Thursday, July 2, 2015

Celebrating 7!


I'm happy to report that we are officially in birthday season around here! Summer seems to be big birthday months for our family, which means a lot of cooking and baking, and a lot of the festivities! This past Saturday we celebrated Sydney's 7th birthday. Not exactly sure how I have a 7 and 11-year-old already!  For some reason, I never really thought about life would be like past ages 6 and 10. Nevertheless, my children keep on growing like all kids have a sneaky way of doing!

We celebrated this past weekend with a couple friends coming over, lots of giggles and of course cupcakes! Sydney was absolutely insistent that she wanted the theme centered around the new Cinderella movie. If you aren't familiar with that, you're not alone…I don't think it was considered much of a hit but Sydney absolutely loved it. It came out this past March and she's been talking about it ever since!  I did my best to locate Cinderella party supplies with no success so I decided we would focus on a Cinderella/butterfly theme.  No matter how "small "of a party, I can never really keep it to simple.
Since the party was from 2 to 4, we had simple snacks including veggies and hummus, pirate and veggie booty, fruit wands and little cheese and cracker mice. Cupcakes and ice cream completed the party fare, along with some tiny macaroons.
The girls made butterfly wands and did glittery butterfly tattoos. Games included a butterfly scavenger hunt and pass the glass slipper.  We finished off the day with those giant magical bubbles my kids are loving right now.
A fun time was had by all, especially my sweet birthday girl!



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teacher Gifts 2015

By now, school is out for most of us, I hope you're off to a wonderful summer vacation so far! We were lucky enough to have some great teachers again this year, I'm so grateful to those who put their heart and soul into their teaching. It's an amazing calling and we have been blessed to have some fantastic teachers!
We always like to give an end of the year teacher gift so after thinking about the teachers, we decided we would go the simple "Happy Summer" route. I saw similar ideas on Pinterest and I always come back to the same thought, who couldn't use a great new beach bag, towel and tumbler? I know I could! These made for a quick and cute gift!  Riley gave her teachers a beach bag and tumbler and Sydney opted for a towel/tumbler combo!
We also wanted to thank our special teachers so I baked up a batch of cookies and attached a travel size hand sanitizer on top. Just a little something to say thank you to those who work with my kids everyday!

Now all we need is some warmer weather and we can all happily hit the beach!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Easy Giant Bubble Wand

The other day I posted a new favorite Bubble Recipe. Today I'm going to share the simple bubble wand that we used. Any bubble wand work of course but these help make gigantic bubbles!  They are simple enough that you can make one for everybody in the neighborhood and trust me, once the kids see these magnificent bubbles you may just have a crowd on your lawn!
You'll Need

  • Yarn or Twine
  • Scissors
  • 2 straws for each wand

Directions

  1. Simply thread your twine through both straws using about 2 feet of twine, cut and knot your twine.
  2. Separate your straws so that there is one at each end of your shape, this is what you will be holding when you pull your wind out of your bubble solution.
  3. Let your bubble wand soak in the solution, and sort of stir it around to make sure it's saturated.
  4. Slowly pull your wand out of the solution and walk quickly so your bubble all begins to form.


Helpful Tips

  • Avoid making your wand too big because the twine has a tendency to get tangled.
  • Also avoid making your wands too small because the goal is gigantic bubbles!
  • A lot of times the fine glycerin settles on the bottom so make sure you stir your wand in the bubble solution a bit and make sure it's completely submerged.
  • Play and be patient! It takes a couple of tries before you master it but when you do? MAGICAL!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Best Bubbles EVER

Well Summer is officially here!  The past couple of seasons have been challenging and it's wonderful to see that we're on the other side of it! This past weekend we celebrated by spending a lot of time outside, playing four square and having a delicious dinner! We also took time to make some monstrous bubbles! I've seen them on Pinterest in the past and didn't quite believe my eyes but for any skeptics, these are absolutely incredible and so much fun! The only thing I would do differently next time is make a double batch!  With a few simple ingredients you can easily make your own giant bubble solution. There's just something about these that lift spirits and make people happy!  This time, I tried to jar the remaining bubble solution, not sure if that will work out but I will definitely keep you posted on that!
Giant Bubble Solution
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup classic blue Dawn dish soap
Directions
  1. In a large pitcher, dissolve cornstarch in water and stir until completely dissolved. 
  2. Slowly add the remaining ingredients and stir. 
  3. Let sit for at least on hour and occasionally stir, the ingredients will settle so it's good to keep mixing it up.
A Couple of Tips:
  • Don't stir too quickly, avoid it getting too frothy and sudsy. It will work better if it isn't.
  • Make sure you use baking powder NOT baking soda
  • Dawn works best - I don't use it on my dishes but this works well for bubbles.
  • The more you play with it, the better it gets!
The next time you have a long day ahead and not too much to do, or once the "I'm bored" statements sneak in, send the kids outside - or better yet JOIN THEM and make the most fantastic bubbles ever! Trust me, they will amaze everybody!
 
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