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DIY Pokemon Pikachu party cups

Thrifty way to save some money for a Pokemon party. Make your own DIY Pokemon Pikachu party cups.

DIY Pokemon Pikachu party cups

My son wanted a Pokemon party. Kid’s birthday parties can be so expensive. But being the thrifty lady that I am, I don’t spend a lot on them. We were able to come up with some great ideas and together we made some easy decorations and party supplies. There aren’t as many pictures as I had hoped to get but I did get to take a few.

To make these cups you will need:

yellow party cups

black sharpie

red sharpie

All you have to do is find a picture of Pikachu and copied his face with sharpie. The kids loved these cups and they were a big hit. I love doing inexpensive things like this for kid’s parties that they love and they don’t cost anything extra.

The Pikachu behind the cups is a pin the tail game that I found here and printed off at a local print shop so I didn’t use all my ink. The kids had a blast with it!

Here are the invites we used. They are a free printable we found here  and added all the party info before printing them off at the print shop too.

Pokemon party invites

Kid’s parties don’t have to cost a lot to be a lot of fun for the kids.

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Bath bomb mold

12/29/2016 4:00 am · 0 comments

by Tami

Bath bomb mold

Save money on bath bombs by making your own. Make a great gift too. All you need is a Bath bomb mold to get started.

Bath bomb mold

4 pack metal bath bomb molds

Bath bombs are a fun way to make bath time a fun experience. For adults and kids both. Depending on the scents used, you can relax, invigorate and so much more. Biggest downfall is how expensive they can be to buy. Make your own and know what ingredients are in them and save money too.

  • PACKAGE CONTENT – Come with 4 set bomb mold from small to large size. Diameter is 2”, 2.4”, 2.8” and 3.3”. It’s a nice variety and perfect for making small to large sized bath bombs. The set also contained with 4 organza gift bags, which can be more convenient to store the molds and bath bombs
  • GOOD MATERIAL – Made of aluminum alloy, it is durable and can be used for a long time. These bath bomb molds can work perfectly and create good bath bombs
  • EASY TO USE AND CLEAN– The aluminum tins are lightweight, easy to handle and use. After finishing the bath bomb making, the molds are simple to wash and get dry
  • RELAXED & ECONOMICAL –Compared with purchasing expensive bath bombs, making the unique bath bombs by yourself can save your money and you can also enjoy the process of crafting with family and friends
  • PRODUCT WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE – We provide 48-day money-back and 24-month warranty. So feel free to contact us if you have any question

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8 Reasons you need an electric pressure cooker

If you are on the fence about whether you should invest in these hot little pots, you are going to want to read this post. If you don’t know about these pots, let me fill you in, and then you will definitely want to grab one too.

 Electric pressure cookers have been around for a while now. They are electric, and don’t require your stove. Some of them, like my favorite the Instant pot have multiple options allowing you to customize your meal and settings more. They cook food in a fraction of the time of traditional cooking methods.

Instant Pot Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker

Instant pot

Now on to why you want to get your hands on one of these wonderful creations.

  1. As I mentioned above, electric pressure cookers cook food fast. For example, a rack of ribs would take a few hours on the grill, but it is done in 18-20 minutes and is fall off the bone tender. A whole chicken is also done start to finish in about 20 minutes as opposed to hours in a roaster.
  2. Cooking in a pressure cooker traps the heat in giving you a more even, quicker cooking time. . It goes to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit, but the steam builds up in the pot creating pressure, and holding in the heat, allowing the food to cook evenly and quickly.
  3. Saves you money on meat.  Because of the ability to keep meats so tender, you don’t have to spend the money on the more expensive cuts of meat. Buying the cheaper cuts still works great and gives you yummy dishes.
  4. More nutritious foods. Using an electric pressure cooker allows you to keep your nutrients in your food. Veggies cooked in a pressure cooker keep  most of their color, nutrients and taste compared to stove top or microwave cooking. This is due to a couple of factors. Cooking them in the pot means they require less liquid so you aren’t losing your flavor in the water. The evaporation is next to none because of the sealed top, so you don’t lose them that way either. They are also cooked so quickly in the pressure cooker that there is very little time for those nutrients to leak out, as they would being cooked in other methods. Plus, the food is being cooked in a more natural way then being put in a microwave.
  5. Faster than ordering pizza or takeout. No more excuse that you don’t have time to get a healthy, home cooked meal on the table because you forgot to thaw something out before you left for the day. You can pressure cook frozen meats too. This will save you on takeout foods and your health will thank you. Frozen or thawed, your dinner will be on the table before the pizza is even delivered.
  6. Don’t heat up your house this summer by using the oven! This might be my favorite reason for using my favorite kitchen tool of all of them. I cook for my family most nights, but it is hard to do so when turning on the oven heats the whole house up. I am not a fan of many crock pot dishes, so that isn’t my favorite method. But in the pressure cooker, I can cook something tasty up without heating up the whole house or standing over a hot stove top.
  7. With the options out there, there is a pressure cooker for everyone. Between the sizes (average is a 5-6 qt but you can get them up to 8 qt), features and brands, there is something for every budget, family size or taste.
  8. You can use it for virtually everything. From hard boiled eggs that peel like a dream and are done in a few minutes, to cheesecake that is rich, decadent and ready to eat in no time, the possibilities are practically endless. If you can cook it, chances are it can be adapted (or you can find an adaptation someone else has already done for you online) to work in an electric pressure cooker.

I use my pot at least 3 times a week most weeks. The only complaint I have is that I don’t have two of them to cook my main dish and sides at the same time. But that will be remedied soon.

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Photo booths are such a fun and easy way to celebrate at a party. My daughter turned 13 and wanted to do something fun, but wasn’t sure what that would be that didn’t feel “babyish”. A photo booth was a great way for the girls to have fun and let out their inner top model while they snapped photos. While cell phones aren’t my favorite thing at a party (I want them to be with the ones that are there and not focused on their phone) they came in handy so that I didn’t have to play photographer all night. Which, I am sure also helped some of the girls feel more free to be goofy without me standing over them all night.

All you need is a white sheet and some streamers for the backdrop. Hang in a well lit area. This is hard if the party is at night, but just find a spot where you can either move some lamps over, or where you have an overhead light.

We tacked our sheet to the wall being sure to hang it high enough that it wouldn’t show for the taller girls. We hung it at the height of the doors. Take your streamers and tape them at the top of the sheet, where the edges are above. Once you have the steamers the way you want, take one more and tape it over those raw edges so that they are covered.

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All you need are some fun props (super easy to make) and you are all set to get snapping your guests having fun at your next party.

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