Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 38-Magnetic Alphabet Boards

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Hello! Today’s project is an easy DIY magnetic alphabet board set.  I was in search of ways to use magnetic letters in the house for the kiddos without using our fridge.  We have a stainless steel refrigerator and the sides of the refrigerator are covered up for the most part by cabinets and walls. I wanted a place for Will and Harper to work with alphabet magnets and came across some easy magnetic alphabet boards made from cookie sheets.  So, I headed to the local dollar store in search of some cheap cookie sheets.

For this project, you will need some magnetic letters (I didn’t have any but found a cute wooden set from Melissa and Doug at Target), a cookie sheet or two, washi tape, and some of the 3M command strips.  I attached the 3m strips on the back of the cookie sheets.

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Decorate the rim with washi tape.  Trim any excess.

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And hang!

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I hung the magnetic boards in the bonus room, which serves as our multipurpose family/play room.  I’m glad I made two boards, especially since I have both letter and number magnets.  So fun! The kiddos love playing with the boards and trying to spell words:)

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Harper’s Second Birthday Party

We celebrated our sweet Harper’s second birthday party on Saturday! It was so much fun celebrating with our family and close friends! What a beautiful day as well-the temps were in the high 60s-so gorgeous!

I based Harper’s birthday theme loosely around mason jars and incorporated green, navy blue, and pink. I purchased this cute mason jar invite on Etsy to kick off the theme.  Sorry for the blacked out portions…when I started this blog and decided to use my kiddos’ middle names when referring to them, I never knew how difficult it would be and how careful I would need to be to make sure their first names or initials were not in any of the pictures I posted, ha!

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Our yearly family birthday pic! We started this when Will turned one-we make sure we snap a picture at each birthday party.

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The cupcake and ice cream spread! I decorated wooden spoons with washi tape and bought some cute flower cupcake toppers on Etsy.  For cake stands, I used several white ramekins and put colorful Fiestaware plates on top.  To save time, I always pre-scoop out the ice cream in individual candy cups and pop them back in the freezer. In this picture, the ice cream is in the white and blue chevron cups. It’s so easy for the guests to pick up a cupcake and a cup of ice cream.  Since I wanted to use my Lisa Leonard “Happy Birthday” topper, I made Miss Harper a mini cake.

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I created a display of Instagram prints that spanned from March 2013-March 2014 and organized them in chronological order with mini washi tape clothespins. In our dining room, I hung one of the displays and attached a few tissue paper tassels I made. Below the banner, our guests placed the gifts for Harper.

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Here’s the second Instagram display (this one was in the living room).

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On the buffet in the dining room, I spread out our mason jars with daisy lids.  I created the washi flags initially for guests to write their names on them but at the last minute, I decided it would be easier to stick a piece of washi tape on the cup where guests could more easily write their names.  Medium size cups for the adults and mini size mason jars for the kiddos. I’m loving the paper straws-so pretty! One downfall, however, is that they tend to get soggy.

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I used a mason jar decorated with washi tape to hold the wooden washi tape spoons and forks.

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Miss Harper snuggling with her Uncle E. We attempted to put her down for an early nap (her party was at 3), but our family started arriving around 1 and Harper was not about the miss the excitement! She’s playing peek-a-boo with me!

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Will playing hide-and-seek with Uncle E.  He loved it!

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Taking a little walk before the party started…it was so nice out, so we decided to visit Shadow and Isaac, our neighbor’s horse and donkey. Uncle E. and Aunt M. are the best! The kiddos love playing with them:)

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Snapping some pics before the party.

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Sibling love!

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Since both kiddos are young, their birthday parties are very casual and small.  We invited both of our parents, my brother and sister-in-law (who live in NC-we were so excited they drove up for the party!), Nana, Pops, Maw, Aunt Kathy (the kiddos’ extended “grandparents”-their babysitters), and our neighbor and her kiddos. Will and my mother-in-law helped Harper open up her gifts.  She had a blast, and so did Will! He wanted to open all of her gifts, ha!

