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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Monster Jam at Kansas City Sprint Center {2016 Review}

Disclosure: I received media passes for my family from Feld Entertainment for this event. All opinions expressed are my own. 


The noisy trucks. The screaming fans. The smell of exhaust mixed with nachos and cotton candy. It was all pretty amazing, but all of it together was not anything close to the thrill of watching my almost five-year-old's eyes get bigger and bigger as each new truck roared its way onto the track. This was the second time he's been to Monster Jam (read about the first time) and I think it's safe to say it's something he will never want to miss.

If you've never been to a Monster Jam show before, I'll tell you upfront - it's way different than a lot of other entertainment experiences. It's LOUD (bring ear protection), the arena lights are up for the whole show, and you never know what might happen when the trucks are out!


The show began with a race of all the trucks, then the speedsters and ATVs. My son was fascinated by every bit. He kept asking what the names of the trucks were and pointed out as many details as he could. It was a test of my lip-reading skills, since we were both wearing ear protection! He was way too engaged in watching the show to pause for a photo with mom (and who wants to smile on command?).


There was a lot of audience interaction and some giveaways for passes to next year's Monster Jam. The announcers kept the event moving right along, in spite of some calamities like a zombie arm flying off a truck and a couple of trucks landing upside down!

The second half of the event was full of freestyle, donuts, and wheelies. It was really fun to predict what the judges would score each truck on their performance. Scooby-Doo took the title for the night. My guy would have liked Grave Digger to win, but he says that his favorite trucks are "all the puppies" so we were pleased with the outcome!


You can purchase Monster Jam tickets now, plus make sure you are following along on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest info!

Here's the full list of remaining showtimes:
Saturday, February 6 - 7:30pm
Sunday, February 7 - 2:00pm

Which truck is your favorite? 

Friday, February 5, 2016

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of a Blog Blast for Influence Central.


It's been over a month since 2016 began. Can you believe that?! This is the time of year when I usually get around to figuring out my "new year goals." January is just too busy with calming down after the holidays, taking down decorations, and getting back into the routine of life. My goals for this year so far include growing my blog more, clearing out some clutter, and taking better care of myself.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

"Let It Glow" Frozen Valentines + Free Printable

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Need a unique classroom Valentine idea? Wow the class and Let it GLOW with these easy DIY Frozen Glow Stick Valentines. They're like little magical snow queen wands! They only take a few minutes to put together and they're not expensive. Perfect for last-minute crafters like myself.

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"Let It Glow" Frozen Valentines
Supplies Needed

-Blue Glow Stick Bracelets
-Snowflakes (I had wooden ones in my craft stash, but you could make them from paper or even buy stickers or foam pieces)
-Hole Punch
-Scissors
-Hot Glue Gun & Glue
-"Let It Glow" Printable - download it here.

Frozen Valentines, "Let It Glow" Frozen Inspired Classroom Valentine Cards, Glow Stick Valentine Card at directorjewels.com

Instructions

1. Print your valentines. There are six to a sheet.

Frozen Valentines, "Let It Glow" Frozen Inspired Classroom Valentine Cards, Glow Stick Valentine Card at directorjewels.com

2. Use hole punch to punch out the black circles. Place a glow stick through each valentine.

Frozen Valentines, "Let It Glow" Frozen Inspired Classroom Valentine Cards, Glow Stick Valentine Card at directorjewels.com

3. Use hot glue to attach the snowflakes to the top of each glow stick.

Frozen Valentines, "Let It Glow" Frozen Inspired Classroom Valentine Cards, Glow Stick Valentine Card at directorjewels.com

There you have it! This little fixer-upper project takes just a few minutes and will delight a whole classroom. It may also possibly cause your child's teacher some mental exhaustion from the subsequent belting of the entire soundtrack of a certain popular film beloved by children of all ages. Oh well. If you're volunteering in class that day, just make sure that you sing along! Or don't - depending on whether or not you value your relationship with the teacher.

Frozen Valentines, "Let It Glow" Frozen Inspired Classroom Valentine Cards, Glow Stick Valentine Card at directorjewels.com

My kids always love glow sticks, and I always hate holidays that only involve candy. This is a relatively inexpensive option for a candy-free valentine treat - and it's easy enough that kids can help put it together for their friends!

Frozen Valentines, "Let It Glow" Frozen Inspired Classroom Valentine Cards, Glow Stick Valentine Card at directorjewels.com

The snowflakes work well since Valentine's Day happens to fall in winter, but there's no reason why you couldn't make glow stick snowflake wands any time of the year! My kids loved playing with these.

