Star Wars – BB8 DIY Costume

DIY BB8 from Star Wars The Force Awakens Costume

This costume is serving two purposes.   this is thecostume she is wearing for her her birthday party and also doubling as her Halloween costume.

I did a lot of research on this.  I don’t like the cheap looking costumes you get in the costume aisle.  I also wanted to look cute.  I’m a girl too, I know how important it is to look cute and like a huge round ball.  No girl wants to be a big round ball.  I went to Pinterest and Google.  

BB8 Helmet

BB8’s head: I found a tutorial on making a BB-8 head.  I bought all the supplies and then found this gem at Goodwill.  If you cannot find this second hand, here was plan:  buy a bike helmet, paint it white then paint on the details.  For the lens on the from I was going to take one of those plastic ornament (Hobby Lobby has these), and paint the inside black so the outside looked like a shiny black lens and the glue it onto the helmet.



For the outfit, I found a cute idea and copied it, with my own details. I bought remnants at Joanns fabric store for the orange and grey and used felt for the red and green.  One tip I have to make it look better was to outline with a this sharpie before cutting it out, making sure I cut on the outside of the outline.  I wanted to the outline to show in the costume.  Because I was low on time, I hot glued everything down.

Her skirt I found at Goodwill in the costume section.  I used an 8″ (or 45) record for the outer circle dimension and an upside down bath and body works candle as the outline for inner circle (that would get cut out). I used a red pen to make the outlines then a sharpie to make the lines black and thicker.




For the shirt, I found a white long sleeve shirt at Savers and glued the rectangle pieces on.













Her Shoes: I made with wash sized duct tape I found at Hobby Lobby. I drew the details freehand using a thin sharpie and used buttons for the lens.








Here is outfit laid out.


And here is outfit on.  Sorry for the restroom shot.  We were at a school event.  I went there straight from work and changed her in the girls bathroom.

Good luck and may the force be with you!


Her sister went as Rey.  See the DIY on Rey’s costume.

Please feel free to ask me questions.  If you have your own ideas, please share them in the comments below.

Star Wars – Rey DIY Costume


DIY Rey from Star Wars The Force Awakens Costume

This costume is serving two purposes.  One this is her costume she is wearing for her sister’s birthday party and also doubling as her Halloween costume.

I did a lot of research on this.  I don’t like the cheap looking costumes you get in the costume aisle. I also prefer to do the make up, however, this costume didn’t need makeup.  So, I started Googling:  “DIY Rey Costume” and  “Rey from Star Wars” (for picture reference).  I took bits and pieces from it all and made my own costume.

With my pictures and imagination, I went to Savers and Goodwill.  Rey is pretty easy.   Breaking down the outfit, it’s just capris, short sleeve shirt, belt, boots and a wrap (if that’s what it’s called).  I found an off white sheet for this and cut it into strips for the wrap.  I also cut skinnier strips to wrap her arms in,  The belt was a little tricky.  I could not find a belt that would wrap around her twice, so I bought two skinny women’s belts and attached them with the buckle.  I found a small wristlet and hot glued it to the belt.  The belt ended up wrapping around her three times.  I opted for no staff since her hands would be too busy holding a bag for her candy.

Here is how I did her hair (video coming soon)


Rey Costume

Here is outfit laid out.  I do not know why her boots look so giant, they are only size 1. 🙂



And here is outfit on.  Sorry for the restroom shot.  We were at a school event.  I went there straight from work and changed her in the girls bathroom.


Good luck and may the force be with you!


Her sister went as BB8.  See the BB8 Costume.

Please feel free to ask me questions.  If you have your own ideas, please share them in the comments below.

Who to Invite to a Birthday Party

Birthday Party Invites

Who do you invite to your birthday party?

Everyone!  Right?  Well, for those of us on a budget, everyone is not an option.  So, who gets an invite to a party? I give my girls a number on how many they can invite.  This number does not include family members.  It does not include everyone in their class.

Who to invite from class?

The rule at my girls’ school is you to invite the whole class or no one.  I get it.  But my girls don’t hang out with everyone in their class and, lets be honest, not everyone likes them.  So why do they have to be invited.  Besides, I don’t want 20-30 kids running around my house.  It doesn’t excite me to have to feed and make cupcakes for 20-30 kids, even it’s at a park.  And hell, if I’m going to pay for 20-30 kids at Chuck E. Cheese.  So,  they get a number.  Usually around 10 kids they can invite.  Mind you, this number does not include family members.  Which brings me to my next topic:

Who to invite from your family?

