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Monday, September 22, 2014

Chalkboard and Duct Tape Banner

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from Scotch® Duct Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.

My oldest son Benjamin started Kindergarten this fall. Even though he doesn't usually have much homework, I wanted to create a little homework desk area for him. Since we also just moved only about 2 weeks before Kindergarten started, it was also important for me to get a little more organized.

I was very curious and excited to try out the new Scotch Dry Erase Tape and Chalkboard Tape. Even though they are the same size as the other Scotch® Duct Tapes  I used for this project, they are actually removable tapes (which is awesome!). They are so easy to use, and there are so many fun ways to use them.


First, I made a chalkboard banner to go over his desk area (scroll down for the step-by-step tutorial). What's great about the chalkboard tape is that it writes like a real chalkboard and it is completely erasable. I made it with just enough spaces to write Benjamin with stars on both sides, but I can change it throughout the year to things like "homework" or "celebrate" or "Christmas".


I also used the dry erase tapes to label and organize his craft/homework supplies. I cut the strips of tape in half and put them on the sides of his pencil boxes. (A couple times the tape wasn't perfectly centered, but I was easily able to remove the tape and fix it.) Since it seems like the contents of these boxes change all the time, I love being able to just erase the words and write something new.


How to make a Chalkboard and Duct Tape Banner

What you need:
1. Scotch® Duct Tape - I used Cherry Red, Sea Blue, and Sunshine Yellow
2. Scotch Chalkboard Tape
3. Scissors
4. Twine
5. Paper
6. Optional - Parchment Paper


What you do:

1. Put strips of duct tape along a piece of paper. I just used regular printer paper, but you could use white card stock if you wanted your banner to be a little thicker. Then cut out the paper so that there is a slight edge of white on each side of the duct tape. Then cut across the tape into little rectangles that are all the same length.

2. Trim some of the chalkboard tape so that it is narrower than the duct tape and place it on top of your duct tape rectangles. (Remember it's removable). Create a template of some kind that you will use to cut out your triangle shape from the bottom to create the banner look.

3. Trace your template along the back of your rectangle. I wanted a little variation in each piece, so I wasn't too precise when drawing and cutting.

4. Now cut out the bottom, cutting through the paper, duct tape, and chalkboard tape. The chalkboard tape will still peel off easily.

5. Pull off the chalkboard tape and move it up so that some of the colorful duct tape shows at the bottom. I tried to center the tape so the space at the bottom was about the same as the spaces on the sides. Then cut off the piece of chalkboard tape hanging off the top.

6. Arrange all the pieces of your banner in order, face down. Use strips of duct tape to tape your twine, string, or ribbon along the backs. Make sure that all of the little pieces are evenly spaced and that the twine is near the top.

7. Get out some chalk, write your letters, hang and enjoy!


A Tip for Cutting Duct Tape

Do you ever get frustrated when you're cutting duct tape because the stickiness gets on your scissors? It can also be difficult to be really precise, or to cut a specific shape. Here's a quick and easy trick: Put strips of duct tape on a piece of parchment paper. Then cut out the pieces or shapes you want. The duct tape pieces will peel right off like little stickers. It is SO much easier to cut and keeps the stickiness off your scissors.


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5 Fantastic DIY Makeovers - Monday Funday 87

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Friday, September 19, 2014

New Diapers for Oliver

This post brought to you by Huggies and Kleenex. All opinions are 100% mine.



A few months ago, I got some Huggies at the store because they were sold out of the diapers I usually got. Almost immediately I started to wonder how I made it through 2 other kids and who knows how many other diapers without trying Huggies! They are seriously awesome, and noticeably better diapers.



Especially now that little Oliver is on the move a little more, it's important for him to be wearing a diaper that will stay in place and keep everything secure. There are 3 ways that Huggies Little Movers diapers are better than other diapers.



1. They absorb lots of moisture, but somehow they don't droop and hang like other brands of diapers. I'm sure that they are much more comfortable for Oliver, plus, he looks much cuter without the droopy heavy diaper.

2. Huggies Little Movers have a double grip strip to keep the diaper from falling off when babies are rolling back and forth and crawling around. Basically, the straps on each side are secure in two places each, although they are still just as easy to put on. Oliver is doing a lot of rolling back and forth these days and has started to do a little bit of belly crawling, and there are a lot of opportunities for his diaper straps to get pulled loose. Fortunately, those double grip strips have held strong.



3. There is a flexible elastic-like strip that goes across the back of Huggies Little Movers diapers. This strip keeps the diaper on tight, and it also keeps there from being a big opening in a very bad spot. Since we started using Huggies a few months ago, we haven't had one incident with getting yellow stains on the backs of Oliver's onesies.



