Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Woodland ONE-derland 1st Birthday Party

I was so excited to help set up and take photos for this fun Woodland One-derland birthday party! And here are some ideas so you can throw your own!


Fun food was a must!

A sweet fox smash cake for the birthday boy! Everything but the ears are edible (ears are frosted pieces of cardboard).

There were a variety of cupcakes available to guests, the chocolate posted above as well as lemon and banana.

This delicious hedgehog was made from a cheeseball and almonds with olives for his nose and eyes. 

These ladybugs were made using Rtiz crackers, cream cheese, tomato, and olive - they were a huge hit with the adults!

This raccoon was made with mushrooms, olives, cauliflower, pretzels, and ranch dip.

Also available to eat were wings, and mixed fruits - if your park has a BBQ you could easily have a hot dog and hamburger cookout or order some pizza!


Decor for this fun themed party included fun animal balloons, orange and blue tablecloths with succulents. 

A chalkboard sign to welcome guests. This sign also made a great sign to use in photos to mark the occasion.

A fun homemade banner and colorful balloons marked the area.

These were my favorite balloons!

Succulents in mason jars with burlap add to the wilderness feel.

Gift bags for guest had trail mix to "fuel their adventures."

The letters "O", "N", and "E" were great to have for photos!

This Woodland ONE-derland birthday party was so cute and clever and such a big hit with the friends and family that were able to join us in celebrating!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

DIY Halloween Treat Bag from a Shirt

Halloween is right around the corner and my oldest still needed a bag for his treats. We made this easy DIY Halloween Treat Bag using a shirt we bought on clearance for .25 cents last year.

This craft is easy enough for a child to do if they can use scissors and tie knots they can make their own Halloween Bags!


1. Pick your shirt, measure and draw a line about 2 inches from the bottom of the shirt. We turned our shirt inside out so the line wouldn't be visible.

2. Take scissors and cut strips. Be careful not to cut off the strips as you cut.

3. With your shirt inside out tie knots using the strips of fabric you cut on the shirt.

4. Draw lines and cut around the neck line as well as both sleeves

5. Turn your shirt right side out and you've got a quick easy bag.




Monday, August 15, 2016

Hot Dog Bun Sub Sandwich - School Lunch Idea

Can't believe it's already time for so many kids to be heading back to school! This delicious Hot Dog Bun "Sub" Sandwich creates a yummy school lunch while also providing a way to eat leftover buns because (for reasons unbeknownst to me) the makers of hot dogs and the makers of hot dog buns cannot seem to make the same amount of food. We bought an 8 pack of hot dogs with a 10 pack of buns and as a bonus my one year old is currently not interested in eating buns which means we had three extra buns after dinner.

This sandwich is the perfect solution to the too many buns problem, it may even have you buying extra buns just so your child can take a sub sandwich to school! I'd even pack this for my husband with some extra insides.

To make this particular sandwich we used:
One slice of cheddar cheese, 4 lettuce leaves, 3 small slices of smoked turkey, the bun, and mayo and mustard.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Easy Cow Shirts

These last minute cow shirts are quick and easy to put together! We just made one for this year's Cow Appreciation Day at Chick Fil A! It took me about 10 minutes to make the shirt but that was with all the photos to show you how to make one, too.

My husband, eldest son and I all had shirts from last year that still fit but my youngest son needed a new shirt and I procrastinated until today to do it.

What you need:
White shirt
Black shirt or fabric to cut circular shapes
Hot glue gun (if you have more time you can sew them, it's what we did last year -2015)

Cut out the shapes from the black fabric, I used an old shirt that I had managed to stain with nail polish.
Lay them out where you want them on the shirt, then glue.
Try to get the glue close to the edges of the black spots, and if you don't and there are spots that are leaning over because the glue is too far in the middle just go back and add a bit more glue.

Have fun and Eat Mor Chikin!!

Need a mask check out how to make one using a styrofoam or paper plate!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Firework "Tie Dye" Shirts

Can't believe the 4th of July is just two days away, but there is still time to make these awesome Firework "Tie Dye" Shirts!! This year my eldest son helped me make some fun firework "tie dye" shirts for the 4th of July. This was such an easy project and my 3 year old got to do the majority of the work all by himself with just supervision to make sure he didn't color anywhere but on the t-shirts.

We used one t-shirt and one onsie for little brother. The t-shirt we picked up at Walmart for about $3 and the onsie we already had on hand. We also already had the Sharpie Markers and rubbing alcohol.

What you will need to make this project:
Permanent Markers (in red and blue),
Rubbing Alcohol,
Piece of cardboard or styrofoam (Something to stick inside the shirt to keep the marker colors from soaking into the back of the shirt.)

You can make fireworks by putting straight lines coming out from a center or by doing lots of dots (I like the straight line fireworks best but my son liked making dots).

When you're done drawing on the fireworks it's time to pour or spray the rubbing alcohol onto the shirt, trying to hit the center of your fireworks so the fireworks get bigger as the rubbing alcohol spreads from  the center to the ends.

Allow the shirt to dry (completely) then hand wash before wearing.

Happy Independence Day!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

10 Delicious Doughnut Recipes

Do you just love doughnuts? Doughnuts are probably one of my most favorite breakfast treats! We normally head to our local doughnut shop for fresh doughnuts but they are a bit costly at almost $1 for one doughnut!! So I found a bunch of homemade doughnut recipes either from scratch or using cake mix or dough from the canned biscuits you find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

Cake Donuts Chocolate Glaze from Simply Stacie

Strawberry Glazed Baked Donuts from Mom Endeavors

GLUTEN FREE - Lemon Donuts from Fearless Dining

S'Mores Donuts from My Suburban Kitchen

Easy Glazed Donuts from The Joys of Boys

Apple Cider Glazed Donuts from Cincy Shopper

Raspberry Ripple Doughnuts from Kitchen Sanctuary

Grapefruit Breakfast Doughnuts also from the Kitchen Sanctuary

Which recipe will you be trying first? I really want to try the baked strawberry glazed donuts.

And a question for you: how do you spell doughnut/donut?

Monday, June 20, 2016

4th of July Crafts and DIY Ideas

I can't believe it's already summer! We are gearing up for the 4th of July which for us is usually a softball game at the local ball field and amazing food at a family friends house, but with littles it's great to have some fun craft ideas at hand to keep them entertained and to help teach them a little bit of the history behind this fun holiday full of BBQ's, swimming, and fireworks.

Without further ado here are some of my favorite 4th of July Crafts and small DIYS:

These Popsicle Stick Vases from Cutesy Crafts are a simple craft with adorable results!

If you have a bit of time and need a festive wreath check out this awesome 4th of July Tulle Wreath from Rock-A-Bye Parents!

Quirky Inspired has a Popsicle Stick American Flag that is great for little crafters!

If you have a Cricut Jen Goode from 100 Directions has Patriotic Garland Decor you can make with your machine.

Also see these fun crafts and DIY:

No matter what I hope you have a fun, creative, and safe 4th of July!!