Friday, June 26, 2015

DIY Easy Plush Toy Holder

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Have you seen the new Disney Pixar movie Inside Out? We have and it's awesome! It really gives the kids a better understanding of their emotions and how they work and why they feel the way they do sometimes. We headed into our local Wal-Mart and was able to get our favorite emotions to keep the movie going at home. 

Of course all of them are our favorite emotions and had to get each one. 

As a mom of two boys, organization is a must! Without it, our home and toys would be everywhere, well even more then they already are. Even with being as organized as we can, the toys still seem to scatter everywhere! But, now with a new puppy in the house, organization has never been more important. Because organization is key, we created this fun and easy DIY Plush Toy Holder to keep all our emotions in one place. Plus, helps keep them away from our new puppy who likes to chew on Joy. 

To create your own DIY Plush Holder, simply gather all your favorite Inside Out Emotions and a wooden storage crate. We found the wood crate at Wal-Mart and fit all our favorite characters perfectly.

Craft paint, wheels, drawer pulls, and paintbrushes helped create our plush holder.

To create: Attach wheels to the bottom side of wood crate. We pre-drilled holes in the crate and secured the wheels in place with screws.

After attaching the wheels and securing the handles/drawer pulls to the sides, we got down to decorating. Since this was going in the playroom, I wanted it to reflect them and have them decorate it. Using craft paint, the boys placed hand prints all over the outside of the crate. My original plan was to create a decal with the words "TOYS" on the outside of it as well, but I loved the hand prints so much I could't bare to cover them up.

There you have it!! It was so simple and so much fun. It was something we could create as a family and we all had a great time making it.


Wooden Crate
Set of 4 Caster Wheels
Set of 2 Drawer Pulls
Craft Paint

How To:

1. Attach wheels to bottom of crate.
2. Attach handles to each side of crate.
3. Decorate your crate as you like
4. Fill with plush toys and enjoy! 

As soon as our Plush Holder was complete, of course playtime was next! We loved the movie and we loved being able to play with the characters at home.

The movie was filled with such emotion and explaining the different types of feelings and emotions with them was a lot more fun with the Inside Out characters. They both loved to act out the feelings and are more aware now of what each emotion brings.

My oldest especially took to the characters more as he now has a clearer picture of his emotions and how to react and handle them better. Especially now that he is getting older, he has many emotions swirling around and is not sure what is going on or how to handle them. He loves to just grab a character that reflects how he is feeling at the moment and talk it out or use it to help figure out why he is feeling that way. He can reflect back to the movie through the toys and understand that what he is feeling is normal.

Our favorite character is Joy. What character emotion does your child relate to the most???

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DIY Door Knob Hanger Decoration

Teacher Appreciation Week was a few weeks ago and while I created lots of fun gifts for my boys teachers, I was also able to help surprise all the teachers at the school by helping to decorate their classroom doors. The PTO at the school organized a door decorating day to meet up after school and completely design and decorate a teachers door to celebrate them during Teacher Appreciation Week. So, of course I got right to work, with the help of the other grade level decorators, we created a theme for our all our 2nd grade doors. Wanting to give the teachers something they can use long after the school year ends and the paper comes down, I created these super easy and super cute DIY Door Knob Hanger Decorations to hang from each teachers door. 

We found these blank wooden signs at Hobby Lobby and painted them in different colors to match our themes. We were coordinating all three 2nd grade teachers doors to match a garden, outdoor scene. Each would include butterflies, flowers, and kites. 

Once the paint dried, we measured and paired each wood sign with fun, printed printed papers. Something that would match the doors, but could also be used elsewhere.

We then added adorable wooden cutouts we found at both Hobby Lobby and Michaels. 

Finally, we added matching ribbon and a paper die-cut letter of their last name. Now, they can hang proudly on their doors of the classroom and when school is out, use anywhere they would like. Each wood sign cost less then $3.00 to make. 

Even though I didn't get to decorate her door, I of course had to make one for Blake's awesome kindergarten teacher. 

They made the perfect addition to our Teacher Appreciation Doors and the teachers loved them! HUGE thanks to everyone who helped decorate all 30+ teachers doors at the school and to Maria and Sonya for helping me decorate the 2nd Grade doors. 

