Awesome After-School Moments made better with Goldfish Crackers! EveryMomDay.com

Awesome After-School Moments #GoldfishMoments

Weekday evenings are the busiest time of day for my family. We have to do school/babysitter pickup, dinner, homework, and our bedtime routine – times 4 – all in just over 2 hours. It can be difficult to make evenings enjoyable and not just a rush to get everything done. I am always looking for creative ways to make ordinary moments extraordinary, and this week Goldfish crackers helped make that happen!

Back To School Wreath

How is it possible that we are already back in school?! Some of my long-distance friends are not quite there yet – having about 2 weeks before they start. Either way, Back to School season is upon us all! When we went out to buy the school supplies we needed, we picked up a couple extras for this month’s wreath! This will look adorable on our front door for the next few weeks, and it would also make a great teacher’s gift!

Fun and Unique DIY School Supplies with Duck Tape! EveryMomDay.com

Back-to-School in Style with Duck Tape *Giveaway*

It’s time for the kids to go back to school – and this year they are going to go back to school in style thanks to Duck Tape! Duck Tape is a great {inexpensive, fun & unique} way to personalize and school supplies and accessories.

Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com

Custom Birthday Candles

Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com
Like many parents, we tend to host themed parties for the kids.  I have done common themes like Sesame Street, or some more unique/personalized themes like hot pink & zebra gymnastics!  A couple of years ago I was inspired by a photo I saw, probably on Pinterest or Etsy, where a simple number candle was customized for the party theme.  Sure, you can buy themed candles (if you pick a common theme), but they are typically generic – and not age specific.  With this tutorial you will see how fun and easy it is to make your own candle for your next upcoming party!

What you need:

  • A number candle – to correspond with the age of your child.
  • A sharp knife
  • Puffy Paint – in whatever colors you need for your theme
  • Sharpie (optional)
  • Glitter/Rhinestones (optional)
Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com

What you need to do:

  1. Take the sharp knife and carefully scrape off the colored border/decoration on the candle.  You will be applying paint over the number, but I still prefer to scrape off the color it came with, so that I don’t have to be as nervous about missing an edge.                               Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com
  2. Begin working on your design.  This can be as basic or intricate as you desire.  I typically start with the outline and then fill it in.  You can use the tip of the puffy paint or a toothpick to help ensure that the paint fills all of the little nooks and crannies.  If you want to add glitter or rhinestones, do that while the paint is fresh/wet – so that it will dry and adhere the glitter/rhinestones to the candle.Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com
  3. You will need to allow your candle to dry between colors/layers.  I typically can do the outline and base color in one go – let it set overnight – then resume decorating in the morning.
  4. Sharpies are great for adding small details like the webs on this Spiderman candle.  Other designs may be just as easy to do with paint alone.                                                     Customize any number candle with any theme! EveryMomDay.com

 

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I only recommend this for birthday candles that will be burning a short time.  When we burn our candles for birthdays, they are only lit a short time (to sing) and don’t burn down the number at all – just the wick and maybe a little wax off the top.  I do not have any knowledge on how the paint would burn if you left the candle to burn all the way – so please use discretion.

 

Any Birthday Theme is a DIY with this amazing cake decorating tutorial from EveryMomDay.com

DIY Edible Birthday Cake Image

Any Birthday Theme is a DIY with this amazing cake decorating tutorial from EveryMomDay.com

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This year my daughter came to me and asked for a Glitter Force theme for her Birthday Party. This left me with limited options, since the Netflix Original is not “mainstream” (yet) in the United States, so I could not simply walk into a bakery and request a cake made from the design book.

Pinterest to the rescue! I had pinned a tutorial a long time ago on how to create just about any image on a cake easily – made entirely of frosting. I was hopeful but skeptical – and I must say I was pleased with the results, though there are a few things I will do differently next time.

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What you will need:

  • A coloring book page of the image you’d like
  • A piece of glass out of a picture frame
  • Wax Paper
  • Frosting
  • Piping supplies (bags and decorating tips) or ziplock baggies
  • Tape

What you need to do:

STEP 1: Select the image. You will want to search for a coloring book page (I did that on the internet) and print it in “mirror image” if there is any writing or logos on the image. Consider the size of your cake and the size of image you’d like. You can always resize the image when printing if necessary.  If it’s an actual coloring book page you can resize and mirror-image with a copy machine as well.

