Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Perfect Gift

When I find the perfect gift for someone, I have a hard time waiting to give it to them.  This happens all the time with my husband.  I just can't wait to give him his birthday, Christmas, or Valentine's gifts.  

Earlier this year as I was shopping the after Christmas sales, I found the perfect gift for my husband.  The next holiday coming up was Valentine's Day, so I thought I could save it till then.  But I couldn't wait that long and gave it to him last week.


It's a Super Scope for his rifle.  Just check out all the things it can do:









His reaction went from happy to confused pretty quickly.  He asked, "Is this for real?".  Once he opened it and realized it was a prank gift box, he was relieved.  He admitted that there was no way he would have put that on his rifle.






I got my for about $1 at Walmart and haven't seen them since.  I did find a few on amazon.com (affiliate links provided below).  So if you are looking for a perfectly unique  gift for your hubby this Valentine's Day, be sure to check out one of these.

Who wouldn't want to wake up to a freshly  made breakfast in bed.  Find out more about it HERE.


Prank Pack Nap Sack

No need to keep the kids quiet, now your man can sleep anywhere with this NapSack.  Get the details HERE.


This would also be great for April Fool's Day.

Oh, and in case you are wondering what his real gift was that I put in the box, more sexy socks of course.  And his favorite candy bars.  

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Infinite Love Valentine's Day Craft

We got smacked with almost three feet of snow over the weekend.  We've had such a mild winter until recently with temperatures in the 60-70's during December.  
I saw this meme on Facebook the other day and thought, how true.  


We got nearly three feet of snow from Friday afternoon to late Saturday night.  The kids are just heading back to school today.

Anyway, on to today's post.  It's a little Valentine's craft I whipped up.  



I've been wanting to make something using this image for over a year now and finally got around to it.  I found the image I wanted on the computer and saved the file.  Then I followed THIS tutorial for cutting out a hand drawn design.  It also works for any design saved to your computer whether it's hand drawn or not.



I used a block of wood I already had and just painted it a rose-y pink color.



Then I applied the vinyl, and there you go, a quick and easy Valentine's Day craft.  


My original inspiration came from THIS post.  Instead of using a stencil and painting the word love, I used vinyl and cut my image out with my Silhouette machine.

Anyone else snowed in over the weekend and finally getting around to making some crafty projects?



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Puzzle Organization

Here's a simple solution that will save you time when storing wooden puzzles.


Wooden puzzles are a great toddler toy and we have several that the younger kids like to play with.  Storing them has always been a challenge.  There are puzzle storage cases like this one below from Melissa & Doug.  But the problem with that is, you have to put all the pieces back into the puzzle before storing it away.  I don't always have the time to do that, so I've come up with an easier way.  
link to product on amazon.com

My time saving solution is to put puzzles on one side of the shelf and a bin with all the pieces on the other side.  



Now when the kids want to do a puzzle, they can take out the bin of pieces and sort through that to find what they need.  Our puzzles are pretty different from one another so finding the right piece is easy.



Such a simple solution, I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.  Anyone else have some simple toy storage solutions?




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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spice Up Your ..... Life

It's been a rough week around here.  Taking care of sick kids is no fun and it's even worse being sick myself.  Wish moms could take a sick day.  Actually I have to give my husband credit, he did take care of all the cooking and the kids over the weekend so I could nap when our toddler napped.  

And speaking of my husband, today's post is about a little something I got him for Christmas.  He's the kind of guy who is hard to buy for.  Aren't most husbands?  Anyway, he has just about everything and the things he does want are very specific, so I just let him buy it himself.  I still like to get him a little something, so this year I got him a pair of socks.  And not just any socks, these are fancy socks.  Fancy for him anyway.  All the other socks in his drawer are a solid color.  So I thought I'd spice things up and get him a pair of argyles.


And because I love to be punny.  I added a tag which says, "A little something to spice up your socks life".  


I folded the socks up, added a festive ribbon and slipped them into his stocking for Christmas morning.  


I think he likes them.  He's been wearing them to church ever since.  Maybe I should get him another pair for Valentine's Day.  



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Friday, January 8, 2016

DIY Vinyl Ornaments

This is the last of the DIY Christmas ornaments I made last year.  It was a lot of fun and easy enough that I'm already planning to make more for this Christmas.  I made some for myself, my sister and my mom.  Today I'm sharing the one I made for my mom.  It says:  "Who needs Santa?  I have Grandma".  I got the saying from HERE.


I painted a glass ornament red.  To find out how, check out THIS post.  Then I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the words.  Again, I made them kind of large, next time I'll know to do it smaller.  They filled up most of the ornament, so here are several angles so you can read the whole thing.


