Monday, December 31, 2012

Zombie Survival Kit 2.0

Ok, so in the last Zombie Survival Kit post, I mentioned that my Honey Bee wanted a bigger, better kit for Christmas. Well, here it is!
I was able to get some really neat stuff during October since, you know, Halloween was then. Take the edible body parts- that is so gross to me, but my guy laughed really hard when he saw it. 
Scroll through this post to see just how YOU can make the Zombie Survival Kit 2.0!

What You Will Need:
- A medium to large sized cardboard box
- Spray paint
- Caution tape (optional)
- Brown packaging paper
- Small round containers
- Zombie decor (like the fake brains below)
- Large candy bars
- Red crosses
- Energy labels
- Zombie warnings
- Fake guns, knives, etc.
- Matches or a lighter
- Emergency heat
- Peanut or regular M&Ms
- Flashlights
- Binoculars
- Large blanket
- Filter masks
- Candy sticks as "matches"
I labeled this plastic brain as "Zombie Bait."

Edible body parts! Ick...

A put a back scratcher in the kit with the tag saying: If you find yourself alone during this time, you'll need a good back scratcher for those hard to reach spots.

I printed out some cool warnings and guides to take down on the inside flaps of the box.

The candy sticks will work as matches and you can put them inside of a small box and cover it in labels!

What would a survival kit be without weapons?? I included a bow and arrow set, water gun, and dart gun.

Here are toy binoculars, walkie-talkie, whistle, and compass, along with the filter masks and a rubber mallet.
The filter masks: Protect yourself from airborne illness. Being sick makes you slow. Being slow makes you zombie food.

The small containers will have the red cross labels hot glued to the tops and filled with the M&Ms.

This is the lighter and emergency heat. Emergency heat is awesome! But please don't play with fire...
The lighter and emergency heat wear taped with sticky caution tape with the tag: For long, cold nights. Or for cooking. Squirrel anyone?

I wrapped the weapons all together and labeled them.

The large candy bars can be wrapped in plain printing paper with the Emergency label!

Flashlights and binoculars.

These I found during Halloween also, just Zombie warning signs.

Most of the kit out of the box.

All wrapped up and ready! Make sure you "bloody up" the packaging for a spooky effect!
 Remember, this is just a guide! Make the kit how YOU want it! Personalize it how your significant other would like it best!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wow, it's already that time again! This year has certainly flown by and there have been so many blessings poured out on my family and me. I encourage all of you to write down every good thing that has happened to you this past year just to see how good God has been! My challenge for you (and myself) in the coming new year is to set up a jar to fill with little notes- notes that will remind you of blessings. When something good happens, write it on a slip of paper, fold it up, and collect it in the jar. When 2013 comes to an end, open your jar and read all the blessings! You'll be surprised how quickly they will add up.

I hope you and I both will make it a point in the new year to be more thankful! And let's not forget during this time that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. His birth brought us new life. So from my home to yours,
Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tappy Tap Shoes!

My niece really likes to dance around the house wearing her black dress shoes. She calls them her "tappy tap shoes." Since she loves them so much, and of course dancing, I glued pennies onto the bottom of her shoes. Now they really "tappy tap!"

Tappy Tap Shoes!
Supplies you will need:
- 1 pair of shoes
- 6 to 10 pennies
- Glue gun or super glue

Just glue the pennies around the sides of the bottom of the shoe! Any kid that loves making noise will definitely like these shoes!

DIY Chandelier Earrings

I made these recently as a Christmas present I'll be giving to my best friend. They took a little time, but were well worth all the effort put into them!

Supplies you will need:
- 2 Earring chandeliers
- 2 Fishhook earwires
- 12 Headpins
- Small jump rings (if desired)
- 24 pearl beads
- 10 flower shaped glass beads (or other shapes)

These earrings are on the heavier side because I used glass beads. If you like lighter earrings, use plastic or even wooden beads!

{Will be posting a video soon!!!!!!! So stay tuned!!!! ☺}

Pass the headpins through a pearl bead, then the flower bead, then another pearl bead.

Use pliers to fold the cut headpin back against the top pearl bead.

