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DIY Basketball Centerpiece

Looking for the perfect gift for a basketball coach or player?  Need a centerpiece for the next basketball party or banquet?  You’re going to wow everyone with this DIY Basketball Centerpiece!  It’s really fun to make and it looks incredible!!!

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If you’re planning a basketball party in the near future, whether it be an end of the year party for a high school team, a party to watch an NBA game, or a March madness party, you’re going to want to make this Basketball Centerpiece!

The key to a great party is to make sure you’re thoroughly prepared for anything life throws at you.  Head to Walmart to make sure you have everything you need to make plenty of great food like this Gameday Bacon Ranch Cheddar Dip or this White Queso Dip. And while you’re at it, you’ll want to get the stuff necessary to make this fabulous DIY Basketball Centerpiece.  It’ll seriously be the talk of the party.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Plastic Tablecloths in your favorite team colors (or just go for black and white)
  • Packing Tape
  • 1-2 large packages of snack size candy
  • 3 packages of clear gems (found in the floral section)
  • Floral Foam
  • Floral  Pins
  • Basketball
  • Utility Razor
  • Sharpie

DIY Basketball Centerpiece Instructions

To begin with, figure out what part of the basketball you want to be the top of your centerpiece.  I chose to put the logo side down so that the side you see of the basketball is free of any writing.

Cutting the basketball for Basketball Candy Bouquet

Next, using a utility knife, cut a square the same size as your floral foam in the top of the basketball. If you are using round floral foam, you’ll want to cut a circle about the same size as your floral foam.  This will be the centerpiece opening.

Basketball with square cut out for DIY Basketball Centerpiece

If you’re not comfortable randomly cutting into the top of your basketball, feel free to trace your floral foam with a marker.  The marker will come off if you use rubbing alcohol.

Add gems to basketball for Basketball Centerpiece

Next you’ll want to add your glass gems to the bottom of the basketball.  This is to keep the basketball from getting top-heavy and falling over.  You could also use balloon weights, sand, or gravel.

Foam in basketball

Once your gems are in place, add your foam to the inside of the basketball.  If your foam is not tall enough, stack multiple pieces of foam so that it sticks up a little above the outside of the basketball.  I used a bamboo skewer to keep my 3 piece of foam together.

Cut up tablecloth for basketball centerpiece

Next you’ll want to cut your tablecloth into 4-6 inch squares.  It’s ok if they’re not perfect (or even close to perfect).  Once you have your pile of squares, grab 2 opposite corners of each square and pinch them towards each other.How to pinch tablecloth for basketball centerpiece

Pinched tablecloth for basketball candy bouquet

Next take your floral pin and place around the center of the square then stick into your floral foam.Floral pin through tablecloth

You’ll want to alternate colors and go all the way around the floral foam.  I think it looks best with 2-3 rows of tablecloth squares.

Candy bars on bamboo skewers for basketball centerpiece

Next, you’ll want to attach your candy to the bamboo skewers.  Depending on the type of candy wrapper, you may want to use packing tape instead of scotch tape.  Also, your centerpiece will look best if all of your candy is facing the same direction so you may want to lay all your candy out in the way you’d like it displayed before you begin taping.  You can buy bamboo skewers in all different lengths, but I bought the long ones and broke them into shorter pieces for the front few rows.  They’re really easy to break.

Now just add your skewers of candy to your foam in an artful display and voila…you have a basketball centerpiece!

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Don’t want to head to the store? You can get all you need for the basketball centerpieces below!

