Easy Mickey Mouse Party Banners

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Today I wanted to share the super easy Mickey Mouse Party Banners that I made for our recent #DisneyKids Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Preschool Playdate.  I had been wanting to make a custom party banner using my Cricut Explore Air, and this party seemed like the perfect opportunity to make one.  I decided to make two different versions, one where I created a traditional party paper chain garland, and the other being a lettered Disney banner.  I was delighted with how both of them turned out, and how easy they were to make.  In case you’d liked to make some for your own Mickey Mouse Party, I’ve included links to the Cricut Design Space files for you to use.

Decorate for your Disney Preschool Party with these two simple and easy to make Mickey Mouse Party Banners. Both can be made quickly and easily with your Cricut Explore.
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Gilmore Girls Fan Notebook

Based on my Facebook feed, I would hazard a guess that I’m not the only woman out there who is thrilled  that we are getting to see what happened to Rory and Lorelai in the last ten years in new episodes of the Gilmore Girls.  I’m not sure what made this show a cult classic for women, but it was.  It was for me.  I have the complete series on DVD, just in case Netflix decides to stop making them available.  The Mellow Man says that while he is in love with Lauren Graham, the dialogue on the show is rather exhausting and fast.  That got me to thinking– maybe that’s why we women love the show so much!  It’s the clever repartee between Rory and Lorelai Gilmore.  There are so many great conversational moments and quotes from the Gilmore Girls, particularly from Lorelai Gilmore, and I have a hard time picking my overall favorite.  That being said, I think one of my top 5 quotes is about flexibility, “As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.”  That quote describes me, and actually most of my household.  In honor of the release of all new Gilmore Girls episodes and my love of the show, I used that quote to create an easy Gilmore Girls Fan Notebook.

Are you excited about the new episodes of the Gilmore Girls? Here's an easy to make Gilmore Girls Fan Notebook to toss in a bag that has one of Lorelai's best quotes on the cover!
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Spider Web Washi Tape Popcorn Box

I attend Snap Conference this past April, and learned about this really awesome event that is hosted by Laura Kelly over at Me and My Inklings and World Market.  It’s a Popcorn Box Party where each blogger takes a popcorn box from World Market and uses craft materials to create a halloween inspired popcorn design.  Sounds amazing right?  Well, I started thinking and thinking, and I got this idea to make a spider web design with fishing line and shimmery black cardstock.  I had the image in my head, so I went looking for spiders.  And while I was shopping for the supplies, I found this amazing and shimmery washi tape, and I thought, “Why should I make the project any harder than I have to?”  You know what I mean?  Sometimes bloggers and crafters go for the  challenging path, rather than the obvious craft solution.  I picked up two rolls of the washi tape, and the end result was adorable, and I got my spiderweb look without all of the hassle.  Here’s how I made my own Spider Web Washi Tape Popcorn Box.

Take your traditional popcorn box to another level with this fun and spooky Spider web design using Washi Tape. This project will take about 30 minutes to create your very own spider web washi tape popcorn box for #PopcornBoxParty2016
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Decoupaged School Box for Box Tops

This past week, I got an email blast from both the Big One’s and the Monkey’s schools asking me to make sure that I was clipping my BoxTops. Trust me, I’m always clipping BoxTops.  I think moms with kiddos in schools are always in fundraising mode.  We are always looking for ways to help our children’s schools stretch their dollars a little further and raise just a few more.  We want our kiddos to have the highest quality education and that takes money.  When I was shopping at my favorite dollar spot recently, I saw this bright red balsa wood file box, and I realized that it would be awesome for BoxTop storage.  I decided to give it a vintage, school house feel, and when I was done, I was so delighted with my Decoupage School Box that I decided to fill it with my BoxTops, and drop it off in my son’s school office.

My Mom Made That: Decoupage School Box for BoxTops {Sponsored by General Mills and Box Tops for Education}
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Turning A Card Into A Handmade Gift #SendSmiles

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As you can probably tell by the nature of My Mom Made That, I love the homemade.  I love giving the homemade.  I love receiving the homemade.  To me it feels like sending a little piece of your hear[, filled with love, off into someone else’s house.  I know that the homemade isn’t for everyone, but luckily enough, it’s also something that my wonderful Mother-in-Law loves too.  It was her birthday last week (Happy Birthday Nana!), and the Little Boys and I made something special for her– decorated cards.  I want to show you how easy it is to turn a storebought card into a personalized and special Birthday gift.

My Mom Made That: Turning Cards into Handmade Gifts #SpreadSmiles

I have found that sending decorated cards is a great way to send a “semi-homemade,” but very personalized gift to your loved ones.  What’s even better, there is a nice selection of “bargain” Hallmark cards that are now available at Walmart that serve as a great template for your birthday greetings!  Walmart is the only store in the nation that has Hallmark cards for just $0.47!  (There is also a wide selection of $0.97 cards as well.)
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