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Thursday, June 30, 2011

First Birthday- A Camping We Will Go

We had a camping themed party for K's first birthday this weekend.   It was such a crazy, whirlwind kinda party that I was unable to get super photos of the decor.  I'm waiting on copies of photos my girlfriend took.

If I had photos to show you, you'd be seeing:

Red and White Gingham Tablecloths, colorful lanterns from the dollar store, and a few pine cones rounded out the table decorations.

I strung homemade pine cone garland at the entrance way to the pavilion.  This was seriously easy (collect a variety of pine cones, use glue gun to glue to twine) and looked so cute.  If it makes it through the move, I plan to add it to our Christmas decorations.

The food was basic, American BBQ yumminess:  hamburgers and hotdogs, baked beans, coleslaw and pasta salad.

I kept the games simple.  The first game was a "Camping Tent Extermination Relay Race".  We set up a tent and separated into two teams.  The kids raced to the tent, scooped up an insect or spider with a bug net, and ran back to place it into a bucket.
Camping Nature Walk

Then came the Nature Hunt, which was the biggest hit.  I prepared a list with pictures and words of things the children would be able to find in our outdoor area (printable above, my dears).  They crossed off each item as they found it and brought their finished card back for a prize.  I found some camp counselor style whistles to hand out (which we used later for Camp Counselor Says).  Sadly, with the introduction of whistles to take home, I may have lost a few friends in the process.

Hopefully I gained them back with the Take Along Trail Mix bar at the end.

Finally, was a rousing game of "Fish, Fish, Bear!"  I had the kids sit around the outside of the tent in a circle. The game was basically played like Duck, Duck, Goose except when the "it" person said "BEAR", they had to run all the way around and get inside the tent to be safe.  

The crowning achievement of the event though had to have been the dessert table.  

Smore' Cupcakes

These S'More cupcakes were so easy (yes, I cheat and use a box mix).  So, bake cupcakes about 20 minutes until they tops spring back.  Then top with 1 large marshmallow and stick back into the oven (I turned mine on broil to get a little browning action going).  Watch as they puff--about 2 minutes and take them out.  You'll also want to stay close because a stray marshmallow popped off from time to time.  Once out, press down slightly to allow all that gooey marshmallow to coat the entire surface.  Then stick 1 Hershey's square and one Grahamn Cracker square down into the goo.

And since I had a last minute panic attack about whether their was going to be enough, I whipped up some S'More Pops too.

 For all of the Camping Birthday Party printables, including the Happy Birthday banner click here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Baby Turned 1?

Yep, it's official.  My little, sweet, smoochable baby turned one on Sunday.  And I swear, somewhere between there and here he's already gained a personality.  My future troublemaker is showing his true colors these days.  I guessing it has a lot to do with the fact that he's taken his first steps which appears to mean that he's now mobile enough to get into all the places he's wanted to get into for some time now.  I'm in trouble.

We had a small, family celebration on Sunday, meaning we opened his presents at the crack of dawn when everyone awoke, I threw together a cake a few hours before dinner, and we blew out the candle for him.  He does super-duper LOVE his new ball pit/tent, so at least he was busy.

So far, not a super-duper big fan of cake.  I'm not sure how I feel about birthing a son who doesn't like cake.  Not sure that's a possibility in my family gene pool.  I'll have to keep trying different flavors.

We'll be celebrating his birthday this weekend in good, old-fashioned American "camping" style.  We have the perfect setting for it in our neighborhood and while it gets dark WAY too late (we're talking 10:30 pm here people) to take advantage of a true camping campfire, we plan to do our best to give the BBQ some camping atmosphere.

I'll be working overtime to get this thing planned and executed over the next few days, so please forgive my crafty absence.  It's all for good reason and I'll have plenty of Camping themed birthday crafts/decorations/ goodies to share with you next week.

I'm off to fiddle with the homemade tee-pee and finish gluing the rest of the pine cones on our garland.  Nighty, night!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day Scavenger Hunt (printable)

This is what I gave my husband for Father's Day last year.

The baby, not the tub.  He turns 1 this Sunday.  So I thought after making his manly beverage tub, we should fill it with goodies.  Enter "The Father's Day Scavenger Hunt"

The boys and I started by thinking of things that my husband might enjoy for a friendly BBQ or just lazing around on a Sunday afternoon.

Father's Day Gift and Scavenger Hunt

These are the items we'll be hiding.  Each item will have a tag with the clue for the next item.  A linguist I am not but I did manage to rhyme all of our clues.  When he finds each item, he'll place it in his manly, Embellished Beverage Tub and go looking for the next item.

The boys helped me choose 6 places in which to hide the gifts.  We decided on 3 inside and 3 outside places.

I wanted the boys to be involved in helping their Father find the items, so I created a "Clue Reminder List" with both the place name and a picture clues for my non-readers.  This way they can keep track of whether Daddy's on the right path to finding his gifts, hopefully without telling him the answers.

The boys chose fairly common household areas, so I whipped up a printable for anyone interested in holding their own.  Once downloaded, it would be very easy to personalize, if necessary.

Father's Day Scavenger Hunt

What are your Father's Day plans?  Have a wonderful time spoiling your favorite dad(s) this weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Craft Fail

I purchased a lovely pair of wedge heeled shoes a few years ago for 5 dollars.  I was thrilled!  They were adorable.  What I forgot to take into account as I purchased them, was the fact that I was trying them on preggo feet.  Much to my dismay, 9 and some months later (actually twice that since I was pregnant with my second child at the time) the elastic band was WAY too stretched out to allow these lovely shoes to stay on my feet when I walked.

