CALLING ALL CRAFTY LOCALS!

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Have you guys seen the new Handmade Charlotte DIY kits for Pottery Barn Kids? They are to die for adorable and perfect for crafting with your favorite little people. There are four kits (1,2,3,4) in all and they are each as great as the last.

I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting a free in-store craft event at Pottery Barn Kids for Handmade Charlotte's brand spankin' new line of DIY kits! We will be making some rad super hero wrist cuffs or an owl habitat to go along with the Handmade Charlotte DIY kits that you can pick up during the event to ensure the crafty fun times keep going when you go home! We will be at the Pottery Barn Kids location at Trolly Square in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 7th at 11am. Spots are limited and need I remind you this is a FREE awesome event? So yeah, spots will go fast. 

So if you're local and you're looking for something crafty to do with your kids, join us! There will be two sessions: 11am-11:30am and 11:30-12pm. The whole family is welcome to join in on the fun, but remember this is an RSVP event only so snag your spot by contacting the local store. And if you're not a local reader, I'm bummed to not be able to craft with you BUT you can check out your local PBK here and sign up because there is an event happening at every location across the country. How rad is that?! I hope to meet and craft with you and your kiddos!

TOY STORY PARTY!

Toy Story Party! | And We Play

Elliott recently turned six (HOW IS HE SIX?!) and he requested a Toy Story themed party. He's kind of obsessed and I was happy to oblige. Of course, I am sure he had the party store decorations in mind. You know, the cheesy, hideous ones. That's just not my style. Ha! So I created my own version. It was simple and easy and most importantly fun!

Toy Story Party! | And We Play
Toy Story Party! | And We Play

For the cupcake toppers, I made what I call pixar balls. You know the ball the lamp jumps on at the beginning of ever pixar movie? It makes cameos in a lot of their films, but the first was Toy Story! I don't think everyone recognized them, but that's ok by me.

Toy Story Party! | And We Play
Toy Story Party! | And We Play
Toy Story Party! | And We Play
Toy Story Party! | And We Play

The toys were the main decorations. Elliott has quite a collection going and we added a few he didn't have to the decor and had them double as gifts. He loved walking in the room and seeing the new toys!

Ok. Let's talk about the letter balloons. I cannot say enough wonderful things about these balloons. I got the letters I needed to spell out "Lets Play" and "Howdy" and strung them up with fishing line. To me, the balloons really made the party! The best part? They are REUSABLE. That's right. You can inflate and deflate and reuse them for your next bash. Incredible! You can get them from a lot of party stores etc. but they are made by the amazing and wonderful Northstar Balloons.

Toy Story Party! | And We Play
Toy Story Party! | And We Play

The show stopper was probably the backdrop. I wanted to in a way, recreate Andy's wallpaper from the first Toy Story movie. You know, the clouds. It was simple enough, but a little time consuming. But TOTALLY worth it, right? Right. To make it, we just used blue streamers and attached them ceiling to floor vertically with sticky tack. Then we used double-sided tape to attach the cut out clouds to create a similar pattern. It was perfect for our party and our friends and family seemed to love it as much as we did! 

Some other party details! I made a pin the tail on bullseye game for the kids to play and somehow managed to not get a single picture of it! Bad blogger. The kids loved it, so that's what matters. At least that's what I keep telling myself. Ha! We also had the genius idea to have the Toy Story soundtrack playing in the background. This was the perfect magical touch! It made us feel like we were at Disneyland hanging out with Woody and Buzz. I think this was probably one of Elliott's favorite parts too. That boy loves the details! All in all it was a great way to celebrate and we all had a blast.

Toy Story Party! | And We Play

Happy birthday, little man!

TIC-TAC-TOE VALENTINES

Tic Tac Toe Valentines | And We Play

How about a rousing game of tic-tac-toe this Valentine's day? These would be fun and really easy to hand out to little friends. Print out a bunch and draw on them or use candy to mark your spaces! We are kind of in love with these Dots candies too. Cherry vanilla and passion fruit? Yes please! They are the perfect game pieces. You can play along too! Download the printable right here and have some fun with your valentine.

Tic Tac Toe Valentines | And We Play

LOVE IS IN THE AIR VALENTINE TATTOOS

Printable valentine tattoos! | And We Play
Printable valentine tattoos! | And We Play

It's no secret I am kind of obsessed with temporary tattoos. These fun heart balloons will look great on your kiddos arms this Valentine's day! After I made these red and purple ones, I decided to add some blue and green to the mix. If you like them, you can download them right here! Keep them for yourself, or use this "love is in the air" printable to hand them out to friends. If you've never made your own temporary tattoos before, it's so easy. Get some tattoo paper (I use this one) and print out the design onto the paper and follow your paper's instructions from there. It's so easy and so much fun!

