Happy Harry Potter Days 3-5

Whether it's Harry Potter SGV files or butterbeer recipes, this round of Happy Harry Potter posts are sure to satisfy!

DIY Harry Potter SGV files tutorials and recipes

It's been far too long since I've had any butterbeer infused delicacies. But not to worry we've got a great dose of new butterbeer recipes and creative projects perfect for sorting, sleeping, and of course eating!

butterbeer-krispy-treats-recipe

Butterbeer Rice Krispies genius right!? Two of my favorite treats one one fantastic recipe. You can thank Allison from Cupcake Diaries for this one, I know I am.

Harry-Potter-Sorting-Hat-Shirts-created-by-thebensonstreet.com

What's your house? Wear it with pride with these gorgeous DIY Sorting Hat Shirts. Download the designs from The Benson Street so you can make your own while seeing a peek at her trip to the Wizarding World!

gluten free butterbeer cake

Just because you're GF doesn't mean you have to miss out of the deliciousness of Butterbeer treats. How amazing does this Gluten Free Butterbeer cake recipe look!? Oh my yum, Lara from Overstuffed Life hits it out of the park again.

mad eye moody sleep mask harry potter DIY

Yes that's right you're seen a Mad Eye Moody Sleeping Mask. How freaking awesome is that! The full tutorial is over at Morena's Corner and while you're there make sure you check out all the other fabulously quirky Harry Potter posts she has.

Harry-Potter-Hogwarts-House-Bookmarks-free template

These DIY Hogwarts House Scarves Bookmarks warm my bookish heart. And Cori from Hey Let's Make Stuff has generously provided the cut file so you can use your own cutting machine to quickly whip up your own. These would be so fun for parties!

DIY Expecto Patronum Harry Potter Bath Bombs

And just in case you missed my post, Teddy and I made these super fun DIY Patronus Bath bombs. They hold a secret patronus inside that is revealed in a starry swirl of relaxing fizzy bath goodness when you drop them into your tub. Don't forget about the giveaway! unique must have gifts harry potter fans Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click hereif the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including: Want More? See hundreds of Harry Potter recipes, craft ideas and more from years of the series and more! Crafty Harry Potter awesomeness. Hundreds of free tutorials, sewing patters, recipes, party ideas, book recommendations and more for Harry Potter fans.

DIY Expecto Patronum Bath Bombs

Love Harry Potter and a relaxing bath? Well these DIY Expecto Patronum bath bomb are just what the doctor ordered!

how to make Harry Potter bath bombs DIY tutorial

I'm a Lush addict but the price tag on the fancy bath fizzles umm no thanks. So I finally decided to make my own and of course I couldn't do just any old bath bombs I had to do Harry Potter ones. I made three versions in all but these first ones are supposed to represent the Expecto Patronum spell.

DIY Expecto Patronum Harry Potter Bath Bombs

In the books and movies this charm is used for protection. Your patronus  appears in an animal form and can help fight off various dangers. A witch or wizard doesn't get to pick their patronus it just is.

Harry Potter Surprise Bath Bombs Patronus

So when you place this star covered bath bomb in the tub it glitters and fizzes with power and reveals a hidden animal bead signifying your patronus. FUN right!?

How to Make a Harry Potter Patronus Bath Bombs

1). Combine Wet Ingredients
  • 3/4 tsp water
  • 2tsp essential oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp coconut oil, melted
2). Combine Dry Ingredients Note: I combined the colorings after I mixed the other ingredients but I think it would work better to add it to the wet ingredients but I was noncommittal on colors before ;) 3). SLOWLY add the wet ingredients to the dry. Drop by drop. And mix. Mixing with hands works better. Divide up and color as desired

how to make galaxy bath bombs

4). Place a small amount of edible stars into one half of the bath bomb mold. 5). Fill mold. Press to pack down and fill more so it's mounding over the top. Place a small animal figurine, bead or other "patronus" onto the mound. Just make sure the patronus is big enough if won't go down the drain.

6). Fill the other half of the mold so it is packed and overflowing. Smoosh together and twist so that the excess presses out through the center. Press time. If you have extra molds let it sit in the mold to dry for a few minutes or until fully dry. If you don't have extras then carefully remove the bath bomb and repeat the steps until you use up your mixture. I find that when I take time to color and change the designs by my very last bath bomb it's dry and has a hard time holding but the rest until then do great.

