Candy Bar / Candy Buffet

My girls have danced around the house all weekend reminding me that there are only “9 days left of school”.

At this point, actually learning anything is mute – it’s all about treat days and field trips to celebrate the end of another school year…. essentially a month-long party with a bit of math squeezed in.

Last week Madison had “Candy Day” at school.

I’m not sure why her teachers thought that jacking thirty 11 year-olds full of sugar was a good idea, […]

2020-08-23T15:45:47-04:00June 18th, 2017|GAMES / FUN, KIDS, PARTY IDEAS|1 Comment

Outdoor Summer Games – Tic Tac Toe

I will admit that there are a LOT of pins with ideas for creating tic tac toe boards in fun and unusual ways. Ladybug and frog rocks, chalk paint and frisbees on the lawn, paper plates in hotel rooms – there’s even a version of tic tac toe with lego. It’s an easy game for any age and one that can be played just about anywhere.

Having written that, I do have a new, unique take on this fun, […]

2020-08-23T15:45:47-04:00June 17th, 2017|GAMES / FUN, KIDS|0 Comments

American Girl Doll Treehouse / Beach house

Build an American Girl Doll (or other 18″ doll) DIY dollhouse / DIY treehouse to keep the imagination going outside.

[Updated 09/07/17:  I am including some build plans in this post]

Our friend Jeannie is turning 8 shortly.  She is my youngest’s best friend and her parents are our best friends – so when a birthday allows me a little DIY love, I’m all over it!

I had a few parameters that I tried to stick to when building this American Girl […]

2020-08-23T15:45:59-04:00March 11th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, GAMES / FUN, KIDS|46 Comments

Ugly Christmas Sweaters – or rather t-shirts

We had fun last weekend. We were laughing and giggling away because of the task our advent calendar had us scheduled to complete: ugly Christmas sweaters.

When I first put the idea into the girls’ calendar, I had thought we would buy some ugly Christmas sweaters from the thrift store, but when last weekend rolled around, I decided we didn’t need to spend any more money to still have the same fun… so I brought out some old t-shirts […]

You’ve Been Boo’d III

This is a repeat/redundant post that I do every single year, and will continue to do until my girls are too old to enjoy surprise treats – our annual “You’ve Been Boo’d”.

If you haven’t seen my Boo’d I and Boo’d II posts, the idea is to package up a few pre-Hallowe’en goodies, along with the “You’ve Been Boo’d” poem then drop your gifts off at friends homes by ringing and running.

My girls LOVE the ring and run part […]

2020-08-23T15:46:51-04:00October 12th, 2016|GAMES / FUN, HOLIDAYS, KIDS, PRINTABLES|0 Comments

Personal (mini) Fire Pit

I love this post so much – and I can’t take credit for it at all.

Damn!  I hate sharing the glory.

My friend Leslie was showing me photographs from a party her daughter threw the other week; in them, she pointed out the mini fire pit / personal fire pits she had created for the girls so they could have a s’mores bar.

I was all over her for details on how to make one – and she one-upped me by bringing […]

Laser Tag Party

Age 10, do you believe it?

Miss Madison is now a “tween” with all the attitude and aspirations of a full-fledged teen. She has moved on from ponies to painting nails, from playing with her toys to asking Truth or Dare Questions. I know that it was bound to happen and it’s a good thing that she’s moving onto new things but my heart breaks at the thought of her taking yet another step out of my arms […]

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