nom nom nom CAKE

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.

20140705-003324-2004458.jpg

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

20140524-072115.jpg

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!

20140523-034818.jpg

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. ;)

20140523-035051.jpg

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.

20140523-035509.jpg

20140523-035533.jpg

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.

20140523-035717.jpg

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

Go Fish

20140520-123522.jpg

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.

20140520-123934.jpg

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!

20140520-124430.jpg

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.

20140520-125045.jpg
Today we had French toast, strawberries, bananas, and milk.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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

IMG_1670

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.

IMG_1667

 

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 :)

IMG_1671

Playing With Food

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!

20140505-151914.jpg

20140505-151938.jpg

20140505-152003.jpg

We can make a mess like nobodies business

Crafting with two boys under the age of five is messy. Always. Despite using brushes and having paint on little make shift pallets for them it usually ends up every where. There will be paint on the table, on the chairs, on the floor, on their hands, arms, face, and where ever else paint could land. Since we are so experienced with getting paint every where I figured why not on our clothes too.

20140501-160241.jpg

Initially I thought that tie dye would be fun. The kits were all over $20 though and that didn’t include the t-shirt! I know that you can do it cheaper with elastic bands and clothing dye but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Instead I bought 3D fabric paint pens for $7 and found white t-shirts for $4 each. I wrote their name in a colour of their choice and let them go to town. It resulted in a big mess, but they had fun.

It wasn’t the cheapest of crafts but still manageable. It could be fun when they are a little older too and can actually draw things and really personalize their shirts. The paint wasn’t the greatest quality but they have ones that are a lot better for $12. If the kids you are crafting with are a little older than the ones I look after I would probably spend the extra money.

20140501-161210.jpg
Here is a shirt in progress.

The shirts were a big hit. I was thinking it wouldn’t be a bad idea to look for child size aprons that they could decorate. If they have an apron they can wear it when we craft or bake. Boys are messy. Their mom doesn’t seem to mind but I always feel bad if they get paint on their clothes.

I figured while we were at it I would make my self a shirt too. Maybe I can wear it when I attempt to help my husband with his race car. ;)

20140501-161709.jpg

Critters

I’m needing to find crafts that take longer to compete or keep the boys’ interest for longer and are relatively cheap. I’m finding that one craft a day isn’t cutting it and I’m spending a lot of my own money on craft supplies. I don’t mind but it’s getting to the point where it’s too much. Maybe what I need to do is find things that can be useful for more than one craft.

I had bought a little kit for $3 that had a bunch of pipe cleaners, pom poms and google eyes. We actually used it for our toilet paper bunnies. I had brought wooden hanging signs so they could paint and decorate. While they were drying I got the idea to make use of that $3 kit that was still in my over sized purse.

When we were making the bunnies I got the idea to make a butterfly out of pipe-cleaners. Alex decided to keep it so Benny wanted one too. After that was done I realized that I could stick the pipe-cleaners through the Pom poms for the most part and make some pretty adorable bugs. I never thought that I would ever use the words bug and adorable in the same sentence.

Anyways… We made a butterfly, a caterpillar, and two spiders. I know that spiders have more than 2 eyes but I was running low on google eyes. I still think that they are pretty cute.

20140424-094226.jpg

20140424-094252.jpg

20140424-094310.jpg

Happy Easter!

It’s Easter Monday so I’m going to say that it’s acceptable to still do Easter Crafts… Plus I’m running low on supplies. Today we made bunnies. For this craft you will need the following:

Toilet paper roll
4 pipe cleaners in 2 different colours of your choice
1 sheet of coloured paper
1 big Pom Pom in a colour of your choice
3 little pom poms 1 white and 2 the same as the big one
2 google eyes
Glue stick

It’s a pretty easy craft. I cut the paper to fit their roll and let the boys roll it to fit their roll and glue it on with a glue stick. I helped with ears but the glue stick lets them take control of their craft. Glue sticks have a way of not being so sticky though so when they were done I reinforced everything with a hot glue gun.

When we were I still had tons of supplies so I made their names out of pipe cleaners and hot glued them to paper. Once it was dry and cool the boys used markers and left over supplies to decorate around their name. That kept us busy right up until lunch!

20140421-120722.jpg

20140421-120750.jpg

20140421-120806.jpg

20140421-120845.jpg

20140421-120912.jpg