How to make expecto patronum bath bombs fun harry potter craft

Are you loving this year's Happy Harry Potter series as much as I am? Don't forget about the giveaway!

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click here if the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including: Want More? See hundreds of Harry Potter recipes, craft ideas and more from years of the series and more!

Crafty Harry Potter awesomeness. Hundreds of free tutorials, sewing patters, recipes, party ideas, book recommendations and more for Harry Potter fans.

Happy Harry Potter Days 1 + 2

From butter beer treats and fantastic beasts, the first two days of Happy Harry Potter have not disappointed!

Snitch Cookies Luna Radish Earrings more Creative harry potter tutorials

Did you catch the amazing Wizarding DIYs? If not no worries because I have all the goodness from the first couple days right here!

DIY Luna Lovegood earrings

Do you have a love for Luna? Well you've got to check out this super simple Luna Lovegood Radish Earrings tutorial from Our Kerrazy Adventure. They are darling I need a pair in my Potter costume stash (yes I DO have one of those).

Turn a ready made bag into a DIYHarry Potter Tote

Up next is one of my favorite sewing ladies and boy mammas! Stacey from Beatnik Kids made this crazy cute Harry Potter tote bag. The best part is that she uses a ready made bag so it's easy peasy.

Golden Snitch Cookie TUtorial

Our favorite cookie artist is back in the house and this batch is stunning. Sweet Jenny Belle Bakery made the most gorgeous golden snitch cookies tutorial complete with a video! You guys I'm so trying this.

Magical Beasts and How to Make Them

Did you love Fantastic Beasts as much as me? Well this post from Me and My Inklings is jam packed full of beastly magic. You've got tutorials and patterns for how to make many Fantastic Beasts and a printable Wizarding coloring page and Fantastic beast word search. FUN right!?

harry potter shirt with harry potter books

I lost count on the number of Harry Potter shirts I have years ago and yes I'm wearing one as I type, but I think I need to make one of these Harry Potter Book lists shirts ASAP!

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

And don't forget about the giveaway! Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click here if the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including: Want More? See all my Harry Potter recipes, craft ideas and more from years of the series and more!

Crafty Harry Potter awesomeness. Hundreds of free tutorials, sewing patters, recipes, party ideas, book recommendations and more for Harry Potter fans.

 

Happy Harry Potter 2017 Kick Off Giveaway

It's time once again for my most favorite two weeks of the year: my Happy Harry Potter series! This is the time where I convince my wizard loving friends to get geeky and create brand new Harry Potter tutorials, party ideas, book lists, recipes and more.

Harry Potter gift ideas. Great Christmas and birthday presents for Harry Potter fans

We have an amazing line up this year but before we get to all the new DIY Harry Potter ideas I've got a fabulous giveaway for you. This is full of must have gift ideas for Harry Potter fans of all ages! To enter scroll to the bottom of this post and remember to check in every day since we'll have new ways to enter added through the next two weeks! We're starting off with a $50 Amazon Gift card because well there's so much amazing HP stuff out there these days that I want you to be able to pick! Whether you are waiting for the Illustrated Prisoner of Azkaban, or maybe you want your very own Harry Potter bathing suit, or just a Potter trivia to play while on the go there is something fun for everyone. Harry Potter swag fun Make Love Not Horcruxes bag and Hogwarts House necklaces Next I'm giving away one of my Make Love Not Horcruxes Totes and a Hogwarts Tie Necklace. For the necklace you can pick which Hogwarts House you want and I'll make sure to make one in the colors that corresponds to your house!

cratejoy fandom subscription boxes make amazingly thoughtful presents

On Wednesday I'll be sharing one of my favorite gift ideas for Harry Potter fans: fandom subscription boxes! Because what is better than a monthly surprise on your doorstep. Whether it's book related or full on Harry Potter focused CrateJoy subscription boxes have LOADS of fun option that would delight Potter fans. I'll be unboxing a bunch of them live on my Facebook page and picking some of the contents to send to the giveaway winner!

alohomora harry potter printable

I firmly believe every Harry Potter fan needs some nod towards the magic in their homes. What better way to do that than with some Wizarding art? Here are four amazing Harry Potter Printables to chose from and the lucky winner doesn't even have to choose how about that for fun.

