The Loudest 2nd Birthday EVER 🌸

We had the best time celebrating our friend’s 2nd Birthday. She had a really fun, loud, color-filled Trolls themed birthday party! My friend really out did herself!

If you’re looking for inspiration for a really fun Birthday party for your toddler, my friend Kristyn of Carolina Fireflies party is sure to inspire you! It was like stepping into the most fun trolls party house ever!

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When you first walk in, a huge rainbow, lots of treats and things hanging from the ceiling greeted you. And how gorgeous is this dessert table? The Trolls popcorn was so much fun to eat, and I’m sure it was hard to make it and not sneak a few bites! If you want to try some yourself, check out this recipe. Trolls Popcorn is sweet, salty, delicious and full of chocolate candy and pretty sprinkles. This treat might just get you showered in Troll Hugs!

Another easy and fun treat my friend made were these yummy pretzel flowers! A little salty and a little sweet, your kids are going to have a hard time eating just one!

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There were so many cute details!

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These flowers are all made by hand and a huge labor of love. Pinterest is filled with patterns and tutorials on how to make them. This huge rainbow flower was completely done by hand, including the pattern my friend used to make the flowers.

 

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Lots more flowers and balloons! I loved how she incorporated the trolls theme throughout her decorations. Now who’s ready for hug time?

 

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Unfortunately this is the only photo I took of the balloon rainbow my friend made. Of course it’s the photo of the birthday girl and my little one getting into mischief, right? I’ve linked a similar photo, and a how to by abeautifulmess!

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The party was filled with lots of music, silly dancing, hugs and of course lots of eating. There were fruits and vegetables served on trays in a rainbow of colors. For your own party you might want to try making jello in rainbow colors to put out for the kids! I hope you’ll be inspired by this party to have your own Trolls Themed Party!

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xo,

Christine

 

Easy Valentine Mobile Craft

I love Valentine’s Day, especially now that I’m a mom.  Children see the world with such wonder and amazement, it makes holidays even more fun! We love doing crafts together, and our favorites always include something personalized. Almost all of the supplies we used can be bought at the dollar store if you don’t already have most of it at home! Bonus points, right? Fun and almost free!

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Supplies

  • Large Foam Hearts (we got ours at Dollar Tree)
  • Small Foam Heart Stickers (also from Dollar Tree)
  • Bakers Twine, Yarn, whatever you have on hand
  • Paint & Paint Brush
  • Markers, Craft Pen, whatever you have on hand
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue
  • FREE Hearts Printable 

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Ready to get started? Grab a couple paper towels and let’s got!

Print out our hearts here, if you haven’t already. Then cut out the hearts and set them aside. Cut the baker’s twine/ string/ yarn to four pieces of 11 inches in length.

Ask the child to pick a paint color they’d like to do their hand print with. (Tip for those that don’t like messy hands, trace their hand on the Large Heart, then fill it in with paint together!) For the others, gently paint the palm of your child’s hand with their desired color and ask them to spread their fingers while you guide them to making their hand print on one of the large hearts! Set aside to dry.

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Lay out three pieces of baker twine and the heart cutouts with the small foam hearts in the pattern you would like for your mobile. Carefully remove the backing to each heart sticker and place adhesive side up with the string on top and place one printed heart on top making a sandwich with the string in the middle. (Tip, you could use red/ white/ pink hearts cut from construction paper in place of the heart stickers.) Repeat for all three strings attaching all the printed hearts to the heart stickers.

 

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“LOVE IS…” to the Large heart with the hand print, then turn over (make sure the paint is dry! and tape or glue the fourth piece of string to the back as a loop. While turned over, tape or glue to the bottom of the backside of the heart the three rows of hearts now dangling on the strings.

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Great work! Don’t forget to write your child’s name and the year on the back of their new master piece! These Easy Valentine Mobiles could be gifts for grandparents, teachers, godparents, elderly neighbors, anyone that could benefit from such a sweet homemade gift.

If you tried this craft, let us know! We’d love to hear from you. Comment below.

Valentine Craft

 

Sensory Play

Build Your Own Sensory Kit

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Does your toddler love to play with you when it’s time to cook dinner? Or maybe when you have a sink full of dishes plus a dishwasher full of clean dishes that need to be put away?

Maybe you’re ready for sensory play with a sensory bin!

There will be some training, for the kids, yes, but also for you of course! Yes, there will be some mess, and that’s ok. Embrace the mess.


Sensory Play

 

The Rules. Yes there are two rules that are critical for success.

  1. We do NOT EAT our sensory bins
  2. We do not DUMP our sensory bins

First give a warning.  When one of the two rules are broken give a warning, then put away the bin for 10-15 minutes.

That’s it! For your first bin, expect mistakes. Judge the maturity of your child, some are ready at 16 months, some need 24 months or more to perfect and play nicely in a sensory bin. Hopefully you’ll get at least 15 minutes of solid play time, maybe even up to an hour!

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Below are the recommended tools to start your own sensory bin. Starting with something simple like rice and fewer tools will set both of you up for success. And remember adult supervision is always required!

 

 

Tools

  1. Storage bin (this one from Target would do nicely)
  2. Two pounds of rice (we’ll get into colored rice in another post)
  3. Scooping tools (we love these from Ikea or try these from Amazon)
  4. Optional: Glass jars (to see it filling) Funnels (reenforces object permanence) Measuring Cups/ Scooping Toys and/ or fun figures like small construction trucks or animals that can play/ hide in the bin.

 

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Best of luck and we hope that you have lots of fun with your sensory bin!! Comment below if you’d like us to share more sensory bin ideas or suggestions to make first time sensory bin play successful. We’d love to hear from you! Even if you’re not successful, remember that just like learning to eat, it’s often messy at first, but with more practice everyone gets better!!

I should also mention that storing your supplies in gallon ziplock bags, right in the bin makes clean up, and set up a breeze!

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Ready to try a few more Sensory Bins?

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xo,

Chistine