Friday, February 26, 2010

quick tip for today

Just thought we would share a quick tip for today. Whenever I have an orange or any other citrus I put a couple pieces of the peel in our kitchen sink disposal to clean it and give it a nice fresh smell.
I never thought of freezing them so you have them on hand all of the time. I read this is some magazine the other day at the library but I can't remember which one.

Anyway I put some in a baggie and through them in the freezer. They work great!! I don't really like to eat grapefruit but it is one of my favorite smells, good thing my husband likes it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

fancy nancy birthday party

I am sure that there are many little girls (and moms and grandmas) that love Fancy Nancy as much as we do so we decided to share a few ideas that we used for our birthday party. This is the original book and it is one of our favorite. The best thing about Fancy Nancy is that she finds everyday items around the house to make everything fancy so that is what we decided to do.

We just did simple invitations on the computer with our own fancy wording.

We had everyone come dressed in something fancy. My husband and I did the same and the girls loved it. My husband had an old choir costume complete with a bow tie and the girls picked out whatever they thought was fancy in my closet. When everyone arrived we had them decorate their own fancy name tag on a paper doily.

We had a bubble machine outside and guests arrived, we used plastic stemware from the dollar store, fancy folded napkins, and frilly toothpick for the food.

We read the Fancy Nancy story, painted our fingernails, brushed on glitter, and made these fun ribbon bracelets to twirl with. We has a little fashion show and dancing while we took each girls picture. We then ate a light brunch and some ice cream parfaits. I found a fun sparkler candle for the birthday girl that was super fancy but a little smokey for inside (live and learn).

At the end the birthday girl gave each of her guests a fun bubble cake necklace and their fancy picture from the fashion show.

We had a great time and hope the girls did too.

This party was a great way for our little birthday girl to learn manners, etiquette, and creative fun ways to be fancy with everyday things.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

valentine love pillow

This is our family love pillow that we just started around the first of February this year. We wrote this little poem to explain how it works.

This is a little love pillow
And this is what you do,
A simple act of love
For someone that loves you.

Find a secret act to do
Then sneak it on their bed
They will know that they are loved
Even more that words have said.

It is now their turn to pass it on
To someone of their choice
To show the love they have for them
With service as their voice.

Sometimes we find it hard to say
Those simple little three
So show the ones you care about
You love them and they will see.

Our little girls have loved this!!! They are so excited when they see it on their pillow and I love it because it stretches LOVE and Valentine's Day out for many days.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

cute valentine hairdo

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Here is a little fun hairdo that my girls ask for a lot. We have seen many similar styles around on many other blogs. There are many fun hair blogs around if you are looking for new ideas. We posted some of our favorite not to long ago here.
The basic idea of this kind of heart is a pull through ponytail. Instead of pulling the ponytail down through the top you pull it up from the bottom and then divide the hair in two for each side. You can braid the two sides or just twist like the picture below. Then you just secure it at the bottom in a ponytail or bun. Give it a try.

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