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May 2016

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Princess Wands

At Miss P’s birthday party I wanted to have some sort of craft or activity for the little princesses to create. 
I first thought crowns but then I realized I was giving them each a crown as a favor so it why should they also make a crown. I then was thinking perhaps buying small wooden or paper mache boxes for them to decorate as jewelry boxes but then that was going to be more expensive than I wanted to spend. 
 After speaking with Travis, he thought about scepters or wands and I totally agreed. 
And here is the result.

They are fun to make and pretty easy too!
Here’s how I did it!

Supplies:
– Thin wooden stars (I found these at Michael’s)
– Dowel rods
-Ribbon
-Glitter
-Glue or mod podge
– Hot Glue Gun

 Begin be attaching the star to the dowel rod.
Use a small hand saw and slice a hole in the center of the tip of the dowel rod. Place a little wood glue in the slice and push the star into the dowel. Place a small clamp on the dowel until the glue is dry.
 Once the glue has dried you are good to go on decorating.
I began by wrapping the dowel with ribbon first but you could always start with the star if you’d like.
I just placed a small bead of hot glue on the top of the dowel near the star and wrapped the ribbon down the rod.
Wrap down, gaps will be between the ribbon, once you get to the bottom, wrap the ribbon back up to the top. It should cover up any gaps left from going down the first time.
 
 I wrapped my dowel in white ribbon but you could use any color you’d like.
 Next it is time to cover the star.
I chose to glitter the star but you could easily just color the star or paint it if you’d rather go that route instead.
If you glitter your star, just coat the star with mod podge or another form of glue, edges included.
 Sprinkle the glitter on and tap off the excess.
If there are any areas that don’t get covered with the glitter, just add a little more glue and more glitter.
 Next, pick a few accent ribbons and tie them near the top of the dowel for some fun tassels.

This is the wand Miss P created at her party. Mostly pink for the pink loving girl!

All the girls loved making their wands.

With the age group that was at out party, it was a lot of adult supervision/help but if your kids are a little older, they should be able to do the majority of it alone with just little supervision.

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #103

Let’s Party!
It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Summer Bucket List Free Download

Summer is upon us. 
My kids got out of school last week, Friday. 
My husband and I helped lead their field day that morning (which turned into a gym day because of rain) and it was a blast. And now I have all five kids home with me all day…every day. I am excited and a little scared! The first couple of days have been great. We’ve already been to the park, the library and to pick up some strawberries and that was just the first day. We went to a baseball game and spent time hanging out at home.
I know some of you are still waiting on kiddos to get done with school so why not make the most of this time and put a little thought into your summer. 
Think about how much time they will be allowed to watch tv and play video games etc. Think about where you want to go and what you want to do with them.  

We spent a good portion of the day on Monday just hanging out outside. I finally got my garden planted and worked on some pectin free/white sugar free strawberry jam. We didn’t have any video games, tablets or cable until March when we got Nintendo 64 so my kids are obsessed with playing a few games…”can I play Nintendo” has become their most asked question. And since we don’t allow technology on school nights they are DYING to play all the time right now. So I have come up with some rules for what needs to be done before they can have Nintendo time. Things like, writing a scripture passage, making sure their room is clean, spending at least 30 minutes outside, reading for at least 20 minutes, etc.

I have also created a little “I am bored” jar. 
In this jar are slips of paper with pre-written jobs for them to do. Whenever one of them tells me they are bored they will have to pick one piece of paper and do what it says without complaining. There are a few “fun” things on this list but most are jobs around the house. My goal is for them to not tell me they are bored but to find and make their own fun. 
I am not an activities director and I would much rather my kids just go play outside and use their imagination so I am hoping the “I’m bored jar” will help. The key to this jar is to make the items things they can do themselves with little to no help or direction from me. 
If you’re interested in downloading my list you can get it here…yes, it may not all apply to you but it could at least get you started!

We have done summer bucket lists before. I think it’s just a fun way to keep a record of what you’ve done. It’s also a great way to think ahead to some free days and how you might like to spend them. My kids pick some expensive things and I’m always quick to tell them that we can’t go to SkyZone and the Museum all the time but I still want them to dream! I am making this Summer Bucket list available to you as well. Just click on this link, download, print, fill out and hang it up where everyone can see it.
Enjoy crossing those things off your list and don’t worry if you don’t get to them all this summer. It’s just a suggestion list and no one is going to make sure you did them all anyway, well, except maybe your kids who will be assuming everything will get crossed off the list. I always make a list with ALL their suggestions and then put the ones I think we may actually do on the “official” list! But you’re creative, do it however it works for you.

