Easy Crafts for Kids – Wooden Gnomes

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Easy Crafts for Kids wooden gnomes

These are the gnomes that we made with the kids at St. Jude on our trip.  Minus the sewing, the kids were able to do these all by themselves.  We had so much fun making them with the kiddos, I thought I would share how to make them with you.  They would make a perfect rainy day activity, don’t you think?

Crafts for Kids - Wooden Gnomes

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Water colors
  • Wood dolls
  • Paint brushes
  • Felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Sharpie marker {fine or medium tip}
  • Cup of water {for the water paints}
  • Q-tip

Directions:

Crafts for Kids - Wooden Gnomes

Start by painting the base of the wood dolls different colors.

Crafts for Kids - Wooden Gnomes

Then, using your sharpie, add dots for eyes and buttons on the dolls.  Dab a little red water color with a q-tip to make rosy cheeks on the gnome.

how to make a toy doll hat

Cut out 3″ x 5″ triangles out of the felt.  {I made a pattern, just to simplify things.}

how to make a toy doll gnome hat

Fold the felt triangle in half and sew along the long side of the triangle.  Place the hat on the gnome and you’re finished.

Easy Crafts for Kids wooden gnomes

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Graceland: Elvis’ Home is Awesome

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Yesterday we went to Graceland! I’ve kinda always been fascinated with Elvis Presley because he’s was so brilliant & quirky {plus the dude sold over a billion records worldwide and that’s just impressive}. So obviously when we started making plans to head on our epic road trip to Memphis, we had to head to Graceland. I mean he’s The King. And he’s awesome.

graceland trophy room

First of all the estate itself is massive at 13 acres+ {Sheesh. Can you even image mowing that lawn. The Handsome Husband would have a heart attack!}. And then the house is a freakin rad mansion {it has twenty-three rooms, including eight bedrooms and bathrooms. And just like the HH would not want to mow that lawn, I’d pass out cleaning the interior} and a museum too.

graceland kitchen pictures

It’s also a National Historic Landmark and gets over 600,000+ visitors every year. I could go on and on about how cool Graceland is, but I’ll let our pictures do the talking. Here are my top 10 favorite things at Graceland {in no particular order}:

1. The Front Gate: It’s probably the most famous thing about the estate and I totally get why. It’s a wrought-iron gate shaped like a book of sheet music with huge green colored musical notes and a silhouette of Elvis. Pretty impressive!

graceland graves

2. The Meditation Garden: Well, it’s a garden, so clearly I’m going to love it. Elvis, his parents Gladys and Vernon Presley, and his grandmother are all buried there. There’s also a memorial gravestone for Presley’s twin brother, Jesse Garon {he was stillborn, so sadly Elvis never knew him}.

3. The Entry: The entryway contains four Temple of the Winds columns and two large lions perched on both sides. Clearly Elvis knew how to make a statement.

graceland the jungle room

4. The Jungle Room: One of Elvis’ favorite rooms is inspired by one of his favorite places to vacation: Hawaii.  It has a very Polynesian feel with really cool carved wood and even a waterfall! Best part? The faux fur upholstery and green shag carpet!

5. The Racquetball Building: It was once an actual racquetball court, but now it houses a large display of Elvis’ awards, honors and accomplishments. Holee Cow he was a big deal. There are also a couple of his stage costumes, including the very famous American Eagle jumpsuit. It was neat to see those costumes up close & personal.

graceland pictures

6. Mansion Foyer: It has a 15-foot wide white sofa. Need I say more.

graceland dinning room pictures

7. The Dining Room: The dining room was where Elvis and his family would enjoy down-home Southern cooking for their evening meals. And probably where hundreds of those famous Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana sandwiches were consumed!

8. The Stained Glass: It kinda wraps around the front door and all along the entryway windows. Very unique.

graceland staircase pictures

9. The Staircase: I mostly loved this because it holds such mystery. It leads to a curtained off 2nd floor that only family is allowed to access. Upstairs is also the bathroom where he supposedly died, which leads me to #10…

10. Elvis’ Ghost: Okay so we obviously didn’t get a picture of this {we’d be millionaires if we had!}, but there’s still a part of me that believes the rumor that he didn’t die in his bathroom at Graceland of a heart attack. What do you think? Any conspiracy theories?

