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, Crafts, Gift Ideas

Hail to the Bus Driver

Bus Driver Appreciation Gift

Bus Driver Appreciation day was celebrated in our school district in April and I came up with these quick little gifts to thank each of my son’s bus drivers for their hard work all year.  Now that it is the end of the school year, I thought I would share in case anyone is looking for a last minute gift idea for the bus driver’s, teachers, or other school support staff in your child’s life. Continue reading “Hail to the Bus Driver”

Celebrations, Everyday Life, Gift Ideas, Two Legged Fun, Uncategorized

Disney On Ice: It Pays to Be Prepared

Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream Review

Since a Disney trip is not in the cards for us this year, I decided to try and fill that void by booking us tickets to Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream.  After reading glowing reviews online and seeing by my 3 year olds reaction to the commercials for the show on Disney Junior, I knew we would all have a great time.  Continue reading “Disney On Ice: It Pays to Be Prepared”

Celebrations, Gift Ideas, Parties, Uncategorized

Sweet Stacking Fun with Tsum Tsum’s

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum Easy Cupcake Toppers

Even though I love almost all things Disney, I will admit that I never understood the appeal of Tsum Tsum’s.  I didn’t understand the need to transform beloved characters into the odd flattened oval shapes and what people did with the toys beyond collect them to display on a shelf.

Then, I was given the opportunity to review Jakks Pacific‘s new line of Tsum Tsum figurines and learned that the word “Tsum” is actually Japanese for “stack”.  Finally the whole concept made a whole lot more sense to me!  The odd shapes of varying sizes were to allow for stacking of the toys in a myriad of combinations.

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum's Series 1

When our toys arrived, it also brought back a lot of nostalgia for me.  The summer after high school I was lucky enough to travel to Japan and be surrounded with all the cute characters and toys that the Japanese are known for.  That was also my first Disney experience at Tokyo Disneyland, so all the cute Disney characters definitely brought up good memories of that.

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum's Series 1

My kids could hardly wait for me to take photos before trying to break into the colorful packaging.  Once out, they were happy to stack and play with their new figures.  They also got quite the kick out of saying the words “Tsum Tsum” over and over as they played.

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum's Series 1

The figures were actually smaller then expected, but my kids always want to bring a small toy along when we go out so I can see these working perfect for that.

And, for some reason, the small stacking figures reminded me of an image of stacked cupcakes I had come across on Pinterest so I decided to bake up some cupcakes with fun colored icing and play with that idea.

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum's Series 1_Stacked Cupcakes

For the 3 different sized Tsum Tsum’s, I baked up standard and mini sized cupcakes, and then used small peanut butter cups with a dollop of buttercream icing for the tiniest Tsum Tsum’s.

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum Cupcake Toppers with Peanut Butter Cups

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum's Series 1_Cupcake Toppers

How cute are they?  These would be perfect for a party and are as simple as sticking a toy on top of a cupcake!

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum's Series 1_Cupcake ToppersJakks Pacific Tsum Tsum's Series 1_Cupcake Toppers

With Easter coming soon, these Tsum Tsum’s would also make great egg or basket filler’s.  My kids were eyeing up the blind bags on our last trip to Walmart, already wanting to add more cute characters to their collection!

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum's Series 1_Cupcake Toppers

Find them in stores now or learn more on the Jakks Pacific facebook page.

 

 

Big Hands, Crafts, Gift Ideas, Little Hands

Easy DIY Handprint Snowman Christmas Cards

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Between my two children, we have 6 different teachers to buy Christmas gifts for this Holiday season.  My kids both love school and I think the teachers and aides play a big part in that so I wanted a small gift each to thank them for their efforts. Continue reading “Easy DIY Handprint Snowman Christmas Cards”

Friday Favorites, Gift Ideas, Uncategorized

Friday Favorites: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” Jewelry Box

Today marks 2 years since Frozen was released in theaters.  The movie is still a huge hit in our house, and judging by all the Frozen merchandise in stores this Holiday season, I have a feeling my daughter is not alone.

When shopping with my 3 year old we always inevitably end up in the princess filled aisle so she can check out all the latest and greatest in dolls and dresses.  While checking everything out on a recent shopping trip, she was immediately drawn to this “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” Jewelry Box* by Jakks Pacific.

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