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Mason Jar Fairy

Posted by Jess on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Who wouldn’t want a fairy in a jar?

I used this amazing video as a guide to make my own fairy in a jar. Well its for Ruby but…

Supplies I used:

Wide mouth 16oz mason jar

Pink tissue paper

Elmers School Glue

Silver Glitter

Flicker LED Votive Candles

I wanted to use supplies I had at home so I used pink tissue paper, a wide mouth mason jar and Elmers glue. I purchased the silver glitter and Votive Candles from Dollar Tree. I also searched google for fairy cut out template images and printed it on regular white printer paper. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if it would work with the really thin printer paper and the pink tissue but I think it turned out awesome. The tissue paper is a pain in the butt to work with and I ripped it many times. I only used glitter on the front of the jar because I was impatient and wanted to make sure it was going to work before I put in too much effort. image2 (2)

 

 

This is what the jar looks like with the lights on. Not too glamorous looking :)

 

Aiden and I may have taken the fairy idea a little too far when Ruby thought it was a real fairy and we told her we caught it in the back yard. She said she is going to just take a little look at her when she is sleeping. Hopefully we don’t hear screams in the middle of the night when she sees a very flat paper fairy.

 
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2 – Ingredient Hamantaschen

Posted by Jess on Mar 28, 2016 in Recipes

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2 Ingredient Hamantaschen – does that sound impossible?

Not if you use already made pie crust and melted chocolate.

In our house we have peanut, tree nut and dairy allergies so making pretty much anything dessertish can be challenging. As we couldn’t find any Hamantaschen safe for us I decided to try and make my own.

I love to bake BUT I really don’t like making cookies. Not sure why but its just not my favorite. I tried to find any shortcuts that I could to make it bearable for me and taste delicious. I had an extra pie crust from making an amazing coconut milk pumpkin pie recently so I figured why not give it a try. 2016-03-20-at-082242_25911233786_o

 

I rolled out the dough as it was in a rolled up sheet. I didn’t flatten it anymore then it was already. I took a circle cookie cutter and cut out circles.

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While I was doing this I took some chocolate chips and bark and melted it very slowly in the microwave (30 seconds and then stirred). It probably took a total of 2 minutes. I then put a little dollop in the middle of each circle and attempted to make 3 points. This proved to be more difficult then I thought it would. Please don’t judge the shape…its the end result that counts!

It was so simple they were made and baked within 30 minutes. Both kids and husband said they were yummy. We even had some extra scraps and chocolate to make our own little creation.

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Aiden’s 9th Birthday Party – Star Wars

Posted by Jess on Mar 23, 2016 in Birthday

It has been so long since I’ve blogged its crazy….

But this party was too StarWars-tastic not to blog about.

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Aiden requested a sleep-over for his birthday. UGH was my first thought. A sleep over…does anyone sleep? I’m happy to report all went very well. Of course the kids were loud and of course sometimes they were way too excited to listen but it was awesome. Either that or I’m still exhausted from them only sleeping for 4 hours. But hey…that’s more sleep then when you have a new baby :)

Since I wasn’t sure if all the kids would want to sleep over, we had a sleep-under from 6pm-9pm with the option of sleeping over and getting picked up at 9am.

We played many games to keep the kids busy and entertained in hopes of little to no unassisted light saber battles.

Steve and I created a schedule so the kids could see all the cool things we had planned and to keep us on track as the night and exhaustion continued.  Here is a link to the schedule.

OK let me step back for a second. One word….PINTEREST! If you have yet to discover it but like to create fun and creative things but need a little inspiration, Pinterest is your place. I created this board and used at least a version of a lot of the pins that I pinned.

I made these seriously cool invitations. Well, at least a version of them. I thought they turned out really neat and Aiden LOVED them and that really is what counts. Although I will say they took a lot longer to make then I thought and I ended up sending out a save the date so I could finish them without completely freaking out.

Steve is part of the 501st Legion which is a worldwide organization of Star Wars fans that make up the world’s largest Imperial costuming organization, spanning the entire United States and 59 other countries. This amazing group does everything from children’s hospital visits and fundraisers to baseball & hockey games. This is a group of truly dedicated individuals who put a lot of time and effort into making amazing costumes and sharing them with the world. We were very lucky to have 3 of the guys join us for Aiden’s birthday. They suited up and took many, many pictures with the kids. This is how the kids were all greeted when they walked through the front door for the party.

