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Mickey Mouse Birthday – Mickey Themed Eggs in a Nest

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Food/Recipes | 0 comments

For my son’s 2nd birthday Mickey extravaganza, I wanted to do something special for his breakfast!  I had a Mickey shaped cookie cutter laying around from the various projects for the party, so I decided to do a variation of a standard Eggs in a Nest breakfast.

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They are really easy!  You just need bread, a cookie cutter, an egg and some butter.  Start by pressing the cookie cutter into the center of the bread.  Remove the cut piece and set aside.

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Spread some butter on the bread.  Lightly spray the pan with non-stick spray.  Lay bread in the pan.  Crack egg into the hole.

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You could just let it cook like this, but my son much prefers scrambled eggs.  I lightly beat the egg there in the pad to mix it together and added an itty bitty amount of milk.

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Trying to get more creative, I made a second one, only this time I added a little food coloring to the egg.

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Let it cook until the egg becomes mostly solid, and the downside of the bread is toasted.  Carefully flip and cook until done.  Remove from pan and serve!

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I loved this because it was a super quick, yet cute, way to make my son’s birthday special from the moment he woke up.  Another great thing about this is you can use any type of cookie cutter you have to make a themed breakfast anytime!

 

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Mickey Mouse Party – Chocolate Pretzel Sticks

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Food/Recipes | 0 comments

I’ve always loved chocolate covered pretzels.  The salty and sweet combination is just perfect!  For my son’s 2nd Birthday we went all out in Mickey.  I wanted some quick, yet cute and yummy, sweet snacks.  These chocolate covered pretzel sticks were the perfect  addition!  They are super easy, and with sprinkles and colored chocolate, you can make them to fit any party or theme!



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Any craft store has these colored chocolates (Candy Melts) in the baking section.  I picked mine up at Michael’s.  They always have a great selection of colors.

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I used a plastic cup so the chocolate would be deep enough to make dipping the pretzels easy.  Just follow the instructions on the package to melt the chocolate.  It involves putting them in the microwave, stirring, microwave, stir, etc  until the chocolate is all melted smooth.  Once it’s ready, take a pretzel stick (you can get them by the “regular” pretzels in the chip aisle at the grocery store), and dip it in the chocolate.  Swirl it around to ensure good coverage.  Set on wax paper

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I did about 6, and then added the sprinkles, before the chocolate hardened too much for the sprinkles to attach.

 

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Take your sprinkles, mine happened to be little Mickey heads in various colors, and sprinkle them on top of the melted chocolate on the pretzels.  Add as many or as few as you’d like.  I ordered my Mickey sprinkles on Amazon, but places like Party City have them online as well.

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I went a little overboard and did 3 different combinations of chocolate colors and sprinkles.

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Repeat until you have as many as you want.  That’s it!  Super easy, adorable and delicious!  They were a hit at the party!

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Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Craft Tutorials | 0 comments

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

My son is a Mickey Mouse fanatic, so of course we had to have a Mickey themed 2nd birthday party for him!  Today, I’m just sharing some pictures of the event.  I’ll have tutorials for many of the pieces coming soon!  I’ll update this post as I finish tutorials.

 

I had soooo much fun making everything for this party.  It started with these invitations.  I used my Cameo to make them!

 

Next, I made some adorable goodie bags!

I ran out of time to make everyone Mickey Mouse ears, so I had to use some from the party store.

I made a banner for his high chair, but failed to get a picture that included his whole name–whoops!

I made little signs for all of the food, using my cameo.  I, of course, had to add the theme to the food as well!

 

Tutorial for the chocolate covered pretzel sticks can be found here:  Chocolate Covered Pretzels

 

I can’t take credit for the awesome cake, my wonderful Mom made it.

 

I’ll get the tutorials for the invitations, food signs, dessert sticks, rice crispy treats and goodie bags and a special Mickey birthday breakfast  up as soon as I can!

