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Cricut Crafts - Sewing

Disney DIY Cars Pillow using your Cricut Maker

June 22, 2018

I made this adorable Cars Lightning McQueen for Malakai. He’s been obsessed since Cars 3 was released. This Cars Pillow is even easy and fun to put together for your
Disney Pixar Cars obsessed boy or girl. Create your very own Lightning McQueen pillow using your Cricut Maker. #disneycraft #disneycars #cricutmade #cricutmaker #diyThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Disney Cars came out last year with their third instalment of the series. I don’t know if it’ll be the last and I’m kind of hopeful it’s not. It is a little played out but I’ll still see it and Malakai will watch it all.day.long. This DIY Cars Pillow was perfect for him to lay his head down and turn on the movies.

Supplies –

Create your very own Lightning McQueen pillow using your Cricut Maker. #disneycraft #disneycars #cricutmade #cricutmaker #diyIf you can see in the picture above, I have no black Iron-On Vinyl on the DIY Cars Pillow. I used the black fabric as the black color and I saved some money because I didn’t need to buy that color. Create your very own Lightning McQueen pillow using your Cricut Maker. #disneycraft #disneycars #cricutmade #cricutmaker #diyBegin by cutting out your fabric with the Cricut Maker. You’ll cut one black circle and 2 black rectangles that you’ll sew together to make one long strip.

After you’ve cut your black circle, place the Iron-On Vinyl. Us your EasyPress or Iron and start with the red. Next, line up your yellow bolts and then lay the white on the top. Use a towel or a protective mat to protect your red and yellow HTV as you press the others. Create your very own Lightning McQueen pillow using your Cricut Maker. #disneycraft #disneycars #cricutmade #cricutmaker #diy

Cut the other circle with your Cars patterned fabric. You don’t have to use Cars fabric but it’s just an added bonus. Pin your black strip to one of the circles and then sew the ends of the strip together when they meet. Now sew one of the circles to the side strip.Create your very own Lightning McQueen pillow using your Cricut Maker. #disneycraft #disneycars #cricutmade #cricutmaker #diy You will now sew the second circle to the side strip. Leave an opening about 4 inches wide and then stuff with filler. Hand stitch the pillow closed. So easy and it’s such a fun Disney Cars craft.Create your very own Lightning McQueen pillow using your Cricut Maker. #disneycraft #disneycars #cricutmade #cricutmaker #diy

 

Kids Crafts

DIY Kids Olympic Torch

January 26, 2018

The Olympics are quickly approaching. Make these DIY Kids Olympic Torch to make your kids feel like they’re apart of the ceremonies themselves.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.

The Winter games are my favorite of the Olympic Games, just saying’. These olympic torches are so easy to make and come with everything you need in a small kit from Oriental Trading.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!

Supplies

DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!To make these, remove the blue tube and the blue collar from the kit. Start by adhering the middle tab to the inside of the tube and work your way around.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!Flatten out the yellow tissue paper and pinch in the center. Twist it around itself and place inside the tube.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life! DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!I didn’t adhere it inside the tube but you can easily do that with some clear tape. So simple and the perfect kids olympic craft.DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!Pair these olympic torches with these olympic medals and have the best Olympics party of your life!DIY Kids Olympic Torch Craft. Use these craft kits from Oriental Trading and throw the funnest Olympic party of your life!

Parenting Tips & Tricks

Kids Springtime Fashion with OshKosh B’Gosh

April 18, 2017

Kids Springtime fashion is one of the funnest seasons to dress them for.
See how Oshkosh B’Gosh has all the essentials you’ll ever need.
Kids Spring Fashion TrendsThis post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

