DIY Birthday Party Pinata #DIYPinata #BirthdayParty #KidsBirthdayPartyIdeas #BirthdayDecor

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It’s Party time! There are a lot of different piñata’s you can chose from at the stores, but they may not have the theme that your looking for. If you trying to keep a Birthday Party cost down, this is a great way to help keep them down. There are always so many reasons that we want to make our own projects. I wanted to show you how to make your own DIY pinata for any party or event that you have coming up. You could also make one of them for the holidays, and do more of a theme around.

Materials:

* 8 Purple Sheets Of Tissue Paper

* 8 Pink Sheets Of Tissue Paper

* 1 Cardboard Box with the dimensions that you would like, you don’t want the height of the box over 7″ for a birthday party, It’s the perfect height. The width you will want to measure with the object you will be using as the focal point. You do not want a really thick box or a really thin box, other wise the kids won’t be able to break it or it will break right away and crush the candy when hit. A regular cardboard box without double layers will work well. (No shiny sides as the glue doesn’t stick as well)

* Clear Packing Tape

* Elmers Glue

* For the character or theme of the party you can use a Matching Plate that you will use at the party or you can use a helium balloon with the character on it that is not blown up

Steps for making your Pinata:

Step 1: You will want to cut 4 sheets of each colored tissue paper for your pinata. You will unfold the 4 sheets, then take 2 sheets at a time, and cut them 1 1/2 to 2 inch strips. When you have cut all the strips, you will then cut half cuts into the strip to make the strips into the fringe like look for the pinata.

Step 2: You will want to figure out which way you would like your pinata to hang. Then put two holes for your thick twine or yarn to hold the rope that you will use to pull the pinata so that the children can hit it. You will put two holes on each side and string it through and tie it so that it’s strong enough to support the rope. Once you have your twine or yarn in place then use the Packing tape to close the flaps on your box.

Step 3: Cut a slit into the side of the box, you will want to make 2 more slits so that you have a part of the box that will lift up so you can stuff the candy inside. Just like is shown below. You will want to make the slit at the top of your cardboard box.
It will not matter if your going to make a square or triangle pinata. You will still go through the same steps and just put the pinata the way you want it when your finished. You will do the front and back of your pinata first.

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Step 4: You will start with any corner that you want in the front of your Pinata. Take one of your strips, hold it up to the box and cut it where it will only over lap the sides a little bit then cut it there. You will add Elmer’s glue to the strip where the slits are not at. Then apply it to your box at the tip of the corner as shown. Then continue to rotate the colors till your 1/4 of the way down as shown.

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Step 5: Then move to the next corner and repeat till you have all the corners complete. Don’t worry if you go into the sides of the pinata we will fix those later. You can use your Plate or Balloon as a guide to see how far down you would like to go down for your corners. Once your corners are complete you will go to the open areas between your corners and again fill in the area rotating colors so that you cover all the areas. Leave the area where your Balloon or Plate will go blank for now.

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Step 6: When you start on the back of your Pinata, you will start on the top and just keep rotating the colors all the way to the bottom of the pinata. The Longer areas you will need to use a strip and a 1/2 to 2 strips to cover the area using the same colors.

Step 7: You will now work on the sides of your pinata. If you have over lapped your strips on the side. They will be dry now. So you can lift them up a little and cut off the excess so that you can fill in the sides of the pinata and they will lay flat.

Step 8: You will want to start on the side where your slit is for the candy to go in the pinata. Start to rotate your strips on the side away from you. When you are to your slit you will use smaller strips in front of the slit then cut strips that will cover the opening and give it room to move up and down. so before you glue your first one on. Hold it tight onto the opening and make sure it won’t break when your opening and closing your opening. If it does break then use a little longer piece. To save you time use that piece as a template for the rest of your strips so you won’t have to measure each strip. Then glue the strips with rotating colors.

Step 9: You will now finish the other sides of your pinata in the same way that you did the side with the slit. Your pinata is now complete with all your strips.

