Monday, March 23, 2015

Curious George Inspired Hot Air Balloon Craft with Netflix Curious George Swings Into Spring

Disclosure: As part of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a welcome gift and a free monthly subscription. However, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Spring is here! My kids are so much happier when we can spend our time outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Unfortunately the spring weather leads to rain and bored days stuck inside. Netflix is my sanity saver on those days and one of the few shows my kids can agree on right now is Curious George. One of their favorites is the movie Curious George: Swings Into Spring.

George is trying to share the wonders of springtime with his best friend, Hundley. But when Hundley loses his way in the countryside, George takes to the skies in a wild adventure on a hot air balloon to find his pal!

The next best thing to being outside ourselves is watching George's hilarious antics while he celebrates the arrival of spring. Grace has been fascinated by the hot air balloons that are the focus of the last half of the movie so I decided to create a craft for her featuring hot air balloons. 

This simple craft goes together fast and is perfect for little ones! You will need a balloon, a hole punch (forgot to include it in the photo), a small paper or plastic cup, ribbon, scissors, and packing tape.

Punch 4 holes in the top of the cup evenly spaced out.

Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to go around the balloon. Tie each end of the ribbon to holes opposite each other.

Cut another piece of ribbon exactly the same size and tie each end to the 2 holes that are left. Make sure that the pieces are fairly even so that your "basket" (cup) is level.

Slip the balloon inside the ribbons and cross them at the top. Place a piece of packing tape at the top to hold the ribbon in place.

I also added a piece of packing tape over the ribbons on the base of balloon to help it fall evenly and not get tangled.
Grace has had a great time giving her toys hot air balloon rides. We made another one for Connor and they love racing their hot air balloons to see which one will fall the fastest. She has been asking to go in real hot air balloon like Curious George but she will probably have to wait a while for that one!

What shows have you been watching on Netflix this month? I started watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and couldn't stop watching! It's super funny, original, and addicting. Kimmy manages to reinvent herself from a "mole woman" to an amazing strong woman. Despite her quirkiness, she is a truly inspirational character. For those looking to reinvent themselves like Kimmy did, check out these great titles from Netflix:

For your little kids:
For your big kids:
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mickey's Disney Dreams Enchanted Pajama Party: Our #DisneySide

Disclosure: I received supplies and samples from Disney and other sponsors to help facilitate this party. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own and honest. 

When I got chosen to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration, I was super excited. When the party supplies arrived at our house, Grace wouldn't stop asking when our Mickey party was going to be. My friend Julie from Director Jewels was chosen to host a Cars party and we got the opportunity to host our parties together. After lots of late night chats to narrow down our ideas, we decided to throw the ultimate Disney Pajama party! We invited some special friends to celebrate their Disney Side with us at  Mickey's Disney Dreams Enchanted Pajama Party.

Our guests arrived to this sign on the door to welcome them to the magical event. 
Disney Quote

Julie created this fun banner so check out her party post for more details about the adorable decorations.
Disney Party Banner

Our kids have a ton of Disney toys so we grabbed a few to make a play area and this cute pile was quickly distributed all over the house by eager kiddos.

While Julie handled the decorations, I created the food table with lots of yummy goodies to share with our guests.
Disney Party Food Ideas

Our party boxes contained Duff's tie die cake mix and I knew I wanted to use it for cupcakes. I have a pan specifically made to make cupcake cones so Grace and I created Mickey's fantastical cupcakes with sugar cones, tie dye cake, chocolate frosting, and mini oreos.
Mickey Party Food Ideas
I was nervous about the tie dye mix, but it was super fun and easy to do. Grace loved helping me mix the colors. She also helped me put the oreos on to make Mickey's ears.
Mickey Party Food Ideas

Since it was a PJ party I really wanted to serve some breakfast items. I absolutely loved how Mickey & Minnie's Sweet Cinnamon Rolls turned out. I used canned cinnamon rolls and used two rolls per head. To create a Mickey head. I unrolled one roll and cut it in half. I then rolled up each half to create the ears. For Minnie's bows I simply cut a strawberry in half.
Mickey Party Food Ideas

I wanted to offer some healthy options so this Mickey cake pan made the perfect container for Daisy's Garden Carrots.
Mickey Party Food Ideas

The Fairy Godmother's Wands were really popular with the kids and were made with pineapple, watermelon, and grapes. I used a star cookie cutter to cut watermelon for the top.
Mickey Party Food Ideas

Another fun breakfast item was Luigi's Leaning Tower of Tires made with wooden skewers and chocolate covered mini donuts.
Mickey Party Food Ideas

Each apple juice box had a Route 66 Motor Oil tag on it for a fun Cars reference.
Mickey Party Food Ideas

After munching on goodies while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the kids got ready for our special surprise guest. Julie is amazing and dressed up as Belle for story time! The kids LOVED it. Check out Julie's post for more details but I just had to share because it was Grace's favorite part of the entire party.
Disney Party Activity Ideas

After the story, we told the kids it was station time. We had created three stations with different activities for the kids to show their Disney Sides. I created the Princess station with tiaras, nail polish, Princess and Frozen hairstyle books, and Mickey Mouse tattoos. The girls absolutely loved this station and all got manicures first thing. Each child also got a Mickey Mouse tattoo.
Disney Party Activity Ideas

Julie also created a Cozy Cone motel station from Cars with a Race Track and a Sweet Dreams craft station where the kids got to create their own pillowcases.
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I knew I wanted to play a game with the kids but as most of our guests were under 5, I had to find something that would work well with short attention spans. I decided to cut out Mickey hats as "nightcaps" for Pin the Nightcap on Mickey.

Disney Party Activity Ideas

I told the kids to line up and close their eyes. It was adorable to see each kid cover up their eyes.

They did pretty well at their attempts and two of them figured out how to feel around for Mickey's ears to get their hat perfectly placed.

As our party drew to a close, we told the kids that we had one last surprise for them and it was time for a dance party to earn their special prize. We didn't have to ask them twice! We turned on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song and they showed us their best moves.

They obviously had earned their prizes so I handed out their favors. Each of the older kids got a Mickey or Minnie cup filled with Disney goodies. The girls each got a nail polish, pencil, stickers, rings, a bow, a toy car, a chore chart, and a Cars place mat. The boys each got stickers, a pencil, toy cars, a periscope, a magnifying glass, a chore chart, and a Cars place mat. The little ones each got a Winnie the Pooh board book. Even the moms got Disney goodies with a favor pack consisting of Disney luggage tags, Twinings tea, and HP photo paper.
Disney Party Favors

The kids all had a fabulous time at the party and Grace didn't ever want it to end. Thank you to Disney for letting us share our Disney Side with our friends!

Disclosure: I received supplies and samples from Disney and other sponsors to help facilitate this party. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own and honest. 


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