If you have kids who are afraid of the dark (like we do), add this DIY night light to your DIY list. It’s ridiculously easy with a mason jar and twinkle lights. Plus, it has magical unicorn powers during the day, and then at night, all will be calm and bright (not too bright, but bright enough to put your little ones at ease).
We tend to hoard things we find in the Target Dollar Spot, known as Bullseye’s Playground. Does anyone else have that problem? They are never absolute necessities, but at the time they are must-haves, and at $1 or $3, it’s hard to pass up. This tray was sitting in Jessica’s craft pile for months and months. It was one of those Playground finds. Finally, a lightbulb moment went off. We played with letters, and with just a couple materials we made a unique DIY tray for a loved one this Valentine’s Day. It can be used year-round because the words I (heart) you can, and should, be said year-round.
- Recollections small plastic letters, Michaels (black and pink)
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (4)
- Tray, Target Bullseye’s Playground
- Gorilla Super Glue
Step 1: Lay the letters out on the tray the way you want them to look. Spread out the I, heart and you among the black letters so the message stands out. If you want to use a different object other than letters, such as matches, beads, etc you can, just make sure they are thin. The thinner they are, the less Dimensional Magic needed to cover them.
Step 2: Super glue the back of each letter, and lay it back down where you want it. Wear gloves for this step – you don’t want letters stuck to your skin!
Step 3: Once all the letters are glued, start to pour the Dimensional Magic. We suggest smaller trays for this project. We needed four packages of Dimensional Magic, which wasn’t too expensive at $5 each, but the smaller the tray, the less product you need to buy.
Step 4: Let the Dimensional Magic dry for at least 8 hours. The color will be clear, and not cloudy once it’s fully dry.
We have a drawer full of essential oils. The more we learn about the uses of the oils, the more we love. The more we love, the more we want to make. The more we make, the more we want to share.
This post was inspired by Gabriella’s (Jessica’s daughter) lip-making kit she got for Christmas (if a 6-year-old can make DIY lip balm with the help of a kit, we could surely make it, too), as well as Valentine’s Day. We made DIY lip balms with essential oils that not only smell amazing, but feel soft and smooth on lips too! These make awesome gifts for girlfriends and loved ones. It was so easy, and so fun.
DIY Lip Balm with Essential Oils
makes 6 lip balm tubes
- doTERRA essential oils, peppermint, lavender, wild orange and lemon (you can buy them from Jessica here)
- Organic, Raw and Unrefined Shea Butter, ½ tablespoon
- Organic Coconut Oil, 1 tablespoon
- Organic Beeswax, 1 tablespoon
- Lip Balm Tubes (50 for $10)
- Saucepan and glass measuring cup
Step 1: Add 2 inches of water to a saucepan on the stove. Put on high for boiling water.
Step 2: Add shea butter, beeswax pellets and coconut butter to a glass measuring cup.
Step 3: Place the glass measuring cup in the pan on the stove, and occasionally stir the mixture with a wood popsicle stick until all pellets are melted. Once they are melted, remove the cup from the stove, wait about 30 seconds, then add the essential oils. The combinations we chose are:
Peppermint: 30 drops
Peppermint and Lavender: 15 drops Peppermint and 10 drops Lavender
Peppermint and Wild Orange: 15 drops of each
Lemon and Wild Orange: 15 drops of each
Step 4: Stir the essentials oils in the oil. Quickly pour into the lip balm tubes before it hardens.
Step 5: Print labels. We made our labels for our lip balms using Avery labels. Free PDF file here. The Avery label you need to purchase is 5195. There are 60 labels per sheet.
Step 6: Once the lip balm is set (about 3 hours), stick the labels on.
Share the lip balm love, and give to friends! Baci, Baci (kisses, kisses).
Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling has been on repeat in our home, car and phone speakers since the beginning of summer. We dressed like Poppy and Branch for Halloween. We’ve seen the movie a hundred times. So, it should come as no surprise that our Valentine’s this year are colorful, bright, a little hairy and Trolls themed!
We just can’t get enough of our little colorful, tiny, song-loving friends.
Jenna made the adorable printables available here for a whopping $1. Let your kids tell their friends, “I see your true colors, and that’s why I love you.”
We opted for Trolls rings for the girls in the class, available at Michaels or Amazon. For the boys, they will have fun playing with finger laser rings available at Amazon. One printable for both girls and boys! YAY!
Print, cut, stuff the bags and staple the label on. It’s that easy…plus it’s a non-candy Valentine for the win!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hollywood’s award season is upon us. Although our kids have only seen some of the animated nominees, this year we wanted to include our kids in the celebration of all things movies. So, we created a DIY Oscar party fit for our jungle kings and queens. Those of you who are Avatar fans will rejoice in this party too, because flashes of bright blue have been incorporated in celebration of Pandora, the World of Avatar, a new, magical world set to debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in summer 2017.
We were able to work with a bestie, Meredith of Meredith Moran Photography, which is always a good time. Gabriella and Stella had so much fun, and would totally rock the red carpet. Our DIY leaf vests from our Trolls Halloween costume made an appearance, too!