Use the same technique for the pearl bead used in the top of the chandelier. Fold the headpin back, leaving room for the pearl to dangle. Cut the excess headpin and fold what remains back against the bead.
On the fishhook earwire, I had springs resting at the bottom, but I removed those a replaced them with yet anther pearl. So this is a cuter option than the spring!

Finished product!

5 Habits of Happy Families

For my Human Growth and Development class, we had to read a short article on the 5 Habits of Happy Families, then in our own words, tell what each habit means to us. Here are mine. I thought it was worth sharing ☺

While it's still fall, let me say this!
Instructions from my teacher:
Read the attached article. Then 1) in your own words, summarize each habit in a few sentences. Explain the principle or the research that supports the idea. 2) Give examples from your own family, both good and bad, that relate to the habit. 3) Journal your Thanksgiving with regard to these habits.

Give Thanks -- No Matter What:
We should always be thankful for what we have. There are many who aren’t fortunate enough to even have a family to call their own. So in the midst of all the ciaos of everyday life, be grateful for what you have. I know we can get pretty mad out my house when dishes don’t get done, laundry isn’t washed, and grass isn’t cut, but in the end, as long as everyone comes home from work and school safe and sound, we know we’re still blessed to have each other.

Seek Out Satisfaction in Your Choices:
We should be happy with whatever choice we make. Life is too short to regret our decisions. Plus, regretting the small stuff that really doesn’t matter just adds unneeded, and unwanted, stress. The choices we make should bring us happiness. My mother likes to say, “Don’t do anything you won’t be proud of later.” Our choices shouldn’t be something we might be ashamed of later, because that just zaps happiness. We should be able to live with all our choices.

Lose Yourself in the Moment:
In our society, we spend too much time analyzing the moment, or trying to create the perfect moment, instead of just living in the minute and realizing that it’s great just the way it is. We’d rather pull out our camera and capture pictures then sit back and just watch what unfolds around us. Great memories will always be with us, so we should learn to be as in the moment as possible. I have had many moments that are worth remembering, and I’m glad I didn’t close myself off to those moments or become too distracted with meaningless things. How are we supposed to focus on the moment at hand when we can be too busy staring at our phones and checking our emails?

Spread Out the Joy:
You never fully appreciate the things you didn’t work for. When you are just given everything you want, the gifts become meaningless. These material goods will bring you no joy if you didn’t work to achieve them. If you always got what you wanted, there would be no purpose for striving toward anything. There is a saying about how to achieve happiness that I believe holds true: Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dancing like no one is watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth. When we find joy in all areas of our lives, we reap the rewards that are sure to be found. Nothing has to be handed to us.

Focus On Your Circle:
Family and friends are meant to be the center of our lives. Humans are social creatures, and without that vital socialization, like flowers without sunlight, we would wither away. You shouldn’t worry about the lives of people who don’t really affect you. We spend so much time trying to make our lives look as interesting as Jill’s, who continuously puts up awesome Facebook pictures of her fabulous weekends. Why do we care? Our lives are just as interesting, just in a different way. I have a friend who told me, “I always thought you had to be doing something to have fun. But now I know that’s not true. I can sit at home playing with my baby boy all day, and have the best day ever!”

During Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to spend the day with family that I rarely see. We had the best time, eating made-from-scratch cake and swapping stories. Though my family is far from perfect, seen in my fussy niece (good thing she’ll never see this) begging for more milk and teddy bears, my cousin and brothers roughhousing in the next room, and my grandmother sharing the latest gossip, I love them and we are all thankful for the time we get to spend together. I know that I was able to lose myself in those moments and focus on the people that mean the most to me. As imperfect as my family is, and as much as we can all argue, I do believe we are happy just as we are.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Post- The Host

This book is by Stephenie Meyer (yes, that is the author of the Twilight series) but it's not just like Twilight! If you're looking for something a little more grown up, I recommend this. Love it, or hate it, I happen to like it ☺ Leave your feedback on this read in the comments section! I'd love to hear what you think!