STEP 2: Assemble your work space. Tape the coloring book page to the glass with the image facing the glass. Tape wax paper on the other side of the glass. You will have a “sandwich” with the glass in between the coloring book page and the wax paper.

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STEP 3: Outline. Begin with black frosting.  You can find black food coloring at most craft stores in the baking aisle, and add it to your store bought or homemade frosting. I prefer THIS recipe for homemade frosting over any other options!  You could use decorating bags and tips, or put the frosting in a ziplock bag and cut a small piece out of the corner – both options will work, though for the outline you will want a very small opening.  The tip I used is the Wilton Decorating Tip, No.3 Round, though I do think I will buy the Wilton #1 Round Decorating Tip for next time!  Carefully trace the black outlines from the coloring sheet onto your wax paper, and fill in any large areas that will be black. When you are done, put the entire thing in the freezer for an hour or so, so that it can firm up and you can move on to your other colors.

Any Birthday Theme is a DIY with this amazing cake decorating tutorial from EveryMomDay.com

STEP 4: Color it in. One color at a time, fill in the coloring page you created with frosting. Because you are working from the back of the image, it is okay if you overlap the colors you already used, but ensure that you do not get any frosting on any empty spaces that still need color.  I used zip lock bags for this part of the process since I did not need as precise of a line.  When the image is complete, place it in the freezer overnight.

Any Birthday Theme is a DIY with this amazing cake decorating tutorial from EveryMomDay.com

STEP 5: Prepare your cake. You could cheat a bit and order a cake from any bakery, requesting that it not be decorated, or do what I did and make your favorite from a store bought mix, or from scratch.  We make the cake the same night we prepare the image so that it can cool completely overnight.  You will want your cake frosting to be as cool as possible (we refrigerate the frosted cake overnight), and your image should be frozen. Carefully remove the wax paper from the glass and trim the wax paper if you have a lot of excess – this just makes it easier to handle. Flip your frosting image upside down onto the cake – make sure you know where you want it – it is not repositionable! Slowly peel off the wax paper, I started in a corner, but that may not be necessary.  If your image does not begin to transfer well, put the entire cake in the freezer for 30 minutes and then try again.

Any Birthday Theme is a DIY with this amazing cake decorating tutorial from EveryMomDay.com

STEP 6: Voila! You have created your own edible image made completely of frosting! Now, add your message and you’re ready to impress your family and friends!

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EveryMomDay Coloring Calendar April 2016 - EveryMomDay.com

Celebrate April!

EveryMomDay Coloring Calendar April 2016 - EveryMomDay.com

No foolin’ – April is Poetry Month!  So, in addition to these fun holidays to celebrate, take some time to teach your kids some poetry – whether it’s Dr. Seuss or Ralph Waldo Emerson!

Check out this list of fun and unusual holidays, along with some suggestions on how to celebrate with your kids – and scroll all the way to the end for a FREE printable PDF calendar when you subscribe to our weekly updates!

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1 ~ April Fools Day!  Read about this holiday HERE.

2 ~ Children’s Book Day ~ It’s Hans Christian Anderson’s Birthday and in honor of him we celebrate all of our favorite children’s books!  Head to a library and pick out a favorite, and a new children’s book to enjoy!

3 ~ Chocolate Mousse Day ~ You could try making your own Chocolate Mousse – or, I think I will head to the Cheesecake Factory for my favorite Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake YUM!

4 ~ Vitamin C Day ~ Boost your health and snack on foods high in Vitamin C today, like oranges, berries, and green veggies!

5 ~ Read a Road Map Day ~ These days we rely on mapquest and other apps for that – but show your kids a road map… see if they can help direct you to some of their favorite places!

6 ~ Caramel Popcorn Day ~ enjoy this sweet snack and have a family movie night!

7 ~ No Housework Day ~ My mom has a favorite quote:

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ’til tomorrow, For babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow, So quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep, I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.

Let the housework slide a little bit today, and focus on enjoying the little moments with your family!

8 ~ Zoo Lovers Day ~ Head to the zoo today, or schedule your next trip!  The weather is warming up, and the kids will be happy to see all the animals.

9 ~ Name Yourself Day ~ If you could pick any name in the world what would it be?  Have fun with the kids picking your new names and being silly today.

10 ~ Sibling Day ~ cherish and appreciate the siblings in your life.  If you do not have any “blood-relation” siblings, then show appreciation to the friends who are like a sibling to you!

11 ~ Pet Day ~ celebrate the pet you have – or the pet you WISH you had!

