Saturday, February 15, 2014

Disney Side Mike vs. Sulley

**I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.  
A football birthday party is a fun, but pretty typical.  A Monster's U Football birthday party is not as common and takes the fun up a notch.  Thanks to DisneySide @Home Celebrations and MomSelect we were able to host such an awesome party, complete with lots of goodies and a couple of fun cheerleaders.

All the boys were happy to show their #DisneySide as they competed on Team Mike or Team Sully in a fun game of flag football.  We divided the boys in to two teams and gave them either blue or green t-shirts (the cool new suitcase from American Tourister was very handy in transporting and handing out all those shirts). Once the boys were divided up the games began.

After a little football we came in for some sandwiches and cake, it's fun to see 8 year old boys get giddy about eating Mickey Mouse shaped sandwiches.  After refueling they headed back outside for some more football.

We had some games set-up inside for those boys who lost interest in the football game or needed to get warmed up.  The Disney Bingo wasn't a big hit with this group, but "Scare Sully" was a huge hit.  The boys loved being able to yell at top of their lungs while throwing bean bags at  a pile of blocks topped with Sully.

 Toward the end of the party, as the parents started arriving, we started the Disney Vacation planning DVD.  Everyone had a great time comparing Disney stories and we were thrilled to talk about our recent Disney.  It is always fun to see how animated some people become when the subject of Disney comes up.  Many of the younger siblings were happy to leave sporting a new Goofy tattoo.  And, more than a few kids left asking when they could go to Disney

We had a wonderful time and look forward to showing our DisneySide again in a few weeks when we celebrate my daughter's 5th birthday.

We thank all the sponsors for providing this opportunity
Disney Side Celebrations
HP Photo Cards
ABC's The Chew
Hanes T-shirts
Ocean Spray Craisins 
American Tourister Luggage

Monday, January 6, 2014

Week 1 - Warm

I had a lot of ideas for the "warm" challenge, but for the first week I decided to go with something nice and easy and made a couple neck warmers for my husband.  I had made a bunch of these as holiday gifts and they were a big hit.  I failed to make one for Marshall and have been hearing about it all week, so to stop his bellyaching I quickly whipped a couple up for him

These can be made in any size and  are a great way to use up the scraps in your fabric stash.  You can heat them in the microwave for a minute or two and use to ease sore muscles or kept in the freezer for emergency boo boos.  I filled these warmers with rice, scented with a little lavender oil, but you can also use wheat and different oils, based on your preference.

As I said these are super easy to put together and you can easily make 5 or 6 in 30 or 40 minutes.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric, or use one piece folded in half.  6x20 (12x20 if using a single piece) is a good size and works well when using fat quarters.

With right sides together sew the long side(s) and one short side.  Turn right side out and press, folding the open edge in to create a clean edge.

Using a funnel add scented rice, I used about 3 cups of rice.

Sew open edge closed.

To use heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes, or keep in freezer

 Now it's your turn to share.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January Challenge

Here is the list for the January Challenge.  The themes are pretty broad with lots of room for interpretation. I look forward to seeing what everybody comes up with!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

52 Weeks

I have had a couple of things on my mind recently.  The Photo a Day projects and a show that was on, about 10 years ago, called Craft Corner Death Match.  Many people don't know about this show, as it was only on for a few weeks, but my husband and I loved it.  We wish it was still on, not only for the entertainment of watching it, but because my daughter could be a contestant on it.

I have only recently discovered the various Photo a  Day projects and haven't participated, but I find them inspiring and motivating. I see them as an opportunity to slow down and focus on one element of your life, if only for a few minutes. Some like Fat Mum Slim, provide a prompt for each day while others like the 365 Project simply encourage you to take a photo each day and share it.

In looking at different photo a day projects and prompts and dreaming of the good ol' days of Craft Corner I began thinking about what would happen if these two ideas collided. Making something new everyday seemed impossible, but making something every week seemed a little less intimidating.  So with that I introduce to you Create 52.

