Back-to-School Family Movie Night

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Hello there makers! We have had such a busy first week back to school, how about you? I thought we would celebrate the completion of the first week with a Back-to-School Family Movie Night, complete with fun snacks and some simple decorations. With the pre-order of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, we can hardly wait to get our movie watching on!

We are all so excited for the new Captain Underpants movie DVD release. Not only is it the perfect movie for family movie night, but two of my favorite comedians, Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, are the voices of the main characters.

So we decided to theme our family movie night Captain Underpants style, complete with red caps and white underpants. 

We decorated the kitchen table with red pompoms, a table cloth, some white paper clouds, and a couple of fun signs. We also picked up a couple of our favorite movie snacks, Pop Secret popcorn and Lance cracker sandwiches. 

I made red paper capes and white paper underpants and glued them onto small paper bags to hold the Pop Secret popcorn. They were really simple to make and turned out so cute.

We love Pop Secret because it’s a delicious, high-quality snack that people can feel good about sharing with their family… not to mention the great butter taste! Yum! What’s family movie night without the popcorn?!

Lance crackers are one of our go-to snacks.  They have been making little sandwiches for over 100 years with two awesome crackers on the outside with incredible spreads between. Two of my favorites are Peanut Butter Honey and Grilled Cheese! With real peanut butter or real cheese between crispy baked crackers, up to 5 grams of protein, and no high fructose corn syrup, Lance provides a variety of sandwich crackers that are a tasty and satisfying snack solution for your family’s busiest school days. 

To make these crackers even more fun, I added salami capes and pepper jack cheese underpants! They made my daughter giggle quite a bit and they tasted great… mission accomplished. 

After a long week, cuddling up with my favorite snacks and favorite people to watch a fun family movie is just what we needed. 

Want to have your own back-to-school family movie night, too? You certainly can! We bought our Pop Secret popcorn and Lance crackers at Walmart. Plus, the Captain Underpants DVD is will be available in Walmart stores 9/12! Be sure to reserve your copy now by pre-ordering today! While supplies last.

How do you celebrate the first week back to school? Does your family like movie nights? I’d love to hear about it!

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Travel: Visiting Cleveland with Kids

Hello! Renae here and I’m happy to be back and sharing more about traveling with kids… little kids to be exact. So today let’s take a trip together! If you are planning on visiting Cleveland with Kids, I’ve got some great tips and places to share with you. 

I’m going to let you in on a dirty family secret. My husband’s tour dates were booked before Garrett (our son) was born, so even though he’d be so delicate, we decided he’d be taking his first road trip at 3 weeks old. At the time, I couldn’t anticipate what a hormonal mess I might be, and I imagined it would be such an important family bonding time that I wanted us to be together no matter where we were. For me, the thought of being on my own with a newborn seemed scarier.  Since we knew we’d be doing a lot of traveling, we decided to introduce a lovey. It was actually a tip I got from a sleep training book. The idea is to introduce a special blanket or animal that comes out at naptime and bedtime to help signal it’s time to sleep. We took it a step further and slept with the lovey in our bed before Garrett was born so that it smelled like us. That way even before he could see it, he could smell it. We figured in a state of constant change, it was something he could always have that felt familiar to comfort him.

And yes, it’s become one more thing we have to make sure to pack, but it’s been really helpful when we’re sleeping in different beds all the time. One of my girlfriends called him Carcass because his body is flattened out with no stuffing which coincidentally makes him easier for traveling. My husband loved the name because it sounded manly, so Carcass stuck.  And somewhere along the line Carcass became such a comfort that he didn’t just come out at bedtime. He was joining us for alot of our daytime exploring. He’s even really helpful on those first sleepovers with the Grandparents, or transitioning to nap time at daycare. My kid might grow up to be like Linus from Charlie Brown dragging around his smelly germ infested blanket everywhere, but for now Carcass is so worth the help he brings at bedtime when we’re sleeping some place foreign all the time. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen Carcass all over Cleveland. He’s a main character in my instastories.

Carcass: Our Dirty Little Secret. Don’t worry, I’ve already scoured the Internet to make sure we have a back up.

