“Excuse Me, Does My Hair Look Crazy?”

Hello, beautiful people! I hope you’re all doing well. I was inspired to tell a little story so here we go!

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Me (with the afro) with my two sisters.

Today, I was in Walmart doing a little shopping and a fellow African American woman walks up to me. First of all, I have to say that she was beautiful. She had an afro and was probably around 55 years old. This woman actually stopped me and asked me, ” does my hair look crazy?” I was half day dreaming when she was first speaking to me (not on purpose but sometimes I don’t process what I hear right away) but the gist of what she was telling me was that she was a bit paranoid that people might be looking at her hair funny….as in, it doesn’t look right.

I knew right then and there that she was what I like to call an, “afro newbie”….or at least someone who hadn’t worn an afro since she was a child, if ever.

I told her, “No, your hair looks great! I’m noticing more of us wearing afros these days, it’s really cool.” She started to second guess herself again and I replied, “that’s exactly the problem…some how, we’ve been brainwashed to think out natural hair doesn’t look good but it does. Your hair looks beautiful, wear it out more often.” She smiled, thanked me and walked away.

I don’t know when it happened and I don’t know why it happened but some where along the line, black people were some how brainwashed to not appreciate how their hair looks naturally. I’ve been guilty of having this way of thinking towards myself as well. My hair is so thick you could probably make an afro wig out of the hair that sheds from my head. Haha. It probably didn’t help that I grew up with two beautiful, biracial little sisters who each had hair I could put a comb through with ease and create the cutest hair styles with. It took me until I was in my 30s (I’ll be 34 soon) before I was 100% comfortable with wearing my hair out naturally. Whether it be an afro or afro puff pony tail hair styles……years back I would have been embarrassed to let my hair go free. Not any more, honey! I embrace it proudly.

Something awesome is happening these days, though. I’m seeing more and more women like myself wearing afros! I think that like me, they’re starting to learn that their hair is beautiful just the way it is and if they have days when they don’t feel like putting a flat iron through it then damn it, they don’t have to! I can bet that they’re also learning that compliments on their hair is on the rise. People love afros!

My favorite style to do in my hair is the, “frohawk.” I get the most compliments on it because lets face it, mohawks are awesome and look great on anyone. It was this video tutorial by Mr. Kate (one of my favorite DIY artists) that first inspired me to put five ponytails down my head in a straight line, top to bottom and comb those suckers out. It looked awesome!

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The theme I was going for today is no matter who you are or where you come from, please learn to love something about you that maybe you haven’t allowed yourself to love before. As human beings, we all have our insecurities and have different things that we need to work on but hey,  at the very least, we can start with loving our natural hair!  Natural hair comes in many different textures on many different people, of course :-). I once met a young white guy who had an afro that I envied so much. It looked fantastic. Maybe he was someone who got teased as a child or maybe not but he definitely wore his afro proudly when I met him. We need more of this! By allowing your natural hair to fly free, you will learn to love it more!

Remember Ashley Tisdale who played, “Maddie” on The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody? She’s a curly haired brunette. For the show, they made her a straight haired blonde. Heaven forbid a curly haired child watch their favorite tv show and see someone that has hair like theirs, right?  I know they’re actors and it’s part of their job to play dress up and become someone they’re not but come on! How about we start allowing the actors to represent people that we may not always see as main characters and allow the actors keep their own hair or skin color for cryin’ out loud (Oh, yeah, Raven-Symone’ had to tan for her role of, “Raven Baxter” on That’s So Raven because apparently a lighter skinned black girl isn’t dark enough to play a black girl).

Paragraph full of sarcasm aside (I could have gone deeper into that rabbit hole so I cut myself off), I hope I made at least one of you smile or laugh. I had a bit of a rough night last night and wanted  something positive to come from my hours of tears. LOL. So, I thought, “Why not tell a bunch of strangers that their hair looks nice?” 😉

Until next time, folks….

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Ugly Sweater Christmas Party On The Way?

…or just a Christmas party? or just Christmas? Worry not! I’m going to teach you how to make the perfect headband for the occasion and you’ll then take your newfound knowledge and make headbands for ALL of the holidays (I know you better than you do after all)!

