Under the Sea Fruit Snack

Monday, June 30, 2014

I haven't been as creative with Carl's food lately. He's super picky so it makes it really hard. On the other hand, he is so much more excited now by cutesy foods so maybe it will encourage him to try new things! Today's snack is super easy. Hopefully you are better at creating fish than I am though (these were not my best). Read more to learn how to make this adorable and healthy snack.

Free Skiphop Inspired Owl Baby Shower Pack

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Have you ever seen Skip Hop's Treetop Friends collection? It is adorable! It looks like this:

Last year, a family friend was having a baby and planning a sweet nursery filled with a few Treetop Friends items. It's the perfect theme for gender neutral nurseries and parties. Not to mention, who doesn't love sweet little owls and owlets? 

To help out, I created some party printables for her work baby shower. My Mom and her friends only wanted a few paper products... but I decided to go a little crazy for all of you. I have created an insane party pack filled with everything you need for a Treetop Friends - Owl- Baby Shower. (seriously, if this is not everything you need, you are even more insane detail-oriented  than me). 

The Ultimate Owl Baby Shower Party Pack Includes:
  • Baby Whoo? Banner
  • Gifts Banner
  • Full Alphabet Banner in Script (Upper and Lower Case) to spell what you would like
  • Full Alphabet Banner in Print (all Upper)
  • Owl Banner Pieces (to add to the banner you create)
  • Blank invitation (insert into an editing program to add your own details)
  • Fill-in-the-blank Invitation
  • Thank You Card (print or send off to print to give as a gift to Mom-to-Be)
  • Advice Cards
  • Advice Card Sign
  • Mommy-to-Be sign (great to put on Mom's seat)
  • Multiple Signs including: welcome, sweets, gifts, cards, and powder room
  • Circle tags (multiple purposes)
  • Square tags (multiple purposes)
  • Water bottle labels (2 sizes)
  • Jar labels (wraps and circle or square tags combined, use 1 or 2 wraps depending on the jar size - perfect for mason jars)
  • Cupcake wrappers 
  • Favor Thank Who tags
  • Favor Thank You tags (for those that are annoyed by puns)
  • Food Tents (fold at the middle point)
  • Straw flags - 2 types (fold at the middle)
  • Mini-Cake or Food Bunting (fold in the middle over string or ribbon)
  • Monthly Onesie stickers - 2 Types (print on sticker paper) as a gift for Mom
Keep reading to check out the pretty printables!

Death by Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Today I am sharing one of my husband's favorite desserts, Death by Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake. I started to make ice cream cakes a few years ago out of necessity because my husband is really not a cake person. And in our house, peanut butter and ice cream go together even better than peanut butter and jelly. Supposedly ice cream with peanut butter is a strange concept in other parts of the country. So if you're weird a peanut butter ice cream rookie, give it a try! 

I was surprised at how easy it is to make your own ice cream cake at home. Even though this recipe is peanut butter-overload, it can be modified to any flavor you desire! 

There are a few notes on keeping the Oreos coarse rather than pulverizing them until they're powder. This is a very important tip for an ice cream cake. After making my first cake, we found the powder-like Oreo crumbs created a crust too hard to cut without letting the cake sit out to soften for way too long (melty cake = too messy). Also, don't use Double-Stuffed Oreos. I know, regular-stuffed Oreos just aren't as delicious. Problem is, the double stuffed is not the best at making crusts. 

Educational Summer Fun

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I know, school is over for the year which means no more learning, right? Well as a former teacher, I can tell you that I noticed a big difference in kids that were still actively learning over the summer. A teacher's wish is for students to practice the skills they learned from the year before (not to necessarily learn new information, just maintain information). We give assessments at the beginning of the year to see what students lost over the summer and you would be surprised at the results. 
It's summer, and I know the last thing your kids (and you) want to think about is doing school work. But there are so many fun opportunities to integrate educational experiences into summer. I am not talking about sitting down to complete math facts worksheets (that would bore me, too!) I know I sound crazy suggesting that you do school work over the summer, but trust me, your kids won't mind these type of activities! 

