Snazaroo Tryazon Party!

Snazaroo Face Paint PensMy daughter loves having her face painted.  She begs to have it done when she sees the artists out.  She asks me to buy paint so we can do it at home.  I’m overwhelmed by the thought of choosing a brush or sponge, mixing the paint to the right consistency, and then cleaning everything up.  When the Snazaroo Paint a Smile for Summer Party was announced by Tryazon I applied right away.  What a simple solution to enjoy some face painting fun!  I had to try the Snazaroo Face Paint Pens.

I was super excited to be selected to host a Snazaroo Paint a Smile for summer party through Tryazon on June 2.  I combined it with my daughter’s cat themed birthday celebration we were already planning. It was a perfect match up.

The party started off with a treasure hunt.  I had written clues and puzzles that lead the kids around our yard.  They got treasure of ears and tails on the way.  I ordered the cute fuzzy cat ear headbands from Amazon.  The tails were made from boas I had cut and name badge clips.

The final treasure was the Snazaroo Paint Pens.  The kids were so excited.  We twisted the paint up to the brush tipped pens and the fun began. The pens were so simple to use.   The kids enjoyed painting hearts, stars, and other designs for their friends.  Of course, noses and whiskers were painted too.

The gold and silver Snazaroo Face Paint Pens have a great shimmer almost glittery appearance to them when they dried.

I prepared snacks fit for all the cats in attendance.  A trailmix of every kind of fish cracker plus Swedish fish, fresh fruits, and pawprint cupcakes.

I left the pens out for the whole party. As the kids played and snacked they kept adding to their body paint designs.  One girl painted her whole arm mostly black.  I’m pleased to report that it all washed off easily with soap and water!The adults even got in on the fun and let the kids paint their faces too.  I have fairly sensitive skin and I did not react to this paint.  Yay!
The kids were excited to each take home a Snazaroo Face Paint Pen of their own.  What a great addition to a party.

Thank you Snazaroo and Tryazon!

Consignment Prep: Tagging

I signed up for my first C3 Children’s Consignment sale 6 years ago.  I loved the idea that I could clean out stuff my kiddos were done with, make a little money, and support local charities with part of my profits!

I love shopping at the consignment sale too.  I get great deals and I’m supporting the local charities and other families.  One thing I don’t love, is when the tags have damaged items I’ve bought.  In the last 6 years of buying and selling I’ve got a few tips to share about making sure your tags stay on your items and don’t damage them!

Before I start tagging, I make sure to have these supplies ready:

  • string
  • hole punch
  • safety pins or tagging gun
  • packing tape
  • washi tape or blue painters tape
  • plastic sacks, I use zip lock and bread bag style
  • scissors

Books

The book section often makes me want to cry.  I love books.  I always want more books.  However, when they’re taped round with packing tape I start having a panic attack.  Last year I saw some awesome ways to bundle up and tag books without the drama of packing tape!

  • String:  My favorite go to.  It has me humming that song from the sound of music.  Punch two holes in your tag and slide it on the string before you knot it up.  Add a bow for fun, not function.
  • Plastic bags: bag your books and tape to the plastic, not the books.
  • Washi tape:  Tape your tags on with washi tape.  This removable tape will not damage the book when the tag is removed.
  • Blue painters tape:  I’ve not tried this, but the logic is sound.  This tape is much easier to remove than packing tape.

Clothing

Somewhere along the line it was decided that when you put clothing on a hanger for a consignment sale, the hook of the hanger goes left when the front of the garment is facing you.  It helps to have all clothing going the same direction.  It helps with how you place your tags so they are visible if everyone is doing it the same way.

At the C3 sale, they received so many customer complaints about purchasing items with holes from tagging guns, clothing found with holes from tagging guns will be returned to the seller and may be debited from the sellers total sales.  If you have a tagging gun, please be extra thoughtful about where you place the tag; even if you have one with a ‘small’ needle.

If there’s a practical tag already on the clothing, use it!  I’ve brought home more items that had me asking “Why?!” than I’d care to admit.  Why would you add a hole to a perfectly good article of clothing when another option is right there?  Please, put your tags on tags when available.

tagged through clothing when another tag is present

Sometimes it’s not so straight forward.  Those tag-less shirts are everywhere.  Baby onesies, sleepers, and overalls have hard to reach or tags in impractical places for adding a consignment sale tag.

