Get Your Kids Talking With A New Board Game: Q’s Race to the Top

I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to be emotionally intelligent. Being great at math is wonderful. Being able to throw a perfect spiral football is great. But what about all the day to day life situations … I want my kids to have the social skills to be able to handle them.

Teach Emotional Intelligence | Q's Race To The Top

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Sometimes I find it difficult to get my kids talking. You know, about how they “think about” and how they “should” react to social situations. It’s hard to sit down and have those talks so we as parents end up teaching as we go… hopefully by example… but also usually when something goes wrong. {wink}

Emotional Intelligence | Qs Race To The Top Game

Well, there is a new board game, Q’s Race to the Top. It’s fun… but more than that, it helps kids to talk about things that they might not normally open up to you about… or even think about: how to react in social situations.

Qs Race To The Top Board Game | Teaching Emotional Intelligence

I played this game with my boys. I actually found it more beneficial to play with them separately so that I got their true opinion. Not what the other brother thought. It was interesting. 

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is one of those critically important aspects that we pray our children leave the house with each day. We can’t be there to shield them, but we can help guide them to know how to respond in positive and negative social situations. The problem is, many things happen to them throughout the day that we didn’t even think to prepare them for.

Q's Race To The Top | Teach Emotional Intelligence

This is where Q’s Race to the Top comes in. Through a series of strategic questions you can get your kids (unaware) talking, sharing and giggling their way to the top of the board, all while you’re learning and teaching.

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And now hop over and find out more about Q’s Race to the Top and all the amazing things a product like this can do to help children grow emotionally. I know I personally want my children to be able to handle what life throws at them!

And please consider participating in the kickstarter campaign too. It’s a great cause. The creator, a mom, not only wants us to be able to purchase this game for our children, but to be able to give it to less fortunate children in low income families.

You can also find more on their social media channels:

  • Facebook: @EQtainment
  • Twitter: @EQtainment
  • Instagram: @EQtainment
  • Pinterest: @EQtainment

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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Clipboards, Coffee, Back To School… Oh my!

So I’ve been talking back to school around here for weeks and the big day is next Thursday… only six shorts days away. Eeek!

DIY Vinyl Clipboard & Coffee Mug | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the only way I will survive is by being organized, being motivated… and oh yea… being awesome! {wink}

So to remind myself, I created a few easy vinyl designs for my favorite coffee  canister and a simple clear plastic clipboard, using my new Cricut Explore! I love… love… love that the Explore allows me to load my own designs for free!

DIY Vinyl Lettering Clipboard | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need a few things in addition to the Explore. Let’s start with the clipboard:

  • clear clipboard
  • black vinyl
  • ruler
  • your own motivational text (or my art file)
  • sheet of white paper

Step 1 – Start a new project with the clipboard template.

Step 2 – Write within the editing tool. You can even use all your own fonts. (Or create in another program and upload.)

Step 3 – Follow the steps. Load your vinyl. Press cut.

Step 4 – Load a piece of ordinary white craft paper and cut your design a second time. Or, if you make your own image, print it from your computer. Place it under the clear clipboard as your guide for placing your vinyl.

DIY Vinyl Lettering for Coffee Canister | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And now for the coffee canister. You’ll need:

  • coffee canister, preferably without a lot of contour
  • silver vinyl
  • your own motivational text (or my art file)

Step 1 – Start a new project with the canister template. Adjust the size to the dimensions of your coffee canister.

Step 2 – Write within the editing tool. You can even use all your own fonts. (Or create in another program and upload.)

Step 3 – Follow the steps. Load your vinyl. Press cut.

Step 4 - Carefully peel off each vinyl letter and place it on your container. Hand wash gently.

I’ll be sharing more pictures of those on my fabulous team, team #12, next week.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh… and dont’ forget… BE AWESOME! 

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Back to School – Free Printable Bookmarks

I don’t know about you, but back to school is on the brain in my house right now. My kiddos are already excited to get the new notebooks, new clothes, new backpack… I’m sure the excitement will wear off. {wink}

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Have you and your kiddos read this book? It’s super cute and perfect for back to school. It’s called Louise The Big Cheese and The Back To School Smarty Pants. It’s all about how Louise wants to get all As this year… but she has a tough teacher… or so she thinks.

back To School Free Printables | Kim Byers

So to celebrate this awesome and creative book… and the upcoming back to school season, I’ve whipped up a few free printables including these bookmarks.

To make these quick bookmarks, you’ll need:

  • Free Back To School Printables {link below}
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Washi Tape

Free Back To School Printables | Kim Byers

Just trim out the design, cut a length of ribbon and attach it to the back with washi tape. Done!

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And what’s more, I’ve designed other goodies like pencil toppers, and party supplies for a simple back to school party surprise. I hope you’ll hop over to my original post to see more pictures!

Download your FREE BACK TO SCHOOL party printables now!

Want more ideas? Join me on Pinterest for more back to school photography, party and teacher gift ideas!

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Pineapple Party Ideas

Pineapple parties, crafts and home décor are a hot trend right now. Did you know?

