Bubby’s Color Racer Board Game Using Elmer’s Tri-Fold Board! You Too Can Get Your #GlueNGlitter On!

Happy baby faces, giggles, and fun are some of my favorites!  I do as much as I can, as often as I can, to make these things happen!  
This week, we decided to get our #GlueNGlitter on by using an Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board and whatever other supplies we could find to make a board game for Bubby!  I had to come up with something fun and educational for a 2-year-old (both to make and play with) and I began formulating my plan!  How exciting!  It was agreed!  We would make Bubby’s Color Racer and this would be fun! 
As soon as I had it all planned out B, Bubby, and I headed to our local Walmart.  I loved having my two favorite men in the whole wide world with me, but was a little concerned that I wouldn’t stick to the list (at all as a matter of fact because I am a sucker for the both of them).
I was right (of course I was, I always am)!  We went in with a small list, and came out with a buggy full!
At one point, I found “us” looking at fishing poles.  Not even remotely on the list!  We didn’t get one (that night) but why we were even looking, I have no clue!

 You can see the entire shopping experience here so you can see first-hand the torture insanity joy I get to experience on a daily basis.

Enough of that, let’s get on to the fun stuff!  Let me show you exactly how we got our #GlueNGlitter on making Bubby’s Color Racer.  I bet your little man would love one too (heck Bug loves it, I think she’s played more than he has)
What you’ll need:
The Dice
  • On a paper plate, draw out a 4″ x 3″ cross (as shown to the left) making sure to block each 1″ square in pen or pencil
  • Cut out pattern
  • Fold into cube (don’t worry if it’s not precise, ours sure wasn’t, the tape hides that fabulously)
  • Tape completely with black electrical tape
  • Place different colored dots on each side
 The Board

  • Apply the Elmer’s X-TREME to the entire board
  • Roll the wrapping paper out and press it flatly to the board/glue
  • Let dry then cut off hangover
  • Cover all 4 sides with electrical tape and tape the folds on the papered side of the board
  • Board ready to decorate (insert your own cute kid here)
  • Draw your lane lines with the silver marker
  • Place your dots in the lanes
  • Decorate the sides as you wish (we’re clever but not artistic, so I cut up an Apple Jacks box and a Fruit Snack box…all kinds of cool Cars 2 stuff all over both) and we glued them on with the Elmer’s X-TREME

 Ta-Dah

  • Add Cars
  • Roll the dice
  • Play and HAVE FUN!
**This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter and #CollectiveBias.  All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own!  Rock on with your creative selves!
  

Bling Bug’s Bike with Elmer’s X-Treme #GlueNGlitter

Bug’s Barbie bike is not “pretty” anymore.  Mind you, it’s only 8 months old, but we live on an island (ummm have I mentioned that before?  Like a ga-zillion times?) and the salty, humid climate has not been kind to her little bike.  It is most certainly in need of a major *BLING* intervention and thanks to Walmart, Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick, and a very excitable 4-year-old, we were able to BLING BUG’S BIKE for $11.75, and managed to have a lot of fun doing it!  We like fun, it’s our favorite! Hey, let’s get our #GlueNGlitter on!  We can fix this for sure!
Even though we all know I can’t stick to a list, I made one anyway as a guide.  I need this!  It keeps me somewhat on track.  Time to head to Walmart!  (Of course it’s time to head to Walmart, isn’t it always?)
We all know my Walmart is pretty cool!  I speak of it often.  I frequent it often.  When I walk in the door, the door greeters don’t say “Welcome to Walmart”, they say “Hey Christy”.  We have some pretty interesting characters island tourists in and out, we have FREE island transit (bet you don’t have that), and a really cool looking area to wait for said transit!  Yes, my Walmart is better than your Walmart!  It really is!
Every time I enter my Walmart, I thank them for providing me with sanitizing wipes and letting me take as many as I want.  Have to rid the buggy of all the germs!  This night, I was almost thankful that the kids were napping and couldn’t join me on my mission.  We wouldn’t have made it past the entrance with this M&M display or this sand bucket display.  I notice the produce section which is always so enticing and realize that Pip needs a honeydew melon.  Not on the list, but they are his favorite!

