Themed Easter Baskets

Last year I accidentally started an Easter Basket business when I posted this blog post about Easy, Last Minute Easter Baskets.  Several friends and co-workers read the post and asked if I could put together some baskets for them.  I ended up with themed Easter Baskets that ranged from $25-$50 each and shared them in this blog post about Quick and Easy Easter Baskets.

This year I thought I would start early and see if anyone was interested in a themed Easter Baskets.  My baskets begin at $25 and go up based on contents ($50 is suggested – you can get much more useful items with a little more money).  Here are some themes that I have been playing around with (photos do not include basket, grass, and candy-filled plastic eggs):

Golden Books Theme

Contents: pinball game, paddle ball, bucket, books

Ideas to add: more books, plush puppy, plush lion, plush elephant

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Little Artist Theme

Contents: drawing instruction book, doodling/coloring book, colored pencils

Ideas to add: sketch pad, paints, paintbrushes, canvas, art book

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Minnie Mouse Theme

Contents: hat, backpack purse, coin purse

Ideas to add: t-shirt, socks, jewelry, notebook and pen

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Tinkerbell Theme

Contents: notebook set, pen, backpack purse, coin purse

Ideas to add: t-shirt, socks, jewelry

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Rainbows & Unicorns Theme

Contents: notebook, zipper pouch, stationary set, sticky pads, pen

Ideas to add: plush unicorn, rainbow room projector, rainbow gel pens

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Robot Theme

Contents: game-in-a-bag, pocket coloring book, shrink art kit

Ideas to add: book about robots, robot toy, build a robot kit, pajamas, t-shirt

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Sweet Treats Theme

Contents: stationary set, pencils, notebook, sticky pads

Ideas to add: plush donut, jewelry, water bottle

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Star Wars Collectibles Theme

Contents: watch, stickers, erasers

Ideas to add: t-shirt, plush tsum tsum, Pop Funko figurine

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Tsum Tsum Theme

Contents: stationary set, painting kit, stamp set, pen, socks, cup

Ideas to add: t-shirt, pajamas, plush tsum tsums

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I can’t wait to do more!  I love the hunt of finding items that go with a theme.  Do you do themed Easter Baskets?  Any more suggestions for themes?  I would love to hear your ideas!

#GYST DEBBIE 2017

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Well, it should surprise NO ONE that not only did I NOT get my sh*t together in 2016, I actually added more sh*t then completely lost track of it all and am essentially starting over.  Again.  Sooooo, here we go again, for the 8th time now….  Get Your Sh*t Together Debbie!!!

The first indicator here that I lost my sh*t instead of getting it together, is probably the fact that it is mid-February and I am JUST NOW getting to my first blog post of 2017.  Not to mention that I only posted EIGHT TIMES in 2016.  WHAT?!?!?!  Wait, so why am I doing this?  Well, we all know that I am not a Doer.  Or a Finisher.  It’s amazing that I even Started any of this, so, I am going to take it still as a win….

2016 Review

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Goal #1: GYST in 2016

Nope.  Didn’t happen.  I didn’t get my sh*t together.  I made ZERO progress in KonMari-ing my house and am still stuck in the middle of Paper.  I definitely lost about 100 pounds throughout the year, but I also gained about 100 pounds so I am totally back to where I started.  I not only did not stop splurge spending on things like Starbucks, I increased my visits from weekly to daily AND increased my drink order from Grande to Venti.  So, if my goal was to Make My Sh*t Worse, than I totally succeeded.

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Goal #2: Find Myself in Blogging

Oops.  Did you hear that I only blogged 8 times in 2016?  Compared to 45 posts in 2015.  And it is my 2 year blog anniversary this week!  I am still a little lost in my blogging.  I feel like I haven’t found my niche yet.  Am I a craft blog?  A party blog?  A baking blog?  A home/decor/organizing blog?  A Disney blog?  Is it a journal blog?  Who knows!  Well, I do know that I am a Pinterest-based blog, based on my many many pins and interests.  So I guess that is a start!

