6
Aug

Create a Colourful Under Water Scene

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Your kids will love spending time in their bedroom watching their sea friends with these fun and colourful Under The Sea Wall Stickers and add a splash of colour with these beautiful Mermaid Wall Stickers. Gentle on walls, these wall sticker kits will work on all kinds of walls and are completely removable & reusable. Simply peel and apply these designs to any smooth surface, perfect for renters or people who like to change their minds.

Check out our full range of colourful Wall Stickers and start decorating: http://www.brightstarkids.com.au/Wall-Stickers.aspx?s69

5
Aug

S’mores Bar Ideas and Fun

Put together a simple backyard S’mores Bar!
Here are a few ideas and fun things to get the party started.

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

Sometimes planning a gathering can be overwhelming. We often live in a state of striving for perfection when it comes to these kind of things {I am guilty!}. Putting something super-simple together to gather a few friends can be just as memorable and fun as an elaborate, stress-the-hostess-out kind of thing {been there, done that, bought the t-shirt}. This s’mores bar {along with a few other simple ideas} is a great way to have all the fun without all the work! Check out the details below>>>

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

If you follow my Instagram feed, you know the last two weeks, we’ve worked like crazy people to create a fire pit patio in our backyard. We’re still not 100% done, but we’ve already enjoyed several evenings of fire pit goodness…and roasted marshmallow perfection. Now that we’re all set for fire pit fun, having a s’mores bar is always a good idea. And nobody ever turns down this kind of invitation!

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I started my s’mores bar by putting together some simple food tags using these nifty chalkboard labels I ordered from Bright Star Kids. They had a lot of different items that make throwing a simple party a breeze! I’m also in love with their Stabilo Chalk Pencil {and you know how I love to hand-chalk my boards}. This baby is my new go-to for all things chalky. And the liquid chalk marker was super cool, too!

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

Perfection. I even messed up on one and it was easy to just wipe and re-write.
Then they just peel and stick.

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

Don’t they look super cute on my vintage-y jars? Perfect for s’mores fixings.
Keeping everything in clear glass containers keeps the outdoor bugs away…
and visually, it’s just fun!

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

I used that blue chalk marker on my faux-chalkboard {black posterboard in a frame}.
I can easily erase and re-write anytime.

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

Having a bucket of pea gravel or sand makes a great place to stick skewers…it keeps them from getting tangled and they’re easy for guests to grab.

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

It’s fun to send the extras home with friends.
I used more chalkboard labels on some scrapbook paper for the tags.

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

I also think multiple activities bring a little excitement to the fun. We hung up a dollar store table cloth for some impromptu photo fun. It’s easy to have guests take these photos of their family/friends…you can assign a hashtag to your gathering so everyone can follow all the photo fun from the get-together. We used the Chalkboard Speech Bubbles, also from Bright Star Kids, to create these. Each guest can write their own quote and then erase it. Makes for some serious laughs for the whole party!

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

Hello, yummy!
Now, this is what it’s all about.

S'mores Bar Ideas and Fun

The old wagon I used for this was actually my childhood one. I thought it brought a funky vintage vibe to the whole thing. And, it makes it nice to roll it over to the fire pit area for easy access to the goodies!

Happy S’mores Season!

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This blog was created by Kristi over at ishouldbemoppingthefloor you can read this and more great articles from her over at http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com

3
Jun

C is for Cake Stalls

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Now that my two children have started kindergarten (first year of schooling in Queensland) this year I am entering the world of parent organised fundraising to help purchase resources. With a cake stall coming up soon I am going to get my daughters, Bear and Bee, to help make a version of their favourite cupcakes. These Strawberry Yoghurt Cupcakes are moist and delicious and their mini versions are sure to be a hot seller.

Mini Strawberry Yoghurt Cupcakes

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Ingredients

Cupcakes

50 grams unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup (90g) caster sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup low fat strawberry yoghurt

1 ¼ cups self-raising flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

Icing

1 ½ cups icing sugar or icing mixture (which is icing sugar with cornflour added to prevent lumps)

10 grams unsalted butter

1 ½ tablespoons of boiling water

A few drops of food colouring

 
Directions

For the cupcakes

1. Preheat the oven to 180oC and line 2 mini muffin trays with mini cupcake liners.

2. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until creamy and pale in colour.

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3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

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4. Mix in the yoghurt.

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5. Sift the flour and baking powder and gently fold into the cake ingredients. Don’t use the electric mixer for this step as the cupcakes can become tough.

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6. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. Fill to about two thirds full.

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7. Bake for 15 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched in the centre.