Step 10: If your using a helium balloon you will cut the balloon to use in the middle of your pinata and just use the top character part of the balloon to add to your pinata. If your using a Plate that matches your theme you won’t need to cut it at all. You will now add glue around the outer edge and center of the object you are using. Then put it into place and smooth it out.

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Step 11: This is the last step for completing your pinata. If you have space around your balloon or plate that is showing your cardboard box then rotate strips to fill them in. Once this step is complete, you will want to take strips to cover the edges of your plate or balloon. Take your strip and measure around the outer edge. You can use smaller strips if it’s easier for you, and then go all the way around the outer edge. You will want to use the light color as the first layer around the edge and then cover the light color with a darker color so that the glue won’t show. Your pinata is now complete, it’s ready for your party! Just fill with candy once it is completely dry, use the packing tape to close the slit and your ready for the kids to have a great time with their pinata!

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Little Book Of You Baby Book Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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As many of you know, my daughter just blessed me with a new granddaughter this summer. I was so excited about making her a book all about her, when she was born and a lot of interesting facts about the day she was born. I thought it would make the perfect gift for my little princess as well as something that she could look back on when she is older and know more about the day she was born.

Little Book Of You Baby Book is a beautifully illustrated book. They have the most adorable characters throughout the whole book that your child as well as you will just fall in love with. It has so many great facts included in the book like how much gas, milk, bread and other things cost on the day they were born. Interesting facts about the state they lived when they were born, who was at the hospital when they were born, who their family members are from Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and more. They get so much information about the day they were born that it will answer all their questions about that special day and they will just love learning all about them.

I showed it to my daughter and she just cried she loved it so much. She now wants one for her other daughter as well. I’m actually planning on getting one for each of my kids and grandkids because they are so cute and make a great keepsake for them. I make many keepsakes for them and have them in a box for each of them. They will receive them at a certain point for them to go through. Till then I keep adding to the boxes for them to have more keepsakes. It will be a wonderful surprise for them to read about the day they were born and what was going on in the world, who was there at their births, and so much information about the day they were born. They will have The Little Book to show their children and compare their books to see all the differences from when each of them were born.

I also love that we can keep passing them down in the family and they can be viewed by all the future generations as well. It can help them to know more about their family and who their family members were and who they are related to. This is the perfect book for any baby that is going to be a new little bundle of joy or for your children you have now. Give them the perfect keepsake for them to have and show their children and their children’s children. A Book that you can keep passing down through the family so that they know where they have come from and who they are. The beautiful illustrations, all the information throughout the book can show them how times keep changing but family always has a part in their lives.

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DIY Family Photos And Saying Canvas #DIY #FathersDay #Christmas #HandmadeGift #Canvas #Photos #Gift

I wanted to share this easy to make Family Photos and saying canvas that looks great on your wall or makes a great gift! They are easy to put together and you will just love them when they are done. I chose to make a completely black and white canvas for this project. However, you can print out colored pictures and use any color to paint the canvas.

Materials needed:
11 X 14 Canvas or any size you want
Acrylic paint
Printed photos either Black and white or color from regular or inkjet printer
Modge Podge
Foam brushes (They have a brush handle with foam on the end)
Letter stickers or vinyl cut saying that you want on your canvas

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You will start with your blank canvas and then paint it the color of your choice. Now, if your doing the black and white photos, the black painted canvas comes out very pretty, of course the choice in colors is yours.

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Once you have painted your canvas, you will let it completely dry and touch up any spots that need it.

You will now add any saying that you would like on your canvas, I made this one for my father so the saying is perfect for him. You can use a ruler to make sure your words are lined up and you can place them correctly. You will also want to make sure that their is enough room on the sides of the saying to add your photos as well.

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You will line up the photos where you would like them to go on your canvas. Make sure you check to see that all photos are lined up with the edge of the canvas so you get the correct view and that the sizes of the photos are the way you want them. Once you have them all lined up the way you would like them then you can move onto your next step. You will want then put a thin coat of Modge Podge and then place your photo on the modge podge photo side up.

