Walgreens For Christmas!

FYI, nothing I do is ever sponsored (obviously), but I just wanted to share a recent experience.

Last year, I designed an image of a Christmas tree using all of the grandkids’ names from my husband’s side of the family for my Mother-in-Law.  I ordered a canvas through Snapfish, and I remember thinking how expensive it was, even with the sale that was going on, but it turned out really nicely, so I was very pleased.

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Obviously not on the canvas yet

This year, I attempted to do the same thing for my step-mom, using the names of the kids on my side of the family.  I designed it up, put the jpeg on Snapfish, made the canvas, and hit the button to purchase… and got an error message.  After several attempts (my paypal emailed me SIX times to tell me that it was authorized to pay $46 to Snapfish once the order was processed), some time on both live chat and email with one of their representatives, and some failed suggestions, my order never went through.  Plus, the shipping time was such that I would have had to pay for expedited shipping to get it in time for our party if it ever did go through – which, I will remind you, it never did.

I got fed up and deleted my project from the cart.  Then I remembered seeing that Walgreens had canvases, too.  So I headed over to their website, made my canvas, and picked it up after work, all for $23!  Half the price, same day delivery, and it looked every bit as good as the canvas I ordered for my MIL last year.  Seriously!  I was so excited.  If I ever need another canvas, I’m not even going to try to go anywhere else.

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Tis the season!  Falalalalalalalala!

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Strong Women Project

Yellow, all!

Walmart was selling some reusable shopping bags for $4.  I thought they looked like a perfect canvas for a project!  So I bought, like, 6 of them.

One of my favorite quotes is:

Here’s to Strong Women

May we know them

May we be them

May we raise them

I was gifted a mug with that sentiment on it many, many  years ago.  I have since searched for more items with that quote, but have been disappointed.  So, I took one of the bags, turned to my Cricut, and got busy.

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I really love how it turned out.  I have been thinking about making more for Christmas gifts for Harlow’s teacher and my friends, maybe stuffed with some goodies.

I just started dipping my toe into the Cricut world, but, man… I love it.  It is so fun to have little craft projects when I find 20-30 minutes.  Usually, I have Harlow at the craft table coloring or doing her own “craft”, which makes it even nicer.

Yay for bonding over crafts!

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DIY Women’s Superhero Boots

Hello, and Happy (day after) Halloween!

My daughter (and our dog) wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween this year.  My daughter also wanted ME to be Wonder Woman.  Do you know how hard and expensive it is to get a non-slutty women’s costume these days?  Ugh!  I finally found a plain tank-style dress (that was still PLENTY short on me and NOT cheap) at Party City (of course it is 1/2 off now…), but had to buy all the accessories separately.  One thing I could. not. find. was any kind of shoe or boot to wear that wasn’t $60+.  Even the cheap “shoe covers” were relatively expensive and they all got terrible reviews, anyway.

I really wanted these, but couldn’t justify the $80 price tag!

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So, as I do with all things, I obsessed and plotted and decided to make my own.  All for around $3.  Using the pair I wanted as a loose guide, I ordered a pair of red vinyl thigh-highs from ebay (warning: you may get some weird junk mail for a while after ordering something like this…) for under $3.  I used a pair of my own heels, and shoved them down into the vinyl tight as far as I could and poked the heel of my shoe through the vinyl.  The thigh-highs ran very, very small.  The “thigh” part was almost tight on my calf, but that worked just fine for my purposes.  I then used my Cricut to make and cut out some white vinyl adhesive stars in varying sizes.  I just slapped them all over the “boots”.   I cut most of the excess off the toe and folded over and glued down the flap that was left over.

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Things I would have done differently…

  1. If possible, I would use a different pair of heels.  This pair had flowers on the toe, so there are major lumps under the boot.  It is literally all I had, though, so… it is what it is.
  2. I would wait to put the vinyl adhesive stars on until I was ready to wear them.  I wasn’t sure if it would work, so I did a “test run” on the boots, put the stars on, and then took the boots off.  The “legs” shrunk back down, mangled the stars and made them start to peel off in spots.

In conclusion – are the boots perfect?  Absolutely not!  But for $3, I got a pair of Wonder Woman boots for the hour I needed them to walk around with my Trick-or-Treating kid, and that was my goal.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  Now go eat some candy!  We’ve all gotta fatten up for Gobble Day!  Right?  😉

 

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DIY Barbie Swimsuits

Is it just me, or is there something exceedingly creepy about naked Barbies?  Maybe I’m biased because I know the History of Barbie, but, just… ew.

Anyway!

The first few Barbie Dolls Harlow received were the kind with built-in bathing suits.  I loved them!

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Princess Leilani (aka Nikki) is Harlow’s favorite!

I thought it was such a great idea to have a permanent “covering” on the dolls!  It didn’t hinder the fashion aspect of the dolls in any way, and it kept things from getting seedy between wardrobe changes.

Then she started getting dolls without the suits.  Ugh.  I was so tired of seeing Barbie boobs everywhere!  So I decided (with Harlow’s help and permission!) to give them all a swimsuit makeover!

Needed:

  • Painters tape
  • craft scissors (the kind that make fancy patterns)
  • Nail Polish – I used the cheapie kind for $1.99, and even found some on sale, 5 for $5!

 

I just cut the tape out in a pattern, placed it where we wanted the lines of the suit to be, painted, and let dry!  SO easy and pretty quick!  I love the result.  They look SO cute!

