Monday, March 30, 2015

Woodland Fox Baby Shower: For my BFF Tracy!

My best friend since 4th grade, Tracy, is having a baby boy. It's so exciting! She is going to be the best mom! 
Tracy and I have been through so much together. It all started with a game of basketball and it we never looked back. We even went to our Senior Prom together. Then after that, we went off to college together. 
Tracy is such an amazing girl. She is the type of person who will tell you how it is straight up and who will always be there for you. She is an amazing athlete, teacher and friend. I'm excited for her to add "mother" to her resume! 
{Find this invitation and other party accessories at the hooray shop!}
We went with a woodland fox shower theme. We chose wooden accents along with orange and teal. And kept it pretty simple from there. I especially love the little blue trees on the tables and the little wooden colored pencil take home gifts. 
Tracy, Morgan and I were roommates in the dorms as college freshman. {Pictured above.} We just went to Morgan's wedding last October and now Tracy's shower and baby coming soon... So much celebrating I tell ya! Gotta love it! 
Morgan came up with some pretty awesome games for the guests to play. We had "The Price Is Right", a baby bottle guessing game, a make a baby out of play-do contest, and onesie decorating. They were all a hit! My daughter Sophie was standing at that craft table the entire time and ended up making like 5 onesies. That is going to be one well dressed baby...wink Wink!
I especially loved the manicure set prizes Morgan made up. So cute! 
Tracy's mom was in charge of the food and did a marvelous job. Sandwiches, pasta salad, veggies and fruit. Perfect menu! I was dying over the cake and the woodland sugar cookies! 
So many friends and family members came out to celebrate and the weather couldn't be more perfect. It was a beautiful and successful shower for a most deserving momma-to-be! 
Now we can all twiddle our fingers and count down the days for Baby John to come into the world!
Love you Tracy! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Carrot Cake Muffins

Who doesn't love a good muffin? Am I right? Especially with some really awesome sprinkles! 
Okay, I may have been trying to sneak in some veggies for my two year old who only likes cupcakes. And maybe I was trying to keep my 4 year old occupied because she is constantly asking for a new activity. If making muffins are the solution...I am A-Okay with that!
Besides, it's spring and Easter is right around the corner. Carrot something was bound to happen!
2 cups of grated carrots
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk

3 eggs
2 cups flour 
2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 cup of craisins
1/2 cup of walnuts

Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin or cupcake tin with liners. 

In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, honey, milk and oil. Mix until smooth. While constantly stirring, add the eggs one by one. 

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Add these dry ingredients into the the first bowl. Add the carrots, craisins and walnuts. 

Spoon the batter into the muffin or cupcake tin. Fill each cup about 3/4 full. Bake for 13-14 minutes. Or until the a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

Serve fresh from the oven, or remove muffins from tin, let cool, and decorate with icing. 

To make the icing, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add the sugar and mix well. Blend in the lemon juice and mix well until smooth and creamy. 
P.S. I found these sprinkles at Walmart. They are a set by Wilton.
 {I wasn't able to find a link for the exact product. }

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Colorful Bangles for a Colorful Girl!

Well hello there! 
I just have a couple of do-it-yourself bracelet ideas for you today; Really cute plastic colorful bracelets. They are easy, simple and fun. A great equation if you ask me! 
But first I wanted to introduce you to my sweet little 4 year old Sophie because it's all based on her. She is a fun-loving & creative girl who is constantly searching for something fun to make or work on. When I tell her that we are going to the craft store, she gets so excited and begs for a new craft. I wonder where she gets it from? {wink wink!} 
Two of Sophie's go-to creative activities are both bracelets she makes with beads. Here is the breakdown on each...

Bracelet 1: Perler Bead Bangle
Just make one row of beads and iron to fuse together. Voila. {Sophie usually makes the 2nd row in because it fits her wrist better than the outer row.} 
Can't get easier than that! or maybe it can... 

Bracelet #2: Easy Beads Bracelets
Have you ever heard of these "Easy Bead Bracelets?" I hadn't...until Sophie's grandma gave them to us. They are awesome! They are little plastic bangles that you simple put beads on. They are the perfect size and reusable. They work with all kinds of children's beads. They will hold the beads without falling all over the place, and then they simple snap shut. I love that I don't have to sit there picking up beads that fell off of a string or trying to get one tied and untied etc. 
I would like to add that playing with beads helps with fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, learning colors, counting and sorting skills, and learning to make patterns.  
I have so much fun crafting with you little Sophie girl! And I love your ideas! 