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Now that you have all of your photos modge podged down on your canvas and let them dry for at least an hour. You will now put a thin layer of Modge Podge over the top of the photos. Then let it dry completely. Your photos are now perfect and your DIY canvas is complete.

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Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt Review #Christmas Gift Guide

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I can not tell you how excited I was to receive the Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt to try with my son. Now, I must explain why I was so excited. My son has EDS which makes his skin split and bleed and it also makes materials on his skin feel like it’s on fire, he has sensory issues as well so he will only wear certain materials which makes shopping for him a whole new experience for us both. We normally, if we are lucky walk out with 1 item for him out of hours of shopping.

So when the Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt arrived I was hopeful that he would be able to wear different clothing with it and protect his skin at the same time. I had high hopes for the shirt improving his daily life and his health needs as well. When I took it out of the box, my son looked at the shirt and looked at me and made a face. Until I told him to feel it, he grabbed it and started to rub it on his face, he loved the feel of it. It was so soft, he was so excited to put it on. When he did he was instantly in love with it. It soothed his skin, it was soft and he was didn’t want to take it off. You have no idea as a mom of a son who normally fights with me about EVERYTHING that touches his body to find something that he would wear and use under other clothes to be able to have more clothing options available for him.

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This is seriously HUGE for my son to say that he will try to wear other clothes over it now. We of course are still watching what we purchase but I had him try a shirt on that normally bugged him over the top of his Skinnies long sleeve shirt protected his skin and he was thrilled because he loved the shirt he wore over the top of it but because of his skin he couldn’t wear it. I have not seen that big of a smile on my son in a while! We will be buying several more of the Skinnies shirts in long and short sleeves, I will also be purchasing the Skinnies pants for him as well because he has a jeans issue as well. This has been a game changer for my son. He will be able to wear the styles he likes and not have to worry about his skin feeling like it’s on fire, that he has to wear just certain clothing and that is it. He said that wearing Skinnies makes him feel like he can be “normal” like other people and wear what he wants, when he wants. He has never had that so he is so excited! They have a great selection of Skinnies clothing that will be great for the whole family!

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Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce Recipe #FallRecipes #Recipe #SpaghettiSquash #Squash

Spagh squash with meat sauce

There are so many possible variations with this dish to make it fit your families needs. You could use vegan crumbles, ground turkey, or ground beef to make this meal for your family depending on your dietary needs. Now I had not made the Spaghetti squash before for my family and now I’m wondering what took me so long! We will be making it a lot more often, as it’s just delicious. If your lacking Potassium this is the perfect way to also keep your potassium levels where they need to be in a delicious way.

I also learned a few tips that I want to share with you when you make the Spaghetti squash. After your done baking it, I found that if you squeeze the water out of the squash it makes a better presentation on the plate. If you do not it comes out a little watery, so this helps with making a great presentation on the plate.

Ingredients:

1 Large Spaghetti Squash
1 lb of ground beef
1 Green Pepper
1- 14.9 oz can Red Gold Diced Tomatoes
1/4 cup onion diced
1- 32 Oz can Tomatoes sauce
1 tsp Parsley flakes
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp ground Sage
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sugar
Parmesan Cheese for the topping

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees

* You will want to brown your ground beef with onion and green pepper, be sure to drain it and run a little hot water over the top to get added grease off so that your sauce doesn’t have the dreaded extra grease in your sauce.

* Cut the Spaghetti Squash in half, place in a baking pan with 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pan.

* Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, just until the fork goes into the squash easily, while the squash is in the oven, you will make your sauce.

* Use a fork to make the strings of squash spaghetti and place it on a platter.

Sauce:

* Once you have drained your ground beef return it to the skillet and add in your other ingredients except for the Sugar and Parmesan Cheese. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes while your squash is cooking so they will be finished at the same time.