Onesies & shirts usually have a seam right near the neck that the store uses to put their tags on.  Add your tag to the same spot.  If there’s not a seam near the neck, look around the front of the collar.  If you can’t find a good place to stick the needle of your gun, use a safety pin.

Rompers and poloshirts have great seams to stick tags into.

Sleepers usually have all the seams surged down or finished so they are hard to get your tagging gun around.  Fortunately if there’s a snap at the top, there’s a reinforcement strip that we can add a tag to!

sleeper tag placementThe manufacture’s tag in overalls is usually right behind the front of the bib, which is a terrible place to put a tag for a consignment sale.  Bring out the hole punch an string and tie your tag to the hardware for the straps.

overalls with tag on strap hardwareWhat about outfits with accessories, or brand new items still in the bag?  One outfit had a pair of matching tights.  I stuck them in a bag, shoved the bag through the hanger hook, and taped the bag to the hanger.  this one didn’t have a great spot for a tag either, so I tied a tag through the button hole.

I can’t possibly list all scenarios here, but my point is please take a moment to be thoughtful about where you are placing your tags so they do not damage the fabulous items you are trying to sell!

Scotch™ Thermal Laminator Chatterbox

scotch laminator box and laminated projects in front

Laminating bookmarks and worksheets for after school practice.

I was super surprised and excited to be chosen to receive a Scotch™ Thermal Laminator Chatterbox from House Party.  I still have my trusty old Aurora laminator from over 10 years ago that I used while running an evening kids program.  I was curious to see how the Scotch Laminator stacked up.

The Scotch Thermal Laminator TL902 warmed up faster than my Aurora.  It has a rear loading tray, and a profile similar to an old bubble jet printer.  I suppose this lends itself to fitting in on a desk top well.  But I don’t have a work desk, so the rear loading took a bit for me to get use to.  One page bent as it was going in even though I loaded the sealed end of the lamination pocket first.  I had another page go in crooked even with the page guides, but it turned out alright.

The Scotch Thermal Laminator TL902 has buttons so you can select 3mm or 5mm depending on the thickness of your project you are laminating.  However only the laminating pocket thickness was shown on one of the 3 packages I bought to use.  It defaulted to 3mm.  I didn’t change the setting and it worked well for the plain paper I was laminating, as well as the slightly thicker bookmarks I ran through.

Laminated morning and evening checklists

I printed the kids new morning and evening schedules for this school year and laminated them.  I’m still considering how best to include an expo marker so they can check the boxes.  I’m also considering the clean up involved with having a dry erase item hung on the wall.  Maybe those large check boxes will just be for looks.

I had lots of generic 3mm lamination pockets from 10 years ago. I tried them in the Scotch Laminator.  They worked well.  That’s nice because I already have a bunch of those, and buying the Lamination pockets can get spendy.  Thankfully the chat pack included coupons for Scotch pouches.

The Chat Pack also included a second Scotch Thermal Laminator TL902 to give away to an educator!  I’m having a hard time deciding who to gift with this fun package.  I know so many educators.  I do know of a newer teacher who may not have acquired such a handy tool yet.  It might head that way!

Thank you Scotch, House Party, and Chatterbox for the great Chat Pack.  I love laminating and am still hunting for more projects.  🙂  I’m thinking laminating pressed flowers is up next!

Ozobot Evo Tryazon Party

My little was super excited to help unpack the Ozobots when they arrived.

Last year when I asked my kids what they wanted to do over the summer I was expecting some of their answers like swimming and playing at the park, but I was not expecting my son to say ‘robotics’.  I was caught off guard and not sure what to do.  Thankfully our local library is amazing and we signed up for Scratch programing and robotics summer classes.  Then one of my friends also mentioned Ozobot to me.  It took a couple posts on the web for me to realize Ozobot might be the perfect little robot for my son who was interested in robotics.  I really wanted to see this cubic inch robot in action.  Last year I applied to host a Tryazon back to school Ozobot party, but wasn’t picked.  We hung out at the Barnes and Noble Maker event for almost two hours hoping to see Ozobot, but it wasn’t brought out for show while we were there.  I liked the Ozobot and Tryazon Facebook pages.  I talked with other friends who wondered what this little bot might be like.  Then at the end of January, Tryazon announced an Ozobot Evo party opportunity.  I was super excited to enter for a chance to host an Ozobot party.  I marked the day party hosts were being selected on my calendar.  I constantly refreshed my email account that day and might have exclaimed out loud when my email arrived saying I was chosen to host an Ozobot Evo party!

Applying 1/4″ colored dot stickers to the masking tape track.

