Sunday, July 27, 2014

10 Ways to Make Reading with Kids Fun

I love reading, love it so much that when I was young my parents would ground me from books instead of toys. Now that I’m a mom myself, I am so excited to share that love of reading with my son. August 9th is National Book Lover's Day, and I've come up with 10 fun ways to make reading with kids fun by incorporate kids' favorite stories into fun activities.

10 great ways to make reading with kids more fun from

  1. Have a book themed day. Pick out your favorite children’s book and plan your day around it. If your favorite book is Pajama Time, you could wear pajamas all day, eat breakfast for dinner, and have a safe pillow fight. 

  2. Act out your favorite book. Set the stage with fun props, put on costumes, and start acting. Don’t forget to use different voices for each of the characters. 

  3. Create and play a game based on your favorite book. You could create a matching game with all of the opposites in Sandra Boynton’s Opposites. To get a match, you have to turn over cards with the two things that are opposite each other. 

  4. Write and illustrate your own book using blank paper and art supplies. Have friends come over and create an entire library. 

  5. Go to a nearby hospital, senior citizen center, or local volunteer center and read books to the residents. If you can’t actually go and read to the residents, donate one of your books to their library. 
  6. Make a craft from a book. Try making a Very Hungry Caterpillar out of pom poms or Where the Wild Things Are masks. The possibilities are endless. 

  7. Have a book exchange with friends. Invite all of your friends to come over and bring three copies of their favorite book. Swap books so everyone goes home with three new books to enjoy. 

  8. Go on a scavenger hunt. Pick out your favorite book and come up with 10 things that you have to find from the book. If your favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham, your scavenger hunt might include looking for a mouse (or picture of), a house, a fox, and a box. 

  9. Make treats based on a book and share with a copy of the book. Make your favorite chocolate chip cookies and give to your friends with a copy of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie or blueberry muffins with a copy of Blueberries for Sal. 

  10. Draw a scene from your favorite book. Put a big sheet of white mural paper up on the wall and get creative. Channel your inner Harold and the Purple Crayon. 

What are your favorite ways to enjoy reading and books with your kids?

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Police Party from Spaceships and Laserbeams

One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to share creative ideas with all of you. Per my decision a few weeks ago, on Fridays I am going be sharing other people's awesome ideas with you so you don't get sick of me all the time. Today I am so excited to be sharing a super creative police party with you from Spaceships and Laserbeams. Seriously, the details in this party are incredible and you'll want to make sure to head over to the original post to see every little one!

Now on to the party! 

Stephanie planned this party for her four-year old son Sam who is fascinated with their neighbor in her police uniform. Stephanie used the darling cops and robbers printables set from her shop and came up with one of the most creative party ideas I've seen in a long time!

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Isn't that dessert table amazing? And if you look carefully, the table is actually split in half based on which side of the law you're on (good or bad guys). How creative is that? I could see using that idea for a Wicked party or maybe even a football party with treats for each team on opposite sides. The two sides come together nicely on top of the adorable cake.

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Each side had similar items, just plated or wrapped differently. You can see all of the specific details for how they created the cops and robbers dessert table on Spaceships and Laserbeams. And those cake pops made by Evie and Mallow, perfect! 

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Once the kids were stuffed full of sweets, they played a fun toss the handcuffs game, took photos in a mugshot "photo booth," and had to capture robbers setup around the yard. Such fun ideas!

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Last but not least, as guests were leaving, they were able to choose a stuffed police dog to take home along with a little police bag that Stephanie put together. I love how detailed each element of the party is from the food to the games and even the great party favors

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Police party ideas from Spaceships and Laserbeams

Love this party? You can find all of the details and even more pictures on Spaceships and Laserbeams

Party Credits:

Styling and Photography - Spaceships and Laserbeams
Cake Pops - Evie and Mallow 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekend re-Treat Link Party #77 and Giveaway

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Welcome to this week's Weekend re-Treat Link Party! Thanks for coming by and linking up your ideas each week. This week I've been trying to catch up on sleep and pretty much everything else after being at camp last week. Here are some of the fun ideas I've been sharing this week!


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Each week we are featuring a new blogger to help introduce you to the different bloggers that link up with us! We choose bloggers that we personally love and think you will too so make sure to stop by, check them out, and say hi while you’re there!

This week's blogger is Dena from Hearts and Sharts, a housewife, dog mom, newlywed and thing-maker.
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Now on to the party! Remember the only rule is to make sure your links are family friendly and we highly encourage you to click on a couple of links to check out all of the awesome ideas people share. I'll be sharing my favorites on my social media pages all weekend long so make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram, and Pinterest to see all the great ideas other people have posted.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Bar

In honor of July being national ice cream month, I had to throw an ice cream themed party. This ice cream cookie sandwich bar is a great way to bring the best of both worlds (ice cream & cookies) together in one yummy dessert bar!

  Ice cream cookie sandwich bar ideas from 

One of my favorite ways to eat ice cream is sandwiched between two cookies. And one of my favorite ways to serve food at a party is with a "make your own" bar, so I combined those two favorites with this make your own ice cream cookie sandwich bar.

  Cookie sandwich bar ideas

This is seriously one of the easiest things to put together. And it's one that everyone loves because pretty much everyone I know likes ice cream, cookies, or both. All you need to do is buy (or make) a couple of types of cookies and a few flavors of ice cream. I like to choose a variety of colors and flavors and for this particular setup, I bought mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, vanilla, and rocky road ice cream - a little something for everyone. And for the cookies, I just went with standard chocolate chip, sugar, and M&M. Again, just trying to include a variety so that everyone can find something they like.

  Ice cream cups and flavors

   Stacked cookies for a cookie sandwich bar

A couple of hours before the party, I like to put individual scoops of ice cream into little cups so that I'm not scrambling around last minute scooping ice cream for everyone. To make it easier to store the scooped ice cream in the fridge until party time, I just put all of the little cups into muffin tins and put the muffin tin directly into my freezer.

  Ice cream in muffin tins

Once guests arrive, or a few minutes beforehand, you can just pull out the muffin tin full of ice cream cups and put them on the table along with your selection of cookies.

  Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Tower 

 And don't forget to include some cute spoons and plenty of napkins! Ice cream cookie sandwiches are almost as messy as they are delicious, especially in the summertime when they melt fast.

  Pink glittery spoons

Ice cream cookie sandwich

The last thing I love about this idea is that it really works for everyone. If someone doesn't like cookies, they can just eat ice cream and vice versa. Or they can just eat the cookie with the ice cream, not sandwiched in between. You really can't go wrong with letting someone build their own dessert.

  Ice cream cookie sandwich cup  

  Ice cream cookie sandwich bar ideas

If you liked this idea, you'll love my tips for creating a make your own mini pie bar! And while you're at it, check out this delicious recipe for my most favorite soft molasses cookies ever. They would be delicious with some caramel flavored ice cream sandwiched in between.
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