October 19, 2014

Gender Reveal Chalkboard Shirts

If you didn't catch my little announcement in my Pregnancy Announcement Ideas post then this post should get you up to date! We are expecting number 4 this winter! We told family around July 4 with a cute fireworks themed basket!

I wanted a fun way to announce this babies gender without going completely over board (it is number 4 after all). Honestly I wanted to wait until it was born and be surprised, but my husband was having none of that (and I thought I was the inpatient one)! So I decided I wanted to make each of the kids a shirt they could wear as well as one for the baby.  While wondering around Hobby Lobby I came across fabric chalkboard paint. It even came in a little kit with a stencil and a foam brush! I thought this was a great solution for making shirts that could be reused too (I mean how often do kids really wear a Big Sister shirt; mine like twice)!

The paint was really pretty easy to use too. I started by picking out shirts in my kids favorite colors and washing them. Once they were dry (and ironed) all I had to do was apply the stencil and then use the foam brush to paint on the chalkboard paint. Then I let it dry a couple days to be sure before I wrote on it. 

I just used plain old crayola colored chalk to write my messages on the shirts; of course I let the kids choose which colors they wanted though. Some of the shirts had to be redone a couple times until I got the hang of how to space the words. Luckily it was really easy to clean the chalk off with a damp rag and then leave it for a couple minutes to dry!  

I did have to make a smaller stencil with freezer paper for the onesie, so if you want to make your own stencil it is totally doable. All you do it use freezer paper and iron it shiny side down before painting. Pull the stencil off before the paint dries!

So here are the results!

That's right we are adding a surprise baby girl! Really we figured that was the case from the beginning, but at least we know and can plan (or should I say craft) appropriately! I never could get a good picture of all the kids holding the little shirt. Either Eli was too upset about having his picture taken (really it was about the picture not another girl) or the girls were way too excited!

I was just happy that in the month following the ultrasound (which is also when we told the kids), they didn't tell anyone! I was pretty worried they would be blabbing it as soon as they found out!

I have since washed the shirts (laid flat to dry), and they look great and are ready for some new messages! That was the best part about the chalkboard paint; it is totally customizable! How did you announce your babies gender?

October 16, 2014

Frozen Birthday Party

It was birthday time in our house again, and ever since last December when we saw the movie Frozen, Nadia was determined to have a Frozen party! Almost a year later that was still her theme of choice! Luckily for me about every other little girl has had a Frozen party this year, so ideas abound! 

I was able to find some adorable invites FREE over at Homeketeers! Decorating was pretty easy this time of year too since Christmas decorations are already in stores. Some twinkle lights, snowflakes, and tinsel, and you have a personal winter wonderland! 

She also chose an Elsa blue for most of the decor, but went with purple plates and napkins for Anna. As a side note I haven't figured out why everyone prefers Elsa when Anna is the hero; seriously girls, I hope you understand this when you get older and don't just gravitate to the pretty dress!

Food was pretty easy for this one. There are only a couple foods mentioned in the movie, so I started with those: "Finish Each Other's Sandwiches" and "Anna's Chocolate Fondue." 

We needed some veggies, so our carrots became "Sven Snacks" and broccoli and cauliflower were "Troll Treats."

I had planned to use pretzels either as antlers or snowman arms depending on the shape, but my husband requested chips and dip, so we ended up with "Kristoff's Ice Chips."

And you can't leave out the snowmen we had marshmallows to "Build a Snowman" (conveniently located near the chocolate fondue) and "Olaf's Warm Hugs."

Elsa had her own "Snowball Punch" (recipe from Comfy in the Kitchen).

Of course Elsa also took the cake! Nadia chose a cake with ombre blue swirls on the bottom and a rock candy ice castle on top. Lucky for me it was actually surprisingly easy to decorate! The main issue I ran into with the cake (and also an issue that has made me question my sanity in throwing birthday parties) was realizing 2 days prior to the party that my children did not own a small Elsa doll wearing the appropriate dress. Seriously! Luckily they have an adult in their life who adores them and was willing to drive to like 5 different stores looking for one (it wasn't me either)! In the end she came up with this Elsa which was much closer, but all the correct Elsa's were still sold out! How can that be when the movie came out nearly a year ago! Anyway, Nadia was quite pleased with the cake, and it turned out pretty yummy too!

She was super pleased with all her gifts as well! Really she seemed to have a great time being a princess getting all the attention and of course wearing her super poofy Elsa tutu.

I never got a good picture of the favors. I made the kids a baggie of Erupting Snow as well as a baggie of Sparkle Slime, and of course also sent them home with rock candy and Olaf hugs!  I hope they all enjoyed their sensory fun! Now I am left deciding whether I want to take my winter wonderland down or leave it through the winter! How long do you leave up party decorations?

October 14, 2014

Ways to Add Color to Your Kid's Day from Mom's Library

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