DIY Personalized Disney Shirts

DIY Personalized Disney Shirts

My daughter was invited by her best friend to go with her to Disneyland for her friend’s birthday this year.  I wanted to do something to make the day extra special for them and decided that personalized Disney shirts would be perfect.  They were a breeze to make and I am in love with how adorable they turned out!  I was able to make a shirt for my daughter, her best friend, and her friend’s mom all in about 15 minutes.  Thank goodness they were so quick and easy to make because I had been out of town on a business trip and had to make them the night before her birthday celebration.  Keep reading for the easy to follow directions to make your own Personalized Disney Shirts.

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Let’s Make It!

  1. It’s always a good idea to pre-wash your shirt (but truthfully, I’m a busy mom and didn’t do this!  lol.  It was fine)

2. If you have a Cricut: Access + Personalize the Design.  (I’m sharing my Cricut Craft Room Project File with you to make this even easier!)  Be sure to place your HTV plastic side down on your mat.  Cut and weed your design.

3. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can Order your personalized design from my Etsy shop.

4. Preheat your iron to it’s hottest setting

5. Layout your design on your shirt.

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6. Remove the name and bow layer and set them to the side.Begin with the Mickey layer

7. Begin with the Mickey layer and press the design for 10-15 seconds.

8. Allow the plastic backing to cool before removing.

9. Place the bow layer where you would like it.  VERY IMPORTANT – Be sure to use a pressing cloth for this layer to avoid placing the iron directly on the Mickey layer.

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10. Repeat the process with the name layer.

And that’s it!  The entire process should only take you about 10 – 15 minutes (unless you’re still learning how to use your Cricut machine – then give yourself a little bit of extra time).  You can have these adorable personalized Mickey shirts for your trip to one of the parks, or just because they are so darn cute!

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My Favorite Family Organization App

My Favorite Family Organization App

As a busy mom of three kiddos, anything that helps me stay organized and improve my efficiency is on my list of favorites.  If I can have all of that at my fingertips, all the better.  I have tried many apps over the years: calendar apps, to do list apps, menu planning apps, shopping list apps, apps that try to combine some combination of the above.  Time after time I tried them out and then ended up deleting them after being disappointed.  That was until I found Cozi.  This has quickly become my favorite family organization app!

CoziThis app is just too good not to share with you.  And best of all, their basic version (and trust me, it is far from basic) is FREE!  This app has become the virtual command center of my busy life.

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My top 5 Favorite Features

  1. Calendar
  2. Shopping Lists
  3. To Do Lists
  4. Meal Planner
  5. Recipe Box

There are certainly more than five features to be found in this great app, but I thought I would give you a virtual tour of my favorite features.  The best part is that each one of these is available in their free version!

Calendar

Over the past few years, I have really become accustomed to using the built-in calendar on my iPhone.  It has worked pretty well and a few of the recent upgrades, such as a reminder when to leave for my appointment based on traffic, make it helpful.  Even though I wanted an all in one app, I was a bit hesitant to give up my iCalendar.  However, Cozi makes it really easy.  I was able to sync my iCalendar to Cozi and all of my appointments I enter on my phone automatically sync over.  The best part is anything I color code to be tagged to a specific person on my phone comes into my Cozi calendar as coded to the correct person.  This allows me to keep the handy “it’s time to leave” reminder on my phone but keep all of my family’s scheduled loaded into the calendar.

So why on earth would I want to keep two separate calendars even if they automatically sync?  It’s simple, my kids are too young to carry around smart phones, however, I still want them to see the calendar and know what plans are.  Each week I print out the weekly calendar, share it at our family meeting (Check out my FREE family meeting guide + printable here) and place it on our command center on our fridge.  Once a month I print out the monthly calendar and post that in the command center as well.

Cozi Calendar View Screenshot

Shopping Lists

These alone have been so great for my husband and me.  Previous to this app, I would print a shopping list each week, write down our meal plan and then plan out our purchases from the two main stores we shop at.  Either my husband or I would do the shopping.  Sounds fine, right?  Well, when one of you has the shopping list but the other is doing the shopping: Fail.  When someone loses the list 1/2 way through the trip: Fail.  When the list doesn’t make it home and I can’t remember what the meal plan was for the week: Fail.  It was just never a great option for us.

Enter Cozi!  We have one shopping list for each of our two most frequently shopped at stores.  Either one of us can add items to the list at any time.  The new items automatically update across all devices.  I am able to organize the list so the list is laid out in order I will go through the store.  You are able to click to check-off each item as you go.

My husband normally does the shopping and he no longer has to wait for me to finish the list before heading out to the store.  He can leave and I can finish the list and have it ready for him by the time he gets to the store.  With the Gold (paid) version, there is even an option to send a notice that a new item has been added to the list.  This is great for those last minute additions.

Expert Tip: Quickly add items you realize you need as soon as you think of them so you won’t forget

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To Do Lists

This has been a lifesaver for me!  I love lists!  I feel like I’m always making lists.  The challenge is that sometimes I can’t remember where I left my great list that I made.  Or I’m out and about and want to add something to my list or remember what was on the list.  I have transitioned nearly all of my list making into Cozi.  In fact, one of my favorite lists is my planning list for this blog.  Whenever I get a great idea for a post, I jot it down on my list so I won’t forget.

My next favorite to-do list is my “Honey Do” list.  Yes, my husband has his own list.  Whenever I need him to take on a project or there is something around the house to be done, I will add it to his to-do list.  Now he knows exactly what I would like for him to work on just by going into the app.