I love dressing Malakai in dapper clothing – I mean, nothing is cuter than a little boy in suspenders. Am I right?DSC_0662Some of the best fashion I have found for toddlers comes in the form of comfort. Yes people, babies like yoga pants as much as their mamas! But when they make adorable little clothes that average sized people would look ridiculous in – we just have to buy it. DSC_0671DSC_0677These suspenders were by far my favorite find from OshKosh B’gosh and they are now Malakai’s Sunday pants. I love that I can pair it with a nice shirt or just a standard polo and it’s giving him a new look. Did I mention he loves peanut butter sandwiches? 😉_DSC0807Another style I love are jogger pants. Whether their in Jean form or sweat form, they just look adorable and I can’t get enough. Malakai seems to be drawn to them too because he never tries to take them off like other stuff he wears. We paired this pair with a nice henley one-piece and these crib shoes. IMG_3406 DSC_0689Malakai is almost walking and is getting more confident by the day to take off on his own. He loves these crib shoes because he can naturally curve his foot when he’s trying to take steps. I love all the designs that OshKosh B’gosh offers. I wish too that I could have gotten him these sandals but that’ll just have to wait for now. DSC_0674OshKosh B’gosh is a great brand for kids because they sell practical clothing and stylish clothing. You can find everything you need from affordable comfort to great Sunday clothing and especially holiday clothing.  DSC_0682Now you can save 25% using this Oshkosh Coupon and get your Spring shopping on! Shop online or find your local OshKosh B’gosh store here. 

Parenting Tips & Tricks

Family Game Night Fun

November 18, 2016

Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicLeila and Penny are the best of friends and they can laugh for hours on end. I don’t think they’ve ever fought, ever! We had a get together at my mom’s house and the girls had so much fun having family game night, alone, while their brothers played by the fire pit.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicWe started with unwrapping the Hedbanz™ Electronic and I love that it comes in its own case that holds the cards and also has the ability to hold the Hedbanz™ Electronic bands.  My previous experience with Hedbanz™ was positive but there was nowhere to store the items neatly. The Hedbanz™ Electronic solved that.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicLeila and Penny were able to play the three essential ways –

  • Ask “Yes” or “No” questions
  • Describe It
  • Act it out

They were also able to utilize the five questions that is included with the  Hedbanz™ Electronic. The questions were easy enough that they were able to read them on their own and the pictures included in the  Hedbanz™ Electronic were so clever.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicAs you can see by their expressions, they had so much fun together. I think that’s so essential for family game night. Include games that all ages can get involved and include all those who want to be included. When kids get older, they seem to not want to do family game night. I always try to find games that include older and younger kids. Hedbanz™ Electronic is the perfect game for all ages and it has you act silly which is a smile maker.Create a fun family game night using Headbanz ElectronicWe had so much fun having family game night that we left it at our Grandma’s so it can be played every time we’re there. To purchase  Hedbanz™ Electronic on Amazon, go here. Now tell me, what is your favorite game for family game night?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Parenting

The Best (FREE) Learning Apps with your Amazon Fire Tablet

September 22, 2016


what-are-the-best-educational-apps-through-amazon-undergroundEach of my children have their own Amazon Fire Tablet that I was able to score last year on Cyber Monday. It was the perfect gift for each of them because I mainly wanted it to keep them occupied for a fraction of the price. I want to share with you the best FREE learning apps available though Amazon Underground.best-education-apps-for-kindleMany times my children have downloaded apps that have cost me money, a lot of money that I wasn’t happy about. Now I know that with Amazon Underground, they can download apps that are actually free.the-best-learning-apps-for-kidsI’ve compiled a list of FREE apps that each of my kids use to help them with school work and help them with their problem solving. I’ve separated it by years for Elementary aged children that will help you as parents make the right choices on what is the most appropriate free app for them.

  • Kindergarten – Elmo Loves ABC’s

This app allows the child to trace the upper and lower case ABC’s. You can track your child’s progress and see how long they’ve used the app. It comes with fun coloring pages to learn the colors a little easier and you can watch Sesame Street videos.

  • First Grade – Endless Reader

I love this game for my first grader. She can touch a work and it makes the noise that the letter sounds like and you find the matching one. It’s a lot of fun and it gives you a silly scenario at the end of what those words and sentences mean.

  • Second Grade – Math Run

This app features subtraction, addition, multiplication and division and it features them in games. It is a timed game and gives multiple choice answers and if you get it wrong, you stop running.