 

Harlow loves them and is so happy with the results!  We have about 3 more to do, but I think they turned out wonderfully!

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Everything you need for the beach (and much more, probably).

Have I ever talked about going to the beach?  I can’t remember, and honestly, I’m too lazy to look back.  However, since we have lived in a beach/lake town for almost 13 years, I’m quite the expert.  Before having Harlow, my beach day could fit in a single bag.

  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Book
  • Music
  • Water
  • Cute beach bag

Since having Harlow, I’ve had to add a few things… but they are all super necessary.  I promise!

  • Two towels
  • Three kinds of sunscreen (adult, kid, and kid face stick)
  • Portable kiddie pool
  • Bucket to fill portable kiddie pool
  • Mesh portable kiddie pool bag
  • Giant blanket/sheet
  • Sun tent
  • Portable potty in the tent for emergencies
  • Scads of sand toys
  • Mesh sand toy bag (actually, several mesh bags…)
  • An entire cooler full of snacks and drinks
  • Beach umbrella
  • Two beach chairs
  • Two pairs of sunglasses
  • Beach cart to carry it all in
  • Two pairs of water shoes
  • Hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Garbage bag for trash

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Did I forget anything?

I ALWAYS get comments from other beach-goers about the amount of stuff I bring, but they are overwhelmingly positive.  It looks like a lot (and it is) but it all sets up and breaks down super quick and easy, so it really just makes for a nice, relaxing, comfortable day.

I didn’t link to anything, because, well, I have barely any readers, so why do the work?  But if anyone does read and wants links to what I have, or similar, let me know.  The pool is the big one.  After a lot of trial and error, I moved away from having a blow-up kiddie pool and it has made a TON of difference.

 

Happy Beaching!

 

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Butterfly Fairy Wands DIY

Several months before her birthday, I asked Harlow what she wanted her party theme to be, and she answered with a hearty “TINKERBELL!” She said she wanted all of her friends to have fairy wings and wands.

After a quick trip to Etsy, I realized I was not going to be buying fairy wings or wands there. Even the cheapest gets pretty pricey when you have a dozen+ kids to outfit!

I was very lucky to find wings and matching skirts for $1/each at Dollar Tree online.

You do have to buy them in bulk, but I figure for that cheap, I can always give away or sell the extras. On Etsy, the cheapest I could find a skirt was around $4/each, and the cheapest I could find wings (that wouldn’t necessarily match the skirts) was around $5/each. Neither of which would have been a problem if I only needed a few, but with 12-14 kids, that got pretty pricey. And that was before the wands were added on!

The trickiest part, however, ended up being the wands.

I stumbled upon these, and they were so beautiful – I almost just bought them.
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There were two problems, though… First, there was no pink incorporated in them, and one of my wing/skirt sets was pink. Second, they were pricey and only came in sets of 12 (which would have ended up being fine, since we only had 12 kids show up, but we had invited 14). For around $4 each wand, I just couldn’t justify the cost when I might end up not having enough anyway.

So what to do? Of course, I made my own… and it was SO easy!  Here’s how I did it:

Dowels – around $4 for 20 – craft section of local craft store – but you can get them ANYWHERE (and save even more money if you have the ability to cut normal dowels).
Glitter tape – under $6 for 2 rolls – craft section of Meijer
Ribbon – $1 for one roll
Hot Glue
Bulk Butterflies – $4 for 20 on ebay (still available)
Jewel stickers – Walmart – $1 for a whole sheet which was more than enough.
Jingle Bells – had on hand

Total: $16

Entire outfit total: $64 (not counting the fact that I had LOTS of extras that I can donate or sell).

Even if I ate the cost of all the extras, each kid still only cost around $5 total.

 

All I did was wrap the tape around the dowel, and hot glue each end to secure it.  Hot glue the butterfly to the stick.  Thread the ribbon through the bell, and tie it around the stick.  Stick a jewel on the top and bottom of the dowel to finish off the look and cover the “wood” part.  That’s seriously it.  I did all 14 of them in maybe 40 minutes.

 

Happy Crafting!

 

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Barbie Baby Bottle DIY (or you can cheat…)

Do you know how hard it is to find Barbie stuff?

Like, seriously hard.

I scour eBay and Etsy, but if there is something I have in mind that Harlow needs, I either can’t find it at all, or it is more money than I would ever care to pay. (Or maybe I’m just terrible at navigating these sites – which is very possible.)

For example, this one has three baby bottles (which would be good since Harlow has three Krissy Doll babies), but they look pretty boring (all one color) and are three for a total of $13! I’m sorry, but for $4.33 a piece, they just aren’t cute enough. Plus, did you notice they are used? Yikes.babybottle

 

I decided to try my hand at making my own using old pen parts, some pink nail polish, and hot glue.  (Admittedly, this won’t be free unless you have the pens laying around like I did.)  For the nipple, I used the nub of a stylus pen, and in one, the actual pen tip (don’t do that – getting it all free of the ink was a nightmare!) and in the other, just a dab of hot glue.  For the actual bottle, I used an old Christmas pen that had different colored rings on it. (I can’t find a similar pen online, but it had rings like these – second photo before paint.)

After I was done:

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Finished Product

I was pretty proud of myself and what I had created!

 

And then…

 

I got a call from my sister asking if I wanted some baby bottles for Harlow’s Barbie babies…

 

Um… okay?  Sure?

 

Apparently you can buy a whoooole bag of them for just over $1 in the baby shower decorations department at Walmart.

 

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le sigh.

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