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Teacher, Photographer, Otaku, Amateur Seamstress, Wifey to B-chan, & Mommy to Monkey Z and Elven M.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pokemon Mermaid Party

The Party
So, I'm throwing a joint birthday party for my children. While the monkey wanted a Pokemon party, the elf wanted a Mermaid party. My solution?... Underwater Pokemon and Mermaids.
The Craft
Two of the props I am the most proud of  are the Mermaid crown and tail I made as photo booth props.
Mermaid tail
The majority of supplies I used for this project were from Dollar Tree.  I used a rolls of sequins in a complementing color to a poster board.
I think 4 rolls should be a safe number for a fairly small tail. Hot glue in small sections seemed to work the best. The design was already penciled  on before flying, though. Then, I hole punched the top and wove a ribbon through to tie it around the waist.  Lastly, I covered the top with ribbon for a finished look.

Mermaid crown
This project was not quite as cost effective, but I did get the idea from Pinterest. Luckily most of the materials were on sale at Joanns. I also used a 20% off coupon.


Hildie & Jo- tub of assorted beads (pink/purple), plastic (pearl) beads 6mm, seed beads (gold)
Offray 5/8 in x 21 Ft single face ribbon in
Assorted shells that suit your purpose (I used a pack of scallop shells and some from the Dollar Tree bag I bought)
Gold floral wire (Get the thicker one. I forgot to save the package.)
Hand Made Modern semi permanent markers- Acorn & Mocha (from Target)
Mod Lodge Satin
Acrylic crystals and nail deco pearls (already had)
Copious amounts of hot glue (no joke!)

1. Form the wire to the size you need.
2. Decorate shells with marker.
3. Arrange shells and glue them onto the wire.
4. Wrap the wire with ribbon and secure the ends with hot glue.
5. Glue pearls and beads onto shells to hide any flaws and give it an encrusted look.
6. Add seed beads a little at a time.

Caution: This part was difficult and a bit painful with the hot glue, but the hot glue worked better than the Mod Podge I tried the first time. Use common sense and be careful. Hot glue should be used with adult supervision.

7. Finish with a coat of Mod Lodge applied with a foam brush.

Note: The design is a bit front heavy, so you might consider adding some sort of clip or comb to keep it in place.

8. Admire your beautiful creation!...(and mine.😉)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What's in your (Mommy) Purse?

Chances are good that, if you are a mommy, the contents of your purse have changed since the birth of your child. Granted, it has been a while since I started this post, but let's get to it!

The Mommy

Things I carry now...

  • Wallet, keys
  • Cell phone, extra battery power, bluetooth headset, earbuds
  • Extra "fun" lenses for my cell camera and selfie light that a friend got me
  • Happy Life planner (personal size) for planning out my dinners, weeks, volunteer time, honey-do, & work schedule
  • Martha Stewart Discbound Jotlet notepad (because I love anything with the discs)
  • 5 function pen (each color has a purpose), multifunction pen with stylus top, multicolor pen for color coding events in the calendar (no, 3 is not enough and yes, I like color).
  • Glasses (because I'm old now)
  • Polarized sunglasses (no teacher should be without them for yard duty)
  • Small hand towel for each child and myself. They hate the loud "green" hand dryers
  • Surprisingly, (at least to me) I am still carrying a change of clothes and wipes for the monkey. At nearly 6 years out, I thought we'd be over this...
  • Personal Bag (my life saver often times!)
    • lint remover
    • Juice Beauty Tinted lip balm with SPF 8
    • Tide stain stick (mostly for me, but it helps with the elf)
    • gloves (for cpr)
    • glass nail file
    • Purse hanger
    • oil blotter sheets
    • Nutri Nail cuticle butter stick
    • Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist
    • Forever 21 Love Struck roll on fragrance
    • Pacifica Island Vanilla roll on and spray
    • Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes
    • Alba Botanica Clear travel stick deodorant 
    • Pill box with earrings
    • Pill box with bobby pins & hair pins
    • Mini bottle hand lotion
    •  Tony Moly Panda's Dream So Cool Eye Stick
    • Softlips spf 20 vanilla lip balm
There you have it! I feel more like myself again after almost 6 years since the first one. We still bring an activity bag that has certainly changed over the years. The elf will be 4 at the end of May and is fully potty trained, even at night. the Monkey... Well, we're working on it.

The Kiddos

As for the activity bag, I generally try to keep it low tech. We have given our old phones to our kids so they can use them for educational apps or the camera; other than that, just the change of clothes and wipes.
On Tuesday nights, we usually go out to our church small group meeting and we've been taking a tub of Duplo blocks for the 3-5 year olds to play with, along with the old standby paper and coloring tools.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Healthy (not) fried zucchini

I am certainly a fan of the fried zucchini from Carl's Jr., however, more and more the greasy heavy side dish no longer agrees with me. Thank you, Google.
Search the term "breaded zucchini baked" or something of the like and you can choose from a variety of recipes.  Mine was simple.  I threw Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, parmesean, and garlic powder together. Zucchini was sliced thick, coated with flour, dipped in egg mixed with milk, and tossed in the breadcrumbs.  Baked for 15 minutes they came out brown & crunchy. So good with ranch!
P.S. No measurements are given because I didn't measure. I just used the recipe for reference.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fifteen dollar chair

I have to love Savers. I can always find an amazing deal!
So, I've been searching for a pink chair that was the right price for at least 6 months. I had almost resigned to purchasing the one from Cost Plus (think: fuscha velveteen & $3-400). While that is a truly awesome chair, it is way out of my price range and a huge commitment on color. So, not really a realistic want (moneywise). Besides I already have the bench (colorwise). Back to the chair I got...
I happened to go into Savers because I was there donating something anyway. Right in the front, there was my chair for $30. I couldn't find the price, so I asked and they quoted $25. Since I've donated so much this year, I have a 30% off coupon for every time I shop. Grand total for said chair... (wait for it) $17.
It is smaller than the one I had. It is pink. It is a wingback (exactly the style I was looking for). Even on Craigslist, I would still be asked to pay $30-50 for it, so it's a really great deal, all things considered. The best part is its size, though. Craigslist had an ad for a free chair a while ago, so I sent Ben to get it. That chair ended up being a lot bigger than what I'd imagined for the space, but it was free. I used it for a while, and it served its purpose until I saw this chair for the right price. So I got it.
My little foot stool even fits underneath it so it's out of the way.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blogging again

So, since summer is fast approaching  (meaning: entertaining the kids), I think I might actually be able to blog again.  Also, since I am almost done with the konmari method,  I don't constantly feel like I should be cleaning up the mess that is our house.
I'm finally getting to a happy medium of stuff & space. And yes, there has been a considerable purge. Can't even begin to describe it...
For example, I have done most of the garage. In the before picture, you wouldn't be able to see the car, and there was barely 2 feet of space to get around the solid stack of boxes. Then, there were the critters...
However,  I can show you the after picture.