Place the squash noodles down on the platter and then top with your sauce. Just before serving sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Five Unique Items to Put on Your Baby Shower Registry

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Congrats! You’ve got a beautiful bundle of joy on the way. You may have already taken a look at our ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, which is a great place to start when looking for ideas on what to add to your registry. Perhaps you’ve even already gotten to work on your baby nursery, and hired a professional painter from Teaberry or another local painting service to help create a beautiful mural or color scheme.

As you know, having a baby on the way requires plenty of planning and preparation. Your baby shower registry can help you streamline many of your current and future tasks. The following is a list of unique items that you may not have thought of, and aren’t on many roundups when it comes to baby shower registry lists. Of course, you want to have all your baby must-haves, which include everything from bibs to a car seat. But it’s always fun to throw in a few key items that are less traditional for your list. Here are five unique items to add:

Fashionable Foam Tiles
You may have already heard of foam tiles, and they’re pretty popular in the world of parenting. These foam play mats are the perfect place for your little one to have fun and grow without hurting themselves. And in a world where wooden floors are the trendy norm, foam tiles are the perfect cushiony alternative. They can be placed and removed easily, and thanks to their versatility, can be taken anywhere in the home, and even to other locations.

Fortunately, you don’t have to invest in the classic multi-colored puzzle piece foam mats that are most popular. There are plenty of modern foam mats that come in fashionable forms. Little Nomad is one of the most popular companies in this field. The company appeared on Shark Tank, and has a tagline, “The most beautiful play foam mats ever—plus play space decor for style-minded mamas.” Choose from a wide variety of play mats that look more like chic carpets than play space for your children.

BabyLit Board Books
It’s never too soon to jump start your infant’s love for literature, so why not start by reading them some childproofed versions of your favorite English classics? The company BabyLit provides beautifully illustrated books that are familiar to parents. These include titles like “Don Quixote”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “Pride and Prejudice.” You can find many of the BabyLit books on Amazon.

Toy & Clothes Subscription Service
A subscription service gift is essentially the gift that keeps on giving. Why not put a year’s subscription box on your registry? Fortunately, there are plenty of cool subscription boxes for kids and babies. For instance, Milestones ABC sends out quarterly boxes that are filled with educational toys, clothes, and books for newborns to kids age 10. Then there’s Mac & Mia, a subscription box that sends out fashionable baby clothes for busy moms who don’t always have the time to shop for trendy new baby clothes.

Bath Thermometer
A bath thermometer may not be the first product that comes to mind when creating your baby shower registry, but it’s incredibly useful. Without it, you’ll continuously have to test the water with your hands, going back and forth between the cold and hot water settings, seeking the perfect water that’s “just right” for your little one.

A bath thermometer eliminates the guesswork. The perfect baby bath water temperature is the same as body temperature, and a thermometer ensures you get it right time after time. Check out this list of best baby bath thermometers.

Baby Food Maker
If you’re a health conscious mom who wants the best natural food for their kiddos, a baby food maker is a great option for your registry. Though there are many to choose from (you should do your own research to see which you’ll enjoy the most, and read plenty of reviews), they all perform the same basic functions, which allow parents to turn fruits and vegetables into natural drinks and foods for their infants and toddlers.

Not only is making your own baby food healthy, but economical and easy as well. You’ll save money by skipping out on store-bought jars and pouches, and feel much more confident about the food that goes into your child’s mouth. Some products, like Beaba Babycook, is designed to be easy to use with just one hand, allowing you to multitask seamlessly with your baby still in your arms. Other products, like the Baby Bullet, also come equipped with plenty of complementary accessories, like storage cups and tray.

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Acorn Squash Stuffed With Apples Recipe #SquashRecipe #FallRecipe #Recipes

Acorn Squash stuffed with apples

I just love the fall and all the comfort foods that come along with it. The comfort foods even make the snow a little more tolerable, I did say a little. lol This is one of my favorite squash recipes and I make it frequently for the family because it’s so good and it’s one of the only ways I can get them to eat Acorn squash. It has a wonderful fresh fall flavor that they just can not resist!