Printable valentine tattoos! | And We Play
Printable valentine tattoos! | And We Play

PUTTING A RING ON IT VALENTINES

Printable ring valentines! | And We Play
Ring valentine printables | And We Play

Let your little valentine's know you like it, by putting a ring on it. Ha! I don't feel entirely comfortable referring to anyone as "it" but you know. You can't argue with Beyonce. This printable is super easy and the little rings can be anything from ring pops to these little erasers. I'm partial to toys for valentine's day. Or any other day for that matter. But whatever floats your boat! Get the download right here and have fun getting the song out of your head. You're welcome!

Ring valentine printables | And We Play
Ring valentine printables | And We Play

BUBBLES VALENTINES

Bubbles Valentine's Printable | And We Play
Printable bubbles valentine's for kids | And We Play

What kid doesn't love bubbles? Like really love them. These valentines are perfect for giving out to all of your kid's little friends at school. I bought these cute bubbles at Target, 24 for $3! It doesn't get much better than that. You can download these little tags right here. Just print, cut them out and use double sided tape to attach them. So easy and so much better than lame store-bought valentines, right? Right. Your little ones can sign their name beneath the XOXO, so their friends know who's mom to thank for the rad Valentines! At least that's my goal here. Ha! 

Printable bubbles valentine's for kids | And We Play
Printable bubbles valentine's for kids | And We Play
Printable bubbles valentine's for kids | And We Play

A BOOK!

Happy Handmade Ebook!

Before you get too excited about the title, no I am not publishing a book. But! I do have a craft in a pretty rad new ebook that comes out today. It's called Happy Handmade and it has some seriously great crafts for you and your littles to make together. So if you are looking for some crafty fun, buy the ebook! You'll want to get on it sooner rather than later because the price will go up after the launch. Just sayin'. You can buy the book right here. And in case you are DYING to know what craft I contributed, here's a little sneak peek. Happy crafting!

Kids DIY Cardboard Ties

PRINTABLE TOY BOX LABELS

Printable toy box labels | And We Play

Before we get all excited about welcoming all of the new toys from the holidays into our lives, let's think about where we are going to put them. Every year, I go through Elliott's toys and sort through what he loves and uses, what I love - because let's be honest, it's not always the same thing - and what we are going to donate. We have to make way for all the new comers! Plus it helps us keep things nice and organized, getting a head-start on our new year's resolutions! To help keep things in order, I made some labels to help Elliott know where everything goes. It has done wonders for clean up time!

Printable toy box labels | And We Play

To make our own, first we needed some designs. I had my dear, sweet artistically gifted husband draw some of Elliott's favorite and most recognizable toys. After we had the drawings, I just scanned them in and used Avery's site to make them fit perfectly onto the labels we had. It was so easy! You could draw your own, find some images you like online, or have your little one draw their own pictures. The labels have proven to make clean up so much easier and if/when the labels wear out, we can just print off some new ones! You can download our designs too!

Panda, Train, Wood block, Bristle block, Hippo, Whiffle ball, Lego, Puppet, Crown 

Printable toy box labels | And We Play
Printable toy box labels | And We Play
Printable toy box labels | And We Play

This post was sponsored by Avery. Thank you for supporting the great brands that help make And We Play possible!

AIRHEAD WREATH PARTY DRINKS

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play
Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Guys, I can't even tell you how much Elliott loves Airheads. Like a lot. I used to eat them all the time when I was a kid so I give in every now and then and let him indulge himself in a little Airhead goodness. So I made a fun holiday wreath drink for him to enjoy! It was so easy to make and would be a great touch for any holiday party you might be throwing. Especially if it's a party for little ones! They'll love these!

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Here's what you'll need. Airheads - duh, straws of two different sizes if possible, rolling pin, exacto knife.

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

First, roll out the green airhead till it's flat and wider.

Next, use the bigger straw (if you have one) and the exacto knife to cut out the shapes. For the center, I pushed the straw down and turned it to make the hole.

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Next! Roll out the red airhead. The flatter the better!

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Using the smaller straw, make cut outs like you did with the center of the wreath.

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Place the red dots onto the green and push them down.

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Then place the wreath on the side of your drink for embellishment, or place it on the straw to top off your drink. Either way is great!

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play
Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

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STOCKING STUFFERS FOR BOYS

Stocking stuffer ideas for boys! | And We Play

I have a very bad habit of forgetting about stocking stuffers. Then come Christmas eve and I am frantically shoving candy and oranges into the stocking. I'm determined to make this year the year of stocking stuffers! Lots of fun little trinkets to make him smile. That's the goal right? Right. If he's happy, then I'm happy and I am pretty sure these stocking stuffers would make any little man thrilled. Happy stuffing! 

1. Cube Robot. 2. Music box. 3. Mini blocks. 4. Glow space stickers. 5. Sheriff's badge. 6. Gorilla eraser.