Yep, Graceland was pretty cool, but I have to admit I thought someone would certainly, “Thank us. Thank us very much,” as we left. ;)

~Mavis

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St. Jude Garden and Kay Kafe

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St. Jude Garden

Well, we did it!

What started off as a crazy idea turned into reality when we met Chef Miles at the St. Jude Garden yesterday in Memphis, Tennessee. We were able to donate enough gnomes so that each one of the 59 garden boxes would be able to have at least one gnome placed in it. How cool is that?

chef miles St. Jude GardenChef Miles, who prepares food for the Kay Kafe gave us a tour of the gardens and talked to us about the types of vegetables they grow at the St. Jude garden {squash, beans, tomatoes, greens, herbs} with the help of volunteers. Thanks to my buddies at Botanical Interests Seed Company we were able to pass along a HUGE seed box of seeds {250+ packets} to Chef Miles for next years garden. Garden gnomes, seeds and money, sounds like the perfect combination if you ask me.

St. Jude Garden Boxes

In case you didn’t know already, at St. Jude the faculty, staff and patients not only get to enjoy the fresh produce from the St. Jude garden, but the cafe tries to make sure all the food served in the Kay Kafe is locally sourced and comes from within 150 miles of the hospital.

St. Jude Garden Boxes

We were not only able to visit the gardens, but we were also to spend time with some of the patients and make a gnome craft, as well as get a private tour and visit the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Because of privacy reasons we did not take any photos but I can tell you we were all very impressed with the facility, the kids and the whole experience. It was a wonderful once in a lifetime experience.

A BIG thank you to everyone who donated a gnome, made a cash donation or wished us well on our journey. It was really a once in a lifetime journey and I am just so glad we were able to help.

I’ll write more later, but I wanted to share the pictures with you asap.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

Mavis

 

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Mornings with Mavis – Scott’s Toilet Paper, Wahl Clippers, Campbell’s Soup to Go, Tide Detergent

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garden gnomes

Arkansas, you’ve been gnomed!

Happy Tuesday everyone. :) After a wild and crazy 5 day road trip we are all headed home today. I am so exhausted that once we finally make it home I think I’m going to straight to bed and sleep for a very long time.

Here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning, have a great day everyone.

~Mavis

Little House on the Prairie The Complete Nine Season Set

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Nine-Season Set

Scott Extra Soft Bath Tissue Rolls

Amazon has Scott Extra Soft Bath Tissue Rolls 36 Double Rolls for only $13.65 shipped when you clip the $2.00 off coupon {must be signed in to your account to see it} and use the subscribe and save option at check out. I just ordered this!!

tide free and clear detergent

Amazon also has Tide Laundry Detergent, 50 Ounce (Pack of 2) for $9.89/ $4.94 each shipped when you clip the $1.50 off coupon {must be logged into your account to see it and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

campbells soup on the go

Check out these deals for Campbell’s Soup on the Go:

Campbell’s Soup on the Go Chicken & Star Shaped Pasta, 10.75-Ounce Microwavable Cups (Pack of 8) $9.00/ $1.12 each each shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Campbell’s Soup on the Go Cream of Broccoli, 10.75-Ounce Microwavable Cups (Pack of 8) $9.32/ $1.16 each shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.
Campbell’s Soup on the Go Creamy Tomato Parmesan Bisque, 10.75-Ounce Microwavable Cups (Pack of 8) $9.24/ $1.15 each shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

Campbell’s Soup on the Go New England Clam Chowder, 10.75-Ounce Microwavable Cups (Pack of 8)$9.61/ $1.20 each shipped when you clip the 20% off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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Got teeth? Print a coupon good for $1.00 off any REACH Brand toothbrush

Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit

Amazon currently has the Wahl Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit on sale for $19.99. I’ve been cutting the HH and Monkey Boy’s hair for years with a Wahl clipper set.