These games can be played with a parent, siblings, friends, etc. Modify them to meet the number of people playing. 

Personal Creations is rounding up bloggers to help encourage parents to integrate education into their summer fun. They have started a project called, School All Summer. The concept is simple: get parents to engage their children in educational activities while they are off during the summer. It's such a wonderful idea and is so important. I am glad to be helping parents find ways to make learning fun so that children do not regress while playing away in the summer sun. 

The Fault in Our Stars - 14 Free Prints & Cards

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Even though I am not a teenage girl, I hung on every word of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It's one of those books that was written for young adults, but has become loved by a much larger audience (at the time I am writing this, it has been on the NY Times Best Seller list for over 130 consecutive weeks). I was excited (and not surprised) to find out that it was going to be turned into a movie. While reading it, I highlighted many quotes along the way. I don't know the last time I read a book where I was blown away by the beauty of so many different phrases. 

I had decided a while ago that I wanted to make prints using the quotes. While they make adorable prints, I think they work even better as cards. At the end of this post, you can download all 14 prints and cards, for free!

Do you have a favorite quote from the book? Which one? Have you seen the movie? I would love to hear how it is! I haven't tried to drag my husband yet to see it, I figured I will have to get it on Netflix later and watch it with a giant box of tissues by myself.

The Ultimate List of Birthday Traditions

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I love family traditions. I mean love. Growing up, we had so many traditions that made our birthdays and holidays so much more fun. I knew that once I had children, creating traditions would be important (and exciting!) I remember staying up late at night with Kris and Carl (snuggled inside my belly), thinking of all of the traditions we would want to create as a family.

When Carl’s first birthday hit, I was so overwhelmed with planning an insane Winter Onderland (which I will share at some point here on my blog!) that coming up with traditions just fell to the side. We held his party on his actual birthday so we were in full party-prepping mode from the moment we woke up. The only special things we did for his birthday were to fill his room with balloons when he woke up and to tell him the story of his birth at bedtime.

We had spent countless hours discussing all of the traditions we would have, and when his first birthday came, we just forgot. Since Carl really didn't understand what was going on just yet, we have plenty of time to come up with some for this year. Plus, we can always lie to him and tell him we started them on his first birthday, he’ll never know the difference. :)

Biggest Little Orioles Fan & Free O's Print

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As you may have noticed, our family is a little obsessed with the Orioles. Carl has quickly become the biggest little Orioles fan around. His greatest obsession right now is his Orioles hat from Fanatics, which he asks to wear all day so that he looks just like his Daddy. 

Adorable Watermelon Cake

Monday, June 16, 2014

Last week I gave a little sneak peek on Instagram for today's post. We celebrated Carl's half-birthday (yes, my husband and I am crazy and celebrate every little thing). Since Carl's birthday falls so close to Christmas, I told my husband that I wanted to celebrate his half-birthday as a tradition. No toys or parties, just a small special dinner or dessert to celebrate. 

For his celebration this year, I decided to make him an adorable little watermelon cake. I wanted to make him something healthier than a real cake. So I decided to make it out of his favorite food: watermelon. 

If you haven't read already, Carl is obsessed with watermelon. We have to hide the bowl in the back of the fridge because if he sees it, he goes nuts. I don't mean "whines a little kind of nuts," I mean, "the screaming "mmmmm" and pointing and when the fridge door shuts, falling to the ground kicking and screaming like we told him he could never eat another bite of watermelon again" kind of nuts.

So I knew that if Carl could request any food for such a special occasion, he would pick watermelon. 

Super Easy DIY Etched Mason Jars

Friday, June 13, 2014

For the past couple of weeks I have been pinning etching how-to's. I was really worried about trying to attempt something that I have never done. I couldn't believe how easy it was! Since etching these mason jars, I have been searching my house for other things I can etch (can't wait to etch our pyrex dishes so I never leave one at a pot-luck again!).

For today's post, I am sharing with you a Father's Day etching project we made for the Grandpa's in Carl's life (his Dziadek and Pop). Have you ever etched anything before? I would love to see some more etching ideas!

