Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Bucket List Activity and Garland

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Happy first day of fall! I love everything about fall and creating this fall bucket list garland just made me even more excited for all of the things I love about it!

Fall bucket list garland idea from playpartypin.com - write out your fall bucket list on tags, hang them up as a garland

This summer with all of the craziness I feel like K didn't quite get a chance to enjoy all of the perks that summer has to offer. Yes, we went to the pool a couple of times and enjoyed our fill of splash parks, but we didn't go camping or pick strawberries or so many of the other things you can only do in the summer. Luckily K isn't really old enough to know how much he missed out on, but I still feel bad about it because he shouldn't miss out just because we're busy.

So for date night this weekend, Richie and I sat down and wrote our fall bucket list of all of the things that we want to do as a family this fall. Rather than just writing down the list and having it sit somewhere that no one sees, I decided to turn it into a fall decoration and hung it with my yarn candy corn and candy corn bottles to complete our fall mantel.


Here's how you can make your own. This would be a great date night or family night activity so you can get everyone's input on what they think should make the list.

Supplies: 
Instructions:

Step 1 - Write your fall bucket list. You'll see in a minute why I'm having you do this first. Think about all of the fun things you want to do this fall and create a big long list of them. Ours included lots of fall specific things like picking a pumpkin, local things like visiting Mt. Vernon, and lots of food related things like baking a pie. Not only was it fun to think about all of the things we want to do this fall, it gives me an entire list of fun things to look forward to!


Step 2 - Cut out gift tags using your Sizzix Big Kick Machine. This was the first time I'd used my Big Kick, and I'll be honest, I was a little nervous. But it was so easy to use. All you do is pick out the die you want to use (I did a gift tag), layer the die with paper between two cutting mats, and crank the knob to pull the die through the cutter. It took all of about ten seconds to cut a tag. If you don't have a Big Kick, you can just use pre-cut gift tags, and then go buy one for your next project because I promise you'll love it!





I'm in love. I cut 30 tags on my Big Kick in just minutes, and the cuts were perfect every single time. It's so easy that even a kid can use it, well a kid that's older than K at least. Cut out as many tags as you have on your bucket list in various colors. I cut out an equal number of each color so my garland has a nice pattern, but you can do whatever you think works best.


Step 3 - Write the items on your bucket list on your tags. We actually color-coded the categories from our bucket list (cooking, local things, fall things) to the colors of the tags, but that's just going above and beyond.



Step 4 - String the garland on baking twine, making sure all of the words are facing the same direction. Once the tags are all strung, hang the garland where everyone can see it and be reminded of all of the fun things you're going to do this fall. And next time your kids say they're bored and want something to do, check out your list and find something fun to do. 

Great family night idea, write a fall bucket list then hang as a decorative garland for everyone to see

Oh and if you're like me and terrible at writing in a journal or have a terrible memory, you can use the garland as a way to remember what you guys do as well. Every time we do something on our bucket list, I am going to write what we did and the date that we did it on the back. And then at the end of the fall once our bucket list is complete, I am going to put them into a book with pictures or on a scrapbook page or something. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I'm planning to use it as a journal of our fall adventures. 

What's on your bucket list for the fall? 

Great family night idea, write a fall bucket list then hang as a decorative garland for everyone to see

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Birthday Week Giveaway: Lollipics

Let the birthday giveaway week continue with the sweetest prize of the week!


If you've missed out on any of this week's previous giveaways, make sure to head over to check them all out. All sorts of great gifts being given away to my wonderful readers!

Today's giveaway is being sponsored by one of my favorite sweet companies ever, Lollipics.



If you're not familiar with Lollipics, they make personalized lollipops that have edible images printed right on them. And not only are they the cutest things ever, they taste delicious. Probably K's favorite treat other than cake pops. I met Lollipics at SNAP last year and fell in love right away. I knew their edible photo lollipops would be an absolutely perfect addition to my parties, and they have been. They were the perfect "Love is sweet" party favors for my sister's blushing bridal shower, and perfect for my Wizard of Oz lollipop guild for my sister's welcome home party. So many different ways to use them, and kids and adults alike absolutely love them!




For today's giveaway, Lollipics has generously offered to give one reader a set of 12 personalized Lollipics, which can include up to two different photos or designs. Winner will receive a code good for the price of the Lollipics, not including shipping. Winner be responsible for paying shipping for the Lollipics themselves. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below! Good luck!


