• Tyler’s 6th Batman Birthday Party

    Last week Tyler turned 6. I don’t know where the time goes but he is so big!

    This year Tyler and Summer wanted separate birthday parties and because they have had joint parties for the last couple of years (farm party, carnival) I thought we’d go with it.

    And since practically every little boys is obsessed with Batman, that is what he chose.

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    It all started with an invite I found online and attempted to make my own.

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    I found all sorts of cool ways to arrange balloon on Pinterest…. and then I ran out of time and thankfully my 14 year old son helped me put them up…. at least they’re up!

    Everything had to be Yellow and Black and was EASY to put together.

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    We had lots of fun and this kid was so excited about his cupcake! He picked out the blue frosting because it was “so cool”

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    I wanted to make a light lunch/snacks and it all worked out great. It was the perfect amount and I think the kids enjoyed the treats!

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    Bugles = Cat Woman Claws

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    Sandwiches = Bat Wiches

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    Pigs in a Blankets = Robins Roll Ups

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    Boneless Wings = Bat Wings

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    Hawaiian Punch/7up = Joker Juice

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    I wanted to make masks and capes as well. I attempted to make these masks with my Cricut but I had some trouble with it cutting felt! That is a setting I have never tried before and I should have practiced before hand! I also made THESE CAPES that turned out great and the kids loved them!

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    Cutest little bat girl around!

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    I used poster board and attempted to make a Batman. Don’t judge! haha! I painted it up then I used my cricut to cut out little bats that the kids used to “Pin the bat on Batman”. Sorry for this terrible grainy picture! Tyler’s party day turned out to be a rainy mess of a day and I was glad that I had planned for it to be mostly inside!

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    Love all these little Bat kids! So grateful for friends taking time from their day to celebrate my Tyler turning 6!!

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    And I made this fun picture to put in a frame on the table! And it is a PRINTABLE! Click the picture to get the downloadable link!

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    Tyler had such an awesome 6th birthday!

  • Home made No Sew {Superhero} Capes

    When Tyler said that he wanted to have a Batman Party I knew there had to be masks and Superhero capes but I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to go about it.

    I got started on his party kind of late and I didn’t want to spend all day sewing capes. I googled “no fray fabric” and found that fleece didn’t fray! Who knew?

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    I looked online to check prices and it looked like Joann’s was the place to go as their fleece was 50% off. I wasn’t sure how much to get and no matter how much math I did I still wasn’t quite sure. Because let’s be real: I am THAT terrible at math! I bought 7 yards. (which by the way was insanely too much fabric!)

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    Next I needed to make a template for the part that would wrap around the kids necks. After drawing several terrible pictures with shaky lines I finally got one that looked okay enough to cut out. This one isn’t perfect, but it does the trick! Click the picture for the printable version of this cape template. 

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    Next I cut out my pieces. I cut them in 20×30 sections. So they were 20 wide and 30 long and that worked perfect for me to get 3 capes wide!

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    Next I folded my cape and half and cut out my template and laid it down on my fabric. This is important: You want to make sure that your fold is on the same side as the “center” of your template. Otherwise when you cut you will have 2 pieces! And you don’t want that!

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    Then cut it out!

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    When you open it up it should look like this!

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    Then I used this Iron On Velcro on the end pieces to keep it together!

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    So here is how it looks front and back!

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    They were perfect. The kids don’t need anything fancy and loved these capes and the masks that went with them!

  • Fall; kids crafts; DIY; kids

    Fun Fall Activities with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish

    It is no secret that we are Goldfish cracker eaters in this house. So when I have a chance to combine them with Fun Fall Activities for the kids it makes for a happy family.

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    Because of the time of the year it felt obvious that we should make something geared toward Halloween. There are so many Fun Fall Activities that we could have made. I thought about making many different crafts. Maybe a spider out of an egg carton and pipe cleaners, or handprint Frankensteins, Tin can ghosts, but we decided on these fun popsicle stick spider webs.

    I ran to the store and grabbed our favorite snacks! Who doesn’t love Pepperidge Farm Goldfish? I actually don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them! And my kids will pick Goldfish crackers over just about any other option! And I love the new Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain.

    A few things I love about Goldfish crackers:

    1. Always Baked with Real Cheese
    2. No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
    3. Colors Sourced from Plants, such annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree
    4. Baked with Whole Grain Cheddar has 12 g of WG per serving
    5. And ultimately, it is a snack I feel comfortable giving to my kids

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    Then we got to work on our fun fall activities, which was making a popsicle spider web.

    Of course, before hand I used my hot glue gun and put together the popsicle sticks because I didn’t want little hands touching the hot glue! But then it was all up to them. I made one and showed them how I was doing it then it was up to them how they wanted to make a spider web!

    All I used was some yarn, popsicle sticks and hot glue (not shown). Then if you want to add a spider to make it a little more fun, you’ll need one of those too!

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    Check out Tyler making his awesome spider web!

    We had a fun time full of smiles making our fun fall crafts and snacking on Goldfish Colors while we were at it!

