Sunday, June 25, 2017

Party Games For Teenagers

Our family loves to play crazy fun games together.  I often get asked what games we play at our parties for our girls, since they are older.  So, we compiled a list of our favorite party games from our blog.  These games would work for any holiday, birthday, youth activity, or family reunion you might hold.  We hope you like them as much as we do. 

Click on the title and it will take you to the games blogpost on our Blog where all the rules are.

Party Games

Pie Eating Contest

Flour Game

Ultimate Spoons
Like Spoons above, except you put the spoons in a challenging place.  It might be on the other side of the room, in a different room completely, in the snow, bottom of a pool, etc.  Take all safety precautions in your spoon placement and remove all obstacles.  Some rough housing could cause injury.

Divergent GamesDivergent games

Divergent game

I know you think of Easter for these kind of hunts, but they can be done anytime of year.  My mom would hide candy all over the house or backyard when we got bored over summer break.  Up the game with glow in the dark prizes.

Giant Jenga
You can make you own giant Jenja from 2X4's or purchase one here.

Yardzee/Yarkle Giant Dice Game

Slip n Slide Baseball
You play base ball or kickball, except you use kiddie pools as the bases and a slip'n'slide to slide into home plate.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

No Soliciting Sign

It's that time of year where our doorbell rings constantly from Solicitors.  Well, last week I had had enough.  We had solicitors every single night.  I had originally planned on making a cute porch rules sign, but quickly changed my mind.  In our city if you post a No Soliciting sign, solicitors are not allowed by law to ring your doorbell.  I had one posted underneath my address number on the front of the house.  But I was still getting solicitors.  They would tell me they didn't notice it.  So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a giant sign right in front of my door and underneath my doorbell.  This couldn't possibly be missed.  I even took it a step further and cut out a tiny vinyl No Soliciting sign to stick right on the doorbell itself.

I first made a list of our most common solicitors.
I then searched a little bit on Pinterest at other signs for inspiration.  The top quote was very popular and funny.  I'm not quite sure who to give credit to for it, because it was on multiple sites and pins.  Otherwise, I mostly worded the rest myself with the list I compiled.

It's a little hard to read in the picture.

No Soliciting
Don't ring the bell,
Don't make it weird!
Our kids take all our money
You cant beat our TV, internet and phone service
We have found Jesus, 
and won't lose him
We know who we are voting for
We kill our own bugs
My kids work for free
Solar panels are ugly
Nobody can get my lawn greener than my husband
We love our vacuum
We don't clean, so we never run out of supplies
Unless you are bringing me a
package from Amazon,
flowers, are here to clean, or
from Publisher's Clearing House
with a big check
Please go away!
Our dog is hungry and our trigger finger's twitchy
Always Welcome
Friends, Family
and Neighbors

I typed out what I wanted my sign to say and played around with different fonts until I was happy with the sign.

The Oracal 651 is rated for outdoor use.

I split it into three sections to make it easier to cut and apply to the wood.

I purchased a piece of wood from my local hardware store and sanded it.

 I used a vinegar stain, I made for an earlier craft, on the wood.  I love the rustic look the color gives.

I then coated it with polyurethane for both protection and to help the vinyl adhere better to the wood.

I lined up the vinyl where I wanted it,
and marked it off for easy application.

I like to use contact paper instead of transfer paper to lift the vinyl lettering.  In my opinion it works better and is cheaper.

Apply the letters where you want them.

Use a scrapper or credit card to rub the vinyl letters on.

I haven't had a single solicitor since placing my sign, knock on wood.  Almost everyone who has come to my door though loves it, it has been a great conversation piece.

I measured and designed a smaller simple sign for my doorbell.  I also cut it our of Oracal 651 (black) vinyl.
I don't think the solicitors can use the excuse they didn't see it now.

This is the cut out I placed under the address number on my house.  Again, I used Oracal 651 Vinyl for outdoor use.

I hope you have a little fun with your sign. 
I wanted mine to be funny, but also right to the point.

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