I searched the web to see what other people had tried with Ozobot.  I really liked the Techagekids post about LEGO meets Ozobot.  Their tape track and LEGO buildings for Ozobot were so cool!  I had a 2×3′ white board in the garage that I could use for an Ozobot track.  I searched on Amazon and found 1/4″ black masking tape I used to make the path.  I also found 1/4″ colored dot stickers by Avery to use for Ozobot color codes.  My kids stuck codes where ever they wanted to on the track layout.

I taped a large chunk of white roll paper to the floor.  We colored large dots to play OzoLaunch on the paper and several black dots for calibrating.  I set out Ozobot markers and Crayola markers so the kids could experiment drawing their own paths for Ozobot to follow.  I had extra sheets of white paper for kids who wanted to work on their own piece of paper too.  The colored dot stickers came in handy for kids who had drawn their track and wanted to add codes after the fact.

My kids both have old phones they are allowed to use.  We loaded the Ozobot Evo app onto them so we could use the remote control feature, play OzoLaunch, and run OzoBlockly programs.

I even cut out a bunch of Ozobot ‘hats’ for kids to decorate if they wanted to.  Several kids were into this, but most of them were keen on all the other activities.  I had a roll of raffle tickets the kids wrote their names on to be entered for a chance to win their own Ozobot.  I got to give away 2 Ozobots and keep one for my kiddos!

24 kids and 10 adults stopped by to meet Ozobot.  This group photo captured the high point in attendance.

I had so many kids and friends I wanted to invite to check out Ozobot.  I ended up having an open house, drop by when you can, style party from 12:30-4:00.  It worked well.  We had a steady stream of kids and parents stop by.  Everyone got to spend a good amount of hands on time with an Ozobot.  The only down side was after the first hour and half or so the bots needed to charge!  The second half of the party I had two Ozobots running while one charged and we rotated out as we could.

I enjoyed getting to try the Ozobot Evo and showing it to as many people as we could.  The bot’s expressive noises are cute.  The kids enjoyed drawing their own tracks for Ozobot and watching the bot follow their designs.  Sometimes the Ozobots get confused when there are several on and being remote controlled.  You can end up with one device controlling all three.

It took one of the kids to figure out how to get OzoBlockly to work with Evo.  You have to switch the toggle in the upper left from Bit to Evo.  I was so excited to get started, I didn’t read the online start up screen completely.  The kids enjoyed coming up with their own commands for Ozobot Evo to follow.  They even liked sending “boop beep boop” messages in OzoChat.

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Minion Valentines

 While I don’t especial love V-day, I do love crafting.  V-day is an excellent excuse to craft.  Last year we came up with a super cute valentine idea for my son to take to his classmates.

My son was so excited about these “One in a Minion” valentines, that he helped build all of them!  We used black washi tape, glue dots, googly eyes, mini posties, and string to tie on the tags I printed.  We split each mini postie pad in two.  I cut strips of washi tape while my son placed them.  Then he used glue dots to stick on the eyes and a sharpie to draw smiles and hair.

I have to fess up though, this year we are sending classic purchased valentines to school.  As much as I think I should be crafting something, it is a relief to know that I don’t have to worry about it this year.

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Kid sized tote bag

happy campers

happy campers

My daughter requested a bag to carry her bible to church in.  My son said he would like one too.  It was a request I could not deny and have joyfully worked on since the middle of summer.  The first thing my daughter and I wanted to do was to go shopping for fabric.  After getting the look from my husband we started at home.  We found lots of super fun fabric in my stash!  I piled all the fabric on the back of my computer chair where it sat for the rest of the summer while I tried to find a pattern I wanted to use.  I found all sorts of patterns for bags online that I pinned for reference.  None were exactly what I was looking for; this satchel tutorial came really close.  I wanted to make a bag with a gusset.  I wanted the back and top flap of the bag to be all one piece.  I wanted to create a lined bag with places for pens and scissors.  I didn’t want to use hardware for the strap.  I feel like that makes straps too fussy for a kid’s bag.  I didn’t find one fit all pattern, so I dreamed one up.  I spent the better part of a month ruminating on the project to work out what I would do. Once school started I had time to make some progress.

Most bags benefit from some sort of lining to help give the bag structure.  I chose not to use any.  I used bottom weight cotton. I figured since I included exterior pockets, that would give the bag extra stability.  As I made them, the satchels are pretty floppy but it suits them.  The lining fabric was lightweight cotton.  Everything was washed before I started.  For the strap padding I used some felt by the yard that I had on hand. I used a 0.5″ seam allowance.

