A little late but here is V2 of the Christmas/Winter Lunch Box Note Jokes! We’ve been CA-RAZY with the holidays and I’m trying to savor every last moment with the boys - they are growing up WAY too fast so projects like this get pushed to after 9pm and there’s only so much you can do from 9-12 :)  I hope you/your kids enjoy them!

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Version 1 here


On Saturday morning we found Melvin sailing the 7 seas, but he did look a little confused about the lack of water.

On Sunday morning Melvin must have gotten in the mood for some music after all of our lip synching and dancing to the Christmas music the day before because we caught him strumming some notes to Rock Band (Lego Rockband of course).

And today he must have been thinking about trying out for the Cirque De Soleil because we caught him doing a pretty crazy trick on the fan pull.


We had a GREAT weekend!  Jared was out golfing all day on Saturday so the boys and I spent some time together.  We saw a play (Christmas in Oz) on Sat morning and then came home to decorate our Christmas tree!


They love going through and finding their favorite ornaments from previous years.  They even had to make sure the dogs saw their ornaments.


My favorite find from last year (at Cost Plus World Market) and the boys seeing what the tree looked like from underneath.

Somehow Christmas tree decorating turned into lip syncing complete with vacuum cleaner microphone.

We were attempting to take a photo in front of the tree

Which turned into an impromptu dance lesson from the baby (he had already danced with me earlier) because the Christmas music playing in the background was just making him feel like he needed to groove.

During the silliness the baby caught a glimpse of something he feared

It was the wasp thing that came in with the Christmas tree.  It sure did make him stop in his tracks. There is no longer a wasp in the house - all we are left with is this reminder of the fear we felt when we first saw him.



If you didn’t follow me last year - I LOVE December!  I love all the fun things there are to do with the boys and family in general.  We already started our Holiday festivities by visiting Santa on a carriage ride.  We did this last year and the boys agreed that it’s much more fun than waiting in line at the mall, plus I get to capture sweet pictures of the boys telling Santa their wishes - Big Brother Lego Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank, Lego Lavatraz, and Lego Universe game (catch a theme there?) and Little Brother Lego Star Wars Hoth Wampa Cave, Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle, and Ron Weasley’s wand. 


Yikes December crept up on me!  I wanted to have these done in time for you to start printing them out on the first but I don’t know that many of you will be reading this before packing those first December lunches.  Sorry about that!  At any rate, here is the first installment of the Christmas/Winter joke note cards :)  I hope you enjoy them - and just like the Halloween ones I’d love to hear/see pictures of what you did with them.  Some ideas I got were - treat bag toppers, make a little joke book on a book ring, advent calendar notes, inside of crackers, stocking stuffers…

Download note cards here!

Don’t miss VERSION 2 HERE!!


handmade projects


The Birthday Boy was fully involved with his party and he was thinking / planning the games first.  He LOVES birthday games so his games were pretty important to him ;)

For the first game we prepared a head of time by finding 10 different Lego pieces that we knew had at least 10 of the same kind.  I snapped a photo of each piece, printed and cut out each one so each boy had 10 pictures of 10 different Lego pieces.  Basically whoever found all 10 correct pieces first won the game.

The next game was the tower build and whoever had the tallest tower in 5 minutes won.  It was a little hard because they would try to build fast and then their tower would fall over so they would have to start over again.

And the last game was the speed build.  I bought them each a small Lego set and whoever built the set correctly first won the game but they all won because they got a Lego set! (and I won because it was silent in the house for like 8 minutes while they were all concentrating on building their sets)

We also had the Clutch Powers Lego movie playing in the background that they’d watch here and there during cake and opening presents.  Then we went outside to get rid of some energy by playing football and with dart guns.  It was such a fun party for all of us!


Part 1 the invitation

Part 2 the decorations and cake


Decorations were SUPER simple and quick.  I don’t think 8 year old boys look much at the decorations but I wanted to put something up.  I was really watching my budget so didn’t want to spend a lot.  I made some paper Legos to hang from a light fixture, and a couple banners.  Actually the birthday boy made most of the banners which is why the string goes both in front and behind the triangles but no one noticed ;)

My mother in law made the super cute cake!  (My house is a dungeon and it’s always so hard for me to get colors correct with all the yucky artificial light)

Part 3 the games coming tomorrow!

