Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Tree 'Garland'

In the midst of the arctic air that showed up last week Bug was begging to go outside....

First off, I'm not a winter person. Yes, I am most definitely living in the wrong state....that fact aside...I decided to distract her with an art project instead!

It took quite awhile to make the chain as it had to be fairly long....and she kept getting up to go play...but in reality it should have been a quick project :)

I had Bug pick 3 huge pieces of construction paper....Our tree is 6 1/2 feet tall...and that wasn't quite long enough to wrap all the way around the tree....We wrapped it around the top and just 'cascaded' it from the middle down...

if you have the 8 1/2 by 11 pieces I would do a minimum of 6.

[Not sure why the picture won't turn the right way...SORRY!]

This is just an ordinary paper chain...super easy for kiddos to do....I cut the inch wide strips for her [You can cut the paper either direction but I cut it so that the strips were smaller]...and then showed her how to link them and glue them closed...

When I cut the strips I cut them in a wave pattern to add a little something extra to the chain...

If your child is old enough they could cut their own strips and this could be a project they could totally do on their own :)

This one was super easy!! Enjoy your Holiday season from our house to yours!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Melissa & Doug Terrific 25 List and Giveaway

Every year Melissa & Doug put together a 'Terrific 25 List'! They put their best toys all in one easy to find spot for you to check out!!
This list can be found on their website!!! Plus, as a bonus they are also doing a giveaway on their Facebook Page!! They are giving away one item off their list EVERYDAY!! Plus, one lucky person will win all 25 on Black Friday!!
Just head to their Facebook page to enter their giveaway!! It is one simple form that you fill one ONCE to be entered for all 25 days!! Couldn't be any easier!!!

Go check it out!!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Melissa and Doug Holiday Giveaway!

It is that time of year again! The Holidays are right around the corner!!!

Melissa and Doug are doing their Terrific 25 Giveaway again this year!!!

Only 1 entry is needed to be entered for all 25 days! PLUS!!! One person will win all 25!!!

You can enter HERE! You can check out their Holiday Catalog for 2013 HERE

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween 'Treat' for the teachers

I was almost positive that Bugs teachers might appreciate something different then the ghost bubbles we made for her friends so here is what I found...(Once again Pinterest to the rescue!)

Mummy Candle Jars

These were SO easy....we made all 3 in 10 minutes max!! 

All you need is the jar, googly eyes, gauze and craft glue/ mod podge (make sure it dries clear)...

Simply cover the jar in a thin layer of glue and begin wrapping the gauze around the jar until the whole jar is covered. 

Be sure to secure the end of the gauze so it doesn't come undone! 

Use the same glue and glue the eyes on to the gauze. 

Then leave to dry!! 


In order for Bug to be able to help me I found it easiest to put my hand in the top of the jar and then a couple fingers on the bottom and spin the jar allowing Bug to guide the gauze (after I have started the gauze) so that it covers all the glue....I then had her point to where she would like the eyes placed and I added glue there and let her put the eyes on top of the glue! 

These work perfect with Tea Lights in these!!! :)


* Original idea found HERE

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Halloween 'Treat' For School

As you might remember I was on the search for something for Bug to take to school for her friends that was a non-food item!

Well, after thinking long and hard here it is....we made ghosts!!

The materials needed for this are super simple!! Cheap bubbles, tape, string or ribbon, scissors, cotton balls and tissue paper. We chose sparkly tissue paper but any color works! You will also need a permanent marker (sorry that isn't pictured!!)

Take 1 bottle of bubbles and roll a piece of tape like this

Have your little one place the rolled piece of tape on the top of the bubbles

Take a cotton ball and have your little one 'puff' the cotton ball and place on top of the tape on the lid of the bubbles 

You will need to place another piece of rolled tape on top of the first cotton ball and fluff another cotton ball and place it on top of the second piece of tape

Take 1 piece of tissue paper and fold it in half length-wise placing the bubbles in the middle of the sheet

Fold the tissue paper around the bubbles container...using the string or ribbon tie the tissue paper tightly around the bottle

Have your little one (if they are old enough) draw the face on the ghost using the permanent marker


14 Ghosts ready to go for the Halloween party in a few weeks :)
(All done in 20 min)

What do you and your little ones send to school?? Leave your ideas in the comments!!

Let's try this again....

If you remember a couple weeks ago I had posted that I was really excited to start working on the 'treat' for Bugs friends for Halloween....

Well, the excitement quickly faded when I tried not once, not twice but THREE times to get it to work!!!

My original idea was to make pumpkin shaped crayons and give a few to each of her friends...cute right? 

It isn't so cute when you buy the wrong molds and there are pieces of the mold stuck to the crayons...anyways, lesson learned. So off I went to find another idea....

With just 2 weeks left before Bug needed something for dance class I was racking my brain trying to figure out what else we could do that wasn't sending food. 

