Super Easy Ninjago Cupcake Liner Craft

Brady loves Ninjago.  The cartoon is well, a bit annoying, but it’s no Thomas the Train so I’m ok with it.  We’ve been locked in the house for a solid week now fighting Hand Foot Mouth Disease and I’ve been desperately trying to come up with things for us to do so we don’t go insane.  I was putting away laundry and saw a Ninjago t-shirt and the lightbulb went off.

This cupcake liner craft is so incredibly easy and only takes four easy items that I guarantee are in your kitchen right now.


Ninjago cupcake liner craft


Ninjago Cupcake Liner Craft

So to make this craft you will need:

  • Cupcake liners
  • Glue (we used a glue stick but just use whatever you’ve got)
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie (a kids marker doesn’t work on cupcake liners – it will just smear)

The directions are simple: spread open a yellow cupcake liner and one other color of your choice.  Cut an opening in your second color by folding it over slightly.  Then, glue the yellow liner onto your paper and the alternate color on top.  Draw on eyes and eyebrows with your sharpie.  All done!

During our bout with HFMD we’ve also made a lot of play dough structures, painted, built an indoor obstacle course and played a lot of video games.  If you’ve got other boredom busters for us I would love to hear them!

Amazing New Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Toys!

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Brady recently had the super cool opportunity to invite friends over and try out some of the new Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ toys.  He was thrilled!

The excitement over these Thomas and Friend toys was incredible.  He and his friends were itching to get their hands on the new tracks and they did not disappoint.

His favorite was the huge (over 5 ft long!) Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster™ Avalanche Escape Set where Thomas charges up a steep incline and launches over a gap to the other side!

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17 Clever Baby Wipe Container HACKS

Hacks seem to be all the rage right now.  Life hacks, beauty hacks, mom hacks…  I mean, who knew you could use a maxi pad to fix broken underwire in your bra?  So cool.  And good to know for sure.

I saw some a baby wipe container hack and I was so impressed.  I thought to myself, “I wonder how many other ones I can find?”  So I looked and I found a bunch.  They are pretty awesome so I wanted to share.

17 Baby Wipe Container Hacks

17 Clever Baby Wipe Container HACKS

Storage Hacks

Storage Hacks

1.  If your kids are like mine and rip the cardboard boxes that card games come in, use an empty baby wipe container for storage. (via Jazzie and Tahlia)

2.  Store lots of little toys and craft items in the gorgeously made chalkboard storage tubs. (via A Girl and Her Needle)

3.  Secretly hide your stash of feminine products in an empty baby wipe container for easy storage. (via Gibby’s Place)

4.  No need to buy one of those fancy breast milk storage containers.  All you need to do is take the lid off a wipe container!  (via Ramblings of Mama)

5.  Easily grab those plastic grocery bags by storing them in a wipe container.  This awesome blog even has a pretty free printable to go with it.  (via Motherhood Trade)

6.  You can plant vegetables in wipe containers!  How is that for a hack?  (via Home Talk)

7.  This genius turned a travel size wipe container into a clutch!  (via So You Think You’re Crafty)

Hacks For Kids

Baby Wipe Container Hacks

8.  Your kids will love this game called Feed The Monster by recycling a bunch of water bottle lids and – you guessed it – a wipes container. (via I Can Teach My Child)

9.  Paityn LOVES putting tiny objects into a container, dumping it out, and doing it again.  This fun toddler game is perfect for that!  (via And Next Comes L)

10.  Cut some felt into Mr. Potato-head shapes by following this template, and keep it in a travel wipes box for on the go play.  (via The Dagenais Daily)

11.  Explore the senses with this touch and feel activity where your kids reach into the container and use their sense of touch to determine what is inside.  (via No Time For Flashcards)

12.  Use two wipe containers and some yarn to make these fun dinosaur stilts.  (via Laly Mom)

13.  If your kids love sensory bins, then why not take them with you?  These portable bins are so much fun!  (via Connecting Family and Seoul)

14.  Make rainbow discs to play this color drop game that’s perfect for babies.  (via Plain Vanilla Mom)

15.  Legos are messy but with this hack you can take them with you to play on to go!  (via Mommy Testers)

16.  Use the top of a few empty baby wipe containers to make this amazing peek-a-boo family tree.  (via No Time for Flash Cards)

17.  Make a pretend spy laptop made from an empty baby wipes case and these free printables.  (via Inner Child Fun)

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What are your favorite life hacks?

