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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

7 St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids

St. Patrick's Day may be the most overlooked holiday in my home. Well, there's Arbor Day and Groundhog Day...but, do those count? I should probably care more about Arbor Day. Trees give us oxygen. We need oxygen to survive. I digress.

I like to think of myself as a pretty crafty mom. I enjoy doing crafts with the kids. I LOVE to hang their art up around our home. I was once told that my house looked more like a daycare than a home because of all of my kid's art. And to that I think to myself, that's okay. My kids LOVE seeing their art hanging on the four walls that are their safe place. {Do you hang your kid's art? In one place or all over?}

St Patty's Day Kids Crafts

This year I plan to do more St. Patty's Day crafts! Today I've gathered 7 St. Patrick's Day Crafts that you and your kiddos can do together. I love each one of them for a different reason. But, my favorite is probably the last one. You'll see why!


/1/ Toilet Paper Roll Leprechauns - There's something about his yarn beard that caught my eye. I can't wait to make these with my kiddos!


/2/ Eraser-Stamped St Patrick's Day Tee - Did you know you can use freezer paper to create cute tees?? You totally can! This tutorial shows you how.

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/3/ 5-Minute Rainbow Bracelet - McKinley LOVES making and wearing {and gifting} jewelry. This bracelet would be perfect for every little girl. And her friends.


/4/ Cereal Box Leprechaun Hat - These hats will be cute on your St. Patty's Day table OR you can use them as favor bags. The glitter buckle is my favorite!


/5/ Fruit Loop Craft - Remember when crafts were simple? A piece of paper and some dry cereal? Some days I like to do those kinds of crafts with the kids. Simpler days, I tell ya.


/6/ Mail a Rainbow - The original idea is for party invitations. But, who wouldn't want to receive a rainbow in the mail? Snail mail, for the WIN!


/7/ Mickey and Minnie St Patrick's Day Headbands - Headed to Walt Disney World or Disneyland this month?? Make these cute ears before you head out!

Do you do crafts for St. Patrick's Day? I'd love to see. Share a link in the comments!

Want to see even more festive St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids? Check out this post!

Friday, March 3, 2017

A First Look at Emily Blunt in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns

I am beyond excited to share with you the first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film MARY POPPINS.  

This is a sequel, friends, NOT a remake of the film we grew up watching. Keep reading. 

Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, MARY POPPINS RETURNS also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018!

Who's excited? I know I am!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

What Every Cheerleader Needs in Her Competition Backpack

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Do you know what time of year it is? That's right, it's cheerleading competition season. We're in the thick of it now. We're only in our second season as a member of the Competition Cheer World, but we quickly learned what every cheerleader needs in her backpack on competition day. Leave home without one of these essentials and you'll be asking every girl on the team if they have an extra you can borrow.

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  • Cheer Uniform -- I mean, DUH! But, you'd be surprised, it happens. A cheerleader, last season, left her uniform in Jacksonville...we were in Orlando for competition. 
  • Cheer Bow -- bonus points if you have a hard-shell bow holder to put it in, so it doesn't get crushed. 
  • No-Show Socks
  • Cheer Shoes -- our gym wears Nfinity Titans. I wasn't a fan of the high tops, at first. Now, I love them. 
  • Wraps -- Bum knee? Need to wrap your wrist or ankle? Be sure you don't forget these things. 
  • Deodorant -- I shouldn't have to explain this one. Don't be the stinky girl. :) 
  • Perfume or Body Spray -- see above, but remember, less is more. :)
  • Hairspray -- we love Freeze It. Click HERE to see which one it is.
  • Teasing Brush/Comb -- I didn't quite understand the importance of this in our first year. Boy, does it make getting BIG HAIR easier! For less than five bucks, it's worth the tiny investment. 
  • Hair Pop -- What's a Hair Pop? You know, a hair elastic. The thing you put in your hair, before you put your bow in. #themoreyouknow
  • Bobby Pins -- small ones for fly-aways, big ones to secure your bow. 
  • Cheer Make-Up -- We have basic make-up in our cheer make-up pouch. Powder, eyeshadow palette, liquid eye liner, mascara, and lipstick. Bright RED lipstick. If you're reading this as a new cheer mom, consider this your virtual hug. Tell yourself that stage make-up must be bright and dark and thick and way-more-than-any-8-year-old-should-ever-wear, because it's only for her performance. 
  • Baby Wipes -- for when you need to wash your hands, but can't get to a bathroom.
  • Feminine Hygiene Products -- You never know when your monthly cycle will come. Or, when a teammate will need one. It's safe to have a small stash in your backpack.
  • Cell Phone -- Would you really leave home without it?
  • Cell Phone Charger and/or Portable Charger -- You know, even if you leave home with 100% charge, you'll be at 9% by the time your daughter hits the mat. Click HERE for the one I personally have in my bag, at all times.
  • Ear Buds or Headphones -- You'll maybe want to listen to music in-between sessions and routines. If your gym is like our gym, a tight-knit group, who cheer on ALL teams, ALL day, you'll be at the venue ALL day. #OneGym
  • extra money for drinks and snacks (or event t-shirt) at the venue -- By "extra money," I mean, $5,000 for incidentals. LOL A fountain drink will be $9. A hotdog, that you wouldn't normally eat anyway, is sure to cost $12. And the Gatorade, that your cheerleader needs for rehydration, is certain to cost $6.50. Bring extra money!
  • candy, snacks, bottle of water or sports drink -- This is a YMMV (your mileage may vary) situation. Most venues check your bag at the door. But, if yours lets you through with snacks, BRAVO! See above for why this is so exciting. 
  • Light Jacket -- for when it is cold before/after comp, and/or to wear over your uniform, to put make-up on.
What did I forget? What would YOU put in your cheer backpack, that I don't have listed? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks for competition day, too! Leave a comment telling me these things. 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Upcycled Leprechaun Trap Craft for Kids #chickfilamomsDIY

