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The Little Mermaid Party

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

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Creating a memorable party doesn’t have to cost a fortune or a lot of preparation. Today I’m sharing easy parties ideas for The Little Mermaid party we had this week. It’s filled with easy crafts, recipes, and party decor!

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

If we’re friends on instagram you know that we LOVE all things Disney and that I enjoy creating Disney themed parties for the kids. When it was only my son and daughter we used to have special themed nights that my son would decide on. I would create a fun tablescape and dinner to match the theme. After the little guy was born we became so busy that we stopped our themed family nights. It’s something that I miss and want to start up again. Creating The Little Mermaid party for my daughter made me realize how much fun it was and that we should make it a regular occurrence. My plan is to have the kids take turns picking a theme once a month and I’ll create a simple tablescape with food that fits the theme. I’ll definitely share our themed family night details with you!

Turquoise Table Little Mermaid Decorations

This party I’m sharing today is filled with easy Little Mermaid crafts and food ideas. The tablescape was my favorite! I used $1 jars from Michaels filled with aqua rocks and added Little Mermaid toys inside. The turquoise flowers are beautiful! I love the glitter and different shades of turquoise. To keep things simple I used colorful paper plates and silverware. This is an easy way to keep things cost effective and makes for a quick clean up.

Beach Cupcakes with chocolate seashells

We often make “beach cupcakes” during the summer and during our ocean theme week a few years. To make them I added crushed graham cracks on one side and chocolate seashells on the other. The kids love them and they’re perfect for an “Under the Sea” party!

The Little Mermaid Party Food Ideas

We also made oyster cookies with pearls inside. Also known as the most common little mermaid party food. :) They’re just too fun! To make them I used two Pepperidge Farms lemon cookies, frosting, and pearl sixlets. I’m definitely making these again on Tuesday night to celebrate the release of The Little Mermaid!

I decorated our entry way/living room with this easy streamer backdrop, balloons, and netting from the craft store. Balloons and streamers are classic party items, they’re also as inexpensive as it gets. You can’t beat dollar decor!   Little Mermaid Party At the end of the party we surprised them with exciting news…we’re going to Disneyland in a few weeks! The best part about the surprise is that we have tickets to Mickey’s Halloween party, which we’ve never been to. Let the Disneyland countdown begin!

Party ideas for kids

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The Little Mermaid Party Decorations

Slumber Party Ideas

Slumber Party Ideas

Do you remember attending slumber parties as a child? My little girl has been asking to have a slumber party for over a year now and we’re finally going to host one! Its going to be a small sleepover for her and my niece, but I know the girls will have a blast! Since this is her first sleepover party I’ve been looking for ideas to make this a fun party for everyone. I began by making the girls a slumber party nail polish gift box…

Slumber party favor boxes

Check out the cute the adorable slumber party items I found on Totsy last week. Have you heard of Totsy? Its a deal site that hosts “events” with items on sale for a few days at a time. You have to be quick because I find items sell out fast, especially clothes for little girls.

Slumber Party Ideas
I’m a big fan of Melissa & Doug toys so I was excited to see that they had a sale on toys for a sleepover party. My daughter squealed when she saw the butterfly hopscotch puzzle while browsing the site. My favorite was the turtle bean bag toss game, but she insisted on the butterfly hopscotch. I’ll admit I’m actually looking forward to playing the hopscotch game with her on cold, rainy days.The bug flashlight was another must, its SO cute! We didn’t get the matching sleeping bag but now I wish we did. Crossing my fingers they have another sleepover event soon!

 

Slumber Party Ideas
Totsy had a variety of  slumber party items for kids of all ages. They had pajama sets and games for toddlers as well as items for older girls. Here are a few more slumber party essentials that caught my eye. These would be great for older girls who are staying at a friends’ house. The chevron duffle bag could work for slumber parties, sports, and even traveling. Oh and how about those matching makeup bags? I could use a set myself! I also like the idea of giving manicure sets as party favors like the one above, you could pair it with the gift box of nail polish and put it a clear bag tied with ribbon…cute and easy!
If you’re hosting a sleepover party check out this  Paper Treat Cone tutorial from Uncommon Designs. Its perfect for holding snacks during a sleepover!

Slumber Party Ideas

Slumber Party Favor Boxes

I’m so excited for the slumber party, I know the little miss is going to have fun. We’re picking up Wreck-It Ralph next week for the girls to watch before bed. It’s going to be a fun night filled with hopscotch playing, movie watching, and getting pedicures!