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    I went and dug into our Halloween decorations and found these plastic spiders that were the perfect touch for our new creative spider webs!

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    What do you think? Is this a craft your kids would love?

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  • Party Decorations {Summer’s Tea}

    Last week I shared with you Summer’s Tea Party that we had for her 4th birthday.

    Today I just wanted to share a couple of the party decorations that I made for the party!

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    I got this banner from Hobby Lobby about a year ago. They were on sale so they were only a couple of dollars. Then I grabbed some lace ribbon from the floral area at Walmart. I cut pieces to fit perfectly over the top of the banner and then used hot glue in a couple of places just to keep it on. It worked perfectly!

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    Then I cut out letters and used the remaining piece of paper as my stencil then I painted it with my pink acrylic paint I got thanks to @decoart.

    Next, we made Sand Art. Last week I shared how I made the Home made Sand, and this is what we did with the sand. First, I had been saving glass bottles from a coffee drink that we buy. I peeled all the labels off of them and removed the goo residue, then I laid the caps out on an old rag then spray painted then with the perfect girlie pink color.

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    Ballet Slipper pink- Doesn’t get much more girlie than that!

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    I sprayed them from one angle and let them dry. Then I sprayed them from the other side to make sure I didn’t miss any spots without actually picking them up and getting paint on my hand!

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    Next, I grabbed a handful of bottles. I borrowed six from my bestie who did this same project at her daughter’s birthday over the summer time, and I bought six more. I got them from “Cash & Carry” which is a restaurant supply house.

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    These are Tyler and Summer’s final product. Turned out pretty cute!

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    Also, I needed to make a platter of some sort to hold food so I ran to the dollar store looking for platters. I also grabbed some candle sticks and I used the hot glue on the edge of the bottom side of the candle stick then immediately placed the platter onto the hot glue. Then I took them outside and set them onto my rag and spray painted them with my same pink spray paint.

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    I used my Cricut for several of my projects. If you don’t have one then find a friend that does because you can get a lot done with those things!

    I made these awesome doilies and I was super happy with how they turned out!

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    I cut out this tea pot and taped it to a wall in our living room. Then I put tape on the back of each of the cups and we played “Pin the cup on the teapot”. The kids loved it!

    Also I made and cut out some super cute Tea Party photo booth props! Hot glued them to a stick and then we were ready! I had an awesome metal chair that my friend Chasing Zoie lent me for the photo booth and I bought a piece of fabric to hang up behind it, but come party day it was pouring rain outside and I had to bring my photo booth indoors. It made for a little darker setting than I was hoping for, but it still worked out pretty good!

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    I also used my Cricut to cut out circles just a little bit bigger than the opening of the cup. Then I put hot glue around the opening and then placed it over the circle. I used some scrapbooking paper flowers and a brad to hold them together then put a dot of hot glue on the back and then stuck it onto the paper cup.

    Then I used a ribbon and hot glued it to the cup. I used the ribbon to tie onto the kids to keep it on their heads. But I’ll be honest, a plastic headband would have worked SO much better! Some of the kids had trouble keeping their hat on with the ribbon.

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    Of Course, Party Decorations aside, Summer had a wonderful 4th birthday, and I am so thankful to our friends for making it a special day for her!

  • Summer’s Tea Party

    This past weekend my baby girl turned 4 years old. Yep, Summer is four years old and that called for a Tea Party with her friends.

    So we rounded up the best girlfriends a girl can have, and had some snacks, drinks and played some games.

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    Months ago I decided to have a Tea Party for Summer’s birthday. Of course, I turned to Pinterest because, obviously you can find everything there. And several weeks ago I started collecting things here and there to complete her party. Then I made her invites and got them into the mail.

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    Then this last week I was in Party mode to get things done and make it happen!

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    Thank goodness for my Cricut because I was able to make so much of my decorations with it! I made doily’s, a banner, photo booth props, tea hats, pieces for Pin the tea cup on the tea pot, it was awesome, I made so much of it myself and that always feels great!

    I am going to be sharing some individual posts on a few of the things I made over the next few days, so keep your eyes out for those too!

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    In the past I always attempt making my own cakes, and it never works as good as I hope for it to so this year I just bought a cake from a local box store. I struggled to find a teapot or something similar so I ended up going with this princess cake since it was gardeny and flowery and I went with it! Plus Summer loved it and that is really what matters.

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    I love my chalkboard wall. We never get tired of drawing on it!

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    Using the Home Made Sand from the other day we put it to good use and made fun sand bottles. I used a coffee bottle that I washing to fill with sand. The kids all loved it!

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    Then finally we did the photo booth all through out the party. It sort of got messed up because I planned to do the photo booth in my back yard with this beautiful wire chair my friend Kara lent me but it was pouring buckets and I had to set it up in my entry way instead! But it all worked out!

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    We really had the best day and Summer had so much fun! She loved seeing her friends, playing games, eating cake and getting some super fun gifts!

    Thank you to all of our friends that made this day possible for her! We love you!