TMNT Birthday Party


As promised, here is our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party for Target!  Part of the party’s agenda was to first have each kiddo decide what Turtle they wanted to “be” for the party. Then we provided the Turtle Shells and accessories for each guest and based the activities on what each Turtle (and child) is good at. It was a celebration of individuality and what makes each of them special — they loved it! Not to mention there was a life size assault van, so that always helps!

Each guest was instructed to wear the colors of his or her chosen turtle and had party favors that coordinated. It immediately added such a festive flair!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle PartyThen a simple bakery cake with a Michelangelo action figure a top:

turt2Pizza and green snacks, of course, were on the menu:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Our awesome Ninja Turtles in their colors fully accessorized, click on each to find their dress-ups! Michelangelo (Quinn), Leonardo (Dash), Raphael (Rilo), and Donatello (Monroe).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

To get to their assault van and start their mission they first had to wade through the sewer sludge (aka streamers hung in the doorway.) How darling are these little turtle shells?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Once through, they had a blast assuming their roles and fighting crime. Donatello was especially fearsome.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

 

For this van we used a big-screen TV box and a whole lot of Duct Tape! But all that work was more than worth it to see their eyes light up and watch them jump up and down with excitement. Even better, since it was taped into submission this van is pretty indestructible  and has had lots of play time outdoors with no problem.

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This post is sponsored by Target. More Turtles, More Bold and Daring Fun: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Target.

modern mudroom

This post is brought to you by Valspar® Reserve™ exclusively at Lowe’s, find a store near you here.

We’re back with the big reveal of our Modern Mudroom challenge! We wanted to create a space that functioned like a mudroom, but made only with paint. Each child has a “color” and inside that color is their space to hold coats, backpacks, homework, artwork and whatever else they need to grab on their way in or out the door. We painted matching stools for not only seating, but for a little easy shelf space! Check out this film made with Jenner Brown of Lumineux to see how it all went down. (See the “before” here.)

Now you can see what we meant yesterday about the paint being so rich and creamy! The one coat paint + primer made this project so fast, we were worried that the thickness might make removing the tape a mess but the lines were crisp and really perfect! Also, with our love of bright, bold colors, we were really pleased to see that the super-strength pigments in Valspar® Reserve™  delivered rich and vibrant color as we had hoped. Lastly, you can see in the film that this paint has extreme washability. We tested it out with marker and it’s a fact. It handled a good scrubbing that in the past other paints might have lost some pigment or even removed a little bit. This paint it incredibly durable! After the project each of us agreed that we would use this paint again and again, and really that is the true test!

Keep reading to see more pictures of the wall in action! Thanks again to  Valspar® Reserve™ for helping us make this idea a reality! Read more

Land of Nod Easter Party [pt. 2]

Photos by Ashlee Raubach

Welcome back to part two of our Easter Party with The Land of Nod and Oh So Delicioso! Today is all about the food. All recipes are available over on Oh So Delicioso, but we wanted to share the highlights. As we said yesterday, we used Land of Nod’s Deluxe Easter Party Kit and it instantly added so much color and whimsy to the fun lunch spread!
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Blueberry, Lemon and Mint water put in awesome easter egg cups! All you do is drill a hole and stick the straw in — DIY right here.

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Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubachBunny cups for jellybeans and other snacks:Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubach

And for the lunch menu, which all recipes are right here, we have English Tea Cucumber Sandwiches:

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Caramel Vanilla Cream Puffs:

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Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubach

Tasty Fruit Nachos:

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And a Fruit Tree! We love Oh So’s genius idea to skewer fruit and veggies onto toothpicks, attaching them to the branch centerpiece with string! Grab healthy snacks right off the tree for a quick bite. It creates the most festive looking centerpiece and is a great use of vertical space.

Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubach

Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubach

Find all the recipes for the lunch on Oh So Delicioso, the Deluxe Easter Party kit via Land of Nod, and beautiful images by Ashlee Raubach.

why small fry?

There are images from history books that stay with us: a group of women washing clothes together in the stream, a line of mothers walking with tall pitchers of well-water perched on their heads, babies wrapped tightly to their backs. Painting their faces and dancing around a fire. Gray haired women in rocking chairs sitting around a bucket shelling peas, shucking corn. Praying together, reading together, cooking together.

Living in a modern culture that builds walls and fences around our kitchens and laundry rooms can make motherhood feel intensely isolating. So we reach out to see ourselves in others, to extend our view and break past the walls we build. To spend time outside ourselves, for us, and most importantly, for our children.

Small Fry is a declaration to ourselves and to our boys that every moment with them is a gift and also a choice. A choice to let the magic of childhood find us, and to look for it in everything we do. That the world is ours and there is adventure around every corner. To make the daily decision to look past the things we did not check off the list, but focus on the simple things we can do to illuminate our lives. To let the hard moments, minutes, phases, heartaches come when they may, but not break our stride or our desire to live vibrantly.

We’ve been told this season of our lives is fleeting. What if we could say that we soaked it all in, let it envelope us, looked into those big beautiful eyes of our children every morning and said “let me show you something amazing today.”

What if?
Welcome to Small Fry.

Kids Swim

It might be a little premature but since it’s 90 degrees for Jenna in Southern California…we figure it might be for some of you too! Here are some of our favorite swim suits for the tiny people in your life…and yes one of them is $5!!kidsswimGraphic Swim One Piece // Pelican Swim Trunks // Bow Stripe Flutter One Piece // $5 Swim Trunks // Striped Criss Cross One Piece // Seafood One Piece // Pineapple Swim Trunks // Safari Cropped Tankini // Tumbling Pineapples // Wide Striped Trunk // Floral Rash Guard and Striped bottom set //

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