Celebrations, Parties

A Princess Tea Party Playdate

A Princess Tea Party Playdate

My 6 year old is forever asking for playdates with her new friends from school.  Admittedly I have not been the best at planning throughout the school year, so I had it in my summer plans to try and plan something special for her and a few close friends once school was out.  When the opportunity came up to have two princesses from A Charmed Affair come to our house, I knew a Princess Tea Party would make the perfect playdate for Keira and the little girls from her kindergarten class.

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Big Hands, Celebrations, Crafts, Parties

An Equestria Girls Dance Party

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Party

My daughter turned 6 at the end of May and we celebrated at home with an Equestria Girls themed dance party.  Keira had a My Little Pony themed party for her 4th birthday, so I will admit I was a bit disappointed when she asked me to plan another Pony themed party.  Luckily I am not good at getting rid of things so I still had all the decorations from that party and was able to re-vamp a lot of the same ideas to make things feel new and exciting.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls Party _ Signs

Keira loves singing and dancing, and a big part of why she loves the Equestria Girls is the music.  I have downloaded a couple of the soundtracks and even find myself singing along to the catchy tunes when I am alone in the car.  It only seemed natural to give the party theme and decorations a music themed spin.

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Big Hands, Crafts, Everyday Life, Little Hands, Two Legged Fun

Read for Treats! Printable Reward Chart

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable Reward Chart

Summer is fast upon us and one thing I want to work on during the break from school is the kids reading.  They both love the routine we have gotten into of us reading to them each night, but I also want to help encourage their own reading progress.  I have ordered some beginning levelled readers for my daughter and a few new chapter books that I thought would interest my son, then came up with a fun reward system that has them excited to read daily.

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By Car, Celebrations, Parties, Travel

A Moana Birthday Celebration

Moana Party_Best Western Plus Port O Call

For my daughter’s 5th birthday we decided to deviate a bit from the typical birthday party.  Instead of a big party with family and friends, we decided to have a small weekend away and celebrate with just our own immediate family of 4, plus my sister and her husband.  My daughter loves hotels and loves swimming, so a weekend in Calgary with a stay at a family friendly hotel seemed the perfect way to celebrate her big day.

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BY Air, Travel

WDW Memories: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique_Magic Kingdom

On our first trip to Disney World, I was enamoured with all the little girls running around with their princess inspired hairstyles and sparkly dresses.  I got a big kick out of seeing the same hair style over and over at different levels of distress – you just knew some of them had been slept in for days because the little girl refused to take out the bun or funky colored braids.  We were just freshly married and I can remember thinking to myself that if I ever had a little girl, a princess makeover was definitely something I wanted to do with her.  Well I did have that little girl, and for our Walt Disney World trip this past November I was excited to finally be able to make the magic happen at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Continue reading “WDW Memories: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique”

BY Air, Travel

WDW Memories: Jedi Training

Jedi Training_Disney's Hollywood Studios

May the 4th is Star Wars day and I thought it was a great reason to share one of our favorite Star Wars memories/experiences from our trip to Walt Disney World this past November.

Jedi Training_Disney's Hollywood Studios

My son is a big Star Wars fan, so when I saw they offered the opportunity to learn to use a lightsaber and actually fight Darth Vader, I knew Jedi Training was an experience we couldn’t pass up.  It required a bit of planning to get signed up on the morning of our day at Hollywood Studios, but it was well worth it for this free and unique opportunity. Continue reading “WDW Memories: Jedi Training”

Celebrations, Everyday Life, Four Legged Fun, Parties, Uncategorized

A Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

December 13 is National Hot Cocoa day and to celebrate I am sharing an easy Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar I put out for our house guests last Holiday season.

For my Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar, I decided to set everything up on the counter right beside our coffee maker.  I wanted it to be easy to access, and for my guests to feel welcome to help themselves to a warm, festive drink at any time.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

To put everything together, I began by gathering my Christmas mugs and a nice tray with a few glass jars and bottles.  The coffee K-cups all went in a large glass vase and I wrapped my store-bought container of hot chocolate mix in some candy cane striped gift wrap to make it look pretty.  My chalkboard Santa worked perfectly to decorate the space and urge everyone to “Grab a Cup, Warm Right Up”.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

For my different stir-ins and toppings, I went with crushed candy canes, marshmallows, Skor bits and some Irish Cream for the adults.  I also included some red and white striped paper straws for stirring, and small wrapped chocolates for an extra sweet treat.  For an open house or party, a gift wrapped can of whipped cream would be another great addition.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

The bar went over well with our guests and I loved having it available for my own morning drink throughout the Holiday Season.  I really enjoyed the touch of peppermint flavour the crushed candy canes provided to my morning cup of coffee and my kids loved their cups of hot chocolate with the fun snowman shaped marshmallows I found in the food market at Ikea.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar