DIY Mini LOVE Wall Art

Today’s the perfect day to share a super quick and easy DIY mini wall art. This can be used for larger pieces of art too and this cost me a little under $4 to make 15 of these. In my Favorite Things party, I shared the favors I gave out; it was my favorite candy and my favorite definition of love by Chip Ingram.

My Favorite Things Favors

MATERIALS:

  • Foam board ($1 at the Dollar Tree)
  • Printed wall art ($.35/prints and I printed 8 pages to make 15 wall arts)
  • Glue
  • Razor blade

Step 1: Create and print your wall art

Step 2: Glue your art on the foam board

Step 3: Cut your wall art out

TA-DAAAAAHHHH !!! You’re done!

Love Wall Art

I didn’t do this, but it would be awesome if you adhered a picture frame hanger on the back; that way you could hang it on the wall. Again, if you wanted to use this idea for a larger wall art, I’d recommend doing so ’cause it’s cheap and I love making things that don’t cost much to make.

Snow Day!!

Two weeks ago, our state was hit with a winter storm that brought chaos to our Atlanta area, however, in the midst of the craziness, there were many good Samaritans who rose up and met the needs of others. We live northeast of Atlanta, so we didn’t have to deal with the crazy traffic, but today, we’re hit again with another winter storm. This time the threat is ice, so we’ve prepared our family for the worse (tons of drinking water, bread, and our butane grills). Since we can’t do anything, I thought I’d share some pictures from the storm two weeks ago. The kids really enjoyed playing in the snow and just being kids.

SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters
SnowDay Yang Monsters

The kids loved throwing up the snow in the air:
SnowDay Yang Monsters

Hope that you’re safe and warm where ever you are! ^_^

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Every year the kids always bring in Valentine’s Day cards for their classmates with a bag of goodies. Of course, they were cute and easy, but this year I wanted to give something that showed their personalities. I went with a photobooth feel. Luckily, everything was at my fingertips, even a red background! LOL I have some red curtains and they were perfect for the photobooth shoot. I set my T3i up on a stand and let the kids have fun. They totally showed their personalities and didn’t complain about taking pictures (they usually start complaining after four shots).

After taking the pictures, I downloaded this photobooth strip template and just stuck my pictures into the template. To reduce the amount of copies I had to order, I had two strips on one 4x6in page. Off to the print shop they went. Here’s the quick run down:

  1. Prints arrived:
    Vday Cards BEFORE
  2. Cut to size:
    Vday Cards Sized
  3. Cut cardstock:
    Vday Cards Back
  4. Adhere strip to cardstock:
    Vday Cards Materials
  5. Final look of the photobooth strip Valentine’s Day cards:
    Vday Cards Final

On the back of the cards, I’ll have the kids write the “to” and “from” for their friends. Quick, easy and budget friendly Valentine’s Day cards!!

DIY Yang Monsters Wall Decor

I’m a hoarder, a terrible one.  I always keep things thinking I’ll use them someday and 99.9% of the time, I don’t make something from it or use it. Yes, I’m that kind of hoarder. Luckily, my house is not horridly filled with junk (although I’m sure I can downsize on my mess). Today, I want to share an accomplishment; I actually took something and re-purposed them. I’ve had these cherry wood shelves sitting in my closet for two year (left over shelving from a closet system). As part of my “making our home homier” goal along with the momentum of my re-organization of the kids’ bathroom, I decided to put some wall decor up. these shelves were perfect!!

Bathroom Shelves Before

Normally, I would sand, but the excitement overtook me and forgot to sand them. I went straight to priming the shelves.

Bathroom Shelves Primed

I went to Home Depot and picked up green and blue spray paint bottles and then waited for the primer to dry. Once it was set, I spray painted two shelves green and two shelves blue. I sealed them with the Mod Podge matte sealer.

Bathroom Shelves Painted

While at Home Depot, I also picked up some picture frame D-ring hangers so that I can drill them into the shelves to hang up on the walls.

D-Ring Wall Hangers
D-Ring Wall Hanger

At this point, I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with the shelves, other than hanging them up on the wall. After thinking about it overnight, I realized I wanted to personalize their bathroom, as well as allow the decor to grow with them through their teens. I went to Michaels and picked up some letters to spelled out “Yang Monsters” and picked up the words, “love, faith, hope”. I used my trusty Glossy Accents by Ranger to glue everything down on the shelves. Let that dry and then added the instax mini polaroid pictures to the shelves.

Bathroom Yang Shelf
Bathroom Mons Shelf
Bathroom Ters Shelf

Here’s how the final wall decor looks like:
Bathroom Yang Monsters Shelf AFTER
Bathroom Faith Love Hope Shelf

I wanted to paint the bathroom, but I thought it’d be better to wait until I renovate the entire bathroom. So this’ll do until that time comes. The kids loved it and felt like the bathroom was more of their own. Glad you stuck around to see this DIY project.

Organization: Bathroom

If you remember some of my goals for 2014 in my “New Year, New Mama” blog post, I wanted to make my home “homier” and keep up with the craziness of the Yang Monsters. I have a place for everything, just not in a presentable way. So I started with my kids’ bathroom. It was pretty bland, not much going on on the walls and the bathroom closet was stuffed with bed sheets, towels, refills, cleaning products, and etc. For almost nine years, it’s been like that and it always bothered me, but I didn’t do anything about it until 3 weeks ago.

