Basketball Washer Necklace Tutorial

If you are a parent involved in coaching or managing your child(ren)’s sports team, hats off to you! Being involved is very time consuming but so rewarding at the end of the day. My family didn’t play a lot of sports growing up, mostly because we didn’t have a lot of money, but I’ve made it my goal to participate in any activity with my kids, whether it be tossing a ball in the summer, to cartwheels in the backyard, to coaching/managing their team. I believe in a healthy and fit lifestyle for my kids and the best way of having that is through demonstration.

These necklaces were a hit, not only with the kids, but the parents too. Many of the parents thought they were bought from a store and couldn’t believe that they were made from a Home Depot washer! Why thank you, thank you very much! ;DBasketball Necklaces.jpg

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this craft….

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A Science Birthday Party!

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The nice thing about having a husband who teaches science, is that we got to use his classroom for our birthday party and it took most of the stress off me, since he conducted most of the experiments (I really had NO idea what I was doing) lol. I have to admit, while I thought the kids were going to be bored out of their minds and think that they were ‘back in school’, this party turned out to be so much fun! The kids, although some said, “it feels like we’re at school”, were ‘ooing’ and ‘ahhing’ with almost every thing we did. So yeah, they were back in school and maybe they learned a thing or two but they still had fun doing it.

You don’t need to be a scientist or a teacher to pull off this type of birthday party. You can do this in your home or better yet outside (it can get kinda messy). This is a great indoor birthday party idea and it keeps the kids occupied with all sorts of projects. My husband did some other cool exploding/fire displays, however he has all the knowledge on what to mix without blowing things up, so unless you know someone who has this knowledge, I would just stick to the basics… Continue reading “A Science Birthday Party!”

Crappy parents make for crappy kids…

Santa had gotten our family of four, tickets to ‘Cirque du Soleil-Toruk’ December 26th show. I have to start off by saying, I LOVE Avatar! It’s one of my favorite movies and the movie really spoke to me about how humans suck and how much the Na’vi people respect and love the world they live in. Anyways, my family of 4 got all dressed up and it took us about an hour and a half to get downtown and then search for parking. We made the trek through the snow to get to Roger’s Place and found our seats. We sat down and made ourselves comfortable and I then reminded my girls to sit still during the show and make sure to not kick their feet into the back of the other person’s chair, which they didn’t and they turned out to be very good girls. Behind us, however, was a family of 11 (Grandpa, Grandma, 5 kids: ages 2 to 8 and mom/dad, aunties and uncles). Continue reading “Crappy parents make for crappy kids…”

DIY $10.00 Skeleton Wreath

It’s just about time for my favorite season…Halloween! I love everything and anything about this holiday, especially making craft projects for around the house. I have children and live in a neighborhood where lots of kids trick-or-treat, so I try and keep all my projects age appropriate but still kinda spooky. Remember: you can always add fake blood or red paint to your projects to make them a little more gory.

This project is a skeleton wreath for the door – a perfect welcoming for those trick-or-treaters!

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A Cupcake Birthday Party!

Who doesn’t love CUPCAKES?  Kids sure do and what’s better than eating all the cupcakes…decorating them! This was a fun birthday and every kid really enjoyed it (I think I say that about every birthday haha but I’m not gonna lie, they all rock!) Be warned though, there is a lot of prepping for this birthday party.

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Here’s the events we did for this one…

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Sweet & Sour Chili Recipe

Let’s start off by saying, I DO NOT like Chili and neither do my kids. Maybe it’s the dryness/thickness or even the chili spice, but either way, we are not the biggest fan of standard run of the mill Chili. BUT this recipe is different and everyone (including my one daughter who hates pineapple and my half Asian step daughter) LOVES it! It is so moist and full of flavor and well, sweet (which I am sure you got from the title).

For the most part, this is a pretty simple recipe….you just take everything and toss it into a roasting pan and cook. The only pain is cooking the beef and bacon before adding to the pan. My mom adapted the recipe from a lady at work and then gave it to me, so here it is!

If your kids don’t like this, than you might want to bring them to the doctor and get them checked ;-D Lol jk

Enjoy!

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Wedding Coloring and Activity Book

Apparently a lot of couples do not allow or want kids at their weddings, which is fine for some, but if you’re like my husband and I, we got married a little later in life and had kids of our own already, plus friends with children.

If you plan on having kids at your reception, it’s probably a good idea to have something to keep them quiet during speeches etc. Here’s a fun printable for you to put on your kids table to keep them occupied. This took me a little while to design, but it kept the kids busy for a lot of the time. I’ll help you out and let you download the one I made, to make your life easier 😉

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I would recommend printing Page 1-4 double-sided on a thicker cardstock (white) and print the Front and Back Page on one side. Or print each page separate and then the kids can draw pictures on the blank pages. Fold each page in half and cover all pages with the Front & Back page. You can then hole punch the book and string it with rope, twine or anything else to fit the theme of your wedding. I put one (for each child) on the table, with a pencil and a pack of crayons.

You can download this book below ….

First Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Second Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Third Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Fourth Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Front & Back Page Wedding Coloring Book FREE

Well, here’s hoping this helps quiet your wedding down just a tad! Good luck!

D.I.Y. Headband Holder

If your girls are anything like mine, they LOVE accessories such as headbands! I was tired of having all of their headbands shoved into a drawer, so I searched Pinterest and Etsy for some ideas and decided to make myself a headband holder.

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I will show YOU how to make it step by step! Here’s a list of the items that you’ll need…

  • A Roll of Paper Towel (with paper towel still on it) or a Larger Sized Tube
  • Foam (only if you’re using a larger sized tube instead of paper towel)
  • Pillow Case or Fabric
  • Wood Pedestal (About $3.00 in the wood section of your local craft store)
  • Paint and Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue + Glue Gun
  • Needle and Thread
  • 2-4 Elastics
  • Cardboard (Enough for two circles about the same size as your holder)
  • Decoration (Flowers, Jewels, Feather Boa – Top of Holder)
  • Ribbon

IMG_2020.JPGI used a larger sized tube and foam for mine, but that’s only because I got the tubes free from work, but a roll of paper towel would work just as good.

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Birthdays – A Spa Day

This is one of my favorite birthday parties! It’s a lot of work to pull this one off, but the girls had so much fun, so it was worth it. Here are the invitations that I made (a lot of work and a pain in the butt, but so freakin’ cute!)Spa Invitation Edited

We hosted this party inside our house and I set up different activity sections for the girls to keep busy. I’ll start off with the food/snacks that Avah’s Day Spa” served.DSC01869-1.jpgDSC01866.JPG Continue reading “Birthdays – A Spa Day”

An Easter Tradition: Easter Egg Challenge

I never grew up with a lot of family traditions, especially around Easter, as we were not a religious family and didn’t celebrate this holiday each and every year. In school, we were asked to list a family tradition, that we partaked in on the holidays and I really couldn’t think of too many. When I heard some of the other kids traditions, I thought to myself “I wish we did that!” Now that I have my own family, we’ve started many traditions together!

For this holiday, we do the Easter Egg Challenge! We are a pretty competitive bunch but we feel it’s also important to teach our kids how to have fun (while trying to win)! In real life, there are losers and to avoid being one, it starts by having a good attitude if and when you lose.

Ok, I am going to show you how to play this game, because it is so much fun and also gives you purpose for decorating your eggs. Continue reading “An Easter Tradition: Easter Egg Challenge”