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20 Beauty and the Beast Makes & Bakes

by Jennifer Wieland
20 Beauty and the Beast Makes & Bakes

Tell me I’m not alone. Tell me I’m not the only one thinking I can belt out a perfect rendition of Be Our Guest in my excitement to see the all new Disney Beauty and the Beast coming out later this month? With all of the excitement I wanted to take a moment here to share with you 20 Beauty and the Beast makes & bakes that will have you totally in the spirit of the new film!

 20 Beauty and the Beast Makes & Bakes
1. Tale As Old As Time Journal Craft Beauty & The Beast
2. Disney Crafts For Kids Beauty & The Beast
3. Beauty And The Beast Ornament
4. Disney Princess Quiet Book
5. Beauty & The Beast Lego Build
6. Princess Belle Dress Up Costume
7. Beauty & The Beast Hama Bead Craft
8. Princess Belle Cake
9. Chip K Cup Craft
10. Lefou’s Brew Recipe
11. French Apple Tart Inspired By Beauty & The Beast
12. DIY Beast Costume
13. Cogsworth Christmas ornament
14. Beauty & The Beast Chip Rice Krispie Treats
15. DIY Princess Belle Pinata
16. Beauty & The Beast Donuts
17.Chip K Cup Craft
18. Beauty & The Beast Emoji Cookies
19. Belles Crown
20. Beauty and the beast Chip Teacup

Now, if those weren’t enough, check out this awesome video by TaleCookies on making some yummy and beautiful looking Mrs. Potts and Chip cookies!

 

 

 

 

 


Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft

by Jennifer Wieland
Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Halloween is my second favorite holiday next to Christmas. I enjoy breaking out spooky decor and doing the house up right in ghastly, ghoulish delight. This year I decided to add to my decorations with this fun Halloween gumball machine candy dish craft.

Instead of the traditional gumball machine I wanted to create a gumball machine look that you might find in a town full of witches and ghouls. To achieve this I skipped the traditional red and went with a black, green and grey color scheme. I have to say that I was so delighted and happy with the final result that I think I may make more to gift to people as a grownup Halloween treat.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

How do you make this fun Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish craft?

This really is an easy craft to make. The hardest part is waiting for paint and stain to dry.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Supplies:

1 round glass floral/rose bowl (my dollar store carries them in two sizes)

terra cotta clay flower pot

1 terra cotta clay saucer

1 flat washer

1 wing nut

1 round wooden bead

black spray paint

grey acrylic paint

green glass stain

hot glue sticks

hot glue gun

Jar Jewelry Halloween glass label (optional)

Candy

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Instructions:

  1. To get started you will need to make sure that your glass bowl will fit to completely cover the bottom (part with small hole) of your clay flower pot. You will also need to make sure that the clay saucer will cover the opening of the glass bowl without it being to large or to small.
  2. To stain the glass bowl you have two options. You can either use a paint or foam brush to paint the outside or you can put the stain inside the bowl and turn it to coat the interior. If you do the interior be sure to use wrapped candy. The glass stain will take a long time to dry. You should let it dry for at least 24 hours.
  3. Spray paint the clay flower pot, saucer and wooden bead. I paint the inside and the outside of the pot and saucer. Let them dry completely.
  4. Paint the washer and wing nut grey and let dry.
  5. Turn the flower pot upside down so the small hole is at the top and use the glue gun to put glue on it. Then attach the bottom of the glass bowl to the flower pot.
  6. Place the clay saucer upside down and put a bead of hot glue in the center to attach the wooden bead.
  7. On the clay pot affix the painted washer and wing nut so that they look like the opening of the gumball machine and the turning knob. This addition really gives this craft the look of a real gumball machine.
  8. If you are using a Halloween label affix it to the front of the glass bowl so that it lines up above of the washer and wing nut.
  9. Fill the glass bowl with candy and place the saucer top on the glass bowl. I used chocolates wrapped to look like gumballs and individually wrapped gumballs that looked like eyeballs. I liked the look of the two different sizes.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Some notes about this craft:

  • Use wrapped candies as this candy dish is painted.
  • This is not designed to and should not be washed.
  • You can run some hot glue along the inside of the clay saucer that will sit on the glass bowl to keep the glass and clay from clinking loudly.
  • I found the Halloween Jar Jewelry labels I used at Joann.