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by jamie Harrington

Did you know there is a whole craft book just for Potterheads? Jamie Harrington's The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is fun and perfect for tweens to do on their own or pick a craft as a family and bond over crafty magical love. This is one of my favorite gifts for new Potter lovers because it's so fun, not sized and kind of unique!

Hogwarts School Quilt for Harry Potter Fans

And last and definitely the most awesome, the winner will receive a Harry Potter quilt from our vary own Polly. You have probably drooled over her quilt for years, I know I have. She is generously giving away one of her amazing Hogwarts Houses quilts! SO gorgeous. Too bad I can't enter I'm gonna be crazy jealous of the winner that's for sure! And if you are a quilter be sure to check out her amazing quilt patterns.

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click here if the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including:  

Do I Need an Interactive Harry Potter Wand?

When I didn't think they could make the Wizarding World of Harry Potter any better they go and completely blow my mind with the extension and interactive Harry Potter wands!

great tips on wizarding world of harry potter wands

You know how we've ALL practiced Wingardiun Leviosa? Well picture that but you actually see the the feather floating into the air after you swish and flick. But really you can see it in my video below! Universal Orlando was seriously my happy place before but guys the interactive wands are a game changer.

great resource on wands and universal vactions

Are the Wands at Universal Worth It?

But you might be wondering, are the wands actually worth the cost? And to that I say a resounding YES. Last year when I went to Universal Studios Orlando with my family we all got wands. And I brought mine back with me this year. There was just something magical about having our own wizarding right hands. But it's not just a wonderful souvenir of a great vacation, we were immediate able to USE the wands to magnify our fun. Do the wand ceremony in Olivander's it's WAY fun and really cute.
 

What Do the Wands Do?

You see all around the Wizarding World both in Hogesmede and in Diagon Alley there are medallions on the floor. These let  you know that it is a spot to cast a charm. Engraved on the medallions are the incantation to use as well as directions for how to move your wand. The exact position and speed can take some practice but once you get it you can watch your spell change things. Also there are some secret ones that you can find (ask the staff if you need clues of where to look). For Harry Potter fans young and old it's worth while to carve out a chunk of the day to go to each spot and casts the spells. It's super fun. One of the best things about the Wizarding World is the 360 degree angles of awesomeness. EVERYWHERE you look, in every direction, your immersed in the magic. And when you add the wands to the mix you all of a sudden become an active participant.

Can't make it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter right now. No worries tour it through pictures while you get excited for when you can really be there!

I've said it before but the attention to detail is incredible and each of the magical displays show different fun scenes and peeks into the world so many of us have brought into our hearts through the books and movies. If you have not had the honor of visiting the Wizarding World at Universal Orlando I'm telling you it's worth saving up for. 100% guys make it happen. For a bit of eye candy you can see my photo tour of the Wizarding World and if you want a video tour check out my videos I took while walking through Diagon Alley and Hogsmede on my most recent trip. It really is amazing.

all about wands at the wizarding world of harry potter

Which Wand Should You Get?

Now you might be curious about some muggle facts about the wands. The wands are stunning and there are a variety of styles and sizes. You can buy the wands styled after those that your favorite characters carried. I think my favorite character wands is Luna's SOOOO pretty. In addition to charter wands there are generic ones. Generic in the sense that they aren't styled or attached to a witch or wizard from the stories. I opted for one of those. I just felt like it was more MY WAND that way. But they are all special in their own ways. While we all know that the wand choses the wizard and all you might want to consider the size of your want when you purchase it. Remember you'll be carrying them around the park when you're not using them and if you're like me you'll want to lug the protective box it comes with just "in case". I picked out a wand I loved but it happened to be one of the longer ones and it was definitely trickier to fit into the lockers with the rest of my stuff when I was going on the roller coasters. A few times I had to get two lockers. On this last trip I was gifted with one of the smaller wands and that was so much easier to carry around and stash when I was ready to ride. Just something to keep in mind.

must read guide to interactive wands at universal

I would encourage you as you are planning for your trip to the Wizarding World make sure to work into your budget buying the wands even if your whole family shares one it will make the magic even more real and memorable. There's just something so fun about casting the charms yourself and working together as a family to see what the different spells do.

cabana bay beach resort

I feel like the most blessed girl ever to have been hosted on this last trip. It was the best mix of work and pleasure. We spent the first half of the days talking shop while working at the gorgeous retro Cabana Bay Beach Resort which made me feel like I was transported straight into the Jetsons cartoon world.  As a perk for staying in a park hotel we got park passes with early admission. It was so awesome to have such a comfy place to come back and crash at after our jammed packed afternoon and evenings in the park and at City Walk. I think I'll have to write a whole post about this place because it was so cute and I can't wait to go back!