 Wilson NCAA Replica Game Basketball (28.5-Inch) Fox Run Bamboo Skewers, Set of 100 3-PACK DISPOSABLE PLASTIC TABLE COVERS / TABLECLOTHS (LIGHT BLUE) Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 2 x 800 – Clear (3 Tapes) (1, Clear) Kit Kat Crisp Wafers in Milk Chocolate, Snack Size, 10.78-Ounce REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups, Snack Size (19.5-Ounce Bag) HERSHEY’S Snack Size Chocolate Bar, Milk Chocolate Candy Bar, 19.8 Ounce Outus 1000 Pieces Clear Flat Back Rhinestones Round Crystal Gems 1.5 mm – 5 mm, 5 Sizes Greenbrier 4 Piece Round Green Floral Foam Floracraft Floral Pins, 1.75-Inch, 100 Per Package Excel Blades K11 Razor Blade Scraper, includes 6 Single Edge Blades Sharpie Permanent Marker, Fine Point, Black, Pack of 3

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Word of the Year: 200+ Ideas To Help You Choose Your Word

I was first introduced to the idea of a Word of the Year five or 6 years ago.  I’d always been a goal setter, but thought that maybe there was something to this word of the year thing.  While I haven’t chosen a word every year since then, I’ve chosen quite a few.  And in the process, I’ve put together a pretty extensive list of words.

Word of the Year Ideas Printable

Since I’ve had multiple conversations in the past week about choosing a Word of the Year, I thought I’d share my list with you.  I even put on my thinking cap and added a few extras! :)

If you’d like a printable to look at and work though, I’ve created this Word of the Year Printable!

Download Word of the Year Ideas Printable

If you don’t want a printable, that’s totally cool too!

Here are your 200+ Word of the Year Ideas!

  • abundance
  • achieve
  • action
  • adapt
  • adventure
  • alignment
  • alive
  • allow
  • always
  • ambition
  • appreciate
  • ascend
  • attention
  • authentic
  • balance
  • be
  • beauty
  • believe
  • belong
  • bliss
  • bloom
  • bold
  • boss
  • boundaries
  • brave
  • breathe
  • breidge
  • build
  • calm
  • celebrate
  • change
  • comfort
  • commit
  • compassion
  • compromise
  • confidence
  • connect
  • conscious
  • considerate
  • consistency
  • contribute
  • courage
  • create
  • creativity
  • cultivate
  • deliberate
  • determination
  • diligence
  • discipline
  • diva
  • do
  • dream
  • ease
  • elevate
  • embrace
  • emerge
  • encourage
  • energy
  • enjoy
  • enlighten
  • enough
  • enthusiasm
  • escalate
  • example
  • expansion
  • explore
  • faith
  • family
  • fearless
  • feminine
  • finish
  • flourish
  • flow
  • fly
  • focus
  • forgive
  • forward
  • free
  • freedom
  • gentle
  • give
  • glorious
  • glow
  • goals
  • grace
  • gratitude
  • grounded
  • grow
  • happy
  • harmony
  • heal
  • health
  • heart
  • here
  • hero
  • higher
  • hope
  • humble
  • imagine
  • improve
  • increase
  • indulge
  • inspire
  • integrity
  • intention
  • intentional
  • intimacy
  • intuition
  • journey
  • joy
  • kindness
  • laugh
  • lead
  • learn
  • less
  • light
  • listen
  • love
  • magic
  • manifest
  • meditate
  • mindful
  • money
  • more
  • move
  • new
  • no
  • now
  • nurture
  • observe
  • open
  • organize
  • overcome
  • passion
  • patience
  • pause
  • peace
  • persevere
  • persist
  • perspective
  • play
  • positivity
  • possibility
  • power
  • pray
  • presence
  • present
  • prime
  • priority
  • progress
  • progression
  • prosper
  • purpose
  • quiet
  • receive
  • relaim
  • reflect
  • relax
  • release
  • renew
  • renewal
  • repressent
  • resolve
  • respect
  • rest
  • retreat
  • revenue
  • reverence
  • rise
  • romance
  • sacre
  • sacrifice
  • seek
  • self-care
  • selfish
  • serene
  • serenity
  • share
  • shift
  • shine
  • simplify
  • sisterhood
  • slow
  • smile
  • soul
  • spark
  • sparkle
  • speak up
  • spirit
  • spirit-filled
  • stillness
  • strength
  • stretch
  • strive
  • support
  • surrender
  • survive
  • teach
  • thoughtful
  • thrive
  • today
  • transform
  • trust
  • truth
  • try
  • unique
  • unlimited
  • unstoppable
  • vision
  • vulnerability
  • wake
  • whole
  • why
  • win
  • wisdom
  • wish
  • wonder
  • work
  • worth
  • yes

I hope this will help you choose your word of the year! If you’re drawn to a few, look up the definitions in the dictionary and compare!  I narrowed my word for the year down to three words that were similar in my mind, but when I looked up the definitions, I was amazed at how different they actually were! I’m absolutely thrilled with the word I chose for the year and I hope you’ll chose a word you love!

