Keeping it Simple

Monday, March 2, 2015

Big Hero 6 Party Game Idea- Baymax and Yokai Cans Bowling Game #BigHero6Release

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On February 24th Big Hero 6 came out on DVD and my family was so excited about it!  I immediately got it and planned a fun family movie night around it.  We had popcorn and enjoyed watching the movie.  After the movie the kids couldn't stop talking about it, so I made up a fun game for the kids to play.  It was a huge hit and they had so much fun with it.  Plus it was super easy to make! 
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I headed to Walmart to pick up the DVD in the electronics section.  They have Big Hero 6 in a 2 disc BD + DVD=DC + WM GWP 2 pack featuring a gift with purchase digital copy or you can get it in DVD or Blu-Ray.  I also went online to to get some fun Big Hero 6 toys for my kids to play with.
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For the bowling game, I used some food cans that I had been saving.  Yeah, I save them just for things like this.  I cleaned them and took off the labels.
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I spray painted them white.  You can use regular paint too.
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Then using black paint I drew on Baymax's face.
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I also wanted to do the villain Yokai's face, so I painted them on the other side of the cans.  I first started with the red paint, then painted the yellow eyes.
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And then finally I painted the black features on the face.
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In the movie Baymax tries to take down Yokai so that is the point of the bowling game.
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This Baymax plush I got from was perfect for the game.  I let the kids throw it at the cans to knock them down! 
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Since I didn't think it was right to throw Baymax at himself, so I just had the kids bowl at him using a ball.  But really it doesn't matter :).  Either way, the kids had a blast!  
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Here is the game in action. My kids loved it as you can tell as he jumped up at the end!

I had my kids try to bowl over Baymax with a ball too.  It was just so much fun!  They loved it!

Have you seen Big Hero 6 yet??  If you haven't, then you HAVE TO!!  It's such a great movie!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rainbow crafts, recipes and more {MMM #267 Block Party}

Great Rainbow crafts, recipes and more perfect for St. Patrick's Day
Happy March and to me March means rainbows! Green and Leprechauns, and Rainbows. Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today and I'm sharing some of the great rainbow crafts, recipes, activities and other fun projects that you guys have linked up. Aren't they pretty?
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If you haven't been over to my neck of the woods lately let me catch you up.
  • I've been on a crock pot recipe spree. I've been converting all my favorite fancy recipes into crock pot versions like my Balsamic Cherry Beef recipe.
  • If you are a sew-er you'll want to check out my insanely easy gathering trick, really a few people have deemed me a genius ;)
  • And if you've been looking for a good book to read or make reading a part of your life I've shared some great books that you should check out!
Now let’s see what your favorite things are that you have been posting! It’s time for the block party! Link up here and be linked up to 4 fabulous blogs all at once!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Super Easy Dry Erase Kids Chore Chart Printable

Kids and chores.  Sometimes they just don't mix.  Especially with my kids.  It's always a battle for us.  I find that I have to come up with different charts and things like to get them excited about doing chores.  Lately we have been doing an allowance for chores and it felt like every week I was paying the kids but still doing a lot of cleaning and really didn't have a very clean house.  I decided that we really needed some real structure, so I made up this super easy and simple chore chart.  

I made up the printable and then I wrote out what the chores are.  All of my kids are going to have the same chores.  Basically I'm not going to be cleaning up any of the kids' stuff anymore, the 4 of them are in charge of it.  
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After I wrote down all the chore, I laminated them so we can use a dry erase marker to mark off the chores.
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I have 6 circles for each chore (one for each day Monday-Saturday).  Every night before we do our nightly reading and go to bed, I let each kid have the clip board and their chart.  We walk through the house and check off what is done.  If something isn't done, I have them do it.  They love being able to check off their own charts!

  If the whole chart is filled up for the week, I will give them their full allowance.  If it's just partially filled then I will just give them partial allowance.  So far it's been working really well.  The kids like to check out their chores each evening.  Plus it's nice to go to bed with a cleaner house!  
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How do you get your kids to do chores?  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DIY Dining Table with Burned Wood Finish using a BernzOmatic Blow Torch and GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: I was given product for this post, all opinions, ideas, and content are 100% my own.