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Here’s what’s you’ll need:

  1. A headband of your choice (I buy metal headbands in bulk off of amazon).
  2. Pipe cleaner (you know, the colorful, fuzzy covered wire thingies) in whatever colors you want.
  3.  Tulle in whatever colors you want.
  4.  You can even use ribbon instead of tulle or both!
  5.  Your favorite strong glue.
  6. Felt to make your Christmas designs with.
  7. A marker to draw those designs if you need it.
  8. paper or tag board.
  9. Any extra embellishments to decorate your headband with.
  10. A few peppermint candies (real or fake, doesn’t matter).
  11. Don’t forget those scissors.

Let’s do this!

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Here’s what my headband looks like to start with:

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Step 1: Put a dab of glue on the bottom tip of the headband, place your tulle or ribbon on to the glue and begin the process of wrapping your entire headband. Make sure no metal (or plastic) is showing in between each wrap and place a dab of glue every few inches along the way to make sure that tulle or ribbon isn’t going any where. When you reach the other end of your headband, make sure to glue the end as well. Cut off any extra tulle or ribbon. If for some reason you get to the end of your tulle or ribbon before your’re done wrapping your headband, glue that piece down where it’s at and glue a new piece on top and continue wrapping from there. Now you’re done with the first step!

 

Step 2: Grab six pipe cleaners of your choice. Twist three of them together to form one strong one and then do the same with the other three.

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Step 3: Take each one and twist them tightly on the top of your headband (“Ahhh, I see where we’re going with this!,” is what you’re thinking at this point.) You can even wrap the pipe cleaner in tulle or ribbon but you may fine you don’t want or need to because we’ll be topping off our creation with a cute bow that covers them anyway!

 

Step 4: Now it’s time to create and glue on the fun stuff. Design whatever you want to out of felt. Draw out your designs on paper or tag board if you wish and trace them onto the felt.  I’m going to do a Christmas tree on one side and a snow man on the other. You can even cheat and go to the store and by some cute, light weight ornaments and glue those suckers on instead if you wish. If you want your design to be shown from the front and the back, make sure to cut out two identical pieces of each design. A good tip for making the designs look symmetrical? You already learned it when you were a kid when you’d cut out hearts from construction paper: fold that piece of paper or tag board in half and draw only half of the design. Of course this depends on what the design is. If you’re doing a candy cane, draw out your candy cane on your paper or tag board, cut it out and trace it twice. Here’s a picture of what I’m starting with:

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Step 5: If you’re afraid you may mess up, decorate and put your designs together before you glue them onto the pipe cleaner. If you’re like me and don’t give a shit and want to take your chances, glue on, my friend! Make sure you glue each design on at matching heights. I had to yank off my Christmas tree and glue it higher to match the snow man. Get it as close as you can. Here’s what it’s going to look like:

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Step 6: Now flip it over and this is what you’ll see:

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Step 7: Glue on your back pieces, lining them up with the front pieces the best that you can. This is what you’ll see (both sides are covering the pipe cleaner):

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Step 8: You can decorate each design, front to back, if you choose to. For now, I’ll just do one side for the sake of getting this tutorial to you faster. I made the snow man’s nose out of felt, added a white felt heart to his hat just and used puffy paint for his eyes and mouth and a few lines on his nose. For the tree, I added a yellow star button I had, some gems and more puffy paint was used to finished it off.  You can use whatever you have at home. There is no wrong way to do it…unless you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing of course ;-). Here’s what mine looks like:

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Step 9: Now, for the grand finale. We’re going to make a bow to cover up even more of that pipe cleaner! It’s also time to bust out those peppermint candies because….just wait for the cuteness ahead (hey, I have to add some suspense). You can make your bow out of tulle, ribbon or even felt. See my previous tutorial on how to make a basic felt bow if you need to. Whatever you choose to use, just end up with a rectangular shape that you’ll be pinching in the middle to start shaping your bow. Take a a thin piece of tulle or yarn or thread and tie it around the middle of it to keep your bow in place for you like this:

 

Step 10: Now that your bow is tied in place, fluff it up how you like, cut a piece tulle and use it to tie your cute bow to the center of the headband in between your designs. The peppermints? wait for it……………………………..BOOM! Take a look:

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Awww, isn’t it cute? I glued a few real peppermints right in the center (left the wrappers on) but as you can see, I have fake ones pictured as well that I got from Hobby Lobby.  I think this headband turned out great and I truly hope you enjoyed it! You can do it so many different ways that turn out fantastic! You can even wrap the headband in white and tulle and then red ribbon to make it look like a candy cane. So many possibilities, have fun with it! If you see this and happen to make one, I wanna see! Send me pictures to MoFunAccessories@gmail.com and I can share them here if you’d like….or not. LOL.

