Sunday, December 30, 2012

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes


Recently, my daughter came up to me and said "Why do I have such fat legs? I just hate them!" I was in shock. She is 7 years old and her legs are far from being fat. Immediately I told her that she doesn't have fat legs and that they are beautiful legs, and that even if someone has big legs, they are still beautiful because that is the way God made them. And that the most important thing about her legs is that they work and take her from place to place.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snowman Luminary Jar Craft (tutorial)

I wish that I could say that this adorable idea was mine, but I got the inspiration from my daughter's teacher. When my daughter brought this adorable snowman luminary home from school, I loved it so much that I had to do it with my preschool kids! It's very easy and the parents LOVED it!


Snowman Luminary Jar Craft Tutorial

 

Supplies

1 quart mason jar (can also be done with pint jar)
1 men's sock
1 brown pipe cleaner
1"x 2' strip of  felt
rubber band
pom pom
sponge
glue gun
white paint (I used tempura)
black or dark colored puff paint
orange puff paint
flameless tea light

Sponge paint the jar white. The kids had a blast with this step! They were so concentrated on it, it was adorable! Allow  at least a few hours dry time before moving on for best results.




Use puff paint to paint eyes, mouth, buttons, and nose. Allow paint to dry overnight before moving on for best results.



 Cut pipe cleaner in half and then fold each side in half and twist so that the ends are forked at the end and opposite side is folded up. Then use glue gun to glue to each side of the snowman.



To make hat: Cut 9" from the top of the sock, and wrap rubber band an inch or two from the the cut side.




Then turn it inside out and place on snowman as desired. Use hot glue to add pom pom on top.


Use scissors to cut ends of felt to look like fray of scarf. Then tie on Snowman. 



Just pop in a flameless tea light and you have an adorable Snowman Lantern. 





I hope you enjoy making this snowman as much as my preschool kids and I did! Thanks so much for reading! Take care and God bless!!


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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pirate Cake, arrrgh!

A friend of mine asked me to make a Pirate cake for her son's 4th birthday party this weekend. I love being part of a child's special day.


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Picking up the pieces

This week has been one of the most emotionally draining weeks of my life. I have now heard about 4 shootings that have happened this week, and I can't wrap my head around it.

On Tuesday, there was a shooting at our local mall. A mall that I go to on a regular basis. I watched the news for hours and cried for the 2 lives that were lost. How could something like this happen at OUR mall? How could anyone do this?

I hadn't fully recovered from the tragedy of Tuesday when I heard about the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday morning.

I received a text while I was teaching preschool and immediately felt like my world turned upside down. It was so hard for me to hold it together until my students left, and when they did, I fell apart. As a teacher of young children and a mother of a sweet 7 year old girl, this is so very close to my heart. Like many  across the nation I have cried and mourned for those precious children. For the adults who lost their lives trying to protect them. For their mother's who will never get to hug their babies again. For their families who will not get to see them open presents on Christmas morning. As soon as I was able, I got in my car and drove to my daughter's school and pulled her out of class and just hugged her. The thought of what those poor families are going through just crushes my heart.

Since Friday, I have just felt so completely lost. When I think about it, I just cry. I'm sad, angry, scared, and have so many mixed emotions. I thank the Lord that I still have my sweet precious girl and can't even begin to imagine the heartache the families who lost loved ones are feeling. How do we pick up the pieces after such a horrible tragedy? How will the people of Newtown move on from this? 

The only thing I keep coming back to is prayer. I am praying hard for the families who lost loved ones and for the people of Newtown to heal and begin to move forward with their lives.

If you would like to financially help the victims' families and community, there is an official fund set up by United Way of Western Connecticut. : The Sandy Hook School Support Fund will provide support services to families and the community. All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected.

Remember to be thankful for the loved ones you have in your life. Hug them tight not only today, but every day.


RIP
I didn't know any of you, but you will be in my heart always.

