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Despicable Me: DIY Minion Costume

DIY Despicable Me (1)ADo your kids LOVE Despicable Me? Zach & Lily are obsessed!

For Halloween Zach asked to be Gru from Despicable Me, which I though was uber adorable, especially when I had the ‘evil genius idea’ to create a Lucy Wilde costume for Lovely Lily!

After I had a plan in place, as any normal warm blooded 4 year old would do, Zach changed his mind.  Now he was bound and determined to be a Minion for Halloween…

After a quick re-planning to my initial plan; I re-assigned characters to the kids, incorporated Andy as Gru, the former villain turned good guy and myself as Lucy Wilde, the Anti Villain League Agent and Gru’s Love Interest.  I placed a call to a Dear Crafty Friend for a few D.I.Y Minion costumes, started sewing up a storm and supply shopping for a husband-size Gru!  As a Side Note:  Many, Many of the costumes we have created are also available in a DIY Kit in our online shop at www.lilyandfrog.com.  Happy Halloween Shopping!

DIY instructions for the Ultimate Minion Costume…

This set DIY Instructions is courtesy of my Dear Crafty Friend…  The Halloween before she created a family of Minion costumes for her children and friend’s children, creating an adorable Despicable Me Crew.

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Materials:

  • 1 or so sheets of Black and White Felt
  • Overalls
  • Yellow Winter Hat
  • Black fabric headband
  • Yellow Sweatshirt
  • MANY Black Pipe Cleaners
  •  1-2 Metal Spice Containers with a clear lid
  • White Paper
  • Black Markers
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Hot Glue and glue gun

Instructions:

DIY Minion Costume (1)A1.  Overalls:  Working from an online image of the Gru Logo, create your own Gru Logo for the chest of the overalls using the black and white felt and hot glue.  I created this one to be the size of the chest pocket.  If you would like to use the overalls after Halloween, do NOT hot glue the Gru Logo onto the overalls, I used double sided tape (or a safety pin, but I’m a little uneasy about a safety pin because of kids wearing the overalls, you never know what they’ll do).

DIY Minion Costume (11)2.  Yellow Sweatshirt:  Grab your sweatshirt and black felt.  Notice the Minion’s hands…  They only have 3 fingers, from the felt cut out 2 hands with 3 fingers, hot gluing to the interior edge of the sleeve of the sweatshirt.  If you would like to use the sweatshirt again, I would suggest using the double sided tape (or a safety pin, but I’m a little uneasy about a safety pin because of kids wearing the overalls, you never know what they’ll do).

3.  Yellow Winter Hat:  Grab your supplies:  Yellow winter hat, metal spice containers (1-2), white paper, black marker, black fabric headband, hot glue, and black pipe cleaners.

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Minion’s Hair:  Starting with the pipe cleaners for hair; stick the pipe cleaner through the top of the hat, fold in half and stick the other end through, crinkle the pipe cleaners once they are through to get them to stick up..  Do this with about 4-5 pipe cleaners.  For a Girl Minion, you can create pig tails, positioning the pipe cleaners on opposite sides of the hat and wrapping the pipe cleaners in a colorful bow.  For a Boy Minion, center the pipe cleaners on the top of the hat,

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Minion’s eyes:  Grab metal spice containers (1 or 2 depending on how many eyes your Minion has), white paper, black marker, black fabric headband and hot glue gun.  Wrap the black fabric head band around the fold of the yellow winter hat, hot glue into place (or a safety pin if you would like to re-use the hat, but I’m a little uneasy about a safety pin because of kids wearing the hat, you never know what they’ll do).  Create the outline of the eye using the metal spice container as a stencil on white paper, and drawing a giant black dot in the center, cut it out.  Place the paper eye into the lid of the metal spice container.  Hot glue the base of the metal spice container to the black fabric head band and yellow hat.

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To ensure the metal spice container will not sag or flip over, apply hot glue to the entire base of the container.  You can also stick a piece of cardboard in the interior of the hat for a little stability, hot gluing it into place.

