10 LEGO Party Ideas

February 20, 2014 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Party Planning

Today’s LEGO blog series is focusing on LEGO party ideas. LEGO birthday parties are a hit for boys and girls alike and can be a very colorful way to celebrate a birthday. Here are some of our favorite finds and ideas for creating a great LEGO party!

1. LEGO Favor Bags {via}

We love these favor bags simply made with bold colored bags and card stock. Just use a circle punch to cut out perfect circles and adhere with double-sided foam to “raise” the circle off the bag.

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2. LEGO Guessing Game {via}

Guess how many LEGOs are in the jar–super easy and a great party game filler.

3. LEGO Frame Favor {via}

These are 100% adorable and make a really cute take-away favor for party guests…Heck, they’d make a great addition to any child’s bedroom as well!

4. LEGO Party Banner {via}

This banner follows some of the same steps as the favor bags…EASY!

legobanner

5. LEGO Party Utensil Holder {via}

Okay, how simple is this idea? Use LEGOs to build a utensil holder OR you could make the box a little bigger and these could also hold party snacks!

Legopartyholder

6. Homemade LEGO Brick Cake {via}

Not a baker? Not to worry! The brick base of this cake can be any store bought loaf-shaped cake, like a pound cake. And those raised dots? Those are simply jumbo marshmallows!

legocake

7. LEGO Party Invitations {via}

If you’ve got a home computer/printer and some cardstock you can easily make these cure LEGO invitations!

legoinvites

8. LEGO Name Decor {via}

Duplo blocks help create the guest of honor’s age or name, making a great party decoration.

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9. LEGO Balloons {via}

Yellow balloons and a black marker make these fun, and inexpensive, LEGO face balloons. Perfect party decor!

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10. LEGO Cups {via}

You can make these LEGO drink cups using yellow paper cups and markers.

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We hope you liked these ideas as much as we did!

Check back tomorrow for the last post in our LEGO blogging series!

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DIY LEGO T-Shirt

Welcome back to our LEGO craze blog week! We kicking off Wednesday with this easy DIY LEGO man shirt. How cute would these be for a birthday boy or a visit to LEGOLAND?!

Many craft stores sell plain yellow shirts for just a few dollars and with a few more inexpensive materials this shirt could belong to your Lego fan!

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Head over to Busykidshappymom.org for the six simple steps to create this shirt!

4 Fun LEGO Snacks

February 18, 2014 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Party Planning

We’re continuing our LEGO blogging craze with these four fun snacks great for parties or everyday!

LEGO Cookies {via}

We love these fun cookies. Easy to make with colored icing and M&Ms or Skittles. These could also be done as brownies instead of cookies.

legocookies

Marshmallow LEGO Pops {via}

Again, super easy to make and in a yummy pop!

legopop

LEGO Cheese and Crackers {via}

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LEGO Rice Krispie Treats {via}

These are very similar to the cookies, but we like that they are not as fragile and could be wrapped as shown for a party treat to go!

Legokrispies

FREE T-Shirt Iron-Ons for Halloween

September 23, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Jazz up a plain t-shirt with these fun iron-ons…completely FREE!

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Get your free iron-ons here.

{Love in a Jar} Mason Jar Uses and Decorating Ideas

August 19, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

We love, love, love mason jars {maybe it’s just a southern thing?!}! They are so cute to use as gift containers, DIY crafts, or decorations. Here are a few ideas we found for nifty mason jar uses.

1. Utensil Caddy

This is such a simple idea that would be adorable in any kitchen.

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{idea via}

2. Fall Luminaries

Fall will be here before you know it! Here is an easy tutorial on how to make some cute pumpkin and mummy luminaries.

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{idea via}

3. S’mores in a Jar

What a great idea for a teacher gift or fall party favor!

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{idea via}

4. Caddy

Mason jars make great caddies. Grab a few for your next party to hold utensils, napkins, small treats, and more!

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{idea via}

5. Ice Cream Party Toppings Bar

If you’re hosting a party with any kind of toppings bar, especially ice cream toppings, mason jars make great toppings containers.