Bonus: I have one more to-do list I want to share with you…  I created a to-do list for my freezer meal stock!  We have a deep freezer in our garage and this is the primary location for our freezer meals.  Now, instead of having to guess what we have or going out there to see when I’m meal planning for the week, I can just pop over to my to-do list and see exactly what’s in stock.

Cozi Freezer Meal Snapshot

Meal Planner

Remember when I mentioned that I kept trying different apps to try to find one that did what I wanted it to do?  I can’t tell you how many meal planning apps I’ve tried and deleted.  Meal planning can be a four-letter word in my house.  (Shh…please don’t tell anyone, but I won’t even let my kids as me “What’s for dinner?”)  Unless I have a plan, I want to cry when they ask.

Those of you that have read my bio or some of my previous posts, you know that I’m married to a chef.  An amazing chef!  A chef that cooks me amazing dinners…when he’s home.  Unfortunately, because I’m married to a chef, that is not most nights, and dinner prep is left to me.  Hence the abundant supply of freezer meals!  I have found that when I plan out our meals at the beginning of the week and we shop for everything we need, it relieves immeasurable amounts of stress.  I know exactly what we’ll have each night and know I have what I need to make it.  Quick and easily prepared meals make the list whenever possible.

The Cozi app has a great meal planner.  I typically only use it for dinner, but it has options to plan for Breakfast, Lunch, and snack too.  The best part is that it puts it on my calendar!!  So remember when I mentioned that I print the calendar on a weekly basis?  The menu is already printed on there for all to see.  Now whenever my kids want to know what’s for dinner, all they have to do is look at the calendar.  (Mommy meltdown averted!)

Recipe Box

I am so excited by this last tool for two main reasons.  The purpose of the recipe box is for you to explore recipes (Cozi has these all queued up for you!), add them to your recipe box and then get a prepared list of ingredients that you can very easily add to your shopping list.  Brilliant, huh?  That feature is pretty cool all on its own.  But you can also add recipes of your own.

We usually do “Taco Tuesday” in our house.  Obviously, I know the recipe for tacos, however, I’ve listed out each of the ingredients so I can just click a button and add them to my shopping list (over and over again nearly every week).  I have also done this for our freezer meal prep sessions.  I have found that one of the most daunting things about preparing for a freezer meal session is the recipe curation and shopping list planning.  Now, when I find a recipe we like, I add it to the recipe box and the next time we want to include it in a meal prep, all I have to do is add it to the shopping list and it pulls over all of the ingredients.

Power User Tip: I created a “recipe” for the items we buy at the store each week.  Now, rather than having to add them to my weekly shopping list, I just add the “recipe” shopping list and it pulls in all of the staples automatically.  This saves me time and effort when I’m trying to make sure I add all of the basics to our list each week.

Cozi Weekly Shopping Staples

Are you still here?  Have you downloaded the app yet?  Did I mention it’s FREE?  What are you waiting for?  I hope you will love my family organization app as much as I do!

 

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Christmas Boxes – My New Favorite Christmas Tradition

Christmas Boxes – My New Favorite Christmas Tradition

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…  I’m writing this post by the light of our Christmas tree with instrumental music playing in the background.  Now that we were finally able to hang ornaments on our tree, it is finally starting to feel like Christmas.  I am very excited to share our family tradition of Christmas Boxes with you.  They have become one of my new favorite Christmas traditions.

Growing up our family always did the same thing on Christmas Eve.  Mom would put the ham and potatoes in the oven.  We would go to Christmas Eve service at Church.  After, we would come home and eat Christmas dinner on mom’s fine China.  Everyone helped clear the table, put away all of the food, and handwash all of the dishes.  Then, the event my brother and I couldn’t wait for…we were like “kids on Christmas”.  Oh wait, we were kids on Christmas!  It was time to OPEN PRESENTS!!!

When my husband was growing up, Christmas presents weren’t opened until Christmas day in his house.  This caused us some challenges as we worked to figure out what the tradition would be in our house.  He did it my way for many years.  Several years ago we adopted the tradition of going to the midnight service at our Church.  The service starts at 11 pm and ends just past midnight in a dark sanctuary with everyone holding a candle and singing silent night.  We have continued this tradition even though this means we have to wake our children up and bring them to church in the middle of the night.  When we started doing this, we stopped opening presents on Christmas Eve so our kids could head to bed early and get some sleep.

A New Tradition is Born

Christmas Eve BoxI found these great boxes at a craft store last year and immediately knew that they held the magic for a great new family tradition.  I had an idea that would allow me to feel like I was honoring my childhood tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve while honoring my husband’s family tradition of opening on Christmas Day.  And so the tradition of Christmas Eve boxes was born in our house.  I have purchased a box for each of my three children.  I fill the boxes with lots of Christmas love and goodies.

Ideas for what to put into the boxes

  • Christmas PJs (to wear to bed on Christmas Eve)
  • A Christmas Book
  • Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows
  • Mug (for the Hot Chocolate)
  • A Christmas Snack
  • A Movie to Watch as a Family
  • Slippers
  • A Cozy Blanket

The kids get to open their boxes before bedtime on Christmas Eve.  Last year they all changed into their PJs, enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa and we read their Christmas books before they headed to bed.  This year I purchased a new movie for us all to watch together on Christmas morning.

To make our tradition even more special, I have asked each of the kids to write their favorite memory from Christmas that year.  Their memory goes into their Christmas box before it gets packed away.  Each year they will get to read their Christmas memory from all of the past years.

Just for fun…here is an outtake from our Christmas Eve boxes Christmas Eve Box Outtake

I love sharing this tradition with my kids.  I hope you have enjoyed it as well!  What is your favorite Christmas tradition in your house?