Toddler TMNT Themed Party 

My now two year old, did not have a 1st birthday party, and I thought it was only right he got a party this year. He absolutely loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for whatever reason, so I chose that as his theme.

I decided to have his party at his favorite park. The park comes equipped with a splash pad, playground, and various other things. I went to Pinterest for some ideas. I found some great ideas, and chose what I thought would be best for a toddler party.

Before I post and describe what ideas, I’ll tell y’all that my phone went haywire the day of the party, so I captured what I could with others phones.

I thought the ninja turtle sewer lids was the cutest thing ever!

I found the tray at my neighborhood dollar tree.  I created the sign with Microsoft Word and glued it onto craft sticks, so it wouldn’t fly away.

I came across recipes to create “sewer slime”, but I chose to keep it simple by just purchasing green Hawaiian Punch.

The bottles made it easy for everyone to keep up with their drink.

The cupcakes were made at the bakery at our neighborhood Albertsons. Believe it or not, they make some of the best cakes!


To feed the kiddos, we got pizza from Little Caesars. I purchased five of the Hot n Ready pizzas. I actually thought it would have been too much pizza, but it was just enough.

I found the pizza boxes used for the gift boxes on WebstaurantStore. The boxes were shipped flat. My first job was at Domino’s, so assembly was sort of second nature. I found a TMNT image on Google. I used Microsoft Publisher to add writing to the photo.

I simply printed the box covers and glued them on with my handy hot glue gun.

It actually rained the day of the party, but everything turned out alright!


Birthday boy enjoyed himself, as did his guests.


Overall, the party turned out nicely inspite of the weather. Thank you Pinterest for helping me plan a fairly simple party! 

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Broken crayons still make lipstick?

  

I’m not a makeup enthusiast, but I do love my lipsticks. Being a mother of two boys, I spend lots of money on lipstick because they break them, or use them as colors/paint. I have photos and videos to prove this. Now now, don’t say “well you should put them where they can’t get them”, because I do. Somehow they always manage to find them. I generally buy drugstore brands because they don’t require me to spend much, and I’m not too terribly upset when I have to replace them. 

Porque de mis dos chicos (because of my two boys), I also have a crapload of broken crayons. I typically buy crayons once a month. 

Thanks to dear ol’ Pinterest, I was searching ways to make my own lipsticks. Well, because quite frankly I’m tired of replacing lipstick, so I figured I’d make my own. Anywho, I came across several ways to make my own lipsticks. For some reason, the tutorials using crayons jumped out at me. Y’all! I was really impressed by this, all those fun lip colors. Like really! Then I got mad because I thought about all the broken crayons I trash, that I could’ve been making lipsticks with. 

Just about all the tutorials used some sort of oil and melted crayons to acheive the final product. I thought easy enough, I’ll give it a go. So I went out and got crayons for myself, and some containers to store each color in. As far as I know, crayons are fairly safe. I mean kids eat them, ya know. Plus they can’t be any worse than any of the makeup products out. 

Now that I had a fresh box of crayons, I was ready to begin. To begin with I only chose 6 colors. I put a tablespoon of coconut oil into a small glass, along with a crayon. I then placed the glass into a pot of boiling water. It took about two minutes for the crayon to melt into the oil.  

 

I did this for each color. Third crayon in, and the glass cracked. I resorted to using these little red plastic cups I had. They work just as fine. I used the same amount of oil, I just broke the crayon into two pieces.  

 

With this method, I stirred the mixture with a skewer, so the crayon wouldn’t get stuck in the crevices of the cup. I poured each mixture into portion cups. To my surprise, they were fairly creamy once solidified. 

Heres what I ended up with for this test run.  Pretty neat if I must say so. 

By the time I had finished each one, my boys were still napping, so I applied each color. The colors were freakin awesome, and after I wiped them off, my lips were super soft. The only con I have is that they were more like lip balm/stain rather than lipstick.  That’s actually fine for now. I’m going to get beeswax or something and play with the measurements until it’s a creamy consistency to my liking. All in all I’m pretty satisfied. A great perk to this is that I can mix colors or add glitter. 

