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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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Day at the beach quick tip, Ideas to stay safe, Quick Tips, Hacks

Quick tip… while spending the day in the sand and sun keep your items safe from thieves by hiding them inside of a diaper.  This will also help keep the moisture off your cell phone and keep all your items in a safe place.  Make sure that your family knows you put your items into the diaper so they do not toss it in the trash… but this will help prevent thieves from grabbing your items while you are distracted or sun bathing on a towel.  Let’s face it most people are not looking for dirty diapers rolling around in the sand, but they are looking for wallets, phones and jewelry.
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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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How to make Ice Cream In A Bag

HOW TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES ~ 5 EASY STEPS.

GARDEN TIPS ~ USE MUFFIN TIN TO CREATE PERFECTLY SPACED HOLES FOR PLANTING

REPLACE A WORN OUT TRAMPOLINE SAFETY PAD WITH POOL NOODLES ~ EASY DIY

How to keep bugs out of your drink at a BBQ or picnic 

SHOE MATCHING GAME ~ HELPS KIDS GET THEIR SHOES ON THE CORRECT FOOT

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Watermelon sticks perfect for little hands

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DIY Baby Blanket Using Minky Fabric ~ Easy, Thrifty Gift

I love to sew, but I am not very good at it so I don’t do it as often as I would like.  I have wanted to try sewing with minky fabric for a while, but have been intimidated after hearing others say how difficult it was to sew with.  I got a great deal on some heart minky fabric and decided that it was time to bite the bullet and give it a shot!  I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was to sew with!

I did plenty of research first and this is what I learned: if you are going to sew with minky you need to be patient and use tons of pins to hold it in place well.  I also learned that it is stretchy and has a slippery texture so sewing slowly is key!  Of course, using the tons of pins does help with that because you can’t go very fast between pins really.  If you are going to attempt to sew with minky, just keep those things in mind.

For those of you who don’t know, minky is a soft, material that has little raised dots (or in this case hearts) all over it.  It is so cuddly and you will see it on a lot of baby products.

To sew this blanket you will need a few things.

You will need:

 1 1/2 yrds Minky fabric

1 1/2 yrds Coordinating fabric for the top of the blanket

thread

sewing machine

sewing scissors

Begin by laying your fabric down on top of each other and trimming so they are close to the same size.  It is ok if it isn’t perfect, just get it as close as you can.  You may want to do this on a carpeted surface as the carpet helps keep the fabric from sliding around.

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Once your fabric is the same size, turn the layers with the right sides facing each other and pin all the way around.  As I mentioned above, you will need a lot of pins.  Pin about every inch at the furthest.

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Now you are ready to sew!  I used a zig zag stitch for extra security since I wasn’t sure yet how this was going to go with the minky.  Sew almost all the way around the blanket leaving about 12 inches to turn it right side out.  When you get all sewn, unpin your last section that you left for turning the fabric right side out and turn it right side out.  Make sure that you push each corner so that it isn’t puckered in.

Once you have the sides all straightened you will want to sew the outside.  Now, for your hole you have left from flipping, you will need to repin.  I didn’t use pins or iron, but it would be a good idea if you are worried about keeping it straight.  I started on one end and sewed up the hole first, continuing around the blanket with a zig zag stitch again. It went very quickly and just gave it a finished look.  Try to keep your sewing even so that your stitches are the same all the way around.  If you vary your speed too much than your stitches will be different widths.

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And there you have it!  A quick, gift perfect for a baby shower, or make one for yourself!  That minky is so soft, I am thinking I would like to have one too!  Not only is it cute, but it is actually very easy to use and sew with.  If you haven’t tried it, give it a go!

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

This is a favorite project at our house and we have created some pretty fun shirts!  It is easier than you would think, and the hardest part of the process is waiting for the paint to dry!

You will need:

A T-shirt that has been washed and dried.

Fabric paint in desired color

Sponge paint brush for applying paint

Stencil made out of clear transparency film

Spray adhesive for applying stencil

Desired picture that you are going to use as a stencil

A razor or scissors for cutting out your stencil

Piece of cardboard to put inside the shirt so that the paint doesn’t leak through the layers

We used a craft cutting machine for cutting our stencil, but if you are looking at making your own stencil, print it out of your computer, and then lay the print out under the transparency film.  Trace with a sharpie onto the film and then cut out the picture, leaving the negative space.  To place the stencil onto the shirt, spray with some spray adhesive.  This should work for more than one application, but if you are doing more than one shirt,you may have to reapply as it loses it tack.

Place the stencil on the shirt where you want it and press it down. Make sure it is all firmly in place. Now take your piece of cardboard and place it in the middle of the t shirt so it is blocking the two layers.

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This stencil has been used already, that is why it is already outlined in black.  That is just dried paint and makes it easier to see for the photos.  Take your sponge paint brush and dip it in your paint.  To apply it to the shirt, be sure to dab, not rub!  If you rub, the paint could spread under the stencil.  Dabbing will help avoid that.

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Once you have covered your area, let it dry for a few minutes before removing your stencil.  It is easier to remove before the shirt has dried all the way.  It will not be completely dry,but dry enough to remove the stencil and allow it to lay untouched and dry completely.

To remove the stencil, grab one corner and pull at an angle.

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Now all that is left is to wait for it to dry before trying on your creation!  Now you have a one of a kind article that is made by you!  We have done this for school projects, family reunions (like the one above), and just for a fun project!  My kids really enjoy creating their own designs and then painting them.  It is a thrifty, fun idea for the whole family!  The paint lasts for a long time and the stencils can be reused several times.  Shirts are pretty inexpensive, making this a great project for the whole family!

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