12 ~ Walk on your Wild Side Day ~ This made me think of the book “Where the Wildthings are.”  Read the book, make some Monster Feet

13 ~ Scrabble Day ~ play this classic game with the kids – what a great way to practice spelling!

14 ~ Look Up at the Sky Day ~ spend some time cloud watching – what shapes do you see?  Have the kids draw pictures of what they saw!

15 ~ Banana Day ~  make these fun and easy banana pops (if you have a nut allergy, use sprinkles instead!)

16 ~ Wear your Pajamas (to work) Day ~ The official day is to wear your PJs to work, but why not just wear them all day!

17 ~ Bat Appreciation Day ~ Bats are mysterious animals that we don’t see very often, why not create a fun bat craft and learn some facts about bats!

18 ~ Auctioneers Day ~ When you think of an auctioneer, you probably think of someone talking incredibly fast!  See who can talk the fastest in your family.

19 ~ Bicycle Day ~ Take a bike ride today.  Make it a fun trip: to the playground, or the local corner store for an ice cream (my kids’ favorite!)

20 ~ Chinese Language Day ~ Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language…learn some new phrases with the kids!   learn some new phrases

21 ~ Bulldogs are Beautiful Day ~ the only bulldog I could think of is from Lady and the Tramp – so I think we will watch the movie today!  You could also head down to your local Animal Shelter and see if there are any bulldogs to visit in person…

22 ~ Earth Day ~ Get some ideas from our Earth Day Pinterest Board!

23 ~ Talk Like Shakespeare Day ~ It’s Shakespeare’s birthday today, so talk like Shakespeare!

24 ~ Teach your Children to Save Day ~ My favorite system for teaching the kids to save is the “Save, Spend, Give” jars.  There are TONS of ideas on pinterest if you search for “save, spend, give!”

25 ~ Go Birding Day ~ See how many birds you can identify today!

26 ~ Pretzel Day ~ Make pretzels at home – they do sell kits at the grocery store, or you can use a recipe like THIS ONE.

27 ~ Morse Code Day ~ learn the Morse Code and practice sending messages without using words!

28 ~ Blueberry Pie Day ~ Make this easy blueberry pie – or buy one from the store.  Enjoy it with some ice cream and whipped cream!  Mmm…

29 ~ International Dance Day ~ Set Pandora to your favorite channel and have a dance party with the kids.

30 ~ International Jazz Day ~ Introduce (or reintroduce) the kids to some smooth jazz music today!

 

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Make a spring-themed flower clock to teach kids about telling time! EveryMomDay.com

Spring Learning Clock

Make a spring-themed flower clock to teach kids about telling time! EveryMomDay.com

This Learning Flower Clock helps teach kids how to read and write the time, when looking at an analog clock.  The petals help them remember what minutes correspond with each number on the clock, and the leaves help them remember what the big and little hands represent.  And it is a cute addition to any wall!

For this project you will need:

  • One clock – preferably one with a yellow frame, the one I bought at Walmart is only available in stores… you could paint a clock if you cant find yellow, or just get creative with colors!
  • 4 Sheets of construction paper in colors of your choosing. (2-petals, 1-stem, 1-leaves)
  • Marker
  • Tape

What you need to do:

STEP 1 ~ Cut your petals: Pick out 2 pieces of construction paper in the color that you would like to use for your flower petals.  You want your petals to be slightly wider than the distance between neighboring numbers on the clock.  For me, cutting each sheet into 8 equal pieces and rounding them out on one end, worked perfectly.  I “played” with it on a scrap piece of paper first, then cut 12 petals out of my pink paper.  Do not label the petals just yet – you will want to wait until after you attach them to the clock to make sure they all “read” the right way.

STEP 2 ~ Cut your leaves: Find the piece of construction paper that you want to use for the leaves.  Fold/cut in half width-wise.  Out of one half of the paper cut a big leaf, and then cut a smaller leaf out of the second half.  I also preferred to wait to label my leaves until I glued them onto the stem later.

STEP 3 ~ Cut your Stem: Take a piece of paper in the color that you’d like your stem, and cut out a straight or curvy line diagonally across the paper – so it is as long as possible, and I like how it looks to have the point of the corner on the “finished” end.

