Halloween Scarecrow Tutorial

halloween tutorial jack-o'-lantern scarecrow

For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I remember the first time, in fifth grade, where I sat at a friends house and had the opportunity to experience the movie.  Wow and wow! This is a movie for my family that we love watching together every Halloween and even into Christmastime.  As it is something that I find so visually interesting, I had to figure out a way to incorporate it in my own style into our Halloween decorations this year.

I knew that I wanted to make a scarecrow for our front yard this year, and what better way to incorporate that fall scarecrow but now with a spooky, Halloween, Jack-o’-lantern twist.

nightmare before christmas inspired scarecrow

Supplies:

  • Pretend Pumpkin.
    • I picked mine up at Michael’s, however, do not buy one unless you have a coupon.  They are around $30 full price, which is ridiculous.  Michael’s has coupons all the time in their newspaper, and I found one for 50% off.  However, I always grab my coupons on their app on my phone which it makes it simple.
  • Black Paint and Paint Brushes.
  • Clear Gloss Spray Paint.
    • I used this to seal the pumpkin after the face was painted on to hopefully weather proof it for a few years.
  • Cheap black flat twin sheet or black fabric to use as the clothing.
    • I picked mine up at Walmart a few years ago for around $5.00.
  • Sticks and a thick post.
  • Screws and Screw Gun.
  • Knife or Sharp Scissors.
    • To cut the bottom of the pumpkin to allow for it to be mounted to the post.
  • Safety Pins
  • Scarf – optional.

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Halloween Scarecrow Tutorial:

quick and easy halloween decor for your yard at spraypaintandglitter.com

I had so much making this Jack-o’-lantern scarecrow for my yard this year.  I think one of my most favorite things this fall season is to watch my girls excitement and anticipation to see it as we drive down the street to our house.  Halloween is always my most favorite time of year and I am so excited that we have new lawn decor to share with our neighborhood.

Hoping that your Halloween season is full of ghouls, ghosts, pumpkins, and lots and lots of candy.

 

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Pretend Band-aids for Imaginative Play

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My kids are obsessed with band-aids.  I swear they step on an imaginary stick and get a splinter or boo-boo or they just might “die” without one just because.  I don’t know if these magical band-aids that we have in our medicine cabinet can fix such fictitious injuries,  however, what I do know is that if I continue to give in and give them one anytime they whelp for one during play time I will have spent an insane amount of cash on band-aids.

This past weekend, the girls were playing with their Doc McStuffins Get Better Mobile Cart and the question for band-aids came up once again. Ahhhhhhh, why??!! :)

In my house, it goes a little something like this – “I need them.  My ANIMAAAALS! They have a boo-boo!” Insert lots and lots of whining here.  For Christmas this year, I made these cute felt pretend band-aids for imaginative play (thanks to some amazing Pinterest tutorials) for them to use on their animals. I even added Velcro so they would stay on. I thought to my self – “Kim, you’ve come up with the best solution EVER! Way to go!”

And while I must admit, they were fun to make and super cute to look at they went over like a lead balloon.  I literally find them (like all 30+ I made, which took me hours at night while they were sleeping) in every room of the house –  under furniture, stuck in our vacuum, and in my closet literally haunting me.  Total Bust.  Nope, there is no fooling my two and four year old.  They want it to stick, like the real thing, and wont take anything less!

Then it hit me, there has to be a way to make band-aid stickers that I can also turn into an activity for them.  While I sat on the ground in my bedroom watching them pull apart the 15 Mickey Mouse band-aids that I just passed out to the two of them, it dawned on me.  What about all of the white mailing labels I have left over from our wedding invitations seven years ago?

Boom – SOLUTION!

Seriously, ladies and gents I’ve figured it out! Mailing labels! Who knew?! I entertained them for at least 30 minutes with the coloring, and they were absolutely amazed when these         8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper where cut into stickers.  Y’all, I did some serious magic in the eyes of my kiddos today.  And because I’m seriously still on cloud nine over my ingenuity I thought I would share.

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How to make Pretend Band-aids for Imaginative Play

Supplies:

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Tutorial:

I had the kiddos sit down and color the labels, and once they were done I cut them out for them.  If your kiddos have great scissor control this would be a great activity for them to practice cutting in a straight line.