This is Blake's kindergarten teachers door decorated by the kinder door volunteer, Pamela. She did an awesome job! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Homemade All-Natural Pasta Sauce

A few months ago we decided to change the way we eat and how we eat. I want the best for my boys and these days it's so hard find foods that are not filled with so many chemicals and pointless ingredients. So, I have been switching all our current foods that we enjoy with more all natural and organic items. The transition has been amazing and we are finding these foods are more available in the stores and have no trouble finding them. With pasta being one of our favorite meals to cook, I decided to try this all natural pasta sauce recipe I found on Pinterest, by Fit Foodie Finds. It was delicious and so good! The boys cleaned their plates and with only 4 ingredients, it is 100% clean! 

  • 8-10 large organic tomatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 large basil leaves (organic)
  • 6 cloves of garlic (organic)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

1. First, preheat oven to 400F and lightly spray a cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.Next, prep tomatoes by cutting them in half and placing them in baking sheet facing up. (I placed a sheet of aluminum foil in pan, sprayed with organic olive oil cooking spray, before placing tomatoes into pan.)

3. Drizzle with Olive Oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Place fresh basil leaves and garlic in same pan.
5. Roast at 400F for about an hour or until the tomatoes begin to brown.

6. Once cooled a bit, place everything into a food processor, basil and garlic included, and process until smooth. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Once all ready, pour into a jar, freezer bag, or into a pot to cook for dinner.

Homemade All-Natural Pasta Sauce
  • 8-10 large tomatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 large basil leaves
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  1. First, preheat oven to 400F and lightly spray a cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Next, prep tomatoes by cutting them in half and placing them in baking sheet facing up. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place fresh basil leaves and garlic in same pan.
  4. Roast at 400F for about an hour or until the tomatoes begin to brown.
  5. Once cooled, place everything into a food processor (basil and garlic included!) and process until smooth. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Modern Puppy Party for my 6 Year Old

In case you haven't noticed, my little guy loves puppies! So, when it came time to planning his 6th birthday party, of course we choose puppies. This would be the third puppy themed party in 6 years, so I wanted something different. He was going to be 6 and I didn't want it cutesy and babyish. I wanted a more modern take on the typical puppy themed birthday party. I chose greens, whites, and blacks to keep it fresh, updated, and more sophisticated. Well, as sophisticated as you can get with 15 six year olds running around.  
We held his birthday at MoonJumpers, an indoor bounce house party rental place close to home. This way we had entertainment and space at the same time without the mess and craziness of our own home. No cleaning and no clean up! PERFECT!

The main dessert table was decorated in green, gray, and white with black and white photos of the birthday boy over the last 6 years serving as the backdrop. Flanked on either side of the photo was the puppy inspired cake and matching cupcakes while front and center sat the puppy themed cake pops all created by Sweet n Sassy Cakes of Forney. Custom dog shaped cookies, paw print rice crispie treats, green tablecloth, a gray and white striped runner, which was actually wrapping paper, gray and ceramic puppy dog, completed the dessert table set up.

The main dining area was decorated using matching green tablecloths and coordinating polka dot and striped runners made from wrapping paper. Gray plates with bone wrapped green striped napkins housed the matching forks. Centerpieces were created by using mason jars wrapped with ribbon and filled with paper shred filler. I created over-sized paper letter B, number 6, and paw print to place inside the mason jars and attached giant green balloons from Bloom Designs. Each jar centerpiece sat inside the center of a fruit, veggie, and/or meat and cheese tray. Along with the delicious fruits and veggies, guests munched on Blake's favorite food, Pizza! 

Party favors were lots of fun! Each guest received their very own mini plush puppy inside a custom decorated glitter paw print bag we created for his party. Plus, they got to take home their very own decorated puppy cookie! 

He has a blast bouncing around with his friends and family!!!! Happy 6th Birthday Blake!!! Thank you to all the vendors who helped up create a pup-tastic party for him!!

Party Recap:
Event Styling and Set-Up - Creative Designs by Toni
Location - MoonJumpers
Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies, Cake Pops - Sweet n Sassy Cakes of Forney
Giant Balloons - Bloom Designs
Plush Puppy Favors - Oriental Trading
Custom Canvas Favor Bags, bone fork wraps, and Over-sized Letter/Numbers - Creative Designs by Toni
Wrapping Paper Runner - HomeGoods

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