Everyone please ENJOY the month of December. Be with your friends and family. Do fun stuff and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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One more look….

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Ghost Stories, Anyone? Vol. 3

 

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HAPPY HALLOWEENNNNNN!!! I hope you’re all having a lovely day! It’s what some would call a “gloomy” day where I live because of the cloud cover but usually a gloomy day has me like…

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LOL…Anyway, we’ll start off with my first and only vacation in England back in 2002. I was 18 years old and I went with my best friend, her mom, brother and a mother daughter duo that were friends of the family.

We stayed at a lovely bed (I almost typed bread) and breakfast in London at one point. It was a farm house. I can’t remember if we stayed for more than one night but the night but I stayed in a room with my best friend and her brother. There were three beds in the room.

Late one night as we slept, we were suddenly awakened by my best friends bed slamming to the ground. I wake up quickly and in the darkness I see a shadow of a tall man with a wide brimmed hat coming at me in the darkness. I nearly fall out of my bed trying to avoid him and he disappears by the time he reaches me. His message was clear without words: “get the hell out of here!”

My friends brother says to his sister (and I), “Your bed was lifted off the floor!!!” She was still pretty much out of it at the time and didn’t have much of a response. It’s quite funny to think about now actually, how calm all three of us were about it. A floating bed followed by me seeing a ghost walk towards me in anger. It couldn’t have been any more clear that we were not wanted in that room by someone who was no longer alive and we lay our heads back down, “K, night guys…” LOL.

 

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This next story takes place about 8 years before at my best friends house. It was her birthday slumber party. There were about 10 of us little girls ranging from ages 8 to 10 years of age.

Against my friend’s mother’s wishes, our friend sneaked next door to her house to grab her ouija board and brought it back to us. All of us little girls were seated on a fold out bed in the garage. It was one of those couches that had a fold out bed, to help paint a picture.

We had no idea what we were doing with the ouija board, nor did we really care to take it seriously, as we moved the planchette (I had to google what the hell that thing was called) around ourselves and giggled. Although the girl who brought the game over thought it was moving on it’s own and said, “Oh, my goshhhhh!” as she looked on.

Out of no where, the part of the bed that was opposite of where the couch cushions would be if the bed was folded back in place started lifting off of the ground with all of us on it. So just imagine about 10 little girls suddenly sliding towards the couch as the bed is being lifted off the floor, screaming their heads off. My best friends mom comes out into the garage, “I told you not to bring that thing over here!!!”

This is an example of how powerful these boards can be.  We were just playing around with it, hadn’t even lit a candle or asked a single question I don’t think and boom! There was a spirit lurking about thinking, “you think this is a game? I’ll show you what’s up.”

So, please be careful, fellow paranormal nerds. Know what you’re getting yourself into if you ever have the urge to make contact with those on the other side, how ever you choose to do it. There are people who have good experiences, there are people who have bad experiences. I personally wouldn’t like to risk it.

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That concludes all of my ghostly experiences that were worthy of a share! I hope you all enjoyed them! I’m gonna leave you with a bonus true story that’s NOT a ghost story but definitely out ranks them all on the scary meter.

In my mid 20s when I still worked at the casino as a cook, two of my co-workers and one of their cousins did a road trip to Mexico (we live in southern, California so it’s not a huge, huge, drive) to go enjoy the night life and hit up some clubs. Three women. I couldn’t tell you where they went in Mexico exactly…maybe TJ or something.

Anyway, they’re in a club dancing, having a great time, the cousin found a cute guy to dance with, she’s making out with him all night. He invited them all to his house later but they all declined and parted ways. Cut to the cousin going to the doctor because she gets a strange rash around her mouth which she assumes is from kissing this guy.