If you’ve already chosen your word, leave it in  the comments!  I’d love to know!

200+ Word of the Year Ideas Printable

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Helping Your Teens Learn To Budget

I remember the thrill of being a teenager and having my first job.  I loved being able to spend money on clothes, food and whatever else my heart desired.  Unfortunately my heart desired lots of things and I never saved any money!  This is something that I have always struggled with.  Now that I have 2 teen daughters, I’m hoping to impart some saving and budgeting wisdom to them so they don’t have this same struggle as they get older. I hope these tips will help you help your teens learn how to budget.

Help your teen learn how to budget

Budgeting is something everyone should learn when they reach an age where they can understand the concept of money. It is very easy to spend more money than planned if there is no budget in place. By teaching your teen the concepts of budgeting, you will help them to learn how to avoid overspending and how to make their money stretch. Both of these are valuable lessons that will come in handy during adulthood.

Helping Teens Learn How To Budget

The first lesson in budgeting is to teach your teen how to document both income and expenses.  If you have a household budget, share it with your kids.  Be specific about where your money goes.  Not only will this help them understand all that they need to think about and plan for as they get older, but it will also help them to realize that money is finite…not infinite as they so often seem to think.  Also, make sure that they understand that necessary expenses such as mortgages or rent, food, utilities and car insurance get priority over the newest gadget on the market. Once the necessary expenses have been taken care of, a stipend of the balance can be put into a savings account for a rainy day and then the wants can be addressed.  Better yet, teach them to save before spending.  If your teenager is looking for ways to make money, make sure to check out these Creative Jobs for Teens.

My oldest daughter is using the 52 Week Savings Challenge. She uses the printable to check off her contributions each week.  If that’s a little too ambitious for your teen, consider the 365 Day Saving Challenge!  Both of these are printables and are a fun way to track progress.

If you fall into the category of living paycheck to paycheck, like many Americans do, this is a good time to teach your teen how to make your money stretch. Tips such as using coupons to cut the costs of food and clothing, or buying second-hand items, go a long way in establishing healthy spending habits in your teens. These habits will carry over into adulthood if taught properly.

Teaching your teens about credit is also extremely important. Credit is valuable and most people do not realize how valuable it truly is until it is tarnished. Avoid credit cards as they tend to have very high interest rates, even if the minimum payment is low.  Be sure to teach your teen that it takes years to build up good credit and only a few months to destroy it completely. Without credit it can be hard to rent an apartment, buy a car or a house. Teach your teen two valuable credit lessons: use credit only when necessary and do not extend yourself beyond what you can afford to pay. These two lessons in themselves will create a good credit history for your teenager leading the way into adulthood.

Teaching your teen how to budget and manage money properly does not have to be a nail-biting experience. If you find that your own budgeting technique could use a bit of work, why not share that experience with your teen? It is beneficial for your teen to learn from your struggles before they experience their own. Most of all, budgeting and being responsible with money is a life lesson that typically gets carried through to adulthood and your teen needs all the help they can get.

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Cute Workout Clothes: Mix & Match Workout Clothing

Getting in shape is one of the top resolutions women make each year. It’s important to be healthy and to get in lots of movement.  If you’re wanting to up your workout game and you want to look great doing it, these cute workout clothes are for you!  These Mix and Match workout outfits will keep you looking great while you’re getting in shape!

Cute Workout Clothes

 

Cute Workout Clothes Shopping List

Here’s what you’ll need to purchase to create these 15 looks.  You may already have some of these items (or something similar) in your closet. Shop your closet first and then fill in the rest of the items on the list!