This depends on how many you want to feed.  Let’s be real, that’s why obscure family members go to family events, for the free food.  Especially in the Filipino families, Auntie Nanette  is coming (Who?) because there will be free food.  And maybe, there will be leftovers for her to take home to eat over the next couple days.

Here is my take on inviting family members, in this order:

  1. Immediate family first (For me this includes my best friend and her kids.  Reason being  she helps me A LOT with the parties, so they are automatic on the invite list)
  2. then Aunts & Uncles/Cousins
  3. Step Family
  4. Neighborhood kids, towards the end of the party.  Just so they can play.  They don’t actually get an invitation.  My girls will invite them in after all the activities, cake, and presents, so they can play.  If there is left over food, they  are welcome to it (Sorry Auntie Nanette).

So, as you can see, there are quite a lot of people at the party.  Usually 15-20, some being adults.  From what I gather, a Sweet 16 or Debutant party, is usually in a rented out ballroom with an extensive guest list.  I have not had to plan one yet, so I cannot give you my thought on this.  Once I do, I will let you know.


I would love to hear from you

Do you have any certain way of inviting people?  Do you have any suggestions to tips for other readers?  Please share in the comments!


Star Wars Birthday Party


So my friends, the time has come to plan yet another birthday party.  Star Wars.  Now I know she’s a girls, but last year it was a Minecraft birthday.  She like boy things.  I did too when I was younger.  I so desperately wanted Transformers.  But my mom said no.  That didn’t stop me from wanting one or playing with them with my neighbor (who was a boy).  So no matter, how much I tried to sway her to have Pop Star theme for her birthday, she said she wanted Star Wars.  And so it begins…

(Cue the music)

“Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed…” (Scrolling intro from The Force Awakens)


Planning this thing:

3 Months Prior

✔ Theme/Color Scheme

✔ Budget

✔ Cake or cupcakes

✔ Date and time

I have decided that I not spending more than $200 on this party.  I will be making cupcakes, cookies (depending on how ambition I feel), and ordering or buying there rest.  Ok, so I am restless and like things to  be in order so I can purchase as needed.  This is perfect since Halloween is right around the corner and a lot of things will go on sale.  Perfect time to find Star Wars stuff.


2 Months Prior

✔ Invitations

  • BB-8 Invitations


Train to Be a Jedi Activities
Each guest will get a badge and will earn a star with the completion of:

  • Laser Course (actually made of streamers)
  • Pop the Death Star Balloon Game
  • Shoot the Strom Troopers (Nerf gun game)
  • Lightsaber Training
  • Each guest who completes all games will get a Certificate

To Buy

  •  small black baloons
  •  small white balloons
  •  nerf darts & gun (if you need one)
  •  lightsabers
  • green streamers

To Do

  •  signs for activities
  •  faces for Stormtrooper game
  •  props for photobooth


✔ Favors:

  •  Website address where they can download Photo Booth pics
  •  Jedi Training Completion Certificate
  •  A Lightsaber (I found at the dollar store – Score!)


1 Months Prior

Plan Food:

  • Pizza (always safe)
  • Chips, Veggies & Dip
  • Bottled Water (you’ll see why)
  • Yoda Soda
  • Jedi Juice (Strawberry Lemonade)

To Do

  •  make water bottle labels
  •  make soda labels
  •  make food tents

1 Week Prior

Grocery Shopping

  • cupcake ingredients
  • soda
  • bottled water
  • frozen strawberries
  • chips
  • dip
  • cups
  • napkins
  • plates
  • tableclothes
  • decorations still needed

Day Before

  • Bake cupcakes
  • decorate – call your freinds to help you and be sure to have beverages for them, like wine 🙂
  • clean up and vacuum


Day Of

  • Clean Bathroom
  • Take out trash
  • Frost cupcakes
  • Buy pizzas
  • put out food and drinks
  • get dressed for party (we are wearing costumes)



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The Easiest Valentine’s Day Cards for your kids


The Easiest Valentine’s Day Cards for your kids

Ok, I know I am not the first to do this.  I just love this idea.  I got the idea from Pinterest, but the link is from (here is her post).  I gave them the same saying and then added their signature to the card digitally.  These are Dum Dum lollipops.  These were so easy to make and assemble.  Take a picture, add text, cut slits around the fist and add a lollipop.


Picture Tips:

  • Have them hold their fist further away from their head.  I had to tape the wrappers back so it wouldnt cover their faces.
  • Make sure clothing and background compliment each other.  This will still look good even if you do a Black & White card.
  • Check your lighting.  You don’t want shadows on their faces, unless they are goth, then it’s ok 🙂
  • Take more than one photo.  I must have taken 10 per child.  Out of which, I got 1-2 useable pics.

You can follow my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board here.