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Modeling her new purse!

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Playing with her new tea set. Harper received so many nice gifts! An alphabet puzzle, two dresses, a summer outfit, several books, a tea set, purse, arts and craft supplies, and several other wonderful presents.

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Will sipping lemonade from a mason jar.

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We put the cake in front of Harper and tried to get her to  blow out the candle.  Instead, she wanted to put her finger in the flame.  Ouch!  I made an easy chocolate cake (family recipe) and some delicious whipped cream/cream cheese frosting. I watched this tutorial from Carolina Charm on how to frost a cupcake. Mine didn’t look as nice as hers, but they looked a lot better than in previous years!

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All of Harper’s babysitters:) She loves them so much!

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Enjoying cake and ice cream outside.
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Face-timing with Harper and Will’s cousins in Colorado. After the party was over, we had dinner for our immediate family. I made an easy chicken parmesan bake and my mom brought a yummy salad. My mother-in-law made a squash casserole and brought garlic knots. We enjoyed a great dinner and spent some time visiting later that evening.

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Sound asleep on Grammy-exhausted from the super fun day!
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We are so blessed to have amazing family and friends!  Harper had a wonderful 2nd birthday!

Birthday party sources:

Mason Jar Invitations from Cherry Berry Designs on Etsy

Mason Lemonade Jars, Daisy Cut Metal Lids, Blue Chevron Candy Cups, Plain Wooden Spoons, Green Paper Straws from Pink Lemonade Party on Etsy

Flower Cupcake Toppers from Scrappuchino on Etsy

Washi Tape from Silent Poetry Arts on Etsy

Harper’s Green Skirt from Laken and Lila on Etsy (I love her skirts and dresses! It’s been a tradition for Harper to wear a dress or skirt from Laken and Lila each year for her birthday).

Birthday Banner Cake Topper from Lisa Leonard Designs (we use this each year)

Pink paper straws, blue napkins, pink plates, birthday candle, and mason jars from Target

Instagram Prints from Printstagram

DIY Tissue Paper Tassels and Photo Display

DIY Washi Tape Spoons

DIY Washi Tape Flag Labels

DIY Washi Tape Clothespins

P.S. As you can see, I’m a little obsessed with Etsy and Target! Ha! They both have tons of great party supplies! Now it’s off to start working on Will’s 4th birthday party (Lego themed), which is coming up soon (at the end of April, yikes!)!

Weekly Pinterest Project-Week 32: Washi Tape Spoons

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Hello! I’m back with more birthday party prep:)  I ordered some plain wooden spoons and forks from Etsy for Harper’s birthday and decided to decorate them with washi tape.  All I did was cut a strip of washi tape and attach to the spoons and forks.  I trimmed the excess (or tucked it behind the utensil, depending on the pattern I was creating) and voila, some pretty washi tape spoons and forks!

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Mason Jar Uses

I’m just a little obsessed lately with mason jars! They are so versatile and can be used for so many things.  Growing up, my family had several large gardens and we canned and froze lots of vegetables and fruits. While  I don’t use mason jars nowadays for canning (the whole process of canning scares me-using the pressure cooker-I was and still am afraid of using a pressure cooker), I have gotten into using them more recently for storage. One of our goals several years ago was to get away from using plastic containers for food storage and other storage, so mason jars are perfect for this!

Here’s a small sampling of my current uses for mason jars around the house.

{1} Storage of dishwashing detergent

{2} Homemade chili powder and ranch seasoning mix

{3} Harper’s hair clips

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{4} Washi tape storage!

{5} Muffin tin liners

{6} Popcorn (we’ve recently gotten back into eating popcorn as a snack-we have one of those Whirly Pop makers, which makes excellent popcorn)

{7} Silverware for birthday parties

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Pinterest has many ideas on ways to use mason jars. Harper’s 2nd birthday theme is even loosely based around mason jars! BTW, have you seen the beautiful green and blue mason jars?! So, so pretty!

