Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Morning Chart in an easy spot to see, somewhere that we start our mornings out at. This is a great guidance for my children and allowed them to do things independently and with less reminders from me.
Wishing you all peaceful school mornings!
Monday, August 26, 2013
With a piece of twine it is the best first day of school accessory ever! She made me one, too. In case I miss her while she is gone. Go ahead, melt my heart.
We have an old stainless coffee pot in the mud pie kitchen (perfect!) I filled it with warm water and yes, a tad bit of actual coffee, just enough to give it a "real" coffee smell. We also had some stir sticks on hand and to make it super fun I gave her a little cornstarch and cinnamon.
The kids have been in absolute heaven for the past couple of hours. I did not plan to share this (sorry for the lack of photos,) but it was such a hit with them that I had to write about it.
Bonus--my yard smells heavenly right now!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I found at great pattern at Simple Simon & Co, it's just one piece you cut out. Very easy, the most time consuming was adding the tiny felt ships to the top. I cut those out free-hand and hand stitched them on with embroidery thread.
We placed our hats at the front door in a "treasure box" along with the eye patches. I made those by cutting rounds from felt and sewing onto black elastic. I also added cute little felt appliques on the patches as well.
This trail is just colored tape and Grayson thought this was the coolest thing ever! It led our guests right to the treasure box. Nice way to greet a few pirates.
Banners are so easy to make. This literally took me about ten minutes to put together. I cut burlap triangles out and hot glued them to a string of twine. Next, I painted right onto the burlap with acrylic paints. Best part is after the party was over I added it to Grayson's nautical room. Ahoy!
Onto the games....Grayson was so into the "pin the horn on the unicorn" game I made for Emma's party, that I just had to create one for him, too. We played "pin the patch on the pirate." It was a big hit amongst the three-year-old's. This is so very easy to set-up. I did a quick sketch on a large sheet of wrapping paper and added a little paint. For the patches, I just cut circles from sticky sided foam sheets. So easy!
This was another one from Em's party, but it is always so entertaining to most ages (myself included!) so we decided to switch out the figurines and add it to yet another party. I added magic water beads (what are these things really called?? They are in the floral department of the craft store) to our clean sand table and threw in a few pirate figurines. The kids LOVED this!
Walk the plank!! I made this sign with a scrap piece of foam board and attached it to a couple paint sticks. Next, I used my DIY Balance Beam and at the end of it had a baby pool filled with balloons. Water would be fun too if you were having a pool party.
We always have a craft station (surprise, surprise) and every pirate needs a telescope, of course! This table was a self-serve craft with paper rolls that could be decorated with foam strips and pirate stickers.
In our bags we had pirate tattoos, seashells and a lollipop placed in a simple envelope bag which was clothes-pinned to a bag of Pirates Booty, of course! I know, I'm just so original, hehe.
My Sweet Pirate G,
You make every day an adventure. You have taught me how fun worms can be and that potty words can make any one of any age laugh. You are so very curious and the biggest ham I know. You impress me every single day with all of your questions and your easy going personality. You told me yesterday when I refused to let you grow up "but, I oways be you baby, mama." and right then I knew you were right. You will always be my baby and that is the best gift I got on your birthday.
Happy 3rd, my love.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Em and G absolutely adore face paint, but they would much rather be doing the painting then actually getting painted. I don't blame them--that is where all the fun is, isn't it? I created a little face painting station for them in our yard and they played, imagined and created for hours.
I shared this over at Kiwi Crate, join me there for more tips and fun!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
- t-shirt (pre-washed)
- masking tape
- fabric paint
- sponge brush
- sheet of paper
2. Add a sheet of paper or cardboard in between the shirt layers to keep the paint from going through to the other side.
Friday, August 2, 2013
A few weeks ago my sweet girl turned 6 and we had a rainbow unicorn party per her request (I wouldn't expect anything less!) I wanted to share a few crafty things we created for this special day. It was a fun one, for sure!
We had to spread the word throughout the neighborhood that there was indeed a six-year-old among us! We made this really easily with artificial flowers, hot glue and a small canvas.
I was lucky to find some great little mystical figurines (including unicorns) and added them to our sand table along with some water beads. The kids were thrilled to find this gem in the yard.
Pin the HORN on the unicorn! I did a quick painting of a hornless unicorn on the back of a sheet of gift wrap. I cut horns from sticky foam sheets for the game. It was a hit.
We didn't have the most magical of menus, since the birthday girl is a big fan of tacos, but I did make a rainbow fruit salad to festive up our food table. Oh and finally had a use for the grass placemats that I ordered for the taco fans third birthday party (every 3 years they get used, I'd say that's something!)
I found these very cool vintage looking stickers and tattoos on Amazon.
OK, I did not get the best picture of this activity, but it was fun. I used a unicorn chocolate mold to make plaster unicorns for the girls to paint. This is very easy and inexpensive to do and you can do this for just about any party theme out there.
I made tails with elastic and ribbon and used chalk to draw magical unicorn hooves leading to the front door. With all of our horns in the basket the girls could walk into the party already in full rainbow unicorn fashion!
Here a quick low down on the horns. I used half a foam sheet and rolled it up with hot glue, decorated with ribbon and attached to a fabric headband with more hot glue. So easy!
There are my two unicorns in full magical unicorn form!
To thank our ever so lovely unicorn guests for attending our party we sent them home with a bag full of jewels, of course.
You have a sweet sensitive soul that many adults don't even understand. You amaze me each and every day with your passion for everything you do and your compassion for everyone you meet. You are going to change this world, just mark my words.
I love you.