 

 

 


Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up

by Jennifer Wieland
Ultimate Valentine's Day Roundup

 

 
Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!

Ultimate Valentine's Day Roundup

 

Craft/DIY/Tutorial

Friendly Valentine Candy Jar – Creative Ramblings

Valentine Felt Envelopes – Good Morning Loretta

Valentine’s Day Candy Filled Mason Jar – Savvy Saving Couple

Valentine’s Day Love Bug Craft – Maryland Momma’s Rambles

Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards – Our Daily Craft

DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars – Thriftanista in the City

Valentine Memo Chalkboard – Southern Couture

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Decoration – Pretty in Pigment

Flower Vase Craft – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins – Atta Girl Says

Macaroni Art Lace Hearts – ABCs and Garden Peas

Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards – One Artsy Mama

Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks – Happy Go Lucky Blog

Birdseed Heart Valentines – Made with Happy

Valentine’s Day Burlap Wreath – The Farm Girl Gabs

Cute Flower Valentines for Kids – Love, Jaime

DIY Valentine Flower Corsage – Suburban Wife, City Life

DIY Valentine’s Snowglobes – Woods of Bell Trees

Valentine Envelop Chair Backers – 2Paws Designs

Reversible Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines – Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Button Heart Picture Collage – Our Piece of Earth

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Gift with FREE Printable – A Cowboy’s Life

Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine’s Day Wreath – My Pinterventures

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe – Sunny Sweet Days

Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – Life with Captain Fussybuckets

12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt – The Mama Zone

Candy Kiss Ring – So TIPical Me

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft – As Cute as a Bug’s Ear

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ribbon Banner – Aprons and Stilletos

Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt – The TipToe Fairy

Chalkboard Gift Box – Organized Island

Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover – Creative Southern Home

Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath – Joy’s Life

Making A Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps – Third Stop on the Right

Washi Tape Bubble Valentines – Moneywise Moms

Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps – Lemon Peony

DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine’s Day – 3 Little Greenwoods

Butterfly Valentine’s Day Craft – Sarah in the Suburbs

Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles – A Day in the Motherhood

I “DOVE” You Printable with Candy – Newlywed Survival

Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland – Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes

Valentine’s Day Printed Burlap Subway – Occasionally Crafty

Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft – Cute as a Fox

Valentine’s Wooden Door Hanger – We Got the Funk

Hearts Aplenty: Valentine’s Day DIY Decor – Woman in Real Life

Love Letters Simple Valentine’s Day Craft – Craving Some Creativity

Valentine’s Day Coffee Cup Sleeve – Craving Cynchronicity

How to Make a Great Loves Print – My Sweet Sanity

Cross Stitch Heart Pillow – Cutesy Crafts

Free Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make – Happy and Blessed Home

Recipe

Valentine Cupcakes – Home Maid Simple

Valentine’s Day Cakes – Charleston Crafted

Red Velvet Pudding Cups – Mostly Homemade Mom

Blood Orange Panna Cotta – Mooshu Jenne

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts – Drugstore Divas

Cranberry Bliss Bars – Swanky Recipes

Valentine Rice Crispy Treats – Midwestern Moms

Chocolate Valentine Sandies – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies – Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts – A Million Moments

Conversation Hearts Martini – JVKOM Chronicles

Valentine’s Day S’mores Dip – Our Mini Family

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies – The NYC Talon

Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Brownies – West of the Loop

Red Velvet Cheesecakes – Houseful of Nicholes

Chocolate Kiss Valentine’s Day Cookies – Moscato Mom

Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn – Made by a Princess

Easy Valentine’s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Janine Huldie

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe – Scrappy Geek

Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce – Graceful Order

Love Dipped Wafers – Sparkles to Sprinkles

Valentine’s Day Bento Lunch – Diana Rambles

“Blackened” Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine’s Dinner – Broken TeePee

Sweet Salty Fudge – Foody Schmoody Blog

Valentine’s Day Covered Pretzels – Texas Type A Mom

Valentine’s Popcorn – Mommy’s Bundle

The Easiest Valentine’s Day Fudge Recipe – Young at Heart Mommy

Valentine’s Day Butter Cookies – Ilona’s Passion

Valentine’s Day Blondies – Saving You Dinero

Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie – Easy Cooking with Molly

Brownie Cut-outs – Tramplingrose

Puppy Valentine’s Day Cookies – Staying Close to Home

Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe – As Mom Sees It

Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie – Johanny’s Kitchen

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles – Food Lovin Family

Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes – I Don’t Have Time for That

Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits – Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade Strawberry Syrup – Day by Day in Our World

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies – Momma DJane

Red Velvet Donuts – Frugal Family Tree

Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Chocolate Shot Glasses – The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Kisses – Just 2 Sisters

Valentine’s Candy Bark – Life with the Crust cut off

Chocolate Kiss Shooter! – Housewives of Frederick County

Super Simple Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts – My Real Food Family

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies – Meatloaf & Melodrama

3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies – Fun Things to Do in Central Mass

Nutella Baked Brie – Basil and Bubbly

Easy Cupid Crinkles – Creative Southern Home

Valentine’s Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game – A Frugal Friend

Valentine’s Day Ombre Sweet Treat – Tastefully Frugal

Party

How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Party – Amber Nicole Blogs

Valentine’s Day Party for Tweens – Soiree Event Design

Love is in the Air Valentine Table – Not Just a Mommy

Valentine’s Day Tea Party – The Peanuts Gang

Printables

Easy Valentine’s Printables – I am the Maven®

Printable Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons – Gluesticks Blog

“I Love You Like” Valentine’s Free Printable – C’mon Get Crafty

4 Free Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages – Saving More than Me

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt Clues – Mom on the Side

Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} – Fun on a Dime

Crayon Valentines Printable – Mom’s Messy Miracles

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable – Housewife Eclectic

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids – Simple Living Mama

2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) – Altamonte Family

Love is in the Air Valentine Card – Making of a Mom

Matchstick Valentine Free Printable – Frenchie

Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes – Coupons are Great

I “Wheelie” Like You Car Valentine Printable – Artsy Momma

Round-Up

Valentine’s Day Guide – The Ranting Latina!

24 Frugal Valentine’s Ideas – Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

7 Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Downshifting PRO

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bloggers – That Chic Mom

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island – Mama Luvs Books

Other

War Room Movie Night – A Beautiful Exchange

Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits – In Good Taste

Valentine’s Day Make-up Tutorial – Glam Hungry Mom

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home – Natasha Byrd

 

Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine’s Day inspired activities?

 

 


Kid’s Birthday Party Photo Booth Plus a Photo Frame Craft #StickaPic

by Jennifer Wieland
Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic
As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I received free products in order to host the HP #StickaPic Party. The opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Kid’s birthday parties used to be a thing of simplicity. A few simple games, some food, presents and cake and you were done and out of the woods as the mom throwing the party. Now though, birthday parties have gotten bigger, fancier and have more to do than ever before. So what’s a mom to do to try to keep up with all of this without breaking the family bank? Why, have your own kid’s birthday party photo booth plus a photo frame craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I recently had my nephew’s first birthday party and it was mustache themed. Since all of the cousins were coming and were older, I wanted to give them a fun and entertaining craft project to do at the party. Lucky for me HP was kind enough to get my party planning craft idea in gear with some supplies.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

 

I decided I would setup my HP Envy 5540 printer and create a makeshift photo booth for the kid’s to get their pictures taken with hat, beard & mustache props. 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

Then I printed out the photos for the guests. I used my cell phone to take the pictures and then printed the pictures to my HP Envy 5540 printer since it’s wireless. I used the Social Media Snapshots app on my phone to print. This app is available on both iOS and Android devices and can pull pics from your social media apps with captions. 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

My little niece waiting very patiently for her picture.

The HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper is sticker paper so it’s easy to peel and stick for kids.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I made a photo frame craft by using chipboard albums I had found at Michael’s. They were perfect since they would fit the photos and already had two holes in them to run ribbon or twine through to hang them up. 

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

I cut off the bottom, white area of the photos before the kids stuck them to the chipboard. The kids then stuck the pictures of themselves onto the chipboard and then decorated them with stickers, paint markers and glitter glue.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

They then ran ribbon or twine through the wholes and tied it and BOOM! They had an adorable gift to keep or give mom and dad.

Kid's Birthday Party Photo Booth and Photo Frame Craft with HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper #StickaPic

The photo booth and the photo frame craft were the hit of the party with the kids!

Now if you are ready to print out some of your own social media or cell phone and tablet pictures on this fun sticker paper then you need to download the app for Android or iOS and head to Staples.com to grab some of the Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper where it is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE until November 30th. 

 


DIY Felt Doll Diapers

by Jennifer Wieland
DIY Felt Doll Diaper #RecycleYourPeriodPad #ad

 

 

 

 My daughter loves playing in the tub with her tub toys. She has one in particular that is her favorite. It’s a doll that was made to be played with in the tub. She comes with a decent opening in her back to drain out all of the water that gets inside while in the tub but no matter how much we shake, hang, twist and shake there is always some left over water. She then drags water all over when she tries to play with her out of the tub. To combat this I decided that her doll needed some diapers. You see her leaks tend to come from her leg joints. Buying doll diapers was to costly an option so I decided to giver doll greener diapers to use. These DIY Felt Doll Diapers are just what we needed.

DIY Felt Doll Diaper #RecycleYourPeriodPad #ad

To make the diapers I bought sheets of felt and Velcro dots with sticky backs. I then played around until I came up with a shape that worked for her doll. You can get the template for it here. While these diapers were cute with their bright color and floral prints they still didn’t fully combat the problem of her leaks. These diapers needed something to make them absorbent! I decided to recycle period pads and use them for the absorbent center I needed for the doll. Now she has a functional doll diaper so she can play with her doll without the occasional drips here and there.

DIY Felt Doll Diaper #RecycleYourPeriodPad #ad

While it was fun stopping my daughter’s doll from leaking with period pads those just don’t work for women who are sometimes leaky. When that leaking hits you need something made just for that so you don’t end up dribbling everywhere like my daughter’s doll.

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Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

by Jennifer Wieland
Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

In most places in the United States kid’s are in their last week of school right now before the holidays. This means that next week they will be home from school and many of you may be looking for things to do with them. These Pretzel Wreath Ornaments are a great activity to keep the kids busy and in additional make a wonderful gift that the can give grandparents and other family or just use them to decorate your Christmas tree.

The really great thing about this project is that the supplies needed to make them are so simple and inexpensive. More than likely you probably have what you need on hand already.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

When I was in third grade my amazing and truly the greatest teacher ever Miss Farley had us make large wreaths with full size pretzels as parent gifts. My mother loved this wreath and kept it until we had a house fire when I was in junior high. She has often talked about how much she misses her wreath so last year for Christmas I had the kids make her mini ones instead as ornaments.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

Supplies:

Mini Pretzels

Glue ( I just used white school glue.)

Ribbon, twine or yarn

Embellishments

Wax paper

Foam or paint brush

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

Instructions:

  1. Find fairly uniform and unbroken pretzels and lay out the first or bottom circle on the wax paper. You will want to lay them out so that the two humps of the pretzel will be pointed toward the outside of the wreath. Once you get it all laid out you will then glue between the pretzels to connect them. Press the connecting points with the glue together and let sit to dry.
  2. Once the first layer is dry you will add a second layer. To do this you will cover the top of the first layer with glue. Be generous because it will help the stick together will and any excess can always be wiped off. Next, you will place the pretzels for the second row. Each pretzel will need to overlap two of the bottom row pretzels. That means the two humps will once again face outward but one of the humps will be over one hump on a bottom pretzel and the other top hump will be over one of the humps of another pretzel on the bottom. (Look at pictures for a visual aide.) Make sure to glue between the sides of the pretzels on the top row too. Wipe off any glue that may have dripped or oozed out carefully. Let dry completely.
  3. Once both layers are dry take a foam or paint brush and completely cover the entire wreath in glue. Let it dry overnight.
  4. Thread the ribbon, twine or yarn through the wreath and then leave some extra at each end to tie a bow but so that it leaves room to hang. You can also decorate with any embellishments now like glitter, buttons, flowers, etc.

 

 


North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

by Jennifer Wieland
North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to town. Now we all know he makes a list and he checks it twice because he has to find out who’s naughty or nice. This year mom and dad can help Santa make his list making easier with the North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart. Everyone starts out in the neutral area of “or” and if they are not so good or nice during the day then you can have them move their clips up to naughty. Now if they are good little boys or girls you can have them move their clip down to nice by Santa Claus. The chart even has a clip by Santa just in case he wants to pass along a note to a child to cheer on their nice behavior or warn them about naughty behavior instead.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Would you like to make your own North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart for your little elves? Then follow the step-by-step instructions below.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Supplies:

1 1/16 x 3 x 24 in. board

1 sheet each red, green, white and black scrapbook paper

1 Wooden, felt or foam Santa

Alphabet stickers

Decorative clothespins

Ribbon

Tacky glue, glue dots or low-temp glue gun with glue sticks

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Cut the red and green scrapbook paper to fit around the board and glue into place making sure the papers go to the ends of the board. There may be a small gap between the two papers in the middle and that is fine.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Next cut out a 3″ x 6″ and a 2″ x 6″ piece of white paper. Glue the 3″ piece around the bottom of the board on the green end. Glue the 2″ piece around the middle of the board to cover where the red and green almost meet.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Cut out a 1″ x 6″ piece of black paper and a 5-6″ circle from the white paper. Glue the white circle to the top of the board at the end of the red. Only about an inch of the circle should be glued to the board. At the bottom of the circle, and slightly overlapping glue the black piece of paper around the board.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Glue your Santa Claus to the bottom of the chart onto the 3″ white strip. Place him so that it looks like he is standing on snow. That means half of him will be on the white paper and the other half will be on the green paper.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Using your letter stickers spell out North Pole on the white circle, naughty on the red, or on the 2″ white strip in the middle and nice onto the green.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Use some more letter stickers (small ones) to spell out the kid’s names and mail onto to clothespins.

North Pole Naughty or Nice Behavior Chart

Finish the whole project up by gluing the mail clip below Santa Claus. Attach the name clips onto or and print or write out a little note from Santa Claus to get it started.

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I hope you enjoyed this project? It is part of the 25 Days of Handmade Holidays collection. Be sure to check out all of the other amazing projects from the other bloggers participating and check back for new ones each day in the linky below.

 


 

 


Disney Countdown Dry-Erase Board With Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
Disney Countdown dry-erase board & printable #disneyside @DisneyParks

My parents own a vacation home in Wisconsin and we go there several times a year. The drive is manageable for our group and up until this point we have not done any other traveling as a family since our older of the two on the Autism Spectrum was a baby. That is all about to change though. I believe that my two on the Autism Spectrum are now doing well enough to be able to handle traveling on a real family vacation now. I am not baby stepping my way into this either. No, we are going all out on a trip to Orlando and the kids can’t wait to go someplace new and get to go to Sea World and Walt Disney World. There are some nerves about the plane ride but otherwise they are giddy with excitement. To help them get ready and to stop asking me how much longer until the trip I made this Disney countdown dry-erase board with printable that has a fun Mickey Mouse theme.

Disney Countdown dry-erase board & printable #disneyside @DisneyParks

To make this Disney countdown dry-erase board you will need the following things:

Mickey Mouse themed printable

A picture frame

Dry-erase marker

Download and print the Mickey Mouse themed printable by clicking the picture below. Place the print into a frame of your choice. Use dry-erase markers to write in the days remaining until your trip. Update daily until it’s time to go on vacation.

