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I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day art project with the girls today.  There are so many amazing ideas on Pinterest…I thought instead of just pinning things online, it was time to actually do them!

We painted using bell peppers and potatoes!  It was fun and not terribly difficult.

We used bell peppers and potatoes to create art projects!

We used bell peppers and potatoes to create art projects!

The supplies:

1 bell pepper

2 potatoes (one for each girl)

plates

paint

knife

cookie cutters

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The peppers were easy…just cut it open and paint!  We used a sponge brush at first but it was much easier to slap it on with our fingers.

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The pepper painting finished product!

The pepper painting finished product!

The potatoes were a bit more tricky, but still not too bad. First I sliced the potato long ways to create the biggest area to use.  Then I used a shamrock cookie cutter.  I pressed down pretty hard.  Then cut around the cookie cutter.  When I took the cookie cutter off, there was a perfect shamrock shape…NO artistic ability needed!  (My kind of crafting!)

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The potato finished product!

The potato finished product!

My kids had fun with it.  I didn’t spend a fortune on supplies and they thought it was SO COOL to do something a little different than plain old paining.

If  you are looking for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day cake recipe check this one out that I did last year….here is the link.

Try it out, have fun and enjoy!  I know we did.

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I went to an adorable birthday party last weekend and realized I never posted about Kailani’s second birthday party.  I have also not posted in quite a while…things have been very busy.  So here are all the details of my littlest’s ballerina birthday party.  I wanted everything to be pink and girly.  I also wanted the girls to be free to dance, giggle, and just have fun.  We asked that each girl were her favorite dance outfit and said tutus would be provided on the invitations.

Here is how we made it happen.

First the Party Favors:

Each little ballerina received a pink tutu upon arrival.  Watching those babies dane around the house in their fluffy tutus was PRECIOUS!  They also got a happy birthday tiara.  I also used these as part of the decorations for the room.  I hung them up on a pink ribbon.  It really gave the room a huge splash of color too!

Each little ballerina received a tutu and birthday tiara.

Each little ballerina received a tutu and birthday tiara.

The next big decoration was a tutu hanging from the fan in the center of the room. I took a hulahoop and tied different colored tulle around it.  Then hung it from the fan with some curling ribbon.  It was so easy and looked pretty cute.

I made a tutu that hung from the fan.

I made a tutu that hung from the fan.

I wanted the living room to look a little like a dance studio.  A friend gave me an old mirror, it was green and not so pretty. I just taped some left over Christmas silver ribbon onto the sides and covered up the green.  Plus what 2 year old girl doesn’t love looking at herself?  I also brought down the stand up mirror from my bedroom.  They loved twirling in front of them.

I attached silver ribbon to an old hand me down mirror a friend gave me.

I attached silver ribbon to an old hand me down mirror a friend gave me.

Tissue balls are my favorite cheap decoration!  They are SO easy to make and each one costs about $0.25.  I made a bunch of these and hung them up around the house.

I made tissue balls and hung them up all around.

I made tissue balls and hung them up all around.

Then of course the crepe paper!  We just streamed them from the corners of the room to the light and to the fan.  It really made the room look fantastic.

The room was decorated top to bottom with frilly pink decor!

The room was decorated top to bottom with frilly pink decor!

The next part was the entertainment.  Of course I had lots of cute music playing and running around dancing was really all the entertainment needed!  (It was entertainment for the adults too)  But I wanted something for them to do and take home.  So we made adorable handprint pictures.  The moms had to help, but they are pretty easy.  I precut the leotard part and then the girls made the tutu out of handprints.  Finally they glued on a bow.  (I premade them for a quick easy thing to do).  We hung them up to dry and it doubled as another decoration.

A little ballerina and her Mommy making the craft.

A little ballerina and her Mommy making the craft.

A closeup of the birthday girl and the ballerina craft.

A closeup of the birthday girl and the ballerina craft.

The adorable ballerina crafts all finished.

The adorable ballerina crafts all finished.

One of my favorite parts was the cake!  I made a chocolate cake and iced it with pink icing.  Then put sparkly silver sprinkles on top.  To make it fancier I create a tutu to put on the cake stand!  Again, this was SO easy.  I just tied tulle onto curling ribbon and tied it onto the cake stand.

The cake with pink icing, silver sparkle sprinkles and tutu cake stand.

The cake with pink icing, silver sparkle sprinkles and tutu cake stand.

Blowing out the candles on her frilly cake!

Blowing out the candles on her frilly cake!

When it comes to parties…you have to have food.  Kailani really wanted pizza.  So we ordered pizza and then had fresh veggies and fruit to go along with it.  I put the fruit in muffin papers.  This made it so easy to just grab what they wanted.  We had orange slices, grapes, and berries.  The veggies were on a tray.  I also made chocolate covered marshmallows.  (See my blog post about these here)  They were a big hit and looked so pretty.

Pink was everywhere...even on the food table.

Pink was everywhere…even on the food table.

Chocolate covered marshmallows with sparkle sprinkles.