Book Description

Release Date: May 6, 2008

The author of the Twilight series of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Here on this blog...

makes me smileHey y'all! I've added another link in the top tabs to my new Tumblr page, Anything Ridiculous. Check it out!
You'll find adorable pictures like these, and maybe even some of my own work ☺ I look forward to any and all feedback! So drop me a line in the comments!

 I've just got it started so there's not too much going on, but as time goes on, the Tumblr page will grow along with this blog. Thanks for following!
kisses :)

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Friday, September 14, 2012

In the Garden

 Our yard is always full of flowers and lots of other flora, and plenty of fauna too. My mom loves gardening. Maybe digging around in the dirt and realizing that you can coax something to grow from your handy work makes it worth all the time it takes to do it. Whatever her reasons for loving it so much, I appreciate all the beauty she adds to our home.

My mom loves flowers all over the yard.

Fresh pears all autumn long!

My Mocha

My shy cat, Franny

Such a pretty tree. Love crate myrtles!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Zombie Survival Kit

Ok, let me start this off right. I love my man very much. So much so, that I made him a zombie survival kit. 
I hate zombies. Zombie movies, zombie games, zombie blah blah blah.
My fella however, loves them. And anything else that is scary and/or creepy. He's a horror movie junkie, whereas I am not. Ever.
So to prove my undying affection for him, I decided I would make him this gift for no reason at all. (Who doesn't love getting gifts for no reason, right??) Needless to say, it was a huge hit with him. He loved it so much, in fact, that he wants me to make an even bigger, better one for his Christmas present this year.
Oi.. But I said ok. 'Cause remember, I love this guy!

Does your gentleman or lady love zombies? Can't convince them to stop? Well then, love them through it!
Follow the easy picture guide below to create your very own Zombie Survival Kit.

{Follow this link here for the Zombie Survival Kit 2.0!}

- Shoe Box
- Black Spray Paint (to paint shoe box)
- Candy Bars (Power Bars)
- Small Box (to put "matches" in)
- Candy Sticks ("matches")
- Flashlight
- Pretzels M&Ms
- Brown Wrapping Paper
- Mesh Drape
- Caution Tape
- Red Paint  (blood)
- Empty Glass Root-beer Bottle
- Peanut M&Ms
- Granola Bar (Energy Bar)
- Bookmark
- Stencils (if you want to do it by hand)
- Band-aids in Case
- Toy Gun and "Ammo"
- Masking Tape
- Werther's Original Candy ("gold")
- Cologne
Keep in mind that any of this candy can be substituted based on what they like.
Just click the pictures to enlarge!

Paint shoe box black and add red hand prints or red paint splatters. Wrap in caution tape.

Decorate the kit so it looks creepy and slightly aged.

This is just a granola bar wrapped in white printing paper.

"You will get bored while hiding out. Be sure to bring literature."

This caution tape was found at the Dollar Store. Not exactly what I was looking for but it worked great!

Stencils will really REALLY help if your printer is out like mine..

Make it creepy! Zombies are creepy!

Root-beer bottle filled with M&Ms. "To keep your mind off your troubles and to chase the shadows away."

This nifty bandage holder was just laying around my house, so I used black nail polish to cover the design, then used red polish to write "first aid" on it. Fill with band-aids. "For minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. NOT for gunshot wounds or gashes."

"Matches-" small box painted black and wrapped in caution tape.

Candy sticks! Used to eat these like crazy as a kid! They made great matches.

Chocolate bars wrapped in white printing paper, and stencils were used to decorate them.

Find a toy gun with darts or one that makes noises. This one even came with a target to practice "zombie hunting."

The flashlight is very important. "To light your way in darkness." Put some kind of candy in it, like Pretzel M&Ms. Or, hey, even batteries!

My guy laughed the hardest at this! "For when bathing is not an option." A little bit of cologne.

Small tub for "gold." "Gold is valuable everywhere."

Werther's Original Candy is excellent as gold pieces!

Put it all together!

Wrap it up in brown paper that you messily cover in masking tape!

Whip out that red paint!

And make it absolutely scary and authentic!
Well I hope your zombie loving significant other loves this gift as much as mine did! As always, follow me on Pinterest and Facebook!