The doctor tells her, “go back to Mexico and contact the police immediately! This is the kind of rash one gets when they eat people.” That’s right. She was making out with a possible cannibal.

Needless to say, they were smart to not go to his home. Be safe out there, people. I’m sure most of us are guilty of leaving the club with people we just met to go hang out else where but at the very least, have a few people with you so you can all beat the shit out of the guy as a team if he tries something. Haha.

Don’t live your life in fear (I know this story is a huge buzzkill, even I’m thinking back to times I could have been harmed or killed)…enjoy it! But definitely think things through before acting <3.

Until next time, folks….

Ghost Stories, Anyone? Vol. 2

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Okay, ladies and gents! The time has come for another installation of my ghostly experiences. Let’s seeeee……I guess I can start with my most recent ghostly experience.

Earlier this year, I had to go through the most awful experience of losing my cat (also the family cat), Duce. He was 14 years old.

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To anyone who has lost a pet, I completely feel your pain and I’m so sorry for your loss. This was my first time experiencing such pain in my 33 years of life. In my situation there’s some guilt added onto it because my money wasn’t right at the time because of a job I lost (the place I was working at closed down out of no where) and had I had enough cash on me, he would be still be alive. Because I failed to learn the importance of actually putting money aside sometimes, he is now gone forever. I’ve told him I’m so sorry a million times by now and cried so many tears but at least I know one thing for sure: he knew how much I loved him.

He may have even paid me a visit at least twice since he passed. One night, I had fallen asleep on the couch and suddenly something bumped my arm to the point where I had to wake up and raise my head to look. I didn’t see him with my eyes but I definitely got a flash vision of him in my mind and I knew instantly the Duce was just saying, “hello.”

The second time he visited me, I was in at the kitchen table doing crafts. I got up from the table moved towards the living room when I look back and I see from the side of my eye, what looked like a black cat walking away from just where I was sitting in the kitchen…as if Duce had been sitting by my side as I was in the chair.

As guilty as I felt for him being gone, those two moments will stick with me forever because I know that he still loves me like I do him. I’ve heard stories that when we, ourselves die and cross over, we will be reunited with out pets as well as other loved ones. I can’t wait to see him again. Love you, Duce!

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Okay, now that I’ve shed enough tears while writing, let’s move on to the next one…

I mentioned the ghostly experiences at the casino in Vol. 1. Well, my house was about 4 minutes away and quite frankly, I think the whole area experienced spirit activity thanks to everything being built on the grounds where the Luiseño Native Americans once lived.

I’ve experienced the power being shut off at my friends house across the street from where I lived more than once. We’d be watching a movie and suddenly everything goes shuts off, we go outside to find the power box open and no one around. One night, we were outside and I saw a dark shadow near that box and I thought to myself,  “A-ha! I knew it was a ghost.” I said out loud to my friend, “who is over there?” My friend replied, “Monique, there’s no one there.”

Her little brother once told us that one night, while she was spending the night at my house, he definitely saw “her” in her room or something at one point and was creeped out after he called out to her and she was trance like and didn’t respond. Was there a ghost pretending to be her??

A few houses down the way, my friend was babysitting one day. At one point she looked to the top of the stairs to see a child standing there who definitely wasn’t one of the kids she was babysitting.

In my house, the thing that sticks out the most would be the random knocking on walls that my two little sisters and I would hear every once in a while. One day I mentioned it to my mom and she said, “Monique, stop! You’re gonna scare your sisters (my sisters weren’t scared of knocks, for the record).” Funny thing is, another day, I was in the living room with her and there was a *knock! knock! knock!* right on the wall behind her. I pretended I didn’t hear it so that I could watch her turn around and look to see where it was coming from and then laugh inside like, “Ha! you heard it too!”

My youngest little sister experienced things here and there…one time when she was about 13, I saw her crying and go running to my mom’s room and ask if she could sleep with her in her bed. I never asked her what she experienced because she was always the kind of person who would keep those things to herself. I was once told by a psychic that, I, “see spirits” and I think my sister is also sensitive in that way. Those who are more open in that way will experience more than others.

I’ve experienced hearing a glass jar lid lifting and slamming back down to the point where my mom woke up and asked me what the heck I was doing. I think the ghost was telling on me because I was on the computer that I was restricted from at the time. What a jerk. 😉 LOL.

