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Showing posts with label cheap. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ballerina Birthday Party

Princess turned 6 last week!  I'm not old enough to have a six-year-old am I?

This year Princess has been a little obsessed with ballerinas.  Perhaps it's because we put her into beginning ballet this summer.  So, when I asked her if there was a certain theme she would like for her birthday, she responded without hesitation, "BALLERINA!"

The good thing about Princess being in school (you know, other than the fact that she is learning new things and making friends) is that I could work on decorations while she was gone.  I love making the decorations a surprise!

When she woke up in the morning she found ballerinas all over the walls of the house.  There was even one on the door to her bedroom.  I made these all by hand (never have I appreciated my Cricut machine more).  I didn't have a cartridge with a ballerina on it and I didn't want to have to go buy one.  Instead, I picked up some pink poster board from the grocery store, stenciled ballerina silhouettes onto it, and cut them out.  Talk about time consuming!

Perhaps it would have been better to buy the cartridge after all...

But Princess and Goofy loved them.  They ran around the house trying to count all of them.

Step into my pink kitchen.  I used a pink tablecloth (from the dollar store), tulle, balloons, and finally put ballerinas everywhere.

Here is the ballerina that was hanging from the light.  Yes, I made her a little tutu.  My husband lovingly reminds me that I'm crazy.  

The living room was filled with balloons (Bud's favorite decoration by far).

Princess thought it was funny that I gave the TV a tutu to wear.

Finally, here is the front door.  The large ballerina on the door was Princess' favorite.

Here's a little closer shot of the ballerina.  I hot glued the tulle onto the ballerina in pleats and topped it off with pink, polka-dotted ribbon.

I follow this rule when it comes to birthday parties: even year birthday = family party, odd year birthday = friend party.  So, this year we had a family party.

Princess is a little bookworm (maybe it's because of all of the family read-a-thons we like to have).  The only thing she asked for this birthday was a book.  She was excited to get a whole boxed set.

I think she got more than a book don't you?

Time for cake.  I had envisioned how this cake would look ever since Princess decided on ballerinas for her theme.  I knew I wanted it to be pink (her favorite color) and I knew that I wanted it to have a tutu.

I measured my tulle around the cake pan to get the approximate size.  I then sewed the pleats and glued the ribbon over the top.  After I frosted the cake I placed the tutu on it and hot-glued the ribbon ends together so that the tutu wouldn't come off.

Princess "oohed" and "aahed" over the cake so I guess I did alright.

Happy birthday my sweet ballerina.  You are so kind, considerate of others, helpful, and fun.  
Don't ever change!  

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

30 Days of Summer Activities

Summer is almost over!  School starts in 30 days and Princess is starting kindergarten.  Yikes!  My babies are all growing up on me.

I wanted to give my kids a chance to choose a couple of activities they would like to do before the summer ends.  Here is the list they came up with:

  1. Go swim
  2. Have a water fight
  3. Paint nails
  4. Eat ice cream cones outside
  5. Go on a hike
  6. Have a nighttime nature walk
  7. Go to an amusement park
  8. Go to the library/read/have a read-a-thon
  9. Dance
  10. Write a story/play/puppet show
  11. Make a blanket fort
  12. Have a sleepover
  13. Play hair salon
  14. Blow bubbles
  15. Go on a walk
  16. Wash the car(s)
  17. Play outdoor games
  18. Go on a bike/scooter ride
  19. Have a picnic
  20. Go to the park
  21. Learn something new
  22. Draw with chalk
  23. Play with play dough
  24. Paint
  25. Start a collection
  26. Play with animals/pretend to be animals
  27. Make cookies
  28. Go see a movie
  29. Look at the stars
  30. Go to a lookout and watch the sunset

What are you going to do with your kids these last few days before school?

Feel free to print off the checklist above.  Have a happy summer!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Car Birthday Party

My little Bud turned 2 last week.  I can hardly believe it!  Two years ago I had the absolute WORST day of my life getting him here (one of those delivery horror stories that you don't want to share with soon-to-be mothers) and he is absolutely, completely, 100% worth it.

Bud is all boy.  He loves dinosaurs, monsters, Micky Mouse, and cars.  We had to move his birthday party up a couple of days so that the family could come.  I have a rule that I decorate the house while the kids are asleep; when they wake up the decorations are a surprise!  This meant that I had hours - literally hours - to get everything decorated, a cake made, and presents wrapped.  I went with a quick, cheap cars theme.  I was pretty happy with the results.