What do you use mason jars for?

 

Weekly Pinterest Project-Week 31: Washi Tape Flag Labels

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Hello! I’m doing more prep for Miss Harper’s 2nd birthday, so I thought I’d share these cool washi tape flag labels.  Her birthday theme is loosely based around mason jars, using the colors of green, navy blue, and hints of pink.  I’m using washi tape in several of her decorations, so I guess it could be a mason jar/washi tape themed birthday party, ha!  (Sidenote: washi tape is the coolest thing! So many fun crafts you can make with it!)

I bought some plastic mason jars with cute daisy lids on Etsy for her party (in two sizes-one regular size for the adults and a smaller size for the kiddos) and found some striped straws (love the paper straws-they come in so many fun designs!) but needed a way to write everyone’s names on the cups.  In the past, we just used  colored cups and guests wrote their names on the cups with a black sharpie (classy, I know!).  I plan on writing the guests’ names on the cups once I know who will be attending her party.  I recently heard from my brother and sister-in-law in North Carolina who plan on coming up to Virginia for Harper’s party, yay!  I also sent an invitation to one of my brother’s who lives in Colorado since over Christmas, he told me he was disappointed he wasn’t invited last year to his niece’s and nephew’s birthdays.  He was totally joking, but I took him up on sending him an invite anyway:)

Anyway, all I did to create these flags is fold over a piece of washi tape on the straw.  It was kind of hard to get the tape perfectly even, but after several tries, it became easier.  Then I cut the tape in a V shape to make it look more like a flag.  So easy! Oh, I realize that the picture makes the pink washi tape look more reddish but it’s actually a pretty coral/pinkish color.

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Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 30-Washi Tape Clothespins

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Good morning! Today’s post will be one of several that focuses on party prep for Miss Harper.  She turns two on the first day of spring (March 20th!), and since I like to plan and prepare well in advance, I started pinning ideas months ago.  The theme has changed several times, but I have finally settled on a mason jar party with colors of blue, green, and hints of pink.  I’m not super big on character or overly girly themes, so the use of mason jars seemed like a fun thing to do! Last year, Harper’s first birthday was a pinwheel theme with blues and corals.

I wanted a way to display some Instagram prints of her second year, so I created some Washi covered mini clothes pins. I plan on hanging some of my favorite Instagram prints of Harper in the dining room, using the mini clothes pins.

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These were so, so easy to make.  All you need are some mini (or regular sized-depending on your project) clothespins and some fun Washi tape.  Where have I been all these years? This was the second time I have used Washi tape (the first time was just a few weeks ago-I still need to write the post detailing my DIY magnetic alphabet boards) and it’s the coolest stuff! It comes in the prettiest colors and patterns and you can do so many projects with it!

I cut off pieces of tape and attached them to the clothespins. Next, I trimmed the excess tape and voila, some pretty Washi colored mini clothespins!  You could even attach a magnetic strip to the back to turn them into magnets.

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Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 29 -Painter’s Tape Race Track

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On a recent snow day, I browsed Pinterest to find some new activities.  We had been stuck inside for several days due to extremely cold temps and needed something new to do.  I came across several race car tracks made with tape, which looked fun!  After rummaging around in the garage, I came across a roll of blue painter’s tape to use for this project.

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I started off creating a track around the downstairs (looping around the stairs-from the kitchen, through the dining room and into the living room and back to the kitchen).  However, it soon became more fun for Will and Harper to take pieces of the tape and create their own parking lots and roads.  We used up a whole roll of the tape, which was well worth it! As with other activities, Will had more fun constructing the road than he did with actually driving cars on the road.

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I recommend this fun activity for a day when you’re stuck inside and need some new ideas.  You could use painter’s tape, masking tape, or even some fun colored Washi tape!