I'm so glad I "discovered" Huggies Little Movers diapers, even if it took me so long. For great prices, I stock up on Huggies® at Sam’s Club every time I go. Be sure to check out other great Huggies® Products and learn more about what makes them amazing!


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

10 Fall Decorating Ideas - Monday Funday 86

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Free Printable Mummy Pillow Boxes


Today I'm sharing another Halloween themed free printable pillow box. (Check out the cute monster pillow boxes here.) These little boxes are perfect for treats or party favors, and fit about 25 M&Ms. They are such a quick and easy handmade touch to a party, gift basket, or just a fun Halloween treat to share with your kids.


What you need:
1. White Cardstock (I used 65 lb)
2. Printer 
3. Free Template
4. Scissors and Glue
5. (Optional: X-ACTO Knife )
6. (Optional : Elmer's Dot Runner )

What you do:

1. Print out your boxes onto plain white card stock.

2. Cut out the templates. Carefully cut along the lines, leaving as much black outline as possible without leaving any white border.

3. Score along the curved lines at the top and bottom, and fold the two long edges. You can use scissors to lightly score, or the back side of an X-ACTO knife. Test on a piece of scrap paper first to make sure you aren't cutting all the way through the paper.

4. Glue or tape the tab to the opposite side of the box.

5. Fold down the flaps to make your box a pillow, and fill with treats. These boxes are really little... too small to put a gift card in, but perfect to fill with little candy like M&Ms. They fit about 25 M&Ms when full.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Printable Monster Pillow Boxes

Pillow boxes are some of my favorite boxes for treats or party favors because they are so easy to assemble, and they hold just the right amount. Today I'm sharing these super cute MONSTER pillow boxes, which would be perfect for Halloween, a monster themed birthday party, or just for fun. These are actually the first of about 7 Halloween themed pillow boxes that I'm going to be sharing over the next few weeks.


What you need:
1. White Cardstock (I used 65 lb)
2. Printer
3. Free Templates: Yellow MonsterBlue Monster, Purple Monster, Green Monster, Pink Monster, Turquoise Monster, Orange Monster
4. Scissors and Glue
5. (Optional: X-ACTO Knife )
6. (Optional : Elmer's Dot Runner )


What you do:

1. Print out your boxes onto plain white card stock. The boxes will print to be the color seen in the photos... slightly different from the digital files.

2. Cut out the templates. Carefully cut along the lines, leaving as much black outline as possible without leaving any white border.

3. Score along the curved lines at the top and bottom, and fold the two long edges. You can use scissors to lightly score, or the back side of an X-ACTO knife. Test on a piece of scrap paper first to make sure you aren't cutting all the way through the paper.

4. Glue or tape the tab to the opposite side of the box.

5. Add your monster accessories here. Glue or tape them to the back side of the box. After they have dried, carefully bend back the pieces that stick out off the side of the box (like the horns) so that they lay flat (parallel with the table).

6. Fold down the flaps to make your box a pillow, and fill with treats. These boxes are really little... too small to put a gift card in, but perfect to fill with little candy like M&Ms. They fit about 25 M&Ms when full.




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Raising a Little Book Lover

Thanks Gymboree for sponsoring this post.

Creative and imaginative books are such an important part of childhood. I still remember reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar when I was a little kid, and learning about how Eric Carle created his beautiful artwork. I want my kids to not just enjoy books, but also to be excited and inspired by them.

...and it's never too early to start!


By the way, how cute are these The Very Hungry Caterpillar pajamas from Gymboree?

Oliver is 5 months old now, and he is really starting to enjoy reading books. He especially loves bright and bold pictures, and turning the pages himself. Benjamin (5) and Lyla (3) LOVE picking out books and reading them to their baby brother, and so many Eric Carle books are our favorites. 


Benjamin and Lyla especially love The Grouchy Ladybug. Benjamin pretty much has the whole books memorized, and runs around the house saying, "Hey you, wanna fight? No, you're not big enough!" Benjamin also really loves "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" which is why I bought him a pair of the Eric Carle Polar Bear pajamas at Gymboree. The PJs go up to a size 6 in store, and there are even adult sizes available online. There is something so exciting about seeing your favorite books come to life, and it is so fun to pair bedtime stories with bedtime jammies.




Be sure to check out the limited edition Eric Carle inspired pajamas and shirts at Gymboree!


While you're there, check out the fun contest that your kids can enter themselves (with your help), get the free Eric Carle app, and download and print the awesome Eric Carle free printable coloring and activity sheets.



What is your favorite Eric Carle book? Which pajamas would you choose?
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