Halloween Craft : Mason Jar Pumpkin

Yesterday, while Paityn snoozed, Brady and I made a little Halloween craft.  Is it just me or does the crafting bug bite us extra hard in the fall?  I think it’s the combo of all the holiday’s mixed in with cooler weather and the desire to find more indoor activities.

Anywho, we made this glowing mason jar pumpkin.  Pretty cool, huh?  We loved watching it glow last night!

Halloween Craft : Mason Jar Pumpkin

Per usual, this craft was easy.  The supplies are listed below, but first can we stop for a second and talk about how old my baby boy looks here?


I opened this picture and almost lost my breath for a second.  He looks like a little man!  Stop growing, Brady.  Stop it right now.

Ok, moving on…

Halloween Craft : Mason Jar Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

-Mason Jar

-Orange tissue paper


-Black construction paper

-Sponge brush

Halloween Craft : Mason Jar Pumpkin

All you do is cut the tissue paper into squares and glue it on with ModPodge.  Add a little extra layer of glue on top and then add your eyes and mouth.  (A nose, too, if you want.)

I drew mine on black construction paper and then cut it out.  Easy peasy!  When it’s dry and the sun goes down, pop in a tea light  (or flameless candles) and watch it glow.

10 Marvelous Kitchen Gadgets That Make Life Easier

I’m a little cray about kitchen gadgets right now.  More importantly, things that can save me time, energy and stress.  If I can spend a few dollars to cut down on the energy I spend on tedious things, I am in.

Here are my favorite accessories to keep around the kitchen.  What’s yours?

10 Marvelous Kitchen Gadgets

10 Marvelous Kitchen Gadgets

1.  Crock-Pot Liner Bags – Make slow cooker meals every day of the week and never once wash the pot.  I adore these.  They’re especially good when you are making really hard to clean things like cheese dip.

2.  GripEz Corn Cutter – The absolute easiest and quickest way to remove corn from the cob.

3.  Scoop and Release DropperBake cookies way faster by using this tool that scoops the dough and then releases to drop it onto the pan. You never have to scrape it off or use your hands.

4.  Cereal Dispenser -Keep your cereal fresher, longer.  This dispenser even makes it so kids can pour their own cereal.

5.  Can Strainer - I love this tool. This sits on top of your cans to strain the water out without dumping half of the food down the drain.

6.  Pot ClipPrevent messy drips on the counter by keeping your spoon attached to the pot.

7.  Microwave CoverProtect your microwave (so you don’t have to scrub it later) from food messes.  Not a lot of worse household chores worse than scraping old food out of the microwave.

8.  Clean Flip BBQ TrayYou carry the raw hamburgers out to the grill and then to bring the cooked meat back inside, you either have to wash it (time killer) or grab a new one (now you have two dishes to clean later).  This tray has two sides, one for on the way out and one for coming back in.

9.  Splatter ScreenKeep grease from splattering during cooking then use it as a colander as well!

10. Butter CutterKeep your butter fresh and perfectly sliced when you need it.

5 Things My Daughter Would Rather Do At The Pool Than Actually Swim

A few weeks ago we took our last visit to the pool for the year.  I took the kids to this same pool the weekend before and they were total angels.  Perfectly behaved.  Since it’s the closest pool to us we went again this weekend and although Brady was just as well behaved as he was the previous visit, Paityn was not.

Maybe the thrill of the pool had dissipated or maybe she was just feeling extra toddler-ish that day.  I’m not sure the reason, but playing in the pool was not on her list of things to do while at the pool.

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