Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ty's 3rd Birthday!

Okso, Ty's party was totally overshadowed this year! First of all, its right before Christmas, which we are hosting at our new home, that we just moved into about a month ago, that we've been renovating, so there's alot going on!

The invitiation, I found on etsy from: LetsPartyShoppe it came out just as I  pictured! I love that his name is in the Cars Movie font. I ordered the printable file had printed at walgreens, super easy.
We still had a party, we did it at Tumble Jungle, it is similar to the place we used last year (The Little Gym) it has toddler sized gymnastics equipment, but this place ALSO has a trampoline built into the floor, a zipline, and a foam pit, (all toddler sized!) Ty had a blast, all of his best friends were there.

We did a Cars themed party, his newest obsession. No crazy cake this year, we just did Funfetti cupcakes with little Cars flags and cupcake shells, and pizza. Our simplest party yet for our little man!

Goodie Buckets!
I got some more chalkboard labels from Etsy, they didnt have car shaped so I just got regular, and picked up some small buckets and Cars stickers from Party City. Ty helped me stick car stickers on the buckets and I wrote each child's name on the bucket using the chalkboard markers I had bought last year.
Inside each bucket is:
  • a small Cars book (50 cents from Dollar Tree)
  • A small bag of Pirates Booty
  • A chewy bar
  • A rice krispie treat
  • Cars stickers
  • Toy cars
This year I probably spent about $3 per bucket (a little less than last year) these were also geared for kids a little older, (preschool) where as at last year's party he had many small toddlers.
 Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

DIY Matchbox Car Garage

Tyler has a million cars, LITERALLY like a million cars. And what do boys do when they are looking for a particular car in the millions of cars in the bucket? THEY DUMP THE BUCKET! So there they are, all million cars, on the floor, getting kicked around. All of this to find 1 measly car. So I took to Pinterest to find an inexpensive solution, and I found this:
a DIY car garage made from a $15 shoe rack at Bed Bath and Beyond. I ran to the nearest BBB and started my project. The directions are clear and simple, I put the whole thing together myself and I spray painted it too! (Hubby wasnt too happy because I spray painted it in the driveway... oops) Its great! Its mounted to the wall and its perfect for all of the small Hotwheels cars! Check out the Lo and Behold Life blog for the full tutorial:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ty's updated bedroom!

Ty has officially graduated from crib, to toddler bed, and now to big boy bed! Our neighbor does carpentry and built this custom built-in bed for Tyler's room! It fits perfectly and has a ton of storage, so we did some re-arranging!

 Ty's new bed! The shark sheets are from Pottery Barn, they were a bit pricey, so instead of getting the matching quilt (even more expensive) I found this reversible navy blue comforter from Target for $20.00! So perfect! The bed is complete with underneath drawers that are the depth of the entire twin bed! (SOOO much storage!) and a bookshelf for toys and books! The drawer that serves as a headboard has 3 shelves inside with baskets for all of his diapering things! I also found some new fun ocean decor at Christmas Tree Shops! (its that time of year!)

With the amount of windows in this place, we ended up getting some black out shades from Pottery Barn for his room, they do a great job keeping it dark in here in the morning and for naptime. We moved his train table into his room because we gained so much floorspace and we got rid of the rocking chair and changing table. Big Boy ready!

So of course I had to redecorate the 'playroom' since we did his bedroom! The Target cube shelf and baskets are perfect for sorting toys! and the super cute rug is from BJ's!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chris Yo Gabba Gabba Character Name Sign

After I created the Mickey name sign for Tyler, I did one for my friend for her son's birthday! Our kids are equally obsessed with Mickey Mouse and Yo Gabba Gabba, so I did his with Yo Gabba Gabba, to change things up.

After I had completed the first one, I knew there were changes I would make doing it next time, This time I got plain wood letters, unpainted, because of the problem I had last time with the paint not sticking, this worked much better and I only needed 2 coats of paint and it dried much quicker! 

I did the same thing using recycled cardboard for the accessories and hot glued them on once everything was dry, and here it is! This time was much quicker only taking about 2 days to complete with drying time.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tyler Mickey Character Name Sign!

Hello all! So I was feeling crafty and decided to make Tyler a cool name sign for his room. He loves Mickey and it seemed easy enough to paint some letter for his name, so I did! This is a cheap, easy, resourceful DIY project!

I started off with some plain black letters I bought from AC Moore, and a box of acrylic paints. As this was my first totally DIY painting project, I made the mistake of NOT sanding the letters before I painted, which resulted in me having to do about 5 coats of paint on each letter, while waiting for them to dry in between, what a nightmare!!

Once I got the base colors down, I created the little accessories. I actually used recycled boxes to make the hats/ears/bows. I simply drew the design on the blank cardboard side of the box and cut them out, then painted them! This project took about a week total, considering dry time between each step. Once everything was dry, I just hot glued the accessories onto the letters, and TA-DA! here they are! They came out great and I couldn't be happier with the result! 
I've thought about trying to sell on Etsy, but I'm not sure people would appreciate how fragile they are with the hot glued cardboard accessories! oh well, works well enough for us!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Some fun Valentine's Day Cupcakes! For these I just used red food coloring in classic Funfetti cake mix to make them pink and added some fun Valentine themed cupcake shells. I also found a bunch of different Valentines sprinkles to top each one differently, and used Valentine themed M&M's and put one on top of each cupcake!