Saturday, January 22, 2022

Dare to Share #503

It is Friday night, and you know what that means..
It is time to Dare to Share! 

How was your week?  It was another busy one for me.  While it looks like most of our teachers were healthy this week. we still have a lot of students out for either testing positive being a close contact. We did make it to the halfway point though, so hopefully the second half of the year will be a little easier than the first half. 

This I wrote a post for the Dollar Tree.  With Valentine's Day coming up in a few week, I share how I made this Unicorn Valentine's Day Card Box using Dollar Tree items. 

I have also been busy working on my Valentine's Day listings. I have my Gnome Classroom Valentines newly listed, and I will have few more designs posted this weekend. These were a lot of fun to create, especially since I love gnomes. 

Do you have any big plans for this weekend?  My oldest turned 25 today.  They live across the country though, so we won't be able to celebrate together.  However, I am really hoping to be celebrating a Cincinnati Bengals win.. It will be so exciting if we make it to the Super Bowl again. It is has been since the late 80s! 

Well it is getting late, so let's get this party started! Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Dollar Tree Unicorn Valentine's Day Card Box

 Valentine's Day is about a month away.  I work at a school, so I know Valentine's Day is a pretty big day in the classroom, especially at the elementary level.  It can be quite exciting for kids to make a card box to hold all of the class valentine cards. 

I made this Unicorn Valentine Box a few years ago using almost all Dollar Tree items.  The items not from the Dollar Tree were items you may have laying around your house. 

** This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Here is what you will need 

A box for the body (shoebox, tissue box, gift box or even a mailbox)

4 cardboard tubes for the legs

2-3 curly bows (multiple bows on each) for the mane and tail.

round container/tumbler with lid (something unicorn head shaped) or floral foam for the head 

craft foam or pre cut glitter hearts for snout

googly eyes

colored wrapping paper  or paint 

cardstock (color of choice for horn) 

I used a box with a slot cut in the lid for my unicorn body. Whatever type of body you choose to use, there needs to be a way to get the valentines easily in and out of the box.   My box was already white, so I decided to make a white unicorn, but you can make yours whatever color you like.  

To make the legs, paint four cardboard tubes

When I made my unicorn, I had a hard time deciding which head shape I wanted.  In this picture are what both options looked like. 

I covered both items with white wrapping paper. Expert tip.. If you chose to go the square floral foam route, DO NOT remove the plastic off the foam! It's much better to wrap the entire brick as one piece.  I found out the hard way that the floral foam is made from five smaller bricks that I had to re-attach, and it was a little bit messy.   I personally preferred the shape of the plastic container head, which is what I decided to use in the end.  You can attach the head with hot glue or double sided tape. 

I found it easier to attach the legs to the bottom of the box with hot glue instead of tape.

The curly ribbon bows have several smaller bows on each card.  Arrange the bows as desired to make the mane and tail as full as you prefer.  I used four smaller bows for the mane, and two for the tail.  

I had some pink craft foam on hand from the Crafters Square aisle, so I cut out small hearts for the snout. If you prefer pre-cut hearts, I have also seen them available at the Dollar Tree. 

I rolled a piece of cardstock into a cone shape to make the horn, and hot glued it in place.

The last step on the unicorn is to add some googly eyes, and if desired some eyelashes. (Dollar Tree sells fake eyelashes in the make up aisle that would look really cute!)  

Here is the finished Unicorn Valentine Box.. 

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Dare to Share #502


It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

We made it through another week. It went pretty well this week at my school. Our school still has a couple teachers who were out, and some of the children, but that was not the case at another school in our district.  The middle school had 14 teachers out, and around 300 kids.  There were so many people out sick, last night it was announced they needed to go virtual for a few weeks.  One of our elementary schools went through the same thing in the fall, so hopefully we will have good results this time too.  

I did not have a chance to write a new post this week but I have one planned for Monday.   I updated My Shop link at the top of my blog with several of my latest printables.   

I went to the dance with my boyfriend again tonight, so it is getting late.  It looks like it is time to get this party started.  Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Dare to Share #501

It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

How is your new year going so far?  We went back to school in person and the first few days were pretty busy.  I had to cover to four different teachers throughout the day on  Monday.  All four of those teachers were not feeling well, and were waiting on their test results.  Thankfully all four of them were were negative so the end of my week was a bit slower paced than the first part.  

I did write a post this week sharing some of the things I did over the holidays in the post  What I did on my Christmas Vacation. We did a lot of fun things, and a great couple of weeks. 

 I have ideas on some posts in the next couple of weeks so I am hoping I have the chance to get them online.  

Well it is looking to be able that time, so let's get this party started.  Link up, and HAVE FUN!!



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Thursday, January 6, 2022

What I did on my Christmas Vacation

 I know I have been kind of quiet the last few weeks. As you know I got a much needed break from school. We have been very busy before and after the holidays especially with the variant on the rise.   On the first day back I had to cover four different teachers at different parts of the day.  It has been a little bit easier the last couple of days, but only time will tell.  

While we were on break though, here are some of the things that happened.  

I think the most unusual present I got this year was my Chris for Christmas puzzle book from my brother.  He knew I would love it because I love several actors named Chris (Hemsworth, Evans, Pratt, and Pine :)) My favorite is definitely Hemsworth.  If you would like a book of Chris's for yourself or a friend I found it online, and it's currently 50% off.  Chris for Christmas Book   

One of my favorite presents was this farmhouse red Christmas truck from Aldi from my daughter. We found it for only $4.99 at Aldi the day after Christmas. I love it, and can't wait to decorate with it during the holidays. 

