Cute Birthday Hat Garland

I recently went through my craft stash and did a MASSIVE clean…I got rid of yarn I don’t use, supplies I never use, paper I’ve never used…and sitting at the bottom of one of my craft containers was a stash of scrap paper.

Saved from various paper projects, this collection of scrap paper had a whole mess of paper in it. In an effort to really make a dent in my craft stuff, I set it aside to be recycled…

But…then I got an idea!

Also in my collection of stuff to bring to work and put on the free table was a bag of small pom poms. I have no idea why I had these or where they came from, but I grabbed them and my paper stash and got to work making some little party hats.

Needless to say, this was a great way to use up my paper scraps and now I have a fun little garland to hang up during birthday celebrations!

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I found a template for a mini hat at the This Heart of Mine blog (link below) that made super cute hats about 1 in. high. She also includes a pattern for human-sized hats if you want to get crafty for a party!

A fun garland to hang on the wall or use to wrap a gift, this birthday hat garland is fast, easy, and oh so adorable!

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Materials:

  • Pattern (I used the pattern found here)
  • Scissors
  • Scrap Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Mini Pom Poms
  • String

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your pattern and assemble your little hats. You can follow the instructions at the link above for the mini party hats.
  2. Using a glue gun, top your hats with mini pom poms.
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  3. Attach back of hats to string using glue gun.

String up and enjoy!

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The Humanity of Our Heroes

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5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

Right, so I know corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patty’s Day go-to…and I know my Irish ancestors would shun me for saying so, but I’m just not a huge fan of corned beef…or cabbage for that matter.  I mean…I’ll eat it…but when push comes to shove, I’d much rather spring for a piece of shepherd’s pie or a big ol’ plate of bangers and mash (which I know is not OFFICIALLY Irish, but…it has potatoes!!).

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So here are a few other Irish-ish recipes that you can make to still be in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit if you’re like me and don’t swoon over the traditional fare.

5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

Irish Soda Bread (my favorite!!)
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Bangers & Mash
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Shepherd’s Pie
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Bailey’s Brownies
Just a Pinch
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Beer Cheese Soup
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Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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Is You Okay? Book Review

The first Glozell video I saw was “The Cinnamon Challenge”.  Here was some crazy loud woman with one heck of an amazing weave downing a LADLE full of cinnamon and somehow not dying…I felt bad laughing hysterically but I couldn’t help it!  I instantly fell in love with her and her vibrant personality.

I plowed through a few more of her challenge videos, including “The Wasabi Challenge” and “The Hot Pepper Challenge”, and –of course— “A Push Up Bra Will Help Me Get My Man”.  I couldn’t get enough.  She was just so lovable in her stupidity.

My sister and I share a mutual love of Glozell.  And when we found out she was writing a book, we made a mental note to attend her signing, no questions asked.  Well, I guess that note blew away in the wind…but when I opened my Christmas gifts from her and found Glozell’s book, Is You Okay?, smiling up at me between the ripped Christmas paper, I got instantly excited and jumped in that night.

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Filled with everything a “Glo-worm” or “Glo-bug” or Glozell fan could ever want, Is You Okay?, is a gem of a book, filled with surprising inspiration and motivation to follow your dreams.  Written as if Glozell was just chatting with you over lunch, Is You Okay? is an intimate look into Glozell’s personal life and how she got her start as an Internet-tainer.

A true and quite unusual success story, Glozell talks about her journey from filming “A Push Up Bra Will Help Me Get My Man” to her special episode where she got to sit down and interview President Barak Obama.  Hers is a story that is not far-fetched or out of reach for others who are just as dedicated and resilient as she is…and it’s that message that makes this book pretty inspiring.

Of course, every success story has bumpy roads.  “The Cinnamon Challenge”, for example, was a life-changing video that put Glozell on the map as one of YouTube’s most successful hosts…but it also nearly killed her…like, for realz.  Easily her most popular video with 50,714,327 views and counting, “The Cinnamon Challenge” basically turned her into an overnight sensation…and helped guide her voice and message for the rest of her insanely crazy videos.