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Giveaway will run from September 23rd to September 30th at 11:59PM EST. Winning entry will be verified. Once verified, winner will be emailed and will need to respond to the email to their claim their prize within 48 hours. If winner does not claim prize in the specified time limit, another winner will be chosen. 

This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. If you have questions regarding this giveaway, please contact me, not Lollipics. 
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Easy Candy Corn Treat Plate

I am so excited to be joining some other amazing bloggers today to share Halloween crafts that you can make in 15 minutes or less! I'm sharing this candy corn treat plate that literally took me just minutes to make, and those are the kinds of crafts I like best.

Easy Candy Corn Treat Plate from playpartypin.com, literally takes less than 15 minutes to make

Okay, so confession, I love candy corn. It's one of my secret obsessions in the fall, and I buy it pretty much the first time, and every time, I see it. And I know candy corn isn't really Halloween as much as it is fall, but I'm planning to use this treat plate for my Halloween party, so I think it counts. And if you don't think so, then you can make this as a fall decoration and skip over to the other 15 minute Halloween craft ideas instead!

Supplies:
  • Styrofoam Cone - any size, but I used 7 7/8 inches x 11 7/8 inches 
  • White, orange, and yellow yarn
  • Small white plate
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Candy Corn 
Instructions:

Step 1 - Make one styrofoam candy corn using this tutorial that I posted last year. It took me about 5-10 minutes to make one candy corn.


Step 2 - Cut the white portion of the candy corn you just made off the top of the candy corn.


Step 3 - Hot glue the bottom half of the candy corn to the bottom of the white plate, making sure to center it as much as possible.




Step 4 - Hot glue the white portion of the yarn candy corn to the top of the plate, making sure to line it up with the bottom half of the candy corn.


Step 5 - Add candy corn and display in a fun area for all to see! And make sure you have plenty of candy corn on hand because with this cute display, it's sure to get eaten quickly.

Easy Candy Corn Treat Plate from playpartypin.com, literally takes less than 15 minutes to make

Easy Candy Corn Treat Plate from playpartypin.com, literally takes less than 15 minutes to make

Easy Candy Corn Treat Plate from playpartypin.com, literally takes less than 15 minutes to make

For more great 15 minute Halloween craft ideas check out the craft lightning Halloween series on The Country Chic Cottage or 30 Minute Crafts.

 

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Birthday Giveaway Week: Pick Your Plum

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I'm starting a new tradition this year and celebrating my birthday all week long! And when I say celebrating, I really mean giving away my favorite things all week long! The party started yesterday with the first giveaway, going on right now on Facebook for your chance to win an Amazon gift card. Hurry over to enter now because you can only win until 8PM EST on Monday, September 22nd!


If you have seen any of my recent parties or read many of my posts, you'll know that I am pretty much obsessed and addicted to all things Pick Your Plum. Whether it be the awesome patterned leggings I posted on Instagram this weekend or some random party supply, Pick Your Plum seriously has the best stuff. And I'm so happy to tell you that they are sponsoring today's giveaway!


Not familiar with Pick Your Plum? Start here. Basically they offer daily deals on craft stuff, party supplies, home decor, clothes, jewelry, accessories, etc. There's a new deal (or three) that go up every day at 9AM EST, and I may or may not have my alarm set to that time so I remember to check out the new deal. The catch is that you have to buy the deal before they sell out, and there's typically a limited supply. So you have to pick your plum before the next person does... makes sense right? Check out all of the awesome ways I've used Pick Your Plum in my parties!

Candy tubes in my Captain America party 



Daisy cut lids and baskets in my apple party 



Treat boxes and striped straws in my chocolate + football party 



All sorts of misc containers in my Lovely in Lavender DIY spa party 


And last but not least, personalized thank you tags for K's 1st birthday party


One lucky winner will receive an incredible grab box full of all sorts of Pick Your Plum goodies valued at $25. I've received a couple of grab boxes from Pick Your Plum and can tell you right now, they are one of my favorite things ever. The only thing that you know about what you're going to get is that it's going to be awesome and full of things perfect for the crafter, baker, party planner, and fashionista in you! 

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends on Monday, September 29th at 11:59 PM EST. Winner must have a U.S. mailing address and will be contacted via email. If they do not respond to claim their prize within 48 hours, they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be chosen.

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