slumber party ideas

I’m talking slumber party ideas over on Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com this week. As a little girl I didn’t think there was anything better! A bunch of my friends coming over to have an all night gab fest while munching on yummy treats and watching movies… perfection!

A few years ago I used a Kellogg’s cookie, Murray’s Sugar Free Shortbread Cookie, to garnish cups in an Easter table I did for Parents magazine and I thought it time to do it again! I love how this looks and you can bet it will get the girls giggling!

Skip on over to Snackpicks.com for indoor s’ more recipes, slumber party pillowcase crafts, an easy breakfast bar idea and more!

And make sure you visit the shoppe for my printable slumber party collection for beverage wrappers, dessert table labels, banners, favor tags and more!

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

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switch & go dinosaur toys

This post brought to you by VTechKids. All opinions are 100% mine.

We’re a house of dinosaur lovers. We read books about dinosaurs, we’ve had a dinosaur birthday party (seen in Parents magazine… still tickled about that), we have tons of dinosaur toys and most recently picked out dinosaur decor for the little guys bedroom.

So when Vtech asked if I’d like to try out their new Switch & Go Dinos, I was all in and the boys were super excited telling me that I have the best job in the world. {grin}

The boys ripped open the packages immediately and quickly transformed the dinos back and forth between dinos and their alter ego car versions. They loved how super easy the toys are to transform (we have some that take forever and never quite look the same after the first transition…).

Then they took to the tall Jurassic ferns of my flower beds and the grasslands. And of course boys will be boys so they also had to ram them against each other a few times. I can say that both dinosaurs survived very well!

And I found them in some odd places… atop the tree house banister for one. {love this one}

Then they moved to racing them as cars on our chalk drawn super highway.

I can honestly say I wasn’t sure how my 7 year old, soon to be 8, would take to this toy. The proud momma in me isn’t a bit ashamed to say he’s advanced for his age (science, particularly physics, is his thing) but at the end of the day he’s still a kid and he played right along side his little brother, age 5, for almost two hours. Even through his dad gutting our downstairs bathroom and all the interesting things that come along with that. I can say I was a bit amazed.

Then, the next day, they played with them again all morning! Here’s why I think these toys kept their attention so long and continue to:

  • combines two boy favorites – dinosaurs and vehicles 
  • each toy has a LCD screen that allows the child to customize the animation, changing drivers when in vehicle mode and eyes when in dinosaur mode
  • dramatic dino and vehicle sounds that bring the toys to life with over 30 expressions when in dinosaur mode

My boys played with Sliver the T-Rex and Horns the Triceratops. These guys plus T-Don the Pteranodon and Tonn the Stegosaurus you can buy today on Amazon and Vtechkids.com for a suggested retail price of $15.99.

And this fall, three more Switch & Go Dinos will be available: Attila the Ankylosaurus (SRP: $24.99), Span the Spinosaurus (SRP: $29.99) and Brok the Brachiosaurus (SRP: $49.99). My youngest has already added T-Don the Pteranodon to his birthday list and both boys are eyeing Attila for their Christmas list!

Visit Amazon.com and VTechKids.com to start shopping Switch & Go Dinos now! As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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rainbow ice cream sandwiches

Summer is almost here and honestly I’m giddy for the last day of school. Having my boys home with me all summer is such a blessing. We have tons of day camps, classes and other activities planned and I’m not sure who’s more excited, them or me!

So in honor of the upcoming summer vacation, I made mini ice cream sandwiches the no-bake way. Pick up some Keebler Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip minis, pack them full of French Vanilla ice cream and refreeze on wax paper until you’re ready to serve. They’re just the right size and delish!

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

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introducing girls rock!

I’ve had a black and red Rock Star printable birthday party collection for some time and I LOVE it! But recently I was asked if I could “girl it up” a bit. And of course my answer was, yes! So allow me to introduce our new “GIRLS ROCK!” birthday party printables collection!

The party collection includes 16 printable supply items, most of them available for personalization:

  • invitations,
  • thank you notes,
  • guitar cake topper,
  • “jammin’ juice” and “pop star pop” beverage wrappers,
  • “thanks! you rock!” favor tags,
  • “rock on!” birthday banner,

  • chevron placemats,
  • straw slips,
  • napkin rings,
  • placecards,
  • dessert tags,
  • cupcake picks,
  • cupcake wrappers,
  • cello toppers, and
  • conversation bubble photo props!

Visit the entire Girls Rock! printable party collection in shoppe and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY robot birthday cake

When I posted my son’s 7th robot birthday party I shared my tale of woe… my cake fell off the table as the guests were arriving. I was too upset back then to remake the cake so I could share the idea with all of you. Well I’ve finally gotten over it… sort of. {wink}

At any rate, tah-dah! Here it is. The second cake I ever decorated with party printables (my youngest son’s pirate cake was the first and yes, I still need to post it!).

With printables everywhere, I’ve never seen anyone else do this, so it makes me pretty giddy to share how super easy it is. Did you see my DIY nautical party cake? Love that one. And my DIY Easter bunny cake? The Easter printables are FREE!

So here’s how you make this one! Start with a flat iced two-layer cake. This one came from Kroger and only ran me $15 with buttercream icing. Yep. No baking required unless you just want to. {grin}

I cut off the edge of the cardboard bottom with a straight edge and then filled in my cake plate with bright red sixlets.

You’ll need my printable robot cake kit (available in the shoppe Wednesday), which includes the rounds (robot faces and personalized gears with your child’s name or initial) and a set of three large gears, plus lollipop sticks and hot glue.

Punch out the rounds with a 2.5″ punch (found at any craft store or online at Amazon.com).

Cut a lollipop stick in half and hot glue the round to flat end of your stick. Repeat.