So how’d we end up in Cleveland? My husband, Steve, had been out on the road for about a week and it was time to get the band back together, so Garrett and I hopped on a plane by ourselves to meet him in Cleveland. Lucky for me, Garrett slept most of the way. I wish I could offer advice on techniques for how to hold a lap child on a plane without an arm falling asleep or your fingers tingling, but I haven’t seemed to master that yet.

When I told a girlfriend who used to live in Cleveland I was going there she asked “Why?”.  And then right before I got there, I learned Cleveland is referred to as “The Mistake on the Lake” and not just by haters. It says that on Wikipedia too. But, I have to say, downtown is nice, clean, and offers so much to do. With the Kimpton Schofield Hotel as our landing pad, we were able to take in so many sites just walking around with the stroller. And downtown Cleveland offers so many great hotel & restaurant options.  One morning we had breakfast At Yours Truly in the Playhouse District and scoped out the countries largest outdoor chandelier.

And 4th Street is an awesome alley way lined with bars & restaurants with plenty of options and outdoor seating. It’s the perfect combo for a mom & tot. Outdoor seating so you don’t have to worry about disturbing the tables next to you, plenty of great people watching to keep everyone entertained, and a relaxing spot to sit have drink while the little one eats. We loved our dinner at Pickwick.

When your visiting a new city, I recommend grabbing the local paper. I usually find free ones in a coffee shop. Cleveland has all kinds of cool stuff happening down at the Harbor including a summer concert series. It’s a city that embraces music for sure. On our stroll to the Harbor we found cool murals, art & large speakers playing music in public parks.

It’s a nice 15-20 minute stroll from downtown to the Harbor & the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. The museum is packed full of really cool stuff from Elvis, to the Beatles, to Katy Perry and does a great job of walking you through the history of music and its political reflections. We went on a weekend when U2 was in town and the place was packed. If you’re going to do this one with a kid who’s too big to be strapped in a backpack or refuses to stay in the stroller, I recommend visiting on a less busy weekday so you can actually take everything in.  I was super nervous about loosing my kid amongst all the people in the many nooks and crannies of this museum. If you’re looking to buy a souvenir or gift for a music lover, the museum store is huge and actually has lots of unique merchandise.

We also spent a morning at the Cleveland Downtown Aquarium. It’s on the smaller side, but had plenty of interactive stuff to keep our kiddo entertained. There is a decent sized tortoise enclosure where you can get pretty close and we got to pet a knarly looking lizard. There is an awesome “walk thru” tank where you can see large sharks swimming all around you. And if your feeling brave there’s a tank full of sting rays you can dip your hand in and touch.

My son didn’t know what time zone he was in and was awake till an ungodly hour, so I was on the hunt for ways to stay busy after 5pm that were a little more kid-friendly than a comedy club. I discovered Memphis Kiddie Park. It’s a 15 minute drive from downtown, but was super sweet and easy. The park has been around for over 2 generations and definitely has a vintage feel to it. Each ride will cost you a little over 2 bucks and we didn’t have to wait in any lines. They have a concession stand that sells your typical carnival foods.  I enjoyed it because it made for such relaxing evening watching Garrett enjoy himself on the rides… even though his face might not look like it in the photos.

I’m a huge fan of children’s museums in any city, but Cleveland’s was closed for renovations, so we found ourselves checking out the Science Center. Side note: On our travels, I’ve learned that aquariums are typically a little pricier than museums geared for the younger crowd. Just something to keep in mind if traveling on a budget is a high priority. This Science Center is several stories, with an area designated for the under 7 crowd. Our little guy is obsessed with balls so we pretty much split our time between the toddler area and the Lego exhibit. I feel like I’m really doing a stellar job of exposing him to all kinds of germs and building his immune system (LOL).

They also have a great rooftop outdoor water play area. I was pretty impressed with the cafe here too. They had several healthy options and more than the typical concession stand offerings. There’s also plenty of picnic tables along the water if you prefer to dine alfresco. This one was totally worth the cost of admission.

Don’t forget to get a pic with the iconic Cleveland sign in the Harbor. It’s hiding behind the Science Center & Hall of Fame. You can also catch a cruise of the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie from here. I wish we’d had the time to do a boat tour. Cleveland has a ton of cool bridges and I’m sure a sunset river cruise would make for some great family photos.

