Grinch Ornaments for Giacomo’s 1st Birthday

It’s crazy to believe a whole year has gone by since my Mr. Man came into the world. I always say that the day he was born it felt like an explosion, that my heart grew 3 sizes that day like the Grinch. So for his first birthday, we had a Grinch themed party. Giacomo had such fun playing with his cousins, family, and friends.

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I would have just had pizza and subs, but my sisters and mom took over and insisted on cooking a feast of antipasto salad (Truffula Salad), chicken cutlets (Roast Beast), sausage and peppers, kielbasa, pierogies, baked beans, pasta, potatoes and peas (Who Hash), and a 6 foot sub.  For I took over and went crazy.I couldn’t have done any of this without their help. I definately have the best family!

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For dessert nieces made chocolate dipped marshmallows and decorated sugar cookies, while I went nuts making cupcakes, chocolate pretzels, Rolo pretzels, Oreo balls, pumpkin cheesecake, Rice Krispie Treats,  a regular cake and a smash cake for Jack, and Who Pudding. The kids even enjoyed a Hot Cocoa bar.

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To thank everyone for celebrating, I made Christmas ornaments of the Grinch and his heart.

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For the Grinch ornaments, I swirled green paint inside the ornaments and left them upside down to dry. After two days I had to recoat. I let them dry about a week before adding the Grinch face.

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I layered yellow vinyl over black vinyl cuts for the ornament. Using the Cricut Explore, I cut the Grinch face by uploading  as a simple image. (I uploaded it twice, once for the face and once for the eyes). grinch clipart

I’ve made glitter ornaments with Glitter-It in the past, but I finally decided to try the mop & Glo method I’ve seen on craft sites and Pinterest. It does work, and it’s super quick! Just swirl the M&G in the ornament, drain out the excess, add in glitter, shake it up to coat, and tap out the extra glitter. Glitter-It works great, but so does M&G, and the giant bottle is way cheaper.

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I feel like the heart ornaments went with my whole year’s theme. All year I’ve been writing about the joys of the heart as well as heartache. The year started with my heart growing with Jack’s birth, and since then I’ve written about the joys of being a mom, the heartache of leaving baby, The Mighty Quinn’s Heart surgery, my dad’s heart attack, and now again, the joys of being a Mom.

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I was driving home from the party, I was thinking how it was the first time I did something really “Mom,” and it was the first time I felt like Mom. Feeling like mom is subtly different than feeling like a mother or a mommy, and I’m not sure how to explain it, but giving my son a fun birthday made me feel like a Mom, and I loved it.

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Last Minute Gift: Lottery Ticket Tree

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 I wrapped all my gifts this weekend with the help of my friends Sara and Meg. We painted, stamped, and ribboned the massive amounts of brown paper I have for some really pretty wrapping paper.

The last person on my list was Dad. Nothing like waiting for the last minute! My Dad insisted he didn’t need or want anything for Christmas. I wasn’t totally stumped, though. He LOVES his scratch off, so I knew they’d be a perfect gift for him. I didn’t want to just stuff the gifts in a bag with some tissue paper when I wrapped everyone else’s so so beautifully. I picked up a foam cone and some sewing pins from Micheal’s and made a ticket tree!

All you need for a lottery ticket tree

This was super easy. Just wrap the tops of the tickets around the cone and pin the corners down. Overlap and flare out all the tickets to add texture until you get to the top of the tree.

How to make a lottery ticket tree

I topped the tree off with a bow, and I also pinned on a moose ornament (my Dad’s nickname is Moose). Simple, quick, and cute!

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Deck the Halls!

My parents just came back from Disney with my nieces and nephew, and their Disney trip gave us some early holiday cheer that warmed all our hearts. They take the kids to Disney every year. Usually they go during the summer, but this year the trip was postponed to the Christmas season. They always drive down, and as they passed through Virginia they stopped at a Cracker Barrel for dinner. When they asked for their check, the waitress told them their bill was anonymously paid for by another customer, with just a simple message to be passed along: “God bless you and your well behaved grandchildren.”  What a wonderful way to start a trip! It’s so nice to know that there are still sweet people out there.

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They brought me back this ornament, which I think is the cutest thing ever! I love Alice, tea, and Christmas ornaments; this was the most awesome souvenir I have ever received! Matt and I decorated for Christmas this past weekend. Lights are up, the village is out, tree is decorated, and halls are officially decked for Christmas!

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This year I also got pretty crafty with my friend Sara. We each and created a Noel feature using wooden wall letters N, E, and L and a wreath/wreath ball as the O in Noel.Image

We painted the letters and decorated them with my Cricut machine.

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Sara used a wreath and accented it with a horse cutout from the Cricut Quilted Christmas Cartridge. I used the wreath ball and fed some lights through the inside of the ball.

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You could also fill the ball with tinsel, garland, holly leaves, small ornaments, or small holiday figurines.

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 I think they’re adorable, if I do say so myself! Sara was also thinking that we could vary the wreath displays (using words like Joy, Love, or Mom).

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