I save photo cards after Christmas and make holiday place-mats with them.
My grandmother actually did this years ago and we used to LOVE looking at Christmas 1965 or whatever underneath our plates. (Oh look! There’s Aunt Jodie strangling the cat in front of the Christmas tree!!)
My own kids love it too. I have a place-mat for every year since 1996.
Obviously there are too many for the table now, so last year I started hanging them up for display.
Anyways, if you want to use this idea, all you have to do is make a collage of the cards and take it to Kinko’s (I mean Fed-Ex Office) to laminate. Keep it to around 11″ x 16″ so you have a good seal on the edge around it, unless you want to get them to laminate it for you on the big machine.
I use the self laminator after the Place-Mat Disaster of ’02. (Their big machine ate my beautiful collage. It was horrifying. I managed to replace it, but still.)
This costs $3.99, which is not bad for the amount of fun we get out of looking at them year after year.
“An Elf’s Story is the inspirational tale of Chippey, the enthusiastic young scout elf who is assigned by Santa to restore Taylor’s belief in Christmas magic. In spite of Taylor’s twin sisters’ joy at having an elf from the North Pole as a guest in their home, he breaks the number one Elf on the Shelf rule and touches Chippey in a boyish act of defiance.
The elf loses his Christmas magic; the entire McTuttle family loses its scout elf, and both Taylor and Chippey lose their self-respect. Through the power of love and forgiveness, both of them learn that true belief cannot be taught.”
They lose their SELF-RESPECT?! What kind of a creepy story is this?
And what exactly is “inspirational” about an elf watching you all the time?
This is from a picture on pinterest that had no link attached, but claimed in the comments that you can darken your skin with cocoa powder.
Here are my legs.
Oh come on! Uncover your eyes; they aren’t THAT bad!
The original pin said: “2 tbs cocoa powder (depending in how tan you want to be.) + Any moisturizer + an empty bottle + mix it all together. Good for super light girls.”
At first I didn’t have any cocoa powder, so I tried coffee.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
The interesting thing was, once I’d washed all the coffee grounds off, my legs were super smooth. I think it worked as an exfoliator or something. I even tried it on my face and it made my skin smoother there as well.
So I’d recommend the coffee trick.
As for the cocoa powder, I did finally get some and try it. On the plus side, it DID darken my legs somewhat.
Unfortunately, it also rubbed brown stuff everywhere (see the ankle smudge above). So it worked about the same as leg makeup I think.
In any case, the whole experiment gave me an excuse to put my feet up and take a bunch of pictures of my legs to show you.