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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

9/52

We had Lincoln's birthday party on Sunday, so with all the crazy prep, I completely forgot to post the latest photo series installment on the weekend! Oh well! Better late than never, right?



 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

Lincoln - wearing on his head the bodysuit he came home from the hospital in.
Someone, hold me.


Addie - birthday party pigtails. Octonauts theme party=of course we wore the Peso costume.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Big Hero 6 Baymax Paper Bag Puppet Easy DIY Craft

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Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

I have one preschooler and one toddler, and they both love crafts. I have grand intentions to have a plethora of available craft projects every day, but it doesn't always happen. Our latest project was super easy and a big hit - so of course, I have to share it!

We didn't have a chance to see Big Hero 6 when it was released in theaters last year, but since the film was released on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week, we finally got to see it. I didn't have really high expectations because I knew almost nothing about it, but I really enjoyed it! And I knew that that kids would get such a big kick out of the movie's lovable health companion robot, Baymax.

We decided to make a paper bag puppet Baymax, since that's the sort of craft a preschooler typically enjoys! A quick trip to Walmart produced all the supplies we needed for this project.

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

Baymax Paper Bag Puppet
Supplies Needed:

-White Paper Lunch Bag
-White Cardstock
-Printer
-Scissors
-Glue
-Big Hero 6 movie to entertain you while crafting (optional!)
-Free Printable Baymax Puppet File - which you can download here!

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

Step 1. Download and print the Baymax Puppet on white cardstock. 

Step 2. Cut out the pieces!

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

3. Use glue stick to attach pieces to the paper bag. Make sure the flap on the bag is facing up so that you can move his head after it is attached! The order we glued the pieces on was legs, arms, tummy, face.

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

And that's it! Super simple, super cute. Lincoln and Addie were both very into this project and wanted to get the glue in all the right places.

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

Lincoln is not confident with scissors yet, so I cut the pieces out for him. But, this craft is great for letting young kids practice their cutting skills, as well as their fine motor skills with gluing and placing the pieces on the bag.

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

After our craft was done, between the two kids, the two puppets, and our friendly Baymax plush (found at Walmart.com), there was a ton of flying superhero action going on in our house!

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

They were both so excited to show their daddy the craft we made! If we ever have a Big Hero 6 birthday party, this is definitely a craft I will return to and use again. It was super simple!

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

We had a grand time creating our craft, and the kids recognize Baymax everywhere we go!

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

We found a Walmart exclusive gift set, which includes a gift with purchase digital copy (while supplies last). Your purchase of the Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray/DVD + Gift With Purchase Set includes a digital movie on Vudu while supplies last! Simply scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher in the Walmart app. Then look for a message on your phone or email. Now you can watch Big Hero 6 on any device! So much fun. I found the scientific concepts in this movie so fascinating - I could totally see Lincoln building awesome stuff in our garage someday, just like Hero!

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

Lincoln hasn't actually watched the movie yet, but he keeps saying "I like Baymax! He saves the day!" so I think a family movie night may be in order sometime pretty soon.

Disney Big Hero 6 Baymax Easy DIY Toddler Craft Paper Bag Puppet Tutorial

Has your family seen Big Hero 6 yet? Who's your favorite character?

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Addie's Tea for "2" with Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party

Find other posts about Addie's Winnie the Pooh birthday party here:
Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flower Poof Decorations
DIY Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party Garden Marker Food Signs
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Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Addie's second birthday in November was a delightful celebration! Since I knew it was likely my last year to pick her party theme, I decided to add a little vintage flair. Because MY second birthday party was Winnie the Pooh themed and Addie has loved Pooh this year, it seemed like a perfect fit. I went with a slightly more unconventional theme, though: Tea for "2" with Winnie the Pooh was my official inspiration for the party. I had no issue with a normal Pooh theme, but I was able to do so many more girly decorations with the modification!

Fireplace Decorations for Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Hunny Pot, Flower Poofs, Teapot.

The fireplace decor was not too difficult to set up - I made a banner in the party colors of light pink, hot pink, teal, lavender, and white using my Silhouette Portrait. I made the Tissue Paper Flower Poofs from tissue paper I found at Target. The center ruffle was made from crepe paper, the Pooh was from our toy collection, and the orange teapot is part of my prop collection. The Hunny Pot is a basic terracotta pot that I painted - tutorial for that is coming soon!


I threw in the butterfly accents at the last minute - so sweet for a tea party, don't you think?

Silhouette Portrait Banner for Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Addie liked all of the Pooh characters on her banner!

Tissue Paper Flower Puff Decorations. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

The Tissue Paper Flower Poofs made a big statement with very little effort. I love them - have been making them since the days when I threw tea parties for little girls at the library where I worked.

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

I decorated with various Winnie the Pooh characters, more butterflies, and vintage hats from my costume collection.

Easy Ruffle Streamer Decorations. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Ruffled Streamers (made using this tutorial from Dana Made It) are one of my favorite easy decorations, especially for girly parties.