  1. Cut out these pieces of fabric
    All the pieces laid out around my pattern.

    All the pieces laid out around my original pattern.

    4×26″ – outer bottom gusset
    10×17″ – outer back & flap
    10×8″ – outer front
    10×7″ – outer front pocket
    10×8″ – outer back pocket
    4×26″ – inner gusset
    10×8″ – inner front
    10×17″ – inner back & flap
    ? – inner pen pocket
    6×38″ – strap
    2.5×38″ – strap padding
    or
    5.25×35″ – strap
    2.125×35″ – strap padding
    The strap size will depend on where you want the bag to hang on your kiddo.  For reference, I listed a longer & smaller shorter option.

  2. Sew the inner pocket to the inner front.
    Inside out view of the bag lining and pen pockets.

    Inside out view of the bag lining and pen pockets.

    I picked a random scrap of fabric for the pocket.  I put the right sides together and stitched around, leaving a spot to turn it right side out.  After pressing the piece to lay flat, I used a pen, pencil, and other items to help determine where I wanted to stitch.  This part was really random.  I didn’t take measurements.  I used fun scraps that the kids liked which were too small to use anywhere else on the bag.  I recommend testing the pens & pencils you’re likely to use with the bag.  The inner pockets on my second bag were placed a little too high.

  3. Put the strap together
    Pressing the strap fabric around the strap padding.

    Pressing the strap fabric around the strap padding.

    Press the strap in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together.  Lay the strap padding against the crease.  Fold one side snugly over the padding about 0.5″ and press.  Fold the other side under and press about 0.5 under.  The two folded edges should line up.  Stitch along the edge.  Then add and extra 3 lengths of stitching for support.

    Showing all the stitching down the length of the strap.

    Showing the stitching down the length of the strap.

  4. Hem the tops side of the outer pockets.
    turn under, turn again, press, and then stitch

    Outer pocket turned and stitched & basted to outer front.

    Outer pocket turned and stitched & basted to outer front.

  5. Baste (long running stitch) the bottom of the outer side pockets to their respective sides.  These pieces will be right to wrong sides together, so both right sides end up facing you.
  6. Put right sides together for the inner bag
    Pin in place (see picture in step 7 for reference) and stitch 0.5″ from the edge.  I started by basting everything in place with a long stitch at about a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Stitching the corners can be frustrating.  The picture shows what mine looked like as I was working.  They don’t end up square, but have a rather fun rouche to them.

    Sewing the corners. You can also see the line of basting stitches on the left.

    Sewing the corners. You can also see the line of basting stitches on the left.

  7. Put right sides together for the outer bag
    Pinning the gusset to the side.

    Pinning the gusset to the side.

    Same steps as above, but with the outer pieces.

  8. Put it all together
    Putting the right sides of the bags together.

    Putting the right sides of the bags together.

    With the outer bag inside out, lay the strap in the bottom making sure it’s laying flat and not twisted.  Turn the inner bag inside out and slide it inside the outer bag.

    stitch from one red pin on the flap all the way around to the other red pin.

    stitch from one red pin on the flap all the way around to the other red pin.

    Pin around the pieces taking care to match up the corners.  Stitch 0.5″ from the edge leaving the end of the flap mostly open so you can turn the bag right side out.

  9. Clip corners
    corners that need to be clipped, clip both sides.

    corners that need to be clipped, clip both sides.

    I didn’t think of this at first and almost cried when I turned the bag right side out and it was wonky between the bag and the flap.  You also need to clip the corners on the end of the flap so it lays flat.

  10. Turn & Top-stitch
    Turn the bag right side out.  Stuff the lining where it should be.  Press along the seam you made in step 8 so it lays flat.  Take care on the end of the flap to turn under your raw edges and press.  Top-stitch as close to the edge as possible.

    Inside view of finished bag

    Inside view of finished bag

    Finished bag and proud new owner.

    Finished bag and proud new owner.

I’m still thinking about adding extra stitches where the strap goes into the bag.  At this point though, the girl has run off with hers.  I may never get to touch it again!

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Pillow Cases

You can never have enough pillow cases.  They are fast to make and a fun way to change up a bedroom for a kiddo or yourself!  I made some pillow cases to match a quilt the sewing ladies at my church are making for a gift.  While I was working my daughter spied some fabric in my stash that she was keen on having be hers.  I find this hilarious because when I purchased the fabric she claimed she did not like it.  It’s amazing what 2 years of cold storage can do for the popularity of items in my strong willed child’s eyes.

crude sketch of measurements.

crude sketch of measurements.

