Alright Elsa I’m Done

It’s the end of March and I’m fed up with the snow.  In honor of your winter victory. I give you one last snow day art project.   

Easy supplies.  Art canvas, painters tape, kid paints in dark blue and light blue and a brush.   

 Tape a snowflake. Patter doesn’t matter as no two flakes are the same.  I didn’t even use sissors just rip to make the sides. Let the kiddo go for it. Paint the whole canvas. Leave no white spots. Allow it to dry and pull off the tape.  Super easy, super special.  My kid thought I had Elsa magic powers when I reveled the snowflake.   


Mantle Mojo

I’ve been overwhelmed when I look at my mantle since the day we moved in, two years ago.  The day we moved in all of our house plant ended up making this their home.  Slowly I have removed plant by plant spreading them out through the house.  Making room for other items that just haven’t found their forever home. I decided that I needed to face my fear and even up the score.  Went to my good pal Pintrest for a few tutorials and suggestions and than the hunting began.  I figured it wouldn’t be that hard with a last name of Dunn.  Pulling some Irish items I already had was super easy.   I found some fun wall art that has been in the basement looking for their spot, an adorable art project I did with my daughter when she was little and some other festive knick nacks.  

I did leave one plant cause I liked the green and how it hung over breaking the visual line of the stone mantle.  From there I just started adding.  It’s no materpiece nor will it be featured in any design magazine but I’m satisfied and feel like at least the score is now equal. 


Barbie…you little hoochie act your age

Where to begin? My daughter duped me into playing Barbie this morning. Two things of note 1. She handed me this doll and said “you can be Medusa” and well just look at her she’s totally right. I asked where she heard the name and she said she made it up. Who knew my kid was so into Greek mythology.

IMG_3780 Secondly look at her outfit. At first glance one might think cute, fun colors, I wish I had boobs that big and could do strapless with a tie that obviously isn’t for support. Let’s take a look under the hood there’s a crotch strap like my kids wear in the summer on their life jackets for survival. Obviously Barbie doesn’t intend to wear this dress as a piece of life saving equipment.

IMG_3781 I always read other blogs and articles that talk about how Barbie, has to keep with the fashion trends to stay marketable. Many writers and parents alike may agree that some trends aren’t worth following, as the message we send kids isn’t appropriate. I use to read those articles and move on, but today’s Sunday morning playtime just got real. Barbie it’s time to act your age. I know plenty of 59 year old women who are rockin’ it.

 PS I went to do my research on how old Barbie was and ends up her birthday is March 9, 1959 so obviously this entry had to be posted ASAP.

Kids Closet Checklist

The ultimate consignment hunting list is here. I live in a state where for most of the time we get all four seasons; summer, fall, winter and mud. I am the one who can be found twice a year at the Be Green Kids Consignment Sale with the two page excel spreadsheet with the checklist of what to buy for my kiddo’s closets to stock them for the season. The last few years I’ve been asked by friends and two mamas who said they refer to me, at the sale each year, as the “organized list lady” to share my list. Technology got the best of me this fall and and I wasn’t able to get it posted early enough, so now I’m determined.

Wait no longer as I include EVERYTHING from toys and tots to get my kids thru each season. This is a FREE download so in exchange how about you just tell some friends about Creatively Dunn and say… follow my page and we’ll call it even.

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Prior to the start of the sale season I spend some quality time with each kid’s closet taking inventory of what they have and what I couldn’t resist in prior years. I even make notes of singletons (definition below)

Some of my rule include…
1. Stay focused on the list.
2. Shop the next size up for deals and must haves
3. No singletons every item in the bag must be or make a full outfit.
4. Think thru every holiday outfit from headband to toe
5. Buy outfits/toys that you know they will like but that others can give as gifts. Comes in very handy when Uncles call looking for gift ideas.
6. Know your kid’s style. My daughter currently hates pants and only will wear “skirts that twirl”. That being said I’m not about to waste time nor money on non-twirling pants and shorts.
7. Don’t forget the toy table for large and small items. I can usually do okay for Easter Baskets and Stocking stuffers ie travel puzzles, mini pocket dolls, rattles etc. (Granted this won’t last forever as they’ll smarten up on new/used but until than I’m playing it)
8. I can sew so I’m not afraid of a small repair or buying a piece that I’m going to cut and recycle. I’m dying to try some everyday princess clothes like those here.
9. Be willing to acknowledge that some items just aren’t to be found. After a certain age kids just tend to wear out clothes. I find this most with bathing suit and sneakers.
10. Something should just be fresh and new like underwear, socks, bras.

Well look at that, there are my 10 rules. Thankfully my husband has never. Squaked about how much I spend at the sale. “You shop smart and it is ALL done presents and clothes everything.” Thanks babe. Happy hunting see you at the sale I’ll be the one with a pencil in my hair and the list folded in my pocket.

What’s your secret to shopping success? Comments welcome.