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{idea via}

6. Hot Chocolate in a Jar

These hot chocolate filled mason jars make a wonderful gift idea for grandparents or preschool teachers. Just feel the jars with all you need for a nice warm cup of cocoa!

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{idea via}

7. Sewing Kit

If you craft or know someone who crafts these fun mason jars made into a sewing kit are perfect!

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{idea via}

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No Bake Banana Pudding

Two reasons we love this recipe: no bake and no eggs!

banana-pudding

What You Need

Two 3oz Packs Vanilla Pudding Mix

3 Cups Milk

30-40 Nilla Wafers

3 Ripe Bananas, Sliced

Cool Whip, optional

Fix it Fast

1. In a large bowl whisk pudding mix and milk until blended. Let stand 5 minutes.

2. In a 2 qt. deep dish layer ingredients in this order: wafers, pudding, banana slices. Repeat.

3. Garnish top with additional wafers. Refrigerate 3 hours before serving. Top with Cool Whip if desired.

{Free Printable} A Book for Father’s Day

June 13, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Need a last minute gift for Dad from the kids? This book is FREE to download and print and makes a wonderful keepsake! There is a page for drawing of Dad and other spots to note all of Dad’s great qualities.

dad-book

Other than you printed pages, here are the other things you’ll need:

• a cheap 4×6 photo book (you can find these at Walgreens, Target, etc.)
• washi tape, ribbon, or patterned paper
Bonus: There’s a free printable for Grandpa, too!
To download your Father’s Day book head over to eighteen25!

Monsters Inc Celebration Ideas {Crafts, Treats, and More!}

We’re getting very excited to see the upcoming Monsters Inc movie, Monsters University. To gear up for the show, we are going to have a “Monstrous Day of Fun” at our house complete with crafts and treats themed after the movie’s characters! Here are a few of the scaretastic ideas we’ve rounded up so far!

1. If you’re a Monster’s Inc fan, the you probably love Sully and Mike and we think these fun printable cut-outs via learnlovecreate.com are adorable! Get your FREE printable Sully and Mike here: Printable Sully OR Printable Mike

2. These Noise Maker add-ons are fun and inexpensive. Usually we get our party blowers at Wal-Mart or the Dollar Store and the price is always around $1-$2 per pack.

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3. We plan on watching the original Monster’s Inc movie and these slushies would be the perfect movie treat!

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Sully Slushie {via  http://thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com}

To make these tart drinks you’ll need one pack of blue kool-aid or Ice Blueberry Jello, ice, and 1/4 cup or less lemon juice. Just crush ice in the blender, add Kool Aid pack contents and lemon juice, and serve! {for more fun monster drinks visit here}

4. Love these fun Mike plates to use for meals and snacks (under $2/pack)!

mikeplates

5. It’s summer and we love traditional smores, but how about these fun Smore Doors inspired by the movie–LOVE! All you’ll need are: graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, and Hershey bar pieces. {This genius idea via}

smores

6. This Pin-The-Eye-On-Mike game would make the perfect addition to your Monsters Inc party, but we might make it to just play at home!

monster-inc-game

We also plan on attending this FREE event at our local Lowes!

We hope these ideas help you plan a spookerific day before you head to the theater!

FREE Lowe’s Build and Grow Kid’s Clinic: Monsters Inc. Theme!

June 10, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Are your kids as excited as mine are about the new Monster’s Inc movie? We can’t wait to see it. Get your kids in a monstery mood with Lowe’s FREE kid’s clinic. The weekend of June 22 they will be offering a class specifically for little monsters where they will build their own Monsters University chest!

monsters-inc-chest

This project is recommended for ages 5 and up. For full details, location participation, and registration click here!

5 Fun and Easy Father’s Day Crafts for Kids

June 10, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Father’s Day is coming up and we’ve found some really fun and easy crafts and treats you can make with your kids for that special dad in your life. Most of these ideas don’t require any store bought items–you can use things you might already have laying around at home!