 

This was a simple and easy project, and I am seriously still so pumped that I was able to use items that we have on hand.  My girls and I made a bunch extra and stored them in their Doc McStuffins doctor bag for the next time they play.

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Hope you enjoy!

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Frozen Elsa Dress Up Hair Tutorial

Frozen Elsas dress up hair tutorial

And, I’m back…..

I’ve been gone for most of the summer supporting my mom and family with some health challenges. I am finally feeling a little bit more “me” this past week and decided to get back to the blog, writing, taking pictures, and doing endless crafts with the girls.

This tutorial for Elsa’s dress up hair comes from the girls birthday party where our theme was Frozen the movie.  Kelly loves to play dress up and I thought having some play hair would be the perfect addition to the party. The girls loved running around flipping their braids, but I think the added bonus for them was the little snowflakes I added along the braid. A girl, no matter how small, always loves a little extra bling.  The first time Kelly saw that additional decoration she was super duper excited!

Supplies:

  • Yarn.  I used three different colors including: white, light yellow, and a darker yellow.
  • Ribbon to be braided with the yarn.  I used one color, light blue, but you could always use white, gold, or sliver to go with the frozen theme.
  • Scissors.
  • Ribbon and lace in colors of your choice for the bottom of the braid.  I used dark blue, hot pink, purple, and mint green.
  • Small snowflakes.  You can find these on eBay or Alibaba.
  • Hot glue gun.

 

tutorial - learn how to make dress up hair for your princess

Tutorial:

  • Measure your kiddos head and height.
    • Height – I measured my yarn approximately 12 inches longer than each of my daughters.  When you begin to braid some of that length will be used/taken up.
    • Head size – this varies per person.
  • Take the measurements (height + 12 inches + the head size) and measure out your three colors of yarn and colored ribbon. I measured out one color at a time in a looping fashion laying in on the ground.  I used one long strand of light blue ribbon, but I think it would look beautiful if there were various colors of ribbon mixed within the braid to give it dimension.  I am loving gold lately, and think that would be a great addition!
  • Once you have the three colors looped, cut the ends so that each strand is free standing and not attached to the next.  Keep your piles of the three colors separated.
  • If using one color of ribbon, place it amongst one of the piles of yarn.
  • I then tied all three separate piles of yarn together at one on the ends and taped it to the floor to begin braiding.  Do this slowly, there is no rush.  You will have a lot of strands of yarn and it can easily get tangled. I tried to keep the ribbon near the top of the pile of strands I was braiding so that it would show up near the top.  If you are not careful of where it’s placement is it can get lost within the braid or show more on the back than on the front.
  • Once braided, tie at the end with a small piece of yarn to secure your braid.
  • Now go to one end of your braided strand and make a loop the size of the child’s head plus 1/2 inch and secure it to the long section of the braid with yarn.  I first tied it in a knot a few times to make sure that it would not budge.  Once I was certain that my girls could not rip it apart in it’s first or event tenth use I looped some string around the crown portion and the long braided strand in a decorative fashion to make it appear more finished off.
  • Next step is to cut any extra yarn at the end of the braid that you do not want hanging.  I left about 2 inches.
  • Decorating! This is the part I love! To finish off the bottom of the braid I used dark blue ribbon and lace.  I also found some small white snowflakes online that I glued to the braid, crown and on the ribbon at the bottom of the braid.  I think it really adds a little extra something to this Elsa dress up hair, that sure did excite my girls!

 

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, best of luck making this Frozen dress up hair for the little princesses in your life!

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Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

bakery style blueberry muffins

We recently went on a family outing to the Temecula Berry Co.  With that trip we came back with more blueberries that I think our family could ever eat before they spoiled.  If you know my two girls, then you know that they can not pass up a good baked good.  My mom was still in town, so I thought we could brave a blueberry muffin cooking adventure with the two littles.

Riding this tractor is one of Kelly's favorite things at the farm.

Riding this tractor is one of Kelly’s favorite things at the farm.

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The muffins turn out delish, and I think were all gone by day two.  Hope you enjoy!