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If you have a 2 eye Minion…  Follow all the above steps, altering the positioning of the eyes on the black fabric headband.  Also, you can either hot glue the metal spice containers side-by-side (I tried this one, but after a a few hours at a Halloween party the eyes popped apart and were ‘google eyes’) or tie the lids together before placed on the metal spice container base.  This metal spice container had a few little holes on the sides of the lids, I fished yarn through the holes, pulling it super tight.  They did not budge ALL night on Halloween – and it was a LONG night!

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Dress your toddler in their sweatshirt, overalls, hat, and black shoes…  For Lily, she wanted to be a ‘Girly’ Minion, I used the black tutu from her cat costume the year before.

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I can’t take any credit for this Minion costume – My Dear Crafty Friend saved me some serious time  and money here.  This is a super easy DIY costume, hopefully you have all the supplies already!

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Visit our delightful and darling shop to browse all of our Keepsake Blankets, Birthday T-Shirts, Tutus, Custom Made T-Shirts and MORE at www.lilyandfrog.com.  Click on the images below to browse every design we have created over the years.  You may also e-mail Lily & Frog directly at info@lilyandfrog.com and follow our blog. xo, B

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Despicable Me: DIY Gru Costume

DIY Despicable Me (6)BDo your kids LOVE Despicable Me? Zach & Lily are obsessed!

For Halloween Zach asked to be Gru from Despicable Me, which I though was uber adorable, especially when I had the ‘evil genius idea’ to create a Lucy Wilde costume for Lovely Lily!

After I had a plan in place, as any normal warm blooded 4 year old would do, Zach changed his mind.  Now he was bound and determined to be a Minion for Halloween…

After a quick re-planning of my initial plan; I re-assigned characters to the kids, incorporated Andy as Gru, the former villain turned good guy and myself as Lucy Wilde, the Anti Villain League Agent and Gru’s Love Interest.  I placed a call to a Dear Crafty Friend for a few D.I.Y Minion costumes, started sewing up a storm and supply shopping for a husband-size Gru!

DIY Instructions for a Gru Costume…

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Lily & Frog Materials:

  • Black Coat
  • Black Slacks
  • Black & Grey Scarf
  • Skin Ton Color Felt
  • Breathing Strips

Lily & Frog Instructions:

1.  The Ensemble: Rummage through your closets, donation centers, or online shopping…  Designing and sewing anything for this costume really isn’t worth it, because the clothing is pretty basic, I swear!

  • Black Coat:  Andrew has a black zip-up sweater in his closet.  I know a sweater isn’t a coat, but is it really that big of a deal if it isn’t perfect…  We are still getting the full Gru Effect.
  • Black Slacks:  I grabbed a pair of Andy’s black pants for this one, no fuss no muss.
  • Black & Grey Scarf:  This was a purchase from amazon.com, Premium Soft Knit Striped Scarf.  Andy doesn’t own scarves, this is why I didn’t mind making the purchase here.

2.  The NOSE:  This one was a little tricky, I called in my dear Crafty Friend for help on this one little help.  She was perfect for this project because the Halloween before she, her husband, kids, and family friends were a whole Despicable Me Crew.  Purchase some skin tone color felt, cut and fold it onto a cone shape (like an ice cream cone), hot gluing the edges together.  Now to stick it onto the husband’s nose…  I was ALL about taping that honker to Andrew’s nose, but she suggested Breathing Strips, much more ‘Husband-Friendly.’  Hot glue the Breathing Strip to the interior of the cone and where the bridge of his nose will be.  Once cooled, peel away the backing and stick the felt nose on his nose.

In our case, I brought the nose along for the ride, it never made appearance on his face.  Hey, no fuss-no muss right…  his costume still pulled together quite well in my opinion.

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This was one of the easiest costumes I have put together…  And Andrew didn’t mind Rockin’ it the WHOLE evening – A WIN for Wife!

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Visit our delightful and darling shop to browse all of our Keepsake Blankets, Birthday T-Shirts, Tutus, Custom Made T-Shirts and MORE at www.lilyandfrog.com.  Click on the images below to browse every design we have created over the years.  You may also e-mail Lily & Frog directly at info@lilyandfrog.com and follow our blog. xo, B


Despicable Me: DIY Lucy Wilde Costume

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Do your kids LOVE Despicable Me? Zach & Lily are obsessed!