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2016 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Finish What I Started: Wait, what was I suppose to finish?  Did I even start?
  2. Stop Complaining: I think I actually made some progress here!  I at least made an effort!  Well, unless you consider this post complaining since I didn’t accomplish any of my goals or resolutions, sooooooo….  Back to square one!

2016 Accomplishments

Well, despite my lack of blogging and pinning, I somehow still gained views and am close to 16,000 total views on the blog.  I increased my number of Facebook page followers as well as Pinterest followers.  Oh, and I met one of my favorite bloggers, Jillian Leslie, over at Catch My Party!

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2017 Goals and Resolutions

While I will continue my never-ending quest to get my sh*t together, 2017 will also be the Year of Taking Responsibility.  I am responsible for my actions, my decisions, my life and circumstances.

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Goal #1: GYST 2017 (same old, same old)

Goal #2: Blog More

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Take Better Care of Myself: Physically.  Emotionally.  All Around.
  2. Take Responsibility for My Life: Own it.

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If I break it all down, I need to eat less, exercise more, sleep more, buy less, put things away, finish what I start, enjoy life, appreciate what I have, acknowledge that I create my own world, accept the world I have created, and move on.  Okay, easy to say, easy to type, super hard to do.  So, here we go!

How was your 2016?  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  Here’s to an awesome 2017!!! 

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Super Easy (But Still Tasty) Sugar Cookie Recipe

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I got this recipe from a friend, who got it from a friend, who got it from Who-Knows-Where.  I think it is a pretty basic recipe, similar to most sugar cookie recipes.  Not all sugar cookies are created equal – sometimes they look beautiful but taste awful.  I like this recipe because it is not only easy, but the cookies are super yummy.   I will disclose that this recipe was titled, “NO FAIL SUGAR COOKIES”.  I can tell you that I have, in fact, failed with these cookies, but only out of User Error (like forgetting an ingredient).

This recipe makes about 60 medium-sized cookies.

Sugar Cookies

  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (I use vanilla bean paste) or desired flavoring (I use LorAnn’s Almond Emulsion)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for at least a half hour before baking cookies.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla/extract.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture.
  6. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.
  7. Divide dough into about 6 balls.  Roll each ball in between 2 sheets of parchment paper.  Roll it out to the desired thickness (I usually do a quarter inch) and then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet (I stack them all on a cutting board) and leave it in the refrigerator.  Continue rolling out the rest of the dough balls between sheets of paper until you have rolled them all.  By the time you are finished, the first batch should be chilled enough to cut.  Re-roll leftover dough and repeat the process.  I usually do this the day before and let the dough chill over night.
  8. CHILL dough for at least an hour.  The key to the cookie not spreading is that the dough needs to be chilled and stay chilled when you pop it in the oven.   
  9. Cut into desired shape.
  10. Bake on un-greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.  I use one of the parchment paper sheets to line the cookie sheet so it is an easy clean up and I can keep using the same cookie sheets if I have a large batch to make.  Thick cookies (about a half inch thick) look very nice and professional but take a little longer to bake.  

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Royal Icing

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • ½ tsp almond extract (I use LorAnn’s Almond Emulsion)
  • ½ cup warm water (don’t add it all at once so you can control the consistency of the icing)
  1. Combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, and extract.  It is important to measure these ingredients accurately because if you use too much water or too little meringue powder, then the icing will not harden.  
  2. Add about half of the water and mix.
  3. Add a little water at a time until it is the right consistency.  I make a thick icing for the outline and then a thinner icing of the same color for the filling/inside the shape.  The trick to the thickness is scooping up a spoonful of icing and then plopping it back into the bowl.  Count until the icing is completely flush/re-settled into the bowl.  You should count to 8-10 for the thick icing for the outline before it smooths out with the rest of the icing.  The thinner icing should take 5-8 seconds.  If it is too thick just add a VERY little amount of water at a time and if it is too thin just add a little powdered sugar.  (I usually cheat and make a medium consistency (about 7 seconds) that I use for the outline and the inside of the shape.) 
  4. Dye icing if you want a specific color (I use Americolor Soft Gel Paste).
  5. Transfer icing to a piping bag or mini squeeze bottle.  Wilton’s sells ketchup bottle type containers that are nice and easy to use, or you can use piping bags.  I use a Wilton’s 3 tip for the outline and a Wilton’s 5 for the filling.  Royal Icing will harden quickly so ALWAYS keep your icing covered, including your piping bags.  I place a wet paper towel at the bottom of a tall glass so the tip of the piping bag stays wet.  
  6. To get that 3D/layered effect, wait until the bottom coat is dry before adding details. 
  7. Do not refrigerate unused icing, just keep it in a tightly sealed container.

