Friday, November 20, 2020

ANNABELLE Our New Halloween Tradition/Game

My Aunt texted me a super fun idea for Halloween this year.  Move a creepy doll around the house.  It just so happened that very same day, I had bought four dolls at the local thrift shop to paint, and one was perfect.

I was excited to see how my girls would react.

I placed the doll in my middle child's bed.  I was pulling out of the garage and she barges in laughing, asking if I was trying to give her a heart attack.  She said she was terrified of how a creepy doll ended up in her bed.

She then placed in it my youngest child's bed.  I was watching TV, and I hear her scream "What the Annabelle!?!"  It was so funny!  And that's how the doll got her name and reference to the scary movie Annabelle.

As you find the doll, you must then in turn hide her for someone else to find.

Have fun with her.  I was surprised how creeped out people were finding her.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pearl Party at Home

One day my middle daughter and I sat and watched a pearl party on Facebook for over an hour.  It was just one of those things when you are procrastinating that draws your attention.  We thought it looked like fun, but we were shocked the prices the customers were paying to have someone else open an oyster for them.  They were upwards of $20 or more per pearl, and bonus if you bought 5 you got a "free" necklace.  We had no idea this was a thing, but there are several people making a ton of money hosting these pearl parties online. 

We decided to look into how much it would cost us to do at home.  We decided to see what kind of stuff amazon had.  Much to our surprise everything was actually really cheap.

Amazon had tons of different options for oysters with pearls inside, at all different price points.

We decided on the colorful 30 pack that guaranteed a pearl in each oyster.  There were 3 sizes of oysters, but all the pearls were around the same size approx. 7mm. Click here for link

We don't normally eat oysters, so we decided to buy some oyster shuckers.

There were tons to choose from, but we opted for this set. It came with four shuckers, four spoons to retrieve the pearls, and a set of gloves to protect your hand from cuts. Click here for link

Both sizes worked equally good.

We thought it would be fun to go all out and get the pearl necklaces to complete the party.  We opted for this set, because it came with multiple designs and non were childish.  Two of the charms (the shell and rose), only fit the smallest pearl.  So, you might be two short if you only get larger pearls.  The charms included small colored lava rock stones used to diffuse essential oils. Click here

We wanted some nice chains to go with the charms.  We opted on these snake like plated silver chains.  They looked fancier than the regular chains for about the same cost, and had good reviews.  So far, we haven't had any issues.  Click here for link

My daughter loved the groups that put the pearls in white sand in a martini glass.
We got this white craft sand, and martini glass at the Dollar Tree.
Here is a Amazon link to similar products.

My girls were freaked out to touch the oysters and whatever preserving fluid they had on them.
We got these medical gloves at Sam's Club, but here's a link to similar ones on Amazon.

Each color pearl has a different meaning.  
We found an awesome site that contained most of the colors meanings.
Dang it, I can't find the site we used, sorry.  There are tons of websites to choose from, just Google pearl color meanings.
We looked up each pearl color meaning, as we opened each oyster.  
This made the party last longer, and a little more fun.

The girls were giggling and teasing over the different pearl color meanings.  They said it reminded them of a fortune cookie or a mood ring.

They acted out being a Pearl Party host, it was hilarious. 

None of the pearls were the same color.
It's hard to tell from the picture.

We did the party at the beginning of the Covid 19 social distancing, so we are not looking our best, lol.

Here are all our pearls. 
We each got to open six oysters. 

We cleaned our pearls in cups of water with a drop of Dawn dish soap.

The girls were fighting over which charms they wanted.  
Here's a link to the one charm everyone wanted the most.
I separated the charms into equal groups containing a highly desired one, and less desired one. 
 Only four of us wanted the charms, so we each got three.
I put them into cups and made the girls pick a color from across the room.  They got to keep the charms in the colored cup they chose.

The charms open up to fit the pearl inside.

The finished product. 
 How fun to be able to change out the pearls to match your outfit.

We had a blast at our pearl party!
Let us know how your Pearl Party went.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Elfie For Teenagers and Adults (not for kids)

 Ok, I have all teenagers.   They are too old for the traditional Elf on the Shelf.  I wish they were younger, there are so many cute ideas out there for little kids.  Since my kids are older,  I didn't want to spend the money on the super cute book and real elf on the shelf.   I thought I would put it out and they would think it was dumb and they were too old.  I was so wrong, they loved it.   I would recommend buying the real Elf on the Shelf, but I got this one at Hobby Lobby in the ornament Section on sale for $1.85.  It isn't meant to be used this way and is starting to fall apart, it is cute and posable though.  

The first year I did it and they actually liked it,  the second year they wanted to do it and took turns,  and we skipped the house fire year.  I wasn't going to do it this year,  then I decided it would bring laughter and happiness back into the home.  We didn't get much of a Christmas last year.   So, I spent hours looking up ideas for older kids/adults on Pinterest. (don't you just love Pinterest!).  All of the ideas were either too childish, or too crude meant for adults.   So, I took some of the ideas and made them into my own funny teachable moments. 

We had a house fire last year,  so this is fitting.   

I burned down Cheryl's she-shed!! Don't tell.

My brothers name is Jake,  so we used to joke a lot about the Jake from State Farm commercial.

We talked about fire safety,  and how insurance works.

I put cocoa powder on his face for fire ash. Not gonna lie, it kind of looks like poop.  I thought about burning the paper a little,  but our smoke detectors are really sensitive and I thought they'd go off and its freezing outside.