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So, this concludes, Ghost Stories, Anyone? Vol. 2. I really enjoy writing out my experiences for you guys! Once Vol. 3 is done, that will be the end of my own experiences for right now but perhaps I can do research on other well known or not so well known paranormal events all over the world and write about those. We’ll see how it goes :-).

Tell me your ghost stories in the comments or e-mail them to me anytime!

Until next time, folks …

Ghost Stories, Anyone?

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Halloween will be here before we know it (such a lovely time of year). That means there’s no better time than the present to tell you all of my ghostly experiences since childhood. So, light some candles, turn off the lights, grab about a half dozen cupcakes for yourself, sit back…relax and let the ghost story party begin…

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The first experience that I can remember was at my grandmothers house as a child. My two cousins and I were taking a nap, me in my grandmothers sewing room and my two cousins in my grandmothers bedroom across the hall. Our doors are cracked open.

I remember waking up suddenly during my nap feeling that I definitely wasn’t alone in the room. I was on my side and from the side of my eye I can see darkness behind me. This person was squatting down behind me attempting to watch my as I slept. They were not threatening at all but because even at that young age, I was aware they they definitely weren’t alive, I was too scared to turn my head and get a good look. Instead, I closed by eyes, hoping that they would go away.

When my cousins and I woke up from our naps, we all go rushing to our grandmother in the kitchen to tell her what we witnessed. Yes, that’s right the squatting, not alive visitor paid my cousins a visit as well. There description of it, a dark shadow with glowing green eyes. I’m just gonna go ahead a quote their older sister when we re-told this story many years later as adults: “that don’t sound like no ghost, that sound like a monster.” My thoughts exactly, cousin. My thoughts exactly. I’m definitely glad I chose to close my eyes and not look. I would have lost my shit! It was right next to me!

The paranormal nerd in me has to add that spirits can take on any form and make themselves look any way they want us to see them as. For whatever reason, this dude wanted to be a shadow person with glowing green eyes…even though he was seemingly a nice, maybe a little creepy, person who was just curious about us as we tried to nap. My mom thinks it could have even been a friend of hers who was shot and killed during her childhood….but considering my grandmother lives about 400 feet away from a cemetery, it could have been anyone.

Okay, onto the next story…

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This next experience took place at my place of work at the time. I worked at a casino for nearly 12 years. It was about my 3rd year in when I was “movin’ on up” from being a dishwasher to being a line cook. The area of the casino I worked at was brand new.  I worked in the food court.

To be honest, it was when I was still a dishwasher at the food court where my first strange experiences happened. I would get random scratches on my arms every once in a while that I knew I didn’t remember accidentally doing to myself. The most impressive scratch was one I got on my leg one day. I was washing dishes when I felt this stinging on my right leg. I lift up my pant leg to take a look and there’s a long red welt about 6 inches long going down my shin. It didn’t register in my mind until much later that it was probably a ghost that was leaving scratches on me.

The whole area I grew up in is where Native Americans lived before us so naturally, you probably have burial grounds near by as well.

After becoming a line cook, my co-workers and I would all experience things while doing our prep work in the kitchen quite often. Our radio would shut off, my ipod would be completely drained as it’s charging and my music would shut off, people would hear their names being called or feel like they are being watched through the window of the walk in refrigerator while they’re inside, people would feel like someone is with them in the kitchen if they’re alone, the list goes on.

One of the most impressive things I ever witnessed was a long streak of white light floating passed me in the kitchen one day when I was in there alone. Another impressive experience is something I experiences with a few co-workers when we saw the date sticker labels that were hanging on the wall rolling down to the floor by themselves! My co-worker said, “Monique, look!” I turn around and there they were, already rolled to the floor and they kept going even when my co-worker went to stand directly in front of them. Crazy, fascinating stuff, I tell ya!

Based on what I’ve learned in paranormal land, sometimes if any type of construction is going on at a home or a business, any spirits that are around are basically stirred up and they will definitely let you know that they’re there. By the time I left the casino almost a decade later, stuff had calmed down. Every once in a while, I’d hear of things happening but it definitely wasn’t a constant thing like when the food court was brand new.