For Halloween Zach asked to be Gru from Despicable Me, which I though was uber adorable, especially when I had the ‘evil genius idea’ to create a Lucy Wilde costume for Lovely Lily!

After I had a plan in place, as any normal warm blooded 4 year old would do, Zach changed his mind.  Now he was bound and determined to be a Minion for Halloween…

After a quick re-planning of my initial plan; I re-assigned characters to the kids, incorporated Andy as Gru, the former villain turned good guy and myself as Lucy Wilde, the Anti Villain League Agent and Gru’s Love Interest.  I placed a call to a Dear Crafty Friend for a few D.I.Y Minion costumes, started sewing up a storm and supply shopping for a husband-size Gru!  As a Side Note:  Many, Many of the costumes we have created are also available in a DIY Kit in our online shop at www.lilyandfrog.com.  Happy Halloween Shopping!

DIY Instructions for a Lucy Wilde Costume…

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Lily & Frog Instructions: 

DIY Lucy Wilde Costume (8)DIY Lucy Wilde Costume (7)1. Jacket: Starting with pattern packet 1540 Misses’ & Miss Petite from Simplicity; this pattern packet appeared to be the most straight forward and simplistic.  There are 4 coat options available in this packet, chose pattern A for this costume.  Purchase the correct length of fabric, based on the chart on the back of the pattern packet.  If you have questions someone in the store will be able to help you.  In my case, I purchased turquoise fleece for my design:  keeping me warm on a chilly Fall New England night AND fleece will not fray as your sewing with it – DOUBLE WIN in my book!  Follow all instructions to create your jacket choice.  For this costume, I altered the pattern slightly:

  • No Buttons at the shoulder blades
  • No Extra Stitching on the sleeves by the wrists
  • No Pockets
  • No Buttons, replaced with snaps

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Also, I probably skipped a few steps without knowing it…  After about the 3rd night of sewing, reading a new language, cutting and pinning I was going a little bonkers

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2.  Sunglasses: Snag a pair of old sunglasses, and blue and white acrylic paint. Mix the blue and white acrylic paint
to get the correct turquoise color in the jacket.  Paint the sunglasses one layer at a time; allow each layer to dry completely before beginning the next layer.  If the previous layer to tacky, the paint to peel off because the sunglass surface is slick…  I’m assuming if you run sandpaper over the painting area, creating a rough surface will prevent the paint from peeling.  This took about 4 coats of paint.

3.  Scarf:  Purchase your white polka dot scarf.  You can probably find the same color fabric in the fabric store while your buying turquoise fleece, but I didn’t think of it, oh well.  This link was here in only a few days from amazon!

4.  Lucy’s AVL I.D. Badge & Wallet:

  • Search online for an image of Lucy and her I.D. Badge, this is the image I worked off:

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  • Crop Lucy’s face from the image and design your I.D. Badge.  F.Y.I. I’m not a Digital Design Savvy kinda gal, using MS-Word I created the layout for the I.D. Badge, printing it on 4×6 stock paper.  I also designed my own AVL image from the original.

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  • To create the wallet cut a 9×13 rectangle (big enough to glue both the I.D. Badge and AVL image), painting all sides and edges with leftover paint from the sunglasses.  Fold it in half, gluing the I.D. Badge and AVL image on opposite interior sides…  Lucy’s I.D. Badge faces the crease and AVL faces the outside.

5.  Dress: Honestly…  I didn’t want to keep sewing, there was no CHEAP dresses online (which I could find).  Plus, when I think of Lucy Wilde, I remember her long turquoise jacket, red hair, and turquoise sunglasses.  I’m OK with passing on this part…  But if you designed one of your own Lucy Wilde Costumes, let me know, I’ll link to it and share!

6.  Hair: I already have red hair!  Not as red as her hair, but I’ll take what I can get because I’m not about to color my hair or wear a wig (too much work for this busy Mama).  Create a high pony tail, teasing up the back to get a little extra height and fluff.

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I L-O-V-E this costume…  It is one of my more timely costumes to create because of sewing the jacket, but in the end it came out adorable with our Gru Family!