Squatty Potty Unicorn gold

I brought home my very first Squatty Potty which I didn't even know I needed (but now we can't imagine living without!) as well as unicorn gold which I'll be giving to all the men for Father's Day. The stuff is seriously magic. Every time we use a public bathroom now Teddy tells me I should buy a bottle for them and just leave it there hahahaha. We got to drive around in style thanks to the folks at Kia. And my oh my was that a snazzy ride! And of course I am so grateful to have gone with such an amazing bunch of blogger friends who thankfully loved Harry Potter as much as I did and never rushed me through the magic.

Best resource for all things Harry Potter! Party ideas, tutorials, printables, sewing projects, recipes, book lists, shirts and so much more

Want More Harry Potter? Check out ALL my Harry Potter crafts, recipes, book lists, and more. I literally have hundreds!

These all look so good. THings to remember to try on vacation at universal studios and the wizarding world of harry potter

Need to know what to eat on your next trip? I've got you covered, my foodie family ate so much yumminess when we visited  Universal Orlando and I took tons of pictures and shared the lowdown of the best places to eat at Universal Orlando!

Books to Read in a Garden (or in a Garden Skirt)

I think I was born in the wrong era. I would love so much for my days to be filled with reading in a beautiful flower garden.

books to read in a garden or in a cute garden skirt

Instead I'm go go go with a bazillion things always fighting for my time and attention. And as much as I'd love to don a stuffy dress and lounge in the sun with my current read, a stretchy Cents of Style Floral Skirt is a little more realistic for me. The print is so vibrant it's almost as good as sitting right in a rose garden, almost.

cute comfy knit floral pencil skirt great for momlife

I thought it would be fun to pretend that I did have that garden reading life and share a bunch of books to read in a garden (or in a garden skirt) as the case might be! I've read a lot of great books recently and any of these would be perfect for a little garden escape. There's a little bit of everything here.

Cute floral skirt and great reading list

Click on the book titles to read the official description of of each!

  • A Study in Charlotte - YA Detective - You guys this follows Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, descendants of THE Holmes and Watson. The college aged counter parts are hilarious, Charlotte has the same vices as her ancestors and the detective tale pulled me right in and was so entertaining. The second book just came out and I can't wait to read it although the first book totally stands on it's own. I hope there are many many of these.
  • Flawed - YA Dystopian - I LOVED this book. It took me back to the good old dystopian days with a feel of Delirium and Divergent (but without those awful endings). In this world you have to be perfect. If you make a lapse in moral judgement you're branded (yup with an iron branded) and labeled as flawed and you are subjected to different rules. That means there is no learning from mistakes, at least not publicly. Just read this it was GOOOD.
  • Frost Like Night (book 3 of the Snow Like Ashes series) - Fantasy - If you want to get wrapped up in a completely different world I adored Frost Like Night, the final book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I did love the whole trilogy which takes place in a world that is divided up into seasons each season is a different realm. There is a crazy amount of action and fighting and magic tied into the different seasons.
  • The Problem With Forever - Contemporary - Confession I'm not quite done with this but it has already grabbed me so hard I didn't want to leave it off. Mallory hasn't seen Rider in years despite growing up together on the same bad side of the foster system. It's been 4 years since that awful night and so many things have changed. This has everything a teen book should, cute boys, great drama, mean girls, parental issues, awesome friends, and some real conflict. I can't wait to finish it.
  • The Diabolical - YA Sci-Fi - Nemesis was created to be a protector and now she finds herself having to pose as her charge in order to save her life. While undercover though nemesis finds herself in the middle of a twisted political scheme. This was a great dose of Sci-fi, great villains, and relationships. There's something about it that reminds me of Levana and the Lunars from Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles while being totally different and it's own story.
  • Anne of Green Gables  - Can you believe I haven't read this before? I was totally smitten this is a PERFECT book to escape into for a light entertaining read. I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulous. Full of spunk and character Anne isn't your typical girl but she tries her best to be good. Love her silly conundrums and sweet heart.
  • The Serpent King - YA Contemporary - While this book isn't all rainbows and sunbeams there's something about it that really grabbed me. The story follows a group of small town friends with some heavy struggles. Things from not fitting in to living in the shadow of some pretty awful parents the kids are great friends.
  • The Chemist - Ex- Spy Story - This is way more The Host Stephanie Meyer that Twilight Stephanie Meyer and it was good. It was full of adventure with some really fun characters who find themselves running from their former employers. It's full of fantastic actions, great characters and even some great romance. Plus it's a solid standalone so perfect for a weekend binge reading session or to take along on a trip!
  • A Torch Against the Night (book # 3 of Ember in the Ashes) - Dystopian/Light Fantasy - Fans of Hunger Games you'll love this finished series. Obviously start with book one, but these books have been my favorites that I have read over the last year. Such an interesting unique story about kids trained to become ruthless militia tied in with some crazy fantasy and lots of intense action. The characters are amazing and the story is so fun I loved these.

