When your kid decides that a particular book is his all-time favorite, you can expect it to get destroyed pretty quickly. Continue reading
I bought this six pack of bubbles thinking they would last us a while but my two year old managed to dump three of them out in a matter of fifteen minutes of playing with them.
They aren’t expensive but how quickly we were going through them made me want to see about making our own solution. Continue reading
When blueberries went on sale for $.99 a pint, I had no choice but to stock up. Since it was raining blueberries at our house, I wanted to do something with them. I prefer easy, so I decided to dip them in chocolate for a nice summer treat. Continue reading
Popsicle molds are one of my favorite things ever. I love that I can decide exactly what goes into the popsicle and that they end up costing pennies each.
Sometimes when I make too much smoothie, I will just pour the excess into the molds and they make great popsicles for later.
My latest one is so easy and are a hit around here. It doesn’t require any prep work and literally only takes a minute to make. All you need are pineapple bits (either fresh or frozen) and rice milk.
Just fill your mold with pineapple bits.Then pour your rice milk into it until it reaches the rim. Rice milk may sound a little weird but it has a really subtle taste and gives it a slight creaminess. I used to use just water and my kids still loved them, but I found it was like they were chomping on ice…not good. The rice milk freezes softer and is more chewy like a popsicle.
You can also just fill mold with mixed fruit and top off with coconut water.
I think it’s a little too sweet, but no kid would ever agree with me on that. These would be good on really hot days as coconut water is a good way to replenish electrolytes.
There are so many different popsicles you can make with these, especially if you branch out with a blender and other ingredients. I love to hear your favorites!
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In February, I made a Love Wall to display in Starbucks. To make it, I had to use up frames from around our house which left our living room wall sad and bare.
Since this room is currently in transition (i’m trying to slowly replace all the browns and dark with bright and colorful), I wasn’t ready to buy any artwork for this area. In fact, I had no idea what I wanted to do here.
All I knew is that I was sick of looking at a blank wall.
I decided to let my kids handle the decorating until I figured out what to do.
There are a lot of great ways to display kids’ art, but I decided on using open frames to hang them. It is easy to swap out the pictures and it’s lightweight to hang.
I’d been looking around for the right frames but was having a hard time. Then I stumbled across a garage sale that had these three frames which were perfect. I love when that happens!
I removed the glass and backing and measured out jute roping to fit across the back. I tied the end in a knot to hold better to the hot glue, which held it down.
Depending on the size of your frame, you can have one or more art hanging lines.
I just hung them on the wall.
And then I put my kids to work.
Using a clothes pin, I hung their artwork and that was it.
I like that this designates a spot for their art instead of getting randomly taped around the house.
I realize I fell into my old habit of using earth tones (jute) for this project. Rethinking this, these frames might look cute with a bright, decorative ribbon instead. Or if you hang them in a child’s room, a pastel, satiny ribbon would be pretty.
Lots of options. Have fun!
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I’ve been looking for a way to buy myself a few minutes to get dinner ready when the little people in our house need dinner NOW.
We have this little corner in our dining room that I can see from the kitchen and I thought it might be a perfect place to make an activity corner to keep kids entertained while they wait.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while but hadn’t come across exactly what I was looking for to make this happen.
Until I saw this little organizing shelf. It was perfect.
This rack actually was the perfect size to hold my yogurt tubs that I have an insane collection of. I just covered them in a fabric that matched the room using my DIY Mod Podge mixture.
I just cut the fabric to size and covered the tub in the glue, then the fabric and then painted another (liberal) layer of glue on top of the fabric.
Once that dried completely, I filled the tubs with game pieces and other items they would need in their corner.
We have a little table that we put in the corner and hung our new rack as low as possible so kids could reach the shelves.
Then we filled the shelves with the decorated tubs, markers, puzzles, activity books, and paper.
Then we hung the “Corner Rules” and that was it.
I think they are excited to have a little place of their own.
And I’m excited to have a few extra minutes to myself!
So, if you are like us and don’t have a ton of space, this activity corner is a great way to give your kids their own little area.
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When it comes to birthday parties, the main thing I look for in the food and decorations is easy.
When I wanted to add a little flair to my son’s 2nd birthday, this balloon garland was the easiest thing ever.
All you have to do is blow up a bunch of balloons and tie fishing line around the knot of each one.
Make sure to leave a foot or two of fishing line at both ends of the garland to help with hanging it.
Once your first balloon is tied, tape it to a hard surface to keep it in place while you tie the others. Otherwise, the balloons start floating around and you could have a tangled mess.
Once your garland is the length you want, you can tape it or tie it wherever you like!
With any leftover balloons, fill a couple garbage bags full and dump them onto the kids from a loft area 🙂
By using select colors, this garland make an easy decoration for baby showers or other themed parties.
For some reason, the balloons stay full when hanging upside down like this, so this might be a good decoration if you have a longer celebration and you want them up for a week or two!
You could also use this garland to line the doorway of the birthday boy or girl. Here is my daughter’s doorway on her birthday.
Easy Peasy. Have Fun!
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Jelly beans are one of my favorite candies so I really love this time of year. I buy a bag of them almost every time I go grocery shopping.
Our cabinet was started to overflow with jelly beans so I wanted to do something with them.
These little flowers are the sugary version of Edible Arrangements.
To make flowers on a stick, you will need jelly beans, toothpicks and cookie/cake pop sticks.
Cut a few toothpicks into smaller bits by cutting at an angle so both ends are sharp.
Poke a cake pop stick into a jelly bean. That will be your center. Then just poke one end of your toothpick piece into a jelly bean and the other into your center jelly bean.
Do that all the way around the jelly bean until it looks like a flower.
You can also just do a flower that is not on a stick by just adding the jelly bean petals the entire way around.
The flowers without a stick can be used as a cupcake topper or cake decoration. I made brownie cups since it kind of looked like dirt 🙂
Because there are small sharp pieces of toothpick involved, it’s best to use this just as decoration or make sure to take the flower apart and remove the stick pieces before giving to kids.
Then enjoy. These guys finished these flowers in about thirty seconds.
Happy Easter Week!
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I’ve been seeing these beautiful birthday cake martinis around and thought they looked so festive.
Photo courtesy of pizzazzerie
While I think a martini would do wonders for my kids (and me) at bedtime, I figured I would try to make something a little more kid-friendly.
This version is basically a vanilla milkshake with sprinkles.
To make, you will need:
-1 cup milk
-1 cup vanilla ice cream
-A couple ice cubes
-Colorful nonpareils or whatever sprinkles you have on hand
-1 Frozen banana (not necessary but i put it in to thicken it up and add a few nutrients)
-Plastic wine, champagne or other fun glasses
Ingredients amount will vary depending on the consistency you prefer.
Place items in a blender and blend until it is how you like it.
Meanwhile, pour some sprinkles in a shallow bowl. Coat the rim of your glass with a little bit of ice cream or honey and dip into the bowl of sprinkles until the rim is covered.
Pour your milkshake into the glass and you are ready to serve.
I recommend not filling the milkshake all the way to the top or only putting the sprinkles on the outside rim. Otherwise, you instantly get this dripping effect.
Although, it won’t matter either way. It’s colorful and fun and your kids will love it!
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