Chocolate covered marshmallows with sparkle sprinkles.

Eating a chocolate covered marshmallow with sparkle sprinkles!

Eating a chocolate covered marshmallow with sparkle sprinkles!

When the party was over each girl got to leave with her very own tutu.  She also got her ballerina picture and then Kailani gave each ballerina a flower.  The flower had a ribbon on it with a note that said, “I had ‘tutu’ much fun twirling with you.”

Each of the ballerinas received a flower when leaving for a wonderful performance!

Each of the ballerinas received a flower when leaving for a wonderful performance!

All in all I think the party was a huge hit.  The little ballerinas had so much fun.  It also didn’t break the bank.  See the bottom for a cost breakdown.  Here are some other snapshots from the party!

Tiny little ballerinas all dress up!

Tiny little ballerinas all dress up!

This princess crown tiara was the perfect addition to her outfit!

This princess crown tiara was the perfect addition to her outfit!

Cost Breakdown:

Decorations:

  • Tulle (price for 3 colors)- $15
  • Curling Ribbon- (I had a big spool of pink, but new it is about $3)
  • Hulahoop- I used the girls from outside – FREE
  • Tissue Paper balls- $4 (this made 16 balls!!)

Craft:

  • Paint- Already Had
  • Construction Paper-Already had but can get it at Dollar Tree
  • Ribbon- $1 for a spool at Michaels

Party Favors

Food

  • Depends on what you want!  We kept it cheap and simple by doing Pizza and snacks.
  • Cake- Secret recipe (1/2 box, 1/2 homemade) Kept cost down low!

I have been posting about the Superhero party we had for Kares. Here is the first post. Here is the link to the decorations (under $12 for it all). Here is the link to the superhero themed food we served. Here are the superhero party favors.
This post is about how we entertained over 20 children under the age of 6!
The biggest help was a BOUNCE HOUSE! We got a great deal on ours, but I know this can be a big expense. They didn’t have any superhero themed ones so naturally when you ask a 5 year old girl what she wants…Disney Princesses! It kept the little superheroes out of the house and entertained for hours!

This was so much fun for the kids (and some adults too).

This was so much fun for the kids (and some adults too).

My favorite part was the photo booth we had for the kids. I wanted to do something that would be a little different and memorable. So I set up a place for them to fly!

I set up a "photobooth" for the kids to pretend they were superheroes flying through the sky.

I set up a “photobooth” for the kids to pretend they were superheroes flying through the sky.


This was pretty easy. I bought 4 yards of blue fabric on sale for $1 a yard. Then bought 2 yards of white felt (hindsight I didn’t need that much) to make the clouds. I made a small area for the kids to lay on (I used a part of my couch chaise lounge, but a box or cushion would work too). Then I used thumbtacks to hang the fabric on the wall in our garage. I was sure to cover the part where they lay as well. Then the kids took turns pretending to fly through the clouds with the capes. I used my new camera to take great photos of them. I am including a picture of each child in the thank you notes. When you crop and frame it just right the pics look great!

The kids and adults had a great time at the party. I can’t wait to plan the next get together!


I posted before (click HERE) about the Superhero birthday party we threw for our daughter’s 5th birthday. This post is all about the decorations! We (my girls and I) made most of the decorations ourselves, and I really kept it on a budget!

The inside of the house was decorated!  Streamers, superman, capes, and more!

The inside of the house was decorated! Streamers, superman, capes, and more!

We put streamers hanging from the lights and fan that went in all directions. These provided a lot of color and were SO cheap. I got a pack of 2 at the Dollar Tree. I bought red, blue, and yellow.

I tried to use things that she already had to decorate with. This makes things even cheaper! One of my favorite decorations was when we made Superman fly above the kids heads. We hung up one of her stuffed superman dolls from the fan. It was awesome!

Superman was flying above the kids' heads!

Superman was flying above the kids’ heads!

She got a big Superman blanket for her birthday. So we hung it up on the wall behind the table. This was a great backdrop for the cake cutting!

Superman blanket provided a great decoration for the cake cutting!

Superman blanket provided a great decoration for the cake cutting!

I also hung up a superhero beach towel on the wall in our garage. We opened up the garage and had it as a safe area for the kids to play and adults to gather. But it needed a little something. So we, again used what we had, and created a little more superhero decor!

Superhero capes are a must for any superhero party! I made these as favors for the kids to take home, but they also provided great decorations. I will make another post with a do it yourself tutorial. So be sure to check back or click on the link to be emailed each time I update the blog! I bought shimmery blue material to hang the capes from. I also used it to hang up the craft and for the bow on the door. This was $9.99 at Hobby Lobby but I used a 40% off coupon and got it for $6.00. I have so much left over that it will make great July 4th decorations! (Here is where I got the superhero cape idea)

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.

I try to think about all of the little details when planning a party. I wrote on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. I wrote, “Looking Good Superhero!” then put “POW, BAM, WHACK” around it. This was a cheap and easy way to add a little something extra!