  • Color coded guide combs make it easy to remember everyone’s favorite hair length, every time you cut
  • Color coded keys make it easy to correspond the correct comb to the right setting
  • Self-sharpening, high-carbon steel blades are precision ground to stay sharp longer
  • Ideal for head and total body grooming
  • Soft touch grip for comfort and control

clymbe warehouse sale

If you love REI then chances are you are going to love The Clymb. The Clymb offers premium outdoor and active-lifestyle brands and has deals up to 70% off retail on it. My daughter LOVES this site and gets a lot of her clothing for there.

Go HERE to Sign up for The Clymb and check out their deals.

cheap kindle case covers

Amazon has Case Crown Kindle Covers for as low as $3.99 Wowza! There are over 2,000 awesome reviews on these so if you need a case, I’d grab one before the price goes up.

back to school sales

Would you rather shop online than head to the mall for back to school clothes {I would!}. 6pm is having a huge sale and everything on the site ships for free.

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Discount Mags has some great deals today, here are my favorites:

Arts and Crafts Home Magazine only $6.99 a year with code MAVIS at checkout.
Saveur Magazine only $4.99 a year with code MAVIS at checkout.
Readers Digest Magazine only $4.99 a year with code MAVIS at checkout

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Have you tried this recipe for Roasted Corn with Bacon yet? It.Is. Delicious.

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Piggly Wiggly: The Coolest Grocery Store Ever

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piggly wiggly shirts

Besides the fact that it’s the coolest named grocery store ever, pretty much all of the modern conveniences you take for granted when at the grocery store today are because of the Piggly Wiggly.

Piggly Wiggly was the first true self-service grocery store. It was founded way back in 1916 in Memphis, Tennessee and before it came along, you would wait in a long line & then hand your shopping list to a cashier. Then wait around some more while they filled the order for you {like Olivia Walton did at Ike Godsey’s store}. Then wait around even longer while they checked you out. Grocery shopping already feels like it takes FOR-EVER sometimes. I can’t even image. Pretty much in debt to those Piggly Wiggly folks!

piggly wiggly produceIn case you didn’t know, Piggly Wiggly was the first to:

  • provide checkout stands
  • price mark every item in the store
  • provide shopping carts for customers, starting in 1937
  • feature a full line of nationally advertised brands
  • use refrigerated cases to keep produce fresher longer
  • put employees in uniforms for cleaner, more sanitary food handling
  • standardize product location, so customers who know the location of their favorite products in their local store knew where they were in every store
  • franchise independent grocers to operate under the self-service method

The success of Piggly Wiggly was phenomenal {at its peak the company operated 2,660 stores!} so much so that other independent and chain grocery stores changed to self-service in the 1920s and 1930s. While there are only about 600 Piggly Wigglys remaining, we were lucky enough to find one on our road trip!  I mean you can’t exactly say you’ve fully experienced the South until you’ve shopped at a Piggly Wiggly, right?! A Piggly Wiggly is as Southern as sweet tea, grits and lightin’ bugs.

piggly wiggly

Now Amberlina’s husband was a cart boy at a Piggly Wiggly many years ago, so he gave us the lowdown. First lesson: a shopping cart is not called a shopping cart. It’s called a buggy. Who knew? Second lesson: Soda is called Coke. Like if you walk into the store looking for Sprite, you’d ask where the Coke aisle was, not the soda aisle. He also said that no one knows how the original owner came up with the name Piggly Wiggly. Turns out he’s right. I Googled it & Clarence Saunders, the founder, would never say where he got the name from. Odd.

All in all, it seemed like any other grocery store on the inside. But just knowing you’re in a store called Piggly Wiggly makes it that much more awesome.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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garden gnomes in trunk

When we first planned the road trip to St. Jude, the plan was to rent a MotorGnome and drive it one way from Seattle to Memphis and then drop the MotorGnome off and fly home.

But I soon realized that plan was not going to work after a quick call to the RV place. For starters, the closest place to rent an RV was Tacoma, Washington {not a problem} but since we only wanted to drive the RV one way, the nearest drop off site was TEXAS! Which totally didn’t make sense because by the time we got all the way to Texas, we would have already been half way home.

