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Celebrate May

May is Photo Month! So, in addition to these fun holidays to celebrate, make sure you take lots of pictures to capture the memories you make with your kids! Follow me on Instagram as I commit to posting one photo every day in the Month of May!

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!

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.

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

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!

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

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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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Adult Coloring Books & A Freebie!

FREE printable Adult Coloring Book Pages!

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It is not new news that Adult Coloring Books are all the rage and you will find hundreds with an Amazon search.  Mandalas seem to be the most traditional option to me, and there are plenty of themed adult coloring books as well – from inspirational quotes to swearing and from nature scenes to whimsical dreamscapes.  Of course I only shop with Amazon Prime, because I am impatient, so I collected a list of some of my favorite prime-eligible and affordable adult coloring book options below (prices may vary):

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This past Christmas, my go-to Secret Santa gift was this coloring book daily calendar.  I also absolutely adore this coloring book weekly planner – I can envision myself coloring each week’s picture in as I wait on hold for the doctors office, or while drinking my morning coffee.  I have to assume it’d take me a week to get through each picture!  They also make adult coloring books themed around characters like Harry Potter, Disney Princesses, and lots more!

Because I love my adult coloring book – and I want to do something fun and nice for you – I have designed a mini coloring book just for you, my blog followers!  It is 4 pages and themed around my blog of course, EveryMomDay: Coffee, Crayons & Chardonnay!  

How do you get it?  Subscribe to the EveryMomDay mailing list and we will send you a link to the downloadable file!  Easy peasy!  Now, I hate spam as much as you do – so I will never give your email address to anyone else and I will only use it to send you blog-related updates, no more than once per week.

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Happy Coloring!