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Visit our delightful and darling shop to browse all of our Keepsake Blankets, Birthday T-Shirts, Tutus, Custom Made T-Shirts and MORE at www.lilyandfrog.com.  Click on the images below to browse every design we have created over the years.  You may also e-mail Lily & Frog directly at info@lilyandfrog.com and follow our blog. xo, B


Lily & Frog Friday 5: 5 EASY Elf on the Shelf Idea Pages

Elf on the Shelf 2I LOVE an original, imaginative, and playful Elf on the Shelf idea just as much as the next Parent…  But, when it comes to Elf on the Shelf, I have Z-E-R-O creativeness!Circue Berry 2 (640x316)

And I’ll admit I’m a little jealous of all the parents out there who get their creative juices flowing and produce some truly   imaginative Poofy Cheeks A (640x610)situations for their Elves, I wish I could pull that stuff off!  Now, I’ll confess there are a few things about this pesky little Elf which drive me BONKERS (OK, there are 5):

  1. They are messy little Elves…  All I want is a tidy little Elf, is that so much to ask for?!?  A pool of marshmallows, ripping apart a tissue box, a snow ball fight, snow angles in sugar…  I can not take the MESS.  Plus, if you follow the ‘Rules’ the kids can’t touch the Elf, so I can’t either, which means that MESS will be there ALL day long, staring at me ALL DAY long, driving me bonkers ALL DAY LONG!
  2. Our Elf doesn’t know our babies can’t read yet…  My babies can not read yet!  Need I say more?  Our Elf is banned from writing letters to Santa or leaving mysterious (sometimes creepy) messages for Zach and Lily on the bathroom mirror.
  3. Our Elf has mastered the fine art of camouflage…  Seriously! Our Elf can remain unseen (from ALL of us) for up to a Sweet CS Designs 1 (384x640)whole afternoon, and through no fault of the kids either…  It is because Mom & Dad were not paying attention when they helped the Elf find it’s new location and completely forgot!  Are there Elf on the Shelf Search Parties we can hire?!?
  4. Our Elf is sleepy…  Sometimes, our Elf falls a sleep early on the couch or reading a book and ‘forgets’ to move to a new location.  Which means Mom & Dad need to cover for him pronto (we are cool parents like that)!  We need to race down the stairs, dodging kids, dogs, blankets, and stuffed animals to hunt down the camouflaged Elf (see #3) before our 2 peanuts discover him in the SAME location as before.
  5. Our Elf enjoys looking down…  The number one rule of Elf on the Shelf is the kids can’t touch him, or else…  Blah, Blah, Blah…  Basically, you are lighting up arrows with bright Christmas lights alerting my kids to invite the Elf for a tea party.  This is why our Elf is ALWAYS off the floor, off the counters, or climbing the walls, hanging from the chandelier, or propped in the Christmas tree…  The kids can not kidnap him for a Monster Truck Rally!! SIDE NOTE: Now that I have the idea for Magic Elf Dust from Sweet CS Design, I’m all set.

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Now that you know why our troublesome Elf drives me BONKERS and I have Z-E-R-O creativity when crafting the perfectly imaginative situation for our Elf…  I have collected 5 of my favorite Elf on the Shelf Idea pages.  They are my FAVORITE because they are easy, semi-mess free, semi-last minute, high flying, AND easy to find…  OK, there are some messy and high volume of work ideas, but who cares, the whole Elf on the Shelf idea is meant to be entertaining and enjoyable, plus, the pictures are fun to scan through and laugh at as well:

  1. Poofy Cheeks: 20 Elf on the Shelf IdeasPoofy Cheeks (640x426)
  2. Circus Berry: Elf on the Shelf Ideas {2012}Circue Berry (640x316)
  3. Poofy Cheeks: 15 More Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas (what can I say, I like her ideas, lol)Poofy cheeks 1 (640x457)
  4. Daily Leisure:  Elf on the Shelf IdeasDaily Leisure (480x640)
  5. Sweet CS Designs: Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Kitchen IdeasSweet CS Designs (426x640)

If you would like to sneak a peek at more of our Lily & Frog Friday Five, take a trip back to our main page, there is much more where this came from!