Then of course there was the sticker shock that RV’s tend to get about 8 miles per gallon of gas. Holy smokes, even if we would have parked the RV in a Walmart parking lot to save on hotel stays, the cost for the rental and gas {and per mileage fee} would have been though the roof.

rental car

So what did we do? Well, after some serious number crunching, we decided to go ahead and do a little flying and driving {mostly driving}. But the only problem was, the cost of renting a van or an SUV was ridiculously high. So we took our chances and placed reservations for intermediate vehicles in the hopes of the car rental agency offering us an upgrade for a few bucks more.

And it worked, 2 out of 3 times.

Without going in to too much detail, let’s just say none of us would ever {in a million years} buy a Hyundai Sonata.
mavis butterfield

Especially if we needed drive to the airport in one with 400 gnomes in the trunk, backseat, and in every available free space in the car.  We survived it of course, but next time {will there be a next time?} I’m going to just pay a few bucks more when I make the reservation and get a van. Lesson learned.

dollywood train

Luckily, by the time we made it to Dollywood, we were out of extra gnomes, otherwise I think we may have tried to fill the train with them just so we could have some leg room.

Road trips are adventure, that’s for sure.

~Mavis

Have you ever tried to pinch pennies on a road trip before and had it backfire on you? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

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Dollywood – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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dolly parton childhood home

Yesterday we headed to Dollywood all so Lola could cross it off of her bucket list. In fact, other than Lola belting out 9 to 5 the ENTIRE drive there, I think we were all dreading a little apprehensive about the whole Dolly experience. I was totally surprised though. It turns out it’s a great wholesome place for people to enjoy some quality time with the family. It had roller coasters and rides for those of us who are not obsessed with all things Dolly and of course, plenty of neon pink Dolly memorabilia for those who are {Lola only}.

dolly parton's childhood home

This little house is a replica of the Parton homeplace where Dolly’s parents raised her and her 10 brothers and sisters.  It basically consisted of a kitchen and a bedroom and was made by her brother Bobby.  The cool part about the house was that most of the treasures inside we filled with original family items.

dolly parton childhood home

I don’t know how everyone would fit into this tiny little bedroom. What do you think? Ma and Pa in the bed, and little babies piled in and around?

dollywood chapel

They even had church services, since we were there on a Sunday.  When is the last time you went to an amusement park that held church services?

dollywood school house

This little school house reminds of Little House on the Prairie, Tennessee-style.

dollywood school house

Inside was so simple.  I wonder how modern-day kids would fair without computers and i-Pads?

handmade stagecoach

You could buy these buggies for around $5000.  How cool would that be to ride around town in a horse drawn buggy?  I wonder if the HH would say yes to a horse or two to pull me around?

dollywood roller coasters

Overall, I think it was a great experience–and a total surprise.  In the words of Lola, “You done good, Dolly.  You done good.”

~Mavis

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Mondays with Mavis

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road trip foodWe’ve been plugging away across the country with a junkload of gnomes in tow, and we’ve also been making quite a dent in our $125 we each have to spend. Amber found some of the most delicious french onion soup in Pigeon Forge.

free hotel breakfastWe all caught a break with a the free continental breakfast this morning at the Music Road Hotel before heading out to Dollywood. We didn’t notice it until we sat down to eat but the eggs were fake. Yep, instant eggs. {Gross!}

five Guys BurgersFive Guys burger hit the spot when we were famished & exhausted from traveling. Some of the best burgers ever!

spliting the checkWe ate Mexican food in Nashville. I know, I know. You’re wondering why we didn’t eat BBQ. Well we’re planning on stuffing our faces full of BBQ tomorrow in Memphis, so we held off.

subwayWe were so excited to see a Subway super late Friday night when we were on the road and still hours from our destination. Love Subway or hate it, when you’re starving and nothing is open for miles and miles, a Subway sandwich just might be the best thing you’ve ever tasted.

sweet tea

The Girl picked up some essentials when we hit Piggly Wiggly. The prices there were surprisingly good so it didn’t break her bank.