I have a mission to complete.  Must buy stuff to Bling Bug’s Bike.  So I head to the craft section!  I know this area pretty well.  I spend a lot of time here.  I figure I can find this Elmer’s X-TREME somewhere between the Learning Center and the Children’s Activities!
I really found Elmer’s Glue everywhere.  They have so many products, it’s amazing.  If you want it to stick, Elmer’s has a product for it! 
But I was looking for Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick and I found it in the Learning Center.  I was surprised that it was so low and hidden on the display.  Being a newer product, you would think it would be placed more prominently so that it popped out at me.  Either way, I found it and I got it.  This stuff claims to be much stronger than your average glue stick.  Bug and I will put it to the test!
Time to pick the bling!  I stayed in the craft section and found flower glitter stickers, acrylic jewels (sure to be Bug’s favorite), ribbon, and buttons (to replace the pitiful handle bar tassels).  Oh this is fun!  I was skipping and singing a ♪♫Happy Little Shopping Song♫♪.
Shopping was complete and I was ready to go home.  I didn’t stick to my list (surprise) but I had gotten everything on my list, and lots of bling for a bike in desperate need of a make over.  Yes, this had been a good shop indeed!
So we got up in the morning ready to put our #GlueNGlitter bling on.  How fabulous was this?  Fabulous indeed!
I was most excited about the tassels for the handle bars so we started there.  Bug picked the purple ribbon (although I was partial to the pink, it is her bike after all).  As you can see, Bug has been plagued with a bout of fever blisters.  She has had cabin fever!  This project is just what the doctor ordered to put a smile back on her face!  She picked the pink buttons so I was pleased!  We threaded the ribbon, two pieces at a time, through the button holes, then put the X-TREME on the ends of the ribbons to be sure they didn’t fray.  They turned out awesome, don’t you think?  
Then we headed outside.  Holy craft, it’s hot out there (102 to be exact).  First, put the pre-made tassels on the handle bars.  Next decorate the Barbie bag with fabric flowers, fastened by X-TREME of course.  Then a little glitter sticker fun, followed by the bling of all bling, acrylic jewels, stuck on with X-TREME (as I’d predicted, Bug’s favorite).
She was having a blast and I was happy watching her.  You see, this was a struggle for me.  My OCD tendencies and her stick it where it lands philosophy were in direct contrast of one another, but it was her bike, so I let her do it her own way. 
It really was hot out there and her fever blisters were hurting her.  Time to head in!  She wasn’t done blinging…NO, not at all!  So I thought, what can we do inside?  Hey, I know!  What’s a new and improved sparkly Barbie bike without a new and improved sparkly Barbie helmet?  NOTHING!  
So I convinced her to head inside to decorate her helmet.  It’s a rule, you can’t have a sparkly bike without a sparkly helmet right?  Right!  She most assuredly agreed and headed inside to bling the helmet!  Sparkly, isn’t it?

Done!  Couldn’t be more proud of my baby!  She did an awesome job and she was oh, so proud of herself and her “new” sparkly bike!  And I was extremely impressed with TREME as well.  It really did hold to both medal and plastic in this extreme heat!  Guess that’s why they call it X-TREME, huh? 

Bug is so proud of her “new” bike that she announced (oh gosh another official proclamation) that when we go on this weekend’s bike rides, she will not be riding with her Bubby in the cart.  NO, she will be riding her own sparkly bike on the seawall instead!  Of course she is, who wouldn’t want to ride this?  Don’t you just LOVE it?  It’s fabulously sparkly!  Next project?  MY bike!
 Remember to always keep a smile on your face and a sparkle in your heart people!  Smiles are contagious and sparkles are infectious!  Love y’all, sparkle on!

*This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter #CollectiveBias. All opinions, ideas, and photos are 100% my own.

My New Hobby…Hemp Jewelry…I Can Count And Be Creative

This new hemp jewelry thing has been an adventure in FAB-U-LOUS!  Not only am I making Christmas presents that make people smile, I am indulging my OCD counting fetish and it’s a beautiful thing! 

When I finally get to mail these off to my girls, they will be thrilled and I will have indulged myself to a point where I will not be able to stop!  I must keep knotting, keep beading, keep on making these fun, beachy items!  Yes, I will continue.  Yes, I will get back to my Island Bug crafting way of life!  

As soon as the new year begins, I am making some changes.  I will no longer be watching the “others”.  I will be focusing on my passions…my own children, my husband, my cooking, and finally…back to my crafting…my beloved jewelry making!  Yes, this is the plan!  Stick to it, Christy, stick to it!  It will most certainly be a fabulous year!  I hope that we all make wonderful resolutions and STICK.TO.THEM for a change!  We deserve it!  Indulge yourselves!  I plan on doing just that!  

Enjoy your Christmas and I am hopeful that we will all have a blessed and prosperous New Year!  Sparkle on people…we ALL deserve to SPARKLE!