Please know…  I have not received any sort of compensation from any blog or business I’m writing about for this post. I am interested in sharing all the GREAT finds I have stumbled upon and business I have worked with…  Just because they are that great, interesting, wonderful people, or I enjoyed their post.


Date Night Jar

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When we got married, 7 L-O-N-G and blissful years ago, I never thought we would be that couple who schedules a Date Night, every few months, or every week.

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When reality set in; lets be honest here, reality was 2 kids and a crazy work schedule, scheduling a Date Night turned out to be only way my husband and I were able to get one-on-one time, without our adorable rug-rats nipping at our toes.  Then we quickly turned into the couple who kept on forgetting to schedule our scheduled Date Night.

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Until one day…  During an adventure in getting lost in Pinterest, I stumbled upon the magical Date Night Jar  These are some of my favorites:

Cliff Notes explanation of the Date Night Jar:  On slips of paper describe Date Nights for you and your spouse.  On Date Night, pull a paper and plan accordingly.

Too whopping cute and so simple (Why didn’t I think of this?!?), huh?!?  Well for someone like me, where making a decision on plans, events, dining, movies, OK, basically anything outside of the scheme of a kid’s activity or designing a room, I’m a fish out of water.  A Date Night Jar is 100% up my alley, plus, I have COMPLETE control over all the date ideas.

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June 148 (1124x2000)This is my rendition of the Date Night Jar

Lily & Frog Supplies:

  • June 145 (2000x1774)Jar with a lid – or any kind of a container, i.e. mason jar, Tupperware, vase, etc.  You could use an old shoe box if you wanted to, just air it out a little first
  • Paper for writing dates – ANY paper you pick is good

Really, it is this simple…

Lily & Frog How-To:

Truly…  This is a project which you can completely make ALL your own; Go ahead, cut corners, skip steps, and adjust it to work for you and your spouse.  Make your Date Night Jar, your own.

Begin with your Date Night Ideas…  This is the entertaining part.  Basically I searched “date night ideas” Holy-Moly!  There are a whole bunch of ideas for a wonderful, adventurous, or cheeky Date Night…  Even some ideas, well I’m not too sure where people come up with these ideas, I haJanuary 032 (1546x2000)d to close my eyes!

These are some of the more helpful ideas from The Nest:

Once you have grouped all of your Date Night Ideas, print them out (or hand write them…  I told you, SIMPLE!) on paper, cut them out, fold them up and slip them into your Date Night Jar!  When Date Night arrives, pull a slip of paper and there you have it – Instant Date Night!

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And of course, I went off and designed our Date Night Jar to have a few more layers…

As I was compiling all of my Date Night ideas, I realized some of the Date Nights required a little extra planning, i.e. a couples message, overnight at a bed and breakfast, etc.  You can’t just pull these Date Night Ideas out of the jar and high tail it to a Spa on the same day you want your massage.  This is why I created the Date Night Index!  Why, yes, our Date Night Jar has an index…  I’m that geeky!

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Our Date Night Jar Index & ExplJune 148 (1124x2000)anation:

  • Dinner & Movie Combination – These dates are a dinner and movie which go together with one another.  SIDE NOTE:  This one is my favorite Date Night Idea!
  • FREE – YES a F-R-E-E Date Night – These dates are free…  no planning
  • Afternoon out and about – These dates are for an afternoon out of the house, they may require a little planning, but not too much
  • Date Night out of the house – These dates are for an evening out of the house, they may require a little planning, but not too much
  • 24-48 hour notice Date Night – These dates  require planning, snag this date night at least 24-48 hours before
  • Date Night IN – These are dates which you will be spending in the confines of your cozy home, there is a chance you need to know information on this card in advance to prepare a meal.

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  • If there is a menu planned for a Date Night, include the link for the meal on the slip of paper (you could forget it after a while)
  • If there is a location you are going to, include the address and other information (you could forget it after a while)
  • Pick cards in the afternoon because; there is a chance you will be preparing a meal for dinner and need to shop.
  • If there is a RULE on the card, follow the RULE.
  • HAVE FUN!