There are a lot of cute and clever Valentine’s Day cards for kids out there.  What are your favorite card sayings or card ideas? please comment and share!



Alice in Wonderland Invitation Tutorial

Alice Invitation Tutorial

Tutorial Video below.

Final product:

20160203_063653 invitation for etsy



List of Supplies

  • Invitation & card holder template printed out
  • Cardstock, in color of your choice (8.5”x11” – one sheet will do two card holders)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler and xacto or scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Rounded corner punch
  • Outer envelopes in Size A6 (can find these in craft stores like Hobby Lobby)







If you have any questions, please comment below.

Alice & Wonderland Birthday Party

I have added a new theme to the Themes page.  I look forward to your comments, your ideas and what you did on this type of Party!



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List of things for Alice in Wonderland Invitation Video Tutorial (video coming soon)



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A look at my Planner

With the hype on Planners right now and how Blogger’s use them and decorate them all up.  I wanted to share how I use mine.

I consider myself an organized person.   I am not crazy organized.  But I have my own way of doing it and it works for me.  I have tried many different planners.  I even ordered an Filofax.  But…. none of them gave me what I was looking for.  I had seen Erin Condren Planners on other blogs and decided to give it a try.  I even used a coupon code to get $10 off (I can get you $10 off your first order, click here).  This is not a commercial for the planners, I just want to show you how I use mine.  Also keep in mind I am not endorsing her Planners, it just so happend to be the works for me.   I used the vertical layout (there are 3 different layouts to choose from).


Here is the inside of my planner.

Note: the 2″x1.5″ post its fit perfectly in the squares.  Everything goes on a post it first.  If I have to get it done on or by a certain day, it gets written on the page itself.  The post its save me for scribbles and white out – I absolutely hate both.

I also made my own stickers: the water drops and other stickers that I wanted more personalized than what I could find online.   I just printed them on address labels and cut them out.  Erin Condren’s website has a lot of cool things you can get for your planner.  Here is one I have to get:


This is a “Snap in Dashboard”


I love the changeable covers and that most of the accesories can be moved around also.  She also sells these coil clips so you can clip in what you want to.  I made this so I could maximize the use of the coil clips:



20160124_155105I took a CD/DVD self adhesive pocket and cut off the flap.  Then I printed a cute saying and stuck the CD pocket to it and cut around the case.  Then I added Erin Condren’s coil clips to it.  Now I have a pocket I can move around.  I made about 3 of these.  I use them for different things.  I actually made these last year so they moved from last year’s planner to this year’s.

On the inside front cover  I put some large post its.  I also added an extra cover I ordered in right after the cover as my dashboard to hold more post its:


When the month is over I print out photos that happened at the box’s size and glue them to the page.  Then it becomes more of a scrapbook of the year.  If I had more time, I would make the pages prettier, more of a scrapbook look.  Maybe I’ll try to that this year.   Here is picture of a page from last year’s planner:


On a side note:  the two smaller notebooks above my planner are from the dollar section at Target.   They have blank pages.  I keep notes in them.  I have two since I have two blogs I take care of.  This one and one is a website I update weekly for a close friend.


Want to give an Erin Condren Planner a try:   I can save you $10 on your first order (for those interested).


Foods I like to serve


Finger Food/Appetizers:

Cut veggies with Ranch (store bought or if I have the time, I buy the ingredients and do it myself):

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Hidden Valley Ranch powdered mix
  • sour cream

Wash and cut the veggies and put them on a tray.  Mix the ranch packet in the sour cream and put in a nice bowl.  The dip also works for the wavy potato chips or Ruffles.

Chips.  You can also put out chips and salsa.

Drinks.  Soda, lemonade and be sure to provide water.  Some parents like to their kids to just drink water.

Main Food:

Dominoes:  2 medium pizzas for $5.99 each deal.. You can get as many pizzas as you need for $5.99 each.  Again, kids will eat any pizza.  There’s this skating rink near us. The pizza is horrible, but the kids still ate it.  So you don’t have to order fancy pizza.  You can also get pastas and sandwiches under this same deal.

Sandwiches.  Subway’s party sub or make your own.  Keep it simple for the kids.  PB&J, turkey, egg salad and even cheese sandwiches.  cut them into 4s so you get four finger sandwiches.  That way the kids can take one at a time and not waste.

Nachos Bar.  Have a bowl of : chips, beans, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce,  green onion, avocados( chopped) or guacamole, sour cream and nacho cheese.

You also don’t have to feed the parents.  So, don’t feel obligated.  You also don’t have to have a main meal.

What are you ideas for meals to serve at a party?  I’d love to hear them!  Comment below and share what you like to serve.