Celebrations, Parties

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na BIRTHDAY!

The Lego Batman Movie_Birthday Party Planning

The Lego Batman Movie is coming out this week and the kids and I can’t wait to see it in theater!  We loved the first Lego Movie, and the new Batman version looks hilarious.  I have been following The LEGO Batman Movie on Facebook and the clips they share always crack me up.

When I saw that the release date for the movie was just a couple weeks before my son’s 7th birthday, I knew immediately that it would make a great party option for him and his friends.  I will admit that it took a little convincing to get him on board with the idea since he had his heart set on laser tag, but seeing the previews has made him just as excited as me.  He is still a bit young for laser tag, so we will keep that as an option for a future birthday party.

The Lego Batman Movie_Birthday Party
My Batman and Batgirl – Halloween 2016

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Big Hands, Celebrations, Crafts, GIfts, Little Hands

DIY K-Cup Advent Calendar

DIY K-cup Advent Wreath

Somewhere between having 2 kids and becoming a stay at home mom, I became a coffee drinker.  I managed to make it through 4 years of university without touching a cup of coffee, but the sleepless nights with newborns and long days with toddlers quickly turned it into my preferred form of caffeine.

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Big Hands, Crafts, Gift Ideas, Little Hands

Gingerbread Play-dough Cookie Making Kit

Gingerbread Play-dough_Cookie Making Kit

Are you looking for a fun and imaginative gift for the young kids on your gift giving list?  This Gingerbread Play-dough Cookie Making Kit is sure to spark creativity and add extra cheer this holiday season.  It is quick and easy to put together with my printable labels and a bit of cooking to mix up the gingerbread scented dough.

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Celebrations, Gift Ideas

14 MORE Great Advent Calendars – Christmas 2016

Advent Calendars 2016

Last year I posted my list of 15 Great Advent Calendars to Countdown to Christmas 2015 and I have some fun new additions available this year.  My kids loved their Lego and Fisher Price Little People calendar’s last December and I am looking forward to seeing which one their auntie selects for them this year. Continue reading “14 MORE Great Advent Calendars – Christmas 2016”

Big Hands, Celebrations, Crafts

Gotta Carve ‘Em All

Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Eevee and Pokeballs

We have carved our pumpkins a bit early this year thanks to a Pumpkin Carving contest at my son’s elementary school this week.  Since I was tasked with running the contest, I knew I had to come up with something awesome for our submission.

What better place to go for ideas then your children?  When I asked my 6 year old what kind of pumpkin he would like, he quickly suggested Pokémon as our theme.  Since his favourite character is Eevee, it was no surprise when he asked that I recreate one in pumpkin.  And you can’t have a Pokémon without a Pokeball so my husband also suggested we find some small pumpkins to transform into Pokeballs.

Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Eevee and Pokeballs

My Eevee was actually fairly simple to carve and create using 3 pumpkins.  I found a great white pumpkin that I knew would work great as Eevee’s fur collar and found a smaller orange pumpkin to stack on top as his head.  I then purchased an additional oval shaped pumpkin I could use to cut out his long pointy ears.

Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Pumpkins for Eevee
Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Eevee and Pokeballs Lit

For the Pokeball’s, I found these great little round white pumpkins that I knew would work perfect with a bit of paint.  I was intended to make the traditional red and white ball, but my son requested that I also make an Ultraball and a Masterball.  Who knew there were so many different types?!

Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Pokeball Ultraball Masterball

I made a template to carve out each of the pumpkins to look like the balls were opening up and a flash of light was coming out like in the show/game.  I then painted their tops with acrylic paint and finished them off with a ring of black electrical tape and a black and white paper circle glued to the center.  For the ultraball, I added yellow electrical tape for the stripes and used a pink sheet of foam and white duct tape for the finishing details on the Masterball.  Since the pumpkins were already white, I was able to leave the bottom portions as is.

Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Pokeball Carving Template
Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Painting Masterball

I think the finished pokeballs look awesome both on their own and lit up, and are the perfect complement to our Eevee.

Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Pokeballs

I usually like to theme our Halloween pumpkins to the kids costumes, just like my Olaf and BB8 pumpkins from last year, but this year I really struggled to come up with anything to go with the kids Batman and Batgirl costumes.  I was apprehensive when my son suggested Eevee and I was unable to find any inspiration online, but the actual carving of the face was pretty simple.  I am happy with the final result and hopefully my pumpkin will help inspire the other Eevee fans out there!

Pokemon Halloween Pumpkins_Eevee and Pokeballs

I am not sure my carved pumpkins will survive until Halloween night, but we did end up winning the Halloween carving contest (I promise it wasn’t rigged).  Watching my son race around the kitchen island in excitement after I tallied up the votes and told him we had won was enough to make it all worth spending my entire Wednesday evening carving and painting pumpkins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheers to Dad’s: Root Beer Party

Dad's Root Beer Party for Father's Day

I often go off on tangents on Pinterest.  I will run into one pin I like and then get pin crazy with that idea/theme.  That is what happened with my recent party I put together to celebrate a late Father’s Day/early Birthday for my husband.  It started with seeing one root beer recipe, and that quickly snowballed into a whole menu of root beer recipe and a matching themed party inspired by Dad’s brand Root Beer. Continue reading “Cheers to Dad’s: Root Beer Party”