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Food Fun

Let’s face it feeding a toddler could be considered an Olympic support. Between the pickiness and ever changing opinions it’s hard to keep up. So, call me a sucker but I’ve turned meal time into a craft some days because everyone has to eat.

Below are a few of our latest mealtime creations. Each has been surprisingly easy and every last bite has been eaten by our little princess. It’s a win-win in my book.

Fox Sandwich

A toasted peanut butter sandwich for the head accompanied with cheez-its for the body and carrots for the tail. A few mini chocolate chips for the nose and paws.

Poppy Pancake

Add a little food coloring to the pancake batter and pour desired shapes. Seriously these were the cutest. We used strawberries to make her dress and blackberries for her headband. My daughter devoured this meal up.

Bunny Pancakes

Again, just pour the pancakes in desired shapes and create away. We used whipped cream and fruit for the accents.

What have you been doing to get your kiddos to eat??

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Trolls Birthday Party

Well, it happened. Our little lady turned three last week and I am still trying to figure out how that’s possible?!?! Pretty sure I feel like I just had her yesterday, but here we are in full threenager mode already.  No joke, threenager is a real thing and if you have ever been graced by the presence of one you now what I’m referring to.  Anyways, we decided to throw her the biggest, loudest, craziest party ever ((insert Trolls voice here)).

So, when your daughter loves Trolls as much as ours you bust out all the decorations and balloons you can find.  However, I didn’t want the house to look like DreamWorks threw up in our living room, nor did I want to spend a fortune on the decorations.  Below I posted party details and some amazing deals we were able to find.

Since I had a few days before the party, yes I am a procrastinator I went to my go-to AMAZON.

  • Silver door curtain (2 pack): I wanted this to serve as the backdrop for our party so we purchased the door curtains for $6.  It added the right amount of pizazz to our typically boring kitchen.
  • Poppy supplies: I purchased Poppy plates and napkins to be delivered to our front door.

The local dollar store was my first stop.  I have always checked there for local deals and this trip was another success.  I was able to purchase

  • A pack of 20 balloons to make a cure little rainbow with above our entryway.  Full disclosure, I blew some balloons up before the party and the kids had a blast. However, they really enjoyed popping them.  LOL. So, I used what was left to make the rainbow.
  • Knives/Forks/Spoons: Yes, I could have purchased the plain white or clear silverware BUT this was a Trolls theme so I grabbed the hot pink and purple.
  • Tissue paper garland: How cute are these?!?!  I’m sure you have seen tissue paper flowers by now and this garland is made from tiny little tissue paper flowers.  I literally just had to unfold and go. SO EASY.
  • Vases: I grabbed some vases while there.  Yes, we already have a ton at home but I had a vision and they were only $1 a piece…. OOOOOPS

Once I left the dollar store, I headed to Party City, after all we were having a party so it seemed logical. From Party City we purchased just the essentials:

  • Hot Pink Table Cloths:  I tried grabbing these from other stores but the color just wasn’t right.  If you’re looking for table cloths in a variety of colors, this places is hands-down the best.
  • Balloons: I purchased the rose gold number balloon and the 8 colorful latex balloons here.  I tried contacting other places, but to ensure they would float for over 24 hours I needed the high-float which is only available at select stores.  In total, we spend $17 on balloons from Party City, but she LOVED them.

Overall, we made the theme come to life.  For her actual birthday, it was her “Golden Birthday” so we decorated with light pink, gold, silver, and white.  Then we used the same supplies again for the party day.  The party was full of bright colors and Troll themed snacks.  We made Poppy Popcorn and made our own Rainbow Fruit Tray.  Add in the colorful table cloths and brightly colored confetti and I think her Poppy Party came to life.

Here are the details and pictures from our Poppy-Tastic Day.  *Disclaimer: Daddy isn’t the biggest fan of glitter all over the house, so we had to find alternate ways to bring the party to life.*

Has your child has a birthday?? What was the theme?? Any tricks you have found? I’d love to hear about them.

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Build-A-Bear ((& Bakeshop))

By now you have heard of Build-A-Bear, a company that literally lets you make a bear in store.  What started as making simple bears has evolved into making bears, your favorite cartoon animals and even dressing them up for various occasions.  When you walk into the store you can feel the excitement and it is bound to help you make memories you will never forget. Luckily for us, we live in St. Louis where there is now a Build-A-Bear Bakeshop at West County Shopping Center ((mouth-watering delicious)).

Yesterday, we took my oldest to Build-A-Bear to make a bear for her birthday next week.  Her eyes lit up the second we walked in and she was struggling to make the most difficult decision of her day- which bear. With over 20+ bears to choose from, including her favorite princess of the moment ((Poppy)), we had to help out a little.  So, thinking quickly, we walked her to the wardrobe section and asked her to pick out her favorite outfit. At first she said, Rapunzel, which took us all by surprise because she actually doesn’t love that princess as much as others.  Then, she saw the Elsa/Anna costumes for the bears and the decision was made.  Once she had her bear, she ran over and chose the shimmery Disney Princess Bear ((yay because this is the one I liked best too)).

