Monday, March 20, 2017

Tsum Tsums: A New Tradition and Storage Idea

Hi, Islanders!

We've spoken of some of the trends in girl toys.  The popular toys include Shopkins (the 2016 class valentine's and the storage idea) and emojis (the 2017 class valentines).  I've shared free printables, projects, and room decor.  Today, I'd like to talk about yet another popular collectible and toy.  My reason for sharing isn't to convince you to buy another meaningless toy but rather to possibly manage the amount you already purchase or to present a new tradition for your consideration.  In our case, Target was offering the tiny plush toys on sale for $2.99.  They were  cute.  They weren't cheap.  I turned down the request to purchase a few times.  Missed the sale.  Missed the point.  Totally didn't care.

One day, Mrs. Doubtfire was on tv.  My kid was captivated.  She was wondering where this movie had been all of her life.  I explained it was a classic and I realized something, Islanders.  My kidwas missing out on many of the classics I remembered from my childhood.

The next trip to Target was quite informative.  The tsum tsum plush toys were on sale again.  The request was made again. She wanted an Aladdin plush.  My curiosity grew.  Had this child even seen the Aladdin movie?  She responded.  I was shocked.  NOPE!  She'd never heard the songs.  She didn't daydream about owning a pet monkey.  She had never giggled at the Genie's jokes.

Clearly, I'm failing. How could I-- well, wait.  She knew all of the characters' names.  Yet, she's never seen the movie.  

We bought a few.  I promised we'd watch the movie and that she'd grow to appreciate the stories behind the Disney character costumes, clothing and toys.

Over time, the collection has grown and so has her exposure to the Disney classic movies.  I found a storage shelf on a shopping trip to Michael's.  It was cute but a little out of my budget.  I waited.  Then, two weeks later, I spotted several of the cute shelves at my local Goodwill.  Priced at $2.99, one of them was sold and came home with me!

It looks great on the gallery wall in the kid's room.  The above photo is one side of the wall.  I really like the idea of encouraging family time while allowing Munch to collect toys she likes.  Family time, limiting meaningless purchases, and a little throwback Disney fun?  I'm all in!

Here's hoping you collect memories more than things!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Space-themed Party: A Collaborative Effort.

As a party planner, I've been hit with all kinds of party themes.  In the case of the space-themed birthday party, the party plannin' mom wanted to host a fall festival but the birthday boy insisted on a party that incorporated his favorite thing, SPACE!

I was privy to conversations among family members and I knew the challenges they faced.  I wasn't, however, prepared for the request to design a party invitation for a space-themed fall festival.

You read it correctly.  Leaves.  Hay.  Bobbin' for apples.  In space.

... because there are trees, seasons, and hay.  In space.

Mom and I had a heart-to-heart.  I wasn't going to allow the invitation to reflect BOTH themes.  It would be too much.  As you can see, I settled on the space theme.

 I arrived with the spaceship favors and realized Mom was determined to incorporate fall festival elements. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spaceship Favors: An Out of This World Craft!

Awhile back, I was asked to design the party invitation for a special little one's third birthday.

The birthday boy's mom loved the design so much, she asked for space-themed favor tags.  I obliged and I also offered to provide the favors. 

White paper cups, gray card stock, star stickers, paper shred, and the birthday boy's favorite sweets combined to create adorable BLAST OFF favors!

I dabbed hot glue on the back side of the lid to hold it in place and the favors were all ready to go.  As I was working, I took my job very seriously but my nephew reminded just how silly my 'super serious' work really was.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Lumberjack-themed First Birthday

Howdy, Islanders!

If you follow me on Instagram, not only are you cooler than most but you probably recognize that photo up there.  I'm super excited to share the deets from Axel's first birthday.  It was lumberjack themed and guess what.  I'm sharing a few FREE printables at the end of the post.

I loved all of the sweets but those cake pops are pretty amazing!

A lumberjack cake pop?!  BAM, WHAT?!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Maya Mondays: Unbeatable Combinations.

"The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education." ~Maya Angelou

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dollar Tree Faves: The Mini Recycle Bin Uses

I have declared my love for Dollar Tree (DT) more times than I can count.  Today, I’m sharing one of my recent DT finds, the mini recycle bin!

I know what you’re thinking and at first glance this may seem like a random purchase and blog post but just hear me out, okay?  I love several things about the mini trash/recycle bins at DT:

-          - They’re mini.  I mean, everything is cuter when it’s mini!
-          - The flip-top design. 
-          - The fun colors.
-          - The life-like semblance to its full-size counterpart.

I picked one up and I knew exactly how I was going to use it.  On the ride home, however, I came up with multiple uses for it and thought I’d share them with you... ya know, because maybe if I talk about it, I can avoid buying more. For now.  Because I luh you.  Because you’re awesome... let's get to it.

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