8.  Cool on a wire rack.

 
For the icing

1. Stir icing sugar, butter and boiling water in a small bowl until smooth.

2. Add in the food colouring and mix well.

3. Use a spatula to spread the icing onto the cooled cupcakes.

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To package the mini cupcakes for a cake stall, place 8 cupcakes onto a small foam tray or foil covered piece of thick cardboard. Wrap with plastic wrap or place inside a clear cellophane bag. Or use clear takeaway containers to hold the cupcakes. Don’t forget to add a label printed with the price, the name of the item and a simple list of ingredients. This will help customers with allergies to avoid any trigger foods.

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My name is Maree Mortimer and I am a stay at home mum to twin girls.  I share our cooking adventures on my blog threefootcooks. Threefootcooks is a blog about cooking with young children. On it you will also find information on how to go about cooking with your child, as well as inspiration for what to cook.

http://threefootcooks.blogspot.com.au/

17
Apr

Button Bunny Easter Craft

Button Bunny Easter Craft

This gorgeous Button Bunny Easter Craft makes a cute and simple diy project for both adults and kids over this Easter season!

You will need:

White Square Canvas

Paint & Brush

Glue Gun

Colourful Buttons

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Button Bunny Easter Craft

Button Bunny Easter Craft

Button Bunny Easter Craft

Button Bunny Easter Craft

Button Bunny Easter Craft

11
Feb

Valentines Card Craft

Valentines Card Craft

Share the love this Valentine’s Day with this gorgeous DIY Card Craft project- Valentines Card Craft! A perfect, personalised gesture to remind your loved one of all the things you love about them.

You will need:

Deck of Cards

A List of Your “52 things”

Hole Punch

2 Binder Rings

Scissors

Blank Sheets of Paper

Glue or Double Sided Sticky Tape

Black Marker

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4
Dec

The Safest Christmas Tree Perfect for Babies

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We all love decorating our Christmas Trees with lots of lights and colourful baubles. But when you’ve got crawling babies or mischievous toddlers who want to touch everything, like our little boy above, then you need to think a little differently. That’s why we’ve come up with the safest Christmas Tree that can be adhered to any household surface, making it a fantastic alternative for tight spaces.

Find out more about our Christmas Tree Wall Sticker and pop it up before Santa arrives.

25
Oct

Christmas Card Craft

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Christmas can be a costly time of the year, it’s expensive to buy Christmas Cards for all of your friends and family, why not make Christmas a little different this year and create your own gorgeous Christmas card craft and stand out from all the rest.

What you need: 

  • Glue
  • Gold Pen
  • Buttons
  • Ruler
  • Card or textured paper

 

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9
Sep

Spring Button Tree

 

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Try our gorgeous Spring Button Tree to celebrate the warmer season. It’s simple to make, and super cute!

All you need is a handful of buttons, a small canvas, some paints, glue and paint brushes.

Have a look at our adorable range of Designer Tree Wall Stickers here www.brightstarkids.com.au

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7
Aug

Recycled Robots

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These cute and quirky Recycled Robots will make great additions to the family. What a fantastic way to use up bits and bobs around the house, and what’s even better?… It’s free!

What you will need:

An empty tin
Bits and bobs for features – bolts, pins, screws, bottle caps, washers and more
Glue gun

How to:

Simply wash and dry an old tin and make sure it’s safe for the kids to handle (no sharp edges)

Start adding features – arms, nose, eyes, hair and any other characteristics you would like to see on your robot using the hot glue gun (best for glueing)

See some of our creations below and as always, have fun!

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11
Jul

Beat the holiday blues

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We’ve all heard that horrible phrase ‘Mum…… I’m bored’ a thousand times over and school holidays is the time when that becomes a regular occurance. It’s coming to the end of the break now, and this is when it usually gets the most trying. We’ve come up with a few ideas to “Beat the holiday blues”.

  1. Write a letter with the kids- this could be to Nan and Pa, who would love that!
  2. Buy a note book and get your children to write a diary about their holidays, or draw pictures if they are too young
  3. If the weather’s nice, do an outdoor treasure hunt. The kids will absolutely love this idea, especially if there are treats involved!
  4. Paint your toenails, this is great bonding time between mum and daughter
  5. Take the kids up the mountain or bush walking and collect leaves and flowers and make a collage
  6. Have a movie day at home with yummy food and blankets
  7. Collect shells at the beach
  8. Paint canvas art- you can get blank canvases pretty cheap these days. A big family canvas would be fun!
  9. Fly a kite in a park followed by lunch on a blanket
  10. Cooking- bake some cupcakes together

We’ve also added a free printable colouring in sheet inspired by our ‘Sky High’ Wall Graphics for your children to enjoy!

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