nom nom nom CAKE

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One day I would like to run a home based bakery. I mostly bake cookies and cupcakes, probably because they are easier. It doesn’t take much to make a cupcake look classy and elegant.

Cakes are more of a challenge for me. They’re time consuming and have a greater chance to mess up. I usually feel pretty great after a successful cake though. I started a business page on my Facebook but soon realized I wasn’t quite up to par. I’ve come a long way since then.

I’m making the cake for my brother’s birthday on Sunday. I still haven’t decided what to do yet. Some how I got volunteered to do the birthday cake for one of the boys I baby sit. It was super last minute but I pulled it off.

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I am so incredibly proud of it. I love it. I love the base that looks like water, I love the moustache, I just love the whole thing and more importantly, so did they. I feel like I could do anything right now. My future kids will have the best birthday cakes ever!!!

Treasure Chests

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These treasure chests were a huge hit! We actually spent most of the day outside playing. It’s great that the weather is so much warmer.

The boys have started to throw fits every time a patent leaves the house. It never used to be an issue but now there is a full on melt down. Sometimes they bounce back quicker than others. I try and keep them preoccupied when mom or dad leaves but I’m not always successful.

Dinosaurs love cake!

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The boys like to bake. It was their mom’s birthday so I figured cupcakes were in order. These ones a vanilla with butter cream icing. I usually pipe the icing on but 2 and 4 year olds aren’t the greatest pipers. ;)

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At a surplus store I found some new crafts! I feel like we’ve exhausted all of out dollarama options and I need to look else where. They were 3.49 each but I found wooden animals they boys could paint. Alex chose the elephant and Benny got the lion. The paint that came with it sucked so I brought my own.

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For $0.99 I found a 2 pack of foam crowns they could decorate. They seemed pretty excited for those too! They had shapes and letters they could stick too it.

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Have a cheap and age appropriate craft suggestion, let me know!

Go Fish

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I got the idea in my head that fishing would be fun. I was right! I bought a mini blow up pool from the dollar store and 2 toy fishing rods with plastic fish. The boys spent a good half hour fishing in their pool.

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Last week along with their mom I took the boys to a community play group. There were crafts and toys and lots of kids! The boys had a blast!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the home day care I eventually want to open. My friend is sending her daughter to a new sitter. She runs her home like an actual center. They have a detailed schedule for the day, you sign them in and out, she has three weeks of meal plans set up in advance and even has a parent handbook. I want to put a lot of her ideas into practice. I decided to take a picture of the boys lunch today for my future meal plans.

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Today we had French toast, strawberries, bananas, and milk.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Since Mother’s Day is on Sunday I thought the boys and I could make something nice for their mom…. In card form!

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Each boy got a big piece of bristol board that we folded in half to look like a card. Then we took coloured construction paper and traced their hands seven times each.

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Then we arranged the cut out hands on the front of the card to look like flowers and cut strips of green paper for stems. Once everything was glued down in place I wrote “Happy Mother’s Day” on the inside of each card. I helped both boys write their name in their card and they drew a picture inside for their Mom.

Cut and paste is great because it’s fun and cheap! I paid $2 for 300 sheets of construction paper and the bristol board for a $1 a piece. The cards turned out great and I can’t wait for their mom to see them on Sunday!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there :)

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Playing With Food

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When I was a kid I have fond memories of making necklaces with random foods and liquorice. I figured it was worth a shot with the boys. Within in give minutes they had more interest in eating their supplies but overall I think it turned out well.

For this craft you will need:
shoe string liquorice
Dry pene noodles
Fruit loops
Life Savers

You can pretty much use any food that has a whole through it as your beads. The more variety the better!

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