Thursday, 26 March 2020

FLORAL WOOD DIY SIGN


I love adding in something round to break up my decor on my mantle and shelves. And our previous HOP sign was so cute, I tried another similar DIY idea. 




Here's what you need

1. Round wood sign (from Michaels)
2. Flower wood shapes (from Michaels)
3. Paint and Paint brushes
4. Glue Gun

I used the same round sign as in my previous HOP diy sign, but added some painted flower to make a little collage. I allowed the girls to each paint their own flowers, and then we arranged them onto the sign. Then I glued them together!







Here's the simple guideline...

1. Gather your sign, flowers, paint and paint brushes.
2. Start painting everything!  I tried to get the girls to paint the flowers a few different colours so it would look more colourful once we put it together. We used a light pink paint for the round sign. 
3. Let dry a few hours. Then use your glue gun and hot flowers to the circle sign.




Its the perfect piece for their book wall or play space. So fun and easy!



EASTER MATH ACTIVITY



Our homeschooling journey is going to get started pretty soon! My girls are SO excited they get to learn from home. And my son made fun of me having to teach him Gr 4 math. I'm a litle scared myself. Haha!

But before that all begins, I came up with a simple and fun math activity for my girls. I added some Easter fun, but you can truly customize it for any age and for many differnet activities. I love that they are still ages where they love to learn and are so curious!

Here's what you need:

1. Empty Egg Carton
2. Reuseable easter eggs
3. Strips of paper



And to get started, this is all the prep you need. 

1. Take your strips of paper and write out your activity you want to work on. Mine was addition. For Maddie (Gr 1) I did addition of numbers up to 20. For Ellie (pre-k) I did addition of numbers up to 10 so she could count on her fingers. 
2. Add the papers into each egg.
3. Place all the eggs in the carton.
4. I added a special egg with a surprise in it!





You can work on so many things for this activity. A few ideas would be math (addition, subtraction, multiplication), phonics/phograms, sight words, syllables, counting (you could add beans or pasta for counting), sorting colours, etc. And I added a surprise for encourage them to have fun. I did some gummy bears, but you could do non treat ideas like tattoos, stickers, pencils, erasers, etc.









The girls truly loved this activity, and asked me to do the same the next day as well.

Hope you have fun with this activity! 

Monday, 16 March 2020

EASTER DIY HOP SIGN


We love a good DIY around here and I have a few to share for spring and Easter coming up. I love decorating our home for each season and holiday, and I've been breaking out all the bunny things lately.



For this project, all you need are paint, paint brushes and a glue gun. Plus, the added materials from the store. And this is a perfect little craft for you mamas and your little ones. Its really so easy. 



HOP wood sign

This is one of my favorite projects we've done!
I love that it looks so good as decor and is something you can bring out year after year.



Here's what you'll need...

1. Round wood sign (from Michaels)
2. Cardboard/wood letters (from Michaels)
3. Paint and Paint brushes (I love pastels for spring. So pretty!)
4. Glue Gun 

I purchased the wood sign and letters from Michaels. The sign was $11.99 and the letters were $2.99 each. Dont forget to use your coupon for an added savings. 

I love the look of the soft pastel colours, but you can use anything you like! We did a light pink for the round sign and a light peach for the hop letters. And if you dont have any pastel colours, just add white paint to any primary colours to make your own custom pastel. We do this all the time!



Here we go...

1. Gather your sign, letters, paint and paint brushes.
2. Start painting everything! Remember to do the sides for all the surfaces to get a clean, polished piece. You may have to help little ones with this part. 
3. Let dry a few hours. Then use your glue gun and hot glue the letters to the circle sign.








I had to paint the letters a few times to get the paint bright. Its a darker tone to start with, so give it a few coats. I'd say 3-4 coats will do it.





And that's it! Super easy and simple.

Hope this little DIY gets you inspired to make your own sign. Happy spring friends!





Tuesday, 11 February 2020

VALENTINES TOFFEE TREAT



One of my favorite holidays to celebrate is Valentines Day. It's so fun! I loved it growing up, and now that I have my own family, I love celebrating it even more.





I have the quickest and yummiest recipe to share with you which would be perfect for Valentines Day.  I could see it working perfectly for a simple teachers gift, party snack, favors or for a movie night in.

VALENTINES TOFFEE

40 Saltine Crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teasp vanilla
2 1/2 cup chocolate chips
toppings (I used sprinkles, but you could use m&ms, toffee chips, chocolate drizzle...)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread crackers out in an even layer.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar. When the mixture starts to boil, stop stirring and let it boil for 3 minutes. 
3. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla. Pour mixture evenly over crackers and spread out evenly. Bake for 5-6 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Return to oven for one minute. Take out of pan and spread chocolate with a spatula in an even layer. Add toppings as you wish!
5. Let pan cool and then freeze for 15-20 minutes. Break or cut into pieces and enjoy!

I think these would make the cutest favors or gifts for someone special! Just add some bakers twine to tie them together and then place into a box or clear bag.



Hope this gives you an easy treat idea for something yummy!

Monday, 3 February 2020

VALENTINES SUGAR COOKIES


One of our favorite seasonal activities is baking sugar cookies! They do take more time than a drop cookie (like chocolate chip) but the kids have so much fun decorating them...and they are so yummy.







Here's the recipe we use...and I always use buttercream icing. Its super easy to make and alot easier to decorate with if you're not experienced. My kids love adding the little googly eyes!




BEST SUGAR COOKIES

3/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup softened cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
3 cup flour

1. In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Add in sugar and egg. 
2. Once combined, add salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
3. Slowly add in flour and mix until combined.
4. Using your hands roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
5. Bake between 7-9 minutes. 
6. Transfer to a drying rack and let the cookies cool.
7. Ice and decorate cookies. Enjoy!

PUPPY PARTY!




This past weekend we got to celebrate Maddie's 7th birthday with a puppy party! She has always been a big animal lover (and wants to be a vet when shes older!) and this was her special request. How could I say no?

I was inspired by neutral tones, with some pops of pink and mint. After finding the sweetest dress I planned the rest of the party decor around it. We used gold foil woof balloons to make a statement. And I made a balloon garland with peach, white and bronze balloons which took about one evening to complete. But its been holding up really well and I love that I could reuse the balloon holder again for a different party.







The tabletop decor was really easy. I got peach and pink confetti (I feel like this really made the table pop!) and sprinkled it over a kraft paper runner. I got the prettiest  pink iridescent plates and napkins.




My favorite cake hack is buying a store bought cake and then adding cute sprinkles and a nice cake topper. It makes all the difference if you're looking for a cake that looks homemade and unique.


For the party favors I decided on sugar cookies and customized hair elastics. I love using things that match the theme of the party - and they also double as decor. The favors ended up being SO cute that I had to display them. I put them on each plate setting for decor and once the kids started doing their craft, I quickly put them into their bags. The bags were really simple - I used my stamps on plain white tags to spell out 'woof'. They ended up looking so cute!







During the party the kids got to do the cutest craft! Each little guest got a puppy stuffy and they got to add their own stuffing into it. I also got them pipe cleaners and they added beads to make a puppy collar. Once they were done, they decorated individual boxes which were there puppy homes. It was SO fun and kept the kids entertained for such a long time.








Maddie felt so loved and special at her birthday party. So thankful we have such sweet friends to make her day so special!




 
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