Happy Birthday Mom!

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re making the most of this season and all the beautiful flower colors!

With Spring it beings my wonderful Mother’s birthday!  She’s always been an inspiration.

Her birthday falls on rather a very busy day, MD’s Senior prom, so I knew I needed to send her a birthday card incase I forgot!

Well I found this adorable card on Pinterest and knew I could give it a razzle dazzle.

My Mom loves the color purple, so I reached for Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks along with my Stampin up Flower Blossom stamp set.  Here’s the card I came up with!

Love how simple this card is and I really like this curvy script.  Definitely a card I’ll be able to mass produce with different colors!

Hope you all have a Magical day!

Tinala

 

 

 

Blessed to be a Girl Scout

I know I talk about Girl Scouts a lot, but I can’t tell you how blessed I am to be a Girl Scout leader and have amazing friends in this community.

After coming back from Sr Conference, the GS leader I went with who does both TREC amd Snowflake camping, text me saying a Boy Scout master was giving her 7 camp tables and did I want 2 for TREC? YES! of course the question of price came up since our TREC budget is very tight with 11 scouts and 4 adults.  The scoutmaster answer – FREE!! As long as they’re going to be used we could have them.

I know you can’t see me jumping up and down, but trust me I am! So amazing to have this gift. Tables we can prep our food on at camp is such a space saver when you have so many scouts at the tables.  Here’s what the tables look like and the carrying case.

Looks sturdy and so easy to put up. Now I just need to find a lantern pole and we are set!  I’m not going to put my coleman stove on it, since my stove is a Coleman pop up on wheels and doesn’t need a table.

Now the snow needs to melt and the rain needs to stop so we can use it!  I’m working on the thank you card now!

Have you been fortunate enough to to receive something for free from a friend that has made you this excited?

Have a Magical Day!

Tinalala

Girl Scout Senior Conference

I’m fortunate enough to have a Girl Scout who is old enough to attend the Girl Scout Senior Conference at Salve Regina College.  The theme this year is Global Connectivity.

We strated the weekend with a flag ceremony.  Here’s MD carrying our troop flag in.

They had an amazing African band and MD got pulled up to get her groove on the drums.

Such an amazing experience for young women.  We talked about how we can fight against gender violence, and using pronouns to define ourselves.  Later today I’m attending a theater game workshop and listening to Heifer and Unicef!

MD joined the chorus group so she could sing during closing ceremony.

The crowns symbolize the pink hats women and men wore during the women’s March on DC.

The final event of the conference is when all High School seniors join a circle with their leaders to send them off to adulthood. It’s very emotional and of course we cried!

Can’t say enough about how proud I am of MD and wish her so much success in which ever college she attends towards her career in nursing!

Have a Magic day!

Tinalala

 

Getting our Disney on with GS and T1D


So with much excitement and lots of stress and tears my Girl Scout troop is going to Disney again!

This year I’m taking 4 scouts and another adult with me to Disney for a quick 4 day vacation.  All 4 scouts are HUGE Disney fans so it’s sure to be a lot of fun.  Each scout picked a park and was tasked with planning the entire day at the park including what rides we go on and what snacks we eat.  We had already booked our reservations so they didn’t have to worry about that.

To say we had fun would be an understatement.  Who doesn’t enjoy a few days in Disney!  For something even more special for this trip, I decided to make pins to award each scout for their bridging from Cadette to Senior and for MD aging out of Girl Scouts.  I made each one themed for each scouts favorite character.  I can’t wait to present each one to the scout on her park day!

This trip was even more of an adventure because it was the first trip for J with her TSlim diabetic pump! We wanted to make sure we were fully prepared so I grabbed our spare blood sugar monitor with lancets and testing strips (bottom left), enough supplies for a full pump change out (top) and glucose tabs(on right). Can’t leave home without glucose tabs.  So here’s everything I brought in my J T1D kit.

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Believe it or not but it all fit in this adorable pouch!

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The other thing that was new is trip, I had read some reviews about a product that could keep insulin cool without being too bulky or freeze everything’s else in your bag!  Since we would be going right from the airport to the park getting to our hotel room around midnight, we’d need to keep a vial of insulin cold for at least 18 hours.  So I ordered the FRIO Cooling Product http://www.frioinsulincoolingcase.com/frio-duo-wallet.html

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It’s this ingenious product where there’s a packet with beads inside that you soak for ten mins.  Then there’s a chemical reaction that makes the beads cool, you put the packet inside the pouch along with your insulin pens or vials and there you go cool insulin!

