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How to Survive a Hurricane…with Toddlers

I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.

I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.

I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.

I’ve seen streets flood.

I’ve had the power go out.

I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.

We throw Hurricane parties.

Until we have kids.

Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…

Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:

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Olympic Crafts

We have had Olympic fever in this house since the Opening Ceremonies!

These are the first Olympics my kids have been old enough to watch and understand!

It’s been so fun sharing it with them!

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Emma says her favorite Olympian is “Katie Tedeky” aka Katie Ledeky.

We have been watching the Olympics almost every day and I have been encorporating crafts, which have been really fun for the girls.

They recognize the Olympic Rings now because they’ve made them and they talk about the gold medals because we’ve made our own.

Here are the slew of crafts we’ve completed over the last 14 days:

Torches

This was our first craft that we made for the Opening Ceremonies.

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They were quite simple:

Two toilet paper rolls

Painted gold or white (I looked up the past torches and they have all been gold or white)

Glue

Red, yellow or orange tissue paper for the flames

And that was it! For my older daughter, we wrote USA on hers since she is working on her letter recognition

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Birthday Party: Flamingo & Pineapple

Hello, August!

Which also means it’s MY BIRTHDAY (month)!

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This year, I decided to do a Flamingo & Pineapple theme, which was SO FUN! And very apropos because it’s the summer!

Plus, the Dollar Store had TONS of party supplies!!

I started by printing out several printables and putting them in picture frames all around the house.

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Then, I created a banner for the fireplace. I hand-cut flamingos and pineapples.

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Then, my husband gave me my birthday present: a FUCKING Cricut!!!!!!!!

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Complete game changer.

Every day for 4 days after, I made something for my party. So far, I’ve made a pineapple and flamingo shirt, plus a flamingo mug and a cake topper.

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For the food, we had TONS of pineapple! I made a strawberry tree with a pineapple top, Hawaiian tortellini salad, sausage and pineapple bites, spinach and strawberry said with poppyseed dressing, plus watermelon and grapes.

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Here are some more details from the party:

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Pineapple sunglasses: Oriental Trading

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Pineapple cups: Party City

Hair Clips: Peace Love and Glitz

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Aloha Cake Topper: Jolee Studio

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Flamingo cookie cutter & pool float: Amazon

All in all, it was a great party!

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If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

 

Contributing Blogger!

Guys! I’m super excited to reveal that I have been asked to be a contributing blogger for a local Tampa Bay mom’s group, Everyday Moms. 

I recently published my first blog over there on some back-to-school DIY “Pinterest Picks.

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Head on over there to check it out! And keep a lookout for more DIY blogs from me!

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Happy Father’s Day!

It’s been a while since I did a post and I’m sure we’ve done A LOT since then, but here’s what we did on Father’s Day in case you need any ideas for next year:

My hubby was away on business earlier in the week, but on Thursday, I had set up a photo session for some Father’s Day photos. Here is one of my favorites:

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tea party with daddy

Our girls always have a dance recital on Father’s Day weekend (I think that it’s the perfect way to spend the day as a Dad of daughters lol).

Also, since I have a dad, step-dad and father-in-law, we had a VERY busy weekend.

On Friday, we had our dress rehearsal for the dance recital and then we took the girls (with my step-dad) to go see Finding Dory.

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Easter & Chicks!!!

For Easter, we did a few crafts and successfully dyed Easter eggs! I finally decided to take it outside!

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I moved the girls’ table onto the sidewalk and put aprons on them.

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They had a blast!

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I did one egg with shaving cream and blue and purple dye! It came out really pretty.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Food Ideas & More

I’m a day (or two) late and a dollar short, but we just finished all of our St. Patrick’s Day activities!

We started out with a very green breakfast. These are Mini De Wafelbakkers Frozen Pancakes I got from the frozen food aisle at Publix. I microwaved them for about 30 seconds, topped with whipped cream and Airhead Xtremes Rainbow. I had to cut the Airhead a little to get it to bend correctly.

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Then, we had some Lucky Charms (my husband was more excited than the kids!) and some green milk I dyed with green food coloring.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Who doesn’t remember reading Dr. Seuss books? They are a staple in nearly every household.

Cat in the Hat. Green Eggs and Ham. Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Hop on Pop.

Addie calls them her “Papa Seuss” books and I think it’s just the cutest thing ever.

Today was his birthday and Boy! did we celebrate!

We started off the day with Green Eggs (no ham) and Oh, the Places You’ll Go-gurt (aka yogurt)

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I had a hard time convincing the girls to eat the green eggs, but eventually they did (with enough ketchup!)

Wednesdays are usually our “Library days” so off we went. I did Emma’s hair in a Cindy Lou Who-style I had seen on Pinterest, but for some reason couldn’t find.

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I believe in the original post, the lady used pipe cleaners to keep the hair up more, but I’m sure Emma would’ve hated that. So, this is just four sections of her hair braided and looped.

After the library, we came back home and I made lunch, which included One Fish, Two Fish Goldfish; Cat in the Hat cheese sticks and Cat in the Hat strawberry and banana skewers.

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After lunch was nap time. Ahhhhh, nap time.

Anyways, after naps, CRAFTS!

Oh, wait.

First, snacks! Cranky kids after naps and all.

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Swedish Fish for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. And some Hop on Pop popcorn.

And then, crafts! I printed this page for Emma to work on some homeschool preschool skills.

She glued and colored her Thing 1 (I hot glued the eyes and made the smile).

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For dinner, we had PIZZA! Cat in the Hat pizza.

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I bought a pre-made dough from Publix and had Eric break it up into little personal pizzas for each girl. Then, I let them help assemble each of their pizzas. We layered pepperonis and cheese to create the cat’s hat look. Then, hubby cooked them on a pizza stone on the BBQ. MMMmmmmmm. It had been a LONG time since we had cooked a pizza on there and Man, were they good! The kids actually ate all of them! Without too much coercion.

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After pizza, we had The Lorax Nutter Butters and strawberry and marshmallow Cat in the Hat skewers.

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I’d say we had a pretty great day!

Thanks for the memories, Dr. Seuss.

Valentine’s Day with kids doesn’t have to suck

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I know Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about your significant other or spouse, but I’ve ALWAYS celebrated it as a day of LOVE. We send Valentine’s to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and even old co-workers! So, the fact that my husband and I don’t have “Big Valentine’s Day plans” isn’t really that big of a deal to me. But if you are stuck with your kiddos this weekend, here are 7 ways we have been celebrating WITH the kids so that Valentine’s Day with kids doesn’t have to suck:

1) DONUTS! Because who doesn’t love donuts?!

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2) Mommy and me Mani/Pedis

I used Jamberry on my nails and paint on my toes and the girls’ toes. You could turn this into a date and actually go to a nail salon, but I just DIYed it at home.

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3) Ice Skating!

If you have a rink nearby, this is a fun option! We are thinking of taking the kids but aren’t sure they even make skates big enough for them! Maybe next year!

4) A boat ride

We did this last year and it was awesome! We took a boat out of Clearwater Marina and did a dolphin cruise.

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5) BAKE!

Cookies and brownies and frosting, oh my!

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6) Craft

Hand and footprint crafts are a favorite around here! Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!

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7) Learning Activities

I got a few printable here to practice our ABCs and color recognition. I also made a name puzzle and a number matching game.

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