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My girlfriends and I get together a few times a year to decorate cookies.  We bring our own cookies and then each bring a batch or two of icing in an assigned color to share with the group.  I make my cookies ahead of time and then freeze them.  I let them dry COMPLETELY (at least 24 hours), stack a couple, wrap them in seran wrap, then aluminum foil, and place them in a sealed container in the freezer.  I take them out to defrost the day before I need them. 

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Don’t be afraid to decorate sugar cookies.  Be creative and try different techniques.  People go crazy over sugar cookies.

You are the only one that will notice any little flaws (and just eat the big mistakes!).  Enjoy!

For more ideas, go to my DebbiePinsALot Decorated Sugar Cookies Board on Pinterest.

 

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

It’s that time of year again!  Every October I donate 100 dragonfly cookies to the Unravel Pediatric Cancer Mama’s Night Out.  Unravel is an organization focused on raising awareness about the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research.  Their Mama’s Night Out events are held at multiple cities throughout the year.  It is a wonderful event with lots of food, prizes, vendors, and speeches.  I highly recommend attending one if you ever have the opportunity to attend.

Last year I tried out a metallic gold technique that I found on Pinterest.  It was easy to do and turned out great!  I have a favorite sugar cookie recipe (easy and yummy) that I will share in a future post.  Unravel’s theme is dragonflies and their colors are hot pink, orange, and gold.  I used vanilla extract with gold luster dust to create the metallic gold dragonlfy body.

Before gold:

 

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

 

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

After gold:

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

 

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

 

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

Final product:

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

The event was a huge success!

Unravel Pediatric Cancer Mama's Night Out

Here is a peek at the previous year’s cookies:

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

 

Find out more about Unravel Pediatric Cancer here.  Find more sugar cookie decorating ideas here.

Quick & Easy Easter Basket Ideas

Quick & Easy Easter Baskets

Well, Guys, my Crazy was definitely showing this week!  After posting my “Easy, Last Minute Easter Basket” blog post last week, I accidentally may have started a basket making business….  I received 14 orders this week (12 of them on Thursday, due Friday!) and had a lot of fun putting together these baskets!

Did you make your Easter Baskets yet?  Easter is tomorrow and the stores will have slim pickings in the Easter section today and even less if you can’t go until tonight.  But you actually don’t have to shop in the Easter section for Easter Baskets.  I prefer to find fun items and gifts that the kids will actually use all year round.  (I would rather buy a few real things than a bunch of random useless junk.)  Here are some quick samples of easy themed Easter Baskets:

BABY EASTER BASKET

Baby Easter Basket

Baby Easter Basket

$25 Basket idea for baby: sippy cups, clothes, Gerber yogurt melt filled plastic eggs, Gerber banana cereal puff filled plastic eggs.

>$25: Add a book, a stuffed animal, and a toy (open up a pack of Fisher Price Little People and place around basket with eggs).  Bath toys are also fun.

SCHOOL AGE EASTER BASKET

The key here is to choose whatever theme your kid is into (Legos, Star Wars, Disney Tsum Tsums, Fairies, etc).

Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle Easter Basket

$25 Basket idea for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan: TMNT action figure, TMNT water bottle, TMNT coloring book, TMNT sticker book, TMNT fruit snacks, Annie’s bunny shaped cheese cracker filled plastic eggs, jelly bean filled plastic eggs, and chocolate bunny (those cool camo eggs are from Walmart).

>$25: Add a book, TMNT t-shirt or sweatshirt, and a big TMNT toy.

Shopkins Easter Basket

$25 Basket idea for Shopkins-loving kids: Shopkins 5 pack, Shopkins water bottle, Shopkins nail set, Shopkins playing cards, chocolate bunny, Annie’s bunny shaped cheese cracker filled eggs, and Annie’s bunny shaped fruit snack filled eggs (those awesome emoji plastic eggs are from Walmart).

>$25: Add a book, Shopkins t-shirt or sunglasses, fill plastic eggs with additional Shopkins (buy the bigger 12 or 20 pack).

TWEEN EASTER BASKET

Crafty Easter Basket

$40 Basket idea for crafty girl: journal, smelly gel pens, water bottle, bunny shaped erasers, Annie’s bunny shaped cheese cracker filled plastic eggs, jelly bean filled eggs, Fun Dip, and chocolate bunny.

>$40: Add a doodle or intricate coloring book and art supplies (blank canvas, paints, and brushes).

Warriors/Basketball Easter Basket

Warriors/Basketball Easter Basket

$25 Basket idea for Warriors fan: Warriors t-shirt, blue water bottle, stress ball/squeeze basketball, Fun Dip, chocolate bunny, jelly bean filled plastic eggs

>$25: Add a book or sports magazine, flip flops or slippers, and a mini basketball.

TEEN EASTER BASKET

Teen Girl Easter Basket

$40 Basket idea for teenage girl: flip flops, make-up bag, eyeshadow, lip balm, water bottle, candy filled plastic eggs (mint and gold color theme here).

>$40:Add a book or journal, more make-up (lip gloss or lip stick, blush, foundation, etc), and sunglasses.

$40 Basket idea for teenage boy (no photo): iTunes gift card, headphones, water bottle, candy filled plastic eggs.

>$40: Add video games and get fancier headphones.

For more ideas, see my previous post.

I hope you like these ideas!  What do you put in your Easter Baskets?  Any other great ideas?

Easy, Last Minute Easter Baskets

Easter Baskets do not need to be complicated or extravagant.  A basic basket can be completed in one trip to Target.  You definitely should have an idea of how much you want to spend before you go to the store.  Whether you want to spend $10 or $100 per basket, there are some basic items that together will make the perfect Easter Basket.  Here are some ideas to get you through the store quickly with quick basket assembly.

Easy, Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas

My basic formula for the perfect Easter Basket starts with 5 simple categories:

  1. Something to EAT.
  2. Something to READ.
  3. Something to PLAY WITH.
  4. Something to USE.
  5. Something DECORATIVE.

The first category is Something to Eat.  This can be as healthy or as unhealthy as you want.  Ideally, the food would fit into plastic eggs.  Ideas: fresh fruits, freeze dried fruits, yogurt raisins, fruit snacks, crackers, cereal, and candy.

Easter Baskets - Something to EAT

The second category is Something to Read.  I like to put some sort of book in the basket, whether it is a board book, comic book, picture book, or a chapter book.  Mad Libs are great too.

Easter Basket - Something to Read

The third category is Something to Play With.  Obviously, there are a million toys to choose from and they will vary by age.  Some ideas are sports equipment, outdoor toys, Legos, figurines, and games.  Small items can fit into plastic eggs as well.

Easter Basket - Something to Play With

The fourth category is Something to Use.  This can be any useful item that is actually needed – shoes, clothes, beach towels, and make-up are some basic ideas.

Easter Basket - Something to Use

And the last category is Something Decorative.  This can be any Easter related item.  Ideas: bunny stuffed animal, decorative eggs, cross, chicks, and flowers.

