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Jingle Bell Bracelet Craft

Posted November 23, 2014 By dealinanddishin

Our Girl Scout troop was going to participate in the local Christmas parade. We had mostly finished our Between Earth and Sky journey so figured a fun craft for them to make for the parade would be good. Since it is for Christmas bells are what came to mind.

I wanted something they could shake and jingle while walking in the parade. I had seen those rings with bells attached that go on your door knob, and that was my inspiration.

First stop was the Dollar Tree and then to Joann Fabrics for some very thin ribbon.

What I bought:

Green Bells (50 count packs) – I bought all 3 Dollar Tree had since we have 12 girls in our Troop I need a lot of jingle.

Bangle Bracelets (14 count pack)- Dollar Tree toy section

White 1/8″ ribbon (5 yards) – JoAnn Fabrics

Red 1/8″ ribbon (5 yards) – Jo Ann Fabrics

I spent $4.00 plus tax at Dollar Tree and $2.58 plus tax at Joann’s. I will also use duct tape from my own stash.

The bracelets were wrapped in duct tape so they all look uniform (and no arguing over pink and purple). It was easier to rip the tape in half lengthwise to wrap the bracelets.DuctTapeCollage

Then bells will be threaded onto the ribbon in groups of five. Simple thread five bells on a ribbon, and tie in a bunch. Then tie to the bracelet. Do the same for the second bunch of five bells.JingleBellBraceletCraft

To make things fastest precut and sort all the supplies into baggies (then reuse for the next craft)

There you go festive Jingle Bell Shakers for under $10!!

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PVC Craft Show Display For Hanging Items

Posted October 25, 2014 By dealinanddishin

I made this PVC Craft Show Display for my elastic headbands. This could work for necklaces, scarves, etc.PVCCraftShowDisplay

I went back to Ace Hardware, where I got the supplies for the Hair Scrunchy Display.PVCHairScrunchyCraftShowDisplay

I used the same spray paint as before. I bought a 10 foot piece of 1/2 inch PVC. I still have leftover of that. You could adapt this to be taller with more hanging places. I didn’t keep the receipt on this one, but I spent about $15 that day. I bought a few pieces I didn’t end up needing so I would guess around $10 should do it.

Items Used:

6- 4 inch long 1/2″ PVC pieces
5- 8 inch long 1/2″ PVC pieces
1- 16 inch long 1/2″ PVC piece
4- elbows 1/2″
4- T 1/2″ pieces
4- caps 1/2″

Spray Paint (Get kind that says for plastic on it)

I used my handy PVC cutter again, and started piecing and planning this display. Once again I did not use any adhesive. I may need to make it taller one day, or store it in a small space.

You attach a 4 inch piece to both ends of the T. Put an elbow on each of those, and add a 4 inch piece to the elbows. Then add another elbow to each of those. Then finally attach a 4 inch to both ends of a T and put it into the last elbows. This makes your base secure and it won’t wobble.

Now you need to put the 16 inch piece in the back T piece. Put a T upside down on it, and add two 8 inch pieces. Then cap those.

The front T put in an 8 inch piece. Also put a T upside down on it, and add two 8 inch pieces. Then cap those.  Spray paint, let dry, and ready to go!

Here is a video of how it all goes together.

I really loved this one, and the versatility of it is great as well. I can see making one like this for my daughter’s room for necklace storage. It worked great for the headbands.

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Hair Scrunchy PVC Craft Show Display

Posted October 19, 2014 By dealinanddishin

I am in my second year of doing craft shows. I work with my friend from Simply Smith Crafty Creations. She works with yarn and I mainly work with fabric (and some crayons) so it works out really well!  All of my items are for sale as well..I’m working on setting up an Etsy store.Show

We were getting ready for our first show of the season. I started making head bands (elastic and tie). Then I added hair scrunchies. I forgot how cute those were. I wore them all the time, and they are perfect my little girl. She is all about pig tails so great way to dress them up or be festive.

I wanted a way to display them that would be neat, but show all of the styles at once. I also needed a display for the headbands (will have a How to on that soon).

My new favorite craft supply is PVC pipe. Last year I bought a bunch of 1/2 inch pipe, capes, T’s, and elbows for my Cub Scouts. They made them into pom pom shooting guns..big hit!

I went to my local Ace and browsed around. Grabbed some pieces that looked like would work. Later I bought this Valspar spray paint at Lowe’s.  “Micromist” means you better cover a LARGE area!! I have a pink garage floor now.PinkSprayPaintI also used my handy dandy PVC pipe cutters. I love love these…so much better than using a saw!!! When you use a saw there are rough edges you have to fun. We use PVC a lot in Cub Scouts to make neckerchief slides..sanding sucks!

