Harry Potter Snake Tutorial

    As my boys and I were thinking about the upcoming Harry Potter party and what things to make for it for some reason we kept talking about a Harry Potter snake. I don’t know if it was a basilisk or Nigini (yes, we’ll admit we’re total HP nerds). So it was on the list, I just didn’t know Read More…

Harry Potter Fake Castle Stone Wall Tutorial

For our big Harry Potter party I knew I really wanted to do something big to give everything a Hogworts castle sort of feel as well as hiding certain areas of the house so really really wanted to make a fake stone walls. I looked at paper ones, backdrops you could buy and thought the best way would just make Read More…

Harry Potter Dragon Eggs Tutorial

These dragon eggs are extremely easy to make and were probably the easiest thing I made for our Harry Potter party. Originally I wanted to do a large egg like they had in the 4th book (It’s the clue for the second task. I know, I know, I’m a total nerd) and I would have but I couldn’t find a Read More…

Harry Potter Wand Tutorial – How to Make a Simple Wizards Wand

What is a Harry Potter party without a trip to Ollivander’s for some wands? We knew we wanted each kid to have their own Harry Potter wand and since anything official was a little spendy we made our own DIY wand for each ‘student’. Supplies Glue gun and lots of glue sticks Chopsticks (I got mine which were very inexpensive Read More…

Harry Potter’s Monster Book of Monsters Tutorial

One of the things we really wanted to make for our Harry Potter Party was a Monster Book of Monsters that is found in the 3rd book. I know you can buy them but they’re kind of expensive……. so we saw this video and changed a few things to make it work for us.     Supplies. First you need Read More…

Lego Party Food

  Here is the food! Well most of it at least. For food for kid parties I try to keep it as simple as possible and kid friendly because well, this was for 4 and 5 year olds. I also do let my kids pick the food for the most part and they usually pick crowd pleasers. On the menu Read More…

9 Reasons Why Toddlers are Awesome – Things to Remember When You’re at the End of your Rope

It seems like in one instant my youngest went from infant to full blown toddler, there was no easing into it at all. It has been a few years since I had a toddler in the house and I’ll admit I forgot a lot of what toddlerhood entails. Lately I have been finding myself more and more frustrated with the Read More…

The Ultimate Guide to Cheap or Free Summer Fun With Kids in PDX

When you think about Portland Oregon and kids a few things come to mind pretty quick. OMSI, the Zoo, the Children’s Museum….I’ve been to them all both as a kid and as a parent. This summer we are wanting to find things do that are Cheap/Free Simple Fun for 3 boys So…. I’ve been collecting a list of fun things Read More…

Lego Party

My little guy has been talking about his Lego birthday party for almost a year. What can I say the kids loves Legos. So we planned and talked about everything from decorations to food and games. All were 4 year old approved. Take a look at what we did to make his day special! Mr. 4 year old himself. See Read More…

It’s Meme Mania Over Here

It all started with this picture I found as I was looking through my photos. His little face makes me laugh. Then I tried to think of something funny and got nothing so I asked some social media friends what they though and got some great ideas. I made all of these on the site Meme Dad, super easy to Read More…

Lego Party: Decorations

┬áSince I only do ‘big parties’ every other year (with friends, decorations, a theme, games….. the works) we usually go all out. I know I couldn’t handle this every year. Not for this mama. No thank you. But I do love it on the years I do get to do them and it gets my party planning bug out of Read More…

Easy Army Camo Cupcakes Recipe

I made these for my son’s half birthday last year. He’s a summer birthday so he gets to celebrate his half birthday at school. He wanted an army theme so I made these up and all the kids loved them. I loved them because they look (and taste) awesome but actually didn’t take too much work. I mean, buying them Read More…

Easy Peasy Halloween Sugar Cookies

Decorating sugar cookies was always a fun holiday family tradition growing up and I especially loved making Halloween sugar cookies (my birthday is just before Halloween and it is one of my favorite holidays!) I loved to decorate them. All of my siblings were long gone while I was painstakingly lining up sprinkles in a pattern or something equally time-intensive. Read More…