Showing posts from June, 2016

Planning a Minecraft Birthday Series: Creeper Goodie Bags

Welcome to the first post in the "Planning a Minecraft Birthday Series"!

One of the very first things that I started searching for my son's birthday party was Minecraft Goodie Bags. Again, they were available online for a reasonable price, but to save the shipping and handling and time constraints, I opted to make my own.

I hit the local Dollar Tree in search of plain and simple party gift bags, with the idea in mind of just drawing a "Creeper" face in black permanent ink. Would have been easy-peasy, but I ended up coming across something cooler, and cheaper!

After making that purchase of 4 (they came in a pack of 3 so I ended up with a dozen total for $4.00), I headed over to Wal-Mart to buy the acrylic black paint. It was on sale, so I walked away with it for $.50!

Making the Creeper face is super easy, just Google search "Creeper Face Template", print out according to the size you are needing and cut out using a Xacto knife or razor blade. After cu…

How To Guide: Planning a Minecraft Birthday Party

My son recently turned 6 and when asked what theme he wanted for his birthday party, I was excitedly met with the answer of "Minecraft/Plants vs. Zombies!".

 Cool. That shouldn't be too hard, right? Ha.

 My biggest issue was actually finding anything of either theme. While I was certainly expecting PVZ to be a bit more tough to find things for, I assumed that Minecraft things would be all over the place because it's such a hot deal right now. Again, boy was I wrong. I searched far and wide in our area trying to find virtually anything in the way of plates, napkins, decor, ANYTHING. And came up short. And though I would've loved to fork over loads of $$$$ for his big day, it really just wasn't in our cards to make all of the purchases online.

So, I did what any mom would do. I hit Pinterest for ideas on how to make my own decorations and further inspiration. Over the next few days, I'll be walking you through how to make your own Minecraft Creeper Pinat…

The Secret Guide To Choosing The Best Sunscreen

When it comes to protecting our little ones, mom's will do whatever is necessary. With keeping that in mind, we should, of course, take measures to prevent damage to their largest organ: their skin!

There is an abundance of articles, both online and in print, that provide extensive information on what we as parents should be searching for when it comes to choosing the best sunscreen for our kids. And with that overabundance of information that takes us to our nearest drugstore in search of only the best, do we all too often find ourselves feeling a bit overwhelmed as to just how many different sunscreens can be found on those shelves; and I'm not just talking about brands, I'm talking about lotions, sprays, sticks, you name it. So, how do we make the best choice out of so many options? 
Here's the secret...
Sprays, lotions, and sticks all do an equally effective job in protecting your children from the sun's incredibly harsh and damaging UV rays. And because they …

Homemade Ice Cream (in a Bag!!)

Let's face it, everyone loves ice cream; it's a summer staple! Not to mention it is an excellent boredom buster for your little ones. Here is a super simple, insanely fun homemade ice cream recipe that involves your kiddos in making their own summer-treats! 

(Makes 1 Serving)

1/2 cup half and half
1 Tbs. sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 sandwich size Ziploc bag
1 gallon size Ziploc bag
3 cups crushed ice
1/3 cup rock salt


Place first 3 ingredients in the sandwich sized Ziplock bag and seal (be sure it is tightly sealed!). Next, put ice and rock salt in the gallon sized Ziploc bag and place the filled small bag inside. Seal the larger bag.Have your kid's shake up the bag until ice cream is thickened, approximately 10-15 minutes. You may need to put on some fun tunes to get them to dance around and shake like crazy! Remove the smaller bag, unseal and enjoy with a spoon! 

Summer's Here!!! ... Now What?

Hurray! Summer is finally upon us! Time for BBQ's. Sleeping in. Going to the nearest body of water. And of course, the number one thing that every parent dreads hearing, "MOM! I'm BOOOORED." 

Sure, we can keep our kiddos distracted by a number of things for the first few weeks... Sprinklers, picnics, trips to the park... Even hitting a local area water park or mini-golf course. But, come July all too often we find ourselves struggling to pull ideas out of a magic hat to keep our little ones smiling, active and actually doing something besides wasting their time in front of the TV. If you're beginning to reach your "I'm running low on ideas!!" breaking point, or are simply looking to avoid it in the first place, here are some awesome ideas to keep your little ones happy and moving all summer long!

Backyard Camping: You don't ever have to stray very far to sleep outside. If you have a tent, you have a place to put it up, right in your own backyard! …