I sat and thought I really don't know what to, off to Pinterest I went!! I found a really cute idea to use glow sticks HERE  :) SO excited!!!

I will post pictures once we get them made!!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Are You Ready?

Halloween is 37 days away!!! That's it....37 days!!! It is sneaking up on me quickly!! I plan to start making Bugs classroom 'treats' next week. I can't wait to post for you guys!!!

Does your child's school celebrate Halloween?? If so what kinds of things do you send with your children?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Routine

We are finally starting to get into a routine since school started a few weeks ago...I can't lie...I'm already SO over the whole taking her to school thing...

I don't mind getting up but what I'm not loving is that things revolve around Bugs school schedule and we can't just wake up and make plans on a whim....I know not everyone has the opportunity to do that so I am grateful that I was able to for 3 years.

Since we have (for the most part) nailed down our routine we should be able to do a new post like once a week...I know you guys have been asking for recipes that are kid friendly...but is there anything else you would like to see??

Please leave your ideas in the comments or feel free to post on our Facebook page!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Halloween is around the corner!!

It has been WAY too long since I have posted! SORRY!!

I could spend forever explaining how sorry I am but I will spare you and get right to the post!!

School has started and what does that mean?? Halloween is RIGHT around the corner! 

Now with Bug in school I am a newbie to what is okay within the school system and I know that each district has their own list of what is okay and what is not. Plus finding something that is friendly to all the possible allergies is not always an easy feat! 

So I searched for other options! I have to admit (if you didn't already notice) that I am no 'pinterest mom'...I am however notorious for taking on a project thinking 'this should be easy!' and about 3 or 4 items in I realize I bit off more then I could chew!  I am hoping this time is not one of those times as Bug can actually help me do this project! 

I have decided to make pumpkin shaped crayons for Bugs class. Bug can do most of the work with my supervision. I ordered the silicone molds today and we have everything else we need here in the house (with the exception of bags to put them in)!! 

What are the usual go-to Halloween gifts for you and your school aged kiddos?? We would love to have ideas for other years!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Macaroni Names

This one is SUPER simple! Plus it is a wonderful 'time eater' ... I had Bug do this while I cleaned out my car today! Worked like a charm!!! 

For this one you need glue (liquid), dyed macaroni (or regular works perfectly too!), construction paper with your little ones name on it. I have it on a tray since we are outside but that is not needed! 
Dye your own macaroni!! Check it out HERE

Have your little one trace the letters with the glue
[I had to trace the 'B' to show Bug how to do it but she did the other 2]


Then have them stick the macaroni to the glue lines

Have them continue to repeat those steps until their name is covered in noodles

WATER BREAK!!! It was toasty out there today!!

Then, Back to work!!!


Monday, June 10, 2013

Making the best of an oops!

So the other day we were making cupcakes for my step-Moms started out as a great idea! That is until my oven got turned from 350 to somewhere around 600 degrees!!! Yup! somewhere around 600! Needless to say my 12 cupcakes burnt REALLY fast....

Instead of just throwing them in the garbage I decided to turn them into a sensory project! Check it out!!

12 very burnt cupcakes! Remove the wrappers and let your kiddo go!

Trying to use her hands to smash them .. When that didn't work....

She resorted to using her feet :)

Using her hands to smash the last few big pieces 

This is what we were left with!

Clean Up Time!!

Cake (even burnt) has a completely different texture than anything your child would normally encounter. Yes, I am sure they have eaten it...but, have they taken the time to squish it between their fingers and toes? So much fun!!! Especially since they were being tossed in the garbage anyways! :)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Splatter Painting

I am pretty sure that I have tried this post before...and it FAILED!!  But, it worked this time!!!

So here it goes!!! It is highly recommended that you do this project outside as it WILL get messy!!

For this one you will need an art smock of some sort (preferably something that covers front and back), paper, paints, water, small cups (bathroom cups work perfect), tape and a couple paint brushes. We taped the paper to a big box but you could just hold it down with rocks too!!

It is hard to see but I put a small piece of tape at each corner to hold the paper on the box....

Have your little one pick out a few colors...we started with 4...and about 2 minutes in and she was bored and wanted more!

You will need 1 cup per color

Put a small amount of paint in each cup

Add about  1 or 1 1/2 inches of water depending on the size of your cup...Ideally they should be about 1/2 full

Now have your little one take the paint brush and mix it until the water takes on the color of the paint


Dipping the paint brush in the water stand about 1 or 2 feet from your 'target' or paper and fling the brush

Bug felt that being closer to the box and painting the driveway was more productive :)

She also decided that she wanted to rinse the paintbrush between colors...This isn't necessary....

As you can see this got messy! She splattered her face and her feet!!! 

Here was the first final product.....

Then she decided to add to the masterpiece by using her fingers :)

Final Product

Clean up:
Clean up is a breeze! Have your little one wash their hands with warm water (or a bath depending on how messy they got) and let the picture dry....The next time it rains everything outside will wash away!