Category Archives: Birthday

Easy to make Tipi for Kids!

If you've been anywhere near Pinterest in the last few years, you'll have seen some of these fun teepee hideouts for kids.  With a few little kids running around, we thought this would make a great present but the price was a little more than I was thinking of. So we took a few dimensions and…
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When considering a baby name…

What's in a name? Shakespeare seemed to think it wasn't that important but I'd say it does have significance if you are the one being named. There's the story that says a father named his two sons Winner and Loser. Loser became a detective with the NYPD and Winner became a petty criminal who ended up…
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Snail Mail Fun For Kids!

Everyone likes to get mail; as in an actual letter in the mail box. It feels so much more personal than those quick shot messages through the internet or by text. Here's a few ideas to include your kids in on this time honored tradition. Start them young, even before writing age by having them…
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Happy Tin Can Tossing

With 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share a DIY, new edition of the all time favorite outdoor game, tin can tossing. This game will be the perfect pastime for young and old and shouldn't be missing on any July 4th barbecue or picnic. Most of the…
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Shish-Ke-Balloon!

Looking for a way to liven up a party with kids? This trick will have them cringing in anticipations and then gasping in awe at your sweet skills. You only need a skewer, a balloon and a little dish detergent. Make sure you don't blow up the balloon any bigger than the length of your…
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Creative Uses For Sidewalk Chalk

With the weather outside getting warmer, I've been more inspired to find fun ways for kids to stay outside. Sidewalk chalk is a go-to for summer fun. All you need is some blacktop and color for your kids to create a masterpiece. And when it rains you have a fresh canvas to start over.  I…
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Happy Birthday – Time to Be a Princess!

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who celebrated her 4th birthday. She and her lucky sister both got beautiful princess dresses. They loved everything about them - dancing around with swinging petticoats, gracefully waving their hands just like Royals and above all, being treated like real Princesses. The purple and pink dress was…
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Great Indoor Game – Sponge Darts

Sponge darts is an awesome indoor game to keep your kids occupied on rainy days. All you need is some painter's tape and sponges. I taped circles to the floor, added a starting line and then we were ready to start the game! Make your own rules! We had two throws each and tried to come as close…
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Sweet Valentine’s Cards for Kids

Here is an easy, fun and super cute way for your kids to send lovely greetings to their Valentines. All you need is LOVE ....and colorful paper, lollipops, scissors, pens and some sticky tape. Have your kids choose their favorite color for the butterfly and then have them fold the sheet once. Roughly sketch one…
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Mouthwatering Sesame Street Cupcakes!

These Cookie Monster cupcakes are the perfect combination of funny and delicious that younger kids will love. Also, they are so easy to make that you can include your little helpers in the process! Whether for a party at school or at home or even just to make a regular day a little extra special, these cupcakes are just the thing to put a smile on your child's face.

cookie monster cupcakesHere's the recipe we used for our chocolate cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • icing sugar
  • blue food coloring

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups .

3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

4. For the icing, melt a tablespoon of butter and add icing sugar, a splash of lemon juice (or just water) and blue food coloring and mix it well.

5. Frost with the blue icing and  dip it into coconut. Make the google eyes with marshmallows (small pieces cut from the big ones) and a dot of black icing. Hold the cookie into the mouth with icing or alternatively use a sugar candy tongue.

Nom, nom, nom!

New Year’s Cocktails for Kids

Toast to the New Year with some delicious non-alcoholic cocktails your kids will love. All you'll need is some juice, syrup and fruit to decorate, maybe also cocktail umbrellas. For the sugar rim, I asked my niece to moisten the rim with a lemon slice and then had her dip it into the sugar. Triple…
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Mission impossible

You want to make your kid's birthday really special? Here is a nice idea that won't cost much but that'll earn you a lot of happy faces. Turn your flat into an adventurous place teaming with laser beams and all the kids in secret agents! Simply use strands off wool and stretch them between banisters…
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