Happy New Year's Eve everyone! Help your kiddos celebrate the new year tonight with these awesome and nutritious fruit sparkler wands. They're really easy to make and your kids will think they're so cool. Get the details at Canadian Family.
I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! I'm still on vacation here, but I'm having a very lazy week. I don't often get a chance to relax and it seems I'm taking full advantage of it, lol. I had a list of things I wanted to get done this Christmas break and I just can't seem to get motivated. One thing I did do though is take new portraits of the kids. I like to take their portraits every Christmas. I took these pictures the weekend before both of my kids fell at school. Cam cut his lip open and Kirsten cut her cheek open. They both fell on the ice about 2 days apart if you can believe it. We're still tending to their wounds here! I guess that's what photoshop is for, lol.
Here are a few of my newly turned four-year old! He co-operated so well!!
And here are some of my beautiful five-year old!
For those who are wondering - no, that is not my wall, baseboard or floor. I have a photography stand, seamless photography paper, a fake bamboo floor mat and a piece of baseboard! I have several rolls of photography paper and I'm able to assemble and take down this set up very easily. I just love it! It's pretty narrow (the rolls of paper are 53 inches), but so are the rooms in my house. It's great for photographing 1 kid at a time though. I bought a piece of baseboard at home depot. These are the products I have:
Santa is coming tonight and rudolph will be guiding that sleigh! This is the perfect lunch to serve to your kiddos to prepare for Santa's arrival tonight. This rudolph quesadilla was really simple to make and the kiddos loved it. Get the details at Canadian Family.
My little man turned four yesterday and I just can't believe it! He is all about superhero's right now so it made sense for me to throw him a superhero birthday party. We had his party yesterday, on his actual birthday, and it was so much fun. My little guy loved every second of it. He has grown so much this year, it's just incredible. He's the sweetest little boy ever and we just love him so much. Happy birthday Camden!! Here's a few pics from his big day!
I made his invite in photoshop and used clip art that I purchased. I'm pretty pleased with it!
Instead of goodie bags, each of the little party guests got their own superhero cape and mask to wear for the party! It was a hit with the little ones and a great alternative to candy this time of year!
I made spiderman drink bottles for the kids. I used empty juice bottles and filled them with cherry kool-aid. I put spiderman stickers on the bottles and had adorable striped paper straws. The kids loved these!
I made our buffet table look like gotham city by wrapping empty cereal and cracker boxes in coloured wrapping paper. I glued yellow and black squares on the boxes for windows. They looked pretty cool. I actually have another plan for these boxes which I plan to do this week on Christmas break. Stay tuned!
And, the cupcakes! They were super easy to make. I made a white cupcake with piped white frosting and sprinkled on some colourful sprinkles. Then I used cupcake rings to turn them into superhero cupcakes. The rings are awesome because they are a super simple way to make your cupcakes cute and the kids get to keep the rings and take them home! A win win if you ask me!
We bought Cam a set of superhero dress-up masks for his birthday. My kids love playing dress-up and because Cam has a sister he usually ends up wearing princess dresses and tutus! I thought he needed some more dress-up clothes of his own! I took some pictures of the little birthday boy with his masks on! He just loves them and he's so cute!
I haven't done a fun food friday is what seems like ages. With both the kids in full-time school now, they eat more fun bento boxes than fun plated meals. Regardless, I found these adorable lip pop lollipops and just knew I wanted to make the kiddos a fun lunch with it. Once the lollipop part is eaten, just clean the rudolph nose and you have an awesome sandwich pick! I made a circle-cut chicken sandwich and stuck the lip pop in the middle. I used the scrap bread and crust pieces from the circles to make the ears and antlers. I used a small bento cutter to cut the eyes out of mozza cheese and black food markers to colour the eyes in. Really easy and super fun! Happy Friday!