Tuesday December 10th, 2012

Cindy Ann Yuille, 54
Steve Forsyth, 45

Friday December 14th, 2012

Victoria Soto, 27
Lauren Rousseau, 30 
Mary Sherlach, 56
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Rachel Davino, 29
Emilie Parker, 6 
Charlotte, 6 
Daniel, 7
Olivia, 6
Josephine, 7
Ana, 6
Dylan, 6
Madeleine, 6
Catherine, 6
Chase, 7
Jesse, 6
James, 6
Grace, 7
Jack, 6
Noah, 6
Caroline, 6
Jessica, 6
Avielle, 6
Benjamin, 6
Allison, 6

 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Guest Post: Love Art Baby

Today we have a guest post by Hayley from Loveartbaby.com. I am addicted to love reading her blog and I am so excited to share her with you today! She writes about her life with her sweet baby boy, her husband, and her passion for art. She is such an inspiration and if you haven't had the pleasure of reading her blog yet you should definitely check her out. You can also follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Today Hayley wrote a wonderful post, with a sneak peek of her life. Don't miss out on the yummy recipe she included!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Like Me on Facebook #28

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Monday, December 10, 2012

A Few Key Ways to Help You Remember This Year's Holiday Events

Today we have a guest post by Courtney from Chewylicious.com! She is a very talented writer and I am so honored to have her on my blog today. She writes about a variety of topics: from helpful blogging tips to photography to future mommy topics. You should take a moment and head over to check out her blog.
Today, she has a wonderful post for us about photography this holiday season. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thank you Courtney!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Always make time for the simple things

It's been a busy week. Between school and work I have felt like there isn't even time to breathe. I can't stand when I begin to feel like I'm too busy to enjoy life. Whenever I start to feel overly busy, I take a step back. I try find a simple activity to spend some quality time with The Princess....  Today, I saw a pile of white paper sitting on my desk, I knew what had to be done.

Snowflakes!

It's such a simple activity, but we really had a blast. We cut so many different designs and now we have a bunch of snowflakes to hang in her bedroom as decorations.

Remember to take a breaks from the busy schedule to enjoy the simple things. Grab a cardboard box and turn it into a rocket ship, build a fort, make memories with your kids. And don't wait too long, because all of the precious moments disappear before you can even realize that they've passed.



“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching” 
― Gerard Way

Take care and God bless!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

20 Christmas Countdown Activities for your Advent Calendar

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I love Christmas music and begin listening to it in October at the latest. I can barely wait till the day after Thanksgiving to begin decorating. One thing that I especially love is doing an advent calendar. I had never heard of these growing up. It's such a fun tradition to count down the days!

Last year, I decided to get a calendar that I could fill, rather than the prefilled kind. I wanted one that we could use yearly. I searched for the perfect advent calendar. Finally, I found this one...


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Do you have an elf?

We do! His name is Alfie. I had never heard of The Elf on the Shelf until last year when I saw a cute little elf sitting on a friend's mantle. I'm so glad that we discovered this special tradition because it has added so much excitement to our home during holiday season!

What is the Elf on the Shelf?


The Elf on The Shelf is a book written by, mother and daughter, Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. The book comes with an adorable little scout elf for you to adopt. 

Once you have adopted a scout elf, he or she stays at your home from Thanksgiving til Christmas. During the day, the

Monday, November 26, 2012

Keep it real




So many of my friends have switched over to artificial trees due to convenience, cost, and some even say safety, but just can't cross over. One of my absolute favorite traditions during the holiday season is to pick out our Christmas tree! Going to a local tree farm and walking through the trees. The Princess likes to pretend we are in a forest. It really is an adventure and I can't imagine giving it up.

Why it's better to keep it real:

 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving: cute cookies, tardiness, & wedding pressure

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! For us it was a very relaxing day. Thank goodness I didn't have to host because I have been so crazy busy that I needed the break. I rolled out of bed around noon (don't judge!) and then talked on the phone and skyped with my family members. It's so hard not to be able to be around them for the holidays. I'm just thankful that we are able to connect through phone calls and skype is so amazing.

Cookies


Before we headed to D's sister's house I helped The Princess decorate some Turkey cookies. She had a blast and worked very hard on them.

We've made them before and they are adorable and very easy.

