Thursday, 18 August 2016

DIY Flower Bowl

I love the look of real flowers but let's be honest, with two kiddos the chances of me keeping up a fresh flower regime is pretty slim.  I found some artificial flowers and a bowl at the dollar store and decided to start an artificial flower regime.
The key to finding the perfect artificial flower is in the petals. If you can find them the ones with the rubbery type petals are best. They look and feel the most real.
I cut them down to size, stripped off the leaves and arranged them within the bowl. You could also glue them to the bottom of the bowl if you'd like. I opted out of this so that I can change them up.
That's it! A quick, affordable way to add some flowers to your space.
PS - please ignore the tags on the tall flowers (I forgot to take them off before I took the pic lol)

Sunday, 7 August 2016

5 Tips for Moving with Kids

We recently moved into a new house. With two little guys we knew it would be challenging. Every box I packed they wanted to unpack. It was crazy. Here are my 5 tips for moving with kids (eg baby and toddler):
1. Include them in the job
Even though they're little they can complete small tasks (even if the tasks aren't relevant sometimes it's just good to keep them busy) for example, we asked my littlest guy (1.5 yrs old) to take all the crumpled up paper into the garbage or another box  - which was just fine with me!
2. Prepare them well in advance

We bought a book about moving for our 3 yr old and talked about all the great things about our new home. It helped him understand the concept but for some reason he got it in his head that he was getting a bunk-bed at the new house and he was devastated when it was his regular bed (be careful not to accidentally over promise).
3. Line up babysitters/ or another set of eyes
My biggest worry about moving was the door being constantly open and heavy things being lifted around little curious kiddos. So this is probably the most important tip, get a babysitter for the move-in and move-out. Even if it's just someone to watch the kids in the backyard and keep them out of everyone's way.
4. Get their beds set-up first
With the babysitter or grand-parents still around, get the kids beds set up first. At least for me and our kids, sleep is something we have strived to keep consistent from a very young age. Getting their beds set up first provided them with comfort and a sense of home right off the bat.
5. Let them get creative with the boxes
As parents we know, kids like to play with boxes often more than the gift so moving is like Christmas. We let the kids have fun with the boxes - making storefronts, rockets, forts, colouring on them etc. The kids loved this.
Happy moving. Feel free to share any other tips you may have in the comments below : )

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

DIY Juju Hat

I've been wanting a juju hat for some time however I couldn't stomach the cost of an authentic one. So I decided to do what I do best and figure out how to DIY a juju hat at half the cost.
Here are the things you'll need. Most importantly be sure to get the right feathers. You'll need strung rooster neck feathers which can be purchased from Moonlight Feathers Inc on Esty. I purchased 3 packages (1 yard each). I also used a round placemat, a rubber drawer liner, a wire hanger and of course hot glue.
 First layout your feathers to confirm the size of your juju hat. Mine ended up around 1.5 ft.
I glued my two shelf liners together and cut them into a circle according to my estimates 
(eg 1ft in diameter)
Then I glued my string off feathers along the perimeter of the round shelf liner. 
 Squish them into the liner a bit. I put some wax paper underneath.
 Once the outside was finished I started on the next ring. 
Be sure to alternate the curve of the feathers on each ring to add extra texture.
I glued a wire hanger on the back to add stability and provide a hook for hanging. 
I then covered this with the place-mat to finish it off.
Glue in a few left over feathers to fill any gaps. 
So easy to make your own juju hat!
 What do you think? I'm in love.


Tuesday, 31 May 2016

DIY Macaroon Arrows

Admittedly I bought these macaroons but you could probably make them if you're ambitious and a good baker. I added my personalized touch by adding a cute chocolate arrow on top.
Simply melt the chocolate on a double broiler or in the microwave (about 10 seconds then stir and repeat until melted). Then pour the melted chocolate into a ziplock bag and cut off the bottom corner.
Do a few test runs on a plate then take to the macaroon. Use a toothpick to add the finer details.
These were the perfect addition to my son's woodland first birthday party.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

DIY S'mores - Woodland Party Food

These s'mores were a hit at my son's woodland themed birthday party. I made them the day before the party and kept them in the fridge. Although they would have been better hot out of the oven there was less mess this way. As another option you could put them on a stick as a S'more pop.
 Here are the things you'll need.
 Lay out your graham crackers on a baking sheet. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
 Place one mashmallow on each graham cracker and put into oven for approx 3-5 minutes 
(caution, watch them - these burn very quickly). 
Pull them out and immediately place another graham cracker on top.
Heat up some chocolate on a double broiler and dip the graham crackers sandwiches.
 Lay them out to cool and sprinkle some graham cracker dust on them for decoration.
 That's it. I put them on this great wooden board. They were gone in seconds.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

DIY Floral Crown Party Favour

I love creating a fun unexpected give-away at the beginning of a party. It gets the kids engaged with the theme and the fun right off the bat. For my son's woodland themed party for his first birthday I decided to make felt crowns for the boys and floral crowns for the girls (obviously they could wear whichever they liked). To be honest neither was a huge hit - enh you win some, you lose some ;)
I made the floral crowns very easily by cutting a long floral vine and hot gluing it together.


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Top 5 First Birthday Theme Ideas

Sharing my Top 5 themes for a first birthday party - but could also work for any age birthday party.
 Let me know your favourite first birthday party theme ideas in the comments below : )

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