  • Third Grade – Third Grade Learning Games

This game actually comes for all grades but this one for third graders is perfect. It has a variety of subjects the kids can choose in math and language arts.

  • Fourth Grade – Planet Genesis

Any child who loves Star Wars pretty much loves space. This app shows kids the difference in the sizes of the solar system, teaches them the planets and you can do gravity simulation.

  • Fifth Grade – Geo Expert

Fifth graders are all about learning the states in the USA. This app helps identify states and their capitals to help with all those state reports!

  • Sixth Grade – Roblox

There are a lot of games available through Roblox and my kids love it. I figure by time they’re in sixth grade they should at least have a little fun sometimes. This gives them the options to choose what game they’re interested in that day and the opportunity to make honest choices if you tell them to choose a good game. 😉best-kids-apps-for-kindleLeila also loves to play ABC Mouse which does require a membership but it has been worth every cent. She’s learned new techniques for sounding out letters and it’s helping her form her words better. She’s also a preemie baby born 10 weeks early so she needs a little extra help catching up to her classmates.

All of these apps have helped my children in so many ways. I love that educational apps are a thing and that they’re so advance. Remember though, Amazon Underground is only supported on 5th Generation (2012 – newer) and newer Fire tablets, and Android phones.

Learn more about the Amazon Appstore, the Amazon Underground catalog of 100% free apps & games or to get access on your Android smartphone visit HERE.best-kids-app-for-amazonI was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Premature Babies

The Best Fall Baby Boy Fashion with Carters

September 12, 2016

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.What are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.So Malakai is almost one. I cannot believe it. We’ve come so far from his days in the NICU and it almost seems like it was someone else’s life. I’m so glad he is healthy and strong today but we do have a ways to go. I want to share with you the best Fall baby boy fashion to grab at one of our favorite stores.

5-Pack Original BodysuitsWhat are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.When Malakai was in the NICU, the best preemie clothes we were able to find were at Carters. Their original bodysuit is something that I’ve used with all my kids and have found it to last longer and it was more durable than the ones you grab off the shelf at the supermarket. For the preemie clothes it gave my son the sense that he wasn’t a hospital patient. He was dressed so cute like a baby should be and the clothes actually fit his tiny body. Most premature clothes are wide and short. The Carters preemie clothes are close to the skin, give them actual designs on the clothes and were soft enough for them to be comfortable.

3-Piece Little Jacket Set

What are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.When Carters asked me to grab some items from their new Fall line, I was excited because of how much of their items we already own. However, being a baby photographer is not my thing and I think Malakai fell over 5-6 times. We went to our local pond and changed him a bunch of times into the cutest baby boy fashion you’ve ever seen.What are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.When choosing a wardrobe for a baby, think comfort. I think some new moms don’t realize how often they’ll  be changing a baby and how accessible a baby’s bottom needs to be for diaper changes. I love to get packs of the original bodysuit and always have a layer under my babies regular clothing. I also love the comfy pants that Carters has to offer. I also grab their Sleep & Play jammie’s but I try to stay away from the fleece. Because Malakai was a micro-preemie, he over heats a lot. He cotton is plenty warm for him and it does the trick. It’s also an experience thing when trying to figure out what works for your baby. Go ahead and try new things and see if it works for your family.
What are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.Carters clothes are so comfortable for babies and it makes a big difference in how they feel staying in certain items all day. Softness and durability are key when looking for baby fashion. There are so many fads going around and while they’re all adorable, you have to ask yourself if it’s really worth it for them to wear for a short amount of time for the money you’re spending. From my experience it’s all about comfort and sustainability which Carters clothing fits into those categories perfectly. What are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.When I am looking at baby boy or baby girl clothes, I want something that will last and that will also not break my budget. There are very few things that I find are actually worth spending the big bucks on like soft sole shoes and a good baby carrier.What are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.What are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.Carters always has great sales and you never have to pay full price for anything, ever. If you’re on their email list, they send you coupons all the time. They also have a reward program and the best thing is is that it’s all traceable in their system so you don’t have to go digging for the previous receipt. We love Carters clothing for our baby boy but I was especially appreciative that they had the best preemie clothes on the market. Use the coupon below for more savings!Carters 2016 coupon codeWhat are the best essential clothing for baby? Check out this guide.To find your nearest Carters, click here and to get it all shipped to your home, click here. I’ve loved working with Carters and I know Malakai is as snug as a bug in their new Fall line.

