Avengers Party Ideas: Age of Ultron

Age of Ultron: Avengers Party Ideas

Are you as excited as I am about the new Avengers movie? Age of Ultron is coming to theaters May 1 and I can’t wait to see my favorite Avenger, Iron Man, in the movie! If you have little ones, they’re probably excited about the movie, too! Here are some great Avengers party ideas for you so you can throw your little Avenger the BEST birthday party ever! When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and…

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15 Warm & Delicious Party Dips

15 Warm and Delicious Party Dip Recipes

Expecting company? Maybe you’re having a family movie night? These 15 warm party dip recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings!   1.  Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip from Food Done Light 2.  Slow Cooker Queso Dip Recipe from Thrifty DIY Diva 3.  Slow Cooker Bacon Horseradish Onion Dip from Mostly Homemade Mom 4.  Easy as 1-2-3 Sausage Dip from Who Needs a Cape 5.  Cheesy Corn and Jalapeno Dip from The Love Nerds 6.  Cowboy Corn Dip from Horseshoes N…

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25 Warm Winter Cocktails (with alcohol)

25 Warm Winter Drinks with Alcohol

The chilly season is upon us and if you’re like me the last thing you want to do is make yourself colder by drinking something iced! Here are 25 delicious warm winter drinks with alcohol. Adult Hot Chocolate Warm Caramel Apple Cider Tom & Jerry Cinnamon Chocolate Wine Latte Brotherly Love Bailey’s Chai  Warm Apple Pie Dirty Pear Toddy Red Hot Santa-tini – No, this one isn’t warm. But doesn’t it look beautiful? Apple Snowball Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Latte Broiled Bailey’s…

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Get excited about Big Hero 6 with these Baymax S'mores #BigHero6Event

Big Hero 6 Baymax S’mores

There are affiliate links in this post.  The release of Disney’s new animated movie Big Hero 6 is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to meet Baymax! Baymax is the inflatable robot who stars in Big Hero 6. He was built to be a Personal Healthcare Companion, but ends up being so much more. We are so excited about the movie that I decided it was time for some Baymax S’mores! They’re yummy and super easy to make with…

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Disco Ball Cake Pops for a #DWTS party!

Disco Ball Cake Pops for a #DWTS Party!

There are affiliate links in this post. Are you ready to watch another fun episode of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars tonight? We’ll be snacking on cake pops and wondering who will earn that coveted disco ball trophy at the end of the season!   I used this tutorial to make my cake pops in a silicone mold. They were super easy, especially after making them  by hand a few years ago! My kids preferred these to the “real” ones,…

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DIY Tween Girl Costume Ideas (that are appropriate!)

DIY Tween Girl Costume Ideas

There’s no lack of costumes for tween girls out there, but most are inappropriate or too silly. I’ve found some fun and age-appropriate costume ideas for your not-so-little but not-so-big girls. DIY Tween Girl Costume Ideas Wonder Woman (here’s another awesome Wonder Woman costume!) Katniss Everdeen (here’s another great Katniss costume!) Minion Marionette Monsters University Sorority Costume Red Riding Hood School House Rock Costume Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Effie Trinket Mexican Sugar Skull Rag Doll Katy Perry Cleopatra Lady Bird owl Costume…

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How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Party

How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Party

There are affiliate links in this post.  Here in Arizona, we are spoiled with sunshine and clear skies about 340 days every year. We decided to take advantage of that, as well as our big backyard, to start hosting outdoor movie parties. With just a little planning and a few supplies, you can have an outdoor movie night of your own! You’ll need: Movie projector We bought this Epson PowerLite Home Cinema LCD projector last year and love it. You can also…

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Construction Birthday Party Ideas

Construction Party Ideas

I’m excited to have my friend Stephanie from Spaceships and Laser Beams here today sharing all about construction party ideas. We sure had our share of them when Michael was younger–he LOVED vehicles!  _____________ Hey Mom! Are you hoping to build fun birthday memories for your little guy? Consider hosting a construction themed birthday party. Almost all young boys (and some girls!) enjoy playing with trucks and the activities that go along with this theme. Once you’ve decided how to…

