DIY Art: Día de Muertos (Day Of The Dead)

dia de muertos-pan dulce-hot chocolate-Día de Los MuertosDía de Muertos (English: Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday observed mainly throughout Mexico. “The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a holiday.” — Wikipedia

Interestingly enough, Día de Muertos is a multi-day holiday celebrated on October 31, November 1 and November 2. Per Wikipedia, It’s  “in connection with the triduum of AllhallowtideAll Hallows’ EveHallowmas, and All Souls’ Day.[1][2] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.” 

So in honor of Dia de Muertos, my little one and I made this super easy piece of artwork using 3 inexpensive items. dia de muertos-DIY-Art-Día de Los Muertos

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Items Used

  • Dollar Store Calavera paper plates. Yes, paper plates! 🙂
  • Old frame. We had one in our garage that just needed a little spray paint.
  • Piece of fabric. We used the left over material from a previous project as it just so happened to be black and white but you can also purchase material at your local fabric store.

Directions

Cut out the skulls from the paper plates. Cut your fabric to the size of your frame. Glue the fabric onto the back portion of frame (i.e. where you would place a photo instead). Glue your skulls in a decorative way directly onto the fabric. Mount the artwork using a mat board (our old frame already had one). Frame your piece of art and hang! All it takes is just a mere 10 minutes.

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¡Feliz Día de Muertos!

Abrazos (hugs) — GladysDia De Los Muertos-Day of the Dead-DIY-ART

 

 

 

3 Summer Activities Using Cheerios®


Petmoji-Secret Life of Pets-General Mills-CheeriosAs most of you know, our little rambunctious overly energetic 4-year-old, Mia, is an animal lover. And if she had it her way, we’d literally have a zoo inside our house. We’re talking reptiles, mammals, and pretty much any animal that has roamed the face of this Earth. So when we saw the trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, we immediately knew this was something we needed to add to our summer to-do list.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, The Secret Life of Pets is a comedy about the lives pets lead after their owners leave for work or school each day. The movie comes to theaters nationwide on July 8, 2016.

So what does the movie have to do with Cheerios®?  Well, starting in July, you can find 6 The Secret Life of Pets collectible character key chains inside specially marked boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios®, Multi-Grain Cheerios®, and Regular Cheerios®.

As you can see, this little love of mine was impatiently waiting to open the box of Cheerios® we received and see which key chain she got. Apparently it’s now her favorite bracelet and refuses to take it off. 🙂

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By the way, who doesn’t love Cheerios®? It’s a great low-carb cereal option for our family. But best of all, we love that the very first ingredient contains whole grain oats and it’s also gluten-free. Perfect for family members that are allergic to gluten. Not to mention, they’re ideal for little fingers to snack on and to use for kids arts and crafts.

Learning Letters

Cheerios are a perfect way to encourage learning letters. We found this neat print out of The Secret Life Of Pets and had Mia spell out the word Pets in Cheerios. We secured the Cheerios using glue dots. Glue dots are mess-free and instantly adhere to paper. But glue works just as good. Download The Secret Life Of Pets print out here.

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Arts & Crafts

We traced Max’s silhouette (as seen on the movie title) onto construction paper. Have your kiddo glue Cheerios to the silhouette to create a dog collar, spots, eyes, etc.. Paint over Cheerios. Let dry and hang up their work of art. Petmoji-Secret Life of Pets-General Mills-Cheerios Petmoji-Secret Life of Pets-General Mills-Cheerios

Pre-Movie Snack On

Cooking with kids is tons of fun. So naturally, we had to include a recipe on this summer activity list.

Peanut Butter Protein Cheerio Bars

Peanut Butter Protein Cheerio Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup PB
  • 1/3-1/2 cup Organic Honey
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 1 tsp Flax Seeds
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • *Hemp Seeds are a great addition as well

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Parents, combine peanut butter & honey in a large saucepan and set over medium heat. Heat until mixture just starts to simmer, about 2-3 minutes, stirring. Remove from heat and stir until mixture is well-combined. Let it cool down. Have the kids add in chia and flax seeds to the PB/honey mix.
  3. Place cereal into bowl. Fold in the PB, honey and seeds mix until evenly coated. Pour mixture into prepared pan, cover with parchment, and press firmly. Note: A roller will help to firmly and evenly pack down the mixture so the bars hold their shape. Chill in the refrigerator for a min of 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.
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Bonus Activity!