Here are some links to beads for this activity. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cinderella: A Magical Play Date

When Sophie and I saw that a new Cinderella movie was coming out we wrote it into our calendar right away. We talked about it for months and were so excited for our little mommy/daughter date. 
Sophie and I wanted to invite our besties, Boston and his mama Meg. I was feeling a bit bad that it was such a girlie movie, but Boston was not only a good sport, but a true little gentlemen. 
You would have died at the cuteness of these two! Everyone at the movie theatre was taking pictures of them paparazzi style. They had so much fun eating treats and popcorn. During the ball scene, Sophie was up dancing and twirling along. 
After the movie, Boston and Sophie played pretend prince and princess on the theatre steps. 
The movie...Oh the movie! It was so darling! We enjoyed every minute of it. I really liked the message and theme of the movie. It wasn't just about the fairy tale and the prince and princess falling in love. It was mostly about inner beauty and character; the idea that good triumphs over evil, or that kindness is better than mistreating others. I really like this quote from the film..."Where there is kindness there is goodness. And where there is goodness there is magic." Even after being treated so poorly, Cinderella was able to stay true to who she is and she had the courage to be kind. I hope I can teach my littles to always be kind to others in this way. 
This film is a captivating rendition of the classic story that is touching and visually beautiful. It has an amazing cast! Lily James, who played Cinderella, was perfection! She was graceful and lovely. 
The movie also has a magical element which is so quirky, fun, and well, magical! {Ha...if only I was a better writer!} But Cinderella truly needed and deserved this magic! We will be purchasing this movie as soon as it's out! 
I made some prints of my favorite quote from the movie. You can download them for free by clicking on the image. Also, Be sure to check out the Hooray Shop for other products and prints! 
Boston's Prince Charming Costume, and Sophie's Cinderella Dress are from Amazon. 
Sophie's dress is the same one she wore for Halloween to be the Blue Fairy. Check out that post here
I made the head band and necklace with some ribbon and elastic. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

St. Patty's {Hershey's} Kisses

Here are some fun little kisses for St. Patrick's day. Make them for your kiddos and for their friends. Any excuse to share the love right?!!!
Click on the image to download. Print on sticker paper, cut out and stick on to those yummy little bites of chocolate! These were made for Kisses, but they would be great on Rolos too!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Frozen" Bananas

Did you know you can put temporary tattoos on bananas? 
You sure can! 
My kiddos love to decorate the bananas when we get home from grocery shopping. And then later when they want a snack, they are super duper excited to pick out a banana and gobble it up. 
It's wonderful! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Birthday Cake Candy Jar : How-To!

At the beginning of the year I was assigned to come up with a fun candy jar our primary kids at church can pick a treat from on their birthday. I headed out to the container store to see what kind of jar I could find... When I saw this round container {InterDesign Large Clarity Hat Box Translucent, 14" Diam. X 7-1/2" H} with a scalloped lid I immediately knew it was perfect because it reminded me of a birthday cake. And that is what it became! 
The kids really like it and are excited for their bday to come around for their turn to pick from the candy jar. 
 What You'll Need....
Transparent Gloss Paint in color of choice 
{I like the Martha Stewart Brand}
Sponge Brush
Puff Paint
Garbage bags or drop cloths
Something to use for a candle
Hot Glue Gun
Candy or Party Favors 
Step 1: Lay down garbage bags to protect your painting area. Also place one bag wrapping the actual container to keep it from getting stained. Place Lid on top and paint it until top and sides are well coated. {This way, you don't have to hold it or touch it at all.} Let it dry and do another coat. Let it dry again. The color gloss paint I used was a light pink that was either called Bubblegum or Cotton Candy.{I can't, remember sorry!} 
Step 2: Now take your puff paint and Decorate the lid however you want. I traced the scallops on the lid and the top rim of the lid. Then I drew on some polka dots all over the lid to look like sprinkles. 
 Step 3: Glue on your candle to the very middle of the cake. My daughter Sophie let me use one of her wooden cupcake candles. {Thanks Sophie! Mama loves you!}You of course can use more than one candle... it's your cake! But I like the simplicity of 1 and how it also works as a handle to open the container. 
 Step 4: Just fill it with treats and find a lucky birthday boy or girl to celebrate!

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