I have the hardest time convincing Elliott that ties are not his enemy. Then it occurred to me to make the tie a little more fun with a tie tac! He loves shapes so I thought this would be perfect. You could just as easily make one using their first initial which any kid would love. It's super easy and you can make a bunch of them in no time. I might make an egg shaped one for Easter. Fun, right? I think it might work! If you want to see the full tutorial to make your own, head on over to Handmade Charlotte to check it out.
How was your weekend? Awesome? So going unplugged on Friday was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. Staying out of the house was a huge help of course. We had a lot of fun! So just to sum up the last several days around here, Elliott's hair was officially out of control - notice the shampoo mohawk. So we took him to this rad barber shop to get his hair cut. I loved how they treated the kids just like the grown ups there. They got a frosty cold soda and a soothing neck massage. He was in heaven. We spent a lot of time with family and unfortunately my computer's hard drive crashed. Such a bummer. There were a few things I didn't have backed up, so it's a little sad. But it is so nice to have a computer that works properly all the time! And to avoid the unreal charges for installing a new hard drive, Preston bought and installed the new hard drive himself. So we are back up and running and trying to catch up from the days that I was computer-less. A serious affliction for a blogger. Coming up this week and next, we have some fun St. Patrick's day crafts and maybe a few non-holiday ones too. So stay tuned for those! Happy Monday!
Today is national unplugged day so we are getting a bit creative around here. Unplugged day is exactly what it sounds like. A day of no iPads, TVs, movies, video games, etc. Of course unplugged day had to fall on a no preschool day. Ha! So far this morning we have danced, read books and played with pipe cleaners. I introduced Elliott to them yesterday after this project and he has been hooked! So far he has made letters, rockets infested with shark-fish aliens and bracelets for his friends. In preparation for today, I came up with a list of things to do that don't involve Elliott and any type of screen. So we are heading out to run some errands, go to the park to burn some energy then we are going to a playdate and then dinner with friends. Sounds do-able, right? This is our first time participating in national unplugged day and I have to say, so far so good! I just might want to make it a more regular thing than once per year. We'll see. Are you going unplugged today? What are you doing with your littles to keep them occupied? I'd love to hear!
Are you ready for some St. Patrick's day fun? We have a lot of projects coming up over the next two weeks to make your kid's St. Patty's day extra awesome. First up, rainbow cupcake toppers! These are so easy to make and the kids are guaranteed to love them because, well, they are gum-balls on top of cupcakes. What's not to love? These would be awesome to have at a kids St. Patrick's day party. Or even just for your own family to make the day extra festive. Want to make your own? Here's how!
To make them, you'll need some pipe cleaners, some gum-balls and a needle or an awl.
First, poke some holes in each gum-ball, going all the way through.
Then string the gum-balls onto a pipe cleaner and trim the pipe cleaner. You want there to be enough on the ends to stick into the cupcake to hold it in place. And that's it! Super easy, right?
Our friends Michelle and Steve from Twig are the husband and wife duo behind the adorable and brilliant wooden toy cameras. This past weekend they hosted an event to launch their new cameras which was amazing. New colors, new styles and the clever viewfinder so the kids can actually see what they are "photographing"! Elliott fell instantly head over heels for the new Instamatic camera. It's inspired by the 60's Kodak camera and it even comes with a color-changing viewfinder. Awesome, right? Elliott has no idea yet, but the Easter bunny will be bringing him one in his basket this year. At the event there were creative stations for the kids to work on a couple of different projects. There was tree stump rubbings, stamping and drawing, cardboard camera coloring and building and we even got a bare wooden camera from Twig to paint ourselves. Elliott chose the color and painted most of it and I might have micromanaged...just a little. All of the kids had a blast going from station to station working on their projects and showing off their skills. Twig also has some incredible children's chairs of which we are huge fans. It was such a fun launch event and we are so excited to have some fun with our new cameras! Thanks, Michelle and Steve for a seriously awesome time.
I neglected to take very many pictures throughout the evening - oops. I guess that's a sign of having a blast! It was a total success, even if my favorite didn't win the gold man. We had our guests bring an appetizer themed off of one of the films nominated for best picture. I loved seeing their creative appetizers! I was in charge of the desserts. We had some double layer cakes for each guest - they were supposed to be a lot smaller than they turned out, but hey, no one is complaining about having too much cake. I also made some chocolate covered strawberries. We had metallic fringe, balloons and the posters as the decor. The kids loved their walk of fame stars too! They quickly saw that there was a star for each of them with their name on it and as predicted, they were thrilled. As for the Oscars themselves, Ellen rocked it. It felt like the most put together and seamless ceremony to date. I don't think I even saw the actors or actresses mess up by walking off stage the wrong way. There was also no music to tell the winner(s) to stop talking and get off the stage. At least not that we noticed, and it was kind of nice. Let the winners bask in their 58 seconds of glory on stage! Throughout the show we grownups played a game of Oscars bingo which was a lot of fun. I found the bingo cards over here for download. It was a really great night. I wish the Oscars happened more often! I mean, how could we not have a blast with friends who show up as super stars with their own paparazzi? It was a very good time.
There has been a whole lot of black and gold this week. Next up, rainbows and green for St. Patrick's day! But before we move on, we have one more craft for your Oscars party. To match our little party cups, I decided to make these balloons too! The same basic idea as the cups, but a little more fun because, well, they're balloons. If I could have found gold contact paper, you better believe I would have been adding gold statues to the black balloons too! I think these will be fun to have at our party this Sunday. The great part about contact paper is it's so easy to work with. If you place it crooked, you can easily reposition it. Whether you will be watching the Oscars this Sunday or not, I hope you have a great weekend!
For our upcoming Oscars party I thought it would be fun to give the kids their own "walk of fame" of sorts. Originally I was going to make the stars out of cardboard and gold duct tape, but then I saw these stars at the party store on sale and thought I would save myself a few minutes. They even come with holes at the top, waiting to be attached to a balloon! To make the names, I just used black duct tape and cut the letters out by hand. You could draw them on with marker, or have kids write their own names! I have said it before and I will say it again. Kids love seeing their own name. They love it. I'm pretty confident these balloons will be a hit with the kiddos at our Oscars party this weekend.
While I was planning our Oscars party for this year, it occurred to me that there are three essential parts to the evening. The red carpet, the anticipation of who will win the award and the thank you speech. I thought it would be fun to capture those moments in some giant posters! Like the slingshot target poster, these are printed out at Staples on the engineering printer. They are great quality and really affordable. I'm not having a lot of decorations at this years party, but these posters and some balloons should do the trick. Don't you think? You can download all three below and per usual, these are just for you and your party friends for personal use only. Thanks pal!
We are in full oscars party mode. Well, I am. I have a couple of fun DIYs and downloads coming up over the next few days to help make your oscars party awesome. And if you weren't planning on throwing an oscars party, you probably should. These cups are really easy to make and will make all of your party guests feel like a winner. The little statue silhouette you can download here. Just print it out onto some card-stock, cut it out and use it as your template. Here is what you will need to make your own award worthy party cups!
Gold paper cups (mine are from the party store)
Black contact paper
Print out the template, cut it out and trace it onto the back of a piece of the black contact paper. Then cut out your silhouettes and stick them onto the cups! Seriously easy, folks.