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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, Recipes, Sweet, Uncategorized

Marshmallow Bunny Treats

Marshmallow Bunny Rice Krispie Treats

One of my favourite treats at Easter are the bunny and chick shaped Marshmallow Peeps.  There is something about the bright colors and fun shapes that I love and reminds me of childhood. Continue reading “Marshmallow Bunny Treats”

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3D Paper Easter Baskets

Today I am excited to share this quick little paper craft courtesy of my mom, Christine Wolzl.  These simple paper baskets would be a fun little craft to do with kids and are so easy to customize using your favourite color or patterned paper.  They would be great at a kids party for favour baskets or filled with treats as part of the place settings at Easter dinner.

3D Paper Easter Basket from scrapbook paper Continue reading “3D Paper Easter Baskets”

Celebrations, Parties, Sweet, Uncategorized

Diamond’s are a Birthday Boys Best Friend

Diamond Inspired Minecraft 6th Birthday Party

For my son’s 6th birthday party this year it was no surprise when he said he wanted a Minecraft theme.  Around the time he turned 5, he started to get interested in Minecraft from watching YouTube videos and began begging for months to get the Minecraft app for his ipad.  I was very hesitant to get it since he was younger then the recommended age and I assumed he would require a lot of help from me.  I finally let him download it in the Fall and since then have continued to be amazed by the things he builds and the knowledge he has gained from the game.  I still not sure I fully understand the whole concept, but I know it has been a lot of fun for him and was happy to use it as this year’s party theme. Continue reading “Diamond’s are a Birthday Boys Best Friend”

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DIY TNT Party Cups

DIY TNT Party Cups

I have expressed my love for the Solo brand Grips to Go! lidded cups in the past, and they continue to be a staple at many of my parties.  The lids, straws and cups all in one package are such a convenient buy, and I feel better knowing that drinks are contained and spills are minimized when entertaining a house full of small humans.

Minecraft TNT Party Cups

To match my Minecraft party theme, I decided to turn my cups into TNT.  The red cups provided the perfect background and I designed a simple black and white printable TNT label to fit around the middle of the cup.

Download the printable here: Minecraft TNT Cup Labels_DolledUpDesign

Minecraft TNT Party Cups

Once printed and cut, I simply attached each label to my cups using some good double sided tape on each end of the label.

Minecraft TNT Party Cups using Solo Grips to Go!

The slightly squared shape of the Solo cups work well with the pixelated Minecraft theme and, with the addition of the straw into the cup, it even looks like a dynamite fuse.

Fun and functional!


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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. Continue reading “Sweet Stacking Fun with Tsum Tsum’s”

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Friday Favorites: Sing-A-Long Elsa

We had a lot of great moments on our trip to Disneyland this past February, but I think my absolute favorite moment was my 2 year old belting out her own rendition of Let it Go during the Frozen Sing-Along.

Continue reading “Friday Favorites: Sing-A-Long Elsa”

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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.

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

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A Minimal-ish Christmas

A Minimal-ish Christmas

I am sure many of you have seen this cute Christmas poem that is meant to help simplify Christmas and minimize shopping to 4 items.

Something they want.
Something they need.
Something to wear.
Something to read.

I love the concept, but I also love shopping and spoiling my kids at Christmas.  Growing up I have very fond memories of the mound of gifts under the tree and the flying paper and chaos as me and my 3 siblings unwrapped all our gifts. Continue reading “A Minimal-ish Christmas”

Celebrations, Two Legged Fun, Uncategorized

8 Great New Books for our Holiday Collection

We are going on to the third year of our Christmas Advent book countdown.  This year Auntie is spoiling the kids with a Lego City Advent Calendar for my son and the Little People Advent Calendar for my daughter, but I still love the annual tradition of opening a nightly Christmas book to read. Continue reading “8 Great New Books for our Holiday Collection”