 Disney Countdown dry-erase board & printable #disneyside @DisneyParks

Now each day, myself or one of the kids can update the countdown calendar so they know how close the trip is getting. I’m pretty sure by ten days left they will be bouncing off of the walls and impossible to settle down but I can’t wait to go and take them on a trip I know they will just love.

Disney Countdown dry-erase board & printable #disneyside @DisneyParks

Are you and your family planning a Disney vacation in the near future or do you have any great tips for us on our Disney vacation?

 

 


DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Carpet Deodorizer

by Jennifer Wieland
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Carpet & Rug Deodorizer

Winter may give you the smell of fresh-baked cookies and evergreen trees and spring may bring you the sweet smells of chocolate and summer may smell like sunshine, citrus and coconut but none of those compare to the scents you get in the fall. pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg define this season and whenever I smell them I think of family. Thanksgiving is such a great holiday of family and friends coming together to enjoy each others company over great food and drinks. To help get my house cleaned up for the fall and to infuse some of my favorite fall flavors I decided to make some DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Carpet Deodorizer.

This carpet deodorizer will help eliminate any unpleasant odors in your carpets while leaving behind the subtle scents of fall. The best part of this is that it only takes two things to make this carpet deodorizer and a quick stir. It would take much longer to head to the store and pick up the commercial brands and that’s not even the best part. No, the best part is that to make this it cost me well under $1 and that was with making a double batch. The container I used for my carpet deodorizer was a Parmesan cheese jar like you’d see at an Italian restaurant or pizzeria that I found at the dollar store.

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Carpet & Rug Deodorizer

Supplies:

1 c. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Container to hold carpet deodorizer

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Carpet & Rug Deodorizer

In a bowl stir together the baking soda and pumpkin pie spice. Carefully pour the mix into the container. Shake onto your carpets and rugs. Let sit for 20-30 minutes and then vacuum. The whole room will smell better.

***Note*** Since this does contain spices that are brown you may not want to use these on light-colored carpets as it may discolor them.

I have been using this around the house on the carpets and it really does work. My husband is a smoker and he only smokes at his desk so the carpets smell awful there and this has helped keep away the dirty ashtray smell that the area usually reminds me of.

 


How To Make a Great Loves Print

by Jennifer Wieland
How to make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity #DIY #Craft #wedding #anniversary

Late last week my brother and his fiance became proud homeowners for the first time. They bought a home a short drive from my parent’s house and the kids and I got to go and take a tour of it on Friday. Whenever I go visiting to a new home for people I know I always like to bring them a little housewarming gift. Since this was the first time since college that either of them has lived on their own they need pretty much everything. I decided to gift them with a Thirty-One Room For Two Utility Tote filled with all sorts of things from measuring cups and spoons to toilet paper to detergent and bleach and a lot of other goodies. The one goodie that I was really proud of and the only one I made for them was a framed Great Loves Print. I had so much fun making it for them and they loved it so I would say it was a good idea. Now, I want to teach you how to make a Great Loves Print for yourself or to gift at a housewarming, bridal shower, wedding or anniversary for someone you know.

How to make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity #DIY #Craft #wedding #anniversary

 

The idea for the Great Loves Print is not my idea. In fact, I have seen them for sale in different variations on Jane.com in the past. I couldn’t find a link to a current one. On Jane.com the prints usually sell for $9.99 plus shipping. Now that is just for the print. There’s no frame or anything else. I was able to create the print and have it printed on card stock at OfficeMax and buy a frame with a matte in it from JoAnn all for a mere $7. That’s right and that’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper.

How to make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity #DIY #Craft #wedding #anniversary

This is the print I made for my husband and me.

So how does one make this totally awesome print?

It’s easy and here’s how… 

 

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Go to picmonkey.com, go to design and select your size.

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 You will be taken to the above screen and put into the Canvas Color. Select the background color that you want for your print and clink on the Apply button.

