Daily Doable 4/23/14

April 23, 2014 in Daily Doable

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Do What You Love!

What are you passionate about?  Forget about if it’s popular or silly or embarrassing, is there something that you just love…something frivolous, nonessential, just for the fun of it?  Well, Matt and I have this kind of love down to a science.  He is a great lover of Star Wars, comic books and super heroes.  Me?  Well, if you say the words “The Doctor” or “Downton Abby” I may just swoon.  For my daughter it’s Adventure Time, my middle son its Legos, and my littlest guy its, well super heroes (he takes after his dad that way).  The point is, the things you are passionate about give life flavor and variety.  It doesn’t matter what it is, just go out there and make some time to enjoy the things that are not nessisary!  For our family, ComicCon fulfills all of our requirements.  Our idea of heaven on earth is walking around a huge convention hall filled with people in costumes, novelties from our favorite shows, and so very many photo ops.  For you it might be scrapbooking, or watching “B” movies, or shopping.  Today’s Daily Doable is just that, make time to enjoy doing what you love to do!

<3, Sharla

Daily Doable 3/17/14

March 17, 2014 in Daily Doable, St. Patrick's Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

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Paint Can Leprechaun Trap

March 13, 2014 in Kids, St. Patrick's Day

Paint Can Leprechaun Trap

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This trap was inspired by our first trap (which failed miserably).  Our first trap ever was the classic prop a shoe box up with a stick, put some gold under it, and let the little devil take the bait.  Well, in case you didn’t know, leprechauns are magical creatures, and magic translates to strong and crafty.  That was the fist year we met Darby O’Gill (our personal leprechaun) who tore right through the box and wrote a taunting note on the little scrap of cardboard he made it through.  The kids knew they had to get something stronger to keep him in….their solution?  A paint can.  

The question was, how do we get him in there?  So, with the help of my equally strong and crafty husband, we constructed a long ramp out of cardboard that led to an open bottle teetering on the edge of a platform (the kitchen stool).  Inside we put the bait.  The idea was to get Darby to step into the open bottle that would then tip and dump him into the paint can.  After setting up the camera, we were prepped and ready to roll.

This is what we found the next morning…

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Mr. Darby O’Gill trapped!!!  But it was just on camera…

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He busted a hole right through the side of the metal can!  The kids were impressed.  This was one magical, strong, and crafty little guy.  It didn’t help that he wrote his victory note right on the trap itself!

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Oh well, they had some fun and got some chocolate out of it.  They went right to work brain storming ideas for the next visit from Darby O’Gill.

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Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

<3, Sharla

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Sleeping Pills for Leprechauns

March 13, 2014 in Kids, St. Patrick's Day

Sleeping Pills for Leprechauns

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This, by far, is one of my favorite leprechaun traps to date.  My kids take a natural hebal supplement at night called melatonin.  It’s a safe, non addictive, natural sleep aid and its a staple in our house.  So, one year they decided the best way to trap a leprechaun was to drug him.  Best.  Parents.  Ever.

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Its simple.  Get a delicious treat and load that puppy up with a bunch of melatonin (you can find it at any natural foods store or GNC).  We used shamrock shaped doughnuts with green frosting (duh) and the kids gleefully stuck about 10 chewable pills in it.  The funny story is that our dog at the time, Bullett, found the laced doughnut on the coffee table while a babysitter was at the house and ate it!!!!  He weighed about 100 pounds and other than sleeping peacefully seemed to have no adverse side effects.  So we had to re-bate the trap.  Needless to say, it was a huge success.  My husband, who is wildly attractive and artistically gifted, sculpted this sleepy Darby O’Gill (the name of the leprechaun who returns to or house year after year).  

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We always set up a camera to capture the fun, but you can just leave the doughnut remains, a note and some gold or real coins behind…

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Happy Hunting!

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<3, Sharla and Darby

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Fly Paper Leprechaun Trap Tutorial

March 10, 2014 in Kids, St. Patrick's Day

Fly Paper Leprechaun Trap Tutorial

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In my opinion, St. Patricks Day is one of the most highly under rated holidays.  It is dedicated to green beer and pre-pubesent teens looking to annoy each other with pinches.  It can be so much more!  Matt, my better half, loves to make everything magical from coming home with unexpected surprises to creating family traditions that are out-of-the-norm and that is where our annual leprechaun trap comes in.  One year he suggested to try and trap a leprechaun and when the little devil escaped and left a taunting note behind with chocolate coins, the kids upped the anti.  If they get chocolate for catching him but he escapes, just think of the bounty if they could actually keep him pinned.  He signed his name “Darby O’Gill” and he returns every year to accept the challenge.  