Once you have chosen your bear, its time to fill it with stuffing.  My daughter absolutely loved standing on the pedal to make the machine swirl, while the helpful employee filled her bear.  Make a wish and kiss a little heart to place inside the bear, then she’s all complete.  They have various sounds you can also place inside, but we chose not to because if slept with the bear she would play with it all night long.  However, the sounds available are absolutely adorable.

Off to the washing and wardrobe station we went.  She brushed that cute little bear and got her all dressed.  There was a line, so we didn’t make a certificate, but you can print one to commemorate the special occasion.

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After Build-A-Bear, we walked by about 10 stores to arrive at our next destination: Build-A-Bear Bakeshop.  Everything about this place is absolutely ADORABLE.  From the bright colors to the custom sprinkles on the storefront windows, the shop is designed with perfection in mind.  When you arrive you can choose from a variety of pre-made bakery items OR you can choose to decorate two of your own cupcakes.  The cupcakes are baked at a local bakeshop, Sarah’s Bakery and brought over to the store.  The designs on the remade cupcakes were gorgeous, but I really wanted to make our own. I couldn’t decide so we did both. Ooooops.

For $10 you receive two cupcakes (standard sized), 1 jug of milk, 2 types of frosting (you can pick the colors), and endless sprinkles.  The icing comes in miniature pre-filled piping bags with the right amount for each cupcake. You can customize everything about your creation because you get to choose your flavors, icing colors, sprinkles, and drink choice.  They had the cutest glass jugs of milk from Shatto Milk Company with flavors ranging from strawberry to root beer.

We chose the confetti cupcakes to decorate and delicious strawberry milk.  We were walked over to a table to begin our creations.  The whole family had a blast trying to decorate the cupcakes, my daughter was smiling from ear to ear.  Although, I think her favorite part had to be holding the sprinkles and shaking them all over the place.  Once the cupcakes were decorated, we enjoyed the delicious treat together.

All in all, this was a wonderful morning out with my two little one and my mom.  We had a blast with a hands-on morning full of creativity.  If you are looking for an indoor activity, or just something fun to do with your little ones look no further.  Yes, the cost is more than just purchasing a regular bear and cupcakes BUT the memories you make are irreplaceable.  If you’re in the St. Louis area, take advantage of the bakeshop because we are the only market to currently have one.

Have you been?? What are your thoughts??

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How to Catch a Leprechaun…

Move over Elf on the Shelf, there is a new holiday book in town for St. Patrick’s Day.  Except this time, you are trying to set a trap to catch your very own leprechaun.  Parents rejoice, no elf to keep track of every day.  Instead, tap into your creative side and design a trap to catch your leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, let me clue you in.  How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace is a story about a quick little leprechaun who loves shenanigans but is extremely fast.  Can you make a trap that can catch this little guy?

Well, we certainly had fun trying at my house.  Christmas isn’t the only holiday that has a little bit of magic mixed in.  Spend some time with your little ones this week devising a plan to catch your leprechaun.  This year we used an empty tube, construction paper, glue, glitter and sequins. My two-year old quickly realized though that we needed a ladder because leprechauns can’t fly.  Thank goodness for toothpicks, they saved the day and became our ladder. Once we had our container the way we enjoyed, we set our trap.  Everyone knows a leprechaun can’t resist some gold coins and lucky charms.

This cute activity required little to no effort on my end, we used items we already had in the house.  Plus, my two-year old is obsessed with checking the trap now every morning. So, if you’re looking for a new book and a fun Saturday morning craft, look no further.  I will also be bringing this to school this week and having my students create traps, which we will write about during writing time.

Have you made a trap? Show me your pictures- I would love to see them!  What do you do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day??

See you over the rainbow!

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Baby Essentials

Shopping for all things baby can be so overwhelming, in so many ways.  With my first I was slightly obsessed with everything looking cute and matching, which ended up backfiring on me.  Sometimes things that work, aren’t necessarily the cutest but the point is they work.  So, when baby number two came along I quickly became more practical and focused on things that worked previously.  Below you will find some must-have items that have made my life SO much easier.