On a mommy of a toddler note: Garrett peed and pooped in the potty 2x on the last day because he said/asked for the potty and wanted to. Super exciting, but I’ve got some anxiety about how we’re going to keep the progress going and manage it through airports and on planes. Should make for another adventure! Add it to the bucket list.

On the return flight the plane was practically empty, so we got a whole row to ourselves. I realized traveling with a lap child is much tougher. There’s way more freedom when he’s got his own seat. Room to color and play on his own tray so we’re not nearly as desperate for the tablet. And even better, my legs aren’t numb and I can use both hands. Awesome!

Thanks for following along on our adventures. We have lots more exiting trips before the summer is over including New York & San Diego. And I’m quickly learning that travel needs and suitcase must-haves are constantly changing as our little rugrat grows, so feel free to shoot me any questions you have!

Travel take-away: Remember to check out parks, museums, zoos, aquariums, and new restaurants when you visit a new city with the kids! 

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14 First Day of School Photo Ideas

Happy Friday! Time for the last Must Have Craft Tip post of the month to round up our back-to-school ideas and tips. The first day of school is always an exciting day so why not document the occasion in a fun way? Today I’m sharing 14 First Day of School Photo Ideas!

 

 I know I love documenting the first day of school… and the last! It’s so fun to see how much your kids have grown and changed over the school year… or years for that matter! Let’s check out some of my favorites that I think you’re going to love too.

 
 
 
 
 

 Family Class Photo from Pinterest

 First and Last Day of School Photo Prop from Fynes Designs

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Don’t have time to make one of these props or have chalk sitting around to write on the driveway? I’ve gathered some cute printable signs that will work just as well and are just as fun!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 All of these ideas are so cute and are fun to do to keep those memories of the first day of school forever! Which one is your favorite? Do you have a first day of school photo idea that you do with your children?
 
 
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Best Back-to-School Lunch Box Notes

Hello Makers! Can you believe that the new school year is just around the corner?! Where has this summer gone? This month for Must Have Craft Tips, we’re helping you gear up for all the Back-to-School season with all sorts of fun tips and organization ideas. For our post this week I’ve gathered up the best Back-to-School lunch box notes! These are so fun to print, cut out, and slip in your kids’ lunches throughout the school year, making lunchtime at school a little more fun!

We’ve got lunch box notes for boys and girls of all ages and you can easily search Pinterest for even more when you run out! I didn’t include them in this round up, but there are also holiday lunch box themed notes too! Here are some of my favorites that you could use all year round.

Marvel Lunch Box Notes

Lunchbox Jokes

Inside Out Lunch Notes

Disney Princess Lunch Box Jokes

Emoji Lunch Notes

Minions Lunch Box Notes

Back to School Printable Lunchbox Notes

LEGO Lunch Box Jokes

Star Wars Lunch Box Notes

Pokemon Lunch Box Notes

Frozen Lunch Box Notes

Harry Potter Printable Lunchbox Jokes and Notes

Cute Lunch Box Notes

Superhero Lunch Box Notes

Fabulous and Fun Lunch Box Notes

Star Wars Lunch Box Jokes

American Girl Printable Lunch Notes

Minecraft Lunch Box Notes

TMNT Lunch Box Notes

Peanuts Lunch Box Notes

 

Aren’t these lunch box notes and jokes so cute and so fun?! Try printing a few off and pre-cutting them before school starts. Put them in a drawer that you can easily find them in for when you start packing lunches again for the school year. Such a simple way to create happiness and memories for your kids while they are away at school.

Join us again next week for more Back-to-School tips, tricks and ideas that you will love! Have a great weekend!

 

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Painted Feather Sneakers

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Spellbinders but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share products and companies with my readers whom I love and think they will too.

Hello Makers! I’m always looking for fun crafts to do with my daughter, especially during the summer. Now that she’s 9, finding her own style and picking out her outfits and doing her own hair are things she’s starting to do more and more. So when she asked me if we could make her some new shoes, I thought it was the perfect craft… especially with back-to-school season coming upon us quickly. New school year usually equals new shoes. Here’s what we came up with…

Didn’t they turn out so cute? They were really easy and fun to make, so I thought we’d share the how to with y’all so you can make some too!

