Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

30 Days of Summer Activities

Summer is almost over!  School starts in 30 days and Princess is starting kindergarten.  Yikes!  My babies are all growing up on me.

I wanted to give my kids a chance to choose a couple of activities they would like to do before the summer ends.  Here is the list they came up with:

  1. Go swim
  2. Have a water fight
  3. Paint nails
  4. Eat ice cream cones outside
  5. Go on a hike
  6. Have a nighttime nature walk
  7. Go to an amusement park
  8. Go to the library/read/have a read-a-thon
  9. Dance
  10. Write a story/play/puppet show
  11. Make a blanket fort
  12. Have a sleepover
  13. Play hair salon
  14. Blow bubbles
  15. Go on a walk
  16. Wash the car(s)
  17. Play outdoor games
  18. Go on a bike/scooter ride
  19. Have a picnic
  20. Go to the park
  21. Learn something new
  22. Draw with chalk
  23. Play with play dough
  24. Paint
  25. Start a collection
  26. Play with animals/pretend to be animals
  27. Make cookies
  28. Go see a movie
  29. Look at the stars
  30. Go to a lookout and watch the sunset

What are you going to do with your kids these last few days before school?

Feel free to print off the checklist above.  Have a happy summer!

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Minnie Mouse Ear Hair Clips

We took our kids to "The Happiest Place on Earth" for the very first time this year.  Boy, did they LOVE Disneyland!  I hadn't been there in 11 years.  It has changed so much!  Cars Land = incredible.  It's as if you have stepped directly into the movie.

Planning the trip to Disneyland was my secret joy.  I gave a different Disney-themed present to the kids each day that we were there.  I knew that I wanted to make the girls Minnie Mouse ears without having to buy the extremely expensive ones (little did I know that they would pick to buy Minnie Ears as their Disneyland souvenir anyway).  I came across these cute Minnie Ear Hair Clips from a Girl and a Glue Gun and I fell in love with them.  I had to make some!

We kept the trip to Disneyland a secret from the kids, which meant that all of my crafting had to be done at nighttime.  (I apologize that some of the pictures are in less-than ideal lighting.)  I follow the directions from a Girl and a Glue Gun on the ears, but I make my bows a little differently.

To make your own you will need:
Ribbon (1/2" thick)
1 piece of black felt
2 alligator clips
A piece of chalk
A cup
A hot glue gun with glue

Here is how I made my ears:

Using chalk, I traced around the bottom of a cup onto a piece of black felt.

I cut them out,

Cut a slit into the middle,

Put them with an alligator clip, and set them aside for the time being.

Next, I made my bows.  I cut out two strips of ribbon (about 6 inches long) and tied two 3-inch pieces into a knot.

Next, I cut a 1-inch piece of ribbon in half.

I used it to cover the ends of the clip.

I glued along the edge of the cut area and overlapped the ear just enough to give it some form.  This prevented the ear from flopping over.

I folded the long ribbons like so and glued it together in the middle.

Finally, I glued my knots to my bow, glued the bows to the ear, and glued the ear to each clip.

Here's how they look when they are all done.  I knew my girls would love them!

The Minnie Mouse ears were a hit!  Here is Princess sporting her new ears (can you tell what ride we are on?).

The girls wore them to meet Ariel.

We had a magical time and the girls really fit in with the Disneyland crowd in their Minnie Mouse ear hair clips.

What are some of your favorite Disney crafts?

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