  1. Dr, Browns Gia Nursing Pillow: Seriously, the most underrated nursing pillow that needs more attention.  Most people, myself included, register for the Boppy. However, my aunt purchased this for me instead because my cousin had such wonderful success with it.  Let me tell you, I am thankful for this pillow everyday of my newborn’s life.  The pillow itself is crescent shape and provides an incline that is different than other pillows out there.  This allows you to use the pillow in several positions while nursing or simply holding the baby.  It is filled perfectly and maintains its shape and comfort level (mine is almost 3 years old and still feels brand new).  The Gia is budget-friendly and to make it “prettier” you can purchase a pillow cover.
  2. Summer Infant Baby Monitor: This monitor comes with a 5 inch screen, which that in itself is impressive.  This is a simple monitor that does exactly what you need it to, provide a clear image of baby.  No, it is not as fancy as some of the other monitors out there but it works efficiently and is easy to use.  When baby number two arrived I purchased a V-Tech dual monitor with a ton of features.  My summer infant monitor blows that one out of the water with its battery-life and simplicity. Summer Infants monitor provides a phenomenal battery-life, easy to use charging cord, wide range for video distance, and clear color coded system for when baby is making noise.  After 2 years, mine still works like I just purchased is yesterday.  Whereas my V-Tech dies within an hour of being unplugged and the charging cord falls out all the time.
  3. Dr. Browns Options Bottles: These bottles are the best, I wish they would have been around when I had my first. Dr. Browns bottles are one of the most suggested and favored by parents everywhere.  With the “Options” line, they have taken their classic bottle and transformed it into a bottle that can grow with baby.  The bottles still use the patent vent system, but can also be used without them as baby grows.  My second had colic, so these bottles worked tremendously well when he was smaller. As he grew out of his colic, he no longer needed the vent. Before that meant we had to purchase new bottles, but with this new design you can transition away from the vent without breaking the bank.  I cannot say enough great things about these bottles, they are simply amazing.
  4. Burts Bees Organic Pajamas: Like all over Burt’s products the pajamas are made with the same simple and natural ingredients, but for clothing.  These organic cotton pajama feel incredibly soft, even after being washed over and over again.  The pajamas also have a protected zipper feature, which keeps you from accidentally zipping baby’s skin in with the zipper.  Additionally, the feet of the pajamas are equipped with slip-proof grippers to keep little ones safe as they learn to navigate their own way.  With a price tag of only $12.95, these are worth every penny and will not break the bank.
  5. Halo Sleepsack Swaddle: Maybe I was just super unprepared with my first, but I purchased swaddle blankets that were cute and matched the nursery.  Problem was, my little ninja could break out of those blankets in seconds.  Luckily, the hospital gives every newborn a Halo Swaddle when the baby is born.  Can I please get an Alleluia! This thing was the bomb dot com.  Both of my children lived in these until they could roll over.  Plus it is dummy-proof so I had no problem wrapping baby up, unlike the blankets where I was constantly re-swaddling because I couldn’t get it tight enough.  Another amazing brand is the miracle blanket, but both my babies preferred the halo brand best.
  6. Burts Bees Organic Wearable Blanket: Just like the pajamas, this wearable blanket is the softest thing on the planet (I kinda wish they came in my size).  Wearable blankets are essential with little ones because they cannot have anything in the crib with them for the first year.  We transitioned from the swaddle to this cute little wearable blanket once the kiddos could roll in their sleep (which happened to be right at 4 months in our house). This wearable blanket zips downward and has a zipper protector flap that keeps little ones from unzipping the blanket on their own.  An added bonus, it makes middle of the night diaper changes A LOT easier.  For $22.95, it is a steal and worth every penny because they hold up and provide warmth.
  7. Homemedics Baby Soundspa: Before having our first, I never thought a sound machine was necessary.  Then, I had the baby and went running to the store one afternoon, desperate to find ANYTHING to help our little one sleep.  White noise is a must-have in this house.  We have two of these in our house currently, and cannot put the littles to sleep without them.  For the money, they hold up extremely well and should seriously be on every single registry.

What have you found that works well for those first few months at home? Its a time full of transitions, so finding what works best for you and your family is essential.  Happy Planning!

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Diaper Money

Another quick sale at Target this week on baby items. When you spend $100 on miscellaneous baby products, you receive a $20 Target gift card to spend in the future. This includes diapers, formula, food, breastfeeding supplies, bottles, etc. Be sure to check cartwheel and coupons because they can be applied to your purchase as well.

When you checkout be sure to hit the $100 mark pretax. Next, scan the $20 gift card coupon BEFORE any other coupons. After you have earned your $20 gift card, scan all other coupons to lower the price. This includes any formula vouchers you may have as well. So really, you can spend less than $100 and receive that gift card. After my formula vouchers, I spent only $85 to receive the gift card.

Who doesn’t love free money?? The $20 gift card can be used on any purchase in the future at Target. Happy Shopping!

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Sale, Sale, Sale!!!

If you know me, you know my love for target and their baby sales. No, they don’t sell actual babies. However, they often have some major steals when it comes to baby gear pricing, sales, and earning gift cards to their store with purchases on items. Well, this week is a BIG one if you’re in need of some baby gear.

For starters, if you spend $200 on nursery furniture you’ll receive a $40 target gift card to spend in the future. If you’ve ever even looked at nursery furniture, you know you’ll be spending at least that much. We purchased the Delta Bentley Crib in white from Target 3 years ago and it hasn’t disappointed us yet. That specific crib alone is $231.99. So, buy the crib get the gift card and put that down on the mattress or dresser even. As long as you checkout in separate transactions you can use the gift card the same day.

In addition to the furniture sale, they also have a coupon where if you spend $100 on baby items you’ll receive a $20 gift card. This includes diapers, wipes, formula, baby accessories, etc. If you have a little one, you know how easy this is to do. Be sure to check cartwheel before you go because certain formula brands, foods and diapers are also on there.

Go check out the sale, because it is worth it. I highly recommend checking out separately so you can take your newly earned gift cards and throw that money down on the next baby purchase. Plus if you have a target red card, you’ll save another 5%. Grab some Starbucks and enjoy your mommy time today :). Happy shopping!!!