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The New Do…

When Hubby and I got back from our Alaskan vaca, the first thing out of LB2’s mouth was “Mommy! I want a haircut”

Literally, it was either the first or second thing she said when we stepped off the plane and found them waiting in the airport for us.  No “Hi how are ya”, or” how was your trip” or “I wish you’d go back”…  None of those, but only an exclamation involving a haircut. Huh.

In all fairness, I don’t usually only have her hair cut once a year.  And I bet you can guess what time of year that takes place — you guessed it, at the end of the summer, right before the new school year starts.  I guess I’ll have to do a little bit better than that from now on since she’s actually asking… no, begging for a haircut.  Her very first haircut wasn’t until she was 5 and about to begin Kindergarten.  I just like the long hair.  Sigh.  You can put it up in a braid, pigtails, hairbows of many shapes and sizes…  Those days are gone, I suppose, since she now wants a short hairdo.  She wanted to go from hair halfway down her back, to the bottom of her ears!!  Well, I just couldn’t let her hair get cut that short, but we still went pretty short.

So, once we got home and unpacked our bags, I decided to call and make her an appt to get her hair cut.  The day I was going to call, I sat down to first check my email.  And Lo and Behold, there it was right in my inbox!

Free Kids Haircuts during the month of August! A promotion they are doing at JCPenney’s everywhere!

Here’s the link in case you want to take advantage of THAT deal (you totally should — it’s FREE!)

 http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/index.jsp

Okay, so I made the free haircut appointment and off we went to chop her hair off — excuse me, I mean get a haircut.

As you can see, she’s extremely excited!  I think the stylist was trying to stay out of the picture; hahaha, not on my watch!

The first snip. She was a tad bit nervous, but still excited (her words) LOL.

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The ending of another summer…

It’s the final days of summer for us and since school will be back in session soon (Praise the Lord!) we’ve been trying to have a little summer fun these last couple of weeks!  We’ve been playing on the playground

Woohoo!

And making new friends

We’ve enjoyed some dress-up moments

Some superhero soaring

Some Pegasus Pony-ing around

We had a night of dinner at Sam’s Club one night… Mmmm, hotdogs 🙂

and pizza 🙂

We even carved out some time to go test drive a brand new car

LB3 even got to do a test drive

We’ve done some crafting

went shopping — where the nice sales-lady just happened to have a princess carriage handy making a photo-op super easy

For both of my Princess Little Bits

A little more Dress-up time

And even though the summer is coming to an end, we still have lots of fun planned

so

til next time…

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A crafty day for us two girls…

Yesterday was a little rainy and just a touch dreary, so LB2 and I decided to get our craft on! We were so excited because it’s been a while since we’ve done any crafts and for this particular one, we used glitter! OH, we just LOVE GLITTER!!

Okay, so I’ll explain the reason for the craft first…  this weekend I’m hosting Bunco at my house so I wanted to make my own decorations and goody bags (so that everyone can be a winner!).  I already bought a few things for the goody bags and wanted something hand-made to put in them as well so I came up with a candle holder — everyone loves a candle, right?

So, I scrounged around for the right materials.  What I came up with was perfect! Since the colors for the party seem to be black and pink, I found some black glitter 😀 and went from there.

So, we had some babyfood jars (from when LB3 was teeny tiny) that I saved for future crafting, the black glitter, mod-podge and some sponge brushes.  And the candle is to put in the jar when we’re all done.

You’ll also need some clear gloss spray paint to make sure the glitter all stays put once you’re in your final steps.

So, we started by sponging the mod-podge all over the jars and rolling it in the glitter.  I forgot to take a pic of this step, so you’ll have to try to imagine it.

*After several jars were done, we decided the best way to get a thick layer of glitter on the jars was to start at the lip and just put the glitter there first, then put your hand on the inside of the jar, and finish off the rest of the jar.  Also, we didn’t put any glitter on the bottom since it really didn’t seem necessary and I also wanted it to sit flat without wobbling.  It IS a candle holder after all and wobbling is never good when you’re talking candles.

Once the jars were all glittery, we set them out to dry.

We waited a couple hours to make sure they were completely dry.

Once we were sure the drying step was complete :D, we used a regular paint brush to dry-brush over the glitter so that any loose glitter would come off.

Then I had to spray them with some clear gloss spray paint.  Just to make sure all that wonderful glitter stayed put.

LB2 got her thumb in the pic, but you get the idea.

I put two coats of this on each jar (waiting about 10 minutes between coats), then set them up to dry again.

I wanted to make sure they were all-the-way dry, so we waited overnight this time.  No need to make flamable candle holders — not a good idea.

This morning we woke up, ate some breakfast and were very excited to test out our candle holders.

In goes a votive and voila!

I think they turned out super cute and it was a fun craft for LB2 and I to do together.

And, we had a lot of fun too.

Til next time…

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The Clover necklace

Back in March when we were getting ready to celebrate the super fun St Patrick’s Day holiday, LB1 took LB2 and LB3 outside (so Mommy could have a few minutes of solitude while crafting :D) to search for four-leaf clovers.

To their amazement (and mine), they actually hit the motherload and found about 3 or 4 of the good luck “charms”.

When they brought in their haul, we decided we should keep them for prosperity and, well let’s face it, luck! We pressed the clovers for several days in a super huge dictionary — yeah, we actually have dictionaries here and use them (well, to press flowers and four-leaf clovers anyway).

LB2 was especially excited so I decided that her clover should be made into a necklace so she can wear her lucky charm whenever she wants.

We had to put it on a chain with another charm that she already had, but she thought that made it more special :D.

Til Next time…

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