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Back to the schedule of events!

We started with Jedi tunics which are super simple to make and the kids love them. We bought a bolt of muslin unrolled it to about 18″ and just cut it straight up. Leaving the top fold in the fabric. Then I cut a “V” In the fold and that is where the kids heads went through. Then used some scrap felt and cut strips and used those as belts for the tunics. Super easy except we used pinking shears which is basically the zig zag scissors and those were a little difficult for the kids to do themselves. It was a quick project and that way any of the kids that didn’t wear costumes had a quick one to wear for the rest of the party. 

What do you need with a Jedi Costume? Lightsabers of course! We used some pool noodles which were a little difficult to find in Chicago in January so our amazing friend Patti Duncan shipped them to us. Thanks Patti!!! I bought some little red dot stickers from the dollar store and we gave the kids red and black electrical tape plus some silver duct tape to decorate their lightsabers however they wanted. I printed out a few ideas for the kids just to help give them inspiration if they wanted it. We pre-cut all the noodles in half and wrapped the initial silver duct tape just because duct tape + kids seemed like a bad idea. Especially 9 kids and duct tape! They turned out really cute.

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Because of the mess/area needed for some of the projects we did with the kids, we tried to switch off between our basement and our dinning room. That way we could clean up and stage the next event while the current event was going on. Which is why we then moved to the dinning room for pizza. Needed time to clean up the lightsabers and tunic stations to make room for the Ultimate Lego Star Wars Competition.

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Aiden came up with a few ideas of things he wanted the groups to build and Ruby got to judge them. The kids had a fantastic time with the Legos and ended up asking for more time multiple times. I finally had to stop them as the ice was melting from our next activity….Free Han from Carbonite.

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For this activity we took different shaped containers and put Han figures in them with water and froze them overnight. I went to our local Walgreens and asked the pharmacy for syringes which they gladly gave up when I told them what they would be used for. Then I went to the dollar store and bought toothbrushes, and other things to help them try and get Han free. The only rule was no hitting the ice…you had to use water to get the ice to melt and could the toothbrushes to help free him. This took FOREVER!!!! Even the kids that figured it out quickly still took forever. By the end the kids were enjoying it but also done. I would recommend doing this in a smaller scale…maybe not freezing him all the way or doing it in the summer. They still enjoyed it though.

While I was monitoring and cleaning up spilled water from the Free Han from Carbonite game, Steve was busy setting up probably the kids favorite activity, Jedi Training!

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I know, Jedi Training sounds amazing! The kids put on a storm trooper helmet with their eyes covered and attempted to hit the remotes (the thing that shoots lasers blasts on the millennium falcon when he is getting his first Jedi training in the movie a New Hope) with lightsabers. The remotes were made out of balloons hanging from the ceiling.

Dessert! This was actually the kids favorite part. I found a star wars game on clearance at Target and used the little pieces that came with it to put on top of the cupcakes I made. These doubled as a goodie bag item. I used a black edible marker and made storm trooper faces on the marshmallows and put them on skewers. Skewers went into the cupcakes and wallah an easyish star wars birthday dessert! I also made tie fighter snacks with oreo thins that come in individual 100 calorie packs, regular marshmallows and a little frosting. Stick em together and you have tie fighters.

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While I worked on feeding the kids, again, Steve worked on Shoot a Trooper. I don’t know about you but we have a lot of nerf guns and a lot of star wars figures. We combined the two and made a game called Shoot a Trooper. I’m guessing you can figure this one out on your own.

Our last activity before the end for some or movie/bedtime for others was to create an LED lightsaber and do trivia. The trivia didn’t go over so well. I didn’t realize that some of these kids hadn’t seen star wars before so that made the trivia impossible for them. Back to the LED lightsabers…these were my husbands brain child and they were awesome! Again they went into the goodie bags after they were done. We took clear straws, slid an LED inside one end of the straw and taped on the battery. We left them going and one of the LED lightsabers that Aiden made lasted a couple weeks without going out.

We finished the night with pj’s, sleeping bags and A New Hope. The best part of the night was listening to them talk and laugh as they tried to go to sleep in the same room together. It was pretty adorable in a 9 year old sort of way.

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Here is a link to all of the pictures!

http:/https://www.flickr.com/photos/teach42/albums/72157663308412896

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