Thursday, May 30, 2013

Escape From Planet Earth DVD Review and Alien Spaceship Craft!

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The girls love to play "outer space" and aliens and when I was given the opportunity to review a DVD of the new movie, Escape From Planet Earth, I knew my girls would love it!
The girls even came up with a fun craft inspired by the movie.

My family has "Family Movie Night" on Friday nights.
We're super classy -- we sit on the floor and eat homemade pizza on trays
while our dog (a giant greyhound) walks around and offers us dog toys in eternal hope of
one of us offering to trade her a piece of pizza!

So this past Friday, we settled in with our homemade pizza
and this crazy blue alien-inspired popcorn (more on that in a minute!)
to watch the movie, Escape From Planet Earth on DVD.

Our whole family enjoyed the movie and I'll warn you now... you may have to make
a run to 7-11 for a blue Slurpee after you watch the movie because you'll want one!
We loved the way the characters showed bravery against bullying
and stood up for their family members and friends.
The movie producers did a great job of balancing any scenes that were a bit scary or intense
with light-hearted comedy and silly-ness so no one got scared (reminded me of "Ice Age.")
We decided as a family we would rate it 3 stars out of 5.

I thought it would be fun to try to make blue popcorn. It worked...sort of. 

I probably should have used candy melts, but I had these white chocolate chips in the house
and I wasn't going to go to the store in my Friday night fuzzy pants! 
I attempted to melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave and they had a hard time
getting liquid-y melted but stayed thicker than I would have liked. 
Then I stirred in some blue food coloring and tossed it on some air popped pop corn and tossed on 
some blue and green sprinkles we had leftover from E's birthday party. 
The girls didn't mind and they ate it all without complaining. 
It wasn't beautiful but then again, I'm not a food blogger so who cares!

The next morning, the girls and I made some pom-pom aliens inspired by the characters in the movie.

We didn't have big blue pom-poms so we made our own with a salad fork and some fat blue yarn.
Just wrap it around the fork. Tie it in the middle, and cut the sides. 

The girls glued on googly eyes and made a variety of characters.
Then, they made spaceships for our Aliens out of paper plate bowls and plastic cups.

Just decorate the paper bowls with markers or paint and glue them together
with Elmer's glue or glue gun. Cute right?!

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Easy Heartfelt DIY Fingerprint Cards for Dads and Grads!

It's that time of year again, time for Graduation Celebrations and Father's Day!
We had the honor and privilege of celebrating two very talented college graduates this weekend. 
Our next door neighbors have raised three smart and beautiful young women that I got to teach 
(a million years ago) when they were still in elementary school. Two of them graduated
from College and Graduate school this weekend and are going to be teachers. I couldn't be prouder! 
We put together gift baskets for each of the graduates (I'll share them in my next post) 
and these easy DIY "heartfelt" cards! The third is still in college and our favorite babysitter. 

The cards were so quick and easy to make. 
They would be great for any graduation, teacher appreciation, or dad for father's day. 
We started by picking out stamping ink in the school colors
in this case George Mason University - Green and Gold, and
James Madison University - Purple and Gold. 

If you didn't have ink pads in the house, you could try coloring and stamping 
fingerprints with washable markers (think Crayola) or Do-A-Dots! 

For a Father's day card, I could see dad's favorite team colors, 
alma mater, or children's birthstone colors -- you get the idea! 

To make the cards, we traced a pale yellow heart on a piece of white card stock (folded into a card)
then, the girls filled in the heart with fingerprints in green and gold ink for our GMU grad
and purple and gold ink for our JMU grad! 

After filling the inside with heartfelt messages of congratulations
and drawings from the girls we were good to go! 
Quick, easy, original, and from the heart. 

Here's to all the new grads (and dads) out there! 

Pink and Green Mama

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Favorite Kid-Friendly Looms and Weaving Projects Round-Up

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Today I'm sharing some of my favorite Weaving projects from the blog.
Weaving a great way to build hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.
You can use a store bought or homemade loom. 
You can weave with paper, ribbons, grasses, leaves, yarn, string, fabric scraps, etc.

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

Below are some of our favorite looms:

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week Gift: Easy and Cute Fairy Garden in a $1 Salad Bowl

This week is teacher appreciation week.
One little week to let our children's teacher's know how much they mean to us and our children.
Isn't EVERY week teacher appreciation week?
It's kind of like "Mother's Day," in my book, every day is mother's day!
But it is nice to get a little reminder. 
I shared this photo on instagram on Monday. 
We like to make these cute little gardens every year. 
The girls and I loved making these salad bowl fairy gardens for this year's teachers.
They gave them to their teachers this morning so I can share them on the blog now! 

Project How to: 

* Instructions to make the bird houses can be found in this post.

* Step-by-step instructions for the Fairy Dish Gardens can be found here

* I bought the Salad Bowls at Walmart for $1 each! 
They always stock them this time of year in the picnic outdoor 
plastic drink pitcher and trays seasonal display area (I'm sure that's the official name!)

More Eye Candy
And... please take a quick minute to hop over and 
check out the cute fairy gardens my bloggy friend Melissa at Green Owl Art blog 
made with her kids this week - my favorite is the tether ball pole!

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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