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Friday, October 2, 2015

Fashion Friday - Halloween Costumes for Siblings

For today's Fashion Friday, I thought it would be fun to post some Halloween costume ideas for a brother/sister duo.  I love it when families or siblings dress up together with themed-costumes.  In our household, we only got to do it a few times.  Looking back at these photos makes me laugh so hard!

For Skylar's first Halloween, she was only 9-months-old and I had no idea what she would be for Halloween!  I knew Brody wanted to be a cowboy, and when we were doing some last-minute costume-shopping for Skylar, we stumbled upon the cutest costume.  We thought it was a cow costume when we purchased it, but it turned out to be a spotted pony costume.  We thought it would be perfect for Brody the cowboy, to have his little sis as a sidekick pony.  This was the only time we've ever let Brody "ride" his sister...

The following year Brody wanted to be a UPS delivery man. We used an empty box for his trick-or-treat bag.

Once again, we didn't know what Skylar should be so I thought it would be funny if she wore a carton box.  She was not very happy with that choice...

Thankfully, in the last-minute, I had a friend let me borrow a ladybug costume for Skylar that night so she ended up not coordinating with Brody.  Oh well!

The following year, I went all out and actually made their costumes!! I hope to one day post the tutorial for this, but it was so long ago, I'm not sure if I can make it again!  The kids were Pebbles and Bam Bam.

The Pebbles and Bam Bam costumes are probably my most favorite.  Skylar and Brody even let me put makeup on them so it looked like they had dirt all over their face!

Don't they look so cute?

Then a few years passed and their costumes didn't really go together.  Skylar was Snow White, a ballerina, and Spider Girl, while Brody was a racecar driver, GI Joe guy, and Lionel Messi.  I don't know what they will be yet this year, but I am crossing my fingers that their costumes will coordinate with each other once again!

Here are some other cute ideas for a brother and sister.  Just click on the photo to go to the source.
 via Costume Works

 via The Mom Creative
via Just Jen
 via Costume Works


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

TNT Licorice Treats

It is almost time for Halloween, which means that my pantry will be full of candy to give away to trick-or-treaters, and also for my family to enjoy.  If you remember from Brody's Minecraft party  HERE and HERE, I made little "TNT" bags for our guests to enjoy.  It is part of the printable Crafting a Cake Scavenger Hunt kit, but I wanted to make a quick tutorial to show you how easy it is to make!

All you need are:
 Twizzlers (or any red licorice)
Clear Cellophane Pretzel Bags
 TNT labels that you can print/download for free HERE

 Once you print the TNT labels on regular white paper, cut out each label individually.  Then fill the pretzel bags with Twizzlers and wrap the label around it.  Use tape to secure the label onto the bag and BOOM! you have cute treats for your Minecraft-themed party, or to give to trick-or-treaters or classmates, or anywhere that you might need some pretend dynamite!

Go get your free printable HERE or click on the photo below.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fashion Friday - Scarves, Jackets, and Boots, Oh My!

On another one of our adventures in the United Kingdom, we were able to explore the beautiful Parade Gardens in the city of Bath. It was a perfect spot to take some photos and enjoy the beautiful flowers and the colonnade that was built early in the last century.

On this day, Skylar and I decided to wear similar bright-colored infinity scarves, cargo jackets, skinny jeans, and our tall boots.  While it wasn't a perfect match, I love how something as simple as bright-colored scarves can help bring our outfits together and make the photos pop!

Underneath our jackets we just wore simple long-sleeved shirts, perfect to pair with fun accessories, such as our infinity scarves.  My scarf was a Juicy Couture clearance-find from Kohls.  And Skylar's scarf was a clearance-find from Marshalls.

 The Parade Gardens was really beautiful, especially the grand entrance which included a statue and a staircase.  They do charge a small fee (adult admission was £1.50 and children admission was £.80 at that time).  There is a small cafe in the back and there are also deck chairs available that people would grab and relax in.  I wish I took a picture of all of the people just sitting on the bright green lawn, sitting on their deck chairs.

Overlooking the River Avon, the Parade Gardens also gave a perfect view of the famous Pulteney Bridge and the weir.

But most importantly for a mom with two kids ready to explore, it had lots of open grass areas for us to run around!  Thankfully we had brought Brody's soccer ball with us.  We had a great time smelling roses, and running around kicking the soccer ball, I mean, football!

If you like our outfits, you can get similar looks here:

Iris: scarf {similar}, jacket {exact}, boots {similar}
Skylar: scarf {similar}, jacket {similar}, boots {similar}

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Brody's Minecraft Party & Free Printable Crafting a Cake Scavenger Hunt Kit (Part 2)

Last week I showed you a few details from Brody's Minecraft Party, including the free printable food labels I created for his dessert table. (If you missed that post and your free printables, go check it out HERE!)   Today, I want to share with you the details for the fun scavenger hunt we did during his party.  At the end of this post, you can download the Crafting a Cake Scavenger Hunt Kit for your own personal use!