I didn't despair just yet.  I thought I might be able to salvage those babies.  This weekend, I finally got around to thinking about the problem.

Sadly, AFTER cutting the elastic, I found that my velcro idea was NOT going to work.  The velcro was just not strong enough to stick together.

And sadly, again, my super glue idea, did not hold.  They popped right apart as soon as I started walking.  And I thought SUPER glue was supposed to hold anything.  Bummer!

I'm usually a pretty persistent kinda girl.  Many a time, to a fault.  For 5 dollars I just didn't think it worth it to keep trying.  And frankly, I was out of ideas.  I guess a girl's got to have a craft failure once in a while to keep her humble.

On a happier note, I've got the Father's Day Scavenger Hunt post all finished and will post (WITH PRINTABLE) tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday's Wickedly Awesome-

I know, you probably thought I forgot this week, I'm posting so late in the day.  Well, late in my day anyway.  But I do have a blog to feature. I wasn't slacking.  I swear.

This week's awesome blog is A Pumpkin and a Princess.

And since it's late here and I've got a ton to do for little K's Number 1 birthday bash, I'll let Crystal's photos speak for themselves.

I love this beach themed frame and candle set.

 And adorable, kid friendly handprint project.

These spray painted jars are to die for.  I love the contrast between the paint and twine.

And absolutely adorable Christmas ornament project.  These will be making an appearance on our tree next year.

And how yummy do these lemonade and berry ice pops look?

I've really enjoyed getting to know Crystal through her blog.  I hope you'll stop over.  If you do, tell her I say hi!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Embellished Beverage Tub For Guys

Embellished Beverage Tub

Whether you're looking for a gift idea for Valentine's Day or Father's Day, any guy is going to love a giant tub filled with all the things he likes to much or sip upon.  This is a great last minute idea too since you can put it together in just a few hours.  

embellished beverage tub

Supplies:  Galvanized Beverage Tub, foil paper sheet, Exacto knife, scissors

Print out or draw desired name, monogram, design and use and Exacto knife to create a stencil.  Tape your stencil where you want it to go.  Then use the foil adhesive to fill in the stencil.

Once your design is filled in, go ahead and remove the paper stencil.  Be VERY careful here because you do not want to smudge the design.  What you have here will be what shows up so go back over any spots where the glue did not stay.  If you have smudged glue, simply wipe it clean with a wet cue tip.

Let the adhesive dry until it is translucent.  Then lay the foil paper over the design.

Make sure you place the paper color side up.  The metal foil is actually on the underside of a clear sheet of plastic and will stay adhered to the glue once it's pulled away.

Rub over the design with your finger tips to make sure the foil is adhering to your design.  You may want to go over trouble spots with a credit card or other flat surface.  Just be careful not to squish the adhesive.

Now slowly peel back the paper to reveal your foil covered design.

When I say slowly, I do stress slowly.  Pulling back too fast may peel the glue right with the paper.  Trust me.  I know these things.

Ta da!  One manly, embellished beverage tub, ready to be filled with Dad's favorite bottles or cans.

I'll be continuing this post tomorrow with a fun scavenger hunt idea to keep Dad guessing. We'll be stashing some things around the house and yard to fill this fun tub with.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Checking In and a Veggie Wash Recipe

 Hi there.  Thought I'd just pop in and say hello since it's been a few days.  We've been enjoying the summer produce this week.

Well, admittedly we're mostly enjoying the summer fruit because of the the whole Ecoli epidemic here.  It's been rather a bummer for us since my kids actually LIKE salad vegetables.  To be honest, C will only eat raw, veggies.  He leans most heavily toward cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers and until late this week, those (as well as tomatoes and lettuce)topped the list of recommended foods to stay away from.

So I made a decision to not house those items for now.  Well, maybe until we move.  Which is in ONE month.  Why take chances, right?  Don't tell the kids.  They'll think it's Christmas or something.

Instead we're going to overdose on summer fruits which I'm washing in an all natural fruit and veggie wash.  I'm making it myself since they don't sell it in the stores around here.

It really is such a simple recipe, I wonder why I've never done this before.  Mix equal parts water and white vinegar.  If you're like me and can't stand the smell of vinegar, you can also add the juice of one lemon.  Place it in a spray bottle so you can spray and rub your hard fruits and veggies.  More delicate produce can take a soak in your sink for about 20 minutes. 

They've actual now decided that the source of the problem was bean sprouts but I think I'll still be nervous for a while about eating things that grow on the ground.  Besides, look how delicious those cherries look.  I don't think we'll have too much trouble getting our vitamins and this mom always backs things up with Freddy Flintstone anyway.

I've got our Father's Day gift almost complete and can't wait to show it to you, so check back in the next day or two.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday Wickedly Awesome- Giggles Galore

This weeks fabulous feature is Giggles Galore.  I stumbled upon Mariah's site from Blue Cricket Design's Show and Tell Linky Party.  Mariah's blog is full of wonderful ideas!

Some of the things I love:

A personalized wine glass and coaster set she made for a friend.

This adorable growth chart which she also custom made for a friend. What a great friend!

About a million and one amazing ideas for Muffin Tin lunches, which she showcases each Monday.

 How much would my boys kill for a dress up suitcase.  Maybe a little less frilly but still cool none-the-less.

She also has wonderful party planning ideas like this Thing 1 and Thing 2 party.

And last but not least, she's got several awesome holiday decor ideas made from bits and pieces of leftover wood.  I've got to go find some to make these adorable firecrackers in time for the Fourth.

Mariah's also got an Etsy Shop, Giggles and More full of adorable signs, growth charts, and magnetic magetic picture frames.