The idea is to make something small, nothing big or super time consuming.  It is meant to encourage you to try something new or do something you love, but haven't done in a while.  It is a time to simply take a break from reality.  To take the time for yourself to simply create.  The project should not become time consuming or stressful, but should provide a break from the stress and worries.  I know the first thing I stop doing when life becomes busy are my "fun" projects yet these are the things that help me get through the stressful and busy times.  When I get back to them I feel relaxed and at ease.  So with Create 52 I am giving myself permission to to work on these fun projects and not give up on these things, regardless of what is going on around my.

The details as I envision them right now are as follows:

  • On the 3rd Saturday of each month I will provide a list of prompts for each week of the upcoming month. 
  • Each Monday I will share what I have made and open it up for you to link up what you have made. 
  • The prompts are still a work in progress and I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions.  I want there to be variety and to encourage out of the box creative thinking.  I want there to be the opportunity to learn and try new things.  So, some prompts will encourage you to make something specific, like a storage container, while other prompts will encourage the use of a specific medium, like fabric or wood. 
  • There will be structure, but a lot of room for individual interpretation.
I hope you play along and join in the fun.  Having others around will help keep me motivated, make things interesting and provide some inspiration.  If you have any ideas or suggestions please share.  As I said this is a work in progress and look forward to getting some feedback.  

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


My oldest daughter loves playing with hair - hers, her sister's, her dolls, her friends - it doesn't matter whose hair it is she is constantly brushing, braiding and combing.  The thing that surprises me is she is really good at it and has been since a really young age. My hair ability begins and ends with a simple ponytail.  Maggie on the other hand can twist, braid and swoop like a pro.  So when a package arrived from Influenster and Suave containing a container of Cherry Vanilla Bop Mousse I knew she would be more excited than anybody.  

Like all of Suave's products it not only holds like a dream, but it smells yummy as well.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ridemakerz Xtreme

We recently had the opportunity to host a Ridemakerz Xtreme Customz party thanks to Mommyparties.  It was an  impromptu get together, but it was a lot of fun and all the kids - boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 8 - had a ton of fun playing with the cars.

Xtreme Customz Packaging

The kids had a tough choice deciding which car to start out with.  There were police cars, army trucks, superhero vehicles and sports cars, they were all super cool - even for those kids who don't normally play with cars.

Ridemakerz come disassembled and the pieces from the different cars are all interchangeable.  The kids were easily able to assemble the cars and disassemble.  There was a lot of swapping of pieces, I don't think any of the kids left with all the original pieces they received, but that is what is so fun about these cars.  The creativity flowed as the kids mixed and matched pieces and set up different scenes to race through.

Even though the cars are designed to come apart, they stay together really well during play.  Some of the younger kids had a hard time locking the wheels into place and would occassionaly get a "flat", but after a little practice they had it figured out.

These are a great toy for car loving boys and girls.  The price point is great which means many of our friends will be receiving one or two as birthday gifts.

 DisclaimerI received these complimentary products from a campaign through Ridemakerz and MommyParties.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


We had a small party for my daughter's fourth birthday.  It was really just a glorified playdate, but since she has never had a birthday party - she has seen her brother and sister have birthday parties, but as the third she has gotten jipped.  So even though it was really a playdate we called it a party and she was thrilled.

Her one request was to have goodie bags for her friends.  Since it was only five girls this request was pretty easy to fulfill.  I found some cute monster cups at Michael's and with that a theme was born.  There are some really cute monster themed party ideas on line and it would have been fun to go all out, but I resisted the temptation and kept it simple.

With help from her brother and sister Edy drew some crazy monster shapes.  I cut the monster shape onto fabric and ironed on pieces for the face.  A little stitching around the eyes and mouth, a quick sew around the entire body a little filling and they were done.  Super easy and super cute.  The kids had so much fun making the monsters, that we have a rather large monster family still living with us.  They make great stuffies and are a wonderful way to bring your kids drawing to life.