Okay, folks, I could continue the story telling but perhaps I should save the rest for Halloween and if that also looks like it’s going to be long, I’ll break that one up as well. LOL.

If any of you would like to share your ghost stories, please do! In the comments section or by email at mofunaccessories@gmail.com and I can post them here for you if you want and we can make this a thing! I love ghost stories!

Thanks for reading. Until next time….

 

How To Make A Basic “No Sew” Felt Hair Bow

Things you’ll need:

  1. A hot glue gun or your strongest, greatest fabric glue.
  2. Some hot glue sticks (hey, leave me alone, there’s always that someone who needs to know…)
  3. An alligator clip, barrette or rubber band you’d like to attach to your bow to (I will be demonstrating with an alligator clip).
  4. Any embellishments you’d like to add to your lovely new bow once it’s finished.

Step ONE: Cut a long rectangular shape out of your felt and a much smaller one that will be going around the center of your bow (See picture).

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Step TWO: Take two ends of the rectangle and bring them towards the center and glue them down. I recommend over lapping them just a bit. We will call this side the back of the bow. (See picture).

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Step THREE: Hold up the bow with the front facing you and start pinching the center so we can start to get that bow shape we want. You can lay it down and fold it as if you’re folding a paper fan just like you did when you were a kid, whatever you have to do. Make sure it looks nice and neat…or something close to it. LOL. (See picture).

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Step FOUR: Tie a piece of string, yarn, anything you have where you’re pinching the bow to hold it in place for you so that you can do the next steps with ease. You’ll be covering it later anyway so don’t worry about what it looks like (See picture).

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Step FIVE: Place your bow face down on your work surface with your, “center of the bow” felt strip underneath. BTW, I had to cut mine a little thinner to fit and look nicely in the center of my bow. Always make adjustments where needed (See picture).

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Step SIX: Put a dab of glue right there in the center where that thread is and fold the bottom flap of the bow center up to meet it. Press down onto the glue (See picture).

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Step SEVEN: Grab that alligator clip and clip it on the top flap of your bow center. It NEEDS to be on correctly so before gluing it, fold that top flap down with the clip on it and see how it looks first. Even if you glued the clip on the incorrect way, it would still work but it would just be a bit awkward to open.

Once you have that alligator clip in the right place, go ahead and fold that flap downwards onto a dab of glue that is right in the center again (glue bottle in picture showing where the glue goes). Hold it in place for a few moments (See pictures).

 

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Step EIGHT: Your lovely felt bow is put together and ready to decorate! I totally forgot to flip the bow around and get the before picture but here comes the after (See picture)!!!

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Yayyyyy!!!!! Your felt hair bow is complete. The possibilities are endless with the colors of felt you can use and of course the embellishments. You can even paint designs on them if you wish. Have fun with it!

That’s it for today, folks. Until next time…

17 Awesome Ideas For Children’s Party Activities!

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Want to plan a bad ass children’s party that doesn’t leave the kids bored and not having fun like in the photograph above?  Worry not, my friend, I am here for you and full of ideas that will add a little pizazz to your child’s party!

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Here are 17 party ideas you may want to consider…

***Idea #1. Bubble Wands And Bubbles!***

1. Gather the kids together so that they can make their own unique bubble wands of varying sizes. There are many tutorials online that will show you and/or give you ideas on how to do this. Or you can use your imagination and come up with your own bubble wand ideas.

2. Go outside and fill up a kiddie pool (or inside….hey, it’s your house, not mine) with bubbles and let the kids dip their home made bubble wands in and have some fun.

3. Take it up a notch and add food coloring to the bubbles. Obviously, the more colors you want, you’ll be needing more kiddie pools or whatever other bubble containers you may have.

***Idea #2. Jump The River Extreme!***

1. Lay two jump ropes on the ground parallel to each other about a two feet apart. Each child playing will take turns jumping over the, “river.”

2. Once the kids all successfully jump over the river and line up again, it’s now time for one of the jump ropes to be moved a bit farther back so the river is now wider than it was before. They’ll keep jumping over the river until the river is far too wide to jump over. Each kid who lands in between the jump ropes is out of the game. Keep going until there’s one kid standing.