Butterfly party favors

Do you have any slumber party ideas for little girls? I’d love to hear them!

 

 

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Kidaptive Leo’s Pad

Hey guys! I want to share with you a fun new app for preschoolers that my daughter is currently in love with. I don’t know about you but we always take our iPad on long road trips. There are only so many car games and books we can read for hours straight, so the iPad definitely comes in handy on long trips. Before our trip to Southern California last weekend I quickly downloaded the free Kidaptive Leo’s Pad app that is geared towards preschoolers. Its my daughters new favorite! She adores Leo (young Leonardo da Vinci) and his dragon.

I quickly showed my daughter her way around but other than that she’s been able to master it like a pro. I was actually quite surprised by how well she was able to interact with the activities in the app. Some of the features we enjoy the most are the interactive games that help my daughter learn shapes, colors, numbers, and identify letters. Her favorite is creating Leo’s friend, Galileo, a birthday card with the paint and stickers options. My personal fave is an activity that requires here to hold and tilt the iPad to fly towards the number they ask you to. The best part about the app is that the comprehensive curriculum adapts to your child’s skill level.

apps for preschoolers

There is a specific activity that the child completes with an adult to identify and spell out three letter words. This is the hardest for her since she is still learning letter identification and sometimes has trouble finding the letters in the stars. Oh and did I mention the story is adorably cute? This particular activity involves Leo and his friend looking at the starts through a telescope your child helps build by putting together a puzzle in the previous scene. I like how the story flows like a cartoon but each piece is put together with the help of your child. Essentially they are watching an interactive episode while learning. Who doesn’t love that?

Leo's Pad app

The app is designed for preschoolers, which is perfect for our 3 1/2 year old as we get her ready to enter school this Fall. Soon there will be a “For Grown-ups” section in the app that will allow parents to track their child’s progress. I’m looking forward to this function to see how well she is improving in a few areas she’s not quite able to perform without assistance.

apps for preschoolers

We are battling the flu again so there’s been a lot of couch sitting this week and sometimes that means wearing a skirt with pants. :) She’s been asking to play this app continuously and since we enjoyed it so much we went ahead and purchased the second episode. If you have young children who enjoy playing iPad games then I highly recommend you give Leo’s Pad a try. Its a cute story with interactive educational activities that are sure to keep your child engaged.

 

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Halloween Food Ideas

Easy Halloween Food Ideas

My favorite thing about holidays is creating themed food for the kids. It makes the upcoming holidays that much more fun! Halloween is probably the best holiday to create treats for. I mean who wouldn’t want a spooky Halloween meal filled with mummy dogs, ghost bananas, and monster eyes?

Easy Halloween Food Ideas

I’ve been making mummy dogs since my oldest was little, it’s become tradition that we have them every year. This was the first time my younger two had them and let’s just say there were in complete in awe. My daughter, who’s three, thinks food that look like characters or things are the best thing ever.

Hot Dog Mummies

It was raining here on Monday and we didn’t have much going on, making a Halloween lunch was a fun way to get the kids excited that day.

Before I get to the mummy hot dog recipe I have to share this picture with you. On our way to the grocery store we picked up a pumpkin spice latte and I told my husband that all we needed now is for the leaves to finally start changing colors for it to feel like Fall. As soon as I stepped out of the car at Save Mart this pretty little leaf fell right by my feet. It had started to ever so slightly turn yellow.

Fall Boots and Leaves

It’s little moments like this that bring a smile to my face. Whether it’s taking a step back to enjoy Fall’s beauty or watching my kids get excited about mummy dogs, I know it’s more time like this that I need to focus on in my life. :)

Mummy Hot Dog Recipe:

To make the mummy dogs you will need crescent rolls, hot dogs, and mustard for the eyes. Begin by cutting a crescent roll in half then pull on it gently to make it longer. Wrap the crescent roll around the hot dog then bake for 13-15 minutes in a 375 degree preheated oven. Add small dots of mustard for the eyes.

Mummy Dogs

The banana ghosts were inspired by Family Fun. To make them I cut bananas in half, inserted a paper straw, dipped them in white chocolate, then added edible eyes and a raisin for the mouth.

Banana Ghost

They may have just made it to our yearly traditions list, I can’t get over how cute they are!