Insert the rounds in the side of the cake, at equal distances.

Next, make the gear topper.

Cut out the gears.

For a 3-D effect, use foam adhesive dots to separate the gears before attaching them to the lollipop stick.

Insert the topper in the cake and you have a very easy and creative robot birthday cake for under $25! Stop in the shoppe to see the entire Robot Birthday Party Collection.

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

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monogrammed pirate t-shirts

For my latest collection, a pirate birthday party (pirate ship invitation and pirate skull invitation with printable pirate party supplies photographed by Angie Arthur Photography), Sew Jewell on Etsy created these fun pirate crew applique and monogrammed t-shirts. They made for fabulous pictures and what great pirate party favors! She even made the cute little pirate dress and skull cap on the left.

And since my youngest son had a pirate party only a few short weeks after this shoot, we had his pirate t-shirt monogrammed across the back with “Capt’n.” So fun! But you can get anything you like monogrammed on the shirt. Sew Jewell can customize all of her designs.

Visit the entire collection, including these fun pirate skull t-shirts, custom cookies, invitations, thank yous, printable pirate party decorations and more in the shoppe.

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

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Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photography; Pirate t-shirts via Sew Jewell

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pirate ship and skull cookies

Our cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage created the most AARGH-tastic {grin} yummy and cute pirate cookies to go with our new printable pirate party collections: pirate ship and pirate skull.

Visit the entire collection, including these yummy melt-in-your-mouth pirate ship and pirate skull butter cookies, invitations, thank yous, printable pirate party decorations and custom t-shirts, in the shoppe: pirate ship and pirate skull. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photogaphy.

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DIY nautical party cake

I’m so excited this morning to share the first of many easy birthday party cakes decorated with printables designs! I created my first one for my youngest son’s pirate party this past summer (coming in a post soon) and have been thinking up ideas ever since. And just this past week I finally stopped long enough to grab my camera and photograph a few.

This cake is perfect for a nautical inspired baby shower or birthday party and a cake printable party set (as you see here and with the option to have personalized) is available in the shoppe along with the rest of my Little Sailor printable party collection, including invitations, thank you notes, beverage wrappers, cupcake wrappers, dessert tags, banners and more, later today! 

Not a great baker?! No matter. Just visit your local bake shop or grocery store and order up a two layer flat iced buttercream or whipped frosting cake. I picked this one up at Kroger for $14. 

Here’s how you get started. The set comes with both anchor and whale rounds (I suggest using a 2 1/2″ circle punch, available at any craft store) and a sheet of red and white stripe paper.

You’ll also want white lollipop sticks (cut in half), a thin dowel (available in packs of 20 at your craft store for $2), a glue stick and your hot glue gun.

Plus, you’ll want some type of candy filler or edger to hide the base of the cake. I used bright red sixlets. And this cake plate, is the medium square cake plate from the Martha Stewart line at Macy’s.

And here’s how you assemble your printable cake designs.

Port holes for cake sides:

  1. Punch out the whale and anchor rounds
  2. Place a small dot of hot glue on the end of one lollipop stick and attach the whale round to the end, like a flat umbrella, repeat six times

Sailboat mast:

  1. Cut out a mast from the pattern sheet (cut out a rectangle with a straight edge paper trimmer and then using scissors, cut a  slight curve in at the sides)
  2. Cut out a flag (long rectangle, 3/4″ x 5″)
  3. Place glue (glue stick works best) on the back side of your flag and fold it around the top of the dowel starting with the stick at the center of the paper. Sure up your edges the best you can and then trim off any small pieces of white and trim out a triangle on the tip.
  4. Place one dot of hot glue on the dowel where you want the bottom of your mast. Insert the center portion of the paper, holding it straight up, not flat. Allow it to dry for 8-10 seconds. Repeat at the top allowing the paper to bow out as if the wind is blowing.
  5. Add a dot of hot glue to the center of the mast and apply a anchor round.

It’s one of the easiest cakes I ever decorated, especially since I didn’t have to bake or ice! Hop over the shoppe to see my entire Little Sailor printable party collection, including the cake printable set later today! Want to see a few more of my easy to decorate birthday cakes? Visit my post for an art birthday party and dessert table and bugs & butterfly birthday cake with many more to come!

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

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pirate party photo props

I’m just in LOVE with this picture. First because it’s my baby boy, but also because it’s just so fun! As I mentioned in my post about my skull cap pirate sucker favors last week, I styled a pirate party (two collections in the shoppe, pirate ship and pirate skull) a few months back (and hosted a real party, still to come!) and Angie Arthur Photography photographed the day.

And Angie lent me her kiddos as models. This picture doesn’t even begin to show how fun they all were… brothers! Can’t you tell?!

The printable photo op collection includes skull caps (4 patterns) in children and adults sizes… because we want to be in the pictures too right! Three conversation bubbles, which you can either order with our phrases or personalized with your own phrases, like “Happy Birthday Captain Jack!” Just attach them to wooden dowels from your local craft store or hardware store and you’re ready to go!

For our “photo booth” I covered a canvas with red and white stripe fabric, the same I used to make the skull cap pirate sucker favors, and then hung my pirate banner (also available with the printable collections) on twine from the hardware store.

And here’s my other itty! He’s a ham! {proud momma smile}

Visit the entire collection in the shoppe, pirate ship and pirate skull. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photogaphy.

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easy no-bake bumble bee cookies

For my most recent article with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com, I created these bumble bee cookies along with an easy to decorate bugs and butterflies cake and favor idea that will have all your guests buzzing!

Hop over to Snackpicks for all the how to details on how to make these simple no-bake cookies, perfect for Spring.

And hop over to my shoppe to see more of my bugs & butterflies printable birthday party collection

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

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