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Toddler Snowflake Art with your Cameo or Cricut

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Craft Tutorials | 0 comments

Toddler Snowflake Art with your Cameo or Cricut

My girlfriends and I had our annual Holiday Cookie Exchange last night!

Now that the kiddos are older, we decided to add a craft to the mix.  We scowered Pinterest for ideas, and came across this idea for a snowflake painting using tape.  I had done a similar project several months back with my son using his initial.  We agreed that something like this would be perfect for 2 22 month olds, as well as for a 4.5 year old.  I recently purchased a Silhouette Cameo (yay!) and am always looking for more crafts to use it for.  So, instead of using tape to make the snowflake, I used the Silhouette Studio to make a snowflake!  I used vinyl (had to use the Cricut brand since my store did not have the Silhouette brand), but it worked beautifully!  I made a large snowflake, roughly 8 inches by 8 inches and hit cut.  The Cameo did the rest.  I’m sure the Cricut would do just as well as long as you have a cartridge with a snowflake.

I did this before we left for the party.  Once at the party each mommy took a cut out, peeled the shape away and attached it to a 12×12 canvas.  I would recommend not doing a super intricate pattern, as it was a bit tricky peeling it off, but we all did so successfully without any tears!

Once the canvases were prepped we got the kids ready to paint!  For the two boys, it was easy, they just wanted to make a mess.    It was also my son’s first time using a paint brush instead of his hands!  We let them go to town, covering as much of the canvas as they would.  This craft is best if the snowflake pattern is covered in paint!

My friend’s daughter proved to be very meticulous with this craft, and was very careful about coloring inside of the lines!

Once enough of a mess was made and everyone’s canvases were (mostly) covered, we cleaned the kids up.  I had some glitter on hand, so we added a bit of glitter to each one for good measure.

Now, it was time to wait and let the paint dry.  Here’s what everyone’s almost-finished projects looked like:

Ok, ok, I filled in the edges of my son’s! :)

I think they turned out great!  Once they dry, it’s time to pull back the vinyl pattern to reveal the snowflake!  Some of the areas on the canvas got a bit goopy with paint, and seaped through the edges of the vinyl.  To avoid this, ensure you push the vinyl pattern down very firmly, and try to avoid really think areas of paint!

 

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Precious Car-N-Go Ponchos

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Did you know that it is not safe for your child to wear a bulky winter coat while buckled into their car seat? Watch this short slide show to find out why. My Precious Car-N-Go Ponchos are the perfect solution to keep your child warm and safe in these cold winter months! You can get your own Precious Car-N-Go Poncho in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JeniLynnDesigns?section_id=10742494

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Toddler Football Blanket Tutorial

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Craft Tutorials | 0 comments

Toddler Football Blanket Tutorial

I saw a picture of a football blanket on Pinterest and just HAD to make one!  I’m always looking for great ideas that are cute but also geared towards boys.   My husband is a huge Broncos fan, so this was a perfect project!

There were no instructions with the picture I saw, so I decided to just make my own pattern and create this tutorial in case anyone wants to make their own!  It’s actually very easy and quick!

I chose to use brown bubble minky for the front and Broncos print fleece for the back.  I used white felt for the pattern on the front, also fleece would work just fine.

First, cut out a football shape from one of the fabrics.  I folded my fabric into quarters and cut it that way so the blanket would be consistent shape on all sides.  It took a few tries, to make it perfect, but it was just trimming the edges to make it look right.

My finished blanket is roughly 34 inches by 25 inches at the widest points, so my fabric cut is about 35 inches by 26 inches to allow for the seams.  Once you have the first fabric cut, fold your second fabric and use the first cut as a pattern.  This will ensure that both sides are identical shapes.

 

Next, it’s time to cut the white accent pieces for the front of the football.  While I was doing this part, I decided to embroider my son’s name to the front in case he wants to take it to daycare at times.  I got it set up and let me machine do it’s thing while I measured and cut white felt.

