Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Toad &Toadette

 My sister and her husband went to a Sweetheart's dinner at their church. Each couple was assigned a table that had a theme. You dress up to go along with the theme. Their table's theme was Super Mario Brothers. They decided to go as Toad and Toadette. In case you are wondering who Toad and Toadette are here is a picture.
Toad and Toadette
My sister had an idea of how to make the costumes but she asked me to help a little. It was such a fun project! We made the mushroom hats using sombreros. We covered the top of the sombreros with felt filled with grocery bags.  
sewing on the bottom panel of the dress.

I was relived that we found a pink dress at a store so I didn't have to sew a whole dress. However the dress was too short so I added 6 inches of white fabric to the bottom.
Toad's vest
The vest was easy enough to make because we cut a shirt down the middle, chopped off the sleeves and added some gold ribbon.
The table decorations were awesome.
They looked so good they won the costume contest! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tried of Magic Tree House?

The Magic Tree House books are great, Jack and Annie's adventures never seem to end. But if you want to mix it up with a new brother sister globe trotting duo try Recipe for Adventure! It is a new series of chapter books by Giada De Laurentiis. In the first book the siblings travel to Italy then France in the 2nd and on to China. It's great for talking about different cultures with your kids. The adventure can continue into the kitchen because book comes with 2 recipes.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Super Hero Valentine

 Up up and away!
 I got the idea from Pinterest. I love this because it's boyish and easy. I had all the supplies at home the only thing I had to buy was the tootsie pop.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

DIY Valentine's Day backdrop

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, D's teacher wanted to do a special project with her class for the occasion. Last year she had a "photo shoot" with her class. The pictures turned out amazing. The parents loved their gift. This year she wanted to take the kids picture but she was thinking a different background. D's teacher is super creative and a great friend of mine. I suggested a chalkboard backdrop. Chalkboards seem to be all the rage in wedding photos and on Pinterest. 
You'd think being at a school we would be able to find a chalkboard but everyone has a Promethean or white boards. We didn't let this stop us. 
We used black butcher paper and chalk. Then we taped the paper to a bulletin board.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mrs. Kennedy and Me

 While in Hawaii I read Mrs. Kennedy and Me By Clint Hill. Clint Hill was Jackie Kennedy's personal secret service agent for 4 years. Before reading this book I didn't know much about Jackie O, aside from  being first lady and her impeccable style. If your looking for some dirt on Mrs. Kennedy you won't find it in this book…Clint Hill holds her on a pedestal. Sometimes it was a little hard to read because no one can be that perfect. However I did get some insight into the hardships she had. I didn't realize that she lost her son, Patrick 3 months before Jack Kennedy was killed. She was a strong lady!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Super Bowl

 This year's Super Bowl party stadium. 
This year for the Super Bowl I made blue cupcakes with green frosting for the Seahawks and orange for the Broncos. Last year I made a Smith Island cake for the Ravens. The Smith Island cake was an awesome challenge and I was hoping the Ravens made it to the Super Bowl just so I could make the cake again. This year I had a hard time finding a signature baked treat from Denver or Seattle so I just baked colorful cupcakes.