Create this DIY Pineapple shirt, perfect for the Polynesian Princess in your life!I have been able to post with Expressions Vinyl on their blog for the past few months and I’m excited to share this post on my blog now. Leila had her Moana birthday party a few weeks ago so for the party we had to make her a DIY Pineapple Shirt using our Cricut Explore. Supplies:
Use the cut file that I’ve already created for you and cut each layer with the desired color. When I apply my iron-on, I like to use this technique. It ensures I get a good stick and I’m able to layer effectively. Just remember that you cannot layer over glitter. I’ve tried layering flocked iron-on and it wasn’t the best result but it did work. You’ll want to do what is called a kiss-cut on your HTV. It will not cut through the plastic, just the actual vinyl. You will then peel away the part of the image that you do not want. Use a weeding tool, it makes life a whole lot easier but you can definitely use a safety pin. Again, be sure to mirror your image and keep whatever design you want to go on your shirt stays on the plastic. Place the bottom image on the shirt and press. Peel off the clear plastic and then layer the next image. Work from larger to smaller. Be sure that your iron doesn’t directly touch the iron-on. That will cause wrinkling and it’ll feel like all your hard work was wasted. Turn your shirt inside out once all your images have been pressed. Give it a good secure iron on the opposite of the image to be sure it’ll stick. Wash your shirt inside out and on gentle and the image will last a long time.
Cars 3 is a movie not only my kids are looking forward to, but I am too. We attended the Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour in Utah and it was so fun.We were able to attend this event at Thanksgiving Point in Utah and now they only have a few more location stops before the movie is released on June 16th. We had the opportunity for a sneak peak of the movie and it was more than I anticipated for. Sometimes movie franchises move too quickly for sequels but this is hitting theaters at just the right time.Malakai even paid attention for the full preview. He loved it that much. It was the scene where they are at a Alamo Rent-A-Car was there with this fun, giant coloring sheet. Each of the kids had the opportunity to color for as long as they wanted. I love when events have things that get the whole family involved.We had the opportunity to see the Lightning McQueen in person. He was also there along with his friends Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm. They were so fun to see in person and all the kids were going cray for it.The had a really fun table with all the Mattel cars that the kids could take turns racing and building, we had a spinning wheel by Crest and Oral B that was offering toothpaste, toothbrushes and tattoos. Dole was there with the best smoothies and they handed out all the recipes. Coppertone was there with their tire drill so the kids could tighten lug nuts. They also had their awesome sunscreen samples that were pretty vital for that day out in the sun.I absolutely recommend Race Line passes so you won’t have to wait in line. You can see if they’re available here. If you don’t have them, no big deal. Just plan on being there a little bit longer. We were able to walk right in with our passes so it was a huge convenience.Don’t forget to check out Cars 3 in theaters on June 16th. I cannot wait! I hope they do this tour again soon for all those cities that weren’t on the list but all we can do it cross our fingers.
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Leila just turned 7 and she requested a Moana birthday party to bring out her Polynesian pride. I was happy to do that for her and I’m happy to see her embrace her Tongan roots.Oriental Trading provided us with all the Moana gear. I didn’t want to go full on Disney, so I held back on a few of the licensed images and created some of my own. I found some images of Maui online and printed them on Tattoo Paper from Expressions Vinyl. My Cricut could not read the registration marks on the paper because of the sheen so I just had my husband cut them out. These fun flamingo drink holders held a bucket of flower candy, sunglasses, a pineapple sucker and a crepe paper hibiscus flower for their right ear. I made chocolate lava candy using candy melts and a pyramid silicone tray. Just place the brown candy melts in the tray and microwave until they’re melted. Let them set and then pop them out. In a squeeze bottle add red candy melts and squeeze over the top to simulate lava.These pineapple cups were all the rage. The girls were obsessed with them. I used a mini grass skirt for the wrapping around the table. Each of the girls got a mean slice of cake and devoured it with their wooden forks. I placed the forks on their own faux palm leaves which add the perfect island touch. The cake was a MESS! I let it stay out of the fridge too long and it got too soft before I put the faux moss on it. It was a store-bought cake and I used this recipe to make the cake look like Te Fiti. I found these Pop figurines from Michaels and the topper is from My Minds Eye and I got it at Zurchers.I decided to pre-make some slime so I didn’t have to deal with 10 girls getting dirty. I used some foam slime ballz from Flora-Craft that I got from them and I used their easy recipe. I grabbed these dollar jars from Michaels where they had the rest of the slime materials. I added some stickers from some Moana clipart. We had a water balloon fight and the boys had to retire early cause they forget girls can’t take that force. The kids had so much fun at this Moana birthday party. They left with lots of goodies and they left with one of my favorites, this pineapple filled with jelly beans.
