Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's Been A FROZEN Kind of January

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Let's just say, it's been a crazy FROZEN themed month here. Two birthdays, two winter storms, and a whole lot of days off of school has equated to many Frozen themed crafts, hours upon hours of pretending to be Elsa & Anna, and countless replays of the Frozen soundtrack. It's a good thing I like the movie as much as L and E do.

A few weeks ago, my sister Jessica asked me to try my hand at making Anna & Elsa costumes for her blog. Well, I love a challenge so I said I'd give it a whirl even though technically I hadn't even seen Disney's Frozen yet. I knew the basic plot from the Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD that Lu got for her birthday and I'd heard the soundtrack since the girls got it for Christmas. Saying "yes" to Jess was a good excuse to take the girls to see the movie. It was a rare treat for us. So much fun!

After watching the flick, we headed over to Joann to pick out some fabric to make the costumes. After some doubting whether or not I'd be able to pull it off, I managed to make costumes for both of the girls rather inexpensively. They've worn them so much already, that I think we've gotten our money's worth out of them in the last week. You can find the tutorials over at Life as MOM.


Check out the DIY Anna Dress-Up Tutorial here and the DIY Elsa Dress-Up Tutorial here.

Well, wouldn't you know it, right around the time I was working on the costumes, we got some SNOW! While I finished up the costumes during the snow day, the girls cut out paper snowflakes. Our walls are now adorned with many, many snowflakes. I was amazed at how diligent Lu was at making her creations. It's fun to see her develop that creative side. It wasn't too long ago that she wouldn't draw a picture on her own.

I was bound and determined to finish up the costumes so that I could take pictures out in the snow. Like, how perfect is that? So, for the sake of blogging, I made the girls trudge out to the pond to take some pics in their new dress up clothes. Twice. (Yeah, my photo skills aren't THAT great so I had them do a re-shoot.)

On Sunday, Ella's birthday rolled around and we had some family friends over for a combined party for the girls. It. Was. Chaos. Controlled chaos, but chaos nevertheless. 14 kids in a 2-bedroom condo is quite a lot to handle. But, no one got maimed during the pinata busting so all was good.

Last night, Winter Storm Leon blew on through, so now we've got another 3+ inches of snow. Since Williamsburg is not really equipped to handle snowfall, we had another snow day today. My guess is that tomorrow will be the same. If that's the case, I'm sure the Frozen fun will continue tomorrow as well. 

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Monday, December 02, 2013

Make a Monkey Jar


It's funny how kids are about containers…at least mine are. From a very young age, Ella loved to put things in different jars, containers, and purses. She hasn't really changed much at nearly 9 years of age.

Today at Life as MOM, I'm sharing a tutorial and a free printable on how to make this cute little Monkey Jar. You could take the same idea and adapt it for a number of themes. Fill it with some Monkey Munch and you've got a cute little gift.

Head on over to Life as MOM to check it out and get the free printable.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Make a Thanksgiving Journal


The other day, I whipped together this little journal to use for Thanksgiving. It was practically free since I scored the composition book during back-to-school sales and I have more scrapbook paper than I ever know what to do with. I was so pleased with how it turned out that I just might head out for more composition books so that I can make some from gifts. Ella wanted to claim it as her own once she saw it. The girl has a love of composition books.

Today, I'm sharing the tutorial over at Life as MOM. Head on over there if you want to make one of your own. There's even a free printable for the cover title and some bible verses for the inside. It's easy, I promise.

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