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Throw a Kid-Friendly Super Bowl Party

Sure, they might pass out by halftime, but your kids can still get in on the fun during the Super Bowl. Having plenty of kid-friendly snacks, fun football-themed activities for the little ones, and festive desserts will ensure a house full of happy fans (unless your team loses—in which case, good luck!).

Kid-Friendly Snacks

Keep it simple (and healthy) with lightened up versions of your favorite game day foods.

Healthy Seven-Layer Dip from FitSugar
Buffalo Cauliflower from yours truly
Pigs in a Blanket from Food Network
Cajun Crab Dip  from yours truly
Pizza Pretzel Bites from Two Peas and Their Pod
Roasted Garlic Hummus from Annie’s Eats
Turkey Sliders from Martha Stewart
Chili from Cooking Light

Game Time Activities

Chances are, little ones aren’t going to sit through an entire football game. Be prepared with these fun ideas!

Make Your Own Jersey: Buy a bunch of cheap tees, puffy paint, glitter, etc. and set up a table for the kids to decorate their own “jerseys.”

Football Word Search (Free download!)

Decorate the House: Put the kids to work decorating the house for the big game by letting them make footballs out of construction paper. They can even string them together using a hole punch and yarn to make a garland.

Commercial Bingo: Get the kids in on a game of Super Bowl Commercial Bingo! You can download the cards here, and have fun prizes for the winners.

Winning Desserts

Football Rice Krispie Treats from Rice Krispies
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Footballs from Domestic Fits
S’mores Cupcakes from yours truly
Healthy Whoopie Pies from Parenting (you can even roll these in sprinkles to match your team’s colors)
Mini Peanut Butter Brownies from Babble

 


Thanksgiving Treats

This is an oldie, but a goodie—everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

I’m kind of into the holidays. And when I say “kind of,” I really mean ridiculously, enthusiastically into them. But I just can’t help myself. I have such great memories of my family’s holiday traditions, and I can’t wait to pass some of them on to and start our own with my little one. And since I love food, I figured what better way to kick off the first of what will surely be many holiday-themed posts, than with some fun Thanksgiving treats! Try making some of these with or for your little ones to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

Turkey Sandwich via http://meetthedubiens.blogspot.com

Fun Pilgrim hats via www.ourbestbites.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Topping via http://annies-eats.net

Rice Krispie Treat Turkey Pops via www.ricekrispies.com

Pilgrim Cookies via www.womansday.com


Homemade Playdough

Shockingly enough, I decided to try making my own playdough out of pure laziness. I didn’t feel like hauling my cookies to Target in 105° weather, so after Googling a few recipes, I decided it was easier to just make the stuff myself. I had all of the ingredients in my pantry already, so I gave it a shot.

I followed the recipe on Musing from a Stay at Home Mom, which was a little more complicated and involved than some of the other recipes I found, but I thought that lent it some credibility.

It was seriously so easy—I don’t think I’ll ever buy Play Doh again! I made the full recipe in two batches so that I could create two different colors. The whole process only took about 15 minutes. We played with it after dinner last night, though it might have been more fun for mommy and daddy than it was for Olivia. She just thought it was dessert.

Homemade Playdough

1 cup flour

1 cup water

2 tsp cream of tartar

1/3 cup salt

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Food coloring

In a small saucepan on medium/low heat, mix flour, cream of tartar, and salt. Add in the water and vegetable oil and stir well. The mixture will be a bit clumpy at first; just keep stirring.

Once the playdough starts to thicken, quickly mix in your food coloring. Continue stirring as the mixture solidifies. When it starts to gather around the spoon and stick together, you know it’s done.

Remove the playdough from the saucepan and allow it to cool on wax paper. After it’s cooled, knead it a few times to soften it up and work out any remaining lumps.

Store the playdough in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container.


Free Printables for Kiddos at Mr. Printables

A friend recently turned me on to Mr. Printables, a web site that has tons of free printables for kids. There’s everything from flash cards to coloring pages to party decorations! You just select, download, and print—super easy!

How cute are these French alphabet flash cards?!

Via Mr. Printables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also love the ice cream color matching game.

Via Mr. Printables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for some quick coloring pages or new activities to do with your little one, definitely give this site a peek!


The Land of Nod Art Jar- Brilliant!

I love free stuff, and I love having wonderful coworkers who bring me well-loved toys from their kids to pass along to my daughter. So when my coworker, Christine, stopped by my desk yesterday to ask if I wanted anything from her box of goodies that her boys had outgrown, I pounced on this adorable art jar, which had never even been opened!

The I’m Not Bored Anymore Art Jar, Junior from The Land of Nod is just brilliant—all the arts and crafts supplies you need, along with instructions, to make several fun little projects. The Junior version is for ages 3+ (and it’s on sale right now for $14, bonus!), but there’s a regular version too for ages 6+. I absolutely love this concept, and I’m thinking it might be a fun idea to recreate for birthday gifts—you could create a personalized jar label for the birthday girl/boy, personalized instructions, and themed craft projects and supplies. The possibilities are endless!

 


Everything Butt Art

My 7-year-old cousin recently got this art book as a gift from her grandmother, and I found it too hilarious not to share. Everything Butt Art teaches step-by-step drawing where all of the pictures start with a butt shape—haha genius! I am all for anything that encourages the arts and creativity, and what kid doesn’t want an excuse to draw butts all day?!

