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Happy Birthday to Cara & Nathan!

I got home around 5am from my trip to Sacramento. Then I got about 4 hours of sleep and had to get ready for a big Frozen themed birthday party in the morning! My niece, Cara, was turning 5!

And my nephew, Nathan, was turning 4!

There were a lot of fun activities for the kids like a Frozen bounce house, crafts, and games!

Cara was dressed up for this special occasion of hers!

Nathan was also dressed up with his Olaf hat. I think he may have had too much sweets on his birthday. It’s just a thought and observation.

Did you want to build a snowman? Evan sure did!

Instead of pin the tail on the donkey, the kids played pin the carrot nose to Olaf!

If you’re curious, that’s how the cake was made! It was absolutely delicious eating this homemade cake!

My little niece and nephew are growing up so fast. I just can’t believe they’re already four and five years old! Can someone stop the clock from ticking away so quickly? I had a lot of fun watching the kids being kids at the party. I can’t wait to see them continue to grow and share with them stories of when they were this young.

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Creative Christmas Cards

I had a bunch of left over decorations from my ugly sweater project. So with all that stuff, I thought it’d be great to use it to make homemade Christmas cards!

Craft Supplies

I had a bunch of stickers so it was easy for the most part to make the cards. I say “for the most part” because it takes me awhile to be creative. I made all the cards simple because I’m pretty simple like that.

Christmas Cards

The top left card was made out of ribbons that I bought for a buck or two on sale at Michael’s. I learned how to make the bow from YouTube! I just typed in how to make bows. Something like that.

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This one was made out of wrapping paper and tinsil. The tinsil was actually for wrapping purposes but I used it as decor. The wrapping paper was only of Christmas trees. So what I did was, cut out one tree. Cut the one tree into smaller and funky shapes. Then glued them on awkwardly by only connecting the trunk of the tree. Then wahl-lah. Your Anthropology Christmas card. Originally $35 dollars but made with $2-3 worth of decorations.

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Here are more of the cards that I made:
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If I can make these cards, so can you! I didn’t even use Pinterest for help!

Ugly Sweater Parties

I’ve been wanting to go to an ugly sweater party for the longest time! I was determined to make an ugly sweater for some Christmas gathering. There was a Christmas party at my church and I told myself that I’d make an ugly sweater even though there was no dress code. So I bought some fabric, sequence, and some holiday stickers from Walmart and Michael’s. I also used some small ornaments from my Christmas tree. I think I spent a little less than $12 on my sweater which included the sweater itself ($5) and the decor. I had to make myself a budget for the sweater just because it was going to be ugly and because it was going to be a one time kind of a thing.

Ugly Sweater Party #1
The day after I bought my ugly sweater materials, I found out that my church was having an ugly sweater competition! It was perfect timing! I’ve never worked so hard a project that I wasn’t going to be graded on! I didn’t even procrastinate on this! So a lot of love and time was put on my sweater. Though a good amount of time was spent on my couture sweater, it was really fun putting it together when it came down to it.

So I wasn’t the only one wearing a homemade ugly sweater. A few competitors/friends made their own too! Who do you think won? Drum roll. The one on the right at the end. Michelle! Her sweater was definitely ugly!

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Ugly Sweater Party #2
My company was encouraging all employees to wear holiday sweaters and anything festive for our annual holiday party. Once I found out that it was ok to wear “holiday sweaters”, I immediately knew I was going to wear an ugly sweater. This time, I switched it up a little. I made my sweater cugly aka cute ugly. A lot of my coworkers were impressed with my sweater. They all liked it but I’m not sure if that meant they liked it because it was more ugly than cute or the other way around. Either way I took it as a positive comment!

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The cool thing about our holiday party was that there was a photo booth! So my coworkers and I took one! I had to put a Christmas tree hat on just to match with my ugly sweater even though you can’t see the tree!
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Ugly Sweater Party #3
My last ugly sweater party was a girls only gathering! Before going over to the party, I had to buy some salad since it was potluck. I went to Ralphs with my ugly sweater on. People started looking at me intently. Well, they kept looking at my sweater. I was getting really uncomfortable so I ended up zipping up my jacket. I’ve never felt so self conscious before! It was a little humorous though. At the grocery store, a kid complimented out loud about my headband with the big bow. So that was nice but I was still self conscious about the ugly sweater. Anyways. At the party, two people, including myself, were the only ones who wore our ugly sweater. I kept my sweater still cugly.

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Knowing that I was able to wear my ugly sweater three times made the craft work worth it! I can’t wait to make another ugly sweater next year!

Happy Halloween!

Every year at work, there’s a Halloween competition on who has the best door decoration. Each department is responsible to decorate their manager’s door however they want. This year, my department decided to do a Star Wars theme.

On the day of Halloween, employees are allowed to bring their kids to trick-or-treat. Rather than doing the usual of giving out just candies, we wanted to give them also light sabers just like the ones from Star Wars. We weren’t going to go to Disneyland to purchase them, but make them!

Thanks to Pinterest, Google and creative bloggers, we were able to make light sabers right at home. All we needed to make light sabers were: pool noodles, gray and black duct tape, serrated knife, and scissors. It’s easy and fun to make these light sabers. Surprisingly, it takes a bit of time to make them because it was challenging at times to work with the duct tape. Those duct tapes were strong.

Here’s a close up of the handles I created:

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My favorite light saber is the third to last one. I think the buttons look cool even if that’s not how the real Star Wars light saber is like.

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With black butcher paper, painted styrofoam planets, and some glow in the dark stars, we created a galaxy like that of Star Wars. On the ledge were little Star Wars figurines from a board game.

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Kat, my co-worker (I did the mud-run with her), dressed up as Princess Leia! She won 2nd place for her costume! Congratulations Kat!

We had some Star Wars toys that we laid out on top of some filing cabinets for decoration. My favorite part about the decor in the image below is the Death Star pumpkin! Kat aka Princess Leia made this all on her own. She used glow in the dark paint and puffy paint to make the Death Star pumpkin. Too bad we weren’t able to see if it really glowed in the dark because we were at work. But hey, as long as it looked good it what mattered the most. Good job, Kat!

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As a whole department, we wore a t-shirt that said in Star Wars font: The Doc Side. I’m not sure who came up with the name, but it was pretty clever since our department works with a lot of records and documents. Kat, my co-worker (I did the mud-run with her), dressed up as Princess Leia! She won 2nd place for her costume! Congratulations Kat!

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Hope everyone became sweeter with all the candies they munched on!