Frozen Valentines, "Let It Glow" Frozen Inspired Classroom Valentine Cards, Glow Stick Valentine Card at directorjewels.com

What kind of valentines are your kids giving out this year? 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

I was told recently by some of my drama students who are teenagers that the word "awesomesauce" has gone out of fashion. I laughed. They can try to tell me what's hip, but I'm an almost-thirty-year-old mom. I'll probably be saying awesomesauce until the day I die (thanks a lot, Parks & Recreation). As a testament to how often I use this word, the other day my almost five-year-old declared something to be AWESOMESAUCE - and I laughed in glee that he has picked up such an epic (albeit apparently uncool) word.

Anyway - my kids will not be in a classroom setting for Valentine's Day this year, but that hasn't stopped me from coming up with some non-candy classroom valentine ideas, including this You're Awesomesauce, Valentine applesauce pouch. The tag is a free printable - keep reading for the instructions to make these easy and fun treats to pass out to friends, and to download the awesomesauce tags for yourself!

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine Non-Candy Classroom Valentine
Supplies Needed: 

-Free Printable "You're Awesomesauce, Valentine" Hearts - you can download it here.
-Applesauce (or any other kind of sauce) Pouches
-Scissors
-Twine
-Mini Hole Punch




You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

Instructions: 

1. Print out the hearts and cut along the outside edge of the dark lines.

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

2. Punch two small holes beside each other, near the top center of each heart.

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

3. Cut twine or thread (mine was approximately 20" long but you could get away with less than that). Thread both sides of twine through holes to back of heart (see photo below).

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

4. Loop thread under pouch cap and tie half-knot at the back of the pouch.

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

5. Bring thread back to front and tie a bow. Trim ends as desired.

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

I used coordinating thread for each heart color, but you could use plain twine, yarn, or any other small string as desired. We love applesauce pouches in our home - especially because we have a lot of food allergies and limit sugar, so we can't have many of the traditional candy holiday treats.

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

Have an AWESOMESAUCE Valentine's Day, my friends!

You're Awesomesauce, Valentine - Non-Candy Applesauce Pouch Classroom Valentine Idea + Free Printable at directorjewels.com

Seriously, though - is the word out of vogue? Do I need to actually quit saying it? Sooooo not happening. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DIY Marbled Votive Candle Holders

DIY Marbled Votive Holders Tutorial, DIY Gift Idea at directorjewels.com

Something about winter puts me in the mood to craft all.the.time. The cold months when we're trapped inside are great for catching up on projects, organizing, or making a gift stash to use throughout the year. If I were really smart, I would even begin working on homemade Christmas gifts, because we all know that when the holidays roll around, there's never enough time for crafting!

These DIY Marbled Votive Candle Holders are ridiculously easy for how impressive they look when they are finished. You could marble any size holder, but the votive candle size is perfect for experimenting and creating simple gifts for friends and family. This is a simple enough project for older kids and teens to do on their own (or with minimal help), so they would be great for a birthday party craft.

Want to make some yourself? Here's how!

DIY Marbled Votive Candle HoldersSupplies:
-Glass Candle Holder
-Large Bowl (use an old one or pick up a cheap one at a thrift store or the $1 store)
-Nail Polish (a couple different colors of your choice)
-Warm Water
-Toothpicks
-Wax Paper

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Instructions:

1. Make sure you have a work space that is protected - you don't want nail polish permanently on your table or countertop! Once that's done, fill your bowl with warm water.

2. Slowly pour in the first color of nail polish.  You want to pour it pretty close to the water’s edge, so that the drops don't sink to the bottom. There's not a science on how much polish to use, but to get a good amount for marbling, you may need to experiment.

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3. Add in your second color of polish the same way.

4. Use a toothpick and swirl the colors together.

DIY Marbled Votive Holders Tutorial, DIY Gift Idea at directorjewels.com

5. Dip the candle at an angle into the water.  You don’t need to submerge it.  The polish should just cling to it.

DIY Marbled Votive Holders Tutorial, DIY Gift Idea at directorjewels.com

6. Set the candles upside down on the wax paper to dry. Then enjoy your DIY Marbled Votive Candle Holders for many years to come! 

Aren't they fun? Have you ever done a project that involved marbling something? I think it would be fun to make these for every season!
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