Pinterest Tuesday: Puffy Paint and Valentine’s Day Cards

As Valentine’s Day approached, I tried to think of a fun, easy craft to do with the girls.  Of course, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found this.  It was perfect; easy, simple materials, and great for a variety of ages.

A cute handprint card idea... definitely doing this!!

So cute!! We added one twist-puffy paint! I found a recipe in a newsletter from my school district and we went to work.  Now, I saved the newsletter so I could share the recipe with you, and I put it in a really, really, really safe place. How do I know this? I cannot find it. Of course.  But all is not lost! I did find this post which explains how to make it and some fun projects using the puffy paint.

Puffy Paint

1/2 cups shaving cream

1/2 cup white glue

food coloring


Measure out the shaving cream and glue and mix together. Add the food coloring and mix until you like the results.

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Transfer the puffy paint to empty condiment bottles or use a paintbrush and let the kids have fun!


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Yes, this one was mine.

We put our paint on really thick, and it took a long time to dry. Overnight, in fact.  But it was puffy, and the girls enjoyed it. Great for a snowy, cold day.




Taylor Turns 3 Continued-the Good, the Bad, and the REALLY UGLY

The Good

Taylor had a great birthday yesterday! It was also a crafty birthday for me-I appliqued the “3” on this shirt to wear on her special day. I also made her a few outfits for her new doll-she loved them!


The Bad

I am going to be really honest here-my older daughter is struggling with Taylor’s birthday present.  Taylor received a Saige American Girl doll, and it just so happens to be a doll that Emily really likes. Please note, Emily already HAS her own American Girl doll, Emily Bennett. Soooooo….. I knew there might be a little bit of jealousy, but I was not expecting her to cry all night. Looks like I have some intense parenting work to do.

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AND The Ugly

I made Taylor a Hello Kitty cake. I am NOT a cake decorator. I can bake them, but decorating them is a whole other story.  And that is okay. I think I have enough hobbies to keep me busy.  Here is a picture of my Hello Kitty cake. The girls told everyone that Hello Kitty had a runny nose…I think Hello Kitty has a few other problems as well…that is okay, she tasted good. 🙂




Taylor Turns 3!

Three years ago today, February 7, 2010, Taylor made her way into the world.  She was born the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, a week earlier than her scheduled C-Section day. Her whole birth story is great-it involves me waking up and realizing my water had broken at 12 am; frantic phone calls to Josh’s parents, who were not answering their phone; a call to 911 to report a drunk driver;  and me looking at my stomach while walking into the hospital and wondering, “is the baby still in there?” Birth does weird things to a person’s brain, apparently! We watched the Super Bowl that night after having only two hours of sleep, and I remember Taylor crying through pretty much the whole thing. I cannot, however, tell you who played, who won, or what commercials were shown.

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Um, yeah. Car seats are not made for preemie-sized newborns!

Come back tomorrow to hear more about Taylor’s big day!


Off to the Ball!

It seems almost every young girl longs to be a princess. They love the dresses, the shoes, the atmosphere of magical perfection that seems to accompany the life of a princess. In our area girls everywhere, both young and old(er), have the opportunity to be a princess for one night. And the handsome prince who accompanies them is none other than their own father! The Father Daughter Ball attracts hundreds of dads and daughters in our area-so many that several different venues have set up their own events, and tickets for multiple nights sell out quickly. It is a great way for dads and daughters to make memories together!

Last year my husband took our oldest daughter, Emily, who was four at the time. She enjoyed herself; although she didn’t want to take off her jacket!  This year, he took both of our daughters; Emily, now five, and Taylor, who is two. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall; watching their precious night! But, since I couldn’t be there, I decided to contribute to the fun the best way I know how-by making the girls’ dresses!

My daughter originally asked me for this dress before Christmas from the American Girl catalog priced at a whopping $68.00!!!

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Since I wasn’t about to spend that much on a dress, I decided to make a similar one. I purchased a pattern from Hancock Fabric, some pretty purple fabric, all of which totaled about $35.00, and went to work. Emily’s dress was finished before Christmas, so she was able to wear it to her school program, and Christmas day. I didn’t get to Taylor’s until after Christmas-oh well.

And here is the proud dad and excited daughters before they departed! They had a wonderful time and cannot wait to go again next year!