Snowy Weekend Fun

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Elin has been dying to get out in the snow and play all winter long, but we hadn’t got much snow; or when we did, it was too cold to play in or it melted before we got much time outside. But, finally this weekend we got a a few inches thrown on us and then the weather warmed up and it was perfect weather for actually playing in the snow.

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Elin got to play on and ride her sled that was her Nana’s when she was little. It looked good as new!

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Perhaps the most anticipated event was making her her very first snowman. Elin watched Frosty the Snowman too many times to count over the Christmas season and she loves Olaf so she was more than excited to make one of her own for the first time.

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This little guy was modeled after Olaf. Although I won’t blame you if you can’t see the resemblance. Elin loved him! She loved when we brought out carrots for the nose (and arms apparently) because she loves to eat carrots so she enjoyed snacking on about 4 of them out in the snow! I was shocked at how many she ate since they were huge.

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It was such a pretty day for playing in the snow! Elin throughly enjoyed it. We never got to play in the snow last year and the year before that she was too little to do anything but sit in the snow so it was so exciting to watch her get to really enjoy and experience the snow for the first time.

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Valentine’s Day Weekend

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Since Elin is enthralled with all things Valentine related, I decided to have a Valentine themed playdate. When I floated the idea by her, she was beside herself with excitement! She knew one thing for sure….that she wanted cupcakes and balloons. She got a lot of inspiration from all the Valentine books we have been reading.

I made some heart garlands out of some pretty glittery scrapbook paper to make the house more festive. I have no idea why I decided making my own was better than finding something in the stores, but I love how they turned out and the scrapbook paper was super thick so they should be durable to use year after year.

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We then got got some yummy cupcakes for dessert after our lunch of peanut butter and jelly cut into hearts, strawberries, and carrot sticks.

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Last but not least, some pretty springy flowers were needed to brighten things up.

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She was expecting two friends from ballet and story time, but sadly one could not make it due to a medical emergency. Although that was sad, Elin was super excited for her friend Lydia to come!

Lydia came bearing some very nice Valentine sweets! They both looked so cute in their Valentine attire.

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The girls enjoyed eating at their little table by themselves. They switched spots a few different times and ate off each other’s plate.

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Then they were eager to get upstairs and just play kitchen for awhile.

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We coaxed them to go back downstairs to work on making necklaces. They enjoyed Valentine gummies and heart marshmallows while we mostly made their necklaces for them.

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At this point, it was evident that both girls were getting tired and ready for naps. So they sat quietly on the couch for awhile and read and then watched a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

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I love how they have the same expression in this photo. They were both staring at the television, enthralled by it.

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Even though the girls were tired they hated to part ways, they gave each other many hugs and held hands for awhile before Lydia left.

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I think they had a good time together! I was thinking about how I should do this again next and then I realized that since Elin will be in preschool next year, she will start having holiday parties at school!

After a little nap, Elin was excited to have her cousins stop by for awhile. They exchanged Valentines and had some sweets. Elin got right to work playing with her new Minnie Mouse stamp set she got.

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Then on Saturday, Elin went to a birthday party for her friend, Frances. The theme was My Little Pony and her mom and grandma outdid themselves with beautiful party decor and fun games! This was the first birthday party Elin has been to where there were games for the kids and Elin loved it! She wasn’t quite herself during the party due to a runny nose, but she had a great time and talked about the party the rest of the weekend.

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They also made necklaces, wands, and got manicures. Elin will never let me paint her nails but she did it!! She let me paint them and seemed to love it! She let them dry and kept showing me her pink nails, but on the way home she sort of bit her nails and ate the polish off! I hope if we try it again I can prevent her from doing that!

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All the kids were spoiled with awesome favor bags that were filled with lots of goodies. Elin is now a huge fan of “ponies” as she calls them and we watched a few episodes on demand when we got home. Elin also wore her party hat all evening long and we finally took it off her when she went to bed!

It was such a fun weekend with all the parties and festivities!!

Blogger Valentine Card Exchange

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Do you remember making and buying Valentine cards to pass out at school in elementary school? Wasn’t it the most exciting day ever when the teacher would pass out the white lunch bags to decorate and set up as a mailbox to collect cards in? I can’t even imagine how much more awesome it probably is now with all the creative ideas floating around on Pinterest and on blogs.

Emma from Harper and Will and I partnered up to put together a fun blogger Valentine card exchange. Our mission was to create some homemade and creative Valentine cards with our children and then exchange them with some of our blogger friends who all have children around the same age.

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Elin and I had a blast making heart shaped crayons and packaging them up with coloring books. Check out this post to see how we made our heart shaped crayons. I found the printable here.

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We mailed off our cards all throughout the country and had fun seeing all the cards arrive for Elin. We waited until we had received all our cards and then Elin sat down opened up all her goodies. She was so excited at seeing all the beautiful cards.