You’ll need:

Using the Platinum 6 and the feather die, cut out vinyl feathers. Yes that’s right… this sweet machine cuts through vinyl and super smoothly too.

My feathers were cut in seconds. Look at those clean cut lines too. 

Peal the back off the vinyl feathers and place them on the sneakers. Smooth out the vinyl and make sure the edges are pressed down really well to prevent bleeding.

Remove shoe laces and then stuff your sneakers with newspaper to prevent painting the inside of the shoe. I also covered the tongues with newspaper to keep them white. Cover the surface with plastic and spray your shoes with the fabric spray paint (found at your local craft store and please read the directions on the bottle before painting). Originally we taped off the plastic soles of the shoes, and as we were painting we changed our minds and pealed the tape. It’s personal preference, really.

Allow dry time between coats of paint and be sure to turn the shoes in all angles so that you can be sure you cover the shoe completely. 

After the fabric paint is completely dry, carefully peal off the vinyl feathers, and remove the newspaper.

I love the bright the white tongue and feather against the teal paint. They really turned out so great.

My daughter loves how they turned out. Although I helped and supervised this project, she was definitely apart of all steps and had so much fun creating her new sneakers. 

Would you like to win a Platinum machine of your very own?! I promise  you that you’ll love everything about it and the projects you can make using it are endless. All you have to do is enter the giveaway form below. Simple, right?! And, if you want even more chances to win, visit the other blogs participating in this giveaway and enter there too! We are giving away 3 Platinum 8.5 Machines!! Woohoo! Plus you’ll get a chance to see what creative idea they came up with using the Platinum machine. The giveaway will close on July 21, 2017, at 11:59PM MST and will be announced shortly after that. Best of luck! 

 
 

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Embellished Cactus Purse

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Hello there makers and welcome back! Have you noticed the cactus trend lately? We are from Arizona… home of allllllllll the cactus ever. Not really, but we see our fair share of desert life. I thought it would be fun to make my daughter something that can carry her hiking nature notebook and mini first aid kit when we go hiking and exploring. How cute did this Embellished Cactus Purse turn out?

My daughter loves it and it’s the perfect size for her couple of hiking things. It was pretty easy to make too! 

I used a blank canvas purse (found at Hobby Lobby), felt, pom poms, embroidery thread, and my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and my new cactus steel rule die. 

I used the Platinum 6 and the die to cut out a felt cactus. 

Made it so quick and easy and look at those clean cut lines!

Then, using green embroidery thread, I stitched X’s on the felt cactus to secure it to the canvas purse. Plus, it looks like cactus needles!

I added blooms to the cactus using pom poms and embroidery thread.

Then I hand stitched more pom poms to the bottom of the purse. I really love pom poms, y’all.

The zipper needed a little something special too, so I used embroidery thread to make a tassel to hang from it.

The cute little cactus notebook that my daughter uses for her nature journal was made at SNAP conference in the Spellbinders room. It’s so cute and fits just right in her cactus purse. 

Ready for our next hike! 

Do you love the cactus trend too?

Creative Fairy Garden Ideas and Tips

Hello friends and Happy Friday! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here and this week I’m sharing Creative Fairy Garden Ideas and Tips with you!

My daughter and I have a slight obsession with fairy gardens and have created a couple of our own.  They are so fun and magical and they can be as simple or extravagant as you want! 

Tip 1: Pick a place to create your fairy garden! The options are truly endless. Let’s take a look at some of my favorites…

Fountain Fairy Garden

Barrel Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden Table

Tea Cup Fairy Garden

Fairy Door Planter

Fairy Garden Basket

Beachy Fairy Garden

Flower Pot Fairy Garden

Basin Fairy Garden

Wagon Fairy Garden

Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

Tip 2: Purchase or make fairy garden accessories. You can find fairy garden accessories at your local craft stores, Easy, and Amazon. There’s also lots you can create and make on your own. 

