Friday, May 23, 2014

Bridging to Brownies!!!

Our Daisies to Brownies bridging ceremony was a huge success!!  My brilliant co-leader came up with this fabulous idea....

We pinned a daisy petal inside the back of each of the girl's Daisy vest. We chose the petals for the girls based on the  one that represented qualities of her (e.g. Considerate & Caring is light green),! After we called her name, she removed her vest, turned it inside out and placed it down on the bridge.  Then she walked across and we put her new Brownie vest on her and gave her a certificate.  At the end, the petals formed a Daisy flower on the bridge!




Download petals HERE.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Frozen Birthday Party on a budget

***Update: 8/17/15*** I created this post back when it was difficult to find Frozen-themed party items, clothing, etc.  Now the stuff is everywhere!!!! I'd love to update this post with new ideas, so comment below or email me if you had a Frozen party on a budget and want to share any pics and ideas!

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Mya requested a Frozen birthday party this year and I knew I had to keep it simple and fairly cheap.  I rented a shelter house at a nearby park and decided the kids could just play at the park and maybe we'd have a few games.  The Frozen theme would show up in the cake, some decorations, and the goody bags.  The entire party cost under $200 for 25 kids (including all the snacks, paper products, favors, shelter rental, everything!).

Before I get to all the party details, here is our very inexpensive version of the Elsa dress and cape!  We purchased a dress from Macy's (actually 2 dresses, but this one was Mya's fave), a turquoise sheer curtain from Big Lots ($5.00) and used glitter hair spray on the the curtain and a blue ribbon to tie it on.  (And to think I was going to drop $120 for the custom made one on Etsy!)

ELSA DRESS & CAPE:









DECOR:
Banner
Centerpieces




GAMES/ACTIVITIES:
. Snowball fight with cotton balls and fake snowballs (Snowballs were from my Christmas decorations! I had gotten them at the Christmas Mouse store in Virginia Beach for $10. Also on Amazon.)
. Snowball Slingshot (slingshots from Dollar Tree)

FAVORS/GOODY BAG:
1. Olaf Snowman Kit (3 sizes of marshmallows, pretzel sticks, chocolate chips, candy eyes, orange jelly beans)
Download the bag label HERE



2. Frozen BINGO game with m&ms (I made this myself! Download here!)




3. Frozen Handsoap:
I got the soaps from Dollar Tree and ripped off the labels.  I just put a Frozen sticker on and now they look like Frozen Hand Soaps! I actually bought a few different brands of soap and found that the Softsoap brand label was the easiest to remove. The Strawberry Shortcake ones from Dollar Tree were easy too, but my Dollar Tree didn't have the quantity I needed.




4. Snowflake Hand Sanitizers (Pack of 3 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree...how lucky am I that they had these in May?!!)

5. Girls: Elsa Hands with freezing power (hehehe!;)) These were simple, just snowflake rings with ribbon attached!

Mason was my model since Mya wasn't home when I took the pic:



FOOD:
Everything was finger foods! No forks needed!
-Cupcakes (Kroger)
-Watermelon
-Chips
-Carrots (Olaf's nose)
-Juice, Water & Soda


Mya with her Elsa hands!


I cannot believe this, but I forgot to take a picture of the cakes!!!  We had 2 cupcake cakes from Kroger....one with an edible pic of the Frozen character and the other was a cupcake cake number 7 to match. This was the best pic I had of the cake, oops!

Snowball fight!!!!!


Mya made a grand entrance as Elsa!



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Friday, May 16, 2014

FREE Printable Teacher Owl Card

It's nearing the end of the school year for my kids!  Here are a few 5x7 printable cards that I created.  Print as many as you'd like! Click on the image to download.




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Thursday, May 15, 2014

DIY Frame Tray

I recently discovered the fabulous YouTube channel PinkSoFoxy.  I love it!  She has great videos on fashion, beauty and especially crafts!!!

I saw her fabulous idea to make a beautiful tray using a frame and metal ribbon. Hers turned out absolutely gorgeous! She also has a link to her blog which lists all the supplies needed and where to buy them.



Sooooo...... I attempted to make one myself! I used a picture frame instead, fabric leftover from my bookshelf project, and black beads from my daughter's bead assortment for the legs.  Here's how it turned out:

And the steps to complete it....

 First, my frame:

I traced the glass to cut the fabric:

I ripped off the frame's stand and put foam stickers on the back to cover the hooks:



Then I wrapped the metal ribbon around and attached it with thumb tacks. I need to do some more flattening of the ribbon, as you can see!!

Then I added the beads as the "feet" using my glue gun:


And here it is!!






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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Wishing all of you moms a very Happy Mother's Day! No cooking, cleaning, or housework today!!!!

Mother's Day 2014



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Friday, May 9, 2014

Girl Scouts: FREE Printable First/Second Year Certificates

Please note that in an effort to keep these printables "FREE" I do not offer edits or customizations.  However, please visit my Etsy shop for quotes on custom designs made just for you!

I recently posted a Daisies and Brownies first year certificate, but not the Juniors and Cadettes!! Here are all four levels!  These are also available in my Etsy shop where I will customize them with the girls' names on them.  Use coupon code DAISIES for $2.00 off.

Since many troops are finishing up their school year in the next couple months, I'm posting some of the certificates that might be helpful to the leader(s).  Here is a FREE printable First Year certificate.  

Daisies 1st year version is HERE
Daisies 2nd year is HERE
Daisies completed is HERE
Brownies HERE 
Brownies 2nd year is HERE
Juniors HERE
Juniors 2nd year is HERE
Cadettes HERE
Cadettes 2nd year is HERE
Cadettes 3rd year is HERE
Seniors is HERE
Seniors 2nd Year is HERE
Ambassadors 1st Year HERE
Ambassadors 2nd Year HERE

or click on the images below!






















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http://hggraphicdesigns.deviantart.com/gallery/
AMB Illustrations on Etsy

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