A little thinking and some cuts later I had my Hair Scrunchy display made. A few coats of spray paint and it was show ready. Check out the short video at the bottom to see how easy it is!
I spent just over $6 (after tax) on the PVC for this. The spray paint I can’t remember, but want to say between $4-5 but that was used on both PVC displays.

What you need:

1- 1/2″ PVC Cross
4- 1/2″ PVC Elbows
4- 1/2″ PVC 13″ Pieces
4- 1/2″ PVC 3″ Pieces
4- 1/2″ PVC End Caps
Spray Paint (type that says it’s suitable for plastic)
PVCHairScrunchyCollage None of the pieces are glued or cemented. I want to be able to take apart and store.

Attach the 4 3″ pieces to the Cross. Attach an Elbow to each of those (pointing up). Attach the 13″ pieces to the Elbows and top with caps.

That’s it..easy and looks great! It is a little tall and I didn’t have enough scrunchies to fill it, so feel free to adjust the heights.

You know what was even better? I bought two foam heads at Sally Beauty Supply ($4.19 each) and they have a hold in the bottom. That fits on top of the Hair Scrunchy holder. Great for displaying some headbands.


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Cup Noise Maker Craft

Posted September 17, 2014 By dealinanddishin

Like I have said before (probably a lot) this is the last few months of Cub Scouts. We have a lot done for Arrow of Light and Super Webelos other than what they need to do at home, and some bits and pieces.

October is my favorite month! Why?? Halloween!! I can get my fill of horror movies, haunted history shows, decorate, and of course the kids love the holiday as well. It’s a close race on Halloween or Christmas as their favorites.

Anyway decided that this next meeting would be a fun one. We will do a little work (on Scholar), but mainly going to have a Halloween theme with snacks and crafts.

I’m dealing with 10-11 year old boys, and that’s not an easy group to craft with. They don’t want to do all the cute Halloween crafts I see on Pinterest. I’ll save those for my Girl Scouts. They like gross: farts, guts, etc.

First up we are making a cup noisemaker. I saw it on Steve Spangler Science. They called it a Screaming Cup, and there is science behind it (but I was looking for just fun). Okay I checked..vibrations is what you learn about.CupNoiseMakerCraft

“Screaming”  may be an exaggeration. You judge for yourself from the video clip we made.  I call it a Laughing Cup, Farting Cup, or Chicken Cup. It sounds like any of those really so take your pick.

It is so easy and cheap!! Cheap is very important when you could have a bunch of kids.

I used 16 ounce plastic cups from Dollar General $1 for a 14 pack

Then some cotton string. I had this on hand, and it has a twisted look which is great for more resistance to make the sounds. You want something thinner than yarn, but thicker than thread. I used about 3 foot. It could be shorter. I would suggest 24 inches.


For me I can make this for 6 people (gotta test it!) for about 50 cents total!! Woo hoo!

1. Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup. I used an ink pen, which then ripped the tip off of it.  Take note.

2. Thread through the string. Leave the longest part hanging out the bottom.

3. Knot (a few times) the tail of string inside cup.

4. Wet the string.

5. Run fingers down the string.

I have a smaller size cups I am going to try as well. My theory is the sound higher pitch. You hear the sound come out of the cup (like the tin can or cup string telephones we made as kids). Also try moving your fingers down the string with a lighter grip, or faster, start and stop, etc. You can get all kinds of different sounds.

I can just imagine the noise I will have with this, but I think the boys will love it!


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Back to School is Kicking my Butt!

Posted September 16, 2014 By dealinanddishin

I realized I haven’t written in I don’t know how long, so I thought while I sit here enjoying a Redd’s Apple Ale I would write a little update!

So, my son started 5th grade (next year Middle school…Ack!) and my daughter started 1st grade.

I am in my last months of being a Cub Scout leader…praise! Don’t get me wrong I enjoy the boys, but it is a lot of work!! I have Pack meetings once a month, Committee meetings once a month, and Den meetings to plan once a month (was twice a month last year), plus planning any activities at Campouts like the one this weekend. There is a lot to keep track of plus trying to keep all the boys on track to earn Arrow of Light and Super Webelos.

I’ve got both kids in swim lessons so my son can perhaps earn Aquanaut to get Super Webelos and my daughter to be able to swim.

The daughter started Tae Kwon Do. She also now goes to Religion Ed with her brother on Wednesdays.

Plus she is in Girl Scouts (2nd year of Daisy) and guess who is a leader?? Me! However we have a great leader who handles the paperwork craziness (Praise! Trust me…you need help!!) I get to focus on crafts, ideas for outings, etc.

