Monday, February 8, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Twitter Contest, Shield Invitation Free Printable Template, and Shield Favor Free Printable

Connor is obsessed with superheroes. He is constantly dressing up as Captain America and I can't count the number of times we've watched the original Avengers movie. Luckily, Mike and I enjoy it as much as he does and I was very excited to see the new preview of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War yesterday before the big game. If you missed it, it looks intense!

When the government sets up a governing body to oversee the Avengers, the team splinters into two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

While I'm excited to see this movie, I'm not thrilled that my two favorite heroes, Captain America and Iron Man, will be fighting each other. I can't make myself pick between them but if you can, check out this Twitter campaign to enter to win a chance to win a walk-on role in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War- Part 1:

As part of an exciting new Twitter campaign, 11 new character emojis are now available, and fans are encouraged to Tweet using #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan to declare their allegiance to their favorite Marvel characters. In addition, fans can create their own super team using the Captain America emojis and #TeamCapSweepstakes or #TeamIronManSweepstakes for a chance to win a walk-on role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War - Part I.

To learn more about Captain America: Civil War, check out the website, Facebook, Instagram, and follow @CaptainAmerica on Twitter.

Connor recently had his 3rd birthday and it was no surprise when he asked for an Avengers party. While he loves all of the characters, Captain America is his favorite so I used his shield as an inspiration for the invitation and favors.

I created this shield invitation using my Cricut and card stock. I created a template for those of you who don't have cutting machines to use to create this fun Captain America invitation for your own party.
Avengers Invitations

Click on the image below to download the free PDF template.  These designs are for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement. Print the template, cut out each piece, and trace the shapes onto the corresponding color of paper. Cut out your pieces and assemble them to create each shield.
Use a word processing software to create a personalized invitation for the back or simply write your party info straight on the back of shield.

I created a cup full of Avengers favors for each child and used small frisbees I found at Party City as the lids.
Boy Birthday Party Favors
 I made them look like Captain America's shield by attaching a small piece of card stock printed with the shield details. The kids loved their small shields!
Avengers Party Favors

I created a free printable for you to attach to mini frisbees to create your own mini Captain America shields! Click the image below to download the PDF. These designs are for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement. 

Who will you be rooting for in Captain America: Civil War? 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Monster Jam Kansas City Review

Disclosure: I received tickets to this event from Feld Entertainment for my family. I am not required to write a positive review and all opinions are 100% my own and honest. 

I can honestly say that going to a monster truck show was never on radar before having kids. But after having Connor, I knew that I would need to learn all of the things that come along with having a boy who absolutely loves trucks, so attending Monster Jam last night was definitely an experience for me!

I really didn't know what to expect at the show although I had been warned that it is super loud. The kids were very excited when we arrived:

The first half of the show was mainly races in the monster trucks, ATVs, and speedsters. This gave us time to see each truck and we picked our favorites early on. Connor and Mike both favored Grave Digger while Grace and I both chose Monster Mutt Dalmatian to win. For a monster truck, Dalmatian is pretty cute!

The races moved pretty slow for both of my kids and they had a hard time sitting still for all of them. While the ATV and speedster races were fun for a bit, the kids just really wanted to see the trucks.

I was surprised my how much audience interaction there was throughout the show and our whole family enjoyed cheering on the Zombie truck with our zombie arms!

Towards the end of the races Connor started to complain that it was too loud for him. We brought ear plugs for the entire family but next year I will definitely be buying the headphone ear protection that I think works better for little ears. Mike and Connor spent the end of the first half like this:

Amazingly enough, due to fighting a cold and not getting a nap that day, Connor began to fall asleep and slept on me through the ENTIRE second half. I felt bad for him because he was so excited to see the trucks but the poor guy was obviously exhausted. I couldn't believe he slept through all that noise!

I wish he would have stayed awake because the second half was action packed! The trucks competed in jump, wheelies and a freestyle competition that had the crowd cheering. It's hard to truly understand how massive these trucks are until you see them in person.

The trucks get some serious air in the jump competition and I thought it was the best part of the entire show.

The freestyle was Grace's favorite part because the trucks crushed cars! She has talked about them crushing cars all day today.

