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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Thursday, May 23, 2013

3 Things Thursday.

I'm thinking about starting a new little "series" --
called Three Things Thursday.
I'll post about any random three things.
Maybe it's a picture I took of the kiddos,
maybe it's a store I love to shop,
maybe it's an item I can't live without.
Every week they'll be different -
depending what's on my mind.
So let's get started, shall we?
1. The human heart after disaster strikes.
We currently live in Moore, OK and if you've been watching the news at all - you know we were recently hit with a HUGE tornado. The devastation is tremendous - houses everywhere are leveled - people have lost everything - parents have lost their children. It's just terrible - I really can't even believe how bad it truly is. But all around you can find the good. When disaster strikes, people pull together. Shelters and hot meals are provided, needs are met and people are truly loved. We the people become the hands & feet of Jesus. We stick together. It's amazing to hear the stories of survival. The stories of generosity. The stories of strength.
2. Later Alligator Boutique
You can find them here on Facebook.
I LOVE the idea of finding amazing fabulous PREPPY clothes for a fabulous price! I also love being able to shop a "consignment" sale without having to load my crazies in the car and scrounge through racks! At Later Alligator Boutique I can shop from my living room - while my kids are asleep and I'm catching up on Nashville. I just ordered some ADORABLY PREPPY Gap shorts for little H! :) Go check it out! You won't be disappointed!
3. San Diego.
We just got back from a 6 day Family Vacation to Southern California. We visited some of our best friends, went to the zoo, Sea World, Temecula, the beach. It was all SO amazing and SO beautiful. Dear Navy - please send us to San Diego. pretty please?
What are 3 things you are loving today?

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The {BIG} excuse!

 So I'm sure you've noticed I've been MIA for - well, FOREVER basically.
and I'm SOOO sorry.
I really am ... I miss "talking" to y'all.
but I promised you I had a good excuse --
so here goes ...

and growing a little human is hard work.
Friends - I've been SICK.
so, so sick.
and TIRED.
so, so tired.
{like I could fall asleep at the stop light, tired}
oh and so, so HUGE.
I'm already pulling out the maternity clothes. *tear*
I don't remember feeling this tired with the other two pregnancies--
{but I guess I didn't have two toddlers to chase the other times}
Or maybe it's different because it's a GIRL?!?! <3
(wishful thinking? you bet.)

Either way -- I'm 14.5 weeks today and feeling a little better!
I'm {slowly} gaining some of my energy back!
{like enough energy to paint ONE peg doll}
and the nausea has subsided a bit.
{I now only throw up 2-3 times a day!}

So I'm soo sorry friends that I haven't been around.
There has been NOOO crafting/DIY'ing around here.
{except that one peg doll of course}
and there's been nothing to report.
{except the close relationship I've formed with the toilet}
There's definitely been NO cooking or cleaning -
heck, there's barely been any showering or teeth brushing ...

But this sweet little thing ...

oh he/she will be sooo sooo worth it. ;)
So that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

What you have you been up too?
What have I missed?
Did you miss me?! ;)

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Monday, March 4, 2013

{GIVEAWAY}: Personalized Hooded Towel

UPDATE: This giveaway is closed.
The winner is LAGEAN ELLIS!!!

Please email me within 24 hours to claim your prize!
Thanks so much to everyone who entered! Stick around for more awesome giveaways!

Have y'all heard of the shop Stars and Hearts Sewing?
If not, you better go check it out!

They specialize in personalized hooded animal towels, specialty onesies (think holidays and TWINS!), adorable tooth fairy pillows and so much more! She's a fellow military spouse (and friend!) --and I just love it when I can support military spouses and shop homemade at the same!

The shop is seriously amazing and filled with a plethora of wonderful things --
but my personal favorite are the hooded animal towels ...

There is nothing cuter than a sweet baby after a bath.
Make that a sweet baby wrapped in a cute towel ...
and you'll just want to eat them up. ;)
Seriously, is this monster hooded towel not the cutest?
and very fitting for my little monster who it belongs to! ;)
 but my favorite part is definitely the embroidered name on the back ...
Embroidered names are a Preppy Mom must of course! ;)
The quality of these towels are amazing. They are seriously SO soft!
{I secretly want to use it after I get out of the bath!}
and maybe I do. Don't Judge. ;)
Here are a few of the MANY designs that Stars and Hearts Sewing has to offer ...
 That pig is just killing me! SO cute! ;)
and that elephant ... LOVE!
Would you like to win your own hooded animal towel?
Did I mention the personalization is included?! :)
Check out the giveaway below!!!
Note: This giveaway is only open to PUBLIC followers of DOPM.
{you can follow via Google Friend Connect on the right}
Ships to US only. Winner will be chosen using random.org.
Good luck!
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