Grinchy Christmas Ornament

Looking for a cute stocking stuffer for your little Grinch lover Whoville citizen? This Grinchy Christmas Ornament is just the thing! Filled with paper, feathers, or any other green, Grinchy filling, this ornament takes minutes to make and even features a quote tag from the book.

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Grinchy Christmas Ornament

Materials:

  • Clear plastic ornament
  • Green filling (such as feathers, paper, or even paint or glitter)
  • Red felt heart
  • Hot glue gun
  • Grinch Printable Tag (see below)
  • Red ribbon or twine

 

Instructions:

Fill your ornament with your green filling. Be sure to keep weight in mind (avoid using heavy things like beads unless you have REALLY supportive branches!).

Using a hot glue gun, attach your felt heart to the outside of the ornament.

String on the printable with red ribbon and you’re good to go!

 

Want to make your own? Here’s the tag:

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It Came Just the Same!

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“He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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12 Splendiferious Grinch Recipes

Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch…

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But these snacks inspired by the Grinch will have your heart growing to two times its normal size!

Whether you’re brave enough to go see the new Grinch movie (sense my sarcasm?) or you’re just a fan of the original book/movie, these great grinchy treats will have you banging your tartinkers and slanging your sloo-slunkers!

12 Splendiferious Grinch Recipes

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  1. Grinch Cake
  2. Grinch Candy Bark
  3. Grinchy Rice Krispie Treats
  4. Grinch Cake Balls
  5. Grinch Ice Cream
  6. Grinch Smoothie
  7. Grinch Pretzel Bites
  8. Grinch Cookies (dairy free!)
  9. Grinch Cake
  10. Cut-Out Grinch Cookies
  11. Grinch Popcorn
  12. Green Grinch Fudge

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10 Awesome Quotes from Mark Twain

Today marks the 183rd birthday of American author, Mark Twain. Best known for writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain was born and raised in Missouri where he worked as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River.

His wit and satire got him far in life, earning praise from critics and peers, as well as presidents, artists, industrialists and European royalty.

Often referred to as “the greatest humorist this country has produced”, and even called “the father of American literature” by one William Faulkner, Twain has a litany of wisdom in his repertoire. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that the man had a way with words…

In honor of his birthday, here are 10 great quotes by Mark Twain!

10 Awesome Quotes from Mark Twain

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“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

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“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

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“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

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“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

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“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

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25 Fun Facts about It’s a Wonderful Life

There are few movies that hit me right in the gut like It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s the only holiday movie I can only watch once a year because my delicate emotions just can’t handle more than that.

That being said, It’s a Wonderful Life is up there as one of my favorite movies ever. There’s something so honest and raw about it, something in George Bailey that just gets to me every time.

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Ironically, though it’s a beloved classic today, It’s a Wonderful Life was considered a bit of a flop when it first came out. It didn’t make back it’s large $3.8 million budget and though it boasted casting several Oscar winners, it wasn’t until several years later that the movie found the following it was looking for back in 1946.

If you find yourself in the holiday spirit, you’re going to love these enduring fun facts about one of the best holiday movies of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life

25 Fun Facts about It’s a Wonderful Life

In the scene where Donna Reed throws a rock through the window of the Granville house, director Frank Capra hired a marksman to shoot the window out on cue; however, Reed broke the window herself. She played baseball in high school and had a strong throwing arm.

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As Uncle Billy drunkenly leaves the Bailey home, it sounds as if he stumbles into some trash cans on the sidewalk. In fact, a crew member dropped a large tray of props right after Thomas Mitchell went off-screen. James Stewart began laughing, and Mitchell quickly improvised, “I’m alright, I’m okay!” Director Frank Capra decided to use this take in the final cut and gave the stagehand a $10 bonus for “improving the sound.”

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The gym floor that opens up to reveal a pool was real. It was located at Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles.

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James Stewart was nervous about the phone scene kiss because it was his first onscreen kiss since his return to Hollywood after the war. Under director Frank Capra’s watchful eye, Stewart filmed the scene in only one unrehearsed take, and it worked so well that part of the embrace was cut because it was too passionate to pass the censors.

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Director Frank Capra said It’s a Wonderful Life is one of his favorite films.

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While filming the scene in which George prays in the bar, James Stewart was so overcome that he began to sob. Frank Capra later re-framed and blew up the shot because he wanted to catch that expression on Stewart’s face. This is why the shot looks so grainy compared with the rest of the film.

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The set of Bedford Falls was constructed in two months and covered four acres of land, one of the longest sets in American movie history. It included 75 stores and buildings, a main street, a factory district and a residential and slum area.

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Main Street itself was 300 yards long – about 3 city blocks.

Capra created a new “snow” for this film, using foamite, soap and water. This quiet snow would allow the team to record the sound live. Previous to It’s a Wonderful Life, snow was made using Cornflakes that had been painted white, which were so loud that dialogue had to be dubbed in later.

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A photograph of James Stewart at 6 months old was donated by his parents and included in the film set.

Though a beloved holiday tradition today, the film was considered a flop when it first opened in 1946.

Today it’s ranked as the #1 Most Inspirational Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute.

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The scene on the bridge where Clarence saves George was filmed on a back lot on a day where the temperature was 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This is why James Stewart is visibly sweating in a few scenes.

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James Stewart cited George Bailey as being his favorite character he ever played, but stated in several interviews that Harvey (1950) was his favorite movie he starred in.

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In the scene at the dance in the high school gym, when George Bailey first sees Mary and approaches her, the young man talking to Mary is “Alfalfa” of Little Rascals fame in the uncredited role of Freddie Othelo.

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The part of George Bailey was originally developed at another studio with Cary Grant earmarked for the role. When Frank Capra inherited the project, he rewrote it to suit Stewart.

The entire film was shot in 90 days.

Stewart was 38 years old while filming, though his charter George ranged in age throughout the film from 21 to 38. Donna Reed was 25 during filming, though her character Mary ranged in age from 18 to 35.

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George says he hopes to go to college to “learn how to build things”. In real life, Stewart majored in architecture at Princeton University.

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It’s a Wonderful Life marked Donna Reed’s first starring role.

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Henry Travers, who plays Clarence, also stars in The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945) as Horace P. Bogardus. When George Bailey passes a movie theater towards the end of the movie, that film is being showcased.

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The scene on the famous poster of George holding Mary in the air is never shown in the film.

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Capra was said to have gotten the idea for the film from a Christmas greeting card.

Mr. Potter is never caught as the thief who embezzled $8,000, which apparently he got to keep. This was unusual for a Hollywood film of the time as criminals were often required by censorship to be punished or made to repent.

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Over the course of the film, there are 42 bell chimes…meaning 42 angels got their wings!

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10 Ways to Reuse Plastic Straws

OK we all know by now that plastic straws are wreaking havoc on the environment. Some restaurants aren’t even serving them anymore (or have switched to paper straws) and some companies have even discovered ways to make reusable straws that are dishwasher safe.

If you’re all about saving the turtles and trying to throw away less plastic straws, here are a handful of projects you can make using plastic and paper straws!

10 Ways to Reuse Plastic Straws

Drink Straw Coasters

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Holiday Straw Stars

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Starburst Wreath

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Geometric Wall Art

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DIY Frames

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DIY Jump Rope

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Gift Wrap Stars

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Gold Ornament Decor

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DIY Terranium

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Straw Bunting

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Do You Ever Wonder What We Could Have Been?

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“But your mind plays tricks with distance
Always makes things feel unfinished.
I miss you more than I loved you.”
Katy Perry, “Miss You More”

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