Easter Basket - Something Decorative

I personally love to stick with a theme.  This year my girls are really into Disney Tsum Tsums, so I have a variety of plush and vinyl Tsum Tsum collectibles along with some Tsum Tsum t-shirts that I found.  Shopkins, Legos, Thomas the Train, American Girl Doll, and Star Wars are more themes that are very easy to find.  Think of something your kid just loves (sports, character, movie, game, dolls) and find what you can within that theme and within your budget.

Easter Basket Themes

Easter Baskets do not have to be fancy or expensive.  They can contain 5 items or 50 items – you have total control over it.  The important thing is to have fun, spend what you can afford, and think about what your child is interested in and would like.

Do you have a basic formula for your Easter Baskets?  What are your go-to items?

Is My Crazy Showing’s One Year Anniversary!

Hello Friends,

Today I am writing you a letter of thanks for being there during my first year of blogging.  I really appreciate the support and kind words.  I still have so much to learn, but it really has been a fun year on the blog.  I hope you enjoy the next year of blogging as I continue to Get My Sh*t Together, finish KonMari-ing, and share all my Crazy!

Sincerely,

Debbie

First Year Accomplishments:

I am just shy of 10,000 views!!!  I don’t have a huge list of followers, but I do have pins all over Pinterest that are repinned daily.

Someone recognized me from my blog on the Red Carpet at the Emmys!

Several of my favorite blogs now follow me on Pinterest!

Favorite Posts & Milestones:

First post: Is My Crazy Showing?

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Introduction post: Get Your Sh*t Together, Debbie!

GYST Debbie! Is My Crazy Showing?

Most viewed post on release date: The Top 5 Most Common Mistakes Made at Disneyland

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Most popular party post: Monsters Inc. Boo Party (For a Girl)

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Most pinned cake: Welcome to the World Baby Shower Cake under My Cakes

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Most popular series: The KonMari Method

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Followed by: Me on the Emmys Red Carpet

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What a fun year!  I can’t wait to learn more about blogging and share more!  Thank you!!!

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Tsum Tsum Crazy – Star Wars Release

*Tsum Tsum 101: In case you haven’t heard of them, Tsum Tsums are a stackable plush toy that comes in different characters and sizes.  The craze started in Japan and has made it’s way to the US via Disney.  You can find Disney Tsum Tsums at Disney Store and Target.  They came out with plastic Tsum Tsums in December 2015.  

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Is anyone else fighting a crazy Tsum Tsum addiction?  Disney released the original Star Wars Trilogy Tsum Tsum characters today, so, naturally, I took the day off, got up at 4:00AM, and stood in line for 5 hours….  (And by “line”, I mean, my friend and I sat there freezing for 2 and a half hours before our 3rd friend arrived and then waited around until more people started lining up just before the store opened at 10:00AM.)

Best conversation of the day:   

My 7 Year Old: What time did you get to the store?

Me: 5:00

Her: You shopped for 5 hours?

Me: No, I stood in line for 5 hours waiting for the store to open.

Her: (Long pause…) What?

In my defense, we are redecorating the girls’ room to a “Star Wars” and “Tsum Tsum” theme (they each chose one), so, OBVIOUSLY we need to invest in all of the STAR WARS TSUM TSUMS….

But back to the Tsums!  There are 12 characters in this series: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2D2, C3PO, Storm Trooper, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, and Wicket the Ewok.  The next series will be the Prequel Trilogy characters, followed by The Force Awakens characters (release dates have not been announced).

I bought all 12 for us thinking we would return some of the extra ones, but….  They are too darn cute!!!  I mean, even JABBA THE HUTT is cute!  How did they do that???  C3PO seemed to sell out first online, but now they are sold out of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Wicket.  They each have super cute details and features (like Luke is packing a light saber, Wicket has a spear, and there is super soft white fur on Yoda’s ears, under his hood).  Most are soft and fluffy while C3PO and R2D2 are more of a smooth satin.  Wicket is definitely the cutest, followed by Princess Leia and Chewie.  They are just too adorable to return.  Looks like we will keep the entire collection!