So beginnning of year I was making a schedule. I’m sticking to it half ass honestly. I can’t control when I have to work on scout stuff. I do the Cub Scout website content too  plus try to keep this blog up  to date, oh, and last year decided let’s add another blog, Tales of a TV Addict.

I quit weighing myself..the scale was just pissing me off and completely discouraging me. I don’t know if I am doing any better, but don’t seem to be having any crazy gains.
I am working out 3 days a week and half of those are weight machines now. My eating is crap!! I hate it, but can’t seem to help it. I’m stressing to point of eye!

The schedule is helping though.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are Gym Days. I work out then even when I don’t want to plus gives muscle rest. I try to do scout stuff on Mondays, but not working the best. Wednesdays are Girl Scout meetings so that’s becoming a scout day too.

Tuesday and Thursday are house days. I clean, get groceries, do yard work. It helps to not be crammed in one day.

I have a craft show I am sewing for next month, and weekends are disappearing so trying to fit that in some days.

Honestly, I am not cleaning every week. I hope every two weeks to do the whole dust, vacuuum, and mop deal.

How is the school year effecting you? Ready for holiday break?

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LEGO 2014 Advent Calendars available now!

Posted September 5, 2014 By dealinanddishin

I just ordered the kids’ calendars. These always sell out fast!!! I already started some Christmas shopping. I also got the Friends Resort Designer for Fusion!

If you spend $99 you get this Toy Workshop.

You can get free shipping if you spend $75.

Don’t forget to sign up for LEGO VIP program (free), which you should be so you can earn points to get money off future orders. Right now earn double points as a new sign up!! Earn 1 point per $1 spent and receive $5 off after 100 points.

LEGO City Advent Calendar $29.99

LEGO Star Wars $39.99

LEGO Friends $29.99

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Birthday Weekend

Posted August 29, 2014 By dealinanddishin


So this weekend my son turns 11…holy hell..11 years old!! Time is moving so fast I really hate it sometimes.

So often it seems we wish our days away. We want Monday or over, or can’t wait until the weekend, Christmas, vacation, etc. Just got to remember to slow down and enjoy these years. Even now as he turns 11 it seems so strange.

I have a horrible memory,  I  have specific memories of both of kids plus thousands (not a dramatization at all) of photos of them to document everything they did or do.

LEGO Shop at HomeIt is getting harder and harder to shop for him. He of course always loves LEGO and I have sets already bought for Christmas (Guardians of the Galaxy, calendar, and Fusion set). I wanted to do something a little different.

We ended up getting him a K’nex building set, Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for XBox 360 (which I noticed later needed XBox Live so got that as well), a subscription to Star Wars magazine, and a stuffed Frankenweenie I got from my Disney Movie Rewards.

We hope to go to the Louisville Zoo (it is a favorite of ours) if it isn’t so brutally hot!! Luckily it is a three day weekend..lucky kid gets an extra day because it’s Labor Day. He gets to pick where we eat (so there will be Burger King in our future). Other than that..thinking of hitting an arcade…he loves games. Then we will either go see a movie or have movie night at home (his choice).

No birthday cake this year. He isn’t a cake fan, so instead I made him brownies. Now trying to figure out what to put on it was tough, but he did really like Godzilla. I found a playset that is the perfect size for the cake (I handwashed the pieces first). I bought some Sixlets candys at Party City to try to make a road on top..fingers crossed this turns out like it is in my head!GodzillaCakeSupplies


He’s a pretty easy kid to make happy, which I am thankful for.  He does drives me nuts a lot of the time, and that’s probably just us being too similar at times, but overall he is a good kid! He’s a smart kid, and practically an animal encyclopedia. He is also a kind and gentle soul, and I hope he always is.

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How to Make Beautifully Baked Bacon

Posted August 29, 2014 By dealinanddishin

Once I discovered you could bake bacon, and that it is so easy and so delicious I will never fry again! I hate trying to fry bacon, cook eggs, make pancakes, or have stuff in the oven. I will always burn the bacon or get grease pops on me. So this is such a great time saver for me! Here is how to make some beautifully baked bacon.

What you need:

Cookie Sheet
Foil (Wide stuff)

Preheat Oven to 350.

