DIY Harry Potter Mini-Notebooks

on August 28, 2018

Create these magical gold foil DIY Harry Potter mini notebooks with a few easy steps! Great for back to school, parties and more!

A few years ago, I watched some videos on youtube about gold foiling and decided it would be a thing that I tried. I spent a decent amount of money and bought all the things. Tried it once, it didn’t turn out like the videos told me they would and then I never touched it again. I kind of have craft ADD sometimes – can you tell?

Hogwarts Inspired House Mini-Notebooks

Okay, so fast forward to this year and me on Instagram watching ColorMadeHappy’s super easy tutorial on foiling and watercoloring techniques. Again – I decided I’m going to do the thing. So I hauled out all of my supplies that I somehow managed not to lose and got to work. Guess what? It’s amazingly easy! I have also spent a lot of time in the last year realizing that things don’t have to be perfect so I’m a little more open to trying things more than once.

These notebooks? Took a few tries. Mostly because I printed on the wrong paper twice and had not so great quality logos the third time. BUT we got it all figured out. AND I made a video! Its not perfect, but I did it and I’m kinda stoked on it. What do you guys think?

DIY Harry Potter Mini-Notebooks

Time: 1 hr or less
Cost: $20 or less – I had a lot of this lying around from my first attempt
Suggested Listening: Unheavenly Creatures – Coheed and Cambria

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How to Metal Stamp Harry Potter Spell Pencils

on August 23, 2018

Turn your plain wood pencils into a magic wand with these metal stamp Harry Potter Spell Pencils!

I’ve always felt like I wasn’t a big enough fan to have all the cool things associated with fandom – the random Star Wars stuff from Disney or a Hufflepuff phone case. Alternately, I thought that having that fan stuff  (even if I absolutley loved it) would get me labeled as a weird. I’m working through a lot of things right now and realizing that its okay to like what you like, even if someone thinks you’re weird. I can totally be a “non-traditional” student with a Harry Potter backpack in an R2-D2 dress and it doesn’t matter if people judge me… because I like these things.

I’ve also been super into metal stamping lately and wanted to try my hand at doing pencils too. So – Harry Potter + School Supplies + Metal Stamps? Sounds like either a recipe for disaster or something cute. You be the judge.

Harry Potter Spell Pencils

Cost: $50+ – BUT the metal stamps are a total investment and can be used for a TON of other things.
Time: 30 minutes or less
Suggested Listening: The Wizard Rock Twist – The Remus Lupins

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My Cleaning Playlist

on August 21, 2018

Brush on your home survival skills or clean in beast mode with this cleaning playlist.

Can we talk about the cleaning process for a minute okay? I am totally that person that hates cleaning – nothing is gross and dirty, just messy and cluttered. I put things away and then can’t find them or it takes forever when I’d rather be doing something else, like knitting and watching netflix. When I do actually get around to cleaning, I pretty much follow the 5 year old method which is, clean until you find something you haven’t played with in a few months then realize an hour has passed. Yep. I need a grown up!

Scratch that. Because I am my own hero and I am 31 years old. I am a damn grown up and I can get this done even if I don’t like it. Also, for those of you out there procrastinating because its never going to be perfect – just go for it. Its gotta be better than nothing right?

MAKE IT: Back to School: Doodle Lunch Box Idea

Okay, but in all seriousness, I definitely need some “mood music” when I clean, its like beast mode for my vaccum cleaner. It keeps everything fun, I dance around and get all the things picked up. Also, I’ve had close to the same playlist for a few years now. Some songs get added but when it works, it works ya know?

What are your favorite songs to clean to?

Do It Your Freaking Self Cleaning Playlist

Back to School: Doodle Lunch Box Idea

on August 15, 2018

Update your meal planning with this cute doodle lunch box idea!

