Sunday, May 6, 2018

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Even MORE Fun Things Kids Can Say to Alexa (Amazon Echo)

Even MORE fun things kids can say to Alexa - Amazon Echo  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Two and half years later, we still love our Amazon Echo.  In fact, we ended up purchasing an Echo Dot for the upstairs and another for my husband's office at work.  We love discovering new things to say to Alexa.  Check out some kid-friendly things we've tried asking or saying to Alexa recently.

50 More Things Kids Can Say to Alexa:
  1. "Alexa, be a superhero!"
  2. "Alexa, who is your favorite cartoon character?"
  3. "Alexa, what is your favorite kind of pizza?"
  4. "Alexa, be a super villain!"
  5. "Alexa, who is Darth Vader?"
  6. "Alexa, do you fart?'
  7. "Alexa, what is your favorite flower?"
  8. "Alexa, kiss me!"
  9. "Alexa, do you sleep?"
  10. "Alexa, who is your favorite DC Comics character?"
  11. "Alexa, do you cry?"
  12. "Alexa, how high can you count?"
  13. "Alexa, who is your favorite Disney character?"
  14. "Alexa, tell me a limerick." (Ask her more than once)
  15. "Alexa, what does a monkey sound like?" (Also try chicken, ferret, blue whale, wolf and bunny)
  16. "Alexa, who is your favorite Disney villain?"
  17. "Alexa, tell me a Star Wars joke?" (Ask her more than once)
  18. "Alexa, do you like cats or dogs?"
  19. "Alexa, do you have children?" 
  20. "Alexa, who is your favorite Marvel character?"
  21. "Alexa, help! I've fallen and I can't get up."
  22. "Alexa, what is your favorite kind of pie?"
  23. "Alexa, are you ticklish?"
  24. "Alexa, do you like my haircut?"
  25. "Alexa, sing!" (Ask her more than once)
  26. "Alexa, tell me an animal joke." (Ask her more than once)
  27. "Alexa, who is your favorite celebrity?"
  28. "Alexa, what is your favorite thing to collect?"
  29. "Alexa, do you burp?"
  30. "Alexa, high five!"
  31. "Alexa, what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?"
  32. "Alexa, what kind of mammal weighs the most?"
  33. "Alexa, can you whistle?"
  34. "Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?"
  35. "Alexa, what is your favorite song to dance to?"
  36. "Alexa, did the Ground Hog see his shadow?"
  37. "Alexa, what is your favorite kind of movie?"
  38. "Alexa, who is Clark Kent?"
  39. "Alexa, what is your favorite Nursery Rhyme?"
  40. "Alexa, tell me a Dad joke." (Ask her more than once)
  41. "Alexa, roll two dice!" (Can also ask her to roll one die)
  42. "Alexa, are you a Jedi or Sith?" (From the Star Wars saga)
  43. "Alexa, who is your favorite Disney Princess?"
  44. "Alexa, do you know how to swim?"
  45. "Alexa, can you fly?"
  46. "Alexa, what is your favorite Disney song?"
  47. "Alexa, can you whisper?"
  48. "Alexa, drumroll please . . . "
  49. "Alexa, who made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs?"
  50. "Alexa, what is your favorite Disney movie?"
You can learn all about the Echo & Alexa devices here.  Bookmark this link so you can check to see what new skills Alexa has learned anytime you want.

What new things have you discovered to say to Alexa?
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50 More Fun Things Kids Can Say to Alexa  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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Custom Made Disney-Inspired Handbags for Star Wars & Disney Princesses Fans

Custom Star Wars Handbag with Purse Charm | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
When I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando earlier this year, I was determined to find a designer Disney bag that I loved.  Alas, it just didn't happen.  There was no magic between me and any of the bags I found.  Did I find some that I liked? . . . Sure!  I just couldn't bring myself to spend a few hundred dollars on a bag I didn't absolutely love.  During the weeks following our trip, I looked around online for a bag because I was told that not all styles were carried in the shops at the park stores.  That's when I happened upon this little Etsy shop called CaliCatBoutique.

After taking a look at the various styles of bags available in this shop, I realized that this Etsy seller offered custom bags, where I could choose the fabrics, vinyl color, zipper color, and more.  I could actually create a bag that I loved!  And, you know what? . . . I ended up creating TWO for much less than it would have cost me for just one high end bag at Disney.  It's been awhile since I wrote a Shop 'n' Share post, but I just couldn't not share about my two new bags!
Custom Star Wars Handbag | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

The first custom handbag is a Star Wars-inspired Sublime bag.  I chose a Rey fabric paired with an off-black vinyl and contrast zippers for a bold accent.
Custom Star Wars-Inspired Handbag | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

I love the touches of silvertone hardware on this bag, right down to the six metal feet that protect the bottom of the bag from wear.
Custom Star Wars-Inspired Handbag Interior Pockets | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

For the interior, I chose a fun star patterned fabric that picks up the colors of the exterior fabric.  I was pretty pleased with how well the two prints coordinated.
Custom Star Wars-Inspired Handbag with Coordinating Lining | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

For the zipper, I chose black over a brightly colored one.  I think it worked well.
Custom Star Wars-Inspired Handbag Details | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

To complete the look, I found this Star Wars: The Last Jedi Rebel Logo Tassel Keychain to use as a purse charm.  Even though the keychain is goldtone, it worked well with the colors of the bag.  It's almost as if it was made for this Star Wars-inspired bag!
Perfect Purse Charm for this Custom Star Wars Handbag | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