For those who don't know what lip pops are, here is what the packaging looks like:
We've made button Christmas trees in the past - you can check out the one we made last year here. There's just something about buttons that I just love. They are so fun to craft with and create the brightest and cutest things. Thankfully my daughter feels the same way. We had a lot of fun sorting through our favourite buttons and then stacking them from largest to smallest. We have them probably on display with some of our other awesome homemade Christmas decorations and they look pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself! There are so simple to make, here's what you'll need:
What you'll need:
buttons - lots in sizes from large to small
wooden thread spools
1. Sort through your buttons and find your brightest and most colourful buttons. Then arrange them from largest to smallest.
2. Grab your wooden spool thread to use as a tree trunk and glue the buttons from largest to smallest on the "trunk".
3. We picked some pretty buttons and placed them on the top for the tree toppers!
I just love these!
And here are some my sweet little Kirsten made all by herself with zero help from mama! I think she did pretty awesome and she's pretty proud of them!
This super healthy snack is the perfect way to help get kids in the Christmas spirit. It was super simple to make and used a variety of fresh and healthy foods I had on hand. Visit Canadian Family to get the details.
This is being posted a little later than I intended, but I've been so sick this weekend it's been hard to get my act together. This post will be short on the writing, but I wanted to show you guys some of the fun bento boxes the kiddos had this past week! I hope everyone else is having a better weekend than me.
This adorable little lunch was packed for both Kirsten and Camden for their afternoon nutrition breaks. Cam didn't get to enjoy his though because my poor little guy had gastro this week too. This bento was packed in our beloved 4 square lock and lock. I removed the upper two boxes and placed half a ham sandwich up there. I cut "FA LA LA" out of fruit leather and my mini alphabet cutters and placed some adorable music note picks in the sandwich. The bottom boxes held purple silicone muffin cups with mini pretzel twists, gingerbread man cheese slices and sliced baby carrots.
The kids had these matching santa bento's for their afternoon nutrition breaks packed in their trudeau fuel everest sandwich boxes. They had a circle-cut chicken sandwich who had a red bell pepper hat and mozza cheese details cut using a variety of cookie cutters. I used 2 pink sprinkles for the cheeks and black food marker for the eyes and mouth. The box also held silicone muffin cups of sliced baby carrots and sliced cucumbers.
This fun little bento was for the kiddos morning nutrition break. I peeled the labels off a couple yogurt drinks too and decorated the bottles with sharpies to make them look like snowmen! The kids just LOVED this. And it was so simple too. The bento was packed in the four-square lock and lock and held red jello, a peeled clementine orange, a silicone cup of snowflake-cut cucumbers and a silicone cup with a sliced cereal bar and snowflake pick.
This adorable little present bento was for the kids afternoon nutrition break. It was packed in a red/green two-tier bento box. The top tier held a present sandwich. I cut a sandwich into a rectangle shape and used cheese slices and cheesestring to make the ribbon and bow. The top tier also held a peeled clementine orange. The bottom tier held some sliced cucumbers with a cute tree pick.
Here are a couple more matching bento boxes the kiddos had for their afternoon nutrition break. They had a circle cut ham sandwich with an adorable pick stuck in the middle - Cam had a reindeer and Kirsten had Santa. The bottom tier also held a silicone muffin cup with mini pretzel twists. The top tiers held holly-cut cucumbers and red pomegranate seed "berries".
And finally, an easy lock and lock bento for their morning nutrition break that really isn't Christmas-y, but I threw an adorable marshmallow snowman in there! The boxes held cherry jello, a silicone muffin cup with a sliced cereal bar, a silicone muffin cup with sliced kiwi, and a silicone muffin with with a marshmallow snowman. I used an adorable hat pick and food-safe markers to draw on the details.
Hi! My name is Jill. I'm married to a wonderful man, James, and we have 2 fantastic children - Kirsten and Camden. I love crafting with my kiddos, creating super fun lunches for them in the kitchen and taking pictures of them. This blog is a place for me to share all these things. I hope you enjoy!
I'd love to hear from you! Please email me at jillianr at shaw.ca