In my eyes, this doesn’t look TOO horrible (ok, ok, I’m trying to make myself feel better). This was a little chaotic and hard to pull bedsheets and towels without pulling two other sheets or towels with it.

Bathroom Closet

Bathroom Closet

Since I was on a budget, I hit up my Dollar Tree and got a few bins that would coordinate with the shower curtain. In addition, I went through the bedsheets and hand towels that should’ve been tossed a while back (more like a LONG time ago). For about one hour of sorting, re-folding/re-rolling, and tossing away things, the closet was much more pleasing to the eyes! I added labels for the bins using black cardstock and a gold marker. This is what it looks like now:

After Bathroom closet
After Bathroom Closet

It felt so good de-cluttering and re-organizing and keeping it that way. Do you have any tips on organizing?

Did You Say Date Night?

Date night, those are long forgotten words in our marriage, especially after having kids. We tried having date nights, but it just didn’t work out because we didn’t make it a priority. This year, I’m determined to have more date nights. Another thing that didn’t motivate me to plan date nights was being the only one planning. Not that I hated it or it was burdensome, I just felt like it was a chore. I think I have to change my perspective on it as well as enlist the hubby’s help.

Leng and I agreed to have weekly date nights, but he would have to plan out the dates too, which included finding a sitter and planning out the night. The hardest part for him will be looking for a babysitter. Leng’s not from Georgia, he grew up in FL and moved to SC before we got married. I, on the other hand, lived here for about 15 years, so I have girlfriends and family here that can watch them. Leng knows them too, but I think for him, it’s awkward to ask them for babysitting, but I think this will be an opportunity for him to also make dating a priority for us.

We agreed that each of us would plan a date every other week, which gives us time to find a sitter, plan and budget for the date. I suggested that we could do things we’ve never done before, like going to a shooting range (which we always say we would go do, but don’t) or go zip lining. There are so many activities to do and we’re blessed enough to be able to splurge and invest in our marriage with these date nights.

We’re praying that we’re able to renew and refresh our marriage (hoping to bring our adventurous and spontaneous sides back), learn more about each other and what God has in store for our marriage. I want to win and invest in us, so that Satan has no loopholes or cracks he can get into, to destroy something God has so beautifully created. It’s not only going to make an impact on Leng and I, but the kids too. They’ll see the importance of dating after marriage and how to treat their future spouses. We have to be the example of how God describes marriage to be in Ephesians 5:22-30 (The Message):

Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church – a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor – since they’re already “one” in marriage. No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body.

I hope that you’ll also commit to weekly date nights with your spouse. It could transform your marriage and family! Go for it, it’s COMPLETELY worth it!

Favorite Things Party Games

Patience is a virtue my lovelies! I said that I would expand on the two games I had for my Favorite Things birthday party and I am now delivering it to you! The two games were My Favorite Things quiz and BINGO. Quite simple games for people who have never met, to get to know each other and start conversations. The quiz was especially great since half of my guests didn’t know each other. This was the first game we played and was a good icebreaker. You know when you get loud, you’re having fun!

Let’s start with the first game, My Favorite Things quiz. I got the idea from my soon-to-be BFF (Pinterest – shhhhh don’t tell Google) who pointed me to Shannon Brown’s blog. I pretty much used her ideas for my party since her color scheme was very close to mine and well she had some awesome and CHEAP ideas!!! So for those who thought I was creative, you’ve been duped (I’m just a great copy-cat). I did add a lot of my own touch to my party, but I have to give credit, where credit is due! I changed some of the questions or answers because I didn’t want to completely take someone’s ideas. I especially didn’t like that my quiz looked bland and unappealling to the eyes, so I added a small design on the side of the questions (yes, I am OCD about the small details no one else notices).

Favorite Things Questionnaire Game

Moving on to how this is played, basically you have your guest fill out the questionnaire and when everyone is done, you go through and see if any of the guests had matching answers. If they did, they would have lose a point for that question (like Scattegories). The person who has the most unique answers wins, but the bonus is that you get new blogs you can follow and new books to read (based on my questions). Do not tell the guests the objective of the game, or else, you’ll get false answers and it won’t be as fun.

The next game was a one-round Bingo (which is cruel to do)! Nobody should ever play a one-round Bingo, but I had to keep it to one-round to have time for the gift swapping! I made the Bingo cards in Photoshop and manually changed each number on each card. Well, when things are done manually, there’s always room for human error. I tried with all my brain power to not have the same number on a card, but unfortunately, I couldn’t escape the inevitable; while we were playing, my friend Joy’s card had two 9′s. If I had called out a nine, she would’ve been able to get two spots! So, if one of your guests gets that card, let them know it was a BONUS card (I was too lazy to fix it – so take it as it is).

After printing them, I laminated them to get the most usage out of the Bingo cards. For chips, I just bought a pack of 520 gray pony beads and placed them in these cocktail cups. Yes, another CHEAP alternative!

Favorite Things Bingo Game

So without further adieu, click here to get the free Favorite Things Party Games printable. The pdf has both the quiz and Bingo cards. IMPORTANT: The second page has two questionnaires on it and pages 3-13 are the Bingo cards. What does this mean and why does it matter? You have to print page 2 first to get enough for your guests (remember there’s two questionnaires, so only print the page half the amount of guests you have) and then print pages 3-13 once; or print pages 2-13 once, then print page 2 half the amount of guests you have minus two (since you’ve already printed it once). I hope you like the free printable and that you get to use them!