Each event was scored and Grace and I were thrilled when the female driver of Scooby Doo was the overall winner for the night.
The commentators worked hard to make the night a family friendly event by constantly involving audience members and giving out prizes.  After the show the drivers were available for autographs and pictures but by the time we left the line was huge so we promised the kids we would do it next year. Overall we really enjoyed the show. Both kids say they want to go back again and they have been racing Connor's monster truck toys around the house all day, so I'll call it a success. Monster Jam was an experience we will never forget!

Monster Jam is at the Sprint Center in Kansas City for the rest of the weekend. Here is everything you need to know:
Saturday, February 6th @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 7th @ 2 PM

Tickets are available at the Sprint Center Box Office or online at AXS.comOn Sunday at 12 PM there will be a Party in the Pits and pit passes are available for $10 at the Sprint Center box office of online The pit session requires a 2 PM event ticket along with the pit pass for entry. To learn more about the Monster Jam tour, visit their website, like their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Easy Valentine's Day Craft for Kids: Doily Heart Painting

Valentine's Day is around the corner and the kids and I have been having fun decorating with easy crafts. Our windows are full of heart suncatchers and we have yarn heart pom pom monsters on the tables. Their dinosaur and puppy Valentines are ready for their friends but Grace asked to make a card for their grandmas yesterday and of course I couldn't say no to that. So sorry grandmas, you're seeing your cards before you get them! We pulled out some paint and a few things from my craft drawers and whipped up a cute Doily Heart Painting.
Valentine's Crafts for Preschoolers Heart Painting
 This super easy craft is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers since it requires very little setup. I found these heart doilies at Hobby Lobby. You could use acrylic or watercolor paint for a different look but we used fingerpaint because it is super easy to get off of clothes, skin and other surfaces.

I attached a single doily to a piece of card stock using Scotch Removable Double Stick Tape. This made the doilies easy to remove after we were done painting and I highly recommend it for kids crafting! I gave the kids each a brush and some red paint and they had fun covering their whole papers in paint.

Grace covered every inch of her paper while Connor was a bit more hesitant. We sprinkled some glitter onto the paper while the paint was still wet to add a little sparkle but that is totally optional.

We let the paint dry a little bit before removing the doily. We discovered that Grace put a lot of paint on her doily which made it harder to remove and the lines weren't as distinct as Connor's. So encourage your kids to put just a thin layer of paint over the doily.

The finished products after I added the word love:
Valentine's Crafts for Preschoolers Heart Painting

This would be a great craft for a classroom Valentine's party as it requires only a few supplies. It would also be a cute Valentine's gift for family members on a canvas. I love the way they turned out!

Monday, February 1, 2016

DIY Non-Candy Dinosaur Valentine Free Printable

ROAR!! With two dinosaur loving kiddos in my house, this Dinosaur printable Valentine is a perfect non-candy option that I know their classmates will love! I'm a huge fan of avoiding the Valentine's Day sugar rush and always appreciate it when their classmate's parents offer a non-candy favor. So I whipped up these cute dino themed Valentines and thought I would offer the printable for you to use too.
Non-Candy Valentine's Ideas for boys

I purchased a huge bag of mini dinosaur figurines several years ago and they've been sitting untouched in the closet. This was the perfect way to use them! I attached each one to the card stock using a glue dot.

These dinosaurs were about an inch and a half and I have seen many similar ones sold at party stores for favors.
Non-Candy Valentine's Ideas for boys

Click the image below to download the free printable Dino-Mite Valentine! These designs are for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

DIY Non-Candy Puppy Valentines + Free Printable

I got a note from Grace's teacher about their Valentine's Day party and I thought to myself "I have plenty of time before that!" Total mom brain obviously. In fact, there are less than 3 week until the party and I hadn't even started thinking about her Valentines for her classmates. I thought about just giving candy, but she attends a peanut free school and I know I am not the only one with a candy stash from Halloween still in the cabinet. So I started searching for non-candy Valentine's alternatives and fell in love with all of the cute animal Valentines I found on Pinterest.

Non-Candy Valentines for Class

We love dogs in our house so puppies were an obvious choice for Valentines this year. I just so happened to have a bag of 2 inch plastic dogs I'd bought several years ago at the US Toy Sidewalk sale and they worked perfectly for this puppy Valentine for her classmates!