The Acorn squash will make a great side dish to any meat or dish that your serving. They may give you a funny look at first like what is that! However, once they taste it the squash will win them over. It has a unique fall flavor that they are not going to want to pass up.

2 Large Acorn Squash
3 Gala Apples
1-2 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp Apple Pie Spice
3 tsp Honey
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

You will want to cut the Acorn squash in half and remove the seeds. Then place the apples inside and then add the rest of the ingredients. Place 1 cup of water into the pan and then cover the pan with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes till a fork can be inserted into the squash and it’s soft.

Serves 4-6 people

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Special Needs Mom’s Meet Mom’s Just Like You In Your Neighborhood

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Having children who are special needs is such a blessing but it can also be a lot on the kiddos as well as the parents to find others who are in the same area as they are. It’s so beyond helpful to have those people who understand those not so good days and that can celebrate those great days with you as well. However, parents hold on for a minute because I am so excited to tell you about Wolf + Friends app where you can connect with other parents and kiddos that have the same special needs as your child.

We normally do not cover apps but when I saw this app, I had to share it with you all. I know the struggle of having people around you that understand where your going through, that can understand what your going through, what your child goes through, and having a support system of other parents. That can mean so much. I mentor other parents at the hospital that my son’s go to when their Dr’s request me to give them a hand. That support means so much to them, and so I really think this app could be a great way for kiddos to make more friends, parents to have a friend who understands everything about them as well. This could be a great way to meet so many new people right in your backyard.

In a judgement-free space, members will create a peer to peer support system via direct messages and group chats, making connections with new friends and mentors. The community will also have access to a curated content feed where they can read relevant news, shop stylish and developmentally appropriate products, and get lifestyle tips from occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, child psychologists, behaviorists, financial advisors and other experts.

The Wolf + Friends app is designed for moms to connect with like-minded women in their neighborhoods who are also raising children with special needs such as autism, anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing issues, developmental delays, mental health issues, down syndrome, and other learning differences. This app could be a game changer for many parents. It is available on the app store only at this time. Head over and check it out and see what you think of the Wolf & Friends app.

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Family Photo Canvas By Canvas On The Cheap Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received a photo canvas from Canvas On The Cheap to review for our blog. I chose to do a photo collage of pictures instead of doing just one photo. So I used Canva for photo collages to create the photo collage that I used for my canvas from Canvas On The Cheap. I used about 8 photos to create my photo collage of my daughter, her boyfriend and my two beautiful princesses. I couldn’t wait to see the completed canvas.

I have to say that I had so much fun creating the canvas. I was a little worried that I would have a hard time using the Canvas on The Cheap website. However, it walked me right through the site and it was really easy to use. I loved how easily I could upload my photo and I could create my beautiful photo canvas. It literally took me just a few minutes to create my photo canvas and preview my canvas. I just couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and I fell in love with my photo canvas that I made. I couldn’t have been more happy to receive it and it was so beautiful!

Kayla canvas

Now , I have to tell you that I also love the prices on Canvas On The Cheap! They would make a great gift and you can stay within your budget as well! You can purchase the perfect photo canvas for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. It will even be great for the hard to buy for people on your list. It’s also a great time to get a photo canvas done of your family photos that you have done or a favorite fall family photos. The options are just endless! I can tell you that everyone on your Christmas shopping list will be thrilled to receive a photo canvas!

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I have to say that I’m going to be getting the family all together to get some fall photos because I want to have another fun fall photo for my living room. I am also going to be having some made with my son’s when they met some Disney Channel movie stars. I want them to have them in their bedroom and also as a keepsake so they can show their children when they have them. I know everyone else has some great memories, family photos or other photos that will make some great photo canvas’s and great photo canvas gifts.

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