Once I had all of my Date Night Ideas listed, I grouped tJune 147 (1507x2000)hem based on the Date Night Jar Index and assigned each a color.  Then I printed all the Date Night Ideas on colored paper, for example, Dinner & Movie Combination Dates were assigned purple and printed on purple paper…  Makes sense, right!?!

Cut each Date Night ldea out of the paper, fold up the paper and toss them into the Date Night Jar.  Remember to print out your Date Night Index as well.

There you have it…  SIMPLE!  Now you just need to plan a date for you to use your Date Night Jar!

What are some of your favorite Date Night Ideas?  I would love to hear about them!

These are some of our Date Nights:

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Newspaper…  Get your hands on your local weekend paper and do the crossword puzzle together, or challenge each other to a breakfast game of Scrabble. The winner gets any carnal wish granted that day (so basically, both of you win).

Valentine’s Day… Open a bottle of wine (or beer) and reminisce about our first Valentine’s Day together.  Answer the Questions…

    • Where did we go to eat?
    • What did we do?
    • Do you remember what we wore?
    • Did we go out with friends?
    • What were you thinking when you first saw one another?

ONE RULE:  Only pull out the photo album once to cheat… Who got the most answers right?  You choose the prize, wink*wink

First Date…  Open a bottle of wine (or beer) and reminisce about our first date together.  Answer the Question…

    • Can you name that date?
    • Where did we go to eat? Was it Mmmm good?
    • What did we do?
    • Do you remember what we wore?
    • Did we go out with friends?
    • What were you thinking when you first saw one another?

ONE RULE:  Only pull out the photo album once to cheat… Who got the most answers right?  You choose the prize, wink*wink

I Love You…  Open a bottle of wine (or beer) and reminisce about the first time we said ‘I Love You’ to one another  Answer the Question…

    • Can you name that date?
    • Where did we go that day?
    • What did we do?
    • Do you remember what we wore?
    • Did we go out with friends?
    • What were you thinking when you first saw one another after you said ‘it’?

ONE RULE:  Only pull out the photo album once to cheat… Who got the most answers right?  You choose the prize, wink*wink

First Meeting…  Open a bottle of wine (or beer) and reminisce about the first time we met.  Answer the Question…

    • Can you name that date?
    • Where did we go that day?
    • What did we do?
    • Do you remember what we wore?
    • Did we go out with friends?
    • What were you thinking when you first saw one another?

ONE RULE:  Only pull out the photo album once to cheat… Who got the most answers right?  You choose the prize, wink*wink

Wedding Day…  Open a bottle of wine (or beer) and reminisce about our Wedding Day  Answer the Question…

    • Can you name that date?
    • What did you think when you woke up that morning?
    • What did you do when you bridesmaids/groomsmen arrived?
    • What did you talk with your bridesmaids/groomsmen about when they arrive?
    • When id the nerves start to set in?
    • What were you thinking when you first saw one another?
    • Do you know what color the flowers were?

ONE RULE:  Only pull out the photo album once to cheat… Who got the most answers right?  You choose the prize, wink*wink

Favorite TV Series…  What is your favorite TV series?  Make a private list of the first three shows which pop into mind – pick the one show which appears on both lists, look it up on Netflix, hit play and see how many episodes you can watch in a row.

Afternoon Drive…   Sit your hot little tush in the car and drive off into the sunset…  Well, not literally, but get in the car and just start driving without a plan in place, you can do it…  Just go with the flow, stop when you feel like it, hop out, go for a walk, hold hands, kiss, and just breath…

Favorite TV series…  What is your favorite TV series – well pick something completely different, really?  It needs to be something we have never seen before, something not in our norm, and something we both agree on.

I can’t believe I’m suggesting this, but…  Pop it into the gaming system and get your rock and roll on…  Play as many rounds of Rock Band as we two can.  RULES:

    • You choose your own instruments
    • No name calling – unless it is of a sweet, kind, and gentle nature
    • No shouting or fighting – just play
    • Don’t play too loud – you’ll wake the kids
    • After we have played for no less than 15 minutes a winner can be declared
    • If it is determine to be a tie, there will be a sudden death to determine the winner

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    • Now you play again…  Determine a winner and loser…  And continue on, if you can 😉
    • NO cheating
    • Wife always wins…  Yeah I said it!  If I made the suggestion, I can win it all

Date Night Staying In

Tonight is Wife’s Dinner Choice…  Let’s avoid the restaurant crowds.  Wife think about your favorite place, or somewhere you have been itching to get a meal from, place a call into the ‘surprise’ place for dinner, and have it delivered for after the kids hit the hay.