I decorated the front door using a black tablecloth.  The white lines I added using paper made it look like a strip of road.  I whipped out a little drive-in sign on PicMonkey (scroll to the bottom of this post to print your own).

Using black paper plates, a poster board, colored papers, a glue stick, and a glue gun, I made 3 of these little cars to put around the house.  I used the glue gun to stick on the wheels.  (I made three so that there would be enough for each of my children in hopes that they wouldn't fight - worked like a charm!)  

Bud loved driving his little car around the kitchen.

These little road signs were hanging up all over the house.  I love free clip art!

The fridge was our refueling station (I thought that was clever - the bathroom was the pit stop).

Here is a look at the kitchen.

I found this cute checkered flag pennant online.  You can print one for free here.  I hot glued the triangles to a piece of white yarn and hung them up on each window.

I used another black tablecloth to create another road on the table.

I used a cone and my son's cars as a centerpiece on the table.  The kids loved driving the cars all around the table.

Here's the living room.  My husband asked, "What do balloons have to do with cars?"  The answer: absolutely nothing.  But what little boy doesn't love to play with balloons?!

Decorations up, presents wrapped, cake decorated - time for a party!

My parents gave him a car and some sunglasses.  What a cool little dude.

Let's have some cake!

I am most definitely NOT a professional cake decorator.  This is as fancy as I get.  Bud picked out the flavor of cake he wanted.  I made it in a 9 x 13" pan following the directions on the box.  Next, I created a little car pattern, cut out the cake, and frosted it using my favorite vanilla butter frosting.  That's it!

He loved it!

Happy birthday my sweet little Bud.  Mommy is so glad you are a party of our family.

Here is the birthday drive-in sign.  Feel free to use it for your own car birthday party.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Heart Scotch - Love at Home FHE Lesson

How many of you fought with your brothers and sisters?  I'm sure you were all perfect children.  Well, I wasn't.  I remember getting into a couple "heated conversations" with my siblings.  Many times during these arguments, my mom would come up behind us and start singing "Love at Home."  When I got older my siblings and I would roll our eyes, but it is hard to keep fighting when that song is sung.  In fact, it helped me let go of the anger and forgive quickly.  That memory has stuck with me throughout the years.

I wanted to teach my children ways we can show love in the home and that if our feelings are hurt we need to forgive quickly.  Nephi is a great scripture hero to teach your children about.  He "frankly forgives" his brothers many times.  I read my kids a story from the March The Friend magazine called Big Brother Trap.  (Once it comes up online I will post the link.)  It talks about a girl whose feelings had been hurt by her big brother.  So, she set up a trap - a water bucket above the shed to dump on his head - and waited to get him all wet.  She has opportunities to let her anger go, but she won't back down.  When her brother comes out she drenches him.  She feels victorious until she notices that he has been working in the shed to fix her bike.  She learns about the importance of quickly forgiving.  I explained to my kids that if your feelings have been hurt, you need to let your anger go and forgive or you will only be holding yourself back from moving on.

I then told the kids that we want to have loving, happy feelings in our home.  We talked about some ways we can do that.  One thing that I really wanted to encourage is giving compliments or saying nice things about members of the family.  We did this by playing a game I call heart-scotch.  It is just like hopscotch only the squares are hearts and inside each heart is the name of a member of the family.

Princess started the game for us.  She threw the beanbag.

After a couple of tries, it landed on dad.

She then said one thing she likes about her daddy.  Once she did, she could hop over...

Pick up the beanbag, finish hopping on the hearts, and pass the beanbag off to someone else.  We played the game a couple of times giving everyone a few turns.  This gave us a change to compliment everyone in the family.  We finished the game feeling closer.

Once everyone was done playing the game, we played with chalk.  Bud and Goofy had fun decorating my heart-scotch board.

Goofy said she was making "my own hearts."

Princess made a heart-scotch board of her own.

She was pretty proud of it.

Goofy liked trying out both heart-scotch boards.

The part of Princess' heart-scotch game that touched me most was her final heart.  It says, "I Love Jesus."

What are some ways you like to show love in your home?

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