Easiest Way to Carve a Pumpkin

Posted by Jennifer | On: Oct 25 2014

I blogged about this several years ago but I’m doing it again because it amazes me every year how easy it is to carve a pumpkin.  We have tried the carving kits, but this is so much faster and more accurate than using a knife.  Introducing our favorite pumpkin carving tool…. the DREMEL!

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Happy Halloween!

Minnie Theme First Birthday Photo Shoot

Posted by Jennifer | On: Sep 08 2014

I can’t believe this adorable girl is already ONE… older now since it has taken me a while to get this uploaded.  The first year sure did fly by, but so glad we were able to capture this milestone with some fun photos.

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Cake Smash

What is a first birthday photo shoot without a cake smash?  We weren’t sure if she was going to dig in, but she proved us wrong… enjoying every bite…even sharing a taste with mommy and daddy.

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Lunch Box Solutions

Posted by Jennifer | On: Sep 02 2014

I have posted about my obsession with the bento boxes before (Spencer Bento Box Makeover).  Until this year, we have used the Spencer Bento Box from Pottery Barn.  While I loved that one, it didn’t fit a full sandwich, so my daughters have really outgrown it.  This year I was looking for something that would fit in a normal lunchbox and leave room for a water bottle and yogurt or applesauce.

I discovered the Green Sprouts Safari line. These are small boxes, but they are exactly what I was looking for…something that would fit a sandwich and most of their lunch while leaving room to add other packaged items and a water bottle.

For my youngest, elephant obsessed child, the pink elephant collection is perfect.  We got the Pink Elephant Backpack, Insulated Lunch Bag, and Bento Box.

2014-09-18_0001 Green Sprouts Safari Bento Hack – I added chalkboard vinyl to the top of the blue box to create a space for my older daughter’s daily lunch box note. Green Sprouts Safari Bento Box on Amazon

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Green Sprouts Safari Friends Bento Box, Pink Elephant – Fits a crust-less sandwich well. Sandwiches with a crust fit, but it is pretty snug. I use the Sandwich Cutters from Amazon.

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Back to School Photo Shoot

Posted by Jennifer | On: Aug 27 2014

The summer has flown by and we are diving into a new school year with lots of changes.  New schools, new job (husband) and new city. So far the transition has been great and we look forward to a fun year.

Back to School Photo Shoot

Back to School Photo Shoot

I wanted to document the book series that Taylor (age 6) just loves.  Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew books are great reads.  I love to see the excitement when she thinks she’s solved the mystery.  I’ve mentioned other book series that we have read.  Luckily there are tons of books in the Nancy Drew series, so we are set for a while!

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Homemade Moon Dough

Posted by Jennifer | On: Aug 27 2014

Have you tried making moon dough?  Definitely a Pinterest success!  It only takes 2 ingredients – shaving cream (Dollar Tree kind worked for us) and cornstarch.   Mixing the cornstarch and shaving cream was pretty messy so I would recommend doing this outside.  Here is the recipe I found on Pinterest…. the link is not working though.

Homemade Moon Dough

Make Your Own Piñata

Posted by Jennifer | On: Jun 26 2014

We are reliving some of my childhood memories this summer.  One project I remember doing with my brothers is piñata making.  At 4 and 6 years old, my girls had no problem doing this project all on their own.  Granite, we made a pretty big mess, but it was worth it to see their excitement when they got to smash open their own piñata creation.

Make Your Own Piñata Supplies:

A balloon (one per pinata)Flour
Water
Containers to mix the paste
Old Newspapers
String and/or rope
Candy and Fun Surprises to fill the piñatas

Step One:  Tear newspaper into strips.  About 2 inches in width is ideal, but I just let them tear it however they wanted.

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Step 2:  In a container, mix flour and water.  Yep, that’s it!  Add water until it is a little thinner than paste consistency.

Step 3: Blow up a balloon to the size that you want your piñata.

Step 4:  Dip your strips of newspaper into the mixture, getting off the excess with your fingers.  Lay the coated strips over your balloon.
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You’ll want to cover the balloon completely.  We started with the balloons on the table and ended up hanging them so it was easier to work with (this also helped with the drying process).  The more layers of paper you add, the harder it will be to break open.  We did about 3 layers.  The last layer, we used some thin packing paper so it would hide the newspaper print in case they want to color on the piñata.

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This is definitely a messy activity….

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Step 5:  Let it dry.  This was the hardest part for the girls.  We let it dry overnight.  It probably needed 2 days to dry (they used a lot of paste on the newspaper.  Thinner coats would dry much faster.  We sped up the drying process a little the next day by using a hair dryer.

Step 6: Pop the balloon. 

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Step 7:  Decorate!  We used streamers but the decorating possibilities are endless!

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Step 8:  Fill with candy and break it open.  I didn’t let them see the candy and small toys that I got to put inside, so there was some element of surprise when they broke them open.  Best part – they each got to hit as many times as they wanted and break it open all by themselves.

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They were so proud of their finished product.  The excitement of breaking into your very own piñata was priceless!

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