Since I’ll need to do this again, I want to get my thoughts down where I could find them easily.  I started by measuring a pillow case I had in the closet. If I were sewing it all on my regular machine I’d add 0.5″ for the inseam, or another 0.25″ to what I’ve outlined to the right.  Since I bought a serger from one of the sewing ladies and I only need to leave 0.25″ for it’s stitch.

For the main body of the pillowcase I used a piece of fabric that was 40 3/4″ by 26″.

The cuff of the case was 40 3/4″ by 8.5″.  I also used a bit of flat lace that was 40 3/4″ long.

I started by turning the right sides of the larger piece together so it made a 26×20 3/8″ rectangle.  I serged down one short side and then the longer one of the rectangle so a short side was left open.

showing the wrong side of the cuff with the lace basted on and then stitched in a loop.

showing the wrong side of the cuff with the lace basted on and then stitched in a loop.

The cuff pinned onto the case.

The cuff pinned onto the case.

I basted the lace onto the right side of the cuff fabric.  I only wanted 1/8 of the lace under the 0.25″ seam, so I basted it on 1/8″ from the edge, with the fancy side pointing towards the majority of the fabric.

After basting on the lace, fold the fabric, right sides together so your piece is now 8.5″ x 20 3/8″.  Sew the fabric along the 8.5″ side.  Press the seam to the side.

Fold the loop of cuff fabric right sides out so now it is 4.25″ x 20 3/8″ with the lace on the inside of the loop.  Iron it flat.

Turn the case right side out.

Put the cuff loop around the outside of the case.  The lace should be next to the right side of the case fabric.  Line up all the raw edges and seams.  Pin them to keep them together properly.  Stitch it up!

Finish up the case by ironing it.  Press all the seams away from the cuff and toward the case.  Adding a top stitch here would look nice too, but my machine is destined for maintenance and not stitching nicely.  🙁

Ta da!  Well done.  Everyone is happy.  The Girl loves her Pink Princess Toile pillow case.

CP50525 Princess Toile, C Disney for Springs Creative Products Group, LLC.2014

Little enjoying her new pillow case.

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One million dollars!

A Million Dots by Andrew ClementsMuah ah ha!

Well, not really, but I couldn’t resist.  Actually, I’m talking about A Million Dots by Andrew Clements.  As we were wandering through the books at our local library, my Little grabbed this off the shelf.  I’m glad she did.  We sat down to read it and I was surprised how entertaining looking at a million dots could be.

Clements starts by showing what 10, 100, 500, and 1000 dots looks like.  Then he tells you to get ready to look at 1,000,000 dots.  I loved the extra information and illustrations of how big a number is.

dots and starsEach page is filled with dots! There is a neat image to go with the dots and on each page there is a featured dot.  It’s a seek and find to locate the circled dot.  When you find it, the number is listed on the page along with a description to to help you imagine how big that number is.

200000 dots pageMy kids favorite part was finding each circled dot.  I’m pretty sure they weren’t listening very closely as I was reading “two hundred thousand pennies would fill twenty-two one-gallon milk jugs.”  I don’t mind though.  I think A Million Dots is a great way to expose kids to large numbers, how to say them, and keep me entertained too.  We’ll check this one out again.

Sugar

Have you ever noticed that disclaimer on your bag of sugar, the one that says “100% pure cane — contains No Beet.”  I never really thought about it until the beginning of this year.   We had my son tested for food allergies in December.  His results came back in January with IgE reactions for Milk & Beef, and IgG reactions for all dairy and sugar cane.

The beginning of this year marked a change in our diets.  We stopped eating out and started reading food labels.  I studied the FARE website on Milk Allergies.  I still review it.  I went through our cupboards and read all the labels on the food we had.  I found a new bullion to use that didn’t have whey in it.  I stopped using our taco seasoning which had milk in it and made my own.  I was surprised by the many places I found Milk.  I read blogs about others who had milk allergies.  I talked with a local mom who has an amazing allergy story for her children.  I learned about Nucoa buttery sticks and that most margarine products have a form of milk in them.

