“Mouse” Money! {an easy Disney DIY gift}

This past weekend, my Sister-in-Law (who is not only one of the best moms I know, but one of the hardest workers), channeled her inner-Pinterest side and came up with a super creative Easter Egg Hunt for my niece and nephew.  The best part about the hunt was that with each clue came a letter…which, when put together in the end, revealed that they’re headed to Disney World for their birthdays!  ((Talk about the best moment ever for a 5 & 7 year old…OMG, wait – how are they that old?!  And how am I that old!?))  Anyway, while I take a second to collect myself, enjoy this adorable collage Abby posted on Instagram of the event:

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Fun, right!?

Since they live in Michigan and we live in NC, we usually just send online gift cards for their gifts because it’s easy and what’s more fun than getting to pick out your own gift?  But because this birthday was a little bit more special with their trip, I wanted to make their gift a bit more special.  I first thought of the gift cards they have at the register in Target for Disney World or the Disney Store.  But that also seemed a bit less special, so I figured why not decorate my own $20 bills and send that?  Actual money is more fun than a gift card anyway (and $20 to a kid seems like $1M)!

Thankfully, it crossed my mind that I wouldn’t want to hand over a really cool $20 bill with Mickey and Minnie all over it to a clerk at Disney World who would just throw it in with the other plain Jane bills.  So I Googled images of $20 bills and thank God I did because it turns out that coloring a set of Mickey ears on Andrew Jackson and putting stickers all over an actual bill is considered ‘defacing US Government’ and is punishable by law.  {{with my luck, this is totally something I would be unintentionally arrested}}.  So I downloaded a copy of this $20 bill (download yours HERE) and go to decorating!  You can download an image of any bill, in case you’d like a lesser value or if you’re a baller and want a Benjamin or something.

I wanted the stickers to look like they were actually printed on the bill, so I made sure to find some with a transparent background and settled on THESE from Hobby Lobby.  They have the best sticker selection around, so even if you didn’t have a Disney theme, you could probably find whatever stickers themed for you and your gift!

I colored a Mickey ears hat (the pinnacle of ALL Disney World souvenirs!) on President Jackson and decorated Will’s bill with Mickey and Goofy and Aubrey’s with Minnie and Daisy.  I used the rest of the stickers on the card that I hand lettered and on the outside of the envelope to really tie the theme together.

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In the envelope I also included a check for the amount of actual cash that we were gifting (don’t forget this step because in the same way that defacing a dollar bill is a Federal offense, you can’t actually ‘spend’ the printed copy).

So now Aubs and Will have money to spend and a fun keepsake to remind them of their birthday Disney trip!!

XO LJ

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Boo-Boo Bunnies {{a fun & sugar-free Easter DIY & a free printable!}}

When I was little we had these little guys all over the house.  My super creative momma would make them for Easter gifts and they were always in our Easter baskets (mostly because while they’re intended to be used for boo-boos, I’d always play with mine instead…and I’m sure my brother would bury him along with the little green army men in the backyard).

In my head I have these dreams of actually sitting down and creating all of these fun mommy DIYs that I remember my momma doing from childhood or that I see on Pinterest, but the truth is I barely know what day it is and rarely do I get the chance to wash my hair.  So I was thrilled when my momma called to ask how many boys and girls were in Cohen’s class so she could make them each a Boo-Boo Bunny for their Easter party.  Considering they’re super cute and kids love them (and it’s an awesome break from all of the sugary-filled Easter eggs from this past week’s egg hunts and parties), I knew these would be a hit.  Plus, ALL kids get scraped knees, bumps and bruises – so putting an ice cube in the back of one of these is a great way to dry up the tears and replace them with a smile!

The best part…they’re super easy and only cost a few bucks to make!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Standard sized washcloth.
  • Small rubberbands (the ones that are used for the Rainbow Looms are really great – and really cheap!)
  • Googly eyes
  • White pompoms
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

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{because I didn’t actually make Cohen’s bunnies and I wasn’t about to ask my mom to take a picture of each step, I found this awesome picture tutorial from The Southern Institute}

BRINGING THE BUNNIES TO LIFE (my favorite part):

Simply tie a super cute piece of ribbon around the bunny’s neck to hide the rubberband, glue googly eyes on the head, a small pompom on the front for the nose and a larger pompom on the back for the tail.  Easy peasy!  (If you’re as imaginative as my son, this is also the part where you give the bunny a name.  This is Cohen’s new bunny – let me introduce you to Sully…we’ve been watching a lot of Monsters, Inc this week).

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FREE DOWNLOADABLE POEM:

I knew from the look on my husband’s face when he came in and saw 10 washcloths twisted into bunnies that some people may not be privy to the Boo-Boo Bunny, so I found this adorable poem on Pinterest and created a 3×5 print to attach it to each bunny.  I just used a mini clothespin to attach the card to each of my bunnies, but ribbon or twine would look cute too!

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Get your free download of the poem HERE.

Because these were going to each kid in Cohen’s class, I put each bunny and poem in a cute Bunny treat bag, but my favorite way to gift them is to just nestle them into an Easter basket.

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Your kids will love it and trust me, when you’re little and scrape your knee, the Boo-Boo Bunny does actually make you feel better 🙂

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H A P P Y  E A S T E R!!

XO LJ

WORLD AUTISM DAY – Show Your Support!

Did you know that Autism affects 1 in 68 children?

I have friends with autistic children.  I see the way that people stare when we’re out to dinner.  To them, they think my friends just have an unruly child.  What they don’t know is the struggle that the child and their parents face every minute of everyday.

My cousin, Casey, is in her first year of teaching in elementary Special Education.  While the children in her class all have a different special need, her heart and expertise is in Autism and Autism Awareness.  When she came to me and asked me to come up with a design for this year’s Autism Awareness month, I immediately began brainstorming ideas.  She wanted a print for her room at school and as a gift for a few of her peers, but I wanted to take it a step further.  I decided that putting the design on a line of products would be a way for me to not only help raise awareness, but also do my part to donate a portion of the proceeds to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The product line consists of 5 products, ranging in price points for all individuals & each order comes with a FREE 5×7 print of the original 2015 LJDCo. ‘Different. Not Less.’ design:

20 oz. Acrylic Tumbler

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11 oz. Coffee Mug

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Large Canvas Tote

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160-page Journal

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Round Magnet

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Please help me raise awareness for these amazing children and their families and show your support by shopping today!

XO LJ