Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Make your Own SNOW PAINT!

I know it's been awhile since I've actually blogged ...
but it's been a little crazy around here! 
I'm pretty sure it has to do with these three ...
Yup ... THREE!
Sweet Thatcher is here and I'm slowly adjusting to my new normal.
Three boys. Three and under. 
with a husband that is always deploying.
Pray for me, my friends! ;) 

Oh and we're also snowed in right now.
and the boys (and I) were getting cabin fever.
So we braved the cold today and went outside.
and we painted the snow --
and it was pretty awesome. 
and the boys LOVED it.
and it was SOOOOOOOO ridiculously easy.
So I just HAD to log in and share it with you quick.

Especially since it looks like the majority of the country is experiencing winter weather! :)

Except Florida of course. 
but we hate florida, haha. {kidding, kidding}

So here goes ...

First you need some kind of squeeze bottle.

I used these Mini Wilton ones that I bought at Michaels (because I plan on using them tomorrow to decorate cookies for a playgroup I'm hosting). but you could also use water bottles with a squeeze top, mustard squeeze things for picnics, whatever you have on hand basically.

 Now are you ready for this? It's SO simple and quick.
(and "simple" in the world of my impatient kiddos is pretty much GOLDEN!)
 Fill your squeeze bottles with water and add some drops of food coloring.

That's it. 

Now admire these beauties for the two seconds that your kids let you...

 Bundle up those cabin fevered, impatient cuties.

Take that paint outside ...

and start creating those masterpieces ... 

Then come back inside and warm those cold hands by the fire! :)

Note: This entertained my kids (3.5 and 2) for about 45 minutes. It would have probably entertained them longer but a) they were cold and b) I was getting tired of re-filling the bottles every two seconds. SO if you have them -- bigger squeeze bottles would be better for your little aspiring snow Picasso. I did about 4-6 drops of food coloring for each bottle. However for the blue, 1-2 drops is plenty. Otherwise it starts to turn black. We also tried purple - it didn't really work for us, but I'm terrible at mixing colors, haha. You'll probably have better luck.

If you try this, I'd LOVE to see pictures!
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Friday, September 13, 2013

Trick to {SIMPLE} Water Bottle Labels!

I {adore} water bottle labels ...
I just think they are such a fun way to personalize a party!
A fun little touch that goes the extra mile. 
Only problem -- sometimes they can seem like they take an extra 45 miles.
Or cost an extra 45 Dollars.

No bueno. I need quick & cheap. ;) 

I've made several different kinds of labels over the years ...

I've made "traditional" ones ... 
where you print the labels and then cover them with clear tape.
But I think those take FOREVER and isn't necessarily that cost effective.
{ink is expensive!}
(see more Mustache Bash pics here)

I've also made some using a circle punch and some hot glue.
These are super simple & cute but still require a lot of printer ink.
(see more Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday here.)

So this is my NEW favorite way!

The trick?

Seriously y'all. It's genius.
Duct Tape now comes in SOOOO many patterns and it's water proof! :)
(and it's less than $3 with a coupon)
and you just wrap and go ... easy peesy cheapy breezy! 
My perfect kind of project. 

Simple, right?

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

2nd Birthday: Pirate Party

This little peanut just turned two ... 
Time really does go by SO fast! 

He LOVES Pirates -- 
so of course we decided to have a Pirate Party! 

Note: I made the number 2 Embroidered Pirate Shirt -
if you are interested in purchasing custom birthday shirts - come visit me on Facebook!

There was a little birthday location drama --
I booked a local Pirate-themed splash park - but the day before I went to visit,
and it was DISGUSTING. I will spare you all the yucky details -- 
but I canceled our reservation at the park and we hurried along with Plan B.

Our house.
We didn't have time to do much outdoors ... 

at the last minute we rented the bounce house and tables & chairs!
The tent was a Lowe's purchase two years ago ($80) and we've used it TONS.
The banner is from Hobby Lobby and the balls were Target clearance after 4th of July!
The table cloths are just fabric that I bought at Hobby Lobby - didn't even hem, just threw them on. I've since used the fabric for the boys nap mats - so it wasn't a waste! ;) 

Upon arriving -- every kid received a goodie bag with a pirate hat, eye patch, sword, pirate tattoo, necklace and some chocolate treasure. (ordered everything from Amazon).

The party was at 10 am ... so we served Brunch.
Brunch food is super affordable and every body likes it.
It's also super easy -- and doesn't require a ton of cooking! ;) 
Win, Win, Win. ;) 

I just did a variety -- Donuts, Donut Holes, Lucky Charms Cereal, Muffins, Quiche, Fruit Cups, Yoghurt Shakes for kids, Yoghurt bar for adults, Pop Tarts and gold fish. 

Since most of our friends are blessed with kids that SLEEP IN ...
{how do they get so lucky?}
We had lots of coffee and mimosas to wake everyone up!
P.S. Those Starbucks Party Packs are AWESOME for parties.
They cost about $15 and serve about 15 adults -- totally worth it.  
We also had orange juice, juice boxes and water for the kiddos. 

Let me tell you something friends ...
unless you own a bakery - or just LOVE to bake ...
store bought cupcakes/cakes are where it's at.
I bought 24 cupcakes and a tiny striped "smash cake" from a local bakery!
Then I made them cute by adding DIY Cupcake Toppers 
and a plastic Pirate Ship from the playroom. 
so easy, so delicious, so stress-free! 

I never do much in the form of "party entertainment" ... 
For kids this age (toddlers) -- the bounce house and outdoor toys are normally enough ...

However, we did play one game! 
Pin the mustache on the pirate! 
Party classic - the kids loved it. 
I also picked up two prizes at the Dollar Store - one boy winner, one girl winner. 

 The party was SO much fun, a little HOT, but still fun! 

and the most important part ... 
Little H had a blast! ;)  
For day he kept asking if it was his "birthday time" again. 

I'll share tomorrow how I did all the DIY projects ... 
Cupcake Toppers, Water Labels, Pirate Game, etc. 
So come check back! 

and here's a post I wrote for his 1st birthday last year!
and his first birthday banner!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Toddler Fun: Bathtub target practice

It's Summer.
It's Raining.
It's hot.
and my kids are BORED.
{oh and I'm 7.5 months pregnant}
 and I needed something {easy} to keep them from dumping out all the pretzels.
and crushing the packaging peanuts.
and ripping their light out of the wall.
{all of which happened in about 45 minutes yesterday morning}
So I had an idea ...
 Yup. Good 'ol Target practice.
This is seriously so simple.
{remember I'm 7.5 pregnant. It's hot. and raining. so I'm basically useless}

The best part?
This entertained my 3.5 and {almost} 2 year old for 45 minutes.
{which is basically forever in toddler time}
All you need is a spray bottle and some targets.
I drew some "targets" (with a sharpie) on contact paper that I had laying around.
 {Dollar Tree sells contact paper & spray bottles!}
Then I gave them the water bottles and let them loose ...

Wild Man requested a bad guy to shoot.
This is what he got ...
 {I told you I wasn't feeling super motivated}
This was SO easy and the boys had SO much fun.
 But their favorite part was trying to drink the water! ;)
We've also done something similar outside last summer ...
you can check that out here.

How do you keep your kids entertained in the summer?

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