Great reading list. Lots of Young Adult Books

This weekend Cents of Style has a ton of gorgeous and comfy floral skirts like this one on sale. They are all so pretty Just use the code is FLORALSTORY and it will make each skirt $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING. The code is valid 2/17 through 2/19. I love this navy one the fabric is so pretty and comfy and the rose print on it is absolutely stunning in person. And then you too can pretend you're reading in a beautiful flower garden instead of in between stolen moments of the daily grind!   You also might like:

Totally agree the 9 books are fantastic and the 1 is SOOOOO awful I'm shocked it was published and marketed to teens!

9 Must Read Books and 1 You should skip even with it's cute cover

So many great books for Harry Potter fans. I've read a ton of these and totally agree with this reading list.

Lots of books for every type of Harry Potter Fan

Reversible Kids Book Bag Tutorial and Bookroo Review

sponsored-affiliate-disclosure No more juggling awkward sized kid books with this easy kids book bag tutorial and learn about my newest book mail favorite, Bookroo.

children's book bag tutorial with free pattern. Big enough tote for picture books. Easy sewing project.

We're book fanatics in my house. It's not just me and all my YA Lit either. My kiddo has just as many books as I do, maybe more. We have books shelves (or at least designated spots for books) in every single room.

How to find unique Children's books

I don't think I need to convince you guys about how valuable it is to read to our little ones but here are a few of my favorites perks. From problem solving to random facts about the world, to the beginnings of reading, when we read to our kids they learn. There is a special bonding that happens when you read together. There is almost always cuddling just since it's the natural position to sharing a book and the reading time is focused in a way that little other activities are in our hyper connected world. And with the mesh of those two reading somehow opens up amazing conversations. Books and kids are just a good mix.

Read to me please. Toddler sized library book bag and bookroo subscription review. Fun gift idea.

We love our time at the library and sometimes bring home books but when the kids are so little and let's face it germy I honestly prefer to own our own. So I'm thrilled to be partnering with Bookroo a monthly book subscription. Every month we will be getting some happy book mail. I know that I love my Owlcrate so I'm crazy excited that Teddy will have his own bookish box! I think this would make just the perfect gift for just about any kid. More info and how to get 20% off a Bookroo subscription below.

Unique Gift Idea for Toddlers and Older Children. Great birthday present or Christmas gift.

Have you ever noticed that picture books can be so large and not fit in your standard book bag? Umm yeah. So I thought it would be fun to make a book bag specifically to tote Teddy's reads in. My design is nice and wide, perfect for lugging those over-sized books around plus I've got a little slot for your library card. Fun right?

reversible toddler book bag sewing tutorial and free pattern

What You Need
  • 1/2 Yard Outer Fabric
  • 1/2 Yard Inner Fabric
  • Iron-On Vinyl (optional)
  • Reading Design (optional, just right click and save from this post)

