Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Pardon the Dust . . . 3G2S is Getting a Makeover!

Yes, we took a little vacation while I transitioned from working full time for myself as a blogger to working full time for someone else.  Since I have made this huge change in my life, I've decided to give 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires a new look.  I will be tackling the template first.  My goal is to simplify it.  Any secondary changes will come gradually to minimize the impact on our readers.

This blog will be turning 7 soon!  What you have to look forward to is fewer sponsored and brand-centric posts, and more crafts, easy recipes, free printables, etc . . .

Thanks for sticking with us all these years!!!  We would be just talking to ourselves without all our awesome readers!

P.S. I'm also working on a brand new blog.  More details to come next month!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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Fun Non-Candy Activity Goodie Bag Party Favor Ideas (Plus a Free Printable Zombie Word Search)

Non-Candy activity goodie bag ideas for classroom and party favors (plus free printable zombie word search)  |
Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for providing the party favors used in creating the activity goodie bags featured below.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Earlier this week, my oldest turned 11.  He'll be moving onto middle school next year and I'm still having a little trouble accepting it.  Since this is his last year of grade school, I wanted to make sure we sent some fun goodie bags to school for his birthday.  We always send non-food goodie bags due to there being so many students suffering from a variety of allergies, plus the school does not allow sweets to be sent in for birthday celebrations.  We do this for all 3 of our children, who all happen to have birthdays in January.  Sometimes it's difficult to come up with a fun new idea.  Thank goodness I found some inspiration from Oriental Trading Company!

Our twins will be turning 8 later this month.  Their goodie bags were easy to put together.  Since our family went to the local Super MegaFest comic convention, our children have been obsessed with drawing their own comics.  So, when I saw these superhero-themed party favors, I just knew I had to create something fun with them.  That's when I had the idea to make DIY comic book kits for the twins' 2nd grade classmates!
Make-your-own comic book goodie bags for classroom and birthday party favors  |

What you'll need for DIY Superhero Comic Book Goodie Bags . . . 

There are 100 stickers on the roll, so I had enough to put one sticker inside each of the goodie bags and to place one outside of each bag to seal it.  These books have a framed space for drawing on each page, as well as lines below for writing.  I think one frame per page is perfect for 2nd graders.  The twins can't wait to hand these out to their classmates!

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Make-your-own comic book writing activity goodie bags for classroom and birthday party favors  |

For my oldest son, the theme of his goodie bags changed several times.  One thing that stayed the same was the nose pencil sharpeners.  After he saw them on Oriental Trading, he just had to have them.  After playing with a few different body part themes, we settled on the ever-popular zombie theme.
Zombie-themed goodie bags with free printable word search for classroom and birthday party favors  |

What you'll need for Zombie Activity Goodie Bags . . .

Printable Zombie Word Search (at bottom)

Apparently zombies are extremely popular with 10 and 11 year olds.  The goodie bags were a big hit and our son was thrilled to finally have a nose pencil sharpener.

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Zombie-themed goodie bags (with free printable word search activity) for classroom or birthday party favors  |

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Zombie Word Search (plus Answer Key)
Free printable zombie-themed word search puzzle  | Answer key for free printable zombie-themed word search puzzle  |

I made the above free printable word search puzzle with the help of Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker.  This particular puzzle is difficult and would be perfect for adults and older children.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 26, 2014

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Is Anyone Else Exhausted?

Rudolph and the Elf on the Shelf  |
I know my husband and I are only two among the millions of parents out there with young children who gave each other a high five for surviving another Christmas and then promptly took a long nap while their children played with all their new toys.  Well, I actually did not take a nap, but rather enjoyed the quiet of children playing contently and a husband plus two puppies snoring softly.  While I sat here, I thought briefly about what lengths we as parents go to in order to keep the magic alive for yet another year.  The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of shopping, wrapping paper, advent calendars, gift bags, baking, elves, Santa letters, ribbon, bows, Toys For Tots, parties, photos, magic keys, holiday cards, tree ornaments, stockings, school events, milk and cookies, and much more.

In the end, we think it's worth it, no matter how exhausting it is.  I hope that our children will someday do the same for their own children.

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How was your holiday?