MD’s Graduation DIY Decorations

This year MD will be graduating high school in the Spring.  I still can’t believe it!  Hubby and I agreed to have a graduation party for her and in Lala fashion I found some great crafty things to do!

The first thing we did was create tissue paper flower balls with curled ribbons.  There’s tons of videos out on YouTube on how to create these balls which create a simple elegance to an advent.  MD wants the colors purple and teal as her accents so here are a few we’ve made.

Btw yes those white chain streamers are still up!  We’ve had them up for years now and have added snowflakes, but everyone loves them so they stay up.  I love the ribbons on the bottom really make them Magical.

the last thing I’ve been working on is a picture palette.  I saw this cute palette on Pinterest and since MD’s location is very rustic I thought it would be perfect.

However I didn’t realize how much work this was going to take.  Finding and printing pictures, finding clothes pins, finding not a palette and keeping the entire thing very low in cost.  So first I started with the pictures making MD scavenge her social media and memory boxes for her favorite pictures.

Then one day we were at Target, walking past the Easter clearance and there in one of the bins was these beauties at $0.10 each! So I worked some magic along with some Tim Holtz mini paper clips I found in my stash and some washi tape came up with these little beauties.

ok to be honest, I don’t love the washi tape ones, but it did break up all the purple and added some texture to the clips.

Next came the palette – you know you never see something until you’re looking for it?  Well that was the case with the pallet. We were in Lowes of all places and I was waiting for some workers to finish moving some appliances to an area and there on the ground was a palette! I leaped at the workers asking them for the palette, which completely confused them and embarrassed Hubby, but palette obtained for free!  So I brought it home, left it out in the rain for a few days to age it and clean it and then sanded it down.  After cutting, reorganizing, fighting over pictures, etc here is the final picture palette.

Final cost – about $25 – cost of the photo paper, clothes pins, banners and twine.  Also since her party is at night I’m going to intertwine white Christmas lights inside so it really pops!  Lots of pictures, but very cool.  BTW – she didn’t want any flowers or other details added to it, but I would have added some cloth flowers, special event tickets as background or other banners.

A great and simple way to make an impact and share memories.  I hope it inspires you!

Have a Magical day!



Girl Scouts can Knot wait to camp!

As some of you may know I lead a Girl Scouts Teenage Camping competition team called BOROTREC for teenagers from two cities.

In the month of April we focused on tying Knots, which is a session in the competition.  Our 2 divisions tie 6 different knots, the first division tie knots relevant to camping (bowline, clovehitch, tautline) and the division 2 tie knots related more to climbing and boating (prusik, sheetbend, figure 8 loop).

I have to brag about how awesome the team did.  Considering they learned 6 knots in 2 hours, they were confidence enough to pick one they believe they could do flawlessly and then mock compete.  So we had them do a relay race, similar to what would happen during comeptition.

The first heat they did in 1 min 35 seconds!  The second and third heats they did over 3 mins. Seriously they did great. Can’t wait to see how they do during competition.

So if you’re interested in trying a new skill, look these knots up using

Have a Magical day!



Girl Scouts try their Indian side

Hey everyone!

My Girl Scout troop is always surprising me at how willing they are to try new adventures.  We we were at Disney in Feb they tried venison, pork rulade and pomegranate seeds – all things they had never had before and enjoyed it.  They told me they would be interested in trying more new things.

So on for one meeting I took them on a Mystery Destination which brought us to India!  Well a local Indian restaurant Apna Punjab.  The manager Jay was amazing and educated us on Indian culture.  He blind served us some amazing foods which we discussed by color.

First we started off with Mango Lassi which was amazing!  Kind of like a mango milkshake.

Here’s a sampling of the dishes.

Here’s the scouts after with their bellies very full!

All agreed the garlic Naan and onion honey naan were amazing. Everyone had their favorite dishes and took some home.  Here’s what we had – coconut fish curry, Shrimp curry, pistachio chicken, chicken tiki marsala and Lamb.  So yummy!

Next meeting we’re going Arabian and trying Shwarma!

Check out your local Indian restaurant and try something new!  Have a Magical Day!


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!





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!


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!



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.


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


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


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


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


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!


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