  1. C9 Mesh Capri Leggings, Grey
  2. Wine Texture Leggings, Purple
  3. C9 Run Shorts, Midnight Blue
  4. C9 Embrace Capri Leggings, Black
  5. C9 Blocked Leggings, Purple
  6. Champion Tank Top, Black
  7. JoyLab Follow Your Joy Tank Top
  8. C9 Cowlneck Pullover, Grey
  9. C9 Long Sleeve T-Shirt, Lilac
  10. JoyLab Twist Front Tank, White
  11. C9 Asymmetrical Fleece Jacket
  12. C9 Strappy Back Sports Bra
  13. C9 Athletic Shoes, Black/White
  14. C9 Athletic Shoes, Burgundy

Here’s how to mix and match your cute workout clothes!

You don’t have to wear the same workout outfit every day. With only 12 pieces of clothing and 2 pairs of shoes, you can create 15 different looks!  These cute workout clothes are perfect for running…or running errands!

12.28 Mix and Match Athletic Wear - Target 1-5 12.28 Mix and Match Athletic Wear - Target 6-10 12.28 Mix and Match Athletic Wear - Target 11-15

What’s your favorite workout outfit? 

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Best Things To Buy After Christmas

The days after Christmas are some of my favorite days to shop!  I can always find great deals and I usually get a few gift cards and some cash for Christmas and so I can be a little more frivolous than usual without putting a dent in my budget!  I thought it might be helpful for you to know what the best things to buy after Christmas are.  Even you non-shoppers may want to brave the stores for some super deals!

Best Things To Buy After Christmas WIde

Best Things To Buy After Christmas

Christmas Candy

Now is the time to snag candy for a fraction of the price. Inexpensive bags of chocolate, chocolate bars, and chocolate Santas can be used in place of chocolate chips for baking. Also, I try to stock up on Hershey’s Kisses to be used for Valentines and St. Patricks day. I use red and gold kisses for Valentines day and I use green kisses for St. Patricks day. It sure beats paying full price in February! {This only works if you can find a good hiding place.  Last year I thought I found a good hiding place, but when I went to use the kisses for Valentine’s day, I discovered that my husband had already eaten all of them!}

Wrapping Paper 

Christmas wrapping paper isn’t just for Christmas! You can find solid and foiled red, gold, silver, green, and white paper that can be used throughout the year. Also, look for pastel colored paper with snowflakes to be used on gifts given during the wintry months.

Gift Sets

I love holiday gift sets. Many of these get marked down to a fraction of the price because the packaging is Chistmas-y. I’ve often purchased gift sets made up of lotions and body washes at 50-80% off just because of the wrapping. What’s even better is that these gift sets can be dismantled and the individual bottles of lotions can be put in other gifts throughout the year. I often turn these gift sets into birthday gifts or thinking of you gifts!

Baking supplies and cookware

After Christmas is a great time to purchase cookware and baking supplies.  In the past few years, I have found pots and pans, coffee makers, cupcake makers, roasters and cookie sheets all marked at 50% off at Wal-Mart. I’m not sure why they choose to mark so many of these items down in their “holiday” section, but I definitely won’t complain. If you need pots and pans, waffle irons, tea kettles, etc., make sure to take a look at the holiday markdowns.

Christmas decorations and lights

Most of my Christmas decorations and lights have been purchased after Christmas. Each year, I try to add a few piece ornaments to my collection. I love that I can buy 3 or 4 ornaments for the price I would usually pay for 1. This is also a great time to buy an artificial tree to use next year. Also, if you are planning a wedding or party in which you may want to use white lights, stock up now. You’ll be able to find them and the price on them will be unbeatable!

Candles

I love candles! I love the way they make my house smell and the ambiance they create. Candles are often included in the post Christmas sales…and not just the red and green ones. I was amazed to find so many white candles in a variety of scents marked down to a fraction of their costs!

I hope this will give you a few ideas to help make the most of after Christmas sales. Please remember that it’s never a good deal if you don’t have the money to pay for it. It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of a bargain, but it’s not worth the stress that it brings when you realize you have no money and no place to store all your “bargains”. With that disclaimer out of the way, I’m heading to the mall! Have a great day!

 

Best Things To Buy After Christmas

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