3. Make this game, “extreme” by adding a tarp full of whip cream and chocolate syrup in between the jump ropes after a few rounds and the river starts to get wider. Any kid who can’t jump over it goes straight into the sweet, sticky mess.

***Idea #3. Puppet Show Fun!***

1. Have the kids decorate their own sock puppets.

2. They then can come up with a little puppet show idea and perform.

3. You can even have them design the puppet show stage together out of large pieces of cardboard or you can just do that part yourself before they arrive to the party. Heck, you can even keep it simple and flip a light weight table sideways and call it a day.

***Idea #4. Water Balloon Surprise!***

1.Get some water balloons.

2. Get some little plastic toys that are small enough to go into the water balloons and put them inside.

3. Next comes the water and bam!…an exciting new way for kids to get party favors once they splatter the water balloons onto the grass.

***Idea #5. Pony Bead Jewelry Fun!***

Who doesn’t enjoy making a good ol’ pony bead bracelet?

1. Get some pony beads and pipe cleaners and let the kids make their own jewelry. Using the pipe cleaners actually comes in handy for the little ones who can easily string the beads onto it.

2. Once their beaded creations are finished, all it takes is a twist of the pipe cleaner where needed to secure it onto them.

***Idea #7. Group Painting Fun!***

1. Get out the paint and brushes and water (Oh, my!).

2. Get a cheap white bed sheet and lay it on the grass.

3. Allow the kids to work together to paint whatever they like on the bed sheet.

4. Once their masterpiece is completed, allow it to dry for a while and they will have a fun backdrop for pictures later on.

5.Hang up their backdrop, give them some fun props like hats and glasses and take pictures of them in front of the art that they created together.

***Idea #8. Princess Makeover Party!***

So, the girls are already dressed in their princess costumes for the day, right?

1. With the help of a few moms and/or big sisters, why not set up a few stations for them to get princess make overs?

Stations include: Hair, make up, nails and maybe even a station for decorating princess crowns.

2. Set up a lovely princess feast for them to enjoy, followed by a lovely princess movie and there, you will have accomplished a lovely princess party that they will remember forever.

***Idea #9. Pirate Treasure Hunt Party!***

1. Set the mood by having the Pirates Of The Caribbean movie soundtrack playing (or simply play the movies).

2.  Maybe the kids can participate in a sword fighting contest. Get some plastic swords or even safer foam swords and let them have at it. The kids with the best moves can win prizes (so basically all of the kids. 😂).

3. Send the children on a treasure hunt where they have to find a treasure chest full of goodies they can take home with them.

***Idea #10. Black Light Dance Party!***

1. Bring out your black lights (or buy, if you don’t have them. Bring out the disco balls and strobe lights.

2. Get some neon or white yarn and use it to make string art on the walls that glow in the dark. Use thumb tacks or even better, if there is such a tape that you can tape up yarn with that’ll last for a night, then go for it.  Get some neon or white balloons too. Use them for decoration and/or let the kids toss them around.

3.  Come up with some fun glow in the dark games like bowling or even get a chalkboard with glow in the dark chalk and let them play tic tac to

3. Don’t forget the the crank up those kid appropriate tunes and have fun 😉.

***Idea #11. Sip And Paint! (Kid Friendly Version)***

1. If you, a friend or a family member can at least somewhat draw, why not show the kids step by step how to draw/paint a little something?

2. Give them snacks and some cool cups they would be excited to drink out of with juice to enjoy while they draw/paint.

3. When they’re done, take a group photo with the kids and their art work. They’ll be proud of their creations.

***Idea #12. Build Your Own Pizza Party!***

1. Get some paper chef hats and aprons and the the kids decorate them with fabric markers (I figure with markers, there’s no wait time before the kids can wear them).

2. But out the pizza toppings and let the kids decorate their own personal pizzas or work together to decorate a large pizza.

3.Bake their pizza creations for them and let them enjoy!

***Idea # 13. Back Yard Camp Out Sleep Over Party!***

1. Set up a tent in the back yard or let the kids build their own blanket fort indoors.

2. Serve up some hot dogs and s’mores (Yummy!). You could allow them to roast their own hotdogs and marshmallows over a fire themselves but depending in their ages, that may be more work for you than necessary….you decide.