I'm a member of the #chickfilamoms panel. We were challenged to create something upcycled from the Chicken Tortilla Soup container. We were provided with coupons for free soup as compensation. This was not a requirement, participation was voluntary. 

Leprechaun Trap Craft for Kids

You know me, I'm crafty. I love to create things. When I was a kid, my grandma used to take me to the little craft store by her house. I would buy all sorts of beads and paint and pipe cleaners. I think my craft supply of choice for a long time was popsicle sticks. Of course, it was fun to eat popsicles, just for the sticks. But, I needed more sticks than the popsicles I was allowed to eat. So, Grandma would buy them for me. I made ALL SORTS of crafts with those sticks. I bet there are still a few magnetized "Notes" holders floating around somewhere. 

Naturally, when Chick-fil-a asked me to create an upcycled craft with their Chicken Tortilla Soup container, I was up for the challenge. I thought about what I would make for weeks. I finally came up with an idea, that I think will be easy enough for you to sit down and craft with your kiddos. It's a Leprechaun Trap! After all, St Patricks Day is only a couple of weeks away; you'll be needing this trap to catch the little guy!

You'll need:
  • a soup container from Chick-fil-a (Try the Chicken Tortilla Soup, it's delicious!)
  • gold glitter acrylic paint or gold paint
  • foam paint brush
  • modeling clay in all the colors of the rainbow (ROY G BIV)
  • a couple gold pipe cleaners
  • some plastic gold coins
  • a handful of cotton balls
I found all of my supplies at Dollar Tree. So, this craft will be easy AND inexpensive!

First, paint the bottom part, or bowl, of your container. While that is drying, you can make a rainbow from the modeling clay. Press a couple of cotton balls to the ends of your rainbow, to finish it off. I then just pressed the rainbow onto the clear lid of the container. 

The little ladder is made from gold pipe cleaners. I simply cut small pieces for the rungs, and then bent the ends, to attach them to longer pieces. 

Leprechaun Trap 3

Now, to complete your Leprechaun Trap, you'll just need to put everything together. Put a handful of cotton balls in your bowl, to act as a filler, then top them with the gold coins. Stand the lid up behind the bowl. (You could hot glue the lid to the back of the bowl to secure it in place. But, I have mine set up on the mantel and it's staying in place, just resting up against the back of the bowl.) Hang the ladder from the front of the bowl, so the little leprechaun can climb in and get trapped! You're finished! Wasn't that easy?

