Saturday, April 30, 2022

Dare to Share #517


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

So I had something interesting happen this week.  A few days ago I got an email from Dollar Tree saying that my local Family Dollar was having a grand opening.  I was very confused by this, because our Family Dollar is not new, and had been open for a long time.  On Thursday evening I drove by Family Dollar on my way to my student's house.  (I tutor two evenings a week)  I was surprised to see large flags in front of the store.  Then I saw why... to my surprise there were the old $1 Dollar Tree signs on the windows of the store with the Family Dollar signs.  It is being converted into one of their hybrid stores.  On my way home from tutoring, I stopped in to see what they had.  I was very happy I did.  They had several cute items that I have not seen at the Dollar Tree, and some bonus type of items for $3 and $5.  In the pictures above, I found a couple of small patriotic gnomes for $1, and a cute summer sign for $3.  

When I first walked into the store I found these adorable bird houses for $5 each. 

In the party section they had a lot of items for $1 and #2, and these pinatas for #3. 

Here are some more $1 items that I have not seen at the Dollar Tree. 

These Patriotic campers were a very nice quality and only $3 each. 

If you like to DIY I found 3D trucks and campers perfect for painting.  I think they were $5 each. 

They had an entire endcap of graduation items, and many party supplies that they also carry at the Dollar Tree.  Do you see what I see?  It shows up better on my phone than on my computer, but it is the price.  They had many of the same party items in both stores, but at Family Dollar they are only $1. 

I did end up buy about $12 worth of items.  They had a lot of empty shelves because they were waiting on the truck to deliver this week, but I will definitely be going back soon to see what else they get in.  

Do you have a Family Dollar near you?  Are they a hybrid store?  

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Dare to Share #516

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

I hope you are having a good week. I can't believe how fast April is flying by. It is not unusual for me to feel that way though, I feel that way a lot lately.  

D and I went out to the Friday night dance tonight, to celebrate our friends birthday.  We had a lot of fun, and I think the birthday girl did too.  

This week I was finally able to write a blog  post.  A week or two ago, I shared a post about the new Shore Living line at Dollar Tree.  This week I shared several finds I found that would be perfect for a party.  In this week's post Mermaid Party Ideas,  I share all the finds that would be great for a Mermaid Party.  The friend who is having the birthday this week, actually would love to have a mermaid theme party so one of these days I would love to actually have one.  

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Mermaid Party Ideas


As you know from my post Amazing New Shore Finds from the Dollar Tree that I posted recently,  that I am very excited about the Dollar Trees new Shore Living line that was just released. 

Well I am happy to say many of the shore items have arrived in many Dollar Trees in the last week.   While looking around the store this past week, I saw that there were many mermaid themed items throughout the store that would be great to use for a Mermaid Themed party.  My best friend loves mermaids, so I while I have not thrown a mermaid party yet, I possibly will in the very near future.  

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I am definitely giving my friend this Mermaid Cabana House as a gift for her birthday.  I have not seen anything like it before, and if I said An Unicorn Lives Here, I know she would buy it for me.   This would be great as decor, on a tiered tray or as part of a centerpiece. 

It is kind of hard to see the shell serving tray, but it is quite pretty in person.   It would be quite memorable to use these as party serving plates. 

You can leave the mermaid's plain or paint and decorate them. I have seen several different ways to paint them over on Instagram. 

These mermaid tails come three to a pack.  I could see using them as party decor or given as a party favor. 

The party plates, banner, and mermaid tail balloons are regular products in the party aisle.  Be sure to check there often because they get new products frequently.  

These cups would be great to give as a favor, or used as drinking cups.  They are part of the Shore Living line, so if you want them you will need to get them soon.  They come is two shapes, a mermaid's tail and a clamshell. 

I loved these stencils.  While I am not sure what I am going to use them for yet,  I am glad to have them in my craft supplies for when  I do think of something. 

This mermaid tail stay magical picture box is pretty cute.  It is also part of my friend's birthday present.

In the toy aisle, I found these glowing trident. They will be fun as decor or party favors. 

While you might not be able to get the clam shell Easter eggs anymore, they are a great find for a future party.  Dollar Tree has had these in stock the last couple of years, so they may be back again next year. 

In addition to all the mermaid themed finds I found at the Dollar Tree, here are some more affordable mermaid party finds. 

My kids always liked to have a pinata at their parties.  This Sparkle Mermaid Tail is from Oriental Trading. 

The necklaces and keychains would make great favors, and while they come in 12 packs, they are about $1 each.  

At all of our parties, I set up a photo booth of some kind.  Party guests can turn themselves into mermaid with this cardboard stand up.   

I have two other ideas for a party prop backdrop.  One is using plastic table clothes in different colors. such as a couple of blues hanging along a wall. You can see our rainbow back drop in this post Art Themed Slumber Party

And life size (well human life size) dinosaurs cardboard cut outs I created in this post Boy Party Ideas

You get 52 feet of this garland on Amazon. It makes such a pretty back drop. 

Some more goody bag ideas from Amazon. 

Hopefully these ideas give you some inspiration. 
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Friday, April 15, 2022

Dare to Share #515

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

Happy Easter weekend! Do you have any special plans? I am in Ohio celebrating with my boyfriend and his family.  While the kids are too old for an egg hunt, we still plan on doing Easter baskets and coloring eggs this weekend. I am also looking forward  to making them a special Easter dinner.   

I recently posted that I was really excited about the new Shore Collection that was coming to the Dollar Tree.  I am happy to say that it has now started arriving in stores this week.  Several of the items did come home with me.  I have been posting a lot of the pictures and reels over on my Instagram if you would like to see them.  

This is one of my favorite signs. Not only is it really cute, but it's really good quality.    I am in the process of writing a post about all the mermaid items I found around the store, and ideas on how to have a mermaid party.  It should be up on the blog  shortly.  

I decided to share some of my past Easter posts, since I was not able to get a new post posted this week (we had state mandated testing at school all week)  This post is Easter Basket Ideas Dollar Tree Style. It was the Easter basket I gave my daughter last year. I got the basket and everything in it from the Dollar Tree. 

If you have not colored your Easter Eggs yet, in the post Fun Easter Egg Coloring Ideas I share some of the techniques we used to make some unusual, but pretty looking eggs. 

If you need some last minute ideas like our favorite holiday breakfast, Make Ahead French Toast, then you will want to check out the post Last Minute Easter Ideas

 If you need any last minute Easter tags, I have several different versions in my Etsy Shop

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Dare to Share #514


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

Happy Friday! I hope you had a good week. We were back at school this week after a long spring break.  As an adjustment week easing back into our school schedule, it actually was a pretty good week.   I taught in some of my favorite classrooms and today, we had an assembly called Artrageous. They cast sings, and dances while also painting some really cool paintings. (you can see more about them on YouTube)  Next week is state mandated testing again, so we will have to see how that goes.  

I did write a new post this week. On Instagram I had someone ask me if I had any ideas for a tea party.  While it is has been a long time since I have been able to plan an actual party, her question got me thinking, why not come up with some new ideas and share them on all three of my platforms.  While at the Dollar Tree this week, I found a lot of items that could be used for a tea party.  I shared the pics on Instagram.  I then wrote the blog post, Ideas to Throw a Tea Party on a Budget.  I am also working on some Tea Party party items to list on my Etsy Shop.  I have a long list of party ideas that I am working on, and I am really excited to work on them full time once school is out this summer.  

I did list a few new items in my shop for Mothers Day. 

Well it is getting to be pretty late so let's get this party started.  Link up and HAVE FUN! 

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