1. Father’s Day Tie Banner

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2. Homemade Card for the Dad Who Likes Fishing

fishing card

3. Free Printable Questionnaire for Dad or Grandpa

printable-questionaire

4. Homemade Coffee Mug

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5. Bake These Yummy King of the Grill Cupcake Brownies – The perfect dessert for your Father’s Day BBQ!

king-of-the-grill-cupcake-brownies

Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter Just $0.78 SHIPPED

March 27, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Party Planning

Are you throwing a Mickey Mouse themed party? This cookie cutter shaped like Mickey will help you make some yummy treats!

mickey-cookie

We love these fun cookies from Ms. Fox’s Sweets!

mickeycookies

Get your super cheap Mickey cookie cutter here!

5 Quick Ways to Add a Little Extra Fun to Your Spring

March 21, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Family, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

The weather is warming slowly but surely. It’s a great time to get outdoors when you can or have some fun indoors when a spring shower pops up. Here are five ideas to add to your day when you might need a little something extra to occupy your child.

1. Start a Nature Scrapbook

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My kids LOVE collecting things from the outdoors. Sometimes it’s just a weedy flower, but to them it is very special. Usually these items get left behind or shoved in the bottom of my purse for me to find days later, dried a crumbled. Starting a nature scrapbook is a great way for your child to keep their favorite outdoor treasures. It’s also fun for them to glue new things into their book, decorate each page, etc. All you need a notebook and craft glue!

2. Make Pizza Cookies

All you need is some pizza dough, sugar, cinnamon, and sprinkles to make these fun treats. Just divide pizza dough into lumps and let your child flatten them out {they can use their hands or a potato masher}. Sprinkle with sweet toppings and bake!

3. Garden Together

tomatoplant

All kids love digging and getting dirty. Boys like finding bugs and worms and little girls love smelling flowers {and finding bugs, too!}. Planting some small potted flowers or pulling weeds together is a great way to spend some time outside AND get some work done too. Tomatoes are very easy to care for and can be planted in a pot. Your child will love caring for it and seeing their yummy tomatoes grow!

4. Visit Your Local Library

On rainy days a great way to break up your morning or afternoon is visiting your local library. My kids like just reading in a comfy chair in the children’s section. Sometimes we luck up and visit right at story time and every loves checking out a few books to take home and read.

5. Take a Photo Walk

You can do this at your local park or around your neighborhood. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and pack your camera! As you take your nature walk be on the look out for creatures, critters, flowers, etc. You can snap pictures as you go and when you get home you can have your pictures to review with your child. Take it a step further and print your pics to make a book all about your photo walk.

What We Love Right Now March 13, 2013: Shamrock Cookies

Before I bake I always ask myself a few questions: “Does this recipe have a lot of ingredients?” “Is there a lot of prep?” “Can the kids help?” If I answer “no”, “no” and “YES!” then I’m usually good to go. Just ran across this shamrock cookie recipe via Pilsbury and had to share! The prep time for this one is a little longer, but the kids can help so it’s worth it. Only 3 ingredients and 3 simple steps!

shamrock-cookie

You’ll Need:

1 package of Pilsbury refrigerated cookie dough {in a roll}

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 jar of green sprinkles or any festive St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles

Fix it Fast:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in flour until well blended. Work with half the dough at a time; refrigerate remaining dough until needed.

2. Shape dough into 70 (3/4-inch) balls; reserve 7 balls. Roll each of the remaining balls in green sugar. To form each shamrock, place 2 balls with sides touching and 1 ball on top on ungreased cookie sheets. For stems, divide each reserved ball into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into ball, then in green sugar; shape into a triangle. Place 1 triangle pointed side up at bottom of each cookie between 2 balls for stem.

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

This recipe is directly from Pilsbury.com. Check out their site for more great ideas!

Free Sofia the First Printable Activity Book

January 29, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Family, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Little princess fans will love this Sofia the First activity book. 13 pages of fun!

sofia-the-first

CLICK HERE to print.

15 Easy DIY Valentine’s Crafts and Treats

January 18, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk, Party Planning

Our Valentine’s Day DIY Round up is here!