100-Acre Wood Wooden Sign. Front Door Ideas. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

I like to add some decor even to the outside of the house when I'm party planning, as an indication of the fun inside! When I did Lincoln's second birthday, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse signs (free printable here) were a big hit. Andrew took on the task of crafting a 100-Acre Wood sign for Addie's party and I love how it turned out. I hung another hat on the front door.

Front Door Tea Party Decorations. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Bee Favor Bags. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Our party favor bags included Pooh board books, Pooh stickers, honey sticks, GoGoSqueez applesauce and a few other trinkets for the kids.The bee bags were purchased last year on clearance at Target after Easter.

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

I continued the flower poof and ruffle streamer decorations throughout the party area.

Vintage Hats. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

More vintage hats and our collection of Pooh plush toys completed the look!

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Vintage Piglet and Pooh Plush Toys. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

We even included the Pooh and Piglet from my childhood - I received this Piglet for my second birthday! Could it be more perfect?

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

We had a set of Winnie the Pooh bath toys out for the kids to play with, as well.

Vintage Hats. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

It's time to move on to the table display!

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

I used a lacy tablecloth and patterned china to go with the tea party theme.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

I didn't have any really fancy food, but no one seemed to mind! I'm more about the decor, anyway!

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

My Pooh garden marker food signs were probably the cutest part of the table display. Or, maybe the Hunny Pots.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

The Honey sticks were such a huge hit! I would never have expected it, but everyone really enjoyed them.

Birthday Cupcakes. Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

We're in the middle of fighting a battle against tooth decay, but I still couldn't imagine a party with no cake.

Vintage Teapots. Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

We served drinks from teapots and used teacups for everyone - china for grownups, and plastic for the kids.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

I actually created almost everything for this party in an 18-hour time period, so I was really happy with how everything turned out.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

My little princess had a lovely time sipping tea and munching cupcakes at her party! I know that this post is already photo heavy, but there are a few more pictures of Addie enjoying her party that I just have to share!

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Pooh Dress & Headband by Adelaide's Attic. Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Dress and headband by Adelaide's Attic.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Happy Birthday, baby girl! We can't believe you are two!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cook Up Some Imagination with The Queen's Treasures {Vintage Stove Review + Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received a sample toy to review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own. 


When I was nine years old, I received one of the most treasured gifts of my childhood: a doll named Molly. She was quickly promoted to the highly coveted position of favorite toy and spent the next several years being lovingly dragged with me everywhere. I dressed like her, I pretended my best friends had the same names as her best friends (seriously), and naturally, I poured over the magazines depicting her collection of accessories and outfits and made long wishlists of all of the things I thought she needed to have.

While I did receive a lot of items for my doll collection (maybe even too many - but I honestly did play with them), I never really had any large furniture items to enhance her world. I made up plenty of things for her to play with and all was well - but that doesn't mean I was not excited out of my mind when this particular review item arrived at my door this month!

Yes, even twenty years after my beloved doll entered my world, I can't wait until my daughter is old enough for me to pass down my doll collection to her. And while I don't want her thinking that she needs every accessory on the market, I will definitely be turning to The Queen's Treasures for some beautifully designed, historically accurate outfits and furniture pieces.


Founded by "Queen" Joann Cartiglia, this small business based in historic Stroudsburg, PA has grown quickly with the national demand for 18" doll clothing, accessories, furniture and the "wow" factor. The company's Bake Shoppe won the Top Toy for 2013 for Creative Play from Creative Child Magazine. 

I find the selection of historical playthings so refreshing! When I was a kid, I devoured every piece of historical fiction I could find, and loved pretending to be from an earlier, simpler time. There are plenty of 18" dolls that offer modern attire and accessories, but I find the historically accurate collections to be so much more vivid and endearing. I hope that my daughter feels the same way!


We received the Vintage Style Stove for review. It is sized for 18" dolls and features wooden construction that is painted in cream to represent the enameled look of years gone by. There are four stove top "burners" (they don't actually heat - no worries), a main oven with removable baking rack, a broiler, and compartments for utensils and warming. With four compartments altogether, there is a lot of space for pretend baking to take place. The Stove is 9 3/8" tall.



The Stove is part of the 2015 design series, which features life during WWI. Outfits and accessories from the brave Salvation Army Doughnut Girls, vintage stoves and an antique sewing machine are samples of the available designs for this year.


The attention to detail on this piece is excellent. I love that each cabinet opens and closes with just a gentle tug. All but the compartment on the top right are equipped with a magnetic latch to keep the door in place.



The attention to detail is lovely and I can tell that this is a quality piece that should stand up to many hours of little girls playing with it! It is sturdy and heavy enough that it will not fall over with just a bump.


Does your daughter have an 18" doll? Would she love this accessory?


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Giveaway

One Director Jewels reader will win a Vintage Stove from The Queen's Treasures! This giveaway will end on March 11 at 11:59pm CST. This giveaway is open to US readers only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below (you may need Javascript enabled to see the form and it may take a moment to load)! Once you complete the first entry, the other options will open up so that you can complete them as well. All of the "extra entries" are optional - you can do just one, or as many as you want! Winners will be contacted by email. Good   luck!

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Disclosure: I received a sample toy to review. All opinions expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.
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