Also peppered with personal stories about Glozell’s family, love life (celebrity drama included!), and even a few family photos, Is You Okay? will make you laugh out loud with stories that are embarrassing, ridiculous, and relatable.  She’s a shining, albeit strange, example of success and she continues to pump out videos and collaborations to this day.  With 4.5 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, GloZell Green, Glozell has proven herself to be a true entertainer in every sense of the word…making millions smile and laugh one video at a time.

Over and out.

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The Little Rascals…Where Are They Now?

The 90’s were a time of amazing music, fantastic TV shows, and adorable kid-friendly movies.  Home Alone, Matilda, The Lion King, Homeward Bound, Free Willy, Hook, Jumanji, Space Jam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hocus Pocus, Toy Story, My Girl, Good Burger, Fern Gully, The Sandlot, and Aladdin were just SOME of the movies that came out between 1990 and 1999…and nestled comfortably between classics like The Lion King and Home Alone sat a little movie about “The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club” that brought to life the characters from the old program, Our Gang.

Starring newcomers Bug Hall, Travis Tedford, and Brittany Ashton Holmes, as well as several familiar faces like Whoopi Goldberg, Reba McEntire, Mel Brooks, Lea Thompson, and…yes…Donald Trump, The Little Rascals was a sweet and adorable movie that was a favorite in our household, for sure!  With plenty of kid and adult humor jam-packed into an hour and change, The Little Rascals was a movie our whole family could enjoy year after year (especially as us kids understood more and more of the adult humor!).

While some of the stars of The Little Rascals had a successful career in Hollywood after the film ended, others decided to retire and focus more on their education.  Here’s a look into what the cast of The Little Rascals has been up to recently!

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The Little Rascals…Where Are They Now?

Bug Hall
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Brandon “Bug” Hall is perhaps best known for his role as Alfalfa in The Little Rascals.  After winning over young hearts as the little lover with the cowlick, Hall went on to appear in a few more 90’s movies, including The Stupids and The Big Green.  From there his work was limited, mostly appearing in direct-to-DVD films and TV movies.  He’s also had guest spots on several popular TV shows, including Charmed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and 90210.  Most recently he appeared as Arthur Davidson in the TV miniseries Harley and the Davidsons.  He also has two movies due to release soon, The Shadow People and The Long Run.

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Travis Tedford
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Travis Tedford is also best known for his role as Spanky in The Little Rascals.  He became the spokesperson for Welch’s Grape Juice when he was just 5 years old, the same year he was in The Little Rascals.  After The Little Rascals, Tedford was in a few more films, including A Bug’s Life (1998) and Freaky Friday (2003).  In 2006 he graduated from Athens High School in Texas and went to Trinity Valley Community College, where he got an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.  He currently is employed at Texas Trust Credit Union as a marketing specialist.

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Brittany Ashton Holmes
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Brittany Holmes retired from acting about two years after crushing that can like a pro in The Little Rascals.  She currently resides in Los Angeles and is working on getting a degree in political science.

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Blake McIver Ewing
Waldo

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Starring as the little kid we all loved to hate, Blake McIver Ewing has gone on to do quite a lot since his role in The Little Rascals.  A talented singer, actor, and pianist, Ewing co-wrote and performed the song, “Along the River”, the end credit song for the 2005 film, End of the Spear.  To help raise money as he was growing up in LA, Ewing performed as a go-go dancer throughout 2013…he actually raised so much money that he was able to release his debut album, The Time Manipulator, in May 2014.  A graduate of UCLA, Ewing was nominated for an Ovation Award for his role as “The Little Boy” in the LA production of Ragtime went on to release another song, “This is Who We Are” in July 2015.

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Ross Bagley
Buckwheat
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Ross Bagley is definitely that actor with the familiar face.  Getting his start in acting alongside Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bagley portrayed Nicky Banks from 1994 to 1996.  During his work on Fresh Prince, Bagely was the loveable Buckwheat in The Little Rascals and soon after appeared with Will Smith again in the 1996 blockbuster, Independence Day.  In 2005, Bagely enrolled at California State University, seeking a degree in cinema and television arts.  Most recently, he appeared in the 2015 horror film, Gnome Alone.