1. Sorted Button Heart via

A fun color sorting craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

button-heart-craft

2. Festive Valentine’s Day Banner via

This banner is easy to create. Buy supplies at your local craft store or use scraps of left over cardstock or scrapbook paper you may have at home.

valentines-day-banner

3. Bear Hugs DIY Valentine via

So simple, so cute!

bear-valentine-treat

4. Edible Cookie and Candy Centerpiece via

A no-bake treat for the centerpiece at your Valentine’s Day playdate party or family dinner.

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5. Cherry Chocolate Cookies via

One word: YUM!

cherry-chocolate-cookies

6. Crayon Valentine Card via

This is a great way to reuse all those broken crayons.

crayon-card

7. Starburst Valentines via

A candy favorite packaged with a catchy verse!

starburst-valentine

8. Candy Box Lunch via

We thought this was a really neat way to reuse those heart-shaped candy boxes.

candyboxlunch

9. Conversation Heart Pencil Toppers via

Not all Valentine “cards” have to include candy. Buy some festive pencils and top with these conversation hearts. All you’ll need is construction paper, markers, and pipe cleaners.

conversation-heart-pencil-toppers-valentines-day

10. Fabric Scrap Wreath via

This wreath is made of twig and fabric scraps. We think you could substitute with patterned cardstock as well!

valenines-day-wreath

11. Love Bugs via

Toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and pipe cleaners are the few things you need to create these adorable bugs!

lovebug-valentine

12. Robot Valentines via

Craftier kids will love making these homemade Valentine cards, independently, for their friends.

robot-valentines

13. Heart Suncatcher via

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14. Valentine’s Day Spinner via

This is a cute activity to do with your kids the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

valentine-spinner

15. Button Heart Ornament via

Cute button ornaments make a great addition to your mantle garland or Valentine’s Day tree.

valentines-ornament

Donut Reindeer No-Bake Treats

December 14, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection, Party Planning

We love, love, love no bake recipes so when we ran across this idea on Pinterest we had to give it a try. These really were as easy as everyone on Pinterest claimed. All you need are pretzels (we found large ones work best), red M & M’s, a bag of mini chocolate donuts, and candy eyes (if you can’t find these white icing will work just as well). You’ll also need a little icing to make the eyes and M & M’s stay in place.

Apply each item on the right spot and the end result are some cute Rudolph donuts. We used these for a class treat and they were a big hit!

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5 Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids

December 6, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Keep your children {or grandchildren!} busy the days leading up to Christmas with these easy crafts.

1. Candy Cane Mice {via marthastewart.com}: A combo of candy canes and felt make cute treats {perfect for classmates and family members}.

micecanes

2. Cardboard Wreath {via instructables.com}: Save those package boxes! This wreath reuses old cardboard to make a fun and festive wreath, perfect to hang on your door.

wreath

3. Christmas Tree Garland {via 1pureheart.blogspot.com}: Paper plates, paint, and some fun accessories make this craft a big hit in our book!

garland

4. Mini Flower Pot Snowmen {via kinderart.com}: So cute and stay out all winter!

claypotsnowmen

5. Paper Plate Angel {via activityvillage.co.uk}: Love paper plate crafts and this one is so easy! Just add your child’s photo to the face for a personal touch!

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10 Cute Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

November 9, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

If you’re looking for some fun, simple, and cute Thanksgiving Crafts we’ve searched the web and found some neat creations.

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1. Family Wall of Thanks {via parents.com} Can be as big or as small {think bulletin board} as you like.

2. Thanksgiving Tree {via familycorner.com} Very easy and festive craft for kids.

3. Thanksgiving Turkey or Pilgrim Hat Placecards {via craftelf.com} Fun to make and will look great at the kid table during Thanksgiving dinner!

4. FREE Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Activities {via education.com} Keep the kids busy while you prepare for the big meal!

5. Indian Corn Wall Hanging {via busybeekidscrafts.com} Great for preschoolers little hands.

6. Cranberry Finger Paint {via learningvicariously.com} Perfect for toddlers–a little mess but safe to eat :) .

7. Turkey Hats {via parents.com} Great fun to make and then wear on Thanksgiving Day.

8. Paper Plate Scarecrow {via notimeforflashcards.com}

9. Turkey Cookies {via pillsbury.com} This could easily be turned into a no bake dessert by using store bought sugar cookies.