Create your very own Petmoji. And learn all about The Secret Life of Pets movie here.

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Happy Summer!

Abrazos — Gladys

 

DIY: Succulent Wreath

Succulent-wreath-diy-summerSummer is just around the corner but for some of us, it seems to already be here. Just last week, we hit the 100s! And if you’re from California you know that our drought is not going anywhere anytime soon. So for that reason, and mainly because I seriously do not have a green thumb, I’m now a lover of all desert plants. Succulents to be exact. They require very little water if that plus they seem to be the it thing at the moment, right?

Just the other day, while at Hobby Lobby, I came across a really neat section of artificial succulents. They all looked so pretty! Some even looked real. I put on my DIY hat and decided to make a summer wreath with them. I purchased a $10 succulent garland, a handful of succulent picks and an 18” grapevine wreath. Most items were discounted 40-50% but there are a few online stores such as Consumer Crafts that also sell these items at greater discounted prices. And side note, I only grabbed the items that caught my eye immediately as shopping with two littles can be a task in itself.

I paid, headed home, fed the kiddos and within a few minutes, Lexi fell asleep. Phew! That meant I had exactly 30 minutes to get something done. Because it’s all about teething and catnaps over here. So instead of washing the dishes, doing laundry and hand washing some stains on Lexi’s clothes, I decided to make my summer garland. I told myself that if I didn’t do it now, I’d never get to it. And thankfully, Mia was preoccupied making Playdo outfits for her dinos and the wreath was actually super easy to make. I got it done in less than 30 minutes. Just in time!

Items Needed

  1. Assortment of Faux Succulent Picks & Garland
  2. 18″ Grapevine Wreath
  3. Glue Gun
  4. Floral Wire

Directions

Grab a large succulent pick and insert the stem through the middle of the grapevine wreath.DSC_2553-1

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DSC_2557-1Add floral wire around the base of each succulent pick and secure onto the branches of the wreath.

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DSC_2558-1Pull out pieces from your succulent garland and use them to fill in any empty spots left in between each succulent pick. Glue them in using a hot glue gun.

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Keep adding garland pieces until your satisfied with the way your wreath looks. And that’s all the steps needed to make this wreath. It’s the quickest one I’ve made yet.

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Happy summer everyone!!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Baby Nursery: Pink, Black + White

 

DSC_2198-1 As promised, I finally made time to snap a few photos and share where we were able to score some great finds for our baby nursery. Let it be known; however, that it’s still a work in progress (i.e. still need to find a perfect rug and side table, any suggestions?). It also happens to be the cleanest room in our house. No joke! It’s been hard to keep up with the newborn cluster feedings and our super active preschooler let alone make time to keep the entire house in tip top shape. Somethings gotta give though, right? I’m sure things will get back to normal soon enough (wishful thinking?) but in the mean time, you can find me enjoying our new clean space, nursing and burping our newborn, rocking her to sleep in the wee hours or perhaps changing some poopy diapers.

Abrazos — Gladys

 

P.S. Click on the links below to find out where we scored each item.

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wall flower decor | eves creations |$60 | follow them on Instagram here

maskros pendant lamp | Ikea |$59.99

crib | target | old hand me down from big sis 😉

black out curtains | Overstock |$72

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fuchsia Chair | world market | SALE $229.99

black + white pillow | Ikea | $5

wardrobe| Ikea | $99.99

closet shelves | Ikea | $87 | perfect to store baby blankets but you’ll notice most of ours are currently in the washing machine.

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dresser | Living Spaces | $395

hello Love Frame | Hobby Lobby | $10 w/ coupon

Clearance white frames | TJ Maxx | $2-$9 | Mia, our preschooler, did the painting shown above for her little sisters room and we framed it. By far my favorite thing in our nursery.)

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Baby Nursery - Ideas - Girl - Black and White - Pink - Flowers - Newborn

 

 

 

Home Office Makeover: Under $350

Home-Office-Makeover-Under $350-On A BudgetWe are truly blessed with our beautiful fixer upper home we purchased three years ago. It has been so much fun decorating it and making it our own. But, I’ll admit, at times I wish I could just fix, redo, organize and purchase new furniture all toghether with the help of a little magic fairy wand. One can only dream though, right? I mean working on a fixer upper never stops (or any home for that matter). And forgive me if it sounds like I’m complaining. I really am not. Let me explain.

