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Lego Party Decor, Make Your Child’s Age Out Of Legos!

Recently I had a son ask for a Lego Movie party.  We are all about legos in our house!

As much as I love my kids having birthday parties and celebrating their big day with their friends, financially over the top parties are not an option.  I have to get creative and I spend very little on their parties.  For me personally, I would rather use that money on their birthday gifts rather than decorations for a party.  Anywho, I will climb off my soapbox now! ;)

When he said he wanted a Lego Movie party I was relieved!  That is pretty easy to pull off without a lot of extra money being spent.

If you have many legos, this should be simple!

You will need:

A lego baseplate (if you don’t have one already, Amazon has an awesome price here!)

legos

time to put it together

I really can’t say a whole lot about how to assemble this one.  Since my son had just turned 9, I used the legos we had to put a number 9 on our baseplate.  It wasn’t really popping though, so I added the frame around it.  So simple, yet cute and better yet, free!  Who doesn’t love free?!

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Lego Door Thrifty Lego Party Decorations

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Lego Door Thrifty Lego Party Decorations

My kids are obsessed with legos.  Really obsessed.  I know I am not the only parent with kids that love legos, because seriously the brand is huge!

So it wasn’t a huge surprise to me when my 9 year old picked Lego Movie for his birthday party theme.   I was kind of excited about it, because there is so many thrifty, fun things you can do to decorate for a lego themed party!

Here is one of the party decoration ideas we came up with.

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You will need:

plastic party tablecloth (color of your choice)

small paper plates in the same color as tablecloth

packing tape or something that is strong enough to hold the plates on for the length of your party

Even better, you should be able to get everything at the dollar store, or in the party section of your favorite store for cheap!

Begin by trimming your table cloth down to the size of your door, if it is a door that will be being used.  If you aren’t using the door, it is even easier.  We did our coat closet and so I was able to just tape it onto the inside of the door.  I wasn’t worried about that part being pretty!  However, if you are doing a door that the inside will be seen, be sure to trim it down and tape it along the top, bottom, and sides where the tape will be hidden.  Also poke a hole for the door knob.

Once you are done taping up your tablecloth, put a piece of packing tape on the back of your paper plates so that they will stick to the front of your tablecloth.  For our normal sized door I used 8 plates.

Easy enough, right?  As the boys came in for the party they thought it was awesome that there was a giant lego!  This would also make a great backdrop for a photo booth!  Include some fun props and watch the party guests ham it up for the camera!

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DIY Locker Wallpaper For a Fraction of the Price!

This year my daughter starts middle school.  Along with that rite of passage comes her first time using a locker.  She was so excited and wanted to get dress up her locker and make it cool.  I get that.  Until I priced the stuff.  The majority of what I could find was $15 at the least.  Not a price I was willing to pay.  I did research for it, and while it says it is “magnetic locker paper” it is actually basically thick wrapping paper with magnets that come with it to hold up the corners.  That’s it!  What a rip off!  This company is making a killing off of  middle school/ junior high kids!

Considering the fact that I am a tight wad, combined with the fact that I have 3 kids to go school shopping for, locker wallpaper just wasn’t in the budget.  But, I decided why not try to make it on my own?  The only downfall of this is that the stuff you buy comes with the sections cut out for the lock, and coat hooks.  Big deal!

I had my daughter pick out some wrapping paper she loved.  Since it was less than $3 a roll, I let her pick two.  Then I followed the dimensions from the package of the premade stuff.  I cut two rectangles of each pattern in each dimension.  The depth is wider than the  width so 2 rectangles were 40 inches x 12 inches and 2 were 40 inches x 18 inches.

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This size turned out to be way too big!  (That made me wonder how mad I would’ve been if I had paid for the precut stuff and the whole thing had to be readjusted!)

So we went to the school, where I proceeded to embarrass said daughter by hanging the wallpaper she so desperately wanted (kids, can’t win right?)

It turned out cute!  With the exception of having to fold some sides in to make them small enough to fit, it was relatively easy to install!  I brought a pair of scissors with me and was able to cut a hole for the lock section and poke holes for the coat hooks.

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We chose to hang ours with the Loctite funtak adjustable blue strips so that it wouldn’t leave any trace on the locker.  I did it in a few spots down each side.  It seemed to work really well!

So there you have it!  Now you can make your own and decorate your tween’s locker!

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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes.
But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten.
There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it,
but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing,
or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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