Disney On Ice Treasure Trove Follow Up

We had a great time at Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove tonight! Disney ALWAYS puts on a great show. Here’s a little about some of our favorite moments.

We are all about Alice in Wonderland right now and my 4 year old was ecstatic when the Alice in Wonderland segment began.

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Of course, it isn’t a Disney production without an appearance by the Clubhouse gang – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy came out for a bit to introduce some segments.

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Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove will be in Dayton, Ohio at the Nutter Center from until October 25, 2015, weekday tickets are just $13 – No code needed! Family 4-pack offer: $119 includes 4 tickets, 4 popcorns and 4 lemonades! (Use code FAMD26.)

Purchase your tickets here. Visit and follow Disney On Ice to always know when they are coming to your town on Facebook and Twitter and check out the hashtag #DisneyOnIce

In my last Disney On Ice post, I mentioned that our family costume would be Alice in Wonderland themed. I made these two costumes from a few items I found at Goodwill – the blue dress was a juniors dress, the apron was a pillow case, and the whole cat costume came from a women’s top. While they aren’t without their mistakes, I impressed myself with actually completing them (with plenty of time) and they actually look pretty darn good.

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I also made a slipcover for my Catbird Baby Pikkolo carrier! I used this tutorial but made the shape according the contours of my brand of carrier.

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Disney Junior Live on Tour Follow Up

We were guests for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure when it came to Dayton, Ohio. Kelsey loved it from the moment we got there. She enjoyed the Doc McStuffins pre-show. She was excited when Mickey and Minnie Mouse came out to start the show.

She loved seeing the characters in Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates right in front of her and waved to them like they could see her. She enjoyed being able to sing along to the songs. I thought it was neat that pirates came into the stands to say hi and take pictures during the intermission and a few kids got to go back to the stage with them to start the second half of the show.

The show had her up on her feet and dancing along. Be sure to check out Disney Junior Live On Tour to find out when they will be visiting a city near you!

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For the occasion, I made Kelsey a pillowcase dress with some Sofia the First fabric from Walmart. I used this tutorial with half a yard of the main fabric and a quarter yard of the accent fabric to make the dress portion just didn’t close the top and then used these instructions to finish the top to make it a dress. My daughter wears a size 3T and it was a little big on her, just an FYI so you can decide if you want to use more or less fabric.

By the way, if you are looking for some DIY accessories, check out I Like Big Freebies for tons of designs.

Rediscovering HOPE and Cloth Diapering Kit Giveaway

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Are you interested in cloth diapering but not sure how to do it affordably? A new book, Rediscovering HOPE – A step-by-step guide to flat cloth diapers, was recently released and deals specifically with how the author, Amy McKnight, found HOPE for the problem of diaper need using classic flat cloth diapers on her daughter from day 1. It is part of her advocacy work to help get information on cloth diapering in general and affordable cloth diapering in particular to families that need it most.

The more I cloth diaper, the more I see how economical it is. It makes me cringe a little to think about babies wearing diapers too long because parents are trying to stretch their diaper budget. Even part-time cloth diapering can cut down on how much money is spent on diapers regularly. A hurdle for us to start cloth diapering was the initial start up cost so I know it can be daunting but there are ways to use inexpensive items and some that you may already have around the house to diaper your child.

You can visit HOPE online to learn more. During the month of June you can download a copy of the Kindle edition of Rediscovering HOPE for FREE from Amazon.com on: Wednesday 6/4/2014, Wednesday 6/11/2014, Wednesday 6/18/2014, and Wednesday and Thursday 6/25/2014 – 5/26/2014.

You do NOT need a Kindle to read the book! You can read it for free on any computer or tablet using Amazon’s free software available here.

There is also a Rafflecopter giveaway currently running. Prizes are two kits that contain diaper covers, Snappi, diaper liners, wet/dry bag, a ready to use classic flat cloth diaper and a print copy of Rediscovering HOPE. One of the two kits will have a Breathing Mobile Washer Hand washing device, clothes line, and clothespins in addition to the things listed above. Third prize is a Breathing Mobile Hand washer.

To enter the contest to win one of the prizes, you just need to leave (one) book review here any time during the month of June. The three winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on July the 1st.

 

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Domesticating Michelle is not responsible for this giveaway or prize fulfillment. I was not compensated for this post and do not have affiliate links in this post.

 

Crafting with Scraps

I bought a few used t-shirts to make this Easy T-shirt Door Wreath. I used most of the shirts in the wreath but had parts of the upper body and sleeves left over. I hate throwing things away so I decided to see what I could do with the left over pieces.

