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How to Plan a Superhero Party on a Budget

January 5, 2014 No Comments

What boy (or girl!) doesn’t love superhero birthday themed parties! Today, I want to talk about how to plan a superhero birthday party on a budget. We specialize in boy parties on my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams. That means I have a ton of party ideas to help you plan yours! Whether you’re looking for ideas on decorations, dessert tables, party favors or games, here are my tips on how to make it equal parts budget-friendly and awesome.

Superhero Party Ideas

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Preschool Craft – Making a 3D Fish Scene with Paper Plates

August 14, 2013 3 Comments

My kids are always wanting to cut, paint, glue, or just scribble on a piece of paper. Crafts are always a favorite activity and I often try to come up with different activities based on what they find appealing at the moment. Most recently it has been fish. We decided over the weekend to make our own little 3D fish scene using paper plates.

Paper Plate Craft 3D Fish Scene

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You are My Sunshine – Handprint Sun

January 10, 2013 1 Comment

Handprint Ideas for Toddlers

My kids love painting and doing art projects. Instead of doing our normal finger painting project this time, I wanted to do something different. It was a cold, gloomy day so we needed some sun! My sons are two and three and really enjoyed each step especially tracing their hands (well I traced most of them but my three year old did a few as well).

NEED:

  • Yellow Paint
  • Yellow construction paper or scrapbook paper (I had different shades in my scrapbooking supplies so I used a few different ones)
  • Paper Plate (or yellow paper cut into a circle)
  • Pencil/Pen to trace
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Make a Handprint Sun with Preschoolers

If you are using a paper plate, paint it yellow and let it dry. Meanwhile, trace about 20 hands on yellow paper and cut out.

Glue the hands on the back of the plate layering them.

Take it Further: Add a smiley face or write “You are My Sunshine” on it and give it to a loved one!

**Make sure you check out the handprint flower my son did a couple years ago. A definite hit with their Grandmas!

Handprint Summer Ideas for Kids

UPDATE: Check out the Handprint Tote Bags we made!


I’m a Pull-Ups ‘First Flush’ Ambassador

December 24, 2012 No Comments

Huggies Pull-Ups Party

Last week, I shared with you my quick tips for potty training and the start of the potty training journey with my two year old. So far things are going pretty well. We’ve had some struggles, but that is expected. Some days he doesn’t want to use the potty at all, but we work through it with patience. I know that each and every flush is a reason to celebrate. We like to celebrate each flush with an enthusiastic high five, but of course a big brother’s high-five is better than a Mom’s. His three year old brother has been encouraging him just as much as I have. I couldn’t be more proud of the two of them.

This week, I am proud to announce that I am a Pull-Ups ‘First Flush’ Ambassador! Over the next month I will share with you our progress, more potty training tips and more.  I will also be hosting a Pull-Ups “Why Wait – Let’s Celebrate! First Flush Party” for my friends and their children in January.The party is sure to be full of fun and games.

Do you have a little one that is currently potty training or about to start? If so, you can apply to host your very own ‘First Flush’ party! If selected you will get a Party Pack that includes:

  • Engaging activities to get tots excited about starting potty training
  • Celebration party hats and noisemakers to cheer on potty training success
  • Exclusive Pull-Ups® Potty Training Fun Celebration App sticker
  • Pull-Ups® Training Pants for every Big Kid® at the party
  • Pull-Ups® coupon books
  • And more!

To apply, fill out the form on the Pull-Ups Facebook Page. Sign ups are only open until the end of the December. Don’t forget to visit Pull-Ups.com for potty training tips and resources.

Huggies Pull-Ups First Flush House Party

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to host a party. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”


Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is Coming to the Fox Theatre on January 18th

December 23, 2012 No Comments

Yo Gabba Gabba Live in St. LouisOne of my sons’ favorite shows is Yo Gabba Gabba. They love dancing around the house and singing the songs even when the show is not on. I just found out that Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out! is coming to the Fox Theatre next month! I have heard great things about their live shows and I cannot wait to take my kids. The shows are very interactive and fun for the whole family.

