Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 1st Birthday!

Little Guy is about to turn 2 and I've started thinking about his 2nd birthday party.  Well, since I never actually shared his 1st Birthday party pics... here is the big reveal (almost a year later!)

Little Guy's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 1st Birthday!
We set up a small gift table on our screen porch.  I couldn't find tablecloths that matched my theme so I bought fabric from Joann Fabrics (black/white chevron and polka dots).  I found the "ONE" letters at Michael's and used Modge Podge to decorate them with scrapbook paper.  I made all of the banners using cardstock, scrapbook paper, Modge Podge, ribbon, and tulle. 
Another little banner (this one was made out of the paper scraps from the other banners).  
These are some pictures of our little food tent sent up... we had a hotdog "bar"!
I found the black, red, and white picture frames at Michael's.  I printed the signs to fit inside and embellished them with Mickey Mouse stickers.  Of course, the utensils, plates, and cups had to fit the theme as well.  I went with solid red & black (to keep costs down) and added a little pop with black & white polka dot napkins!

After the party, I used the decorations as a backdrop to take pictures of Little Guy for his thank you cards.  They came out so cute!

We went all out for his 1st birthday but, with a new arrival coming soon, I'm unsure how much time/energy I'll have to plan another elaborate party!  This bums me out because everyone who knows me knows how much I love a good theme and throwing parties!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!  I hope I can share some 2nd birthday pictures soon! :)

Monday, June 22, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge ~ Week 2: Dare to Dream

This week is week 2 of the TPT Seller Challenge: Dare to Dream!
We were challenged to share our "goals and dreams" for our TPT businesses.
Goal 1: Pay Off Student Loans ~ While I would be beyond thrilled to pay them off completely, I'm starting small and just hoping to cover my monthly payments with my TPT sales.

Goal 2: Save for the Future ~ I love being a stay at home mommy and I hope that my TPT sales will help allow me to continue this amazing adventure with my Little Guy (and baby brother, coming soon!).  I would also love to be able to put some of my earnings toward their savings accounts/college funds.

Goal 3: Home Improvements ~ We recently moved into a new home, and while we love it, it could use a few updates.  For example, our bathroom is currently rocking a "groovy" mustard yellow tub and sink!  Throwback to the '70's!

What are some of your future dreams?  Leave me a comment! :)
Week 1 of the TPT Seller Challenge was "Makeover Madness".
I shared the update of my "Brown Bear and Friends MEGA Math Pack" but forgot to share my updated "Gingerbread Literacy & Math Pack" with you!
I updated the cover, extended the counting clip cards to include numbers to 20, added 2 data collection sheets to correspond with the measurement mats, and changed the graphics on the number cards.

I hope you like the changes!  Stay tuned for week 3! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge ~ Week 1: Makeover Madness

I'm joining some amazing teacher bloggers in the TPT Seller Challenge!
I'm so excited for the opportunity to "meet" some new teacher friends and get the motivation to update some of my older TPT products!

Week 1 in the challenge is called "Makeover Madness"
I decided to update one of my favorite sets, "Brown Bear & Friends MEGA Math Pack"
I added 2 collection data sheets to go along with my measurement mats and expanded the counting clip cards to include numbers 1 - 20!

I marked down this set for only $2 until Friday, that's over 50% off!  
Hurry over to my TPT Store if you're interested, and while you're there, don't forget to check out the matching "Brown Bear and Friends MEGA Literacy Pack" 

Please leave me some feedback and let me know what you think about the "Makeover"!
Thanks! :)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Edible "Sand" Play for Toddlers

I've been waiting to introduce Little Guy to sand and now that it's warm out, I couldn't wait any longer.  He still has a tendency to "taste" things though and, being an over protective mommy, I could just picture him eating a spoonful.  I still had some baby rice cereal in the house and the texture is very similar to sand, so I thought we would try that out!
He loved using spoons to scoop the "sand" into measuring cups and different size containers.
This activity kept him occupied for quiet a while and he seemed to really like the texture of the "sand".  Mommy liked that it is helping him to develop fine motor and self-help (scooping/pouring) skills.  While it was so easy to set up, it was definitely NOT mess free!  We're going to try this again, but only when I feel like sweeping up a huge mess!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Painting with Water ~ Easy Toddler Play

Looking for a super easy way to keep a toddler busy?  Hang up a piece of butcher block paper and let him paint with water!

The first time we tried this out, I gave him a paint brush and let him hold a little cup of water.  Big mistake, he just wanted to dump the water onto the paper.  I took the cup away and just gave him a wet paint brush.  He did much better this way and would bring me the brush when it was dry and I would dip it for him.
Little Guy found a paint brush recently and really wanted to paint, so we gave water painting another go!  This time, he did GREAT holding the cup of water and was able to "paint" all on his own!
Check out those nice straight lines!  
This activity is SO easy and, for the most part, mess free!  I definitely recommend trying it out!