While my machine was stitching away I began measuring for the white strips.  I started 6 inches over from the point and measured the width.  It was roughly 20 inches.

 

1 inche width looked good visually, so I cut 2 1 inch by 22 inch strips.  I eyeballed the middle and cut a 1 inch strip 10 inches long.  Then it was time for the “stitches”.  I cut 4 6 inch pieces for that.  Once I had my white pieces ready, I pinned the two long pieces on either end and the horizontal strip to the middle.

With white thread in my sewing machine, I simply sitched around all sides of the white strips, close to the edge.  Once all pieces were securited to the minky I added the 4  6 inch white strips.  I eyeballed the placement and pinned them in place.  Once pinned, I stitched around all 4 edges of each piece.

Now it’s time to stitch the blanket together.  When working with minky lots of pinning is required!  Lay your two sides together, right sides together.  Pin around the edges, every few inches a part.  Once pinned head to your sewing machine and sew all the way around, leaving an opening a few inches long.

Once you stitch all the way around, turn your blanket rightside out.  Top stitch 1/4 inch from the edge, all the way around the blanket, ensuring that you tuck in the opening and stitch it closed.

That’s it!  You’re done!  Blankets are such an easy and functional project, I love it!  An idea I had after I had finished was to put a loop of grosgrain ribbon on one of the edges to hook it to a loop on a stroller.  I’ll do that next time! :)

My son loves it!

Love the blanket, but don’t want to make one yourself?  Send me a massage and we can work something out!  These are not yet posted in my Etsy shop, but soon will be!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kids Finger Paint Initial Art

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Craft Tutorials | 0 comments

Kids Finger Paint Initial Art

I’ve seen it on Pinterest and have seen friends do it, so we had to give it a try!  I’ve mostly seen it done with full names, but since I just had a 12×12 square canvas on hand I decided to just use my son’s initial.

This project was super easy, super fun, and SUPER messy!  Before we got started I decided to paint the background of the canvas in shades of blue as a nice backdrop and to cover the sides of the canvas.  So while my son was napping I got it ready.  I first took some masking tape and made a letter T in the center of the canvas.  I used 2 strips for each part of the T to make it more full

I wanted the background to be gradient blue so I pulled out 2 shades of blue and some white and put some on a plate so it was easy to mix.

I started at the bottom of the canvas and brushed some solid dark blue along the bottom portion, ensuring to also get the sides of the canvas.  For the next row I took the dark blue and mixed in just a tiny bit of white to make it slightly lighter and brushed it on.  I did this a few times, adding more white each time until I reached the top of the canvas.  Paint right over the masking tape letter.

 

Knowing that most of it would be painted over I only spent about 3 minutes on it and didn’t worry about imperfections.  I let it dry outside.

Once it was dry I got things ready for my son to go to town on this project.  Knowing that he gets crazy distracted outside, I decided to do the project inside, on the kitchen floor.  I laid a bunch of newspaper down (lesson learned–TAPE the paper down first!) and put some colors on two plates.  I had sponge brushes available incase he wanted to give those a try.

Knowing this was going to be messy I stripped my son down to his diaper and set him in front of the canvas.  He immiately reached for the warm colors plate, stuck his fingers in…and tried to eat the paint :/

Fortunately, I stopped him before it made it to his mouth.  He was having a great time, experimenting with his hands, the brushes, and even his feet a few times.

Like I said, this was a super messy project.

Once the canvas was mostly covered and he began losing interest it was bath time.  I had the bath set up and ready to go so I just had to drop him in and rinse him off.  Here’s his completed canvas:

I set it outside to help it dry faster and got the mess cleaned up.  The paint did get on my tile in a few spots where the newpaper had moved, but fortunately cleaned up super easy.  Once the paint was completely dry, I pulled the masking tape off to reveal the letter!  It was really easly to peal off.  I think next time, though, I’ll paint the background first, before applying the tape.  That way, the letter will be a coordinating solid color, rather than stark white…lessons learned :)

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