Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Popsicle Making with the Zoku

Have you seen this yet?  It's a Zoku, a super speedy popsicle maker.  I received one for my birthday, and the girls and I are loving it!  Like an ice cream maker, you it in the freezer for 24 hours.  Once frozen, you add your yummy ingredients.  The popsicles freeze in around 7 minutes.  Soooo much better than waiting for hours and hours.  The recipe book I received shows some incredible popsicles, like art in frozen form.  

We went for something a little bit more low-key and made lemonade popsicles using lemons from our back yard.  Such a fun treat for a hot summer day.  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tooth Fairy Ideas

The Tooth Back Story:
Lots of things in my world as a mama I'm totally ready for.  Recitals, potty training, bedtime.  Something I just so wasn't expecting was a loose tooth!  Georgia is four and a half, four and a half!  

She mentioned it was wiggling, but it didn't really hit me that it would fall out any time soon.  We were hanging with our super sweet friends, Riley and Logan, and their mama at Disney's California Adventure when a pack of fruit snacks began our adventure.

Here's the big girl missing one on the bottom row.  There's a total grown-up tooth back there.

Tooth Fairy Preparations:
So I then had the late afternoon and evening to get my act together and get ready for the arrival of the Tooth Fairy.  I knew I wanted Georgia to have a special place to put her tooth, so I found some adorable options online.  Since I had hours, not days, I got busy making one myself.

I simplified the tutorial for a Tooth Fairy Pillow because I have limited sewing skills.

Now, I have a tendency to go a little overboard, and, thankfully, so does the Tooth Fairy.  She commemorated the event with this special free printable certificate.  What I particularly adore about this version (she has so many available online) is that her name is Flossie which was my grandmother's name.  Maybe grandmas get to be tooth fairies, who knows!

Here is the link to get your own.

The Tooth Fairy also brought a super fancy new toothbrush, toothpaste, and the traditional monetary gift.  How much is the T.F. giving out these days?  Georgia got "two monies" and was elated, but that might not suffice as she gets older.  

As the dentist predicted at her check-up, the other bottom tooth is due to fall out soon.  Got to get ready for Round 2!   

In case you've got a wiggly tooth in your house, here are some other cute ideas:
*  How Does She had a super special idea of leaving a glass of water out.  The Tooth Fairy colors changes it to the color of your princess dreams when she comes to retrieve your tooth.

*  T.F. uses hairspray and glitter to make money sparkly.

*  Since she's so fairy-tastic, she might just leave behind fairy dust as she flies through the house.  It looks a lot like fine glitter.  

*  We wrote a letter explaining how the tooth was lost and thanking her for her gift.  I made sure to photocopy for Georgia's scrapbook.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Rainbow Unicorn Party

It was a magical day at Harper's Rainbow Unicorn Party.  Big props to our family and friends for making it such a great day for her.  Here are some of the highlights:

Rainbow Unicorn Decorations

Paint chip rainbow...Not tricky & super inexpensive diy project.  I made a foam board covered with paint chips and finished it off with two white pom pom clouds. 

Keeping with the paint chips, I made some cupcake toppers & wrap keeper togetherers.  Yup, that's a word.  
Paint chip utensil holders...two paint chips hot glued together with a white unicorn were free since I had the utensils and white card stock at home already.  

 Using crepe paper streamers from the Dollar Tree, I fancied up the tables.  My helpers supervised from below the table.

 Melted crayon was our first attempt, but it ended up super cute!

Unicorn handbands...just in case you don't have a rainbow t-shirt in your closet.   I found Ashley's Crafts which has a bunch of cute templates for animal headbands.  I used those as a starting point to sketch a horn and ears.  

Rainbow Unicorn Party Activities

Using leftover baby food jars as crayon holders, guests were invited to color their own rainbows using half of a paper plate.

Unicorn races...I have a tendency to make other work for people.  This was no exception.  My mother in law made these super amazing unicorns and ponies for our races.  The pattern came from Craftsy for only $6.50!  

The racers lining up.  

Remember how I said I made work for other people?  Got my mom and aunt sewing gold medals for the race contestants!

 We modified a medal idea I found here.  The posting was all about Olympics which is totally perfect timing with the upcoming games.

Now just some super cute pictures I love...