Coffee Filter Garland

August 14, 2014

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A very simple and easy way to dress up a party is with simple coffee filters purchased at your local Dollar Tree! A coffee filter garland creates a vintage homemade party look while also being easy and fun to make. I found this idea and a few more clever projects on Dollar Tree’s Value Seekers Club! It's a club full of crafts, recipes, d├ęcor, tips, contests, insider information, frugal fun ideas, and more! Membership is Free! Content changes each month! Project sheets can be saved or printed which makes it easy to bring to the store as a shopping list. I definitely recommend a look-see!
To get the tutorial for this project check out Dollar Tree's Value Seekers Club! I've found that there are two ways to color the filters but I'll cover the kid-friendly version first. This is the way we made ours. Please check out Dollar Tree's Value Seekers Club for the full instructions. I'll give you some tips that we found to be helpful.

I took my coffee filters and laid them out in the grass. I recommend the grass because the food coloring will stain a deck or cement. I also recommend laying them out in small stacks of 7-10 filters. It's somewhat tedious to lay them out one by one. Also, they fly away more easily when they're not stacked.
Plus, I found that my kids tended to over spray the filters which will work to your advantage when they're in groups. I had to turn them over and spray the backs later.
If I had to do it over again I think I'd also mix the colors. A few of our filters became mixed and it created an interesting watercolor look. Really, you can't go wrong with the spray bottles.

An alternate way to color the filters is to fill a bowl with colored water and take all the filters at once and place them in the water until they are all saturated. Then remove them from the water and separate them into thin stacks of 7-10 and lay them outside overnight to dry. This way is a bit simpler but not as fun!

Once the filters were dry we grabbed a few stacked together (between 7-10) and used a pair of scissors to cut a hole in the center.
Try this project our yourself and let me know how it goes. Enjoy!

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Diaper Wipes Matching Game

August 8, 2014

Saw this today and thought it was a great idea! Get the full tutorial at Three Ghost Friends. Thought it would be even cuter if you used the faces of your immediate family instead of the pictures.

Place Wedding In Kauai. Pictures via Kahahawai Photography

August 7, 2014

Just got our wedding pictures back which turned out terrific! Here are a few of the photos. I won't bore you with all of them but I would really like to share a few which shows a little peak into our special day. Our photographer was Christian Pi’ikaiokalani Kahahawai of Kahahawai Photography. If you're ever getting married in Kauai I highly recommend him. His work is excellent and his rates are very reasonable. Here he is with his assistant Jen. Both were lovely to have in attendance. (Note: Blogger really over saturates a few uploaded photos. It's so annoying. Something about an auto-enhance feature which I've disabled but doesn't change anything. The originals aren't as saturated. Here's a little background on blogger doing that.)

Getting ready.

First look.



After dinner.

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