 
What to do
  1. Cut Outer into two pieces each 16 inches wide x 17 tall. Make sure your fabric faces the right direction if it's a directional print.
  2. Repeat with the Inner Fabric.
  3. Cut two strips fabric 6 inches wide by 17 tall. If you're using quilting cottons that are 44 inches wide this should be the remaining fabric after you cut the outer and inner pieces. This can be out of either fabric this will be your strap fabric.
  4. With right sides together sew the sides and bottom edges of the outer fabric together. Repeat with the lining fabric.
  5. Turn the outer fabric right sides out.
  6. Sew the card holder on sewing down the sides and bottom edge. To keep the vinyl from sticking to the pressor foot place a piece of wrapping tissue paper in between the vinyl and the foot while you sew. When you are done just pull it off.
  7. Tuck the lining fabric into the outer fabric and iron down the top edge of both 1 inch. Set aside.
  8. Sew the two pieces of the strap together along the short edge making sure that your pattern will face the right direction when the strap is attached.
  9. Fold the strap in half lengthwise and sew down. Turn right sides out and iron.
  10. Tuck the ends into the side seams of the bag and sew all around the top edge making sure to catch the lining, outer fabric and the strap.
  11. If you want to add some vinyl do that now. See this iron-on vinyl tutorial if you've never tried that before.

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

So so cute right!?

children are made readers on the laps of their parents emilie huchwald quote and great book bag tutorial with kids book box review

And if you're curious about Bookroo they are letting me offer 20% for you to try it out! They have a board book and picture book option and so far I'm super impressed. Like I said we have A LOT of books and we don't have the ones from this month's box!

What's in a bookroo box. Fun gift idea for toddlers and kids. Monthly children's books.

Bookroo is all about finding the hidden gems to include in their boxes so there's less chance you'll have them already. They have a panel of 12 families (with a total of 22 kids) that rate the books for all kinds of things including re-readability. It's no wonder they find such fun titles! I'm so excited for Teddy to open the box every month. They are giving me a special deal to share, 20% off their 1 month or 3 months subscriptions!

get 20% off bookroo children's book monthly subscription box

Bookroo review. Monthly book subscription for kids. Great gift idea.

Do you have any favorite kiddo books? Or maybe a book that has received a lot of reading time in your home? I'd love you to tell me about it in the comments!

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

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Want some cute books to read to your little one now? These are all great.

Love this bookish shirt tutorial. Based on Eric Carle's Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Full directions for how to make this phases of the moon shirt.

This sweet little moon shirt is actually inspired by Eric Carle's Papa Please Get the Moon for Me book. An all time favorite read in our family!

great board books for baby showers or first birthday parties

These board books are still some of our most read books in our house!

Lemony Snicket Quotes DIY Bottle Cap Necklaces

affiliate DISCLOSURE I love a good quote about reading and Lemony Snicket Quotes are some of the best!

lemony snicket necklace DIY crafting tutorial

I'm super excited that A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is getting another chance this time on Netflix. I really liked the movie version I thought it was gorgeous and got the wacky quirkiness of the books.

Easiest way to make upcycled bottle Cap necklaces and Lemony Snicket quotes

I read a bunch of the books which I think are lots of fun for your young reader. A lot of silliness and adventure. And there are tons of them. I didn't get through all of them because I just don't do middle grade (or this might be younger even, chapter books?) that well and like most book series for this age group the stories are pretty formulaic but they are still fun.

DIY book nerd necklaces. Cute upcycled bottle cap craft tutorial

So I'm excited for the new life and to celebrate I thought I'd pull together some of my favorite book and reading related Lemony Snicket quote because there are tons. And of course I had to make a couple into some bookish necklaces because I can't pass up a good book quote necklace! What You Need
What to Do
  1. Print and punch out your images.
  2. Glue image into your bottle cap and allow to dry 1 hour.
  3. Add a thick layer of dimensional magic and let dry at least 3 hours.
  4. Glue a necklace bail or pin back onto the bottle cap!

how to make lemony snicket quote necklaces crafting tutorial

I just love how these turned out! In the past we used to do Resin Bottle Cap pins and necklaces but I love that this technique is SO fast, simple and you don't have to mix a huge batch of resin. You could easily just make one at a time.