How to make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity #DIY #Craft #wedding #anniversary

 Next you will need to click on the Tt icon along the left hand side. It will take you to the text window. Select the font you want to use. You can either use Picmonkey’s fonts (The ones with crowns by them are for paying users but not to worry there are a lot of free ones.) or you can click on Yours and use any of your fonts on your machine. You will click on the font and then on Add Text. This will open a text box and another box for the text properties. Select the color and size for your font here. Be sure to copy the font color you use so you can just paste it for the rest of the text boxes. Type a couple and size it to fit they way you want. Continue to do this for each couple making sure to match up the sizes. I like to move the text boxes over one that is already done to make sure they match up perfectly. The actual couples name should be somewhere near the middle and it should also be in bold with a gap between the names to place the heart.

How to make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity #DIY #Craft #wedding #anniversary

 This is what it should look like when you have all of the names in and are ready to add the heart.

Need some inspiration on couples to use for your print?

Here is a small list to get you started:

Adam & Eve (Bible)
Marge & Homer (The Simpsons)
Harry & Sally (When Harry Met Sally)
Scarlett & Rhett (Gone with the Wind)
Rick & Ilsa (Casablanca)
Forrest & Jenny (Forrest Gump)
Johnny & Baby (Dirty Dancing)
Danny & Sandy (Grease)
Allie & Noah (The Notebook)
Ron & Hermione (Harry Potter)
June & Johnny (Cash)
Ross & Rachel (Friends)
Bella & Edward (Twilight)
Harry & Ginny (Harry Potter)
Peter & Mary Jane (Spiderman)
Han Solo & Princess Leia (Star Wars Saga)
Padme & Anakin (Star Wars Saga)
Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare)
Superman & Lois Lane (DC Comics)
Bonnie & Clyde (Outlaws)
Nickie & Terry (An Affair to Remember)
Cyclops & Jean Grey (X-Men)
Ken & Barbie (Toys)
Bill & Sookie (True Blood)
Lucy & Ricky (I Love Lucy)
Chandler & Monica (Friends)
Carl & Ellie (Up)
Maria & Capt. Von Trapp (The Sound of Music)
Edward & Vivian (Pretty Woman)
Cory & Topanga (Boy Meets World)
Carrie & Mr. Big (Sex in the City)
Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth (Pride & Prejudice)
Jasmine & Aladdin (Disney)
Shrek & Fiona (Dreamworks)
Cinderella & Prince Charming (Disney)
Ariel & Eric (Disney)
Belle & The Beast (Disney)
Fred & Wilma (The Flintstones)
Wall-E & Eve (Disney)
Tarzan & Jane (Disney & Tarzan)
Eliza & Professor Higgins (My Fair Lady)
Aragorn & Arwen (The Lord of the Rings)
Rocky & Adrian (Rocky)
Rapunzel & Flynn Rider (Disney)
Mario & Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
Elastigirl & Mr. Incredible (Disney)
Trinity & Neo (The Matrix)
Katniss & Peeta (Hunger Games)
Cleopatra & Mark Antony (Historical)
Invisible Woman & Mr. Fantastic (Fantastic 4)

 How to make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity #DIY #Craft #wedding #anniversary

You will need to click on the butterfly icon along the left hand side to get to the Overlays. Scroll down and expand the Hearts overlay section. Click on the heart you want to use and it will place it on your picture. Adjust it so that it is sized and centered correctly between your couple’s names. You can change the color of the heart (most will have two colors) by clicking on the boxes and selecting colors from the color grid or by manually typing in a color code.

How to make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity #DIY #Craft #wedding #anniversary

Now it’s time to save your project so click on the Save button above your picture. In the save screen click on the File Name box and delete what is there. Give it a name you want and select .jpg or .png for the file extension from the drop down menu. Finally click on the Save to my computer button. This will open the computer’s save window and you can select where to save the file.

 

How to make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity #DIY #Craft #wedding #anniversary

You’re all done! All that’s left now is to print it, frame it and gift it.

 


 

 


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