I’ve been to Disneyland once…once. It was for my 26th birthday and we had three little kids in tow. I slightly wish that it was just me alone because I’d be able to soak in all the elements but the kids have always remembered the light-sabers and the ride I took Freddie on and laughed at him when he was crying. Another thing I remember is the Monte Cristo sandwich from Cafe Orleans. You’ll find it pretty close to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and after you’ve past the famous Dole Whip station in Adventureland.
For this series I’ve partnered with other bloggers to show you our favorite Disneyland copycat recipes and I’m going to share with you Disney’s Meatless Monte Cristo Sandwich. The original has turkey, ham and swiss but I wanted to fancy it up a bit and do the meatless version with swiss, mozzarella and double cream brie cheese. I’m serving it along side a store bought berry puree and of course I have to fry it and dust it with powdered sugar.
Spread the dijon mustard on the brioche bread, place a slice of swiss cheese on each slice of bread. Place the brie cheese and mozzarella on one side of the sandwich and sandwich the two slices together. Cut into a diagonal half.
Place each half into the batter and coat well. Carefully place them into the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan onto paper towels to soak up the excess oil. Cut each half in half again and dust with powdered sugar. Serve along side black berry preserves.
To start we’ll make the batter. Mix all the ingredients together well and let it rest while you assemble your sandwich. I used Trader Joe’s brioche loaf as the bread. You can grab all the cheeses there too. It I grabbed mine at my local Krogers.
I removed the rind from the brie cheese and just sliced it up the best I could but since it’s almost like cream cheese, it’ll be a little rustic looking. I sliced up some fresh mozzarella and I grabbed some sliced Swiss cheese at the butchers counter.
Slather each slice of brioche with Dijon Mustard and then on each slice of bread add a slice of Swiss cheese. Sandwich in the mozzarella and the brie and put both slices together. Now cut the sandwich triangle way in half and slather in that batter. Heat your oil to 350• and fry baby fry!
I let it fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side until it was pretty golden. I flipped the sandwich away from me so I didn’t get splattered and let the other side cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. I let it drain on a paper towel and sliced each half in half again so I had 4 triangles of sandwich. I served it along side a blackberry jelly which was just store bought. You can go all out making your own but it’s just another step I didn’t want to do. I wanted to get right down to eating this Disney Food classic.
Now to the good part! Get Away Today has generously donated a trip for 4 to head on down to Southern California! You choose where you want to go but I’d personally pick Disneyland so that I can eat all these yummy recipes without having to make them myself!
Now that you’ve seen how I make my favorite Disneyland treat at home check out how a few of my blog buddies make their favorites too!
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I’m making a Disney vacation countdown for our trip to Disneyland this coming Summer and my kids can’t wait! This was really easy and even easier for you because you can grab the cut file here and it was so easy using my Cricut Explore.Supplies –
What you’ll want to do is cut out each shape. Each shape is color coded and ready to go so just load your vinyl into your Cricut Explore and set your smart dial to vinyl. Peel away any extra vinyl and then lay your transfer tape over the top of your image. You will then lay the vinyl on top of the glass and apply in order. Next, remove the backing from your frame – attach and size the scrapbook paper to fit the background of your frame. Attach it using the included pins for a softer background shadow box or just attach with Glue Dots.You’ll want to use your vinyl applicator and get all the bumps out. For any bubbles in your vinyl that won’t go away, use a small needle and poke a hole then press the air out. I didn’t smooth as I went along so I had a bit of an issue. I’m planning on using the buttons and a chalkboard marker or dry erase marker to put my number of days we have left for the trip. We can’t wait for Summer!
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*This post does contain affiliate links. If you love it and buy it, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support.Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time because it speaks to just about any situation we’ve ever been in or known someone to be in. Cricut has amazing Disney images and a few Dory images. I’ve included the link to the cut file below but you will need to purchase the Disney images if you do not have any of the cartridges linked to your Cricut. There is a bubbles image and a font that is included in theirsubscription(which is totally worth it, btw). I’m really excited to see Finding Dory because it’ll just add to the nostalgia that the original movie had for me. So for this post I’m going to show you how to effectively layer iron-on vinyl and how to really get that image to stick to your fabric.
First – turn your iron on to about medium-high and the steam off. You want it hot enough but you don’t want it too hot or else it’ll melt the plastic.
Second – Get your t-shirt warmed up before you place your first piece of iron-on vinyl down. This will help warm the glue and ensure a good stick.
Third – Place your first color down. It is important to note that you cannot place any additional vinyl over glitter iron-on vinyl, it will not stick. For me this was the black. Place heavy pressure on your iron and hold the iron in place for around 10 seconds. Between each step, turn the shirt over and iron again using pressure. Don’t try to remove the plastic and iron on top, it will melt. After you’ve ironed it, remove the plastic coating. This will come off fairly easily and it’ll let you know which parts weren’t ironed.