Just bake or buy  a batch of sugar cookies. Frost half of each cookie with chocolate frosting and arrange recess pieces to make the "feathers". Then use frosting to decorate eyes, beak, and feet.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tooth Fairy Traditions

The Princess has another loose tooth so it's time to start thinking about tooth fairy duty again. This will be her third tooth when she loses it. She lost her first tooth last May and it was so fun to play tooth fairy! She is 7 years old and still believes in magic very strongly. I love it and want to keep that going as long as possible.

Flashback: First Lost Tooth

 
The first tooth she lost was loose for so long that the tooth below it started growing in. We were concerned, but the Dentist said that it wouldn't do any harm so we left it alone. She finally lost it in a restaurant after her piano recital last May. It was so exciting for her, especially because she had waited so long.

Playing Tooth Fairy


I loved being on fairy duty! She had heard a lot about the tooth fairy from her friends, so she already had an idea of what would happen. Before she went to bed we put her tooth in a zip lock bag under her pillow. Once she finally fell asleep, it was time to get to work.

I thought it would be cute if the Tooth Fairy left her a note, so I cut a corner of a piece of copy paper and wrote in tiny writing:

Dear Evalynn, Thank you for the nice clean tooth. Keep brushing and flossing.

Tooth Fairy <3

Then I rolled the money and wrapped the note around it. Then I tied white thread around it in a bow. It was really tricky to tie the thread, so with the next tooth, I used ribbon.

I tip toed into her room and made a trail of glitter going all around the room. Then carefully pulled the tooth out from under her pillow and put the money in it's place.

The next morning when she woke up the first thing she did was check under her pillow. She was so excited when she saw what the Tooth Fairy left. I think she was more excited about the note than the money!



I
 

Other Ideas

 
Now that another tooth is loose, there are a couple things I would like to do before she loses it.
 
 
 
The first thing I want to do is make a fairy door. I thought this idea was so cute! I love the idea of a magic portal in her bedroom. I think she would think it was the coolest thing ever. Found on Two Little Bunnies.
 
I also would like to make or buy a cute small bag to put her tooth in under her pillow. The zip lock bag works, but I would like to figure something out that is cuter.
 

What are your Tooth Fairy traditions?

I would love to hear about your tooth fairy traditions! If you have something special that you do, I'd love to hear about it in a comment.
 
Thanks for reading! Hopefully, I've inspired some future Tooth Fairies! ♥
 



Friday, November 2, 2012

Secret Subject Swap #2

Welcome to the second Secret Subject Swap. Twenty brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

What am I supposed to write about now?

Halloween has come and gone. We had such a fun day! Every year, the princess and I dress up together. This year we dressed up as Renaissance Vampires. You can see our previous costumes here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fruit Jack-O-Lantern (Tutorial)

I know I've already mentioned this, but I kind of LOVE Halloween. I will be making a Halloween themed dinner before we go trick or treating. One of the things I pre-made, is Fruit Jack-o-lanterns. They are adorable, healthy, and so easy to make!





Fruit Jack-O-Lantern Tutorial

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Are You Dressing Up this Year?

I don't know if you've noticed this, but I love love love Halloween! Decorating, parties, candy, and of course Dressing up is so fun! I almost always dress up, and I doubt that will ever stop because I love it! So, I thought I would share some of our Halloween photos from years past...

Hooray! Laine Blogger Award & Sunshine Blogger Award!

I love recieving awards from fellow bloggers! It is wonderful to know that someone is actually enjoying my posts! I have two awards that I have been meaning to post. I'm sorry that it has taken me so long, school has been keeping me pretty busy!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

You've Been Boo-ed!

A few days ago, I discovered Boo-ing. I was very excited because I had seen the ghost signs in a few windows last Halloween while trick or treating and wondered what they were. Last night, The Princess and I started our own Boo, a fun new Halloween tradition for our family! Hope it spreads like crazy!

Oh, you don't know what boo-ing is? Well, let me explain...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Spooktacular!