When I was about 8 months pregnant with Mia, our real estate agent called us and said “Congratulations! They accepted your offer.” I was so nervous and excited at the same time as one of the offers we put in was on a house I really didn’t care for. It was honestly at the bottom of my list.  My husband, Rey, on the other hand, loved it. And well — Ta da! The offer was accepted on the house I didn’t care for.

Rey tried so hard to convince me that we could make it a beautiful home and that the layout of the house was perfect for us. So I gave in. After all, marriage is about compromise, right? Plus, it was a house we could make our own. But since I was 8 months pregnant and not being able to do much to it at the time, it drove me nuts. If you know me, my OCD was on point during those months of renovation. It killed me to not be able to do much; however, if it weren’t for my super husband that would come home from work only to go straight back into working on our home as well as our amazing family and friends for helping out, our house would not be the beautiful home it is now. And, trust me when I say it’s still a work in progress but it will always be a work in progress.  Our motto around here is “little by little.” And this mamá is fully embracing it now.

So after three years of living in our home I finally made time to decorate our home office. My budget was $350 total. Yes, for E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Keep in mind the only thing our home office had was a curtain rod, white walls and black floor. Here’s the breakdown.

Light Fixture: Lowes, Scandinavian design, Clearance $23.98

Curtains: Walmart, Black & White Chevron, $13

Chair: Hobby Lobby purchased in store, Clearance $69.99. They don’t sell furniture online but if you’re lucky to live near one go check out their chairs. The same chair is sold at dotandbo.com for $169.99!  That’s $100 off. 😉

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Desk: Target Hamilton X Slat Purchased last December for $99

Rug: Rugs USA, Black and off-white stripes,   $69

$2 Vase: Oh how I love the Dollar Tree! Yes, this vase is from the Dollar Tree! I used self-adhesive reinforcement dots (also from the Dollar Tree) and spray painted the entire vase white. Once paint was dry, I removed the dots. Here’s the finished product.DIY-Vase-$1

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Globe: Purchased at Burlington for $25 but Target Threshold has one for only $14.99.

Corner area: I used a rubber planter and a piece of white wood we had laying around in our garage. Placed the wood on top of the planter and made a table out of it. Added a family frame, plant and magazine file (Room Essentials from Target $4.99) on top. I also made my own Disney quote print, framed it and hung it above the table. We love Disney around here and I simply couldn’t resist adding a touch of it into the office. I’ll be posting a free downloadable of the print this week.

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Canvas Painting: Up-cycled an old canvas painting I had purchased on clearance at TJ Maxx a few years ago. I never hung the canvas as it didn’t seem to mesh well with any of our rooms. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when Michaels had a 40% off coupon for the entire purchase of artist paint and a light bulb went up. I jumped on the opportunity to purchase $10 of paint and up-cycle our canvas painting. I simply painted over the original canvas using oil and acrylic paint. It was so much fun listening to music and getting creative that it didn’t phase me getting little sleep for two nights straight. And — let me just say I’m no painter by any means but I really do love how perfectly imperfect it turned out. Best thing in our office hands down.

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Frames: Purchased 3 frames at Michaels that were on clearance for $8, added painters tape and spray painted them white and gold . Printed out a photo and quotes on our my home printer. Also, I found this cute ‘Love All’ canvas at Burlington for $7.

Total: $347.96

Cheers to home decorating on a budget! –Gladys

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Home Office Makeover - Under $350 - On A Budget

Home Office Makeover - Under $350 - On A Budget

Easter Mantel: Simple & Chic

Easter-Mantle-2015These past few days have been a bit tough. We have been trying to control our little ones chalazions 24/7; however, those pesky enlarged things are not budging. We’re going to try a new method this week but looks like our little one might need to undergo a second eye surgery. And due to having very little time to work on any home projects, I wanted to share a quick way to put together a simple yet chic Easter mantel using a couple DIY items in a few minutes.

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This year, we started our Spring DIYs using these cute little birdhouses from Michaels which were $0.85 a piece (used their Sunday 15% coupon). Mia had a blast painting her little house in her favorite color, pink. Can you guess which ones hers? 🙂

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Birdhouse-DIY-Michaels-Craft-ToddlerAs you can see, we couldn’t wait for the first day of Spring (our weather in Southern California has been in the 90s!) so we added the little birdhouses onto our Easter mantle decor. There’s no rule that we can’t mix holidays and seasons, right? Also, we purchased this cute black and white Easter egg garland from Serendipity Delight. Isn’t it the cutest? Fits right into our color scheme.