So…. a few weeks ago I started on the Ketogenic diet. I’m sure a lot of you have either awesome stories to go with this or words of caution. I get it. I also know that I need to make a positive change and in terms of dieting – this is what works for me without a ton of stress. Its more of I need a lifestyle change and to have control over what I’m eating because ya’ll, if there are cupcakes in front of me, I WILL eat those for my daily calorie intake. I am not even kidding.

doodle-lunch box idea-bentobox

MAKE IT: Washi Tape Pencils

I digress. I started some new eating habits which have been great. I’m not forgetting to eat and then grabbing lunch wherever and more often than not I have to have the “You have food at home” talk with myself. Knowing what I can and can’t have has been great for me. In the process of all of this though, I’ve really had to take meal planning to heart and that means I really wanted some cute but functional lunch containers. YEP! I packed a lunch every day for class and work. As much as it annoyed me to have to do it, it was super helpful to not worry about what I was going to eat each day.

doodle-lunch box idea-bentobox

I really like these containers because they’re glass so they’re more heavy duty and I know they’re going to clean up better than my normal plastic and I feel like overall, they’re better for the environment? Maybe? Anyway. Lunch boxes.

This is a super easy DIY and all you really need are some oil based sharpies or enamel paint and your glass container. Pretty easy right?

Doodle Lunch Box Idea

Time: 15 minutes or less
Cost: $25 or less
Suggested listening: Jason Isbell – The Nashville Sound

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Blendo Cat Treat Jars

on August 8, 2018

Make these cute blendo DIY cat treat jars in as little as 15 minutes!

This summer, since I’m not in classes, I decided I was going to WORK. It’s not exactly something that one decides – unless you’re Elle Woods, but I digress. I decided to work more than I usually do. That pretty much means instead of my usual work load, I doubled it. So I have been working a whole lot. I’ve been super fortunate to work for amazing families and do a job that I enjoy. Should I have spent that time working on my blog? Probably, but I’m also going to be in classes and need study time as soon as the semester starts (I’m taking Anatomy ya’ll) so it was important to me to build up my savings while I could. So as a result of me working lots and lots of 12 hour days I accidentally forgot to feed my cat. I mean, she’s fine. She graze feeds so I’m not worried but still. No one call the ASPCA or animal control or anything like that. She’s totally fine. Sorry Grampers!

DIY cat treats jar - diy jar - black cat

How to make Giant Yarn out of Fleece!

Okay so I got home the other night and she had eaten all of her food (I didn’t fill her up in the morning) and she BROKE INTO THE CAT TREATS. This kitty found her treats on the counter, scratched through the bag, and made herself a meal. I can’t even with her. I honestly wasn’t sure if I should be mad at her or proud of her ingenuity or mad at myself for forgetting to top her up in the morning. Either way, I figured I should probably make something a little more sturdy to put her treats in (but not the organic ones, she’s weird and doesn’t like them). And in case you’re wondering, she likes Temptations and Feline Greenies in catnip flavor.

cat treat jar - treats - alphabet stickers

These blendo DIY cat treat jars are certainly doing the trick – not that I have forgotten to feed her since but still. Also, they’re super cute and match my decor so I’m calling it a win! Make your own with or without the blendo style!

Blendo Cat Treat Jars

Cost:$10 or less
Time: 15 minutes plus dry time
Suggested listening: CHVRCHES: Miracle

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How to make Perler Bead Princess DIY Chip Clips

on July 26, 2018

These Princess DIY Chip Clips are so fun and easy to make! And they make your kitchen look super cute!

perler bead princess diy chip clips

If you’ve been to my apartment recently you’ll know I use clothes pins for just about everything. Sure they’re great for hanging up clothes, but they’re also great as chip clips, holding embroidery floss, twisting tie dye shirts, etc. I use them a lot okay! and they’re cheap which is like a magic word in my language. They also tend to go missing a lot, those things are like socks! I’m sure one day I’ll find all the missing clothes pins wherever my missing socks are – in an alternate dimension. So cheap and useful are super high up on my MUST HAVE list. Another thing I like? Cute. Yes. Add all the cuteness to everything.

The kiddos I watch have been on a classic Disney princess kick (when are they not?) so we’re princess-ifying everything around these parts. We’ve been using these DIY Princess Chip Clips for brown bag lunches, road trip snacks and picking up pom poms (because motor skills ya’ll). You can even use the patterns to create your own cupcake toppers or puppets! Just glue them onto some popsicle sticks instead of clothes pins.

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Princess DIY Chip Clips

Time: 1 hour or less
Cost: I used stuff on hand so… FREE! If you don’t, probably about $5 for a set.
Suggested viewing: Little Mermaid!

