Thursday, November 17, 2011

Truth-Telling Toy Catalogs

Wouldn't it be nice to get a little truth out of a toy catalog.  I mean tell me what i'm getting into so I can make a more informed decision.  Go ahead and give me a nice picture of how the thing would look if all the directions are in English and the parts are ALL there.  But then bring in the "targeted child" let them play, then tell me how long they actually played with it, what they were able to tear apart first, and what was the main thing they wanted to put in their mouth and then show me a picture of the destruction.  Yes, show me the mess!!!  It probably won't deter me from buying the million piece toy, but then I can't bitch about how many parts there are and how it's always everywhere!  Also, wouldn't this be a nice tool for selecting toys for say....oh.. nieces and nephews! (payback, sis!).  Don't give me a description of the "educational value".  I'm sorry, just because something has been decorated with the alphabet does not qualify it as a dictionary!  Just saying...

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14 - National Dessert Day

I have to wonder if anyone is actually looking at my blog.  Anyone out there????  Janna, I know you are!  Probably the one person who ever comments!  Love you!  So, I've neglected you all with the special days of the year.  I won't bore you by filling you in on every day since, ummm.....sometime in September, so I'll just start with today.  Happy National Dessert day!  Coincidentally, i actually experimented with some different cupcakes tonight.....i didn't actually look at what today was until just now.  

Banana Muffins with a milk chocolate filling and a peanut butter cream cheese topping with a piece of dark chocolate.

Carrot and Pineapple Cupcakes with a cream cheese filling and topping with orange sugar (Mikey's contribution)

Hope they entice people to buy stuff at my yard sale tomorrow!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mickey Mouse Cake

Not my best work, but here is the Mickey Mouse themed cake from Jackson's 1st birthday.

Tie Dye Cake

During Hurricane Irene, we had a tie dye party!  This was the cake:

Ladybug Cake

I did this cake for my niece's 4th birthday.

Sandcastle Cake

This cake was made for a friend's daughter who was having a mermaid birthday party



Banana Cake

I did this one for Mikey's 1st birthday.  The theme was Curious George.  I did the big banana for guests and the red hat for his personal cake.

Airplane Cake

I've done a few cakes now and thought i'd put some of them up here.



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pirate Ship and Party

I had a hard time finding pictures of an easy pirate ship made out of cardboard boxes, so I'm posting my little project in hopes of helping someone else in the future.
two boxes
 I cut on end of the box down the middle, including top and bottom flaps, then opened it up until the flaps came together.  i trimmed the flaps to make the triangle shape.  Then i took another piece of cardboard, folded it in half and created the point of the bow.  Then used A LOT of tape!
I attached the smaller box upside down on the back and attached with tape.  The smaller box was slightly wider, so i had to work with the remaining flaps on the large box to create a shelf of sorts.  I also cut windows, one on each side, leaving the flap for a window cover and then an diamond on the back.

I covered the whole thing in brown packing paper and used, again, a LOT of tape.  Clear packing tape.
For the back window, i used a page protector with a sheet of tissue paper in it.  I would have used colored cellophane if i had any.

I added the wood look with a sharpie.  The sail is part of a bed sheet handing on a dowel rod.  I printed out a picture of a ship and then raced it onto the fabric with fabric pen.  The flag is a piece of dowel road with a picture i cut from a party bag i found at target.

I have decided to update this post with more ideas from our pirate party.

Invitations: we ended up with two types.  The first was the message in a bottle ones from Oriental Trading.  Cute, but messy!  Then we did treasure maps using packing paper cut into 8x11 pieces, i printed the information, then we burned the edges and rolled with a piece of garden twine.

Food:  Hot dog boats (hot dogs with tiny pirate flags), seaweed salad (pasta pasta salad), goldfish crackers, and a make your fruit kabob platter using those little cocktail swords.

Cake:  Made a treasure chest.  Pretty much followed the video found here:

Games/Activities:  There was a plank to walk to get into the house which was just a board, then i had pirate bandannas for each kid and offered face painting.  Then they got to make a telescope from paper towel tubes with colored saran wrap rubber-banded to the end and they colored the sides.  Then we went outside for fishing, freeze dance to pirate music and a treasure hunt.  Once again we used the packing paper to make clues.  They found a treasure chest full of mardi gra necklaces and plastic coins from Oriental Trading and jewels.  You can find the jewels at walmart or any pet store.  they are the planter fillers or aquarium rocks in jewel shapes.  We also used the jewels as prizes during the games.

Decorations:  the ship, of course, which was a hit.  the kids played on it a lot and it worked really well to get pictures of each kid for thank you notes.  Everything else we kept simple and in red and black.

Here are some pictures to give you ideas!

 Hope this helps any other Pirate moms out there!