At first I was overwhelmed by all the changes but now we are settling in to a new food routine.  I’m lucky that my son is old enough to understand that the food he’s allergic to make his body sick and he plays an active roll in asking people if there is milk in the food they offer him.  He’s also a reader, so when he asks for a type of food at the store I ask him to read the label.  Often milk products are highlighted, so he knows right away if it’s a food he can eat or not.

Cutting out beef was not as hard as milk.  It has been easy to substitute pork, chicken, or turkey for beef.  My son loves fish sticks and he learned he loves pork chops too!

After we had a handle on eliminating milk and pork from his diet, I started trying to figure out what I could use as a sugar substitute.  I like baking him cookies and I’ve always used regular sugar that boasts “100% cane.”  After searching locally I came across beet sugar on Amazon.  I was going to make my own brown sugar with molasses, but it turns out that molasses is made from cane sugar too.  One of the things I read online was that coconut sugar has a brown sugar like taste.  I could find coconut sugar in my local grocery stores, but it was $6-7 a pound.  I found a 3 pack of coconut sugar on Amazon for just over $4 a pound.  Yay!  Now I bake cookies with Nucoa, beet, and coconut sugars.  They don’t taste the same, but they are still yummy.

Hello Kitty Birthday

For Little’s second birthday I put together a Hello Kitty birthday party for her at the park.  She called her Hello Meow Meow then.  What is it that draws a kiddo’s attention to what they love?  From the first moment she caught a glimpse at the store, she was in love with Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty Gift BagsI wanted to make her birthday full of Hello Kitty fun.  I also wanted to make treat bags that were going to be fun for more than a day. I used the small white bags at Hobby Lobby and bought enough with coupons for our attendees.  My plan was to freezer paper stencil Hello Kitty onto the bags.  I put stacks of freezer paper under an image that I had printed from online to help me cut out her features.  I hadn’t finished cutting out one eye before I was dreaming of having my own Silhouette.  Maybe someday I’ll own one.  By the time I finished cutting out all the stencils I’d given myself a pretty good blister, but it was worth it.  The cardboard inside the bags keeps them stiff so the stencil sticks well.  It also helps for better paint application.  After the painted bags were dry, I removed the stencil and gave them a quick iron to set the paint and started stuffing them with goodies.

Hello Kitty bow making stepsThe bags were filled with Hello Kitty goodness; stickers, temporary tattoos, cake topper rings, special candy, and bows just like Hello Kitty wears.  I made the bows with the 2 1/4″ red ribbon I used on my Rainbow Brite dress.  Before I started sewing, I sealed all the ends with a lighter so they wouldn’t unravel.  The best part about making Hello Kitty bows is they are lopsided, so you don’t have to worry about getting them perfect!  I hand stitched them onto the barrettes so they wouldn’t always be sliding off.  They were so cute!

Little with her Hello Kitty Balloon Boquet.For an extra special treat I ordered a Hello Kitty Mylar balloon bouquet for Little.  It was crazy big and took a ton of helium to fill.  I didn’t realize how much it would cost to inflate the balloons, but it was worth it.  Little loved the balloons and was so excited to carry them around the park.  The large Hello Kitty balloon was nearly as tall as her.  I used a stainless steel straw to flatten the balloons when we were done enjoying them.  Maybe one day we’ll use them again.

We had a lot of little boys we invited to the party.  I didn’t want them to feel left out so I made them Green Lantern treat bags.  I freezer paper stenciled the Green Lantern logo onto black bags from Hobby Lobby.  I put super hero stickers inside as well as candy and some squinkies.  They thought the Green Lantern rings were especially cool.  If you’re ordering rings for boys, they are the way to go.  I can’t believe they are currently out of stock.

Hello Kitty cupcakesI made Funfetti cupcakes and used Reynolds staybrite wrappers.  They are great to use for parties and special occasions and a fun break from the plain white ones I normally use.  Pillsbury Funfetti Hot Pink Vanilla Icing was the perfect topping.  I’m so glad they started making bright colored icing.  I’m not sure I could enjoy cupcakes if I knew how much food coloring it took to make the icing vibrant!  The pink sprinkles that come with the hot pink icing were a perfect sparkly addition.  They have a slightly iridescent sheen to them.  I printed out a few Hello Kitty cupcake toppers I found on pinterest.  I made enough to add randomly so the saran wrap wouldn’t stick to the cupcakes and mess up the icing.

I over planned for attendees.  There were so many left over treat bags!  I handed them out to friends when I remembered, but by the time November rolled around I still had a bag of bags on my desk.  I grabbed them on my way to pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  I hope they brought smiles to all the kids who received them.