Friday, January 30, 2015

Candy Balloon Animal Cupcake Topper: How-To!

How cute are these little balloon animal cupcake toppers?!!! They were the perfect little detail for this balloon animal birthday party we had for my little 2 year old. And here is the how-to!
What you'll need...
Mike & Ike's Candies
 Take 6 Candies and cut them at a slant about 2/3 in. Then take those same six candies and also cut the bottom corner off. 
Take two of them and hold over a candle to melt it a little. {This makes it nice and sticky!} Stick them together. Hold firmly for a few seconds, when it cools it will stick well. Do this with all 6 candies! 
Now take 1 pair of stuck-together-candies, heat over candle and stick them on a whole piece of candy. This is the head. 
 Next take another whole piece and cut a small part off of the side of an end. {not the bottom!} Heat that part with the candle and stick it onto the head. You now have a body!
Now take your other 2 pairs of stuck-together-candies. Heat them and stick 1 pair under the body up front, and one in the back. 
Now cut 1 more in a slant 2/3 in. Heat it and stick it onto the back of the body. 
Tada! Now find a delicious cupcake to stick this puppy on!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Plastic Ball Garland: How-to!

We have this giant bag of plastic ball-pit balls I snagged at a yard sale exchange we had at church over the summer. Brandon loves these and so I thought it fitting to use some of them to decorate his birthday party. 
I love how it turned out! It was the perfect touch to celebrate the little guy! 
What you'll need...
plastic balls
long needle 
{found in the upholstery section of the craft store}
Monofilament Line {A.K.A Fishing line}
Scotch Tape
Start by picking a drill bit that is around the same size as your needle in thickness. 
 Hold your ball steady and drill a hole on 1 side. Then turn it around and drill a hole on the opposite side. You are basically making a giant bead. Do this with every ball you intend to use. 
Figure out the pattern you want to make. I went with yellow and blue with a few green thrown in there bc I didn't have enough green balls. 
Now thread your needle with the fishing line. String each ball by sticking the needle through the holes you drilled. It may take a little finagling to get the needle through the other hole you drilled simply because you sort of have to estimate where the hole is on the other side. {You will see what I mean when you are doing this part.} 
 Once they are are all strung up, wrap some clear tape at each end to keep them from coming unstrung. Make sure you leave plenty of fishing line on each end for hanging up. 
Simple as that!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Balloon Animal Birthday Party: Brandon Turns 2!

I can't believe my little Brandon Boy is 2! He loves balloons & he loves animals... so we had an balloon animal party. It was the perfect way to celebrate our little guy! 
{This invitation can be purchased at the Hooray Shop!}
With the help of pinterest I was able to twist up some fun balloon animals. We had puppies, giraffes, elephants, flowers, swords and more.
We ate lunch, enjoyed some cupcakes, while Brandon smashed into his cake, and played with balloons. We also played with The Amazing WUBBLE Bubble Ball {Looks like a bubble, plays like a ball!}, which was super fun! The kids loved it!
I made the cutest little candy animal balloon cupcake toppers. A tutorial for that is here!  I also made an awesome plastic ball garland. Here is the How-to for that! 

The little birthday boy had a great time! Happy Birthday Brandon!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Year Long Book List

Happy New Year! 
I hope you all ended 2014 with a bang and that you are looking forward to 2015! I know I am. 
My resolution this year is to read more. I simply don't make enough time for it. 
I agree with J.K Rowling! 
I love getting to know characters, stepping into their world and walking in their shoes. It's so awesome when you can't wait to finish whatever you're doing or you put off everything because that book is just calling your name. 
My goal is to read 1 book a month. {I'm going to go easy on myself!} 
There are so many books I want to read so I thought I would try to set a plan of action. 
I came up with a book list that would be great reads for each month of the year. 

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch: The advice a dying Professor gives about achieving your dreams and using the time you are given wisely, and being positive no matter what you have to face. {Make this year a good one!}
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: Two teens who fall in love despite having cancer and limited time to live. 
{Valentine's Day - Feb 14th}
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor : Racism & social injustice during Great Depression 
{Black History Month}
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom: A story about a white Irish orphan forced to be an Indentured Servant in a Southern Plantation. 
{St. Patrick's Day - March 17th}
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: An 18 year old who grew up on the Foster Care uses the meaning of flowers to help others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubles.
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: About a refuge city built underground running out of resources
{Earth Day - April 22nd}
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:
{Holocaust Remembrance Day - April 27th}
Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes : The adventures of a self created knight and his squire in Spain. 
{Cinco De Mayo- It's actually Spanish Literature, not Mexican, 
But I think it would be fun to read at this time!}
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: About a mother who gets amnesia and loses an entire decade and is trying to piece it all back together. 
{Mother’s Day - May 10th}
The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek: Two sisters who inherit a beach house and are looking for the most valuable thing in it. 
{Because it's summer, and I actually did just read Gatsby!}
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty: A wife finds a letter her husband wrote her with a secret. She was only supposed to read it if he suddenly died. But she found it while he was still very much alive. 
{Sound like a good summer read as well!} 
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: About an American Olympian and his struggles & trials during WWII and his will to live. 
{Independence Day - July 4th}
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: A Memoir about growing up in dysfunctional family 
{Another good summer read. I was told by a friend to read it asap!}
Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg: Made-up text conversations from famous characters in liturature. {Seems like a light hearted and fun book to read by the pool.}
Atonement by Ian McEwan: A British girls half innocent mistake that ruins lives and her reflection on it as an adult.
{International Forgiveness Day - 1st Sunday of August}
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: Coming of Age Novel about a teen who gets kicked out of school and his struggle to be true to himself when others are not. 
{Back to School}
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters: A story of a mother and her two children who live at Hundreds Hall trying to keep up with Society. But Maybe something or someone is trying to keep up with them. 
{Halloween - Oct. 31st}
A Great & Terrible Beauty by Gemma Doyle: 16 Year old is sent to boarding school after mother dies. She is haunted by visions that tend to come true. It has a light horror aspect and a touch of romance too. 
{Halloween - Oct. 31st}
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: A Families struggles during the Great Depression & Dust Bowl {Be grateful our economy is not what it was back then! Thanksgiving - Nov. 26th}
Catch 22: Joseph Heller: Takes Place During WWII, soldiers experiences develop the plot. {Veteran's Day - Nov. 11th}
Island of a Thousand Mirrors By Naomi munaweera: About  a girl who escapes the country and teenage girl stuck in the country with civil unrest & how they stay connected.
{Human Rights Day - Dec 10th}
Where Tree Tops Glitzen by Tricia Goyer: Three romantic stories with Christmas Spirit that happened during WWII. 
{Christmas - Dec 25th}

These are other books on my list I have to squeeze in at some point! 
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith 
Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Map of Time by Felix J Palma 
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain Mystery 

If you have any other book suggestions for me I'll take 'em! And I hope some of you will join in on the reading fun! 

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