Go Go Mommy Ranger

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Because who doesn’t love the Pink Ranger??

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, this post might be nothing new! Just an update on life and some of the things we’ve been doing lately.

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Summer vacation is almost here and I feel like I could dance a jig just thinking about it. I. Am. Pooped. There’s just a whole lot of running around required in this life, amirite? And the kids aren’t even in sports or anything yet — I don’t know how some of you mamas do it! At the moment, one of our cars is out of commission, so we all get up and drive across town to drop Justin off at work, then back across town to get Maddie to school on time, then run whatever errands need to be done and have a little bit of time at home, then we go get Maddie, drive across town again to get Justin, back home to cook dinner and asdl;kfajsd;kajs;dlfkajsdlkfjasdf. I know ya feel me. It’s a lot of time in the car for three wiggly children all squished together in the backseat.

And there are only so many Disney soundtracks a woman can listen to before her eyes start to cross and she starts fantasizing about smothering a singing princess with a pillow. For real. I’m so ready to trade up these running-around days for a few months at a slower pace with these guys before we have to send Jack off to Kindergarten in the fall. I KNOW, WUT. I can’t even deal with how quickly 5 years have gone by!

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Jack has been my buddy and I’ve loved having him at home with me, but he’s SO ready for school. He’s such a character — funny, charming, witty, surprising —  I just don’t think I could adequately explain what he’s like in person. People who know him will agree — there’s no one quite like Jack.

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He and Maddie want a YouTube channel reeeeaaaally badly and they’re constantly pretending they’re talking to an audience. “Hey guys! We’re going to show you our new Shopkins! Leave a comment, like and subscribe!” I don’t even know. Apparently, this is a thing with kids right now? I asked Facebook about it and a ton of my friends said their kids are the same way. I say this summer, we’ll be taking a YouTube break and playing with other REAL children. lol

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And then there’s little miss Ruthie butt. She’ll be two in August, which blows my mind. She’s definitely a spunky one, that Ruth. She loves to dance, talk, and EAT. Current loves are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Snapchat filters, the color pink because that’s what Minnie wears, Corn Chex and her Uncle Daniel. She does NOT appreciate being talked to before she has eaten her breakfast. Maddie’s usually chipper in the morning and Ruth is like, “Maddie, no.”

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There’s no one louder in our home than this girl. And no one more cuddly.

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Justin and I have been tending to our poor neglected backyard for once in our lives and we’re really quite enjoying it! I don’t have the best track record with keeping plants alive, so this is a big deal, people. All the plants in the photo above are still alive and it’s been like a whole month. SWEET VICTORY! I’m not even joking. I have been known to kill fake plants.

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(I told Justin to look normal for a photo.)

We like to hang out back there with our basic white people strand lights and succulents and pretend we know a thing or two about being grown ups. It’s a work in progress, but we’re having a lot of fun having something to work toward together.

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Creatively, I’ve been pretty busy with my Etsy shop, which has been a lot of fun. When I’m not making headbands and felt thingamabobs, I’m still plugging away at watercolor. I really want to take a class sometime soon. I pretty much just play around with it and I think I’m ready to learn some actual technique. That freaks me out a little though — I’ve never taken an art class in my life, not even in school. It’s time though. Time to be a big girl and learn something new.

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By 6:00pm, I may be frazzled, sweaty and feeding my kids cheese rollups for the 4th night in a row — but, the crazy is just part of the package. I do really love this time in our lives.

#blessed #livelaughlove #smotheradisneyprincesswithapillow

Dollar Tree Finds Part 2: Arts & Crafts

Dollar Tree Finds Part 2 Mrs Priss

See Part one here: Weekend Dollar Tree Finds

Hello dears! I have some more great Dollar Tree finds from a recent trip. This time, it’s all craft supplies!

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Floral Tape

Adorable floral fabric tape — makes my heart go pitter patter.

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Kids Craft Supplies

I was very impressed with the selection of arts and crafts supplies for kids (…aaaaand adults who have no shame in their crafting game). That assortment of modeling clay! ONE DOLLAR for all those colors. I mean, I have no idea what to do with it, but I couldn’t resist. We’ll figure it out. I bought the beads and thread for Maddie to make some friendship bracelets.

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Pom Poms

Pom poms — again, with the no plan or purpose for these things. Ideas?