Tonight is Husband’s Dinner Choice…  Let’s avoid the restaurant crowds.  Husband think about your favorite place, or somewhere you have been itching to get a meal from, place a call into the ‘surprise’ place for dinner, and have it delivered for after the kids hit the hay.

The Winner is…  Take the trip to the attic for all the board games we have packed away, choose one and get your board game playing on!  Winner’s choice…  And winner makes the choice on what they win!

Husband’s Choice Movie Night!  Husband… take a visit to NetFlix and pick a movie for two.  Anything you would like, no questions asked.  Your little wife will pour you a glass of beer and start popping some yummy popcorn!

Wife’s Choice Movie Night!  Wife… take a visit to NetFlix and pick a movie for two.  Anything you would like, no questions asked.  Your handsome husband will pour you a glass of wine and start popping some yummy popcorn!

Cocktail Time!  Before dinner hop online to find a tantalizing new drink!  Keep your signature drink a secret, each of you shop for the ingredients in your signature drink.  Once the kids are in bed…  get to cocktail making!  Keep a Signature Drink Recipe Book

Date out of the house… Need a babysitter

Go to the club…  Yes, we are in our 30’s, married, parents, and probably are going to be the oldest ones there, but we will have a wonderful time!

Play B-I-N-G-O!!  Yes, we are in our 30’s, married, parents, and probably are going to be the youngest ones there, but we will laugh our little butts off!  B-I-N-G-O

Swing by a bookstore…  How long can we hang out in a bookstore without going bat-crazy?  Let’s find out!  Seriously… maybe we can play hide-and-seek around the book shelves?

Grab a pint at an Irish pub…  Do we have a local Irish Pub?  Lets go, NOW!  Introduce your wife to some of your favorite pints and you try something new, all over a yummy meal.

Go out for drinks…  Just appetizers and drinks – I’m thinking Happy Hour.  Don’t plan to go home until after the sitter puts the kids to bed.

Go out for dinner…  Visit a new place we have NEVER been to dinner…  Really, somewhere we have never been.  It is time to get out of our rut and explore some local new places.

Date Night in the Afternoon

Go to the driving range…  Even though we both don’t know what we are doing, just do it!  Learn together and practice together.

Go to an arcade…  Because we can – bring the kids along.  They will have an amazing time running, playing, pushing buttons, and winning!

Play in the batting cages…  Your wife has NO clue what she is doing at a batting cage, but you can teach her

Visit the tourist spots in your hometown…  We live in a sleepy little town, find a tourist spot and be a tourist – cheese factor is encouraged, the cheesier the better!

Date Night needing 24-48 hr advance notice

Couples Massage:  We work our tails off on a daily basis and treating ourselves to a couples message and afternoon lunch could be exactly what we need.  Book this NOW for one week from now…  And now you can pick another date for right now Wink*Wink*Wink

Cooking Classes…  For the ultimate foodie couple, skip an overpriced dinner out and take a cooking class together.  We will find something which works with whatever work schedule happens to be going on at the time…  Not only is it a fun way to bond, you’ll walk away with tons of recipes you can make for special occasions.  And now you can pick another date for right now Wink*Wink*Wink

Bed and Breakfast…  Call a sitter for overnight…  And score a weekend away at a secluded Bed and Breakfast that’s close enough to home that you don’t spend hours traveling in the car.

Date Night –  Dinner and Movie Combo 

Knocked Up:  A favorite line from the movie…  “I loooove breakfast!” As a nod to the stoner/munchie connection, we suggest a Southwestern Chicken Pileup, which Ben’s stoner friends would surely enjoy.