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Lastly, I made this quick Easter sign using last years $1.99 clearance sale item frame, $0.69 poster board and $2.72 font stickers (40% +15% off coupon) all from Michaels. Easter sign = $5.40

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I painted the frame with black paint I already had, glued the poster board onto the frame, added font stickers and viola!

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Easter-Mantle-2015A few bright-colored vases with tulips and a couple of family photos for pops of color.

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Be sure to stop by our TMO shop. We have these cute bunny digital prints (made using shapes) and our Easter wreath. Bunny-Easter-PrintBunny-Easter-Digital-Print

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Frozen Party Game

Frozen Party Games

Frozen Party Games

 

Although kid parties are essentially planned with kids in mind, I’ve always wondered why most gatherings tend to leave the parents out of all the fun. I’m not talking about the petting zoo or the occasional face painting per say. I’m talking about the birthday party games. Why not have the parents get involved and party it up (i.e. all booze aside)?

You see, a couple of weeks ago, a friend of ours had a Frozen themed birthday party for her daughter. She mentioned she would like me to bounce some ideas her way for the party. So I suggested to play the “Do you wanna build a snowman game”. She gladly agreed and off I went with my toddler to create the items needed for this fun inexpensive birthday party game.

Object Of The Game:

Parent(s) to build a snowman using their own child/children, toilet paper, three black buttons and a carrot.

Winner:

The birthday boy/girl gets to judge and picks his/her favorite snowman. Winner gets a fun prize!

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Frozen Party Games

Frozen Party Games

Frozen Party Games

Frozen Party Games

Frozen Party GamesItems Needed:

  • Toilet Paper: Purchase inexpensive rolls at your local dollar store
  • Black & White Poster Board: Less than $1 at most craft stores
  • Martha Stewart Circle Cutter: Craft store or Amazon.com $11.99
  • Orange Paint & Paint Brush: Purchase at dollar store
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • ZOTS Clear Adhesive Dots: Craft Store $3 for 300 dots w/ coupon

Directions: Using the black poster board and Martha Stewart Circular Paper Cutter, cut small circles. Three circles per snowman. Using sharpie, draw carrots onto white poster board. Cut out carrots and have your little one paint them with orange paint. You can by pass this step using orange poster board but a toddler with paint is much more fun! Once paint is dry, add Dot glue to the back of the carrots leaving the paper on the outside so that the parents can just remove it and add the carrot to their child’s nose. Do the same for the black button cutouts. Note: I used individual envelopes to store 1 carrot and 3 buttons per snowman.Frozen Party Games

Also, although this game is perfect for any Frozen themed birthday party, it’s definitely great for holiday parties which are right around the corner. Such a fun way to get the parents involved!

Cheers to creating memories! –Gladys

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DIY Birthday Centerpieces For Men

DIY Birthday CenterpiecesIf you’re anything like me, finding the perfect centerpiece for a birthday party is a must. I’ll admit, I’m kinda obsessed with centerpieces. This doesn’t mean I have to dish out loads of money on them but rather I enjoy spending time finding inexpensive ways to create them.

Today happens to be my grandfathers 77th birthday party and I was in charge of making the main centerpieces. Go figure. I think my family knows I love doing this sorta thing. It was definitely a bit challenging to think of something that A. was not feminine B. didn’t include flowers and C. wasn’t sports related or the go-to themed centerpiece.

My grandfather likes to collect seashells. He likes to clean them and varnish them to protect them from breaking. So we decided to use his beautiful seashells as party decorations throughout his home (party is being held at his home) and on the tables. I kept thinking…”what should we add to the seashells?” Then I remembered I made these quick and inexpensive custom lanterns for my father-in-laws 60th birthday party last year. Viola! Lanterns would complement the seashells perfectly!

These are the items I used and the steps to create the DIY custom lanterns. I hope you find this DIY useful for your father’s or grandfather’s birthday parties as well.

DIY Birthday Centerpieces

DIY Birthday Centerpieces

Found these lanterns at Target for only $4.48!! Note: I removed the LED candles it came with to add my grandfather’s picture and birthday info but wanted to point out that the lanterns came with LED candles. Such a great deal!

DIY Birthday Centerpieces

DIY Birthday Centerpieces

DIY Birthday Centerpieces

DIY Birthday Centerpieces

DIY Birthday Centerpieces

DIY Birthday CenterpiecesCheers to DIY birthday centerpieces!