A is my “girly-girl” and she just had her 6th birthday. She has been asking for a journal that she could lock for months. I actually got her that journal for Christmas, and she had lost both of the keys that came with the lock numerous times before breaking the lock last month. When I discovered Smit-Co and saw the options they offer for journaling I knew I had found a winner in this trendy emoji Top Secret Journal Set.
SmitCo LLC has several different diaries with lock and keys and diary sets for girls in Emoji and Diva themes, as well as several different nail art sets to provide hours of fun. A huge hit is the brand new Mermaid themed scrapbook kit as well as 3 unique princess dress up sets.
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)
What you need to do:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
One of my favorite traditions with my children is celebrating their “zero” birthday in the hospital. The baby may be oblivious to the celebration – but older siblings have an incredible amount of fun with this welcome party! I got the inspiration for this from Pinterest and put my own spin on it.
While perusing Pinterest I saw an adorable pic of a newborn and a cupcake with a zero candle – and I wanted that photo! Weeks before baby was due, I went to the bakery and found the perfect cupcake, which I placed in the freezer. When I packed my hospital bag, I also had a checklist of the last minute things that would need to be grabbed, like phone chargers and my cupcake! Then I bought a zero birthday candle and used some puffy paint and glitter to dazzle it up a bit (tutorial is coming soon!). The candle went into my hospital bag. That was the end of the Pinterest idea… but not for me.Cupcakes and gifts make meeting the new baby extra special! #EveryMomDay Click To Tweet
I have also read about giving sibling gifts to the big brothers/sisters, and so I decided I would not just have a cute cupcake for a photo-op, I would have a BIRTHDAY PARTY! “The baby” brought her big sisters 3 gifts each: a movie, a game, and an activity book – all things that they could use and enjoy while visiting their new baby at the hospital, so they would not get bored! And we let each girl pick out two gifts to bring the baby, too. It took a little extra prepping, but not much! We kept the gifts in a black garbage bag in the car – so the kids would not see them, and Dad ran out to the car after baby was born and before visitors arrived, to set up for the “party!”
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It made the day extra special for the kids. They got a new baby, and we celebrated with a party where everyone got to open presents and enjoy cake. The kids loved it, and I loved watching them enjoy it. It’s a tradition we enjoyed with baby number 4 as well – and now that we are done having children myself, I hope to share the idea with other mommy’s to be!
How did you celebrate a new baby with older siblings?
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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.Easily recreate any image, entirely of frosting, to decorate birthday cakes! #EveryMomDay Click To Tweet
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
- Piping supplies (bags and decorating tips) or ziplock baggies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!