I attached the puppies using several glue dots on the paws.

I've included a free printable for you to use. Click on the image below to download the PDF. These designs are for personal use only. All designs are copyright of Moments That Take My Breath Away. Any use for commercial purposes is a copyright infringement.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Monster Jam Kansas City Ticket Giveaway

Disclosure: I will receive tickets for my family to this event from Feld Entertainment. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are honest and 100% my own.

What little (or big) boy doesn't love trucks? I find Connor zooming his trucks around his road rug constantly and Grace has been getting in on the fun lately too. So when I heard about the Monster Jam tour coming to the Sprint Center February 5th-7th, I knew it would be a huge hit with both kids! 

To be honest, I have never been to a monster truck show (nor did I really ever plan to) but now that I'm fully immersing myself into the role of boy mom, it seems like an exciting idea! I know he will love it because when I showed him this preview, his eyes lit up and he started yelling "TRUCKS! TRUCKS! ME DRIVE!" I took that as a sign that we need to attend this awesome event.

Much to my surprise, Grace seems even more excited about going than Connor does. So I'm looking forward to experiencing our first monster truck show as a family!

Here is more about the show:
Welcome to the Monster Jam Tour, an incredible family-friendly experience starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through.  Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. 

We've been learning about all of the trucks we are going to see on the Monster Jam website and the kids can't wait to see them in all in person!
Join us at Monster Jam at the Sprint Center in Kansas City! Here is everything you need to know:

Friday, February 5th @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 6th @ 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 7th @ 2 PM

Tickets are available at the Sprint Center Box Office or online at On Saturday and Sunday at 12 PM there will be a Party in the Pits and pit passes are available for $10 at the Sprint Center box office of online at Both pit sessions require 2 PM event tickets along with the pit passes for entry. To learn more about the Monster Jam tour, visit their website, like their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter


One lucky Moments That Take My Breath Away reader will win 4 tickets to attend the Friday, February 5th, 7:30 pm performance of Monster Jam in Kansas City at the Sprint Center.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Grace's 5 Year Interview

For the last two years I've posted an "interview with Grace" and this was the first year she really listened and answered every single one of my questions. It's funny to hear what she's thinking and I love reading her answers from past years. Note to self, keep this tradition up. So here are her answers with absolutely no editing. I've included a few clarifications in italics!

How old are you? Five

What makes you happy? Swimming, playing with toys, going somewhere fun, doing craft, making pictures, opening presents, and eating cake

What is your favorite toy? Horsie

What is your favorite stuffed animal? Baby dolls Her American Girl dolls

What is your favorite real animal? Horsie

What is your favorite thing to sleep with? Unicorn

What is your favorite color? Pink and purple and yellow

What is your favorite fruit? Apples. Oh and watermelon. So I like applesauce and babycakes too. Babycakes is what she calls pancakes. 

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Chocolate chip pancakes and cinnamon rolls. Funny face. She loves the Funny Face pancakes at IHop

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Watermelon

What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? Chick-fil-a

What is your favorite drink? Chocolate milk and Sprite

What is your favorite dessert? Ice cream

What is a food that makes you want to puke? Pineapple I had no idea she didn't like pineapple!

What is your favorite thing to do? Crafts and preschool

What is your favorite TV show? Daniel Tiger and Super Why

What is your favorite movie? Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast 

What are you really good at? Swimming underwater and grabbing toys

What is your favorite song? Christmas songs, Jingle Bells

Who is the Coolest Person on Earth? Jesus This made my heart happy!

What do you and your mom do together? Play, snuggle, crafts, make cookies

What do you and your dad do together? Play fight and go eat

When you were little, what did you do? I don't know

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Grandma's house She specified both grandmas

What do you think your parents are too strict about? Whining Obviously we have a lot of talks about whining

Who is your best friend? Molly and Evelyn and Lincoln and Addie

What are some of your favorite words to say? I love you 

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play on our swing set

What is your favorite book? Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious

What do you want to be when you grow up? A ballerina and a fire fight and an astronaut. Oh and a ballerina teacher


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