This is a state-of-the-art idea that the whole family worked on.  Fly paper to make him stick, gold packaging ribbon to attract him and gold coins, of course, to lure him to the middle (gold $1 coins work nicely).  It’s not about catching him, its about building magic, fun, and tradition.

Here’s what cha gotta get:

  • 1 piece poster board
  • Fly paper (I got mine at Home Depot)
  • Gold packaging ribbon
  • Gold coins
  • Markers and crayons to decorate
  • Mini leprechaun figure…keep him to use from year to year

How to pull if off:

  • Set the trap.  We cut the strips of fly paper and made a circle (I guess it’s actually a hexagon) in the middle of the poster board.  Then we decorated with crayons, markers, and instructions on just where Darby show walk (not at all suspicious).  We used the gold packaging ribbon, add the gold coins in the middle to dazzle him into the trap.

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  • Now here’s the fun part, making it believable.  We set up a photo trap (just for appearances) to catch the action.  Use your little figure to pose the pictures.  We left little foot prints on the fly paper using ash from the fire place or you could use an ink pad.  We even left a few mini clothes props stuck to the fly paper, as if he couldn’t free them so he left them behind to get away.

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  • Last, we left two mini pots of gold (again chocolate and gold dollars) in mini cauldrons and a note from Darby explaining his big escape.  The next morning the kids get a special treat and the magic and fun of seeing the pictures.  

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It’s easy, fun, and worth it.  St. Patricks Day is now one of my kid’s favorite holidays.  We brain storm for weeks about our trap for the year and reminisce about the ones we’ve done in the past.  Good luck, those leprechauns are crafty and strong!

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Happy St. Patricks Day!

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<3, Sharla

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Daily Doable 2/21/14

February 22, 2014 in Daily Doable

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Pretty self explanatory…

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Big Top Circus Party

January 29, 2014 in Kids, Parties

Peanut Big Top Circus

The Greatest Show on Earth

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Welcome back to another AMAZING party by my friend at FatCow.  Angelina and I got acquainted when I started my blog this past summer and after talking on the phone over and over (I had no idea what I was doing with the blog) she mentioned that one of her passions is throwing birthday parties for her adorable daughter.  After telling me some of her amazing ideas I HAD to ask for pics!  Her ideas a beautiful and inspired.  A big thanks to her for sharing on the blog.  Without further aduie, here is her Big Top Circus Party…

Check out this beautiful little cake just for the birthday girl.  The guests had cupcakes but Angelina had a  little cake made just for her daughter.  I love this idea!  Make something extra special for the birthday kid that is smaller.  It’s cost effective and really helps center the party around the little one it is meant for!

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Try for a moment to tear your eyes off that adorable cake and notice the cup cake stand.  Ange said, “For her very first bday, I requested my dad make me a cake stand that I can use over and over…each year, that stand gets painted and gets hit with the superglue big time. This year I basically bought a mini sewing kit and glued everything in the kit to that cake stand….and I love the idea that she has a personal cake stand every year for her cupcakes…that tends to be what’s always talked about….’what’s Ange going to do with the cake stand this year?'”

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 Check out the center pieces.  Simple, hand made, inexpensive but they add so much!

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Notice the paper balloon Happy Birthday banner in the background.  So festive and also a decoration you can easily create on your own.  But the take homes are the real feature here.  Dollar store popcorn buckets stuffed with tissue paper and various prizes sticking out.  Adorable, fun, and matchy!

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 Yes, that is a real dog with a clown nose on her face.  What?!  Adding simple touches like the toy riding an elephant is a cute and inexpensive touch.  And so creative!

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Angelina points out, “What isn’t pictured here, is the ceiling. I took red and white streamer, and made an old fashion, vintage style circus tent….her dad LOVED me for that one….it really gave it that lil something extra.”

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It’s obvious that Angelina has amazing pictures from her parties.  If you have a friend with camera skills (it seems like we all do) ask them to come be the photographer.  It keeps you hands free for doing the stuff you need to do and you also end up with pictures that are much more than snap shots.

Ange says, “I truly love doing these events and now that she is getting older, she’s more and more involved and it’s total bonding time…love it!”

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A huge thanks to Angelina for sharing her talents with the blog.  Keep an eye out for more parties by her.  If you want to see what she has already posted check out her “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” post by clicking here.  If you want to see more ideas for a carnival themed party from this blog, click here.

<3, Sharla

Daily Doable 1/20/14

January 20, 2014 in Daily Doable

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DREAMS COME TRUE!!!!

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Daily Doable 1/10/14

January 10, 2014 in Daily Doable

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TGIF!

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Daily Doable 1/7/14

January 7, 2014 in Daily Doable

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Encourage your kid’s creativity!

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