Every year, for the last 3 years, we have hosted a Halloween Spooktacular aka costume party for all of the Princess' friends. It's always a blast, but I somehow forget every year how much work it is. This year, I kept it fairly simple and tried to keep the cost down. Hope to give you ideas for your Halloween Party!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

30 before 30


This last March, I turned 25. It really got me thinking. It's kind of crazy to think that in just 5 years I will be 30. I know that 30 isn’t even close to being old, but it’s a milestone for sure. It made me think about all of the things I have always wanted to do and never gotten around to. I have heard of people doing a 30 before 30 list (I’m sure many bloggers have done them) and I thought why not? I’ve got goals, why not have a list that helps me stick to them? Maybe my list is a bit ambitious (my fiance thinks so... )  and as a mother it's a little weird to have a list all about what I want, but I think it will be good for me. Hopefully I can complete it.
Here it is…



1.      Finish my Bachelor’s degree

2.      Run a marathon

3.      Learn to sew and make something for my daughter to wear

4.      Take a photography class

5.      Learn to drive stick shift

6.      Learn to parallel park

7.      Swim with dolphins

8.      Grow my hair out and donate to Locks of Love

9.      Write a book (doesn’t have to get published)

10.   Read the Bible cover to cover

11.   Visit New York

12.   Volunteer at a soup kitchen

13.   Take a road trip

14.   Print my digital photos and put them in albums

15.   Perform in a play

16.   Try snowboarding

17.   Go to Disneyworld

18.   Participate in a Flash Mob

19.   Go to Vegas

20.   Go scuba diving

21.   Host a fancy dinner party and serve at least 5 courses

22.   Go wine tasting

23.   Get to my goal weight by living a healthier lifestyle (no fad diets!)

24.   Give my house an organization makeover

25.   Learn to play a song on the guitar

26.   Grow a small veggie garden in the backyard

27.   Take swing dance lessons

28.   Pay it forward Project

29.   Meet my half siblings

30.   Take an international trip


If you want to do a list, it really doesn’t matter how old you are. You can do a 40 before 40 or a 50 before 50. I think it’s a great idea to get some goals in writing and start completing them. If you decide to do a list of your own, post a link in the comments. I’d love to support as you complete your list!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Trick or Treat Ghost Decoration (tutorial)

It's that spooky time of year again! One of my favorite decorations that I have out this year is my Trick or Treat Ghosts. When I was a little girl, my aunt made a couple of these, and this year I decided to give it a try. Here's how you can make your own...


Halloween Trick or Treat Ghosts Tutorial

Friday, October 12, 2012

The invisibility setting on your car must not be working...

Today, I was going about my own business driving The Princess home from school. We stopped at a light and I look over and see a woman flossing her teeth. Ewww! Maybe I'm alone on this, but I was pretty grossed out. Sometimes I wonder if people believe that they are invisible when they get in the car.  I've got news lady, I can see you flossing your lunch out of your teeth!

The sad part is that it isn't even the grossest thing I've ever witnessed someone doing in their car. So here for you, I have prepared a list of the 5 grossest things I have witnessed people doing in their car (We'll put flossing at number 6):

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Last night I made teriyaki chicken for the first time in a while. It was amazing and I wondered why I hadn't made it in so long. The princess said, "You should make this every day!". When your child says something like that, there is only one thing to do... blog about it!

This is such an easy recipe! I got this recipe from my Grandma years ago. I do it from memory, so I'm not sure if I've changed a couple things from hers, but it tastes the same and that is all that matters to me. :)

Shame on me!

A little late, but here I am joining in on the fun with the mom shaming photos.
 
True Story

 
The Princess found my sign and was appalled at the thought of me doing such a thing. When I showed her the photo, she laughed. 
 
She came up with this idea.... She thinks she's pretty funny. :)
 
Not so true...


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

20 Cakes!

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If you have been reading my blog you know that I have a hobby. Cake decorating! I love it! I only do it for friends and family, because I really don't have the time for another business, but maybe someday. :)

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Friday, October 5, 2012

I am_______. Who are you?

I found this writing prompt through You Know It Happens At Your House Too who challenged her followers to try it. She found i through According to Mags, who found it somewhere else and now I keep seeing all of my favorite blogs posting it. I loved it when I read it, but I honestly just didn't think I'd be able to think of anything. But, a little voice in my head keeps saying, "Just do it!" So here it goes...