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After she had ample to time to admire her cards and play with them, I decided to hang the cards up so we can appreciate them more and use them as decoration. I love how our little garland turned out.

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Check out everyone who participated in the exchange and see how they made their beautiful cards.

Five Recent Purchases

I haven’t done a five on Friday in awhile and I thought I would join up today. This is one of those weeks were I just happen to have purchased a lot of random items. I love to see what other people buy and so I thought I would share five items I purchased this week. As a disclaimer, I don’t shop like this every week.

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 Kenneth Cole Boots

I was at Von Maur early in the week and I noticed some Kenneth Cole brown boots in the sale area that I had considered getting Elin in the fall. I passed on them earlier but to my surprise, the $50 boots were on clearance for $12! I thought the price was a mistake and that they must have marked them wrong but when I asked the clerk he said they weren’t! Since brown boots like that won’t go out of style any time soon, I made sure to get some in Elin’s size for next fall/winter.

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West Elm Blanket

Another deal I came across this week that I could not pass up was this beautiful ivory throw blanket. I need another blanket like I need a hole in the head, but I love this blanket and….wait for it……it was normally $100 marked down to $24.99! Say what?!?! It has sequins! I think it’s just to die for. Doesn’t everyone need a sequin blanket in their life? I went to find this online and sadly it’s not longer on line, but perhaps still available in stores.

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Valentine Chairbacker

I don’t have a lot of Valentine’s decor around the house, so I decided rather late in the season to buy this chairbacker. It’s adorable and I don’t know why I didn’t order one sooner. Bonus: they went on sale this week. Sadly, I bought mine right before they did. I guess you win some and lose some.

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Kendra Scott Earrings

I love Kendra Scott earrings and I checked out their site and saw they had their Spring line out. I had to get this rose quartz  color. However, I love so many of the spring colors that are out!

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YSL Tint and Oil

No shopping trip to the mall is complete without a Sephora run and somehow I can’t leave without finding something amazing and life changing. This lip product is seriously like nothing I have ever tried before. It looks like a lipgloss on but is an oil and, although that sounds weird, it feels very moisturizing on. But the best part is it leaves a stain that seriously lasts forever! I only bought one in the Peach Me Love color, but I think I love it so much that I will purchase another for sure.

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Valentine Mini Gifts

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I’m a sucker for buying cute holiday related items for Elin.  The Valentine stuff especially just calls my name with all the pink and heart adorned items.  The past two years I just bought her a gift or two and gave it to her on Valentine’s Day but since I saw so many cute smaller items this year I decided to get her a small gift item for each day of the month of February leading up to Valentine’s day.

Most of the items are books because we are working on growing her Valentine book collection. Then some items were found in Target’s dollar section. What would I do without that section? Why is Target’s dollar merchandise so much better than anything you can find from any regular old dollar store?

So far Elin is enjoying getting her little gift each day.  It’s something fun for the entire Valentine season. I’m a few gifts short but I plan on doing some more shopping.

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Preschool Tour

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Yesterday morning Elin had a scheduled tour of the preschool she will attend in the fall. The school asks that all children come in for a tour and a chance to meet the teacher during the application process.

Elin has been excited all week for her tour of the classroom.  She is very anxious for school and has been very interested in school ever since she learned that her older cousins go to school.  She will be attending the same preschool that they went and the same one that I went to 28 years ago!  In fact, my same preschool teacher is there but Elin won’t be in her class until she is 4 years old.

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Elin made herself right at home as soon as we got there and proceeded to play with everything in the class!  We were there for an hour and she covered a lot of ground while she was there.  Of course her favorite area was was the play kitchen area and she also enjoyed checking out the many books in the classroom.

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The teacher gave Elin a tiny stuffed cat from the reward box and Elin was thrilled.  We named him Figaro after Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, of course.

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Starting in August, Elin will go three days a week in the mornings.  This is a big deal because she has never been watched by anyone other than family and a close family friend and she has never been without out us at someone else’s house other than family.  However, after seeing her today be so comfortable in the classroom and with the teacher, I don’t think she will be too scared or bashful when the big day rolls around.

She was all smiles as we left the school.  I’m so glad she was happy and comfortable there.

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One year Blogiversary

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This blog has officially turned one year old! I am so glad that I decided to start one and that have kept up with it. I am so forgetful and I know there are many moments and activities that would have come and gone and I would have forgotten about them or I would have the pictures but wouldn’t have remembered all the details about what we were doing.

In one year’s time I have learned so much and gotten to know so many new people that I consider friends. There are so many things about blogging that I have yet to to learn and discover and I can’t wait to keep exploring this new world.

 

 

Weekending

The weekend went by all too fast as usual.

On Friday night, Elin and I worked on some special Valentines for some far away friends and then we finished up the final packing on Saturday morning and made a trip to the post office to mail them off.  I took some pictures of her making the Valentines but I’ll save those for a future post. Right now the Valentines are top secret.