10. Fruity Turkey {via spoonful.com} Edible turkey made from kids favorite bite-sized snacks.

Tips for Hosting a Stress Free Thanksgiving Dinner

November 3, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Party Planning

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? It is just a few weeks away and can sneak up on you if you put the details of planning on the back burner. A little planning ahead can go a long way. Here are a few tips for creating a stress free Thanksgiving gathering, in no particular order.

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1. Plan out your meal about two weeks head of time.

Right about now would be a good time to sit down with a pen and paper and think about what dishes you are going to serve with your turkey or ham. Think about the number of people who will be in attendance. Make a thorough grocery list including all dish ingredients and also some basic staples (you never know!). If you begin your grocery shopping the first full week of November and by Thanksgiving week you should have everything you need in your fridge or freezer.

2. Clean house

Don’t leave all the mopping and scrubbing for Thanksgiving Eve. A week before Thanksgiving start with baseboards (your MIL might notice dirty ones ;-) ) and move on to larger cleaning projects. Work on one room at a time and that will help break up the cleaning spree. Remember, don’t tackle your whole house at once. You don’t want to exhaust yourself before turkey day!

3. Decorate

Get into the spirit of the season and deck your home with some nice pumpkins and fall decor. A few autumn items will make your home feel cozy and festive!

4. Plan your table setting and place cards.

About a week before gather up your linens, flatware, and serveware. If you can, set your table, plates and all, a few days in advance. You can cover your table with a sheet to keep dust from settling. If you can’t do this ahead of time it’s ok, but it will save you some time if you are able. For large groups, write place cards and thank about seating arrangements. Take into account kid tables and extra tables and chairs you may need.

5. No TV

We know this day will be full of football and parades, but during your meal be sure to keep all TVs off. Enjoy some music and eachother’s conversation. This is a day to be thankful for one another after all!

6. Buy your bird early.

By the first of November you should be going to the market to choose the perfect turkey. This is especially key if you don’t need a large turkey as the smaller sized birds tend to sell out first.

7. Cook ahead of time.

Any dish that can be easily warmed up should be prepared the night before and then stored in the fridge. Sounds silly, but many desserts and casseroles can be made a day early and then brought out and popped in the oven if needed before your meal is served. Trust us, this will cut down on your cooking time Thanksgiving Day.

8. Gather all cooking supplies.

Do you have enough baking pans? Check your cookware stock in advance and make sure you have enough baking dishes, a turkey baster, etc. Thinking ahead will save you from a last minute trip to the store (or knock on the neighbor’s door!).

Remember, whether this is your first or fourteenth year to host Thanksgiving dinner, try to relax, prepare what you can ahead of time, and enjoy the company of your family and friends…It only comes around once a year!

What We Love Right Now June 20, 2012: Summer Party Ideas Plus Printable Party City Coupon

June 20, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk, Party Planning

One lovely thing about summer time is the ability to throw great outdoor parties. From birthday to anniversaries or just plain summer fun events like pool parties and bbq’s, summer lends itself to some great party themes. We’ve done some brainstorming and came up with a Top Ten Summer Party Theme List!

1. Tiki Theme

2. Hawaiian Luau

3. Backyard Beach Party {Super fun for kids, teens, AND adults!}

4. Clam or Lobster {Perfect if you’re by the beach!}

5. Anchor’s Away/Nautical Theme

6. Sundresses and Sangria {SCREAMS girl’s night fun!}

7. Bathing Suits and Bubbles {Great for toddler and preschoolers}

8. Picnic and Popciles {Great to host at a park or your backyard for the perfect playdate!}

9. Patriotic Party {No-brainer summer staple!}

10. Poolside Potluck {Let your guests to some of the work!}

Remember, it’s going to be a long, hot summer so be sure to keep your food and drink menus fresh and light.

And let’s not forget party supplies! Grab this great printable coupon from Party City and save $10 on any $65 in store purchase (exp. 6/30/12)! To print your coupon, click here.

If you’re looking for party ideas specifically for children, check out our list of summer party ideas just for kids!

Happy summer party planning!

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