Kelsey had a t-shirt with a stain towards the bottom that I had been wanting to do something with so this Upcycled T-shirt Dress by I Am Momma Hear Me Roar was the perfect solution. Since Kelsey was in size 24 month and these were large and x-large adult t-shirts, I had enough material to cut out the pieces I needed to make this dress. For an added little touch, I cut out and ironed on a little heart on to the chest.

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With a few of the left over strips I made a bracelet by braiding three strips together and hot gluing the ends together and then hot gluing a little piece around to cover the joint. I used a sleeve to make the headband and made a quick fabric bow with another scrap. I wrapped a little piece of scrap around to gather the headband and hot glued it then the bow on top of it.

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This is becoming one of my favorite things to make with scraps. I’ve done these a couple different ways now but here is a no-sew version that makes a pretty bow and you can make it as big or small as you want or as much as you have scraps of. (If you are using jersey or t-shirt material, you don’t need to do worry about folding the edges since you don’t need to worry about shredding.)

  • fabric cut down to size you want
  • iron
  • thread
  • ribbon
  • alligator clip
  • hot glue gun

Start by folding over the edges and ironing them down. Fold lengthwise to the midpoint. Then, fold the ends to just past the midpoint to have a little bit of an overlap. Pick up in the middle and accordion it in between your thumb and first finger. Take a second to look at the front of the bow to make sure the fabric is in a good position. Wrap a piece of thread around the middle and double knot it to keep in all in place.

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Hot glue a piece of ribbon around the middle. Hot glue ribbon to cover an alligator clip then glue to the bow.

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Finally, put on the head of the cutest girl you can find nearby!

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Easy Sewing Projects

With two little girls now, it is a little trickier to find matching outfits for holidays and special events without breaking the bank. Enter the sewing machine! My mother had been trying to get me to learn how to sew for years. Two years ago I finally made it my New Year’s resolution to sew a pillowcase dress by the end of the year. I made it in the nick of time and made her a Christmas dress. Since then, I’ve been doing little projects here and there. I decided to make Christmas dresses for the girls this past year and made some matching Valentine’s Day outfits, too. Here are some easy – as in, if I made it, then you can, too if you can turn on your machine and sew in a relatively straight line – tutorials I found around online. 2013_12_01-ChromAbbr-1055 T-Shirt Dresses I decided to make these dresses based on t-shirt dresses so I wouldn’t have to worry about creating the neckline or sleeves. The babies’ dress is based on this tutorial 10-Minute Onesie Dress by Pretty Prudent. However, since I had two coordinating fabrics I wanted to incorporate into each dress I used the ruffle from this T-Shirt Dress tutorial by Treasures for Tots. For the other dress, I want a tiered dress so I used the same Pretty Prudent tutorial for the top tier, putting it just below the armpit area. Then, I used the Treasures for Tots tutorial without a ruffle for the second tier. I was pretty proud of my first attempts at ruffles. I’d almost recommend using a one size too big for the onesie dress since sewing it eats up some of the length. In addition, I’d make the first tier shorter on the t-shirt dress so you can see the lower tier fabric better if I did this again. For the hair, I made two of my Ribbon Flower bows and wrapped a dollar store headband with ribbon to glue Kelsey’s on to instead of a clip. 2014_02_07_5467 Skirts and Dress I admit I was a bit intimidated to try a skirt for some reason. Let me tell you, this is the easiest thing in the world to make and the fabric choices are endless. I already decided to take a break for St. Paddy’d Day, but I’m already scouting fabric for the next set of skirts to make. It took less than a yard to make both of these and less than a yard of elastic so it was only a few bucks. I followed this Simple Skirt tutorial from You & Mie as directed for Kelsey’s skirt. It came out a touch too long, but at least it still covers her tush when she’s playing and she’s into “ballerina” skirts, as she calls them, so it will be a decent length on her for a while. I followed this Pretty Prudent Pillowcase Baby Dress only, I just folded the arm holes and top stitched instead of using bias tape. I just drew the shape to cut out on the wrong side of one of the pieces of fabric and pinned it, right sides facing, to the other layer to cut it out. I like that it was a more fitted, A-line style dress, but one if the benefits to a wider topped pillowcase dress is that it leaves plenty of room for growth. Both of these options make it pretty easy to layer or pair with any onesie or top you already have. For the hair, I made a headband and a fabric bow with the left over fabric. In general, it’s easy to combine ideas and patterns to get the look you’d like while not spending a lot of money. I think the Simple Skirt would be great for Halloween and dress up costumes, too. Have fun sewing! (In September I ended up making matching skirts with owl print fabric for Aubrey’s 1st birthday party!)