SHOW INFORMATION

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! GET THE SILLIES OUT! TOUR will visit THE FABULOUS FOX THEATRE on Friday, January 18th at 7 PM ONLY!

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out! Tour hits the Fabulous Fox Theatre for one show only on Friday, January 18th! Catch DJ Lance Rock, Biz Markie and your favorite cast of colorful creatures as they jump, shake and shimmy the sillies out!

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is a state-of-the-art production and an interactive experience that offers audiences of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life when DJ Lance Rock and fans say the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!”. Hip-hop legend Biz Markie will join the cast on stage for Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! with Biz’s Beat of the Day. The show will also feature Super Music Friends and Dancey Dance guest performances.

Tickets and Gabba Party Packages are on sale NOW!  Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office, www.metrotix.com or by calling (314)534-1111.

I hope to see you there!

If you are not in the St. Louis area, you can view the entire tour schedule here.

Yo Gabba Gabba Live at Fox Theatre

I am receiving complimentary tickets to the show and in no other way being compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.


BabbaBox Helps Me Spend Fun, Quality Time with My Son

December 12, 2012 5 Comments

BabbaBox ReviewMy three year old is growing into a young little man too fast and is extremely eager to learn new things all the time. His imagination and creativity has exploded the last few months and I am doing everything I can to encourage it. Sometimes it is difficult for me to get quality time with him. However, when my younger two sons manage to take their afternoon nap at the same time, I get some one-on-one time with Ethan. As a busy Mom of three, I don’t always have time to put together new, fun educational projects and that is where BabbaBox comes in.

BabbaBox is a monthly subscription home-delivered box. Each box has a theme and it includes everything needed to create projects and expand the minds of three to six year old kids. Each box contains three products, a book, digital download and a parent gift.

Sun Moon Stars BabbaBox Contents

We received the ‘Sun, Moon, & Stars’ box which included:

  • CREATE: Paper-Mache Glowing Moon
  • CREATE: Star Constellation
  • EXPLORE: Lunar Calendar and Binoculars
  • STORY TELL: ‘Twinkle, Star of the Week‘ Book
  • CONNECT: Digital Content with How-To Play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on a Digital Piano and a ‘Planet Finder’
  • PARENT GIFT: Star Wine Cork
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Sesame Street Live is Coming to St. Louis in January 2013

December 8, 2012 No Comments

Sesame Street Live Can't Stop SingingMy oldest is three and I have been wanting to take him to his first live show for a few months. He is a pretty big fan of Sesame Street so I think this would be the perfect first show for him!  Just reading about it, I know we are going to have a blast.

Sesame Street Live “Can’t Stop Singing” is coming to the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO from Thursday, January 24 to Sunday, January 27, 2013.

About the Show

When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air – and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!

New Play Zone Experience

Come and Play BEFORE the Show! VEE Corporation introduces Play Zone at Sesame Street Live – a fun new way for children to experience their favorite street! Imagine your child sitting in Big Bird’s nest, popping up in Oscar’s trash can, twirling in Zoe’s dance studio or visiting Elmo’s World. You never know who’ll make an appearance! Families won’t want to miss a single picture-perfect moment. Play Zone opens one hour before the show - best of all, Play Zone is FREE with your Sesame Street Live ticket!

Ticket & Schedule InformationSesame Street Live in St. Louis at the Peabody

There are nine performances scheduled:

  • Thursday, January 24  @ 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
  • Friday, January 25 @ 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 26 @ 10:30 AM & 2:00 PM & 5:30 PM
  • Sunday, January 27 @ 1:00 PM & 4:30 PM

Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, online, or by calling 800-745-3000. Ticket prices: $12, $18, $24, $36 (Gold Circle) & $60 (Sunny Seats). Available Savings:

  • Opening Night (Thursday, January 24, 7:00 PM)—All seats $10 (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats)
  • Coupon to save $3 off select tickets HERE
  • Group savings available.  Groups 10+ call 314-622-5454

If you are not in St. Louis, you can find a show near you and view the full schedule on SesameStreetLive.com.

Sesame Street Live in St Louis at the Peabody

I am receiving complimentary tickets to the show and in no other way being compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.