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Nor-Cal Skinny Margarita

Nor-Cal Skinny Margarita Recipe

Lately I’ve been celebrating a bit. I published a book about blogging, you know. There are a million little milestones to celebrate along the way and if I celebrated with a margarita each time, I’d be in trouble. These super skinny margaritas do help a bit, though. They’re delicious, and low calorie. A friend of mine recently introduced me to the Nor-Cal margarita, a margarita that many Crossfit members indulge in because of the low sugar content. They’re yummy, and…

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Caramel Apple Martini Recipe

Caramel Apple Martini

This Caramel Apple Martini is a taste of fall! Autumn is my favorite season for a variety of reasons, including the wonderful flavors. This caramel apple martini is like fall in a glass. The simple recipe is the perfect way to ward off the damp chill and earlier sunset of November or to end a day of tween/teen craziness on a high note. You’ll need: 2 parts caramel vodka 3 parts apple cider Mix them together and shake.   I…

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Family Halloween Costumes: Make Your Own Superhero

Family Halloween Costumes: Make Your Own SuperHero

We have an annual themed Halloween party and this is the first year we asked the kids to dress to theme with us–we usually just let them wear whatever they’re trick-or-treating in. This year, though–family Halloween costumes! We knew it was a lot to ask of the boys to dress to theme rather than what they would wear out with their friends, so we were enthusiastic with whatever they chose! Family Halloween Costumes We used dark fabric transfer paper for…

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DIY Tween Boy COOL Costume RoundUp

DIY Tween Boy Costume Ideas

  DIY Tween Boy Costume RoundUp Allison has some amazing ideas on her site, All For The Boys. All of her costume ideas are brilliant, but this stick figure costume is my favorite. With the love of all iThings this year, I think this DIY iPhone costume by Unschool Plus is perfect for your little guy this year! Bonus points if you let him customize with his own apps! I love the simpleness of this last minute Candy Bag costume…

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Duct Tape Party Tips And Idea Roundup

Duct Tape Party RoundUp – The Best Of The Best!

For more craft tutorials, recipes and tips & tricks, subscribe to my newsletter! I pulled some of my favorite ideas together a couple of weeks ago for Jack’s duct tape party, and it was a hit! About 3 weeks before the party, Jack and I sent out these duct tape party invitations to all of his friends. They loved it, and said they were expecting something fun after last year’s LEGO birthday invitations–I’m glad we were able to live up to…

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Marshmallow Pops for Duct Tape Party

Marshmallow Pops For A Duct Tape Party

Looking for duct tape party ideas? You might like our Duct Tape Party Invitations and Duct Tape Party Favors! Our duct tape birthday party was outside. We didn’t want to worry about cutting cake, dropped plates and tons of trash. Lollipops seemed to make the most sense here, and the kids LOVED them! Here’s how to make marshmallow lollipops that look like mini rolls of duct tape: You’ll need: Vanilla candy wafers – one bag made about 50 pops Airhead Extremes Marshmallows…

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Quick and Easy Duct Tape Birthday Party Favors

Quick & Easy Duct Tape Party Favors

For more craft tutorials, recipes and tips & tricks, subscribe to my newsletter! We’re in the middle of party preparation over here! I love that Jack and I can brainstorm about the party together – he definitely has more interest in this party than any other I’ve thrown for him! Today I wanted to share our duct tape party favors. We began our party prep a few weeks ago with duct tape birthday party invitations and we have been hearing lots of…

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How To Make Duct Tape Party Invitations

How To Make Duct Tape Birthday Party Invitations

For more craft tutorials, recipes and tips & tricks, subscribe to my newsletter! We’re having a duct tape birthday party! There aren’t too many ideas out there yet, so we have been busy creating our own. Here is a quick tutorial for how to make duct tape birthday party invitations that your friends can play with! 1. You’ll need a mini roll of duct tape. We used Duck Brand Ducklings Mini Roll: 2. The Ducklings Mini Rolls are 3/4 of an…

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