For some reason, the white vinyl wasn't sticking so well and I worried that it would all fall off.  To fix it, I just applied some Mod Podge over top.  Since it dries clear, you can't even tell.


And here's all the ornaments I made.  Feel free to pin this image so you can make them later this year.  To see how I made the pregnancy ornament and the Savior ornaments, click HERE and HERE.



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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

DIY Pregnancy Ornament


Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.  We loved being able to sleep in and getting to spend time together as a family.  We were also able to visit with extended family for Christmas and party with friends for New Years.  We've transitioned back to school and work better than I expected (meaning there wasn't much complaining).  

I'm back to share a few more DIY Christmas ornaments that I made right before Christmas.  I prefer to think that I do my best work under pressure, not that I procrastinate.  This one I made for my sister and her husband who are expecting their first child this summer.


I found a pregnancy silhouette design that I like online and cut it out using my Silhouette machine.  I applied the vinyl to a glass ornament that I had poured silver paint into.  To find out how I painted the ornaments, check out THIS post.  I'm not sure how to apply vinyl to a rounded object without it bubbling up.  You can see a bubble on the guy's shoulder and the lady's wrist.  I worried that this bubbling might make the vinyl fall off eventually so I fixed it by cutting the vinyl so it would lay flat.  The second picture shows it laying flat.  It looks wrinkled but that's just where the vinyl overlapped.  It lays flat and I'm not worried about it falling off.


I was planning to add vinyl that said "Parents to be" next to the silhouette, but my silhouette image was so large, I didn't have room.  I added the words to an ornament box so they'd know which ornament goes in that box, plus it made for a nicer presentation of the gift.


Next year I'll have to make an ornament for my new niece.  Maybe I'll do a pink ornament with her name or initials on it.  And since she'll be born over the summer, I'll have plenty of time to make it.  Ah, who am I kidding, I'll still procrastinate.



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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last Minute Christmas Ornaments

Here's one last post before I take some time off to enjoy Christmas with my family.  

After watching all the videos about our Savior's birth, I decided to DIY some ornaments with the phrases "A Savior Is Born" and "He is the Gift".



I had bought some clear glass ornaments years ago with the intent to make something with them.  Well, this year was the year.  First I squirted some acrylic paint into them, swirled them around and let them dry upside down overnight.  Then I added some vinyl.  It was pretty easy and I love they way they turned out.  




Since "He is the Gift" was the theme for 2014 and "A Savior Is Born" is the gift for this year, I made sure to include those dates on the backs of the ornaments.



 And here they are on the tree.  I love how they are a simple reminder of what Christmas is all about.



Merry Christmas! 
Wishing you all much love and happiness.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Different Kind of Advent


We didn't do an Advent calendar this year.  I don't know why, I just didn't get out our muffin tin one, or buy one.  The kids didn't even seem to notice.  Just because we aren't doing an Advent calendar, doesn't mean we aren't doing something daily to celebrate Christmas.  We have been watching the videos from the 12 Days of Social as well as other church videos and music videos about the birth of Jesus.  Videos seem to be a great way to capture my kids attention.  And if they are watching and listening to something, that means they aren't pestering each other and it makes for a more pleasant evening all around.

Speaking of videos, the church has put out 25 Christmas GIFs.  GIFs are a type of animated file format. These GIFs are dedicated to celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Download and share these animated GIFs with those you love this Christmas season.

If I were a little more on top of things, I would have used these GIFs as an animated Advent calendar.  As it was, we ended up watching them all in one night.  It was a fun way to tell the story of Jesus's birth.  I have gathered them all together for you to watch and share.  Enjoy!



MATTHEW 1:18


Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise.


LUKE 1:26-27


The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.


LUKE 1:28-30


And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.


LUKE 1:31-33


And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.


LUKE 1:32


He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.


MATTHEW 1:20-21


But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream.


LUKE 1:41-42


When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb.


LUKE 2:1


There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.


LUKE 2:3


And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.


LUKE 2:4-5


And Joseph also went up from Galilee...unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem…to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.


LUKE 2:7


There was no room for them in the inn.


LUKE 2:6


And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.


MATTHEW 2:2


We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.


LUKE 2:8


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.


                                                               LUKE 2:9        


And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.


LUKE 2:10


And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.


LUKE 2:13-14


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


MATTHEW 2:9-10


And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them.


LUKE 2:7


She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes.


LUKE 2:19


But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.


LUKE 2:16


And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.


LUKE 2:15


The shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass.


MATTHEW 2:1


There came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.



MATTHEW 2:11


And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.


ISAIAH 9:6


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.





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