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90’s Nostalgia: We Went to Saved By The MAX!

on July 21, 2018

Whether you are a huge fan of Saved By the Bell or 90’s nostalgia – Saved By The Max is for you!

When I was a kid, I very distinctly remember waking up early so I could get ready really really fast and watch Saved by the Bell with my sister before school. Was I too young for this? More than likely, but Power Rangers was on next – which was much more kid friendly?!? – so my parents allowed it.

Then came the college years and eventually “The Wedding” episode which we forced my dad to tape because we had basketball and probably dance practice that day. But the wedding of the century?!? Oh man, we were not missing that for anything. Not when our friends would be talking about it in homeroom the next week. No sir.

So imagine my excitement when the Saved by the Max pop up was announced in LA. Okay, that excitement was tempered a little by the fact that I have had a few not so great experiences with the “instagram/pop-up museum things” that there seems to be an over abundance of over here. But I digress.

MAKE IT: Wookie Cookies

I was stoked. And at nearly $50/person. It better be effing magical and in all of it’s retro 90s. Glory. So here is my Saved By The Max review – in case you wanted to go or were thinking about it or are living vicariously through people.

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Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

on June 26, 2018

These patriotic ice cream sandwiches use home made cookies and your choice of ice cream to really wow at this year’s 4th of July cook out or any other USA event!

patriotic ice cream sandwiches - red white blue sprinkles

I took an extra day off this week and I’m feeling so much more centered. Usually I get one day off and that is for laundry and meal planning and you know… adulting. So it was nice to not have too much planned – I did purchase a knitting pattern of which I know nearly none of the stitches so that will be an exciting journey!

Okay seriously though, the summer is upon us and that means the 4th of July is near. Ya’ll I don’t know about you, but I get ridiculously excited about the summer section at Target and all of the cute red, white, and blue stuff. I think it’s mostly because I am ready for the cookouts and the full day of community and friends that the 4th usually brings for me. Whether it’s a church cookout, neighborhood thing, pool party, friends getting together – I LOVE IT!  With everything that is going on in the world I really think we could use some more togetherness and remember what is really important.

patriotic ice cream sandwiches - red white blue sprinkles

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cost: $10 or less
Time: 20 minutes
Suggested Viewing: Independence Day – Because it has the best movie speech of all time

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Hello Summer Fruit Banner (free printable)

on June 19, 2018

This free printable Hello Summer fruit banner is currently hanging in my bedroom/craftroom and I have no chill about it. None. It is awesome and I love it. Also, I’m pretty stoked it’s summer. (Come back in about a month and I’ll be complaining that I ever felt that way – It gets so stinkin hot!)

hello summer fruit banner on display

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Neverending Story Book Trinket Box

on June 12, 2018

Add some geek chic to your home with this Neverending Story Book Box!

This post has been a long time coming you guys. Seriously like I bought the supplies for it a year ago – long time coming. So yeah, great idea…. lots of time spent googling on execution and I am so glad to say that this Neverending Story Book Box is FINISHED!

Okay, story time-ish. Maybe. Eh, here’s some random things about my relationship with this series.

Turn up the nostalgia/nerd factor in your home with the DIY Neverending Story Book Box! Great for a remote holder! #HomeDecor #Geek #NerdHome

When I was a kid, Falcor the luck dragon weirded me out but I still wanted to hang with him because DUH! Luck!

MAKE IT: DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

I cried actual tears, multiple times when Artax died. I dare anyone not to. If you did, comment so I know I’m not alone okay? You can use like an emoji or a code word if you’re too cool to come out and say it.

The giant turtle is also weird, but I did not want to chill with him.

Okay, so basically everything about that movie weirded me out as a kid and I don’t think I’d let any of the kids I nanny for watch it. That’s not even counting the second one in which my dad says I begged and begged to see it in theaters then hid behind a chair because it was scary. Ya’ll, I don’t remember this but I was probably only 3, so ya know. Priorities.

Add some geek chic to your home with this Neverending Story Book Box! #Geekcrafts

Wanna make your own Neverending Story Book Box? I saved your a lot of time googling techniques and stuff. You’re welcome.

Neverending Story Book Box

Cost: $20
Time: Weekend project (there is a lot of drying time)
Suggested Viewing: The Neverending Story – Duh!

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