My boys aren’t babies anymore! Mater and McQueen recently celebrated their third and fourth birthdays with a super hero themed party. I, for one thought it was fabulous! When I started the hunt for the perfect party theme, I originally had settled on a camping theme, but it was a little too cold to do it outside and I hated the thought of doing a camping theme indoors. So for some odd reason, I decided to ask the boys what they wanted… BOOM! I was hit with “Batman!” and “Captain America!” Talk about crushing my creative dreams! But, with a little help I was able to pull it off without using the typical party decorations.
I decided to go with simple super hero logos and use the colored tablecloths to accent the tables. We also used balloons to add pops of color on the backs of chairs. These also served as party favors to the kids. My favorite thing we used for decorations that I can’t really take credit for is the comic book collage placemats. My husband created these and we took them to a local teacher’s supply store and had them laminated for really cheap. To me, they really completed the tables and the kids were all able to go home with comic book placemats!
The one thing that was probably the most time-consuming was making the Super Punch Box! It was a small challenge, but so worth it! All the kids loved playing, and of course leaving with a small bag of candy. I saw the idea on Pinterest from, http://shannonmakesstuff.blogspot.com/2011/04/punch-boxgame-idea.html The only thing we changed, was instead of using boxes on the back, we taped small sandwich bags filled with candy to the back of the tissue.
I kept the party favors simple, using super hero masks and favor bags. The favor bags were stuffed with super hero candy that I found at Dollar Tree and it had the Justice League characters on it. I also stuffed them with stretchy flying super heroes that I got at Hobby Lobby. I picked up some Batman and Avengers tattoos in the little bargain bins at Michaels one day.
The food was simple, we ordered like 7 $5 foot long subs from Subway, cut them in smaller portions and served them with condiments. We also served veggies with dip and various fruits. We have been telling the boys for a while that certain veggies and fruits give you a certain super power. So I guess you can say our food had sort of a super healthy theme. Now the cupcakes…. was a whole other dilemma. After placing an order 2 weeks before then going to pick them up the day before the party, only to discover they were not what I ordered and looked TERRIBLE, we ended up going to Sams, getting some cupcakes that looked like batman and captain america and spicing them up ourselves. They ended up looking pretty good too!
The party turned out great! We didn’t spend an arm and a leg on decorations and food, and the kids all had a great time. If you have any questions about where I got this or that, feel free to ask in the comments section.
Some places have snow days, but here in Louisiana that doesn’t happen too often. But we do have “Ice Days” when the roads are too icy for travel and school. So after the boys were completely over playing with every toy in the house I decided to bring out the playdoh. This is always a huge hit in our house, but we got a little creative today. .. We decided to make Playdoh snowmen! While doing this we talked about the different shapes that we use to make different parts of a snowman. Of course after spending an hour making snow people because McQueen insisted we needed a mommy one, a daddy one, a baby one, a girl one, a birthday one… And so on and so forth. I could see Mater’s boredom setting in and so next came the destruction of all the snow people in what looked like a zombie apocalypse, leaving them all to look like deformed monsters… Which turned into a new fun scenario… MONSTER SNOW PEOPLE! Anyways that’s what we did on our indoor Ice Day… What did you do?
So this is going to be a short post, but I wanted to share this story with ya’ll! So as moms, we are constantly telling our kids what they can and can’t do… it comes with motherhood right? We also know, as moms, that most of the time it’s going in one ear and out the other. (Don’t you just love repeating the same stuff our parents use to say?!) Well have you ever wondered how much of what you are saying is actually sticking with them? Well be warned… your children will pick the most random things to obey… seriously. Do my kids ever recite to me, “I will not talk to strangers”, or “Look both ways and check for cars”? No, of course not, those are the important things that you want them to remember in life and why would a toddler want to remember boring stuff like that. My boys are the kinds of kids who strike up conversations with guys wearing baggy pants and dreadlocks, and tell me and I quote “I’m going to HI-YAH that car if it tries to run me over, okay mama?” Yep… that’s what I’m working with folks. So it doesn’t surprise me that while I was cooking dinner, Mcqueen would shout out, “MOMMA! HURRY CHANGE THE TV! SPONGEBOB IS ON!! THIS IS A BAD SHOW WE CAN’T WATCH!!!” I just started laughing as I changed the channel, then Mcqueen looks at me and says, “Whew that was a close one.” I’m a little worried that I may have a Drama King in my house. So that is my little story of the day… Until next time!