I used a half sheet cookie sheet for my bacon. These are my favorite cookie sheets for cookies, baking large batches of chicken, and baking bacon.FoilandPan

I recommend the widest foil because you can cover even the half sheet cookie sheet with one piece. That will help with clean up later, since the grease won’t go under the foil as easily as with multiple pieces.FoilCleanupCollage

Lay out your bacon. I can get 8 full strips of bacon on my sheet. So far I have tried regular bacon and center cut. The center cut has a better chance of sticking, but I haven’t been able to burn it like it does on the stove top.BaconLayout

Place your sheet about in the middle of your oven. You don’t want to be too close to either the top or bottom burner in case of grease splatters. Always check your food in your oven to make prevent danger!MiddleOven

At about 20 minutes I check the bacon and flip my pieces over. TwentyMinutesThen at 30 minutes they were done, removed from the pan, and placed on a paper towel lined plate. They will crisp up as they dry.bakedbacon
What goes better with bacon? Some fluffy scrambled eggs or maybe sprinkle or chocolate chip pancakes?

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How to Make Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

Posted August 27, 2014 By dealinanddishin

My daughter and I love scrambled eggs. My husband hasn’t been a big fan. I learned he didn’t like I how I made them. I admit they never turned out as good as you would get at a diner. Hubs did some research for me, and I am now making some great fluffy scrambled eggs.FluffyScrambledEggs

Here are some tips for fluffy scrambled eggs.

1. Use margarine to cook them in. I put about a tablespoon in the skillet, let it melt, and then cook the eggs.margarineIn

2. I add milk to eggs not water when you whisk them up. They are fluffier with milk in them than water like I used to use.

3. Do not add salt to egg mixture. Season after they are cooked. Salt will make the eggs tougher so I’ve read.

4. Stir! I have the problem on walking away and doing something else. Try to stay close and stir often to keep from sticking.StirEggs

5. Do not overcook. I have a bad problem of overcooking my eggs. That makes them tough and dry and definitely not very tasty. Turn off the heat when they are set up but still a little wet looking.ScrambledEggsandBacon

Hope you enjoy some great fluffy scrambled eggs at your next breakfast or like we have brinner (breakfast/dinner).

If you enjoy eggs, I bet you will love some beautifully baked bacon to go along with it!

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Alien Autopsy First Aid Activity for Scouts

Posted August 25, 2014 By dealinanddishin

I am in my last year of Cub Scouts, and my second year of Girl Scouts (we are Daisies). In Cub Scouts we are now Webelos II after receiving our Webelos badge at Blue and Gold earlier this month.
Webelos (We’ll Be Loyal Scouts) is the last rank and is all of 4th grade year and our 5th grade year until February. At that point they will cross over to Boy Scouts at our Blue and Gold ceremony. This is a night we have dinner, share skits, and achievements with the whole Pack. I love Pinterest, and already have a board of ideas for our Blue and Gold ceremony on. Of course I have a variety of Scout boards as well (Pinewood, Cake Bake, Webelos activities, and Girl Scouts).

My boys get bored with me just talking, so normally I try to incorporate games and activities. When we learned about Citizenship I was able to adapt this game from Pony Express District Cub Scouts to our state and current office holders. The boys learned about Citizenship, but also a little about scoring for football (which touches on Sportsman activity).

We make things for Artist, do experiments for Scientist, play Charades and make codes for Communicator. We even learned how to play Chess for Scholar (huge hit with them!)Chess1

This activity is for Readyman, but it could be used for Girl Scouts or kids for teaching some first aid skills. For Readyman you have to learn a variety of first aid skill: shock, cuts, bites, shock, burns, frostbite, etc. There is a lot to cover!

I wanted something fun for this, because with so much to cover it was going to take two meetings to get through it all.  If I talked the whole time it would not be fun for anyone.

It popped in my head to make it interactive. We could practice on each other, but with boys that can get rowdy pretty quick. They bicker like brothers some days.

Alien autopsy popped in my head. I don’t know why, but once it was there I couldn’t shake it. My daughter had a blow up alien she won at an arcade, and that was my mission to find those. Then to get some first aid items, gloves, and masks and we would be set.

The blow up aliens are available at a variety of places, but I need just five so I went to and found a variety of sizes. I bought the 20″ ones for $1.99 each. When I got mine though I had three different sizes. They are all wrapped so that you have no idea the sizes. I called the company, and sent them a photo. They took care of the problem and got them to me just in time for my meeting! Great customer service (and no I am not affiliated with them in anyway!)

We weren’t be exact with our gloves and masks, but trying to learn about it. I bought masks and gloves at Dollar General. I got ones like you would use for cleaning or craft projects (no latex). I hope to have a painting project before they leave me and we can use the items then too.

We made Mini First Aid kits (read more about that here).   I bought extras of some supplies for our aliens.
It was a pretty big hit with the boys. I tried to make it fun and a little silly. Our alien crashed into the corn fields of Indiana. So he got scrapes walking through the field, choked trying to eat a whole corn cob, got into pesticides in the barn, etc. He was not a very lucky fellow!

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