Saturday, September 14, 2013

Clean and Safe Media Pledge

I'm getting ready to teach a lesson in YW at church on guarding virtue.  I have given this to the girls before, but thought I would again.  I got the original idea from a pledge found on the Deseret Book website that can be found here.  I reworded it to make it more individual for the girls.  Thought I would share it in case it might help someone else... 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Better Late than Never

I've had a couple of people ask me about Baby Girl's b-day party this last October.  So, I thought I'd throw together a quick, yet picture laden post to show what we did.  Sorry some of the photos are blurry.  I'm no expert when it comes to photography!  And yes... Baby Girl's name is blurred or edited out on the photos (I hope).  So, here we go!

These were the invites I created using photoshop:
I covered the windows with poster board and black garbage bags because when the party started it was still light outside.  The decorations were pretty simple, but made a big impact I thought.  First I bought a handheld black light and then wandered around different stores seeing what things glowed (paint, papers, pom-poms) and what didn't.  I bought three 18" long black lights from Wal-Mart for $10 a piece to place around the main party room.  

As far as decorations go, I made a poster for all of her friends to sign when they first got there. 
We cut out "Happy Birthday Baby Girl" from neon poster board and hung that on the one wall....

There was clear contact paper on the walls and then tons of neon shapes were cut using a Cricut.  When the kids came in they created collages using the shapes....


I had also found neon sticky notes at the dollar store.  400 flowers and stars for the wall for $4!  I strung some glow in the dark beads around the room, used a glow in the dark spray on the mirror, and then used some other odds and ends that I found around the house that glowed in the black light.

The kids got goodie bags with a black light/invisible ink pen (they were only $.99 when I found them), a notebook, glow sticks, and then a couple of glow in the dark items from Oriental Trading
I also found some glow in the dark and neon nail polish that I painted her fingers and toes with.  Each kid also got a picture drawn on their hands with some neon face paint crayons I had found at Wal-Mart.
We also served food that glowed, but the only thing I got a shot of was the potato chips... 

We served pizza (mozzarella cheese glows) the potato chips and then a lime drink that kind of glowed.  The hot pink frosting on the cupcakes we served also glowed.  

This is probably one of the better parties I've done.  The kids had a ball and Baby Girl was thrilled!  Who could ask for more?  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Elf on the Shelf

My mom gave us an Elf on the Shelf and I thought I'd share a few of the ideas/tricks he played last year to try and get my brain moving on what to do this year!

These are just the favorites... stole the Scrabble tiles to give us a message
 A treacherous ride along the top of the cupboards.
We had 5 days left till Christmas and he switched back our countdown to 95.  (My youngest did freak out just a little bit over this one... but once I assured her it was just a trick then she was able to laugh about it!)
 A whipped cream sugar rush.
 Hiding out in the Russian stacking doll nativity.
And the kids absolute favorite from last year... changing out all the animals from the nativity for dinosaurs!  (And yes... that's Rex from Toy Story right there in front)

I think the triceratops and T-Rex give it an adventurous feeling, don't you?

So far this year our elf has been pretty tame.  Right now he's hanging from one of the light fixtures using our Monkey's in a Barrel.
Sorry the photo isn't that great.  I used the webcam to take it because I'm feeling lazy!

Well, there you have it!  If we figure out anything else super fun for the elf, Oliver, I'll post them.  Do you do Elf on a Shelf with your kids or grandkids?  What are some fun things you've done?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Photo a Day

I think I'm going to try this out... anyone want to join me??  Here's the link to the original blog - Fat Mum Slim

P.S. Please forgive the changes... I'm trying out some new formats.  Seeing if I can find something new that I like.  What do you think of this??

Friday, May 25, 2012


Dear Lady who screamed like a Banshee,
If you come to a pool party with a couple hundred kids, you're gonna get splashed.  If you don't want to get wet, stay home next time.
The gal who kept her kid FAR away from you

Dear Tattoo Guy,
Thanks for the laugh!  I've never seen a bedazzled mermaid tattoo before!
Best Wishes,
The girl who is still wondering WHY you would get a mermaid tattoo and then get piercings to look like she was wearing a pink and purple necklace... (it seriously did look like someone had attacked him with a bedazzle gun!)

Dear Kids who kept coming up to Little Bug over and over to say "hi" and give him high 5's, or fist bumps, or hugs, or tried to talk to him even though he didn't respond or even acknowledge your presence,
Thank you.
Love Always,
"Little Bug's Mom"

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Solar Eclipse - May 2012

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Just trying out this Make a gif thing with my pictures from the eclipse.   Sorry it's so huge... I have no idea what I'm doing :)

Gonna try to get back into blogging (quit laughing!  I mean it this time!!)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My New Favorite Place

Sedona, Arizona is on several "Most Beautiful Places in the US" lists.  And now that I've been there, especially in the fall, I have to agree.  100%.  I'm not going to say much... just going to post enough pictures to make you crazy.  You see... we live in the desert.  We haven't had fall-like weather for about 6 years now.
Sedona, on the other hand, has fall.  They have an INCREDIBLE autumn season!  So that's probably part of serious love for this area.  I miss the changing of the leaves.  The crisp air.  The smell... gah!  I'm making myself crazy just thinking about it.  So.  Onto the awesome pictures!
Baby Girl with a weird reddish alien tint to her skin... she's still cute though ;)

My Dad... and the shoulder of a random stranger (note to self: crop this photo a wee bit)
Little Bug... not a great photo, but hey!  He is looking at the camera!  I'll take it :)
My Mom!  It was so fun to have my parents on this trip!

Little Bug throwing rocks into the stream.  He would have stayed there all day long if we had let him! helping(?) Baby Girl across the stream.

Red is not a fan of having his picture taken... can you tell??

A closer shot of the photo above... it almost looked like one tree that went from green to yellow to red!

Sorry the photos are huge and that there are so many... but... you know.  It's my blog and stuff :)
I hope we get to go back to Sedona in the fall sometime!  Such a beautiful place!
Do you have a favorite place to visit?  Or a place that you think is absolutely gorgeous?