Dad-Inspired BBQ and Coleslaw Sandwich

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My poor husband got made into a BBQ and coleslaw sandwich for dinner the other night. Of course, I realized later that I forgot to add his glasses (well he let me know I forgot, oops!). And I wish I could say that Carl ate this, but being a picky toddler, he had no interest in BBQ. He liked the sauce but spit the meat out (lovely, I know).

So here's how I made this ridiculously cheesy Dad-themed sandwich.

Free Printable Father's Day Tags & Picture Idea

Monday, June 9, 2014

Looking for quick Father's Day gift ideas? I have two perfect solutions for you today. One is a simple picture idea that can be done with kids or even animals. I am sure you have seen variations of this idea all over Pinterest. 

Can't think of a larger gift for Dad this year? Then the second option is perfect. Create a gift basket thanking Dad for the many things he does for your family. I have am giving you free printable gift tags to attach to each little gift. I have some ideas for your basket below.

Father's Day Candy Jar Label Printables

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Today I will be sharing with you two free mason jar printables that are perfect for Dads and Grandpas this Father's Day. The first jar was inspired by Creatively Christy. I made this jar for my husband last year on Father's Day because Reese's Pieces are his favorite candy. This year, I decided to use Moon Pies to inspire a new jar. This jar is great for any loved one because it is not specifically labeled for Father's Day (but is perfect for it!). 

The labels come in PDF format ready to print and cut. For the Reeses Pieces labels, I have included multiple versions of Dad and Grandpa as well as a blank label (now that my Dad goes by Dziadek, I understand the importance of leaving things blank to fill in a Grandparent/Parents nickname). Both labels are available to download at the end of the post.

Price is Right's Biggest Little Fan

Friday, June 6, 2014

To say that my son loves the Price is Right is an understatement. Forget Elmo and Mickey, his favorite TV character is Drew! This week has been #sociallyawesomeweek and of course we have been following along. I thought it would be the perfect time to share this adorable video showing Carl's excitement. 

We aren't sure if it's the pretty women, cars, excitement, the wheel, or the fact that he has been listening/watching The Price is Right since I was on Bed Rest at 24 weeks. Whatever the reason, there is no denying his Price is Right obsession. 

Check out the video below!

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Free Printable Father's Day Coupon Book

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I know there are so many coupon books out there already, but I thought you could use more! Last year, I created this coupon book for my husband. Since it was his first Father's Day, I went all out with custom cutesy gifts from Carl and Cosby. At the time, I wasn't blogging so I never shared them with anyone and didn't even think to take pictures (oops!). 

What did you give your husband for his first Father's day? I found the first year to be a lot easier than this year. This year, Carl is at an age where hand and foot print crafts aren't really possibly (too wiggly) and it seems I used up all of the good ideas that I found on Pinterest last year. 

Round Up: 30 Father's Day Crafts & Printables!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Father's Day is less than 2 weeks away. I have been busy trying to come up with things to make my husband and the grandpas. While wasting spending time on Pinterest, I saw so many creative ideas for gifts. It always amazes the the ideas other Bloggers come up with. So today I have selected 30 of my favorite Father's Day crafts and printables to share with you. 

Last year, I used Pinterest to come up with many ideas for my husband. Of course, I wasn't blogging then, so I didn't even think to take pictures. But thankfully, I did keep the files on my computer so I will share those with you later this week. 

What do you have planned for Father's Day? Have you created anything for the special men in your life? I would love to add them to my collection so please send them my way!

Alaskan Adventure

Sunday, June 1, 2014

You've probably noticed, my posts and interactions have been low the past 2 weeks. For the first week, my husband and I were away on an Alaskan cruise (noticed I didn't mention Carl - I bawled cried just a little at the airport). And then this week, I have been trying to get our lives back on track (which hasn't been easy with my teething little guy who has decided to cut his nap-time in half). I had enough posts schedule through our trip and thought I would easily pick right back up after we got back... man was I wrong! Things will pick back up here this week. 

If you have ever thought about going to Alaska, do it. People aren't lying when they call it the trip of a lifetime. We had the most amazing time. Have you ever gone to Alaska? Which ports did you stop at?