Part 1 the invitation

Part 3 the games


I was inspired by an invitation I saw here , but I really wanted to create something myself.  Here’s what I came up with!  The images used are mine :)  The tri-folds were purchased at Michaels.


Click here to download the file to use for your own party!  Personal use only please.


Part 2 the decorations and cake

Part 3 the games

For more boys inspiration visit my other blog All for the Boys


PLEASE READ: If you do not have Photoshop you will not be able to edit the text in the .psd file, you will have to type in the info in another program (using the .jpg files) or print the blank invite and write it in by hand. There is a free program called gimp (do a google search) that will allow you to edit .psd files. Also remember that this is a zipped file so you will need to unzip it to use the files inside. How to unzip on a pc how to unzip on a mac


The kids and I have lots of project ideas ready to go for this October.  They love Halloween, dressing up, spending time with friends and neighbors.  And they’ll love it if it ever cools down enough to feel like Fall!

This first project they don’t know about yet because it’s a surprise!

Halloween lunch box joke notes.  Super easy, just print, cut and throw one in their lunch box each morning.  I’m going to try and do one for the boys each day in October so I’d love any cute Halloween jokes you have!

I got a big pack of white cardstock a while back so I printed them on that.  I think it works out better because my boys are rough on their lunch and this way it doesn’t get smashed and wrinkled as easy (my almost 8 year old likes to save his notes in the pocket of his lunch box).

I know some of these will be hard for newer readers so I also have blank notes that you can write your own jokes or notes on!  If I can find more jokes I’ll make a new download when these 8 days are used up so feel free to share them in the comment section or email me if that is what you prefer.

You can download the joke notes here and the blank notes here  

Version 2 now available here!


Happy October!

Holiday DIY crafts | super easy kids ornaments and decorations

So we wanted to handcraft some fun things for our calendar swap partner.  I wanted the kids to be involved since everytime I start a craft they want to help!  If you have boys you understand that they don’t sit still very long or retain interest in one project for any length of time so I wanted some projects that were super easy, fun, and quick!

First I had really been wanting to try making a garland with paper that I had seen at several sites.  I really loved the ones that I had seen stitched but I don’t have a sewing machine so that was out of the question.  I KNEW I’d be using the gorgeous Divine Twine I bought to wrap my gifts in this year.   Check out Whitney’s other work too, she is amazing!  Anyway, I had the boys punch circles out of some different paper they had picked out using 2 different sized circle punches.  Then, I just cut a length of Divine Twine, took 2 of the same sized circles and glue-sticked them together (I think I just made a new word).  I didn’t measure lengths or anything like that (too time consuming for me).  I love how it turned out!





We also wanted to make ornaments, so while we had the paper out, I had seen some cute balls made out of paper as well.  Also, not wanting to bother measuring or anything like that, I cut some equal sized strips using the paper cutter (I think they are about 3/4” x 6”) the boys punched small holes and stuck them on to 2 brads on either end.  I attached some Divine Twine to the top.

This is how it was mailed, but all you do is spread out all the pieces of paper (on this one there is 20) to make a ball shape, and hang it up!  The baby was really upset that he couldn’t keep this so I have a feeling we’re going to be making more.



Now, these next ones we made before I had the Divine Twine and I personally think they’d be better with it.  (I am not being paid to advertise this stuff I just happed to think it’s the best stuff ever at the moment!)  Anyway, we bought some cinnamon scented pinecones at Michaels.  Yes, I live in the middle of the desert I have to buy my pinecones.  Then you squirt some white paint on a plate or bowl, have the kids gently roll the pinecone in the white paint and sprinkle on glitter!  Tie on a ribbon or string when it’s dry and you’re done!.  I used the white paint so it would look like snow.  Just using glue would dry and not give the effect I was going for.