A few days ago, I celebrated my 25th birthday. And it just so happened to be the same day as my little cousins’ birthday party. Honestly, the thought of going to a child’s birthday party that is filled with a … Continue reading →
In case any one actually ever reads this thing, you probably noticed I haven’t posted in quite a while. It’s been a hectic few months for our little family. Mater has been having some medical issues and we’ve been having to travel back and forth to doctors for that. And of course the holidays pretty much took of the majority of my time. We live withing a couple of hours to all our families and Christmas is still pretty much the whole month of December for us! But now that the holidays are over, maybe I can get back on track to stimulating those mommies out there who are going through their holiday hangover right now!
First of all, I was totally unprepared for Christmas this year. Most years I have my shopping, wrapping, and Christmas cards out the first week of December so that I can have the rest of the month for fun activities. That was not the case this year, I still found myself Christmas shopping the week before (online shopping is wonderful isn’t it). We also did something a little different this year that worked out amazingly, and I reccommend it if you have involved grandma and grandpas there. The boys made wishlists and we emailed them to the grandparents so they would know what toys the boys were all giddy over this year. At first we thought it was a disaster because we had a group of anxious grandparents that bought their whole wishlist instead of picking out one or two things and we were left with nothing for Santa to bring Christmas morning. But behold, it ended up being a marvelous thing I tell you. I love books and Disney movies, but these are things that grandparents don’t have as much fun shopping for, so they bought the toys and we bought the gifts the would grow with them. Also the grandparents took part of their loot and wrapped it to give to us parents for Christmas morning from Santa. The boys ended up getting everything they wanted, we saved so much money, and the grandparents got to spoil their grandkids. It truly was a win win for everyone involved… except for the mountain of toys and tiny living space issue… but we’ll deal with that later.
So now with holidays over, our family also has something else going on. We will be moving in the next month or two to Oklahoma. Hubby has been offered a job there and so we will be moving to somewhere totally new and far away from our families. On the plus side I do happen to have a very close friend who moved there this past year and we will be close to each other. So I will know one person in the state of Oklahoma! I’m excited about this new adventure we’ll be going on, but a little saddened about being so far away from my family and friends. So with that being said, I hope you’ll continue to follow me in the blog world on our journey to Oklahoma. Also keep a look out for some great slow cooker recipes I’ll be posting in the weeks to follow! Until next time…
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If you can’t tell… I’ve been a little busy! I haven’t had a minute to even sit at my desk in the last few weeks! But, this morning, with my cup of coffee beside me, I am ready. We had this Halloween themed book club a couple of weeks ago, and it was so cute! The featured title was called Spooky Spooky Spooky! by Cathy MacLennan. This book was a great book for our kids because there was a lot of rhyming, and of course the spooky creatures in the story drew their attention in. My boys have been asking me everyday “Is it time for Halloween yet?” since we’ve read this book. My friend, Chandra did a wonderful job hosting this week’s book club with fun snacks and adorable crafts!
For snacks, there were cheese cracker spiders with pretzel legs, and peanut butter marshmallow vampire teeth. The kids (and moms) gobbled these things up!
For the kids craft, we made handprint spiders and spooky footprint ghosts! Most of the kids loved this part, because they got the chance to get their hands and feet a little dirty! LOL!
Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays (even though hubby insists it’s not an actual holiday). Even though it’s a spooky and scary centered holiday, I feel like it gives adults the chance to be a kid again and act silly. And I’m sure our kids love to see us get silly! So enjoy your Halloween holiday with a spooky book and craft and see the smiles on your kids faces light up!
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about today being October 1st! As you already know, fall is my favorite season, but it’s also the beginning of the holiday months. During Christmas I like to make a Christmas Bucket List or Advent Calendar full of fun stuff for us to do that month. But I decided to mix it up and make one for October too this year! You don’t have to make your list just for October, you can make it for Fall in general and roll it over to November (especially if you live in the South where leaves might not have fallen yet). If you have any ideas you’d like to share or link up for your fall bucket list, please do! Or if you’d like to post pics of you and your family doing fun fall activities post away!
Fall Bucket List:
Decorate the house for fall.
Stock up on fall and Halloween themed books at your library.
Watch The Great Pumpkin.
Go on a nature walk, and have your kids draw what colors they see in the fall.
Go on a leaf hunt and then do leaf rubbings using crayons.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze.
Take a hayride.
Make an apple treat or drink.
Make a pumpkin treat or drink.
Pick Out or make Halloween Costumes. (Make sure to take lots of pics while they’re trying them on!)
Carve a Jack-O-Lantern!
Go Trick or Treating!
Before going Trick or Treating, have a spooky themed dinner so they’re bellies are full of good stuff before they fill it with candy that night! Try mummy dogs, cheese stick fingers, or another spooky food! Here are some ideas in case you get stumped from The Miracle Momma, http://themiraclemomma.com/40-easy-halloween-recipes/.
Play in a leaf pile! (Take lots of pics too!)
Have a picnic themed with fall foods!
Collect acorns and use them as a center piece. (My boys love to pick up acorns or pecans!)
Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows!
Go to a football game and cheer on your favorite team!
Make a fall leaf collage or q-tip paint a tree.
Visit your local shelter and donate old jackets and warm clothing and canned foods. Use this to teach your children to be thankful for what they have.
This last week’s Kids’ Book featured another Laura Numeroff title, the original If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This is the book that got Mater addicted to Laura Numeroff’s books! My friend Dana hosted this week’s book club, and it was tons of fun for all the kids! It’s always fun at Dana’s house for me, she has this calmness about her, that helps me keep my cool at her house. I’m not sure if that makes any sense… What I mean is, she isn’t a nervous wreck with 15 kids running around her house. She just goes with the flow as long as they can’t hurt themselves on something. In motherhood, this patient and calm quality is like gold! Okay, enough bragging on Dana and her zen like behavior… back to book club!
First, Dana and her daughter read the story to us (and yes I was sitting on the floor with the kids listening, Mcqueen demanded I sit with everyone else). And although most of the kids were sitting down listening, there were a few being as busy as the mouse in the story! (Mine were two that got up halfway through to look out the window)
When you walked in Dana’s house that day, you could smell yummy baked chocolate chip cookies coming from the kitchen… A good sign of what our snack was going to be that day! I mean what other snack would you serve with a book like that right?! The kids were going bananas over the cookies! Especially my boys! You would think they never got to eat cookies or something?! Which anyone who knows me is so untrue, because I myself am a huge cookie lover so we probably have them more than we should!
Finally, for our craft, Dana made little felt cookies with cut out chocolate chips that the kids could make. This was such a great idea because it wasn’t messy, and could be done over and over again. So we added this to our busy bag collection, where it was a life saver while eating out one night! Thanks Dana! (Sorry I didn’t post a pic of the craft!)
We always have a blast at our book clubs, so if you have any fun book club ideas or links, feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to hear them! Until next time!
Sorry long time no post! It’s been a little busy in our house lately! Which is why I’ve been trying to find more slow cooker recipes for those days when I’ll be too busy to cook. I’m the kind of person where if I don’t know what I’m going to cook by noon, I probably won’t feel like it come dinner. I know a lot of people never know till 4 oclock, but normally 4-6 is crazy in our house. For some reason the boys are louder and more rambunctious that usual. I blame it on their dad! I think there’s some kind of alarm that goes off in them that says “Hey let’s see how crazy we can make mom before dad comes in!” Anyways… now you know why I like slow cooker meals. So while I was browsing on Pinterest (yet again) I come across an interesting link with freezer meals. (That’s another thing I’ve gotta start doing too!) Anyways Six Sisters had a blog post about different easy freezer meals to prepare. It’s a great blog altogether, but here’s the link for the freezer meals if you want to check it out! This is where I found the Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe. http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/09/slow-cooker-freezer-meals-make-8-meals.html. I’m going to to stop torturing you now, and just give you the recipe! I added just a few things, but that’s because I’m a little mexican and like a little kick in my chicken.
Cilantro Lime Chicken:
1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
Juice from 2 limes
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn or can of corn, drained
2 minced garlic cloves (or 1 tbsp garlic powder)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp of chilli powder
1 tsp of red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Cook on LOW for 8 hours (or HIGH for 4 hours).
Serve with rice, or just flour or corn tortillas and add toppings like cheese, sour cream, salsa, or whatever your taco flavor is!
Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff and Over the Moon.
Sorry I don’t have any pictures to post! We demolished it before I got a chance! But we’ll be having it again soon, and I’ll repost it!