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Do you (I mean, your kids) collect Tsum Tsums?

What are your thoughts on the Star Wars series?

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DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

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Here is an easy way to make your own cards and Valentine’s Day cards!  If I can do this, you can too.  Programs used are all Microsoft Office.

Valentine’s Day Cards

My 9 year old wanted  *Tsum Tsum Valentine Cards this year, which, of course, don’t already exist, so we decided to make them.  This is how I make my own cards in Microsoft Word or Microsoft Power Point.  The best thing about it is that you can use any theme.

Step 1: Choose your theme.  I either use a photo I took or I search Google images online.  I then save the image so it can be inserted into my card.

Step 2: Choose your format.  If I am making multiple images, I use Power Point (it is easier to move things around).  If I am making a card, I use Word.

Step 3: Insert your desired shape – I used a rectangle, expanded it to the size I wanted, chose “no fill” for the shape fill, changed the shape outline to my desired color and weight.

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Step 4. Insert your picture/image. Adjust size as necessary.

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Step 5: Insert your text boxes.  Adjust the font and size as necessary.  Move your boxes around to fit within the rectangle.

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Step 6: Repeat steps #3-5 until page is full.

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Step 7: Print out onto card stock.  Cut into 4 rectangles.  It is very easy, and completely personalized and customize-able.

Here is a sample of a final product.  We like to then add a candy or something small to the card with washi tape.

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*Update: This year I found “Colorful Critters: Neon Markers” in the Target Dollar Spot ($3 for 8 markers) for my younger daughter’s classmates.  She loved assembling them herself and picking out the colors.

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Birthday Cards

I do the same for birthday cards so my card always matches the theme of the gift.  I can’t stand spending $3-6 on a card that will be thrown away AND I can never find the theme that matches my gift so I started making my own cards several years ago.  I buy a blank set of wedding invitations from Michaels (with my 40% coupon).  I make the card in Microsoft Word and just add an image and message.  I format my printer to the size of the invitation (follow the instructions on the invitation box).  They turn out cute and are personalized too.

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*Tsum Tsum 101: In case you haven’t heard of them, Tsum Tsums are a stackable plush toy that comes in different characters and sizes.  The craze started in Japan and has made it’s way to the US via Disney.  You can find Disney Tsum Tsums at Disney Store and Target.  They came out with plastic Tsum Tsums in December 2015.  My girls and I are pretty obsessed with them!

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GYST Part 7 (Get Your Sh*t Together Debbie!)

GYST Debbie! Is My Crazy Showing?

Well, here we go again!  Another year but here I am with the same old New Year’s Resolution!  This is my 7th time I am going to attempt GYST.  Remember when I was going to get my sh*t together last year? I definitely made progress in 2015, but still have a little ways to go….

2015 Review

Goal #1: Go Glutton Free

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Home: I probably made the most progress here.  I read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo and KonMari’d my way through my clothes, my kids’ clothes, my shoes, my totes and accessories, and my books.  This was huge!  I was able to get rid of a ton of stuff that no longer brought me joy.  Life-changing indeed!  And then I got halfway through the 3rd category, Paper, and that’s when I fell off the wagon.  I am not totally sure what happened, but I still have 1 box and a desk full of paper that has not been KonMari’d.  I am anxious to finish paper (and tackle reorganizing and decorating the office/playroom at the same time) and move onto the next 2 categories – Miscellaneous and Sentimental.  I translate that to mean, “everything else”.  My “everything else” includes the garage, entry closet, craft armoire, and scrapbooking closet.

Gettin' Shit Done - Is My Crazy Showing?

