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Prince George’s First Birthday Party Hats: FamilyFun Test Drive

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Oh, I do love a good birthday party! And better yet, I love crafting for birthday parties. Probably one of the biggest first birthday celebrations of our time is coming up on July 22nd…that of Prince George Alexander Louis Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince William and Kate. Yes in about 10 days or so, #GeorgeTurns1. It’s hard to even fathom how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will commemorate this momentous occasion. Will there be royal pony rides? A cake in the shape of Buckingham Palace? And what will the favors be? Chocolate Big Ben’s on a stick? Personalized teabags? Knighthood?

The one thing I know will be VERY important is the party hat. Perhaps little George will don a fancy birthday crown, as many first birthday honorees do, but what will the party goers wear? Party-Hat Fascinators, but of course! You must recall the creative fascinator showing that emerged when William and Kate got married—I feel like the world really learned the extent of what head-wear could be. Here are a few gems from Kate Middleton’s time in the spotlight:

Inspired by FamilyFun’s July 4th party hats, Oliver, Sommer, and I got to work on souped-up versions of our own. I decided to use white paper party cups—they have a dull surface (no shine) so they are perfect for crafting. We started with paint—and it got messy fast. But it was super-fun. Sommer lost focus, but Oliver was down with making another hat, this time using washi tape (a crafter after my own heart).

I had pre-cut the circle brims (you can download the template here), and I let them decide what materials to use to accessorize their fascinator party hats. Feathers were a natural choice, and Oliver chose yarn pom-poms (I love these from eeBoo), and Sommer couldn’t help herself; she needed to add some bling to bring her hat to the level of royalty. (At just past two-years-old, she is firmly convinced she’s a princess. Not sure how that happened.)

For my own, I used washi tape, feathers, and then I added a fringed cupcake liner carnation—a craft from my book, Project Kid.

My favorite part of making these paper-party-hat fascinators is that there are no rules when it comes to embellishments. The more supplies, the more the merrier! And once your kids put them on, their goofy sides will really come out!

Happy Birthday, Prince George!

 

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8 Fabulous (and free!) Father’s Day Printables

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Father’s Day rule in my household is simple. Dad gets to choose whatever he wants for that day (and ditto on Mother’s Day). So for example, if Dad wants to lay in the park with a bagel and lox and play catch for 7 minutes then lay in the sun then nap when the kids nap then choose his own restaurant for dinner, then so be it. That’s what he gets. If he decides that he doesn’t want to make any decisions, then Mom and kids take over. It’s our way of relieving the pressure of gift giving—we have birthdays and other holidays for that. But there’s always room for a little bit of surprise, even in a day totally prescribed by Dad. And these adorable printables are sure to bring a smile to his face!

Top: Paper Dad Rocks—Mr. Printables / Sugar cookie fries (we are making these!)—Bakerella (those are sugar cookie fries!) / Gummy bottle labels—Get Creative Juice

Middle: Love you to the moon and back photobooth printables—B Kids / Dad Coupons—The DadaBase

Bottom: Etch-a-Sketch card—Zakka Life (via Cool Mom Picks) / Nuts About Dad—Design Dining Diapers / We Heart Daddy banner—Paging Supermom

Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy

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Spark a Love of Good Food in Kids

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Ask any parent what she struggles with the most and usually, at the top of the list is healthy eating. As my kids get older, I notice that involving them in the cooking process really encourages the exploration into new foods. And that first bite (or sip) is step one. All we can hope for is that one of those first bites will catch and a new flavor, food group, or, dare I say, green will get worked into our kids’ repertoire.

Finding recipes that are easy enough to do with kids as young as 3 is a bit challenging, and then you prop up the iPad, print-out, or laptop on the kitchen counter, sticky fingers create smudges, then excitement grows, and spills ensue.  A kids’ cookbook is a fun idea, for sure, but there’s something a whole lot more exciting about getting a box every month in the mail with a new recipe, a new tool, and a new activity. And that’s what you get with Kidstir, the subscription service that brings easy-to-follow, easy-to-do, and healthy kid-friendly recipes to your door. Every month. No joke.

Here’s how it works…you sign up and for $19.95 a month (you can do 3, 6, or 12 months), Kidstir sends you a box of goodies. You’ll first get the starter kit that comes with this cute, customizable 3-ring recipe binder with dividers, and then each month you’ll get more recipes, more cooking tools, and more fun activities to try with your kids. The pages are smudge-proof, easy-to-read, and adorably designed. Each kit lists the recipe’s ingredients, the kitchen skills that your child will learn, the steps, and notes to grown-up helpers with safety guidelines. And if this isn’t enough, Kidstir also has free printable downloads on their website for Honey Bee Bar Wrappers, a multiple choice breakfast in bed menu, and a cute chart that reminds kids about the importance of eating the rainbow. Again, no joke.

Oliver and I started with the simple orange drink; he loved squeezing the oranges and I’m not sure if he took a breath as he slurped down his homemade refreshment.

When I cook in the kitchen, my kids always drag their chairs over to the counter and rarely am I prepared for their “assistance.” Sommer will grab for a knife and then Oliver will shut his sister’s fingers in a drawer. It’s not a pretty sight. Now we can plan for real kid kitchen time and they can both lend a hand to making something that we all want to eat!

 

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Tags: | Categories: DIY, Everyday Fun, Food, Fun, Gifts, kids

Hang Out at Home: Swing Inside

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

I’ve always been a fan of hammocks. And swings. Really, I’ll take any hanging seating. And nothing makes an indoor space more whimsical and carefree than a swinging seat to hang out, read, or nap. Do you think you would break the norm and hang a chair indoors? Maybe these 3 spaces will inspire you!

Combine a hanging chair with the most beautiful colors and you’ve got me hooked. Found on 79 Ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why aren’t hammocks hung indoors more often? These woven, colorful ones are perfect for a sunny corner. Found on the delightful blog, Cakies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’d no doubt be voted parent of the year if you gave into your child’s request for an indoor tire swing. Found on Handmade Charlotte.

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Tags: | Categories: Decor, Everyday Fun, Family

Today is Frog Jumping Day!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Yes, in case you didn’t know, today is Frog Jumping Day! Here are a few crafts, games and snacks to celebrate this all-important holiday. Hop to it!

Who says a frog as to be green? Love this paper mache frog by MollyMoo found on Curly Birds.

These frog cupcakes are super simple to make and you very well might even have the ingredients on hand.

And while the cupcakes are in the oven and the kids are in the backyard playing leap frog, whip up a few headbands like this one from The Thread House on Etsy (but maybe skip the sewing and just use tape and construction paper!).

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