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Guardians of the Galaxy Floats

Star Lord is great.  He’s funny; he’s got great dance moves.  But Groot, especially Baby Groot when he’s dancing.  I just can’t accurately predict how many times I’m going to see Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 just so I can watch Baby Groot.  It’s going to be a lot.

 

In honor of Groot, my family and I celebrated the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 with Guardians of the Galaxy floats.  We call them Groot Beer Floats as they are blended root beer floats with lots of fun extras.  Check out the super simple recipe that’s out of this galaxy!

DIY BB-8 Hair Clip

Happy Star Wars Day! In celebration of May 4th, I made a DIY BB-8 Hair Clip out of felt.  Some artists mold lumps of clay into works of art; others turn paper and pigmentation into lovely watercolors.  Me? I turn random stuff I find in my house into movie-themed DIY projects.  That’s how these BB-8 clips came to be.

 

DIY Trolls Pinata

Recently, we threw my 3-year-old a Troll-tastic birthday party, full of lots of DIY fun.  One of my favorite birthday party projects is making custom piñatas. They’re easy to put together using recycled materials.  Plus, using leftover packing supplies means they’re inexpensive too!

 

Find out how to make a DIY Trolls piñata!

 

Hot Chocolate Play Dough

Oh, the weather outside is frightful! It’s another cold and rainy day, but that doesn’t mean we are feeling dreary.  Days indoors with my kiddos have allowed me to make days at home feel special and fun.  Today we’re making Hot Chocolate Play Dough to keep little hands busy and minds creating.

 

 

Let Freedom Ring Bells l MLK Jr Craft

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. It’s part of my breakfast of champions, or at least any day I actually want to function. With my love and dependence on coffee, I was so thrilled when I first grabbed a Keurig. Less waiting, more caffeinating.  But soon after, I started realizing how many of those cute little pods I was dumping to the, well, dump.  I started with swapping the pods out for a refillable k-cup like this one.  Currently I’m double brewing with a Keurig and a traditional coffee pot.

 

It’s a lot of coffee, you guys.

 

 

I still needed to do more to keep those pods out of the dump.  That’s when I started storing them to use for crafts, like these “Let Freedom Ring” bells.  They’re a snap to make and a great way to remember the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

Disney’s Grand Californian Holiday Traditions

Our elf is back on the shelf, our Jack Skellington is wearing his Santa cap.  It’s the happiest time of year, and one that is full of favorite family traditions.

 
The Merriest Place on Earth makes for the merriest memories.  We love the decorations on Main Street, and the holiday takeovers on our favorite rides.  One of my favorite holiday traditions actually takes place at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort.  Each year my sister Carolyn and I round up our collective six children and bring them to the hotel.
 
The Grand Californian is nothing short of gorgeous all year round, but hosts some free (or inexpensive) festive fun this holiday season you won’t want to miss!

Moana Elf on the Shelf Idea

Some elves are naughty, wrapping toilets in wrapping paper or making messes. But our Elf on the Shelf “Joey” is a gift giver.  A few times a week, he makes our season merrier by bringing small surprises for my daughters.  He’s brought Advent calendars filled with chocolate. Another day he arrived with stickers.  

 

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These small trinkets bring holiday fun to our home.  For my Disney-obsessed girls, we were so thrilled with the Moana theme he chose for himself recently.

 

Moana Candy Lei

Aloha!  We are counting down the days until Disney’s Moana sails into theaters.  Our favorite way to see movies together as a family is to go to our almost local drive-in.  It’s about 45 minutes away, but seriously fun so we don’t mind the drive.

 

To make our upcoming viewing of Moana even more fun, we’ve made candy leis.  What’s a movie without candy, right?  Considering we’ve got buckets of leftover Halloween candy at home, it didn’t cost us anything to make these fun Moana inspired treats.