The rules:
Set a timer for 5 minutes. Write using the I am________ prompt. Do not Edit or proof read. Don't think about it. Just write until the timer goes off.

ME!!
I am a mother to a beautiful 7 year old girl. She's a firecracker and can be a handful at times, but I do my best and I think I have done pretty good so far.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I Love Someone With Autism

This is a childhood photo of my little cousin Moose (his nickname). He's absolutely adorable! Aside from an extra dash of cuteness, he looks like any other sweet baby boy. But there is something that you can't tell just by looking at this sweet baby boy. Moose was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 and a half years old.
 
Here is a definition I that found on an online dictionary:

au·tism/ˈôˌtizəm/

Noun:
  1. A mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships, and in other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

What does that even mean? 

If I didn't know what autism was and read that definition, I probably wouldn't get it. So I am going to explain it to you in a way that you might better understand:
 
Moose's Graduation Photo
Autism usually develops before the age of 3. It ranges from mild social impairments to a severe disability requiring lifelong parental, school and societal support. Moose has severe autism. He is now 22 years old. He can't speak. He can't prepare meals, use the restroom without assistance, or even shower himself.

Diagnosis

Back when Moose was diagnosed, doctors didn't know much about autism. It was a nightmare for my aunt and uncle. They took Moose to different specialists, but no one wanted to label him or help. They began taking Moose to specialists at 18 months. The pediatrician told her that there was nothing wrong with him and that boys were just slower than girls. Over the course of a year and a half my aunt had to take Moose to 2 Speech specialists, 2 Occupational specialists, 3 Psych specialists, 1 Neuro specialist, and OC Mental Health Regional Center who referred her to BJ Freeeman at UCLA who finally diagnosed Moose with autism.  There was one therapist who asked my aunt to video tape Moose for a week. When she returned for a follow up he told her, "sorry, I didn't have a chance to watch it". Then he wrote a report containing only what my aunt had told him and had the audacity to bill her $200. When she told me this story, she said that she felt violated and alone.  I can't even begin to imagine what she went through. She really is my inspiration for being so strong through it all.

 

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eight Legged Mommy Fail!

This post is inspired by Life on Peanut Layne, who had the most terrifying experience last night. Click here to read about it. Beware of terrifying images!

All of my life there has been one thing that terrifies me to the point of insanity.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ketchup With Us: Prompt #3

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  6.   
Tell us in 57 WORDS OR LESS about a time you were caught red-handed, like a rat in a trap, with your hand in the cookie jar.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

1 Month Bloggiversary and One Lovely Blog Award

Yay, it is my 1 month bloggiversary! What can I say? I'll take any reason to celebrate. :)

One  month ago I wrote my first blog post: The Present Mother. Since then, I have written 21 posts including this one, and I have had so much fun sharing my thoughts with you! There have been so many supportive ladies through my first month. One of them is Chewilicious who has nominated me for another award! Thank you so much lady! You are such a sweetie and a wonderful writer. It's always an honor to receive an award from you. :)


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

No Gifts Please!


I know that many of you read about The Princess' Candyland Birthday Party. What I didn't write about in that post was how amazingly precious and sweet my little girl is. Maybe my calling her "The Princess" makes her sound a little spoiled? And some people might argue that she is, but her gift request this year was truly selfless and I think I can honestly say that she may be a Princess, but she's not spoiled!

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Blog Design!

I had a custom blog design created and installed by Span Tag Designs. I love it so much!! It definitely suits me much better than the template I was using through blogger. If you are looking for a new look for your blog, I definitely recommend Span Tag Designs

Candyland Birthday Party

For The Princess' 7th birthday, we decided that we needed an especially sweet theme. Naturally we went with a Candyland theme! The board game Candyland has been bringing fun into the homes of families for generations. It's the game that my mother played growing up, I played it with her when I was a child, and now I play it with My Princess. It was so fun to bring the game to life with a party!


Cake

When I throw a birthday party, the cake is always one of the most important things to me. Not only does it have to be delicious, but it has to be beautiful! The Candyland theme was very fun to work with. The Princess helped me pick the design, which was inspired by the 2012 Wilton Yearbook cover. I modified it because we didn't need a cake that big, but all of The Princess' favorite parts of the cake were used.