And if it works better to NOT have a summer bucket list by all means do not do one! No guilt. No shame. Just enjoy your summer. Enjoy your kids. Read some books, color with chalk and markers. Make paper bag puppets. Have a redi-whip war. Go swimming. Just be with your kids! They just want you! Now, I will say it again, I am not an activities director and I do expect my kids to play by themselves sometimes. I also expect them to help with chores around the house. But I also want them to have some time with me and for me to give them undivided attention for a little while each day!
So mamas let’s put down our phones and have a GREAT summer with our kiddos. 
This time will go so fast and before we know it we’ll be helping them pack for college…which is exactly what my niece is going to be doing this summer and I just can’t wrap my brain around the fact that the sweet little girl who threw flower petals down the aisle at my wedding will be starting college in the fall. 
Have a great summer!
 And PLEASE if you do download my summer bucket list show me how you used it! 
Tag me on instagram @purejoycreative or #purejoycreative and please don’t redistribute this list just send your friends here to get it!!

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Miss P’s Royal Tea Party Birthday Party

Today, Miss P turns 4, FOUR!!!
How is that even possible people? 
And I swear I’ve looked at her this past week and she looks like a whole new kid too! So much older over night! 🙁
 This past weekend we had her birthday party, (hence why I’ve disappeared on the blog and on FB the past week or two since I’ve been in planning mode), and it was a super fun! This was her first party with her actual friends instead of just our friends and their kids.
We went with the theme of a Royal Tea Party.
 I designed the invitations like I have in the past. I designed two and let Miss P pick which one she liked best and this is what she chose.
And here are the rest of the details from the party.
The party was mostly in our dining room so I wanted to make it extra special.

We used tulle and draped it on the ceiling. We wrapped it around the light fixture and then placed small command hooks on the walls. We wrapped a small rubber band on the end and just hooked it onto the hook. 
It really helped bring the ceiling down a little and was the perfect touch.
On the buffet I put a light box with some flowers. I then hung another fabric tassel banner on the mirror.
The bay window had the fabric tassel banner on it and then the presents were placed on one side of the seat. 
I placed pictures of P on the other side.
 I placed some of the fabric I bought for the tassel banner and then framed newborn through 4 yr old photos of her. I also put one of the vintage tea cups I bought there as well with a faux flower to tie in the tea party. 
The table is my favorite part.
I used a white sheet as a table cloth and tied or pinned it up really tight under the table so the kiddos wouldn’t move it around.
I used a printed burlap runner that I already had from my best friend’s bridal shower and placed that down the table. 
 On top of that I placed two chargers I’ve had for a while now that I found at Michael’s.
 I put a vintage plate with cookies on it on one charger.
And the tea pot on another.  I found this tea pot at Goodwill and it worked perfectly!
Next to the chargers, I placed two more vintage tea cups and saucers with faux flowers in them as well. 
I set each place setting for all the little princesses.
I cut little doily place mats out of scrapbook paper. I found these Meri Meri “I am a Princess” plates and napkins and knew I had to get them for the party.
I stacked the dessert plate on the dinner plate and then placed a little name card on the plate. 
Each guest had a tiara at their place setting along with a personalized tea cup and saucer and both of these items were their party favors.
 My mom found these small tea cups and saucers at Old Time Pottery and brought them with her.
I then just took a paint pen Sharpie and wrote the first initial of each princess attending and baked them in the oven to make them permanent.
The birthday girl had a fancier crown than everyone else.
In the living room, I printed out these tea time printables for the girls to color as they come in or in between activities. There was a hashtag at the bottom that I just cut off to fit our party.
I set up the photo booth in the kitchen.
I place the wood bulletin board paper that I’ve had for years now on the floor and then bought a roll of photo back drop paper at Hobby Lobby and taped it up.
I made another fabric tassel banner and hung it lower on the background so you would see it in the photos with the girls and then put a little leftover white tulle on the ground to soften it a little. 
On our bar next to the backdrop, I placed all the photo booth needs.
I covered the bar with more fabric that was used to make the banner. Then, a bucket full of props for the photo booth, some candles and another tea cup with faux flowers, two Instax cameras to use at the photo booth and lastly a photo album to place the photos in for Miss P to look back on her party sat on top.
The photo booth was definitely a big hit! 
I placed all the food in the kitchen as well.
I served:
-cookies
-pigs in a blanket
-homemade chicken salad with potato rolls and tomatoes and lettuce to top
-fruit salad
-pasta salad
-veggie tray and dip
-and strictly for the kids I made PB&J, PB, Jelly, PB and Marshmallow sandwiches.

For drinks, I served sweet and unsweet tea, water, and then I created a fruit tea for the kids combining normal iced tea and a berry juice. They all loved it! 
 I placed out the rest of the vintage tea cups that I bought for the adults to use for their tea as well. 
And lastly, what would a birthday party be with a cake?
 We had to go the princess route with this one. I got it at Wal-Mart and was actually a cupcake cake. It looked so good and was equally delicious! 
The party itself was a lot of fun! 
All the girls showed up in their princess dresses ready for tea.
 Wrangling 9 little girls, ages 5- 10 mths, was like wrangling cats but we managed! lol
 We started with tea and eating.
 Then moved on to making scepters. You know, every princess needs one! 
 I’ll be sure to share these with you all next week! 
 After creating the scepters, it was time for cake and presents.
 The party was a lot of fun and a crazy whirlwind! 
I am so happy with how it all came out and Miss P had a fabulous time with all her friends! 

