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DIY Birthday Chalkboard Poster Using MS PowerPoint

Yep, you read that right. Totally doable. All in under 45 minutes if you have the info and everything ready at hand and a napping baby.

Chalkboard AZ
We had a Nautical themed celebration.

You will need:

1.MS powerpoint
2.Background image
3.Fonts & dingbat
Use any high res chalkboard background. I used this one.

Powerup your PowerPoint.change the slide size. Start with 16″ x 20″ portrait to give you a nice sized poster. Go to the Design tab and choose format background. Insert your chalkboard image. If the chalkboard looks too perfect, you can rough it up a bit by changing the transparency, adding an artistic effect, or change its Brightness Preset. Experiment, you can really change it to your own personal taste.

Paste the image on the slide

Now, begin inserting text boxes. Use the boxes to add your fonts and dingbats. This is the time to go overboard and fill it with all kinds of silly objects. Just remember to leave a generous border of background around the outer edge.

Capture

Here’s a list of fonts I used:
http://www.dafont.com/sandwich-paper.font
http://www.dafont.com/clementine-sketch.font
http://www.dafont.com/return-to-sender.font
http://kevinandamanda.com/…/fontsforpeas/pea-ellie-bellie/
http://www.dafont.com/a-song-for-jennifer.font
http://www.dafont.com/chalk-line-outline.font
http://www.dafont.com/made-with-b.font

Dingbats:
http://www.dafont.com/bergamot-ornaments.font
http://www.dafont.com/sleep-on-the-moon.font
http://www.dafont.com/go-around-the-books-arrows.font
http://www.dafont.com/under.font
http://www.dafont.com/adhesive-nr-seven.font

dingbats
Dingbats

Pro Tip: Use a deck with all the dingbats to copy from and it will be easier.

Final Step:  Save it as a pic(.png works best) and give it to a printer and print. You can frame it after that if you like.

PS: Here’s a pic of my chalkboard with all those elements 😀

Believe me – It only looks scary. Such a breeze. Let me know if you tried this for your LO’ party! Do share pics in comments 🙂

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AZ, cloth diapering, Uncategorized

Charlie Banana #FTW – A pool lover’s review

If you know me or follow my Instagram posts, you’d know by now that we almost exclusively cloth diaper Baby AZ and how much I love modern day cloth diapers and can’t get enough of it!  Yep, cloth diapering is addictive and is a really great way to save on baby diapering costs, save the environment and much more [More on that some other day]. It is, therefore, a no-brainer that I was super thrilled to receive a Charlie Banana swim diaper for review from Chicbum.com.

Look how cute the packaging is…almost as if they were thinking ” D’oh! A baby’s bottom is exactly where it should be. So we should put it there – paper or for real” I digress.

According to me the nicest thing about this diaper is that it can be used as a swim diaper AND training pants when you’re potty training the baby. Talk about value for money!

PROS:

  • Let me start with the fit – it’s PERFECT.  Just follow the weight guide on Charlie Banana’s website and order the corresponding size. I have a 11 kg baby and size L was, like Goldilocks would say, JUST RIGHT.
  • Really soft organic cotton and elastics that don’t leave marks – what’s not to love there.
  • A drawstring that helps secure the diaper so it is leak-proof in case of poopxplosions. I’m grateful that there has been none of this poop business in the pool so far. *hitting wood hard*
  • Really cute, stunning  prints – Not just mine, but the entire range is so pwetty! Head turner for sure! ❤
  • The dual purpose – Unlike my other swim diapers (which don’t have an insert, and therefore will definitely not absorb as well) this one can be used for both potty training and as swim diapers. Good investment hence.

CONS:

  • Owing to the insert being there, there would be a bit of diaper heaviness, but it dint hamper movement in any way. IMHO the insert being there is a good thing and meant I didn’t have to worry much that the poopxplosions may fall out. I had hope it would absorb enough, until I could quickly pull him out of the pool. Not much of a ‘con’ bullet, no? I know – It’s really a well thought of diaper design!

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Can you see how trim it is after being in water for quite long?

It’s called the EXTRAORDINARY swim diaper for a reason, yo! Here’s a whole bunch of action shots of the diaper and a 18 month old enjoying his summer pool time. Let me know your comments, questions etc.,. I look forward to them. 🙂

Here’s where you can buy them, if you are in India:

ChicBum – Charlie Banana 

Care Instructions

Facebook page

If you’re elsewhere, there are so many retailers worldwide; visit Charlie Banana’s store locator

💙⚓️💙⚓️💙⚓️💙 SUMMER IS COMING! Well this is what excites us most about summer time – long pool time and beach time, summery food like nongu, tender coconuts, melons and icecreams without guilt. 🌞🏊🏄🎣🍉🍇🍍🍦🍨🍧 The morning swim, also one of AZ’s first structured #swimlesson (if I can say so myself;)) was really fun with this apartment buddy who was great company! Appa gave instructions well and AZ had fun testing the waters and moving his limbs in action. Good start, I guess! 🏊 #OTB : @CharlieBanana #swimdiaper from @ChicBum . This deserves a mention as it helped a not yet potty-trained little to ride the waves.😄 trim and absorbent, And truly a Sight to behold- a head-turner print. Had people walking up to say ‘that is one cute swimwear’. I agree 💙🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊⚓️💙💙

A post shared by Gracelyne (@g33fy) on Mar 18, 2017 at 5:17am PDT

 

AZ, Parenthood, Uncategorized

Hello! Have you missed me?

Been a long while since you heard from me, hasn’t it?

I have such an exciting life now – with being a mom to an adorable 18 month old. Life couldn’t be more “happening” than it is now, or the minute after now, if you get what I mean.

Child birth has been a life-changer. I wanted to post some thoughts and tips here for FTM (First Time Moms – yes, there’s a whole lot of acronyms once you’ve familiarized yourself with mommy clubs) 😉

It’s almost 1 PM here, and a saturday night. I HAVE to go. but first let me resurrect my blog. 🙂

 

Happy reading.

PS: I’ve really taken to instagram and all this while that has been my primary micro-blog.

Follow me there if you will. instagram.com/g33fy

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