Wedding Crashers:  All we can say is, “Crab cakes and football. That’s what Maryland does!” Make some crab-and-corn chowder and accompany it with baba ghanoush and pitas. Why the odd combo? Owen Wilson’s character, John, lovingly refers to Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) as “baba ghanoush” throughout the film.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle:  Dine on sliders, fries, and a huge Mountain Dew. The best part: You have the recipes, so there’s no need to wander around all night like these freaks did.

Jaws: Since Amity Island is, well, an island, dinner has to be seafood. Wash it down (and take the edge off!) with a Captain Nemo cocktail.

Casablanca:  This one’s easy: Moroccan meatballs over couscous accompanied by Moroccan lentil salad. Here’s looking at you, delicious.

The Godfather (Parts I & II):  Time for some of our Italian favorites thanks to Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia epic. But leave the gun; eat a cannoli for dessert.

What is your PERFECT Date Night??

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The Kassays: est. 2007

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I can’t seem to get enough of creating items for our home, that are rooted in our children’s growth, development, and personalities.

When I stumble upon the countless crafts created from children’s handprints or footprints, my heart just melts.  These are some of my favorites…

Being hit over the head with the inspiration stick (That seems to happen a TON over here!), I went to work on creating a The Kassays Est. 2007 sign for our home.

Lily & Frog Materials:

All the materials I scavenged from our home… I started with a stone/plaque which was just plain old UGLY, no really, it is quite possibly one of the ugliest fall decorations I own, to the point I refused to share a picture of it with you.  I was never planning on using it again and rather than throwing it away, decided to re-design it into something sentimental and heartwarming.

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Spray paint
  • Letter stickers
  • Yarn
  • Baby wipes (trust me! you’ll thank me)

Sept 018  AB (1024x768)First Step…  choose your wording and letter colors, we went with ‘The Kassays’ in black.  Keep it simple (right?!?).  I followed the steps in a previous post called Lettering on Stone [link] to create the lettering on the stone.  Except I stopped at step #4, I didn’t peel off the lettering just yet.

Now is the fun part…

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Your plaque should be one solid color, the background color.  Before you gather your kids and spouse, prepare with all of your supplies; acrylic paints (open the bottle), brushes, and baby wipes…

Now call for your spouse…  They will mumble and grumble about this part, but once they see how it all turns out, they’ll be impressed with your planning.

Paint your spouse’s hand with the acrylic paint of your choosing and place their hand where you would like it.  Followed quickly by doing the same for yourself.  Let both hand prints dry completely before calling the kids.

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Line up your willing (or unwilling) participants up one-by-one, starting with the oldest because they can show the little ones how to hold still.  Paint their hand with the acrylic paint of your choosing and place their hand where you would like it.  Continue on with the next kid, using the baby wipes to quickly clean off their hands before they run off and paint your walls.  Also, I used the baby wipes to ‘clean up’ the kid’s handprints.  Lily was a mess when I finally got her to sit still long enough.

For our design, I wanted to show the difference in size between the kids, Andy and I.  This is why Andy and my hand prints are on the bottom and both kids’ hand prints are directly on top.  I LOVE IT…  Just pulls at your heart trings, huh?

This particular plaque came with a smaller wood sign.  Using the perviously October - Phone 213 (1024x612)described lettering steps I put ‘est. 2007’  on the plague. When I finish with the background color, I painted polka dots in the same color as our hand prints.

When I was finished with the background color, I painted polka dots in the same color as our hand prints.  Bringing together unity, family, etc mumbo-jumbo…  Really, I just wanted it to match!

Now even more fun…  peeling away the sticker lettering to reveal the black letters you created.  I did need to do minor touch-ups, but because I ‘sealed’ the edges, I was golden!

Since this was originally ONE piece held together by rope, I kept the theme by re-tying it together.  This time I used yarn… because I accidently threw away the rope originally used.  I’m not 100% sure how I did this part, but basically, I created a needle with thread in an attempt to thread through tiny holes (already on in the plaque and wood) a large amount of threads of yarn.

With everything peeled away and tied together, I accomplished my goal…  designing a sentimental DIY piece from items I already have in the house.

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With everything peeled away and tied together, I accomplished my goal…  designing a sentimental DIY piece from items I already have in the house.

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Do you have a family craft which you feels brings the family together, share it with me and share the link below!

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