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

Hair

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

Monsters

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.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Barbie Mega Blocks

We were lucky enough to receive a wonderful package of Barbie Mega Blocks from MommyParties.  It was a wonderful assortment of sets and the girls couldn't wait to try them out.  I have to admit I was surprised when we got the package because I tend to think of Mega Blocks only in terms of big chunky blocks for babies and toddlers.  I wasn't familiar with the variety of sets geared to older kids.


We planned a party for early in the month, but the flu kept striking so instead of one big party we had 3 small gatherings, which in the end was probably more fun than a one time party because the fun never ended.


At our first get together the girls assembled the Barbie Build n' Style Luxury Mansion.  Three girls, and a big brother, worked on it together and while there were a few disputes over the assembly process they got it together pretty quickly.  Just as quickly as they got it together they were disassembling and rearranging the rooms.  The girls really enjoyed all the decorative pieces that came with the set.  The chandeliers and mini kitchen appliances were huge hits, as was the working elevator.  At the end of the get together each girl got to choose a set to take home.  It was hard to choose between the Ice cream stand and the Fashion stand, but both were good choices and the girls were very happy.


A couple of days later we had a few more friends over and this time they assembled the Pool Party.  Again the girls were able to easily follow the instructions.  After getting the sets built they had just as much fun playing with the assembled sets as they did building and reassembling.























During the assembly of both sets there was some frustration that the pieces didn't lock together tightly and kept popping apart while building.  The girls, who were all about 6, didn't have too many problems following the directions and got the sets assembled pretty quickly.  Overall they are fun sets to play with.  My girls aren't huge Barbie fans, but they do love little tiny things and these sets have lots of little tiny pieces - like blenders, hair dryers and clothes - to entertain them for hours.  The small sets would make great birthday presents and we look forward to being able to share the fun with more friends.

Giveaway!!!  I have two small sets to giveaway if you would like to check out Barbie Mega Blocks for yourself  just leave a comment and I will pick a winner on March 10th.

Disclosure: product was provided for review by MomSelects.  All opinions are my own.