Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated our oldest daughter's 7th birthday this weekend.  I'm not posting any party shots out of privacy for the little party guests.  But, here are some photos of the party room and decorations...and, of course, the birthday girl.  Our theme was Ladybug Princess.  She picked that because she couldn't decide between ladybugs and princess.  The colors were pink, purple, and red.

The birthday banner.  I made this out of cardstock and scrapbook paper and just hung it on an old frame we had.  It can be used for other parties as well.

I let her decorate her own cake this year.  She didn't do too bad!  I baked it, assembled it, and crumb-coated it then let her go wild with frosting, candy pearls, and string pearls.  And, a princess tiara to top it off.

All the party girls got a princess tiara, a ladybug coloring sheet, and a goodie bag to decorate.

The grown-up cupcakes

The cupcake decorating station
(cupcake wrappers by Brandi at The Creative Princess!)

  The girls decorated their own ladybug cupcakes with Hershey Kisses and M&Ms.

I saw this idea on Pinterest.  Dish out the ice cream before the party then put them back in the freezer until you need them.  Seriously, people, do it.  It'll make your life SO MUCH EASIER!  Little kids don't like to wait for you to dish out ice cream.  And you don't like to be up to your elbows in melted ice cream during the party either.

The party room

 Ladybug Pinata
I also made the spiral streamers.  You can see those here.

Pinata goodies

Poofs made by Brandi at The Creative Princess!

That's it!  We had 10 out of the 14 girls we invited come to the party.  Plus we had a couple of little brothers and sisters and cousins.  It was a very loud and busy party!  The girls had a blast!

EDIT!  Oh my goodness!  I forgot the invitations!  We made these out of simple shapes so my daughter could help.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Homeschool : R is for Rain

We had fun with this one too.  We didn't get a chance to go to the library this week for books about weather and rain.

Cloud cut out + Christmas tinsel

The girls got an easel for Christmas.  I've been trying to use it for our lessons.  I just set it up with either letter tracing or something like this for them to do randomly throughout the week.

I drew the clouds then they had to draw rain.

Rainbow template can be found here.  We glued Froot Loops on the make a rainbow.

I just made this one up one night when my brother and his AWESOME girlfriend were visiting.  The girls were more than a little excited and needed something to do with their hands.  They just glued them on randomly but you could have them glue them on in a pattern.

We also did letter and weather worksheets from

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Homeschool : B is for Bird

B is for Bird.  We had a lot of fun with this one.

We checked out this bird book from our local library.  We referenced it several times throughout the week.

Bird Feeder #1 : Pipe cleaners & Cereal

We used Alpha-Bits cereal.  I'd like to say I planned that but that's all the cereal we had that had holes in it.  It worked out great, though, because we were able to pick through and find all the B's.  We read the section in our bird book about what birds eat.  They eat seeds, bugs, fruit, small animals, large didn't say anything about dry cereal.

This is a great fine motor activity too.

We're not sure if the birds liked them because the dog ate them before they could taste it. 

Paper Plate Birds : Paper Plates & Colored Paper

 These turned out so cute.  Fold your plate in half and glue scraps of colored paper all over.  We also cut out eyes and beaks.

Accordian fold a full sheet of paper and insert through the plate.  We used a razor blade to cut a slit.

 Bird Feeder #2 : Upcycled snowman jug & bird seed

We reused our water jugs from when we made snowmen in December (in background) and filled them with bird seed.

Bird Feeder # 3 : TP rolls & PB & bird seed

Save your TP and paper towel rolls!  Coat with peanut butter.

Eat some.

Roll in bird seed.

We hung ours in our trees with yarn.

We also did letter B worksheets from and and a Fins or Feathers? worksheet from as well.  Here is another bird worksheet I JUST found that would have been great too.

Next up : R is for Rain

Monday, January 16, 2012

diy Party Decorations

My daughter's 7th birthday is next weekend.  I decided to make all of her decorations this year.  A little time consuming but saved a ton of money.

These are the spiral streamers I made to go across the doorway in the party room.

They are super easy to make.  Start with a piece of paper cut into a circle.  I used 3 and 4 inch circles.  Start cutting in a spiral around the circle starting on the outside and working your way in.  That's it!

You can see the rest of our birthday party here.

I'm linked up to Three Mango Seeds Monday DIY party at

Three Mango Seeds

Friday, January 13, 2012

Homeschool : M is for Music

My computer is fixed!  Apparently I had all kinds of viruses on it.  Boooo.  Anyway, all of my photos and files are back where they belong.

M is for Music.  I could have done so much more with this but for whatever reason 2 weeks went by and we barely accomplished anything.  Life.

Letter worksheets can be found at and and the guitar color sheet can be found at

We also made kazoos out of toilet paper rolls, wax paper, and rubber bands.  Just poke a tiny hole in the wax paper after assembling.  I like how my iphone focused everything EXCEPT the kazoos.

And tambourines out of paper plates.  You can fill them with dry beans, pasta, or small bells.  We used what we had on hand...stale candy corn.

We also read a book from the library called Drums, Keyboards, and Other Instruments by Scott Witmer.  It features artists such as The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Coldplay, The White Stripes, Gwen Stefani, Judas Priest, Tool, Jethro Tull, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and all the instruments they use.  Pretty interesting book with lots of cool photos.

Next: B is for Bird

Monday, January 9, 2012

My computer is broken

My computer is broken. I'm posting this from my iPhone. It's just not the same.

Hopefully it will be fixed this week. I know how much everyone misses my interesting and always exciting posts.

I was going to include a picture of a banner I made for my daughter's birthday to get you through these hard times, but I can't figure out how to do that on my phone.