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Kevin Jamal Woods
Stymie
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Always wearing his black derby hat, Kevin Jamal Woods got his start in acting playing Stymie in The Little Rascals.  Following the film, he had a recurring role as Frank in the TV series, Blossom, and had various guest roles on Walker, Texas Ranger and Sons of Thunder.  Recently, Woods has been pursuing comedy and music and occasionally posts to his YouTube channel, ThaRealKWoods.

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Zachary Marby
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Zachary Marby, who played Spanky’s younger brother, Porky, in The Little Rascals, ultimately gave up acting after this movie and decided to go into accounting.  Like his co-star Brittany Ashton Holmes, he found that acting just wasn’t for him and wanted to focus on his studies.

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Sam Saletta
Butch
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Every gaggle of goofy kids needs a bully, right?  Well, in the case of The Little Rascals, that bully was Butch, played by tough guy Sam Saletta.  Since teasing all the members of the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club, Saletta has spent a good portion of his time focusing on acting and music.  He’s appeared in several TV shows, including Recess, 7th Heaven, and Rocket Power.  For a while he was a member of the band “Jubala” and, in 2010, did some voiceover work for the Call of Duty: Black Ops videogame.

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Jordan Warkol
Froggy
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Playing the kid with the crazy voice, Jordon Warkol went on to appear in several TV shows and TV movies after his work on The Little Rascals, including Thunder Alley, Walker, Texas Ranger, 7th Heaven, Judging Amy, The X-Files, Hey Arnold!, and Rocket Power.  In 1996 he was in the movie, Carpool and also lent his voice to a character in A Bug’s Life.  Currently Warkol is trying to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

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Courtland Mead
Uh-Huh
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Having to only say about one word throughout the duration of the movie, Courtland Mead had it pretty easy as Uh-Huh in The Little Rascals.  After his work on the film, Mead joined forces with Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the Disney film, Tom and Huck.  Like a few of his other co-stars on The Little Rascals, he also did some voiceover work as the character, Gus Griswald, on the animated series, Recess.  In recent years, Mead has appeared in the TV series Lloyd in Space, as well as the 2010 film, Mean Parents Suck.

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Blake Jeremy Collins
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Butch’s sidekick, Woim, was brought to life by funny kid Blake Jeremy Collins.  Minor roles followed his work on The Little Rascals, including appearances in the TV shows Minor Adjustments and Men Behaving Badly.  In 1998 he was in the film Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish and then disappeared from the big screen.  Most recently, Collins actually did some work behind the camera working as an assistant cameraman on the TV series, Sons of Anarchy.

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International Women’s Day

“On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.”

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To those women who came before me, my great-grandmothers, my great-aunts, and the matriarchs of my namesake, thank you for paving the way for us…for fighting to give us a voice, a place in the workforce, a pathway to education and success.

To those women who stand beside me now, my sister, my mom, my aunts and cousins, my grandmas, my friends and family by blood and by choice, thank you for continually inspiring me to be a better person, a better woman. Thank you for breaking stereotypes, for challenging the status quo, and for uniting together during a time when it would be so easy for us to fall apart.

For those women who will come after me, my children, my grand-children, my future nieces and friends, I hope you continue to stay strong, even if it seems impossible. Nothing will come easy, and it shouldn’t…their is nothing that strengthens you like fighting for something you believe in, and I hope you all have the chance to do that. Challenge yourself. Question everything. Dream BIG. Don’t fear the fire…become it.

And for those women in the spotlight who make conscious decisions to be strong and positive role models for women and young girls, thank you for showing the world that not every girl is obsessed with diamonds and glitter.  Thank you for loving your bodies and for being open about not changing yourselves to fit into some stereotype.  Thank you for encouraging young girls to read, get involved, and join causes that are important to them.  Thank you for choosing roles that showcase women as smart, brilliant members of society and for opening our eyes to the women of history who have helped shape and mold our nation and our world.

Today I join my fellow sisters in economic solidarity.  After today, I hope it will be very clear to see who runs the world…

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There’s Love in Letting Go

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