The Princess wanted the inside of the cake be colorful. I made white cake batter and used gel coloring to color it because it is much more vibrant than liquid food coloring.


Decorations

At the front entrance, I put out a photo collage of The Princess in a gumdrop frame between two Dum Dum plants. There was a path of colored square card stock through the house and around the back yard.




I painted signs for each of the Candyland areas and placed them by the activities that they were related to.


I bough colored paper lanterns and covered them in cellophane to look like wrapped hard candies. We hung these from our wood patio cover.


I made gumdrops out of plastic planters that I purchased at home depot. I sprayed them with glue then covered them in colored sand. Then to top it off I sprinkled them with glitter to so that they would look nice and sugary.


I cut gingerbread men and candy canes out of cardboard and painted them, and placed them along the back fence.

I made giant lollipops using wrapping paper rolls covered in white poster paper, balloons, & cellophane.. These were placed throughout the yard. At the end of the party, the kids had a lollipop war with these. This was not planned, but the kids had a blast!


Activities

With a large guest list, I thought it would be a good idea to split the children into groups. I had 6 Candyland inspired stations set up. I split the children up into groups and told them which station to start at. After 15 minutes all of the children would go on the colored path and move to the next station.

Gumdrop Towers
At the gumdrop mountain station there was a gumdrop tower contest. I had a bin full of gumdrops and a bowl of toothpicks. The children used the toothpicks and gumdrops to build towers. Whoever had the tallest tower without holding it at the end of the 15 minutes won a prize. The kids got very creative with this.



Gingerbread foam notebooks
For the gingerbread station I ordered these craft kits at Oriental Trading. They were only $7 per dozen and were very easy for the children to do on their own.


 Snowflakes
For Snowflake Lake I set up a snowflake craft.

Prep:
For each snowflake I cut 6 pipe cleaners in half. I took two of them and wrapped them around the other 10 pipe cleaner halfs. I set out bowls full of white beads and clear ones that looked like crystals.

Instructions for children:
Spread pipe cleaners out and thread 5 or more beads on each pipe cleaner half.


Peppermint picture frames
For the peppermint station I ordered a picture frame magnet set at Oriental Trading. These were $9.50 per dozen. They were also very easy for the children to do on their own. Some of the stickers didn't stick very well, but this could easily be fixed with craft glue.


Chocolate covered bananas
For the chocolate station I set up a chocolate banana activity.

Prep:
I cut a bunch of bananas in half and put 4" lollipop sticks in them, then froze them overnight.

I set out the frozen bananas, Hershey's shell topping (chocolate that hardens when poured on ice cream), and colorful sprinkles. The children drizzled the chocolate over the frozen bananas then added sprinkles. This was the yummiest activity of all!


Bouncy house
I borrowed a small bouncy house from a friend to be the Candy Castle. The kids had a blast bouncing!


Refreshments

Drinks
My go to party drink is almost always raspberry sherbet punch. It's delicious and so easy to make! To make: Scoop a half gallon of raspberry sherbet ice cream into a large punch bowl and add 2 two liters of 7up.

Snacks
I tried to put out a few healthy options as well as sweets. I put out cut fruit, yogurt covered pretzels, chocolate covered strawberries, rainbow goldfish, chocolate muffins, & frosted cookies.

Party Favors

Rather than doing a party bag like I normally do, I put out empty colorful bags for children to decorate at the beginning of the party. They were able to put all of their crafts in this as they made them. Then at the end of the party there was a treat table with bowls of candy! There was a huge variety of lollipops (giant round ones, twisty, heart shaped), marshmallows, licorice, peppermint hard candies, & toothbrushes because after all of those sweets they were going to need to brush! The children stocked up their bags as a party favor.


*The party was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it because The Princess and her friends had a great time! This may sound crazy, but I am already brainstorming for next year! Hope you enjoyed reading. I hope some of you have gotten a couple ideas for your little one's big bash! If you would like some more inspiration you can see my post Ultimate Princess Birthday Party, which is all about The Princess' 6th birthday party!


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