Fourth – Add your second image which is the navy blue for Dory. Be sure to follow the guided cut lines that the image gives you. It’ll help line it up perfectly. (I had to use two pieces because I was running low so your image will not have a space between it.). Iron the front and then turn your shirt over and iron again using pressure. Remove the plastic. **Save the smaller eyelids for later
Fifth – Add your light blue image. Repeat ironing the front and back using pressure and remove the plastic.
Sixth – Add your white eyes, bubbles and then add the smaller navy blue eyelids. Repeat the ironing process.
Seventh – Add the yellow using the guidelines and repeat the same ironing technique.
The most important part of layering your Iron-on Vinyl and getting it to stick is making sure your shirt is warmed up, you’re using pressure and you’re heating the glue from the front and back. I had a really hard time getting my vinyl to stick once I washed my shirts but this method has helped a lot.
I’m totally wearing this to the Finding Dory premiere and I can’t wait for you all to see the other Finding Dory blog posts sharing everything from crafts to where you can spot her at Walt Disney World. Check that out here.
For the file, click here for the Design Space cut file. I hope you enjoy!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspireBigDreams #DreamBigPrincess #CollectiveBiasMy daughter has always known what she wants and when she wants it. She’s not rude about it, she’s just confident about it and I encourage it. She can be a handful, don’t get me wrong, but I love to see her personality shine through. Of course we’ve instilled Disney in her and she’s learned to be obsessed with just about every princess for a moment in her small life. I like her to look at these women, not just as princesses or characters, but as role models. They’re all independent and sure of themselves. They exude kindness and are able to include everyone regardless of how they’ve been treated. Sometimes that has come easy and sometimes it was learned later on, like Merida.I want my daughter to always know how proud I am of her and how much I encourage her creativity by using her imagination and implementing those ideas and bring them to life. We decided to grab some Disney Princess merchandise from Toys “R” Us from the Dream Big Princesses end cap near the princess aisle. We grabbed the new Hasbro Cinderella, Aurora and Jasmine dolls, along with the Royal Shimmer Dolls in Rapunzel and the coolest Little Kingdom Ariel’s Castle. I love the castle because with any Little Kingdom princesses, the snap-ins are all compatible so you can mix and match.She is a girly-girl through and through so she has picked up things from me that girls don’t (at least not me) don’t experience until they’re older. She loves to be creative with her make-up and she loves to be creative with her hair. She’s obsessed with filming herself dancing and it’s just about the cutest thing you’ve seen. Many others have commented that she doesn’t need to do her makeup or try to look like she’s impressing others, but the thing is, she’s only doing it for herself and wanting herself to be her best self. I encourage that, in fact as I’m writing this, she’s telling me how much she loves the Jasmine doll because she wears a jump suit. How many 5-year-olds know what a jump suit consist of?For her room, I really wanted to make some fun things for her that I know will last a long time and for her favorite picture board. She has a picture of my husband’s cousin at their wedding and she thinks she looks so cute in the picture so she has it up. She also loves her cousin. Since it’s an old metal crib bottom, I decided to use some Printable Magnet Paper from Cricut.I went into Design Space and grabbed some Disney Princess files and flattened them so I could print then cut them. For a great tutorial on how to do that, go here. I was able to cut them using the Custom setting on the dial. I selected the Printable Magnet, 0.5mm. Grab the file, HERE. Cricut Design Space is free to use. You do need to have an internet connection and you will need to pay for these licensed images if you do not already own the files.So tell me, how do you encourage the young women in your life to be the best they can be?
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BDayOnBudget #CollectiveBiasMy Freddie is 10! Double digits and I don’t want to believe it. He was pretty much ecstatic once he saw the final product of his party using the Star Wars Rebels theme. He blushed when we sang Happy Birthday and was just the most coy I’ve seen him in a while. Man, I love this kid.We had a delish white cake with raspberry filling from our local bakery and I bought some letter candles at my local Walmart store. I just love plain cakes and I think they send as large of statement as extravagant ones.To make the foam light-sabers, I just cut some foam pool noodles in thirds and attached some silver duct tape first and then to hide the seams, I took some skinny black duct tape. All 12 cost me around $10 and the kids had the BEST time with them. Next I created some chocolate light-sabers and I think it was my favorite thing at the party. Just head to this Valentines post to see how I tempered the chocolate. Instead of dipping the tip of the pretzel in to create a match, I just dipped it 3/4 of the way.I grabbed all the party gear from Walmart for these awesome Star Wars Rebels; make sure you check out all their other Disney party supplies, too good! We had the best birthday any 10 year old could have asked for. We love to have family and friends involved in our life and a birthday is just another excuse to have them over!
You tell me, what is the most epic birthday party you ever had?