DIY Salt Dough Fairy Garden Accessories

DIY Polymer Clay Fairy Garden

DIY Fairy Garden Accessories from Nature

Tip 3: Choose, purchase, and plant the plants for your fairy garden. I love using small flowers, succulents, and mosses for my gardens, but really there’s a plethora of options. I’ve seen adorable fairy gardens in veggie gardens and right up against a giant, shady tree. 

Best Plants for Miniature Gardens

That’s it! You’re ready to create your very own magical fairy garden. And I hope you do! It’s such a fun spring activity. 

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Creative Unicorn Ideas

Hello hello friends! Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m not sure about you, but I am all kinds of in love with mermaids and unicorns. And when I heard that one of the themed nights at the blogger conference I’m heading to in about a week (SNAP) is going to be unicorns, I was ecstatic! So I decided to round up some of the very best, most Creative Unicorn Ideas to share with y’all.

I’ve got everything from crafts, party ideas, apparel, and more! Click the links below the photos to go straight to the source. 

Unicorn Ear Headband

Unicorn Perler Bead Patterns

Unicorn Birthday Party

Unicorn Wood Burned Kitchen Utensils

Unicorn Bath Soak Favors

DIY Unicorn Headband

Unicorn Cupcake Parfaits

DIY Unicorn Sensory Bottle

Unicorn Printable Coloring Sheet

Rainbow Unicorn Garland

Unicorn Ice Cream

Unicorn Party Ideas

Make a Unicorn Kids Craft

 

DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt

Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party

DIY Unicorn Pillowcase

DIY Unicorn Stickers

Deco Foil Unicorns

Crochet Unicorn

Unicorn Dream Catcher

Unicorn Corner Bookmark

Unicorn Poop

Paper Bag Unicorn

Unicorn Poop Slime

Unicorn Spa Jar

Unicorn Puppets

Popsicle Stick Unicorns

Unicorn Terrarium 

 

How fun are all those unicorn ideas?! So magical. I can’t wait to show you the shirt my bestie and I designed for my upcoming unicorn party… stay tuned!

If you need even more unicorn ideas, follow my Unicorn Love board on Pinterest!

 

14 Creative Valentine Boxes

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More! I am Allison, from A Glimpse Inside, back again to share with you one last tip for Valentine’s Day. 
 
I remember being a kid and getting so excited about the Valentine’s Day party at school. I love making my own little box to take to allow everyone to drop their valentine cards into. When I was young though, a basic shoe box covered in construction paper and stickers was as creative I ever got but now a days, Valentine boxes are works of art! 

 I’ve rounded up 14 creative Valentine boxes that you can create with your kiddo to take to school that they will absolutely love!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What type of Valentine boxes have you created in the past? 
 
 
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15 Heart Shaped Foods

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share 15 Heart Shaped Foods… just in time for Valentine’s Day. I absolutely love crafting and food… combining the two is even more fun! So here are some ways you can show a little love in the food you make around Valentine’s Day! 

Hearts just happen to be my favorite shape, so I’ll put all the hearts on all the things if I have an excuse. Even food! Some of these heart food ideas would be great for breakfast, lunch,  dinner, and dessert. 

Here are a few breakfast ideas you might like for Valentine’s Day…

Eggs in a Basket by Juneberry Lane

Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast by Mel’s Kitchen

Loaded Baked Omelette Muffins by Skinnytaste

These heart shaped foods would be great for lunch or dinner…

Cheese Burger Pockets by Pocket Change Gourmet

Heart Raviolis by Hungry Happenings

Heart Shaped Sushi Rolls by Holly’s Helpings

Mini Heart Pepperoni Pizzas by Sarah Hearts

Chicken Noodle Soup with heart carrots by Recipe by Photo

Heart Cheese Quesadillas by Smart School House

 

Heart Shaped Monte Cristo by Williams Sonoma

Heart Shaped Calzones by Messy Aprons

Veggie Salad of Hearts by Jo and Sue

Heart Shaped Grilled Cheese and Creamy Tomato Soup by Make Myself a Home

These recipes would be delicious for Valentine’s Day dessert…

Sweet Heart Cherry Pies by Cake Student

Pear Raspberry Heart Pies by Martha Stewart 

So there you have it… 15 *unique* heart shaped foods that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Do you make something special for this holiday?

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