Overall I think we’re doing well. Here’s where we stand:

Lola has spent $50.50 just on food.
Amber has spent $83 on food and souvenirs.
The Girl has spent $52.51 just on food.
I have spent $61.12  just on food.

You think we’re going to make it? We have about 5 meals left and a day & a half of traveling. Can we do it?

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Naot Footwear, Pet Seat Covers, DIY Laundry Detergent

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wagon wheel

Happy Monday everyone, are you ready to get this week started? I know I am. Today we head over to St.Jude and then tomorrow we head home. It’s going to be a busy, busy day but here are a few deals I spotted this morning for you.

Have a great day everyone. :)

~Mavis

Free Kindle Books

Here are a few Kindle Books I think are cool:

$10 Root Cellar $1.99 or FREE for Amazon Prime Members
The Low-Maintenance Raised Bed Gardening Book FREE
Fix, Freeze, Feast $2.51 {Still available!}
Top 50 Most Delicious Homemade Sorbet Recipes $0.99 or FREE for Amazon Prime Members
The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood $11.99

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Available Kindle Books for kids:

The Bee Bully FREE
The Pirate and the Star FREE
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom, & the Challenges of Bad Hair $1.00 or FREE for Amazon Prime Members
Emma Dilemma and the New Nanny $1.00 or FREE for Amazon Prime Members

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

custom photobook

Amazon Local is offering an 8×8 20-page Classic Custom hardcover photo book for $13.

Be sure and Sign up HERE so you’ll know what the daily deal is each day.

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Zulily has prAna Activewear on sale today for up to 50% off. This apparel line is featured in stores like REI, Nordstrom and Althea. Kenneth Cole rain coats and jackets are also featured today as well.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

naot footwear deals

6pm has Naot Footwear on sale for up to 60% off. These shoes are super comfortable and fun to wear.

rei outlet coupon

Planning on shopping online at REI Outlet? Now through August 12th you can take 20% any one item.

carseat cover for pets

Groupon has the Pet Store Waterproof Pet Seat Cover on sale for $13.99 shipped! I think I might need one of these for our car.

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DIY-DIY-How-to-Make-Your-Own-Laundry-Detergent

Are you worried about all the chemicals in store bought laundry detergent? Check out my post on How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make.

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Get a 1 year subscription to National Geographic Magazine for only $15.00 a year. I don’t know about you but I love this magazine.

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It looks like I forgot to announce the 2 winners of the Thy Hand Hath Provided Cookbook last week. The winners are:

Lauren who said: “I make a lot of things from scratch — I love cooking. But by far my favorite is really good pound cake. I use Dorie Greenspan’s recipe from her “Baking” cookbook. I’ve been eyeing this cookbook on Amazon for awhile now; would love to win it!”

Lynn who said “Salad and Salad dressings! So fresh. So real tasting. So healthy without the preservatives! Haven’t boughten store bought dressings in years!”

A big thank you to everyone who entered, if you didn’t win this time, no worries, I have more giveaways planned.

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How to Make Ruby Red Slippers

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How to Make Ruby Red Slippers

Since we were headed through Kansas on our way to St. Jude, I thought I’d better whip up some Ruby Red Slippers.  I know, I know, cliche, but who doesn’t love the chance to glitter anything?  Plus, when I am done, I’m pretty sure I know some neighbor kids that would welcome the addition to their dress-up clothes.

ugly brown shoes

I found these high heels on clearance at Target.   So, I grabbed enough for The Girl,  Amberlina, Lola and myself.  Lucky for me, they had all of our sizes.  I laid a board covered in tissue paper out in the lawn to work on–because I really don’t want to  explain to guests why there is glitter all over my house.

How to Make Ruby Red Slippers at the Last Minute

I grabbed a can of high strength adhesive glue.

How to Make Ruby Red Slippers at the Last Minute

And a container of glitter.  Now brace yourself, because here’s where things get really technical:  I sprayed the shoes and then dumped sprinkled the glitter onto the shoes.

How to Make Ruby Red Slippers at the Last Minute

And while it’s true, there’s no place like home–now we can at least make the most of Kansas.

~Mavis

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