Even the mirror was decorated in the superhero theme!

Even the mirror was decorated in the superhero theme!

The front and back door also had to fit in with our theme. I found a superhero dry erase board in the dollar section at Michaels. This was perfect! I hung it on our wreath hanger on the back door. On the front door I put a yellow and blue bow. I got the yellow bow at Dollar Tree and used leftover blue fabric to make the blue part. I was going to make a superman symbol to add to it, but time just got away from me and forgot to do it!

We put this on the door for all of the guests to see as they came in!

We put this on the door for all of the guests to see as they came in!

The front door had a yellow and blue bow. I ran out of time, but wanted to add a superman symbol to the middle!

The front door had a yellow and blue bow. I ran out of time, but wanted to add a superman symbol to the middle!

Budget Breakdown: TOTAL DECORATIONS $11.00
Red, blue, yellow streamers- $3
Blue shimmer fabric- $6
Superhero Sign- $1
Yellow bow- $1
Blanket- FREE
Superman-FREE
Beachtowel-FREE

As you can see I kept the decorations very inexpensive. I used what we already had and was able to decorate my entire house. Keep checking back, I will post about how to make the capes, how to keep the food with the superhero theme, and how we were able to entertain over 20 kids at the party. You can sign up for emails so you never miss an update. Just click on the link to the right.


My 5 year old wanted a SUPERHERO birthday party this year. We had so much fun putting everything together. I wanted to share some of the best parts of the party with you! I will then make other posts with step by step instructions so you can easily make your own party!
I did a lot of research on how to create a great party for her. I found that some of the best pictures I saw there were some VERY expensive decorations, cake, favors and whatnot. I used ideas and a budget…This party was not super expensive, wasn’t too hard, and was SO MUCH FUN!

The inside of the house was decorated!  Streamers, superman, capes, and more!

The inside of the house was decorated! Streamers, superman, capes, and more!

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.

Each child received a superhero cape with their name on it.


I set up a "photobooth" for the kids to pretend they were superheroes flying through the sky.

I set up a “photobooth” for the kids to pretend they were superheroes flying through the sky.

The cake that she insisted I make myself!

The cake that she insisted I make myself!

I tried to keep the superhero theme throughout the party.  Even the food table was superhero themed!

I tried to keep the superhero theme throughout the party. Even the food table was superhero themed!

I plan on posting more pictures and tutorials on how to make this stuff yourself soon! Plus how I did it on a budget.
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My girls have been sick for the past week. So day 7 of pretty much not leaving the house, we were all going crazy. So I decided to put them in the tub, with a little shaving cream, so they could finally have some fun!
I stuck the girls in the tub. I filled a muffin tin with shaving cream then put food coloring in each one. Then I gave them each a paint brush. I let them go crazy in the bath tub.

Here is the muffin tin full of our colorful paint!

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I cannot tell you how much fun they had painting the walls with shaving cream! They even got excited that the water was changing colors too.

It kept my sick girls busy for almost an hour and was SO easy and cheap.

The only downside is that it turns the white grout in the tile colors. It doesn’t wipe off so easily, but I am sure with a little scrubbing it will come off. I figure if we do that a few times a month, I can get hours of entertainment for a little bit of scrubbing once a month.

The finished masterpiece, completed by my 2 year old and 5 year old. Who by the way BEGGED me to do it again soon.

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If you don’t want to put them in the tub to play with shaving cream you can easily use a table. Another day I put plain white shaving cream all over a little play table I have for the girls. My 5 year old was able to practice her spelling words in the shaving cream, and the 2 year old attempted to practice shapes! It was a great educational experience, where they were learning while having fun. I put aprons on them so that they didn’t cover their clothes with stuff. BUT I did have to put them in the tub when we were finished…they got a little too excited and there was shaving cream EVERYWHERE! Upside…my house smelled amazing!


I am in the kitchen washing dishes (because that is what I am always doing! click here for my dishes trick) and I hear my girls pretending. I stop and listen a little closer, careful not to let them see me. I see Kares (4) trying to put a “leash” on Kailani (2). Kares has rolled up a blanket and tied it around Kailani’s shoulder. (I guess I should be thankful it wasn’t her neck!) Kailani is now barking like a dog and Kares is commanding her to come and sit.

I continue to listen trying to hold in the laughter. Next thing I know Kares has Kailani (who is potty training) in the bathroom and telling her to go potty. Kares says, “Go Poo Poo doggy. But not really Kailani, just pretend to go poo poo. Here like this, watch me!” So now I am rolling in the laughter.

Finally I hear, “Mommy, I can’t get this leash off of Kailani!” As I look closer Kares has it knotted about 5 times! Oh my…maybe I should have intervened sooner…they were just getting along so nicely (and I got a few dishes done)!

I just love when my girls get along so well. They are finally at that age where they can play together and enjoy themselves! So for now, they will pretend to be doggies, and poor Kailani will be drug around. Thankfully she seems to enjoy it and asks Kares for more!