With four different themed art books (each under $10) and two more on the way, as well as a free iPad app, Everything Butt Art has plenty to keep your little artist engaged (and probably giggling)!


Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

My friend Stephanie is probably one of the craftiest people I know (in a creative way, not a devious way!). She whipped up this adorable felt heart garland one weekend to decorate her cube at work and since the tops of our work spaces are glass and I sit directly across from her, I get to benefit from it as well.

 

 

 

 

 

It made me think what a fun activity this would be to do with the little one—when she’s a little older and can sit still for more than 28 seconds, of course! But if your little one(s) are static enough to tackle this project now, you can find the  tutorial here. Here are some other fun Valentine’s Day crafts I have pulled together to do with your kids.

Teach Mama, another DC blogger, had her children create a love tree, which is not only sweet but allows for lots of practice with fine motor skills. I love this idea and can’t wait to make one with my daughter when she’s a bit older!

Via TeachMama.com

For easy valentines, get paint color strips from your local hardware store in varying shades of red and pink, and use rubber stamps to spell out messages like “XOX” and “I♥U” in black ink. Honestly, I think this idea is more for my designer friends than for my daughter, but it was too cute not to include!

Via Country Living

For Valentine’s Day crafts that my one-year-old and I can do together now,  heart stamps seem to be the way to go. You just need some paint, paper and a little creativity.  Rust & Sunshine used a toilet paper roll to create a perfect heart stamp for her artsy toddler, and Homemade Serenity helped her kids get creative with a celery heart to make rosy valentines!

Via Homemade Serenity

Via Rust & Sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you come across or done other fun Valentine’s Day craft projects with your kids? Please share—I would love some other ideas!


DIY Decoupage Ornament

My friend and coworker, Stephanie, is just so creative and crafty! She saw this picture of a Christmas ornament on Pinterest from the blog Flea Market Style and decided to make each of us at work a decoupage ornament for Christmas. Katie and I (the editors) got book print (Pride and Prejudice to be exact!), Brandi and Ariana (our web ladies) got fun origami paper, and Stacy (our resident insane Duke fan) got a Duke ornament. How cute are these?! It’s hard to tell in our lovely fluorescent office lighting, but they’re each covered in glitter and twinkle in the lights!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the original inspiration image was just a picture of an ornament from a store, Stephanie has very graciously shared with me her DIY tutorial, which I now happily share with you. You can use any type of paper (books, scrapbook paper, etc.), so if you decide to do this project with or for your kids, the possibilities are endless!

DIY Decoupage Ornament
(By Stephanie Patterson) 

  • Any size clear glass or plastic ornament (I used 3-inch plastic ornaments)
  • Mod Podge® or any decoupage medium
  • Paint brush (I used a small sponge brush)
  • New/old/recycled book pages or scrapbook paper
  • Crystal glitter
  • Yarn or string (I used Martha Stewart Eyelash yarn)
  • Glitter card stock for the letter or you could really use anything that you want to use as tag-like adornment
  1. Tear book pages into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
  2. Remove the silver cap on the top of the ornament.
  3. Using the Mod Podge as glue, paint some onto the ornament and then place the paper down on top.
  4. Apply more Mod Podge over the paper to moisten it and flatten over the rounded surface.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with overlapping pieces of paper until the ornament is completely covered.
  6. Let dry for approximately one hour.
  7. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the whole ornament and pour glitter over it, turning the ornament to coat the entire thing. Shake it to remove any excess glitter.
  8. Let dry overnight.
  9. Wrap the neck of ornament with yarn and add any adornments (to create the letter tag, I used my Cricut® Cutting Machine with glitter card stock and punched a small hole to thread the yarn through).
  10. Replace the silver cap on the top of the ornament.
  11. Use another bit of yarn to create a loop for hanging the ornament.

 


Aaannnnd We’re Back. . . With an Ornament

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. To say that things have been pretty nuts around here this week would be an understatement. My husband has  a sinus infection, my daughter is fighting a cold, and we had a death in the family, so we’ve been out of town for the past few days. But we are home now and back to blogging, so without further adieu. . .

One Christmas tradition we have started with our daughter is to give her a new ornament on Christmas Eve to add to the tree. This year, I thought we’d do a DIY ornament, since she’s so little, it’s not like she’s going to remember opening it anyway. I found a cute thumbprint reindeer ornament on Pinterest (from Little Bit Funky) and figured we’d give it a shot. It was surprisingly easy! I found the ornament itself at Michaels for $1.99. The paints were Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic and were $1.99 each, also from Michaels. I decided to add my daughter’s name and the year to the ornament. It will be fun to one day look back and remember just how tiny her little fingers once were!

 


Toddler Music Even Adults Will Love

Okay, “love” may be a bit of an overstatement, but “like way better than that high-pitched, grating, annoying kiddie music” is pretty close. I don’t hate the annoying kiddie music, per se, I just hate listening to it for 3 hours straight on a road trip. If any of this is resonating, do yourself a favor and check out some of the CDs below.

 

Elizabeth Mitchell: you are my sunshine

Barenaked Ladies: Snack Time

They Might Be Giants: Here Come the ABCs

Various Artists: for the kids

Jack Johnson and friends: Sing-a-longs and Lullabies for the film Curious George

Ziggy Marley: family time

Jewel: the merry goes 'round

The Verve Pipe: A Family Album