I wrapped the pens and insulin vial in a ziplock bag

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and here’s how big the pouch was with the pens and cool packet inside.  Not that bad!


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These pouches come in all sizes and the prices were too bad.  I see lots of uses besides insulin and not just medical.  Well I’ll post more each day about our trip.

Have a Magical day!

tinalala

Ornament Ball Wreath

Hello my Lalafriends!

This year I tried to keep all of my decorations to a minimum because honestly it’s too much work putting them up and taking them down when there’s so much stuff going on.

So I had decided to jump on the bandwagon and make an ornament ball wreath.  Now I could show you the process, but there are tons of videos out there and honestly I didn’t watch any of them, but I wanted to share my dos and don’ts.  Here’s my wreath

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Don’t get me wrong this wreath is nice and I could keep it up at least through the winter months, but as MD told me, It’s Wonky! Yup!

Ok so Do – purchase your supplies from the dollar store. This wreath which sells for $25-30 cost me $8! Do purchase various size ornament balls and maybe an offsetting color.  I had made this wreath with just silver and afterI had finished it was very plain so I went back and got the ice blue ones.  Do – after you glue the ornaments inside and outside, have a pattern of three ornaments on top and then fill in.  I didn’t make this pattern or three, I just glued these babies on everywhere and it shows!  Do start with a small size ring first, so you have a ‘My Bad’ one first, then you can decide to buy a larger ring after.

Don’t – forget glue sticks and the facts that hot glue when it BURNS your precious skin HURTS!!  Don’t forget to put down a cheap tablecloth first cuz the glitter that comes from these ornaments gets everywhere!  Don’t forget to leave a space for a ribbon or hanger when you glue the ornaments along the back.

Overall don’t be too critical on yourself!  You made this and it’s beautiful, plus you saved yourself a bundle of money you can now buy paper or washi tape or paint with! Priorities!  Can’t wait to hear how your ornament ball wreath came out!

Have a Magical day!

tinalala

Christmas is the BEST time of year!

Hello my Lalafriends!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Holiday!

This Christmas seemed to come up on the Lalafamily very quickly!  We didn’t get our tree up until the weekend of the 17 with everyone’s schedule.  Here’s what our tree looked like this year – it’s not a real tree and this year our decorations were very limited. Of course the Disney and handmade ones were the first one put on!

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There were lots of conversations about what Christmas will be like next year with Megan being away at college.  We know she’ll be home for the holiday, but it will be different.  This year I did TONS of Amazon shopping.  Oh yes, every time the mailman came with a box everyone came running. Everyone was very happy with their gifts from Santa!  The girls got cameras – funny the same cameras I had as a child that became outdated with 35mm! MD got Cards Against Humanity which is a very dirty game, but educational for some.

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I received a bunch of camping stuff, I got a great table easel I have sadly yet to use – but I see a winter acrylic painting in my future and a watercolor kit!  Here’s the camping table I got and the cot, that MD is testing out for me in her new Doctor Who pjs!

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Overall it was a great Holiday!  I hope you had a wonderful Holiday as well!

Have a Magical day!

tinalala

Where has the time gone?

Hello my Craft friends!

I am SO sorry I haven’t been here in so long but things have been crazy.

First here’s a family update – we’ve finished all of our college tours for MD and after a lot of sweat and tears we submitted 4 college applications.  So far we’ve been accepted to 1 which was her #2 college so she isn’t very happy!  J is doing well with her diabetes now that we are on the Tslim pump, although we just had 2 days of ketones and high blood sugars at 300-500, but she’s good.

Girl Scout update – this is where my time has been spent away from crafting!  In October I participated in a GS camping competition which was amazing! I’ll post pictures in another thread.  Second my personal company provides volunteer grants to its employees for service provided to a 501c3.  Without going too far into it, I’ve been fighting with my council in order to ensure the troop receives these funds and not Council.  To say I’ve been advocating for scouts very loudly is an understatement to the point that council has left me with a sore cheek from being slapped and a nasty taste in my mouth from their greed.  Thankfully I’ve received all the funds needed in 2016 and my troop has elected to go back to Disney in February!  I’ll have some posts about that planning and what I hope to do to surprise them.

Lastly it’s 2017!!  I’ll send a post showing what I got for Christmas and one of my goals is to start doing more videos so fingers crossed!

With the weather turning, it’s actually snowing now, I can’t wait to start crafting and sharing with you again this year!

Have a Magical Day!

tinalala

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