Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The Party store stuff is pretty basic. This is where I hope this post will help you take it a tad farther. I did a quick search of Happy Meal toys on ebay and some really nice Star Wars choices came up, but they were pricey as Star Wars are big collectible items. I suggest you do a search on ebay for any themed party, just give yourself enough lead time for an auction to end, and the seller to mail it to you in time for the party.
Also on ebay, I came across some really cute cupcake toppers here, and got some Star Wars themed Pez dispensers. My favorite find was the star wars shaped candy molds. They had many choices, and we decided that C3PO, storm trooper and darth vader would be best. These are super easy to make and a great display for decor and take home favor. Just purchase some candy melts and follow directions on package. My husband made light sabers using pretzel rods and yellow candy melts that the children enjoyed with this recipe for Yoda Soda. 1 bottle lemon lime soda, 1 bottle of green gatorade, and scoops of orange sherbet. It looks swampy, and tastes yummy.
I then asked Jack what sort of cake he wanted and he asked for a Storm Trooper cake. So off to Google I went and came across these templates. Bookmark this site for later and print out three storm trooper masks. Bake two batches of cake mix. use a 13 x 9 inch pan, 12 cupcakes, and a 9 x 9 inch pan. I let cake cool completely and used one of the print outs as a template on the 13 x 9 inch sheet for the base of the cake, then iced with white icing. Then I used the second template to cut out shapes that would give the mask dimension. Assemble and ice with white icing. Use the third template for the dark black. Place the paper under some wax paper or parchment. Trace using a toothpick and melted chocolate melts. Once cooled invert and place on cake smooth side up. Too cool.
When everyone had arrived they were each fitted with their robe, and handed their passport for participation. I just designed this simple passport, printed it and "laminated" using packing tape. Punched a hole in it, enough string to wear around their necks and off they go. One thing, the tape made the corners sharper than I liked so I used my corner rounder from my scrapbooking stash.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
My fall back excuse for not working out and losing weight is gone. I always thought why work hard to get in shape, I'm just going to get fat again when I get pregnant. I can't diet, I'm nursing, and need the extra calories. I have been pregnant or nursing for about 9 years. My youngest, Scott is six months now, my other excuse "it's OK to be a little chunky you just had a baby" no longer flys. He is our last, so now it's time to lose this weight for good. No more excuses.
Did I say no more excuses? I can't find time to walk with 4 children, and can't rationalize the expense of a gym membership or a purchase of an eliptical or treadmill for home. And though my family would love it if I thought that the Wii fit was the solution, I can't justify that we'd also have to buy a better TV to use the Wii. Oh, and we'd have to buy the Wii too. I don't want an audience when I workout either. But I can justify $8.00 for a DVD that I can watch in any room now that I am wireless and own a laptop, and away from curious eyes. So I chose Jillian's 30 day Shred.
Now we should set a goal. I used to say I'd like to have Britney Spears body, who wouldn't?
Then she had two kids and went and got mine. but after a minor breakdown, she had to get all skinny again. So I will set that lofty goal for myself. And, because I want immediate gratification, after all if I am to bust my butt and cut back on the food
chocolate that I love I want to see results fast. Jillian promises quick results. All I would need is some hand weights and a mat. Hence 30 day shred, 3 workouts that take 25 minutes. You conquer phase one and move up till you master phase three and are "shredded."
Day one was April 6th, Scott and I watched the dvd. I did not do one move, but acknowledged that they were fairly uncomplicated, and could be done. I will start tomorrow day one, and 30 days from now maybe just maybe I'll look a little less like this Britney,