Pineapple Party Ideas | curated at TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Well they are and these are some of the cutest pineapple party crafts and ideas that I’ve found around the blogging community and pinterest recently:

  1. Pineapple (Wearing Sunglasses) Cake from Coco Cake Land
  2. DIY Cup Pineapple Party Invitation from Oh Happy Day
  3. DIY Pineapple Piñata from Studio DIY
  4. Origami Pineapple Stir Stick Toppers from Sugar and Charm

Want more pineapple party and craft ideas? Follow me on Pinterest and check out my Party {Pineapple Crafts & Ideas} board.

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Shark Week Party Ideas

It’s Shark Week!

Shark Week Party Ideas | Curated at TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And these are a few of the cutest shark party ideas around the web:

1 :: Shark Cake from Party Press Blog

2 :: Shark Favors from Invento Festa

3 :: Shark Bite T-Shirt from Palm Valley Kids

4 :: Shark Cupcakes on Cake Central

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Back To School – Simple Apple Cupcakes

Here’s a fun way to welcome them home from the first day of school… a simple apple cupcake idea for back to school!

Back to School Apple Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

All you’ll need to decorate white iced cupcakes are: large red gumballs (I got mine from Candy Galaxy, along with a ton of other colors) and green craft paper. Just trim out a simple leaf and attach it with a drop of icing to a red gumball. Top your cupcake.

It couldn’t be easier and you’ll look like a rockstar! {wink}

Back To School Cake + Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Have you seen my free back to school party printable supplies? The set includes a mini BACK TO SCHOOL cake bunting, pencil slips, I Love Bookworms and You’re A Smart Cookie tags (great for snacks and bookmarks) plus little A+ circles. Make sure you hop over and download them all to whip up your own back to school fun!

Want more ideas? Join me on Pinterest for more back to school photography, back to school party and teacher gift ideas!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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20+ Quick & Easy Back-To-School Biscuit & Scone Breakfasts

With back-to-school season just around the corner I’m trying to organize our household not only for the influx of papers, notebooks, lunchboxes… and on and on… but also by gathering quick, easy and delicious recipes to send my kiddos off every day for another day of learning.

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Being a southern girl, my mom (sometimes my dad) and grandmother (in the summer) always made me piping hot biscuits in the morning. I’m a bit nostalgic I guess. {grin}

So I’ve collected these 20+ biscuit and scone recipes. Something I can prep the night before and whip up fresh in the morning. And there are just so many flavor combinations once you have an amazing base biscuit or scone recipe!

I’m gathering up some easy breakfast casserole ideas too. More to come or hop over to FOODIE now and start making your own board of goodies!

And while we’re on the topic of back-to-school, I’ve been talking about how to capture those fun and creative first day of school pictures, as well as sharing some FREE back-to-school party printables including a mini cake bunting. And I’ve got much more coming over the next few weeks.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Back To School Party + Free Cake Topper & Party Printables

Are you celebrating back to school this year? Whether you’re planning a big send off party or a small “HOORAY” this is going to be fun… you’ll see… {wink}, I have some fun free back to school party printables for you!

Back To School Party + Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Back to school season is exciting around our house. The kids can’t wait to get the new notebooks, new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks… and we always have a fun little party with some of our best friends. Just a little kickoff to the next chapter in their education.

And this year I’ve whipped up few free party printables to share with my favorite readers! The set includes:

  • Back To School cake topper
  • I love bookworms (treat toppers or bookmark)
  • You’re A Smart Cookie (treat topper or bookmark)
  • Pencil or straw slips
  • A+ buttons (great as table confetti)

Want a closer look?!

Back To School Cake + Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My favorite is the mini cake bunting welcoming them back to school. So easy to assemble. Just cut out the bunting, fold over string, bakers twine or ribbon, and use a glue dot to close.

Back To School Party | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love little happy reminders on their pencils.

Back To School Party +  Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I also like to remind them that they’re smart cookies. {wink}

Back To School Party | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And since my youngest son’s favorite back to school treat is the gummy worm… we had to have a few book worms too. {grin}

Back To School | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Here’s hoping you and yours stay sharp this year and have a very happy back to school season. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Download your FREE BACK TO SCHOOL party printables now!

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Outdoor Movie Party Ideas

I’ve been wanting to host an outdoor movie night. 

Magical Movie Night | Lay Baby Lay

Not necessarily a birthday party, but just a family and friends outdoor night before the fireflies stop blinking and the sun starts going down at 7… I’m a lover of all the seasons, but I truly miss summer when it’s gone. 

This party and photography is from Lay Baby Lay. She hosted it for her little Vivi’s second birthday party. You simply must hop over to her blog for tons of fun and creative ideas.

My favorite element is the tent. She set up an individual tent per family, complete with paper fans, lights, blankets and pillows. So perfect.

Want more outdoor movie night party ideas? Join me on Pinterest and check out my Party {Movie Night Party Ideas} board.

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Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats Slider – Easy After School Snack

I love having fun little after school snacks for my boys from time to time. You can’t make every afternoon of homework fun, but you can on special occasions: first day of school, after a big test, end of the quarter.

Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats Slider | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

These Strawberry Rice Krispies Treat Sliders are super simple to make with just the right blend of sweet and fruity. I think your kiddos will love them.

We actually made banana ones too and they might have been my favorite. {grin}

You’ll need:

  • Rice Krispies Treats Snack Packs
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Marshmallow Spread

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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