 

homemade blueberry muffins at spray paint and glitter.com

Here are some things this muffin IS:

  1. Moist, Soft, and Delicious.
  2. Well Balanced and Flavorful – just the right amount of berries to make it POP!
  3. Seriously, and I’m not just tooting my own horn here, it tasted like a delish bakery delight that would cost an arm and a leg.

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Here are some things this muffin is NOT:

  1. A dry, dense, and dreary little muffin.
  2. Tasteless and boring

 

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Prep:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line your muffin/cupcake tins with liners.
  • This recipe will make 24 muffins.

 

Recipe for the Muffin:  Bake for 23-25 Minutes.

  • 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 cup Butter, Melted
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/4 cup Blueberries

 

  • Mix all of your wet ingredients first into their own bowl: butter, egg, milk.
  • Mix all of your dry ingredients into a separate bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder.
  • Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients.  Do not over mix, I kept it to a 5-10 stroke mix, just so that everything was well incorporated.
  • Fold in the blueberries.  You do not want to smash the berries – 6-8 strokes.

 

Recipe for the Streusel Topping:

  • 3 tbs Butter, Slightly Melted
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Powder

Incorporate the ingredients for the streusel into a bowl.

  • Mix well using a fork.
  • Set aside.

 

Let’s Make Some Blueberry Muffins:

  • Using a spoon or ice cream scoop (my scoop is made specifically for cookie dough) evenly distribute the muffin mixture to all 24 cupcake tins.
  • Once your mixture is in the tins/liners use a spoon to sprinkle the streusel topping on each of the muffins. Try not to spill over onto the muffin tray it tends to burn and stick.
  • Once all of your muffins have a topping on them, bake in the oven for 23-25 minutes.

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Enjoy!  We had a blast having a muffin party with my mom when they were done.  I think the kiddos really enjoyed helping and seeing the berries they picked turned into another delicious treat. This is a super simple recipe that I think you will really enjoy!

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Blueberry Picking Outing

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We recently went blueberry picking in Temecula at the Temecula Berry Company.  It was so much fun to see the girls running around and stuffing their faces with blueberries as fast as they could.  I love this little gem only 40 minutes away from our house.  We always seem to have such a great time, and the grounds and staff are always superb.

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Here are a few tips and tricks to help you survive your next blueberry picking day.

  1. Be sure to check the weather report before going.  I am not sure what has gotten into me lately, but I can not get this weather/temperature thing right.  Everywhere we go I am overdressing myself and the kids like it is snowing outside.  It was cold the morning we left, but then when we got there it became super duper hot.  Since it is an outdoor activity, I suggest a change of clothes in a backpack just in case – I totally wish I would have had some.  As you can see my kids look like they are melting in some of the pictures.
  2. Dress your kids (and maybe yourself) in dark colors.  Blueberries stain, and kids stuff their faces.  That is just one battle that I am glad I didn’t have to fight that day.  I wore dark colors as well because my kids still really enjoy being held and I didn’t want to have to worry if they smashed a blueberry into my shirt.
  3. Sunscreen, Hats, and Water. Expect to be in the sun for at least an hour and for the little ones this really helps them enjoy the trip a bit longer without getting burned out.
  4. Camera.  Because, really who doesn’t want adorable pictures of their kiddos stuffing their faces.

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It was really hard to get great pictures of the girls since they were running in and out of bushes, but I did capture a few, including my Mom and Hubby.

We had so many berries once we got home that we decided to make blueberry muffins.  I hope to have the recipe up on the blog soon!

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Kim

Father’s Day Printable

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Father’s Day Is Here….

Do You Have A Plan?!

Father’s day is next weekend and I have been thinking about what the kids and I should do to celebrate their Dad.  We truly do not need more stuff or junk around the house, and I know that deep down he is a softie so I really tried to think of something that would not take up a lot of space but would also make him feel special.

I created this free Father’s Day Printable that you can download and personalize for the special Dad or Grandpa in your life. I cant wait to see the hilarious answers the girls give about the special men in their life. Hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day coming up and can enjoy some fun in the sun.

Download Here:

All About My Daddy - Father's Day Printable

All About My Daddy – Father’s Day Printable

 

All About My Grandpa - fathers day printable

All About My Grandpa – Father’s Day Printable

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Kim

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