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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tween Craft: Squid Eraser Pencil Toppers


 Here is one more quick and easy tween craft to share with you today, also made entirely by my resident tween artist in residence, my now 11-year-old "E." She made these last year when she was 10 but I never got a chance to share them with you here on the blog. "E" loves all things squids and snails. She whipped these up one afternoon and I thought they were so clever. She has the best ideas, I'm sure you'll be reading her blog soon enough, I should just let her take over this one for me!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tween Craft: Paper Squid Origami Party Invitations


My resident, 11 year old "tween" daughter, "E" loves squids and ocean life. 
She hopes to study Marine Biology someday. She is also an artist and loves Origami. 
One of her favorite, go-to websites for Origami is Origami Club

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PaddlePak by Trunki Water Resistant Backpack for Kids Review and Giveaway #LoveTrunki #sponsored #paddlepakUS #TrunkiUS

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.I received compensation for this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own and truthful.


The girls and I squealed out loud when we opened our brand new 
Purple Octopus PaddlePak from our friends at Trunki. How cute is he?! We LOVE it!!! 

This ADORABLE water resistant backpack is THE perfect waterproof pack for kids. 
It is the perfect size backpack for kids to stuff in their wet swim suits, swim caps, goggles, pool toys, 
and damp towels! Bonus, it's so cute, they'll actually want to wear it and carry their own stuff. 
No more mom schlepping the gigantic pool bag!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Kid's Craft: How to Make Beautiful Flowers with Coffee Filters and Cupcake Liners


Tissue paper flowers are a classic childhood craft. 
We made our own flowers for C's recent Fairy Garden-themed birthday party with supplies we had in the house: coffee filters and cupcake liners. 
This colorful Spring craft would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, 
a Birthday Party, or Baby Shower celebration. 
They are so simple to make that preschoolers can make them 
but have enough wow factor that tweens can enjoy the project as well! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Child's Dish Garden Inspired by Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return #LegendsofOz #sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own and truthful.

My girls love the story of the Wizard of Oz and can't wait for the new movie, 
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return to come out in theaters on May 9th, 2014.
It is a 3-D animated musical based on the wonderful adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. The movie is a continuation of one of the world's most popular and beloved fairy tales. Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a creepy and devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). I have to say that clowns and jesters completely creep me out so kudos to the folks at Oz for picking a good villain! 
New characters Wiser the Owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the Tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey 
through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to the Emerald City.
Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams wrote the songs for this family friendly-film. 


The girls and I loved China Country in the new movie, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. 
So, we used it as inspiration for our latest backyard fun project, a child's dish garden!

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