Director Jewels: February 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable

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We've had a few days of exceptionally warm weather for the month of February lately, which has made it even more difficult to be trapped inside when the temperatures are not so mild. Why not pass the time with a St. Patrick's Day Craft? This Shamrock Sun Catcher (with free printable) is a fun way to work on fine motor skills and enjoy the sunshine from inside your home!

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Shamrock Sun Catcher Craft with Free Printable
Supplies Needed: 
-Wax Paper
-Shamrock Printable - download it HERE.
-Scissors
-Green Tissue Paper
-Mod Podge
-Paintbrush

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1. Cut small pieces of the green tissue paper. I used multiple shades because I had them on hand, but you can do all one color or even throw in some white or gold! If your kids are learning how to use scissors, this is a great time for them to practice those fine motor skills. To make one shamrock, you won't need an exceptional amount of tissue paper - maybe cut up a square foot's worth of paper and see where you stand.

If you don't want to cut, you can also just rip the tissue into tiny pieces. I opted for scissors since that's something we are working on anyway.

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable | directorjewels.com

Looks like salad - am I right?!

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable | directorjewels.com

2. Print off the Shamrock Printable and cut it out. Trim around both black edges - inside and out. Cut a square of wax paper that is slightly larger than your shamrock outline.

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable | directorjewels.com

3. Use a brush to spread Mod Podge all over the wax paper. The kids especially loved this part. Tip: tape down the edges of the wax paper to the table so it doesn't slide around while the kids are using a glue-covered brush.

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable | directorjewels.com

4. Cover the Mod Podge with tissue paper pieces. It took my kids a few applications of Mod Podge before they had the whole thing covered in paper.

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable | directorjewels.com

5. Once your wax paper is mostly covered, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the top of it all. Next, use Mod Podge or glue to add the shamrock on top of the green tissue paper pieces.

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable | directorjewels.com

6. Allow the Mod Podge to dry, then trim around the outside black shamrock edge. Hang however you desire - punch a hole and hang with ribbon or just tape it to a window like we did!

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable | directorjewels.com

This project was a lot of fun and kept us occupied on a cold afternoon! Have fun making your own Shamrock Sun Catcher!

Shamrock Sun Catcher St. Patrick's Day Craft with Free Printable | directorjewels.com

How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

The #ObviousPresident Is Running


I won't pretend for a minute that this year's election is important, but let's face it...every now and then, we need a minute to take our minds off interpreting political banter and think about something else. Like...exercise! Okay, maybe not. How about vacation instead? 


As it happens, there's a new guy who's running. His name? Captain Obvious. And how, you may ask, is he running?

With his feet, #obviously. He's literally running across America! He's taking the presidential race by storm and stopping by each state as he is running. Along the way, he's tweeting about the race and sharing pieces of humor to lighten the mood as the actual presidential election draws near. Follow along at @CaptainObvious for live tweets of presidential events and more.

I don't know about you, but when I exercise, I am done by the time the day ends and it's time to sleep. Captain Obvious feels this way too, because he's gotten Hotels.com on his side for the race. In all fifty states, they're finding him running shoes, socks, shorts, and most importantly - a place to rest his weary head. And his exceptionally weary legs.


When you're exhausted from traveling, what's most important to you in a hotel? I personally am happy just as long as the room is dark and quiet.



Follow Captain Obvious as he runs at CaptainObviousRunsForPresident.com! What does he have to say about your state?

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

Join the Daily Boost Program from Nature Made

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.

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Instructions

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

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

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

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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.

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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? 
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