Health: I also made some progress here, but later in the year.  I continued to pay for Weight Watchers and attended meetings as I watched my weight go UP.  I lost my focus and stopped caring about what I ate and gained during the first half of the year as a result of it.  Half of my co-workers joined a 5 Day Challenge through Herbalife over the summer and I laughed and laughed at all of them because I thought they were already skinny and were ridiculous for trying to be even skinnier.  I figured that since everyone on the program already appeared to be thin, then this challenge must not be for me.  But then one of my friends at work told me how it worked and what she liked about it.  I looked into it more and decided, why not?  Worst thing that could happen is that I try something new and maybe lose a pound or two on the way.  I loved the Herbalife shakes, learned a ton about eating healthy, cut my sugar addiction (WHAT?!?!?!), AND lost about 8 pounds and 3 inches in the first month.  After that I continued with both the Herbalife and Weight Watchers program and feel like I have lost an entire layer all around me.  It is weird because it is not totally reflected in my weight or inches, but it is very visible when I look at before and after photos.  I had already done so much damage in the beginning of the year that I ended just a couple pounds under where I started, but I will totally take it considering I had lost what I had gained!  I basically eat less sugar, simple carbs, and saturated fats, and eat more proteins, complex carbs, and vegetables now (the Herbalife diet while tracking the Weight Watcher points).  I even maintained over the Holidays!  I look forward to continuing on this healthy path, losing weight, and starting this exercise thing I keep hearing about….

Recent studies have shown that I diet best from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Finance: I started the year strong because my favorite coffee shop closed BUT I soon replaced it with a terrible habit of going to Starbucks everyday!  UGH!  I should mention that I don’t drink or like real coffee, but I love glamorized coffee flavored milkshakes like frappacinos…  This habit cost me about $5 a day.  I stopped when I started Herbalife but then started again over the Holidays. I de-cluttered my emails and unsubscribed to nearly everything.  I did not keep up with grocery shopping and eating out less.  And I am also pretty sure that I went to Target every single day in December….  So I definitely need to GMFST this year (Get My Financial Sh*t Together)….

Thirty-One Bags - Is My Crazy Showing?

Life: Did I learn to say “No” and not over-schedule us?  No, not really.  December was crazy with activities and events.  I over-scheduled January and apparently signed up for basketball, ballet, Girl Scouts, and piano on Saturday mornings (split between 2 kids).  So here is another area with great room for improvement!

In Case You Thought My Life Was Glamorous

Goal #2: Start a blog

your crazy is showing - is my crazy showing?

Well, if you are reading this, then you know the answer!  I DID finally start a blog, an idea I had been entertaining for some time but was scared to make the leap.  I started Is My Crazy Showing on February 17, 2015.  I posted 43 posts in 2015, had 7547 Views and 4536 Visitors over the year.  Most people find me on Pinterest and Facebook.  My Home Page gets the most views but here are my top 5 posts from 2015:

The Life-Changing Magic of  Marie Kondo Part 3 (Kids’ Clothes)

The Life-Changing Magic of Marie Kondo Part 2 (My Clothes)

Top 5 Most Common Mistakes Made at Disneyland

The Life-Changing Magic of Marie Kondo Part 4 (My Shoes)

The Life-Changing Magic of Marie Kondo Part 1 (Sparking Joy)

My most popular pin is my “Welcome to the World” baby shower cake.

Here we go – 2016!

Goal #1: GYST2016 

Together, Shit Has Not Gotten

I plan on continuing to get my sh*t together this year by finishing KonMari-ing my house and life, eating healthier and taking better care of myself, spending and scheduling less while enjoying what I have and who I am with as much as possible.

Goal #2: Find my blogging self

GYST Debbie 2016

I have played around with different topics and blogging styles.  How personal do I want to be?  How informative do I want to be?  What is my niche?  I would like to learn more about blogging and find a blogging community that I can learn from and grow with.

2016 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Finish What I Started – I have a tendency to stop what I am doing before I have completed a project or idea or thought…  I would like to finish all of my incomplete scrapbooks and finish reorganizing and decorating the office/playroom, downstairs bathroom, and the girls’ room.
  2. Stop Complaining – “If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.  Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou

What are your goals for 2016?  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  Here’s to an awesome year!!!