Make a spring-themed flower clock to teach kids about telling time! EveryMomDay.com

STEP 4 ~ Attach your petals: You will want each petal to be centered with each number on the clock.  I began with the 12, 3, 6, and 9, and used tape to secure them to the back of the clock.  The tape should be on the back of the petal and will stick to the back/inside of the frame of the clock.  Then you can carefully crease each petal so its not sticking up in the back.  Fill in all the other numbers on your frame – overlapping the other petals, spacing them evenly, and keeping each petal centered with a number on the clock (not as tough as it sounds, promise!).

Make a spring-themed flower clock to teach kids about telling time! EveryMomDay.com

STEP 5 ~ Label the petals: Take your marker and write the minutes that correspond with the number on the clock, on the petal centered closest to that number.

STEP 6 ~ Assemble and label the leaves and stem: Tape (or glue) the leaves to the stem – one on each side.  I decided to place one behind the stem, and one in front of the stem.  Label the small leave with “hour” and the large leaf with “minute”

STEP 7 ~ Assemble on the wall: Hang your clock on the wall, then use tape to secure the stem/leaves in the correct spot, under the flower and tucking the top edge behind one of the petals.

Make a spring-themed flower clock to teach kids about telling time! EveryMomDay.com

The kids will love how fun and colorful this clock and wall decoration is, and you will love that it will help them learn how to tell time with an analog clock!

DIY Maracas using Easter Eggs, spoons, tape and macaroni! Easy and the kids will LOVE it! EveryMomDay.com

Easter Egg Maracas

What do you do with your Easter Eggs after Easter?  This craft is inexpensive, quick & easy – and the best part is how much the kids LOVE it.

I thought it would be fun, but I had no idea how big of a hit this craft was with kids of all ages.  My 10 month old and my 8 year old both loved their maracas, so did all the kids at our play date: boys & girls ranging in age from 1-8.

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What you need (per maraca):

  • One Easter Egg
  • 2 Plastic Spoons
  • Masking Tape
  • Dry Elbow Macaroni (you can also use beans, popcorn kernels, rice, etc.)

The materials needed to make Maracas: An Easter egg, spoons, tape and macaroni

Fill half of your egg with macaroni.  Close the egg tightly and sandwich it between the 2 spoons.  Take a small piece of masking tape and tape the handles together and a larger piece of masking tape to tape around the spoons and the egg, making sure to tape over the opening of the egg so that it has extra reinforcement to stay closed.

Maracas: A great DIY craft the kids would enjoy after they find their eggs! EveryMomDay.com

You can leave your maraca like that – or cover it completely with tape for a different look.

DIY Maracas made with an Easter egg, spoons, tape and dry macaroni - the kids will LOVE them and they're easy to make! EveryMomDay.com

I found some fun patterned masking tape at Target – but you could also use plain masking tape and decorate it with markers!

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DIY Maracas made with an Easter egg, spoons, tape and dry macaroni - the kids will LOVE them and they're easy to make! EveryMomDay.com

Cheddar Bunny “Carrots”

Easter comes early this year and we are beginning to have Easter fun with our crafts and snacks!  I saw an idea I loved on Pinterest, and it looked simple enough, so when it turned into a Pinterest-fail I was pretty bummed.  I debated scrapping the whole project and just tossing the snack in a bowl… but my 4 year old came to the rescue.  She took one look at my failed project and exclaimed, “Is it Easter?!”  Other images you see of the same idea may be better/prettier… but my kids did not know the difference.  All they saw was a super special Easter treat – one that was inexpensive and simple to execute.    Lesson learned!

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The idea I wanted to duplicate involved using a piping bag filled with goldfish crackers and tied with green ribbon so that it looked like a carrot!  But, I am cheap frugal and I did not want to purchase 2 dozen piping bags (since we were bringing this snack to a play date), plus, the kids are all little and surely they would not eat that many crackers.  So, I altered the idea and bought small flip-top sandwich bags, planning to simply add some crackers, hold them in one corner, twist and tie off.  Instead of goldfish crackers, I picked up some of the Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies crackers – they seemed more Easter-y to me!  Problem was, the bag corner was not a hard/defined point, and my “carrots” ended up looking more like strawberries.  Boo!

How to assemble these adorable "baby carrot" snacks with bunny crackers!

But, the kids loved them and I decided they were actually Baby Carrots!  Those little guys are stumpy and not defined like their full-sized versions.  Less expensive, less waste, and a big hit with the toddlers and preschoolers at our play date!

These adorable snacks are packaged to look like baby carrots and are full of cheddar bunny crackers! What a great idea for Easter baskets or just a simple spring snack!

What is your favorite Easter-themed snack?