocolate whipped cream, and the other was a cream cheese mousse.  Guests got to choose their filling and then we had fruit available as well.

We used a similar idea for yogurt parfaits.  I had both strawberry and vanilla yogurt, their choice of fruit, and granola to mix in.  It was perfectly delicious.

We also had a delicious salad and cinnamon roll pops to round out the menu.

Drinks were served in paper-wrapped mini mason jars with stripey straws.  I served water and orange juice.

Of course, no gathering is complete without cupcakes, so I made French Vanilla cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, embellished with fondant flowers and sugar pearls.

My mantel was the perfect place to display a banner for gifts.  I included some flowers and a printable that matched the decor.  I'll have that for you in the next post.

For games, we did a candy matching game, where you match a phrase to a candy (Triplets are 3 Musketeers for example).  We also did a "Price is Right" game where they had to guess the cost of baby items.  

Finally, I sent the guests home with a little gift: Sweet Pea hand sanitizer PocketBacs from Bath and Body Works.  We saw the idea on Pinterest, but it was only a media upload with no link back, so I have no idea who came up with it!  I thought it was the perfect, sweet but useful favor.

The shower was a wonderful success- I am just happy to do what I can to celebrate this new little baby.  I can't wait to meet her!

I'm linking up to some fun parties- come check them out with me!

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March 20, 2013

A Camping Birthday Party

Before I share this post with you, I want to say something about parties:

 I love to plan parties for my kids.  But, you'll probably never find me featured on a party blog.  The reason?  I believe in keeping things on a limited budget, and in helping the kids have a great time vs. making the parents ooh and aah.  So you won't see any gorgeous dessert tables, or ten shops listed at the bottom where I shopped for supplies.  I did the whole party for under $100 (mostly food!) and you can too!

(I do love those beautiful parties.  It's just not something I could ever do.  And I'm okay with that.)

That being said, last week we put on a camping-themed party for my soon-to-be six year old!
The invitations went out:

The decorations went up (red balloons and streamers, red and white checked tablecloths, and green plates with red and white checked napkins.
Here's our welcome sign out front:

A banner I cut with my Silhouette:

The food table:

The tent, of course:

And we were ready to have a great time!

First, as the kids arrived, I had them decorate binoculars, which they later got to take home.

Then, we went on a nature-themed scavenger hunt.  When they filled up their bags with all the items, they got a little prize.

We did a fishing game next.  I attached magnets to wood dowels, then had them collect a fish from our "stream".  (Hey, this is the desert.)  The fish were different colors.  They took their colored fish over to the prize bags, which were color-coordinated to the fish, and got to pick a prize.  *sorry for the smiley faces- I didn't ask permission to show these kiddos on my blog, so you'll only see my kids' faces.

Then, everyone played in the tent and jumped on the trampoline for awhile.  Didn't you know there were trampolines in the great outdoors ;) ?
Then we did sleeping bag races.  I had the kids go two at a time and race the length of our lawn, hopping in their bags the whole way.  We did it tournament style- the winner of each race moved on to the next round until we finished with a final three.  The kids loved doing it and cheering for each other.

The last game we played was "Bear-Catcher", which is really just a camping version of "Duck, Duck, Goose!"  They all sat on their sleeping bags. I had the kids use animal names like squirrel, chipmunk, bird, etc, and then instead of goose, they would shout "Bear!" and run like mad.  Good times, good times....
After games and more trampoline-jumping, we ate dinner.  I kept it simple, since kids never eat much at parties.  We had hot dogs, chips, and fruit (grapes, strawberries, and pineapple).  

I served water only, with some cute labels on them.

After dinner, we opened presents.  I know a lot of times kids don't open presents at the parties anymore.  And I get it- I totally understand the reasons some parents choose not to do this at the party.   But our family will always open gifts for a few reasons:
1- The kids spend time picking out a present for the birthday child, and they want to see them open their gift!  It makes me sad when my son spends time picking out the perfect gift for his friend, and then you never know if they like it!  And a lot of times, we don't even get a thank-you card, so who knows if they even got it?
2- It is important that my children develop good manners, and opening presents teaches them to thank the person, and react appropriately to different gifts!  For example- one year he got the same bubble gun from three different people.  But we've taught him to say thank you and be polite, and he handled it just great.  These are important social skills to teach, in my opinion.
*climbs off soapbox*

The grand finale, and arguably biggest hit, was roasting S'mores.  We had a little firepit and some roasters, and the kids took turns roasting marshmallows and eating their S'mores.  

They didn't even want cupcakes, they were so full of marshmallow-y goodness!  But some did eat them, or took them home for later.  Good thing, because I thought they were pretty cute!
I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, then rolled the tops in crushed Oreos to look like dirt.  Then I topped them with camping-themed pictures.

Finally the party had to end, and we handed out goody bags.  I got some camouflage drawstring mini-bags from Oriental Trading, and filled them with mini-flashlights, small working compasses, glowstick necklaces, and a bag of S'mores mix made from Golden Grahams, mini-marshmallows, and chocolate chips.  They also took home their binoculars.

It was a great party- we had lots of fun and got everyone tired out for the night--including myself!

I'm linking this up to some of these parties this week.  Thanks for checking them out! 

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