DIY Lemony Snicket Quote necklaces with video tutorial

I had such a hard time choosing between all the awesome bookish Lemony Snicket quotes I thought I would share a few of the runners up!

lemony snicket quote

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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket

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awesome lemony snicket necklace tutorials

I hope you'll try making your own bottle cap necklaces. They really are super easy and fun! I'm sharing this as a part of a fun blog hop. Check out these other great Lemony Snicket Recipes and Crafts from my friends! Slow Cooker French Onion Soup-7

The Islanders Onion Soup (Slow Cooker Style) | The Love Nerds

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DIY Quote Book Bag | Happiness is Homemade

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Must Read Books You Might Have Missed

So many books so little time. But if you're looking for some really good ones I thought I would share my must read books you might have missed. And I thought it'd be fun if you shared yours too!

must read books you might have missed

Every year I love to look back on the books I have read and just see what I read and what stands out and I love to see what other people's favorites were. I normally fill Perpetual Page Turner's Year End Survey but I find it to be a little daunting in it's entirety and it's focused on book bloggers. So I thought I'd do a condensed kind of round up and invite you to share what your reading highlights were in the comments feel free to answer all or just a few of the questions. I'll be going live on Facebook tomorrow 11 AM MST to share my answers! I use Goodreads to keep track of my books although I tend to update it in batches (I'm way better at posting my reads on Instagram and my Currently Reading page). If you're on good reads this is my account we can be friends!

MUST Read books of 2016

I'll fill this out and update the post with my answers tomorrow but I'd love you to join Debra from Housewife Eclectic and me on Facebook tomorrow 11 AM MST as we discuss our book highlights from the year!

How many books did you read in 2016?

  • 79 books total
  • 27,297 pages total

What were the top 5 books you read?

Name an author you're glad you discovered in 2016.

What book(s) did you find yourself recommending the most this year?

  • pretty much the ones in my top 5 list

What book was recommended TO YOU the most this year? Did you read it?

Did any book make you angry or frustrated?

  • Edenbrook - so annoyed the whole time by the characters decisions and actions
  • Finding Audrey - I liked the book but I found the mom to be super stressful

What was the most surprising book (good or bad)?

What kid book was most read in your house if you live with kids?

Was there a book you can't believe you waited to long to finally read?

What books did you want to read but just didn't get to it?

  • I had Furthermore checked out forever but never got to it
  • I still haven't gotten to about half of my Owlcrate books but I'm excited to

Anything else notable?

  • I read quite a number of books with kids with disabilities and mental illnesses represented and I liked that. I think books really help you see the world from other peoples perspective so I applaud the authors for doing that and doing it in a way that is not trite or patronizing.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I loved it. Also loved the Fantastic Beast movie but haven't read the screenplay.
  • I went and saw Cassandra Clare one of my FAAAAAAVVVVVOOORIIITTTE authors when she was in town for her Lady Midnight tour which I loved (both the book and the signing)
So what are YOUR must read books from 2016. I love adding to my To Read list! And don't forget tomorrow at 11AM MST well be having virtual book club on Facebook to discuss reading highlights of last year!  

BEST Toddler Gifts the Whole Family Will Love

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I have to admit I LOVE buying toddler gifts. The toys these days are so fun and cute. But at some point I think most parents look around and realize the kids have so much stuff they don't actually play with. So here is my list of the BEST Gifts for Toddlers that the whole family will love. I've got big ticket items to silly stocking stuffers. These are all gifts that can be enjoyed by older members of the family in some way in addition to the little ones. I think most of these (with supervision would be great for kids 18 months to 3 years). Lit Joy Crate kids book box subscription box. Great Toddler gift idea Lit Joy Crate Lit Joy Crate is a bookish subscription box company that ships a box with a book and some related goodies once a month. What's really cool about Lit Joy is that they have a box for even the little readers. Their Children's Book box has great picks for kids 3-7 years old that even younger toddlers will enjoy. These boxes will have whole family excited to burst them open each month. And what a fun and easy way to add great books to your family library. There are different subscription lengths and you can even buy one time boxes. Dress Up Gear Whether it's homemade or store bought a few dress up pieces are perfect for sparking the imagination of your little ones. I love the idea of gifting a whole dress up bin but if you already have some costumes or just don't want to invest that much now even a few inexpensive pieces can be loads of fun. Fairy wings can be found at the dollar store most times of year, if you time things right you can catch some awesome deals on swords and fake armor too. After Halloween even the grocery stores have costume pieces for great deals. Last year we bought a few hats and Teddy will still randomly put them on and dance. Get creative there are dress up ideas all around and they don't have to cost an arm and a leg. And if you want to make your own items I have LOADS of costume tutorials to get you started.