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss

My recent tutorial for these Easy Floral Letters used flowers I bought on this shopping trip. I didn’t find ALL of these flowers there, but most of them! Those sunflowers, large hot pink and purple flowers… nice sized bunches for a buck. You really can’t beat it.

Have you found anything great at your dollar store lately? Let us all know in the comments!

Tutorial: Easy Floral Letter Decor

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A few weeks ago, I was at my local Dollar Tree and I found some surprisingly nice looking fake flowers. I grabbed up a few bunches for crafty purposes, naturally! This weekend, Maddie and I got to work on a cute idea I’ve seen floating around for a while now — floral monograms!

It’s a very simple project that only took about half an hour. It was great to spend some time with my girl and give her a chance to have some creative say in how her “M” looked.

Here’s what you need:

  • A variety of fake flowers — I purchased mine at The Dollar Tree. (Wasn’t in the mood to make felt flowers, to be perfectly honest, but that is another adorable option!)
  • 3D Paper Mache Letter
  • Exacto Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Felt (optional, but helpful)

Here’s what you do:

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Flower Cut Letter

Use your exacto knife to carefully cut out the front of your letter, leaving it hollow.

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Hollow Letter

Trace and cut out felt to fit in your letter, then glue it inside. It’s okay if it is too big or too small — no one will see it. The felt should help with keeping the flowers in place. Another layer or two would help add a little height if you are using smaller flowers.

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Flower Collection

Choose your flower arrangement and start gluing!

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Voila! They turned out pretty cute, I have to say.

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Maddie loves her creation and it fits right in with her uber girly decor. ;)

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And we had to make one for Roo Boo too. She couldn’t care less, but I love it. :)

Have fun!

Tutorial: Another Felt Flower (as promised!)

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In this crafty post from a few weeks ago, I mentioned something about doing a tutorial on those big felt flowers. So here I am to deliver! Don’t let all these photos fool you — they’re really quite simple.

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You will need:

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I cut three small petals and 5 larger petals for this particular flower. Sorry, no template — just eyeball it. Even circles will work!

The long yellow rectangle will be the shaggy center of the flower. Let’s tackle that first.

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Fold the long rectangle in half, hot dog style and make small snips with scissors all along the raw edge.

I stand by my awesome “hot dog style” description.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Fringe

This is just to show how you want it to look after the snips. Keep it folded over.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Foldover

Your folded fringe piece will want to pop open and can be kind of a pain to keep straight, so you may want to dab a few dots of glue (I use hot glue) along the inner crease to hold it in place as you do the next step.

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“Roll it like a sleeping bag”, adding a few dots of glue along the way.

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When you reach the end, dab a generous amount of glue to hold it together reeeeaaaaal secure-like.

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BAM. You have your center.

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Now let’s assemble!

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Start with one of the three small petals and glue it to the yellow center. I make a little line of glue near the tapered edge of the petal and just stick it on there. Build on your flower by overlapping the petals until it looks appealing to you. When you’re finished with the small ones, move on to the larger ones.

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You may find you like a more loose look with big floppy petals or you may prefer it tidy and compact. Sometimes I’ll use a few different shades of felt to give it more depth, as seen in the flower box post. Feel free to add more petals to make the flower larger and experiment with different petal shapes as well.

You do you, girl. You do you.

A note on leaves:

Mrs Priss DIY Leaf Tips

It can be difficult to freehand-cut leaves and have them all look the same, so here’s a little tip on making them more uniform. Start with a small square of felt.

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What I do is eyeball how big I want the leaf and make a little poke mark in the felt with the tip of my scissors where the point will be. Then I’ll cut in to that point from two outer edges of the square. I hope that makes sense! It’s not perfect every time, but it gives you a similar shape. Sometimes I’ll use the 90 degree corner if I’m wanting a super crisp look.

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There you go! I hope you have fun with these flowers. Please feel free to ask any questions! xoxo

New Headbands in the Shop

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I’m really having a lot of fun with these woodland themed headbands! It’s been nice to be able to try out some new ideas and switch things up a bit in the shop. It weirds me out a little to say “creative juices” — who is responsible for coming up with that phrase? — but, I guess I can say my creative juices are flowing. More tutorials coming soon as well. :)

Headbands available in my Etsy Shop, Little Lovelies.