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Then we went to Gymboree as we usually do.  As Elin napped, I decided on a whim to check if there were still tickets to Disney on Ice and as luck would have it there were–and good seats!  So, even thought there were just a few hours before the event, I went ahead and purchased tickets and surprised Elin with the news when she woke up.

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Elin enjoyed the show and stayed engrossed in the show the whole time.  The music was pretty loud but she didn’t seem to mind.

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Her favorite parts were the ones that had Mickey& Minnie and the whole gang, Snow White, and Ariel.  She also loved the flying Tinkerbell.

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She also couldn’t keep her eyes off the palace.  She kept asking us who was going to come out the door next. She also kept saying she wanted to go in there.

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She was so excited to see her friend Kelsey as we were leaving.

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She was hugely disappointed that Minnie and Mickey were not outside. She thought they would be there for photos and she kept asking where they were waiting for her. Then she broke into a run when she saw the souvenir stand. I felt awful not buying her anything, but nothing looked awesome to buy so I told her that her extra special souvenir was waiting at home and that should would get it in the morning since it was bedtime by the time we got home. That worked and luckily I keep a bin of future toys when I see good things on Amazon or at a store.

In the morning, she was the proud owner of a set of princess figurines. They are actually bath toys, but I knew she would love playing with them with her princess castle and she played with them all day long! We have never read Snow White or watched the movie, but she had remembered all about her from the ice show and she kept taking about taking a bite of the apple and she was clearly the favorite in the pack of dolls–so we also watched the movie.

 

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All in all, a pretty good weekend.

Two Frozen Parties

Elin had two Frozen themed parties to go to within 4 days of each other.   As you can imagine she was extremely excited for both.

The first party was held at Gymboree.  She was thrilled to see her pal Kelsey there!  Those two enjoyed running around and playing some Frozen themed games and listening the movie soundtrack.

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Elin’s favorite activity was hanging like a monkey from the ladder.  She really thought that was exciting.

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Then it was time for snacks and crafts.  The snack was ice cream and unfortunately Elin is still not a fan so they gave her some animal crackers and gold fish.  I can’t believe she still doesn’t like ice cream!  I think she doesn’t enjoy the coldness.

The craft was making an adorable Olaf!  She is obsessed with snowmen so she loved making Olaf and loves how he is adorning our refrigerator right now.

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Our next Frozen themed party was a few days later at our local library.   This party encouraged dressing up so Elin wore her Elsa outfit.  We arrived to the party early enough to have time to browse the books first.

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The  party had many Elsa’s! All the kids sat and listened to trivia about the movie and then they played they played parts of the movie and all the kids sang along.

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Elin enjoyed getting to know other princesses.  It’s amazing to me with all those Elsa costumes no two costumes were alike!!

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Crafting time was next and we made another Olaf.  Elin loved this activity and gluing on all the snowflakes.

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They had the cutest cupcakes for a snack and blue punch.  The punch was a mixture of blue Hawaiian punch, sprint and sherbert.  It was very pretty and I’m sure very good.

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There was a photo area set up to get pictures taken.

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Some other activities we did was playing with a substance that looked like sand but was similar to snow.  It was very odd  in that it was cold and light and fluffy but the kids seemed to like it.  Coloring Anna and Elsa pages were also a hit.

This was the second Frozen party they put on because it was so popular the first time and they fulfilled the registrant limit within the first hour of the registration being live.

The library did such a good job putting together the event and it was free! I hope they continue to offer such fun events!

Crayon Hearts

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It’s the time of year where everything in stores starts to turn pink and red for Valentine’s Day. I have been busy gathering some cute craft ideas for Elin to work on and brainstorming some ideas for Valentine Cards. One idea that I have seen on Pinterest and on other blogs for awhile is the ever popular crayon molds. I found a heart silicone mold and the rest was history.

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I followed this tutorial. I have seen many different tutorials and they are all the same but I liked how her little trees and gingerbread men turned out that she made for Christmas so this is the one I followed. Everything was pretty easy. I peeled the papers of the crayons the night before since that part was the most tedious and then the next day I broke them up in little pieces. I didn’t let Elin in on that part because I don’t want her breaking her crayons that we use. But I did let her assist in putting them in the molds and making different color combinations. She loved looking at all the colorful pieces.

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I only used 3-4 different colors in a mold. I don’t like when there are too many colors and the colors mix too much. Also, I didn’t use any black, brown or gray.

Then they were popped in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 250. I let them cool for 15 minutes or so before trying to pop them out. They popped out beautifully.

 

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These are my favorite ones. I love paintings by Jen Ramos and the swaths of colors remind me of some of the colors she uses in her paintings.

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I think these are so adorable and will make a lovely small gift to attach to a Valentine for a toddler or small child.