Carters is also having a Pinterest contest called ‘Pin Baby Pin’ and you have the chance to win a $50 gift card by just uploading your favorite Carters baby’s first look to Pinterest and submit your link here. Contest ends 9/26/16 and 75 lucky winners will be selected. Good Luck!

Birthday Parties

Easy Football Party Ideas for Kids

July 8, 2016

Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party My Siaki looooves Football. ‘Mr. Touchdown’ had an awesome season and he soon discovered O’dell Beckhams sweet catch from the Super Bowl a few years ago. They even have a term that if you catch something that looks like it took a difficult stretch, you O’delled it. For his 8th birthday we threw him a New York Giants football party as a bit of a nod to his new found O’dell obsession.  Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I found these fun football helmet and ball shaped cookie cutters and made some extra buttery Rice Krispie treats and cut them out. I used these trays from Oriental Trading. Next time I’ll line them with parchment so that we can reuse them later. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party We did ice cream and cake after the kids came home from seeing Zootopia in the theaters. I got them all sugared up and sent them home to their parents. You’re welcome!Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I used some Hazel and Ruby scalloped washi tape to create the laces on my pitcher. I filled it with root beer so that it gives me the brown look of the ball. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party All these fun plates, napkins, balloons and garland are all from Oriental Trading. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I grabbed these slap bracelets from OT and the kids went crazy for them. I kind of loved them too. It brought me back to my days at Beaverton Elementary and I’d use my $.25 to buy a slap bracelet at the school store. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl PartyI love these football party ideas and they’re perfect for the Super Bowl too. All these decorations could be used to represent any football team. 

Christmas - Holiday Parties - Kids Crafts

Mini Gingerbread Houses with the Kids

December 21, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyMaidHouse #CollectiveBiasHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas came early this year for my kids. I try to stick to holiday tradition but it not always the easiest or most convenient but for us, gingerbread houses are a must.

We usually get the pre-made box kit and use hot glue to hold it together (we don’t eat them in our house). I decided to give the kids something whimsical to do and so we used Honey Maid graham crackers and some classic white frosting to put them together. I’ve seen them put together ahead of time or allow them to be made right before decorating. I can tell you with this experience, glue them ahead of time. They’ll be sturdy enough for the kids to add some more frosting and not have to worry about it falling over. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersGo non-traditional too and use some things that are unexpected with your candies. Mix it up because it’s all about making this a fun and memorable experience with the kids. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersI headed over to Wal-Mart and grabbed all my supplies. I stuck with the traditional Christmas color palate and let my daughter choose some fun candy of her own. I have these jars left over from my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party that I got from TomKat Studio.  Mini jars are a must for any party and any cooking just to make things a bit easier for the kids. IMG_9423As you can see, Freddie had a hard time with his staying together so naturally, he ate it. We invited some neighbors over to make them with us and they had so much fun. Siaki thought he had the best one and Leila just decorated her Santa. Siaki gets my OCD when it comes to making things just the way they’re supposed to be rather than just letting things be how they turn out. As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to let go of this but seeing him as a kid, I definitely see how I struggled with this growing up. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas is such a great time of year for children who believe. Freddie told me the other day that he knew I was Santa because of the wrapping paper but he just knows St. Nick is still real. I’m trying to be better about following traditions for my kids. I remember those were the things I loved so much when I was a kid that they need to have more consistency about it around the holidays. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersTo give you more ideas on this fun idea for kids, head on over to Honey Maid site and check them out. What kinds of candy would you use for your house?