3. Here’s a fun game you can play with the kids.

*Get a few dark colored lipsticks. This will be used as face paint for the kids so you could obviously use face paint as well if you can get it.

*Use a plastic knife to cut up the lipstick and put a bit inside little paper cups or whatever you have so each child gets one.

*Sit the kids in front of you in the darkness. A dark room or outside at night. It must be dark enough that you need a flash light to see.

*Shine a flash light on your face and drive invisible lines/designs on your face. The children must dip their fingers into the lipstick or face paint and mimic your every move on their own faces.

*When you are done, turn on the lights and the kids can have a laugh at how silly they all look.

4. If you have a telescope or can borrow one, let the kids look at the moon, stars and whatever planets are visible. Fun times.

5. End the night with a movie for the kids. Get extra fancy and rent a projector and let them watch the movie under the stars. Get creative and move your TV next to the window and get the same effect. Haha.

***Idea #14. Nature Walk And Picnic Party!***

1. Get all the food, drinks and snacks you’ll be needing for the picnic portion if the nature walk. You can even let the kids help pack it,  which will get them excited about their day ahead 😀.

2. For the nature walk, go any place you like that is safe for the kids of course. Hell, just take them to the park if you want. Anyway that gets people outdoors is a plus.

3. Think about backpacks or dollar store cloth bags, etc. you’ll be needing for everyone to help transfer the food, etc.

4. One fun activity you could do is have the kids collect cool leaves, flowers, sticks, pebbles, etc. that they can create art projects with once you all get to your picnic destination. They can glue them down on construction paper in cool designs (bring glue) or do that thing we all learned in kindergarten  (I’m 33 and just found out how to spell that word right now. I thought it was “kindergarden”) where you cover leaves with a piece of paper and color over the paper with crayons and watch the shapes of the leaves underneath the paper form before your eyes. Use your imagination and have fun.

5. Enjoy your picnic lunch and enjoy the rest of your day!

***Idea #15. Mad Scientist Party!***

1. Come up with some science experiments that you can show the kids and allow them to participate in.

2. Get some cheap aprons, gloves, goggles, etc….whatever you need to get to keep everyone as clean and safe as possible for the experiments.

3. Serve up some science themed food, drinks and/or snacks…maybe the kids can even help make something if it’s simple enough.

4. Set them up with a science related movie or tv show: Flubber, Frankenstein, Bill Nye The Science Guy, The Munsters….you get were I’m going with this 😉.

***Idea # 16. Water Obstacle Course Party!***

1. As I write this, spring is here and summer will be here before we know it so setting up a water themed obstacle course for the kids could be fun for everyone!

2. Things you could use: blow up kiddie pools, pool noodles, slip and slides, water balloons, water hose, toy boats, jump ropes, hula hoops, inner tubes (pool donuts).

3. Example of a water obstacle course: *1st- place a few pool noodles flat on the ground for them to  jump over. *2nd-they jump into the first kiddie pool where they have to fish out three water balloons and toss them through a hula hoop someone is holding before stepping through the hula hoop themselves. *3rd- they must then slip and slide to where another kiddie pool is waiting. *4th-child pick up a toy boat and place it in the kiddie pool near them at the “starting point” they can blow with their mouth or use a water gun to squirt at the toy boat but it has to reach the other side of the kiddie pool without their fingers touching the boat. So if you have two of these water obstacle courses set up side by side, imagine how fun this  could be! The toy boat that makes it to the “finish line” first marks the winner. Or time the kids one by one and the best time wins. Just like they do on TV. What if someone video taped and narrated just like on TV and you all can way the playback later? See? I’m full of ideas 😂.

3. The possibilities are endless, use your imagination and always keep in mind everyone’s safety when coming up with your cool ideas for the water obstacle course 😊.

***Idea #17. Mini Backyard Carnival Party!***

1. Get some helpers to work different stations where the kids can walk up and play games and win prizes, get food, drinks, snacks, etc.

2. You can even have helpers who can do face painting, balloon animals, characature drawings, etc.

3. Get a Jolly Jump and/or think of other creative, fun ideas to make your child’s party more carnival like (dance contests, three legged race, etc.) 😊.

This concludes my list of 17 children’s party activity ideas! I hope you liked at least one of them and if you did? Mission accomplished 😉 💜.