Now I’ll be a little more hesitant to trash broken crayons. If the boys manage to get into them, I can say that they are still technically crayons. You guys know the saying “Broken crayons still color”? Now I can say ” Broken crayons still make lipstick”

As I tweak the formula, I’ll come back and update!

  Here’s the purple, and it lasted a few hours. 


*Update* 

Here’s a look at the green crayon lipstick. I used it for a Mardi Gras themed photo. 

 

 


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DIY Tiled wall mirror

Like many of you, I am a Pinterest FANATIC. I spend at least 30 minutes before bed searching and pinning. There was a tiled mirror project I had my eyes on for the longest. On Sunday, out of shear boredom, I decided to give it a go. My first attempt required only mirrors, duct tape (I tried Gorrila tape too), a foam board, and glue. Let’s just say it was an EPIC FAIL!!! 

I had taped and glued just as the model I was using did, but for some odd reason, mine fell apart. I forgot to photograph the final project, as I was heated that it did not turn out as I expected. My son chimed in, and said ” Ohh mommy, that’s not working”. I just laughed and cleaned the mess up. That night, I searched and found a better, it was better for me, tutorial.

Here’s the link to the first tutorial, perhaps you’ll have better go at it than me.  http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/06/make-a-pb-inspired-tiled-mirror/

Fast forward to Tuesday, and I’m ready to try again. This time I was equipped with my mirrors from Dollar Tree, oak plywood from Lowes, a hand saw (also from DT), wood molding (purchased at Lowes), wood glue, super glue, Elmers Glue All multipurpose glue, and spray paint. I measured the length and width of the mirrors after I took them out of the funky frames they came in. Next I measured my plywood to the exact length I needed. I had a friend use a straight saw to cut the wood to the correct length. The piece of board that was cut, I used as a back to support where I used the wood glue to attach the boards together.

I don’t have as many pics as I’d like, as I was excited to get this over and done with. 

Once the boards were secured, I measured to border or the plywood with my wood molding. This is where the hand saw came in handy. I cut the molding to the necessary lengths needed to complete the border. Remember to angle the cuts on the ends of each piece, so they’ll form a corner. I used the wood glue to secure the molding into the plywood. Once that had dried, I measured and secured the longer pieces of molding needed for the columns.

Once the two pieces were dry, I took a mirror and are sure I had place the columns far enough apart. I measured each row and cut with my hand saw. As I cut each piece, I made sure to check whether or not the mirrors would fit properly.

I was on a roll 

After all cuts were made, I glued these pieces down with wood glue. Next I put the mirrors in, without securing them, to make sure it was all even. I broke a mirror in the process. Luckily they were only a dollar.

Voilà! I had successfully completed the frame.


I then took a wet towel and wiped away any dried, smudged, and extra glue. Time to spray paint! I stayed one coat of paint onto the frame.


I let it dry for about 30 minutes. I stopped to eat at this point. I then came back with another coat of spray paint. Once that application dried, I spayed a clear gloss on to give it a slight shine.

Time to finally secure the mirrors. I used super glue on the corners on the mirrors, and the all purpose glue on the rest of the body of the mirror. Be careful to get as little glue as possible on your frame.

Mirrors on, and I’m in love! 

I left it all to dry overnight, to ensure that it would dry completely. The next morning, I was equipped with Windex and paper towels for the most tedious part of this craft; thoroughly cleaning excess glue. Cleaning the glue well took at minimum 45 minutes.

 All cleaned! As you can see, I have another project in progress.

Here’s the link to the tutorial that worked for me. http://theletteredcottage.net/eagan-mirror-tutorial/

I’ll come back with more pics once I put the mirror in its intended place. Meanwhile, have I mentioned how much I love it? I’m proud of myself as well.

Thanks for taking the time out to read my experience. With the next project, I’ll try to be more detailed.

**UPDATE**  
Where I had intended on hanging the mirror, I simply leaned it against the wall. I put various wall art in the wall above. I’m just fearful of the mirror falling and shattering.

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