The second bag is a custom tote bag inspired by Disney Princesses.  I first saw this Everyday Tote in purple and fell in love with it.  As I looked around, however, I was extremely infatuated with this subtle Disney Princesses printed fabric.
Custom Disney Princesses Handbag | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

I paired this pretty fabric with the same off-black vinyl that was used for the Star Wars-inspired bag.
Custom Disney Princesses Tote Bag | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

For the interior, I chose a contrasting fabric.  I had a tough time deciding on the color.  Thank goodness the CaliCatBoutique owner is a patient woman.  Ultimately, I ended up with the fuchsia, and I am very pleased with my decision.
Roomy Custom Disney Princesses Tote Bag | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

When I had mentioned that I never zip my tote bags up, the owner offered to make the bag with a magnetic snap rather than a zipper.  I'm so happy that she did because the functionality of the bag is just as important as the style to me.
Custom Disney Princesses Tote Bag with Contrast Lining | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Originally, I had purchased a fuchsia leather rose purse charm to hang on this bag, but it didn't look quite right, so I returned to Etsy to find an alternative.  I just think the bag needed a little splash of color.  Finally, I came upon the AnaBeeCreations Etsy shop, where I spotted a mouse head key fob.  I requested to have the pink dotted fabric against the black vinyl.  When the key fob arrived, I replaced the swivel lobster claw clip with a ball chain in order to hang it from my bag.  I love the way this bag turned out, and it's what I'm carrying now for spring!
Custom Disney Princesses Tote Bag with Custom Mickey Head Purse Charm | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

I'm really just thrilled with my two new bags!  I had also been eyeing the Bonnie Bucket Bag.  Maybe I could have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-inspired bag made?  Although I did see a beautiful stained glass Beauty and the Beast fabric recently . . . the possibilities are really endless!

NOTE: Be sure to ask for a quote on custom orders, as the cost may vary depending on the fabrics and details you choose.

What theme would inspire your dream handbag?
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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DIY Family Disney Road Trip Kits

Disney Road Trip Kit Supplies | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
This Disney Road Trip Kit project was sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Last month, our family of 5 took a family road trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the very first time!  Not knowing when we'd have the chance to make this trip again, I knew I wanted to make it as fun and memorable as possible for my children.  The ride was two days in the car each way, so a Disney Road Trip Kit for each child seemed like just the thing to make the ride more enjoyable.  Before I got started, I checked out some Mickey Mouse party supplies for inspiration.

Are you planning on hitting the road to Disney?  Here's what you'll need to make some Disney Road Trip Kits of your very own . . .

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Thin Permanent Marker
Scissors
Glue Stick

Step 1. Get your hang tags ready.  With the hole at the top, place one monogrammed sticker centered on the front of a round hang tag. Then repeat with another sticker (same monogram) on the back.
Easy DIY Monogram Hang Tags | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 2.  Find a free printable mouse head template online. Print out the template and cut out the mouse head shape with scissors.  Then, with the desired pattern facing down, trace the mouse head shape using the template and a thin marker right on the table runner.
DIY Mouse Head Goodie Bags | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 3.  Cut out the mouse head shape on the patterned paper with scissors.  Affix the mouse head with the preferred pattern facing up onto the front of a large red gift bag using a glue stick.  Press firmly and allow to to try completely.

Step 4.  Tie on a monogrammed tag to each child's bag to help them know whose bag is whose. (Either remove the paper tag that comes on the gift bag or write something fun on it with a thin black permanent marker.)
Easy DIY Mouse Head Good Bags | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Step 5.  Use the remaining monogrammed stickers to label goodies and water bottles for each each child.
Monogram Water Bottle Labels for Road Trip | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

We filled these cake bags with mini homemade chocolate chip cookies, using one monogram sticker to keep each bag closed, and another to identify whose bag it is on the front.
Homemade Road Trip Treats with Monogrammed Bags | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

We also labeled one box of savory treats and one box of sweet treats for each child with the monogrammed labels.
TIP #1:  If you expect the treats will not be consumed within a day, it would be best to place the treats inside a sandwich bag prior to placing inside the box to maintain freshness.
Sweet and Savory Road Trip Treats in Handled Box | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Now our basic Disney Road Trip Kits are ready to go.  What fun items would you add to personalize these kits for your children?
Easy DIY Family Disney Road Trip Kits | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Here are some things we added to our children's Disney Road Trip Kits . . . 
  1. Mickey Mouse ears & Minnie Mouse ears
  2. Disney Pin Trading Pouches
  3. Road Trip Bingo Cards
  4. Custom Made Disney-inspired T-shirts
  5. Write-on Safety ID Bracelets
  6. A book from each of their favorite book series
Fun Ideas for Disney Road Trip Kits | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

I think it's safe to say that my daughter's favorite parts of the road trip kit were the mini chocolate chip cookies and the pin trading pouches.  Her two brothers ended up sleeping for quite a bit of the car ride to and from Disney.

Enjoying a snack after a long #roadtrip nap! #orientaltrading #ad

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TIP #2:  It would be extremely helpful to put together a list of free offline (no Wi-Fi required) games together for your children.  They can download all the games on their devices prior to leaving on the trip.  Then they'll have new games to keep themselves busy while their siblings are napping in the car. (Don't forget to pack fully charged external batteries and cords!)
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Fun ideas for making your own Disney Road Trip Kits | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What kinds of surprises would you include in your children's Disney Road Trip Kits? Tell us in a comment here.