This scavenger hunt was inspired by the activity I found from this adorable Minecraft Party.  For those of you who follow the game of Minecraft, whenever you need to "craft" a cake for food supply, you have to collect 3 milks, 2 sugars, 1 egg, and 3 wheats.  For our scavenger hunt, our guests needed to earn or find those same amount of ingredient cards before it was time to eat our cupcakes at the party.  Since the party was at a campsite, we had plenty of space to run around!

I found cute green baskets from Dollar Tree and bought one for each of the families that were coming.  I made a custom label for each family's basket and filled them with tools they would need to accomplish a list of tasks.  (You can purchase custom labels for your party in my Etsy Shop under "Pixel World Party".  Please note that the purchased files do not contain any Minecraft character images.)  

Below you can see the tools and supplies the families would use to finish the scavenger hunt (melon candies and red licorice were to be used as needed, or for some families, eaten immediately).

Along with their tools, I included an instruction sheet.  Here's what they had to do:

Activity #1: Crossing the Lava

I got this great idea for a lava obstacle course from this party.  Since I was too lazy to make a cool lava field, I bought a red table runner from Dollar Tree to use as our lava and used big rocks so that it wouldn't fly away or get tripped on. I made paper stone cutouts (part of the printable kit) and had them beside the lava for people to use and step on to cross to the other side, where I had a little treasure box containing 1 milk card.

Activity #2: Family Photo

For the second activity, every family had to make one person wear a cow headband and then text me their photo (I gave everyone my phone number before I sent them all off!)  Once they complete the task they collected 1 milk card.

What I love about this activity is that by the end of the party, I was guaranteed to have a family photo of all of my guests!  Here are some of the photos, don't they all look so cute?

Activity #3: Find a Cow

For the third activity,  I hid a mini-stuffed cow in a sandwich bag along with milk cards somewhere around our campsite.  Once they found the cow, the family can collect 1 milk card.

Activity #4: Shoot the Enemies

For this next activity, I got the idea from HERE to make targets and shoot Minecraft monsters!  The four monster heads are part of the printable kit.  Each family had to shoot four enemies using three Nerf bullets that were in their basket.  Once they shot all four targets, they can collect 1 sugar card.

Activity #5: Mine For Diamonds

For this activity I filled a pot full of sand and various shiny, colorful stones, aka diamonds (I used pretty-colored big rocks from our old fishtank).  When the family found 10 "diamonds" they could collect 1 sugar card from the treasure box I put beside the pot.

Activity #6: Egg Hunt

For this activity, I found a location near our campsite that had tall grass.  I filled plastic Easter eggs with 1 egg card each and scattered them around the field.  Once each family found one plastic Easter egg with 1 egg card inside, then this activity was completed.

The only remaining ingredients were 3 wheat cards.  For those cards, I had given instructions to the families before the hunt began on three different locations where they could find the wheat cards.  So depending on where your party is, you can customize the clues to locations perfect for your party!

Once each family found all of the 9 ingredient cards, then it was time for birthday cake (or in this case, cupcakes!)  Everyone had a great time!

Let me know what you think of this activity!  You can download the free printable kit with instructions HERE or click on the image below.  Have fun!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fashion Friday - Chambray Shirts

Hard to believe that I can actually feel cooler air here in Florida!  Fall is just around the corner and I am so excited to be able to wear long-sleeved shirts and sweaters soon!  When we visited London this past summer, we wore jeans and a long-sleeved shirt every day.  I think if I could choose an outfit to wear every day, it would be jeans and a top.  I was not a big fan of button-up shirts, until I discovered chambray.  A button-up chambray shirt can be worn so many ways. It can be dressed up with a skirt, worn as a jacket over a dress, or you can just wear it with jeans like Skylar and I did.

Since it was a bit cooler in London, I added a Vera Wang cream infinity scarf and tall brown boots also by Vera Wang (both found on clearance from Kohls).   

 Skylar and I enjoyed walking around The National Gallery in London.  It was amazing to see such beautiful artwork.  And very old artwork. We saw works by Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, and Claude Monet.  
I'm glad I was able to introduce the beautiful works by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci to my children so they know those names aren't only associated with turtle superheroes.  If you look closely below you can see Brody photo bombing us while I tried to look "intellectual".

My favorite painting was The Water-Lily Pond by Claude Monet.  It was pretty neat to be so close to such famous artwork.  If only I had a few million dollars...

If you have a chance to visit London, The National Gallery is a must-do.  And it's free to enter!

You can get our looks here:

Iris: top {similar}, boots {similar}
Skylar: top {similar}, {similar} boots {similar}