Three years ago we bought the perfect dining table for our family.  I loved everything about it and it worked perfectly for us for three years, then we moved into our new house.  It worked but it made our dining room really cramped, so it just wasn't working.  I have been wanting to do make a new dining table for a while now but finally got around to it.  I absolutely love how it turned it out and it was easier that I thought it would be.  I decided that I wanted the table to have some character, so instead of staining it I lightly burned the surface of the wood using a BernzOmatic blow torch.  

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Here is our old table.  We had the 8 chairs around it but eventually had to take out the leaf and it only fit 6 chairs.  Not great when you have a family of 7 and you can only fit 6 people around the table.  So we used the base and chairs and then we made the table top.

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We headed to Home Depot and picked out some wood.  I went with pine wood that was 1in x 8in x 8ft.  We bought 6 boards and then cut the pieces to 7 feet long. 
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To put them together we used a pocket screw (no glue was used).  We first drilled all the pocket screws holes into the wood before screwing the pieces together.  We made several holes in each piece of wood.  The ends had 2-3 holes and then we did it every 12 inches or so.  
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Once the holes were drilled, then we screwed the pieces together.
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As we were screwing them together, we screwed two pieces together and then put all 6 pieces together.  
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For the ends we wanted to make sure that the seam was very flat and secure, so we used clamps and a board underneath when we screwed it together.  Sometimes it took some force to get the boards to lay flat.  
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For more support and to help with the flatness of the seams, we screwed some wood onto the 
boards.  The screws were put in around the seams to help make them look better and flatter. DIY-Dining-Table-With-Burned-Wood-Finish #Bernzomatic (13)
Once we had all of the board screwed together, we used a router and rounded the edges.  Make sure you practice on a scrap piece of wood before to find the right setting.  We used the router on both the top and bottom of the table. 
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Here is the rounded edges from the router.  So pretty huh?  I love the rounded edges, gives it a nice finished look!
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Now for the fun part!  We got to burn the surface of the wood.  I loved how this turned out.  We just took the TS8000 BernzOMatic and burned the wood, going back and forth over the wood.  We were about 2-3 inches away form the wood.  Make sure to go with the grain because you can see lines if you don't.  The longer you hold it on a spot, the darker the wood so you have to make sure you do it evenly and lightly.

  The blow torch is awesome!  You can change the settings on it so you can have a big flame or a smaller flame.  The higher the flame the darker the color of the wood will be.  The blow torch was so nice and easy to use, I am definitely going to be using it for more projects in the future.  
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Here is the table all burned.  Doesn't it look so cool??  I seriously love the color and the character the burning gives it!
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Now for the base.  We used our existing table base.  We added two new pieces of wood to make it longer on the sides.  We had to drill holes into the wood so we could screw it into the table top.  The key is not to let the screw go through the top.  
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Here is what the base looks like all put together.  We also put on one more strip of wood in the middle to give it more support and make it more sturdy.  
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Next we put on a pre-stain onto the table top.  You need this for pine wood, it seals the wood and protects it. 
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 We let the pre-stain dry for 15 minutes and then after two hours we put on the top coat. We used a clear polyurethane finish for the top coat.  We used the satin finish to give it a little shine but not too much.  We put on three coats.  In between coats you have to sand the wood and then put it on.   
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Once the polyurethane dried we put the table top onto the legs and admired it's beauty!  I love how it looks in my dining room!
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I made a table runner and a few decorations to go on it.  

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And that's it!!  It was actually really easy to make.  It took some time but nothing was really hard to do.  And it turned out so well.  It is so nice to be able to have all of our family sit at the table for dinner again!  Plus it just fits so much better in the space we had.  
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Who is ready for an AWESOME giveaway??  There are so many things that you can do with a BernzOMatic blow torch so I want to give away one to you and a $250 gift card from Home Depot to make a project for yourself!  Do you want to win??  I know you do!  Just enter the giveaway below! 
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