I totally forgot and saw this candle as I went to bed.  It worked,  they thought it was funny.   Good talk about strip clubs,  modesty, and sexting. 

Hunting is big where we live. 

Would you kill Bambi?

I admit I eat meat.   We talked about eating healthy, but we also talked about not wasting food and the life that was given.  When you throw out old meat from the fridge or uneaten food on your plate a real animal died so you could have that meat,  don't let it be in vain and waste it. Life is precious honor it. 

My daughters loved Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer,  so this ornament was perfect for these shredded snow man.  Any snowman will work.

I decided the girls sign was too crude, so I took it down before the kids got  up,  but I posted it for adult ideas.  We had a talk about inappropriate jokes and the opposite sex.  Because if your being honest with yourself,  you know that is going on all day long at school.  We also talked about sexual harassment. 

"Well paint me green and call me a pickle,  cause I'm done dealing with you!"

We follow the hide the pickle ornament tradition.  Christmas morning whoever finds the pickle gets to open their present first.

My daughter is obsessed with the NBC's sitcom Friends, so I had to make a scene for her birthday.

This one Elfie is hitting on the character Janis from Friends, and Joey is trying to stop him.

While I was going to talk about girl code,  asking before dating a friend's/ sister's ex and problems associated with it, but another topic came  up.  My daughter recently went to a girl's choice dance.   They dressed as Ross and Rachel.  She was dressed modestly and when she was already dressed and ready to go another mom told her how inappropriate the sitcom Friends is,  even though she admitted to watching it herself.  So, our conversation turned to tolerance,  acceptance,  and bullying.   We talked about how the only thing that matters is how you feel about yourself and your personal values,  and some people think they are helping you, and don't realize they are actually hurting your feelings.  Don't  let others opinions of you get you down,  because you'll never meet everyone's expectations.  Also, trying to be aware that you might also be unintentionally hurting others as well.  She said she tried not to let it ruin the dance,  but admitted it hurt her feelings.

I was going to do another one with phoebe and smelly cat,  but we had a party and my toy cat was missing afterward. =(

I just thought this was so cute and creative.
Use peas or split peas.

"Oops, I pea'd myself"

Never leave the blinds open! Peeping Toms

I keep trying to teach my girls about safety and to watch out for voyeurism.  
The dangers of sexting too.  I've had two stalkers at places I've worked as a teenager, one tried to follow me home.  Keep an eye out  and especially watch the dressing rooms and bathroom stalls when out in public.

Don't text and DRIVE

Big lesson in our house with teenage drivers.

It's ketchup.

Fresh Lemonade $.25

Because everybody jokes about pee being lemonade, always 100% of the time.

I just used lemon juice.

Just Say No!
(Yes I grew up in the 80's & 90's)
Great way to start a conversation about drugs, especially now that marijuana is legal in many states.

It's flour and a cut straw. 
 I also thought it might be funny to have smashed smarties and leave the wrappers.
A candy high! I'm not being crazy,  kids in my elementary used to crush and snort smarties.

OH MY SANTA! Your Dad farted and it was so bad, I had to shut myself in here. Let me out when the air clears ~Elfie

Talk about  manners. 

Don't eat the yellow snow
We talked about exposing yourself in public.   I know someone who got on the child sex offenders list, because he thought be was alone and peed outside on his farm. Apparently,  a car drove by and reported him.   Not the best idea on his part,  but he has  to deal with his mistake for the rest of his life.

It's flour.  I used lemon juice, because my food coloring poured out red.  
I think the food coloring would have been fine, if I had watered it down and mixed it good before using.

This one was just too funny!

I borrowed the "Butt Brush" Hope you don't mind! <3 Elfie

Talk about hygiene.

So, I forgot and got out of bed quickly, this is what I thought of. 

"Ho, Ho, Ho"
"Who you calling a Hoe?" (lol, how do you spell it?)

Good talk about names you allow people to call you, and self respect.  High school kids are always being disrespectful and think they are being funny towards each other.

I am always talking to my girls about watching their drinks and food when they go out.  Do not to accept opened drinks from strangers, etc.  Being drugged or roofied is a real thing and so is human trafficking!

This could get a little sticky!

My daughter was so mad.  
She thought one of her sisters played a prank, and there was no toilet paper until she saw it sitting on the counter.

The game of Operation

I'm Scared!
Could talk about plastic surgery and loving yourself.  We talked a little about medical insurance and organ donation.


Ok, when you have teenagers they think everything you do is wrong, including the way you dress, do your hair and make-up, etc.  So, I always think it's funny when someone compliments me on something they hate, lol.  In all seriousness though my girls always tell me how beautiful I am, so I can't complain.  I choose to believe them instead of thinking they are kissing butt for some reason, lol they probably are.  Have fun with it!

I couldn't decide whether to put 

She thinks I'm a real doctor 
North Pole Toy Enhancement Division.

I used a medical glove for their hats and the elf's gloves,  paper towel for the elf's gown and her covering, grapes for implants,  and an xacto knife.  Be careful with the knife.  
Good talk about vanity,  self love,  and not putting yourself in danger to save a little money.  How to look for a good doctor.  You hear about plastic surgery horror stories all the time.

I know you think some of these are crazy,  but I used it as a good icebreaker for some serious talks, and it worked great.  Plus,  it made my kiddos and hubby laugh and we all needed that.  Have fun with it!  Just because your kids are getting older,  doesn't mean you have to stop the traditions , just adapt to small changes. 

Merry Christmas!

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