I spent a week in Ohio with my boyfriend and his kids. We went to a really cool light show called Land of Illusion in between Dayton and Cincinnati. 

I set up a Hot Chocolate Bar that week which was a huge hit.   

We had to wash the mugs several times, because they were used often.  Add the marshmallows and peppermint definitely upped the yum factor. 

We celebrated this girls 2nd birthday.  She turned two on Christmas.  We got her as a pup right before the Covid shutdown in 2020. 

We made a traditional turkey dinner  

and then made one of my favorite holiday dishes, leftover turkey pizza.  It was the first time I made it for his kids.  They loved it, and all 3 pizza were gone by the next day.  

D and I celebrated New Years Eve at the dance we like to go to on Friday nights. :) It was a lot of fun. 

Then on Jan 2nd, my boys played each other in an amazing game. (I love both Joe and Patrick) Being a long time Bengal fan though, I was VERY HAPPY with the outcome. 

On Monday and I was THRILLED to find part of the Beachy Keen Fairy Garden at Dollar Tree.  It is so cute! 
Adorable gnomes are living their best life with so many cute accessories.  They are currently selling them online at the Dollar Tree.    They have the Sweets Fairy Garden set which is adorable as well.  

I also added a new Vision, Manifestation, Goal Planner to my Etsy Shop DancingUnicornbyPam, and if are interested, it's currently 20% off.  

I would love to hear what you did over the holidays. Comment below if you would like to share.  

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Saturday, January 1, 2022

Dare to Share #500

Happy New Year! 

Welcome to 2022! It feels weird to say that. Have you noticed that time seems to go super fast, and super slow at the same time? How is it already 2022? The last two years have been a blur.  We just got back from celebrating at the New Years dance.   I hope you were able to do something fun to ring in the new year as well. 

Since it is late, I am going to get this party started.. 

Link up and HAVE FUN!! 


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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! 

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday this weekend.  Since most people are busy with their families (including myself) I decided to postpone tonight's Dare to Share party.  

We will be back next week for Dare to Share #500!  Wow, I can't believe I have been doing the party for this long. It will also be fitting to end the year on such an impressive number. 

I hope to post a new post or two this week, so I will hopefully see you soon. :) 



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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Dare to Share #499

Whew, we made it to our much needed Christmas break.  The last few weeks have not been the easiest.  We have several people (teachers and students) out with Covid, and concerns for  safety. In the last few weeks there have been copycat threats made at several districts in our state. Thankfully we have not had a legitimate threat at ours. Some of our teachers live in other districts, and travel to teach at ours. The districts where their own kids go to school have been closed, and they have to stay home because they can't find daycare.  Today all over the country, districts  have been on high alert because of a viral Tik Tok challenge. Luckily nothing happened at our school, but many parents did not feel comfortable sending their kids to school. Now with winter break we have two weeks to spend time with our families, and enjoy some down time. 
This week I am planning on spending time with my boyfriend, doing Christmasy things.  Tomorrow we are going to a Christmas market, and to see light displays in my area. Then this week we plan on shopping, and doing Christmas activities with the kids.   I'm really look forward to enjoying this special time.  

What fun holiday activities to you enjoy doing with your family? 

Even with everything going on with school this week, I was able to share a post.  We went back to Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, and I found a lot more great gifts. 

I found this fun Bob Ross doll and many other things I shared  about in my post More Unusual Last Minute Gift Ideas.

Well, it is time to get this party started. It is a bit later than normal, because I went to a Christmas dance with my boyfriend, and had the chance to visit with one of my besties. 

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

More Unusual Last Minute Gift Ideas


If you saw my post last week Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts, you know I talked about a really fun place to visit in the Cincinnati area called Jungle Jims.  We went back this past weekend to both of their  locations.  I took more pictures and found several more great gift ideas that I definitely want to share.  

Jungle Jims is an International Market that has everything you can imagine. Not only does it sell all kinds of food from all over the world, it has so much more.  There is just so much to see, you could easily spend hours in the store and still not be able to see it all. 

 In the picture at the top of the post, you can see some of the cute little country shops where you can find popular items.  In this picture you can see the  wall of specialty pop. 

There is almost every kind and flavor you can imagine there.  In the past I have bought KISS Soda (yes after the rock band)  Unicorn Yack, and Birthday Cake.  While I did to not buy the pop I am holding Bacon Soda with Chocolate sounds very umm interesting. 

Another cool thing they do is have a Big Cheese area. They make giant logs of cheese (think 800+ lbs) and hang it while it ages. 

In their Christmas section, they had a dog house size gingerbread house that was made out of actual gingerbread. 

Another thing super interesting are the infamous restrooms.  The doors look like you are going to be entering a port-a-potty.  Well looks are deceiving.  When you open the door it is actually just the entrance to a very large NICE restroom. 

 I have to share the AMAZING finds I found in their gift/novelty section.  Be prepared for a long list of some fantastic finds. If you are interested in any buying any  of these items, I searched all of them, and they are available on Amazon.  (these are affiliate links) 

If you know someone who loves Bob Ross, did you know you can buy your very one Bob Ross Doll , and Monopoly Game.

I literally squealed when I saw this on the shelf.  I LOVE QUEEN! Now that I know this game exists I NEED a Queen Monopoly Game

There were actually quite a few themed board games 

In addition to the games, I found these great items.. 

I hope you like these finds as much as I do.  There were just so many cool things, I could not list them all.   If you are ever in the Cincinnati area be sure to stop by Jungle Jim's. It is definitely a must see location.  

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