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #102

Let’s Party!
It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Three Free Inspirational “Class of 2016” Graduation Printables

It’s hard to believe, but the school year is coming to an end. The seniors are finishing their final year, and are preparing to move onto the next stage of their lives. These three free graduation printables would make a nice framed gift, display at a graduation party, or a card for a special graduate in your life.
Hello readers! It’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity, and if you’re like me, you’re in awe (and a little happy) that it’s the end of the school year already. My oldest graduated high school last year and just finished her first year of college 500 miles away from home, and my next in line will be a junior next year. Time is flying by, that’s for sure. Graduation is exciting and scary, and one of the most unique times in both the child and parents lives. It’s sad and happy all at once. There will be a lot of tears shed and smiles shared as you see your graduate walk across that stage, so grown and so proud, and you’ll wonder when they grew up. Weren’t they just a baby yesterday? 

 We want to give them just the right words to carry into their futures. There’s so much you all of a sudden feel like you have to impart. You’ll wonder whether there was more you could have done, and pray they’ll remember all you’ve taught them as they go into the next season of their lives.
 I’m sharing these three free printables that I created for you to use as you’d like. They’re ready to print on an 11×14 page, and are perfect for framing. Or, you can download and size them to whatever you’d like to suit your needs. 
 I’ve recently learned how to digitally watercolor my own photos, and it’s so, so fun! 
 This cherry blossom image for the “Always Stay Humble & Kind” printable was photographed in Nashville, Tennessee this past spring.

The “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” by Walt Disney was photographed on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Franklin, Tennessee.

And finally, this quote from John F. Kennedy “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” was photographed on a nature trail in Pensacola, Florida.

So yeah, hug those big kids really tight before they walk across that stage. 
And parent’s of littles, cherish these young days, even the hard ones, because they’ll be gone before you know it.

Connect with Molly:
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allison

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Fabric Tassel Garland

I have been planning Miss P’s 4th birthday party, which is occurring this weekend, for a few weeks now. I feel like I have figured it out quickly but then I feel super unprepared. Not sure why, perhaps since I normally make a lot of decorations for the party and I haven’t really done that this time.
I did create this garland though. It will be on the window in our dining room and on the background of the photo booth. 
It is SUPER easy! 
Here’s the quick run down on how to make it.
Supplies:
– Cutting mat
-Fabric
– Twine or ribbon
-Rotary Cutter
– Ruler. straight edge

Begin by cutting your fabric into strips.
I kept my fabric in half and cut it into the 2 in. strips.
Then cut those strips in half. 
I cut 6 strips of each fabric and then ended with 12 of each after cutting them in half.
Time to make the garland.
Take a strip of fabric and fold it in half.
Place the folded fabric in front of the twine or ribbon and then wrap the ends around the back and through the loop.
Pull tight.
After you pull tight, it looks like the top of a tie. 
This make it really easy to remove the strips later or move them on the line. They also lay better then if you just tied it around the twine.
Tie as many as you like and you are done! 
Once I started knotting them, I was done within 5 mins and completed the whole project within 30 mins. 
I kinda want to make more for other areas of the party space! 🙂 

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #101

Let’s Party!
It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Easy Patatas Bravas

I’m pretty convinced that I haven’t met a potato I didn’t like. Baked, mashed, fried…all are welcome on my plate.

This recipe features roasted potatoes, another favorite, and they’re just outstanding. They’re called Patatas Bravas or Spicy Potatoes. Patatas Bravas are the darling of any decent Spanish tapas menu, and it’s easy to see why. Crispy, tender potatoes are drizzled with a spicy tomato sauce or a garlicky aioli and nibbled along with a glass of wine or sangria. The ingredients aren’t complicated but they deliver big time on flavor. Best of all, this is really easy to make at home, meaning any night can be tapas night.

Patatas Bravas with Garlic Aioli
3 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, diced into 1-inch cubes
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Juice of 1/2 small Lemon
Pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Salt and Pepper
Sliced Green Onion or Cilantro for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
In a large bowl, combine potatoes and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. 


Spread onto prepared baking sheet and bake until crispy and browned on the outside, about 30 minutes. Stir halfway through to encourage browning on all sides of the potatoes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, smoked paprika, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper (if using). 


Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.


When potatoes are done, place on a platter or in a bowl for serving. Drizzle with the aioli and sprinkle with sliced green onions or cilantro for garnish. Eat them alone or if you’d like, grill some fish or grab a rotisserie chicken from the store and make this a fantastic side dish.


In case you are feeling a little extra, and can’t leave well enough alone (like me), take this dish over the top and plop a fried egg on the side. Just like that, you can have Patatas Bravas for breakfast, although there really isn’t a bad time of day to consume potatoes or eggs. Give this one a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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{Feature Friday} #74

Another Friday is here! 
I hope you had a great week leading up to this day. 
I have some great ideas to share with you today that were linked up at last week’s Handmade Hangout Party.

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 

allison