Leprechaun Trap 2

I'd love to know what your favorite soup is at Chick-fil-A. Or, tell me in the comments what you get every time you go! Don't forget to share with me after you've made YOUR Leprechaun Trap!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Williams Sonoma Debuts Limited Edition BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LeCreuset Cookware

Beauty and the Beast

SAN FRANCISCO--Williams Sonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) portfolio of brands, in partnership with Le Creuset, is announcing its first collaboration with The Walt Disney Studios. The kitchenware retailer is debuting an exclusive Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soup Pot by Le Creuset to coincide with the release of the live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney classic. The limited edition blue-enameled cast iron soup pot is decorated with the signature Beauty and the Beast rose with an oversized gold knob bearing the inscription, “Be Our Guest.” Starting today the limited quantity of five hundred pots is available for purchase at and Le Creuset Signature Stores. Williams Sonoma stores nationwide will also host events celebrating the film’s release in partnership with Le Creuset.

“Disney is an iconic brand that brings nostalgia and delight to people of all ages,” said Janet Hayes, President of Williams Sonoma. “In partnership with Le Creuset, Williams Sonoma is pleased to offer this special edition pot to those who loved the original film and the next generation who gets to experience this legendary story for the first time. We are also thrilled to welcome Disney fans into our stores for one-of-a-kind experiences.”

The collaboration is part of Williams Sonoma’s continued partnership with one of the first cookware brands the 60-year-old kitchenware retailer imported. Faye Gooding, CEO of Le Creuset America commented: “Beauty and the Beast is an all-time classic and we’re proud to support this live-action adaptation with our exclusive ‘Be Our Guest’ soup pot. At Le Creuset, we strive to inspire and empower people everywhere to make joy through cooking and how better to accomplish this than with this magical collaboration with Disney and our great partners at Williams Sonoma.”

beauty and the beast lecreuset

On Saturday, March 4th, Williams Sonoma stores across the country will host the Beauty and the Beast Junior Chef Cooking Class with movie-inspired kid friendly recipes created in collaboration with Le Creuset. To find out more details contact your local Williams Sonoma store or visit:  

To learn more about this exclusive product, please visit:  

Since its founding by Chuck Williams in 1956, the Williams Sonoma brand has been bringing people together around food. A member of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) portfolio of brands, 
Williams Sonoma is a leading specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home, providing world-class service and an engaging customer experience. Products include cookware, cooks’ tools, cutlery, electrics, bakeware, food, tabletop and bar, outdoor, cookbooks, as well as furniture, lighting and decorative accessories. Each store offers cooking classes and tastings conducted by expert culinary staff. A comprehensive gift registry program for weddings and other special events is available in stores and online. On and the Williams Sonoma blog, Taste, customers can find recipes, tips, and techniques that help them create delicious meals and wonderful memories. Williams Sonoma is also part of an active community on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, PinterestGoogle+ and YouTube.

Since 1925, Le Creuset has focused on inspiring and empowering people everywhere to make joy through cooking. From the company's original enameled cast iron cookware to stoneware, stainless, accessories and more, Le Creuset offers products across a range of materials and categories that guarantees the right tool for the right job. Le Creuset celebrates the role it has played in the lives and kitchens of cooks around the world, and looks forward to continuing to make memories with generations to come. For more information, please visit  

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

Click HERE to see the official Beauty and the Beast trailer. 

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theaters everywhere on March 17th!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Salad Recipes that are Perfect for Spring

light and healthy spring summer salad recipes

Are you looking for the perfect salad for Springtime? One that's not too heavy, not too filling, but is light, colorful and just right? I just curated a post over at Blissfully Domestic that I think you'll find to be the solution to your Spring salad woes! Click here to check it out!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Two NEW Videos Featuring Belle and Bringing Beauty to Life

Beauty and the Beast

The most anticipated film of 2017 is coming soon. March 17. That's only 23 days away, y'all! Who's ready? My kids ask me every day if it's in theaters yet. Mabry, my 3-year-old asked me today, "Peez, can we go to Booty an da Beas? Peez?" She's as excited as the big kids!

The amazing events team at Disney Social Media Moms gave us an eight minute sneak peek of the film. You guys, it's breathtaking! Emma Watson is a perfect Belle. Luke Evans as Gaston is a swoon-worthy match. And, how about Josh Gad as Lefou? I have to admit, when I close my eyes, I see/hear Olaf. But, Josh is a hoot, and he plays this role histarically!

Check out this short clip of the opening number. I think you'll agree, this is going to be a MUST-SEE film of the year!

This next video is of the actors and producers telling us why Beauty and the Beast is special for each of them.

"This version of Beauty and the Beast will define a whole new generation in a wonderful way." - Josh Gad

Are you excited? I've already written on my calendar, in BIG letters, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, so no other plans will be made for that evening. Come on, March 17!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017. 

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th!