Awesome three sided art center for kids. Adjustable tri-side from Little Partners. Toddler gift guide

Tri-Side Art Center from Little Partners This three sided easel has a chalkboard, dry erase board and flannel board. It has adjustable heights, slots for art tools like paint and crayons and even has a roll of paper that can be refilled to paint and draw on. This thing is awesome for kids of all ages. Teddy who is 2.5 years old and his cousins (8 and 9) use this together all the time. Did you hear that? TOGETHER. If you have the space for this it's a great investment. The Tri-Side Learn and Play Art Center the type of piece that a whole room could be centered around. We also love our Little Partners Learning Tower too! You can get 10% off of orders at LittlePartners.com with the code RGR10. Water Beads Have you seen these cool squishy water beads that start off the size of sprinkles and then grow to marble sized gelatonous beads? They are super fun. Teddy loves to see the change in size and they are great for easy sensory play. They are really inexpensive and you get a bazillion of them since the beads are so tiny when they ship (can we say yay for something that takes up almost no space at all?). I've seen people fill kiddie pools with these which seems fun and terrifying all at once. We love to just watch them grow and feel them and sort colors and that kid of thing. Even the older cousins get a kick out of these. Chapstick I swear every toddler I've meet has been obsessed with chapstick. It doesn't matter if it's the stuff in the tube or those little EOS balls but there is something that draws them in about the stuff. As long as your little one isn't the type to try to take a bite out of it chapstick is an easy inexpensive gift that they will totally adore. And as an extra perk if the toddler has his or her own chapstick you're less likely to get that gross wet sensation when you go put your own on. Come on you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Great sorting toys and other gifts for toddlers. Kid gift guide.

Sorting and Counting Toys We have a few sorting and counting toys and while Teddy doesn't "get" every aspect yet he loves playing with them. One of our favorites that gets played with every single day is the Sorting Pie. Even the cousins love playing with this thing. I don't force Teddy to try and sort he just bakes with it but along the way he is learning colors and shapes and numbers. And every once in a while we put it away using the guide sheets counting or sorting. We also love these counting cookies and shape cookies. Let's Go Fish Game This will sound like a totally weird one because most toddlers do not have the coordination to operate the Let's Go Fishing game as it's intended but they still can have hours of fun with these cute fish that open and close their mouths. Teddy loves to try and catch the fish, sometimes with help and sometimes cheating haha. He also likes to put other items in the fish holes and watch them go up and down. He's even put a fake pizza on it and told us it was baking. I know crazy right you'd never think such a classic cheap-y toy would be the gateway to so much creativity but I'm telling you we've had a blast playing this with the cousins how it's meant to be played and then just letting the little guy do as he pleases! Musical Instruments Whether you have a whole percussion kit, just a few kazoos, or maracas, instruments can be lots of fun and they come at all different price points. It's fun to watch the little ones march and put on productions with various instruments. We have this really fun drum kit that comes with all kinds of bells, symbols and other percussion instruments as well as a thrift store keyboard. My nieces have a harmonica that Teddy loves to play with and we even have a few of those plastic kazoos. There are so many different instruments from toy level to actual starter instruments that can get your little musician going.

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Passes to Fun Places We have a number of fun memberships to children's museums, the aquarium, and even the water park. We use ours ALL THE TIME. I've read a number of articles saying these kind of passes are a waste of money but I've found them to be totally the opposite. It's such a great deal and there's always something fun to do. Just make sure you will for sure go enough times to make the membership fee worth it. Make sure to check out deal sites since they often will have specials for passes or even seasonal events.

Awesome gifts for toddlers the whole family will love

Pez Dispenser If your kids are like my little guy they get plenty of candy and treats but there's something special about a pez dispenser that's all your own. I remember LOVING them as a kid and Teddy is no exception. He is thrilled when he gets to grab a candy from his Cinderella or Duck. It's the best little bribe ever ha. As long as you are the holder of the dispenser and the kiddos can't just go to town I think these make super fun gifts! Books, Books, and More Books And of course I couldn't do a Toddler gift guide without encouraging you to buy books. I honestly think for a kid who has all their basic needs met that books are possibly the best gift of all. And don't just give them books that they can do themselves, give them the gift of your time; the gift of your snuggles while reading; the gift of your focused attention. There are so many amazing books. I encourage you to find a couple new ones to add to your library and take time to read them together! It also might be fun to give them a gift card and then take them on an outing to pick out a book of their choice. Want some suggestions? Here are just a few board books for the little ones that I love.