Banana Ghost

The broccoli monster eyes are simply circles of cheese and a raisin on top.

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Halloween Food Ideas

What are some of your Halloween traditions? Do you have any Halloween food ideas for kids to share?

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Labor Day BBQ

Summer S'mores

Holidays are always a little different for our family than most of those we know. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but my husband’s career field is very demanding, time wise. Every holiday whether it’s big like Thanksgiving or small like Valentine’s Day is spent without my husband around. You see, he works in law enforcement and has had maybe 3 to 4 holidays off in the last 5 years. It’s hard on our family. There are rare occasions when he gets to come home on time on a holiday and we jump for joy knowing he gets to have dinner with us, a seldom thing around here. Today was one of those days. He really lucked out and wasn’t directed to work overtime. We were ecstatic to have him home with us to celebrate Labor Day.

DIY Paper Lanterns

 Every holiday the kids and I usually head over to my in-laws. It’s a nice little break for me since the kids have so much fun playing with grandma and grandpa. Today was even better since the hubs was there with us.

Like on most holidays my father-in-law planned to BBQ to celebrate Labor Day. He’s an excellent cook who has taught me quite a bit over the years. He can grill a steak like no other!

T-Bone Steak Recipe

I’ve actually come a long way when it comes to cooking beef. I can make chicken pretty well but years ago you would have been worried to eat a steak I cooked. Just ask my hubby. ;) But I have read a lot on the proper cooking methods and the best beef recipes to try.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before here but I used to be one of those people who would cook meat dry in fear that there’s a trace of bacteria alive in it. Which as you know doesn’t make for a very yummy meal. Luckily with a food thermometer and grilling expert for a father-in-law I can now say I’m pretty good at cooking beef.

Today he taught me how to smoke New York steaks. To make tonight’s tasty meal he soaked mesquite wood in water for about an hour before starting the grill. The steaks were seasoned with kosher salt, pepper, and garlic powder then smoked in the grill. Fun fact I just learned, if you close the lid its called smoking the meat if you leave it open it’s grilling. I had NO idea! Yes, you can totally laugh at me. :)

The kids spent the afternoon running through the sprinkler and playing with water toys. Sometimes that’s the best kind of fun, don’t you think?

Then of course we ended the day with the best Summer dessert ever created…S’mores!

 Summer S'mores

It may not have been an awesome Labor Day getaway but it sure was a great one. :)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your family had a great Labor Day weekend!

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{Back To School} Family Game Night

Family Game Night 1

School officially started for us this week and we had a fun weekend enjoying the last bit of Summer vacation. Saturday was my daughter’s party and Sunday we had a fun family day. In the morning we had a huge breakfast at my in-laws with all of our out of town family that came for the party. Afterwards I let the kids choose what to do with the rest of the day.

After our much needed Sunday naps (aren’t those the best?) we had a fun-packed kids day, from the food to the activities. We decided a family game night was the perfect way to end Summer vacation. So after breakfast I went shopping for a new game for us to play.

My husband insisted we buy Hungry Hungry Hippos (yes, he’s a total kid at heart and I love it!). It’s been awhile since we have purchased a new game and it’s nice to see that so many games from my childhood are still available. I’ve always loved Candyland and really wanted to get this Disney Princess version for my daughter but I got veto out by the boys. You can see more of my favorites on Google +.

Dinner was their favorite kind of dinner, almost everything was a dipping food! Dinner consisted of Tyson chicken nuggets, Ore Ida crinkle fries, and steamed veggies. We served them Heinz ketchup in these little white cups I found in the baking section at the craft store.

Then for dessert we had apple slices with crunchy peanut butter, yum! It’s one of our favorite desserts.

This was my first time playing Hungry Hungry Hippos and we had a lot fun. My daughter is currently in love with this game, she wakes up asking to play!

After the younger two went to bed my oldest and I played Scrabble then went online to look up other games. We used to the upc codes from our Tyson chicken nugget package, Heinz ketchup bottle, and Ore Ida french fries to unlock online games on the Hasbro site. Every week they feature a game you can unlock and play online. This weeks game is Connect Four.

We kept score with our mini chalkboard and as you can see the girls didn’t fair so well. By the way everything in our house is divided between boys and girls, I think it’s always going to be this way and even though we’re outnumbered we still have hope that we’ll beat them in something someday. :)

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