All posts tagged: DIY

How to Host the Perfect Fairy Party!

Is your little one obsessed with fairies? We recently hosted a birthday party for a little girl who picked fairies as her theme. We had so much fun creating her birthday and think it would be an easy party for anyone to recreate in your home. For the decorations we bought strands of fake flowers from the dollar store. We also printed out a little saying we came across, which matched our theme perfectly. All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Fairy Dust! Loot Bags: For the loot bags we made little jars of fairy dust. We bought mini glass jars from the dollar store and covered them in clear tape just to be extra cautious. We filled each jar with water a few drops of glycerin and lots of sparkles. We then hot glued the cork back into the jar to prevent spilling. We tied a purple ribbon around the jar so that it could be worn as a necklace. We also made fairy cookies, the sky is the limit on how …

DIY Crayons!

Got a bunch of old crayons lying around the house? This is the perfect activity to do with your kiddies. Plus, pulling off the crayon wrappers will not only take a while but will also work on their fine motor skills. In addition, your kids can learn about different states of matter! There are five simple steps to this activity. 1) Pull off any paper from the crayon. 2) Break the crayons in half and place in a muffin tin. 3) Bake in the oven on a temperature lower than 250, should take about 15 minutes to melt the crayons. 4) Pop the muffin tin with the melted crayon in the freezer. 5) 30 minutes later crayons should set, voila! Brand new crayons 🙂

DIY Handles!

So I saw this very pretty closet door handle on one of my favorite sites and was about to purchase it when I realized that it’s probably very easy to make on my own. Off I went to Canadian Tire, bought 6 handles for the price of one of the pretty ones and completed my entire project in under 30 minutes. I simply used hot glue on one end of the handle, then wrapped twine around the entire handle and used the hot glue on the other end. It literally took me less than 5 minutes per handle and I saved lots of money, can’t go wrong with a craft like that one.

DIY Under the Sea Birthday

This past weekend we hosted a wonderful birthday for a little girl who turned 8 years old. She requested “under the sea” as her theme and we had so much fun with it! The guests made “Under the Sea” treasure boxes and decorated cupcakes with fondant dolphins and seashells. For the decorations, we made lots of beautiful fish and used tissue paper for seaweed. The hanging Jelly Fish were made from a paper bowl and a cut up table cloth. If you want to skip all the work you can always contact us to host your Under The Sea Birthday Party – visit our Birthday page for more information!        

Peach BBQ Sauce (for sugarfree September)

This month, my husband and I are trying to be sugar-free, it’s turning out to be a lot easier than I anticipated. At first, it was definitely a struggle, especially giving up dark chocolate. However, as time as progressed I find myself craving it less, I have more energy and feel less hungry. The one time of day I still find the hardest is after dinner, I’m so use to having a little something sweet and I really crave it. With each passing day the cravings are getting easier and as long as I get myself out of the kitchen fast I seem to forget about them. We’ve been making ribs in our slow cooker a LOT and usually dump a bottle of Diana’s in there, with some onion and garlic. Well, Diana’s isn’t going to make the sugar-free list that is for certain! So I made up a batch of this, smothered the ribs in it and cooked them on slow for most of the day. Easy Peasy! Ingredients 3 slices of bacon 3 …

Back to School Caddy

So it’s that time of year again, when the leaves slowly slip away, the fall colours come out shining bright. It’s a time for new beginnings, fresh starts and back to school! Here’s a great little craft that uses the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) plus has so many uses! I made one for the kitchen with bigger coffee tin cans to store utensils or you could use one in the bathroom for sorting out your stuff. There’s so many options. All you need is 6 washed out tin cans, spray paint (there are environmentally friendly spray paints) a 2×4 (cut down to size), 6 screws, and a handle (which you can buy from any hardware store). Spray the cans, handle and wood with your choice of colour. Once dry, use a metal dowel and hammer to knock a hole in the cans. Screw the cans onto the wood and then screw the handle onto the top of the wood and voila! A perfect organizer!

Oliver’s Big Top Birthday Bash!

So my tiny, weeny boy, who is not so tiny or weeny anymore turned 2 years old on Tuesday and we celebrated with a circus themed birthday. It was so much fun prepping for his birthday and I enjoyed planning every little detail. Here are some pics from the big day! The sweet table definitely required the most planning and time commitment however, it was tons of fun. Once you have a theme picked out the key to a perfect sweet table is stick to a couple of colours. For the games, we tried to keep them as simple as possible since most of the little ones in attendance were under the age of 5. We had a bean bag toss, face painting, fortune teller, a tent with balls in, a fishing game, tight rope walking and of course a prize booth. To be honest most of the kids threw the balls around, had their face painted and hung out at the prize booth. A couple of them did the bean bag toss. We also …

Mini Peach Cobblers

I came up with this recipe due to a large amount of leftover pastry. Not only were these little guys delicious but they were easy to make and to top it all off they’re so cute! Perhaps you’re wondering how I ended up with leftover pastry? Well, it’s an interesting story; we’re running camps at Seasons this summer, we serve snacks, I bought kiwis for snacks, thought the toddlers would be adventurous in their snack eating. Toddlers and being adventurous with food not always a good combo, long story short at the end of our second week we had an abundance of kiwis leftover. What to do with lots of kiwis, well ask Google of course! I ended up making  a fruit tart (which I will save for another post). Long story short, leftover pastry from the fruit tart. We don’t like to waste anything around here, especially food. So initially I thought I would try making mini fruit tarts but as soon as I started shaping the pastry in the muffin cups I knew …